Review/ Hooked on a Phoenix

Review/ Hooked on a PhoenixHooked on a Phoenix (Phoenix Brothers #1) by Ashlyn Chase
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on March 6, 2018
Pages: 352
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LOCKED IN A BANK VAULT TOGETHER...THEY MIGHT REDEFINE THE MEANING OF 'SAFE' SEX
Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston's financial district. She's had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.
Gabe Fierro is a firefighter―and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank's vault...where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

Earlier this summer I bought Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase on a pure whim after reading the synopsis and I have to say that I am really happy that I did. At first I thought that this was a new to me author but I realized once I got home that  I have one of her previous books sitting on my shelf that I really want to read now which just happens to be the first book in the Boston Dragon series.

From what I can gather I think this series, the Phoenix Brothers and the Boston  Dragons are tied in together but I don’t think you have to read either or to read the books but it might make sense in the end and that is what I plan on doing. I might end up reading them simultaneously.

Before I begin my review I should also mention that later in the week I will be reviewing More Than a Phoenix which is the second book in this series.

I don’t tend to read a lot of paranormal romances as you can probably tell from my blog with the one exception to that being Terry Spear’s books which I will read all the time and just adore and love them. So, I think I now can add Ashlyn’s book to this as well. Which will turn in to automatic buys and reads for me.

I have read wolf shape shifter books but never a phoenix shape shifter book so this was entirely new to me and one I wanted to read more about. I loved how a little mythology was added to the history as well as the rebirth of the phoenix.

In this case our main character is Gabe (Fierro), he is the fourth of seven sons and he is also a fireman (one of many in his family). It appears as though all the male children born into the Fierro family are phoenix’s. To date there are no girls in the family so they don’t if that is passed on to girls. His mother is human and its his dad that is the phoenix.

When Gabe’s old time best friend, Parker, asks him to keep on eye on his sister (Misty) because he is going to be deployed, he is not all that excited until he meets her and then its all bets are off as much as he tries to keep in cool and remember that she is his best friend’s sister. Misty has always had a crush on Gabe and to this day those feelings are pretty strong although I don’t know how strong they will be when she finds out that Gabe has no issues on pursuing any kind of relationship because he is still dealing with the tragedy of what happened to the family dog many years ago. Can Gabe get past that?

Through all kinds of situations from the bank robbery, to Misty’s mysterious illness and her apartment blowing up Gabe has always been there more ways then one and I actually think that Gabe is starting to feel the same way about Misty but his friendship and loyalty to Parker is holding him back. But will the news Misty has to tell him make him change his mind?

I really enjoyed this and looking forward to continuing this series with More Than a Phoenix to see where this will go and the future books. Check back on Friday to see what I think.

Review/ The Rock Star in Seat 3A

Review/ The Rock Star in Seat 3AThe Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman
Published by William Morrow on May 22, 2012
Pages: 208
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Following her hilarious bestselling volume of humorous reflections on life, love, and whatever (Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut), Jill Kargman makes a triumphant return to the world of fiction with The Rock Star in Seat 3A. The author of The Ex-Mrs Hedgefund, Arm Candy, and Momzillas delights with this smart and sassy modern-day fairy tale romance…with a twist.
The story of a woman whose most cherished romantic fantasy comes true—at the possible expense of everything else in her life—when she finds herself seated right next to a rock ’n’ roll demigod on a business flight from New York to Los Angeles, The Rock Star in Seat 3A is fresh, funny, and outrageously entertaining women’s fiction that will strike a loud power chord with fans of Lauren Weisberger and Jennifer Weiner.

After my massive book purge this summer I have decided to read/review more of my own books that I have currently sitting in my TBR pile. As a book blogger there is never enough hours in the day to read and books start to accumulate on our shelves or in boxes and so this was my case but moving forward I decided that I need to devote more time to those books so each month I am hoping to tackle at least a few books that have been sitting there forever.

Today I am going to be talking about a book that has been sitting on my shelf since 2012 and that is The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman. When I first heard about this book I loved the premise behind it and instantly needed to own it but sadly I never read it until this past week.

This was a super fast quick read for me and basically read it in one sitting. One of the things that I loved about the book was each chapter started with a quote and I really enjoyed that touch to the book. I did enjoy the book but I can’t say it was an absolute favorite for me.

The main character is Hazel who is about to turn 30. She is a huge gamer and has landed the dream job of the year working with a gaming company for the past 10 years and loves every minute of it. Through a chance meeting at a boring Christmas party of her sister’s friend she starts talking to the chef, Wylie and before the night is over she manages to get his number, nine months later they move in together and have been together ever since.

