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Book Tour with Giveaway: London Bound by Nana Malone – Book Review

 

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New Adult Romance
Date Published: April 1, 2014

It wasn’t exactly like sunky, photography student, Abbie Nartey ran away from her life…except, that she left under the cover of darkness and put three thousand miles between her and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal. She went to London searching for her dream. She never expected to find love, or herself.

Heir to his family’s tech fortune, sexy, Alexi Chase, is looking for freedom—from his family and from his past. What he’s not looking for is love. With secrets like his, he can’t afford to let anyone get too close. But a chance rescue has him wondering if the price of keeping secrets is too high.

Will Alexi risk losing love to keep his past hidden? Will Abbie trust herself enough to love again? Or will their pasts keep then from accepting true love?

My review:

This book is a little bit different from what I usually read but I felt curious because of the title. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise and I spent some good time reading it.

This is the story of Abbie and Alexi. She is a strong minded girl who moves away from her old life and family to pursue her biggest dream and keep the distance between her and her ex-boyfriend. In this new fase of her life, when she decided that she wanted to stay away from people who harmed her, she meets Alexi. Not only they are attracted to each other immediatley, but also they have an amazing chemistry. Both of them also have secrets they want to keep from each other and that can make things a little harder than what they wished.

The characters are, in general, really well built and you can have that feeling of getting to know some of them really well. I felt sympathetic for Abbie, she’s a great character. Her life in London is fun to read, especially at the beggining of the book when she is still adjusting to the new things. I love the way sometimes it really felt I was seeing the world through Abbie’s eyes.

What I loved more about the book was the way it’s writen, simple but mature. Nana Malone is a fabulous writer. I thought there was going to be too much drama but it happens that it was just the right amoung for the plot to be interesting and somehow intriguing at times.

My rating:
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About the author:

Nana Malone

USA Today Best Seller and iTunes Breakout Books author, Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin.

It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.

While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

Website: www.nanamalone.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nanamalonewriter

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nanamalone

Blog: www.nanamalone.com/blog-musings

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Book Review: Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

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Overview (via Goodreads):
 Alexis thought she led a typically dysfunctional high school existence. Dysfunctional like her parents' marriage; her doll-crazy twelve-year-old sister, Kasey; and even her own anti-social, anti-cheerleader attitude. When a family fight results in some tearful sisterly bonding, Alexis realizes that her life is creeping from dysfunction into danger. Kasey is acting stranger than ever: her blue eyes go green sometimes; she uses old-fashioned language; and she even loses track of chunks of time, claiming to know nothing about her strange behavior. Their old house is changing, too. Doors open and close by themselves; water boils on the unlit stove; and an unplugged air conditioner turns the house cold enough to see their breath in. 
Alexis wants to think that it's all in her head, but soon, what she liked to think of as silly parlor tricks are becoming life-threatening--to her, her family, and to her budding relationship with the class president. Alexis knows she's the only person who can stop Kasey --but what if that green-eyed girl isn't even Kasey anymore?

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 My opinion:

I had this book on my “To Read List” for a long time. I was a little bit afraid that it would be the same as many other ghosts stories in YA books.  First of all, I loved the way Alender writes. She doesn’t give away the important information, maintaining the suspense and mystery of the story. The characters are well built and the plot is consistent and interesting.

Alexis is perfect for the main character of this story. I couldn’t help feeling empathy for her in some parts of the story. Kasey is her younger sister, who has a passion for dolls of all types.

When Kasey starts acting weird  and many strange things start happening at the same time, Alexis seems to be the only person of their family noticing it. She  finds herself in a difficult situation, because she loves her sister, but Kasey is not the same person anymore (at least not every time) and her actions can seriously harm those around them, including their family and even Kasey herself.

Yes, it has some high school drama, but it doesn’t distract you from the other side of the plot. In fact, this teenage-life part of the plot it’s necessary for the whole plot to come together and make sense.

The descriptions are very well made, especially the ones about Alexis’ house. Many times I found myself picturing the characters in a house like the ones we see in horror movies, making the plot come alive in there.

It didn’t make me feel excited like the feeling I have sometimes that makes me want to keep reading more and more, but it’s an entertaining book and easy to read. After finishing reading this first book, I want to read the other books of the series.

It’s not a book that will keep you awake at night because you are afraid of what is in the dark, but it gave me chills now and then.

My rating:
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On the Road by Jack Kerouac – my review

Overview (via Goodreads): 
On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As “Sal Paradise” and “Dean Moriarty,” the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.
Kerouac’s classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be “Beat” and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than forty years ago.
Details:
307 pages
First published in 1957
Series: Duluoz Legend
ISBN: 0140185216 (ISBN13: 9780140185218)
My opinion:
 
This book was suggested by someone very close to me, who knows me well and knows the types of literature that I like. I was a little bit skeptic at first and the book stood on a shelf for months waiting for me to decide to pick it up and read it.
 
