◆Book Review◆ Even before Enclave was released, I had a feeling it would be a great book to read, because I was lucky enough to read the first chapter online, watch the book trailer and also read amazing ARC reviews by fellow book bloggers and after first reading The Hunger Games Series By Suzanne Collins,"Enclave" would be my 2nd book from the Young Adult Dystopian Genre and wow it didn't disappoint me at all.
I loved how the writing eased me into the post apocalyptic world, where the main character "Deuce" lives underground in a small group that acts like a community they call "Enclaves" While outside of the enclaves roam flesh eating mutants/zombies or freaks as they are known by Deuce and the others in the enclaves.
But during a routine mission Deuce and her partner Fade (an outsider, that was not born in the enclave, but came from topside, above ground) leave their post to investigate something *lol and no I'm not telling you what they find* but when Deuce and Fade come back to the enclave with new information about the freaks, the elders only see that Deuce and Fade have disobeyed orders by leaving there post, so they are sent to see if a nearby enclave is surrounded by freaks as a punishment. *Which I think the elders meant it to be more of a suicide mission*
Anyway after a few very close calls both Deuce and Fade return to warn the elders of what is going on and that the freaks are more organized, but once again their words fall on deaf ears and the elders refuse to believe that the freaks are changing and adapting.
As time goes by in the next few weeks, Deuce is starting to distrust the elders more. Eventually Deuce is forced to leave the enclave and Fade decides to leave with Deuce. After Deuce and Fade are out of the enclave they decide that they would have a better chance at survival and the freaks if they go topside/above-ground. *from this point on I couldn't put the book down till I was finished*
Following Deuce and Fade journey became even more of a action packed thrill-ride that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the the rest of the book.
I would love to tell you more, but really where's the fun in me telling you, when you can experience it for your self. I'm really excited and looking forward to the sequel "Outpost" which is due out in 2012. I just wish I could read it right now.(less)
◆Book Review◆ I was very lucky to get a copy of this book for review from author David Estes and right from the start the book cover hit all the right spots for me. I adore the blue book cover with its pair of wings on the cover (actually I adore all the book covers for this series, I think they complement each novel and the story that they are trying to portray as well).
As for the book, author David Estes makes Angel Evolution original and doesn't follow the whole angel's are good and demons are bad cliché. There is also no talk about religion or God, during this book as well. Which surprised me a lot, cause most books that have angel and demon themes also include some talk about religion or God somewhere during the book. Not Angel Evolution, instead David Estes makes the Angels actually the bad guy for wanting to destroy mankind and the Demons the good guys cause they want to co-exist and protect humans instead. So as you can tell Angel Evolution had me hooked, line and sinker just after a few chapters.
I did find a flaw or 2 but really every great book has them don't they and I think every reader sees different flaws in each book. My flaw that I noticed and had to comment on was about the releaships bettwen character's. I really thought they moved way too fast, it felt like they were instant couples. The main character's Taylor and Gabriel meet and within a few chapters were dating, author David Estes also does this to the other main character Christopher (aka Chris) with Taylor's best friend and room mate Sam. I can see why David Estes wanted to get these couples together quickly, cause it kept up with the story line. But I would of still rather the character's have more time to get to know each other.
So I happily give Angel Evolution a 5 star review. It was original, exciting, the writing flowed easily and the suspense had you guessing who to believe to the very end. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel Demon Evolution as soon as I can get myself a copy. (less)
◆Book Review◆ Everspell happens to start off not long after where the first book 'Spellbound' finish's. I found that while reading the first half of the book, it seemed to drag a bit, while author Samantha Combs caught her readers up with what has been going on with the book characters since we left them at the end of book one. The second half of the the book, didn't disappoint as mush as the first half did. Samantha's writing and storyline's were more additive. I normaly don't like reading book's that swaps its POV between different book characters, but Samantha does have quite a good nack for it. Which impressed me quite a bit while reading this book. On the downside I did find that some of the words spoken between book characters a little out of place ('really no 18 year old I know would say that' happened to pop into my head quite a bit while reading this book) and the story line that involved Logan's 16 year old sister and his best friend was great for the story but the age got me and why was everyone so happy about it. In real life it would be the total opposite. I can't tell you, what I'm talking about cause it will kinda spoil a bit of the book. So I suggest you read the book if you want to find out what I'm babbling on about.
In the end I give 'Everspell by author Samantha Combs' 3 stars. Everspell delivers a good follow up book to Spellbound. I enjoyed reading it and I have a feeling the next book will be better, cause there was quite a few unanswered questions, that I would like to see answered in the next book, especially about a certain premonition.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Author Donna Burgess sure gives readers a entertaining, action packed and chilling read with Solstice and as we follow several small groups through this modern day apocalypse, we are given no explanation to why or what caused this zombie (or Rager's) apocalypse, other than a mysterious flash. Which I loved.
