Thursday, March 28, 2013

Broken Gates - Cover reveal & Giveaway

It's time for the cover reveal of Broken Gates, book two of the P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy. I love D.T. Dyllin and her books, you should check out the first one, I'm sure you will love it.
I can't wait for the book to come out.

  Broken Gates by D.T. Dyllin  

Blurb:
P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.

In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save.
After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she'd have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?

Book two in The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Cover Artist: Lindsay Tiry
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: May 24th, 2013

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Rape Girl - Review

Welcome back.
If you are looking for an emotional ride and a true story, you should read Rape Girl. A story based on the author true experience. I have to thank the publisher and NETGALLEY for the copy of this book.
 
Rape Girl
by Alina Klein 

"Hey, look. It’s that girl. That rape girl, right?"
Valerie always wanted to be the smart girl. The pretty girl. The popular girl. 
But not the rape girl.
That’s who she is now. Rape Girl. Because everyone seems to think they know the truth about what happened with Adam that day, and they don’t think Valerie’s telling it.
Before, she had a best friend, a crush, and a close-knit family. After, she has a court case, a support group, and a house full of strangers.
The real truth is, nothing will ever be the same.
RAPE GIRL is the compelling story of a survivor who does the right thing and suffers for it. It is also the story of a young woman’s struggle to find the strength in herself to fight back.

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*****
MY REVIEW.
 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is hard to rate Rape Girl, not only because it’s a book that touches a hard subject but also since the author tells the story with a total honesty that it’s impossible not to like the story.

Rape Girl is the story of Valerie a sixteen-year-old girl who is raped by a young boy from her school. Since the moment she decides to report the attack her life will not be the same. Most kids at her school think she is lying, her best friend abandons her and the case against Adam is falling to pieces.

This is a really short book for an intense reading with a fast rhythm. It’s true that it may seem too short but when you have a story so powerful and a strong character you don’t need hundreds and hundreds of pages to build a believable world.

To say that the story really catches you from the first is little. Valerie’s story is totally inspiring and overwhelming at the same time. While we read about how she deals and faces the consequences of her attack and the afterwards, we experience devastating feelings.

The author brings to life through her words a wonderful girl named Valerie, it doesn’t matter who she was before because what is important here is who she will become after a life changing experience. The point here is how strong she has to be and how the support from your family can help you through the darkest hours.

This book shows us that blaming yourself and pity yourself is part of the healing process but at the same time it screams at your face that you have to find the courage to move on, that sitting there feeling sorry for yourself won’t change the past.

Alina Klein bares her soul and gives hope to every girl or boy who has to live an experience like this. It makes us wonder what we would do if we ever have to be witnesses a case of raping. An excellent and human book that everybody should read.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Glister Journals: Bronze (The Glister Journals #1) by B.B. Sheperd - Review

Happy Friday!  It's time for a new review.
I have to thank the author for sending me a hardcopy of her book. Now, I have to wait for the second book.  Continue reading to find out more about Bronze and the author B.B. Sheperd.

Allison Anderson knows she's a little different, but it hadn't bothered her too much-until now. Moving away from everything she's ever known to a new house, new neighborhood, and new school is bad enough, but it's her first year of high school too, making it even more intimidating. She's more aware of her social and physical limitations than ever before. And then there are the new people she meets: the tough-looking girl in her home room; the cute but dangerous-looking boy she first saw before school even started; the quiet, older girl who keeps to herself; the sullen-looking, seemingly isolated junior that doesn't seem to trust or like her at all. Can she trust them? While the peaceful situation of her new home only amplifies the sound of her own doubts, she begins to learn that things are not always what they seem, and her world is turned upside-down by these new friends, two-legged and otherwise. Life soon becomes more complicated, and much more interesting!

Bronze is the first novel in The Glister Journals, a Young Adult series in four volumes. Set in California, it is first and foremost a story of friendship. Other themes include first love and romance, high school, family relationships, and horses. Ages 15-Adult.


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*****
MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Bronze is a book about discovering the person you want to be, about friendship and growing up, but above all is a story about changes within ourselves. This is the story of Allison, a young girl who recently moved to Douglas, Nevada. New in school and town she is ready to be the outcast she used to be. But after being paired with Robin for a school task, her life won’t be the same. Allison is soon dragged into a world where horses and extreme sports are everyday topics. She will become part of a bigger group of kids in which Dave and Chris are included.

