REVIEW: Only A Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao

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TITLE: Only A Kiss
AUTHOR: Ines Bautista – Yao
PUBLICATION: Published November 29th 2014 by Chamber Shell Publishing
GENRE: YA > Romance | Contemporary
PAGES: 106pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
RATING:
 

3 ★★★1/2

 
 
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When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.
Besides, it didn’t really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.
But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.
Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.
 
 
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REVIEW:

 

I remember someone telling me that a kiss is an ultimate test when it comes to a boy-girl friendship. Honestly, I don’t understand that so I asked her to elaborate. She said that if you, as a girl, have a guy bestfriend, there’s always that thought in the farthest corner of your mind that wonders.. maybe, just maybe.. you guys are really meant to be more than just friends. But how can you find out? And surprise surprise, its by a kiss!

After doing this, the friendship might become fragile OR by kissing you just sealed it with a super glue and the friendship turns into.. romance. I don’t know why I even bothered mentioning this but I thought its just timely to share since the book is all about friendship, and kisses, and romance.

Only A Kiss is so realistic that I feel like reading the personal diaries of the two main characters. Ines did a great job of writing a hopeful and charming lovestory without making it unbelievable. Her characters are authentic. The kind of characters that makes you wish you know them personally and give them advice and stuff.

I’ll be honest and say that reading some part of the book is almost too painful. I felt for Chris and Katie and it’s incredible how Ines made their emotions so real. It really rolls off from the book to me. I felt their confusion, their sadness and their heartbreak. But the best part when it comes to love stories, whether its from books or in real life is there’s always that moment.. that chapter where we have to decide if we’re willing to take some risks. And when Katie and Chris made a decision.. I was happy with the result.

I read Only A Kiss on one sitting. And while reading it, I can’t help but grin, swoon and get teary-eyed. And if we’re being honest, love stories in real life makes us do those things too. This sweet and realistic novel tugged my heartstrings. Its a perfect portrayal of modern bestfriends turns into lovers stories. Ines’ storytelling is charming and so is her novel.

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.

She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.  She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com. She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head: http://theeverydayprojectblog.com/inesbyao-author-project/

She posts on Instagram and tweets @inesbyao and her author page is facebook.com/inesbautistayao.

 

 

 

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One (1) winner will get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, a gift card from FILA, and a back issue of CAST comic book
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SNEAK-A-PEEK: Unhidden (The Gatekeepers #1) by Dina Given

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TITLE: Unhidden (The Gatekeepers #1)
AUTHOR: Dina M. Given
PUBLICATION: Published December 29th 2014 by Team D Enterprises, LLC
GENRE: NA > Mystery | Fantasy
PAGES: 251pages (kindle edition)
 
 
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It’s not always easy to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys, especially when your heroine is a trained killer and she may be falling in love with her evil hunter…
Emma Hayes, a former military Special Forces Operative turned mercenary-for-hire, finds her tightly controlled world turned upside down when she is attacked by horrible monsters.
Emma must use every skill in her arsenal to stay alive as she tries to solve the mystery of why she has been targeted. Her list of enemies keeps growing – from Zane Shayde, an evil Mage, to a secret branch of the US government – and she doesn’t know if there is anyone left she can trust.
To complicate matters further, Emma is inexplicably drawn to Zane in a way she doesn’t quite understand, even knowing her life is forfeit if captured. Who is he and why does he have this affect on her? How can she fight a being that calls to her, body and soul?
Emma is left haunted by questions, doubts and fears as to why she has been targeted, when they will come for her next, and how she will possibly be able to survive against an enemy she doesn’t understand.

 

 

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I body checked him so he stumbled through the doors, hitting the far wall of the elevator. I followed him in, keeping my gun pointed at his chest, then pressed the only button inside the elevator that would take us to the bottom of the shaft, fifteen stories below ground. The doors slid shut, and with a jerk, the elevator began moving.

It was only when my prisoner began to change that I realized it might not have been the most brilliant idea in the world to cage myself into a small box suspended over open air with a complete stranger. I had once again forgotten I was potentially dealing with a supernatural enemy, and I shouldn’t have assumed my tail was only a normal human being.

The man standing huddled in the corner straightened to his full height of only ’five-foot-ten, and his eyes began to glow a pale yellow.

“I’m more of a lover than a fighter …” he said, his voice becoming deeper and rougher with every word. I heard the snapping of what I realized were his bones, and his skin bulged and rippled as if something living beneath it was trying to get out. His face elongated, and wickedly sharp teeth extended from what was quickly becoming a muzzle. “But I can dish out a pretty good disemboweling,” he completed in a growl before the transformation of his mouth prevented any further human speech. His clothes tore away as his limbs bulged and bent. He fell to all fours as course, gray hair sprouted over his entire body.

Cold terror bled through my body, filling my veins with ice as I tried to remember all the rules I had seen in movies about taking down a werewolf. I had no way of knowing whether there was any truth to them, but it was all I had to go on. Unfortunately, the bullets in my gun were made of steel, not silver.

