Sunday, December 1, 2013

Defy by Sara B. Larson


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Defy by Sara B. Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Scholastic Press

Summary:  

A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?



"The crackle and hiss of the flames devouring our house couldn't block out the screaming and wailing of those who were still alive."

That... is how the book begins!

In order to keep myself from screaming out loud, I decided to immediately come here and post my reaction and review of this AWESOMENESS! There is so much going on inside my head right now since I just put down the ARC of the beauty! I have been laid up being sick the last few days and all I did was read... I didn't even shower yet! All I can say is "This book is FREAKING amazing!"

After reading "Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas" and also loving "The Girl of Fire and Stone by Rae Carson" I decided that YA Fantasy could be another favorite of mine. Defy is just another one that just blew me away! I believe my mind is opening up to more adventurous avenues as time goes on and finding something different and moving like this is just what I need.

I think the description Goodreads labels Defy as "A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle." Says it perfectly. I loved the way Larson describes and builds up her world. I was completely lost in this fantasy, in this wonderful world that was full of action and wonder. Especially the characters! Alexa was wonderful! Her courage, determination, being able to come across a boy but yet still have the beauty of a girl was done perfectly. Both Prince Damian and Rylan won my heart, but I would have to say that Damian is my favorite.

The ending was great! It gave the story some finality but yet gives you the idea it will continue on. I am hoping there is another because I just didn't get enough of this world.

A very clean read! There is violence but not too much. I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 14.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read the ARC of Defy.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Introductions..The Academy (Book 1)


Introductions by C.L. Stone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Published December 23rd 2012
 
Summary:  With an agoraphobic mother and a barely-there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing Sang craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different meant being cast out alone.

When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents’ negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.

Only the boys have secrets of their own and they’ll do anything to keep her safe from the knowledge of the mysterious Academy that they've sworn allegiance to. Bit by bit, Sang discovers that her friends are far from the normalcy she expected. Will her loyalty change when she's forced to remain in the dark, or will she accept that she's traded one house of secrets for another?

Meet Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North in a story about differences and loyalty, truth and mystery, friendships and heart-throbbing intimacy.

The Academy, ever vigilant.


Introductions was the perfect name for this book. At first I couldn't imagine a whole book introducing characters... but that is exactly what happened.

Starting out knowing that Sang's home life is anything but normal, I knew this would be about saving her. When Sang meets Kato, I almost felt like she did.. insecure. He gave off a nice-guy-to-everyone-vibe almost in a big-brotherly type of way, but yet the mysteriousness is there. As Sang meets all the other boys, she seems to have time to create a sincere friendship with each of them. Each one has such different characteristics, looks, and personalities I wondered how they could all get along so well. I even fell for each of them as Sang got to know them. I found myself wanting her to get together with each one for different reasons, but found myself liking them all. All 7.

Sang's mother.. a crazy woman, punishes her for talking to people. She isn't allowed to associate with anyone so Sang has to sneak out to meet her new friends. Sang hasn't felt so free yet so tied down because she finally has friends and yet she fears her crazy mother.

I have to be honest... I TOTALLY CHEATED! After finishing this book I couldn't wait for more so I went ahead and read the next two books!! Lets just say... It gets so much better! So forgive me for taking so long to share this review, but I just couldn't help myself!

There is abuse and bad language in this book so please be mindful of letting children under the age of 16 read this.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me this to review.



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Monday, November 4, 2013

Cover Reveal for Fracture Me!

Here is the official cover reveal for FRACTURE ME! This novella bridges the gap between UNRAVEL ME and IGNITE ME, and it's told from Adam's POV. 

 It hits e-readers on Dec 17th!
(a secret heads up: DESTROY ME & FRACTURE ME (+ a ton of bonus content) come out in paperback on February 4th, 2014!)

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FYI...I have heard the eye is closed (in Destroy Me and Fracture Me) because it is written in someone else point of view, Not Juliette's...

