Infinite Sacrifice by L.E. Waters

Sometimes you finish a book, and immediately want to download the rest of the series because. WOW! Oh my goodness! What an AMAZING read!

But then you realize, you're moving next weekend, and that this weekend is the only time you have to finish packing. And you know, if you download the series now, you will be a worthless excuse for a packer because you'll either be reading or thinking about reading.

Does this happen to anyone else, or just me?

Let me tell you, I just finished Infinite Sacrifice by L.E. Waters. This book is the most creative story I've read in a VERY VERY long time. I loved every minute of it. It's historical, thought provoking, mysterious. It has love, passion, action, adventure. It's just simply amazing.

This was one of my free eBook finds through Barnes and Noble. It is book one of a four part series, and believe me, as soon as I finish packing, I'm downloading the next three. The next three are fairly inexpensive($4.99 to $5.99), and if they're half as good as the first book, I may have found my new favorite series.

Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined;in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.
Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.
Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.
All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous
life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?Source
Stories of reincarnation has always fascinated me. The idea that you have to live multiple lives, hopefully becoming a better person in each life, in order to go to Heaven is such an interesting plot.

Don't let the crown of throne like reference on the cover sway you to believe this is a Christian novel. This novel is good for all people, religious or not.

This book is suitable for most audiences. Anything sexual or overly violent is skimmed over quickly, using sparse details. The last life in this book, in plague-ridden England is a little gross if you get squeamish over illness, but it's manageable.

I imagine this book to be the perfect book to read in a high school English class. It is full of strong repeating characterism, themes, and symbolism. Each section is easily digestible in a short period (me, in one day, but for less avid readers, I'm sure each life could be read in a week easily).

Seriously, go download your free eBook on your Nook of Infinite Sacrifice by L.E. Waters. You won't be disappointed! Click here to go to the Barnes and Noble site for your download!

The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank

Last week I stumbled across my new favorite way to find FREE Nook Books! It's on the Barnes and Noble site directly. At the top, they have some of their most popular FREE eBooks, and below that, you can search by genre. See what I'm talking about here.

When I finished looking through these titles, I had 4 books in my cart.

I finished my first one Monday night.

The Substitute by Denise Grover Swank is one of a 3 part series (how do I keep coming across series? I don't know) called The Wedding Pact.

Honestly, I haven't read a romance novel since my high school days. It was easy to get back into the swing of things though. These novels, although at times predictable, are always a nice, feel good read (even if tears are involved).

Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it's to come clean--a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.

With only one week left to save his business, Josh McMillan boards a plane to Kansas City in a last-ditch effort, leaving the details to chance. An unexpected answer is delivered in the form of the beautiful brunette beside him. Though she's completely loopy, her honesty, openness, and humor charm him. So when she passes out before landing, he helps her off the plane--a good deed that leads to a colossal misunderstanding. Her parents assume he's her fiancé. In a twist of fate, the mix-up might help Josh save his business, so he plays along, figuring he can help Megan too. All he has to do is stage a public break up convincing enough to appease her mother.

Josh is only supposed to be a substitute groom, but the more time he and Megan spend together, the more their pretend engagement starts to feel real...and the less they want to break it off. Can a relationship that began as a farce turn into happily ever after?Source
This novel I would not recommend for children. There are two or three sex scenes that are not super raunchy, they are raunchy enough to have kids asking questions.

Some of the characters lacked development. Megan's best friends, Libby and Blair especially. They were written to be polar opposites with very little back story. I felt the same about Josh's brother, Noah. I wish there were more depths to their characters.

On the other hand, I love Megan's grandma! She is hilarious, and a great comedic relief in the story. Just imagine, a semi-nudist grandma strutting her stuff around right before a wedding. Yes! She's a perfect addition to the book.

The lack of character development, by no means takes away from the overall story. I would recommend this to anyone for a fun, vacation on the beach read. This is the perfect summer read, and since Texas can't decide what season it wants to be, I can read summer reads in January!

I don't plan on continuing the series just yet, but maybe one day.

If you have a Nook or the Nook app, click here to get your free copy of The Substitute.

The Gatekeeper's Saga by Eva Pohler

I just finished my first series of the New Year. If you haven't read my review on the first book, here it is.

These books are addicting, full of action, love, suspense, and drama. I found myself up for hours after heading to bed because I couldn't stop reading. When I did stop reading, I dreamt about the characters. Maybe because one of the characters is the god of sleep? Not sure.

This is a wonderful YA series. Adults, like me, who enjoy YA fiction will also enjoy it.

This fantasy novel series focuses on the Greek Gods. They still rule up in Atlantis and in the Underworld. They've continued on with their duties despite the fact that the world no longer believes in them.

The god of death has a run in with Therese when her parents die and she is in a coma. He falls in love and goes undercover to try to win her heart. This is their story. A wonderful, loving (although sometimes cheesy), story of their love.

Do yourself a favor, and pick it up. I believe the first book is still available for free on Amazon Kindle. If you don't have a Kindle all you need is a smartphone or tablet to download the app.

Of course now I have to find a new book, or series, to read. Until then, I'll live in the void that their world is no longer part of my every day life.

The Gatekeeper's Sons by Eva Pohler

After a longer than expected hiatus, I'm back with a brand new book review. I spent the Christmas break up in New York City, experiencing winter, subways, train rides, and all the touristy sights and sounds the city has to offer.

I ate the BEST Chinese Food of my life. I dined at the world famous Katz's. I took a stroll through Central Park.

AND... I read two books on the daily train rides I took from Connecticut (where I was staying) into Grand Central.

I downloaded a copy of The Gatekeeper's Sons by Eva Pohler for free on my Nook. I believe it is still available for free too. After reading it, I ended up buying the complete saga: The Gatekeeper's Saga Boxed Set: Books One through Six of The Gatekeeper's Saga

"Ancient gods. Modern times. Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world. Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.  The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive." Source

The story is fast paced, interesting, and has a unique story line. It's a love story involving humans AND Greek Gods. It stars Hades' sons! How can this book not be intriguing?

I found Pohler's writing style somewhat immature. Honestly, it felt like I was reading a fan fiction written by a teenager at times. Although I loved the story, the writing style left something to be desired. It didn't stop me from buying the complete saga though.

This is a great, easy read. It's easily read by all age groups, and although it is a love story, it is written in a young, first love, kind of way.

Stories from Greek Mythology are scattered throughout the novel as an added bonus. Imagine reading a story about Hades as told by one of his sons!

Pick up your copy of this novel, or enjoy the whole saga! It's only $9.99 for 6 books! Buy yours today!