The first paragraphs hooked me. The way it’s written is simple. I know some people don’t like the way Kerouac writes but for me it felt like he was sitting with me on a table and telling me the story in person.
 
I have to be honest and say that there were moments I had to try really hard to keep reading. I don’t like all the ideas, ideals and thoughts that we read about. However, there were other paragraphs that I found inspirational, like the all-night conversations and the way it appeals to your sense of adventure.
 
It’s important to remember that the book was first published in the 50’s, a different time from now. You read about a little bit of the America in the years between 1947 and 1950. Kerouac decides to just go out on the road. We read about Kerouac’s many encounters, the achievements, the moments of despair, the emotions, the life with Dean Moriarty. Dean Moriarty is mentioned in the beginning and his presence is almost constant. He is not the most pleasant person in the world, specially towards women. But you also learn about his childhood and what he had to take; that made him the man we read about.
 
I can say that my feelings about this book are still a bit confusing. I usually have a very defined opinion; this time I don’t. I wish I could say I loved it, but I didn’t, but I also didn’t dislike it. Overall, I think it’s a good book. It shows the life of a group of people in a different time and to whom some may still identify, at least in some points.
 
My rating (more like 3 and a half):
 

The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith – Review

 

Overview (via Goodreads):

‘The fact is, if we followed the history of every little country in the world – in its dramatic as well as its quiet times – we would have no space left in which to live our own lives or apply ourselves to our necessary tasks, never mind indulge in occasional pleasures, like swimming … ‘ 
First published this Spring in the New Yorker, The Embassy of Cambodia is a rare and brilliant story that takes us deep into the life of a young woman, Fatou, domestic servant to the Derawals and escapee from one set of hardships to another. Beginning and ending outside the Embassy of Cambodia, which happens to be located in Willesden, NW London, Zadie Smith’s absorbing, moving and wryly observed story suggests how the apparently small things in an ordinary life always raise larger, more extraordinary questions.
 
My review:
This book is good if you like short stories. The main character’s name is Fatou and the book tells us about her past and present, her thoughts and feelings. You read about the questions that float on her mind during her daily life, creating a bridge for larger scale problems.
The writing is perfect and images of what was described were clear in my mind. The story is powerful and it has great themes to think about, real problems of the humanity. However I think there is something missing. It wasn’t a story that made me keep reading. For a short story it is really good but I think I didn’t have the time to feel a connection with the characters.
I think I will read it again later to see if I can feel something more about it.
My rating:

Blog tour review – Blood in the Valley by J.K. Hogan

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*The information about that book and a copy were provided by Reading Addiction Blog Tours for this tour and an honest review*
 
 
Synopsis: 
The daughter of a Las Vegas hustler, Raven Sabatier grew up trusting nothing and no one—she doesn’t even trust herself to stay in one place for longer than a minute. When her quest to find out the secrets of her past leads her to the mountains of North Carolina, she’s set on a collision course with the one man she thought she’d never see again.
In Appalachia consulting on an archeological dig, Anthropologist Dr. Drew Deveraux comes face to face with the indomitable beauty who broke into his apartment a year ago, tilting his carefully cultivated world on its axis.
Engaged in a fight with their demons, both imagined and real, the last thing either of them expected to find was love. Together, they must unravel the mystery of Raven’s past and her connection with an ancient race of witches, in order to save their future — and all of the souls hanging in the balance.


My opinion:
This is the second book of this series. If you want to read more about the first book, there’s the link to Goodreads in the end of the post.
 
The Vigilati series continues with Raven. She is the type of heroine I like to read about: a fierce of Nature. I could feel a connection with her, and I liked her from page one. Her character is well developed and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
As she tries to find the answers about her gift, she collides with Drew. I think that he is a weaker character than her, but yet I still enjoyed reading about the chemistry between the two of them.
The plot is original and the writing is easy to read. The villains change in this second book, which, for me, is a positive thing because it makes the story more believable. I think the villain’s secret is kind of easy to find out, which makes the book a little less fun, but don’t worry because you’ll have mystery until the end.
absolutely love the cover of the book. It’s simple but mysterious.
This book has magic, mystery, romance. If you are a paranormal fan you should read this. 
 
My rating:
About the author:
J.K. Hogan has been telling stories for as long as she can remember, beginning with writing cast lists and storylines for her toys growing up. When she finally decided to put pen to paper, magic happened. She is greatly inspired by all kinds of music and often creates a “soundtrack” for her stories as she writes them.
J.K. resides in North Carolina, where she was born and raised. A true southern girl at heart, she lives on a farm with her husband and young son, a cat, and two champion agility dogs. If she isn’t on the agility field, J.K. can often be found chasing waterfalls in the mountains with her husband, or down in front at a blues concert. In addition to writing, she enjoys training and competing in dog sports, spending time with her large southern family, camping, boating and, of course, reading!
 
J.K. Hogan is a member of The Romance Writers of America.
 
The first book of the series: