Sunday, February 26, 2017

'Scarlet' by Marissa Meyer- Review

Title: Scarlet
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2
By: Marissa Meyer
Genre: YA Dystopian/Fairy Tale Retellings

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.




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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

'Blood Moon' by Lena Hillbrand Book Release Blast


Blood Moon
Series- The Superiors # 1
Genre- New Adult Urban Fantasy
By- Lena Hillbrand
Release Date- February 1, 2017

A world divided


In a world where vampires reign supreme, humans are little more than livestock. Their sole purpose is to satisfy their masters’ appetites.


A chance encounter


When Draven Castle, a lowly vampire who owns no livestock, captures a runaway human child, he defies his government for the first time in a century and takes what is not his to take—her blood.


Fates intertwined

Years later, he encounters Cali, the same human girl, now forced to work in a dangerous profession. As the secret they shared draws him back to her time and again, he realizes they are not as different as the government would have them believe. Humans are not just brainless animals. They are people. But if he is to save Cali from her cruel master, he must do more than remember his own humanity—he must forget it.


Friday, January 27, 2017

'Blood Moon' by Lena Hillbrand Cover Reveal


Blood Moon
Series- The Superiors # 1
Genre- New Adult Urban Fantasy
By- Lena Hillbrand
Expected Release Date- February 1, 2017


A world divided

In a world where vampires reign supreme, humans are little more than livestock. Their sole purpose is to satisfy their masters’ appetites.

A chance encounter

When Draven Castle, a lowly vampire who owns no livestock, captures a runaway human child, he defies his government for the first time in a century and takes what is not his to take—her blood.

Fates intertwined



Years later, he encounters Cali, the same human girl, now forced to work in a dangerous profession. As the secret they shared draws him back to her time and again, he realizes they are not as different as the government would have them believe. Humans are not just brainless animals. They are people. But if he is to save Cali from her cruel master, he must do more than remember his own humanity—he must forget it.




Monday, January 2, 2017

Mel's Quickie Review: 'The 4th Man' by Lisa Gardner


A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, only her sneakers missing. With no physical evidence, no signs of sexual assault, and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend and two campus security guards . . . all of whom have secrets, none of whom can be proven guilty.

Ten years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner, agree to consult on the still-unsolved case, delving into deep background to comb for any clue that will lead to the woman's murderer. But with no leads and the case colder than the body, will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served?

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Mel's Musings

Even in short story/novella format, Lisa Gardner never fails to deliver a compelling, fast-paced read. As always with one of her novels, I found myself wanting more. More, more, more- of Rainie and Quincy and D.D. and more about the victim and killer and all that. But I think that goes down to the length of the story itself. It's well written, interesting and entertaining from beginning to end. It took me about a half hour to read it in its entirety. I might just be super duper excited at the glimpse of fresh material featuring Quincy and Rainie, but I really enjoyed this story. I hope maybe Lisa will give us some more crossover awesomeness in the future.

My Rating: 



About the Author: 

New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of eleven bestselling suspense novels.

Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual "Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate" Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa's latest novel. Every year, one lucky stiff is selected for literary immortality. It's cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa's website.

Lisa lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

'Home' by Aubrey Kendall Pre-Order Sale Blitz @smknowles01 @helpinghandsmel


Book Info-
Title- Home
Genre- Military Contemporary Romance
By- Aubrey Kendall
Expected Publication Date- January 5th

Blurb-
Moving into a new town as a child, Rowan befriended two boys named Greg and Mac, eventually earning the kids a nickname of the Three Musketeers. Even as they grew into adulthood, the three would continue their everlasting friendship.

Now, as adults, Greg and Rowan are married, and he has joined the military. Unexpected twists and turns take the two on a dramatic rollercoaster as Mac is on the outside looking in.

With Mac’s hands tied behind his back, all he can do is watch and be there for his friends. As the tribulations unfold, Mac is drawn in closer and needs to find a way around his own emotions.

Will their lives be the same? Will Rowan make it through the trials of heartache and pain her new life has taken?


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Sunday, December 25, 2016

'Bittersweet' by Tyffani Clark Kemp Tour : Spotlight @TyffaniCKemp @HelpingHandsMel


Title- Bittersweet
Series- The Kaveesh #1
By Tyffani Clark Kemp
Publication Date- October 15th

Blurb-
She'd reconciled her life without him. His return would be Bittersweet.

Welcome to Mother Cora’s, where the offspring of the Kaveesh learn to coexist with humans.

