Category: Author Top Ten Lists

Jan 19
Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley – Review, Giveaway & Trombley’s Top Ten Addictions

Pushing the Boundaries by Stacey Trombley – Review, Giveaway & Trombley’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 8 ★★★½

This unique contemporary romance shines the spotlight on cultural differences and the ways that we sometimes judge based on expectation rather than reality. Set in Haiti, the book focuses on the country’s beauty rather than its drawbacks.  What Fed My Addiction: Haiti! I’ve been to Haiti three times—twice in the process of adopting my son and once when I escorted a baby girl with spina bifida who we had hosted back home to her momma. So, I have a special connection with the country and I could truly relate to Myra’s thoughts and feelings when she arrives in Port au Prince. It can be disconcerting to arrive in a place that’s so different—so bustling and active and a little overwhelming when you first step off the plane (heck, the plane ride itself was a little strange when I flew into Cap Haitien). Myra wants to see the “real” Haiti, not just… Read more »


Oct 26
The Bloodmark Trilogy by Aurora Whittet: Check Out My Reviews, Whittet’s Top Ten Addictions & a Giveaway!

The Bloodmark Trilogy by Aurora Whittet: Check Out My Reviews, Whittet’s Top Ten Addictions & a Giveaway!

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended) 6

I read and reviewed the first two books in this trilogy back when they first came out. I’ve really been enjoying the series, and I’m excited to finally finish it up! Watch for my review of the third book on November 3rd (along with a separate, tour-wide giveaway). For now, check out the first two books in the series (including links to my previous reviews), read about Aurora’s Top Ten Addictions and enter to win hardcovers of the entire series! Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet Series: Bloodmark Saga #1 Published by Wise Ink on 11/1/13 Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Pages: 333 My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence) Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves–she was able to shift to a wolf at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and she is sent to live in Ireland’s secluded countryside. Ashling’s… Read more »


Oct 19
Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford – Review, Giveaway, & Welford’s Top Ten Addictions

Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford – Review, Giveaway, & Welford’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 16 ★★★★

Despite the cute cover and the whimsical title, this book isn’t simply a frivolous romp through time—it has a surprising amount of heart and even heartbreak. The story tells of Al, who receives a letter from his father four years after his father’s death. The letter reveals that Al can essentially bring his father back to life by traveling back in time and preventing an accident that happened all the way back when his father was twelve years old. Of course, at first Al is skeptical, but he soon discovers that it just might be true. Unfortunately, changing the past isn’t quite as simple as it seems, and Al finds himself questioning whether or not changing the past could destroy his future.  What Fed My Addiction: Life in all its bittersweet glory. There’s a lot going on in Al’s life (pre-time travel), and not all of it is rosy. Obviously, he’s been dealing… Read more »


Sep 26
Chasing Truth by Julie Cross – Review, Giveaway & Cross’s Top Ten Addictions

Chasing Truth by Julie Cross – Review, Giveaway & Cross’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 14 ★★★★

Chasing Truth is a YA mystery filled with super spies, intrigue, romance and a touch of teen angst. The combination makes for a fabulous read! The book follows Ellie, a teenage girl who has left her con artist family and is now living with her sister, Harper and Harper’s secret service boyfriend. Ellie’s left her grifter life behind, but when her best friend Simon commits suicide, she can’t let things go. She needs to figure out what happened that night, why he was pushed so far—or if it was truly a suicide at all. Turns out, Ellie’s con artist skills are perfect to help her get close to people who might have more information than they’ve let on. Of course, the closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous the search becomes.  What Fed My Addiction: Ellie’s backstory. One of my favorite aspects of the book was learning about Ellie’s past…. Read more »


Jun 30
Zero by Morgan Dark – Review, Giveaway & Author’s Top Ten Addictions

Zero by Morgan Dark – Review, Giveaway & Author’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 9 ★★★½

Wow! There were quite a few surprises in this one! This book was a bit of a mash-up of genres – mostly a YA thriller with a bit of sci-fi and maybe even magical realism thrown in. The result was a story full of twists and turns that had me guessing from the get-go. What fed my addiction: Mystery. From the beginning, I was eager to figure out how Kyle was related to the mysterious Zero – it was obvious that there was some connection between them because Kyle was dreaming about the sphere that we saw with Zero in the first scene of the book, but the question of what these two had to do with each other wasn’t simple at all! Was Kyle just a pawn that Zero was using? Was he somehow giving Kyle the dreams? Was the sphere actually connecting Kyle and Zero, and if so, why? Were Kyle and Zero biologically… Read more »


