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Review: Entwined with You( Crossfire #3)

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Synopsis:

The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires…

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession. ( Source: Goodreads)

Can be found: Online @ Amazon.com or in your local book store

Price: $9.99

My review

I am going to keep my review short. As many of you know by now, Entwined with You is the third installment of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. This book picks up right where the last one left off. To be completely honest, I had really high expectations for this book because I really loved Reflected in You. ( I think that is why I was disappointed)  The first few chapters did keep me entertained but after that I felt like nothing  was really happening. Nothing gripping happened, they would either argue about something or have sex. This book basically explains what happened in the previous book and why certain characters did certain things. Some exciting events do occur but most of the time I found myself turning the pages hoping for something more interesting to happen.  The characters themselves have each grown a lot, which was nice to read. I guess my main complaint is how obsessed they are with each other. It was okay in the first two books but after a while it gets really annoying. Like I said earlier, I am keeping this review short. Over all thoughts: I was disappointed, I was hoping to feel more emotionally connected with the characters like I did in the first two books. As much as I enjoy reading sex scenes, I would of enjoyed it more if this book was focused more on the characters and their struggles. I love romantic novels, but there’s only so much sex and arguing that can happen before the reader gets completely bored.

Rating: 2/5. I heard there is a fourth book coming out in this series, I look forward to reading it. The first two books were amazing, if you have read them, read this one as well.

Let me know what you guys thought of this book. Which book is your favorite?

Exciting news

Hi everyone,

I have some exciting news to share with you guys. I am not sure if I have mentioned it before, but from time to time I like to write when I am feeling a certain way. Whether it be a poem or a short story, I like to express myself through writing. I have always claimed that I am not the best writer, I do this to help improve my writing. I do not consider myself a professional by any means. I just enjoy writing. Now on to the good news. A couple of years ago I decided to write a short story based loosely on my life. I use the term “loosely” because not all the events written in my short story are true. Even though I started this short story a couple of weeks a go, it is still not finished. After writing two chapters I decided to put it on hold. Things like college and work got in the way leaving me with no time to actually sit down and write.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to continue with my short story, I had to find my old notes and get the hang of things while figuring out what direction I wanted to take this story. I have written one paragraph since then and now I kind of what to share it with you guys. I know I will receive a lot of negative feedback but hopefully some of it will be good. I am all for constructive criticism. As I mentioned before, I am not a professional writer, this to me is simply a hobby. It is a way for me to share some of my experiences. Most of what I talk about happened almost three years a go so at this point I am filling in the gaps by adding what I think happened, it may not be exactly how it happened, but it is close enough.

I want to publish my first chapter in my next post ( I need to edit it before I do so) but in the meantime, here is the synopsis:

Interracial Love

By: Sue

Sofia is a 24 year old sheltered  Islamic woman who is finally ready to step out of her shell to find love. Will outside influences from her strict Muslim mother destroy her chances of finding a relationship? Join Sofia on her unconventional journey to find happiness and most of all love. Ups and downs, Sofia is now realizing it might not be as easy as she thought, right when she was about to give up, he came along. Carson, 21, handsome, white and definitely not Muslim. What will she do?

This is not the official synopsis, I wrote a short one to give you guys a idea of what this short story is about. Let me know what your thoughts are  so far. Thanks for stopping by!

Book Review:The Pope’s Stone by Marc Kuhn + GIVEAWAY

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Author: Marc Kuhn

Published: October 9, 2012

Paperback: 242 pages

Kindle Edition: 229 pages

ISBN: 1479185299

Purchase links: Amazon Kindle * Amazon Paperback * Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

THE POPE’S STONE is a fascinating historical novel that follows the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas, descendants of the Barrington family of Virginia. Each young man keeps life-long journals which eventually reveal their parallel lives; lives that are mirrored by similar events and experiences, similar relationships and consequences. The two, however, lived a century apart. The only connections between them are their family heritage, their journals…and the Pope’s Stone.

The Pope’s Stone was a slab of engraved marble given to America in 1854 by Pope Pius IX. It was to be embedded within the walls of the Washington Monument, then under construction in the nation’s capital. John Henry Barrington, a stonemason working at the Monument site, was persuaded to assist a small party of anti-Catholic activists in stealing the Pope’s Stone, smashing it to pieces and tossing them into the Potomac River. The Pope’s Stone was never to be seen again, except for a fragment that John Henry secretly kept for himself. This small piece of the stone passes down through generations of Barringtons, leaving a path of hardship and unexpected tragedy for those who possess it. Coincidence? Bad karma, as Cousin Sarah calls it? Or is it more than that? And, what role does the stone play in the lives of Nathaniel and Nicholas? These are some of the questions you’ll be asking…discover the answers in THE POPE’S STONE.

