Paperbacks And Frosting

Lucid

18672156by: AK Harris

Pages: 256

Published: July 23rd, 2013

ASIN: B00E48DNVC

From Goodreads: I have dreams just like anyone else. The only difference?

My dreams are killing me… Literally.

Seventeen year old Mercy Clarke has gone crazy. Shes sure of it. Getting killed every night in her dreams, only to wake up feeling like she never fell asleep in the first place. She just wants the nightmares to end, that is until the mysterious Deegan O’Foalain shows up in them as well. But when the nightmares start bleeding into her real life, there is a lot more at stake than just her sanity. Now she has to find a way to stop the nightmares before the beasts inside them, find her or her family.

 

There were things I liked and disliked about this book. What I really liked was the concept, I’ve always been a fan of stories that play with dreaming. It’s fascinating to me. The extreme this novel took dreaming to was amazing. I loved that part. I wanted to figure out what was going on in her dreams so badly that I kept wanting to turn the pages hoping I’d learn something. I ended up being kind of disappointed though because this book doesn’t wrap everything up at the end. We are left with a pretty big cliffhanger and that’s not something I’m a fan of. I want to want to continue the series, not have to in order to finish just this story. Also, there were a lot of typos that kind of drove me a little crazy, but that may just be because editing is what I want to do for a living. By the end of the story I was attached to the characters and I would be willing to give the next book(s) a shot. There were definitely interesting parts and I think that this author shows promise. I think there’s places this story could go that would be really interesting and I hope we get to see that happen. :)

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here:Lucid: Dreamer Legacy Book 1 (Volume 1)

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The Super Spies and the Pied Piper

17996909by: Lisa Orchard
Pages: 331
Published: May 28th, 2013 by Astraea Press
ASIN: B00D25G7ZM
From Goodreads: Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

I love this series and this was my favorite one yet! I think that the writing just continues to get better! I found the characters to be even more enjoyable and fun in this novel than I did in previous ones. The whole plot in this one was a ton of fun, I love the idea of kids taking on something like a giant corporation. This book took me next to no time to get through because I found myself inhaling it. :) These books are fun, quick reads that I highly recommend. They’re exactly the kind mystery I want to read. There’s more to them than just your typical murder. It also lets you go back in time a little bit and think about how you would react as a kid if you were in similar situations. I say if you haven’t already, then go pick up the first two as well as this one. If you’ve already read the first two then definitely pick this one up! Even if you’re crazy and think you may not continue the series, I promise that this one will make you change your mind. These books always come to me at great times and get me through situations where time would normally move incredibly slowly and be very boring. Instead, I read a great book and find myself in a much better mood than I would be otherwise. I highly recommend it. :)

Cupcakes: MysteryMysteryMysteryMysteryMystery

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Taken For His Own

21296069by: Tara Fox Hall

Pages: 316

Published: April 28th, 2013

ASIN: B00CZ4IGC8

From Goodreads: After learning Theo is alive, Sar immediately embarks on a mission to find him. Reunited, the lovers return to New York, Danial, Terian and Theo uneasily combining forces to protect Sar from Al’s assassins who still seek her. But when Sar is taken prisoner in an all-out attack, only one man can save her—her old adversary, Devlin.

 

Let me just say that with this series you need to start at the beginning. My review won’t contain any spoilers, but it’s important to note that if you start with this book, you may not know what’s going on. I know it took me a little bit to remember since it had been a while since I read the last one. It will pick right back up where the last one left off, so if you wanna just grab all of them and read straight though, that would probably be a lot of fun. I’ve been looking forward to this installment for a while because these stories are always so much fun. To me, this series makes the paranormal world seem even more realistic than some of the other series out there. It seems perfectly normal that the world works the way it does and there’s nothing that breaks me from feeling like this is reality when I read these. The main character, Sar, is a little frustrating to me just because she is so incredibly different from me and reacts in ways to situations that I don’t always understand. The love stories in these books make me feel like I’m spinning in circles and I can’t quite keep up with how Sar feels about someone sometimes. That being said, I think it’s kind of fun. I like feeling like I’m on a roller coaster because when I read, I read to escape reality. This definitely does that and I really enjoy these books. This one was no exception. The story went by a lot quicker than I wanted it to and I hope I get to read the rest soon. They’re like a paranormal soap opera, which is exactly my kind of soap opera. There’s tons of up and down emotions and everything you’d want in a series. :)

