Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things ~ Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

About the Book:

Title: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee
Publisher: Martina McAtee
Pages: 450
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is. 

They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death. 

As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.

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My Review

I'm not sure where to begin, this book caught me completely off guard! I expected a cliched paranormal romance book but what I read was so much better. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things is about Ember a 17 year old, who thinks she's just a human whose father just died and her biggest worry is being sent off to foster care. But she doesn't realize how foster care is the least of her problems especially after a beautiful but frightening boy threatens her life, only to be saved by a guy and a girl claiming to be her cousins.

Ember is by far my favorite character, that's not to say that I didn't love the other character's because I did. But I just really loved watching her character blossom, she was quite with drawn into herself at first and I really liked seeing her slowly come out of that rock she was living in and befriend the rest of the character's. And boy were there quite a a lot of characters and yes I shipped them all. Especially Kai and Rhys, they just had this amazing sexual tension that I just couldn't help but blush every time they were together. Long story short Kai is Ember's cousin who is also a Reaper and he's in love with Rhys a werewolf. Yep it's pretty complicated but not as complicated as to the guy who Ember falls in love with.

Enter Mace the guy who makes it his life's mission to irritate Ember with those full lips and gorgeous face  and who can blame her but there's a small problem he's immortal and a soul eater. Okay so it's not so small a problem but it's not like Ember has much of a choice. He's the only one who can save her from herself and those that are after her....That is if he's on her side or not...

Honestly, this book had me biting my nails quite a bit, there were so many secrets and mysteries unfolding and so many paranormal creatures everywhere I turned and I just...loved it! This book kept me at the edge of my seat, there was death, betrayal, otherworldly creatures, and romance. You name it and it was in there! Not to mention the ships, one in particular I also have to mention are Tristen whose a Banshee and Quinn a very smart human. Both of whom went through a lot and need to get more scenes in the next book. A whole lot of things happen to the character's in this book and it just makes my heart ache thinking about it. I really need the sequel, like now!

Rating: 4 stars

About the Book:

Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she's reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things is set to release on August 31st, 2015. She is currently working on the second book in the series, Your Soul to Take, due to release in 2016.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dreamscape: Saving Alex by Kristin Pulioff ~ Blog Tour: Review

About the Book: 

Title: Dreamscape: Saving Alex
Author: Kirstin Pulioff
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Published: April 15th, 2015
Sixteen-year-old Alexis Stone is used to getting away from life’s frustration with Dreamscape, a video game she’s loved since childhood. As her family prepares to move, a sleepy night of gaming pulls her into the world like never before. Trapped in Dreamscape’s realm, Alex is about to learn that being a hero has consequences… and this time, the stakes are deadly. Will helping the rebellion cost her everything she knows and loves? Or will she betray them to save her own life?
My Review
Before I go into my my review I'd like to admit that although I was looking for an action-packed adventure, this book exceeded my expectations! Dreamscape is about Alex, a sixteen-year-old who hates her parents for making her move just when her school and love life were going the way she wanted. And in an act of rebellion she decides to stay up all night playing a game she used to love as a kid, only to get sucked into it with no way out except to become a hero.
I admit I didn't like Alex at first, she seemed to be immature and childish and frankly irritated me quite a bit. But I'm glad I continued because throughout Alex's journey through the game she comes to learn a lot of who she is and coming to terms with life being just the exact opposite of what you have planned. She goes through a great amount of character growth and I loved watching her blossom into a lovable character. 
Alex meets a couple of people in her journey but one person in particular pushes her to reflect on what type of person she wants to be. And that is Arrow her love interest and just the person she needs to push her to the limit and make her realize that she's capable of so many things. Their romance was a perfect addition to the book! They were sweet and caring towards each other but also bickered like an old couple, which made me laugh a lot. 
Dreamscape was definitely a wonderful surprise! I wasn't grabbed from the very start but as I read farther into it, it became a book I couldn't put down! It was a fast-paced and very adventurous read and I'm extremely happy I didn't let my first impressions stop me from reading it until the end. If you want to know if Alex manages to lead a rebellion, save the queen, be with the person she loves and escape the game then you're gonna have to read it for yourself because I'm not telling.
Rating: 3.5 stars
About the Author: 
Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in the foothills of Colorado. When she’s not writing an adventure, she’s busy living one.She loves to hear from readers and fans. Please connect with her on her website:


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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I, Mary by Mike Hartner ~ Blog Tour: Review

About the Book:

Title: I, Mary
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity 4 Popsickle Publishing
Pages: 266
Genre: Historical Romance

Mary Crofter's first trip on the water was just after her first birthday, when her parents came from her birthplace in Kilwa to Portsmouth. She's been on several trips from Portsmouth to London and other places since. She loves the water and the water seems to love her. Can she survive on the water? Will people ever take seriously a GIRL as a sailor? Will she ever come off the water? If she does, will the lure of the ocean draw her back?

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My Review

I, Mary is about a young girl who loves the sea and wishes to become a sailor but during this time woman aren't able to do so. Although, that doesn't stop her from trying, especially with the help of her parents who know just how much she loves and dreams of sailing. They decide to let her prove herself and she doesn't hesitate to agree and that is where her journey begins.

Mary becomes a member of a ship that puts her to the test to see if she's as earnest and capable as any other man on the ship and she surprisingly hold's her own against the men on the ship. Which makes the captain quite proud and fond of her. Mary isn't one to be taken lightly, she may be small and a girl but she's brave and courageous and I liked that about her. Mary struggles through quite a lot and nothing ever goes easy for her but that just made me proud of her as well.Whether it came to sailing the sea or falling in love, she took it head on without giving in. 

This book took me on quite the adventure and I enjoyed every minute of it! The romance between Mary and Andrew wasn't half bad either although it did feel like it happened very quickly. But other than that this book was enjoyable and if you're looking for an adventure with likable character's then I suggest you check it out! Just make sure to start with the first book I, Walter!

Rating: 3 stars

Received in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He's traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.

His latest book is the historical romance, I, Mary.

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