Book Review: Save Me

Save Me

Title: Save Me

Author: Jenny Elliott

Genre: Young Adult/Romance

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined. But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend…. Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?

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Save Me is a quick, great read for fans of clean romance with a little dash of witchcraft and subtle hints of stalkerish tendencies. Diverse characters and a well thought out plot keep you intrigued, but leave you with wanting more.

The novel starts out with Cara going to the Liberty Charters to whale watch. She is even a volunteer she loves it so much. Except this little voyage is different from her other ones. Besides the captain there is one other person on this tour with her, the introduction of one of the next main characters in the story, David.

The attraction is very immediate between the two of them and is described to something similar to a warm tether that connects the two together. Even though Cara has sworn off boys after a previous relationship gone bad, she finds that she can’t let David go. When an innocent tour to watch some greys a transient whale rocks the boat sending Cara overboard. And David, the knight in shining armor that he is jumps into the frigid waters to save her.

From that shared moment on they seem to be infactuated with each. Everything Cara thinks about forward is where is David and when is she going to see him again. And after one date she’s head over heels for him…but her world as well as David’s come crashing down. I’m a no spoiler person, so after a certain event the two just can’t be together because she’s a high school student and he is…significantly older than her…and her…

The following time she at the docks she hopes to see David again, but instead meets another newcomer to town, Garren. The relationship between Cara and Garren is weird and keeps you guessing who is really is. He knows things about Cara that she never told him and he always seems to be there, plus he has this weird need to get her to help her best friend out.

Cara’s bestie Rachel is the typical hormone driven teenager that wants to find a boyfriend. And after Garren doesn’t hit it off with her she goes to a boy named Ethan. And after several conversations between Cara and Garren we learn that Ethan is mixed up with the wrong people. No surprise that not that long after Rachel becomes detached and only cares about Ethan. She refuses to talk to Cara and despise Garren, but why?

Tension between the girls get thick and the weirdness between Cara and Garren gets darker. Like talk of witchcraft, demons, and exorcisms…which is preformed on Rachel. The attraction between Cara and David is forced apart, but neither of them can stay away from each other even when a vengeful date becomes his stalker by default. David wanted to get his mind off of Cara so he went on a harmless date. Turns out that his date has a hateful past with Cara and now David gets swept up in her payback.

It was very very clean romance. And if you are looking for a great paranormal romance this may not be it considering the paranormal is a subplot and those paranormal aspects of the story were very glossed over and rarely talked about past the point of such and such is doing spells and so on. People denied that use of witchcraft, but then accepted it so easily. I also expected the grays that Cara loves so much to have more hidden meaning, but they’re just whales that ultimately help Garren reveal who he is.

Hurt feelings and prying demons, archbishops and blessings, soul mates and guardian angels, Save Me has a little of everything. The character development is good for a standalone novel. You learn enough about each character to visualize all their different personalities. Back stories are connected with the present.

3 Stars

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Blog Tour Stop: Damned

Damned
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
Publication date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Supernatural

Over a hundred years after the death of Magnus Blackwell, Altmover Manor sits abandoned.

Lexie Arden and her fiancé, Will Bennet, are determined to rescue the neglected Mount Desert Island landmark. They want to make Altmover Manor their home. But Magnus has other plans.

A spirit bound to his former residence, Magnus finds himself inexplicably drawn to the young woman. She has a supernatural gift; a gift Magnus wants to exploit.

As Lexie and Will settle in, secrets from Magnus’s past begin to surface. Compelled to learn all she can about the former owner, Lexie becomes immersed in a world of voodoo, curses, and the whereabouts of a mysterious dragon cane.

Magnus’s crimes won’t be so easily forgotten, and what Lexie unearths is going to change the future … for everyone.

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Lexie turned to Remi. “Something happened last night. I saw another ghost. A man. He called me Frances.”

“Frances?” Remi took another bite of toast. “Who’s Frances?”

“Who was Frances, you mean. If I tell Will about the ghost in the bathroom, he’ll freak out.”

He dropped his half-eaten toast onto the plate. “Will is the sort who likes to live in the daylight. A world of shadows and ghosts is too much for him.” He pointed at her. “You and I, on the other hand, are tied to the shadow world. There, we are most comfortable.”

“Well, I wasn’t too comfortable last night. This house is creeping me out. With ghosts and dragons everywhere, and then the disappearing cat.”

Remi frowned. “What cat?”

“I keep seeing a big gray cat around here.” She shrugged. “It’s friendly, but I have no idea where it lives.”

