Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) by Katie Reus

eBook Novella
I recently read the eBook edition of Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) by Katie ReusLover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) by Katie Reus is a paranormal romance novella, which is approximately 144 pages in length.

I was able to download Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5)by Katie Reus to my Kindle from Amazon. Below is my unbiased review of Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5).

Overall, I liked reading Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) by Katie Reus... It was a good novella, not a great one. If you like paranormal romance novellas that feature werwolves, vampires, etc., then you will most likely enjoy reading this novella.

What I didn't like about Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) was the abrupt ending. Also, the side story was just okay as it felt more like a distraction/obstacle in wedging the two main characters from actually hooking up. 

Also, there was a scene in Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) where the leading female character, Esperanze Cordona, doesn't act in a way in which I thought her character would behave, which was awkward. Otherwise, I thought Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) by Katie Reus was a decent read!

The following is a summary for Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) by Katie Reus from Amazon:
This alpha shifter is ready to stake his claim… 
Lupine shifter Nikan Lawless has it bad for Esperanze Cordona, the sweet and curvy female who only views him as a friend. Lately, however, he’s started to see sparks of interest. So when he’s assigned to act as her bodyguard during a weekend education conference, he knows it's the perfect opportunity to seduce her out of the friend zone—away from the prying eyes of their pack. 
To put his plan into motion, Nikan cancels one of their hotel rooms. Is it underhanded? Yes. But he’s playing for keeps with this female. When a dangerous man from Esperanze's past shows up in need of help, Nikan must shield her from a group of rogue shifters and convince her that they're destined to be mates. Since she’s a beta and he’s an alpha she’s afraid things will never work between them. But he knows they’re meant to be together and he’ll do what it takes to make her his forever.
I am giving Lover's Instinct (Moon Shifter #1.5) by Katie Reus a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking

Unabridged Audio Version
I'd been wanting to  read a novel by Amanda Hocking for about 4 to 5 years now.

I finally made the leap this year and decided to listen to the unabridged audio version of Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking and narrated by Eileen Stevens. Listening time for Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking is 7 hours, 36 minutes.

If you love young adult, dystopian, zombie novels, then you'll really enjoy reading Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking!! Normally, I am not into zombie novels, but Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking was really well written and very engaging... So, I couldn't help but enjoy my time spent listening to this novel. I also thought Eileen Stevens was a good narrator. I look forward to seeing which other novels she narrates.

I loved the characters in Hollowland (The Hollows #1), especially the leading female character, Remy! Remy is a strong leading female character... Remy's fearless, a strong leader that others look up to, and very confident. I like how Remy is very focused and goes after what she wants. I also enjoyed the three other supporting characters in this novel as well. The plot and storyline flowed nicely for Hollowland (The Hollows #1), which was filled with a lot of action that kept the reader engaged.

The following is a plot summary for Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking from Audible:
Hollowland - the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows... "This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door."

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.
I am giving Hollowland (The Hollows #1) by Amanda Hocking a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth

eBook Novella
I read the ebook edition of Darkness Blooms by Christopher BloodworthDarkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth falls into the horror genre catefory and is approximately 74 pages in length.

I was able to download Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon. Below is my unbiased review for Darkness Blooms.

I usually don't read many books that fall into the horror genre as I am not a huge fan of the horror genre in general. However, after seeing that Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth had a 4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon based on 70+ reviews, I decided to give it a try. After all it was a free download and the story sounded intriguing. 

Boy, was I sorely disappointed after I finished reading Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth. It was a complete time waster and I wish I hadn't spent time reading it. I almost quit reading it on several occasions, but only finished it because it was such a short read. Essentially, you have man-eating plants that are out to kill humans and these said plants seem to be very intelligent and work together to kill humans. The leading character, Sylvia, has a weird relationship with her family... And how she chooses to deal with these plants is the primary premise of this novella. Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth was just a very bizarre read in my opinion.