P.S.  Did I mention Tahereh Mafi is my FAVORITE Author?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry


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Crash into You by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Expected publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin Teen


Summary: 

From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane.

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.




EEEP!!! I have been waiting for this! Isaiah, Isaiah... what you do to my heart. All the books in this series have been great, but I have been pining for the story of the quiet, brooding, loyal, dark and mysterious Isaiah. And it did NOT disappoint!


When I saw this was available on NetGalley I secretly did a little happy dance. I have been watching and waiting for it's release. McGarry does such a beautiful job with her characters, keeping true to each one and bringing them to life. I really had a hard time putting this one down... I lost some sleep because I couldn't stand not knowing what happened. It was soooo worth it!


Cars! Not just any cars, but Mustangs!! A girl who knows more about cars than most males and doesn't mind getting greasy... oh and street racing! Plus a hot buff guy with tattoos, piercings and secrets? What is not to like about this? Lots of action, bad guys and did I mention a hot guy? The romance and love story is one of the best I've read in a long time. McGarry has a beautiful way of bringing out the tenderness and passion yet keeping it pretty clean and comfortable. Her characters all seem to be intense, no matter what their personalities were, which I adore.


I would not recommend this book to teens under the age of 16 because of the language, gang activity, and some sexual situations.




Here is an excerpt.. ENJOY!




From Rachel’s Point of View:

Isaiah tugs on my hand, guiding me closer to him. Our arms touch and I shiver as if I was zapped by lightning.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” he says. “Cop cars are everywhere.”

I turn my head to the street and stop when Isaiah squeezes my hand. “Don’t look. We’ve got to blend in.”

“I don’t understand,” I say in a hushed voice. “We’re not in our cars. How would they know?”

Isaiah keeps his eyes straight ahead. “I only said I wouldn’t rat. I didn’t say anything about anyone else.”

My mouth dries out—West’s friends. Did they escape or are they telling the cops my phone number and address? Can this get any worse?

Isaiah lets go of my hand and in a blur, pushes my back against a cold brick wall. His body becomes a hot, thick blanket over mine. The fine hair on my neck stands on end and my eyes close at the sensation of his warm breath on the skin behind my ear.

I’m absolutely terrified, but at the same time my body tingles with a weird anticipation.

“There’s two cops walking the street,” he whispers.

Peeking beyond his bicep, I see the two blue uniforms stalking in our direction. “What do we do?” I barely breathe out.

His hands go to my waist—my waist! And they feel so right. I like this closeness. Maybe I like it too much. A guy has never been this close to me. Never. And I can’t believe it’s happening, even if it is to keep from being arrested.

My heart beats frantically in my chest. Isaiah is hot and scary and hot. Why on earth would a guy like him want to be anywhere near a girl like me?

It’s the adrenaline rush. That’s what it is. I like how he feels because I’m still experiencing the adrenaline rush from Isaiah’s NASCAR driving skills. His arm shifts, and I love how that movement causes his muscles to flex.

Stop it, Rachel. It’s not real. Focus.

“Kiss me,” he whispers. “If you kiss me we’ll blend in.”

My mouth drops open as if to make a sound, but nothing comes out. How do I say the words…I don’t know how to kiss.










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Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Harvester by Katy Glemser




The Harvester by Katy Glemser
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Summary: 

THE HARVESTER is the first book in a new trilogy simmering with conspiracy, insanity, and illicit romance - and a broken girl's struggle to break free.


Unbeknownst to modern America, a wealthy family is recycling their Southern plantation for the growth and harvesting of drugs. Eighteen-year-old Eden is one of their harvesters. From the moment she awakes to blazing sun and a Nixed mind in the middle of Master Uriah's poppy field, she begins her new life of harvesting opium. Uriah calls this - his growing, refining, and delivery of medicines to aid an elusive underground fight - his "holy work."

Eden calls it her hell.

