Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Crashers by Lindy S. Hudis




About the Book: 
Fraudulent car accidents is a multi-million dollar racket, involving unscrupulous medical providers, personal injury attorneys, and the cooperating passengers involved in the accidents—and who also receive a portion of the illegal proceeds. Such is the fate of newly engaged, Nathan and Shari, whose joy is tempered by the dark cloud of mounting debt.
 
A chance encounter with a stranger in whom Shari confides her troubles proves fortuitous: he tells her of a get-rich-quick scheme that will put her and her fiancĂ© on easy street. Seduced by the chance to move from hard times to good times in no time, Sheri takes the carrot offered her, and finds herself acting as a “stuffed passenger”—the “victim” in a staged auto accident. The act goes according to plan and Shari gets her payday, but getting out and breaking free of the insurance fraud underworld will take nothing short of a miracle.
 
A modern day cautionary tale, Crashers is a true-to-life novel that uncovers how the innocent get lured into the scheme of “cappers” and “hammers.”
 
 
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My Thoughts:

Wow! I've heard of this racket before, auto insurance fraud, but it kind of sounded rather lame in the real world. This book made it sound kind of thrilling and easy. I started reading this one, not sure quite what to expect but HOLY HECK was this a ride!

Shari's life is thrown into the gutter by a few really not fun circumstances. She loses her job, her fiance is screwed out of not only HIS job but his entire career. She's pretty much left flailing and scared. So when Bryce steps in and shows her a new way..an exciting new way to make money, she jumps at it. Her fiance, Nathan isn't quite so thrilled. I KNOW why he was so negative, but at times I was like...*sigh...DUDE come on!* I never quite got the deal with their relationship. Yeah in the beginning they seemed sorta happy, but they didn't seem to really connect as a couple. Shari and Bryce on the other hand...

Crashers is a well written, fast paced (I read it in like 5 hours in between work), and exciting! I seriously was glued to the page and hated having to put the book down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to those that like a tension packed thrilling story. My fingers nails may never grow back!

The Academy Series Blog Tour (Reviews)



About the Books:

Altered

When Toni, Joseph and Charlie arrive at their new boarding school, they are glad to leave their families — and respective problems — behind. Isolated as boarders, they meet a handsome senior with a personality like iced snake's blood, teachers with a penchant for physical punishment, and four other outcasts who reveal that their being brought to the Academy wasn't random at all. When the arrivals discover that their new school is engaged in "behavior modification" through electric shocks, isolation, restraints, and an ever-evolving set of methods to "fix" them, they declare war on their Academy. During their campaign of sabotage, they fight, hate, scorn, love, and begin to uncover the reasons why they were brought to the school. But as their war against the school escalates beyond their control, will they become the very things the Academy believes they are: dangerous, delinquent — and mad?

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Shattered

School’s in session at J. Alter Academy, and for Toni, Joseph, Ann, Charlie, and their boarder friends, that means they are still at the mercy of its draconian ways. While suffering the harsh consequences of their attempted escape, the seven teens must also contend with the formidable Headmistress and her taste for human experimentation — with the boarders as her favorite subjects. The seven friends play a delicate, dangerous game as they seek to discover the secrets behind their school and their own unique abilities. Yet as they move closer to uncovering the truth, will one of them be forced to pay the ultimate price?

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My Review (for both books) 

This series is pretty interesting. At times it's rough to read what the characters go through, but that's what makes these books so special. I really enjoyed these books. I did have a wee little problem sometimes with the perspective shifts, but that's pretty much the only problem I had with the writing. 

 Altered really hooked me from the start. Minus the switching on character perspectives, it had me flipping the pages quite quickly! I had to know more and find out what was happening to all these poor kids! 

Shattered brought me right back into the tense atmosphere and again, kept me plowing through! The ending had me wanting more! Such a great story! 

