Review: Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre || Creepy and intriguing

Title: Mirror Me
Author: Tara St. Pierre
Standalone
Genre:  Paranormal, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 208 pages, Ebook
Published: July 25th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Hannah McCauley doesn’t look at herself in the mirror anymore.

After a rebellious past, she now attends a strict private school in a new town, where her recently divorced mother has put her on social lockdown. No driving. No bad grades. No skipping classes. No unapproved friends. No makeup. No boys. And the subject of her best friend from her old school is definitely forbidden.

Hannah is being punished for something that happened a year earlier, something that she would like to put behind her. But strange occurrences frighten her, and she’s accused of breaking rules and doing other terrible things without any recollection of them. No one believes her, so she starts distrusting everything, even her own reflection.

Is she being haunted by her past? Stalked by someone with a grudge? Or is it all in her head? If she doesn’t figure out what’s happening fast, her existence could end up irreparably shattered.


I had read the author’s debut novel, Just a Few Inches (you can read my review here) and absolutely fell in love with it, so when she asked me to review her 2nd book, I jumped at the opportunity. Although this book didn’t manage to wow me, it was still an enjoyable and a creepy read and like her first book, a moral to understand and learn for ourselves.

After a particular incident that totally changed Hannah’s life, her mother doesn’t trust her and neither does she trust herself anymore. But soon strange things start happening which is out of her control. She can’t remember things and she is afraid to look into her mirror. When all hell breaks loose, will Hannah be able to save herself in time or will she be lost forever?

The plot was pretty intriguing and the mystery aspect was maintained well throughout the book. Hannah is being punished by her mother she committed a year ago, she has her on high alert and even little things make her mother angry. She, herself can’t get over the past incident due to which she had to change school and completely change herself. As we read the book, we get glimpses of Hannah’s past from which we can understand that she was a completely different and notorious person from whom she is now. Although the author kept referring to the “past incident” throughout the entire book, it isn’t until the very end that the actual truth is revealed, so that was a bit repetitive indeed.

What intrigued me the most was when the strange things begin happening to her. She would wake up and find her things placed in different spots than she did last time and not remembering specific incidents. It was obvious that there was definitely something to do with the mirror and hence the title. This book definitely had its creepy moments and I was really concerned for her but as the story proceeded, it didn’t take much time for me to solve the riddle about why everything was going on which did dampen my enthusiasm a little, making it a bit predictable but it was still a fun read.

I enjoyed the other minor characters and the parts they had to play. Although Grace came up as a little bit too stuck up at first but when Hannah needed her help, she was there, though it did feel a little weird how everybody accepted the situation so easily. I wanted more of Cole which unfortunately Hannah didn’t get much either but he was a sweet character! On the other hand, I seriously didn’t like her mother, I knew she had to face things because of her but she didn’t try to understand her or cut her some slack but I did enjoy how everything wrapped up in the end.

Overall, Mirror Me was an interesting read. The plot could have been a little more fleshed out but it was executed neatly. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Keeping Kyler by Siobhan Davis || Explosive ending which left me wanting for more

Title: Keeping Kyler
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys, book 3
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format:459 pages
Expected Publication: May 29th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Nothing or no one will keep them apart…

Kyler Kennedy is in the wind.

Shocked and upset, he has taken off on a solo mission—to track down his mom’s ex and demand answers.

Faye understands what it’s like to have your world turned upside down. Determined to support her boyfriend, she gives chase. Yet nothing could prepare her for the ugly truth. Ky has always been plagued with inner demons, and as he falls apart, Faye finally discovers what he’s been hiding from her—from everyone.

When serious accusations arise, Kyler’s future hangs in the balance. But Kennedys stick together in times of crisis, and they rally around him now.

At least there is nothing to prevent Faye and Ky from being together. They go public with their relationship, but not everyone is thrilled for them. Enemies reappear, and battle lines are drawn, but Faye is ready to fight back.

No one is taking her new family from her.

Especially not a manipulative ex.

With time running out for Kyler, Faye takes matters into her own hands.

But when you play with fire, you risk getting burned.

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Please note this series is only suitable for readers age 17+ due to mature content and themes. The first three books in this series must be read together but, thereafter, every book will work as a standalone with an HEA and no cliff hanger.


