Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

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Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Published: February 2013

Length: 159 Pages

Publisher: Write Free

Source: Netgalley

Genre: Y.A, Sci -fi, Paranormal

The Synopsis:

From the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy comes FOUND (Penny Black #1)the first book in a whole new NA trilogy set in the Society world.

Discover what happened to Zellie, Avery, Melody, and Ben!

And meet Penny Black, a girl with a past that can see the future.

Penny Black hasn’t had it easy. Just about everything you’d expect to happen to a harassed foster-kid turned junkie has happened to Penny. Add in the mysterious power to rewind time, conducting events around her, and it’s a wonder she held up on the streets for so many years. Now, at seventeen, the New Society has found her. Finally, Penny is where she belongs. But that doesn’t stop the visions, or the need to protect the victims shown to her.

Wyatt Adams is excited and intrigued when his sister Melody assigns him to be Penny’s Lookout. Being the youngest, and hopelessly ordinary in the family that created the New Society, has left Wyatt feeling like he has a lot to prove — and Penny is a big deal. She’s got abilities that surpass any he’s seen before…and pretty much every quality he looks for in a girlfriend, but no one needs to know about that, especially Penny

my thoughts

This book had a somewhat original story line, a young homeless woman with amazing abilities has been tracked down and brought to a special school to help her learn how to deal and develop her time stopping and psychic abilities. 

Apparently this story is a spin off, I have not read the Zellie chronicles but after seeing a small glimpse of this world that Stacey has created I am looking forward to reading them.

The characters were well developed with lots of action although I thought that the story line sometimes was hard to follow and a bit slow, it wasn’t till I found out that this story is a spin off that it started to make sense.  The cover was what originally drew me to found, I loved the simplicity of it and it  made me want to know more about who the girl was and what was her story?  I loved Penny’s story, how she came from the streets and fended for herself.

Although the whole boarding school story has been done to death, (even though I still enjoy them.)  Stacey has managed to bring new dynamics to the story with new elements such as being a school for psychics and their look outs. I am not sure what the depth of the story is or much history of the school, I am assuming all that is talked about in the original stories.

Overall I enjoyed it as a short entertaining read, but I would recommend starting at the original stories first.

 

claiming her warriors by Savannah Stuart – Review

Claiming her warriors

By Savannah Stuart

 

Expected Publication: July 2013

Length: 78 pages

Publisher: Self published

Source: Supplied by publisher and Netgalley for Honest Review

Genre: erotica

 


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Synopsis from Goodreads

Two brothers want to possess her…

After her planet was destroyed, Brianna was rescued by two fierce and desperately gorgeous warrior brothers. Aeron and Hauk. They want to keep her, protect her, mate her. But what the brothers wanted from her was too much to handle. Settling into a new culture was hard enough without dealing with the custom that dictates she mate with two males. So she pushed them away.

They’ll do anything to protect her…

An attack sends Brianna back into the arms of the sexy brothers. Now they’ll do whatever it takes to win her over. But can Brianna go against the conventions of her human nature and accept both warriors as her mates? It might not matter because someone is out for blood and it’s up to Aeron and Hauk to defend her against a deadly enemy.

 
my thoughts

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Claiming her warriors is everything I like about a novella, A short fun Sci-fi erotic read.   Earth has been destroyed and Brianna was lucky enough to be rescued and taken to another planet, Planet Lumineta Has a shortage of females so the males often share a female.  Aeron and Hauk are two sexy warrior brothers who have been left widowed after their wife died.  When they meet Brianna they want to mate with her but Brianna still holds onto her Earth Customs and doesn’t want to mate with two males, but when Brianna is attacked she flees into the welcoming arms of her two warriors who will do anything to protect her.

I enjoyed that characters often you find that there is no jealousy with the men in menage stories which I find hard to believe but there was between Aeron and Hauk which I loved, but unfortunately being a novella we didn’t really get in-depth with their feelings.  I love reading novella’s because they are short, fun , light reads in between longer reads, they are like a mini vacation, but sometimes like this story I just want more.  I would love it to be a full length novel so you can really get a good feel from the characters.

I highly recommend this one to anyone that wants a short, naughty sci-fi read.

