Cover Reveal: Out From Under by Selene Chardou

Title: Out From Under, A Novel (Stand alone, not part of a series)
Author: Selene Chardou
Expected release date: July 31st, 2013
Genre: Romantic Mystery & Suspense / Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Book Synopsis
Trista Lennon is strong, independent and only desires freedom. Freedom from the control of her parents, freedom from the motorcycle gangs she has had to put up with her whole life and freedom
from a relationship that will trap her into the very life she has no wish to ever live.The day before she’s supposed to leave for Stanford University to pursue her dreams, her world is shattered. After a tragedy that tears her family apart, Trey, her cousin, Talia, invites her to L.A. Her life is all the sudden Hollywood stars and sunshine, late nights and wild parties.

And then she meets him.

Linx Carter isn’t looking for a relationship. He survived a dysfunctional marriage with his childhood sweetheart, which produced two sons, an inability to trust women and a multitude of lies. He merely wants to recuperate from a rough, six month tour Winter’s Regret just completed with superstar band, Scarlet Fever, and enjoy a little peace and quiet.

Until he sees her.

Trista and Linx fight their attraction for one another like war on a battlefield.She has a closetful of secrets and he would rather be single and pathetic than date a teenage girl who seems older than her years. However the passion between them is too much to resist and they realize in order to heal one another, they must destroy the walls they have constructed so tightly around their hearts.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Selene Chardou is a world traveler and the alter-ego of Elle Chardou.

Ms. Chardou’s writing is all about hot romance and exciting times with the wild, damaged, out of control and/or rich and famous set in the New Adult realm. She is currently working on Out from Under and The Will to Love, the first novel in the Scarlet Fever Series, which will chronicle the relationship of Will Cullen and Laurel Munsen. She also has a pop stars series planned and an MC series planned that chronicles the issues between Lucifer’s Saints and Demon’s Bastards motorcycle clubs.

Ms. Chardou has lived abroad in Stockholm (Sweden), Manchester (England), Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Contact Information:

Review: 314 by A.R. Wise

Author: A.R. Wise
Publish Date: December 24th, 2012
Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc.
Series: Book 1
Available: Amazon
Synopsis: Alma Harper has done her best to forget all about what happened in Widowsfield 16 years ago. She has a great career that she loves and is rekindling things with her one true love.Ye the number 314 haunts her as does the day her brother disappeared.When a reporter appears in Alma’s life just days before March 14th,Alma realizes that for her own sanity she must find out what happened that day,sixteen years earlier.
Disclaimer: I got this book as a freebie off of Amazon.com.
Review: I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting into when I got this book as a freebie off of Amazon. I needed a scary book and boy did this book deliver in a big way. The beginning was definitely creepy and disturbing and if I had a weaker stomach I probably would have abandoned the book.This was definitely not a book for everyone due to it’s dark subject matter. Nor do you need professional help if you enjoyed this book.
The hops from sixteen years ago to present day were a little difficult to adjust to but once I did adjust to them I had no issues. Editing was great. I found no issues in either grammar,spelling or formatting which really made me a happy camper.Editing is a big issue for me so to see a flawless editing job in this book was a great feeling. Pacing-wise the story was good too. There was one point,about 3/4’s of the way in,where there was a little lull but thankfully it didn’t last long.

I really loved Alma. I resonated with her so much it was nuts. From the estranged relationship she had with her father,to the on and off again relationship she had with her high school boyfriend. Really just those two things were SO similar to my own life.We got a few flashback snippets of her relationship with her mother and that’s where the similarities ended.I am extremely close with my mother (best friend close) and Alma was not.

Paul was so awesome throughout the book. You knew that he loved Alma.It was plain as day.Especially when he agreed to join Alma on a quest for the truth.Yes he had kind of a douche-y history but it was clear that it was always Alma.Thankfully the romance/mushy stuff took a backseat to the creepier stuff.

Eeeek, I loved Jacker. He was another awesome character who turned out to be so much more complex than anyone could have imagined.Rachel and Stephen were awesome too,even if Stephen was a tad bit overzealous about the whole Widowsfield thing.I actually felt sympathy for Rachel because Stephen seemed SO obsessed with it.Now I wanted to like Aubrey,I really did but she came in so late in the book that it was hard for me to really care too much about her.

I didn’t even realize this was book 1 of a series until I reached the end. GAH! I was so aggravated about that.However I still plan on reading book two. Now that I look back on this book it does seem like the entire thing was the beginning of a series.There was a LOT of character development which I loved.This book is getting 4.5 stars from me. It was practically perfect except for that small lull that I mentioned earlier and the addition of Aubrey who I think was brought in too late in the book. 