With a quick trip to LA for work she gets the chance encounter that most girls dream about, sitting next to their favorite rock star. In this case its Finn from the band The Void. Through a rocky turbulence the two hit it off. Before long all Hazel can think about is Finn.

Probably like most girls would do they would want to pursue this fantasy with a rock star so she does. She manages to get a break form Wylie so that she can pursue it and yes things were all hunky dory in the beginning but she soon realizes that what she had at home is what she truly wants in life but will she be to late? Can Wylie forgive her?

 

Blog Tour & Review/ The House of One Thousand Eyes

Blog Tour & Review/ The House of One Thousand EyesThe House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker
Published by Annick Press on September 11, 2018
Pages: 354
Source: ARC From Publisher
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Who can Lena trust to help her find out the truth? Life in East Germany in the early 1980s is not easy for most people, but for Lena, it’s particularly hard. After the death of her parents in a factory explosion and time spent in a psychiatric hospital recovering from the trauma, she is sent to live with her stern aunt, a devoted member of the ruling Communist Party. Visits with her beloved Uncle Erich, a best-selling author, are her only respite. But one night, her uncle disappears without a trace. Gone also are all his belongings, his books, and even his birth records. Lena is desperate to know what happened to him, but it’s as if he never existed. The worst thing, however, is that she cannot discuss her uncle or her attempts to find him with anyone, not even her best friends. There are government spies everywhere. But Lena is unafraid and refuses to give up her search, regardless of the consequences. This searing novel about defiance, courage, and determination takes readers into the chilling world of a society ruled by autocratic despots, where nothing is what it seems.

Good Morning and welcome to my tour stop today for The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker that was organized by Annick Press. I was honored to be asked to be a part of this tour. Thanks to Annick Press for organizing this tour and for sending me a copy of the book to read and review for my stop today.

The House of One Thousand Eyes was definitely a change from what I have been reading lately and its not one of those books you  want to sit and reading in one sitting. When I set out to start reading this I knew I was going to have to pace myself and for each day I set out a page limit and many times while I was reading I actually had to put the book down and take in what I had just read. This book is filled with so many twist and turns that you didn’t know what was going to happen. Quite a few times I was on the edge of my seat.

If your a reader of my blog you will know that I don’t tend to read a lot of historical fiction books and that is purely my choice but I am happy that I read this. The book was well written and things were moving along at a perfect pace. You can instantly tell a lot of research went into the book.

Our main character is Lena who is 17 years old and lives in a divided Germany in the 1980’s. Lena has been through more things then a normal 17 year old girl should. She lost both of her parents in a industrial accident and then was sent to a mental institution. Thankfully her aunt managed to get her out and she has been living with her aunt. I think through all this tragedy Lena was a strong kick ass girl who would stop at nothing to find out the truth about her parents and what happened to her uncle. She was willing to risk it all to get to the truth.

From reading this you can tell that life was not easy for anyone living there because you were constantly monitored and reported. People in power could control you with one signature on a piece of paper, either making your entire live disappear like you were never there to committing you a mental institution.

Even days after reading this I am still thinking about the book. I highly recommend this.

Review/ Monster Mayhem

Review/ Monster MayhemMonster Mayhem by Christopher Eliopoulos
Published by Dial Books on August 28, 2018
Pages: 216
Source: ARC From Publisher
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In this funny, action-packed graphic novel adventure, a science-obsessed girl finds herself in the middle of one of her favorite monster movies. Can she invent her way out of disaster while also saving the monster who has become her friend?
Zoe's favorite thing to do--besides invent and build robots--is watch classic monster movies. She has never been comfortable with kids her own age, and so she pretends she doesn't need friends while inside she's longing for connection. And then one day, Zoe finds a mysterious ring on her way home from school. She puts it on, gives it a twist, and--FRZAAKK! There's a massive burst of light! The next morning, a familiar monster appears at Zoe's window. He's from one of her favorite kaiju movies, and he likes Zoe--he wants to be her friend. Has her secret wish been fulfilled? But it turns out that Zoe's ring has brought more than just this friendly monster to life. More monsters have arrived, and they are hungry! Now she'll need to reach out to other people to help her save her town from destruction. Good thing she's a robotics genius!

Recently I was sent a little surprise package from Penguin Random House Canada and inside was this super cute and fun to read graphic novel that I am under no obligation to review but I have chosen to read and review it because I am sure this would appeal to all middle grade kids who love to have a laugh and read graphic novels.

