Saturday, July 30
Title: Rock and Hard Place
By: Angie Stanton
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Self Published: Mary 3rd, 2011
My Copy: Bought from Barnes and Noble Ebook
About the book:
One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby shifts from her perfect behavior and breaks rules to find out more about him.
Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. Peter battles his families growing interference to spend time with Libby, while she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.
Their lives are torn apart when Peter's family interferes and Libby disappears. Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them?
Rock and a Hard Place is a sweet and innocent love story perfect for the young adult genre. This is a preview of a pure untainted love. The simple story of famous boy meets small town girl that is nothing like any other; and falls in love instantly. It is impressive that Stanton incorporates such pure and intense romance in story that the main characters are separated for the majority of the story. Libby’s is a very tragic story with her absent father and negligent aunt. Readers will sympathize with her situation, and appreciate her ability to overcome the darkness of her life remaining and caring and honest person. Peter Jamieson is a very unique and talented character that readers will also find admirable. Both characters seems aged beyond their years; Libby’s due to the reality of life, and Peter’s due to his role as an entertainer. The story is a powerful and riveting ride. At the hand of circum stance their world are turned upside down and side ways adding miles and secrets between them. Stanton offers a romance that pull readers easily through the pages.
Thursday, July 28
By: Shauna Granger
Series: Elemental Book #1
Publisher: Self Published (May 1st, 2011)
My Copy: Ebook provided by Author
About the book:
Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start.
Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it’s only a ploy to draw her out; she can’t let someone die because of her.
Earth is a very fresh read that mixes a young adult romance and imaginative magical twist. While witchcraft has been a common experience in the paranormal genre; this book seems to take on a deeper understanding of their abilities and beliefs. Much of this story is detail and character building which gives the story an overall slower pace than what I have come to expect. Although, I feel that this novel laid a very strong basis for the following books to come. The potential is evident in the last eighty pages when the story began to flow and the characters were actively unraveling the mystery laid before them. This also opened the door for the romance that seemed to be missing in the beginning of this novel. The amateur talent that is so common in a first novel was lacking in Earth; creating a detail ridden story that attempts to bring readers to the characters level of knowledge. I look for the next novel to overcome is slow and steady pace bringing an action packed and thrilling ride. Earth is a very inventive and unique story that readers will appreciate, but it will offer some pace and interest obstacles that will require focus to overcome.
Saturday, July 23
Title: Falling from Grace
By: S.L. Naeole
Publisher: Crystal Quill Publishing (January 10th, 2010)
My Copy: Review Copy Ebooks via Publisher
About the book:
When you wake up in the morning and your eyes take in the first hints of light that shine through your window, the dust motes catching and reflecting the sun’s rays like little diamonds, the shimmering hues of yellow and orangey gold breaking through into your room, the first thing you think about usually isn’t how you’re going to make it through the worst day of your life.
Unfortunately for Grace Shelley, that’s exactly what she’s facing as she ponders what to do now that she’s going to be starting out her last year in high school without her best friend. She’s not exactly the most popular girl in school - well, not the most popular girl in school to like, anyway - and everything seems to be hinting at another status quo year for her until she bumps into a stranger who leaves her stumbling for words and chasing after her heart.
The new guy in school is different. Robert doesn’t care about the rumors he’s heard about her or that no one else seems to see her the same way that he does; he only wants to be her friend. That’s when things get complicated. When Grace learns that he’s not your typical high school boy and that he’s actually a wingless angel who’s looking for someone to trust, she’s thrust into his world where not all angels are meant to protect human beings, and where the changes she brings into his life changes everything in hers.
Falling from Grace is a marathon of a read. Packed full of detail and mystery; this novel will cause some readers a struggle. The slow but steady pace will have readers feeling the legnth of the story. Although, the results are well worth the duration. Robert and Grace's character are very likable; this will offset some of the struggles. Grace being the society outcast is a very sad and depressing. Readers will find themselves supportive of Robert and his transformation of this young girls world. The movement of this story from something depression to a happily ever after will captive the soft hearted reader. It was a little tiresome the rollercoaster ups and downs of the on again off again relationship. Grace or Robert seemed to turn tail and run with any hiccup in the story, but I am hoping that this will be resolved for the start of the next book. I am anxious to begin reading the remainder of this series.
