11/19/17

Catch Me If You Can - Miss Mae (Audio review)

3.5 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Are all rules broken when it comes to playing a game? Washed ashore a South Carolina beach, Lois Steinberg learns her shelter, an old plantation house, was scheduled to host a "Catch Me" game convention. When the cook is the first one found murdered, the game environment instantly morphs into a terrifying evening reminiscent of And Then There Were None. This audio book has won the Platinum Award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Miss Mae is all about romantic mysteries. With her writing style compared to the likes of Agatha Christie, her books “Said the Spider to the Fly”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “Dove Island”, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” and “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” are award winning best sellers. The novellas “Miss Penelope’s Letters”, and “Through a Glass Darkly” have received top rated five-star reviews. Her latest murder mystery, “Catch Me If You Can”, in audio format, has won the platinum award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition. Tantalizing trailers, and more information, is readily available at her website.
Visit her website - http://www.themissmaesite.com
MY THOUGHTS -
This was fun to listen to with all the different narrators. It was like a movie with the picture turned off. That being said the story was just OK for me - not bad! But OK. I wasn't really in love with any of the characters and couldn't really get much of a personal feel for their personalities. It was slow in spots and wasn't very thrilling for me. I think this type of mystery just isn't my thing.

It did receive good reviews from Amazon so far so please don't let my 3.5 stars sway you from getting it! If you are into mysteries you would will probably love it. I am more into hard core suspense and this just didn't do it for me. I do have to admit it did keep me guessing till the end.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from The Audio Bookworm Thank You!
 
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11/14/17

The Atlantis Twins: The Mermaid Curse Book One - M.S. Kaminsky


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Seventeen-year-old Alysa Grey is certain her lost twin sister is still alive even though Hawaii search and rescue gave up years ago. Meanwhile, Alysa’s bizarre ability to heal from injury seems more curse than blessing.

When she meets Nate, a handsome surfer, he presents the opportunity for a summer escape. Alysa convinces her best friend to sneak away to Hina where Nate lives with a mysterious group called the Ocean Alliance. But Nate is not what he seems and Alysa ends up on a dangerous Pacific voyage.

She discovers that her unusual powers and lost sister are connected to a sinister force determined to destroy her. As she uncovers her dark past, Alysa learns that sometimes it's much easier to be lost than found. The fate of the world will depend on her embracing the devastating truth no matter how painful.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
M.S. Kaminsky writes YA and new adult suspense thrillers with twists of fantasy, mystery and fabulism. I aim to give readers the suspense and surprises I got reading Gillian Flynn’s 'Gone Girl', the strong characters and action of 'The Hunger Games' and the mystery and paranormal thrills of Neil Gaiman’s 'The Ocean at the End of The Lane'. (why not aim high?)

My most recent release, 'The Mermaid Curse Series' is a gripping paranormal suspense thriller that spans generations of women. 'Alabaster Island' is the prequel to the series followed by Book One, 'The Atlantis Twins' which is forthcoming. Please read the books in any order you fancy. I live and work in Brooklyn, NY with my husband Gerry Beekman.

Visit his website - HERE

MY THOUGHTS -
Ding ding ding!! We have a winner! After reading Alabaster Island (4.5 stars) the author asked me what he would need to do to earn 5 stars from me... This, this is what you do! You write a book like this one. While I liked Alabaster Island, it was good and did keep my attention (4.5 stars is great!) - this one, The Atlantis Twins - was captivating!

There was so much to this story. It was complex and very suspenseful. It had a lot of twists and surprises. There were more than a few times that I gasped out loud. And one time I actually said "Whaat? No way!" Didn't see that one coming!

Great character development! I loved Alysa and her band of new friends. There is a good portion of the story that takes place on a large boat and they go diving. I really loved this part. I just finished a couple books that are based on diving (66 Metres and 37 Hours both excellent) so I already had diving on the brain. This mermaid fantasy book was a nice addition, keeping with the theme.

Years ago if anyone had told me I would really get into Mermaid books I would have thought they were crazy. But I have read several great ones (loved them) and this one is right up there! So... If you have never even tried a Mermaid story and would like to give one a try this series is a great place to start!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from the author Thank You!
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11/13/17

The Gift - Shelley Shepard Gray - GIVEAWAY!


5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.


MY THOUGHTS -
Yet another great book in this series. I don't think Shelley Shepard Gray could write a bod book if she tried. 

This one was really intense. It was very suspenseful and certainly kept you wondering. I did have an inkling who was the suspect, but really wasn't sure until the end. 

I really loved all the characters in this story. This is something Shelly has a gift for - character development. She just has a way with her characters as if she know them all personally and wants you to know them as well. She not only develops the main characters but the minor ones as well. I always feel as though I know everyone mentioned as though they are my neighbors. As in most of Shelly's books there is another romance happening along side the main one - its like you are getting two stories in one.

I loved that this had a Christmas theme. Although - they don't get to celebrate Christmas in the traditional way (you will have to read to know what I am talking about). This is a very romantic yet suspenseful and edgy story. As always she keeps it clean and Christian based (but not preachy).