Review: Pivot Point by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West
Publish Date: February 12th,2013
Published by: Harper Teen
Genre: YA/Paranormal
Standalone
Synopsis: Addison “Addie” Coleman lives in constant what if’s.As a Searcher,Addie can look into the future whenever she has to make a choice about something,anything.A very important choice hits her out of nowhere when her parents announce that they are divorcing. Now Addie has to choose who she wants to live with (a rough decision for most kids in this situation) However Addie can look into the future and see what life she likes best. Her father will be leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms” while her mother will stay put.
In one future,Addie is adjusting to life outside the compound,meeting new faces like Trevor. He’s sweet and kind to her. In the other future Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in their high school. Things kind of turn on their head when Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the compound.It will eventually come down to,who can Addie not afford to lose.

Disclaimer: I purchased this book off of Amazon.

Review: I must admit that I had heard so many great things about this book but I was worried that I wouldn’t like it. While the beginning was a tiny bit on the slow side,it really picked up quickly and I was drawn into such an interesting world.
I know it sounds crazy but for the longest time I was drawn to Duke. Yes he was an arrogant ass in the beginning. Yes he had the typical quarterback’s attitude but I was drawn to him. Trevor on the other hand was kind of boring. I know he was sweet and Addie liked how he understood her but I really thought he was boring.In terms of character development,both love interests definitely had distinct personalities that authors tend not to showcase enough for me.
Addie was awesome. She was the kind of character that I would want as a best friend.She was funny, loyal & kind. Laila was awesome too. She definitely had spunk just like Addie did but again they weren’t like two peas in a pod or anything. They had their own distinct likes & personalities. Bobby was a class A jerk and I wanting nothing more than for him to get what was coming to him. 
From a writing standpoint,it was perfection. Great pacing & the editing was perfection. No issues at all. At first going back and forth between the possible futures was a bit confusing but I caught on quickly.
It really made me think though. All I could think when I was reading this (outside of what future will Addie pick) was my future. If I was a Searcher would I Search frequently to make choices or would I just let life happen until I had to make a significant choice like Addie did. I found myself wondering what my future held and I even wished that the ability to know my future was a real thing.
It was an amazing book that I would happily and enthusiastically recommend to all of my friends. Five stars to this book that made me think about my own life.

Stacking the Shelves #3

Just as I predicted,this week started off with an onslaught of books. I actually felt terrible for the mailman on Monday as he handed me 3 packages.Things did not improve for the poor guy as the week went on. I got at least 1 package through Friday.

Bought
Received for Review
The Witches of Blackmere High
Gifts
Won
Burn (Book 3 of the Breathless Trilogy) (Twitter giveaway)
All I Need (from Cuddlebuggery)
The Silver Star (from ARCycling)
Playing Nice

This was how I was feeling by Saturday afternoon as I feverishly updated this post.

I never thought I’d say this but I hope next week isn’t so book crazy. 

Friday Musings #4

So today I am going to talk about some of the book blogs that I love and make a point to visit & comment as much as I can without overtaxing myself.

A Reader of Fictions
The Perpetual Page Turner
Once Upon a Prologue
Xpresso Reads
Ramblings of a Daydreamer
Nose Graze

These are the blogs that I visit & comment on most often. These ladies have been so welcoming to me from the beginning. Christina is my rant & snark buddy. Giselle & Ashley are my sensible book buddies. Jamie could really be my twin as we think so much alike on SO many things. Molli & Marie are where I go when I need to fangirl over stuff. Plus Marie has been a HUGE support to me as I begin to write my first novel.

I worried when I started this book blogging thing that I wouldn’t fit in. That it would feel like I was the new girl in school where everyone had their own cliques & friends. I needn’t have worried about that. I have been welcomed big time and not just by the ladies I mentioned in this post but by basically everyone. It’s like this awesome little community where we can talk our heads off about books and no one CARES because it’s a shared interest.

Even if we don’t all have the same tastes in books,it’s STILL fun.Besides the world would be quite boring if we all had the same tastes in books.So thanks to those awesome ladies that have made me feel so at home in the past 3 months.

Book Tour: Gemini Rising: Ethereal Fury




About the Book:
 Title: Ethereal Fury (bk 1 Gemini Rising) by Jessica O’Gorek
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Genre: Fantasy / Futuristic / Teen

Synopsis: BEWARE! THE PLANET IS WOUNDED… THE GEMINI ARE RISING AND OUR TIME ON EARTH IS LIMITED Mother Earth, wounded by the human race and its disregard for her resources, will recruit human souls to serve Her and turn against humanity. A rising force festers.

 Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings will systematically possess and destroy towns, cities, and states. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between Onyx, a lead Gemini, and Violette, a human, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.

 Book Links: AmazonGood Reads

Disclaimer: I received this book in e-book format in exchange for my honest review & participation in a Book Tour.

Review:
At first,when I agreed to participate in the book tour I was a little uneasy. This book pushed the boundaries in what I am normally interested in reading.However one of my goals in doing this book blogging thing was to expand my horizons and read books that I wouldn’t have ordinarily picked up.

At the beginning the book is sort of slow and usually when it starts off slow I end up having to throw it in my DNF pile.Not with this one. Yes it had started slowly but when the book picked up,it REALLY picked up.I ended up absolutely loving it by the end,despite feeling like I was going to have to put it in my DNF pile when I started.

I love the name Onyx.It seemed to fit him so well.Normally I don’t like it when main characters have funky names but in this case,it totally worked.I think he was a very complex character and I liked that. I suspect that in a book like this one,the characters have to be somewhat complex or it would read like a terrible fan fiction.

Oh Slate,dear sweet trusting Slate. How much I adore you.He has that whole knight in shinning armor thing going on.He’s definitely crazy about Violette but he is several years older than her. I love that he’s starting to question things about his surroundings and about the people he thought he could trust.

Violette has a sad story about how she came to live at the home for orphans but she seems pretty normal. That is until she starts to feel things.Not only for Slate but also for this strange body-less spirit that seems to be around her more and more.Watching her begin to distrust those who took her in was very interesting.At the beginning she appeared shy & quiet and by the end of this book she was more willing to question things.Even to authority members.

This book is NOT just a love story.If it were I wouldn’t have loved it as much.It’s about good & evil.It’s about doing the right thing even if you will stand alone.It’s about realizing that what may seem bad isn’t bad at all and what some see as good may not be good at all. I give this book 5 stars.It has everything that a great YA \fantasy has to have and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

 About the Author:
  

 I was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 19th, 1979. I was raised within the American Indian religion and was taught great respect for the earth and all its living beings. Powwows, sweat lodges, vision quests, you name it, I’ve done it. I was the weird kid who would confront kids on the playground in elementary school when they squished a bug. I would very sincerely tell them what they were doing was morally wrong and then I would pray for the bug to come back as a butterfly in its next life. I grew up admiring my father, Barry Weinstock, as an author. When I was twelve I started hand writing novels. My first one was two thousand pages. My daughter, who is thirteen, is currently working on her first novel. I hope to continue the legacy.

Author links: 

Website: http://1geminirising.wix.com/geminirising Blog: http://geminirising1.blogspot.com/
 Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-OGorek/e/B00CT8A5TM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeminiRising1
 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-OGorek/306913389429972

Review: Baby Talk (Book 1) by Mike Wells

Author: Mike Wells
Published Date: May 19th, 2011
Sold by Amazon Digital Services Inc.
Genre: Horror
Series: Book 1 of a 2 book series
Available at Amazon.com in Kindle version.Available at Barnes & Noble in Nook version.
Synopsis: Neal Becker never wanted this life. He had so many plans for his life and none of these plans involved being a young husband and father working a crappy dead end job. Now he’s convinced that his 5 month old can talk in full comprehensible sentences.Neal also believes that Baby Natasha is out to get him as revenge for wanting his wife to have an abortion.
Disclaimer: I bought this e-book off of Amazon.com for free.

Review: After recently being disappointed with a book that had claimed to be of the horror genre,I was a little apprehensive about picking this one up. However,once I did pick it up,I couldn’t put it down. It was everything I could ever want in a horror book. It had that creepiness factor that I love. If you are expecting a long book,forget about it. It’s very short & leaves us with a cliffhanger.
Annie was one of those overbearing mothers that made me want to slap her every time she used the aggravating baby talk. Yet Neal was completely hands off and totally indifferent to Natasha and that bugged me too.So poor Natasha definitely had not won the parent jackpot.
I can’t blame Annie for not believing Neal. Babies just don’t talk at age 5 months. I can’t blame her for threatening Neal with visiting a “special” hospital because Neal was absolutely behaving extremely strangely. I don’t blame her for being worried & even scared for her daughter.
I believe that Neal’s obvious dislike of his child was absolutely projection from how he hadn’t been happy when he got Annie pregnant.He hated himself for the choices that he made and that was totally on him which he didn’t seem to “get”
I absolutely loved this book and am giving it 4 stars mainly because Annie was overly annoying. That said,I will be buying book 2 in this series because I am dying to see how it turned out.

