Anything to have you by Paige Harbison #review

19193493Title: Anything to have you

Author: Paige Harbison

Series: standalone

Publisher: Harlequin Australia

Source: From Harlequin Australia for honest Review

Release Date:  Febuary 1 2014

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The Synopsis

Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means

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My Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading Anything to have you, I read it in one sitting it was just one of those books you can’t put down.  Mostly stereotypical high school story, Brooke and Natalie have been best friends forever, Natalie is the quiet good girl who stays home and Brooke is the party girl.  Brooke convinces Natalie that she should let her hair down and go to a party with her, at the party Natalie drinks too much and wakes up the next morning and can’t remember anything that happened, but realizes that she had sex with someone, she has no idea who it was.

Brooke annoyed the crap out of me, she is self centered and obnoxious, where Brooke is quiet and is happy to stay at home, Aiden is sweet and kind but still don’t think he made the right choices throughout the book.

The book is fast paced and not once was I bored or drifting, I was glued to the story line, although not original and highly stereotypical Anything to have you has a great plot twist in the middle that will make your head spin.  I recommend this book for anyone that likes romance and high school stories.

Note:  Although I enjoyed this story I do not like the message it is sending to Teenagers, Binge Drinking, Sex, Sex while extremely drunk when a girl can’t give consent is still rape.  No one seemed overly concerned that Brooke  had sex with someone at a party and she could not remember who it was and no one came forward. Not to mention the consequences of her one night stand, which are at least somewhat mentioned in the story.

 

Top Ten Tuesday #3

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Top ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  each week a different question is posted and as a blogger you have to answer them.

This weeks question:

 Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own

1. Library

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This Pillow

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This Art piece

 

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This Princess Bride Bracelet

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Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell #Review

17910147Title: Expiration Day

Author: William Campbell Powell

Publisher: Tor Teen

Source: Netgalley for honest review

Release Date:  April 22nd 2014

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The Synopsis

 

What happens when you turn eighteen and there are no more tomorrows?
It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

Though she has always been aware of the existence of teknoids, it is not until her first day at The Lady Maud High School for Girls that Tania realizes that her best friend, Siân, may be one. Returning home from the summer holiday, she is shocked by how much Siân has changed. Is it possible that these changes were engineered by Oxted? And if Siân could be a teknoid, how many others in Tania’s life are not real?

Driven by the need to understand what sets teknoids apart from their human counterparts, Tania begins to seek answers. But time is running out. For everyone knows that on their eighteenth “birthdays,” teknoids must be returned to Oxted—never to be heard from again.

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My Thoughts

Expiration Day is a different Y.A to your usual, written in Diary Format, we meet Tania who is a normal young girl, until and accident reveals that she is actually a Teknoid.  In a world plagued with infertility a Company called Oxted Corporation designed Andrioids that can take the place of children, Tania is unaware of the fact that she is an android, she believes that she is one of the few human children left, It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between an Android and Human.

Through Tania’s diaries we see a girl coming of age, and trying to find herself which a lot of teenage girls could relate too except instead of finding who she is as a human she had to understand who she is as a computer or a human, she has feelings, thoughts and actions just as any teenager or child would, which really makes you examine the morality of messing with robots.

I loved the diary entries, usually I don’t like them because of the way they slowly unravel the plot points, I did have a problem however was the inbetween diary entries there were entries from someone else which  became a bit sketchy, although the twist at the end brings these together perfectly.

Overall Expiration Day is a good sci-fi read.

 

The Ophelia Prophecy #Review and Guest Post by Sharon Lynn Fisher

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Ophelia Prophecy Title: The Ophelia Prophecy

Author: Sharon Lynn Fisher

 Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: April 1st 2014

 

Synopsis

Our world is no longer our own.

We engineered a race of superior fighters–the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us.

In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past.

Some of us intend to do more than survive.

 

Asha and Pax—strangers and enemies—find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

 

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource—information—viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

 

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

 

But neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie.

 

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other’s secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.

