Friday, May 29, 2015

Book Tour and Excerpt: Ara by B.R. Eddy








Ara
by B.R. Eddy
Release
Date: Fall 2014
339
pages
Summary
from Goodreads:
Ara Vertrees is an advisor to the King
in Jimalia, a thriving island nation in the middle of a vast ocean. Her macaws
are trained to fly home to the palace to repeat confidential information. When
their messages become more and more troubling, she finds herself in the middle
of a crisis she never expected. Ara's story is full of adventure, friendship,
mystery, love and loss. Join Ara and her companions as they fight pirates,
uncover deception, find love and fight for Jimalia.
Excerpt 
She escaped to a high balcony to get some fresh air. She may have accepted one too many drinks. There were a few people out on the wide balcony, one couple was dancing slowly to the small orchestra there, and another was sharing something quiet and intimate as they leaned against the rail together. Ara took a deep breath. The air was still chilly, spring was still so young.
“My lady,”
Ara opened her eyes and spun around to find Archer there. She felt immediately on the defense. “Your highness,” She curtsied to him deeply, squashing the defensiveness. The King had spoken to him, surely he was over his silly courting fantasies. He deserved a chance from her.
“Lady Ara, I wanted to apologize, this is the first chance I’ve had to speak to you alone. I never intended for my gifts to distress you. I know you spoke to my father and I just wanted you to know that I sincerely never intended to cause you any aggravation by it.” He bowed to her deeply, “Will you accept my apology?”
Ara’s heart softened, “Of course, your highness.” She said it quietly, so that no one around them would overhear.
He held out his hand to her, and she took it.
*
Archer took her waist. The orchestra played a gentle tune that was easy enough to follow. Ara was light on her feet, her dress wrapped and spun around her quietly as she followed his lead. Beautiful. He’d imagined this before, the starry night sky with her in his arms. When he imagined it, he was a daring and charming dancer, but now it didn’t matter so much what he was doing. Her eyes were downcast, her eyelashes were long against her cheeks. Did she even want what he had to offer her?
He’d convinced himself that deep down, she did, but did she?
“Lady Ara?” He nearly whispered.
“Aye, my Prince?” She whispered just as softly.
He frowned. Perhaps she didn’t even care for his company and she was only following her duty to him as a prince. Perhaps that was all anyone ever did.
“Archer?” Ara looked up into his eyes.
His heart stung, she pushed past formality as if she knew exactly what he was thinking.
*
Ara was surprised by Archer’s behavior. He was so calm, almost downcast. She could feel a pulse in his hand, what was he thinking? He seemed so troubled and sad. Perhaps he wasn’t conceding to his betrothal as willingly as she thought he was. This close to him, she realized how much taller he was than herself. He was almost like a different person. His eyes pierced hers. “It’s nothing.” He said, “I just… everything has been changing so much, these last seasons have made me feel quite inadequate.”
Ara’s heart went out to him, “Oh Archer, you shouldn’t feel that way. You never expected any of this and no one expects you to be prepared for it.” She wasn’t sure what else to say, she didn’t want to insult him by saying it wasn’t his fault that he had led a carefree life up till this point, or discourage him by saying that she was sympathetic that he was being plunged into a life of sacrifice. It was a rough way for him to realize how callow he had been.
“Ara, my father has trusted you to advise him and you have shown him incredible loyalty, I… I have always admired you for this and never realized how important you and your counsel could become to me. I hope I can earn your trust and loyalty someday as well.” He held her hand firmly.
Ara smiled, “You have my loyalty, Prince Archer Cannon, and it will forever be my pleasure to advise you when you find the need for it.”
*
Rivan had seen them up on the high balcony from the estate gardens. He stopped in the shadow of a tree to watch. Fellow and Orren followed him there, grazing idly. They danced so elegantly, they had probably been coached in dance since they were young. They whispered quietly to each other. It was a different world they lived in, full of politics and culture.
The Prince spun her around, her skirt wrapped and unfurled with her motion. A prince… not just any prince but the Crown Prince of Jimalia. His attention probably had her over the moon.
He wondered what things would have been like had he been born into that world. Would he be able to dance with a lady like Ara? Her kind familiarity and gracious visits into his life were almost painful. It only made him pine after what he could never have.
He imagined approaching her at a gala, bringing her drinks, taking her arm and dancing. The thought was intoxicating, but then he remembered her atop Fellow, smiling wide and laughing and that brought thunder to his chest. She wasn’t just an ostentatious noble with her nose in the air like the rest of them. She lived and thrived in that world, but she was so much more than they were. She was real. It was no wonder she turned the eyes of the Prince.
He imagined her instead as a servant like him and the fantasy was much more tantalizing. She would have saddle polish smudged on her sun kissed cheek, her hair would be free from all the structured curls and braids and bonnets to roll down her shoulders and blow in the wind. Her nose wrinkling as she giggled about something daft. Maybe he would tuck her bangs behind her ear for her before lifting her chin to steal a kiss…