Allison is a teenager (she turns fifteen in this book) and as any other teenager she goes through a lot. The changes that come with growing up are present and she has a fantastic internal world. One of the most important things that occur in her life is the introduction of Horses. A former L.A girl with no experience riding or taking care of these animals, she is now surrounded by green spaces and ranches she is face to face with a new world. She falls in love immediately with everything horse-related.

This is a story full of ups and downs, a ride of feelings and emotions. A book that picks up speed as it moves on. A narration that allows us to see the evolution and transformation of a character that seems so simple at first but ends up being a strong, solid and likeable girl.

Bronze has great characters, which includes a set of young people who are fun and very different one from another. It also presents a fantastic and real group of adults that make the story more real and believable.

Since this book is told from Allison’s point of view she is the character we get to know best. We only find out about the rest of the characters from her interaction with them. This is one of the weak points of the book, is not a bad thing but hard to know some of them. For example Melanie, who seems like a nice girl but there is a lot of mystery around her. Also, there are characters that will steal your heart like Stevey.

Being the first of a series it leaves many doors open and a lot of unsolved things. There is a lot of material to continue the next installment.

We can appreciate the author's passion through beautiful descriptions of diverse landscaping, the accurate explanation of equestrian activities and the vocabulary related to it.

Overall, Bronze is a book that feels shorter than its 500 pages (or more), a story with an engaging writing style and likeable characters. There is so much to tell about the book but I will let you make your own decision about it.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fracture - Review

Fracture (The Chronicles Of Discord #1)
by D.D. CHANT


In a world torn apart by war and divided into three nations Astra struggles to achieve balance. As a child she experienced a horror that caused her life to fracture around her, changing in an instant everything she’d ever known.

Sixteen years later and Astra has been pressured into a false position by her past and is forced into taking a stand that enables her to keep her loved ones safe, but the cost is high.
Caught in an intolerable position Astra is loyal to only one thing: the family that loves her. But when a diplomatic mission from the Free Nation arrives for peace talks with the Tula, Astra’s precariously balanced world begins to fracture again.



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*******
MY REVIEW. 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fracture presents us a future world divided in 3 nations. The Tula and Una nations hate each other and the threat of war is always present. Then we have the Free Nation, a neutral government.

This is the story of Astra, the survivor of one of the most prestigious families of the Una nation, who has lived the last 14 years on the Tula nation after being adopted by a Tula family. This situation has caused them to be treated as inferior and with disrespect. Astra has grown up with fear, in a constant state of alert, behaving with an attitude of virtual submission, due to the actions of an evil Counsillor. When Senator Burton and his son Ben, from the Free Nation, arrive to Tula territory the story begins. After Ben finds out Astra’s true identity and some of the evils done by Counsillor Ladron, Astra, her family and Ben have to run away.

A story with a slow start, mainly because the introduction of all the characters whose names were confusing at first and a lot to remember, however, it picks up speed once the characters are in Una territory. The minute Astra takes the lead role doing everything in her power to protect her family the story becomes exciting, intriguing and very entertaining.

Full of secret plans and selfish purposes, the story reveals new intentions on every page, as the story moves on we discover more about the past and the present. The suspicion is there all the time, the characters don’t know who to trust and every action has a secret goal and we are surprised time after time.

The book has interesting characters, not all of them are deeply developed but the most important ones have dialogues and descriptions that allow having a good idea of their personalities. There are good explanations about the costumes and dressing that make possible imagine the world in a more complete way.

The storyline is engaging because of the writing, the author has proven once more the quality of it and has a way of telling the story that feels personal and sincere.

Overall, Fracture is a good dystopia with adult characters and a solid background. A story that could include more romance in the next installment and with unsolved situations that will leave you waiting for more.

*** I received an ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dolls Behaving Badly by Cinthia Ritchie - Review

Title: Dolls Behaving Badly
Author: Cinthia Ritchie Release
Date: February 5th 2013
Format: E-book & Paperback
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Carla Richards is a lot of things. She's a waitress at Anchorage's premier dining establishment, Mexico in an Igloo; an artist who secretly makes erotic dolls for extra income; a divorcée who can't quite detach from her ex-husband; and a single mom trying to support her gifted eight-year-old son, her pregnant sister, and her babysitter-turned-resident-teenager.
She's one overdue bill away from completely losing control-when inspiration strikes in the form of a TV personality. Now she's scribbling away in a diary, flirting with an anthropologist, and making appointments with a credit counselor.
Still, getting her life and dreams back on track is difficult. Is perfection really within reach? Or will she wind up with something even better?
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******
MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Being a divorcée mom is not easy, trying to be an artist is not easy, lets be honest being a woman is not easy but it can be extremely fun. Dolls Behaving Badly is the perfect tale for women of all ages. A story that proves the way to happiness is not a straight line. In fact it is a journey full of twists and turns and usually is quite turbulent.

Carla is a thirtyish woman, waitress and artist by night, mother of an incredible boy, living in Alaska. A free spirit when she was younger, she is now settled down and trying to pay her overdue bills. A funny and real woman, with real and believable problems. Her mind itself is a complete world, full with ideas, insecurities, doubts, dreams. Carla is very funny and it’s hard not to love her. No matter how old you are something in her will remind you one or more women in your life.

The book has great characters, each one with a different personality and very well built. Jay-Jay is the most amazing kid. Intelligent and down to earth, a realistic child that wins your heart with every word that comes out of his mouth. Stephanie, the teenager babysitter, an extroverted and secure girl with a hard life whose dialogues and attitudes made the book extreme funny. Laurel, the sister, a woman who I didn’t like at first but ended up being a good companion with an amazing story.

The story is amazing for the veracity of the situations, the hilarious dialogues and the emotions it transmits. The author made a good job capturing the stress, anguish, despair, anxiety and also the happy feelings that make life what it is.

The diary style made it more dynamic and easy to read. The letters and recipes are a great part of the story and displays Carla’s evolution. The paintings and the adorable erotic dolls are other witnesses of the story.

Overall, a woman’s fiction with excellent quality, with engaging characters, a constant rhythm and wonderful recipes.

*** I have to thank the author and the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. ***

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Edge of the Falls - Review, Guest post & Giveaway

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Edge of the Falls is a retelling of The Beauty and The Beast, a fantastic dark dystopia written by Nazarea Andrews.

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EDGE OF THE FALLS
by NAZAREA ANDREWS.

Sabah always knew where she belonged—with Berg—and what was expected of her—to care for the other children the Mistress took in.

But when a ban-wolf saves her life, things begin to change.

Arjun isn’t like the other ban-wolves, the savage creatures that are barely human. He’s gentle and furious and as Sabah spends time with him, she can’t seem to get him out of her mind. But in a world of darkness, control, and danger, is there a place for two outcasts?

A romantic retelling of Beauty and the Beast in a dark dystopia.


  


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*****

Guest Post: Music behind the Fairytale by Nazarea Andrews.

I write to music. Always. These songs don't fit perfectly for a scene, but each spoke to me about a relationship, or emotion on of the characters was feeling at a certain time. I'm going to try really hard to avoid spoilers here, but be warned.
Ok--here we go.

Heaven--Theory of a Deadman.
This song reminds me of Sabah throughout her journey. It's a lot of how she feels about the children in the Manor, and a little of what she's going through on a more romantic level. Also--it's a gorgeous song.
Life for Rent--Dido
For so much of the story, Sabah is letting others decide what she will do--Berg, the Mistress, even Arjun. I think this song is talking about that, and it really sums up Sabah.
3 Shh--Frou Frou
Beauty and the Beast--Angela Lansbury.
There isn't much to say about this one. It's pretty...obvious.
Call Me--Shinedown
This is Arjun's theme. To me, it's about someone who loves someone that might not be right for him. Someone he can't help but love. It's very very Arjun.
Stay Now--Jem
Without giving away too much, this is the Mistress' song. I think sending away the children she has cared for and raised would be difficult. And there are (of course) complications.
A Year Without Rain--Selena Gomez.
My niece made me listen to this. And it fits the mood in Part 3 of the book. And that is all I'm saying.
Already Home--Thousand Foot Krutch.
There's a line in this 'the trouble with truth is it never lies' that  really struck me. Especially since lies surround Sabah, some that she willing indulges because she doesn't want to face the truth.
Those Nights--Skillet
I love the relationship portrayed here. It's not perfect, but it really resonates with me and the relationship Sabah and Berg have.
Yours to Hold--Skillet.
This song is so sad. And it screams Arjun and Sabah, at almost every point in their relationship. I love it.
The Outside--Taylor Swift
I like how this speaks to the loneliness that surrounds outcasts--even when Sabah is with people, she feels like an outsider and that is a very lonely feeling
Shh--FrouFrou
There is nothing I can say without being spoilery. So feel free to @ me on Twitter after you read the book and I'll tell you why I picked this song. :)

If you've read the book and have a song suggestion, I'd love to hear it! You can find me on Twitter @NazareaAndrews :)

*****

ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read.
She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. 
She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog. 
Her first book, Edge of the Falls, is available now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble. 

