Blog Tour: Review of The Devil’s Tattoo by Nicole R. Taylor + Giveaway

Hi guys! Welcome to my stop for The Devil’s Tattoo blog tour organized by Xpresso Book Tours!

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The Devil’s Tattoo by Nicole R. Taylor
Publication date:  
September 1st 2013
Genre:
Contemporary Romance 18+

Summary

“Zoe Granger picked up her first guitar the day her heart was smashed into a billion pieces. It was a way to keep her mind off her inevitable downward spiral, but music soon became her escape. She’s been burned too many times to tell and is just happy to coast through life, never putting herself out there. That’s until her best friend Dee suggests they start a band and suddenly she finds herself not just a part of it, but fronting the whole outfit.

They call themselves The Devil’s Tattoo and when they release their debut EP, it rockets to the top of the charts and it’s like an overnight fairytale. Contracts, photo shoots, royalties and interviews are heaped onto the shy Zoe and it’s like she’s finally found her place. Then comes the phone call that changes everything. They’ve been asked to co-headline a tour with one of the hottest bands of the moment, The Stabs and Zoe will never be the same again.

Will Strickland is one fourth of the hottest indie rock band to ever grace the airwaves. He’s the bass player in The Stabs, hot as hell and could have his pick of any girl that flings herself at him. But he’s only got eyes for Zoe and she has no idea why he’d bother. She’s got one hell of a trust issue and an attitude to boot and Will seems to be the one who wants to tame her, but is he game enough?

The Devil’s Tattoo and The Stabs go on the road and it’s either going to be a highway to hell or a stairway to heaven. Only time will tell who will come out on top and Zoe’s determined to do it without getting her heart broken… again.”

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Review

The first thing I thought when I finish this book was “I want to listen to some good rock music”. I don’t really know why but I love reading books about bands and rock/heavy-rock music and when I saw The Devil’s Tattoo I knew I had to try be a part of the tour. And good thing I did apply, guys, this book gave me the feels and the chills. And now I’m talking like this… Okay! So, The Devil’s Tattoo is about Zoe, a woman who has been through a difficult situation before (sorry guys, no spoilers in this review!) and found music as a way of finding relief. Turns out she has real talent and her best friend Dee ask her to form a band with him and some friends. Now, the most important thing in this review: how cool of a name is The Devil’s Tattoo. I don’t know if there is a band with this name out there but if not, shame!!! Freaking amazing name for a band I tell you.

Anyway, then appears Will Strickland, the bassist of The Stabs, one of the hottest indie bands out there. Unfortunately, Zoe obviously hates indie music (and guys) because she’s a rock girl through and through. But somehow, she ends up in one of their concerts after being magically attracted to Will after seeing him one night at a bar. Ka-boom, insta-attraction. This I can deal with, it happens, just not insta-love. Since they get signed under the same agency they end up going on the same tour (not gonna tell the details of this, trying to stay away from spoilers but this is unbelievably hard! Okay, so Will has also been attracted to her since that night at the bar and asks to make The Devil’s Tattoo go on tour with the Stabs). And so begins the story of The Devil’s Tattoo and Zoe’s possible new love life.

First of all, I must say, I want a friend like Dee. Just go find me one. He’s amazing, adorable, and one of the best main character’s best friend I have ever read. He’s the one who is always there for her and I like him a lot more than Will but what can we do?

One thing that I really liked about The Devil’s Tattoo was how the author didn’t make the main characters say I love you to each other in every page of the book. Ok, their relationship is not an easy one due to Zoe’s past, however, they never made a huge 180º degree change in personality which is what usually happens in most books. However, even though it was represented well, I didn’t really like Zoe and Will’s relationship. At least not until the end of the book, maybe that’s why I didn’t give this book a 4? Will was the epitome of what I don’t like in a guy sometimes, and Zoe, argh, girl just move on. The past doesn’t make a person entirely. Okay, you were a bit traumatized but Will showed you you can be loved, you can trust people. Just get over with it. I actually liked her certain escape to the museum, it was pretty inspiring and relatable. Also, Zoe, girl, why you put up with Will when he does certain things? These aspects made me feel angry but a good kind of angry? The Devil’s Tattoo might have some frustrating moments but in the next page there is always something that would make my heart melt a little, be it Will’s showing Zoe he loves her, Zoe showing a bit of her past, Dee’s lovely way of protecting his friends or even the funny moments between band members. But I’ve gotta say, my favourite scene, apart from the museum one, is probably the radio interview.

