Imagine growing up in a place where Gangs ran riot and you had to be careful about what you did , where you were in case you were jumped by a gang mem Imagine growing up in a place where Gangs ran riot and you had to be careful about what you did , where you were in case you were jumped by a gang member. Some stay and join the gangs whereas others hope to make it out of the town and go somewhere and achieve something in life. For Maddie Diaz , she was one of those girls who had big dreams and a future ahead of when she received a full-ride scholarship to study Journalism. Maddie though wasn't one to keep her head down and do nothing so when she witnesses a crime which resulted in Hector the "homeless" man being killed , she tells the cops and soon identifies those responsible. They however are in a gang called "Reyes" and now with two of their guys heading to prison because of Maddie, they want revenge and decide to attack Maddie. Maddie is rescued by someone known only as Lobos - he is apparently the leader of the gang "Destinos" who has been clearing the streets of all wrong-doing. Though what will happen when he and Maddie can't stay apart and Maddie discovers his true identity ? Will their newfound love for each other be able to keep either of them safe or will the truth put them both in dangers way ? On the Edge is an edgy novel that deals with the realism of gang culture in our communities. If Edgy Teen Fiction is one of your genres to read , then get out those diaries and mark November for this upcoming release....more
Reading novels like this one especially after you have lost someone you care about can really make the novel more realistic for you and make you wantReading novels like this one especially after you have lost someone you care about can really make the novel more realistic for you and make you want to just sit there and bawl your eyes out. For me, that was Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe as in this book , Shaynee's mother has passed away from Cancer and now it's just her, her brother Lennox and her Dad and they all seem to be coping in different ways. As for me, I lost my mum six months ago and it still hurts so much and sometimes I just wish that she wasn't sick and that I could hear her voice or get a hug or something. Even writing this review makes my eyes tear up. In Heart Shaped Rock, Shaynee though will discover that she has a great support system of friends out there and often her little brother Lennox makes me want to give him a big hug as in ways he reminded me of my younger brother. Over music and discovering new friends, it will teach Shaynee that it is ok to miss her mum and that sometimes in order to move on , you need to let others in and share those emotions with them. What I loved most about this novel, was the fact that it was such a sweet and raw story and even better as I love listening to my Ipod and love books that contain singers and music, I was able to after I read the novel listen to the soundtrack that accompanied this novel as the author Laura had provided me with the music. This book is one of the best teen fiction that I have read for 2014 and you may have noticed that in this review, I used a yellow border as the colour Yellow stars alot and means something in this novel.
Readers, if you are wanting an YA/Teen novel to touch the corners of your heart and tug on them and have you not only experiencing tears of sadness but also of joy with thy cup runneth over thy pages then check out "Heart Shaped Rock" by Laura Roppe as you won't be disappointed.
Are you a fan of serial killer stories but also have a yearning for romance in your books ? If so, then you will enjoy Passions in the Park Book #1 LoAre you a fan of serial killer stories but also have a yearning for romance in your books ? If so, then you will enjoy Passions in the Park Book #1 Love Me Anyway as we meet Park Ranger Greyson whose baby is the Denali Forest Park where he works, it is his pride and joy and his life. When campers phone in something odd out in the woods ,a wooden sealed casket his flags go up immediately as recently there have been several murders including national parks and wooden caskets. Known as only the Evergreen Killer, he has struck females mostly runaways , killed them and placed them inside a wooden coffin that he has built and leaves them for somebody to discover. Unsure of what they are dealing with the FBI arrives with their criminal profiler Aspen. Now Aspen reminded me of the character Bones as she has no manners but it isn't that she is necessary rude she is just so concentrated on her job. Greyson, though does not have any happiness for people who don't use manners and will soon put Aspen in her spot after she treats him and his men bad. What happens though that after time , the pair discover that they really aren't that different people ? Can this pair not only solve the crime and discover who the killer is but also find passion and their soulmate ?
As I like my mysteries quite fast-paced , this book started off getting really really good and then about 3/4 the way through it lost a bit of it's momentum which is why I am rating it a 3 instead of a 4.
Find out in Love Me Anyway by JL Redington, Book #1 in The Passions in the Park series - the perfect combination of Romance and Murder Suspense.
