Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review of The Goddaughter by Melodie Campbell - 5 stars!

Happy Saturday!

Few days ago I got a book in my mailbox, sent by my author friend from Canada, from Melodie Campbell. Melodie's recent release, The Goddaughter came out in September and I got a chance to review it.

Before the review, let me share the pictures with you.



And now to the review! Enjoy!


Author: Melodie Campbell
Title: The Goddaughter
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Imprint: Raven Books, Rapid Reads
Release date: September 1, 2012
Pages: 144 in Paperback version
Genre: Adult: Humor, Crime, Suspense, Comic
Source: From the author for reviewing

Summary:

Gina Gallo is a gemologist who would like nothing better than to run her little jewelry shop. Unfortunately she's also "the Goddaughter," and, as she tells her new friend Pete, "you don't get to choose your relatives." And you can't avoid them when you live in Hamilton and they more or less run the place.


When Gina bumps into Pete at the Art Gallery Gala, sparks fly. So do bullets, when her cousin Tony is taken down by rival mobsters from New York. It turns out Tony was carrying a load of hot gems in the heel of his shoe. When Gina is reluctantly recruited to carry the rocks back to Buffalo, the worst happens: they get stolen. Pete and Gina have no choice but to steal them back, even though philandering politicians, shoe fetishists, and a trio of inept goons stand in their way.

It's all in a day's work, when you're the Goddaughter.      


My review:  

I needed to read something which is funny, positive and has no greater deeper meaning. The Goddaughter by Melodie Campbell was right to the spot! It was such an enjoyable read which was well written easy to read and I laughed my way through it!  

The Goddaughter is really a rapid read, and I loved every single page of it. If you need something which has snappy dialogue, is lovable and fun and entertaining to read, then you will love The Goddaughter. I did.  

Meet Gina who has tried to escape from her family, especially her uncle Vince who is the synonym with godfather. Gina does not want to have her uncles protection, but sometimes blood is just thicker than water. Can't hide from your family and who you are.  

Gina is drawn into an adventure together with Pete Malone, a sports reporter. This suspicious adventure takes you from Canada to US and back and involves stolen gems, dead bodies and other interesting activities. And as a reader I really giggled a lot and laughed out loud. The writing style is so cleverly fine tuned with humor, so it was pure pleasure to read The Goddaughter.  

I also liked how the author is combining her other book Rowena Through The Wall into the story. Brilliant! And poor Pete, now he just has to marry Gina! Or get whacked! :) Read it and you will understand!  

Well done! One of the best comic suspense stories ever!  

5 Flowers!
5 stars.  

Buy links:

Thanks goes to Melodie for providing me with the review copy!
Happy reading!    
 

Torn Together by Emlyn Chand - Review, Interview and Giveaway

Happy Saturday!

Reading Addiction Blog Tours 


Welcome to my stop at Torn Together Blog Tour! This tour is organized by Reading Addiction Blog Tours  together with the author Emlyn Chand. My stop includes review of Torn Together, interview with the author Emlyn Chand and a giveaway.

Let's start with the review!


Author: Emlyn Chand
Title: Torn Together
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Release date: 15th of August 2012
Genre: Adult: Women's Fiction
Pages: 274
Source: Review copy received from Reading Addiction Blog Tours for reviewing

Summary:

From her cheating boyfriend to her dead father and cold, judgmental mother, Daly knows she can’t trust others to be there when it counts. This cynicism begins to melt away when she meets Kashi, a light-hearted charmer from India, who decides he cares too much to let her fade into the background of her own life. After a series of false starts, their quirky romance carries them to India, where Daly must win the approval of Kashi’s family in order to seal their “forever.”


Meanwhile, Laine struggles to cope with the pain of early widowhood, fleeing into the pages of her well-worn library and emerging only to perform her duties as a social worker at the crisis pregnancy center. Although her daughter wants nothing more than to work as an artist, Laine doesn’t know how to redirect Daly to a more suitable profession without further damaging their tenuous relationship.

Can Laine look past her pain to learn from an unlikely mentor? Has Daly finally found someone whom she can trust? Will the women recognize their common bonds before the relationship is broken beyond repair?

