Book Blogger Hop: Feb 27-Mar 5

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

This week’s question is:

Do you like blog headers that are bookish or blog headers that are simply attractive?

Answer:

Blog headers really don’t interest me as much as the rest of the blog does. Okay, I might appreciate a bookish blog header but it’s not like I don’t love creative ones or stylish ones either. I think I’m like

Book Blast – Vendetta

It’s here! VENDETTA by Catherine Doyle is out TODAY and we’re thrilled to celebrate it’s release!

 

ABOUT THE BOOK 

 

 

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle: Out TODAY,February 24, 2015
 
Think Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather. Oh yeah. #bloodforblood #Vendetta
 
Blood Will Spill, Hearts Will Break: With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.
 
For Sophie, it starts as just another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill. Then a new family moves into the long-abandoned mansion across the street: the Falcone family, with its five mysterious brothers. Unable to resist bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him–and into his world. But just as the dark secrets of the Falcones begin to come to light, the skeletons of her own family, the Gracewells, rise to the surface, too. And soon Sophie is torn between the desires of two warring dynasties: the one she was born into and the one she’s now in love with. But she’ll have to choose between passion and honor. And when she does, blood will spill and hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, loyalty can mean the difference between life and death.
 
AVAILABLE TODAY 



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Praise for Vendetta



Even Victoria Scott said this about it: “Fan-freaking-tastic…I honestly can’t say enough good things about it! I would read anything Cat Doyle writes after flying through Vendetta!!”


MEET Sophie & Nic


 

 
 

 

 

About the Author
 
 
Catherine Doyle lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and a master’s degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Vendetta is her first novel. Catherine lives in Galway, Ireland. Follower Catherine on Twitter @Doyle_cat and on Tumblr at www.Catherine-Doyle.tumblr.com 

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Book Blogger Hop: Feb 20-26

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

This week’s question is:

Is there anything that makes you not return to a blog or not want to look at it even for the first time?

Answer:

This might sound shallow but the look of the blog itself. If the background and color scheme is cluttered and basically a pain to read or a danger to my eyesight, I will not read it or return to it.

Dead Girl Walking

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Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper) by Ruth Silver

Published: November 25, 2014

Publisher: Booktrope

 

Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

 

Now includes the prequel Ashes to Ashes as a bonus story in the Booktrope edition. Available in eBook & Paperback.

Dead Girl Walking

Licensed to Ruth Silver

ON SALE FOR JUST 99 cents!!!

Excerpt

 

“Listen, kid, I don’t care what you believe in. It’s not for me to say what’s true and untrue, real or unreal. My assignment was you. You get to be one of us, if you want it. Otherwise, you move on, life is over, kaput.”

Ophelia backed away from the stranger. For the first time, she realized she didn’t feel cold and wasn’t shivering. Is this what being dead was like? “One of you?”

“A grim reaper.” He held out his hand to properly introduce himself. “Edon Montgomery, head reaper and old soul.”

 

Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper)

Licensed to Ruth Silver

 

Author Interview

Do you have any plans to write a spin-off for Aberrant?

Yes! I am currently working on an untitled project that is a prequel, spin-off. I haven’t spoken much about it, but I will say there is plenty of action and a world to explore that we’ve barely touched in the Aberrant trilogy.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve got several writing projects underway. Forget Me Knot (Royal Reaper 2) is in edits right now with an expected Spring 2015 release. I’m also writing steamy adult fiction under the name Ravyn Rayne, which will be available this year as well. You can find those projects on Ravyn Rayne Reads.

Do you have a full-time job?

Writing and marketing my own novels is my full-time job. It involves far more than 40 hours a week, but I love it, so I don’t mind.

 

About the Author

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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing two series: Royal Reaper and Orenda. Her interests also include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia. Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and her book blog Write Away Bliss.

Review: The Distance Between Lost and Found

The Distance Between Lost and Found
The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?

The Distance between Lost and Found is a beautiful story of a lost girl trying to find a way back to her normal self. After an incident that trashes her reputation, Hallie has been the butt of jokes in her community. She is bullied and no one supports her, not even her parents. Her stubbornness against speaking out is partly the problem, that doesn’t get rectified until she goes on this hike. There, when she gets lost with an old friend and a new, she discovers that whatever semblance of bravery she thought she was showing by tolerating her bullies, is nothing compared to the strength she has within her. For about a week, the trio survive with barely any provisions, in the wilderness, each day hoping for rescue. All the time gives them ample of space to rethink, to rediscover themselves, and Hallie in particular finally speaks up and clears out the misunderstanding with her old friend.

For his part, I thought Jonah was a bit of a jerk to her and should not have been forgiven so easily. Actually, I would have loved Hallie to even call out everybody on their BS while she stands up for herself, for her to ask why would they even need her to speak up to ever believe in her. Nevertheless, the story intertwined survival, philosophy and a coming-of-age story into a fantastic tale. My only little problem is Hallie as a character – I felt she was too soft, and was kind of a doormat character until the her time to shine came. And I must say, for a story about church-going kids, it didn’t come across as preachy. So bonus points for that too.

Received a review copy from Harper Teen via Edelweiss.

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Review: Seeker

Seeker Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Quin Kincaid has been put through years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a revered ‘Seeker’. Only when it’s too late does she discover she will be using her new-found knowledge and training to become an assassin. Quin’s new role will take her around the globe, from a remote estate in Scotland to a bustling, futuristic Hong Kong where the past she thought she had escaped will finally catch up with her. I took way too long to finish this book – and this was the first sign that shows I am not a big fan of it. Honestly, I have pretty much nothing to say, except that I found it have a pretty slow and torturous start – which couldn’t even be compensated by that marvelous and epic climax. As the book progressed, it got more interesting, but only because I decided to stick with the book and finish it. (I don’t pass judgement or review on a book until I completely read it, so…) I think what made it more interesting was once the Seekers’ ‘mission’ was revealed to be non-alturistic. Until then, I kinda wanted to slap Quin for her naive hero complex. Throughout the book, actually, she was pretty irritating. Then there was John, the hero-turned-antagonist (I don’t care about spoilers at the moment, okay? I’m too disappointed in this book to care about that), the eternal whiny kid who thinks an eye for an eye won’t make the world blind. The whole book is like ‘John, no!’ and John going ‘John, yes’. Shinobu was pretty good but wasted as a druggie in the later half of the book. His and Quin’s romance didn’t make any sense – particularly from her side. She suddenly wakes up and realizes – oh my god, my half third-something cousin is freaking hot! Heavens, spare me this melodrama! What I liked – Maud and the Dreads. Seriously, their story was much better than the main arc. That is why I gave this book 3 stars – that was good world-building there, for the Dreads at least. I hope the sequel has more on the origin of the Seekers than that doomed love triangle, because I’m so over it. Received an ARC from Delacorte Books for Young Readers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Blogger Hop: Feb 13-19

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

This week’s question is:

Is there anything that makes you keep returning to certain blogs?

Answer:

Wit and writing style. I particularly love blogs who talk about certain book meta topics – like their thoughts on a specific theme or style in a genre.

Review: Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory by M. Evonne Dobson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Kami is into science, way smarter than she should be, a little obtuse, and born to investigate. The kind of girl who excels in Martial Arts and runs a chaos theory experiment in her locker.

Kami finds a way to focus her talents when she meets Daniel, whose younger sister Julia died from an overdose of prescription drugs—drugs that the cops think came from Daniel’s stash. First Daniel turns up at Kami’s MA class, and later she saves him from a couple of drug dealers at the local skate park. Neither episode endears him to her, but Kami views life as a series of data points, and in Daniel’s case, the data do not add up.

For a young adult mystery novel, Chaos Theory is fairly good. I was impressed by the crime part of it and the investigation plot, but otherwise this book held no interest for me. To go into depth, I firstly found that the writing was subpar – I didn’t want to savor the words, just skim them so that I can know what is going on. Since I am big on writing styles, that was a downer for me. Secondly, the dialogues felt a little stilted, and the characters were inconsistent. I couldn’t understand what Kami wanted, half the time. Then there was Gavin, whose motivations will forever remain a mystery, along with that of all the secondary characters. Also, the teens having better investigation skills than the police? For a realistic fiction (what I mean is that there are no paranormal elements involved and that it is a murder case for crying out loud!), the idea was a bit far-fetched. Thirdly, I didn’t get the connection the chaos locker had to the story; I’m sorry, but it made no sense and no contribution to the storyline other than hitting hard on the point of Kami’s grief. So, in short, I was not so fond of this book, but the mystery aspect was good.

Received an ARC from The Poisoned Pencil via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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Book Blogger Hop: Feb 6-12

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer

This week’s question is:

Is there anything that turns you off when you are reading a blog post?

Answer:

Length. Too long blog posts, particularly one without breaks in paragraphs are tiresome. I will only take the effort if the topic is interesting but even then, I might just skim over it.

Another thing that turns me off is excessive use of gifs. Yes, it is creative and I am a big lover of gifs on Tumblr, but in a regular blog post? Too many gifs spoil the post.

Then there is language and punctuation. Too many misspellings to make it sound cool – big turn off!

ARC Review: Paper or Plastic

Paper or Plastic
Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Release date: February 3, 2015

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only things stranger than the staff are the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and adorably geeky—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her pitching position on the softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst job in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

On the surface, Paper or Plastic seems like a generic contemporary novel – boy meets girl, love happens, drama and happy ending. But this one is more a coming-of-age story of Lex, who has been a good daughter, student etc, but doesn’t look outward. She has her life planned out – or, at least, her summer. But when an impulse to show up her mom leads to her engaging in petty theft, she is forced to work at the same supermarket as a lesson for her mistakes. The place where she works has characters varying from her shy senior from school, a grandma-like person, a prankster old man, a vivacious young woman and a slightly abrasive co-worker who hates her type.

Since I already mentioned what the plot is about, I think I’ll touch upon the ways this book stood out. Lex, first of all, has to learn that everybody has problems/secrets of their own, and that hearsay is not always the truth. Appearances can be deceptive and even the happiest people can be sad at heart. Central theme-wise, it is kinda all over the place but what maybe the gist is that even what you think is a bad incident or bad time could actually be good for you; it could help you grow as a person. The writing was good and the characters had layers of complexity. That being said, I was kinda meh about the book. It was good but nothing that makes me go ‘wow’. So, 3.5 stars for this one.

Received an ARC from Entangled Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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