Blog Tour + Review of Destined for Doon (Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon)

The Deets: 
Intended Audience: YA
Pages: 368
Publisher: September 2nd 2014 by Blink
ISBN: 9780310742333
Genre: fantasy, romance
Source: ARC from Publisher



Destined for Doon (Doon, #2)The second book in the popular new Doon YA series that takes on a classic story, Brigadoon, and spins it in a new way to give readers a fresh, modern experience.

In this sequel to Doon, Kenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake-choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. Worse, she's received proof she and Duncan are meant to be, along with torturous visions of the prince she left behind. So when Duncan shows up and informs Kenna that Doon needs her, she doesn't need to think twice. But even if Kenna can save the enchanted kingdom, her happily ever after may still be in peril.




Oh this series, how I love it. When I read Doon, I had tingles. Every time Duncan and Jaime crossed the page I could not read fast enough. (You can see what I thought about Doon HERE.) I eagerly waited a whole year for Destined for Doon, so when I had the chance to read it early I snapped it up like a hungry alligator. I really didn't know what to expect with the sequel, because we all know what often happens with sequels.

Fear not, though; this sequel sizzles. I'm talking snap, crackle, and pop kind of sizzle! Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon can send shivers down your spine. Their uber hot Scottish lads will give you goosebumps that linger and have you booking a flight to Scotland. I do not often get mushy over book characters, but these boys gave me hot flashes.

But aside from the smoky romance, all of the characters really took this story up a notch. Jaime is still brooding, but in a less jerkish sort of way. He has to figure out his place in Doon's leadership with Vee. Vee, while the acting queen of the land, has to establish her authority and basically prove she isn't a Doon-destroying outsider. Neither of these tasks is easy for Jaime and Vee. There is a lot of opposition and learning to accept and make compromises that they must learn. Duncan and Kenna have a completely different struggle to overcome.

I really liked how Destined for Doon seemed to focus more on their story this time. If you read Doon, you know how their relationship ended; they have a lot of obstacles in their way. Just like any well-intending, head strong character, Kenna realizes what she wanted was in her face the whole time but now it's out of reach. Duncan is clouded with emotions toward Kenna. They have some moments that make you cheer and you think "this is it!" but then it's not. Oh, those moments! How my heart strings pulled and tugged for both characters.

Now, add in a new conflict and a few new characters and we have a pretty interesting sequel. Addie, the witch bent on destroying Doon, is gone-- or is she? It's hard to say because there is a curse sweeping through the land and destroying everything in its path. Vee and Kenna are chosen to stop the curse, but they have to figure out how to do it first. Will they succeed, or will Vee fall victim to the plight of the first Queen of Doon's mistakes?

I have my feelings about that and how certain characters play a role in the future because there will be two more books in this series! I almost jumped up from my chair when I read that. I'm not ready for this series to end. (Don't believe me? See for yourself HERE.) In fact, I want to cross the Brig O'Doon myself and join these characters on their next grand adventure.



I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of Destined for Doon, and I want to share with everyone! Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win. (Seriously, do it. This series is so worth reading!)



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Review: Of Neptune (Anna Banks)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 330
Publisher: May 13th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends (first published May 1st 2014)
ISBN: 9781250039606
Genre: mermaids!
Source: Library copy



Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3)Emma, who is half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together. Alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean-living Syrena and the land-dwelling, freshwater counterparts. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love, but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever!




Oh, how I love this series. I love it with a love that is more than a love, I and my Syrena under the sea. I am happy to report, that although this is the end to a beloved series and set of characters, I am actually HAPPY with how it wraps up.

Yes, you read that correctly. There is an ending that is satisfying and leaves you with a sense of completeness. Thank goodness for epilogues! The story was a bit different this time around. Normally the alternating views are closely related, but this time it's like you're reading two different stories. While the events are related, what Emma experiences is totally different from what Galen is facing until near the end of the book. I thought Anna Banks did a great job with it, and Galen is still my favorite.

There are new characters in Of Neptune. I'm not a big fan of them, but they served their purpose. I felt like Reed was way too pushy and I would have liked to punch him if I lived with these characters. I also missed Galen's motley crew. They were not present throughout the majority of the book, and I so wanted them to be. The silly antics that I came to expect from the odd couple were not present in Of Neptune, which gave it a much more serious feel than the previous books.

Overall, the pacing was pretty good. There were a few times where I felt things were getting sticky and taking too long, but it usually resolved itself by the end of the chapter. You will definitely find more of Ms. Banks' great characterization and witty dialogue. There are even a few surprises in store that might make you flip your fins!


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Tera Lynn Childs and Crystal Perkins are celebrating a joint release of their newest adult books. Join the fun tonight!

