“The Watchers of Eden” by T.C. Edge

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First off, I love these covers! What initially attracted me to this book was the cover, then of course the description. I am always looking for new dystopian reads. That being said, this book reminded me a lot of Divergent by Veronica Roth. Not saying that’s a bad thing. And this book wasn’t an exact copy. But the main themes were definitely very similar. Whether the rest of the series is going to follow the Divergent series or not, I don’t know.

As for the book, I really enjoyed the premise. Where there are similarities to Divergent, this book is also very different. The characters follow their own paths and I liked the way it went. I thought it was just a bit slow in the beginning because it’s the first book in this new dystopian world. So, naturally, a lot of ground had to be laid. I won’t say it was boring. I didn’t struggle through this book at all. 396 pages seemed to fly by like nothing. And it definitely satisfied my dystopian craving.

The characters worked really well together. I felt like there was a good balance between them. Relationships came naturally. They didn’t seem forced. They weren’t always good relationships but they all seemed to make sense. In that part, I really liked the idea of the Pairing (each School Leaver being paired – basically an arranged marriage – with another School Leaver). That part, of course, reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. If you’re looking for a great dystopian read, I would definitely recommend it. I’m intrigued to see where the series leads. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, check it out on Amazon! I’m off to start book 2!

“The Summer Before Forever” by Melissa Chambers

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Last summer, I got to review this book for a tour. On July 3rd, the second book of this series is coming out so, I thought we would share this review again.

I really enjoyed this book. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it when they first started getting into the romance part because, well, they’re going to be brother and sister by the end of the book. Not blood related but still. So I found myself reading along, intrigued to see how the author was going to solve that problem. And along the way, I fell for Landon, too. He’s sweet and considerate and he stands up for Chloe, protecting her not only like a brother but also like a really amazing boyfriend. The more the book went on and I expected to be weirded out, I really wasn’t. And Chloe! She’s this shy girl in the beginning. She’s been through some rough stuff and so her best friend, Jenna (not my favorite character but a pretty loyal best friend), comes up with this bucket list of things for Chloe to do to build up her confidence. So you get to watch shy Chloe, who’s never really been in love before, go through these amazing changes as she works to be a stronger person. And it was a great love story, too. Definitely a great summery read!

If you’re waiting for Falling For Forever (Jenna’s story), which releases on July 3rd (just in time for the Fourth of July holiday!), head on over to Amazon and grab a copy of The Summer Before Forever so you’re ready to go for book 2! You won’t be disappointed!

Happy Thursday 🙂
-Megan

“Instruments of the Angels” by Monica Leonelle

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I read this book over Father’s Day weekend (what a wonderful husband I have – he didn’t complain at all that I kept disappearing into my book when we weren’t out picnicking with the little ones). It did not disappoint at all! I loved the supernatural aspect of it, working in classic characters (Michael the archangel) and twisting others (Lucifer as Luci).

The main character (well, one of them – that’s another thing I loved – multiple points of view!), Brie, finds out in the beginning of the book that there’s something . . . different about her. She is a Hallow, and a very powerful one at that. She is a daughter of Michael, one of two. Very rare. So the whole book (at least Brie’s part of it) is about her figuring out who she really is and dealing with that, along with trying to deal with the death of her mother.

A big part of the book also centers around Brie’s brother, Pilot. He is having dreams about their mother and a nightclub, and trying to piece together all of these pieces that turn out to be clues to a bigger puzzle.

I love how everything fit together and at the end of the book, although it easily sets itself up for book two, you still have a few “aha!” moments where things start fitting together. I really did enjoy this book and can’t wait to start the next one!

Interested in checking it out for yourself? Pick it up on Amazon and give it a go! It’s even free on Kindle Unlimited right now!

Happy Tuesday!

“The Time Travel Trailer” by Karen Musser Nortman

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My mom and I read this one for our book club and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s about a woman who is separated from her husband and ends up buying a 1937 Covered Wagon trailer from an elderly neighbor. She starts remodeling it and decides to take it out camping. She goes to sleep at night and bam! She wakes up in the 60s!

I am all for a good time travel book. And that’s exactly what this was. I loved the quirky adventures Lynne gets herself into, especially when her snarky (and extremely whiny) teenage daughter, Dinah, tags along on a camping trip. Each time they remodel something in the trailer, they end up in a different time.

One downfall to this book . . . I didn’t like Dinah in the very beginning. She was rude and (although, a typical teenager) I didn’t like her. Kurt, either (Lynne’s husband). Thankfully (mild spoiler), they both change for the better as the book progresses.

I am definitely interested to see where this adventure leads.

Happy reading!

Cover Reveal Time! “Falling For Forever” by Melissa Chambers

Last summer, I got a chance to review (on my old blog) The Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers. I loved it and will be re-posting the review on this blog this week if you’d like to check out my review. But for now, I’m excited to be a part of the cover reveal for her new book, Falling For Forever! IMG_20170614_093958_585000The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A.. Jenna’s got plenty of talent – she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt . . . no matter how cute he is in those glasses. 

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on the very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though . . . no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart. 

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About the Author . . .
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Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream (Rocky Road, please!). She’s a member of RWA and serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers. She is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling For Forever (Entangled Teen).

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“Heartlocked” by C.S. Moore

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I read this book almost a month ago and oh my wow! What a sequel!

I easily enjoyed this book as much as the first one! The characters grew and changed, and some new ones popped up, as well. Cass has really grown on me and I think he might be one of my new favorite characters.

