Thursday, April 27, 2017

It's Always Been You Series, by Pamela Ann







                      
                          Purchase Lily's Mistake from Kobo here.                      





https://www.goodreads.com/series/115753-it-s-always-been-you


After reading a little about these books, I was excited to read them. Well, my excitement flew out the window once I started reading. This series fell flat, leaving me wanting and hoping for more.

There really wasn't enough of a foundation set with the main characters, Lily and Drake. The way the book flipped back and forth between the present and past was annoying to say the least! It would've made for a better read, for me personally, if Pamela Ann would've started with them as teens and kept the story going from there.

The sex scenes... oh the sex scenes!! I found these really disturbing, and a little creepy. There are a lot of parts in these books (especially the first one) where it talks about how painful the sex was for her. Then with Drew mentioning how tight she is and how he wants to "break her open" (his words not mine!) it just really threw me off. It kind of felt rapey and gross, not sexy at all!



Now the second book... What second book??? The so called second book was very pointless, and way too short. If you want to make a second book to a series you could add more of a storyline to it! Otherwise just don't waste your time, or mine for that matter.


The third book  pissed me off the most, I was just so confused and finished it wondering why in the hell Pamela bothered to write this into a three part book when it really could've been one. You were left with no closure, wondering what is going to happen, and why certain things happened. Honestly I was just so confused. But then I did my research... I found out somehow I had an unfinished copy of the book. After reading some reviews of the compete story I decided I didn't even want to continue reading the story. I just took it as a loss and started reading another book.    



Lily's mistake... No, I think reading this was my mistake! This series was for sure a 1 star for me...I felt the whole series was rushed and not properly pieced together. You didn't have time to feel the characters emotions because she was jumping to the next scene so fast. If this series was written properly it could've really been a great read. She definitely could of got 2 solid books from this story line, instead of the 3 smaller books that were poorly written.








Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review - Cobweb Bride, by Vera Nazarian


Many are called...
She alone can save the world and become Death's bride.

Cobweb Bride is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world.

What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?

In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary "pocket" of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill....

Covered in white cobwebs of a thousand snow spiders she lies in the darkness... Her skin is cold as snow... Her eyes frozen... Her gaze, fiercely alive...

While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war... A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father ... Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court.... Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living...

Look closer — through the cobweb filaments of her hair and along each strand shine stars...

And one small village girl, Percy—an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter—is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.

As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death's own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North...

And everyone is trying to stop her.


Purchase from Amazon here. (FREE as of date this post was written)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25369192-shtum




Ok... 





Seriously? I have all these feels!!

This story was AWESOME in soooo many ways.

But the weird part is, as much as I wanted to read this initially, it took me FOREVER to finally start reading it. As in... months. Why did it take me so damn long to pick this up?? 

In what feels like ages ago, I read the description for this novel. Not even sure how I came across it, to be honest with you.  I was certainly very intrigued. Death wants a wife, and until he gets one, nothing can die (regardless of their current physical state – ya… think about it… highly disturbing possibilities here!). Anyway… what’s not to like?? So when I got the opportunity to get this through Netgalley, I was so very much excited! I promptly downloaded the novel onto my tablet… where it remained for months….. And why do you ask? 

The cover.

I know… I know… How very shallow of me.




I knew I wanted to read it, but the cover didn’t call to me. As the months passed I forgot about the book description (one unfortunate aspect of an e-reader is you can’t flip the book for the description and be reminded of why you wanted to read it so much in the first place), and when I came across the cover in my ever growing list, I would say… “Oh yeah! I want to read this one… looks too ‘renaissancy’… not in the mood for that genre right now…”

Finally, one day I thought… I’ve had this for a while, let me start it to see how it is… and I.could.not.put.this.down.

Excellent story. 

Fantastic plot flow and character development. A few storylines going on parallel to each other, before our main characters come together at last to continue the story/quest, but it flows so well, it's seamless, and not at all confusing. 

