Friday, June 27, 2014

Broken Ties by @kenechiudogu - REVIEW

Broken Ties (The Mentalist Series, #0.5)
Title: Broken Ties
Author: Kenechi Udogu
Series: The Mentalist Series #0.5
Release Date: May 2014
Format: e-book
Source: free in all the sites
"There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come...Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things..."
Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?
Don’t fall in love.
This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.
This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series, but will be differently appreciated if read after.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Broken Ties is the perfect prequel for a great series like The Mentalist. Having read the two books in the series I approached this book with some expectations and ideas. However, I’m glad to say that I was surprised by some of the revelations and how good the characters are. This book has all the elements of a paranormal YA story but that doesn’t make it any less interesting.

Paul, Gemma’s father, is only 16 and we find him at his rebel teenager stage. He is questioning the rules of the Averters, especially after meeting Nora. Young love can be so strong and it always hits you real hard. This time is no exception; we witness a sweet, intense and pure love.

The story moves really fast and the excitement is always palpable. The dialogues are good, there are some funny situations and the characters are well described. You can see each one as a unique individual with a defined personality.

I have to mention that this installment focuses more in the romance than in the paranormal element. Of course the Averters and their abilities are present but compared to the other books, here the most important thing is the story between the two teenagers.

If you have read the other books you sort of know what is going to happen at the end but the author makes a good choice and wraps it up in a perfect place. A round of applauses for the finale.

Overall, a great YA story with a paranormal element. It’s a must for those who had read any of the books in The Mentalist series. If you haven’t, it’s a great way to become acquaintances with the series and the author.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Souls of Astraeus by @JeramyGlobe - REVIEW

Souls of Astraeus (Akallian Tales, #1)
Title: Souls of Astraeus
Author: Jeramy Globe
Illustrator: Jonathan Powell
Series: Akallian Tales #1 
Release Date: October 12th 2013 
Format: Paperback & E-book
Noachian Books
Source: complimentary copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Death was a bummer. Well, not for Akal. A death on Earth only meant a birth into the multiverse. It did for him, anyway. Just when he thought he was checking out and taking his last breath, he was standing... on an island. In space. With a pretty tree and bench on it. There was a little breeze, too. But, where was it coming from?
Countless star systems, galaxies and universes stood before Akal but their numbers couldn't rival the amount of questions he had. He knew all the answers were out there somewhere, but they wouldn't do him any good if he didn't know where to start. Slowly but surely, through tribulations across a myriad of experiences, Akal starts to piece together what had happened to him, as well as his wife. His one true love across all of existence.
Before long, Akal was dodging gunfire from the United States Army in 1877, sailing and fighting in space millennia later, and dodging the razor-sharp wings of assassins high in the skies of Kestrellia. The quests seemed unending but were absolutely necessary in the name of getting information. He dared someone to stop him. As insignificant as any single creature may be within the context of the multiverse, Akal eventually discovers how that margin can be narrowed by a single act.
How he and others like him live their lives may show us how to more thoroughly live our one. Souls of Astraeus is a distinct and engaging science fiction and fantasy adventure that redefines the role of the hero and the hero's motives, without cynicism or naivete. Souls of Astraeus shows us that knowledge and love can be attained by everyone without having to sell their souls.



My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Souls of Astraeus is a science fiction charged with excitement, solid explanations, great characters and awesome illustrations. Even if you are not a sci-fi fan you will enjoy a good story about who we are and the immensity that surrounds us.

Akal discovers that his soul is really ancient and has gone from life to life, from form to form, from planet to planet. And he is one of the lucky ones to get the chance to be called an Astraean. The Astraens have the chance to obtain knowledge from all their previous lives and can visit all their previous forms, planets or galaxies. Once you start to read about I’m sure you will be overwhelmed and feel very small. It's almost impossible to imagine this vast universe with so many possibilities.

I think that Souls of Astraeus is about some fundamental topics as humanity, love and friendship. Akal goes through a process of learning and healing while discovering that chaos and corruption are part of the universe. And whether we like it or not, there always will be people against the greater good.

The story is told from Akal’s point of view. In this case I think it was important to read the story directly from someone who was living this incredible, humbling and extraordinary experience. However, there was a moment where I found disturbing that he described everything through human feelings. Let me explain… he has lived in the form of more creatures and beings that you can imagine but is like all of them have human minds. But here is the good part: the author smartly explains that Akal sees all with human eyes (and with a human mind) because his last life was in human form. Clever, don’t you think? I hate when author describe aliens forms of life that act like humans, in this case the explanation makes sense.

