Stephanie Read… Entice by Amber Garza

The blurb:  Mackenzie returns home from the summer with her grandma, certain that Wesley is out of her life for good. Until the nightmares resurface, and strange things start to happen. Is Wesley back?
When the danger escalates and threatens those closest to her, Mackenzie must fight to save them. Only this time the evil is more powerful, and Mackenzie is faced with an impossible decision.

My Review:

I was so excited to pick up this book!  I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next for Kenzie, her mom, and of course Isaac!  I have to say…..  I was definitely not disappointed.
We stay with Kenzie now that she’s gone back home.   She is back in all of her old surroundings and finding out that being a new Christian is increasingly lonely and difficult…  Until she starts hanging out with Tanner, the one boy in school she always had such a crush on.  He’s also newly saved and they start going to church and hanging out together all the time.
Meanwhile, Kenzie’s mom has a new boyfriend.  He’s well dressed, polite and apparently very rich;  but Kenzie just can’t seem to shake the bad feeling she gets around him.
Things start to get crazy all around her; her mom starts sleepwalking and is that Wesley she keeps hearing and seeing?
Very climactic ending.. just what is wrong with her mom?  What about her relationship with Tanner, how does it affect her love for Isaac??

Read the book!!  🙂

I gave this book 4.5 stars as well!

To see my review of the first book, Prowl, click here.

To Enter the giveaway, see my blog post!

Just Finished.. The Tribe’s Bride

Blurb: 
When a university job interview goes south, Carrie Wade isn’t certain that she’ll ever find work in her field of ancient Native American Culture. Knowing the only job waiting for her is waitressing at a coffee house, Carrie indulges in a post-disappointment shopping trip. An old necklace in an antique store window catches her eye and she immediately feels as if she cannot walk away without owning it. The very last thing she needs to do is squander her savings by investing in a necklace that may have, at one time, belonged to one of the tribes she studied…but she can’t help herself. When she tries on the precious necklace at home, she passes out and wakes up in the tent of the necklace’s original owners, three Native American tribesmen from the late 1600s. Will she be able to get back home to the future or will she find out that the one place she was always meant to be was back in time as the tribe’s bride?

Novella: 26k Words
Self Published 

When I started this story, I honestly was a bit nervous.  I did not think I would enjoy the plot, a young woman traveling back in time and becoming the wife of three brothers.  To me, it seemed overwhelming, I have enough of a hard time being a wife to one man, I couldn’t imagine three!
I was very pleasantly surprised!  The story was tastefully written and never crossed the line into “oogy”, one of my favorite words to describe what I honestly thought this story would be.  In each of the brother’s there were qualities that would make up the perfect man..  if ever they could all coexist in one man.
The descriptions in this book are told in such a way, that I could believe the author had a real working knowledge of life back in the 1600’s for Native American tribes.
In the end, I am glad I read this book and will look forward to reading more!
I give this book 3.5 stars!

To enter the giveaway, click here.

Just Finished…Paskagankee

Review: Paskagankee

Paskagankee Paskagankee by Allan Leverone
An isolated village, remote and vulnerable.
A series of brutal murders.
And a vengeful spirit born of tragedy, reawakened after a centuries-old massacre.
Three distinctly different people must come together, racing against time and their own personal demons in a desperate attempt to stop an unstoppable killer and save their town.
Welcome to Paskagankee, Maine. You may not survive the visit.

My Review:
This book is set in a small town in northern Maine.  The brand new police chief finds himself in-over-his-head very quickly when a series of attacks rocks the community.  At first, a dog is attacked by what seems like a wild animal, then a man suddenly disappears while shoveling his driveway, leaving behind nothing but large amounts of blood.  It soon becomes clear that the attacks are not from any animal but, rather impossibly, a human.  The new sheriff~along with a young woman on his police force and a ridiculed and discredited professor from a neighboring town~embark on a dangerous and interesting mission to hunt down this “person” and stop him/her before any more murders can take place.
My interest was kept during the entire book.  I was able to predict the “person” that was killing people, but that didn’t take away from the story for me.  Honestly, I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t Stephen King.  Maybe it was the Maine setting, but Allan Leverone had a very good writing style that almost bled mystery and danger.  I am sure I will be reading more from him!
I gave this book 4 stars!
To buy this book click here.
Reviewed by Stephanie Green

Guest Post…If You Love Something

Growing up, you learn all about the geniuses that helped shape our world into what it is today..  People like Einstein, Galileo and many others.  These people definitely did a lot to contribute to the advancement of our civilization.

