Rouge By Isabelle Modra

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Hello all.
It’s been months, I assure you I been doing good things with my time, in the months time since I have last written I fortunately got a new job which I have been pulling major overtime in (50-60 hours a week) and trying to significantly improve my credit score. I am a recent college graduate and I’m definetely high in debt. Those student loans really take it out of you and I haven’t even started paying off the really big federal one. Any who enough about me and more about what is blog was intended to be about, BOOKS!

So I have read many books during this time I been away and I thought I would start reviewing them and doing giveaways. As you all know, if you didn’t already know now you will learn, I have become a huge spoiled brat when it comes to blogging and mostly only read books that are given to be for free these are mostly ebooks that are given to me in exchange for an honest review. So I thought I’d start with the most recent ebook I received and take it from there.

This weeks blog will feature the book Rouge by Isabelle Modra. This was one of the books I found while skimming the iBooks portion of my ipad and one of those books I forgotten I received but definitely one of those unexpected gems. It starts of as just my typical kind of book a mother going home after not seeing her husband for awhile, he was away on a trip as a geologist well of course after so long of not seeing each other they jump each other’s bones real quick and while doing the nasty weird things happen. Okay so it’s kind of impossible to not give spoilers about this book but since this is mostly backstory I thought I would be forgiven, but anyways if you don’t want the major spoiler skip over this section.

Anyways, back to the couple bumping uglies while that happened this rock that the man had gotten while on a trip, don’t worry he’s not a complete weirdo he’s just a scientist geologist, wait does that make it better or worse? Well anyways rock breaks and basically causes this huge fire that kills off the man and the woman is somehow immune to it because of this drug she had been exposed to at this hospital she works at as a doctor, the people kind not the rock kind. So the book set around the daughter that was conceived from that little love making session and the legacy her mother passed onto her. Producing fire, walking through it major superhero stuff.

Okay so a superhero book is majorly not my style at all and if I had any reminders of this I prob would have not even picked up the book but if I would have skipped over it I would have definetely missed out as it is a really great book. Sometimes it really became cliche but I think when your talking about super powers especially like the ones in this book it difficult not to be cliche. Anyways I really enjoyed it and it even had romance and a tad bit if tragic romance, revenge all jammed packed into one awesome free ebook I had all but forgotten about.

As far as ratings I would say 4 out of 5 stars, just because I was so mad at the cliffhanger at the end of the book I was literally screaming and then what happened, in my head of course, don’t need the folks around me thinking I’m weirder than I already am.

Up next, giveaway time. I have soo many books in my bookshelf that range in genres just sitting there and collecting dust on my bookshelf, definite giveaway material for the upcoming blog. Be on the lookout for that towards the end of this week. Also a continuation of this post with a cover reveal for the next exciting book in this series.

Oh and although I have this new awesome job, I don’t have international money so just in the states guys.

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Book Blurb:

Lillia, Kat, and Mary had the perfect plan. Work together in secret to take down the people who wronged them. But things didn’t exactly go the way they’d hoped at the Homecoming Dance.

Not even close.

For now, it looks like they got away with it. All they have to do is move on and pick up the pieces, forget there ever was a pact. But it’s not easy, not when Reeve is still a total jerk and Rennie’s meaner than she ever was before.

And then there’s sweet little Mary…she knows there’s something seriously wrong with her. If she can’t control her anger, she’s sure that someone will get hurt even worse than Reeve was. Mary understands now that it’s not just that Reeve bullied her—it’s that he made her love him.

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, burn for a burn. A broken heart for a broken heart. The girls are up to the task. They’ll make Reeve fall in love with Lillia and then they will crush him. It’s the only way he’ll learn.

It seems once a fire is lit, the only thing you can do is let it burn…

 

My Review:

I admit I picked up this book with a bit of hesitance since it is the second book of a trilogy I haven’t read. I was really pleasantly surprised by how much this book engaged me. Lilia, is the good rich girl that pretty much has everything she wants including a horse she loves and kind of neglects. Mary is timid and sweet and I often felt sorry for her home life with her crazy aunt and Kat is the badass and her portions of the book are often humorous filled with the “wow I cant believe she just said that” moments. All the characters are generally likeable but Ill be honest I found myself reallly disliking Mary. She is just too sweet and sometimes a little too stalkery, but by the end I have a full grasp on why she acts how she does. 

 

The ending was well predicable, it did have some portions that were a bit unexpected like what happened with Rennie but overally throughout the book you have many hints of whats to come. Its general predictability and the fact that at times it kind of lagged on and on and I found that the writings were a bit schizophrenic based on the different point of views of all the girls leads me to give this book a 3 stars out of 5 rating. 

