Favorite by Karen MsQuestion Book Review

Favorite by [McQuestion, Karen]

Title- Favorite

Author- Karen McQuestion

Genre- Ya Mystery

Purchase Links- Amazon

Five years have passed since sixteen-year-old Angie Favorite’s mother disappeared without a trace. Since that day, Angie has managed to go through the motions of everyday life—until the summer morning when she’s abducted from a mall parking lot. Angie narrowly escapes, and her attacker is arrested, but he takes his life in jail before he can offer an explanation for his crime. When his mother contacts Angie, begging forgiveness on her son’s behalf, the girl agrees to meet with her in hopes of finding answers to the seemingly random attack. But when she arrives at the family’s massive estate, she is overcome by an unshakeable sense of foreboding…

Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, Favorite is an engrossing young adult novel in which nothing—and no one—is as it seems.

16 year old Angie Favorite is 16 years old and lives with her grandmother and older brother. Her father is too busy trying to make it big as a rock star with is band and her disappeared 5 years ago. While running errands for her Grandmother is attacked and the mystery that unfolds is a truly twisted tale with Misery vibes.

The Sweet and Sour-

I found this young adult mystery to be engaging and slightly addicted though the beginning of the book starting off a bit slow for my taste. While it does take the author a bit to flesh out the story and plot once she does it is a fast paced and intriguing mystery. The author is able to make you second guess yourself and your gut with some amazing plot twist that surprise you at every turn.

The author creates an eerie and mysterious environment that in my opinion brings a certain Misery meets Pretty Little Liar vibe to the story. I really enjoyed cracking the mystery that is Where is Angie’s Mother and the end will shock even the most experienced mystery reader!

I would recommend this to any reader who loves a good mystery!

Rating 4 out of 5 Cupcakes

 

Karen McQuestion has written books for kids, teens, and adults, and is published in print, ebook, and audio through Amazon Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Brilliance Audio. Many of her titles have spent time on the top 100 Kindle list. Her publishing story has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and the NPR show, The Story with Dick Gordon. She has also appeared on ABC’s World News Now and America This Morning. She lives with her family in Hartland, Wisconsin.

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Just One Bite By Nora Snowdon Book Review

Just One Bite: Dances With Werewolves Book One by [Snowdon, Nora]

Title- Just One Bite

Author- Nora Snowdon

Genre- Paranormal Rom Com

Purchase Link- Amazon

Rosie has an amazing one-night-stand with the most perfect man. Ever. He’s gorgeous, funny and really seems to like her. Then she overhears that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant and he’s being forced into a shotgun wedding. Hell, the only good thing that came out of that night she met Lucas, was the mangy dog who now jogs with her. He may be an odd looking mutt, but at least he’s a good listener.

Lucas adores Rosie but she hates him because she thinks he’s a lying sleaze who cheated on his fiancée. Nothing could be further from the truth. Not to mention, Rosie would freak out if she found out he’s a werewolf.

The other problem is, she only likes her jogging partner the wolf, and not the man. But damn, how do you woo a woman if all you can do is bark?

“Witty and warm-hearted, Just One Bite is a fun romantic comedy that will have you howling with laughter.” Helen Frost and Don Macleod, Screenwriters of Hallmark’s Just In Time For Christmas

Just One Bite is the first book in the Dances With Werewolves series. It is a paranormal romantic comedy with adult situations and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

The Sweet-

I found this novella to be incredibly cute and funny and just the lighthearted kind of read needed for the month of February.  The author is able to jam this short read full of romance, humor and some pretty schmexy scenes.

Our heroine Rosie is very relatable to romance readers. She isn’t a size two, 6 feet tall or drop dead gorgeous and lives a pretty low-key life with a boring job. She is also very vulnerable and has a lot of self-doubt and is afraid to put her heart on the line.

Lucas is your typical alpha with a twist. He is extremely handsome, rich and intelligent but also has his own chip one his shoulder and is very caring and tender. I absolutely loved the way the author is able to merge pack dynamics along with your typical over zealous and involved close-knit family.

