Mar 30, 2013

Showcase Sunday #22

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.

This week DeeJay,

Received the proof for my new novella, Invasion
   

Invasion by A. Star– Cover designed by: Raphyel M. Jordan– I LOVE IT!

Won:
   

Venom bookmark signed by Fiona Paul– Thanks to Christina at Ensconced in YA and of course, Fiona Paul!

Received for my participation in a novella contest:

The winning novella, Men Beware Women by Gwen Thompson–from Miami University Press. The cover is blah, but the synopsis sounds really good.

Received for review:

William & Lucy (A Tale of Suspicion and Love) by Michael Brown– Thanks to Michael Brown and his publicist, Darlene Chan, plus Tarn Publishing. Check out my interview with the author!

Downloaded as a Freebie
   

1. The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan– For Nook
2. My Boyfriend Merlin by Priya Ardis– For Kindle

Nice Haul, I'd say. :)


Mar 28, 2013

Dishin' It Up with Emmy Award winning writer, Michael Brown

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I want to welcome author Michael Brown to DJ's Book Corner. Thank you for stopping by to dish it up with me.

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?
After writing several television scripts and then seeing them produced I was disappointed by their short exposure time. A thirty minute sit-com is on and off the air in the wink of an eye! I realized I needed to write something of a more lasting nature – hence my decision to write my first novel.
   
When did you write your first book?
I started writing my first novel three years before I self-published, although I wrote intermittently throughout that time period. I was working as a film editor and would take assignments that kept me busy for months at a time. When the editing job ended I would pick up where I left off. So, the actual writing time was probably ten months to a year.
 
Tell us a little about your historical fiction novel,  William & Lucy.
I tell the unexplored years of the poet, William Wordsworth, who at 28 years old met and fell in love with the mysterious Lucy, featured in his five famous poems. Lucy is one of literary history’s most enduring mysteries. No one knows who she was, where she came from, or if she ever existed.
 
Sum the main character William up in three words. What about Lucy?
William: Intelligent, passionate, poetic.
Lucy: Innocent, passionate, determined.
 
If William & Lucy were a movie, what would be the perfect first song on the soundtrack?
It would have to be more of a score along the lines of Pride and Prejudice.
 
What do you like best about writing historical fiction?
Research – and discovery! I discovered a William Wordsworth who, as a young man, was the antithesis of the dour older gentleman I had previously read about. He was brave, sexy, intelligent and he loved women.

What is your writing schedule like?
I write in the morning for about four to five hours a day, six days a week. Sometimes I’ll add another hour or two in the afternoon.
 
Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
I can write anywhere. If there’s music on, I can’t hear it. If people are talking I don’t hear them.
 
Who are three of your favorite authors? Books?
Nelson DeMille, Plum Island – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner – Dan Brown, The De Vinci Code – Ayaan Hensi Ali, Infidel – Vince Flynn, The Last Man Standing – Wilbur Smith, almost anything he writes.
 
As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader?
I loved the story, your characters, the drama and comic relief. I laughed, I cried, the sex made me tingle all over and my heart pound, I was so involved I stayed up to two am to see what was going to happen next – and now I’m waiting for your next novel!”
 

Thank you, Michael! Enjoyed the interview and what a great final answer!


Author Bio

An acclaimed film editor, Michael Brown has won three Emmy Awards, an ACE Eddie Award and a Lifetime Career Achievement Award for feature and TV work. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America. As a TV writer, his credits include “CPO Sharkey” (NBC), “Brothers and Sisters” (NBC), “A.E.S. Hudson Street” (ABC), “Three for the Road” (CBS) and “Piper’s Pets” (NBC pilot). He lives in Chatsworth, California with his wife, Holly. William & Lucy is his first novel. His second title, the romantic comedy Love, Sex, and Other Near Death Experiences will launch this summer from Sunbury Press. Michael is now at work on this third novel, a thriller.