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The Good Mother Myth by Avital Norman Nathman – Review

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The Good Mother Myth

By Avital Norman Nathman

Expected Publication: December 2013

Length: 224 pages

Publisher: Seal Press

Source: Supplied by publisher and Netgalley for Honest Review

Genre: Non Fiction

 


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Synopsis from Goodreads

In an era of mommy blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook, The Good Mother Myth dismantles the social media-fed notion of what it means to be a good mother. This collection of essays takes a realistic look at motherhood and provides a platform for real voices and raw stories, each adding to the narrative of motherhood we don’t tend to see in the headlines or on the news.

From tales of mind-bending, panic-inducing overwhelm to a reflection on using weed instead of wine to deal with the terrible twos, the honesty of the essays creates a community of mothers who refuse to feel like they’re in competition with others, or with the notion of the ideal mom — they’re just trying to find a way to make it work.

With a foreword by Christy Turlington Burns and a contributor list that includes Jessica Valenti, Sharon Lerner, Lisa Duggan, and many more, this remarkable collection seeks to debunk the myth and offer some honesty about what it means to be a mother.

 
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This novel is a must for any expectant Mothers!

This book really hit hard for me, as a young mother of Two autistic children, you are constantly told how to raise them, what you need to do everyday so you don’t screw them up. My son as a newborn would not breast feed the guilt and anguish that I felt as a new mother was horrible, the nurses wouldn’t let me give up and it wasn’t happening, after a week in hospital and a stint in Neonatal ward I told them I was leaving and I was bottle feeding him my breast milk, you would think that I offered to chop off his head. I cried for weeks over it.

Any mother will find parenting hard, with today’s pressures on being the perfect mother, only organic, non gluten, non dairy blah blah, no lollies, TV, or playing games.  It is no wonder that mothers are falling apart all over the place.

I would take my two children to psychologists, dietitians, speech therapists, occupational therapists and more, just to try to understand what they are thinking and what I can do to make it better, here’s the kicker I should have just followed my instincts because I am also Autistic.  But these are professionals right?  Sure but they go by the book.

I am not saying they don’t help anyone they were all wonderful and helped me through some tough times, but later on as they grew older, I found that the stress of managing appointments pulling the kids out of kindy or school to travel over and hour or more to go to the appointments. I eventually gave up.

My kids now go to kindy and school, and I work five days a week, our house is a lot more calmer than ever because I am not stressed the kids don’t have added stress and I figured they are alive, they are growing, they are loved, they eat, they sing, they talk, they play they are healthy and happy. so what if they watch TV to help them calm before bed, or my son only eats bland boring foods and not colorful veggies.   I will never give up trying to challenge them to try new things but in the end everyone is healthy and happy why stress?.

This book is full of essays from real mothers that have let go of the good mother myth.  It opens your eyes to the fact that no one is perfect and the added pressure and stress on new mothers is terrible it is OK to let go, and be a good enough parent.

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Lexia and Whispers of Darkness by Rachel Raithby – Review and Cover reveal

Lexia 

By Rachel Raithby

Expected Publication: July 2013

Length: 285 pages

Publisher: Self Published

Source: Author  for Honest Review

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 


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Synopsis from Goodreads

Lexia thought she was normal, ordinary…

Lincoln thought he’d spend the rest of his life seeking revenge…

What would you do if the person you loved was your enemy?

When Lexia snuck out one night to go to a party, she hardly expected to be attacked by vampires. Much less be able to kill them with her bare hands.

That night triggers events Lexia can’t escape and soon she struggles to keep up a facade around her friends and family.

And then there’s Lincoln; she finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But Lexia senses he wants something more dangerous than a simple romance.

Lincoln has secrets and what she learns changes her life forever.

A story of love, loss and betrayal.

Only one thing is certain, Lexia and Lincoln’s lives will never be the same again.

 
my thoughts

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Ok well I am going to start at the ending because OMG, How could you do this to Us!  The ending is a huge Cliffhanger and I can’t wait to read Whispers to find out what happens.

Now I got that out the way,  I really enjoyed reading Lexia, The cover is just Beautiful, One of my favourites and we all know that I am a cover whore.