He shook his head. He was being cruel to himself. It was all silly nonsense that would never be. His heart beat painfully, he was not a noble and she was not a servant. She was entirely unavailable to him and he had to accept it. 












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About the Author
Myname is Brit and I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. My work with
animals brought macaws into my life. They frightened me, moved me, hurt
me, loved me and made me grow. I hope that my novel will help people
understand these birds better! They are breathtaking and intelligent, but do
not make good pets for most families. They require a lot of space and
attention, can be very destructive and can easily outlive you.
They can be incredible companions to the right people. Please keep all these
things in mind when considering a macaw as a pet!"



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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads Summary: I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
 

I don't know what took me soo long to read this series. I am guilty of judging a book by the cover. When I first saw this when it came out I picked it up, read the blurb, looked back at the cover, and decided that it didn't look like it was good. Fast foward to now. One of my teens that comes to the library was checking it back in. She asked me if I read it and I told her no. She looked at me like I lost my mind and said that I had to read it. I read it....the whole time I was reading it I could have slapped myself over and over. I loved this series soo much!!! I could not believe that it took me all this time to read it and I missed out simply because I judged the book by the cover. I vow that I will never do that again. Ever. 

The opening of the story is straight to the point. I loved how I was in Juliette's head. The author did an amazing job with creating Juliette's character. She was this mild , weak , and afraid person and everyone that she loved turned their backs on her. 

The setting is set up in a dystopian field and it reminded me of Divergent. Although, I did like this series a lot better. 

Adam was sweet and caring and he knew Juliette when they were kids. He watched the other people pick on her and mistreat her. Even though he didn't say anything he had always liked her. 

Warner is the guy who is in control. Yes!!! He is the leader of his sector and has taken an interest in Juliette and quickly turned into being obsessed with her. He is hot head and when he sees what he wants no one is going to stop him. He was young but he held so much power. 

I literally read each book in one day. I could not put it down. I think if it was a zombie apocalypse happening I would be a goner because I was in my zone while reading this series. 

Rating 5Stars
Recommend? Yes

Monday, May 18, 2015

Book/Author Spotlight: Art of Raising Hell by Thomas Lopinski

SYNOPSIS
The Art of Raising Hell
by Thomas Lopinski


“There are some people that walk around on two feet and others like me that run on all four.” Newbie Johnson tries to understand the meaning of this statement while learning about friendship, loss, and love as a small town teenager. 

“The Art Of Raising Hell” is a coming of age story set in the 1970s that centers around four teenagers and their involvement with a larger-than-life character named Lonny Nack.

Newbie had recently moved to Bunsen Creek, when his mother is killed in a devastating car crash. Nursing a broken soul, he soon hooks up with the three best friends a guy could ever ask for and meets the love of his life, Sally Nack.

Sally’s brother, Lonny, fears no one, including The Law, and soon takes his peculiar sense of justice, along with his love of practical jokes, to new heights while entertaining the colorful characters of Kickapoo County. 

