Review: Firstlife - Book #1 Everlife Series - Gena Showalter - February 2016
Normally Gena Showalter has written supernatural/paranormal type books, so when I discovered that she had written a dystopian of sorts I knew I had to read it as I love this type of sub-genre where it talks about the afterlife and reincarnations. In Firstlife, we discover a society where the people are given two choices - to sign which will allow them after their first death to live again in a society of their choice. There is the Myriads and the Troikans. For those who remain unsigned , after they die they go to the outer realms to a place called The Many Ends which is a limbo of in-betweeness and seen as the rough place to be and live out their second life. Tenley aka Ten Lockwood's family are high up in the Myriad's food chain and so it was assumed that she would happily sign with them. However Tenley refused to sign any parties and her family threw her to the wolves by placing her inside an insane asylum where they will try and break Ten by making her choose. Her strength and ability to not be broken as come to the attention of both parties and they both want her for their own reasonings as their was a prophecy about someone who held the right amount of light and darkness - had a balance that could make one party better than the other. So both parties send in a Labourer to try and get her to sign, but what happens when she starts to fall for one of the Labourers and sees the other as her new best friend . During the novel as well, we read as Ten's Aunt stars as Loony Lina and it gets us thinking about Ten's past life and whether she has in fact been fused with a previous generation . One of my favourite parts about this book was the letter/email correspondence between the Labourers and their superiors . At first glance, Firstlife looks like a hard and long read as it does sit at over 500+ pages long, but it is one of those stories - a bit like Anna Todd's After series, where once you get stuck into it- the pages just flip on by and as you turn the last page - you are suprised as you read the book quicker than you thought. As a fast reader myself, it normally takes me 1-2 hours to read a book but Firstlife due to the size took me about 3-4 hours. The first 3/4 of the book was exciting however I found the last 1/4 start to drag, I am however looking forward to reading book #2 as would love to hopefully discover more about Tenley's past.
I hate his cocky, overconfident smirk and the way every woman in the office drools over him. I hate the irresistible way he fills out his suit and his manwhore ways. I hate his tempting touch and the way he makes me want to break all the rules. His Clark Kent Glasses, his cheesy sense of humor, his animalistic desire to have me—on my desk, against the filing cabinet, spread out across the conference table.
I hate that he's my number one competition and if we're caught, I lose it all. And most of all, I hate that he's off-limits and I just can't stay away.
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Lola Darling is a romantic with a naughty side. Born and raised in Texas, she's a lover of lip gloss, a Star Wars junkie and full time book nerd.
When not writing steamy, smutty novels, she can be found playing with her cute and cuddly Rottweiler, Rocky, or spoiling her eight adorable nieces and nephews rotten.
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One by one the pieces to the puzzle fall into place, this epic tale of lies and deceit become clear and yet so blurred. The lines I cross are without the protection I know I’ll need or the strength to survive the destruction my past will leave me in the center of.
Kimberly is an International bestselling author of the Angel Trilogy. She has been writing since she was a young girl growing up in Kansas City, Mo. Reading and writing has always been a big part of her life. She enjoys a world she can get lost in while reading a good book. A wife and mother to four beautiful children she decided she wasn't busy enough. She spent some time chasing down fugitives as a bounty hunter then laid down her hand cuffs and finished her college degree in nursing.
Kimberly loves discovering new music to jam out to and loves anything that's different. When Kimberly isn't writing she is playing superhero for her children.
Review: Beyond Dead - Book #1 Bridget Sway Series - Jordania Sydney Robinson - March 2016
On the day Bridget died her life was the worst day ever, not only did it finish in her dying but moments before she had discovered her boyfriend cheating on her and when she walked out of her house she was hit by a bus when crossing the road. Now in limbo - Bridget has discovered that even in death, you have to work for a living as everyone is assigned jobs. Turns out though that being dead isn't actually fun as Bridget is about to discover that not only has she rules , a curfew and a guardian who acts like their parole officer - the dead have police and the GB's which are like the FBI version and guess what - yep you can officially die more than once as someone is out there killing ghosts and it seems that Bridget is the number #1 suspect. With the help of her new friend - also recently deceased and a former PI can they solve the crime of who is killing the ghosts and making them deader and who wants to frame Bridget and why, especially for the fact that she has only just turned up dead and has no reason, that she knows of for being framed of Ghost-Murder . Beyond Dead was a mixture of Romantic Comedy, Chick Lit and Paranormal romance and was a fun read .
Bryn’s hopes for a peaceful new semester at school go up
in smoke when someone tries to kill her—again.
She’s not sure which is scarier, facing the radicals who want to sacrifice her
for their cause, or her impending nightmare-of-a-Directorate-arranged marriage
to her nemesis, Jaxon.
The one bright spot in her life is Valmont, her smoking-hot
knight who is assigned to watch over her twenty-four hours a day. Is what she
feels for him real, or just a side effect of the dragon-knight bond? At this
point, stopping the impending civil war might be easier than figuring out her
Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband
and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes,
Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German
Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after
work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing
paranormal adventures or romantic comedies.
Character interview: Bryn McKenna interviews Jaxon Westgate
from the Going Down In Flames series.
