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)
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)
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)
I had a lot of mixed feeling with Vaempires: Revolution: Zombies Rising. On one hand I really enjoyed the story and especially getti...more3.5 awesome stars!
I had a lot of mixed feeling with Vaempires: Revolution: Zombies Rising. On one hand I really enjoyed the story and especially getting to know a lot more about the secondary characters Ray and Linq. This book was mainly about them as is written from there POV. The reader gets to find out what happened to both Ray's and Linq's family after the war broke out. In this story both teens are making their way back to Daniel and Cassie. Earlier Cassie left Linq to go back herself and find her true love Daniel but runs into someone from her past. This surely puts a damper on her plans. Soon after Cassie left, Linq and Ray decide to go after her in hopes to also be able to find Daniel, Dead or Alive. Both hoping they will not be to late. Of course both teens run into trouble and must fight their way ahead. One thing neither Ray or Linq were expecting to see or have to fight are the undead, undead. Yeah, makes no sense right? Zombie Vaempires, oh boy! Something or someone is raising these ungodly creatures from the dead. Ray and Linq will do everything they kill these zombies, again and find there way to Daniel before it's to late.
The Good and the Bad (not so good!)
Good: I really loved that the story was focused on the secondary characters Ray and Linq. I enjoyed learning about there lives and emotions. The fighting scenes where amazing and gory. The author does a really nice job at making the reader feel like they are right there fighting along with the characters. Thomas Winship writing is very distinguished and easy to read. There is never a dull moment in this book and left me wanting more.
Bad: TOO SHORT! Although the story was great the book itself could have been longer. It left me wanting more and with the feeling of being empty towards the end. Also, there were parts in the book that just make me say "Ewwww". I have never been bothered by a scary or gory novel, this one really turned my stomach.
All in all I am very happy that I was able to read The Evolutionary War series. These books really took me by surprise. They all were a lot better than I first though they would be. I will definitely be reading the next installment. (less)
Vaempires: A white Christmas is a prequel to the first book, Vaempires: Revolution. The story basically tells the reader what happen...more3.5 awesome stars!
Vaempires: A white Christmas is a prequel to the first book, Vaempires: Revolution. The story basically tells the reader what happen before the great war between the Vampires and the væmpires began. It goes into some much needed details to help explain to the reader about how and why Vampires turned to væmpires and what is being done to try to stop the mutation. As the book begins Daniel is wishing for a White Christmas as this is something that rarely happens. Yes, there is plenty of snow just not when he wants it. He is making his way home to meet his family and Cassie. Things are fairly different for Daniel in the book. One Cassie is only a friend, and Daniel is really crushing on her throughout the whole book. No real love has bloomed just yet. Also Cassie has just broken up with her ex-boyfriend and Daniel is worried about expressing his fondness to soon after.
King Brant leader of the Vampires schedules a secret meeting at his home to discuss a solution to the pending war between the Vampires, humans and the væmpires. The King, his wife Queen Anne and daughter Cassie invite the human president, and the first lady as well as Daniels family to discuss what can be done. Although soon their "party" is crashed by the leader of the væmpires who wants to know why he was not invited.
Doesn't sound too good? Right?
Will the Vampires, humans, and The væmpires be able to work out there differences? Or will a white Christmas be the least of their worries?
I really enjoyed this book and although short it helped me to understand more about the story and how Cassie and Daniel came together. I did only give this one a 3.5 cupcakes because I felt it lacked the intensity I felt with the first one. Also I would have liked for the author to explain more in detail about Cassie and Vielyn as a couple and what lead her to break up with him.
The ending was the best part, not because it ended but "how" it ended. ;)(less)
Wow, where do I begin with this review? Yet again author Sherry Gammon totally blew my mind with one of her books. When I read and reviewed Sherry's f...moreWow, where do I begin with this review? Yet again author Sherry Gammon totally blew my mind with one of her books. When I read and reviewed Sherry's first novel "Unlovable" back in November of last year I was absolutely smitten with the story. I honestly never thought she would do it again with Souls in Peril and write a literary masterpiece. This is one of those books that will stick with you long after your done reading it and as I told Sherry it very well might be the BEST book I have read in 2012.
