Review: For All Time by Jude Deveraux

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New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux returns to the ruggedly magnificent island in For All Time, the second novel in her Nantucket Brides trilogy—this time featuring the next generation of her beloved family of Montgomery-Taggerts.

The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. It’s not just her quiet beauty that enthralls him or the way she makes him laugh. Toby possesses the truly remarkable ability of being able to distinguish Graydon from his identical twin brother, Rory. According to family legend, such a gift marks her as Graydon’s True Love.

But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantuck for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends.

But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than her unique power to tell him apart from his twin. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. If they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be.

WILL BE AVAILABLE: July 1, 2014

Publisher: Ballatine Books

Pages: 400

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

When I first spotted this ARC, I was very intrigued with the plot line. I’m a sucker for a good romance and this one looked too good to pass up. To summarize a bit: two memorably-written characters, Toby and Graydon, meet each other at a wedding in the beautiful Nantucket. Boom – instant attraction. But, there’s one problem. Graydon is actually a Lanconian prince who is already betrothed. Plus, Toby can tell the difference between Graydon and Continue reading

Dystopian Novels! Yay or nay?

Recently, I’ve found myself shying away from reading anything in the Dystopian fiction genre. I find that they echo the same sort of rough rubric and – though they’re fun to read in moderation – I can’t read one after another after another after another after… well, you get the point. The government is somehow corrupt and ends up as the hated antagonist. There’s some sort of division in the city/land where the novel is set (think factions or districts). Throw in a spunky and admirable heroine who doesn’t want to fit in and one or two literary hotties and you have dystopian! More or less… some have surprised me in the past few years.

Obviously, I’m over-simplifying. There’s a little more to the dystopian genre. It seems like the shelves are full of Dystopian novels these days. Although I’ve recently tried to distance myself from this genre, there are a few that I can genuinely recommend. Whether they’ve already been adapted to film or they’ve barely garnered any attention, here’s a few that I love!

1) Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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In Mary’s world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Continue reading

Review: Annabeth’s War by Jessica Greyson

Annabeth's War EtsyWith King Harold away at war Lord Raburn has his eye on the throne. Those who dare to stand in his way fall beneath his power. All but one. A girl named Annabeth. Can a common, ordinary girl, with love for king, country, and her father, achieve the impossible?

Trained by her father, a master swordsman, outlawed Annabeth has only her sword, her wits, and her disguises to keep Belterra from falling entirely into Lord Raburn’s clutches. Can she rescue her captured father and Prince Alfred? Will one girl keep the kingdom from falling?

PUBLISHER: Ready Writer Press

PAGES: 228

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I bought this book awhile ago and decided to check it out while traveling! It’s a pretty quick read and the plot was intriguing.

Annabeth, a feisty and strong warrior, is wanted by Lord Raburn because she is a threat to his attempt on the throne. She’s fighting for her life and for her country. When Ransom, a highly-trained bounty hunter catches up to her, he finds himself unintentionally falling in love with her. Annabeth is a strong, independent woman, but Ransom tries to break through all of the walls that she has built around herself to keep people from seeing her Continue reading

Review: Harp’s Song by Cassie Shine

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In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self.

A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend.

As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of, for as long as she can remember?

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

PAGES: 302

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The author gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

There are a lot of reasons which influence a person to initially pick up a book off of the shelf (or internet) and read it: the cover looks especially pleasing, the title is spectacular, or the book blurb on the back is pretty dang catchy. I’m embarassed to say that I requested this book because Continue reading

Viral Video Monday

So, after missing last Monday, I decided that I needed to redeem myself in some way.

This is just a classic.

Maybe he/she should think about trying another instrument…

Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.
And then he meets a girl.
First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

PUBLISHER: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

PAGES: 256

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Let me start this review by admitting that I did watch the movie first. GAH! The HORROR! This has been on my TBR list for forever and, apparently, I bought it awhile ago and have never read it. So, when I was stuck on a four hour plane ride… Let’s just say that I had no problem deciding what to read. Plus, I know that I am REALLY late to the Warm Bodies party. But, if you haven’t read this Continue reading

Review: Shattered Veil (The Diatous Wars) by Tracy E. Banghart

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Selection
War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capital.
All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines…and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan’s childhood sweetheart is one of them.
Secrets
Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta’s leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall…and much sooner than anyone could guess.
Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past…until her future seems to depend on it.
Sacrifice
For the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything – her home, her name, even her face…
…only to become the key to her dominion’s survival.

PUBLISHER: Self-Published

PAGES: 373

(book blurb and picture from Netgalley)

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The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

So, it may be considered cheating, but I looked up the reviews for this book before I started it. I just had to make sure that it was going to be good! It’s midterms time… I need a FABULOUS book to distract me from all of the emotional trauma… 😉

There is a set rule: No women may participate in the military. Aris Haan dares to defy this rule so that she can be with her Continue reading