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Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: 3/18/2012
Deri "The Mistake" Crandall wants nothing more than the love and acceptance from a family. After her mother dies, she finally discovers who her father is—except he and his family aren't exactly everything she's dreamed of. Not about to let a little thing like that bother her, she strives her hardest to fit in. Though honest to a fault, she even lies to gain their affection. But who could have predicted the one man with whom she immediately clicks is the very millionaire her grandfather orders her to betray?Cole Harrety’s life is all about work and ignoring play, until a petite, curvy bundle of quirky woman literally tumbles into his lap. From the moment he loses a staring contest with her, he knows Deri is exactly what's been missing from his mundane life and no other woman will ever compete with her. With a web of deception already woven, can their new bond survive a shattered trust?
This was a really great, light read. I was able to connect with the characters very early on and thought they were very well written. I loved Deri; she was such a down to earth, real woman, not an impossibly hot babe that you see in so many romance novels. She was a bit self-conscious, but the author didn't shove that fact down our throats like some other authors like to do (*COUGH* E.L. James *COUGH*). I seriously appreciated that about the book. Cole was great too. Was he stereotypical? Sure; the rich, powerful guy who just so happens to be incredibly kind and insanely sexy has been done before. It was impossible not to fall in love with him though. He seemed completely attainable, because he wasn't obsessed with looks as much as how Deri made him feel.
Deri and Cole's relationship was sweet. They were on the same wavelength and complimented each other nicely. I was really anticipating the sex scene and it was done well, even though the circumstances surrounding that part made me sad. My absolute favorite scene was toward the beginning, after Deri hurts her leg at work, before she knows that Cole is actually the head of the company she works for. Coming home from the hospital she's high on painkillers and their conversation made me laugh out loud a couple of times, from her forgetting where she lives to her hilarious pronunciations of his last name. I loved the ending. The way Cole stood up for Deri was so amazing; it actually reminded me a bit of one of my favorite movies, Ever After. You'll get the reference after your read this book!
I'm so glad I got the chance to read The Best Mistake. It was a very charming read with lovable characters and some very humorous dialogue. If you're looking for a entertaining, light, romantic read, I highly recommend this book!
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
Friday, June 29, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 4/24/2012
Genre: YA, Dystopian
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
Let's talk about the love triangle, because it seems like you can't have a YA book without one. I liked Aspen, but he was stupid for pushing America into applying. He said he wanted her to have the chance at a better life; if they really cared that much for each other, I don't think he would have been able to let her go. I'm not buying into the whole "he's so noble, he loved her so much he let her go" bit. I would rather a guy fight for me than presume to know what would make me happy. I found myself rooting for Prince Maxon as soon as we are introduced to him. He's charming, down-to-earth, and impossible not to like. I actually got irritated when Aspen showed back up later in the book, since I knew America would end up confused and probably hurt one (or both) of the guys who have feelings for her. The book ended on a cliffhanger, so we don't know who she will ultimately pick yet.
This author certainly used some incredibly popular books as her influence. The two I could see reflected the most were Wither and The Hunger Games. I'm not saying The Selection is on the same level as those books, because that's far from the truth. It just contains many similarities. It is only like The Hunger Games in that America is from a relatively poor family and then goes on to compete against 30-some other girls. At least America's competition is for a hot hunk of man meat and not simply to survive. I couldn't get over the parallels to Wither. Both America and Rhine are forced to live in a mansion where they are unable to leave of their own free will. The difference of course is that Rhine is forced into this and America signs up for it. They both feel incredible resentment towards the men seeking their love at the beginning, but eventually develop feelings for them. As they explore this blossoming relationship, they are also faced with the fact that they have feelings for someone else in the house; for Rhine it was Gabriel, for America it was Aspen. In The Selection, America has servants to do her makeup and make her dresses; in Wither, Rhine has a personal servant who does her makeup and makes her dresses. As you can see, there are plenty of similarities and I probably didn't cover them all. Because of this, I gave The Selection 3 stars. It didn't feel like I was reading anything especially new or exciting. In fact, it gave me a serious case of deja vu and I couldn't stop comparing it to other books.
Despite the problems I had with it, the book was still written fairly well, which helped me finish. The ending was predictable since most books these days are part of a trilogy. I haven't decided yet if I really want to read the next books in the series, but I think other people will love this story despite the similarities it has to other favorites.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Hybrids. If I had to choose one word to sum up all of my problems, this would be it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to watch my best friend slowly becoming a monster. Without hybrids, I could let go of the mentality “hunt or be hunted.” CHAS wouldn’t be scouring the Earth, intent on slaughtering and using Alex to do it. Without hybrids, I wouldn’t have to be on guard that losing my temper meant losing my shape. There would be no monster inside me, struggling to get out. Then again, without hybrids, I wouldn’t have Wesley St. John.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
It's finally here guys! The cover reveal for the second book in the Vampire Born series, Enemy Within by Angeline Kace is upon us. I'm so happy to be a part of this cover reveal; I think it is beautiful and can't wait to share it with all of you! So without further ado, here it is!
Two guys who’ve stolen her heart.Three races and only one of them worthy.Countless enemies with insatiable bloodlust for power.Will one girl's curse ultimately save her?
Half-vampire Brooke Keller barely survived the slaying of her worst enemy, only to learn that Zladislov—the world's most powerful vampire, leader of the vampire world, and her father—wants her dead. However, this time, she's not only fighting vampires but a raging monster within her that endangers what's left of her humanity. And when a deadly disease threatens to take her best friend's life, Brooke tries to convince Kaitlynn to accept a monster of her own: becoming a Zao Duh.
As a former slave to the Pijawikas, Mirko is driven to protect the innocent at all costs, but he has never faced a foe more formidable than Zladislov. And when the Commission bears down on Brooke, Mirko finds the stream of enemies runs deeper than he ever imagined.
What, you're still saying that you can't wait for August? Well I have something that might get Enemy Within in your hands before the release date. The author is going to give away 3 eARCs during this cover reveal; the winners will receive the eARC sometime in late July/early August - before you can buy it! Interested?
Simply click here to go to the Rafflecopter entry page!!
I have one more thing to make your day a little brighter. Descended By Blood is FREE for digital download right now on Amazon through 6/9/2012. What are you waiting for?
Click here to go download it for free!
I hope you've enjoyed the cover reveal and all of the freebies! I know I'm excited about the upcoming release of Enemy Within; make sure you buy it when it comes out August 30 (and good luck - you might just win a free eARC!)
Posted by Jamie Kline (Bookerella) at 10:42 AM