As for the book characters, I found that many were believable in both their thinking and actions. I even found myself really rooting for some of the book characters, while other book characters, I just wished they met a rager sooner, rather then later. Also at the start of the book we do have a few different POV to follow, which at times was confusing and also frustrating, because just as one group's story was hanging on a cliff-hanger the POV changed to another group. The good news is that as we get further into the book, it dwindles down to one POV.
Now about these zombies or as the author calls them 'Ragers'. They are not your typical 'I want to eat you', slow moving in both mind and body. No way, these rager's minds work just like humans, they can think and talk, only difference is that they now have a unending hunger for flesh, and things that kill humans don't kill them. ( well unless its a shot to the head.) Which makes this book more enjoyable, than I thought it would be.
I'm hoping author Donna Burgess, makes this into a series or even just writes a 2nd book. I for sure would not hesitate in buying it. So in the end, I am happily giving 'Solstice: A Novel of the Zombie Apocalypse' a 5 star review and think my reader's should check this book out as soon as they can. Its a fantastic read and well worth your time. -- For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Paranormal Goddess Book Blog(less)
◆Book Review◆ Somnium by Keri Lake is a very likeable read, but I suggest that this book not to be read by anyone under the age of 18 because of some adult themes.
While reading Somnium, I found that the book started off a bit slow, but I guess that's just because this is the first book in the series and like many other author's Keri had to build the back story. So I suggest that if your having trouble getting into this book, just hold out and keep reading, it ends up getting more interesting further into the book.
I also liked the main book character called Allie. She was strong willed and independent, which I liked very much and comes in handy throughout the book as she has to deal with a creepy and rude co worker that's hiding something, a ghost that is quite a flirt when he wants to be, a sexy gate guard that seems to go out of his way to not notice Allie, but is always saving her from someone or something that is wanting Allie dead.
I loved how this book kept me on my toes. If I wasn't trying to figure out which hotty was good and which one was bad, I still had plenty of other questions I wanted answer's for. I did find Allie's instant love/lust for the sexy gate guard a bit forced. Allie kinda reminded me of a bitch (female dog) on heat, when she sees Colton at the gate of her workplace.
I think that the author, does a wonderful job at making Somnium a mysterious and entertaining read. I am really looking forward to reading the second book, just so I can finally get the answer's to the questions that were left swimming around my head after book one.
I have a feeling book 2 is going to be a must read as soon as it's released, so I recommend this book to my adult readers and happily give Somnium by Keri Lake 4 shiny stars out of 5.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Darkness Falls by Jessica Sorensen is another well thought out, very entertaining Dystopia themed book(like Enclave by Ann Aguirre, which I also gave a 5 star review). Jessica Sorensen, shows readers once again just how talented she is when it comes to writing, with the first book from her new book series by the same name 'Darkness Falls'. I completely enjoyed reading Darkness Falls, not only because it had a strong storyline and strong, believable book characters.
Even though Jessica takes on the vampire book genre, in her new series Darkness falls, she makes her book stand out among an already over done book genre with action packed chapters, that are both addictive and unpredictable to the very end of the book.
In the end, I just couldn't put the book down until it was finished. Only problem I have now is that I have to wait until May 2012 for the next book 'Darkness Breaks' (Darkness Falls Series - #Book 2) to be released. Which is not fair, cause I want to read it now. So I'm going to give Darkness Falls by Jessica Sorensen a 5 rating from this Paranormal Goddess and I recommend you check this author and her books. [Book Review From Paranormal Goddess Book Blog - http://paranormal-goddess.blogspot.co...](less)
◆Book Review◆ Taryn Browning has written a excellent debut novel for her Seeker Series. I found Dark Seeker (Book #1) was a tantalizing read, that was very hard to put down at any stage though-out the whole book. I loved that Taryn Browning has written Janie as a strong female heroine that takes no crap from the living or the undead and knows how to kick some ones ass, when ever she needs too.
In a way Janie reminds me of a mixture of Buffy The Vampire Slayer from the Tv Show and Rose Hathaway from Richelle Mead's "Vampire Academy" book series. Janie has kick ass killer moves like Buffy and the added feisty attitude and self-determination of Rose Hathaway, which in the end makes one hell of a good female heroine that readers like you will want to read about more and more as we get to know her during "Dark Seeker".
Now lets talk about Kia (Janie's mysterious demon hunk and gorgeous green eyes) that happens to have killer moves, speed and a little habit for running though walls and other objects. I really liked Kia right from when he first came in contact with Janie and it just built from there, but I didn't like how quickly Janie went hot and cold for him. I would of loved more scene's where Janie and Kia mucked around together and flirted with each other.
All up I thought Dark Seeker was a excellent, well written, fast paced read with just the right amount of drama, romance, action scenes and suspense to keep any reader addicted to the very end of the book and still wanting more.
I happily give Dark Seeker by Taryn Browning a 5 star book rating. I also highly recommend this book to my readers cause I really liked this book & I'm willing to read more books from this author and I look forward to reading more of Taryn Browning's Seeker Series.(less)
◆Book Review◆ I found Wicked Lovely to be a entertaining light read. Its also the first book that I have picked up and read from author Melissa Marr and right from the first few chapters, I was quite surprised at just how much I fell in love with Melissa's writing and her book characters.
Melissa does a wonderful job at bringing readers into her Wicked lovely world, she easily does it with strong characters that at times tugged on my heart stings or left me screaming certain things to a few certain characters that I will not name at this point. While reading, I thought Melissa Marr seemed to slowly build a strong storyline throughout the whole book, while still making it enjoyable enough to not stop wanting to turn the next page that little bit quicker. I really enjoyed reading Wicked Lovely and can not wait to read the 2nd book "Ink Exchange".(less)
◆Book Review◆ Guardian by Gillian Joy was a superb read. I loved the main book character Hannah, right from the first few chapters. Gillian made Hannah's character very real and believable, even though Hannah turns out to be the next Venatorcustos (a Guardian that keeps order amoung Crudelitas, which is another word for supernatural beings).
Gillian masterfully brings Hannah's world into our's, with a well written storyline that keeps reader's intrigued from start to finish and will make many reader's hunt down the 2nd book in this series 'Forever' as soon as they finish the first.
While reading Guardian, I even found myself crying at a heart breaking scene between Hannah and her mother very early on in the book, I think it was only on page 44, so I suggest you make sure you have a few tissues around, you might be in need of them. A book rarely brings me to tears, but that scene sure did. Another thing I liked was how Gillian based her book in the USA (even though she is a Australian writer) but also still gave readers a bit of Australia, when Hannah .... Oh you thought I was going to tell you... *start's to laugh in a evil kinda way* ... sorry but you will have to read the book to find out what I was talking about.
Now moving on to more sexy topics. I fell in love with Gabriel (one of Hannah's love interests) pretty early on in this book, so poor Jesse (Hannah's other love interest) didn't stand a chance with me, even though Hannah thought other wise. OK Team Jesse book fanz are not going to like what I'm about to say but hey its my book review isn't it. Any way really got under my nerves, many many times during the book. I guess I had a hard time liking Jesse cause he always felt like a kid wanting to sit at the grown up table with Hannah and Gabriel. Jesse had tantrums when he didn't get his way and use to sulk on many occasion's. I swear he felt like the annoying little brother you could never get rid of or to stop showing off when you had your friends over. I still can not see what Hannah saw in him... or I didn't want to see what Hannah saw in him with Gabriel standing so close and in arms reach.
Overall Guardian is a book I am happy to recommend to any of my reader's, who love books with supernatural themes, great story lines and believable characters. Guardian really stands out as a amazing début novel by Gillian Joy. I can not wait to read more books in this series and see what other books Gillian might have stored away, just waiting to be put on paper in the future.
Guardian by Gillian Joy gets a 5 star rating from this Paranormal Goddess and I recommend you check this author and her books 'Guardian' and the 2nd book in this series 'Forever' out.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer is a great follow up novel to her debut book "NightShade" from the Nightshade Trilogy. When we open Wolfsbane to the first pages, we find ourselves back with Calla and still in the hands of The searchers, right where Nightshade left us. I loved "NightShade" and so wanted to love "Wolfsbane" as well, but the book had a few flaws that made me not love it as much as I wanted too. I found Shay got on my nerves throughout the book (I don't know why, but he did), but I just couldn't seem to read enough about Ren (Yes I would love to see Ren and Calla together. Hopefully in BloodRose we will).
I also found that reading all about the background's of the Guardians, Keepers and Searchers at times gave me information overload and I just wanted to skip ahead to the action scene's, but I'm glad I didn't. But I did wish that I could of skipped all the bickering among the Searchers. It got on my nerves more than shay did. Also another flaw I found was that there was hardly enough Ren time in this book for me. I needed more Ren.
But even though I disliked a few bits of Wolfsbane. I found that I loved more parts about Wolfsbane then I disliked, but while reading Wolfsbane, you could tell Andrea was using Wolfsbane to give us all the information we needed for us to be ready for the showdown in the next and last book "BloodRose". Wolfsbane is full of action, heart breaking decisions, betrayal and so much more. I'm really looking forward to reading the final book in this series "BloodRose".(less)
◆Book Review◆ The Underworld is the 2nd book in the "Fallen Star" series by Jessica Sorensen. I must congratulate Jessica on such a wonderful follow up book for "The Fallen Star". I found that I really loved reading "The Underworld" and getting to know more about the characters that I fell in love with and loved to hate from the first book.
I must say that I was surprised that there was never a dull moment for me while I read "The Underworld". Gemma's story was full of action and many twists and turns, that would keep any book reader glued to the pages right from the beginning of the book to the very end of the book. I still found that I disliked Gemma's and Alex's relationship. I have high hopes that maybe Gemma will see Laylen as more than just a friend in the next book. Which I hope to read the next book very soon but as of yet there is no book title for the third installment to the Fallen Star Series but it is set to be released sometime around November 2011.
I Give "The Underworld (Fallen Star #2) by Jessica Sorensen" 5 Stars and recommend you read this series.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Spellbound by Samantha Combs offers her readers a story full of action, wonderful writing, suspense, magic, young love and right from the very beginning to the very end Spellbound had me hooked.
"Spellbound" is about Logan and the new girl at school called Serena Star, who has just moved into town with her 1 older sister and also 1 younger sister. Little does Logan know that Serena Star and her sisters are far from normal and with Serena capturing Logan's heart. Logan soon finds out what Serena and her sister's have been hiding from him and the rest of the town since they moved in (I'll give you a hint, when they are young they are called Twitches), but Logan isn't the only one finding out about secret's.
When Logan finds out what Serena secret is, he vows to himself that he will protect her. Which will prove harder than he first thought, with the witches council sending demons and trolls into town to cause trouble for both Logan and Serena, as well as to try and capture Serena and take her back to the witches council.
While reading "Spellbound" I found all the characters were well written and likeable, which made the book a very enjoyable and a quick fun read, but I did find a dislike or 2. The only dislike about the writing in Spellbound that I could comment about was that, we didn't have much book time reading about Serena's or Logans training. Maybe the training will play a big part in the sequel book. Which I cant wait to read. My 2nd dislike was The Book Cover. I'm sorry but I dislike the book cover, It doesn't appeal to me and I find that after reading the book, it doesn't really fit with the book story. Yes I know. I'm picky when it comes to book covers but I'm a reader that looks at the book covers first then the book blurb second. So In the end I give Spellbound By Samantha Combs 4 out of 5 stars. (less)
◆Book Review◆ Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber was a very quick read for me. I finished it in one sitting. It was fast paced, funny and even though this book is written for a much younger reading audience, say about … 12+ year's old. I found Vampire Kisses to be a light and enjoyable read for this 27 year old book addict.
The main character 'Raven' is a perky Goth that wants to be a vampire and the new boy in town called Alexander is a home schooled vampire that wants to be human. This book sounds like so many other YA vampire books that are out on our book store shelves doesn't it! What sets this book apart from them is the way Ellen Schreiber makes Vampire kisses a easy read with funny moments among dark themes. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick, funny read. If your looking for more than a quick, simple, funny read, I suggest you give this book a miss and maybe try The 'Vampire Academy Series' by Richelle Mead. I happily give Vampire Kisses a 3 star review. (less)
◆Book Review◆ The Promise is the final book in the fallen star series by Jessica Sorensen and even though I was excited to see how Jessica would end her marvellous debut book series. I was also quite sad knowing that this book will mean the end for Gemma and Alex, well until the spin off book 'The Lost Souls' (Fallen Souls Series - Book #1) is released later this year. While reading 'The Promise', my main thought was, wow Jessica Sorensen doesn't disappoint. I thought the story lines were nail biting, action packed and swoon worthy throughout the whole book. Once I started reading, it was hard to put the book down, with it's many twists and turns that kept me on my toes during the book. Which is always a good sign for the final book in a series. I did find that I guessed how the ending would happen early on in the book, but it didn't matter. It was the journey to how they got to the end is what made this book a amazing read. I'm not normally a fan of authors switching POV back and forth between the main character's, but it didn't seem to bother me that much, with this book. What did bother me during this book/series was that Gemma & Alex seem to only have a few rare romantic moments with each other. I'm hoping to read more about Gemma & Alex connection in the spin off book 'The Lost Souls' (which I can't wait for).
In the end I give 'The Promise' by author Jessica Sorensen 5 shiny stars. What can I say, I enjoyed reading it, from start to finish and it was a great end to a amazing debut book series. Jessica Sorensen way of writing and story telling was superb and I highly recommend you give this book series and this author a go, by reading a few of her books. [Book Review From Paranormal Goddess Book Blog (stop by the blog and tell me your thoughts? I would love to hear them)- http://paranormal-goddess.blogspot.co...](less)
◆Book Review◆ Devil.May.Care By Jolene Ballard Gutierrez was such a delight to read. I loved that with the start of each chapter, we were given a quote that set the feeling for that chapter. One of my favourite quotes would have to be quote by Confucius on chapter 9 - "Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner and it is for you to find the other three". Another thing I loved about Devil.May.Care was that the characters and also the story keep my attention all the way though the book. I felt that the story's plot was paced just right and the characters were enjoyable to read thought out most of the book. But with every book there is all ways things that just didn't seem right for me.
