Monday, August 29, 2016

The Reader by M.K. Harkins

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The Reader by M.K. Harkins
Pages: 231
Publisher: Self Published
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆

Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.

She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.

As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.


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My Review
Didn't expect to like it as much as I did. So the story starts off with Ann being hurt on a beach. Two guys find her, patch her up, and take her with them. She doesn't know if she should trust them, there's people shooting at them and if that isn't enough she has lost her memory. She's taken to a compound is told about this whole different "world". Not like out of space world but just things that she didn't know and would take time for anyone to absorb if they hadn't grown up with the knowledge.

In the book, Ann finds out that everyone believes she is the key to winning the war that is to come. Unfortunately, no one including her can't know her full potential until she recovers her memory. It is also a story about not judging someone on looks alone. I won't spoil what I mean by that for you though. You'll have to read it to find out. I liked the story overall. Ann was whiny at times and definitively insecure and impulsive. I gave her a pass on account of her memory lost. The ending is good and though it ends on a cliffhanger it resolved enough to be satisfied. Recommend for paranormal fans. Oh did I mention that there is a soul mate concept in this but it isn't exactly instalove. What?! I know right!





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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Blog Tour: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

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There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane
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Publisher: Month9Books
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?


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My Review
Yay! =D> A y.a. story with romance but no sex. Yes, this is a "clean y.a. book. There is a love triangle but it makes sense and works well with the story. So basically Nat lives in the future (country unknown though I think it's the U.S.). There was an infection that spread assumingly through the world. The infection caused its victim to become extremely strong and violent. It's not a death one would even wish on an enemy. Domes were created to keep the infection out and survivors in. Of course, with time those in power like the power and want to keep it and original goal is ignored and the lies and deceit begins.

Nat lives with her grandparents after her parents died in an incident outside the dome. Nat is a bit of a rule breaker. While in the outer forest (which is within the dome) she sees something unexpected, two people outside the doom. This is supposed to be impossible. No one can live outside the dome. One gets away and one gets caught. Or does he let them catch him? From the moment Nat lays her eyes on those two men her life is never the same and everything she thought she knew was either a flat out lie or half true.

Great book with a fast pace. Nat frustrated me with the whole romance thing. She felt at times like a younger teenager and not the 18 yr old she just turned. The story is entertaining and draws you in. There are surprises and the characters are well done. If you have be a dystopian slump lately, give the story a try.





About the Author
Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.


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Bout of Books 17

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Once again it's time for another Bout of Books. And once again I have already fallen behind. Ahhh what can I say? *shrug shoulders* My goal is super simple this time.

Time Devoted to Reading:
I'm shooting for an hour a day.

My Goals:
is to read 2 full books 

Challenges/Giveaways Schedule:

Monday 8/22
Book(s) read:
None :(

Tuesday 8/23
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Wednesday 8/24
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Thursday 8/25
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Friday 8/26
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Saturday 8/27
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Sunday 8/28
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Blog Tour: The Best Friend Bargain by Robin Bielman

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The Best Friend Bargain by Robin Bielman:
Pages: 204
Publisher: Entangle: Lovestruck
Source: IndieSagePR
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Olivia Lincoln has a plan guaranteed to get her life back on track. A plan that involves her best friend, Danny. And he’s on board, too…until she blurts out that they’re engaged and expecting a baby, and the news spreads like wildfire.

The problem? Danny doesn’t do marriage. Or family. And everyone knows it, including Olivia.
As irritated as he might be, protecting Olivia is what Danny does. But put best friends under one roof, add house rules begging to be broken, accidental nakedness, and pancakes in bed, and what started as a marriage between friends threatens to turn into the real deal…which would ruin everything.


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My Review
Talk about a cute book. Olivia and Danny are just the cutest couple. The have always been best friends when Olivia find herself in a pickle Danny is the obvious shoulder to lean on. The favor she asks is a huge one and the fact that he agreed is beyond friendship even without the romance.

Speaking of romance, I like the banter between the two. I didn't even mind the build up to the deed. Which is a big deal. Those of you who follow my reviews knows 'Bunni doesn't deal well with suspense'. Anyway, Liv's situation was a bit sad. Imagine having a mother who says those types of things?! I wanted to tell her that she should just stop caring what her mother says but let's get real most of us want our parents approval and that want doesn't go away even as adults. Danny situation is quite relate-able to anyone who has an eye condition.

This is a light-hearted fun romance. It has all the things to a romance read could want. A cute sexy couple, a baby, and a spunky meddling-in-a-loving way elderly lady. Overall, I liked the story but it would have gotten a higher rating had she delved deeper into the character especially Danny.





The Best Friend Bargain by Robin Bielman

When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author Robin Bielman can almost always be found with her nose in a book. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun and inspiration. Her fondness for swoon-worthy heroes who flirt and stumble upon the girl they can’t live without jumpstarts most of her story ideas.

