Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tonight's Reading Material

Guess what came in the mail today? Oh yeah. That's right! ON THE FENCE by Kasie West! No sleep tonight, baby.... 




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Advanced Copy of CHASING FREEDOM by Nicola S. Dorrington

CHASING FREEDOM 
BY: Nicola S. Dorrington


EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: June 15, 2014
Ebook Format

GENRES: YA • British • Supernatural • Werewolves • Vampires • Shapeshifters • Witches • Mind Readers & Clarvoyant • Action • Suspense • Mystery • Good vs Evil • Modern Day • Romance

 (technically 4.7)

NOTE: I received an ARC in return for an honest review.

BOOK OVERVIEW:
Chase Finn is being hunted, and if he ever stops running he’s going to end up dead.

It doesn’t matter that he’s only seventeen. It doesn’t matter that just a few weeks ago he was a normal teenager. All that matters is that he is a threat, and the Agents tracking him will stop at nothing to see him neutralised.

With the line between friends and enemies blurring, Chase discovers he is just a pawn in the middle of a war that’s lasted for centuries, but he isn’t going to let himself be used any longer.

Soon both sides of the war are going to learn that the most important thing about Chase Finn isn’t that he’s a werewolf, it’s that he’ll sacrifice everything, even his own freedom, for the people he loves.

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MAMA'S REVIEW:

Mmmmm.... This was a yummy read. Nicola created yet another British based novel that was a delight. I must say, this really fits the bill for someone looking for a true YA novel. The romance is light and very age appropriate. 



I just want to cut to the chase. (Hahahaha... I HAD to do that!) A gorgeous, rugby playing, British accented Werewolf who needs someone to be there for him? Yes please! Sign me up!


Nicola has a very unique style of writing that I quite enjoy. I loved how she took so many different character types and melded them into one cohesive storyline that worked. The characters meshed well and I thought (apart from Chase) that the secondary characters really shone.

As for the romance (rolling up sleeves)... it was organic, natural and well paced. Instant attraction, yes. But no insta-love. YAY! The crowd roars!!! It couldn't help but be reminded of the Beauty and the Beast kiss while reading it. Chase is this big, beast who's beautiful inside and out. Vix is the quite, delicate yet strong and determined brown haired beauty. SIGH. Will they fall in love? Will they ever kiss? HA! No spoilers here my friends! ;) (EVIL GRIN)


There are a host of other characters in the book that I thought fell into the lame duck category. You know the types: angst ridden, masochistic, guilt ridden and frozen with doubt. Will they get back on that horse or are the doomed to stay locked up in the prison of their own making?


I find that the storyline, though paranormal is very rateable. People go through all kinds of changes and sometimes those closest to us can deal with it, and sometimes they can't. How do we handle rejection and how do we process unexpected detours in life? What if you had your whole life mapped out in front of you and then BAM! something happens. You're whole life plan is out the window. What do you do?

There were a few grammatical housekeeping items I saw that needed to be polished up early in the book but overall I felt the writing was excellent. British life fascinates me and I love to read from that point of view. Character development is a big point for me. She subtly but dramatically molded each personality throughout the story. I remember reading a line saying to myself, "Wow, when did they grow up?" That kind of finesse is hard to accomplish.

Nicola had quite a bit of tension and drama throughout the book. A couple of scenes had me reaching for tissues or freaking out. You always know if a book is a good one if it pulls emotional responses out of you. 


This isn't listed as a series but I really, really, REALLY hope Nicola adds to the story. There was a MIGHTY big cliff hanger that has me dangling and it is a moral imperative that I find out what happens! So Nicola, (I know you're reading this) PLEASE put me out of my misery and tell me there are more installments coming!! Also, I must say I love the cover graphic with the moon, trees and model! Love it. LOOOOOOVVVEEE it!!

I urge you guys to go get a copy and read it today! Well done my friend! 





NEW! BOOK RELEASE TODAY JUNE 10th! THE MURDER COMPLEX BY LINDSAY CUMMINGS

I am beyond excited for this long awaited release from my friend, Author Lindsay Cummings!


THE MURDER COMPLEX
BY: Lindsay Cummings


RELEASE DATE: TODAY! JUNE 10, 2014

GENRES: Dystopian • Sci Fi • YA • Thriller • Romance • Mystery • Action 

AGE RECOMMENDATION: 15+

BOOK OVERVIEW: 
An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


CLICK TO THE BOOK's LINKS ON:  Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble!

