Nineteen-year-old Savanna did just that, feeling like her textbook life had been created for her by others.A perfect life... who runs away from that?
Nineteen-year-old Savanna did just that, feeling like her textbook life had been created for her by others. Her parents had carefully orchestrated her life and now she was about to jump into a marriage to a wonderful man, who would continue their goal-to make sure that she was provided with everything. She panicked and ran away, leaving her life in Fulton behind.
Six years later, she returns home to mend bridges. The man she left behind, Daniel, is still around, embittered and hardened by her abandonment. Will she be able to fit back into Fulton life? Will she be able to get him to forgive her?
Donna Fasano (award-winning author Donna Clayton) takes us on a journey of intense passion, exploring the boundaries of love and repercussions. Her writing is style is such that I was hooked right away, and completely invested in the love affair between Savanna and Danny. I look forward to reading many more books by this amazing author....more
(Amazon Vine Review) When sixteen-year-old Anna's father makes a decision to leave their hometown and move to a new job, she is understandably upset. N(Amazon Vine Review) When sixteen-year-old Anna's father makes a decision to leave their hometown and move to a new job, she is understandably upset. Not only will she leave her school and friends behind, but she must say goodbye to the place that contains the childhood memories of her mother, who died, mysteriously, at the very beach where they both had spent time together collecting stones.
Anna finds herself in a new home, by a new beach. Her father has moved them back to the place where he'd first met Anna's mother. Anna finds both love and an insight into her mother's life and death there.
I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Kirby's style is smooth and the story flowed easily and kept me turning the pages. I look forward to her next book....more
I ordered this book via the Vine program despite not having read the previous ones in the series, and considered starting with bookAmazon Vine Review
I ordered this book via the Vine program despite not having read the previous ones in the series, and considered starting with book one first. However, as I flicked through, I couldn’t help but start reading, I was instantly hooked.
This book starts of with Meghan Chase (the Summer king’s daughter) traveling back home after having been exiled from world of Faery. Why? Because she and Ash (the Winter prince) refuse to be parted. So this half faery/half mortal returns back home with Ash, after having killed the Iron King, Machina. The iron realm is taken over by a false king who is bent on destroying both the summer and winter realms, and Meghan is the only one who can save them. So, instead of going home, she sets out on this quest.
It’s not as confusing as I have made it sound. Julie Kagawa smoothly introduces us to the new challenges that Meghan Chase must face, while weaving in the background to the story. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read the rest in the series....more
We find ourselves in dystopian Chicago where sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must make a decision, which will determine the rest ofAmazon Vine Review
We find ourselves in dystopian Chicago where sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must make a decision, which will determine the rest of her life. She must choose between the five factions that society is divided into. If she leaves the faction that she has been born into, she must leave her family behind forever.
Veronica Roth kept me spell bound right from the beginning of this captivating tale. The pacing is perfect, there was not a dull moment, I read each page with increasing anticipation to find out what would happen next. This story had everything, even a sweet love angle. Recently, I haven’t read a book that I would shout about, but this is it. AMAZING. A must-read for 2011.
**spoiler alert** Seventeen-year-old Logan Wright uses writing as an escape from her troubled family life into a make-believe world where her heroes a**spoiler alert** Seventeen-year-old Logan Wright uses writing as an escape from her troubled family life into a make-believe world where her heroes are always perfect. On paper at least. When the Prince of Death is presented with a portal into Logan’s world, he, through her stories, takes on a persona created by her imagination. And, of course, this creation, Sam Hain, is besotted with her and wants to make her his bride and carry her back with him to his world.
