A quick shout out.

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Hey all!

So…a new album just came out yesterday by one of my favorites The 1975! I know, exciting. I just wanted to give it a shout out, and let everyone know they should check it out. It is such an eclectic mix of 80’s sounds and new age electronic layers. Mix in Matt Healy’s unique, accented voice and you got a great album.

Here is a link for one of my favorite songs!

-Turner

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ISLAND’s Girl EP – Review

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girlISLAND recently released an EP, and oh my goodness, is it ever amazing. Turner was searching for new music and came across the song “I’ve been searching.” She shared it with me, and of course I had to check out the EP.

So after doing a little research, I learned that ISLAND is a four-piece band based out of London. They have a really cool presence in their photos and an awesome style.

Their EP includes four tracks:

  1. Stargazer
  2. Girl
  3. I’ve Been Searching
  4. Nighttime Written Blues

It’s hard to decide where to start, but let me share the words that came to mind when listening to these songs. Cool. Breezy. Soul. I also had a constant image of sitting on a beach at night while some strummed away on a guitar. Each song was a masterful concoction of clever guitar riffs and drum beats. The lead singer’s voice is so soothing that it lulls you into a trance, one where you listen to the music over and over. I found myself listening to each song several times because there are so many carefully constructed layers of beats and chords that you can’t listen to them all at the same time.

Each specific song had a common theme, the band’s particular sound was evident, but they still managed to make each one unique. That’s defiantly a challenge some other bands have failed at, but not this one.  One strange talent that this band possesses is the ability to end a song in the perfect way. They just have this knack for knowing whether to draw out the ending with soft chords or end it suddenly.

In regards to specific songs, the EP could be divided into two groups. Edgy/grungy and melodic/slowed-down. The first two tracks fall into the first category and the last two fall into the second. This mix is great, because it shows what ISLAND is capable of doing.

I’m constantly impressed with the indie music coming out of the UK and I swear the Brits were blessed by the musical gods to create sweet music for the world. It’s rare I find an album or EP in which I love every song on it, but this one hit the nail of the head. Five stars for ISLAND!

Take a listen to two of the tracks here and let me know what you think.

-Collins

New album review – Nothing But Thieves (indie/alternative)

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nothing-but-thieves-album-cover-1437136361So Nothing But Thieves just dropped their album this morning, and I have to say, I’m impressed.

They had released a single, “Graveyard Whistling” some time ago, and every since then, I’ve been waiting to see what else this band had to offer.

The first thing that I noticed after a listen through was the attention that appeared to be paid to each track. Each song was wholly different than the other. That, to me, is a reassuring sign. Next, I liked the interspersing of emotional raw tracks between the hard-hitting ones. You get used to heavy guitar and drum loops and suddenly you’re floating on a steady current of soft acoustic bars and painful lyrics.

I love this band’s ability to create resonating emotion in the listener. Each track makes you feel something different. You feel energized and pumped up and suddenly you feel broken and uneasy. The album in it’s entirety has a very independent, haunting feel.

Because the album cover itself is just as much a part of the album, let’s talk about that. The image of this shadowy horse galloping forward, through what looks like fog, conjures a feeling of mystery and intrigue. It’s simple, but doesn’t give too much away.

Personally, my favourite tracks are:

If I get High

Hostage

Lover, Please Stay

Drawing Pins

Tempt You (Evocatio)

All in all, this album deserves 5 bright stars. I can’t say enough, so I’ll just leave my praise at that. Here’s a little sample for you….

-Collins

A Review!

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Hey there, Turner here. I know, I know. Where have I been? I’ve been asking myself the same thing. I’ve currently been trying to finish the last few chapters of Collins and I previous project, whilst taking on five read to reviews from some pretty neat authors. I’ve just finished one called Leo Rising by Christine Besze. This was a great, action packed mafia romance, I’m excited to read her other works. Take a look at my review and check the book out for yourself!

I just want to start out by saying that this book totally caught me off guard, in the best way. I was a little unsure at the beginning, but all the build up and mystery was worth it for the explosive ending. Once I started, I couldn’t put this down. The writing is fluid and the voice of the characters really speaks through. There were so many twists and turns it kept me hooked and my mind guessing.

This story is about a young eighteen year old, unsuspecting girl named Tori who’s unknown past lands her in the biggest danger of her life, as a target for the Italian mob. Through this book it journeys her life as she deals with high school, boys (a particularly attractive boy named Theo), hard ass gym teachers and deathly situations all whilst learning about who she truly is. A true coming of age novel in an adventurous, action packed and drop dead sexy way. The steam was damn hot!

The characters in this book felt real and connectable. I understood them, rooted for them and bite my nails waiting to see what would happen to them. The secondary characters were great and I can’t wait to see what more this author has in store for them.

The only thing that could have pushed this to a five star for me was a faster paced beginning and a little less of the high school description and life.

