Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controller Review Source: NetGalley, Blog Tour, ARC Reviewer: Me
When I first began reading...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controller Review Source: NetGalley, Blog Tour, ARC Reviewer: Me
When I first began reading Dark Metropolis my initial reaction went something along the lines of, “what in tarnation am I reading and why do I love it”?!! The beginning of the novel has a certain dark and ominous feel that left me a little memorized and under its spell. You knew something bad was going to happen, you gritted your teeth and expected it with the turn of each page. For me, the novel kept this “doom and gloom” slow build up. It would drop a little piece here and a little piece there; each page grinding a new sense of paranoia for our main character Thea, who was every bit as paranoid as I was. I loved it. Couldn’t get enough of it. It made the story, unique. Exciting. And most of all interesting.
Perhaps it’s because most of the time I had no clue what was going on in the beginning that I read Dark Metropolis in one sitting. And perhaps it’s because I was drawn into the mystery of it all. In any case, whether it was explained well or not, I enjoyed watching this “zombie/re-animation-ish” story unfold in this alternate 1930’s universe. Our main character Thea is a sixteen year-old girl working in a club where she gets to entertain glamorous and wealthy patrons. On the outside she seems to have it all together, witty, charming, a great hostess to the guests. But underneath it all Thea harbors secrets: a mother who’s losing her mind, a father who’s missing (presumed dead), and a rather peculiar ability. When her mother is taken to be “cured” and her best friend goes missing, Thea decides to uncover what is really going on in the world around her.
I can’t say too much about the plot without dishing out spoilers, but I can say that this was a delightful read. The 1920-1930 alternate world Dolamore created was fabulous to be in. The characters, the language, the scenery, were all painted well. The fact that magic is so controversial was also intriguing. You have the “old” concepts and spells versus what’s considered modern. My only concerns center around some of the concepts in this world not being explained well. We are given a full glimpse of why things are the way they are and how magic relates to some people. However despite this, I found myself just suspending disbelief and reading into the wee hours of the night. I also enjoyed that it’s told from multiple perspectives. Freddy to me was the most enjoyable, and when it was revealed what Gerick wanted him to do, it made you pause and wonder…how are they going to do “that”? And this part alone is enough to keep anyone reading.
Overall, Dark Metropolis is a great historical, fantasy, mystery with lots of dark elements and great characters. Though some of it might be predictable, it’s still a great world and one I recommend jumping into head first.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Me
THREE is the face-paced finale to the Art...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Me
THREE is the face-paced finale to the Article 5 dystopian trilogy. Picking up shortly after the heartbreaking events in Breaking Point, we find out beloved characters making the best out of a dire situation. After regrouping and following a trail they hope will lead them to something they so desperately crave – other people, food, hope – the story dives into a massive train ride of twists, turns, revelations and non-stop action until you reach the end. THREE is a great story of trusting, friendships, love, loss and determination. Simmons crafted a great conclusion to a bitter, realistic world.
We were a girl and a boy exploring a haunted house. A kiss in the woods. A ride on a motorcycle. We were walking to school. Whispering across the space between our houses. Pulling hay from each other’s hair. We were pieces of the same puzzle. (Ember page 360 paperback)
What can I say without giving away spoilers? Not very much aside from reassurance that readers will not be disappointed in THREE or how the trilogy wraps up. There is so much SWOON. So many tiny instances of love shown between Chase and Ember that my heart cracked a little each time they’d get so close to happy, to freedom, and to each other only to have those moments stolen. But in the end, it’s characters like these, a love like this, and a story like the one woven in the Article 5 trilogy that makes reading about heartache worthwhile.
Jesse’s words returned to me from Endurance: “When a government becomes destructive, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” (Page 367 paperback)
The quality of Simmons story is impressive. I think the one thing that draws me into her world is the realism. Not to get all political in a review, but as the above quote symbolizes, people can make a change. Stand up against a governing body and alter the course of their future. This is what Ember’s story is all about. Making choices good or bad about your life, your freedom, your liberties, and standing up for what you believe in. I can’t express how deeply I enjoyed the last 100 or so pages of THREE. There were a few time I really cringed when people died but then Ember or someone would remind me of why they died, the sacrifice they’d made, and my heart swelled a little with pride.
Overall, THREE is an amazing conclusion. Every page left me feeling more anxious, more hopeful, and more excited for things yet to come for these characters. Yes there is sadness but underneath the sadness is an inspiring resilience and a lot of heart. One that I’m glad I was able to be a part of.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Blog Tour Reviewer: Me
Song and Signal threw me for an EPIC loop....moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Blog Tour Reviewer: Me
Song and Signal threw me for an EPIC loop. From the moment I read the blurb until the very last page, Patterson’s out-of-this-world world building led me on a grandiose adventure deep into the realms of outer space and far beyond my imagination. Even from the beginning when we are introduced to our main character, Zak, readers are immediately thrust into science fiction heaven. Song and Signal is larger-than-life, slightly over-the-top, but remains one heck of a good time.
Zak is a young boy who’s poor, being raised by an alien, great at hacking, and is always in search of a big larger-than-life adventure. Most of his audacious behavior stems from the fact that his father is notorious across space for stealing a ship and never returning. A feat Zak has to live in the shadows of every single day. Yes, he’s rough around the edges but our young hero does whatever he must to survive. In order to maintain their tiny apartment and keep up the household, Zak feels as though he’s forced to steal and do a bunch of illegal activities that always seem to get him into trouble. He may not be book smart but he is tech smart, a nerdy gift he uses to his advantage. On his last mission to earn cred Zak gets into trouble so deep he nearly severs his friendship with Liz, his only friend, and the girl he’s been in love with for years. However, little does he know that trouble with Liz is the least of his worries and his BIG adventure might be closer than he thinks and on its way to find him.
Song and Signal is a true science fiction gem. I didn’t expect to fall in love with these characters, enjoy the vast alien races, or be singing the praises of an author I’ve never heard of. But I did, and I am…loudly. What I enjoyed most about this insane novel is the world. For hardcore sci-fi fans, there is so much to explore and love. Each race of alien, space station, ship, and asteroid was crafted with so much care you can visualize yourself right beside Zak. The attention to detail is outstanding and something I truly didn’t anticipate. Every few pages I found myself mumbling, “Hum that’s awesome”. This is definitely a compliment to Patterson’s ability to lure me into his head and keep my inner geek thoroughly satisfied. And as the mystery of it all begins to unravel, you have to wonder does Zak save the day, get the girl and finally have the adventure of a lifetime?
Overall, if you are looking for a beautifully written sci-fi mystery adventure with in-your-face characters and a world that will blow you away, then I highly recommend Song and Signal. Everything in the story happens for a reason and if you look closely enough, you will be amazed by the puzzle pieces Patterson scattered throughout the novel. Or, if you’re just looking to hop the next vessel into space and explore the universe to see what mysteries lie inside the galaxy then this is the novel for you. Either way, I implore you to try Song and Signal for your next science fiction fix.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Me
The Cutting Room Floor is absolutely insa...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Me
The Cutting Room Floor is absolutely insane. I’m still not sure if this novel is good or bad, however I couldn’t put the book down and found myself glued to the pages until I devoured every last sentence. From the very beginning when we are introduced to the CRAZY Dez, I became hooked on his words and his twisted love affair with his best friend Riley. Told from alternating point-of-view’s, readers are given the chance to glimpse into the lives of two very different characters. One with messed up, almost psycho, control issues and the other is in the middle of an identity crisis. But both are trying to find love, connections, and themselves.
