Protected by her Aunt, the only mother she's ever known, Paige Kinnell has always known that she was different. Preferring to live a quiet and cautiou...moreProtected by her Aunt, the only mother she's ever known, Paige Kinnell has always known that she was different. Preferring to live a quiet and cautious life, she's content with how well things are going for her. Her cousin's, unfortunately, have other ideas. They refuse to allow Paige the right to remain within her solitary existence and do everything they can to draw her out of her shell. Much to her chagrin, she finds herself agreeing to just about anything in order to get them off her back.
Walking home one night after one such gathering, she comes across a man who makes her question the very world she lives in. He incites her passion and makes her crave what she's never known. Against her better judgment, she allows herself to succumb to his charms. She awakens to find herself alone, believing that everything she felt the night before was just a dream.
Drawn to the beautiful woman, Cael Maccinnis has a hard time in understanding as to why he's drawn to Paige from the moment he lays eyes on her. The girl is clearly mortal, yet there's an ethereal quality about her that peaks his interest further. Determined to discover the secrets surrounding her true nature, he sets off to find the answers to the very questions he harbors inside.
Never once has he taken into account the consequences of his actions. His only goal is to right all wrongs committed against him and his beloved, but first he must contend with a very irate Council and the mischievous Fates. Only then can he allow himself to hope for a brighter future with Paige standing by his side.
The premise of the story hooks the reader off the bat, although there are way too many character key points in which to keep track of as you read along. Granted, they're all pivotal to the story itself. I do feel that the book has a few minor editing issues that need cleaning up, but other than the story was quite enjoyable.(less)
Life for Bosley Coughlin has never been easy. He's seen things that no one else has seen and has done things he's not always proud of. Yet there's som...moreLife for Bosley Coughlin has never been easy. He's seen things that no one else has seen and has done things he's not always proud of. Yet there's something about him that sets him apart from everyone else. You see, he can travel through time. He's never sure as to where he'll end up whenever Time comes to claim him, but the things he experiences wherever he goes leave him scarred for life. Most especially since he's repeatedly given glimpses of how the world will end soon enough. Mind you, it's not pretty.
With every trip he takes, he becomes privy to the circumstances that lead to the Earth's demise. Chaos and destruction now reign supreme. Cold, callous beings, shells of those formerly living, now walk the streets, eager to prey on unsuspecting souls. Falling into their hands guarantees a quick, merciless death, a certainty survivors now do their best to avoid.
Bosley knows what caused the apocalypse. He was there from the beginning. Clarice Hudson has been an integral part in contributing to man's downfall, something he did his best to avoid. Beautiful and alluring, he knows she's unaware of the demons that now exist inside her. Everything about her calls out to him, yet that's a luxury he can never give in to.
The girl is tainted and it's up to him to fix the situation before it can get out of hand. It's the only way he can ensure that his beloved Ocean can lead a normal life within the dark and murky world she now lives in. Her very existence depends on him taking matters into his own hands. For her, he will do anything. For her, he will make things right, if only to give her that fighting chance she so very much deserves.
This book hooked me in from the very beginning. William's style of writing is so engrossing that it catches the reader off the bat. I had a hard time putting the book down once I got started. He's painted such vivid picture of a world spiraling into madness. A world where the undead are everywhere and those left remaining must do everything they can to survive. I totally recommend the story - a gripping tale that will leave you wanting to read more!(less)
Jameson has been in love with Sarah ever since he can remember. Everything she needs help with, he's always there to lend a hand. While friendship is...moreJameson has been in love with Sarah ever since he can remember. Everything she needs help with, he's always there to lend a hand. While friendship is something they share between, deep inside he's hoped that some day soon he could make her girlfriend. Yet Fate has other ideas. Never once did he expect to lose her to another, most especially Eric.
Despite the disappointment, he's determined to make the most of the situation. While making his way home one night, he meets the gorgeous, and elusive. Sky. She's older, wiser, and she stirs his senses in a way that Sarah never has. Part of him wants to know the secrets she holds inside, to know what makes her who she is. Divulging little tidbits of wisdom every time they meet, Jameson finds himself drawn to Sky with every moment that passes. Everything about her intrigues him.