 

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Dina Given lives in rural New Jersey – home of farms, horses and the largest hot air balloon festival in North America – with her husband, two crazy kids, and one rescue dog. She is an exercise enthusiast and avid lover of food and wine (hence the need to exercise). Dina also works full time for one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. She attributes her ability to juggle family, work and writing to her obsessive, hyper-focused, Type A personality.

 

 

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REVIEW: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay

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TITLE: Broken Skies (Broken Skies #1)
AUTHOR: Theresa Kay
PUBLICATION: Published January 13th 2015 by Skyscape
GENRE: YA > Science Fiction | Dystopia
PAGES: 372pages (paperback)
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RATING:
 

5 ★★★★★

 
 
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Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.
In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell’s world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.
Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.
Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.
In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.
 
 
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BROKEN SKIES is the first novel in a young adult science fiction trilogy by Theresa Kay. Perfect for fans of Angelfall by Susan Ee and the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, it tells the story of seventeen-year-old Jasmine “Jax” Mitchell, an impulsive and traumatized girl whose fierce loyalty to her kidnapped twin brother drives her to rescue him at any cost even if it means employing the help of a teenaged alien boy with questionable motives.

 

“This book had me ALL OVER THE PLACE. Happy, sad, angry, tummy fluttery, giddy, outraged, betrayed… just… all over the place. —Caylie M., Amazon Reviewer
 “This is for those who enjoy exciting, intriguing YA level Sci-Fi and Dystopian with a sweet romance.” — Sophia Rose, Delighted Reader Blog
 “The kind of novel that makes you anxiously excited about the series to come!” —Jocey, Amazon Reviewer
 “All I want to keep talking about is how awesome Broken Skies was, how much I loved it and that you must read it, so we can gush about it together!” —Total Book Geek

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

I think my heart is singing.

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There are books that you read and love, and there are books that you’ll re-read for 846352 times and yes, you’ll still love it. Its Broken Skies for me. This is the first 5 star review that I’ll be posting this year. That alone, makes the book pretty special for me.

Broken Skies is like a hidden gem. And I’ll be the first one to say it: It deserves to be seen.. to be read! To be completely honest, I don’t know how to review this one. This seems to be a thing to me. When I love the book so much, my brain goes blank. Seriously, its like me on a math oral test. I don’t know exactly what made me love the Broken Skies so I’d say.. everything!

Jax is a wonderful main character. She’s memorable and she’s perfectly flawed.

“I refuse to be a weapon of destruction. I already know what it feels like to kill and I will not give in to it. I will find another way”

She’s a badass and there’s a lot of YA main protagonist that I’ve read, and she’s one of the most that I admire. I admire how she thinks and her attitude. Now, Lir is no different. Good god, if you can do the eye brow thing like Lir can, I’ll put you on my possible-guys-to-marry list.

‘”I think this is the first time I have seen you speechless,” Lir says with laughing eyes. “Had I only known, I would have removed my shirt sooner”‘

And this alien is downright sassy. There’s still a mysterious air around him and its great that Theresa Kay isn’t revealing much about him but its like I completely know him and yes, I’m excited to get to know him better on the following books. Other side characters such as Jax’s brother and Flint took me by surprise by being well written characters and diverse. Usually, side characters aren’t given much thought, but in here, you can’t help but notice them.

The plot is.. jam packed. It has action, there’s mystery, the drama cannot be ignored and the romance is to die for. With a genre like YA Dystopia its so easy to just drop the book and say, ‘been there, read that‘ so as a reader, a book has to have something that sinks into the reader that makes it hard to let go. And as weird as this sounds, Jax world IS hard let go. Its a terrible world and its enthralling. And I want to know more the culture, how everything works and how it came to that. More reasons to wait and be excited for the following books in the series.

I mentioned this on my first review of Broken Skies before and I’ll say it again, Broken Skies is one of those stories that sinks its hooks into you and won’t let go. Its a one package treat that is perfect for every reader out there. Theresa Kay is epic and so is her book. And I don’t know my plan yet, but I’m planning to bribe her for the sequel. Waiting is almost painful. But then again, its Jax and Lir. I don’t know if I’m ready for the things that will happen. Praise for Theresa Kay!

 

 

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The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer’s Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. Living in the mountains of central Virginia with her husband and two kids, she works as a paralegal by day, binges on Netflix at night and finds bits of time in between reading almost everything she can get her hands on and laundry to craft stories that tend to feature broken characters in sci-fi or paranormal worlds, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. She’s constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed “fangirl” who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King, but between her internal Muse’s ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer’s group – The Rebel Writers – she knew she should stick with what was working.

 

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ARC REVIEW: Whispers from the Dead (Serenity’s Plain Secrets #2) by Karen Ann Hopkins

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TITLE: Whispers from the Dead (Serenity’s Plain Secrets #2)
AUTHOR: Karen Ann Hopkins
PUBLICATION: Published January 6th 2015
GENRE: A > Mystery | Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 277pages
SOURCE: arc via author
RATING:
 

4 ★★★★

 
 
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Some Amish communities aren’t so cozy.
Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets. Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is a lot more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community of Poplar Springs. And this group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. Serenity begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything that the simple people of Poplar Springs hold dear, and once again puts her own life in jeopardy. And even though Serenity tries desperately to avoid it, things begin heating up between her and Daniel, making her wonder if true love and happiness are really within her grasp.
*Some language and romantic sexual content.
 