The Devil’s Tattoo proved to be a really addictive contemporary book (I kid you not, I was thinking about the review I’d have to write while reading the book, I just wanted to see how it ended). I recommend it to everyone who likes books about music (YES PLEASE!), yummy guys and a romance that makes you feel all kind of feelings.

3.75 Chibis

 Giveaway

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Prizes:

1 x Swag Pack – inc. The Devil’s Tattoo band t-shirt (choice of size/either vest, men’s tee or womans fitted tee), tote bag, badge, signed postcards and sticker
2 x Signed Postcard Pack and The Devil’s Tattoo Band Sticker
5 x Ebook Copies of The Devil’s Tattoo (mobi or epub)

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Author’s Info:

Nicole

Nicole R. Taylor is an Australian born paranormal, fantasy and contemporary fiction author. She is a graduate of the University of Ballarat Professional Writing and Editing programme and is a former music memorabilia sales person and grocery merchandiser.
She currently lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with a two year old rescue cat named, Burger. She enjoys reading, writing (of course!), traveling and a little too much chocolate. One day she hopes to sky dive, but has to work up the courage first.

The first in her new paranormal fantasy series, The Witch Hunter Saga is available in e-edition and print from March 20th 2013

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October 30th
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October 31st
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Donnie Darko Girl 
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Sofyy’s book review: Stripped by Jasinda Wilder

StrippedStripped by Jasinda Wilder

Published:  August 16th 2013

Publisher:  Self-published

Goodreads:  “So how did I get myself into this situation, you ask? Simple: desperation. When you’re faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you’d imagine. That doesn’t make it easy, though. Oh no. I hate it, in fact. There’s nothing I’d like more than to quit and never go into another bar again, never hear the techno beat pulsing in my ears again, never feel the lecherous gazes of horny men again.Then, one day, I meet a man. He’s in my club, front and center. He watches me do my routine, and his gaze is full of hunger. Not the kind of desire I’m used to though. It’s something different. Something hotter, deeper, and more possessive. I know who he is; of course I do. Everyone knows who Dawson Kellor is. He’s People Magazine’s Sexiest Man alive. He’s the hottest actor in Hollywood. He’s the man hand-picked for the role of Rhett Butler in the long-awaited remake of Gone With the Wind. 

He’s the kind of man who can have any woman in the entire world with a mere crook of his finger. So what’s he doing looking at me like he has to have me? And how do I resist him when he looks at me with those intoxicating, changeable, quicksilver eyes? I’m a virgin, and he’s an American icon of male sexuality. I’m a stripper, and he’s a man used to getting anything and everything he wants. And he wants me. I know I should say no, I know he’s the worst kind of player…but what my mind knows, my body and my heart may not.And then things get complicated.”

Review

This was the first book I’d ever read by Jasinda Wilder.

First of all, I feel the need to say that I don’t like the cover, it makes the book look…cheap? I can’t seem to find a better word to describe it.

Second, I really liked the main characters!!!

Meet Dawson Kellor, one of the most famous actors ever, heart-throb, man-candy, pure hotness, God on earth, etc, this man is pure PERFECTION! He’s currently my fictional boyfriend, I mean, how could I just not fall for him? This man has everything!

Grey Amundsen is a young-woman who loves to dance and wishes to work in the movie industry in the future. Unfortunately, after her mom’s death and her father not allowing her to make her dream come true, she leaves her little home town and moves to the big city to go to university. There she faces a lot of hardships; she doesn’t have much money to pay for her degree, for her little apartment and her food. As such, she starts searching for a job. But she finds none, except for a crappy job at a strip club (even I have to admit this sounds too surreal, not to mention ridiculous, I mean, SERIOUSLY, a STRIP CLUB?!) Anyway, on one of her shifts she meets Dawson Kellor, the movie star.

The relationship between the two of them goes too fast, it’s like “Hey I just met you, but damn, I love you already”… In the past I would’ve really loved to read this, but now, after reading so many insta-love stories, ehh, idk, just makes me feel that the love between them is not real. I guess love has to be built by getting to know each other little by little, but the love between them blooms so fast that I felt uneasy towards it, I just expected to later find out something terrible about Dawson. But no… all hearts and flowers… Sure, they do face some problems… paparazzi, weird drunkard (this last one always happens, always!). Perhaps it’s me who has changed and now wants to read something that will change me.

Overall, this book is good, I don’t question that, but with this story, Jasinda could’ve written something a lot better.

