BOOK BLITZ: FATES DIVIDED by Jules Barnard

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Fates Dividedby Jules BarnardHalven Rising #1Publication Date: August 31, 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
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Elena Rosales has busted her ass to get into a good college. She’s the only one in her family ever to attend, and expectations are high. No pressure. But Elena’s got this one in the bag, because she’s as dependable as the molecules she studies, as reliable as the chemical reactions that comfort her in their predictability. Until they don’t.

Elena has always wondered why her mother abandoned her on her first birthday. It’s not until she turns eighteen and her chemistry experiments go berserk that she learns the truth: Her mother wasn’t human, and the Fae are willing to harm those Elena loves if she doesn’t use her power over the elements to cure them of a deadly disease. Derek, Elena’s brooding neighbor, isn’t the friendliest guy, but he has access to an off-hours lab and is willing to help Elena create the antivirus. He has his own secrets to keep, and this business Elena is mixed up in could blow his cover. But when Elena and Derek get together, more than chemicals spark fire-and they soon discover just how complicated attraction can get when they find themselves on the other side of the portal, fighting for survival. Lives collide, and allegiance and love are tested, in Fates Divided.
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About Jules Barnard

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Before turning to storytelling, Jules earned a master’s degree in public health and spent many an hour running statistical analysis–until she realized her favorite part of the job was writing reports. She decided to cut out the math and add in some hot guys, and so began her career as a novelist. Jules is a Northern California native living on the coast with her husband and two children. She has no impulse control around cupcakes and credits herself with the ability to read while running on the treadmill or burning dinner.

Book Review: BETTER WHEN HE’S BRAVE by Jay Crownover

Review:
***** STARS I loved it!



Wow, that was a good one!


Here’s a little quote for you guys that really got to me:

“I think it’s important to make most of what you have. Before you know it, all of it can be gone and then all you’re left with is regret” – Reeve

The first thing that I loved about this book was the beginning. Great prologue, it hook me up immediately and it made me fear an crave, at the same time, what was about to come. It was mysterious and full of action and it gave hints about what was going to happen but it also left me in a cliffhanger that only made me want to skip the entire book so I could get some answers. (I didn’t, of course)

The book was, in my opinion, very well written. There were lots of inner monologue and that usually bores me, but it was written so right that it didn’t happen this time, the inner monologue told a story in itself beyond the interactions with other characters. This allowed me to get to know the leading characters very deeply and understand their complexity and boy do they were complex. Because this story, the story of The Point is not a simple story, it’s not light and no fairy tale, it’s tough stuff, there’s no black and white here, and I think that it’s what makes it so good for me.

Book Release & REVIEW: WHERE WE BELONG by J. Daniels

Title: Where We Belong
Series: Alabama Summer #4
Author: J. Daniels
 Release Date: August 21, 2015

Blurb
From NY Times and USA Today bestselling author, J. Daniels, an Alabama Summer series novella.

Ben and Mia Kelly can’t seem to catch a break.

Grueling night shift and opposing schedules have left the passionate couple geared up and ready for some much needed alone time. There’s only one thing standing in their way.

Parenthood.

With two curious boys who have mastered the art of cock-blocking roaming the house, Ben and Mia, sexually frustrated beyond reason, quickly resort to surprise sexcapades and naughty little trysts whenever and however they can get them.

Who said anything about keeping things legal?

Assume the position. Things are about to heat up in the south.

Warning: This book is recommended for readers over the age of 18 due to strong language and explicit sexual content.


