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The Cards of Life and Death

By: Colleen Gleason     Format: Paperback        Read: August 2014

 

Diana Iverson has it all, a blossoming malpractice firm and a seemingly perfect fiancé, when she receives news of her estranged aunt’s sudden passing. Diana inherits her aunt’s old home and decides to take a last minute trip up to Maine. While there, she discovers her aunt’s tarot cards which keep popping up at strange times, along with a handsome neighbor and his big, black lab. However, when strange incidents keep happening and several sabotage attempts on the house and her car, Diana begins to suspect her aunt’s death wasn’t from natural causes, but she may be putting her own life at risk.

Colleen Gleason’s mystical book is descriptive and will have readers feeling as though they are living the story. This book is about learning to conquer old insecurities and trusting in your intuition, in order to be open to trusting others. The second half of the book picks up the pace and is packed full of suspense. Though at times the storyline can be predictable, the ending contains a major twist that will leave readers shocked and speechless.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Note:

I won this copy in a contest held by a different author. To learn more about this author, please visit her website.

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Girl Meets Underworld

By: Jess Watkins. Format: eBook. Read: November 2013.

Stella is severely depressed and alone, after losing both her mother and brother to an animal attack. Faced with no other choice, she decides to end her pain and reunite with her family, by jumping off the roof of a building. That is until a guy appears next to her, then jumps and survives! Turns out this guy, Conner is a vampire and even though he seems very friendly, Stella is afraid that a vampire is the one who killed her family. Still, there is something about Conner and she knows she can trust him. But things get a little crazy when her friends introduce her to a new guy named Will, who seems to be very inconsiderate and hot-tempered. Conner warns her that Will is dangerous, but he is just a human… Isn’t he?

This book is a very, fast and fun read. The pace of the book is very quick, especially in the beginning. Both the plot and the characters could have used more time to be developed thoroughly. However, the ending will leave readers shocked and gasping out loud. The plot also seems a bit too familiar at times, and it will have readers comparing it to other popular vampire novels. The setting is never clearly identified, but it seems to take place in Europe. Although the author’s writing style is very fluid and easy to follow. Overall, fans of the infamous Vampire-Werewolf love triangle, will enjoy this book.

Are you a fan of YA Vampire novels? If so, what’s your favorite series?

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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A Year in Review #8

Good Morning Everyone,

Wait just one quick minute… Does that title really say #8???!!! Wow! Time sure has flown-by quickly these past few weeks. I have had so much fun with all of these re-reviews and I am excited to present this week’s look back. Week number 8 steps into the world of paranormal romances with shape-shifters and Sanguines. This incredible world is brought to life by author Melissa R. Smith. Enjoy!

Color of Night
“Melissa R. Smith is a talented paranormal romance author. Readers will be on the edge of their seats, as they read this novel. The suspense is as powerful as the romantic chemistry. This is an exciting and amazing start to the Panthera Series.”

Six Hours to Sunrise
“Vampire novels are the main attraction right now. This is a book about one human and one Sanguine. Filled with broken rules and traditions, along with miss-communications, provides a roller-coaster of emotions for both the characters and the readers. Several unique twists will keep the reader guessing until the final pages.”

Legacy
“Melissa R. Smith has continued her Sanguine Series with Legacy. However, it is a new setting filled with new faces. Each character, whether human or Sanguine, has secrets they hide, and fears that influence the choices he/she makes. Smith is an amazing story-teller.”

Touch of Silver
Touch of Silver picks up a few months after the end of Legacy. Readers’ hearts will ache as Devani and Roman fight for the right to live as a couple in peace. Melissa R. Smith fills this book with raw human emotions that will bring readers to tears at times. Paranormal romance fans need to take note, Melissa R. Smith is an author to add to the Must-Read list.

Giveaway Time:

Melissa R. Smith will be giving one lucky commenter an ecopy of one of her books. That’s right… winner get’s to decide which one of these four books he/she would like to receive. To be entered to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below between now and July 19, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT. Winner will be selected using Random.org on Saturday, July 20, 2013 and announced later that day! Good luck everyone!

As if this exciting giveaway wasn’t enough, Melissa R. Smith will be giving the winner of the Big Giveaway, a signed paperback book and a specially designed journal that relates to her series. If you would like a chance to win these prizes, head over to the Big Giveaway page and click on the Rafflecopter link. Good luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Touch of Silver

Sanguine Series #3. By: Melissa R. Smith. Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.

Devani Daniels has just left her soul mate, in order to save his life. However the Militia is still after her and now they are threatening her family. Roman is a Sanguine lost without his love and determined to figure out why she left. Once Roman discovers his pain was caused by the Militia, he is determined to reconnect with Devani, even if it means a full blown war. Little do they know, just how many lives will be affected by their love.

Touch of Silver picks up a few months after the end of Legacy. Readers’ hearts will ache as Devani and Roman fight for the right to live as a couple in peace. Melissa R. Smith fills this book with raw human emotions that will bring readers to tears at times. The main characters provide a modern twist to the classic tale of a perilous love. There were a few minor grammatical errors, but they did not distract from the storyline. Even with a satisfying ending, readers will still be left wanting more. Paranormal romance fans need to take note, Melissa R. Smith is an author to add to the Must-Read list.

