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Monday, April 24, 2017

Blog Tour: Concepcion and the Baby Brokers by Deborah Clearman

Author: Deborah Clearman
Publisher: Rain Mountain Press
Date of publication: March 2017

In nine thematically linked stories set largely in Guatemala, Concepción and the Baby Brokers brings to life characters struggling with universal emotions and dilemmas in a place unfamiliar to most Americans. From the close-knit community of Todos Santos to the teeming danger of Guatemala City, to a meat-packing plant in Michigan and the gardens of Washington DC, Deborah Clearman shows us the human cost of international adoption, drug trafficking, and immigration.

A Cup of Tears, the opening novella, reveals a third-world baby farm, seen through the eyes of a desperate wet nurse, a baby broker, and an American adoptive mother. In “The Race” a young man returns to his native village to ride in a disastrous horse race. “English Lessons” tells of a Guatemalan immigrant in Washington DC who learns more than English from a public library volunteer. A teenage girl tries to trap her professor into marriage in “Saints and Sinners.”

With searing humanity, Clearman exposes the consequences of American exceptionalism, and the daily magic and peril that inform and shape ordinary lives.

Concepcion and the Baby Brokers was an interesting mix of novellas that show a darker side of life in the poorer society of Guatemala.  It's hard to believe that baby selling is a reality even today.  I had mixed feelings about the book.  I definitely felt invested in the first story about the stolen twins and the American adoptive parents.  I liked how it was told through the eyes of all of the players.  It helped me get a clearer picture of each person's motivation behind their actions.  It was uncomfortable to read, but sucked me right in. My heart broke for everyone involved. I wish the book been expanded and focused more on that story. The ending of the novella left me wanting more and to know what happened next for everyone involved.  It just felt unfinished.

 Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the rest of the stories.  I found myself skimming through them.  That is not to say they are not worth reading.  I think this book will appeal to a lot of people as it has something for everyone.  


Praise
“In these vivid and often heart-wrenching stories, Deborah Clearman illuminates Guatemalan culture at ground level, through characters whose struggles are palpable and moving. The collection couldn’t be more timely, or necessary.”
Julie SalamonWendy and the Lost Boys
“With deep respect for Guatemalan culture, particularly its variations in the beautiful, haunted town of Todos Santos, Deborah Clearman gives us these lovely, captivating stories out of Guatemala. Hers is a voice worth hearing; these are stories worth reading.”
Mark BrazaitisJulia & Rodrigo and The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala

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About Deborah Clearman


Deborah Clearman is the author of a novel Todos Santos, from Black Lawrence Press. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals. She is the former Program Director for NY Writers Coalition, and she teaches creative writing in such nontraditional venues as senior centers, public housing projects, and the jail for women on Rikers Island. She lives in New York City and Guatemala.


Tour Stops
Monday, April 10th: A Bookish Affair
Wednesday, April 19th: Eliot’s Eats
Monday, April 24th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, April 27th: Savvy Verse & Wit
Monday, May 8th: Lit and Life
Tuesday, May 9th: Bibliotica
Monday, May 15th: Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, May 18th: 5 Minutes For Books
Monday, May 22nd: Bibliophiliac
Tuesday, May 23rd: Kahakai Kitchen


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Spotlight: Surreal by R.E. Hargrave


The Divine Trilogy series, book 3
by R.E. Hargrave

***2015 FINALIST for BDSM Writers Con Golden Flogger Award for Best BDSM Novel of the Year***

Catherine O'Chancey is a young submissive who has found her happily ever after, with a man far better than she’d ever dreamed.

Or has she? Is life that easy?

Jayden Masterson first opened his playroom to Catherine—a provocative Irish beauty with a penchant for pain—and then his heart to her everyday persona, Erin. For him, life has never been more perfect . . . Or more confusing.

He's comfortable as a Dominant, but still finding his way as a lover and equal partner. Jayden is also learning that he can't protect his jewel from everything—nor should he. Some battles she must fight on her own.