Review: Road to Justice, Path of Revenge by Edward Vogler

Author: Edward Vogler
Published: May 29th,2013
Published by Outskirts Press
Genre: Mystery/Thiller
Standalone
Available at Amazon.com in both paperback & Kindle versions. 
Available at Barnes & Noble in both paperback & Nook versions.
Available at The Book Depository in paperback.


Synopsis: Just days before he is set to retire Ed Jenkins is pulled into a unexpected series of events. First he is shot at, then he learns that his best friend was in a terrible car accident. Once he and his wife Jane arrive begin their Caribbean cruise,things only get weirder.Ed is thrown off the ship and he is picked up by a group of immigrants who keep him on the boat until the Coast Gaurd intercepts.Through a series of unfortunate events, Ed is left alone and barely alive until a brother & sister pick him up.
They focus their attention on nursing him back to health & then reuniting him with Jane.Once safe with Jane,Ed learns that there is more than meets the eye with this case.A federal court convenes in Ohio but no one is prepared for what they learn.
Disclaimer: I got this book in exchange for an honest review.
Review: I don’t really know what to say about this one. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. Some parts were awesome. Like the parts with Ed,Maria & Lon. However Jane seemed SO one dimensional,I actually preferred Danni to Jane and Danni was Ed’s best friend’s wife.

However I don’t feel like I was a part of the story and I love feeling like that. I HATED that there was hardly any explanation or any sort of world building. This book was short and it actually read much more like a fan fiction and not like a piece of published work. 
As for the editing,it was terrible. Okay when people speak,they need quotation marks.Not having them confused the heck out of me.Not only that but having a character say multiple things at once without allowing anyone to respond is terrible.
This book is definitely not worth me giving it a second thought. Giving it 2.5 stars because of all the problems with the editing and the lack of explanations and the crappy character development.

Review: Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island by Michael Phillip Cash

Author:Michael Phillip Cash
Publish Date: June 21st,2013
Published by: Red Feather Publishing
Genre: Horror/Suspense
Stand alone
Available at Amazon.com in both Paperback & Kindle versions. Also available at Barnes & Noble.com and in stores in Paperback version.
Synopsis: Paul Russo’s wife, Allison just died after a brutal & thankfully quick battle with brain cancer. She leaves behind,not only her husband,but the couple’s 3 children Veronica,Jesse & Stella Luna.While Paul is trying to get their life back in order,he is being tormented by a demon who appears to be holding his wife’s spirit hostage. Throw in attempts to sell an old mansion which leaves behind it’s own dark demons.Paul must reach back many years of family history in order to set his wife’s spirit free.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Normally I really like these types of books. They are creepy and they make me huddle deep into my blankets or whatever else I have around me. Unfortunately this one was not like that.It was boring & predictable.I was really hoping for a scary read,but this was not scary.
If I had to hear about how much he loved his late wife one more time I was going to lose my CRAP! It was supposed to be a scary read but every time it was mentioned how much he loved his wife,I wanted to throw the book out the window.
The kids were cute but I didn’t think that they developed the kids personalities enough.I know that grief manifests itself in strange ways but I really didn’t feel a connection between Paul and his two older children. I sensed that Stella Luna was Paul’s favorite and that drove me batty. 
Molly was bubbly and I think she along with Georgia were the best part of the book.The reading that Paul had done by Georgia reminded me too much of an episode of Long Island Medium. I love that show but having something so similar in the book really bugged me.
Melissa and Craig added nothing to the story. They added a link to the house but that’s all.I think the author could have managed to do that with two more likeable characters.
I think another issue is the fact that it was so short and it felt like the whole thing was rushed. Supernatural stuff like this need to be explained better and it didn’t feel like the author totally committed to the subject matter.
The editing,gah most of it was great. However there were a few passages were it was clear that someone was speaking but yet there were no quotation marks. That in itself drove me CRAZY!
I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t love it either. Some parts were great but some parts were just downright terrible. That’s why I have to give it 3 stars.It didn’t have the creepy factor that I was looking for.
Maybe this one will appeal to one of my  readers. 

Stacking the Shelves #2

I was hoping that this week would be a little busier at the mailbox.Well guess who was wrong again? Very quiet week at the mailbox but I did manage to score some great Kindle freebies. What’s better than free books? Not much!

Bought
Baby Talk by Mike Wells (Kindle version)
Mortal Ghost by L.Lee Lowe (Kindle version)
Stained: YA Paranormal Romance by Ella James (Kindle version)
314 by A.R. Wise (Kindle version)

Received for Review 
Road to Justice,Path of Revenge by Edward Vogler
Gifts

Won