That last 2 pages just about killed me. I wanted to throw the book & scream. My head & heart hurt a bit now. Ugh! I need to know what the heck...moreThat last 2 pages just about killed me. I wanted to throw the book & scream. My head & heart hurt a bit now. Ugh! I need to know what the heck is going to happen because that was not what I thought was going to happen. Review to follow for the blog tour. (less)
5 Stars - I’ve been trying to write this review for a couple days now and the words just don’t want to come to me. Not because this book was bad, it w...more5 Stars - I’ve been trying to write this review for a couple days now and the words just don’t want to come to me. Not because this book was bad, it was far from it. It was amazing. It’s not often that I find a book that I love a much as this one – examples of books that fall in this same category for me would be Shiver, The Twilight Saga and handful of other books out there.
From the dark, beautiful and mysterious cover to the fact that anyone born post Shift can see and talk to ghosts…. To our main characters, Aura, Logan and Zachary everything just flowed and fit together like every great story should.
When Aura’s boyfriend Logan dies it’s hard not to feel for both of them as the emotions of what their each going through almost jump off the page. Seeing him come back as a ghost was a different kind of pain that only any post Shift born would understand. She’s a strong character with a strong voice, and watching her struggle and deal with the aftermath of Logan’s death was tough with all those emotions that come through on each page. My heart ached for her and Logan often throughout the story and I’m sure anyone who loved or will fall in love with this book as I have will understand.
Then we have Zachary, the new student at school who just moved from Scotland who is patient and kind and helps to take Aura’s mind off of things for a while. During their time together working on a school project about Megaliths, she’s able to find some peace from how painful life has become since Logan's death. With this project, Aura is secretly trying to solve a mystery of just how or what or even who might have created the Shift in the first place. All she knows is that there has to be a reason and won’t stop until she finds the answers she’s looking for.
See, that’s where the mystery part of the story comes in. No one knows how it happened or why it happened, just that one day the world was normal and then the next POOF anyone born after said date and time can see and talk to Ghosts.
With a Ghost of the person you love the most trying to deal with his death at the same time you are, Aura was bound to have mixed emotions over Logan and Zachary. Which then finds them in the never prefect, often heartbreaking Love triangle. It was hard to pick or choose who Aura should end up with since I loved both boys… well as equally as you can love them both when ones a ghost.
The end left us with a HUGE cliffhanger on many different levels, and left me asking more questions. I had a feeling there was one around the corner since there was still so much to learn about when it comes to our characters and then I mean the Shift itself, but those last couple lines in the book… WOW, huge! For me even a little bit epic. I mean yeah, I loved this book THAT much.
Smith-Ready has made a fan out of me, I can’t wait to read her other books and then see what happens in this series from her when the sequel – Shift comes out…. But that’s not until May 2011. I have a long time to wait and wonder where she’ll lead us next in her characters lives. Now, I have to say that if this was one of those books for you that has caught your eye, don’t pass it up when it hits the bookshelves in May. I think after many read there will be much more love of this series found, looking forward to hearing what you guys all think, Happy Reading.
4.5 Stars - WOW! Talk about fast second half of the book! I seriously loved this one. It was fascinating and heartbreaking and shows some amazing stre...more4.5 Stars - WOW! Talk about fast second half of the book! I seriously loved this one. It was fascinating and heartbreaking and shows some amazing strength in teenage characters under some of the worst (EVER) circumstances. I would have given this 5 stars but in the first half of the book there were a few lulls to the story.
With that action packed ending there's no way I'll be passing the next book by. Looking forward to more, can't wait to see what happens next!(less)
I can't even tell you how much I loved this book. Without a doubt it's in the top 10 books for 2013. I was so emotionally invested in the characters a...moreI can't even tell you how much I loved this book. Without a doubt it's in the top 10 books for 2013. I was so emotionally invested in the characters and the story. The writing is amazing, there is so much emotion throughout! There were tears a few times as well. It's just THAT good. I highly recommend this title to any and all comtemp fans everywhere. Full review to follow.(less)
4.5 Stars!!! I was lucky enough to ready a very, VERY early copy and holy crap! This one is smoking hot! Loved these two characters - Phillip and Reec...more4.5 Stars!!! I was lucky enough to ready a very, VERY early copy and holy crap! This one is smoking hot! Loved these two characters - Phillip and Reece and I can't wait for you all to have a chance to spend some time with them too. Full review to follow closer to the release date.(less)
I can say that I was looking forward to this book. Reading it was a whole different thing. The beginning was great.... great idea for a story as a who...moreI can say that I was looking forward to this book. Reading it was a whole different thing. The beginning was great.... great idea for a story as a whole, however the middle just rubbed me the wrong way. The ending felt rushed and seemed to clear things up way to easy and fast.
