Blog Tour Review: Recalled by Cambria Hebert

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Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?
And then you died.
And you were given another chance. A better chance.
This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.
It never is.
And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.
Love or Death?

REVIEW
I haven’t read any story about Death Escorts or Grim reaper before. The synopsis is really intriguing and made me pick up the book right away.

Dexter and Piper meet in a dark street. He saves her that night from an accident and dies in the process. He meets a dealer who gives him a choice between hell or a life of service to death. He chooses to be a “death escort” but the irony is that if wants this life he has to kill and his first target is Piper.

I could understand why Dex chose to be a death Escort. It was better than going to hell and he had a tough life. He lived on the street and fought to survive everyday. What I didn’t understand is why he had to go to hell. I mean he killed his mom’s abusive boyfriend and that to me is not something he should be punished for. It was self defense, right?  

I liked Dex. He was too hard on himself. I think he was a much better person that he gave himself credit for. He died to save a complete stranger What else can you ask of a guy?
Life and death both gave him crappy choices and I don’t blame him for anything. 

I didn’t understand Piper. She is like-able but I just couldn’t connect with her. If I saw a vision of my best friend dying I would probably want to stay by her side and would certainly not be going on a vacation with some guy, that I have just met. It made no sense to me.  The romance was not believable. It seemed forced and was done only because it was necessary for the plot.

I like the idea behind the novel. It’s a fun, fast read.  It’s entertaining and manages to keep you hooked. Nothing more, nothing less.

She Wulf: Guest Post

Please enjoy this guest post by Sheryl Steines, author of the action-packed urban fantasy, She Wulf. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including a Kindle Fire, $550 in Amazon gift cards, 5 autographed copies of She Wulf, and 5 copies of its companion, The Day of First Sun.   

Time Travel? Yes, I think so!

A guest post by Sheryl Steines

If you could go anywhere, meet any person, in any period of time, where would you go, what would you do, who would you meet? I know this is all hypothetical, but hey, I write in the pretend–in the fantasy. So suspend your disbelief, and come play with me for a moment. Not such an easy question to answer, is it? One option would be to go and meet someone long dead–perhaps Elvis circa 1959 makes your heart swoon. Would you take the opportunity to meet a favorite entertainer, or maybe you want your trip to count for something meaningful? 

But what if you made a change, saved a life, corrected a wrong, how would your alterations affect the future? An interesting notion, don’t you think? As I wrote She Wulf, my time travel adventure, I developed the idea of changing the past and how that might lead to the future you are trying to change. Maybe our interference might just be a self-fulfilling prophecy. That’s when The Terminator movie struck me as so relevant and important in how I shaped my ideas of time travel. For those who don’t know, The Terminator is a science fiction adventure where machines take over the world. The machines are human like cyborgs, ruled by an artificial intelligence program called Skynet, whose sole mission is to annihilate humanity. In opposition, the resistance was created by John Connor and they are winning the war. In an effort to prevent the resistance from being founded, the cyborgs send back one of their own, to murder John’s mother Sarah, before he’s born. To protect her and ensure he is even conceived, he sends back one of his soldiers (his father), to protect her. Got all that. So finally to my point, and I realize this all imaginary and takes place on celluloid but really, had the cyborgs never sent back the terminator, John Connor never would have sent back his father and he wouldn’t have been born. But what can you expect from a bunch of cyborgs anyway? For me, in She Wulf, you couldn’t just decide one day to go to the past unless you found yourself there when the past was actually the present. Huh? Picture it this way. It’s 2012 and you want to go to the past, let’s say to the year 1900. You can’t go unless during the year 1900, you actually showed up. I know, it’s all theory, but that’s how it happened when Annie Pearce finds herself falling through a time portal, back to eleventh century England. She understands the concept of time travel, of altering the past and how it can affect the future which makes her reluctant to get involved. But she realizes that she had already been there, in the year 1075, had already altered time and whatever she touched or changed or created, was meant to be touched, changed or created. So still think time travel is cool?
I know sometimes we’d like a do-over, the ability to change a decision, to not have to live through pain and despair. But sometimes, these things make us who we are. Each experience shapes us, each tear, each laugh, adds to our self. We gain something. All those things that I’ve experienced, including the loss of a child, made me who I am. Without that, could I have written She Wulf? So time travel–can you see it? What if it was real and I could look at it from a purely joyful perspective, without those darned consequences hanging over my head. Maybe an afternoon with Elvis would be fun.

