Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Life with Snoopy - Review

Sometimes reality is bigger than anything you can imagine and the love an animal can give you is beyond words. A dog lover myself I have to read this book so when the author asked me to review it I said YES without thinking. 
Something incredible happened while reading this book. Almost two weeks ago (October 15th) I rescued a dog from a box that someone throw on the street. Just two days before starting reading this book I added a new member to my family.

On my way to work I spotted a wooden box on a land where there are no houses, I don't know why I decided to go closer. What I saw left me speachless, there were 7 puppies there. How can someone do that? I asked my sister for help and we rescued them. We gave up 6 of them to adoption because I already have 6 dogs but Nessie was so beautiful that I had to adopt her. So now I own 7 dogs :) I know it's crazy but I have a big house with a huge backyard and my family loves dogs.

My Life with Snoopy: How One Shelter Dog's Love Changed a Man's Life and Other Tails of Adventure 
by Joey Camen

My Life with Snoopy: How One Shelter Dog's Love Changed a Man's Life and Other Tails of Adventure
An exciting, tail wagging story about the relationship between Snoopy the shelter dog, and his human friend, comedian Joey Camen. 

Comedy and calamity ensue with various dogs, cats, and colorful characters you’ll meet throughout Snoopy and Joey’s thirteen year friendship. 

Snoopy, the best-looking Sheltie-mix ever to come out of the Burbank Animal Shelter redeems Joey’s distrust of dogs from a boyhood incident in Detroit and brings immense joy to his life. 

Animal lovers will laugh and shed a few tears, as they enjoy this unique and entertaining perspective on the dog-human connection.





My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Life can be changed by the simple act of adopting someone. For those who love animals, and especially dogs, they aren’t simple pets. Dogs are part of our lives, giving us unconditional love and being with us through our hardest and happiest moments. My life with Snoopy is the story of a man and how a dog made him whole again.

Biographies or memoirs are usually just a retelling of someone’s life but somehow Joey Camen achieves to create a book that is more than that. Sharing his love for Snoopy we get to see the life of an incredible and beautiful dog.

Something I loved about this book is the writing style used by the author. With simple language and informal style you get to feel like you were part of a conversation. Joey shares the most important moments of Snoopy’s life without being over-sentimental or shallow. With short chapters and concrete information we learn about a relationship that changed both man and dog.

This is a great example of why you have to adopt animals from refuges or the street. I know from personal experiences that the race doesn’t make any dog better or worse than other. The love you received for a being who knows has been rescued by you is indescribable.

Another good thing about this book is how the author shares his opinion about vaccines, feeding, vets and euthanasia. Without trying to impose an ideology on how to raise someone’s pet this is a statement of why he thought it was better to act certain way. It also a good source of information about subjects you might don’t know about.

Overall, this is an excellent choice for dog and animal lovers. An excellently written book. An entertaining, funny, loving and enjoyable story that will make you laugh and cry.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Copout - Review

Hello and welcome to a new review. I got a copy of this book thanks to the author who send me one.
I hope you are having a great time :)
by Bart Cline

CopoutIf a man’s dreams are better than life, then what is the incentive to wake up?

Donovan Stone, police detective, aficionado of classic films, and widower, is such a man. Fired from the force after a violent incident, Donovan’s life could be considered no more successful or happy than a train wreck. His only hope is the affection of a woman, who also happens to be his best friend. 
But each night he finds solace in his dreams, where he can enjoy the good things that life denies him. There he’s successful, happy, and free, until Donovan’s world of dreams crosses over into his reality with deadly consequences. He must fight his way back from the brink of oblivion – but does he really want to? 

Dreams, classic movie genres, and reality meet in a dangerous cocktail.





Rating: 3.5 /5

Donovan Stone is a police officer who after a violent attack is fired from the force. Now unemployed he has to find a way to catch the people behind the violence and prevent a new attack. While his friend Jessica tells him to move forward and find a new job, his dreams will show him the life he doesn’t have.

Copout is a story about how dreams can be an escape for a reality we don’t like. It shows how the answers can be clearer once we are asleep and how reality and imagination can collapse with serious consequences.

Is a book with some original aspects, for example I love the fact that it has two types of narration. When Donovan is asleep and dreaming we read from his point of view, first person, but when we are reading about the “reality” the author chose to write in second person. He refers to the character as "you" and he seems to narrate the story to him instead of us. I really like this aspect because it was different and really enjoyable.