Again, I was caught immediately by the cover on this one. And, though I haven’t read many mermaid books before, I feel like this one is still a unique take on it. I am anxiously awaiting book 3! If it ties up what I think it will (sorry, no spoilers here), it promises to be quite a finish. All in all, I loved this one and highly recommend it!

If you missed yesterday’s review on book 1, you can check it out here. If you’ve read either one (need a copy? Amazon has one!), I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! And check back next month for an interview with C.S. Moore! I’m excited . . . are you?

Happy reading!

“Landlocked” by C.S. Moore

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One of the biggest problems I’ve had with Indie authors is that the covers . . . how do I put it? So often, they don’t get the care and attention that they deserve. A lot of them look like the author took a very generic photo off of Google and tweaked it with PhotoShop before splashing their title and name on it. I know that you’re not supposed to “judge a book by it’s cover” but it’s the same as when you go to a restaurant. You eat with your eyes first. In culinary school, that was drilled into our heads. Presentation. It’s the same with books. Your eye sees the cover first. And if that cover is . . . well, less than attractive, you’re not as likely to pick the book up. At least, I’m not. Call me judgmental but it is what it is.

These covers don’t have that problem. They. Are. Gorgeous! When I stumbled upon them on Facebook, the author offering them for review, the covers caught my eye immediately. And then I read “mermaids” and was hooked.

I adored this book. I loved its characters and the way that, 3/4 through the book, I was still on the edge of my seat, guessing. This was an amazing twist on the typical mermaid tale and I loved every minute of it. And just when you think the author has tied up most of the loose ends, she throws in one last cliffhanger that leaves you staring at the last page, mouth hanging open in shock, and scrambling to download book 2!

If this sounds good to you, check it out on Amazon! I would love to hear what you think when you’re done!

“Anna & the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins

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Normally, I am not too big a fan of standalone novels (and though Anna has companion novels, I still consider it a standalone). The reason – they end. This book wasn’t like that. Would I read another one if it focused on Anna & St. Clair? Of course! But this one was more about the leading up to the happily ever after, not so much about the romance, itself. And that was a nice change.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. They were real, believable, and interesting. Not flat, two-dimensional characters. A lot of the time, however, they seemed a lot older than high school seniors. Maybe because the story is set in a French boarding school where alcohol is legal and they are pretty much on their own. But it didn’t take anything away from the story.

I only have one negative for this story . . . I would have liked to see any of the supporting characters (Josh, Rashmi or Meredith – doesn’t even have to be all of them) developed a bit more. The author gives us a bit to work with but the story revolves around Anna & St. Clair so much (yes, I realize it’s a love story) that when one of the others steps in for a bit, they felt a little flat to me.

One big thing I loved about Anna was that she wants to be a film critic. She’s always going to see movies and writing reviews on her website. My first career choice when I was a child was journalist (although there are parts of it I can’t handle – mainly, reporting on bad events that happen to people and treating it like just another story) and book reviewing / blogging definitely satisfies that urge for me. It was something that allowed me to connect with her and made me really enjoy the book, as well as her personality.

This is one book that should definitely be read, as well as listened to. I already have it waiting on Audible so I can hear the narrator’s take on Etienne St. Clair *fans self dramatically*. He absolutely makes it onto my Hottest Book Boyfriends list! It must be the English accent 🙂 Definitely a book I recommend! And if you’ve already listened to it on audio, I would love to hear what you thought in the comments below!

Interested in getting your hands on Anna & the French Kiss? Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

Bonne lecture! Happy reading!

“Geekerella” by Ashley Poston

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I blame Once Upon a Time for my current obsession with fairytale retellings. It’s so much fun to revisit stories I loved as a child, but with a grown-up twist. Like one of my favorites, Cinderella.

The thing I enjoyed most about this story was seeing it unfold from both Elle & Darien’s points of view. It’s the classic Cinderella story from Elle’s point of view, with the addition of a very loud and on-the-verge-of-falling apart vegan food truck (the Magic Pumpkin) and then an entirely new twist as we visit Darien (aka Federation Prince Carmindor) and see his story progress. Not to mention, I really enjoyed watching Elle’s stepmother get it. She was written in such a way that you disliked her from the very beginning.

As a Trekkie, myself, I loved that this story centered around a sci-fi show (very much like Star Trek) and the ExcelsiCon (geek/nerd convention) that went with it. Fairytale with a sci-fi twist…great combination!

Downfall? I had a little trouble getting into the book at first. I’m not sure what it was because, once I got going, it flew for me. The beginning was just…a little slow.

Interested in trying it out? Check it out on Amazon or Barnes & Noble and see what you think!

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I’m Megan, the Ginger Mom. If you’re here, you’re most likely a great lover of all things bookish, like me. My Kindle (and physical bookshelf) is stocked with many genres, ranging from kids books to romance that goes a bit past PG-13, hitting some sci-fi in the middle. I do not discriminate when it comes to Indie or Traditional Publishing. I love them all, as long as the story is a good one and the book itself was given the care it deserves. Some of my newest favorites are Indie books.

So what am I here for? Simple – a place to talk about books. Call it one great big review index and a place to post Book Tours so I can keep signing up for all those amazing books 🙂 I am a great lover of Netgalley and spend a fair amount of time wandering around Goodreads or Amazon, searching for my next favorite book.

If this interests you, stick around! I am migrating from Blogger right now but soon, you will see book reviews popping up. Until then, happy reading!

-Ginger Mom