I get books with angst. I think angst fits into things and stories as its part of peoples personalities; however... this pushes the angst for me well over the edge.
Now, if there was going to be a sequel, that would change things up quiet a bit. I could somewhat understand the ending, just not how rushed it seemed.
All in all the entire book wasn't bad, I guess I can understand all the angst; it just was a bit.... much for me. Maybe it was my mood or the timing of reading this book. I wouldn't tell someone NOT to read it, just take with a grain of salt it's not the best, but far from the worst.
I don't know even where to start with this review. I've wanted to read this book for awhile and finally ordered it and read it almost the second it hi...moreI don't know even where to start with this review. I've wanted to read this book for awhile and finally ordered it and read it almost the second it hit my hands. What more can I say but it was amazing. The characters were alive within the pages of this book. They were real in the sense that I think everyone could relate to both Brittany and Alex.
You wouldn't think that a gang member would be anything like the rich girl from the other side of town, but you'd be amazed at just how it all... clicks.
From the first page to the last I wanted nothing but more of this story. I wanted to know what would happen next, but at the same time I didn't want the story to end. If you’re thinking of reading this book and believe that it's only about two star-crossed lovers, then you’re wrong in believing that. The story of Brittany and Alex is so much more then just a love story. It's about trust, honesty with others and yourself, it is just full of so many life lessons, and more then I could even begin to list here.
What made this book even more perfect were the alternating point of view chapters. As a reader we were able to learn more about each character and not only who they really were, but what they both really wanted out of their lives.
What more can I say but read it! I know that this is one of those books that I'll be reading and enjoying over and over again. I would recommend you grab this book and read it soon, you won't be disappointed. I know I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
ETA: Just was on the authors website and it shows that there will be a sequel called Rules of Attraction and will be out May 2010!! I can't wait!
Loved the book! Sarah Dessen has done it again with Along for the Ride. I have been reading her books for awhile now and can say that this is now up t...moreLoved the book! Sarah Dessen has done it again with Along for the Ride. I have been reading her books for awhile now and can say that this is now up there in my favorites from her. I was really excited to read it and was not let down by the story or the characters.
She has a way to make you feel like the people are not only real, but that there is a part of you in one if not more within her stories. It's always nice to read something where just about everyone can relate to something or someone.
I for one will continue to read her books until she stops writing.
Easily one of the best books I've ever read. John Green had created his own special brand magic within every single word AND the spaced in between the...moreEasily one of the best books I've ever read. John Green had created his own special brand magic within every single word AND the spaced in between the words in this novel. How will I find words to properly express said magic I found while reading, I have no clue. There is much to be said about such a wonderfully written heartbreaking story. For those whom have yet to read this one, grab the whole box of tissues, you'll need them all. Full review to follow. (less)
I don't even know what to say about this one. It's different because the character is obsessed with serial killers and she has her own dark urges. I k...moreI don't even know what to say about this one. It's different because the character is obsessed with serial killers and she has her own dark urges. I knew I wanted to read it and didn't know what I'd think but it was very well written and the twists and danger mixed in with my own intrigue to what was going to happen on the next page kept me reading through to the end. Full review to follow on my blog - A life Bound By Books. (less)
Okay, I hate to say that I finished this, but I did and it was more than I thought it'd be and then some. I smirked, smiled, laughed, giggled and I sw...moreOkay, I hate to say that I finished this, but I did and it was more than I thought it'd be and then some. I smirked, smiled, laughed, giggled and I swooned. I also gasped, cringed, melted and cried. Yep, there were emotions all over this one and that hot, hot boy Dante Walker.
Victoria, you have out done yourself! I loved it! Full review to follow. (less)
This book was a great read! I mean a summer camp for teenage Supernaturals? Yeah, different and was a great setup for future books in the series. Can'...moreThis book was a great read! I mean a summer camp for teenage Supernaturals? Yeah, different and was a great setup for future books in the series. Can't wait for the next one - Review to follow closer to pub date!(less)
4.5 Stars - Anna and the French Kiss by author Stephanie Perki...moreFor more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books
4.5 Stars - Anna and the French Kiss by author Stephanie Perkins was a much anticipated title for 2010. We were all excited by the synopsis, then giddy over the cover and then melted after reading. Yep, melted. Into a puddle. The setting – the magical streets of Paris, the characters interesting, true, honest, likeable and realistic - Perkins has taken crushes and boys and teenage life in general, and forged a story – girls and boys alike - will find themselves completely caught up in.
When Anna finds out she’s not going to be spending her senior year of high school at home, going to school with her friends she’s scared and not sure how she’ll survive in Paris. The reader gets to watch her struggle and grow as she finds friends, finds her way around the new school and language and most importantly, herself. She’s a typical teenage girl with a love for movies and the knowledge of cinema that run deep. I liked reading Anna’s story and see her change throughout the book. See her grow into a stronger person because of the choices she makes and because of the people around her.
And then we have St. Clair. What girl could resist his charm? And he is extremely charming. With his own set of teenage boy insecurities Perkins found a perfect blend of insecure boy and charming boy and created a character that could be found in high school boys around the world. With his own issues with home life and relationship with his girlfriend, we see him struggle through Anna’s eyes, making him more real to Anna and me as a reader.
Their friendship was sweet and came through in that awkward and confusing “Does he like me? Or doesn’t he like me” way that many of us have faced at one point or another of our lives. The characters themselves have flaws everyone can relate to as well. Perkins did a fantastic job layering her characters into teens that could be the girl or boy next door.
Anna and the French Kiss was sweet and charming. It’s an entertaining addition and welcomed breath of fresh air to contemporary Young Adult fiction. Without a doubt I was an instant fan of Perkins writing and her characters. If you are one of the few who haven’t picked up this title yet and enjoy a good contemporary story with realistic characters, you don’t know what you’re missing. I for one can’t wait to read Perkins next book – Lola and the Boy Next Door… or for that matter anything she writes in the future.(less)
Holy crap! This was intense! What a crazy book... I had no idea what was going on and now that I've finished it AND have seen the movie I still think...moreHoly crap! This was intense! What a crazy book... I had no idea what was going on and now that I've finished it AND have seen the movie I still think that we've only received small pieces to a much, much larger puzzle.
These characters are unique and they have to be to survive as they have. I don't think I could have survived as they have.
It's creepy and mysterious and I found myself holding my breath often while reading.
I'm looking forward to the next book to see what the heck is going to happen next.
I hope fans of the book love the movie because it was really GREAT!!! Full info about the movie and Q&A with the actors coming up soon on my blog - A Life Bound By Books on September 5th, 2014. (less)
I can say that this book was better then I thought it was going to be. Actually WAY better then I thought it was going to be. And talk about funny. I...moreI can say that this book was better then I thought it was going to be. Actually WAY better then I thought it was going to be. And talk about funny. I was laughing so hard reading this that my eyes teared up to a point where I couldn't see to keep reading. The more I laughed the more the people around me laughed. I hope there's more to come as it appears from how the book ended.
If your looking for something that will crack you up and is a fast paced read, you really need to get this book.
Wow! Holy mother of all books, WOW! I lost count how many times I ended up in a puddle from melting from all the swooning I did over this one. Loved i...moreWow! Holy mother of all books, WOW! I lost count how many times I ended up in a puddle from melting from all the swooning I did over this one. Loved it! Wish I had the second book now, right now! Full review to follow soon. (less)
Kristie Cook is destined to take the self publishing world by...moreFor more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books
Kristie Cook is destined to take the self publishing world by storm with her first novel in the brand new Soul Savers series – Promise. Thrilling, action packed, with rich and endearing characters, mystery and a love story unlike most others, this book has all the key ingredients and then some to quickly become the book everyone wants to read.
