Review: Harvest Moon (A New World #1) by Tonya Coffey

Today I am sharing with you the first day of a two day event.  I am featuring A New World series today and tomorrow.  Harvest Moon, the first in the series, is a wonderful beginning to an expansive series that has a lot of potential.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the second day in our A New World series event.

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Seventeen-year-old Jessa lives in the remote mountains of Kentucky and has always found peace in the forest. Close to her eighteenth birthday, her dad buys her a book and things begin to happen. With her dreams leading her, she uncovers a world within her own with Faeries. They look and act like people she grew up with but she quickly finds she is the one who is different. She is the hidden heir to the throne and the Faeries need her to come home and save them from the Trolls.
If it wasn’t difficult enough for Jessa to move to a different world, she has to marry the man who saved her from the Trolls when all she wants to do is run to his best friend, Micha. With so much to worry about, how can she keep the Faery realm from falling into the hands of the evil Trolls and the Ancients?

Review:

Jessa has had the typical life of a teenager.  The only difference are the dreams that have been plaguing her.  After a really trying dream, Jessa runs into the forest along a trail she usues regularly.  This run she came across a wounded wolf.  Only the wolf isn’t a wolf and the handsome man that saves her is more than he seems.  Her savior soon reveals himself as her guardian and she is more than she has ever known.  As this new world opens to her she learns about her real parents, her hidden powers and her husband to be, Roderick.  Like everything she is learning, she comes to realize that though things are planned doesn’t mean they are correct.  But, when the evil Trolls attack will Jessa be able to accept who she is to save her people or will she let the enemies conquer her new world?

I really enjoyed this start to a new fantasy series.  The characters were wonderfully created and the idea of this world being just out of sight of the real world added a level of real possibility.  The reader is put in Jessa’s shoes as she learns about her new world. But, I think some of the best storytelling is between her, Roderick and Micha.  Their relationship, though complex is written well with a natural development.  Overall, anyone who enjoys stories with faeries, trolls and kingdoms you will want to dive into this series.

 

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The Harder You Fall (Original Heartbreakers #3) by Gena Showalter

Today I get to share with you the latest installment of Gena Showalter’s Original Heartbreakers series.  I’m saying latest because I am really hoping this isn’t the last.  In this one we are finally getting West and Jessie Kay’s story.  This one is just as steamy as the others.  Reading this series has solidified Gena Showalter as one of the best storytellers I have read.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Millionaire video-game creator Lincoln West has a dark and tragic past. The sought-after bachelor lives by a rigid schedule and a single rule—one relationship per year, lasting no more than two months. No exceptions. He moved to small town Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, with his brothers-by-circumstance hoping to escape the worst of his memories—until a brash beauty dredges up long-buried emotions.

A reformed party girl, Jessie Kay Dillon is determined to walk the straight and narrow. But her love-hate sizzle with West is just too irresistible. They can’t be near each other without tearing off their clothes, but the last thing she needs is to be his next two-month dump. Can she be the one exception? Because as any former girl-gone-wild knows: rules are made to be broken.

Review:

West has lived his life on a timetable for a long time.  When Jessie Kay walks into his life it throws him off completely.  He tries fighting what his body clearly wants.  Finally he can’t take it any more and offers her the only thing he can offer her.  But, Jessie Kay is now reformed and wants it all or nothing.  As the two of them fight what each desperately wants, will they eventually come to the same conclusion or will it end the way all of their relationships have ended?

I loved this installment.  This has been long awaited ever since the first book when we met Jace, West and Beck.  In West’s story we finally get to dive more into his backstory and why he is the way he is.  Leading up to this book we have had bits and pieces but now we know his reasoning for his actions.  We also get to see redemption for Jessie Kay.  She has been the party girl slacker up until this book.  This was the perfect mix of love, sex and deep emotions that only these two could evoke in a reader.  When you read this book you will be just like me and hope this isn’t the last in this series.  I would love to see Daniel get his happily ever after.  For all of you looking for a phenomenal romantic series run to pick this one up.  I guarantee you will not regret it.  I can’t wait to see what Gena Showalter comes out with next.

Review: Ameerah by Rebekkah Ford

Welcome to another week.  I hope all of you who celebrated Easter had a wonderful time.  Today I am bringing to you a wonderful mix of historical and paranormal fiction.  This book I couldn’t put down and I hope to hear there will be a second.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful week ahead.

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Some birds cannot be caged, and I’m one of them.

In 1925, eighteen-year-old Ameerah Arrowood is murdered in an insane asylum. She finds herself transported to a dreary realm that turns out to be a recruiting station for the dark spirits. With animosity in her heart toward humanity, she decides to join them.