The travesties of Erin's past still haunt her, and as the couple move forward in their merging relationship, they must now cope with the physical damage left behind by her abuser.
Catherine and her Master have a lot to learn—about each other, and about themselves. If Jayden and his jewel can overcome the challenges they'll face on the next leg of their journey, their ending just might be . . . Surreal.

***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers.***



Catherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.

Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?

Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, uncollared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain slut; could there be one in his future?

Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?


Over the past year of being Jayden Masterson’s collared submissive, Catherine O’Chancey has worked through the mental terrors left behind by her old Dom—she thinks. To celebrate their collaring anniversary, Jayden organizes a special day, during which her final limits and fantasies will be realized. Will it prove to be more than she can handle? Can she endure the erotic onslaught her mind and body will experience and survive unscathed?

While Catherine faces dark shadows and pleasurable highs, Jayden finds his own inner strength being tested. He has come to realize that, somewhere along the way, Catherine has taken possession of his heart, mind, and body. Now he faces his biggest challenge ever; he must let go of all his submissives but one: his jewel, Catherine. Can he leave his philandering ways behind? Has he made the ultimate mistake by putting his jewel into the hands of others?



Domestic engineer. Author. Burgeoning editor. And quite possibly certifiable. Believing every story can shine bright with a bit of tenacious tough love, R.E. Hargrave is thorough and to the point. An international bestselling author, she takes storytelling and manuscript polishing seriously, working with her authors and on her own creations to ensure they come to life, crawling from the pages and into the reader’s souls.

Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX and is married to her high school sweetheart; together they are raising three children. A native 'mutt,' she has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories—which range from the sweet to the paranormal, to the erotic and horrific—on location in South Carolina and Texas.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Faking It by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

Authors:Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
Publisher: CP Publishing
Date of publication: April 11, 2017

Confirmed bachelor Max Sterling isn't into rescuing damsels in distress, but when the very tempting Hailey Ellison needs his help, there's only one thing for him to do. Step in and pose as her loving fiancé. Except there is nothing fake about his attraction to her, or how much he wants her beneath him in his bed, moaning his name. But what starts as a sexy, flirty, temporary engagement, quickly becomes something more serious that neither one ever anticipated. 


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Faking It is the second in the "Book Boyfriend" series.  Book boyfriend is a really good name for this series because I know my list has just gotten longer.  I thought I loved Wes from the first book,  Big Shot, but I have to say, I think I loved Max even more!  This is his and Hailey's story.  We caught a brief glimpse of her in the first book.  When done right, the fake engagement can be a fun read and this one was no exception.

As I said, I loved Max.  His reaction to finding out that Hailey really wasn't engaged was so perfect! It was fun watching these two fall for each other.  The way he helped Hailey realize that she was perfect, flawed body and all, was really sweet.  

What I love about these is that each one can really be read as stand alone books.  My only real complaint is that it was too short and I wanted more of the couple.  I definitely recommend this one.  It's a quick read and I will bet Max will make your ever growing book boyfriend list!



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***About Carly Phillips***

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels featuring hot men, strong women and the emotionally compelling stories her readers have come to expect and love. Carly is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs (two wheaten terriers and one mutant Havanese) who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.

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***About Erika Wilde***
Erika Wilde is the author of the sexy Marriage Diaries series and The Players Club series. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters, and when she's not writing you can find her exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. For more information on her upcoming releases, please visit website at www.erikawilde.com.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White

Author: Kate White
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Date of publication; March 2017

What would you do if you realized that your new husband, a man you adore, is keeping secrets from you—secrets with terrifying consequences?

Bryn Harper, an accomplished self-help author, already has plenty to deal with. She’s still recovering from a devastating car accident that has left her haunted by recurring, smoke-filled nightmares. Worse still, she can’t shake the ominous feeling her dreams contain a warning. 

In the beginning, Bryn’s husband Guy couldn’t have been more supportive. But after moving into a new house together, disturbing incidents occur and Guy grows evasive, secretive. What the hell is going on, she wonders? Then, a woman hired to cater their dinner party is brutally murdered.