Caught between his feelings for Sarah and the newly developed ones for Sky, Jameson is unsure on how to proceed with both. He yearns to make Sarah see that he loves her while another part of him wants to keep Sky close by. The problems at home don't help the situation either. His parents are now arguing constantly and he's caught in the middle of it all. With changes occurring all around him, Jameson does his best to keep a level. Yet there's something he can't deny - no matter what happens, nothing will be the same ever again.
This was such an endearing and hearing-warming story. Jolene crafted a world where anyone of any age can relate to what's going on between Jameson, Sarah, and Sky. Love and heartache is something everyone experiences at one point in life and I think she captured each emotion beautifully. I did note some minor punctuation/grammar that needed fixing while reading, but that didn't detract from my enjoying the story. I look forward to reading more of Jolene's work soon.(less)
For the past sixteen years, Jewel Rose has spent her entire life running. Her parents have convinced her that she's a part of the witness protection p...moreFor the past sixteen years, Jewel Rose has spent her entire life running. Her parents have convinced her that she's a part of the witness protection program and that her safety is of the utmost importance. Yet Jewel can't deny that something about the entire situation feels wrong.
Her parents have droned it into her that she needs to keep the crescent-shaped birthmark she bears hidden. They never answer her questions and most of the time they'll just ignore the situation at hand. Jewel is tired of running. She doesn't understand why it's a necessity and fervently wishes her parents would just lay everything on the table. Deep inside, she just wants them to be honest with her, once and for all.
Arriving at their new location, Jewel promises she'll do as her parents have asked of her. She'll behave, even if the idea of doing so is appalling, at times. When an unexpected boy shows up at school, she begins to question whether she saw him in the first place. She soon knows he's real when he makes his appearance the next day.
Drawn to Roman, Jewel begins to question everything she knows. His sudden appearance has thrown her for a loop and she begins to realize that it's not a coincidence. Roman is there for a reason, one he doesn't seem inclined to share with her, just yet. Despite this fact, everything inside of her clamors for her to trust him, even if he has a tendency to lie, here and there.
Digging into the secrets of her past, Jewel soon uncovers a plot that's been underfoot ever since she was born. She is the supposed Spectral, a witch who will inherit the powers of her own coven and any others she comes across upon her seventeenth birthday. Unfortunately, there are those who wish to prevent that from happening and want to see her dead. Not to mention that there are quite a few covens competing against each other to make her theirs. Nevertheless, she's determined to get to the bottom of things in hopes of making sense of all the secrets that have been kept from her for so long.
With Roman's help, she's able to understand what's driving those who seek to do her harm. When her friend's are inadvertently caught in the crossfire, Jewel has no other option but to protect herself from outside forces. As the battle rages on around her, Jewel knows she must comply and complete her quickening before anyone else is hurt. To do that, she must place her trust into the hands of a family she's never truly known. One who will do anything to protect her, at all costs.
This was such a delightful read. I enjoyed every minute of it. Once you start reading, it's hard to stop. The pacing of the book was fast and very easy to get immersed in. Full of an intriguing cast of characters, it's quite lovely to envision the world Shannon has created. To see things through their eyes. I look forward to reading more of Shannon's work in the future.(less)
For as long as he can remember, Recai Osman has been the keeper of secrets. Secrets that have bogged him down to the point that he's wished for death...moreFor as long as he can remember, Recai Osman has been the keeper of secrets. Secrets that have bogged him down to the point that he's wished for death in more ways than one. Throughout his entire life, he's lost his loved ones and every remnant of his life. He's clamored many times for release from the earthly realm he lives in, but Allah has other ideas. Recai is meant for many things and Allah's will must be done.
Witnessing atrocities committed against him and his people, Recai has no other course of action but to come to the aid of those who need it. To do that, he'll need to take matters into his own hands and rise from the dead. He's failed to save those to close him in the past and he's not sure if he can live up to the standards Allah has set before him. Yet part of him wonders if he can do just that.
