Monday, August 22, 2016

{Book Blitz + Giveaway} Breaking Through (Breaking #3) by Juliana Haygert


Breaking Through
Juliana Haygert
(Breaking #3)
Publication date: August 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
From the outside, Hilary Taylor has it all—beauty, money, a caring family, good friends—but inside she’s struggling, full of fears. Events from the past forever changed her, and though years of therapy have helped, she still has a long way to go…. No matter how much progress she’s made, Hil isn’t sure she’ll ever be able to trust men again. Especially one who sees her as nothing more than a pretty face. But Hil knows it’s time to face her fears, and the best way to do that is to start small.
To Guilherme Fernandes life is about three things: polo, parties and pretty girls—only one of which he takes seriously. Gui is too focused on his polo career to waste time on relationships, however he can’t help but be intrigued by the beautiful yet troubled Hil. So when she decides she’d like to learn more about horses, Gui is happy to find himself in the right place at the right time. But what was supposed to be a one time thing, soon turns into a weekly date.
As Gui helps her discover a new found love for horses, Hil’s guard begins to crumble. The more support Gui offers, the more she wants to accept…and the more the lines of friendship blur. Despite knowing better, Hil can’t help it as Gui slowly breaks through the walls she’s built. Now she has to decide if she’ll stop him there, or if she’ll finally let her fear go and allow Gui to reach for her heart.
Companion novel of Breaking Free and Breaking Away. Can be read as a standalone. Genre: NA contemporary romance. Warning: strong language, sex scene, mentions of rape and domestic violence.
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Author Bio:
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in North Carolina and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Book Review: Summer Court (The Tarot Witches #4) by SM Reine

Summer Court (The Tarot Witches #4) by SM Reine
Publication Date: July 31st, 2016
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Pages: 183
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Read: August 3rd to 5th, 2016
Rating: 3/5


~Summary~

The fourth and final book in the NYT Bestselling paranormal romance series. Readers 18+ only. 
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Half a year ago, Samita Madin shared one steamy night with a friend - what she thought would be just a fling with that firefighter her mom didn't like. But she couldn't stop thinking about Slater Reinhard in the weeks that followed. Especially once she realized she'd gotten pregnant from their tryst. 

Samita had every intent of staying in Toronto, keeping the baby a secret from Slater. But then demons attacked North America in a massive catastrophe known as the Breaking, which let Hell pour onto Earth. Separated from her family, and injured in a collapsing building, she has no choice but to let Slater protect her - and their unborn baby - from the preternatural onslaught.

But now Slater's one of the preternaturals. He's been bitten by a werewolf since the last time they saw each other. He's changing from a hero firefighter into a monster with urges that he can't control. 

A lot of those urges have to do with Samita. 

He only needs one glance from Samita to vow he'll get her and their baby through the end of the world. And Slater has every intent of claiming Samita as his mate.




I really wish I started this series from the beginning then I think I would have connected to it a lot easier. Yes, within each book of this series you follow a different set of couples so you don't really need to start from the beginning (as the only other book I read of this series was the second one) but I think you should just so you feel like you didn't miss anything and you can connect to the story better. 

The story was easy to follow and I would get hooked but it was also easy for me to put it down and go do other things. I also wasn't dying to pick the book back up either even though I was enjoying the story. I really did like the story, even though some times I felt it moved a little too fast. Mrs. Reine is great at making you sit on the edge of your seat in anticipation and she sure knows how to write a scene that'll make you have to fan yourself ;). 

Overall I think if I was able to connect to the story better then I would have loved it. I did love realizing that some of the characters are from other books from Mrs. Reine, like Rage and Violet from The Mage Craft Series. You get to see who they were before they became the King and Queen of the summer court even though they're not the main characters of this book. I love seeing how Mrs. Reine weaves all these stories in the world she's created, I'm truly amazed by it and excited to see how many stories she'll create in this world! There's so much she can do that she hasn't done already!


*Was given a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review*






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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Book Review: The Rise of Peter Troy Vol. 3 Mayhem by Joseph DiBartolo

The Rise of Peter Troy Vol. 3 Mayhem by Joseph DiBartolo
Publication Date: September 17th, 2015
Genre: Adult
Pages: 38
Format: Kindle
Source: Free on Amazon
Read: June 18th, 2015
Rating: 2/5



~Summary~

The nightmare continues with Peter and the gang coming head on with the inescapable truth behind the outbreak. The mass production of Elixir has thrown the world into a decayed chaos. With the world in shambles, will Peter and his companions have enough fight in them to survive? Or will they join the ranks of the undead?




I don't really have much to say, I read this the same day I finished the previous book. The story continued where the second one ended and I kind of liked how they had a mission on stopping the cause of the infection, but honestly isn't it already too late to stop it when planes are falling out of the sky? 

