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