Bryn: “Can you describe yourself for our audience?”
Jaxon: “Why would I do that when there’s a photo included in
Bryn: “Fine. I’ll describe you. Jaxon has blond hair, blue
eyes, and golden tan skin, he’s almost pretty.”
Jaxon: “I’m not pretty. I’m handsome.”
Bryn: “Modest much?”
Jaxon: “Haven’t you heard that saying: It’s not bragging if
it’s true. Besides, all Blue dragons are attractive in human form.”
Bryn: *whispers “And a little full of themselves.”
Jaxon: “What was that?”
Bryn; “Nothing. Next
question. What’s special about you?”
Jaxon: “What kind of ridiculous question is that?”
Bryn:“It’s a getting
to know you question. If you asked me, I could say that I’m the fastest flying
dragon on campus.” *smiles innocently at Jaxon who used to hold that title.
Jaxon: *grinds teeth slightly before taking a breath. “Fine.
Then I’d tell people that I’m better with a sword. Remember that time I beat
you in a duel?”
Bryn : Forces smile. “That sounds vaguely familiar.
Anyway…what’s your favorite thing about school?”
Jaxon:“I’m sure your
answer is the dining hall, because I’ve seen you eat. My answer would be
learning to control my magic. I excel at exhaling ice and sleet. I look forward
to learning more about using my element as a weapon.
Bryn: “I love working with quintessence and using it to heal
people. I want to be a medic after I graduate.”
Jaxon: “I prefer not to think about what might happen after
graduation since your grandmother and my mother are conspiring to set up an
arranged marriage between us.”
Bryn: “That prospect is actually more terrifying than the
rebels who keep attacking campus.”
Jaxon: “Finally, something we can agree on.”
Bryn: “Our time is up. If you’d like to know more about
shape-shifting dragons check out Chris Cannon’s Going Down In Flames series.
Jaxon is an asshat in the first book, but you’ll grow to understand his
character more in the second and third books. Plus you can meet my smoking hot
knight, Valmont Fonzoli.
Jaxon: “You just couldn’t go an entire interview without
mentioning him, could you?
Bryn: “He’s important to the story.”
your story. I find him annoying.”
Bryn: *Rolls eyes. “Well Valmont and I both find your
personality delightful. Don’t bother responding. Time’s up.”
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My life is perfect…until my boyfriend turns out to be a douche, I lose my job, and my life plan falls apart.
Jaeger is successful, self-assured, and the way he looks at me has heat spreading down my chest and farther south. More important, he wants me—baggage and all. But then his ex returns to town, and she wants him back.
After all I’ve lost, I don't want to lose him too.
A RITA-nominated author, Jules Barnard began her publishing career in 2014 with DEEP BLUE, the first book in the contemporary Blue Series, making it onto romance bestseller lists. In 2015, she launched FATES DIVIDED, the first of a romantic fantasy series Library Journal calls "...an exciting new fantasy adventure." Whether she's writing about beautiful Lake Tahoe, or a Fae world embedded in a college campus, Jules spins suspenseful stories filled with realistic characters that have heart and humor.
When Jules isn't in her sweatpants writing and rewarding herself with chocolate, she spends her time with her husband and two children in their small hometown on the California coast. She credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.
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THE CARVER is a young adult fairy tale retelling that takes you on a road trip with an adult Peter Pan as he and the children of some of your favorite characters. Together, they must find out what happened to their missing family members as secrets of the old world and new are revealed, with only Pinocchio's carvings to guide the way.
THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . . THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . . THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . . Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind. With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.
about the author:
When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.
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When Zoey first put out an ad for a roommate , she wanted a male as she needed someone who wouldn't cause a lot of drama. It came down to two contestants - Mr. Blue Eyes -Sex God Liam and Andrew - The Geeky Med Student. Zoey chose Andrew as she decided that there wouldn't be any chance of romantic feelings between the two. I have to admit , I did hope that we would have seen a bit more of Liam or at least a cameo later down the track in the book. The book then jumps five years in the future and Zoey is nearing thirty and her life isn't going as she had planned it as she has been in a funk since she caught her now ex-boyfriend Jess sleeping with her friend. Andrew on the other hand is now a sexy doctor after going on a health kick and working out , he has now dropped the "An" in front of his name and no longer looks like the nerdy guy who moved into the apartment five years ago. In fact , we are now seeing some sparks fly. The rest of the novel is tension and unresolved romantic feelings between Drew and Zoey and then what will happen though when Zoey is offered the job role of a lifetime ? Will she take it and live HEA or will the job cause a rift between the two friends causing a major fallout. The other thing I loved is that I could in a way relate to the character of Zoey as I am nearly thirty myself (will be next year) and I too don't have a husband or children and I definitely had planned something better than my current job -but life never really goes according the plans. The other thing I loved about Zoey was that Kat. T. Masen had her loving characters like Rainbow Brite - which like Zoey, I too own a Rainbow Brite T-shirt and the fact that Zoey had a My Little Pony tattoo - I have always wanted this, but am afraid of needles to get a tattoo myself.
Check out this month's issue of "Roomie Wars" by Kat. T. Masen to find out the ending of the Zoey and Drew debacle.