Wednesday, 30 November 2016

New Review! The Stalker by Marina Martindale, 3 Cranky Stars

The StalkerThe Stalker by Marina Martindale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

*** 3 Cranky Stars ***

He's out there. Everywhere I look he's there.

Rachel has lived with a stalker for years. She's closed out all of her social media and he still manages to find her. He knows everything about her. He contacts her job, her friends and her family. She lives a life constantly looking over her shoulder.

Shane is reacquainted with Rachel at their high school reunion. He gets a front row seat to the Crazy that is Craig Walker, Rachel's stalker. It takes a lot more than that to scare Shane off.

The storyline is great and has potential. I think that this book was long and could have been split into 2 books. At times it felt as if the details were taking over and I wish that some parts could have been left to the reader's imagination.

I do see great potential with this author and look forward to reading more.

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New Review! Pop Rock by Charity Ferrell, 4.5 Cranky Stars

Pop RockPop Rock by Charity Ferrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

***** 4.5 Cranky Stars *****

Knox Rivers is a musical bad boy. He dances, sings, plays guitar and even writes his own songs pair that with a killer smile and you have one dangerous boy on your hands. Ladies swoon and throw their unmentionables at him. He lives the life.

Yet he's not all heart throb and one night stands. He gives to multiple charities and visits children's hospitals whenever he can.

Knox grew up in a life that was barely scraping by. Struggling for his next meal for him and his brother he was lucky to have a grandma that stepped in when she could. Evelyn gave Knox his first guitar and as they say the rest is history.

He's only had one serious relationship in his life and it was very on again and off again. Stella would use him to make her look good in the public eye. She was a model and very manipulative.

Libby Graves is the princess of rock. Her dad is a world famous rockstar who made some bad decisions that lead him to jail and Libby struggling for money. She sells most of her stuff and lives with her best friend in order to pay for college. She's adjusting and doing it very well. A family friend named Thomas offers her a job as Knox Rivers' assistant. She's reluctant at first because past experience has gave her epic trust issues when it comes to rock stars.

They embark on a USA tour that has lots of dressing up in disguise and Friends marathons on the tour bus. Libby becomes good for Knox's image and of course sparks fly. Due to trust issues you can see where this will go. These two will go on a rollercoaster of emotions and steamy sex.

I really enjoyed this book. Knox wasn't a typical rock star in the sense he was more in my opinion a Justin Timberlake. Libby at times annoyed me with her inability to commit. All her excuses were exhausting. Also lets talk about the constant comments about Knox and his kitty eating ( i'm trying to put this in polite terms people). It was like ok he was good at it but to mention it that often was a bit overkill.

It seemed at the end we tried to rush it and wrap it up in a pretty package and there was some spelling errors that I'm not sure were overlooked or it was a rush job. The story was good it made me happy and made me laugh. I can't wait to see what future books this lady puts out.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

New Review! My Friends Are All Strange by Margaret Lesh, 4 Cranky Stars

My Friends Are All StrangeMy Friends Are All Strange by Margaret Lesh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

I found the first few chapters of the book strange and silly and suspected that the author might have been on some kind of mind altering drug, until I realized that she was describing the leading character's mental breakdown...

17 Year old Becca maintains a 4.6 GPA as well as being Chief Editor of her school paper, besides that she still has not fully processed the death of her father two years previously. The pressure becomes too much and she suffers a mental breakdown in the high school cafeteria. She awakens to find herself in Brookside, a psychiatric care facility specifically for teens and young adults with psychiatric issues.

This is the story of Becca's journey to wellness and the relationships that she forges with other residents of the facility.

Aimed at YA I strongly recommend that this book be read by teachers and parents who place pressure on young people to achieve more and more. This book was an eye opener for me.

I award 4 stars to this offering.

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Media Blitz! Seaside Whispers by Melissa Foster

Seaside Whispers
Melissa Foster
(Seaside Summers)
Publication date: November 30th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

Having a mad crush on her boss’s son, Matt Lacroux–an intriguing mix of proper gentleman and flirtatious bad boy–is probably not the smartest idea for single mother Mira Savage. Especially when the company, and her job, is already on shaky ground. But as a Princeton professor, Matt’s life is hours away from Mira’s home on Cape Cod, keeping him safely in the fantasy-only zone. And as a single mother to six-year-old Hagen, with a floundering company to save, fantasies are all she has time for.

With hopes of becoming dean off the table, and too many months of longing for a woman who lived too far away to pursue, Matt’s publishing contract couldn’t have come at a better time. He heads home to Cape Cod on a brief sabbatical, intent on starting his book, and finally getting his arms around sweet, seductive Mira.

