Book Review: Nine Minutes by Beth FlynnNine Minutes by Beth Flynn
Series: Nine Minutes #1
Published by Createspace on July 23rd, 2014
Pages: 317
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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On May 15, 1975, fifteen-year-old Ginny Lemon is abducted from a convenience store in Fort Lauderdale by a member of one of the most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs in South Florida.

From that moment on, her life is forever changed. She gets a new name, a new identity and a new life in the midst of the gang’s base on the edge of the Florida Everglades—a frightening, rough and violent world much like the swamps themselves, where everyone has an alias and loyalty is tantamount to survival.

And at the center of it all is the gang’s leader, Grizz: massive, ruggedly handsome, terrifying and somehow, when it comes to Ginny, tender. She becomes his obsession and the one true love of his life.

So begins a tale of emotional obsession and manipulation, of a young woman ripped from everything she knows and forced to lean on the one person who provides attention, affection and care: her captor. Precocious and intelligent, but still very much a teenager, Ginny struggles to adapt to her existence, initially fighting and then coming to terms with her captivity.

Will she be rescued? Will she escape? Will she get out alive—or get out at all? Part psychological thriller, part coming-of-age novel, filled with mystery, romance and unexpected turns, Nine Minutes takes readers into the world of one motorcycle gang and inside the heart of a young girl, whose abduction brought about its fall.

Wow! This book was amazing! Well, if you can overlook an adult having sex with a fifteen year old. Normally I would have DNF’d the book right away, but after reading tons of reviews I knew I was going to go ahead and read it anyway. And honestly I’m glad I did.

There are so many layers to this story. I was hooked from the very first page. I can honestly say this book is easily one of the best books I’ve read in 2015. The plot, the interesting characters, the flow of the story were all masterly crafted by Ms Flynn. There wasn’t a single time while I was reading this book that I wanted to skim. I was devouring the pages as quickly as I possibly could. I was just so caught up in these characters that I had to know .what was going to happy next.

Speaking of characters… I liked all but a couple of them in this book. Most were interesting in their own right. Ms Flynn did a wonderful job building their back stories. I think that’s why I was so hooked on this book. With each turn of the pages I learned more and more about them. It felt like I couldn’t get enough of them. And the plot… Oh the plot. Unique and and addicting.

Overall, I am so happy I went ahead and read Nine Minutes. I’m going to start book two, Out of Time. There’s also suppose to be a book three that’s releasing sometime in 2016. I’m hoping it’s not far away. Out of Time released July 21, 2015 so maybe it won’t be long.

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About Beth Flynn

Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in South Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 17 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 31 years and have two daughters and two dogs.

In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a five-year breast cancer survivor.

Blog Tour+GIVEAWAY: The Last Necromancer (The Ministry of Curiousities #1) by C.J. ArcherThe Last Necromancer by C.J. Archer
Published by Createspace on August 11, 2015
Pages: 268
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Victorian London: For five years, Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn't raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time, her father banished her. This time, she brings even more trouble upon herself.

People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

Lincoln Fitzroy is the mysterious head of a secret organization on the trail of a madman who needs a necromancer to control his newly "made" creatures. There was only one known necromancer in the world - Charlotte - but now there appears to be two. Lincoln captures the willful Charlie in the hopes the boy will lead him to Charlotte. But what happens when he discovers the boy is in fact the young woman he's been searching for all along? And will she agree to work for the man who held her against her will, and for an organization she doesn't trust?

Because Lincoln and his ministry might be just as dangerous as the madman they're hunting.

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ATTENTION POLDARK FANS: You will LOVE the dynamic between the Female and Male protagonists in this novel.

I wish I could buy stock in C.J. Archer.

Once again, she’s blown me away with the start of another great series, The Ministry of Curiosities. When I read C.J.’s books, I imagine her conducting her research in wonderfully dusty libraries and some mystical, greenish light shooting up from the pages, illuminating her face and filling her with magical writing powers. I have always enjoyed how C.J. filters her love for history and all of her historical research through such addicting and entertaining novels.

