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In blinded by the light, we see MaryAnn as the daughter of a very influential...more(I was sent the free book by the author in exchange for an honest review)
In blinded by the light, we see MaryAnn as the daughter of a very influential legislator. The story's setting is surrounded by society living in safe neighborhoods after a virus had broken out and is separated into the Alphas who were your rich and powerful. The Deltas typically in today's world were your middle class working for the Alphas and the Echos who were on the outside and considered Ferals.
We have the Union which is made up of Echos and Deltas. They are the rebellions of the group. They had most of everything that they loved or own taken away from them. Having had enough of the abasement, they band together to take down all of those withing the Light.
Throughout the story we see how MaryAnn had to transition from having everything to having it all taken away from her. Everything that she has known was nothing but a huge lie. She has face the truth and make some hard choices.
I started to warm to MaryAnn's character towards the middle of the story. At first she was very spoiled and got everything that she wanted. Later on, I could understand her rebellion against the Union because her whole life she has been brainwashed into thinking one thing when it has been nothing but a lie. We do see towards the end how much she has matured to a certain point is more accepting of things.
Daryl is MaryAnn's brother. Once he found out what was really happening he ran away from the life that he knew. He was gone for four years and had not had any direct contact with MaryAnn. While he was gone, he made sure that she was protected. Daryl and MaryAnn's relation is strained at sometime but they do love one another very much. I do wish that I could have seen more one on one time with Daryl and MaryAnn's relationship.
Finally we have Peter. He is Daryl's best friend and MaryAnn's pain in the butt and vise versa LOL. Whenever they are not bickering at each other, Peter treats her like his own family and risks his life to protect her.
Although I did enjoy the climax I felt that it could have been more action with it but it was just enough to get you ready for the next book in the trilogy.
Overall I did enjoy reading this book and I can't wait to read the next in the trilogy.
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The Mine is a story of time travel, historical fiction, and romance. Jo...more( I received this free ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review)
The Mine is a story of time travel, historical fiction, and romance. Joel and his friend Adam venture into an old abandon mine and against Adam's wishes, Joel goes in farther than he should. As Joel goes deeper into the mine, he is sent back to 1941. 59 years back from present day!! I was very surprised by how Joel was able to adapt being sent back into time. I know I would lose my everlasting mine but hey, that's just me LOL. He was worried about the clothes that he was wearing and if he would have a roof over his head or not. I know that is something typical that we should worry about but at that moment that would be the farthest thing from my mind. I would just want to get home. I applaud Joel a lot in this book. He gets taken in by a family and befriends his grandmother and her friends. He also falls in love with one of his grandmother friends named Grace.
He does face some problems. He is torn between warning the people around him of the war and if the chance came for him to return, would he?
The big question that I was looking forward to was what was he going to do at the end. I was reading this book on the breaks that I had between classes. I could not wait for my classes to end so I could continue reading. Through out the story it was beautiful. I loved reading this book. :)))
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Publication Date : April 18, 2014 Published by:Harvard Square Editions as an...more(I was sent this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)
Publication Date : April 18, 2014 Published by:Harvard Square Editions as an ebook for Amazon's Kindle
Al and his 15 year old son Ricky go on holiday to Guatamala. Al thinks that this would be good for them both to do some boding since after the death of his wife Mary, their relationship is strained. Ricky chose to not to follow what his dad wants him to do which is football and ski instead. While they are on holiday they try to reconnect and reminisce on Mary's memory and go to the places that she loved to visit.
Ricky stumbles on an ancient Mayan artifact called the Chocomal while looking around in a surf shop. Nothing but death has led up to anyone that had any dealings with the Chocomal. Before long Al gets kidnapped and Ricky must find it within himself to track down his father's kidnappers and rescue his dad. He does whatever he has to do such as running with thieves, hackers, etc.
The story opened strong and it kept that level throughout the story. We are first introduce to Al. He is held captive in Canada. We see what mental state he is in physically and mentally. He also does flashbacks of his life before he met his wife and after. He is being tortured for information on the whereabouts of the Chocomal. While trying to hold on to what little hope he has, he is being drained from that also.
Even though Ricky and Al's relationship is strained they try to bond especially for Mary. That would be what she would have wanted. They both love each other and will do anything to protect one another.
This is definitely a story of love and sacrifice. I could not agree more.
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I LOVED reading Djinn! The writing was good, the characters were great, and...more(I received this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)
I LOVED reading Djinn! The writing was good, the characters were great, and the cover is perfect! Once I got done with the opening scene I knew it was going to be good.
Kyra and her father have been on the run for her whole life. He trains her to fight and to observe her surroundings. Kyra takes what her father teaches her and although she questions it she feels that he is just protecting her. She even goes through great lengths to not really get close to anyone. Suddenly everything that she has known was nothing but a huge lie. I don't want to give anything away so I'm just going to leave it at that :).