The Pope’s Stone Website

My review

I was excited to be part of this blog tour right from the beginning. A friend of mine, Monica e-mailed me to see if I would be interested in joining the blog tour for this book, without hesitation I agreed. This is my first blog tour and this book, even though it’s not in the genre that I typically read,it  was still interesting enough to keep me flipping the pages. I have to start of by saying that I really enjoyed how the author described the characters, the way it was written made it really easy to follow and understand what they were going through during that time period. I really felt deeply for each of the characters and the issues they faced, it was definitely a emotional read. Even though they lived a century apart it was really interesting to read how similar their experiences were and how they correlated. I also really liked how each character wrote their own journal, it was a great way to truly see how they each felt about their journey.

This book took me on a  emotional ride, what each of the character went through was truly heartbreaking. I found myself holding back my emotions and reminding myself that this was just a book. I felt really bad for them and couldn’t possibly imagine the grief they endured.

Even though I don’t read books about history, I found those aspects of the book to be quite interesting. The stories that were tied in with the war were really sad to read; I liked how it answered some of the questions that I had about Nathaniel and Nicholas’ family. It’s tragic but uplifting at the same time. It truly makes you appreciate  life  and how short it can be. I enjoyed reading how everyone suffered from Henry’s mistake, I found it to be realistic; I’m sure many of you can relate to that, experiencing something similar myself , I know I can. It’s crazy how one persons greed can affect so many people.

The ending for me tied everything together. I wasn’t too happy while I was reading it, but when I look back now it all makes sense. It all came full circle. I really liked the whole concept of this book and how everything tied together. The author does a great job transitioning from chapter to chapter without confusing the reader. All the chapters had something in common and that is really apparent from the beginning.

Last thoughts- My rating: 4/5

I don’t like to give away a lot when I review books, that’s one of the things my readers appreciate the most. When writing this review, there were a lot of things I wanted to mention but didn’t because it wouldn’t be fair to you guys. I can’t describe how much I enjoyed this book. I found it a little bit slow in the first chapter but after that it really picks up. As you are reading you start noticing the direction this books is going in and you start understanding the plot. Even if you don’t read books in this genre, I highly recommend you read this one. I was hooked right from the beginning, some parts made me want to cry and some parts really frustrated because like all things, life is not fair, its up to you how you deal with what life throws at you. There was a great message behind this book, and I know it will stick with me for a very long time.

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. A a big thank you to Monica!!

A big thank you to Marc Kuhn for writing this book, you did a great job and I truly enjoyed it. To read more about this author please read his bio below. Thanks everyone for stopping by and make sure to check out the giveaway hosted by Monica at the end of this post!

 

About the Author

Marc Kuhn

Author Marc Kuhn has worked in radio broadcasting most of his life as a journalist, a program director and a marketing executive. He has held positions at major radio stations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

Now retired, he has turned his attention to writing. His first book, NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE! is a collection of whimsical verse for young children.
ABOUT A FARM is his second children’s book. It features lessons in life beyond the barnyard.

A third book, THE POPE’S STONE, is Kuhn’s first adult novel. It is a fascinating historical novel about two descendants of the same family who live parallel lives, but a century apart!

Kuhn lives in South Florida with his wife, Rosemarie, and seven grandchildren.

Contact the Author

Website * Blog * Goodreads * Twitter

The Pope’s Stone Tour Schedule (March 8-19)

Make sure to check out all the tour dates below. Let’s show some support!

March 8 – Impressions of a Princess

March 10 – YA Big BOOKworm

March 11- Book Adoration

March 12 – For the Love of Books

March 13 – Nazninazeez

March 14 – Amidst Books

March 15 – Lollipops and Rainbows

March 16 – Emma Snow

March 17 – Prisailurophile Blog

March 18 – Pretty Little Dreamer

March 19 – Edge of Jade

The Giveaway

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Marc Kuhn, the author of the historical novel The Pope’s Stone, is very generous to offer a combo prize package of a signed paperback of his book plus a simple black journal. To sweeten the deal, four winners can totally get this awesome gift. Awesome? Two US residents and two international participants will be chosen by an electronic raffle after the giveaway ends. So what are you guys waiting for? Kindly check the rafflecopter links below. The first one is for International giveaway and the next is for US only.

International Giveaway – link

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/182a4e6/

US Giveaway – link

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/182a4e5/

Note: Both giveaways are open until Friday, March 22. All entries will be checked for validity. On or before March 25, two international and two US residents will be randomly chosen by Rafflecopter. These four winners will be announced in this blog and they will have 48 hours to respond/comment on the announcement post.

Your day will come.

I find myself wanting to write poems when I can’t sleep at night. Even though they aren’t the best, I still want to share them. It’s almost 4 am here, yes I am a insomniac! With out further a do, here is my super short poem.

