Thursday, August 9, 2012

Message from Jen - Moved

Message from Jen - 

Hey Guys - I know it's been awhile, wow! SO SORRY!!!

Wanted to let you know, I've moved -
I have merged with Chasity over at Lovlivlife Reviews

Over there we are throwing out a TON of e-read giveaways, book promotions, New Cover reveals and many many new book reviews for both Young Adult and Adult books alike.
PNR, Urban Fantasy, Romance - we've got it all now.

And because there are 2 of us ( with the help of special Reviewers every now and then) we have new posts updated almost daily.

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I wont be posting anymore from this blog 

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Stuttering Tatto by Greg Logsted

The Stuttering TattooThe Stuttering Tattoo by Greg Logsted

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a lot better then I thought it would be. Lots of great action! And anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for a book told in an Teenage Boy's POV :)

The book starts off with Steven Bishop in Algebra class. He's daydreaming as usual, when the substitue teacher calls on him. He doesn't know what they're talking about, doesnt' care.

Everyone knows he's the kid that doesn't talk much anyways. A couple of years ago, his stuttering was really bad. It's gotten a lot better now, but he still has trouble every now and then. So he doesn't even try most of the time. He makes up for it though with his looks. Everyone knows not to mess with him. He's tall, and built.

His best friend Carlos and him do odd jobs all the time, and it's a lot of physical labor.

So being called in class by the teacher didn't have him worried, but he still didn't want to answer her.

Just as the teacher tells him to answer her question or to go to the office, he stands up to grab his backpack.. it wont do any good to try to answer a question he didn't know.

Saved by the new student though. In "Glides" the new girl. almost like she's floating. And Steven can't keep his eyes off her.

When class is over, he follows her, only she doesn't go to her next class, she goes out to the parking lot. He follows her and sees her take a knife out of her pocket and slash the tires on one of the cars in the teacher's lounge. Then she goes back to the school

What was up with that?

After school is over, Steven picks up his motorcycle and heads on over to the coffee shop where he goes every day.. he doesn't know why he loves coffee so much. must be in his genes since his father is a cop and all.

Just as he pulls into the coffee shop, Becky, the new student walks out. He tries to look busy so she doesn't think he's staring at her. but she notices him.

He gives her a ride home. Acting a little fast, once they arrive at her house, he pulls her into a tight hug. When she notices her dog hasn't come out to greet them. She starts to get a little worried.

So together they walk to her backyard where they find the dog over in the corner of the yard chewing on something.

As they approach, it's more and more obvious what the dog was chewing on... An arm! With bright red long fingernails and a female's ring with a heart and the number 37 clearly marked on the ring.

Becky turns and starts to throw up. Being the tough guy Steven is, he keeps approaching the dog and tries to shoo it away from the arm. He calls his dad at the station and takes Becky into the house to wait it out.

Freaked out and unable to get it out of his mind, he can't sleep that night.

Next day is Saturday and Steven gets up to go to work with Carlos.

When he finishes that night he gets home and checks in with his dad. Then he gets a phone call from Becky asking if he's going to be at the Ancient Mariner (A bar) to watch her band (The Gambit Queen)play. He says he'll be there.

When he gets there, he's carded, of course he has a fake ID - he looks like he's in college, so he can get into anywhere.

He walks in the bar, gets himself a beer, just as he notices his Coach from school. They go outside while Coach has a smoke and they talk about the arm Steven found. Small town, word gets around.

When Steven explains what the ring looked like, Coach says he remembers something about the 37, but couldn't recall. So Steven gave him his phone number and told him to call him if he remembers anything.

Becky comes up to him and they talk a little bit. She doesn't want to be in a bad mood so they keep the conversation light. The owner of the bar shows up and she calls him over. He likes Becky and treats her well. And he seems to be a nice guy when he's introduced to Steven.

Becky's cousin Sam shows up - Becky gets a little pale in the face and her mood turns sour. She doesn't want to talk to him, but she walks off and has a private conversation with him anyways. Steven watches closely as Becky refuses whatever Sam is whispering to her. Sam gets her point across for whatever reason and Becky returns to Steven.

He starts to ask her what that was about, but Becky doesn't want to talk about it. So she goes to get ready to start her session and Steven goes off to find a table to watch.

After a little while, Steven starts to feel funny. He realizes he's been drugged.

