Thursday, April 30, 2015

Athena: The Grey- Eyed Goddess( Olympians #2 )by George O’Connor

Athena: The Grey- Eyed Goddess
Olympians #2
by George O’Connor

Synopsis from Goodreads

Boom! Pow! Crash!

Greek Gods as you’ve never seen them before!

The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the sea, turn invisible, or transform themselves into any animal they choose. Superheroes? No! Greek gods. The ancient pantheon comes to explosive life in this new series where myth meets comic books. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await readers within the pages of these books.

Volume 2, Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, is the tale of the goddess of wisdom and war, recounting her many adventures

My Review

5/5 stars

One: Athena’s birth is pretty awesome. Two: Athena is like THE kick butt female goddess in my opinion. I she’s wise and doesn’t agree with her father that she is ready to be on Olympus she instead trains on Earth. She’s an amazing strategist and fighter.

I enjoyed every story about Athena. From how she got her name Pallas Athena ( both interpretations), How she added to her aegis to make it the most powerful part of her armor, how she came to help Perseus in his quest and the story of Arachne. All these stories were accompanied with wonderful artwork.

I think this books is great for those interested in Greek Mythology its kid friendly ( in my opinion, I’m reading these then handing them to my 8 year old to read) , fun , action and adventure filled stories. I love the questions at the end that I can go over with my son after he reads them also. And all the extra bits at the end is interesting.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America by Bradford W Wright

Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America
by Bradford W Wright

Synopsis from Goodreads:

As American as jazz or rock and roll, comic books have been central in the nation's popular culture since Superman's 1938 debut in Action Comics #1. Selling in the millions each year for the past six decades, comic books have figured prominently in the childhoods of most Americans alive today. In Comic Book Nation, Bradford W. Wright offers an engaging, illuminating, and often provocative history of the comic book industry within the context of twentieth-century American society.

From Batman's Depression-era battles against corrupt local politicians and Captain America's one-man war against Nazi Germany to Iron Man's Cold War exploits in Vietnam and Spider-Man's confrontations with student protestors and drug use in the early 1970s, comic books have continually reflected the national mood, as Wright's imaginative reading of thousands of titles from the 1930s to the 1980s makes clear. In every genre—superhero, war, romance, crime, and horror comic books—Wright finds that writers and illustrators used the medium to address a variety of serious issues, including racism, economic injustice, fascism, the threat of nuclear war, drug abuse, and teenage alienation. At the same time, xenophobic wartime series proved that comic books could be as reactionary as any medium.

Wright's lively study also focuses on the role comic books played in transforming children and adolescents into consumers; the industry's ingenious efforts to market their products to legions of young but savvy fans; the efforts of parents, politicians, religious organizations, civic groups, and child psychologists like Dr. Fredric Wertham (whose 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, a salacious exposé of the medium's violence and sexual content, led to U.S. Senate hearings) to link juvenile delinquency to comic books and impose censorship on the industry; and the changing economics of comic book publishing over the course of the century. For the paperback edition, Wright has written a new postscript that details industry developments in the late 1990s and the response of comic artists to the tragedy of 9/11. Comic Book Nation is at once a serious study of popular culture and an entertaining look at an enduring American art form.

My Review
5/5 Stars

For a history lesson on comic books I found this book to be extremely interesting.

The Author takes up from the birth of comics and the struggles it went through. Pointing out how they reflected what America was going through at certain times.

I thought it was a well written book about the history of comics. I enjoyed learning where it all started and the complications they had to endure and how they would pull themselves out of ruts and when they either had new ideas for new comic characters or they just pulled old ones back out and modify them.

Being new to the whole comic scene I found this book extremely informative as well as interesting. I’d recommend this to anyone like me who find the history of comics to be something they want to learn more about.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Warrior Mage ( Chain of Honor book 1) by Lindsay Buroker

Synopsis from Goodreads:

His mother was one of the most powerful wizards in the Nurian Empire until she abandoned her people to become a notorious pirate. That choice doomed the family she left behind to a life of disgrace.

Yanko White Fox doesn’t remember his mother, but as the only gifted child in the family, he is expected to erase the mark she left on them all. With an affinity for earth magic and communicating with animals, he’s not the most natural candidate to become a warrior mage, but it’s the only sure route back into the Great Chief’s good graces. He has resigned himself to training for that destiny, whether it matches his passions or not.