Another good thing is how reality and dreams take turns, you have a chapter for one and then a chapter for the other. The dreams could be read as stories on their own, each one is different and they take aspect of Donovan’s life to create a new world.

However, I would have like to see more action in the real world, you have your doses in dreamland but it's not the same. And the "romance" seems kind of forced. Maybe because romance is no the main point of the story but for what you can see in his subconscious, love is the fuel to his actions.

The story has medium doses of action, a solid plot, good writing and a light romance. It also has touches of fantasy that could have been more developed.

If you feel like reading something with a fresh touch and a bit of action, you should read this one.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Real - Review

Celebrating the Spanish release of REAL by Katy Evans I decided to share with you my thoughts about this book. I can't wait to read this fantastic book in my first language.

Let me tell you that I was surprised about how good it was. I had it on my kindle app and I don't know why I decided to read it a week ago. It only took me 2 days to fall in love with Remy and Brooke and below you can discover why.

Real (Real #1) 
by Katy Evans
Real (Real, Raw & Ripped, #1)

A fallen boxer.
A woman with a broken dream.
A competition…

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting…
Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life.
He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . .
But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me.
I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations.
If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

Mature New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance - recommended for ages 18 and up.





My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love can be a destructive force but also can be the thing we need to feel complete. Sometimes all it takes is a song! Real is a fast, intense and exciting story about how love can be the answer we didn’t know we were looking for.

After a quick encounter during an underground fight, the paths of Brooke and Remington will unite and become one. She is dragged to his world as her therapist but the attraction will be unbearable. Sustain the professionalism will be almost impossible for Brooke when she starts to succumb to her most primal instincts.

Set in a world of luxury, parties, underground fighters, fans, personal secrets and broken dreams this is a story about accepting the cards that life gives us. Brooke trained all her life for something that was taken away by her own body. After accepting and taking a new path she meets this sexy and mysterious man. A fighter who is every woman’s fantasy, the one night stand all of them want, a man with more layers than you can see.

This love story (if you want to call it that way) is really intense to say the least. Between them exist an undeniable physical attraction but somehow Remy tries to act against it. I love how Brooke is the one pushing all the time. Is great to read about a young woman who is not afraid of saying that she wants a man in a sexual way and this is one of the strongest pillars of the book. She is not a kid and she knows what she needs from him and I think her thoughts and attitudes are amazing.

I’m in love with Remy but not because his sex appeal, his alpha male attitude, his excellent music taste, his bed performance or his vulnerable side. All of this makes him a great match but what I love is how real he sounds. The author made an EXCELLENT job giving him life, creating a personality that is not only real but also complete. Without giving anything away, I can say that is hard to capture and transmit some of his “characteristics” making them sound authentic because even in real life there are topics we don’t fully understand.

Another great thing is how the author uses songs to narrate the story. If you are a music fan, like me, you will find this extremely enjoyable. Iris has been one of my favorite songs since I heard it (6 or 7 years ago) and just by naming it the book got 5 stars in my ranking.

The writing is excellent, the passing is natural and fast, the characters are tridimensional and the sex scenes would explode any thermometer.

There are so many things I could say about this book but I will leave it up to you to discover why some readers are loving this book.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lightpoints - Review

Hello! Monday again and here we are with a new review. I got a copy of the book from the author, who send me a paperback a while ago. You can read my review below. :)
by Peter Kassan
What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense-and powers-that almost no one else in the world did? 
When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. 
She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they're the happiest they've been. 
But not for long. All over the world, people who've been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them-some for good and some for evil. 
When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows-and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.



My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After experiencing a near-death experience (NDE) Amanda can sense people's energies. Now, she doesn’t feel like herself anymore, life seems different as well as everyone around her. After meeting with a support group she meets Lisa and somehow she starts to feel back on her track.

This book has a mix of topics, being NDE the first one and the different consequences it may have on people. Also I think is a book about the kind of person we can be if we were given an extraordinary ability. So you could say that is a book a story about good and evil somehow.

The book intercalates Amanda’s story and a few others too. This is great because we get to see what other around the world do with the same ability as her.

The author writes with simple words, the explanations are easy to understand and the descriptions are good enough to let us picture the world as the characters see it.

Amanda and Chris are nice characters, I think you can get to know who they are and also we can learn thing from their past (at least how they met). However, I didn’t like some of the choices they made but mainly because the arguments for them were not valid. And besides Chris seems younger than her even though he is not.

