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Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!! Here’s to a great upcoming 2013 year. I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year 🙂 Have a great time ringing in the new year. It has been a great year for me and I know that greater things are going to be happening next year.

Although I have only been blogging  since August, I feel like it has been a lot longer. I have discovered new blogs, amazing people and I do what I love doing, reading and writing. I’m hoping to blog daily in the new year and start doing some tours/ hosting as well.  It’s been great following and reading everyone’s blogs and seeing your perspective on the covers and the books. Thank you for following my blog. See you next year!

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Book Review: The Perfect Hope

The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts

Published: November 6, 2012

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Source: Library

In the conclusion to the fabulous Inn Boonsboro Trilogy, sparks fly when Hope and Ryder attempt to get along and show that there’s nothing going on. Hope is the inn keeper and works for Ryder’s mother. She’s a female version of Owen: meticulously organized, clean, plan/schedule oriented. It’s a bit easier for Ryder because he’s had practice all his life with Owen.

Things really start to heat up when Hope’s ex shows up stirring up trouble. When Ryder sees Hope in a vulnerable position, he starts to see a new side and realizes that she’s not as perfect as he thought, but she just might be perfect for him.

Personal Thoughts: The conclusion to the trilogy was great. It was everything that I expected and more. The sparks and little fights that took place between Ryder and Hope made me turn the pages faster to find out when they would finally give in and realize that there’s something going on.

Ryder’s character and personality as well as Hope’s was a gem and it was enjoyable to read. It was good to see the whole Montgomery clan as well as Clare and Avery interacting with each other.

One of the best things that I finally got a chance to see was who Billy, the ghost, was and his storyline. I loved how the whole story was interconnected with one of the family’s and it brought closure once the final pieces were figured out.

Another great trilogy collection well worth spending the time reading and re-reading. Good job Nora Roberts! Keep up the great work crafting beautiful stories.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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Book Review: Giving Up The Ghost

Give Up The Ghost by Megan Crewe

Published: September 15, 2009

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Source: Library

Cass McKenna is no ordinary high school student. She has a special talent that no one knows about. She’s able to see and talk to ghosts. She prefers their company to ‘breathers’- people who are alive. Ghosts aren’t complicated and they are dependable, but  best of all they can provide Cass with all the dirt on anyone in school. She loves dirt and she is on a mission to do one thing– expose the posers and the fakes, the popular kids that think they are above everyone.

Things change when the VP of the student council discovers her secret and goes after her. Tim wants her to help him contact his deceased mother and Cass agrees, but only on her terms. As they start to spend more time together, Cass starts to realize there is more to Tim than she originally thought. He’s not like them, he’ s his own person and he desperately needs help, more so than she originally believed.

With everything that is going on in Cass’ life, she starts to think that maybe it is time to give life-  and people, another chance. It is time to move on with her life and live her life.

Personal Thoughts: The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover. I absolutely love the cover! The mixture of the dead and the living is a perfect balance. The title was the significant part to the book and it stands out on the cover, more than the author’s name. I loved Cass’ character, personality and who care’s attitude. She was put in a tough spot when she started seeing ghosts and she dealt with it the best way that she could. The plot concept of getting the dirt on people from talking to ghosts was an original one. I mean there is no proof of how you got the information and who is next. Cass definitely had an advantage to bring people’s lives down and make their lives miserable if people messed with her. There’s a reason why no one approaches her.

The strange friendship that Cass and Tim was fascinating to follow. It wasn’t a typical boy meets girl kind of story. Both pushed each other away, even when they wanted to do the exact opposite.

This book is not a fluffy romance, but an interesting look on a girl who had her life turned upside down, given a talent that she didn’t want, and gave help to someone who’s life was in a delicate balance. It has dark themes of the paranormal, death, suicide and teen angst. The author wrote in a way that it wasn’t too dark  but still realistic enough to make it believable. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a different take on high school and teenage life.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


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Happy Holidays!

I know that I have been MIA for the last little while and I would like to apologize. The holidays have been hectic and fabulous as they are every year. With so much food around, it is a wonder that everyone is not in a food coma 🙂 I love the holidays and the festive cheer that comes with them. I get a chance to spend it with those I love and care about, my family and friends. The presents are not what really matters, it is the bond that you have with people. I am thankful everyday for the people who are in my life because they are a rarity and they mean the world to me.

