The Super Spies and the Pied Piper (Book #3) by Lisa Orchard

Story: Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the in-vestigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

Our Rating: 4 out of 5 corporate stars

Review: The girls are at it again in the third installment of The Super Spies series. This book begins a week after the Super Spies solved their last case of the High School Bomber. In The Super Spies and the Pied Piper we enter a whole new adventure that will have you sitting at the edge of your seat. The story is just as good as the other two. Every character is so well developed, and you actually believe you really know them. We really feel as we are not only going on these investigations with them, but are also watching them grow up. (Give us moment to gush over our spies.) This time it’s Sarah’s turn to get a love interest, Alex. They are so cute together. Reminded us of the relationship Lacey had in the second book. Now don’t think all this romance takes away from the action. It’s just as intense in this book, and will have turning pages.  A lot of questions get answered, which we love of course. If you are fan of mystery or just a really good series, you have to read this one. It really is for all ages. We can’t wait for the next one.

So grab your friends and read The Super Spies and the Pied Piper

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**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review**

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Boyfriend of The Week: July 15th to 21st

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Our new boyfriend of the week is Jordan from Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt. Jordan might break your heart, but he has his reasons. He will travel with you across the country. He could become a bit jealous but only if you give him a reason to. Jordan is sweet and will sacrifice his happiness to protect you. He will hold your hand when you need him to and his kisses will drive you wild. Above all, Jordan will make you fall in love with him. Get to know Jordan, he’ll make your heart skip a beat.

Author’s Corner: T.A. Brock

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We are so excited to be part of T.A. Brock book blog tour. We got to know T.A. Brock through our interview with her. I hope you all enjoy this interview as much as we did.

What is Fatal about?

Fatal, at its heart, is a story about learning to love yourself. A story about accepting others despite their differences. A story about what it truly means to be human. If you think that sounds heavy, it’s not. Expect bad jokes, sarcasm, an interesting encounter in the men’s bathroom *wink, wink* and everything you ever thought about zombies being turned inside out.

What was your inspiration for this book?

Well, I love the TV show, The Walking Dead. I like how it addresses the tougher issues of a zombie invasion, how it questions the character’s humanity. And at the time, there weren’t any zombie books out there that were DIFFERENT. You know, something other than slavering, rotting, reanimated corpses. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just thought it would be totally cool to have a new take on the typical zombie. That’s how Fatal was born.

We know this is a story about zombies but are any of the characters or parts of the story based on real people or events?

Sadly, no. Fatal hales from so far into my imagination that even the town the story takes place in is fictional. That being said, it is the type of story where everything seems kind of real. No high fantasy or anything like that. Even the paranormal parts (the zombies) are sort of real. Or at least more real than you might expect them to be!

Who was your favorite character to develop?

Definitely Peg. She’s so spunky and different and sure of herself. She’s the complete opposite of the book’s heroine, Cori, and I really enjoyed the juxtaposition. I loved Peg because I could personally relate to her so well. She likes color. I like color. She’s busy. I’m busy! You get the picture.

When did you become interested in writing?

It’s always been a dream of mine to write stories. Like from the age of… birth? I made up stories in my head when I was very little. Complete with characters, plot arcs, and sappy endings (apparently I was always going to be a romance fan, even at six years old). But it wasn’t until I was twenty six (four years ago—eek! Now you know how old I am) that I actually put any of my stories on paper. Prior to that they were just part of my congested mind.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Only one. I reeeeally need music to keep me on track. It’s my ultimate writing block breaker. Those times when I can’t seem to wrap my mind around what a certain character is thinking or how they might react to a situation, I reach for my sound files and suddenly I’m right there with them. It’s magic, really. For FATAL there was a song by Skillet (Never Surrender) that put me into Grayson’s perspective.

What word do you always have trouble spelling?

Oh geez, this one’s easy. For the life of me, I can’t seem to spell ‘necessarily’. Sometimes (like right now) I mess it up so badly that my spell checker doesn’t even recognize it. Also, while writing FATAL I misspelled Aiken’s name EVERY time. Like my fingers had memorized the wrong way to type it or something. I would spell it Akien instead.

What author inspired you to write?

Dude, there are so many. I find it hard to name just one. Early on, I was a huge fan of Francine Pascal and her Sweet Valley series. In high school I fell in love with the classics. Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Victor Hugo, and Jane Austen were some of my favorites. Later on, I became fascinated with the paranormal. Stephenie Meyer, Claudia Grey, and Gena Showalter. Oh my gosh, and Suzanne Collins. There are too MANY!!!

Which authors inspire you today?

I know this will sound icky but… every author bold enough to let others read their work is an inspiration to me. Now that I know how terrifyingly traumatic it really is to open your book to perfect strangers, I look at authors in a completely different light. My stories are my creations. Almost like I’ve given birth to a paper child (now I’m picturing my book cut into the shape of a baby… but whatever). I think it must be similar to letting your child go off to college. Once your story is out there, you can’t protect it anymore. You have to let it have its life.

What advice do you have for anyone who would like to be an author?

The only advice I have to offer is the same thing I tell myself over and over: 1) write a lot. Even when you don’t feel like it. 2) Write what you want/like. Don’t think about what others will like. Write for you. 3) Make it fun. If you’re having fun writing, it will show in your work. AND you won’t ever get bored!

What are you working on now?

My priority right now is finishing up Lethal, the sequel to FATAL. This story follows Peg and Aiken (spelled it wrong AGAIN) and also answers some BIG questions about Grayson and Cori’s future. Buuuuut since I’m a bit of a spaz writer and can’t seem to stay focused on one project, I’m also working on a twisty turny choose-your-own-adventure style book!!!

If you could have one superpower which one would it be and why?

Would the ability to make a baby sleep through the night count? Is that a superpower? If not, it should be. Can you imagine all the moms and dads around the world I could help out? They could call me Sleepywoman. But if I had to choose a REAL superpower I guess it would be flying. Because in the words of Eleanor (from Eleanor and Park), “I know it’s not very useful but… It’s FLYING.”

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Make sure to check out Fatal

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Our Review will be up soon.

3 Days by Krista Madden

Story: Kara Laquin wanted nothing more than to forget. Forget the past, live in the present, and ignore the future. When a massive solar flare destroys all electronics and throws the country into chaos, Kara is nearly a whole state away from her lost love, Blaine. He can wait only three days before moving on. With access to fuel limited, she must do anything necessary to get to him before he is forced to move on, but society is crumbling around her. Looters and murderers prowl the cities during the day, and something even worse roams at night.

Our Rating: 4 out of 5 solar flaring stars

Review: Okay we have to start this review with a warning, this book starts off really slow you might want to give up on it but trust us don’t. Krista is an amazing writer. She takes you on adventure you have never been on before. Kara and Blaine are wonderful characters. Their friendship is very believable, and nice to see them grow under their circumstances. They quickly implant themselves in your heart. Jared is also a remarkable character. We want a friend like him. The three of them together seem like they can conquer anything. Their sense of humor will make you laugh, and the way they take care of each other will make you want to hug them. Together they must survive after a solar flare hit. In fact Kara must find her way back to Blaine and Jared in three days, but she finds many obstacles that try to stop her. These obstacles a.k.a. the intruders will give you the creeps. Just the word “intruders” makes you want to hide. The ending left us wanting more. We feel like we will not be able to breathe right until the next part comes out. This book will make you laugh, cringe, and cheer. It’s an amazing ride you will not want to end.

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So find your favorite reading spot and read 3 Days

 

**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review. **

Battle of the Book Boyfriend (round 2)

This is the fifth and last match in round two in our battle to find the best boyfriend of the week from 2012. Each winner will move on to round three, which will begin in three days. So now enjoy our final battle of the book boyfriends in the second round. But first here is why we picked these three boyfriends:

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Sebastian is the type of guy that can teach how to reel a guy in (AKA: The Hook-up Doctor.) Sebastian might think he’s God gift to girls, but he has a heart of gold when it come to his friends. He is very charming and will get inside your heart even if you don’t want him to. He might be afraid of love, but he’s not afraid to hug his mom. Sebastian may come off cocky but his heart will make you fall for him.

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Wes can easily be the guy of your dreams. Okay, so he served time, but it wasn’t for anything big. Wes is the type of guy that can be series one moment and goofy the very next moment. He’ll become your best friend first. Wes will know almost everything about you, since his favorite game is truth. Wes will hold your hand when you need him to, and will make you realize the boyfriend you do have is a total jerk. We love Wes, but who doesn’t love the artsy type that can make garbage into beautiful art?

 

Finn is the type of guy that will carry you in his arms while zombies chase you. He’s your best friend, but you can quickly fall in love with him. He might have a jerk for a brother and secretes about his family, but his crooked smile will make you forget the end of the world is occurring. Finn will protect and fight along side you. He will hold you in his arms when you need him too and won’t think any less of you when you’ show up in “mom” jeans. He is amazing and will make your heart melt when it’s not full of fear. If you haven’t met Finn yet, you must. You will not only fall in love with him, but also all the other characters.

 

 

 

Battle of the Book Boyfriend (round 2)

Round two starts today in our battle to find the best boyfriend of the week from 2012. We will bring you a new match every three days. Each winner will move on to round three. So now enjoy our first battle of the book boyfriend in the second round. But first here is why we picked these three boyfriends:

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John After  is caring, loving, and even moody at times but we still love him. Especially his love for Meg. He is one cop we would love to pull us over.

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It’s hard to say why, without giving any of the surprises away. Let’s just say we picked him for his perfect eyes, hair, body, and heart. He looks after Lily in a way no one else can. He can make us drool in a way no other character has. You must get to know Eli.

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He treats Belly better and is not so moody. As much as we loved Conrad in The Summer I turned Pretty, in the second book it’s all about Jeremiah. He’s the one that’s makes us melt.

Robin in the Hood by Diane J. Reed

Story: 15-year-old Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth. They’re broke. And everyone from bankers to bookies has come to collect. His only saving grace is what he reveals to Robin in between drools: He truly does love her, in spite of all his mistakes. Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank. Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy.

Our rating: 5 out of 5 stealing stars

Review: We are all standing up and applauding Robin. She has to be one of the most fun characters we have had the pleasure of meeting.She has so much spunk you can’t help loving her. We love that even though she seems to be strong and witty, she still acts like a fifteen year old. Oh, and there’s Creek. A bad boy with mushy side that’s exactly the type of guy we love. We enjoyed the connection between Robin and Creek. Yes they both do rob ATMs, banks, and other places but under the circumstances you learn to forgive them. We really had fun reading about all the ways they come up with to do the robberies, even the ones that don’t workout. Diane does an amazing job describing each scene, you begin to believe you are in Turtle Shores. We had fun reading about the trailer park and all it’s residents. A place where Robin never thought she would end up at, which teaches her about love and what family is all about. Robin uncovers some family secretes and her connection to the trailer park. Diane is a wonderful writer and knows exactly how to keep the reader turning the pages. This book is so much fun to read. It will make you laugh out loud and win your heart over.

So sit in your favorite spot and read Robin in the Hood.

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