Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Exotica (The Nightshade Cases, Episode 2) by Patti Larsen


Published: June 20th 2014, Patti Larsen Books/Purely Paranormal Press
Genre: Crime | Paranormal | Thriller  Episodes
Format: ebook (e-pub)
Source: provided for honest review
Goodreads Summary

Bodies wash up on the Silver City beach all the time, but this one is different. Detective Geraldine Meyers is hot on the case, with help from medical examiner Dr. Rachel Hunter and anthropologist Dr. Kinsey DanAllart, uncovering the truth behind deaths at a popular new nightclub. Will they deduce a logical explanation for the murders? Or will the three friends uncover a deeper conspiracy hiding the truth about what’s stalking their city’s streets?

Welcome to The Nightshade Cases, a series of twenty-one episodes in twenty-one weeks. Please note: this episodic series is based on the television show model, with screenwriting notations and shorter formats. There will be a complete mystery each week, with cliffhangers only occurring in the full season story line.


The Good

I'm a huge fan of paranormal thrillers. They surprise the readers all the time and The Nightshade Cases are the best example of such beautifully written books. I fell in love with this series when I read the first episode, The Freak Show. And I'm really happy to say that after reading this one, the second episode, my love has only increased for the series!

I absolutely loved the mystery. The character-connect developed over the first episode helped a great deal in this one, as the entire focus of the story was only on the plot (with due reminders wherever needed.)

The cliff-hanging ending is mind-blowing! I was literally pissed that the book ended where it did. I just wanted to get the next one right away (at 3:25 am... crazy right!!!) This series is a real piece of intellect. I just can't wait to read the nest episode, or for that matter, the entire set of episodes!

Following the pattern, there was a murder, some suspects, strange occurrences, great deal of friendship and an arrest... but that's not it because after all this when the paranormal element hits it makes you rethink the entire thing all over again! OMG, I really can't explain enough how good these books are and get this, they keep getting better and better with each episode!


The Bad

No, Nothing wrong here! (yea... it's from Cujo!)


The Romance

There was no romance, but there was a lot of the love amongst the three leads. It's really overwhelming to see how they take care of each other and how true their friendship is.


Conclusion

It's a must read for all paranormal-thriller readers. I can't stress enough on how good this series is. I'm eagerly waiting to get my hands on the next episode!



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [38]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! She is picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All she asks is to link back to her blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here.

    SPOILERS AHEAD *
anyone that has not read the books or movies - you are warned!



Could you ever double as a spy like Snape?


No, never. First, I am a horrible liar. I am uncomfortable with lying and it comes through big time. I loathe habitual liars so I feel like I shouldn't do that to other people either. I'm generally quiet about my opinion unless someone asks, and then I'm bluntly honest even at the expense of hurt feelings.

Second, I feel like I am too selfish to have done what he did. Basically he was putting on a show for the world the whole time with everyone he talked to. He only got to be fully himself with one person...ONE. That would drive me crazy. 

What do you think?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Falling Angels Among Us The Complete Series by Linn B. Halton



Welcome to my stop on the Falling Angels Among Us The Complete Series Tour. 
Goodreads Summary

Ceri thinks she sees angels … everywhere. She struggles to keep separate what feels like two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. The have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets and a lot of wine result in them ending up in bed together and their relationship changes. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?

Ceri knows she’s different. What she doesn’t fully appreciate, is that her task in life is to correct a series of incidents that affect some of the people’s lives with whom she comes into contact. She’s simply putting right little errors that could ripple outwards and change the course of their destiny. When she finds herself getting pulled into things that happen around her, how can she prove that she really has made a difference? Is it all in her head?

She’s alone for a reason; she’s not meant to fall in love in her earthly life. Alex is supposed to cross paths with her and help Ceri during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It’s meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths … but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex …


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About Linn B. Halton


Linn B Halton lives in the small village of Lydbrook, Gloucestershire in the UK, but was born in Bristol. She resides there with her husband and cat with 'catitude'- Mr Tiggs.

Linn began writing in March 2009 and her debut novel was published in February 2011. In a recent interview Linn was asked about genres:

"From a very young age I knew romantic fiction was always going to be my genre. I am, and will always be, madly in love with love! Whether that's love of life, a partner, or the things I'm passionate about.

My stories are about love, life and real relationships - but romance is always the one thing that holds each story together. Often there's a light, psychic touch and I never dreamed I would write drawing upon my personal psychic experiences. But as my interest and understanding has grown in the subject, it is now such a part of my life it finds its way into my fictional tales. However, what is heartening is that most of my experiences have been uplifting and it's wonderful to know loved ones are around me always. I hope it will make readers stop and wonder 'What if?'

