Season Finale Review: Underliner by Ruth Juliano

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As hinted at earlier, Bibliogal is going on a summer hiatus.  I am taking time to regro

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up and revamp the blog. This autumn, there will be changes.  Just as I was about to announce this hiatus; a book fell into my lap (okay not my lap but my kindle) and I couldn’t wait until fall to write about it.

Here’s the official synopsis of the book, as found on Amazon:

Benjamin was raised to only care about people for as long as he needed something from them. He believed that if an issue couldn’t be solved with charm then it could be solved with money.
Frequently underestimated, and tired of being alone, Benjamin returns home after years abroad determined to make his department the crowning jewel of his father’s company.  If there’s one thing he knows, it’s books.
He quickly discovers that a lot of things aren’t what they had seemed while he was away, and has no idea what’s been going on. With the unexpected intervention of a girl from the wrong side of the ‘yawning chasm’ and an unusual chess club, Benjamin’s reality is seen in a whole new light.
Developing sympathy and empathy after so many years can have its downsides, but it can also lead to finding the one thing he really wants. Friends.”

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This book blew me away.  It’s like a layered cake: each bite reveals more ooey-gooey goodness inside.pusheen-cat-eats-cake-animated-gif  On the surface, it seems like a “rich playboy-meets regular joes and has to figure out what his priorities are” scenario. Benjamin evolves with the story, each time the story progresses and moves forward, so does Ben.  This is a book about a boy becoming a man…and it’s also about righting wrongs, and helping those who can’t help themselves.  All things that I love to read. Sex, Crime, Drama; it all unfolds like a delicious episode of Law and Order and who doesn’t love Law and Order?dgyz4_s-200x150

 

I’m happily giving this book 5 out of 5 Stars and I’m going to spend hiatus reading Juliano’s books.  She has over a dozen!! All of them are coming of age stories about uncomfortable topics, sure to jolt you out of any book slump or burnout you may encounter.

I need to end this by saying THANK YOU to Ruth Juliano.  I was getting disheartened by a few things in the blogging realm.  I was losing sight of my vision and the will to open a book.  I had forgotten what it was like to read for pleasure instead of reading on a tight deadline.  I had also forgotten how much I love reading Crime Dramas….Like REALLY REALLY LIKE them (After Urban Fantasy, they’re my next favorite genre!) Thank you, tenor1Ruth, for making me remember what all this was started for!

I hope everyone checks out Ruth Juliano and finds a book they absolutely love! I also hope you tune in next season for more Bibliogal action!

Happy Reading,

Bibliogal ❤

Review: The Ultimate Agent by Derek Borne

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So after a series of unfortunate events, I slapped together a video commentary for Thegiphy (1) Ultimate Agent by Derek Borne, only to have my internet go down in the storm.  Things seem to be back on track now and I’m ready to go!  First things first though, I gave The Ultimate Agent a 5 out of 5 and I posted a written review on Goodreads.  Take a minute to read it and then prepare to make fun of my low-quality video as I explain in better detail why I liked this book so much!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So flipping good!
This Superhero Novel has everything I want in a good hero saga. The good guys, Devon and Brett, are teammates and they travel around the world stopping crime. I love that they have a Bromance going and they truly are 50/50 on their team. No sidekick status going on here! There’s romance, but not in your face butts and boobs stuff. Sweet and clean and heartfelt stuff, the kind of stuff you can recommend to your 14-year-old cousin or your Granny (if she’s into Superheroes) and feel happy about.
The ladies featured on the team are a force to be reckoned with as well! Scientists who are brave as well as smart! I love a smart lady heroine!!!
So to wrap this up: There are amazingly choreographed fight scenes, heartfelt emotions, friendships, and family. Seriously, what more do you need?
When I finished this book I felt happy and I wanted the next one immediately!

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Ultimate Agent Release Day!!!

