Saturday, September 27, 2014

#Read Me, Love Me, Buy Me (Book Review)

BREAK MY BONES

(The Wish Makers Book Two)

By Shawn McGuire






Everyone makes mistakes. Crissy’s just might kill her.

Seventeen-year-old Crissy Sheets was so sure Brad was the one, she believed him when he swore the first bruise was an accident. She believed him when he told her he loved her after the second. Now trapped in an abusive relationship with no idea of how to get out, she’s all but given up on ever having the life she dreams of. With little to lose, Crissy wishes for a better future.

She’s told her wish has been granted, but nothing has changed. Her house is still a dump, her mother is still drinking, and Brad still wants to control her every move. Then Lance moves into the house across the yard. He’s hot, chivalrous, and wants to help Crissy break free. Will standing up for herself push Brad too far?

INNER STRENGTH and SELF-EMPOWERMENT

I have won Break My Bones in a giveaway over at Kat's Indie Reads and because it's the second book of a series I read Sticks and Stones first (click HERE for the review). 
Like the first book, Break My Bones is a very serious read, it's topic being domestic violence, the results of alcoholism, and addiction in general. 
But thankfully the author didn't get stuck in the very real depiction of the above mentioned tragedies but tells us what is needed to break out. Besides a Wish Mistress, that is. 
Crissy is abused by Brad, stuck in baby sitting duty and one day, she makes a wish - for a better future. And things take their course. 

What is so amazing about this book is the story is told without any moral judgment; it just shows how to break out of a vicious circle by accepting help from friends and changing your self-perception. Shawn McGuire did an excellent job showing the reader that finding your inner strength and having faith in one self is all you need to create a better future, all by yourself. No one is too weak or too worthless to not make his dreams come true and start anew.

SUM TOTAL:4 STARS

Break My Bones was another 4 star read gifted to us by Shawn McGuire. It's serious, it's hard on your emotions at times, you may even find yourself in there sometimes, but it's great. And hopeful. 
No fifth star because again, no Shakespeare. Otherwise, an excellent sequel. 
Keep them coming, Miss McGuire!

Friday, September 26, 2014

#Read me, Love Me, Buy Me (Book Review)

Nate: Lost In Love (#2)
By A.M Snead



Book description:-
"In the face of death...love is defined."
In despair after his falling out with Kyle, Nate is certain that his life can’t get any worse, that the pain in his heart couldn’t possibly be any more excruciating and unbearable, convinced that ‘anything’ would be better than this. Until he reads the letter that Kyle left behind. Suddenly Nate finds himself thrust into a depth of hell and anguish that he is convinced no human being is equipped to survive.


I’m going to start by giving this book 5 stars, so when I tell you how many times I had to stop reading and take a break, you’ll understand it wasn’t because I didn’t like the book, but if I kept reading I’d end up in tears.
I read a variety of different books but one thing I don’t purposefully chose is crying ones (I’d rather read a YA book before a crier), but there was nothing that was going to stop me from finishing it!

Snead is such a brilliant writer, some parts I had to re-read, but that was because I didn’t expect the story to go in that direction. I had so many different outcomes of how I thought it was going to go, none of which were right (I thought Nate and the doctor were going to get together at one point!). 
Although the beginning did annoy me, because it took so long to find out what the hell Kyle had wrote in his letter, I was gobsmacked to find out the truth.

Nate is the ultimate hero, I absolutely love him, the sacrifice he made was just so amazing (again, I didn’t see it coming).

And the ending was much better than the first book (very good twist).

Get your copy HERE.