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here: Taken For His Own (Promise Me Book 4)

Intergalactic Terrorist


18008186
by: J.F. Monahan
Pages: 327
Published: June 3rd, 2013
ASIN: B00D5EO4LO
From Goodreads: ‘Intergalactic Terrorist’ follows Charlie Pinwright, possibly the most forgettable man on Earth, who, in the space of a few days, loses his job, has his flat rented out to a family of butchers and finds his girlfriend cheating on him with a Spanish cake decorator. Oh, and he is kidnapped by a crazy alien bounty hunter and sent into a new dimension full of strange worlds and even stranger characters, all who want to see poor Charlie dead!

Desperately trying to return home, Charlie finds himself a wanted man and is hunted by all the major powers of this new dimension, quickly becoming one of the most memorable men in the universe!
However there is much more at stake than his own life and he soon discovers that the fate of the entire galaxy may rest on his shoulders…

Intergalactic Terrorist’ is a comedic sci-fi/fantasy that is filled with brilliant characters and strange and exciting story twists!

I love, love, LOVED this book. It felt like I was reading something related to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which is probably one of my favorite books of all time. Everything is crazy and absurd and funny. It’s a really good time and if you’re a fan of crazy sci-fi, this is definitely for you! On Goodreads this is listed as book 1 in a series and if there’s a second, then I want to be first in line to get the second. Everything about this book is random, so don’t expect anything to make any kind of real sense, but expect to have a fantastic time while reading this. I don’t really know what else to say about this book except go get it! I’m gonna gush all over the place and say this was so much fun and the exact escape from reality that I’m always looking for! :)

Cupcakes: Science fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fictionScience fiction

Buy this from Amazon here:Intergalactic Terrorist (New Dimension Book 1)

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Paradise for a Sinner

16129398by: Lynn Shurr
Published: March 2013 by L & L Dreamspell
ISBN: 9781603185301
From Goodreads: When Samoan cornerback Adam Malala and two children in need show up at Joe Dean Billodeaux’s house on the first day of the off season, Joe knows he isn’t going to get any relief.

Adam, jilted by his island fiancee, has no desire to go home until he meets Winnie Green, a nurse called in to help the abandoned little boy.

When the chaos of Joe’s place becomes too much for them, Adam and Winnie take off for American Samoa and an unexpected adventure awaiting them there.

This book was very entertaining and a great escape from reality. What I love about these books is that they can appeal to any audience, not just those that love sports. Because while there is a sports theme that is tied into this series, it isn’t the main plot of each story. I’m not a big sports fan myself, but I find myself enjoying these books. I love the Louisiana setting, especially because it’s written by someone who knows what they are talking about. Another theme I would say plays heavily into these books is love and acceptance. I love that this family is made of kids that come from different places. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot away. (because I kinda think that while you don’t need to read the other books, you should go grab those as well… and I don’t want you to get so excited about this one that you don’t give the other ones a fair shot. :P) But I liked this book even more than the last one and thought that Adam was an awesome hero and Winnie a fantastic heroine. She’s strong, kind, and compassionate and that type that you can relate and look up to. I love how deep and well written the characters are. It makes it that much easier to get sucked into their story. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that this was a multicultural romance. I think that fans of any genre could find something about this book they appreciate.

