Sunday, May 7, 2017

Bound Together By Christine Feehan

Blurb
For five years, Viktor Prakenskii has put his life on hold in order to take down the world’s most feared motorcycle club from the inside. But carrying out the insane violence and seeing the club’s exploitation of the innocent has brought his traumatic past roaring back. And there’s only one cure: to see the wife he left behind...

Blythe Daniels thought she’d never see Viktor again after he murdered her stepfather and left without a word. She rebuilt her life without him, becoming a personal trainer and physical therapist...becoming strong enough for others to lean on. But when Viktor comes back to Sea Haven, he’ll make Blythe question everything she thought she knew about good and evil—and the dark desires of the heart


Author- Christine Feehan



Christine Feehan is an American romance-paranormal writer. She has published more than 40 novels, including five series, and numerous novellas since 1999. Christine King was born in California. She grew up with three brothers and ten sisters. She spent a lot of time getting in trouble at school for writing instead of doing the things she was supposed to do. Later she forced her ten sisters to read every word. She is married to Richard Feehan, together they have 11 children. Today, her daughters read and help her edit her manuscripts.


Review
It feels like I've been waiting for this book for forever!!! I have read this whole series and with all the teasers on Blythes story left me restless to know more about her mystery guy. I couldn't even wait to go to the store to pick up the book but instead but it right away on my nook and read it immediately.
I loved every single minute reading the book and even read it 4 times more!! I already know which page to hop to to relive my favorite scenes. I am really glad that she will be making a spin off and already introduced some of the characters since I really love the Sea Haven series. I will say that it has gotten a bit darker in the sense of the situations people come from and how in depth she goes with the details which can be uncomfortable for some people. I wasn't too bothered by it since I'm mostly reading for the love story and already knew that most of her characters come from bad situations. I also really liked how this book tied everything together and even included the Drake sisters which makes sense since Blythe is there cousin. Feehan has definitely outdone herself with this book and it is now my favorite since it includes many fo the characters I have fallen in love with. I would recommend her series to romance fans.





Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Power of the Habit by Charles Duhigg Review

Blurb
In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.


Review 5/5
I first heard about this book on a Disney recommendations site when I worked for them. I of course jumped on it and I was not disappointed. This is the first time that I was able to read a self help book quickly. Clearly, I tend to stick to Young Adult fantasy books so this was out of my zone. I really enjoyed how this book slowly introduces you to methods and gives stories to better understand how the mind works. I am going into marketing so when they gave some market research studies and how habits affect sales I felt like I hit a gold mine. This book isn't just specifically for business students though but rather to anybody who wants to understand more about habits. After reading this I was able to pinpoint why I do the things I do and also how to change some bad habits.




Thursday, March 9, 2017

BLOG TOUR STOP! You Can't Hide by Dan Poblocki





Shadow House will find you . . .

Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal.
They're going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing, too. . .


Enter Shadow House . . . if you dare.


BONUS: Step inside Shadow House with the free app for your tablet or phone! Each image in the book reveals a haunting in the app, where the choices you make determine your fate.





Praise for YOU CAN'T HIDE

"Shadow House has everything I love—strange characters, magic and the supernatural, endless danger and adventure—and a mystery I dare any reader to try to solve". -- R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

Praise for The Book of Bad Things

"Ghostly... grotesque... eerie..." -- Booklist

"Poblocki's return, full of mystery, monsters and ghosts, is sure to satisfy his fans. Old-school, John Saul-style horror." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fun and creepy in all the good ways." -- VOYA

Praise for The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

A Junior Library Guild selection

"The social dramas mesh well with the supernatural elements... Poblocki creates a real sense of suspense." -- Booklist

"Poblocki creates danger by not pulling punches. An atmospheric, creepy ghost story best read at night." -- Kirkus Reviews

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Dan Poblocki is an American author of mystery and horror novels for young people. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. During his pre-teen years, his family moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Dan currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with two scaredy cats.

Dan graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in theater. Subsequently, he toured the United States playing ultra-challenging roles such as Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Shoemaker in The Shoemaker and the Elves to packed houses filled with literally thousands of screaming children. (He hopes they weren’t screaming in fear.)

Dan ended his promising acting career to focus on other endeavors. While exploring various artistic options, he held a number of jobs in New York City including: a floral groomer, an audience-wrangler for a popular game show, a computer analyst, a chemotherapy-unit assistant, and a traveling bathing suit sales-dude.

That’s right. A traveling bathing suit sales-dude.

Dan now writes full time. He's probably working on something new this very minute!

Keep up with Dan Poblocki

REVIEW
It has been a long time since i've read a horror story and i've got to say that this was probably the best series to read to get back into it. One of the coolest things is that you can download an app and it gives you more information on the book. 
I really enjoyed getting more back story of each character and getting a better understanding of each of them. It's so hard to write this and not try to give away the story! I can definitely say that it's must read and you will be itching for the third book. Be prepared to be frightened. 

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Friday, February 24, 2017

BLOG TOUR STOP! Reignited By Colleen Houck

A sibling rivalry.
A forbidden romance.
A spell that changes everything.

In Heliopolis secrets abound and passions ignite as chaos rises.

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series and Reawakened comes a novella full of celestial marvel, passion, betrayal, and evil that will grow to reign over humanity forever.

Before Lily and Amon met, before the cosmos was in chaos and needed three brave brothers to fight off evil, there were four siblings who helped rule the earth.

Each sibling had a special gift. Osiris, the god of agriculture, helped mortals to grow and thrive in their natural environment. Isis, the goddess of creation, fostered health and wellness. Nephthys, the seer, was able to keep the balance between all living beings and the universe. But Seth, the youngest sibling, was left without any special powers. The Waters of Chaos, which granted each god’s talent, were running dry, and Seth was paying the price.

As time passed, however, Seth’s determination and willfulness resulted in a very special gift, one that should have granted him the ability to enact wondrous change. But Seth’s competitive childhood gave him a heart so cold and vacant that instead, his gift brought about great evil.

Seth was now the god of unmaking, the creator of disorder and destruction. And he was ready to seek his revenge, dominating all who got in his way.





"[A] must-read for thrill-seekers and fans of alternate worlds."—RT Book Reviews

"Rick Riordan fans who are looking for another series will delight in this fantasy."—SLJ 

"Littered with Egyptian mythology and snappy dialogue, this romantic adventure is a good choice for graduates of Rick Riordan or fans of Houck’s Tiger’s Curse series."—Booklist 
"Fans of paranormal romance will love the Egyptian spin on this story of devotion and sacrifice, and Lily’s humor, combined with plentiful dangerous escapades, will keep readers engaged."—VOYA

"The author weaves her story out of Egyptian lore, cinematic magic, selfless love, and . . . is clever enough to remain surprising even to the last sentence."—Kirk's Reviews

“Houck’s moving depiction of the love between Lily and Amon is memorable."—Publishers Weekly

"Wonderfully written and…the heart-pounding adventures are topped only by the heart-melting romance."—The Deseret News

"A sparkling new novel with a fully imagined world and mythos, and crackling romance! Egyptian mythology has never been this riveting!"—Aprilynne Pike, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Wings series, on Reawakened, book one in the series 

Review
Once again Colleen has made me swoon over another couple. Ever since I was a little girl I enjoyed mythology so when I read the first book I was immediately captivated.  I really liked how she had introduced each god slowly giving just a little bit of back story, which is why I fell in love with Reignited because we went back in time to see exactly what happened with Osiris and Isis as well as how Seth came to be the way he is. I thought I would've been bummed that I wouldn't see Lily and Amon's story but of course I forgot all about that a couple of pages in and was all about my new book boyfriend Osiris. I would recommend this to anybody who is a sucker for love stories and mythology.


About the Author

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dark Desire By Christine Feehan

Blurb
The stranger silently summons her from across the continents, across the seas. He whispers of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran can feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she aches to heal him, to heal herself.

Drawn to the far Carpathian mountains, Shea finds a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And her soul trembles. For in his burning eyes, his icy heart, she recognizes the beloved stranger who's already become part of her. This imperious Carpathian male compels Shea to his side. But is she to be his healer...or his prey? His victim...or his mate? Is he luring her into madness...or will his dark desire make her whole?

2nd book in the Dark series by Christine Feehan


Review
I looooove every book in the Dark series but this one is probably in my top 5 because I was constantly at the edge of my seat wondering what Jacques would do since he has lost touch with his humanity and Shea is the only one who could help him. I also liked the drama about him being the brother of the prince so every carpathian was on edge about the woman who has been holing up with him in a cabin when he's been lost to them for some time now. So far each woman has been human with a psychic ability that has been able to save male carpathian which also brings about the problem of converting them. It's a hit or miss if they will be able to survive. Must read for those romantics. My hair was sticking up and I had tears in my eyes often which I quickly tried to wipe away so I can continue to read lol 

With each book we get to learn more about each character and Christine sets it up for the next carpathian who needs a mate. Before I got to this series I always read paranormal books, who am I kidding, I still read paranormal books! But it was more heavy on vampire so this was in my range of interests and intense romance. Sometimes I blame book for my expectations of relationships. 

By the way, the covers of the book periodically change so my picture may not match up with the link.



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Feeling Grateful

Happy Saturday!!


I was just thinking about when I came back to my blog and rereading my About me. I talked about my goal of going to Ohio State University and working for Disney. Here is an update.


I start Ohio State University Fisher school of Business on Monday!!!! I did a Disney college program last fall, and I am planning to do their professional internship once I graduate.


It has been a long journey but throughout it I have learned many things. The most important one is being grateful. I remember watching the show George Lopez show and his son wasn't taking care of his toys and George Lopez told him that there are kids who don't have toys and the boy replied that there are kids with tons of toys. This has stuck with me because people can always want more and not be satisfied. There are those that are in worse cases than our own so it's best to think about the things you do have and the opportunities that are open to you. I would like to continue this as a Grateful Saturday post and welcome everybody to comment.


I am grateful for being able to continue and focus on my education.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Recreated by Colleen Houck

Blurb
 Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.    When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.
   Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering. 
For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes
Review
 Colleen Houck has done it again!!! I am now obsessed with this series. The first book of every series always lays down the groundwork for the rest of the books so it's the second one that will most likely be a hit or miss because that's really when the story sets off. This book is probably one of the most action packed books I have ever read and it kept me wanting more. I especially love this storyline because I have always favored mythology especially Egyptian. I already know some background of the Egyptian Gods so for Houck to bring them to life was really fun to experience. I also could not this book down to save my life. I literally read it through out the day and finished it. It was the first thing I picked up in the morning, constantly by my side at work, and the last thing I read at night until I was on the last page. I cannot wait for the next book to come out =D