Will is just the perfect gentleman *swoons*. Although he is the perfect gentleman he can still kick some major butt. He fell in love with Kyra from the moment he saw her but because of his background she is forbidden to him. I loved reading Will's character.
The plot was very interesting and thought out. This was one of those books that you have to finish reading once you start. There is no stopping.
The only thing that I would have to say is that to me the ending felt rushed a bit. Other than that it was a great read. You cannot read this book and not read the next one. Questions were most definitely raised at the end.
Rating 4.5 Recommend? Yes
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(I received this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review) I really enjoyed reading Aversion. It was a good book, a quick read, fast p...more(I received this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review) I really enjoyed reading Aversion. It was a good book, a quick read, fast paste, and right to the point. One of the things that really stood out for me was instead of the guy trying to hide things and stay away from the girl, it was the girl that was trying to protect the guy.. A good change up of the norm is great. I haven't really read anything with this particular idea of an Averter so the idea of it was very unique.
I loved Gemma's and Russ's characters and the connection that they shared with each other. I find it rather romantic that wherever either one is the other one will be able to find them. The bond that they share can't be removed and no matter how hard Gemma may have tried to push it away or fight it she couldn't deny the connection that is between them.
The relationship with Gemma and her Father was good but also complicated on her father's end. So much was kept from her but it was also for her protection.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I enjoyed every bit of it.
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I enjoyed reading Adorned. I read it in one sitting. The idea was very original on the id...more(I received this free ebook in exchange for an honest review)
I enjoyed reading Adorned. I read it in one sitting. The idea was very original on the idea that the angels start out as humans and once they die they become full angels.
Anya is seventeen and she finds out that she is an angel being trained to protect humanity. She won't fully become an angel until she dies. At first I didn't really care her because at the beginning she whined and was a bit childish. Her character really had to grow on me. Throughout reading the story I could see that she grew up some.
Micah is the angelic soldier that is ordered to protect Anya and believe me, he goes through great lengths to protect her. He goes from telling her what to eat and who to hang out with. Basically if Micah could not be wherever Anya was then Anya didn't go. I felt he could have let up just a little but I understood why he did what he did once I was done reading.
Eli is my book best friend!! I loved his energy and his spunk. *snaps fingers in a z shape*. He was probably my overall favorite character in the book. I know I would never have a bored moment ever hanging around Eli. He was the glue that kept the group together.
Simon and Celeste are the "adults" in the group. Celeste watch and protect Anya while she was growing up. She was her mother figure. Simon was like the parent for the angels
Now the ending. CLIFFHANGER, CLIFFHANGER, CLIFFHANGER!?!?!
When I got to the end I was just smiling away and was in my "awe, that is so sweet moment" and then I got slapped in the face! I need to second book. I needed the second book like yesterday!!
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Goodreads Summary: Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at...more(I received this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads Summary: Ninth grade can be a nightmare when you don’t fit in at school, your crush chooses someone else, and your parents tell you they’re having a new baby. Abby was prepared for normal high school problems. She wasn’t prepared for the demon.
Abby has always been fascinated by the paranormal, but after an ill-fated séance, she discovers not all Spirits are benign. A dark entity unleashed during the summoning sets out to destroy Abby, and within days, she loses her best friend, incurs the wrath of her parents, and becomes a prisoner in her own home. With time quickly running out, she assembles an unlikely group of helpers: the most hated guy in school, a retired psychic, and the cute clerk from her favorite bookstore. Unless the demon is defeated, Abby and her new baby brother won’t stand a chance.
I enjoyed reading this book so much. I read it in one sitting! If you are an avid horror fan then this is the book for you!!!
Abby has always been captivated by the paranormal. She loves reading, writing and blogging about paranormal activities. One day Abby and her friends decided to do a seance but things start to take a wrong turn and her fascination of the paranormal quickly begins to shut down.
This was a page turner and I was literally on edge the whole time. The setting was perfect and well thought out. It got straight to the point. I sympathized with Abby because in such a short time she lost a lot and the two people (her parents) she wanted to depend on were absent from her life and not understanding.
The suspense was killing me!! As I said I read it in one sitting because I had to find out what was going on and what was going to happen.
(I received this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review) I absolutely loved loved loved this book!! Everything about it captivated m...more(I received this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review) I absolutely loved loved loved this book!! Everything about it captivated me. The characters were beautifully written and the plot was well thought out I felt I was right there in the mist of everything that was going on in the book.
The Sanctum is an organization founded by ten families to deal with Magicals which are wizards, vampires, fairies, or anything that is magical. Wyatt and Ryker are two class A warriors that are in New York. They were sent on a mission to hunt down a hybrid (Dev)that is dangerous. Once they find her things start to turn especially for Wyatt.
