Saturday, June 30, 2012

Joe by H.D. Gordon ~ Plus an INTERVIEW!

Joe ~ H.D. Gordon

This is an adult college age pyschological thriller (Rated PG-13)

Book Summary

From the author of the Alexa Montgomery Saga, comes a book that will take you into the mind of a genuine psychopath, the lives of six ordinary people, and the world of a very special girl named Joe. Joe is seemingly an ordinary college student. She works, studies and reads. But in between these activities Joe has a gift that promises to add a dose of color to her life at any given moment. Joe sees things before they happen. Bad things and the worst thing she has ever faced are just around the corner. Someone is planning a massacre atthe college university that Joe attends, and the only person with a hope of stopping the psychopath is her. Oh, the beauty of foresight. More like a curse. Joe has four days to figure out the mystery, make plans to take down the pyscho, and save the lives of people. People like you and me. Ordinary people.

My Review

When you think of H.D. Gordon, you think of the young adult Alexa Montogmery series.  This book doesn’t even come close to the same category as that one.  This is an adult college age psychological thriller with some paranormal elements but not the vampire kind.

Let’s start with the plot.  This is a mind bender of a story.  It’s a puzzle where you learn part of the ending in the beginning and a big chunk of what the middle is about early on, yet you still have no idea exactly what is going to happen.

Characters are weaved into this story, telling their parts from there POV which makes it all the more interesting.  The author really gets each character and their struggle into your bones.  You want to know how this is all going to turn out and you find yourself rooting for your favorites.

What do I have to say, I am so impressed with this author and her range of storytelling.  Not all authors can cross over especially into thrillers and do it well.  If you like this genre, you should check it out.  There is bits of romance in the story, but obviously thrillers like urban fantasy genre, romance is not the key here. 

Pick this one up guys.  It’s available now.

Oh, Guess what guys.  I have an interview.  Check this out before my book boyfriend pick.


I'd like to welcome H.D. Gordon to My Book Boyfriend blog.  Thanks for coming and sharing a little with us.

1. First I'd like to ask you what was your inspiration for this story?

Hmm, that's a difficult question to answer. Inspirations seems to come from everywhere and from nowhere at the same time. I knew only that I wanted to write something different and completely original, and I am happy to say that I think I accomplished that with Joe. The idea started small. All I knew was that my heroine was clairvoyant, and she was going to have a "vision" of someone shooting up the college university that she attends. My mother gave me idea to write the story from not only the prospective of Joe and the psychopath, but of the potential victims of the shooting. My mother is really the only person I consult regarding story development, and with this particular book, she really helped out. She gave me an idea, and I ran with it. Really, really, ran with it.

2. Would you consider this a stand alone book or a part of a series.

This book can absolutely stand alone. It is a complete story with a beginning, middle and end. But, there is endless material, given the nature of the heroine and her gift, to write more stories about Joe. I have a feeling that another Joe-book will be in the works sometime in 2013.

3.  What would you say is different between this book and your Alexa Montgomery series? 

Different? Everything. First, I should say that this is NOT a young adult novel. In fact, if you are a parent, and your teenager has read my Alexa series and wants to pick up Joe, I would advise you to read it first, and then decide for yourself if you think they should read it. Personally, I don't believe in restricting reading material, but I am well aware that not everyone shares that opinion. I really took a step in a different direction in Joe , and I gotta tell you, I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. Whereas Alexa is hard-headed and formidable physically, Joe has only her "gift" and her brains to see her through the problems she faces. They are both brave and heroic and altruistic, but that's about as far as the similarities go.

4. What would you say is your next project?

I am happy to say that my next project will be the third book in The Alexa Montgomery Series. While writing Joe, Alexa was constantly interrupting me to discuss her story.  Apparently, she's ready to tell it. Good thing for her, now I am, too.

5. I'm sure this quesion is a biggy for all your fans.  Will you have any more releases out this year, 2012?

Oh, yes, two more titles will be released this year, which will make for a total of four books this year. Whew, that's a book every three months. But, I love my work, and though I assure you that it is a struggle at times, there isn't anything in the world I would rather be doing. I take my craft very  seriously, and I learn new things every day. The third Alexa book is next on the list (will be released sometime this coming August) and after that I will probably write the fourth book in that series. I can't make any promises, though. I have no control over what I write. I write only what I feel I must.
6. Lastly, what is the one thing you want people to know about you?