When: September 2, 2014 at 4-8 pm Pacific time
Where: THIS LINK
Why: Special guests, prizes, shenanigans-- what more do you need?


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Read more about the books and authors below:




Creating a Love (The Griffin Brothers, #3)Taking a chance on love…
Photographer Candi Marcus never wanted more than a casual hookup or one night stand. Until she met artist Owen Griffin. For the past two years, she’s only been with him. But it’s still just sex, or at least that’s what she’s told her friends. When he says he wants more, she can finally admit that she loves him.
Facing the past…
Protecting Owen from the illegal street art he did as a teen has already hurt two people he cares about. Now another woman from his past has come to collect her own debt. She needs a fake fiancé in order to get her inheritance and she’s not taking no for an answer. Candi knows the other woman’s in love with her real fiancé, so she convinces Owen to go along with everything, not realizing what it may cost her.
The right choice may cost them everything…
While the fake engagement isn’t easy on either of them, Candi and Owen know that their love is strong enough to handle whatever’s thrown in their path. Or is it? When Owen makes the only choice he can, he risks losing Candi for real. And as friends and family take sides, theirs may not be the only relationship to fall apart. Can an Art Boy prove to the woman he loves that she’s truly the one who owns his heart or will it be too late for her to listen to the reason behind his betrayal?
Creating their love was easy, but fighting for it is the hardest thing they’ve ever done.


 Read more about Crystal Perkins on her website, Twitter, or Facebook
Learn more about Creating a love on Goodreads and Amazon.



Trying Texas (City Chicks, #3)Every girl deserves a wild ride…
New Yorker Cassie Bishop has one goal: produce the pilot episode of Try It On to get back in her boss’s good graces. She can handle a month of the dusty Texas outback, filming the social train wreck as a trust fund diva learns how to play cowgirl, if it means salvaging her career. But when the spoiled rich girl bails at the last minute, Cassie has only one option—take her place. Can anyone say yee-haw?
The only hitch is Ty Haywood, the real life, living breathing cowboy who is supposed to train her. He’s smart, funny, and makes a western shirt look tastier than a bag of hot candied cashews. Too bad he’s so deeply rooted in his Texas home.
As the film rolls, Cassie finds herself falling for the hunky cowboy, the raw beauty of the country, and the rhythm of small town life where city pressures—and ulcer medicine— are distant memories. When the month is up and the shoot wraps, will the city girl return home? Or will love and friendships convince her to give country life a try?



Read more about Tera Lynn Childs on her website, Twitter, or Facebook
You can learn more about Trying Texas on Goodreads


Review: Big Fat Disaster (Beth Fahlbaum)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 286
Publisher: April 18th 2014 by Merit Press
(first published March 18th 2014)
ISBN: 9781440570483
Genre: contemporary, tough topics
Source: Library book



Big Fat DisasterInsecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches
his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new. 





Sometimes there are books that you come across that completely surprise you in the most pleasant of ways. Big Fat Disaster is one of those books that blew me away. In fact, I found myself so caught up in Colby's story that I stayed up until the early hours of the morning finishing the book.

The synopsis gives away the major points of the plot, but this book is full of secrets. Colby's voice was so raw and uncensored that I found myself going from tears to laughter in a flip of a page. She is the voice of a broken, lonely teenage girl with an eating disorder. While I cannot relate to her on that level personally, she spoke to me. Her actions were so real. I found myself at times so caught up in the emotions that she provoked that I cried. And I don't mean a few tears; I'm talking about the kind of outpouring that causes your throat to close up and your tongue to feel too thick for your mouth. Crying that leaves you gasping for your next breath. Colby is painfully honest, and it's heartbreaking.

Obviously, Beth Fahlbaum does a fantastic job of showing what it's like to be like Colby. Her characterization was spectacular. All of the characters that surround Colby have unique roles and stories to tell, and they come across loud and clear.

The one thing that you do not get from the synopsis of this book is the good dose of sarcasm that is found on the pages. Hilarious. I actually took pictures of a few scenes to text to a friend as I read the book because I was enjoying it so much. There is also a powerful message hiding in this book, and that's what made me realize how much of a gem Big Fat Disaster really is. Take a look at the ending and tell me it doesn't give you the warm fuzzies:


Dr. Matt makes a face. "You're much more than your body. You know that, don't you?"
"I'm getting there. Every day, I get closer to who I want to be."
He leans forward in his chair. "And who's that?"
I look down, notice that I don't have a pillow in my lap, and smile. "I just want to be me: Colby. A person who wants to live."


I HIGHLY recommend this book to young and old alike. It might have some mature content for the tween ages, but 8th grade + can handle it.



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