The Last Necromancer has a scandalous start and immediately threw me into the reality of slum life in 1889 London. C.J.’s world building falls out of the pages and properly transports the reader to whatever setting our protagonist, Charlotte Holloway, is occupying.

Charlotte is like a mix of Eponine, from Les Mis, and Demelza, from Poldark. Her fighting spirit, sense of self-preservation and boldness was a nice departure from the quiet and helpless Victorian women so often portrayed in novels of this era. Charlotte has an edge to her, sharpened by experience, and she is a protagonist that I enjoyed from the first page. Charlotte Necromancer

Alexandra Dowling– My Charlotte Holloway

Without a word, he padded back to the casket and placed the weapon inside, then returned to the bedroom. He re-emerged after ten minutes wearing nothing but a towel around his hips and carrying another that he used to dry his hair.

His lack of attention to me allowed me to take in the sight of his chest and shoulders, the left one with a bandage covering it where I had shot him. The youths in the gangs I’d been in had never had bodies like that. Fitzroy’s shoulders were broad, with bulges of muscle rippling down his arms and across his chest. The sprinkle of dark chest hair tapered off before reaching his rigid stomach.

If Charlotte reminded me of Demelza, then Lincoln Fitzroy, the dashing and disturbing male protagonist, one-hundred percent reminded me of Ross Poldark. Lincoln is described as looking darkly handsome, like he could fit in with Gypsies. The below image is what instantly came to mind when his character was described in the book. By God, he is a likable character and I just *die* with anticipation every time I read a C.J. Archer book while waiting to be introduced to the male MC. She just gets them SO RIGHT every time. There are undercurrents of Heathcliffe from Wuthering Heights and Rochester from Jane Eyre in Lincoln Fitzroy and, of course, we all know that is an intoxicating combination.

Aidan Turner- My Lincoln Fitzroy

Aidan Turner– My Lincoln Fitzroy

The Last Necromancer is creative and has a unique twist with the pleasant familiarity of classic romance novels. This book was as spellbinding as C.J.’s other novels and thank goodness she writes faster than I can read because the second novel in the series, Her Majesty’s Necromancer is already out! So, basically, if you love reading, history, romance, and the paranormal and superhuman, then YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK. And can I just say, aren’t the covers AMAZING?!

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Aaaand just for fun:

There were some things about The Last Necromancer that reminded me about the Tooth and Claw Doctor Who episode. If that ep. was one of your favorites (as it was mine), then I think you will enjoy The Ministry of Curiosities series.

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Review: Back to You by Priscilla GlennBack to You by Priscilla Glenn
Published by Createspace, Self Published on October 20, 2012
Pages: 328
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased, Purchased by Reviewer
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When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

This is the second time I’ve read Back to You. The first time I left a small review on Goodreads. I guess it really wasn’t a review. More like a sentence or two.

“I loved everything about this book. It had me sobbing like a baby a few times, but that’s a sign of a really good story. Heartfelt. Loved it. Highly recommend.”

See. Not much of a review.

Anyway, this book is one of my favorites. It is so filled with emotions. And as I said above. It had me sobbing like a baby. Ugly snotty tears. When I reached the end though I felt as though it couldn’t have ended better. I had a wide smile on my face.

One cool thing I did notice upon reaching the Epilogue was that the year is 2015. I initially read this book in late 2012. Just something that caught my attention that I thought was neat.

The hero and heroine couldn’t have been more different. Their backgrounds weren’t even close to being the same. I loved both of them so much! I had so much compassion for Michael aka Del. Lauren did too. To say he had a rough upbringing is an understatement. Lauren befriended him when most people took a wide path around him. Eventually Lauren and Michael became best friends.

But this being a love story there’s bound to be problems, mistakes made, and misunderstandings. There were no shortages of those, but there were also good times, heartfelt moments, and forgiveness as well.

Overall, I hope you will read Back to You. It offers emotional characters, heartfelt moments, and a beautiful love story.