 

The Ophelia Prophecy is the thrilling new SF romance from Sharon Lynn Fisher, author of Ghost Planet

My Thoughts

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The Ophelia Prophecy was a stretch for me I am just getting into Science Fiction stories and testing the waters for what type of story I like to read.

The Ophelia Prophecy is set in the future on Earth, The world has been separated into sections most of the world inhabited by the Manti people who are half bug half human the result of Human DNA testing before the world went to shit and the human survivors that live in fear of the Manti and are kept in small communities with the Manti keeping watch for rebellion.

Asha wakes up to find herself outside Sanctuary in a lake with no memories of how she got there, not far from her is Pax a Manti that is naked and protected in a cocoon, to unravel the mystery of what happened to them, Asha and Pax must learn to work together to find out what has happened to them and why they were by the lake with no memories.

Asha discovers a world different to what she imagined, are all Manti evil? Can she save the last of the human race? and can she find her missing Father?

The Opheilia Prophecy is a mix of Sci-fi, Romance, Mystery and action, the characters are amazing I love the Interaction between Pax and Asha, it is a bit of a star-crossed love considering they grew up as enemies.  The world building is amazingly put together with such detail that you can really imagine the world in which the characters live, My favourite character would have to be banshee the ship though the first I have read of a AI computer that can think for itself but not try to kill everyone.

The ending kind of wrapped up a bit too quickly but had great twists in the story which I really enjoyed. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes Sci-fi romance, I admit I was a bit put off by the whole bug/human type of person but don’t let this put you off, It is a great twist to the sci-fi Alien, dystopian type story.

Guest Post by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Top 5 Reasons To Give a Bug Romance a Try

Since THE OPHELIA PROPHECY was released April 1, bloggers who have reviewed it and joined my book tour have really been captivated by the whole insect aspect of the story — the one aspect I was worried about when I wrote it. Bugs can have an “ick” factor, and I didn’t want readers to be put off by that. So I’ve written lots of words on my tour about this, making sure folks understand what they are (and aren’t) getting with THE OPHELIA PROPHECY. In the spirit of that mission, I bring you the top 5 reasons to give a bug romance a try …

1. Don’t think cockroaches in love. Think sexy, conflicted alpha hero who happens to be genetically enhanced with praying mantis DNA to be stronger, faster, and more sensitive (and reactive) to human pheromones.

2. Everyone loves star-crossed lovers. Pax’s race of transgenic organisms, the Manti, targeted humanity with a virus. Asha is one of the last human survivors. When they find themselves stranded together on a beach near the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there, Pax decides to force Asha onboard his ship so he can get to the bottom of the mystery. It’s a recipe for a slow burn of a romance, with a big payoff in the end.

 A Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist and a three-time RWA Golden Heart Award finalist, SHARON LYNN FISHER lives in the Pacific Northwest. She writes books for the geeky at heart—sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance—and battles writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, and champagne. Her works include Ghost Planet (2012), The Ophelia Prophecy (2014), and Echo 8 (2014). You can visit her online at SharonLynnFisher.com.

3. Never a dull moment. From Asha’s abduction, through their discovery of a creepy human/wasp species, to their arrival in the Manti-enhanced city of Granada where everyone is plotting something, our star-crossed lovers hardly have a chance to catch their breath. Except for that moment in the sagrada den, Debajo, that leads to our lover’s first … sorry, no spoilers!

4. Transgenic organisms are fascinating. Pax’s sister, Iris, with her praying mantis wings and spiky arms, is a sort of futuristic fae right out of someone’s darkest fantasy. Her wit is even sharper than her spikes, and she loves to keep her brother in line (or try, at least). Pax’s ship, Banshee, is a blend of plant/insect/artificial intelligence that goes sentient after Asha is taken onboard, and becomes her only ally. Carrick, the disenchanted priest and human/wolf transgenic, is both the moral backbone of the story and the extra muscle when our heroes are in a jam. The Manti capital city is a Gaudi-inspired opium dream of living, organic architecture, shifting colors and textures, whimsical sculpture, and biotech wonders. Pax’s people know how to enjoy life and indulge the senses!