I loved Wyatt in this book. He is so sweet and would do anything for Dev even kill if he has to. He loves her and She loves him "Wyatt stepped closer to her and touched her face, her lips, her hair. She was filthy and battle-worn and more beautiful than ever. She was his ferocious queen".-Wyatt
Dev is the Hybrid Demon that Wyatt is sent to hunt and falls for her and she falls for him. She isn't just some beautiful face. She can kick some major butt!! “I am one thousand percent a girl. A most powerful, awesome, brilliant girl who can destroy you with a thought. I can creep into your mind and persuade you to kill yourself. I am immune to your silly, little Raven blades and Shields of the Gods. I am smarter than your most intelligent officers” -Dev At the beginning I felt so bad for her because of the hurt and pain that she was going through but slowly with Wyatt's help she starts to heal.
Ryker is Wyatt's best friend and loves him like a brother and vise versa. There isn't anything that Riker would not do for Wyatt "I would never, and I repeat, never end your life. I don't care if you were metamorphosing into a wolf-vamp-demon that would hunt me until my dying days, drain me of every drop of blood in my body and then cast a spell on me so you could do it all over again. It wouldn't make a difference. I would rather spend the rest of my life avoiding you than spend it without you.-Ryker
Jools (Cool Name) is Wyatt's sister and loves him dearly. She may come off as an annoying little whining brat but what are little sisters for LOL. I cannot wait for the next in the series. I enjoyed reading it so much!!
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Conditions is the first book in a three part set of poetry books by Greg Sc...more(I was given this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review)
Conditions is the first book in a three part set of poetry books by Greg Schroeder. They all were beautifully written and the writing style of this author takes you to that one moment where you are carefree and have nothing to worry about.While I was reading I pictured myself in a nice open field with the wind blowing and enjoying the nice fresh air.
In Conditions I loved the way the author connected nature and family together. Conditions is broken down into three parts. Natural Conditions, Human Conditions, and Mixed Conditions. In Natural Conditions it deals with nature. In the Natural Conditions part I loved the poem Creek. I love the summer and reading that just took me all the way back to summer by the creek enjoying family and relaxing. Like I said the writing style of this author is amazing.
The Second Part which is Human Conditions the two poems that really brought a smile to my face were To My Children and To My Siblings. To My Children is coming from a parents point of view. It talks about how the parent does their best to raise their child(ren). The parent is teaching to be humble and enjoy the simple things and be passionate about life. I love that. I am not a parent but that is something that I want to teach my child.
To My Siblings was probably the most beautiful poem that he wrote throughout the book. You can see just how much family is important and staying together. Even though one may not be here in the flesh you still have the memories and that is the best part.
In Mixed Conditions I liked the first poem which is called Damn Birds. It was funny and very much true!
Overall I enjoyed reading these poems so much! They are very calming and the writing calming also. A lot of heart was put into these poems.
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Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it and I love to...more(I was given this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review)
Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it and I love to get people into the holiday spirit. I found that Christmas feeling while reading Fraud At Snowfields. I absolutely loved reading this book! It put me right into the Christmas Spirit. It reminded me of the Christmas shows that are apart of the 25 days of Christmas but that is my thought :).
Will is asked to join a secret organization called The White Christmas Organization. It is based in Snowfields and it makes sure the children have a good Christmas but things are not all as what they seemed. I felt like I was right there in the story with the characters. The plot was beautifully written. There wasn't anything that I did not like about the book! It is a perfect read for the holidays.
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This book is different from what I normally read but that is ok because I have no proble...more(I was given this free ebook in exchange for an honest review)
This book is different from what I normally read but that is ok because I have no problem branching out with a different approach to other genres. When I first started reading this book I was a little hesitant at first because of how it started off. To me it was written out like a screen play or a journal entry. At first can be somewhat confusing with the going back and forth to "then" and now" but once you keep reading it is easy to understand.
I did feel bad for the guy because basically his life just sucked. He got fired from his job, lost his girlfriend, and his home life isn't great either. He writes to vent out his problems. I like that he does that because as the reader that is something that a lot of people can relate to as they are reading the book. I know I can. Another thing that I liked about the book is that he takes refuge in a world of his fantasies. Sometimes you just need that escape and I fully understand that.
Overall this was good and I did enjoy reading it.I loved that I can relate to this book and the character because I take refuge in reading which is my escapism. I would recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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First of all I am a sucker for anything paranormal. Then when you throw in a b...more(Disclaimer)I was given this free ebook in exchange for an honest review
First of all I am a sucker for anything paranormal. Then when you throw in a bit of romance and that Love/Hate relationship with it (sighs)....you have me all the way. I have a soft spot for the hurt/bad guys. The plot was really thought out and the characters were beautifully written.
