Book #10: Princess by Candace Ayers & Kathryn Kohler

Welcome to Fantasyland Park and Resort.
We put the ‘subpar’ in Park, and the ‘sort-of’ in Resort. 

I’m Lucy. I’m a princess… 
…or a tavern wench, depending on the day. 

Just a normal girl living a normal life, until three hot men enter it… 

There’s Julian, the brilliant doctor who skillfully treats all my aliments 
There’s Cole, the burly firefighter who rescues me when my apartment building mysteriously burns to the ground. 
And, there’s William, the enigmatic Black Knight who haunts my dreams when we’re not co-working at the Fantasyland theme park. 

I’m about to find out a few things… 

1. None of the men are who they seem.
2. Each is devoted to me, both as lover and protector.
3. An ages old spell binds us all.
4. I’m an enchantress with magical powers. 

Oh, and… 
5. There’s actually nothing normal about me or my life 

THIS BOOK IS INTENDED FOR ADULT READERS. 

This is a Reverse Harem, Paranormal Fantasy Romance. It is intended for adults only. It may appeal to fans of authors K.F. Breene, Ava Mason, Linsey Hall, G. Bailey, Sarah Piper and Alex Lidell. 

I was participating in a 24in48 readathon where you read for 24 hours in a 48 hour period. I didn’t make it to 24 hours. Really, I barely made it to 12. But, I did finish quite a few books. I wanted to kill off the short reads I had and this happened to be one of those books.

Unfortunately, it didn’t grab me.

The main character was decent and the love interests were as well, but in the case of an actual storyline, it kind of lacked. It was just a woman who finds three hot guys and ends up with three hot guys. The urban fantasy element to it was almost nonexistent. There was no battle against a bad guy. Really, there was no real conflict at all.

It was sort of boring.

I liked the characters enough and I wish there was more of a conflict in the story than what was given. But, yeah, I wouldn’t say this was a good read.

Final Rating: 2/5

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Blog Tour: The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

 

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (February 5, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250175798
ISBN-13: 978-1250175793
Praise for THE DECEIVERS
“Brilliantly plotted, tightly paced, and intensely smart. The Deceivers is the perfect con, full of clever characters, untrustworthy romance, and lie after lie after lie, with just enough truth tossed in to make you question everything. Kristen Simmons is a deceptive genius. I could not devour this book fast enough.” — Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
“Beneath its quick and clever dialogue, The Deceivers examines the moral grey area between good and evil. Lying has never seemed so much fun.” —Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of the Thousandth Floor Trilogy
“Masterful, suspenseful, and brilliantly executed, The Deceivers is the perfect con. Kristen Simmons is an outstanding storyteller, and this is her best yet.” —Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae and These Broken Stars
“Addictive and delicious, The Deceivers will keep you turning the pages well into the night!” —Katie McGarry, critically acclaimed author of Pushing the Limits“Brynn is a sharp, analytical thinker with a soft heart – the exact kind of protagonist I love rooting for, especially as villains and heroes creep out from places I don’t expect…Even the prerequisite romance was a pleasant surprise as Brynn and her love interest show complete respect for one another, giving enthusiastic consent the front seat it absolutely deserves and yet feels underrepresented in young adult literature. I devoured this book in one big gulp because I couldn’t wait to see what twists and turns were ahead.” —Kelly Morton, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
“The Deceivers is a perfectly paced, high stakes read that is honestly super fun for the reader. Don’t plan on putting it down in the middle to do other things, you’ll want to keep reading. Simmons has outdone herself with this incredible new story about con artists and a girl trying to find her own path.” —Rachel Strolle, Teen Librarian, Glenside Public Library District

Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean’s 11 in this intrigue-filled contemporary drama from acclaimed author Kristen Simmons.

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials–because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark–a senator’s son–and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way over head.

