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So I rarely do this …  bully

But then it is also rare for me to read a book and then squeal like fangirl…

Even rarer for me to read a book, squeal like a fan girl and then proceed to read it again…twice more!

In fact the only time I do this is when I have discovered a new comforter.

…Yes. I know… A bit mad. But I have used books like comforters from as soon as I could read. Where other kids had teddies or blankies I had ‘Phoebe and the Hot Water Bottles by Terry Furchgott, Linda Dawson or The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner or You're Thinking About Doughnuts: Michael Rosen.

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To this day I keep a creaky, page worn paperback beside my bed, that keeps me sane during those difficult days. When I feel out of sorts it is my comfort book selection I turn to and Bully has just become the newest addition.

 

My interest in this book (and consequent over reaction to everything that happens in it) unnerved me a little and I managed to persuade my very good book friend to move it up her reading list just so that I could get a less biased view on it. To my absolute pleasure she reacted to it in much the same way as myself (although possibly not quite so insane or obsessive) and we spent quite a bit of time messaging each other with updates on the action (yes I read it again)!

 

So what is it about this story that gets me so… excited?

Um…Jared.

And maybe Jared.

Oh and possibly Jared … *shakes head and knocks some sense back in.

 

Do you know I actually believe this book is some kind of a ‘comforter holy grail’ for me. Somehow the author wrote a tale that tapped into my long term, deep-seated dreams and wishes. Dreams that I carried with me from childhood into tweens and then subsequently buried as an adult – which as we all know is when reality starts to bite you in the ass and lets you know – duh these things don’t really happen for people like you….

Well Penelope Douglas woke it all back up:

  •      The handsome boy next door – check. (mine lived downstairsin my dream he could fly from my window to his - but a tree works just as well.)
  •      The timid and quiet good girl that has so much more to her - check (yeah me in my teens…)
  •      The teasing, humiliation and bullying at high school – check (although at the hands of a select clique of girls and not a handsome sexy god-boy)
  •      The childhood friendship -turned attraction - turned issue – check (Not boy next door but we grew up together so I still count it)
  •      Best friend who betrays you for your bully/a guy- check (mind you I had to make that mistake twice when my BFF did both at separate times!)
  •      The slow drawn out sexually charged tension – check (Although unlike Jared and Tate I didn’t get quite so “happy” an ending)

With all these elements whipping up my memories and convincing me that sometimes these situations do actually workout – even if only in stories. I have to say it is no surprise that I adore this book.

What is a surprise is that my inner cynic; born out of all of the same experiences above. Didn’t start screaming at Tate! Half of me was reading along and shouting “Don’t fall for it!” “Keep your pride girl: don’t give him what he wants!” and then the evil side of me revelled in her mean payback comments.

I guess it is fair to say that, despite being a little disgusted that my ‘never-say-die’ soppy self won out over my inner bitter-bitch, this book really does cheer me up. Add to this that the author is a wonderful person who happily shares deleted scenes and is writing a Jared POV (sssqqqquuuuueeeeeaaaaaaalllll!!!) and you have one very happy although somewhat biased reviewer.

For the real review, and not my personal ravings, go to our reviews page or click here

Cover Reveal

We are so excited to reveal the new and delicious cover for Cambria Herbert's forthcoming release Charmed! After reading Recalled and having a cheeky introduction to the dangerous Charming I have to say I have been really looking forward to this installment in the Death Escorts series! 

CHARMED by Cambia Herbert.
Title: Charmed
Series: Death Escorts  NOTE: you do NOT have to read Recalled to understand Charmed. You can just read  
Charmed. Reading Recalled will give you a little more background info though. 
Author: Cambria Hebert
Release Date: July 22, 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance. ***Note: Due to Sexual content and some language this book is recommended for readers 17+***
Format: Ebook and Print


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Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning?

For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.

And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.

But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.

But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again.

And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all.

He was wrong.

Life or Death?



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Our first week and all's well...

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Wow one week in already!

 

So one week in and I have a few new reviews, some fun ecards, great quotes from our favourite books, a fabulous guest reviewer/blogger and a facebook presence... not too bad!

Add to that the new found respect for coding HTML and CSS, a resurection of my infamous super reading abilities (yes I do often read two books in a single night) and the fact that I have made some fantastic new friends in this endevour and you might just say that this has been a very very good week!

So I guess you are looking at the list and thinking...Uh yeah right... 

I swear these are May's reads and they don't include the current books I have just read in the last three days! Needless to say I love reading and May has been a great month for it. I was very excited to recieve an author copy of Raksha for review - a must read for all you YA fans out there - and have been very naughty with at least three ebook purchased/downloaded a day.... The current list on my poor overworked kindle is 53 still to read! 

With reading comes reviewing and I certainly have my list cut out for me! So here's a shout for help... Anyone interested in guest reviews get in touch with us through our FB page and we will check you out. Authors, writers and guest bloggers welcome too!

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