Thursday, April 26, 2018

BLOG TOUR: If I Want You by Rachel Brimble

I'm pleased as punch to be on the Blog Tour for If I Want You by Rachel Brimble! Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources and Rachel Brimble for letting me be a part of the Blog Tour, and also for supplying me with a free e-arc for an honest review. When I read this synopsis, I knew this would be an exciting read and I was exactly right!

Title: If I Want You
Author: Rachel Brimble
Released: November 8, 2017
Source: Review Copy provided by Rachel's Random Resources and Author for an Honest Review

Synopsis: When local journalist, Tori Peterson, fails to prevent a child abduction outside her niece’s school, her horror and guilt sparks a vow to do whatever it takes to get little Abby Brady home to her parents.
While Tori battles the vile memories of her own kidnapping as a child, she accepts the help of widowed father, Mark Bolton. As he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy grows…along with their fears for Abby.

Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she will let him hurt another little girl.

My Reading Right Now! Thoughts: I'm currently reading this and enjoying it quite a lot! It's exciting, it's romantic, and it's been really fun to read. I'm excited to read more of it and finish it. I can't wait to see all the happens. It's good and I'd definitely recommend giving it a read.
This book deals with a kidnapping. Tori sees a girl kidnapped in front of her niece's school and becomes part of the investigation. She's doing everything in her power to get the girl back. This kidnapping also brings up dark memories of when Tori was kidnapped as a child.
The subject matter is a worst nightmare. I can't imagine being a part of that and living with the uncertainty of whether that person will ever be found. The world is filled with a lot of scary people, but it's also filled with some good ones. 
If you are looking for a pulse-pounding, exciting, and romantic read, give If I Want You a try. You won't be disappointed.
Thanks again to Rachel's Random Resources and Rachel Brimble for letting me give it a read.

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Meet the Author

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Jan 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press as well as writing several single titles for the Wild Rose Press.Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers
of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

Thank you for stopping by for my Blog Tour Stop. Thanks again to Rachel's Random Resources and Rachel Brimble for including me. I'm really happy that I got the chance to read this book!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Review: Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us #2) by Maggie Hall

Title: Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us #2)
Author: Maggie Hall
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary:  Avery West has just had the biggest surprise of her life! She's just found out she's part of a secret society of very powerful people, The Circle. She's also found out she's essentially The Chosen One, The Girl Born With the Purple Eyes. There is a mandate saying she must enter into a union with The One, which will cement The Circle's power even more.
But Avery doesn't want to be a pawn in The Circle's gains. She doesn't want to be forced into a marriage with who they think is The One. Avery is on a mission to find Alexander the Great's tomb and the weapon that is supposed to be hidden there. She must find it to rescue her mom, who has been kidnapped by a dangerous organization called The Order.
With the help of Jack, Stellan, and others, Avery is traveling the world, looking for the clues that will uncover the tomb.
My Thoughts: This book was a lot of fun. I read the first book, The Conspiracy of Us, sometime last year and really enjoyed it. This sequel didn't disappoint. It was quick, steamy, fun, surprising, and all the other words. After that ending, I'm excited to see how this whole series wraps up. If you like international treasure hunts, romance, and conspiracies, I think you'll like this series.
I will say I was in a weird reading mood while reading this. I kept getting distracted by social media, and kind of kept making excuses to not pick up the book. It was weird, because when I was reading the book, I was enjoying it. I just didn't feel much like reading.
I also had a hard time remembering everything that happened in the first book. I think I waited too long to read the sequel. It took me a little while to get into the sequel because I forgot too many things. I think that this series is best read by bingeing it.
If you're not into love triangles, you might not like this series. The love triangle is kind of prominent. I will say, there were some good, steamy scenes in here. I'm going to have to pick Stellan as my favorite. I think Jack's nice and all, but there's just more chemistry with Stellan. I find him more interesting.
I definitely think this series is fun, and the sequel did not disappoint. Things got so crazy in the second half of the book that I had to keep reading to see what happened. The ending was also crazy. I'm very excited to see what's going to happen in the third book. I want to get my hands on it soon because I need to know how it all ends. This is a series I'd definitely recommend. It's a lot of fun to read.
What An Adventure!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Reading Right Now! (160)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Chew, Volume 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman and Rob Guillory -- THIS IS THE FINAL VOLUME!!! I can't, I just can't. I love this series. I'm excited and a little scared to read this final volume. I don't want it to end. If your humor is slightly off, read this comic series. It's great! I can't wait to see Tony's final adventure.

