Friday, May 31, 2013

Alternative Method to Follow ME--Bloglovin'

Hey everyone! Just a small update on things.

I'm not sure if you all know, but Google plans on discontinuing Google Reader, meaning GFC following will no longer be available. This is taking place in the beginning of July! This news came out a few months back, and I've been trying to find some alternate ways for you guys, the readers of my blog, to follow me.

I've noticed that some bloggers have started using Bloglovin'. This seems to be working well for them and I decided to sign up for it. If you sign up for Bloglovin' it will allow you to import the blogs you follow from Google Reader, so that you don't have to re-follow all those blogs again.

So, if you want to follow this blog with Bloglovin', just click this link: Follow my blog with Bloglovin. Thanks guys, I really appreciate it!

More reviews and posts coming soon! Thank goodness school is letting out in 2 weeks. I can't wait for summer. I'll be reading all day long! And, I'll leave you with that. Bye!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Jumper by Jeff LaFerney

Jumper by Jeff LaFerney

After spending three years in jail and others completely alone, twenty-four-year-old Cole Flint discovers an amazing ability—he can time-travel and teleport. He’s a jumper. So what should the motorcycle-riding, cage-fighting tough guy do? He should protect an innocent eighteen-year-old girl who happens to be in possession of the Staff of Moses. Following the direction of a trio of angels who are determined to shake things up in the Middle East, Cole pairs up with Hannah Carpenter and her pet grizzly while he also tries to change his past and learn the mystery of his birth. Curiously, the King of Jordan knows all about Hannah, and he’s determined to gain possession of the staff. He’ll do anything to possess its power, but is it possible that he’s no more than a pawn, manipulated in time along with Cole and Hannah? Jumper is a mysterious roller coaster of action and a time-traveling adventure that will keep readers guessing right to the very last page.

*A copy was provided for an honest review*

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book, very much! It was fun to read, and really intriguing. There was a GREAT story line and a world that is very imaginative. 

As all great stories, there were many plot twists that I didn't see coming and like-able characters. For example, Cole. Cole may seem like the typical "bad boy" type. But, not really. He has an interesting story. Also, Hannah was great. She was strong throughout the book, even when she was confused about many things.

Although, with characters that I love, there also have to be characters that I don't like. Lauren, a reporter you meet early in the story, didn't really give me the same feelings I had for Cole and Hannah. Personally, I found her to be slightly obnoxious and prying. I thought I'd warm up to her later in the book, but I never did. Of course though, this is a personal preference. 

Some parts of the novel were confusing with the constant time traveling. But hey, it's a time travel book. What book about time travel are you going to find that isn't confusing at some point? Even though I was confused at parts of the book, I ended up knowing very clearly what had happened throughout the story by the end. 

The end of the book was good. It may not have ended exactly how I thought, or wanted, it to end, but it gave clarity to everything. The epilogue of the book may have been a little open ended, leaving the possibility for a second book. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading this short, fun book! I'd recommend it to many. Put it on your to-read pile!

And now, here's an excerpt so you can get an idea of what the book will be like! Enjoy!

As the king’s car shifted into gear, Akmal-Adnan caught sight of the Carpenters making their way into the Church of Moses rather than back down the mountain. “Wait,” he ordered. “That girl…it’s her.” The order to hold was passed to the other drivers.

“It’s going to storm, Rich. Don’t you think this can wait until tomorrow?” Kristina asked.

“It’ll only take a minute. I’m dying to see it with my own eyes…photograph it. Don’t you want to touch it?”

Deafening thunder exploded, but Richard wasn’t to be denied. He withdrew his camera as the family entered the door to the historic stone church. There it was…with an increased, bright-blue hue. “Can you believe it?” he asked excitedly. An incredible bolt of lightning could be seen through the open remains of the uncanopied portion of the Basilica followed almost immediately by another tremendous explosion of thunder.

He slid his hand along the staff reverently as he shot picture after picture. It possessed breathtaking beauty. Purity emanated from the polished gem, and again, it seemed a living entity. The family, in awe and reverence, gathered around the staff in admiration. Another brilliant flash of lightning and a horrifying peel of thunder broke them from their trance.

“We need to go,” Sarah begged. “I’m scared.”

“Okay, you’re right. Let’s each give the thing a heft and get out of here.”

“It’s time,” Cassiel ordered Perisa. “Go to Cole Flint, and send him now.”

