Moving On

I have decided to go back to book reviewing.

However, I won’t be doing it here. I will be sticking to only reviewing at FicCentral. I’m just a contributor there, and I think that’s way easier for me to deal with. I won’t have to worry about posting as much because there are other reviewers.

I won’t be removing this site anytime soon, but I will be slowly moving all my reviews over there.

I encourage you all to check me out over on FicCentral and thank you for following this blog!

Much love!

To Blog or Not

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Long time no see right? Yea, I know. I suck.

I got really busy with school and the baby (almost a year old now!) but I’ve found myself on an unplanned break from school (nothing bad just I was just enrolled in a online school that apparently was not allowed to do internships in my state. hmm) and I’m feeling….not productive.

Funniest thing is, I’ve had better traffic since I haven’t been posting than all my posts combined. CRAZY.

I’m debating coming back to reviewing. I kinda hated it in the end but there was also a lot of drama going on and I never really felt part of the community but fuck, what do I need a community for? I am a LONE WOLF (haha). I also had a lot going one in my RL but the baby sleeps now (sorta).

Maybe I can ease back into it, yea?

Anyway, just some thoughts I wanted to get out there.

 

Blog Tour Guest Post: The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle

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The Last Breath

by Kimberly Belle

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Humanitarian aid worker Gia Andrews chases disasters around the globe for a living. It’s the perfect lifestyle to keep her far away from her own personal ground zero. Sixteen years ago, Gia’s father was imprisoned for brutally killing her stepmother. Now he’s come home to die of cancer, and she’s responsible for his care—and coming to terms with his guilt.

Gia reluctantly resumes the role of daughter to the town’s most infamous murderer, a part complete with protesters on the lawn and death threats that are turning tragedy into front-page news. Returning to life in small-town Tennessee involves rebuilding relationships that distance and turmoil have strained, though finding an emotional anchor in the attractive hometown bartender is certainly helping Gia cope.

As the past unravels before her, Gia will find herself torn between the stories that her family, their friends and neighbors, and even her long-departed stepmother have believed to be real all these years. But in the end, the truth—and all the lies that came before—may have deadlier consequences than she could have ever anticipated.

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Lessons from a publishing newbie

My first novel, The Last Breath, debuted in September. All those years spent in a

quiet room with my laptop, writing and revising and revising again, wrangling the

words and tweaking them just so, querying and pitching and waiting, waiting,

waiting. And then finally and all of a sudden, the big day is here. A book is born. Your

baby is sent out into the world for others to read and discuss and critique. It’s

terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time.

Now, a short four months later, I’ve learned a lot—about readers, about other

writers, about the publishing industry in general. Some of the lessons have been a

piece of cake, others have come on like a toothache, sudden and painful. Here are

five of the biggest.

1. Other writers will be your biggest fans, your loudest cheerleaders, and your

most outspoken advocates. They will organize giveaways and open up their

blogs, their Facebook and Twitter pages, to plug your book. What comes

around goes around. Return the favor, always. If you don’t, next time around

they won’t, either.

2. Speaking of social media, be on it, and be vocal. Even on days when it feels

easier to write an entire chapter about imaginary people than it is to come up

with 140 characters of Twitterlicious text. Readers are on social media, and

they love to talk books.

3. Female writers, especially female writers of romance or women’s fiction,

don’t get taken as seriously as male writers. I know. Shocking, right? Even

though the majority of book buyers, especially in those categories, are

female. It’s not fair and it’s not pretty, but unfortunately, it’s a fact.

4. Writing a novel is the hardest thing ever. To get all ninety thousand words in

just the right order, to come up with twists and turns the reader won’t see

coming, to craft a story that builds in suspense and momentum often feels

impossible. You’ll pull your hair and wear your delete key to a tiny little nub.

You’ll stomp and cry and want to quit a million times. But…

5. …that moment when a reader tells you they loved your story, that they get

your characters, that they went into a book-hangover funk when they

reached The End… That moment makes everything worth it.

About the author

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Kimberly Belle grew up in Eastern Tennessee, in a small town nestled in the foothills

of the Appalachians. A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, Kimberly

lived for over a decade in the Netherlands and has worked in marketing and

fundraising for various nonprofits. She’s the author of two novels, THE LAST

BREATH and THE ONES WE TRUST (August 2015). She divides her time between

Atlanta and Amsterdam.

Keep up with Kimberly on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Goodreadsor via her Website.

Review: Chasing Daybreak by Ranae Glass

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Author – Ranae Glass

Pages – 236

Publisher – Crimson Tree Publishing

Series – The Dark of Night

Expected Release Date – March 24th, 2015

Summary –

Isabel Stone wanted a normal life. But when the unexpected death of her father leaves her at the helm of the family business, things quickly go from weird to worse. Vampires are on the loose and out of the coffin, and only Isabel can walk the fine line between the world of the living and the world of the undead.

