A double shot of bourbon

Author: A.C. Land 
Series: Bourbon Series #2
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Source: ARC


Cover: 

The cover is pretty cool. Layout and concept is unique and suits the plot.

Review: 

 The story continues from where it left off in book one.

Luke and Charli are together. Collin and Lonna, not so much.

The boys are being adopted by Charli’s parents. This sudden improvement in status has made Collin a target of affection of many girls and he is oblivious to it all.

His attempts at getting Lonna’s attentions are failing and she keeps on pushing him away. Until, due to his persistence, Lonna finally gives in.

She was pushing him away because her mother disliked Collin and also because Lonna didn’t want him to be hurt by Gage, her ex.

But romance for these two is not easy. Though, clearly it is more harmonious and fight free than Luke and Charli’s.

When Collin discovers that Lonna is starving herself, he takes it upon himself to show her the error of her ways and to make her realize she is beautiful just the way she is. Moreover he tries to convince her to be strong enough to stand up to Gage, who abuses her.

But abuse and body image are not the only problems.

Collin’s father, Warren, has set his eyes on Lonna and he is willing to do anything to get her.

Collin must do everything to protect her and in doing so, he might come face to face with his aggressive side. 

Outwardly confident and ruthless Lonna, will have to open up and reveal her inner afraid and intimidated side to Collin.

Together they just might help each other.

And maybe fall in love too.

My Opinion:

One thing that is glaringly obvious is that this book is not as awesome as the first one. The only action that is exciting enough, happens at the end of the book. There is a huge, unexpected surprise at the end though.

The chemistry between Lonna and Collin is not as good as between Luke and Charlie. One can’t help but compare.

Charli and Luke’s characters were well developed, with believable personalities and emotions.

Collin is way over the top. Seems like, in an attempt to make him as different from his father as possible, the writer made him unbelievably good.

Lonna’s character is bland.

The dialogues and romance between them borders on cheesy and might make you uncomfortable.

The story is okay enough. The plot didn’t progress much. 

I am still looking forward to the third book, mostly because I want to read more about Luke and Charli.

There are some strong plot points though: Focus on negative effects of Bulimia and Abuse.

The impact of eating disorders and body-image issues on young girls  as well as their silent suffering from being subjected to  abuse is  also stressed upon by the author.

Rating: 6 out of 10



Synopsis:

Lonna Stuart is proud to be the most beautiful girl most people have ever seen. But on the inside she’s dying. Her mother’s grating comments and her boyfriend’s obsessive control are suffocating her.

There’s only one person who sees the real Lonna.

Son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher, Collin toes an invisible line of perfection; he’s a football prodigy; a hard working employee; and, what Lonna’s boyfriend considers, a retard. A slight stutter keeps Collin back from making too many friends, but he observes better than anyone, and he sees things most people miss. He sees the pain in Lonna’s eyes and the sadness in her frown. When she nearly drowns, Collin’s the only one willing to sacrifice himself to save her.

Inspired by Collin’s overwhelming kindness and drawn to the sheer greatness of him, Lonna begins to pull away from her asphyxiating life. But unbeknownst to both of them, Collin’s father, busy planning an epic escape from prison.


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29966076-a-double-shot-of-bourbon?ac=1&from_search=true


Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Double-Shot-Bourbon-Book-ebook/dp/B01L9ESBXS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Purchase book 1: https://www.amazon.com/Shot-Bourbon-C-Land/dp/0996801367



AUTHOR BIO:

Author of the Bourbon series, A. C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. She always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.

Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A. C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.


Author Links:

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15000090.A_C_Land



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Hero High

Author: Mina Chara

Genre: Young Adult

Publication Date: October 1st, 2016

Source: Free ARC



Cover: The cover is okay-ish. Could have been better or more reflective of the superhero-school-plot.

Review:

As the title implies, the book is a school for superheroes.

In 1930, a falling star gave people some powers, these powers were transferred to next generations and a school was established to teach them.

Friday is attending the school for the first time. Her powers are not as impressive as compared to some other students’. She slows time by blinking.

Not wanting to be allotted a secondary helper to heroes, Friday wants to do something to show the world her strengths.

Her inability to stay out of trouble lands her in hot water more than enough.

But underneath her stubborn exterior, she is much much more.

New experiences, new friends and coping with anxiety, Friday is learning everyday.

When she discovers a mysterious golden syringe, she takes it upon herself to solve the case of The Figure, a mysterious man who has a penchant for burning things.

Unwillingly, Friday gets tangled up with Dr. Dr is The Villain whom the Captain defeated, and he is supposedly back and has taken a liking to Friday

And then there is Ashley Ang. Tall, serious and grumpy, Friday doesn’t know how to act around him.

After being kidnapped and getting into situations, Friday discovers a betrayal. Her enemies might be closer than she thought.