Connect with Michael Brown






William & Lucy

Michael Brown’s remarkable work, William & Lucy, takes place in England at the end of the 18th century, which marked the dawn of the Romantic Era in poetry. Wordsworth, at 28 years of age, encounters a mysterious young woman named Lucy and both are smitten. Rather like Dante and his Beatrice, William and Lucy become one of the more captivating relationships in literature. (Goodreads)


Purchase William & Lucy
Amazon – Smashwords (20% Discount Code: ED35D)
and most eBook outlets

Mar 27, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Losing it by Cora Carmack

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Losing It by Cora Carmack

Publication Date: October 15, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance 
Series: Losing It #1
Source: Bought for Nook

DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS


Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier. (Goodreads)

Losing It was a cute, fast read that delivered a lot of hot moments and great laughs. I'm really starting to love this New Adult genre as it gives me the romance I like plus characters I can relate to. I'm still in my 20's (upper 20's but shut up) and still feel young so I relate more to younger characters than older.

Bliss was a funny, clueless leading lady that I found myself laughing at every other page. Though at times she was annoying with her constant anxiety attacks about everything, she was more often fun to read about. Garrick was a sexy, BRITISH (love it!) leading man who I thought was cute and just as funny. I thought he was a very nice guy and loved that he kept pursuing Bliss even after they found out he was her teacher. Yeah, it was wrong, but it wasn't like she was underaged or anything. It was more of a battle of ethics. But I was like screw ethics, go get your girl Garrick!

Losing It #2
The whole thing with Cade (Bliss's BFF) was just a bit strange for me. Why do people like to ruin perfectly good friendships by falling in love? UGH! I hate it in real life and in books. I think Bliss reacted to Cade's revelation with maturity. He didn't like it but those be the breaks. Luckily for him, he gets his own book next! I'm pretty excited to read Faking It. If it's as funny and cute as this one, then I'm sure I will love it.

The writing was pretty easy-going and simplistic. Not spectacular, but not bad either. It just...was. The pacing was good and I felt it flowed from one scene to the next without feeling jumpy or forced.

If you like cute romances then I recommend this book for you. You will laugh your ass off at Bliss because she says (and does) some pretty ridiculous things. But overall, had a good time with this book and will definitely be reading the next.

Favorite "Losing It" Line

Clearly I was not meant to have sex. This was God telling me that I was meant to be a nun. Get thee to a nunnery, and all that crap.


Mar 24, 2013

Showcase Sunday #21

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.

This week DeeJay,

Bought for Kindle


Keeping Never (Never Say Never #3) by C.M. Stunich– I absolutely love this series! Already halfway done with this book and I'm excited to see how it all ends!

Won

Streamline by Jennifer Lane– I won this book through a Reader's Refuge giveaway. Thanks to Michelle and the author Jennifer Lane. Love the cover!



Mar 22, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Silenced by RaeBeth McGee-Buda

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Silenced by RaeBeth McGee-Buda

Publication Date: Dec. 13, 2012
Genre: Young Adult 
Series: Silenced #1
Source: Freebie on Amazon

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS


Amber Brown spent her entire existence believing Dave was her father. When her mother reveals this is untrue, she goes through an emotional spiral with depression. It's hard for her to believe her mother had lied to her all this time.

A move to a new home and town causes Amber to be consumed by her "darkness" and reverts to cutting to free herself from her pain.

When Casey, her new friend enters her life, she introduces Amber to parties, drugs, and Amber's new boyfriend Landon. The secret of cutting begins to take affect on Amber as she tries to hide it from her friends and family. In the mist of everything, Amber has the desire to find out who her biological father is.

Follow Amber through her trials of depression and cutting, along with the discovery of love. (Goodreads)

*Contains spoilers*

I can't even begin to understand the emotions and darkness surrounding this book. I've never experienced this type of sadness and depression, and with God on my side, I hope I never do. The subject of self harm is one that makes almost everybody uncomfortable, but that's because it's never talked about. This was a brave undertaking and I admire Raebeth for it, especially since she has a real personal connection to it.

The beginning of Silenced was good. The ending, was good. It's what happened in between that I had a few problems with. First of all, Amber. I felt for her because of her situation and her unrelenting depression, but she acted like a six-year-old for most of the book. She was very immature, but even Raebeth said that she was in her interview with me so maybe that was the point. However, this immaturity kept me from becoming invested in her. All I really wanted her to do was stop whining.

