Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FOREVERMORE by Kristen Callihan Release Day Blitz {Review + Giveaway}





Title: Forevermore
Author: Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London, #7
On Sale: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Formats: Mass Market & eBook
Price: $7.99 USD
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Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe - and win an eternity with the woman he loves.

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THE FULL DARKEST LONDON SERIES


Firelight, #1 Moonglow, #2 Winterblaze, #3 Shadowdance, #4 Evernight, #5 Soulbound, #6 Forevermore, #7
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MY REVIEW


Sin Evernight is a man haunted by his past. When his mentor Augustus tells him that Layla will be coming back, Sin vows to keep her safe from creatures that mean her harm….and himself. If Layla finds out about his past, he is sure she will be horrified and leave. He will not let that happen, not matter how breathtaking she is.

Layla is a famous singer and thinks Sin is to guard her against fans. The real reason is far more dangerous and they will need all the help they can to win.

It’s time to concur your fears in this last installment of the Darkest London series.

I’m sad to see this series come to an end. I’ve only read the first two and Forevermore, but I loved it all the same. It mentions some things from previous books, so I suggest you read the others before this one and not be like me. I couldn’t give up the opportunity to read this book, though.

So, I loved every minute of this book. I only stopped reading because I needed sleep. Sin’s and Layla’s connection is so pure and sweet. I was hoping they’d end up together by the end of the book. There is a lot of mystery in the book and the book keeps you in suspense up until the end. Don’t expect any answers to your questions in the beginning. None of my guesses were right dealing with Layla. Sin’s past was something I was dying to know. What could do this to a man, that he pushes his entire family away? It’s heartbreaking. Sin is a powerful being but I don’t think we really got to see his full potential. He has all this power and he rarely had to use it. I also wanted to see more of Layla’s power. We get to see some of it but only to a certain extent. We also get to see a lot of familiar faces in this book. I think fans will enjoy seeing them all together for the last time. :)

Overall: It was a great book to end the series with. This series will always have a place in my heart and on my shelf. <3

4.5 STARS
 



EXCERPT:
 One might think being an immortal was a blessing, never grow old, never grow sick, never die. At one time in St. John Evernight’s life, he considered it a blessing too. He would be around long after the simple humans who surrounded him were nothing but dust. They could stare all they liked at his “strange” hair and frosty green eyes. They could gossip and speculate about him until they lost their voices. It didn’t matter. He was untouchable, and they were but fragile sacks of blood and bone.
How naive he’d been. Because living forever merely meant a lack of escape from the desolation of regret and loneliness. He knew now that he could walk down Jermyn Street endlessly, see the sands of time shift and rearrange before him, and never be a part of life.
“Brooding, Mr. Evernight?”
Sin almost jumped at the sudden sound of Augustus’s voice by his side. Damn, the blasted man loved to startle him. He gave Augustus a passing glance. Dressed in conservative brown tweed and a bowler hat, the angel appeared every inch the English gentlemen, save for his dark coloring that marked him to be from Southern climes.
“It’s really quite the trick, popping up like a soap bubble whenever you choose, Augustus. You must teach me how one day.”
The man’s mouth twitched. “With your luck, you’d pop up in the middle of a parliamentary session.”
Yes, Sin had abominable luck. Or perhaps it was more a matter of making abominable choices.
“You’re brooding again,” Augustus remarked.
“I’m not brooding. This is simply my face.”
Augustus snorted but remained silent as they walked along, past Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall. 
“Care to tell me why you called me here?” Sin asked, when they came upon the grounds of Westminster. For the past year, Sin had been in Rome, soaking in the warmer temperatures, drinking espresso in cafes along the Piazza della Rotunda, under the shade of the ancient Pantheon. He’d eaten simple but delicious food, and listened to the rapid fire of Italian, and felt…well, not peace, but a measure of contentment.
Until Augustus had sent for him. Returning to England sat like a stone in his gut. But he would obey. Augustus was his mentor, and the man who’d given him salvation. The price was a lifetime of servitude. To be fair, his role was for justice, not evil, which was a nice change of pace.
A massive dray rattled past, kicking up dust and sending a fug of stale manure into the air. They hurried past the cloud and headed for Westminster Abbey. Sin hadn’t planned on visiting today, but here they were all the same. He wondered if Augustus somehow had led him to their usual meeting place or if Sin had merely headed that way because of the man’s sudden arrival.
He’d like to think the latter. It did not sit well with him having another control his actions. Not since a certain evil fae had kept Sin as a blood slave for years. Even now, the memory made his stomach turn.
Not a soul acknowledged them as they walked through the abbey and into the cloisters. Here, a rare bit of sunlight peeked through the constant cloud cover and cast lacy shadows along the walkway. The sound of their boot heels clacked out a steady rhythm as they strolled along.
 “Layla returns to London tonight.”
At the mention of her name, Sin’s heart stilled within his breast. He’d tried his best to ward off all finer feelings, to remain numb, detached from life. And yet he could not, for the life of him, remain immune to Layla Starling. His childhood friend. The one woman who could take his breath, his reason, simply by laying eyes upon her.
Stuffing his shaking hands into his trouser pockets, Sin forced himself to keep an even tone. “So then I am to begin watching over her?”
God, but he did not want to. It would be agony, staying so close to her and never being allowed to show his true feelings. And yet a thrum of anticipation went through him at the mere prospect of seeing Layla once more.
 “Are you ready?” Augustus asked, though his expression told Sin he fully expected an affirmative answer.
So Sin told him the only truth left to him. “I will not fail her.”






