The Lost Girl by R.L Stine #review

 

Title: The Lost Girl

Author: R.L Stine

Series: Fear Street Relaunch #3

Publisher: St Martins Press

Source: Kindly supplied by Publisher and Netgalley

Release Date: September 29 2015

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“Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street andGoosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults. New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael’s friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.

My Thoughts

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They are Back! When I was growing up I was never without a book, mostly Goosebumps and Fear Street books, I could not get enough of them.  R.L Stine was my hero, I have ticked off nearly every book he has written in these series.

Of course as soon as I saw The Lost Girl on Netgalley I had to get my hands on a copy, I was worried of course that once you reach a certain age I would look back on Fear Street and find it boring and too young, like I have with other books I have reread in my Adult hood that I loved in my Child hood I did not want to tarnish my memories.

So I jumped in reading with trepidation, but I should not have worried, although it took a while to get use to the younger character voices which were annoying at times, I found the whole book to be excellent and still enjoyable.

Going back and forth in time between now with Michael and Pepper, Michaels father owns a Snow mobile shop and life is good for their senior year of school, until a mysterious girl called Lizzy shows up and for some reason Michael is instantly drawn to her and he becomes obsessed.  Michael throws a party with snowmobiles and while Michael and his friends including Lizzy are out playing on them when tragedy strikes and Michael Kills someone.  Soon after he starts getting threats and being stalked by a dead man, which all sounds overdone but once the two stories start to come together you get a bigger mystery and picture.

In 1950 Beth’s father is opening his own stable and they are celebrating, except for Beth’s fathers ex boss Martin who is now competition, he is taken away and murdered and Beth witnesses it all. Beth has some mind tricks that she has been taught but she can’t help her father and Can’t help herself when they spot her and come after her through Fear street woods.  Beth and Martins son Aaron who is chasing her soon disappear and are never seen again.

Although you feel at times you are reading two different stories, the thrills and mystery keep you hanging on. When people start dropping like flies you start trying to work out who is behind it, eventually the two stories merge in that twisted Fear Street way and you get an awesome fun book.

I am now going to go buy the two books in the series I missed and hopefully I will have a review of them soon, but for now this book is a must read for any new or old Fear Street fan.

 

Girl Under water by Claire Kells #review

 

Title: Girl Underwater

Author: Claire Kells

Series: Stand Alone

Publisher: Random House Australia

Source: Kindly supplied by Publisher for review

Release Date: April 1st 2015

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‘What if the most devastating moment of your life was also the beginning of something beautiful? A compelling coming-of-age love story’ (Jodi Picoult). Girl Underwater is a stunning work of New Adult fiction from a talented young writer.

Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations, but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

That all changes when Avery’s cross-country flight home makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and her teammate, Colin Shea, whom she’s avoided since the first day of freshman year.

Now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could have imagined.
“A compelling coming-of-age love story that will have you rooting for its teen narrator, a girl who survives a disaster and finds herself trapped between a traumatic past and a fragile future. Trust me – dive in!” JODI PICOULT

My Thoughts

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I absolutely loved this story!!, A tale of pure survival, Avery and Colin two Olympic swimming hopefuls find themselves in a plane crash in the Rockies with three young boys to care for.

Colin and Avery do what they must to keep the boys and themselves alive, This story is so different than books that are out there at the moment that when it was offered to me to review I said yes but was not sure what I would think of it. I was amazed when I read it all in one day because I could not put it down!
Girl Underwater is a roller-coaster ride of emotions, when Avery and Colin are stranded in the snow and not sure what to do they showed unimaginable courage by trying everything they could even if it meant risking their lives to save the children, surrounded by so many dangers, including bears and Icy lakes, Girl Underwater keeps you on the edge of your seat hoping like hell they all survive.
This story is a must for anyone with genre burn out. thrilling and realistic, their triumphs and failures give you ups and downs and at times goosebumps.

 

 

Freebies to Feed your reader this week.

I am back after an extended break to deal with health and family issues so I am going to jump in and let you know some great freebies I have found on Amazon recently. Enjoy and If you have read and reviewed these books please feel free to leave a link. Remember the prices are free as of posting so get in quick.

Bonded by Sara York #review

 

Title: Bonded

Author: Sara York

Series: Loves Landscapes

Publisher: Independant

Source: Brought

Release Date: June 13th 2014

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Dear Author,
My soul ached for command and love, and I was lost. Until I met them. We’d seen each other at different times but it wasn’t until the night I almost killed myself trying to lift more weight than I should that our worlds finally collided. What started out as lifting partners and movie marathons turned into weekend jaunts across the city and every free moment spent together, a tension building up between us that left me holding my breathe. I’ll never forget the night He took control and shattered our worlds, morphing our growing friendship into something more. I used to tell myself I would walk this earth lost and broken forever, but I know now my soul was waiting for Sir and Pup to save me.

Photo Description:
A naked man tightly holds a chain wrapped around the necks of two guys on their knees in front of him.

This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’sLove’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.

This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.

My Thoughts

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Wow the gems you find in the middle of the night when you have insomnia.  I must admit I took one look and the cover and I was sold, This book is currently free on Amazon, and It was not what I was expecting, of course you can’t expect much when you go by cover alone and not read the blurb, but seriously look at that cover.

So anyway I was drawn into a short but not so sweet ménage involving 3 men, usually I like at least one female in my Ménage because you can’t put your self in their place if they are all men, but hell why not, again that cover. So I did end up enjoying this little gem, of course I have read other reviews about how it is not real bdsm, and it was a bit wishy washy and unbelievable, but really who reads books for them to be believable? as long as I am drawn into some sort of reality that grips me and keeps me away from my reality for a while, I am not fussed.

