Saturday, September 24, 2016

Here We Go....




At the start of this month I made my return to Escaping One Book @ a Time. I scheduled posts ahead of time and made sure I had a few ducks in a row, because having them all in a row would be a miracle seeing many of them tend to waddle off. While I've just kept to my regular scheduled posts, my safety net, I've been reading all of your suggestions. I have been plotting out the best way in which I can incorporate the suggestions I've been given. I mean they are awesome ideas, I just know I need to pace myself.

  SO....  Basically, I love everything you guys said you'd like to see and it was basically what I had hoped I would start to post.  Eventually...  See because I've been out of the loop for so long I have learned this will take time.  Author posts and book hauls will take time to become a regular thing.  However, I LOVED the suggestion of discussions!!! This is something that I was thinking of doing bi-weekly/weekly.  I have always loved reading fun a quirky discussions and this will also be a place where I can discuss stuff like: Books that brought me out my slump, reading recs and other bookish stuff.

  I am also trying to ensure that I give you at least 2 reviews per week.  I used to do 4-5 but then I also burnt out then.  I will also do weekly WoW posts and probably one promo.  I don't want to flood you with unoriginal post but I have to ask how would Top Ten Tuesday fare?  What is too much?  What out of those kinds of posts do you want to see?

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  In other news....

  I have also started a journey into the Bookstgram community about a week after returning here.  Let me tell you guys that place is freaking MAGICAL!!!  I hope you have seen it in one way or another because honestly some of those pictures blow my mind!  This means I went in being TERRIFIED of not being good enough.  Turns out I didn't need to worry.  No, I'm not super cocky and think I'm super awesome, but this is a WONDERFUL, AMAZING and SUPER supportive community.  I mean just because I have less than 300 followers right now, doesn't stop some much larger accounts from commenting and supporting my start.  I know that doesn't sound like much but it means a lot to a little start up like me.  If you're on Instagram check me out <3 I'm little but I'm working on being mighty!!! All you have to do is click HERE and you'll be taken to my account.  Here's a few of my recent photo's:



  I think that I may even try and do a weekly post that highlights Bookstagram or maybe even just other accounts that I love.  I don't really know, but I know that I have a desire to bring the Bookstagram world I have become a part of into the blogging world that was my first love. 

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   For those of you that are new and the ones that have stayed with me from the start... I cannot thank you enough for being here, for following me and for every single comment/suggestion.  I may do this for me but in the end it's your support that keeps me going.  Knowing that I have people out there, taking time out of their day to check out my blog...  Well, it makes blogging a more fun and exciting experience!! 




  As always let me know if you have any other suggestions!!! Heck let me know if you think I'm crazy or a suggestion to make my posts more appealing <3  Your guys opinion matters to me and I seriously hope you don't forget that!!   You can look forward to some of the posts you've requested popping up in October!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Neverland Evermore by Sarah J. Pepper (Review)



Genre:
YA, Twisted Tale, Retelling
Publication Date:May 27, 2016
Pages:180
Published By: Createspace
Series: Never Ever #1
Review copy:Purchased (ebook)
Buy it:
Amazon ~ B&N 



Neverland has a way of breaking people. It corrupts souls. It destroys hope. The evil festering inside it brings out the darkness in our hearts and leaves us worse than dead. No good has ever come from it. Ever.

It is where I was born.

Therefore, darkness is all I know. Corruption is in my bones. So when I see him, I mean to win his heart and then break him. I mean to lure him to my arms and then destroy him. But it is his intentions and his wicked smile that deter me…at least until a lost soul from my past catches up with us.

My world ignites into flames. My love’s sinks to the depths of the sea. We are from two different worlds that overlap for a brief moment in time. But it is that moment which carries me forward. It is that moment in which he lives in the past. It is that moment in which I embrace my true nature and seek vengeance against those responsible for feeding his hand to that godforsaken crocodile.



