4/17/14

Coping (Girl With Broken Wings, book 2) - J Bennett

3.5 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Maya, a quirky and likable heroine, is intent on joining her half-brothers in their secret war against the genetically-enhanced killers that call themselves angels. Still trying to cope with her new abilities and the hunger that threatens to overwhelm her, Maya may be more of a hindrance than a help to her brothers as they take on a new mission and make a horrifying discovery. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
J Bennett is a professional copywriter and author who lives in San Diego with her adorable bunny, Avalon. Learn more at www.JBennettWrites.com or www.Facebook.com/JBennettWrites

MY REVIEW -
I actually liked this second book a little better than the first! I understood more of what was happening, there was no more learning curve, LOL. So I could just enjoy the story for what it was - a nice fun paranormal with a lot of excitement and action!

There was also better character development in this one. I felt like the characters started to take on more personalities and I knew and liked them better. Especially Maya, you as the reader got inside her head a little more in this book and understood her more.

This series is a nice quick fun read if you like paranormal with originality! I am now looking forward to reading the third - "Landing" which I will review next month.

Thank you I.O. Book Tours for sending me these e-books to read and review! 

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE 
 

Happy Easter Giveaway-hop!

4th Annual Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
April 17th to 24th
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Read Now Sleep Later

Its a giveaway! Woo hoo!!!

I am giving away this cute Easter assortment!

This cute little felt bag (I did NOT make it, I bought it) -
The book "The First Phone Call from Heaven" and a cute book monster from my friend Jen, At Random -
This cute pad of paper and pen set -
Chocolates and... Easter wouldn't be complete without - PEEPS!!!!!!!!
All this in one great prize!

To enter simply fill out this form -

4/16/14

Dancing Backward In Paradise - Vera Jane Cook

Winner: Eric Hoffer Award for publishing excellence 
and the Indie Excellence Award for notable new fiction! 
5 Star Clarion ForeWord Review! 

4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Life for Grace Place is all about sucking on "meat jerkys" and Lenny Bean, her handsome lover. Grace's mother has loftier plans for her daughter. She insists that Grace save her money and move to New York City so she can find fame and fortune as an actress.

Grace works as a cleaning lady for wealthy Betty Ann Houseman so she can pool her pennies for the trip north. Betty Ann has a passion for men more pronounced than her overbite, and it isn't long before she's parting the sheets for Lenny Bean. But just before Grace leaves Hixson for New York City, she uncovers an insidious plot: the Bean family is trying to steal Betty Ann's estate.

Grace flees to New York, where she faces her darkest hours. In a world of surprises, Grace truly discovers paradise.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Vera Jane Cook, writer of Award Winning Women's Fiction, is the author of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater, Lies a River Deep, Where the Wildflowers Grow, Dancing Backward in Paradise and Annabel Horton, Lost Witch of Salem.

Jane, as she is known to family and friends, was born in New York City and grew up amid the eccentricity of her southern and glamorous mother on the Upper West and Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Vera Jane Cook's Website: http://www.verajanecook.com/
Vera Jane Cook on Twitter: https://twitter.com/verajanecook

Vera Jane Cook on Facebook: 

MY REVIEW -
This book did a full 180 on me! It started out very rough for me, a lot of swearing, a lot of sex. But then it started growing on me and I ended up loving it! You really did have to get into the characters in order to like it. And that is exactly what Vera did. She is an excellent character builder.

I started out not really liking any of the characters, even the main character - Grace. But I ended up loving her! She started out as poor white southern trash and ended up a sweetheart! Vera does that with her characters. They start out all rough and tumble and then they change as they learn through life.
"Grace!" Ginny Jo screamed and slammed her hand down on the dashboard. "Sometimes you're as dumb as a bucket of seashells." - Well I was thinking as dumb as a pile of rocks, but this works for me! LOL she couldn't put two and two together if her life depended on it!!
"New York City strangeness will be different than it is here."
"What do you mean?"
"Well southern strangeness has a kind of charm, like something we're entitled to be."
"You mean like genteel and sugar-coated?"
"We southerners are incorrigibly strange, aren't we?"...
"There's no such thing as a strange Northerner?" I asked.
Mama shook her head. "No. They are either normal or abnormal. If they are abnormal, they are capable of debauchery in the most vile of ways. You got that? Northerners are abnormal, Southerners are strange."  