Cupcakes: Spicy RomanceSpicy RomanceSpicy RomanceSpicy Romance

Buy this from Amazon here: Paradise for a Sinner (The Sinners Sports Romances Book 4)

Piranhas in the Bedroom

17293561by Andy Dale


Pages:352


Published: December 1st 2012 by Lulu.com


ISBN: 9781291224887


From Goodreads:It’s 1986, and 19-year-old Jonathan gets quite a
culture shock when he leaves home to start his First year teacher
training at Derbyshire College of Higher Education. Living in a large
white (unmissable) student house full of lads, ranging from a posh boy
from Kent to a northerner with anger issues, he must negotiate the
perils of student life, which include seven-legged pub crawls in the
dead of winter, fishnapping raids and cereals in the bedsheets, all at
the same time as trying to woo a pretty blonde from Rochdale. Set in a
time when cassette players were cool, contact with home was a red
phonebox, but alcohol, lingerie and high jinx were still the order of
the day, First Years: Piranhas in the Bedroom is written with a great
British dry wit. Its nostalgia for all things 80s as well as its
“will-they-won’t-they” romantic comedy gives it a really broad appeal:
The Young Ones meets High Fidelity.

This book was highly entertaining. I got a view of the world that I
normally wouldn’t even think about getting to see, since the setting
was a British college in the 80s. (Let’s not forget that it’s also a
guy’s experience of all of this.) It was very funny and entertaining
though. I thought the main character was a wonderful companion. I
would definitely recommend this book to someone who is looking for
something that’s a little different than most books you’re going to
pick up. There isn’t a specific genre I could give to this book,
except maybe humor. But even that doesn’t feel quite right, even
though this is quite a funny book. The title might scare you off a
little bit, but I promise it is aptly named and the reason for the
title is very funny. If you’re looking for a bit of a break from your
normal reading and a little bit of an escape into another reality,
give this book a shot. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: First Years – Piranhas in the Bedroom

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Pierced

17860488Sorry for the lack of reviews, all… I got in a car accident and then Orange is the New Black season 2 came out on Netflix. :P

Pierced
by: J.C. Mells
Pages: 333
Published: April 9th, 2013
ASIN: B00CAW3G66
From Goodreads: Imagine the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Betty Crocker.

That’s Pierce in a nutshell.

Pierce has been on the run for two years from the man who held her captive in a vampire compound for almost a decade. Life on the run would be a lot simpler if she didn’t suffer from several social disorders and ‘quirks’, have a ten-year-old brat in tow, as well as have two characters from a 1945 classic film living in her head and guiding her at every turn.

I really, really enjoyed this. I thought Pierce’s character was really fun and entertaining. I loved all of the different descriptions of her cooking. Cooking just seemed like something that wouldn’t fit with her personality, but it worked so well. The descriptions of her different mental disorders was fascinating to me. I’ve always been interested in those kind of characters. I thought the story was engaging and I found myself finishing it a lot quicker than I expected just because I couldn’t put it down. There’s so much more about this world that I want to know, so you better believe I’m interested in reading more in this series. I thought everything about the vampire compound was interesting. I have never seen anything quite like that in a paranormal novel before. Definitely enjoyed everything this book had to offer and recommend it to any paranormal fans. :)

Cupcakes: Paranormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban FantasyParanormal Urban Fantasy

Buy this from Amazon here: Pierced (The Pierced Series Book 1)

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Francesca of Lost Nation

8988491by Lucinda Sue Crosby


Pages: 252


Published: April 24th 2010 by Luckycinda


ISBN: 9781450701679

From Goodreads: If you love a grandmother or are one yourself -
especially a feisty, leggy and stubborn kind – then join 10-year-old
Sarah as she and her grandmother, Francesca tear up the race track,
team with barn-storming pilots and capture a wanted felon on an Apple
Farm in Iowa during the late 1940s. It’s one fun read and a story you
and your grandchildren will want to visit time and time again.

This was such a cute story. It was so much fun reading this because I
felt like a 10 year old again. I mean, sure, my life wasn’t actually
anything like this, but this book captured that kind of feeling. The
feeling of being a kid and thinking that your grandmother is one of
the coolest people on the planet and that you could never have more
fun than when you’re with her. This story also reads like something I
would’ve read when I was in school for summer reading and (because I’m
a huge nerd) I have a fondness for those kinds of books. I do think
this is something that children could read with their grandparents and
would have a great time with it. It’s not too long and has enough
excitement to keep anyone’s attention. I would definitely recommend
this for some summer reading. :)