As Bryn’s world unravels—and yet another woman in town is slain —she must summon her old strength to find answers and protect her own life. Her nightmares may in fact hold the key to unlocking the truth and unmasking the murderer.


I was definitely in the mood for a good psychological thriller when I picked up The Secrets You Keep.  I had really enjoyed Eyes on You, so I was hoping to be in for a great read.  The story revolves around Bryn, who is a self-help author.  She is recovering from a car accident and living with her husband full-time for the summer.  Up until the accident, theirs had been more of a commuter relationship.  She beings to feel like things aren't quite right with her husband. When a local caterer is murdered, she becomes the number one person of interest.

For the most part, I liked this book.  I'm not going to really talk plot, because there are a lot of twists, red herrings and surprises.  Would I say that this was a psychological thriller?  Not really.  But it is definitely a good solid mystery.  I didn't call the ending and that is always a bonus for me.  I thought the plot was well laid out and is told through Bryn's eyes.  I enjoyed finding things out along with Bryn as it kept me engaged.  Despite all of that, I never really had the sense that Bryn was in serious danger throughout most of the book.

 I would recommend this one.  Just don't go into it expecting a fast paced seat of your pants thriller.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throwback Thrusday: Three Down the Aisle by Sherryl Woods

Author: Sherryl Woods
First published in 2005 by Silhouette
When Melanie D'Angelo arrived at Rose Cottage, she was only looking to mend her shattered heart and restore the beautiful house her grandmother once called home. The last thing she wanted was to become involved with her landscape designer!
Mike Mikelewski couldn't deny his instant connection with the gorgeous Melanie, but the single dad already had a woman in his life--his adorable, but troubled, young daughter, Jessie. Even though Melanie made his heart pound--and Jessie smile--he wouldn't allow himself to take a chance on a love that was blossoming like the Rose Cottage garden. Or could the trio become the family that Jessie had always dreamed about?
Three Down the Aisle is the first in the Rosewood Cottage Sisters series.  Melanie finds out her boyfriend has a wife and two kids and is devastated by the betrayal.  her sisters convince her to take some time off and restore their grandmother's cottage.  Mike is the local landscaper and cringes at the ruin of a garden every time he passes Rosewood Cottage.  When he offers help to Melanie to get the garden back in shape, he didn't count on falling for her.
I thought that this was a super cute and sweet romance.  I loved how Mike and Melanie became friends before lovers.  They were really sweet together.  I also love how Melanie was with Mike's daughter Jessie.  It's a pretty short read, so the romance is quick.  But I didn't mind, I actually found it quite believable.  I definitely recommend this one. I look forward to the rest of the series.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Review and Excerpt of Ride Rough by Laura Kaye


Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Avon
Date of publication: April 25, 2017

Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.
Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.
Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

So after not having read anything really exciting lately, I was so excited when I started Ride Rough. I flew through this book and loved every second of it.  It is the second book in the Raven Riders series. I will say that while it can work as a stand alone, you might want to read the first book, Ride Hard to understand what happened before this one.  It picks up pretty much right after the events of Ride Hard.  Which brings me to that funeral scene..I definitely was a bit choked up at the Last Rev.  

I loved Maverick.  His love for Alexa never went away and he would do anything to protect her from harm. I also loved his fierce loyalty to his club and his family.  I also grew to really love Alexa. I was a bit wary of her at first because she came off as kind of weak.  I rooting for her the whole time to find her strong self again.  

Along with the romance, we get to visit with the other wonderful characters from the first book. I for one can't wait for Slider and Cora's book! There is also action and a very unlikable bad guy interwoven into the book.  This is one second chance romance that you need to read.  Make sure to read the excerpt below for a sneak peek!

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EXCERPT 

“Ride with me.” The words flew out of Maverick’s mouth, and he didn’t want to take them back even though, fuck, it put him out there to be smacked down again. But damn if it wouldn’t be worth it to feel her holding him, pressed up tight against him, laughing in his ear.