 

Would I reccomend this to a friend? Probably, this book was good and had some parts I just couldn’t put it down but it did have its flaws that made it just not for me.

Running from forever-Arc review

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Recent college graduate, Kayla Reynolds was ready to leave the university, sorority life behind. Leaving her boyfriend of over three years, she packed her bags and moved four hours south to the big city…New York City. Bright lights, streets that never sleep, and a business lifestyle that she yearned to have were all at her fingertips.

Kayla Reynolds was chasing her dream.

Determined and eager to make it in the corporate world, Kayla changed everything- her image, lifestyle, and outlook on life, putting her career first and her personal life second. That was until her first day, the first time she got a glimpse of Miles Blackwell. Corporate CEO and part owner of ETV, and not to mention, incredibly handsome, Miles Blackwell took Kayla by surprise, stealing her heart as he did.

But nothing had ever come that easy for Kayla. Life had always seemed to have a personal vendetta against her, stepping in when everything seemed too good to be true, reminding herself of whom she really was. It wasn’t until she met Merrick Drake that she realized when to stop; when running was no longer an option. For the first time in her life she had someone she could relate to; someone who wouldn’t judge- who saw the person she was inside. She and Merrick connected…on more levels than one.

When life was too much to handle, they ran.

But there was only one person that could make Kayla stop for good. Only one man that made her want to stay.

Would Kayla finally stop running or would it all be too much to handle?

My Review:

They are a lot of words that come to mind when reading this book: whirlwind romance, love story, crazy ridiculous obsession, ridiculously clingy yeah all that. This book was so enjoyable at first Kayla left her boyfriend of 3 years by a note which was cowardice of her may I note, but she realizes this and mentions it throughout the book, she moves to New York starts this independent life and then it goes downhill. I usually love romances in books especially with a really strong character like Kayla appeared to be in the beginning. My view of romances was taken away by the mere quickness and unrealistic notes of romance in this book, they say I love you after what like 5 days?!? Seriously even teenagers wait a week or two and this is supposed to be a grown woman. It turned me off completely from the book because the entire time they are falling in love within a week I’m like screaming omg you just met him seriously like w-t-f!! He could be waiting till kill you and wear your skin by day 8 but your butt too busy being in love. Yeah, I been watching too much American Horror story to some up with that reference but seriously it’s what instantly came to mind. (Season 2 for all the newbies!)

As a native New Yorker I can say this activity is not safe and I almost wanted him to turn out to be a psycho so he can kill her. Besides this tremendous peeve I couldn’t get over the book was quick a bit rushed and overall I really didn’t like the character development and the writing. I get that it’s a standalone book but a little more detail could have been included. Overall I would not recommend this book and would give it a 2 out of 5 stars just because it was a book I couldn’t put down, only because I had to see if he killed her in the end unfortunately it was one of those happily ever after books.

Seriously I hope no one does what Kayla does in NYC take it from me you’ll either freak out the guy or you may get stabbed.

* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Keep you from harm- ARC review

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Book Blurb:

Secrets…

They weigh you down. I’ve kept a secret all my life. It’s my mother’s secret, too. I inherited it from her along with a unique ability that only we possess. She’s gone now, another victim of addiction. If her death isn’t enough to bring me to my knees, her betrayal flays me to the bone. Because the secret my mother and I have been keeping is just one of many she’d kept. She never told me I have an older brother. And now he’s here, eager to be my guardian.

There is no one else. So I move across the country to live with this stranger, my brother. But experience has taught me that most situations are temporary and forming attachments only leads to hurt in the end. That’s why I’m determined to keep to myself in this new place, struggling to seem aloof while I’m quietly breaking apart.

Then I meet Lucas…

His magnetism is hard to resist, and most girls at school aren’t resisting. I don’t fall so easily though, especially not for guys who use their good looks as a weapon. From the start, our interactions are tense and volatile. I know it’s because I’m denying the unwelcome desire that grips me when he’s near. I think he feels it, too. He looks at me with an intensity that threatens to unhinge my resolve. Soon he’s trying to break through the walls that past hurts have built.

But I’m not what I appear to be, and it wouldn’t be fair to get involved with him. At least that’s what I tell myself. Until a terrible act of violence reveals that Lucas has a secret, too. It’s a secret that links us together and ties us to an evil history I could never have imagined.

My Review:

I was sent this Arc opportunity from a good friend and I really didn’t think I would enjoy it that much but it was a great read. I mean great, It starts off by the murder of Raielle mom who she unfortunately finds dead at the kitchen table. Raielle hasn’t always had the best mother and has been in and out of group homes which has made her untrusting yet I really like her character. She relys on her mind to get her out of the horrible circumstances she grew up in and will pick up side jobs so that she would always have her own cash.