Torn between letting go of her past and embracing her future, Isabel will have to decide who she can trust, and be willing to use all the weapons at her disposal, to get to the bottom of a terrifying string of deaths that lead right to her doorstep—before she becomes the next victim. In a city where nothing is what it seems, ending up the target of a deranged killer might actually be the high point of her week. Because in this town, the things that go bump in the night… just might kill you.

My Rating – 3 1/2 of 5 stars

I received a digital copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review

Isabel has taken over her father’s PI business after his death, giving up her dream of being a teacher. Now she kinda supports the family with her meager earnings, while trying to keep from being murdered during a case.

Did I mention her ex-fiancé, Shane, is now her vampire business partner that lives in her attic? Yup.

Isabel takes a new case about a missing suburban mom that the police were never able to solve. It takes her deeper in into the world of vampires and werewolves, something she’d been kind of avoiding since Shane was changed against his will the night before their wedding.

Mixed in with the danger of the new case, Isabel also has to deal with someone leaving dead bodies on her front porch like presents, and the ex-fiancé brining his undead girlfriend around.

This book was short and action packed. It was kind of like if Veronica Mars was placed in the True Blood universe, both of which I very much enjoyed. Isabel was smart, witty and a bit of a badass. She doesn’t let people intimidate her. She also has a friend that is in a motorcycle gang, which was a little too close to VMars but whatever.

I felt like Shane was a jerk. No, he didn’t ask to become a vampire and leave Isabel at the altar, but he flaunts his new girlfriend in front of Isabel and that really irritates me. It’s clear he still has some kind of feelings for Isabel and I know he needs to try and embrace the vamp life but his new girlfriend is terrible and I hate her. Which makes me kind of hate Shane.

I was digging Xavier (who is like of like Erik from True Blood) and his not so subtle ways of “wooing” Isabel. I hope he’s featured more in the next books.
I kind felt the story was a little rushed and the ending wrapped up a little too quickly but there was never a dull moment in the book. Also, I’d like a little more information about Isabel’s sister Heather that comes back after taking off at 16.

I enjoyed the book overall, it kept me interested and I’m a sucker for badass female characters and vampires. I recommend!

Chasing Daybreak (The Dark of Night, #1)

Review: Crewl by Gennifer Albin

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Author – Gennifer Albin

Pages – 368

Publisher – Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Series – Crewel World

Summary –

Incapable. Awkward. Artless. 
That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

My Rating – 2 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through the Arcycling blog.

I’m going to start out by saying that I absolutely hated the main character’s name, Adelice. I can’t think of any other way of pronouncing except like “headlice” (which made my head itch) and it was how I referred to her
throughout the book.

Headlice has a gift and apparently this gift is dangerous to have. All through her life her parents trained her to be clumsy so she would mess up the Spinster testing. What’s a Spinster? Well, they control the world? Sort of. Not really. They control elements of Arras but the Guild controls them. Which honestly makes no sense. The Spinsters should be the ones in control since they control LIFE.

Arras is a highly controlled, segregated place, boys and girls are kept separate until they are of age to marry. Women are possessions. If you are not selected to be a Spinster, you are to marry and be nothing more than a secretary or if you are lucky, maybe a teacher. The emphasis on cosmetics in this book is strange to me. Girls aren’t allowed to wear makeup until they are of age but then they are required to wear it. You have to be beautiful at all times.

Anyway, Headlice slips up during her testing and shows off her skills. The Guild comes for her in the night, taking her away from her family. She is by no means a willing participant in this and gets thrown in jail several times for her attitude before she finally begins her training as a Spinster.

The Spinsters live/work at the Coventry all according to rank. Headlice’s rank is very high and very odd given the fact that she’s a new trainee, which is the first sign she’s not too bright of a character. She’s convinced the Guild doesn’t know just how special her gift is, that she can see the threads of life and manipulate them without the use of a loom (which is how normal Spinsters work) but they OBVIOUSLY DO, since they didn’t kill her when she ran, they didn’t kill her when she put up fights with them, they pamper her to an extreme, and she’s passed along the ranks in like two weeks.

While at the Coventry, she catches the eye of a high ranking official, Cormac (who is an a-hole), Erik, the guard of a Spinster that wants to destroy her named Maela, and Jost, a simple valet. They are all vying for her attentions. She ends up kissing two of them (you’ll have to guess which two!).

The characters? All two dimensional. Maela hates Headlice enough to try and mangle her hands but why? Is she jealous? Or is she just mean? Does she have an ulterior motive? You learn nothing about Erik, and Jost has a tragic past that changed him from a regular subservient citizen to a revolutionary.

Headlice though? She’s terrible. She worries about her looks after people she cares for have just been murdered in front of her. She lives in a cell for days, where she has to go to the bathroom in a corner and she gets all hot and bothered when Jost touches her, not to mention she flirts another time she’s been locked in prison for days on end. She calls other girls simpering idiots for being excited about the dresses and cosmetics (like they been trained to by the government and have never been able to wear before) She has no sense of self preservation. And she gets jealous over someone’s dead wife because they were probably prettier than her.

In other words, I don’t recommend this book. The weaving thing confused me and the characters were awful.

Crewel (Crewel World, #1)

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