Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Review: The Dream Jumper's Promise

Title The Dream Jumper's Promise

Series Dream Jumper, book 1

Author Kim Hornsby

Release Date November 19, 2012

Tina Greene can't accept the surfing death of her husband Hank without a recovered body. Months after signing the death certificate, she pulls herself from the emotional wreckage and trades mourning for saving her Maui dive shop from bankruptcy.

When war hero, Jamey Dunn, walks back into Tina's life, things take a strange turn. Lifelike dreams have the dive instructor questioning her sanity and leaning heavily on Hank's best friend, Noble. Jamey and Noble clash at every turn, both desperate to help Tina. When the dreams uncover clues to Hank's disappearance, Jamey must reveal his strange ability to enter dreams. But for Tina, trusting the man who betrayed her years before, doesn't come easily, and the decision to let Jamey enter her subconscious has a price she isn't sure she can pay. As Noble, Tina and Jamey get closer to solving the mystery of Hank's disappearance, grave danger sets in to reveal that one person is flirting with insanity, one is a traitor, and one is a traitor.

I had a harder time getting pulled into this book than I thought I would. I'm not sure that it was the book as much as it was me. Sometimes I have a hard time finding my groove with a book (for lack of better wording). What's even more frustrating to me is when this happens with a good book. That's the case for The Dream Jumper's Promise. It's a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it but it took me nearly half the book to get fully sucked in.

All of that aside, I was so impressed with this book. There's so much about this book that I loved. The writing, the characters, the descriptions of Hawaii, the storyline. None of that could compare to the twists at the end, though! The ending is what made this book. Not only did I not figure out the ending, but it was done in such a way that was believable.

I definitely recommend this book. Even if you aren't big into paranormal books, you should give this one a shot (it's that impressive to me). While the paranormal aspects of the book are a major key player in the story, it's done well without "ruining" the romance part of the book.


4.5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Book Review: Running on Empty

Title Running on Empty

Author Colette Ballard

Release Date November 25, 2013

What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel the physical pain, or just the pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when you realize you can’t answer these questions because you’re not the victim?

You’re the killer.

River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the confines of rural Texas until her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends come to her aid, they make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives behind and join in her escape. The girls manage to elude police for months, but with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out of control, until she finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and find evidence proving she acted in self-defense, the girls decide to make a risky move. River must face her ugly past and the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in, the guy she has loved for as long as she can remember.

The things I enjoyed (and in order): the writing, the characters, and the romance. The writing is what made this book for me. I think it was well polished and fit the story perfectly. The characters were all interesting. I especially enjoyed Charlie and Justice, though the other characters were also pretty awesome. The romance was sweet, but it wasn't the most groundbreaking romance I've ever read.

There wasn't much that I disliked about the book. In fact, other than some of the decisions River made, I didn't really have any problems with the book at all. I do think, though, she made some really stupid decisions that could have saved her so much trouble if she would have done things differently. Ah, well... young lonely girl in love (this is not a real excuse by any means FYI).

I did notice that a few of the reviews I've read mention that they felt the story moved slowly or the book was too long. I didn't feel like this at all. In fact, I enjoyed the pacing and thought the book was a good length for the story it told.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *