Monday, October 16, 2017

The Curse of the Bruel Coven Review...


When secrets from the past collide with the present, the consequences may be deadly.

Vivienne Davenport is an ordinary teenager—at least, she thinks she is. Then the untimely death of her mother reveals a family secret. She's adopted . . . and her real mom is a witch.

The truth only complicates Vivienne's life further. Buried deep within her family’s history of magic is a deadly curse that has plagued them for generations.

When her birth mom disappears, Vivienne must tap into her suppressed powers to save her long-lost mother—and herself. 

Can Vivienne become the witch she needs to be? Or will her newfound powers prove too much for her to handle? Only one thing is certain: She will soon learn that all magic comes at a price.


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REVIEW

I have no words for this book and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
 
Vivienne’s life changes drastically in the span of just a few short hours.  After her mother Grace’s death she is in need of a baby picture for the yearbook.  While searching she finds a picture that proves she’s adopted.  So she goes to find her mother only to find out she is a curse witch.  When her real mother Claire is kidnapped she decides to stick around and help find her.  With the help of the family she never knew existed it may be possible.  Can she learn how to wield her powers fast enough?  Can they weed out the deceitful coven in time?  Who is her father?  What do her dreams mean?  Can they break the curse?
 
This book flowed amazingly.  I felt like I was a part of the book.  I loved the dynamic aspect of the characters.  They each have their own skill or want in life.  The plot was intense, well written and unique.  The author has an amazing writing style as well.  I could live in this world without a second thought.  I got absolutely sucked in and couldn’t stop reading.
 
I am extremely grateful that I was given the chance to not only read this book but also to create some fun items for the author to giveaway.  I have no words for how much I absolutely adored this book.  Again I couldn’t put it down and I look forward to reading more about these characters!
 
5 binding stars!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Midnight Texas 1: Midnight Crossroad Review...


From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it...
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth...
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REVIEW
I picked this series up after watching the first couple episodes of the show.  I was an absolute fan of the Sookie Stackhouse fan!  Once again the book and movie have similarities but are nothing alike.  The book was just as good as the show however.

Manfred is a psychic who just moved to Midnight, Texas.  Midnight is a town full of unique individuals of all sorts so it is the perfect place for him.  When one of the towns people, BoBo, is accused of murder Manfred may be one of the only people who can clear his name.  In the end BoBo is cleared with the help of Manfred and Fiji.  Do you find out who or what everybody is?  Who really killed the woman and why?

What will happen next for this town?  I really want to know.  I am a huge fan of Charlaine's work, she is an amazing author.  So I look forward to delving further into the world of Midnight.  The characters were fun and amazingly written.  There are a few I am still trying to figure out but hopefully we will find out who they are soon.  The plot was fun and interesting.

I look forward to continuing this series because so far I'm in love.  There are so many things that can come from this series and I look forward to seeing them all!

5 mystical stars

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Witch's Kiss Review...


Sixteeen-year-old Meredith is fed-up with her feuding family and feeling invisible at school – not to mention the witch magic that shoots out of her fingernails when she’s stressed. Then sweet, sensitive Jack comes into her life and she falls for him hard. The only problem is that he is periodically possessed by a destructive centuries-old curse. Meredith has lost her heart, but will she also lose her life? Or in true fairytale tradition, can true love’s kiss save the day?

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REVIEW

So this book follows a girl who is the meant to stop a ancient prophecy but nobody has told her anything about it until after it starts.  Her grandmother has wanted to train her as a witch since she came of age.  Her mother denies that she is a witch and wants her to stay out of the situation going on.  So what happens when nobody agrees about what needs to happen?  Can they stop the prophecy?

I enjoyed the book but it left me slightly wanting.  The story line was indeed amazing.  The characters were all extremely well written and thought out.  I did however have an issue with the flow and pace, it wasn't a huge issue.  It just didn't flow easily in my opinion.

All in all I would definitely read more by the author.  I would also recommend the book to anybody who loves a good book about witches and prophecies.  This has a little bit of everything.

4 witchy stars

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hollywood Dirt Review...


Now in production to be a full-length movie! Filming starts in March 2017, will release in September 2017! 

Find out more at www.hollywooddirtmovie.com!

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there's a new bad boy in town. 

Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year. 

We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him. 

From the start, I knew he was trouble. For our town. And for me. 

Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.


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BOOK REVIEW!!!

HOLY CRAP!!!  HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS BOOK EXISTED?!?!?!?!?
The book follows the happenings of a major movie star who is starring in and backing a new movie.  When he is banished to Georgia, where the movie will be shot, while his divorce proceedings are going on.  It also follows the girl small town southern girl who gets thrust into the limelight.  Can he get over his ex-wife in time to see what is in front of him?  Can she be the person they all need her to be in order to shoot this movie?  Can she let go of her past and become who she was always meant to be?  Can they find happiness with each other?
So I picked this book up because I saw it was among the first to be released by PassionFlix and the movie trailer intrigued me.  Needless to say I am interested to see how they adapt this book into a movie.  I absolutely loved the characters and the dynamic that was created between them.  The plot was extremely interesting and I really wanted more.  I have also fallen in love with the authors writing style so I will definitely be looking for more books real soon.
I would love to see what happens to the characters like Justin and Pennington(?) in the future because they seemed like interesting characters.  If you are looking for a good book then you should pick this one up soon.  Then you should jump on over to PassionFlix and watch it when it is released!!!  Can’t wait to see how they adapt it for a movie.  I mean a movie about a book which is about a movie about a book, should be good!
5 Coca-Cola bottles

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MOVIE REVIEW!!!

So as many of you know this was the first movie put out by PassionFlix!  I had the chance to watch it several times now.  While it followed the book really great I found that some of my favorite parts of the book were left out.  There were also some major changes...for example: it isn't Coca-Cola in the movie but Crown Cola.  Due to branding rights I can completely understand this one because it probably would have cost thousands (at least) to use the name Coca-Cola.  One of the things I most looked forward to seeing was the shopping trips with the bags on their heads.

All in all the movie was excellently done and I plan to watch it a lot more.  I do wish I could watch it through an app on Amazon but for now I am happy to watch them on my laptop, kindle or phone.  If you have read the book then you should enjoy the movie.  

The actors, writers and directors did an amazing job putting this together.  I loved watching the characters come to life right in front of my eyes!  Thank you PassionFlix for bringing great books to life for us avid readers!

4.5 stars


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Miscellaneous

So I have also created a line of items for my store based around this book and I wanted to share them with you.  I don't have everything photographed yet or finished in some cases.  The collection will include: wine glass charms, various bracelets, bookmarks and keychains.  You may find some earring sets as well.

You can shop the store by visiting: 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ABsHAVEN

and these items can be found under the PassionFlix section of the store along with many others.  I am still working on several other books that are slated to hit PassionFlix at some point.  So check back often to see what pops up in the different sections.


Hollywood Dirt Key Chain



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dark Musicals 1: Phantom Review...


The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.


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REVIEW

Ah, Phantom, one of my all time favorite musicals.  It’s right behind Sweeny Todd.
 
This is an interesting books where while performing/rehearsing for the school musical, Phantom of the Opera, the cast and crew are marred with disasters as if the play were real.  Not only that but the mc is faced with a tough choice of dating the boy she has had a crush on for a while or the new boy who everybody deams a freak.  Who is their real life Phantom?  Who does she choose?  What else could go wrong?
 
I absolutely loved this plot and thought it was not only interesting but extremely well written.  I actually got so into it that I had to find the songs on Amazon to listen to in the car and watch the movie when I got home.  I think I rewatched and listened to the cd 20 times the week I read this book.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  Now seeing as it was a play that was coming to life things did get a bit confusing because there were a bunch of characters and who they played that you had to keep track of.  But all in all the flow and pace were great.  The plot was phenomenal!  The characters were great.  The writing style was fun and unique.
 
I have actually been putting off reading the next book because I don’t want to get stuck in a never-ending loop of Sweeney Todd like I did Phantom but it will be so worth it and I already have that soundtrack lol.  It’s one of my favorites actually.  Anyways, I do look forward to continuing on with this series and will be as soon as I can!  Thank you for a great book and if you love musicals/operas then you should check out this series!
 
4.5 dramatic stars

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Chat Love Review...


City girl Lucia is having trouble finding a man. With a few nudges from her friends, she decides to try out Chat Love, an online dating service for New Yorkers. Hilarity ensues with one disastrous date after another…where do these men come from? Mars? Certainly not Manhattan! She finally meets someone from work who is almost perfect, but decides to move on as he’s still seeing other women. She keeps in contact with a man named Jack on the Chat Love site. Could he be the one? What about her love interest at work? Just like the lovable cast of characters from Sex and the City, Lucia is Carrie, a stylish woman who has found her “Mr. Big” but can’t seem to get him to commit. Danni is Samantha, who loves to have fun and is wild and promiscuous. Autumn is Charlotte, desperate to meet the right man and settle down. Skyler is Miranda, level-headed and quick to offer advice. Will these ladies ever find love? Will Lucia find her man? Chat Love will give you something to talk about!

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REVIEW

I am not entirely sure how I felt about this book!
 
So the book follows a girl who hasn’t had the best luck in finding love yet all of her friends are finding love with online dating.  She is skeptical but her friends sign her up and she eventually gives it a shot.  She is about to give up when she starts chatting with a guy that intrigues her.  But is she also falling for her playboy co-worker.  Does she follow her heart and go for her co-worker?  Does she stick to online dating and finally meet the guy she is chatting with?  Could Jack and Jackson possibly be the same person?
 
The plot idea was a good one.  The characters were well thought up and written.  I did kind of struggle with the flow and pace of the book.  I felt like parts of the book dragged or could have used a little work.  But for the most part it was a good read.  I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for a little while and am glad I finally took the time to read it.
 
It was a fun and interesting take on the online dating scene.  I have been there and done that with about the same results as Luce(?).  I would recommend the book if you are looking for a fun read.
 
4.5 stars

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Double Trouble Review...


Mona's never had a boyfriend, much less two. 

Carson and Cole Williams were the handsome football players who everyone admired, while Mona hung in the background, watching from the sidelines. Now that she's all grown up, Mona has found her own way, burying herself in her passion - work. But when a sexy billionaire backer appears, just what she needs for her non-profit, she gets tangled in a love triangle she never expected. One backer turns out to be two, backing her into a corner. And now that there's another marriage in the family, complications are getting crazy. 

Mona's in deeper than ever - and so are Carson and Cole. And with a new bundle of joy on the way, Mona is doubling down. 

Double Trouble is a steamy short, with HEA. 
This book includes a Stephanie Brother bonus story.

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REVIEW

This book while good was lacking something.  It followed a girl who had a crush on twins back in High School and meets up with them at an unexpected time down the road.  When they meet again the boys admit their feelings and they have always been in love with her just like she was with them.  Then when she finds out she is pregnant with the brothers kids her mother announces that she enloped with her boyfriend.  When her mother and stepfather show up they end up being step siblings now.
 
I felt kind of weird about this book.  It was written mostly in past tense like the main character was telling us how this had happened to her.  It kind of threw me off because only the last page or two were in present tense.  Good story but it could have been better by adding a lot of length and detail.  I still love Stephanie’s books but this one just didn’t do the same for me as the others did.  If you are looking for a cute and extremely quick read then this is perfect.
 
3.5 stars