I am going through some very personal, painful things at the moment.  Suddenly a few days ago, this familiar quote just came to me, giving me peace.  “If you love something, set it free, if it comes back to you it’s yours, if it doesn’t it never was”.  Of course, there are many versions of this same quote, paraphrases of it, if you will.  I started wondering who originally said this, for in my mind, they should be on all lists of the top geniuses of all time!

I started looking into it, and it seems that “anonymous” is often cited for this quote, but I did find two names associated with it.  I have no idea which one said it first, but they are both credited for it at some point.

The two prospects for my genius list are Doug Horton (1891-1968) and Khalil Gibran (1883-1931).  I was surprised that both of these men were quite faithful, very “religious” men.  I never really thought of this quote as having these origins, but now knowing, makes the fact that it popped into my head on a particularly bad day all the more comforting.  I believe it is something that will be the hardest thing anyone can do, but also quite necessary, in my case anyway.

I realize many of you who read this will think I’m being silly, over-dramatic, or putting too much stock in an old saying.  Maybe I am, but it feels like the perfect mantra for me at this point in my life, and it does give me comfort.  This is not meant to be an informative post, teaching anything, it’s just the ramblings of a soon to be single mom of two wild little boys…

I found this photo here, a great post on the same subject.  Check it out!

W…W…W… Wednesdays

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Ok, to play along, answer the three following questions…

1)  What are you currently reading?

2)  What did you recently finish reading?

3)  What are you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

I’m soo excited and blessed to have this book in my possession!

It’s release date is September 11, 2012.. I will be posting a review very soon!

This was a great book and the review can be will be up tomorrow!

These both seem like very good books and I can’t wait to get into them!  The review for My Fearful Symmetry will be up as soon as I finish it, the Servant of the Goddess review will be up on July 2nd.

W…W…W… Wednesday

To Play Along:
Answer the following questions:
1)  What are you currently reading?
2)  What did you recently finish reading?
3)  What do you think you’ll read next?
My Answers:
1)  Currently, I’m reading Dreamwalker by Andrea Heltsley
Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals)From Goodreads: Noel Kennedy lost her boyfriend, her job and he dignity all in one week. Then something happened and she began to dream of this stranger she had never met. She couldn’t resist the man of her dreams named Jared especially when she met him in real life. Entranced, she slowly unraveled a world she was meant to stay out of. Her life was not what she thought it was once a sexy Boone stepped into the mix and shook things up. Can she escape a life of servitude or immortality for a chance at love?
2)  I actually have recently finished two books..  Saving Mary by Deidre Havrelock
Saving Mary
From Goodreads: If you’re a fan of supernatural fiction then you will be captivated by this true story about a spiritually sensitive girl and the path that led to her possession. Part one of a two-part series, Saving Mary is the story of a modern-day Mary Magdalene—the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons.
Deidre Daily is drawn to anything seemingly spiritual, desperately seeking a spiritual existence. But inside this vibrant girl hides a terrified child who sincerely believes she has married the devil. Through a series of spiritual encounters her fear turns into reality, and she ends up possessed.
Deidre’s fascinating memoir relays her story from childhood to adolescence: invisible eyes leering at her from the corner of her bedroom, horrible nightmares tormenting her, and her desperate attempt to find God—only to end up possessed. It is a candid account of possession from a first-person perspective. This dark memoir brings to light an intricate world of deceitful spirits hell-bent on manipulating and damaging an innocent girl’s life, not only through her dreams, but also through seemingly every-day encounters.
Travel with Deidre into the mysterious world of spirits, ghosts and demons. Awaken yourself to a world that isn’t supposed to exist; a world that’s as intriguing as it is sinister. And then emerge as a new person—invigorated, aware and intent on living in the light. Saving Mary; Not just another story about a girl and her exorcist.
And, Pack of Lies by Staci Weber and Sara Dailey
Pack of Lies (Red Ridge Pack Series # 1)
From Goodreads: The last thing Allison Wright ever expected when she moved to Red Ridge, New Mexico was to come muzzle to muzzle with the wolf of her dreams.
Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind. Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before her erratic behavior gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left behind almost 20 years ago.
Unfortunately, not everyone in Red Ridge is thrilled about Allison’s arrival, especially when she attracts the attention of the very handsome, very taken, soon-to-be alpha, Cade Walker. Little does Allison know, her mere presence is causing a rift in a once unified pack. Not only has Cade been forbidden from being with Allison by his father, the pack’s alpha, Cade’s girlfriend, Kendall Stuart, will stop at nothing to get Allison out of the picture. Well on her way to becoming the next alpha’s mate, Kendall expects to rule the pack by Cade’s side even if it means teaming up with a rogue werewolf with an agenda of his own. Determined to get rid of Allison permanently, when Kendall and the rogue join forces, all hell breaks loose and no one in the pack is safe, especially not Cade and his true mate.
3)  There are several books on my next to read list!
Hidden by Sophie Jordan (squee!!)

