Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ruthless by John Rector (4 stars)

About Ruthless

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 1, 2015)
Paperback: 280 pages

Nick White is the only person who can save Abigail Pierce. After uncovering a plot to have her killed, he attempts to warn her but instead puts himself squarely in the crosshairs. They know who he is, they know where he lives, they know how to get at his family.

Drawn into the conspiracy surrounding Abigail, Nick soon discovers the danger is bigger than he ever believed. Now he must uncover the truth to save her and himself. 

Gripping and intense, this novel is a twisted thrill ride from bestselling author John Rector. 
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Sitting in a bar one night, Nick White's life forever changes when a woman gives him an envelope. Inside is a lot of money and a mark. The problem: it wasn't meant for Nick. He knows he should just walk away, but he can't seem to. Nothing will ever be the same.

Starting this book is like getting on a roller coaster. Tension builds right away and there are several twists and turns and intense drops. Often, there's barely enough time to catch your breath before the next plot twist. Nick is a great character, and I believed he wanted to help this stranger. Something compelled him to get involved. Even with very little back story, I bought into his compulsion to figure out the mystery behind this targeted woman. That being said, I kept wishing I did know more about Nick so I could better understand his motivation. 

Then, with about one-third of the book left, things began to falter a bit. Although the twists were still intriguing, they were getting a bit strange. By the end, I was left scratching my head. Not only was it abrupt, it came out of left field. The last thirty pages kept this from being a 5-star read, in my humble opinion.

Still, if you love a compelling story that keeps you guessing right until the very end, pick up a copy of Ruthless. It's a quick and fascinating read.

Rating: 4 stars

51NMRGFRgOL._UX250_About John Rector 

JOHN RECTOR is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE GROVE, THE COLD KISS, ALREADY GONE and OUT OF THE BLACK. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and won several awards including the International Thriller Award for his novella LOST THINGS, many of his other stories can be found in his collection THE WALLS AROUND US. 

He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
Thanks to TLC for my review copy.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own. 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Catalyst by Casey L Bond is Live!

Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publication Date: June 18th, 2015

The city of Confidence is surrounded by a thick, concrete wall. These walls are built to protect those within and to keep dangers outside. What happens when the only danger to the citizens within is its leadership?

When a young man on a suicide mission meets a young woman with a terminal illness, both of them use one another as a means to their own ends. They never expect to become friends. They never expect to become so much more to each other. Their backgrounds and the secrets they uncover are more dangerous than any plans they could make together or separately.  

Revolution begins with a spark.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

M by Jo Michaels (5 stars)

About M

In 2026, it finally arrives, the drug promising to make life easier for the masses. One dose of M and anyone can gain an ability. There are no promises made as to what the power could manifest as, but people are crawling over one another to take a chance.

There's a problem: One pill costs a million dollars. Only those with extraordinary wealth are afforded the luxury of cleaning house with a click of their diamond-adorned fingers or solving a puzzle by talking to it.

A knockoff begins circulating in 2038 that does the same thing as M. Hundreds of thousands of people have mutated for a mere one hundred dollars.

Enter the year 2042.

Seventeen-year-old Griffin is a normal kid, who has a regular job, and dreams of going to college someday. When his girlfriend of three years succumbs to peer pressure, they break up. He believes the body is a temple not to be messed with outside of nature, and she wants to fit in. Once he meets the supplier, things take a turn for the worse.

He's left with nothing but pain in his heart and the desire to make them suffer when his plans for payback blow up in his face.

Thirst for revenge consumes him, and he finds himself locked in a battle he never anticipated with a merciless kingpin as they struggle to gain the advantage.

How far is too far?

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***This book is a standalone novel, suitable for those over the age of thirteen. There is some violence that may not be appropriate for younger children.*** 


Griffin knows who he wants to be... the new, and now inexpensive, drug M is not part of his plans. Many disagree and are excited to embrace an altered life, including Griffin's girlfriend. For him, it's a deal breaker. But it's more than that. He plans to rebel against the makers and make a statement.