Long before he’s ready for his first battle, insurrection comes to his distant corner of the empire. Rebels take over the salt mine his family manages and slay the only relative who ever supported Yanko. On the heels of the tragedy, a courier brings a message from the Great Chief’s son. Whether he is prepared or not, Yanko must undertake a quest, one that could save millions of lives… or fail utterly, leaving him dead, his family forgotten, and his people the victims of starvation and endless war

My Review

5/5 Stars

This book was given to my for my honest review.

This was set in the Emperors Edge world ( If you haven’t read that pick it up FANTASTIC series!!) Also it has to do with the characters from the Salt and the Sword series that she wrote and it has mentionings and appearances of other characters from other books set in the same world.

Warrior Mage can be read as a stand alone though.

We are introduced ( or reintroduced ) to Yanko a modest young man who at the beginning is taking his warrior mage entrance exam for a school. He has talent but towards the end of his exam he decides to show off and well ends up back in the family salt mines. While in the salt mines a catastrophe happens and Yanko escapes with his friend to go back to his village in which he has found pillaged,scorched and the villagers as well as his father gone. He ends up finding his brother that is in the military and has with him a letter from a Prince Yanko befriended in the Salt and Sword series in which sets him off on a course of adventure and mayhem. He takes his friend a female by the name of Lakeo with him and a mysterious Turgonian named Dak who owed him a favor. He comes across his lost free spirited crush and some interesting cast of characters all while being chased by a mage hunter and a seriously angry Warrior Mage foe.

I loved this book ( To be completely honest I love practically all the books this author writes) Action! Adventure! Pirates! a Jailbreak! A Kraken! Mayhem! Warrior Mages! A False Bard! Young Precocious Twins! Assassins! Reclaiming Honor! (Seriously what is not to like about all that? and its not even everything that makes this book so wonderful!)

The book was wonderfully fast paced and as in all her books the plot was complex and interesting.The characters were fun, smart and some of their pasts mysterious. Every time I had to sit it down I was looking forward to the moment I could pick it up and continue it. This book can be read as a stand alone. 

 The ending is quite the cliffhanger!! I’m excited to continue this adventure with Yanko and his friends

Friday, April 24, 2015

A Wicked Hunger (Creatures of Darkness #1) by Kiersten Fay

A Wicked Hunger
Creatures of Darkness #1
by Kiersten Fay

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A hundred years after vampires revealed themselves to the masses, the world is still recovering from the hysteria and war that devastated much of the Earth. And though peace has been brokered between the human and vampire nations, it is tumultuous at best.

Orphaned at the age of ten, Coraline Conwell has struggled to survive a turbulent existence growing up alone on the harsh streets. Until a wealthy man provides an escape from her vagrant life by offering his hand in marriage. Out of place in the upper-crust world, Cora has done her best to adapt to her new role as wife, but when her husband is brutally murdered, she is ripped from her secure life at the hands of the Vampire Enforcement Agency.

Now her survival teeters on the whim of a brutally handsome vampire named Mason as she is hunted by those who would see her dead. She must keep unwanted desires for the sexy vampire from leading her down a dangerous path while she discovers there is more to this world, and herself, than she could have ever imagined

My Review
3/5 Stars

So, i think this book started out interestingly but as I read even though there was action it go a little boring. Not enough for me to stop reading but kind of a lull where I kept thinking “ have I read this somewhere before?”. Even though there was some great action it just seemed way to familiar for me to enjoy it. BUT then we get to the end and things start getting interesting again. There is where we meet Knox and who he is keeping secret in the safe house that Cora and Mace hide out at. And we find out a secret about Cora. Also a possible betrayal in a tight nit group of vampires.

So for the first book in the series I found this good. The characters were relatively interesting the story flowed nicely even though it was rather…familiar ( I suppose thats the word I’d use). I enjoyed this authors other series ( Shadow Quest) a lot so I’m sure this series is going to be another one of hers that I’ll enjoy reading.

I don’t think you can really go wrong with this book if you like paranormal romance with vampires, decent action scenes, a few twists, humor, and of course the steamy romance scenes. I’m looking forward to picking up the next book in this series because by the end I could tell its going to get really good ( I hope).