With Devil.May.Care, I had a few "What The ...." moments with some of the things the main character Ana said or did. What stuck out the most for me was that the first time Ana saw/meet Dylan [her main love interest in the book] she said "I didn't recall ever seeing him in the hallways and he wasn't the kind of person who was easily forgotten. I decided that I wanted to have his baby. Not right away, but someday, once we were both done with college". Now I thought that was a really strange thing for a 16 year old to say. Its been 10 years since I was 16 years old, but I hope that's not a normal thing for any 16 year old girl to think or say in 2011, if they see a hot guy.
But after reading Devil.May.Care. I happily give the book: 4 Stars cause I really liked this book & I'm willing to read more books from this author.(less)
◆Book Review◆ 'The Iron Queen' is a truly fantastic read. I really loved how author Julie Kagawa, continued the book straight from where book 2 'The Iron Daughter' finished and we didn't have to wait long at all to be thrown back into another amazing adventure with our beloved characters from the previous books.
I was thrilled to bits to see Grim back and up to the same tricks once again. I was also surprised to see that Meghan had grown up, was more brave than she was in the previous books and by the end of the book, I liked book 3 Meghan the best. We also got to meet a few new characters in The Iron Queen. One of them was a iron gremlin called 'Razor'. I just adored this character, so much. Razor was so funny and brought so much life to the chapters he was apart of. I am truly a Razor fan now. I just hope we get to see more of Razor, in future iron fey books.
The world Julie has created for the Iron Fey series just leaps off the pages with such ease, with every book I have read so far and the The Iron Queen is no exception with such a great mixture of adventure, romance, suspense, heart breaking moments, bravery, friendship, humour and sacrifices. I must warn reader's, that the ending is one of those heart breaking moments that you will be in need of some tissues for your tears. I was a sobbing mess and had to wipe tears from my eyes every few lines, just so I could continue to keep reading. Oh and I have another warning for my reader's. I suggest you have the next book 'The Iron Knight' ready and waiting or you might find your self go a bit crazy waiting. Thankfully I started The Iron Knight the very next day.
So after reading The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey - Book #3) by Julie Kagawa. I have decided to give it a 5 star rating and I recommend this book, for reader's who have already read and enjoyed the first 2 books or for anyone who is looking for a new series to start, that is action packed, with some romance thrown in and some very good characters that will keep you reading until the very end.
◆Book Review◆ The House of Night series has always been a favouite book series of mine. At times I've hated character's and even the story lines, but in the end I've always come back to it whenever a new book in the series has been released. Its like a guilty pleasure. I know I shouldn't love it but I do. Destined (House Of Night Series - Book #9) is no different. I enjoyed reading it, even though I found a few 'What The Hell' moments along the way. In the end the strong points were that they changed the Point of view throughout the book. I admit that Zoey and even Stark have been getting on my nerves quite a bit during the last few books. So changing the POV during the book made it just that more bearably, so I could finish the book. I am excited that a old character has returned from the dead. With only 3 book remaining in this series, I'm excited to see that the end is finally in sight. If you have read all of the nine House of Night books, you will not be disappointed with Destined. So in the end Destined (House Of Night Series - Book #9) will be getting a 4 star review from me and I am looking forward to the next book Hidden (House of Night - Book #10).(less)
I must admit that I read "Some Girls Bite By Chloe Neill" early this year in January and I am only now sitting down to do this book review cause "Some Girls Bite By Chloe Neill" got the most votes in a poll on "Paranormal Goddess" facebook book page as the next book you wanted me to review. So here I am typing up my book review.
Some Girls Bite By Chloe Neill is the first book in the Chicagoland Vampires book series (Which has the first 4 books out now & the 5th book "Drink Deep" due to be released November 1st 2011).
I found that I loved reading "Some Girls Bite". It was a fabulous fun read getting to know Merit and her new world among vampires. I really liked Chloe Neill's way of writing and how she told such a compelling and addictive story. But I must say that while I was reading "Some Girls Bite" I found myself being bored with Merit's and Ethan's relationship at times. I much rather read about the secondary characters like, Morgan (Vampire with the hots for Merit)and Mallory (Merits best friend).
Even though I found Merit's and Ethan's relationship boring at times, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading "Some Girls Bite". It's a wonderful start to a new book series, which in my opinion gets better with the more books Chloe Neill brings out in this series.
I give Some Girls Bite By Chloe Neill 4 Stars = I really liked it. I'm willing to read more
What did you think of my book review? Will you be adding "Some Girls Bite By Chloe Neill" to your reading list or have you all ready had the pleasure of reading it?(less)
◆Book Review◆ Song Of The Nile By Stephanie Dray is a breathtaking book. I absolutely love Stephanie's writing. I felt like I wasn't in my bedroom any more while I was reading but instead with Selene in Rome or Mauretania watching as her story/life unfolded before me.
Stephanie's words bought my imagination to life many times is a understatement (Not many authors can take readers from just reading a book to feeling like they are in the book experiencing it them selves. But I have to say Stephanie does it perfectly). Also while reading Song Of The Nile, I felt for each of the characters, whether it was love, sorrow, anger, lust or something totally different.
If your not a ancient Egypt history buff like I am, Song Of The Nile still delivers a powerful performance worthy of reading.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Tiffany Tinney's collection of poems is a wonderful collection, which are full of emotion. After I finished reading Ascending Into Euphoria, I came away with a few poems that were my favourite's. Tiffany Tinney writing may not be liked by all readers that pick up her book, but I enjoyed it and would like to see more poetry from Tiffany as she grows as a person and as a writer. If your a poetry person, why not give Tiffany Tinney's book 'Ascending Into Euphoria: A Collection of Poetry' a try.(less)
I started reading this book at around 10am this morning. I was only going to read for about a hour but this book had other ideas. It's now 4:05 in the...moreI started reading this book at around 10am this morning. I was only going to read for about a hour but this book had other ideas. It's now 4:05 in the afternoon and I have just finished reading the last page. No matter how hard I tried to walk away from this book, to do house. The story and the book characters wouldn't me leave and I really didn't put up a fight either. I was thrilled to be swept up into Glass Houses from the first chapter. I really enjoyed the 4 main book characters, they seemed so realistic to me and fitted so well within the story Rachel has created for this book. Omg, And I just love how Rachel wrote the main mean college girl for this book. Lets just say that calling this girl a psycho is an understatement.
I also cant get over how great Glass houses was to read. The book was fast paced, but it wasn't too fast paced, that it felt like a rush read. In my opinion, its very hard to find a book that makes you enjoy reading it so much, that you also feel like you have been transported into the book yourself and you lose the surrounding around you. This book completely did that to me, from start to finish.
So If you haven't yet tried to read the first book in this series, then all I can say to you is ' Are you crazy? '. Grab yourself a copy as soon as you can and add it to your To Be Read list, here on goodreads. I can not wait to sink my teeth into the next book. (less)
◆Book Review◆ Author Jessica Sorensen, has done a fantastic job with her 3rd book "The Vision" from the Fallen Star series. I loved all the twists and turns throughout the storyline. The best way I can explain it, is, it's like riding a big roller-coaster.
So just picture yourself sitting in the first seat on that roller-coaster ride. You then turn the first page and start reading 'The Vision'. The roller-coaster starts to climb to the very top of the tracks. Your now a couple of chapter's into the The Vision and your at the top of the tracks, then suddenly the roller-coater lunges forward and the next thing you know, your falling, being twisted and turned in all sorts of directions as your emotions get a great work out. Then after a while the rollor-coaster starts to slow down, you have time to catch your breath, think about what just happened, but don't get too relaxed. The rollor-coster is moving again, its climbing to the very top of the tracks once again... slowly building your excitement, fear, curiosity and more. Your now on the last few chapters of The Vision and sitting at the very top just balancing on those tracks, holding your breath. You then suddenly realize you have come to the end of the book, but your still at the top of that rollor-coster, holding your breath and now waiting for the next book 'The Promise' .
I happily give The Vision a 4 star review cause I really liked this book & I'm willing to read more books from this author.(less)
◆Book Review◆ I have been waiting and wanting to read this book ever since the book cover came out. The book cover looked really good to me and the caption on the front cover 'Off with their heads' made it a must read book. It was also my first time reading a book from author Gena Showalter. So I was very thrilled to read one of her book's, that I thought would be a retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic 'Alice in Wonderland' but with zombies. I was so wrong. Even though the book cover SCREAMS otherwise. Once you get past your disappointment that this book is actually not a retelling of the classic 'Alice in Wonderland' but with zombies, but if you can not get past your disappointment then back away slowly from the book right now, cause if you continue to read, you will be sent on a journey with Alice Bell as she tries to avenge her family with killing every zombie that happens to cross her path.
As far as the plot and the storytelling goes. I found myself interested in the world Gena Showalter made for Ali (main character Alice Bell). It was a bit slow at first, but as more pages flew by, I found myself liking it. Even though it had the cliche of girl meets bad boy, bad boy pushes her away for her own safety. Which just happened to cause her to want him even more than before. Sounds like a million and one other books doesn't it. What makes Alice in Zombieland special for me is that Gena Showalter has used Alice in Zombieland to lay the groundwork for the rest of the upcoming book series (which has so much potential to be a great series). Gena Showalter let's reader's experience Ali's world, as she goes from being home schooled to now being in a public school, from fighting with her parents to fighting zombie's, from not being allowed out after dark to being out past midnight. I also liked the sub book characters. I thought they made the book pop for me with their own personalities.
If I had to sum up Alice in Wonderland. I would say it has the love story of edward and Bella from Twilight (without Jacob involved), a new twist on zombie lore and hints of Resident Evil's Umbrella Corporation. In the end, Alice in Wonderland by Gena Showalter get's a 3 star rating. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. It will be a make or break book for me. I'm hoping Gena Showalter bring's out the big guns for the next book, because if it's the same as Alice in Zombieland. I won't be reading more of this book series.
◆ Disclaimer - I received a paperback copy from Harlequin Teen Australia in exchange for a truthful and honest review in my own words. Just because I received this book for free, does not mean it will get a high rating unless I really enjoyed it myself. Cause really, life is too short to read bad books◆(less)
◆Book Review◆ I loved reading "The Fallen Star" by Jessica Sorensen right from the first chapter. I started reading "The Fallen Star" in the very late hours of the night (just before midnight), which I suggest you do not do, cause once I started reading "The Fallen Star", I found myself enthralled with the story and character's immediately.
I just couldn't put the book down. 1 chapter lead to another chapter and another and another. I ended up not being able to put the book down till 4am and that's only because I came to the end of the book and ran out of pages to read (which left me shocked and speechless because of the massive cliff-hanger the book ended on).
So I must say that Jessica Sorensen has put her début book "The Fallen Star" together wonderfully. I could only find 2 things that I didn't quite like about the book. The first was, that I knew what Gemma's (The main characters) visions meant quite a few chapters before Gemma did and at times it felt like I was waiting for Gemma to catch up. The second thing I didn't quite like was Gemma's love interest Alex's moods. I have bipolar but that boy was even giving me whiplash from his moods being all over the place. But apart from that, I really enjoyed reading "The Fallen Star" and I would definitely recommend that you get yourself a copy to read as well.
What's not to love? A fallen Star, a girl finding her way after being a emotional zombie for the past 18 years, some creepy evil guys with yellow eyes that love to freeze you to death, having visions of someone being pulled into the underworld, lots of secrets, a hot guy or 2 or 3 and much more to read about.
The Fallen Star is a great read and really is worth your time. While I was reading it, I found myself on a roller-coaster ride, that had me on the edge of my seat with all the twists and turns and one hell of a ending/cliff-hanger that I can not wait to get my hands on and read the sequel.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Fateful by Claudia Gray was featured as a waiting on Wednesday book here on paranormal goddess before it was even released into stores . I was so excited knowing Fateful by Claudia Gray was going to be a paranormal/romance set on the RMS Titanic on her first and final journey. Lets just say that I am a HUGE Titanic history buff and leave it at that, or I may spend the rest of the book review talking your ears off about Titanic and what I thought went wrong that fateful journey.
In the end, you came to read what I thought about this book. Sadly I didn't enjoy reading 'Fateful' as much as I hoped too, even though it had werewolves and was set on the Titanic. Most of the time while reading 'Fateful' my mind kept reminding me that it's storyline was very similar to the movie Titanic with actors Leo and Kate. Only this time, the roles were reversed with Tess (Rose) being in the lower class as a maid and Alec (Jack) being in highest class with his wealthy farther. The book also disappointed me, cause author Claudia Gray hardly focused on her surrounds (which was being on the Titanic) until after the ship had hit the iceberg and all hell broke lose. Only after the iceberg hit, did the story lines get interesting enough that I started to read each page quicker and quicker. Even though 'Fateful' wasn't want I was expecting in a Titanic book, I did enjoy the last queter of the book and author Claudia Gray made the ending spectacluar and has you wanting to read more just so you can find out answers to the questions author Claudia Gray has left tingling on the tip of your tongue.
So I'm giving 'Fateful' by Claudia Gray only 3 stars. I liked it but it could of been so much better. I suggest you borrow this book from your library or a friend first, just in cause you agree with my rating and don't want to waste $20 on a book you will only read once.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Camille By Tess Oliver is a stand alone book, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. From the beginning of the book, I found that 16 year old Camille was different from many other 18th century girls that I have read about this year. I found Camille's personality to be breath of fresh air from other 18th century book heroine's that seem to be stuck on ideas of needing to be married as soon as possible.
I also found the book's storyline and writing to be a fun, an enjoyable light read with only 246 pages and many chapters that I just couldn't put down. Tess Oliver's Camille has earned a place on my bookshelf and I will be looking forward to re-reading this book many times in the future.