I CAN’T WAIT FOR BOOK 3 (One Love: Lost In Love, #3)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

On Going Story (Cool Title, Anyone?): Chapter 7

"Tell me what?" she asked, irked. That bunch of...it was good thing her mother taught her at least some manners, or she would have voiced the thoughts running through her mind right now. Neither her brother nor her aunt would have appreciated them. 
"Uh, do you mind, Aunt Scarlet?" her brother said, having taken her phone in an incredibly fast move. 
Show off, Lara thought disgusted. 
"If I must...perhaps it would be better to wait for Claire and Harris to explain?" her aunt suggested in a hopeful voice. 
"They are spending most of their time in an ancient temple - the constructors back then didn't really think about cell reception...meaning they won't be available for yet another month! And I'm sure as shit won't spend that whole time with a pestering, nagging nuisance. You know she won't let it go... and you are way better equipped to explain the whole thing."
"So you say. What  exactly are doing in the house by the way?"
"Supervising her?"
"And snacking on models?"
"Yeah, well, no use in letting good food go to waste, right?"
"Impertinent boy! I'll explain it to her, but I want you gone within the next fifteen minutes. It's too dangerous - for both of you!"
"Yeah, yeah, prepare me a room then, Auntie; if I have to move out here, i'll move in with you."
Silence.
"By Lucifer, if your parents ever ask me to babysit again, remind me to say no and leave the continent," Scarlet muttered. "Why did they have to go now, at such a critical time?"
Lucien handed Lara the phone and immediately started packing. Lara stared at him, baffled. This had to be the first time her brother did exactly like he was told. This didn't bode well. Not at all. 
"So, dearest auntie, what's going on?" she asked. "Why does Lucien have to leave? And what shall I do with all the food? These skinny types don't have a long shelf life, so to speak...?"
"Let's start with the food: tell Luc to bring them; for the rest: they are kind of related..."
Lara's patience was close to running out. "Tell me already, will you? Otherwise you're going to have two houseguests instead of one!"
"Uh oh, no, no, no. That wouldn't do!" Scarlet screeched at her brilliant threat. Her aunt hated, absolutely hated, sleep-overs. Especially those of the prolonged kind. 
"Yes, well, child, it's because of your coming of age..." Lara heard Scarlet exhale heavily and then her aunt's tone turned cold. "One of the side-effects of coming of age is that your hunger will steadily increase, even more so with the curse. The Gorgons were a hungry folk, Lara - and I'm not talking blood here. The last month you won't be able to differentiate between an appropriate and not so appropriate candidate for sating your desires. You know what I'm talking about, right? You must have noticed already."
Now it was Lara's turn to be silent. 
"So what you're saying is that Luc has to go because I might forget he's my brother one night and jump his bones?" she yelled, irate now. How disgusting was that? Even the mere thought made her gag. 
"Um, yes. But did you notice already?"
"Yes, I did. But I chalked it up to my hormones acting up. It's a bit lonely out here. So, auntie dearest, what am I supposed to do now? I can't lock me in and watch porn for the next months! That's ridiculous!"
"No, you can't. That's not what I meant, anyway. Where do you get these ideas, girl?" A sigh. "No, what your parents should have done, but obviously didn't, which I must do now, is to get you a...a partner of sorts." 
"A partner. As in bed partner?" Lara asked stunned. 
"Yes." The answer should have satisfied her, but the way her aunt said it,...
"What are you not saying?" Lara asked her in a deadly voice. 
"You'll find out anyway...that partner - it can't be a vampire. Your blood would kill the unfortunate individual; thanks to the curse your blood gets toxic for the next months."
"So it's what? A dhampir? A human? A satyr? What?"
"The only beings able to take that kind of hunger for a prolonged time, my dear, are wolves, darling. You'll share your bed with a werewolf for the forseeable future."
A wolf? She had to shag a wolf? Lara pressed the phone to her chest and then she screamed. And screamed. Ands screamed. 
When she had calmed down enough to be able to talk again, she asked her aunt in a quivering voice, hoping against hope that there was a shortage of available wolves, "And where will you get one? It's not like you can mail-order them at Weres R Us?"
"No, of course not." Smug silence. "Didn't you hear? A new pack's moved to town - and rumor has it they are on the prowl."

#Sing for the Moment (Music Review)



Playlist of the Week: 


This is what I came across the last days - all of them are great songs, each coming with a lot of memories, so I wanted to share them.
Enjoy!

  • Blake Shelton, I'm Sorry 


 Though I can't say I like what I see on TV of Blake Shelton, his music is great. And this song is one of my favorites.


