Archives for December 2014

EFC’s Top Picks of 2014

It is the end of another year, and we read some wonderful books. Each of us chose our top three books that we read this year.

And here they are . . .

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 ~ Matt Archer: Redemption by Kendra C. Highley

Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell

Waiting For Prince Harry by Aven Ellis

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

 

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~ the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

(The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages)

~ the Young Inventor’s Guild series by Eden Unger Bowditch

(The Atomic Weight of Secrets and The Ravens of Solemano)

~ Us by David Nicholls

 

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 ~ Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

~ Still Alice by Lisa Genova

~ The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

 

What were some of your favorite reads this past year?

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Boost It Tuesday! – December 30, 2014

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance, Candace’s Book Blog, and Gin’s Book Notes for Boost It Tuesday.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

As an added bonus, Candace, Ginny, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

 

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Candace’s Book Blog Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!

 


 

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Melissa’s Review: The Redcastle Redemption by Derrolyn Anderson

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The Redcastle Redemption (The Athena Effect #4)
written by Derrolyn Anderson
published by Derrolyn Anderson

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, SmashwordsGoodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
It was just a little too convenient for my taste. Although I LOVED the first book in the series, I’ve become increasingly dissatisfied with the rest of it. Tidy plots are always a bit surreal (I mean, what are the chances you’d just happen to meet an online gaming pal IRL, and she just happens to be a hottie FBI agent AND the daughter of the one man that can save you and your family from the mob boss you accidentally annoyed?). I’m all for happy endings, but The Athena Effect books got progressively less plausible, and The Redcastle Redemption was just too contrived to be believable.

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Would I recommend it: If you’ve come this far in the series you might as well keep reading.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Things finally seem peaceful for Cali and Calvin, but the twins are still struggling with their new-found freedom. Layla senses that more trouble still lurks in her future, while Michael’s happiness is being crushed under the weight of a terrible secret.

When someone new discovers the girl’s special talents, he will stop at nothing to put them to use. The cousins must face their most brutal adversary yet, and everyone is forced to fight for both their lives and their loves.

 

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Melissa’s Review: The Caledonian Inheritance by Derrolyn Anderson

The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3)

The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3)
written by Derrolyn Anderson
published by Derrolyn Anderson

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, SmashwordsGoodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I was actually a bit worried I’d have to read a third book about Cal and Cal being in love. I enjoy them, but it’s true: the part that happens AFTER the Happily Ever After isn’t usually very interesting. I was, then, pleasantly surprised when Anderson shifted the focus of the third book in her Athena Effect series to a different character. Layla isn’t my favorite of the bunch, and I’m not exactly sure why we needed the not-really-a-love-triangle bit in the first half of the book, but I still enjoyed the read. Reading about Ramon helped too. Yum.

Well, I’m on to the last book in the series. Wish me luck!

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GOLDEN LINE(S)

“Okay,” she said, imagining herself raising a gun and shooting Senator Blackwell right between the eyes. It was a comforting thought.

Would I recommend it: Yep! If you enjoyed the first two books in the series, keep reading!

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
After a winter spent in a tropical paradise, Cali and Layla are ready to put all of the drama behind them and find some meaning in life. Along with Calvin and Michael, they return to their remote property, only to discover more troubles hidden away in the bucolic wilderness.

The two Cals settle in happily, but Layla and Michael struggle with their sense of identity, each one seeking out a different coping mechanism. Just when things are starting to look up, Layla’s need to recreate the past leads her back to a dangerous place, opening the door for for evil to return.

Will Layla’s foolish mistake jeopardize everyone’s newfound happiness?

 

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Melissa’s Review: The Mackenzie Legacy by Derrolyn Anderson

The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect #2)

The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect #2)
written by Derrolyn Anderson
published by Derrolyn Anderson

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Goodreads

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I was going through an “I hate everything on TV, but I don’t have the brain power to read anything intense” phase last week (it’s the holiday season . . . I’m sure you can relate), so I skipped around on my TBR list until I found this — the second installment in Derrolyn Anderson’s Athena Effect series. Perfect!

I loved the first book in the series (you can read my review HERE), and with three more books in the docket, I figured The Athena Effect books would be just the thing to get me through the holiday madness. Anderson manages to keep Cal and Cal’s love story both fresh and complex, and just when I was getting a little sick of all the lovey-dovey business, Anderson pivots the story in an interesting new direction.

There were a few grammatical issues and a few editing misses but nothing big enough to derail or distract. The Mackenzie Legacy is a great second book, and I’m mere moments away from starting book three — The Caledonian Inheritance.

 

GOLDEN LINE(S)

“They’re all dead,” Michael said, helping his terrified sister into the truck. “We have to get out of here.”

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Would I recommend it: You bet! If you liked the first book, you’ll enjoy this one too.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
As their story continues, Calvin and Caledonia find themselves madly in love, on the run, and nearly out of money. When Cal stumbles upon a way to cash in on Cali’s powers, their life on the road becomes a life of leisure. Despite the easy money and newfound luxury, Caledonia’s conscience begins to trouble her.

A disturbing warning only serves to confirm her misgivings, making her question her purpose in life. Finally, a shocking discovery about the true nature of her powers points the way forward, sending the two Cals on a dangerous rescue mission.

Caledonia tries her best to right the wrongs of the past, but will she only end up provoking new and even more dangerous enemies?

 

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We Wish You A . . .

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From our family here at EFC to yours!!!

(And we hope you get some time to read today!)

