Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book Review for Colonization Paradise Reclaimed (Book #1) By Aubrie Dionne



 Colonization

Paradise Reclaimed (Book #1)

By Aubrie Dionne

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Reviewed by:Tonya
Format:Kindle
Published:Inkspell Publishing
Source:author Gene: young adult




About Book

 

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous.
Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, “the oaf”.
But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius’s ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus.
Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn’t expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus.
Can she save the colony and discover her true love?




My Thoughts

Andromeda has a destiny, one she doesn’t think she is right for. Why her? That is what she thinks. Always feeling like she was in the deep end struggling and never getting anywhere. She loved the adventures her and Sirius went on, she slacked off, didn’t study hard enough even though she knew how important it was, and what the outcome could mean.
Sirius is the handsome guy who gets Andromeda’s heart all in a flutter, but also seems to get her into trouble. It seems like every adventure they go on something always happens. Though you sort of can’t blame them for these adventures. Being stuck on a ship out in space headed to the unknown, the uncertain – I too would be going stir crazy.
Andromeda’s parents expect so much of her, she knows it, she feels it and struggles with it. All she wants is to be with Sirius. And as an important day comes that will determine what job she will have and who her life partner will be once they get to their new paradise arrives she realizes at the last minute how much she wish she had prepared. I got to tell you I was never one for taking tests in school but I was sitting there yelling at her saying come one wake up girl, one your great grandfather is like in charge of the entire ship you are on – you got this girl – you can do it – but get off your keaster and study already. LOL Well lets just say she is wishing she had studied harder. Thought happy with her job she is devastated with her life partner she is assigned to.
On a strange new planet with a new life, job and life partner she never wanted slowly Andormeda starts to expand and try to do better. I actually love her sometimes petulant attitude, thought it seems to always get her into some kind of predicament I can understand at her age why she would feel the way she does. And slowly she starts to see things and people in a different light. She also see’s things that scare her and cause her to fear for her life and those of her people and their new colony.
The trouble this girl gets into when they first arrive just makes you want to slap your head and go “Doih!” not again Andromeda – seriously didn’t you realized after the first one. But what I really liked was how Corvus her life partner continued to support her after every one of them and even took her on an adventure that I just have to say was pretty darn cool if you asked me.
With people falling sick, strange things that she keeps seeing, Andromeda and her mom struggle to find out what is making people sick and killing them, and she is struggling with what to do with what she has seen. She is determined to figure it out and keep the people of her new colony safe no matter what it takes. But will anyone believe her?
She is afraid to say anything, people would think her crazy, I mean come on its Andromeda. I know I probably would if I hadn’t watched all her escapades – LOL. But she is on a mission to find out what is out there, what is causing all this, she enlists someone she thinks she can trust and hopes she is right. But something happens (doesn’t it always) and now she has to make it right. But the one person who comes out to help her surprises her, and she see’s him in a whole new light.
I loved this book – loved the angst and struggles of Andromeda. I can’t say typical teenage girl because I have never met a teenage girl who has lived on a ship floating around space all her life headed to a planet they only know about from research teams, a great grandfather who has lived hundreds of years and runs the ship. Yeah can’t really say she is typical in our standards, but I get her struggles, I get her not wanting to go to the unknown, to stay where she feels safe, and secure, and she knows what is there and what is next… or does she.
This book was super good – now onto book 2….









Book Review for Hidden By M.Lathan



Hidden 
By M.Lathan

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Reviewed by:Tonya
Format:Paperback
Published:M.Lathan
Source:Purchased Gene: Mystery


About Book

Sixteen-year-old Leah Grant has given up on being normal. She'd settle for stopping the voices in her head, intrusive visions of the future, and better odds of making it to her seventeenth birthday.

That's the thing about pretending to be human in a world where magic used to exist - at any moment, her cover could be blown and she'll be burned to death like the rest of the witches.

Everything changes when she loses control of her powers and flees the orphanage she grew up in. She desperately wants to be invisible but finds her face plastered on every news channel as humans panic over the possible resurgence of her kind. And now the hunters won't give up until they find her.

Making friends for the first time in her life and falling in love with one of them drives her to discover why she is unlike any being she's ever met - human or otherwise. The dangerous powers inside of her that would repel Nathan, her new, handsome reason for living, are priceless to some. The locked up forever kind of priceless. And to others, they are too dangerous to allow her to live.
 


My Thoughts


This starts off sharing the lonesomeness of Leah. Picked on, laughed at, and taunted all her life. She is different from everyone else, she thinks that what is so different about her is evil and she is always praying to God to forgive her. She feels the powers she has have turned her into the monsters in peoples nightmares. She is an orphan like many others which is tough enough, but to be different and antagonized about it daily so much worse. You really feel the hurt and pain she is going through and so many times I wanted to slap her bullies for her. But she was stronger than she realized.
Leah has many powers from visions, to hearing thoughts even starting fires at a simple thought. But her promise to God to not use them, believing them to be evil keeps her in constant conflict. Believing she should ahve died 16 years ago like so many others like her.
Then Sophia a witch comes into Leah’s life at a very critical moment stopping her from what may have been a tragic and disastrous mess. But being with Sophia shows her new things. Who and what she is, what she could be, that what she thought was evil in her really may not be so evil. But is she safe?
Shifters, Witches, Hunters, Copies add a really nice touch to this story, especially the teenage boys who are trouble and think they are all that, like Sophia’s grandson Paul. Though he does sound adorable. And who doesn’t like a boy with a bit of a bad side to him? LOL Ah to be a teenager again.
Humans and those with powers have come to a peaceful treaty but there are still some out there hunting, searching out magical kinds for a living, in secret of course. Could they be looking for Leah, could she be in danger? Sophia has vowed to keep her safe, can she do it? Oh I love suspense, and the author did a good job keeping you on the edge, bringing you right to the tip of the ledge then snatching you back, dangling you but not letting go. Oh I love a story like that.
Can I just say I would love to be able to snap my fingers and disappear like Emma does. How cool to pop in and out on people. Oh the fun and mischief that could be had. :) :) :)
I love Leah’s reactions to Nathan and when she realizes she is attracted to him. When he catches her staring at him. Slowly she starts to blossom like a lily after a cold winter’s freeze. Its so sweet to watch. Little by little she spreads her wings with the aid of Sophia and the others in the house. And her first real friendship, with a boy no less. Ahhhh yes the old saying “dogs are humans best friend” LOL okay you have to read the book to know what I mean by that statement. LOL
But who and what Leah (aka Christine) is may just destroy all the new and good in her life. What will become of her and Nate. Does Sophia know who she really is, what she really is? Well I won’t spoil it for you, read the book and find out.





Author Interview with Aubrie Dionne , Excerpt and Author Spotlight for her book Reconnaissance

 Reconnaissance


Series: Paradise Reclaimed Book # 2 


By: Aubrie Dionne


Expected Publication Date: May 1, 2013


Published By: Inkspell Publishing



Blurb-

 Nova Williams has lost her one shot at Lieutenant hood and at love. Lieutenant Crophaven has promoted her rival, Andromeda, all because her life-mate, Sirius, sacrificed their mission to win back Andromeda’s love.


While sneaking out to prove Andromeda is a fake, Nova finds an alien ship hovering over their colony. Lieutenant Crophaven assigns her to a reconnaissance mission, giving her a second chance to redeem herself. Sirius must fly her and a research team to the vessel to decide if they are a threat. Thrown together with the life-mate that betrayed her, she battles with her own jealousy while her team battles for their lives.


Can she forgive Sirius in order to save her team and warn her colony?





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Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.

Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be "A concert flutist" when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.


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Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in October 2012. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She's a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.



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Cover Reveal for Wrecked by H.P. Landry





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Title-Wrecked

By-H.P. Landry

Expected Publication Date- August 1, 2013

Blurb-

Mylie Mier's life is overshadowed by tragedy and heartbreak. She refuses to settle for Mr. Right Now. She's holding out for her happily ever after. Then she meets Damien James.
Arriving in Pointe Hope was the tipping point of Damien James' success. He finally had everything he worked so hard for and life is going as planned--until he catches a predator attempting to defile a helpless victim. Mylie enters his life with the all the subtleness of a freight train.
Their connection is instantaneous but Damien is jaded and refuses to acknowledge his attraction. Though mesmerized, Mylie quickly realizes that her savior is a pretentious jerk. They fight their obvious connection, and Damien inadvertently pushes Mylie right into the arms of a sociopath.
Will Mylie live to see her happily ever after or will Damien's callousness force her to be destined to a life that is wrecked?

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H.P. Landry is the author of the Pointe Hope Series: the gripping New Adult Romance series that allows you to experience tragedy and heartbreak as it follows the small town and their troubling lives in finding love.

H.P. Landry on her off time is the Family Director of her own version of a chaotic Brady-like family with her two children, and her partner’s two children. She began writing at a very young age that turned into obsession as an adult. The creative writer has been inspired by family and friends to write her compelling stories.

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Sneak Peek Made for You (Cole, #2) by Vi Keeland







 Title: Made for You (Cole, #2) 

 Author: Vi Keeland Genre: Romance Age Group: Adult Expected release date: July 1, 2013
  
*** The sequel to Belong to You (Book two of a two part series) ***

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Jack and Syd spent a week in paradise. It was only supposed to be a fling. But life can be funny sometimes, and circumstances brought them back together again. Together they seemed to have found their happy ever after. But when Sydney is offered a chance at the career she has always wanted, she must leave Jack behind to follow her dreams. Can their love survive long distance? Sydney’s touring with a man every woman wants, but he only has eyes for Syd. And an unexpected tragedy leaves Jack feeling remorseful. Can the two find a way through to forever?

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I don’t know how long it lasted, but it was definitely at least a few minutes before we broke, both coming up panting wildly for air and smiling. He leaned down so that his face was in my neck and lifted me up off the ground for a hug. His arms wrapped so tightly around me that it was difficult to breathe, but I didn’t care. The warmth of his breath so close to my ear coupled with the quiet sound of his uncontrolled growl sent a shiver from the tip of my toes straight through to the swell growing between my legs. When he finally put me down, we found my three friends watching intently. For a few minutes I had completely forgotten there was anyone else in the room but us. I looked up, embarrassed, to find Sienna was smiling like an idiot. Kyle looked intrigued at my reaction, and Justin was glaring at us. Kyle smiled kindly as he spoke. “I hope this is your boyfriend, Syd?” “Sorry, yes, this is Jack. I had no idea he was coming.” I stared up at Jack, smiling excitedly. “I can’t believe you’re really here!” Jack pulled me possessively to his side, his arm wrapped tightly around my waist as he spoke. He extended his free hand to Kyle. “Jack Cole.” Kyle nodded and smiled back. “Kyle Smith. Good to meet you, man.” Jack leaned down to Sienna and kissed her on the cheek, whispering something into her ear that made her smile and giggle. Then he looked to Justin and extended his hand. Justin took a second too long before taking Jack’s hand. “Justin Smith.” Jack nodded and I watched, noticing his reaction was different to Justin than to Kyle. Something passed between them unspoken. Not good.   About the Author Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with six uniquely insane siblings. She has three children of her own that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night! After years of thinking about writing her own book, she finally took the leap in 2012. Her most recent book, Belong to You, was published in April 2013 and hit number 8 in the Amazon Erotica Best Seller's list in its first five days! The sequel to Belong to You, Made for You, is due out on July 1st, 2013. 




 

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