Bared to You

by Sylvia Day
Kindle EditionRead July 8, 2014

Original Release Date: April 3, 2012

Length: 338 pages

Official Description:This is book #1 in the Crossfire series.

Our journey began in fire…

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness—beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds… and desires.

My Take:

I went in to this book with such low expectations, especially after the disappointing 50 (yeah I know you know how I loathe it) and Breathless books (yes I’ve only read one so far). Plus unlike Rush I was not the biggest fan of Ms Day, don’t get me wrong she’s alright but it wasn’t anything I was dying to rush out and buy. Of course the same people who loved the other two series which are just oh so terrible loved this one. I’ve heard so many “Oh she just copied EL James” comments. Well yeah maybe she was inspired by the crap and decided to write something worth reading. So we have to characters who so very obviously come from abusive backgrounds trying to heal one another. That seems to be the underlying gist, this is why these two seem to be drawn to each other. They are just oh so broken. Plus in this book Eva isn’t some helpless punk, she is a ‘socialite’ her step dad and mom have money, she is not scared of the world, just scared of the media. She’s experienced, but naive, as is Gideon. No woman wants to be treated like most men in books treat women, at least men in these type of books, but for some reason women, and men, flock to these broken alpha types. Ladies and gents going up to some stranger and saying I want to F you is more than likely going to get you slapped across the face, if you’re lucky, unless perhaps that person is super drunk, then hey you’re honest. Stalking someone is not healthy, obsession is not healthy, but it is entertaining. The self-esteem of our characters is low, but they aren’t so bad as other books. Really it was entertaining.

I loved that Eva is pretty much the one in charge of the relationship, she’s calling the shots, mostly, she’s taking the initiative, she is not some weak woman who is being dominated by a strong alpha male. At least not in this book. I was entertained, Ms Day has a larger vocabulary than Ms James, because reading several *inner goddess* type comments might have made me throw my Kindle across the room. I know this series is going to get darker, maybe sinister even in some ways, thanks guys for the spoilers. However, I’m hoping that this book doesn’t go he way of Fifty and just get worse as the series continues. I actually look forward to the next few books. Plus I do like the cover, even if it is a blatant rip off.

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Quote:

“I must’ve wished for you so hard and so often you had no choice but to come true.”

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Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal


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by: Betsy Franco
Paperback Edition

Original Release Date: September 25, 2012

Length: 338 pages

Official Description:

A journal for parents and children ages roughly four to ten (although age range is flexible) to share the evolution of thoughts, feelings, and dreams over the years. Also great for kids who want to keep a time capsule of their own whimsical thoughts and serious ideas about the world.

Inspired by the previous bestselling Potter Style title, Q&A a Day, this journal is the perfect family keepsake. A question by children’s author Betsy Franco is featured for each day with only a few lines provided for a response, making this journal the ultimate no-fuss record keeper. Simply turn to today’s date and record your child’s answer. When you finish the year, move on to the next section. As the years go by you’ll notice how your child’s answers evolve, sometimes silly, sometimes precocious, but always interesting. The diary can be started on any day of the year and makes a terrific keepsake or gift for parents.

My Take:

My child is 9 years old, I realized this recently. He is 9. He is half way to adult hood. He was born yesterday, just yesterday it feels like. These 9 years have flown, the next 9 will be tomorrow and I want them to last a life time, because one day he’ll leave, grow up and start a family. I won’t see or talk to him everyday, so I want to hold on to memories.

This diary is something I saw originally on Pinterest and instantly bought it. It’s fantastic. We’ve only been doing it for a month, but my child insists that he will be exactly the same in 3 years. He enjoys answering the questions. Some are easier than others, some are silly, some show character. For example, “What snack does someone else have that you wish you did?” “If you could help kids in another country what would you do?” I’m paraphrasing from memory but these are questions that pinpoint what your kiddo is thinking in any given moment. Likes, dislikes, hopes, there are no wrong answers, there is only acceptance to his feelings. You come home from school or daycare or from a hard day of play and your child gets to express a part of himself. Answering a different question everyday for 3 years. A memento of his growth, something to hold on to. I’m feeling all sad because one day he’ll be an adult, and I know I’ll be grateful for this memento, plus his children will love seeing it one day.

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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

by Karen Foxlee
Kindle EditionRead July 2, 2014

Original Release Date: January 28, 2014

Length: 242 pages

Official Description:

Unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn’t believe in anything that can’t be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia’s help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy’s own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale is about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

My Take:

I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle for a while now. I just got around to reading it, mostly I wanted to wait until my son got a chance to read it with me. He’s now 9 and fits right into the demographic of this book, plus I always think that if you’re going to read a kids book, you might as well have the perspective of a kid.

Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard has lived a difficult life, a mother who died of cancer, I’m assuming cancer from the description of her illness, and now Ophelia is living in a grieving home with a sister who’s turned inward and a father in denial. This is all over the head of the young one. The young one found it sad that Ophelia’s mother had died and that’s about it on that aspect, though in some ways (without spoiling it for you) there is a message that those you love always stay in your heart. Anyway Ophelia’s full name is used a lot, I mean a lot! It was quite annoying at first, but then became charming by the end of the book. Ophelia lives in a world of science and fact, her mother was a fiction writer but her dad studied history and fact, specifically he studies swords. The Worthington-Whittard family flew to London so her father could open a very important exhibition of swords. All the while Ophelia and Alice are left to their own ruminations. Upon exploring the museum Ophelia stumbles on the Marvelous Boy and adventure begins. Ophelia’s journey, is about believing in herself, defeating evil, connecting with her family, and listening to her heart. It’s a modern-day fairy tell. I could not imagine this in modern times, though they mention modern technology, it just felt very old world, or late 19th century at best. With the talk of wizards, snow queens and magic it was easier for my brain to picture this as olden times. The thought of puffers and what not gives it a modern edge. I liked the story, it’s sweet, it makes you smile to think of everything that Ophelia accomplishes. It’s easy to read, and there are a few pretty pictures between each of the sections.

