Monday, December 30, 2013

Perfection (Neighbor from Hell #2) by R.L. Mathewson

"Description"
Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.

Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbour he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.

"Review"
This second book was even better than the first one. I think Zoe was more entertaining and this book has some really funny scenes.
Trevor was her landlord and he was a selfish one. Who used her things and tormented her without any regard for her feelings. And when his off-handed comment about her "weight" hurt her he realised his mistake and felt bad. After that because of his guilt he tried to be extra nice to her. even found her a job at his uncle's construction company. There she met Haley and for the first time she had a friend, someone she could talk to and have fun with. She was happy. Things also got better with Trevor but he didn't want to show that he had a soft corner for this woman and never defended her when anyone made fun of her.
Zoe was very insecure because she thought she was not pretty and no one like Trevor would ever be serious about her.
In the end everything turned out to be fine though as Trevor was truly in love with her and nothing was going to change that.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by R.L. Mathewson


"Description"

Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbour who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of. The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbour to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can't help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.


"Review"

This was one of the funniest book I have read this year. I enjoyed reading about all the stupid, crazy things Jason did to his cute little neighbour. He had no idea how irritating he was until Haley lost it one day and let him know exactly what she thought of him- nothing good. After that things got a little better for her and they even became good friends.
They were both neighbours as well as coworkers. Haley came from a family of rich snobs who thought that just because she worked for money she was not good enough for them. Jason on the other hand came from a loving and caring family where everyone stood up for each other no matter what.
Both characters were well developed and interesting. It made me laugh out loud many times. I have always liked books wheres rival/enemies fell into love or realise suddenly that they can't live without each other and Neighbor from Hell series is one the best I have read in many years. So if you enjoy romantic comedies this one is a must read. :)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

"Description"

It's spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she's wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick's Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational's organiser and campus womaniser by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.

Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he's concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favourite books. Xavier quickly realises that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he's convinced it's a risk worth taking. What he hasn't planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme. 

Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?


"Review"
I must say this is the first book I've ever read where the main character is a bookworm, who prefers to sit in her room reading romance novels instead of going out with friends and partying. In fact she doesn't even have many friends, just one. She has never dated and doesn't have time to worry about her dressing or other "girly" stuff.
He friend has tried many times to set her up with guys but that never works out, this time though she is pretty sure that she has found the perfect guy for her bookworm of a friend. It didn't go all that well though because sometimes well thought out plans can back fire but as they say nothing ventured nothing gained.
It was an interesting and well written book which everyone will enjoy reading but "bookworms" are going to love it ;) The only thing I didn't like was that it was too long for my taste and some scenes and situations could have been excluded without effected overall "goodness" of the book.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Finding (Law of the Lycans #3) by Nicky Charles

"Description"
She discovered a dark secret, witnessed a murder and fled into the night fearing for her life. Three years later, Cassie is still hiding from her past, haunted by a dream lover and fighting to control a terrifying beast that seems to grow stronger each day. When Bryan, pack Beta, appears to claim her, Cassie is forced to face the truth of her existence. Innocence, betrayal, greed and love collide with ancient werewolf laws in... The Finding. Third book in The Law of the Lycans series by Nicky Charles.

"Review"
This is the third book in the series and I must say it wasn't as good as the previous books. Some of the scenes were dragged in an irritating way and I believe it was a little too long. Plot was excellent though, with a lot of drama, mystery and thrill. I especially loved the ending.
Cassie was an heiress who fled and went into hiding because she saw a wolf murdering someone and she thought that now the wolves were after her now. The werewolves were looking for Cassie but not for the reasons she thought. They know that she was one of them and now they wanted her to be included in their pack. according to their law any pack which finds a lone wolf must deal with it.
Bryan was chosen to go after her. His mission was to track her down and bring her to Canada. But things didn't go as he had planned. For one thing Cassie was his mate and for another she was in grave danger.
This was a good series. It was fun to read and considering that these books are free to download I'd say it was worth the time :) especially for the fans of paranormal fiction.
You can download it from smashwords