A wonderful read that I could not put down, and as usual I am looking forward to the next one.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Litfuse ~ Thank You!
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11/10/17

Daily Kindness: 365 Days of Compassion

 

 5+ STARS!


• Hardcover: 464 pages 
• Publisher: National Geographic (October 24, 2017) 

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Lead your best year yet through 365 days of kindness.With enriching quotes from celebrated luminaries and striking National Geographic photography, each page of this moving book will inspire you to live with sincerity, compassion, and benevolence. Each month, you'll practice virtues like patience, respect, and generosity that will focus your mind and heart, creating fulfillment and contentment. Both inviting and motivating, Daily Kindness invites you to reflect on life's big and small moments, providing a way to embrace new ideas and enrich your life every day of the year.


MY THOUGHTS -
Wow! This book is gorgeous! This is a great gift book. It is a good size, smaller but good and thick (chunky). Every single page has a full color photo on it. And every one is gorgeous.

Each page is dated, but I don't think you have to use it that way, just read what you want. Or look up special dates to see what they say.
I looked up my birthday - "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive." - Dali Lama XIV
Most of the people who are quoted in here I do recognize, maybe a handful I don't.


I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours  ~ Thank You!

Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

11/9/17

Addicted - Krys Fenner - GIVEAWAY!



4.5 Stars! 

Addicted
Krys Fenner
(Dark Road Series, #1)
Publication date: September 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.
To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.
As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

Author Bio:  Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.
 To find out more about Krys Fenner and her upcoming book releases, visit her official website: www.krysfenner.com

MY THOUGHTS -
Wow! For a book that started out so slow for me in the beginning - I really ended up loving this book and now can't wait to read the next one in the series.

As I said, it took me a while to really get into this one. Nothing seemed to be happening. I knew something was going to happen so I just kept reading. Then about 1/3 of the way in it started getting really intense, a lot of action, suspense, and kept you guessing on every page. There are also quite a few heartfelt moments, and parts were a little sad. So the last part of the book well make up for the slow beginning. I read the last 2/3 almost in one sitting.

This book was pretty clean for the most part - no overly graphic details and no sex (besides the rape and that is not detailed either). This shows you that a book, even about a rape can still be really good and suspenseful and edgy and be clean at the same time.

Good solid character development. I liked Bella and her friends. I really liked Jeremiah "Miah" and how sweet and respectful he was to Bella. He was a guy you could truly take home to mother! A couple of her friends were a little sketchy and you weren't sure what was going on with them, but that was just part of the guessing game the books puts you into. And the "bad guy", creepy! His character was done very well!

The ending is left wide open! Of course because you need to read book two - Damaged. I really did enjoy this book and will continue the series.  And - a little added extra - LOVED the cover! Isn't it awesome?

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours  ~ Thank You!

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11/7/17

The Atlantis Twins - M S Kaminsky - SHOWCASE

Seventeen-year-old Alysa Grey is certain her twin sister is alive even though Hawaii Search and Rescue gave up long ago. Nate, a handsome surfer, offers the chance for summer romance. But Nate is not who he seems and Alysa ends up on a dangerous voyage. She discovers that her unusual powers and lost sister are connected. As she uncovers her past, a shocking revelation upends her world. The fate of civilization will depend on Alysa embracing her truth no matter how painful.


https://mskaminsky.com/

Available today on Amazon - HERE 

Come back Nov. 15th to read my review!

11/6/17

Monsterland - Micheal Okon - GIVEAWAY!!!


5 Stars!


ABOUT THE BOOK -
The last couple years of high school have not been fun for Wyatt Baldwin. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An on-going debate with his best friends Howard Drucker and Melvin over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can rock out with vampires at Vampire Village, be chased by actual werewolves on the Werewolf River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

Visit his website - HERE

MY THOUGHTS -
Whoa! This book was awesome! Action, action, and more action! Seriously, not a dull page. This was probably one of the most original books of its kind that I have read. And, twisted person that I am, I've read a few.

Zombies, Werewolves, and Vampires do exist. People know they exist. But, instead of killing them or running from them - one twisted mind puts them in a theme park, behind bars and glass (like a zoo) for everyone to see. And that's where it all goes wrong, very wrong!

The thing is, you kind of feel sad for them because you get the view point of some of them, you get the perspective from "the monsters" behind the glass. The POV changes between several people (I love this in a book). There are a lot of characters, but there is such great character development you don't get them confused, at least I didn't and I am easily confused.

This book is just fun, yeah a little creepy (and a little graphic) but fun! A lot happening, but great writing makes it very easy to follow.
And... Great ending.




I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Kate Tilton Blog Tours  ~ Thank You!

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Now for the giveaway!
Michael Okon has put together this amazing giveaway.
~ A Monsterland Fidget Spinner
~ Monsterland stickers
~ and either a Monsterland hat or t-shirt (your choice)


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