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EVERYBODY KNOWS by Kyra Lennon

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, Kyra Lennon, for an honest review.

Genre: Adult/Romance/Fiction

Plot: Lucy Hayes has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to go on tour with the UK’s fastest rising rock band, Razes Hell.

Lucy Hayes has been in love with Razes Hell’s frontman, Jason Brooks, for as long as she can remember. While most women see him only as a rock god, Lucy sees the real Jason. But will that be enough to make him see her as the adult she is, or is she destined to remain the baby sister of his best friend forever?

When Lucy bags an invite to join Razes Hell on their Europe and U.S tour, she is under no illusions about where she fits in Jason’s life. She’s the girl next door, too young to ever catch his attention. However, when Lucy is the first to notice Jason’s struggle to keep his cocaine addiction in check while out on the road, the pair grow closer, and Lucy thinks she might be about to make her dreams come true.

But how can it ever work out? With an age gap against them, not to mention concerned family and friends stating their opinions, and the media turning something beautiful into something sinister, they are fighting an impossible battle.

Everybody Knows there’s something between Lucy and Jason, but will their feelings be enough to keep them afloat, or will their feelings tear apart everything they hold dear?

Opinion: This is book 2 in the Razes Hell series by Kyra Lennon, and it is GREAT! After reading book 1, Nobody Knows, I wasn’t sure if I was going to really enjoy reading book 2. After book 1 centering around Ellie Hayes (the best friend of the lead singer and drummer of the band Razes Hell) and her blooming relationship with her best friend Drew, I wasn’t quite sure if Everybody Knows was going to center around Ellie again. Let me just say, I am very excited that the author decided to take a different direction for this book and have it center on Ellie’s little sister, Lucy.

In book 1, Nobody Knows, readers followed Ellie Hayes as she traveled with the band Razes Hell and was swept up in the drama that comes with being in the public eye. Due to Ellie living next door to two of the brothers from the band, they all became very close and involved in each others families and lives. Soon Ellie starts to develop feelings for the older brother and drummer Drew, even though she had had a small past with the lead singer Jason when she was younger. Nobody Knows eventually wrapped up with Ellie and Drew fighting through several hardships to be together, including Jason’s addiction to cocaine. Now, about a year later, Lucy Hayes has been given the opportunity to follow in her older sisters footsteps and go on tour with Razes Hell. Though Lucy’s parents and her sister are worried that her “secret” feelings for Jason might cause problems during the month that they travel, they agree that it is an amazing opportunity for her. But soon her feelings for Jason start to become more than a secret crush, and Jason finds himself having to fight harder to overcome his addiction.

This was a definite improvement compared to book 1, Nobody Knows. I had found Ellie and Drew’s relationship to be rather dramatic and annoying. It was very hard for me to stay with a lead male character that seemed to be winning and needing attention the entire book. So obviously, I was a little weary about reading book 2, Everybody Knows. Well thank goodness I put my weariness aside and went for it, because I really enjoyed it! I loved the characters of Lucy and Jason and that I was able to get to know them more. Though Jason and Lucy are the younger siblings of Drew and Ellie, it is QUITE hilarious that they are much more mature and level headed. The character of Jason has come a long way since the selfish addict he was in Nobody Knows, and I found it refreshing to know that he could prove so many people wrong.

The relationship between Jason and Lucy plays both on being a fondness for each other that stems from childhood, as well as an attraction and connection that they share. Lucy is one of the few people in Jason’s life that actually believes he can overcome his addiction and change, and I think his character really latches on to that support. I found Lucy to be endearing, sweet, and very mature for a woman of nineteen. The fact that she is more accepting and forgiving than her older sister is kind of surprising, but that made me love her charter that much more. I think the story wrapped up perfectly and I am so glad there wasn’t a completely similar conflict like there was in book 1.Though the age difference tween Jason and Lucy becomes a conflict in the story, I didn’t mind it what so ever and thought that it worked for them.

The pace in this story is perfect, nothing is rushed and nothing feels left unsaid or forgotten about. I think readers will find it very easy to become attached to Lucy and Jason, and will be sad when the story comes to an end…just like I was! Please to be aware that there is one adult scene in the book, but it isn’t highly graphic and shouldn’t make you uncomfortable if you don’t like that in a story. Compared to book 1, this was an absolute improvement and I think the author is really coming into her own with her writing style. i am interested to see what else she comes out with!

