16 February 2018

Soldier by Julie Kagawa #bookreview

Title: Soldier
Series: Talon #3
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 380
Published: April 2016
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

From the back of the book:

The price of freedom is everything.

When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She’s lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon’s new order rises.

My Review:

This is my favourite book in the series so far. 

With lots of action to keep you on the edge of your seat, burning questions answered and a little bit of justice served makes this a fantastic read.

The love triangle dragged on a little but we finally have some answers to that. 

The pace of this story was better and not so many lulls.

I did find it a tad predictable but only on one issue. 

It has a dramatic ending that raises more questions to hopefully be addressed in the next book. 

Can't wait to read the next one! 

I recommend you give this series a try. 

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I'm Back!

It's been way too long since I've posted about any of the fantastic books that I've been reading while away from my blog. So now I finally have a little time to share a review or two with you.

Sharon :-)

16 October 2017

Hello, I'm still here!

You may have noticed that my posting has been pretty much non-existent over the past few months as my life away from the blog has become super busy. However, I am still reading and review and hope to be able to post those reviews very soon. Finding five minutes to scratch myself some days is even hard. LOL

Be back soon!

Shaz 😁

19 July 2017

Just One Reason by Kirsten DeMuzio #bookreview

Title: Just One Reason
Series: First and Last #2
Author: Kirsten DeMuzio
Genre: New Adult
Published: July 2013
Source: Purchased

As teenagers, Lindsay and Grady found a love together that few people are lucky enough to ever experience. When Lindsay Ross decided to visit her aunt for the summer in a small lake town in New York, she didn’t expect anything other than an escape from her demanding parents. She certainly didn’t expect Grady Hawke. At the end of the summer, Lindsay and Grady made plans for their future and vowed to be together forever. Back in New York City, events beyond her control forced Lindsay to turn her back on Grady and their love. Grady has spent the last five years trying to forget the one girl who broke his heart. But when Lindsay arrives back in town unannounced, will Grady get to know the woman she has become and find out the real reason she left him all those years ago? Or will he push her away for good? **This book is recommended for a mature audience, age 18 and older, due to language and explicit content. 

A pretty good read.
It's fast paced, has likeable characters. A little predictable but in a good way because you do wish for a happy ending for these characters. The writing was good, easy to understand, keeping you interested throughout. 
3.5 stars

6 June 2017

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland #bookreview

Title: Egomaniac
Series: Standalone
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 2017
Source: Purchased

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office. I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills. He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing. 

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant. Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all. 

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated. Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent. I was swindled out of ten grand. 

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place. I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind. I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do. 

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages. The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing. 

And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

A fun fast read. Great banter between the main characters and natural dialogue that gives a realistic feel to the story. Nice writing that's easy to follow and keeps the emotions at the surface. Likeable main characters whom you want to get the happy ending they deserve.

2 June 2017

Get Social Blogger Event - I'm in! #getsocial17

I'm participating in the Get Social Blogger Event hosted by Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

It's an event to get to know other blogs, and the aim is to visit every blog participating at least once a week.

This event runs from June 4-17 and if you'd like to take part like me, you can sign up here!

Look forward to seeing you there.


23 May 2017

A Different Kind of Lovely by Petra March #OutNow #NewRelease #Book

As you may remember, I assisted with the editing of this new book by Petra March. Well guess what, it's out TODAY!!
Here's a reminder of the synopsis, plus Petra has kindly shared an excerpt from her new book. Purchase links are also included should you like to indulge in this new read. Enjoy!

Title: A Different Kind of Lovely
Author: Petra March
Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Women, Literary Romance
Words: 65K
Editions: ebook and paperback
Release date: May 23, 2017 - Today!!!
Publisher: Petra F. Bagnardi
Editors: Michelle Ryles (The Book Magnet), Heather Sheffield (The Turning Pages), Sharon Xuereb (Shaz Loves Books)
Covers by PFB


“A man with a damaged soul fell in love with a ballerina with a broken body.”
When Neal Medwin glimpses Mina Automne for the first time, he's a man whose soul is darkened with memories of a painful past, whereas Mina is a vibrant, strong, young woman. She's a determined ballerina who's carefully planning and painting her life.
Neal steps into her existence and threatens to shatter Mina's plans with an impossible request.
Mina can't help the fragile man who's invading her home, even though their parents used to be close friends and she knows of Neal's hurtful background. She allows him to linger within her lovely and artistic world, however, hoping he might find some peace and solace.
Slowly, their conflict turns into friendship, and eventually into love, until a terrible discovery ruins Mina's projects and forces her to let go of all her dreams, and of her sweet, damaged man.
Neal is unable to fight for Mina and for the unripe love they share, because he's not ready to leave his past behind. He's not strong enough – not yet.

(Ages 18+)

Mina Automne danced through the pain until she managed to turn it into pleasure. She didn't need music to accompany the movements of her legs, of her arms, of her fingers, for the wind was the conductor of an orchestra of the most particular instruments. It shook the leaves of apple trees and made them chime. It played among grapevines and teased them like fingertips on violin strings.
The lavender flowers bowed forward as Mina's neck arched gracefully backwards.
The weeds trembled, while Mina's body spun and leaped higher and lighter.
The sky above was a cerulean blue, dotted with pure white clouds, and Mina's lithe limbs reached for those unblemished shapes.
When she danced, her parents' disapproval did not matter; when her frame played, the hurtful words of her ex-lover could not break her.
Mina was shaping her life around her art, and she was going to be the greatest. There was nothing wrong with her choices, and there was nothing wrong with her body. She was meant to be a ballerina, and she was capable of feeling pleasure.
The wind teased her fiery red curls; the long strands caressed her bare shoulders and arms, and her blood felt ablaze with adrenaline. Beads of sweat ran along the pale skin of her face, and touched her lips. Mina licked the drops, and tasted salt mingled with excitement. She arched up towards the bright sky, and declared herself a creature of power and beauty.

A Different Kind of Lovely: A Novel, by Petra March
Copyright 2017 Petra March. All rights reserved.
Editors: Michelle Ryles (The Book Magnet), Heather Sheffield (The Turning Pages),Sharon Taylor Xuereb (@sharonsbooknook)

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