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Review: Liar, Liar Hearts on Fire by Jennifer Zane

Review: Liar, Liar Hearts on Fire by Jennifer ZaneLiar, Liar Hearts on Fire by Jennifer Zane
Published by Createspace on January 13, 2014
Pages: 240
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Violet Miller is a teacher savoring her summer break until she's been called in as emergency reinforcements-of the dating kind. She volunteers to help an old flame by pretending to be his girlfriend. In Alaska. At a family reunion. Since the guy is a handsome, lumberjack-sized doctor she's never quite forgotten, faking a relationship won't be hard work.

Mike Ostranski is a desperate man on vacation. His mother wants grandchildren and sees a crazy Alaskan woman as a candidate for daughter-in-law. Mike needs Violet by his side to deflect the lady's advances.

A week in Alaska as boyfriend and girlfriend should be easy for them. They grew up together, even had a brief fling. What could go wrong?

Everything.

 

When I started reading this book and saw that the mc, Violet, lives in Bozeman, Montana, I instantly thought of the episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon relocates to Bozeman after having their apartment broken in to. I wondered if maybe the author saw this episode and decided to use it as her backdrop for her gnome series?

 

Bozeman, Montana. The Most Livable Place.
Bozeman, Montana. The Most Livable Place.

 

This book has all kinds of things going on in it. From naked neighbors trying to climb in to any where (or on him?) Mike might be, to a mother doing every thing she can to get her son married and some grandbabies out of him.

Violet Miller is a school teacher, who secretly (or maybe no-so-secretly) wants to write word porn (aka erotic romance novels) for a living. She’s afraid of what people will think if she does that, so instead of writing, she took on teaching.  It’s summer time and her sister is off with her boyfriend so Violet is working her sister’s job at the local sex toy shop. Ha! One day she answers the phone at the shop and on the other end is the boy that got away after High School, Mike Ostranski. You see, Mike is up in Alaska at a family reunion, and his mother is crazy desperate for her only child to hurry up and get married and give her some grandbabies. She’s so desperate she’s trying to hook up Mike to his uncle’s crazy, and boy do I mean C-R-A-Z-Y, neighbor.  Mike isn’t too keen on that, and no matter what he says to Susan, the bat shit crazy neighbor, she won’t take the hint and leave him alone. So he’s taken it upon himself to find himself a “girlfriend” and quick, so that he can finally enjoy his family reunion without having to find a crazy naked lady everywhere he goes..
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This book was like reading a book adaption of the movie ‘THE PROPOSAL”.  Only WAY BETTER..and without the kick ass grandma:

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and instead Mike has the dad from Sweet Home Alabama for an uncle:

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Also, we don’t have to watch Sandra Bullock (or as my dad refers to as, Sandra BLECH. Hah.) rap “To the sweat drip down my balls.”

 

I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious, especially with scenes with Goldie! The characters were amazing, and holy crap..if it were me, I would’ve had me a french dip with a little au jus..but good for Violet..She has some self control! Hah.  I didn’t realize that this book was a part of an already existing book universe, but apparently the characters from Jennifer Zane’s gnome series are a part of this book. After reading this book, which CAN be read as a stand alone, I am definitely going to be checking out the rest of Jennifer’s books!
I normally don’t go for Gingers but Jennifer Zane made me fall in love hardcore with Mike..might be his “take charge” ways..yum..I love a well written Alpha male.  He was great and I loved him and Violet t, They were good together…

If you like  a good romantic comedy with a tad bit of suspense and drama, I definitely suggest you check this book out!

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About Jennifer Zane

Jennifer Zane has lived all over the country–from Georgia to Maryland, New York to Colorado, including an exciting five years in Montana. Her time in Big Sky country was the basis for this book. When she’s not writing, she savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. She currently lives with her family in Colorado.

Book Review: For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron + Giveaway

Book Review: For Real by Chelsea M. Cameron + GiveawayFor Real by Chelsea M. Cameron
Series: Rules of Love #1
Published by Createspace on November 11th, 2013
Pages: 192
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Two people. One fake relationship. What could go wrong?