This is my third book by Vera Jane Cook, I really love and respect her as an author! I can't wait to read something else by her.

Thank you "Premier Virtual Author Book Tours" and Vera Jane Cook for sending me this e-book to read and review!

Get your copy of this book from Amazon - HERE

4/11/14

Fun Friday - RAT Update


Two more weeks till the Read-a-thon!

Now that I will be doing it at my daughters house I have different kind of prep to do.
I have to pack my snacks, pack my computer, pack my books, wear comfortable clothes, and maybe a blanket but I don't wan to get too comfortable.

Lets talk snacks -
Sushi! yay
Trail mix
Veggies and dip
some kind of chocolate
chips and salsa
deviled eggs
Hmm am I missing anything?

We have to get everything ready ahead of time so we won't waste time doing it during the RAT.

Next Friday I will be announcing the details of my RAT contest so come back to check it out.


If you haven't signed up yet you can do so - HERE
You can also sign up for cheerleading or to donate prizes.

4/10/14

Characterize It


Welcome to Characterize It, a meme held every Thursday and hosted by http://theyabookbutterfly.blogspot.com/
As usual for memes, link the meme back to the host page so that other can join in!


Still Good: Character that maintains their likeability throughout the series.
 I am going to pick the Abandon series by Meg Cabot - 
Not only was this a great series - but Pierce, the young girl who is the main character is amazing throughout. 

And I still have to with one of my old favorites - The Hex Hall Series by Rachel Hawkins.
I just loved the ever brave and sometimes dorky Sophie Mercer!

4/9/14

Recovering From Life - Debra McKenna (Review & Giveaway!)

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Recovering From Life is the story of Stephanie’s rollicking travails as she navigates her way through the heap of troubles left in the wake of her husband’s disappearance.  Her latest broken pecker-picker choice, thirty-year-old Kenny McCarthy is M.I.A., and Steph soon learns that he’s rolling down the drug gutter again.  This news catapults her into unknown territory—and into a search for her own life.  Left with no financial resources, Steph elicits the help of her best friend, moves out of her marriage home, files for divorce, gets fired from her job, starts dating, and sees the truth of her husband’s life during a misguided adventure into the crack ghetto—all without laying eyes on her errant spouse.

As the months go by, Stephanie takes giant steps forward and then back as she learns to confront reality and take care of herself, emotionally and financially.  When nearly a year has passed, Steph’s busy nursing heartbreak brought on by yet another man, Mr. Meant To Be, when she’s offered the business opportunity of a lifetime. This proposal could solve her financial woes along with myriad other problems while propelling her into the life she wants.  But her ex-husband resurfaces just as Mr. Meant To Be breaks her heart once more, and Steph has to ask herself a question: Has she finally learned to see “what is” not “what she wants it to be”?

And has she learned to do whatever it takes to fend for herself and get the life she deserves?

Spirited, bumbling, and brave, Stephanie asks for help from a couple unlikely, wily characters to get her answers.  And taking the biggest risk yet, she makes one final step forward.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
After graduating with a degree in English and completing graduate work in Creative Writing, Debra McKenna became a feature writer and editor for city magazines in Sacramento, Denver, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas for over nine years.    She has a background in recovery programs.  Recovering From Life is her first novel.

Visit her at her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
LOVED this book! I almost read the whole book in one sitting. You know how I sometimes say that a book is like a roller-coaster with the ups and downs? Well this book was like a race car! I felt like I got in the driver seat on page one and sped at 200 mph all through the book (and I mean that in a good way!). This story was non-stop excitement.
I know I am always saying "This book should be turned into a movie" but... THIS book should seriously be turned into a movie, or a series even - I would watch it. I kept picturing Katherine Heigl (as in One for the Money) as the main character.