This book was a wild ride and I am so glaaaad it lived up to my expectations. You can read my review of book 1: Finding Kyler, here and book 2: Losing Kyler, here.

Losing Kyler ended with another cliffhanger and I’ve waiting to get my hands on this book ever since. After finding out another shocking family evidence, Kyler takes off on his own leaving Faye in the darkness but she is not going to give up on him so soon. But fate keeps throwing them one blow after another, will their love for each other be strong enough to hold them together or will it lead them to their ultimate downfall?

“They are far from perfect, but they’re my far from perfect.”

The plot was unpredictable yet again. I was continuously on the edge and I couldn’t stop reading this book. After Kyler hears overhears another shocking truth which involves him, he takes off without thinking. What he did was reckless but I agree with Ky, it needed to be done and the chaos that followed would have happened one way or another. But he shouldn’t have kept Faye in the dark. One thing that I love about Faye is her ability of not giving up on the people she loves and trusts them. She didn’t leave his side for one second and stood there as a shield in front of Ky.

We got to see another side of Addison in this book but one way or another, she is a hell lot of twisted. Courtney is crazy, I knew that but I didn’t imagine her crazy could reach that level. Some parts felt a bit repetitive but other than that I have no complaints. This book also highlighted the fact that not only women but men could be the victim of sexual abuse as well and when I read about the particular aspect in this book, it broke my heart.

“Your scars, your flaws, your fears, your pain – they’re mine too.”

Faye and Kyler together are just indestructible. Their love for one another is so strong and they both are always ready to lay down, even their lives for one another. Their chemistry intensified much more in this book and I loved the romance between them, so freaking much! Kyler is such a romantic, he even became te mushy-gushy type but he was proud of it, now tell me who doesn’t want a guy like that? ❤

Siobhan’s ability to wrap up so many loose ends flawlessly together continues to amaze me. I mean a shitload of things went down in this book but the way they were all wrapped up in the end, I was satisfied yet in need of more and I’m glad we’ll be getting more of them in the future.

Overall, Keeping Kyler was a great read. It was hard to put in down and the plot was executed neatly. I fell in love with the characters even more in this book and I just can’t get enough of Faye and Kyler together. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait for Loving Kalvin!! We’ll finally get to see Kalvin and Lana, I’m sooo excited!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think about this book? Have you started this series yet? Or have you read any other book by this author?

Review: The Heir and the Human by Siobhan Davis

Title: The Heir and the Human

Author: Siobhan Davis

Series: Saven, book 3.1

Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Slightly warm

Page Count and Format: 97 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: September 21st 2016 by Siobhan Davis

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Axton’s existence was a lonely one until his mother brought Sadie into his life. Now, she’s the center of his universe, and he’ll do everything in his power to protect her.

But Griselda’s evil plans cast a dark shadow over their love, threatening the future he so desperately craves. With separation looming, Ax is preparing to sacrifice everything for the girl he loves. It’s a high-stakes gamble, and he needs to stay ahead of the game if he’s to outsmart his conniving mother.

Sadie has been his savior.

Now it’s his turn to save her.

Note from the author:

This is an optional novella in The Saven Series, however, I recommend reading it after Saven Defiance to maximize reading enjoyment.
This novella is narrated exclusively from Axton’s point of view and it details some of Ax and Sadie’s backstory. It also features some of the characters you have come to know and love from the main series.
This is not a standalone story and should only be read as part of the series.


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*Major spoilers for those who haven’t read the previous books in this series.*

I was a little hesitant to read this book at first seeing how Axton wasn’t my favourite character but at the same time I was curious to learn what happened back at the time when Sadie was at Tor. This book definitely didn’t disappoint.

Axton is aware of her mother’s heinous plans for Sadie. If she goes through her plan, Sadie will go through a memory wipe process before she is returned to earth for her mission to destroy Logan. But Ax and Sadie are both in love with each other and they are not ready to lose each other yet. Will Ax be able to save Sadie in time.

This book is narrated from Ax’s POV. We get to see Sadie before she was returned to earth. So many experiments were conducted on her and she had to go through tough training. Seeing Ax and Sadie together was a little weird because I can’t bear to see her with anyone except Logan. From this one thing is clear, whoever Sadie loves and cares about, she is passionately devoted to them. But I liked Ax when she was with Sadie, he was a better person with her.

