Let me first start out by saying that I have never read anything by author Kimberly Derting. I haveReview originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Let me first start out by saying that I have never read anything by author Kimberly Derting. I have had the first three book in the series on my book shelves for sometime now but had yet to read them. So once I heard about this tour I knew it would be a great opportunity to challenge myself to read the complete Body Finder series. After reading them all I just about kicked myself for not starting this series sooner. Yeah...I know was sure missing out on some amazing books. *smacks forehead against wall*
Dead Silence picks up pretty much directly after The last Echo ended. Violet has a very special gift. She can find dead bodies by sensing an imprint they leave behind after they die. She is also able to find who killed them but matching the same imprint or echo to the recently dead. Only now Violet has a imprint of her own. A music box playing the same haunting tune, over and over again.
If that wasn't enough to drive her a little crazy, Violet is being threatened not to leave the "special team" of gifted kids like herself or else! She wants nothing more than to stop working for them but unless she does, her family and friends will be harmed. With no other choice, Violet continues to help find dead bodies when no one else can in order to put them properly to rest by finding who killed them.
There is a new killer is town, called "The Collector". If Violet is not careful someone she loves might just be his next victim...
Dead Silence being the final book in the series will definitely leave the readers wanting more but more so being sorry to have to say goodbye to their favorite characters, Violet, Jay, Chelsea, Rafe, and all the other who make the series a whole lot of awesome!!!
Dead Silence for me was the perfect ending to yet another amazing book series. Being the last book in the series I felt that Kimberly Derting did a beautiful job at tying together any loose ends from the first three books. The one part that really made Dead Silence so interesting to me was learning more about Violets ability. The reader gets unique look into where Violet inherited her gift and from whom but more so a deeper understanding at what it really means to carry such a powerful gift. Also a major plus for me is the super sweet and kind romance between Vi and Jay. The way the author writes them together throughout the series is just so tender and perfect. They are two halves of a whole in every way.
I am so glad I decided to read this series. I have no clue why it took me so long to pick up the books but let me tell you without a doubt "The Body Finders" series is now one of my favorite series and will hold a place in my heart forever. If you have not read these books then you are surely missing out!...more
Before I begin my review for this book I want to thank the publisher of (HarperTeen) for sending me Poison Diares to read and the author as well, MaryBefore I begin my review for this book I want to thank the publisher of (HarperTeen) for sending me Poison Diares to read and the author as well, MaryRose Wood for writing such a amazing book. All I can say is this book was way different from what I am used to reading but in a good way. It is rare to come across a book that just blows you mind while you are reading it. Nightshade did just that. The story was amazing and so very unique. There was never a dull moment, the book always could hold my attention, with new twist and turns that will leave you guessing.
Nightshade is the second book in the Pioson Dairies series and while I did not read the first one I found this one easy to pick up on what happen in the first. The story begins with a Father and Daughter. The heroine, Jessamine finds herself lost without her true love, Weed. Weed felt is needed to leave her because of the past events that have happen and her Father is to blame. Jessamine has now has taken on a hatred for her Father and plots to be rid of him for what he has done to Weed, and herself. She now finds out her Father caused the death of Mother. Which now causes her to take revenge and turn against him in the worst possible way. Jessamine will use her knowledge from the poison diary to poison and kill her Father. Jessamine needs run away from this evil she has done and find her true love, Weed. Although she does not know where Weed is - she will travel away from that life and try find him only to come across more trouble along the way. Someone in her past (The Prince of Poisons) now leads Jessamine on a path not her own away from Weed. This darkness begins to take over her mind and heart are turns her into someone who evil. Through this darkness Jessamine still finds she does still haves a bit of love and compassion for others, but will it be enough to find the man she loves and not let her self be turned over to the evil of the Price of Poisons. Will Jessamine follow her heart or be taken over by the evil within her or will true love cure her poisoned heart.
Nightshade was a blast to read. I adore the story-line and the character's was so unique and well thought-out. I so enjoyed the time in history in which the book was based in. I love reading about the past and the way people were treated for being diffrent. Jessamine character was cast out by people she was with at one point in the book, naming her witch because she could use plants and herbs a number of things (including cures for the sick), which did not makes sense to them. I really loved being able read about the time in history where things like that happen so easily. My heart went of to her and all of the hardships she went thought to try to find Weed. As well as Weeds Journey to find Jessamine. He was such a strong hearted and loving character. Weed would go to great lengths to be with his true love. I adore this book for having such a beautiful love story yet a mix of tragedy between Weed and Jessamine. The Author Maryrose Wood is such a brilliant writer, her story is flawless, both Weed and Jessamine are exquisite characters and will make her readers wonder what will happen next. I would so recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a story with a great mysterious plot and a breathtaking love story. ...more
First Impressions: I received Lies Beneath as a ARC from Netgalley. After seeing the book cover many times on the web and reading more info about the book briefly on Goodreads; I decided to give it a go and read Lies Beneath. I really love books and movies about mermaids. I have been fascinated with them for as long as I can remember but this book is not like anything I have seen or read in the past. This is not your average "Little Mermaid" story. No, these mermaids are certainly not the sweet, kind and innocence ones you find in a children's book. That alone had intrigued me to read the book.
Review: I will not be writing this review like all of my past review where I tell you a lot of the book then go on and tell you what I enjoyed about it. Lies Beneath does not come out until June 2012 so with that said I will not give any spoilers away. Instead I will begin by saying what I did enjoy about the book. What I loved most about the book was the uniqueness of it. How the author took a classic tale and turned it into a wickedly twisted new take on these beautiful fantasy creatures; Mermaids. Calder White and his three sister's are mermaids. A different kind of mermaid - Purely evil. Do not cross them or you will pay. You come to find out early in the book that something had happened in the past in which leads them to seek revenge upon a innocence family in the present. Calder and his sisters work together to create a plan in which Calder will befriend and romance Lily the daughter of Jason Handcock. The idea is to lead Lily down to the lake and trap her so her Father will be forced to come rescue her. But this does not go as planned when Calder finds he is strangely attracted to Lily. From here the story takes off and will lead the reader on through a twisted tale always to be wondering what will happen next?
