Archive | January 2014

Review of Light Riders and the Fleur-de-lis-Murder by Ann Goldfarb

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Review:

Light Riders and the Fleur-de-lis Murder

by Ann Goldfarb

Blurb:

Long Before the Eiffel Tower stood the Bastille….

When 15 year old Ryn and his younger sister, Aeden, find themselves in Paris, France due to the murder of a distant relative, they cannot resist the temptation to travel back in time to find the killer. Although they think they have mastered Snell’s Law of Refraction and a way to use light for time travel, something goes terribly wrong. The pair finds themselves in 18th century Paris a day before the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution.
To make matters worse, they are lost in the underground sewers and their only hope of survival rests with a member of a secret society of revolutionaries who is bent on killing the aristocracy. When Ryn and Aeden learn that his next victim is their ancestor, who has sought refuge in the Bastille, they are forced to conceal their identities and find a way into that fortress to rescue the gentleman.
With a bloodthirsty mob of angry citizens only hours away, Ryn and Aeden must rely on their instincts and skill to escape a frightening fate. Will time be their ally or their enemy?

Review:

First off, I have to say…I LOVE this book! Want to hear more about it? 🙂

Light Riders and the Fleur-de-lis-Murder is one of a series. It’s not the first book in the series (which I haven’t yet read) but they can definitely be read out of order. There was enough information within the story to hint at what happened in the previous book but not too much backstory. This book would be perfect for the 6th-9th grade age group, but as an adult I really enjoyed it. I read the Magic Tree House books with my second grader and this reminded me of a similar style but designed for much older kids.

As a former language arts teacher, this is a book that I would have recommended to my students. It’s completely fictional and fantasy but it has a lot of historical facts tied in with the French Revolution. The author has obviously done a lot of research and I love how at the end of the book there are actually questions that the reader can answer. The book was designed perfectly to be used within a classroom for small group or whole class reading.

I adore time travel books, so that’s what first drew me in to want to read the story. The details in the setting were so descriptive I felt as though I were actually in the past with the characters. Ann Goldfarb uses rich descriptive language to make the reader feel as though they can see, hear, and smell exactly what the character’s are experiencing.

Along with the fun fantasy adventure, the accurate historical facts make it seem as though the story could actually be plausible. The author also tied in a lot French language throughout the story to make it seem realistic. As I read, I kept thinking that my French teacher in middle school and high school would have recommended this book to my class.

Any downfalls to the story? Each chapter switched back and forth between the two main characters. I think this is perfectly fine because it helps to provide a wider viewpoint of the story. Even though each chapter clearly labels which character is featured, for some reason I kept having a hard time keeping track and I would have to glance back to the beginning of the chapter to see which POV I was reading. I think this is just my own attention issue and even though it did distract me a little, the story is still very much a 5 star book in my opinion. The characters and setting stayed with me long after I finished the story and I really want to read more books in this series.

For any middle school/high school teachers out there or parents, I would HIGHLY recommend this book!!! Entertaining and educational. 5 enthusiastic stars *****

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Light-Riders-Fleur—lis-Murder-ebook/dp/B009YKD3BU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390520958&sr=8-2&keywords=ann+goldfarb

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16183515-light-riders-and-the-fleur-de-lis-murder#other_reviews

Giveaway and Indigo Incite Book Trailer

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Review of Blind Sight by Nicole Storey

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Review:

Blind Sight Book #1 in The Celadon Circle

by Nicole Storey

Blurb:

Jordan has visions of monsters, demons, and death. Seventeen, orphaned, and born into the family business, she doesn’t have friends, she doesn’t have choices. Her uncle, older brothers, and a few annoying angels dominate her life, demanding she tow their lines – and the punishment is severe when those lines are crossed.

When Jordan is ordered to help hunt down a monster, she’s not sure which she dreads more: the elusive, blood-thirsty creature or spending time in a cramped backwoods cabin with a brother who despises her. To make matters worse, a demon shows up and warns Jordan that she could be her family’s next assignment.

In a game between Good and Evil where God seems to have tapped out early, lines are blurred and not everything is as it seems. Jordan learns a little too late that the real monster is closer than she thinks.

Review:

Blind Sight was a fun, easy read that flowed smoothly. I loved that the characters had flaws but were still likeable. Each character had a distinct personality that made them seem more real.

Nicole Storey has a talent to weave a story through creative imagination. Blind Sight brings a new twist to old ideas. I always appreciate a story that doesn’t copy ideas and plots that have already been done. The creativity, originality, and fun characters immediately wrapped me into the story and I didn’t want to put it down.

In the beginning the reader is introduced to Jordan, a teenage girl who lives in the backwoods with her uncle and two older brothers. Jordan is gifted or cursed with the ability to see and talk to angels. The angels don’t follow the traditional line of thinking that all angelic creatures are good. The angels have a mission and a purpose, but it definitely isn’t about flitting around in white dresses with pretty wings and halos. Blind Sight is a story that crosses traditional lines and the reader is left wondering which side the angels and demons are on. Yep, there are demons in the story too. This is a tale that kept me turning the pages because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.