I really enjoyed the characters, Lexia is living with her father and going to school when she starts to notice changes.  Lexia comes across some vampires in an alley and absolutely decimated them.  Lexia starts to realize that something isn’t right, she is stronger, faster and has mad fighting skills.  Lexia is a believable character although after reading a lot of Y.A lately I had to remind myself that she is older than her peers especially when things heat up.

Lincoln is another character which I also enjoyed. When we meet Lincoln he is an arrogant Arse. He shows up at Lexia’s work and he comes of as a creepy stalker more than a sexy self-assured man.  We learn that Lincoln has a secret that could destroy Lexia, but lucky he falls in love with her and becomes her protector and trainer as she learns how to handle her new changes.

The story line of Lexia is full of action, detailed fighting, Hot sexy romance scenes.  I did feel that The Hunter storyline was a bit off, in that they had no personal connection to the reader or Lexia they were just a group of people who kept showing up to kill Lexia, although this is addressed in the end and I think this will be a main storyline in Whispers.  I just found it hard to have any feeling for these people at all.  Another problem I had were the wolves that attacked Lexia I don’t know if I missed something but I am not sure why they attacked Lexia.  This is the only problems I had with the novel and they are only Minor.  The story line is wonderful and kept me entertained that Instead of Rushing through reading it I took my time and enjoyed it.

I highly recommend Lexia as a great Debut novel from a wonderful Aussie Author.

Whispers of Darkness

by Rachel Raithby

Cover Reveal

Another Beautiful Cover by Ms Raithby

 

 

 

 

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All Lexia ever wanted was to graduate from high school and leave Deadwood. Now she’d give anything to have her old life back.
Her father was murdered and her best friend, Alice kidnapped, with the help of Lincoln; the panther shifter she’s fallen in love with, they rescue Alice. But rescuing her wasn’t as easy as first thought and Lexia and Lincoln barely made it out alive.
Lexia met her mother; the mother she thought had left her as a baby. But when the secrets unravel, Lexia learns who she really is.
Her mother created her and she was created for one purpose only…
Darkness.
Follow Lexia as she runs from her mother and the army of Hunters at her command.
Can Lexia fight the darkness within her?
Can she have the ‘happily ever after’ she craves?
Only one thing is certain; sacrifices will be made and lives will be lost…

 

Author Bio


Rachel was born and raised in N.E, England before moving to New Zealand in 2008. She now lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband, two children and the family dog and horse.
When Rachel isn’t writing you’ll find her reading or running around after her children, she has an addiction to clothes, shoes and all things girly.
Lexia is the first book in the Deadwood Hunter series and Whispers of Darkness#2 will be released in December. She is also working on a YA Fantasy novel and the last in the Deadwood Hunter Series.
Rachel would love to hear from you, you can find her at http://www.facebook.com/RachelMRaithby or email rachelmraithby@gmail.com

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Just what kind of mother are you? by Paula Daly – Review

Just what kind of Mother are you?

By Paula Daly

Expected Publication: April 2013

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Grove / Atlantic

Source: Supplied by publisher and Netgalley for Honest Review

Genre: Adult Fiction

 


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Synopsis from Goodreads

A searing and sinister thriller for readers who liked Gone Girl.

What if your best friend’s child disappears? And it was all your fault.

A searing and sinister thriller for readers who liked Gone Girl.What if your best friend’s child disappears? And it was all your fault. This is exactly what happens to Lisa Kallisto, overwhelmed working mother of three, one freezing December in the English Lake District. She takes her eye off the ball for just a moment and her whole world descends into the stuff of nightmares. Because, not only is thirteen-year-old Lucinda missing, and not only is it all Lisa’s fault, but she’s the second teenage girl to disappear within this small tightknit community over two weeks. The first girl turned up stripped bare, dumped on a busy high street, after suffering from a terrifying ordeal.

Wracked with guilt over her mistake and after being publicly blamed by Lucinda’s family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong. But as she begins peeling away the layers surrounding Lucinda’s disappearance, Lisa learns that the small, posh, quiet town she lives in isn’t what she thought it was, and her friends may not be who they appear, either

 
my thoughts

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Lisa Kallisto is a normal working class mother, who is trying to juggle to many balls.  In just one day her life descends to hell when she forgot she was supposed to look after her best friends daughter, who goes missing.  I believe that this novel is supposed to be a crime mystery novel, but I just couldn’t feel it , instead of police work solving the crime, all these coincidences occur around Lisa.