One thing... I'm not in this for the money. It would be an outright lie to say that the money isn't nice, because it is,  and it has allowed me to write full-time. The reason I do this is because I have an obsession with words- an immense love, if you will. My craft is extremely important to me, and I take the words and the story very seriously. Words and story, that's my obsession. That's what it's all about for me. The money is just the cherry on top.

H.D. Gordon ~ Thank you for having me. It was a pleasure.

Terri ~ No, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions for us.

My book boyfriend, this was a tough choice.  I liked Eric early on and even Russ.  But in the end, I have to choose Michael. (I hope you approve, H.D. Gordon)

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Lover Unleashed ~ J.R. Ward

This is an adult paranormal romance novel (Rated NC-17 for the sexiness of it all)

3 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.

My Review

Where do I begin with this one? First let me say that my rating doesn’t reflect the entertainment value of the story. In fact, it may be one of the better books in the series that I’ve listened to. So why the rating? I can’t give a rating without spoilers. So if you haven’t read, don’t read on.


Why was this a good book and I gave it a lower rating? Flat out, originality.  Check this out. There are a few books and maybe more out there that sound a lot like other popular books. Some of that is unintentional and others maybe me a little more intention. What about when an authors rips off her own work. Yeah, you heard me right. It’s like the author went and picked out the better scenerios in previous books and reused them to write this one. (Yeah, but I still love her and encourge you to read this fantastic series, but I have to keep it real.)

Here we go. Remember spoilers.

Why does Jose new partner Vex sound a lot like Butch? Okay, she even makes a point to show the reader that this is the case. But when you add all the other stuff, it’s just too much.

Quinn is now the outcast taking John Matthews place. He’s isolating himself and not having sex sound familiar? Hmmm.

Manny is Butch reincarnate and yes, Manny is Butch reincarnate. A little too convenient don’t you think and of course V likes him too. Well at least he’s not a ghost. V is my favorite but I think I liked his story the least because of that ghost crap.

Manny gets accepted in the brotherhood and will work with guess who Jane. Jane is V mate and Manny’s friend. Payne is Manny’s mate and V’s sister. All in the family same storyline.

Oh, look Payne is following in Bella’s footsteps. Captured, yet she is strong. Okay, she got herself out of trouble but I’m saying, no new story ideas.

And here is the worst offender. V has become Zhadist and Butch became Phurry. Can you say, V needed to be beaten to be okay. So it’s not totally the same, but V got the lessors to beat him up to be numb. He set Butch up to give him pain release. Butch hated it and needed to get drunk afterwards like Phurry used drugs to get over what Z made him do.

But all together, if this wasn’t a re-run of other events, I might have thought this was the best of the books in the series. But I couldn’t overlook that no new ideas came out of this one.

Oh, Score and the crew. But we were almost out of brothers and extras to make a new book about. It was necessary to bring in new vampires to continue the story if she’s going to go that route. So that line didn’t feel fresh either.

One of the best things out of this book was that V and Jane had problems with their happily ever after. Isn’t that realism at its best? Most people who are in love stroll off in the sunset without future conflict. Great job there.

My hope is that Layla will get with Throw. I listened to this one, so I may not have all the spellings correct. Forgive me.


Overall, I liked it, lol. I did. So if you are into this series, read it.

Audio Review
The same narrator, Jim Frangione is used. What I can say is that he did a solid job. I don’t have any problem keeping up with the voices he uses for the different characters even though some don’t vary that much. So I'm not calling for a change of guy, lol.

My book boyfriend Vishous. (see the sun thing, he's on the other side not in the human realm, lol or better still this is back in the time with his dad with the whole warrior thing going.)