The result is that I get a lot of mail from readers who have had similar experiences and some are sharing theirs for the first time with me. I always feel that's something rather special and for which I'm very grateful."

Love, life and beyond... but it's ALWAYS about the romance!

Linn is published by HarperImpulse and Sapphire Star Publishing.
Linn is the editor of Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine.

Website  |  Twitter | Facebook | Bookshelf


1st -  prize a copy of The Restaurant @ The Mill and ecopies of Falling: Angels Among Us The Complete Series and Touched by The Light. 
2nd Prize - 3 winners can choose which book they want from any of Linn’s ebooks.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review, Interview, and Giveaway: The End of Violet and Abby by Scott Silver


Published: October 20th 2014
Genre: YA, Supernatural/demon
Format: ebook
Source: provided for honest review
Goodreads Summary

Violet and Abby pledged to stay best friends forever, a vow put to the ultimate test when Violet dies in a tragic accident—and comes back. Now boys are turning up dead, attacked by a creature both alien, and terrifyingly familiar and Abby is beginning to suspect that her best friend may have returned...different. Funny and heartbreaking, ‘The End of Violet and Abby' combines the sharp observations of Mean Girls with the sarcastic wit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer to tell the story of two young women struggling to save their friendship—and each other—from an ancient evil that threatens everything they love.



The most likely explanation was that they'd hooked up. No elaborate murder scenarios or supernatural intrigue, just an innocent quickie in the middle of mother nature, nothing more. Violet was a boykiller but only in the metaphorical sense.


The Good

I had fun with this one. I liked the smart ass attitudes Violet and Abby tend to wield with little restraint. Well, Violet more so then Abby, but Abby starts to hold back less and say how she feels. The creature has a familiar feel, but is creepy in a whole new way. The End of Violet and Abby also does a good job capturing the high school environment. I kind of wanted to punch a couple of the kids and maybe a teacher or two.


The Bad

I would have preferred not knowing who the killer was, but you don't really get that option (minor complaint). I also would have liked to seen a bit more follow up with the end of the book...what happens after the resolution between Violet and Abby.


The Romance

The romance is mostly Abby wanting a relationship while Violet has fun playing with the boys she comes across that can't resist her physical attributes. At the same time, Violet has a little jealous side when it comes to Abby.

Conclusion

I enjoyed reading The End of Violet and Abby. The creature was unique and the main characters held my interest. Definitely worth checking out if you enjoy Paranormal high school books with fun monster concepts.




Excerpts


"Oh come on, bunch of crazed naked chicks running wild in the woods-- what else were they doing, swapping goat's blood recipes? You just won't admit it because you're a prude."
"I am not a prude. There's lots of things a group of women can do together that doesn't involve sex. Then again, maybe it's different for boys. Got any stories you want to share?"
Eric didn't have any stories he wanted to share.

Rule number one when dealing with fake girls: The higher a girl's voice, the more she hates you. Fake girls masked their distain in a high-pitched, overly enthusiastic tone that, while friendly, was secretly covered in venom. Whenever Lauren spoke, it sounded like her vocal chords were trapped in her esophagus.

I opened my eyes and found myself face-to-face with the monster I once called my best friend.
"Oh good, you're back," Demon Violet said. "For a minute I thought you'd died or something. I've done that before. Don't recommend it."

Author Interview


Please introduce yourself, and what first inspired you to start writing?

Hey everyone! Scott Silver here, author of the new YA novel The End of Violet and Abby.

When did I first start writing? Hmm, good question. I can’t remember a specific moment; it’s just something I’ve always done. Even as a wee tot I’d write little short stories about my favorite cartoon characters. I once wrote an epic Smurfs/Transformers/Chipmunks/Star Wars crossover.


How has being an author changed your life?

It’s informed everything I do really. Being a writer teaches you to be more observant and find the special little details and flaws in things, both in nature and in people. I’ve come to understand the folks around me a lot better through creating characters in my head.

Halloween is coming up -- IS there a certain book that creeped you out more than most growing up?

Never read too many scary books as a kid, which I guess is why I can’t stop writing them as an adult. You know what did spook me as a kid though? The Garfield Halloween Special. I mean, the old man in the rocking chair with the white eyebrows? Freaky man.


Will there be a sequel to the End of Violet and Abby?

I’d intended this to be a stand-alone story and yet a lot of the feedback I’ve gotten from beta readers has involved the possibility of a follow-up, so who knows?


What character have you most enjoyed exploring? 

I really love how the character of Astrid developed as the story progressed. She started out as a generic background character but gradually emerged as a unique personality in her own right. She’s someone you’ll both love and hate throughout the story and those types of characters are rare.


Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what's your favorite song to write to?

I’m easily distracted and terribly scatterbrained, which is why I like to write in quiet places like the library (Shout out to the Seattle Central Library!), so I don’t listen to many tunes while I write. That said, I’m a huge music nerd, so here’s a few songs to get you in the proper Violet and Abby mood:

Running Up That Hill – Placebo
What the Water Gave Me – Florence + The Machine
Night Sky – Chvrches 
Just Like Honey – Jesus and Mary Chain

Do you have a new project started already or are you catching your breath and enjoying The End of Violet and Abby?

I’ve actually started doing some preliminary research for my next project. I also plan on releasing a short story sometime in the beginning of next year. Anyone interested in learning more can follow me on Twitter or sign up for my email list and become full-fledged members of the Silver Society!


About Scott Silver:

Scott Silver is a writer who's lived all over the US from the suburban tranquility of New England to the muggy sprawl of the Deep South to the neon playground of Las Vegas. He studied creative writing at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina and at the University of Georgia.

His spare time is spent reading comics and YA Lit, listening to cheesy synthpop, hosting trivia nights, and catching up on all the TV shows (so please, no spoilers). He lives in Seattle, WA and can be reached on Twitter @theSilverDome or at ScottSilverAuthor@gmail.com.



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Cover Scramble [90]


Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I'm changing up the format a little bit! I am going to be pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.










Saturday, October 25, 2014

JC's Bulletin of the Week [5]


Welcome to my weekly Bulletin. This is a place where you will find what's going on at JC's Book Haven lately, what I've found around the blogger world, Book News, and any books that are releasing in the next week.


Well, Zane's science fair project has left him with one flower alive, and that's the one with sugar added in the vase. We have to do it a second time to make sure that he gets the same results.

We are also working on finishing touches for his Halloween costume.

The last two weeks on the blog:

Sunday Cover Scramble
Matt did a review and excerpt of Bad Blood by Nicky Peacock
Harry Potter Moment of the Week - Where would you live as a witch or wizard (with muggles, magical community, etc)?
Melody reviewed The Best Horror of the Year, Volume 6 edited by Ellen Datlow
Sunday Cover Scramble
Matt did an ARC review of The Accidental Apprentice (Accidental Magik #1) by Anika Arrington
Harry Potter Moment of the Week - If you could change anything about Harry Potter, what would it be?
Heena reviewed Girl Nevermore by R.A. Desilets



Crystal Collier does a cute post about 5 Snacks While Reading

Beth Ellyn Summer tells us the 5 Higher Pressured Things Than a 2nd MS. It's great and so true!

Dave's Corner of the Universe gives us 5 Modern Monsters



Kim Harrison has a short-story scheduled to be released on 10/28 called Sudden Backtrack. Al gets the final word. Only read after Witch With No Name.

The Morganville Series is debuting season 1 on October 27th - Join us for the entire first season of MORGANVILLE at the Geek & Sundry channel on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/geekandsundry

The Mortal Instruments Series is making a return to screen, but it will be the small screen. It is being re-launched as a high end drama series. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: Girl Nevermore by R.A. Desilets


Published: September 8, 2014, Createspace
Genre:  YA | Contemporary | Dark-Fiction
Format: ebook (e-pub)
Source: provided for honest review
Goodreads Summary

Last week, Cooper Mesa was a quiet, studious bookworm.

This week, she feels unworthy of love or forgiveness.

When Cooper's twin sister, Kayla, tries to end her own life, Cooper blames herself. If only she had paid more attention...

Desperate to understand her sister's decision, Cooper starts down a dark path, discovering her own inner turmoil. Losing herself is easy, but finding a reason to live is becoming impossible.


The Good

Girl Nevermore is really a very well-written book. Rachel A. Desilets has done a fabulous job in expressing the true emotions of the lead character, Cooper, who goes through a very difficult time, and in doing so evoking the deepest and darkest feelings and memories in the readers. The characters are developed enough to be dominated by the strong emotional content, which worked just fine for the book.

Another thing that I really liked about the book is its ending. Trust me when I say, 'It couldn't have been better!'


The Bad

Though brilliantly written, I felt that just once or twice the author went a bit over-board with the whole high-on-emotions thing, but as one can't really put a limit on feelings and emotions, I guess it can be ignored.

It took me a really long time to get over the strong negative vibes projected by Cooper Mesa, for me that was quite a bummer!


The Romance

The entire story revolves around the bond between Cooper and her sister Kayla. Though Cooper keeps on questioning the bond they once had, she loves Kayla a lot and feels guilty for not being there for her.

Another important relationship is that of Cooper and Logan. The relationship they had was that of total-understanding, trust and patience. It was a beautiful relationship, one that each and every girl wants.


Conclusion

Girl Nevermore is a beautifully written book that'll surely rouse your deep emotions! I'd recommend it to YA readers, though I'd like to warn those who get uncomfortable with strong emotional stuff.




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