Alexis and her mother are on the move again. When everyone including yourself thinks you’re a freak because of your strange abilities and your mother doesn’t seem to age, you tend to move around a lot. With starting college it’s the perfect time to make a fresh start and begin again. Moving to Florida would be perfect, just no one was expecting it to be life changing.
Alexis is a strong level headed character and when Tristan enters her life you just know they are destined. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow into something epic. What’s interesting is that this wasn’t a love at first sight type of love, it was a love that grew from friendship which was a breath of fresh air. Alexis has her guard up and has good reason to and Tristan has some secrets as well. That’s where the beauty of their relationship comes in. They took the time to sort through things and listen and learn about each other, to figure out that what they needed most might just be what the other is willing to give.
Tristan is fierce and loyal and has his own set of problems to deal with and he wants nothing more then to be a better person for not only himself but for Alexis and a whole race of people. He might have a lot of history to make up for, but wants nothing more than to do just that. The inner battles he faces are part of what makes him perfect to me. Knowing a character is flawed and watching their internal struggle to be better and overcome them is something that always draws me in.
With a war looming above Alexis, Tristan and everyone around them they must figure out a way to keep Alexis safe and keep their love secret from the evil forces at work. It’s a war between good and evil with little to no way to stop it.
The story flowed easily from one page to another with the descriptive writing, strong characters that were easy to cheer for and a love story to leave your heart tingling - Kristie’s Promise is a book bursting at the seams - with an ending that’ll leave you wanting more. (less)
4.5 Stars - Beauty Queens by author Libba Bray was unexpected...moreFor more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books
4.5 Stars - Beauty Queens by author Libba Bray was unexpected in its complete wackiness. It’s a punch line in 400 pages, with a huge heart. I laughed out loud with the turn of just about every page. Bray has a knack for writing over the top characters with some real issues, melding the two together to crate a book I’ll never forget.
When a group of teen beauty queen’s plane crash lands on an island on their way to a pageant, they are left to fend for themselves. It’s a group of girls who have pageant life in common and just about little else. They each bring some kind of knowledge to the table and somewhat work together as a group to survive. Each of the girls has their fair share of issues, and working through them while stranded on a desert island without any of the pressures of everyday life, proved to be some major growing moments for each of them.
Enter into a world that’s pretty much run by “The Corporation” and it’s products that’ll make you sometimes laugh and sometimes shake your head to - it’s unbelievable commercials and TV shows… to the Dictator and his obsession with Elvis, to the band of Pirates from a reality TV show that take their job to the extreme… to the female grooming product “Lady ‘Stash Off” and it’s use as a high explosive once one of the chemicals is changed… what can I say, it’s a wild, wild read.
Insane comes to mind when I think of the plot and each of the characters. From the first few pages to the last I often thought that this was a joke on me because of how witty and magical Bray’s writing is. Seriously, Bray’s writing is magic, characters over the top, all rolled into one making this, hands down one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. I don’t even feel I’m able to do this book justice with this review. It’s just something you need to experience for yourself. Being that this is my first book by Bray, I can’t wait to read her other titles and then to see what comes next for this imaginative and vastly creative author. What can I say, I’m a HUGE fan. Enjoy!(less)
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live w...moreFor years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf--her wolf--is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
This book IS AMAZING! I LOVED it! WOW! Talk about heartbreaking.... I've wanted to read this book since I preordered it right after Christmas this last year and can say that it didn't let me down.
I had a huge smile on my face with tears filling my eyes throughout most of the book. It took me a couple days to read because I just didn't want it to end. I can say that this is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's one of those books that you keep with you for a long time after you read it. It was just beautiful from dust jacket to turn of the last page.
I really felt for both of the main characters - Grace and Sam on so many different levels. Author Maggie Stiefvater did a great job bring the angst of what they were going through in just right amount. Neither character were to mushy or depressing and I thought it was pretty amazing how no matter how hard things were getting for Grace and Sam and all that they were up against that she (the author) never let the angst get to carried away and turn what was written so beautifully into a pity party.
This is one of those books that I'll be picking up over and over again to read. I'm looking forward to the next 2 installments with baited breath! Fall of 2010 is just way too long to wait for the next book Linger.
If you haven't read this yet, be sure to pick it up and fall in love with this story as easy as I did. You won't be disappointed in the slightest.
