Monday, 17 September 2012

betrayal by gregg olsen blog tour

Welcome to best book's stop on the betrayal blog tour

A Seattle native who lives in Washington State, Gregg has seen the darker side of the Pacific Northwest and knows a little more about the area than your average guy. “There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest," he says. “We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here–so many, in fact, sometimes I wonder if they have a secret convention in Washington.”

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with 13 books and sales of over one-million copies to his credit, Gregg made his young-adult fiction debut with Envy. The follow-up, Betrayal, will be published in September 2012.


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 In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems. Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind?
Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all.

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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Dead Radiance (Valkyrie, #1) by T.G. Ayer

Dead Radiance (Valkyrie, #1)Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!! i loved all the characters and watching bryn grow throughout the book was really good. this book was amazing simply because of the emotions it made me display, i cried more than once, i laughed and i loved along with the characters, i NEED dead embers right now!!! i will definilty be reading more books from this author in the future. i suggest that if you like books about norse mythology then definitly read this, hell if you want a book that is different then this is for you :)

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Mariza (God Blessed the Broken Road, #1) by Crystal Cattabriga

Mariza (God Blessed the Broken Road, #1)Mariza by Crystal Cattabriga
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW this book was simply amazing. im not normally one to read books that have anything to do with god because im simply not a religous person, but this book was done well without being overbearing. the characters of this book had me gunning for them and wanting them to all have happy endings. you will have to read it yourself and find out if mariza and david have their happy endings. i will tell you this tho, the book made me cry and show such emotion for me is the sign of a wonderful book. i cannot wait to get my hands on the rest in the series :)

a definite must read to all who want something different, and a emotional rollercoster ride of a book :)

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Pure Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #3) by Melissa Pearl

Pure Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #3)Pure Blood by Melissa Pearl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

wow, wow, wow, just WOW
what an amazing end to a wonderful series, boy i didnt see that twist at the end happening but im so glad it ended that way. just WOW not really much more i can say, my mind has been blown away by this wonderful, amazing series. i cannot wait to read more books by this author :)


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Black Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #2) by Melissa Pearl

Black Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #2)Black Blood by Melissa Pearl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG first this book had me crying on page 93 even tho i knew it would be coming. then when you think finally gemma and harrison could be happy, melissa throws another curveball their way, and WHY did you end it like that!!!! so glad i have book 3 to go straight into :)
these books are soo easy to read, i love the writing style, just everything about it i love :) and will definitly be reading any future works from this author

go out and download the ebook or buy the paperback people you wont be disapointed!!!!

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Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #1) by Melissa Pearl

Golden Blood (Time Spirit Trilogy, #1)Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

i first heard about this book on facebook and as soon as i heard the author was a fellow kiwi i decided i must have the book. and boy was i not disapointed. read this book in one sitting, loved all the characters, love harrison he is the perfect boy :) the trials that gemma has to go thru are simply amazing and what she can do is also stunning. i cannot wait to continue gemma and harrison's journey in the next two books :)

i highly recomend this book to EVERYONE :)

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dead embers by T.G Ayer

Dead Embers (Valkyrie, #2)Dead Embers by T.G. Ayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

this book was simply amazing, definitly alot better than the first, and i loved the first one
in dead embers you watch bryn grow as a character, watch her come into her powers and learn who and what she is. i cant say too much without giving things away, but definitly download the ebooks or buy the paperbacks for this series, its simply amazing. and holy hell what a ending!!! HOW could you do that to her!!!!!!!! im now absoultly dying for the 3rd book and this one isnt even properly out yet!!!!

thank you to the author for giving me an EARC of this to read and review. simply loved it :) will definitly be buying all your future books. love the way it feels as if im actually there with bryn when i read your books. simply amazing :)

everyone go out and buy this series, its a must read :)

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Castiel (God Blessed the Broken Road, #2) by Crystal Cattabriga

Castiel (God Blessed the Broken Road, #2)Castiel by Crystal Cattabriga
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

for me i think this book was even more emotional than the first one. this one picks up a few years after the events of the first book, i loved how i was able to see david grow as a character. i loved all the little intertwining stories expecially millies, that one was just heartwrenching.

this isnt my normal read as im definitly not a religious person, but the way this is written is just beautiful and makes me want to read more about david and what will happen to him next.
cant wait for the 3rd installment of god blessed the broken road.

if you want something different to read, i definitly recomend giving this series a go :)

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betrayal by gregg olsen

BetrayalBetrayal by Gregg Olsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thank you to the publisher for providing an ARC for a review.

