ARC Review | Being Lovers by Rachel Carrington

Being Lovers

 

Title: Being Lovers (Discovering Emily, Book 2)
Author: Rachel Carrington
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publishing date: 18th December, 2015
Published by: Rachel Carrington

My Rating: 4/5 stars  

 

 

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


Synopsis:

Escaping my past has become a full-time job for me. Ever since my boyfriend died, I’ve been running from something—his father, a hired hitman, the truth. If I didn’t have Adam, I don’t think I would have survived. He’s become my lifeline.

It only took us weeks to fall in love. Yes, it was quick, but love doesn’t tell time. At first, it might have been two desperate people coming together, but now, I know it’s real. I wish I could say we’ve lived happily ever after since. But there’s a price on my head.

Protecting me from a sniper has become Adam’s sole purpose in life, and I hate that our relationship is surrounded by guns, blood, death, and lies. Add betrayal to the mix, and I begin to wonder if what we’ve found, this unique bond we share, will last.

One thing is certain. Someone is trying to kill me, and losing Adam will do just that.


My Take:

I talked about how much I loved the format of summary and I am glad that it is continued. I complained about insta-love in the last book, that is the first book of the series, Connecting strangers. In this book summary there seems to be a kind of explanation in the words of Emily herself.

It only took us weeks to fall in love. Yes, it was quick, but love doesn’t tell time. At first, it might have been two desperate people coming together, but now, I know it’s real.

Okay, but still not acceptable. Anyways this book is much better than the last book. In this book we get a lot more action, well, the action in the last book was more in the bedroom but here we get real action. Finally Adam gets to put his cop skills to use. I was much impressed by Adam in this book.

In this book their romance doesn’t overshadow all the other aspects of the story like in the first book. I feel like all the complains that I had about book one was solved in this book. The author has really gotten the potential of the book out. Even if you haven’t read the first book, this will still be easy to read. I think it does better as a standalone because then you don’t have the first book to compare to.

Even if you don’t read the first book, you won’t be missing much because the second book does a good job for both of the books.

The ending will keep you perched on the edge of your seat, the climax is going to give you an adrenaline rush. The supporting characters’ stories is also explored in this book and they are not just the convenient, god send creatures that they were shown as in the first book.


Why would I pick it up?

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To make up for the disappointing first book in the series.

 

Blog Tour | Book Review | The Last Resort by Matt Drabble

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “The Last Resort” by Matt Drabble , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

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Title: The Last Resort
Author: Matt Drabble
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Eden Publications

Publishing date: 14th June, 2016
Pages: 327

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

The Paradise Resort is the ultimate in exclusive luxury island resorts, a private haven for only those deemed worthy enough to attend.

Landon Verger is a titan of industry and the founder of Paradise. The resort’s opening weekend should have been a celebration of wealth and excess, but without warning, it has gone silent.

Sam Verger knows his father only too well; the great man casts a long and dark shadow. He also knows that Landon Verger’s enemy list is long and varied, any one of which would love to see his father dead. Sam seeks to employ a professional to investigate the island, and Mac is one such woman.

An ex-military officer, she works dirty jobs and doesn’t ask questions if the money’s right. With her like-minded team, they travel to Paradise. Mac thought she’d seen everything that death had to offer, but she was wrong. What started out as a simple mission will quickly become the most desperate fight for survival she’s ever faced. There’s only one thing that she’s sure of: not everyone is getting out alive.


My Take:

This book is phenomenal! 😀 ❤

When I read the synopsis I was interested in reading this book but when I saw Matt Drabble’s name on the cover I was sure that I had to read this book. I must say, not a decision I regret. 😉

I’ve read one of his books earlier, namely, “Asylum II – 13 More Tales Of Terror” (Click on the title to read my review) and I loved it. Matt kindly gave me one of his other books “Abracadaver” which I started reading right away but had to put it down because of college work and forgot about it. After I read “The Last Resort” I picked up “Abracadaver” again and considering the time passed between now and the last time I was reading it, I was sure that I would have to start again but to my surprise I remembered everything that I had read.

