Monday, March 30, 2015

Playster, a new face in multi-media

 



A new multimedia site came to my attention recently called Playster.  It has media content such as books, music, games and movies.  For this review I’ll concentrate on the books since this is a book site.  As far as book content goes it’s pretty good.  Playster scored a major publisher in Harper Collins. For the romance novel lovers this means Avon Books!  I saw some very familiar names in Janet Evanovich, Rachel Gibson, Johnna Lindsey, Kim Harrison, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lori Wilde, Pamela Palmer, Nicole Williams, Kelley Armstrong, Amy Plum, and L.J. Smith.  
For some non-romance titles I saw “The American Sniper”, Charles Bukowski, Michel Crichton, James Rollins, Pittacus Lore, a ton of cool non-fiction/biographies, and some “dummies” books. I have my eye on “Knitting for Dummies”.

What originally caught my eye was Kim Harrison’s The Hallows series. I’ve wanted to read this series but at 10 books deep that’s quite the investment if I like the series.  This one series could potentially cost me close to $80.00 using $7.99 as the ticket price per book.  If you are anything like me I can read fast and whip through a series in a couple of weeks if I love it enough.  
So let’s talk Playster numbers. You get a 30 day free trail, if you don’t cancel within the 30 days you will automatically be upgraded to a member of the site for $15.99 per month.  If you forget to cancel within the 30 days you are charged the $15.99 non-refundable but you can still cancel and enjoy the remaining days of the month you paid for, which I think is reasonable enough. I mean come on we all know when you sign up for a “free trail” you are actually signing yourself up for a membership and it’s your own fault for not reading the terms and conditions when you put in all of your details including your credit card number.  You can cancel a number of ways including calling, emailing and there is even a chat option.

So how does this compare to Kindle Unlimited? One, you don’t have to have a Kindle to use Playster. It is compatible with any smart device such as a smart phone, computer or tablet. They have an app you can download. I admit have not actually used the app, the reading I did was on my computer while I was working (ssshhhh don’t tell anyone!) I chatted in with Playster asking if it was compatible with my Kindle Paperwhite and they said you can use the experimental browser to read on your device but it will load somewhat slowly and the reading experience would be better through the app.  Two, which the price of Playster is higher at $15.99 vs $9.99 I found that the books on Playster are better. I’ve found that Kindle Unlimited has a lot of self-published or Indy authors which is great, I like those books too, but I can buy them at $1-$2 a pop at my leisure.  The bigger names that you see on Playster go more for $5-$10 a pop so you only have to read 1-3 books a month on Playster to cover what you spent for the monthly subscription.  I say give it a whirl; don’t see any books you like, cancel it before the 30 days and harm no foul.

Since Playster does have other content I feel I’d be remiss if I don’t at least mention it. The music is a lot of Indy musicians. If you love to experiment and find new music I think you’ll love Playsters music content.  The movies, unless you love movies based on musicans I didn’t really see anything worth mentioning. Games, I don’t really play any games but I found a review from a gamer and he assured us that the game content is quite good.  http://gamepadreviews.com/playster-review/  if you would like to see the review.  What I would like to mention about Playster and it’s content this is a brand new site, it is still in Beta so I figure that the content will only get better with time.


Will Playster in time replace your Netflix and Spotify, I don’t know but I think it has the potential if they do it right. 



*review also seen on "Where the Nighkind Roam"

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: Kresley Cole – Poison Princess

Arcana Chronicles:

Book 1:

Poison Princess: Evangeline “Evie” Greene and Jackson Deveaux
 
  Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Purchase this book on Amazon: Kresley Cole - Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles)
 
Summary:
From Goodreads.com
She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.


But she can’t do either alone.


With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?


Who can Evie trust?


As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

 
Review:
Ok so I am kind of struggling with this review. I don’t read much YA so I don’t really know how to go about reviewing for it. Lol… So on one hand I want to review it as an adult novel for adults, then on the other hand I think should I try to put myself in the shoes of an actual YA and think if I was an YA how would I feel about this book? And then a small part of me thinks should I think of this from an adult stand point on how I would feel if I had a teenager and they read this book? I’m all discombobulated and making it too complicated I know. HAHA So, I guess since pretty much all my reviews are for adults, I’ll go with as an adult for an adult reading this novel.
 