The world that gregg has thought up is really interesting, but I find the way it jumps from one character to another is very confusing and the way it is written is very confusing.

The two main characters Hayley and taylor are really nice and the way they are portrayed in the story is really interesting.

There are too many other characters to even mention and I think that’s why I get confused and more than once I have to go back an reread to see if I have missed something.

I also found that all the little “other” stories that were intwined in the main plot for me was just pointless and confusing. Why were they there? Did they need to be in the story? For me that answer is no.

I do like how he kinda bases his stories on true crimes that have happened and envy and betrayal are a really good crime story.

I think give the series a go and don’t take my words to heart, it is a good storyline I just don’t think it was ok for me.


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Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck, review by alice

Tiger's Destiny (The Tiger Saga, #4)Tiger's Destiny by Colleen Houck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

EDIT: have changed my rating to a 4star, purely for the ending. for me its the perfect ending to a not so perfect series, and for me this is where i bow out of this series, i wont be reading tiger's dream, the ending for this one was the best and its gonna stay that way in my mind
EDIT: now having finished the full book and read the ending, i think that was a good ending and have no idea WHY there is a 5th book, i wont be reading it, for me Tiger's destiny had the perfect ending and im going to keep it that way

Thanks to the publisher for giving me this book for review

The first thing I want to say, is im not sure how honest a review can be when we haven’t been given the whole book to review.
Ok here I go with my review, I can say much since I know some of you haven’t read this series and I don’t want to give anything away.
The pros – ive always loved how colleen can weave a story, I love the mythology and the world she has created with this series. This author has a way with words that will always leave me wanting to read more no matter how angry I get at the characters.
I love both ren and kishan, tho ren is still my fave tiger  hes always been the strongest of the two brothers in this series.

The con - really there is only one con, and that is Kelsey herself, the amount of times in this series I have wanted to reach into the book and tell her to pick one of the brothers and let the other one go to find happiness elsewhere, is no joke. And really, why let lokesh do that to you, I don’t get it. She is constantly whinging and second guessing herself. Shes not a very strong lead female. She always gets there in the end, but its a lot of complaining and groaning to do it. And shes always thinking “I love ren, no wait I love kishan” omg woman choose already and be done with it, its getting old.
All I want to see is ren and kishan wake up and realise that Kelsey isn’t worth it, after tiger’s voyage and the way ren treated her, I just cant believe that she still wants him and poor kishan, I feel so bad for him. Ive always loved ren but I want them both to be happy.
I want to see how this series ends as I want the brothers to have a happy ending, at this point I don’t see Kelsey actually being the one for either of them, the way she acts, I hope she redeems herself in the last book.

Well that’s all I can really say expecially since I don’t know how the book ends, so does it have a cliffhanger that will leave you hanging for the last book, I don’t know, you will find out yourself when you read the book.

I give this book 3.5 stars

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Moonlight by katie salidas review by alice

Welcome to best books blog
Today on the blog we have a review for the upcoming novella by katie salidas called moonlight. its about fallon (if you have read her immortalis series you know who that is)

Katie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkins off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.
 And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…
Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing books is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.




Good girls don’t wear fur, or fight over men, and they certainly don’t run around naked, howling at the moon.

But then, no-one ever called Fallon a good girl.

As a human unofficially mated to an Alpha werewolf, Fallon is being pressured to “become”...or be gone.

Her mate Aiden, the interim leader of the Olde Town Pack, is in a position that demands he either choose a wolf mate...or leave the pack forever. No matter how hot the sex with Fallon is, he can’t ignore centuries of tradition.

Become a wolf or not. If only the choice were that simple. Fallon’s options are further clouded by the overt presence of other females desperate to be the Alpha’s mate. And when these bitches get serious, it’s not just claws that come out. If Fallon wants to keep her man and take the title she’ll have to exert a little dominance of her own.