4 Stars

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EVERYBODY KNOWS by Kyra Lennon RELEASE BLITZ!!

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Everybody Knows

Razes Hell #2

by Kyra Lennon

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Synopsis

Lucy Hayes has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to go on tour with the UK’s fastest rising rock band, Razes Hell.

Lucy Hayes has been in love with Razes Hell’s frontman, Jason Brooks, for as long as she can remember. While most women see him only as a rock god, Lucy sees the real Jason. But will that be enough to make him see her as the adult she is, or is she destined to remain the baby sister of his best friend forever?
When Lucy bags an invite to join Razes Hell on their Europe and U.S tour, she is under no illusions about where she fits in Jason’s life. She’s the girl next door, too young to ever catch his attention. However, when Lucy is the first to notice Jason’s struggle to keep his cocaine addiction in check while out on the road, the pair grow closer, and Lucy thinks she might be about to make her dreams come true.
But how can it ever work out? With an age gap against them, not to mention concerned family and friends stating their opinions, and the media turning something beautiful into something sinister, they are fighting an impossible battle.

Everybody Knows there’s something between Lucy and Jason, but will their feelings be enough to keep them afloat, or will their feelings tear apart everything they hold dear?

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Author Bio

Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go in November.

Author’s Social Links

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Website – http://www.kyralennon.com

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SPELLED by Betsy Schow

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Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Fantasy

Plot:

Fairy Tale Survival Rule #32: If you find yourself at the mercy of a wicked witch, sing a romantic ballad and wait for your Prince Charming to save the day.

Yeah, no thanks. Dorthea is completely princed out. Sure being the crown princess of Emerald has its perks—like Glenda Original ball gowns and Hans Christian Louboutin heels. But a forced marriage to the not-so-charming prince Kato is so not what Dorthea had in mind for her enchanted future.

Talk about unhappily ever after.

Trying to fix her prince problem by wishing on a (cursed) star royally backfires, leaving the kingdom in chaos and her parents stuck in some place called “Kansas.” Now it’s up to Dorthea and her pixed off prince to find the mysterious Wizard of Oz and undo the curse…before it releases the wickedest witch of all and spells The End for the world of Story.

Opinion: This book was FANTASTIC!! It is The Wizard of Oz, mixed with Alice in Wonderland, sprinkled with a dash of Disney princess stories and baked together with a little bit of every fairy-tale you know. But this story really “takes the cake” with how creative it is with the story line and the lingo each character uses.

Dorthea is one spoiled princess of Emerald, and very used to getting her way. Except for the fact that she is unable to leave her palace, ever, just like each Emerald princess before her for the fear that the curse that was placed on them years ago would come into action. But after Dorthea’s parents (the King and Queen of Emerald) inform her that she must marry Prince Kato, a prince she was not fond of upon their first meeting, things start to take a turn for the worst. After Dorthea is given a cursed star to wish upon (unbeknownst to her) she ends up changing the entire realm of Story and taking away all the rules. Now that the evil witch Griz is after Dorthea, Kato and a servant girl named Rexi come to her aid and try to fight to turn things back to normal.

“Who needs parents when a land of adventure awaits? Once you find a fair or two, you’ll never never miss em.”

– Neverland Orphanage Handbook

This series got me HOOKED, line, sinker, and now I have happily drowned in the world of Story. There are a lot of fairy tale remakes coming out right now, especially because of the television show Once Upon a Time and the musical Wicked giving us new twists on the stories. Betsy Schow did a wonderful job of twisting the standard Wizard of Oz tale into an action packed fantasy adventure with an entirely new twist. After Dorthea royally screws up the world of Story, making her home and family disappear, she must fight through different lands to find a fix. Not only does Prince Kato tag along, but he turns into a chimera which happens to be the creatures he rules over. I found the relationship between Dorthea and Kato to be, quite hilarious. Not only is this Prince trying to marry Dorthea (for reasons that I will not spoil) but now he has turned into a full blown beast. Their back and forth banter was highly enjoyable, but the character of Rexi was really who stole the “sarcasm show”. I absolutely loved Rexi’s character from start to finish, and I am so glad that she was involved in this story to help Dorthea.