Another gunshot went off as I plummeted into the angry water below.  My first mate stumbled away.  The last thing I saw before the waves crashed over me was her eloquent face.  The last thing I heard was my name on her lips.

  Her love was the last thing I fely before being pulled down into Davy Jones' Locker.
  I jumped at the sound of James' pocket watch as it marked the final hour of another day.  The clicks of the watch became louder with each passing second, a cruel reminder that I lived...and he didn't.

  Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
  "Mermaid tears do incredible things, and I've watched children join the stars," she cooed.  Remorse carried in the tone of her voice.  "But I have never heard a man give warning of a place called Neverland, because there is no escaping that hell."
"You don't understand what you are asking, Captain.  Neverland has a way of breaking people.  It corrupts souls.  It destroys hope.  The evil festering inside it brings out the darkness in our hearts and leaves us worse than dead.  Criminals, traitors, and the truly evil beings are attracted to it.  No good has ever come from it, no matter how much treasure is buried on the island." 




 Twisted tales seem to be really picking up in popularity and I'm loving it.  Plain and simply put I enjoy the chance to pick up so many different takes on tales that I have known and loved.  Peter Pan I'm finding has so much potential to be twisted.  Pepper shows off her talents by not only twisting it but putting Miss Bell and Captain James in the spot light.  Nothing about this read was what I expected, yet everything was better than I could have ever wanted.

  Because this is such a quick read, it jumps right into the thick of things.  It then proceeds to be told from Miss Bell in the present day and Captain James from earlier that year.  Though it may sound like it comes out confusing, it is as clear as a bell.  Pepper flawlessly sews the two together and creates a symmetry between the two that made for a smooth read.  Along with this was the many unique twists put in place throughout the book.  Each step forward or glimpse into the past and how the pair discovered what they have and what they have to lose, consumed me.  Their darkness is their light and this fuels so many events.

  What I love most, is how Miss Bell and Captain James are crafted.  There is a pull between the two characters that is undeniable, but more importantly they work.  Bell is not the sweet little fairy that we see in the Disney version, nor is she like any version I have read before.  Her role in Neverland, her relationship with Peter and everyone was not expected.  I also loved the unique way Bell's 'green' was twisted into her being, into her character.  This also leads the way into how the ticking on the pocket watch connected her to Captain.  I loved this truly unique twist.  LOVED!  As for the Captain, he had his own remarkable charm and this book is not the end for him.  I want to go into more detail but honestly I think you should discover him all for yourself!

  This read was beyond addicting and hinted at so much more to come.  Sarah J. Pepper has easily slipped into my heart, as a must read author when it comes to twisted tales and retellings.  This book was beyond addictive and I seriously am already itching to pick up the next book.  If you're a fan of twisted tales you will not want to miss the chance to pick up this beauty.  It is a perfect example of the inside matching the beauty of the cover.  I cannot adequately voice how amazing this book was, how remarkably unique this book was right from the start.   Basically what I am saying is judge a book by its cover and pick this baby up!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Love Amplified by Ann Marie Frohoff (Book Promo)


The long awaited final book of Ann Marie Frohoff's "Heavy Influence" series is almost here!!!
Guys, if you haven't started on this series you really do need to.  I mean with the third book releasing in just a month, I highly recommend that you catch up now.



 
Genre:
NA, Contemporary 
Publication Date:October 25, 2016
Pages:336
Published By: Author
SeriesHeavy Influence #3 


Buy it:
Amazon ~ B&N ~ Chapter

Jake Masters is on the rise, sober and inspired. His solo music career has taken off and he's packed away his ugly skeletons - so he thought. When a tropical rendezvous with Alyssa turns into an unexpected life-altering reunion, they must decide what's more important - their happily ever after or doing the right thing. Can it be both?



Sometimes happy endings come with more than bargained for...





  Ann Marie doesn't let her fans down, in any form. Along with original music, she also produced a classic short called "JUST JAKE" which premiered at Pages Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, CA July 1st of this year to a packed house.