Unfortunately, that statement leads to heartache, setting him on the path to revenge. A path that rarely goes well. 

Griffin is headstrong, a character trait that leads him into some hairy situations but also gets him out of them. As he plots his revenge, he runs into more people affected by M. These characters have their own pain to deal with. As they dig deeper, they realize the full impact of this knock-off drug. One character, a mother, left me in tears with her loss.

There's so much great story here, and I don't want to spoil anything. Just trust me... once you read the first page, you'll be hooked. It's a crazy ride, full of action and emotion. And it leaves you wondering how far you would go to right a wrong.

Oh, and if you love a villain who's bad to the bone, this story's for you. Although we get some insight into what made him evil, there's no question of how far he's willing to go. There's some harrowing scenes. 

Finally, for fans who love at least a little romance, you won't be disappointed either. Just saying.

A must-read!

Rating: 5 stars

About the Author

(from Jo's Amazon Author Page)

Jo Michaels is a writer who's really had a taste of life. She's lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia; but visited states from coast to coast. Michaels, a high-school dropout, put herself through college while her husband was deployed to Iraq and still managed to come out on the other side with all five of her children still breathing. On top of that wondrous feat, she managed to graduate Summa Cum Laude. After her fourteen year marriage ended cataclysmically, she took to the keys to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. Using the degree she obtained in school, Jo set out with tools in her belt not many writers possess: a strong design eye, the skills necessary to format her books, and the ability to use her artistic talents to create stunning covers.

Now, Michaels writes full-time in her garage while imbibing copious amounts of coffee to keep her motor running from son up to son down (and daughter, too). Her inspiration for her books comes from relationships, life, friends, passion, and her own incredible imagination. A fight for achieving her dream (along with her super duper boyfriend) is what drags her out of bed every morning to do what she does best: spin tales laced with high-octane emotion for readers worldwide.

You can find out more about Jo on Twitterher websiteher blog, andFacebook. Also, find out more about her indie author services at Indie Books Gone Wild.

Note: I was privileged to edit this book. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot (3.5 stars)

About Royal Wedding

• Print Length: 448 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 2, 2015)

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series, comes the very first adult installment, which follows Princess Mia and her Prince Charming as they plan their fairy tale wedding—but a few poisoned apples could turn this happily-ever-after into a royal nightmare.

For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, what with living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend Michael managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal oui.

But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: Her grandmother’s leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom. Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a monarch.  Can Mia prove to everyone—especially herself—that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

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Please see the summary for a general overview of the book. I had so many feelings and thoughts while reading this one that I wanted to get right into my commentary.

First, I'll be honest. I hadn't read any of the previous books in this series, although I did see the movie. So glad I had a least that background, because it would have been hard to read this book with no backstory. I'm sure fans of the series will jump right in, but I had little to go on and was frustrated at first.

As I read on, I did start to get into the story. However, I found Princess Mia whiny and a bit of a brat. I wanted her to come across more mature (according to the summary there was a five-year gap since her last escapades) and regal. Yet, her voice still came across as very teen to me and definitely not someone ready to rule anything. A secret later comes out that changed the character. From that point on, Princess Mia grew on me.

I did love the character who came into Mia's life as a result of this secret (you'll find no spoilers here), and I found Mia's fiance, Michael, charming. He actually saved Mia for me when I was annoyed with her. After all, if someone like Michael was crazy about her, there had to be something I was missing.

A character who gets under my skin initially is not always a bad thing, especially because I came around to like her by the end. I truly believe it's better to feel passionate about a book (good or bad) than blasé about it. 

Toward the end, there's a twist that guarantees there will be another book in this series. I'm hoping this development will further mature Princess Mia.

If you are a fan of the series, you'll no doubt want this next chapter in Princess Mia's life. However, if you are new to the series, you might want to try a few of the earlier books first so you don't start this one cold like I did.