Saturday, November 02, 2013

The Perfect Mentor (Pir-e-Kamil) by Umera Ahmed

"Description"
What is next to ecstasy?’ ‘Pain.’ ‘And what is next to pain?’ ‘Nothingness.’ ‘What is next to nothingness?’ ‘Hell! The place which has nothing ahead...... everything is left behind...... There’ll come a time when all this will make sense to you...... and you’ll never ask anyone what is next to ecstasy.’ Pir-e-Kamil has a message for everyone.... there comes a moment in life when one has to decide between light and darkness.. Even in light one needs to tread carefully because once in the darkness it makes no difference whether one can or cannot see. But sometimes there is a second chance, one may repent and trace back his steps to light. At this point the only solace is the voice that guides and leads to light, the voice of The Perfect Mentor.
"Review"
A superbly written novel which describes a journey of two people from darkness to light. It tells us what happens when someone is enlightened and how he will for a moment be blinded by it but if he is brave enough to continue then he can have everything his heart's desire.
A story of a troubled man- Salar, with the IQ of 150+, everything comes easy to him, but he had no regard or respect from anyone or anything. All he wanted to know was, "What comes next to ecstasy?" He tried suicide many times, out of curiosity, just to feel the pain of death and then he fell in love... with a girl- Immama, who was everything he wasn't. She hated him, "I loathe the look in your eyes." she warned him that there will come a time in his life when he will see the other side and everything will become clear then he won't ask what comes next to ecstasy because its pain, nothingness and ultimately hell- a place after which nothing remains. And that's exactly what happened. He went to that limbo- Nothingness and he knew he didn't want to go to hell. He repented on every wrong he had ever done and prayed to God to just bring Immama back in his life because his life had no meaning without her. He loved her and at every turn would be reminded of her. sometimes He would hear her voice in his head. She was the women for whom he wasted nine years of his life and was willing to waste the rest of it as well. when he thought he'd never see her again they were reunited through miraculous circumstances.
Immama had hated him, because he sinned, he wasn't a religious person when she was. She left her home, her family and her dreams behind for her religion, to do the right thing. She wanted to marry a man who was religious and pious. But she ended up marrying Salar the second time and then she thought to herself, "there is something in this man that Allah hears his prayers but not mine." He was a changed man. Now he was everything she had ever wanted..."I don't know how much I'll love you because that's a matter of the heart and I have no control over my heart but I'll always be faithful and obedient to you. You have come to me in good times but if life gets difficult I'll still stand by you."
Its a story about a man who found The Perfect Mentor, who saw the light and ventured into it and Allah granted him his every wish- his Immama. He was that lucky person. "You want to see a man whose every wish in life has been granted, then look at me. I am that man."
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Irreplaceable (Harmony #2) by Angela Graham

"Description"
It wasn’t his fault she lay broken and battered. He wasn’t responsible for the injuries covering her bruised body.
Her heart, however, told a different story. She endured the pain of its jagged edges as it shattered against her chest, ripping through the hope she once held. Her spirit was broken, and only one man was to blame for that.
Cassandra Clarke had known better than to trust her all to a man like Logan West. She’d thought he was different—a better man than he’d portrayed to others. A man worth risking it all for.
But she was wrong, and would never make that mistake again.
What happens when you question everything you longed to believe—deny all emotions you still hold for a man unworthy of them?

Faced with Logan’s persistence, Cassandra must find the strength to keep her guard up or risk falling again for the one man her body feels…is irreplaceable.


This book is intended for mature audiences.
"Quotes I liked"
"... but whatever it was, he hates himself for it. That has to be worth something."
---Irreplaceable, Angela Graham

"If I leave here right now with no word from you that we ever have a chance... then I'm done. I won't come back. I'll move on, like you asked."
---Irreplaceable, Angela Graham

"I'll never forgive myself for what I did to you."
 ---Irreplaceable, Angela Graham

"You were the best and worst game I ever played."
 ---Irreplaceable, Angela Graham

"You took a peace of me I can't get back -- I don't want back."
 ---Irreplaceable, Angela Graham

"I won't give up. Love's not supposed to be easy, and this is love, Cassandra. You'll never convince me otherwise. I know you're scared to believe me again, but I'm not that guy anymore. Not with you."
---Irreplaceable, Angela Graham
"Review"
 So for the first time I am speechless. I liked this book and I didn't like this book. I don't know what to say about this one, I am a little confused. What was it again? Frankly, as much as I loved the book one and like Logan and Cassie's characters, I think the story should've concluded in two books. There was really no need for three books not that I didn't like it, which I totally did but not the way I had loved the first one. I was so so excited about it and then disappointed.
There is so much tension between Logan and Cassie and I kept thinking, "Cassie, come on get over yourself and forgive him already."
This book started right where the previous book had ended. Logan broke Cassie's heart and then she was in a serious accident an now Logan feels responsible. he keeps visiting her in the hospital, even paid her bills and she keeps showing him the cold shoulder as she still hasn't forgiven him. So far, so good. But then nothing... the whole book revolves around this, Logan trying to redeem himself, making effort to right the wrong and Cassandra being stubborn and scared to give them another chance.
In the end she finally forgives him and then came the crazy ex-fiance, now she is planning something which we will find out in the next book.
I like Angela Graham's writing style. She is good with the words (loved all the cheesy dialogues <3) and that is probably the only reason why I read the whole books otherwise I think just reading the beginning and ending would've sufficed. I know some readers do like to read more about characters they love and those readers must be really very happy right now, unfortunately I am not one of them. I hope the climax will be worth the wait for yet another few months.

