Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Wanderer by Shawn Kirsten Maravel




Blurb from Goodreads:

After getting out of the Army, Landon Bradley packs up his motorcycle and heads North West in hopes of closing up old battle wounds and maybe even settling down. Not accustomed to staying in one spot for too long, he's not certain that he'll ever find a place that he can truly call home.

When he finds himself stranded in a small Wyoming town, Landon meets Maxine Abrams, more affectionately known as Max. Her blunt honesty and humble generosity make him feel closer to home then he ever has before. But when his feelings for her grow too strong, the reality that, like everyone else, he could easily lose her too, Landon feels the ever present urge to leave again. And Landon must decide which call to heed. His heart or the open road.



My Thoughts:

After getting out of the Army, Landon hops on his bike and heads to Oregon. He grew up in foster care and honestly believed that he was destined to live alone, no family and definitely no love. When he crashes his bike the last thing he expects to find at the mechanic shop is a woman that total gets him. Maxine (Max) offers him a place to stay until he can get back on the road but these two have more in common that either of them expected.

I loved the story. The Landon and Max were written in a way that they felt like real people to me. I'm a big sucker for a man in uniform so this book appealed to me on many levels. This is definitely a book to read if you're looking for a good romance.







Thursday, January 19, 2012

Severance (Volition #2) by Shawn Kirsten Maravel





Blurb from Goodreads:

Severance is the bone-chilling, adrenaline-filled sequel to Volition. Charlotte finds herself hoping against reason that her life couldn't really have taken the devastating turn that it has. With Joel still dangerously out of the picture, and no signs that he may ever come back, she finds herself up against an even more dangerous threat. A sexy and cunning threat that is bound to tear what she has always known to be her reality down for good.

When things finally start to look up, another curve-ball is thrown her way, promising to give her what she'd hoped for since meeting Joel, an answer it seems that came a little too late. What Charlotte thought she'd once known to be the truth filters through her fingers, leaving her to believe that her world and the afterworld are much more tangled than she'd originally expected. She comes to find that love and lust are no longer the sole deciders of her fate, but revenge. A lifetime of secrets unfold and Charlotte discovers that Joel hasn't been the only one watching over her all of these years.



My Thoughts:

Spoiler Alert:
Severance is the sequel to Volition.

Personally I think I like this one better than the first, now I loved the first but this one definitely has more action/suspense and I'm an action/suspense kind of girl. I think Shawn Kirsten Maravel had it going on with Severance.

Severance picks up where Volition left off. Joel's injuries left him with a big surprise, one that changes the world for him and Charlotte and allows them what they want most...to be together. But on the other hand it sort of puts a handicap on his ability to protect Charlotte.

In Voltion Charlotte learns that the one person she thought would never betray her trust is actually the reason her world has flipped upside down. He wants her and he will stop at nothing to have her.






Thursday, January 12, 2012

Volition by Shawn Kirsten Maravel




Blurb from Goodreads:

Charlotte Rush would be the first to admit that her life is no rollercoaster ride. Her days are laced with ordinary and at times boring monotony. But with a heart that finds itself frequently broken she's happy to say that she's content.

When her friends convince her to spend the night out at a club to let loose and maybe even find a guy, she finally admits that her life might be missing something.

No sooner does she let go of her inhibitions does she find herself waking up in a dark hotel room in the presence of Joel, a man who carries mystery in his eyes and familiarity in his smile. Against reason Charlotte decides to trust him based solely on one thing. Somehow, she is sure that she knows him.

In a race against time to find answers and to solve the crime committed against her Charlotte finds herself falling for him. However, with nothing but mystery surrounding him she can't even be sure that he's the hero at all. While knowing all of the right things to say he still manages to tell her nothing. As a battle is waged over the innocence of her cryptic stranger, Charlotte discovers that much greater danger awaits her. And the mysteries behind who and what Joel is will lead Charlotte to discover that heaven and earth are not so far apart.


My Thoughts:

I really loved Volition! I stayed on my toes pretty much throughout the book. I totally recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a sweet romance.

Charlotte Rush is a very ordinary girl, does the same ol same ol I guess you could say. But one night she goes out with some friends and ends up with a stranger. She knows that she has never seen him before but something about him feels so familiar. In her quest to uncover the mystery of Joel, Charlotte discovers something she didn't expect.








Monday, January 9, 2012

An Unforgettable Christmas by Trisha Wilson



Blurb from Goodreads:

Chelsea Roberts is facing her first Christmas alone. She has her best friends, but it still isn't the same. Will an unexpected family connection bring a smile to her face again?

Nick Collins is facing the challenges of being an unexpected single father to a newborn. He has a big family, but is still lonely.

Can Chelsea let someone get close enough to love her through her sadness? Will Nick be able to trust someone enough to get close to himself and Jasmine?