Perisa disappeared as Richard gave the staff a yank. It stood firm. Kristina tried next. Still, no movement occurred. Sarah nervously glanced to the sky as she gripped the staff and another thunderclap, louder than any other, shook the mountain. She gripped, yanking on the gem with no luck and then ran, her father and mother following closely behind her. They exited the church as huge drops of rain began to fall. Richard put his arms around his wife and daughter before realizing that Hannah wasn’t with them.

Hannah seemed under a trance. Her family fled before she could try to dislodge the staff herself. Slowly, she reached forward and grabbed hold with her right hand. She felt peace as her palm gripped the radiant gem. The staff was warm to the touch, as if it flowed with energy and power. It felt right in her hand, like a comfortable tool—as if it belonged to her. Only a mere few seconds passed, but Hannah felt as if time wasn’t of any essence. This rod that once divided the Red Sea beckoned her to lift it. She felt relaxed as she tightened her grip and wasn’t surprised in the least as it slid out of the rock without any resistance at all. The Staff of Moses balanced comfortably—delicately—in her right hand. In a sort of dazed wonder, she walked with it to the church exit, and right as she stepped out from the church, her father glanced back to look for her. Hannah Carpenter possessed the Staff of Moses.

King Adnan saw Hannah exit the church with the staff and gave a quick order. “Take it! Take it now!” Within seconds, doors flew open and Royal Special Forces, amidst a torrential rainstorm, aimed their weapons at Hannah.

Lauren caught a glimpse of the girl from her news-van window at precisely the time she exited the church. She quickly took out her cell phone and began recording the scene as the Jordanian military police surrounded Hannah and the Carpenter family. Lauren could see the fear in the girl’s eyes despite the driving rain as guns pointed menacingly at her.

Out of the pouring rain, a bright-blue motorcycle appeared, its muscular driver in a blue, sleeveless shirt and dark, blue jeans materializing from thin air. The machine landed on the stony, muddy ground with a sideways skid and slid to a momentary stop right before the girl. Hannah’s attention diverted from the gunmen to the stunning, dark-haired rider. With no hesitation, Cole Flint, the time traveler, stood quickly, lifted her, set her facing him on the seat, and accelerated in an incredible burst of speed toward the stone church. From the viewpoint of the Carpenter family, the government entourage, and Lauren Molina, it appeared that he drove right through the stone wall. The girl, the staff, and the mysterious rider had simply vanished.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cover Reveal AND Excerpt: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

AHH! Finally! I've been waiting for this cover for a while, and I am so excited to read this book. Shelly Crane is one of my favorite authors. I absolutely adore her books, all of them!

There is no concrete release date for this yet, but it will release sometime in the Summer, 2013. 

Are you ready for this? Here's the blurb:
Jude has spent the whole twenty one years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being.

Never stop running…

Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more.

Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.


       And now, as I stared out into the dark rain to see a POS car sideways in the road, I knew the world hated me, had to, because someone had just smashed her car into my truck.
         I got out and braced myself. It wasn't easy to pay cash for new cars every time I needed to skip town. It was hard living when you couldn't be who you really were. Finding people to pay you under the table was almost impossible these days.
         I groaned and glared at the beauty standing at the end of my truck. "Look at that!"
         "I'm so sorry," she began. I could tell she really was, but I was beyond pissed. "I'll call my insurance company right now."
         That stopped me. "No!" I shouted and she jolted at the verbal assault. "No insurance."
         "Well," she pondered, "what do you mean? I have good insurance."
         "But I don't."
         She turned her head a bit in thought and then her mouth fell open as she realized what I was saying. "You don’t have any insurance, do you?"
         "No," I answered. "Look. Whatever, we'll just call this even-steven, because you did hit me."
         "Even-steven my butt!" she yelled and scurried to jump in front of me, blocking my way.
         "And what a cute butt it is."
         Even through the noise of water hitting metal, I heard her intake of breath. The rain pelted us in the dark. I hoped no one came around the corner. It would be hard for them to see us here in the middle of the road. She might get hurt. Then I wondered why I cared.
         "Look, buddy," she replied and crossed her arms. It drew my eyes to her shirt. My eyes bulged 'cause that shirt…well, it was see-through now. She caught on and jerked her crossed arms higher. "How dare you! You're on a roll in the jerkface department, you know that!"
         "My specialty," I said and saluted as I climbed in my truck. "Get your pretty butt in your car and let's pretend this never happened, shall we?"
         Because if cops and insurance were brought into this, I'd be on the run sooner than I thought.
         She huffed. "Excuse me-"
         "Darling. Car. Now." She glared. "Like right now."
         She threw her hands up in the air and yelled, "I knew chivalry was dead!" before climbing in her car and driving away. She didn't know it, but I was being as chivalrous as they come. I made sure she got out of the rain and back into her car, even though she didn't like the way I did it, and I got her as far away from me as I could.
         In my book, I deserved a freaking medal for being so chivalrous. Because people that stuck with me didn't live long.
         Just ask my mom.
         Oh, wait, you can't. She died long, long years ago saving my life. I refused to bring anyone onto this sinking ship with me. If it finally did go down, I was going down alone.