The author went the extra mile to put little exerts from made up books and magazines at the beginning of every chapter as well (as you will see above and below), which really made the story feel well imagined and real. Each chapter also starts out with a quirky title like “Dream a Little Nightmare for Me” or “It’s a Big World After All”. I love when an author really puts it ALL into their writing, and I definitely feel like Betsy Schow did just that. Apart from the amazing plot and the characters, the lingo that they used was hilarious. “Pixed” was a favorite for most of the characters, which I assume is some sort of form of “pissed” or a curse word. I am not really sure, but I love it nonetheless.

“It’s not really a party until a fight breaks out an all seven dwarfs are passed out underneath the punch bowl.”

-Excerpt from “How to Have a Blast at Your Next Ball” in Fairy Vogue

All in all, this book is so SO GREAT. I cannot wait for there to be a sequel, and there better be one! If you love the Wizard of Oz tale but love the strange creatures and amazing adventure from Alice in Wonderland, then you will go crazy for this book! This isn’t one of those books that is hot and heavy in the romance between characters, it is all about the story and the turmoil wrapped up in it! I HIGHLY recommend this book, I read it in one day so you know it has to be good!

5 Stars

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REST IN PEACE by Bob Kat

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, Bob Kat, for an honest review.

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Adventure/Mystery

Plot: You don’t have to believe in ghosts…until you meet one.

Once again Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey are listening to the Spirit Radio when they hear a cry for help from a mother whose four-year-old daughter, Emma went missing in the middle of a busy lobby at the infamous Stanley Hotel. But time traveling back to 1911 is a lot more complicated than the three trips they had taken earlier in the summer. They have to find appropriate clothes and figure out a way to pay for their stay. When they hear about a tragic fire that hurt several hotel employees, the teens take advantage of the hotel’s desperation and get jobs working as lady’s maids and houseboys so they can keep an eye on Emma and her family.

Even though they know that The Stanley Hotel is possibly the most haunted place in the U.S., the four teenagers are a little creeped out when they hear ghostly children running in the halls, singing songs and even a mysterious ball that keeps showing up in their room. How could a hotel that is only two years old already be haunted? Most importantly, how can they stop Emma from becoming one of the ghosts that are trapped inside the luxurious hotel?

Midway through their first summer together, they celebrate the Fourth of July twice in one year. As they try to figure out the mystery of Emma’s disappearance, they bump into some famous people and experience several historical events. But ultimately, it’s their trust in each other and the friendship that has been forged by two unique experiences no one else on the planet has ever done…talk with dead people and time travel to the past. Their first trip back to 1966 had stopped the murder of a teenager from their school. Their next trip to 1980 had tested their courage as they were brought face-to-face with a man who was determined to murder an entire family. Their last trip to 1927 had saved the life of a handsome young man who had run away to a traveling circus. Zoey, the former mean girl of South Beach High School, suffered her first heartbreak by falling in love with a man from the wrong century.

Back in 1911 there are no TV news crawlers or Amber Alerts like we see along the interstate highways today. Instead, Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey must try to be in the right place at the right time to stop the tragedy of Emma’s disappearance from happening. They follow her and her family around while enjoying life among the rich and famous. They arrive as skeptics, but leave as believers when all four teens have ghostly encounters. Kelly and Austin grow closer as they share fireworks shows, first on the sand in Fort Myers Beach and second on a blanket in the Rocky Mountains. But is their romance doomed almost as soon as it began?

When their plans go wrong, they face their first defeat. The same danger that takes Emma now threatens the teens when one of their own is captured in a killer’s web. Will they be able to save Emma? Or will they join her as permanent guests in the ghostly halls of The Stanley Hotel?

Opinion: This is book 4 in the CUL8R series, and definitely my favorite one so far. I don’t know if it’s because of the paranormal themes, because it is set in the early 1900’s, or because our characters travel back in time to solve a mystery at a famous hotel…but MY OH MY did I read through this book like crazy.