3 Chibis

Book Review: Fracture The Spider’s Web by Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis

Fracture the Spider's Web (The Marionettes of Myth, #2)

Fracture the Spider’s Web by Sarah Godfrey and Victoria DeRubeis (blog)

Series:  The Marionettes Myth Saga (#2)

Published: September 1st 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Goodreads: “Even gods can be killed. The sword of Ra had finally responded to Kali’s command—just in time for her to spear her sister, Solara, through the heart. Kali then bled out. Her life ended. When her eyes next opened, she was in an underground hospital, and she wasn’t in possession of her own body.
Toivo and Carmi can only wait under Ave and Elliot’s roof, desperate for news. All they know is that Solara’s body was recovered, but Kali’s is missing, and the funeral for their fathers is nearing. With their family broken and interspecies warfare brewing, the brothers will have to reconcile their grief and do what it takes to keep from losing Kali a second time. They won’t be alone, and they won’t be unchallenged.
But the real war has already begun. Toivo is struck with a mysterious illness, Yuuhi’s vampire parents are calling, and Jason must understand Ares’ motivations, or lose to them. In the end, each of them might just be at the mercy of the hand that holds Ra—or the hands that pull on the web of marionette strings.
Their decisions can stop the war, or ignite it.”

Review

*This review will contain spoilers for book 1 of the series as well as some HIDDEN spoilers for this book.*

Holy shit. Sorry, this was completely necessary to describe my feelings for Fracture the Spider’s Web. Wow, just wow, I really liked Dance in Shadow and Whisper (book 1) but I have to say, this one is even better.

First of all, the feels, oh the feels. So much happens on this book! So, by the end of Dance in Shadow and Whisper, Kali had lost her body to Amon after fighting her own sister. We never found out how that happened or how the situation got all messed up all of a sudden but things went apeshit by the end of that book. We have all the answers in Fracture the Spider’s Web. I’ll try not to spoil much of the book but, come on, it’s kind of difficult not to spill some spoilers when talking about the continuation of a story. Anyway, So Amon finally managed to reincarnate and apparently, so did Ares, his rival. However, not everything is what it seems. I must be honest, I was completely lost at the beginning of the book because I thought some things had happened but, apparently, they hadn’t? I’m not really making much sense, am I?… Well, this book messed up with my mind so you get to deal with all my rambled thoughts now. Really, I tried so many times to predict things and to figure out the reasons why certain characters did what they did and failed so SO many times that I reached a point when I just gave up on trying to get and got completely immersed and engrossed in the story. Since the story is written in various POVs let’s just say that I lived many lives while reading FtSW.

About the actual plot and characters now. I felt like FtSW had a solid, simple (while complex) plotline. So many things happen at the same time: romance appears or grows between some characters (talking about that later on, of course), war schemes are on the making, traps are set, funerals break my heart, even more characters appear while others make their importance known… Your brain will be trying to figure things out while your heart is breaking or you’re laughing hysterically. Hmm this feels like deja vu for me: “book that will leave you laughing hysterically  or crying your heart out” (Review of Dance in Shadow and Whisper)

The funeral scene was definitely the most heart wrenching scene. I wasn’t going to talk about it but I think it’s one of the most powerful scenes in FtSW. The siblings fathers’ were so important for them. Even Solara. After what she had done, they still couldn’t stop thinking about them. True sad scene.

I talked before about big characters’ development. The biggest change we see is in Kali. I remember her as being a weak heroine. Sure, towards the end of book 1 she had changed some but the new Kali in FtSW is really a NEW Kali. She is confident, she is powerful, she is brave. We don’t see her shyness in here. No, no. Actually, it seems like she might have developed some sassyness. Maybe that’s Amon’s influence? I don’t know but I really liked this new Kali, I really did. (And I think Yuuhi did, too *cough*cough* ). I also loved Amon’s Kali. So awesome!

Tovio and Carmi also changed some, There were some revelations about Tovio that took me off guard. I did not expect them and I don’t know how those new aspects will play out in the next book but I am anxious to find out. It gives a new shift in the story and will make so many things change. Argh, how did it come to this?? Carmi is still my favourite character besides Yuuhi (coming yo him in a bit). Oh boy, big surprise with Carmi. I knew something would happen to him. I just knew it! Still bad-mouthed as ever, of course. He is extremely smart and can never throw his own thoughts in every discussion. I… I just love him ahaha.

