Review: Out of the Ashes by Lori Dillon

Theirs was a love destined to be — torn apart by the wrath of Vesuvius

Pompeii, AD 79

David and Sera are soul mates destined to be together, if only their bumbling guardian angels could do their job right…
First united in Pompeii as a privileged merchant’s daughter and a slave gladiator, their young love is cut short when Vesuvius unexpectedly erupts. After several botched attempts, their angels get one final chance to bring the couple together and personally escort them back to war-torn Italy, nearly two thousand years later.

WWII, 1943

Sera is now an archaeologist excavating the ruins of Pompeii. David is an American soldier masquerading as an Italian, sent to spy on the Germans camped near the ruins. With the help of their earth-bound angels, they soon find each other again as they excavate the ruins.
But will deception, the horrors of war, and the forgotten tragedy of their past lives, prevent them from unearthing the love of a lifetime?

I had to read the epilogue again to make sure I didn’t miss anything since I was tired when I finished this, it’s a wonderfully crafted tale – weather you are in Pompeli or Italy. Both eras were crafted beautifully and the life of an arena slave back in 79AD was sadly very much the reality at that time period – there wasn’t any honor in fighting, you fought or you died. It was as simple as that…

*shakes her head, coming out of her memory of a previous lifetime* And then we fast-forward to 1943, during World War II, Sera has many reasons to hate Americans but it boils down to self-loathing more than anything else. Hostility comes when she begins to suspect that her assistant isn’t Italian like she thought he was, from that comes understanding after her breakdown followed by love.
The twists and turns that follow afterwards leave me in knots because they court death almost every step of the way and I sadly could see this ending the same way we did… *remembers being on a balcony stealing a moment away with a WW2 nurse, only for it to be our last…*

It was a quaint, little tale; nothing to get fired up about but if you’re interested in historical tales at all feel free to give this one a try.
All in all, not bad for a beginner… She could use some time to polish her craft but I have seen worse first attempts, a lot worse..

It can be purchased over at Amazon, B&N or Smashwords
Lori can most often be found on Twitter as well as her website.

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Review: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink

Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance…
When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

I read through this book in a little over a day, instead of hours, because I had other things going on but I finished it yesterday morning and just now found the time to write a full review.
At first it seems clear cut, her childhood friend, Raum killed her parents and he’s behind it all; it’s not that simple and the number of twists and turns throughout the book made for a very delightful read.
I’m on team Raum, which one are you?
I have to wonder what’s in store for Helen next…
I will just wait and see what Michelle has planned for us next.

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Review: Everneath (Everneath, #1)

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s…

I’m sitting here stunned, just absolutely bloody stunned with how this book ended! At first I thought she was going to stay in the world she was used to, then I thought she was going to give up and go with Cole… I just… My mind is blown,Just blown…

I urge you to get this book, you will NOT regret it!
It can be found at the following places: Kobo and Amazon

Brodi Ashton can be found at the following locations: Twitter, Goodreads and her personal blog.

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The Savior Rises (The Gargoyle Prophecies #1) by Christopher Payne

With a tattered Raggedy Ann doll as her only companion, Stefani has spent her entire life immersed in self isolation. As a 10-year-old child she was the lone witness to her mother’s murder. On her 21st birthday she discovers she isn’t the hunter–she is the one being hunted, and her predators are not human.

Can I just say that I’m still trying to wrap my head around this book? It’s like Evangelion in it’s complexity but 100x more confusing…
If the book had been plotted better and we were given more of a hint as to what’s going on then it would have been fine, I can’t make heads or tails of this book. We’re given 3 different stories and while two of them mesh to an extent, the third, the one were she’s stuck in a drug rehab clinic, does not and could have easily been left out and most likely should have.
I’m still reeling from the total mind-fuck this book has turned out to be….

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Tempest (Tempest #1) by Julie Cross

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

To be brutality honest, this book bored me. I kept trying to read it hoping it would pick up after the slow start, it started to but quickly started to drag again, finally I skipped to the end just to see what happens. I’m pretty dissatisfied with the first book in the trilogy and won’t be buying it or any of the others.