Nonetheless I did like their friendship but Ax knew everything her mother was doing, maybe not the actual motive behind it but he knew everything beside that. He did try to save Sadie from his mother but I wish he had tried harder because Sadie went through a freaking lot! I loved Sadie’s friendship with Izzy and I was heartbroken to see what happened when they tried to break the rules.

But… there always remains a but when it comes to Ax, I didn’t like how he treated Sadie in the previous book, like she was something to be won over and I could see that particular voice at the end of the novella as well. Even if he becomes a martyr in the end of this series, I don’t think I will ever love this guy but this novella was definitely an interesting read and I’m glad I read it.

Overall, The Heir and the Human was a good read. I liked how everything was executed. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced. I seriously can’t wait to read Saven Declaration!!

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson

Title: Death Before Daylight

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Series: Timely Death trilogy, book 3

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 374 pages, Ebook

Published: September 15th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Two eternities. One ending.

“Harmony would only come with destruction.”
The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.
While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.
In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.


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This book was everything that I wanted it to be! It was intense, sooo many things happened, so many revelations, I loved every single bit of it!

*A bit spoilery for those who haven’t read the previous books in this series.*

In the third and last installment of the Timely Death trilogy, Jessica has gotten back her memory but it has triggered something else as well. A new problem arises as Jessica is forced to choose between the Light and the Dark. With new revelations, chaos is ensured but someone has to die to ensure the balance between the Light and the Dark is restored once again. Will Jessica and Eric be successful or will it ultimately lead them to their downfall?

The plot was spot on! The story picks up from where book 2, Seconds Before Sunrise left off. Jessica has gotten back her memory but Darthon kidnaps Eric and Jessica and takes them to the Light realm. Something or the other continued happening and it was hard to put down this book! So many truths came out in this book and I was glad that all of my questions were answered. Eric and Jessica had to face more difficulties than the other, I hated Darthon even more when he controlled Eric’s voice but I loved how much they trusted each other. I simply loved them together!

“We were together even when we were apart.”

-Jessica

I was mostly right about Zac and Robb and like Jessica I did the same mistake as well, the plot twist was pretty awesome, I really wasn’t expecting it but I liked how everything turned out. The appearance of a new breed increased my curiosity, Jada was a great character and although I was a little unsure about her in the first but then I loved her and I was surprised the hell out when I learned about her human identity, I didn’t even think that for a second! But it was an awesome surprise!

The impending fight finally happened and I liked the way it was executed. I loved Jonathan and Jessica’s friendship and I loved how he trusted and supported her as a guard and a friend. Jessica handled everything maturely in this book. The final fight was intense and I was freaking afraid for a second but everything flowed out just the way I liked. The ending was not what I was expecting but I was left satisfied.

Overall, Death Before Daylight was a fantastic last installment in the Timely Death trilogy! The plot was great and the characters were interesting and I was intrigued throughout the book. Although there isn’t much romance but I loved every bit of Eric and Jessica together. The writing was smooth and it was fast paced throughout the book. I seriously can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!!


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Review: Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

Title: Seconds Before Sunrise

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Series: Timely Death trilogy, book 2

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 277 pages, Ebook

Published: August 25th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”
Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.
Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.


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This book was such a great ride! I enjoyed reading every bit of it and it managed to keep me interested throughout the book!

*A little spoilery for those who haven’t read book 1 yet.*

Seconds Before Sunrise picks up from where book 1 was left off. Jessica doesn’t remember about what happened within the past few months after her memory wipe off. Eric has a hard time dealing with this fact. But even with no memory Jess is attracted to Eric as she always was. When a shocking truth is revealed, it becomes necessary to give back her memory but will they they be able to save Jess or will it be too late this time?

The plot was pretty great and it was neatly executed! I enjoyed the storyline. Jess doesn’t remember the past few months after she recommended the memory wipe off to keep everybody safe but she’s having nightmares which are actually some flashbacks from her past. Even without no memory of Eric, Jess cared for him the same way as she did in Minutes Before Sunset. I liked this factor a lot! It was actually great to see how Jess reacted to Eric this time without remembering anything but for Eric it was pretty painful.

The big revelation was pretty shocking! I didn’t even think about the plot twist, I knew something big was coming but I couldn’t comprehend that could happen. Nonetheless I loved how the author included the twist. I was excited for the prophetic fight, it didn’t go the way I was expecting but after the shocking reveal I could understand. I can’t wait to see how everything goes.

I enjoyed the characters as well. I liked Jess, although without the memory she was a little bit different, she didn’t have the confidence like her old self but I liked that she was curious enough to find out. I loved Eric as usual and I loved the chemistry between them! I was okay with Robb but after what he did in this book, I seriously hate him! Also, I don’t like Zac at all, I’m not sure but I think something’s just off about him.

Overall, Seconds Before Sunrise was a great second installment! I loved the plot and the characters kept me interested. I like how the things flowed out in this book. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to finish the third and last book in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Title: Minutes Before Sunset

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Series: Timely Death trilogy, book 1

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 294 pages, Ebook

Published: July 28th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing

Source: Purchased (Kindle free deal)

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.


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This book was fairly a surprise. I definitely enjoyed the ride. And the loved the twist about the Light and the Dark. It’s fair to say that it turned out to be a pretty interesting read.

Jessica or Jess knows she is different but she’s more keen on finding about the mysterious accident that led to her biological parents’ death. Meanwhile, Eric knows his time is limited because he’s a shade and the first descendant of the Dark and he has to fight the Light in order to restore the balance, at least that’s what the prophecy says. But when he meets another mysterious shade who’s totally oblivious about her origin, Eric understand there’s something more going on but they both can’t stay away from each other. Will he be able to find out about her original identity or is their love story doomed from the start?

The plot was really enjoyable and unpredictable! I loved the way the story started and how it flowed smoothly throughout the book. I was engaged from the start and the author kept me curious enough to see where the story was headed. Jessica is quite a loner until she meets Crystal and Robb. But it’s Eric Welborn that she can’t get out of her mind. I enjoyed the mysterious aspect of the story, although I did figure out who was who, but it was still pretty interesting to read about. I am definitely intrigued to know more about Jess’s past and about her parents.

I liked Jess, she was a pretty great character but Eric stole the show. I loved his character, although he was brooding mysterious type at first, he did reveal his real self to Jessica. I did like the romance although it was not a major influence.

But I would have liked to know about the state where Eric morphs into his real self when he turns into a shade, his real self- Shoman. I was thinking it was something avatar-ish though we get a good glimpse about that in book two which was a relief. I didn’t quite like the decision that Jess took at the end, I know she wanted what was good for everyone but it kind of seemed a little bit silly, I mean it was a bit of a risky decision. Nonetheless, I am interested to see how this trilogy proceeds.

Overall, Minutes Before Sunset was a great read! I loved the plot and the characters kept me interested. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was fast throughout the book which made it an easy read. I can’t wait to finish this trilogy!

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: PLAY by Piper Lawson

Title: PLAY

Author: Piper Lawson

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Page Count and Format: 200 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: September 14th, 2016

Purchase Link: Amazon

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I’m Payton Blake. A successful, balanced twenty-something living the dream.

OK. So it’s a big, shiny-ass lie.

I could be all of those things. If I had friends outside of work. And if I didn’t mainline watermelon slushies like they were a food group. It wouldn’t hurt if I’d had sex in the last year, either. (My best friend insists Jorge the Nightstand Boyfriend doesn’t count.)

But when you know where you’re headed, who needs to enjoy the ride? Even if part of me longed for a little between-the-sheets adventure, Max Donovan would be the last guy I’d call.

Sure, he made the indie video game that broke the internet. His eyebrow piercing’s sexy, in an ‘are-you-in-a-band?’ kind of way, and fighting with him gets me off faster than Jorge on bezerker mode. But he’s arrogant. Presumptuous. Colder than a cactus and twice as prickly. And I’m not talking about his face, because the guy’s barely old enough to shave.

None of it changes the fact that I crave Max Donovan like a watermelon slushy on a hot summer day.

I should ignore him. But I can’t, because he just became my biggest client. And whether he’ll admit it or not, he needs me even more than I need him.

So what happens when the girl who lives to work goes head-to-head with the guy who was born to PLAY?

Game on, Max Donovan.


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Piper Lawson has done it once again! PLAY was so much fun! It was a great ride from the very beginning. And I loved every moments of it.

