Monday, December 30, 2013

Blog Tour: Rapture by Quinn Loftis

Rapture (Elfin Series Book 2)

By Quinn Loftis


Triktapic, the deadly dark elf assassin, has been restored by the Forest Lords to his rightful place as king of the Elven realm. Now, he must face his former comrades as he attempts to stop Lorsan, king of the dark elves, from enslaving the human race. Lorsan has already begun distributing Rapture, the irresistible drink that destroys those who unknowingly become addicted to it. Will Cassie, his Chosen, be able to give Trik the strength he needs to face his dark past?

Meanwhile, Cassie’s best friend, Elora, is in a fight for her own life. Elora, her mother, Lisa, and a small band of light elves have traveled deep into the dark elf realm in hopes of rescuing Cassie and Trik. But their mission quickly turns into a battle for their own lives as they are surrounded by Lorsan and his warriors. Though outnumbered ten to one, the humans and elves fight heroically. They fight for a King once lost, but now found. They fight for the human realm that doesn’t yet know it is in need of saving. They fight for love; a love that has already been discovered and a love that is waiting to be revealed. Despite their valiant efforts, the band is captured and held captive by the dark elf king.

The peaceful world that Cassie and Elora knew is long gone, shattered by their realization that elves walk secretly among them, and are bent on their destruction. Soon, each of the girls will be forced to choose her own path. Cassie must decide to which world she belongs and Elora must decide if she will fight for a warrior hell bent on keeping her from his side.

Two species, human and elf, stand on the precipice of war, united in one goal; shatter the dark elf king’s plan, and unite a divided race under the rule of the one true King.


Rapture is a spectacular read per usual when it comes to Quinn Loftis. All the characters are here. All giving you their POV and all making you swoon or crack up hysterically (or both) in one way or another. Except for Lorsan of course, but hey what did you expect *cringes inwardly*.

Cassie and Trik are back loving, laughing, and kicking elven butt. They are both darkness and rapture free and you get to finally see them interact with nothing between them. Except for, you know, a deranged elf king trying to take over the world and assassinate Trick. Pishaw, child's play, right?

Elora and Cush are swoon worthy and slightly infuriating. But that's for me to know you to find out, hehe.
" 'Your being Dramatic again, " Oakley said from behind her.
'Nobody asked you bro.' "
Their relationship is a great fit and I cannot wait to watch them progress in it.

The story is action packed and impossible to put down. Another win!


“No comments on saving the world, huh?” Elora asked sarcastically.
“I think it goes without saying that I and my sword are capable of saving the world,” Cush answered.
Elora was struck mute by the sheer confidence he exuded. She was trying really hard to not want him, and if he wasn’t so self-assured, handsome, calm under pressure, and funny—in a totally unexpected way—she’d be doing alright. But he was all of those things and he kept saying things that threw her off balance. She glanced at him from the corner of her eye. Bad move genius, she told herself. Rule number one; do not look at the hotness. Okay, maybe this could work if she could just set up some ground rules for herself. She could call them: Rules to stay un-elfed. She mentally smiled at her made up title and then mentally kicked herself for basically have a conversation with herself, complete with laughing at her own jokes. She settled down into her seat without responding to his sharp, witty, and admittedly hilarious comment.
“Wake me when we get to the restaurant,” Elora said to no one in particular.
“Elora, it will take all of five minutes to get to a place to eat,” Lisa pointed out.
What Elora wanted to say was, that’s five minutes too many to be stuck in this ride with the only guy she had ever met that made her want to bat her eye lashes and giggle like a moron, but what she actually said was, “Five minutes of sleep is better than none.” Witty? No. Drama free? At least on the outside she was.

About The Author

Quinn lives in beautiful NW Arkansas with her husband, son, Doberman and cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Rain's Reviews: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This Is What Happy Looks Like

This Is What Happy Looks Like

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs? ~Goodreads


This Is What Happy Looks Like was a bit of a let down. It had it’s good elements and sweet moments but as a whole seemed a bit dull or monotone. The idea was good and the characters were enjoyable but something was lost in interpretation. Ellie is a good girl with a best friend named Olive and a beagle named Bagel. Ellie is a fun person. She has a good conscience and foundation. But she is missing somthing. There is a hole in her life and she doesn’t have any way of talking about it or fixing it- until this summer.

Graham was a cool- if not a bit gawky at times. He fit the famous-but-it-hasn’t-gone-to-his-head role well and the moment he starts thinking about his parents I start to like him. But like I said before there is a one dimensional feeling about him.

Jennifer E. Smith wrote The Statistical Possibility of Love at First Sight. One of the best books I read last christmas season and very unique. I was hoping for another hit when I picked up This Is What Happy Looks Like but it fell short of my expectations.

The constant explanation of how it was to be famous, the compare and the contrast between the two worlds. It was exhausting and repetitious and the dialogue was lacking. There are some good thoughts and little snippets of the author I enjoyed so much last time but that sparkle was missing.

"Sunrises over the harbor. Ice cream on a hot day. The sound of waves down the street. The way my dog curls up next to me on the couch. Evening Strolls. Great movies. Thunderstorms. A good cheeseburger. Fridays. Saturdays. Wednesdays, even. Sticking your toes in the water. Pajama pants. Flip-flops. Swimming. Poetry. The absence on smiley faces in an e-mail..."

Monday, December 9, 2013

Rain's Reviews: Scrapped Princess

Scrapped Princess by Ichiro Sakaki

15 years ago, a set of twins - girl and a boy - was born to the king of Linevan. Shortly after their birth, a prophecy foretold that when the girl turned 16, she would bring about the end of humanity. To avoid this fate, the king ordered the princess disposed of. She miraculously survived, and now she has turned 15.


I thought I’d like this book. I really, really did. It sounded mysterious with adventure. Exotic almost. But it ended up being extremely boring, confusing, and dreadful. Perhaps if you enjoyed anime this would be better but I’d have a hard time believing it. The events were cramped together with little explanation and by the end of the book you are confused and annoyed.

One of my biggest complaints is the author tries to tell you what is going on or tries to explain the symbolism in every little action but it’s really just choppy and feels more like she thinks I’m to dimwitted to figure out what is going on on my own. 

So if you want to take a hugenormous risk or like iffy japanese pop books then I suppose it’s one to pick up but I will not be reading this again nor the next thirteen.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Rain's Reviews: Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrndorf

Why We Took the Car

Why We Took the Car

A beautifully written, darkly funny coming-of-age story from an award-winning, bestselling German author making his American debut.

Mike Klingenberg doesn't get why people think he's boring. Sure, he doesn't have many friends. (Okay, zero friends.) And everyone laughs at him when he reads his essays out loud in class. And he's never invited to parties - including the gorgeous Tatiana's party of the year.

Andre Tschichatschow, aka Tschick (not even the teachers can pronounce his name), is new in school, and a whole different kind of unpopular. He always looks like he's just been in a fight, his clothes are tragic, and he never talks to anyone.

But one day Tschick shows up at Mike's house out of the blue. Turns out he wasn't invited to Tatiana's party either, and he's ready to do something about it. Forget the popular kids: Together, Mike and Tschick are heading out on a road trip. No parents, no map, no destination. Will they get hopelessly lost in the middle of nowhere? Probably. Will they meet crazy people and get into serious trouble? Definitely. But will they ever be called boring again?

Not a chance.


I’m not convinced of my feeling for this book. Right after i finished it I would have said something along the lines of: Dull and dragging, the main character was trivial in his crush and Tschick was underdeveloped.

But now after giving it some time to stew I’d tell you it was fun and exciting. It lulled a little and was at times hard to pick back up but interesting nonetheless. The timeline and geography got a little confusing but you eventually catch up.

Mike Klingenberg was thoughtful and slow to speak (his character resembled Pudge from Looking For Alaska by John Green). He was given the chance to be a little less boring and forget about his crush-which got a little annoying-and he took it. Driving across Germany and looking for Timbuktu. Andrej Tshichatschow, Tschick for short. He is a particularly interesting conundrum that I would like to learn more about, yet I understand that that wasn’t the point of the story. He is itching for adventure and a friend. He finds booth in Mike, quite unexpectedly. He is cooler than he looks.

All the people they meet and all the trouble they get into, its - in a word, awesome- I want that trip. And you will to. It’s a great read and Mikes thought provoking inner monologue keeps it cool.

There is explicit language in some parts.

"And I was insanely happy. Because you can't old your breath forever, but you can hold it for a pretty long time."