Book Review: The Guardians by Jennifer Raygoza

The Guardians

Book Description (from Goodreads):

The Guardians is a compelling tale focused on love, pain and sacrifice. The battle of good versus evil. The question is who will win.

Gianna Botticelli is the daughter to a Los Angeles Mafia boss. Although content working for her father, she mentally struggles with her mother’s death—and life choices after her passing. But everything she knows will change when she meets the sexy, mysterious Caleb.

Who is he? What is he? How does he know things? Gianna finds herself struggling with her feelings for him—and the sacrifices she will have to make as Caleb introduces her to a world unknown. Will she have to sacrifice herself to save everyone and everything?

Sexy and entertaining, this book is for mature vampire lovers. I challenge you not to fall in love with Gianna and Caleb.

WARNING: This book contains violence, adult language, and passionate love scenes.

Book Review:

This book follows to Gianna who works for the “family business” with her father (a Mafia’s boss) and her brother.

I have to say that I found interesting that the protagonist of the story was a strong, determined and independent woman (not the typical “damsel in distress”) and she really knew how to deal with the men who work for her father.

There was some characters that I really loved, one of them was Caleb (with that air of mystery) and the other one was Maddie (she was sweet and nice).

As the book progresses we see that this is not just a paranormal romance story, there are some twists, there’s a war between good and evil and Gianna has a rol in it.

The story has some good elements in it: romance, action, an underground world, also the fact that the vampires are portrayed in an interesting way (I won’t give any spoilers here).

This book is around 115 pages long (I finished reading it in one day) and I would have loved it to be a bit longer (that way I could had learned more about some characters). I’m not sure if this book is part of a Series, if so, probably some of the answers to my questions are in the next book.

Overall this is a quick and entertaining read that I think will appeal to fans of paranormal romance.

Book Review: Destiny’s Call (The LightBridge Legacy, #1) by Elayne G. James

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

The LightBridge Legacy Series chronicles the unexpected adventures of a 12 year-old girl who learns she has been chosen by a race of ancients to inherit the most powerful magical object in the world.

Book Review:

Destiny’s Call (Book 1 of the LightBridge Legacy’s Series) is about Ani Jasper, a teenager from the Mojave Desert whose life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious stone in the desert and strange things start to take place in her life.

When Ani’s family moves to New York she has to face several changes and challenges. I really enjoyed this part of the book with a great story about growing up, starting a new life in a new city, making new friends, dealing with the public school and the impact of all decisions in family life.

I don’t want to give many spoilers about the story, but what I can say about the book is that the writing is really good (descriptive, detailed, engaging) and the characters are interesting (besides the protagonist, I especially liked C.J. who is Ani’s friend and Kahete, Ani’s godfather ).

This is a great book full of magic, legends, adventures, real teen problems and supernatural elements that I truly recommend and I think it will be an enjoyable read for teens and also for adults who enjoy fantasy and adventures genre.


 

Book Review: This morning I woke up dead by Mindy Larson

This morning I woke up dead

Book Description from Amazon:

Things are seemingly perfect for Hadley Christensen and Dominic Morris. They’re engaged, both of them have promising careers in the medical field, and they’re happier and more fulfilled than they have ever been. When Hadley heads off to work one morning, she realizes things aren’t as they seem. While staring into the headlights of a fast approaching oncoming vehicle, life as she knows it is forever altered. Her last breath on Earth is only the beginning.

She isn’t about to die.
She is already dead.
No one else knows but they are all dead too.

This powerful realization forces Hadley to leave Dominic behind and exist in another realm. Neither soul handles the painful separation well, nor can their bond be broken. Even in death. Hadley is given the rare privilege to make contact from the other side, desperately hoping to convince her beloved of his true state and ensure they be together once more.

This Morning I Woke Up Dead takes you on a journey of discovery as two souls fight against their undeniably difficult situation of being tormented and separated by different realms of existence, proving that those who are destined to be together will not be kept apart by a beating heart.

Book Review:

My Rating 4.5

“This Morning I Woke Up Dead” explores the existence of an afterlife, a different realm of existence, and how life could be in that place.

I loved the beautiful love story of Hadley and Dominic, from the beginning I was waiting for them to find their happy ending.

This book also addresses some difficult issues, like the loss of a loved one, the grief and what follows for those who remain, but the author manages to do it very well.

Something I enjoy in books is the narrative from different POV, in this book the story alternates between the POV of Hadley (the main female character) and the one from Dominic (Hadley’s boyfriend), this allows us to see what they are experiencing in a parallel manner and in two different worlds.

For me the narrative of Dominic (particularly at the beginning) was really heartbreaking, through the pages you can feel his pain, his agony over the loss of Hadley, but also all his love for her.

Reading the book there were times when I experienced some sadness, but there were also moments that really made me smile (one of them was while reading how Hadley and Dominic met and began dating).

Besides the main characters there are others that I found good and likable, like Logan (Hadley’s “Guide”) and Emerson (Dominic’s sister) and it’s interesting to learn their stories.

This book is an emotional journey for the characters as well as a journey of learning and I think the author did a very good job in showing this in the story.

Something I think is important to mention is that there are moments in the book with transitions between past/present, one realm of existence and the other, in which you should pay attention so you don’t lose track of the progression of the story.

As the writing in this book is emotional, and the characters feel very real, be prepared to possibly shed a few tears as you read.

Overall I think this is a really good book and I recommend it, also I look forward to reading more from this author.

Currently Reading: This morning I woke up dead by Mindy Larson

This morning I woke up dead

This morning I woke up dead by Mindy Larson is the book I’m currently reading, as soon as I finish I’ll post the review.