As doubts eat at him from every direction, Recai knows he must shed his insecurities if he's to succeed in setting all wrongs to right. Delving into the secrets of his past, he soon discovers that there's great treachery afoot. The cause of it is unknown, but he's determined to unmask the culprit with every step he takes. That, unfortunately, is easier said than done.
With each discovery he makes, attempts on his life are made. Yet Recai refuses to let them deter him from the path he now walks. He's the SandStorm, the one who will protect those who need a helping hand. Slowly, but surely, he will walk the path Allah has opened up for him. Along the way, his beliefs are sorely tested. Yet there's one thing he knows for sure, he will get to the bottom of things even if it kills him in the process.
This was quite a thought-provoking story. Granted, it's chock full of situations and violence that will keep the reader on the edge with every turn of the page. The religious themes throughout the book make you question the little things, but I think the aspect of it was beautifully integrated into the story and explained along the way. A very intriguing read!(less)
Ever since she was born, DraDonna has been different. She is an enigma, born with copper-colored hair that set her apart from the rest. While her pare...moreEver since she was born, DraDonna has been different. She is an enigma, born with copper-colored hair that set her apart from the rest. While her parents and the previous Ambassador considered her unique, DraDonna always thought otherwise. Subjected to ridicule while growing up, she was always determined to show everyone that she was just like them. Sadly, people refused to be believe in her completely.
Despite the disappointments of her childhood, she did her best to fit in. A world built on perfection, she's never had to question her existence. The HEART has provided for all her children and DraDonna's loyalty to her beloved God has never wavered. Until now, that is.
A unique discovery catapults her and husband to discover the secrets surrounding their beloved world. While the thought of doing so is frightening, they're determined to get to the bottom of things. To do that, they must open up their minds to the possibilities of there being something else out there aside from their own world. Armed with the resources left to them by the previous Ambassador, the pair's discoveries are unlike anything they've ever known. Someone has been keeping secrets from the entire community, secrets that could prove to be their undoing.
This was a very intriguing read. The book's pace is consistent and hooks the reader in from the moment they start reading. I found it hard to put the book down once I started reading. I did note several instances where the tense of the book wavered between past and present. Not sure if that was intentional, but it did confuse me, at times, with the sudden switches in tenses. Overall, it's a good read.(less)
A plague has wiped out most of humanity. Survivors are slowly rebuilding their lives, yet they know that nothing will ever be the same again. Life as...moreA plague has wiped out most of humanity. Survivors are slowly rebuilding their lives, yet they know that nothing will ever be the same again. Life as they've known it is over and they must start anew from scratch. Technology is non-existent, as is the abundance of food. Despite this, humanity is slowly learning to cope with the world as they now know it.
While most in the settlement he lives in are content to live their lives quietly, Charlinder can't help but question the origins surrounding the plague. There are no specific answers to his questions. Some say it was an act of God. Others say the disaster was caused by Man. Whatever the reason, his only wish is to know more.
Unable to let things be, he's determined to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding humanity's downfall. In his mind, the only way to get the answers he seeks is to go straight to the source - the place where the plague originated from. Unfortunately, it's not going to be easy in getting there. It's miles and miles away and there's a lot he'll need to do before he can make it there. Nevertheless, he knows he'll get there one way or another.
Embarking on his quest, he never imagined the ordeals he'd encounter throughout his journey. Language barriers make it hard for him to understand those he comes across. Food is also scarce. With everything step he takes, he gets further and further away from his place of birth. Doubts and insecurities creep upon him as he treads along the path he's set before him. Yet there's one thing he's sure of - he will get the answers he seeks, no matter the cost.
