Title: Death Eater (The Complete Collection) Author: Catherine Stovall Format: E-book PaReview can also be found at my blog: Confessions of a Bibliophile
Title: Death Eater (The Complete Collection) Author: Catherine Stovall Format: E-book Pages: Date(s) Read: November 25-28, 2015 Rating: 4.5/5
Summary: A story about a girl, a boy and the devil himself. Thirteen lives are lived. Twelve deaths mourned. They have one chance left. 19 year old Vega Williams struggles against the pull and promise of death. Her protector and guardian Zane strains against the chains of hell. Both are cursed by Eurynome to live and love and die by their own demons. Can they save each other and prove that love can survive anything, even death?
Review: I was given this collection by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Catherine for the opportunity to once again delve into this world.
Story 1: Condemned to Die - 4 stars This is our introduction to Vera Williams and her guardian Zane. This is the story that made me fall in love with them. Hands down. This is by far a fantastic story of revenge for love, and I continue to re-read it as often as I can because I adore the relationship between Vera and Zane. There is a lot more I could say about this one, but I'm not for one to give away spoilers. I would highly recommend delving into this world and falling in love with this couple.
Story 2: Destined to Live - 4 Stars This story is Vera's last life. There has to be a loophole. There has to be something that can be done. Zane finds a loophole. However, the demon does what he does best and proceeds to torment Vera, making her relive each time she'd taken her life...all twelve times. Then as he is in control, ensures that she wants to end her life thus wasting her last life. I am all the more in love with Zane and Vera.
Story 3: Fated to Return - 4.5 Stars OH. EM. GEE. I did not expect that conclusion. Deceptive blurb concerning Vera and Zane's hunt for answers only added to the wonderfulness of this story. The groundskeeper...interesting little thing that turned into a surprise. The battle that happened, perhaps could have been a touch grander - but was still awesome none the less. Despite a couple of things that came up that made me briefly go huh, this book ended up getting the highest rating of the three. I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants a first glimpse into the work of Catherine Stovall.
Thank you again for the opportunity to read and review this series! Absolutely loved every moment of it! ...more
I cannot tell you how excited I was for this book to finally make it into my library...to the point that I was #1 on the wait list for it. NUMBER ONE!I cannot tell you how excited I was for this book to finally make it into my library...to the point that I was #1 on the wait list for it. NUMBER ONE! Seriously, I am NEVER the first one in line especially for a new book...however, this time I was...and let me tell you...
I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!
Peri Reed <3
This woman is absolutely epic.
Thoughts still circulating and formulating over this book! However, I CANNOT wait for the next book in the Peri Reed series!!! ...more
Cute series. I am hooked, and will be getting more in this series.
Title: Eighth Grade Bites Author: Heather Brewer Format: Paperback Date Read: June 3,Cute series. I am hooked, and will be getting more in this series.
Title: Eighth Grade Bites Author: Heather Brewer Format: Paperback Date Read: June 3, 2016 Rating: 3/5 Recommend: Yup!
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Vladimir Tod has to keep his vampire urges under control while dealing with the pressures of middle school, and he hates junior high. His mother was human, his father a vampire. Vlad has no idea what his powers are, however he has to struggle daily with blood cravings and enlarged fangs. A substitute teacher makes him think his cover might soon be blown, however Vlad has bigger problems – he's being hunted by a vampire killer.
Checked this book out on a whim from the local library. Quite glad I did. I will eventually be getting to the rest of the books in this series. However, let's focus on this one, Vlad's introduction into the world.
Being thirteen is hard enough, let alone being a thirteen-year-old boy. Compound the usual pressures of being a teenager with the fact that you are a vampire. While normal teenage boys are dealing with hormonal ridden urges, Vlad is trying to manage his blood cravings and the fact that his fangs keep getting bigger. Seriously, as if puberty wasn't bad enough!
Along with puberty comes the nightmare that is middle school. Middle school isn't easy on anyone. Eighth grade is by far one of the most difficult, simply because it is your last year there before you ultimately have to enter the even bigger nightmare that is high school. Vladimir is by far one of my favorite characters, and he is quite different than any other vampire I've read about before. I love that this story was free of excessive moodiness and angstiness, and it made Vlad and the story a bit more relate-able. Relate-able in the sense that I've been a thirteen year old and have suffered the hell that is eighth grade.
This is a good beginning to a series, and there is so much room for growth and I ultimately look forward to reading more of this series soon.
I apologize if this review seems rambling and repetitive, it's been a while and I'm still getting my feet back under me when it comes to my reviews. ...more
Title: The Wizard of Time Author: G.L. Breedon Dates Read: June 3-5, 2015 Format: Ebook (Kindle) Pages: 296 Rating: 3.5This review can also be found here.
Title: The Wizard of Time Author: G.L. Breedon Dates Read: June 3-5, 2015 Format: Ebook (Kindle) Pages: 296 Rating: 3.5/5
Synopsis: Gabriel Salvador is thirteen, and he has been having dreams about the future. Gabriel's dreams always come true. Especially the dream he had where he will drown, it is only a matter of time before that dream becomes reality. At the moment of his death, he is plucked from his timeline and becomes an apprentice time mage and part of an elite team of mages who are fighting the War of Time and Magic, and travel through history to do so. Throughout the story Gabriel goes to Victorian London, Aztec temples, Samos, Scotland, and battlefields of Alexander the Great, among other places as Gabriel learns about his abilities as a time mage, and joins the battle to protect the timeline.
I originally picked this up as as freebie on Amazon, and like most of the books on my TBR pile it took a bit for me to finally get to it. However, I was surprisingly pleased with what I'd found in just under 300 pages. I have always enjoyed reading fantasy/sci-fi/etc simply for the escapism that is provided by the stories spun by talented writers. I read to indulge my imagination and escape my own reality.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I started this story, would I find the amount of realism that is required in fantasy stories? Could I picture myself in Gabriel's world, experiencing what Gabriel is experiencing? Can I relate to this story? Ultimately the tale that was spun was one of pure brilliance.
I easily fell in love with the characters. The fact that Breeden crossed genres only made this tale all the more interesting. The story is intelligently written and this is shown in the seamless way that his story crosses genres and age groups. I was not expecting the captivating, adventurous, vibrant, unpredictable and emotive tale that I was presented when I continued to delve into this story. The historical backdrop, the scientific explanations - everything was plausible, believable and in truth one of the best fantasies I've read in a while.
It's stories like this that once again remind me why I read young adult stories. However, even if you do not enjoy reading young adult, but still enjoy a good fantasy story then I would gladly recommend this story to you. You will definitely enjoy the trip you take with Gabriel and the other mages....more