Review ~ Shattered Promises by Jessica Sorensen

Shattered Promises (Shattered Promises, #1)Shattered Promises by Jessica Sorensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh, WOW!! Jessica did it again! I absolutely fell in love with the Fallen Star Series when it came out & I was thrilled when I heard Jessica was rewriting the series. I wasn’t disappointed!!! This was Fallen Star gone to college & ready for some action!! And it was HOT!!!

If you haven’t read the Fallen Star Series, then my review isn’t going to be for you. All my thoughts are in comparing the two. I really can’t say how I would have taken this book without having the background from the YA version. That would be too hard for me to discern. It amazes me, though, how Jessica can suck you right into another world that doesn’t exist & you never question it.

Okay, so instead of high school, Gemma runs into Alex while in college. They send off electricity just like in high school, but on a whole new sexual level. The scenes leading up to the deed will leave you panting. Really HOT!! One thing on this note that bugged me, though, was her interaction with Laylen. I really wish Jessica wouldn’t have taken things quite so far between Gemma & him. What can I say??? I’m a sucker for Alex!!!

So, comparing the two. Well, let’s say they are the same, and oh so different. The basic plot is all the same, but Jessica goes as far as changing the scenes, bringing more details and violence. Then add in all the sexual tension – and there’s a lot with Gemma trying to make up for all her time emotionless – you have this whole new story. It’s definitely worth the read even if you’ve read the Fallen Star Series already.

So far I haven’t read a Sorensen novel that I haven’t LOVED!! I can’t wait for Fractured Souls in June!!

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Since it Teaser Tuesday, here’s a couple I LOVED:

“I’m pretty sure my heart stops, dies in my chest and ceases to exist.”

“You want to know something real about me, Gemma? I’m empty. Dead. Completely numb inside, except for when I’m around you. I’m hot and cold because I try to fight my feelings, because that’s what I’m supposed to do – that’s the right thing to do.”

Happy Reading,


Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to my first Teaser Tuesday!!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser today is from:

“All I know is, I was a young college girl who flirted with an insanely attractive guy at a bar and had to leave because she felt like the cosmic universe had crashed down on her. And she couldn’t accept that; she had a boyfriend.”

Yeah, so I”m loving this book! Expect a review soon!!

Do you have any teasers for me today?

Happy Reading,

Between These Lines Blog Tour & Giveaway

Welcome to the Between These Lines Book Tour! I can’t wait to share my review with you today! This was an amazing & unpredictable story with an ending that left me stunned and breathless!! An easy 4 STARS!!


Blurb (from Goodreads):
I never told anyone how I felt about her. Not even Evie—not in so many words. And now, I’ll never get the chance to.

When a class assignment brings quiet Chase Mitman and the stunning Evie Cunningham together, a mutual attraction ignites. There’s only one problem—Evie already has a boyfriend—one who practically OWNS Whitley Prep, and her.
Knowing their relationship comes at a price, Chase’s life collides with Evie’s, and after entrusting her with a tragic secret, the last thing he’d ever expect is to learn she keeps a few of her own.
An innocent prank turns ugly. An anonymous note changes everything. And lives at Whitley Prep will never be the same.

From YA author Jennifer Murgia (Angel Star, Lemniscate, The Bliss), comes an emotional story focusing on the social agenda of students at a preparatory high school and the impact it has on their lives. BETWEEN THESE LINES offers a haunting reminder that sometimes the person you think you know the most is the one you know the least—and sometimes, that person is yourself.
Fans of Simone Elkeles and Tammara Webber will appreciate Murgia, who understands that first love is heady and complicated and full of surprises.

Let me start at the beginning, by saying that I got sucked in immediately. This isn’t one of those books that takes a while to build characters or setting. Jennifer effortlessly brings you right on into the world and lives of Whitley Prep. The story starts with a class assignment that will forever change some of the Whitley students, and I must confess, had me wanting to go read some Sylvia Platt. Social barriers will be broken.

Chapter by chapter, the POV rotates between the stories two main characters – Evie Cunningham & Chase Mitman. You get a great indepth view of what both characters are thinking and feeling throughout the whole story and what their home lives looks like. You’ll see that even the minor characters were greatly developed. Evie is in a relationship with Shane, the most popular and powerful boy in school. She is constantly in fear of everything concerning Shane, and she has reason to be. Evie’s especially anxious to keep her crush on Chase to herself. The consequences of it getting out could be quite serious – causing problems with both Shane and her social status. It seems, though, that her best friend Tara may have a different agenda. To add to the drama, Chase has his own history with Shane – a history that Shane hasn’t forgotten. Evie & Chase are from two separate worlds it seems, but they are going to collide!