She loves to go on adventures, and has skydived, scuba dived, parasailed, gotten lost in the wilderness (and only suffered a gazillion bug bites for it) hiked to waterfalls, and swam with dolphins. In her spare time she also likes to put her treadmill to good use while watching her favorite TV shows, take hikes with her hubby, indulge her sweet tooth, and play sock tug of war with her cute, but sometimes naughty dog, Harry.

She dreams of traveling to faraway places and loves to connect with readers. Keep in touch and sign up for her newsletter on her website at http://robinbielman.com


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Blog Tour: The Departed by Kristy Cooper

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The Departed by Kristy Cooper
Pages: 176
Publisher: Olivier
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Format: ePub
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ 

What if someone tried to fake the rapture?

When hundreds of thousands of people disappear in the middle of the night, including sixteen-year-old Gwen's best friend Lana, no one knows why. Some believe they were taken in the rapture, while others are convinced that it can't be true. Doomsday prophecies abound that involve horrifying tales of plague, famine, earthquakes, and more.

At first, Gwen doesn't know what to think. While she is busy mourning Lana, many people around her are getting taken in by the cultish True Believers Temple, including Gwen's dad and her friend Mindy. It is clear that more and more people are going to be pressured to join this church, as it starts taking over the media and the government, gaining zealous followers all over the world.

Then Gwen starts receiving emails from Lana. She claims to have been forced into hiding with thousands of others in an underground compound. Gwen is convinced the emails are real and the only other person who also believes her is Isaiah, her moody crush. Together they resolve to find out where everyone is hiding and help set Lana free.


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It took me awhile to get around to this story so I had forgotten what it was about. However, once her friend disappears and there is a mention of how religious her friend family is I knew it was a rapture story. I'm not going to get in what I think about the rapture but let's just say I'm not a fan of the idea. 

In this story, a bunch of people all disappear in the middle of the night without any sign of a struggle. The one common denominator is that they were all members of the same church. People are buying the rapture story and church attendance skyrockets. The only, there wasn't a rapture. It was all faked by the church.

With all the things cults have believed and done the idea of faking the rapture isn't all that far fetched. Unfortunately, when the chips are down it is very easy to convince people of things. This is why it is always important to have your own mind and not blindly follow anyone or anything. I will say the way the author had one of the preacher say his piece he made for a very convincing argument.

I liked the story as a whole. The theme wasn't for me and perhaps that's why it's only getting a 3 star rating for me. I think that the story was told well enough. The characters are okay but not very developed. This first book ( the way it ends you know there's going to be a book 2) is all about the plot and not very focused on characters. Overall, a pretty good read that is a little different than the usually y.a. book. Oh and by the way, if I remember correctly it is a clean (non sexual) novel.





About the Author
Kristy Cooper found herself often contemplating unusual what-if scenarios and knew it was time to start writing them down. She worked as a librarian for years and is now busy raising small children and writing YA novels.

Stay up to date with her books at kristycooper.com, follow her on twitter @kristycooperYA, and find her on facebook at facebook.com/AuthorKristyCooper.



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Monday, August 8, 2016

Book Blitz: Courage by Lena North


Courage (the Dreughan Book 1) by Lena North

Date of Publication: August 8, 2016

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Vilda lives in a muddy little corner of the world, in the time of the war that never ends. The war between the Waterfolk and the Dreughan. She is different where conformity is important, break rules in a world where punishments are given freely, and she pays for it. If it weren't for her best friend Troy, she would have no one.

Then Vilda saves the life of a dragon and shortly after that, things are spiraling out of control. The Waterfolk attack, searching for an unclaimed girl, and Vilda has to escape through the night together with Troy and the only other girl the Waterfolk could be looking for – their former best friend, Susannah.

Soon, they find themselves in Dragoncourt, the stronghold of the Dreughan, where a prophecy predicts that the war will finally come to an end when the beautiful Dreughan prince has claimed another royal from the end of the world.

It seems as if Vilda is the girl in the prophecy, and she might be, but she also has a strong link to a young man with black hair and eyes as blue as the summer skies – the prince's cousin, Drake...

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About Lena North



The proper way to put it here would probably be to describe how I love to play with our two big dogs, adore my fantastic daughters and how much I love to read.
Another way would be to use my imagination and then I would be a super powerful warrior woman, think Xena the warrior princess (though with less tacky clothes). Or when I think of it, maybe I'm actually more of a Hercule Poirot (sans the suit and moustache). Or maybe I'm like Aragorn, strong and cool and then I might get to meet Gandalf! Or I could be Bella's pretty cousin and snap Jacob up in a second (yeah, I'm so not team Edward), or wait, maybe I could be like one of them heroines in historical novels who swoon all the time. I've always wanted to swoon…
Well, I guess you get how my mind is working (or not working, some say). Anyways, I like to write. Stories, adventures, romantic and happy stuff mixed up with sorrow and hardship, and bit of laughter here and there because the way I see it – life is way too short to go around feeling grumpy.

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