I didn't like Casey from the jump and she only confirmed my dislike of her as the book went on. Amber's mother was uber annoying, but I'm sure that was done on purpose as well. I felt bad for Dave (Amber's dad) because of how Amber treats him when she finds out he's not her biological father, even though he's the only father she's ever known (the situation with her real father is CRAZY). *spoiler* And another thing, how in the world did Amber get nominated to the homecoming court, let alone win? On top of being like the least popular girl in school, she only had one friend. Casey. I really wanted to know, but alas, mean ol' Raebeth kept me in suspense. *spoiler over*

Then there is the insta-love between Amber and Landon. It didn't work for me. They fell in love in like 24 hours and were sleeping together in 48. I can't get with that. Yeah, I'm sure there are teens in real life  who move this fast, but the majority do not. On top of that, Landon is perfect. He doesn't have any flaws. He's just not a realistic guy. In a fantasy setting, this might fly. But in a contemporary it just doesn't work for me.

Overall, Silenced was a decent read. I really wished the characters had been more fleshed-out and that Amber and Landon's relationship had moved slower, but I'm kind of interested in what happens next. Especially with that ending. Cliffhanger!

Next book: Silenced: The Overtaking

Mar 21, 2013

Dishin' It Up with suspense writer, Inger Wolf

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I’d like to welcome Danish suspense author Inger Wolf to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.

Thanks a lot for the opportunity. It's a pleasure to 'meet' new people and get a chance to talk about my biggest passion.

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author? 
I've wanted to be an author since I was ten years old, but I actually never thought I would become one. I thought writing that good was a talent that fell down from above and hit somebody and not me. It was not until my mid-twenties that I realized that I had to practice to learn, and that it was hard work and took time. But as soon as I had that figured out, I just started stubbornly working on becoming one.

When did you write your first book? 
I started to write a novel when I was 15. It was about a rock band that went to London and became famous. That manuscript didn't really turn out very well, and I didn't have my first book published until I was twenty-seven and had worked pretty hard for it.

Tell us a little about your thriller, Evil Water
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Evil Water takes place in Århus in Denmark. Two women are found killed under a heap of stones just outside the city on a field. My protagonist, Inspector Trokic, and the rest of the police team soon realize they are on a hunt for a serial killer. In the book, we both follow the police and the killer. It's sort of a mix between the detective crime book and a psychological thriller. People generally think it's quite scary, particularly because the killer uses blood leeches to kill his victims.

Sum the main character Daniel up in three words. 
Reserved, smart and attractive.

If Evil Water were a movie, what would be the perfect first song on the soundtrack? 
I think Incubus' Dig would make a perfect entry song. It's one of Daniel Trokic's favorites as well as one of mine. It's also got a bit of a melancholic sound that I think characterizes all my books. I could definitely hear that song in the background of a movie.

What do you like best about writing thrillers? 
To dive into the dark side of the human nature. I like trying to understand what made a killer what he is. All my books in the series provide some kind of explanation why the killer turned out that way. To take another person's life is the most dramatic action. I want to know why anybody can do that. Serial killers are particularly interesting because they are so different and seem to have 'unsubscribed' from the human race. I try to understand them which is very hard.

What is your writing schedule like? Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing? 
I usually write in the afternoon. I like to write in small dark rooms where nobody will disturb me. Very often I listen to music. Usually rock or pop. I listened a lot to Maroon 5 and Nickelback while writing my latest book. Sometimes I bring the music into the books and let my characters listen to it as well.

Who are three of your favorite authors? Books? 
Thomas Harris is a top favorite. I just love Silence of the Lamb, both the book and the movie. Generally, Harris has very good portraits of killers. I'm also a huge fan of Norwegian crime writer, Jo Nesbo. I really like his protagonist Harry Hole, and the book The Snowman is a favorite. Finally, I think the French crime writer Jean-Christophe Grangé is excellent. He wrote Blood Red River which was also made into a movie. His books very often have some interesting science in it as well. I like that.

As an author, what is the best compliment you could receive from a reader? 
I just had a message on Facebook the other day which said "I just discovered your books, and now I just read all of them within a month. They are some of the best crime books I ever read". That made my day.

Thank you, Inger!



