Thursday, May 24, 2018


Title: Kristy's Great Idea
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #1
Author: Ann M. Martin
Rating: 

Kristy thinks the Baby-sitters Club is a great idea. She and her friends Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun - and make tons of money.

But nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who don't always tell the truth. And then there's Stacey, who's acting more and more mysterious. Having a baby-sitters club isn't easy, but Kristy and her friends aren't giving up until they get it right!

    

Kristy is a junior high student who isn't interested in boys, and wants to do something nice for people like her mother and brother. So, she thinks up the baby-sitters club, and her two other friends join in, but they need a fourth member. They end up added the new girl to their group, and things start to get interesting. Each girl has their own issues to deal with, secrets that they are hiding and growing up to do. But add them all together, and it brings in a world of fun, and fighting. 

This book was really good. I enjoyed this movie as a kid, and now I'm excited to read this series. I loved the characters, and the over all story line. It made me wish that kids today acted more like this. I can't wait to read more. 
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Title: #Player
Series: Hashtag #3
Author: Cambria Hebert
Rating: 

Players gotta play.
Hate is like a poison. It contaminates everything.
So does doubt.
Even though I deny what I overheard, even though I insist it isn’t true, the seed of doubt has been planted. I can’t help but be tormented with the endless what-if’s that have taken over our lives.
Romeo and I were happy in love. The future stretched before us brighter than any star in the darkest sky. Now everything is broken. Literally broken. Romeo’s entire career is at stake, my entire future is threatened… and my past?
It’s coming back to haunt me.
To haunt us.
Romeo says we’re in this together and right now the only sure thing is us. But how far can a love so new be pushed? The lengths we will have to go to save each other puts everything at risk.
Romeo is a #player but how much of the game can one person play?

    

4.5 Stars! I fell in love with Romeo and Rimmel in the last two books. Their romance is epic and so freakin sweet, but my heart also raced to find out how the obstacles they kept encountering, were resolved.

Summary:
Romeo Anderson and Rimmel Hudson were happy and in love. Their bright futures were stretched out before them until malicious hate poisoned everything. Rimmel has never been so scared, enduring Zack’s crazy actions, and she’s plagued by nightmares. Overhearing a careless conversation doesn’t improve her state of mind, either. She’s in turmoil, and doesn’t know what to believe. But the seed of doubt was planted successfully and there’s no running from it. Romeo’s career is teetering on the edge of being over, before it’s really even begun. With his injury, his dreams of the NFL could go up in a puff of smoke. But his love for Rimmel will never end, and she needs him now more than ever. Doubts and suspicion plague everything Rimmel thought she knew, and the only ones that can give her the answers she needs have already lied to her. Knowledge of the past comes with a very real threat, though. Romeo promises they are in this together, but the blush of new love only lasts so long. What will they have to do to protect each other? Romeo is a great #player, always has been and always will be. But is this a situation that can be played and won?

I was a bit disappointed that book two wasn’t an HEA or even a HFN ending. I can’t really call it a cliffhanger either, though. It was more that we were settled with Romeo and Rimmel’s relationship, but the rest of their life was up in the air. Everything hung in the balance. Romeo and Rimmel were put through the ringer in this book. After being attacked and strung up, it was well within Rimmel’s right to break down. Her scholarship is still on hold, classes not resumed, she needed to heal, and her blossoming relationship with Valerie has crumbled. Even more vulnerable than she’s ever been, she’s still so strong. She may be tiny, but she still loves and protects fiercely. Romeo’s dream career is on the line. The way he feels about Rimmel, though, was worth putting his dream career on the line. I loved the way he loved her. It was so sweet. They have an epic love. After the bombshell that Romeo’s mom dropped at the end of book two, you’d think the strain, guilt, and fear would wear on their relationship. It didn’t. It just made them stronger and their bond more special. The revelations of this book were overwhelming. Of course we closed the book on Zack, which is a relief. He had more than a few screws loose. I liked that Rimmel’s past came into play, too. Up to this point, we only had Rimmel’s account and pain from that time. I liked that we got more insight so she could heal, but I’m not sure if I liked intensity that it came back. With all of her dad’s issues and those being linked to her mother, it seemed the book moved fully out of the New Adult genre to Romantic Suspense. I like Romantic Suspense, but I started reading a New Adult book. I also felt like the story had to go that way in order to keep it going instead of ending it with everything resolved. It was almost too much on top of what already happened. They couldn’t catch a break. It was one thing after another. That said, I still enjoyed reading their romance and seeing them work so hard for what they wanted. Supporting cast is my favorite. I cannot wait for Braedon’s book. And now that I know it’s Ivy who claims him, I seriously enjoyed their hostile banter. Overall, this was a good read. The entire series up to this point has been hard to put down, so I’m excited to read more. ♡
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Your Rhythm 
Katia Rose 
(Sherbrooke Station, #1)
Publication date: May 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

