My Top 5 in 5: Day 2

Today is day 2of the TOP 5 in 5! Just a reminder, there is a giveaway going. I know that everyone reads different things. Because of this, I decided that the prize on the giveaway is the winner’s choice out of the whole list. Since the giveaway keeps going from January 25-January31, you will be able to review all of my faves and then make you

And now, here is the second in my list:

2011: Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

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Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden’s powers to unlock Belle Dam’s secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father–and Trey, the enigmatic guy he’s falling for, is Catherine’s son.

To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.

I love this book! Here’s my review of it: http://wp.me/p1yGqH-2B

And there you have it, my second book! Here is the giveaway link . . .

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My Top 5 in 5: Day 1

Today is the beginning of the TOP 5 in 5! From today to the 31st, I will show you my favorite books that have been published on that year. I have read them all and, to be honest, I did read them within the time period and they probably would have made my list if I put in the top 5 read. Or at least they would have been contenders.

Oh, and no worries, all of the books are either the first in a series or they are standalone. I have this issue with reading books out of order. I’ve done it once and I was extremely confused.

Starting today, the giveaway begins. I know that everyone reads different things. Because of this, I decided that the prize on the giveaway is the winner’s choice out of the whole list. Since the giveaway keeps going from January 25-January 31, you will be able to review all of my faves and then make you

And now, here is the first in my list:

2010: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

 

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Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself.

Unfortunately, I do not have a review for this book. I actually read this before I started reviewing books on my blog. I do plan on rereading it this year. Therefore, a review will happen. However, I really liked this book. The fact I am going to be rereading it says something in itself.

However, the other books do have reviews and their shortlinks are on the future pages of this Top 5 of 5 event.

And there you have it! My book for 2010! And for the giveaway . . .

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My Top 5 in 5

Today is the beginning of the Top 5 books in 5 years giveaway. The giveaway will go on from today all the way until January 31st. I didn’t want to begin with my books just yet because there are five books and seven days of this fun time. It made sense to me to start this off with the giveaway and with the list of other blogs joining in on this blog hop fun.

I wish I could say that I thought of this, but I didn’t. That said, it is a fun idea and I can’t wait to see what the others came up with for their lists. My list composes mostly of paranormal or young adult. There is a standalone thriller in there as well. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did if you choose to read them.

Here are the other blogs joining in the fun:

http://livingseverallives.weebly.com/

http://quillcafe.blogspot.com/

Please check them out for their lists and enter their giveaways. I will be!

And speaking of giveaways, here is mine . . .

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Book 6 of 2015: Edge of Love by E.L. Todd

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Sean and Scarlet are finally blissfully happy together. Their past is behind them forever. But after Sean and Scarlet travel to Connecticut to reveal their engagement, tensions escalate, family secrets are revealed, and an unexpected visitor ruins the weekend. When they return to Seattle, Scarlet refuses to get married at his family estate, which infuriates Sean. Their arguments escalate until another secret is revealed.

Scarlet is full of regret when she realizes she hurt Sean and broke his trust. For the first time, Scarlet is responsible for the pain and the hurt of their relationship. Is Sean’s love just as unconditional as he claims? Will he able to forgive Scarlet for her betrayal just like she forgave him?

Edge of Love is the third book to the Forever and Always series. Which is the prequel series to Forever and Ever.

At first, I was hesitant about continuing Scarlet and Sean’s story. However, E.L. Todd has just presented an ebook boxset of the first three books in the Forever and Always series. She emailed me with the request of a review. Since this was the only one out of the three that I haven’t read, I went ahead and read it.

I’m glad I did. Truly. Though the drama hasn’t ended, I finally feel like Scarlet and Sean are learning from their past and are working towards a mutual goal.

In the second book, I had issues with the two of them. Sean was making poor decisions left and right. Scarlet couldn’t decide whether or not she wanted to remain a stubborn ass. In this book, Sean shows that the poor decisions in books one and two have changed him. Scarlet, being stubborn Scarlet, needed this book to knock it into her head.

I was glad to see the others beat it into her that she wasn’t a perfect person and that she was being an outright ass. Sure, we all have issues with in-laws and I have at one point went to my parents hoping they would blow away all of the bad stuff. However, when you’re in a serious relationship, it’s time to be in the serious relationship. Luckily, Scarlet had the people in her life to drill that into her.

So, without giving too much away, the book ends on a cliffhanger that I was wondering about since the first book.

In all, the book wasn’t bad. It was the typical roller coaster that the first two had, but I felt like there was actual growth with the characters. That makes me excited to read more. Also, with this cliffhanger, it’d be hard to not wonder what is going to happen next.

I love my guilty pleasures.

Top 5 in 5 Preview

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to tell you that I’m joining in a little fun with a few other book blogs. For the days January 25-31, a blog will list their top five books between the years of 2010-2014. At the end of it all, there will be giveaways in all of the blogs. I’m thinking of gifting Kindle books of my top 5. Not sure if it will be all five or just a few of the five. I haven’t made up my mind.

Shoot, I’m still trying to think of what my top 5 books are. It’s rough. That said, I would love it if you guys look at the other blogs as well as my own during this time.

1. http://livingseverallives.weebly.com/

2. http://quillcafe.blogspot.com/

3. ME! http://60secondsormore.wordpress.com/

Yeah, we’re still hoping for more blogs, but still, check it out when it happens. Remember, January 25-January 31. Memo it. Email it to yourself. Put it on that date book. Jot it down on a to do list. January 25-January 31. Fun stuff!

 

Book 5 of 2015: The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

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TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING.

A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and this prize can only be obtained by the combined talents of two remarkable men. Now if Arcadius can just keep Hadrian and Royce from killing each other, they just might succeed.