Seeing as how I had already reviewed Overprotected when I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reading copy. If you have not had the chance to check out this review view it here. When I was asked to participate in this book tour I knew I would have to come up with something new. What better way to dedicate a post about the author herself. Jennifer Laurens is indie author that has made quite a name for herself. With works such as Nailed, Magic Hands, A Season of Eden, and the Heavenly series; she has proved to be quite the talented author. When I decided to dedicate this blog post to her I asked if she would like to have a guest post on my blog. That being said I do not like to filter my author friends, and I want them to feel they have a open door when I ask them to post with me. Jennifer Laurens surprised me when she took this task in elegent stride, and created an awesome and educational post about her and the choices she makes as an author. Take a look at what she had to share, and the open book that this author was willing to be to us all!
Why I’m going at a writing career as an indie author
Yes, I had two agents and yes they spent 2 years trying to sell my project ( at the time it was Magic Hands that got me in the door ) but neither succeeded. ( Magic Hands is one of my most popular titles. Hmm. )
Like Ashlyn in Overprotected I’m an only child. Maybe it’s the only-child mentality that has always been a part of me that made me say, “I’m doing this myself.” Because that’s what I’ve always had to do—no siblings or parents tread the path before me to make my way easier.
Now, 11 years later I’m completely convinced being an indie author has been the best decision for me. I’m a control freak, I’ll admit it. Being indie has enabled me to learn the publishing business and book production business from story conception to book production and I LOVE it. Each step has taught me layers and layers I would never have learned without my own sweat and tears and yes, even blood, (when I’m nervous I pick at my fingers, they bleed on the keyboard! ) about how to get a book out there.
I could write pages on every aspect of the process, but that’s for other blog posts. The point is I’ve forged my own path. Every step I’ve taken I own. Every reader I’ve met or gained is from something I’ve done to get my books out there, not the result of a marketing team, a huge publishing house, or someone somewhere who owns my rights. Yes, that’d be awesome to have a “turbo-ized” experience like that, but, if you’re a writer and it doesn’t happen don’t despair. Make your own path.
Anything is possible. I sold the rights to Heavenly myself to Russia, Turkey, Indonesia and Brazil and I’m negotiating with other countries. No agent, just me. One of my books inspired an indie film maker to make it into a film. This isn’t a bragging post, it’s an educational post to let other aspiring authors understand that there are other legitimate and lucrative ways to make your career happen other than waiting for a nod from a handful of people in NYC.
The publishing industry is changing. Book selling is changing. Just like the music and film industry the opportunity for indies is flourishing. If you’re a self-starter and have passion for your work, don’t give up. Don’t let someone else tell you what’s right for you, discover whatever that is yourself.
I had no idea that when I was obsessed with writing, I was “stock piling” my work for 2011 when I’d be able to put every book out there in “e” format and enjoy a fabulous spike in earnings. I just wrote, and wrote and wrote. And created, and created, and created.
Nothing will test your creative will power and endurance like forging your own career in this business. And few things compare with meeting readers whose lives you’ve touched, changed and enriched by your words.
Words they may never read if you’re waiting for that NYC nod.
I sign my blog posts: read and let read because I have an aversion to reviews. I don’t read them. Every person on this planet is an individual with their own opinion and what appeals to one may not appeal to another. ) So I sign: read and let read. Enough said. As I write this guest post, I think another thought is worth internalizing:
Write and let write.
Thank you Jennifer for sharing your struggles and accomplishments with us. You are a very talented women, and I have a heightened respect for your work knowing that everything you have you have most definitely earned with your blood, sweat, and tears. I hope that bloggers such as myself, and this book tour earns you even more of the attention you deserve. Thank you for your time and dedication that has given us some more wonderful books to enjoy. Check out the next stop on the Overprotected blog tour at Reading Angel .
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Comment on this post to be considered for the items below. Winner will be selected July 30th at 11:59 pm. To be considered you must be a us resident, and leave a way to be contacted.
Wednesday, July 20
Title: Hearts in Darkness
By: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Wild Rose Publishing (April 20th, 2011)
My Copy: Ebook review copy from Author
About the book:
Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.
Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.
To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?
Hearts in Darkness is an adult romance that took me by surprise. BookWhisperer usually tends to veer toward young adult books, because I am more comfortable with the content and I believe that the romance is usually more believable. With the being said, I was put in my place after reading this extremely short novel. At a little over 100 pages this books is packed with a very intricate story. Makenna and Caden are deep and detailed characters that will allow even the more complex readers to see this as a plausible story, and entertaining read. Don’t get me wrong the relationship that grows over these few pages is strong and wild. Not being a big erotica reader I do not always feel comfortable with the sexual nature of these books, but this story was awesome from every angle. The concept of two individuals being randomly stuck in a broken elevator together was quite random, but this author twisted the story to create a chance meeting of the similar souls that just might rescue one another. While I can not say that I will be reading a whole lot more of this genre; I can say that Laura Kaye knocked my socks of with this deeply devotional story.
Tuesday, July 19
By: Cheri Smith
Publisher: Self Published by Author (May 28th, 2011)
My Copy: Ebook provided by author
About the book:
The Fateful Trilogy continues with Fractured. No, it’s not called Fractured because Ethan and Danielle break up...in case you were wondering.
They had thought they’d escaped most of the danger surrounding them, when in truth they’ve made it worse by unintentionally sparking a civil war amongst vampires. Many vampires want to protect them for discovering the cure to the curse binding their kind. However many more want to destroy them for that same discovery.
Ethan’s and Danielle’s struggle for survival intensifies while they sink deeper into the midst of this danger. The romantic fairytale bliss they once had will soon fracture under the pressure of the curse....
Cheri Smith offers another thrill ride with this sequel to Fateful. Ethan is trying to settle into his mortal life thanks to Danielle. While he is excited to plan a future with Danielle it seems that he is struggling with the loss of some of his immortal abilities. Danielle strives to overcompensate for the loss with showing him everything that his mortal life has to offer. Although, it appears that being mortal has its disadvantages when you have a army of immortals after you. Many more supernatural creatures are introduced in this story; adding to the danger lurking around every corner. As the news spreads far and wide that someone has found a cure for this curse; Ethan and Danielle will be forced to take drastic measure to ensure their safety. Many of which, will contradict everything that we had expected in this next book. With many new characters introduced in this novel; that I found quite intriguing and beneficial to this amazing story. While rest assured the well loved favorites from Fateful are still a large part of this story as well. I look forward to seeing what the final book has to offer, and where it will take Ethan and Danielle in the future. With love and loss this book proves to be as good, if not better than the first. Cheri Smith is a new, but talented author that promises a fast and invigorating journey in the Fateful series.
Sunday, July 17
Title: The Iron Knight
By: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey Book #4
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 25, 2011
My Copy: Ebook provided through NetGalley
About the book:
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.
To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.
With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.
To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
The Iron Knight is another adventure for Puck and Ash. Ash is determined to become mortal, so that he can continue to protected his beloved Megan. As with the Summer's Crossing this novel is a turning point for the estranged friendship of Puck and Ash. The constant struggle for Ash to take revenge for the loss of his past love is laid to rest in this novel; allowing room for the broken friendship to mend. Puck is his typical witty self in throughout the novel, and the repercussions seem to be at an all time high. Leaving readers to wonder if Ash will kill him before the end of this adventure. Megan has very few appearance in this book, but it was fitting for the journey. Kagawa offer a bullet in the middle of this story, and it set me emotions on an all-time high. Creating a tail spin that left me angry with character and the story alike. This development had the potential to crush my happily ever after. Although, after working through the next couple chapters I think that this development allowed past feelings and doubts to be laid to rest. The future for Ash and Megan glitters and shines with no room for mistrust or doubts after this novel. Iron Fey lovers will devour this story. Interestingly, the pace of this story seemed slightly quicker than the prior novels; with the exception of Ash's Testing Ground scenes. I was tested myself in these areas, because the story seemed to slow down and creep through the memories. Rest assured once the testing was completed the story picked up and zipped right through the last pages. The Iron Knight leaves me to wonder if there will be another book for the Iron Fey series, but have searching for an answer I came up with nothing. Neither Julie Kagawa or the Iron Fey websites give any information about books past The Iron Knight. With the depth of detail for the future of the Iron Fey characters in this fourth book; it seems highly possible that this could have been the final book. Would this really be the end?