5 Stars - Shadow Hills was all I was hoping it to be and then...moreFor more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books
5 Stars - Shadow Hills was all I was hoping it to be and then some. With a mysterious yet thrilling story and characters, I found myself swept away and lost within its pages. Hopcus was able to incorporate history, mystery, magic, science, romance and much more into an exciting plot that flow and fit together with ease.
Phe is the main character and early in the book we learn how she comes to Shadow Hills and Devenish Prep school. With haunting dreams of a place she doesn’t’ know and her late sister Athena’s own obsession with getting into the school, Phe take’s it upon herself to figure out why they were both drawn to this the mysterious town.
The magnetic draw between characters either works or it doesn’t and for Phe and Zach it’s like puzzle pieces locking together. The writing is what makes the pull these two feel powerful and honest. Phe needs answers to the questions that started with her sister and Zach just might be the only one who can help her get them. He’s the all around good guy who’s a local to Shadow Hills and has links to all its secrets. Through supernatural forces they are brought together and it’s only the two and some well meaning, quirky and amazing friends, that allow Phe and Zach to work to solve a mystery of what could just be pretty epic for all in Shadow Hills. With an unknown evil and a council with all its rules against then, they need to work quickly to get the answers they’re looking for.
The mystery aspect of the book was written wonderfully with its ever twisting plot turns and left me guessing right until the end as to what the outcome would be. One thing I need to point out was that I had no clue what was going on with the people from Shadow Hills and kept questioning who or what they really were.
In the end, I can easily see this being the beginning to a series and if so, I can’t wait to see what happens next. Shadow Hills has become one of my favorite books in 2010. Anyone looking for something different when it comes to YA fiction should grab this book with both hands and not let go!(less)
Jenny Han’s first book in her Summer Trilogy – The Summer I Tu...moreFor more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books
Jenny Han’s first book in her Summer Trilogy – The Summer I Turned Pretty was a breath of fresh air, a wonderful surprise and to be honest I have no idea why I’ve waited so long to read this book. I thought it was wonderful from cover to cover and can understand why this series is so loved by many.
This title is the perfect blend of all things summer - vacations, family, friends, the beach and oh, yeah… boys. Through Belly (I was hoping we’d learn how she ended up with such a horrible name. It did drive me crazy until I understood how it came about.), our main female character we get to be a fly on the wall as she lives through a new summer and through a flash back of memories of summers past. The flash backs made Belly and the other characters who shared each summer together into more rounded people. It gives the reader more of an idea of who they all are and what those past summer months were like.
Belly is one of those characters who could walk off the pages and be anyone – a friend, relative, neighbor. She’s real, honest and Han does an incredible job showing what it’s really like to be a teenage girl. The three boys, Belly’s brother Steven, and the two Fisher brothers – Jeremiah and Conrad were bits and pieces of boys I remember from school. I always love when a character is as realistic as those found within the pages here and Han has it down pat. With Belly growing up and teen emotions running high things were bound to change for the group.
With things changing for each character and the summer coming to an end, I wondered what would come next and am thankful that I can pick up the next two books and read to find out.
There was something to love in each of Han’s characters. Her story and writing were wonderful and I couldn’t put the book down. It’s books like this that remind me of my love of contemporary YA and fans of the genre shouldn’t pass this series up, so be sure to pick up or order a copy soon.(less)
Won a copy of the ARC in a book tour, so, sadly I didn't get to keep it :o( However, I'm happy that I was able to pass such a great book on for others...moreWon a copy of the ARC in a book tour, so, sadly I didn't get to keep it :o( However, I'm happy that I was able to pass such a great book on for others to read. So, here's my review:
Chasing Brooklyn was one of those stories that allowed me to feel the various emotions that the characters -Brooklyn and Nico were going through a year after a death that affected them both in very different ways. A supernatural twist to the story had ghosts to help pave the way for both Brooklyn and Nico, in what would be a quest to find a life not only worth living, but a way to live without Brooklyn's boyfriend and Nico's brother. They each had such different ways to deal with death, even after a year had passed. They might have both been still alive, but were they really living? I liked how you could feel the struggles to let go and lean on each other, to understand that they were both going through many of the same things. To be able to see both characters change and grow with the turn of each page and as more time passed in the story.