Best Halloween Reads

It is Halloween today and I decided to share some books which are perfect for Halloween reading.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

 Description
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

The Book of Flying by Keith Miller

Description
In Keith Miller's debut novel, our hero is Pico, a poet and librarian who is and forbidden to pursue the girl of his dreams - for she has wings, and Pico does not. When he discovers an ancient letter in his library telling of the mythical Morning Town where the flightless may gain their wings, he sets off on a quest. It's a magical journey and coming-of-age story in which he meets a robber queen, a lonely minotaur, a cannibal, an immortal beauty, and a dream seller. Each has a story, and a lesson, for Pico-about learning to love, to persevere, and, of course, to fly. A gorgeously poetic tale of fantasy for adults, The Book of Flying is a beautiful modern fable and daring new take on the quest narrative.
 

Gods of The Nowhere: A Novel of Halloween by

Description
The ancient Celts believed that the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was at its thinnest on Halloween. It was then that the dead could get through. But could it work the other way? Could we go to them? Check out this epic horror/fantasy from author, James Tipper.
 

 Ghosts In The Mirror: Real Cases of Spirit Encounters by Leslie Rule

Description
Whether they are bumping about our attics, hitchhiking on a moonlight road, or fraternizing with our reflections, ghosts tantalize us with their secrets.&quot; --Leslie Rule

Meet Leslie Rule-America's real-life ghost hunter with a penchant for sharing authentic, spine-tingling stories of the paranormal.

The Gallup Organization reports that more than 32 percent of Americans have seen a ghost. More than half the population believes in the spiritual, cosmic, or supernatural. To Leslie Rule, such revelations come as no surprise. Rule has spent more than a decade researching specters and spirits and has chronicled her ghostly tales in three previous titles, Coast to Coast Ghosts, Ghosts Among Us, and When the Ghost Screams.

Inside Ghost in the Mirror, Rule documents more than dozens of stories of paranormal apparitions that reveal themselves on the other side of the looking glass.
 

It by Stephen King 

Description
The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. "It" primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.
 

October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween

Description
Classic novellas, never-before-published stories, essays on the history, literature, and films of Halloween, and real-life memories of October 31st-from today's best practitioners of fear.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

My Dream Cast

Seven Day Fiance (Love and Games #2) By Rachel Harris
I put together my dream cast for Seven Day Fiance. A little about all the main characters who made an appearance in this second book in Rachel Harris' Love and Games series.

Angelle Prejean: A young woman trying to live on her own, away from her hometown and doing a fine job of it too. She is both vulnerable and strong at the same time. Her family thinks that she needed to be taken care of but Cane knows that she can take care of herself just fine.


Cane Robicheaux: King of abs, the hot guy who runs family restaurant and mans the bar on weekends. He is not just a hot biker but a secret nerd who likes to read a lot and has interest in physics and maths.


Cane & Angelle: Ideal couple ;)



Sherry Robicheaux: Angelle's room mate/best friend/Cane's youngest sister. She is a wild girl who was behind the whole bachelor's auction/best abs contest. The only one who could get away with it not that Cane didn't think of killing her.

Colby and Jason: The first book "Taste the Heat" was about this couple. Colby is Cane's sister and Jason is his best friend.


Emma: Cane's goddaughter and Jason's daughter from his first marriage. She was the "cupid" who helped bringing Colby and Jason together and she likes Angelle too.

Troy and Eva: Troy is Angelle's brother and Eva is his wife. He is the one Cane had to win over with some difficulty because he was team-Brady.

Sadie: Angelle's goddaughter and Troys and Eva's daughter who also fell for Cane and helped smooth out things for him with her father. A cute and naughty child.