Title: Summer’s Crossing
By: Julie Kagawa
Series: Iron Fey (3.5)
Release Date: June 1st, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: Barnes and Noble free Ebook
About the book:
A Midsummer's Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.
Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.
The Iron Fey series is a masterpiece that I never seem to get enough of. Robin Goodfellow and Ash the Winter Prince are on a short adventure in the increbily fast story. With one mission on their minds they are surprised by the sudden appearance of Leanansidhe, and her demand of Prince Ash. Without the ability to deny such a demand these vowed enemies find themselves on a short adventure that takes them right to the heart of Arcadia. Puck is distracted yet again with the appearance of Lord Oberan, and with the seeds of doubt and deceit that he plants in Pucks mind. This is a story that marks a turning point in the Iron Fey series. The relationship between Ash and Puck will have another piece of history to overcome in the next book. They may just be running out of reasons to hate one another. That is except for the part where they both love the same girl.
Monday, July 11
By: Helen Landalf
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(December 19th, 2011)
My Copy: Ebook provided from NetGalley
About the book:
Fifteen-year-old Stevie Calhoun is used to taking care of herself. But one night, her mom, who works as an exotic dancer in a downtown Seattle nightclub, never comes home.
That’s the night Stevie’s life turns upside down.
It’s the night that kicks off an extraordinary summer: the summer Stevie has to stay with her annoyingly perfect Aunt Mindy; the summer she learns to care for injured and abandoned birds; the summer she gets to know Alan, the meanest guy in high school.
But most of all, it’s the summer she finds out the truth about Mom.
Flyaway is a tragic and depressing story about a young girl that finds herself forced to accept the truth about her meth addicted mother. As a loving daughter she is in a constant struggle to excuse her mother addictive and neglecting personality. When she is forced to live with her Aunt Mindy for a summer after her mother leaves her for almost a week on one of her meth vacations; she begins to slowly but surely realize the truths about her mother. It is a heartbreaking realization that readers will feel through the pages. I appreciated the addition of her young robin, creating a parallel between a young birds story and that of this young girl. It is poetic and intriguing to see the transformation as the story progresses. Readers will appreciate the comparison, and the happy ending that this story has to offer. Helen Landalf is a beautiful author that will carry readers through this depressing novel with hope for the future of young Stevie.
Sunday, July 10
Title: Forever Mine
By: Elizabeth Reyes
Series: Moreno Brothers Book #1
Self Published Novel (September 6th, 2010)
My Copy: Ebook from Author for review
About the book:
Seventeen-year old Sarah’s life is turned upside down when her single mom is sent to jail. She’s forced to move, leaving behind everything she’s ever known, including her best friend Sydney. Lost and bitter in a new school, her one goal is to save money and move back home. Then she meets Angel Moreno.
Enigmatic but gorgeous, Angel is almost too good to be true. Except for one thing, his archaic belief that guys and girls can never be “just friends”. The problem? Sarah’s best friend Sydney is not a girl.
With their unexpected romance intensifying to places neither ever experienced, how long can Sarah keep Angel in the dark about the guy waiting for her back home?
Forever Mine offers an intense and slightly possessive love story that romance fanatics will love. The story begins will Sarah’s life crumbling around her. As her mother is carted off to prison; she is forced to leave everything and everyone that she knows. Everyone includes her best friend Syndey. With every intention of returning Sarah succumbs moving in with her cousin and starting a new school. Everyday carries a sole purpose of attending school and making enough money to return; or that is until she meets Angel Moreno. Angel is an awesome character, but yet extremely protective and mildly possessive. It is nothing like abuse or controlling, but touchy about whom Sarah interacts with that is of the male persuasion. Although, these qualities are quite fitting for Sarah character; changing the readers impressions of these action to something more attractive. Sarah life has had very little consistency, other than that of her best friend, and she welcomes someone that always watches out for her. As the romance increases Sarah is conflicted, because Angel is very forthcoming with this protectiveness making it clear that he would be less than comfortable with the knowledge that Sydney just happens to be a guy. After many occasions where Angel verbalizes his opinions that guys and girls “can’t be just friends”, she is thrown into a gulley of lies to protect her friendship and her growing love for Angel. Reyes offers a bitter sweet romance that will keep readers hanging on every page. Be aware that this novel should be directed more toward the mature YA audience due to its sexual content. The story will carries a extremely fast pace, and with its addictive story readers will find themselves flying through the pages. Reyes talented writing promises for excellent read, and will leave readers craving more. The next book in this series Forever Yours takes Angels brother through yet another mouth watering romance. I look forward to reading the remainder of this series. Be ready for a powerful story and the promise of love that will stand the test of time.