I happily give Camille By Tess Oliver 5 Stars. I thought the characters, plot and the flow of the book was a nice easy and light read, for a stand alone book. But if I could, I would love to see a follow up book. I loved reading about Camille and with the ending it was left on, it looks like that maybe, just maybe, we might get another book. I just hope I'm right and we wont have to wait too long.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Dead By My Side started off a little bit slow, as author Gloria Galloway introduced me to detective Tony Camarelli and his work partner Julia Reynolds of twelves years. I found that once I was a few chacters into the book, the writing flowed with ease, as I turned the pages and got sucked into the story. Author Gloria Galloway also shows her readers that she really has a knack for going into great detail about how the detectives collected their evidence and how they did autopsy's (which I suggest isn't for the faint at heart). Gloria also made reading her book feel almost like reading a episode from one of the CSI Tv shows, with a bit of action, suspense and a few twist and turns that will keep you reading to the very end of the book. I must admit, that I'm not really into the detective genre, but I would happily recommend this book to readers that are into this book genera. So give 'Dead By My Side' a try and let me know what you think about it once you have finished reading. In the end I am giving Dead By My Side a 4 star rating. It was a good read, but sadly it wasn't a book for me, but it might be for you.(less)
◆Book Review◆ Well I finally finished this book (after forcing myself to keep reading it many times) and after reading it all I have to say is that this book wins hands down for being the worse book out of the whole series so far for me, hell it may even take out GOLD for being my worse book of 2012. As for the highlights in this book, I found that there was only 2 that I really enjoyed and they happen to be when Bubba performed and Sookie finding Alcide naked in her bed, but don't worry, sookie doesn't let that image last long, oh no, before you know it she is getting on her high horse and ordering him and the rest of her house guest's out of her house and off her property for being apart of this wonderful idea of letting Alcide into sookie's bedroom and her bed. (If my friends did that for me, sure I would kick them out of my place, but it would of only been for a few hours and it was for their own good. I don't think they would like to hear the noises coming from my bedroom while Alcide and I have some fun).
Really all Sookie seems to do in this book is bitch and moan, talk about cleaning or getting ready for the baby shower and then bitch and moan some more ... hey Sookie, I don't want to read about your cleaning, I'm reading this book cause I want to forget that pile of dishes I have to do or that pile of washing that needs to be done. Your meant to be my escape from house work, I sure as hell don't want to read about your's.
I don't know about you but I've been getting tired of this series for awhile now and I really think that this series should of been stopped a few books ago in my opinion, but hey I have stuck with it for 11 books so far, so I'm hoping reading a few more can't hurt too much. I just keep reminding myself that the finish line for this series is just ahead and I just need to keep pushing myself to read these books until we have a ending to this series.
I'm sad to say that I once loved reading these books, but now I don't even get excited about reading these books any more. I have Deadlock (the next book in the series) sitting on my book shelf, but I am not even interested in reading. I may read it once I get the bad writing and plots of Dead Reconing out of my head, but until then, its staying on my book shelf. So in the end, I'm giving Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris 2 stars. It was a ok read for me. (less)
◆Book Review◆ Rising Shadow (The Soterians Series Book #1) by Jacquelyn Wheeler is a book you can not put down until you have finished the last page. It may start off a bit slow but after chapter one the story starts heating up as we follow the main character Ashlyn as she finds out she has supernatural abilities and starts to train with 4 other people that seem to have different supernatural abilities to Ashlyn. The story then follow Ashlyn and the others who are now called "soterians" to learn how to use and control their supernatural abilities while doing some detective work to save the world they know from being put into total chaos by a governor.
I found that Rising Shadow (The Soterians Series Book #1) by Jacquelyn Wheeler was very interesting and also a very enjoyable read. I suggest anyone that likes a book that keeps you guessing and on your toes thoughout, needs to get there hands on a copy of Rising Shadow (The Soterians Series Book #1) by Jacquelyn Wheeler. I happily give this book: A 5 Star Rating.(less)
◆Book Review◆ It's not very often that I can say that a book hooks me within the first chapter or within the very first pages, but Halflings sure did. Author Heather Burch pulled me in with her unique storytelling about 3 Halflings (Half angels & Half Human). The story follows Nikki Youngblood and the 3 Halflings Raven, Mace and Vine who are sent to look after Nikki Youngblood from a unknown evil that is willing to use any thing from nasty hell hounds to a gun man to make sure Nikki doesn't see the light of another day. Luckily she has some help from 3 sexy Halflings that are trying to keep her alive as well.
In the end, I really liked reading Halflings, it had me stuck to my reading chair for most of the night, I found that I just couldn't put the book down until it was finished and I had to know the answers to my questions. Only problem was that when I had finished Halfling, I had more questions than I had answers, but I have to admit that the ending was just WOW. It left me speechless and very eager for the next book in the series.
Even though I really liked reading Halflings, I did find flaws, that made reading the book less enjoyable. One of those flaws was that after the thrilling first few chapters, the book seems to slow down quite a bit and doesn't pick up till later in the book. Another flaw I saw was that some of the language was just too weird for me. Like this one - "You are safe now child of Man". But in the end Heather does put together a wonderful début novel and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series called 'Guardian'.
For me Halflings had it all, a strong array of likeable book characters, a plot that will keep you guessing until the very end, a love triangle (that may break Nikki's heart and mine or cause Mace & Raven to lose their souls).
So I'm going to give Halflings by Heather Burch gets a 4 star rating from this Paranormal Goddess. I recommend you check this author and her book "Halflings' out. Plus keep your eyes open for the 2nd book in this series called 'Guardian', it's due out September 1st 2012.(less)