For the next ninety years, Ameerah possesses soulless humans, living a hedonistic, mischievous and sometimes vengeful existence, but now she’s seeking salvation so she can crossover and save her lost love who is stuck in the lower world.

Ameerah enlists the help of her dark spirit friend Derek, who is straddling the line between Heaven and Hell. She tells him how it all began, weaving between historical timelines to now, hoping to gain understanding about why her parents betrayed her and wanting to get rid of the guilt weighing on her heart. In the end, the unexpected unfolds, throwing Ameerah a curve ball which changes her forever.

Review:

Ameerah starts out her tale when she was 18.  She was in the time of the flapper, speakeasys and prohibition.  But, when you come from a wealthy promininent family like hers you shouldn’t be a flapper.  As her parents learn more about Ameerah they decide she must go away to be “fixed”.  When the horrible happens Ameerah becomes a dark spirit.  She chooses this life so that she may still experience all the feelings of the world while she inhabits humans who have no soul.  This is Ameerah’s way of being until she falls in love.  What happens after that will change Ameerah forever.

This was an enchanting tale.  The reader really gets caught up in Ameerah’s tale.  Her life is full of tragedy and pain.  A person could relate to why she chose to do what she did.  Vengence is particularly prominent, but when her heart is broken yours will be too.  Rebekkah Ford does a phenomenal job weaving a story that engrosses the reader.  You will be sitting on the edge of your seat while you try to anticipate what will happen with Ameerah next.  If your looking for a change in your paranormal reading experience you will want to pick this book up.

Review: Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean and Me by Caroline James

Welcome to Friday!  Today I have a wonderful book to share with you.  Coffee, Tea, the Caribbean and Me is a testament that though you grow older doesn’t mean that life stops.  This book will make you want to drop everything and take the next flight to Barbados.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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Flying solo again in their middle years, can life really begin again for Jo and Hattie? Is there hope for the newly single baby boomers and can romance happen?

Continuing the Coffee Tea… series, join Jo and Hattie as they romp into their future and prove that anything is possible!

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me is a stand-alone read but also the sequel to Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me which shot to #3 on Amazon and was E-Book of the week in The Sun Newspaper.

“A story about friendship and loss…is there hope for those of a certain age?”

‘The time to be happy is now…’ Jo remembers her late husband’s words but is struggling to face the lonely future that lies ahead. A heartbroken widow, Jo finds herself alone with ghostly memories at Kirkton House – a Cumbrian Manor that until recently, she ran as a thriving hotel. Her two sons have moved away, Jimmy to run a bar in Barbados, and Zach to London to pursue a career as a celebrity chef. Middle-age and widowhood loom frighteningly and Jo determines to sell up and start again, despite protestations from colourful friend, Hattie and erstwhile admirer Pete Parks.

Hattie convinces Jo to postpone any life-changing decisions by enjoying a Caribbean holiday but their holiday sets off a course of events that brings mayhem and madness to Jo and her family. Confused and anxious for her future, can life really begin again for Jo?

Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me was a finalist at The Write Stuff – London Book Fair 2015. The judge’s comments included, “Caroline is a natural story-teller with a gift for humour in her writing.”

Caroline’s books are stand-alone stories but characters do make appearances throughout. The best order to read them is:

Coffee Tea The Gypsy & Me
So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef?
Coffee Tea The Caribbean & Me

Review:

Jo and Hattie have had a rough go of things.  Hattie soon comes up with the idea of visiting Jo’s son in Barbados.  Jo finds this holiday will be just what she needs to prepare herself for moving forward  with her life after the death of her husband.  What they both find will change them forever.  Hattie falls for a local and Jo complicates things by having an affair with a rockstar all the while having someone pining for her back home.  Jo and Hattie find that with their friendship, a vacation and a press of that all might reset button life doesn’t end just because your middle aged.

This was quite an enjoyable book.  Hattie is quite the character.  She definitely has no filter and livens up everything. Jo on the other hand has had a lot of hardships and must learn to over come and move forward.  It is definitely something woman of any age can relate to.  The weaving of friendship, grief, love and relationships makes this a masterpiece for all women to read.  Descriptions of Jo, Hattie, Pete, Jimmy and all the others emotions and thoughts bring them into a relatable zone.  The story is masterfully told through the voices of all characters.  Readers are drawn into this world and will definitely want to go to the Caribbean for an extended vacation.

Secrets in Appley Green by Miriam Wakerly

Today I am pleased to share with you Secrets in Appley Green by Miriam Wakerly.  This is a story set in a time of change both for the young women of the story and in the era it is set.  See below for the book blurb and info about the author.  I hope you have a great week.

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Three naïve, but very different, Appley Green schoolgirls pledge to stick together for ever, but when one of them gets pregnant, this pushes their promise to the edge.

