Blog Tour: Beastia by Zoe Cruz

So I’m part of the blogging tour for Beastua written by Zoe Cruz! Shout out to Andrea Thatcher who organized this Blog Tour. 

 

First off, the intell on the book:

Beastia by Zoe Cruz

Synopsis:

The meanest of the mean girls, Rebekah Austin rules her Chicago school with sharp outfits and an even sharper tongue. She has a way of making even the most beautiful and brilliant girls in her class feel like dirt. But underneath the queen-bee façade is someone who feels ugly, repulsive…beastly.

When Rebekah falls prey to a madman, the bully becomes the bullied. Scarred and tormented, she abandons her previous life and adopts a new identity, but her ghastly appearance haunts her everywhere she goes. Only with the help of determined friends can she move past her horrifying experience—and maybe even let herself be loved.

And if the madman returns to finish what he started, will she be ready, or will she give up hope?

Secondly, some info on the author, Zoe Cruz:

I love traveling, writing, reading, and binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix.

I’m a geek too. Anything from classic Tortallan and Hobbit lore to a DS9 Trekkie and a Browncoat. I love any good sci-fi and fantasy book, show or movie.

I’ve lived in Spain for almost four years, so adapting back to U.S. life for now.

Thirdly, my thoughts on the book:

The premise is a lot of fun. A twist on Beauty and the Beast, this time with a girl in the “beast”-role. I found this very interesting, definitely because there is a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way in today’s society. The book is written in a very fast paced way, it just really grabs you and pulls you along for the ride. I enjoyed this pacing in a way because of my massive reading slump and this really helped me get over that a bit by just making me want to read more and get to the ending sooner. But the speedy pacing really also left things a bit superficial. I feel like sometimes it dances around a bit (too) much to get a lot of depth to situations at times, sometimes you just seem to get some snippets from Bea’s life where there is a lot of telling instead of showing going on. It also left me feeling pretty detached from Bea herself, and I love feeling connected to the main character in a story. And I did miss that here. Especially because, like Beast in the original story, she is very defensive about a lot of things which make her seem very unlikable to people. We know it’s just a facade and her way of protecting herself, but when you add this to the high pace it leaves you at a certain distance from Bea. In a way it’s nice that everyone here seemed to have a bit of a complicated backstory, because people are complex and no one really has it easy, but at times it felt a bit much.

In the end it was a fun read and a quick one at that.

Sidenote:  this is great timing on the publisher’s part what with the new Beauty and the Beast movie coming out!

BLOG TOUR -More Than Rivals – Mary Whitney

This review of More than Rivals by Marey Whitney is part of a blogtour! Be sure to check it out!

 

More Than Rivals

More Than Rivals

Mary Whitney
Posit Publishing
Pub Date: Mar 11 2013

 

 

 

 

 

My rating:
4 star book

When is a chance meeting not by chance? Maybe when you hide who you are.
The night before Lily Robles announces she’s running for Congress, she meets a handsome stranger at a coffee shop. Their chemistry is strong, and not wanting to scare him off, she avoids telling him she’s a local politician. She doesn’t want the night to end–until she realizes he’s one of her opponents in the primary.

Jack Bengston can’t place where he’s seen Lily’s pretty face. He’s taken with her, and he’s sure the feeling is mutual–until she leaves him hanging and without her number.

When Jack and Lily meet again as candidates, California State Senator John Bengston and Sonoma County Supervisor Ursula Robles, they find an awkward romantic encounter is no way to kick-off a campaign, but how do you stop an attraction once it starts? There are times when politicians want to put their identities aside.

 

First off, I would like to start off by saying that I am not usually into politics. I don’t really follow it and secondly I know next to nothing about politics in America, especially on this level. Yet this book was still easy to follow, even for me, an absolutely uninitiated person in the land of politics. This was a great plus for the book, because to me it seems pretty smart to not exclude any readers so easily. Because it may be a love story, it’s pretty important to understand the politics at hand to get a more complete view of the situation.

 

The story was good; it was clearly a romance novel so the story storyline was very clear cut. But it was very well written and I especially enjoyed the conversations. They were just so much fun and felt so real. That was really one of my favourite parts in the book, hands down. Especially the conversations between Jack and Lily were a lot of fun. As mentioned above the political situation was very well explained, but also in a very subtle way. It wasn’t just dumped in your lap with a “this is all you need to know”. It was eased into conversations and inner dialogue which made it very unobtrusive to the story itself. I would have liked this book a lot less if all this information was integrated into the novel in a more obvious way. (As I said, I’m not into politics and I would have put down the book pretty soon if that had felt more like the focus of the story)

 

Next up: the characters. In my opinion they were pretty great. As mentioned above I liked their dialogue a whole lot and this definitely made me love them. Though I have to say, when I found out Ursula was Lily’s full name I couldn’t help but think of the witch in “the little mermaid”. Thankfully this book didn’t use Ursula a whole lot because otherwise the story would have definitely looked different in my mind. She was a great character, despite her name. Jack (or John, depending on how you see him: as a regular guy or a senator) was a well-rounded character as well. They really seemed like people I’d like in real life as well. Their respectable best friends were ok. It’s not that I didn’t like them; it has more to do with the fact that we saw them so little throughout the book. They might not have a huge role to play, but I definitely would have liked to see more of them throughout the book.

 

The writing was very easy to read, I just flew through this book. That is definitely something I’m looking for in a romance novel. If the story doesn’t flow well, I’m very likely to put it down. Romance novels are just a lot nicer when you get sucked into the story right away and are continuously pulled into it. This book really had that. As a last thing I’d like to discuss the ending. I have to say that I’m not such a great fan of it. I was hoping it would have gone differently. I’m not saying that I don’t like where the story ended, but more that I don’t like how it got there. If that makes any sense at all.

 

In general I really liked this book but I was a little disappointed with the ending. It could have ended so many different ways, so many more exciting things could have happened. It’s a nice ending, but nothing special in my opinion.

 

 

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Blog tour: Over the edge–Suzanne carroll

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Over The edge

Suzanne Carroll
The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Pub Date: May 9 2013

My rating:
5 star book

 

In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realizes she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiancé, and his mother—who has joined the fight via conference call.

Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no romantic entanglements. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.

Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.

Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicized failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.

What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realizes where her heart lies, will it be too late?

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I really liked this book which you probably have already deducted from my rating. It wasn’t the usual light-hearted romance, there was some real substance in this book. There are just so many things in this book that makes it so great that it’s hard for me to single things out. Let’s just say I like everything about this book and this is what romance novels should be like. So if you were aspiring to become an author in this genre, pick up this book and take note.

 

Zoe was a great main character, Dan Costi is a douche if there ever was one and Angus is perfectly dreamy. But none of these characters were perfect, they were all very well rounded and weren’t over the top. Especially in romance novels this is something that can happen with the characters which makes it sort of boring at times. But not this time! And though they played a smaller part in the book, I really loved the mix of co-workers in the book. they each had their role to play in the story and did it well.

 

The main thing that just hooked me on this novel is that it’s not about a girl/woman who drops everything for a guy. It’s a story about her finding out who she is after getting out of a relationship. Yes there’s a guy involved, but I think she goes about it pretty smart, or at least as smart as you can be when there are loving feelings involved. Another thing that made me happy is that she breaks up with her fiancé without having met Angus.

 

In Short: A refreshing romance that is centred more about finding your own centre before you focus on love. It was a great story precisely because of that. It was nice to read about a girl who didn’t just upturn her world because of a guy. She made the smart move and gave herself enough time to find out what she really wanted from life. And we all know it’s easier to do that when you are not deciding how you feel about a certain someone.

 

 

Let me tell you a bit more about the author:

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Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and children.
By day she works in an office where she sneakily scribbles
plot ideas on yellow sticky notes and hopes they don’t
accidentally end up on the departmental monthly report.

One such sticky note has turned into her first novel, Over the Edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: My Everything (Beaumont #1.5) by Heidi McLaughlin

  

This is a novella from the Beaumont Series.

My Everything

Heidi McLaughlin
Mad Bear Publishing
Pub Date: Mar 18 2013

 

 

 

 

 

My rating:
3 star book

When Nick Ashford lost his friend, Mason, he didn’t realize he was going to lose his family as well, but that’s exactly what happened. Alone and in a foreign country, Nick is working on rebuilding his life one patient at a time, that is, until a striking volunteer makes her presence known.

Can Nick finish his year in Africa without risking his heart being broken again, or is he willing to start a new chapter in his life before his return to Beaumont?

 

This book picks up where Nick left the story in Forever My Girl. It’s nice to find out what is happening in his life and how he felt about the whole situation from Forever My Girl. The writing was very similar to the previous book in the series as well. There are a lot of flashbacks which give more insight into the previous books, and it gives more depth to this novella. In this novella we only read from the point of view of Nick, and this is unlike Forever My Girl (which had alternating view points). But I guess it would have been hard to fit all of that in such a short book, so it’s very understandable and the story stood strong enough as it was.

 

Though it was fun to read this novella, I did feel that it was a bit rushed. There was just a lot of story in such a limited number of pages. I would have enjoyed My Everything better if it covered a little less story and had a tad more depth to it. The plotline itself was okay, I wasn’t wild about it. Perhaps it was just because there was so little space to tell it, but sometimes things sometimes felt a bit easy. But that’s all I’m going to say about it because I don’t want to spoil the novella for anyone.

 

I advise you pick My Everything up for a read, especially if you can’t wait for the next book in the series!

Book Links:

My Everything – Amazon

My Everything – Barnes & Noble

 

Where to find the book and the author on the interwebs:

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr | Facebook | Blog

About Heidi:

Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

USA Today Bestseller – Forever My Girl – Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Forever My Girl (Beaumont #1) – Heidi McLaughlin

Forever My Girl

Heidi McLaughlin
Bandit Publishing Company
Pub Date: Dec 27 2012

 

 

 

 

My rating:
4 star book

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me.Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

 

When I was reading this synopsis I just couldn’t help but get excited! So, needless to say, but I was expecting things from this book, seeing as the storyline was so full of promise. And this book delivered. I really liked the premise of the book and how things seemed very real within the story. I mean, we haven’t all dated football stars that dumped us to become a rock star, but once you get over that, things are very real. the emotions seem very genuine and true to life. Things don’t just fall back into place just because he comes back. And that’s definitely a good thing.

 

The book had alternating point of views, and this kept the book fun and moving pretty quickly. It also helped to make you connect with both sides of the story, because you could just see where each of them were coming from. This book is centered around second chances and this shows both sides of that coin. Why people want it and how you give it. And of course, a love triangle never hurt anyone right?

 

I really recommend this book for the people who enjoy the romance YA/ NA literature. This book sucks you right in and makes you read it without putting it down.

 

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Where to find the book and the author on the interwebs:

 

Website | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr | Facebook | Blog

 

About Heidi:

Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl.

 

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

 

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

 

 

USA Today Bestseller – Forever My Girl – Amazon | Barnes & Noble