About the Author

Aubrey Coletti is a singer-songwriter, dancer, and the author of Altered and Shattered, Books One and Two in The Academy Series. She can be found on her website http://aubreycoletti.com.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Forsaking Home (Plus Mini Reviews for Books 1-3)


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 Forsaking Home: Book 4 of the Survivalist Series

  • Series: The Survivalist Series
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (June 24, 2014)
Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation’s power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn’t over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society—but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination.  Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm. As Jess creates trouble within the camp, Sarge and his crew plot to take down the entire establishment.  

From the author of the hit Survivalist Series books, FORSAKING HOME is an action-packed adventure that depicts the harrowing possibilities of a world gone awry, and the courage it takes to protect what matters most.
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About A. American

A. American has been involved in prepping and survival communities since the early 1990’s. An avid outdoorsman, he has a spent considerable time learning edible and medicinal plants and their uses as well as primitive survival skills. He currently resides in North Carolina on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest with his wife of more than twenty years and his three daughters.
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Quickie Reviews of Books 1-3

This book has some issues, but was an interesting story. Definitely aimed at people with prepper interests. Lots of brand name dropping (water bottles, jackets, bags, etc) and at times dry explanations of what is going on. There were a few editing errors that kind of irked me, but all in all it was a great start to a series. Kept me reading and wanting to know what happened next.

Things are getting ssuper tough for Morgan and his family. I really am glad that the first book didn't turn me off to reading more, because it seems like the writer is getting his footing. The story is flowing better, and the writing is much more tighter. There's still the aggravating name dropping, but it's getting a lot less frequent. (Yay!) The action is building and I can say it's a LOT easier to slip into this book and get lost in a crumbling work than the first one.

This book was a bit flat for me. I know it's shorter, so that might be it. Plus the ending was rather abrupt. I did like the added information, but something felt "off." I'm not saying it was horrible, but I am saying that I got to the end was a bit confused by how it just ...stopped. I'm really glad that I was provided with the whole series, because I would be quite miffed if I had had to wait for the next one!

My Review for Forsaking Home:

 I'm so glad that this series ended on what I think is a pretty decent note. I enjoyed the story and enjoyed the books. The writing vastly improved from the first novel to this one. The end of this series was bittersweet, considering that by now I was invested in the story and the characters. I didn't want it to end, but I enjoyed the ride that got me there. While I may not have been the intended audience, I still felt that this series was pretty good. This series surprised me in a good way and for that I'm glad I got the chance to read it!



~Her Temporary Hero ~


HTH_500Her Temporary Hero by Jennifer Apodaca
 
Former beauty queen Becky Holmes and her baby are on the run from her dangerous ex. With her dreams of love and marriage destroyed, she’ll do anything to protect her child…even agree to hide out in her boss’s cousin’s house while he’s away.   Wealthy, sexy, and emotionally haunted Logan Knight needs a temporary wife to get his land, per his dad’s rules. No wife, no inheritance. But when that wife lands on his doorstep and comes with a baby, his darkest memories are triggered. He tries to keep his distance, but his efforts are shattered when he starts to have real feelings for his fake wife and child.   Just as Logan begins to think he may have a future with Becky, his attempt to have it all backfires into a betrayal that forces Becky into a heart-wrenching choice no woman should ever have to make.    

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Jennifer Apodaca is an award-winning author and an unrepentant coffee-and-book addict. She’s written mysteries, romances, paranormals and grocery lists under the names of Jennifer Lyon and Jennifer Apodaca. She loves creating powerfully sexy alpha heroes and the heroines who tame them.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

High Summer Readathon-Day 1


I don't know if I will update daily or what but HEEEEEEEEEYYY! It's day 1 and I'm super duper here for this! I have a busy day, but I'll squeeze in as much reading as I possibly can! 

Goals:
Aiming to finish Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
 Start Page: 86 
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"the party don't start til i walk in..."

Excerpt: Fires of Man



Science Fiction
Date Published: June 17, 2014

   
In a world where a gifted few can manipulate reality with their minds, two great nations—Calchis and Orion—employ these psionic powers in a covert war for global superiority.

