A few months ago I was asked by Quirk Books to review a little book called Find Momo. Kind of lik...moreMy Review can also be found @ Bittersweet Enchantment
A few months ago I was asked by Quirk Books to review a little book called Find Momo. Kind of like "Where's Waldo?" but with a beautiful border collie named Momo. Andrew Knapp author, photographer, and of course owner of Momo decided to share his pup doing the one thing he loves to do best; hide. Being a dog owner myself I was intrigued by the book and was very excited to read (or rather look at it).
Find Momo is a mix of beautiful landscaping, colorful and exciting photos and all around a lot of fun finding Momo on each page. I was surprise to find some photo's were pretty difficult to see where little Momo was hiding. Others quite easy. I looked at the book with my Mom and sister. We had fun seeing who found Momo first. Definitely a unique and fun activity for all ages.
I was very captivated by the photo's Andrew took for his book. You could really tell how much hard work and time Andrew put into his book. There were far off places around the world, small towns, lush forests, mountains, and so much more. Besides the actually game of finding Momo in each picture, I really enjoyed looking at all the places Andrew and his pup have been to. I had a blast with this book and without a doubt would recommend it to people of all ages. If you're a huge dog lover like me then it's all the more reason to get the book.
Another thing I enjoyed about Find Momo is learning more about the little guy. Yes, the photos were enough to make me love the book but I glad the author decided to add fun facts about Momo and even some notes about several photos in the book.
Hide and Seek with an Adventurous Border Collie was a pure joy for me to read and one I will be sharing with my family and friends for years to come.
My min-pin Nikki checking out Find Momo! *I think she has a crush.* ^__^ (less)
The much anticipated new release, RED HILL by Jamie McGuire made it's way across the blogosphere...moreMy Review originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
The much anticipated new release, RED HILL by Jamie McGuire made it's way across the blogosphere causing excitement for zombie lovers everywhere. I myself was so very anxious to get my hands on a copy. So when a blog tour offer presented itself to me I jumped at the chance to join in and review Jamie's newest novel. I am a huge fan of the author having read Beautiful Disaster a while back. I knew to expected something fabulous once again. Alas, sadly I was disappointed. I was so hoping for a epic adventure, something new and fresh within the zombie craze. While, I didn't hate RED HILL per say. I didn't love it either.
There was a most definite love hate relationship for me while reading. So let me explain myself, and my reasoning behind these feelings throughout the book.
The Good, The Bad and The Zombies?
First the BAD, I myself am a huge fan of the comics and TV show "The Walking Dead" as I know many of you are as well. Red Hill had way to many similarities throughout the book. Now, I am in no way saying the plot was copied but it gave me the feeling I was reading or watching a episode of the show. The concept felt overdone and was like so many other zombie novels I have read before. It was difficult to find any unique or compelling attributes that set Red Hill apart for other zombie books out there. While I wouldn't say this is necessarily a bad thing, for others, but for me it became more tiresome than anything. I keep hoping for something new and thrilling to happen but I just didn't get that.
Other than my disappointment in concept I found myself being quite upset with another part of the story. ALL MY FAVORITE CHARTERERS DIED!!! All or most. I would get so involved in certain character(s) and their pasts then....BOOM, ....DEAD! I know, I know, some are bound to die at some point in the book. I mean we are dealing with a zombie apocalypse here, right? Jamie knew exactly how to make you fall in love with a character then only to later see him or her get killed in the end. Hmmm... not sure this was such a BAD thing but most definitely very sad for the reader and if your anything like you'll need a box of tissues nearing the end of the book.
The Good, In all honestly there was quite a bit of greatness in Red Hill. One being the main and secondary characters. As the story is being told from multiple POV's the reader actually can see the plot and story unfold from three different characters. Scarlet. Nathan. Miranda. All fighting their way to safely, in pursuit of reaching Red Hill. Each character with their own and unique story to tell. Somewhere in the middle their stories and lives become one. As each of them reach this safe haven, Scarlet, Nathan, Miranda (and of course many secondary characters) are now left to deal with not only the consent fear of approaching zombies but the unknown of what comes next.
Another thing I really loved about Red Hill is the romance between TWO certain characters...I can't say who or I would end up spoiling things but I enjoyed immensely how the Author Jamie McGuire found a way to write such a beautiful love story into such a sad and heartbreaking novel.
Last but not least more than anything the story within Scarlet's POV was for me the most emotional and heartbreaking to read, but in a good way. Scarlet without a doubt was the strongest character in the book and gave such a "NEVER GIVE UP" vive when it came to her lost daughters. Throughout everything her story gave me hope for a happy ending....
