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The Deception Dance

Book:       The Deception Dance
Author:   Rita Stradling
Genre:     Young Adult – Romantic Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

We stand there, screaming into each other’s faces.
How I hate him.
How I’ve loved him.
How I want him destroyed.
 

After a year of preparation, eighteen-year-old Raven Smith has planned out every detail of her summer vacation in Europe. Yet, while still en-route to Italy, Raven finds a letter in her carry-on suitcase that tells her not to go to Europe, that an “evil agent of Hell” is looking for her and he will find her if she disregards the letter’s message.

Deciding that it was a product of insanity, Raven chooses to disregard the letter’s message.

In her cross-Europe trip, Raven only wants to feed her love of art history and spend time with her older sister. She’s unprepared for Andras and his strange fascination with her, not to mention the all-consuming attraction she has for him. She’s definitely unprepared for Nicholas and his brothers Stephen, Albert, and Tobias, diverting all of her plans and sweeping her off to a Swedish Castle.

But the letter was right, the agent of Hell has found her and Raven have become a game-piece in a very dangerous game.



Rating:

four-stars


Review:

This was a good novel, not super great, but still very good. I would love to get my hands on the second book to find out where this is going. Now, the actual story…

First off, the cover doesn’t do this book justice at all – it definitely can be improved upon. There were some minor grammatical errors, but these do not take away from the overall enjoyment of the story. The writing style was insanely good, I enjoyed every second. And there were these moments where I would just picture what the author wrote, and it’s priceless.

Like this one: “Heck, I like poison oak underwear more…”
Or: “I’m tied up, gagged, and about to be bludgeoned to death by a lawn ornament.”

I mean, that is definitely entertaining and will put a smile on anyone’s face. As for the romance, all I’m gonna say is – your in for one hell of a ride here. There is romance, and you might even root for the wrong guy in this one. Although, maybe not…

The plot was outstanding, there is a lot you wouldn’t pick up on, until later in the plot. This is a good thing, as it will keep you glued to your seat to find out exactly how this one ends. I practically inhaled the last half of this book, staying up way later than I should have, but it was worth every hour of sleep I missed out on.

Love Always,
C

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Moon Chosen

Book:       Moon Chosen
Author:   P.C. Cast
Genre:     Young Adult – Magical Paranormal Fantasy


Synopsis:

Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.

Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan, but she has been forced to turn from her duties, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save herself and her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader of a rival, dominating Tribe, strays across her path that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Now evil is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen, leaving Mari to cast the shadows from the earth. By breaking Clan Law and forming an alliance with Nik, she must make herself ready. Ready to save her people. Ready to save herself and Nik. Ready to embrace her true destiny…and battle the forces that threaten to destroy them all.


Rating:

four-stars


Review:

Guys, I’ve heard a lot of things about this book. How it is slow paced and boring… But, I found it to be an easy, delightful read. The pacing might be slower than other books available now, but the journey and the world that was so carefully built in this book was intriguing to read about.

The writing style was great, as I know I enjoy PC’s writing – although there were some grammatical errors that I’ve picked up while reading this novel. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.

The plot itself was well thought out and beautiful. The scenery was painted in incredible detail, you’ll feel like you’re right there with the characters.

Speaking of the characters, Mari was the main female protagonist – a strong, independent and talented girl – with flaws, like any of us. She is relatable to a lot of us, with a protective mother and a need to prove she is what her mother wants her to be.

The male protagonist, well, you’ll probably fall in love. He is the typical good guy, just trying to fit in. He has an odd life and, while trying to make the best of the situations he is put in, he makes some mistakes too.

Overall, I cannot wait to see where this story goes. There is still a lot of this world that needs to be explored, and I’m sure PC Cast will not disappoint!

P.S. Cliffhanger ending, so if you hate those, wait for the next book to be released… Binge read them all!!

Love Always,
C

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Bookish Quotes

New bookish quotes printables, use for wall art, journaling cards, or decoration.

I want to give one of you guys a freebie – choose the quote you like the most.  Comment down below and I’ll send it to you…

When this printables take off, I’ll be sure to create my own website to sell these on.

These printables are available on Bid or Buy, and will be sent via email to you guys.
Follow this link for the printables:  Journal Printables

Here are the new bookish quotes:

Be a nerdBorn with a reading listDragons can be beatenDream in handLoyal friendParidise is a libraryRoom without booksShe reads booksSo many booksThousand livesTreasure in booksWords have the power

What is your favorite quote?  Maybe I will make one of them next…

Love Always,
C

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Confessions of a Queen Bitch

Book:       Confessions of a Queen Bitch
Author:   Crista McHugh
Genre:     Young Adult – Contemporary Romance


Synopsis:

Alexis Wyndham is the other type of Queen B—the Queen Bitch. 

After years of being the subject of ridicule, she revels in her ability to make the in-crowd cower via the exposés on her blog, The Eastline Spy. Now that she’s carved out her place in the high school hierarchy, she uses her position to help the unpopular kids walking the hallways. 

Saving a freshman from bullies? Check. 
Swapping insults with the head cheerleader? Check. 
Falling for the star quarterback? So not a part of her plan. 