It's definitely a fun read for summer!

Rating: 3.5 stars

Meg Cabot About Meg Cabot 

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband. 

Find out more about Meg at her website, follow her blog, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks to TLC for my review copy.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own. 

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ignite by Carlyle Labuschagne Cover Reveal

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Cover Reveal ~  Ignite a broken novel

~ Its always darkest before the dawn 

COMING 2016 

From award winning YA science fiction Author: Carlyle Labuschagne

In this epic conclusion to the Broken Trilogy when all seems lost and annihilate by darkness, Troy sets out to to rescue his friends and the survivors of his planet from the controlling hands of Illuninatus. On his rescue mission he discovers where Ava has been held captive for nearly three years completely warded from all supernatural seekers. Troy alone can save her from the brink of her dark disease and stop her from unleashing death to life as we know it. 

But first Troy and Troy  have to set out  into the darkest, lost realms of a desolate Earth together seeking out Cain who holds the answers on how to how the cure to the Shadowing Disease works before her disease becomes irreversible and she becomes the Dark Queen forever, burning down the entire world and those she loves down with it. 

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Book:  Ignite A broken novel #3 (end of trilogy) can be read as a stand alone
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishers
expected date: 2016
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Calyle is an South African award wining author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story she creates. For now she is happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers. Her favorite genre to write is YA SF and dystopian romance novels.
Her goal as an author is to touch people's lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within every outrageous world she writes about.

"I love to swim, fight for the trees, and am a food lover who is driven by my passion for life. I dream that one day my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in. Never sacrifice who you are, its in the dark times that the light comes to life."

Carlyle used writing as a healing tool and that is why she started her very own writers support event - SAIR bookfestival. 

 "To be a helping hand for those who strive to become full times writers, editors, bloggers, readers and cover artists - its a crazy world out there you dont have to go it alone!"
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Co Founder of Fire Quill Publishing. 
Founder of Help build a library in South Africa. 


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The Broken Destiny The Broken Destiny (Broken, #1)
reviews: 59
ratings: 171 (avg rating 3.84)

Dead of Night Dead of Night (Aftershock, #1)
reviews: 26
ratings: 34 (avg rating 4.38)

Evanescent Evanescent (Broken, #2)
reviews: 16
ratings: 48 (avg rating 4.33)

Absolution Absolution (The Broken Diaries, #1)
reviews: 3
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Dead of Night Dead of Night (Aftershock Book 1)
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Cries of Innocence by Angela Beach Silverthorne (5 stars)

About Cries of Innocence

In the small coastal community of Silverton, an evil presence resides. Over time most residents have grown numb to its insidious and subtle presence. A few have resisted.

Seventeen-year-old Bren has lived a life of abuse, discrimination, and exclusion. She blames her father, the town drunk, for every misery she has ever endured. Instead of surviving within her situation like others do, Bren is fiery mad and begins to push against a system she can’t begin to understand. When her efforts fail, she decides to escape with her mom. They never make it.

Bren is whisked away to The Haven, home of her paternal grandmother, GG. Under her tutelage, Bren is awakened to a destiny she could have never envisioned. She learns about truth and witnesses another side of life. In the process of self-discovery, she has to deal with her own weaknesses, fears, and unforgiveness.

As evil approaches Bren asks, “Who are we up against?” The answer strikes deep within her breast.

Can she stand firm? Can she look into the eyes of hate and forgive? If she can’t, her greatest fear will be realized.

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Bren hasn't had it easy. She's the daughter of the town drunk, her mom looks the other way, and Bren's boyfriend wants what she's not ready to give. Unable to stand it any longer, and feeling very alone, she can't wait to get a one-way ticket out of town.

With all her struggles, she can't imagine things getting worse. Yet they do. There's an evil brewing, and Bren will need some powerful teaching to stand up to it. Thanks to help from unlucky sources, Bren becomes stronger. But will it be enough?

