Monthly Archives: June 2012

A review of Jason Brant’s Gehenna


Jason Brant did not disappoint. Gehenna is a book like no other I have ever read. Zombies, prostitutes, and cowboys in the old west…who would have thought of that? Well, apparently Jason did, and boy did he do it well. This book grabs you from the very first page. The characters are well thought out, the ride wild, and the losing your lunch optional, though I almost lost mine.

The very beginning starts off like so many historical romances, believe it or not. The first few pages leave you totally unprepared for what is only a few pages away. The main character, Karen, is introduced as a smart prostitute in a brothel. The brothel owner, Ellis, is berating her for scaring off customers. He tells her, “You got to be the worst hooker I ever had” as well as, “I knew I should have taken those books away from you. Women got no place learnin’ from those things. Nothin’ good comes from it.” You can tell it is all bluster because he treats his girls well, and has a soft spot for Karen. He was actually one of my favorite characters.

I love Karen. She is just my type of girl. She is smart, knows what she wants and will do anything to get what she wants. She does not believe that she has to have a man to survive. She is her own person and she is one of those girls that kick ass.

Most of the characters are introduced in the first few pages and then the excitement starts with screams heard from the street. You know that this is not just some historical romance from then on out. The people in the saloon notice that there are two people eating a woman outside. These people are not just ordinary men as they both had multiple arrows sticking out of their bodies and of course, they are EATING a woman!

Right after that, another main character is introduced. He is ‘Mad Dog’ McCall, an outlaw that is in jail. In this part of the book you realize that guns are outlawed in Gehenna and by then you are really glad you don’t live there. McCall is a great mix of outlaw/hero.

There are also many biblical aspects of this book, but it was like no part of the bible that was ever pointed out to me. I will give you one clue: Leviticus 26:28. You will never think about zombies again in the same way, I promise you that.

I do not want to spoil the whole book but I am going to point out a few things. In the old west, there were no such things as zombies, so in this book they have no idea what in the hell is going on. They have no guns and are totally unprepared for these ‘Moaners’ that are eating and changing everyone. The scenes are so realistic that you will literally shudder with horror when you read them. I have never read such a graphic book, nor have I ever read one that I had to put down while I was eating like I did with this one.

The twists and turns are astonishing. Jason makes you think about the book long after you are done. The ending is like no other. I could not believe it was over with the twist that was just thrown out there at the very end. I am hoping for a sequel or this book is going to haunt me forever. It is just that kind of book. All in all, this book is a non-stop, action packed adventure. It is a must read.

I am inserting a link for Gehenna below. If I have talked you into reading this book, once again let me say, please leave a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author! Thank you!


Gehenna

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Updates! (Jason Brant and Elle Casey)


Hi All,

I am loving all my new followers! Thank you for liking my site enough to want to hear from me all the time.

I know I said I would have the review of Jason Brant’s Gehenna posted today, and I am still going to try, but it might be tomorrow when it is up. I had some technical difficulties last night and was not able to finish the book until today. (The book by the way, WAS AWESOME!). Technical difficulties being that my Kindle Fire refused to turn on or charge. Lucky me that I purchased the extra warranty, so I can get another one today. It seems like nobody but me has problems with the Fire, lol. I think there is something magnetically wrong with me that ruins all my electronics. I seem to go through them faster than anyone else! I will try to get the review posted today, but I have a lot to do, mainly school work and the baby has a Dr. app, so if I cannot get to it today, I will post it tomorrow.

Gehenna

I did a review on The War of the Fae series by Elle Casey a while back. If you have not read it, you should. Elle Casey Rocks and the books are awesome. A little incentive to start the series…The Changelings: War of the Fae book 1 is FREE on Kindle today and tomorrow (6/13 and 6/14). I am going to include a link. You should get it while it is free. You will not be able to help devouring the other 3 books in the series.


The Changelings (War of the Fae: Book 1)

Interview Opinions and a Chance to…


I am sitting here trying to work on interview questions for when I interview author Jason Brant. This is the first time I have ever done anything like this. I am a little nervous so I would love some reader and author responses. Let me ask everyone a few questions. If you could interview Jason Brant, what would you ask him? I will pick my favorite to include in the interview! Please have questions in by Wed at 9:00 am Central Time to be included in this chance.

Authors, when you are being interviewed what are some questions you would want to be asked? What are your least favorite questions to be asked? I am curious to know!

