REVIEW: Neurotica by Eliza Gordon + Giveaway!

Neurotica CoverTITLE: Neurotica
AUTHOR: Eliza Gordon
PUBLICATION: Published August 7th 2014 by West 26th Street Press, NYC
GENRE: A > Contemporary | Romance | Humor
PAGES: 296pages (Kindle Edition)
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RATING: 3 ★★★1/2
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If you find yourself talking to Jayne Dandy, keep the conversation on Star Wars and rubber ducks—best not to mention men, dating, or S-E-X. Because Jayne is fine with the way things are: writer of obituaries and garage sale ads by day, secret scribe of adventures in distant galaxies by night. But her crippling fear of intimacy has made her the butt of jokes since forever, and hiding behind her laptop isn’t going to get her lightsaber lit.

After her therapist recommends that she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne joins forces with pen and paper to combat the demons that won’t let her kiss and tell. Unexpectedly downsized at work, she adopts a pseudonym and secretly self-publishes one of her naughty books to make ends meet. When her adorable, long-time friend Luke, co-owner of the popular Portland food truck Luke Piewalker’s, hears she’s been demoted, he insists on hiring her to sling éclairs and turnovers at his side. Her secret must be kept, but sparks ignite between them, sending Jayne and her X-Wing into a tailspin that will either make her face down her neuroses or trigger a meltdown of Death Star proportions.




I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Gordon ever since she introduced me to concierge Ryan on Must Love Otters. I swear, that book had me laughing throughout the end. And can i just say how awesome her book covers are? It screams quirky and awesomeness and laughs! Just like the book. Though I admit, the first time I saw the cover, I was curious about the duck in there. HA. Didn’t know they play a big part in the book!!

Okay, so let’s about the gist. Some of us are scared of the dark, some are scared of snakes or any other animal you can think of, but Jayne Dandy is scared of a different thing. She’s scared of S-E-X! She’s not comfortable of talking about it to anyone (with the exception of her therapist) and she’s not comfortable of doing it! But Jayne found a way to slowly get over this. And it’s by writing Erotica!
And by the reviews her book is getting, SHE’S GOOD.

Like on Elizabeth’s first novel, it wasn’t hard to like any of the characters. All of them has a characteristic that stands out and they’re original. I’ve never encountered a cliche character in here. Everyone is hilarious which is really what I’m expecting when its a Elizabeth Gordon book. The pacing was just right. The readers were introduced to Jayne’s character immediately and thoroughly so I was 3 to 4 chapters in and I felt like I already knew her. The authors secondary characters were great! It doesn’t even matter that we’re not inside their heads because they’re all well written and completely fleshed out.

Though I’m really looking forward to the romance aspect here, what really made this book stands out is the plot. I admire Jayne so much for overcoming this fear and it’s so cool to know how indie publishing works. YEP, that’s my favorite thing. It really made me realize more how our Authors works so hard! AWW. Love you guys!

Anyway, let’s move on to the romance. I have a love-hate relationship with this aspect of the book. OH don’t get me wrong, I adore Jayne and Luke together. They couldn’t be more perfect for each other! I guess that’s why I had some problems.. I just feel so deprived! LOOK at what Elizabeth Gordon is doing to me! Making me a perv by yelling to the characters: JUST KISS ALREADY! And when they finally did.. there’s only few chapters left.

But okay, I’ll try to forgive the author for that because I really liked how it ended. Very sigh worthy and swoony and I’m just so proud of my girl, Jayne! Who ever calls her prudie will get a punch from me. This book is another gem that should be out more. If you’ve been reading depressing books lately (like me) or you just want to lay back and get lost to a smart and hilarious book, I suggest you read Neurotica. It’s funny and heartwarming with characters that I don’t think I’ll forget anytime soon.




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A purveyor of fictions, Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone.





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REVIEW: Angelfall and WorldAfter a.k.a everybody loves pooky bear!

11500217TITLE: Angelfall 
PUBLICATION: Published May 21st 2011 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Paranormal | Fantasy | Dystopia
PAGES: 325pages (Paperback)
RATING: 5★★★★ 





It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.





“I never thought about it before, but I’m proud to be human. We’re ever so flawed. We’re frail, confused, violent, and we struggle with so many issues. But all in all, I’m proud to be a Daughter of Man” – Penryn Young


Angelfall is the best dystopia book I have ever read… so far. It’s unputdownable! (that’s not a word but whatever) I can’t believe it took me this long to read this. I’m not a fan of this genre. I think you noticed that I tend to torture myself by reading book that shatters my souls and break my heart in pieces. It happened here too though.. but the reason is the epicness!

Penryn Young is all I ask for in a heroine. Next to Rose Hathaway, she’s my second favorite fictional bestie. I love how the author made her character. She’s not what you can call a badass but she’s trying/learning to be. All for her love for her family.