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*****
MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The world has suffered a cataclysm, scientists have experimented with DNA and now the world has changed. A future world where terms like Quota, Insurance, Commission have strong meanings and decide people's future.

Sabah has lived in the Manor since she was a child. With Berg at her side she never questioned The Mistress or her life, but when you get older curiosity starts to prickle and what you discover might not be a good surprise. When she is saved by a ban-wolf (a mix of man and wolf) she will go through an exciting path.

A tale that moves with a constant rhythm, with explanations of the world they are living and memories of past episodes that completes the storyline and help to really understand the characters and their stories.

Sabah is a great character, a really strong and brave woman with a believable and loving personality. She goes through an evolution into a more independent, courageous and solid person. Arjun a ban-wolf with a strong temperament, with moments where his anger takes the best of him, but he also has a sweet and warm side which makes you love him. The love story between them is beautiful, every page brings more romance and we see blossom one great love.

The book offers great doses of tension around Sabah’s relationship with Berg. They have been friends for a long time (maybe more than friends) but things change when she discovers some secrets and she starts to have feelings for Arjun. Love will mix with more ugly feelings like resentment.

The dystopian world is very well built, it’s easy to understand and enjoyable. There is a good use of technologies, an addition of behaviors that recall old costumes, an structure similar to medieval cities, a fact that you can see with descriptions of the city surrounded by guards plus a savage and dangerous Outside world.

Overall, if you like retellings and dystopias you should definitely read this book.

*****
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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hidden Gates - Review

Hidden Gates is one of my favorites books and D.T. DYLLIN is not only an excellent author but also one of the funniest, sweeter and greatest woman out there.
I adore her and her books.

You should go and check her book and her website now!!!

 Hidden Gates by D.T. Dyllin. 


The first volume of the P.J Stone Gates trilogy, this paranormal story follows the eponymous P.J Stone, a Seer who has never seen that anything is less than fun. 
Not known for her patience, matters are made worse when she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. 
Duty always comes before her heart, at least that's what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes. And if navigating her love life isn't complicated enough, she finally receives a vision of a threat to her world that only she can perceive.
But no one will believe a fledgling Seer's warnings. 
With nowhere else to turn, she has to decide whether or not to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.

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******
MY REVIEW. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hidden Gates is a sexy-full of romance- paranormal story of a fantastic character named PJ. A world where Seers, Guardians, Gatekeepers and Dragons are real is the perfect scenario for one of the most amazing stories.

Her main concerns were the same as any other girl, boys and love, but after her birthday things will change. Finally she is coming into her powers but the visions she is having are not good at all. And from night to morning, three sexy and electrifying boys-men are drawn to her. A crazy party that involves a hard and dangerous incident will be the turning point.

Secrets will be put out in the open and P.J's life will not be the same. A story that moves with a fast rhythm, page after page a new twist appears. Every conflict brings more tension and more adrenaline to the book. A story that never loses its strength and only keeps getting better and better.

The boys—men in the story are Bryn, Khol and Jeremy. Bryn has been P.J best friend forever, the person that knows her best, who was always there for her and her future Guardian. But what happens when the limits are blurring, when being a friend is not enough? Well, things get messy and feelings are tested. Khol is HOT to say the least. He is a man willing to do anything for P.J, with a believable and likeable personality. He brings the maturity and knowledge that the story needs and also helps the tension around the fight for P.J attention. And then we have Jeremy, he and Jenna carry the young and fun element.

Hidden Gates is a very intense and sexy story, with some hot and powerful scenes. Passionate and exciting moments that will blow your mind, moments that might seem shocking or extreme but they made the story even better. There are actions that only make sense in this story, if you try to compare them with real life they may seem like strange behavior but in this world are understandable and perfect.

I loved the story even before reading Hidden Gates because I was already a fan of P.J and also of D.T. Dyllin work. I read the previous edition and have to say that the little changes and the new cover made the story even better.

A book that all paranormal lovers should and must read. It’s true that its sexiness and intensity make it a new adult story that might not be suitable for younger readers.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Water Harvest - Review

Water Harvest

by Eric Diehl
The continuous harvest of atmospheric moisture by lunar orbiters foments a plan set in place to destroy the Harvest fleet, but it is derailed by a twist that allows time for development of a technological work-around. Time passes, and the ruling Houses are caught unawares by an invasion intended to wrest control of the Harvest. The interlopers are aided by wizard-like practitioners whose hallucinogen-induced evocations bend the norms of nature to their will. 