  An original tattoo rendering by Kylie James and photography by Yves Huy Truong.




About the Author




Ann Marie Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast. She settled in Hollywood at 19 working in film and TV. Soon her itch to keep moving took over again, taking her to Hawaii for a time and then back to LA.

She’s now settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Her wanderlust and propensity to live life out loud has brought her many life experiences so many of us only dream about. Always the storyteller, it would be of no surprise to those who grew up with Annie, that she made the transition into a book and screenplay author. You could say that she woke up one day and had an epiphany, deciding to go to school for screenwriting. It’s with this inner fire she set out to write her first screenplay. Soon after, such work made it into the hands of an agency creative executive who challenged her to write a novel to support the complex ensemble cast of characters she’d created. Thus, after only a couple of years and many hours on the road immersing herself in her subject matter; her edgy modern day "Walk The Line meets John Hughes Classics” debut novella, SKID OUT, has been completed, along with the first installment in her Trilogy. SKID OUT is the prequel novella to the HEAVY INFLUENCE TRILOGY.

The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, is tentatively set to release late spring 2012 — The series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books. (Alternative Rock Genre).

Annie has now also delved into the supernatural fantasy world with her writing partners Shaun Barger and songwriter/musician Matthew Reich. Taking inspiration directly from song lyrics and building an entire realm of vastly complex characters and plot lines; weaving history, fantasy and heavy doses of romance together. You will be kept turning the pages of “The Zodiac Wars: My Gemini” novellas and “Precious Metal: The Prince and the Gypsy” book series. Both series of books are currently in development.https://www.facebook.com/heavyinfluence/?fref=ts
Find Her:


Author's Amazon Page  Like Heavy Influence on Facebook Follow Author on Goodreads Follow Ann Marie Frohoff on Instagram Follow Ann Marie Frohoff on Twitter Check out Ann Marie Frohoff's Website Follow Ann Marie on YouTube


***Join the exclusive tour from Lady Reader's Book Tours today by clicking below. Or contacting the author on the series page on Facebook!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine 
and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



 
Genre:
YA, Fantasy
Publication Date:March 14, 2017
Pages:384
Published By: Harper Teen
SeriesHunted #1


Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?


Pre-Order

Why I'm Waiting


  Well...  How long do you have to read this post?  Because seriously this book gives me all kinds of fan girl thoughts and envy for those that will read it early.  This book...  The cover...  Just everything about this book almost literally screams read me, to me.  It also is a serious bonus that it's a retelling/twisted tale.  Under no circumstances would I pass up a chance to get my hands on anything that's a new take.  Plus it's Beauty and the Beast!!! Seriously, I can't wait!!!! 


What are you waiting on?!
Link me up so I can see or leave a comment for what you're excited for!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

If I fix You by Abigail Johnson (Review)



Genre:
YA, Contemporary
Publication Date:January 31, 2012
Pages:304
Published By: Harlequin Teen
SeriesStandalone
Review copy:E-galley
Buy it:
Amazon ~ B&N ~ Chapters



When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .




  The walk to Sean's Jetta felt like my own green mile.  The idea of being alone with him in a car with barely two feet between us brought my nausea trickling back.
Hate was such an ugly, infectious thing.  It burrowed deep inside and consumed.  My hate hadn't begun that way, not even after Sean.  It had started out as an ice cube lodged in my throat, an obstruction I couldn't move no matter how many times I swallowed.  Then it melted, and the cold had trickled through my insides, numbing me.
  It wasn't fair what he was doing to me.  Making me realize things that I really didn't want to.  Making me realize things that I really didn't want to.  He was so messed up.  His parents had done that to him and neither one cared that they'd damaged something so fragile.


  OMG!! Turning the last page page of this read I knew that I was going to have a book hang over.  Two days later and I am still struggling with what I will be picking up next, because I worry that it will suffer in the wake of this read.  This book leaves no real place for me to start and end, but there is undoubtedly words twisting and pushing to come out.  If You Fix Me is a heart ripping, stunningly beautiful read bound to call to many different readers.