Then there’s Raffe. The swoon worthy hero. My heart literally breaks for him at the last few pages. I want to hug him so bad because I can’t imagine what’s going on at his mind when he’s holding Penryn at that moment. I applaude Ms. Ee for NOT making Raffe the typical misogynistic-jerk male lead. He can be so passive sometimes.. or brooding. But that just made me love him more. You just don’t know what’s going on inside his head. So that makes him more intriguing. And did I say he’s not a douchebag? At least, not most of the time.

The world that Susan Ee created is pure genius! The way she writes really engaged me and she managed to make Penryn’s world enthralling and terrifying. Susan Ee is such a brilliant writer! She’s done an amazing job voicing out Penryn. I’m really in awe.

All in all, ANGELFALL is definitely a MUST READ. It’s heart racing, thrilling and romantic. I don’t know how Susan Ee managed to put that all in one book, but she did it. And she did a magnificent job!!




12983100TITLE: Worldafter (Penryn and the End of Days #2)
AUTHOR: Susan Ee
PUBLICATION: Published November 19th 2013 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Paranormal | Fantasy | Dystopia
PAGES: 438pages (Kindle Edition)
RATING: 4★★★★





In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?







Susan Ee has done it again. I can absolutely say now that I am undeniably inlove with this series. I loved everything. Penryn got more badass and sassy. Her mother was crazier than ever. What happened to Paige was heartbreaking. And Raffe.. Ah, Raffe. I love him so much.

World After picks up immediately where the last book ended. Though it started a little slow, I think a lot of the chapters was really necessary. I think the sword (named Pooky Bear) giving Penryn some flashbacks about Raffe was pure genius! Susan Ee managed to make fans love an inanimate object.

I had some teensy bit of problems about World After though. Here goes:

  • I waited for so long to read a scene with Penryn and Raffe together. The waiting though to see them together (just together, not together together) was ohmygoodness thrilling. When they finally saw each other, the waiting was so worth it.


  • This seems a filler book. Well if it is, I don’t think it’s that bad. There was a lot of action, funny moments, emotional encounters and even though it’s lacking in the romance department, it made me love Penryn and Raffe even more.
  • I will really murder someone if they won’t end up together in the next books.

But other than that, I was overflowing with love for this book.

Penryn grew up a lot in here.

“You’re not the only monster in this world.”

She became more brave and I think it finally dawned on her that she’s one of the few people who has the courage to help the people left on earth. She also became more likeable. I don’t know any heroine who can be cute, kickass and funny all at the same time. But Susan Ee managed to make a character like that.

The chemistry between Raffe and Penryn was still there. Ahhh, I have no words on how I love them so much. As I said in my review of Angelfall, I applaud Susan Ee for not making Raffe a misogynistic jerk. Though he was a little cocky and arrogant, he was still very likeable and swoon worthy.

“Don’t talk. You’ll just spoil my fantasy of rescuing an innocent damsel in distress as soon as you open your mouth.”

*grins like cheshire cat*

By how Susan Ee ende the book, I am expecting Raffe and Penryn to spend a lot of time to together in Book 3 (I. AM. HOPING.) So it’s no surprise that I’m excited as ever for Book 3 to come out.

Good job Ms. Susan, good job!!

ARC REVIEW: Made For You by Melissa Marr + Giveaway!


TITLE: Made For You
AUTHOR: Melissa Marr
PUBLICATION: Published September 16th 2014 by HarperCollins
GENRE: YA > Fanatasy | Paranormal | Gothic
PAGES: 368pages (Hardcover)
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RATING: 3 ★★★1/2
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Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her?

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.




This is my first from Melissa Marr and by reading this, I think I might check her other books out. The first time I saw Made For You, I know I want to read it. I didn’t have to read the blurb. I just have a feeling that it’ll be a creepy and mystery kind of book. And I’m definitely in the mood for that. Though I wasn’t that impressed like I thought I would, I really enjoyed it. And the good things outweighs the bad so.. that’s a good thing right?

Eva Tilling is the most popular girl in her school… nope, in her town. Now, this kind of characters tend to annoy me. Usually, when the MC is kind of a queenbee or in a royal family kind of thing, they usually act high and mighty and yeah.. bitchy. But I liked Eva. She and I really clicked. Because first of all, she’s not a dimwit. She ask the right and obvious questions. Which is a very good thing because there’s a mystery that we’re trying to solve. She blurt out the things that the readers are thinking which is an evidence of a well made character!

Someone tried to kill her and after she survived, people close to her are starting to die.. Oooooh, so the plot. Yeah its really intriguing. I almost finished this on one sitting because of how dying I am to know the truth. Marr’s writing helped a lot too. Its very readable and you’ll really get lost inside Eva’s world. I was excited and frustrated as the mystery started to unravel. Which is a good sign because it means I’m enjoying the storyline and it’s getting into me. I actually started calling them all as the killer. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK ANYMORE. Is he the killer?? Is she???! AM I??!

Good thing her old bestfriend aka new romance is always at her side.. Okay so the romance is kind of a MEH to me. Let’s just say that the love interest didn’t hold my interest that much. He’s kind of bland and really, he’s not given enough back story. Which of course really sucked because he’s an important character. Anyway, I don’t know if this is a really a bad thing because the romance isn’t the main point of the story. It played a big part though so I still pointed it out.