I honestly don't understand how the characters feel like family when they've only been together for maybe like two days, when that thought crossed the main guys mind I thought it was a bit too dramatic. But then again it's probably cause I wasn't really connected to them or to the story myself. I also don't understand the need of this new female character, which felt like it might be building up for a love triangle? At least from the action they displayed it felt like that, though I could be wrong but I have no need to buy the next one to find out.

Overall another meh read and I have no urge to continue the series. I'm sad I didn't love it as much as everyone else. I feel like they need to be longer and more developed. Maybe if I connected to the main guy better I might have liked it but I doubt it because I also wasn't a big fan of the dialog. It felt cheesy, too cocky, and not really "adult" even though the guy is an adult. Maybe it's cause I'm a girl, who knows, I just wasn't feeling him.  






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Monday, June 27, 2016

{Release Day Blitz + Giveaway} The Everlasting Circle (Everlast #3) by Juliana Haygert


The Everlasting Circle
Juliana Haygert
(Everlast #3)
Publication date: June 27th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
The war is approaching and the time to find enough allies for an army is running out. As is Nadine’s life.
Though Micah would love to spend more time trying to find a solution for Nadine’s impeding death, she would rather focus on strategies to win the war. With a new hero, a new god, and new abilities, Nadine starts to believe they might actually have a chance to chase the darkness away from the world.
Until betrayal drags them back to step zero.
Lost and angry, Nadine almost gives up. Almost. Her time on this Earth might be ending, but she has too much to do before she’s ready to die. Against all odds, Nadine will keep fighting to win the war until her very last breath.
Genre: New Adult Fantasy. Warning: strong language, sex scene. This is the 3rd book in the Everlast trilogy. May contain spoilers of the previous books.


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Author Bio: 
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in North Carolina and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy. 




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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Review: The Rise of Peter Troy Vol.2 The Black Road by Joseph DiBartolo

The Rise of Peter Troy Vol.2 The Black Road by Joseph DiBartolo
Publication Date: March 11th, 2015
Genre: Adult 
Pages: 38
Format: Kindle
Source: Free on Amazon
Read: June 18th, 2016
Rating: 2/5



~Summary~

The journey continues with Peter Troy and his company as they fight for answers as to what caused the outbreak as well as reaching their families scattered all over the country. The action is intense, and the gore is more, with Peter slaying his way to the twisted and shocking truth behind the decayed ones. Who will survive? Who will become a decayed one? And who will meet Peter's trusty meat cleaver? Don't miss the second installment of this short story series, The Rise of Peter Troy: The Black Road




I'm honestly happy to say that I got the first three books for free on Amazon because I wouldn't have bought them otherwise. The first book was so-so for me and this one really didn't get any better. It's truly a simple, quick read but I'm just not drawn into it. The dialog feels cheesy to me and I just can't connect to the main guy, like at all. As I'm reading some things make me roll my eyes. 

Like the romance between Peter and Lena, I just don't understand why it's in the story in the first place. It's absolutely unnecessary and it feels like it's forced upon the characters, like there wasn't much heart written into it. I say that because it doesn't really develop for the readers, it just happens

And when the little hint of cause to the zombie apocalypse came into play, let's just say it wasn't hard to connect the dots. It was so obvious!

Overall, this was a meh read for me. I'll probably read the next one cause it's a short story series so it won't take me long to read but I highly doubt I'll buy the fourth book.


       



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Sunday, June 19, 2016

ARC Book Review: House of Judges (House of Royals #4) by Keary Taylor

House of Judges (House of Royals #4) by Keary Taylor
Publication Date: June 28th, 2016
Genre: Adult Paranormal
Pages: 181
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Read: June 13th to 17th, 2016
Rating: 5/5



~Summary~

Alivia once led a House full of immortal vampires, but now everything has been stripped away. Her friends have turned their backs on her, convinced she betrayed them and their Born kind. Taken prisoner to the King’s Court, she awaits her trial. But the sins of her father threaten to blacken her chances of clearing her name.

Alivia toyed with King Cyrus’ heart—and now, he’s going to make her pay. Perhaps with her life.

Hidden in the belly of the castle, truths will come to light, and the surface of the King’s brutality and the horrors of the castle have barely been scratched.

Prepare to be judged…
 




This book was truly a brilliant build up for the last and final book! Throughout I was sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation and while watching how truly cruel the king is! I'm really hoping someone will knock him down in the next book, it isn't hard to see why he's king as he's truly demented! My heart was breaking for Alivia when he was punishing her, it was all absolutely evil what he did to her! But then again, I shouldn't have expected anything else haha.

There were so many twist and turns that my jaw dropped many times! I honestly didn't know where this story was going so I found myself shocked after shocked, I just couldn't put the book down! It wasn't hard to get sucked into this story! I'm not ready for this series to end, I'm really going to miss this world! 

