Review: “Marker of Hope” (“Creatura” #3) by Nely Cab

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Blurb:

Who will save her from herself?
Upon her return from Greece with three new friends and a broken heart, Isis’ hunger for human flesh is stronger than ever. She’s a miserable mess after losing David following her betrayal. Her mutation into Creatura is all but over when she receives the surprise of her life, compelling her to seek out David’s family. Only, they’ve broken all ties with her, and she doesn’t know how to reach them.
Turpis, the demonic beings that attacked Isis in Greece, have tracked her whereabouts. Now, in order to fend for her life, Isis must join forces with deities she doesn’t trust.
Is Isis truly the Marker of Hope as she’s believed to be, or will she lose the battle to her starving inner beast and demons, obliterating humankind from existence? Find out in the epic finale of the best-selling CREATURA SERIES.

About the author:

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Nely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker & Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She’s known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she’s fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.

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Review:

It is with a heavy heart that I write this review. “Creatura” is one of my all time favorites. I read the first book when I was thirteen and barely knew anything about Greek mythology. I had just moved to Greece from Romania and I was struggling to learn the language and adapt in this new country. Everything was pretty tough, but suddenly, there was this book full of romance and fantasy and adventure that made me feel infinitely better. For me, “Creatura” was a turning point in my life as a reader. It gave me a new perspective, it made me love books even more and it helped me through a rough time. For that, this series will forever have a special place in my heart.

I fought for “Creatura” to be published in Romania. I reread the book at least three times. I waited for the sequel. I read and loved the 2nd book, “Fruit of misfortune”. And then I proofread the final book and even though I was incredibly honored to be able to go on a journey towards the end of the series along with the author, there was this sadness that followed me until the end of the book. One of my favorite series was coming to an end and that is always a tragic moment for me. I was so in love with this series, with Isis, David, Eros and every character, that the thought of not reading any more of their adventures was sometimes too much. But enough of that. Let’s celebrate this amazing closing to a marvelous series.

“Marker of Hope” is hands down one of the best and most captivanting books I’ve ever read. I don’t think there could’ve been a better way to end this series, to be quite honest. Nely Cab definitely put her heart and soul into this book, and the result is a story that not only captivates you, but it fascinates you and it makes you forget about the real world around you. After two amazing books, “Creatura” and “Fruit of Misfortune”, the story of the characters we love comes to an epic end.

I adored “Creatura” and definitely loved the 2nd book, but “Marker of Hope” is something else. Nely took it to another level with this book. Even though she put a lot of hard work into this book, her talent shines like never before in “Marker of Hope”. I truly feel that this is her best work, even though “Creatura” will always be my favorite book in the series, but that has more of a sentimental value for me. “Marker of hope” though is pure talent, dedication and hard work. And the result is amazing.

 

There is an obvious development in Nely writing skills. The text flows effortlessly. Sometimes it feels like her words literally run through your veins. The voices she uses are way more real, and the character development is a strong point of this book. David, Isis, Eros, any character you can think of, they are all much more mature and their voices match their age, the situations they’ve been through and the burdens that they carry. Isis is trying to save everyone, David is trying to save Isis, Eros would do anything to have Isis, Galilea is protecting Isis in her own, unique way. But the enemy doesn’t stay away, and they keep attacking our beloved characters. Brave as they are, they always fight for the ones they love.

Throughout the book, secrets are revealed, alliances are being made, fights are being fought and love is present everywhere, even in the hardest situations. This series has thought me that true love can in fact be lethal, but it will always survive and win. But, above all, “Marker of hope” taught me that being brave is a virtue and a way to save yourself. Facing your demons is essential to your survival, but also caring for the ones close to you.

There are so many plot twists and things that absolutely blew my mind in this book that sometimes, it was hard to keep up with them. Whenever I was thinking that this is it, the situation will calm down now, Nely surprised me with a new bomb. The fact that I could never guess what would happen next is definitely something that made me love the book even more. The fights between Isis & co. and their enemies were also very captivating for me and I followed them with my heart in my throat, turning the pages as fast as I could.

The plot is very well thought and the dynamic of the action is just right. Not too slow, not too rushed. Just right. The suspense builds up towards the end and you can feel their sorrow, all the despair and the hope of the characters as they fight for their lives. One specific plot twist left me shocked and heartbroken. But the ending, overall, mended my broken heart, made me shed a few tears and left me wanting for more of Nely’s words.

Overall, “Marker of Hope” is an excellent closing to a fantastic series. It answers all your questions and then some more. The plot twists captivate you, Nely’s words absolutely enchant you, David will make you fall in love with him again and you will live every page of this book along with the characters, feeling their emotions and cheering for them. Even though I will forever miss this series, I am excited for everyone to read this third book. Yes, I do recommend “Marker of Hope” and the “Creatura” series. It’s a must-read!

Rate: 5 stars out of 5

Review: “The only boy” de Jordan Locke

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Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch’s senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out.

Taylor’s got a dangerous secret: he’s a boy. His compound’s been destroyed, and he’s been relocated to Section One. Living under the Matriarch means giving up possessions, eating canned food and avoiding all physical contact. Baggy clothes hide his flat chest and skinny legs, but if anyone discovers what lies beneath, he’ll be exiled. Maybe even executed.