5. It’s good geeky fun. If you enjoy sci-fi romance, try this meaty mash-up of adventure, suspense, intrigue, geeky biopunk bits, and sexy times (with a little light BDSM).

The Sunday post #17

vectorstock_43821-1-1The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I have had a great week this week, spending time with the kidlets, we have done plenty of Easter craft and rearranging the house.  I have gotten a fair bit of reading done this week too I have been preoccupied with stress so it has been nice just to kick back and relax.

Today is My Dirty 30 Birthday don’t forget to enter my huge giveaway.

anyway here is what I have been up to .

 

March Wrap up

Monday what are you reading?

April Author of the Month and Guest Post

Haunted by her dragon Blog Tour stop

Paradise Lost by L.J Smith review

 

Books Received this Week:

Thanks to Penguin Australia and netgalley

 

 

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Thanks to Allen and Unwin for Physical copy

 

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Harlequin Australia for physical copy

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Around the blogosphere

The Daily Prophecy shares how they keep track of ARC’s and Release Dates

The Book Vixen is having a TBR spring clean

Nite light Book Reviews gives their opinion on negative reviews

Evensong by L.J Smith #Review

20557143Title: Paradise LostAuthor: L.J Smith

Series: Vampire Diaries / Evensong (Fan Fic by original Author)

Publisher: Amazon

Source: Brought from Amazon

Release Date: Jan 22 2014

 

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Synopsis

This fanfic is based on The Vampire Diaries book series—also by L. J. Smith—and takes place after the volume Midnight.

Damon is back and enjoying his vampire existence to its fullest. Elena, Bonnie and their friends are in their third week at Dalcrest College, ordinary students aware of an extraordinary world that verges on their own campus.
Stefan is scarcely aware that he is living in a fragile paradise with Elena as his devoted girl . . . until one night it all shatters. He wakes from a dream to find Elena limp and white in his arms and rushes her to the hospital for a massive transfusion.

Elena survives, but Stefan decides that the only way she will ever truly be safe is without him. To make his exit complete, Stefan removes himself from the memories of Elena, her friends, and all of Fell’s Church.

Can first love ever really be forgotten? Will Damon finally have Elena by his side as his Princess of Darkness? The epic story begins in Evensong: Paradise Lost

My Thoughts

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I was so upset to find out that L.J Smith was not allowed to finish her vampire diaries series, I have been reading these books since they first came out years ago.  So Thank you Amazon for allowing Ms Smith to continue her series how she wanted it through Fan Fic.

Well now it is so hard to separate L.J Smiths writing from the Ghost writer series, plus the T.v show, It can all get a bit confusing, Paradise Lost takes part straight after Midnight, Daemon is back and as wonderful as ever, although I am a huge Delena fan, to have him focus on Bonnie, is upsetting to me, I love how Daemon is protective of her, but now it is starting to look like a romance and I still want Eleana to be his Princess of Darkness.

Stefen is still his stuffy scaredy cat self, and the gang is still awesome.  I love continuing on from the stories, but I wish I had of re-read Midnight to get a perspective on where the story is. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the stories, I think I will get over the Daemon, Bonnie romance if I have to but I am just so excited to be reading the real deal, even if it is “Fake” written by the real author. so screwed up.

Anyway definitely buy these and support L.J Smith so she can continue with TVD the way it was supposed to be.

 

 

 

 

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Life has never been easy for Dr. Samantha Malone especially since the day all those years ago that her only family were taken in a car accident. Now at almost twenty-nine years of age, with only one year of residency left, she is faced with putting her life back together once again after being kidnapped and left for dead. Had it not been for six feet two inches of walking muscle in ripped jeans and worn cowboy boots with crystal blue eyes and a cheeky grin that made her wonder what he was up to, she might never have seen the light of day. All these months later she knows he is protecting her from the shadows, never far but never seen. Why? What does he know that she does not?

There are no coincidences.