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of The Deceivers from the publisher via Jean Book Nerd for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made in the making of this review.
The idea of a good con-artist/heist fiction is what originally drew me to this book. I haven’t had much experience in this type of fiction but I love suspense, intrigue, and a good heist movie. So, fiction was the inevitable leap I would make in this genre of entertainment.
That said, I was a bit hesitant about a school of con-artistry. I mean, come on, there are a ton of school settings in YA fiction. You have your modern contemporary high schools, your magical high schools, the high schools for royalty, and the schools for the more criminal in mind. Most follow the similar formula of the new kid being brought into school (can we say: “You’re a wizard, Harry.”) and being thrust into a world of the school’s special parameters and… well… school education.
It can be a bit boring depending on how the story begins, the characters, and the world it is set in.
For The Deceivers, this interaction of the formula is a bit different. We aren’t even brought into the school until about 25% in and the whole set up of the main story is closer to the 50% mark. It is like how one character states,
“The long con is about rapport”- Mr. Moore, The Deceivers Kristen Simmons. About 40% into the Kindle book.
This book is written like a long con. It pulls you in with the lead role and sucks you in piece by piece with each of the following characters. Your hunger for more information is only satisfied in increments. All the while, you are presented with the main plot that is slowly unweaving but yet tightening as the story progresses.
I think you can guess that I like this book. I do. I like the characters and how there is only a subtle reveal of a little bit of information, making you suspect some characters but still unsure if you can dislike them. And really, I can’t. I actually like all the characters and how the story unfolded.
All in all, this is a good beginning to a series and I look forward to reading more. I love the snark between the teens and they each have their own personality that makes the story more interesting.
Final rating: 3/5
Photo Content from Kristen Simmons

KRISTEN SIMMONS is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.

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Book #9: A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

‘There’s a scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.’

From the moment Dr John Watson takes lodgings in Baker Street with the consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, he becomes intimately acquainted with the bloody violence and frightening ingenuity of the criminal mind.

In A Study in Scarlet , Holmes and Watson’s first mystery, the pair are summoned to a south London house where they find a dead man whose contorted face is a twisted mask of horror. The body is unmarked by violence but on the wall a mysterious word has been written in blood.

The police are baffled by the crime and its circumstances. But when Sherlock Holmes applies his brilliantly logical mind to the problem he uncovers a tragic tale of love and deadly revenge . . .

Sherlock Holmes is an iconic literary character, a detective with astute observational skills. He is known as the first detective character just as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is known as the father of the detective novel.

I love mysteries. I love the Victorian era. Let’s face it, I’m a booknerd who loves Sherlock Holmes adaptations. And yet… and here is the part where you gasp… I have never read a Sherlock Holmes story.

Until now.

My problem was that I was never sure where to begin. I wanted to begin where they began in their own world, not necessarily in the world of the readers. So, after years of searching, I also learned that my brain couldn’t quite formulate the world through Doyle’s words. That meant finding an audiobook I liked.

I found Stephen Fry’s and now I’m good to go.

For a first story, A Study in Scarlet does set up the character dynamics well. You see how the dynamic duo, Holmes and Watson, became roommates. You also see just the beginnings of what will become literature’s most well-known detective.

As for the mystery… well, I liked it. I didn’t care for the middle part where we are given a totally new storyline and characters. It diverted from the main narrative and pulled me away from the story. That said, I understand why the story was needed. I just wish there was a different way Doyle did it. It may be common for the time period it was published in, but it doesn’t mean I have to like that part of the book.

In all, I felt the story is a good beginning to a series and I’m sure I’m just going to continue to love it as I continue reading their adventures.

Final Rating: 3/5

Book #8: A Temple of Forgotten Spirits by William F. Wu

A young guy named Jack Hong hitchhikes throughout America following the keilin, a mystical unicorn out of Chinese mythology. The keilin leads him to ten adventures with ghosts and other supernatural figures. These experiences reveal to him not only parts of American history he never knew, but also his own identity and the role he will choose for his life. 

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The moonlight was still strong, and Lo Man Gong still sat up on the overhead window, where few people and no old men could ever get. 

“Feel better, Chinaman?” he asked mildly. 

The night before, my resistance had been low, and his presence had somehow seemed tolerable, if not rational. Now I was more clear-headed … yet he was still here. I didn’t like him as much. 

I let my eyes drop closed again. Once I was cured of malaria, I’d be free of him. I had eaten twice today; now, if I slept well, I’d be in sound shape pretty soon. 

“You know the keilin, Chinaman Jack?” 

That was the Chinese unicorn, a mystical animal whose rare appearances were highly auspicious. In the Cantonese I normally heard, it was pronounced “keilun.” It wasn’t like European ones, though. This unicorn had the body of a deer, the hooves of a horse, the tail of an ox, and a fleshy horn. I knew that much. 

“The unicorn?” I opened my eyes and looked at him. As before, the moonlight glowed through his shape. 

“Ah, you know the keilin. He smiled and nodded thoughtfully. “The keilin means good things happen. It’s very powerful.” 

I watched him silently. 

After a while, he looked into my eyes again. “Nobody remember me, Jack. Some people remember, some of my frien’. A few of them. Most, nobody remember at all. No children, no relative. You, Jack. You like me. Unless you change.” 

Yes, I knew that. I had already come to understand that. And I knew that he had come for me, here in the middle of the country, away from his home as longtime Californ’. But I didn’t know why.