Payton just got a promotion but she is not that thrilled because now she has to face the constant competition of Avery, one of her colleagues. On top of that she has been assigned to Max, her new client and she has to win this deal if she wants to stay put. And Max is not someone who is easy to deal with. But even with his attitude Payton can’t seem to stop thinking about him. They are both surprised when sparks fly between them. Can something actually happen between two people so different from each other?

I enjoyed the plot very much! It was a light-hearted and a fun read. Payton works at a firm where they offer loans for developing companies and if she manages to finalize the deal with Max who is the creator of a very popular video game and he is making another one to top that list, then she might have a shot at winning the bonus which she desperately needs. But dealing with Max is not an easy task as she thought it would be. I loved how the story was executed, there was not a single dull moment. I liked the banter between them, it was so much fun to read about. I also loved how their relationship slowly developed and the chemistry between them was undeniable.

Payton was a great character, but she loved to stay in control and Max was the complete opposite, he didn’t have any idea about the day or time if he immersed himself in working or playing a video game. But when they started to look past their walls they discover they have some things in common that they thought was impossible. I loved their moments at Comic Con and the way Max confessed was so, so great! It melted my heart.

I don’t have a single complaint about this book. I enjoyed reading about the other characters as well. Charlie was a great friend to Payton and I loved their friendship. I also loved how Charlie pulled pranks on Avery at every chance she got because he bothered her best friend. Though I am actually hoping to see something between them because it was actually fun to see how they reacted.

Overall, PLAY was a fantastic read! The plot was thoroughly entertaining from the beginning and the characters were pretty awesome as well. I loved Payton and Max and I absolutely enjoyed the romance between them. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. Seriously, she is one of the best NA authors ever and an inspiration to me. I can’t wait to read more books by her in the future.

Recommend it?

Yes!


Excerpt:

“You forgot to give me feedback.” I hovered a few feet from Max’s desk, waiting.

He lifted a shoulder under the tight t-shirt, sparing me the briefest glance before turning back to his computer. “It didn’t light me on fire.”

The stab of disappointment was real. I’d spent hours working on that presentation. Days.

“Lighting you on fire isn’t my job,” I reminded him coolly.

Max turned to rest his irritated gaze on me. “Feeding your ego isn’t my job. You wanted my opinion, and I gave it to you. I treat you exactly like anyone else who works at Titan.”

Max’s apartment was empty except for us, and silent but for the low chords bleeding through the sound system. “Do you seriously believe that? If you do, you’re the only one.”

He stilled, eyes narrowing. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

“Never mind. I’m out of here.”

“Payton.” The sharpness had me stopping next to the pool table.

Max crossed the office until he was on top of me. His body blocked the overhead light, making his taut expression even darker. His smell, woodsy with a little spice underneath, invaded my senses.

“What?” My retort was breathy.

I remembered how his hands had felt on my neck. He could be patient, gentle.

He wasn’t now. Dark brows drew together on his face, a mask of frustration. But that mouth…

His mouth was just parted, revealing the curve of that lip he liked to brush as if he didn’t know it killed me.

Fuck, I wanted to bite it.

Hard.

Max reached out a hand, his fingers sliding into my hair near my scalp. A rush of pleasure coursed through my body.

I wanted to watch his face but couldn’t help the way my eyelids started to drift shut, my lips parting as his hand moved through the waves hanging loose at my back.

Until I felt him tug the ends, hard enough to make me gasp as my eyes flew open.

Max wasn’t as unaffected as he pretended to be. I knew it from the way his black pupils had taken over his eyes, the way a muscle twitched in his jaw.

Boldness surged through me as I found my voice.

“What game are we playing now, Max?” I taunted.

His mouth crushed down on mine.

Every thought ran out of me until I was empty, like the open can of Riley’s energy drink I’d spilled earlier. I couldn’t think. Only feel Max’s mouth, firm and a little desperate as it moved over mine.

His tongue pressed against the seam of my lips until I opened on a shallow breath. He tasted like mint and something darker as his hands gripped my hips, pulling me to him so his thick erection pressed against my thigh.

Max Donovan was the guy who made me tear my hair out, and work my ass off, and put new batteries in my vibe. He also kissed me like he had a right to do it, his arms hard and unyielding around me.

I reached a shaky hand up to touch the side of his face, determined to push him away.

Or pull him closer.