The author creates a vivid, colorful, sensorial world. His words really transport you to a new universe where you can picture everything as real. Of course the illustrations help a lot because they put in images the author’s words. So, the writing is really good, the descriptions are easy to follow but complete and the characters are likeable.

Overall, if you are a sci-fi reader you should read it. If you look for a profound and honest book you also should give it a go. I look forward to read book two.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Author Interview & Int Giveaway with Chloe Miles (The Faded Trilogy) @chloemiles_

The Faded Trilogy

You only live once ... unless you're Hunter Emmerton. 
A half-spirit girl. An irresistibly charming ghost. The beginning of a timeless first love. A town terrorized by evil ... and dark forces who will stop at nothing to tear them apart. But how can they be together if they can’t even feel each other’s touch? 
From the sweet love story of Faded to the heart-stopping action of See No Evil and the inspiring Ever After, find out why readers are buzzing about The Faded Trilogy ... and falling head over heels for Hunter Emmerton.
RUTH: How did you come up with the idea for The Faded Trilogy?
CHLOE:I wanted to write a paranormal romance that was a little different to everything else that’s already been written. I loved the idea of earthbound spirits protecting the town from evil. And, being a hopeless romantic, I loved the idea of eternal undying love, especially between two characters who are so young but whose love is so rare and beyond their years.
It happened to be storming when I was coming up with the idea for the series, so that’s the inspiration behind the power over the weather that the characters possess and the unpredictable storms terrorizing the town.

RUTH: Are any of the characters inspired in real people? 
CHLOE: Savannah is a lot like my own former teenage self, so I think her voice was naturally the one that came through when I started writing her story. Savannah is a little shy and reserved and more at home with her nose buried in her textbooks than confronting a room full of her peers ... let alone coming face to face with The Forces and having to protect her entire town! (Thankfully, I never had to contend with the latter.)
She’s relatable in the sense that she has that internal self-doubt that I think all teenage girls have at some point in their lives. We slowly see her emerge further and further from her shell as the series progresses, guided in the most part by Hunter’s unconditional love and undoubting belief in her, and eventually, her belief in herself.

RUTH: How long took you to write the books?
CHLOE:Each novel took about six months to write and edit. 

RUTH: Did you write them simultaneously?
CHLOE: I wrote each one straight after the other. As soon as I had finished one it was straight onto the next one and then the next one. I worked early morning until late at night six days a week. It was a lot of work, but I’m incredibly proud of the end result.

RUTH: You described yourself as a hopeless romantic, which are your favorite authors in the 
romance genre?
CHLOE: As surprising as it might sound, I’m not actually much of a romance reader.  I don’t really have the time to read all that much these days because I’m so busy with writing and promoting. 
But if I were to say a writer as in songwriter and not as in author (I seem to have a lot more time to listen to music than I do to read!) I would have to say that I absolutely adore Taylor Swift. That girl knows how to get to my heart every time.

RUTH: Your favorite book in the world?
CHLOE: The Harry Potter series. I’ve always been a huge Harry Potter fan.

RUTH: Why your book is different from the ones out there?
CHLOE: I believe there is a powerful and inspirational message behind The Faded Trilogy, and I hope that the readers will walk away from this series with a little more hope and love in their hearts.
Obviously, with Hunter being a spirit and Savannah being a human, their relationship is certainly not without its difficulties and obstacles, but the message throughout the series is that true love can conquer all, even the impossible. 
Love is an emotional feeling. The idea of Savannah and Hunter’s love for each other is that the strongest feelings we feel aren’t always physically felt but felt wholly and powerfully within your heart.

RUTH: Are you working in something new?
CHLOE: I’m not working on any other writing projects at the moment. Promoting The Faded Trilogy is occupying all of my time, and I want to dedicate my heart and soul to ensuring its success before I move on to any other projects. You never know what may happen in the future in regards to other writing projects, but right now my heart belongs to Savannah and Hunter.