Please let me know your opinions and questions! Comment and Share =)

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Interview with Jason Brant, author of Gehenna and Echoes, coming Monday! (6/18)


I have been lucky enough to procure an interview with Jason Brant! He is the self-published author of two great books, Echoes and Gehenna. I have reviewed Echoes here on my site and will have the review of Gehenna posted on Wednesday at the latest. This will be the first interview that Jason Brant has ever done, (I am so lucky!). This will also be my first author interview, (Yikes!) so I am a little nervous. I hope everyone comes by Monday to check out what Jason has to say, and I am sure, rate me on my interview skills.

If you have never read anything by Jason Brant, you are missing out. His books are fresh, funny and have a paranormal twist. If you like zombie books, you will love Gehenna. He is an original. You can check out Jason’s blog at:
http://www.jasonbrant.blogspot.com

You will not be sorry that you did. He is just as funny in real life as he is in his books.

If you have not read anything by Jason Brant, this would be the time to give a new author a chance. I guarantee you that by the end of the interview, you will be lining up to read his books. Echoes has 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and Gehenna has 4.9 out of 5 stars. Can’t beat those odds!

I would love if you would share this on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else you would like. Reblog it, like it, comment on it…share any way you like to show your support of Jason Brant.

Looking forward to hearing your comments! Thanks =)
Links to his books below…


Gehenna


Echoes

Review Policy


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*Also, due to an overwhelming amount of review requests, if I do not get back to you in a few weeks, I am sorry. It could take time.

Just Another Rainy Day


I spent all day working on that thing I am not gonna talk about yet. My brain actually hurts lol. On a brighter note I was able to start Jason Brant’s Gehenna. http://jasonbrant.blogspot.com Let me tell you that it is not for the faint at heart 🙂 I decided to eat lunch while I was reading the book and literally had to put it down to finish eating. Not that it is a bad thing. Jason just has awesomely descriptive scenes. The book is about zombies, prostitutes and cowboys. But I am not going to say anymore. I don’t want to post too much about it because I will be posting a review in a day or two. Just that so far the book is great. I hope you will read the coming review and the book!

A Review of Addison Moore’s Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1)


“I know the end of the story before it ever begins. I must choose love. And for this, I will surely die.” (Skyla from Ethereal).

Addison Moore’s Ethereal is the first book in the Celestra series. I had never heard of this book or Addison until recently. I started reading a blog that listed Indie authors and I saw her name on the list. Her books sounded just like the type of books I love to read.

Ethereal is beautifully written. It is very descriptive and the words choices she uses are poetic. The story line is very unique. It is a new take on all the angel series we have been seeing lately.

The main character, Skyla, is spunky and full of life. Her father died and her mother remarried which makes her moods a little unpredictable. She has a younger sister and gains a step brother and sister when her mother remarried. Skyla has the abilities to read minds when she touches someone. She does not know why she has this ability, only that her father has it as well. When her stepfather moves the family to Paragon Island, Skyla realizes why she has her gifts and what she really is.

Skyla’s best friend, Brielle, is a breath of fresh air. She is a little promiscuous but sweet and energetic. She takes Skyla in as her new best friend right from the beginning and informs Skyla that she is living in the house of a girl who died mysteriously.

Logan and Gabe are the two love interests. Skyla falls for Logan instantaneously but also feels herself drawn to Gabe. Logan shares Skyla’s gift of reading minds. I was extremely fonder of Gabe than I was of Logan, though. I would not have put up with what Skyla did from him at all. Gabe seemed more sincere and sweeter. I am definitely on Team Gabe lol. Both Logan and Gabe share Skyla’s heritage and introduce her into a world she never imagined.

I do not want to post any more spoilers than what I already have. Ethereal is a must read. You cannot beat a story that has angels, ghosts, creepy supernatural beings, time-travel and a love triangle. There are also some surprisingly funny parts of this story. I found myself laughing or smiling many times at the antics or words of the characters. It is also full of suspense. This book is a journey filled with teenage angst and great paranormal drama. It is an original. I cannot wait to follow Skyla through her journey of self discovery in the rest of the series.

I read a review on Amazon that compared this story to bad fan fiction and said the story had no follow through. I completely disagree. I thought the book was well written and left itself wide open for a whole series to follow it. You cannot learn everything in one book or there would be no sense in a series. I agree with the many great reviews that were posted. This book is a book you will fall in love with and characters you will root for to the very last page.

I am inserting a link for Ethereal below. If I have talked you into reading this book, once again let me say, please leave a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author! Thank you!


Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1)

The Best Laid Plans


Have you ever noticed that when you plan out the next day that nothing ever goes as planned? I went to sleep last night telling myself that I was going to get up early and clean the house. Then I was going to finish my school work today even though it is not due till Sunday. After that I planned to take a swim with the kids to spend some time with them before they left for the weekend. (Jake to his nana’s and Colee to her moms: we are a blended family). While the baby napped I planned on working for a hour or two on that thing I have in the works that I am not going to talk about yet and then I planned to finish Ethereal by Addison Moore so that I could get the review posted. Of course though, I woke up to an entirely different day. Colee is complaining about her eyes hurting and burning again, so it is off to the doctor. So instead of letting the kids run around in pajamas while I cleaned, I have to get three kids ready to go out. The doctor will take forever. You might think that I could read there but nope…not with a one year old (well he will be one tomorrow). The doctor will probably say that her eyes are fine or that there is nothing they can do, (as always). By the time we get home it will be lunch time and the morning will be gone. That means everything that I had to do this morning will have to be done this afternoon. The swim will probably fall by the wayside as Colee’s mom will be here after lunch. My kids are going to leave for the weekend glad to get out of the house.

But hey that’s life and that is life with kids and I would not trade it for anything. Plans are made to be broken and days are meant to change. Just because I did not get to do what I wanted to do today does not mean I cannot do most of it tomorrow…or the next day.  But now my 15 minutes that I managed to snatch before we have to rush out the door is over so I have to go.

Remember that change is good and that without change life would not be much fun!

Rebecca Donovan’s Reason to Breathe (The Breathing Series 1)


Let me just start with a statement that I know authors hate…I did not expect this story to be so gripping! I got it for free on the kindle and I was expecting a teeny-bopper story of love and angst but what I got instead was a story that broke my heart. From the very first page I was enthralled. I read this book in one day, long into the night. I cried so hard in some parts that I could not even see the pages through my tears.

Emma is the lead character and she has a terrifying secret that she tries so hard to hide. From the very beginning you will know what that secret is but it makes it no easier to turn the pages on what she goes through. Her mother abandoned her after her father died and she had to live with her aunt and uncle. Her home life is one of shame and secrets that she keeps to protect her little cousins.

“It wasn’t a choice to be here; it was a necessity. I had no where else to go, and they couldn’t turn their backs one me. They were the only family I had, and for that I couldn’t be grateful.”

Sara is her best friend. Emma is a loner while Sara is the most popular girl in school. That is what made me love her. She is always there for Emma. “But what I loved about Sara was that she was real.” Sometimes though I wanted to reach into the pages and smack her for keeping Emma’s secrets.

Evan is a godsend that Emma tried over and over again to throw away. She did not want him in her life and did everything she could to keep him out. He persevered though and their love story is timeless. He is every hero rolled into one.

The villain of this story is one you love to hate. I could not believe the hate inside of her. I wished every bad thing that could happen to her would happen. I wished her all kinds of pain. It is terrifying to imagine that there are really people out there treating children in this manner.

The story was written flawlessly. The characters are beautiful and she gives them such depth. The words literally leap off of the page and create a world in your imagination. The descriptions are so real that you can feel every pain, your heart stops with every kiss, and chills crawl your body with every horrific scene.

Not to write any spoilers but the ending killed me. I was literally in shock. The story just stopped. I skipped back into the book and read the ending over and over again in hopes that I missed something. There was no closure at all. I could not sleep because I kept running the ending through my mind trying to understand what just happened. I expect that Rebecca Donovan is a genius though, because I thought about this book every day until the next one came out, and I bought it the day it did. I had to know what happened to Emma!

I highly recommend reading this book. Be warned if you are a sensitive person though because you will cry. It causes the kind of pain that will stay with you for a while. It is so worth the read. I also recommend that you buy this one and the second one (Barely Breathing) at the same time because you will not even want to wait the time it takes to buy the second book to know what happens!

I am inserting links below for both Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing below. If I have talked you into reading these books, once again let me say, please leave a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author!

Links below the pictures!

Reason to Breathe (The Breathing Series)


Barely Breathing (The Breathing Series)

I NEED HELP!


I am new at this blogging stuff. I need to know what theme would be the best theme for my Book Review site. I need one that supports forms for submitting books or requests (how do you put a form on here anyways?).  Also, how do you put more menus up top?

Anybody have any ideas?

Thanks!