If you want to try reading it yourself as it might be your kind of read, you can find it at the following places: B&N and Amazon Score: Photobucket

Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows

NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

I absolutely LOVED this book! As someone who is an Old soul, I felt New again and it excites me.

Ana is a New soul amongst the numerous Old souls, she has only lived for a little over a decade whereas everyone else has been around for over thousands of years. I hope the mystery of why Ana was able to recognize Dossam/Sam in his previous lifetimes is cleared up in the next book. The dynamics were very realistic and I found Ana’s gripes about being reminded about his age refreshing.

I urge you to buy this book! It can be bought through B&N and Amazon. Jodi Meadows can be found on Twitter, she can also be found on Goodreads and here is a link to her website, where those links and more can be found.

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Connected (Twists of Fate #1) by Jolyn Palliata

A rock group’s rhythm guitarist, Rhys Alexander, dies and finds himself bound inside the body of a woman he’s never met. Can she help him move on to the other side, or will he end up finding the love of his life… After his has already ended?

I found this on Goodreads via my twitter feed yesterday, I found myself sucked in on the first page; I just couldn’t stop reading! The novella is laugh out loud funny while being very hot later on, I especially liked the dynamics between Rhys and Addison.

Some of my favorite lines are:
You just keep grasping at those straws, sweetheart. Let me know when you find one that makes an ounce of sense, and then I’ll clue you into why you’re ass backwards. (Rhys)


Yeeaahh. Sorry about that, Addison. What can I say? Staying there alone freaked me the fuck out so I grabbed onto you. Next thing I know, here I am. And there you are. Here we are.
“I’m not dreaming.”
I think we covered that already.
(Rhys and Addison)


Hell, it’s not like I can lie to you. What can I say? I like my chicks smokin’.
She caught a glimpse of a scantily-clad redhead in her mind’s eye. Ew, what a skank! “You mean sleazy.”
Whatever works.

The dates shown in chapters 7 and 8 are rip-roaring funny, especially the second and last one.
I could go on and on about the various dynamics but I won’t.

The book is still up on goodreads, and can be found there. If you want to support the author you can do so over at Smashwords or at Barnes & Noble if you want a print copy. I urge you to go after this book!

Jolyn can be found on Goodreads and Twitter, Her official website is here.

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A Kobo Vox giveaway!

Mary over at Sparkling Reviews is giving away a Kobo Vox as well as many other items as part of her Follower Day giveaway, go here if you want to win it: http://www.sparklingreviews.com/2012/03/follower-appreciation-day-giveaway-3.html and check out the other giveaways she has posted as well!

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S.M. Boyce is going to be giving away either a Kindle Fire or a Nook Color as a grand prize if she reaches 10,000 sales! How awesome is that? And it’s not just her, Rebecca Hamilton is giving away one as well!

Lichgates 10k Contest

A Seal in Wolf’s Clothing by Terry Spear

Synopsis:

Her instincts tell her he’s dangerous…

While her overprotective brother’s away, Meara Greymere’s planning to play—and it wouldn’t hurt to find herself a mate in the process. The last thing she needs is one of his SEAL buddies spoiling her fun, even if the guy is the hottest one she’s ever seen…
His powers of persuasion are impossible to resist…

Finn Emerson is a battle-hardened Navy SEAL and alpha wolf. He’s a little overqualified for baby-sitting, but feisty Meara is attracting trouble like a magnet…

As the only responsible alpha male in the vicinity, Finn is going to have to protect this intriguing woman from a horde of questionable men, and definitely from himself…

Review below:

I’m new to Terry’s Heart of the Wolf series so jumping in to the latest book of the saga was confusing at first, but as I plowed on I found a book that stands very well on its own while clearing any confusion shown in the first few pages and around the end of the book. Finn and Meara try to deny their chemistry, but things turn steamy very quickly and as the attempts on Meara’s life continue, it just fans the flames.

Final thoughts: Grab this book, Terry is definitely an author to keep an eye on. I will be looking at getting the previous books and if any more of her ARCs get offered to bloggers, I will be taking advantage!

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