Review | Within a Captain’s Hold by Lisa A. Olech

Within a Captain's Hold (Captains of the Scarlet Night, #1)

 

Title: Within a Captain’s Hold
Author: Lisa A. Olech
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Publishing date: 24th November, 2015
My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 

*ARC received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Summary:

Captain Jaxon Steele is a tall, sun-bronzed, fierce-fighting Pirate King. He and the notorious crew of the Scarlet Night are both feared and respected for their ruthless reputation. The Captain’s only love is the open sea and the ship he calls home. When it comes to women, he has three rules: never sleep with another’s wife, don’t take virgins into bed, and most importantly, never bring a woman aboard—that brings the worst luck of all.

Annalise Gatherone has to leave London—tonight! Usually her only concern is the color of her latest gown, but now she’s choosing between life and death. Desperate to escape the clutches of an evil Duke, she stows away aboard the Scarlet Night, hoping she’s bound for Port St. Maria. Winning Captain Steele’s affections, she just might sneak by unharmed. But when her plans are altered in ways she never imagined, she must batten down the hatches for a journey into unknown waters…


My Take:

I loved this book! ❤ ❤

At first I was reluctant if I was going to like this book. I read this book during my reading slump and this book got me out of my reading slump. 😀

What did I like, you ask? I liked the plot, the characters, the writing style, the twists and turns, the vibe of the book in general. This is one of those books that you can go through in one sitting because you wouldn’t want to put the book down. So, my advice is to pick this book up when you are on a holiday and have a couple of hours on a stretch to read or you are not going to want to put this book down to do your boring chores. Screenshot_2017-04-02-15-50-23-1-1

I am not big of a fan of historical books. This is more of a modern historical romance. Everything in this book was in perfect balance. 😀

Screenshot_2017-04-02-15-50-33-1The female lead, Annalise was naive but not in the annoyingly naive manner. She learned her way quick and her character was a realistic portrayal of a woman in her situation. The author did not overdo it even a bit where she comes onboard as an idiot and becomes the wisest, no, Anna adapted to things well enough and her survival instincts were at par.

 

The moment Jaxon, the male lead, and the pirate/ captain found her, the beginning scene, his introduction into the story gave me the vibe that I was going to like the book. There are some books that pull in as soon as you open the book, this is one of those. I appreciate this book more because of how real this fiction felt. The danger, the feeling, the emotions the characters showed, everything touched me. ❤

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The villain… what a great villian! The evil duke, a well written character I must say. He is a sadist who enjoys torturing women and their struggles, their screams, their blood seems to stir emotions in him.

 

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Jaxon and Anna’s interactions are amusing at its best! 😀 I laughed so hard at some scenes. Anna’s innocence and her will to survive at all costs, Jaxon’s pirate self going all soft on her was really interesting to read.

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It was kind of easy for Anna to accept that she was in love with Jaxon but Jaxon went through a lot of emotional and mental dilemma over what he should do with his feelings about Anna. Him getting a hold of himself was really funny at times.

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The secondary characters were all so well-written and likable. I loved Cookie! ❤ He is a loyal and true friend to Jaxon and the comic-character in the story. He is good natured and smart. Jaxon is lucky to have a friend like Cookie, I tell you, and Anna is lucky that Cookie stood by them through it all.

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Sarah is Cookie’s beloved and a very wonderful character. She has this motherly vibe going for her and she has this mystic touch to her where she can see things of the future. 😀 😀 Not to forget Robbins, poor Robbins. He is a good kid who idolizes his captain, stands for him on realising that the captain is hiding a girl on the ship.

In the start of the book when the story was focused on Annalise and Jaxon, I wanted to read more about Alice. How she survived after being caught, what was she doing. Alice is a very strong character who is not explored much in this story but I had this little nagging thought of Alice throughout the book, I wanted to read more about her.

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The last paragraph of the book gave me peace at last and hinted on there being more about Alice in other books. When I was reading this book I didn’t pay attention to this book being a part of a series but Yay! I am so excited to read the next book! 😀 😀

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I usually don’t read the sample chapters for the next book in a series but for the first time I did and that made me so giddy and I wanted to read the next book but didn’t have it… arghhh….