After reading the blurb I was expecting more action. I kept turning the pages, waiting for the paths of Amanda and dangerous people came to a common point but it came to late for me. The book lacks of more action; I would have enjoyed more danger or more encounters with risky situations.

Overall, Lightpoints is a fast book because is easy to read and quite engaging. If you like this topic you should give it a go.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Quest of the King - Review

As I said before, I got a copy of the first two books in the series by the publisher. Thank you so much for sending them :)
You can read my review for book one: HERE.
Quest of the King (Ancient Kings #2)
by V.J.O. Gardner  
Quest of the King The second book in the Ancient Kings series: Quest of the King is set in medieval times and dives deep into the fantasy realm. With intrigue and plot twists, the story flows with ease, you will never felt like you missed something, and it will hard to put down.

The story deals with love and romance among royalty and their difficulties with the relationship. Lord Bryant struggling from the loss of his family and being the only one to care for Dracona Castle, and its unusual occupants, rescues a maiden and her father, traveling to a local village, from an evil king in a nearby kingdom. He is enthralled by her beauty and sets out to win her love. Sonje trying to understand a prophetic riddle sets out on a quest with Bryant, filled with fortune tellers, traveling minstrel and a magical sword. With mystery from the past and in the present within each of their families, there are numerous plot twists. 
The characters learn about loyalty to family and friends, honor between kingdoms, kindness to servants and subjects.





My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book two in Ancient Kings series is way better than the start. This is a book that mix fantasy on medieval times and magic.

Basically in this book, Lord Bryant lives alone in Dracona after her father’s death and soon he meets Sonje a strange woman escaping from some danger. Secrets will come out to the light, forgotten past will be re-discovered and prophecies will be fulfilled.

As book one, this installment deals with honor, bravery, honesty, leadership and love. However, this book has a better rhythm, is quite faster without rushing into things. The scenes moves naturally and the essence of medieval times is present. There is some action, danger and romance involved.

Unlike its predecessor this book focuses in a shorter period of time. At the beginning many years pass (when you read you understand why) but the main events take place in a just a few months.

Another difference is that the descriptions of places, people or just the story are shorter. This time the author captures what is important and writes about it with simple language. The characters are well described, their personalities are pretty defined and you can see the
changes in them as the story moves on.

The best part were the dragons, a great addition to the series. This way the book has a touch of magic and emotion that makes reading more enjoyable. I love their descriptions and it was easy to picture them.

Overall, a great fantasy book. A book that you could read as stand-alone because there are not many references about book one so you won't miss anything.

The only reason I’m giving it four out of five stars is some minor errors in printing in my version. There were more than one pages repeated. But that is a small error so don't get scared about it.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Eternal Echoes - Review

Finally, Eternal Echoes is out!!!
I'm so glad the author send me an ARC because it's an amazing book.

Eternal Echoes (Sisters of the Divine, #1) 
by Anastasia Virgas
Eternal Echoes (Sisters of the Divine, #1)Ariston Dago is a sentry, a protector for his people. He watches the waters of his territory, keeping his god and his race safe both above and below the murky depths around Venice, Italy. When he’s compelled to save a human that falls from a transport, his life is forever changed, because the human he saves, Teagan Moss, is his mate, the first human to ever mate a Dagonite.

Teagan Moss is the kind of woman to shoot first and then question the body later. When she wakes with a Hydro bomb strapped to her body, she knows someone is going to pay for trying to kill her, and that she is going to need the help of the sexy exotic Dagonite to find out who exactly needs that bullet in their brain. What she doesn't count on, is the scorching attraction she feels for the male who is so certain she is his.

Thrust into solving the mystery surrounding the attempt on his mate’s life, Ari and Teagan uncover more than the answers they are looking for, and the truths they unearth could send the world into another war.




My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a future world, the Earth is no longer inhabited by mere humans. Shape-shifters are a reality because different deities came to Earth and mingled with humans and now the world is divided into factions.

When Teagan’s path crosses with Ariston and the Dagonites (octopus shifter) an exciting, sexy, funny, engaging and erotic story begins. These are two characters that complement each other. Ari is protective, brave, manly, strong, honest and SEXY. Teagan is an independent woman, with an interesting past. She’s not the typical damsel in distress because she loves her guns.

The interaction between them is amazing, full of tension and danger, we see them getting to know and accepting the attraction between them. It has a natural rhythm and it keeps you glue to the words.