Hidden: A Firelight NovelFrom Amazon: Readers will be clamoring to find out who Jacinda chooses in Hidden, the final installment of the steamy Firelight novels. Is it Will, the hunter she’s risked everything to save, or Cassian, the prince of her kind with whom she has an undeniable connection? Loyalties are tested and sacrifices made in this epic tale that will appeal to fans of Maggie Stiefvater, Lauren Kate, Aprilynne Pike, and Colleen Houck. When Jacinda and Will’s forbidden romance leads to the capture of Cassian’s sister, Jacinda knows she must set things right. With her friends by her side, Jacinda hatches a daring plan to rescue Cassian’s sister. But the only way to reach her is for Jacinda to become a prisoner herself…and there’s no guarantee she’ll make it out alive.
I am soo very excited about this book!!  It’s in the mail to me as we speak, hopefully it will be in my mailbox today!!  Yay!!

After this, I will be reading My Fearful Symmetry and Servant of the Goddess, by Denise Verrico..
My Fearful Symmetry (Immortyl Revolution, #3)  Servant of the Goddess (Immortyl Revolution #4)  These are books 3 and 4 of the Immoryl Revolution series..
The descriptions can be found on Goodreads,here and here.

Happy reading everyone!  I hope you all enjoy the books you’re reading this week!

W…W…W… Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

What are you currently reading?

Saving Mary  Saving Mary by Deidre Havrelock

If you’re a fan of supernatural fiction then you will be captivated by this true story about a spiritually sensitive girl and the path that led to her possession. Part one of a two-part series, Saving Mary is the story of a modern-day Mary Magdalene—the woman from whom Jesus cast out seven demons.
Deidre Daily is drawn to anything seemingly spiritual, desperately seeking a spiritual existence. But inside this vibrant girl hides a terrified child who sincerely believes she has married the devil. Through a series of spiritual encounters her fear turns into reality, and she ends up possessed.

What did I recently finish reading?

The Bull Years  The Bull Years by Phil Stern 

For Steve, Sophia, Dave, and Brooke, life hasn’t turned out as planned. Rather than easy fame and fortune, these happy-go-lucky teenagers of the 1980’s found young adulthood a mystifying series of dead-end jobs, failed relationships, family scandal, and surging frustration.
Now approaching middle age, all they want is to reverse their gradual alienation from life and one another, reconnecting with their earlier, innocent selves.
But there’s a catch. Before any of them can move forward, they must collectively confront that one outrageous night back in college that first drove them apart, revealing secrets potentially shattering everything they ever were.

What do I think I will read next?

Pack of Lies (Red Ridge Pack Series # 1)  Pack of Lies by Staci Weber and Sara Dailey

The last thing Allison Wright ever expected when she moved to Red Ridge, New Mexico was to come muzzle to muzzle with the wolf of her dreams.
Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind. Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before her erratic behavior gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left behind almost 20 years ago.