When Officer Hightower and Lonny collide with deadly results, Newbie becomes the only one who can make things right. Somewhere along the way, he learns an important lesson about how to chase after life instead being chased by it.
Thomas Lopinski - The Art of Raising Hell  - excerpt

Then Lonny looked at each of us. “So what in tarnation are you boys doing out here?”
“We were playing hockey,” griped Skeeter.  
Lonny looked around at the hockey sticks. “So you guys quit already?”
Skeeter waved an arm. “Not by our choice. Old dipshit here shot the puck out on the lake.”  
“Hey, it was an accident.”
“Who cares? The game is over.” I added.
“Not necessarily,” hummed Lonny. “I hear it’s been below zero for a good two

weeks now, right?”
“Yeah, but—”
“Yeah, but what?” he interrupted as he walked over to the river’s edge and jumped down on the ice. Then he stomped on it a few more times. “Looks solid enough.”
“You going to walk out there?” asked T.J.
“Hell no, I’m gonna drive. How else can I see the puck?” He ran back to the truck, opened the door, and shouted, “Anyone want to come along?”
He took our silence as a no and fired up his old Chevy. Without hesitation, Lonny backed up and drove down to the loading ramp. Then he slowly placed the front tires on the ice and listened. “Here goes nothin’,” he yelled as a shot of gray smoke plumed out of the tailpipe. He drove over the snowbank onto
 the middle of the cove and carefully climbed the other snow bank at the edge. His headlights were lighting up the rest of the lake now, and we heard him shout, “There it is.”
The truck shifted into second gear and rolled out onto the middle of the lake as the tires spun on the slick ice. While his beat-up, old pickup spun figure eights and circles around the puck, he let out a holler that echoed for miles downriver. A few minutes later, he opened the door and swooped up the puck, causing us all to cheer.
Then we heard a siren blast so loud that it nearly knocked us into the fire. “Come off the ice immediately,” the cop ordered over the loudspeaker as his car slowly made its way up to the cove. When we looked back, Lonny had turned the lights off on his truck and was sitting in the middle of the lake. The cop car shined his spotlight on it as the snow started to
fall. The naked trees surrounding the lake were now laced in white but did little to stop the wind from blowing and soon Lonny’s truck was a pale image of itself.
“You have sixty seconds,” the speaker commanded.
Sixty seconds or what? I thought. I’m pretty sure Officer Hightower had no intention of putting his life in danger and going out on the ice after the truck. What was he going to do when the time was up? He climbed out of the car and shined his flashlight over the lake. All he saw was the silhouette of a man in the driver’s seat. The window was down, and the snow was still swirling around the truck like a cotton candy machine. Lonny adjusted his rear view mirror to get a better look but kept his back toward the light. During the brief moments when the air stood still and allowed the swirling snow to take a breather, their eyes
met in the reflection of that mirror. This only confirmed what they both already knew.
At this point, it was more an issue of pride than anything to do with law and order. Lonny stared back in defiance, just daring Hightower to come after him. Hightower glared back just waiting for Lonny to make a wrong move. What had started out years ago as a scuffle between a rebel child bending the laws and an officer sworn to uphold them, had grown into a high stakes game of chicken. Unfortunately, both sides were so damn stubborn that neither one would blink.  
They faced off for a few minutes until the snow started to really come down. The skies were now glowing white while the moon hid behind layers of clouds. An army of snowflakes silently parachuted to the ground. Lonny revved up the engine and signaled that he was tired of this game by saluting
 Hightower with a thumbs up. We barely heard his screams over the engine noise as the truck sped away down the river a half a mile to the Lakeview Leisure Club boat dock. The ice shifted and croaked out new surface cracks along the trail following his tire marks. Air bubbles sprung up to the top and recoiled like a Slinky being tossed down the stairs. Lonny still had his lights off, but we caught glimpses of the red glow coming from his breaks as he pulled up onto land.  
Then it happened. One of those rare moments when your faith in the Almighty is reaffirmed and you realize that a chapter in a person’s life has just been punctuated with a comma instead of a period. As soon as his truck drove up on the concrete ramp down at the Leisure Club, the ice behind him collapsed and sank into the water. There was no mistaking that sound of rushing water flowing
 on the top, and we all heard it. Hightower rushed back to his car and aimed his spotlight into the distance. A dark blue hole the size of a large yacht was belching up water onto the surface. Lonny’s brake lights glistened off the reflection, confirming that he was indeed safe. Then they disappeared up the road.
The Chief just banged his flashlight against his palm and growled, “Someday that boy’s gonna push me too far.” And with that, he got back in the car, turned on the siren, and tore off in pursuit. Of course, by the time he’d made it around the lake using a loosely connected rectangular grid of country roads, Lonny was long gone.
But Hightower’s anger remained.

