Thursday, September 15, 2016

Netgalley...Oops

It seems I need to take my own advice. I had a pretty good percentage on Netgalley-- until last night. I kind of went on a requesting spree and now, I've got lots of books to review (which is good for me, but bad for my feedback %...at least temporarily.) There are still several books pending that I really hope I'm approved for, hopefully they'll acknowledge the fact that having lots of approvals all at once makes that percent look bad for a little while. So... like I said, oops!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Somewhere in Time by Alyssa Richards

 Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
 Title: Somewhere in Time
 Author: Alyssa Richards
 Series: The Fine Art of Deception
 Publication Date: Dec 2015
 Publisher: Self Published
 Age Group: 18+
 Genre: Paranormal Romance
 Pages: 306
 Format: eBook
 Source: Author provided Review Copy
 Buy the Book: Amazon | Goodreads


One woman.
Two choices.
Love or family?

Finding the man of her dreams, Adeline Montgomery is finally ready to spend her life with Blake Greenwood. But happily-ever-afters aren’t in the cards for a woman who deals with the dead on a daily basis.

Forced to team up with her greatest enemy, Addie must embrace her gift—in order to save those she loves. Desperate to uncover the truth behind her father and grandfather’s disappearances, Addie delves further into the past—confronting the demons of her background. The deeper she digs, the closer she comes to destroying everything she’s ever hoped for. Torn between her loyalty to her family and her love for Blake, Addie must choose between the two. One touch could break them all…


Okay, can I just say wow?! I mean it. That one word sums up my entire review for this one. I really liked this one. The characters have really grown since the first one, in both personality and relationships! The story has taken on a life of it's own, the relationships, the mysteries, the... deceptions, Ms. Richards has really outdone herself this time around!

I was quickly engrossed in the story and felt a real connection to the characters. I was invested in their future... or their past, depending on how you look at it. I was completely enthralled by the idea of Addie's newly discovered ability and couldn't help but wonder what it would be like.

The writing is superb, though on a couple of occasions I did find myself going back a paragraph or two because I lost track of what was going on or who was present in the scene. Many unanswered questions from the first novel are answered this time around, but more questions are asked as each revealed mystery, each discovered lie, each exposed deception unfolds.

Once again, the novel leaves the reader on a happy, but semi-cliffhangered ending. Will they find Blake's mother? Will they finally see the end of Otto? Will they ever find their way home? What of the Gardner Art? Hopefully those questions are answered soon!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Undoing time by Alyssa Richards

 Discretion advised: This book may be unsuitable for anyone under the age of 18, due to mature themes, language and sexual content.
 Title: Undoing Time
 Author: Alyssa Richards
 Series: The Fine Art of Deception
 Publication Date: Jan 2015
 Publisher: Self Published
 Age Group: 18+
 Genre: Paranormal Romance
 Pages: 266
 Format: eBook
 Source: Author provided Review Copy
 Buy the Book: Amazon | Goodreads


Art appraiser Addison Montgomery just wants a normal life. One where she can ignore the vicious ghosts who follow her. One where she’s free from her “gift” of touching an object and seeing the owner’s deepest secrets. And one where she can fall in love without having all of the above get in the way.

But when tall, dark, and dangerous gallery owner Blake Greenwood enters her life, normal is the last thing she’s feeling. The man has more secrets than the priceless art he sells, giving Addison’s quest for normal no chance. That, and he may just hold the key to uncovering the truth behind her father’s unexplained disappearance.

Despite her paranormal gifts warning her to stay away, she feels an inexplicable, captivating fascination for him, something that goes deeper than attraction. There’s something between them that’s older than time, and if she can learn to give him her trust, it may just save her life.


I really loved the concept of this book! How many times have I walked through a museum or a gallery or looked at my own print of Van Gogh's Starry Night and wished I knew the story behind it, the real story? The book has a bit of an old-school "whodunit?" vibe as bits and pieces are revealed and you try to figure out the mystery in this book (here's a hint: there's more than one mystery to solve!) . The writing was excellent and the plot well thought out. There are a few P.O.V. shifts, and, honestly, they were a bit disorienting. The shifts always occur at the start of a new chapter, but they were still a bit jarring at times, especially since, due to the suspense/mystery nature of the story, they leave you scratching your head as to what the hell just happened.

It did take me a little while to really get into the story, I was about a third of the way through before I was genuinely hooked and wanting to know what was going to happen. Sure, it was a little slow to get started, but it was setting up for a great finish!

The character development was excellent, though I didn't really connect with Addie, but that's not due to any problems with the writing or development. She frustrated me a bit with her floundering between what she should or shouldn't do.

All in all the story was intriguing and entertaining. It does end on a semi-cliffhanger, but book 2 is already out and available, so don't let that stop you from reading this one!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Blog Ahead Challenge 2016

Blog Ahead 2016-Oct 

It's time for the yearly Blog Ahead Challenge. The goal is to write and schedule 30 posts during the month of October. Earlier this year, I participated in the mini-blog ahead and missed the goal by a few posts. I don't plan to miss this one. My plan right now is to write an extra post every time I sit down to blog and 2 more on top of that each weekend. Given October is one of the busiest time of year for me since I'm also an artist and I participate in a pretty big art show called Arts on Sunday which takes place every Sunday in October. So, I may or may not hit the 30 goal, but any extra scheduled posts is a good thing in my book, especially this time of the year with holidays and everything coming up.