But when Uriah's son, Todd, returns home to conduct the tests of an exclusive new drug with unparalleled abilities, Eden is chosen to be the testing subject. By meeting with Todd again and again inside the estate's mansion, she becomes entangled in his family's world of bloodlines and agendas. It is then that her own fight begins - a fight against the effects of the drug, her growing attraction to Todd, and the screams in her head that beg for the truth.

Welcome to McAvoy Manor.

I just finished reading this book a few hours ago and I am still hanging on... wanting to read more! Wow! Just WOW! My head is still spinning wondering what just happened! From the beginning, this book was like being dropped from the air...IN THE DARK. Not knowing when or where it was going to land had me so hooked, it was all I could think about when I HAD to put it down!

Starting the book, I felt as lost as Eden when she woke to a world that was strange and horrible. Her memories were gone, didn't know who she was, where she came from, or even her name. I felt like I was living Eden's life, trying to fit things together right along with her. Eden's character was one I could identify with in some ways. I do NOT like to be told what to do, especially without good reason! I felt myself cheering Eden on, even when she was being punished for being so disobedient.

Todd, the attractive(well.. hot,actually)son of the "evil drug-lord" comes along and my own judgement of character goes out the window! I struggled trusting him, even though I wanted to so badly. Being thrown into such a crazy place, trusting anyone would be difficult, but Todd was the "normal" one. He wasn't exposed to his fathers kind of crazy. There was promise of hope and love.

I had some reserves about reading this at first, because of the drug world. Thoughts of the Godfather, and mobsters was what I was expecting. BUT... that was far from the truth. Drug use was never praised or brought into a light that would be tempting to anyone. The plot is pretty heavy and for that reason I wouldn't recommend this book to my teens until they were 17. But I would recommend this book to any adult! If you are one who loves a fast-paced thriller, this one is for you.

Glemser's writing is such a pleasure to read, it's flow had me not noticing when chapters ended or began. I would come up from it, realizing I had been reading for hours!

My only complaint... THE CLIFFHANGER! I have a love-hate relationship with those because without it, I wouldn't want to read the next one so bad!

A few people recommended this book to me, including a friend of mine who happens to be a sister-in-law to the author. So I dove in head-first and I am so happy I did!





Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp


The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary:  

So, my girlfriend, Cassidy, is threatening to kick me to the curb again, my best friend suddenly wants to put the brakes on our lives of fabulous fun, my mom and big sister are plotting a future in which I turn into an atomic vampire, and my dad, well, my dad is a big fat question mark that I’m not sure I want the answer to.


Some people would let a senior year like this get them down. Not me. I’m Sutter Keely, master of the party. But don’t mistake a midnight philosopher like me for nothing more than a shallow party boy. Just ask Aimee, the new girl in my life. She saw the depth in the Sutterman from that first moment when she found me passed out on the front lawn. Okay, so she’s a social disaster, but that’s where I come in.

Yes, life is weird, but I embrace the weird. Let everyone else go marching off into their great shining futures if they want. Me, I’ve always been more than content to tip my whisky bottle and take a ride straight into the heart of the spectacular now.

Lesson learned: Just because there is a movie out there about a book does not mean the book is spectacular.

I cannot say I didn't enjoy this book, because I found myself laughing down right out loud while listening to this audiobook at work. Sutter's personality was outrageously great! I think we all had a Sutter character in our midst during our young teen years, the one who did all the crazy fun and outlandish stunts, making life just more entertaining.

But like most things in life, you have to face growing up. This is something Sutter doesn't want to do. So instead he find someone he is going to "help" come out of their shell and enjoy life. The problem with that is where do you draw the line. Do you pretend to like someone just to help them? Do you drag them down your miserable road thinking it is help?

I was torn between liking this and being annoyed by it. This takes place in a small town in Oklahoma with what sounds like nothing else to do but drink and party. Even though I loved Sutter's carefree way of thinking and his heart was really in the right place most of the time, I just couldn't get into this idea of leading on a girl by lying to her so he could give her experience and strength. It really rubbed me wrong. So it was an ethical question for me.