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious by Wendy Thomas Russell

Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious
by Wendy Thomas Russell

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For nonreligious parents looking to raise critically thinking, religiously literate, and highly tolerant children capable of making up their own minds about what to believe, "Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why To Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious" is the secular equivalent of a godsend.

With a thoughtful voice infused with humor, author Wendy Thomas Russell seamlessly merges scientific thought, scholarly research, and everyday experience in a book that gives nonreligious parents a toolkit to assist with their unique and complex issues. Among other things, "Relax, It's Just God" teaches parents how to avoid indoctrination; communicate openly but kindly with religious relatives; confront and manage “religious baggage” so as to not hand it on to the next generation; talk about death without the familiar comforts of religious imagery; give kids a broad overview of various world religions; and show children how to practice true religious tolerance while also vaccinating them against the intolerance of others.

A rapidly growing demographic cohort in America, first-generation nonreligious parents are at the forefront of a major and unprecedented cultural shift. Unable or unwilling to fall back on what they were taught as children, secular parents often find themselves at a loss for how to approach religion with their young children—so they don’t. But, as "Relax, It’s Just God" shows us, silence is not the answer

My Review
5/5 Stars

It will definitely be one that I refer back to as my children grow older and come to grips in what they do or do not believe and to try and help out with their questions about other religions ( It has a nice cheat sheet in the back that gives a quick basic look at a variety of other religions)

Not only does this book give great examples and at times humorous ones from her life which will help me guide my kids into understanding and tolerance of all religions ( and a few I could actually relate to) but she also points out how religious literature could help out with the tolerance, and who doesn’t want their children to be well read?

I think the topic of religion was handled well and with compassion and facts. She didn’t single out any religions or say being religious or non religious is bad but she focused on acceptance, tolerance and education. She focused on how to teach our children to think for themselves and to be tolerant and accepting of all religions.

I for one found this book to be just what I needed as my children are growing older and being introduced to different religions and people ( and already both have encountered the “ You don’t go to church so you’re going to go to hell” ). I didn’t know how to talk to my kids about religion(s) now with this book ( and its recommendations )I have a wonderful guide full of facts, understanding and compassion to help me and to help them.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Blood Rift Trilogy by Timothy M. Harden

The Blood Rift Trilogy

by Timothy M. Harden

Synopsis From Goodreads

The Blood Rift Trilogy consists of three heroic journeys detailing the trials and tribulations of good versus evil; including Lucifer's banishment from Heaven's graces into the fiery pit of Hell. Lucifer finds a way to foretell the future, along with altering it to meet his overall plan to escape and take revenge upon Earth and Heaven. During this cataclysmic war, several humans are affected in supernatural ways that should've never come to pass. In an effort to stop Satan from activating the Blood Rift portal, a band of unlikely supernatural heroes shall ban together to stop the greatest evil that mankind has ever known. With the Blood Rift at Satan's disposal, how far will good people go to save the entire world from eternal darkness?

My Review

4/5 stars

I enjoyed reading this book. Some places were a little hard to get through and I thought I wouldn’t finish it, but I’m glad I stuck to it and kept reading. You got your angels, vampires, witches and demons. Many bloody/ gruesome action packed scenes. And some twists that really surprised me. I love the love between Julie and Daniel. The book at times gave you hope with the true love conquers all type theme.

A Terrific story with Good vs Evil , True Love knows no obstacles, witches, angels, vampires and demons and bloody/gruesome action packed scenes and some wonderful twists thrown in.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Raising Caine by Kelli Ireland BLOG TOUR REVIEW

Raising Cain
The Key Guardians #1
by Kelli Ireland


Hiding places are scarce when both Heaven and Hell intend to find you.

Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight.

Cain, Hell’s premier assassin and a predatory incubus, is close to fulfilling his final contract and earning his freedom. Hired by the Archangel of Death to find his daughter, Cain follows her trail to the Fair. He works undercover, certain his mark is inside one of the portable canopies or traveling cages. Dead or alive, she equals his ticket to freedom.

