Once again Author Karen Ann Hopkins has written a phenomenal new book that I just couldn't put down. This Amish murder mystery is not only unique but...moreOnce again Author Karen Ann Hopkins has written a phenomenal new book that I just couldn't put down. This Amish murder mystery is not only unique but totally thrilling in every sense of the word. Page after page I was always trying guess who the killer was. Most times I was wrong, so much so when I found out who really did it I was totally shocked. Lamb To The Slaughter will having YOU guessing until the very end.
The story is told in multiple POV's, Serenity (the sheriff), Daniel (love interest to Serenity and former Amish), and the victim, Naomi (Amish teen). Naomi's chapters are being told in past tense, which really helps the reader learn about her and her life. While Serenity and Daniel's chapters are set in the present time. Newly appointed sheriff Serenity Adams of Blood Rock, Indiana takes the case of a local Amish girl who was killed in what looks to be hunting accident. Naomi was found dead in a cornfield close to where she lives. After a line of questioning to Naomi's family and the Amish community, Serenity gets the feeling they are hiding something. She decides to enlist a local man named Daniel Bachman for help since he himself used to be Amish and also once lived in the same community. Daniel knows first hand how much the Amish are set in their way and will only open up to their own. After a series of events Serenity and Daniel find themselves getting closer and closer to the truth. Secrets, lies, and deception all thrown into the mix of who REALLY killed poor Naomi and why. They need to find out the truth before they end up dead as well...
As you read Naomi's POV you find out a more in depth look into her life. Naomi meets and falls in love with an Amish boy named Eli which she plans to wed some day soon. Until one day she meets an local English boy named, Will. Right from the start Will was head of heals for Naomi. While Naomi likes Will too she fears having anything to go with him because he is not Amish and would never be accepted. Taking a risk, she decided to secretly date Will on the side and slowly begins to fall in love with him. What Naomi feels for Will is nothing like what she felt for Eli. TRUE LOVE. Trapped and scared, she decided to leave her family and run away with Will where they can be together without living in fear. But Naomi never makes it....
When you find out who really killed Naomi and why, the answer will shock you! I never saw it coming....will you? Lamb To The Slaughter was a excellent read for anyone who loves a good mystery or thriller. It definitely will leave you guessing and maybe even skipping ahead to sneak a peak. ;) There is nothing Author Karen Ann Hopkins could write that I wouldn't love. Her books have not only given me such a better understanding of the Amish but a longing to find more Amish based novel to read.
Lamb To The Slaughter is a stunningly suspenseful read that will have you flipping pages long past your bedtime. You won't want to miss it! (less)
The A-Word picks up pretty much within days of where The Sweet Dead Life leaves off. Jenna is slowly tryi...moreReview will contain some spoilers. Be warned.
The A-Word picks up pretty much within days of where The Sweet Dead Life leaves off. Jenna is slowly trying to get back to normal, hanging out with her BFF Maggie and even trying to catch the eye of a certain sexy football player, Ryan. Jenna has accepted that fact that her life will never be the same. Her brother is a ANGEL or A-Word as Jenna like to say still having problems saying the actual word. "EMT" Amber, Casey's "angel boss" still remains close by to keep an eye on Casey and Jenna. Casey doesn't understand why he still remains earth-bound especially after he's used up his ability to fly after saving Jenna. He did what he was sent to do, to protect Jenna. Why hasn't he moves on?
Amber suddenly becomes more and more distracted and distant. Something's going on. Jenna and Casey need to find out what. Out of the blue, a dead sexy older man named Bo, "Bo Shivers" (what a name! ;)) comes into the picture and he may end up being the key to finding out what's going on with Amber. Bo happens to be Amber's "Angel Boss" and knows more than he's letting on. Although, the main reason Bo is hanging around is Jenna but why? More mysteries than ever come out in The A-Word. Why is Amber acting strange, and how really did she die? Who is Bo Shivers and why is so attracted to Jenna. Will Casey even get to leave and be accepted into Heaven? Mostly, how is this all related to what happen last year?
All of these answers and more are revealed in The A-Word. You won't want to miss it!
There was so much going on this this book that at times I was confused to where the story was going. Once again I wanted MORE of the paranormal aspect added and while yes there was a lot about angels, I just wasn't enthralled by it. At times, I was even kind of bored. While book one gave me a good mystery, The A-Word fell short for me. I wasn't feeling Jenna's character as much as I did in book one. I also ended up really not caring much for Amber. Her story was just not very interesting at times for me.