I received an audible code via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

A Temple of Forgotten Spirits is a full-length novel that is comprised of multiple short stories. It tells the story of a Chinese-American man and his journey across the United States on his search for a mythical unicorn. He is introduced to the history of the Chinese in America little by little.

I am a third generation Filippino-American (25% Filippino, if we get nitty-gritty). Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about that part of my family and what I do know is just the history that my grandmother remembers. I don’t know the culture and I’m still undecided about learning it. After all, is the history that rich in American culture?

So, I asked for this book because I already felt some kind of connection with the main character. He doesn’t know his family background or the culture. He doesn’t understand the intertwining history of being Chinese and Chinese-American. Just like I don’t know anything about that part of my family.

Now… I honestly didn’t start liking the book. The main character, though having a similar cultural ignorance as me, didn’t feel like there was any emotion behind him. I didn’t like him as a person. I did like the other characters we meet in each story. They had substance, there was a struggle with them. Jack was… a witness.

And in retrospect, I think that was Wu’s intention. He wanted Jack to be a blank slate. If Jack wasn’t, he would fight what is new to him just like we fight what is new for us. By making him into a blank slate, Wu not only made the reader into the character but was making a point that Jack was on a journey to a rebirth of sorts.

With each passing story, Jack grows a personality. We may not know the Jack of the past but we are learning about the Jack of the present and future. It is the past of Chinese America that is important, not the vehicle we are using to view it.

It was because of this that I needed to sit back and think. I couldn’t write a review right away because I would have made it into a 2 (because of Jack’s lack of personality) or a 3 (because the stories we learn). Now, I think a 4 is more appropriate.

The narrator does a decent job, though I did have trouble listening to him from time to time. The literary prose is good, it pulled me in and the minor characters meant something to me. But it is the emotional realization I have gained that seems to make a bigger impact for me. I’m growing more and more interested in learning about my own hidden culture after listening to this audiobook.

I recommend this for someone who doesn’t know as much as they think about Chinese American history and for the people who don’t know the history that is in their own blood and soul.

Final Rating: 4/5

BLOG TOUR: The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale

One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.  

Praise for THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

“A dark and enchanting tale about friendship, pain, revenge, and the power of love, The Cold Is in Her Bones is the perfect read for Greek mythology fans and YA readers alike.” ―Bustle

“Fiercely written and beautifully feminist, The Cold is in Her Bones reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.” ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

“A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.” ―Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga  

MY REVIEW
I received an ARC for an honest review for this blog tour. Everything that follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review.
There are few books that hit you in the soul. The words and world just somehow sink into you, working its way into your psyche. They remind you of historical events, personal experiences, or even literary works that hit you just as hard.
The Cold is in Her Bones did that to me.
On the surface, this book is labeled as Young Adult, a retelling of the Medusa myth, a story about a group of girls forced out of their homes, feared, and tortured. All of this is true, but it is something more. This book is not just a Medusa retelling, it is the retelling of the witch trials, it is the retelling of the hardships of women who were just too strong-willed, and it is the retelling of the mental patients in past asylums.
All of these real events were going through my mind as I read this book. It makes it hard for me to properly grasp the emotions I’m trying to convey. This book isn’t a typical YA. I honestly feel that this book deserves to be featured in literary courses. It has so many parallels to our own history that I can’t help but think that this book could have some reality inside its pages.
Because of that, let me just describe the stories and events that came to mind with this book.
  • The Salem Witch Trials. This was during a time when people lived in constant fear. Women were supposed to remain docile and obedient. Those who weren’t could have been accused of witchcraft.
  • The short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is about the slow declining mental faculties of a strong-willed woman. It is about how a family member would lock away a female loved one for her “safety”. The story is also a take on postpartum depression.
  • The mental asylums that began in the 1700s and kept going up to 1970s and 1980s. We all have heard stories about the “treatments” these facilities were known for. But did you know that one of the first investigative reporters actually posed insane and went through the process of one of these hospitals was actually a woman? Nellie Bly was ahead of her time and though her experiences helped the system a bit, the system was still not great.

These were just some of the things going through my mind as I was reading. This isn’t a lighthearted book. It’s about inner strength, acceptance, and society’s way of hurting what they are afraid of instead of listening and learning. We are always fighting against one another. We should instead fight the fear and pain and learn from it.

That was the take away I had from this book and if I could rate it higher than a five, I would. I want to thank Peternelle van Arsdale for this book. It is like looking at a painting in an art museum; you have so many different things to look at that just one aspect unfolds another.

The only downside is that I feel all of this might go past some readers. I’m not sure they will see the historical parallels and I’m not sure they will go through the pages and feel a profound moment. This isn’t a journey where a chosen girl goes to find romance and saves the world. This is a girl who just tries to save the one person she was close to and learns to forgive.