Chloe Miles is a twenty-something author, dreamer, shameless chocoholic, and hopeless romantic.
When she's not writing or daydreaming, she loves escaping reality with her favorite playlists, eating too much chocolate, and curling up on her couch in her PJs with a good TV show and a cup of tea.
The Faded Trilogy is her first series.
Follow her on Twitter and Goodreads :) 

Faded (The Faded Trilogy, #1)Title: Faded (The Faded Trilogy, Book 1)
Author: Chloe Miles
Pages: 392
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance

“Savannah wanted to kiss him, but she had never even kissed a human guy before, let alone a ghost. How was she supposed to kiss him if he wasn’t really there?”
Savannah has never been in love before, but she’s in love with Hunter Emmerton. He’s cute, funny, charming ... and a ghost. How can you date someone if nobody else can see them?
When seventeen-year-old Savannah Fraser and her three friends are killed in a car accident, they are given a second chance at life by a group of century-old earthbound spirits who need their help.
Savannah learns she is a Chosen One, which means she can switch between human and spirit form, heal people, and control the weather—and she is also now invincible.
The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces—a trio of evil half-spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwick with violent storms and not-so-natural disasters—and stop them from harming everyone they care about.
The Forces are set on destroying everything Savannah knows and loves, but they also have a more sinister plan—they want a new member to join them. They won’t give up until they get the one they want—and they have Savannah firmly in their sights.
But what Savannah didn’t count on was falling in love with Hunter. She’s never loved anyone the way she loves Hunter, and she knows he loves her, too. But how can they be together forever if he no longer exists and she’s the only one who can see him?
Will Savannah have enough belief in herself to defeat The Forces, or will they be able to lure her to the dark side and turn her against her loved ones—and tear her and Hunter apart?

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Midnight Man - Review

Title: The Midnight Man
Author: Demetrius Sherman
Series: Dark Hunger #2
Release Date: June 1st, 2014
Format: E-book
complimentary copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Peter Sunday must make a decision that could get him killed and leave the Country open to a threat it cannot destroy. A beautiful, mysterious woman tells Sunday she wants to settle a score. Trusting the mysterious woman could lead to Sunday’s death--or the death of both.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A really good sequel for Dark Hunger. Mysterious, fast and intriguing, this story will not disappoint you.

Great characters, great use of words and vivid paragraphs. You can sense the excitement and the fear going through the characters' bodies.

Despite being a short story (only 26 pages in my PDF version) it is enjoyable and solid. The author builds up the tension to a point where you know action will blow up.

I loved the story within the story. It was a great addition and it was well executed.

Overall, another great story by this author. I can't wait to read the next installment.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Safe & Sound by @TS_Krupa - Review

 Safe & Sound: A NovelTitle: Safe & Sound: A Novel
Author: T.S. Krupa
Publisher: Advantage Media Group
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
Format: Paperback & E-Book
Source: complimentary copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.
When Jill met Jay Greenfield she knew she had found her forever love. She was a kindergarten teacher, he was a high-powered attorney and their lives were perfect. But when a tragic accident takes Jay’s life, this young bride is left to pick up the pieces. 
Jill finds herself a young widow facing multiple decisions she thought she had a lifetime to decide. With support from her childhood best friends, Lanie and Stella, Jill attempts to piece her life back together. With nightmares plaguing her dreams and the struggles of constant grief over Jay’s passing, Stella and Lanie keep near constant vigilance over her.
In the process of settling the estate, Jill learns that her husband was not quite the man she thought he was. She finds herself transported to the small beach town of Oak Island, North Carolina. But the fairy tale ending she envisioned no longer exists. She must face the reality that Jay is gone as she finds herself having a chance at love one more time. 
Safe and Sound follows a yearlong journey of love, loss, friendship, and conquering the unexpected.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Safe and Sound is a sweet, sentimental and inspiring romance. It’s more than a simple book about grieving and friendship. This is the story of a woman who has to face her husband’s death after only two years of marriage and she doesn’t take it very well. When life throws a curving ball at you, the results might be really unexpected. Jill has to re-discover herself and love. Luckily she has a great support system in the bodies of two awesome friends that take a big role in the story.

Jill, the main character, is an interesting woman. I like how broken and sad she is after the accident. It was interesting to read about a character that falls so deep into a hole and has a hard time finding her way out. She isn’t flawless and I think this is good.

Her friends are really funny. I think they are the engine that moved the story. They sound and are described as really good friends. They are caring and loyal which was certainly necessary for Jill.

The story has a fluent rhythm, which is great because in a romance you don’t want to rush anything but neither do you want to wait chapters and chapters to have some surprises. The revelations come frequently and each one takes the story to a new path. Most of the situations presented are unbelievable when you think about them but that’s the magic of romance books. You want them to give you hope and this book achieves it. Jill has a really hard time only to come back stronger, happier and more in love with life than never.

Also, the writing style is simple but attractive, creating a charming world. It has good descriptions and scenarios.

The only problem I had with the book was the whole age difference drama. I found it really annoying mainly because for me it wasn't real. Ok, she is 28 and Ross is 22. Are really six years such a big difference??? Mmm… it’s true they have different lifestyles but that’s it. Yes, she used to be married and maybe she had a more adult life but sometimes the author made her look older than 28. I’m 24 and people around me are in the age group between 22 to 30 and we all act the same, there are some differences but is not like she was 40 and he was 20.

