Book Review: Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

20130619-075202.jpgTitle: Killing Sarai

Author: J.A. Redmerski

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…

My Review: I guess I should start by saying that after reading The Edge of Never I’ve come to have really high expectations for Ms. Redmerski’s work. In hindsight it might appear that I was setting that bar impossibly high except for the fact that this book blew me away and surpassed all of my expectations.

Sarai has been Javier’s prisoner for years. She has survived while always dreaming of surviving. Now, after nine years she finally has the chance in the form of Victor. Victor comes off as cold and unfeeling. I was unsure as to whether he is either closed of to his emotions or is simply unfeeling. At least that’s what he wants us to think. Sarai, however, sees past his walls. As unwilling as he may be to helping her, he keeps finding himself in situations where that’s exactly what’s happening.

After Sarai’s escape, I could see that the story was headed in a certain direction. Kill or be killed. As in Javier is unwilling to allow her to live and it becomes clear that one of them has to die. The story becomes centered around this and is clearly leading to this resolution. Honestly I expected the story to end once it got to this point. Yet, I was very pleasantly surprised when the story continued.

Up until that point, Sarai and Victor had been getting to know each other and accepting each other for who they really are. Past this point in the story, everything changes. They start to bond, walls start coming down, the pace of the story changes and Killing Sarai becomes about them, their development, their relationship and their bond. All in an action packed, suspenseful package.

In conclusion, I loved reading Killing Sarai. It was unexpected but real and romantic and truly an adventure. Redmerski has this talent of drawing her readers in and wrapping them around her fingers and there are so many plot twists laying in wait to keep us readers on our toes that there are no dull moments. All in all, a great read and one I recommend.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

20130610-103032.jpgTitle: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:
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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

My Review: Beware this “review” contains SPOILERS

Dear Tahereh Mafi,

Once upon a time, I read Shatter Me and fell in love. With its premise, poetic prose, its strong characters and Warner. I’ve been anticipating Unravel Me since then and it somehow managed to sit on my bookshelf collecting dust without my even being aware of it. Well I finally got down to reading it and yes, I have a lot to say about it.

Your beautiful and poetic style of writing that I loved so much in the first go round was a hindrance to me this time around. I mean, how many words, beautiful or not, do I have to read to find out if Juliette is going to end up with Warner? It was a kind of hurry-up-and-get-to-it kind of thing. But then all this action starts up, all this character development, a few plot twists and I was extremely entertained.

I was taken back to my adolescent years and experiencing those butterflies and pitter-patters of an overexcited heart. I got all the more excited as I saw tell tale signs of Juliette falling in love with Warner. To put it simply, I was ecstatic. When they have their moment, and things start to heat up and she’s in this bubble with him I was so happy. I was finally seeing them be together and was so happy for it. But then, I realized that Juliette is an idiot and I spent hours disappointed before I could pick up the book and finish reading it.

I mean, I seriously don’t get her and Adam. Ok, maybe I do. Childhood friends, rescuer, first touch and first kiss… There are a lot of reasons for her to love him. But it’s just never felt they were right for each other. Then with what was revealed I felt I was getting that confirmation. Yet, the depth of her feelings for him confuses me. You’d think they were soul mates or destined to be together with all the love they share. But then I see her with Warner and I just can’t believe that. So, what if he comes off as evil? Or that his rap sheet could rival that of a madman? He’s love for her is what redeems him. She makes him want to be a better person. And every time he looks at her or talks to her, I would just fall for him all over again.

I was so disappointed with Juliette and saddened for Warner when they were separated. Then they somehow end up reunited and the book ended in that terrible cliff hanger that has left me desperate and in withdrawal. I without a doubt know that book three is going to be amazing but I don’t think I could handle it if she doesn’t end up with Warner.

Signed -Warner’s biggest fan and a seriously obsessed fan and reader-

Book Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

20130604-102212.jpgTitle: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2)

Author: Katie McGarry

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

My Review: OK… Well I guess it’s confession time. I never read Pushing The Limits… Yeah, this is my first Katie McGarry novel. So while I read reviews about how awesome it was to see Noah and Echo’s happy ending in this novel, I could only agree on how happy they are and say that they were great supporting characters. The point of this rant is that Dare You To does great as a stand alone novel.