Shufflers, zombies, living dead, teds? o_0 Whatever Jamie decided to call them in her novel was perfectly fine with me. There was just the right amount of blood and gore in the book. Not too gruesome or scary, and not a bit anticlimactic in the least. I really enjoyed learning in the beginning how the infective being affected by the virus that pretty much changed the world we know it.
If you're a zombie die-hard fan or a "The Walking Dead" fan I would most definitely Red Hill. (less)
The sole reason I wanted to read Stargazing from Nowhere is because it has always been my drea...moreMy Review is originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
The sole reason I wanted to read Stargazing from Nowhere is because it has always been my dream to meet a rockstar and date him. Growing up I desperately wanted just that. It was a fantasy of mine for a sexy rockstar *cough* Nick Carter* *cough* to fall in love with me, and we'd get married and have a bunch of kids. *sigh* Of course, that never happen. (surprise, surprise). Stargazing from nowhere is about a girl who ends up getting what everything dreams of, to date a rockstar.
Blogger, Kristen Morgan tells it how she's it, even when it comes to bashing a famous rock band who she used to really love. All of her thoughts and feeling right there for the world to see on her blog, Stargazing from Nowhere. When the unthinkable happens, the band Kristen bashes on her blog decided to come to her hometown for a visit, Kristen doesn't know what to think. Are they coming to look for this anonymous blogger or just to get away from it all for a while? Kristen in no way thought her path would cross with a certain sexy drummer, Michael Stevens but when it does Kristen never excepted for the two them to fall in love. But what's more important love or blogging?
Find out what happens to Kristen when her wildest dreams come true and the decisions she makes along the way. Will Kristen do the right thing and tell Michael who she really? Sometimes the truth really can set you feel.
I must say I really loved this book more than I thought I would. I felt like I was reading what I would love to happen to me. Kristen was such a fun and relatable character. I could totally see myself doing the same things, making the same choices she did. I am super happy that I read this book. I most definitely recommend Stargazing to Nowhere to anyone who's ever had a celebrity crush and YA alike.(less)
Wow, where do I begin... This is once again the end of an unforgettable and beautiful series that I will cherish reading forever. The story of Noah and Rose is one that I will always remember and keep close to my heart. I am saddened to have to say goodbye to them but happy knowing they finally found the happiness they so rightfully deserved.
If you've read Temptation and Belonging, book one and two in the series then I'm sure you know how much both Noah and Rose were forced to endure. Their love was constantly being tested and shunned by both Rose's and Noah's family. Like the books before, Forever picks up directly after Belonging ended. Rose is now faced with a brand new challenge, one that will change everything and everyone's life forever. This little miracle comes to be the answer to Noah and Rose's future together.
I must say the phrase "Saved the Best for Last" comes to mind after reading Forever. I adored both Temptation and Belonging to pieces but Forever *happy sigh* was nothing short of a literary masterpiece. The perfect ending to Noah and Rose's story. I went through so many different emotions while reading - excitement, sadness, joy, hopeful, "heartbreaking and full out balling my eyes out". Truly words cannot describe how beautiful and moving this book is. Often I found myself wishing I could jump into the story and scream "JUST LET NOAH AND ROSE BE TOGETHER, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!" Everyone and everything continuously tried to stop them from being with each other. What I loved about Rose and Noah is that no matter what challenges they had to go through throughout the series they both never gave up. Their love was so rare, and true that in the ending nothing could stop it, not even death itself.
Side note: Beware: There is a part in the book where you WILL need a box of tissues. I literally had to stop reading because my eyes were blurred with tears.
Another rare gem I found was the secondary characters. They all fit so well into the story and each of them were so richly developed throughout the series. I must say if I had to chose my favorites they would be Sarah (Noah's sister) and Sam (Rose's brother). I could totally see any of these characters getting their own novella.
I cannot say enough good things about Forever and the entire series. Karen Ann Hopkins without a doubt is one of my very favorite authors. Her books and writing style are exquisite. She really knows how to capture the reader's heart and tell a heartwarming/breaking romance like none other.
First please allow me to begin by thanking author Daria Snadowsky for my copies of Anatomy of a Boyfr...more My Review is also found @ Bittersweet Enchantment
First please allow me to begin by thanking author Daria Snadowsky for my copies of Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single Girl (review coming soon). I now have another favorite author to add to my list. ;)
Warning: Okay, this must be said before I continue with my review. Anatomy of a Boyfriend is NOT a YA novel...I know it comes across as one solely based on the book cover and description but no. NEW Adult is much more accurate. There are quite a few sex scenes which are described tastefully but in great detail. So with that said I will continue with my review.