Alexa hesitated and maybe even looked a little nervous, but Maverick could see the interest in the liveliness of her eyes.

“Don’t think. Just say yes,” he said.

Alexa tilted her head and narrowed her gaze at him, and then she smiled. “Okay. Yes.”

That’s my girl. He kept the sentiment to himself, but he felt it down deep. His Alexa was in there. The one who could throw caution to the wind and have fun doing absolutely nothing. The one who laughed freely and bantered relentlessly. Maverick gave a single nod.

“Let me tell Mom. Be right back,” she said.

“I’ll bring the bike around.” Maverick took a step backward, but then paused when Alexa turned and hurried toward the house. His gaze traced her curves and lingered on the bare skin of her thighs. Thighs that were going to be wrapped around him in just a few short minutes. Thighs that had been wrapped around him in all kinds of ways many times. Many times. Fuck.

A few houses down, Maverick straddled his Harley Night Rod Special and brought the engine to life on a low rumble. He pulled the bike to the curb in front of the Harmon house and waited. He didn’t have to wait long.

Alexa came flying out through the garage. She made eye contact with him and it fucking seared his blood. For some reason this ride felt weighted with a significance he couldn’t put into words. And he wasn’t trying. He was just going to enjoy the hell out of it. Because Maverick knew her agreeing this one time didn’t change anything. Not anything important.

By the time she reached him, Alexa was smiling even though he could tell she was trying to hold that shit back. But she couldn’t, and that got to him, too. For a moment, she hesitated, like she wasn’t sure what to do. No way that was it, though, because even though it had been years, she’d been in his saddle as many times as his bed. He suspected the real issue was giving herself permission to do what she was gonna have to do—get close and hold tight. To him.

Something she hadn’t done in years.


But then she did it.





About the author: 


Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and monster puppy, Schuyler, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Pre-order Tour of Loving Riley by Liz Durano


Author: Liz Durano
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Cover Model: Stuart Reardon
Photographer: Franggy Yanez

Some secrets can't stay hidden forever...

To his fans, Ashe Hunter is the perfect man, the classically trained British actor taking Hollywood and Broadway by storm. To his American girlfriend, Riley Eames, he is a man in love and he'll do anything to keep her safe from the prying eyes of paparazzi suddenly digging into her life.

But to someone from his past, Ashe is her ticket to Hollywood fame and she'll do anything to get it even if it means tearing down the image he's built for himself ever since he left her.



“What did she mean when she said I was so vanilla?” asked Riley.

Ashe had known this was coming, that Riley would ask questions. Well, why shouldn't he just answer her truthfully?

“It has nothing to do with your hair, petal,” he said. “Unfortunately, Catriona Marks is not known for her subtlety.”

“What does it mean, then, ‘She's so vanilla’?” Riley asked, her voice mimicking Catriona's words as she pulled her hand away and crossed her arms in front of her chest.

“Catriona's tastes are what might be called ‘alternative’,” explained Ashe. “In some circles, she's better known as ‘Mistress Cat’.”

“Like a Dominatrix? How would you know that?” Riley paused, raising her hand. “No, don't answer that, Ashe. I’m not sure I want to know.”

For a few moments, she didn't speak. He watched her bring her hand to her mouth, her expression distraught as if a vision of Ashe and Catriona together had come to her mind unbidden. Then she turned her face toward the window, watching the snow outside as the car made its way through the streets.

"You used to date her, didn't you?"

"Yes," he replied.

“It would have been better if you'd just said she's your ex-girlfriend,” Riley said. “She is, isn’t she? Is she the actress who discovered you?”

“Yes, she is.”

They spent the rest of the ride in silence. Ashe had much to say, but this was not the ideal place to tell Riley the things he wanted her to know about his past and the people who belonged there.










Loving Ashe

A booty call. A stuck elevator. A chance to move on.