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Review: The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes || Plus Interview!

Title: The Ugly Teapot

Author: Fred Holmes

Series: The Ugly Teapot, book 1: Hannah [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Magic Realism, [Middle Grade]

Heat Rating: N/A

Page Count and Format: 205 pages, Ebook

Published: March 30th 2016

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Bradbury loved her father so much that she worried about him constantly. After all, he was a photographer who traveled to the most dangerous places in the world.

To allay her fears, each time he came home he brought her silly gifts, each one with supposed magical powers: the Seal of Solomon, the Ring of Gyges, even Aladdin’s Lamp. It was that lamp Hannah found the most unbelievable, for it looked like an ugly teapot. Nevertheless, her father assured her it was real, and made her promise to save her three wishes for something very special.

Then . . . six months later . . . the unthinkable happened. Her father was killed while on assignment to Baghdad. And so on the day of his funeral Hannah did something she never thought she would ever do.

She took out that teapot and gave it a rub . . .

The Ugly Teapot by Fred Holmes is a timeless tale, filled with magic and adventure. More importantly, it will make you believe in the overwhelming power of love.


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I don’t usually read Middle Grade books, I don’t know why but I haven’t give it much a try. But something about this book called to me and I wanted to give it a try! I am sooo glad I said yes to read this book because this was such magical experience that I am never going to forget!

Hannah had received an ugly teapot from her father the year before that he had claimed to be magical. Now he is no more and Hannah can’t bear that fact. So with one last push she decides to test the teapot’s magical properties and try bringing her father back to life. And woosh! Within sometimes she is whisked into a magical adventure along with his father that is going to change her life forever. Well is she manages to make it back alive!

First of all, the plot was magical! I enjoyed it so, sooo much! I enjoyed every element of this story, it was so much fun to read about and I loved the fact that it was quite unpredictable. It managed to surprise me throughout the entire book. The magical realism part was handled really well and it was just so great! Hannah can’t imagine a world without her father who is a photographer and travels throughout the world. But when the unthinkable happens, Hannah feels crushed. I felt so bad for that little girl. I could understand the pain that she was going through. Nonetheless, every time Hannah’s dad came back from an assignment he bought something for Hannah and the last time he got her an ugly teapot which he claimed was Aladdin’s magic lamp. Hannah doesn’t believe in those things but this time she decided to take a leap of faith.

I enjoyed the adventure that Hannah embarked with her father so much. I adored Hannah. She was such a great character. I felt like a little girl myself, on an adventure while I was reading this book. The experience was surreal. Hannah was such a strong and caring character. She was ready to do anything for her dad whom she considered her hero. I can’t say much without giving out the story but you guys have to read this one, believe me!  All the characters were fleshed out really well, I liked Hannah’s dad. I could understand why Hannah loved her dad soo much. Despite the adventure with her father, the last portion where Hannah understood the bond which she shared with her mother made me cry. It was so heartfelt!

Overall, The Ugly Teapot was a fantastic read! I loved the plot from the very beginning and there was not a single dull moment in this book. It managed to hold my interest as one thing or the other was constantly happening. I adored the characters, especially Hannah! The writing beautiful and it felt like a vivid picture was painted in front of my eyes. The pace was fast and I loved the overall ride! This book changed my view on the middle grade category and I am definitely going to give MG more a try! Last but not the least, I am so excited to read the next adventure in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!


And now I present to you guys the lovely Q&A that I’m glad the author agreed to do! Without any further ado, here it is! I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as I did!

Author Interview:

1. Describe your story to the readers in a line or two.

THE UGLY TEAPOT is the story of a young girl who goes on a magical adventure with her father. There is just one problem. Her father died a month ago.

2. Which authors were your inspiration?

There are so many authors I absolutely love it’s difficult to narrow them down. But high on my list would be Terry Pratchett, George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfus, and Neil Gaiman. The author who inspired TEAPOT was Ray Bradbury. He wrote a wonderful book called DANDELION WINE, and it is one of my favs. Years ago, a friend of mine was working with him on a movie version of THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. The movie didn’t get made, but my friend got Mr. Bradbury to autograph a copy of DANDELION WINE for me, and it is one of my prize possessions. In homage to Mr. Bradbury, I named the town in TEAPOT Green Park, after the Green Town of DANDELION WINE, and I named my family Bradbury.