Why would I pick it up?

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Review | Annie’s 2nd Chance by Willee Amsden

Annie's 2nd Chance (Annie McCauley, #2)

 

Title: Annie’s 2nd Chance
Author: Willee Amsden
Genre: Fiction, Humour
Series: Annie McCauley #2

Publishing date: 9th September, 2015
Pages: 299

My Rating: 5/5 stars  

*ebook received from the author/publisher via Reading Deals in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Annie McCauley is the Calamity Jane of the high fashion world. If something can go wrong… but things don’t go wrong by themselves, they usually have some help from her arch-rival, Brittany Carstairs. They both grew up in the Mesa View Mobile Home Park in West Texas and both are now in New York City where evil Brittany cost Annie her job as spokesmodel for Tomi Di Ponti, the sexiest and most eligible bachelor in NYC and CEO of Di Ponti Cosmetics and Fashions.
Tomi gives Annie a second chance. Now Annie must grudgingly take the help of annoying though sexy, Luther Grolsch the man she accidentally shot. Sometimes Annie regrets shooting Luther and sometimes she wishes she’d done a better job. He’s that kind of guy. Quirky characters in hilarious situations and an accident prone heart make Annie both laughable and lovable in 2nd Chance a fun read.


My Take:

This book is such a hilarious book. I loved it! ❤ 😛 There wasn’t a dull moment in the book.This book made me laugh so much. 😀

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Annie wanted to be a model, she is good with her job too but Brittany won’t let her succeed. They both grew up together and now Brittany is out on a blood hunt for Annie. Well, not literally. 😛 She doesn’t leave any chance to insult Annie, Brittany keeps on pulling stunts on Annie (YouTube video of Annie being stuck in the toilet being one) due to which Annie is always in the middle of some or the other problem.

Brittany causes Annie to lose her job (Kidnapping) at the same time when Annie thinks there is something developing in the romantic aspect between her and her boss, Tomi. She asks a second chance to prove herself.

This paragraph from the summary describes Luther best. The scenes with Annie and Luther is witty and humorous.

Now Annie must grudgingly take the help of annoying though sexy, Luther Grolsch the man she accidentally shot. Sometimes Annie regrets shooting Luther and sometimes she wishes she’d done a better job. He’s that kind of guy. Quirky characters in hilarious situations and an accident prone heart make Annie both laughable and lovable in 2nd Chance a fun read.

This book is a light read and will have you in grips. You will not be disappointed. Atleast I wasn’t, I love it! ❤ 5 Stars! ❤


Why would I pick it up?

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Blog Tour | Review | The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “The Ghost Chronicles” by Marlo Berliner, hosted by Prism Book Tours.

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The Ghost Chronicles (Book #1)

 

Title: The Ghost Chronicles
Author: Marlo Berliner
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publishing date: November 2015
Published by: Teddy Blue Books
Pages: 332

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.


My Take:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

This is the premise of the book. Everything in this book seems to be written with great thought and care. Nothing seemed to be rushed or ignored. The summary of the book is a good example in itself. 😉 How well it explains the book in few words. This summary actually summarizes the book. Kudos to the author for that! 😀

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with the death of Michael. It is so well written that you can feel yourself at his place. The confusion that Michael goes through in the start makes you reach out for him. He slowly figures out that he will never be able to walk on earth alive again.

Seeing his family mourn for him and not being able to do anything is such an emotional scene.

 

Michael is a good kid who died at eighteen. A kid with so much potential, a caring brother, a loving son, a responsible and understanding boyfriend, a good basketball player; with no fault of his, everything comes to an end for him.
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After getting through the initial shock of being dead and trying to figure out how death works, Michael starts searching for answers.Screenshot_2016-01-09-08-20-45-2

That is when he meets Tom. Tom is also a phantom, a protector. He guides Michael throughout the book. Although giving Michael all the answers at once would have been much easier but, well, that’s not how it works, right? 😛

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I loved this explanation Tom gives about the souls or energies, as he explains, being stuck on earth, among the living.