Cairn, heir to Alar, is taken captive and then dispatched to carry the warlord's edict. The Maester Viizar, Gezladorn, has his own agenda, contrary to that of the lunar warlord. The Maester is able to manipulate some of the players through mind-control, pitting them one against the other.
Cairn learns of a human-like species that has always kept to itself in the planet's vast cavern system, and he leads a band of men and UnderWorlders on a subterranean journey to rise into the bowels of House Alar. Alliances fall apart and it becomes unclear who is the true enemy before Alar ultimately triumphs.
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MY REVIEW.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Water Harvest is a science-fiction story with a lot of treason, sabotage and strange creatures. It’s a story about a war for water (that sounds like a good plot). It’s easy to picture people fighting for a precious thing like water and this is basically a tale about people wanting power and control.

The book blends fantasy with science-fiction which is an interesting idea. I like the House division like in classic fantasy novels, each house wanting to take the lead and only thinking on its best interests. Another good point was the medieval customs with the characters treating each other with terms like “My lady”. And the hand to hand fights were another good point. Despite all this, there are descriptions of fights between spaceships that are very well described.

A book with a lot of characters, which is typical of some sci-fi books, most of them superficially described with simple personalities and each one with a different goal. I have to say that for me the names made the story lose its pace, because some like Andl (yes like the conjunction “and” with and L at the end) confused me, I don’t know why but it did.

A story that also includes sorcery and magic, perfect addition in a world where there are no rules to get what you want.

All this ingredients created an interesting story written with an excellent and likeable style. However, the book felt long and heavy at some points, there were moments that felt like a simple narrating of events.

Overall, if you like sci-fi with a mix of fantasy you should read it. If sci-fi it’s not your favorite genre you might find the book long and overwhelming.

*** I received an ecopy from the author in exchange of an honest review.***

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

THE UNDERGROUND WITCH - Cover reveal

Cover reveal for the second book in the Incenaga Trilogy by Debbie Dee.

THE UNDERGROUND WITCH
by DEBBIE DEE.



As the last of the Incenaga Witches, Emmeline has been tortured, abused, and forced to use her power to kill. But unlike the Incenagas before her, she has survived. With her freedom restored, she should feel safe, invincible even. After all, she has the protection of Erick’s army and a power strong enough to obliterate any enemy. Yet Emmeline lives in fear for the next person who will try to control her, and no one can seem to find the tyrant threatening to claim her.

Until it’s too late.

With everything on the line, and the enemy at her throat, Emmeline has no choice but to convince Erick she no longer loves him (or risk him following her) and disappear with the one person she vowed to hate. But when she finds a way to take back her freedom and fight for Erick, will Emmeline be able to use her power like never before? Even if it kills her? 
In The Underground Witch, the second novel of the Incenaga Trilogy, Debbie Dee delivers enough adventure, heartbreak, and suspense to captivate readers at every turn. 
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Things They Didn't Bury - Review

Hi, it´s time for a new review. 
To say that I liked this book wouldn´t be enough. Laekan Zea Kemp wrote a book that made me cry, laugh and left me speachless more than once. I had to stop reading a few times because of the intensity of it, it was hard to continue reading without suffering a little. The book is set in Argentina and as you know I´m from Uruguay so the events in the book felt very close to home. I can´t even explain in a few words how good the book is. Read my review to learn a bit more about it. My deepest gratitude to the author for sending me a copy of her book. Thanks :)


Title: The Things They Didn't Bury
Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Release Date:
December 31st 2012 
Format: E-book
Publisher: Self-published

 
The war took everything. Except the truth. When Liliana and her family move back to Argentina after seeking refuge in the States during La Guerra Sucia, a lifetime's worth of wondering comes to a head, reigniting the search for what really happened to her mother, one of the thousands of los desaparecidos—the disappeared.
With the help of a young Flamenco player who saw the atrocities committed by the military firsthand, Liliana not only makes the devastating discovery of what really happened to her mother but by forcing open the country's old wounds as well as her own she also learns a disturbing truth about her origins that will reconstruct the lives of the people she loves most.
Seamlessly alternating between the voices of mother and daughter—one trying to survive the rising chaos of The Dirty War and the other sifting through its aftermath, The Things They Didn’t Bury is a novel about forbidden love and family secrets.
Gripping, heartbreaking and lyrical this is not a story about war or about the secrets still buried beneath its wreckage but it is a story about the things they didn't bury, intangible and infinite—love, truth, and family.
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*****
MY REVIEW.  

