Blog Tour | Review | Gracie, Dead or Alive by Sofia Diana Gabel

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book โ€œGracie, Dead or Aliveโ€ by Sofia Diana Gabel , hosted by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours.

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Gracie, Dead or Alive

 

Title: Gracie, Dead or Alive
Author: Sofia Diana Gabel
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publishing date: 16th September, 2015
Published by: Escargot Books and Music
Pages: 284

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

A story of the living, the undead, magic, betrayal, love, more betrayal, and blueberry pancakes. Gracie Daniels has it all. Sheโ€™s young, pretty, in love and about to graduate from the University of Southern California, but her world is turned upside down when she wakes up, dead, in the morgue. But thatโ€™s only the beginning of Gracieโ€™s new undead life. She has to learn to survive impending decomposition from a Wiccan spell that went wrong and numerous betrayals, all while searching for a mysterious alchemical spell book. Then along comes handsome Troy Scott. How can Gracie balance being dead and falling in love? It would be easier to give up, but thatโ€™s not Gracie. Sheโ€™s no quitter, although if she doesnโ€™t find a solution soon, nothing will matter.


 

My Take:

A story of the living, the undead, magic, betrayal, love, more betrayal, and blueberry pancakes.

I enjoyed this story. It flew by for me. A fun story always makes you forget to look at the clock. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is a light hearted story where you don’t have to apply logic much because, well, that will make the story lose it’s charm. Come on, blueberries work on the dead and other’s don’t? Why? ๐Ÿ˜› Better not to get into logic and just enjoy the story. ๐Ÿ˜›

With a novice Wiccan witch, Terra, experimenting with the reanimating spell, Gracie is brought back to life, well, the undead life? ๐Ÿ˜›

Terra tells Gracie that she should not be seen by anyone as she is dead to everyone after being struck by a lightening and then leaves the undead Gracie alone in the morgue. Who does that? ๐Ÿ˜›

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Gracie sometimes seemed borderline stupid. Her priorities were all messed up. After coming back from the dead, instead of figuring out stuff she goes to her boyfriend’s place only to find him cheating on her merely after 6 hours of her death, she jumpscares the girl he was cheating on her with, which was very funny. ๐Ÿ˜›

She goes home and thinks about what she was going to do now. Then what she does? She cleans the house so that her parents won’t have to. So, was cleaning the house more important than trying harder to find answers? She was trying to take her mind off the situation but HELLO? Dead mind? That’s a problem.

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One thing she does well is, hitting every damn person who is mindless enough to call her a bitch. I loved all of those little action sequences. I am against violence. Humans shouldn’t hurt other living beings but she isn’t exactly alive, is she? ๐Ÿ˜›

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Screenshot_2016-01-09-09-34-54-1Terra is your typical bimbo. She is the fun element of the book. Gracie had these thoughts about her every time they met and that made me laugh. ๐Ÿ˜›

She is dead, a dwarf named alchaemical man steals the book that can save her, instead of worrying about her situation she is more worried about the hot police officer, Troy she meets. Get your priorities straight, girl. You aren’t exactly alive. Can you please focus on that instead of fantasizing Troy?

Her ignorance and vague priorities get Troy killed in the end which was an accident. So, what does she do? She reanimates Troy because well, she was so happy being reanimated herself, right? All this while she kept blaming Terra for reanimating her without her permission and then she goes ahead and does the same to Troy.

The segments where she had to keep on gluing back all of her decomposing self back together was chilling and a nice touch to the story.

Even after Gracie being not so smart, I really enjoyed this book. ๐Ÿ™‚


 

Why would I pick this book up?

A light and funny read? Here, you have it. ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

Author’s Bio:

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

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Blog Tour | Book Spotlight | Howling Hearts by April Bostic

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book โ€œThe Howling Heartโ€ by April Bostic , hosted by Worldwind Virtual Book Tours.


The Howling Heart
By April Bostic
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. Sheโ€™s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her fatherโ€™s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldnโ€™t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.

Soon, sheโ€™s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv—wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career sheโ€™s always wanted and the love sheโ€™s always dreamed.