The A-Word was very likale and has many great qualities. I feel more of the younger crown may take more from this one more so than I did. All in all, I will admit it was a fun read. Jenna is just a funny as ever, and I loved seeing her grow-up and fall in love. I really enjoyed seeing more of the secondary characters Maggie and Ryan get more of a involving role in The A-Word. They really bring the book together near the end nicely.
A definite read for Middle-Grade/YA readers but just as fun for adults never the less. :)(less)
I really wanted to like this book but atlast I did not. I was bored and turned off by the writing style. I felt the author just added to much useless...moreI really wanted to like this book but atlast I did not. I was bored and turned off by the writing style. I felt the author just added to much useless info. I am 99 pages in and just read anymore. Sorry.
Thank you to Jollyfish and the author for the chance to read this book but sadly it's just not my cup of tea. (less)
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)
Author Michelle Madow pitched her new book, The Secret Diamond Sisters to me a few months ago and right away I knew I had to read/review it. Having worked with Michelle previously and after reading a couple of her other books I was excited to read this one. The whole premise of the book was outrageous! Three sisters become reunited with their long lost Father and become filthy rich all in one day. What's not to love? A dream come true! To have unlimited wealth to be able to purchase pretty much anything is something I know most of us only dream of, myself included. My initial thoughts: "THIS IS GOING TO BE EPIC!"
To describe the story in two words, they would be: Great Potential. Right from the beginning I was hooked, no not hooked, more like engaged. Right away you meet "the sisters", and right away something happens to end up leading them to their Father in which they have not seen since babies. Without much of a choice Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton are whisked away to the city of lights, Las Vegas and home of Daddy "Warbucks" Diamond. Each given their own penthouse sweet, a shiny new gold credit card, and not a clue about the man that is their Dad. Shopping spree's, spa days, VIP clubbing, and now with their new prestigious title, The Secret Diamond Sisters are who everyone is talking about. Between the hot guys (and potential boyfriends), the money and fame these three sisters soon come to find out more about their pasts, and why Daddy dearest had to stay away.
The Characters AKA The Sisters:
Savannah - For me she was the most likable character. Savannah behaved a lot like I would have done in her situation. Spend the money, meet hot guys and live it up! She was the sister to adapt to this new lifestyle the quickest and also tended to be the most upbeat sister in the book. I will say she was a little naive when it came to Vegas boys; rich, handsome and don't understand the meaning of the word "NO". At times, Savannah was to quick to say yes, and often to agreeable. All in all I felt Savannah took well to her new life and was the most enjoyable character.
Courtney - A quite, simple and one of the most down to earth girl you'd ever meet. Smart college bound Courtney was often shy and underestimated throughout the book. She didn't feel right about spending her Dad's money. She often turned down shopping with Savannah. You find out a big secret about Courtney that even she herself didn't know about. I was slightly bored with Courtneys' character. I wished she would have lighten up and have some fun.
Peyton - Ah, where do I begin... *sigh* Peyton was my least favorite of the sisters. She always had a bad attitude, and a snide comment for most everything. A rebel through and through. She was not at all happy about meeting her Father, and had no problem showing her discontentment. Payton managed to hoe it up with the first guy who showed interests in her. She hated her Father and his money, wanting nothing to do with either of them.
What I Loved:
The backdrop to the story, Las Vegas. I have never been there but would one day love to visit. I really enjoyed all the places the author took her readers throughout the book. Hotels, clubs, museums, theatres, and a vast look into the heart of the city. The Nightlife.
Overall I loved the idea of the story. Three girls find their long lost Daddy and with that comes wealth, excitement, and new adventures. I was really intoxicated by the sisters new lives and what would happen next. How they would handle new things, new guys, and seeing this new life change each of them so differently.
What I hated disliked:
Sadly, there were quite a few things I did not like about this book. First and foremost, THE POINT! Meaning, where was the story going, where does the climax happen, and simply "Now What?" The story at times was kind of sub par. I felt there was really not much of a point to the story in some cases. Yes, the girls were reunited with her Dad. Yes, they now are rich and popular and yes, jealousies and boy trouble are enviable. There was not a lot else going on. I wanted to see more between the girls and their Father, and less drama. I was bored at times and found myself picking up another book to read. Sufficed to say, I wanted more!
All in all...
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow was a fun read. It had it's ups and downs. I didn't LOVE the book but honestly didn't hate it either. I guess you could say I'm someplace in the middle. Would I read book 2? Of course! Even with it's lack of story progression I truly did enjoy reading it. Michelle Madow is a all around amazing author and at such a young age. I see more and more that her writing skills have grown and flourish. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
To anyone who loves a good contemporary romance or who has ever wanted to know what it would be like to have a ton of money and live like a queen than I highly suggest this book.
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)