Friday must use her abilities super or not to protect those she loves.

And in the process, she might learn that superpowers don’t necessarily make you a hero. You can be a hero without any powers.

My Opinion:

Absolutely enjoyable book!

The elements of romance, teenage drama, adventure and superpowers are nicely blended. 

Rating: 8 out of 10

I received free ARC of this book in exchange of providing an honest review.

Escape From The Past: At Witches End

By: Annette Oppenlander

Review: 

What an ending to an awesome trilogy!

Absolutely entertaining.

Max Nerd’s is back and is stubborn and brave as ever.

He is done with the time travel game. Or so he thought.

But he is indebted to Karl and must return once more to rescue him.

He travels to Hanstein once again, excited to see Bero and Juliana.

Much to his dismay, his friends aren’t too happy to see him after his sudden disappearance when he visited the first time.

After much trouble and convincing, he gains their trust.

He finds Karl in Hanstein dungeons. Karl has lost his wallet and Max must find it for him, ensuring Karl can go back home.

Meanwhile Lady Clara is dying and Max has to play healer again.

Too many things are happening.

Max has to endure a trial, almost gets burned at the stake and gets imprisoned.

He will have to find the wallet, find his cape that was taken by an enemy, help protect Hanstein, and rescue Bero’s sister Adela, in order to return home.

Will he succeed?

And then there is the matter of stopping Stuler once and for all.

My opinion:

Action packed and funny, “At Witches End”makes for an entertaining read.

There is sadness and sacrifice, as Max has to grow up and make decisions to save the day. 

A satisfying end to the series.

Rating: 8 out of 10

 I received this free ARC inexchange for providing an honest review.

Escape from The Past: The Kid

By: Annette Openlander 

Review:

The Kid is the second book in escape from the past series.

It’s about a young boy Max who uses a video game to travel back in time.

 This time Max returns to the game to escape his reality. But instead of going back to medieval Germany, he finds himself in the middle of The West, in a time of gold hunters. 

Immediately upon landing, he is captured and finds himself cursing his decision.

When his cpators are attacked by natives, Max barely manages to save himself and Grace, a girl his age whose family is slaughtered by the Indians.

A wind storm forces the two to seek shelter and they find themselves in a little western town.

There Max has to accept Grace’s charity and they both share a room.

Max must look for a job and ends up working at a grocery store for meager wages.

Things are looking gloomy. Grace and Max don’t see eye to eye and Max befriends a native girl Ela. Ela is in trouble and is abused. Max is angry for her and wants to protect her, this earns him a bad reputation with the westerners. 

Surprisingly Max’s only kind friend is a Billy the kid. 

 Ela’s dying brother makes Max promise to protect his sister and gifts him a gold nugget to help them escape.

The gold nugget brings a whole new wave of trouble.

Will Max do anything to change history? Will he be able to save Ela ?

The past is troublesome but something suspicious is also brewing in the present. The game’s creators have secret intents and Max discovers he is not the only one in possible danger.

My Opinion: 

A really good sequel to the first book. In fact,the setting and plot was even better and well developed.

Rating:7 out of 10

I received this free ARC inexchange of providing an honest review.

Escape from the Past

Review:

 If the title sounds like a horror escape game, It Is.

The book is about a boy who is stuck in a game. But here’s the twist, he is actually trapped in the past.

This book grabs you by the collar and pulls you right in from the start.

The writing style is light and funny and totally enjoyable.

The cover could have been more lively to reflect the tone of the book.

I have a feeling you are going to enjoy this one.
So, Max tumbles into medieval Germany. He is given shelter by a German boy Bero who is irritated by Max’s ignorance.

Max soon finds himself in trouble while inspecting the castle and the Knight names him Max Nerd, thanks to the logo on his shirt.

He can’t exactly confess where he came from, so he is thought of as a traveler.

While Max tolerates medieval lifestyle, he is soon captured by Juliana’s doe eyes. Juliana is Bero’s sister.

When Juliana gets into trouble, Max plays doctor and nurses her back to health.

Events unfold and Max must do anything to protect Juliana from her evil master Ott. Not only that, Duke is a greedy tax collector who has kidnapped Lady Clara, Juliana’s only hope for safety.

Unwillingly, Max finds himself in a situation where he must save the ladies. But no matter what he does, he keeps finding himself in tight spots. His curiosity keep landing him into trouble, but he always manages to slip through.

Will he be able to rescue the ladies? Defeat the Duke and Ott? Figure out the game mission and find a way back home?
My opinion:

A funny, gripping read. Sometimes Max’s musings were repetitive. Especially the lines about him missing his old life are repeated way too many times.

Rating: 6 out of 10

I received this free ARC in exchange of providing an honest review.