My review:

Emlyn Chand is a wonderful author and her novel Torn Together well-written. The language flows very smoothly, it is easy to read and you find yourself in a world which you can easily relate to and amongst captivating characters.
What caught my eye even before I really could start reading was the design of the book. Not so much the cover, but inside the book. Each chapter starts with a small artwork together with the sentence which describes the chapter and besides that, you can actually see, from which point of view this chapter is told from. I liked the idea a lot! It's a brilliant way of both catching the interest, but also describing the main story line. Loved it!

Plot:

Daly is a lonely young woman with cheating boyfriend, emotionally unattached mother and dad, who died several years ago. This is the picture which you get quite quickly when starting reading.

When Daly meets Kashi, a very charming man from India, Daly's world changes. She is step by step finding her faith again, learning how to open up and start trusting. Besides Kashi, Daly finds another unexpected friend in a teenager mom Meghann, who is introduced to Daly through her own mother. Daly's mother, Laine is Meghann's councilor and what start like a favor for Laine, Daly actually finds a wonderful friend in Meghann.

As Kashi's and Daly's relationship develops, it gets more certain that these two belong together and they have both deserved happily ever after. But this is where the author surprises you and turns the story to a very unexpected path. I think that was one of the best things which happened in Torn Together - the sudden story development which is both heart-wrenching as it is surprising and brilliant.

After a tragedy, everything changes again and Daly finds herself in the middle of the worst and biggest battle of her life.

Characters:

Daly was a nice young woman, who seemed a tad boring for my taste in the beginning of the book. boy, does she grow during the novel! I grew on Daly quite quickly right after she decided to take a huge step and travel to India with Kashi. For me, this was the turning point for a good book turning into a very good novel. I loved seeing Daly grow as a woman and as a person. I cheered for her when her relationship to her mom improved and I ached for her through her losses.

I think that I have a slightly different opinion on Kashi compared to many other readers of the book, but I was not a very big fan of Kashi. Don't get me wrong, I did like him, but I did not love him. I think he was weak in the moment where Daly needed him most. When his own family got more important and he was obeying his parents wishes, I found myself thinking: Daly you are so much better off without him. It's probably because I have never and will never understand how grown up man can not defend the love of his life in front of his mother and turns into what I call a mommy's boy. I do understand that it is due to cultural differences and the circumstances in the story also changed, but I would probably not have forgiven him as easily as Daly did.

Meghann was my favorite character in the novel. She was so admirable and strong for her age. I loved the way the author saw her: with strong faith to God and better life, very mature love for her unborn son. She was a person, I would love to meet in person. Alone against all the odds, she had a will made of iron and heart made of gold.

I also liked Laine. During the first chapters when I realized that she loved reading, I already liked Laine! Laine was complicated character. She loved her husband and she died inwardly together with her husband. I can understand that, for me she was easy to relate to. I was so happy to she when she helped Daly through the tragedy, was there for her and I admired her when she manned up for the last scenes in the book, taking Daly with her to a plain trip. It was beautiful and emotional, so I cried while reading.

There are many other wonderful characters in Torn Together. Emlyn is absolutely wonderful character creator and did an excellent job with all of them!

Generally:

Torn Together by Emlyn Chand is a fantastic read. The story is engrossing and you will be carrying the characters of the book with you in your heart long after the book is finished. It was really that good!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

About the author:

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!


Contact Links:

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
GoodReads

Purchase Links:

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Evolve Publishing


Emlyn agreed to give an interview to Me and Reading. Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of Torn Together, Emlyn Chand!



The interview is divided into several sections. First section is about Emlyn, second section is about her book, writing them, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.


Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

EC: I’m Emlyn, a 27-year old author of YA, women’s fiction, and children’s books. I am also the president of Novel Publicity and a crazy bird lady too. And, oh yeah, I emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in my left hand (at least that’s what my Twitter bio says).

MR: What inspired you to want to become writer?

EC: Hey, what did I just say?! :-P I was born with a fountain pen grasped firmly in my left hand... But seriously, I do believe writers are born into the craft—we haven’t got much choice, but it’s a great calling to have. I’ve been writing since before I could write, if you know what I mean. I’ve always loved inventing stories or “tall tales” as my parents call them. I wrote and illustrated children’s books for my younger brothers when I was still in grade school. In fifth grade, I wrote a short MG novel. I tried writing screenplays in high school but never got very far with those. Really, I started writing seriously about two-and-a-half years ago when the local paper offered me a book review column. That gave me the courage and consistency to write novels. Torn Together is technically my first novel, although it’s my third published.

