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Song Walker – Starseed One

Book:       Song Walker
Series:     Starseed One
Author:   Ellis Logan
Genre:     Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

Will you fight to free your mind?  There’s a new world coming. One where your thoughts aren’t always your own. Callie Winters is just a regular party girl playing drums in a band, until a lunar eclipse awakens strange abilities in her and an ancient secret organization seeks her out. Who can she trust, in this dangerous new world? A war is brewing and no one will be safe. But maybe, the power of song can light the way to freedom.

Best-selling author Ellis Logan delves deep into the world of urban fantasy with her new psyops series, Starseeds.


Rating:

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Review:

Let me just start out by saying that, as soon as I can, I will be purchasing the next book in this series. I believe there is still so much to learn from this world, and that I will be surprised by more incredible plot-lines and character growth. And I cannot wait for it… at all!

Now the reason this is not a 5-star review, right?
It would have been, but there is this one part where so many characters were introduced one after the other, that it took me some real brain power to keep up with it all. Information was thrown at me so fast – headache fast. But when you get that all together, and you keep up as much as possible, the roller coaster ride is insanely good, fast-paced and wonderful.

I love the characters. They are flawed, they make mistakes and they grow. And you want them to grow.

The romance in this one is great, you root for it, wish for it, and believe in it. It doesn’t just happen. You even yell that it should have happened already, at one point or another…

This plot, this story is what will keep you coming back for more, and the writing style was superb.
Thank you, Ellis, for giving me the opportunity to immerse myself into your world, and I cannot wait to get to the next book…

Love Always,
C

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The Fallen Star

Book:       The Fallen Star
Author:   Jessica Sorensen
Genre:     Young Adult – Paranormal Fantasy

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Synopsis:

For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she’s around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma’s life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn’t be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.


Rating:

three-stars


Review:

The Fallen Star, how to explain this one… First off, I really like Jessica Sorensen’s writing and this story intrigued me after reading the first chapter. But some parts seemed to drag on way longer than necessary, and it took more time than I care to admit to finish this book. That could be because I’m in a huge reading slump – not the book’s fault.

Now, the plot was great, I cannot find any fault there. This was somewhat different to what is currently popular on the market. I was also surprised by how much was included into this plot, without seeming as too much or getting lost in the story. This added to the interest of what could happen next.

I loved Alex – the male lead character. Gemma, as the main protagonist, was sometimes too repetitive and this could contribute to the slow read, but I still think that there is a lot of growth opportunity there for her. The other smaller characters has definite stories to tell, and I’m hoping that these will be featured in the next installment.

The cover is stunning and what first drew me to pick up this book in the first place. Sometimes I think that the best stories are never read, because the cover did not entice readers into picking it up.

Overall, I’d say this is an easy read for when you don’t know what to read next, but still crave something with a great plot.

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Love Always,
C

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Missing in Action

Hey everyone.

I’m so sorry for being AWOL for so long.  Things have just been such an adjustment for me and took way longer than I had hoped.   But I’m back, and will be posting again every second week.  As soon as I back into things completely, I’ll look into posting weekly again.

Update, started a planner printables Etsy store, and all new releases are shown on my additional blog – CG Printables.  While this is the main focus now, I want to get back into regular reading and reviewing, since I truly miss it.  And I have also missed interacting with all of you.

Also, if you want to check the printables out, follow this link to the blog – there is a few unclaimed freebies to find….

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Reading now – The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen. (Expect a review soon)!

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Thanks for sticking with me anyway.

Love Always,
C

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Books Available This Week

Here are a few books releasing this week, that I wanted you to know about…


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Published – 22 November 2016

Synopsis:

In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”).  Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe’s apprentices, and – despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation – they must learn the art of killing and come to understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice.  And when it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser, Citra and Rowan are pitted against one another in a fight for their lives.


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Published – 22 November 2016

Synopsis:

My career is finally looking up and I’m leading a new pro team down the field every Sunday.  No way will I mess with that.  But when I meet the most stunning and captivating woman I’ve ever seen, I tell myself one night will have to be enough.

But it’s not.  And now I can’t get her out of my mind.  Even when I’m playing.  Even when I need to focus.  Even when I’m on the hottest streak of my life.  And it turns out, she’s not just som random woman.  She works for the team.  My team.

I only have one goal this season – do my part as the team’s lawyer to keep them out of trouble.  Help rebuild their reputation on and off the field.  There’s no room for error and certainly no room for a secret tryst with a player… even if he’s the quarterback.

Right?


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Published – 22 November 2016

Synopsis:

“They think I am still a little girl who is not capable of being a Queen.”

Lord Melbourne turned to look at Victoria. “They are mistaken.  I have not known you long, but I observe in you a natural dignity that cannot be learnt.  To me, ma’am, you are every inch a Queen.”

In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland.  Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina – Drina to her family – had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne.  Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.

One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary.  Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband…

Drawing on Victoria’s diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin, author of the bestselling novels The American Heiress and The Fortune Hunter as well as creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, brings the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel.


 

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Falling for the Girl Next Door

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Book Title: Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts, #5; Sloane and Tru, #2)

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Published by Entangled Teen

Release Day: November 14, 2016

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

 

Rating:

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Synopsis:

Sloane Whitaker never expected to like living in Texas, but after a few months in the Lone Star State, she has to admit she likes the food, the school, and the boy next door. What she doesn’t like is the fact that half her family is still back in New York. Convincing her dad to relocate to Texas requires making their upcoming visit as perfect as possible. The perfect dinner, the perfect daughter…with the perfect boyfriend.

But when her not-so-perfect boyfriend Tru Dorsey is suddenly not-so-available, Sloane has to find another dad-impressing guy to show off at dinner. Tru himself suggests enlisting the help of a fake boyfriend, but the reality of another guy with Sloane on his arm might be more than Tru can manage. Add in a mysterious blackmailer and a divided family, and Sloane and Tru’s relationship might not be able to handle the heat.


Review:

Well, how to describe this book?  Beautiful writing, developed characters, setting that pulls you in, a sweet romance, and real-life problems.

Tru and Sloane kinda crawl into your heart and you hold out for them to stay there.  You might want to find the rest of the books in this series, to see where it all started and also, to find out where it will end.

The family dimensions in Sloan’s life is a bit odd.  Her dad doesn’t seem to care about him, or even try to be there for him at all.  Trying to get him to move to Austin won’t change that at all, in my opinion.

The romance was sweet and clean, and you can relate to that love.  The struggle shown in this series of teens and the issues with family and their own identity, really pulls one in!

I’ll be on the lookout for the other titles in this series…


Wanna read more & buy the book:

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32491408-falling-for-the-girl-next-door

Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Girl-Next-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01MCXPL5A

Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/falling-for-the-girl-next-door-tera-lynn-childs/1124827503?ean=9781633757677

iBooks Buy Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/falling-for-the-girl-next-door/id1169608412

Kobo Buy Link: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/falling-for-the-girl-next-door

Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Girl-Next-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01MCXPL5A

Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/Falling-Girl-Next-Creative-HeArts-ebook/dp/B01MCXPL5A

Entangled Publishing: http://entangledpublishing.com/falling-for-the-girl-next-door/

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About the Author:

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Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series. She also writes the City Chicks sweet chick lit romance series and is co-writing the Hero Agenda series with Tracy Deebs. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

Author Website: http://www.teralynnchilds.com

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/teralynnchilds

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teralynnchilds

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teralynnchilds/

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1051591.Tera_Lynn_Childs

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Read below for an excerpt from the book:

By lunchtime, the morning clouds had cleared, and the bright blue of a clear sky and soft winter sunlight practically begged Tru to film something.

He pulled his smartphone out of his pocket and opened the camera app. If he had his choice of gear, this wasn’t even in the top ten. He had three quality cameras at home and there were at least a dozen in the Cinematography classroom in Building F. Hell, he even had a decent handheld in his backpack.

But what the smartphone gave up in quality, it more than made up for in portability and the ability to take candid footage.

Sloane didn’t even notice when he started filming.

Her friend Jenna glanced at the camera and then back down at her carefully arranged lunch.

Tru loved capturing these secret moments. Not just with Sloane, although he probably loved those the most, but in everyday life in general. Those instances that happened over and over again, most of the time without anyone taking any more notice than they do of a gentle breeze.

To capture those moments, to document them for eternity—or at least as long as the technology would allow—made him feel like he was contributing to something greater than himself.

Like he was turning life into art.

And the intersection of life and art described his relationship with Sloane perfectly. She came into his life at a low point, at a moment when the prospect of spending another year in the uncertain torment of life under his father’s roof was becoming unbearable. She moved in next door and provided a light at the end of the tunnel. If he could just keep walking toward her, just keep her light in sight, then maybe—just maybe—he could make it out alive.

He knew he was being a bit melodramatic. His life wasn’t actually on the line. The situation with his father never escalated to a dangerous level. But escape was almost always on Tru’s mind. Sometimes he felt like he might go insane under the constant scrutiny and attempted control.

Ever since Sloane and her mom moved in next door, he’d been thinking about escape less and less.

She gave him a reason to stay.

“Hey!”

A grape popped him in the forehead as Sloane finally realized he was filming her.

“What?” he asked with a grin, shaking off his dark thoughts.

“We talked about this,” she said. “No filming me without warning.”

“No, you talked about it.” He kept filming. “I never agreed to anything.”

She reached for the phone, but he pulled it out of reach, careful to keep her in the frame.

“This is why I can’t bring you home to meet Mom,” she teased.

He knew she meant it as a joke—he’d met her mom dozens of times. They were neighbors, after all. But there was an edge of truth beneath the sarcasm. An edge just big enough to sharpen his own humor.

“But does it explain why I can’t bring you home to meet the ‘rents?” he tossed back.

He regretted the words as soon as he said them. He couldn’t be prouder of Sloane or of being her boyfriend. To even suggest she wasn’t good enough for his family was ridiculous. Especially when the opposite was actually true. He wasn’t good enough for hers.

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Blog Tour – Taming His Submissive

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Taming His Submissive
Heart Series, Book 3
by: Abigail Lee Justice
BDSM Romance

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Sexy Alpha Photographer meets Bratty Journalist

When spoiled, mischievous, “full of moxie” Piper Zellar graduates from the prestigious John Hopkins University with a journalism degree, she’s given the chance of a lifetime from her new employer. Travel the eastern coastline and write a vacationer’s guide. She has spent her life hiding behind a wild child attitude to mask a terrible personal hurt from her childhood, but she has no idea how her life is about to change.

William Jones is a Dom who can make submissives weak in the knees with just his commands. Although he has been assigned as Piper’s travel photographer, Billy is also on a journey of his own. He sees something in Piper no one else has seen before. Her true submissive side.

Piper can sense there’s more to Billy than meets the eye. Soon she’ll find that she’s developed feelings for her Dom…but does he share those same feelings, or is she just his toy until their job is over.

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Other Book in the Series

Bound By Her Master, Book 1

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Second Chances, Book 2

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14618784_1784249115196400_162313557_oAbigail Lee Justice writes emotional, erotic, romantic suspense that includes a BDSM theme. She creates strong characters who seem real but are flawed in some ways; some couples Happily Ever After will be a work in process. Some characters’ problems are just too steamy to fix in one book.

Born and raised in Baltimore City by two wonderful, supportive, loving parents, as a child Abigail made up vivid stories in her head. Until one day a friend told her instead of keeping her stories locked in her head she needed to put them on paper and that’s exactly what she did.

Abigail met her husband 29 years ago on a blind date (thanks Dan C.) while working a part time job to put herself through college. She fell madly in love with her Prince Charming and has been since the first day they met.

By day, Abigail practices medicine in a busy Cardiologist practice. By evening she switches her white coat for more relaxed comfortable clothing. She has two wonderful adult sons and a very spoiled chocolate lab. In the wee hours of the night, she writes BDSM romances.

In her spare time when not working or writing, Abigail enjoys reading, concocting vegetarian dishes, exotic vacations, scuba diving, high adventure activities, living in the lifestyle she writes about, and doing lots and lots of research making sure her characters get it just right.

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Humbug: The Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge

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Book – Humbug: The Unwinding of Ebenezer Scrooge

Author – Tony Bertauski

Series – Clause (book 4)

Publisher – DeadPixel Publications

Expected Date – 15 November 2016

Genre – Christmas novel

Rating:

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Ebenezer and Marley are the owners of a tech company called Avocado Inc.  This company started up in a small warehouse and was built into an empire, a multi-million-dollar company.  One half of the ownership, Marley, dies suddenly and the whole company is left to Ebenezer to run.  He is a shut-in for years and no-one has seen him in public for almost a decade.  He locked himself in his home – dubbed ‘Castle Scrooge’.  Eb has a public persona that is projected whenever anyone communicates with him.  When he is visited by his dead friend, Marley, on Christmas eve, he is left with a ‘gift’, from Marley.  This ‘gift’ returns each Christmas to plague him with his future, present and past.  He starts to believe that he has completely lost his mind, becoming more paranoid and lost.

I seemed to have started with my Christmas joy early this year.  And I really enjoyed this novel.  This is a retelling of the classic Christmas Carol, with a modern twist and ‘ghosts’ of Christmas future, present and past….

This is the fourth book in the Christmas series by Tony Bertauski, another Christmas retelling.  As I haven’t read any of the other novels in this series, I can confirm that this can be read as a standalone novel.  The use of technology in this book is brilliant and although we can communicate worldwide, we definitely do not do it like Scrooge does it! The driods in this book was well thought out and made the plot richer and more complex.

I could definitely see this book being turned into a movie and the isolated ‘Castle Scrooge’ imagary will make for an intense and lonely setting.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would recommend this as  a great holiday read to curl up with.  Maybe under a blanket, with some hot choco and your favorite cuddle buddy….


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