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Copyright © 2012 by Katie Salidas

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise) without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.

Someone knocked on the door, a soft almost tapping sound. It was my turn to growl, only this time it was out of frustration. I wasn’t ready to end our moment.
“I’m busy.” Aiden shouted to the door.
“Sorry, boss.” Diana said. “Micah is here and the rest of the council are meeting in the conference room.”
“Bad timing,” I grumbled.
“We’ll have to continue this later.” Aiden’s shoulders sagged.
 “Do you want me to join you in council?”
“No. I need to give them the good news though. That should get them off my back. For now, you get that sexy ass into a shower and be ready for me to ravage you again later.” He stood and retrieved his boxers and pants.
“Is that all I am to you?” I joked as I sat up on the desk.  “Your little play thing.”
“No, that’s just one of the perks.” He stole one last kiss and headed for the door. “I won’t be long. I promise.”
“You better not.”
He walked out, passed Diana and headed down the hallway. She stood in the doorway and once Aiden had walked out of sight turned to me and sneered. I sat proudly on top of Aiden’s desk, naked from the waist down, and crossed my legs.
“You think you’re untouchable, don’t you?” Diana spat at me.
“You’re treading a very thin line, lady.”
“Tough words for a human. I could shred you right here.”
“So do it. What are you waiting for? Oh, right… Aiden would have your head for that.”
“Accidents happen.” An evil glint shone in her eye and a smile spread across her face.
I wasn’t going to let her scare me. I glared back at her.  “They do, don’t they? I’d feel terrible if my fist just accidentally found your face. Cut the crap. You don’t want me for an enemy.” As soon as I became Female Alpha, I planned to make her life hell.
“Why, because your fucking the boss?” She rolled her eyes. “Oh yes, I heard. Half the pack heard you. You’re quite the little slut, aren’t you? Just walking into the boss’s office and screwing him as loud as you can for all to hear. Bet you feel like you’re something hot, don’t you?”
I folded my arms in front of me.
“Lemme tell you a little secret. No one wants a human mating with the Alpha. The council won’t allow it, and I won’t stand for it.”
I smiled. “Well that’s just fine by me. I won’t remain a human for long.”
She scoffed. “Not everyone survives the transition. There are ways to swing the odds either way.”
“Are you threatening me?”
“Why? Are you scared?” She sashayed toward me. Her smug expression sent my blood boiling.
I gritted my teeth to stop me from saying anything else. I knew what she was doing, trying to get me to snap and she was dangerously close. I was no match for her yet, so I couldn’t challenge her to a fight, but once I transitioned, she would slowly and painfully eat every last word.
“I’m going to tell you one last time.” Her voice went deadly quiet.  “Leave Aiden and this pack… for your own safety.”
I couldn’t help the shiver of fear that threatened to reveal itself. I turned away hoping to keep it hidden and give off the vibe that she was not worth my attention. “Get it through your head. Aiden and I are already mates,” I said with as much conviction as I could muster.
“You’ll never be his true mate.”
Something slammed hard into the back of my head. Before I could register the pain the world went dark and I felt myself freefalling into nothingness.

First off let me say im a HUGE fan of katie salidas's work, whether its her paranormal or erotica books
YAY finally got to read about fallon (if you have read katies immortalis series you will know who i mean, and if you havent GO GET IT NOW!!! LOL)

fallon is such a fun, sassy character and i loved every minute of her book. her deliema in this novella is about her and aiden, who is the alpha of his wolf pack. she needs to decide if she should change from human and become a wolf, its a hard decision but her choice she makes i was very happy with.

you get to see more about alyssa and lysander (main characters from immortalis series) was so happy to see them make a cameo :)

i really want to know more about brady (aiden's brother) he was such a sexy character :)

the sex scenes between fallon and aiden were HOT!!! but so well written that makes katie a master erotica writer :) (thats my opinion anyway lol)

a book is never complete without the antagonists and this was in the form of diana and micah, man diana was a bitch but she got what she deserved :)

all in all this was a simply amazing one sit read and i really wanna read more about these characters :)

great story katie, loved every minute of it :)

if you havent read anything by this amazing author then you definitly need to.

im eagerly awaiting more books from katie :)


Friday, 7 September 2012

Getting the Pretty Back by Molly Ringwald review by Susan M Dusterhoft

Ok, I have to admit it...the pretty in pink girl can write and she has a lot of really good things to say! In a previous post I wrote, You Just Never Know..., I talked about where we find our inspiration. I found a whole bunch of inspiration throughout this entire book. It's literally falling off the pages, so to speak.