If you read my blog on a regular bases you know that I don’t tend to review a lot of graphic novels and mainly that is because its not something I buy or get sent to review but I am hoping that will change from this point forward.

Graphic novels are such a fun and almost quick read. I was able to finish this up within a few hours. The graphics are amazing and eye catching. I loved reading this. I think this would appeal to both girls and boys just because it covers robots and monsters. Plus I loved the theme behind it, yes its okay to do things on your own and its okay to admit that when you need help you can ask for it.

Our main character is Zoe. She is super smart when it comes to doing robotics and to her that is all she needs in life because any friend she has made has always ended up hurting her in someway. She wants nothing to do with that heart ache. That is her perfect world. But in reality we all need that one true friend who will be there for us and you can help but root that it will happen for Zoe.

Zoe is content until she finds this ring which she thinks is just a ring but soon realizes there is more to it and soon realizes that the ring has summoned a monster who loves to eat. He thinks he is there to help and before long more monsters arrive, Before long  Zoe is in over her head. How will she react? What will she do?

I really enjoyed reading this it was such a fun and cute read.

 

Review & Blog Tour/ The Ghost Road

Review & Blog Tour/ The Ghost RoadThe Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
Published by Tundra Books (NY) on September 4, 2018
Pages: 368
Source: ARC From Publisher
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Ghosts, a family curse, buried secrets -- and two girls who have to figure it all out. A new book from an acclaimed author, for fans of Coraline, Doll Bones and The Night Gardener.
For the first time, Ruth is heading to Newfoundland to stay with family she's never met instead of spending the summer traveling with her dad. When she arrives, she finds Newfoundland is very different from her life in Toronto--people there are much more friendly, but also superstitious, believing in ghosts and The Sight and family curses. Ruth's cousin Ruby is also staying for the summer, and the two discover they have a lot in common: they both lost their moms when they were two years old, they're the same age and they even like the same food. But while Ruby believes in spirits and fairies, Ruth believes in science and cold, hard facts.
When they find ominous information on some tombstones in the local cemetery, Ruth and Ruby start investigating their family's past and discover that twin girls are born in every generation, and every set of twins dies young, leaving their children without mothers. What's more, one of the twins always has The Sight and can see the Ghost Road that leads to the mysterious lost settlement of Slippers Cove. What happened there? What does it have to do with their family? And who is the ghostly presence that keeps visiting Ruth late at night?
The answers lie somewhere along the Ghost Road . . . if they can only find it.

Before I begin my review I quickly have to thank Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a arc of The Ghost Road to read and for allowing me to be a part of this book tour.

Earlier this summer I was asked if I wanted to be a part of this blog tour and after reading the synopsis I knew I wanted to read it because I am attempting to read more Canadian authors (and promote them) plus this takes place in Newfoundland (sadly I have never been and don’t know why since I grew up in New Brunswick) and because this sounds like it will be a fun and exciting read.

The Ghost Road is a middle grade story and I have to say that when I started to read it I don’t know what to expect so let me say that I was pleasantly surprised. This does not read like a middle grade read. I was instantly sucked in. Charis’s writing is beautiful. This is definitely suited for all ages in my opinion.

The more I looked at the cover the more I started to love it and I have to say that this was one of those arc’s I fell in love with. The pages were different from any other arc I have read. The whole arc was smooth. I know that this has nothing to do with the review but I just have to say it. LOL

Ruth is  our main character (the story is told in her point of view)  and she is spending her first summer (she lives in Toronto) away from her father (who is on his honeymoon with his new wife) since her mother has passed away in Newfoundland with family she didn’t really know anything about until now. Ruth was very young when her mother passed away. There is so much about Ruth’s mother that comes to a surprise to her but she embraces this new found knowledge and is curious about not only this new found family but about the folk lore of Newfoundland as well. My heart broke for poor Ruth because as the story progresses Ruth realizes there is so much about her mother that she had no clue about. Its like her mother was secretive for a reason but why?

I mentioned that there was so much about Ruth’s mother that Ruth didn’t know about so imagine her surprise when she learns that her cousin Ruby looks exactly like her and I wanted to know how that was. Ruby knows so much about the family and history. This is where I began to be instantly sucked into the story. I am sure I was just like Ruth shocked at what I was learning about the whole family and this is what made it interesting. So many questions kept popping up in my mind as I was reading.