Every once in a while, I read a book I know will really impact readers. Beyond the well-executed storyline, the characters, the good writing, this book will resonate with people and stay with them long after the last page. 

Abuse, both physical and mention, is sadly what too many young women have to face. Evil is real. But there's hope. This story showcases that. But, note, there are mature situations. Most of the book, my heart broke for Bren and her mother. I wanted to tell them to run and get away from the pain. But staying to fight, especially with a power all of us can access, was inspiring. I love these characters.

If you believe in the power of the human spirit, in the power of faith and belief, I highly recommend Cries of Innocence. It's a journey, and one you won't soon forget.

Rating: 5 stars

About the Author

Angela Beach Silverthorne is the co-author of the award-winning novel, Depression Cookies, and author of a poetry book, Promises Seeded Inside. Her short stories and poetry have been featured in numerous magazines and websites. She is currently writing the sequel to Cries of Innocence.

Angela and her husband of 45 years, Dallas, live in eastern North Carolina with their Boston terrier, Miss Lillie. They are the parents of three daughters and have nine grandchildren who often beg her to tell them “one more story.” She has a special place in her heart for women who are victims of abuse, brokenness, insecurity, and self-doubt.

Find out more on her blog and Facebook.

Note: I edited this book through Indie Books Gone Wild. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Reclaim by Casey L. Bond (5 stars)

About Reclaim
Harvest Saga, Book 3

The Greaters have ruled over the Lessers since The Fall. They’ve taken Abby’s family. They’ve taken her friends. They’ve taken her hostage and threatened the villages. 

Enough is enough. Freedom is worth fighting for. Love is worth dying for. 

And the Lessers are done taking orders from the Greaters. 

Reclaim…the epic conclusion of the award-winning Harvest Saga.

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Abby has been through the wringer, nearly losing her life several times in her fight for survival. In a society that only values Greaters, Lessers are forced to work hard for others. But when the Greaters want to take even more from them, the Lessers start to rebel--quietly at first because they are in need of a leader. They need Abby.

The stakes are high and not everyone will make it. Will Abby, and her unborn child, survive? Can Abby really change society and make life better for all humans?

I love strong female characters. Very few things make me happier than seeing a young woman stand up for what she believes in. Abby is strength personified. Still, she has her moments of doubt and fear. Being pregnant with her first child only makes her more fierce. But it will take more than one person to make changes, and there are many amazing characters backing her up. In addition to her mother and father, Gray and Kyan (who both love her in different ways) will do anything to make sure she survives.

After loving the first two books in this series, Reap and Resist, I was a bit concerned how the series would end. Would I be satisfied? Would I be disappointed? Fortunately, there was nothing to fear. Casey L. Bond knocked it out of the park. In addition to romance, emotions, and good versus evil, she gives the reader an epic adventure with no guarantee of how it will turn out. You'll hold your breath until the very last page.

If you are looking for a series that starts as strongly as it finishes, look no further. The Harvest Saga series is a real winner.

Rating: 5 stars

Or better yet, pick up the whole series on Amazon. The Kindle box set is only $6.99 for three books. 

Check out my reviews of the first two books in the series: Reap and Resist.

About the Author

Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.
Bond graduated from Hurricane High School in 1999. In 2003, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University in the field of Criminal Justice.
You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:
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Available or Soon-To-Be Released Books:
Winter Shadows
Pariah, Book 1 in The New Covenant Series
Paradox, Book 2, The New Covenant Series
Devil Creek
Shady Bay
Reap, Book 1 in The Harvest Saga
Resist, Book 2 in The Harvest Saga
Reclaim, Book 3 in The Harvest Saga
Sin (Serial Series)
Light in the Darkness (YA Anthology)
Fractured Glass (Novel Anthology)
Crazy Love
Water Witch
Dark Bishop (Serial Series)