I liked how all three men involved are completely different personalities it was interesting to see how they would handle becoming a threesome and if they would last  Liam is a little hyperactive ball of fun, that needs to be restrained and controlled by Greg apparently for his own good. Greg is the Dom of the group who takes charge and controls the other men, which is weird because our main character Chris also comes off as a bit of a Dom, but gives himself over to Greg and Liam.

All up I would give this book a solid 3 stars, entertaining and light and for me a little different, I really enjoyed it and read it in one sitting which was good because I was able to sleep (and dream, wink wink) afterwards.

The Harvesting Melanie Karsak #review

 

Title: The Harvesting

Author: Melanie Karsak

Series: The Harvesting

Publisher: clockpunk press

Source: Brought

Release Date: 2014

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“The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone.”

While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that’s upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead!

My Thoughts

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This book is really a Gem, I was not expecting this book to be as wonderful as it was. I could not put it down. The Author Melanie Karsak, really mixes it up in regards to genres and creatures, It is a wonderful mix between apocalypse fiction, fantasy and a hint of romance. As scary as that sounds Karsak was completely able to pull it off, with no dramas. I loved how the book kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing at the plot twists.

I highly recommend this book and looking forward to reading more of Karsak’s books.

Fearless by Tawny Weber #Review

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This book was a fast steamy read.

Gia has a fantasy man in Luke, good looking, charming and sweet, but never seems to notice Gia, so Gia creates a altar ego called Vanna, Vanna is everything Gia is not, but after some steamy interactions you hope Luke can see past all the glitz and glamour that is Vanna, and see Gia underneath.

I found this book to be fun and entertaining, Gia really goes out of her comfort zone to seduce Luke although I would never go to the lengths she does to get his attention, I found it fun to imagine what it would be like.

all up a very entertaining read and I would highly recommend it.

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard #Review

Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen Trilogy #1

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Source:  Publisher

Release Date: February 10th 2015

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The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

My Thoughts

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This book was Amazing!! I could not put it down, and after being in a reading slump this is just what I needed to get reading again.  Red Queen first of all the cover oh my god I did not even read the blurb first I just had to have it, so simple and clean but gets the message across wonderfully.

I would recommend Red Queen to anyone that enjoys The Hunger Games and the Selection novels.  The people are segregated into two groups the silvers which are determined by their blood, it is coloured silver and they have magical abilities, and the Reds which the people bleed red and are used as the workers, common people and slaves. The usual story in a dystopian, but except for Mare who is a red born and bred, but has magical abilities that she can not control, she is so special that the Elites pretend that she is one of them, but we all know that you cannot pretend to be someone you are not forever.

Red queen is a struggle for power between those who have it and those who don’t but also a struggle to right wrongs and make the reds equals. I highly recommend this book and I cannot wait for the next instalment to be released, do your self a favour and click the Amazon link above and get this incredible book.

 

 

Secret Confessions: Sydney housewives, Nella by Cathleen Ross #review

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Title:Nella

Author: Cathleen Ross

Series: Secret Confessions Sydney housewives #3

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Source:  Netgalley

Release Date: December 4th 2014

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From the hottest writers in Australia comes a scintillating new series. Enter the world of Sydney’s elite, and find out what goes on behind the doors of the most exclusive addresses in the country…

Meet the Housewives of Sydney. They are wealthy, elegant, poised, and constantly in the public eye. But what goes on behind closed doors, in the private homes and parties where the cameras and paparazzi aren’t welcome? Delve into the most personal details of their relationships, their friendships and their lives. The only question is: can you handle the heat?

Nella is one hundred percent in control of her life – all aspects of her life. She excels at knowing what everyone needs, and in meeting those needs.

So when it comes to her husband, Michael, and his deepest desires and most fundamental requirements, she is committed, creative, and unswerving in her responsibilities. A strong man needs a strong woman, and Nella’s love is as strong as steel.

My Thoughts

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Nella is a straight forward character, she knows what she needs and knows how to get it. Her Husband Michael is a top CEO and Nella has come up with a unique way to help him cope with everyday stress.  This book  was a bit of a guilty pleasure, for once instead of the woman getting controlled and bdsm, it is the opposite Nella is in complete control although it was a bit uncomfortable in some spots, over all Ross has brought a unique story from this series.

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Secret Confessions: Sydney housewives, Sienna by Tamsin Baker #review

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Title: Sienna

Author: Tamsin Baker

Series: Secret Confessions Sydney housewives #4

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Source:  Netgalley

Release Date: December 18th 2014

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Sienna knows that she’s got a good thing going with her boyfriend, Charlie. He’s attentive, loyal, and seriously hot. When he sets Sienna up with a very unusual gift, she’s both shocked and intrigued. But she’s worried as well – accepting Charlie and his gift will test all of their limits and the strength of their relationship.

My Thoughts

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Sienna is another very complex character from this series, she is a woman that has everything including the perfect boyfriend Charlie, however this is a sweet sexy story about fantasies. Charlie Surprises Sienna with the perfect gift which will test the boundaries of their relationship. I really didn’t enjoy Sienna as a person I don’t know if it is just that she is younger than the rest of the women but nothing really stood out for me in this story, yes it was enjoyable short story with the prerequisite steamyness, but I am not finding the stories as enjoyable as I was, now it is beginning to drag a bit I am hoping that the next ones really shake it up a bit as it is getting a bit boring as they seem to be all about the same.

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