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About She Wulf: Annie is sent through an ancient time portal with only a prophecy to guide her; she struggles with a new destiny as she tries to figure out a way to destroy an un-killable demon and return home. Get it on Amazon. About The Day of First Sun: A vampire, a rogue wizard and an army of soulless zombies are par for the course for Annie Pearce and Bobby “Cham” Chamsky of the Wizard’s Guard. But when the non-magical princess, Amelie of Amborix, is murdered by magical means, a deeper plot unfolds. Get it on Amazon.
About the author: Behind the wheel of her ’66 Mustang Convertible, Sheryl is a constant surprise, using her sense of humor and relatable style make her books something everyone can enjoy. Visit Sheryl on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.


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Blog Tour Review: First Frost

Welcome to my stop on First Frost Tour hosted by Young Adult Novel Reader.
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For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.” Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Review:

This book is really original. I haven’t read anything like this before and I enjoyed every bit of it. 

Fairy tales are awesome. I love them. I have seen all the disney movies but I haven’t read the original Grimm’s version of the stories. Though now, I am really curious. 


The story is told through the POV of Bianca Frost. Snow White’s great-great-great granddaughter. (Yes, you read that correct) So an evil witch Lenore had kidnapped Bianca’s mother and in order to save her Bianca travels to Everafter (A magical land where all fairy tales take place) with her best friend Ming. There they meet Prince Ferdinand and his servant Terrance.
The prince is amusing to say the least. He comes on a white horse and is looking for a “damsel in distress” to rescue. I couldn’t help but smile when he was around. But Terrance is the real hero of the story. I liked this twist. He is sweet and just really likeable.

So I loved all the characters. I also love the idea of a museum where all the magical things are stored. I would pay to visit such a place. 
Bianca’s journey to find her mother was adventurous and so fun! She meets the big bad wolf, uses Red Riding Hood’s cape, Rapunzel’s hair, learns magic from “the old woman”, lives in a brick house of the third little pig. Need I say more?
I think the climax was a little rushed. I wanted more action. Recommend this to anyone who loves fairy tales. It’s a clean, good fantasy novel.

About The Author: 
Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico.  She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi’er Publishing, October 2007) and The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011). Liz is currently working on a new novel.
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Few Are Angels: Book Review + Interview!

 
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After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she’s lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she’s lost her sanity as well. But when Kale–a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past–reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind’s, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.
 Review:

I liked it. The plot is interesting and almost all the characters are likeable. Each chapter in the book begins with a quote and that’s something really cool. The story is original and the writing is good. Though editing could be better. The beginning had me hooked and the ending left me so many questions. I want the next book.

The prologue and epilogue are really interesting. The middle part of the story is a little dragged but it never gets boring. The romance between Ella and Kale was a little rushed. I am not a fan of insta love but I guess in this case it makes sense because they have a history together, literally!

Ella, the MC is a well developed character. She just lost her parents and is trying to cope up with the loss. I could feel her pain and sadness. Some things just shake life so hard that it gets really difficult to go back to normal.
So, my favorite character would be Alex. He is Ella’s best friend and is also kinda in love with her. He is really cute and if the next book has a love triangle I would be on his side. No offense Kale, you’re hot and mysterious. I am sure you will find many loyal followers! 😀
Jace is from the Council of Immortals and is trying to protect Ella. He doesn’t like Kale much. I am hoping to see more of him in the next book.
Seriously, this book is filled with swoon worthy guys. 😉
Mia was a little annoying at times. But she grows on me and I guess I like her, but she should stay away from Alex or else….. *mwahaha* (that’s my evil laughter, if you didn’t know)
Laurent is the bad guy. He is creepy and scary and is called “The Dark Prince” (Yes, I know!)
The chapters from his POV were interesting.
So all in all this is good book and I suggest this to anyone who loves fantasy.