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#Superhero #Spy #Novel #Newrelease

The Ultimate Agent by Derek Borne

Ultimate Agency

Blurb:

Get recruited into a world with a mix of secret agents a-la Bond and superheroes and supervillains with enormous world-shattering powers! Get your copy of the action-packed novel The Ultimate Agent today! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N254UQN

 

Synopsis:

WARNING: THIS MISSIVE CONTAINS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

 

Your Mission:

Undertake an adventure of epic, global, and dire proportions.

 

Agent #524 – Devon Bertrand

Once a normal civilian, Agent Bertrand has been recruited by the Ultimate Agency—a secret organization of the world’s best spies. Now, after undergoing genetic upgrades, he has become a superhuman agent dedicated to fighting against all threats against the nation he now calls home.

 

Agent #146 – Brett Gallagher

A brilliant scientist, Dr. Gallagher invents and utilizes technologically advanced gadgets and weapons to fight against national security threats like a modern day superhero.

 

The Target – Maximus Romanov

Employed by a mysterious Russian terrorist group, Romanov is a superhuman operative wreaking havoc in the United States.

 

Mission Data – Confidential

Join Agent Bertrand and Dr. Gallagher on a mission to stop Romanov from destroying the United States. As Bertrand and Gallagher work to discover why Maximus harbors a deep hatred toward America, they uncover a conspiracy brewing against the Ultimate Agency, and one man will make the ultimate sacrifice.

Sacrifice

Author Bio:

Derek Borne lives in Paris, Canada (thought it was going to say France, right?) with his wife and moody bearded dragon Ziggy. When he isn’t writing superhero spy novels, he’s selling olive oil and balsamics, belting out Phantom of the Opera, playing guitar, and watching Marvel superhero movies and TV shows, playing hockey, and making movie references daily.
Official Website: www.derekborne.weebly.com

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Something Blue Release Tour!

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Would you marry the perfect stranger?

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Valentine Morland has waited nine years to meet her scientifically determined matchmate… Now, she must marry him. #somethingblue#comingsoon #reveal #newteaser #dystopianromance #romance #valentine#myfunnyvalentine #tattoos #puzzlepieces #matchmate #blissinc #corporate#ecstasy #bliss #formulafortruelove #waiting #bookworm #booklove#bibliophile #dystopia #bookblogger #newrelease

In the city of Monopolis where happily ever after is just a scientific formula away, Valentine Morland has been waiting nine years for her day to come. Now it’s here, and she will marry the man of her dreams, a stranger to her, before being swept off to life of carefree luxury and bliss, courtesy of the Jigsaw Project. However, all is not as Valentine imagined as her new husband is quickly discovered as not the man of her dreams, but one who claims he isn’t capable of love at all. Harbouring an intense paranoia for the system, which upholds the very idealist fantasy that Valentine holds so dear, Clark threatens to throw her into a world, not of bliss, but of scary consequence where her every emotion is under scrutiny. Can it be that the scientific formula with a 99% success rate got it all wrong, or is everything in the world of Bliss Inc. more sinister than it seems?

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Release Blitz: Keeper Of Crows by Casey L. Bond

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Title: Keeper of Crows
Author: Casey Bond
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Horror
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Editor: Stacy Sanford, The Girl with the Red Pen
Book Trailer by: Rebecca Ethington
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Blurb:
Carmen Kennedy is a spoiled brat from Beverly Hills with a chip on her shoulder and a cocaine addiction to match. Using drugs to suppress reality, her life is more than she can stomach most days. All she wants is to disappear, and on one fateful night, her wish is granted.
There is a world that exists just beyond the fabric of our own. When Carmen is dragged there against her will, her hopelessness seems to disappear, replaced by a determination to survive. The Keeper of Crows is charged with guarding Carmen, but is safety a possibility in a world so desolate? Can love blossom when danger lies in wait? Together, they fight like hell, seeming to lose more ground than they gain with each battle against the dark enemy threatening to tear them apart. Can love keep her safe? Can it give her the strength she needs?
When the lines between life and death, reality and dream become blurred, who will save the souls trapped in the spaces between Heaven and Hell? Who will save Carmen’s only love, The Keeper of Crows?

Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

Book Review: Soulbound by Bethany Adams

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“A deathbed promise

Arlyn’s quest is simple: Find her father and let him know her mother is dead. After all, Arlyn had promised her mother she’d go. The problem? Her father’s people are myths and legends, and he doesn’t even live on Earth. But despite a long journey through the mysterious mists of the Veil, finding him turns out to be the easy part.

A dream long-buried

After five hundred years, Kai has given up on finding his soulbonded. So when he stumbles across Arlyn after returning from his latest mission and recognizes her as his mate, Kai starts their bond in haste. But he never could have imagined that his bonded is his best friend’s newfound daughter. Whoops.

A hidden conspiracy sparked to life

Though the sight of Kai makes Arlyn’s heart pound, she isn’t sure she can forgive him for starting their bond without her permission. But her love life is the least of her problems. Her father is an elf lord, and his sudden acknowledgment of a half-human heir reignites the same conspiracy that took him away from her mother in the first place. Now Arlyn and her family must face iron wielding assassins, bigotry, and her newly awakened magical abilities if they hope to come through in one piece.

Arlyn thought she would return to Earth after meeting her father. Now she must fight to save the family she never knew she wanted.”                                                         

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I have a confession.  This book has been patiently waiting in my dean-what-gifkindle for a few months now. I know, I’m ashamed.  My TBR (To Be Read) pile is getting out of hand.  In fact, I’m
only reading backlogged books for reviews until I get a handle on it.
It’s a serious problem.

Now, back to the good bits.  Elves, handsome, wise, magical, fudging elves!  Can you tell, I love those pointy eared nature lovers 😉 tumblr_n8i1a27wwi1sg8qnbo2_500

This is book 1 in the series and it kept me engaged from the moment I started.  I read it in a day and had a book hangover afterward.  Luckily, the second book, Sundered, is out and I’m going to make it mine. The story starts out fast, evens out toward the middle, then picks up again at the end. The cast is large, but not so large that you get your characters confused.  The plot twists are surprising and leave you speechless. I happily and enthusiastically give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a great read for anybody who enjoys action, adventure, fantasy, and a bit of romance.  I would say it’s mid to upper-level YA for a few PG-13 scenes.  All of Adams’ books are available at Amazon and other major online retailers.

You can find out more about Author Bethany Adams and her books on FacebookTwitter, and bethanyadamsbooks.com

Review: Edenhart’s Rivalry by J.N. Tomczak

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A dark power is rising, and a kingdom is in dire need of a leader when the King of the Faeries falls in battle. Or so, that’s what they’re led to believe, but his only heir and daughter, Aurora, suspects murder.

But when she and her loyal friend Percy, the Captain of the Elite Guard, discover an ancient prophecy foretold by the enigmatic Faerie Sorcerers, Aurora finds herself an unwilling pawn in a dark plot that will threaten everything she holds dear.

Her courage and magic will be her greatest weapons if she hopes to succeed where all others have failed. But will she? Aurora must ask herself this very question: just how far is she willing to go to save her kingdom, and at what costs?

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I love a good Fantasy, I mean who doesn’t? This one has it all, Faeries, Goblins, Humans, etc.  The book starts out with Aurora, the Faerie crown princess mourning the death of her father and trying to find her footing as ruler of her kingdom.  While everyone believes the king’s death was a terrible tragedy as a result of battle, Aurora suspects murder.  Together, she and her childhood friend turned Captain of the Elite Guard, Percy, set out to solve the mystery.   Aurora soon learns how shady and dangerous court intrigue and politics can be.

The story is solid and I enjoyed reading it.  It’s safe for the younger crowd, although there is some violence.  It’s published by Clean Reads which means nothing explicit and no graphic violence.  The pacing is fairly steady and easy to follow and the characters are three dimensional.  I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Fantasy, especially a more traditional type of Fantasy.  Tolkien fans, Jordan fans, take heed, you might need a copy for the holidays! I’m giving this one a 4 out of 5 Stars!

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Buy Links:

Amazon: The Kingdom of the Faeries: Edenhart’s Rivalry

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kingdom-of-the-faeries-jn-tomczak/1123402817?type=eBook

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