Review: Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford

Review: Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford

Burning BrightTitle: Burning Bright

Author: Chanda Stafford

Genre: Young Adult

Format: E-book

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: This book surprised me in a good way. I wasn’t sure what to expect but after reading two of Stafford’s other books I knew it was going to be good either way.

Burning Bright’ tells the story of Sam Grey, a teenage girl who comes from a broken home with abusive foster parents who only took her in for the money. When Ben Ramirez’s family move to her town and open a cat sanctuary, she meets Solomon, the Bengal Tiger and soon finds out they have a lot more in common than people would think.

When I started this book I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to carry on reading as I wasn’t really gripped with the story but the more I read, the more I got attached to the characters and wanted to find out what the future held for them. Sam story is a heartbreaking one and the more you find out about her, the more you feel for her. Ben was a character I was very unsure of at the beginning but the more we get to know him the more likeable he becomes and it’s clear how much he cares for Sam.

Chanda Stafford did a fantastic job of developing the characters throughout the story and there wasn’t any time where it got too much. The only thing I didn’t really like was Emily, I felt she was pointless in the story because we didn’t get much background on her or how her and Sam became friends. Other than that I did enjoy the book.

I received an e-copy of this book from Chanda in exchange of an honest review. Thank you again for allowing me to read your book.

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Review: The Show – John A Heldt

Review: The Show – John A Heldt

Title: 27858685The Show

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre: History, Romance, Science Fiction, Time-Travel

Format: E-Book

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I was so excited to read this book after reading ‘The Mine’ and when John offered to send me a copy of the book I was so happy!

The Show’ follows on from where ‘The Mine’  left off and it’s Grace’s side of the story. This made me even happier because I was left with so many questions about what Grace did after Joel left and how it came about for her to make the decision to follow him to 2000. This book had all the answers and left me so happy to see how their relationship progressed over the years.

The Show’ was a lot quicker in the progress of their relationships and would jump a few months ahead at times which slightly annoyed me because I just wanted to know all about them as I became to love them both. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one because just as things were starting to go well for the couple, Grace all of a sudden ended up in 1918. Again we’re introduced to a wide range of new characters who I feel were all quite similar to the characters we met in ‘The Mine’. The one thing I disliked about this happening was her meeting someone else and then the wait to find if they were going to get together because I still had the hope she would return and be able to continue her life with Joel and their children. I did like how open the couple were with their families about time travel whether they believed them or not.

With this book I was left again with a few questions about time travel. There’s just so much I can’t grasp but it’s such an interesting thing to read about and reading these books has made me want to read more books about the subject!

Although I was slightly disappointed with this book, I did still enjoy it and I’m happy with what the outcome of the book was. If you enjoy anything with romance then I think this is a book you will enjoy as there’s a lot of it in the story!

Thank you again to John A Heldt for sending me copy of both books to read.

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When Black Women Fall Blog Tour

When Black Women Fall Blog Tour

Hey guys! So today’s post is part of the “When Black Women Fall” blog tour. In this post I’ll tell you about the topic and how you can be part of the giveaway being held during this tour!


About the Giveaway

What Is It?
The “When Black Women Fall” promo features romances in the contemporary, historical, paranormal, science fiction and fantasy, and erotica genres. The two requirements for inclusion are that the heroine must be of African/African-American descent, and she must fall in love: same race, interracial, LGBT, aliens, cyborg—doesn’t matter to us, as long as it’s a black woman falling in love!

The group will be giving away a basket that includes a Kindle, along with a few quintessential romance novels featuring black heroines, and a gift certificate for the beauty and cosmetics company Carol’s Daughter. For the week leading up to Valentine’s Day during Black History month, Heartspell Media is spreading the word about “When Black Women Fall” — a week-long promo featuring romances with African-American heroines.

When is it?

February 8-14, 2016. The week leading up to Valentine’s Day during Black History month. To find the books, get a free excerpt book, and enter the giveaway, visit When Black Women Fall.


 

Romance novels are increasingly featuring heroes and heroines of color, from Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series to Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. As society and its citizens increase in diversity so does the market. With more and more authors bypassing publishers and uploading these colorful romances on their own, starved readers now have a buffet of books to choose from.

On this tour, you will find that when black women fall in love it’s a sign of the times in these contemporary offerings.

In Farrah Rochon’s “All You Can Handle” love was the last thing professional pastry chef Sonny White was looking for, but she finds it in a sleepy town with a motorcycle riding hottie.

In Lena Hart’s “Because You Love Me”
when an old desire is reawakened Sabrina will discover that even an imperfect love can triumph over all.

In Xio Axelrod’s “Falling Stars” Hollywood actress’ Val Saunders finds her career skyrocketing which makes her real-life attraction to her on-screen love interest come at the worst possible time.

In Ines Johnson’s “Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story” having given up on fairytales after falling for her toad of an ex, Pumpkin is afraid to take a chance on a prince charming who comes to her rescue.

In Kim Golden’s “Maybe Baby” Laney must choose between the man who offers her financial security and the one who makes her mind and body sing.

In Victoria H. Smith’s “The Space Between” Lacey has dreams of the opera, but life has its obstacles, namely a man who lights a fire inside of her that challenges everything she thought she wanted.

In Christina C. Jones’ “Inevitable Conclusions” Friends? Lovers? Both? For Kora and Tariq, those lines have been blurred for a long time.

When black women fall in love it’s a magical affair as you’ll find in these paranormal stories of love.

In L Penelope’s “Angelborn” he gave up eternity for love… and lost. Will Maia be his second chance?

In Laverne Thompson’s “Angel Rising” Thalya, a soulless creature, meets her match when she hungers for the love of the man assigned to hunt her.

When black women fall in love it’s a defining moment as you’ll find in this historical romance.

In Piper Huguley’s “The Preacher’s Promise” Amanda Stewart aims to teach newly freed slaves, but meets with the resistance from the town preacher. Can these two put aside their differences and come together?

When black women fall in love it’s full of growing pains as you’ll see in this new adult romance.

In Twyla Turner’s “Chasing Day” Daylen is the shy cellist who falls in love with her best friend who also happens to be the popular quarterback.

When black women fall in love it can get a little spicy as you’ll find in this erotica novellete.

In Harper Miller’s “Entwined” trouble finds Gabby when she meets an ex-marine looking to release a little tension.

From February 8-14, the intersection of Valentine’s Day and Black History month, check out one of these romances at a discounted price and enter for your chance to win a giveaway basket that includes a Kindle, along with a few quintessential romance novels featuring black heroines, and a gift certificate for the beauty and cosmetics company Carol’s Daughter!

To find the books, get a free excerpt book, and enter the giveaway, visit When Black Women Fall.

Review: The Mine – John A. Heldt

Review: The Mine – John A. Heldt

19353394Title: The Mine

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre: History, Romance, Science Fiction, Time-Travel

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I didn’t really know what to expect from this book but when I seen the description it sounded quite interesting and therefore helped me decide that I would give it a try.

‘The Mine’ tells the story of Joel Smith, a college-senior who whilst on a trip with his best friend wanders into an abandoned mine, bangs his head and somehow wakes up in May 1941. With nothing but his phone, money that he can’t use, his wits and his amazing memory for history, we follow him as he tries to survive in this strange, old time. We see him make friends, fall in love and spend time with his grandmother as a young woman. When the opportunity arises for him to return to the year 2000 he has a tough decision to make. Does he stay with his new friends and alter the future or does he return home and let things work out?

I loved the characters in this book! Especially Tom. After Joel helped Tom in a time of need, Tom took Joel in off the street and gave him a place to stay whilst his father gave him a job. From then on, both young men became the best of friends and their friendship was just so lovely to see unfold. Tom’s girlfriend, Ginny  (also Joel’s grandmother) was another one of my favourite characters. She was funny, witty and cared about everyone she came into contact with.

Joel’s relationship with Grace happened pretty fast. I loved both characters and Grace was so endearing, naive, sweet and innocent. It seemed that until Joel came along, she was always doing things that made other people happy rather than thinking about what made her happy. I really enjoyed reading about the progress of their relationship but the more it blossomed, the more I panicked about what was going to happen if Joel returned to the future.

The whole way through this story made me question what was going on in the future where Joel was from. Did his friend Adam, whom he left behind, go looking for him and find him gone? Did he hit his head that hard he had went into a coma? WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE YEAR 2000 WHILST HE WAS IN 1941??? I finally got my answer in the end which was actually quite disappointing and pretty much impossible. There was also a huge twist at the end which I would never have guessed! It made me cry like a baby but it was happy tears. It was a perfect ending, maybe just too perfect but I was still pretty happy with it.