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

EC: I’ve always had the storytelling bug, but... When I was really little, I planned on being a zoo keeper. In elementary school, I was going to be a Disney animator. In high school, I was going to be a lawyer. And in my early years of college, I was going to be Ambassador to Russia :-)

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

EC: Oh, my life is painfully one-dimensional. I work with authors as part of my business. I write and market my own books. I serve as advertising coordinator for a publishing house. And sometimes I even read! I take frequent breaks from my bookish frenzy to play with my dogs and birds and to dance around the house to show tunes, though!


MR: If you wouldn’t be a writer, what would you be and do?

EC: Not a writer? Are you trying to depress me...? In all seriousness, I’ve learned that I’m a very good business owner, and despite the inherent stress, I love bringing a company to life, building a team, and changing lives. I would really like to open an indie book store one day in addition to everything else. Just have to find the time to get it all done!

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

EC: India is my eternal muse for this and everything I write. Torn Together, in particular, was influenced by my real life love story. The character of Kashi was based on my then husband. I wrote this novel three years ago, back when we were happy and had the joy of revising it during our divorce. I almost lost all my marbles on this one. It was emotionally draining.

Part II

Let’s talk about your books!

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

EC: First, the spark. Inspiration strikes (usually while driving, which is why I’m such an awful driver). I spend some time kneading my inspiration like a goopy ball of dough. If it holds, the next step is character development and research. I can spend months in this phase, because I believe strong characters are key to great fiction. And like any other person, it can take a while to truly get to know them. I don’t keep written outlines, but I spend so much time daydreaming, that it’s definitely fair to call me a plotter. I always start with the characters, though.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

EC: To remain focused and committed to your story and the characters within it. Simple as that. Don’t force unnatural situations. Don’t take wild tangents. Don’t do yourself a disservice.

MR: Would you briefly give us an overview what is Torn Together about?

EC: Torn Together tells the story of Daly English, a 19-year-old aspiring painter whose life just hasn’t gone the way she would like it to. Still recuperating from the early death of her father, her relationship with her mother has been broken beyond repair. An exotic stranger pushes Daly out of her comfort zone when she least expects it, and she finds herself en route to India to win his parents approval. Above all, this is a story about the hardships women face. From managing relationships to teen pregnancy to fighting against cultural expectations for gender, being a girl isn’t always so easy!

MR: Where did you get the idea for Torn Together from? How was it born?

EC: It started with the idea of someone who collects something that cannot be collected. In early drafts, Daly collected emotions in her journal, and each chapter was shaped to hit really hard with one specific emotion (emptiness, infatuation, gratitude, awe, etc). The story that evolved loosely follows my own life, especially the third of it that takes place in India.

MR: Which character can you mostly relate to in Torn Together? Why?

EC: That is a great question. When I first wrote Torn, I most related to Daly’s mother, Laine, who just so happens to be the antagonist. I gave her my own coping device—escaping into books when real life gets too difficult. While going through my divorce, I began to identify with Daly. I mean, I was acting almost exactly how she acts for most of the novel... But after escaping that situation, I realized the character I actually am is Meghann, the pregnant 15-year-old. Her life was a mess and then she got pregnant. Rather than letting it destroy her, it made her stronger. Her pregnancy is my divorce. Everyone expects me to be a wreck, but I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I’ve even found love again!

MR: As a reader it seems to me that you have a very close relationship to India and know a lot about the country and their traditions. Is Torn Together a personal story to you? How much did you have to research and how much of the story is coming from personal experience?

EC: I didn’t have to research India at all for this story, other than confirming some of my usage of Hindi and Punjabi in text. I was with my Indian ex for over eight years. We traveled to India together twice (once for four weeks and once for five). We were married there in a full Hindu ceremony. I lived in this culture, and I feel like I’ve learned it well. Even though our relationship didn’t work out, I am still enamored with this land’s alluring customs.