Starring at the cover, you would think that this was an Adult novel but it is in fact a Teen Book and just like the title assumes this book is filledStarring at the cover, you would think that this was an Adult novel but it is in fact a Teen Book and just like the title assumes this book is filled with lots of twists and that isn't exaggerating either. This novel starts off relatively normal with Bea living with her aunty and uncle after what we can assume was a tragedy that happened forcing her to try and move on with her life with her Aunt and Uncle. Then we learn that Bea's father is currently wanted by the FBI and it has something to do with her mother's death. Bea then starts school and meets Lucas Davenport, these two are drawn together and have a romantic fling though it is short-lived with Lucas ends up half-dead and lying in a hospital bed and somehow it seems that this might be due to Bea's father and the case the FBI are putting together. Bea then flies down to stay with her best friend in Seattle and for a brief moment sees her Dad and he tells her not to "trust anyone". Then the story starts to get weird as Lucas has amnesia and hates the name Lucas and wants to be called Louie, then it is discovered that maybe Bea's mum is still alive and that the funeral was faked and that her father really isn't in trouble but is trying to save her life as she has the disease just like her mother does or at least did . About 3/4 the way through the novel, Twist does get really confusing and as I say alot of twists and turns start developing and readers, you will have to sort out for your own as to which is reality and which is fantasy and reading the book and from my own experiences with it, I am guessing that this is one of those books that everyone will have a different outcome in the end to which was real and what was fake.
Twist was a mixture between a Teen Fiction with Edgy Content meets Mystery Suspense with a weird element of not exactly Sci-Fi but that feel of something not adding up and government involvement - think Men In Black films.
Anyway, Twist is one of those books readers, that you will either love or hate....more
Jennifer's goal is to finally lose her virginity by her 21st birthday which is in 60 days , it's not like she hasn't had the chance to lose it, it is Jennifer's goal is to finally lose her virginity by her 21st birthday which is in 60 days , it's not like she hasn't had the chance to lose it, it is the fact that whenever she does go to have sex some weird bizzare force is at hand and disasters always occur which more often than not lead to Jennifer or her date ending up in a hospital room or trying to talk themselves out of a weird and odd situation. Jennifer's roommates which are two other girls and two guys - Christian and Luke , they find the situation hilarious . The story starts with Christian's mum egging him on about not having a girlfriend to bring along to a family party, Jen agrees to go as his date and it's at the party where she meets Dain. The two of them start dating and it seems that Dain might very well be the guy of whom Jen will finally lose her virginity to which is good as the days are passing by quickly and it's nearly her twenty-first birthday. What will happen though when feelings for another guy start to appear and every time she tries with Dain, it fails just like the rest ? Is her body telling her to wait for "Mr Right" and why can't "Mr Right" hurry up as Jenn is running out of patience and is ready to open her legs to the next stranger and say "take me here now" . This is one of those books that despite the cover is actually considered to be quite a clean novel when it comes to sex and romance. ...more
Sara comes from a line of Elementals , which are those who contain magical abilities from The Otherworld. Years ago, when Sara was a little girl ther Sara comes from a line of Elementals , which are those who contain magical abilities from The Otherworld. Years ago, when Sara was a little girl there was a war which ended with The Elementals being banned to use their powers and if caught then they would be sentenced to death or imprisoned. Her father at the time was taken away as was her older brother Max a few years later. Now years later, Sarah's powers are still in full effect and she has discovered the ability of dream-walking and this skill leads her to meet Mike Silver - an elf from the Otherworld. His Element is Silver and he wishes to take Sara as his consort. He will help Sara to re-discover her magic and at the same time help her to further discover the secrets her family has been hiding all these years and imagine her surprise when she discovers that people she thought she knew, aren't what they seem. This was quite a fast-paced novel and if you are a fan of Fantasy novels, then you will thoroughly enjoy Copper Girl - the first book in Jennifer's Series "The Copper Legacy". Though , I am not normally a fan of fantasy world type novels, this book held my interest and I want to know what happens next, so I am looking forward to reading Book #2 Copper Ravens.