In book 4, our group of time travelers decide to risk their lives again in the hopes of saving another life. After hearing the voice of a woman pleading for her child to be found over their Spirit Radio, the teens find themselves traveling through time to 1911 to help a young girl named Emma at the famous Stanley Hotel. As the four work hard to make sure Emma doesn’t fall into the same fate as before, they each ensure to keep a close watch on her and her mother and grandfather. But soon, things start to turn out not quite as they seem. They start to hear voices of children playing in the halls, when they were told that Emma is the only child currently staying at the hotel, as well as things being moved. Things start to get much more complicated for the four teenagers, and things turn out to be much trickier than they originally expected.

I personally LOVE a book that centers on a paranormal mystery, and especially one that is set in a hotel, so this book was perfect for me. Oddly enough, I am a big fan of hotels, call me weird but I am. If you told me I could stay in hotel after hotel every night, traveling all over the world (and all over different time eras) well…you know I would. But when you really think about it, a hotel is a really creepy and disturbing kind of place to stay at night. Countless people stay in the same rooms, sleep on the same mattresses, and use the same tub and showers. EW! Let’s all agree to refuse to think about that. ANYWAYS, the idea of a book intertwining paranormal activity (no, not the movie) with time traveling teens who need to solve the disappearance of a little girl at a hotel in 1911, is perfect. As this is now the fourth time Kelly, Scott, Austin, and Zoey have traveled through time together, they have mastered how to blend into their new eras with finesse. In this installment, the four teens are dropped into a time where the women dress in corsets and their finest dresses for dinner and barely anyone knows how to drive a vehicle. I found it very enjoyable to have Zoey and Kelly working as handmaidens in the hotel, but also how the author’s managed to work quite a few historical characters into this story.

Not only did the authors do research into this hotel for their story, but they actually went with Ghost Hunters Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson to the hotel and stayed there. The Ghost Hunters had previously gone to The Stanley Hotel for their television show, as many people have claimed to see spirits or paranormal sightings in the hotel rooms or halls. This hotel also is the basis for Stephen King’s story The Shining, and Stephen King also claims to have seen a small boy calling for his nanny at the hotel. As a reader, I really appreciated the authors going the extra mile to tie actual claims into their book. In Rest In Peace, Scott and Austin tell the girls that every night their room starts to smell of cherry pipe tobacco, which is also a real claim that has been made about the hotel. I found it very fascinating to find out that there were so many links between this story and actual claims, and I even found myself doing more research into the hotel.

Finally, I must address the situation between Austin and Kelly. I am all for making readers wait to know what will happen when it comes to “who done it’s” or end of the world fiascoes, but these guys are killing me here!! Just when the authors start to give you a little insight to something between Kelly and Austin, and everything seems to be going wonderfully, WHAM!! Blindsides and cliffhangers. Oh, this is torturous. Due to my being VISIBLY distraught with needing to read book 5, I messaged “part” author of the series Kathy Clark and she explained to me that book 5 will hopefully be released in 2016. So yes, we must wait but I think it will be highly worth it. Once again guys, please please PLEASE go and give this series a chance. It is full of adventure, humor, and amazing situations that the main characters get themselves into. Time traveling teenagers, what’s not to love?

5 Stars

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT by BOB KAT

CUL8R BION #3

Amazon.com – Believe It Or Not (CUL8R Time Travel Book 3)

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, Bob Kat, for an honest review.

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Adventure/Mystery

Plot: Change the past, Save the future.

Four high school friends are able to do two things no one else on the planet can do . . . talk with dead people and time travel to the past. However, Kelly, who lost her phone during their last adventure, is temporarily grounded. She worries that her new friends will time travel without her, leaving her all alone in her new home in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida.

But they surprise her on her birthday and soon they are back in Scott’s lab, listening to the old radio that Thomas Edison had invented and called “The Telephone to the Dead”. As they slowly turn the dial Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey hear hundreds of sad, lonely voices of souls that have passed but apparently never moved on, pleading for help. When they first discovered the radio in Kelly’s aunt’s garage, they had been touched by the cries and pleas coming from its speakers, but they had no way to go back in time to help them. That is, until Scott reveals an invention of his own . . . a time travel app. They’ve already tested it twice, with both trips being very successful, but not without danger. Even though they returned with a few scrapes and bruises, and even a gunshot wound, they are eager to go on a new adventure and help solve a mystery.