The author - Lisa has a unique writing style that at first glance made me wonder if there would be gaps or missing pieces to the story. I have to say that after reading the first few pages I knew there wouldn't be anything left out. It was a fast read that had me wanting more and fearing it would end to soon.
Written in alternating chapters from Brooklyn and Nico's journals/thoughts it gave me such an amazing insight to just what each was going through. You could feel each and every phase of grief they were feeling from one moment to the next. The struggles are true to life - often at times heartbreaking, yet at other times I found it light and fun.
I can say that Lisa has written a story that to me was emotional, powerful, and strong and filled with love. I look forward to the day when I can purchase this book and read it again. Whether you read it before it comes out or when it's released, you won't be disappointed. I can't wait to see just what she writes next.
There’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High . . .
Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:
O...moreThere’s something about the new guy at Crossroads High . . .
Most sixteen-year-olds have friends. Aden Stone has four human souls living inside him:
One can time-travel.
One can raise the dead.
One can tell the future.
And one can possess another human.
With no other family and a life spent in and out of institutions, Aden and the souls have become friends. But now they're causing him all kinds of trouble. Like, he'll blink and suddenly he's a younger Aden, reliving the past. One wrong move, and he'll change the future. Or he'll walk past a total stranger and know how and when she's going to die. He's so over it. All he wants is peace. And then he meets a girl who quiets the voices. Well, as long as he's near her. Why? Mary Ann Gray is his total opposite.
He's a loner; she has friends. He doesn't care what anyone thinks; she tries to make everyone happy. And while he attracts the paranormal, she repels it. For her sake, he should stay away. But it's too late.... Somehow, they share an inexplicable bond of friendship. A bond about to be tested by a werewolf shape-shifter who wants Mary Ann for his own, and a vampire princess Aden can't resist. Two romances, both forbidden. Still, the four will enter a dark underworld of intrigue and danger but not everyone will come out alive....
REVIEW: Somewhat confusing, with the many different story arc's but still a good read once you wade through the layers of the main and subplots of the book. Sadly, all the layers seem to only take away the ease of reading and relating to the main characters - let alone the four souls trapped in Adens head. It just makes it all little hard to follow with so much going on and so many mythical creatures popping up in what felt like every turn of the page.
The biggest let down for me by far, was that the story was sold to me on the fact that the it was about a person with 4 souls trapped inside of him and that each one had a different ability. Seeing the future, Possessing another, Waking the Dead and Time Travel - which was amazing to read when it finally happened throughout the book. I just wished there were more interaction with the trapped souls. In my eyes with the whole mix of the many different things going on in this world that Gena Showalter has written, the main plot as I saw it (the four souls) had somewhat fallen to the wayside. In the end things were tied up with the souls a little bit to quickly for what I was expecting and left me with questions that I will only hope to see the answers for in the books to follow.
As a whole it was far from bad, just a little jumbled and confusing. Those few flaws wouldn't and won't prevent me from purchasing the next in the series as I look forward to learning more in the future and to find out just where the author will take us and her characters next.
Graveminder, the first adult title from author Melissa Marr is...moreFor more info and reviews please visit my Book Review Blog here - A Life Bound By Books
Graveminder, the first adult title from author Melissa Marr is a book that’ll have you sitting on the edge of your seat, drawing you in further with the unfolding story. As the creep factor escalates, the characters and their mysterious town and its past come together creating an absorbing and entertaining read.
The land of the living and the dead are twisted together in the small town of Claysville. With the town gripped within the shadow of a curse that their ancestors agreed to many years ago, a secret that only a few are able to talk about or even remember, Graveminder tells the tale of two families who’s paths are bound together to keep the town and the residents safe. It’s the job of the Undertaker and the Graveminder to tend to the dead and in many ways help them to pass on to their final resting place.
When Rebekkah is forced to come home due to a death in the family she has no idea what exactly she’s been willed. Never being able to settle in any one place coming home is welcomed, just as long as she doesn’t have to stay. Rebekkah is one of those characters who push people away. She doesn’t like to be tied down to anyone or anything. She’s strong willed and thinks she knows exactly what she wants.
