Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: The Border @TheSteveSchafer

TITLE: The Border
AUTHOR: Steve Schafer
RELEASE DATE: September 5th 2017
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


One moment changed their lives forever.
A band plays, glasses clink, and four teens sneak into the Mexican desert, the hum of celebration receding behind them.
Crack. Crack. Crack.
Not fireworks―gunshots. The music stops. And Pato, Arbo, Marcos, and Gladys are powerless as the lives they once knew are taken from them.
Then they are seen by the gunmen. They run. Except they have nowhere to go. The narcos responsible for their families' murders have put out a reward for the teens' capture. Staying in Mexico is certain death, but attempting to cross the border through an unforgiving desert may be as deadly as the secrets they are trying to escape...

Steve Schafer has a Masters in International Studies from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Wharton. He grew up in Houston and has since had the privilege to live, work, volunteer, and travel internationally. The bulk of this experience has been in Latin America. His debut novel, The Border, was acquired by Sourcebooks Fire imprint and will be released September 5th, 2017. Steve lives near Philadelphia with his wife and two kids. 


It's crazy how your whole world can change in one second. One minute you are enjoying your cousin's Quinceañera and then, bang, bang bang... life as you knew it, is gone. Pato, Arbo, Marcos and Gladys are the only survivors of a mass murder carried out by narcos. Now, their only chance of staying alive is crossing the border.  But running from narcos can be as hard and dangerous as crossing to the States.

I have to give a standing ovation to the author not only did he picked a current and sensitive topic but also he wrote a masterpiece that captures what millions of people live every day trying to escape towards a better life. The journey to the other side is the scenario to witness the worst sides of humanity and life in extreme conditions, full with dangers and risks. We see how their will is tested and their survival instinct taking the lead.

The four teenagers are amazing characters. It's easy to love all of them and they are complex and real. We understand their fears and hopes and through them explore so many emotions that you end the book feeling a little emotionally tired.

The book is written with a YA audience in mind but I think all readers will enjoy it. The writing is excellent and the story has no flaws. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: Flux @DTDyllin

SERIES: Starblind #3
AUTHOR: D.T. Dyllin
RELEASE DATE: July 18th 2017
PUBLISHER: Tik Tok Press
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Taken captive, experimented on, and rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter … all things Zula, The Pittsburgh’s second-in command, didn’t have on her to-do list. She isn’t worried though. After all, as a Galvraron, she has her superior logic to rely on. At least she did …

Suddenly Zula finds her cognitive skills compromised by a device that puts her emotions in control, turning her entire world upside down. Add in the fact that she’s forced to spend time with a man from her past, and soon Zula finds herself wondering: How does one fight adversaries such as love and lust? And does she really want to?

D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance. 

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.


Sometimes being the smartest person in a room is not the easiest thing in the world. And being part of a species who only focus on logical thinking and believes emotions are signs of a lower step in the evolution chain, it's not easy to be Zula. We saw her being "taken" by a mysterious character and now we know what happened to her.

Zula is brought to her past and family and we discover along with the part her species is taking in the war-conflict taking form in the universe. We meet an awful and cruel character. The surprises are mind-blowing and of course, there is romance and sexual tension.

If you are familiar with D.T. Dyllin's work you know you can expect sex in the story, this one is not the exception. As usual, it is added in the best moments and it helps the continuity of the story.

This one is another great addition to the series. I can not wait to read what's next.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: PaperlessPost @paperlesspost

Hello everyone.... today I bring a different kind of review. A few weeks ago I was contacted by Anagram Interactive with an offer to try Paperless Post. After visiting the site a few times and checking all the different type of offers they have I came out with this review.
I will tell you a bit more about the site but I can tell you from now that you have to visit it. 

Paperless Post is this amazing page where you can design and create beautiful invitations, cards, and more. In our times where everyone carries a smartphone and/or a computer, it's easier to send a digital message when we want to invite someone to a party or congratulate them in their special days. But Paperless Post offers you the chance to do this but creating a more personal, colorful and creative card that you can send via email or sometimes you can get it printed.

The page has cards for all occasions. Imagine a special date and Paperless Post has a card for you.
Really, imagine a date and you get a card. I was amazed by the variety of holidays and special events that you can find.


I have to talk about this... That's right the site even has a space for DESIGNER COLLECTIONS... Here you will find designs created by people like OSCAR DE LA RENTA, VERA WANG and so much more.

SO how does it works?
Well, first things first go to the page and register. You get some free coins when you do that and you can start to visit the site.  Now, you are wondering what coins are???
Well, to start customizing a card you need coins and then more if you want to personalize things like background, envelope and more you need coins. But don't worry it's not expensive at all. For example, you get 20 coins for  $6.00 and you can create a card for only 2 coins.
Trust me is worth your money.

After you are done you write all the people you want to send the card: you add their names and emails and that's it just hit SEND.

NOW, pay attention one feature I find really outstanding is that the site offers the possibility of getting a reply from your recipients. Whether is a confirmation of attendance to a party or a message giving thanks. 


Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: Parallax @DTDyllin

TITLE: Parallax
SERIES: Starblind #2
AUTHOR: D.T. Dyllin
RELEASE DATE: April 25th 2017
PUBLISHER: Tik Tok Press
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Tamzea, a Mazatimz healer, found a home as part of the crew on the starship The Pittsburgh. But when a part of her past crashes into her present, she’s forced to face the uncertainty of her future. 
Dragged back to a place Tamzea had hoped to leave in her worst nightmares, she discovers Eron, a man she thought dead. Determined to save each other, Tamzea and Eron must find a way to work together, despite their torrid past. With partial truths, and political games, will Tamzea be able to fix Eron, or is he too broken for even her to heal? 

 Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance. 

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.


The Pittsburgh has the coolest captain, who we meet in book one but now it´s the turn of one of her crew members. Tamzea was born to heal, it´s in her species nature and is who she is. When her past comes and drags her back in, she has to face the man she once loved.

Tamzea and Eron´s relationship is full of emotions, there is tension all over the place because he is not the same and his soul is really tormented. Tamzea will have to ask herself if loving someone is enough to help them heal. I love their evolution and interaction.

AS all D.T. Dyllin´s books there are sex scenes, always brought up in the best moments. Sometimes is rush and messy and others, it´s sweet and tender. What´s important is that is not just sex, it´s how the characters show some emotions that cannot express any other way. 

The book is a perfect sci-fi romance, and all the elements are covered. I really liked it and recommended it.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Review: The Ten Year Reunion @TS_Krupa

TITLE: The Ten Year Reunion
AUTHOR: T.S. Krupa
RELEASE DATE: May 10th 2016
PUBLISHER: Avalon Haddam Press
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy


Ten years ago, Danielle ‘Dani’ Jackson graduated from Coastal State University in Wilmington, North Carolina and left her heartache behind—for what she thought was forever. Now a promising pediatric surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital she has been invited back for her college reunion.
With encouragement from her best friend, Dani begrudgingly returns to face her past–the death of her friend and a broken heart from Jake Dillon, her first love. During her trip she revisits the four years she spent at CSU. By applying to CSU she defied her father and the ‘perfect’ plan he had laid out for her, which included attending an Ivy League school before medical school, but Dani had other plans. She traded in her father’s dream for an institution with sandy beaches, soccer, and one that made her feel at home. Dani never questioned her decision—she knew she was right, but she didn’t know was how hard growing up was going to be. 
At the reunion weekend she reconnects with her friends Adeline ‘Addie’ Smith and Colleen ‘Callie’ Schumaker. The girls met freshman year due to Addie’s persistence and quickly became inseparable, but after graduation they started to drift apart. The weekend is further complicated when Jake shows up. Together they all realize that life has been hard on everyone and no one’s life has been perfect. The reunion gives them the time to deal with the past and an opportunity for a second chance—for each of them. 


T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, CT. She was raised in a blended Polish-American household. She has one younger sister who currently lives abroad with her husband and daughter. T.S. Krupa earned her Bachelor's degree at Franklin Pierce University, Master's at Texas Tech University and will earn her Doctorate of Education from North Carolina State University in 2014. She played field hockey at Franklin Pierce University for four years and is in her sixth year of coaching a local club team. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and dog.

Sometimes the past is not a place where we want to go back. Danielle Jackson left college ten years ago and has no wish of going back anytime soon. However, an invitation and her tornado of a friend will take her to the Ten Year Reunion. Since she sets a foot on College´s ground all the feelings and emotions come rushing at her and maybe this time she can let go all the pain.

With a flashback to her college years, we travel through her four-year experience and live with her all that comes with it, the friendship, the stress, the figuring out what´s next, the drinking, the fun and no so funny moments, and of course: love. Even if you have never been in college you can relate with her because early adulthood is something we all have been through, figuring out what to do with your life and discovering the real world.

I really liked Dani, she is a solid and human character. She evolves and grows up naturally and you can relate to her. Her friends are amazing, each one of them is unique and they are a funny group. It´s easy to picture the scenes almost like watching a movie thanks to the descriptions and dialogues.

This book has all kind of moments, happy and sad, funny and stressful, it´s simply a lovely life story. It´s excellent written and it´s easy to get lost in the reading. The author wrote an engaging and beautiful book.

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