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Whiskey Dreams ~ Ranae Rose

This is a m/m historical fiction romance novel (Rated NC-17)

4 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

 The war that won the country its independence also lost many of the men who fought to achieve it, including Brom’s lover. Years later, he still feels as if he left half of himself on the battlefield. When a new schoolmaster comes to Sleepy Hollow, a spark and a whiskey-flavored kiss ignite feelings he thought were long dead. But in order to be with John, he’ll have to let the past be the past, or risk letting it destroy his opportunity to start over. And even then, loving another man is a dangerous endeavor.

My Review

This story was short but it was what I needed at the time. A friend recommended this one when she found it for free, yes, FREE, on Amazon. So I snatched it up. When I had a moment and I didn’t have time to read a long book, I eagerly dived into this one.

The writing was pretty solid for such a short read. Sometimes when it’s free, the stories aren’t so great but I was pleasantly surprised.

My torched character pulled on my heartstrings, I wanted to be there and stroke his hair and take away all the bad things. Lucky, this guy was tough. There was a bit of story line that leads you to wonder what will happen next.

My school teacher was what can I say without giving much away. Well, let me just say, he was what I hoped for.

Overall, I liked this one and I’m looking forward to the next.

My book boyfriend is Brom.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Crux by Julie Reece

Crux ~ Julie Reece

This is a young adult urban fantasy novel (Rated PG-13)

4.5 out of 5

Book Summay

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich, and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

My Review

The moral of the story here is don’t judge a book by its cover. If I had, I would not have read. It made the book appear more juvenile than it is.

Okay, the characters were interesting and some were refresh from similar book characters but that doesn’t in anyway take away from the story. The main character are fresh in their own way and make this story about good people doing good things.

The plotline. The beginning was interesting but a little slow. But hang in there. It soars from there. I was caught up in a romance that simmered until it burned. I kind of wonder what would have happened if this story would have been about the path that we were led down in the beginning. But alas, where it went was no where I would have expected and that was still good.

Overall, I really liked this one. If not for the story straddling the line of insta love, it would have been 5 stars for me.

My book boyfriend Grey.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is an adult urban fantasy novel (Rated NC-17 for the sexiness of it all)

4.5 out of 5

Book Summary

When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…

My Review

There are those that hate Anita Blake. And well, that is your choice. I happen to like the series. I even like the series from the beginning when I didn’t like Anita Blake.

Recap, the first five or six book are more traditional urban fantasy with a bit of romance. But Anita in those books is so full of herself that she actually got on my nerves. She was an ultra feminist who thought he a guy opened a door for her, that meant they somehow thought she was weak in her mind. She also had been a born again virgin because of a previous bad relationship and didn’t give men the time of day. That in itself isn’t a bad thing, but she thought she was better than anyone else and it annoying. Add that with the ultra feminist and it made for a character I didn’t like. Thank goodness for the good writing and storyline that kept me going until things took a hard turn I never expected.

I hadn’t read the authors other series at this point so when things went zero to sixty with no warning, I had to wonder if someone else starting writing the series. Nonetheless, I can’t say that I was bothered by the all of a sudden abundance sex and lots of hot guys. Going forward, these books seem to alternate with little to no sex and a lot of sex. But I enjoy both styles. I really like the books Edward is in, because he’s such an awesome character and I enjoy the books he’s not with all the yummy guys.

So this book was a mix of crime and sex. The first half of the book is more crime and the second half is more sex. So you are kind of left wondering a little about the crime in the end but overall satisfied with it all. I really liked this one with no real complaints except some of my favs weren’t in the story. I won’t spoil it by saying who.


Kimberly Alexis is amazing. She does a superb job in this series and I can’t imagine anyone else reading this. They tried that and it failed. She made listening to this story so enjoyable to listen to. My only tiny complaint was that she changed Micah’s voice. I haven’t listened in a while but his having an Irish sounding accent was a little weird considering he’s a hometown boy. But he still didn’t sound like any of the others so it wasn’t that bad.

My book boyfriend is Nicky, Micah, Nathaniel (who grew on me this book), Sin (who also grew on me), Dev and of course Jean Claude.  (See below which guys I did pics of) 

My pic is of…..


My Micah....

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Shadow Bound (Unbound #2) by Rachel Vincent

Shadow Bound (Unbound #2) ~ Rachel Vincent

This is an adult urban fantasy novel (NC-17 for the sexiness of it all)

5 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light...

Kori Daniels is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she's ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if it means taking it from someone else....

The job? Recruit Ian Holt-or kill him.

Ian's ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he's on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower's top Binder: Kori's little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they'll have to choose between love and liberty...

My Review

Rachel Vincent is one of my favorite authors. She never disappoints and didn’t here. What a great original new series that was stellar in writing, plot line, romance and character development. There were ugly things in the story but handled with care. I can’t help but crave the next one.

So first, the main female lead in this story is one of the side characters from the first book. To tell you the truth, I didn’t expect the side of her we got to see, but I won’t say more. The main guy in this story is no Cam (my sweetie from the first book) but he is pretty great. I just liked Cam’s motives from the first book a lot more than Ian’s although the guy has reason for his actions. You’ll just have to read both books to understand because I won’t say more for spoilers.

The plotline was solid. It was gritty and all the things that you want to keep hidden in the dark but as handle so well as to not make the story ugly. The main character is a strong has a lot to deal with and overcomes horrible things in a way that is believable.

I can only imagine what the next book in the story will bring. Will it be Paige or will Rachel write a novella of the other friends romance with Cavazos. I would love to read the later.

Do I recommend? Whole heartedly. Rachel is a wonderful writer with the Shifter series which was awesome and her Soul Screamers series which is really great too. Okay, so I wasn’t happy with the latest book, but I can only hope for the best with the next one, lol. (Go NASH, lol) Anyway, I digress.


Gabra Zackman did a solid job of the voices keeping for the most part all the voices discernable.  Sometimes the voices were the same, but they were the same in a conversation, so it was easy to keep up.  Good job.

My book boyfriend Ian.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Determinant (Guardians of Vesturon #3) by A.M. Hargrove ~ COVER Reveal

Serie : The Guardians of Vesturon
Genre : Young Adult Paranormal Romance (with a sci-fi element)
Heat : Hot

Book Blurb....

January St. Davis, on her own since the age of sixteen and struggling to stay in college, thinks she’s scored in a major way when she lands a paid summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. One evening, after working an especially long shift, a chance encounter with a group of mysterious men alters the course of her life.

Rykerian Yarrister, a Guardian of Vesturon with unearthly powers and impossibly gorgeous looks, finds himself at odds over the human female he recently saved from certain death. When it seems he is on the verge of winning her over, she is ripped from his hands by a strange and powerful being, threatening to destroy her if his demands are not met.

Do Rykerian and the Guardians have the ability to meet this fierce barbarian’s ultimatums, or will January suffer a horrid demise?

You can find out on June 30, 2012

Added Bonus and Except from the book.

I was lost in the events of the day and the amount of work I had and I was still nursing my wounded ego as I headed out of the lab.  As I made my way down the corridor, I noticed six men advancing toward me. 

It wasn’t their actions I noticed so much or even the way they walked.  And though it was an oddity for them to even be here at all, it was their attire that captured my attention.  They were dressed identically, in an extreme fashion, much like members of a gang or secret society.  Large and muscular, they wore black vests and their bare arms were almost completely tattooed with tribal symbols of a sort.  Metal bands criss-crossed their chests and their legs were tightly encased in leather.  Knee high boots and black gloves finished off their ensembles. 

As I neared them I felt my flesh tingle and the hairs on the back of my neck come to attention.  Gooseflesh erupted and alarms started clanging in my head.  I sucked in my breath and as I did, my eyes connected with the apparent leader.  I say this because he was in the front of the formation as they plodded along.

Time stood still as our eyes connected.  His were an uncanny shade, lavender with hints of indigo and specks of silver.  It was a hue I was unfamiliar with but they were intriguing and fascinating.  The alarms were still ringing in my ears and the air felt electrically charged around us. 


I turned into stone.  I couldn’t move a muscle.  He cocked his head as his eyes bore into mine. 


I distinctly heard his command in my mind and I was helpless to disobey him.  I felt myself take a deep cleansing breath.  I questioned him with my eyes.  He flicked his head toward his men and they stepped back several feet.