Through a lot of tears and laughter, with the help of close friends and family, take the journey with Chelsea and Nick as they experience an unforgettable Christmas.


My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this novel. The story was different from any other I've read. Trisha Wilson brought these characters to life. The reader can relate, at least on some level, with the situations or trials. I absolutely love the fact she added God in this book. Now days it seems too many authors are afraid of stepping on toes and totally eliminate anything that could be labeled as religious, Christian, etc. I look forward to reading more of Trisha's work!



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Kiss Me, I'm Irish (Time For Love #1) by Bella Street



Blurb from Goodreads:

Emily Musgrave is heading a direction she never wanted to go in Regency England--namely a convent to turn her from her waywardness. But it's more loneliness than rebellion that motivates her to escape her certain fate.

Liam Jackson is going nowhere fast in modern-day Tennessee. Playing his Dobro in seedy bars and backward dives along with his fiddling sister, Tinker, is doing nothing for his music career--and even less for the dark places in his soul.

Pixie dust and thieving mischief can not only change time-lines, it can change hearts--because a girl can only get so far without a little magic in her life.


My Thoughts:

Oh My Word! I was addicted to this novel from page one. I honestly don't think Bella could write something I wouldn't like, she's very talented. Her characters are always so real, the stories are well written allowing the reader to feel and experience everything the character goes through.







Kumbaya Much (Apocalypse Babes #4) by Bella Street




Blurb from Goodreads:

When a mysterious faction at the Fugere compound resorts to extreme measures for crowd control, problems intensify, threatening not only life and limb, but the already fragile estate between the Apocalypse Babes and the Others--especially as things heat up between Seffy and Trent.
My Thoughts:
Kumbaya Much is definitely the best one so far! All of the Apocalypse Babes books were awesome, this one just tied some things up and brought a few secrets to light.

New problems arise at the compound. Weird side effects from drugs has the residents and Seffy's friends acting wacko. Secrets from Seffy's past are brought out in the open. Trent and Seffy's relationship takes a new turn.
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iRobotronic (Apocalypse Babes #3)




Blurb from Goodreads:

Seffy makes it back to 2006 West Hollywood on a retrieval mission only to find herself in a tangent universe where Arnold is still governor. She goes on the run from robotic-like killers who want her dead, and realizes that if she dies, the chance of her and her friends getting back home will forever be terminated.
 
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The X Factor (Apocalypse Babes #2)


Blurb from Goodreads:

The X Factor finds the Apocalypse Babes friends, along with a few other lost L.A. stragglers, ensconced in a compound that may or may not be
run by evil Soviet scientists. Whether it's due to Bolshevik beliefs or
a manipulating girlfriend, nightmares are on the loose and they want what's
left of Seffy after the zombie attack. To make matters worse, one of the stragglers develops an unwanted attraction for Sef, and insists it's more
than just UST à la Mulder and Scully.


My Thoughts:

OMG, could this series get any better?! The Z Word was my first zombie book, I have very little knowledge where they are concerned, but after reading The Z Word I fell in love with the book...and have a new interest.

The X Factor picks up right where The Z Word left off. Seffy and her friends are still stuck back in time but new problems arise. Now she is questioning her friendships. Who can she rely on and what is happening to her. A lot is going on in the compound and somebody is up to no good.


Sleepers (The Swarm #1)



Blurb from Goodreads:


An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can’t calm the fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she’s always loved and the one who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart due to rumors surrounding the queen’s alleged affair, who will Lianne protect and who will she destroy?

My Thoughts:

I totally loved this book. It was different and original. The author had me quessing throughout the whole book.

In this story Lianne is one of three that were adopted into a foreign land. She has no idea who she is until the day she turns sixteen. The foreigners don't like their kind. She faces trials and betrayal.

I was totally left wanting more. I look forward to the next book.





The Eternal Gift (The Eternal Series, #1)



Blurb from Goodreads:

A young girl (Kailah) discovers that she is from a lost and forgotten powerful Immortal blood line after she meets a strange new physician at work. She begins to have visions and see spirits and has trouble controlling bad things from happening when she is angry. Along the way she discovers the terrible truth about who she is and the incredible power that is locked away deep inside her. Her Immortal ancestors want to use her to destroy the vampire race. Vampires want to use her power to destroy her Immortal ancestors. But hiding in the shadows are those who have been watching her since she was born. They want to help Kailah discover who she is and help her learn to use her abilities. They simply want for her to make the right decision before it's too late. Unfortunately for them time is not on their side and the Rogue Vampires have plans for Kailah no one could have imagined.

My Thoughts:

Okay, lets start with WOW! More and more vampire books are hitting the shelves these days, which is great for me since this is my favorite, but this one ranks right up on the top of my fav list. Very few books have brought tears to my eyes, this was one of them and oh do I love it when a book brings out my emotions. Its like I'm right there experiencing it all.

Kailah learns of her immortal heritage after meeting a vampire at work. She has very strong powers that immortals want to use to eliminate the vampires but the vampires want to use her powers to overpower the immortals and save their race.

This book left me begging for more. I mean who doesn't like strong magical elements, immortals, vampires, and cute guys.


The Dark Gifts Birthright



Blurb from Goodreads:

Throughout the ages, druids have passed down a prophecy from one generation to the next. A girl, born of a witch clan, will become vampyre and spark a war that will divide the vampire nation. This young woman will either save humanity from vampire reign, or be the end of it. Although she’s never heard the prophecy, and doesn’t believe in witchcraft, Liz Markum is that woman.

Working with her maker, Michael, and the remaining members of the warring Vampire Council, Liz must defeat the darkness inside her, and learn to become more than a killer vampire. She must become a vampire killer.


My Thoughts:

I'm a total Vamp lover, so this book hooked me from the beginning. There's lots of action and even a little romance...definitely my kind of book.

Liz is born from a witch family and ends up a vampire. After she is accepted into the council, the vampires divide. She must learn how to defend herself from these evil vampires, even killing them.


Spartan Heart





Blurb from Goodreads:

Sent away to college in America, Evangeline swore she would never return to England. Anger loses its value when tragedy forces her home to assume ownership of the family's beloved Greco-Roman museum. Placing a foolish, drunken kiss on a Greek statue in the museum's basement, Evangeline unknowingly frees a Spartan prince from an evil oracle's curse. Suddenly, her lonely life is invaded by the rakish man with knowing emerald green eyes who never eats or sleeps, and seems to know her every thought and feeling. Falling in love is dangerous, especially when it's with a man who has already been claimed by the bitter oracle, Demona. From the moment of her kiss, Evangeline is swept into Dorien's world of mystery, danger, and passion. The oracle's fury only mounts as they unravel Demona's darkest secrets, but not before Demona finds out about their unborn half-breed immortal twins. Demona uses her knowledge of the future to manipulate and destroy, but sometimes love has a will, and a heart, of its own.

My Thoughts:

This paperback contains both, parts 1 and 2. If you're looking for an excellent immortal read, this is definitely it. I look forward to more from Kristine, she did a fabulous job!

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The Z Word (Apocalypse Babes #1)





Blurb from Goodreads:


The Z Word follows Seffy Carter and her longtime friends Gareth, Addison and Lani. The four besties share a past dysfunctional and dark enough to keep them bound together under do-over identities. But rends develop in their relationships from the flesh-eating pressures of ending up in 1980, in a Montana desert, surrounded by zombies wearing dated disco duds.



My Thoughts:

This is the first zombie book I have ever read. I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting into but was thoroughly impressed at what I discovered.

Sef is in LA until a blast sends her to a strange desert with weird sand and a pink sky. If that wasn't weird enough, she and her friends discover strange disco looking zombies hungry for a taste of their flesh.

I personally can't wait to read the next book and find out how things play out. Will her lifelong crush finally return her feelings? Will they escape the refuge? Will they walk away without getting the freaky zombie virus?



The Pastor's Wife





Blurb from Goodreads:


Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn't please, and a God who took away everything she ever loved.Nick Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made, how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It's what ultimately drove her to leave him three years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they've built.

My Thoughts:

Maura Sullivan is forced to go back to Granger, Ohio, a place she never wanted to see again. She was left beneficiary of an old theater, but in order to gain the deed she must live with her estranged husband for six months.

Pastor Nick Shephard had come to terms that his wife had left him years earlier but then the unthinkable happened. In order for Maura to receive her inheritance she must live with him for six months.

Maura hated the idea of living with her husband, she had left all those years ago because she had felt abandoned by the man she loved. She felt that his church and congregation came first.

Seeing that his wife had lost all faith, he agreed to the living arrangement to help guide her back to the Lord. Along the way he began to fall in love all over again.

This was one book that I couldn't put down. I have a workaholic for a husband and could relate to Maura very well.

The Dark Divine




Blurb from Goodreads:


Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared--the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood--but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude's high school. Despite promising Jude she'll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel's shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy's dark secret...and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it--her soul.

My Thoughts:

I bought this book at Borders during their closing sale. I didn't buy it because I had been waiting for its release. I didn't buy it because I knew of the author and loved her work. The cover caught my eye and I grabbed it off the shelf before anyone else could spot it.

I got home and opened the book, not knowing what kind of story it held inside the pages. This writer knows how to grab your attention and hold it.

Grace comes from a kind and loving family, she is the daughter of a preacher. Daniel moves back to town after being gone for a few years and immediately her brother Jude warns her away. Of course this only peaks her interest in why Daniel left in the first place. She struggles with the need to help Daniel get his life back and her loyalty to her brother.

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