When Cain’s objective is divulged, Dani realizes she can’t outrun her destiny. As the fabled Key—the one soul with absolute free will who is tied to the three realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell—only she is capable of opening the gates for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Whoever frees the Horsemen allegedly commands them. Now both Heaven and Hell are vying for her allegiance, and there are no limits as to how dirty they’ll fight to obtain it. With Hell raining indiscriminate chaos as Heaven maneuvers its players around her, Dani realizes her would-be assassin may be the only man capable of helping her survive.

Kelli Ireland Bio:

Kelli Ireland spent a decade as a name on a door in corporate America. Unexpectedly liberated by Fate’s sense of humor, she chose to carpe the diem and pursue her passion for writing. A fan of happily-ever-afters, she found she loved being the Puppet Master for the most unlikely couples. Seeing them through the best and worst of each other while helping them survive the joys and disasters of falling in love? Best. Thing. Ever.

My Review
4/5 Stars

I got this for my honest review

I was completely pulled in by the synopsis alone. I mean you got Archangel of Death, Assassin who happens to be an Incubus, a Freak’s Fair and the Apocalypse. Dude..I was sold!

I have to say though it was a rough but enjoyable beginning. Although I liked all the different types of characters running the freak show and I like Dani ( Kind of a kick butt, trying to go unnoticed, imperfect heroine) and Cain ( alpha, loveable/hateable and hopefully redeemable hero/assassain) there was just something that made the story off. Maybe, it felt a little slow going or just at points rather cheesy. I’m not sure but it just made me think I was not going to like the book. But! I continued reading because like I said I loved the idea of the story and I liked the characters so surely it had to get better. It did! the plot thickened. The pace picked up. There was great action scenes then it did tend to slow a bit further in before picking the action filled pace up towards the end again but that slow part helped set up the story more.

I think the author did a wonderful job with the world building especially with the Freak’s Fair.

This book like many first books of series I’ve read just had to be pushed through a little but it did set things up for what I see to be an exciting series that I’m very much interested in continuing.

Intriguing story, Great Characters, Angels, Demons, Dhampires Apocalypse, Banshees, Action, Assassins, Fallen Angels, humor,heartache and hope. A whole great list of what makes for a great urban/paranromal fantasy. I’m personally looking forward to the next book.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Sober Companion by Emily Ford

The Sober Companion
by Emily Ford

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Fans of True Blood and Elementary can have their cake and eat it too. Emily Ford presents a classy, clever, unique love story set in a society still raw from the Human-Vampire War of the 1960's. Human oppression of vampires is considered the new norm, but things begin to change when a powerful group of live blood drinkers plan a political upheaval of the status quo.

For Vampire-Americans to become legal citizens in America, they must successfully complete 6 months of live blood rehab followed by 6 months of 24/7 observation by a sober companion.

Elias Alexander, a legendary thousand year-old vampire of celebrity status, decides to give up his illegal vampire lifestyle in order to fit in to American society. After spending his entire life waiting for his true love, Elizabeth, to continually reincarnate due to a witch’s curse, only to keep dying in her 25th year of life, Eli is losing hope that he will ever be able to hold on to her permanently.

Eric Wayne claims to hate vampires and is court ordered to work as a sober companion to avoid prison time for his violent act against one. Hiding his own self-destructive addiction, he is assigned to the celebrity vampire who he comes to admire as they develop a deep bond that transcends mere friendship.

When Eli determines Eric to be the modern day reincarnation of Elizabeth, he is faced with the most difficult decision of his life. He must choose either to save a mortally wounded Eric by turning him into a vampire, or to let him die in hopes Elizabeth will reincarnate again in her original form.

The definition of love is put to the ultimate test as Eli and Eric struggle to fight for what is right amid a hostile world of oppression and corruption, meanwhile learning to depend on each other to survive.

My Review:
4/5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. I’ve never watched Elementary but I did enjoy true blood and I definitely see where fans of True Blood might like this.

