Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Playing Hooky Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Playing Hooky blog tour! I have a review coming up, as well a a giveaway for bookmarks, bracelets, necklaces, and several e-books. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:



Playing Hooky (Paranormal Investigations, #1)
Valentine’s Day.

And my 21st birthday.

Whoop-de-doo.

Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.

…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day. 

Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.

Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.

Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again.

My Rating: 4 Roses
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An interesting idea for a NA paranormal romance. Playing Hooky was an imaginative book that was very cute.

I only had one issue with this book and that was the world building. I liked the idea for it all, but I wanted to see it more developed. I felt like there were some holes. But, this is only the first novella in a series, so I hope that is changed in the next books.

Emma was a great character. This girl was fierce. Her constant sarcastic quips brought humor into any situation. She was a very realistic character, a likable heroine.

Jason was also great. He's loved Emma for years, but has never gotten up the nerve to say anything. And he's lived his life not knowing where he came from or even what he is other than not human. He was such a sweet guy. And the mystery of his origin had me anxious to find out the truth.

The romance in this book was minimal. Throughout the story, it was more of Emma and Jason beginning to explore the possibility of a relationship than an epic romance. But it was still sweet.

The plot moved fast. I suspected who the culprit was about halfway through, but it didn't diminish the thrills. And the ending left me burning with curiosity about what happens next.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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Giveaway:
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About the Author:
Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset. 

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

When I grow up (maybe a hundred years from now), I'd like to be a superhero, but for now, saving the day, one page at a time, suits me just fine.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.

For more fun on the tour, visit the other tour stops! For the full schedule, go here.


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