Yuuhi is still the same as ever. HOWEVER, we found out that he and Ave had a past together and we didn’t know what would happen now that they had got in contact again. You should know that I’m a huge Kali-Yuuhi shipper. Yup, I never wanted Kali-Jason but things were so complicated on the first book that we never found out how everyone felt about each other. Well, we have some couples here! I won’t say who they are but be prepared for being shocked ibysome scenes, betrayed in other and all fuzzy in some. Great romance developments in this book (I’m a romance sucker). Jason kind of disappears in the first third of the book, we all think of him as Ares but some things happen and blah blah and then Ares does stuff and everything becomes complicated all over again. He is a really complex character and I’m really glad that we got some answers about his past and his personality.

Ares and Amon’s war is another thing that threw me completely. You know how they say everything is because of a woman? Well, that is the case in here. I won’t say much, just that some things, well, weren’t really what I had planned and I loved their relationship by the end, if we can even say that. As I said, it was all very complicated. I can only tell you to read the book if you want to understand what I mean. Many characters get involved in this, some reveal their true objectives, others become even more mysterious (Eliot). Cassius plays a bigger role in this book and be sure to remember some strange characters that might slip your mind (I didn’t even thought of them I admit) because they will surprise you.

All in all, Fracture the Spider’s Web was a book that gave me the feels and that went beyond my expectations. It didn’t end with a cliffhanger, it did however, leave me with the feeling of anticipation. I can’t wait to see how the seemingly eminent war will break out or how the relationships between characters will develop. More Golden Boy please!! I wanted to talk about so many things but then this would turn into a book talk. Maybe I’ll do one of those later on. Maybe. Anyway. Amazing book, beautiful story. I’m ready for book 3!

My body is ready - Sanji

5 Chibis

*Fracture the Spider’s Web was provided by the authors in exchange of a honest review. Thank youuu :3*

We’re back!

So, if you follow our blog you know that even though me and Sofyy don’t post a loooottt in a month we have been kind of MIA this month. Well, we’re back! I’ve been having some technical problems: PC died, mice are living in my ceiling and chewing on stuff (I’m not kidding, I had mice in my ceiling. They’re gone now), etc. Also, this year in college has been revealed to be more demanding and I had to catch up to a lot of stuff I was leaving behind. Fear not! I have already solved all this problems and have the time and possibility to be faithful to my blog again.

And that’s it for today! Tomorrow we’ll start with the former routine, I’ll be posting Fracture the Spider’s Web’s review and then other stuff that have been piling up on my to-do-for-blog list.

Thanks for reading our silly posts and I hope you continue finding them amusing and useful (or not useful at all 😉 ).

Blitz: Come as You are by Theresa Weir + GIVEAWAY!

ComeasYouAreCome as You Are by Theresa Weir
Publication date: September 20th 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

“New Adult Romance by RITA winner and New York Times author Theresa Weir
Molly Young has a secret. To keep it she holds the world at a distance. Behind her lies a trail of dumped boyfriends who came too close to discovering what no one can know. When her estranged father dies of an unexpected heart attack he leaves an even deeper secret, one tied to Molly’s.
At the funeral repast Molly is unable to tolerate the shoulder-to-shoulder mourners and runs out the door and down the street to the nearest bar. Come dawn, with no memory of the past ten hours, she finds herself in bed with a beautiful stranger. She slips away before he wakes up, unaware of the role he’s about to play in her life. Is he the one guy who can convince Molly to face her painful secret and become the person she’s meant to be?”

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Q&A

Q: Come As You Are in the title of a Nirvana song. What does the song have to do with the book?

 Theresa: A lot. I went back and forth about mentioning Nirvana in the blurb for Come As You Are. I decided against it after reading the article going around about the twenty-something girl who’d recently written a letter to Nirvana, asking if they could play at…homecoming, maybe? And so I thought I’d better not mention Nirvana. Maybe younger readers don’t know much about Nirvana. But reviewers are mentioning the band, and that’s good! Yes, there’s definitely a strong Nirvana…center.

 The weird thing is that I had no idea In Utero was being reissued this year until the book was almost done. That was just serendipity. Molly, the heroine, even writes a story for one of her University of Minnesota classes about the recording of In Utero.

 There are other musical nods in the book, some obscure and some not so obscure. There’s one line in particular that I’ve wondered if people will get, and it’s in reference to Big Star. If you pick up on it let me know.

Q: How did you happen to write this book?

 Theresa: About seven or eight years ago I asked my then editor what she thought about my writing a book, not about high-school kids (she’d mentioned a YA to me), but about twenty-something college students. Because I could definitely see myself doing that.  She said there was no market for books featuring people in their twenties, and those people didn’t have time to read anyway.

 Enter the New Adult genre.

 Back when I wrote romance fulltime some readers complained that my writing was too full of angst and the characters were too wounded, so New Adult seemed a logical place for me.

 Angst aside, I never went to college so I have a particular fascination with college life. I suppose a romanticized fascination.  And I love that age.  Plus, I recently wrote a novella called The Girl with the Cat Tattoo that got great reviews and notice. And in thinking about that book… It almost felt a bit NA even though it didn’t really contain all of the elements and the main characters were a little bit too old — in their early thirties. But Melody could have easily been an NA character. And the follow-up book, The Geek with the Cat Tattoo, features people in their late twenties. So I was kind of dancing on the fringes of NA, but just didn’t know it.

Q: What are you working on now?

 Theresa: I hope to get the second cat book done within a few months, and I have an Anne Frasier suspense called Stay Dead (sequel to Play Dead) coming out in April. And I’m considering writing another NA, this one featuring Rose, Molly’s best friend from Come As You Are. Oh, and I’m thinking about writing another suspense in my Dead series. So many ideas; not enough time.

Giveaways!

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Author’s Info

Theresa

Theresa Weir (a.k.a. Anne Frasier) is an award-winning NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of twenty-three books and numerous short stories that have spanned the genres of suspense, mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, and memoir. Her titles have been printed in both hardcover and paperback and translated into twenty languages. Her memoir, The Orchard, was a 2011 Oprah Magazine Fall Pick, Number Two on the Indie Next list, a featured B+ review in Entertainment Weekly, and a Librarians’ Best Books of 2011. Going back to 1988, Weir’s debut title was the cult phenomenon AMAZON LILY, initially published by Pocket Books and later reissued by Bantam Books. Writing as Theresa Weir she won a RITA for romantic suspense (COOL SHADE), and a year later the Daphne du Maurier for paranormal romance (BAD KARMA). In her more recent Anne Frasier career, her thriller and suspense titles hit the USA Today list (HUSH, SLEEP TIGHT, PLAY DEAD) and were featured in Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club. HUSH was both a RITA and Daphne du Maurier finalist. Well-known in the mystery community, she served as hardcover judge for the Thriller presented by International Thriller Writers, and was guest of honor at the Diversicon 16 mystery/science fiction conference held in Minneapolis in 2008. Frasier books have received high praise from print publications such as Publishers Weekly, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Crimespree, as well as online praise from Spinetingler, Book Loons, Armchair Interviews, Sarah Weinman’s Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, and Ali Karim’s Shots Magazine. Her books have featured cover quotes from Lisa Gardner, Jane Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Kay Hooper, and J.A. Konrath. Her short stories and poetry can be found in DISCOUNT NOIR, ONCE UPON A CRIME, and THE LINEUP, POEMS ON CRIME. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

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Short Reviews #3

Short Reviews is a feature in where I write really really small reviews of books I’ve read sometime ago because I simply haven’t had the time to write a full review for them. This time I review Shut Out, Sloppy Firsts and Going Under.

Shut OutShut Out by Kody Keplinger

I love Kody Keplinger. I admit it, I’m obsessed with her novels! I even used The DUFF in a presentation for a group project at university. Shut Out didn’t disappoint. It was funny, ok, sometimes it was downright hilarious. Others it made me want to cry or scream at Lissa. She did some really stupid things but that’s what made her more real. I obviously loved Cash (yeesh!) and felt like Randy should have been thrown across the Atlantic.
All in all, it was a great book!

4 Chibis

Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, #1)

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty 

This was a strange book for me. I liked some parts but then I there were times when I just couldn’t help feeling anything but bored.
On the bright side, I actually could relate myself to the main character, Jessica.

“The crazy thing is, the higher my GPA gets, the more I realize that high school is useless. I’m serious. I forget everything I’m supposed to have learned immediately after the test. For example, I got back a Chemistry quiz I took last week. I nailed a 95. But when I looked over the formulas today, they meant nothing to me. All subjects are the same. I memorize notes for a test, spew it, ace it, then forget it.”

Come on, this happens to almost everyone!

And I absolutely loved Marcus! Just plain dreamy!

3.5 Chibis

Going Under

Going Under by S. Walden

Going Under made me feel many things. This is actually a very difficult book for me to rate given that while I loved the story sometimes I just couldn’t understand Brooklyn’s actions. The book is beautiful in a way but very irritating! I might up the rating, I just have to think about it for a little bit more.

3 Chibis