    “Her boney fingers relax against my head and I wish she’d tell me she loves me, because I love her. She may be a drug addict and an alcoholic and she’s probably a whore, but she’s my mom. My mom.”

Beth, the protagonist, i just adored. I’m not even sure easy is part of her vocabulary. Since she was in the third grade her life took a turn for the worst. Now a senior in high school she’s still trying to pick up the pieces. Her mom is a mess and Beth tries her best to take care of her. It’s really heartbreaking to see them interact. To see her form of motherhood. But Beth, she deals with it all the only way she knows how. She builds these walls around her made of anger and bitterness. It keeps her from getting hurt. That seems to work most of the time… Until she meets Ryan.

Ryan is his town’s golden boy. All anyone ever sees when they look at him is how perfect his life is. Little do they know just how bad things are. How much his family is tearing at the seams and the facade of perfection is the only thing keeping them together. Losing is a fate he does not accept. Meeting Beth came from a dare and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Beth however, refuses to let him in. This is the start of a beautiful relationship and the beginning of true love.

    “Are you scared?” I ask him. Because I am. Terrified. Earlier I was anxious, but not frightened. This isn’t me giving him a memory. This is me giving him my heart.”

I have to say I absolutely love this novel. It has the felling of a fairytale in the most realistic way I’ve seen. You know the type that love really does conquer all. I love seeing Ryan tear Beth’s walls done and be completely unforgiving for it. The both help each other face their demons and become better people for it.

Dare You To is a novel that captures your attention and your heart and it is a book that is just painful to put down. It demands your attention and will hold your mind and your heart in a vice until you finish it. As my first McGarry novel, she’s already made a fan out of me. I look forward to reading the next Pushing The Limits which will feature Isiah and I know will be absolutely swoon worthy. 😉

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review & Giveaway: Fire Country by David Estes

Fire CountryTitle: Fire Country (Country Saga #1)

Author: David Estes

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb: In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

My Review: Fire Country starts off with a girl, surviving in a dystopian world. She is trying to mentally prepare herself for the traditions of her tribe, The Heaters. All while dealing with bullying, an abusive father and circumstances beyond her means. She has a best friend, Circ, who she’s starting to see as possibly more than a friend but she knows their romance is impossible as there is a way for mating among the Heaters that doesn’t even allow them the possibility.

Siena, the main character, was real. Her insecurities, I very much understood, related to and believed. She’s not only dealing with insecurities and emotional and physical scars but there is a world of suspense and conspiracy going on around her. She puts herself in situations to try and unravel these mysteries and boy, was I in for a treat. Siena has a strong will and an even sharper mind. She is physically lacking- too skinny and weak. Yet this does not stop her. She learns to accept who she is, her body and see what she thought were negatives as positive. I love her transformation and seeing her become as physically strong as she is mentally.

So characters: As already covered, Sienna is awesome. Circ, her best friend, is beautiful. He is there for her. Both emotionally and physically. He is strong, a warrior, and uses his strength to protect his people and her. Their romance is truly something I loved. Perry OMG, Perry! He is fricking amazing. I love his banter with Sienna. He has such a prickly personality (Ha!) and dry sense of humor and I loved him! If his name was anywhere on the page, I laughed. And then laughed some more. The best thing about Perry? So much about him is amazing but I won’t spoil the best part.

Estes writes in a way that allows for the reader to completely immerse themselves in the novel. From the language to the imagery to emotions that run so pure that you sometimes forget yourself while reading. You laugh and cry and mourn and leap with joy. Speaking of laughs, there was something I thought of after finishing this novel that I just want to share. Have any of you watched Laugh At My Pain a comedy special by Kevin Hart? He has this ongoing joke throughout the show. He’s joking about money and how when he can’t afford something he explains his financial situation, “Because the way my bank account is set up… I have a checking and a savings but all the money is in my savings…” The more he tells it, the funnier it becomes. Estes, did something to that effect in Fire Country. An ongoing joke that even in the most suspenseful or heated moments cause a laugh. This novel gave me an insight to Estes’ sense of humor and I gotta say, you are a funny man!