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Lopinski grew up in a quaint small town in Illinois called Georgetown with one stoplight, one high school, one square, one lake, one police car and one hundred ways to get into trouble. It was a wonderful place to be a child. He studied at the University of Illinois and later moved to Southern California with his wife and daughters to work in the music industry. "Document 512" was his first published novel in 2012 and won awards from Reader Views, Foreword Review, National Indie Excellence Awards and BestIndieBooks.com. His second novel "The Art of Raising Hell" will be published through Dark Alley Press on May 19, 2015. Thomas is also a member of the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC). Visit: www.ThomasLopinski.com

Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Under Different Stars (Kricket bk1) by Amy A. Bartol

Goodreads Summary: All she wants is a home, but can she find one...UNDER DIFFERENT STARS Kricket Hollowell is normally not one to wish upon stars; she believes they're rarely in her favor. Well versed at dodging caseworkers from Chicago's foster care system, the past few years on her own have made Kricket an expert at the art of survival and blending in. With her 18th birthday fast approaching, she dreams of the day when she can stop running and find what her heart needs most: a home. 

Trey Allairis hates Earth and doubts that anyone from his world can thrive here. What he's learning of Kricket and her existence away from her true home only confirms his theory. But, when he and Kricket lie together under the stars of Ethar, counting them all may be easier than letting her go. 

Kyon Ensin's secrets number the stars; he knows more about Kricket's gifts than anyone and plans to possess her because of them. He also knows she's more valuable than any fire in the night sky. He'll move the heavens and align them all in order to make her his own. When everything in their world can be broken, will Kricket rely upon love to save her under different stars?

When I got to work and I saw this book on my desk I was going back and forth between wanting to read it.  I'm so glad that I did. This is perfect for all the sci-fi fans out their.  It had sci-fi, romance, and suspense.  Kricket who is the lead character is so strong. I loved her character so much. She didn't let anyone run over her or try to baby her. She has been running from they system for as long as she can. Within a couple of months she will be 18 and she won't have to run anymore. Out of nowhere three men comes to her and tell her that they have been searching for her and are going to take her home where she belongs which is not of this Earth. 

This story captivated me from the beginning.  It took you right into the story. I loved the world that the author created.  The language that was used and how everything was set up. Pefect sci-fi. Trey is the solider that has come to take Kricket "home" and while they are on the mission he sees that she is not like the women that he has known. She is fiesty and stands up for herself. Even though she frustrates him like crazy he would not have it any other way. 

Kyon (the bad guy) of course wants Kricket to himself and he is not letting anyone get in his way. Even if he has to kill to get her. He knows what she is capable of and having her by his side would bring him that power. 

The action in this story was good and once we finally got the meaning of Krickets name it made sense. 

I can't wait to read book 2.

Rating: 5stars
Recommend? Yes

Book Review: Fall with Me (bk4) by J.Lynn

Goodreads Summary: Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.
 