Anyway, Safe and Sound is a sweet and light romance that I enjoyed and read in a couple days. I could read more books by this author. Highly recommendable.


TS Krupa Headshot 1_lowresAUTHOR BIO:

T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University,where she also played field hockey. She earned her Master’s from Texas Tech University and plans to graduate with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University in 2014. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog. Safe & Sound is her first novel.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

2 YEARS @DTDyllin

Open Gates (The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy #3)
On May 30th, 2012 I posted my review for Enemy Through The Gates by D.T. Dyllin. Two years later the book has been re-named but I am more in love with the story than ever.
If you are asking why this post here's the answer...
Two years ago (maybe a bit longer) I met my favorite author. I discovered a new world and my life hasn't been the same. Because two years ago I was a new blogger from a small country in South America (Uruguay) and one day I received my first paperback from USA. (FYI, I won it in a giveaway ). I can still remember the feeling and the emotion of getting a physical book from a place that sometimes seems really far away.

That was the beggining of an amazing journey because two years later I've read all the books written by the sweet and amazing Dara. What's even crazy is that I got a tattoo inspired by one of her books. YES!!! I got a little dragon on my leg and all because she made me fall in love with them.

I have such a deep affection for her that I have reviewed all her books. Well... not all. As I said Enemy Through The Gates was re-named and re-published and nowadays is THE P.J. STONE GATES TRILOGY.  I always felt like if reading the last book (I've read the other 2) will mean the end of something and that it will be hard. So because I'm a coward for moments I haven't faced the end yet.  Am I too crazy?

I know most of you bloggers out there can understand what is to have some sort of interaction with your favorite author. Dara is for me one of the best woman and writers in the world and she always replies to my tweets, emails, fb messages. And I'm sure that if you write to her she will reply.

There are so many things I could say about her, for example she loves dogs, she loves beer and she has a lot of tattoos. There are more but I want that you get to know her by yourself.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my love for her with you. I'm glad by all the success she is having and I wish her more.


About D.T. Dyllin
D.T. Dyllin is a Bestselling Romance Author who writes in both New Adult and Adult genres. She is a member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) and also her local chapter, the MCRW (Music City Romance Writers).

 D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two spoiled GSDs.


And in case you want to check the first post I wrote about her books, Go: HERE.

AND.... just because I mentioned here is a pic of the tattoo.


Monday, June 2, 2014

REVIEW - The Professor's Pet @TaraCrescent

The Professor's Pet
Title: The Professor's Pet
Author: tara Crescent
Release Date:
January 29th 2014
Format: E-book
Amazon Digital Services
Source: complimentary copy via @netgalley
Have you ever been dangerously attracted to your professor?

Jake Ballard. He is smug and mocking, but his body is the stuff of epic fantasy. Now, through an unfortunate twist of fate, he holds my smut-filled Kindle in his hands.

I have a decision to make. Can Professor Ballard be my instructor in this world of bondage, dominance, and submission? And, eight weeks later, when my class is at an end, can I walk away from Jake?




My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Professor's Pet is a short novel that introduces us in the BDSM world with a more real perspective and a love story in the middle.

After exchanging Kindles by mistake, Emily and Jake set on an erotic relationship. What starts as an educational relationship becomes a game where heart is at stake.

First of all let me tell you that if you are looking a taboo relationship in this book, you picked the wrong book. Yes, Jake Ballard is a professor at college and Emily was his student at some point during her college career. However, when the story starts they are no longer student-teacher. She calls him Professor only because is his profession and the whole Dominant-Submissive link.

The story flows fast given the length of the book. We have some time jumps to give the sensation of evolving and the scenario changes a couple times. However, I never truly felt a complete atmosphere. Something was missing and maybe it was only more descriptions about their whereabouts but I understand that it isn’t possible in 160 pages (more or less).

The characters are ok. Despite there is not much character development, they have defined personalities. They have an interesting dynamic with nice dialogues.

I like how the author tried to give a new perspective to this world of which we have heard so much lately. If you as Emily and I have some ideas of what BDSM really is or have read books that only use the idea of it to create a fantasy world, this is an entertaining and good opportunity to learn a bit more about it.

At some point the book becomes a classic romance with more sex in it. I think that’s when the book lost me. Emily starts to question herself if she can handle a being in a merely sexual relationship and feelings get in the mix. From then on it gets a little predictable.

Overall, a good BDSM romance with a great writing style.
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