Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Third Twin by CJ Omololu #BookBlast

third TwinThe Third Twin by C.J. Omololu

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything.

The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.

As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.

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"[An] original, riveting thriller." -- Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You

"Delicious and deceptive, The Third Twin is a twisty-turny thrill ride! I couldn't flip the pages fast enough!" --Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series and The Taking

"A classic whodunit."--Kirkus Reviews


CJCJ OMOLOLU is the author of the ALA-YALSA Quick Pick Dirty Little Secrets and several other YA novels. She loved to read but never thought to write until she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander

In modern day England, Professor Felix Guichard is called in to identify occult symbols found on the corpse of a young girl. His investigation brings him in contact with a mysterious woman, Jackdaw Hammond, who guards a monumental secret--She's Dead. Or she would be, were it not for magic which has artificially extended her life. But someone else knows her secret. Someone very old and very powerful, who won't rest until they've taken the magic that keeps her alive....
In Krakow in 1585, Dr John Dee, the Elizabethan Alchemist and Occultist, and his assistant Edward Kelley have been summoned by the King of Poland to save the life of his niece, the infamous Countess Elisabeth Bathory. But they soon realize that the only thing worse than the Countess' malady, is the magic that might be able to save her...
As Jackdaw and Felix race to uncover the truth about the person hunting her, it becomes clear that the answers they seek can only be found in the ancient diary of John Dee's assistant, Edward Kelley. Together they must solve a mystery centuries in the making, or die trying. (less)
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Broadway Books (first published October 10th 2013) 

An urban fantasy about tying the soul to the body after death and the consequences. It jumps from Krakow in the year 1585 and England in the year 2013. The story begins with a young girl's dead body found on a train that has been covered in sigil's. A local professor is called in by the police to help with the case regarding these symbols and if it can lead them to some answers regarding her death.

Prof. Felix Guichard has studied some texts from 1585 by Dr John Dee and Edward Kelley who had been summoned by the royal court Bathory to help with her ailments. The professor also tracks down the seller of some new merchandise that has just been sold that was a possession of the Dr. and his assistant to find out more about the Sigils. Jackdaw Hammond is not only connected to the merchandise, she is dead yet still connected to her body.

What I loved about this story was the different time periods, the initial intentions of 2 gentleman trying to obey orders as well as educate themselves in the power behind different symbols and people's beliefs. Jack's side of the story brings in the mystery of how one ritual can stand the test of time and the secret behind it's performance.

This story has an array of very enjoyable characters and their connections beyond just friends to being a family. Loyalty to each other plays a strong role in the outcome and the fact that an unknown terror is after them  brings in that element of suspense that really makes this story fun to read.
The writing and unraveling of the story points is well done through the jumping back and forth of time periods I personally enjoyed the historical recounts the most, but the climax that takes place in 2013 is fantastic and had me on the seat of my seat.

This is a story I would recommend for those who enjoy Urban Fantasy and Witchcraft. It has very little romance but a handful of great characters and fun read.

I received a free copy for review from Blogging for Books

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

City In Embers by Stacey Marie Brown #cityinembers

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Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster
home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she i s placed in her
“last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around:
her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.
Zoey will do anything to keep her safe.
After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department
of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain:
Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.
But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this,
the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and
using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy
radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want
to destroy them.
When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey's whole world is turned upside down. The
electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose
dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey,
running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten
their lives and those they love.

About Stacey
Marie Brown

Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional
bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books,
travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears
she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.

She grew up in Northern California,
where she ran around on her family's farm, raising animals, riding
horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts.
She volunteers helping animals and is eco- friendly. She feels all
animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.

My Review:
I have to admit as a person who is not exactly a romance fan I was cautious going into this with the cover,
but the summary sounded exactly like something I would enjoy. The book does start out with Zoey explaining
her job and how much she is in love with her co-worker who is twice her age. Needless to say I was a bit
worried that the story would be mostly romance off the bat, but the romance did not, in fact rule the story.

During a battle early on in the book Zoey becomes impregnated by a magical strike of lightening. It just so
happens that the magic had to be taken from somewhere, enter Ryker. Ryker hates humans but until he can
restore his magic, Zoey is not going to leave his side. Along the way they pick up a talking Money, Sprig
who adds the majority of the humor to the story.

During the crazy storm, Seattle is devastated and the city is now an apocalyptic dead zone. Zoey and Ryker
are not only being hunted by her company DMG for becoming pregnant with a Fae, but also Garrett who is after
Ryker, so they have nowhere to turn for help.

I really enjoyed this story, the writing and pacing was perfect and kept me entertained every minute. There
was one particular part in the storyline later on in the book that I felt was a bit out of place with
the direction the book was taking us, but could be easily willing to forgive if that storyline continued
into more depth in a futureinstallment. Also when Zoey becomes captive and pregnant she seems to lose a
lot of the character bad ass build up and I wish she was a bit more bold and defiant.

Overall definitely a book I would recommend, very entertaining and action packed with great combination
of characters.
4 Stars I received a free copy for review for participating in the blog tour.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Quick Update

Over the past year my life has been full of unexpected events. Unfortunately my blog has suffered because of them.

I was unable to focus on the books I was reading and had to space things out further than my normal routine to just allow my brain time to wrap my mind around different ideas with so much happening in my life.

I just wanted to post a quick apology for the delays this has cost the people that I have accepted review books from as I have not been able to full fill the readings in the time frame I stated I would.

The events that happened were more than one, and out of my control. I tried to keep on a schedule but found my brain just could not keep up, I would forget what I read almost as soon as I read it. And I did not want to put up any comments or review of something I didn't completely comprehend and have time to fully think about.

 I have a long list of things to catch up on and believe me, they are all still on my TBR and at the top, since I got behind I have a lot to catch up on and therefore have not been accepting as many requests as a result.

If you have messaged me over the last year and I have not responded or posted your review yet, my deepest apologies. Feel free to tweet or email me at any time to verify you are on my list, or resend your work to cubicleblindness@hotmail.com and it will be a priority. I do not mind reminder or check up emails.

Please continue to send through your review requests (I do not accept poetry or non-fiction) but all Fiction works are considered. All books that have an online presence and can be purchased by interested readers are considered.

Unfortunately I cannot read everything I would like and some requests will have to be turned down. If they are feel free to email me again after 6 months and request again as my schedule may have changed and I can accept it.

Thank you for letting me a part of your writing experiences and being as patient as you can on getting your reviews posted online. If there is anything you have been wondering that I did not address don't be shy, comment or send an email or tweet.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Dark Redemption (Dark Paradise #3) by Angie Sandro

 Dark Paradise #3   
Adult Content 18+

From rising star Angie Sandro, a steamy Southern gothic romance that will appeal to fans of Beautiful Creatures . . .

Deep in the Louisiana bayou, Mala LaCroix cannot escape the mysterious things she's seen. Haunted by her otherworldly past, she only wants to hide her special abilities and care for the man she's come to love. But the dark swamp she calls home holds more than just Mala's secrets, for a killer is leaving behind ghosts trapped between worlds, hungry for vengeance . . .

Landry knows Mala could never turn her back on those in need. It's part of what attracts him to her. But now that he's wrestling with his own demons-and losing-he fears that just being near the woman he loves endangers her life. And that traps him in a terrible dilemma: leave Mala alone to catch a murderer by herself or stay close-and risk entangling her in the brutal battle for his very soul.

I have really enjoyed this series, it was not on my radar until I received a review request in my email and absolutely loved the first book and dived into the second. I guess that is why I had some higher hopes for the third. While this is still a VERY GOOD series that I recommend I was a bit disappointed in the characters and their actions/behaviors in the final story.

I found the series very fast paced and enjoyable. Plot twists and engaging storylines. The characters and the romance something different and the extent in which the author takes the events that happen. Serious injuries and content is brought forward that really kept me hooked to the story to see how they were going to move on from one thing to the next.

What I personally did not love about the third book might be something that others feel was the right way to take the story, after all each reader will take away something different from the books.


About this author

Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.

Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.

Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Adrenaline Rush (Christy #1) by Cindy M. Hogan

A madman with a mission is kidnapping groups of thrill-seeking high school seniors across the country, and it’s up to Christy to stop him.

To do so, she must take on a fearless alter ego and infiltrate a group of adrenaline junkies bent on pushing life to the limit. Death-defying stunts are only the beginning: two groups fit the profile, and Christy must discover the real target before it’s too late.

If she chooses the wrong group, more people will disappear. But choosing right puts her as the prime target—with no guarantee that she’ll get out alive.
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 2013 by O'neal Publishing
ISBN  0985131853 (ISBN13: 9780985131852)
Christy is the youngest member in her mission for the CIA to infiltrate a group of adrenaline junkies and attempt to be kidnapped by a powerful but unknown group. The summary does not state this fact, but I do not believe it to be a spoiler because the story would have nowhere to go without it...(she is chosen and kidnapped). She must learn how to judge the right people, know who to speak to but not give away her motives while she is within the compound she has been taken to. Tracking her is the only way to stop the kidnappings and also what the kidnapped are being made to do after they are taken.  
I really enjoyed this story, there are a lot of great characters and the dialogue is funny and informative. Christy has has a photographic memory which is hard in her circumstance because she cannot stand out more than the others. She does want to stand out just enough to get noticed so she can get into some inner circles for answers. 
There is a bit of romance, a lot of danger and action and good plot twists. Christy is a good strong main character and the storyline is fun and fast paced. It's a great clean teen read.
4 Stars 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) by Emma Michaels

Somewhere between falling and flying… there is a girl.

Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the fa├žade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published September 17th 2014 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Iris has lived a secluded life, she has a severe case of asthma that requires a full time nurse. She lives with her father and her caretaker Diana. Iris also has amnesia but this particular subject is not really delved into in this particular book of the series.

Iris has very vivid dreams of an island covered in "snow" all white and a place she imagines flying over and lets her feel at home. She does not know if the dreams are a key to her lost memories or just dreams. Until one day her father asks her to explain her dreams to him, and the next thing she knows she is on a plane with Diana to the dream island, it really does exist.

On the island Iris begins to learn about her past, her family and especially her mother. She meets a guy who she finds an immediate connection with and believes that all of this, even the boy has something to do with her past that she cannot remember.

As part of the storytelling the history of the island and her family is told to her very slowly throughout the novel. The time she spends with Falcon gives us clues to what she might be. It is a slowly building plot that does have some exciting unexpected realizations towards the end. But still leaves a lot of questions open for the continuing of he series.

There is not one particular character I liked over another but if I had to choose one it would be Falcon. For the most part he was a comfort for Iris during a really confusing time.

3 Stars.