When virgin Shannon Travers gets fed up with her friends demanding that she find a boyfriend, she enlists the help of tattooed, mohawk-rocking graphic design student Jett. He’s more than happy to play along with their Fake Relationship, including the Ten Rules of Fake Dating that control-freak Shannon comes up with. Even if he likes to violate them. Repeatedly.

But what happens when Fake Dating starts to feel… not fake anymore? Will Shannon be willing to let go and embrace the first thing in her life that’s ever felt REAL?

Because one of the first things you learn in this book is how awesome the movie Mean Girls is (though you people should already know the awesomeness of this movie!), this book review is going to consist of a lot of Mean Girls memes. HA.

 

Shannon is a 21 year old college junior who is still holding on to her V Card. Her friends are doing everything they can to help her lose that card. They even go as far as to be total assholes about it. Shannon’s holding on to her V Card because the only thing she’s worried about right now is getting through college and making something better of her life (or maybe it’s because she recently watched Breaking Dawn..)

breaking dawnWelp, that would certainly ruin a determined college student’s plans…

 

Anyways, back to my review…Shannon is a virgin, she plans on staying a virgin and she wants to get her friends off her back…Enter Jett, a cute tattooed graphic design student she “met” at the coffee shop. He just happens to cross paths with her again after some insane stuff goes down between Shannon and her friends and he rescues her from said situation.

After a few discussions about nachos…  The two of them come to an agreement to fake date so that they can both get their friends off their backs… after a few days, it doesn’t seem so fake..

Speaking of Nachos, there was mention of dessert nachos in this book. I instantly thought of something like this:

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 Dessert Nachos (without the fancy creme fraiche and berry salsa that the recipe calls for). Really I just imagined Elephant Ear flavored tortilla chips ( fried flour tortillas with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top) with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Syrup on top of them. OMG that sounds amazing, I might have to try this soon. 😉

I really liked this book, though it was shorter than I thought it was going to be. Shannon and Jett were amazing characters and I instantly fell in love with them. Shannon’s friends, however, I thought were total bitches. It’s apparent that none of her girlfriends have ever read an issue of Cosmo (or at least the section about Real Life). If they had, they wouldn’t have pulled the shit they did to her.

If it had been me who had friends who done that, I would’ve pitched a bitchfit.. and been all:

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Unfortunately, she doesn’t do that..and a couple of weeks later her friends  realize what douche canoes they are and Shannon finally gives it to them. After that, all is right in her world with her friends…and they all think that being  a virgin is….

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(I just wanted a reason to use the term “so fetch” in this review… hahah)

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Seriously, I really did enjoy this book. It was a cute read, though somewhat shorter than I thought it was going to be. Boo! I wanted some more of Shannon and Jett! I loved how they kept calling each other “Fake Boyfriend/Girlfriend” during their “Fake Relationship”. I also loved that they continued that when they finally became an actual couple and started calling each other “Real Boyfriend/Girlfriend”. That was downright adorable.

The only good supporting character in this book was Jett’s best friend/roomie Javi. He’s a dude, so he’s allowed to be a douche bag, but he was an entertaining douchebag.  Her friends..that was just ugh, I did not like the way they treated her.. I am glad though that they finally pulled their heads out of their asses.

As for Shannon’s virginity, when she and Jett finally get around to taking care of business Chelsea did not sugar coat it. In every book I’ve ever read, it seems that any girl who loses her virginity has about 5 seconds of discomfort and then 15 seconds later she comes 6 times. THAT IS NOT REAL LIFE, THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN! We all know that! Chelsea was “For Real” (Pun Intended, ha!) and wrote a very realistic losing the virginity sex scene that even takes place in the back of a car!

This was the first book in the Rules of Love book series by Chelsea M. Cameron. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. Are we going to meet River? Is this story going to be about Javier? What’s going to happen?! I will most definitely be reading it!

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Stars in September: The Fallen Star series by Jessica SorensonThe Fallen Star by Jessica Sorenson
Series: The Fallen Star series
Published by Createspace on April 11, 2011
Pages: 449
Format: Paperback
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For eighteen year-old Gemma, life has never been normal. Up until recently, she has been incapable of feeling emotion. And when she's around Alex, the gorgeous new guy at school, she can feel electricity that makes her skin buzz. Not to mention the monsters that haunt her nightmares have crossed over into real-life. But with Alex seeming to hate her and secrets popping up everywhere, Gemma's life is turning into a chaotic mess. Things that shouldn't be real suddenly seem to exist. And as her world falls apart, figuring out the secrets of her past becomes a matter of life and death.

I discovered this series after finishing Obsidian, by Jennifer Armentrout. I was desperate to chase the first book in the Lux series with something that had romance, tension, and a Sci-Fi edge to it. Not surprisingly, Amazon came to the rescue. ” Your cart is empty, ” Amazon says. “Give it purpose,” Amazon says. So, of course, unable to ignore these desperate pleas to give my cart meaning any longer, I looked at the recommendations Amazon had for me after my most recent book purchase, and BAM! Just like that, my cart had purpose again. I saw the title The Fallen Star, and I was hooked. I loved the cover, and I loved the title, so who cares if I don’t love the actually story! I decided to skip the sample, and ordered it.

I’ll be honest here. The first few chapters reminded me of Twilight, and that’s not a bad thing, but I wanted something new and exciting. Once Jessica Sorensen moved the story and our characters out of the school setting, I fell in love. I was obsessed with the two MC’s,  Gemma and Alex, with a Bella-and-Edward-type intensity, and proceeded to tear through the book. I can’t go into more detail without including a big spoiler, but the whole concept of who Gemma is, and her relationship with Alex blew me away. It was so magical and unique. It was exactly what I was looking for.

The secondary characters, Aislin and Laylen are as complicated and intriguing as Alex and Gemma.  Aislin is Alex’s sister, and they both know something about Gemma that she doesn’t even know herself. Laylen’s character has an unexpected twist, and I found myself swooning over him almost as much as I was for Alex.

To make what could be a really, REALLY long review short, I’ll cut to the chase. I loved this book so  much, that I immediately read the ones that followed. I’m glad I bought this series while it still had the electric-eighties vibe to the covers. I’m not a fan of the new covers, but I’m sure you can still find some first editions out there. And trust me. You will want to after reading the first book. If you are a Jessica Sorensen fan, you already know that she did a New Adult version of  Gemma and Alex’s story, but I haven’t read it. The Young Adult version of this series hit the spot, and left me satisfied.

The magical realism, fantastical elements, paranormal aspects, sexual tension, and science fiction vibes all rolled into one,  made this book seem to pull off the impossible. Jessica seamlessly weaved together all of these elements to create an awesome, heart pounding, enjoyably chaotic world.

You can check out Jessica’s blog here, and The Fallen Star FOR FREE on Amazon.

 

jAbout Jessica

 I’m the author of the Fallen Star Series, the Darkness Falls Series, the Death Collectors Series, and the New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, The Secret of Ella and Micha, a New Adult Contemporary novel.
I love writing and reading almost anything that is YA. Some of my favorite authors are Cassandra Clare, Sarah Dessen, Becca Fitzpatrick, Abbi Glines, Tammara Webber, Jamie McGuire and Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’m also an avid watcher of TV series The Vampire Diaries and of Modern Family.
I absolutely love music. When I’m writing, 9 out of 10 times I have music blaring in the background. My list of favorite songs could go on and on, since I have a very broad taste in music. But a few of my favorite bands are Chevelle, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, Death Cab for Cutie, Flight 409, Nirvana, and I’m going to stop there or else I’ll keep going on forever.
I don’t really have any favorite movies, but a few that I could watch over and over again are Anywhere but Here, Juno, Pride and Prejudice, The Hangover, and Bad Teacher.
If you’re interested in contacting me, here are a few options:
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