-- The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May -- I was on a Blog Tour for this one. My post is already up if you want to check it out. I'm enjoying this. It's about a girl who inherits a mysterious corner shop. She has no idea who left it to her. She moves to the little seaside town of Cockleberry Bay where her life changes. She also has a dog named Hot. I was sent a free copy to read for an honest review. I'm enjoying it so far. I hope to finish it soon and get up the full review.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

BLOG TOUR: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

I'm very excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Corner Shop In Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May! Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources and Nicola May for letting me be a part of the tour. I received a free e-copy to read and review. My thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own.

Title: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
Author: Nicola May
Published by: Nowell Publishing
Released: April 9, 2018
Source: Free Review Copy from Rachel's Random Resources and Nicola May

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Synopsis: Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy.  While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed - and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

My Reading Right Now! Thoughts: This is a cute, fun story! It's about a girl named Rosa who has had kind of a hard life. She really has no family of her own, not a fun childhood, and is kind of floating through life. The story starts with a mysterious brief case, a mysterious inheritance, and Rosa losing yet another job! She opens the briefcase and discovers that she's inherited the Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. She has no idea who left it to her or why. The inheritance does come with a catch though, she can't sell it. She journeys down to Cockleberry Bay and discovers a place and people that she comes to love.
I'm currently reading this and am really enjoying it so far. Rosa seems like a spit fire, but that fire hides a girl who never got that family love or affection. She wears her sarcasm like a shield.
The residents of Cockleberry Bay seem nice and a little kooky. I love small town stories. The characters there are always so fun. Everybody knows everybody, there are no secrets. I did find it kind of funny how Rosa tried to keep her inheritance of Cockleberry Bay a secret from the town at first.
I was definitely intrigued by Rosa's inheritance of this mysterious shop from a mysterious person. It came at exactly the right time for her though. It's definitely a story that hooked me.
I loved Hot Dog! I'm a sucker for dogs.
I'm really enjoying the writing style of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. It definitely pulled me in.
I'm enjoying the story and can't wait to read more of it.
Thanks again to Rachel's Random Resources and Nicola May for letting me be a part of this Blog Tour and letting me read this fun book.

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Meet the Author:
Nicola May

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. 
Her hobbiesinclude watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, 
eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly 
Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop! Hot Dog says pick up the book (that's the dog's name :D )

Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Cliff Rathburn

Title: The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Tony Moore
Gray Tones by: Cliff Rathburn
Published by: Image Comics, Inc.
Released: 2001
Source: Library

Summary: What do you do when the world that you know is gone? Do you give up or do you do what you have to to survive? Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to discover a world forever changed. The dead don't stay dead, they wake up hungry. With the dead attacking the living, no place is really safe.
Rick has to quickly come to terms with this new world. He sets out to find his family in Atlanta, and discovers just what he'll do to survive.
Welcome to the beginning of an epic journey!
My Thoughts: This is a re-read for me. I'd read the first two massive Compendiums a couple of years ago, but then never continued. I wanted to refresh and start the journey again from the beginning. Also, I think these Volumes are more friendly to read and carry around then the massive Compendiums. They are easier to read and you don't get burnt out from reading too much Walking Dead at a time.
This should be no surprise to anybody, but I LOVE THE WALKING DEAD! I love the story of survival it tells. What will you do to survive? What do you become in the end?
I was a fan of the show first, but I really wanted to read and experience the source material. I think what I found surprising about this first Volume is how fast everything happened. It's always interesting to look back on the show and see what's the same, and what's different. Things that were stretched out for two or three episodes were just a couple of pages in the comic.
I don't know how to feel about what happened to Shane. I feel like it was easier to dislike the show version of him, but I almost ended up feeling sorry for the comic Shane. I felt bad for him.
I really enjoy the art and story of The Walking Dead, and I can't wait to continue my reread. I hope to eventually get to material I haven't read before. I think it will be a long, long, long time before my love for post-apocalyptic zombie fiction dies. I hope I always love it.
Heck Yeah!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Reading Right Now! (159)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

Title: A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2)
Author: Becky Chambers

I just started this, so I don't have any really definite opinions about it yet. I will say, my expectations are low, set for mediocre. I fell for the hype when the I read the first book, A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, and I don't want to be disappointed like that again. I thought the first book was fine, but it wasn't as amazing as everyone said it was. Nothing really happened in it. I wasn't impressed. So, that's what I'm going to assume this second book will do for me to. 
It only contains a couple of characters from the first book, none of the main ones, so it's not exactly a direct sequel story wise.
I know it's unpopular to not like A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, but it is what it is. I thought the book was over hyped. So I'm going into the second book preparing to feel just mediocre about it. If it impresses me and I love it, Great! If not, then I won't be majorly disappointed.

That's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Visions by Helen J. Christmas

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Visions by Helen J. Christmas. This is the second book in the Same Face, Different Place Series, but it can be read as a standalone. It's described as a psychological thriller mystery taking place in rural England. It takes place in the decade of the 1980's.
Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources and Helen J. Christmas for letting me be a part of the Blog Tour. I received a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Visions (Same Face, Different Place #2)
Author: Helen J. Christmas
Released: August 21, 2013
Source: Review Copy from Rachel's Random Resources and Author

Synopsis: Visions is a psychological thriller set in rural England. The year is 1985. It’s been 12 years since Eleanor escaped London, discarding the fragments of her tragic past to discover a new life. She is hiding in a remote country village, a place where she truly believes she is safe.

Her neighbour, James Barton-Wells is desperate to save his historic country house from ruin but this has attracted the attention of a wealthy property developer from London whose seemingly altruistic offer to ‘bankroll the restoration’ masks a sinister game plan. Suspicious of his motives, Eleanor consults her friend, Charles Bailey. But Charlie has his own story, fearful that Perry Hampton is the man who undoubtedly destroyed his own life.
The characters are drawn together in a battle to save Westbourne House, oblivious to the menace that surrounds them. Threats, stalking and deception lie at the root of the Hamptons evil. Yet it is not until Eleanor comes face to face with them, she recognises a deadly enemy from the past.
Can Eleanor unravel the clues that conceal an evil crime committed in the 70s? This book will draw you into a world of suspense with shocking psychological twists you will never see coming…
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My Reading Right Now! Thoughts: I'm currently reading this and really enjoying it so far. It is a sequel to a previous book, so I will admit to feeling a little bit lost when I first picked it up. I quickly fell into the groove of it though. I love a good psychological thriller, where I question everyone and everything. I also love creepy little towns where not all is right.
This book is set in the 1980s and some of the references go over my head. I was born at the end of the 80's so I was just a baby for all those things. But, for any 80's lovers, you'll probably enjoy this.
I'm liking this and I can't wait to read more of it. Part of me wishes I had read the first book first, just because I have a certain OCD when it comes to book series, but it does say that Visions can be read as a standalone. I can't wait to read more of this and see where it all goes. I will post a full review for it when I finish.

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Meet the Author

Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011 and published her debut novel, 'Beginnings’ in 2012. Visions was the second book of the series and published in 2013; a suspense novel which explores British culture and social history in the 80s as well as the most evil traits people are capable of. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provided endless inspiration for Visions, along with some very special places in Sussex that she loves. Writing is something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter. They enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a beautiful white cat, though Helen confesses to have dreamed up many of her storylines, whilst walking Barney around the nearby beach and park.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Visions by Helen J. Christmas. If the book sounds good to you, definitely give it a read! Thanks again to Rachel's Random Resources and Helen J. Christmas for letting me be a part of the tour.