Dominique aka "Dom" is a senior in High School soon to graduate with honors and move on to college with hopes of becoming a doctor. Dom wants nothing more than to becoming a doctor to help and heal people for a living. This has been a dream of hers since she was a little girl playing the game operation with her Dad.
While attending a HS football game with her friend Amy, Dom trips and falls down flat on her face. Embarrassed much? A boy comes to her rescue named Wesley. Wesley goes to another school, the same school her friend Amy attends. After their chance meeting, Amy helps Dom track down information about Wesley and ends up finding his e-mail. Dom and Wesley begin e-mailing back and forth but soon decide to meet. Both have little experience with dating and romance since both Dom and Wesley really have never "really" dated before. They both experience their first real kiss together. Their first time making out and more so falling in love. Dom without a doubt knows that she is head over heals in love with Wesley and decides it's time to take the next step in their relationship. SEX! Both Dom and Wesley are both virgins and know very little about what their doing. Of course, practice makes perfect.
As their romance and love grows; "something" happens to make everything change. An event that will either make or break Dom and Wesley's love forever....
Of course I am not going to tell you what. To find out read the book...
This was me after reading this book. I was all like, "WHAT DID I JUST READ?"
Anatomy of a Boyfriend was by far one of the best books I have ever read. I am SO NOT kidding. I was totally floored by pretty much everything going on in the story. The romance between Dom and Wesley was so raw and beautiful. So simple and sweet. Daria Snadowsky took her time developing the relationship between the characters. Dom is a totally relatable character and by far gives the book so much depth and feeling. She is funny, witty and down right awesome! With Wesley, I was in a love-hate relationship with his character. Of course by the ending you will understand why.
I want to briefly talk about the "sex" in the book and why I feel there is no way this book should be shelved in the YA fiction. The love making or sex scenes were simply amazing to say the least. The author somehow was able to not only make these scenes super hot but tasteful as well. Dom and Wesley were both new to the act of sex and at times had no clue what they were doing. As their relationship grew and evolved I felt like I was there along side Dom seeing everything through her eyes.
Author Daria Snadowsky has easily become of my new favorite authors. Her writing style is flawless; almost lyrical. Anatomy of a Boyfriend is a fast-paced, cute, funny, daring and charming read. A MUST read! (less)
As a avid reader I come across many wonderful books. Ones that make you...moreReview also posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment + Giveaway! Ends August 11th, 2013
As a avid reader I come across many wonderful books. Ones that make you think. Ones that break your heart. Ones that you will treasure forever and that you are proud to own. Only rarely you read a book that you know you will remember forever....that perfect book, a rare gem that shines among the rest.
A Really Awesome Mess is exactly that. 5 Stars for me does not cover the sheer awesomeness within these pages. Here's why...
The story is being told from dual narrators, Emmy and Justin. Both are living troubled lives.
Emmy got herself into trouble over an internet prank that some mean kids pulled on her. Of course she wanted payback but ended up getting into more trouble and evidently her family put Emmy into a mental health ward Reform School called Heartland Academy. Emmy is mad at her family at this obvious betrayal, and it doesn't help that she already feels like an outsider within her family. Why? She is adopted. Asian and looks nothing life her family, this causes her to feel out of place and sometimes unloved.
Justin on the other hand has both parents but they are divorced and live apart. While staying at his fathers home "something" happens with a girl Justin brought back to the house. His father just so happened to walk in on Justin and this girl in the middle of a "compromising situation". Days later Justin decided to swallow a bunch of tylenol...to kill himself...or a blatant cry for attention? Never the less he ends up in the same Reform School as Emmy.
Both Justin and Emmy want nothing to do with Heartland Academy and feel they shouldn't be there. Only until they meet each other things start to change. But what happens to them both throughout the story is what makes A Really Awesome Mess....A Really Awesome Book!
There is no doubt about it, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Every. Single. Page.
Now I have never read anything by Trish Cook or Brendan Halpin but after reading A Really Awesome Mess I definitely need to and soon. I totally love when two authors join together to write a book. There are very few that do this but let me tell you both Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin writing style has the perfect blend of humor, captivating characters, a heart wrenching story that I will never forget. One of the favorite parts of the book was seeing both Emmy and Justin grow together and separately. Although their journey was not a easy one they both somehow found the strength to hold on in each other. Another great aspect in the story was the secondary characters who also lived at Heartland Academy. They all really added so much to the book, helping the story come alive.
Everyone NEEDS to read A Really Awesome Mess. I definitely recommend it to all readers young and old. There is no doubt in my mind that his book will move you beyond words. For me it has already done just that and so much more. I want to thank Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin for writing such a beautiful and inspiring novel that will stay with me forever.(less)
Disneyland. Happiest Place on Earth! For Casey, not so much.