“It’s an old house with lots of mice. The cat has probably hunted here for years.” Remi wiped his hands together. “As far as the ghosts go … you need to keep in mind there are two types of haunting occurring in this house: the imprints from the past, and the spirits of actual ghosts.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Remi rested his hip against the counter. “Every event creates an impression. Murder, suicide, and unexpected death are intense experiences which can leave profound impressions on a place. Some things you may be experiencing are replays of the past. They’re repeating impressions, like the scream you heard.”

“Yeah, but unless Magnus Blackwell died on his painting, what I witnessed in the living room doesn’t go along with your theory.”

“No, Magnus Blackwell is haunting this house. He’s here, and he’s restless.”

“Yeah, he wants his dragon cane. But what does the other guy want?”

“Who knows? But you have an attic filled with answers waiting to be found. The cane might be up there, too.”

Lexie picked up her coffee mug. “Why can’t Magnus Blackwell just tell me ‘go to this spot and find my cane’?”

“Ghosts are no different from people, Lexie. They need help like we do, and because their bodies are gone, they need help from someone connected to this world. If there are two men haunting this house, they’re reaching out to you. You have to figure out how to help them.”

“But why me?”

“Because you’re here and you can see them.” He raised his head to the ceiling. “I better get up there. He’s wondering where I am.”

“How can you tell?”

He tipped his head to the side. “To hear, one only has to listen. Remember that. It works on ghosts and people.”

Author Bio:

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

 

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Wolves & Roses Tour

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RSVP for the WOLVES & ROSES Tour now… Get a T-Shirt Later

WOLVES AND ROSES is the new young adult shifter fairy tale by best-selling author Christina Bauer which “blends magical fantasy, swooning romance, and a bucketful of teenage sass” (Booklist) and is “a fun romp for Twilight fans” (School Library Journal).

And now they’re having a bookstore tour where you can get your copy of WOLVES AND ROSES signed, meet characters from the novel, and even take home a swag bag full of goodies… including a themed t-shirt! Bottom line? You don’t want to miss the WOLVES AND ROSES book launch tour.

Be sure to RSVP today and arrive early to the event (links down below) — there’s only a limited amount of swag bags given out on a first-come, first served basis to folks who purchase a new copy of WOLVES AND ROSES.

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Blog Tour Stop: Premonition

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Premonition by Leigh Walker

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Romance

Release Date: July 19th 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

For fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent…this exciting new science-fiction romance series, filled with twists and turns, will take you for a wild ride!  When Riley heads off to boarding school for a summer work-study program, she knows it’ll be demanding. What she doesn’t expect? To be thrust into an intense physical training program described as special, exclusive and worst of all–top-secret. She signed up for tuition assistance, not to be held in a secret government facility for boot camp…

Welcome to The Division, the government agency that’s so classified, most United States senators have never heard of it.  The Division wants Riley bad, but she can’t figure out why. Skeptical of what she’s being told, Riley’s determined to uncover the truth. Boot camp is intense, physically and mentally draining. The upside? One of her new teammates is the cutest boy ever. Watching Finn hit the gym wearing a tank top doesn’t suck–although sometimes his brooding attitude does. But when training forces Riley to confront her tragic past, even Finn’s big biceps aren’t enough to make her want to stay…

Beware: The Division isn’t something you just walk away from. You better run.  Riley realizes her capabilities and strengths are greater than she’d ever imagined. But she also learns she wasn’t just chosen for this special program… She was made for it.

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The Other Side – Bruno Mars

Elastic Heart – Cia

Leave Out All the Rest – Linkin Park

Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – ZAYN and Taylor Swift

Starlight – Muse

We Found Love – Rihanna

Princess of China Coldplay and Rihanna

Attention – Charlie Puth

Dusk Till Dawn – ZAYN and Cia

About the Author

Leigh Walker lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Journalism and a law degree.

She’s never been to the Naval Shipyard prison in Kittery, ME, but she’s driven by it…and boy, is it creepy!

Leigh has lots of books planned for The Division Series. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to email her at leigh@leighwalkerbooks.com.

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Book Review: Dating The Undead

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Title: Dating The Undead

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Author: Juliet Lyons

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

It’s Bridget Jones with vampires in this fresh and funny paranormal romance from debut author Juliet Lyons

When Silver Harris kisses sexy Irish vampire Logan Byrne on New Year’s Eve, she knows other humans just won’t suffice. Convinced she’ll never see him again, she joins the uber-popular vampire dating site, V-Date.com.

What Silver doesn’t know is that the site is more dangerous than she could ever imagined, and soon she’s in over her head. When Logan returns, sparks fly and attraction sizzles, but they’ll have to escape some very real demons if they have any chance of lasting forever.

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Dating The Undead is one of the most seductive paranormal reads I’ve come across. Taking the technology of the twenty first century and adding a paranormal twist. Dating online has never been more interesting than when you can browse through tons of hot vampires.

