Monday, 24 November 2014

Mini book review: Haunted by Desire (Charmed #6) by Cameron Dokey and Constance M Burge

Series: Charmed #6
Publisher: ocket
Publication Date: 2000
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Bought
Audio or Book: paperback
Length: 181 pages



Overview:
Anger, envy, wrath, and rage
Hold her tightly like a cage.
With bitter tears and lover's sins
My final revenge at last begins!

Phoebe Halliwell thinks taking a college course will add some intellectual excitement to her life. And she is definitely excited when she meets Brett, a gorgeous guy in her class. Too bad he's got a jealous ex-girlfriend, Wendy.
When Brett and Phoebe spend time together on a class assignment, Phoebe starts to receive threatening notes. Wendy's the obvious culprit, so why does Phoebe sense that the notes are from someone else -- someone with supernatural powers?


Previous reviews:
The Power of Three (Charmed #1)
Kiss of Darkness (Charmed #2)
Crimson Spell (Charmed #3)
Whispers from the past (Charmed #4)
Voodoo Moon (Charmed #5)


My Review:

This was another quick escape charmed adventure! Once again the girls are getting themselves knee deep in drama. Piper & Prue fall for the same guy and basically go to war over him & Phoebe gets caught up on a murder mystery for extra credit! I really am still loving this series and they are perfect for the reading phase I am in at the moment!

Final Thoughts: This was another fun light read!

My Rating:

Love

Chanzie


Friday, 21 November 2014

Book Review: Bloodrose (#3) and Aftermath (#3.5) by Andrea Cremer

Series: Nightshade #3
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: 03 January 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchase / Kalahari.com
Format: Paperback
Length: 406 pages



Overview:


But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In this remarkable final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, international bestselling author Andrea Cremer crafts a dynamic novel with twists and turns that will keep you breathless until its final pages.



~ Official Book Trailer ~






Previous reviews:
Nightshade #1
Wolfsbane #2 & Treachery (#2.5)

My Review:


Honestly I am not even sure how to start this review. I unexpectantly fell inlove with this series. It took me a while to warm up to Calla but every book in this trilogy just sucks you in deeper. The story has everything from love, friendship, loyalty, betrayal and heartache to war, plotting and battles to the death. 

Characters: 4/5

Calla  - From Wolfsbane I adored Calla and I enjoyed her just as much in Bloodrose. Calla grew throughout this series beautifully. Even though she was caught in a love triangle - she kept her head as level and as clear as she could being a girl torn in love and an Alpha - Calla took her role very seriously. 

Ren & Shay - I am and forever will be Team Ren! Shay did grow on me throughout the book and I do like him, I have always just had a soft spot Ren. Both characters are worthy to be an Alpha and Calla's true mate. I enjoyed the rivalry and bonding at the various parts of the story. 

The Searchers - What a great bunch of characters. We start off believing they are the enemies to them becoming our friends and allies throughout the adventure. 

The pack - the pack politics had my heart twisting throughout the book. I loved the every single one of them. 

Plot, Pace, Writing style 4/5
Andrea certainly keeps you on the edge throughout Bloodrose. I literally could not put this book down. I laughed and cried throughout this series. The plot is brilliantly. I loved the twists that were weaved into the story and Andrea's writing style is easy to fall into. There was one twist that had my heart aching so much and I totally cannot believe that Andrea went there! I can't even mention who it involves without giving away a spoiler but really!!! 
*sigh* 

I can't say I loved the ending - it lacked a bit of ooomph in my opinion but it was still fitting and beautiful. It wasn't your typical happily every after and I definitely did not see this coming right at the end. Andrea definitely keeps it exciting right up until the end. 

The wolves and searchers really kick some keeper butts and the battle at the end is truly epic. Calla finally makes a choice for a mate - both alpha's got to prove themselves and her choice did not occur via default. The epilogue was a beautiful closing chapter. 

I did notice reading through reviews that this was either a love it or hate it type of ending. I am one of the rare that fall in the middle *meh* 

Cover talk: 5/5 It really is a catching cover! Love it

Final Thoughts: This is a wonderful series and I am so glad I decided (along with Niki Hawkes from The Obsessive bookseller) to give this series a shot as a read-a-long!

My Rating:


Aftermath 
Series: Nightshade #3.5
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: 31 July 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 19 pages



Overview:

Picking up where BLOODROSE left off, this short story delves into the aftermath of the final battle between the Searchers, the Keepers and the Guardians. Adne is haunted by her past actions, Logan is running for his life, and the Searchers still don't feel safe. What they thought was the end of the War of All against All may just be the beginning of something even more sinister...




My Review:

I loved this novella. It left me wanting more and eager to check out the other books in this series. I loved the extra time with Sabine, Ethan, Adne & Connor. Initially when I read the excerpt from Rift at the end of Bloodrose, I wasn't really interested in going on to read the prequel. After reading this novella... I could not wait to pick up Rift, there was just something small that changed my perception. 


