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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Nearly Broken Blog Tour

I have been a really big fan of author Devon Ashley for sometime now.  So when I heard about her new book Nearly Broken, I absolutely had to get my hands on it.  You guys, this book will punch you in the face, knock you out, and then bring you back up again.  If you are looking for an emotionally charged book that will run you through the gamut, Nearly Broken is definitely for you!

We’d both gone missing at one point, but Claire had one thing I didn’t. Someone to notice. So why was I the one still here and she the one still gone?

Nineteen year old Megan Smith has spent the past year working in a small town diner in the middle of nowhere. Life is quiet, simple, safe. Then comes the news that her look-a-like has gone missing.


Still damaged both physically and mentally, Megan's not looking to be noticed. Wherever she goes from here, it's a road she needs to take alone. But when Nickolas Ellis takes the job as the new nightshift cook, it scares her how easily her defenses crumble down, down, down for him. But there are secrets she can't bear to share with just anyone, unspeakable acts that continue to haunt, and when the similarities of Claire’s abduction couples with the fear of an unwanted visitor in town, the urge to run before it all happens again intensifies, threatening the only happiness Megan's ever found.

New Adult Romantic Suspense / Realistic Fiction
Recommended for 17+ for mature and disturbing situations, language and sexual content.

Review:  Holy crap people.  Holy crap.  So when I started this, I didn't think it was going to be any where near as intense as it was.  When the story opens, there's this, "huh that's weird moment." Maybe it was just how tired I was that day, but man, did not see where the story was going.   With that said, I really, really did like this story.   I think Devon Ashley is a completely captivating story teller that just sucks you into a book.  

She also creates some pretty kick ass characters, seriously Nick is the perfect man.  If I could find his clone I would be a very happy girl.   Megan was someone that I connected with immediately, but she kind of alienated me at points of the book, only with how she took some information that was given to her. 

The overall story of this book never lets up.  It is one jaw dropping event after the next.  This is one of those scenarios where the blurb is barely skimming what is going on in the entirety of the story.  I feel like the character from SNL Stefan when I keep saying it's non-stop and heart pounding action.  It really is!

Nearly Broken completely surprised me.  I was so sure about what I was going to get in this book, and was completely wrong.  Please note that the warning that accompanies this book should really be taken seriously.  There are some parts that made me cringe, and not in a good way.  For lack of a better word, this book is INTENSE. 

However, while I keep going on about how intense Nearly Broken is, there is a fantastic story in it.  Megan and Nick were really great characters, and I loved spending a few hours of my time with them.  Devon Ashley has kicked it into high gear with this new release, and I think that it is going to have a pretty big readership.  

If you like angsty, gritty, and emotional NA's, you should pick up Nearly Broken.  It is well worth the read!

Oh yeah count: 4.5/5

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Forgotten Ones Tour!

Today I'm pretty excited to have the wonderful Laura Howard's The Forgotten Ones on my blog!  The tour is going on until the 1st of July through ATOMR tours, so be sure to stop by their page to keep up to date on all the stops!!

Allison O'Malley just graduated from college. Her life's plan is to get a job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She doesn't have room for friends or even Ethan, who clearly wants more.

When Allison's long-lost father shows up, he claims he can bring her mother back from the dark place her mind has sent her. He reveals legends of a race of people long forgotten, the Tuatha de Danaan, along with the truth about why he abandoned her mother.

Review:  First I have to address something really important.  I. Love. This. Cover.   The more I look at it the more I just adore it because it's completely gorgeous.  

Ok so down to the nitty gritty.  The Forgotten Ones was a great story.  It was a refreshing and nice PNR that didn't completely overwhelm me when I was reading it.  It was a nice foundation for the book/books that are going to come after it.  

One thing that felt slightly off for me was Allison's being so closed off from Ethan.  At points I really wanted to strangle her because of some of her actions in regards to him.   Just one other thing seemed odd to me was Allison's interactions with her long lost dad.  While I liked the progression of their relationship, the initial meeting was weird for me.  But, that is just my take on it.  You'll have to read and decide if I'm crazy or not. 

The Forgotten Ones flew by for me.  I devoured the story, and it was unique and well staged.  Laura Howard certainly proves that she possesses the gift of writing as her words just flow off the page.   

While there is definitely action in the story, I wasn't wanting to murder myself over what the characters were doing in the story.  As opposed to some of the ridiculous characters I feel like I have been reading lately, I really liked how calm I felt while reading about Allison, Nicole, Ethan, and the rest of the characters.  Laura Howard does the drama to where you need to know what happens left, but you'll be left with hair when your finished.  I felt that Allison does ultimately grow in the book, and the ending will surely raise some questions and eyebrows.  

I highly recommend The Forgotten Ones!  It really is a fantastic story, and I am anxiously awaiting what lies ahead for the characters in the book.  I can honestly say I am REALLY excited for the next one to come out.  Laura where is it!?  

4/5 Oh Yeah I liked it a lot!

Laura Howard lives in New Hampshire with her husband and four children. Her  obsession with books began at the age of 6 when she got her first library card. Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and other girly novels were routinely devoured in single sittings. Books took a backseat to diapers when she had her first child. It wasn’t until the release of a little novel called Twilight, 8 years later, that she rediscovered her love of fiction. Soon after, her own characters began to make themselves known. The Forgotten Ones is her first published novel.

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