Nov. 29, 2013 – BLOG TOUR – “Six” by Rachel Robinson

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This is my very first time participating in a Blog Tour and I must apologize because I feel like it is one big fail. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Murphy’s Law at its finest. First, I was given no instruction as to what a blog tour is, does, etc. I received an email with pictures that I could not copy/save to my computer (I had to search for my own), a document that does not open on my computer, and a rafflecopter code (without instruction on how to create one or what I am supposed to give away). And, of course, the world closes on Thanksgiving so I cannot turn to the professionals for help. But when I sat and thought about it, there is no place that says that “booksbysteph is hosting on the 29th”.  Since I have many blogs that are merely mirror images with different address endings, no one asked me which site would be the host of this event. Since my participation has ended up becoming limited and I have nothing to give away, all I can offer you is a reader’s point-of-view of this book. Please visit the Rachel Robinson page on my website for more information on all things Rachel.

Reader Synopsis and Review

BOOK_COVER_SixWhen the dark witches took over the world, they killed humans to eradicate weakness. Six emotions are considered weak – anger, fear, sadness, joy, surprise and love.

When immortal darkling Emmalina Weaver turns eighteen, most of her emotions have disappeared. When the dark witches arrive to take her to the palace to start her life as a breeder, the last of Emma’s fear causes her to run away. In the haunted woods, she meets Lena and Bec. They are half witch, half human as well, but more human than witch because they were raised not to use their magic. Lena sees that Emma is not fully changed to the dark side and offers to help her feels her emotions again. However, the dark witches are still searching for Emma. They will not quit until she is dead. How far will her new friends go to save her from her fated life?

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

5

I found this book to be absolutely delightful.

While I read this book in one sitting, it took awhile. That is because I devoured each and every word. The story of Emma’s journey was captivating from page one. Never was there a dull moment as the story filled the pages without becoming too busy or unbelievable.

As Emma is trying to learn and feel the six emotions, the reader feels them as well…plus more. It is very easy to hand your heart over to this story; to imagine yourself as Emma  and the man you love as Finn. They way love is described, the backbone of fairy tales, is the collaboration of all my secret girl fantasies.

The only con – I wish there was a chapter at the end that explained why Finn and Lana were so close.

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ
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DAMNATION BOOKS

 

“Ghosts of the Falls” by Sarah Gilman

BOOK_COVER_Ghosts of the FallsDutch called Jade to come to a state park in Maine to exorcise a ghost. “Over a hundred years ago, a logger got knocked into the river by a falling tree and fell into the gorge.” Jade asked Dutch to take her to the burial site so she can bind the ghost to his grave and he will not be powerful enough to fit back.

On their hike through the forest to the site, Dutch asks a lot of questions about exorcising a ghost. Jade explains “[i]t takes a significant event or events to bind a spirit to earth” that would explain his continued presence. Dutch tells her tales of ghost sightings so real that they could touch and talk to the ghost. “Spirits powerful enough to assume corporeal form are the rarest kind. There have only been a couple observed by exorcists in recorded history.”

Dutch really likes Jade, but when she asks him out to dinner, he turns her down. Deflated, Jade starts an incantation and watches Dutch disappear before her eyes. Putting together pieces of the puzzle, Jade realizes that Dutch is the ghost. But what she does not understand is why he would call for his own exorcism.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

5

Short and sweet. Informative but not distracting.

I found this novella to be quite wonderful. My first story about a ghost who can be seen, touched and talked to as if it were alive. The author provided so much information that did not distract you from the story. Having Dutch ask the questions allowed the reader to learn about the process of an exorcism and ghost related facts that actually draws the reader into the story further. And you learn so much about the two characters in a short hike that even though it seems like an impossible situation that they are in, you are rooting for them.

You will get lost in the knowledge this story tells, the love this story creates, and the hope this story rests upon. Wonderful way to pass an hour by reading this story.

For more novellas, go to http://www.booksbysteph.com.

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ

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“Less Than Perfect” by Kelly Jensen

BOOK_COVER_Less Than PerfectIn 2015, the “beautiful alien visitors arrived in beautiful, undetectable alien starships. They looked like us, but better… They had observed us from afar for thousands of years, and came to render assistance in helping us achieve the next evolutionary step.” They could make us beautiful too. In exchange, we ended up handing over our souls. I am trying to find food and a new home with my group after a small gang kicked us off our farm.