Mary’s never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the textbooks—and she doesn’t suspect Taylor’s secret. If she knew, she might understand the need to stop the girls from teasing him. If she knew, she might realize why she breaks the rules, just to be near him. Then again, she might be frightened to death of him.

Taylor should go. The Matriarch is watching his every move. But running means leaving Mary—and braving the land beyond the compound’s boundaries.

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Review:

Let me kick off this review by saying that I am a sucker for dystopia. I read everything I can find from this genre, because I usually love everything that comes with a story about our future. There were few times when I couldn’t get into a dystopia book, but I can’t even remember the titles of the books. I do remember one, though. And it’s called “The Only Boy”.
This is not my style. Writing negative reviews. I would rather not write a review at all then write a negative one. But this time I have to do it.
I was so excited when I found out about this book. The premise was amazing and the synopsis so intriguing! BUT! I had a problem from the beginning with it. In my opinion, the synopsis is too long and it says way too much about the book. I think there would’ve been a lot more mystery and suspense if the author would’ve let us guess who’s the boy and not tell us from the beginning.
Besides that, my biggest problem with this book was the main character. Mary. She annoyed the hell of out of me. She was so childish and I still don’t know how old she is, but she seemed like a 13 y/o horny teenager to me. She was always trying to be someone else, someone prettier for the boy. I don’t engourage this idea at all, that the girl should try to be someone else for a guy. Plus, she was ALWAYS changing her mind. Every hour, there was a new idea and opinion about either Taylor or their love in her hair. I was confused half of the time while reading this book.
And not only because she was always changing her mind, but because of the exchange of POV’s between Mary and Taylor. I saw that some people appreciated, but I wasn’t one of those person. For me, it was confusing and way too quickly and abrupt and it confused me.
The book was too fast-paced and because of that, there was no mystery or suspense. I hated the fact that the author chose to tell us things and facts, not show us. Everything was on fast forward and felt shallow and emotionaless.
The idea of insta-love usually annoys me. But this time? It annoyed me even more! Because sometimes, the insta-love is so well done and so not cliché, that it doesn’t bother me. But Mary and Taylor’s love story was so full of cliches that I couldn’t stand it.
So basically Mary sees Taylor and is attracted to him even though he’s supposed to be a girl. Ok. And then BAM! They kiss ONE TIME and then they think that they’re in love with each other. Seriously? Then, throughout the book, they don’t talk too much, they don’t get to know each other, they such kiss a couple of times. The dialogues between them are so meaningless that I still don’t understand why they love each other so much. And I couldn’t feel the chemistry between them either. Or feel the love. I couldn’t do that.
And this is probably because I couldn’t connect with the characters. This time, they were just characters to me, not person, as I usually see and feel some characters.
“The only boy” was a huge disappointment for me. I personally don’t recommend it if you are not a fan of dystopia or fast forwarded love story.
Rate: 1.5 star out of 5

Blog Tour: “TAUT: The Ford Book” by J.A. Huss (Book review)

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TAUT: The Ford Book by JA Huss
(Rook and Ronin Spin-off)
Published January 20, 2014
Contemporary, Erotic Romance, New-ish Adult

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Synopsis:
TAUT IS A STANDALONE NOVEL – you do NOT have to read any of the Rook and Ronin books first.Ford Aston is known for many things. Being an emotionless, messed up bastard, a freakishly smart social outcast, and a cold, domineering master who keeps “pets” instead of girlfriends.And after Rook broke his heart, he plans to keep it that way.Ashleigh is known for nothing, and that’s exactly what she’s got going for her. She’s broke, stranded in the mountains with a three month old baby, and Ford Aston is screwing with her head.

Big. Time.

And she plans to mess with his right back.

It’s a coy game at first, filled with flirting, and innuendo–but Ford soon realizes something is not quite right with Ashleigh. In fact, something is seriously, seriously wrong and the closer they get to their final destination, the closer Ford gets to the truth.

One night of devastation, self-loathing, and emptiness turns into the best thing that ever happened to Ford Aston. But one day of in-your-face reality threatens Ashleigh’s whole existence.

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Since A LOT of people have been asking here is the scoop on how this book fits in with my Rook & Ronin series:

Ford first appears in Rook and Ronin #2, Manic. He has a bigger role in Panic, R&R #3, and then he has a novella, called SLACK. This TAUT book is only FORD. It’s not really part of the R&R series, as that plot has all been sidelined for this one romance book.

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Review:

*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

“ TAUT: The Ford Book” was… WOW! Fuking awesome! I want to read it again, because I feel like I didn’t get enough this time and I really, really need more of Ford.

Ok, so if you’re following my blog/GoodReads profile, you probably know that I am a huge fan of the “Rook and Ronin” series. I read and loved the entire series and I would read it again tomorrow if I could. I was really sad when I finished the series, but excited when I found out that the author has a surprise for us. A surprise in the form of a spinoff! I was even more excited when I found out that the spinoff is about… FORD! Yup, Ford! I looooved him in “Panic” and “Manic”, but I felt like I didn’t know enough about him. So a spinoff was greatly appreciated!

As I said, “Ford” is an amazing book. I loved everypart of it, mainly because Ford is the main character. I loved him from the very first moment I “met” him. Even though I didn’t know a lot about him, he’s that one supportive character you love.