Casey (short for Acacia) has always loved Disneyland. Every year her family and her best f...moreDisneyland. Happiest Place on Earth! For Casey, not so much.
Casey (short for Acacia) has always loved Disneyland. Every year her family and her best friend, Kiley takes a trip there. It's the one thing Casey looks forward to each Summer without a doubt. Although this year is different. This time Casey will be going without her (so-called BFF) Kiley. Kiley pretty much dumped Casey and has moved on (and up the social latter) in school, leaving Casey behind.
So much for Happiest Place on Earth. Casey ends up still going to Disney only this time with her parents. Oh what fun! NOT! Although, someone is about to change all that. While standing in line for the Indiana Jones Adventure ride Casey meets a boy named Bert and his younger sister Margret. Casey and Bert becoming instant friends. They both adore Disneyland; the magic, the rides and just having fun and being a kid. This bond leads to both Casey and Bert wanting to stay together and do EVERYTHING that this magical land has to offer. Riding the rides, over and over again, eating junk food, buying souvenirs but most of all getting to know each other. Casey and Bert know their time together won't last forever. But will their friendship?
The one word that comes to mind for this book is: CUTE! I have always loved Disney World, never been to Disneyland but I image they are both a lot alike. Like Casey I looked forward to going and never wanted to leave. Who wouldn't?
The story of Casey and Bert really was magical. Not just their friendship (and budding romance) but seeing each of them grow and change by the end of the book. Being a kid is not always easy. In the beginning of the book the reader can clearly see how much Casey was hurting and disappointed by the loss of her best friend. I really loved how meeting and being with Bert really changed Casey's outlook.
Author Kate Abbott has written a super fun middle-grade novel. One that not only shows you everything that's exciting, fun and magical about Disneyland but the journey that Casey and Bert take together. I would differently recommend this book to all young readers as well as adults. I had a blast reading author Kate Abbott debut novel and I know you will too.(less)
Back in September 2012 I read and reviewed book 1 in the The Hybrid Chronicles, What's Left of Me and simply adored it. The concept of one body sharing two souls is both different and unique. This truly fascinated me to no end. Author, Kat Zhang has done it again and totally blown my mind. Her sequel novel, Once We Were picks up almost directly after What's left of Me ended. Addie and Eva along with a few of their hybrid friends have escaped the government and are now in hiding. Addie and Eva are now living a safe house with their friends who support hybrid's. Both trying to august and settle into their new lives; for now.
More than anything Addie and Eva long to learn how to "fade away". This is where one soul sleeps or pretty much disappears leaving the other one alone in the body but only temporary. Being able to fade gives each soul, Addie or Eva time in their body alone. This is something neither of them have ever had and so desperately want to experience especially when romance comes into the picture.
Addie and Eva long for a normal life and to be able to stop running; to live among others and to stop being looked upon as a Hybrid. Although that may never happen. The Government is still on the hunt for Addie/Eva and all Hybrid's. They will stop any nothing to find them; but how far will the Hybrid's go to secure their safety?
Once again Author Kat Zhang just totally rocked my socks off. I could not get enough! Addie and Eva's character's grew in leaps and bounds. Not only did their relationship grow with each other but with others in the book. I love seeing Eva fall in love and seeing "Addie" becoming more understanding of Eva's feelings.
Also, there was SO, SOOO much more action in the book. So much planning, scheming, and finally taking change when it comes to overruling the government. Although the way they decided to do it was not good but sure did bring a lot of conflict and action into the story.
The only thing I found a tad bit annoying was the pacing in the book. The beginning and ending was great but the middle was super slow and with some unnecessary dialogue. Overall the book really did live up to my expectations and without a doubt was a beautifully written sequel to What's Left of Me. Bravo Kat Zhang Bravo! I can't wait to find out what happens next! (less)
I am a sucker for a good ghost story. Anyt...moreReview orignally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment Also win a copy of the book as well. Click the link above.
I am a sucker for a good ghost story. Anything where one of the characters in the book is dead is a huge plus for me. I have always loved movies and books where someone is dead and needs to move on but won't until their unfinished business is complete on earth. Examples: Ghost (movie), Casper (movie), or even Hereafter (book). Those are only a few of my favorites. After reading Notes from Ghost Town I can now say this book fits right in with those. There were so many emotions going through my head while reading. The story really tugged on my heart-strings and by the end I was still in awe by what really happen....
Olivia Tithe is in love with her best friend Lucas Stern. She has loved him since the day they meet and even now in death. Lucas was murdered and the one suspect just so happens to be Olivia's Mother. Her mother is not well. She is living in a mental institution waiting for the courts ruling. After Lucas's died everything chanced for Olivia, her life, her family, and her sight. Olivia is now color blind, she sees only in shades of black, grey, and white. On a day like no other her lost love Lucas appears to her as a ghost. At first Olivia thinks she is going crazy like her Mother and refuses to believe what she is seeing. Lucas does not give up and appears to her once more and does something to make Olivia believe that this is real. While Lucas has forgotten a lot of his life and some of his memories have been lost there is one thing he does remember that Olivia's Mother did NOT kill him. The killer is still out there.....
With her Mothers trial coming up soon, Olivia must uncover the truth of who really killed Lucas to clear her mothers name and the one person who can help is dead.
Will Lucas's true killer be found before it't to late? The ending will leave you speechless....
I was instantly drawn to the story. From page one until the very end I was completely immersed in this book. There was so much raw emotions put into the story. The author's writing style is almost lyrical. The words just flow off the page and into your heart. Olivia is such a strong willed protagonist. Even through all she had to endure she never faulted in trying to find the truth of who killed Lucas. Her love for him guided Olivia along the way. I almost always find something I don't like about a certain character in a book but Notes from Ghost town simply put was perfect. I think the only thing that keep me from giving the book a 5 star rating was that the pacing was a little slow during the middle. Although I flew through the ending trying to solve this mystery for myself.
Notes from Ghost Town is a beautifully haunting tale that will keep you guessing who the killer is. Get your box of tissues ready because this epic love story is a guaranteed tearjerker.(less)
The story of Belonging picks up almost directly after the first book, Temptation ended. If you...moreMy Review is originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
The story of Belonging picks up almost directly after the first book, Temptation ended. If you have not read Temptation yet this review may have a few subtle spoilers so please be aware of that before you continue on.
Rose and Noah are hopeless in love. From the moment they meet they somehow knew they were made for each other. Two half's of a perfect whole. There is just one problem that seems to always test their love..... He's Amish and she's not. Rose makes the difficult decision to leave her family and start a new life with Noah living...happily ever after. Eeh, not so much. Although Rose is desperate to see her way in living this new Amish lifestyle, there are so many different thing standing in her way. Her Father does not approve of his only daughter leaving the family to run off and live in this world he just does not understand or that fact that she is only 16 years old minor. The main challenge Rose faces is being accepted my Noah's family and the Amish community alike. She must gain the approval of the elders but most importantly the Bishop himself.
Throughout all of these hardships, Rose still tries her very best to fit in as a Amish and live in this primitive life. But will her love for Noah and his love for her be enough to change the minds of everyone who counts? Will their LOVE stand the true test of time....? I guess you'll have to read Belonging to find out.
After reading Temptation last year and really falling in love with the book, I could not wait to find out what happens next. Throughout Belonging I keep trying to put myself in Rose's place, seeing through eyes why she choose to change her entire life for the boy she so desperately loves. I so admired Rose for all the hard work she did, and how accepting she was to Noah, his family and the Amish community. There were times I would ask myself.... "If I was Rose would I give up everything for someone I so deeply loved?" I think the readers of this book will end up questioning that very idea as well. The author, Karen Ann Hopkins knows first hand about Amish community living so close to one herself. I really feel this gives her book such a realism that other Contemporary novels sometimes lack. Also, her writing style is very breezy and easy to read. Now although in the first book I had some minor problems with Noah (found here), and Temptation was a little to insta-love for me. Belonging seems dives deeper into Noah and Rose's relationship and how much they truly do love each other and the lengths they go to be together.
Belonging was as good as I expected it to be, maybe even better and even though I did have a couple things "problems" with the book (slow area's, and how Rose pretty much abandon her family), I feel the readers will fall in love with Noah and Rose all over again. (less)
I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing this book truly was. To be totally honest, I was not...moreMy Review is originally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing this book truly was. To be totally honest, I was not sure what to expect from this book since it is a self-published novel. I found myself somewhat apprehensive to begin reading it. On a whim I decided to pick it up and give it a try. I figured I'd read a few pages and see if I liked it. Little did I know I would finish the entire book THAT day. YES, it was THAT good GREAT!
The story-line was unlike any other Dystopian novel I've read. The world building was remarkably unique and richly developed. The idea of being classed into groups by how long you're going to live is not only insightful but really makes this story unlike any other. I was fully engrossed by Olive and Harrisons dual POV's. Without going into to much detail about what really happens in the book I must say one of the best parts was when Olive finally sees who she really is and the power she holds leading her to question everything the government has said. The romance between both Olive and Harrison was both beautiful and raw. Thier journey to do what's right and rebel against the government may be the hardest thing they've ever done.