  • Ed Sheeran, Lego House


I just like the sound of it; and the video is fun. I mean Ron Weasléy? *lol*



  • A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera, Say Something

 
Who can't relate to that song? And the performance is simply incredible...
 


  • Passenger, Let Her Go


Just because...



  • The Lumineers, Classy Girls


Classy Girls don't kiss in bars... I've obviously missed that memo :)



  • Enya, May It Be


Lord of the Rings forever!


  • Keira Grannis, Valentine


My little girl was due on Valentine's Day... she's still convinced this song was made for her <3


  • Pitch Perfect, Riff Off

For everyone who hasn't seen the movie yet... enjoy!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

On Going Story (Cool Title Anyone?):

CHAPTER 6

Carla-

…she rang her aunt. It was supposed to be an empty threat to her brother, but after the words came out, Lara decided it was a good idea.
“Put the phone down!” Her brother demanded in a deadly low voice. “I’m serious.”
Lara ignored him, she didn’t really plan on getting her brother into trouble with their aunty (that really was an empty threat).
“Lara?” Her aunty Scarlett said, answering her phone in a surprisingly shocked voice.
“Yes,” Lara replied, wondering why her aunty was so freaked-out to hear from her. “I was wondering if you’d like to come over for something to eat,” she scanned her brother’s room. There was two girls sleeping on his sofa and the girl he’d dropped to the floor had picked herself up, and was now on his bed. “We have modals.” She smiled.
“We?” Her aunty asked accusingly. “Is your brother there?”
Lara looked at her brother, confused as to why her aunty spoke like it was a bad thing that her brother was here.
Why wouldn’t he be here? She wondered.
“What’s going on?!” Lara demanded from both her brother and her aunty, finally clicking on to the fact that her family are keeping secrets from her… again.

Her brother looked away from her as he spoke. “I was going to tell you…”


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Monday, September 22, 2014

#Read me, Love Me, Buy Me (Book Review)

BROKEN WINGS

(Blackbird & Confessor, #1)

By Mara Jacobs











I could tell you my name, but then I’d have to kill you. 
Forced to live in seclusion, my only contact with the outside world is with my online chat buddies. I give out different screen names with every person except with one: Confessor. To him, and only him, my name is Blackbird. He is my soul mate. At least online.
I make a living buying and selling used computers. Usually I can just ignore the stuff that’s left on the machine by the previous owner, but the desktop picture on my newest acquisition stops me cold. It’s the face of the man who killed my father twenty years ago. The man who sent me into hiding. The first time, anyway.
I start digging through the machine, telling Confessor about my every move. Except the part about wanting to avenge my father’s murder.
A dead body gives me the perfect excuse to leave my nest and head to Tennessee, to find the murderer, and to reclaim my life. Once there, I find myself torn between two men, and pining for my mysterious Confessor. And just when I think I’ve got things solved, my past is revealed, throwing my plans of vengeance into chaos.
Will I fly free, or have my wings clipped?


ONLINE DATING FOR CREEPS 101

I found this book thanks to one of those pesky nag mail - I was bored and thought a mystery sounded like the perfect way to spend the evening. So I clicked on the link, read the description, got me the sample and... had to buy the book. 

The author is mostly known for her romance books - which I didn't know at that time, thankfully - but with Broken Wings she has proven that she can do mystery as well as the narrative is strong, compelling and keeps you glued to your e-reader. 

Broken Wings has everything: a recluse reselling used laptops, online dating, a backgammon tournament (both online and in real life), virtual heart-to hearts with an unknown male, murder, more murder, a mobster in hiding, country music, a bar, pancakes and a wild night in a shady motel. 

All of these ingredients make for a good read, but the way they are put together gave me goosebumps - and not of the good kind. 
Why? Because you never know who or what is hiding behind a cool nickname. Hence, online dating for creeps 101. 

SUM TOTAL: 4 STARS 
Broken Wings is a great mystery with many ingredients that the author blends perfectly into a compelling story. And it will change your online behavior forever. 

Find your copy HERE


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