Enter Stage Left – Desmond: The borderline psychotic best friend who has been crushing on his best friend since they first met and always acts like his life is one big movie. A guy who is always in control, and when he’s not, he manipulates everyone around him to make sure all the pawns on the chess board are perfectly positioned so he can win the game. Whatever his goals are, whatever thing he currently wants, he will find a way to get. No matter how devious his actions may be. I found myself liking him. A lot. And it wasn’t because I empathized with his character nor because I understood his reasoning for doing what he did, I was simply drawn to him by his thought process. His almost criminal like behavior, and ability to get people to do his bidding. He thinks like the possessive person from the Lifetime Movie. The one who will do anything to get the girl, even if it means killing her sanity, making her doubt herself, and chasing away all the people she cares about. I loved him because he was crazy.
Enter Stage Right – Riley: The girl with the major identity crisis. Poor Riley. I enjoyed reading her character and watching her confusion play out throughout the novel. She longed to find herself in the small community and high school that was on the brink of an identity crisis itself. Riley is one character who I really just wanted to give a million hugs. Klehr did a wonderful job of showing the cruelty of high school. There were several times where I had flashbacks to those days when I would get picked on because of my race. And when teachers and the community does nothing about the ongoing humiliating situations, it makes it worse. I truly felt for Riley. Because I understand that you can’t be who you are when you are constantly being judged and told that your differences, the things that make you who you are, are wrong. Even though she went back and forth with her “am I truly gay” stance, I thought her reactions and thought process were pretty accurate. But most of all, heart breaking. And the constant manipulation by her supposedly “best friend” make it all the more cringe worthy.
Overall, I think The Cutting Room Floor is unique and very different from a lot of the stories already on your bookshelf. The overall plot is not a shabby one. The mystery surrounding the teachers death is pretty well hidden and not an easy one to decipher. I can appreciate the author adding this bit of a “whodunit” to a story that already had so much obsession and betrayal. I recommend it to any fan of mystery/thrillers who loves a good obsessive character with stalker and borderline psychotic tenancies. Oh and did I mention, Dez’s POV reads like a movie script? Truly genius!
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Me
I cannot start this review without first saying,...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewer: Me
I cannot start this review without first saying, OMG. Yes, page after explosive page I found myself screaming OMG aloud and at the top of my lungs. I feel like I’ve been sent on a crashing plan ride and Jus didn’t even bother to warn her passengers about the dangers of flying on the Denazen airline. Just as I adored Touch the first book in the Series, I am also swooning over Tremble.
The story begins shortly after book two, Toxic ends. We’re introduced to a surly Dez reeling from Kale’s decision to sacrifice himself in order to save her life. Slowly dying because of the Six trials and emotionally beaten down by the loss of Kale, Dez’s life is quickly taking a nosedive into oblivion. *Cries Cries* Her friends attempt to loosen her up a bit and give her a night of fun. What should be a familiar trip back into old Dez territory, leads to a shocking sisterly reunion and a heartbreaking one when – OMG – Kale shows up at the party. Kale doesn’t realize who Dez is, or remember any of their time together. All he knows it that Kiernan (Dez’s sister) is the object of his affection and Dez (who in his mind is Kiernan) is someone he wants to hurt for destroying his entire world. Sounds a bit confusing eh? We’’ it’s not in the land of Supremacy.
Because of a Six’s ability, Kale’s memories have been rewritten so to speak and now everything he believes is a lie. The Kale we all fell in love with is now nothing more than a shell of a person full of hate with powers that are ready to kill anyone in his way. Unfortunately, Dez cannot do anything about Kale’s situation because as they quickly learn, his powers have grown and make him almost unstoppable. *tear* In the meantime to take her mind off her Kale problems, Dez works with the other members of the Underground to find other Supremacy kids and alert them to the coming danger. However, the Underground are not the only ones looking to get their hands on Sixes, Denazen is hot on their trail too.
The thing I love most about reading a Jus Accardo novel is the action. One emotional action packed moment is always followed by another, and another, and another, and another until all you have is an EPIC adventure cemented in angst, powerful writing, and characters you will hate to love, love to love, and love to hate! AH, I adore me some Dez. She is so raw and never deviates from her true self. Despite her hardships and everything she’s had to endure, she still remains the loyal, quick-witted, brave, spitfire girl from the first novel. Kale though, gosh I just wanted to cry during the first half of the book. He was pretty ruthless and dang near broke my heart with how awful he was being to Dez. Still though, I love him and was rooting for their relationship the entire time.
Overall, I can’t say much about the book without giving away spoilers so I will just end this review with nothing but the highest praise. If you haven’t had the chance to read Touch or Toxic, I suggest you do so before picking up Tremble because the emotional journey truly is EPIC and will probably give your heart palpitations late into the wee hours of the night.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: BB Book Tours Reviewer: Me
Not losing any steam, Alight picks up...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: BB Book Tours Reviewer: Me
Not losing any steam, Alight picks up shortly after the events in Pyxis. Readers are immediately thrust back into the chaotic world of Corinne, Angeline, and Mason. I felt like a prodigal daughter returning home, I didn’t realize how much I truly missed these charismatic characters until I began lingering over their every word. Once again, Neal has delivered a phenomenal body of work; from swoon worthy YA characters, to epic battles and boys that glow, every single second of Alight is a magical thrill ride. An adventure. An edible story that will delight even the coldest of hearts.
At the moment, our MC Corinne has a LOT on her plate. Discovering her destiny and coming into her powers is just one of those things. How does one balance defending the town and having a life as a normal teenager? Yeah, it’s complicated to say the least. However, Corinne to me is one strong individual. I love her feistiness and optimism in the midst of her troubles. She doesn’t know it all, nor is she an all powerful superhero type of girl. No, she’s just a girl from a small town who happened to inherit an extraordinary gift. She’s fun, relatable, makes mistakes, and above all, loves her friends. What more could you ask for from a character?
The entire supporting cast from Pyxis all make an exciting return in Alight. Mason absolutely melts my heart. With every word, caress, and needful look, he delivers a gentle animalistic magnetism that gets to me every time. He’s the type of character you want to fall in love with, you dream of being with, and the best friend you want in your corner. But – yes there is a but – Neal added some juicy flavor to the mix. Enter Zane, a mysterious older Australian character who screams, bad boy. I am fanning myself just thinking about him *insert tons of blushing here*. Not to give away to many details, Zane is just delicious, yummy, and any other adjective you want to throw in to describe a hot male character. His role in Corinne’s life is still up in the air. However, as suggested by the EPIC cliffhanger, Zane will be in the next installment and I for one cannot wait to see if my predictions come true.