The book had a nice rhythm from the beginning. I was captivated by Ford and his attitude from the very first page. After I read the first chapter I was entirely hooked. I couldn’t wait to find out more about him and his story.

Ford is the perfect character for a captivating new adult novel. He’s mysterious; extremely sexy and handsome; very smart. A genius, to be honest. He’s a real genius. He amazed me with all his story from his childhood, because… well, seriously, how many kids can learn a language without any help? He’s very mysterious because he’s got that cool attitude; he doesn’t let anyone in and doesn’t say so much about him. He’s quiet and doesn’t say much. He’s extremely sexy, because, well, he’s sexy. He’s charming, he’s got a way with words that attracts everyone and he has a dirty mind. As I said, he’s very smart. Like, really, really smart. It’s scary sometimes, knowing that he can find you in any place of the words just by hacking into a computer. I like his way of thinking. He’s very wise and he sees things. Like, really sees them.

I don’t think he’s a bastard. Yes, he is emotionless, but that’s because he doesn’t know how to cope with his emotions. He’s good a very complicated mind, but he is anything but a basard. The way he took care of Ashleigh and her baby and the way he fell in love with her… it was amazing. It made ME fall in love with him. In this book, Ford shows us another side of him. A side that cares. A side that takes good care of strangers. A side that can fall in love. But you can also see a dark side of him. That side… we all have it, right? That doesn’t make him a bastard.

Ashleigh. Man, I loved her! I loved her badass attitude, her way of taking care of herself and of her baby and they way she treated Ford. She is so right for Ford! She’s smart, brave, mouthy and kind of weird. And mysterious, just like Ford.

They make a great couple. Seriously, they are hot! I am sooo glad Ford didn’t end up with Rook, because they don’t make a couple as great as Ashleigh and Ford do. Ashleigh and Ford are meant to be.

There are some really, really hot scenes in this book. Really hot.

Kate’s presence was kinda weird, though. It’s like she’s a character, she’s present, but she never speaks. She’s adorable, though!

Ford’s story is very well thought and built. There are enough secrets and enough intrigue to keep you reading without being able to put down the book. There are some pretty big plot twists that will surprise you. The Accident, or Ashleigh’s secret… everything is very well built and written. The plot is very strong and you can’t find plot holes. Amazing thing. I hate plot holes in a story with potential. This isn’t the case, though. It’s obviously that the author built her world and story and thought about it, before writing it.

Ashleigh story is sad and shocking. I was really sad to find out about her. And there is a particurly sad scene that Ford is part of. Jee, that was so sad and the emotions were so well described that you could actually feel them!

There is a plot twist near the end that will leave you hopeless. But then Ford uses his magic weapons and surprises the reader with an amazing move. I never thought Ford would do something like that. But he’s a very unpredictable guy, so you can never be sure around him.

Ashleigh’s father and sister? UGH they annoyed the hell out of me.

The love story between Ford and Ashleigh is really beautiful and romantic. Yes, I know we are talking about Ford, but it’s still romantic. And steamy as hell. The dialogues between them are so entertaining and fun! They flirt and banter all the time, but there are some deep dialogues as well. Oh, let’s not forget about the sexy flirting between Ashleigh and Ford.

J.A. Huss amazed me again. I personally think this is her best book so far. The characters feel more real and stronger, the action is more captivating, the rhythm of the book is just right to make you read without stopping, the stories (both Ford’s and Ashleigh’s) are well built, the love story is surprising, the plot twists will leave you breathless, the ending is perfect and Julie’s writing style is ah-mazing. I really, really loved this book. It’s amazing!

I seriously want more, because the ending was so perfect and so oirgarghergegwe I can’t even think about it without crying inside.

“TAUT: The Ford Book” is a captivating book that shows us Ford Aston’s heart. This book will make you laugh and cry as well. You will find yourself completely hooked with the characters, their stories and their attitudes. An unique book that every fan of New Adult can enjoy!

Rate: 5 stars out of 5

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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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Blog Tour: “Layers” by Sigal Ehrlich (Book review)

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Layers by Sigal Ehrlich
Publication date: October, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

According to Hayley love is a subject of ridicule, a myth created by hopeless romantics.

When Hayley makes a resolution to declare her loose lifestyle era R.I.P, it’s all good in theory…

That is until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected, mid-thirties business man who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships as well as his strict preserve of his private life.

Opinionated, sharp tongued Hayley accidently steps into his office leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed.

Both Hayley and Daniel can’t avoid the immediate instigation of the attraction between them.

In a unanimously agreed upon verdict by Hayley and her two best friends, Ian the gay self-absorb, aspiring model and Natasha the witty, borderline neurotic soul mate, Daniel Stark is to be Hayley’s pure physical attraction, emotions aside era closure.

Will it indeed be a closure, or a beginning to something neither Hayley nor Daniel ever bargained for…

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*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you, Sigal!*

When I read the blurb for “Layers”, I was really, really excited about it. I wanted to read it because Hayley sounded awesome. I love heroines that know how to stand up for themselves. So I signed up for the blog tour and received my copy. And started reading it.

Man, I SO loved “Layers”! It was pure awesomeness!! It’s that book that you know it’s not the best book you’ve read, but you still love it.