3. The Ugly Teapot is a pretty interesting story. How did you come up with such an intriguing idea?

The story sprang from tragedy. My brother died very young and his death was very difficult for me. That was decades ago, and I’m still not over it. I wanted to write a story that would accomplish two things: help me through my grief, and help others as well. The story itself came from my love of fairy tales. I wanted to write a timeless tale that had elements of the stories I read as a child, but had a modern sensibility. I enjoy urban fantasy, and am intrigued by the idea that magic exists all around us all of the time, we’ve just lost our ability to see it. I love stories like THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, that start in the real world, take you into a fantasy realm, then bring you back. If you’ve never read Joseph Campbell’s HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES, you should. It talks about the commonality that exists in stories told all over the world, and is an excellent primer on the mythological structure of a story.

4. Are you as adventurous as Hannah’s father?

I do love a good adventure. It is one of the few pure joys in this world, in my opinion. I have been fortunate because my profession (I write and direct television documentaries, etc.) has taken me all over the world, and along the way I have had some pretty exciting adventures–more than I could possibly relate in this short interview! Some of these places were very dangerous, and I’ve had a few close calls, but I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.

5. What was the most challenging aspect that you faced while writing The Ugly Teapot?

There were many challenges in writing TEAPOT, but one of the most challenging was keeping the real world and the fantasy world “in sync”. What I mean by this is that once Hannah completely immerses herself in the fantasy world, her link to the real world slips, such that time passes differently for her and her mother. I tried to make this disparity seamless, but if you look at the two timelines closely, you will see they do not match. This was by design.

6. What is the thing that you love the most about our protagonist Hannah?

I adore her bravery and tenacity and her willingness to risk death to save her father. But most of all, I love the fact that even though she was often terrified out of her wits, she never let this stop her from doing the right thing. This is something I believe we can all identify with. There is nothing wrong with being afraid. Fear is nature’s way of telling us to be careful. But what separates the great from the mediocre is that the great continue on despite their fear. Perhaps this is why my favorite character in the HARRY POTTER series isn’t Harry Potter. It’s Hermione Granger. Not only did she have a brilliant mind, she was fearless. She weighed the odds, adopted a plan, and moved forward.

7. Are you working on any new project that the readers should be aware of?

Oh yes! I’m almost finished with the sequel to THE UGLY TEAPOT, and I love it even more than the first one. This is mainly because my new heroine is my homage to Hermione Granger. She is freaking brilliant, but also fearless–which is good because she faces some insurmountable odds. I can’t tell you any more than that, but if you enjoyed the first TEAPOT, you will adore the second!

(I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear that!!)

8. What is your advice for aspiring writers?

A lot of people will give you advice on character and conflict and on good writing habits. The internet is bulging with writers giving other writers advice. I prefer to talk about why you should write. And I guess I would want to say that as writers, our stories are our gifts to the next generation, so make them good gifts. In a world in which so many people use their creativity to harm others, be one of those who gives something of value to others. Write stories that serve a grand purpose—that spread joy and happiness. I know I probably sound like a hippy from the sixties, and if I do, thank you for the complement. But those of us who write have been given a unique opportunity. We get to create worlds that have never existed, and to populate those worlds with flesh and blood characters who go on to accomplish worthwhile goals. If you do your job right, people all over the world, people you will never meet, will be impacted by your stories in a positive way. And what a rare and beautiful gift that is!

You guys can check out the book trailer here.


Author Bio:

THE UGLY TEAPOT is Fred Holmes’s first fiction novel, having previously ghost written a nonfiction book, LETTERS FROM DAD, published by Thomas Nelson. He is known primarily as a writer and director of films and television, working primarily in family films and children’s television. His work can be seen on Mary Lou Retton’s FLIP FLOP SHOP, BARNEY & FRIENDS, WISHBONE, HORSELAND, IN SEARCH OF THE HEROES, and many other shows, for which he has won two Emmys and three CINE Golden Eagles, among numerous other awards. He has also directed three feature films, including DAKOTA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips, distributed by Miramax, and HEART LAND, a Bollywood feature film shot on location in India. He lives with his wife and son in the southwest United States, and can be found online at http://www.flholmes.com.

Author Links:

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Purchase Link:

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