The novel ended well and after all the bangs and fireworks one would expect of a grand finale and then the pace slows to fill in all the blanks that we wondered about throughout the novel. It also set the tone for the sequel, which quite honestly, I’m looking forward to. I also know this series is described as a sister series to The Moon Dwellers, but I didn’t really understand it at first. Now I do and I feel that these books, in both series, are a must read.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure Title: The Eternity Cure (The Blood of Eden #2)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

My Review: Buzz, buzz, buzz… This book has been generating such a buzz. Well bees, I get it ok? This book was amazing. I get what all the hype is about and yes, I’ve joined the ‘everyone read The Eternity Cure because it’s pure awesomeness’ train.

The Eternity Cure is a novel that is very easy to fall in love with. The novel itself with its plot twists, action, suspense, badassedness and yes, it’s romance make for an all consuming read. So imagine everything you enjoyed in The Immortal Rules with a better story line and amazing character development. I loved how dark this novel is and the development and complexity of the relationships.

As for characters: Alison is amazing. She continues to deal with the struggle of monster vs. humanity and I love how realistic it is. She is strong physically, morally and emotionally and it was awesome to see her prevail when these strengths were tested. Zeke, OMG Zeke! Yep, he’s back. He is such a heart throb and I cannot even describe how ecstatic I was to have him be a part of this novel and getting to know him better. Eden changed him for the better and we find him in full suitor mode. Jackal plays a big part in the storyline and boy was I holding a grudge against him from The Immortal Rules. But that couldn’t last forever I guess. He continues to be self motivated and clearly using Alison, but he’s funny and the suspense of never knowing how trustworthy he is helped keep me on the edge of my seat. Kanin continues to be awesome. In this novel we get to know him in weakness, kindness, anger and strength. And last but not least Stick. Boy did he piss me off. He’s a total tool. Well, he is. The thing though that pissed me off the most about him was Alison’s inability to truly see him for what he is and not who he was.

The Eternity Cure is a complete rollercoaster ride. From laughter and tears, to excitement and suspense. I never knew what to expect and loved every single word of it. This book is definitely one I recommend and 100% worth the buzz.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review + Giveaway: Geek Girl

Geek GirlTitle: Geek Girl

Author: Cindy C. Bennett

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: “Think I can turn that boy bad?” 17-year-old Jen turns her life upside down when, out of boredom, she makes a bet that she can turn school geek Trevor into someone like her. Instead, the goth girl finds herself sucked into his world of sci-fi movies, charity work, and even-ugh!-bowling. To truly belong with him-and with her new foster family-she must first come to terms with her violent past.

My Review I’ll start by saying that I read this novel a little over a month ago and as the emotion is not fresh in my mind all I have is my notes to go off of. For those of you who tend to enjoy my long, emotion filled rants- I apologize. 🙂

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect with this book. Lets see: It has great overall reviews and seems to be one of the novels Bennett is best known for. I went into this novel not really knowing what to expect but with high expectations. After all, I have read and loved a few of Bennett’s other novels. With that being said, I was not at all disappointed.

Geek Girl is a pretty amazing novel about a girl with a tragic childhood who finds herself a young adult lost in the pain of her upbringing. Jen is a total goth who attempts to turn the schools golden boy “bad” after a dare brought out of boredom. In the beginning of the novel, the book was all high school drama with all of its drama and gossip. Which in truth, I’m usually bored by but Bennett managed to make it entertaining. I also found myself constantly wondering what would happen next. Geek Girl turned out to be quite the roller coaster ride of the reader not knowing what to expect and loving every minute of it.

Trevor, Jen’s love interest is amazing. He is… wow. One of those guys you would clone if you could and bring home to meet your parents. He is an all around amazing guy. Well Jen didn’t account for him being such a great guy and finds herself drawn to him. The romance is beautiful and their relationship is absolutely heart warming.