The following is a plot summary for Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth from Amazon:
Rooted in blood, darkness blooms...
When Sylvia receives a call from her grandmother telling her that her grandfather has disappeared, she returns home for the first time in years.
She finds something that she could not have expected. Something her grandfather was growing in his greenhouse. Something that's not from here.
I am giving Darkness Blooms by Christopher Bloodworth a rating of 1 star out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lantern by Chess Desalls

eBook Novella
I read the ebook edition of Lantern by Chess Desalls, which is a young adult novella approximately 76 pages in length.

I was able to download Lantern by Chess Desalls for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon. Below is my unbiased review of Lantern by Chess Desalls.

First off, I love the cover artwork/design for Lantern by Chess Desalls... It's beautiful and looks amazing!

I enjoyed reading this young adult novella set at Halloween. I also liked the elements of steampunk, romance, and mystery that were found in Lantern by Chess Desalls! I especially enjoyed the leading character of Tori and also the character of Jared. Chess Desalls's writing is really well done in Lantern.

The following is a plot summary for Lantern by Chess Desalls from Amazon:
Five days before Halloween, all sixteen-year-old Tori has on her mind is vacationing with her family and scoring lots of candy. Her grandmother’s estate, with its Gothic spires and trails that lead out to the woods, holds an unexpected secret: a lantern that lights up for Tori and nobody else. Certain that it’s a ghost or a prank, she investigates further and discovers a mysterious life that shines in the darkness.
I am giving Lantern by Chess Desalls a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Christmas Valentine by Jamie Carie

Paperback Edition
A Christmas Valentine by Jamie Carie is a romance novella that I received for FREE through the Goodreads giveaway program. Below is my honest, unbiased review of A Christmas Valentine by Jamie Carie.

Since Valentine's Day falls during the month of February, I thought that A Christmas Valentine by Jamie Carie would be the perfect book to read during this month and I was glad I chose to read this book.

Jamie Carie is a new to me author. I enjoyed her writing very much. I also enjoyed reading about the leading characters of Lana and Sophia in A Christmas Valentine. The storyline for A Christmas Valentine is clean, wholesome fun!! If you are a romance lover at heart, you'll fall in love with this novella told from the point of view of two different women who become friends. Each woman finds and falls in love with the man of her dreams by the end of the novella.

Below is a plot summary for A Christmas Valentine by Jamie Carie from Amazon:
Lana Deerling has it all: a great career as a television producer for the hit show Let’s Cook!, a spectacular L.A. apartment, and a wonderful boyfriend…except that he just broke it off, and now news has reached her about her past. Will she be able to hold on to everything she has worked so hard for? Sophia Blessing has it all too: her dream of opening a bookshop—A Little Piece of Heaven—in Saugatuck, her own cottage by Lake Michigan, and close family and friends…except her bookshop is in trouble. Can a mysterious phone call and Sophia’s passion for art be her hope for the future? Dare she dream again? In a twist of fate, these two women meet. Will a house swap over the week of Valentine’s Day provide some answers? What they find on the other side of the country might surprise them, and possibly change their lives forever.
I am giving A Christmas Valentine by Jamie Carie a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mystic Wolves: Accidentally Wolf Book 1 and His Perfect Wolf Book 2 by Elle Boon

Erotica eBook
I read the ebook edition of Mystic Wolves: Accidentally Wolf Book 1 and His Perfect Wolf Book 2 by Elle Boon on my Kindle, which marks my 20th read for 2017.

I first became acquainted with Elle Boon's writing when I read her holiday themed short story, A SmokeJumpers Christmas, last December. I liked Elle Boon's writing quite a bit along with the preview of the first book in the Mystic Wolves series. 

If you like paranormal erotica/romance, then I think you'll like reading Mystic Wolves: Accidentally Wolf Book 1 and His Perfect Wolf Book 2 by Elle Boon. The writing is good, the characters are well developed, and the sex scenes are HOT! I wish that the first book, Accidental Wolf, was a bit longer in length. I felt like His Perfect Wolf was the better book of the two novels and much more well developed.