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The way Tom explained being dead, our use of mind, being ghosts, I found it all very reasonable. Paranormal that makes sense? Too good. 😛 😉

Then comes the devil. Now’s the time to get you some action. The Devil logic was also borderline smart. I think there was not a single part in the book that would challenge intelligence or stoop for stupidity.

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Screenshot_2016-01-09-08-22-06-1Michael was sure whining for almost the whole book as if he was the only one who had problems. When Tom tells him this, I was like, “It’s high time someone told him that. Thank you, Tom.” 😛

 

All in all this is an entertaining book but not much happens in the book. The summary is the actual length of the story. The rest is all Michael whining, trying to figure out things, Tom disappearing and giving next to no information. At the end guess what happens, you are left hanging, yes, there’s going to be another book.

Why does this happen? Hello, I am hanging here, can we get the new book already? 😛

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Why would I pick it up?

Learning how to be dead? Yes, please! 😉 😛


 

Author’s Bio:

marlo berliner

Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, Marlo is currently an intern with a literary agency based in New York City, as well as, an editor at Chimera Editing. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. She is currently working on her third novel.
When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband and two sons. This is her first novel.
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Guest Post | “You Mean We Get to Read a Fun Book?” By A.J. Cattapan

“You Mean We Get to Read a Fun Book?”

Young Adult Literature in the Middle School and High School Classroom

By A.J. Cattapan

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As a young adult author and an English teacher, the use of young adult literature in the classroom has always fascinated me. When I was in junior high, young adult books were just starting to become popular. Judy Blume, Lois Duncan, and R.L. Stine were all the rage, but we saw those books in the library—not in the classroom.

By the late 1990s, however, things had changed. Teachers were starting to see the value of incorporating young adult literature into their actual curriculum and not just as “fun books” to read during independent reading time. Why?

Teachers realized the potential young adult books had to pull in even reluctant readers. Since young adult books focus on teenage characters dealing with problems and situations that many teens can relate to, middle school and high school students find them very appealing and accessible, much more so than the traditional “canon” of classical books.

So over the last twenty years, more and more teachers have found ways to use young adult books in their rooms. Even more importantly, this doesn’t have to happen at the expense of the classics. In fact, many reading teachers will often pair a young adult novel with a classical novel on a similar theme in order to compare and contrast them. The young adult novel often acts as a “hook” to get the students interested in the theme. The YA novel is usually easier to read than the classic book, so that students can kind of “warm up” to the topic before diving into the more difficult text.

For example, in my own sixth grade gifted reading class, my students are required to read at least two contemporary mystery novels over the summer. Since the books are modern-day YA or upper middle grade mysteries, the students can read them easily on their own over the summer. Then when the school year starts up, we talk about how deception played a role in these mysteries. How were the criminals deceptive? Did their deception help them or hinder them? How did the detectives use deception to help them capture the criminals? Then we move into our classical texts, Murder on the Orient Express and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Having already explored deception through young adult literature, the students are primed to explore the same theme in increasingly more challenging texts.

Social studies teachers are also making use of young adult literature in the classroom. They will use a historical young adult novel from the time period they are discussing in class in order to make that era come to life for their students.

So we won’t tell the classics that they need to go bye-bye. Just move on down the shelf a bit, and make a little room for some YA.


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About A.J. Cattapan

A.J. Cattapan is a writer, teacher, and theater lover living in the Chicago area. Her love of the theater began in the sixth grade when her mother took her to see a production of Guys and Dolls at the local high school.  That same year, her reading teacher introduced her to Anne of Green Gables, and the dream to become a writer began.

All things come full circle, and now she’s a sixth grade reading and language arts teacher who hopes to inspire the next generation of writers. You can follow her writing adventures at http://www.ajcattapan.com

 

 

Blog Tour | Review | Blood Master by Kirsten Campbell

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Blood Master” by Kirsten Campbell, hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: Blood Master (Book 1 of the G.O.D.s series)
Author: Kirsten Campbell
Genre: Urban Paranormal Fantasy
Publishing date: 10th August, 2014
Published by: Kirsten Campbell
Pages: 449

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 


Synopsis:

2052: Two-thirds of the human population have been killed by the Great War, the Clover Virus and the Death Plague. Only one man survived the Death Plague, an albino man named Griffin Storm. He’s the only albino in existence. No one knows what happened to the other albinos, but most believe the rumors that they were eliminated by the Guild Faction’s deadly experiments.