Bennett is apparently fluent in geek and some references I was familiar with while I found myself being educated on others. I guess I’m not the geek I thought myself to be. 🙂 I found Geek Girl to be perfect reading for anyone. It’s greatly addictive and the romance is quite beautiful. The character developement is realistic and the read is emotional. This novel has a great pace and if my 5 stars wasn’t enough of an indication, I absolutely loved this novel.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: The Edge of Never

the edge of neverTitle: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)

Author: J.A. Redmerski

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: –The New York Times, USA Today, and Wallstreet Journal bestselling blockbuster–

Sometimes life takes you off course . . .

THE EDGE OF NEVER

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she’s ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction (less)

My Review: As ridiculous as it sounds, I have half a mind to re-rate all of my previously read books in order to do this one justice. The Edge of Never is truly a remarkable book that deserves 5 stars like no other.

The first few chapters of The Edge of Never are perfectly summed up in the blurb. Not at all boring. I read the beginning excerpt on Amazon and it was truthfully what made me NEED to read the book in the first place. But call me lucky as hell because I ended up winning a copy of this novel in a giveaway. So me being me, I start the novel from the beginning (even though I had already read the first couple of chapters) and was once again completely caught up in the book. The Edge of Never is truly a rare gem in the fact that it only gets better as the novel progresses. There is never a dull moment, had an amazing pace and the more I read the better the story was and the more attached to the characters I became.

Seriously, I have never ever read a book that truly only gets better with every page I turned in the way that this novel does. It’s like the more I read the more it drew me in. I was truly living this story along with Camryn and Andrew. I smiled, I laughed, I cried and even got a little hot and bothered with some by descriptive and sexy sex scenes. So yeah, definitely for the mature (17+) YA audience.

The Edge of Never was truly a very emotional read for me. With lots of extremes. From exuberant laughter to the most extreme cry I’ve ever had with a novel. So when you go to go read this novel, be mentally prepared- and physically: Have your box of Kleenex nearby.

Reading literature as I do, I have to say that I have developed quite a few book crushes over the years. Edward from Twilight, Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Four from Divergent- just to name a few. However, Andrew has trumped them all. Nope, no book crush here. I practically fell in love. He is so freaking sexy. Although he is smokin in the looks department that’s not at all what I’m referring to. He is funny, caring, thoughtful, respectful… The list is kind of endless. In truth one of the things I loved most was just how good Camryn and Andrew are for each other. I love his playfulness and his way of drawing her out of her shell. I love their banter and its humor was amazing. The chemistry they share, their flirting and the build up was quite epic. With all of that being said, Redmerski does a great job with providing a plot twist that although she hints at, leaves the reader floored.

The Edge of Never is told from both Camryn and Andrew’s POV and Redmerski was amazing with it. Being the avid reader that I am, I’ve read plenty of novels from both male and female POV. With that being said I don’t think I have ever read one done quite so well from a male POV. I don’t know how to describe it except to say that it was real. Each character having their unique voice. Their is never confusion as to who is narrating because of this.

So, if all my gushing wasn’t clear enough, The Edge of Never is an amazing novel. It is an emotional read but that is easy to fall in love with. This is a read that I definitely recommend and one of the best books I’ve ever read. FUONLYKNEW thank you for the amazing giveaway that got me this book.

Book Review: Online Dating Sucks… but it’s how I fell in love

online dating sucksTitle: Online Dating Sucks… but it’s how I fell in love

Author: John P Gavin

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: The true story of John – part time nice guy, part time player, and full time advice columnist – as he gives guidance to women on how to find Mr. Right – and inadvertently becomes Mr. Right himself.

John P. Gavin, an advice columnist for a San Francisco area newspaper, spent a year writing about how women can better understand the way men approach Online Dating – and relationships in general – and how to use that knowledge to make their own online experience better.

This is a story of John’s endeavor to explain why the dating sites can be so frustrating – and how to minimize those frustrations. And while the original intent of the column may have been to educate women about men, it ends up working just as well in reverse, as men find out what women are really looking for in a guy – and how to be That Guy. In John’s journey of discovery he finds that successful online dating has as much to do with how we go about it as it does with who we are.