“Who are you? Why are you here?”

I was confused by the demanding questions swirling in my brain but felt compelled to answer him.  I had never used mind reading to communicate, but I was sure he would hear my answer.

“I’m January St. Davis.  I’m here working on an internship for college credit.”

“You are human?” he asked with incredulity.

I wasn’t sure what he meant by that.  Why would he want to know if I was human?  What a ridiculous question!

Want to know more.....

A little bit about the author.

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodgeball pro and had ├╝ber quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window.   She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone and hit #4 on her speed dial.

A.M.’s Boss:  Hello.
A.M:  Hey Boss, I'm calling to let you know you can pick up my luxury Ford Focus at Starbuc ks near the interstate.
A.M.’s Boss:  Why ever would I want to do that?
A.M.:  Because I quit!

A.M. hit the end button and speed dialed her husband.

A.M.:  Hey hubs, can you pick me up at Starbucks?
A.M.’s Hubs:  Sure...having some car trouble?
A.M.:  Not at all.  I don't have a car to have trouble with because I just quit my job.
A.M.’s Hubs:  WHAT?!
A.M.:  It's time for a new career and I am going to be a very famous novelist.

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a young adult paranormal romance author of self-published ebooks.  Her series, The Guardians of Vesturon, centers around a family of six siblings and is a mix of humor, mystery, suspense and of course, love.  Survival and Resurrection are her first and second full length novels, and Beginnings is her prequel novella to the series.  Determinant, her third in the series will be released 6/30/12.
(It didn’t really happen like that, but you get the idea!)

And one more thing....
Book Links

The Guardians of Vesturon is available from the following retailers:

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Try Me ~ Diane Alberts

This is an adult comtemporary romance novella (Rated NC-17)

4 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

What happens in Vegas…can lead to romance.

It took one wild night for Sergeant Jeremy Addison to realize that Vegas? Was a bad idea.

Bloody. Bruised. Dehydrated. Abandoned in the desert, and left to stagger down the road. The only way this leave could get worse was if his savior was his ex-best friend’s sister…and the girl he’d loved since childhood.

The last person Erica expected to find on the roadside was her high school crush. She hadn’t seen Jeremy in seven years—ever since the night he said he loved her, and she ran away. Losing him then had been a mistake, but wanting him now could be catastrophic if he discovered the secret that chased every other man from her life. But with a tall, tattooed Marine determined to prove he’s always been faithful, can Erica resist his advances…or will she surrender ground and give love a try?

My Review

First let me say, I love the cover.  It's eye catching and I wish I had it on my book shelf.

This story may be short but it wasn’t lacking. It was a good solid read. It’s the kind of read were you are looking for something quick and satisfying.

Even if only a nibble of a story, after reading you may think that this should have been predicable and maybe a bit sappy, but it wasn’t those things. You’ll really be left satisfied with a happily ever after and wanting more.

My only complaint was it wasn’t quite long enough after I got in the details. I would have loved a little more with Jeremy and maybe a bit more back story. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for that.

Overall, it was good. I look forward to reading more from this author.

My book boyfriend, Jeremy.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Countermeasure by Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey

Countermeasure ~ Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey

This is an adult crime solving novel (Rated NC-17)

4 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

In the first novel of the COUNTERMEASURE SERIES, Trevor Bauer is haunted by the mystery surrounding his parents' disappearance. His dreams for his own life have been put on hold. While searching for clues about them, he crosses paths with Cassandra James, a tough ex-CIA agent who derails every one of his best laid plans to avoid a relationship until he can find the closure he desperately seeks.

Suspicious and determined never to fall into the love trap, security specialist Cassandra James takes on a chase to recover files stolen right out from under her nose. In an effort to prove to her father--also her boss--that she is a capable woman, she follows the digital trail--a trail that leads her directly into the arms of Trevor Bauer, an NSA analyst who appears to have more secrets than she has scars...

When he accepts her request for help in recovering the files she's hunting, they embark on an adventure that takes them across the ocean and into a world of intrigue and violence. As things between them begin to heat up, Trevor realizes that, if he is ever to win Cassandra's heart and the future he craves, he has no choice but to reveal all his secrets.