So, now I’ve read three books by this author and there’s no doubt that I will be reading all of his books. I never had books that could get me out of reading slumps but I found the author whose books are going to be a great help to me. Thank you, Matt Drabble! 😀 😀

The writing style is, to describe in a word, engaging. With some books you rush the reading to just get it done with but not with his book, not even a page. I never wanted to rush even a word of this book. I loved being captivated by Matt’s words, the world he paints is magical, the way your attention is captured is mindblowing, you will be kept rooted to your seat neither wanting to keep the book down nor wanting the story to end. 😉

I know this is supposed to be a review of “The Last Resort” but I am so impressed that I can’t stop myself from singing the author’s praises. 😀 😀

Anyways, getting on with the review… (finally 😛 )

The story is what the summary tells you but the book as a whole is much much more than I could put in words. The characters are unique and you will find all types of personalities there. Throughout the book the uniqueness of the characters was maintained.

The plot line might seem simple but the way the suspense unfolds is very interesting. There were subtle hints pointing towards the answer of the questions that the characters had and the questions which keeps the readers thinking, if you are an observant reader then you surely can guess but it will still surprise you.

The action sequences will have you cheering for the characters, the loyalty some of the characters show will tug at your heart, some characters might make you grit your teeth and you are sure to feel the adrenaline rush.

The minute details with which the author describes every thing is commendable. No scope for lazy writing. This book has every detail paid attention to and all the loose ends tied.

I am not going to reveal much because I seriously want you to read this book and mind you, it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

I will be including some snippets from the book here when I post my review for Abracadaver. Stay tuned for that. 😉 😛


Why would I pick it up?

That’s me with Matt Drabble’s books. ❤ ❤ I feel like a book with his name on it is the only thing I am going to need in future to read his books. 😉 😀


Author’s Bio:

PictureBorn in Bath, England in 1974, a self-professed “funny onion” equal parts sport loving jock and comic book geek. I am a lover of horror and character driven stories. I am also an A.S. sufferer who took to writing full time two years ago after being forced to give up the day job.

I have a career high position of 5th on Amazon’s Horror Author Rank of which I am immensely proud. I was also accepted as a full member of the Horror Writers Association.

“GATED” is the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. It is also a UK and US Horror Chart Top Ten Best Seller and winner of the Full Moon Awards 2014 Horror Book of the Year.

“ASYLUM – 13 TALES OF TERROR” is a US Horror Chart #5. It was also voted #5 on The Horror Novel Review’s Top 10 Books of 2013 and is a Readers Favorite 2014 Gold Medal Winner.

Both “THE TRAVELLING MAN” and “ABRA-CADAVER” won Indie Book of the Day awards while “ABRA-CADAVER” is also a 2015 Kindle Book Review Finalist.

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Blog Tour | Book Spotlight | Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “Shade Me” by Jennifer Brown , hosted by IFB Tours. 🙂


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By Jennifer Brown
Series: Nikki Kill #1
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense

Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.
Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.
The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?
As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.


Author’s Bio:

AuthPhotoJennifer Brown is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her debut middle grade novel, Life on Mars, was released in 2014, and her second middle grade novel, How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel will be released in summer 2015. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Jennifer Scott.
Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

Blog Tour | Review | The Cypress Trap by JC Gatlin

 

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The Cypress Trap: A Suspense Thriller

 

 

Title: The Cypress Trap
Author: JC Gatlin
Genre: Thriller, Suspense
Publishing date: 16th August , 2015
Published by: Blurb Publishing, Inc
Pages: 234

My Rating: 3/5 stars  

 


 

Synopsis:

A good vacation delivers you home alive.
This is not a good vacation.

When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect.

Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though.

Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means — including a posse led by a killer dog.

At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive.


My Take:

The cover intrigued me first. It is quite simple yet there’s a beauty to it, a call for suspense. I read the blurb next and was drawn to it immediately. The first line itself held me captive.

A good vacation delivers you home alive.
This is not a good vacation.