We met a man who invited us over for lunch with his mother. He looked harmless enough. We drank cold lemonades when I started to feel weird. I could not move my body and started seeing spots. Right before I passed out I realized I had been drugged. I awoke in a small room and knew I had been captured by the aliens. I had to figure a way out of there. They will steal my soul and make me one of them.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

3

Sometimes the hardest books to review are the ones that leave you with questions. This book leaves me with so many questions, yet, because of the plot of the story, the questions, literally, cannot be answered. Still, I feel like some things contradict each other.

The story, however, was good. It kept me enthralled. I even got a fright when the low battery box popped up on my Kindle. I just about jumped out of my skin and scared a sleeping cat off my lap.

For more novellas, go to http://www.booksbysteph.com.

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ

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“Heart of the Country” by Rene Gutteridge

heartofthecountry1After sixty-two days, Luke Carraway knew Faith Barnett was his soul mate. Since the Carraway family is beyond wealthy, they believe Faith is with Luke for his money. Luke and Faith leave their families out and elope. Then Luke decides to leave the family company to be independent and make a name for himself with competitors, the Michov Brothers.

Faith starts to overhear conversations about the Michov Brothers being a part of a Ponzi scheme. “[A] Ponzi scheme is when a fund…takes the money from new investors and uses it to pay off existing investors’ returns on investments. It gives the illusion of profit when there isn’t any.” Luke promises Faith that he is not involved in anything illegal. But her faith in Luke is shattered when the SEC arrests him “for conspiracy to commit federal securities fraud.”

When Luke refuses to answer any of Faith’s questions, she packs up her belongings and goes to the only place she can – Columbus County, North Carolina – her family’s home. This is difficult for her. The reason why Faith left is because the community wanted her to pick up on the life her mother left behind when she died. But Faith has never really dealt with her mother’s death. She left the rest of her family to deal with losing her as well. Now, ten years later, there are mixed emotions about Faith’s return.

Back in New York, Luke’s scandal has caused everyone to turn away from him. Faith was just the first. Luke is alone and facing prison time, wondering the ways he could kill himself while inside. There is only one direction for Luke to turn and it goes against everything he was trying to do by himself. Plus, he has not heard from Faith and needs to decide whether to fight for her or let her go for betraying their vows. Unexpected news puts a new twist on everything and everyone.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

5

It has been so long since I have read a book with so much realistic content, situations and emotions. The character conflict is amazing.

The author uses real life circumstances and writes how real people would act in that situation. Independence, pride, ethics, vows, family and death are just a few of the struggles the characters of this book have to deal with.

Family dynamics play an extremely large role in this story. I found myself comparing my family to those of the two main characters, Luke and Faith. I will say that some actions the family members took surprised me.

I struggled with this book in the sense that I felt connected to the story at my very core. While the 400+ pages seem daunting, it is well worth it. It is a quick read because you will not want to put it down. And I did not. Very emotional. Have a tissue handy.

For more books, go to http://www.booksbysteph.com

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ

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“Dark Angel” by TJ Bennett

BOOK_COVER_Dark AngelAfter their ship sank somewhere in the Irish Sea, Catherine Briton tried telling the Captain of her lifeboat that she saw land. The Captain denied her claims, saying, “[o]nly the dead or dying see that island.” After the lifeboat capsized, Catherine felt someone pull her to the beach of the island. When she opened her eyes she saw “a sleek, powerful beast, it’s fur black as midnight.” When she heard a commotion, Catherine tried calling for help.

“‘How the bloody hell are you here?’ [A] deep voice above [Catherine] sounded utterly perplexed. ‘How the devil did you accomplish it?'” Catherine soon finds out that she is the only survivor who washed up on the shore of Ynys Nos, Welsh for the Dark Island. She learns that “all the inhabitants of this [island] have been suspended in time and have ceased to age[.]” Catherine was “the real first contact [they] have had with the outside world in many years.” A hundred years in fact.

“No one ever leaves the Dark Island.” Catherine is stuck on a mysterious island under the supervision of a man the residents called Master.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

5

An extremely talented author pens an intriguing and captivating story.

Ynys Nos may not exist but this author brought it to fruition. To me, the Dark Island existed. Well placed detail, that did not distract from the story, created a real yet mystical image. I could feel the fog closing in around me and the terror of the inability to see past the nose on my face. The fog is a character in itself but you do not realize it.

