Monday, August 29, 2016

Blog Tour: A Clearing in the Forest

A Clearing in the Forest

By: Kim Love Stump
Published: August 14, 2016 by Foxcroft Publishing
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Princess Adriana is about to leave the Kingdom of Ayrden on the Journey of her sixteenth year.

If she is ever to ascend to the throne, Adriana must go—alone and unarmed—into the unknown. She’s been trained and gifted for the journey, just like all the royals who preceded her—even the ones who never returned.

Adriana leaves Ayrden on her brother’s black stallion the day after her birthday celebration, with bravery in her heart and hopes for a quick return. When three paths emerge, one of grass, one of gold, and one of gemstones, she chooses the pragmatic path of grass. Although it seems safe, and the landscape familiar, she soon finds she will have to overcome nearly impossible challenges. Ultimately, an unexpected friendship not only changes Adriana, but the very kingdom she someday hopes to rule. The question is, will the friendship turn into everlasting love?

About the Author


Kim Love Stump has loved to read and write ever since she can remember. Whether it was writing a story inthird grade called I am a Date,or curling up in her swinging chair reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, fiction in all its forms has always been the fastest way for her to transport herself somewhere else. Now, asan author, Kim strives to transport others in that very same way. She and her husband of more than 30 years make their home in Charlotte, NC.


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My Review

A Clearing in the Forest is an enjoyable read from the very beginning as it tells the story of a princess named Adriana who has come of age to take on a journey that will change her life forever. You get to follow Adriana on her  sixteenth birthday into the forest that all future rulers of the kingdom must do. As she comes across unknown tasks on her journey, she can only hope to do her best in what she was trained for since she was born. The story pulls the readers in with the mysteries of what the journey will hold for the young princess, and there she also discovers her true strengths and weaknesses. Readers will enjoy this fun and mysterious story. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars on goodreads.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Blitz: Under a Million Stars

Under A Million Stars
Rita Branches
Publication date: August 8th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?
Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.
Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.
Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. As he watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he’s hiding.
Now it’s up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie’s broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.
Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?
EXCERPT:
Jacob
These two weeks had been hell for me.
I didn’t know how I was going to pull this off for the eight months I still had left in this hell of a town. My parents didn’t get me, and she was around all the time, suffocating me. My heart skipped a beat every time I heard her voice, and it doubled in speed when she was near me. I wouldn’t be able to stay away, I knew it. She was breaking my heart all over again.
I heard her at night, when she thought everyone was sleeping. I just sat on the floor, resting my head against the wall, and listen to her cry and throw up every other night.
I stayed there like a jerk, as if I didn’t give a crap about her or her feelings, but I cried. I missed her. I wanted to hold her at night and tell her that everything would be alright, but I couldn’t. I promised I would stay away—I couldn’t hurt her, anymore. I pushed my knees to my chest to hold myself together and to keep me from crumbling. Sometimes, I had to place my closed fist against my mouth, so she wouldn’t hear me sob. I wished she would have, though. I wished she would have opened the door and saw me sitting there, caring about her, suffering like she did.
My mom was getting suspicious about me. She knew about her, or at least that something wasn’t right. My face, the permanent dark circles under my eyes, and my lack of appetite wasn’t normal, though. I was okay, before her parents’ accident—I had started to pull myself together.
***
This night was especially bad. She stayed in the bathroom for hours. I had been on the other side, hearing her cry and wishing I could take it all away.
I was starting to get really scared for her. I left before my parents woke up, unable to face them and those disapproving looks, anymore, like I wasn’t doing anything right with my life. They wanted a perfect son and they didn’t have one.
I was in no condition to go to college—I couldn’t even imagine myself being closed behind four walls for another four or five years. I needed something to take my thoughts away—something that would fuel me with adrenaline. They wouldn’t approve of the plans I’d been making. They’d hate them, in fact, but I didn’t care, anymore, I just needed to get away.

Author Bio
Rita Branches is an independent YA (young adult) author who enjoys spending every free moment (when she´s not reading) writing emotional stories. Visit: http://ritabranches.wordpress.com/
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Review: Painting Sky by Rita Branches

Painting Sky (Painting Sky #1)

By: Rita Branches
Published: April 25, 2016 by Rita Branches
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Nobody ever said life was easy...

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend. 

But things don't always go as planned...

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate - another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend's older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane's life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith's past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants--even if it hurts everyone she loves.

My Thoughts

First things first: isn't the cover just--gorgeous--like the title itself ?

There were several things I liked and not so many things I disliked about this book.
One of the things I liked about Painting Sky was the artsy theme it had. I'm a bit of an artist myself and loved how this book had just the right amount of art elements that made me want to pick up my sketchbook again.

Another thing is how Jane and Keith's relationship gradually built up till the end of the novel. They started off having a mutual dislike for each other as Keith just didn't like Jane from the first moment they met, and Jane thought the same about him. When Jane moves in with Cody, her boyfriend who lives with his older brother Keith, and Jane's older brother Ryan, things start to heat up, and tension rises. I found myself loving almost every moment throughout the chapters. I definitely loved how Keith was always teasing Jane but also protective of her whenever trouble rose up.

love reaction demi lovato i love youI also liked during the time when Jane went to college and experienced many things, she learned more about herself and how to stand up for herself for the things that she wanted, such as her relationship with Keith and making her own decisions. When before it was her family who decided what was best for her. And last but not least, Jane's growing love and affection for Keith has made me like Jane even more due to the fact that everyone didn't like Keith and assumed the worst of him.

There weren't any big problems I had with Painting Sky, and I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good contemporary romance novel.

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