I read “Layers” in more than a week, which is crazy, because I loved the book. BUT life got in the way and I had school and rehearsals and you know, friends and boyfriend and everyone wanted my opinion about something. So I couldn’t read as much as I wanted to. I had only an hour available for reading, but my mind was often to the characters. I couldn’t wait to finish my day and be in bed and read more of Daniel and Hayley.

As I said, “Layers” isn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but I still loved it. It has something very captivating in it. Some kind of atmosphere that makes you want to read until you reach the last page. It’s very engaging and the author has a way of making the world around you disappeaar.

Hayley, you are awesome! Jee, she’s awesome! I loved her! Probably one of my favorite characters ever.  She’s one of those female characters with a badass attitude. She’s smart, she doesn’t care about what people think or say, she knows how to stand her ground, she knows what she wants and she fights for it. She’s ironic, mouthy and charming. Loved her.

Ian! Ian, my love, I am in love with you! But as a friend! Seriously, he’s cool, really cool. I loved him. I need a friend like him, because a friend like Ian can always lift you up. Such an amazing personality that he’s got!

Oh, and Tasha! She’s such an amazing friend! I’ve always wanted a friend like her! Yup, she’s very loyal and protective! J

This book got me from the beginning. Ever since I read the first word I knew I would have a great time reading it and I knew I was completely hooked. Hayley was partially the reason why I liked the books from the beginning: she’s very different as a character and I wanted to find out her story. When she met Daniel, I knew something was going to happen between them. They had an “insta-chemistry” between them and that chemistry made me want to read.

The scene in the kitchen is probably one of my favorite scenes ever. I loved the dialogue – it’s funny, flirty and cocky. I loved Hayley’s attitude: she stood her ground, didn’t get scared of the man that was trying to make her uncomfortable and she was very mouthy and flirty. Daniel was really cool, too. I could never guess who he actually was and why he was there. He was very flirty, charming and funny too, just like Hayley. There was a spark between them and I knew they are meant to be. It might sound crazy to talk this way about two characters, but yeah, you can see how connected I feel with the characters.

Speaking about this… a great thing about “Layers” is that you feel really connected with the characters, even from the beginning. As I said before, Hayley made me read this book. I felt really connected to her – like she was my best friend. On the other side, Daniel is a little bit more difficult to read and understand. He’s really mysterious. You can’t understand him easily.  But this makes the book even more interesting and captivating.

I have to recognize that sometimes the pace was a little bit too dragged and it bored me. But yeah, whenever I felt bored, Daniel would  make an appearance and everything would go back to being interesting.

Hayley and Daniel’s relationship was sweet and hot in the same time. They are like magnets. I loved them together. They are perfect for each other and I seriously think they are meant to be. You could cut their chemistry with a knife. Besides, I like the way Daniel treats Hayley. And their love was almost palpable. It didn’t even bother me when they confessed their love for each other after 50%.

There is a huge plot twist that made me love this book even more. And that ending? THAT ENDING?! THAT CLIFFHANGER?! UGH I AM SO ANGRY WITH THAT CLIFFHANGER! I want to read the sequel now! The book and the ending leaves you with so many questions  (well, maybe not so many. 3 or 4.) and you just want to read the sequel because you’re really attached to the characters and you want those answers and you want to know what happened with Hayley and Daniel. Ugh can I have the sequel like right now?!

The emotions are really well described. Especially near the end. The pain feels real. Loved this thing.

All in all, “Layers” was probably the best book I’ve read this year (read 3 so far!) . It has an atmosphere that keeps you hooked, a main character that will make you clap and a really nice love story that will make you sigh and smile. I loved the writing style and I desperately need to read the sequel! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Rate: 5 stars out of 5

About the author:

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By teen age, Sigal already lived in three different continents where she had the luck to experience and visit varied places, meet unique people, which only helped fuel her overly developed imagination. Currently, Sigal calls Estonia home where she lives with her husband and three kids.

Not exactly sure where they will end up next…

When she is not hiding in her office, writing, she enjoys music, reading and taking care of her little clan.

With a great believe in “don’t wait for things to happen – make them happen,” she enjoys anything exciting life has to offer.

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Blog Tour: “Undone” by R.E. Hunter (Book review)

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Title: Undone (Disclosure Series Book #1)

Author: R.E. Hunter

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Expected Release Date: January 6, 2014 

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Blurb:

 

Five years ago, Embry Jacobs ran…

She ran from a past that still hasn’t let her go, but her dream of becoming a lawyer is stronger than her fear of confronting that past. Embry’s sole focus is to get through law school—with the help of her best friend, Morgan—and make something of the broken girl she became. Not thinking about falling in love, being in a relationship or even entertaining the idea of romance, Embry is moving forward one day at a time.

Luke Brody is charming and sexy, and has a past of his own. He wants nothing more than to put his demons to rest and move on with his life. But, when Embry enters the picture, is he destined to repeat those same mistakes?

Blindsided by their instant attraction, neither Luke nor Embry are prepared for the feelings they’re developing. But will it all be for nothing?

Will they let their pasts destroy them, or will they risk everything to fight for their relationship when it all comes undone?

 

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Review:

*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

I was really, reallt excited when I heard about ‘Undone’ and when I started reading it. And yes, I have to admit that I liked it. A lot. But, of course, there were ups and downs I found at ‘Undone’. There were more ups then downs, don’t worry. Yes, I liked ‘Undone’, but I didn’t love it.

Let me start with the pros.