  The plot and pacing flowed together in perfect harmony.  It was like Mozart and Picasso had a baby and it was Johnson's writing.  I know, I know that was a little weird...okay a lot weird, but honestly my love for everything within these pages knows no bounds, weird or not.   Reading this was quite possibly as easy as breathing, yet somehow felt like I was watching a heart wrenching movie.  Everything just flowed so flawlessly that there was no need to come up for air, it just never called for it.  Even as everything began to fall apart, it was pulling itself back together.  Each character had their own story, their own voice and yet twisting them together worked perfectly, making everything imperfectly perfect.

  Jill is everything I want in a character.  There was absolutely nothing perfect about her,  but at the same time everything about her character was flawless.  It's hard with contemporary novels for me because I'm either going to find I connect with the character and really love them, or just like them because they are written well.  As the synopsis says Jill likes to fix things but what made me love her was the reality that sometimes you can't fix others until you fix yourself.  She was not lost, but she wasn't good at voicing things...awkward to say the least.  Jill is someone that people can relate to.  Her emotions, thoughts and feelings are very easy to understand.  I have no doubt that even when I was a teen these are some things I would have experienced in her shoes.  Basically what I am trying to say is that Jill was as close to perfect as a character can get.

  Daniel and Sean are nothing alike and yet they seem to have something that is the same.  For me I didn't really want one more than the other, there was a pull from both.  I think for Jill it was the same way, but only more complicated.  Sean was who her heart had wanted for years, only to be betrayed.  Daniel had something in common with her, a past and a broken home.  There were also many boundaries with Daniel, and it's so hard to explain without ruining it all, just the same as I can't explain Sean without taking something away.  However, the entire thing with Sean always felt like it was a little sideways, like there was a missing puzzle piece that no one was willing to see even though it was just sitting in the box still.  Both boys were expertly written and brought a unique element to Jill's life.

  This book is nothing short of a must read.  It's heart breaking, heart mending beauty, rolled into one beautiful book.  I cannot even tell you all of the ways that this book was amazing.  I will make sure that everything that this author writes finds a home on my shelves.  With its lyrical writing, developed characters and beautiful story, If I Fix You is by far one of my favorite reads this year.  If you are a fan of contemporary or are looking for the perfect hangover read, this book is undoubtedly the one for you. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Downdrift by Sutton Shields (Review)



Genre:
YA, Fantasy, Mermaids
Publication Date:August 12, 2015
Pages:353
Published By:  Author
WebsiteSutton Shields Website

Review copy:Physical for honest review
Buy it:
Amazon 



Two Waves Remain...

Marina Valentine is one future time-traveling trip away from putting the final trident in King Zale’s reign. The future, however, has a dire message for the Savior: She is one decision away from costing everyone everything.

Marina doesn’t want the burden of some unknown decision, nor does she want to learn of yet another sneaky trick by King Zale. All she wants to do is focus on her trip with Troy to retrieve the last soul stealing stone—a trip that will not only take them to wondrous, mysterious places, but will bring them closer than she ever dreamed possible.

Unfortunately for Marina Valentine, burdens and Zale tricks are part of the job description.

Only this time, the burden has never been heavier and the trick has never been more destructive.




  Though I kept my eyes on the road, I was very aware of Troy's eyes on me.  I'd bet anything he bore that smile I loved so much.  He probably had his sexy eyes flicked to the 'on' position as well.
  My God, this was a nightmare, one no amount of pinching would wake me from.  We had been changed back into our mer-selves, and I managed to land fin-down.  That should have been comforting.  It wasn't.
Polly bounced off the walls, knocking guards off their feet and rendering them unconcious, as if they were nothing more than scarecrows.  It was quite a sight, like seeing your grandmother go from knitting in her rocking chair to butt-kicking bad guys, midair.
  Elaborate oak panelling, extraordinarily detailed balustrades, and cherub fixtures were only made more spectacular by the natural   well, weather mermaid-created    light beaming through a remarkable wrought iron glass dome ceiling.  