Brown's mermaids are devilish, hollow creatures who KNOW how to hold a grudge. They feed off of people souls, like a vampire would feed on blood. They have no means to generate happiness or love for themselves so they need to feed off of humans to be able to feel and know these emotions; leaving the unsuspecting victim dead and empty. Yes, while this is a bit on the creepy and bizarre side of reading about mermaids it makes for a very unique and thrilling story. The story is fast paced and will captive the reader from page one until long after you are done reading, Lies Beneath. I so am looking forward to reading the sequel. The ending leaves you with a huge cliff-hanger.
Now while I truly loved this book I did find one thing that did bring down the story a bit. I felt that it took a long time to understand and relate to Calder. It was not until the middle-end of the book that I fully began to see his character take shape and evolve. The story itself was amazing and has great potential. I will be certainly be looking out for the author and another book from her.
Final Thoughts: I found Lies Beneath to be quite a intriguing novel. This book is not your normal; run of the mill mermaid book. No once upon a time's and happily ever after's. So if you are looking for that then do not read this book, but it you want a whole new take on these savage water bound creatures then on June 12, 2012 I would definitely recommend Lies Beneath. Thank you Netgalley and Delacorte Books for my ARC. Also thank you Anne Greenwood Brown, for taking a cute and classic mermaid tale and turning it into something extraordinary. ...more
Thank you to Amanda and St. Martin's Press for my ARC Paperback copy.
My Rating: ★★★★
Wake happens to be my first Amanda Hocking novel read. Yeah, I know... what hole have I been living in?! I am not quite sure why I never read any of her books before but after reading Wake I now know I will be reading them all. This book was such a pure delight to read and about one of my favorite fantasy creatures, Mermaids or in this case Sirens.
The story begins with a girl named Gemma. She is a great swimmer with a passion for water. Swimming is her release, her enjoyment and friend. So living in a town near the sea, a large tourist attraction, is perfect haven for her. Gemma is a outgoing girl, with a nerdy sister and a geeky, yet hot boy next door. Everything is seemingly perfect. Until one day a set of three young, and beautiful girls; Penn, Thea, and Lex come to town. No one really knows who they are or where they come from. So one night when Gemma decides to go for a swim in her favorite spot she hears a beautiful song; one that seems to be calling to her. But deciding to follow the call turns out to be the worst thing she could do. Penn, Thea, and Lex are not of this world but are evil and selfish creatures of the sea. Now Gemma is forced to become one and join them or die. She now has to make a life altering decision that may end up costing her her life....leave town with the girls or stay and die. To find out what happens, what choice she made and who is affected by these events you will have to read the book.
Amanda Hocking is a born story-teller. She knows just how to make the reader feel fascinated and immersed in the world she created. The story was rich in details which has a vast effect on the book. I feel in love with all of the characters and by what defines them; makes them special. I could sense Gemma's desperation and feelings of confusion. Wake has such raw emotions and the story itself hold it own with a such a engaging aquatic tale. Amanda version of these mythological creatures; Sirens is perfect and leaves the readers captivated by them. I must say that even having read numerous books about similar subjects, WAKE pull right into the lead. I surely dislaike that I have to wait to read Lullaby which in the next book to continue the story but I am sure without a doubt it will be worth the wait. The only thing that made my decision to give the book 4 stars not a solid 5 was the pacing as well as the slight lack of character development in Penn, Thea and Lex. I wanted to know more about them and their lives as Sirens.
Wake is a fun, and great summer read. I hope everyone will buy the book and enjoy it as much as I did. ...more
--- First Impressions: Honestly I was not sure how I would like this book simply because I don't really read a lot of novels that are strictly Young Adult. I most often read YA novels that have a sub-genre present (PRN, Urban Fantasy, Horror, ect) so going into a book like this had me feeling a bit hesitant. I really loved the book synopis and the cover itself did not make any sense to me but after you read The Word Gang it all will fall in place and help the reader to understand why the cover of the book looks the way it does.
Review: Well I am not sure where to begin with this review but I guess I will first tell you that I really learned a lot while reading. A single word now has more meaning that I thought and can make a huge impact in life, especially when that word(s) happens to change a persons life for the better. At the start of the book you are introduced to the main character Kalisha Jackson who have been hiding a big secret from everyone - She has cut school for the whole year and but never told anyone. After deciding to tell her Mom and to risk the consequences. Kalisha goes back into High School and it determined to stay this time. On the first day of school she finds out that she is being put into a special class or program called Protect Restart. This program is new to her school and is for students who need a fresh start. The Vice Principal is teaching the class and is a total jerk. Jack Ralston only thinks of this as a job and treats the students horribly as they are worthless in his eyes. After being given a Compact Oxford Dictionary from a sweet old man who lives upstairs Kalisha learns a lot of unique and new words. These words are rare and unused in this day and age. Kalisha and her new friends in the class begin to use these words during Protect Restart class. No hard done, right? You would think but because Vice Principal, Jack does not understand or know these words this angers him and thus will begin the start of the "The Word Gang". How can a single word get someone if trouble? Well the answer lies with the pages.
I will not tell you anymore of the story because it would spoil the novel but the whole concept of the book is unique and very realistic. I really enjoyed the book being narrated from the POV of Kalisha. She and her friends are fun and relatable character's. Many times during the book I felt sorry for the way they were all being treated. I really love when I can form a bond with one or more of the character's in the book and can get a sense of what they were dealing with on a emotional level. On a different note, there was a few things in the novel that I did not care for. One being that I felt the overall flow of the novel was kind of slow and the side stories within the novel did not really draw me in. I found Jack Ralston to be very crude and hurtful. While I understand that his character was written this way to make a impact within the book. I could not help but feel that his overall attitude brought down my mood while reading. I keep thinking that I don't understand why he was treating these kids so meanly; never even giving them the benefit of the doubt to do better. The story itself for me was pretty good and I really loved that "The Word Gang" worked together to stop this harsh treatment and make a difference. The impact from this felt was very sincere and inspirational.
Final Thoughts: After reading the book I found that I did come like it more that I through I would have and while I realize this type of book is not something I would usually pick up myself and read I was happy I did decide to give it a go. The Author, Mark McKenna I feel wrote a book that has and will impact teens and and even Adults. The Word Gang is such a feel good story that in the end will leave the reader having a better understanding of what a simple "action" can do to impact and change a life. ...more
First Impressions: I was given a copy of Terry Spear's novel The Dark Fae back in January to read for review. The cover alone had me very intrigued to read her novel. I really love how it looks so dark and mysteries. It has been a while since I have read a story about fairies and these mythological creatures are one of my favorites. After reading more about the book from the synopsis, I figured why not give it a chance.
Review: First you must know that this book is not very long; with only 152 pages the story is tightly packed and makes for a short but captivating read. In the beginning of the book it take place in the here and now; present day. Within a short amount of time the story diverts and the reader is taken into the fae world. I really enjoyed the way the author describes this "hidden" fairy world and the fae living in it. There are divided parts of the world in which different fae kingdoms rule. Deveron a dark fae from the kingdom of Denkar where he is the crowned prince. Deveron decides to go into the human world one day and comes upon a girl who can see these fae when no other humans can. But why? Deveron must now find out what and who she really is.
Alicia has always been able to see fairies and does not completely understand why. On a vacation with her friend Cassie, Alicia see a gorgeous dark fae speaking with her friend and becomes worried. She knows he is not the good type of faerie. When she purposely spills some drinks on Deveron to try and make him leave, Deveron becomes very interested in Alicia only to later find out she is somehow able to see his kind. A plot turning event happens and Deveron will need to take Alicia into his world for her safety. From here the story plot advances with a exciting transformation which takes the reader into a magical world of fairies where both Deveron and Alicia soon come to learn who she really is. All the while forming a bond between both main character's. I felt that the love between Alicia and Deveron was quite romantic but for me a little to insta-love. Being a short novel I can understand why the author somewhat rushed the love between the character's but I would have liked the novel more if they had time to fall in love gradually and get to know each other better.
The story in itself was pretty good and well written with only a few typos but nothing so bad that I would have felt inclined to stop reading. I felt that some parts of the book where slower than others. I did really love how descriptive the author was about the world in which she created in the book. The Dark Fae is definitely full of plot twists and turns; mystery and romance. If you enjoy a good fantasy with fairies within the YA-Adult age groups. Then this book is perfect for you and is short novel to read but not withing a Happy Ending!
Final Thoughts: While I did not totally love this book I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. I really adore books about faeries and I knew I wanted to read Terry's novel as soon as I saw the cover. The lore in the book was very impressive but I felt a lacking in the character development. It would have been nice to know more in detail about each Royal fae kingdom and there traits. But otherwise the book "The Dark Fae" is a great fantasy novel and should definitely be given a chance to anyone who loves these type of books. ...more
First Impressions: I was contacted by Rachel Fisher the author of Eden's Root a couple months ago and asked to read her novel. I feel in love with th First Impressions: I was contacted by Rachel Fisher the author of Eden's Root a couple months ago and asked to read her novel. I feel in love with the book cover and the whole idea of the story being set in the future. While I have read many Dystopian novels within the past two years, Eden's Root sounds like nothing I had ever read before so I decided to give it a go. I will be honest and say I was kind of put off by how long the book was, but knew it would be worth it.
My Review: Eden's Root is set in the year 2033, the world as we know today is very much like the one described in the book but with one huge difference. The world itself is slowly dying. Fi Kelly's father is dying of cancer and on the last days of his life her father decides to tell Fi something that will change her life as well as everyone lives in the world. The food eaten and the drinks that were drank is killing everyone slowly. Known as "Sickfood". Scientist do not know what is causing this and why crops are dying out around the world. Now everyone must continue to eat this "sickfood" to survive hunger even knowing the food is what is causing the world to slowing crumble around them. Fi was been told by her father days before he passes away that she and her family must find a safe haven away from this apocalyptic world. She will need to find a way to be strong and lead her family to safety. All the while knowing the road ahead will be filled with hardships, horror, and even sadness. Fi and her family are now on a quest to find the one place that could save them all, Eden! First let me say that I loved the whole idea behind this novel. The apocalyptic whole and it's surrounding were told in a way that I felt I was right there with Fi and her family. I could almost feel her pain and see in my minds eye what she was going through through-out the story. The story idea of the food we eat everyday being the one thing that will end the world and the people in it is scary to think about but a very unique concept. I adored Fi Kelly as the main character. Her inner strength and willingness to survive was astonishing and gave the book a "never give up" feel to it. On another aspect I did feel the story was dragged out a bit and long. While this is not always a bad thing because it gives the reader a full understanding of the book and all of the events that took place within. For me personally I would have liked it more if it was a shorter book to read. I found myself taking breaks and coming back, not because the story itself was lacking but the length was a bit intimidating to me. All in all Eden's Root was worth the read. I feel in love with the character's in the story and the things that they were made to endure were so motivating. I loved reading about the journey in itself that took to reach safety.
Final Thoughts: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Dystopian stories. While for me I felt it was a bit slow at parts and a long book to read the story within was amazing and very unique. Rachel Fisher has written a great debut novel and I look forward to seeing what else she may has in store for the future. ( Hopeful not a future like the one in Eden's Root! ^__^ )...more
I was given a copy of the book back in June and was so happy once I got it in the mail. The cover is gorgeouReview can also be found on my blog: HERE!
I was given a copy of the book back in June and was so happy once I got it in the mail. The cover is gorgeous and plays so well with the concept behind the story. Right from the start when I heard about What's Left of Me on goodreads I knew I wanted to have a arc to read for a review on my blog. I was so intrigued by the plot and characters within. Addie and Eve's story presented itself to be most fascinating to me. I love the idea of one body sharing two souls. The concept is so very unique and refreshing. Author Kat Zhang has truly blown me away with her impressive writing technique and ability to make the story come to life on paper. This debut novel has topped by Top Ten list of favorite books. Two Soul's sharing one body...the story of Addie and Eva given life to by such an amazing new author.
Addie and Eva live in a world where humans are born with two soul's in one body. One is dominate and the other submissive. The submissive soul is supposed to fade away leaving the dominate one alone. Eva has always known that she is the lesser of the two but chooses not to leave her sister even though she should. This choice to live their lives together but never telling anyone else for this would be dangerous and go against all that is right.
When Addie/Eva meet a girl from school and her brother they come to find out that they are not alone in the secret they both share. The choices they soon will come to make have both Addie and Eva now fighting for there lives. Both of the girls now must bond together tighter than ever before in a fight to remain whole.
Oh. My. God! This book just totally rocked my socks off. I could not get enough! The world building in the book is so very flawless and rich with detail. Both Addie and Eva's characters are so genuine, and full of one life. Even though they share one body both girls have totally different character traits and identities. I loved Eva most because she always knew what she wanted and what she believed it even thought it was hard to. I found Addie to be much more of a worrier and questioning things she feared.
Beyond Addie/Eva the secondary characters really helped to bring the whole book together and really enriched the plot. Thus giving the story such a unique balance of adventure and charm. I love every page, every word! I can't wait to get my hands out the next installment to what will happen next! For anyone who may have mixed feeling about reading What's Left of Me once it comes out, DON"T! This book is too good not to be given the chance.
Thank you to HarperCollins for my ARC and Kat Zhang for writing such a beautiful story. ...more
First Impressions: I was e-mailed about a month ago by the author of the book Scary School, Derek Kent aka Derek the Ghost and was asked to read his new novel for review on my blog. Now I mostly stick to the young adult to adult books only because I find these type of books are what I enjoy the most when reading. I read over the book synopsis of Scary School and found it to be quite interesting and story seem to draw me in so I decided to give it a try. I am ever so glad that I did because Scary School really did turn out to be a fun and comical read.
Review: The first thing I am going to say that I totally loved about the book was that while reading there are so many amazing Illustrations to go along with the story-line of the book which really made the charathers and the story come alive. In Scary School "Derek the Ghost" is telling the story in which he tells the reader about himself but mostly about many of the kids or creatures that walk the halls. You as the reader will get to learn about many different teachers and students who go to Scary School. And I mean "different". From a one fang'd Vampires to a T Rex who won't go anywhere without her blue dress on. Weird right? If you don't follow a rule you may be eaten, but don't worry you won't die. Mostly likely you'll just come back as something else like a dragon or another creature. Nothing is ever what it seems at this odd and twisted school but the kids at Scary School like it that way as do the teachers. I have a few favorite character's in the book I really enjoyed while reading that I found to be very funny or relatable to me in some ways. One was Petunia who is the purple girl on the cover of the book. She could make flowers grow and the way the Illustrator drew her was so beautiful. I like how her story was that she was made fun of by the other girls in the school but something happens to her to make her see that she indeed is special. The whole book was just made up of all of the monsters/humans (teachers and students) individual stories each with such a fun and unique pizzazz. A very funny book and the images to go along with the story made me laugh ever more!
Final Thoughts: I am very glad I decided to give Scary School a go because I really did love it. I went outside my comfort zone and read a book that was written for a lot younger age group than I am in but truthfully nothing is wrong with reading a middle-grade novel when your an adult. I would highly recommend Scary School to my readers (or their children) and to anyone who may be a bit hesitant of reading a book below there age level. - The cover of the book and images in the book are stunning and very well done. Scott M. Fischer the illustrator did a wonderful job! The idea of the book being narrated by a ghost (who was also part of the story) was a excited and fun POV. A MUST read in 2012 for all ages! ...more
Black City is one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of 2012 and if you ask me, one of th Review originally done @ HERE - Bittersweet Enchantment
Black City is one of the most highly anticipated YA novels of 2012 and if you ask me, one of the best! To be completely honest I was not quite sure I would enjoy the book. Even though the cover is breathtaking and the plot sounded unique I felt it may just be another vampire novel. I don't know about you but I am kind of tired of vampires in books. Yeah, big shocker right? I will tell you right now I was sadly mistaken. Black City IS so much more than another vampire book, by far. Author Elizabeth Richards takes "vampires" to a WHOLE new level, and then some. The story is set in a dark post-apocalyptic world were new creatures have emerged. Darklings (a vampire like creature), twin bloods (a mix of vampire and human) and of course humans. Humans of course are known as the superior race and live as such. This also mean they make the laws for the darklings and Twin-Bloods. Of course like any dystopian world the lesser race is not happy. They do not want to live under the human rules but to break down the very wall the separates them from each other.
A teenage human girl named Natalie Buchanan who is also the daughter of the Emissary lives by these rules and tries hard not to question what she knows to be right. Although soon something or yet someone will have her questioning everything she once believed in.
Ash Fisher a darkling boy, part-time "haze dealer" and all around hottie lives outside the wall and has never known anything else. Until the day he meets Natalie Buchanan and from that moment Ash's world and heart becomes alive. In a turn of events both of their lives will soon come to change. Even though they are so different Ash and Natalie will need to find the will to fight for what's right and above all else true love.
For me the story was a very dark and futuristic Romeo and Juliet tale of sorts. Both Ash and Natalie have very intense relationship and the character development was spot on amazing! I felt I really got to know both of them as individuals and a couple. Now while the main characters Ash and Natalie were great I felt the secondary characters could use a bit of work. I really wanted to get to know Day and Beetle more in this book than what I did. I can see that the author does leave room for them both to grow in her next installment in the series, or so I hope. The world building was outstanding as well as the amount of action within the story. I will admit there were a few slow scenes in the book, mostly toward the beginning. All in all Black City is a excellent read which I think most of you will enjoy. Elizabeth Richards did a beautiful job of turning the overdone vampire tale into something outstanding. Black City is by far one of my favorite reads of 2012 and I can't wait until next year to find out what happens next. ...more
First Impressions: I was asked to read Oracle - Sunken Earth by the authors agent a few months ago. I decided to give the book a try even know pure fantasy is not one of my favorite genre's. I adore the cover, so very colorful. I also love that the book is set in Florida and since I myself used to live there at one time thought it would make for a good read. Even before reading the book I was glad that I did know the area and was aware of the kind of hurricanes that go through there. I was intrigued to find out how the author would portray such intense storms and have them tie into the story itself.
My Review: The book takes place in the present day and begins with a very intense scene in which the captain of the US coast guard, Jaret Cooper is rushing to a boat in the ocean which is on fire in attempt try to save all aboard. Once he arrives on scene he comes in contact with a old man and a boy fighting over a round object. Jaret knows he must rescue those aboard but the old man refuses to leave without taking what he came for. After a short battle scene Jeret gets the boy off the boat and on the life raft but he himself goes down on the sinking boat, now lost at sea. The boy he saved is found and taken in my Jaret's family who soon adopts him. Ret does not remember any of his past or how he got to be where is now, but soon a turn of events changes everything. Ret Cooper now will find out who is really is and what his true purpose is. This book takes the reader on a fun and mysterious journey, with a unique take into a different world that the author creates. All of the character's are so very interesting and some are kind of strange to say the least. I really enjoyed all of the character's in the book and found myself to be quite intrigued by Ret and his past. One major thing I did love about the story was that the authors main focus in the book is the elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air. This really peaked my interest and helped to involve the book into a a great fantasy. Oracle - Sunken Earth had a Percy Jackson feel to it. The story kept building up and up with so many different twisted and turns along the way right until the very end. I would so recommend it to middle-grade and YA fantasy readers alike.