My Rating:


Books in the series / Other books by this Author:




















Author Bio:
Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. 

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.



Author Links: Goodreads l website l twitter






Friday, 14 November 2014

Tour Stop and Book Review: My Name is Bryan by Stacy L Carroll



Publisher: Pink Frog Press
Publication Date: 14 September 2014
Genre: Fictional Biography / inspirational fiction
Source: I am a Reader (In exchange for an honest Review)
Format: Ebook
Length: 390 pages



Overview:

If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Bryan chose to dive. Moments later, as he lay on the beach, unable to move his arms or legs, two questions ran through his mind: Would he walk again? And would he ever have kids? Based on the incredible true story of life, love, and never giving up.



Official Book trailer








My Review:


I chose this book (even though I am totally not supposed to be signing up for tours) because when I read the summary it struck a cord and I knew I just had to read this story. I actually didn't realise how close to home it would hit until I opened it up and got drawn into the story. 

I love inspirational stories that carry hope and a happy ending. That is exactly what My name is Bryan is about. A boy who became a man and someone who beat the odds and never gave up hope. I finished this book in record time. Every chance I picked it up to carry on reading Bryan's story. 

When I was 16, two of my friends were in a car accident. One didn't make it and the other broke his back in 3 places. As I was reading what Bryan went through in the hospital, I realised how much more my friend and his family must have gone through. I remember visiting him a few times in ICU after school and playing him music while we waited for him to regain consciousness. Unfortunately he did not recover completely but he is still here with us today. He is full of life and still has his fantastic sense of humor. 

I loved how Stacy took us through Bryan's life from childhood, through Bryan's recovery and how he got to where he is today. My heart ached and swelled with emotion throughout the journey. She gave us just enough at each stage. The pictures at the end had me sniffing and holding back tears as I saw the real people behind the characters. 

Another character that deserves special praise and mention is Nedra. What a wonderful, strong, beautiful, committed woman. Her strength, determination and love for Bryan and her family is truly inspirational.

Cover talk: 5/5 I loved the cover - it is perfect!



Final Thoughts: This is an amazing book and one that I am so happy I squeezed into my schedule. Stacy has inspired me and reminded me why I need to continue writing my own story. You never know who's life life you will touch and how you can help others just by sharing your own story. Bryan is a man I would love to meet if I ever had the opportunity. 


My Rating:



Other books by this Author:



Stacy Lynn CarrollAuthor Stacy Lynn Carroll
Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English. Go Aggies! She then finished her BA at the University of Utah (to be closer to her then boyfriend, now hubby) where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. It seemed like fate when Matt and Stacy married. She was a writer, and her father-in-law had a story that demanded to be written. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.


Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash, Ends 11/21/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


Love

Chanzie



Monday, 10 November 2014

Movie review: Beautiful Creatures



~ Movie Review ~


Beautiful Creatures





Based on the Castor Chronicles 
by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Directed by Richard LaGravenese
Written by by 
Richard LaGravenese

US Box Office: $19.4 million
Runtime: 2 h 04 mins

Links: movie website | the book







~ The Cast ~



~ The Official Movie Trailer ~ 




~ MOVIE SYNOPSIS ~

A supernatural love story set in the South which tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan, a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena, a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. The film is based on the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.






I bought this movie knowing it was based on a book. I really just bought it on a whim as well. I couldn't remember what it was about but hey I bought it anyway. To my delight it was a pleasant surprise when I absolutely fell in love with the movie!!



I have book 3 in the series - that I picked up on a sale but have yet to read it. After watching this movie.... I need to read this series!! 

I love going into a movie with absolutely no expectations and not really knowing much about it. I read an okay review here and there but nothing concrete. I thought the acting was good and the actors carried their parts well. The evil characters were were oh so wickedly awesome and you know I had a soft spot for Lena's uncle. 

I loved this movie!!! From beginning to the end. Since I don't have much to fall back on I don't have anything negative to say... Only maybe that is ended in a cliff hanger and I need to know what happens next!!!

I definitely find that I enjoy a movie more if I haven't read the book first and I always enjoy and end up loving the book even more once I do read it. I know this is breaking some bookish reader law but you know what... it works for me! 

Have you watched this movie or read the series?? What do you think??

Final thoughts: This was a awesome pleasant surprise and I am so happy I bought it!!