If you liked that, mark it as a to-read! And if you don't think it's your kind of book, maybe check out her other books. They're all great!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Stacking the Shelves [24]

Go over to Tynga's Reviews and join in on the fun!
Ah! I haven't posted a StS for a while now! But, I'm back, and with a lot of books! 

From the Library:
In the Mail!
YAY! I'm so excited to read all of these. I've just started City of Bones and I have no idea why I didn't read this sooner. 

Comment your link below, and I'll go check out your Stacking the Shelves!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Destiny's Flower by Linda Harley

Destiny's Flower by Linda Harley

Doctor Lynn Davis is kidnapped by handsome Lord Kyle von Talion and taken to a far off planet, Saldiora. As she finds herself in this unfamiliar culture, she must learn to fight with a sword, ride a talking horse, and endure the politics of a royal court if she is to survive. Kyle has his hands full keeping Lynn from making cultural blunders and ensuring her safety. The Juntu's are plotting to take over Saldiora and consider Lynn to be a threat to their success. Will Lynn live long enough to fulfill her destiny and save the kingdom of Saldiora?

*A copy was provided for an honest review*

My Review: 
I enjoyed this book, it was good!

There were many great things about this book, but also some things I wished to see more of. But, I'll start with the good stuff first.

I loved the world that was created with this story. It had talking animals, and interesting customs. This book showed the importance of staying true to yourself and not letting yourself forget who you are and where you came from. The idea that this book was based on is really interesting. It's a competition of 10 girls, who are competing for the title of Queen of Saldiora.

I also really liked the characters that were created by this story. Kyle von Talion was very likable  always protecting Lynn as his duty. He may, or may not be the love interest, but I'm not too sure because this first book didn't really have much romance.

The main evil character/villain of the story, Brigieta, was great. It doesn't seem like she or her family will be able to redeem themselves in later books, but I do have the smallest sliver of hope that she'll come around.

On to a couple of things I didn't like about the book. In general, there wasn't a lot of character development. I don't really know what the characters look like physically. I also don't know much about the character's personality. I felt like the only character I could actually connect with was Lynn, while I didn't know much about the others. For example, when a character died during the book, I didn't feel many emotions because I didn't know the character's background or personality. Although, even though I could connect with Lynn, I sometimes wondered why she did what she did. Like, Lynn started crying at one point, and I didn't understand why she was crying. Also, the book had a few grammar and spelling errors, but that didn't distract much from the book, making it still have and easy flow when reading.

I'm really excited to read the next book when it comes out. I need some answers! There were so many things left unanswered, so many questions I have. In later books, I'd really like to see more character development, along with development of Saldiora and what it looks like. With the character development in the next book, I hope to see more of the romance aspect of the storing come into play. The story ended on a small cliff hanger, making a lot of room for incoming plot twists and turns in the next book. I also feel like there may be a love triangle coming on...considering what was said in the last chapter.

Overall, Destiny's Flower was a light, easy read and I enjoyed many parts of it. Although, I did wish to see more development with characters and the world, but hopefully that will happen later in the series!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Endure by M.R. Merrick Cover Reveal!!!

Available June 5th 

YA Urban Fantasy
Final book in The Protector Series

Wrapped in darkness and woven with defeat, every action Chase has taken since being exiled from the Circle has been met with a devastating response. Now he’s been burdened with a quest that seems impossible, and he needs to evolve into something more—something greater than he ever thought he could be.

Armed with magic, friendship, and an unbreakable will, Chase must build an army and find a weapon capable of defeating the ultimate evil. But he knows that nothing great comes without sacrifice. Blessed by the very gods who have abandoned him and carrying the fate of all the worlds on his shoulders, Chase Williams is about find out just how much one man can endure.

 Book 1 - Exiled is FREE!

About the author:

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer, between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.