Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summertime gladness!

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Bending The Spine will continue to be awesome as soon as our three little ones are back in school. We are enjoying a full family summer. We hope you are enjoying your summer with many great reads:)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Review: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Unremembered (Unremembered, #1)
Unremembered
Jessica Brody
Series: Unremembered (Book 1)
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Source: Our shelf

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.




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Unremembered is not what I expected! It was much more!
 
And just as a warning, this review may contain spoilers!
 
We start off with an amnesic Jane Doe--the sole survivor of a plane crash. {Mystery!} People begin to call her Violet because of her vivid purple eyes. Violet is sent to live with a foster family since NO ONE knows who she is or claims her as their daughter/sister/girlfriend/etc. Ok, let me stop right here and express my love for the foster family. Brody did an amazing job at writing this part of the story. Though we only hear from Violet's point of view, the uncertainties and love the Carlsons have for her is abundantly clear. Cody, even in his awkward thirteen-year-oldness shows deep concern and affection for Violet.
 
As daily life continues, Violet learns things. Things like what a supermarket is, what the internet does, and what cell phone is used for. It is baffling that she doesn't know some of the most basic aspects of modern society. But, I get it--she's been through a major trauma.
 
We have the dark and mysterious boy that pops in and out of Violet's life a few times, vaguely revealing a few snippets of Violet's past. And this is where I have the most problems with Unremembered...I don't understand Zen. I don't honestly believe he and Sera (we learn her real name from Zen) are soul mates. There just isn't any chemistry between them. And, instead of just filling her in on everything, he's very sly and coy about what he shares. I don't understand this--why doesn't he just tell her everything? I think Brody might have said why, but it was so paper-thin that I don't remember...
 
In all honesty, I liked the relationship between Sera and Cody so much more than Sear and Zen.
 
There is also a major plot arch that i didn't see coming...I mean really didn't see it coming. And it's kinda the like the most major part of the story. It's the why. And I like it. I've read books with similar plots that weren't quite as put together. I appreciate the simple way in which Brody introduces and explains it. It works. And I can roll with it.
 
And then there's the ending. Which I didn't like when I first finished the book. I felt cheated. And it felt cheap. However...the more I've thought through and processed Unremembered, I really think this might have been the best ending. It does leave enough open-ended that the story can continue, but it also closes off enough that Unremembered could stand alone.
 
A little bit more truth for ya...I'll throw this in for free...I was fortunate to see Jessica Brody while she was on tour at a local book shop. At that point I hadn't heard of Unremembered until that day, and listening to her talk about it made me want to read it. So I bought it, had it autographed. And now I've read it. And really liked it!
 

4 Moons!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Stacking The Shelves #38

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is a post for bloggers to share what books they've received to review, bought, won, borrowed or were gifted.


These are all freebies I found through Bookbub this week.



Someone to Believe In (O'Neil Brothers, #1)

Bailey O’Neil, aka, the Street Angel, has been the arch enemy of Senator Clay Wainwright since he was a district attorney and she a young, idealistic social worker. He put her in jail for harboring a teen offender and never looked back. Eleven years later, she’s a thorn in his side as an anti-gang specialist trying to get kids out of gangs. While Clay wants to put them in jail, Bailey is determined to help these troubled teenagers make good lives for themselves. But when Bailey and Clay are thrown together on the mayor’s task force, the impossible happens—they’re attracted to each other. Their passion erupts early on, and only grows stronger the further they get into a relationship. When they fall deeply in love, their conflicting views drive a wedge between them. Both the Street Angel and the Senator must find a way to deal with their differences in order to make a life together.


Rise of the Fallen (All the King's Men, #1)
In the streets of Chicago exists an uneasy, centuries-old truce between vampires and their distant cousins, a race of shifters called drecks. Vampire enforcement agency, All the King’s Men (AKM), is charged with maintaining the truce, but when volatile enforcer Micah Black loses his mate and falls into the biological agony that results from the broken bond, he tests the boundaries of the truce by seeking out Apostle, a leader in the dreck community. Micah wants Apostle to kill him, a request Apostle is more than happy to fulfill.

When ex-Army medic Samantha Garrett inadvertently disrupts the plot and saves Micah’s life, a chain reaction sets Micah’s heart on a collision course with Sam’s, but he will have to protect her from Apostle and her obsessive ex-husband, Steve, if they will have a chance at forever. Can Micah hold his emotions together to keep Sam alive?


Deep Blue Secret (The Water Keepers, #1)
California teen, Sadie James, thinks her life couldn't get any better. She has great friends, an energetic mother she adores, and the beach practically in her own backyard. But her carefree life is turned upside down when she's rescued by a mysterious and strangely familiar boy who won't even tell her his name.

Each time the boy appears, Sadie's unexplainable attraction to him deepens along with her need to unravel his secrets. The boy is there to protect her. But as wonderful and exciting as it might be to have an irresistible boy with crystal green eyes protecting her every move, every minute of the day . . . why does Sadie need one?

As Sadie finds answers, she realizes her life isn't as perfect as she thought. Not only is she caught in a world of dangerous secret agents she never knew existed, but it turns out her true identity may be the greatest secret of all.


I LOVE me some freebies!!!
Have you read any of these titles?
That’s it for me this week.
Can’t wait to see what you got!
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Book Spotlight: Reflection by Kim Cresswell

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I am very excited about sharing this new excerpt from Reflection by Kim Cresswell with you today.


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Reflection
Kim Cresswell
Series: Whitney Steel
Print Length: 336 pages 
Published: May 18, 2014
Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.
She found it.
Now it may kill her.
After Whitney receives a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, she vows to unravel the truth.
However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.
When Whitney is nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.
Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago…
Can they save an innocent child before it’s too late?
Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.


 
Excerpt from REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel) By Kim Cresswell


The second the elevator doors opened, Nathan Shaw greeted Whitney.

“You’re late, Miss Steel.”

“I’m sorry, Mr. Shaw.” She followed the man dressed in a casual gray shirt and black dress pants into a huge office.

Behind her, metal doors slid shut like a tomb.

“I was held up with your—”

“Have a seat.”

Photographs Whitney had seen of the billionaire did not do him justice. He looked even stranger in person, with receding salt and pepper hair clipped short around his ears, a longer than usual neck and an odd-shaped, beefy face.

She took a seat across from him and realized he was gawking at her breasts. From the background information she’d discovered, Nathan enjoyed shocking others with unconventional behavior. Well, not this gal.

“Thank you for seeing me.”

“My pleasure. Of course, I took the liberty and did my own research on you, Miss Steel. You’re top in your field. Pretty impressive for a woman, and a young woman at that. Why are you here today?”

Realizing her legs were shaking, she crossed them. Besides, now Nathan was trying to get a peek up her skirt. What a creep.

“A follow up—because of ShawBioGen’s research and development activities into products to treat inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.” She tugged open her purse, found her tape recorder and carefully placed it between them on the most ornate Chippendale coffee table she’d ever seen. At least the man had excellent taste when it came to furniture. He sure didn’t have much taste in anything else.

He stared at her with wide saucer-shaped eyes. “Miss Steel, you really are quite cute and you do intrigue me, but what you just mentioned is old news.” His eyes narrowed. “Why are you really here?”

Her breath caught in her throat and for a second she was speechless.

“Get to the point. I’m a busy man.”

“Very well.” She pressed play on the tape recorder and prayed he hadn’t noticed her fingers shaking.

“In the political realm recently, there has been a lot of debate over the moral issues of cloning humans. Since your company has, in the past, cloned dogs, cows and other creatures, would you consider cloning humans?”

Nathan stood and slipped his hands in his pants pockets.

“Yes, of course, if it were legal. My focus is on reproductive cloning to allow infertile couples, unable to reproduce via other means, to have a genetically related child.”

“There have been some rumors circulating, so I must ask, is your company cloning humans?”

He showed no reaction to the question, instead sauntered across the plush carpet and stopped behind her. So close, in fact, she felt his warm, moist breath down the back of her neck. Gross. She wanted to pounce out of the chair and drop kick him. It took every ounce of willpower not to.

“For a veteran reporter and a woman who has a brain in her head, I’m surprised you’d yield to such gossip.” He moved around the chair and stood in front of her.

Don’t let him get to you. This is what he does. Gets in your personal space, hoping to scare you off.

“So for the record, these are simply rumors?”

He gave her a withering stare, and then burst into high pitched nasal laughter. “First off, I’m sure you are aware that cloning humans in this country is illegal. Second, if it were legal, I’d be sharing that incredible technology with countries around the world. Can you imagine what a person could do with that type of technology?”

Yes she could, and had already seen the outcome on videotape. A helpless young child trapped in a horrid environment. Determined not to fall apart, Whitney gritted her teeth.

When he bent down and looked at her, for a split second, she swore she saw the devil in his stormy black eyes.

“Do you believe I’m cloning humans, Miss Steel?”

A cold-to-the-bone chill drifted through her body. “Of course not, Mr. Shaw. But as a reporter it is my duty to investigate such rumors.”

“I understand.” He settled in the chair across from her. “I’m sorry to say, our time is up. You’ll be supplied with a press kit on the way out.”

Managing the weakest fake smile she could muster, Whitney pressed the stop button and tossed the tape recorder in her purse. At that moment, the tomb-like doors slid open. She’d hit a chord with Nathan. Her punishment: being sent home like a child.

“I do hope you have a very safe trip back to Oregon, Miss Steel.”


 

About The Author


Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education before returning to her first love, writing.

Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION, has won numerous awards:
  • InD'tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller)
  • UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013)
  • Silicon Valley's Romance Writers of America (RWA) "Gotcha!" Romantic Suspense Winner (2004)
  • Honourable Mention in Calgary's (RWA) The Writer's Voice Contest (2006).
  • LETHAL JOURNEY was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003)
Her action-packed thrillers have been highly praised by reviewers and readers. As one reviewer said, "Buckle up, Hang on tight!"

Kim recently entered the true crime writing arena. Real Life Evil - A True Crime Quickie (two short stories) was published in January 2014. You can read her latest true crime stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new quarterly e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello, my name is Rebecca and I have a problem.


Are you like me? Do you have a never ending to-read pile on Goodreads, stacks of still to be read books on your physical book shelves, numerous review copies, and yet…


I am a free book addict.


There I have said it!


I find a free eBook with a decent blurb (or crazy one) and I’m like
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Now you may be thinking… Just priorities! Only let yourself read one free pick book to every review book. And for goodness sake stop going and looking for all those free eBooks. Well, that’s not going to happen so let me just tell you how I find lots of free books so you can join in on the crazyWinking smile


Book deal sites I frequent


BookBub
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Bookbub is one of my favorite sites. You can search by genre, or price. They send me an email with new free eBooks. (Yes, this is part of the problem. But, I just can’t unsubscribe!)


ReaderGiveaways.com
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ReaderGiveaway.com is like the indie Bookbub. Again this site is very easy to search.


There are numerous other sites but the two above are my favorite. Also there is always the library… I download audio books from the library more often then I use my audible account.

Are you like me? Do you love seeing what crazy books are out there that just happen to be free?
What are your favorite sites to frequent?
Happy reading!
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