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Evil Water


Two women disappear without a trace, and the same autumn a farmer on the outskirts of Århus finds them murdered in suitcases under a heap of stone. The skin of one woman is filled with the letter Y and the other has a rare flower in her hair. Inspector Daniel Trokic is leading the case which goes in several directions: to a tribal population in Africa, religious insanity and a horrifying meeting with leeches. When a third woman disappears, Trokic is under pressure to find out what the killer wants to say with his macabre scenery and rituals.

Purchase on Amazon – Add on Goodreads



Mar 18, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Finding Never by C.M. Stunich

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Finding Never by C.M. Stunich

Publication Date: March 2, 2013
Genre: Dark New Adult Romance
Series: Never Say Never #2
Source: Bought for Kindle

DeeJay's Rating: 5/5 STARS


Never Ross and Ty McCabe have come a long way – but they can't stop now. Their pasts are still there, ready to sweep over and consume them if they don't confront them. A visit to Never's family seems like the first logical step, but will it make things better or worse? And what about Noah Scott? Ty is Never's tortured other half, but can he also be the healing balm that she so desperately needs? With McCabe's past still a virtual unknown, Never is going to have to make more than one decision capable of breaking both their hearts. (Goodreads)

This book was wonderful and amazing and I totally enjoyed every second of it. It made me laugh, it made me sad, it made me angry, it made me hurt for the main characters. But I loved it still.

Never's first encounter with her family after five years went just as expected. BAD. But there were good points and not every relationship with her family was unsalvageable. She faced her demons and even though it was painful, she had to do it. I hate Angelica, Never's mother, but Ty said it best. For Angelica to face what happen all those years back, she would have to admit that she was wrong, that she made mistakes and she's not strong enough for that. Way to go, Ty.

Tyson McCabe is awesome. I fell for him like almost immediately in Tasting Never and I am now full on in love after reading this book. Even tormented, he is an amazingly strong person. He is like a crumbled wall. Broken, but when hit with the pieces, they hurt. I love how he was there for Never and supported her in every way possible. He didn't judge, as if he could, and was just so understanding I almost couldn't stand it. Do guys like him really exist? I think they do. I think there are more Ty McCabe's out there than we could ever imagine.

Never confuses and annoys me, but I still love her. I feel for her, even though I couldn't connect with her. I've never been through anything half as bad as the shit she had to endure, so I can't even speak on it. I can't say I would have done things the way she did. She's brave, and if ever forced to face this type of pain, I'm not sure I would be as brave.

The last fourth of this book drove it home for me. Beware, it ends on a cliffhanger, but it's the best sort of cliffhanger. C.M.'s writing is just amazing and she has a way of connecting words with emotions like you wouldn't believe. I absolutely cannot wait to sink my teeth into Keeping Never. 


Favorite Quote

"I am like a fucking Disney prince or some shit. Want me to sing? I could sing." –Ty McCabe


   

Mar 17, 2013

Showcase Sunday #20

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.

This week DeeJay,

Bought for Kindle

Fuck Valentine's Day by C.M. Stunich– I love her Never Say Never series so far so I'm pretty excited to read this one.

Downloaded as a Kindle Freebie

Bitterwood (Dragon Age #1) by James Maxey– As I've stated before, I LOVE dragons and when I discovered this free download, I couldn't resist. Mixed reviews but I'm still anxious to give it a try.

What did you receive this week?


Mar 10, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen

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The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen

Publication Date: March 1, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Series: The Ascendence Trilogy, #2
Source: ARC from NetGalley

DeeJay's Rating: 4.5/5 STARS




Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom? (Goodreads)

Jennifer Nielsen has done it again, ya'll! She's delivered another intriguing installment to The Ascendence Trilogy. I wasn't sure what to expect this time around, but I have to say I'm impressed. Nielsen gives us another dose of what made us fall in love with The False Prince but with a whole new set of complications.

Jaron/Sage is back, and more frustrating than ever. Not going to lie, Jaron's rash-thinking and thick-headed reasoning are what make his character brilliant. Doesn't make him any less frustrating though, and he pushed my patience to the brink this time! After a former friend tries to kill him, Jaron must flee his kingdom and go into hiding. But of course, Jaron doesn't go into hiding. Instead, he walks right into enemy territory like the arrogant little prat he is with fingers crossed that his shoddy plans to save his kingdom pan out! All I could do was groan. But that's Jaron, and I love him.