Love the characters because they are so fleshy and alive in my mind. Percy is undeniably my favorite, being so clearly the underdog character in this story – mistreated by her own mother, feels plain (maybe even ugly) and made to feel worthless… yet she develops into such a warrior in this story. Love that! She alone is fantastic, but there are so many great characters that just add so much to this story, but I was also kept very riveted by the storyline itself. Especially once Death stopped its work, and people - or animals, or any living thing really -  could no longer die regardless of their state… 

 Think about it. You are off in a war and get pelted with arrows, or sword through the belly… Can’t die! Butchered pig, chicken or turkey… Can’t die!
 


Gross and disturbing I tell ya!

The imagery was absolutely awful… and you can’t help but hope that Death finds/chooses his bride, so that everything can be put right again, for the sake of all living things in limbo.


If this novel doesn’t give you nightmares, it sure will keep your interest and on the edge of your seat. This was EXCELLENT storytelling and I am really looking forward to continuing the story into the next book.  I certainly will not be waiting very long before opening that one up though. THAT is a promise!! 

This is an easy




Happy Reading!




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Cover of the Month


Welcome to the very first Book Cover of the Month feature!!  Where we go against all rules and judge a book by its cover.



Yes, you heard that right...Lily, Samantha and I are all going to pick the book covers that appeal to each of us and we will be calling on YOU to help us pick the best book cover!!

So, without further ado these are our picks for this month!




This was a lot harder than I anticipated!! Funny, I never have an issue with this in a book store.  There is always that one book that has a stunning cover that draws me in.  Doing this made me realize that it's not just the cover that draws me in, but the title plays a huge role in my decision. I had to keep reminding myself we are looking for the book cover than appeals to us the most, not the title.

I looked at the new releases several times, and the one cover that drew my eye to it every single time was....





It's simple.  It's bold.  It's completely eye catching!  It caught my eye because it reminded me of glitter and sparkles.  I thought...ooooooh shiny!  The other book covers this month just lacked that pizzazz. Even though I am sure this book is not a genre I would like...it still makes me want to pick it up, and I may have to give it the good ol' 100 page rule.









Ok, folks. This was NOT an easy task, and I imagine that it will prove just as difficult each month. I saw some really cool book covers and I had to go back and forth in between three of them before I finally made my decision, but ultimately I kept going back to this one:





I think that this cover is absolutely attention grabbing and simple in concept at the same time. This is certainly one that I would not mind displaying on the book shelf facing out, if you know what I mean.

At first glance, there didn't seem that much to it, but the color scheme grabbed my attention. When I enlarged the picture, I loved all the detail of the broken pieces and how so much of it is floating into space. It may even be quite metaphoric to the storyline, as I will surely find out. This book moved its way up my reading list as I read a couple of positive reviews from fellow readers and bloggers that I follow, like Nicole's review at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.







Usually I'm pretty good at this...But like both Erin and Lily pointed out, this whole judging a book by its cover proved to be very difficult! I did manage to come up with my favourite this month and it is...



This book stood out to me a lot. Between the bright(ish) colours, and the mystery feeling you get left with when looking at this cover, it really catches your attention. This cover definitely leaves you searching for more, wanting to open the book and get lost in the story.

From the looks of the reviews I seen not only is the cover good but the storyline itself seems to be really drawing people in. There was a lot of 3,4, and 5 star reviews, and I couldn't seem to find any bad reviews. I will for sure be adding this to the long list of book I want to read!

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There were many covers to choose from this month, and Lily and I picked the same cover, for totally different reasons.  This book is right up her alley....and I did it for the glitz.  Samantha was the odd one out this time...but at least that gives YOU a chance to give us your opinion on which of the two book covers appeals more to you! 

Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.  Are you more about the simple look or do you like more of a painted picture?


Monday, April 24, 2017

Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris


 Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.

Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace's friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn't Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?

And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29437949-behind-closed-doors?from_search=true



I always feel awkward when someone asks me what  my favourite type of book to read is.  I feel like they look at me like I am crazy because I absolutely LOVE to read books about serial killers, kidnappers and sociopaths.  This book fell right in line with that. 