The thing I loved most about ‘Undone’ was R.E.’s writing-style. It just sucks you in and you are completely amazed by it and you wish you’d write like that. The writing-style is very coursive and this makes you feel like you are watching a movie.

The characters were well created, even though I didn’t like all of them. Morgan, for example. She was a little too insistent. On the other side, she was a good friend, always suporting Embry. By the way, I liked Embry. I liked her determination and her passion about becoming a lawyer. I felt sorry for her and for her past. Same thing applies for Luke. Speaking of him, he’s a very complex, mysterious and charismatic guy. Embry and Luke, though, fell of each other too fast for my liking, to be honest. This gave me a rushed feeling, to be honest. One of the things I did not like to this book is the way Embry and Luke fall for each other. Of course, you might like it, so don’t take this as a wrong thing. It might as well be me, not the book.

Oh, and Jack, he intrigued me. 😉

Another great thing that I liked about this book are the plot twists. The author knows how to surprise her readers. Exactly when you think that things are going in a way, BAM! The author gives you a plot twist! Great thing!

The story is well written and it’s obvious that the author thought about it and created before she started writing it. There are no missed details or details that would give you the impression that the story is a fictional world. Nope. Everything feels real about this book.

Now, to the cons.

It took me some time to get into the story and be captivated by it. I was a little bored in the beginning, because it felt like nothing special was going to happen.

I found some clichees that annoyed me. Even though there are a lot of plot twists, there are clichees as well. And these clichees make the book a little bit boring at times.

Like I said, Luke and Embry feel too fast for each other and they moved to fast.

Overall, ‘Undone’ was a great book, but I can’t call it brilliant. It was great. And yes, I do recommend it. You might as well find your next favorite book in ‘Undone’. J

Rate: 3 stars out of 5

 

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About the author:

R.E. Hunter is a native New Yorker and lives on Long Island with her husband and their monster kitty. She works as an attorney by day and writes whenever she can. As an avid reader and writer, she’s excited to be on this crazy journey publishing her debut novel, Undone, this November. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her somewhere near a beach. She loves traveling, road trips, concerts, photography and good wine. 

 

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Blog Tour: “Merch Girl” by Rebecca Lewis

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Seventeen-year-old Lacey Kind doesn’t have the guts to talk to cute boys, isn’t a size two, and would rather stay home and listen to music than go to a party. But in the summer before her first year of college, she ends up thousands of miles away from home, in the back of a tour bus, underneath the half-naked body of the hottest teen rock star in the country.

When Lacey and her best friend Trina sneak into a Boston nightclub to see their favorite band, they not only get to watch their rock gods perform for the first time, but score a chance to meet the band too. Lacey’s heart races as she comes face-to-face with her idol, nineteen-year-old lead singer, Logan Shire.

The girls charm their way into being hired to sell merchandise on Lansdowne’s first summer tour. As “merch girls” Lacey and Trina quickly find themselves transported from their ordinary, suburban life to an exhilarating few months on the road. But they soon realize that life on the road isn’t always a smooth ride…

Review:

*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour and for my honest review. Thank you!*

I was really ecited about this book, but, unfortunately, it disappointed me. I expected so many tings from “Merch girl, but I didn’t get too much from it.

First of all, “Merch girl” felt like a fan fic. While I was reading it, I had the impression that I was reading a fan fic. I didn’t like this at all, because I don’t like fan fics and when I am opening a book, I am expecting to read a book, not a fan fic.

The book was really rushed and childish sometimes. Everything was rushed (the plot, the action, the dialogues) and somehow ireal. I mean, seriously, the beeting between the girls and the band was really shallow and I didn’t like it at all. Seriously now, they meet the girls, they talked a little and then they invited them on the tour. I am positive that it’s not so easy to take someone on a tour with you. And the thing between Trina and Griffin was again rushed and I didn’t like it. They meet and they fall in love with each other. This thing so annoyed me.

The main characters, Lacey and Trina, were really childish and immature for their ages. They don’t have anything special. All they do is talking about boys, following them, getting angry because of stupid things, making stupid expectations about the boys and daydreaming. The way they talk was so immature and the dialogues between them involved only boys and relationships.

Generally, all the characters don’t have anything remarkable. They were just written, not portated. I didn’t like their motivation or reasoning.

The intrigue isn’t something special either. It’s rather boring than captivating. Even when the author tried to surprise was with something intriguing or something that will captivate you, it was rushed and shallow and it didn’t captivate me.

The story could’ve been if there weren’t so many cliches. It also felt weak.

I seriously feel like I wasted my time. And I am so sorry, because I so wanted to love this book. I appreciate the author, though. I appreciate her courage and her determination. Rebecca, you have a huge talent! Don’t ever give up on writing, because you’ve got talent and you could be an amazing author!!

If you’re a fan of fan fics or boy bands and you’re looking for an easy love story that won’t take you too much time, then read “Merch girl”. You might like it more then I did.

Rate: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Blog Tour: “Sweet Forty-Two’ by Andrea Randall (Book Review)

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Synopsis:
Regan Kane arrived in San Diego with nothing but a violin, his car and what feels like a lifetime of grief. Although he’s surrounded by friends and music, one delivery from the post office reminds him that the past is always just around the corner. When he befriends a local bartender, Regan wonders if letting go is what he wants to do at all. 
 