It starts out when Conner first discover her abilities(super powers). She then meets Antony aka Tony and group of friends who share the same type of abilities. Once they go searching for their answers as to who and what they are the action begins. It was non stop and I felt that it ended on a great note. It was sort of a cliffhanger but not to bad.
Obviously questions were raised towards the end but what I loved was that Ms. Dormaine didn't full on give the answers that were raised while reading. It was just enough to kind of get you thinking and making sure you keep watch for the second book.
Overall this was a great book. I cannot wait to read the next one and I would recommend this book in a heartbeat!
Although I am not a big fantasy fan I did enjoy reading this book. I loved that Barany wrote Henrietta as a strong, independent, and no taking crap fr...moreAlthough I am not a big fantasy fan I did enjoy reading this book. I loved that Barany wrote Henrietta as a strong, independent, and no taking crap from anybody type of person. Anytime I read reviews or synopsis of a strong lead heroine it automatically has won me over. This story is about adventure and friendship.
Henrietta is on a quest to save her mentor that has fallen ill. Even though she never thought that she would go back she felt compelled to go and save him. Although she prefers to travel alone she has three other companions that are with her.
There is Framc the Knight. He is one of the first characters that is introduced at the beginning of the book. He was sent to get Henrietta for his king's wishes and he isn't taking no for an answer. At first I didn't like this character because he was very sarcastic and talked a lot of smack to Henrietta about "women can't do what men can do" kind of things. As the story went on I did enjoy reading about him.
Jaxter the jester is probably my favorite character since we got introduced to him. I think if he were real we would be best friends.I know there would never be a boring moment! He keeps the group together. Basically he is the glue for them. He has a gift of story telling and he loves food! I love a guy that can cook :)
And finally we have Paulette who is a witch in training. She kind of reminded me of the person that you would want to be around if you were having a bad day. It just cools you down
This was a good and quick read.I read it in one sitting! Although I did feel that it was slow especially at the beginning while they were on their adventure. There were times it was getting boring but I have a rule that once I start a book I finish it so I kept on reading and I'm glad that I did.
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Unfeeling eyes stare at Lend as he’s forced up against a me...moreDisclaimer: I was sent this book by request of the author in exchange for an honest review.
Unfeeling eyes stare at Lend as he’s forced up against a metal contraption. A smile curls on the face of a blue skinned, bat-winged creature that towers above him. Blue electricity is pressed crudely to his face, and a voice slithers from the throat of the other worldly being. “There’s nowhere to run, human.”
Lend, wrenched away from his home in the wild loses everything in one eternal moment. Not only have these creatures, who call themselves Citizens, steal his world, now his freedom. Forced into the back of a speedcar the aliens take him to a warehouse. Ill fed, terrified humans huddle in the darkness waiting to be purchased by a Citizen. Losing all identity except the name human Lend fights to regain the freedom he, and his race have lost.
Purchased by the daughter of the most powerful Citizen on the planet Lend finds his world churning. The female Citizen shows him a new side of the alien race who he believed was incapable of love or trust. Jealousy rages in her relationship with her future mate, and Lend runs from the killer inamorato. With the threat of being burned alive, Lend collides straight into a force beyond his control. Does he have what it takes to become a savior? Or will he be enslaved at the hands of the powerful beings who corrupted our world.
I enjoyed reading this book. Natasha introduced us to a future earth that is inhabited by aliens that are called Citizens. The humans that are on earth have lost all freedom and are slaves. Two things that really stood out for me was the introduction and how the story is told from different point of views.
To me, the introduction is setting of the story. I liked the fact that it got right to the point and it engaged you in the moment. You felt what the character was feeling. The emotions that was playing through increased your interest to continue reading the story. So cudos for that!
The story is told from different POV through out the book. It is good that we get to see the story from other characters.
Lend who is the human slave of Lilia (the Citizen). He was captured from the "Wild" as the Citizens say and brought to the city to become a slave for them. At the beginning we see the struggle that he has to adapt to his role as being a slave to a Citizen (who wouldn't). I was able to feel and understand his anger towards Lilia. I really liked this character as I continued reading.
Lila is Lend's master. She is the daughter of Jeol which is the most powerful Citizen and owned Human Co which is the place where the humans were kept until a Citizen purchased them. Lila had this constant struggle with what is right and obeying the laws. To me, she is the type of person that would try to please everyone except herself and not follow her heart. I loved how her character was able to see beyond what was right in front of her.
Morthane is Lila's sister and he owns Human Co. He is the first Character that we are introduced to. He is unhappy with his life and it shows. Into the story my heart went out to him because just like his sister he is going through that constant battle of what is right and obeying the laws.
Jodge is Lila's inamorato (boyfriend) and he is just a big jerk. He despises humans and treats them like dogs which is what they actually call them. ughhh!
Overall I enjoyed reading this book although I did feel that the ending was rushed but it still was great.Thanks to the author Natasha House for letting me read and review this for her.