Thursday, July 7
Title: Heart on a Chain
By: Cindy C Bennett
A Createspace Ebook (January 2011)
My Copy: Review Ebook provided by Author
About the book:
17-year-old Kate has lived her whole life in abject poverty, with an alcoholic father and drug-addicted mother, who severely abuses Kate. At school, her second-hand clothing marks her as a target. Her refusal to stand up for herself makes her the recipient of her classmates taunts and bullying. That is, until Henry returns.
Henry Jamison moved away six years earlier, just as he and Kate had begun an to develop feelings for one another. He returns to find the bright, funny, outgoing girl he had known now timidly hiding in corners, barely speaking to anyone around her, suspicious of even him.
Kate can’t figure out what game Henry is playing with her - for surely it is a game. What else would the gorgeous, popular boy from her past want with her?
Kate finally decides to trust Henry’s intentions, opening her heart to him. Just when it seems he might be genuine in his friendship, tragedy strikes, threatening everything Kate has worked so hard to gain. Can Henry help her to overcome this new devastation, or will it tear them apart forever?
Heart on a Chain is another heart stopping story about a young girl surviving a life of abuse at the hands of her own mother. This story is a horrifying realization about what such a life experience entails. Kate was a typical child until life changes result in a broken home that proves a danger everyday. The romance for Kate and Henry is bitter sweet, and a calming addition for such a brutal novel. With a stolen kiss in middle school and love across time this story offer a tragic story with a smooth happy ending. Beginning slowly I was concerned at first if this story would carry me through, but a short struggle was relieved as the story picks up in intensity and pace. While this is a story based on the darkness and secrets; I love her ability to highlight the good. Kate begins reminiscing on the past shows what a truly remarkable person Henry was and is. When the story turns, and their love builds I see the writer focusing on the good of Kate character without directly highlighting the comparison of these two people. Amazingly, two people from completely different backgrounds have managed to become people with quite similar morals and ethics. Understandably, Henry’s values can be a result of such a loving and inspiring family. It was easy to see the attraction Kate carries for not only Henry, but also for his entire family. Especially that unique and witty Grandpa Henry. This character was a shining gem in this book; that readers will love during his short role. Altogether the story is a memorable read and eye opening experience for readers. It would be a very good experience for the young adult readers it has targeted.
Title: Reason to Breathe
By: Rebecca Donovan
Self Published Ebook (May 9th, 2011)
My Copy: Ebook bought from Barnes and Nobles
About the book:
"No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"
He knows there’s something more to the girl sitting in the back of the class the moment he sees her. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and athletic – but she slips quietly through the crowded halls, trying not to exist. Determined to get to know the elusive girl, Evan soon discovers…
Emma Thomas is hiding a terrible a secret.
Reason to Breathe is an electrifying page turner from start to finish, a unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope.
Abuse no matter what shape or form is never a pretty picture. While everyone knows that it exists; we continue our daily lives avoid the subject and situation that may be surrounding us. Donovan creates a story here that throws it all in your face with no sympathy. This honest and realistic novel will shed light onto the secret world, and wrap it into a simple love story. This is a powerful and fantastic read. Beautifully writing this novel will grab readers attention; while opening their eyes to the horror of this girls story. The ending drops of at a cliff hanger, and the epilogue still left me slightly unclear as to where the story ends. Although, I was relieved to find the Rebecca Donovan is creating a sequel that will lay all my worries to rest. I look forward to seeing how this story will continue to shape.