He protects her from afar, making sure the ones that dared to hurt her do not come back while he waits for the time when he can claim her as his own. Fear is not something the fierce Dragon Guardsman is used to feeling but it is something he has become accustomed to over the last seven months. Fear that he will not catch the traitor and his cohorts before they hurt those he cares most deeply for. Fear that he will not be able to protect the one the Universe made especially for him. Fear that he is not what Samantha needs but then…

The Universe does not make mistakes.

Lance has spent his long life cracking jokes and making fun of his brethren as each succumbed to the sappiness of everlasting love with the one that completes them like no other. Now the Universe is the one laughing and his fellow Guardsmen are the ones badgering him with the jokes as the mating call and his dragon push him headlong towards the one that will bring light to his soul in this life and the next. He can no longer deny that he is meant to spend the rest of his many years with Sam but his obligation to eliminate any threats to her life must come first…right? For the Guardsman who has hot-dogged his way through one hundred and twelve years, one brown-eyed curly-headed doctor will make him rethink everything he ever knew.

Fate will not be denied.

Julia Mills - author_picAbout Julia Mills:

Mom of two rockin’ girls, Reader of everything, Author of The Dragon Guards series and many more surprises to come!

I am a sarcastic,sometimes foul-mouthed, not afraid to drink a beer, always southern woman with 2 of the most amazing teenage daughters,
a menagerie of animals and a voracious appetite for reading who recently decided to write the storied running through her brain. I read my first book, Dr Suess’ Cat in The Hat by myself at 4 and was hooked.
I believe a good book along with shoes, makeup and purses will never let a girl down and that all heroes of all the books
I have ever read or will ever write pale in comparison to my daddy! I am a sucker for a happy ending and love some hot sweaty sex with a healthy dose of romance.
I am still working on my story but believe it will contain all of the above with as much SPICE as I can work into it. CHEERS!

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April Aussie Author of The Month and Guest Post by Leisl Leighton

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I love paranormal, sci fi and fantasy. I guess that’s not such a secret given I’ve written a novel called Dark Moon that includes magic, Witches, Warlocks, Werewolves, shape shifters a horrifying curse and an ancient evil. But why do I love this kind of thing so much?

 

I expect it goes back to when I was a baby. My mum used to breast feed me and my brother while she was watching Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Twilight Zone and the like. I think it must have seeped into my psyche, because as soon as I was old enough to decide what I wanted to watch and read, it was these kinds of programs and novels that I mostly gravitated toward. It wasn’t that I didn’t find some of these things scary – sometimes they are – but the whole idea of things we don’t understand simply fascinates me.

 

THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. These words, flashed on the screen during that twangy, yet eerie and simple theme to the X-Files, always sent a shiver of excitement through me, not because like Mulder I wanted proof, or like Scully, scientific reasons, but because the thought of what could be out there filled my mind with an eternity of wonder.

 

I believe.

 

Our universe is so vast, there has to be intelligent life out there somewhere else. I have seen and experienced some paranormal phenomenon that makes it impossible for me to deny what I have felt and seen is real. Some people would say it is just wishful thinking – but when twenty other people have experienced the same ghostly apparition and have had separate discussions about it, I find that verges on ‘proof’ rather than wish fulfilment. I firmly believe in reincarnation and that there are ghosts and presences all around. I can read people’s auras, and I can see something different in those who feel like they have an old soul. I believe in good and evil as forces that influence us and the universe, not only in our intent and ideology, but in the essence of who we are as people.

 

I know many scholars say that much of mythology came about because of human being’s fear of things they didn’t understand and their need to explain those things to comfort them at night or as death took those they loved. They blamed these things on mysterious forces, evil enchantresses, blood sucking fiends or just quite simply, The Gods doing what Gods do. Whatever could help the desperately afraid feel better about the harshness of life and their place in this world. But I would say that argument as much proves the possibility of all those unknowns. If the human brain is so powerful as to come up with ideas and stories like that that endure through the ages, and be so lush in description and lifelike in the fear or awe they engender, then why can’t it be powerful enough to do so much else? There is so much about the brain we don’t understand – just as there is so much about our world and the universe we don’t know or understand – and so much of it we don’t actively use.