It didn’t take long before I thought I was going to burst with the tension. It’s a good thing this was a short, easy read, or I would have been in trouble!! I kept waiting for some sort of release, but Jennifer kept ratcheting it up a notch! And when you finally get to the end…a BOMB goes off!! You keep thinking “What?! NO WAY!!,” and you’re left completely SHATTERED!!!
I’m still tying to catch my breath…

Content Warning: There’s a mild scene with abuse and rape. While abuse and rape are not a mild issue, the rape is not described explicity. You are just made aware that it happens.

About the Author:

Jennifer Murgia has been writing ever since she was nine years old. After receiving recognition for her poetry, she went on to use her talents to bring characters to life in fiction novels that are authentic, intriguing, and personal. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. (Info from Goodreads)

This is one of those things I LOVE about being a blogger – finding those amazing gems, I would not have otherwise known about. I can’t wait to read more of Jennifer Murgia’s work!

Where to keep up with Jennifer Murgia:
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Follow the Tour:
22 – Arlette ( Interview
23 – Katlyn Duncan ( Guest Post
24 – Natalie Zaman ( Guest Post
25 – Jessica Andrews ( Interview
26 – Robin Mancini ( Review
27 – Momo ( Guest Post
28 – Marni Jarman ( Guest Post
29 – Alison Flores ( Review
30 – Hannah ( Guest Post

1 – Katelyn Shear ( Review
2 – Suzy Turner ( Interview
3 – Jane ( Review
4 – Melissa Groeling ( Guest Post
5 – Susan Robertson ( Review
6 – Kate Roth ( Review
7 – Damaris ( Interview
8 – Isalys ( Guest Post
9 – Michelle ( Review
10- Katelyn Burgess ( Guest Post
11- Ari ( Guest Post
12- Jackie ( Review


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Cover Reveal ~ Untouched by Melody Grace

Publication Date: May 14th

Emerson Ray is trouble. Juliet knows it the minute she lays eyes on Cedar Cove’s resident bad boy. Forced to spend her summer before college in the sleepy beach town, she never expected to crash into the most devastating guy she’s ever met—or for Emerson’s blue eyes to strip through her dark secrets, and make her feel a desire she’s never known. Their connection is undeniable, but Juliet is torn. She knows, once she gives him everything, there’ll be no turning back.

Juliet McKenzie is dangerous. Emerson can tell from the way she blows through all his defences, laying bare the demons he’s carried alone all his life. He’s left a trail of broken hearts and empty beds in his wake, but Juliet is different. Her innocence is intoxicating—and the passion she keeps hidden, just below the surface. He wants to be the only one to set it free, but with every kiss, he’s closer to losing control and doing the one thing he swore he never would: fall in love.

One summer. Two damaged hearts. Their story is only just beginning…

UNTOUCHED is a prequel novella to the USA Today Bestselling UNBROKEN. It also can be read as a stand-alone story.

Happy Reading,

Review ~ Moonstone by Marilee Brothers

MOONSTONE A Fictionwise Fantasy bestseller Young Adult A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there’s that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who’s struggling to keep her and her mom’s act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie’s weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she’s being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town “witch,” gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted “Star Seeker” is meant to command. “Who, me?” is Allie’s first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she’s got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime.

Moonstone (Unbidden Magic, #1)Moonstone by Marilee Brothers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won a signed copy of this book, but I was in no way compensated for this review.

Moonstone is the first book in the Unbidden Magic Series. After reading it, I’d say it’s mostly appropriate for young teens. However, I immensely enjoyed it myself & I plan to read the series to my kids after I aquire the rest of the books – as long as they are as clean as the first. I know at least that my kids would love this first book.

The book starts out with young teenaged Alfreida Carlotta Emerson “Allie” trying to fix a TV antenna. She gets zapped in the process. It doesn’t take long for Allie to discover that something has changed about her. She has super powers that just weren’t there before.

Allie finds herself struggling with these newfound abilities, and turns to her quirky neighbor for help. Well, let’s face it here. This neighbor is more than just a neighbor. She plays a significant role in Allie’s life, since Allie’s father took off before she was even born, and Allie’s mother, well, let’s say Allie’s the adult in that relationship. Back to the neighbor, she is completely understanding of what Allie has been going through and tells Allie that it’s time for her to have something – a moonstone pendant. Allie is to keep it with her at all times, and it’s absolutely imperative that no one else gets their hands on it.

Of course, this whole deal just leaves Allie reeling. She really wants nothing to do with it. She wants her boring, dull life back, which is saying a lot. Allie lives in a travel trailer with her mom on her aunt and uncle’s property. Her aunt is disgusted that her husband is allowing them to mooch off of them. She goes so far as to turn to the CPS for help in getting rid of them. That would probably make sense, too, except at this point, Allie seems perfectly capable of taking care of herself for the most part. Allie’s great at taking care of her sorry excuse for a mom, too. That’s the kind of person Allie is, though. She even takes care of the local kids that are bullied at her school. She doesn’t back down from anyone.