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Things They Didn’t Bury is the story of Liliana, an expat who returns to Argentina. After being 14 years away, she has to return to her country, live in her grandparents’ house and learn about a war recently over. However to lighten up her burden as soon as she arrives Diego comes into picture.

Returning to a country she doesn’t remember while looking for clues of her mother destiny will take her through a path full of holes and secrets. She will dig into the past to discover the true and cruelties of the war.

Liliana is an 18-year-old girl, a future college student with all her life ahead. She always has felt something is missing. Not knowing about the past can make you feel incomplete and she never fully knew how her mother disappeared and died.

After finding her mother’s diary the past and the present will mix to create a story about truth, love, family and fear, but above all a story about finding out where we come from and where are we going. With Diego’s help she gets in touch with war survivors, witnesses of a dark time whose wounds are still open. The thing is that sometimes the answers will not be what she expected.

The romance between Liliana and Diego is spectacular and heartbreaking, in the middle of a risking searching we see a wonderful love grow and blossom into the perfect couple for this story. Other high point is the Gypsy spice, the flamenco and gypsy culture make the book even more interesting to read.

The intensity of the writing is one of the best I have ever read. The author has the ability to transmit through words feelings and scenes that get to your core and make you shiver, with descriptions that provided all you need to picture a time that will scare you more than a horror movie.

It’s hard to write about the evil inside some people and it's even harder to capture the inhumanity lived by some victims without being disrespectful or being a cliché. Laekan has a touch to do it with an excellence worth a big round of applauses.

I totally recommend it not only for its quality, the truth behind a war that did happen and the love story. I recommend it because is one of those book that leaves you questioning yourself and also humanity. A book that will change your essence and will transform your soul.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Open Heart - Review & Giveaway (Blog Tour)

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It's time for the reivew for book 2 in the Farsighted series.
REVIEW OF FARSIGHTED: HERE.


Simmi Shergill's life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township's sudden population boom has brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be helping.

At least she has Alex, the boyfriend who loves her so much he'd do anything for her. Last summer, he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her.

Just one problem: she's not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? Why can't she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction whenever Dax is around, while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter whom she'd hurt or what she'd risk.
 

 Simmi's loyalty is on the line. Whom will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with "bad idea" written all over him? Emotions run high in the tension-packed book two of the Farsighted series.


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MY REVIEW 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Open Heart is a sequel which means that this review may contain some spoilers from book 1.

Open Heart focuses on Simmi, this sweet Indian girl we met in Farsighted. But things are not always what they seem, Simmi has a lot of secrets and we might be surprised by what lies down beneath the surface.

Dax is now living with Alex’s family and school year begins again. As a consequence of the presence of two strong magnets, more gifted people is coming to town and the school suffer from overpopulation which means that new people is introduces into the story. Now than Alex and Simmi are together things should be simple but they are not because Dax is now part of the equation.

A story with a rhythm similar to book one but with a lot of slow moments and suspense, this book is similar but opposite to the previous story. Cultural diversity is more present and music takes an important role on the story.

Simmi is one character that you love or hate, there’s no middle point. Is easy to relate with much of the conflicts and feelings she goes through, but there is a huge component of her personality that I found extremely disturbing. Her insecurities and flaws make her more human and tridimensional, but it is hard to truly justify many of her actions. There is a part of her which is very selfish and not so noble, and the worst part is that she tries to blame her disorder for that. Reading about Simmi struggling with her gifts was a mix of emotions because for me her gift is awesome but she doesn’t give it the proper use and most times doesn’t feel like a part of her.

Alex seems like a different character from Farsighted. In this installment, he is a more mature boy and deals with her anger in a better way, there are still traces of his former self but I like this Alex better. Shapri continues being my favorite character, funny and honest. And still she is a character that deserves to be developed.

Dax is a good surprise, a character with a well-defined personality and a pinch of bad boy that makes him a likeable boy. One of the high points about him is how he tries to help Simmi and do things the correct way.

Overall is an entertaining story with excellent elements of reality, with real teenager problems (my respects to the author for introduce such difficult and present topics such as eating disorder). However, there are many obvious situations that made the reading predictable and there is no big action scene or conflict to solve. We are practically dragged towards the end without any big emotion or adrenaline. Just to make clear, there are some small conflicts or moments of high tension but they don't live up to the expectations.

*** Thanks to GCReading Blog Tours and the author Emlyn Chand for the copy of her books. ***

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