Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Different Kind is FREE today on Amazon!

Payton's life is perfect – until the night she’s abducted by aliens. Paranormal Romance readers will love this inviting and fast paced read!

Get it on your Kindle for FREE from June 29th to July 1st!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway!!!

Payton's life is perfect – until the night she’s abducted by aliens. Paranormal Romance readers will love this inviting and fast paced read.

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A Different Kind by Lauryn April

A Different Kind

by Lauryn April

Giveaway ends June 30, 2014.
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Payton Carlson’s life is perfect – until the night she’s abducted by aliens. Now she’s plagued by pieces of memories from a night that feels as hazy as a dream, and that’s not the only strange thing that’s been happening. When Payton’s neighbor, Logan Reed, who spends every night sitting on his roof staring at the stars, starts to pay extra attention to her, Payton starts to wonder if he knows more about the night she can’t remember than she does. Suddenly finding a date to the Homecoming dance and cheering at the football games aren’t as important as they used to be - especially when the aliens return for a second time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review for Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Colorful Characters with Lots of Action

4 Stars.
As a huge fan of the paranormal I was looking to dive into a vampire novel and Halfway to the Grave did not disappoint. It had scary vampires as well as other frightening creatures and an action packed plot.

There were a few places where the plot felt a little predictable, but there were enough twists and turns to keep me reading. A good chunk of the story in the middle was really about Cat’s opinion of vampires and watching as Bones slowly changed her beliefs, helping her grow into her own person. By the end, however this was jam packed action and intensity.

I didn’t always like Cat. She started out really na├»ve and could be annoying at times, then by the end she was a total bad ass. It almost felt like her character changed too much, and at times her development was a little awkward. She also seemed overly concerned with her mom’s opinion. However, by the end of the book I liked her a lot more.

Bones on the other hand I loved. He was a total bad boy, but also a sweetheart. He really made this story worth reading. I also loved the sexy parts of this book, but for someone who’s used to reading mostly YA this book was a bit more graphic than I was used to. Also, I wished there had been a little more angst. Things get lovey-dovey between Cat and Bones a little too quickly. It also felt like Cat became accepting of Bones and the fact that he was a vampire a little too easily.

As for the other characters, they were all colorful and fascinating. Each one was very different from the last, however a few felt a little stereotypical, like Cat’s neurotic mom. She annoyed me. I understood that she’d gone through a traumatic experience, but she was so closed minded and even seemed not to care about Cat at times, that I just couldn’t connect with her. Which was sad because many of the decisions Cat makes are because of her mom.

I also didn’t really understand the purpose of Tim. He seemed a bit like a throwaway character as he didn’t really advance the plot any. His friendship with Cat was good to show that Cat was growing as a person and connecting with other people, but I wish his character had had more of a purpose.

Honestly, at first I wasn’t planning to read the next book, but the ending of this was really interesting. There were a few twists that I didn’t see coming and they’ve piqued my interest for the rest of the series.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lauryn April's Summer Read Recommendations

Feel like diving into a YA Paranormal story this summer? The first day of Summer is officially June 21st, but it feels like it's already here. If you're like me your TBR list is endless. So, here are some ideas to help you pick your next book based on how you want to spend your vacation.

How will you spend your summer?

Go on a Road Trip with a Bad Boy:
Feel the need to get away, but don't want to travel solo? A cross country trip is just enough time to break through that insufferable bad-boy's walls and bring out the sweet guy inside.

Sweet Evil
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Road Trip to: LA
Bad Boy: Kaidan Rowe 

Anna Whitt is so sweet and innocent, which makes the road trip she takes with Kai all the more interesting. You can't help but wonder and even hope that she'll soon give in to him. And, with all the alone time they have together driving down the road or in hotel rooms it feels like it's inevitable for something to happen between them.

Hidden Beneath
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Road Trip to: Northern California
Bad Boy: Brant Everett

A road trip with one's ex-boyfriend may not sound like the best of plans most days, but with the amount of chemistry that continues to sizzle between Ivy and Brant you can't help but love every angsty second of their time together. Hidden Beneath will have you craving for this couple to get back together as they uncover a murder mystery on the road.

Embrace Your Alter Ego:
Are you the bookish, sweet girl-next-door? Maybe it's time to spice things up and see the world from a different POV.

Warm Bodies
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Main Character: R
Personality: Eay-going, uninspired, zombie

YA tends to be overrun with female POV's. Getting into a guy's head may be just what you need to experience a story in a new way. And, if reading a guy's POV isn't interesting enough for you, seeing the world through the eyes of a zombie should do the trick.

A Different Kind
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Main Character: Payton Carlson
Personality: Confident, blond, cheerleader

Payton Carlson is the "anti-Bella". If you're tired of reading about meek, defenseless, female leads A Different Kind will be a breath a fresh air. Payton's character grows a lot throughout this book. You'll get to experience her inner conflict every step of the way as she faces the possibility of being "taken" for good, along with giving in to her feelings for outcast Logan Reed.

Travel Somewhere New:
Maybe a cross-county road trip doesn't get you far enough away from home. These next books are all set somewhere other than the US.

Reaper's Novice
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Travel Destination: Vienna

Ana is a character that anyone would relate to. Getting pulled into her world, both Vienna and the hidden places she sees as a Reaper's Novice is fascinating. There's truly some beautiful imagery in this book as you follow Ana on this mysterious journey.

Valkyrie Rising
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Travel Destination: Norway

Norse mythology in Norway, what could be better? This book will pull you deep into the sights and culture of Norway as you follow Ellie through her grandmother's home town alongside her brother and his hot best friend, Tuck.

What are you planning to read this summer? Share your recommendations below!

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