I have to admit when I had heard that my beloved Kresley Cole was writing a YA book I was not pleased. I knew this YA title would take away from the Immortal’s After Dark series. If she was writing YA she couldn’t be writing a new IAD title and that did not sit well for me because it is my favorite series! However, since I am a dedicated Kresley Cole fan, I decided to try out this YA adult title, I mean how bad could it possibly be, it’s still a Kresley Cole title YA or not…
 
I am so glad that I gave this title a try, it sucked me in from the beginning and would not let me go until it was finished. I had to force myself to put the book down at after 2 am and then as soon as I could the next day it was right back open and I did not put it back down to the last page. I was even looking at my progress with dread because I knew the book was coming to an end and I didn’t want it to!
 
This tale as a whole is dark, I mean come on its dealing with a freak’n apocalypse. It’s definitely not going to be sunshine and rainbows. So it has a darker edgier feel to it, which as an adult I had absolutely no problem with. The book is not quite as funny as a lot of the IAD titles but Cole does manage to get some humor and wise cracks into the dialogue.
 
The quality of writing is on par with anything you would come to expect from Kresley Cole, Kresley Cole is on point with everything. She pays attention to details and gets it right EVERY time. Poison Princess is no exception, if there was a lingering question from the beginning if it was meant to get answered in this installment it gets answered.
 
Ok on to the characters. Evie at first glance is sunshine and rainbows. From the outside looking in she is a shining example of genteel southern belle. She wears the correct clothes, she’s beautiful, smart, rich, is a cheerleader and her boyfriend is the perfect southern gentleman. When you look below the surface is where you see the true Evie. She has deep dark hallucinations which are getting harder and harder to cover up and she hears all these voices in her head. When Jackson a Cajun boy from the other side of the tracks starts at her school she spirals further down the rabbit hole. Her reaction to him is almost as confusing to her as the hallucinations. School is becoming more and more difficult for Evie and she starts worrying she is going to be thrown in the nuthouse again. Annnnd then the apocalypse happens and suddenly she’s not so crazy as she saw all those events before they actually happened. When Jackson shows up at her farm it is both a blessing and curse. Jackson forces Evie to face her new life post apocalypse and quite frankly she is not very good at facing or surviving necessarily. I kept hoping that she would man up and learn some survival skills, she did learn some but Jackson was definitely carrying this team. I also wanted her to embrace what she is, but if she did right away we wouldn’t have her inner conflict. Of which she had plenty. Evie kind of reminds me of a young Macayla Lane from the Karen Marie Moning Fever Series. You love her and are rooting for her but at the same time she can frustrate the hell out of you.
 
Now Jackson Deveaux is a character all onto himself. I quite liked him. I loved the Cajun charm and adored how Kresley Cole through in the Cajun dialect and the Cajun French, it is one of the many things I enjoyed with this book. I could imagine his rumbly voice speaking in French; it’s quite the panty dropper. Not that any panties were actually dropped in this book. The sexual tension between Evie and Jackson is palpable and the sparks fly! Now, I can see how some people might have a problem with Jackson as a character, he is constantly drinking (although never actually drunk). I say it’s the damn apocalypse drink as much as you want! You never know if you’re going to make it into the next day. He’s also a rake, well he was before the apocalypse, but with the shortage of females and all…. And he has his eye on our favorite gal. But at the heart of Jackson he is a good guy, he is loyal and protective, very intelligent and sure he makes some mistakes along the way but who doesn’t? He felt like a real person to me. Plus he saves Evie’s butt time and time again, she couldn’t be in safer hands. Now Jackson kind of reminds me of the IAD’s Cadeon the Kingmaker, only a bit darker, not quite as charming.
 
Would I recommend this book to other adults and AID fans? ABSO “f’n” LUTLY!! Infact I was utterly absorbed, I think I actually finished the book faster then it took me to write this damn review. LOL I think adults will enjoy this book, it’s not too teenagerish. The kids have to grow up fast. There is plenty that goes on to keep an adults attention, there are cannibals, zombies, superpowers, visions, and survival of the fittest. For the IAD fans, I would recommend that you completely banish IAD from your mind while reading this book, this is not IAD, it is not even close. There are very few similarities between the two so to compare the two wouldn’t be far to either series. What I did kind of miss was in the IAD series KC switches POV’s between the hero and heroine so we know what each is thinking. In this book it is strictly from Evie’s POV so we don’t get into Jackson’s head, and I would like to spend some time there.
 
Ok, so I know this is a hecka long review, but I just had so much to say! I just have to mention one other thing… The ending… It is one hell of a WTF, it’s just ending there?!?! So if you abso HATE cliffhangers… You might want to wait a bit closer to whenever book 2 is going to release. But do pick it up!
 
OK, I’m done now! I promise.