We meet other characters from the previous book like, Amarinda, Imogen, Tobias, and Mott. Mott was the only other one besides Jaron that I really liked from The False Prince but by the end of this one, I had a new respect for all of them. I really don't understand this "romance" between Jaron and Imogen, but since this is a middle grade book, I suspect it won't ever become some huge thing (It's already hovering on the edge of the dreaded "love triangle" territory and that's enough for me).

The only reason this book isn't 5 STARS is because of the action. The intrigue is all there, but it lacks the action to back it up. I mean, there are bloody PIRATES in the book! I needed more swashbucklin' and less chatter. Nevertheless, I couldn't give it lower than a 4.5 rating because the plot was just too good. And the ending? It was a cliffhanger, but I can deal with a cliffhanger like that. I'm too excited for the next book!


Great Quote

"So you joined up with the pirates? I couldn't imagine anyone but the ladies' knitting club accepting you."


Mar 9, 2013

Showcase Sunday #19

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.

This week DeeJay,

Bought:

Eon by Alison Goodman– Had my eye on this one for a while. Used my B&N coupon and membership to obtain this lovely novel. Can't wait to read it!

Downloaded as a Nook Freebie:

Breathless (Jason and Azazel #1) by V.J. Chambers


Bought for $1.99 for Nook

Losing It by Cora Carmack– This one sounds really cute and funny :)


Downloaded as a Kindle Freebie

Déjà Vu by Ian Hocking– I like the cover.


Decent haul this week. What did you receive this week, my fellow book nerds?


Mar 8, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Satin Pleasures by Karen Docter

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Satin Pleasures by Karen Docter


Publication Date: February 13, 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Stand-alone novel
Source: Author for review

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS



Bustiers, Birds, and the Blues…

Dan McDonald walked away from the American dream, a life full of money, glamorous women and power. Now nothing can lure him back into the corporate death trap. Except….

Dan’s scheming aunt snares him into opening a lingerie shop in Tess Emory’s shopping mall. Tess is everything Dan has vowed to avoid…sexy, smart, and obsessed with work. Tess is determined to make her life a success and right the wrongs of her past, no matter the cost.

They’re both going to discover that true love breaks all their rules. (Goodreads)

I received this book from Karen to review for the Masquerade Crew, but of course I was going to review it here too. I hadn't reviewed a book for the Crew in months because honestly none of the books caught my interest. We get a lot of sci-fi, horror, and thriller books and those are just not my favorite genres to read. So when a romance popped up on my radar, I snagged it.

I liked Satin Pleasures, I really did. It wasn't the type of steamy, paranormal romance that I'm used to reading, but it satisfied my romance craving nonetheless. I liked Dan right from the start because he was just so carefree and really knew what he did and did not want out of life. Tess, well, was another story. She was a hot mess who got on my nerves at first. She was just so frantic and all over the place. But eventually, I gained a certain fondness for her and actually liked her by the end.

Dan and Tess were opposites when it came to spreading life out on the table and stepping back to examine it. This added unavoidable drama to their budding romance and bits of hilarity because Tess was just so one track-minded on getting the promotion she wanted so badly. Dan spent his time selling women lingerie, attempting to control his stinky dog, and trying to get Tess to open her eyes and see all that life had to offer.

The pacing was good, and the writing was better. I'm just not the biggest fan of contemporary romance nor did I like Tess that much, so that's why I gave it the rating I did. But would I read more of Docter's work if given the chance? Yup, sure would.

Mar 6, 2013

Dishin' it Up with author, RaeBeth McGee-Buda

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I’d like to welcome author RaeBeth McGee-Buda to DJ’s Book Corner. Thank you for taking the time to come dish it up with me.

First question, when did you first know you wanted to be an author?                                                             
I figured it out with the help of my younger sister. She was looking through the shorten version of Silenced and suggested I add to it. She said it’d make a very good book to help spread awareness for self harm and depression.

When did you write your first book?
Silenced was written as a short story in high school and turned into a book when I was around eighteen years old. It took me some time with being a new mom to write so it was about a two-three year writing process.