Final Rating: 5/5 but so much more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.

Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub, Hypable.com, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.

Her second novel, The Cold is in Her Bones , will be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.

PHOTO CREDIT: ELENA SEIBERT 

WEBSITE: http://www.peternellevanarsdale.com/

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Book #6: The Last Vampire Book One by R.A. Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

There’s a smokin’ hot dead guy locked in my garden shed.
That part’s bad enough. But now, he’s trying to get out.

Growing up, my father always told me that I’d come to a bad end, just like my mom did when I was a kid. Hearing that kind of shit when you’re little eventually gets to a girl, but I can’t say I ever expected my ‘bad end’ to involve an angry vampire with a severe case of iron deficiency and a panty-melting English accent.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Ever since my mother was assassinated, I’ve felt like there was something vast and frightening hidden beneath the fabric of the world. Something none of us are supposed to know about.

So far, finding out I was right hasn’t been nearly as satisfying as I’d hoped. I guess the trick will be staying alive long enough to shout ‘I told you so’ from the rooftops.

But before I can do that, I really need to figure out if the vampire who just bit me is one of the good guys or not. 

I received an Audible copy for an honest review via Audiobook Boom. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

The Last Vampire: Book One is the first in a trilogy about a 26 year old woman who is thrust into the paranormal world after a brief bitten encounter with a vampire. The last vampire in fact. Go fig.

The story is what I consider a slow burn. Our love interest and MC just barely know each other in the events of the book. In fact, they are only with each other in three solid instances. That says something there. It makes me label this book more on the urban fantasy versus romance field.

There is some sex going on near the last quarter of the book that I have read is more clinical than steamy. I personally found it to be both and I found the reason for that to be logical and interesting.

The MC is a “girl with unknown power” and does do the enigma trope well but I feel she could get better as the books progress. If anything, I’m not ready to pass judgment on her completely even if the book ended.

The writing is easy to get into and there were parts that were funny, as intended. I did find the book to be enjoyable and wouldn’t mind reading book two. There were moments I was scratching my head trying to figure out where the authors were going and I was super stoked at who the baddies were. Honestly, these guys are hardly ever the baddies… THANK YOU!

I did have an issue with the way it ended. It seemed to just end instead of having a climactic moment and solid resolution. That said, there is a second book and I do hope that book has a better ending in comparison.

All in all, it was a fun romp and I could see myself continuing the series.

Final Rating: 3/5

 

BLOG TOUR: Jinxed by Thommy Hutson

Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (March 13, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9781944109127
ISBN-13: 978-1944109127
ASIN: 1944109129

Praise for JINXED[Hutson] creates a gore-filled throwback to the classic teen slasher flick genre … Graphically detailed descriptions make it clear that this work of horror isn’t for the faint of heart. ―Publishers Weekly

Thommy Hutson’s ‘Jinxed’ is a Must Read for Classic Horror Fans (linked to full iHorror review)
“Hutson … knocked it completely out of the park … with an expertly paced, cinematic slasher in a setting that would make Agatha Christie proud.” ―Waylon Jordan, iHorror.com

“…gory but captivating … a masked murderer starts picking off the teens, killing them all in theatrically grisly ways. … entertaining” ―School Library Journal

“Thommy Hutson is the ultimate authority in nostalgia-driven storytelling.” ―Clive Barker, Bestselling Author of Books of Blood and The Thief of Always

“Jinxed is the teen whodunit that Wes Craven and Lois Duncan never made. Hutson has created the best new slasher franchise since Scream.” ―Peter M. Bracke, Author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

“A dark, tension-filled thriller that’s wicked to the very end. Bad luck was never so much fun!” ―Jeffrey Reddick, Creator of Final Destination

High School Can Be a Real Killer

Break a mirror
Walk under a ladder
Step on a crack

Innocent childhood superstitions …

But someone at the secluded Trask Academy of Performing Arts is taking things one deadly step further when the campus is rocked with the deaths of some of its star students.

Layna Curtis, a talented, popular senior, soon realizes that the seemingly random, accidental deaths of her friends aren’t random—or accidents—at all. Someone has taken the childhood games too far, using the idea of superstitions to dispose of their classmates. As Layna tries to convince people of her theory, she uncovers the terrifying notion that each escalating, gruesome murder leads closer to its final victim: her.

Will Layna’s opening night also be her final bow?