One hundred and twenty years ago, the Kaveesh came to Earth to save the dying planet from a disease that gorged itself on anything in its wake. Buildings crumbled to dust. Soil and plant life were consumed. Two-thirds of the Earth’s population perished.

The only thing the Kaveesh asked in return was to help save their dying race. Breeding programs began and the half-breeds were born.

Lirabel is a half-breed and an overachiever. Despite a few setbacks, she’s scheduled to graduate early from Mother Cora’s and become the Half-breed Ambassador to the Humans.

Enter Jonas. They were best friends until he broke her heart and disappeared five years ago. Now, he’s back, but Lirabel couldn’t care less. There are more important things to worry about…

Like finishing her last year of school and becoming ambassador. Or the half-bred students losing control of their Kaveesh strengths who are being sent into quarantine. Or how the breeding programs are still up and running.

And somehow, Jonas’ bittersweet return is connected to it all.

  
 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

CW's Epic (?) Crossover 'Invasion' : Review


I'm not happy people, and yes, I'm a few weeks behind as I recorded the crossover when it aired and just watched last week. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the fantastic superhero lineup on the CW. Or at least I did when they all first started. Let me explain. Arrow was the first of the four to air back in 2012, and it pulled me right in at the beginning. I was a loyal viewer. The brooding billionaire playboy with that body? Yes, I was hooked. For a while. The first two seasons had me captivated, and I never missed an episode. Season three began however and suddenly, I wasn't so thrilled with the show. I forced myself to finish the season but didn't return to it when it came back in the fall. I felt they went way off the rails and I couldn't bring myself to continue. 

When The Flash began in 2014, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the show. This was a character I knew practically nothing about and I sat down to watch it because I saw a preview and found myself intrigued by the banter amongst the supporting cast. I was hooked from that first episode. I adored Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, the always late CSI in love with his best friend/sort of sister. I still adore Barry. He's probably my favorite out of all the comic book shows that are popping up now. I have never felt let down by an episode of this show, never. Until this year's 'epic' crossover. I'll get back to that in a bit. I'm not planning on giving up on this show by any means, but I hope they turn things around after the overall blech feeling I was left with after the crossover. 

I have to be honest and admit that when Legends of Tomorrow began earlier this year, I didn't care so much. I didn't tune in. I was never a big fan of the characters being showcased (with the exception of Snart) and so I skipped it. My roommate kept telling me to watch and I would say no way, pal. They're not pulling me into another show. No. And then the first season showed up on Netflix streaming and I shrugged and decided why the hell not. It's not ever going to be my favorite show. There are moments that I groan at the unending cheesiness that boils up and over on a pretty consistent basis. But I heard they were going to do this epic crossover so I wanted to check it out. Meh. That's pretty much where I stand on this show. 

And lastly, we have my love/hate relationship with Supergirl. This show started out on a different channel and my roommate again would tell me I should check it out, even if it was only to laugh at it with him occasionally. I've never been a Superman/Supergirl fan really so I didn't find it difficult to ignore this show. Then I heard it was coming to the CW and I thought, maybe it's not so bad? The first season showed up on Netflix. I almost gave up MANY times. So. Many. Times. I found the cheesiness even worse than on Legends at some points. I did like the characters, especially the lead and her friend Winn. My roommate said to keep on track and finish the season, by the time Barry Allen shows up, you'll be hooked he said. He's such a liar. Barry showed up in episode 18. It took 18 episodes for the show to become good enough that I wanted to keep watching it. Just in time for it to be over for the season. But I stuck it out and I've been watching this season as well and while I find myself rolling my eyes a lot, I do like it.

Onto the crossover disaster they foisted on us this season. I realize they're limited by Supergirl inhabiting another Earth and all, but I don't think they should have been allowed to call that a part of the crossover at all. It was two minutes at the very end of that episode. I am dying to see Cisco, Felicity and Winn together, I can't help it. I love them. Ahem. Breaking it down point by point won't work here because I don't do spoilers. Suffice it to say, I wasn't impressed with the overall storyline of the alien invasion. There were parts that felt rushed and others that felt like they dragged on FOREVER and were so blatantly ridiculous that I had trouble with them (and I love comic books and I know you have to stop thinking realistically, I do). Everything felt very 'on the nose' and I just did not like it. I'm happy Supergirl now has a way to call them for help. That's wonderful, but that feels like the only decent thing that came out of these three episodes of dreck. Do better next time please, Greg Berlanti & associates, because I know you can. 

This is a rating of the crossover as a whole and maybe my expectations were too high, but here we are either way: