on June 03, 2013
***You can read my full review at http://ginsbooknotes.com***
Blood Debt is a can’t put down book that draws you in from page one.
I think one of the best compliments I can pay an author of a series is to say that as soon as I finished the book I immediately went to buy the next one. Nancy Straight has earned that compliment from me and then some. I ♥Love♥ this book, this series, and Nancy Straight.
Conflict, danger, and romance are all present as more of the family secrets are revealed. Many of the characters have to make some tough decisions and several struggle with doing what is expected or following their own heart.
Learning about the Centaur world, Cami’s family history, and the rules and regulations of the Centaur race was fascinating.
Be prepared this book will draw you in and weave a tight spell around you.
To Catch a Bad Guy (Book One of the Janet Maple Series)
on June 06, 2013
There is more to this book than a cute cover. It has a great story line, interesting characters, some romance, and a lot of suspense.
In To Catch a Bad Guy we meet Janet, Dennis, and the Bostoff’s. We are immersed into the world of white collar crime and get to experience it from all sides with shifting character points of views.
There is a great deal of suspense and personal conflict. You get pulled into the action and you find yourself empathizing with even the criminals in this book.
At the end of the book I was left wanting to know more about how Janet was going to proceed in her life, if Dennis was going to be a part of it, and how the Bostoff’s would handle their future. Which is exactly how your supposed to feel at the end of the first book in the series.
on June 24, 2013
**Original Review posted on Gins Book Notes .com**
I downloaded this book because it is free but read it because I love the author. Plus I’m a sucker for stories that involve dreams and destiny.
Meeting Destiny is a mix of love story, mystery, suspense, fantasy, and paranormal. The book starts off with amazing action and continues on from there.
It also goes a little deeper as it tackles things like destiny, courage, sacrifice, hope, and love. It leaves you thinking and considering deeper meanings outside of just the plot long after you close the book.
The characters are real and engaging. I found myself wanting a happily ever after for all of them.
Lauren, the main character, is a senior in college and has always had an uncanny gut instinct about people. I love her slightly sarcastic personality and her deep devotion to family and friends. Her actions show us that she is also courageous, humble, and a survivor.
Max, is her Mr. Destiny. You will fall in love with him. He is honest, humble, and respectful. He isn’t perfect but he has morals and I just love that he respected the boundaries of an already established relationship.
I will warn you that the ending is a HUGE cliff hanger. It was 10:30 p.m. when I finished reading the book and at the end I was yelling, “No, no, no”. I had to exercise extreme self-discipline to not buy and start the second book immediately. If you read Meeting Destiny and love it as much as I did you are going to want the next book Destiny’s Revenge.
Hidden (Hidden Series Book One)
on June 25, 2013
**original review posted on Gin's Book Notes . com**
Hidden is a very interesting young adult paranormal book. Leah, the main character, is hidden away in an orphanage and is tormented by the other girls there. She has no friends, has never been loved, and has only had small moments of kindness shown to her. She believes that she is evil and must hide her true nature in order to remain alive. She has such a warped and damaged sense of self worth that it was a little hard to get through the first chapter but I am really glad I kept reading because the story and Leah undergo a change.
She discovers who she really is and that the things she has believed about herself and others of her kind are false. She becomes more confident and in control. It was fun getting to see her grow into accepting herself and her powers and at the same time acknowledge the goodness that she has always had.
Of course, Leah’s growth is only part of the story. There are also hunters, shifters, copies, witches, and a long-lost mom that reappears. At times you are unsure of whom to trust and feel betrayed right along with Leah. There are a lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing and the dual nature of Leah is interesting to observe.
This book is one that I found myself thinking about a couple of days after I finished and wondering what else is going to happen to this group of characters. I am interested in reading the second book, Lost, to see how Leah fairs with her new confidence and powers.
Chasing Justice (Book 1) (Piper Anderson Series)
on June 25, 2013
**Original review posted at Gins Book Notes .com**
Chasing Justice, is a story that offers some of everything I enjoy in a book. It has romance, mystery, and suspense and a great group of characters that you will find yourself thinking about days after you finish the book.
I will admit that at first I had a hard time connecting with Piper but once she started interacting with the other characters I was hooked.
The book explores a different take on justice and how far one might go to see justice served. There are some scenes that deal with abuse and violence but I didn't find them overly graphic. I felt like the story line was well developed and other than the cliffhanger ending, which I won’t ruin by talking about it, the end of the book left me feeling satisfied and wanting more.
Be prepared to be left hanging but you can join the rest of us who are waiting, not so patiently, for Danielle Stewart’s, book 2 of the Piper Anderson Series. (July or Aug. 2013...can't wait!)
on Oct. 27, 2013
The Vessel is book 2 in Felicia Tatum’s White Aura series. It picks up right where book 1 ends and alternates between Scott, Olivia, and then Aiden’s point of view. Felicia does a great job of combining the different views of the characters and making the reader care about each one.
At the end of White Aura, Book 1 of this series, I despised Aiden but by the end of book 2 I loved him. I felt so bad for him. He suffered and lost so much. I really hope he has a happy ending with someone other than Olivia. Wink
The story moves along at a fast pace. We discover more about Olivia’s heritage, revisit the continued danger of “the curse”, and are introduced to new dangers that face her and her brother. Olivia is definitely growing as a character. She is becoming stronger in her powers and her identity while Scott seems to be regressing and letting his jealousy get the best of him.
I’m looking forwarding to reading Book 3, Devlin’s Descendant. I have certain characters that I really hope end up together and I love the mystery surrounding the curse. I will definitely continue to follow this series and this author….she’s great!
You can download Book 1, The White Aura for FREE.
on Dec. 28, 2013
Project ELE begins by bringing you right into the story as we join the main character, 15-year-old Willow, and her family on day six of their wait in line for admittance to one of the F.E.M.A. shelters. The shelters have been set up so that the uninfected can survive the virus and the government’s solution to eradicate the virus.
This book seamlessly combines genres and has a little bit of everything.
With Project ELE you get:
An apocalyptic future that really isn’t too hard to imagine.
A coming of age story
Paranormal / Supernatural Abilities
A story of loyalty, friendship and survival.
Genre wise I would say this is a young adult, coming of age, apocalyptic, fantasy, romance that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The only thing missing from this story is the ending. It ends in a “to be continued” but on the plus side all the books in this series have been released and I am planning on starting book 2, Finding ELE, very soon. Book 1 is FREE to download!