Oh and let’s not forget the revelations we lean in Alight about the Pyxis, Corinne’s destiny, and the other Guardian! To avoid spoilers I will only say two things, I was right and K.C. you are terrible for making me wait to read book 3. Seriously though, don’t start reading the series unless you intend on getting hooked and don’t mind.
Overall, in Alight, the stakes are higher, a possible new love interest arises, friendships are mended, and battles are fought. It’s one awesome non-stop turn right after another. I highly recommend the Pyxis Series to everyone. It’s suitable for young teens and older generations alike. Everyone will be able to find something – or someone – in the series to fall in love with.
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Me
Dead Relatives hits the grou...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Me
Dead Relatives hits the ground running with the first opening scene. Our main character Orlando has a lot on his plate as his crew of zombie hunters are searching for the elusive fifth, and someone – or something – called Lexicon. For zombie lovers this novella is sure to be a fantastic creepy joy ride. There’s Magick, ghosts, zombie bulls, and bad guys who turn out to be worse than they imagined.
At first I wasn’t sure how this story was going to turn out. Not having read the previous novella The Zombie Story I wasn’t familiar with the characters and their backstories. However, Shelley does a decent job of catching the reader up on what previously transpired without overdosing readers on too much information. It was a fun quick read jam packed with tons of action. In a short amount of time we are jumping from one intense scene to the next.
I really enjoyed watching Orlando develop. He wrestles with his magical abilities and being able to see ghosts. He has a difficult task ahead of him deciding how to best use his gifts and as his friends pull him in different directions, ultimately he has to decide if he’s ready to embrace what is a natural part of him. Along the way Orlando even discovers something about his family that shakes him to the core, and when he discovers a friend is near death he must once again decided how far he is willing to go.
Overall this novella has a lot of great potential. I would like to see more character development with our side characters, their gifts, and their importance to the story. My only issue is the way in which some aspects of the story wrap up too quickly. I am hoping that we get better insight into Orlando’s family life, Ruben, Michael, and Cora in the next installment. And for those of you who are grammar fanatics, I did find some errors here and there, but nothing that should really pull the reader out of the story. However, I do suggest reading The Zombie Story first as I think this probably works best as a series than a standalone title. (less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Goddess Fish Promotions Reviewer: Me
Farsighted is a book that wi...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Goddess Fish Promotions Reviewer: Me
Farsighted is a book that will immediately grab you attention and leave you wide-eyed and open mouthed long after it’s done. Author Emyln Chand takes her readers on a riveting journey with a stellar cast of characters, creative special powers, and a fantastic plot that only leaves readers wanting more. Twists and turns, setbacks and love, make this novel a roller coaster ride of excitement.
What a phenomenal book Farsighted truly is. I must admit I wasn’t sure if I could fall in love with a main character that not only had a disability but also had a unique gift. What Chand does it surprising, not only did she make me love Alex, but she also made me feel sorry for him, angry with him, and root for him constantly – and this was all in the first few chapters! This should speak volumes about the depth of her characters and the elegance of her writing. Not once did I feel a situation was unexplained or a character under developed. The entire cast, Alex, Simmi, Sharpi, Alex’s parents, Miss Teak and Dax all had a role to play within the pages and worked beautifully together when they crossed paths. It was exciting watching the story unfold before my eyes, a unique voyage I’d happily take over and over again.
Alex, a natural loner because of his blindness, is on a journey of self discovery. Soon after his ability of second sight takes over him, he discovers that something bad is going to happen to the girl he loves, Simmi. Simmi, his first true friend means the world to him, and he will stop at nothing to save her even if that means learning to use a gift he really doesn’t want. His second sight was both a gift and a curse from the beginning, making it difficult for him to distinguish between what is real, and what might occur. It forces Alex to seek the assistance of a palm reader, Miss Teak, to better understand what is happening to him and how he can prevent Simmi’s demise, thus bringing about his quest to find the elusive Dax. But for Alex, things aren’t always as cut and dry as they seem, or as he dreams.
Because of his blindness, Alex has to rely on other senses, especially touch and smell. Chand does an excellent job conveying how Alex is able to paint pictures of the world around him just by touching objects and smelling the faintest scent. I liked being able to experience the world through his eyes and seeing just how important our other 4 senses can be. It was very refreshing to see a story portrayed this way and even better to experience. Everyone should read the book for this reason alone.
Another thing I loved about this novel was the strong female characters. Both Simmi and Sharpi are intelligent and insightful young girls who spoke their minds. Each had their own special way of talking and dealing with Alex and you could see how his actions would change depending on which girl he was around at the time. There was definitely a strong theme of independent women, especially in Alex’s mother who just happened to be the sole breadwinner of the family. Though the theme was present it wasn’t overpowering, and shouldn’t stop anyone from reading the book.
Overall, I don’t think I have a single negative word to speak against Farsighted. It is definitely a book unlike any other, and will probably turn out to be one of the best books you have read in years. The story works, the characters are convincing, and even the rune’s add something a little extra. I highly recommend this books to everyone ages 15 and up.(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Publisher for Honest Review Reviewed by:Me
A deliciously intriguing...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source:Publisher for Honest Review Reviewed by:Me
A deliciously intriguing plot, a fantastic cast of characters and a steamy romance, makes Midnight Reckoning one hard book to put down. I was totally consumed by this story as soon as I read the first paragraph. And page after page Castle delivered exceptional world-building and characters I grew to adore. She has a way with words, and strings them together so eloquently I could picture everything, from smells, to beautifully painted skies. Each word was chosen with care, and reminded me of the ever talented Gena Showalter’s writing style (think Lords of the Underworld). So what makes Midnight Reckoning worthy of your undivided attention? EVERYTHING.
Characters for me make or break a story. If I am not invested in your characters, then essentially I am not invested in your novel. Castle’s characters are by far some of the best. Our reluctant hero, Jaden, was swoon-tastic! He was the type of Alpha Male females yearn for, die to be near, and kill to touch or taste. He is a Cait Sith, or a vampire who shifts into a cat (yes you heard that right). He also had a horrific past, one that will make even the toughest person melt. Jaden was it for me, my new book boyfriend (Sorry Lucien). I couldn’t help but love the tough boy persona, while craving his gentle heart. Lyra, our female MC werewolf, was also a very likeable character. The only thing she truly wanted was to secure her birthright as the future Alpha of her wolf pack, something that was anything but an easy task to accomplish. Immediately, Castle created tension between her hero and heroine. And those two together provided hilarious banter and nonstop action. Though they danced around their feelings until Jaden offered Lyra a proposition, the result became a tug-of-war between forbidden love, undeniable lust, and incredible want. Can I just say, yummy?
The story itself was fascinating. I did not read the first book in the series so it took a few pages in for me to understand the whole Dynasty aspect of the vampires. Who controlled whom, what each Dynasty was known for, how they all interacted as a society. Reading the first book, Dark Awakening, might be best for those of you who like back-story or reading a series in order. In my opinion Midnight Reckoning can work as a stand-alone title; however, it might just take a minute to process the entire world (although this should not deter you from reading it). The story also has some of my other favorite elements, such as betrayal, an unsuspecting enemy, and character’s who will do anything to rise above their circumstances. As soon as you hit around page 100, you can expect nonstop action and an intense emotional connection to the characters. A fantastic novel with a satisfying beginning, middle, and end.
Overall, Midnight Reckoning is a surprise hit for me. Originally I was going to read Firelight but I managed to get through the first chapter and decided the book just wasn’t working for me. But when I reached on the coffee table and grab this book, I expected a lot less, and received so much more than I could have hoped for. I know I made this comparison earlier, but if you like Gena Showalter, I highly recommend picking up this series. Even if you are new to romance novels and just looking to get your feet wet, this book has so many other great elements I promise that you won’t be bored or feel overwhelmed.(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
The Weeping is a myst...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher for Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
The Weeping is a mysterious ghost story with a twist that you’ll never see coming. At least I never saw it coming, and I’ll admit, it’s quite difficult to pull the wool over my eyes!
Heath is a young man of about 17 who has been in a horrific life changing car accident. He feels responsible for the deaths of his best friend, his best friend’s girlfriend, and his on again off again girlfriend. It had been the night of the prom when the four of them were headed up to a cabin when Heath became distracted at the wheel and hit a deer. While Heath survived, he was left injured and left with the memory and guilt of what happened.
His parents, not knowing what else to do, sent him to spend the summer with his uncle Vik. He just happened to own and run the town theatre, the very same theatre in which a young teenage girl had died 20 years prior. In fact, she was also the very same girl Heath’s father once dated.
As soon as Heath arrived he starts to see and hear Catherine. She is crying, she is upset, but most of all she appears unable to move on. Catherine was betrayed in life, but will she also be betrayed in death? Will Heath’s new found friends be able to piece together the puzzle in order to release her before it’s too late? Does Catherine get her revenge on those who wronged her?
Overall I really loved this story. It had a solid plot, a great list of characters, and enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing until the very end. Wow! My only complaint is that it was a little slow going in the beginning, but once I broke through I couldn’t put the book down. I’d highly recommend this story to those who love a good mystery, a good small town cover-up mystery!(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Source: Author for Blog Tour Reviewer: Me
Fangs Rule is not your ordinary mang...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Source: Author for Blog Tour Reviewer: Me
Fangs Rule is not your ordinary manga. Instead it’s an instruction book which just happens to be a KICK-A$$-rocking-good-time. The life of a vampire is not all it’s glamorized to be, especially for women. No, they have it rough. And by rough I mean their lives are dictated to them, even down to who they’ll marry. Crazy right? But if you want to live among the undead turnlings or fit into the full-blooded vamp society, then you’re in luck, because Amy lays down the law in her ultimate A-Z guide.
With witty charm and a hilarious personality, Amy Mah holds nothing back as she divulges vampire secrets so every teenage (female) vampire can be prepared for the lifestyle they have to live. From human boyfriends, to kissing and killing, if you’ve questioned it, she’s answered it. If you were too shy to ask about it, she’s answered those embarrassing questions too. It’s silly yet insightful, and sometimes downright creepy. Still, I find it a necessary guide for every vampire loving, paranormal craving, manga reading fan. And trust me, if what she’s described is true, you will need to learn the secrets in case you one day cross paths with a hunky piece of vampire meat. Furthermore, according to Amy the older the vampire the better. A decent 50 to 100 age range gap is perfect.
For those of you who crave, or at least get a kick out of, gorgeous illustrations, Fangs Rule has those too. Beautifully crafted. Vibrant. Pulsating with tons of energy. I can’t sing the praises of the artwork enough. It adds depth and character to the story. Giving just enough detail to make you WANT more. The cover is stunning. Don’t believe me, take a look.
Overall, Fangs Rule breaks the AWESOME-METER. I highly recommend it to everyone looking to add a little something different to their shelf. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind story and I can guarantee once you read it you’ll fall in love with Amy Mah too.(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: From the Author for Blog Tour
L.J. DeLeon took my image of the...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: From the Author for Blog Tour
L.J. DeLeon took my image of the paranormal and spun it on its axis. In her sweet and enchanting novella Absolution, readers will be delighted to find a supernatural world filled with exciting creatures and an oh-so-sexy story. In DeLeon’s magical world there’s never a dull moment as she twines a tale of adventure, true love, hope, and redemption. The author takes us on a whirlwind journey of sacrifice that will leave you weak-kneed and hot for more. At first I was skeptical, unsure of where this story would lead me over the course of just a few hundred pages. Nevertheless, soon after I started I found myself engrossed in the characters, the plot, and the mystery and thinking to myself, “why haven’t I discovered her novellas before?”
Our main characters, Lucan and Allana, are woven together by a bond neither of them expected but both craved. Each is riddled with their own self-doubt, tortured pasts, and agendas, desperately searching for someone or something to save them. Over the course of the novel I enjoyed peeking into their lives and observing them as they came to terms with their prospective pasts in order to find their way to each other. Allana had a gentle yet courageous demeanor. As a healer her words flowed from the page like a melody, even and rhythmic, in a sing-song dance. It was beautifully written and part of the reason I fell in love with this story. The other yummy reason rests with Lucan, a Druid with a tear-jerking past. He is first and foremost a warrior, a mighty protector on the verge of self destruction. Throughout the novel we see Lucan’s touching transformation. It might make you melt; it will definitely make you swoon. And when he and Allana finally manage to come together, you can count on being swept away by their tender romance.
Overall, Absolution is a novella that will get you excited about love. It’s an enjoyable read you won’t even realize is over until you’ve reached the last page and are secretly wishing there was more. With its mixture of adventure, mystery, secrets, battles, and steamy love scenes, Absolution has something every paranormal fan can and should adore. My only complaint is that I did not read the two previous novels Warriors Rise and Dragon Child. It was a little jolting at first trying to sort out the characters and creatures, but once I understood the gist of the back story, I couldn’t have put this book down if I tried.(less)
I looked at the sign-up page for this tour maybe four or five times before I decided to join. Yes the book look...moreOriginal Review at: Mother/Gamer/Writer
I looked at the sign-up page for this tour maybe four or five times before I decided to join. Yes the book looked interesting but I just wasn’t sure it was going to be for me. I saw the word Denazen and my first thought was…huh. Well fast forward a few weeks later after I received my copy, following a very strange opening paragraph, I was immediately hooked. Word after word, page after page, TOUCH consumed me, held me under a spell of charismatic writing and terrific pacing. There was never a dull second in this book. From the moment I meet our strong-willed, sarcastic, adrenaline junkie heroine Deznee, I knew I was in for a treat. And Accardo did not disappoint.
When I finally made it to the last sentence of TOUCH I was terribly upset. I did not what the book to be over. I was having so much fun sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Accardo was going to throw at our characters next. Each twist brought something new and exciting into the mix. At one point I literally screamed “OMG I KNEW IT” and at another I was in tears from laughing so hard at Dez’s internal dialog and her constant snide remarks. FABULOUS writing Jus, job well done.
Given everything that happens to our main characters (and believe me they were tested to the extreme) we are still able to see well thought out character development. Between Dez and Kale readers were introduced to two characters on completely opposite ends of the social spectrum. Dez with her spunky, no-nonsense attitude and Kale with his humble killer instincts, I couldn’t have asked for two better MC’s. I genuinely wanted these two to fall in love. Every time Kale held Dez’s hand to his chest I melted like a silly school girl with her first crush. It was a very innocent and intimate love affair. Something we don’t get to see that often anymore. It made me appreciate simple wonders such as a kiss and holding hands. As Deznee pointed out “I felt like Christmas morning”, and what girl doesn’t want to feel that way? *Sighs*
Overall, TOUCH is a SUPER-EPIC-FANTASTICAL-WIN (yes I made that into one long word with a lot of dashes :-) ). Thoroughly engrossing, jammed packed with elements of mystery and betrayal, TOUCH is a novel that is worth your time. Accardo is definitely an author to watch out for, and with the Denazen series she can only go onward and upward from here. But don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself! Oh, and did I mention there is an evil corporation trying to take over the world?
Please note a review copy of this book was given to me by Entangled Publishing for my honest review.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating Review Source: Blog Tour/Blast Reviewer: AimeeKay
OK. I know this is a gia...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers, Crown Rating Review Source: Blog Tour/Blast Reviewer: AimeeKay
OK. I know this is a giant spoiler but I’m giving Cipher a 5 controllers out of 5 Royalty award! OMG! This book was amazing. If you don’t read the rest of my review that’s fine, but definitely take my advice on this one and go pick up a copy of this book. Pick up a box of tissues while you’re at it.
I have to say when I started this book I struggled at first. Not because of the book itself, but because I’ve been reading A LOT of first person pov lately and this one is written in third person past tense so it took a minute. But the perspective issues wore off quickly and Cipher sucked me in completely.
First let’s start with the non-spoilery things. Madsen’s world she has created is awesome! (It’s also heartbreaking, but more on that later.) The way she works Summer’s abilities and all into our world is amazing. Not only does it feel realistic, but at one point the main character even gets busted for talking on her cell and driving at the same time. (Don’t think that will spoil too much.)
Her characters are also uber-realistic. From the way Summer reacts to her world around her, the way the mean girls react to pretty much everyone, to how the Misfits are with each other. It all rang true. Also her characters are awesomely true to themselves.
As for the heartbreaking….tears started leaking before I was even halfway done. Needless to say by the end I was a hot mess. Without giving too much spoilerage, I think I started tearing up because I knew one of the characters I was attached to was supposed to die at the end. By the end I just couldn’t stop. This author was that good. I mean I got attached to the characters without even thinking about it. They were awesome. Thank goodness the author offered some positive points near the end so it provided some comfort. But, OMG, still I couldn’t stop crying! The worst (best?) part is that I wasn’t crying because of some sappy stuff, but because the author really had me invested in this book.
I am recommending this book to pretty much everybody. There really aren’t any over PG-13 scenes so I want to get a copy of this one to share with my own girls. Definitely read it through first if you are thinking of buying it for a younger teen though, since it deals with some REALLY heavy stuff.
There is a teaser for the second book in the series at the end which I haven’t started yet. But I plan to, and I plan to try to get my hands on the next book as soon as it becomes available, even though it will probably have me in tears too.
Go get this book, read this book, share this book. It is awesome. It is moving. It has hysterically funny scenes that probably made me cry even harder knowing from the summery how the book would end. But still they were laugh out loud funny. I hope I haven’t completely ruined the book with this review. Just go out and get a copy and read it for yourself if you don’t believe me, just have the tissues nearby and don’t say I didn’t warn you about how awesome it is!(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
It’s not very often that...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer: Heather
It’s not very often that a story has the ability to make you laugh, and then make you cry. For me, this is typically the foundation for an entertaining story. With A Sliver of Shadow, the second book in the Abby Sinclair series, I would have to agree. I absolutely loved, loved, loved Phin the mini unicorn, and I loved how all the characters interacted with each other. Everyone flowed even during conflict, and even during the fascinating and hilarious love triangle between the ex-boyfriend incubus and faerie prince who is her bodyguard!
This story brings action, romance, sex, mystery, intrigue, and I could go on (and on) forever. What struck my heart chords was the sacrifice that Abby Sinclair gives, and gives, and gives right up to the very end of the story.
Join Abby and her collective band of friends (and lovers!) as they try to restore the virtue of the throne in the land of the faeries. Turn each page as the story unfolds before your eyes and be transported right into the flow of the words.
Due to the sexual nature, and language, I would suggest this book for adult audiences that love supernatural fantasy stories. While there is love and romance found within the pages, this story has so much more to offer. I look forward to reading the rest of the novels, and have found another great author to add to my MUST-READ list. (less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: PJV Blog Tours/Publisher Reviewer: AimeeKay
Sins of the Son is th...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: PJV Blog Tours/Publisher Reviewer: AimeeKay
Sins of the Son is the second novel in The Grigori Legacy series. Even though it is the second book, it still works as a standalone title. I say this not having read the first book, Sins of The Angel. Don’t get me wrong, Sins of the Son does refer back to incidents that happened in the first book, however it was written in such a way that it didn’t make me feel as if I NEEDED the first book to figure out what was going on (although I would enjoy reading the first book if only to find out more about what brought the characters to their current circumstances).
I also love the detail Poitevin went into with her characters and the world in which they lived. I didn’t always agree with the decisions her characters made, yet I still could understand why they made them, since the author gave me that much insight into their minds. Then there’s the world itself. She really brings it to life. I’ve never been to Canada, so I can’t confirm if her descriptions were spot on, but they definitely felt real enough to me.
As for the rest of the story itself. There is a love triangle between Aramael, Seth and Alex. However, the story was never just about them. Which I think was one of the things that really kept my attention and made the book stand out more than your average romance. Don’t get me wrong, the relationship between all three of the main characters is important to the story itself, but it’s not the only thing going on. I definitely think this is a plus, since love triangles are one of my pet peeves.
The author also throws in some interesting twists to her story, and not always what I was expecting. But the twists were done in such a way that I wanted to find out what was going to happen next, so I didn’t mind being wrong. The story ends with some definite loose ends, but this is a series so I was kinda expecting that to happen, and I am definitely interested in reading the next book to see where the author goes with this series.
Angels seem to be the new Vampires in the paranormal writing world. I’ve read some great new angel reads and I’ve read some REALLY bad ones. I definitely think Poitevin’s Sins of the Son falls into the former category. It drew me in from the first page and held my attention until the last. This series is definitely worth getting into.(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Tribute Books Reviewer: Heather
Imagine being a 16 year old gir...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Tribute Books Reviewer: Heather
Imagine being a 16 year old girl who has been on the run her whole life, no friends, no internet, no boyfriends…nada! Every time you had to move it was a new name, new identity, the whole nine yards sort of thing. Now of course you have no idea why your parents do this, but you expect it to be because the mob is after them.
But what if it was really because you were a once in a lifetime magical being that only occurred during the summer solstice when there was both a full moon and total eclipse. This being, this Spectral, would be the most sought after in the magical world you didn’t even know existed. Some would want you for your power, but some covens just want to kill you!