Fall with me is book 4 in the wait for me series. Roxy and Reece got introduced in the previous book (Stay with me) in Calla and Jax story. Roxy works at Jax's bar which is called Monas and she loves it. She is an artist and takes classes at her local community college.  She loves her family dearly and is close with them. Ever since she was 15 she has been in love with one guy. Reece. I love Roxie character. I need to raid her closet because I like graphic tees and her the sayings that were on her shirt had me wanting them. She is a very caring and loving person. The situation between her and her bff Charlie broke my heart and I did shed some tears.

Reece is the hot cop guy and he has had his eyes on Roxie for a while himself. He is convinced that she belongs to him and he will do anything to prove it to her and to make her realize that. Their chemistry was great together. He was very protective of her and as the plot unfolds he would do anything for her and vise versa. 

The story had romance of course and a line of suspense. I liked that it didn't hover to much on the romance and it held a balance between the two genres.  

I can see this series taking off so far because they are really good. I can't wait until book 5 comes out.

Rating 4.5stars
Recommend? Yes 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Book Review: Stay with Me by (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn

Goodreads Summary: At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.
 


This book of the series is probably my favorite. Calla reminded me of myself sometimes. There are a lot of firsts that I had not had at her age. I was able to understand some of her problems in that category. What happened with her family sucked like crazy. Her mom took everything that she saved and then some which led Calla to have to do the one thing that she did not want to do which is to go back home. I really hated that she had to go through something like that most of her childhood and adult life. Bearing with a tragedy is something that no one should have to go through with alone. 

Then there is Jax who reminded me of Cam. He was sweet,  funny and very very straight forward. He knew what he wanted and if he saw something he wanted he went for it. No questions asked.  He was very protective of Calla and was there for her which in so many ways melted my heart. This story had romance in it and it got steamy at times too but it was so much more than that. Jax made Calla see what he saw and that was taking the beauty out of something that was scaring and bad. He help her see that there was so much more to her than just her scars. In return Calla did the same for Jax. 

This one was very beautiful. It had some drama and I did shed a few tears toward the end. I enjoyed reading this book of the series very much

Rating 5Stars
Recommend? Yes

Book Review: The Return (Titan bk1) by Jennifer Armentrout

Goodreads Summary: The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

Book 1 in the new adult paranormal TITAN series, spin-off to the best selling COVENANT series.
 


I think that by know you all know that I love anything written by Jennifer Armentrout. The way she can write the stories are just crazy! That woman has talent. I loved reading The Return. Two days to read it? Yep, I couldn't put it down.  Seth has made a deal with the gods that he has to pledge his life to them. The jobs that he has to do are not so great. They are bloody and very violent.  Seth has a mission that was given to him to Apollo to help the gods stop the titans that escaped from their prison. To help them he has to protect someone and get them to safety before they end up in the wrong hands. 

The story is told in two differnt POV which is really great. I got to be inside Seth and Josie's head. I liked Seth from the beginning. He wants to make up for the damage that he has done which is his focus. He did come off a bit arrogant to me but that quickly faded away.

Josie was a very likable character. Its like you already know her and you can fall for her really quick. She is funny, smart, and strong. What I like about her was that even though she knew that she couldn't do certain things like Seth she didn't give up and quickly got the mindset that she needed to do something instead of sitting down and doing nothing. 

I can't wait for book 2 to  come out which is like a whole friggin year!!!! Someone please end this misery!!!

Rating 5stars
Recommend? Yes. 
 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Book Review: The Stone Gate by Mark Mann

(I received this free ebook in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads summary: A strange rock in the forest. A mysterious crystal. A full moon. An ancient secret. How do you find your way home when you've never left? Twins Jack and Kaya live in a small seaside town in Australia. When they see a dazzling white light shining from a giant rock in the woods near their home, it takes them on an adventure to a place both familiar and yet like nowhere they know. But where exactly are they? And can they find their way back in time? The Stone Gate is an exciting and fast-paced action adventure that brings climate change / global warming vividly to life for young adult readers.




Brother and sister Jack and Kaya live in Australia. Set by the full moon the siblings go back in time and their journey to get back home is not as easy as it seems. They travel to through a stone portal and end up in different realities of time.  

