Peter and the Starcatchers # 1

PeterStarCatcherTitle: Peter and the Starcatchers
Series: Peter and the Starcatchers #1
Authors: Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
Illustrations by Greg Call

Don’t even think of starting this book unless you’re sitting in a comfortable chair and have lots of time. A fast-paced, impossible-to-put-down adventure awaits as the young orphan Peter and his mates are dispatched to an island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They set sail aboard the Never Land, a ship carrying a precious and mysterious trunk in its cargo hold, and the journey quickly becomes fraught with excitement and danger.
Discover richly developed characters in the sweet but sophisticated Molly, the scary but familiar Black Stache, and the fearless Peter. Treacherous battles with pirates, foreboding thunderstorms at sea, and evocative writing immerses the reader in a story that slowly and finally reveals the secrets and mysteries of the beloved Peter Pan.

We’ve all heard, watched & read about Wendy, Tinkerbell, Hook, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. But are we familiar with Peter Pan’s & the Neverland’s origin? Well, this book by Barry & Pearson is the closest & most perfect story to tell.

Eversince I was a child, Peter Pan has always been one of my favorite characters. If Cinderella was my favorite princess, Peter Pan was my hero. I think I’ve watched all the Peter Pan films there is. When I recognized David Barry’s name on this particular book in our local bookstore, I knew at once that this was about Peter Pan. I instantly grabbed this paperback and I thought my kids would like him. And boy, what a perfect & brilliant story this had been.

I loved Molly Aster and her admirable personality. She’s a major star in her own right, especially how she had helped Peter and his friends during their voyage. The story was believable in a magical way, that I actually thought this is Peter’s real beginnings! The mermaids, the treasures, the pirates, the starstuffs – they were all fascinating and delightful. I read this book to my kids and we didn’t care if the book was more than 400 pages long. My sons thought pirates are the coolest villains ever. They proclaimed Peter Pan as their newest favorite hero and after reading the book, they loved him even more! Can’t wait to read their next adventures!

Book Review: Fractured Dream by KM Randall

Title: Fractured Dreamfractureddream
(The Dreamer Saga #1)
Author: K.M. Randall
Kindle edition; 430 pages
Published June 2014

BlurbHave you ever wondered where fairytales go once they’re created?

It’s been eight years since Story Sparks last had a dream. Now they’re back, tormenting her as nightmares she can’t remember upon waking. The black waters of Lake Sandeen, where her Uncle Peter disappeared decades before, may hold the secret to Story’s hidden memories, or a truth she’d rather not know. On a bright summer afternoon, Story and her two best friends, Elliot and Adam, take a hike to the lake, where they dive into the cool water and never reemerge. What they find is beyond anything they’ve ever imagined could be possible, a world where dangers lurk in the form of Big Bad Wolves, living Nightmares and meddlesome witches and gods.

Now Story must remember who she really is and somehow stop two worlds from ultimate annihilation, all while trying not to be too distracted by the inexplicable pull she feels toward a certain dark-eyed traveler who seems to have secrets of his own. The fates of the worlds are counting on her.

 

MyReview

Two minutes into reading the prologue, I thought the book is giving me the creeps.With my interest piqued, I continued reading about Story & I was soon blown away by the author’s wild & marvelous imagination. Fractured Dream, in my opinion, is the adventure of a lifetime & K.M. Randall is the Queen of all Fairytales!

Story, the Dreamer, the female protagonist, has a lot of stories to tell, literally. At first, when I saw the name, I told myself, Story is her name? Well, that’s a first! And when I finished the first chapter, I was sold! I didn’t stop until I finally learn about Story and her real story, why the lake stole lives, what really happened to her uncle, who was Jess and why did Story seem like she had a split personality? Those questions were eventually answered when she and her friends Elliot & Adam were taken to an “underwater wonderland” (Elliot’s words, not mine).

But as I devoured the pages, a lot more questions popped up on my mind. There were a lot of fairytale characters in the book, I admit I had a hard time keeping up, (with Bliss, Nicholas, Red, Big Bad Wolfe, Oafs, etc) but the novel was so enchanting that I was utterly entertained until the end. No dull moments, no dead air, no complaints at all! Ok wait, I wrote “until the end”, but the truth is there was no The End to the story because there are still a lot more adventures to come. Story still has got a lot of lives to meet and save. And we, the Storytellers, are in for more thrilling & fantastic surprises, the author made sure of that!

*NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

about author

 

K.M. Randall
website: http://www.kmrandallauthor.com
twitter username: KM_Randall
genre: Fantasy, Fiction

About K.M. Randall
As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is the editor-in-chief of a blog covering the media industry, as well as an editor with Booktrope Publishing. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. K.M. lives in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region with her husband and her extremely energetic little boy. Fractured Dream is her first novel.

Come, the Dark has been Released!

Coula Killed Me

Thanks for stopping by to view this quick announcement on Rebecca Hamilton’s latest release, COME, THE DARK, book 2 in the Forever Girl series. Although this book is the second in the series, it is a complete standalone following a completely new set of characters. And you can grab your copy today for only $0.99! Still apprehensive about reading the second book in a series? Well, you can grab the prequel, HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL, off kindle–Always Free–and on January 9th, THE FOREVER GIRL will be free also, for the first time ever! Worried you might forget the date? Join the mailing list using the option on the Rafflecopter below and you’ll receive a reminder on January 9th to download your free copy anytime between January 9th and 13th!

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COME, THE DARK

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

Come, the Dark 2Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

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THE FOREVER GIRL

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

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Beautiful blonde with dandelionsAt twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

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About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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Cover Reveal: Hunting Season by Nikki Jefford

 

Hunting Season
Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Vol. 4
Releases 3-3-15
Better to be a hunter, not prey.

Ever since her partner was kidnapped, Aurora Sky has been on
a personal mission to get him back. To do that she needs the vampire
responsible for destroying her life.

In order to have a snowball’s chance at success, she’ll have
to team up with her most loyal friends—including a certain vampire in black
with a provoking talent for distraction.

Old cravings aren’t easily quenched, nor past passions. With
knowledge comes danger and Aurora is at risk on all sides.

Pre-order on Amazon or sign up for a Release Alert to receive links to Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iBooks. Add at Goodreads.

Cover design: Phatpuppy Art. Photography: Teresa Yeh. Typography: Najla Qamber Designs. Models: Gabriella and Lee.

About the Author:

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan, born & raised in Anchorage, now living in northern Washington state. She loves meeting people from all walks of life, from around the globe, and wouldn’t trade her French husband in for anyone–not even Spike! The dark side of humanity fascinates her, so long as it’s balanced by humor and romance.

Stop by and say hi to Nikki on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and Goodreads.

All I Want For Christmas

Title: All I Want for ChristmasAll I Want

Author: Kate Givans
ebook, 100 pages
Published November 26th 2014
by Smashwords Edition

 

Reyna didn’t think she needed anyone in her life. The Millers proved her wrong.

Now adopted, Reyna Miller has found that true family–the kind that will stand by you when things are tough, love you despite your shortcomings, and give you a safe place to call home–can be an invaluable thing.

But there are still some parts of her past that she’d rather forget. And there are still some wounds that haven’t quite healed, like when Neil, the boy she fell for five years ago disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again.

Now he’s back, and she doesn’t know how to handle it.

He’s in her home, with her family, celebrating Christmas with the rest of the Miller foster clan. What she thought she once wanted, she’s not so sure about now. And what she thought she knew may not be completely true.

Will Neil find a way to win Reyna back before the holidays are over? Or did the kindling of the love they once shared die long ago with one bad choice?

MyReview

I wasn’t in the mood for anything the last few days ago, so I needed a pick-me-upper. Luckily I spied my Kindle (which was lost in the midst of stuffed teddy bears and toys – Xmas gifts for the little ones) which I discovered, was placed there by my 3 year-old boy. (Kids!) When I turned it on, I immediately saw All I Want For Christmas on top of my TBRs so I read it, devoured it and cried with it in just a few hours. Now that made me smile after a few days, thanks Kate!