Join the battle for life, for power, but above all for love. Follow the life of Jewel (or True among other names) as she heads down a path of self discovery, learning about love, but most of all she learns that she has no idea who to trust.
Like many stories I read, I’m not always reading the synopsis, so that leaves me going in completely blind. I’m not complaining now, but I had absolutely no idea when I picked this one up to read. I was sucked in by the first chapter, and had a difficult time putting it down.
The action was creative, believable, and suspenseful. The love story was sweet, innocent, and had you wondering who Jewel would choose. The structure played within the family settings were on par with your run of the mill dysfunctional unit. It was really the perfect blend of fantasy and reality that I loved about the story.
I highly recommend this one for young adults, and those who enjoy romantic urban fantasy. It’s a page turner, so give yourself time to read it from start to finish, because you won’t want to put it down.(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Pretty in Black is about a young woma...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Pretty in Black is about a young woman named Ellie who has lost her sister, her perfect life, and she is seeking death. Marcus Marble saves her in more ways than she knew she needed saving. But he has a secret, many secrets, that he’s keeping from her.
To further the story, Ellie is also a Corvidae hunter, and her purpose is to hunt down the Evermore. She is warned that if she fails, or allows one to live, that she too would be hunted down. Can she come to terms with this crazy notion? Will she run when Marcus uncovers his great secrets?
I would have enjoyed more action, more of the Evermore and Corvidae story. I think it’s why I wasn’t overly thrilled after I finished reading. It’s entirely possible that there will be more in the future, and I would gladly read it. Instead we got more of the love story between Ellie and Marcus, which was very well written. I enjoyed the dark twists, the forbidden love, as well as the poetic edge that was taken.
I was also a bit confused by the ending when the author switched the point-of-view. It took me a few pages to realize this, but once it registered in my brain all was well again. I’m hoping that there is more to this story, and that this really only the beginning.(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 2 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: AimeeKay
I’m not happy with this book. I expe...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 2 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: AimeeKay
I’m not happy with this book. I expected more, especially seeing its banners everywhere lately and people gushing over the cover, I expected a lot more. I will say I was kind of hesitant about the whole love triangle part of the story, but as it turned out that was the least of my worries.
First I really had issues with the main character. She just did such dumb, and I mean dumb, things that I found it annoying. I understand she isn’t going to go to the cops with every little detail. I mean if you let the cops handle things then where would the story be right? (Tons of horror flicks prove this theory) But she just purposely seemed to be putting herself into harm’s way! She’s always running off by herself, she refuses to carry a cell phone, she sees her best friend doing things that scream he is in league with the shooters, but she still trusts him.
Second the story itself drove me crazy. I will say that the end of the story cleared up a lot of the characters split personality issues that had me scratching my head throughout most of the book. But it didn’t clear up why certain facts about certain characters were revealed seemingly out of sequence. For example, one of the main characters kept having a complaint about their eye bothering them, but it wasn’t revealed until later that his problem with his eye was a reoccurring issue which plagued him for quite a while and seemed to only happen when he was upset. Yes it made sense once it was explained why it happened, but it made no sense to just pop it in there that his eye was hurting, and then finally say a few chapters later that it happened with regular frequency. Also there were certain lines that just popped up out of nowhere that made no sense or felt that they were just thrown in to make more of a mystery, when in fact; there was already enough mystery to carry the story through until the end.
Third the summary goes into great detail that Maj feels she can’t go to the police right away because she has already caused a hubbub with the belief that her father was murdered. But that is barely even mentioned until midway through, and then it seems like she made less of a big deal than the summary implied.
Over all the concept of the story itself I think would have made a great read. But the way it was presented just failed to draw me in and hold my attention. I found myself forcing my eyes to finish reading the book just to see if it would make sense at the end and to see if it would get any better. I’m glad the end seemed to tie up all the loose strings, but I was so agitated by the end that I don’t think it really matters. I’m giving the book 2 controllers out of 5. I was really disappointed with it considering the hype I’ve seen about it lately and I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but I’m sorry I just didn’t.(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer:Heather
If you have yet to read th...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating:5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Bewitching Book Tours Reviewer:Heather
If you have yet to read the first book, My Boyfriend Merlin, then please drop everything, and go read it right now. There may be slight spoilers if you continue to read below as some of the first book will bleed into this review, and there is nothing I hate more than spoiling a good, no scratch that, great read for others. Please consider yourself warned.
My Merlin Awakening picks up shortly after where My Boyfriend Merlin left off. Ryan has pulled the sword, but in order to protect the candidate he loves, Merlin takes the credit. Of course he also attempts to expose magic to the world, but he is thwarted in this attempt. Merlin also chooses, albeit a difficult choice, to let Ryan go in order to keep his visions, and attempt to save the world from its judgment day.
Vane, the brother of Merlin, endlessly attempts to win Ryan, but even as her boyfriend he can’t seem to break through her heart. No, that heart refuses to make a choice. She has feelings for both brothers, but the only thing they seem to have in common is trying to control and protect her.
Can Ryan make a choice between the one she wants to save, and the one she truly loves? Does her choice affect more than just her? Will she ever come to terms with being the chosen one before it’s too late?
Author Priya Ardis delivers once again with a page turning, life interrupting, teasing story line. I am already longing for the next story, though I am saddened to know the next will be the last. This author has a distinct knack for weaving in legend with the modern twist. If you had the chance to read My Boyfriend Merlin, then My Merlin Awakening will not disappoint you one single iota!
I wish I could just blurt it all out, but then you wouldn’t have a reason to read it for yourself. This is an author that shouldn’t be overlooked, and although she is a YA writer, adults will love, no, cherish the stories she shares. I look forward to the final story, but I hope Ms. Ardis continues to grace us with her writing for years to come.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author via Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Lonely Souls is a new se...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author via Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Lonely Souls is a new series that is written by a much loved author, Karice Bolton. Her tone of writing has quickly become a personal favorite as she creates these wonderfully imagined urban fantasies for her readers to lose themselves in. Please join me as I dive into Lonely Souls, the beginning of what I expect to be unlike any other.
Tris is a young woman about to embark on a new adventure; she is of age to become a full member of the local coven of witches. Right before the lavish event can take place, Tris’ mother disappears without a trace. While the police haven’t closed the case, a shocked Tris must watch as the coven declares her dead. But she knows deep in heart and soul that she is still alive.
Slowly clues start to arise, and with the help of a deliciously handsome old childhood friend, they begin to form a much larger picture. One that leads to her mother being kidnapped. But they won’t stop there, no, they want Tris too.Between grieving for the loss of her mother, and trying to find out why, Tris may discover more than her heart can handle. While she builds walls to protect her fragile heart, Logan desperately attempts to win her over. If he fails she may become a lonely soul, forced to wander for eternity alone.