Byron, also from Claysville came home to work with his families business as the Undertaker. He’s tried living everywhere, even following after Rebekkah for awhile. Knowing that the only place that feels like home is back in the town he grew up in, he went back to help out and be with his family. Byron is one of those guys who has never pushed, who has done things Rebekkah’s way. He listened and has always done just as she asked. When she pushes him away for the last time it’s a long while until the two are reunited again, when sadly she has traveled home, back to Claysville for a funeral.
The two characters push and pull each other as their story unfolds. They are pretty much in the dark as to what they are about to be faced with, as is the reader. I enjoyed taking the same journey with the characters, putting the pieces together along the way and being creeped out as the story progressed. It was a page turner from the beginning. I mean who wouldn’t want to read a book with a cover tag line such as this one has – “Sleep well, and stay where I put you.”
Marr’s land of the dead is painted vividly, the writing and characters all meld together extremely well making it easy for me to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of Marr’s previous work, or looking for something with a nice dash of creepiness. Should Marr have plans for this to be a series, I’d more then welcome it and be eager and excited to read further about the Graveminder and Undertaker. I can honestly say that anything Marr writes, I’m more than interested in reading. Enjoy!(less)
It was more than easy to fall in love with the first book in the Soul Savers series – Promise. With an incredible story, writing and amazing character...moreIt was more than easy to fall in love with the first book in the Soul Savers series – Promise. With an incredible story, writing and amazing characters that stick with you, I knew that as I read the last page I needed to know more. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait but a few short months for the second book – Purpose to be released. Let me just say that Cook has totally outdone herself. Her writing and story from one book to the next blended and flowed and her characters were the same that I fell in love with from the first book.
Purpose takes place 7 years after Promise left off. It’s a whirlwind of sorts learning all that’s happened in Alexis’s life over those years. She’s struggling with everything and for good reason. If you haven’t read Promise, you need to start there to know just what I’m talking about. She’s lost and more than broken and doesn’t know how to deal even after all these years that an extremely traumatic event that happened at the end of Promise. You can see and almost feel her struggles right along with her. She’s become one of those characters for me that I feel I know and understand and I’m excited to read more throughout the continuation of the series.
As with every series it’s great to learn more about the history of all the characters especially when dealing with otherworldly beings. It was great to learn right along with Alexis some of what she not only has become but some of what she’ll be forced to deal with throughout her life. I’m looking forward to learning more about both the Amadis and Daemoni races in future books, as I believe that Cook has just touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to both. The mystery behind each race left so many questions in Promise, yet with Purpose, Cook made it a point to answer some, yet left others open. The unanswered questions didn’t take away from the story in the slightest. Especially since this is only a small part of a much larger story, with many more books yet to come *Happy Dance*!
Ohhh and there’s just now way I could forget to mention Owen. He was much more of a character in this book and, well, he quickly found a spot in my heart and that spot is still burning bright. He blended in perfectly and I believe he has a larger part in the series in the books to come. His story needs to be told *hint hint Kristie!*.
With emotions running high from Promise to Purpose - It’s thrilling, fast paced, sexy – with moments I found myself shaking my head, my heart breaking a little, gasping or laughing out loud. Let’s just say that I’ll never be able to listen to the song “Rock You like a Hurricane” the same again. Get the books and read them quick to find just exactly what I’m talking about!
Cook has what it takes in these self published works to take this industry by storm. If you have yet to read Promise, you have to fix that soon. It’s a MUST read for everyone who loves great writing and characters that stick with you. Promise and Purpose quickly became two of my favorite books in 2010 and two books that I’ll be reading over and over again for a long time to come. Anyone who loves a good paranormal story with a steamy romance, you have found the perfect two books just for you. I highly recommend both Promise and Purpose to everyone. Enjoy!
Antony John’s Five Flavors of DUMB has a bit of everything. Highs, lows, family and all the troubles growing up with siblings, romance, teen issues, m...moreAntony John’s Five Flavors of DUMB has a bit of everything. Highs, lows, family and all the troubles growing up with siblings, romance, teen issues, music with highlights that include some amazing and extremely interesting facts from musicians from the distant and not so distant past. John has taken a girl with a disability and made her into a hero of sorts, creating a character that has something to teach us all and does an amazing job doing just that.
