Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Review: Chasing Fireflies (Power of the Match Maker) by Taylor Dean

My sisters think I’m crazy. 

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love. 
She told me to search far and wide for him. 
I haven’t stopped looking ever since. 

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence. 

It’s destiny. 

My sisters say I’m chasing a dream. 

Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand. 

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird. 
The memory silences them. 
The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy. 

I will find Paul . . . I will. 


My Thoughts:
Another great story in the Power of the Match Maker series.  Savannah has completely stepped out of her comfort as she heads to China to teach English.  After meeting the mysterious Ms. Pearl Savannah's life is changed forever.  In following Ms. Pearl's advise she ventures off to look for her true love Paul.  This book was a perfect example of how things can always be interpreted in more than one way.  I thought Julian was an amazing character.  I liked that he could find beauty in Savannah's quiet personality.  The ending had a good twist to it and wrapped things up nicely.  I loved reading about the activities & food the gang enjoyed in China.  It enriched the story.  I also loved that Savannah had gone to UT in Austin, TX.  Woo hoo shout out to Texas!!  If you haven't read any of the books in this series you need look into it.  They're all written by different authors so each one is completely unique.  

Recommended for ages 15 & up.  

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 
… 
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancĂ©e—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.


My Thoughts:
This is the second book I've read by Kelly Oram.  Her book If We Were a Movie was fantastic.  I wasn't surprised in the least that I LOVED this book.  This story brought on all the feelings!  From the pain & sorrow felt by Ella after her accident to the moments I laughed out loud at her & Cinder's banter.   It broke my heart as Ella worked through her issues with her dad.  I was glad the story was realistic when it came to that journey.  Ella & Cinder were amazing characters.  Both were witty and pragmatic.  They were each fighting a battle to control their own life and the support they gave each other was so sweet.  The way Cinder handled the debacle at the end was awesome!!   To sum up...this book was outstanding.  I finished in less than two days.  I will be reading more of Kelly's books you can count on that.

Recommended for 15 & up.  Mild to moderate adult situations & sexual content.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: O'er The River Liffey (Power of the Match Maker) by Heidi Ashworth


Irish heiress Caroline Fulton knows this house party, ostensibly celebrating the victory of Waterloo, is really an audition: will she make a suitable wife? Her host, an English lord, has already won over her father, who’s determined to buy a title with Caroline’s dowry. She is far from taken with the baron, however, especially once she meets Niall Doherty, the impoverished, perceptive tutor to her host’s younger brothers. He shares her love of Irish fairy tales and seems to guard a troubled past…but neither quality will earn Caroline’s father’s approval.

My Thoughts:
I don't usually prefer to read historical fiction.  This story was intriguing since it's part of the Power of The Match Maker series.  I had a little bit of a hard time with some of the language.  Once I got into the story I really enjoyed it.  I wasn't particularly attached to any of the characters but I did really like Niall.  Caroline's father was at times a little pig-headed.  It brought to my attention how women were treated like property by the men in their lives.  I was glad when both Niall & Caroline decided to change their own destiny's.  I would have liked to see a little more of Pearl in this story.  I love the idea of her.  Overall this was a fun, quick read.  

Recommended for 15 & up.  

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Summoned by Rainy Kaye


Twenty-three year old Dimitri has to do what he is told - literally. Controlled by a paranormal bond, he is forced to use his wits to fulfill unlimited deadly wishes made by multimillionaire Karl Walker. Dimitri has no idea how his family line became trapped in the genie bond. He just knows resisting has never ended well. 

When he meets Syd - assertive, sexy, intelligent Syd - he becomes determined to make her his own. Except Karl has ensured Dimitri can't tell anyone about the bond, and Syd isn't the type to tolerate secrets. 

Then Karl starts sending him away on back-to-back wishes. Unable to balance love and lies, Dimitri sets out to uncover Karl's ultimate plan and put it to an end. But doing so forces him to confront the one wish he never saw coming - the wish that will destroy him. 

A dark twist on genie folklore, SUMMONED follows a reluctant criminal as he unravels the mystery of the paranormal bond controlling him.