It seems that everywhere that I turn around I see dessert or chocolate or candy. There’s nothing wrong with having plenty of those things, but I am a chocoholic at heart and if there is chocolate anywhere near me, it will get devoured without any guilt. 🙂 Although after the New Year, I think I will hide it away for a bit, just so that my system can get back to normal and not be in chocolate shock/heaven. Haha.

Despite the fact that I have an entire week off, it does not mean that I can actually relax. I try to spend as much time with friends and family that I haven’t seen in a while. It is good to see and get together with people especially since it could be a good six months since the last time that you’ve actually seen them.

I have been reading quite a bit in between the times where it was somewhat quiet. I’ll be getting back to the rhythm of blogging more often as the holidays start to finish off and things start to go back to normal somewhat. At times like these I wish there  were more hours in the day so that I can fit everything in, but I know that even if there were, I would still need more time.

I hope you guys are enjoying the holidays, the family and friends get togethers and are looking forward to the new year! Happy Holidays!

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Cover Reveal: Dangerous by Suzannah Daniels

Dangerous AMAZON Dangerous by Suzannah Daniels

 Publication Date: February 10, 2013

  Synopsis: Stone Hamilton had never known fear…until the accident.  Since then, his life has spiraled out of control.  He’s been kicked out of private school, deemed a disappointment by his father, and forced to endure his own guilt, anger, and grief.  The last thing he wants is a relationship with someone who will have expectations of him.  But once he’s enticed by the shimmering pink lips of the oh-so-popular, academically-excelling, straitlaced hottie from his new school, he knows he’s in trouble.

Seventeen-year-old Dara Golding has one goal for the summer.  Make enough money to buy a car, so that she can drive to school her senior year.  After starting a new job, she realizes that she’ll be working with the brooding, motorcycle-riding, bad boy who started attending Quail Mountain High last year.  With his less than stellar reputation, he’s everything she’s afraid of…and that makes him dangerous.

Their undeniable attraction has Stone struggling with his inner demons.  As Dara slowly allows Stone to claim her heart, a little white lie to cover an ugly truth could determine whether she’s his savior or the final straw that will break his sanity.

Personal Thoughts:  Aside from the yummy guy on the cover with dreamy eyes, there is not much else that really draws my attention. It’s stark, there is not much to go on, but you know what they say about covers: don’t judge them. It’s a simple cover and sometimes that is all you need to grab someone’s attention. The plot sounds really good and I might take a peak at it once it comes out.

Author Biography:

Suzannah Daniels has had an affinity for words for as long as she can remember. She grew up in North Georgia with four brothers, so she learned at an early age to admire snakes and motorcycles.  When she wasn’t pestering her brothers, she could usually be found reading or writing. She is the author of Viking’s Embrace, a historical romance, and Ghostly Encounter, Book One of her Ghostly series (young adult paranormal romance).  Currently, she lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and her teenage daughter. Her son lives nearby. The family pets include a Lab mix, a Basset Hound, a Shih Tzu, and a sweet, little kitty.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz

New WoWWaiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at  Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz

Published: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Summary (Goodreads):

The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years earlier, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies including Gwen. And though she survived while two others didn’t, Gwen knows that Ballinger’s death is related.

Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception, and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist. . .

Personal Thoughts: It’s been a while since I have read a Jayne Ann Krentz book and I’m glad that this book is coming out in less than a month. I love the creative worlds that the author creates. There’s a lot of mystery, paranormal scenes, and of course romance! The characters are strong and can fend for themselvse instead of waiting for a male to rescue them (not that that’s a bad thing 😉 ) I know from her past work that I will love this story as well. I’m not a fan of the cover and I wish it was more mysterious. I don’t mind a cover having a human factor but I don’t think it works on this cover. In any case, I have never been one to judge a book by it’s cover and I am not going to stop myself from reading it 🙂

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Paranormal Reading Challenge


I’ve ran across a few reading challenges since I have started blogging, but I was never able to join them because the deadline would have already passed. Luckily for me the end of the year is coming to a close and they are opening up again. My first challenge will be the 2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge, which is hosted by Megan Likes Books and Auntie Spinelli Reads! The challenge itself will be pretty easy for me since I am a big fan of the paranormal genre. Ghosts, dragons, werewolves, shapeshifters, you name it and I probably already love it.

There is a specific criteria that must be followed and it will be interesting to delve into books that have characters that I haven’t seen before. Although I have seen the majority that are on the list, aside from aliens and demons. Here’s to a year of spooky, intriguing reads. 🙂 If you’ve never done a challenge or would like to participate, head on over to Megan Likes Books and sign up!