Sarah has had a rough life that would make many break and others squirm, when she was sixteen she was sold to her Uncle Dwight by her parents in exch Sarah has had a rough life that would make many break and others squirm, when she was sixteen she was sold to her Uncle Dwight by her parents in exchange for Heroin. From then on , she was used as a punching bag and kept under the watchful eye of Dwight and her cousin Troy. She had no freedom, until one day while cleaning she meet a guardian angel in the form of Miri, owner of a Beauty school. Miri, helped Sarah get a new job and plan her escape to Red Valley. Finally free and away from Dwight's reach and fists, Sarah gets a job at Peach's Salon and starts to finally open up and come out of her shell. Nathan Connors is back for the Hockey Season and it seems that he has the hots for new hairdresser Sarah, but Sarah is far from trusting when it comes to the male sex. Can Nathan prove to Sarah, that he is one of the good guys ? What will happen though, when things finally start to look up for Sarah only to have things turn to disaster when Dwight finally discovers where she is ? Is Sarah's HEA over and short-lived ? Or will fate and someone above looking out for Sarah intervene once again and this time leave her finally free from her past forever ? This novel reminded me a mix between the movie and book "Safe Haven" from Nicholas Sparks and "Star Bright" by Catherine Anderson. ...more
One of my favourite things I love to read about is stories about Gods and Goddesses and even more the tales of their ancestors. In Goddess Born, it i One of my favourite things I love to read about is stories about Gods and Goddesses and even more the tales of their ancestors. In Goddess Born, it introduces us to the descendant of the Goddess Brigid. Set in PA , 1730 we meet Selah Kilbride, she is a direct descendant of the Goddess and holds the power to heal. Her father is ill and the only way to keep her family's secret hidden is to marry her cousin Samuel in an arranged marriage and she must do it fast before her father passes away. When Selah discovers her husband to be has died upon the ship, she finds herself in a major dilemma as if she doesn't return with a husband then she will be forced to marry the evil Nathan Crowley - one of the Elder's in the Quakers Church. At the shipping yard, Selah meets Henry and purchases him with the agreement that he will marry her and pose as her husband, the thing though Henry is hiding a dark secret about who he really is. When Nathan doesn't get his own way, what will happen to Selah when he starts to proclaim that she is a witch after all - what other explanation would there be for her performing healings and miracles ? Can she get out of this mess after she discovers who her friends are and that being a descendant makes her stronger ? Will Henry and Selah eventually find themselves loving each other and soon their marriage be turned into a reality ? Find out in this awesome novel made for fans of Gods and Goddesses and those who love renditions of myths and legends - "Goddess Born" by Kari Edgren. ...more
If you are a fan of time-travelling novels and crime solving PI's , then you will love this book as much as I did. Destination to be Determined was a If you are a fan of time-travelling novels and crime solving PI's , then you will love this book as much as I did. Destination to be Determined was amazing and I cannot wait to read Book #2 when it is released. In Destination to be Determined, we meet Emmy London - she was a foster child moving from home to home when she was younger as Emmy is special - she has the ability to move in time and travel to different years and experiences visions. Ever since she was little she was labelled with an overactive imagination and placed from home to home as a troublesome young girl. This novel focuses around an event that happened for Emmy when she was seven years old when a girl from her class Chloe was kidnapped. No one else had any information , but Emmy had seen it happen in a vision- when she tried to explain she was written off as cray-cray and moved to another home. The novel then flips to twenty years later and Emmy is working as a PI and it happens to be the twentieth anniversary of Chloe's disappearance and her father wants answers, he comes to Emmy who then goes back to 1994. What she sees though is dangerous and Emmy wonders what the cops will think of her information ? Also a new guy has popped onto the scene and there is something about him that Emmy can't put her finger on ? Is he one of the bad guys or good guys ? Can Emmy trust him and let him into her life, when things start to heat up ? Where next will Emmy's life take her ? Find out all the answers to those questions in this amazing co-authored novel "Destination to Be Determined'....more
Darcy St. James is back and this time she is putting on her old ways of undercover reporting as her friend Abby Walsh contacts her and lets her know Darcy St. James is back and this time she is putting on her old ways of undercover reporting as her friend Abby Walsh contacts her and lets her know that she has stumbled onto something big while aboard the cruise ship she has been stationed on as an Excursions reporter. The novel starts with Abby being discovered and thrown overboard and the help me call to Darcy. Next thing we know Darcy is headed to the ship as the new reporter to help write about the different adventure activities the ship has to offer and she has been given the role of shadowing one of the instructors who happens to turn out to be none other than Gage McKenna - the guy she got close to in the previous book Shattered. The two start out but Darcy is hiding something, she doesn't know how to swim. She can't afford to lose this position though as something dangerous has happened to Abby and no-one will tell Darcy anything, it's as if her friend just vanished into thin air. As the story goes on, we see the McKenna's start to help Darcy in her investigation - but once Darcy latches on and discovers some anomalies in stories, will she be the next one to disappear and become another overboard statistic ? This one unlike the others tended to focus more on the storyline of Abby and Darcy rather than a romantic link but we did see the chemistry continue to grow between Darcy and Gage. Also in Stranded , Kayden McKenna finally wrangles the truth about Jake's identity from Darcy and will she be surprised ? Find out in Stranded - Book #3 of the awesome Christian Adventure/Suspense series "Alaskan Courage" ...more
Savannah's upbringing is what reminded me of the movie Matilda with the parents that never cared and were never around. When Savannah was sixteen, she Savannah's upbringing is what reminded me of the movie Matilda with the parents that never cared and were never around. When Savannah was sixteen, she got emancipated and went to live with her best friend Bree's family and they took her in and treated her as if they were her parents. Now three years later , Bree and Savannah are in New York studying to become top journalists and Savannah is dating Emerson - her boyfriend of four years and now fiance. This is until she discovers him cheating on her birthday of all days and kicks him to the curb. Savannah along with Bree and their friend Justice -who happens to be studying Law goes out to party and Savannah aka Van meets Ezra. For these two it is a case of instant attraction and soon they find themselves head over heels with one another and caught up in a whirlwind romance, though the happiness can't last forever as Savannah discovers she is pregnant and Ezra happens to be her teacher ( I laughed at this and thought, this could be a PLL reference). The next six months are bliss for the pair, until tragedy strikes which causes Savannah to back right off Ezra and soon she starts to spiral down and get lost in her past. She starts to distance herself away from Ezra despite the fact she still loves him and vice versa and the best way is to find a rebound guy - Sebastian Taylor. Savannah starts dating Sebastian but when she is faced with the decision on who to choose as she does enjoy both , who will she chose Ezra - the one she has been through so much with or Sebastian - the carefree guy who has no connections to her past ? Find out in A Week in Savannah- an edgy New Adult Contemporary Romance....more
Some Boys are Jerks , and others think that they are Gods and that everyone should bow to them as they are the ones everyone wants to be with or frienSome Boys are Jerks , and others think that they are Gods and that everyone should bow to them as they are the ones everyone wants to be with or friends with. Some boys think that they are above everyone else and Some boys can make your life a living hell and nightmare. For Grace, one night at a party she ends up drinking a tad too much but what she doesn't expect when she tries to say no is that Zach - one of the most popular football players at her school will rape her and leave her to fend for herself when the going gets tough or in this case when the police sirens start whirring. Grace is strong and tells her parents and the police what has happened, the thing though is that no-one believes her and her life at school will become a living nightmare as she must now face the people she thought were her friends as they continue to call her names and make her life a more living hell than it already is. When Grace is sentenced to cleaning locker duties , it is alongside Ian - one of Zach's friends and fellow football players - for a long time he has had a crush on Grace but after the incident he doesn't know how to talk to her or even who is telling the truth. During their cleaning lockers time , Ian will get to know the "hidden" Grace and learn over time that she is telling the truth about what happened. Can Ian bring closure to Grace and prove to Grace that not all guys are jerks and will hurt you. Can Ian also help Grace prove that she was correct and that Zach did rape her or when the going gets tough - whose side will Ian go to when it comes to the final crunch ? Find out in "Some Boys" by Patty Blount. This book reminded me of a favourite of mine by author Laurie Halse Anderson "Speak" which is on the Banned Books list and also was made into a film starring Kristen Stewart.
Looking for a quick romantic read ? Tarnished Hero is then the book for you and readers, it can be read as a stand-alone if you have not read Book #1 Looking for a quick romantic read ? Tarnished Hero is then the book for you and readers, it can be read as a stand-alone if you have not read Book #1. In Book #2 Tarnished Hero, we meet Hero Hernandez who is a bit of a player and is currently sleeping with ex-model and rich society material Margarite and all is well until one morning , he steps out of the shower to find someone younger sitting on the bed , someone closer to his age as it turns out Margarite has a daughter called Danica aka Dani to all her friends and the instant meeting between Dani and Hero sparks something as these two tend to be more connected than an average one night stand as after they sleep together, he can't stop thinking about her. However is this just a summer fling as Dani is heading places and deserves more than Hero can give her or has Dani got other plans up her sleeve that might just concern Hero more than he realised ? Want to discover more and is in the mood for a bit of a steamy beach side summer read or a curl up in front of the fireplace or relax in a hot bath depending which side of the world you are on ? Then check out Tarnished Hero by Tara Mills. ...more