Being a mother this book really drew me to it, I have read kidnapped books before but always by the point of view of the mother, never the friends mother.  Although this book was a compelling and an original pov, I just could not get into it.  I have read this book over the course of a few months because I hate not finishing books.   I really don’t think it was the writer’s style or any problems with the story itself, I just could not engage with the characters.  I also found the story to be a little too much coincidental with all the clues seemingly to fall into Lisa’s lap.  I believe this story could have a lot of promise but it just wasn’t for me.

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Inhuman by Kat Falls – Review

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InHuman

By Kat Falls

Expected Publication: September 2013

Length: 384 pages

Publisher: Scholastic

Source: Supplied by publisher and Netgalley for Honest Review

Genre: Dystopian

 


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Synopsis from Goodreads

In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.

 
my thoughts

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This book really intrigued me, I loved the cover and the Synopsis reminded me a bit of The Island of Dr Moreau.  America has mostly become Inhabitable after humans are infected with Animal DNA when a Rogue virus starts to mutate people a Corporation builds a wall to surround the healthy humans and keep the infected out.

Lane has been living a privileged life behind the wall, she is safe and happy but growing up her father told her stories of the savage zone of mutants and monsters which makes her curious about life outside the wall.  Lane gets arrested when her father is caught crossing the wall and the only way to save his life is to cross the wall herself and find him to finish one last job.

Inhuman, is a great example of what mass hysteria can do, instead of fixing the virus and helping the infected the healthy locked the infected out with only a small number of people trying to find a cure and helping the people who are living in the savage zone.

I found Inhuman to be a great adventure story with undertones of morality and what humanity means, It is written as a Y.A but I would highly recommend it for any age.

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Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur – Review

PARANORMAL ROMANCE

Dancing with the Devil

By Keri Arthur

Expected Publication: July 2013

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Source: Gifted for honest review by Netgalley

Genre:  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Zombies

Read If you liked: Anita Blake


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Synopsis from Goodreads

Private Investigator Nikki James grew up on the tough streets of Lyndhurst and believes there’s nothing left to surprise her. All that changes the night she follows teenager Monica Trevgard into the shadows-and becomes a pawn caught in a war between two very different men. One fills her mind with his madness, the other pushes his way into her life-and her heart. Nikki knows how dangerous love can be, but if she wants to survive, she must place her trust in a man who could easily destroy her.

Michael Kelly has come to Lyndhurst determined to end the war between himself and another brother of the night. For 300 years he has existed in life’s shadows, gradually learning to control the life from death cravings of a vampire. Nikki not only breaches his formidable barriers with her psychic abilities, but makes Michael believe he may finally have found a woman strong enough to walk by his side and ease the loneliness in his heart. But will his love be enough to protect her from a madman hell-bent on revenge? Or will it drive her into his enemy’s deadly trap?

Only together can they overcome the evil threatening to destroy them both. But the secrets they keep from each other might prove to be the greatest threat of all.

my thoughts

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I could not help but draw similarities between Dancing with the devil and Anita Blake series.  I loved the mystery of Dancing with the devil,  and you have to admire the main character Nikki who has managed to survive a life on the streets and become a private Investigator.  Nikki has some unusual talents in that she possesses Telekinesis and Telepathy.  This is a handy trait for a private investigator to have, especially as she meets the Mysterious Michael.  Michael is trying to hunt down and destroy the big bad evil vampire  Jasper, and of course he develops strong and Instant desire for Nikki which he tries to ignore.

The story line for Dance with the devil is similar to a lot of Vampire novels, which was a bit disappointing, but I did grow to like the characters Nikki and Michael although I felt more for Nikki’s human boss Jake than I did for Michael which is unusual for me as I usually side with the Bad Boy.  Jake is not a romantic third which makes this book more enjoyable for me, as Jake is married and more like a best friend/ brother to Nikki, looking after her and keeping her from making stupid mistakes,  I do think a lot was left open with Jake though and mystery surrounds him, making me think in future books he may not be what he seems.