Since I only have this series in Kindle form you know I'll be buying the paperbacks so I can revisit this world and for them to look pretty on my bookshelves! Ugh, I just love this series and I'm dying for the next one! Especially as it left off on a killer cliffhanger! We're finally starting to get answers and it ends there, you're killing me Mrs. Taylor but in a good way! 

Overall if you loved the first three books of this series then you're going to love this one! If you haven't started this amazeballs series and you love vampires then why haven't you?! You should be picking it up right now! This series is absolutely addicting, so get comfortable and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one! 


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Book Review: Unveiled (Realms of Darkness #1) by R.S. Broadhead

Unveiled (Realms of Darkness #1) by R.S. Broadhead
Publication Date: May 9th, 2014
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
Read: June 5th to 8th, 2016
Rating: 2/5



~Summary~

Twenty-one-year-old Reese Salt and her best friends like to party, flirt with boys, and stare at her super hot mysterious neighbor who keeps trying to tell her something in cryptic messages. She doesn't believe him, wanting to continue living her carefree life. But then things get weird when they're at a party and someone--or something--laces the party favors. Suddenly Reese is surrounded by hot guys in tactical gear, looking for one of her boyfriend's childhood friends, who they say isn't human.

After that night, everything changes. The safe world Reese thought she lived in isn't so safe anymore. To take her mind off it, and to apologize for being a jealous jerk, her boyfriend Wheeler takes her on what's supposed to be a romantic getaway--until his jealous tendencies turn violent and he smashes her face, knocking her out. As if things couldn't get any worse, they wake up under attack by what Reese can only describe as monsters. Only caring about his own survival, Wheeler smashes her leg, leaving her for dead. Big mistake. Something inside her awakens, and her body goes on autopilot, literally. She finds a helicopter, and instinct takes over, flying her battered body home, and leaving Wheeler to die at the mouths of the monsters.

Reese and her friends then seek out the help of her hot neighbor, who is the leader of a training program that fights the things that go bump in the night. Reese goes to the facility in search of answers, but she ends up finding so much more. Reese learns about weapons, fighting, monsters, and most of all, herself. Then there's Oliver Steele, her trainer who becomes much more. Reese is scared to open up, afraid she'll only get hurt again.

Can Reese save the world, learn to trust her heart, and find the strength to learn about who she really is? She better. Her life depends on it.




Okay, so the first time I picked this up was a couple of months ago but as I was reading I just couldn't get into it and the story just wasn't sitting right with me, it had some problems (in my liking how it was going, not with editing). So I had to put it down and move on. But then I decided to pick it back up and give it another try.

This time I read it a bit slower, thinking maybe that would help me get into it better. It didn't and those problems I had before were still there. At first I thought it was going well, flowing well with the world building. Had to take some time in getting connected to the characters but I saw potential so I kept reading. But when I got to the moment where the main gal's neighbor tells her and her friends they are special and that he want's to train them, once again I was blown away (not in a good way) with how they reacted to this. They jumped the gun, without asking any questions or asking what the hell is going on (the first thing I would ask is if the world was ending, especially after the second incident Reese had with these creatures), instead they were all into it and couldn't wait to start training. Um, what? Is your town so boring that you'll just say yes to anything without asking questions? 

But even though I hated how they reacted, I trudged through still thinking it had potential. It didn't and things for me went down hill from there. If you're thinking they have special powers like wielding fire or water, or able to read minds or have physic abilities then you're going to be surely disappointed. The powers are things you'd be trained for within special government agencies, special ops kind of things. Things to me that don't really qualify as "special", especially if these things can be taught to anyone.

Then this story did a 360 and so much boy drama became the center of attention, caused for me to forget about pretty much everything that happened in the beginning and where this story was leading to at the end. So much boy drama and it just didn't feel right. This story didn't flow well for me and wasn't balanced with the paranormal and romance. They just didn't connect well and so I wasn't able to connect with the story.

Another scene that helped make it harder to get into or take this story serious was when a couple of "special ops" guys were sent to look after the girls when they went to the party, decided to give them a strip tease, on stage in front of everyone and then get drunk afterwards. Okay, and I'm supposed to take these guys serious after that? I don't mind them having fun but wrong time when they're working on the job. 

Overall I just couldn't connect to the story, it just felt wrong and the story didn't flow for me and the boy drama. Cue roll eyeing, I don't know how a girl can sleep with a guy and think she's falling in love with him and then the next moment, cuddled with that said guy as he's sleeping, starts thinking about her ex and thinking maybe one day they'll get back together. Um, no. Just, no. And throughout the book I felt like things didn't really get explained so when new speculation came to light in the ending it piqued my interest so since the author was kind enough to send me the second book with this one, then I'll probably give it a try and see if it gets any better.

Also, forgot to mention, in the beginning every character we met pretty much started with the letter "S" so it didn't make things easy to remember who was who.  Does anyone else hate when there's multiple characters with the same letter names? There was like 5 or 6 characters in the beginning with the same letter names and boy was that annoying, it's a pet peeve of mine....

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