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

Buy this from Amazon here: Francesca of Lost Nation

Guardians at the Gate

17993262by: Ray Dacolais

Pages: 258

Published: May 24th 2013 by Ray Dacolias

ISBN:  9780988817760

From Goodreads:  Margaret C. Carbuncle is the principal at Amethyst Elementary. She has an insatiable appetite for power and soon becomes a tyrant; she also develops a desire for prestige and glory, and she knows the only way to attain this is through high test scores for her elementary school. Therefore, she drives her Teachers into a frenzy as she demands that they instruct only those subjects that will be included on the all-important, all-consuming state examination. She is ruthless in her desire to achieve her lofty goals. She happily destroys the lives of anyone who gets in her way. Some of the Teachers fight back, and some of them are destroyed by her; still, she cannot be everywhere at every moment, but when cameras are put into the classrooms, the Teachers are nearly under her complete control. But then the Secret comes, and with it, the Teachers are able to carry on, and wait for the day they will be liberated and can educate as they know best; yes, they survive, but the school slowly dies, for no true learning occurs, only monotonous, repetitive lessons that inoculate the students with certain test-ready knowledge. And then one day, two small visitors come for Carbuncle and attempt to teach her a real lesson in civility and charity and give her a chance to repent for all she has done to the inhabitants of the school. Will Carbuncle reform? If she reforms, will she fight for the Teachers? If she refuses, what will be the consequences? And what is the Secret? Public schools are an easy target for anyone who has a yellow pen or a high position in society or politics and who decries the state of education in America, thereby crucifying every Teacher in every school and empowering principals like Carbuncle everywhere; yet, these people form their opinions about American schools from flawed childhood memories, unreliable anecdotes, and distortions of the truth. Read every word between the covers of this book and you will soon know what is really going on in the secret world of public schools, for the author of this tale is an educator, and reveals the unabashed, sordid truth, albeit in novel form, about America’s crumbling educational system.

This novel was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so this novel was a little weird for me. There were parts of it that I genuinely enjoyed reading and thought were entertaining. The author has a unique type of humor that is very rare in novels, and I found myself laughing at some parts of it. There were other parts though that seemed to go on for quite a while and I wasn’t necessarily sure where they were going or if I was really interested in finding out. This novel does offer a very scathing view of the world of education that I think someone working in that field may appreciate a little more than I did. I also found the writing style a little jarring. It’s broken up into sections that tell you something that may or may not come into play a little later on. Overall I found it interesting, but I don’t think this is the kind of thing I would want to pick up again. The humor was little hit or miss to me, there were some parts I found very funny and others I didn’t. I found the beginning to be a lot more interesting and engrossing than the second. It is something that a teacher or someone else highly invested in the education world might enjoy, but for someone like me who reads to escape from reality for a bit (even if that reality if harsh) it just didn’t quite do the trick.

Cupcakes: Other FictionOther FictionOther Fiction

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Mardi Gras Gris Gris

20317239by: A.C. Mason


Pages: 317


Published: Wings ePress


From Goodreads: Susan Foret is thrust into a murder scene when one of
the town’s wealthiest citizens dies near her as the local Krewe’s
parade is ending. A gris-gris bag containing tarot cards and several
other fetish items is left dangling from the knife in his chest.

I think anyone who reads my blog knows how I feel about mysteries.
There are very few that really capture my attention and make me want
to keep reading. I’m much more attracted to emotional depth than I am
to blood, guts, and horror. So when a mystery gets good reviews from
me, then it’s a lot more than just a mystery. This one had it all. I
always enjoy a story with a good Louisiana setting, one that actually
describes what life here is really like, and this book definitely has
that, especially since it takes place during Mardi Gras! Like I said
earlier, I enjoy emotional depth in what I read and this book had
plenty to go around. There were in depth backstories and events that
took me through many different emotions while this mystery was solved.
If you’re a mystery fan, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one. If
you’re not as much of one, like me, but are looking for something a
little different to shake up your TBR pile, then pick this one up. I
think it’s got something for everyone.

Cupcakes: MysteryMysteryMysteryMystery

Buy this from Amazon here: Mardi Gras Gris Gris

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