When I first started reading this book I just couldn’t get into it and was so close to putting it down but I’m glad I stuck at it because as soon as Tom and his gang of friends came into it everything started to get fun and interesting. I enjoyed reading about Joel’s time in the 1940’s but I think the ending was a good way to end the story rather than carry it on over a series which I feel would’ve been a decision a lot of people would’ve made. If you enjoy a bit of historical romance and time-travel then I do recommend this book to you!

I received an ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review so I’d just like to take this moment to thank John A. Heldt for getting in touch with me and asking me to review this book for him. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to read more of his work in the future!Blog Sign

 

January TBR

January TBR

Good morning guys! This month I’m getting off to a slow start because I’m trying to improve my blog and reading habits so I can try and read more this year so I’m only planning on reading around 4 books!

These are:

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  • The Mine – John A Heldt
  • Chaos Walking Trilogy – Patrick Ness

I received ‘The Mine’ in exchange of a review and so far I’m really enjoying the book! The story sounded really interesting when Heldt emailed me so I’m glad that the book so far is living up to what I was told about it.

The ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy has been on my tbr for a while now and thanks to the book club I’m part of (UKYA In The Rain), ‘The Knife Of Never Letting Go’ was picked for this months read! I’m so excited to finally be able to start it and hopefully it’s as good as everyone’s been saying!

That’s all I’m planning on reading but if I do manage to finish them all before the end of the month then I’ll read one of the other books I’ve received to review.

What are you guys planning on reading this month??

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Fooling Around With Cinderella – Review

Fooling Around With Cinderella – Review

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Title: Fooling Around With Cinderella

Author: Stacy Juba

Genre: Chick lit, romance

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I’m surprisingly gutted that I’ve finished this book as it was the perfect thing to read whilst cosied up on the couch with my cat in this miserable weather. I honestly didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did as I’m not a huge fan of reading chick lit etc.

Fooling Around With Cinderella tells the story of Jaine Andersen who after pitching her marketing ideas to Dylan Callahan, the general manager of Storybook Valley becomes the new marketing coordinator as well as the stand in Cinderella. Playing Cinderella is the perfect job for Jaine as she sees Prince Charming in her boss and her two sisters are very self orientated, treating her as their servant.

I found Jaine to be a very relatable character as she is strong minded but cares about other people’s needs rather than her own and is willing to help anyone out even if it does cause her to miss out on things. I love how determined she was to get the job because she knew she was good at what she did and knew she wouldn’t disappoint. Dylan was your typical good looking male character who has that date he keeps for ‘the one.’ I’m not saying there’s anything bad about that as I did like Dylan’s character.

This book was fantastic and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read it for review otherwise I probably wouldn’t have given it a chance, which I guess has taught me not to automatically judge a book/genre I’m not familiar with as I never know what my reaction will be! I’m hosting a book tour for this book  and that’s why I was given the chance to read and review this book so thank you to Lisa Filipe for sending me a copy!

If you’re looking for a sweet romance to read during these cold winter months, or you’re interested in chick lit or just a nice Cinderella themed story then I highly recommend you read this book!

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First Review

First Review

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Title: First

Author: Chanda Stafford

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis/Buy book: Book Depository

Review: I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I first started reading this book I was a bit unsure of what to expect and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because it didn’t have me hooked from the start. However, I kept on reading and it I’m so glad I did! This book was so good! The story was different and unexpected, the characters were likeable and there were many emotions while turning the pages.

I’ve never read a novel with the storyline this book had. At the beginning I didn’t quite get it but the more I read it the more everything clicked in to place. It is told from two points of view; Mira and Socrates, making it easier to find out what is going on in both Character’s heads. There were parts in the story that were quite similar to ‘The Hunger Games’ for example, when all children have to go and someone is chosen to be a Second but apart from that the storyline could not be more different. Mira could be a slightly annoying character at times but the more you read the book the more you like her. Socrates was a great character. He was respectful and treated Mira like she was human unlike the other Firsts.

There wasn’t much I disliked about this book apart from the love story. I feel like any teen dystopian novel includes some sort of predictable love story and this one was no different. Mira seemed to fall for Will instantly (again, similar to some other dystopian novels I’ve read). Thankfully it never took up most of the story and was only brought up every so often.

I highly recommend this book to all the teens and young adults out there who enjoy a good dystopian novel because this book is so different and unique. If at first you don’t really get it and feel like giving up please don’t! I promise you won’t regret it! I’m looking forward to reading more of this story as I know that there is a second book out. I’d just like to thank Chanda for giving me a copy of this book for a review and I can’t wait to read more of her work!