All I Want for Christmas is about Reyna, who was placed in the care of the kind-hearted Millers after Child Protection Services rescued her from her pill-popping, hallucinating mother. At first, she was adamant & refused to accept her new family, but as time progressed, she loved having a new one. Then she met her foster sibling, Neil. Theirs was a special kind of relationship – they bring out the best of each other when together. And also the worst. Which led to Neil doing something that tipped the police and him escaping to nowhere. Reyna felt betrayed, hurt, and her family, devastated. Trusting someone, or anyone for that matter, had always been one of Reyna’s issues so when Neil wounded her heart, she never wanted anything to do with him. Until they saw each other again. Until he saved him from a possible assault. Until he joined her foster family for Christmas. Until he kissed her again.

Soon, they would have to let go of their feelings, learn to forgive and forget, although the truth is, these emotions are easier said than done. Will Reyna and Neil ever get what they want for Christmas?

Kate Givans impressed me again with her Christmas offering. If there’s one thing I learned from this novella, it is that when one falls in love, trust should always come along. Although Trust is not something all loving relationships start with. But with Reyna and Neil, they learned to trust and love the hard way. They’re both scarred from their past, they’re both still reeling to face the future. Like what Neil had said, “We’re not that different. Different scars, different pasts, but trauma, pain, loss, hurt.. those things bind us together. We know what they are and we know what they feel like, and because of that, we’ll take special care of each other.” Big words from a troubled man. Big words from a man I am starting to admire. Big special words that struck my heart.

I like this one Kate shared on her book’s synopsis:

“There are some loves that grow like trees, starting small and then gaining strength, eventually blossoming into something large and majestic. Others start with a spark and catch fire almost immediately, burning bright like a comet. Neither one is right or wrong because all love requires work; it’s what you do in the long-term that matters.

P.S.

One more thing I liked in this novella, Prussia and Karisha Prescott are in this book! Awesome!

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Review: Healing My Heart by Aleya Michelle

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Author: Aleya Michelle
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published September 14th 2014

Roxy is in a bind…

Should she stay true to herself or should she follow her wounded heart back to her first love?
Back to the one who left her heartbroken and alone.
Who will be the one to help heal her heart?
Will it be Dylan, who started as her re-bound, but has become her strength and her life line over the past few months.
Or will it be Kade, the one who stole her heart and showed her the true meaning of love. Then showed her all the despair, vulnerability and pain a broken heart can cause.
Which path will bring her to her happily ever after? 

TheReviewV

This is Even Better.. I mean, I’ve read the first book, Breaking My Heart which actually broke some fragments of my delicate heart because of the stupid things that Kade has done. Although I got angry at him in the first book, I understood his reasons for leaving Roxy.

But in Healing My Heart, I am flummoxed, perplexed & disgusted with rebound guy Dylan, because of how he treated Roxy. He was clearly a bipolar with a twisted mind reeking of jealousy & obsession. He became controlling and manipulative and almost got physical with her. He got lucky Roxy endured him for 6 months. When Roxy has had enough of his ever-changing personality, she gave him the boot but Dylan became even angrier. He vowed to destroy her and Kade, who seemed to be putting himself back together to be with Roxy again. Dylan is ready to explode, Dylan will do whatever it takes to get her back.

And there’s Kade. Kade also wants Roxy back, Kade still loves her, but can Kade heal her already broken heart?

A rollercoaster of emotions, that’s what I felt after reading this book. I liked how things went from right to wrong to worse to being right and sweet again. But for how long, I guess we’ll have to watch out for the third book in the series because I still have this giddy feeling about Roxy & Kade. Another sure-fire hit from Aleya Michelle!

Jumper and My Boys

A week ago, I received a very special gift from one of my dear author friends, Rebecca Scarberry. I couldn’t contain my excitement when the mailman delivered this book on my doorstep. My heart swelled and screamed.When my kids got home after school, they were overjoyed to find Jumper and Friends!  Thanks so much for this wonderful gift, Becky!

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