Book Review: In the Best Interest of the Child #1

Book Title: In the Best Interest of the Child #1 unnamed

Book Author: Felicia Denise

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Source: K.U.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

NOTE: This book is intended for 18+ only due to language, sexual activity and scenes of child abuse and near-rape. Those with emotional triggers should reconsider purchasing this book.

Side note: R&R Blog Tours shared with me a sign-up for a cover reveal for the second book in the series by Felicia Denise. I decided to read the first book before being willing to do a cover reveal. ^_^ And…

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The first book is amazing! Read it!

Also, stay tuned to see the cover reveal here on Thursday, June 29th

Felicia has a WordPress blog. You can check it out here.

Review:

You guys know me. I don’t read things that could be emotional triggers, but I had to read this one and I’m glad that I did. This a good reading for those of us who read contemporary novels. ^_^

The characters are fantastic and so is the writing. There are several typos, but they don’t take you out of the novel. Because it is an emotional roller coaster for the main character-Olivia, one may get attached to her and root for her happiness. She suffered through much and we get inside her head through her thoughts and memories. She is a successful child advocate attorney and helps out kids…to not become foster kids if she could help it. Her next charge, Rena, brings out old wounds and we get to see why she’s so good at her job. Great character!

The emotions in the novel are raw. One minute, I was liked I had her weight of the world on my shoulders and the next, I had the biggest grin plastered on my face thanks to Bruce. Olivia was grinning and laughing and so was I. Great writing!

Felicia was able to show some dark moments, but they didn’t stay in the reader’s mind for long because she would throw in something good. The Bellamy clan in also fantastic. So fun and there’s a thing about B’s. Read to find out what I mean.

I highly recommend it and it’s on K.U., so those of you who have K.U. don’t have a choice. 😉

 

#Blog Tour: Dead Over Heels by Theresa Braun #ShortStory #Paranormal #Romance #Giveaway #Ghosts

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Book Title: Dead over Heels Dead Over Heels Cover

Release Date: November 16, 2016

Book Author: Theresa Braun

Genre: Paranormal/ Paranormal Romance/ Ghost Story

Source: R&R Blog Tours

Rating: 4 Dragon Paws 4

For 16+.

Blurb:

Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.

After countless hours of dead end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?

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“The problem is, I never knew that finding the one would be such a double-edged sword.”

Review:

This is an interesting short story about romance, ghosts, and heels. I won’t spoil anything, but heels really do play a major role and one will understand the cover after finishing read.

I decided to read this short story because of the cover, it’s very beautiful and eye catchy, though after finishing the story, I don’t get the pose. Why are they dancing? It could be because of what’s happened with the ghosts, but wouldn’t it be Veronica on the cover?

I praise the author for sending chills down my spine. For a ghost story to be successful, one needs to scare the reader. I wasn’t scared, but was intrigued. The way the ghost scenes were written was chilly because they seemed realistic. Well done!

If you’re looking for a fast read and don’t have a time on your hands, then this paranormal short story is for you.

About the Author:

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Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. She blogs about writing, television shows, movies, and books, and all things dark. Her short stories are published in Under the Bed Magazine, in Hindered Souls, in The Horror Zine, in Schlock! Webzine, and by Frith Books. Upcoming stories to appear in Monsters Exist and Hardened Hearts.

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Giveaway: Click HERE for your chance to win a digital copy of Dead Over Heels

 

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Reads & Reels www.readsandreels.com (Promo)

Tranquil Dreams www.klling.wordpress.com (Review)

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The Bookworm Chronicles www.muretbookworm.wordpress.com (Excerpt)

Didi Oviatt www.didioviatt.wordpress.com (Review)

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Nesie’s Place http://www.nesiesplace.wordpress.com (Review)

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Between the Lines Book Blog www.betweenthelinesbookblog.com (Review)

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Where Dragons Reside www.kernerangelina.live (Review)

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Book Review: Killer Cupcakes

Book Title: Killer Cupcakescupcakes

Book Author: Leighann Dobbs

Source: Free on Amazon.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

I adore free books, especially if they are by one of my favorite authors. I believe this is a first book by Leighann that I read that didn’t have a paranormal aspect to it which is also fun.

First of all, the cover is very cute. The cupcakes don’t look killer at all and it promises to be a good read with all that pink.

Second of all, I miss my grandmother. She would have liked to hang out with the modern tech-savvy elderly ladies of the Ladies Detective Club. That made this cozy mystery all the better! I had it all pictured in my head when Lexy learned about her grandmother’s activities and that they have the latest iPad’s. Priceless!

So a bit about the book. Someone gets killed. Lexy is a top suspect and the cop in charge is her hot next door neighbor. Lexy owns a bakery and wants to solve the case before the cops cause it’s hurting her business so she seeks advice from the club, thinks up suspects with her best friend/employee, and eats burgers with the cop. What a fun mix. ^_^

Also, I loved the play on the word- Darling. That was a really nice touch!