As I have said in earlier posts, even if the genre plot is the same as the rest it is the little mysteries that the Author provides that makes it enjoyable and stand out from the rest, and I really do believe this is where Keri Arthur makes Dancing with the devil stand out.  The book and plot were full of little twists and turns and kept me guessing and reading.

If you enjoyed Anita Blake by Laurel K Hamilton, I do think this is a book you should try, I am Looking forward to reading the rest in the Nikki and Michael Series.

 

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2013 Netgalley Knockout

Ok so I still haven’t learned my lesson on requesting review books so here I am Joining another Galley and ARC challenge.  I promise I will not  try not to request anymore until I have finished this challenge.

This Challenge is hosted by Goldilox and the Three Weres.

I am going to use my TBR Page as my List I am hoping to Knock out at least 8 of these before this challenge ends.

feel free to join in the fun if your TBR is overflowing.

A Shimmer of Angels – Review

ANGEL DEMON ROMANCE

A Shimmer of Angels

By Lisa M. Basso

Expected Publication: January 2013

Length: 321 pages

ISBN:0985029439

Publisher: Month9Books

Source: ARC from Netgalley

Genre:  Angel/Demon Romance

Series: Angel Sight

Read If you liked:  Hush hush and fallen



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Synopsis from Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?

 
 My Review:

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I love Angelic Romance stories, and this book was a surprise, I have had this book sitting in my Kindle for a few months now, Last night I decided to read some of my older ARC’s and I could not put it down.  The cover is absolutely beautiful, and the story an action filled romance that gets you from the beginning.

Rayna has spent years in and out of mental hospitals convinced that she is insane, because she can see angel wings on people. After 3 years she is finally released and in Remission.  Rayna is trying to start her life over, with a new school and new job. Things are going great until a new kid starts at school and he has the most brilliant white wings she has ever seen, convinced she is going crazy again Rayna tries to hide her panic from everyone.  

Meanwhile her classmates keep committing suicide after dreaming of dark winged Angels.  To cut a long story short, Rayna discovers that she is not crazy that Angels and Fallen Angels exist and has the most realistic reactions that I have ever read in a paranormal story, to finding out that Demons and Angels exist.  Rayna gets pulled into a war between heaven and hell because she is the only human who can see the Angels for who they are.

This was a quick and entertaining read and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. I highly recommend it.

 

Lush – DNF

DNF – Did not Finish This is not a review just a note on why I could not finish this book.

 

Lush

by Lauren Dane

Expected Publication: April 2013

Publisher: Berkley Trade

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Sypnosis from Goodreads

USA Today bestselling author Lauren Dane delivers a second serving of sexy in her new Delicious novel, in which taste and temptation make up a sweet recipe…

Mary Whaley has her hands full running a successful catering company and overseeing her supper club. She has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought. When she meets ridiculously hot and very dirty rock star Damien Hurley at her friend’s engagement party, the attraction she feels is overpowering—and she isn’t about to deny herself.

Damien is used to a hard and fast life. He and two of his brothers started a band when they were fresh out of high school—then they hit the big time and stayed there. He’s also a legendary madman on the stage and in the bedroom. But when he meets Mary, something clicks, and the bad boy starts thinking he may have finally found something good.

What begins as a series of fleeting trysts soon gets much more complicated. Damien can’t figure out why Mary doesn’t want more from him. And before long, it’s Damien who wants more from Mary. But it turns out Mary is no stranger to celebrity news, and he’s got a very big job ahead of him: proving that he’s worth more than a one-night stand…

My Thoughts

I have read 40% of this story before finally calling it quits.  I received this book for an honest review from Netgalley and after reading the Synopsis I thought it would be a good Steamy read.

Unfortunately while it did have steamy parts, most of the plot revolved around Mary and her food. I am not a foodie, I don’t Instagram or facebook my cooking, In fact most of the dinners made in my house are from my dear husband.

I just could not get past the food parts of the plot, It did not appeal to me and since Mary’s main love for food dominated the plot I DNF it.

I may revisit this story again in the future, The ARC copy that I received had formating marks through it which also made it very distracting.