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MY REVIEW
I received a copy of Jinxed for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.
I am a huge horror fan. I tend to lean on the psychological horror more than the physical horror, but there are days that I just need a bit more slash and a little less brain work. Jinxed is a young adult slasher fic. Not flick.
The writing is easy to get into and if you like a bit of gore to your slash, this book isn’t missing out on it. That said, I found the story pretty easy to figure out. At least, for this book. From the website, it looks like there are two others in the future. I can only imagine what will happen and I’m excited to see where Hutson plans on going with his prestigious school meets murder.
Despite that, there was one aspect in the storytelling that made the book a tad bit difficult for me. There are quite a few scene jumps in the chapters. It took me a bit to get used to it but once I did, I was having an enjoyable time with the narrative. The characters were interesting and I did find myself gravitating towards a few.
The story also played out like a slasher movie or tv show and I can’t help but wonder if this would make for something really interesting on screen. In fact, I would propose that it does happen. I’d watch it.
I could go into detail with the specific murders and the characters but to do that, I might give away certain details. Where’s the fun in that?
All in all, Jinxed had a level of nostalgia that is reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s slasher movies. I would say this is a good book for anyone just starting out the horror genre or even the seasoned veterans. For me, I’ll be waiting to see what’s in store for the next one.
Final Rating: 3/5
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Born and raised in Upstate New York, Thommy Hutson graduated from UCLA and launched his career co-writing the story for the Warner Bros. animated hit SCOOBY-DOO IN WHERE’S MY MUMMY? He followed that with co-writing the concept and additional material for CHILL OUT, SCOOBY-DOO!

His career then took a thrilling turn when he wrote and produced several definitive genre film retrospectives for television and home entertainment: SCREAM: THE INSIDE STORY (Bio Channel), NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY (Bio Channel), MORE BRAINS! A RETURN TO THE LIVING DEAD (Chiller) and HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13th (Starz/Anchor Bay).

He was also a staff writer on Hulu’s daily web series “The Morning After,” a smart, witty, pop culture program aimed at getting viewers up-to-date on the latest entertainment news and celebrity interviews.

Thommy also produced the critically acclaimed feature THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH, an insightful relationship drama starring Lea Thompson and John Shea. He also produced DREAMWORLD, a quirky, romantic dramedy.

He co-wrote and produced ANIMAL for Chiller Films and Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films. The project debuted in iTunes’ top ten horror films (reaching #1) and became the network’s highest-rated original movie.

Continuing his passion for uncovering the stories behind the story, he went on to produce CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, which is the most comprehensive look at the popular film franchise.

He produced and made his feature directorial debut with THE ID, an independent psychological drama/thriller. Filmmaker Magazine stated it was “a deeply unsettling thriller that’s as moving as it is frightening…with skillful, provocative direction that has echoes of early Polanski.”

Thommy also wrote the screenplay for Syfy Channel’s supernatural horror film TRUTH OR DARE, which was a trending topic on social media the night of its release.

As an author Thommy crafted a limited-edition coffee table book detailing the making and legacy of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. A trade version distributed by Simon & Schuster reached number one in Amazon.com’s Movie History & Criticism category. His latest novel, the teen thriller “Jinxed,” (Vesuvian Media) is the first book of a trilogy and has been called “A must-read for classic horror fans…Inevitable and shocking. Brutal and beautiful. Homage and originality…Hutson could easily take on the mantle as the next Lois Duncan.”

He is currently scripting a film for The Hallmark Channel as well as writing another book that definitively details the history, making, and legacy of another fan-favorite genre film from the 1980s.

A member of the Producers Guild of America and Horror Writers Association, and an aficionado of horror and teen movies from the 80s and 90s, Thommy continues to develop unique, compelling, and provocative projects across multiple genres for film, television, publishing, and home entertainment through his company Hutson Ranch Media.

 

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WEEK ONE
JANUARY 7th MONDAY JeanBookNerd INTERVIEW
JANUARY 8th TUESDAY Insane About Books EXCERPT
JANUARY 9th WEDNESDAY Crossroad Reviews TENS LIST
JANUARY 10th THURSDAY BookHounds YA INTERVIEW
JANUARY 11th FRIDAY J.R.’s Book Reviews REVIEW


WEEK TWO
JANUARY 12th SATURDAY A Bella Fairy Tale REVIEW
JANUARY 13th SUNDAY A Court of Coffee and Books REVIEW
JANUARY 14th MONDAY Nay’s Pink Bookshelf REVIEW
JANUARY 15th TUESDAY RhythmicBooktrovert REVIEW
JANUARY 16th WEDNESDAY Casia’s Corner REVIEW 


WEEK THREE
JANUARY 17th THURSDAY Stephanie’s Life of Determination REVIEW & FILL IN THE
JANUARY 18th FRIDAY A Bronx Latina Reads REVIEW & EXCERPT
JANUARY 19th SATURDAY Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace REVIEW & EXCERPT
JANUARY 20th SUNDAY Movies, Shows, & Books REVIEW & EXCERPT
JANUARY 20th SUNDAY My Chaotic Ramblings REVIEW

 

Book #3: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there’s not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic… 

I didn’t know about this book until some internet friends in a Facebook Group I’m in called The Booket List mentioned there was an Audible sale on it. To expand on that, the FB group is called The Booket List. It has a reading challenge that involves a 100+ reading list that you have to read throughout the year. The Kiss Quotient happens to be on that list and with the Audible sale, I went ahead and got it.

