Category: Author Top Ten Lists

Mar 15
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: Review & Vinesse’s Top Ten Addictions

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse: Review & Vinesse’s Top Ten Addictions

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 8 ★★★★

Apparently, I’m on a Japan reviewing kick right now since just yesterday I featured the Miso Cozy Mysteries, which have a Japanese MC and take place in Japan. This book takes place there too (but it’s just a fun coincidence I’m reviewing them back-to-back). Still it’s not a coincidence that I’m reading a lot of books that involve this country lately—I’ve become sort of fascinated with all things Japanese lately! This book is a super cute read that tugs at your heartstrings and digs into some deeper issues without getting too heavy. It features friendships and family relationships and romance all set against the backdrop of Tokyo. What Fed My Addiction: Japan! Like I said, I’m fascinated, so I kind of loved this little peek into an ex-pat’s life in Japan. We got seven days and nights of karaoke, train rides, Japanese food, and more—it was a fun glimpse at life… Read more »


Mar 14
Bite Sized Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas (& Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions)

Bite Sized Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas (& Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions)

Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews 4

The Miso Cozy Series is a mystery series set in Japan. We were introduced to our intrepid daydreamer detective Mei in the first book in the series, which I’ve already reviewed (click the link to see it), so I was eager to read the next few books to see how poor Mei fared after all the tragedy that struck at the end of book 1. I read books 2, 2.5, and 3 and wanted to give my readers a chance to discover this series if they haven’t already. I hope these bite-sized reviews will give you enough of a taste to feed your fiction addiction! Make sure you also check out Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions list at the bottom of this post! This book starts out with Mei and her mother suffering the consequences of everything that happened at the end of book one (which I won’t spoil here—I’ll just say that… Read more »


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 25
My Top Ten Addictions – Let’s Discuss

My Top Ten Addictions – Let’s Discuss

Author Top Ten Lists, Let's Discuss 34

Those of you who’ve been around my blog for a while know that usually, when I feature a guest post from an author on my blog (usually along with a review), it’s the author’s Top Ten Addictions (click the link if you want to see them). I like that it’s a fun, lighthearted tie-in to my blog name and that it’s a quick read. (If I’m being honest, I don’t usually take the time to read long author guest posts on blogs unless it’s a topic that really catches my eye or an author I REALLY love, so short always seems better to me.) But it occurred to me that I’ve never shared my OWN top ten addictions, and I thought it would be fun to do that. So, here they are! Nicole’s Top Ten Addictions (Not necessarily in order) Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? Books have pretty much taken… 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 »