Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Book Review: Screaming Snowflakes by Amber Tesia

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B0077JMQWW

With an unprecedented alliance between a human and the epitome of darkness can a pure, forbidden love conquer all?
Fresh from a break-up the thoughtful and witty Eleanor moves half-way across the country to study at a London university. Staying in her recently deceased great great grandmother’s house, Eleanor knows there is more to the crumbling property when she discovers a mysterious locked room. A century old tragic secret risks being unearthed by Eleanor, who reluctantly settles into her new surroundings.
The last thing Eleanor wants is to be distracted by boys and she is initially dismissive of Raphael, an enigmatic loner with no real friends or family. Forced to work together, she discovers Raphael to be a pensive, compassionate and intriguing friend. Their friendship is pushed to the limit when Raphael divulges his terrible unworldly secret.
Eleanor is the antithesis of the rebellious Raphael, whose damned and tainted soul threatens her very existence. Unseen supernatural forces conspire to keep the lovers apart, yet nothing can harm Eleanor as she remains under Raphael’s protection. As the boundaries of good and evil become blurred and transgression becomes inevitable, this gripping, thought provoking tale will engage all who have ever questioned love and humanity.

Screaming Snowflakes follows Eleanor as she embarks on a new journey in her life. After moving to London for university, she has to get used to not only a new city, but starting her courses and making new friends. She falls in with a new crowd and she soon enjoys a fun social life.

Then she meets Raphael. After a rocky start to their friendship, Eleanor and Raphael quickly become great friends. They are often found studying together at their homes or eating out in delicious restaurants. Eleanor adores his friendship and always looks forward to the time they spend together.

She knows Raphael is hiding something from her, something important about who he is. But Raphael is scared to let her in and show her his true nature…in case she should run screaming in the other direction.

Eleanor being the open minded person that she is, accepts Raphael as he is – even though he threatens her very existence.

I really liked the lovers’ interactions and watching them slowly fall for each other. The premise was an interesting on, and even though this is a subject that a lot of people would say has been beaten to death, the story was fresh and original and had intriguing characters to keep things moving along.

The only negative thing I would say about the story, is that a lot of it could have been cut down. A little ‘fat trim’ with unnecessary information would have helped the story move along a lot quicker, giving it a faster pace. That said, I enjoyed this read, and would recommend it to friends. 


Book Review: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (12 Jun 2012)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0385742010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385742016

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistable good looks and charm on ususpecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

Every spring, Calder White feels the call – the urge to return to Lake Superior and his sisters. Calder is the only boy in a family of murderous merfolk. They prey on unsuspecting humans, dragging them to the lake’s bed and drowning them to absorb their energy. Calder’s sisters don’t understand him – don’t understand why he waits as long as he does before feeding. Where they live for the cold and murky depths of the lake, Calder has fantasised about warmer waters…and his freedom. At last, his sisters have promised him his freedom. All he has to do is help them exact revenge on the man they blame for their mother’s death.

Calder’s job is to seduce Lily, daughter of the man in their sights. But when Calder starts to fall for Lily, and Lily knows there is more to Calder than meets the eye, the pair attract the attention of his sisters.

Lies Beneath was as eerie and ominous as Lake Superior itself, with Calder, the unlikely hero at its centre.

Calder was a complex and entertaining character. He longs to be something better, something other than the merman he is. In Lily he finds peace and serenity and above all, acceptance. In the middle of his tumultuous world is a place filled with poetry and soft caresses.

Lies Beneath is as much a horror story to be read with the lights on as it is a bittersweet romance with doomed characters.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for the review copy.  


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Book Review: The Best Mistake by Kate Watterson

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 235 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (16 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language English
  • ASIN: B0069VU9BY
  • When Lacey Billings gives her boyfriend, Ran, an erotic wake-up call in the middle of the night, she's shocked to discover that the gorgeous man she's kissing isn't Ran...it's his cousin, Rick.
    Although Ran laughs off the mix-up, Lacey and Rick can't stop thinking about the unexpected encounter, and they can't escape the scorching flashbacks it's aroused.
    Ran doesn't want an innocent mistake to ruin his relationship with his girlfriend or his cousin, so he proposes a solution. He wants the three of them to solve this problem the old-fashioned way, by sleeping on it...together.
    17,000 words

The Best Mistake was a short erotic story that packed a powerful punch.

Coming home after a late flight, Lacey has missed her boyfriend, Ran, and can’t help but want to catch up on lost time. She crawls into bed to show just how much she missed him but soon discovers he isn’t her boyfriend, but his cousin, Rick.

Ran laughed the story off but neither Lacey nor Ran can do the same. All they do is think back and linger on what might have been. Ran doesn’t want to put either relationship at risk so what he proposes will either push them all apart, or bring them all firmly together.

All the characters were well developed in this story and all three main characters are likeable with something for everyone. While this was a very short story, it was well written and delivered. Fans of the genre will love this. 


Friday, 11 May 2012

Book Review: All I Want is You by Sherrill Bodine

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (9 Feb 2012)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0446584355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446584357

    Vintage boutique owner Venus Smith is stunned to realize her newest acquisition comes with a larcenous legend. Stolen years ago, the antique mermaid brooch belongs to the Clayworth family. The right thing to do would be to return it, but that means facing Connor Clayworth O'Flynn, the sexy department store heir Venus has had an unrequited crush on since childhood-and the man who helped ruin her father. 


    Connor knows that Venus has never forgiven him for what happened between their families. But business isn't personal, even though Venus's father's betrayal still cuts him like a knife. So when Venus proposes a deal-she'll return his family's brooch if he helps clear her father's name-he reluctantly agrees. As action-packed days turn into flirtatious fall nights, it isn't long before old memories resurface . . . and new desires ignite. Can two young lovers leave the past behind? Or must they first admit that all they've ever really wanted . . . is each other?

All I Want Is You was an intriguing romantic read. Full of mystery and charged atmosphere, it made for a very enjoyable read.

Venus has been at war with Connor all her life, and things aren’t any sweeter between them when he ruined her father’s reputation. But then a brooch that has been missing for years brings the pair together and they form an unlikely alliance.

I loved the banter between Connor and Venus and as they slowly fell for each other, giving in to the flirtation.

This book had plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep things very interesting and Venus and Connor themselves keep the reader glued to the page. A perfect novel for when its pouring outside and you just want to curl up on the couch with a great book.


Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Book Review: Interrupted by Rachel Coker

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language English
  • ISBN-10: 0310729734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310729730
  • Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.

Allie’s life changes the instant her mother dies. Ripped out of the only home she has known and placed in a town where she doesn’t know anyone, it takes the poetry of Emily Dickinson to keep Allie from completely turning herself to stone.

But then a childhood friend appears and things stir in Allie that she had no idea existed. As World War II looms in the distance, Allie must try to get past her fears before it is too late to do anything about them.

Interrupted is a Christian historical fiction with a romantic edge. I really struggled to get into this one. It wasn’t just because of Allie’s surly character, I’ve read plenty of books with grumpy protagonists but Allie really took the biscuit. At times she was cruel and uncaring how she talked to people. After a while it really grated on my nerves.

While I am sure there are plenty of other people who would love this book it wasn’t for me. 

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