May 21, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Zoe and Zak and the Tiger Temple by @Lars_Gu + Tour #Giveaway!


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Here we go again! It's another fun tour from CBB Book Promotions and I've got a review for you, plus there's a giveaway! Enjoy!


Zoe & Zak
and the
Tiger Temple

by Lars Guignard
Narrated by Sonja Field


Publication Date: Jan. 9, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Series: Zoe & Zak Adventures #3
Format: Audiobook
Source: Received for free from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review


DeeJay's Rating
✭✭
So fun and entertaining!


Zoe and Zak have learned some things since their first semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy in India: #1 Don't trust the parrots. #2 Don't eat the food. #3 And most importantly . . . don't stick around if something crawls out of the lava hole beneath your school. 

Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, the seventh graders are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock, their boarding school high in the Himalayan mountains where impossible things seem to happen on a regular basis. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies. Things take a turn for the worse when Zak becomes deathly ill after an encounter with a strange floating bubble. 


On returning to Moonstock, Zoe and Zak discover that a creature has come through the lava hole far below their dormitory. When Zoe and Zak follow the creature, they soon learn what they must do. They have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth--the Tiger Eye of Justice. Finding the Tiger Eye sounds like an impossible mission, and it's only made more confusing when Zak discovers that he has been given a powerful gift to help with the task. But Zak's new gift is a double-edged sword, and if Zoe and Zak don't find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak's time will run out. The Tiger Temple takes Zoe and Zak deep into an exotic world of magical enchantment and heart-pounding action. It promises to be the most thrilling Zoe and Zak adventure yet. (Goodreads)

I've found another great Middle Grade series, it appears. Though I came into this series late (book #3 was my first read), I'm sold off of this one book. Did it have a little something to do with the fact that it was an audiobook? Probably, and here's why.

May 20, 2014

She has the power to heal. Goddess Born by Kari Edgren #paranormal #romance


goddess born cover Goddess Born
Pennsylvania, 1730
Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.
A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it’s Selah’s sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there’s no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.

Giveaway Book Blast: The Art of Lainey by @pstokesbooks #romance

May 8, 2014

Giveaway Blitz: FLAME by @WildClarissa #romance

DeeJay Reviews: Cutlass by @AshleymNixon + Tour #Giveaway!


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Excited to be a part of another great blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Not only do I have a review for you today, there is also a giveaway with three great prize packs, one that includes a darling octopus mug! You can enter to win it below!



CUTLASS
by Ashley Nixon


Publication Date: April 23, 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Cutlass #1
Source: Received for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review


DeeJay's Rating
✭✭
As much fun as expected!

Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancĂ© seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.

Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancĂ© to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.
But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient. (Goodreads)

Pirates. That one word was all I needed to sign up to review this book. Once again, I'm happy I did. Although I kept putting the book down causing me to take forever to read it, it wasn't because it lacked in any way. It didn't. It was as entertaining as I hoped for!

We start off with the notorious pirate Barren terrorizing the seas around Maris in an attempt to lure out his brother William so he can run him through with a sword. Why does Barren want to kill his brother? That's a secret you must read the book to find out. I will say, that I felt Barren's pain. If my brother had done what his did, my brother would be the first name to check off of my hit list too.

At the beginning of the story, Barren's revenge drives everything he does. Until he decides to kidnap Larkin Lee, the daughter of a powerful man and his brother's fiancee. Their first encounter was quite entertaining. Though beautiful and proper, Larkin is trained in swordplay. You can only imagine how much fun it was when Barren found that out. For us, not for him. From there it only gets better. Larkin is set in her beliefs that she knows what pirates are all about, but through their adventures she finds out she's had it all wrong. Among other things...

Both Barren and Larkin find out some shocking secrets along the way to Barren's revenge and finding the Bloodstone for the king. Not everyone is who they say they are and it becomes difficult to know whom they can trust. Both have been lied to most of their lives so the more they find out, the less they trust those that they've put their faith in. I honestly didn't see some of these twists coming though I knew that there would be some sort of resolution at the end.

As much as I liked it, Cutlass was missing something. It wasn't the action-adventure because it had that by the truckloads. I think it may have been the character development. Though I liked the characters, I think they were all kind of...shallow...in a way. There was no true depth to any of them. If anyone had depth it was Leaf, an elven prince, and Barren's BFF and quartermaster. But we didn't get to learn as much about him as I would have liked. Bah! It's kind of hard to explain. I guess I wanted to know more about their purpose in life. Sure, the pirates wanted to uphold the ideal of freedom and choices. But is that all? I just wonder if the only purpose they will have in this trilogy is Saoirse and finding the Bloodstone.

Regardless, I liked this book and I'm happy to add another great fantasy to my "READ" list. I liked the plot and the flow of the story, but I do hope for a little more of the lovey-dovey in future books. Either way, I'll be reading them for sure.
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Meet Ashley Nixon
Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. When she’s not writing, she’s hard at work on her Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.

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May 5, 2014

DeeJay Reviews: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor


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Daughter of
Smoke & Bone

by Laini Taylor


Publication Date: Sept. 27, 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Series: Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Source: Purchased


DeeJay's Rating
✭✭
Absolutely Enthralling!

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hairactually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
 (Goodreads)

Yes, I'm one of the late ones. I just read this book like a month ago and I'm not sure why someone didn't kick me in the head and make me read it earlier. Even though the characters weren't to die for, the rest of it was amazing. I loved it. It's as simple as that.

2 Giveaways: BEND, An Anthology from The Erotica Consortium. #giveaway #erotica #99cents