Now I must be honest and state the down sides for me; as you can see I only gave the book 3.5 stars. While I really did enjoy the story and the character's within. I did have a few things I did not like, such as towards the middle I felt like the pace of the book had slowed and was somewhat hard to get into. Like I said I am not a huge fantasy fan but I do read it sometimes but the genre often lacks in romance. After I read the book I felt kind of like there was a piece missing in the story and I was not sure what. I so think a lot of that feeling is that the ending left on a huge cliff hanger and you would need to pick of the next book in order to see what lies in store for Ret.
All in all Oracle - Sunken Earth was a fun read and I would definitely want to read book two. I feel as the books move forward the story will as well.
Final Thoughts: I am very glad I was given the chance to read the book and loved that some of the books setting was based in FL. Although Oracle had it's ups and downs I did enjoy the read. ...more
Middle Ground start off right where Awaken left us. For those who have not read the first book Awaken here a simple run down of what happened. AwakenMiddle Ground start off right where Awaken left us. For those who have not read the first book Awaken here a simple run down of what happened. Awaken takes place in the world almost 50 years into the future. Everything, from eating, reading, socializing and even school takes place online. Barely anyone has the need to leave the safety of their homes and not many do. Maddie lives in this world and has never known anything but. He Father runs the online school program and believes the world is now a safer place to live with everything being totally digital. Although Maddie does not necessarily agree with this way of life she enjoys living as so. When she meets a boy named Justin through an online study group one day at a local hangout she comes to find that Justin doesn't agree with these rules but wants to change everything. Justin is not alone in these views and has many followers who also don't agree with this digital life. Maddie soon comes to trust Justin even though his views are different. He shows her the world through a different set of eyes. Justin fights for what's right and what's real. To make everyone slow down and enjoy the simple things that life can hold. Maddie must now make a decision of who to trust and who is right....even if it lands her up in a whole lot of trouble....
Middle ground begins right after something BIG happens to Maddie and Justin in the end of Awaken. She is now living with her brother in L.A and is trying to adjust to this new unplugged life as well as her feeling for Justin. When everything seems to be falling into place for Maddie she is shocked to find out that she has been caught and is taken to live in a detention center. Now locked away she must find away to get out and find Justin. But when things go from bad to worse Maddie must now rely on the help of her friends before she loses her mind. Will she be able to stay strong while fighting for what is right and who she loves?
You will have to read and find out!
Middle Ground in two words was:
The world author Katie Kacvinsky was so different and thought provoking. I keep wondering how life would be if we all never left our houses and did anything online. I loved Maddie, she was a dream to read about. The way she never gave up even when she thought that all was lost. She remained strong and determined to fight for her life and the lives of others. Justin is such a rare gem. The way he views life and tried to help Maddie see and understand the views really gave the books so much meaning. The more they worked together the more they feel in love. Their emotions were so raw and heartfelt. Katie did a beautiful job making the reader feel exactly what Justin and Maddie were feeling. Her words just flowed so gracefully over the pages. Awaken and Middle Ground really give us the readers such an exciting and unique story to be totally engrossed in.
If I could say the one thing I did not like or would choose to change in Middle Ground was the lack of background history. Like how the world ended up the way it did, and how these changes happen or where brought about. Other than thing I totally loved Middle Ground and can't wait to see what happens next for Justin and Maddie....more
First Impressions: Random is not the type of book I would usually pick up and read. Although the blurb for the book did sound pretty interesting and while if I may be honest I did not really care for the book cover. After reading Random I still am wondering what the cover has to do with the story itself. With all that said I was really not excepting Random it be something I would like to read, but WOW, was I wrong! It turn out that I just loved everything about it, er, well maybe not the cover so much but the story was... well let me tell you....
My Review: Random has everything! From love, hate, heartbreak, strong emotions, and even death. Random is a story about a girl named Tierney. Tierney and her friends Jeremy and Maya meet Tom a new kid on the first day back to school. They all decide to cut school, even Tom and go back to Jeremy house to have a little fun. Their drug of choice? Everything. Like a lot of high school age kids drugs is way to relax or get away from their problems. This group of friends are no different. Little did they know that the drugs that they have been doing would soon lead to a whole new and devastating problem. Someone ends up in the hospital slowly dying in their group, but the big question is what really happen that night? And why? Random tells the story of a drug filled haze, coasting between, love, sadness, and a deep betrayal. With the shock of loosing their friend, Tierney find comfort from Tom. Tom has been nothing but kind and helps her and Emma though this heartbreak, but who REALLY is Tom? What happen to Jeremy that night? All of these question and more will soon relieve themselves while reading the book.
I really enjoyed the this book and I found myself needing to read more and more to unlock what really happen that random night. I as the reader felt as if I was being taken to for thrill ride at a amusement park, twists and turns, as the plot devolves around me. I was thrown from feeling confused about why they all choose to turn to drugs to feeling sad for their lose of Jeremy. Then being upset about what really happen to being happy that Tierney was able to finally find some peace. Never has a book made me feel so tossed in my emotions while reading. This is so not a bad thing per say because I feel it gives the book such depth and gives the reader a sense of empathy for the character's.
Author Charong Chow I feel did a superb job writing Random. Her style of writing was impeccable and the pace of the book was fast; always leading closer and closer to what really happen and how each character would find the strength and learn to survive. So, yes I would so recommend Random to my readers. I really loved it and was thinking about the story long after it was read.
Final Thoughts: Keeping this part simple: Time and time again I find I learn something from a book like this and feel the need to pass on such a beautiful story. Random would definitely be one of those books. And although the cover was not to my liking the tale inside was well worth the read....more
First Impressions: I have come to find I adore the genre of Chick Lit and have recently been reading many of these types of books. So when I was asked
First Impressions: I have come to find I adore the genre of Chick Lit and have recently been reading many of these types of books. So when I was asked by Lori's Publicist to read and review her book I was super excited. I just love the cover of the book, so very simple and fits the story to a tee. From what I read in the blurb about the book provided for me I knew The Dirt would be a excellent fit.
