The Trial cover reveal

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The Trial (The Tree House: Book 2)

Author: Shay Lynam

Genre: YA Thriller

Publication Date: May 25th 2014

Note from the blogger: I read The Tree House and felt it was a really good book. This book will be released soon and I would bet its going to be just as good. I am curious to read it at any rate. I felt this author did write well and put together an interesting plot.

My previous post about The Tree House from this series: http://blogofbookreviews.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/the-tree-house/

Back of the Book

Jack,

Read this carefully. 

You and your brother need to disappear. 

Take care of each other. 

Please understand. 

Please forgive us. 

And please try to forget.

Book Blurb

Jack Morgan’s world comes crashing down around him the day he receives a strange letter from his parents urging him and Ben to disappear. Feeling betrayed and confused, the brothers instead decide to go searching for answers. Neither of them could have ever imagined the truth behind their parents’ desperate message and that Ben’s past is somehow connected and has come back to haunt him. 

Reviews for The Tree House: Book 1

Praise for “The Tree House” (The Tree House: Book 1)

“There are some truly unique gems in the self-publishing industry, and The Tree House is definitely one of them. I had a hard time putting this one down, and right now, I’m having a hard time putting this review together to fully express my feelings for this book. I am head over heels in love with it. It was…. wow.” – Daniela, Silver Inked Sky (http://silverinkedsky.blogspot.com/2013/06/book-review-tree-house.html)

“This book was riveting in the sense I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t wait to find out more. And based on the ending, I hope that there might be another book, to see what happens next, what course of action Jack and Hailey take, and if there will be more romance between the two.” – Amanda, Xscape From Reality With A Book

“A remarkable book, especially for a debut novel. The Tree House successfully avoids the trite literary clichés and always provided me with the same white-knuckle intensity reminiscent of Ted Dekker and Robert Liparulo. Fantastic read!” – Le Portwood, Amazon.com

About the Author

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Shay Lynam lives in the busy city of Seattle, WA with her husband. She wrote The Tree House (March 2013), Places I Never Meant To Go (August 2013) and is about to publish the second book in The Tree House Trilogy, The Trial (May 2014). She is currently working on the final installment of the trilogy, which will be out in 2015. In her free time, Shay enjoys writing, reading and watching The Office over and over.

Links:

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21792524-the-trial

The Tree House Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17407260-the-tree-house

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheTreeHousebook

Twitter:

@shay_lynam

Author Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6950900.Shay_Lynam

Author Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/shaylynam/

The Keeper of Dreams: A Dozen Stories and Poems

The Keeper of Dreams: A Dozen Stories and Poems 
by Matthew Keefer

This is a collection of short stories mostly with just a few poems. I liked most of what I read, but not all of it. I did think it was well written. If you enjoy short stories and poetry, you might like this book.

I got this book from Story Cartel for review purposes. It was a gift.

I decided to give this book four out of five stars. Though really I felt it was more of a 3.5 star book. I rounded up to be nice.

The good: I really loved the poems and would have liked to have seen more poetry in this book. Also, a few of the short stories really grabbed my attention.

The bad: There are a few stories in this collection that I just found boring. However, perhaps that is just me.

I can’t really put this book in any genre except general fiction and poetry.

The Hekapolis Trilogy: Experiment cover reveal

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Title: The Hekapolis Trilogy #2 : Experiment

Author: Ana Bastow

Genre: Upper YA/ New Adult Multicultural Paranormal Romance

Intended age: 16 and up, IMO.

Heat level: I want to say hot PG13.

Blurb:“A betrayal, the Akelarre, a birth, a funeral, a wedding….in that order.

Gabrielle is enjoying her first real boyfriend. Her new family is supportive, but her college friends, especially Tess, think she is going to get her heartbroken by the campus “Petri Dish”.
Gabrielle knows his reputation as a womanizer is an exaggeration- knowing a human, in the biblical sense, means madness or death for any wizard. This sadly includes her and -even though William can do feats with his tongue worthy of an R version of Cirque do Soleil- her desire for him keeps growing to the point of almost causing a disaster for the young couple.
Their situation becomes even more trying when Samantha, shielded by the Wizard’s redemption laws, ensures her residency with the Wyseman for as long as she is paying for her crimes. And she is not afraid to use all her seduction repertoire to try to win her fiancé back. Gabrielle contemplates the possibility that William might fall out of love with her. Pondering this predicament, William, Maggie and her prepare Gabrielle for her first visit to Hekapolis for the Akelarre, and given that Samantha is banned from the city she is glad to take a break from the competition.
The sanctuary of witches is a paradise of broom races, dragon riders, winged horses, unicorns and people of all backgrounds trading spells and potions with their family and friends from the seven corners of the world.
During the festivities, Gabrielle meets gorgeous Mitali -William’s best friend- and she discovers there is a romantic past between them. Shocked by this, Mitali eases her fears by offering her a chance to use her magical gifts so that she and William can have a full physical relationship at last.
But the offer comes with a warning from her new friend: “Once I reveal my potion, you will have to choose between giving yourself to William in body, mind and soul…Or breaking up with him…”
Gabrielle will battle more internal demons and will receive the help of an unlikely ally to figure out her future with William.”

note from the blogger: I have read the first book in this trilogy and really loved it. Can’t wait to read this one. Ana Bastow writes really well and her characters are very interesting. I really enjoyed the first book and can’t recommend this trilogy enough.

World Book Night 2014

I signed up for World Book Night. I have mentioned this before but now the date is fast approaching. I picked up my books from a local bookstore. The point is for me to give them out to light or non-readers. The idea is also to give them to strangers. Sounds hard? Maybe. I might go to a park on a weekend. They say to not go to malls. I asked a local mall anyways and they gave me a big NO. Not sure why malls are so against it. I contacted my local Starbucks but didn’t hear back. I should call again. Maybe a park is the best spot. Its public, but not a place where people make money. I would expect some hesitation when I approach people randomly about this.

The book I am giving out is Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. I read it and thought it was decent. It has really short chapters so would be good for new readers. However, its more of an adult book. It has a few drug references in it along with sexual innuendo. Nothing explicit. I had one person on yelp pretty interested until she found out it had drugs in it. She works with some people in recovery from drugs and/or alcohol. So that’s a no go. This book could be triggering to a recovering addict.

Regardless, I will figure out how to give out these books.

If you are a light or non-reader, comment on this and I can mail you a book via media mail. I am willing to do that and think its probably ok.

Random Life Update

I am broke. I really need to find a better way to make some money. Obviously, a job would help. Unfortunately, its been a while since I worked so my record does not look so good. I would like to do something part time. I know I could tutor. I did well in school and have a graduate degree. Maybe I’ll look into figuring something out. I wish I could get paid to read.

Story Cartel

I think I will start using Story Cartel more often. Its a great places to get free books from new authors. sure, not everything is good. But I’ve won some gift cards and if there ever was a way to get paid to read, I would do it.

$5 amazon gift card giveaway

ok since I’m happy I got my blog back, I’m doing a giveaway. its open to anyone who can accept a $5 amazon.com gift card. That should open it to most people. It ends in 14 days. Prize is a $5 amazon gift card to be sent via email. be sure your email is correct in the rafflecopter.

giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/share-code/NDY3ZmQ0NTAwNmViZjhiMmE1YTIxNmZjYWE3MjNkOjE3/