Heather Killough-Walden takes on a captivating and exciting ride. Her characters are well fleshed and likable. My only issue with the story was toward the end. SPOILER ALERT: After the Halloween dance, Sam Hain is apparently sent back through the portal and everything is back to normal again. Logan’s bite marks disappear. All the people Sam murdered come to life again etc. However, we then find out that he is not been sent through after all. He has, in fact, possessed another student. So I wondered how everything got back to “normal” in that case? I am hoping that will be explained in book two, which I look forward to reading. ...more
When Roy Travers floats away in a bouncy castle and then wakes up in the care of a stranger, he assumes that he has died and gone to heaven. His wife,When Roy Travers floats away in a bouncy castle and then wakes up in the care of a stranger, he assumes that he has died and gone to heaven. His wife, Sheila, assumes that aliens have abducted him. So, in addition to taking to wearing aluminum wrapping at the tip of her ears (to ensure that she makes herself available to any extraterrestrial messages) she also enlists the help of a private investigator, Alison (from Alison Wonderland), to help her track him down.
Helen Smith takes on an amusing journey into the minds of her absurd, colorful characters. This is a fun read that kept me on my toes. This is not a book I felt I could put down and then easily pick up again, simply because of the POV changes. The voice changed often and sometimes unexpectedly, from paragraph to paragraph. So, I read it in two sittings and enjoyed it immensely....more
When seventeen-year-old Clea, the daughter of a wealthy Senator, returns home after a vacation in Europe, she discoveARC Amazon Vine review
When seventeen-year-old Clea, the daughter of a wealthy Senator, returns home after a vacation in Europe, she discovers the image of a strange man in a lot of the photographs she took. The man appears in the background of her photos, in strange positions, one even shows him suspended in the air. The man follows her into her dreams, where the intimacy between the two of them almost feels tangible. When Clea and her friend Ben-who is totally in love with her-head to Brazil to investigate the disappearance of her father, the mystery man appears again, this time in the flesh.
This is a book I couldn't put down (after I struggled through the first two pages)! The story flows at a comfortable, but action-filled pace. What makes this story is the intense love affair between Clea and the mystery man, with Ben being the solid stand-by love. The plot has several holes (very well described by Alexa Maris), but I was able to skim over these (although the "internationally recognizable" Senator's daughter had me rolling my eyes) since it's a fantasy world. What really annoyed me about this book was the ending. It was just ... nothing. No resolutions, no cliffhanger... just nothing. Will I be buying the sequel? YES! I can't wait to find out what happens next! ...more
The idea behind the story is fresh and interesting, but the writing felt choppy and I felt myself skimming through a lot of it.ARC Amazon Vine Review
The idea behind the story is fresh and interesting, but the writing felt choppy and I felt myself skimming through a lot of it. I, however, did really enjoy looking through the artwork, truly fabulous. ...more
The murder of a young female visitor in a motel room shakes up the tourist town of Eastport in Cape Cod. Clarity, Clare Fern, aARC Amazon Vine Review
The murder of a young female visitor in a motel room shakes up the tourist town of Eastport in Cape Cod. Clarity, Clare Fern, a high school student with a special ability, is called upon to help with the investigation.
Clarity belongs to a family with special abilities. She is a psychic, her mother is a telepath and her brother is a medium. Together they run their family psychic reading business. They have always been regarded as the town freaks.
I fell in love with Clarity right away, immediately seeing the world through her eyes. Kim Harrington does an excellent job fleshing out a leading lady who is both strong and sensitive. And then she gave this leading lady two love interests! The story moves along at a quick pace. This is easy, enjoyable reading. The whodunnit aspect of the story was predictable, but an enjoyable ride all the same. I wished for more of a resolution as far as the love interest went, but I guess this is something a sequel will explore. Yes... definitely scope for a sequel! ...more
Sometimes one just stumbles upon one’s soulmate... at a graveyard. Laurel and Sebastian met just so, connected immediately, and were meant to be togetSometimes one just stumbles upon one’s soulmate... at a graveyard. Laurel and Sebastian met just so, connected immediately, and were meant to be together, always, even in times past–at King Henry’s Tudor court.