Georgia Hall has spent most of her life in the shadows of her mother’s mental illness. Pushing away those around her ensures they won’t get hurt when she succumbs to the same fate.
 
All of that unravels when she meets Regan. As her life spins out of control and the line between reality and fairytale blurs, she has to make a choice to trust or fall.
 
Regan and Georgia are searching for healing among the wreckage. Will doing so together make moving on all the more sweet?
 
Or will the secrets and darkness of the past drive them apart?
 
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Review:

*I was provided with a copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

I’ve previously read another book written by Andrea Randall,“Nocturne”, and I loved it! Of course, ‘Nocturne’ is written by both Andrea Randall and Charles Sheehan-Miles so I didn’t exactly a lot about Andrea’s writing. I just knew that I loved her book and I wanted to read something else.

I t was a true pleasure to read ‘Sweet Forty-Two’! It’s a book that showed me Andrea’s skill in writing and her amazing writing style. I am sure this won’t be the last book written by Andrea that I will read! J

Let me tell you first, that I haven’t read the first two books in the ‘November Blue’ series, but I understood perfectly this book. Andrea explains everything that we need to know about the characters and their stories in an unique way, either by showing or telling.

The best thing I found in this book is the way Andrea described the feelings and made us understand them. Regan’s feelings were real and very overwhelming. This is probably the first time when I understand the feelings and feel them very well. Both Regan’s and Georgia’s feelings are well described and they reach your heart.

Speaking about Regan and Georgia… they are awesome characters! Regan reminded me f David Garrett (in fact, I think the author had David’s image in her head when he created Regan). He’s very charming, mysterious and a great violonist, as you can see. Georgia is… well, she’s raw, as Regan always says! She always says what she really thinks and doesn’t filter her thoughts. She’s an interesting character and also very complex! She can be tough, but yet caring and gentle. I loved how she cared about her mother. I loved how she always baked, how she always thought about Regan. She is probably my favorite character in this book. I adores her POVs!

Now, Regan and Georgia. My favorite scenes were the ones between them. There’s an undeniable chemistry between them and a spark that shines stronger then fireworks. The flirt between them is both funny and sexy. They are both smart and they know how to flirt and how to banter. But there are also meaningful scenes between them, scenes that made this book a lot better! I am really glad they found their ways with each other.

Andrea’s writing is beautiful, sometims poetic, and always romantic. There’s something in her writing book that screams ‘Bestseller!’. She’s got some serious skill!! She knows when and how to use metaphors, she knows how to be funny and flirty. She also knows how to create her characters! Every character in this book was well created and had a strong personality.

Also, the way she describes the actions and the scenes makes them very real. Sometimes I felt like I was watching a movie. You can imagine everything very clearly in your head and I personally think this is a great thing!

Even if Rae wasn’t a living character and she wasn’t directly present in the book, I liked her. We get to know her personality and understand her character very well.

I also liked Georgia’s mom. She was such a clever, gentle woman! She was one of my favorite characters as well!

But… I didn’t exactly like Ember. She was a little too pretentious and the way she treated Georgia without knowing her was something that made me think this about her.

There are some big truths in this book! You will find some beautiful quotes about life, love, friendship and feelings. One of the reasons why I liked this book is because of the quotes.

Andrea shows, but also keeps some things from us in order to keep our interest awake.I was really curious to find some things about the characters and this made me turn the page more eagerly.

The dialogues are very entertaining and felt very real. Great thing!

There were some scenes that felt too dragged and bored me. Sometimes I had to put the book down, relax a little and then read again, because I was really bored.

The love story between Regan and Georgia is really beautiful. They are first friends and then, after they’ve won each other’s trust and they learned how to show their feelings, they became lovers. I loved that there isn’t any sex scene in this book! NA books without sex are really different and refreshing.

Overall, ‘Sweet Forty-Two’ is an amazing book! By the way, Georgia made me eat some cupcakes. 😀

I definitely recommend this book. It’s a bautiful love story, a book about coping with your feelings and about moving on. You will find scenes of all kinds that will make you laugh, cry or swoon a little. Definitely recommended!

Rate: 4.5 stars out of 5

About the author:

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Andrea is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University and does not currently use her degree in Development Sociology. She does, however, use her people skills and love for writing every day. She and her partner, Charles Sheehan-Miles, live and write together in Massachusetts.

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Review: “Keep you from harm” by Debra Doxer

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Blurb:

Secrets…

They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.

Review:

*I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange of my honest review. Thank you!*

I was very excited about ‘Keep you from harm’ when I found out about it. The cover is really, really interesting and I loved it from the very first moment when I saw it. And the synopsis was really intriguing, so I immediately wanted to read it.

Well… ‘Keep you from harm’ wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. It disappointed me in some ways and surprised me in other ways. There are good things about this book, as well as bad things. Things that made me smile and things that made me roll my eyes.

It was really hard for me to get into this book and to connect with the characters. In the beginning, the pace of this book is really slow, and the situation doesn’t change until near the end. I felt like the book was to dragged. There wasn’t something that could keep me reading and, because I didn’t connect with the characters very well, I had to put down the book many times. I don’t know, it might be just me, but ‘Keep you from harm’ didn’t captivate me very much.

