Friday, September 14, 2012

Jay Mims Blog Tour

About the Author:

Jay Mims lives about two miles past nowhere, after you turn off the paved road. When he's not catching up on episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs. King he writes, mainly to stave off boredom. In addition to somewhat eclectic tastes in television and movies, Jay reads voraciously. He enjoys compelling stories with strong characters, and will gladly read anything from comic books to Steam Punk, Harlequin romance to Kenneth C. Davis' fantastic history books. Jay enjoys long walks through the countryside, laughing with friends, and learning to draw something better than stick figures. His dearest ambition is to personally thank Janet Evanovich for proving that fast talking characters can be charming and goofy simultaneously. The Cult of Koo Kway will be available for purchase on September 18.

Dan, Abbey, and Doc are all back and so is trouble in this second novel by cozy mystery author, Jay Mims. Dan's sister Jules, high profile criminal defense attorney, has asked for his help with a very dangerous client. Just as soon as Dan takes the case, Doc shows up poisoned on Dan's doorstep and the only clue is a reference to an old movie, The Cult of Koo Kway.

My Review: 4/5

I was not sure what to expect from this book. I think the title of the book confused me and it really threw me off because it's not a title you can really understand. Also, I don't read this genre, so I was a little skeptical about reading it. But it was pretty good and for the most part it met my expectations. Though there were times where I felt confused as to what was going on but as I kept reading I found myself enjoying it more. I can't say whether I will read more in this particular genre but if there is another book in this series, I will probably give it a go and I would recommend this series to those I know would like it. I did like Dan's character. But I want to thank the author and the publisher for sending me a copy of the book. I will check more books out from him.

This or That with Jay Sims

1. Chocolate or Candy A. Death by CHOCOLATE!

2. Coffee or Ice Tea A. I’m Southern, definitely sweet tea. Though coffee does put me to sleep. I’m weird.

3. Boxers or Briefs A. Boxers.

4. Dog or Cat A. I’ve always been a huge dog lover, and now want to get a YorkiePoo. Because screw it, that thing’s adorable.

5. Football or Baseball A. I love both, but will always be more up for going to see a baseball game.

6. Love or Money A. Love. Though I wouldn’t turn down money, which while money can’t buy love, it can certainly rent it.

7. House or Apartment A. Much prefer living in a house, but I currently abide in an apartment.

8. Horror or Suspense (movies) A. I will always love suspense. I’m a big fan of drawing out the scare rather than going for shock.

9. Winter or Summer A. I sweat like an escaped convict, so I’m a huge fan of winter.

10. Angels or Demons A. Hopefully I’m on the side of the angels. Though, I’ve wrestled with enough demons that we’re on a first name basis.

11. Pants or Shorts A. Pants. I love a good pair of jeans.

12. Sports or Video games A. I love a great video game, but that may just be the kid who was always picked last speaking.

13. DVD or Movie theater A. I much prefer movie theaters, but they cost too much, and you can’t watch a movie in theaters in your underwear. Trust me, I KNOW!

14. Ice Cream or Cake A. Cake!!!

15. Shoes or flip flops A. I’m amazingly flat footed, so I really need a good support. Seriously, I walk like I’m Godzilla attacking Tokyo. Much prefer shoes over flip flops.

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Betrayal Blog Tour

Betrayal Blog Tour
Gregg Olsen:
About the Author:

A Seattle native who lives in Washington State, Gregg has seen the darker side of the Pacific Northwest and knows a little more about the area than your average guy. “There is something dark and beautiful about the Pacific Northwest," he says. “We seem to have an overabundance of serial killers out here–so many, in fact, sometimes I wonder if they have a secret convention in Washington.”

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author with 13 books and sales of over one-million copies to his credit, Gregg made his young-adult fiction debut with Envy. The follow-up, Betrayal, will be published in September 2012.


In this action-packed thriller sequel to Envy, foreign exchange student Olivia Grant is stabbed to death after a party--and the prime suspect is her best friend. As twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan get pulled into the aftermath of this Amanda Knox-like crime, they realize nothing is what it seems.

Could it be betrayal of the ultimate kind? Betrayal features real-life crime-solving techniques, heart-stopping suspense, plenty of red herrings, hard-hitting ethical questions, and information about the Amanda Knox case that inspired the novel. As the crime unravels, so does the twins' past…and they must face off against a family member who may unexpectedly have carried out the worst betrayal of all.

My Review: 5/5 Stars

So I was given an ARC of this book from the author for this blog tour. When I first read Envy, the first book in the Empty Coffin series, I had no idea what to expect. But to say I loved Envy would be an understatement. However, we are not talking about Envy at this time. So Betrayal is the sequel to Envy. I was so excited to get this ARC because I loved Envy and needed to know what happened in the next captivating installment! I was not disappointed! The sequel was just as wonderfully written and descriptive as the first one was.

The thing I love most about Gregg's stories is how they are based on factual events. He takes those real life cases and makes his own story out of them. This book was based on the Amanda Knox case, which I vaguely remember hearing about years ago. If you don't know about it, it's about an exchange student who comes to America and is accused of killing her roommate(Like I said, I don't remember the details so I may have gotten it wrong, but that was my understanding). Anyway, I loved Gregg's story better!

So from the beginning of the book I am literally glued to my book; heart stopping, pulse racing, sweat covering my forehead....I am on the edge of my seat in fear as this story unfolds. Its amazing how descriptive Gregg is. His writing is so alluring and you feel like you're in the scene with the characters. I loved the fact that this book is set in Port Gamble, Washington-just like Envy was. I loved that we got to see most of the same characters, with a few new ones added in. I loved it, this book was amazingly executed and really fufilled my expectations.

I loved the twins, they were my favorite characters in both books so far. I love getting to see them again and getting to know them more and their strange abilities. I like Colton as well. All in all, this book was awesome! The tension was perfect, the writing-flowed easily and kept my attention...the pace was just right. Another awesome book from Gregg! Congrats! I can't wait for Guilty now...need to know more!

So as I was reading both Envy and Betrayal, I pictured Taylor and Haley Ryan as.....Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. I think it's mostly because you don't hear often about 2 twin girls their age, so I automatically had them in my head. Here is my dream cast with the Ryan Twins:
- 1 Winner will receive One ARC of Betrayal & Book Plate.
- 1 Winner will receive One finished copy of Betrayal & Book Plate.
- 1 Winner will receive One poster, One Bookmark, and One button of Hayley and Taylor Ryan Art by James Vallesteros
- 10 winners will receive One bookmark of Hayley and Taylor Ryan Art by James Vallesteros
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