The story starts off with Silver whose personality is just as different as her name. She is down on her luck and fiery as ever when she catches her boyfriend…or should I call him her date sucking face with a rich prissy b*tch. And I quote, “Back then, I had a date – one I envision kissing at the stroke of midnight and not kicking in the balls after catching him sucking face with some Latvian skank.” This all happens within the first few pages of the book. I love stories that put a smile on my face with witty humor.

Silver’s personality is clear and very refreshing from the start. Her take on life and her bluntness makes for a great read. Its only when she’s at her lowest…getting kicked out of the party…after stealing someone else’s coat, that she meets a mysterious vampire who insists on walking her home.

Logan, a sexy vampire with an Irish accent is very similar to Silver. Doesn’t want to be tied down in a relationship, very cocky and yet knows exactly what he wants. It isn’t until the two of them meet and have a ‘bite’ together that each other lingers in the others mind. Just like Silver, Logan has had a troublesome past and relationship issues. This only makes them want each other even more.

Logan gets ordered to conduct a job from his superior while Silver accepts a job as well. Little does Silver know that her job is intertwined with Logan’s objective. Logan is asked to glamour girls that have been asked to go undercover by the local police. Silver has been asked to go undercover to gather critical information about vampires through the thriving website V-Date.com.

Things get sticky when Logan can’t follow through and Silver tries to keep her budding romance with Logan disconnected to her findings. But things aren’t always that easy. Each of their pasts are more connected than they think. Vampire laws are broken and hearts shatter when truths are discovered.

The beginning of the story was great, but as it progressed I felt my interest slipping. Silver was becoming what she vowed never to become, a needy girlfriend and Logan kept on talking about the growing bulge in his pants. Spoiler…once the two of them sleep together their scenes mostly consist of explicit sex scenes. And when they weren’t together that’s pretty much all the other thought about. The quirky independent woman slowly faded and turned into a tramp needing to get laid. While the vampire that has never really loved anyone is willing to get himself killed for a human that he’s fallen in love with.

The underlying plot that was weaved in through the story and the drama from an outside character (not to be named) saved the story for me. I would’ve liked to see more interaction with supporting characters instead of repetitive sex scenes. The ending however took a joyful turn. I would recommend this read for readers that enjoy lightly coated erotic novels.

3 Stars

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Blog Tour Stop: Joined

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Title: Joined

Author: Mara Gan

Genre: YA/NA Sci-fi/Romance

Release Date: September 12th 2017

Inkspell Publishing

 

Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything. All I ever wanted to do was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind. Helping people is what I do; as an empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people’s needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone’s thoughts and feelings all the time can drive me crazy with anxiety, but that moment when I can finally make someone’s life better makes everything worth it.

Unfortunately, I’m also the next in line to rule the galaxy, I’m the only diplomat most planets will listen to, assassins try to kill me on an annoyingly regular basis, and a much-vaunted Prophecy has decreed that I’m going to die. Oh, and someone blew up my home planet. Kind of a lot to deal with, right? Too bad I just got another problem: a big, irritating, overbearing bodyguard with serious anger management issues. And I think I’m falling for him.

 

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It was a rather startling revelation to note that planetwide destruction was, objectively speaking, gorgeous.

I couldn’t even be bitter about it; bitter was a bland and wise emotion, one that involved thought and careful consideration. I had no such coherence. All I had was awe and fear, in no particular order, all blended together like a merry go-round that had spun out of control.

I was well aware that I was in shock. But really, how were you supposed to react when the sky was throwing volcanoes at you? Was there a rulebook for this sort of thing? I’d been trained in all sorts of political and diplomatic scenarios, but this was hardly any of those things. I even knew quite a bit about interstellar law, which was pretty good for an eleven-year-old. But genocide… genocide was new, even for a galaxy as screwed up as ours was. A species here, a race there, but never a planet. Did the word genocide even apply when a whole planet was being eradicated? Did we need to invent a new word for what was being done to my home? Somehow planetocide sounded ridiculous and insufficient. But then, I doubted a word would ever exist that could quite convey the present situation. Language just didn’t have that kind of depth.

Emotions, though; images, feelings… that could do it. Except my species was the only one in the galaxy capable of sensing another’s emotions, but that wouldn’t matter much once this destruction was over. Words would be all that were left.

About the Author:

A Pacific Northwesterner by birth and disposition, Mara has lived in Washington DC, Oregon, Japan, and most recently the beautiful Pacific Grove, California, before returning to her roots in Seattle. By day she teaches history to unsuspecting teenagers, and by night she writes books and travels to far-flung places. She loves to be with animals, read, play sports, and drink more London Fogs than is likely good for her.

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