I’ll admit that, for once, I didn’t read the blurb before getting the book. This is something I never do. I read blurbs. I even read the last few pages of a book before I finish it. Hell, sometimes before I even start the book. That said, once I did read the blurb (after I actually started listening to the audio, mind you), I knew this book was going to mean something to me.

I am not in the Autistic spectrum. At least, I don’t think I am. I’m not sure. I was never tested for it and if I was today, it wouldn’t change anything. That said, I do have family in the spectrum. Listening to this book made me think about how my family members also think and what they go through with. It was comforting to see someone who is always so stressed out, likes a system, and can be overstimulated as the main character in the book.

I felt a kinship with Stella. I understood her. I’ve had the same thoughts as her whether it was how to deal with people, being obsessive about something, or even the almost crippling effect your lack of self-confidence (and the reactions of people around you) can be with even the people who are closest to you.

I don’t usually cry in books. I don’t usually have an emotional response of any kind. I read books and I find myself dissecting them or analyzing them to see what makes a text work or not. And though I didn’t cry with The Kiss Quotient, I did clap. I screamed in praise of the minor characters. I snapped at Michael, the book’s second main character. I found myself choosing to say that this book is more than a 4.

The Kiss Quotient is more than just Stella with her Autism. In fact, that is just a detail about the character that isn’t expressed like an important aspect. I think the best way to explain it is with Michael’s attention of her or even her own realization about herself in the end. This is a romance book that has a character with Autism. This is not an Autistic story with romance.

For anyone who might say this is a poor representation of a “disorder”, I disagree. On both points.

As a sister of an Autistic person, I wasn’t raised to see Autism as a disorder and I refuse to call it that. In fact, I only use that word when I am talking to others because others aren’t able to understand that Autism is just a way that others are wired to think. People with Autism are passionate, you just need to have the patience to learn what their passion is. They are honest, you just need to learn to stop deceiving. They like peaceful days, you just need to learn to stop being so loud and fast. So, no, Autism isn’t a disorder.

As for a poor representation of Autism, again, I disagree. This is a great representation. Autism is a spectrum. No two people are exactly the same. Not even identical twins are completely identical. By saying this book doesn’t represent the spectrum, you are placing a value on one end of the spectrum versus the other.

Now that I’m done with that soapbox, I truly am sorry for that by the way, I want to get to the real meat of the story: the romance.

This book has your typical romance tropes of misunderstanding and lack of communication. But one great difference that this book has from other romances is the way the relationship evolves.

Most romance books have the “will they/won’t they” aspect. This book did away with that and played with the idea of “will they stay or will they break up”.  It felt like a book that stressed the relationship and not the budding of a relationship. I liked that. It felt different from other contemporary romances I’ve read and I really appreciated that.

That said, I can’t help but feel it should really be a movie. Maybe that’s just my little reading/movie adaptation nerdy self, but I really would like to see this in theater. I feel this book would give my mom the feels too. It didn’t have the same issues of a romance book and it felt real.

I highly recommend reading this book if you were thinking about it.

Final Rating: 5/5

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BLOG TOUR: Stolen Goods by Kay Marie


Catch Me If You Can meets Tangled in this funny and feel-good romantic comedy, new from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis, writing as Kay Marie.

Addison Abbot is a dreamer—she dreams of owning her own cake shop, of traveling the world, of finding Prince Charming. But when it comes to actually following any of those dreams, she’s a little, well, stuck. So when a devilishly handsome stranger saves her from two robbers with guns and pulls her into the adventure of a lifetime, she’s determined to find her fairytale ending—until she realizes he’s the most wanted criminal in America, that is.

Thaddeus Ryder was just another run-of-the-mill international art thief until his latest heist went south. Now, his face is on every news station, his name is making headlines, and his partner is working for the feds. Talk about a bad week on the job. His only option is to flee the country. But when hitmen for the Russian mafia interrupt his getaway, Thad gains an accidental companion—a baking beauty who might be too tempting to resist.