MR: Please give 3 reasons why readers should buy Torn Together?

EC: To laugh. To cry. To love.


Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? JK Rowling. Yeah, I’m a Potterhead. If Hermoine had Hagrid’s baby, it would probably be me :-)
What is your favorite book or series? My favorite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Nobody invents characters like ol’ Irving, and this book moved me to my emotional core. Just wonderful!
What is your favorite song? Anything by Frank Sinatra. His music always puts a smile on my face no matter how far my frown reaches toward my chin. It’s what I call “happy music.”
What is your favorite season? Winter. I love the snow. I love how people slow down and smile at each other sometimes. I love the peacefulness and cold air on my cheeks while holding warm cider between my mittens.
What is your favorite food? Chocolate! And ice cream! And chocolate!
What is your favorite car? Teehee, the one I drive—a 2011 Buick Regal. It’s a good car, gets me places.
What is your favorite color? Gray. I used to spell it “grey” than a certain book happened. So, yeah, grAy.
What is your favorite movie? I love Moulin Rouge, because it meets three very important criteria—originality, compelling love story, and awesome soundtrack!
What is your favorite time of the day? Oh, I’m one of those annoying morning people. I bound out of bed ready to begin the new day!
What is your favorite weather? I do so enjoy the rain. I even sleep to the sound of thunder on my little sound spa alarm clock.


Thank you so much, Emlyn for taking the time to answer all my questions! It is appreciated!

And now, last, but not least, giveaway!



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Friday, September 28, 2012

Giveaway of Soul Saver Series: Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Genesis, Power by Kristie Cook

Happy Friday!

Time for an awesome giveaway! Kristie Cook, the author of all these wonderful books below plus Power, which is the latest book in the series, is giving away an ebook of any of the books in the series! How wonderful is that?!!! I think it's great, because I am a big fan of all of these books!




In order to participate, you must fill in the RC below. Giveaway runs from today until October 6 midnight. Open internationally! There will be 1 winner who can pick one ebook out of these 5 wonderful titles.

Huge thanks to Kristie!!!!


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Free on Kindle - The Skin of Water by Greg Johnston

Happy Friday!

To celebrate the last working day during this week, I would like to share a free book with you. One of the authors who has been featured here on Me and Reading too, is having his newest release free on amazon.com. I truly loved Greg Johnston's novel Consumption, which got flying 5 stars from me. You can find the review HERE. I also had an interview with him which is available HERE.

Greg released his book The Skin of Water in February 2012.  I already have the book and also read it. It's a very good historical romance and it gives a very good overview of human fates during the war. It's much more than just a romance and I would highly recommend this book!

Summary:

Passions flare and alliances shift in this breathtaking story of survival set during the final days of World War II in Hungary.


Young Zeno dreams of moving to Budapest and becoming a great filmmaker in the Hungarian film studios. But one evening he follows Catherine Steiner, a guest at the exclusive lakeside resort where he works as a bellboy, into the forest. Unknowingly he dives into her life, changing his forever.

Her husband is a wealthy industrialist with the power to create – or crush – Zeno. Despite Catherine’s protests, Zeno moves to Budapest and takes a servant’s job in the Steiner house, shining her husband’s shoes while hearing the family’s secrets.

All Zeno and Catherine have are precious hours in a secret apartment, tucked above the uneasy streets of a city at war, their affair a flimsy wall against a future no one can see or predict. Until it arrives.



The Skin of Water is free on amazon Kindle from Sept 28 to Sept 30.
You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Skin-of-Water-ebook/dp/B0071511GO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348827300&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Skin+of+Water

Enjoy!

Happy reading!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review of Thought I Knew You by Kate Moretti

Happy Thursday!

I am participating at the blog tour of Thought I Knew You by Kate Moretti. This tour is organized by Red Adept Publishing and by the author. My stop includes review of the book, giveaway and some information about book, author and the blog tour.



Author: Kate Moretti
Title: Thought I Knew You
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release date: 9th of September 2012
Genre: Adult: Women's Fiction, Mystery
Source: Review copy received from the Red Adapt Publishing

Summary:

Claire Barnes is shattered when her husband, Greg, goes on a business trip and never returns. Unwilling to just wait for the police to find him, Claire conducts her own investigation. Her best friend Drew helps her look for answers, but all she finds are troubling questions. With every clue, she discovers that Greg may not be the man she thought she married. While battling her growing feelings for Drew and raising her two young children, Claire must learn to live with the knowledge that the truth behind Greg’s disappearance may never be revealed.



