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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DNF Review: The Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring


Mystic Wolves Series #1

by Belinda Boring

Publisher: Moonstruck Media (Jan 2012)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook (280 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher for honest review
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating:☆☆☆☆ (1 star) | DNF
What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator?

Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable...even if it means risking it all.

**This is the full length novel version of Without Mercy, Cherished, and Blood Oath*
At A Glance
I can't believe I read this book up to 70%. What was I thinking?

The Good
The standoff was pretty scary. It got my blood pumping and I had high hopes for the book because of this one scene.

The Bad
Then everything went downhill. SPOILERS AHEAD. Things I learned from this book: When a crazy man is holding you at gun point, just flirt your way out of it! You know, because that totally makes sense. When your friend is shot and killed because you tried to flirt your way out of a deadly situation, don't just mourn, f*ck your brains out! You know, it's not like there are more important matters to address, or like a pack to run, as long as P is going into V, over and over again, then that's all that matters. (Okay, they never really had full on sex, since, obviously, Darcy had to stay a virgin for no good reason, so they just did everything else) When your pack is waiting for you to help them understand why a member is dead, run away! That's what Alphas do, right? *head-desk* Can you smell the sarcasm?

Mason was in no way an Alpha. He gave out orders but everyone ignored him and he kept running away from his responsibilities instead of taking care of matters right away. Darcy weakened Mason with her disregard for the rules that were meant to keep her safe. She really had no sense of logic in a lot of ways.

The only reason I read up to 70% is because I was listening to the book on my kindle while in my 4 hour art class. It took me forever to realize that I didn't like what I what hearing. The plot was washed away by sex.

The Snuggly
Mason and Darcy's solution for everything was sex. I would say out of the 70% I read, 50% of it was just flirting and sex.

Final Thoughts
Don't read this book unless you want to read a bad erotica version of young adult. No plot, no substance, just horny kids playing at adults. Not recommended.
I can't bring myself to share quotes from a book I disliked so much.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Guest Post: Magnolia by Kristi Cook (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

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Welcome to the Magnolia Blog Tour. I thought this book sounded so sweet and romantic for a young adult. And the setting, Mississippi, just fascinates me even more. I hope to read Magnolia one day. Enjoy the guest post below and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end.

by Kristi Cook
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 5th 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

Favorite romances (YA in general, YA contemporary, all romance? It doesn't matter!) Star-crossed romances? Or even enemy-to-lover romances? Is there a better term for that?
by Kristi Cook 
My all-time favorite enemy-to-lover romance is AIN’T SHE SWEET by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (it’s an adult romance, not YA).  I think it’s one of the most brilliant romances *ever* written!  Basically, Phillips was able to take two very unlikable (at first!) characters (who have a “history” and absolutely hate each other—for good reason, at least on his part!) and turn things around so that by the end of the novel, we not only adore these characters but are desperate to see them together.  The heroine, Sugar Beth Carey, is very flawed.  She’s extremely hard to like…at first.  And when Phillips first introduces the love interest, Colin Byrne, she reveals him in a way that makes him seem so unattractive in both looks and personality.  And yet, by the end of the book, I am completely and totally head-over-heels in love with him.  The book never fails to make me cry, and the romantic tension is absolutely butterflies-in-the-stomach inducing.  Incidentally, it was also set in Mississippi!

Author Bio
As a child, Kristi Cook took her nose out of a book only long enough to take a ballet class (or five) each week. Not much has changed since then, except she’s added motherhood to the mix and enjoys penning her own novels as much as reading everybody else’s. A transplanted southern gal, Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

That’s the official version–here are some other fun facts:

~ As an undergrad, I majored in History and minored in English at the University of Southern Mississippi. While at Southern Miss, I was a member of Phi Mu sorority, and I was a Dixie Darling. And yep, Brett Favre was our quarterback at the time!

~ I studied American History in grad school at Columbia University. I *love* history, especially the Civil War era (U.S.) and Regency- and Edwardian-era British history.

~ My all-time favorite book *and* movie is GONE WITH THE WIND. My favorite literary characters are Rhett Butler, Atticus Finch, and Mr. Darcy. I kind of want to add Peeta Mellark to that list!

~Weirdly enough (or maybe not so weirdly?) I’m also a big fan of STAR TREK (the original series). I never can remember if I’m supposed to call myself a “Trekkie” or a “Trekker,” though!
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kindle & Nook Freebies #90

Kindle Freebies
Click image to be taken to Amazon page. These are free as of post date, I cannot guarantee they will be free the whole day.

I am looking forward to The Replacement and Reckless.
Nook Freebies

Which ebooks did you grab? Have you read any of these before?