The story begins where we meet a very "popular" high school kid named, Max Sanchez. He has a awesome life. A Mom and Dad who dearly love and support him. A wonderful, loving and sweet girlfriend named Emma McKay. Everything is perfect for Max and Emma. Both soon to graduate and begin their lives together.
Then there's the not so lucky. A boy named JD or "Lumpy Larry", who the mean kids nickname him at school and his best friend Izzy or "Icky Izzy". They both struggle with the day in day out abuse and bulling at school and at home. At home JD deals with his Mother's abusive boyfriend. Who does everything from calling him names to psychically beats JD. Poor Izzy's home life is no better. She is being molested by her creep of a Father all the while dealing with a sickness that is slowly killing her.
One night after a dinner date with Emma at Max's parents house they decided to go out for some frozen yogurt at a place nearby. Although Emma chooses to go home for the night, Max and his parents still go out. On their way home Max and his Mom and Dad get into a tragic car accident in which not one of them survive. So when Max wakes up in limbo not knowing what has happen, he finds his perfect world torn into shreds. While his parents make it into heaven, Max comes to find he shouldn't have died that night along side his parents. Gabe who is a angel explains this mishap and offers Max a deal. Gabe will grant Max a period of time to go back down to earth and fix a life for someone in desperate need with the added bonus to see Emma again. This Soul in Peril just so happens to be JD "Lumpy Larry" who Max finds out was somehow involved in the car accident as well. Max will be living in JD's body, he can think for himself as well as move for JD. His main goal is to find a way to help JD become strong, find HOPE and overcome the bullies and the beatings even if it kills him. Again!
I don't want to give anymore away because I want any new readers to this story to find out what happens to Max/JD, Emma, and Izzy through the course of the book. To feel and experience what JD/Max had to deal with and fight up against. The story is so deep and there are so much more that happens than what I wrote above. Souls in Peril touched my heart more than any book ever has. I love a book that once done reading it you feel like you can walk away lighter and uplifted. Sherry writes this story for both a bully and those who are bullied can find find hope or see the errors of their wrong ways. The story truly spoke to me and touched my soul. In The beginning of the book I was hooked, and left breathless. In the end I was blown away and left in tears. One of the many wonderful things I loved about Souls in Peril is Sherry's ability to have such an expressive writing style. The reader can sense and feel every raw emotion good or bad during the book. She made me feel like I was right there in the book living through JD.
I cannot recommend this book enough to everyone. Trust me, read it and tell me you did not shed a tear or learn something about yourself. Being bullied myself most of my life during school was so very hard for me, some days I just wanted to give up. I just wish I would have had THIS book for me to read when I too was a Soul in Peril. Yes, I know this is one of my longest reviews, and if you have read it up to now then give yourself a gold star. All kidding aside please, please, please read this beautiful book. I guarantee you'll not regret it. (less)
Vaempires: Revolution takes place where the world as we know it is ruled by humans and the undead. Humans are dying off one by one leaving the world i...moreVaempires: Revolution takes place where the world as we know it is ruled by humans and the undead. Humans are dying off one by one leaving the world in total chaos. Nothing is as it was; a revolution has changed everything. Within this new world are two types of undead creatures who roam and rule. One being Vampires, and another being væmpires. The Vampires are a good and a civilized race, many reigning as Kings and Queens of this new world. The væmpires are very evil and blood-thirsty creatures who want to take rule of everything human and vampire alike.
The story begins right in the middle of battle. A boy named Daniel who is also the King's son is fighting his way back to the palace to be able to attend an event for his true love, Cassie. Cassie is also royalty. She is a princess in a another part of this world. Both Daniel and Cassie are vampires and strive to find a way to keep peace in their decaying lands. They live off of synthetic blood unlike the væmpires who only drink vampires blood. The væmpires are not happy with the hand they have been dealt and decide to wreak havoc and kill everyone until their race will one day rule everything. Daniel and Cassie must fight to live and find there way back to each other even if it mean loosing people they love, and themselves in the process.