Tell us a little about your young adult novel, Silenced.
Silenced isn’t your typical read. I’ve heard that it’s hard for some people to read due to the nature of the book. Although my main focus wasn’t to bring my readers a perfectly formatted/edited book.... I wanted the main focus to be on spreading awareness with depression and self harm. The two disorders, I think, fail to have the attention they need. I’ve had so many people email me to thank me for making them aware of self harm because they had no idea it existed. This is the purpose of Silenced.

Sum the main character Amber up in three words.
Stubborn, hard headed, & (at times) immature!

Depression, and even more so, cutting, seems to be such a taboo subject for most. What inspired you to dive into such uncharted territory in regards to the young adult genre?
I suffer from depression and anxiety. When I was a teen I also struggled with a small patch of self harm. I felt so isolated from the world because of my secret. Self harm isn’t in control of my life any longer and I found the light at the end of my tunnel. At times I felt that I would fail and success wouldn’t be for me.

I also know people who has trouble with depression and I even know a few people who have lost family due to depression and self harm. When I talked about my issues in the past, there were people who didn’t understand what I was/am going through and they would call me various names. As well as telling me that I was just wanting attention. When in fact it was just the opposite.

I wanted to help people to understand depression and cutting from the POV of the person suffering. I’m hoping that my version will help open the eyes to those who don’t understand and help them understand.

Mar 4, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: Tasting Never by C.M. Stunich

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Tasting Never by C.M. Stunich


Publication Date: December 22, 2012
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Never Say Never #1
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 4.5/5 STARS


Never is a girl with a broken soul who doesn't date nice guys and can't seem to go to bed at night without crying herself to sleep. She doesn't need any complications in her life, especially not when they're attached to a man that could be her emotional twin.

Ty McCabe can't stand Never the first time he meets her. He's aware that the feeling's mutual and the two don't think they'll ever see each other again, but when fate takes a hand and puts them both in the wrong place at the wrong time, Ty and Never form a tentative friendship that opens the door on their dark sides and shows them what it's like to live in the light. (Goodreads)

For all of February, I had my eyes on this book, but never took a chance with it. So the other day when it went on sale for only 99¢ on Amazon, I swooped in and got myself a copy. Tried to wait to read it, but I couldn't. So glad I didn't. I loved this book.

I didn't know what to expect after reading the synopsis. I knew the main character, Never "Ross", was a broken soul with major issues. But I didn't know how broken, how major her issues would be. Never was complicated and destroyed. It was kind of sad to see her like that because I feel a lot more young girls in our real society (and others) are as broken as she was then are known. The truths that sent her sprinting down this road to depression and yes, sex addiction, were heart-breaking. I felt for her (even though she annoyed me sometimes), and by the end of this book, I was rooting for her.

Enter Ty McCabe. An equally broken spirit with a dark past that haunts him daily. They hate each other at first, but after something crazy and unbelievable happens to them, they seemed to find something to hold onto in each other. It wasn't easy for either of them to accept the direction this new, unwanted relationship of their was headed in, least of all, Never. She resisted with everything she had, yet God doesn't always dish out what we want. Sometimes He gives us just what we need. Never "Ross" needed Ty McCabe and he needed her and what blossomed between them was beautiful.

Stunich's writing was intriguing and poetic, just what this book needed. The pacing was good and it was never overly-descriptive or over written. It was mature enough for the New Adult audience but not so mature that a younger audience couldn't also understand the complexity of the plot. In fact, despite the language and the sexual situations, I think all teenagers should read this book. No doubt some of them would relate to Never. She was realistic and I felt like she was so much more than just some character in a book.

This book ended on the perfect note, enticing me to read the next book in the series, Finding Never. It promises to be even more complex and enthralling and I just can't wait. I highly recommend this book.

Favorite Quote

"But truthfully," I say. "The best part about you is your soul. It's a piece of tortured beauty."

(Never Say Never #2)


Mar 3, 2013

Showcase Sunday #18

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.

This week I,

Bought:

    

1. Tasting Never by C.M. Stunich– Just finished reading this one. 4.5 stars. Pretty intense, but I enjoyed it!

2. Wait for You by J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)– Can't wait to read this! I love JLA!

Got as a freebie on Amazon:


Honour and Glory: The Battle for Saxony by John Lincoln– Not sure why Goodreads and the cover have different titles, but okay.