The story was great and the transitions that took place in the story was written very nice. The reading was light and easy. I found myself sometimes losing time because I would get lost in this story. I love a good adventure with a mixture of fantasy and this story brought it.  I thought overall the whole plot was a great idea and the way it took off was nicely written. I look forward to reading more works by this author in the future. 

Rating 4.5 stars
Recomend? Yes :) 

Book Review: Dealing with Devils (bk2) by Pembroke Sinclair

(I was sent this free ebook in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads summary: Dating a demon has its advantages, like helping deliver souls to Hell. Wait...what? 

Katie’s world has been turned upside down. She's fallen for Josh—despite the fact that he’s a demon from Hell. Wes is finally out of her system and her life. Convinced she can change Josh, she sets out to make him a better person, only to find out things aren’t as simple as she’d originally thought. For one thing, Josh has Katie help him deliver souls to Hell, and she kind of likes it. And to top it off, other more powerful demons are battling for her soul, and revelations from the past could change the course of her life forever.

 
 
This is book two of the Road to Salvation series and it was a great follow up. I can honestly say I like Katie a bit more in this one than I did the first one.  I could see her character growing more in this one and she was more open and understanding.

Katie falls for Josh and she is convinced that she can change him and make him a better person. Of course, there are some things that are better left alone and it is not as simple as she thought it would be. She has gotten over Wes is out of the picture as far as Katie is concerned. We also get to learn more about Josh and someone else *non spoiler*. There was a bit more info that I thought was really neat *non spoiler*.  There is a lot that I really want to fan girl about but I'm not for the sake of not spoiling it.

The plot for this one really kept me turning the page and I felt more in tuned with this story than I did the first one. Great job with this story.

Rating 4stars
Recommend? Yes

Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Review: September Sky by John Heldt

I received this free ebook from the author in exchange for a honest review.

Goodreads summary: When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come. 

This is my second book that I have read by this author and I enjoyed reading this one as much as I did the first book that I read. I have not always been a fan of time travel but what I really liked about this is from the beginning of the story it gets your attention all the way to the end.  As before, the characters are well developed  and the story was written very good. What my favorite thing about this book was his writing.  His stories  seem so realistic and you will find yourself as a character in the story as well. I applaud authors that do that. That makes the story so much better. 


 The historical parts were dead on and the research was evident that the author did his job with researching for the story. 

I honestly could not put this book down. In between school and work I could not wait to get a break so I can finish. I look forward to  reading more books written by this author in the future. 

Rating 4.5Stars
Recommend? Yes. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Shadowhunter TV Series on ABC Family

I am very excited that the Mortal Instruments will be a tv series. I liked the movie but it could have been soo much better. I think the TV series will be better fit and more things from the book can be added since for a motion picture it was limited. I have been keeping up with the news on who is being cast and so far it looks great. 

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and exec produced by Ed Decter and McG, who will direct the first episode. No premiere date has been set, but the series goes into production this month. McG who was also the director for Supernatural. I think that was a great choice. Supernatural is one of my favorite series evaaa!!

The first person that was cast was Dominic Sherwood who will play Jace.  Some of you may know him from the movie Vampire Academy. 




















The next two actors are Alberto Rosende as Simon and Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle. 








The actress to play Clary has not been cast as of yet but based off these decisions I think they will pick great Clary and we won't be disappointed.  

School is out...Now back to blogging!

School is finally out for this semester. I took my last final yesterday I could not be happier. I try so hard to keep up with the blogging world while I am in school and at times it is hard. If you are in school and blog then you know what I am talking about. I work in a library and I see soo many books that come through my desk and I want them but because of school I don't have time to read them or I can read them but it will take me longer to finish. 

So I am going to 1.) Treat myself for passing my finals
                            2.) Indulge myself in books (finally!!!)

I have so many reviews that are back up and I hope to get them posted within the next couple of days.

If you are in school and have already finished your finals, Congrats! If you haven't finished taking them or have not started, Good Luck!