Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: Going Down in Flames

Today I get to review the book, Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon.

Bryn McKenna is about to turn sixteen when she discovers a secret that has been kept hidden from her since birth. She is a shape-shifting dragon and her parents are outcasts from the dragon community because they went against the Clan rules. Bryn's mother (Sara) is a Blue dragon and her father (Ian) is a Red dragon. All dragon marriages must be approved by the Directorate and many can be denied. Dragon marriages are arranged; only like colors are allowed to marry and breed. This is to keep the powers and outward appearances the same within each specific Clan. When Bryn's mother turned down Ferrin (the man she is arranged to marry) so that she could marry for love, Sara and Ian had to run away from the Clan so they could be together. They got married and eventually produced Bryn: a crossbreed or a hybrid. Dragons had been told that breeding could not exist between the Clans and both Sara and Ian were shocked when they had Bryn.

Crossbreeds are considered mongrels and they are looked down upon by the Directorate. Many think that these dragons shouldn't even exist and they treat Bryn harshly. 

What makes Bryn unique is that that she has the fire power of the Red dragons and the ice/snow power of the Blue dragons. She also has the ability to change her dragon appearance and her human-like appearance by using something special called Quintessence (she can change the color of her scales and her hair, and add makeup to her face just by thinking about it).

Bryn is forced to leave her family and attend the Institute for Excellence, a school for dragons to teach them to control their breath weapons. She has no choice in the matter and her parents cannot stop the Institute from taking their daughter.

Zavien (a 19 year-old, Black dragon hottie) takes Bryn under his wing. He tries to help Bryn maneuver her way around the dragon school and the dragon way of life. Bryn has a mind and a mouth of her own and often doesn't listen to Zavien's helpful (and at times, demanding) advice. This causes Bryn to get into trouble, both physically and verbally.

Even though she is perceived to be an outcast and shunned by many dragons (especially the Blues), she gains some good friends right away. She also finds out about knights and starts to fall hard for Zavien.

Jaxon is considered enemy #1 because he insults Bryn constantly and he is the son of Ferrin (the man Bryn’s mother was arranged to marry). There is a lot of hate built up in that family and Jaxon has been brought up to hate hybrid dragons and Bryn.

Bryn is a strong female character and sticks up for herself. She is witty, funny and has comebacks for all of the negative retorts thrown at her. Magic comes very easy to her and has no trouble controlling her breath weapons (fire and ice/snow) right away.

Many of the secondary characters were fun and I enjoyed how the teacher, Mr. Stanton, was willing to help Bryn with her powers and with problems at the school.

There were some minor things that I did not like in the book:

1.   I did not like that the book ended so abruptly, as if it were just cut off. There was no epilogue to cushion the brick wall. I was up to 97% on my Kindle and when I turned the page, I was faced with the author’s acknowledgements. I know that there will be a sequel but the ending was just too abrupt for me. I felt like there needed to be more.

2.   The beginning of the novel moved way too fast for me. We barely have time to meet Bryn when suddenly she finds out that she’s a dragon.

3.   I felt that Bryn was too accepting of the fact that she was a dragon. She was able to shift into her dragon form, fly, shift back to her human form and use her breath weapons with no struggles. She was also able to use Quintessence right off the bat (something that is apparently difficult to do) with no problem. It just came too easy for her; I would have liked to have seen Bryn struggle with these things since everything is so new to her.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The plot immediately sucked me in and it was tough to put down. Going Down in Flames was a quick and easy read and I really sped through the book. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes paranormal, young adult, and fantasy books. I had no problem with the teen dialogue and didn’t feel it was a “young” book. I can’t wait for the second book to come out. I will definitely read it!

I give this book 4.5 paws. It was Purrtastic!

You can click the book cover to find the book on Amazon.You can visit the author's webpage here.  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review - Worlds Without End: Two Journeys: One Physical The Other Spiritual

Today I get to share with you my review of the book, Worlds Without End: Two Journeys: One Physical The Other Spiritual by Tally Pendragon.

Worlds Without End: Two Journeys: One Physical The Other Spiritual is a story that combines both the physical journey of Eartha Elwys and the spiritual quest of Elysia. Eartha’s story is a raw, painful, emotional road that takes us through her childhood, up to her present age of almost 40. We learn about how her mistakes and outside forces of the past have led her to where she needs and longs to be – in the arms of her faith. Many obstacles have tripped Eartha up in her path to her faith and the story shows us how He will always be there, even when you get lost along the way.  

Elysia’s quest is more of a magical one, where she only has eyes for her beloved and would do anything and everything for their union. Her childlike enthusiasm magically fills the pages as we watch her work hard and competently completes all the tasks that her beloved has given her.

Eventually we see Eartha and Elysia’s stories come closer together and root for both of them to succeed on their journeys.

The book is filled with religious references to God and Jesus and it gives the reader a sense of hope if areas in your life appear desolate and bleak. It shows the reader that there is always another route you can take if all seems lost and hopeless.

While reading the book, ask yourself this question: is this book an autobiography or is this a work of fiction? It reads as an autobiography and that’s where the raw, emotional aspect pulls at you – you want someone to save Eartha, you want Eartha to want to save herself. The writing superbly pulls you into Eartha’s world and rolls you around in its roller coaster of hell before finally spitting you back out, panting for relief. 

I give this book 5 Paws for the character’s emotional story and ghosts that were exorcised by the completion of this novel.


 You can click the book cover above or click here to find the book on Amazon.
 You can find the author's website here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dark Temptations Cover Reveal

     Today I have the honor of hosting a Cover Reveal for  Alivia Anders, AKA Penelope Harlow. Her new book, DARK TEMPTATIONS will be published in October 2014 and she is so excited to reveal the cover today!
                                        Are you ready for it? Here it is!

Title: Dark Temptations (Dark Seductions, #0.1)
Author: Penelope Harlow
Genre: NA Paranormal (18+)
Publication Date: October 2014 - Exclusive to the Howl Anthology

Meet the bombshell with a body count, a smoldering ex-lover, and a wardrobe most celebrities would die for… 

Being half-vampire, half-succubus, you'd think I have the best of both worlds.

I do.

The immortality, the riches, not to mention the sex that's good enough to kill for.


But even my perfect life isn't perfect, as I'm about to discover.
It seems the past doesn't want to leave me be.
Well, if the part wants a war, I say bring it.

No one f***s with Caroline Gray. 

About the Author:
Penelope Harlow is the sassy pen name for the bestselling YA author, Alivia Anders. What started as an honest giggle to write some kickass females for the mature reader turned into a full-blown persona hellbent on showing readers that the girl doesn't always need a man to get things done. 

Author Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpenelopeharlow

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Book Release ~ Embrace the Spiral by Erin Danzer

Today I am very happy to share with you the next installment of the Spiral Defenders Series by Erin Danzer, EMBRACE THE SPIRAL.

 Eight weeks can change everything.

Ronnie has eight weeks until she becomes a legal adult on Earth and a Spiral Defender on Cira. Eight weeks until her marriage to a man she doesn’t love.

Rick has proven to be a monster. He has eight weeks to complete his father’s last request before gaining the Irradian throne, becoming more and more powerful.

When Will is attacked by an old flame during a training exercise on his home planet, it looks like things are looking up for Ronnie. But the rekindling of that love is thwarted at every turn. Ronnie has a plan that might work—if she can keep Will’s true love out of the dungeon.

Alliances shift as the Spiral falls further into the Irradians’ hands. Ronnie must embrace her destiny to help save the Spiral – even if that means leaving behind the man she loves.

When the energy faded, Ronnie looked in awe at the destruction she’d just caused. Besides the two dozen bodies strewn all around the yard and beach, a black scorch mark ran like a racing stripe down the middle of the yard, still smoking. Her gaze fell on the shattered sliding door and she cringed. How would she explain that? And then, to her absolute horror, her mom, dad, and brother suddenly appeared where the door had been.

“Veronica, what’s going on? What happened to my door?” Her mom’s voice rose in hysteria. Ronnie sighed and started towards the house, replacing the hilt of her sword in her cargo pocket as she walked. Will fell into step next to her.

“Mom, Dad, I can explain.”

Where to Buy Embrace the Spiral:

        On Amazon

 Amazon, Amazon UK, B&N, Smashwords (iTunes, Sony, Kobo all coming or are available as of this post). 

If you haven't started this series yet, now is a great time to begin! For July 11, 12, 13 ONLY, both INTO THE SPIRAL (Book 1) and THE SPIRAL REVEALED (Book 2) are ON SALE for #99cents!

You can find the books here:  

Into the Spiral:

Amazon, Amazon UK, B&N, Smashwords, iTunes (also on Kobo and Sony) 

The Spiral Revealed 
Amazon, Amazon UK, B&N, Smashwords, iTunes (also on Kobo and Sony)

About the Author:
Ever since she was small, Erin’s imagination has led her to tell stories and create worlds, including the world of Kalearnia (found in the Spiral Defenders series). Her school notebooks were doodled with pictures and writing notes in the margins beside class notes. No scrap of paper was safe from all of Erin’s notes and creations. But writing wouldn’t pay the bills for a very long time.

Erin spent three summers giving away smiles as she handed out clothes to the working populace of an amusement park. It was the best three summers of her life (also where she met her husband). Since then, Erin has become a mediocre cookie decorator, learned to make a mean pizza in less than two minutes and has sold dresses as well as window dressings. When she isn’t exploring worlds of her own creation, you can find Erin with her nose stuck in the worlds of others, supporting Indie Authors everywhere, hanging out on Facebook or spending time with her kids, husband, and their cat.

Erin loves to hear from her fans! Find her on these social media sites:
Email Erin at: erindanzer@gmail.com 

Erin also is having a giveaway! Check out the Rafflecopter contest below for some great Spiral Defenders prizes!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

New contest

~ New Contests ~
This page will be dedicated for any type of contests that I might be holding on my blog. I may hold contests for authors, bloggers, publishers, etc. so check back frequently because you never know what might pop up over here!

New interview

~ Author Interviews ~
Coming Soon

New book

~ Book Reviews ~
Coming Soon

New Info

July 10, 2014

~ New Info ~
I started this blog a long time ago but life got in the way and I never started with my book reviews. But, now I've got  ome great opportunities to help support other authors so I will be using the blog to post author interviews, book reviews, book blurbs, cover reveals and other book related things. I can't wait to discover new books with you!