Highly recommend to cozy mystery lovers!

 

 

Book Review: Chasing the Omega

Book Title: Chasing the Omega omega

Book Author: Jessica Edwards

Source: Kindle Unlimited and I heard about it on Goodreads

Rating: 3.5 Dragon Paws 4

For 18+. Has a sex scene.  

Hmm. What to say? What to say?

I chose to read the book because the author promoted in a Goodreads group I am part of and because I liked the title. I haven’t read about werewolves lately which was a needed change. I needed a simple, easy-going read over the weekend for when I was walking my son and this turned out just that. It did have some typos but they didn’t stand out too much.

The characters were all different and I liked that the main character was named Alice. A nice change to fancy names that pop up in books lately. My favorite character was her best friend, Sam. She was a nice treat though had a mouth on her. Alice is a strong character, though believed fast into what happened to her. It felt a little rushed, but worked out pretty okay, especially when she started to get to know Ryder and the rest of the characters.

So a little bit about the book. It has werewolves, learning about how to be a wolf, and a string of murders. The string of murders isn’t the only thing that needs to be solved for Alice. Alice also needs to solve the mystery that is Max. So that’s two mysteries which create a pretty strong story line. This is book 1 of the series and looking forward to reading book 2.

Warning: It does end on a cliffhanger so be prepared to wait for book 2.

 

 

Book Review: My Beautiful Disaster (Part 2)

Book Title: My Beautiful Disaster (Part 2) part2

Book Author: J.D. Hughes

Source: Kindle Unlimited and I heard about it on Facebook

Rating: 4 Dragon Paws 4

Spoiler alert. Please don’t read the review unless you’re read the book.

For 18+. 

I really like the cover. It’s consistent with the first and I’m still very happy that he has his shirt on.

The second part to the story of Daniel and Sophia is good, long, but good.

We’re taken on a ride with part 2. Lots of secrets get finally revealed, forgiveness goes around (though not fully), and a big shock gets revealed- I’m not going to tell you who sent the threatening letters, but believe me when I say that you don’t see it coming!

I really liked Shane. He was a fantastic addition as he showed up way more in this second book. He really shined and I was really pissed off when he got killed. After analyzing the book, I realized that that’s the reason why I’m disappointed with the second book, but to fault the author with a low rating wouldn’t be right since the book is well written, has conflicts, and a range of complex characters. He really didn’t need to die, it didn’t help the story line. It would have been better to put him in a wheel chair because the scene of finding out who was behind the threatening letters was nice and have him live out in a lighthouse away from the bikers.

Also in my review, I said that I was going to watch The Proposal after finishing this book, but I ended up watching it the day I finished reading part 1. (Don’t hate me) hehe. I still love that movie!

This book ends on Sophia thinking about Gabriel and his story. A big hint that the story is being worked on and hopefully will be published soon. I want to read his story since I find his character to be interesting. I want to know his past and how he finds his future. Hopefully by being a man and not a sissy. (he acted like a sissy towards the end of the book).

This is a fun read for readers over 18. Lots of things going on and secrets left and right. Oh, there’s a cute dog in it, too.  The dog lives…if the dog didn’t live, you wouldn’t be reading a review.

Deity’s Soulmate Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite

5 stars

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Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite

A delightful opening to an epic fantasy that features gods, dragons, and compelling characters, Deity’s Soulmate by Angelina Kerner is a brilliant story that will find a comfortable home with fantasy fans who adore mythology. Meet Gardenia, the daughter of Athena, a dare-devil kind of young goddess who defies Zeus and receives the discipline of the ages. It is after choosing to travel to earth without permission from Zeus that she is given an assignment that could take a century to complete. But what she does in return will surprise everyone, including Zeus. She sets out on a journey to find the mythical creatures, the dragons, who themselves are enemies of the gods. She wants to discover a secret they have kept for long. Watch as she faces insurmountable challenges thrown her way by Hera, and how she will find love with a mortal.

For readers who love great settings and extraordinary characters, Deity’s Soulmate will be a delightful read. It is interesting to see how Angelina Kerner weaves elements of mythology into this gripping story; her excellent prose is equally seductive. Her characters are awesome and I enjoyed Gardenia every step of the way. The plot is well-crafted with loads of surprises. The mission of the deity is not an easy one and the reader will love to watch as she grows through it, gaining courage, discovering her hidden skills, and maturing through the adventure. One has the feeling that something awful could happen any moment soon as one reads from page to page, engrossed in the exciting plot. This was a huge fantasy treat for me, a story I read in one sitting and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Deity’s Soulmate Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

5 stars

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Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

Deity’s Soulmate is a spellbinding opening in the Goddess Training Trilogy by Angelina Kerner, an enchanting read for young adults who love mythology. Gardenia is the daughter of Athena with 100 years coursework of creating new worlds. But when she chooses to go to earth, defying the permission of Zeus, she meets a very harsh form of discipline. Zeus gives her a task that would take a century to complete, but to his great surprise, she offers to track down a race of lost dragons and to unveil the secrets they have kept for centuries. Watch a young goddess as she goes on an adventure of a lifetime, discovers the joys and perils of humanity, learns about love, while all the time having to deal with the deadly traps of the unforgiving Hera.