Three years after her ex-boyfriend left her to pursue his Hollywood dream, barista Riley Eames’ life is still on hold, hindered by questions only he can answer. So when he asks to meet her for a booty call while he’s in town, she reluctantly agrees, only to find herself stuck in the hotel elevator with rising British star, Ashe Hunter.

He's gorgeous, charming, and before the night is over, smitten.

But a celebrity romance may not be enough to get Riley's love life moving again, not when the ex-boyfriend is back in town and with him, the secrets that will change her life forever.




Though Liz majored in Journalism in college, she discovered that she preferred writing fictional stories over proofing news and ad copy. These days, Liz is the author of five full-length novels including Everything She Ever Wanted, Loving Ashe and A Loving Riley.

When she’s not arguing with her muses about their story arcs, she’s usually hanging out with her little prince, stepping on Legos and building train towns. She’s probably also guzzling down coffee and sneaking in the chocolate while learning about the world from other peoples’ writings. And she’s always asking questions. Always.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Blog Tour: WASP (Uncommon Enemies, Book 1) by Fiona Quinn

Author: Fiona Quinn
Publisher: Silver Heart Publishing
Date of publication:April 11, 2017


Why is Zoe hiding beneath her bed?

Zoe Kealoha is a military research scientist. Her work is aimed at saving lives. Then why are there intruders looking for her inside her very own home. Most friends yawn at Zoe's conversations about micro-robotics. It must have struck a nerve with someone, and they don't sound friendly at all. As she hears the heavy crunch of footfalls creep closer, she realizes her quiet, orderly world is about to be upended.

Unlike Zoe's orderly world of hypothesis and laboratory-controlled environments, Gage Harrison loves the rush of risk. A Marine Raider, Gage is a warrior in every sense of the word. His soft spot is Zoe.

When he hears desperate screams from inside her home, his instinct and training switch from lover to guardian. He'll stop at nothing to save her from whatever evil lurks behind her bedroom door. 
While Gage may have thwarted an attempt on Zoe's life, he recognizes the skill of the men sent to abduct her. They, like he, were trained killers. And Gage knows they'll be back.
Who is after Zoe and what does she know that's worth abducting her? Gage and his team are willing to risk everything to protect Zoe. If her research is that vital to saving lives, she and Gage will stop at nothing to untangle the sticky web of intrigue traps politicians, lovers, schemers, spies, and those willing to put money over loyalty.

WASP is the first in the Uncommon Enemies series.  I was looking forward to starting a new romantic suspense series.  Unfortunately in the end. this book wasn't for me. Despite that, there were some things that I did like about it. It definitely had some good action scenes and the pacing was, for the most part, pretty steady.  I also really liked Gage.  His take charge personality was attractive and made him a likable character. I just wouldn't have ever picked Zoe for him.

What I didn't love was Zoe. I had a really hard time understanding why Gage was falling for her.  I never got the sense that other than sex, he would really be attracted to her.  She was pretty passive and one dimensional for most of the book. While the pacing was OK for the most part, I did feel like it dragged in parts of the book.  For instance, it took way too long to get Zoe out of the hospital.  Her life was clearly in danger, yet a lot of time was wasted having Gage running around talking to people. Too many characters were introduced in the beginning of the book and I had a hard time keeping track of them all.  I also spent a large part of the book feeling like I was missing major backstory.  

I know others have loved this book. Check out what others are saying on Goodreads. In the end, it just wasn't for me.


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Canadian born, Fiona Quinn is now rooted in the Old Dominion outside of D.C. with her husband and four children. There, she homeschools, pops chocolates, devours books, and taps continuously on her laptop.


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Avenged by Jay Crownover

Author: Jay Crownover
Publisher:
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New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover brings heat and heart to Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with AVENGED… 

Girl meets boy… 

On the worst night of her life when she’s decided to take a drastic step that there is no going back from. 

Girl is used to sitting by, letting fate deal cruel hand after cruel hand to good people with soft hearts and she’s had enough. 