I highly recommend Shymers if you're a fan of Dystopian novels. Without a doubt one of my favorite Dystopian reads on 2013. (less)
Review is also posted here - NOBODY + a giveaway to win a print copy of the book and a print copy of Every Other Day.
Picture this: Your whole life yo...moreReview is also posted here - NOBODY + a giveaway to win a print copy of the book and a print copy of Every Other Day.
Picture this: Your whole life you have been forgotten. You parents barely talk to you or even acknowledge your existence. You have no friends to speak of, most people pass you by without even a glance. You feel lost and alone but this...this is YOUR normal.
In a world where your either your a somebody or a nobody one girl knows first hand what it's like to be invisible. Sixteen year old, Claire is a nobody. Forgotten. Alone. This is "her" normal. The way it has always been. Claire goes about her life, day by day in the same way as always doomed to a Nothing, a Nobody.
On a day just like any other Claire begins to get ready to go to the pool for a swim. While getting changed in her bedroom she gets a strange feeling that she is being watched, a prickle on the back of her neck. When she turns around Clarie get the shock of her life....SOMEONE is in fact watching her....and this someone is aiming a gun right at her.
Nix is a Nobody, like Claire. He knows that no one cares about him and the only way he makes any kind of difference in the world is by KILLING. Nix is a hired assassin to kill other nobodies or Nulls. He works for a group called "The Society" and they have put a hit out on Claire. Nix knows his job well and is perfect at it. Until his job is to kill a girl his age, who also happens to hold a secret all her own. From the very moment Nix set eyes on Claire both teens lives now change forever....
Deadly secrets, murder cover-ups, and deep betrayals.... Even a Nobody....is not safe!
I feel in love with the concept of the story. I think everyone sometime in there lives feeling like a nobody, someone who just does not belong. The world the author creates gives the readers the sense of what's it like to be invisible and alone. In this case being a nobody is very wrong. They don't belong in this world, and should be eliminated. One of the best parts of the book for me was I was able to see and feel what Clarie and Nix had to go through both together and separately. Their personal growth through the hardships endured and seeing them find acceptance in each other was both beautiful and enlightening. Besides being able to relate to both of the characters, the story moves along quickly and had the perfect amount of "end of your seat" suspense. The romantic aspect throughout the story was sweet, and set at a great pace. I felt the only short-coming the book had was that I would have liked to get to know both Nix and Claire a little better individually before all of the action took place. Also, at a few (not all) parts during the book I found myself somewhat loosing interested; which slowed down my reading.
Nobody is the first novel I have read by author Jennifer Lynn Barnes and it wont be the last. I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading additional works from the author. The story as a whole was quite enjoyable and unique. A definite read for anyone who likes the Dystopia genre. (less)
The Last Academy might very well be one of the hardest book for me to review. Here's why.
1. The reader will not understand ANYTHING about what's going on until about 3/4 of the book is already done. Me: "Wait, what?" - "Umm... that made no sense" - "How is the world is that even possible?!?"
2. I don't and will not spoil the ending! Nope, not going to do it!
3. Finally, THIS BOOK IS EPIC!!!!!!! (and sadly I can't say why)
So here what I can tell you....
After Camden Fisher (or Cam) has a huge falling out with her long time best friend, Lia at a pool party. She decides to try to forget Lia and focus on packing her things for Boarding School. Cam is determined to start a new life, with new friends, and somehow forgot Lia. Before she even arrives to Lethe Academy strange things begin to happen. Now there, she is taken back but how perfect everything is seems to be. Cam wants to fit in, make friends (even a boyfriend), and focus on her schooling.
As Cam meets the students (and the hot boys), teachers, and takes in her new surrounding that is when the weird things all start to happen. Late night visitors (who nobody sees), students go missing; never to return. Cam swears she sees things that just ain't there. She has so many unanswered questions.... What really is Lethe Academy? Why are all these weird, unexplained things happening to her? And where do her missing friends really go after they leave?
The answer will not only shock Cam but the readers of the book as well.
*True story: I was sitting in a Barnes & Noble reading the last 60 pages of this book, while my best friend was sitting across from me eating. When I finally found out the why all of these odd things keep happening to Cam my mouth dropped. (literally) I mean like, OMG!!!! My friend is looking at me like "WHAT THE??!". I swear people around me are giving me a look like, is she is crazy? *
I have never ever, ever, EVER had a book give me head to toe goose bumps while reading. I not only was stocked by the ending, I just loved how everything just seemed to fit into place which literally left me breathless. I was so engrossed in reading the end I forgot I had to breathe to survive. haha (true story) Now to be completely honest when I was half way through, a good 180 in I was planning on giving The Last Academy a 3 STAR rating. But the ending.....*shivers* makes this book!!! The story was such a enthralling thriller that had me on the edge of my seat long after the last page.