My review:

Thought I Knew You was a debut novel from Kate Moretti and for a debut novel it was fairly well written. I really enjoyed the plot and the characters.

During and ordinary day, Claire is waiting for her husband to come home from a business trip. When he is not coming a day after, she is contacting the police to announce her husband missing. Police is starting to investigate the missing husband, but Claire can't just sit and wait and she is taking the matters into her own hands.

She is asking help from her childhood friend Drew and together they are taking a journey, which results are changing Claire's understanding of her marriage.

I liked Claire, she was so down to earth and yet quite naive, especially in the beginning of the story. As story develops she needs to face her fears and change her life. She is facing the reality that her husband might never appear again.

I truly liked the plot and the characters, but what bugged me was the fact, that the writing style was not very engaging for me. I missed the emotions: I was reading the words, but not feeling the emotions described, I understood what the author was telling through her story, but the writing seemed flat.. In the middle of the novel I struggled continuing the reading until the author surprised me and the story picked up again.

Thought I Knew you is suitable reading for a mature reader and you will not be disappointed!


5 Flowers!
3 stars.

Thanks goes to Red Adept Publishing for providing me with the review copy!

About the author:

Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She's worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn't get to do those things as much as she'd like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.

More information about the blog tour:
http://redadeptpublishing.com/knew-you-blog-tour/



There is a giveaway connected to the blog tour! Good luck!

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Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop - 2 winners!


Welcome to Banned Books Week Hop! This giveaway hop is organized by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and by I Read Banned Books. This giveaway runs from September 28 to October 6. There are more than 140 blogs participating, so you will have lots of possibilities to win!



What can you win this time?

Because I am fond of freedom of choice and freedom of speech, there will be 2 winners. Both winners can pick a book from The Book Depository which has been banned for one or another reason.

Giveaway details:
This giveaway is open internationally
It runs 9/28 - 10/6 2012
You must enter the RC form below to participate


You can find more information about banned books on following sites:
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_commonly_challenged_books_in_the_United_States
http://www.banned-books.com/bblista-i.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_books_banned_by_governments

You'd be surprised what good, interesting and brilliant books are or have been banned!

Good luck! The linky to other blogs is below.

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Winner of Stuck in a Good Book!

Happy Thursday!

Time to announce the winner of Stuck in a Good Book!


There were 274 participants! Thanks to all who participated and to the organizers of the giveaway hop!

The winner is:

Erica

Congratulations!

The winner email has been sent already.
Happy reading!

Winner of Under the Sea Giveaway!

Happy Thursday!

Time to announce the winner of Under the Sea Giveaway!


Thanks goes for the organizers and to all participants! There were 797 entries.

The winner is:

Juana E.

Congratulations!

The winner email has been sent already.

Happy reading!

Winner of Books to Movies Giveaway!

Happy Thursday!

Time to announce the winner of Books to Movies Giveaway!


First of all, thanks to the organizers and to all participants! There were 856 entries. The winner is:

Terri M.

Congratulations!

I have sent the email to winner already.

Thanks again for participating!
Happy reading!



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2 Oldie Reviews: An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn & Man of My Dreams by Johanna Lindsey - 5 Stars!

Hi all!

I’ve been reading so many YA lately that I found myself craving for some good old pure romance for a change, preferably historical. And finding these two books on my self, I decided to immerse in some oldies (published over 10 years ago) that quenched my thirst completely and unquestionably. They were nothing sort of pure awesome! I should dig up some older books more often.



Author: Julia Quinn
Series: Bridgertons #3
Release date: 3rd of July 2001
Imprint: Avon Books
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Historical
Pages: 358 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository
Summary:
Will she accept his offer before the clock strikes midnight?