A young girl in need of love is vulnerable to the charms of an older man with heart-breaking consequences.

This is Great Britain’s Sixties, an exciting era, gathering pace then in full swing as social change sweeps aside past attitudes, laws, fashion and culture. Youth is finding a voice as parents struggle to adjust. Its characters span the full social spectrum and take us beyond Appley Green to Brighton, Margate, London, Vienna and Paris.

Miriam Wakerly’s Appley Green village stories all standalone and can be read in any order, but they are connected. This one can serve as a prequel to all three, especially Shades of Appley Green.

Author Bio (courtesy of Goodreads):

I live in lovely Surrey, England, within easy reach of London. The area is very much like Appley Green, the setting for my three novels. I have had a varied working life, together with bringing up three children who have long since flown the nest. Now officially ‘retired’, I have time to enjoy writing, with a broad sweep of life experience behind me – and ahead!
My first novel, Gypsies Stop tHere (2008) touches on sensitive issues but has been embraced by many; 2 years later No Gypsies Served delved deeper. More on my books and me in Miriam’s Ramblings http://www.miriamwakerly.blogspot.com/ My very new book, Shades of Appley Green,is about community, love, parenthood, birth and death – things that most human beings can relate to easily!

Review: Between Friends by Jenny Harper

Happy Friday!!!  Today I am bringing to you a a great friendship story.  Its full of secrets that friends keep and a test on how to get past things that can tear apart a friendship.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome weekend!

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They thought he belonged safely in the past. His return threatens everything.

Marta, Carrie and Jane have been friends since they were at school. Now one is bringing up her family, another is desperately trying for children of her own, while the third is focused on her career – and each takes the support of the others as a given.

But when generous Marta bumps into old friend Tom at the height of the Edinburgh festival, she finds he’s an actor out-of-luck. Her kind offer of temporary shelter sets in motion a tsunami of destruction. Marta’s marriage comes under threat. Timid Jane is haunted by the secret she has been hiding since she last saw Tom. And ambitious Carrie finds herself at the mercy of a man who can ruin her career.

Only by pulling together can the friends rid themselves of this menace. But is Tom too clever at sowing mistrust?

Review:

Marta, Carrie and Jane have been friends for so long they no longer have any secrets.  That is until Marta runs into an old friend.  That one act of reintroducing the old friend will flip their worlds on end.  Marta’s marriage starts to implode, Jane’s secret weighs on her so much that escape looks promising and Carrie falls back into old ways that turn self destructive.  This one man attempts to tear their worlds apart.  Can the three friends band together to repair their lives or will they let this horrible guy from the past destroy them?

This was a very entertaining read.  The complex relationships and lives of the three friends was both relatable and realistic.  The reader will go on an emotional roller coaster as the three women discover each others secrets.  Jenny Harper does an excellent job illustrating the female friendship.  She also did a phenomenal painting Tom as a real villain.  He was someone you could truly know and have had a relationship with.  If you are looking for a good friend book you will want to pick this up.  The story weaves easily through the three women’s lives, relationships and loves.  This is the perfect book for any woman.

Review: Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

Welcome to the second installment of the Red Queen series.  The Glass Sword takes off from where Red Queen left us.  Cal and Mare are now with the rebel front but only one of them is trusted and wanting to participate. For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul

Review:

Mare and Cal have now found themselves with the rebel front. Cal is reluctant to participate but he feels he has no other choice.  Mare is now fully committed.  She knows what Maven has planned and now her goal is to stop him and save people like her.  As she goes deeper into the rebellion and saves more people she will start to question how her choices have begun to affect those around her.  When her biggest risks costs more than she expects will she be able to pull herself out of the darkness or let it consume her? Will her heart let her accept and trust Cal or will Maven win in a way that can destroy Mare?

I must say this sequel out did all of my expectations.  It left me with a horrible book hangover and a broken heart.  In the Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard takes the reader further into Mare’s world.  With the rebellion and the new mission to find more of her kind this story becomes intrigal to the world itself.  The characters of Cal and Maren become more complex as does their relationship.  Though with this book the reader will really experience heart break on many levels.  The writing and story is told so well that you will forget that most of these characters are only teenagers and not the adults that they must act like.  In all, this book has solidified the world of the Red Queen and will leave you sad, heart broken and dying for the next book in the series.

Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I must share this fantastic series I just started.  The Red Queen series is a phenomenal world where the lower classes have red blood are looked down and forced to fight in a war that only loses their lives and the distinguishing upper classes have silver blood and all the power. That is until one girl changes it all.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to check back later this week for the second book in this series.