Jack is the reason I like this book so much.  He is a very creepy, scary, disturbing man.  Someone who would make you want to delete your dating profile and lock your doors.

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Paris did an incredible job at captivating her audience completely.  Throwing in twists and turns that I couldn't predict.  The story was very well written, and the characters were well developed.  It actually makes me wonder how on earth she was able to come up with the bone chilling character of Jack, she has an insane imagination to be able to pull off such a creeper.  Then to have Grace, the gentle soul who wears her heart on her sleeve.  She was so smart!  Over analysed everything which saved her (and her sister) quite a few times. You could really feel Grace's emotions and connect with her. 

What did I rate this book??


Why didn't this get a 5 star review?  Jumping from past to present each chapter threw me off a little bit.  I think if it was written in chronological order it would have been a better read.  I also would have liked to know more about what was waiting for Jack in Thailand.  Find out more about what drew him there.  It would have been nice to explore that side of the story a little bit more. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast paced thriller!!




Friday, April 21, 2017

Relaunch Giveaway!




 YES. IT. IS.

We have been teasing you guys about a great giveaway since before our relaunch, and it's finally here. We have some awesome prizes that we want to pass on to three (3) lucky winners in commemoration of our blog relaunch. We are very excited about this upcoming year and our content, and what better way to celebrate that with our readership?

Three prize packs, three winners, one giveaway entry. 

This giveaway will be open from April 21 to May 19th. Winners will be randomly selected and announced on May 23rd. In the spirit of fairness, no duplicate entries. We do verify, so please keep it clean! 

Due to shipping costs, we are keeping this giveaway US and Canada only. We will have international giveaways soon, so please don't be discouraged if you don't live in the US or Canada and check with us often. Feel free to sign up via email, follow us on Twitter or Facebook to keep updated.

Want to know what is up for grabs?

Prize Pack #1

One hardcopy of:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6092895-the-glassblower-of-muranohttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17802724-the-husband-s-secret?ac=1&from_search=true

(for book details please click on their book covers above)


In honor of our beautiful new blog design we are also including the following:

A reader's novelty mug (as pictured below) from Chapters Indigo.



We will also be including a box of delicious tea, a beautiful bookmark, and a scented candle.
 
Prize pack approx. $60 CAD in value
 
Prize Pack #2

Hardcopies of:


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20579282-the-last-breath?from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1447256.Memories_Of_The_Storm?from_search=true
(for book details please click on their book covers above. Please note that "The Last Breath" is an Uncorrected ARC) 

Prize pack approx. $40 CAD in value


 Prize Pack #3 

Hardcopy of:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21412146-a-vision-of-fire?from_search=true
 
 (for book details please click on their book cover above)


 Prize pack approx. $30 CAD in value

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Never Always Sometimes, by Adi Alsaid

Never date your best friend.

Always be original.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.


Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5,
never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24338298-never-always-sometimes?ac=1&from_search=true



6 hours! 6 hours is all it took for me to finish this book! Once I started really getting into this book, I couldn't put it down. About half way through is when I started to really get drawn into the story line. This book was very well written and a very easy read. Normally I don't like going back and forth between different characters perspectives but Alsaid really made if flow well, making me actually want to see the other perspective. There were also parts where I literally laughed out loud, that very rarely happens with books. I cant actually remember the last time I read a book that physically made me laugh.

I'm usually very good at predicting what's going to happen in movies and books, however with this book I was left guessing a lot. I definitely wasn't expecting the ending of this book. But maybe its the romantic in me, I always want a happy ending. I always expect people to end up together when in reality it doesn't always happen. I also felt the main female characters, Julia, story fell a little flat. I wanted to know more about certain situations or people in her life. I would have loved to get more emotion from the characters, like what were they really feeling? Is Julia really okay with how things came about?




I would give this book a 3 star rating. I was a good read, well planned out and flowed well. The reason why this book didn't receive a higher rating was because there wasn't a lot of drama and the drama that it did have was very immature.  Having said that, I really enjoyed Alsaid's style of writing and I am really excited to find more books written by him!






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