You know what they say: save a snare, bang a drummer.
Kay Fischer is well aware of what they say, and she intends to ignore it completely.
After her first step into the world of music journalism ended with a screw-up so royal it deserved a crown, Kay’s been struggling to re-stack the building blocks of her career. Salvation comes in the form of Sherbrooke Station, the latest alt-rock craze to grace Montreal’s legendary music scene.
A front page feature on the band everyone’s talking about seems like a foolproof shot at success, even after Kay meets their drummer. Matt Pearson might have a smile sexy enough to be the eighth deadly sin and a passion for music so powerful it makes her heart ache, but Kay’s got things under control.
She’s a professional, goddammit, and a professional would not get tongue-tied over a source, even a source who’s a six-foot, tattooed rock god with an affinity for tight jeans.
A professional would not find herself opening her door at an hour long past midnight to pull said source inside and lead him to her bed.
No, that’s not at all what a professional would do.
EXCERPT:
Matt’s still propped against the edge of the bar when I reach him. The crowd is thinner over here and I get a good look at him from a few feet away: sandy undercut hair and an angular face, softened by full lips and just the right amount of stubble. He’s got the perfect features to pull off his eyebrow piercing, and while they’re currently covered by a navy blue coat, all my internet stalking has proved he’s got the perfect arms to pull off the collection of tattoos on both.
Eric the Surfer might have been hot in a general sense, but Matt Pearson is one hundred percent my type.
Did I just admit someone in Sherbrooke Station is my type?
“Hey,” I call sharply, hoping I can help myself deny that little revelation by acting annoyed with him. “Giving up that easy?”
He gives me a cautious glance and then shifts his eyes from side to side, like he’s making sure I’m really talking to him.
“On looking for me,” I elaborate. “I’m Kay Fischer.”
Now his dark eyes travel up and down the length of me in a completely unapologetic stare. He smirks when they reach mine again.


Author Bio:
Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Title: The Case of the 202 Clues
Series: The New Adventures of Mary-Kate
and Ashley #1
Author: Nina Alexander
Rating: 

Ashley and I love basset hounds! Our dog Clue is the best basset hound of them all - she helps us solve mysteries! And we needed her help when basset hounds were suddenly reported missing all over town.
But Clue was too sad to follow the trail. Her best dogfriend, Sparky, had also disappeared. And then Clue was snatched right from under our noses!
Oh no! How are we ever going to find so many missing dogs when we were totally clueless?

    

This was a really cute and fun read! It begins with a missing dog and puppy, and then turns into a whole lot more missing dogs and puppies. I want a dog like Clue now! This was great. I really enjoyed the energy of the story, and the characters as well. This was something I read as a kid, and I love them now as well! 
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The Aviary 
Emily Shore 
(The Aviary Series, #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: March 5th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult

I am nobody’s Swan.
Beauty is now a corporate commodity, bought and sold on city streets and displayed in elite Museums.
Sixteen-year-old Serenity has spent her entire life in hiding, to keep safe from this decadent world. Overnight, her parents disappear, and Serenity is kidnapped, sold at auction, and thrust into the Aviary—an illustrious Museum where girls are displayed as living art by day and at night, cater to the lascivious whims of men who bid on their exhibits. Serenity has much to learn about this enthralling but competitive world where girls go by names like Raven and Nightingale and will stop at nothing to become top Bird.
The enigmatic and deadly Aviary Director, Luc, soon idolizes Serenity’s purity and aims to turn her into his grandest exhibit of all time—The Swan. In no time, she becomes the most coveted exhibit in the Aviary’s history.
Soon, Serenity learns that Luc holds the key to finding, and freeing, her parents. To save them, she must learn to play the Swan to perfection to win Luc’s heart, earn his trust, and save her parents. She doesn’t count on the fact that she’ll develop feelings for Luc in the process. Now, she’ll have to face an impossible decision: escape The Aviary and lose her only chance at finding her parents; or become Luc’s Swan for good, and lose her identity forever.


Author Bio:
Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books Ruby in the Rough and Ruby in the Ruins are her first indie-published books with proceeds benefiting trafficking rescue organizations: Breaking Free and Women at Risk, International. This summer she will be debuting her first contemporary novel as well as re-releasing her paranormal series in the fall: Roseblood
Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two little girls. In her free time, she enjoys connecting with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking, hearing their stories, and injecting their truths into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and is lining up more schools and libraries for the fall and winter, campaigning against sex-trafficking, baking, acrylic painting, interior decorating, and spending time with all the little girls in her life.
To learn more about Emily's work and the anti-trafficking movement, see her Facebook page where she regularly blogs: www.facebook.com/authoremilyshore and sign up for her newsletter through the Contact Me on her website: www.emilybethshore.com

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Sunday, May 20, 2018



Malevolent Sadness 
Julian Coleman 
(The Prophet’s Mother, #2)
Publication date: June 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Horror, Thriller

***Contains Graphic Violence/Adult Content***
A new paranormal suspense thriller from the WINNER of The Independent Author Network 2016 OUTSTANDING BOOK of the YEAR. Can a detective save a Prophet from a monster? Harry is an Army veteran who survived a childhood tragedy and tough years in foster care. Today, he’s a pragmatic and no-nonsense Homicide detective investigating the Victor Adamson kidnapping. As he digs for leads, Harry realizes he’s in the middle of a dark conspiracy, and his life is in jeopardy. His only option is to save Victor. But to do that, he must embrace the supernatural. He has to believe monsters are real. If he doesn’t, then both he and Victor may die.
EXCERPT:
The shadow woman floated upward. Her elegant ascent was the most beautiful thing Harry had ever seen. Outside the wind screamed like a lost soul in perpetual torment. There was an inhuman quality in the sound, which convinced Harry he’d lost any chance of reasoning with Evie.
Edgar dipped inside a pocket and pulled out a stone. It was black, larger than a half-dollar, and etched with gold symbols. Edgar grinned without a glimmer of humor as he held up the stone like a talisman.
“I hope you rot in hell!” Edgar said as he faced down the specter.
She didn’t recoil.
As she floated closer, Edgar’s bravado wavered. Outside the wind’s fierceness kicked up and the soulful moan sounded more pained.


Author Bio:
I'm a Paranormal/Supernatural Award Winning author who grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a child I suffered from night terrors. I'm sure you've heard of sleep paralysis which leaves you with the inability to move or speak. There are those of us who not only suffer the paralysis, but we see and hear horrible creatures. Most of the time, I had the good sense to keep my eyes closed. Yes, most of the time. Tell me, who wants to have nightmares about demons?
As I grew older, I realized some demons may not be hideous. To this day, I believe true evil is seductive, even beautiful. Unfortunately there are bad things you can't outgrow. You learn to cope. I did that by writing about demons who will sip your soul while giving you a kiss.
As an adult I also discovered that love transcends nightmares. I'm a dog lover and on several fortunate occasions my dogs entered my dream realm and saved me. The author in me couldn't resist, so in addition to writing about seductive demons, I've penned a tale about a mischievous pooch. If you want a chuckle then read about my canine diva. But...you may want to take a darker path with me. You may want to meet my demons. If that's the case, then I want you to be scared with me. Is that wrong? I don't just want to scare you, though. I want you to care about my characters. Because if you care about them, then you will be afraid for them too. Who knows, you could have nightmares about beautiful demons, too.

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