I loved the refreshing mix of vampire and time travel, how awesome, and such potential! The story flowed at a natural pace allowing for the characters to be well fleshed. Laurel was a strong female lead, she met her challenges head on. I was totally engrossed by the story, but was left wanting more. There was this something that I kept hoping, that I was convinced, would happen, but didn’t. So, I am hoping for a sequel :)...more
When Gwyn Saunders discovers a letter that was hidden, taped inside a dresser, by her murdered sister implicating her husband as a possible suspect, GWhen Gwyn Saunders discovers a letter that was hidden, taped inside a dresser, by her murdered sister implicating her husband as a possible suspect, Gwyn’s relationship with him is, not surprisingly, compromised. Compromised because it’s not exactly clear who her sister was referring to in her letter. It could have been Gwyn’s husband, but it could also have been her brother-in law or her old boyfriend...
Nancy C. Johnson spins an exciting whodunit, where no one can be trusted, and everyone is implicated. I enjoyed every minute of reading it. Nancy immediately hooked me and kept me captivated right to the end. I look forward to Nancy’s next book. ...more
As Billy Bunton naps, a storm ravages his neighborhood. When he wakes up, he finds his house transplanted in an unfamiliar neighborhood. He looks outAs Billy Bunton naps, a storm ravages his neighborhood. When he wakes up, he finds his house transplanted in an unfamiliar neighborhood. He looks out into an amber sky. He steps outside with his dog, Muffy, to explore his new surroundings. His initial wonder quickly turns to fear as he is confronted by alien beings.
John Fitch V immediately draws us into Billy Bunton’s vision. His engaging descriptive style places us right in Billy’s head. Is Billy dreaming or has he, indeed, found himself in an Alice in Wonderland kind of situation? I enjoyed every second of reading this short story and was completely bowled over by the ending! But I want more! Please do turn this into a novel, Mr. Fitch. ...more
When pre-med student Alex Buchanan befriends Maggie during the Seattle to Portland bike ride, her life is turned up side down. After Alex is thrown frWhen pre-med student Alex Buchanan befriends Maggie during the Seattle to Portland bike ride, her life is turned up side down. After Alex is thrown from her bike, Maggie helps nurse her back to health. Alex loses her job at the transplant lab due to her absence and Maggie then suggests that Alex seek employment at the research lab she works at. After a horrific incident, when a chimpanzee at the lab kills Maggie, Alex rediscovers her ability to be able to hear and communicate with animals via thought. All is not what it seems at the laboratory, and Alex is quickly thrown into the midst of a sinister plot. Will she be able to escape from it?
P.A. Woodburn had me completely hooked from the beginning of the book. This is a fast moving story with many layers of intrigue. Although the setting is involves an animal lab, this story is so much more and will appeal to a large audience. I highly recommend this thriller/mystery. ...more
Faced with the daunting prospect of yet another high school, seventeen-year-old Emily Johnston is fully prepared to cope as she always does–by keepingFaced with the daunting prospect of yet another high school, seventeen-year-old Emily Johnston is fully prepared to cope as she always does–by keeping a low profile. She, however, quickly finds herself surrounded by a group of friendly students, and strangely drawn to Link, the new mysterious stranger in town.
S.L. Baum quickly draws us into the intriguing life of Emily and her family. Why do they keep moving every few years? The story unfolds at a pace that allows the characters to be fully developed. The intense relationship between Emily and Link unfolds to divulge ... I won’t tell! S.L. Baum’s style is elegant and easy to follow. I enjoyed reading this book, as did my ten-year-old daughter. We are looking forward to the sequel!...more
When Christina Krabbe unexpectedly finds herself stranded in Alaska, she spends the last of her money on a fishing trip. This is an Alaska, independenWhen Christina Krabbe unexpectedly finds herself stranded in Alaska, she spends the last of her money on a fishing trip. This is an Alaska, independent from the U.S.A, ruled by a royal family. The King of Alaska happens to be on the same fishing trip, in disguise of course. He is quickly besotted by Christina and decides that she will make a perfect wife for his son, David.
Christina is very much like MaryJanice Davidson’s other famous leading lady, Queen Betsy. The similarities are unmistakable; the difference being that Christina is not a vampire. For Queen Betsy addicts–like myself–this is a fun read. Ms. Davidson’s strong style is unmistakable and highly entertaining. I really enjoyed this book. ...more