To underscore the point he finds that when he changes how he dates it also changes who he dates – a discovery that will lead him to love.

My Review: Let me be honest, this isn’t the type of book I would normally go for. When John first approached me about reading his novel I was pretty hesitant about it. But in the spirit of being fair I went to amazon found his book and chose the ‘Look Inside’ option. I was surprised when I reached the ending of the preview we are allowed to read. I mean, I finished it all in one sitting and rather enjoyed it. It made me realize that although Online Dating Sucks is not really up my lane it is definitely a book worth reading and so, here I am, having finished the book and sharing my opinions of it.

In this book, Gavin shares with us a year of his life. I love his narrative style and how he alternates from telling us about his personal life to then sharing his column. In truth I absolutely loved reading this book. It is honest, funny, informative and without a doubt interesting. I love how although this is non-fiction, I still found myself swept up in the story- which is no easy feat. After all, there is a reason why I stick to fiction. Gavin is truly a talented writer and I found myself enjoying every minute of this book.

Gavin starts each chapter by telling the reader what is going on in his life. The first chapter depicts the events that led to his divorce and his reemergence into the dating scene. These depictions of his life turn out to be quite a beautiful story of picking up the pieces of his life, starting a new career, learning things about himself, confronting his demons and falling in love. I absolutely loved it. It was entertaining and was the glue that made this book amazing and the column that much more interesting.

Gavin’s column although intended to be online dating advice does so much more than that. It gives great overall relationship advice and an insight into the minds of men. It looks into the complexity of relationships, the different ways male and females think, and how men view commitments and relationships. It’s honest, funny, refreshing and ultimately, a good read.

I a married woman, who has no interest in online dating yet found this book to be an invaluable resource. I would invite anyone to read it. Not only is it great for single people people hoping to get an inside scoop, it is great in helping us better understand the opposite sex and a great read to boot. I absolutely loved getting to know Gavin through his narrations, the happily ever after feel of it all and his candor. This is a book I would definitely recommend.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Blog Tour: Rapunzel Untangled

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rapunzel untangledTitle: Rapunzel Untangled

Author: Cindy C. Bennett

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

    Fab Fane Fannigan: Are you saying you live at GOTHEL MANSION???
    RG: My mother calls it Gothel Manor, so maybe that’s different?
    Fab Fane Flannigan: No, Rapunzel, there’s only one that I know of. It has to be the same. So you live in the tower?
    RG: Uh, the tower? I don’t know. Is it a tower?
    Fab Fane Flannigan: Yes, it is. I know where it is. Rapunzel, promise me one thing.
    RG: Okay.
    Fab Fane Flannigan: Don’t Google your house.

Rapunzel is not your average teenager. For one thing, she has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is. Filled with romance, adventure, and mystery, Rapunzel Untangled is one story you won’t want to put down. Discover the true meaning of love and friendship in this modern twist to the classic fairytale.

My Review: It is rare when I find a blurb that so well captures the essence of the novel while giving such an accurate synopsis as this one does. Rapunzel Untangled takes the original fairytale, flips it on it’s head and does something magical while not losing sight of the classic. I tend to be a pretty emotional reader but was shocked at how much I loved this novel. Seriously, you should see my notes while reading. I love, I love, I love… Every sentence seems to start that way. So prepare yourself for lots of gushing and a pretty good sales pitch (pats self on back) as to why you should go out and pick up a copy of this novel.

I assume everyone knows Rapunzel in some form. Bedtime stories, movies, literarture, cartoons, heresay… Haha the list is endless. Well this novel starts much the way one would expect. You know, evil witch of a woman keeping Rapunzel prisoner in a tower. But then Bennett does something. She makes it a story all her own and it turns into this dark, magical story that leaves you unawares and completely captivated.