Sophie Beckett never dreamed she'd be able to sneak into Lady Bridgerton's famed masquerade ball—or that "Prince Charming" would be waiting there for her! Though the daughter of an earl, Sophie has been relegated to the role of servant by her disdainful stepmother. But now, spinning in the strong arms of the debonair and devastatingly handsome Benedict Bridgerton, she feels like royalty. Alas, she knows all enchantments must end when the clock strikes midnight.

Who was that extraordinary woman? Ever since that magical night, a radiant vision in silver has blinded Benedict to the attractions of any other—except, perhaps this alluring and oddly familiar beauty dressed in housemaid's garb whom he feels compelled to rescue from a most disagreeable situation. He has sworn to find and wed his mystery miss, but this breathtaking maid makes him weak with wanting her. Yet, if he offers his heart, will Benedict sacrifice his only chance for a fairy tale love?
Review:
I love Cinderella’s fairy tale, it never gets old for me. Especially if the heroine isn’t your typical damsel in distress, but a woman who fights back, has personality and attitude, knows what she wants, stands her ground yet still remains vulnerable and needs aid due to unfavorable circumstances and nasty people – because you can’t always do EVERYthing by yourself. This is just what the book offered and more.
Honestly, I don’t have any accountable criticism for this book at all, I’m trying but nothing major comes to mind. So my only conclusion can be that this book is good...GOOD! The characters that you are supposed to like you find appealing, the ones you have to dislike you absolutely hate – there’s a good balance, the flow is nice, the scenes range from giddy fun to “you bastard/s“  to how romantic to I feel like crying-sad – something for all the basic emotions and still remaining great. My favorite scene was definitely the confrontation/rescue scene, it was awesome and I cheered with righteousness and loved how everything was resolved there. Great romance!
Characters:
I adored Sophie, she was just so sweet and brave with an actual backbone. She deserved everything that she got in the end and I rooted for her and cheered when all turned out more than perfect. She wasn’t an in-your-face heroine remaining more on the sweet and modest side but that made her a total darling in my eyes. She was soft on the outside but wow did she turn into incredibly steadfast when put face to face with propositions and situations that defied her beliefs. Standing by her realistic understanding of the rules of society, she didn’t make any slap-your-forehead silly and naïve choices, she had two feet on the ground regarding her position in the world.
Benedict was the perfect dashing charming compelling yet humorous and relatable hero with his own problems and insecurities despite his wealthy and loving family. With all his positive traits and inner issues and battles, which made him realistic, he was, overall, someone very easy to fall in love with. I only have a minor complaint regarding him, at times he remained too focused on his own needs and desires, wanting Sophie to be his mistress while still dreaming of his masked girl from the ball. But, all in all, he made up for all with his charm, care and final decisions.
Other characters: Benedict’s mother deserves an honorable mention as a woman who is determined to see her children married and happy as she had been, taking no chances and baring no shame in her actions. Sophie’s stepmother has earned a not so honorable mention, being a nasty, jealous, evil, conniving hag. Lady Whistledown was a great plot addition to the story, my interest was for sure piques and I’d love to read about the mystery of her identity. I haven’t checked but hope she already has a book out with her as the main characters, honestly, it would be too much of a waste if not, she’s seems sassy, opinionated, honest and perfect to have some gorgeous gentleman charm, seduce and make her fall in love with him. Maybe she’d have to write about herself in her column then. Benedict’s brothers and sisters were quite likeable to make acquaintance with their books as well.
Overall:

Absolutely loved it! Sweet, romantic, funny, a great main couple, Cinderella, etc. What’s not to like! I’m already planning to read the other books in the Bridgerton series, I expect them to be just as good as this (or even better if it’s actually realistically possible).


5 stars!







Series: Sherring Cross #1
Release date: 1st of June 1992
Imprint: Avon Books
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Historical
Pages: 432 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository 

Summary:


Wildly unpredictable, the most desirable beauty in the land, Megan Penworthy has set her amorous sights on Ambrose St. James, a man she has never met but has every intention of marrying. And no other suitor will satisfy her especially not the common, if uncommonly handsome, horse breeder, Devlin Jefferys.

Posing as lowborn Jefferys to escape a potentially fatal confrontation, Sir Ambrose is enthralled by the brazen, duke-hunting redhead. Without revealing his true identity, he vows to seduce and tame her, thereby foiling Megan's plans to marry the man of her dreams. But the notorious rogue never imagined the enchanting schemer would turn out to be the only woman he would ever dream of marrying.