The two main characters, Gerald and Catherine, are hot tempered and full of passion in the sense of what they believe and who and what they stand for. Two stubborn people so concerned about their own agenda to realize what is right in front of them.

The author stuck true to the era of each character: Catherine in the mid 1800s and the inhabitants of the island in the 1700s. The idea Catherine gave the resident gynecologist had me in fits of laughter. And the ending of this book shocked me. An end that I never saw coming.

I hope this is the beginning of a series. The author could take this story and build so much on it.

For more books, go to http://www.booksbysteph.com.

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ

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“Hunter’s Moon” by Lisa Kessler

BOOK_COVER_Hunter_s MoonThe Moon Series, Book 2

She tried to kill him twice. Yet, “[i]nstead of protecting [his] Pack…[Aren Sloan] found [him]self sneaking around, unable to stop tracking her, protecting [their] enemy. Sasha [Kincade].” She was a shape-shifting jaguar and was part of the Neo Organization. The Neo Organization “bred jaguar shape-shifters and trained them as silent assassins for the highest bidder.” Sasha left the organization whey they failed to give her a promised antidote, to her shape-shifting, that never existed. Now there is a bounty on her head and people are trying to kill her. The Neo Organization cannot afford Sasha spilling their secrets, that “[t]hey kidnapped and imprisoned human women within the compound to be part of [their] jaguar-shifter breeding program and DNA testing.” The government thought “they were just financing enhanced soldiers.”

Now, a shape-shifting werewolf with Green Beret training has threatened Sasha using the only leverage he had over her – Sasha’s sister. Sasha knew that she needed help and she knew that, for some reason, Aren was following her. She knew Aren was a werewolf and asked him and his Pack to protect her sister until she could figure out who is trying to kill her and get to him first. 

I GIVE THIS BOOK:
5

One thing I believe is important in a book series is to catch the reader up on previous books so they do not get confused with the story. This author achieved that. The back-story from book one was written out as a matter of factly, yet stayed true to the story of this book.  Throughout the book, when references to the first book surfaced, this author gave a point-blank explanation that never veered away from the story at hand.

The book was a little long, but it needs to be that way. Being able to feel and root on the characters in this book came from reading their interactions and learning their history. As the two main characters get to know each other, so does the reader. A lot of books make you want to scream, “You are so stupid, just tell each other!” Yet this book left you conflicted between love and understanding. This is what draws a reader in and had this reader in tears.

For more books about the paranormal, go to http://www.booksbysteph.com.

Until next time, live life one page at a time!

SZ

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“Undying Embrace” by Jessica Lee

BOOK_COVER_Undying Embrace

A Novel of the Enclave, Book 2

In Fairfield, South Carolina, Gabrielle Stevens learns that her sister has been missing for at least three weeks. Her neighbors tell Gabrielle that Alexandria started hanging around a Goth club called Wicked Ways. Gabrielle creates a Gothic style character that can check out the club without getting noticed. But it is what Gabrielle noticed is far beyond what she imagined. Two years ago, Arran pushed her away by telling her that her kiss was forgettable and today he sits at the other end of the bar.

Arran MacLain is a vampire. He was part of a group, called the Enclave, that killed Death Euphoria Addicts. His former partner, Markus, nearly destroyed the Enclave when he turned against them. Arran left the Enclave and has been searching for Markus. Those searches lead him to Wicked Ways – owned by Markus himself.

Horrified at the thought that her sister might be dead, Gabrielle and Arran team up to find Alexandria. But being around each other is much harder then they realized. They loved each other but Gabrielle is human and Arran is a vampire. How will that work? And “God forbid if [Gabrielle] ever found out about the things” Arran did in the past. She would be as disgusted as he is with himself.

I GIVE THIS BOOK:

4

* WARNING: CONTENT & LANGUAGE *
MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

Read this series in order. There are references to the first book that I did not understand.

Finally! An author who actually uses racy language rather then trying to keep things clean. I feel that using language that people use in real life, proper or not, brings the reader closer to the story. I could imagine myself as Gabrielle and properly enjoy the X-rated sex scenes.

For more books about the paranormal, go to http://www.booksbysteph.com.

Until next time, life life one page at a time!

SZ

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