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.

Krista

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.




https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7768076.Angie_Sandro


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.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Driftwood: A California Road Trip Novel by Elizabeth Dutton

How far would you go for your family? A smart and funny debut about road trips, music, love, and California for fans of The Perks of Being A WallflowerRun River and Killing Yourself to Live.

Los Angeles, California: Clem Jasper is a trust fund kid with a world famous rock musician for a father. When he dies suddenly (playing ping pong) she discovers he’s left her a strange legacy—a series of letters that take her on a mysterious road trip around California. Ignoring her aunt’s suggestion that she pitch the trip as a reality show, she embarks on her own—to discover just what it was that her father meant her to find. What secret could be so powerful that he had to die before telling her?

With a voice reminiscent of Rainbow Rowell, Dutton’s Driftwood is a surprising, poignant, and funny debut. Dutton perfectly captures the mythology of California with this bright and unusual take on the freedom of the open road, the power of music, and what it means, even in the midst of grief, to be a family. Fans of The Perks of Being A WallflowerRun Riverand Killing Yourself to Live will find much to savor here.
Hardcover256 pages  I received a free copy in exchange for a review through Netgalley. 
Published November 4th 2014 by Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN
1629144991 (ISBN13: 9781629144993)



When her father dies, the letters that Clem's father leaves her means much more to her than money. He offers her the wisdom and deepest secrets of his life. Clem has always been close to her dad and there was nothing more she wanted than to know him better, she cherishes the letters and does not want to share his story with the world on a tv show.

The letters take her across California into his past through people and places. Each one that Clem meets tells a part of the story visually that the letters can't completely show. Everybody has secrets and having Clem discover her father in steps was a intriguing way to uncover his secrets, both big and small.

I didn't love the characters, but I really enjoyed the story. The idea of learning about somebody else's life by letters, people and places is a very nice idea and it's a story that is going to stick with me, a very touching read and something I would read again.

Amazon Buy Link  Driftwood: A Novel


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski


Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
 

Kestrel is an intelligent girl, but she is not a good physical fighter. She would prefer not to join the military to fight combat, not believing that she would come out alive. But getting married doesn't seem to be on her list of to-do's anytime soon. 
While out shopping with a friend, they come across an auction starting in the village. A Young man is offered as a hard worker and "singer". Kestrel has an unexplained draw towards the man, Arin and bids an extremely high amount knowing another hand is not currently needed around the mansion. She tries to keep aloof and only crossing his path with an excuse, until she accepts that she likes his company and they begin conversations getting to know each other and playing cards. 
The closer she gets to Arin the more she lets down her guard and becomes comfortable around him. The townsfolk begin to whisper about her favoring him, but she also knows some secrets of her own. Her family holds a higher standing in society as her father is a military leader. Kestrel has an education and loves to play the piano, she can fight if she has to but prefers to use intelligence. 
Arin is hard working, does what he is told but has a short fuse. He feels guarded when Kestrel befriends him not knowing what her intentions may be getting so comfortable around a slave. Arin is not shy when it comes to asking favors after a time and their friendship is revealed, although most of the village thinks it's more than just friendship happening behind closed doors. 
There is growing tension throughout the storyline and we get to know Arin and Kestrel on a personal level. When it comes to siding with one over another the reader will struggle having to decide. They are both very strong characters but show us a vulnerable side. As the plot thickens, so does the danger. There will be death and war. But does anybody really win?
I recommend this book to those who enjoy a good tense building-of-a-battle read. Although the idea of a romance occurs through the story it is not a book I refer to as a romance read. Very strong lead female character who is very intuitive and smart. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Month9Books Holiday Blitz and #Giveaway ! #noms





Welcome to Month9Books’ gift blitz for our amazing winter titles: CROWN OF ICE by Vicki L. Weavil, PRAEFATIO by Georgia McBride, ENDLESS by Amanda Gray, A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley, DEAD JED (1 & 2) by Scott Craven, and TRACY TAM by Krystalyn Drown! Are you looking for the perfect winter/holiday read? Then these are the titles for you! Oh and as a thank you to our readers we have an amazing giveaway for you!




Crown of Ice by Vicki
L. Weavil
Summary:

Thyra Winther's seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but
if she can't reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday
she's doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.
Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes
to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps
local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical
minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away
she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing
mirror shards and Kai's childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable
obstacles. Thyra's willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands,
outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts -- to reconstruct the mirror, yet
her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a
wolf pup's devotion and the fire of a young man's desire, the thawing of
Thyra's frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.
CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian
Andersen's "The Snow Queen" from the perspective of a young woman who
discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

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Praefatio by Georgia
McBride

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway.
After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of
international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over
the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with
incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from
lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that
Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely
fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels
on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth.
Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and
the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an
immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is
Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but
her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt
police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with
nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?

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Endless by Amanda
Gray

Summary:

Jenny Kramer knows she isn’t normal. After all, not
everybody can see the past lives of people around them. When she befriends Ben
Daulton, resident new boy, the pair stumble onto an old music box with instructions
for "mesmerization" and discover they may have more in common than
they thought—like a past life! Using the instructions in the music box, Ben and
Jenny share a dream that transports them to Romanov Russia and leads them to
believe they have been there together before. But Nikolai, the mysterious young
man Jenny has been seeing in her dreams who has now appeared next door, was
there, too. Jenny is forced to acknowledge that Nikolai has traveled through
time and space to find her. Doing so means he has defied the laws of time, and
the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct
time, is determined to send him back. While Ben, Jenny, and Nikolai race
against the clock—and the Order—Jenny and Nikolai discover a link that joins
them in life and beyond death.

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A Murder of Magpies
by Sarah Bromley

Summary:

Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and
sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of
the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin
brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s
murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion
becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she
causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The
truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vadya and her family at
risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To
cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind.
Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on
him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily,
except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't
so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has
murder in mind.

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Dead Jed: Adventures
of a Middle School Zombie by Scott Craven

Summary:

The first part of seventh grade was rough on Jed, but things
are looking up now that Christmas is almost here. As with past Christmases, Jed
asks for the one thing he's always wanted--a dog--and again, his parents tell
him they're not ready. But fate has a different plan when Jed sees a dog get
run over by a car. Then, it happens. Jed suddenly has a pet, Tread, a zombie
dog bearing his namesake--a tire tread down his back. Jed may have gained a
dog, but he loses his best friend Luke, who fears the way Jed created his
undead pet. When Jed returns to school, he finds a mysterious group called the
No Zombies Now Network spreading rumors of the dangers the undead pose to
normal people. Forced to disprove Hollywood stereotypes, Jed has his work cut
out for him as stories of a zombie dog begin to circulate. Jed could be
expelled if he can't expose the NZN Network as a fraud. Jed needs help from his
kind of girlfriend Anna, especially after he discovers Luke has joined the
shadowy group. Once again navigating the treacherous waters of middle school,
Jed does his best to stay in one piece. Only this time he'll need even more
duct tape and staples than usual.

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Dawn of the Jed (Dead
Jed #2) by Scott Craven

Summary:

As the fall semester ends and kids head home for winter break,
Jed and his parents gather for the annual exchanging of gift lists. Once again,
Jed asks for a dog, leading to a heated argument and a firm "no." But
when Jed spots a stray, he chases it until the dog darts into the street where
it is struck and killed by a car. Grief stricken by what he's done, Jed cradles
the dead dog in his arms. Soon, ooze from the dog mixes with teardrops from
Jed, creating Tread the zombie dog. Finally getting his wish, Jed must convince
his parents to let him keep the undead dog. But a zombie dog turns out to be
the least of Jed's issues. It seems some parents don't want Jed attending
school with their kids. Enter the mysterious NZN Network. They've been
distributing anti-zombie propaganda in an effort to get Jed expelled. But Jed
wonders if the creation of Tread has caused his relationship with Luke to sour.
And why, just as he seems to need them the most, have his best friends
abandoned him? Could they have bought in to the anti-zombie way of thinking?
Was creating Tread a mistake Jed will live to regret? 

When Tread goes missing,
and with his very existence at stake, Jed must rely on his instincts, team up
with an old nemesis, and fight for his right to have just as miserable a middle
school existence as any other student—undead or alive.

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Tracy Tam: Santa
Command by Krystalyn Drown

Summary:

Tracy Tam doesn't really believe in Santa Claus, at least
not like the rest of us do. She also doesn't believe that Santa can possibly
deliver all of those presents in one night, to children around the world,
without a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet
engines, after all, and Santa's magical abilities can only be the result of
altered DNA. How else could he know what every little girl and boy wants for
Christmas and who has been naughty or nice? In order to test her theories,
Tracy sneaks onto Santa's sleigh then ends up at Santa Command, where a team of
(gasp!) humans monitor Santa's big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into
their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus into the system. As a
result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world
(oops!). Santa won't be able to deliver all the presents in time! Now, Tracy
must fix time and help Santa, but she has no idea how. How can a girl who
doesn't believe help Santa and save Christmas before it's too late? With a
little Christmas magic, of course!

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Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive A Taste of Christmas Gift Basket US
Only.
3 Winners will receive eBook bundles of 5 Month9Books.
International.





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