Review:

A guilty pleasure of mine is the hidden identity romance, I guess it’s just exhilarating to read that a person falls in love despite the identity, focusing solely on the characters or time spent together, cutting out all social, prejudices, privileges, issues or others till what remains is the person inside. Well, this device isn’t always portrayed so clean and selfless as I imagine but I like it no less. Still, this book was exactly what I’d like to see from this plot device.

Other than this the book had passion, denying ones feelings, fights full of sparks flying – all this swirl of different emotions related to falling in love. For Megan and Devlin this wasn’t a simple road, but the more difficult it became the more exciting it was to read. The final destination, however, was more the satisfying because of the rocky path. The main couple made great warring sides with hearts to loose to the other. Fun, fun, fun!

Characters:

Oh, Megan could be a bratty, snarky, outspoken, over temperamental gal, but, honestly, that’s what I appreciated about her most of the time (she did go completely overboard on a couple of occasions though) because she wasn’t your typical proper lady and that personality of hers was the reason the banter, bickerings, rows she had with Devlin were as satisfying as they were. They created some heated arguments, constantly attacking and clashing without either admitting defeat or backing up. I have to admit that such constant animosity and uncertainty without just TALKING, usually, tends to get annoying, but in this book it was the opposite, I liked that Devlin and Megan were like the dog and cat. It was their actions and reactions that showed the reality or their feelings and that side was nicely portrayed. But, overall, regarding Megan, she was a brat but a lovable brat. I have to also mention that I liked the friendship between Megan and Tiffany and found the supposed “feud” and reveal of the truth between our heroine and Tiffany’s intended quite cute.

Devlin was an arrogant, know it all, control taking “horse breeder” whom Megan is appalled with (and unexplainably and irreversibly mesmerized and intrigued with) because of his non-servant-like behavior and most of all, his bold and unrelenting interest in her. Megan bought the worst out in Devlin or the best – the real him out of control – depending on the way you look at it. The slight glimpses we were given and described as a duke he was proper, polite and even stuffy, but having taken on the horse breeder role and meeting Megan, he couldn’t remain the same as before. Like Megan, he had is fair share of fault but again he was lovable under all that macho bossiness.

I bet there are already books centering around a couple of side characters met in this story: Lachlan, Freddy, etc, so I’m hoping to have time to check them out as well. Even tough I didn’t like Lachlan’s attitude, I like a guy who is positive till the end. Freddy also seemed a little too gullible but I’m convinced he’d make a charming hero.

I also have to mention that I found Sabrina and Marianne the lowest of low, they deserved a kick in the butt. Duchy was a great support, Tiffany a friend anyone would want, Mortimer a wise sidekick and Tyler awkwardly charming.

Overall:

An utterly satisfying historical romance read! Again, I’m already planning to read the other books in the series (the list grows and grows – will I ever see the light in the tunnel?). If you don’t want a straight-laced fall-in-love-and-declare-it-at-first-sight love story, then this book is definitely for you! I recommend.



5 stars!

LIIS


Monday, September 24, 2012

Review of Power by Kristie Cook - 5 stars!

Happy Monday!


Welcome to a tour for Kristie Cook's SOUL SAVERS book, POWER! The tour runs from September 2nd - 30th. The event is organized by the author Kristie Cook and by Jessica from Total Bookaholic. My stop includes a review of Power and some information about the book and the author.

First of all, let me tell you that I am so glad, that Kristie is an author. Her books rock and so does her personality! I have reviewed all her books so far, had interviews with her - she is always very kind person.

I was looking very much forward for the release of Power and when it came out at the end of August and I finished reading it, I couldn't wait to share my review with you. I just had to wait to my stop at Power tour. Today is the day and here is my review. Enjoy!



Author: Kristie Cook
Title: Genesis
Series: Soul Savers (#4)
Release date: 24th of August 2012
Published by: Ang'dora Productions, LLC
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Paranormal Romance
URL: http://www.kristiecook.com/
Pages: 317 pages in ebook copy
Source: Book provided by the author for reviewing

About Soul Savers book #4, Power.  

As the stakes rise, can she find her true power?