Growing up, I was never really a fan of paranormal romance. I never understood the appeal of vampires and shape-shifters. However in this day and age, there seems to be a surplus of vampire tales, and I find myself drawn into the melee. It is refreshing to read to books like Melissa R. Smith’s that offer a new twist and tell a more unique tale. I find myself anxiously awaiting what she writes next.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about her and her work, please visit her website.

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Have you entered in Week #2’s Giveaways?

Good Morning Everyone,

The Giveaways are live for Week #2! Make sure you have entered. In case you have missed something, here are the links:

1. A Year in Review #2. All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of the post and you will be entered to win an ecopy of one of Emily Guido’s books!
2. Twitter Guess the Character Game. Read the description then leave your guess in the Rafflecopter. You can find the link to the Rafflecopter under the Big Giveaway page.
3. Facebook Guess the Poet or Poem Game. This week’s poem is pinned at the top. Once you have figured out the name of the Poet or the title of the Poem, enter your guess in the Rafflecopter. On Facebook, it is located in the blue square called giveaway at the top of the page.

I hope you all are enjoying this week’s games and I just want to say thank you again for all of you support. Good luck to you all!

Have a wonderful day!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Ransom

The Light-Bearer Series #5. By: Emily Guido. Format: eBook. Read: January 2013.

Charmeine and Tabbruis are in Disney World with their family, enjoying a day at the happiest place in the world. During this day, Percival meets the girl from his dreams and it is up to Charmeine, Tabbruis, Shane, Sandra, Dmitri and Percival to convince his mother, Hera, that he is ready to fall in love. Little does this family know how special this girl, Carly, is and how painful a past she has lived. As Charmeine and Shane get to know Carly, they realize this girl has a bit more in common with them. Enter a whirlwind of adoption papers and happiness, as Carly becomes a part of the family and everyone heads back to Romania. Unfortunately for Charmeine and Tabbruis, there seems to be a pattern of bad luck that follows them and this time it comes in the form of Lord Cromwell himself. As he opens war on the family, blood is shed and everyone’s life, including Baby Hunter’s, is in jeopardy. Will the family survive? Is there some greater truth out there that will forever split Charmeine and Tabbruis? Only time will tell for this family.

 

Emily Guido has done it again with this fifth installment from her Light-Bearer series. Her main couple, Charmeine and Tabbruis, are a bit of a modern, sci-fi Romeo and Juliet. These two are so in love that it radiates off of the ever-growing family and yet they seem to have their love tested with each new book. The faith in God, love, unity and acceptance are still the themes in this latest book. Guido has created the most accepting and loving character in Charmeine, along with a cast of opposites that all learn to love and accept one another. Guido’s hints toward what is to come in the next book, will leave readers waiting impatiently.

 

I have had the honor to read this series from the beginning and can’t say enough, how much I wish the world could learn from the characters in this book. Imagine what the world would be like, if we spent our days accepting each others’ differences, instead of pointing out each of the flaws. Judgment is a harsh word, yet acceptance is more powerful a term. I cannot wait to see what else is in store for the family that lives in Castle Charmeine.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Seditious

The Light Bearer Series #4. By: Emily Guido. Format: eBook. Read: January 2013.

 

Charmeine and Tabbruis have survived the battle with the Elder Council and are expecting their new baby. Unfortunately for these two, they do not have long to enjoy the peace and happiness with their family. One night as the intruder alarm sounds, the majority of the family go out and meet with a group of Blood-Hunters that bring news of a conflict in Athens. But even worse than that, is they come with a warning that Lord Cromwell has escaped. During this gathering Charmeine, Percival and Athena are brutally attacked by a Blood-Hunter woman named Bathsheba. Soon Charmeine finds out that Bathsheba and Tabbruis have history together and he sets aside all of his priorities to care for Bathsheba. Will Charmeine learn the truth behind their history, or is this end for Tabbruis and Charmeine.

 

Emily Guido has written the perfect soap opera love story for Charmeine and Tabbruis. Each time these two find their way back to each other, another obstacle is thrown in their path that not only threatens their happiness but also the lives of their family. Each book in this series is better than the one before, as is the writing. Readers will enjoy the fact that Seditious focuses on the story of each of the family members, instead of just Charmeine and Tabbruis. Each of the characters become more relatable as they show their strengths and weakness. Unity, love, trust and faith are the values that are represented in each page of this book. Readers will be on the edge of their seat as they await to learn the outcome in the next book.

 

 

I have truly enjoyed reading this Light-Bearer series by Emily Guido. Seditious is by far my favorite and has left me with high hopes for the next book. Guido has a talent of making these unrealistic characters have human flaws, which readers will understand and relate too. Each of the conflicts provides yet another opportunity to trust in love, or run in fear. This is a powerful story and a wonderful series. Have you read the series yet? Which minor character is your favorite? I am torn between Athena or Hameal.

 

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

Note: Emily Guido provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about her and this book, please visit her website.