Overall she’s a kickass character and is sent away to live with her brother who she never even knew she had, now she has this perfect little Brady bunch family she never thought she’d have and she totally feels like the adopted version of Jan. If that went right over everyone’s head Jan was the middle child who everyone pretty much loved but she always felt ignored and neglected.. Classic middle child syndrome right? Well that was Raielle minus her not being the middle child, overall it was really interesting to read about her and her newfound brother. It was a great read and I really enjoyed it and her newfound romance with Lucas even though it got a little bit overalls gushy at times to say the least.

Overall great read and really fast read because it was easy to really get into really fast. 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker

Blurb: 

She’s sixteen. He’s seventeen. They don’t know each other…at least not yet.

She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn’t end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her. 

She wants answers.

He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.

Then he moves to her town.

 

My Review: 

I seriously did not expect this book to be this good. I expected a little bit of time travel okay so I’m picking up a science fiction book interesting but its been done so much it will be just bland. This book was anything but, parts of it were funny, it had the romance aspect but not overly gushy which if you been an avid follower of my blog you know I HATE. I mean I cannot gush anymore about this book, It was seriously awesome and kept me guessing. Usually by the end of a book I can tell exactly how the book is going to end this book completely threw me for a loop with the ending. I mean not at all what I expected. I loved reading this book and really it had this very interesting view of time travel to an explanation of it that made sense, a secret organization, a reference to nature and string theory and science in general it was great and I would recommend this book to anyone. All the loose strings are tied in the end and I think by reading this book I really need to start reading more of Walkers books.

5 out of 5 stars and I wish I could give it more because it was just that good. 

Fire Country Book Review and Free Instant ebook copy

Book Blurb: In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

My Review:

So I was fortunate enough to get forwarded this email for Fire Country’s book blast and I thought it appropriate as my entry blog from my little hiatus there. Overall I really loved this book seriously like this was my face while reading.

Its one of those books your authentically really enjoy reading and at moments laugh alone with the silly moments. Sienna’s little talks with Perry were especially entertaining to me. Overall this book had a whirlwind romance which I found particularly cute since it wasn’t overly gushy also I really enjoyed the language in this book. Anyone that knows me knows I make up words for things all the time mostly making them plural and I loved seeing new words for common things and new curses and everything. Overall the book had a lot of adventure and bought an interesting take to a dystopian novel. Estes really did a great job with this one.

Definetely 5 out of 5 stars on this book and added to the ongoing list in my head as awesome book referrals to friends. Best part of it all you can get your free copy right now since Estes is giving away unlimited copies of this book. You can pick it up now at Smashwords.com

Simply use the coupon code: WM49N and download your FREE eCopy.
Expiration Date: September 15, 2013
I guarantee its a great read and the only thing Estes asks for in return is to leave a review on goodreads or amazon.
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What I didn’t Say by Keary Taylor

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Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He’s been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it’s too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he’ll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn’t limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she’ll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she’ll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn’t say before, even if he can’t actually say it.

As I lay in bed after finishing this awesome romantic story I had to write a review while it was fresh in my head. Let me start by saying this has not been an easy time for me or for my family, with the passing of a few loved ones and my trip out to Maryland, lots of family bonding ( okay maybe that part wasn’t so bad), lots of tears, a recent breakup, and finding out I’m not as healthy as I thought (don’t worry guys that’s been taken care of) well lets just say its been rough and I’ve stuck to reading as a way to console myself, self therapy btw guys best way to go sometimes. Well without further ado here’s My Review

Okay so this book really does the cliche guy surrounded by a loving family well. Seriously I love this dudes family, they are huge welcoming, loving and accepting. They really are like the ideal family unit and Jake is just this normal guy that’s totally head over heals for the smartest girl in school. One night a t post and a drive out to tell the girl of his dreams he’s in love with her changes his life. Jake is left mute his senior year of high school, seriously things look bleak for the guy and that whole Air Force future thing yeah that’s going out the window. Well I won’t spoil it for you guys but he finds a real friend in Samantha and Samantha is really dealing with her own big troubles that way surpass not being able to talk.

I loved the romance and the personality of each of the characters in this book and while i could have dealt with less if the switching between the present and the past (seriously that rarely works in a book I found myself so annoyed when the author did this) altogether it was a great read that kept me wondering and awwing the whole time through. I really enjoyed this book thus I’m giving it 4 stars.

this book was received in exchange for an honest review.

New Blog First Post

So this is my new blog, within it I shall include book reviews, giveaways, commentaries, random rants and much more (by much more I mean I really cant think of anything else I will include). Regardless I hope you enjoy my blog as I continue to update my thoughts on books will continue to update this current under construction blog. 

Look for a new post within the next day, as Ive had many books I have recently read and would love to review. 

 

Thanks for reading.