The world is wonderfully described and is easy to understand, the explanations of the different factions are a good thing and I think they are very believable. The dialogues are excellent, funny at moments and when it comes to the romantic scenes they are nor corny at all.

Being an adult’s book it has its doses of sexual scenes and let me tell you… THEY ARE AMAZING! I couldn’t have imagined better way to described what an octopus shifter could do at a moment like that. These are great scenes that come with perfect timing and are excellently written.

The author created a story that never loses intensity, written in a way that helps you sense what is coming but makes you wait for it with an incredible longing. The story has a high temperature, a fast paced story with a solid and ORIGINAL plot.

Overall, I loved it!

Blood of Ancient Kings - Review

Almost a month ago I received a copy of this book and its sequel. Let me tell they really surprised me :) Both of them are really good fantasy books. I liked the second best but for now you can read my review for book one.
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending them.

Blood of Ancient Kings (Ancient Kings) 
by V.J.O. Gardner
Blood of Ancient Kings A medieval story of love, honor, and courage. 
As a young prince grows up and advances through the military ranks, with his true identity unknown to his friends, he meets a young girl and they become friends. 
As the years pass their friendship blossoms into true love, knowing that she already has an arranged marriage and he being royalty most certainly has one as well, they still continue with their relationship. 
As their friendship progresses he must be courageous as he goes through many trials, testing his love for her, his loyalty to the kingdom, and in doing what’s right as an officer and a gentleman. 

The story spans multiple generations, their families deal with many problems, going from the pain of death, to the joy of birth as they feel the blood of the ancient kings running through their veins. 




My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Blood of Ancient Kings is the first book in the Ancient Kings series. It’s a medieval story that deals with friendship, honor, justice and love. A story about growing up, about redemption, about learning who we really are and the person we could become.

Once Colonel Langward takes the throne from King Burkhart, he sends the tyrant and his daughter to the villa where he used to live. This way the path of the two families will become one. The story goes through a large period of time, showing us how the prince and Aurora (Burkhart’s daughter) grow up and going up until a lot of years later.

This is a story with an uneven rhythm, faster or slower at times. With just a few action moments, the story almost recreates the speed of the medieval life. It really feels like if we were there, that’s what is interesting about it. I liked the long descriptions of places, feelings, situations, daily activities and how the years gone by, however if you don’t like this kind of writing you might not enjoy it.

The characters are well described; we get the chance to really get to know them because of the length of the book and because of the story narrating so many years of their lives. We see different sides of them, how they change through time. There’s one character whose personality was really annoying, King Langward is supposed to be this just and compassionate man but he make some decisions that really pissed me off. I understand that they were perfect for the story and get things in motion but I couldn’t help to get mad at him.

Another thing I like was the na├»ve romance and the profound love each character has for their respective partner. The values were a big thing for them, the honor was important and a man’s word was worth a lot. The author really captures the essence of medieval times.

The book has a simple language, easy to follow and understand. The only thing missing were a few more action moments or swords fight, I mean there is some but I would have like more tension.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Harvesters - Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour)

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The Harvesters (Harvesting Series #1) 
By Ashley Hill

When she finds her boyfriend shackled to a white metal table Ashley feared for the worse.

On a small trip of dropping off a package for Jason’s father, the young couple never thought they would be running for their lives. Running away from supposedly friends whom in turned to be a family of harvesters.

Human harvesters and they are looking for something specific. And Ashley just might be the perfect match for that something.

Publication Date: November 28th 2012

Genre: Young Adult/ New Adult Horror

I'm a college student still trying to get a handle of the adult world. When I need to get away from it I lose myself in books, my own writing, and in spending time with my amazing boyfriend which he supports me to no end.

Finding my passion in books has led me to finding a passion in writing my own fictional stories back in 2009, I have turned this into a dream career and going one step further I would love to open up my own book store.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Harvesters is a short horror story that really scares you while you read it. This is a story with action, blood and really cruel people.

Ashley and her boyfriend find themselves kidnapped by a group of human harvesters. As soon as she wakes up, she will try to find Jason and fight for their lives.

Ashley the main character is quite brave and she really kicks some asses. She has to see some unbelievable things and still manages to carry on with her plan to get free. Her boyfriend also seems brave and strong and has some heroic moments.

It is a fast story with a high level of adrenaline and action with great descriptions of the surroundings. The author achieves to narrate a solid story in only 29 pages using simple and engaging language.

Overall, a great short story that lives up to the expectations of a horror book.

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