Anyway I thought it was an interesting take on Vampire and human relations. I liked Eli he was witty funny and an interesting vampire. He gives up his illegal vampiric lifestyle in order to get his american citizenship. Which means he has to start drinking synthetic blood, get a sober companion and as part of his parole ( not sure if you’d call it parole but I’m lacking for the actual term right now) he has a job helping the police catch murders by using his vampiric abilities. Not only does he have that all going on but he is on watch for the reincarnation of the love of his life ( who was cursed to die at the age of 25 and only remember him then and then reincarnate and he’d have to woo her all over and try to convince her to become a vampire.) Anyway this time the reincarnation of Elizabeth ends up being his sober companion Eric who has some secrets of his own.

Some of it was predictable and sometimes the flow seemed off and there was a few grammatical mistakes ( Since I am named Ashley I noticed the spelling kept switching from Ashley to Ashely for one of the characters… not a big deal to me but yeah….)

But all in all it was a great story with action, mystery and intrigue. I liked the ending. Enjoyed the characters and humor. It was fast paced easy and fun to read.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

Amour Amour
by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Love is a circus

"Every day,” he says lowly, “I hold a person’s life in my hands. The circus is based one-hundred percent off trust. I give it all to someone, and they give it all to me.”

The best aerial technique won’t land 21-year-old Thora James her dream role in Amour—a sexy new acrobatic show on the Vegas strip. Thora knows she’s out of her element the second she meets Amour’s leading performer. Confident, charming and devilishly captivating, 26-year-old Nikolai Kotova lives up to his nickname as the “God of Russia.”

When Thora unknowingly walks into the crosshairs of Nikolai’s after-show, her audition process begins way too soon. Unprofessional. That’s what Nik calls their “non-existent” relationship. It’s not like Thora can avoid him. For one, they may be partners in the future—acrobatic partners, that is. But getting closer to Nik means diving deeper into sin city and into his dizzying world.

Thora wants to perform with him, but when someone like Nikolai attracts the spotlight wherever he goes—Thora fears that she’s destined to be just background to his spellbinding show.

This sexy and exhilarating New Adult Romance can best be described as Cirque du Soleil meets the steamy, athletic romance of Center Stage.

*standalone & no love triangles—recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

My Review
4/5 Stars

I don’t mind contemporary romance. Sometimes, it just happens to be exactly what I am looking for at the time.

I purchased this book awhile ago and it has been sitting on my kindle. Honestly I forgot about it and why I purchased it ( Turns out I read Addicted by this author and I really liked that book as well, so I grabbed this one). I just finished reading a few books and came across this one and decided what the hell it says circus and I like circus theme books. I find them beautiful. Then when I found out it was more like a Cirque de Soleil type of circus I got more engrossed. Especially after getting to know Thora a small town girl who started her gymnastic sport at a later age so she’s not like other gymnast but she has a dream that she bravely puts into action. She runs off to Vegas to join the circus to be an acrobat putting her college scholarship and her place on the team in jeopardy. She meet Nikola “ The God of Russia” the day she arrives and goes to a club to meet her roommate (the girl she’s renting a couch from). Nikola at first has kind of a wild charismatic personality he goes to this club to unwind by doing bets and if he wins he gets to pierce or tattoo the person that lost. Thora accidentally becomes the person. He also ends up being a huge deal in the acrobat circus world. He isn’t all that he first seems either.

Anyway, I loved all the characters in this book. They were all amazingly flawed brave people. The world building was beautiful everything from the description of the club, the circus and Vegas in general. The story although kind of slow at times was a beautiful story of being brave, falling in love , sacrificing things for those you love, family, hope and achieving your dreams.

I would like to throw in that I would love to read a story about Timo.

Great Cirque de Soleil type circus story, hot romance, humor, family, hope, heart warming, fun.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Zita the Spacegirl ( Zita the Spacegirl #1 ) Legends of Zita the Spacegirl ( Zita the Spacegirl #2) The Return of Zita the Spacegirl ( Zita the Spacegirl #3) by Ben Hatke

I'm going to start off by saying this is a wonderful series that I think kids an adults will love. It has your action, sci-fi, adventure, humor, heart as well as some twists. Zita is an adorable main character who is like any kid leaps into things sometimes without thought of the consequences but she is brave, forgiving and has such a big heart. I absolutely adored Zita and her friends.  I found the artwork to be wonderfully done and beautiful.  This is definitely going down as one of my favorite kid friendly graphic novels that I will recommend to anyone who just wants an adorable quick fun read or has kids that just want to read a fun sci-fi adventure with fun characters.   