Now what did the kid think? Well he was sucked in once we got to the hunt for the key and all of the adventure, he knew instantly who the bad guy was and he felt a connection to the boy. He was distraught at the difficult times that the boy faced and that he was taken from his mother. He did get quite emotional at the end of the story, but he has a tendency to over attach himself to fictional characters.  (Don’t get me started over the tears that The Giving Tree wrought as a younger child). He enjoyed the book, he saw it in the store the other day and told some random kids they needed to read it because “it’s cool dude!” (Dude is his new favorite word). So this has the seal of approval of a picky 9-year-old boy and his mother.

*I did receive this book for free for an honest review.

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Ghouls Rush In

 

by H.P. Mallory
Kindle EditionRead June 27, 2014

Original Release Date: May 20, 2014

Length: 283 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 in the Peyton Clark series.

Looking for a fresh start, Peyton Clark becomes the proud owner of a piece of New Orleans history: an Antebellum-era two-story house in the Garden District. It’s going to take time and a fat wallet to restore the fixer-upper to its former glory, but after her recent divorce, Peyton could use the distraction.

It’s not long before Peyton discovers she’s moved into the haunted home of a flirtatious paranormal prankster. She’s receiving kisses from unseen lips and caresses from a ghostly hand, and soon she begins to have vivid dreams, bringing her face-to-face with the incomparably handsome ghost of Drake Montague.

When Peyton grows closer to her general contractor, Ryan Kelly—who is as charming as he is alive—the chill in the air could only suggest Drake’s jealousy from beyond the grave. But even though she’s definitely attracted to and interested in Ryan, Peyton also can’t get Drake out of her dreams, or her heart, as she begins to uncover the frightening truth behind his death a century ago…

My Take:

I love H.P. Mallory, and shame on me for not reading more of her work and falling by the wayside on her Jolie and Dulce series’. (I totally stole that from my last review I did of the Lily Harper series. Again I am shamed for not reading more of Mallory’s work, she is one of the reason’s my interest in reading got kicked into over drive years ago.) Anyway, Peyton’s story is definitely a paranormal romance, but very little romance and minor (for most of the book) paranormal. The first 1/3 of the book involves the transition of Peyton from married woman to single homeowner of a severely dilapidated old home, left to her by a relative that she’d never met. Of course she moves to New Orleans, a town inundated with Voodoo, ghosts, southern hospitality and good cooking. Mallory, while helping restore her home, finds news clippings of a serial killer, called the Axe Man, anyway, she sees good ghosts, bad ghosts, voodoo priestesses. I really enjoyed the story, I loved Peyton and Drake, I think most of the southern charm is great, it does get over done a bit, I really don’t enjoy it when accents are written into the dialog. Gosh what’s an example, I don’t remember Something like Fixen ta or something to that effect, however the story was thoroughly enjoyable. Once we get into the ghost story aspect everything just got better. There were actually some scary moments, ok creepy moments, I love the ghost story, LOVE IT. It is not that common in the paranormal romance area. I don’t read scary books, because well, I don’t enjoy being scared, but this was really good. I have to knock it down because the whole written accent thing, that just bugs the heck out of me. Ms. Mallory is getting better with time. Great book.

Quote:

“Nope, we were like oil and water, cats and dogs, Lindsay Lohan and a law-abiding existence.”

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The Elite

by Kiera Cass, Amy Rubinate (Narrator)
Audio Edition - Read June 26, 2014

Original Release Date: April 23, 2013

Length: 336 pages

Official Description: This is book #2 of The Selection series

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Take:

I kind of liked the first book in the series The Selection it was a fun and light read. This book however, annoyed me to no end. America has turned in to a whiny little girl who kept flip-flopping on her feelings on Aspen and Maxon. This book seemed to want to make us hate Maxon because he turns out to be a “two timer”. Hi America. Just thought we’d like to remind you, you’re in a game show that features a guy choosing from 6 girls. Yeah, you’re not the only one he’s seeing. You could be…but you keep saying no. You keep telling the guy(s) who profess their love for you that you can’t decide if you love them or want to be with them. Maxon is annoying as well, he is intentionally goading America and trying to drive her jealousy into over drive. Hey you won’t talk to me I’ll go be with someone else. He is cruel to her in this book, well “cruel” I use loosely, he’s a catty spoiled little boy. Then you feel sorry for him, then you want to smack him upside the head. Same with Aspen. It’s like all the bad things that happen don’t matter, he continues to do stupid things. Everyone is just stupid in this book. Stupid, childish and petty. There are some great times, I like the raids and what they could mean, I like the maids, I like what America stands for when it comes to changes she’d like to see in the country. But oh my goodness, the rest was annoying as all get up! However, I love the cover, it is beautiful, all of the covers in this series are gorgeous. That’s saying something right?

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Quote:

“It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.”

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