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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Movie Trailer: John Wick

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, JOHN WICK (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the "assassin genre".


Friday, September 19, 2014

Review: Every Time I Think of You by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Title: Every Time I Think of You
Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Tracey Garvis-Graves
Format: E-book
Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.

Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before.

And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.

Romantic and suspenseful, Every Time I Think of You shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.
For some reason I didn’t know Every Time I Think of You was going to be released this week. Yes, I know… some days I live in La La Land… but as soon as I learned this book was out I got my copy and started to read it immediately. Why? Because Tracey Garvis-Graves wrote one of my favorite books of 2012, On The Island and since then, I have read everything she has written.

Tracey Garvis-Graves’ books are not your normal romance and that’s why I like about them. Sadly, yes, here come the sadly part, this book didn’t work for me. I don’t know if I had too high expectations or what, but Every Time I Think of You (I’m sorry to say this) was boring.

First, this book starts with an opening scene narrated by a 3 year-old boy that behaves like if he was a lot older. How I know that? My best friend has a 4 year-old boy and I have seen him grow, seen how he behaves and how he talks and Elliot reasoning didn’t correspond to his age, at all. Another thing about Elliot, throughout the book his speech changes back and forth from a toddler difficult to understand what he is saying to a flawless speech. No, no, no!

Every Time I Think of You starts slow and continues slow and… the last third part of the book is better. But, here comes another but, the main characters, Daisy and Brooks are boring, there is no chemistry between them, they felt one dimensional and to add to that we are privy to so many irrelevant things about their lives that I couldn’t care less. I didn’t feel the romance when they got together, no sexual tension, nada. It was pretty dull. L

There is supposed to be “suspense” about who killed Daisy’s grandmother, but really there isn’t because since the very beginning it was pretty obvious who was the culprit.

I think I better leave my review here. I really don’t want to bash this book. I just feel so disappointed.
You may ask why I gave it 3 stars if I didn’t like it that much. The reason is the writing. Tracey Garvis-Graves knows how to write and that’s one thing I can say about Every Time I Think of You, the writing was good.

Every Time I Think of You didn’t work for me, but maybe it might work for you.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Quotes and Other Book-Related Stuff # 7

It’s time again to share some of my favorite pins from my Book Quotes and Other Book-Related Stuff board on Pinterest. 
Let’s see with how many of these you can identify yourself.

It’s impossible not to identify myself with all of them, but the ones that apply better to my life are the “which book should I read next?” I have so many books on my TBR that somedays I feel like making a raffle just to decide what to read next. 
I also love the one about when a friend is reading a book you love and you are freaking out because you know what is coming. That happens to me a lot with my sister and I love it, especially when is something I know is going to freak her out. I know, I’m evil… I enjoy her pain. Buaaahhhh
The “it’s time for bed”… what can I say? That scene plays every night at my house. 
And last but not least, I love when people tell me they would like to read, but they don’t know what to read. I love to help people find books to love, loooooove it! I should make business cards with a title like Readers’ Advisor or something like that.

What about you? With which ones do you identify the most?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: Smalltown Heat by Cat Johnson

Today is Tuesday! You know what that means? Yes, today is that special day in the week when we can treat our eyes to some delicious eye candy. It’s Top Off Tuesday! Top Off Tuesday is a feature hosted by Felicia from The Geeky Book Blogger's Book Blog, Amanda from On a Book Bender, and Christi from Smitten with Reading.

The cover I have for you today is the cover of Smalltown Heat by Cat Johnson. I haven’t read  any of her books, but I’ve heard great things about them. This one looks like something I would like. *drools*

JAREDJared enjoys simple farm life, until an LA producer blows into town like a tornado hitting a trailer park.

Pigeon Hollow is perfect for Mandy’s new reality show, and she’s sure Jared will have the female demographic glued to their sets. Except the red-hot cowboy is cool to the idea…even as their attraction heats up.