Monday, June 09, 2014

The migraine month from Hades... but I'm medicated now ;)

Hi everyone! 

I am so sorry I've been off the air. I had a three week long migraine that made my vision double and triplicate. I couldn't see to type! Then after I got a shot and new medicines to fix that... my vertigo acted up. It was bad. Bad. Bad. BAD. So now I've gotten my equilibrium back I will be posting frequently to catch up as much as I can. I hope you have been reading! 

Much love, 
MAMA B

Thursday, May 22, 2014

WINNERS! Abbi Glines Contest!

We have WINNERS FOR THE ABBI GLINES GIVEAWAY!!!


I will be contacting the winners via email! Thanks for entering!







Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NEW RELEASE: DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

DOROTHY MUST DIE (Dorothy Must Die, #1) 



Written by Danielle Page
Published: April 1, 2014 by HarperCollin

GENRES: Fantasy • YA • Retellings / Fairy Tales • Magic  & Witches • Adventure • Paranormal 

REVIEW BY WENDY HIGGINS, author
"Fantastical and full of fun! Such a cool stinkin' idea. Danielle Paige is a doll and she's got a new fan. *points to self* :-)"

BOOK OVERVIEW: 
I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

NEW RELEASE! NOW & FOREVER by Susane Colasanti

NOW & FOREVER just hit bookshelves!



Written by Susane Colasanti
Published by Penguin Teen

GENRES: YA • Music • Contemporary Romance 

BOOK OVERVIEW:

What if your boyfriend was the world's biggest rockstar?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she's ever met, but he's an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he's believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he's thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she's attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan's monumental sold-out concerts.

It's a dream come true...but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when "forever" comes to an end?


You can find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million

BOOK TO FILM NEWS! New film in Pre-Production


Stephenie Meyer is at the Producing helm again with this film adaptation of Down A Dark Hill, written by Lois Duncan. (Who is known for writing I Know What You Did Last Summer)...

First published in 1990, this book is a paranormal suspense thriller. Full of ghosts, Gothic tones and mystery.

BOOK OVERVIEW:
Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students?

Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?

RELEASE DATE: None has been issued so far as it is in development.
Stay tuned for more details!



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bad eyes, migraines & reminders


I have been struck by the demon of pain this week. My head has felt like it was stuck in a blender, rolled over by truck and smashed with hammers. I had to go get my eyes checked since my vision was going and I had to sport these extra lovely shades.

But I wanted to remind everyone that the Abbi Glines contest ends tonight at midnight so hurry and enter!

These gems have hit shelves too so be sure to check these out!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bite Size Book Review: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

The Winner's Curse

By: Marie Rutkoski


5 stars. I might just make it infinity for this one.


If you want a book to read, I just found the new love of my life. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski. I proposed to my copy and am excited to marry it. Oh My Lord that was such an amaz-freaking-awesome-choirs-of-angels-singing-ing book. I have to make a new word because I can't describe how fantastic that book is. Full review to come. 



Saturday, May 17, 2014

NEW RELEASE! Chasing Freedom by Nicola S. Dorrington

LAUNCH! A NEW RELEASE FROM
 Nicola S. Dorrington!

Nicola is a FABULOUS author and I am beyond excited to share with you her newest novel called Chasing Freedom which just released!


About the Book
Chase Finn is being hunted, and if he ever stops running he’s going to end up dead.

It doesn’t matter that he’s only seventeen. It doesn’t matter that just a few weeks ago he was a normal teenager. All that matters is that he is a threat, and the Agents tracking him will stop at nothing to see him neutralized.

With the line between friends and enemies blurring, Chase discovers he is just a pawn in the middle of a war that’s lasted for centuries, but he isn’t going to let himself be used any longer.

Soon both sides of the war are going to learn that the most important thing about Chase Finn isn’t that he’s a werewolf, it’s that he’ll sacrifice everything, even his own freedom, for the people he loves.

Nicola's Bio!
Nicola S. Dorrington is a 30 year-old writer from England, currently living in the Cayman Islands, where she procrastinates by staring at the ocean. CHASING FREEDOM is her second novel, set in a wet and mythical version of the country she left behind. Her first novel THE LAST KNIGHT was published 2013. She fully expects to one day be a crazy old cat lady - only with dogs.

You can find out more about Nicola on her
blog, on Facebook 
https://www.facebook.com/NovelsByNsDorrington and on Twitter at @NSDorrington

You can add CHASING FREDDOM to Goodreads.