Tuesday, May 24, 2016

FULL BOOK REVIEW: Shades of Truth by C.L. Stockton

Shades of Truth (Shades of Truth Book #1)
By: C.L. Stockton

Published: April 13, 2013 Kindle Edition
Genres: YA • NA • Mystery • Romance • World Building • Suspense • Kings & Swords • Humor 

A semi finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breaththrough Novel Awards for young adults, "Shades of Truth" is a novel about the power of truth and who tells it.

After nearly being kidnapped in a bakery, Cadrian Summerlynn decides the next time her father hands her a purse and tells her to take it to Lisbon, the answer is no. Emphasis on the no. If there even is a next time, as her father's disappeared and all his scary associates seem to think she has what he promised them. And she might, only she isn't entirely sure.

She might be able to tell if only Lucas Colton didn't keep distracting her. Too handsome for his own good, he has definite ideas about her father and where Cadrian fits in.

Forced to work together with neither telling the complete truth, will they discover her father's secrets without killing the other?

Breaking out the minions.... oh yeah. It was THAT. GOOD.

Grab your blanket, cup of tea (or coffee) and a big box of tissues and get settled in because once you start reading Shades of Truth, you won't be bothered by anything other than the roof on fire.

Yes, it was that tremendous. My favorite aspect of this book? The WIT.

Oh Holy Mac and Cheese... the dialogue was outstanding. OUTSTANDING. Stockton writing was a mountainous lava cake, overflowing with rich, finger licking good verbal sparing matches that made me laugh, pump fist the air and cry. She delivered a five star dining experience full of dynamic dialogue, evolving characters, gut wrenching twists, polished storylines and all consuming emotional pull. 

Lucas is now my new book boyfriend. Just letting you all know that HE. IS. MINE. Oh Buttercream on a Cupcake was he a delicious read. He is one character that has as many layers as an onion but the taste of a BJ's Brewhouse Strawberry Beignet. Oooooooh yeah.

My one minor critique would be the world building. I felt that there should have been a bit more description to ground the reader as to the time period, social parameters and technology level.

Cadrian and Lucas were bewitching. I was held captive by their personalties, their dialogue and their emotions. The book immediately threw you into the heart of the action and catapulted me deep into the heart of the characters. My mind was working the whole time, sifting through clues and second guessing possible options.

The relationships were organic and fresh. They weren't forced. She didn't wrangle characters into situations that weren't fitting with the storyline or their personality. Stockton created effortless flow and pacing.

Stockton brewed a masterful blend to ensare my mind and heart. Bravo!

I have grab hands for the next book in the series!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Praying for Belgium

Thinking and praying for all Belgium and all the tourists and travelers. For the families of the dead and the injured.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's that day of green drinks, green bagels, green shirts and green books!! Happy St. Patrick's Day!! (& it's my birthday too!) Happy Reading Green Covered Books today :)

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Appetizer Review: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

The Great Hunt
By: Wendy Higgins

Published: March 8, 2016

Initial "Appitizer" Review: 5 stars

First thought as I finished the last sentence? Wendy better be writing fast cause I need answers or I just might have a coronary.

Absolutely fabulous writing. This may be her very best work yet, and you all know just how enthralled I am with her Sweet Evil Series. Measured prose mixed with intense, emotionally rich characters baked with perfect timing has created an aromatic concoction guaranteed to fulfill your literary appitite! 

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

New Books!

Here are some fantastic books out now!

Happy Release Day Wendy Higgins!

The Great Hunt
By: Wendy Higgins


Wendy Higgins, the author of the New York Times bestselling Sweet Evil series, reimagines a classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale with The Great Hunt, a dramatic, romance-filled fantasy with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger—she was meant to marry for love—until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there’s no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton’s mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets he’s buried begin to surface against his wishes.