Zita the Spacegirl

Zita the Spacegirl #1
by Ben Hatke

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even faze her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.

Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at

My Review:
4/5 Stars

There are some kids books that I see and think this is too cute I have to read it! This was one of those.

A little girl and her friend find a spot where a meteor has hit and in the hole is a red button. Of course when you are confronted with a big red button what do you do? PUSH IT! When this happens her friend get abducted by aliens! Its up to Zita to save her friend!

I found this to be a cute entertaining adventure. Zita comes across some new friends including a huge mouse, a man called Piper who seems to either be some kind of crazy inventor, a blasterbot, a robot, and a Strongman type alien. Zita portrays bravery and kindness in her adventure to save her friend and even forgiveness when she is betrayed by one of her new friends.

I found the artwork to be well done and cute. The story was a fun, fast paced, humorous, sci-fi adventure.

So of course I’d recommend this to kids who like a fun sci-fi adventure and for adults who would like to read an adorable fun book. I also found it to be a fun book to read along with my 5 year old since some of the words were easy for him to read but there were still some he struggled with. So a great family read.

Legends of Zita the Spacgirl
(Zita the Space Girl #2)
by Ben Hatke

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Zita must find her way back to earth...but her space adventures have made her a galactic megastar! Who can you trust when your true self is overshadowed by your public image? And to make things worse...Zita's got a robot double making trouble--while wearing her face!

My Review
5/5 Stars

Of course I had to continue the otherworldly adventures with Zita and her friends! She’s now famous and everyone wants her autograph and be just like her! When she comes across a robot who mimics her image and is willing to take over fame duty so Zita can get a break. But… this robot is making trouble and now Zita is wanted.

More fun with returning characters and new ( including RingMistress who seems to have a past with Piper). I love the villains in this story. Honestly I just love this story Zita is just brave and sweet and has no problem giving second chances.

Fun space adventure with adorable characters, great artwork and a fun story.

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl.

( Zita The Spacegirl #3)

by Ben Hatke

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers.

Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy's greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

My Review

5/5 Stars

Zita is wrongfully imprisoned along with her faithful mouse buddy! A mysterious someone is helping Zita break out of jail. Who is this? Why would they help Zita?

Characters from the past books come together to rescue Zita and Pizzicato. Will Zita’s rescuer betray her when they find out that they can get something they want from the warden?

Another fun space adventure that I adored. I love these characters and the story was fun. I’ve read that there are no plans for more Zita the Spacegirl books but judging by the ending I hope not. It has an ending which seems to be left open for more fun adventures! I love this series and would gladly read more. ( Even if it is for kids)

This author is becoming one when I talk books for kids with other parents I tell them to pick this series up the artwork is beautiful the characters are fun and the story is full of heart, adventure, humor, action and fun.

I liked after the story how we got the background on how Zita came to be.

Again, fun action packed space adventure with lots of heart, humor, and twists. And while I wait and hope for more Zita the Spacegirl I do believe I’ll be picking up other books this author has wrote he has such a fun imagination that I think kids as well as adults will like.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CHECK IT OUT!!! COVER REVEAL FOR Every Last Breath by Jennifer L Armentrout!

We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and then be sure to read the first books in this amazing series before its release!

 Every Last Breath - Cover

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  EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis: Some loves will last 'til your dying breath Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust. Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction. Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell… “Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!” --New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter “Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.” --#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

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White Hot Kiss - New Cover

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  WHITE HOT KISS synopsis: One kiss could be the last. Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world. Stone Cold Touch - New Cover

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  STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis: Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay… "Constantly entertaining...the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance." Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

 And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE...


Bitter Sweet Love - New Cover

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  BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis: In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons. Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally. And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again… "With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers' hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout's previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!" -RT Book Reviews   Author Photo Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio: # 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Raising Caine by Kelli Ireland Release Day Launch

Raising Cain Synopsis:

Hiding places are scarce when both Heaven and Hell intend to find you.

Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight.

Cain, Hell’s premier assassin and a predatory incubus, is close to fulfilling his final contract and earning his freedom. Hired by the Archangel of Death to find his daughter, Cain follows her trail to the Fair. He works undercover, certain his mark is inside one of the portable canopies or traveling cages. Dead or alive, she equals his ticket to freedom.

When Cain’s objective is divulged, Dani realizes she can’t outrun her destiny. As the fabled Key—the one soul with absolute free will who is tied to the three realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell—only she is capable of opening the gates for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Whoever frees the Horsemen allegedly commands them. Now both Heaven and Hell are vying for her allegiance, and there are no limits as to how dirty they’ll fight to obtain it. With Hell raining indiscriminate chaos as Heaven maneuvers its players around her, Dani realizes her would-be assassin may be the only man capable of helping her survive.

Kelli Ireland Bio:

Kelli Ireland spent a decade as a name on a door in corporate America. Unexpectedly liberated by Fate’s sense of humor, she chose to carpe the diem and pursue her passion for writing. A fan of happily-ever-afters, she found she loved being the Puppet Master for the most unlikely couples. Seeing them through the best and worst of each other while helping them survive the joys and disasters of falling in love? Best. Thing. Ever.


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The Rosie Effect Don Tillman #2 By Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect
Don Tillman #2
By Graeme Simsion

Synopsis from Goodreads:


GREETINGS. My name is Don Tillman. I am forty-one years old. I have been married to Rosie Jarman, world's most perfect woman, for ten months and ten days.

Marriage added significant complexity to my life. When we relocated to New York City, Rosie brought three maximum-size suitcases. We abandoned the Standardised Meal System and agreed that sex should not be scheduled in advance.

Then Rosie told me we had 'something to celebrate', and I was faced with a challenge even greater than finding a partner.

I have attempted to follow traditional protocols and have sourced advice from all six of my friends, plus a therapist and the internet.

The result has been a web of deceit. I am now in danger of prosecution, deportation and professional disgrace.

And of losing Rosie forever

My Review
4/5 Stars

I won this in a giveaway on goodreads

I adored The Rosie Project and finding out there was another book coming out with more of Don and Rosie made me extremely happy.

I thought this book was wonderful not as great as The Rosie Project but great none the less. I think the whole fun of The Rosie Project ( at least for me) was getting to know Don and maybe since we have already been introduced to him I feel that this wasn’t as great.

Now do not get me wrong like I said I thought this book was wonderful. We got Don and Rosie and their entertaining if not complicated relationship in which becomes more complicated with a baby on the way. I found the logical way Don thought of everything at times rather humorous and at times kind of heartbreaking. I mean the poor guy couldn’t just enjoy the idea of becoming a father he had to break it all down. I have to say though I adore Don he has to be one of the sweetest and thoughtful although not your “average” character. He gets himself into some problems that turn out to be rather hilarious and made me a few times laugh out loud. Rosie…. I just felt sorry for her from the beginning. Its not that I didn’t like her I just think her situation and how she was dealing with it and how Don logically responded was sad. I mean most of the time I thought Don was doing amazingly and was in his own way receptive to her needs but I could see where she would draw her conclusions in which seemed to cause their relationship to head for a downward spiral.

Anyway! Humorous, Slightly more serious than the Rosie Project, at times Hearbreaking, Hopeful and Heartwarming. I just adore these characters.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Stars Across Time by Ruby Lionsdrake

Stars Across Time
by Ruby Lionsdrake

Synopsis from Goodreads

Can love take root in the cracks of time?

Air Force pilot Andromeda “Andie” Kim dreams of being chosen to join NASA so she can go to space. Instead, she’s stolen by savage kidnappers from a dystopian future where fertile women are needed for breeding purposes. One of her kidnappers, a man named Mace, goes out of his way to protect her from the other slavers, but she’s not about to trust him. All she wants is to escape and find a way back to her time before she's sold as broodstock and stuck in this ruined world forever.