I have the author Inger Iversen, for a quick interview. Read on!.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live in Virginia Beach about ten minutes away from the beach. I live with my tree huggin’ boyfriend and chubby cat, Max.
What do you do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing I’m usually reading.  Lately, I haven’t had time to read, but I normally spend a lot of time in Barnes and Noble or browsing the Kindle store on Amazon. I also work full-time at a chainsaw factory. When I tell people that they are always amazed, but I have to say that it’s pretty easy work. I make the small plastic parts that come together to make the whole unit.
How did you come up with the idea of “Few Are Angels”?
It came to me in a dream. I ignored it for a while because I was in the middle of writing Dream Walker, but once Few Are Angels started invading my daydreams I put it on paper.
Do you have a favorite scene or character from this book?
I love all of the characters, but I do have a major soft spot for Alex. He reminds me of my younger brother. I have a few things planned for him in second and final book of the series.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work 12 hours a day, but it’s a rotating shift so I only work 15 days a month. I also work overnight and I keep the same hours on my off days. Most nights I stay up until four in the morning and depending on how motivated I am, I can write just about all night.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Yes, I have suffered from writers block and it was horrible. I was at the halfway point with Few Are Angels and I put it down for a few months. I didn’t know where to go next and my brain was no help at all.  Few Are Angels took a year to finish and it was partly because of writers block, but I stepping away from it for a bit was a good thing. When I came back to it my head was clear and I was able to get over the hurdle.
 
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? 

My favorite book from high school is Of Mice and Men, but there are more recent books that I love like the Pace series by Shelena Shorts and Kissed by an Angel series by Elizabeth Chandler.
What can we expect from the upcoming books in the “Few Are Angels” series?
In the next book I introduce a few new characters from the Council of Immortals and also from Kale’s past. In Awakened, Ella learns the truth about her parent’s deaths while Alex realizes what he has to do save Ella and Kale struggles with La Luxure, his Blood Lust. 

Besides this series, what other projects are you working on?

I have a lot of ideas, but I can only write but so fast. I have a series that I started before Few Are Angels called, Dream Walker and I plan to polish it up and publish it sometime next year. I also have a new project that I am working on a called Ena’s Wolf, here is the synopsis:

The students of Hovsgrove High aren’t letting the recent deaths of two students ruin their summer and why should they? It’s not like the deaths are related or caused by an evil presence prowling in the night, right? Summer vacation before senior year was supposed to be one of the best times in Ena’s life. Summer parties, cook-outs, hanging out at Mackie’s—a pool hall in Hovsgove, with her cousin Vi and best friend T.W. was all ruined in a matter of minutes. The last day of school proves to be the worst day of Ena’s life when she witnesses a student chased into the woods and killed by an obscenely large dog. After the “incident” the only thing that Ena gets to see for the first three weeks of her summer is the inside of her bedroom. When no body is found and Ena can’t explain why she made up a story about a dog attack/murder, she ends up grounded and an outcast with the kids in school. Her only hope to salvage the rest of her summer vacation after her three week prison sentence is over is her cousin Vi and best friend T.W. The energetic, smart mouthed New Yorker Vi not only convinces Ena to sneak out to one of the best parties of the summer, but also convinces her to investigate the murdered student herself. Neither girl nor T.W.  knows what is in store for them and as they start asking questions they find out that there are missing teens that the residents don’t know about. How could the HPD have missed this key information that a sixteen year and her friends uncover in a matter of days? Are the police really doing all they can to find the missing kids or is there something dangerously making its way throughout Hovsgrove and stealing teens in the night, without the fear of justice?

Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
                            Keep writing and always be yourself.
Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

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*The book was provided by the author in exchange of an honest review*