It doesn’t take long for Allie to learn that people are willing to kill for this moonstone. Allie finds unexpected help in a boy, that becomes more than just a friend to her. Let me say here, that this boy is the very last boy you’d ever expect it to be. Allie finds that in order to save herself, and probably the world, that she’s going to have to embrace her own powers…

I thought the story flowed well from beginning to end. I was most intrigued with the character descriptions. Some of the characters had me laughing out loud. I can imagine my kids finding Blaster the Bull quite amusing! The relationships between the characters didn’t play out at all like I thought they would, and the story kept me on my toes.
I can’t wait to read the rest of this fun series!

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About the Author:

(from the book cover)
Marilee Brothers is a former high school teacher turned full-time author. She married her college crush, and they have three sons. Marilee lives in Washington State, where she’s hard at work on more books…


I read a bunch of reviews about this book before writing my own. I like to see what others are saying about it, so that I can write up my own opinions on those topics. One thing I noticed about the reviews for this book was that even the people with negative reviews still thought others should at least give it a try. I thought that said a lot about this book!

Happy Reading,

Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to my very first Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I’m not going to include pics or links, because there are just so many that I’ve aquired this week. Hi, my name is Alison and I have a book addiction!! Yes, I admit it. I’m sure there are a lot that I even forgot to write down as I was aquiring them.

Bought on Amazon:
Walking Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
Conncected by Kim Karr [This is just $0.99 for the weekend!! It’s been on my TBR list & I had to go ahead and grab it at this price!]

Ebooks I Won:
Agony (Debt Collector 2) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Free from All Romance Books:
Text Me (Come Together Series, Book 1) by KJ Reed

Free from Amazon:
Safe Aylum (A Deadgrounds Novels) by Tashina Tradell
The Hostage (Sarah Roberts Series Book Four) by Jonas Saul
The Cure by Athol Dickson
The Devil Has Dimples by Pepper Phillips
I Bring the Fire Part I: Wolves (A Loki Story) by C. Gokel
Love’s Second Chance (Second Chances Series) by L.P. Dover
Unbound (The Forbidden Bond Series) by Lori Ryan
VRIN: ten mortal gods (A Supernatural Near Death Mystery) by J. Michael Hileman
Undenied (The Amoveo Legend) by Sara Humphreys
Book of Wrath by Robin Coe
Seven Days From Sunday (An MP-5 CIA Thriller, Book 1) by M. H. Sargent
What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor
17 Cents & a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream by Daniel Milstein
Shattered Grace (Fallen from Grace) by K. Anne Raines
Secrets of the Red Box by Vickie Hall
Too Jewish by Patty Friedmann
The Last American Martyr by Tom Winton
Snowed by Pamela Burford
A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2) by L. T. Ryan
This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead) by James Cook
Be Hopeful (I Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times (The BE Series Commentary) by Warren W. Wiersbe
Chemistry by Jodi Lamm
The Accidental Groupie (New Adult, Rock Star Sex, Erotic Romance) by Simone Holloway
The Distant Shore (Stone Trilogy) by Mariam Kobras
Kiss Me, Chloe by Linda George
Bad Karma: The Edge of Texas – Bk 2 (Romatic Thriller) by JD Faver
Love Letters by Jane Larry
Deadly Memories by S. D. O’Donnell
The Love Handles Club (Love in the City Short) by Liv Morris
The Unexpected List (The List Trilogy) by Chrissy Anderson

Free from Smashwords:
The Strongest Ring (A YA Short Story) by Laura Bradley Rede

Received for Review:
Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf
Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls
Legend of the Raven Book 2 by Shawn Reilly

Of all these purchased this week, I’ve only read Walking Disaster so far. I posted a review on it already. If you don’t see the link in the sidebar, just type the title in the search box at the top right. I’m going to start Deep Connections today. If you haven’t already checked out my Call of the Raven Blog Tour post, please do. Click on the “a rafflecopter giveaway” link at the bottom of that post to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Shawn Reilly’s Call of the Raven, which is awesome. As you’ve seen above, Shawn sent me an ARC of book 2 in the series. I can’t wait to get started on that!

Have any of you read any of these other books? Did you like them? What are you reading now, or what did you just finish?

Happy Reading,

Fabulous Freebies for Friday

I guess I’m feeling alliterative today. I’m sure I just totally made that word up! Anyways, here’s today’s top 10 freebies on Amazon.











I hope if you don’t already have something at home to read, that you’ll find something here that interests you! Drop me a line & let me know what you’ll be reading this weekend!!