When a girl good meets a bad boy, sparks are bound to fly. But this conman is about to discover the only thing he can’t steal is her heart…

**To Catch a Thief is a romantic comedy series that’s one part humorous and one part heartfelt, with a dash of adventure, a hint of criminal activity, and a whole heap of fun! Each book is a standalone romance with a HEA.

MY REVIEW

I received a copy from the author for an honest review for the blog tour. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

First, I want to say thank you to Kay Marie for contacting me. It means a lot that you went looking for me and asked if I wanted to review and participate in the blog tour of the new baby. Thank you.

Stolen Goods is the second book in what I believe is a trilogy that follows the characters from book one on. In the first book, we meet Jo and the no-nonsense FBI agent, Nate. We also meet the other characters but as supporting roles. In this book, the couple that is focused is Jo’s bestie and “brother”, Addy and Thad.

I actually fell for Thad in book one and was excited to see that he was going to be in his own book in this one. He’s what I like to call a loveable asshole. You know the kind. They are the jokesters. The ones who hide behind a smile and can be dicks to the sticks in the mud. That’s Thad.

Addy, I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. She is an all-encompassing feminine fairy. Filled with pink and confectionary goodness. You’d think she’d be an innocent little wallflower and in a way she is. BUT, there is a strength to her that I really liked.

The best way to describe this book is a road trip book. Through a huge mishap that involves the Russian mafia, Thad finds himself in a pickle. He thinks he can just waltz in and contact Jo. At least… that was the plan.

Though most of the book is centered on these two strangers getting to know each other better, it works. You see a development of the relationship and how well they play off one another. You can see how one is able to lift up the other.

The book is a good middle book. It fits the world and you do get to see Jo and Nate in their own environment. I would love to read the third book. I have to now. I’m invested to see what happens with Nate’s partner, Leo, and Jo’s other online bestie, Mackenzie.

I recommend if you are looking for a light and fun romance. There is some action, both in physical coupling and fighting off baddies.

Final rating: 3/5

EXCERPT:

 

All the locks in the car slid into place.

All the missing pieces did too.

“Oh my God!” Addy shouted, whipping her head to the side, meeting those steely eyes, sharp and cunning. No wonder he looked so familiar! He was on the cover of the magazine sitting on her nightstand back home. His face had been on the news every single night for a week—not that she watched the news, but she usually caught the last five or so minutes before the show she actually wanted to watch came on. Maybe I should have been watching the news. Maybe if I had, I would have recognized the most wanted criminal in America! Maybe I would have done the smart thing, like, I don’t know, running away and calling the police instead of falling at his feet and drooling over his smile! Gah! “You’re Thaddeus Ryder!”

“The one and only,” he mused, edge of his lip quirking with a smile, no shame whatsoever evident in his expression.

“Oh my God, those men weren’t trying to kill me—they were trying to kill you!”

He wrinkled his nose with thinly veiled judgment. “Honestly, I’m a little surprised it took you this long to realize that. Unless the world of wedding cake design is a lot more cutthroat than I ever realized.”

“You have no idea,” she commented darkly, and then jolted, looking around at the leather dashboard, the bullet hole in the windshield, the black paint on the hood. She gasped. “Your car didn’t break down!”

“No.”

“I bet this isn’t even your car.”

He didn’t respond.

“Is it stolen?”

“Yes.”

Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.

I’m aiding and abetting a known fugitive.

Oh my God!

“I demand you let me out of the car at once!” Addy exclaimed, her voice as rigid and severe as she could possibly make it.

“I’m afraid that’s not going to happen,” he replied smoothly, all confidence and control.

“But— But—” That always works in the movies. “But I demand it!”

“And your demand is adorable, really, but it’s not going to happen. I didn’t mean to get you involved, but you are. You’re in this, whether you want to be or not.”

“In what?” Her voice was small, unsure.

He glanced at her, something soft and almost pained in his gaze. Then he looked forward and tightened his grip on the steering wheel, staring out the window with new resolve. “In this car, with me, until I say otherwise.”

I don’t think so. “I’ll call the police.”

“I have your phone.”

“I’ll scream.”

“Please don’t. I’m pretty sure no one but me will hear you, and my eardrums can’t take any more.”

“I’ll— I’ll—” Addy searched around for some sort of ammunition. Her hand went to the door handle and tugged on it uselessly.

“It’s locked, remember? And even if it weren’t, I wouldn’t recommend that route, just based on my own personal experience. Jumping out of a car going upwards of sixty miles an hour hurts like hell.”