The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles are two separate, but related series, and you can start reading with either Theft of Swords(publication order) or The Crown Tower (chronological order).

 The Crown Tower is a fantasy book that is nothing but entertaining. I love reading fantasies (mostly the kind with political intrigue in there too), but I don’t usually read a fantasy that is an obvious just for entertainment.

The first thing that came to my mind when I started reading was that it sounded like a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. I love playing DnD (am going to tonight in fact) and my personal favorite types are fighters. That said, I’m not too sure how I feel about Hadrian.

Hadrian is a sweetheart first and foremost and a fighter second. He has three swords and is skilled in the art of killing, but that skill doesn’t seem to stop him from being too honest and too trusting. He’s like the village farm boy who dreams of being a knight. He’s not a growling fighter type of guy. I like that, but I didn’t feel the depth of his convictions about being a fighter. That said, this is basically an introduction to his relationship with Royce. It’s also a stand alone. It is an adventure, not an epic.

Royce was interesting. I have a feeling that he’s not human and if he is what I think he is (elf), then he’s a nice surprise to what I’ve experienced with elves. He’s quiet, fast, and a more pessimistic realist. What I mean by that is, his feelings about people make sense, but he’s more of a slash and ask questions later kind of guy. Really not a person you want to be around. In short, he’s the exact opposite of Hadrian.

Though the book centered more on these two men, I found the chapters on Gwen, a whore turned business owner, more interesting. I liked to see her struggle and how she fought through it. Hadrian and Royce were more of the action and humor, whereas, Gwen was more of the substance. Her stuff made the world real. Theirs, made it like a short DnD campaign.

In all, it was a fun book to read. I’m not sure if I will want to read the series that these characters are also in, but I’ve had a taste of them and I may read more later. Right now, it was a great fun pause away from the mundane life.

Fifteen Blog Tour

Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts

Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts

Legend has it if you die in your dreams, you die in real life. Fifteen-year-old Ashling Campbell knows that’s not true because when she closes her eyes each night, she doesn’t dream about public nudity or Prom dates. Instead, she’s catapulted to the front row of her future self’s execution – fifteen years from now – where monsters have taken control of her hometown and she, or rather, her 30-year-old counterpart, is their public enemy number one.

 For three months and counting, it’s been the same dream… until an encounter with an antique dreamcatcher. Ash falls asleep to discover she’s no longer a mere spectator in these dreams – now she’s astral-projecting into the body of her future self. Each night, she goes on the run with a ragtag group of rebels – who have no idea she’s really a high school sophomore and not their noble warrior. She has to make it through each night so that she can wake up and find a way to change the future. For every action she does in the present day, she falls asleep to discover it had an equal impact fifteen years later. It’s up to her to manage her two worlds and make sure she’s still got a place in both.

Fifteen is a young adult paranormal written by Jen Estes and published through Curiosity Quills Press. It was released just yesterday in fact!

The book is the first in the series. I prefer to read in sequential order and I don’t think I would understand this series if I didn’t read this book first. That said, it is the only one out in the moment. It’s just that the amount of information and moments makes me think reading this book first will be integral for the rest of the series,

Jen Estes weaves Lakota legends with real life into a story that is both disturbing and entertaining. Her writing style is easy to get into. I couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down. The dream sequences are written in italics to make it easier for the reader. If that didn’t happen, I think it would have taken me longer to get into the book.

You are thrown into a dream right in the beginning. Boy, is it disturbing. I love disturbing. Estes didn’t hold back with the imagery and it made changing the dreams an urgent thing for the reader and the character, Ash. The book wouldn’t have the same impact without it.

Ash is a strong female lead. She’s a smart girl with a smartass tongue. Both of which are traits I love in a character. Even in the most disturbing or dark moments, Ash found a way to make a smartass remark. I liked her close relationship with her mother and the relationships she had with other people she loved.

Her relationship with Tate didn’t surprise me too much. They are close, but there isn’t much of a romance between the two. Tate has his eyes on another girl and Ash is just trying to keep herself from going insane. Her relationship with Coop seems real, but with the fact that it’s a dream/time travel, we aren’t given much chemistry. The chemistry is more for Future Ash than our main character Ash.

Though there are more books to come, Fifteen more or less ended on a rather final note. It seems Ash’s work is done except for two big bumps she’s determined to take care of. Since she seems to work well with her determination, I’m sure she will be the main character in the upcoming books. However, with the way the Lakota legends go (a great twist on things and I really enjoyed that), I wouldn’t be surprised if the next book is set in the future with a new person dreaming.

I don’t know though. It could go both ways. Either way, I’m interested in seeing what else happens.

Author: Jen Estes

Author: Jen Estes

Jen Estes is the author of the Cat McDaniel Mystery Series and the forthcoming FIFTEEN (The Dreamwalker Diaries).

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jen had to choose between staring at corn or reading books. Corn husks just didn’t have the appeal of the Baby-Sitters Club, and so a bookworm was born. Reading later turned into writing and in 2011, Jen published her first novel. After releasing four books in the mystery genre, Jen finally gave in to the literary demands of her inner teenager with her YA debut, FIFTEEN (The Dreamwalker Diaries) with Curiosity Quills.  Jen lives in Illinois with her husband Nathan under the tyranny of their three cats: Wrigley, Ivy and Captain Moo.

She is an active member of the National Writers Union. When she isn’t writing, Jen enjoys sci-fi in all its mediums, attempting yoga, using her passport, watching baseball, and reading a good book. You can find Jen on the web at http://www.jenestes.com, on Tumblr as AuthorJenEstes and tweeting under @jenestesdotcom

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5260678.Jen_Estes

Website: http://www.jenestes.com/