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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: Brother Number 3 by Judy Serrano

Brother Number 3
by
Judy Serrano

Serrano has once again left me wanting more, so much more. So eager to turn page after page. Becoming enthralled with Lilly and the Montiago family, you will find yourself wrapped up into their lives as if it were your own. I can't wait for Relatively Close to be released!

Leaving off where Easter's Lilly ended, Brother Number 3 picks up. Lilly's oldest son has been kidnapped and the Montiago's will do anything to get him back. Anything. Over time, as Max is out finding clues as to just where Little Diego is and who could have him, the time away is now slowly eating at Lilly's heart. 
Being stuck in the house with Big Diego and Hector, is lonely. It feels as if she is now once again married to Diego. That's not possible though, because she left Diego for Max. Yet, Max is never home anymore just like Diego never was...
Now Hector is the one who is always there for her to talk to. Just like Max used to be. 
She knows she loves Max, yet her feelings are growing stronger for Hector. 
 When Lilly finds out just what Max is willing to do to get Little Diego back, it shakes up the whole Montiago house.
That's not an easy thing to do.

5/5 Stars. 267 Pages. Published by Black Rose Writing. Received from Judy Serrano

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In My Mailbox (31)

What is "In My Mailbox"?In My Mailbox is a weekly meme. What is a meme, you ask. The simple description is  "an idea that spreads quickly." Usually the creator of the meme asks for other people to participate and ultimately link back to the person that started the meme. Memes shouldn't be confused with "features." There are some features that are somewhat exclusive to certain blogs, be courteous and don't steal content.

The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.  Here's what I got this week, how about you?


Received for review:

Bought:
What did you get this week?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Review: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Imaginary Girls
by
Nova Ren Suma

A book of love and loyalty for sisterhood, Nona Ren Suma has written a remarkable novel indeed. She had me captured from the beginning and held me through the quite unique mysteries and oddities throughout.

Even though Chloe and Ruby have a mother, they have always lived life say, in a way as if they didn't. Their mother was a drunk. No good and useless to them. Ruby knew her mothers ways and she was quite a few years older than Chloe so Ruby practically raised Chloe herself. Bonding together since Chloe was a baby, Ruby and Chloe were inseparable. The difference between them though?
Ruby is the beautiful one. Everyone craves to be around her presence.
Chloe is the one everyone knows as Ruby's sister.

The one great thing that Chloe is good at is swimming. Late one night down at the reservoir, Ruby tells everyone that Chloe is going to swim all the way across and that's just what she'll have to do even if she doesn't want to because sisters stick together. Halfway across though is when the unexpected happens. It changes Chloe forever.
Since sisters stick together, Ruby has to make it all better.

4/5 Stars. 346 Pages Published by Dutton Books. Purchased at Amazon

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: Wildefire by Karsten Knight


Wildefire
by
Karsten Knight

Knight has definitely written a novel so hot, I'm quite surprised it's not smoking! Don't be surprised to find those bookshelves scorched! Full of action and suspense, mystery and excitement. You won't be able to put this one down, and an ending to die for...

Things just don't seem to be working out for Ashline Wilde. Things just haven't been easy for her this year, what with her boyfriend cheating on her, dealing with jealous girls in her class because of her now ex boyfriend and now her sister that has been missing decides to show back up and bring nothing but even more trouble with her. And to top it all off, is that her sister, Eve, has a side that can't seem to be controlled. A wild side that seems to be out of this world. And when Eve gets out of hand, Ash is left behind to take the blame for Eve's uncontrollable, vicious behavior.

At Blackwood Academy Ash gets a second chance. New school, new friends. Nobody knows about her past or her sister. Sounds great right?! Except things don't quite work out that way. Not only does Eve come back for a visit, but Ash finds a group of people that have something in common...with her. Something very different from you and me. Something very-godly? And to make matters worse, they are now being hunted.

5/5 Stars. 393 Pages. Published by Simon & Schuster. Received for review from Simon & Schuster. This review is based from an ARC.

Available to purchase at Amazon

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: Blank Slate by Heather Justesen

Blank Slate
by
Heather Justesen

Justesen has written a novel about the power of strength and love. Sometimes your family isn't just through blood ties but by who is there when you need them. Cherish your friends and your family. Accidents happen. Be thankful. Don't hold grudges. You never know just what tomorrow will bring you.

Adrianna has been in a serious car accident, leaving her with amnesia. Coming back from a resort trip, the bus she was riding on, got hit by a car that was rolling through the air. Many people were injured, some even died. Now, Adrianna can't seem to recall anything from her life whatsoever. She is a concert pianist that is well known and has toured around the world, yet she doesn't remember how to play anything at all. Getting out of the hospital, and moving into her brother's home, she still has no memories and over time, grows to have interests that everyone says isn't her. Brock, her fiance ends up giving up on her and leaving because she just doesn't seem herself yet, she's oddly ok with the breakup. Gavin, an old friend seems to be the only one who is really there to comfort her. He is the only one who can make sense of things. 
And suddenly, when sharp pains send Adrianna to the Emergency Room, things suddenly become a lot more clear. Now it all makes sense. And now things have to start all over again.

4/5 Stars. 247 Pages. Published by JellyBean Press. Received from the author. 

From now until the end of July, you can purchase Blank Slate for just $1.49 at Smashwords! Click on this link http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55747 and enter code  WV49Z 



Monday, July 11, 2011

Is on Vacation!

No, I'm not missing in action! Just wanted to let everyone know that I'll be on vacation for the next week.

Lots of busy things planned! We decided to stay at home but planned many activities so we could bring our children with us and have fun together.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

In My Mailbox (30)

What is "In My Mailbox"?In My Mailbox is a weekly meme. What is a meme, you ask. The simple description is  "an idea that spreads quickly." Usually the creator of the meme asks for other people to participate and ultimately link back to the person that started the meme. Memes shouldn't be confused with "features." There are some features that are somewhat exclusive to certain blogs, be courteous and don't steal content.

The idea of In My Mailbox is to bring books to the attention of our blog readers and to encourage interaction with other blogs.  Here's what I got this week, how about you?

My Goodies this week:
Gifted:
(and my blurb is on the front cover!!! Yay!)
For Review:

Bought:

That's it for me, and quite enough to keep me busy for a while! What goodies did you get this week?




Review: Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton


Blood Magic
by
Tessa Gratton

Oh me, oh my. Oh dear, I wanna cry. I was saddened by how disappointed I was with this book. Maybe it was the whole blood thing that made it weird for me? Of course, that's what interested me in the first place.  I just couldn't sink myself into it and had anticipated this one for so long. The climax at the end was also quite lame. I just can't find forest animals to be that scary. Maybe that's just me. This one just wasn't what I expected at all. 

Since Silla's parents both died tragically, things haven't been the same. Rumor has it that Silla's father killed her mother, then killed himself, but she knows better. There was foul play involved somewhere along the lines. Now, Silla and her brother Reese now live with their Gram Judy.
There's a secret that's been hidden from Silla and Reese by their father. A big one. That's part of the reason why he might have died, and he had protected them from it all ther lives. Now, Silla has received one of her father's private journals. Written inside are spells? Blood spells. As Silla decides to try them, she is seen by the new guy at school, Nick Pardee. And Nick, well he knows more about the blood spells than her.
Over time, though, Silla learns her true backround, as well as more than she bargained for. She sure didn't expect for someone to be out to get her. That's for sure.

2/5 Stars. 405 Pages. Published by Random House. Purchased at Amazon