But wait, that’s not all.. Eva also started seeing deaths by touching other people! And so she used this to find out who the mystery killer is. This pissed me off a little because Eva seeing death is supposed to be the wow factor here. But the unanswered and unexplained stuff ruined it. I MEAN I’M SORRY BUT I’M NOT GONNA BUY IT IF THAT’S THE CASE. I want explanations. I want the WHY and the HOW. But I didn’t get that. Also, I don’t know if this should worry me, but I really enjoyed the killers POV so I wanted to know more. Yeah.. didn’t get that either.

And before I end this review, believe me when I say that this has one of the most impressive parents-daughter relationship. Yeah you read that right..

THE PARENTS. ARE. ALIVE. *gasps* *faint* And their reactions and response are believable and applaud worthy. Thank you author for not killing them..

Made For You isn’t really a disappointment, in fact, I recommend this if you’re in the mood for a well written mystery that will keep you guessing. You know.. the kind of mystery where you’ll suspect everybody even yourself.








Hmm, I’m never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises–graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.





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REVIEW: Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair + Giveaway!

TITLE: Louder Than Words
AUTHOR: Iris St. Clair
PUBLICATION: Published September 16th 2014 by Swoon Romance
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 300pages (Kindle Edition)
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RATING: 4 ★★★★1/2
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Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can’t let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm’s length.

But by the time Rex’s charm wears down her resistance, it’s too late. He’s put Ellen on the “just friends” shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it’s the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.





This is one of the most romantic and moving book I’ve ever read. I kid you not. Me saying that I’m surprised is an understatement.


A drunkard mother, a teacher who forced himself on her and a boy who makes her heart race. Ellen’s life is so not boring. Let me just start of by saying that I adore this heroine so much. I really want to hug her because of the stupid things that has been happening in her life. She’s a tough cookie, I’ll tell you that. I mean, sure, not at first.. but that’s why I admire her. She learned how to be brave. How to take courage. How to make everyone hear what she has to say. And lastly, she learned how to stand up for others and for herself.

The love interest, Rex is very charming. Ahh, maybe he’ll just smile and I’ll immediately melt off. Oh but he’s not perfect! Far from it. He’s actually very stupid. He’s adorably stupid. That’s why the romance was a little painful for me to read, not because it’s not good. It’s actually the slow burn kind of romance which I really liked. I don’t know what possessed me though but through out the book, I JUST WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER, you know? Like seriously come on just kiss each other already! But I’ve waited…. and yeah, it was so worth it. Rex and and Ellen’s relationship is real! It went through friendship, it was tested and it’s it’s.. it’s.. so so well written!


This book tackled with a lot of hard issues like abuse, teacher-student affair and alcohol. The family aspect is heavy. And the characters are fleshed out and complex. This is what amaze me so. Because the book is oh so romantic and light, but the hard issues were handled very well! It was dealt with accordingly and in a very poignant and moving way. I guess I have to praise St. Clair for that. This is another case of simple yet affecting way kind of writing. Her words stirs up something inside you and you can’t help but be touched.

It’s hard to believe that this is the author’s debut novel, I honestly can’t wait for more from her. I’m definitely a huge fan now. Louder Than Words has humor and romance, it’s thought provoking and incredibly well thought. Absolutely one of my top favorite this year!





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Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that’s another bio.

No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.

In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.

Iris believes in the two-year “fish or cut bait” dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.





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BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Unrequited by Emily Shaffer + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Unrequited
AUTHOR: Emily Shaffer
PUBLICATION: Expected Publication: September 23rd 2014 by Swoon Romance
GENRE: YA/NA > Romance | Paranormal
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In the town of Belle Ridge there are doctors, lawyers and teachers… but there is only one vampire. Will Leighton has become an expert in making a life for himself amongst the unsuspecting small-town inhabitants, as the high school history teacher. He has spent hundreds of years crafting an identity and routine that make him feel almost human, but he is always missing that important final element, love.

Ashton Wallace is beautiful, smart, and angry. She was forced into an eternal existence, and now her family has moved her away from everything and everyone she knows. In Belle Ridge she is supposed to finish high school and start her life again, but how do you make plans for the next several centuries?

Will has never met another of his kind, and is immediately intrigued by Ashton. He longs to show her that the perceived vampire lifestyle, so popular in storybooks, is far from reality…but will she let him be a friend and guide in this new existence? Can Ashton accept Will into her life, or will she be led astray by a dark stranger with whom she shares an unknown connection?





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Whether writing stories to entertain her younger siblings, or typing up an essay for a class, Emily Shaffer has been a writer for as long as she can remember.  Her stories may have changed from talking cartoon frogs to angsty young adults, but her goal to write a compelling story remains the same.  When not writing, she lives in Nashville and enjoys all the music, food, and excitement that city has to offer.  Her first novel, the well-received chick-lit title That Time of the Month was self-published on Amazon in 2012.  Her latest novel, as the others before, are fueled by diet soda and pie.





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