COLETen years ago, just as Cole was about to head to the major leagues, Lizzie gave him everything…then broke his heart. Now he’s back with a bum arm and a cancelled contract. Lizzie is still there, still keeping her secrets.

Lizzie did what she had to do to give Cole the future he wanted, but there was no hiding the results of her one and only night in his arms. Now that he’s back it’s only a matter of time…

BOBBYBobby has two problems: a reality show that keeps creeping into his personal life, and an unexpected desire that the show's assistant producer will creep into his bed.

Christy never mixes business with pleasure, but the town sheriff has her breaking all her own rules. And now she’s scrambling to keep her career from crashing and burning.

If you also want to participate on Top Off Tuesday head over to Felicia’s blog to share your link or just to see which other blogs are participating.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mini Reviews: Lead by Kylie Scott, Earth Flight by Janet Edwards & Archetype by M.D. Waters

Title: Lead
Author: Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive, book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: E-book
The lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it whether it's booze or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself stuck with a new assistant hired by the record company to keep him out of trouble. He doesn't need or want a babysitter. Especially one that looks like Lena.

Lena's not willing to take any shit from the sexy rocker she's been hired to assist and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite the sizzling chemistry that sparks between them every time they're in the same room. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing to ever happen to him. Readers won't want to miss the third book in this New Adult series about ordinary young women who fall in love with rock
I really enjoyed this one. It was fun, sexy and all around a good read. I liked Lena a lot, she was great, she had all the characteristics I like in a heroine.
I can't wait to read next books in this series.

My Verdict: 4 Paws
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Title: Earth Flight
Author: Janet Edwards
Series: Earth Girl, book 3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Format: Paperback
It's time to risk it all!

The thrilling conclusion to Janet Edward’s sensational debut YA sci-fi trilogy.

Jarra never wanted to be a celebrity. All she ever wanted was to gain some respect for the people left on Earth: the unlucky few whose immune system prevents them from portalling to other planets.

Except now she’s the most famous Earth girl in the universe – but not everyone in the universe is happy about it, nor the fact that she has found love with a norm. Jarra’s actions have repercussions that spread further than she ever could have imagined, and political unrest threatens to tear apart the delicate balance of peace between humanity’s worlds.

On top of everything, the first alien artefact ever discovered appears to be waiting for Jarra to reveal its secrets. But to do so, she must somehow find a way to leave Earth – or else the alien artefact will be lost forever. Is there a way for Jarra to travel to another planet? Or is her destiny only to look to the stars – but never to reach them?
Earth Flight was everything I was expecting it to be. All questions from previous books were answered in a very satisfactory way. It was simply the perfect ending to a great series.
If you like YA Sci-Fi this is a series you must read.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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Title: Archetype
Author: M.D. Waters
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: Archetype, book 1
Genre: Sci-Fi
Format: Audiobook
Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.

Suppressing those dreams during daylight hours, Emma lets Declan mold her into a happily married woman and begins to fall in love with him. But the day Noah stands before her, the line between her reality and dreams shatters.

In a future where women are a rare commodity, Emma fights for freedom but is held captive by the love of two men—one her husband, the other her worst enemy. If only she could remember which is which...
I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story is gripping, intriguing and engaging, so much it was very difficult to stop listening it, I listened until 5 am… Yes, the story is that good... I’m not kidding, I even dreamed about it... and to add to that, this audiobook is narrated by the amazing Khristine Hvam. You know what that means:

Gripping, intriguing and engaging story + Khristine Hvam = Winner

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Movie Trailer: Serena

The film follows newlyweds George (Bradley Cooper) and Serena Pemberton (Jennifer Lawrence) who travel from Boston to the mountains of North Carolina where they begin to build a timber empire in 1929. Serena soon shows herself to be the equal of any man: overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. Together, this king and queen rule their dominion, killing or vanquishing all who stand in the way of their ambitions. But when Serena learns that she can never bear a child, she sets out to murder the woman who bore George a son before his marriage. And when she starts to suspect that George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pemberton's intense, passionate marriage begins to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.


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