What is surprising to me that someone like Ms. Ringwald would have anything of value to inspire me. I mean seriously here, she's an actress and a mother. Two things that I am not. She has gobs more money than I do, so why should she be writing a book on how to "get the pretty back". What could she possibly have to say that would make me listen, let alone want to read? 

Well...try this:

"Life seems particularly skilled at throwing distractions, obstacles, and outright roadblocks in our path. One of the hardest parts of dealing with the inevitable complexities of managing to pursue what inspires and fulfills us is that much of the time we get in our own way." 

"Once you start living your life entirely for someone or something else - whether it's familial, social, or professional responsibilities wholly motivating you - then you find yourself in a life that doesn't seem to belong to you."
And for those of you that are's a little something just for you on the "great aspects to being unattached" (from page 114 of Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick by Molly Ringwald):
The ability to travel anytime, anywhere without having to sync up your schedule with anyone else's.
Not having to switch off holidays to be with "his" family or "your" family.
Being in charge of the remote.
Handing back the child (after he or she crashes from the sugar high).
Flirting with whomever you choose.
Psychic space.
More talk about sex - less about real estate.
Sanctionable selfishness.
Making an "X" in the bed.
Falling in love again.And if this isn't enough of a reason to read this book, then perhaps you'd like to read why on the fact that even though good friends can be really inspiring, there is "nothing quite so demoralizing as a bad friend." Clearly, this is a book that all of us women, no matter the age, should be reading. Rating: 5 stars

A Modern Witch by Debora Geary review by Susan M Dusterhoft

I've been reading a few fun and quirky paranormal books as of late and that was what I was expecting when I found Debora Geary's "A Modern Witch". But I can definitely tell you that this one was way more than what I was expecting...and in a very good way!

I was hooked almost immediately with Lauren and her friend Nat. I don't know if it was due to the fact that the story was based in Chicago and Berkeley and the fact that I used to live near Chicago growing up as a child and I live near Berkeley now. (How uncanny is that?) Perhaps it is due to the fact that there are so many other elements in the story that I could relate, similar to those portrayed by Nat's family and by Nell, Jamie, Sophie, Aunt Moira, Jennie, little Aervyn and the rest of the clan. I know what it's because Ms. Geary has weaved in the new (modern) elements of today's real life with history, tradition, and a deeper understanding of the things around us and how they can enhance our lives.

Actually, I think it is really all of the above and so much more. I really felt that the story was believable in the sense that perhaps there really are people out there that have "gifts" that they don't really understand but somehow have tapped into them in order to make their lives easier. Whether one could call that being a "witch" is subject to the "user" and if they choose to believe in it or not. I am sure that there are many "users" out there that hold very strong beliefs.

The vivid descriptions of what Lauren goes through as she learns to harness her newly found powers is extraordinary. There were points throughout the story truly made me feel that I was standing/sitting right alongside her as the developments unfolded. This was especially so during the big circle gathering when Lauren was finally able to show the family that she was up to being little Aervyn's channeler. Their kindred spirits are entwined with love and trust for each other and themselves.

Now as much as I would love to tell you what little Aervyn does during the circle, I won't! You'll just have to read the story for yourself. But I will say this, it was not at all what I was expecting! In fact everything that little Aervyn does is not what I would expect a four year old to do, but that is what makes him a truly loveable character.

One of the things that I love about this story is seeing several women really come across as being strong and independent, yet loving and family oriented. Not a lot of mushy romance, but more real life with a bit of mystical, magical and surreal moments. I really didn't want the story to end and am glad there are more books in this series
4 stars

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