Girl thinks it’s time to fight back against fate and against men who aren’t careful with all the precious things a woman in love has to give him. 

Fate shows girl who’s boss and turns her world and plans upside down without breaking a sweat. 


Avenged is a short novella that brings together a couple of characters from The Point and The Saints of Denver series. This also takes place in the town of Surrender that features in the Mackenzie world from author Liliana Hart.  It's a lot of connections and I'm not sure it works that well as a stand alone. I haven't read any of the series from Ms. Hart, but that really didn't make a difference in this book. But I did feel as if a new reader might be a bit lost as to who Echo and Benny are in relation to Ms. Crownover's series. 

I have read everything by this author, so it was a treat for me to see Echo and Benny get a story.  It's quick and  insta-love.  Both of them have major pasts and I could see how that drew them together.  But in the end, I really wanted more.  I really think that these two deserved a longer story. But, in the end I did enjoy it.  They were hot together and maybe that will pop up in later books, so we can see how they are doing.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wikedpedia by Chris Van Etten

Author: Chris Van Etten
Publisher: Scholastic
Date of publication: June 2014

It's the return of Point Horror for the Internet generation! Don't open the door. Don't answer your phone. And whatever you do, DON'T turn on your computer. . . .

Cole and Gavin love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures like Genghis Khan, the first female astronaut on Jupiter. So after the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field.

It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident . . . just as Cole and Gavin predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways . . . and those entries start to come true as well.

To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.


Wickedpedia is kind of a mess.  Cole is a jealous ex-boyfriend who wants revenge on Winnie and her new boyfriend.  So, he and his best friend start making fake Wikipedia pages about them.  Only someone takes the fake pages to heart and starts killing off teenagers. 


I'm not even sure what to really say about this book.  It wasn't the worst YA horror, I have read.  But is wasn't the best either.  It kind of reminded me of one of those independent horror films where the teens make dumb decisions and not a lot makes sense.  You know the ones that show up on Netflix and only have 1 star ratings?  The characters were kind of dull and one-dimensional.  I'm not sure I was really rooting for any of them.  The ending was awful and abrupt.  I would have liked an epilogue.  Even a cheesy one would have been better than what I got.  

The only thing that did surprise me was the killer.  I didn't call that one right away..  The kill scenes were pretty gruesome too.  So, if you don't mind that ( and I don't) than this will be right up your alley.  I'm not sure this will be relevant in the future. The pop culture references and technology will be forgotten in 20 years.  I know this is marketed to teens, but they aren't dumb and I can't really imagine most of them thinking this was good solid writing.  





Friday, April 14, 2017

The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: Berkley
Date of publication: September 2016

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her. Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for….
 


Have you ever gone on vacation and wondered what it would be like to leave your job and just stay there forever?  That is what Jessica does in The One Real Thing.  She falls in love with the boardwalk of Hartwell as well as the people who own businesses there.  Is she crazy or does she have a chance at happiness? 
I did end up enjoying this book, but I will admit that parts of it dragged and seemed unnecessary to the overall story. The other thing that drove me nuts was switch between forst person (Jessica) and third person (Cooper).  I didn't understand the reason for that at all and it was a little distracting.

 Jessica's decision to abruptly stay in Hartwell and start over didn't seem so crazy to me.  She was miserable, unhappy and unattached.  Why not move somewhere that she feels accepted and comfortable?  Cooper and Jessica were great together.  I did like that it took a while for them to get together because it gave them a chance to get to know each other more.  My only complaint was the secret that Jessica had took way too long to come out.  The reader doesn't even find out what it was until she told Cooper very late in the book.  That was a bit frustrating because I couldn't understand Jessica's hesitation to tell him.  

This is definitely a book that sets up scenarios for future books. We are introduced to a lot of different characters who seem to have secret backstories that I am looking forward to finding out. I liked the small town feel of the book and how the small community of businesses on the boardwalk came together to help each other out.  I am looking forward to reading Bailey and Vaughn's story next in Every Little Thing.