The book is so smooth to read, I just devoured page after page, didn’t even remember when I started it and when the book ended. You just go on and on without realizing that you have been reading the whole time, the sentences are so well formed that it easily provides you a mental picture for all that is happening. 😀

I liked the characters, they were really well-described and maintained their demeanor throughout the book. The opening chapter actually gave me the complete idea for the book. It is the hooking chapter and the author has a done a good job with it. 😉

I will say that this book is more of a thriller than suspense because for me all the twists were guessable, but the action was something else. This book is packed with action. Fighting with a fierce dog, rifles, arrows, baseball bat, punches, knife, you name it.

There isn’t much happening but you don’t even realize it because the story is so fast-paced that you don’t even notice that you are half through the book and well, the story is still there were it was a few pages back. The description of events is what carries it further.

To conclude, I think that the writing was genius and I would have liked more to the story. 🙂


Why would I pick it up?

 

 

If not for the suspense then for the way this book is written. 😀 Smooth as butter! ❤


Author’s bio:

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Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC Gatlin grew up in Grapevine, Texas, a small town outside of Dallas. In 1999 he moved to Tampa, Florida, where he now resides.
JC’s fishing trips help him breathe authenticity into his stories, which feature the rich landscapes of Texas and Florida as backdrops.
He has written a monthly column in New Tampa Style magazine and penned several mystery-suspense stories. His first, The Designated Survivor, was published in 2013. JC invites you to visit his mystery writing blog at jcgatlin.com

Amazon: The Cypress Trap: A Suspense Thriller
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ARC Review | Die Again Tomorrow by Kira Peikoff

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Title: Die Again Tomorrow
Author: Kira Peikoff
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Literature/ Fiction
Publishing date: 29th September , 2015
Published by: Pinnacle
Pages: 320

My Rating: 5/5 stars  

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


Synopsis:

Isabel Leon, the star of a survival reality show, thinks she can endure anything. But when she unwittingly gives an unscrupulous mogul a chance to profit from her murder, she becomes the target of a terrifying killer who makes nature seem tame by comparison.

At first left for dead, she is rescued by a medical research team that operates outside the law.  She awakens to find she’s the living proof of a breakthrough that can change the world. Some people would pay any price to control it. Others would simply steal the secret–even if it costs Isabel’s life. As powerful rivals pursue her, Isabel must risk everything to protect those she loves–or die again tomorrow.


My Take:

Fabulous! That’s what the book is. 😀 It’s a piece of work, really! 😀 I loved it! ❤

I have always been in awe with the things that science can do and science fictions take it to another level of WOW! 😉

To start with how I felt about this book, it has all the aspects to be a bestseller. The writing is nice, the story flow is up to the point, no unnecessary hitches, and the character development is brilliant. The way the protagonist comes to see life in the end is how I have always liked my characters to grow. The other characters too show positive changes.

Isn’t the title and the synopsis intriguing? 😀 I think I made a good decision picking this book up and man, it was really worth my time.

The book focuses on two different things and ties them off in the end. One is the Life Insurance Sale (which I had no idea of) another is a formula that helps slow the death of brain cells eventually bringing a person back from death. Both the aspects held on to my curiosity throughout the book.

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These snipets are regarding the process of using the chemical X101 on a dead person (I won’t tell who, well, it’s the opening of the book but hell, I wouldn’t be spoiling it for you. 😛 )

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I mean how can you not be drawn in when people come back from being dead to bring on justice.

 

 

I think where seriousness is in full swing, the humor lurks to keep things sane. With all the bringing the deal people back business, people couldn’t help make death related jokes. I don’t blame them. 😛  
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I kind of didn’t highlight some more or forgot to take snapshots of them, anyways there are more humorous stuff like this one. 😛  

 

 

 

Some of the philosophical stuff that I adore in my books. It comes with the character development and that’s what makes the deal a fair deal for me. 😉

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This is kindof how it all ends, just to keep your interests piqued and to tell you why I think there might be a sequel on its way. 😀 I can’t wait for it. 😉

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I might have gone overboard with the snapshots this time but seriously guys, if I could, I would have just handed you all the books. 😀


 

Why would I pick it up?

A good science fiction is really good to keep our brains in awe to the powers of science and to the dangers it brings with all the wonderful things. 🙂