A surprise encounter leads to white-hot passions and midnight confessions. The more time Matt and Mira spend together, the deeper their relationship grows, and the love and attention Matt showers on Hagen is more than she has ever dreamed of. But Matt’s sabbatical is only temporary, and Mira’s not saving his father’s company so she can leave it behind. Will their whispers of love be enough for one of them to change their life forever?

Seaside Summers is a series of stand-alone romances that may also be enjoyed as part of the larger Love in Bloom series.

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

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Blog Tour! My Friends Are All Strange by Margaret Lesh

My Friends Are All Strange
Margaret Lesh
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

My friends are all strange.

Right now I’m living at Brookside, a place for people like me. I’ve met a kitty girl, a brooding beautiful boy, one who can’t be touched, and others. My new friends. Strange people. People like me.

I’ve always been different, but lately, more so. My hands sometimes don’t seem to be attached to the rest of me. I cut up all of my clothes. I’m hot, so hot, all of the time. If I sleep, a wizard haunts every dream. I don’t sleep. Sometimes I want to run, but where do you run to when you’re trying to escape your own mind? I don’t know if I’ll ever be the same. I’m smart. I’m nice, sometimes. I just want to be normal(ish). But, right now, my friends are all strange… Like me.

Dark, funny, snarky, seventeen-year-old Becca struggles to cope with mental illness in My Friends Are All Strange, the gripping contemporary young adult companion novel to Normalish.

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California native Margaret Lesh lives in a narrow canyon populated by herds of wild burro and packs of coyote. The canyon is also populated with her creative, handsome husband, her feisty mother-in-law, her not-brave-at-all Border Collie, Echo, and sometimes her son (who is away at college. And she is not quite sure how that all happened so fast).

She writes books to entertain young and not-so-young readers as well as herself. She believes tacos are magic.

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

New Review! The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting, 4 Cranky Stars

The Chosen Knights (The Angel Knights, #1)The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky Stars ****

The story of Lucia and Zach, twin Angel warriors and their supervisor and Uncle, Devan are sent to Hawaii on a mission to investigate the disappearance of several teens.

They have to blend with the humans at the local high school to try and discover the evil. They however get more than they bargained for with half the student body being supernatural beings.

The story is told from Lucia's POV and explores her growing relationship with their neighbor, the dorky Jack, who becomes her best friend and her forbidden attraction to the demon, Eli. It is a fast paced adventure aimed at the young and young at heart.

I do however suggest that the prequel and book one get read back to back as I found that the prequel on its own left me dissatisfied and with a feeling of incompleteness.

This book receives a worthy 4 stars.

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New Review! Caerwin and Marcellus by Lizzie Ashworth, 4 Cranky Stars

Caerwin & MarcellusCaerwin & Marcellus by Lizzie Ashworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky stars ****

This is the second book in the series and it picks up about 3 months where the first book left off. Where Caerwin finds herself back in the clutches of Marcellus where she is spirited away from her home land of Brittany to the foreign soil of Rome.

This new land is strange to her, the people are strange, even the God's she is told she must worship are strange to her. Will she ever understand these people and the life Marcellus wants her to live? Will she learn to be able to blend the world she grew up in with this one she is forced to be a part of?

Again the only reason I give this book 4 Cranky stars is that I was hungry to know Marcellus POV.

But, again this writer knows how to draw you into her story and the world she creates for the characters. Her historical facts are spot on and it is amazing how she blends her character's lives into it so well. This was a great read and well worth the time.

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New Review! Caerwin and The Roman Dog by Lizzie Ashworth, 4 Cranky Stars

Caerwin and the Roman DogCaerwin and the Roman Dog by Lizzie Ashworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**** 4 Cranky stars ****

Set in Roman times, Caerwin's land has been invaded. Taken captive by the commanding Tribute, she is at his mercy locked away from the world she was ripped from. Can she find away to escape or does she even want to?

Marcellus wanted her from the moment he saw her on the battle field ending the life of one of her own. Her bravery was beyond that of a typical woman. Could he tame her and teach her the ways of the Roman's , bring her to worship their gods, and live the customs of his people?

I give this book 4 Cranky stars only because I would have loved to see the POV of Marcellus. Other than that, this book was amazing. The author knew her history of ancient Rome and blended it very well into her story. You fell in love with each one of the characters over and over again even when you would love to hate them. I totally recommend this book for the true reader that loves romance with a touch if history.

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