The story is told from the point of view of the protagonist and in a compelling first person narrative voice. The references to Greek mythology and the galactic setting make the work a perfect fit for readers who love gods and goddesses, nature, and dragons. Angelina Kerner knows how to make readers navigate different exciting worlds because of her awesome characters and her captivating setting. The writing is wonderful, punctuated by powerful descriptions and great conversations. Gardenia is a character that readers will adore and they will love her care-free attitude, her love of adventure, and her courage to even develop feelings for a mortal being. The pacing is fast, and each chapter ups the conflict, featuring dramatic moments that quicken the reader’s pulse and indulges them even more. Deity’s Soulmate is a great fantasy, modeled after Greek lore and mythology; a fascinating read, indeed!

Deity’s Soulmate review by Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite

5 stars

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Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite

Deity’s Soulmate by Angelina Kerner is a second edition of the first book in the young adult fantasy series known as The Goddess Training Trilogy. This is a book that would appeal most to a young adult audience made up of those who do not mind reading about some implied sexual situations and who enjoy fantasy with a female as the main character. Gardenia is the daughter of Athena and has grown up surrounded by Gods and Goddesses. Gardenia is a Goddess of creation, yet she is unsure if the fate she was born with is one she wishes to embrace or not. When one of the Fates sends her to Earth to see the bad side of humanity, instead of just hearing about the good, it sets her on a path to create her own creation before she had obtained approval from Zeus. For her folly, Zeus punished Gardenia with a 13-fold creational lesson that should take her at least a century to complete, yet her punishment might be just what Gardenia needs to discover herself and her purpose.

Deity’s Soulmate by Angelina Kerner was a well-written fantasy book that reminded me a bit of The Lightning Thief except that instead of half-blood main characters, the characters were instead Gods, Goddesses, and dragons. The addition of dragons as a race that was on par with the deities and Fates was an interesting twist that allowed the plot to deviate from other fantasy books. I personally loved how there were illustrations scattered throughout the book and that they were all done in the same artistic style as the cover. Gardenia was a character so very different from all of the other deities that I could not help but love her. I felt awful for her when she visited Earth and was chased by a man who wanted to rape and kill her; her fear was so realistic that in her terror she forgot at first that she could will herself away. That was the moment when I formed an emotional connection to the character that gave me a drive to find out what would happen to her.

Book Review: ABC Book for toddlers

Book Title:  ABC Book for toddlers abc

Book Author:  Ehtesham Khurshid

Source: K.U. (found at http://ilikeebooks.com/)

Rating: 4 Dragon Paws 4

 

Since, I’m a new mother, I jump when I see books for babies, toddlers, and kids. I wanted to read this book before reading to my kid to get an idea of my reaction beforehand.

Each letter has a page with 5 words and illustrations. There were a couple of words that I didn’t think were right for toddlers- such as, ink-pot and oven (the picture if of a microwave so it threw me off), and urn. Each illustration was bright and happy and could possibly hold his attention. I love the layout, it’s simple and to the point.

When it came to numbers, I liked number 9. 😉

Conclusion: A good learning tool and will be reading it to my son when he would be more interested in things. ^_^

 

 

 

Book Review: Beacon (The Luminary Saga #2)

Book Title:  Beacon (The Luminary Saga #2) beacon

Book Author: P.S. Meraux

Source: Gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

SPOILER ALERT

Before I get to the review…. Can the author email me book 3? Yes, dear readers, the series is still gripping! ^_^

To remind you, this book is about different groups of individuals – the Paragons, the Luminary, shape shifters, immortals, and humans. The first book was predominately written from Wicus’s point of view, this book (second in the series) is predominately written from Waxine’s. It was interesting getting inside her head. The author is consistent with the characters and the point of views from the humans are fantastic!

We don’t know anything more about the evil plot, though we do know more on the vampires… and that Wicus’s favorite mortal has more soul mates than originally needed.

Confession 1: I hate love triangles. There’s something about them that makes me cringe and put down a book. I like how love blossoms between the two main characters and all of the twists that authors come up to tell the same story. But, when a third person is there, it breaks the balance so in a way, I totally agree with Ozel- how would Emily choose???

Confession 2: The love triangle didn’t make me cringe! And that’s a first. I think it’s maybe the story line itself or that the book is written predominately from a third party who is not in the relationship. The third party is there to watch and do its job as watching out for soulmates to meet each other and I think that’s real hook right there.

The book has a good ending and a preview into book 3. I would recommend it to older teens of 16 and older.