Anne Applegate is a beyond brilliant author. This book made me mad, excited, happy, crying and above all else FREAKED ME OUT! But in the best possible way. Now while I am focusing lot of this review on the ending of the book, when you read it you will see why. I can't tell you more about the other area but let me say EVERYTHING about the story is just WOW!
I most definitely recommend The last Academy to my readers and to anything who loves a good thriller. (less)
Realm of the Lost is short novella, but the story within is was quite beautiful. It is a story of what happens to a young girl that dies before her ti...moreRealm of the Lost is short novella, but the story within is was quite beautiful. It is a story of what happens to a young girl that dies before her time on earth was supposed to be up.
Kathleen Gallagher and her sister no longer get along. Their once happy family is now broken with the recent divorce of their parents. One cold day in December Kathleen and her sister head out to school in the morning and right away get into a argument. As they fight Kat somehow lands in the nearby street and is hit by a passing car. She has died but has neither gone to heaven or to hell. Kat is stuck somewhere in between. It's there her journey will begin...
I really enjoyed myself throughout the entire book. While although this story is short it really made an impact on me. Right from the beginning you feel this sense of loss and sympathy for Kat. I find that books that begin with a death are always kind of hard to read or get into but as the story progressed I found myself deeply involved in what came after death for Kathleen Gallagher.
The ending was a shocker. I was so totally surprised by what happen. Realm of the Lost is one book not to miss. The author, Emma Eden Ramos did a fantastic job with such a short and unique story.(less)
Like most children we grew up hearing fairy tales read by our Mom or Dad or other family. We wish we could...moreOriginally posted @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Like most children we grew up hearing fairy tales read by our Mom or Dad or other family. We wish we could jump into stories like Cinderella or Snow White and be saved by the handsome prince. Deep down we believed they were real and someday our prince will come. But what if the very stories we love to read are in fact REAL!
Once upon a Time.... there was a girl named Alice. Alice loves to read, she volunteers at her local library, and is dating a "to good to be true" boy name Edward. Life if good. On her first day volunteering at the library she is asked to re-shelve books. While doing so, Alice comes upon a very old and tattered looking book with the author, Grimm. She is temped to just take a peak at what lies inside. While reading she is suddenly cut by a part of the book that looks like it has been glued together many years ago. To her surprise, Alice find a silver pen and a old note stuff between the pages. When Alice reads the note she find out it has been addressed to her. *insert shocked face here*
The message: Alice, Go to the far wall. Use the pen to draw a door. Don't forget to draw a doorknob!
Now Alice must choose whether she does what the note says or turns around and leaves. Her choice will change her life forever!
Soon Alice learns that the characters in The Grimm fairy tales are in fact real and they walk among us. But this is a whole new kind of story....one where these once kind and harmless characters are PURE EVIL.
Now the world needs a hero, someone who can stop them from taking over.
The Grimm Chronicles Vol.1 is a brilliant read. Like most of you I too love fairy tales. I grew up reading ones like Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven dwarfs, Rumpelstiltskin and many more. This book took me back to when I was a child and truly believed it fairy tale magic. What really got me into the book was the idea of these sweet and kind fairy tale characters also have a dark side. You learn that somehow (I wont say) they make their way into our world and soon wanting to take over. Year by year they become more and more mean and evil. It was so interesting to read The Grimm tales being told this way. I found Alice to be a very strong lead character in the book. She was very likable and down to earth. The books pacing was fast and easy to read. Middle-Grade and YA readers are most suited for this book but I think adults will love it as well. (I know I did) The one thing that didn't go over well with me is how thick the book is and how long the story was. If you like a good chucker then this book would be a good choice but for those who don't like a long story then this book may not be what your looking for. Although the story reads quite fast and captured your attention most of the way through....or it did for me.
I look forward to reading the next installment in The Grimm Chronicles. I can't wait to see what happens next to Alice....as she saves the world one fairy tale creature at a time.(less)
Review originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment Starflower without a doubt is a high fantasy novel. I myself have never been a huge fan of this ge...moreReview originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment Starflower without a doubt is a high fantasy novel. I myself have never been a huge fan of this genre but was willing to give it a go and read the book. I am glad that I did but at the same time had very mixed feeling about the book. The story itself was interesting and well developed but the characters were lacking that certain something. I did not feel much of a connection with anyone besides the main female protagonist, Starflower. She is what made the story work and hold my attention throughout most of the book.