My Review

When I opened this book, I was surprised by professional feel of this book.  And don’t think that gave the book an edge.  It actually made me have more expectations.

Caught up in the mystery of the story, I really enjoyed this one a lot.  The characters were pretty solid and I could feel the story build around them.  The story turned the pages on its on and I found it hard to find a stopping place when I needed to do something else.

And low and behold, I didn’t guess the bad guy.  I guess someone totally different.  Which is a good thing. 

I only had a few problems but none were enough to totally distract from the overall enjoyment for me.  These may be slight spoilers but nothing that really gives anything away.  So here we go, I was curious why one of the characters flew from MD to VA.  Could they drive?  Why not destroy the package they were after instead of creating a security risk by holding on to it. A name in the book reminded me of my favorite tv series.  And some Irish phrases reminded me of one of my favorite book series.  The biggest issue was the insta love.  This story trailed a tightrope line on insta love.  And I wonder why can’t characters say they are falling in love??? Hmmm.

Even still, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  So if you like mystery/thriller/crime solving novels, check this one out.

My book Boyfriend is Trevor.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Moon Dwellers by David Estes Blog Tour ~ Character Post Included!!!!

The Moon Dwellers ~ David Estes

This is a young adult dystopian novel (Rated PG)

5 out of 5 stars

Book Summary

 In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

My Review

This book is all the good things about dystopian novels. I enjoyed this one a whole heck of a lot. If you loved Hunger Games, Divergent, or Delirium, you are going to like this one.

Okay, the characters. Adele is strong and everything a girl on a mission should be. Her circumstance is not good, yet she rises to the occasion. Tristan is everything he should be considering his station in life. Together, their paths cross but for different reason.

The plot, well, it’s the weaker against a strong government or organization that is corrupt of fallible. Although that is the definition of dystopian novels, this story is still fresh and is told in its own way and time.

Romance may not be at the forefront of this one. But it’s the undercurrent of the story that simmers and keeps the blood boiling. Still, it was the right mix of action, adventure and romance that are key in making this story great.

I have to say that I read a lot of books. In fact, I’ve read over 130 books so far this year. A lot of them are from authors not traditionally published but no less talented than those that are. This story is an example where if a publisher turned this one down, they missed out.

Overall, for me it was great. Again, if you like dystopian novels, read this one. I can say, I’m begging for the next one. It ended in a place where I need to know what happens next.

My book boyfriend, Tristan.  


Read a page out of Tristian's diary.  A prelude to the story and an exclusive for all of you.  YAY!

A Prelude to The Moon Dwellers

A passage taken from the diary of Tristan Nailin, a sun dweller and the eldest son of President Nailin, ruler of the Tri-Realms, in the year 490 P.M. (Post-Meteor), nine years before The Moon Dwellers was written.

Bright light from the artificial sun shines through my stained-glass window, sending brilliant red and blues and greens dancing across the white-painted stone walls.  I should be up already, but I’m still groggy from the late-night festivities from last night.  You see, it was my eighth birthday, and my mom let me stay up till midnight.  Last night I was happy, but today I’m sad.  Because today is Roc’s eighth birthday.  The day he becomes a man.  My father calls it the age of accountability, which for me is awesome, because I get to stay up later, start real sword training, and brag to my brother about how I’m a man now. 

But for a kid born into a servant family, like Roc, turning eight means no more fun, no more playing, time to work.  Today he’s my best friend, my playmate, like a brother to me; and tomorrow he’ll be my servant, charged with cleaning my armor after training, serving me my meals, answering my every beck and call.  Father sat me down and explained everything.  He has to call me sir, and he can’t laugh around me.  We can’t joke around, or play tricks on my brother, Killen, or do anything fun together.  No more friendship, no more brotherhood.  So I’m sad. 

I slip out of bed and pad down the white, stone hallway.  The lights are on in the presidential house, making the place feel bright and cheery.  In the Sun Realm, things always seem bright and cheery.  Roc said he hears his dad talking about the other realms sometimes.  That they aren’t bright…or cheery.  That he and Roc are lucky to be living up here, even if only as servants.  That the Moon and Star Realms are dreary and not a place you’d want to visit—not even for a day.  All that just makes Roc and I want to visit the other realms even more.  But I’m not even sure I believe him.  Roc can be a bit of a fibber sometimes, but I don’t mind.