In the heart of Calchis, a powerful young psion named Aaron Waverly is kidnapped, and forcibly conscripted. To the north, in the capital, a plan is hatched to decimate Orion, to be carried out by the ruthless operative known only as “Agent.”

In Orion, fresh recruit Stockton Finn comes to terms with his incredible new powers, and learns firsthand how dangerous they can be. Meanwhile, officers Nyne Allen and Kay Barrett navigate the aftermath of their shattered love affair, oblivious to the fact that Calchis draws ever closer to destroying the tenuous peace.


Finally, in the arctic land of Zenith, Calchan archaeologist Faith Santia unearths a millennia-old ruin. This lost temple might just hold the hidden history of psionic powers, as well as hints of a deeper mystery . . . that could shake the foundations of all mankind.

Excerpt:
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AGENT

He ran toward the edge of the cliff.
The sun beat down upon him as his limbs pumped. Earth crunched beneath his feet, and a breeze blew across his black-stubbled scalp. His breathing was calm, meticulously measured.
When the ground slipped away, he felt only anticipation.
Plummeting, the man inhaled. Power flooded into him, thrilling, delicious. He reached out with that power, warping reality with an energy born from the depths of his being. Suddenly . . .
He winked out of existence . . .
And then reappeared at the base of the cliff.






Dan Levinson

Born and raised on Long Island, NY, Dan grew up immersing himself in fantastical worlds. While other kids dreamed of being astronauts and cowboys, all he ever wanted was to be a novelist. Now, he’s living his dream.


~A Lesson in Temptation and One Night in Buenos Aires~



A Lesson in Temptation by Audra North:
 
Adam Harkness pulled himself out of poverty to become one of the world's most respected Finance professors, but at the cost of his personal life. When a well-meaning friend gifts him with a dance course, Adam decides to attend one class out of courtesy, but no more than that. He has work to do, after all - or at least, that's what he tells himself.

After being bullied in high school, Julie Stanton took refuge in her studies. But now that her hard work has paid off and Julie has found success in her job, it's time to focus on finding the same happiness in the rest of her life.

When Adam walks into the same tango class that Julie signed up for, she recognizes him immediately as the professor whom she had a crush on in college. Both Adam and Julie have proven themselves to be excellent scholars. But when the attraction between them turns into something more, will they be able to open their hearts and learn a new lesson - how to love.


 
One Night in Buenos Aires by Amanda K. Byrne: 
As a reward for a hard-won contract, best friends Drea and Joe head to Buenos Aires for sun, wine, and the tango. But their week of relaxation is off to an ominous start when a reservation mix-up leaves them with only one option: one room…and one bed.

Exhausted from travel, the two friends figure it won’t be a big deal to share a bed for one night—right up until they wake wrapped around each other and seconds away from, well, you know.

When the two decide to follow through on their impulse, they protect their friendship by agreeing that when the vacation’s over, the fling’s over. While Drea’s convinced it’s nothing more than a mutual itch, Joe discovers Drea might be everything he’s ever wanted. Now all he has to do is convince her that what happens in Buenos Aires doesn’t always have to stay in Buenos Aires.


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Audra North’s Bio: 
 Audra North fell in love with romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance novels as she could. Even now, after having read over one thousand of them, Audra still can't resist the lure of a happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow. She lives near Boston with her husband, three young children, and a lot of books.

Visit her website at audranorth.com or find her (way too frequently) on Twitter

Amanda K. Byrne’s Bio: 
When she’s not plotting ways to sneak her latest shoe purchase past her partner, Amanda writes sexy, snarky romance and urban fantasy. She likes her heroines smart and unafraid to make mistakes, and her heroes strong enough to take them on.

If she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking hot chocolate, and trying not to destroy her house with her newest DIY project. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and no, it really doesn’t rain that much.