The character development is excellent! These two girls Stephanie and her friend Lee are awesome. I definitely want them on my side if I ever get into trouble (or if I ever want to get back at my ex). Stephanie is just a powerhouse, wonder-woman, take-no-crap, my kind of woman! I even like the "thug" she had helping her. What a riot everyone was!
Here's a few lines -
"Do you have decaf?"
Do I have decaf? I was in recovery: I "did" coffee. It was the only drug I had left. I had decaf, regular, half-caf, regular with cinnamon, decaf with vanilla, and mocha flavored. ~ Ha! my kind of gal!

"God, I thought, I should have read Divorce for Dummies. Or, more like Marriage for Dummies. If there wasn't one, maybe I could write it. I felt like the most inept woman who'd ever aimlessly wondered the earth."
"Tell me there are men out there in their forties who know what they want and aren't afraid to get it."
Lee moaned, sounding in pain again "I'm not so sure about that From what I've seen, by forty they're either bitter, emotionally dead, or twitchy. They practically have a grad mal seizure if something significant happens. That's why I was thinking of a younger man."
Now I whimpered "I just had one  of those, remember? He was the worst yet."
"Oh, we're doomed..."

This story is hilarious! I would consider this book to be Chick-Lit/Woman's fiction. This story is literally dripping with snark and sarcasm, my kind of book. I really hope the author writes more. I will be waiting in line to buy her next book!

Thank you "The Candace Group" for sending me this awesome book to read and review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

GIVEAWAY -
I am giving away my copy of this book!
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* Winner will be chosen on 4/30/2014.
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4/8/14

Comfort of Fences - Stacy Overman Morrison

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Comfort of Fences explores the unconditional love between a trio of women: Ruth, the matriarch and builder of boundaries; Denise, her special-needs adult daughter with powerful secrets of her own; and Georgia, Ruth’s best friend and source of strength and practicality. The dynamics of their relationships expose the ironies that the people we love the most can also be the people we most underestimate and that the strongest of loves has nothing to do with romance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Stacy Overman Morrison was born and raised in Texas. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts degrees in English from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Upon completion of her Master’s, she taught secondary English and adjuncted at the University. She took time off from her teaching career after the birth of her second daughter and has pursued her writing since. She continues to live in Texas with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, and two horses. This is her first novel and she is hard at work listening to the voices of her characters in her second.


MY REVIEW -
Oh my goodness this book is amazing in so many ways. This story brings out so many emotions. I don't think I have ever cried during the first paragraph of a book before. This story takes you from  very sad to  hilarious in 60 seconds flat. I loved the author's writing style. It was so real, the characters and story seemed to jump off the page and enter your livingroom.

This story goes back in time so you get to know the two main characters, how they met, grew to be such good friends, and how they got to where they are today. I didn't think I was going to  like this part, but I ended up loving it just as much.

One of the things I loved about this book, of course, was they way the chapters took turns between the daughter's and mother's point of view. I love it when books do this. You really get to know the characters so much better.

Speaking of characters - This book had excellent character development, probably some of the best I have read. But you almost want to dislike Ruth and Georgia for being so outspoken and almost mean at times, but instead you end up falling in love with them. The two older women in this book are very feisty and snarky! This is probably the only book I have read that could turn dying of cancer into a snarkfest and still be tasteful.

I enjoyed reading every single minute of this book!

Here's a few lines for you -
"I opened the freezer door and stuck my head inside. Georgia came up behind me while I worshiped the miracle or Frigidaire.
"You're gonna get frostbite," she laughed.
"If only I could be so lucky! I do not remember ever being this hot.."
"Probably because you haven't. El Passo and Death Valley are at least first cousins. Then put being pregnant up there with it and you're standing next to the gates of Hell."
"No, this is past the gates. I'm into one of the inner circles," I joked back with my head still encased in the cool air.
"Well, you better say a fond adieu because you're fixing to melt all out ice. Then we'll be in Hell for sure.
Thank you Virtual Author Book Tours for sending me this e-book to read and review.

Here is a very good interview with the author -


Get your copy from Amazon - HERE  for only 2.99!