Lacey: Angelle's cousin/friend/confidante

Brady: The good doctor, Angelle's ex-boyfriend who proposed to her in public got rejected but still holding hope that she will return to him.
P.S.
Angelle Prejean has a huge family including other siblings and cousins but I only selected the ones who played somewhat prominent role in the book.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Seven Day Fiancé (Love and Games #2) by Rachel Harris

"Description"
Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiance who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiance problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.
"My Favourite Quotes"
"You broke through every wall I put. I can't push you away because you are already in. Not just in my heart, angel. You're in my soul."
---Seven Day Fiance, Rachel Harris
"As for Cane he'd broken her heart, but she couldn't deny he'd made the shards shake when she saw him."
---Seven Day Fiance, Rachel Harris
  
"You're the one I want to wake up to, the one I want to lay down at night. You're my little hellcat, in an angel's disguise."
---Seven Day Fiance, Rachel Harris
"Review"
 I must say this book was nothing less than what I expected. I like romantic-heart-warming-cute stories and Seven Day Fiance was all that and more. Since the time I read Love and Games book 1, Taste the Heat, I've been waiting for this next book and I'm happy to say that it didn't disappoint me, in fact, it was even better than book 1. It was funny and sweet, exactly what I wanted to read.
Angelle had always done what was expected of her until the day she rejected her long-term boyfriend's very public proposal. She left her home and her town to move to Magnolia Springs. She was finally taking control of her life.
She became good friends with Sherry and Colby, who are Cane's sisters. Angelle had been attracted to Cane from the start but she knew that he was not the settling kind of guy and she was not interested in getting her heart broken. But when she saved him from one of his nasty-ex and then propositioned him to become her fake fiance for the week, all bets were off.
Cane wanted Angelle and this was his chance. He planned to charm her. It wasn't easy though, what with her overbearing family, an ex who was still hoping to gain her affections back and Cane's habit of never letting anyone in.
But all that didn't matter when he realised that she was already in and the only way they could be happy was to accept that fact and give their relationship the chance it deserved.
It was a great read. A fun story which made me laugh many times, especially the scene at the auction about best abs contest was hilarious. Cane&Angelle is now one of my most favourite fictitious couples. They compliment each other and their characters made this book all the more enjoyable. All the secondary characters were well written as well. I hope that we get to read Sherry's story soon enough. I don't know what Rachel has planned for her but while reading this book I couldn't help but imagine her with the good doctor ;)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Her Vampire Husband (Wicked Games #3) by Michele Hauf

"Description"
An arranged marriage between a werewolf and a vampire.

There will be blood.

She may resist his bite, but she can't resist his charms...

Werewolf princess Blu Masterson won't allow her seductive vampire husband to consummate their marriage with his bite, marking her forever. Alone in a secluded estate with her sworn enemy, Blu curses the marriage arranged to bring their rival nations together, especially since Creed Saint-Pierre calls out to her most feral desires.

When Blu uncovers her pack's secret plot to destroy the vampire nation—and Creed—she is forced to confront her growing feelings for her sexy undead husband. Will she choose the only life she's ever known or accept his vampire bite?
 
"Review" 
If you are a fan of paranormal this is a book for you. I wasn't expecting too much from this one but I was pleasantly surprised that despite of cheesy title the book was actually pretty good.
Blu is a werewolf princess, female werewolves are rare and the fact that her father is willing to let her marry a vampire shows that werewolves seriously want peace between the two nations so vampires must compromise and hence Creed volunteers to marry her. As it turned out the marriage was a sham both sides were secretly planning against each other and it was all just for the show to distract the council.
Blu and Creed hate each other. Blu doesn't want to stay with her vampire husband forever but she also doesn't want to go back to the pack, where she was treated badly just because she was a woman among alpha males, at least her husband seemed to respect her and that was the first thing which caused her to change her opinion about vampires, they weren't all bad after all.
On the other hand Creed, although hated Blu but still thought she was hot, really hot that is, with her colourful wigs and outrageous wardrobe, he is instantly attracted to her. Creed is old, he had lived nine centuries and wasn't used to the young people, who seemed to have no manners at all but then Blu came and showed him how to have some fun by loosening up a little.
I loved both Blu and Creed. Both characters are well written and truly compliment each other. while reading one would think, "Yes! they belong together." may that was the reason I loved this book so much because otherwise the story was quite usual paranormal, where, werewolves and vampires hate each other, plot against and fight, there is some witchcraft thrown in there as well. In the end though both sides realise that compromise is the best option.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Love at Stake #14) by Kerrelyn Sparks

"Description"
He's Out of Control

Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo.

Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There's even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal's gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored?
"Review"
“It had replayed in her mind, over and over, growing in importance till it seemed her whole life could be slotted into two categories. Life before the kiss, and life after the kiss. Her life before the kiss had moved step by step ever closer to the predestined event. Meeting Dougal. And kissing him.”
― Kerrelyn Sparks, The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo 

Love at Stake is one of my most favourite paranormal series and I have read and loved all the books. this one was no exception. A perfect mix of humour, romance, action and suspense.
Dougal has waited for three hundred years for his love to find him and now finally she is here but she is scared of him and think that he is a monster, a vampire, although at some level she does recognise him but can she get over the fact that he is "dead" half of the time.....
Leah is helping the vamps to fight evil and defeat the viscous vampires, including master Han. Dougal's mission is to protect her as well as defeat evil vamps and they must go to China, a place he never wanted to revisit, place where he lost his true love, Lei, three hundred years ago and where he might lose Leah as well. He vowed that he will not fail her and will protect her at any cost but can he fulfil it.....
When Leah was taken by the enemy he feels his entire world falling apart but in the end evil is defeated and they are reunited.
I love happy endings!! This book has the happiest one :)

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Haunted (Fear Street #7) by R.L. Stine

"Description"
A ghost from the future is haunting Melissa and it's up to the two of them to prevent a young man's death from ever happening.
"Review"
This is a horror fiction. It is well written, full of suspense thriller. Melissa belongs to a well off family. They live on Fear Street. Her father wants her to have everything in life which he himself was denied as a teenager. He recently gifted her a brand new car. All this hasn't made her snobbish in fact she was down to earth and humble person. Then she starts seeing a ghost in her room. She is scared but no one believes her.
A ghost who claims that Melissa killed him and now he is back to haunt her but Melissa doesn't even know him, she has never met him before let alone kill him..... so may be she hasn't killed him yet, may be he is a ghost from the future, who isn't here to haunt her but stop her from killing him.
It was a fun to read book, with some twists and turns that will keep readers in suspense but it's not something that will actually scare anyone, I think, still an enjoyable story.
"About the Author"
Robert Lawrence Stine known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. Stine, who is often called the Stephen King of children's literature, is the author of dozens of popular horror fiction novellas, including the books in the Goosebumps, Rotten School, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room and Fear Street series.

R. L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children's author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favourite authors in the NEA's Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Keeping (Law of the Lycans #2) by Nicky Charles

"Description"
Ryne Taylor was a sexy bad-ass Alpha set on establishing a new pack. Melody Greene was a journalism student researching his work as a photographer or so she said. But could Mel really be trusted or had she stumbled upon his secret? And if she knew, could Ryne save himself and the pack he d left behind without enacting a deadly ancient law known as The Keeping? Sequel to The Mating.
 "Quotes"
"And then it was the weirdest thing, just liked you'd see in a cartoon." Daniel jumped, his wonder at the event he was describing causing him to momentarily forget he was in trouble. "She turned to run and bang!" Clapping his hands together, he gestured to show what happened. "She ran right smack into a tree and then just sort of slid down the trunk.." He shook his head. "I never thought that sort of thing happened in real life."
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping

"The keeping is our most important law. Not just for us, but for our people everywhere. It's kept our kind safe from persecution and allows everyone to live in peace. We can't ignore it just because it's inconvenient."
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping
"Well?"
"Well, what?"
"Well, do something."
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping
"What was wrong with the nice romantic comedy? A little hugging, a little kissing, a few misunderstandings, and then, a 'happily ever after' ending!"
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping
"Oh, it's just one of those habits people have. Some guys give a wolf whistle when they see a pretty girl. I.... er.... growl."
---Nicky Charles, The Keeping
 "Review"
 It is a sequel to "The Mating" and just as good. The book is very well written, with strong and fascinating characters. It was photo of Kane taken by Ryne and sold to a collector which started it. Now a reporter, Melody, is in town to get an interview with Ryne. She is stubborn and persistent, after all a lot of money is involved. Ryne must find a way to get rid of her before she unfolds the truth and put his entire pack in danger.
Melody thought that it was easy money, after all what could go wrong? All she needed was an interview with a photographer and if by any chance her article was published both she and Ryne could be famous. But nothing was as she expected.
Ryne was living in a small town, away from civilization, he seemed to be a very secretive person but Mel thought he wouldn't mind getting a chance at fame and recognition but he didn't want to answer any of her questions. Then there was a little matter of attraction they both felt for each other. Even knowing that they shouldn't get involved with each other they still couldn't help it.....
But could Ryne save his own and his brother's pack from "The Keeping" one law they couldn't ignore even if it meant death....
This was a beautifully written and amazing book. An alpha were-wolf, a nosy reporter, small town people and a lot riding on one interview.. It is full of suspense and intrigue, a must-read book especially for the fans of paranormal fiction. The best part it's free to download from smashwords, enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Warrior of the Highlands (Highlands #3) by Veronica Wolff

"Description"
While doing research for her dissertation, graduate student Haley Fitzpatrick stumbles upon a strange artifact—which sends her back in time to old Scotland, directly into the path of the notorious Alasdair MacColla, a warrior known for his enormous physical presence and bloodthirsty reputation.

