Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Review: Paraglide - Peter Anthony Kelley

Today's review is written by one of our new reviewers here on The Phantom Paragrapher - Hannah Sutton.


Review: Paraglide - Peter Anthony Kelley - January 2012

When Jim and Erica's mother decides to take them on a trip to the UK to visit her aunt, Jim is unhappy. He would rather have gone to Paris and he expects he will have to follow his mother and sister around. His mother used to be cool, but since their father left eight months ago, she has become paranoid and insists on keeping them in her sights at all time.

But when their mother is kidnapped, Jim and Erica discover that their father's leaving and this trip isn't all that it seems. They have one week to deliver a message to their father, but they have no idea where he is. The kidnappers aren't their only problem, other people are also after their father. Dangerous people who threaten to hurt the siblings to get to their goal.

The pace of the story, the vividly described places and interesting characters will keep you glued to the page, as the siblings are chased across Europe trying to find their father and discover the truth of who he really is.

The story is almost like an old fashioned adventure story, but with modern characters and problems. It would be suitable for kids 12+

The downsides with this book. 

1. The POV starts firmly with Jim, but after a few chapters there are little incursions of Erica's POV. This sorts itself out later when Erica takes over the story for awhile, but early on it is a bit jarring.
2. The title of the book means you are constantly looking for Paraglides to play a substantial role - so it isn't really surprising when they are used as means of escape.  
3. There are a few unresolved points that would be nice if they were mentioned towards the end (not necessarily resolved but indicated they will be dealt with in future books) - for instance Jim's desire to be a chef, which conflicts with his father's desire that Jim follow in his footsteps.
4. I was disappointed that he didn't decide to go after the girl in the end! Or at least say he would at some point.

I wouldn't say the book would be a best seller, but it's fun-fast paced book that maintains the tension until the very end. I also really liked the quirks of the characters - making them very individual and rounded out. 



Welcome New Reviewer : Hannah Sutton

As time flies by, The Phantom Paragrapher has gotten too big for me to handle as the amount of book review requests come flooding in . So a few weeks ago, I decided to put out an ad for Book Reviewers to help me out.
I would like to welcome Hannah Sutton to the Phantom Paragrapher family :)
Hannah is currently touring around the world and runs a blog on her travels which can be found at http://nakedcarousel.com/ 

So readers, put your hands together for ..........................



Cover Reveal : Tone Deaf - Olivia Rivers

Today's Cover Reveal is "Tone Deaf" by Olivia Rivers here on The Phantom Paragrapher.

Synopsis: Tone Deaf -Olivia Rivers - November 2013
After receiving over 800,000 online reads, “Tone Deaf” is coming to book stores!

His world is music…
…Her world is silent.

Ali Blinde was a prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the 21st century.

Until the brain tumor struck.

Now seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with ASL and lip-reading. So when she meets Jace Beckett, she thinks he’s her worst nightmare come true. Jace is the lead singer in the wildly-popular band, Tone Deaf, and he’s exactly the kind of success-story Ali hates and resents.

Nineteen-year-old Jace has it all: fame, money, and any girl he wants. Every night on tour brings a new performance and a new girl, which is just what he needs to avoid the pain of relationships.

But when Jace learns Ali is being abused, he reluctantly proposes a solution: Run away with him and his band as they tour the country. With freedom in sight, Ali takes the offer. Immediately, she’s swept into a world filled with wild punk music, wilder musicians, and maybe—just maybe—love.

"Tone Deaf" is a New Adult Romance coming September 4th, 2013! 

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18051680-tone-deaf 


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Cover Reveal : Fearless by Eve Carter

Today's Cover Reveal is "Fearless by Eve Carter".
Synopsis: Fearless - Book #2 Jesse Series - Eve Carter - September 2013

I am strong, because I've been weak. I'm fearless, because I've been afraid. I'm wise, because I've been foolish.
Life is looking up for Jesse. With expert help from Chase, his injuries are healing and he makes preparations to enter the Pro motocross circuit again. A decision that could force Niki to make a difficult choice.
Kenny starts chemotherapy treatments but his bar, Rookies, is hurting from the lack of attention and lack of customers. As Jesse and Niki work to find a way to keep the bar from going under, life throws other obstacles in their way. From a manipulative dad and flirtatious step mom, to news from home about Jesse's mother, that lands them in New York state in search of answers from the past. Dark secrets that were never meant to be revealed.

  Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18164916-fearless

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Book Release Event : Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris + BE IN TO WIN.

Today's Book Release Event is "Adam's Apple" by Liv Morris , here on The Phantom Paragrapher.
Synopsis: Adam's Apple - Book #1 Touch of Tantra - Liv Morris - July 2013
Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money falls out of his pockets, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta.

What more could a thirty-two year old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his past stays far away? Sounds reasonable but life seldom is.

Kathryn Delcour is a beautiful and alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds her too tempting to resist. He has to have her, but she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. She tries her hardest to keep him at arm's length however Kathryn's arms may not be strong enough to hold Adam at bay.

Hidden secrets, Kathryn's passion for an ancient sexual practice, and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for a wild ride as Adam tells the story in his own words.

Intended for mature audiences. 18+ An 87,000 word love story

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18189155-adam-s-apple 

1) Event ‘Giveaway’: The author is offering a Release Giveaway of (1) $50 USD Apple Store Gift Card, (2) Signed Paperback Copies of Adam’s Apple, (5) eBooks of Adam’s Apple, and Swag


Cover Reveal ; A Perfect Mess (A Perfect Secret, #1), by Zoe Dawson.

Today's Cover Reveal Post is "A Perfect Mess" by Zoe Dawson, here on The Phantom Paragrapher.
Synopsis: A Perfect Mess - Book #1 A Perfect Secret- Zoe Dawson - August 2013

A Perfect Mess (genre: New Adult)
I know what you did last summer.

Aubree Walker, the perfect girl most likely to succeed, is sure there’s only one person who knows what she did.

Booker Outlaw, one of the three Outlaw brothers—all identical, all gorgeous, all from the wrong side of the tracks, and all pure bad boys. He was always the unpredictable one, the one who would be brash enough to make it big self-publishing horror novels on the internet. He promised never to tell, but everyone knows you can never trust an Outlaw.

Then a year later, in the middle of the night, she receives a phone call at Tulane. Her aunt, who took her in after her mother’s death, is in a coma under suspicious circumstances. Now she has to face that one person who knows all about what she did that summer—sexy Booker.

Returning to Hope Parish to be with her aunt, stirs up all those ugly memories. When Aubree starts getting threats, she can’t help but wonder if what she did last summer was tied to her aunt’s “accident.” Afraid, she turns to the only person who knows the truth and Booker doesn’t hesitate to offer his broad shoulder for her to lean on. But Booker has a secret of his own that could crush their fledgling relationship.

As the hot, sultry summer days move on, she finds that even a perfectly smart girl can lose her heart to a perfectly bad boy. What is she going to do when someone starts asking questions Aubree doesn’t want to answer? She’s knee deep into a terribly dangerous, wholly life changing, who-can-she-really-depend-on perfect mess.

A Perfect Series: Three perfect girls, three perfect secrets, one unholy trinity

A Perfect Mess, Book #1 – the girl most likely to succeed, an unpredictable Outlaw, and a dangerous secret that could be the death of her.

A Perfect Mistake, Book #2 – A preacher’s daughter, a reckless Outlaw, and a secret that will change her life forever.

A Perfect Dilemma, Book #3 – The town’s poor little rich girl, a sweet-talking Outlaw, and a secret that will ruin all that she holds dear

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17700828-a-perfect-mess  


Cover Reveal : Only For You (Boys of the South, #2), by Marquita Valentine.

Today's Cover Reveal is Book #2 in Marquita Valentine's new series "Boys of the South".

Synopsis: Only For You - Book #2 Boys of the South Series - Marquita Valentine - TBC 2013

Loose ends left loose for too long tend to strangle.
Cole and Violet knew it wouldn’t be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging.  And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray.
Country Music’s Golden Boy, Jaxon Hunter, has it all, except the girl that got away. What she saw, she really didn’t. What she thought happened, he allowed her to believe for reasons so insane that no one would ever have believed him if he had confessed. But now that everything’s out in the open, he’s going to do his damndest to convince her that he’s the only one for her.
Now Violet must choose between Jaxon— her first love and the guy she thought had cheated on her—and Cole—the guy who helped her heal and love again.
 Or will one of them make the decision for her?