This was definitely a fantastic read for me this week and I pretty much devoured it in a two day span. If I could have stayed up all night reading it I definitely would have. The chapters are short and the pacing is perfect just enough action and suspense to keep you reading.

I have never been to Newfoundland so I can’t attest to the climate or what it looks like but Charis described it in what I imagine Newfoundland to be like and from what I heard. She made it sound eerie and beautiful at the same time. This is the perfect book to curl up on the couch with on a damp rainy day.

I know I say I normally don’t reread books but this is definitely one that I will have to reread again.

Review/ Love and Other Secrets

Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski
Publication Date:  September 3, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush

Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect…until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself.

Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, and their secret friendship becomes the only place she can breathe. She refuses to complicate that with more. No matter how charming Alex can be.

When Bailey decides to film outrageous promposals for her NYU application, she enlists Alex’s help to plan an over-the-top, epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him.

For a guy who seems to have it all, he’s about to lose the only thing he’s ever wanted.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Crush contains a cocky lacrosse player in over his head with his secret best friend, unexpected midnight kisses, swoon-worthy slow dancing, and movie-night cuddling that’ll make you ache. You’re going to want an Alex of your own!

I quickly have to thank MaryAnn from Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for allowing me to be a part of the book tour for Love and Other Secrets by Christina Mandelski. I was graciously provided with a eARC to read for my review today.

I just have to say that Entangled Crush has the best young adult books. I have enjoyed each and everyone that I have read. They are super cute and such fun quick reads. I wish I would have had these when I was a teen.

Alex and Bailey are “secret” friends. They hang around outside of school. Alex is a lacrosse player for the high school team. He is also cute, popular and rich. Bailey is the exact opposite. She works two jobs and lives in a travel park. She is by far not a rich popular girl.

We learn fairly early that Bailey wants to be a film producer and is working hard to achieve that (she has her life planned out) while Alex is sort of laid back and no goals or ambitions in life.

The book opens up one month before prom and Alex has decided the only person he wants to go to prom with is Bailey and for the first time he is doing the asking and that is a big deal to Alex because in the past its always been the girl asking Alex to the prom. He is all set to ask her when she blurts out that she needs Alex’s help to do a promposal because he is the Love Guru and if anyone knows anything about promposal its Alex.

Alex decides to struggle through it and help Bailey with the promposal even though its killing him inside. He wants Bailey to be happy but he always wants Bailey. Will all go according to plan or will this blow up in their faces?

Looking back at my prom (many, many, many years ago) you realize how quickly things have changed. I mean back them you either asked or the guy asked, nothing fancy like it is today. How was it when you went to prom?

I really enjoyed reading this and devoured it in one sitting. I will definitely be checking more books out by this author. It was a super fun and cute read. The perfect book to get lost in for a few hours and dream about or think about prom.

 

Review/ Owl Diaries Series

I can’t recall how I stumbled upon the Owl Diaries series because its been some time now but I must have spotted it on a shelf at Chapters and flipped through it and instantly feel in love with our main character Eva. These books are an automatic buy and read for me.

Eva is just your typical little owl trying to make it through her day to day life and even though she is just an owl she struggles with things and situations like most kids do but with the help of her friends she manages to get through it.

I know I am not the demographic age for this series since its geared towards 1st and 2nd graders but this series is too cute not to pass up and read. The illustrations are bright and colorful and draw you in to each and every page. With its easy to read text with speech bubbles even. The story lines moves at a good pace and you walk away with a little message at the end of each book. Plus a added bonus at the end of the book there is a few questions that are asked to see how much you remember from reading it and I think that is great because it forces you to remember what you just read.

You don’t have to read these in order as each can be read on its own and I highly recommend this series to new readers. I even managed to get a dad who was looking for books for his daughter to pick up a few books in the series as I am sure she will love it.

I personally can’t pick out a favorite because I truly enjoyed them all. Eva is just the cutest owl is she not? To date their is only 9 books in the series and the 10th is coming out in 2019.

Owl Diaries #1: Eva's Treetop Festival: A Branches BookOwl Diaries #2: Eva Sees a Ghost: A Branches BookOwl Diaries #3: A Woodland Wedding: A Branches Book

Owl Diaries #4: Eva and the New Owl: A Branches BookOwl Diaries #5: Warm Hearts Day: A Branches BookOwl Diaries #6: Baxter is Missing: A Branches Book

Owl Diaries #7: The Wildwood Bakery: A Branches BookOwl Diaries #8: Eva and the Lost Pony: A Branches BookOwl Diaries #9: Eva's Big Sleepover: A Branches Book