I was totally blown away by this book. I really enjoyed the story-line throughout the whole book. The characters are so raw and edgy. I could really feel the anguish and suffering that Daniel and Cassie had to endure through the authors expressive writing. The world building and character development is so perplex and gives this story such depth. væmpires: Revolution totally surpassed my expectations going into the book. I think the only thing that made me give this book a 4 star rating instead of a 5 star is how gory the book was. Some gory is not bad, but at times I was like "Eww, Gross'! Other than that I really loved it and would recommend the book to all Vampire lovers out there. (less)
For those of you who have read this series you know who Leon is and how he's wonderfully sweet . For those who have not read this series th...moreMy Review:
For those of you who have read this series you know who Leon is and how he's wonderfully sweet . For those who have not read this series then I hope this review will peek your interests some.
Tortured is a 32 page novella that tells what happen to Leon right after the ending of Birthmarked. It is a great little book to read before you start Prized. So without going into a whole lot of detail because I don't want to spoil Birthmarked for anyone. I will just tell what I liked about the book. One big thing would be getting to know Leon and her family better. Seeing his life within the story through his eyes and what hardships he endures. This gives the reader a better understanding about Leon and where is stands in the book. It was very heartbreaking to read about his life in Enclave but Leon still remained strong and knew he would risk it all for love!
So within the pages of the short but awe-inspiring novella I feel is the prefect and great addition to read for anyone who has read Birthmarked but had yet to Prized. Tortured is a must read middle short story and a wonderful way to get to know Leon a lot better. (and in my case for more head over heels in love with his character)(less)
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. (less)
I was asked several months ago by author, P.T. Michelle to read her book Brightest kind of darkness for review on my blog and have been ever so busy t...moreI was asked several months ago by author, P.T. Michelle to read her book Brightest kind of darkness for review on my blog and have been ever so busy trying to get caught up with reading and doing reviews for authors as promised. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed her book and how unique the story was right from the start. I truly love to be able to read a book that is unlike any other I have read before. To me it make for such a fun and intriguing read. There are always books out there to read about vampires, witches, werewolf's, ect but to be able to pick one up and discover a untold story that will have you falling in love with the character's or feeling you can't put the book down because you just need to know what will happen to next is priceless.
So to anyone who has watched or heard of the Final Destination movies this book is a little like this but without all of the gore. Nara is one of the main character's of the book and ever since she was seven years old she was able to dream of her future but only 1 day ahead. Most times she could use this special gift to help herself with minor things like a test at school, or at soccer games to find out which way the ball would come to her as a goalie. Until one day she makes the decision to call the police anonymously with a bomb threat at her school which she saw the night before in her dreams. Nara does not usually interfere with what is meant to be but feels she must in order to save her classmates and friends. When everything is seems to okay again back in school Nara soon meets Ethan; a mysterious loner and slowly begins to form a close friendship. with him. But Ethan himself has a secret that nobody knows, it is something that Nara will uncover once strange things began to happen in all around her. She starts to question herself if she made the right choice by tempting fate and saving her friends lives who where never meant to be saved. Now it's "Fate's" turn it get even and only Nara and Ethan can be find the way to save the ones who matter most to them and each other.
I just fell head over heals in love with this book and one of the main reason but not the only reason was: Ethan! He was just the most sweetest, caring, attentive, understanding, tender, loving...uh okay yeah you get the point - Just Perfect. I don't mean too perfect where you just can't stand the character because is he written "to well" but just someone you can relate to and you could see how Nara could fall in love with Ethan. The romance in the book moves at a perfect pace, no instant love. As you read through the book the author took her time building the relationship between the main character's into friendship then developed into love. The story-line was so very unique and like nothing I have read before. I was right away hooked when I started reading. I did find some slow area in the middle of the book but the ending was phenomenal I know I had to read the next one so I could continue their story. I will admit I did cry a scene towards the ending of the book and I feel that any book that can make you just shed a tear is definitelyworth the read.
Final thoughts: I adore this cover and I love how it corresponds so well to the story but you wont know that until more towards the ending. The title is perfect and beautiful and just like the cover you will not understand why the book is named what it is until you read. :) All in all, I would SO recommend this book to each and everyone of my readers. Thank you again P.T. Michelle for allowing me to read your novel. (less)