Assuming that this woman with the mysterious accent is an enemy spy, MacColla promptly kidnaps her. But Haley’s beauty and courage strike a chord in the Highlander, awakening a desire in him that he hadn't known existed.

At first Haley’s frightened by her imposing captor. But she soon discovers that MacColla is much more than the brute that modern history describes, and decides she’s meant to be by his side. But unless she can find a way to change the past, the warrior she’s fallen for is destined to meet a tragic end....

"Quotes"
"It was a warrior's impulse. He was a warrior. And he recognised the warrior in this Haley."
― Veronica Wolff, Warrior of the Highlands

"So lovely she was. And perhaps most of all because she didn't realise it."
― Veronica Wolff, Warrior of the Highlands

 "'Tis a simple phrase from a simple man. But there it is. I love you."
― Veronica Wolff, Warrior of the Highlands

"Review"
I loved this book, but then when don't I? Its a time travel romance about a highland warrior whose thirst for revenge was going to be the death of him and a modern age woman who somehow finds herself in the past. MacColla had to defeat his enemy and get back his clan's land and he wasn't going to stop until he avenged the sufferings of his family and his people. He was strong and ferocious, a famous highland warrior about whom poems were written. He died in a war in Ireland, shot from behind by his enemy.
Haley was studying history and was fascinated by historical weapons. She had read about MacColla and how he died so when she found herself in the past, with the great warrior she knew what might happen. she tried to warn him but he wouldn't listen as he had to fight. There was no way around it.
A beautifully written time travel story, which was hard to put down once I started it. I love stories about highlanders and warriors and this book has it all, time travel, romance, humour, war and of course a highland warrior.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Matilda by Roald Dahl

"Description"
The Trunchbull is no match for Matilda!

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!
"About The Author"
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, who rose to prominence in the 1940's with works for both children and adults, and became one of the world's bestselling authors.

Dahl's first published work, inspired by a meeting with C. S. Forester, was Shot Down Over Libya. Today the story is published as "A Piece of Cake". The story, about his wartime adventures, was bought by the Saturday Evening Post for $900, and propelled him into a career as a writer. Its title was inspired by a highly inaccurate and sensationalised article about the crash that blinded him, which claimed he had been shot down instead of simply having to land because of low fuel.

His first children's book was The Gremlins, about mischievous little creatures that were part of RAF folklore. The book was commissioned by Walt Disney for a film that was never made, and published in 1943. Dahl went on to create some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach.

He also had a successful parallel career as the writer of macabre adult short stories, usually with a dark sense of humour and a surprise ending. Many were originally written for American magazines such as Ladies Home Journal, Harper's, Playboy and The New Yorker, then subsequently collected by Dahl into anthologies, gaining world-wide acclaim. Dahl wrote more than 60 short stories and they have appeared in numerous collections, some only being published in book form after his death. His stories also brought him three Edgar Awards: in 1954, for the collection Someone Like You; in 1959, for the story The Landlady; and in 1980, for the episode of Tales of the Unexpected based on "Skin".
 
"Review" 
I had first read this book when I was a kid and loved it. This is funny and enjoyable story of a little girl Matilda. Dahl is an exceptional writer, his children books are interesting and children learn a lot from them. This book has many funny scenes. Even now I enjoyed it as much as I had before.
Matilda comes from a not-so-good family and while reading you can't help but think that her parents are stupid who hate her and neglect her.
"I'm big, you are small, I'm right, you are wrong and there is nothing you can do about it."
But she is brilliant, very intelligent child and what more, she loves reading. Its her retreat and having an advanced mind she is able to learn more than one would expect from a 4 or 5 year old child. Then she went to school and met evil Miss Trunchbull, who scares her at first but she was no match for Matilda because Matilda has the ability to move things with her mind, which she uses to scare Miss Trunchbull.
This book is a humorous take on dysfunctional families and evil elders and it gives us the best moral of all, reading books can help you overcome anything. So,
Happy Reading Readers!! ;)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Undercover Professor by December Gephart

"Description"

Rule Number One: Must not lie.
Rule Number Two: Must not live with parents.
Rule Number Three: Must have a job.
Rule Number Four: Must not be a friend's ex.

These dating rules shouldn't be hard for Lucy Benoit to follow—after all, she made them. But she didn't plan on falling for Andy Sullivan, a scruffy-yet-attractive man who lives with his mother and is between jobs. These should be deal-breakers, but in other ways Andy is just her type. And there's something intriguing about him…

Andy isn't the geeky gamer he claims to be—not by a long shot. But what seemed like a harmless social experiment has put his chances of a relationship with Lucy at risk. Even if she can get past the silly rules she has set for herself, will she ever forgive him for breaking Rule Number One?