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Chrissy’s Review: Ginger Krinkles by Dee DeTarsio

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written by Dee DeTarsio
published by Just Publishing

find it here: (affiliate links) Amazon, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy Ginger Krinkles. The awesome Gin at Gin’s Book Notes raved about this book, so I had to read it! (You can read her review here.) And I wasn’t disappointed. It took me just over a day to read this book. I probably would have finished it in an afternoon had I not read it a few days before Christmas. (You know how it goes — so much to do, so little time!)

Ginger is rather snarky, sarcastic, and sometimes down on herself. She also needs a filter between her thoughts and her mouth. Some of her lines had me cracking up; others had me cringing. I wanted her to be happy. I wanted her to figure it out. At some points, I really didn’t like Ginger, and I wanted to tell her to get over herself and move on. At other times, I was rooting for her and wanted her to find a way to stay in San Diego. I wanted to know more about her and the other characters in Ginger Krinkles. The supporting cast was quirky and interesting.

I thought the end was too abrupt. It was a good ending, happy, but it left me wanting more.

All in all, this was a fun Christmas read that had some great laughs.

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Would I recommend it: Sure! It’s a funny, quick Christmas read, but you have to like snark.

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About the book – from Goodreads: 
Ginger Krinkles is crossing her fingers that this holiday season will be extra special, for once. She lost her job in San Diego and dreads moving back home to Ennui, Ohio, where she’s convinced she will end up like her mean ol’ grandmother (God rest her soul). Ginger has always been a holiday-hater. But she has a secret. Make that two. If you buy the first one, maybe it will be easier to unwrap the second: either Ginger is an elf, or there really is magic to be found in an old cookie recipe.

 

 

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Toucan Trilogy Special Offer

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I’m excited to share the Toucan Trilogy special offer. I loved the first two books in this series, and I can’t wait to start the last book! The special offer is 1000 pages of pulse-pounding dystopian adventure for under $2. Normal price is $13 for all three books. This is a killer deal that can’t be missed!


Follow the Leigh siblings, Abby, Jordan, and Toucan, after a catastrophic pandemic kills the world’s adults.

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BONUS

“BOOK-A-DAY” PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY.

This is a daily Facebook giveaway with two complete sets of the Toucan Trilogy being given away Dec 25. Visit the pinned post in Scott Cramer’s author page. Every day there will be a new pinned post, Check out the details on Scott Cramer’s blog: http://nanonoodle.com/book-a-day-give-away-extravaganza/

What they are saying about the Toucan Trilogy?

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“Would highly recommend these books for book clubs, but be careful they are highly addictive. The ending is so touching and shows the power of love”

“Touching, compelling, terrifying. Quite simply, one of the best books I’ve read all year.”

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Abby, 13, is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple, unaware that bacteria from a passing comet will soon kill off older teens and adults. She must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her–adolescence.





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Book 2 of the Toucan Trilogy.

When Abby’s little sister, Toucan, contracts a new, deadly illness spreading among the survivors, they go on a dangerous journey to Colony East, an enclave of scientists caring for a small group of children.

Abby fears that time is running short for Touk, but she soon learns that time is running out for everyone outside Colony East.





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The explosive conclusion to the Toucan Trilogy.

Coldly implementing their vision of the future, CDC scientists allow a lethal infection to become an epidemic outside the colonies.

Abby, her body wracked by the infection, begins a desperate journey to find her brother Jordan and her little sister Toucan, and save the lives of millions.











This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Boost It Tuesday! – December 23, 2014

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance, Candace’s Book Blog, and Gin’s Book Notes for Boost It Tuesday.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

As an added bonus, Candace, Ginny, and I will be hosting a giveaway each week just to say thanks for the boost!

 

For this week’s giveaway, head over to the Every Free Chance Facebook page and answer the question in the Boost It post!

 

Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!


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Belinda’s Review: Worst of All Evils by Janet McClintock

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Worst of All Evils
written by Janet McClintock
published by Black Opal Books

find it here: (affiliate links) Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, Book Depository, Goodreads

Did I enjoy this book: I picked this book because Janet is a local (Pittsburgh, PA) author, and I’d heard a lot of good things about her. When I saw she’d published a novel, I couldn’t wait to buy it.

I loved it. I couldn’t put it down.

Janet develops her characters flawlessly. You will find yourself cheering for the main character, Joan, in battle, cringing when she’s threatened, and feeling pain when she’s tortured. Your second favorite character will be Duncan. He’s every girl’s fantasy (sigh).

The plot will appeal to readers across all ages and both genders. You’ll discover a new, thrilling conflict with each turn of the page. Then McClintock wraps up the story with an ending that you’ll never see coming.

The originality, fast-paced action, and emotionally charged content will keep you glued to this book from start to finish. I loved it.

That half star less than perfect mark? Don’t blame the author. Blame the editor. There are a few misspelled words and missing words that interrupt the flow of the story. Unfortunately, they occur mostly toward the beginning of the novel. Some readers may be tempted to stop reading. Don’t do it. Stick it out. You’ll be glad you did.

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Would I recommend it: Oh yeah!

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: Following a worldwide economic collapse, a tyrannical administration has taken control of the United States government and nullified the Constitution. Joan Bowman, a highly skilled veteran and patriot, joins an underground resistance group to restore America’s beloved freedoms. Too late, she realizes that the group she so idealistically joined is just as corrupt as the administration in Washington. However, since she knows too much to ever leave the group alive, she turns State’s evidence. But when the task force demands she go back to the group to obtain one last piece of crucial information, Joan knows she faces certain death. Dispirited, exhausted, and paranoid, she’s hardly on top of her game—and she needs to be or, this time, she’ll pay with her life.

 

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