The following is a summary for Mystic Wolves: Accidentally Wolf Book 1 and His Perfect Wolf Book 2 by Elle Boon from Amazon:
Mystic Wolves Books 1&2 Accidentally Wolf, Book 1 His Perfect Wolf, Book 2 Accidentally Wolf…Zayn finds Cora suffering from mating fever. His alpha and brother told him to keep his dick and fangs to himself, but the wolf in him and the man can’t fight the urge to claim their mate. From the moment Cora lays eyes on Zayn she wants to climb him like a tree. She’d never believed in insta-love, but going from being human to an Accidental Wolf more than happily, was easier than she’d ever thought. When danger strikes, Zayn will do anything to keep Cora safe, even if it means defying his alpha and risking his own life. His Perfect Wolf…Niall has given up on finding love, he’s watched his brother Zayn fall for his mate, and decided he needed a mother for his son, and a mate for his own. When he finds Alaina, his wolf stands up and takes notice, even though she was unconscious. Alaina woke up with no memory, but the one thing she knew was, she wanted the big bad alpha. Danger followed her to Mystic, and the man she knew was hers would have to battle a pack of shifters bent on revenge. Niall may not have wanted a mate, but Alaina was the Perfect Wolf to heal him. If he could keep her safe long enough to prove he was worthy, and defeat the man who claims to be his mate’s father.
I am giving Mystic Wolves: Accidentally Wolf Book 1 and His Perfect Wolf Book 2 by Elle Boon a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe

Hardback Edition
I became interested in reading Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe when I became allergic to several antibiotics over the past 15 years and also developed many food allergies/sensitivities/intolerances almost 3.5 years ago. 

In July 2013, my world literally changed overnight when I found myself dealing with food allergies and sensitivities and other intestinal symptoms that I never had to deal with before in my life. It was like my body became hypersensitive to everything I consumed including supplements and over the counter medications (pain relievers, cold meds, etc.). My life became a nightmare because I never knew which food, supplement, etc. I consumed would cause a negative reaction.

After attempting to work with my family practice doctor and getting no where fast with my health (other than doing a basic elimination diet), I moved on to alternative holistic practitioners in an attempt to figure out what was going on with my health and how to fix the issue at hand.

Essentially, I was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome through a process of elimination based on my symptoms. There's been a bunch of different protocols to follow in order to help heal leaky gut and move forward with my life... But alas, I've been scared to try many (if any) of the protocols because I've been scared of potential negative repercussions happening while trying the protocols. So, I've been stuck in a holding pattern for approximately the past 3.5 years. I am tired of being stuck health wise and need to move forward with my life.

I came across Dr. Josh Axe's website when I started learning more about leaky gut syndrome. Shortly after discovering Dr. Axe's website, I learned that Dr. Axe was publishing a book about leaky gut. Interestingly enough, I also discovered that both Goodreads and Dr. Axe were offering readers the chance to win a FREE copy of Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It. I never dreamed in a million years that I would received a free copy of Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe from both Goodreads and Dr. Axe, but lucky me, I did!! 

Below is my unbiased review of Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe.

Alright, I feel that Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe is really well written and much of the information presented makes good sense to me.

I also like how each chapter in Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It is organized and the information is presented in bite sized chunks that are easy to assimilate.

I do wish there were more food recipes provided in chapter seventeen to help those stay focused with their specific leaky gut type (there are five leaky gut types, which are explained in Dr. Axe's book)! It would be helpful to have several recipes to choose from for each meal to help stay focused and on track... Besides, who'd want to continue eating the same few recipes over and over?

I am looking forward to optimal health and trying the advice and various protocols presented by Dr. Axe in his book Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It

I have no medical training at all, so whether or not the protocols and information presented in this book are accurate or advisable for anyone else, I cannot say. If you have any health issue or concern, please speak with your healthcare provider.