I mentioned that each character has a distinct personality. Her brothers weren’t always nice, but they were likeable and the story wouldn’t be the same without them. I also love Jordan’s friend, Wendy. Wendy has flaws as well and it was perfect because so many teenage girls who read this will be able to relate to her. If Wendy was a real person, she would be a great role model.

Any downsides to this story? If you are a strict christian who has firm beliefs of angels and the role they play, you probably won’t enjoy the story. But if you love a book with an exciting paranormal twist, you will absolutely love this book. I also love that this is a YA book that I would be able to recommend to readers who actually fall into the YA age range. So many YA books these days have questionable love scenes and excessive language that aren’t necessarily appropriate for YA readers. As an adult, I enjoy these books but wouldn’t recommend them to the teenagers who I know and work with. Blind Sight is a fun read for teenagers and adults and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves a great paranormal adventure. I am most excited that this is only book #1 in the series. I will definitely be one of the first readers to pick up book #2 in The Celadon Circle series once it is released! 🙂  5*****

Check out the awesome trailer for Blind Sight if you would like to find out more! 🙂

Indigo Incite Book Trailer!

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I’m excited to present the book trailer for Indigo Incite, Book One of the Indigo Trilogy.

If you haven’t been introduced to this YA sci-fi adventure yet, check out the trailer 🙂 And if you’ve already read the story take a look too. It’s kind of fun to “see” the characters that you’ve read about 🙂

I’m currently working on the trailer for Book Two, Indigo Instinct. Can’t wait to share that one with you too! In case you haven’t heard, Indigo Instinct will be released in May!

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Cover Reveal! NEVER BEEN READY by J.L. Berg

Cover Reveal for NEVER BEEN READY by J.L. Berg!!

Check out the preview for the eagerly awaited sequel to WHEN YOU’RE READY (One of my favorite romance stories of 2013)

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BLURB:

Leah Morgan was done with men. After barely surviving a horrendous childhood, and a boyfriend who bailed when things got rough, Leah had given up on love. Then she met him, Hollywood’s new golden boy who suddenly had eyes only for her. She tried to convince herself that one night couldn’t hurt, but after six months, the memories of his mesmerizing gaze and searing touch still invaded her every thought. Declan James had just one rule when it came to women. Keep it simple, and never linger. That all changed the moment he met Leah. Even across a crowded bar, he could tell she was different. Sweet, with just the right amount of sass, she made him break his golden rule and now he couldn’t walk away. When casual becomes anything but, and emotions run deep, will Leah and Declan fight their fears, or let old insecurities tear them apart? When Declan’s past comes roaring back in a way neither of them could have expected, will they stand united or be torn apart by the challenges that lie ahead? It was only supposed to be one night, but only forever will do.

**Warning** Adult Language

TEASER:

“So, when exactly do I get my striptease?” I asked.

“Well, that’s up to you, Hotshot.”

“Hotshot?” 

“Yep. Cocky attitude, arrogant disposition, and sexy as fuck–it’s a good nickname.”

“All right, so what are your terms, Leah?” 

I fought back the urge to touch her. Stuffing my hands into my pockets, I paced the room in a vain attempt at keeping myself from just saying, Fuck it, and pinning her against the wall before she could lay down any terms or requirements. Because whatever she was about to say, I was going to agree. She didn’t know it, but she had my balls in her perfect little hands, and I was at her fucking mercy. I both hated and wanted her at the same time. She made me feel out of control and weak with need. I couldn’t stop the pursuit, and I couldn’t walk away.

“I will not be an easy fuck whenever you get too lazy to find a new bimbo for the evening. I will not allow you in my bed, wondering where you’ve been and what kind of sloppy seconds I’m getting,” she declared. 

Then, she said the one thing I never wanted to hear. 

“I want to be exclusive with you–for however long we decide to do this. I don’t care about labels or dates. You don’t have to take me out to dinner, bring me flowers, or buy me anniversary presents. The only thing I ask is that, for the time we are together, you are mine.”

“Yes,” I answered immediately, surprising us both. 

“Yes? That’s it? No counteroffer? No freak-out or temper tantrum, Declan?” 

“No, Leah, no temper tantrum. Just one request.” 

I joined her on the sofa. My thigh brushed hers, and I heard her breath falter. 

“And what’s that, Hotshot?”

“Make it two,” I amended. “First, the same rules apply to you. While we’re together, for however long, you’re mine, Leah,” I purred against her ear. 

Her eyes widened, and her breath became ragged, giving me a quick sense of satisfaction because I’d broken through her calm and collected exterior. 

“And second?” she asked timidly.

“Don’t fucking call me Hotshot.”

She visibly relaxed and snorted out a laugh before saying, “So not happening, Hotshot.”

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J.L. Berg is a California native living in the South.  She’s married to her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis.  When she’s not writing, you will most likely find her curled up with her iPad reading, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.  

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