If you’re like me and a love a good mafia romance story with action, gun fights and sexy moments, pick this one up, you won’t regret it!”

A review!

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I have another one for you guys. This one is Scratched by Marie Long. A deejay/basketball star meets the love of his life, but is she for real or is she in it for his persona on stage?

3 stars

This book was a quick and sweet read, however, it fell a little short for me. I give it a good three stars, though.

In this book we meet Kevin, brother of Dom from the previous book. Kevin is a deejay as well as a basketball player, however he quit college and ultimately gave up basketball a few years earlier in order to take care of family issues involving his little brother. Now twenty four, Kevin wants to move forward with his life and pursue his music and basketball career. All the while, building a relationship with one of his biggest fans, as well as his brother’s girlfriends, friend, Trinity.

While I thoroughly enjoyed reading about such a different set of characters then I’ve come to find lately, I felt that the relationship between Kevin and Trinity didn’t feel organic or natural to me. It felt rushed and their dialogue towards each other a little awkward. That being said, I liked hearing about a man who wasn’t a “manwhore” and who truly cared about his spouse. I also liked that Trinity, whilst being a heavier set woman, was strong in who she was and didn’t let that get her down.

I felt that the story of Kevin, aside from his relationship, was strong. His journey to basketball and deejay fame was realistic and I felt carried the story. There were a few things involving Trinity that occurred later on in the book that I felt were not, in my opinion, necessary. But apart from that, the writing was pretty solid and flowed well.

If you like cute books about basketball stars and strong woman, then this is for you.

– Turner

A book review

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I recently read and reviewed a very sweet and funny novel by the talented Cassie Mae. (Totally check out her books.) Here is that review!

5 “two squeeze” stars!

Have you ever read a book and connected to it so much that the characters not only become real to you, but you became them? That’s what this book was for me. I felt like I was Liz. I understood everything she said, did, felt and I loved Landon as much her as well.

This book is about what comes after the happily ever after. Liz and Landon have been together for years and are finally tying the knot. Exciting right? Not always. Life isn’t always a fairytale and there are hard things to deal with, not to mention the trivial things like socks on the floor. When Liz comes to the conclusion that her relationship has become stagnant in some areas, she proposes a bet. Winner gets to pick where they honeymoon. And what ensues is one of the most realistic portrayals of love and relationships that I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

This book was well written, well thought out and had me laughing, swooning and fanning myself over the sexual tension. It was sweet, flirty, fun and a pleasure to be immersed in. I didn’t want to leave their world.

I recommend this book to everyone. Seriously. If you love love, humour, chocolate and cheesecake, zombie props and movie sets, cute guys and trips to chocolateville, read this. You won’t regret it

-Turner

A review!

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Hey ho, Turner here!

So, along with reading, writing, working, listening to tunes, chatting to Collins on Facebook about very random things and all the other things life seems to entail…I review! Yep. I read books and write reviews for authors, how cool is that? I read a lot of young adult, new adult, romance, supernatural, well…anything really.

This is a review I have done for author Liv Hayes, for her new adult romance entitled “Pulse”. Check it out if you like a good forbidden love story!

I’m not sure if I could think of enough words to describe this story, but I think I’ll start with these ones: Emotional, heart wrenching, realistic, romantic, relate able. I was sucked in and by page fourteen, I was hooked. I was holding my breath waiting to see what would happened to these forbidden lovers.

This story is about Mia, a young woman studying English in university. After a breakup occurs, she is sent to the hospital complaining of heart pains, which is how she meets the swoon-worthy Dr.Greene. I don’t want to give too much away in terms of the story as it was so strong and well written it is worth going into it without knowing any spoilers. But I will say, the story line was very unique and refreshing.

I found Mia’s character to be very realistic. So much so, that I couldn’t help but completely relate to her. I felt as if I knew her, I could imagine myself making the same choices she did. She wasn’t a typical, cookie cutter heroine that we find so often in new adult novels. She was learning about who she was, what she wanted and how to deal with difficult situations as any young woman would and that made this read just that much better.

Now…Dr. Alex Greene. I just…I don’t even know! He was a perfectly damaged man, in my mind. An older man than Mia, with a little more life experience, who unfortunately had not gotten to the point where he was satisfied in his life. He has a past, he has his own insecurities and his own faults, as any normal person would, but his heart was big and he had a lot of love to give. (No wonder he was a cardiologist).

These two characters embark on a very forbidden, but passionate ride and I enjoyed every minute of it. The writing was fluid and articulate. The characters were well defined and had their own voice and I never found myself bored or uninterested, it kept my rapt attention from beginning to end. The only reason this one did not earn a five star from me was simply because the ending felt a little too rushed and I would have liked an epilogue. However, those are just personal preferences. I would definitely recommend this one!

Four solid stars.

-Turner