The following is a summary for Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe from Amazon:
In order to keep us in good health, our gut relies on maintaining a symbiotic relationship with trillions of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. When our digestive system is out of whack, serious health problems can manifest. In Eat Dirt, Dr. Josh Axe explains how modern improvements to our food supply have damaged our intestinal health. Because leaky gut manifests differently in every individual, Dr. Axe identifies the five main gut types and offers customizable plans to dramatically improve gut health in just thirty days. With a simple diet plan, recipes, and practical advice, Eat Dirt will help readers restore gut health and eliminate leaky gut for good.
I am giving Eat Dirt: Why Leaky Gut May Be the Root Cause of Your Health Problems and 5 Surprising Steps to Cure It by Dr. Josh Axe a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Everblue: Mer Tales #1 by Brenda Pandos

Unabridged Audio Version
I listened to the unabridged audio version of the young adult novel Everblue: Mer Tales #1 by Brenda Pandos and narrated by Erin Mallon and Chris Ruen. This is the 18th book I've read in 2017.

Listening time for is Everblue: Mer Tales #1 by Brenda Pandos is 9 hours, 39 minutes.

Alright, where do I even begin?? I didn't enjoy Everblue: Mer Tales #1 by Brenda Pandos at all and almost didn't finish reading this novel. It's a super cheesy read... I like young adult novels and paranormal romance novels, but this one was really bad.... I don't understand the 4.3 out of 5 star rating Everblue: Mer Tales #1 has received on Amazon from over 625 reviewers. 

The plot/storyline for Everblue: Mer Tales #1 by Brenda Pandos is flat and one dimensional. The characters are lackluster. AND the ending of Everblue: Mer Tales #1 was a cliffhanger ending, which is so annoying!! With the exception of decent narrators, there wasn't anything appealing about Everblue: Mer Tales #1 by Brenda Pandos. I won't be reading any of the other novels in the Mer Tales series by Brenda Pandos.

The following is a summary for Everblue: Mer Tales #1 by Brenda Pandos from Audible:
She wanted her life to change.... He wanted his to stay the same. 
Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Swimming and spending time with Tatiana, her best friend, are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college, and Ash hopes to finally ditch her longtime crush for Finley, Tatiana's twin brother. But when Tatiana and her family fail to return home after a family emergency, Ashlyn chooses to do something drastic to find them. 
Finley Helton and his family are good at blending in as they run their sailing charter business in Lake Tahoe. But together, they guard an ancient secret. When a not-so-routine meeting forces Finley, Tatiana, and their mother to return to Natatoria and Fin's father on a dangerous mission, Fin can't stay caged up for long. 
Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, and a simple lifesaving kiss could change their lives forever.
I am giving Everblue: Mer Tales #1 by Brenda Pandos a rating of 1 star out of 5 stars... Sadly, this novel is my first one star review of 2017.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bookish Quote of the Day!!


Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab

Cozy Mystery Novel
Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab is the second cozy mystery novel in the "A Mind For Murder Mystery" series. This is the first novel I've read by author, Rochelle Staab.

I enjoy reading cozy mystery novels  in general. So, I am always open to new cozy mystery series and new to me cozy mystery authors.

I love the book cover design and artwork for Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab, along with the premise of this cozy mystery novel. I also like that Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab incorporates Santeria as an element of the plot, but I wasn't overly wowed by the storyline. Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab is good, but not as great as I hoped it would be.

The following is a plot summary for Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab from Amazon:
Practical psychologist Liz Cooper and occult professor Nick Garfield are enjoying the sixteenth wedding anniversary celebration for their charming hosts Paco and Lucia Rojas, devout Santeria practitioners who own the historic Botanica Rojas near MacArthur Park. But the small group of friends is left horrified and confused when the evening ends in tragedy. 
Devastated by loss, Lucia, a Santeria priestess, blames the locals for the escalating crime in her beloved community. She casts a vengeful hex on the neighborhood, leading strangers and friends alike to dub her bruja--Spanish for witch--and turn on the elderly woman. Lucia may be in harm's way, and it's up to Liz and Nick to unravel a mysterious disappearance and solve a murder before more lives are lost...
I am giving Bruja Brouhaha by Rochelle Staab a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!