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

Review:

Mare has only ever had a real talent for pick pocketing.  But, as the time draws nearer to her conscription into the war and her best friend’s likely conscription she becomes desperate to change her station and those around her.  When an unlikely meeting with a stranger lands her a job serving the royal family she sees hope.  But her appearance becomes more.  An unexpected ability spills from her.  Something red bloods aren’t supposed to be able to have.  Suddenly, Mare is swept up into intrigue, rebellion and two princes who compete for her heart.  In Mare’s new world will she be able to survive to help those who need her and fight for what she wants? Or will she be swallowed up in so many lies she doesn’t know which way to turn.

This book was phenomenal.  From the first moment in this book I was pulled into a world that was fighting to be more than what it was.  With a character like Mare Barrow you are lead from the poorest of villages to brightest of castles.  Through Mare we see and feel the losses of war, rebellion and betrayal.  Victoria Aveyard has created a world that is both relatable and fantastical.  Her heroin of Mare is not perfect but very flawed.  But its the emotions she feels about her flaws that make her so phenomenal.  In this book, you will find yourself engrossed in a fictional world that has the reader crying, cheering and screaming with each page turn.  If you haven’t picked this book up yet,  believe me when I say you need to.

 

Review: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs

Today I get to share with you one of my favorite series.  The Mercy Thompson series is exciting, funny and filled with paranormal.  If you haven’t picked up any of this series I would highly recommend it.  The newest addition to this series, Fire Touched pits Mercy and her mate, Adam against the fae.  They vow to protect a special boy and with it they put themselves and the entire wolf pack in danger.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a great week ahead!

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Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

 

Review:

Mercy and Adam have faced more than their fair share of danger.  From Vampires to Fae to government agents, but when Mercy proclaims the werewolf pack the protectors of their area she causes more upheaval than planned.  The young boy blessed with Fae abilities is on the run from the Fae.  Mercy offering him sanctuary will put them in the crosshairs of the powerful Fae that want to use the boy for horrible tests.  Will Adam and Mercy be able to keep themselves, the pack and the young boy safe without destroying everyone and everything they love?

I love this series.  I adore Mercy and Adam’s relationship along with her with Zee and Tad.  The more adventures or predicaments we see Mercy in the more devoted I become with these characters.  This story was more of a building story rather than one of the more poignant ones in the series.  That being said it doesn’t take anything away from the base characters or writing.  This book like all the others was exciting, entertaining and we finally had something that needed to be done for quite a few books.  I adore Patricia Briggs’ story writing skills.  I truly can’t wait for the next Mercy Thompson book and if you haven’t picked up a Patricia Briggs book then I recommend starting with Moon Called, the first in the Mercy Thompson series.  You are guaranteed to fall in love with Mercy, the tattooed, coyote walker, VW mechanic with the heart of gold.

Review: A Faerie Wedding (A Star Child Companion Novella 4.5) by Stephanie Keyes

Happy Friday!  Today I am bringing to you the final installment in the Star Child series.  In this we see how Gabe’s world was turned upside down and how he recovers from the changes.  Gabe’s story fills in all the holes and makes you love him even more.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have a fantastic weekend!

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Gabe Stewart has everything he ever wanted. Mortal Earth is safe. He’s a super-hero Protector whose best friend is within telepathic shouting distance. And then there’s his soul-mate, Singer. He knew right away she was the one he’d been waiting for.

But Gabe’s world shatters when Singer professes she doesn’t love him. On top of that, his mother admits she’s been messing with his memory making him doubt everything he’s ever known. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, his best friend in the whole freaking world, Kellen St. James, wants Gabe to stop being his Protector. Being a Protector is who Gabe is. What will happen if he’s not standing between the prince and danger?

When the man who’s sacrificed his freedom is faced with life alone, which path will he choose? Will he remain the last Protector? Or will he finally get the happy ending he deserves?

*A Faerie Wedding is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series. It is a New Adult novel and features adult language and situations.

Review:

After having helped save the world, Gabe can’t imagine anything better than marrying the woman he loves.  But, when he attempts to ask she ends everything with him.  Feeling lost he goes back to his best friend for help.  What he doesn’t expect is for Kellan to set him free of his duties.  Gabe feels lost and aimless.  It will take the advice of someone on the outside to set him straight.  When he finally decides what he wants will he be able to get the happily ever after he deserves?

I adored this story.  Gabe is one of my favorite characters in this series.  He is sweet, devoted and head strong.  All of those qualities made him an awesome Protector.  But, when those duties are taken away he is aimless and weak for the very first time in his life.  In this story, we get to see the softer side and vulnerable side to a character that wasn’t allowed to be.  Stephanie Keyes does a fantastic job taking a strong character and making him relatable in a weakness that every one goes through at some point. This final story in this series has done a fine job with its story and characters.  This is one series I will truly miss.

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