A young woman’s voice comes through and asks them to find her twin brother, Jesse, who had run away to the circus in 1927, then disappeared and was never heard from again. Going back and living with a circus sounds like fun. Plus an old book written by his sister provides a glimpse into the past . . . as well as a photo of Jesse, a photo that grabs their attention and sets the girls’ hearts racing.

They land in a cornfield in Wichita Falls, Texas as the circus is setting up. It doesn’t take them long to discover that circus life is not all glamour and fun; it’s a lot of hard work. As usual, they jump in and quickly find jobs, places to sleep and new friends. But most importantly, they find Jesse. Now all they have to do is keep him alive.
For Zoey and Jesse, it’s love at first sight. It’s a first romance for both of them and their love blossoms as they travel from city to city. Zoey knows she’s too young to settle down and that Jesse is from a different time and culture, but her feelings for him are strong. Her and her friends’ time travel mission has taken on a new dimension. Should they be successful and save his life, will Zoey be able to let him go? Is it possible for him to come to 2013 with her? Is it possible for her to stay in 1927 with him? Ultimately, can she give up everything she has in the present for true love in the past?

Opinion: This is book 3 in the CUL8R series by Bob Kat, and these books are just getting better and better. Not only does each book have a new adventure that our four main characters go on, but the danger only grows with each installment.

Kelly, Zoey, Scott, and Austin are about to embark on another time traveling adventure, and this time they are going back to 1927. After the four teens hear a woman named Josephine pleading for her brother Jesse to be found over their Spirit Radio, they decide to embark on yet another task to save someone from an unfortunate fate. Not only are they going back to 1927, but they are going right into the heart of the circus life that dominated entertainment in that era. But soon after the four arrive in 1927 and find Jesse, things turn for the worse when feelings start to develop between Zoey and Jesse. Now not only do the teens have to worry about how they are supposed to save Jesse’s life, but they also need to ensure that Zoey knows the risks of bringing Jesse back with her to 2013.

First of all, what a very unique place for our time travelers to go to next…the circus! I found this setting to be very interesting and entertaining, especially when it came to the difference in lingo between 1927 and 2013. As this is the third time that our main characters have time traveled together to save someone’s life, they are quickly learning how to adapt to their new surroundings to get to the bottom of their mystery. I feel like each character is also becoming more memorable as the series goes on, and I find myself becoming very attached to each one…even Zoey! The reader gets to really know Zoey on a more intimate level in this installment, and that is because of how hard she falls for Jesse. I thought their romance was absolutely adorable, but from the beginning I was feeling sad in preparation for what might happen between them. I think the ending was just perfect for both of their stories, and the way the authors wrapped it up felt just right. However, I did think that Zoey would be having a harder time with everything than she did. I mean she IS a teenager, and this IS her first love. Her emotions should be all over the place and feel way more dramatic in my opinion, but I will admit…how annoying would that be?!?

Not only is there a romance between Zoey and Jesse, but the feelings between Austin and Kelly start to grow as well. Of course, I was waiting and WAITING for the two to finally explain to each other how they feel. I found myself wanting them to get together so badly throughout this book, especially because they both have obvious feelings for each other but think the other doesn’t…UGH! Typical teenagers, gotta love em 😉 The story line in this book had a nice steady flow, but I did find that the ending felt a bit rushed. I wish I could have seen the “villain” doing a bit more planning and for there to have been more buildup for the ending. But that aside, I found the circus to be a great place to take our characters. There was a perfect role for each teen to play there, and I loved that the writing moved around to each of their point of views instead of just staying on Kelly.

This series is a fantastic young adult read but definitely has some mature themes and scenarios that the characters go through. As I have ALREADY read book 4 in the series, Rest In Peace, I can honestly tell you that this series only gets better. Not only was I searching FRANTICALLY for book 5, but I had to email the authors and ask where I could find it! Thought there will be a bit of wait for book 5, I know I will be waiting for its release! Once again guys, if you haven’t given this series a chance then you need to! It is a great teen YA read but is great for any readers that love this genre as well.

4 Stars

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