Be true to yourself, don’t be bothered by what other people have to say.
This is your life, how you live it is your decision at the end of the day.
There’s no point in worrying, no one leaves this world alive
Count your blessings and wait for your shinning moment to arrive.
Be true to yourself, don’t be bothered by what other people say.
Your day will come, lets see what they have to say.

Guest blogger reviews: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Hi everyone,

Today’s review will be by a guest blogger named Monica. The book she will be reviewing is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Thank you Monica for this review!

Review:
I read the blurb and it was promising. It was a breather
It was a summer vacation of my third year in university. Feeling bored, I searched over the Internet for some titles which sound interesting to be read. For those who know me, they will not be surprised to see me in a corner reading a novel. It’s something akin to breathing; reading is a necessity for my existence.

I am a bookworm and I read almost all genres. Others comment that I have an eclectic taste for books, and I don’t disagree with them. So that time, I was browsing over newly released books when I found a genre I am very fond of – Young Adult fiction. YA puts me at ease, comfortable even. It doesn’t make me afraid of getting a coronary or nightmare. It doesn’t make me cry like an idiot over a tragedy of a century. This is not to say that YA is boring – I cannot imagine it could be. It’s just the right genre for me at the time, I guess, being 18 and all.

In my search, I stumbled upon a novel titled Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I read the blurb and it was promising. It was a breather, actually. With the popularity of vampires and werewolves stories no thanks to The Twilight Saga, it was refreshing to find something of a different nature. A very far nature, I daresay.

The Lightning Thief is the first book of a series, which I wasn’t familiar at the time. I got my copy and couldn’t help myself from leafing through its first pages. I was that interested. It attracted me to read because of promises of – gods, demigods, and all those exciting adventures that accompanied the first two mentioned.

I remember when I was in grade school that I am fascinated in mythology. It is something that is universal, yet not too many people my age were very knowledgeable about it. And that made me curious.

The novel was actually classified as a middle-grade book. So what? I didn’t mind. I love reading and as long as the book is sensible and interesting enough, I wouldn’t care less even if it was made for toddlers. It started by introducing the characters, which as much as I expected, young, and most of the personalities that go with the age. The writing was light and easy – it made me feel like the author was an old friend and he was leisurely describing me the scenes as we were sitting and sipping our tea. The descriptions aren’t that grand; I’m not fond of overly described setting, plus it makes my head aches when writers use highfaluting words to create a picture of something as mundane as a flower.

As for the characters, they are loveable. There’s no other way to describe it. They are believable – any one can be like you and me. The attitude that they have are also age-appropriate. I liked it. Others tend to fit their characters into a personality which is not tailored for someone their age, and it made the novel less real. Good thing Rick Riordan had none of that.

What I like best about the characters is their humor. It is ever present. I always find myself laughing at their jibe or witty remark. I also got used to their sarcasm and ironic comments that I sometimes anticipated what they would say. It only got better because the novel was narrated by the hero, Percy Jackson. His inner thoughts and somewhat comical character made him loveable.

An of course, the mythology part. Allow me to use this word, but it was awesome. No exaggeration. I couldn’t find a more appropriate word to express what I feel about it. Rick smartly described concepts, items, and entities in his book in such a way that made me guessing as to what or who he was pertaining to. It was very gripping. I rejoiced when I predicted correctly, and grew frustrated when I got it wrong. It was maddening, too. I have a fair share of mythology lessons and it made me feel like visiting my former teachers whenever I matched a character based on a description.

Now, why exactly do I like this book? It is a YA fiction, but it helps readers be more aware of the lost glory of mythology. The targeted readers are those middle-graders, and I commend the author’s technique of introducing lessons in a book which is too enjoyable to ignore. It is one of the best ways of studying Greek mythology. It is fun- and adventure-filled story and it will surely capture a reader’s interest.

But did it only stop from the young ones? No, it didn’t. Like me, others have been hooked and addicted. Aside from the fact that it was refreshing as mentioned in earlier paragraph, the story is also timeless. People of all ages can actually relate to Greek gods and goddesses, the origins and nomenclature of things. Even though the heroes and heroines may be young, we all have our own inner-child, and we can enjoy a good laugh with a good book.

As of now, I have finished the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series which consists of five novels. The Greeks are interesting, but it seems the readers don’t want the fun to end. So the author continued his story adding the Roman side in his Heroes of Olympus series, and the third installment has been released this fall.

I have read the latest novel in the series, and I am waiting for more. The next is due somewhere around October 2013, and it seems so far from now. But I can wait. And the rumor about the second book in the first installment making it to the silver screen made the wait bearable. But not much.

Thanks again to Monica for this review, click here to visit her blog. If you guys have any questions for Monica feel free to leave them in the comment box. Thank you for stopping by!