Colonel Aloysius “Mace” Theron of the Cascadian Alliance is a battlefield commander, not a spy, but after twenty years of service, he’s also trusted by his superiors. That’s why they choose him for a top-secret mission: to infiltrate an organization of thieves using a time machine to plunder the past. He’s supposed to find and destroy the machine, not fall in love with one of the captives, but Andie is as much of a fighter as he is, and he’s drawn to her from the beginning. Yet if he fights too hard to protect her, his identity will be discovered and his mission will fail, leaving criminals to terrorize the past, perhaps irrevocably changing history and endangering everyone he knows and loves

My Review
3/5 Stars

Ahhh what to say. I liked a lot of it. It just felt off… Maybe I wasn’t digging the whole slavery thing and virginity testing. Actually I think it was the virginity testing that made me cringe. The slavery thing I understand sort of. I mean you got these dudes from a distant future who go back in time to kidnap fertile women to sell to men in the future because the women then are mostly infertile. Theres always bad guys and they were definitely the bad guys. So, the virginity testing yup I think thats what made me drop it down and possibly because some of it was dark and the fact that she fell for Mace instantly. I mean lust for him even though he was technically a bad guy….sort of.

So the parts I like. Great action! Witty banter! I always love how this author make her women intelligent and able to kick some butt. And the main men or man tend to be honorable and respectful and they know when to help the females out or when to trust them to get themselves out of trouble.

Good story. I think the whole molestation vibe and the virginity testing thing throws it off for me. I did enjoy the later half of the book more than the beginning and I actually loved how it ended.

Time traveling! Humor! Kick butt and intelligent characters! Action! Explosions!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

West ( History Interrupted #1) by Lizzy Ford


History Interrupted #1

by Lizzy Ford

Synopsis from Goodreads:

If you could change history, would you?

College graduate Josephine “Josie” Jackson answers ‘yes’ to the question on a survey while visiting an Old West tourist trap. The next morning, she wakes up in Indian Territory in the 1840s, where she’s given a mission to complete before she can return to her time: to reset history by finding and stopping the man responsible for a horrific massacre.

It seems easy enough, until she discovers that three other women have been sent back to the same time period. When Josie uncovers what happened to them, she realizes the chances of her getting out of the past alive are not good.

To survive, she’ll have to trust the very man she’s there to stop, someone who has every reason to distrust her and only one reason to help her - to prove he’s not the monster she claims he’ll become.

STANDALONE novel in the History Interrupted series

My Review:
5/5 Stars

* Received for my honest review*

I’ve been in the mood for a good time travel book and I’m super glad I got this one.

It was super easy to get sucked into this book. Loved the characters!I found Josie to be charming and smart also still vulnerable and she had such a big heart. Taylor the loyal, strong ,secretive man that Josie finds her self being rescued by was easy to like and I enjoyed trying to figure out what his whole deal was. Fighting Badger who is a killer I actually ended up softening up to and rooting for.

Then I got sucked into the story and the adventure in which Josie finds her self to be on. There was the whole mystery part that I loved trying to figure out. I’m not sure Lizzy Ford knows how to write books without throwing in some great twists that at times leave me saying “ What!?” !

Great Characters, Time Travel, Mystery, Action, Adventure, Brain implants, Humor, the Wild West and an amazing cliffhanger of an ending! I’m excited to read East!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Rome Marked Men #3 By Jay Crownover


Marked Men #3
By Jay Crownover

Synopsis from Goodreads

Sometimes the wrong choice can be just right . . .

Fun and fearless, Cora Lewis knows how to keep her tattooed "bad boy" friends at the Marked in line. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Cora won't let herself get burned again. She's waiting to fall in love with the perfect man—a baggage-free, drama-free guy ready for commitment. Then she meets Rome Archer.

Rome Archer is as far from perfect as a man can be. He's stubborn, rigid, and bossy. And he's returned from his final tour of duty more than a little broken. Rome's used to filling many roles: big brother, doting son, supersoldier—but none of those fit anymore. Now he's just a man trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life while keeping the dark demons of war and loss at bay. He would have been glad to suffer through it alone, until Cora comes sweeping into his life and becomes a blinding flash of color in a sea of gray.Perfect may not be in the cards, but perfectly imperfect could just last forever . . .

My Review

5/5 Stars

Another great addition to the Marked Men Series.

Rome came back with some issues that came along with seeing some terrible things while serving in the Army. Cora was there to be his bright light to help pull him out of dark times. Loved the chemistry that they had and Cora’s straight forward tell it like it is attitude.

We also got a glimpse into Nash’s story which I am excited to read next.

A couple twists and some shocking turns. All in all another great book. Fun series, quick read.