The characters were very realistic and I love Bennetts insight and attention to detail. Rapunzel for example is a blissfully innocent character. As the blind is taken from her eyes and she is exposed to the world it is done in a practical, funny way. And there is one of the things on the “I love list”- the humor. It is casual but pure genius. As were the emails shared between Rapunzel and her love interest: Fane. Ok, so back to Rapunzel’s innocence I loved how she starts to see her “mother’s” true colors. How it takes her seeing geniune emotions in someone else for her to realize how fake her mother’s are.

As for villians this book has it in spades and in my mind would rival that of Bane from The Dark Knight Rises.. For those of you who haven’t seen the movie or don’t understand the reference just expect great plot twists and to see the genius of a great villian.

Now, this is going to sound weird but the book is so pretty. Yes I like the cover, and is the first thing that drew me to the novel, but that’s not at all what I’m talking about. The font, the presentation, the beginning of every chapter is like a feast for the eyes. It’s beautiful and it adds to the fairytale feel of it.

So what can you expect from Rapunzel Untangled besides an amazing retelling of a classic fairytale? Romance, friendship, intrigue and to be swept off of your feat with a story that will capture your attention and keep it. It’s different, suspenseful and new while maintaining the essence that is Rapunzel.

*I recieved a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

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About The Author: Cindy Bennett
Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She and her husband – who happens to be her high-school sweetheart – raised two sons and two daughters. She’s now blessed with two daughters-in-law as well. She developed a love of writing in high school when a teacher introduced her to the joys of escaping reality for ten minutes each day in writing.
When she’s not writing, reading, or answering emails (notice there’s no mention of cleaning, cooking, or anything remotely domestic), she can often be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home. (Yes, she rides a Harley.)

Book Review: Descended

DescendedTitle: Descended (Fallen Guardian Saga #1)

Author: Debra Ann Miller

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Destiny has two ways of crushing us…by refusing our wishes…and fulfilling them.

Vie had no idea when she descended into the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming that she’d find herself mesmerized by the mysterious and alluring eyes of one Carter Stone. And Carter believed he knew everyone that lived in his rural town until the day he locked eyes with Vivian Thorne. He couldn’t help but wonder what was different about this girl he had known all of his life.

He was right, Vie was the beautiful young Guardian that had been sent to their world looking for Carter and she did so merged in the vessel of the Thorne girl. Their meeting sparks a passionate romance between the two and soon after they embark on their journey to uncover the secrets of a past that they begin to realize they both shared. Their forbidden connection unleashes a war with disapproving parties and the lovers find themselves on a mission to uncover the truth of their not wholly human existence and their unbreakable bond. Darkness falls as Lucian returns to settle a score with them and their lives take a thrilling and terrifying turn. The only way for Carter to stop Lucian and save the one he holds most dear is to unlock the secrets of his past and unleash the powers within him. What are the chances that two raindrops, flung from the heavens, will merge on a windowpane? Gotta be fate!

Deeply passionate and extraordinarily suspenseful, Descended captures the struggles between doing what is expected of you and unleashing your destiny, between fulfilling prophecies and desires, between loyalty and love.

My Review: So… I started reading this novel feeling a little lost. Let me be honest, it had been a while since I read the blurb and I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Well that being said, the preface drew me and was a total distraction once chapter one started. It was a kind of over-anxious attempt to complete a puzzle while only having one piece. Make sense? I was in over my head. I managed to maintain this sense of confusion for the first couple of chapters…

Then I completely fell in love. The story is well set up and once the story telling starts I was completely swept up into it. It is an impossible to put down, action packed, romantic, suspenseful read that is captivating. Miller manages to always maintain the element of the unknown that allows for many surprises and constantly keeps the reader guessing. I love how Miller does high school drama. It is unique, well done and never boring or dull. I love Vie’s wit and her quick and smart responses. I love the wide array of well-developed characters, the attention to detail and a very well done third person narration.

All in all, it is an excellent read. I was completely captivated and am looking forward to the sequel. I love the resolution to this novel- It ends well yet it left all this intrigue and a few unanswered questions which make reading the sequel a must. I love the romance in this novel and how utterly spellbinding Descended is. This is a read I definitely recommend.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review