 
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REVIEW:

 

Don’t you just love it when the author can write in different genres and for different age audience and STILL be good? This is why Karen Ann Hopkins is one of my favorite author ever! She can kickass in any genre she wants to write. I enjoyed her Embers which is a YA paranormal and this book is not an exception. Even though its an Adult mystery/thriller.

Whispers from the Dead is a great follow up to an incredible ongoing series. Its amazing how Hopkins made me so excited to read the third book already. The same package that came from the first book is still here and it just doubled up. The thrill, the mystery, the authentic characters and the incredible writing.. Whispers from the Dead is jam packed!

Serenity is still as badass as ever. And I love how Daniel is growing on her. I remember how stiff and off she was at the first book.. but after reading that last chapter???! Okay, I’M READY FOR MORE DANIEL AND SERENITY. JUST MAKE IT HAPPEN THANK YOU. The Amish community is still realistically portrayed as well. Its a bit different from Blood Rock which makes the atmosphere of the book more distinct from the first one.

But of course, the nail biting mystery is the trade mark of this series. I think my head almost cracked from coming up ideas, situations and and from guessing who the culprit is. I don’t know who to point finger to. Is it him? Her? Is it me???! Everyone is acting sketchy. Everyone is suspicious. Everyone could’ve done the crime! And when the answer to everything went above the surface and when I found out that everything has something to do with the Amish communities’ past.. I was just blown away. Hopkins made me sit at the edge of my seat.

From all the good things I’ve said, I’m sure you’ve gathered that I loved the book. My only complain is the Daniel-Serenity romance. Hopkins just keeps teasing us! I am so ready for things to happen. But that’s just a minor thing and besides that, the book is just perfection. Whispers from the Dead is a success!

 

 

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A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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• 5 e-copies of Lamb to the Slaughter, Book 1 of Serenity’s Plain Secrets

• 5 e-copies of Whispers from the Dead, Book 2 of Serenity’s Plain Secrets

• A traditional Amish style hand stitched wall hanging/lap quilt

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Tuesday, Janaury 20th – Curling Up With A Good Book
Wedneday, January 21st – So Bookalicious
Thursday, Janaury 22nd – Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, Janaury 23rd – Lose Time Reading & Books i View

Monday, Januray 26th – Unabridged Bookshelf
Tuesday, Janaury 27h – Andi’s Book Reviews
Wedneday, January 28th – Little Miss Drama Queen
Thursday, Janaury 29th – Tien’s Blurb
Friday, Janaury 30th Christy Howell Books

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Tuesday, February 3rd – Once Upon A Twilight
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ARC REVIEW: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

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TITLE: The Body Electric
AUTHOR: Beth Revis
PUBLICATION: Published October 6th 2014 by Scripturient Books
GENRE: YA > Scifi | Dystopia
PAGEs: 351 (paperback)
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RATING:
 
 

3 ★★★

 
 
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The future world is at peace.
Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.
But not all is at it seems.
Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…
Someone’s altered her memory.
Ella’s gift is enough to overthrow a corrupt government or crush a growing rebel group. She is the key to stopping a war she didn’t even know was happening. But if someone else has been inside Ella’s head, she cannot trust her own memories, thoughts, or feelings.
So who can she trust?
 
 
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Oh man, that was A LOT of Science! And I’m not even complaining! I hope I have this when I was in Highschool. It might have gave me a boost to listen and not dozed off in science class. Okay! Reading The Body Electric is a huge step of me getting out of my comfort zone. See, I don’t usually read Sci-Fi. I mean, there’s some that I truly enjoyed and loved, but most of them I just tried then marked DNF. Its just not my cup of tea.

But Beth Revis is totally changing me. This is my first book from her and I’m instantly a fan. I’m pretty sure I’ll be diving in to her trilogy soon because she’s such an incredible writer and I have a feeling that I’ll love the trilogy as well.

Ella is a feisty and smart character. Totally likeable and being in her head is such a smooth ride. She’s flawed but makes smart choices and she’s a caring and loving daughter! And absolutely not whiny. Ella can stand on her own and for that, I adore her. She makes the book so much easier to read. My heart broke for Jack. He is such a sweet guy! And being in his situation sucks and its great that the author didn’t make the romance so cliche. Seriously, I’m relieved. Jack and Ella is a breath of fresh air.

The greatest part of this book is the science stuff. Yes, I just said that. It’s amazing how it has an answer to everything questionable! It made the book so believable that I don’t know whether to be impressed or scared (because you know, this might be our future!!) I guess, if I have a Jack then it’ll be okay. Anyway, the explanations, the city descriptions, the science stuff… Beth Revis is a genius. That’s the only explanation.

 

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Beth Revis is the NY Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe series. The complete trilogy is now available in more than 20 languages. A native of North Carolina, Beth’s most recent book is The Body Electric, which tells the story of what was happening on Earth while the characters of Across the Universe were in space.

 

 

 

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