Apart from being dragged, as I said, I couldn’t connect with the characters. This is another thing that didn’t attract me at ‘Keep you from harm’. Although very well portrated, I wasn’t connected to the characters. I didn’t feel any ‘pull’ toward them and I wasn’t really curious about what will happen next to them. But, again, this might be just me. You might find new favorite characters here, so if you want to read this book, don’t let my review stop you.

As I said, the characters are well created and portrated. Judging them with my ‘critical eye’, Debra excelled in creating her characters.

Sometimes I felt like I would never finish this book. It took me almost 2 weeks to read it, which is a lot for me.

There are some plot holes. I felt like the story didn’t have a strong enough background. It was like it wasn’t thought ahead. There were also things that were a little weird and didn’t fit exactly right in the story.

On the other side, I liked the writing style. It was really interesting. Plus, I liked the way Debra described things. It helped me imagine places and people in my head. Also, the author has an amazing skill to bring you in her world sometimes. I have to admit, there were times when I was kind of ‘leaving’ my world while reading ‘Keep you from harm’.

I think the story has a lot of potential. I really liked it- it’s interesting and refreshing. There were things I didn’t like, but there were also things I adored.Like Raielle’s way of solving problems, or Lucas’ story or their scenes together. Oh, and Raielle’s name is super interesting!

The fantasy part of this book is original and I liked when the author would give us details about it. J

Overall, I enjoyed ‘Keep you from harm’ even though not as much as I expected it to enjoy. It’s a nice fantasy story, with its ups and downs. I recommend it though. You might love it. J

Rate: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Blog Tour: “Attempting Elizabeth” by Jessica Grey (Book review)

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Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey
Publication date: January 24th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis:

Kelsey Edmundson is a geek and proud of it. She makes no secret of her love for TV, movies, and, most especially, books. After a bad breakup, she retreats into her favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice, wishing she had some of the wit and spirit of Elizabeth Bennett.

One night at a party Kelsey meets handsome Australian bartender Mark Barnes. From then on, she always seems to run into him when she least expects it. No matter how Kelsey tries, she always seems to say the wrong thing.

After a particularly gaffe-filled evening around Mark, Kelsey is in desperate need of inspiration from Jane Austen. She falls asleep reading Darcy’s letter to Lizzy and awakens to find herself in an unfamiliar place that looks and sounds suspiciously like her favorite book. Has she somehow been transported into Pride and Prejudice, or is it just a dream?

As Kelsey tries to discover what’s happening to her, she must also discover her own heart. Is Mark Barnes destined to be her Mr. Darcy? In the end, she must decide whether attempting to become Elizabeth is worth the risk or if being Kelsey Edmundson is enough.

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*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

When I read the synopsis for ‘Attempting Elizabeth’, I was super excited about it. I’ve read a book about a girl that jumped into a novel a year ago and I totally loved it, so I was eager to read something similar. Plus, the cover was really funny and the synopsis promising.

“Attempting Elizabeth” didn’t disappoint me. It was as good as as fun as I expected it. I had a great time reading it and I will remember it for a long time. It put a big smile on my face. J

To be honest, until I started reading the book I’ve forgot part of the synopsis. So when we find Kelsey in “Pride and Prejudice” I was pretty surprised and the surprise was good. Such a great plot twist! Now don’t tell me that you’ve never imagined yourself as your favorite character, because I won’t believe it. When I was a child, I imagined myself as Bella Swan a thousand times.  So Kelsey’s craziness about Elizabeth Bennett wasn’t exactly craziness, if you understand what I mean.

The plot is suuuper original and unique! Not only because of the jumping-into-another-novel thing, but because of the way Kels and Mark’s relationship develop. A great thing about this novel is that the main character don’t jump into a relationship without knowing each other. And if I remember correctly, it was past 50% when they kissed and I so appreciated this thing. I am sick of NA books where the main character hook right after they meet.

Kels is so weird around Mark that it made me laugh. But he is as weird as she is around her, so they were perfect for each other. I liked their conversations: they were smart, funny,substantial and flirty. This book has great dialogues, the kind that aren’t shallow.

Even though the plot is very captivating, there were times when I felt like the action was a little dragged and it bored me. Most of the time I was reading like a maniac, trying to see what will happen next with Kels, but sometimes I was, like I said, a little bored.

Kelsey was insane. Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand her need of seeing what is like to be in her favorite character’s skin, but she was insane. Seriously, who would’ve jumped in a novel without having the security that they will come back? I wouldn’t have done it, to be honest. There was a great possibility that she didn’t come back. She also annoyed me a little with tat obsession of hers for Mr. Darcy. Kels, you have a hotter guy than Darcy waiting for you and you are wasting your time on something false?

The writing style is sooo awesome! I loved it! It’s cursive, funny sometimes, dramatic other times, and beautiful. It’s the kind of writing style I like. Also, Jessica is a hell of an author. Her imagination is endless. She did a great job creating her world and, as I said, her writing style is ah-mazing!

Mark’s character wasn’t that great portrated. Yes, I understood that he is good looking, but his personality is a little unknown to me. I don’t really know what he is like, except of smart and funny. I would’ve liked to get to know him better. I felt like the author focuses more on his looks than on his personality.