My Review: Upon opening the book and reading the first page I was hooked already. The story moved along very quickly and as I read I found there was never a dull moment throughout the book. While The Dirt is a short read with only 205 pages it surely packed a punch; leaving the reading always wanting more.
Lucy Whitley and her two sisters, Sloane and are the talk of the town. Being rich and having wild gossip always surrounding them is part of there every day lifes. Lucy wants nothing more than to get through her Father's wedding, move away from all of drama and go to a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut. Oh course nothing seems to go as planned for Lucy. When her Father and new step-mother are about to say their "I DO"S", when "someone" from the past shows up with shocking news. Now Lucy is being forced to leave for vacation with her family and the "new addition" is coming along for the ride. While what comes in the story next will blow you away. The Drama, The Deception and The Dirt makes for a thrilling read.
I adore everything about the book from the cover to the story itself. Very fresh and unique. I loved how smooth and fast the pace of the book when. The story and the character's were very entrancing. I could not put the book down, literally. I stay awake until 1 AM to finish the book. I just found I NEEDED to know what came next and how it would end. I really enjoyed Lucy's characteristics although I did feel she was a but whiny at times. Sloane. Well she is the girl you love to hate, always at the root of all the drama and scandal's. Author Lori Culwell has written such a fun book for all ages and definitely knows how to dish out The Dirt!
Final Thoughts: The book has beyond any doubt lived up to my expectation's. The Dirt is a true form of a Chick Lit novel. Anyone who enjoy these types of books as I do would wholeheartedly "dig" The Dirt. ...more
My Review: I was contacted by author Dylan White a few months ago to read his new novel, Apparition. I recently got done reading the book and felt I nMy Review: I was contacted by author Dylan White a few months ago to read his new novel, Apparition. I recently got done reading the book and felt I needed some time to really absorb the story and be able to tell you my thoughts perfectly. So here we go... Apparition first and foremost is one of the best ghost stories I have read but not in the scary sense. Most times you think of a Ghost as being bad and haunting someone for revenge or even fun. This story is nothing like that, the ghost is kind and sweet, very protective but wait I am getting ahead of myself here. Let me start from the beginning...
Jade who is the lead female role is the story has just lost her Father to a heart attack and now feels so much pain and sadness in her heart. Jade is someone who likes to be alone and not show her feelings. So once her Mother remarries to a guy she knew is high school. Jade is forced to be uprooted and move to a new town with her Mother and new step-father, Ray. Jade is angry and depressed from all the recent events in her life and feels hopeless. So one night while Jade is getting ready for bed she feel a presents in her bedroom and thinks she see someone as well. Jade hopes it is her Father coming back in spirit form to say goodbye to her. When she sees the figure is not her father but of a young boy around her age she wonders who he really is. Sean is a ghost who died over 70 years ago and still walks the earth. Now his soul purpose is to protect Jade and make her feel happy once again. Soon Jade starts to feel better, begins making new friends and even is crushing on a hot guy at school. Little does she know that Sean is falling for her... but that the least of her worries when Jade finds out that not all ghosts are good and kind. A vengeful apparition is up to no good and will stop at nothing to steal Jade soul.
I absolutely adored the love story between the two main character's. It was heartbreaking and sweet but felt so real and perfect. I felt sorry for Sean many times throughout the book. He felt such a beautiful and innocent love for Jade and even through he knew he could never really be with her like he wanted to. Sean was always there for her and willing to do anything to protect her. I really feel in love with this bittersweet romance. The story had me captivated from page one and had a strong hold on me until the very end. Author, Dylan White is such a wonderful story-teller. He knows how to make the reader fall into Jade's world and feel what she feels right from the start. The only reason I did not give the book a full 5 stars was because I did find a couple mild spelling errors and felt the pace of the book could have been a little faster.
I really did enjoyed Apparition and would definitely want to know what happens next in the story. Apparition is a fun and light read for all ages. The romance was classic and sweet. The paranormal aspect in the book were perfect and so very compelling. I truly hope my readers will give this book a chance and let me tell you you will be glad you did. I know I was! ...more
Just another Vampire novel? No, not one bit. This book brings Vampires into a whole new light. (..well figurally speaking..) When you think of VampireJust another Vampire novel? No, not one bit. This book brings Vampires into a whole new light. (..well figurally speaking..) When you think of Vampires the whole blood sucking, creatures of the night thing comes to mind. Well at least to me it does, but what if one of them happens to be your soul mate.
When Amelia moves to a new town because of a free ride school scholarship she won she is determined to start anew and make friends. A way to leave her haunted past behind and find happiness but when things are seemingly to good to be true Amelia starts to question the people around her. Why is everyone being so overly nice? Why are her roommates treating her like royalty? And why does everyone in the town of Willowberg acting like she is so special? The answers to her questions lie within her dreams, a rather a certain recurring dream Amelia has every night. From the day her parents were brutally murdered in front of her this dream or rather the guy in the dream has keep her safe and feeling loved. But when a simple dream become a reality, Amelia is faced with a whole new world and someone who claims to be her soul mate, her love. To find out what happens to Amelia and the secrets she now posses you will have to read "The Soul's Mark: FOUND".
I found the plot and the overall uniqueness of this book to make for a fast and interesting read. I do feel vampires novels are very overrated and sometimes cliche'. That's why I was happy when I found one unlike any I have read before. Although the book is short with less than 300 pages it really does make a good impression on the reader. The characters are very likable but I did feel like Amelia was very down on herself at times and had a bad habit of questioning everything. I wished she could have just let things fall into place and not want an answer right away for anything that seems off or strange to her. I also felt like I wanted to know more about the main characters, their past and who they really are. The pace or flow of the authors writing was easy to read and understand but at the same time slowed down a bit during certain area's of the book. I was really torn between giving her book a solid 4 star rating or 3.5 stars but in the end I choose 3.5. I did enjoy the story and would definitely read the next book in series, but felt it could use a little work. So all in all, I found the book to be very likable but did not love it. I do very much recommend the book to my readers and I feel it should be given the chance.