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Accendo

The Light-Bearer Series. By: Emily Guido. Format: eBook. Read: November 2012.

    Charmeine and Tabbruis are two angels made by God for each other and now that they have been reunited on Earth they must combine forces to save it. Charmeine and Tabbruis know that they must fight the Elder Council in order to save Blood-Hunters, Light-Bearers and Humans, but can they save their family too? As the past is remembered and the future revealed, will their love survive? Lies, fears and a breach of trust could come between them, which could mean they would lose each other along with their family.

Charmeine is a stong heroine with a very unique, rough past, yet she has found the love of her existence and she has a caring family. However in the third installment of The Light-Bearer Series, Charmeine’s inner fears are shown as she struggles with her role in the prophecy. These fears remind the readers of her past and they give her a more relatable charm. Fans of the series will be taken on a heart-wrenching journey throughout the book that will leave them all speechless at the end. Guido has created a fascinating world filled with examples of compassion versus judgment, trust versus fears and faith versus doubt. Readers will be impatiently tapping their fingers as they wait for the arrival of the fourth book.

Each of these three books starts where the previous one left off so the readers do not miss a single detail. Each new book strengthens in terms of writing and fluidity, and all of them combine to tell a very compelling story of “human” nature. The best part of this story is the subtle lessons it teaches about acceptance, love and compassion. I feared that in writing my reviews for each book, I would duplicate details or phrases, but this story had a sub-plot inside of the original plot that it allowed for more possibilities. I have enjoyed reading this series and I can’t wait to join Charmeine and Tabbruis on their next adventure, as I feel like I am a member of their family. So tell me, have you read this series yet? If so, which would you rather be: a Blood-Hunter, a Light-Bearer or a Flame-Thrower?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: Emily Guido provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about the author and this book, please visit her website.

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Charmeine

The Light-Bearer Series #1. By: Emily Guido. Format: eBook. Read: September 2012.

     Charmeine and Tabbruis had it all, they were two angels in Heaven made by God to complete one another. They were in love and had started a family, until one unforseen event. Tabbruis woke up with the no memory except for his name. Along his journey he discovers he has a need for blood and must choose between slaughtering humans or respecting a human’s life. He is alone in life for many centuries until an undeniable urge brings him to New York. Charleen Davis is a teacher in desperate need of a vacation. She is also an orphan with no memories of her past. Her only family is her best friend Shane, a fellow orphan, who is like her baby brother. The two of them have plans to attend a Billy Joel concert on her first day off, but Shane cancels at the last-minute when he is hired for a lucrative job as Tabbruis’s driver. The fateful events at one Billy Joel concert thrust together these three individuals. As they work together to save their lives, ancient memories return disguised as dreams. Now this make-shift family must learn the truth about their pasts in order to save the future of humanity.

Charmeine is a powerful and exciting tale of acceptance and love. Two different non-human species exist only to rid the Earth of the other kind, so what happens when opposites attract and fall in love? Opposites need each other to survive and the battle to accept that may destroy everything. A paranormal twist with religious undertones allow for a modernization to the classic tale of two destined lovers. Guido will sure to be turning heads and making readers all over this world rally behind the love between Tabbruis and Charmeine. The beginning is a tad slow with some choppy sentences and minor grammar errors, but once the two main characters unite the pace picks up quickly. This book makes an exciting set-up for the series. Readers will be signing up to read what happens next.

I enjoyed this book and the questions it brought to mind. One main internal question for me was How do you have dark without light? How do you have light without dark.. Existence needs balance, just look to Heaven and Hell to know that there is always an opposite. Imagine what life would be like if opposites stopped fighting and started accepting one another. Have you read Charmeine? If so what internal questions did you think of while reading? I am thoroughly looking forward to book two in this series.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: Emily Guido provided me a copy of this book for review. To learn more about this author and her books please visit her website.

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Good Evening!

Hi Everyone,

     So I am sure most of you think I am a big slacker as I have skipped many days this month writing posts and reviews. I do apologize. September for some reason has been hectic and at night, when I normally write, my eyes are too heavy and my mind and body too exhausted to write a post. So here I am apologizing again, which I hope will be my last but knowing Life it will probably be the last for a while. I do mean all of my apologies and I will catch up on your blogs.

     I have a quick little topic I wish to vent about here. I must say that I work hard to keep a good working relationship with the authors that have been so kind to send me their books, and with prospective new authors. If you are one of these authors please email me or leave a comment about my communication skills. Am I up to par with what you value? I am asking this because I feel that I have a decent work relationship going with everyone, however there has been one author who has not responded to any of my emails. This author has given me no opinion on my review of their book. For future reference to everyone: I keep my reviews honest and I value the opinions of each of you. If you didn’t like it, please tell me so that I can improve my writing. The truth will still be the same, but the style might be changeable.

     Thanks for listening to my venting and it is time to change the tone with some positive. I have finished reading the first book in a new paranormal romance series. I will have the review posted tomorrow morning! Also I picked up a new children’s book from the mail today. Please click on The List to view the latest books up for review. I wish everyone a wonderful night. (Hopefully with a good book planned for the weekend!)

     Enjoy!
         ~Ariesgrl

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