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Early review: Beyond Control

Published August 31, 2013 by Book Junkette

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Today’s review is incredibly special!

Why? Because I was oh so sweetly given access to Beyond Control by Karice Bolton early!!

Woohoo!!

This book tore at my heart strings, but more on that in a bit.

We all know what it’s like, when we think our lives, our happiness, everything really, has come together.

But at the back of your mind..you KNOW something is missing.

Never able to quite put your finger on it..

Such is the way with the heroine of Beyond Control, Gabriella. Gabby, to her friends.

Could it be the loss of her mother, at a very young age? No, but that could be a reason..

Years later, settling into her new “life” working at one of her dad’s companies, there was that constant little niggle, always asking..”Why CHEESE?”

Personally, I love cheese, but working to track it? Not so much.

Honestly, I’m surprised Gabby could stand it! The monotony was enough to make anyone cry.

The night of a celebration for her father, Gabby and her best friend accidentally rear end a “Grecian god’s” trailer.

Mm..Jason, the Grecian god is called and trust me, he more than lived up to the title.

Oh, did I mention he builds bikes?!

Ow!! Grecian god AND bike builder?! Yes please!!

Ahem..sorry about that.

From the moment I read about the Grecian god, I couldn’t put the book down!

Read it in two days, a new record for me, hehe.

The love, loss, heartache, joy, sorrow..it all feels so REAL.

This book absorbs you in it, forces you to forge everything else and just live along side Gabby, Brandy, Jason..

There are quite a few, unseen plot twists, that will alternate between making you want to cry, rip out your heart or simply do a little dance around your place.

Which I am not saying I did..>,>

There is no proof of it, and I’m not admitting anything!

Excuse me..hopped up on caramel corn.

The book ends on quite the plot twist, comes out this Monday, and is a well worthwhile read!

So go forth, my dears, and check out the first book in the Beyond Love series by Karice Bolton.

I assure you..won’t regret it.

xx Tara

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Splintered review!

Published August 31, 2013 by Book Junkette

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First of all, welcome to my book blog!!

Today, I am reviewing Splintered by the wonderful A.G. Howard! It’s a delightfully trippy experience down the rabbit hole, into a very different version of Wonderland than Lewis Carroll showed us.

Intrigued? We both know you are, hehe.

Splintered was a gift from a wonderful friend, Rhiannon Paille and from the minute I saw the book, I was smitten.

Hook, line and sinker.

Splintered is about a young heroine, Alyssa, who, as it turns out, is a descendant of Alice Liddell herself!

Plot twist!

Imagine being related to the young girl who inspired a truly great man to write such marvellously clashing stories!

As a massive Wonderland fanatic myself, I was instantly drawn into the story, from the first line describing Alyssa’s unique mosaics to the equally intriguing Morpheus, something of a bad boy in his own right.

Love interest? Not quite.

That would be Jeb, Alyssa’s sk8erboi neighbour and completely oblivious to how Alyssa feels.

Poor Alyssa? Maybe..Morpheus is always there to lend a..hand.

Personally, I’ll take Morpheus and his many fine attributes, over a clueless Jeb any day of the week.

Now, before I go off on a tangent about Morpheus..*dreamy sigh* Back to the book!

Rather than the sweet but slightly odd Wonderland we’re used too, Splintered takes a decidedly morbid twist on its characters.

From a lake of tears, carnivorous plants and dinner that GIGGLES when being eaten, it’s not the same world Alice ventured down.

Instead of the normal characters, these are ‘Netherlings’, capable of things much more eerie and vicious than any seen before.

Imagine bugs that talk, not only the flowers, oysters that take their revenge, lost yet loved toys serving a macabre purpose. Those are just a few of the creatures..sorry, Netherlings that await you in Wonderland.

Oh, did I forget to mention that Morpheus is a Netherling as well? In Alice’s time, he was a much enigmatic character. Time has not changed that, not sure if it could..

Morpheus has my heart, wrapped in his wings and pinned to his hat, which is quite grand and elegant, hehe.

Before I bid you all adieu, I leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the book.

Raising one hand, he tilts his hat to that sexy slant. “You want me. Admit it.”
Even if he’s partly right, I’ll never tell him. “Why would I want you?”
He lifts thee fingers to countdown. “Mysterious. Rebellious. Troubled. All those qualities women find irresistible.”
“Such an optimist.”
“My cup is never empty.”
“Too bad your brain is.” The words bite, but my smile softens with affection.” – Morpheus, Alyssa *Splintered*

If you enjoyed the review, go and pick up a copy of Splintered, say “HI!” to A.G. Howard on her Facebook! Make sure to tell her Tara sent you. 😘

xx Tara

Welcome!!

Published August 31, 2013 by Book Junkette

Welcome one and all to the Mad Ramblings of a Book Junkette!!

This is my own little slice of the world, where I put up *spoiler free* reviews of various books! Some are ARCs, others ones from my private collection and the rest is any and everything that catches my eye.

Who knows, may even posts snippets of my own stories for your reading pleasure. Just never know..

In the next two weeks, I’ll have no less than THREE reviews! 😆

I’m both excited and kinda scared to see how this goes!! Can’t wait to see how everything turns out..

xx Tara

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