Author’s Bio:

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled “A Rose to the Fallen”.
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Her first short story, “Right Here, Right Now”, released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled “Eros, My Love”, and a sexy romantic comedy entitled “Love Addiction”.
โ€‹After five years, she released her second novel, “The Howling Heart” in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April also released her fourth short story in December 2013, a historical paranormal romance entitled “A Dark Scandal”.

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Blog Tour |Cover Reveal | The Stone Legacy Series by Theresa Dalayne

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by Theresa DaLayne
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: Winter 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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About Mayan Blood:

Their empires have fallen, but their mythology lives onโ€ฆ

Zanya Coreandero is a seventeen-year-old orphan with only a single friend and no hope for a normal life. Diagnosed with anxiety and night terrors, no one believes her cuts and bruises are a result of an evil entity, and not a brutal case of self-harm.

With the only home sheโ€™s ever known being the isolated institutionโ€”where breakfast is a handful of medications, the psychiatry sessions are mandatory, and her every move is watchedโ€”the only relief is her red-haired roommate named Tara, whoโ€™s more like a little sister than her best friend.

Free will is strong, but destiny is stronger.

When Zanya is kidnapped, she meets a group of gifted Mayan descendants, each with a unique ability. Gone from a nameless castaway to the only hope of mankind, Zanya is forced to make a grueling decision: bond with an enchanted stone and save humanity from rising underworld forces, or watch helplessly as Earth falls victim to a familiar dark deity from her dreams. This time, heโ€™s playing for keeps.

A wicked secret hides behind a handsome faceโ€ฆ

When Arwan, a dark-eyed timebender, takes interest in Zanyaโ€™s mission, itโ€™s unclear if his intention is to help, or if heโ€™s on a hell-bent mission for revenge. Wary of falling for another guy with major secrets and a tainted past, Zanya fights to keep her distance. If only her heart gave her a choice.

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About Interlude:

Tara may have spent years in an asylum, but that doesnโ€™t make her crazyโ€“just fearless.

Dropped in Moscow with a the group of enchanted Mayan descendants, seventeen-year-old Tara is forced to wait on the sideline while her best friendโ€”the Stone Guardianโ€” battles to reclaim a friendโ€™s soul trapped in the underworld.

It sucks being ordinary when everyone else is superhumanโ€ฆ

A mortal girl with a tainted past, Tara is left to deal with an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. Her boyfriend, Peter, is a healer. Her best friend is The Guardian, and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. Meanwhile, she struggles to leave her childhood of abuse in the past, and while Peter picks her up every time she falls, it becomes clear he deserves better.

When they opened Pandoraโ€™s Box, hell came pouring outโ€ฆ

When sheโ€™s given a chance to aid in the groupโ€™s mission, Tara is eager to pull her own weight, even if it means uncovering buried memories of being held prisoner by the underworld general. Now haunted with flashbacks of torture, Tara wanders from the safety of Peterโ€™s arms into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world sheโ€™s always feared.

He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground ring of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can surviveโ€ฆ

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About Lights of Aurora:

After living her entire life in an orphan asylum, Zanya fears she may actually be losing her mind.

Following the discovery of her ancient Maya bloodlines, eighteen-year-old Zanya Coreandero is faced with a daunting responsibility. She must protect the relic stone while Sarian, the underworld general, ceaselessly drives her to the brink of insanity.

With the approach of an ancient bonding ceremony, Zanya struggles to control her abilitiesโ€”and her desiresโ€ฆ

As the winter solstice approaches, it brings an onslaught of unexpected side effects. While Zanya struggles to seize control over her supercharged powers, she must also face an overwhelming suspicion that her boyfriend, Arwan, is hiding a secret so dark it could destroy them both. And with her powers finally taking root, the struggle to pace their relationship takes on a life of its own.

Just when she thought life couldnโ€™t get more complicatedโ€ฆ

With the arrival of a surprise houseguest, Zanyaโ€™s deepest fears about Arwan are confirmed. And when middleworld deities intercede, the group of gifted Maya descendants are confronted with hardships they never saw comingโ€”including an enemy more deadly than they have ever faced.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And when that woman has no soul and a taste for revenge, they will need the powers of every surviving ancestor simply to stay alive.

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Author’s Bio:

Theresa DaLayne is a north-south-east-western kind of girl with a quirky personality to match her nomad life. Born in California, she migrated to three different cities in Washington State, a tiny island in Alaska, North Carolina, and finally to the suburbs of Ohio where she currently lives with her husband, three kids, vegetarian cat, and her ungrateful fish.

Always on the lookout for a new story, Theresa is a shameless eavesdropper and will take anyone who provides inspiration and mold them into a character without a second thought. She enjoys writing both paranormal and contemporary stories, considering her mind wanders between worlds of fantasy while sheโ€™s forced to live in the real world, very much against her will.

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Blog Tour | ARC Review | Mathieu by Irene Ferris

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Title: Mathieu
Author: Irene Ferris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publishing date: 27th October , 2015
Published by: Robyn Lane Books
Pages: 296

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

 


 

Synopsis:

When Mathieu followed his king to war, he knew the Crusades were holy, that God went with him, and that he would return to the arms of his truest love. 800 years later, enslaved by the demon Gadreel, all Mathieu knows is pain.

After winning his freedom, Mathieu emerges from the dark void of captivity, only to find himself facing the soul of the love he left behind, in the eyes of Jenn Bartlett. Can he do the
terrifying thing she asks of him, and still save her from the monster he has become? Or will the darkness overcome them both?


My Take:

If I look at this book in philosophical terms like the English teachers always try to do with any piece of work, then I can say that it throws a great deal of light on the problem with too much power. ๐Ÿ˜› Power is something that almost all of the humanity craves in some form or another and we all know that not many of the people with power play fair, too much of anything is always dangerously but power most certainly tops that list.

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The person with power lives in the illusion of controlling things, manipulating things but in real it’s the power that takes over the person, manipulates him and turns him into something he might not have been otherwise. Power feeds on the evil in the person’s mind and keeps growing making them more evil and in turn more powerful.

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This book shows exactly how power, atleast excess of it, can destroy everything in it’s wake. Power in the form of a demon Gadreel, whom Mathieu is bound to, shows the cruelty and then when it is destroyed and the energy and power is all transferred to Matheiu, because Gadreel was bound to him too, and because Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be transferred from one form to another; when Mathieu gets all that he never wanted, the struggle he faces to keep the evil inside him is painful to the reader.

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The emotions of this book are strong and every emotion gets you head on. I really felt for Mathieu, his pain, his suffering, and the belief he held onto despite all that he suffered is really heart touching.

It’s a paranormal romance. Jenn is supposed to be the soul of the person Mathieu loved 800 years ago but to be honest I liked the relationship between Jenn and Marcus, Jenn’s Husband, more. Marcus is the most understanding husband you can have. He is a great leader and a good person. A person that can be a rock in someone’s life. Dwayne was also a character I warmed up to. He was a member of the foundation Jenn and Marcus were a part of. He could see bits and pieces of future and heard voices and had his own demons to fight. He understood Mathieu and found someone who understood him in Mathieu. All the characters felt real, nothing spiced up, just plain and simple. The emotions strong and their reactions justified.

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The cover of the book is so perfectly in sync with the climax of the book that you can almost feel the energy radiating from it.

There was nothing to not like about this book. The character, the setting, the story, the time it is set in, the circumstances, the little mysteries, and most importantly the emotions all connect well. I really liked the book although I would have liked some more at the ending. The ending could have had 2 or 3 pages more at the very least.


Why would I pick it up?

This book is a amazing work on giving a reality check on how harmful power can be and how much determination, belief, and willpower can help win over anything. ๐Ÿ˜€


 

Author’s Bio:

IRENE FERRIS wanted to be an archaeologist paleontologist astronaut when she grew up.Instead, irene ferrislife pushed her into insurance claims to expiate her past life sins. Obviously, she was a horrible person. Writing dulls the pain, has fewer calories than alcohol and is (mostly) completely legal.

She lives the dream in the humid paradise that is Florida with her exceptionally patient husband, daughter, and two extremely stupid cats. She is well on her way to her retirement goal of being a crazy cat lady. All she needs is thirty-seven more cats.

 

 

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