The atmosphere was soooooooo awesome! It was something between old and modern – Price and Prejudice + Attempting Elizabeth. All the scenes from ‘Price and Prejudice’ made me want to read the book again. I’ve read it when I was a child, so I don’t remember much of it. But I will as sure read it soon, thanks to Jessica. Btw, it’s obviously that she is a huge fan of this book.  😉

Overall, ‘Attempting Elizabeth’ is a beautiful love story that made me smile. I really recommend it to every fan of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and of love stories will love it. J

Rate: 4 stars out of 5

About the author:

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Jessica Grey is an author, fairytale believer, baseball lover, and recovering Star Wars fangirl. A life-long Californian, she now lives in Montana with her husband and two children where she spends her time writing, perfecting the fine art of preschooler-wrangling, and drinking way too much caffeine.
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Blog Tour: “Chasing Nikki” by Lacey Weatherford (Book Review)

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Book Info-

Title: Chasing Nikki

Series: Chasing Nikki Series #1

By: Lacey Weatherford

Publication Date: February 29th, 2012 by Moonstruck Media

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Blurb-

Chase Walker used to be a good kid—charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t notice time slipping away until he’s arrested for underage drinking one night.

 

Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase’s mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won’t give football players like him the time of day.

 

Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face—she’s a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki’s life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she’s taught him? Will it be enough?

 

Links-

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13478558-chasing-nikki

Amazon Kindle- http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Nikki-Chase-Walker-ebook/dp/B007EH3CP2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1371162764&sr=1-2

Amazon Paperback- http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Nikki-Lacey-Weatherford/dp/1468112422/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371162764&sr=1-2

Barnes & Noble- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-nikki-lacey-weatherford/1109154801?ean=9781468112429

Kobo- http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Chasing-Nikki/book-OOheRt1A_0ynHTpDWOSgfw/page1.html

Smashwords- http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/136973

Review:

*I was provided with a free copy of this book for the blog tour. Thank you!*

I wanted to read one of Lacey’s books for a long time. Every blogger was talking about her books and some of my friends recommended them to me. So, of course I was curious.

Well… ‘Chasing Nikki’ wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. There are pros and cons and there are things that made me smile and others that made me rolled my eyes.

‘Chasing Nikki’ is a really nice book and story. Altough the story has some clichees, I really liked it. It captivates you and it gives you some feels. I’ve read all those reviews about how heartbreaking this story is, but I didn’t find it as heartbreaking as everyone says. I found it a beautiful, easy and captivating love story. And yes, it made me a little sad, but not as much as I expected. I think I wasn’t attached enough to the characters.

The scene when Chase and Nikki meet reminded me of the scene when Edward and Bella from Twilight met. It’s very simillar and there’s a reply, ‘Don’t waste your time’ I think, that we can find in both Twilight and ‘Casing Nikki’.

There are parts when the pace is a little rushed. Chase and Nikki’s relationship seemed a little rushed in my opinion. I think the moved too fast. Even though they were together for only a week, Chase was speaking with such big words for her that it was a little weird.

I loved the writing style. It was deep and elegant and perfect.  It was funny and rushed in a good way. It was exactly the way I like it.

Chase is such a nice guy! Even though he is in trouble, I totally understanded why and I was really glad he could cope with his grief.

Nikki.. she was nice as well. I think they fit great together. The end? Totally unexpected it. I was mad. I couldn’t believe what I read. I was really mad.But not heartbroken as I expected to be.

I so freaking hated Brittany. Such.a.bitch. UGH I can’t believe what Chase did in the end! OMG I haaaate her!I didn’t like her from the beginning. I think she was a brat and whore. There. I said it.

The atmosphere in this book? I loved it. The whole farm/school/friends/girlfriend thing gave a special atmosphere to this book and I loved it. If you enjoy a book about high school students and troubled teenagers, then you will definitely enjoy ‘Chasing Nikki’.

This is a book about finding your true self and coping with your grief. Every reader that enjoys easy, yet meaningful reads will enjoy it.  It’s a sweet,adorable love story with a shocking end. I have to say that even though somethings bothered me at this book, it was a really nice read. So yes, I recommend it!

Rate: 3.5 stars out of 5

 

Book Info-

Title- Finding Chase

Series- Chasing Nikki # 2

By- Lacey Weatherford

Finding Chase

 

Blurb-

Life hasn’t been easy for Chase Walker. He’s experienced tragedy, and at times he’s not sure he wants to continue living. But he made a vow to go on with his life, and he intends to keep it.

 

After getting a college scholarship to play football, Chase heads off to school, hoping his time on the field will help to bury the intense emotions that still linger in his heart. Fate doesn’t work that way though, and he soon finds himself having to face all the things he’s carrying inside, or he may miss the one shot he has to learn how to love again.

 

Links-

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13554390-finding-chase

Amazon Paperback- http://www.amazon.com/dp/1481124021/ref=rdr_ext_tmb#

Smashwords-http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/262614

Barnes & Noble- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finding-chase-lacey-weatherford/1113911214?ean=9781481124027

About the author:

Lacey Weatherford

 

Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.

 

It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first “big” book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.

 

Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.

 

When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.

 

Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!

 

Author Links-

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3297510.Lacey_Weatherford

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lacey-Weatherford-Author/294193747306212?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter- https://twitter.com/LMWeatherford

Website- http://www.laceyweatherfordbooks.com

Amazon Author Page- http://www.amazon.com/Lacey-Weatherford/e/B0033DCQBC

 

 

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