"Review"
 A cute, sweet and funny love story, which will make your day.
Lucy didn't have it easy but she learned from her past and now she had all these dating rules which she must follow. Andy didn't meet any of the rules, he was lying about who he was-a professional hazard-as he was working undercover for his research. He was living with his mother. He didn't seem to have a job. He cousin Becca seemed to think that he was her soul-mate and he didn't seem to be correcting her. But regardless of all that, she was attracted to him and wanted to be with him.
Andy knew that he couldn't have a serious relationship with Lucy but he took a shot at it anyway. On the other hand her crazy cousin Becca wouldn't leave him alone. He didn't know how to pull her out of her disillusionment.
This was a lovely book. I loved the characters of Lucy and Andy. At first Andy didn't seem all that nice but once you start getting his side of the story it all made sense. All in all it was a beautiful written story which will warm your heart.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Husband She Never Knew by Kate Hewitt

"Description"
"What he wants, he takes! Cruelly discarded on her wedding night, Noelle Ducasse buries the shame of being an untouched bride – creating a new, glamorous life to mask the relentless ache of loneliness. Until Ammar returns… The image of Noelle’s guileless eyes lingers with Ammar still. Noelle can refuse him all she likes, but this time the ruthless Ammar will not be denied. He’ll spend each moment of each night proving that – no matter how much her mind denies it – she will melt under her husband’s exquisite touch…
 
"Quotes" 
"Take what you want. Never ask. Asking is weakness. You only demand."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"I am going to marry him when I am older. I am going to make him smile all the time."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"Now you'll know never to trust a woman. Never to be weak."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"It was too soon; he shouldn't have revealed so much. He should have waited until she had relaxed a little, trusted him more."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"What if that man--the tender man she'd once loved--was the real Ammar?"
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"Even he knew enough about love and relationships to understand it couldn't happen in a vacuum of ignorance."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
  
"Time was supposed to heal all wounds, but ones on her heart felt as red and raw as the scar on Ammar's face."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"I wasn't giving up on you. I was giving up on me. I knew I couldn't be the husband you deserved."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"I'm losing her. I'm not sure I ever really had her, but what I might have had I'm losing now."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"She knew he was trying to shock her, to tell her the worst about himself, and it was working"
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"Don't," he said harshly. "Don't explain it away. It was wrong"
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
""I love you," he said softly. "So much. And I'm sorry, so very sorry, for ever hurting you."
The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt
 
"Review"
 This was a very pleasant book to read. It was sweet and romantic. A damaged hero and wronged heroin. They were married once, ten years ago, it didn't work out and there marriage was annulled. Now Ammar has changed, after losing his father and near death experience, he realised that his ex-wife was important to him because it was her face he saw during that hard time and that kept him going.
Now he is back in Noelle's life but she isn't ready to accept that fact so he kidnaps her. She has no choice but to give him a chance to explain himself, which isn't easy for him.
Noelle finds out all his dark secrets and isn't sure anymore whether she wants to be with him or not but then she finds out some harsh truths about her parents as well and realises that love is more important than anything else and the fact that Ammar is willing to change himself says a lot about him, therefore, she decides to give "them" a chance.
A perfect book, if you ask me but for some reason I couldn't connect with the characters the way I usually do. I enjoyed reading it nevertheless, and will refer to anyone who likes romantic books, with a lot of tension between the main characters and undying love.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Hungry For Love Book Blitz: Taste The Heat by Rachel Harris

Taste The Heat (Love and Games #1)

by

Rachel Harris

Released date: 07/08/13
Entangled Bliss 
One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef, One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she doesn’t want to taste. Colby is counting down the days till she can leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. He knows he should focus on finding the perfect mother for his daughter, but when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason doesn’t want to say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?
  
Guest Post 
A Dash of Spice: Are you Hungry for Love?
I love food. Growing up in New Orleans, events focused around meals were as big a part of my childhood as cartoons and chocolate. From seafood boils and barbeques, to red beans Mondays and fish-fry Fridays, my family and friends gathered together often with one objective in mind: to celebrate life via yumminess.When I sat down to write Taste the Heat,I went in wanting to share this unique culture with the world. Over the years, Hollywood has certainly provided comedic fodder about my hometown, but rarely do they capture the strong family bonds and the deep-rooted love for community that makes up our lives. History is made and life is shared around our meals, and what better way for me to show that—and take it up a notch—than feature a trio of siblings who own a Cajun Restaurant. Our feisty middle child, Cajun chef Colby Robicheaux, kicks off this culinary series of love and games, but she’s far from the lone cook in this book. Jason Landry, aka our hottie fire captain hero, knows his way around the kitchen, too. And when these two collide on page, you best believe there’s sparks. Because you see, food is more than just nourishment for our bellies. Or even a reason to gather with loved ones. Food is a universal language. Eating, and preparing a meal for someone special, is a sensual experience. And I have a lot of fun—some may say too much fun—exploring that in Taste the Heat. So this is my official warning: you will be hungry reading this book. Heck, you’ll be hungry reading the entire series (Seven Day Fiancé featuring rugged big brother Cane releases October 14th). And to warn you properly, I thought it only fair to share one of my favorite excerpts… Bon appetit!