Ths book had everything I look for in a Rom-Com- Snark, Laughter and of course steamy love scenes with just the perfect amount of sex not over done. I would recommend this book to any reader who loves a read that makes you smile and for those who love theirs books to have a paranormal touch to them

Rating 5 out of 5 cupcakes!

Living in New York and Toronto, Nora Snowdon was a jerk of all trades–one week hawking toys at major toy conventions, the next in a high-end jewelry store pandering to the rich. She worked in the financial market, gambling dens, food service industry and sold shoes. During these years she also either appeared in or directed over twenty-five plays.
Then Nora moved to the wet coast, took up health foods (dark chocolate and red wine) and became a Writer of Elegant Smut. Her ambition is to become a crazy cat lady and wine hoarder, not necessarily in that order.
You can read more about Nora at http://www.norasnowdon.com

Trigger Warnings- What they are and why they are so important.

Recently I bought a novel by an author but the thing is I try to stay away from reading the actual reviews because I am always so scared that the book will be spoiled for me. I do check to see how many 5 star reviews a book has and such but never read the actual reviews. In this case had I read the reviews it would have saved me A LOT of frustration as well as $4.99.

Like a lot of readers out there the cover and synopsis pulled me in. I knew that the story had sex and erotica. That is not my complaint I have read plenty of sexy novels and enjoyed them because the stories and plots are well written. What I did not know about this particular book is that with in 10 percent of the novel there would be a horrific rape. Not only is the main character  kidnapped and raped but it is glamorized. I could not bring it in me to continue to read the book. I was mortified and honestly it triggered me in the most horrible way as a victim of violence in the past. It gave me nightmares and I could not stop picturing it in my mind.

This is why in my opinion Trigger warnings are MUCH needed labels. When I explained  to my boyfriend whom I live with why I was so upset he was dumbfounded and asked what the rating was. See my boyfriend is a gamer and he automatically thought that books are rated liked video games- when I explained that it doesn’t work like that he asked why not?

So that is my question- we make sure to rate everything from television shows to music and games why are trigger warnings (or ratings) being overlooked and  left out when it comes to our books? Now I know there is a market out there for books that feature things like rape fantasies and erotica and in no way am I turning my nose up at readers who enjoy reading those kind of novel but I think that as a reader who is not into that kind of trope I should be given the heads up BEFORE purchasing the book and finding out the hard way.

Trigger warnings are a very much needed addition to synopsis’. It doesn’t have to be in BIG and BOLD lettering but it should be at the very bottom, Readers should not be afraid that they will be triggered by simply doing what the love- reading a new to them book or author. You should feel safe, you should be able to read with out fear of words on a page giving you false backs or nightmares of a traumatic event in your life.

So I open up for a discussion- How do you feel about trigger warnings?

Shifter’s University by K.R. Thompson Review

Shifter's University by [Thompson, K.R.]

Title- Shifter’s University

Author- K.R. Thompson

Genre- Paranormal Ya

Purchase Link- Amazon

 

Dragons, magic, and more…

Welcome to Shifter’s University!

Claire Pratten has a secret—one that she’s never shared with a soul. Whenever she is frightened, her “other” self comes out. Normally she has no problem hiding what she is, but lately life at her foster home has gotten harder and keeping her secret is getting tougher.

Logan Fairmont is a dragon shifter and more than accustomed to looking out for himself—and others. In fact, he is one of the few Imperium University students tasked with spending weekends in the city, searching for young shapeshifters on the edge of revealing their magic to the human race. When he finds Claire, Logan knows she will need the help of the University and its teachers to blend into society.

He thinks he knows what she is.

But magic is never quite so simple.

Claire has a secret that keeps her from getting to close to anyone except for her foster brother and her best friend. This secret is hard to control but has saved her life plenty from her abusive, alcoholic foster father, but for how long? How long can she survive? Her foster brother is gone more and more lately and her foster father anger only get worst with each passing day. When two strangers knock on her door offering her a escape and a better life she’s skeptical. Especially when they seem to know her secret.

Logan is a loner, true to his dragon nature, but something stirs inside him when he sets eyes on the shy red head. Something makes him want to protect her from the world which is unusual considering the nature of dragon shifters. He can’ seem to leave her behind and will do everything in his power to get her to Imperium University, even if it means possibly getting kicked out himself.

The Sweet-

I found this story to be unique and new when it comes to the world of shifters. The author is able to create a world where shirters have  more depth and the story itself lends to the world getting a better understanding of the shifter world and magic as well.

The author us able to capture teen angst and weave it effortlessly in to her story that combines your regular high school troubles with magic, darkness and turmoil. She is able to create an original world where shifters are elemental as well as magical.

I found the story itself to be a great way to start a series. We are just getting to know these characters and thier world when it is drowned in darkness and they must either sink or swim.

The Sour-

Though I enjoyed the story at times I felt it was rushed. The author seemed to want the story to move along quickly. With this being the first in the series I feel like it should have been the perfect time to story build and allow the story to move aat its own pace.

Rating- 4 out of 5 cupcakes

I would recommend this story to anyone who loves paranormal Ya stories with romance.

K.R. Thompson was raised in the mountains of rural Virginia. She resides in Bland County with her husband, son, two cats and an undeterminable amount of chickens. She is an avid reader, firm believer of magic, and still watches for evidence of Bigfoot in the mud of Wolf Creek. She can be found on her website– http://authorkrthompson.wix.com/theke…

Magic Runes by Devyn Jayse Review

Magic Runes by [Jayse, Devyn]

Title- Magic Runes

Author- Devyn Jayse

Genre- Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal

Purchase Link- Amazon

Meet Carmen Rebello – Rune Witch, owner of the best magic store in Barcelona, and black sheep of her family.

When Carmen successfully removes a spell from a bewitched human, she never thought she would get ensnared in an ongoing Supernatural Bureau of Investigation case. Her life is already complicated by trying to stay hidden from her powerful family members, Carmen can’t afford the attention of joining the investigation but the SBI insist on her involvement. Add an annoying (but hot) SBI agent and her life is getting more difficult by the day. Can she help the SBI without exposing her identity?

Magic Runes is the intriguing first novel in the Magic Runes series. If you enjoy stories filled with supernatural creatures, magic and mystery, and a sprinkle of romance in an urban fantasy setting, this is the book for you!

Carmen Rebello is just trying to make a life for herself and keep her shop in the black. she is a rune witch and owns a magic shop in Barcelona. Her shop is beginning to become a hit among the locals and even the tourist. She keeps herself under the radar and makes a good profit. That is until she sees a non magical human with a deathly curse. She can not bring herself to ignore someone in pain and in need of her help. Unraveling the runes of the spell placed on this woman leads her to a world of trouble and risks her past coming back to haunt her.

The Sweet-

I was on the hunt for a short read but a GOOD short read. I wanted something to read while I waited for my meds to kick in and I drifted off to sleep. I think picking this was a HUGE mistake! Why? Well reading this book in bed kept me awake until I finished it! I fought through the droopy eyes and tiredness because I wanted no NEEDED to finish this book! The author is able to create such a deep and engaging world in such a shot time.

The plot was original and addictive taking the reader for a bumpy albeit short ride full of twist and turns. I really enjoyed getting to know Carmen and her world. I found the authors writing style to be quite a bit of fresh air and I thoroughly enjoyed the book!

The Sour-

For me the book seemed a little rushed, just tad bit. The end seemed to wrap up a bit to neatly and honestly I think maybe 10-20 more pages would have done wonders!

Another thing that bothered me was the many missed grammar and spelling issues. One or two mistakes can be found in even the best of authors work however there were SO many errors and SO many mistakes that had the author not been as great a story teller I would for sure have stopped reading.

Rating 3.5 stars out of 5.

 I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good witchy read with a bad ass witch!

 

Devyn Jayse is the author of the Dare Valari and Magic Runes series.

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