*This review also appears on my other blog “Paranormal Romance

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Jams – Twista

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Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Jams, a weekly music post hosted here @ Salacious Reads. This is my way to share with you another one of my loves...music. Wanna share your favorite song or artist, just comment linking back to your site & I'll be sure to stop by.


My pick this week is Twista feat. Pharrell – Lavish

My best friend and I were going through all our old jams this past weekend wondering what in the hell happened to most hip hop/rap these days and this song came up as one of our favorites from “back in the day”.  I miss Twista, where did he go?

So here is Lavish! Enjoy!


SP Sweetpea

Thursday, September 13, 2012

GIVEAWAY! Olivia Cunning – The Sinners on Tour

Hey all! I’m doing a giveaway! It’s been a LONG time since I‘ve done a giveaway, but I had the opportunity to giveaway. With the Trey’s book Double Time looming in the near future I am giving away two sets of Olivia Cunnings first two Sinners on Tour books. Backstage Pass and Rock Hard.

I absolutely ADORE this series! If you love musicians, rock and roll and books hot enough to steam up the windows, this series is for you!

So I am running this giveaway on both of my blogs. I couldn’t decide which one to run it on so I’m doing it jointly. You can enter here or at my other blog www.paranormalromancenovel.com.

Sorry, but this contest is USA and Canada only. Sad smile It is running from now until September 13th, 2012

So how do you win you ask?  You rack up points, each point earns you an entry. The points the more entries. If I get enough entries I’ll even throw in a $10.00 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Nobles.

Required: Fill out the entry form AND comment with your favorite concert of all time and why you loved it so much.  If you have never been to a concert who do you want to see the most.

Click Here to Fill Out the Form

Good Luck!

Sinners on Tour:

So I have never been that big of a fan of "erotica" I like a story with my sex. LOL! When I heard about this series through one of my goodreads groups (reading is my escape) and the ladies were raving about it I decided to check it out. I'm a big fan of music and musicians so I decided to give it a whirl despite my reluctance and I am so glad I did! I adore this series! The sex is sexy and steamy everything you would expect from erotica and from the characters being musicians but even better are the characters. I fell in love with the Sinners, every last one of them!
 
What I especially adore about O. Cunnings writing is when you least expect it she pops in this one liner or some situation that has you laughing so hard it brings you nearly to tears! Even more then I like a scorching sex scene I absolutely love to laugh, so to find myself laughing in the middle of an erotica novel means I'm in love!

Backstage Pass:
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I really loved Brian, he's a rocker with a romantic heart. If you were to fall for a musician (and I've sworn off musicians fr a reason lol) this is the type of musician you want to fall for faithful to the core. In my dreams I would find myself a Brain, but alas, I doubt he exists so I'll have to settle for reading about him. Myrna is kind eh for me, I didnt really relate to her, but it didnt take away from my enjoyment of this book.

Rock Hard:
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In this novel I really adore Sed the misunderstood sex god and lead singer of the Sinners and Jessica the smart, sexy, head strong law student. They are an unlikely match but a perfect one. They definitely have their misunderstanding as two headstrong opinionated always want to be right people but the making up is well worth the fighting. In this books as compared to the first you get more character development and learn more about each of the band mates. I have to admit I have a soft spot for Trey and Jace and hope they get books soon!

Double Time:
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Expected publication: November 1st 2012
Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor in this menage story featuring the hottest guy in the Sinners band.

Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bisexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan's sexy bisexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience--and love--with the two men she wants the most.

Friday, September 7, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow - I want to Beta Read For…

 
 
18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list and say 'Hi!' Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!

Question of the week!
If you could beta read for any author who would it be and why?

Answer:
Kresley Cole for sure! She is my favorite writer and to be able to read as it progresses would just be amazing to me.



The other would be Nalini Singh! Waiting for her books to release is practically torture. When I was waiting for Achangel’s Storm I about pulled my hair out!

ArchangelsStorm

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Jams- Meme

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Good Evening Beautiful People! 
 
Welcome to another edition of Tuesday James, a weekly post hosted  Salacious Reads. This is my way to share with you another one of my loves...music. Wanna share your favorite song or artist, just comment linking back to your site & I'll be sure to stop by.


I’d like to post my current Song on Repeat: Awolnation – Sail
A friend was playing this song in his car and I had to get it! I’ve been listening to it obsessively every since. It’s a cool mix of electronica and pop.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Free MP3 Songs on Amazon

Ok all, I was looking for some free music and thought why not put it up on my blog for you all. I do a similar post for eBooks on my other blog www.paranormalromancenovel.com so why not music for this one. I dont know how long these songs are free so grab them while you can!