Not sure how, but he woke up in a strange place. Carlos.. seems Steven realized he was drugged and called him.

Luckily Steven's dad was out late playing poker and lost track of time. Ended up staying at his friend's house instead of coming home.

So Steven went home and fell back to sleep with visions of the previous night blinking in and out.

Monday at school Becky wasn't there.. The night before they were up late chatting on the computer. She made him promise to meet her out front of the school.. and she didn't show up.. Something was wrong. He could feel it.

She wouldn't answer her phone, next day, nothing again.. after 3 days, he finally decided to go to her house.

That's where he met her dad...
Freaky guy he was :)

I loved this story - way cute change of pace from what I usually read.

I loved his sense of humor. Loved how everyone kept telling him he was full of crap and he still didn't care what everyone else thought. He knew what he knew.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Drive-By-Valentine by Kimber An

Drive-By ValentineDrive-By Valentine by Kimber An

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a cute short story :)

I loved the whole idea!
We start off with Eve driving to an old antique car dealership.

It's the day before Valentine's day and she had over heard her friends placing a bet that she would be home alone instead of with a date. How sad her life had become!

She silently made a bet with herself to find a date.

She drove away to get away from things for a bit, and stopped off a few hours outside of town at a little cafe' . But as soon as soon as she sat down, she broke out in tears. The waitress sat down next to her and let her cry out her story about being alone.

So the waitress told her to go to the antique car dealership. There she will find the one she is suppose to be with..

Or close to it. That's where Eve met Sofia. Sofia is a hunched back old lady who seemed to know more about Eve then Eve even know about herself. She knew that Eve wouldn't find her true love, until she knew what she wanted in a man. Everything Eve had said had been something her mother would have wanted her to have in a man... but Sofia knew better. She knew that wasn't what Eve wanted.

And she was right.. So when Sofia told Eve to dressed in Jeans and a flowered blouse and meet her in front of the hardware store in town the next morning, Eve knew she was in for something special..

Like I said I really loved this story. The sweet little ol' lady didn't claim to be physic , she just claimed to be aware of things, and people. She listened and she knew :)

Perfect light romance story just in time for Valentine's day :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Bro-Magnet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Bro-MagnetThe Bro-Magnet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has got to be one of the BEST "GUY" stories out there! Seriously!

If you've ever wanted to get inside of a guy's head while growing up, meeting someone, messing up that relationship, meeting someone else, falling in love - This book is totally for you!

I LOVE getting into a guys head - How the heck does Lauren Bartatz-Logsted do it?? WOW!

The book starts off with Johnny Smith telling his story -

"Right from the start I've been a disappointment to women"
When he was born, his mom held him for a few mins. She thought he'd be a girl, then she died -
"If you'd been a girl," Aunt Alfresca says, taking me from my dead mother's arms..." This never would have happened."

I know all this, not because I was born with some kind of precocious baby-genius capability to instantly understand language, but rather because Aunt Alfresca has spent the last thirty-three years reminding me, at fairly regular intervals."

"As I said right from the start, I've been a disappointment to woment.

Then we hear a few cute little stories of him being in grade school. Going outside to play with the guys in the neighborhood - the guys always liked him. He was a big kid - not fat, but always stronger, more energetic and ready to play sports type bigger.

But there were only 5 guys in the neighborhood, so he went next door to ask Alice to be their 6th - but Alice has issues with Johnny "Nice way to ask, Smith... We kinda need one more."

Even when he tries to be nice, he can't seem to get it right.

Sometime in Middle School, Johnny see's Alice in line at lunch. Alice Knox has the nicest... breasts of any girl in their class, and out of nowhere he reaches out to place a finger under her bra strap that's peeking out from beneath her pink tank and snaps it.. which is almost immediately followed by ... Slap

So spreading the word in Middle school, the guys cheer for Johnny being brave enough to snap Alice's bra, and the girls turn their heads at him for being "the strapper"

Senior prom - Johnny is going to prom with 7 other guys. It's not like he didn't want to take a girl to prom, actually ONE girl in particular, There was only ever one girl in that school he'd buy a corsage for. But he couldn't work up enough courage to ask her to the prom, so he decided to go stag. When word got out that he was going stag, and 7 of his friends decided to go stag with him, pretty much ever dateless girl in the school decided they'd hate him for taking 7 guys off the prom market.

(I think I'm telling too much of the story, and we're not even a full chapter into it yet!)

Anyways - SO more goes wrong at prom and he starts to wonder why guys are always telling him he's such a great guy, and yet, he can't get a girls attention..

After Johnny's dad got sick, he pretty much took over his dad's house painting company.

He usually brought along his BFF Sam (the Lesbian) to help him out. Everywhere he went, the man of the house seemed to want to become friends with Johnny, but the women were always the first to leave the house.

When he started painting Steve Millar's Dining room (for the 4th time) Steve started getting chatty with Johnny. Next thing he knew he was inviting Johnny to the Yankee’s game... $800 seats!

Now one thing we learn about Johnny was his dad, Big John raised him alone, Sure he had his Aunt Alfresca to tell him when he was screwing up everyone's lives, But Johnny did learn to become a big loyal sports fan.

So he declines the tickets (even the $800 seats behind home plate).

But eventually he caves in and decides he'll never get another chance like this. So even though they're Yankee tickets, he goes to the game with Steve. Being totally out of place, Steve and his Lawyer buddies all in suits, and Johnny in his typical Jeans and t-shirt (leaving his Met's cap at home) they hang out. Of course everyone seems to take a likening to Johnny right away.. that is except the stuffy looking women sitting on the other side of him. He tries to make polite conversation, but of course she politely declines.

He thinks she's really pretty, and can't stop thinking about her.. When Steve (whom somehow invited himself to their Friday night poker game) gave Johnny Helen's phone number because she's looking for someone to paint her house.... Johnny gets nervous..

Ok I will stop there :) I really LOVED this story! The POV from Johnny was awesome! I really felt like he was telling me the story from his POV - not like he was narriating a story, but it was happening to him with his own words.

He struggled with his feelings, he had a Lesbian as a BFF who screwed up her own relationships - so together the two of them tried to figure out what a women really wants -

HILARIOUS! I laughed so much while reading this story - it really was great!

Recommending it to everyone who enjoys a really good story - the romance was very light, but perfect for HIS Pov - there are no details or touchy feelings, just as it is - I would say this is great PG - but in an Adult Situation:)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cold Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

Cold Blood (Dirty Blood #2)Cold Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great story - I’m not in love with the cliffhanger – But there is a great set up for the next book - really looking forward to that one : )

This was an awesome story - lots of action and drama :)

We start off with Tara getting ready to leave for Hunter school, just a couple of days after the first book left off. Tara isn't thrilled about leaving her home, her mom and grandmother, her friends and school, but she knows she needs to learn about being a hunter and working towards making Vera’s vision come true.. Leading the Cause .. with Wes by her side..

*sigh* Wes *sigh*

Wes comes over to talk to Tara before she leaves. That's when he informs her that Jack is still healing and needs Wes to stay and help run to cause. in fact, Jack is asking Wes to take over the leadership of the Cause - SO Tara is forced to go to west point hunter's school and be without Wes - that's just not fair :(

When Tara gets to the school, she literally runs into a familiar guy with very green eyes. he looks at her, then turns and stalks down the hallway and turns the corner. when she realizes he was at the warehouse incident and saved her life, she wanted to follow him.. but her Grandma pulled her attention back to the school... and off they went to meant the Headmaster.

The Headmaster gives Tara her schedule and lets her know her trainer will be here in a sec to show her to her first class.

waiting outside the door watching her mom and grandma leave her, she turns and sees the familiar green eyes again.

Alex is a senior and his job is to catch Tara up with her physical training so she can graduate with the rest of the class next year.

Walking in front of her, Tara follows silently as they pass by a bunch of other students glaring at her, whispering and pointing at her.... she tried to brush it off as just being the new kid, but when she heard a few people saying "Dirty blood" and "mutt" she couldn't help but feel insecure. but she wasn't going to let them see that.

Tara is roommates with none other than Veronica - the schools most popular ice queen.

Things couldn't get any worse..

Trying to stay away from her as much as possible, she becomes friends with Logan and Cambria - the school's other misfits. Logan is too much of a hottie to blend in with the geeks, and the cool kids all figured out that he’s too smart to sink their shallow standards, and Cambria too stubborn to conform. So they took Tara under their wing.

When Alex starts training with Tara, he comes off cold and distant. When Tara realizes it's because he, too has issues with her mix blood, she tries to be just as cold back to him. but then they become friends - and that turns into something a little more - but she's with Wes, and she loves Wes, so why is she attracted to someone else?? she tries to brush it off as Wes's absence that's causing it, but then Alex starts to show his interest, and she doesn't know what to do...