This was quite a thought-provoking book. Granted, it's just fiction, but certain aspects of it make the reader wonder 'What if?' Heavily fortified with religious themes, the reader finds him/herself immersed in a world that's very much possible in this day and age. Alyson has painted a very vivid picture of a world in which we're able to feel each character pain and insecurities. We're able to glean what the post-apocalyptic world is like through their eyes, as well as understanding the meaning behind the lessons that have been imposed throughout the book. (less)
Haunted by the memories of her parent's death when she was just six-years-old, Rae Kerrigan has done her best in moving forward. Her aunt and uncle ha...moreHaunted by the memories of her parent's death when she was just six-years-old, Rae Kerrigan has done her best in moving forward. Her aunt and uncle have taken it upon themselves to raise her to the best of their ability. Yet there are things about Rae's past that they've kept a secret from her. Secrets that are slowly catching up to each and every one of them.
Her life changes from the moment she's sent back to England to attend a very posh private school. Whether it's for better or worse, Rae isn't sure, but she's determined to live up to her family's expectations. Sadly, her idea of school isn't what she expected when she sets foot at the academy.
Each and every student possesses abilities tied to the ink arts found in distinct places on their bodies. Some can fly. Others can shift. Some can even read minds and predict the future. The paranormal world that now surrounds her leaves Rae a tad baffled, yet she can't deny that every aspect of it intrigues her. It further mind boggles her that everyone knows about her past when she can't even remember certain details about the night her parents died. Still, she's willing to overlook that fact in order to fit in with her new peers.
Looking forward to learning everything she can about herself, her powers, and the school itself, she soon realizes she's way over her heard. Most of the kids have been at the academy for years, while she's technically a beginner. Yet she knows she has to start somewhere. She knows she must find it within herself to accept herself as she is now as well as the things she cannot change if she's to truly overcome the obstacles thrown into her path.
While I did find the beginning of this book a little slow to start, I did enjoy the premise of the story itself. At times, certain aspects reminded me of Harry Potter, mostly because of the similarities in the situations Rae found herself in.
I did note that there were a couple instances where the story sort of fluctuated and the train of thought changed quite suddenly and strayed a bit, but after awhile the pace would find its way back to where it needed to be. The action didn't really take off until Rae came into her own, though. There were also a couple spots that I thought could use a little further polishing. All in all, the book is a good read. (less)
When Lydia Lawson left home at the mere age of eighteen, she never imagined coming back some day. Her alcoholic parents ruined what little childhood s...moreWhen Lydia Lawson left home at the mere age of eighteen, she never imagined coming back some day. Her alcoholic parents ruined what little childhood she had, scarring her for the rest of her life. Her memories are so full of pain that she refuses to remember the smallest details of things that brought her pleasure. In her mind, she's better off not remembering anything at all. Things hurt less that way.
When her mother dies unexpectedly, she's forced to reconsider her return to the one place she never wanted to be in the first place. Against her better judgment, she goes back. Never once did she imagine the horrors that awaited her behind its closed doors.
In addition to inheriting her mother's assets, Lydia discovers that her mother has left behind one tiny little detail that changes everything. Her twenty-one-year-old half sister is living in the house's basement, unable to leave the bed she's been sleeping in for the past ten years. She's grown too big in order to be able to walk up the stairs. Her sister's true origins are also unknown as her mother never left any traces as to who Lily's true father was scattered around.
Despite the circumstances surrounding her sister's birth, Lydia knows she'll need to make the most of the situation. Lily, on the other hand, has other ideas. In her mind, Lydia is a threat to her existence and she'll do anything to thwart her sister's plans. Lydia, with no other course of action but accept the current situation, decides to help Lily find her place in the world. To do so, she'll need to change the way Lily lives her life, even if she refuses to do so, for the moment.
As Lydia delves into her mother's secrets, she finds herself drawn to her childhood friend, Tommy Porter. She loved him once and she's very sure she could do so yet again. He's her rock when she needs him the most, offering her his support every step of the way. As they grow closer, the secrets of the past soon come light and Lydia realizes that she may have gotten more than she really bargained for.
I found this book quite intriguing. It's subject is one people don't really know about and it was quite refreshing in learning about a disease that ultimately affects all parties involved. I think Tammy did a good job in creating the world surrounding her characters and the emotions they shared were felt across every page. I did note quite a few instances where the grammar and punctuation needed a little fixing. The book, in itself, is a good read, though.(less)