As the story begins we meet Eanrin, a male bard or poet who is madly in love Lady Gleamdren. She gets herself kidnapped by a immortal who is known to be a dragon/woman. This creature is searching for a item in which Lady Gleamdren posses in order to reclaim her wings. Once discovered missing, Poet Eanrin and his rival go on the quest to find Gleamdren and bring her home safely. Many of the people in this land, including Eanrin are animal shifter. He is able to turn into a cat while other may do the same with different animals.
On their quest to rescue the kidnapped Lady Gleamdren, Eanrin comes upon a young woman laying beside the river. When his curiosity becomes the best of him, Eanrin find she is a human girl and is alive but asleep. With nothing else to do, he decides to find a way to awaken her to see who is girl truly is and why she is alone in the woods. The truth behind who this loss girl is and where she comes from not only changes his path to rescue his love Lady Gleamdren, but will alter his live and his future.....
As the story unfolds everything will made clear..... but will the path Eanrin takes be to his lost love or to a unknown girl.
To find out what happens you'll have to read the book for yourself....
Here are the things I did in fact enjoy about the book: 1. The world building was excellent, far better than I thought it would have been. I really got the sense of being there right along side of the characters. 2. The story itself. I really enjoyed the plot, mystery, and how the story unfolded with each PART within the book. The book was written in three parts, one in the present day, one the past (part 2), and then once again back to the present where there the story as a whole begins to make complete sense. The ending was beautiful and I dare say I cried a bit. *tissues may be needed* 3. Starflower. She was a real and believable character. I found her to be very kind, and self-sacrificing for the ones she loved. Her jounany and hardships made her stronger, not bitter.
Here are the few things I did not care for about the book: 1. The annoying and whiny Lady Gleamdren. I just wanted to smack her. She thinks the world revolves around her and she is loved by all, or should be. 2. The pacing of the book in my taste was a little slow and choppy. I was lead one way and taken another a times. 3. Not much romance.... Yes, I am a stickler for the romantic aspect in books and I did not see much at all.
All in all it was a fun read. I would definitely read the next book in the series to find out what happens next. I think anyone who really enjoys high fantasy novel that Starflower would be a good fit you them.(less)
Indigo Awakening was not like any other book I have ever read. Which is good and bad. Let me explai...moreReview originally posted: @ Bittersweet Enchantment
Indigo Awakening was not like any other book I have ever read. Which is good and bad. Let me explain why... I have never heard of author Jordan Dane until I accepted to review her novel a few months ago, so I didn't know anything about her writing style or types of books she has written in the past. I went into reading Indigo Awakening blindly, well besides loving the cover and the premise of the book. I feel I need to spilt this review into a few different parts. One being the parts I really enjoyed about the book. Two being the stuff I disliked about the book or felt needed improvement and everything in between.
The Good: The whole idea behind the story has such great potential with even the makings of an EPIC book series, or a possible movie. I could totally see a movie being developed from the book. Indigo Awakening is pretty much about a group of misunderstood kids who excel with different psychic powers. Mind Speaking, talking to the dead and having visions of things to come are just a few of these kids rare abilities. The book begins with a strong plot and continues to get even better about 1/3 of the way through. The story the author creates is a thriller and a definite page-turning most of the time. I really enjoyed reading and learning about each of the kids special abilities and how it affect there lives and the lives around them. In retrospect I really did want to love Indigo Awakening not just "like" the book. I felt the story had such a great start and the ending was mind-blowing but the middle of the book is what kind of failed me.
The Bad: To make this easier for me as well as you guys to understand what I did not like about the book I am going to break of this "area" of my review in two different parts. 1. The characters.....ah yes when has we not heard this before. I felt a total disconnection with all of the characters. I wanted to like them all so much, I did. I wanted to able feel what they felt throughout the book but atlas I did not. There was just no real attraction with anything of them. I wanted to learn more about the main characters other than what fit into the storyline. Their back story was weak and overdone. 2. The middle of the book just flat-lined for me. At times I was downright bored and lost interested, putting down the book more often that reading it. The beginning and the ending were what made the most impact on me throughout the story. I didn't pre say force myself to read more the book, but I felt I would have been into the story if these "trouble spots" I mentioned above were different. I hope that makes sense. ;)
.....and the "hopeful"?..... So no I did not hate this book, in fact my feelings are far from it but I definitely can see much more room for improvement within the next book in the series and while I have never read anything else by the author I may have gone into the my first book by the author with two high of expectations. If given the chance I would love to read the next book in the series once it comes out. I feel the ending of Indigo Awakening left the book open to an amazing continuation of the series. (less)