It’s not a big secret that I quickly became a fan of Karice Bolton when I first got to read her Watchers Trilogy. Yet this series is taking on a different paranormal angle. When any author does this, it can leave a lot of room for speculation. This is especially true when you make a jump from fallen angels to witchcraft. But in my humble opinion, she hit the nail on the head with this excellent beginning to a series that I will be sure to follow.(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: AimeeKay
OMG, I REALLY loved this book. I’m h...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: AimeeKay
OMG, I REALLY loved this book. I’m honestly surprised I’m making this statement. I had reservations when I first read the summary. It hints at a love triangle – NOT my favorite thing at the moment – and abuse. Abuse is something that I’ve experienced firsthand. I understand how the thought process works, but even understanding how the world looks from the inside of the relationship, I still get annoyed sometimes at how abused women are portrayed in stories. Either they are super weak – which annoys me because they cling to everything – or they do an about face midway through the story that seems totally out of character.
Jolene did an amazing job of bringing Ronnie to life. The story is told in the first person perspective so we get to see directly into Ronnie’s mind and hear her inner reasoning for why she does the things she does. While there were times I wanted to reach into the book and just shake Ronnie, I wanted to do it because I hated seeing her hurt and seeing her beat herself up over situations that obviously weren’t here fault. While I felt sorry for her I never once looked at her as being a pitiful character.
As for the rest of the characters, they all behaved in believable ways. Ronnie’s best friend Mindy is strong, but there is back story explaining where she figured out how to be strong. Her boyfriend Shawn is portrayed as the stereotypical abusive boyfriend. But the way that Perry paints him it is still authentic. She nails his character without going over the top. Then there’s Luke, the third side of the love triangle. I could actually picture a young man doing what he does for Ronnie. As for her parents, while her mother is someone who’s unobservant, this fact is actually brought out in the story. She wasn’t uncaring; if anything I think that she just didn’t realize something like this could happen to her own child (which is something that a lot of parents do).
Speaking of the main characters being children…
Ok. They’re not “children”. They are seniors in high school, about to go off to college. But their actions aren’t unusual for their age bracket. Especially Ronnie’s inner thoughts, they are things that most young women feel and think at that age. All in all, the entire story itself was extremely believable, and thoroughly enjoyable. Even the love triangle. It was REALLY well written. I don’t remember once feeling like I wanted to slap Ronnie for being wishy washy or whiny (urges I’ve had recently when it’s come to female lead characters).
I’ve tried to write this review without too many spoilers (that’s one of the reasons I’m not giving examples), but let me just say, I think this book was amazing and spot on. It was realistic without being preachy or overly dramatic. I would recommend it to any teen or older. In fact, I think that more girls should read this novel. It lets you have a view into the mind of someone who has been manipulated by abuse, and maybe if they read it, they might be able to catch themselves before they fall into the same trap. Even if you’re older, I think you should read Knee Deep, because again that glimpse can help you relate to others who might still be in similar situations.
Let me reiterate Knee Deep IS NOT PREACHY! So please don’t be scared off by my last few sentences. The story is heart-breaking, but it’s not all one giant sob story. There are flash backs that help fill in a lot of the back story between Luke, Ronnie and Shawn. The characters are well written and the story draws you in. I give it 5 out of 5 and highly recommend it!(less)
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Where to start, oh where to start. We...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Heather
Where to start, oh where to start. Well first of all I went into this story blind as a bat. I actually thought Witte Wieven was a person, and from the title I actually thought they must be a ghost, or something. Ha! Jokes totally on me. It’s actually the name of a 17th century ship that disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle along with the members of it’s crew, including the dashing and charming Captain Dirksen aka Wolf – who just happens to be quite skilled in manners of escape, evasion as well as stealing hearts.
BUT… yes big but, the story isn’t completely centered around them, no, Aliyana Rosa Montijo is our real hero heroine in this story. She was deep, deep undercover in a major drug lords’ business when she uncovered a plot to kill DEA agents, their wives, and children. She set off on her escape route when she encountered trouble that caused her to crash land her stolen plane.
Once recovered – with the help of the crew of the Wieven - she learns that the Wolf pack may have originated in our world, but due to an anomaly, they had found a way to not only cross dimensions of time but also enter into other worlds. This makes them appear ghost like and give them powers such as speed, walking through objects, and the ability to forgo food and sleep when in this dimension.
Wolf wants Aliyana to return home with him, but she fears for the DEA agents and their families. She can’t make a decision until this is solved and the evil drug lord is behind bars. There is a lot more to this plot…but you need and I mean NEED to read it.
Into the book these are the plot turning questions I asked myself. First off, does Aliyana succeed? Do they find out who gave up her cover? Will she choose to follow her heart and leave the dimension? Does the ‘Wolf Pack’ get to have some ghostly fun on the bad guys that work for the drug lord?
This is a real suspenseful page turning read that had me hooked right away. I fear to give up to much for those who haven’t had the pleasure to read it yet. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense, mystery and of course romance. I also loved the fresh approach on the Bermuda triangle! Shadow of The Witte Wieven is a very refreshing story that you’ll be sure to love no matter how old you are.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: CrayolaKym
Eden’s Root is a refreshing reprie...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: CrayolaKym
Eden’s Root is a refreshing reprieve from Vampires and Werewolves while following in the dystopian world footsteps of Hunger Games meets Soylent Green. Fi, a thirteen year old girl is faced with illness, danger, grief, survival, and love. She is a girl that even grown women such as myself can relate to, and I can easily see my own daughters within her.
Fi has faced the sickness and now must become a strong fighter and survivalist to protect those around her. Food is rare and sickness is rampant. She must gain the knowledge given by her father and in a short amount of time to prepare her for the journey she knows she must take upon herself. Everything from stealing, hunting, and fighting will have to be endured if she plans on keeping herself and her sister alive.
For being a young adult book, Eden’s Root actually frightening, and I don’t mean “BOO” frightening. I would advise those younger than 12 to have a serious talk with an adult about the setting of this book and as they progress through the book to raise their concerns to their parents because what Rachel writes isn’t too far from what our future could possibly hold. This book delves deep into humanity and many topics such as survival and environmentalism – which have become very important as of late.
Rachel creates characters which are very realistic, someone you could see yourself friends with, or actually becoming. There are however, so many characters throughout this book, I often had to try and recall who was who.As the book comes to a close, I highly recommend this wonderful read to all ages; even a great book to read to younger children. There is a lot to feel, experience, and love about Eden’s Root that I know you will love it too!
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: JCarroll
This young adult book is an overal...moreOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: JCarroll
This young adult book is an overall interesting read. I greatly enjoyed the journey into the land of Frost, but feel as though I’ve left a seriously awesome buffet yet still just a bit hungry. The concept of a separate race, those living on the cold, barren outskirts called the Frost, and the mysterious modern society, the Farthers, who lived in their own country beyond, appealed to me. My curiosity was piqued from the beginning concerning the shadowy Farthers. The two races never mix and the Frost people live in fear of these Farthers. The lives of Lia Weaver and her village are further controlled by the danger presented by the Watchers, creatures of the night, who are considered to both protect the village and endanger its people at the same time.
I’m not one to be drawn to first person narrative, but Kate Avery Ellison makes it work. Lia, the heroine of the story, makes the fear and self consciousness she feels every moment come alive as she lives and works to survive after her parents were brutally attacked and killed by Watchers .The lack of Lia’s knowledge about the Watchers and the Farthers left many questions that hopefully will be answered in the next book in this series. I also have high hopes that there will be more to the budding romance between Lia and the young Farther she rescued.