Delicious Excerpt

Colby inhaled deeply, trying to get a hint of what Jason cooked. Not picking anything up, she asked, “What’s for dinner?”
A muscle clenching and unclenching in his jaw was her only clue—and not much of one—before he said, “That’s a surprise.”
Curious, she let him pull her farther inside. But instead of heading toward the dining room as she’d expected, or even toward the more intimate kitchen table, he led her into the living room. He gently backed her against the leather sofa. “Take a seat.”
Okay. No need for concern here, she told herself, sinking into the soft cushions. Just because she absolutely hated surprises, didn’t trust them, and hadn’t had a good one since her life fell apart twelve years ago, she didn’t need to go mental. This was a date, and dates were supposed to be fun. Spontaneous. She could go with the flow.
Besides, it was possible he wanted to talk before they ate. Or watch a movie, breaking out the TV trays like they did when they were kids. She could handle that. It wasn’t romantic, but she didn’t need romance. She and Jason were just two old friends hanging out, throwing in some much needed benefits, and getting their freak on. Do people still even say that?
Colby shook her head, her inner-monologue only confirming how long it had been for her. And how badly she needed this. She put on her sexiest smile and glanced up at him, feeling it freeze on her face when she glimpsed the object in his hands.
A black silk blindfold. Now that was the type of surprise she could get behind.
“And the night takes a turn for the intriguing.” She bit her lower lip as Jason started rubbing the soft material between his long, work-roughened fingers. She cleared her throat and asked, “But shouldn’t we eat first? You know, shore up our strength?” Jason chuckled. “This is for eating.” At her nose crinkle of confusion, he sank to his knees in front of her. “I’m going to feed you blindfolded.”Oh my. She didn’t know what she had expected from tonight, but this certainly wasn’t it. Not that she was complaining. She knew very well how sensual food could be. And how turning off one sense heightened all the others. Colby swallowed hard as Jason leaned forward, gently stretching the elastic band of the blindfold. “Do you mind?” His voice was a husky whisper at her ear. All she could manage was a small shake of her head. Already her pulse was taking flight and heat was pooling in her belly.
What will it be like later? Was it possible to self-combust from anticipation alone?
He chuckled lightly under his breath, most likely hearing the pant of her breath. She’d be embarrassed if she weren’t so damn excited. As he secured the band around her head, the spicy scent of his aftershave flooded her senses, making everything electric. Goose bumps skittered down her spine as his palm smoothed the back of her hair. Just before tugging the silky material over her eyes, Jason looked into them and said, “Bon appétit, Chef.”A pop of a joint and the rustle of fabric told Colby that he was moving. The pad of his footsteps on the carpet grew faint, letting her know he was walking away, probably into the kitchen to get their dinner. She still couldn’t pick up any scents, but then, the thrum of expectation coursing through her body made it hard to concentrate. Soon those same soft footsteps returned, growing louder as Jason neared. “I hope you don’t mind, but I outsourced dinner. This is a three-course tasting.”
She stopped herself from saying that all she wanted to taste at that moment was him. The admission seemed a bit over the top—even if it was the truth. Instead, she said, “Can’t wait to see what you brought me.”
The sounds of preparations stilled and then the warmth of Jason’s hands pressed on her thighs. “Colby, before we start, I just want you to know that I care about you. And all I ask is that you trust me.” “I do trust you.” Right now, in this moment, she couldn’t think of anyone she trusted more.
He squeezed the sides of her legs and moved away, taking the heat of his skin along with him. A clink of glass meeting glass then, “Open your mouth and suck.”
Colby barked a laugh. The teasing tone of his voice told her he knew exactly how that had sounded. “So that’s how you’re gonna play it, huh?”
His seductive whisper came at her ear. “Gotta keep you on your toes.”
About the Author
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up way too late sneak reading her mama's romance novels. As an adult, she continues to stay up late reading romances, only now she does so openly. A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers!  

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