Jun 03
Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry – Review, Interview & Authors’ Top Ten Addictions

Out of Play by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry – Review, Interview & Authors’ Top Ten Addictions

Author Interview, Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 3 ★★★★

Out of Play is the sort of book that deals with tough issues really well but doesn’t completely mangle your heart in the process. Not that I’m not a fan of the occasional heart-mangling (you know I love a good cry now and then), but I think it’s great to have books that tackle these types of issues in a somewhat lighter, more accessible manner as well. A book that gives you the feels, but doesn’t tear you to shreds in the process. This is that book. NOTE: Okay, so I’m just now realizing the irony here (I’m slow on the uptake, what can I say?) – my blog name and the heading for the following section and even my author top ten lists all mention addiction – in a fun and lighthearted way – because of my blog name. But, of course, as fun as it is to say that I have… Read more »


Mar 08
The Enchanted by Genevra Thorne – Giveaway & Thorne’s Top Ten Addictions

The Enchanted by Genevra Thorne – Giveaway & Thorne’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended) 9

Those of you who’ve been around my blog for any length of time know that I’m also a freelance editor and proofreader. I don’t officially review the books that I edit (since that would be a conflict of interest), but I DO like to help spread the word about them – and I’ll sometimes give a little summary of some of my thoughts. This is my latest project! A Faerie Tale: The Enchanted managed to get me interested in a genre I haven’t read much – a paranormal romance with a historical bent (it takes place in thirteenth century Wales – and a few otherworldly realms). This is one of those books that makes my job SO enjoyable because I adored reading it! (And, as a sidenote, I just proofread the second book in the series – it was just as good.) Check out Thorne’s top ten addictions and make sure to… Read more »


Jan 25
The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow – Madow’s Top Five Addictions & Kindle Fire Giveaway

The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow – Madow’s Top Five Addictions & Kindle Fire Giveaway

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended) 4

I’ve been a big fan of Madow for a long while – I really enjoyed her Secret Diamond Sisters series! This new series seems even more up my alley, so I’m really looking forward to reading it! If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time, you know that I like to feature author’s Top Ten Addictions to go along with my blog (click the link if you want to see other authors’ lists!). Check out Madow’s below (well, hers is a top five, but it’s the same idea!) Michelle Madow’s Top Five Addictions PIZZA. It’s my all-time favorite food! Specifically Dominos. I must eat pizza at least once a week. Snapchat. I don’t know what makes this app so addicting, but I love it! (If you want to add me – I make fun stories a lot! – my username is MichLMadow.) Reading! I read about a book… Read more »


Jan 14
Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake – Top Ten Reasons Arik is Swoonworthy & Giveaway

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake – Top Ten Reasons Arik is Swoonworthy & Giveaway

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended) 9

I want to start this post by telling you all that I was planning on reviewing this book, but due to a snafu with the NetGalley widget I wasn’t able to access it. Still, the book seems so fun that I wanted to feature it on the blog and give you all a chance at the giveaway. I just wanted to clarify that this spotlight post isn’t an indication that I read the book and wasn’t a fan – on the contrary, I’m still looking forward to reading it at some point! Top Ten Reasons  Arik of Thief of Lies is Swoonworthy Arik Baine – Sentinel Age: 17 Battle Globe: Red (Fire) Description: Leader, strong silent type, and fiercely loyal. “Friends don’t think of each other the way I think of you. As it is, I can’t sleep at night worrying about you being here. The danger you face.” ~ Arik… Read more »


Dec 19
The Undays of Aralias Lyons by K.L. Horvath – Horvath’s Top Ten Addictions & Giveaway

The Undays of Aralias Lyons by K.L. Horvath – Horvath’s Top Ten Addictions & Giveaway

Author Top Ten Lists, Giveaways (Ended) 4

If you follow my blog regularly you know that, in addition to blogging, I’m also an editor and proofreader. I don’t review the books that I work on (that would be a conflict of interest!), but I do love to spread the word about them when I can. This Booktrope project was just released on the 9th, and I wanted to give you all a chance to win a copy. Plus, I get to share another fun Top Ten Addictions list with you! The book is a mix of time traveling steampunk with a British flair – I found it quite fun. If you were a fan of Jackaby, it has that sort of feeling (though not quite as intensely quirky!). Hope you’ll check it out! K.L. Horvath’s Top Ten Addictions 1.      Starbucks cake pops 2.      Watching the show Tiny House 3.      Dark Chocolate 4.      Going to Barnes and Noble and… Read more »