MY REVIEW:
**** 4 STARS

I can actually say I liked this book much more than the first one, maybe because I had already fell in love with the characters and I got to explore much more of them. Here we get to see their married life and how they deal with parenthood and also with being a couple. I think the events played in the book were pretty real and they’re something that happens to a lot of married couples with children and everything was described with humour and also with love and urgency too. 
My favourite thing about this series, and specially about Where I Belong and Where We Belong is Nolan, I love that kid so freaking much. I adore Nolan’s relationship with Mia, since their first moment together. And this is personal, but I love that Mia is a real mom to him, ’cause I would have love that my mom’s ex-husband would have been a real dad to me and put me first before his needs and not compete with me for my mom’s love. Mia is not like that at all and I love how giving she is. 
Also, I really liked that sex here was presented as an issue. That they struggle to have a healthy sexual life now that they have kids and are married. It’s very real and somehow at the same time it’s not all about the sex just for the sake of it, but it’s because they love and miss each other and sex is their way of connecting in the most deep way and show each other that love. 
I still think I would have like more character development, specially in Mia’s case, I don’t know about her dreams as an individual and not only just as a mom and married woman,  but I guess it’s what it is. I still liked the book a lot! 🙂

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Author Bio

J. Daniels is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Addiction series, and the Alabama Summer series. She loves curling up with a good book, drinking a ridiculous amount of coffee, and writing stories her children will never read.

J grew up in Baltimore and resides in Maryland with her family. 

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Book Review: DEVIOUS MINDS by K.F. Germaine


Devious Minds
 by K.F. Germaine
My rating: 4.5 ***** of 5 stars 

Devious Minds


“A New Adult Comedy 

When Sydney Porter transfers to Northern University, she’s ready to put her past behind her. Landing a job on campus as an irreverent radio personality, she uses the anonymity to air all the campus dirty laundry—earning the infamous Sunday Lane more than a few enemies. But her true passion is spinning records, even if Drunk Earl is her biggest fan. 

Sydney’s junior year kicks off with the promise to be amazing. Or at least it does until Gray Peters, hotshot quarterback, unexpectedly reenters the scene. His presence threatens to destroy everything she has going, as well as resurrecting a night Sydney never wants to remember or repeat. She’d run away like a coward, but this time she’s determined to stay and fight. 

A twisted battle of wit and trickery ensues, with one common goal—vengeance. Sydney and Gray set out to make each other miserable. But misery loves company, and soon, walls are destroyed and truths are revealed that could change their future forever. “

*** Contains mature situations and language ***

I think this books was awesome, it was hilarious and smart and it made me smile and laugh a lot, and even get a little bit emotional.
My first thought on the book were a little bit confusing though. I thought we had a strong lead female, with a lot of character and complexity, but a little too vengeful? That thing of the beginning was a little bit too much, but then I remembered this is a comedy and it was everything ok. Also, Sydney’s fun as hell and I like her way of thinking.
Gray was totally loveable, smart and hot and a little bit wicked when needed to be. The chemistry between the two lead characters was amazing and I was really digging it.
I need to mention the relationship between Syd and her brother, Jack. It was a complex one, yet I loved it. They love each other and to hear the stories of them as children made me smile and maybe my eyes were shining a bit too much here.
I think the ending was perfect and I wish this was a series ’cause I’d love to know more about Jack, Fernando an Chance, they were super fun characters.
So this was a great book, a light reading but a smart one too, with witty characters and fun love story.

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IT HAD POTENTIAL BUT IT DISAPPOINT! New Section.

So I’m gonna start a new section on this blog. I don’t like to review books I don’t like, usually if I finish reading it I liked it enough. However, I just finished a book that it seriously needs to be discussed, so I’m gonna review it, ’cause I need to talk about it.

Book:

Tattoo Thief by Heidi Joy Tretheway  ** 1.8 Stars

“22-year-old Beryl doesn’t know why Gavin Slater trashed his penthouse, abandoned his dog and fled the country. But as his house sitter, she must pick up the pieces for the front man of the white-hot rock band Tattoo Thief. When ultra-responsible Beryl confronts the reckless rock star, she wants to know more than just what to do with his mess. Why is he running? What’s he searching for? And is he responsible for the death of his muse? New York newbie Beryl must find her footing in Gavin’s crazy world of the ultra-wealthy to discover her own direction and what can bring him back. Steamy, sassy and tender, Tattoo Thief is a story of breaking from a comfort zone to find a second chance.”