She folded her fingers into her palm and pulled her hand back slightly, then spun, lunging for the wheel. He caught her with his forearm and pushed her back against the seat, locked in place. Addy punched and kicked, but he didn’t budge.

“I’m not going to hurt you, I swear. If I wanted to do that, I would’ve left you back there on your own. I wouldn’t have taken you with me.” He released her and ran his hand through his hair, ruffling those dark, wavy locks in a way that was frustratingly attractive. “This is all a big mistake. I just need to make sure it’s safe before I let you go.”

“Why should I believe you?”

He winced. “Because I have no reason to lie.”

Addy snorted with disbelief before she could stop it—uncaring for once in her life that the gesture was incredibly unladylike. “You’re a criminal. And a thief. And a con. And all you’ve done tonight is lie!”

“True,” he stated slowly, meeting her eyes with a smile. “But wasn’t it exciting?”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kaitlyn Davis, a bestselling author with over a quarter of a million books sold, writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie. Publisher’s Weekly has said, “Davis writes with confidence and poise,” while USA Today has recommended her work as “must-read romance.”

To learn more about her young adult novels, visit her Goodreads author page for Kaitlyn Davis here: https://www.goodreads.com/Kaitlyn_Davis

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found playing fetch with her puppy, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud, enemies-to-lovers romance that’s How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days meets White Collar with a dash of The Thomas Crown Affair thrown in!

All Jolene Carter has ever wanted is a bakery of her own. There’s only one problem. Her father, Robert Carter, is a world-renowned art thief and she’s, well, sort of his protégé. But he’s promised her this next job in New York will be their last, and she won’t let anyone get in the way of her dreams…especially not the distractingly delicious FBI agent hot on her tail.

Agent Nate Parker has been on the Robert Carter case for years, and if rumors of the aging criminal’s retirement are true, this might be his last chance to nail him. With the legacy of his late father in the back of his mind, the stakes are more personal than anyone realizes. He won’t let anything stand in the way of justice…especially not the red-headed vixen who keeps giving him the slip.

He’s a cop who’d never bend. She’s a con who’ll never break. But all’s fair in love and larceny…

**To Catch a Thief is a romantic comedy series that’s one part humorous and one part heartfelt, with a dash of adventure, a hint of criminal activity, and a whole heap of fun! Each book is a stand-alone romance with a HEA.

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Book #1 of 2019: Enhancer 2 by Wyatt Kane

Having superpowers can be awesome, but they always come at a price. 
Ty Wilcox didn’t really believe in superheroes before he became one himself. Now, he has an incredible power he’s just beginning to understand, lives in a mansion, and is in a relationship with two of the most amazing women alive.

But when a flying, teleporting demon-woman appears outside his work, the price of his new life becomes apparent.

There’s a supervillain after the device that gives Ty his power. This villain will do anything to get it, and has an entire army at his command.

The price of Ty’s new life is never-ending danger.

Warning and minor spoilers: Just like book 1, “Enhancer 2” is an 18+ book intended for mature readers. It contains sex, violence, and nudity. It includes very light gamelit elements, occasional bad language, and is set in a cyberpunk alternate future. Within its pages you will find threats, battles, destruction of property, evil plans, betrayals, wrongful imprisonment, major violence, death, and the unfortunate realities of living in a world dominated by mega-corporate greed. The malevolent boss from book 1 is still there, as is the monstrous bad guy. But so are the gorgeous superheroes who are comfortable with unconventional, polyamorous, harem relationships, and there might be someone new in that mix as well.

If you don’t enjoy a good time, this book isn’t for you.

I received an Audible code via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. It wasn’t compensated in any way.

I had listened to the first book a while back and I did like it. It was a fun take on superheroes, had great geek references, and I like the relationship between Ty and the girls. So, when I saw that Audiobook Boom had Enhancer 2 in its list for books needing reviewers, I jumped at it. The first book was a fun and simple 3-star rating. Nothing too exciting but enough to keep me intrigued.

Enhancer 2 had pretty much the same feel. There were less geeky references but it closely follows the events of book one. In fact, it starts on the next day. I actually liked that tidbit. It gave a sense of how superheroes work. Their work is never done with and they are always on.

In this book, the main conflict is that the demoness we meet in book one is actually not the villain we first see. She needs Ty’s help.

To not get too far into the storyline, the book centers mostly on Ty working through his abilities and his relationship with Dinah and Tempest. There is the introduction of a crime boss as well as the theory of who the big baddie is.

In all, it is a fun book to listen to just like the first. I have no complaints with the chosen narrator (same as before) and was able to get into the world. There is a third book on the way and I hope to one day listen to that as well. I’d recommend it to someone who just wants to have fun with their reading.

Final Rating: 3/5