I love the friendship that is bonded with these 3 misfits :) Cambria is awesome. I love the way she thinks. She is all talk and action and even with her "Charming" attitude, she couldn't care less what people thought of her.

As Tara’s past creeps up on her, she has no other option but to relay on Alex and Logan and Cambria to help her...

Great story - can't wait for the next one to come out :)

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Here is my review for Dirty Blood  (book one)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Remembrance (Transcend Time, #1)Remembrance by Michelle Madow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not sure what it was about this book that kept me so interested, but I just couldn't put it down!

The book starts off as Jeremy and Lizzie were driving to school, the first day of school. Jeremy had been acting differently, more distant, always worried about his new friends on the Varsity soccer team. In line to be the next Co-Captain of the team. Sure the pressure was on him, but they didn't seem to have that same connection they once had 3 years ago when they started dating.

First day of school and Lizzie's first class was History with her BFF Chelsea. Just as class was about to start, a new guy walks into the classroom. Their eyes meet and Lizzie knows she has met this guy before. She KNOWS him. She can visualize his hair a little longer, but still in that messed up sort of way. It scared her. He broke his eyes away first, grabbing the last free desk in the classroom. The one next to Lizzie. Throughout the whole class, she did everything she could not to look at him, not to think about it.. it was hopless.

Next class in AP French with Jemery, she saw Drew sitting front and center in the same class. French had never been Lizzie's favorite subject, in fact she barely sounded like an English Tourist when the teacher called on her to ask what she did over the summer. Drew looked at her stunned by her lack of the use of the language.

But he re-assured her after class that it would come to her and she would be a natural at the language in no time.

When Chelsea announced to Lizzie that she had asked Drew out on a double date with her and Jeremy, Lizzie's heart started pounding harder.

On the way to the movies, things got a little tense with Jeremy, but once they met up with Chelsea and Drew, Lizzie decided to try to forget Jeremy's harsh words and enjoy the night. Of course they went to a horror movie where everyone knew that Lizzie got scared easily.

I was up late reading this book, waiting to see how it played out -

This book was cute on a lot of different levels. I loved the draw that Drew and Lizzie had towards each other. And yet trying to fight it made everything worse. I loved the flashbacks, and how the knowledge came back to them once they remembered. It was different then other books I've read with similar topics.

Great story - recommended to those that love a good YA Romance book :)

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sweet Bytes by Kimber An

Sweet Bytes (Ophelia Dawson Chronicles, #3)Sweet Bytes by Kimber An

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love this series! It's such a cute different style of vampires - and in this book - we learn that all Vampires are different - just the way humans are all different. There are some good, and some bad, some rebelliousness, some in love -

We meet up with Ophelia and her new body guard Tristan - Tristan is an old blood - and ready to give his life for Ophelia. Being Empathic she is very precious to the old blood - and being a diabetic, she is very precious to the New bloods - but not in a good way.

Mark is still out there, and he is still in love with Ophelia... maybe love isn't the right word, but he's defiantly obsessed with finding her. And Adrian isn't happy about that.

Just because Adrian is a New blood now, and craving the diabetic sweet blood, doesn't mean his feelings have changed. He and Ophelia are still soul mates , and he's determined to keep her safe. even if it means killing himself.
When John Pierre comes along trying to get Ophelia to let him change her over, he announces that he killed Adrian, Ophelia is heartbroken all over again.

The emotional roller coaster with Ophelia is really hard on her, but she tries hard to keep herself in check. being an Empathy, she needs to keep her emotions to a check. Now her Sister Brianna, she is a different story. We learn that she has the same Empathy powers that Ophelia has, only she doesn't know how to separate emotions yet and that's why she gets so high strung around certain people.

I love Brianna, she is so funny and cute. Always trying to look out for her twin sister, but instead always needing her twin sister to look out for her.

We also meet Victoria, The girl's Grandmother - who is also Empathy. And she is the Funniest - most awesome grandmother i have ever met :) Loved her! She's also set out to teach the girls everything she knows in order to survive their upcoming 18th birthday - it's the only way to get their lives back..

I'm so looking forward to the next book - I really LOVE this series :)

Check out my reviews to Kimber An's Ophelia Dawnson's Chronicals :)

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