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“New Blood: Vampire in the City Book One” by Donna Ansari

 

Upon reading “New Blood: Vampire in the City Book One” by Donna Ansari I found that I liked the book, but I wasn’t very partial to the main character Emma. I felt as though she was a little boring and wasn’t described well enough since by the end of the book I couldn’t recall what she looked like. Personally, I thought she needed something more to make her special, besides her awesome table breaking skills. 

I found descriptions to be vague and the male characters a little dry. The plot was interesting enough and overall I would read the next books in the series to see where the storyline goes. The author is a creative writer and has a lot of imagination. 
I was provided a free copy of this book for my honest opinion. 

Reviewer: Sammie

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“New Blood: Vampire in the City Book One” by Donna Ansari

 

Upon reading “New Blood: Vampire in the City Book One” by Donna Ansari I found that I liked the book, but I wasn’t very partial to the main character Emma. I felt as though she was a little boring and wasn’t described well enough since by the end of the book I couldn’t recall what she looked like. Personally, I thought she needed something more to make her special, besides her awesome table breaking skills. 

I found descriptions to be vague and the male characters a little dry. The plot was interesting enough and overall I would read the next books in the series to see where the storyline goes. The author is a creative writer and has a lot of imagination. 
I was provided a free copy of this book for my honest opinion. 

Reviewer: Sammie

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Sunday Shorts???

I have been in deep thought over what I can bring readers and authors alike that will strike some interest. Even though book reviews are doing wonderful I want this blog to be more than just for authors. I want readers, book lovers and others to stop in more. 

So to fix this I came up with Sunday Shorts. Every week I will post on the designated Sunday Shorts page and post there a theme that the short stories will center around. A theme will make things more interesting. There will be a place on the page where the short stories can be turned in at. I will post all of the stories and everyone can enjoy them while commenting. 

What do you think? 

Does it sound like something that readers, authors and bloggers would like to do? 

Leave your thoughts on the subject by commenting below. 

Book Blogger Hop: Sept 18th-Sept 24th

Book Blogger Hop

Passwords have always been something I have never been able to keep up with. So instead of using an address book, or tattoing them to my forhead I have a different method that works for me. I try my very best to keep the password for each site close to being the same, but then I find a piece of thick paper. I’m talking about something like construction paper, cardstock, or something similar. Using a thin tipped, so I dont make a mess, black sharpie I write down the website url and then the information I need to know like the password. Next I take a quick hop, skip, and a jump into my kitchen to my laminator. It’s real purpose is to laminate packages, or seal up meat. No matter it works as long as I make sure that the heat isnt so high it burns my paper. Once I have talentedly finished without burning myself, I then chase down my Velcro that has the sticky sides. Sticking a piece to the back of the laminated password paper and then another piece underneath my computer desk. Stick the password paper Velcro to it’s mate under the table and I have a password cozy that even I can’t mess up. Woo-hop never locked out of my blog again.

“A Portal in Time” by Claire Fullerton

 

 A very captivating read. Claire Fullerton takes you on not one but two lovely journeys. I thoroughly enjoyed how these two stories, thus from two different time periods, flowed so well together. It was definitely a page turner that I did not put down. Both stories kept me wanting more, with the bond they shared and the suspense of what will come. I do have to say I wanted more at the end. It does not end with a cliffhanger, but I just wanted more, maybe I’m just greedy. lol 
I received this copy for an honest review.

Reviewer: Michelle
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“Wilder: The Guardian Series Book 1” by GK DeRosa

 

 5….10….20 – There are not enough stars for me to put on this little gem!!! I really haven’t read much in the paranormal genre in about 2 years (it was my most favorite genre then) and this has definitely brought me back and reminded me what I loved about this genre. This literally has me addicted on the first page. This was one of those books that you want to read slowly because you do not want it to end, but end up reading it in one sitting because you cannot put it down. The author definitely puts it all in there – action, suspense, love, and amazing characters. The second I finished this I was stalking trying to find out when the second book will be released. 
I received this book for an honest review.

Reviewer: Michelle

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“Forbidden” by Marla Josephs

 

“Forbidden” by Marla Josephs is a romantic story after my own heart. A story that captures the girl next door image wonderfully for the character Savina. Savina is a very relatable character for me in this story as she has so many over protective brothers and is the only daughter. Personally, I could feel the love, mothering and irritation she had at times for her siblings as I am the exact same with three brothers of my own while being the only daughter.

You never know where love will turn up. That was something that struck me while reading. In Savina and Shelton’s case it turns up when he becomes her landlord after her father rents the upstairs at Shelton’s for her. The pull and attraction Savina and Shelton felt for each other felt so natural to me. The way the drift from side ways glances on to friends and then forward was not the cliche it was it’s own. Marla Josephs was very careful and well thought out this story to keep it so simple, but not ending up with the run of the mill cliche.

“Forbidden” is a light romance that will even pull out a few laughs along the way. I couldn’t help but to roll laughing at the assumption Shelton made of all the males Savina had following her around while not knowing about her brood of dominating brothers. I even felt the embarrsment when he felt the need to confront her out of fear for her safety and jealousy that he poorly hidden. 

With the story centering around the two main characters it makes for a lovely and realistically written story. The way they bond over food and television reminded me of my own current relationship. I even felt the awkward moments they had since they are moments every new founded friendship has between opposite sexes who are secretly attracted  to each other.
This is the second book I have read written by Marla Josephs. It is also the second book in The Reluctant series. The author writes this story beautifully and doesn’t disappoint at all. She grasps the realistic sides of the story and runs with it. I recommend this book and encourage it as a book to read over a weekend so there is no worries of being disturbed. 

I was provided a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Reviewer: Kristin
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Another Reviewer @ After Dark Reading Nook’s Thought on “Forbidden” by Marla Joseph’s

“Forbidden” by Marla Josephs is a book that I deeply enjoyed. It was a very fast paced detailed read that kept me wanting to turn each page faster to the next. I just couldn’t wait until I made it to the next page to see what was going to happen next. 

The author did a very wonderful job of describing each character and putting them in realistic situations ones that could happen to anyone anywhere. I suggest anyone that likes a great fast paced exciting read to check out this book. Just make sure that you have a few hours free since you will not put this one down.

Reviewer: Keishian

“Ghost Orchid” by D.K. Christi

 

“Ghost Orchid” by D.K. Christi is a book that almost had me lost for words. As I looked at the book cover, before I began reading, I couldn’t help but to feel excited. Just the background, the girl and the white most around the camera had my imagination getting ahead of me. Calming myself down I had to remember to read it first.

When I finished reading I saw in awe. The book cover did not disappoint, because the story is as brilliantly beautifully as it is. A mystical romantic story of love, betrayal, heartache and forgiveness I was hooked from the beginning. 
D.K. Christi is a talented author who has her own style of writing that amazes me. The Everglades plays as a setting in the story, at what points I won’t say because I don’t want to give spoilers, and the author described the setting with more than on point knowledge. Not only is the Everglades described on point, but they were beautifully and vividly described. I felt as though I could image every single detail down to the smallest thing. 

The story came alive as I read each word and I didn’t want it to ever end. The plot contained twists and turns that kept me from even thinking about putting the book down. Mysteries around the past come slowly undone as she tells her story. “Ghost Orchid” is a magical and yet romantic read that I’m adding to one of my favorite reads. I even felt as though I was following the characters Neev and Mel watching them from afar throughout their lives. 

D.K. Christi captivated me with this book and stunned me to the very end. It’s a very moving story one that deserves to be read by everyone. She is a brilliant author and I can’t wait to read her next book. I recommend me this book to everyone and guarantee that you will be stunned when your finished. I do caution readers who plan or will read this book by saying that it’s one you need to make sure you schedule is clear until your done since you won’t put it down until the end.

I was provided a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.

Reviewed By: Keishian

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