Friday, April 25, 2014

Review 'Sunshine' by Nikki Rae
18 year old Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. Sure, she’s not exactly happy, but happiness is nothing compared to being like everyone else. She can pretend she’s not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars she’s made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything. Then Myles enters her life, and he has more than a few secrets of his own. When accident after accident keeps happening to Sophie, she can’t help noticing that he’s everywhere. That he knows too much. That she’s remembering too much.

It’s one thing covering up her own dark past, but does she really need to worry about people finding out just how much Myles likes her? Or that despite how much she doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes, she kind of likes him back? Not to mention the fact that she now has to conceal that Myles drinks blood-that he says he’s about four hundred years old.

She almost forgot about that part.

But Sophie has no plans to ruin the normal life she has created for herself. She can deal with this little glitch, no problem. Even if word has gotten around to the wrong vampire about Sophie and Myles, even if she’s putting the few people she loves at risk. Suddenly, those who were monsters before are just people, and the monsters? They’re real. Now being a normal human being is the least of her problems.
Now she has to stay alive.

When Nikki Rae approached me to read and review her book ‘Sunshine’ I was immediately so excited. This book sounded like my kind of thing. The thing that immediately took my attention was the book cover of ‘Sunshine’. The cover is just so beautiful. This book cover really made me want to read this book even more. It really looks kind of dark and mysterious. And it really makes you want to read this book. So a view days ago I started reading ‘Sunshine’.

Apart from the beautiful cover this book immediately took my attention. From the very first page I couldn’t wait to read more. Although Sophie is kind off in a dark place and isn’t always very nice, I felt connected to her from the first page. Sophie has been through a lot in her life and she tries to find a way to cope with her past and her feelings. When Sophie thinks she is slowly finding her way, not happy but still standing, Myles walks into her life. Myles is this gorgeous mysterious guy who tries to be a part of Sophie’s life. But Sophie isn’t an easy person to get to know and she makes it really hard for people to get close to her.
What I really liked about this book was that it took a long while before Sophie really could lose up around Myles. And in most books everything moves so fast. Two people meet and BOEM they fall in love. In ‘Sunshine’ it felt more real. Nobody jumped into a relationship. Problems weren’t solved in just one chapter. Sophie and Myles really had to work hard and learn to trust one another.

What I also liked about this story was that not only Sophie had her secrets, but Myles also had his share of unsuspecting secrets. From the moment Myles enters this story I was fascinated by him. I kept wondering what his secret was. And I really laughed like crazy when I read the chapter where Myles told Sophie who and what he really was. I think this part was really great:

‘ “Evolve? Like a Pok√©mon?” I have no idea why I say this. I think I’m kind of going into shock, and the first thing that pops into my head when he says evolve is charmander evolving into a charizard.’

Boy, I couldn’t stop laughing. This book really has a lot of funny parts.
What I also really loved was the friends and family surrounding Sophie. Although she doesn’t realize it, there are many people who love her and care about her. And her two best friends are really really funny. I wish I had twin best friends. They were hilarious.

So this book was definitely just as good as I hoped it would be. I really loved the story and really love the way Nikki Rae started this series. ‘Sunshine’ really makes you want to read more about
Sophie and Myles. I can’t wait to start the second book in this series.

This one is definitely a must read.

About the Author:

Nikki Rae is a student and writer who lives in New Jersey. She is an independent author and has
appeared numerously on Amazon Best Seller lists. She is the author of The Sunshine Series and concentrates on making her imaginary characters as real as possible. She writes mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.

For more information about Nikki Rae and the ‘Sunshine’ series you can visit Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook or Amazon. Or visit Nikki on her blog.

For more information about ‘Sunshine’ and Nikki Rae keep checking out my blog for an interview with her here on Maureen’s Books …


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review 'My Soul Immortal' by Jen Printy endless love, for an endless price.

Jack’s immortality is exposed when he prevents a liquor store heist, forcing him to flee to protect his secret—a secret not even he understands. But when he meets Leah Winters—a mirror image of his decades-lost love, Lydia—his very soul is laid bare. He begins to question his sanity. Is she real, and if so, what does that mean for Jack and his secret?

Jack’s not the only mystery man in town. A stranger named Artagan hints at knowledge Jack is desperate to possess. But can he trust Artagan, or does the dark newcomer harbor deadly secrets of his own?

As Jack’s bond with Leah grows, so does the danger to her life. Jack must discover just how much he is willing to risk in order to save the woman he already lost once

When Jen Printy approached me a view weeks ago with the question if I wanted to read and review her book I was immediately excited. This book sounded like my kind of book. I mean a book about love, immortality, a mystery man.. I couldn’t wait to start reading. So a couple of days ago I finally did.

From the very first page I really loved ‘My Soul Immortal’. This book pulled me in immediately and I couldn’t wait to learn more about Jack Hammond. Jack is kind off a mystery and even though you learn a lot about him in this book he stays a mystery. (And who doesn’t love a good mystery??) Jack is a guy who’s has been in love with a beautiful girl for a long time, Lydia. But unfortunately he lost her a long time ago. When Jack stumbles – literary stumbles – upon Leah Winters  he doesn’t believe his eyes. Leah is the spitting image of Lydia. And in that moment his life changes forever. Leah may look like Lydia but her character is different. Leah is 18 year old Art school student with an exciting secret.

What I liked most about this book is his originality. There is nothing predictable about this book. I have read a lot of different sort-of-fantasy books and none of them was like ‘My Soul Immortal’. There are a lot of different aspects about this book. There is the love, but also friendship, sadness, mystery, adventure etc. I really couldn’t stop reading this one. Jen Printy’s writing was very good. She pulled me into this story from the first page. If I didn’t have nightshifts and there was no Easter, I would definitely have read this book in one day because I really didn’t want to stop reading.

The other thing that really got my attention in this book was the character Artagan. Artagan is another mysterious – kind-off-dark – guy with a big secret. He really intrigued me. And I was glad that he was part of this book. In this book you find out why he is the guy he is, and I really loved that part.

This book is definitely going on my favorite list. I loved the story, the romance and the mystery.
I’m definitely a fan. I would recommend this book to every fantasy, romance, adventure, mystery book lover out there.

My favorite quote from this book:

Times haven’t changed all that much. Every woman still longs for her own Mr. Darcy.’

About the Author:

Since childhood, Jen Printy has been writing. Whether stories about a fantasy world or everyday life in Maine, Jen loved losing herself in the worlds she created on paper. The arts in all forms have always been an important part of Jen’s life, a love instilled in her by her father. When Jen isn’t writing, she’s sculpting as a freelance doll artist.

Jen lives with her husband, two daughters, and diva dog Cookie in southern Maine, where she loves spending time with friends and family, finding treasures along the seashore, or enjoying a Guinness at her favorite local pub.

For more information about Jen Printy and 'My Soul Immortal' go to Goodreads, Amazon or visit Jen Printy's Facebook page. You can also visit for an Excerpt from 'My Soul Immortal'. 

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