 AUTHOR INFORMATION

USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan is a writer because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers' Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews' Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Foolproof by A.J. Lape Blog Tour {Review + Giveaway}

Title:  Foolproof
Author:  A.J. Lape
Series:  The Darcy Walker Series, Book 5
Genre:  YA Mystery, Humor & Comedy
Cover Designer:  ’68 Zombie Comics
Release Date:  March 15, 2016
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Jon Bradshaw needs a girlfriend stat. When he convinces Darcy Walker to be his wingman at a speed-dating event, one debacle leads to another, and before you know it, they’re the proud new owners of a dead body. Problem is, the body has a tie to Darcy…making her a person of interest in a murder.

Things quickly jump from bad to worse when someone hijacks the name of Darcy’s alter ego, framing “Jester” in a Hitchcock-like blend of crimes that leaves her head spinning.

In FOOLPROOF, Darcy battles an adversary who tests her IQ while she navigates the daunting worries of a high school senior. Add on the emotional fallout of her latest caper, a cop breathing down her neck, and a hot but stubborn boyfriend, and she’s at her wit’s end.

Can she find her zen and unmask the real murderer? Or get used to a life of prison orange?
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My review will be a little late. I'm currently in the process of reading it, but today is my birthday, so I might not put my review up until way later or tomorrow at some time. In the meantime you should read my reviews of the other books in the series. My review of Defcon Darcy is brand new!

 Welcome to Darcyville 
The Amazon bestselling Darcy Walker Series has been compared to Veronica Mars meets Stephanie Plum meets The Black List. All novels are written as stand-alone novels, but a backstory is woven into each book. Reading order is Grade A Stupid, No Brainer, 100 Proof Stud, DEFCON Darcy & Foolproof.

Clean mature YA series for ages 13 and up due to graphic crime scenes.

Book 1

You can read my review of book 1 HERE
Book 2
Available HERE

You can read my review of book 2 HERE
Book 3
Available HERE

You can read my review of Book 3 HERE
 Book 4
Available HERE

My Review

It’s a typical day in Darcyville when a dead body lands in front of her. She and her friends are dancing away at Club Need when the wall deteriorates and a body falls right in front of Darcy and Dylan. This can only mean on thing, Darcy is going to find out how it happened and who did it. One of her contacts pleads with her to let this one go but she can’t. This leads her down a dangerous path and she might not make it back. Through her cunning and cleverness, she gets the girls name and a clue that she might have been trying to spy on an underground fight club.

Let the fight begin!


OMG A.J. does it again with another awesome book. I don’t know how she does it but they keep getting better and better. This is by far my favorite out of all the books…as of right now. I’ve yet to read Foolproof yet. This book had me from the start and didn’t let go. You’d think it was going to go one way but it didn’t. I like surprises. There was a little foreshadowing but my mind was like Nah let it go. Listen to your instincts people! LoL Darcy is a hoot like always and she always seems to find trouble. She can’t help it, she is a magnet. She also has become a magnet for guy, like whoa! Gorgeous guys galore!!!!! *drools* Clean up on aisle 5! So let’s get away from that topic for a minute and talk about some stuff that happened in the book. Underground fight clubs have always been interesting to me. I like it has to do with some movies that I watched. This particular underground fight club is not what I had in mind. That was some scary stuff and I cried multiple times. So dang heartbreaking and I found my self praying for Darcy and her companion. Darcy is one heck of a girl and I’m determined that she can withstand anything. She does crack a little but she has support. She always picks her self up though and is a better person because of it. There is some tension between Darcy and Dylan but their love for one another is a fiery passion that no one can smother. They are HAWT HAWT HAWT. There is one person in the book that has surpassed my love for Dylan *GASP* I know, I know. It was unexpected but I think Dylan will drag me back in the next books, but Ben has found a place in my heart. Oh my goodness. He is so strong and and and Words can not describe how I feel about him. The things he did in the book just made me cry for him and cheer for him at the same time. My goodness he is so freaking dream worthy. I wonder what will happen to him in the next book. I know Darcy will find herself in another mess but what kind I’m not sure. I just know that it will be a rollercoaster ride that I’ll love.

Overall: This book packs a huge Punch ;) It has an underground fight club, a dead body, a mystery, and of course, Darcy. What more could you want? This is the best book A.J. has written so far and I highly recommend you start this series. You will not be disappointed, ever!

P.s. This book made me ugly cry. *sniff* 

5 STARS!!!



A.J. Lape is the author of the Darcy Walker Series which has stayed on Amazon's teen's mysteries and thrillers bestseller's lists since its debut in 2012. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola--plus a lifelong love affair with bacon she has no plans to sever.

A graduate of Morehead State University with a Master's degree in Communications, she's a PI wannabe and recently joined the Citizen's Police Academy in her hometown but daily stops crime and kills bad people through the fictional ADHD character of Darcy Walker.

If the FBI ever checks her computer, she'll be wearing prison-orange due to the graphic and disgusting "wiki" articles she looks up...all in the name of career research, of course.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Foolproof by A.J. Lape Release Day!!!!!!

Title:  Foolproof
Author:  A.J. Lape
Series:  The Darcy Walker Series, Book 5
Genre:  YA Mystery, Humor & Comedy
Cover Designer:  ’68 Zombie Comics
Release Date:  March 15, 2016
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Jon Bradshaw needs a girlfriend stat. When he convinces Darcy Walker to be his wingman at a speed-dating event, one debacle leads to another, and before you know it, they’re the proud new owners of a dead body. Problem is, the body has a tie to Darcy…making her a person of interest in a murder.

Things quickly jump from bad to worse when someone hijacks the name of Darcy’s alter ego, framing “Jester” in a Hitchcock-like blend of crimes that leaves her head spinning.

In FOOLPROOF, Darcy battles an adversary who tests her IQ while she navigates the daunting worries of a high school senior. Add on the emotional fallout of her latest caper, a cop breathing down her neck, and a hot but stubborn boyfriend, and she’s at her wit’s end.

Can she find her zen and unmask the real murderer? Or get used to a life of prison orange?
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

{Review} Big Cat by Ethan Long


Geisel-medalist Ethan Long s newest easy reader is for true beginners, offering laughs, a lovable and patient cat, and the simplest vocabulary possible. Two rowdy siblings love playing with their oversized kitty. They wake him up from a nap so he can fly and dance around the room while being smothered with hugs. But as Big Cat endures his final humiliation being dressed in a wig, hat, and high heels it s apparent that despite the discomfort, Big Cat loves his family. Long s long-suffering, big-bellied, feline is sure to charm readers. His understated text and hilarious characters with looney expressions will have readers rolling on the ground."

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 My Review:

 Big Cat was so adorable. I read it with my nephew, he is in kindergarten. The publisher website said the book is for ages 4-8. It was perfect for a kindergartener . There was only one word that he had trouble with and that was the word Dance. He really didn’t try to sound it out, though. He told me he didn’t like the Big Cat, not the book but the cat pictures. He is not a cat lover like I am. I loved all the pictures. I am a die-hard cat lover and I couldn't resist getting this book. It shows how loving and calm cats can be when there is a little one around. They will put up with just about anything. Lol The illustrations were so cute and if a little one can’t read they can look at the pictures to find out what is going on. I am also in school to become a teacher right now and I will definitely have this book in my classroom.

5 Stars!





 About the Author: Ethan Long is a popular, award-winning and internationally recognized children's book author and illustrator with over 70 children's books, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and an Emmy-nominated television series to his credit. Just about all of his awake time is spent writing stories, drawing pictures and spending time with his family. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1991, Ethan has never stopped evolving, challenging his creative approach with each new project while constantly honing his instantly identifiable style. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, his childhood memories serve as inspiration for many of his drawings and stories. He currently lives with his wife and three children in beautiful Orlando, Florida, USA and flip flops seamlessly between being a world famous children's book author and a stay-at-home dad.







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