This book started so great, but it was such a disappointment. Zero conflict resolution, or even an approach of it. The lead female that I thought might be so authentic at first turned out to be just a copy of somebody else, I have a lot to say, but be warned there’s going to be SPOILERS!!!
I need to talk about stuff that without the details of the events in the book it’s just not gonna be the same. So here I go.
Everything was fine, this was going to be a 4 stars book. There were some things that might have been a little annoying but it was a good read anyway. That lasted only ’till the first 50% of the book. And then it all went slowly to hell… And I’m gonna do a list here of everything that made book a disappointment to me.
SPOILERS AHEAD, CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED
1. She falls in love with the guy incredibly fast, with some superficial chat and e-mail exchange. I mean it wasn’t all superficial, but certainly not to fall in love THAT fast.
2. When he seems to return some of the same feelings and they meet she kisses him only after a few minutes of talk, and that’s ok, that’s great for her to be so brave, but… When he puts some breaks on the make out session, she seems so disappointed and afraid and thinks there was some kind of relationship already that will not continue… (This annoy me and I didn’t know why)
3. Then, the guy stood her up, and she was mad with fair reason. But while having an argument about it he asks if she trusts him and she doesn’t answer inmediately, so the guy seems dissapointed and she answers him on the spot that she does trust him but he hurt her and needs to explain. (I got a feeling she wasn’t sure if she trusted him but told him she did to not hurt him or dissapoint him, I’m really tired of write that word. And I mean, how can she trust him completely, they shared some secrets and stuff bu THEY DON’T REALLY KNOW EACH EATHER THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THE MEET FACE TO FACE)
4. Oh and here comes the biggest issue. The thing that bothered me through most of the book but it wasn’t really an issue ’till this happened: She, Baryl (that’s her name) starts wearing Gavin (That’s him) death ex/muse’s clothes, after he asked her she get rids of them. I could have understand this, it was expensive and perfect clothes and If I had been just a worker on the guy’s house I would have keep them too, after washing them and certainly would have gotten rid of the dead girls UNDERWEAR!!!!!!! Her underwear!!! this is just so wrong. But the worst is when she wears the clothes for their first date, the date when Gavin stood her up. It turned out he did show up at the place, he just couldn’t get out of the car ’cause she saw her wearing his ex/muse’s clothes! So he couldn’t deal with it, it was a trigger for him. Well, Gavin tells her this, but she doesn’t approach it, she just tells him she went out with other guy after she was stood up… And then, when everything’s solve, and the main ‘conflict’ was solved, it was just drama btw, they go to a T.V show (Jimmy Fallon’s) and she goes with the dead girl’s clothes again and she says she has HIS BLESSING to wear them… WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!!!
It seems to me that Baryl is just trying to be the replacement of Gavin’s muse. And when he’s aks if he found a new one he says it’s no that, he says that that it’s not healthy and it’s addictive and bla, bla bla. But then he asks her to be the new model for the next cover of their new album (the band) and she accepts. Do you know who was the model for the two previous albums of the band? IT WAS GAVIN’S DEAD EX GIRLFRIEND/MUSE. And Baryl keeps wearing her clothes. And I was done, I was fucking done. And I say it with respect. This is not against the author, it’s my attempt to make a constructive criticism to a book that had so much potential, it was a great story, the preview was awesome and it captivate me, but I read it and nothing was right. This things I just mentioned could have perfectly been an issue in the book, and used as a conflict, as part of the relationship, as means to an end. They could have grown together as people and a couple by overcoming this issues. The book just ended and this things were there like they were normal, but let me tell you this, this are issues that are not normal in a healthy relationship and that eventually would explode and made everyone insecure with themselves, that’s what I see in this couple’s future. Baryl beeing insecure of herself after realizing that she’s the exact same copy of Lulu, Gavin’s ex/muse. She could have been a new muse of her own, with her own identity, but she was just a copy. The clothes were a massive No for me, they could have discussed it, make an agreement, approach these subjects and not let them float in the book like normal. I think if that was approached, it would have been an awesome book and I would have given it at least a 4 stars review. Sadly, it was not. 😦