As the Amadis prepare for war, Alexis returns to Florida with orders to relax, regenerate and replenish her depleted power. But her task list quickly grows—establish a new safe house, learn the art of conversion, find her AWOL protector, help a desperate fan, and protect her son. Oh, and figure out what’s going on with her husband, whose peculiar behavior just might get them killed.

But most important of all, her primary mission: recover her stolen pendant.

The stone in the pendant not only promises hope for the Amadis future, but its unknown qualities make it a possible weapon in the wrong hands. With guidance and power from an improbable source and an unlikely ally by her side, Alexis sets out to retrieve the stone before the enemy discovers its potential for mass destruction. But when she finds herself in the Daemoni’s lair fighting for her life, all hope seems lost. Will she discover the true power she holds in time? And is it enough to save herself, her family and the Amadis?

Power, the next installment of the Soul Savers Series, takes you on a hot and edgy ride with twists and turns you’ll never see coming, leaving you breathless and once again begging for more.  

My review:  

Power by Kristie Cook is an engrossing fourth installment in Soul Savers series. It is written with passion for the characters and for the story, and you can feel that passion because the story takes over and captures you until the very last page. There is love, there is hatred, there is grief and loss and the excellence of Kristie’s writing is exactly hidden in the ability of capturing the reader and not letting you go. You realize that she has put her soul into it and I love that I as a reader can feel it.  

Plot:  

The fourth book, Power, picks up where Devotion finished. Alexis needs to find the lost pendant; pendant which is crucial for the survival of Amadis. The pendant also quickly becomes a key for the survival of love between Alexis and Tristan. With the whole world on her shoulders, Alexis sets her goal to the pendant and save everything which is dear to her - her husband, her son and the Amadis.  

I had no idea how suitable the title Power was in this book. it was right on spot, because the story circles around the power. Alexis path finding her true power and the power of trust are the key topics in the novel. It's about Alexis starting believing in herself and what's even more important to have some faith in her power. It's a long and twisted road for Alexis and also for Tristan.

I was curious to see, where the author leads Alexis and Tristan and I was taken by surprise. Their relationship is not only challenged, their whole world is. Their trust towards each other and to the people around them was also a huge part of Power.

When the last page of Power was turned, I wanted to scream out loud. Seriously. The ending of the book was so shaking, so strong and so heartbreaking and it's one of the hardest cliffhangers to read ever. My heart was bleeding for Alexis and Tristan and most of all for Dorian.

Characters:

Even though Alexis is the heroin of the series, I think Power is book about Alexis. It's where her growth is biggest, she grows stronger as a person and matures heavily due to circumstances. All the other characters are present, but Alexis simply sparks and shines more. It's also understandable because of the story development, you see how Alexis becomes what she is destined to do - being the daughter of Amadis.

Tristan was little more in the background, but of course had an important role to play. I think the author did that on purpose, that Tristan's role had to be tuned down compared to Alexis. There were actually parts of the book where I thought, this is not the Tristan I am used to see, but it was how it was supposed to be. You'll understand when you read the book.

I missed Owen or I should actually say, that I missed "the old" Owen. Owen is darker, more tormented in Power and gone are his quirky fun comments and behaviour. He is changed man with questionable actions.

Kristie did an excellent thing with the supportive characters in Power. At the end of Devotion she brought in several new supportive characters and their stories are folding out in Power. You learn more about them and you get few surprises and twists and turns about the faith of the characters. New friendships are created and old ones betrayed. Brilliant!

Generally:

When I finished Power, I was again awed; awed about the writing style which Kristie masterfully develops with each book, awed about the exquisite story development and awed about the finesse Kristie brushes the images of her characters. It’s art. It really is.

5 Flowers!

5 stars. (I would give 6 if I could, but that would be against my own policy).

If you haven't started with Soul Saver Series, be quick and get the books, it's absolutely a series you grow addicted to!

Thanks goes to Kristie for the review copy and to Jessica for organizing the tour!

About the author



Kristie Cook is a lifelong writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction.
Besides writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three teenage sons, a beagle and a puggle. She can be found at:

Author's Website & Blog: http://www.kristiecook.com/
Series Website: http://www.soulsaversseries.com/
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