Thank you for reading and be sure to check out the links above for more into about this book and it's author, Ashley Stoyanoff....more
Sixteen year old Mia has a pretty nice life. She has wonderful parents, a supporting big brother and a new baby brother and sister who are twins. Mia has a BFF Amy and does well in school. But not all things are as perfect as they seem. Mia has a secret. One she doesn't want anyone to know. It all happened one night when she went to sleep and when she woke up she was not in her bed anymore but naked in the middle of the forest. The question is how she got there. Was it a dream or a nightmare? When Mia decides to go back into the forest to see if she can figure out what happen she finds her answer and fast. Her whole body begins to transform and lifts of the ground. The next thing she knows is she is flying. How is this possible? Was she dead? Mia wants to find answers as to why this bizarre change is happening to her but what she comes to find will blow her away. The path she takes to understand more about what's happening to her lead right to a boy named Gabe. Not only does he know who or what Mia is Gabe and his family are much alike...
Want to know what happens next? Well you will have read the book for yourself.
The Good: The story itself was very fascinating. I truly did enjoy it. I love the idea that Mia could transform into this creature and fly whenever she wanted to. The meaning behind why Mia can transform, who or what she is and descends from really gives the story so much life. I wanted to know more about who Mia really is and what she was capable of. Although she was going through so much so fast Mia always remained strong willed; a very likable protagonist. I think of the best thing I liked about the story besides the plot itself was Mia's home life. A lot of times in books you find the main character has only one parent or no siblings. Mia had both Mom and Dad as well as brothers and a sister. She was always so helpful with the chores and taking care of the twins even after her life changed so drastically. A very refreshing and rare thing to see in YA books.
All of the characters were likable and they all had their part to play throughout the book. Mia and Gabe's relationship grew from friends to each of them wanting more. I loved seeing both of them grow and change with each passing chapter. M.M Lake did a beautiful job with her first novel and really wrote a story I feel many urban fantasy readers will enjoy.
The Bad: (or not so good) There are a couple reasons why I did not give Why Must I Lie a higher rating. HUGE AND LONG book! Yep, its a chunker. With over 400 pages it took me sometime to read it. Now don't get to wrong the story was great but I felt that a few parts just tended to drag on a bit. The dialogue "reading flow" was a little slow and wordy. Another thing is the chapters are long, but with many breaks "~" <-- (like this) in between paragraphs. For me I would have liked to have more chapters and less of those breaks in the paragraphs.
All in all Why Must I Lie was quite good. As a self-published author M.M. Lake did a beautiful job on her first novel. She wrote a very unique and engaging novel I feel fits well into the Urban fantasy genre. Even with the few things I found problems with I would definitely read the next addition to the story....more
To begin I must say this book is unlike anything I have ever read which is great because finding a book that is rare is quite refreshing. I3.5 Stars.
To begin I must say this book is unlike anything I have ever read which is great because finding a book that is rare is quite refreshing. I am sure by now most of you know that zombies is a big thing in books right now. I myself have read and are hooked on zombie books. Wanted: Dead or Undead takes place in the american old west around the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Back then medicine was not very developed and people lived in fear of contracting diseases like cholera and smallpox. In this book we see the wild west in a alternate world where zombies are taking over and surviving is a must.
The story begins....On her way back home from gathering water, Elizabeth finds her family has been affected and are becoming zombies. With no other choice she must kill them to protect herself. This now leaves her alone and to fend for herself from now on. Upon her journey to find safety, she stops at a salon where she helps fight off a zombie attack. When a sexy cowboy named Trace sees her in the salon he begins take in interest in her and who she is. He knows he has seen Elizabeth before but where? So when Trace decides to follow her in attempts to befriend Elizabeth this is when the story really begins to pick up. Although she wants nothing to do with Trace she soon finds herself to be able trust him. They now must start moving across the states to find a better way of life, while fighting off zombies, finding new friends, and coming upon many hardships along the way. So when Trace find out that Elizabeth may in fact be the key to surviving this zombie apocalypse things began to take on a whole new kind of ugly. But to find out what happens you will have to read this book.
I did enjoy the story-line and the character's were likable especially Trace. Although I wish that I could have known more about them, their past and who they are. The character building was not as devoupled as I would have liked but I still felt a connection with them. I could get a great sense of what they went through. I though the plot was very fun and unlike any other zombie book I have read. It kept me actively reading and wanting to know what would happen next. Wanted: Dead or Undead is the first book in the series and while I know there will be more to come I kind of did feel like the pace was a bit rushed with a few wholes in the plot. One thing I loved was the killing of the zombies! Besides the plot itself the horror and gore factor was amazing! I felt like I was right there fighting along side them. The book really tips the scales on that. I can tell that the author Angela Scott did her homework and truly wanted to have her readers get lost in this apocalyptic world, full of zombies, blooming romance and fighting to the death all for a single purpose; to survive.
Anyone who loves a good scare and is a zombie book lover like me, than I would say give Wanted: Dead or Undead a chance. This book has great promise and I can't wait to read the next installment....more
Hollywood Car Wash is the second book I have read by author Lori Culwell. The first being her latest novel "The Dirt". I was not sure what to expect going into this one but I will say I did hope I would love it as much as I did The Dirt. I was right, so right! This book has everything from interesting characters to a fun and engrossing story-line. I mean I know everyone loves hearing some juicy gossip. It's all about the world of fame and fortune and how one young woman rises to to the top and what she does to get there.
When Amy Spencer gets the chance to audition for a major role in a TV series called Autumn Leaves. She goes to California for the audition hoping this is her break to make it big. When she gets a call back for another audition then another for the TV series. Amy now has high hopes that they loved her acting and will ask her to sign a contract. So when Amy gets "THE" call and finds out that the studio was blown away by her auditions and wants her to be the newest STAR and Amy is beyond thrilled. She will now have the chance to be a real actress and help her family with their financial problems as well. At first everything is great. Amy has just about EVERYTHING handed to her on a plate. Free food, new clothes, a huge room in a fancy hotel and is always being showered by gifts. Amy is living the high live and knows it. One day when she is called in to speak with one of the network executives. Amy is told she needs to make major changes in order to boost the shows ratings. They want her to lose weight, chance her hair and many more aspects of her body but the biggest change comes when they asks her to chance his name to STAR instead of Amy. While Amy feels she looks fine the way she is and likes her name. She ends up doing as told, only to find out she really likes the new Amy Star. As Autumn Leaves becomes more and more popular, so does Star. She will she risk everything to continue to climb the ladder to fame and fortune even if it means losing her true self along the way.