My Rating:








Friday, 7 November 2014

Tour Stop: Guest Post & Giveaway ~ Blood Curse (Branded #2) by Kat Flannery




Blood Curse (Branded Trilogy #2)
“Upon mine death for the blood ye have shed, Every daughter born to ye shall die before it draws breath, to which ye will know pain and worse, I cast unto ye mine blood curse.” ~ Vadoma

Four years after the Blood Curse, Pril of the Peddlers vows to protect her child against the evil men who hunt her. With her clan unaware of the branded girl among them, Pril has to keep the identity of her daughter a secret. When her child is kidnapped, she is forced to ask Merchant runner, Kade Walker, for his help.
Kade Walker needs to find the gypsy child. Blackmailed and pushed beyond his own moral code, he is determined to do whatever it takes. When he comes across the Peddler clan, he is sure the girl is there, however all hope is lost when the gypsies capture him. Time is running out—until Pril makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
Amidst greed, lust, revenge and love, Pril will need to trust Kade. But as the evil nears and doubt creeps in, will she discover that the enemy has been standing next to her all along?
Amazon – Barnes & Noble
_________________________

About Lakota Honor (Book #1)

Fate has brought them together, but will a promise tear them apart?
In the small town of Willow Creek, Colorado, Nora Rushton spends most of her days locked up in her home with a father who resents her and fighting off unwanted marriage proposals from the wealthy Elwood Calhoun. Marked as a witch, Nora must hide her healing powers from those who wish to destroy all the witkowin—crazy women. What she doesn’t know is that a bounty hunter is hot on her trail.
Lakota native Otakatay has an obligation to fulfill. He has been hired to kill the witkowin. In a time when race and difference are a threat and innocence holds no ground, courage, love and honor will bring Nora and Otakatay together as they fight for their freedom. Will the desire to fulfill his promise drive Otakatay to kill Nora? Or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
Amazon – Barnes & Noble

Top 10 Things that made me a better writer

1. Determination. If I didn’t have it I’d not be where I am today.

2. Fear. This emotion keeps you grounded. There is no room for ego within the writing world.

3. Sponge. I sucked up everything I could when it came to the craft. I took courses, read online articles, read query letters, synopsis’ etc all to make me better understand the industry and what is expected of an author.

4. Love. You need to love what you do and as a writer I love my job.

5. Perseverance. Had I not pushed myself, stayed up all hours to write novels, made myself write when I didn’t want to I would never get a book written.

6. Passion. I need this to pull emotion into my stories—into my characters. If there is no passion there are no words.

7. Reading. I read almost anything. I love books. I love stories that pull me in and won’t let me go even after the last page is read.

8. Writing. I write as much as I can when I am not working on a novel. It has made my voice stronger.

9. Discipline. This is one of the most important things a writer must master. If you don’t have it you will never get anything done much less work under a deadline.

10. Rejection. Pushed me to write better. To learn what I was doing wrong.



Kat Flannery

Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. When not researching for her next book, Kat can be found running her three sons to hockey and lacrosse. She has her Certificate in Freelance and Business Writing. A member of many writing groups, Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. She’s been published in numerous periodicals. Her debut novel CHASING CLOVERS has been on Amazon’s Bestsellers list many times and was #62 over all their titles. LAKOTA HONOR and HAZARDOUS UNIONS are Kat’s other two books and both have made bestseller lists. Kat is currently hard at work on her next book.
Website/Blog – Twitter – Facebook


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

IWSG #5 ~ November 2014




Alex J Cavanaugh created this awesome group to share and encourage each other as writers. 
To Sign up click here

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. 
The first Wednesday of every month you can share your worries without judgement and/or your triumphs with complimentary confetti!  
Join us - it's fun, a great way to connect with fellow writers, and we all can support one another!

Hello everyone!! 

Well I have some exciting news... I have decided to partake in National Novel Writing Month!! I haven't abandoned my current motivational book at all, just decided to take up the challenge to write a fictional novel. I have wanted to do this since I discovered it in the middle of last November and well I just dived in. 

So far I am 8 000 words in and have 42 000 to go. There was even a PE kick off party here. I couldn't believe little ole PE had a group of exceptional people who are writers... 



So that is my news. I have a basic plot planned out and am scene hopping a bit. I am trying my best to commit to writing 1700 a day. When I first sat down to write on Saturday I had a sample of the new  Black Opium by YSL. It smells absolutely divine and actually seems to be motivating me. I said when I manage to get to 50 000 words... I'll treat myself to it (that is if my hubby doesn't surprise me for my bday and get it *tee hee*).


So far I am actually really enjoying this challenge and commitment. I am excited and inspired. I decided I am going to do this even if it is not the best written novel in the world with some serious issues! Just write and get it out onto the paper. 

I hope the next I post for IWSG it will be with good news that A) I reached the 50 000 goal and B) I have that gorgeous perfume one way or another *tee hee* 

Are there any other NaNoWriMo peeps out there? Any advice about staying committed for 30 days? 

How is your writing coming along? 

Happy writing my IWSG friends!



Cover Reveal: The Last Prizefighter by James Classi


Hello Everyone! 

Welcome to my post for the cover reveal for James Classi's new novel, The Last Prizefighter. This looks like an interesting paranormal horror! the cover is so creepy. If there is one thing that freaks me out it's evil looking kids.... *shiver* 

The Last Prizefighter Cover Reveal by James Classi!


Look for James Classi on These Sites

Facebook:James Classi
Twitter:James Classi
Goodreads:James Classi

Find More by James Classi



So what do you think? Connect with James or share some love and leave a comment!