Piper, our main character of the story is deaf. She lost her hearing at a young age and is the oldest child of three. Her teenage brother is a trouble maker, but had much to give to just who Piper was as a person. Her younger sister – an infant - was born deaf and without Pipers knowledge her parents raided her college fund to give her sister ocular transplant surgery to correct this defect.
All hell breaks loose – so to speak - leaving Piper feeling not only alone, but not knowing what to do to make her college dreams come true. In walk the members of DUMB. A band from her high school who just won a recently battle of the bands. She stands up to them and offers a deal that’s too good to pass up. Get DUMB a paying gig within a month and split the profits evenly or just walk away, no harm done. Piper thinks it’s easy, a no brainier so to speak. However, being deaf might just create a bit of a problem when you’re dealing with music and the musicians behind the music.
With a cast of characters or flavors as Piper likes to call them, trouble and up hill battles right around the corner. How this quiet meek girl can turn this and her life around in just 4 weeks is anyone’s guess?
I enjoyed watching the characters come together when they needed each other most. I loved the walks down memory lane, learning about rock stars from the past who have long since left this world – all untimely. Piper is such an amazing character to read and I found that if I thought back to my teenage years I could more then relate too much she was going through. John has done wonders with this character and put just the right spin on things to make these teenagers feel more then real.
The romance was perfect and worked well fitting in with just who Piper was. It was great to see her change not only because of the members of the band and because of her love interest but also because of her family.
All in all – John has created a pretty amazing teen novel, finding just the right rhythm to have a hit on his hands. Fans of strong likeable characters and music will find much to love. I for one will be eager to read more from this author in the future and will be on the look out for his next novel. I highly recommend this book to lovers of YA – big and small. *note, there is some swearing in this book. Not all that much, but some, so please keep that in mind for younger readers.
Love, In English by the very talented author, Karina Halle is one of those books that as soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. Filled w...moreLove, In English by the very talented author, Karina Halle is one of those books that as soon as I read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. Filled with such a taboo subject as cheating, set in Spain I knew I would either love it or hate it and I was so thrilled that my love for this title came out on top.
As mentioned above this title deals with cheating. It’s a subject that tends to rub some the wrong way. I’m not a fan of cheating at all. I tend to stay away from it when at all possible but sometimes there’s a book that you just can’t look away from and Love, In English was just that book for me and so much more.
Vera is young, free and has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She’s from a divorced family and has a wild side. She has her own set of issues and takes off to Spain to work for a month for a company to help teach conversational English to as the synopsis states – businessmen and woman. Being that its set in Spain is the icing on the cake and off she goes for an adventure that she hopes will be a chance to do something different and exciting. While from time to time I didn’t care for Vera or her choices it’s in those moments that she’s more realistic because she’s flawed, which made me appreciate her as a character even more so.
That’s when she meets Mateo. He’s almost forty, rich, extremely successful and pretty much the complete opposite from Vera with her tattoos and him with his expensive business suits. The more we read the more we learn about him and his life and who he’s left behind to help him with his English. Yet the same can be said about him and my feelings I had with Vera. There’s plenty to love and to hate about these two and I was glad to see that Halle showed both sides of the story with the decisions made and what each had to loose and at what cost.
These two are just so different yet they work well together. From time to time while reading you almost can’t help but wish that things were different for the two. There are so many emotions that run through this book from both characters that there’s no way to miss it. Halle did indeed write a story that many others will I hope love as I have but I’m sure there will be some who just can’t get past the cheating aspect of this title.
While reading there were two parts in the story that I had to stop because I couldn’t see the pages from the sobbing, one of those times I cried uncontrollably for over thirty minutes! The reason is there are two parts in this story that just hit too close to home. Nothing to do with the cheating mind you, but something that reminded me of times when I had to leave my now husband for a period of time that brought back all of those emotions that I just couldn’t get my head out of that space.
One of the things that I loved most about this title is that I was utterly absorbed in the story because of how wonderfully written this title was. Anytime a book can make me this emotional and allow me to be whisked away to another place is something I just can’t look past. And while this took me a little longer to read than normal because I was so emotionally drained on two occasions I was thankful.
I didn’t want this book to come to an end. I didn’t want to have to say goodbye to Vera or Mateo, yet I was happy to see where Halle leaves readers and her characters’ at the conclusion of their story. (less)