Griffin is hiding out in Underground Atlanta. He has special abilities. He can manipulate crystal and glass. He uses these abilities for good, raiding warehouses and old buildings for food and medical supplies to give to the abandoned children that live in the Underground. While on a raid he meets Tassta Vinetti. She’s a resident of the legendary Brotherhood Fortress. Griffin is taken to the Brotherhood and chaos ensues as Tassta, her twin brother Penn and her Uncle Lerin Sanctobous keep their new visitor and his untold powers secret. They can not disclose that the only albino in existence is now at their fortress or they could all be in great danger.

Fact is the Guild is hunting Griffin. He is the only survivor of their deadly experiments and his survival will have dynamic consequences. The Guild believes Griffin will transform into a G.O.D., a Genetically-enhanced Omni Dimensional being. If he transforms, he will have inter-dimensional doors within his body, doors that lead to heaven and hell. Griffin will become a Blood Master and he’ll be able to control the demons from the Dimension of Blood.

Will Griffin save the children of the Underground from their tragic life? Will he transform into a G.O.D. and become the Blood Master? Only time will tell…


 

My Take:

Before I start with what I felt about this book, I want to tell you guys that I don’t have any highlighted quotes right now because my tablet got hanged up. As soon as the device decides that it should start working again, I will update the review with the quotes. 🙂 

Okay, so why I selected this book can be told by the summary of the book. 😀

Post-apocalyptic world and that too not too far in time made sense for it to sound more real. You know, when humans didn’t have much time to evolve things around them and almost completely forget the world as it is now. The first line of the summary hooked me and when I started the book the first paragraph of the foreword had the same effect. 😀

I liked all of the characters, they are well thought off and instantly likeable. 🙂 I doubted bromance between Griffin and Penn before the romance between Griffin and Tassta. 😉 The romance doesn’t look forced and doesn’t interrupt the story line which I find to be a thing to appreciate in books now-a-days. 😛

Tassta is a true example for feminism, she desperately wants to be a Guardian of the Brotherhood. She doesn’t want to be like the men but she wants to be alongside them. She understands her weaknesses and strengths. That’s what feminism is about, although the book isn’t focused on that but hell, I like finding things that are hidden, as you all know. 😛 The hidden treasure. 😛

The characters are really likeable and I found it easy to get into the book and feel attached. 🙂 I liked how the author instructed how the name of the main characters are to be pronounced in the start of the book. That was very thoughtful. 🙂

I am excited for the next book. 😀

I like the cover, it shows Griffin and Tassta but maybe, just maybe, something else would have made the cover more interesting. Just a thought. What do you guys think?


Why would I pick it up?

The summary is appealing and so is the book. 😉


Author’s Bio:

PictureKirsten Campbell is the author of several short stories and poems that have been published in Bewildering Stories, The Pittsburgh Quarterly Online, Ascent Magazine, The Fairfield Review, Poets-Artists & Madmen, Interracial Voice, Beauty Talk, The CoffeehousePress Journal, The Write Gallery, Sagazine Online, COBRA, and several other magazines.

Her novel, Blood Master – Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series is an Urban Paranormal Fantasy novel that is currently available on Amazon.com in Adult and Young Adult version. Blood Master hit the Amazon Top 100 List. The second book of The G.O.D.s Series, Blood Rage, will be out by the end of this year. She is also the author of Darkness Calls, a book of Paranormal Short Stories. Her websites are http://www.kcampbell-gods.com, which is the site for all things Blood Master, and her Author’s Website, http://www.kirstencampbellbooks.com.

She has two chapbooks that were published; one by Ladybug Press (Poetry from the Covert Bourgeoisie), and the other by Puddinghouse Publications (The Abandoning Kind). She is also the author of Perfect Chaos, a book of poetry that is currently on Amazon.

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