Book Description (from Amazon):

Things are seemingly perfect for Hadley Christensen and Dominic Morris. They’re engaged, both of them have promising careers in the medical field, and they’re happier and more fulfilled than they have ever been. When Hadley heads off to work one morning, she realizes things aren’t as they seem. While staring into the headlights of a fast approaching oncoming vehicle, life as she knows it is forever altered. Her last breath on Earth is only the beginning.

She isn’t about to die.

She is already dead.

No one else knows but they are all dead too.

This powerful realization forces Hadley to leave Dominic behind and exist in another realm. Neither soul handles the painful separation well, nor can their bond be broken. Even in death. Hadley is given the rare privilege to make contact from the other side, desperately hoping to convince her beloved of his true state and ensure they be together once more.

This Morning I Woke Up Dead takes you on a journey of discovery as two souls fight against their undeniably difficult situation of being tormented and separated by different realms of existence, proving that those who are destined to be together will not be kept apart by a beating heart.

Have a Cupcake and Read something nice, a Book Recommendation

Keep Calm

Book Description (From Amazon):

Cakewalk through the busy banquet of life with this little compendium of comforting quotations! ”Sweetness is one of the five basic tastes and is almost universally regarded as a pleasurable experience, so enjoy your cupcake.” ”There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ”Life is short — have your cupcake and eat it too.”

Short and sweet (just like cupcakes), this pretty little book offers uplifting servings of sanity sure to warm the heart (and sweet tooth).

Book Comments:

I really love cupcakes, and this little book with a pink cover, attracted my attention a few days ago in a Store.

Today I finally decided to buy it and I searched the Kindle version in Amazon (this way I can read it also in the the Kindle app on my Mobile), and I truly enjoyed reading the quotes and looking at the cute images in this little book.

Why do I recommend it? Because sometimes all we need is some nice and comforting words, and because for a price of $0.99 usd I think it’s a good deal 🙂

Disclaimer: The offer may be available only for US customers, the prices frequently change in Amazon, is important that you confirm the price prior to buy any book.

Book Review: Between the Lines (Book 1) by Tammara Webber

Between the Lines

Official Book Description:

When Hollywood It Boy, Reid Alexander, arrives on location to shoot his next movie, his goals are the same as always—film another blockbuster hit and enjoy his celebrity status to the fullest while doing so. His costar is a virtual unknown with whom he had blazing hot chemistry during her auditions. The universe is lining up nicely to grant whatever he wants, as usual, until he’s confronted with unexpected obstacles on location like a bitter ex-girlfriend and a rival for the first girl to spark his genuine interest in years.

Emma Pierce just got her big break after more than a decade of filming commercials for grape juice, department stores and tampons, and more recently, bit parts in made-for-TV movies. Nailing the lead role in a wide-release film sent her agent, father and stepmother into raptures, and should have done the same for her. The Problem? Emma is experiencing a building desire to be normal, and starring in a silly, modernized adaptation of one of her favorite novels—opposite the very hot Reid Alexander—isn’t going to advance that aspiration.

Graham Douglas doesn’t fear playing the part of a nerdy dimwit; when it comes to choosing film roles, if it pays, he’ll do it. Besides, his friend Brooke Cameron snatched up the role of the bitchy hot girl and could use his help as a buffer, because her ex is the star. Graham has no problem keeping a handle on the situation, until he finds himself attracted to Reid’s costar, Emma, the girl Reid is pursuing full-throttle with his standard arsenal of charm, good looks and arrogance.

Book Review:

There are some books that catch your interest from the beginning and keep it until the end, for me “Between the lines” by Tammara Webber was one of those.

I read this book in one sitting and as soon as finish I knew this was a book I’ll be re-reading in the future, (and I’ll enjoy it just as the first time).

The book offers a glimpse to the life of a group of young celebrities (most of the time while they are working on a new movie), through the story we can see their lives inside and outside the set, how they manage work, fame, relationships and family issues (which is not always easy for them in that kind of circle).
This book is written from two POV, one from Reid’s, a famous young movie star, and the other one from Emma, a young actress who has mostly played small roles but is now having her first big opportunity.

For me this was an entertaining read, I liked the pace and how well written it was (this allowed me to be quickly immersed in the story), I also enjoy the characters created by Tammara Webber (from the main to the secondary ones).
My favorite character was Graham, he is just the perfect guy: romantic, warm and supportive, and I’m really excited about the continuation of the Series “Where you are”, which includes Graham’s POV.

This is the first book I read from this author and I really recommend it, also I look forward to reading the next books from the “Between the Lines” Series:
Where you are (Book 2)
Good for you (Book 3)

Books with romance and sports – Review for Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

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Book Description:

“Whoever said football and girls don’t mix hasn’t read Catching Jordan. I couldn’t put it down ” — Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series

ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

Book review:

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love” 
Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown in “Peanuts”

Jordan is a girl, but she’s also the quarterback of her High School Football team, she’s used to be focused 100% on the game, until Ty Green appears in the picture and suddenly things change…

This is a sweet story about dealing with your feelings while you are growing up and deciding what to do with your future. Is about love, friendship, dreams, and also about the importance of stand for what you really want and be open to different options in life.

Jordan is talented and strong and I liked her since the beginning. The rest of the characters were really fun to read and my favorites were Henry (Jordan’s best friend and one of her teammates) and Mike (Jordan’s brother, the older brother I would have loved to have).

One of the things that I liked about the story is the great relationship between Jordan and her teammates (all of them were very protective and supportive), also the evolution in the relationship between Jordan and her Dad.

This was an enjoyable book and I would love to see a continuation for Jordan’s story, but for now I look forward to reading the newer book from Miranda Kenneally, “Things I Can’t Forget” that takes place in a Summer Camp.