  It is no secret that I adore Miss Shields writing.  Her writing is teeming with character, her characters are vivid and her books nothing short of wonderful.  This is a writer that put a bit of herself not only into the book itself, but each character that she has created.  Though I know this is something that most do, Shields does it with such passion that I can't help but be captivated every single time I open one of her books.  

  What always blows my mind is Shields ability to craft these worlds.  Every place is spectacular and vivid, giving the reader a clear picture of each magical place.  When I think that there is no way that Shields could add another place without over doing it or not giving a clear enough picture, I am proved wrong.  Downdrift took a lot of time developing the story further but it didn't skimp out on the action or progression.  There was a reason behind every voyage and every twist, and though my heart broke a little and I internally scream for being a fool and not seeing everything earlier, fact of the matter is that it was all worth it.  The only thing I could have wished for when it came down to it was that we got a little more of the other characters.  This one was largely (not completely but Largely) about the development of Marina and Troy's relationship (that is beyond the bigger point of, you know getting the final tools to basically save the world).  Beyond that (and that took a lot of thought to pick out), the pacing and plot were perfect! 

  Marina never gets a second to just be a teenager.  Her life has been a series of ups and downs right from the start of Finned.  At this point I just have to applaud her for not going insane from all of the downs.  Though she has never been a normal teen, life since she was banished has just gotten harder and harder.  This being said, Marina does well with the mounding challenges that face her.  Time after time new things are thrown at her and she does her best to conquer each thing.  The beauty of Marina though is that she is not perfect but she will not give up, and no matter how many times she finds out she is more powerful than she could have ever imagined she doesn't pretend that she really has a clue as to what she is doing.  She has gotten stronger and much more self assured, but she is still the same imperfectly, perfect character that I cannot get enough of.

  As always, I love the supporting cast that Shields created.  The entire gang is unique and continues to grow right along with Marina, and yet they bring the same entertainment each time the grace the pages.  It's seriously mind blowing that there are so many characters and yet I never feel overwhelmed, nor do I ever forget who someone is.  This is a special talent I think, because honestly I love every single part of every character.  Okay, so I am not a fan of the Mer Bitch but I can appreciate how well her and her story is written.  Beyond this there is basically a character for every taste that a reader may have.  Personally I love the contrasting Polly and Airianna more and more. Airi is basically everything good.  She is the sweetest and I adore her.  While I adore Polly because she does not hold back.  Maybe it her demons, but honestly she is just plain ol' quirky and I would attempt to hug her(even though it would probably end up in an injury).  I wish I could spend time and talk about each character but you probably wouldn't finish this review.

  What else could I say to entice you all to not only start this series, but pick them each up until you reach this point.  OH, maybe the fact that no matter how many times you think you have everything figured out... YOU DON'T!! Shields never hesitates to throw you off of her trail and possibly even break you heart a little.  No character is ever safe, and though there has been minimal loss, there is no shortage of twists and turns.  These are books that I have no problem devouring, and openly recommend them to any person that enjoys a great read with amazing characters.  


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #2

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine 
and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



 
Genre:
YA, Retelling, Fantasy
Publication Date:January 10, 2017
Pages:464
Published By: Amulet Books
Series-


In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

Why I'm Waiting

  Well... Cover lust.  There is not a doubt in my mind that I will NEED this one the second I can get my hands on it!   Between the beautiful cover (I'm strangely addicted to covers with red), and the fact that A.G. Howard is totally amazing this book is a given for me.  Admittedly I am also extremely interested in the twist/retelling aspect.  I can only think of one other book that ever did Phantom of the Opera and I loved it.  It's not something that is done really and I am super intrigued to see how it all pans out!


What are you waiting on?!
Link me up so I can see 

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