My Thoughts:
To be honest it took me a while to get into this one.  I think it's because Dimitri really isn't that likable at first.  For me it was how he kind of wallowed in self-pity.  His life as a genie sucks but I never understood why he didn't do anything to change it.  I wasn't sure what role Syd would have through the story until towards the end.  I think her showing up in Dim's life was a weird coincidence.  Things got better as the story progressed.  There were some unexpected twists at the end.  However, there was so much crammed into the final 2 chapters that there was a little confusion.  I hope some of that will be straightened out in the next book.  At this point I'm on the fence about the series.  I didn't really feel connected to any of the characters.  I felt sorry for them, but I never really got attached.  I will read the next book to see how things progress.  There's definitely potential.

Recommended for 17 & up.  Sexual content & moderate violence.  

I received this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Review: Gods (Eirik #3) by Ednah Walters


Eirik has finally accomplished his mission, but he paid a steep price. Now he must start all over to prove his love to the woman he can't live without. But can he protect her from her kind without crossing the line? As new threats emerge, Celestia and Eirik will learn how far they must go to protect each other and their love.


My Thoughts:
Just when I thought Ednah could not possibly top Heros (Eirik #2) she did!  She did that amazing thing again where she combined 3 different books & made the story AMAZING!  We finally get the answers we've been waiting for that started with Demons (Eirik #1) and continued in Heros.  While Eirik & Celestia's love blossoms & Celestia discovers more about her abilities, Goddess Hel does some changing too.  It was wonderful to see the changes in her as she finally opened her heart.  There is some major shock & awe in this book folks!  SHOCK & AWE!!!  You will love the twists.  This was a wonderful conclusion to Eirik & Celestia's story and I know we'll still see them in the conclusion to Torin & Raine's journey.  I can not sing Ednah's praises enough.  She has done amazing things with this series.  If you haven't started any of the Runes series I urge you to do so ASAP!

Recommended for ages 16 & up.  Mild to moderate sexual situations & adult content.  

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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Review: Ramping UP by Zoe Dawson


The world of extreme sports just got a little steamier! Zoe Dawson’s pulse-pounding, emotional series follows the wily young female agents of Mavrick Allstars as they chase their dreams—and meet the chiseled athletes who make them come true.

Helena “Lena” Mavrick is ready to prove that she can play with the big boys. Working at her father’s internationally renowned agency, Mavrick Allstars, Lena sets her sights on one of the most coveted phenoms out there: a twenty-four-year-old surfer caught ripping it in a viral skateboarding video. Signing him would be a huge win—and his marketing appeal isn’t the only thing that makes Lena’s heart skip a beat. Trouble is, fraternizing with the client is against company policy.

Professional surfer Gunner Smith lives under the absolute control of his coach—until he takes the ultimate risk and starts over as a skateboarder. Gunner swore he wouldn’t give up his freedom again, but Lena’s out-of-the-blue offer makes him think long and hard. She’s smart, she’s bold, she’s got sponsors lined up around the corner—plus she’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s just not sure his coach will let him get away that easily, because he’s not just Gunner’s coach, he’s also his father.

Gunner is used to hiding his tortured past. But when his steamy affair with Lena threatens their future, he must decide whether he will sacrifice everything for the woman who’s stolen his heart.
 


My Thoughts:
This book was fast paced and easy to stay interested in.  Helena Mavrick, a sports agent for her father's company Mavrick Allstars, is given a diamond in the rough when Gunner Smith is dropped into her world.  His raw talent & bad-boy persona are just two of the reasons she will do anything to manage his career.  Gunner has spent his whole life living his father's dream of becoming a surfing legend.  Once he finally walks away from that he opens up his life to follow where his heart has always been.  Skating has always been Gunner's escape and now Helena is offering him a chance to make it his passion.

Gunner & Helena have off the chart chemistry.  Keeping their hands off each other isn't the only obstacle they have to face to get his career on track.  I love how Helena supports Gunner while he fights to break free from his father's grip.  He showed great resolve and didn't let his circumstances turn him into something twisted & broken.  She gives the exact support he needs to find his courage and strength as forges his new path.  Gunner shows Helena that winning isn't all that life is about.  He helps to remind her that integrity goes so much farther than just staying on top.  
I did find myself skimming over some of the skating stuff.  I was just eager to get to more juicy parts of the story.    Overall great story.  I do wish their had been a little more development in Gunner & Helena's relationship.

Recommended for 18 & up.  Lots of sexual & mature content.

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
 
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