The long dining table is empty when I arrive.  Everyone else had to stick to the schedule, and have long since finished their breakfast.  But not me, not today.  Because of my birthday, and because of Roc’s.  My mom’s orders. 

I even take a risk and sit down at one end of the table, instead of in the middle, like I’m supposed to.  I sit impatiently, sliding the bottoms of my socked feet against the floor as I swing my legs.  A minute later I feel a tap on my right shoulder and I swing my head around to catch the culprit.  No one’s there.  Someone snorts to my left, a clear attempt to disguise a laugh.  Roc.

I turn sharply to the left, wrenching my elbow to the side and behind me.  “Oomf!” Roc hollers, as my bony elbow cracks him in the shoulder.  Now it’s my turn to laugh.  Roc may be a better prankster, but I’ll beat him in a fight any day. 

Roc is rubbing his bruised shoulder, but his olive-skinned face isn’t angry—he knows he had it coming.  He’s even sort of grinning, but wincing too, like he wants to laugh but is in too much pain to do it properly.  What a dork.

He sits down next to me, still rubbing his shoulder.  “You should have seen your face,” he says.  “You were like, ‘what the heck!’”

“Like you can talk,” I say, pointing at his pained expression. 

We are interrupted when one of the servant girls brings us our breakfasts.  She’s one of my father’s personal servants, blond-haired and blue-eyed and kind of small, but with big bumps on her chest.  Roc calls them her pillows and they’re way bigger than my mom’s.  She looks like what I think an elf would look like, if there even are elves anymore.  I’m not sure what she helps my father with, but it must be important. 

We devour our breakfasts without speaking, occasionally flicking bits of food at each other with our forks and laughing.  Good old Roc.  My best friend.  At least for one more day.

We hurry off to find my mom.  It isn’t hard because she’s always in the palace gardens, and we find her at her favorite spot, sitting with her back against the biggest tree in all the Tri-Realms, with a thick trunk and gnarled branches that are perfect for climbing.  She tells me she loves the gardens because they’re peaceful, away from all the politics and hubbub of the government buildings.  I like that word, hubbub—it sounds funny when you say it. 

When my mom speaks of the gardens it’s all about the beauty of nature and the serenity—which I think means peaceful—of wasting away the day dreaming on the lawn.  When my father speaks of the gardens all he cares about is how smart his engineers are who figured out how to make artificial sun powerful enough to grow plants underground.  My parents are so different.

My mom looks sad when I first see her, her eyes wrinkled and tired, and her mouth thin and drooped.  But as soon as she spots us, her eyes come alive and sparkle, prettier than the flowers that dot the gardens, erasing the weary lines underneath them.  Her mouth sprouts wings and curls into a smile that warms my heart and soul.  “Tristan, Roc—I’m so glad you’re here.  I was afraid I’d have to tell myself stories all day.  And that can get pretty boring.  Plus they’d probably lock me up for insanity.”  My mom’s smile somehow manages to get bigger as she talks. 

I crack up and Roc giggles next to me.  The thought of Mom sitting there talking to herself seems funny for some reason.  “You can tell us the stories,” I say, right away taking control of things.

My mom ignores me and looks at Roc.  “It’s your birthday, kiddo, so it’s up to you.”

That’s just the way my mom is.  She treats both Roc and I like sons, which is probably why I think of him as a brother.  I wonder what will happen tomorrow, when he’s not my brother anymore.

Roc’s brown eyes light up in a way only my mom can cause, and he says, “I’d love a story.  For my birthday.”

Mom gestures with her arms and we sit next to her, one on each side.  She pulls us in close to her shoulders, kisses us each on the forehead, and says, “Once upon a time, when humans lived aboveground…”

We dream the rest of the day away in the gardens, me, Roc and my mom.  It is a perfect day and I know it’s probably the last one I’ll ever have.

AND NOW.... Tristan