But when Brett offers to help her solve the mystery of who’s posting X-rated videos from the girls’ locker room, she’ll have to swallow her pride and learn to see past the high school stereotypes she’s never questioned—until now.


Rating:

five-stars


Review:

Oh, my word!! I cannot remember the last time I started and finished a book in one day… This is not one of my usual genres to read, and yet, I loved and hung onto every word as I read. I could even ignore some of the small grammatical errors I found while reading, it was THAT good!!!

First off, the plot made me think of a mashup of The Duff and Mean Girls – it was certainly just as entertaining as those movies were. And the story itself, damn fun to read. It had me frustrated and giggling at the same time. If you root for the romance in stories, then you’re in for one heck of a ride, and you’ll crave more when this one is done, believe me on that….

The character growth is for sure there, and, as this series progresses, I certain there will be much more to come for this main protagonist. You’ll love to hate her and root for her in every way possible. Because every one of us had that Queen B*tch we hated in school, to be reminded of. This one is different though, I promise.

Romance wise, you’ll get the frustration there, and that is all I’m saying on that front. So, if you want to find out what I mean, read this book. And recommend it to anyone who loves quirky, fun, laugh-out-loud reads about high school life….

The writing style was extremely well thought out, and gives nothing away – well maybe some, but not nearly enough to be boring. I clung to Crista’s every word and couldn’t wait for the conclusion – which I didn’t get. And now I’m in need of the second installment asap!

Now, if only I can read more of this…. Please don’t stop writing Crista, I’m definitely a fan!

Love Always,
C

Posted in Printables

I’ve made some printables…

Bonus post today, just for you guys.

These printables are available on Bid or Buy, and will be sent via email to you guys.
Follow this link for the printables:  Journal Printables

Here is a look at what I’ve made so far:

This is a daily page set, with a to do checklist and deco.

Next is a decorative set, for your wall – or to use as journaling cards.


This is my favorite set, bohemian chic – a to do list, notes page and combination of the two.

Here is a feather set – with notes and two combo pages.

A scenic set with notes, to do and a combo page.


This is my basic pages, available now.

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These are my monthly 2018 layouts pages, one for each month.  You can add your goals, birthdays, what you need to remember for next month, payments to make and add notes.

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Next up is monthly covers for your journal/planner.  Customise it as you like, and send me a link – I’d love to see your creative designs.

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Quotes for your wall, desk, journal or planner.

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Seasonal markers.  I love autumn.


Lastly, some weekly spreads, for being creative and wanting something different.


That’s all for now, more to be released Friday, so keep an eye out for those.  Will be adding some bookish pages and more quote pages…

See ya soon,
C

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Nerve Damage

Book:       Nerve Damage
Author:   J.L. Myers
Genre:     Adult – Psychological Thriller, Horror


Synopsis:

A fatal car crash. The sole survivor. And the dark hooded stranger that wants her dead.

When a terrible accident—not accident—stole my parents’ lives, my whole perfect life changed. My memories are hazy, and there are scars on my wrists. I’ve been locked away for my own protection…until I prove my sanity, until I lie. There was no hooded figure on the road that day, no one standing over me as I lay paralyzed watching my parents burn.

I am Cassidy Lockheart…20-year-old orphan.

Determined to free my caged mind, I find myself far away on an unexpected trip to help return my forgotten past. The snow was part of my life before, but now it’s like a blank slate, until an avalanche changes everything. But I’m not alone. These other ‘lucky’ trip winners may not be the strangers they pretend to be. And my hooded attacker…I see him everywhere.

Is this real? Or delusion caused by head trauma?

Either way, I’m being watched. I can sense it. I can feel it. Someone is after me; maybe they’re after us all. The avalanche was no accident. It was staged to deliver us to this abandoned place. A place where the walls whisper dark secrets of a sinister past… a past no one can escape. Trapped, this snow won’t let up…it won’t let us leave. My lost memories hold clues, but they’re buried so deep, polluted and twisted in my every waking nightmare. What is real? I don’t have the answers. But I need them. Time is ticking and if I don’t figure this all out soon it will be too late.

The past is coming for us all…and it wants blood.

Warning – This book contains some graphic scenes that are only for an adult audience.


Rating:

four-stars


Review:

First off, this is not a book for teens at all. There are scenes depicted in this book that is graphic and can be terrifying for some readers. Bearing this in mind, the book was really worth the read. I was kept glued to my seat, wondering what will happen next.

Now, you need to ensure you keep up because there isn’t a single dull moment while reading this one. If you like books that test your ability to follow, then this is a definite must read. This can be seen as a murder mystery – you’ll be taking the journey through both the main victim and the murderer’s eyes. I couldn’t, at first, figure out who the murderer was at all. But it will become clear after a bit of investigating.

The writing was intense and strong. The more graphic scenes were well thought out and the author doesn’t dwell too long on these scenes, making them easier to read and digest.

The character growth, don’t know how to say it, was incredible. Not knowing for a large chunk of the book, who the ‘villain’ is – makes this all the more fun to read.

Love Always,
C