The conclusion of Cole and Violet Rae's story, coming late August. :)

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17980459-only-for-you


Cover Reveal :Exception by Patty Maximini‏

Today's Cover Reveal is Patty Maximini's book "Exception".
Synopsis: Exception - Patty Maximini- TBC

With her life packed in boxes in the back of a U-Haul truck and a promise to her sister, Charlotte, that she’d find a way to let go and be happy, Emily crossed the country to escape the haunting memories of her past.

As she settles into her new life, Emily holds true to her promise and begins to open her walls to those around her and overtime, she selectively begins to trust again. However, some wounds are too great to overcome, and between her recurring nightmares and her fear of even the slightest physical contact, she wonders if she will ever heal completely.

In walks Taylor, a handsome out of towner, with his own past to overcome. Against all odds, an undeniable special friendship forms almost instantly between the two. Not minding his company or touch, Emily is jolted into realization that he is her healing, her strength, her protection and her escape from her daunting past.

He is her exception.

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18103157-exception 


VBT# Emerge - S.E Hall

Today's VBT# stop is "Emerge" by S.E Hall.

Review: Emerge - S.E Hall - Book #1 Evolve Series - May 2013
Until Laney was 10 years old, it was just her and her Dad after her mother walked out from then until Evan Walker came along and as the years went by, the two of them became insuperable. The two were lovers by the time their Senior Year finished and then college acceptances separated the pair as they went their different ways. Hoping to still keep their love strong, the pair tried long-distance romances but whilst at college, Laney meets some new friends and one of them is Dane Kendrick.  Laney feels for Dane, something that she has never felt for anyone else - not even Evan but can she let herself fall for Dane or will she feel that she is betraying what she has with Evan ? 
Emerge is about one girl's journey - Laney's into being thrown into a world she doesn't know and having to find who she is in order to survive.  Emerging from her Shell , to become the person she is inside.
Can Laney allow herself to be loved by someone other than Evan or are her feelings for Evan too strong to let anyone else into her heart ?
Find out in this awesome New Adult Book "Emerge" and I am looking forward to reading Book #2 as Emerge in a way finished on a cliffhanger and OMG point.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Cover Reveal : A Fresh Start - Monica Donnelly

Today's Cover Release comes from Aussie authoress Monica Donnelly and her new novel "A Fresh Start" here on The Phantom Paragrapher.

Synopsis: A Fresh Start -A Henley's Bluff Romance -  Monica Donnelly - TBC

Susannah Morrison is searching for a simple, new life with her young daughter, when she has a chance encounter with Declan Doherty in the coastal town of Henley’s Bluff. A car accident puts her plans on hold and only Declan can help to keep her small family together.

Declan Doherty is only in town for a quick visit and he has no intention of letting his attraction to Susannah derail his plans to return to a London and get as far from Henley’s Bluff as possible.

Still he agrees to help her and as their desire grows both are left wondering  do they really want to leave Henley’s Bluff after all.

This is the first novel in the Henley’s Bluff romance series, set in the coastal seaside village of Henley’s Bluff.

'Silver Heart' by Victoria Green Book Release Blast & Cover Reveal

 Synopsis: Silver Heart - Victoria Green - July 2013
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when they must decide which road leads to personal happiness. For Dylan Silver, this is that moment…

For the past twenty-two-years, Dylan has been living in her parents' carefully crafted world, always putting her own dreams on hold to play the role of a dutiful daughter.

So when her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain cabin, she sees it as a chance to forget about the responsibilities waiting for her at home. At least for a little while.

But then her past catches up to her—in the form of sexy snowboarder, Sawyer Carter.

Six years ago, Dylan bid goodbye to the only boy she ever truly loved. Now he's standing right in front of her, bringing up bittersweet memories and igniting suppressed desires as he dares her to be the person she has always wanted to be.

Dylan and Sawyer’s unexpected meeting is a second chance, but will a girl who doesn't believe in fate and taking risks be able to overcome her fears of losing control and finally embrace the life she desperately wants?

Only one thing is certain: after a week in Whistler, Dylan's world will never be the same.

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18158427-silver-heart

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