Monday, March 18, 2013

ARC REVIEW plus a random giveaway: Claws by Mike Grinti

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908435127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908435125
In a contemporary fairytale as irresistible as catnip, one girl discovers that some magic cuts deep... Emma's sister is missing. Her parents have spent all their savings on the search. And now the family has no choice but to live in a ramshackle trailer park on the edge of the forest, next door to down-and-out harpies, hags, and trolls. Emma wonders if she'll ever see Helena, and if she'll ever feel happy, again.
Then she makes a friend. A smooth-talking, dirty-furred cat named Jack. He's got a razor-sharp plan to rescue Emma's sister. He just wants one small favor in return...

 The book is very fast-paced, there’s no boring chapter. The characters are kept to minimal. The plot is wonderfully weaved that you get to understand it at the end but not overly neat. CLAWS is lively, fun, short and sweet. An original fantasy, light read about magic, cats, fae, harpys, elves, family, friendship. It all wraps in the end, but Emma could have more adventures.

I’m 19 already, but it still feel good to read a book targeted for middle school readers. I believe this could be for parents too or anyone who enjoys a good read about magic and adorable talking cats.

I highly recommend this to anyone who loves taking animals (cats), and if ever there’s a series, I can’t wait to read more from this.

Full review on: FreshFiction

Random Giveaway:
 Heart's Storm by Julia Sherman  
Just leave a comment below. Double Entry for Followers

Heart's StormElizabeth Shulman, a twenty-seven-year-old Russian Jewish immigrant, would like nothing better than not to die a corporate accountant working at a Fortune 100 company. She wants to walk away from the corporate rat-race, but...she’s still holding onto the painful memories from her poor past—from the days her family came to America with nothing so that their children could have a free life.

But soon one day’s event turns Elizabeth’s world upside down and inside out. With her bubble burst, Elizabeth decides to take the first step, quit her job. However, her bullying boss from HELL offers her a promotion and a big raise. But there’s a hitch. She must also agree to do pro bono work to bolster the company’s image. Her pro bono assignment: tutor unprivileged kids in a Southwest Chicago elementary school. And there, in school, her life begins to change when she gets a peek at a different type of world from her own.

Heart’s Storm is a bitter-sweet romantic comedy about love and career, family and friends, immigration and hardships, betrayal and forgiveness, and the promise of the American dream


  1. It seems a great book . Hope to win :)

  2. follower on email and gfc. the story really looks very good. not often have i seen a story about an immigrant (at least not recently). generally, novels are based on white-bread american young adults. definitely going on my tbr shelf!!


  3. Claws sounds like an excellent story.
    I am very much a cat lover, and even have two. I love cat stories.

  4. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    I follow by email.
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com


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