While I felt I knew Lia’s story, I was not as familiar with her brother and sister. I felt as though these characters were two dimensional. They were there, but there just wasn’t enough substance to truly bring them to life. I also never could get a clear picture of Lia’s home environment. The descriptions were somewhat vague. I enjoy a complete picture of characters’ surroundings and I like to become familiar with the environment in which they live. I felt a bit cheated.
Now, the ending was excellent! Even though it was a somewhat rushed, it was full of surprises and a great deal of mystery. Being introduced to new concepts and ideas at the very end of the book left me hungry for more. What a great way to make sure your readers buy the next book! I certainly will be looking for it !My only hope is that I don’t feel as rushed reading book two. I enjoy books that are on slow simmer instead of rapid boil. It makes for a delicious, savory meal that leaves one totally satisfied.
Overall, Frost is an excellent read with enough mystery and surprise to definitely make me eager for the next serving. If you want The Hunger Games meets The Maze Runner, get your copy and dig in!
Originally Reviewed At:Mothter/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Jennifer
Anytime I’m sent a vampire book, I...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mothter/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Jennifer
Anytime I’m sent a vampire book, I get a little nervous. Most end up with the same plot lines, boy meets girl, they fall in inevitable love, yet the boy is tortured by his own immortality and self-hate. Something happens to make the girl suspicious, she starts digging, finds out he is a vampire, and insanity ensues. When it came to Blood of Anteros, while in most ways I was right, I was pleasantly surprised to find that in many ways, I was wrong.
Curry Brennan is very much the brooding, self-loathing, vampire I expected him to be, however the hate he held for his maker, Marsala, was a bigger surprise. Living as a 26 year-old in the 1800’s, Curry only dreamed of becoming a husband and father, living out his life in peace. His dreams were shattered when Marsala made him a monster, a vampire. Though she did this out of love, he still despised her with every fiber of his immortal being. When his hatred for her reaches a boiling point, Curry decides to escape the only way he can, suicide.
On the night Curry intends to carry out his death, things take an unexpected turn, and instead of meeting death, he finds freedom. Deciding to go to the place of his birth, he meets Chansey Leclaire. After befriending her, he falls in love and realizes the dreams he had as a human may still become a reality. However, when outside forces close in, threatening his newfound happiness, Curry is forced to accept the fact that Chansey is not entirely what she appears to be.
Something else that surprised me – in a good way – was the meeting between Curry and Chansey. Unlike most stories, it was not an earth shattering, stars aligning moment. It was a typical, two people meet, they are attracted to one another, but unsure of the others feelings. It was very warm and realistic, something many recent YA novels tend to lack. Moreover, it is this realism, along with Curry’s strong voice, that drew me in and kept me hanging on until the very last page. I loved every minute of their story and love affair, and am so very glad not all vampire novels are the same.(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: JCarroll
Wow! Wow! Wow! Double Wow!
This book...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: JCarroll
Wow! Wow! Wow! Double Wow!
This book left me extremely thirsty for more! No pun intended. I read this one as a standalone, meaning I didn’t read book one in this series before reading this second book. I haven’t happened upon The Vampire Agape books. before reading this one. Had I began with book one; I would have met Bood Jewel with much more scaffolding and a solid cache of information concerning the characters and their history. Yet, surprisingly, even though I started the book cold, I warmed up rather immediately.
From the prologue, “Becoming Marsala Dauphine”, I was hooked! This book cast its spell right from page one. I absorbed the romantic flow of the words with ease. I couldn’t put the book down. I found that I was being drawn into the magical realm of vampires, all the while keeping one foot on solid ground of reality.
The two main characters, Curry the handsome, laid back vampire and his “agape” soul mate, Chansey (I love this name), were a likeable pair from the beginning. Their pure, romantic love for one another touched me at once. However, there was a sense of foreboding, an awareness that their love would be tested and tried throughout the book.
And tried it was.
The book begins with the engagement in New Orleans, and a serious change of events moves them quickly to warm, endearing Savannah. The evil vampire, Marsala from Curry’s past haunted and threatened their lives and love. This made every decision they made based on safety and survival. I was pleased with the flow of events, and the author’s ability to keep me interested through characters’ actions and resulting consequences of those actions.
The camaraderie in the coven of the “good” vampires adds much to the story. The supporting characters are not very developed, but the way the plot unfolds and the attention put on the events surrounding the endangered love affair between Chancy and Curry, balances itself. The question of what is a Blood Jewel is yet to be answered. Much emphasis is put on the fact that Chansey is not only Curry’s Agape, but a “blood jewel” as well. When another human blood jewel is saved from the treacherous hands of an evil vampire in a nearby coven and brought to the heroic Coven of Landra, Curry realizes the importance of discovering the hidden meaning. However, this mission takes a backseat as the challenge to keep Chansey safe from Marsala’s evil clutches places itself front and center.
I have never read a vampire novel before…I’ve never actually had the desire. But after finishing Blood Jewel, I downloaded book one within five minutes of reading the last sentence. I absolutely must know the earlier events to which much of the plot referred. Was there a great need to read book one before devouring Blood Jewel? Evidently not! By devouring, I mean I could not put this one down. I cooked dinner with one hand while holding the Nook in the other. Folded clothes, rode in the car, watched my daughter’s softball game and sat at the pool, all with the book in my hand. To call me consumed does not do it justice. Obsessed sounds more like it. This action packed, edge of your seat, romantic novel should definitely be put on your “to read by the end of summer “ list. What’s hotter than a hunky, wealthy, romantic vampire…right?
My advice? Pick up book one before reading Blood Jewel. But if not, Jump right in!!!(less)
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Aimee Jo
This isn’t your normal, happy go luc...moreOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Blog Tour Reviewer: Aimee Jo
This isn’t your normal, happy go lucky YA romance. It has real issues. Issues that are probably more common than we expect. I felt for Jessie and his situation. I think Jessie got the short end of the stick, but I was glad he wasn’t portrayed as a total bad boy either. He made the most of his situation and made plans to get out of his rotten start to life, but he never let himself hit rock bottom either.
While it dealt with realistic issues, it wasn’t as original as I had hoped it would be. I know, I know, it’s hard when everything has been written already, but unfortunately it doesn’t stand out or outshine others similar to it. The only exception, was how Jessie dealt with his misfortune. I’m glad he was strong enough to stand on his own two feet. For me, this was what kept me reading through to the end. The hope I had that Jessie would find his way out.
My only wish for this book would be for Claire. I wanted to her be something more than she was. I struggled to connect with her. Mostly what I got out of the book was that she was a teenager bored with her life. So Jessie was there to spice up her life, only to accidentally fall for him in the process.
I rarely comment on the style of which a book is written, but I liked the way the author set up her novel. There are clear indications when the character view changes between Jessie and Claire. I really appreciate how she didn’t switch it up every few paragraphs, but instead, each chapter was alternating between the two. It made it clear who we were following at the moment and never left the reader confused on a sudden switch.(less)