 

I feel like when I write, I might be using a different part of my brain. I often look at the words that have spilled out on the page and don’t recognise them. There is only a vague conscious recognition, as if someone else wrote those words. It feels very much like I am channelling something or someone else – my characters? My Muse? Some story-telling spirit? I don’t know. It might be some scientific concentration of chemicals sparking in my brain or it might be something else entirely. And at the end of the day, I really don’t care. All that matters is that I love what I do and I am free in my mind to let whatever process that makes this work for me take control.

Whatever reason, or whatever form it takes – sci-fi or paranormal or fantasy – I love that it lets me do this and I believe in it. And if some of this love and belief spills into my work, all the better, because I know there are others out there who have the same belief in and love of a world that is unknowable and mysteriously possible simply because of the power of imagination.

 

Dark Moon Blurb:

Lately, Skye Collins has been unable to shake the feeling that she’s being watched. After a lifetime spent hiding her true nature, she knows that any unusual attention is something to be wary of.  And the only attention she’s been receiving lately is from the intense and attractive Jason McVale.

Jason claims to know things about Skye that can’t be true, and it’s obvious he’s hiding secrets of his own. Yet despite herself, Skye can’t resist the attraction between them, and her surrender will set in motion a chain of events that will have consequences for everyone she holds dear.

Gradually, Jason convinces Skye that she has to trust him if she is to solve the riddle of her past and learn the truth about her power.  But believing Jason means that her entire life has been based on a lie.

As her enemies gather strength and the danger increases, Skye is forced to accept who she really is. Will she risk everything and fight for those she loves? Or save herself and let them be destroyed by the forces of darkness?

About the Author.

Leisl is a tall red head with an overly large imagination. As a child, she identified strongly with Anne of Green Gables. A voracious reader and a born performer, it came as no surprise to anyone when she did a double major in English Literature and Drama for her BA, then went on to a career as an actor, singer and dancer, as well as script writer, stage manager and musical director for cabaret and theatre restaurants (one of which she co-owned and ran for six years).

 

After starting a family Leisl stopped performing and instead, began writing the stories that had been plaguing her dreams. Leisl’s stories have won and placed in many competitions in Australia and the US, including the STALI, Golden Opportunities, Heart of the West, Linda Howard Award of Excellence, Touch of Magic and many others.

 

Leisl lives in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne with her two beautiful boys, lovely hubby, overly spunky dog, Buffy, and likes to spend time with family and friends. She sometimes sings in a choir and works as a swim teacher in her day-to-day job.

 

Leisl writes paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense.

 

You can buy Dark Moon here:

 

Amazon

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Destiny Romance

iBooks

Google Play

 

Her romantic suspense, Killing Me Softly is out now:

Amazon

Kobo

iBooks

Destiny Romance

Google Play

 

You can follow Leisl and find out more about her and her books on her website: www.leislleighton.com

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Follow her on Twitter @LeislLeighton

 

5 Star Review for Dark Moon on Goodreads

4 Star Review for Dark Moon on Goodreads

 

March Wrap Up 2014

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So March 2014 has seen it’s ups and down for me, I turned 30, got to go to my first author convention, but it was also full of stress, which is why my post is so late, My husbands work is making people redundant and because of this on our minds I forgot to get my pup her 2nd puppy vaccination, This week she passed away from Parvovirus.  So I was glad to see the end of this month and happy to greet April which will hopefully get better.

I haven’t been up to a lot this month but don’t forget there is still a few days left to get your entries in for my Blogaversary giveaway

Aussie Bookworms Author of the Month

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Read but not yet published

Evensong by L.J Smith

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Anything to have you by Paige Harbinson

Apocalypsis by Elle Casey

The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Dark Moon by Leisel Leighten

 

Challenge Updates:

Vampire Challenge: Everson,

Dystopian Challenge: Carrier, Expiration Day

Out do yourself challenge 28/116

 

 

Here is what I reviewed in March:

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5 stars

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