I personally never watch TV shows about actors and actresses like Entertainment tonight. I could really care less about them. This book really opened my eyes and gave me a real inside look how today's celebs live and deal with their fame and fortune. Lori Culwell really did a excellent job at portraying the life of a celebrity and making the reader understand it. The book is very face paced and highly entertaining that I could not put the book down. Although I did have a couple problem area's for me in the book, one being how Amy did anything and everything she was told, whether she liked it or not. I felt like she lost her soul when she signed that contract deal. I literally was "shaking my head" when she agrees to do certain things to her body when the network asked. I had a deep sense of pity for her and wanted to she her be true to herself.
I give this book much praise and would so recommend Hollywood Car Wash to my readers. I feel it is a really great and eye opening story for anyone who enjoys watching or reading about celebrities. Author Lori Culwell has definitely written a superstar novel....more
Unbreakable is like nothing I have ever read. This highly fast-paced, gripping tale keep me flipping it's pages long into the night. I am a huge fan oUnbreakable is like nothing I have ever read. This highly fast-paced, gripping tale keep me flipping it's pages long into the night. I am a huge fan of scary books, I crave them, wishing there would be more of them set in a YA setting. I went into reading Unbreakable with very high expectations. I mean this is Kami Garcia were talking about, author of the Beautiful creatures series. So make no mistake when I tell you I was not disappointed to say the least. More like blown away by the AWESOMENESS that is Unbreakable.
As the story begins we meet our heroine, Kennedy Waters. Kennedy is super smart. She has always been able to remember everything she sees, a photographic memory. After a movie night with her Elle, Kennedy comes home to find her Mother dead in her bed. Her cat, Elvis lying on top of her Mother's body. The police claim she had a heart attack but soon Kennedy is about to find out that is not the case. While deeply saddened by the sudden lose of her Mother, Kennedy decides to move into a boarding school, far away from her family's home as possible. But something is about to change all of that and more so her entire life is about to be turned upside down. While sleeping in her bed she is awakened by a sudden pressure bearing down on her chest. When she opens her eyes, she find her cat Elvis trying to steal her breath, or more precisely her soul. From out of nowhere, two young boys around her age bust through the door and shoot Elvis with a gun, making him flee. A very scared, Kennedy is about to meet the boys who saved her life, twins Jared, and Lukas. First her Mother dies suddenly, then she is almost killed herself. Nothing is making sense, but when she finds out her Mother's death was not in fact a heart attack but a murder by a vengeful ghost, her whole world and everything in it is about to change.
A small group called Legion has been sent to protect mankind by eliminating a very evil demon who has been freed many years ago. This demon has the power to send ghost's to do his bidding and has kill all of them members of the Legion, Kennedy's Mom included. Now Kennedy must learn to accept her birthright and take her rightful place as a new member of this group.
To find out what happens next, Read the book!
This spine tingling creepy tale had me reading long past my bedtime. I was totally hooked from page 1. There is something so fun, and entertaining about the supernatural. Growing up I hated scary movies and books. I would close my eyes "sometimes peaking" when ever my Dad would watch moves, like the Exorcist or The Shining. Now all grown up, I adore those types of movies, and books. I love being scared, it's such a rush. This book totally did that for me. I was mesmerised by the story. There was never a dull moment. Unbreakable was action packed, and thoroughly creeped me out with each page. The storyline itself, the race to save the world from utter disaster, I feel is what really make this book such a great read. One other aspect of the story I loved was the building romance between Kennedy and the twins. Yes, I know what your thinking...another love triangle. Ugh! While, I myself hate love triangles (of course it depends on the book) between the characters for some reason this one worked. For me it just so happen to fit into the story-line perfectly. I found myself actually rooting for one of the twins over the other.
All in all, Unbreakable truly did live up to my high expectations. I think the only thing that kind of bugged me while reading was the plain disregarded of leaving her friend, Elle in the dark. I feel Kennedy could have made it a point to call her friend, and more so her aunt to let them know she was okay, even if she couldn't truly explain what was happening.
There's no doubt about, Unbreakable was one high addictive epic read! Perfect for Halloween or for those who love a good scare. Author, Kami Garica is a born storytelling, she really knows how to spook her readers. I can't wait to find out what happens next! ...more
I am slowing becomes a huge supernatural horror fan. The Possession of Cassie Quinn just reminds me of why I fell in love with this type of book. Honestly this book just totally freaked me out and made me have goosebumps most of the way through. So if your like me and like a good scare than I would definitely read this one but be sure to keep one eye open when you sleep. I know I did.
As the book begins we learn that Cassie's Mother has just gotten remarried to a man named Dave and is now stuck with a new step-sister, Ashleigh. Cassie and her little sister, Andie are forced to move away and live in a large house in the country with her new family. Cassie just wants to be done with the move and carry on with her now fractured life the best she can. Cassie begins having frightening and confusing dreams about something that happen in the house years ago. She'll find out that the house holds many secrets, ones too dark to be told. So when things become even weirder for her upon moving it she is all but happy. In her bedroom she receive terrifying messages that is from beyond the grave. LEAVE! Someone or "something" does not want Cassie and her family to live there. With no one to turn to she begins to make friends with the local kids and discovers they are the key to finding out what really happen and what she can do to end this. But finding the truth may end up killing her or..... worse!
No spoilers there because I don't want to give away any of the good scary parts. I must say I was very surprised but how amazing the story was. I love a good scare but this just has me looking over my shoulder for a week after. The Author Kathryn Knutson really did a excellent job at making the me feel like I was right there with Cassie while the events were taking place around her. Cassie is a strong female protagonist and reading from her POV was much more thrilling than it would have been from a 3rd person POV. The book was short read but all the more reason to want to reach the end. The last few pages I found to scare me the most and was definitely a conclusion I was not suspecting.
The one and only thing that I did not care for was the pace of the book. I found myself stopping and coming back a lot. While the author's writing was very edgy and predominant it got a little choppy at times during the book. Other than that I would say I truly enjoyed the book and would love to read the next installment.
The Possession of Cassie Quinn is a beautifully hunting tale. A thrilling ride from start to finish. A MUST read for a supernatural/horror fans. This book left me with the chills long after the last page. ...more