Lets just say I hated the ending! Without giving away much, I was so disappointed by the ending, it is the only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4. The ending is what leaves you with the taste in your mouth about the whole book. This one left me sour! I haven't seen the movie yet, not sure if I will because of its rating of R, but lets hope they changed it enough in the end to make people feel like it ended SOMEWHERE instead of dropping off into an abyss!

Here is the movie trailer... Enjoy!




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Saturday, September 7, 2013

*New Adult* Holding On by Meg Jolie



Holding On by Meg Jolie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary:  

Quinn Johnson has known the McGrath boys for as long as she can remember.


Luke has been her best friend for most of her life. He’s always been there for her, catching fireflies with her, maneuvering the hazards of high school with her, attending college parties with her, and protecting her. He was the boy that she could always trust, the boy that stole her first kiss.

His older brother, Jake, was the one who teased them mercilessly while they were growing up. Yet, he was the one who would ultimately steal Quinn’s heart.

A surprise pregnancy and an unexpected tragedy are about to change everything.

Forever.

Friendship and family will be tested.

Quinn will find out that sometimes the only way to get through life is to hold on with everything you have. And other times…the only thing you can do is let go.


This book was a freebie I found on Kindle. I sometimes enjoy a good New Adult book if it's pretty clean. This one was cleaner than most and the story line was pretty good.

Most of the book felt like it was just character building. Don't get me wrong, I love diving into characters thoughts and getting to know them, but I just felt it was all the book was doing. In the middle of the book, I said.. Oh great, I know exactly where this is going.. so I kept waiting for something to happen, waiting for the big BAM of SOMETHING! When it did finally happen I was actually SHOCKED! Even though I felt like it was a long time coming, I didn't have a clue what it was going to be. It wasn't what I thought would happen!

I couldn't decide if I liked it to 4 stars or not, or maybe a 3.5. I think I didn't give it a 4 because it didn't give me much to latch on to until the end. I'm not sure if I will continue with the series, but my curiosity has grabbed me now.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Divergent Trailer is here!

I am so excited to share this with you! It looks like it should follow the book pretty closely as far as  I can tell....




I heart FOUR!! Wooot Woot!  

If you haven't read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth I highly recommend them!   It's one of my all time favorites!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review: Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep



Midnight Frost by Jennifer Estep
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary:

 Here we go again …

Just when it seems life at Mythos Academy can’t get any more dangerous, the Reapers of Chaos manage to prove me wrong. It was just a typical night at the Library of Antiquities — until a Reaper tried to poison me. The good news is I’m still alive and kicking. The bad news is the Reaper poisoned someone else instead.

As Nike’s Champion, everyone expects me to lead the charge against the Reapers, even though I’m still hurting over what happened with Spartan warrior Logan Quinn. I’ve got to get my hands on the antidote fast — otherwise, an innocent person will die. But the only known cure is hidden in some creepy ruins — and the Reapers are sure to be waiting for me there …


Yes, sadly I only gave it 3 stars. I don't know if it was just my attitude going into this book, but it took me a LOOOONG time to really get back into the plot. After the downer of an ending in the last book, I just couldn't get out of the depression of not having one of the main characters!! I missed ____ way too much! (Don't want to give away spoilers) Silly, I know, but I just didn't feel anything until half way through the book.

So much was lacking! There wasn't the quick wit and banter between Gwen and her friends. Daphne wasn't even irritating or annoying! It was just facts and Gwen feeling sorry for herself. I'm sorry, but Gwen's pity-party was really bothering me this time.

After the book picked up, I felt a little relieved things were changing and Gwen would come through and be her stubborn bad-A self. I was happier with this ending, but it still didn't have the depth and spark of the other Mythos books.

Getting a new character was one of the highlights of Midnight Frost which brought answers I didn't even know I had. My favorite thing of all was the introduction of new mythological creatures. They won my heart over immediately! Estep once again delivered on her ability to bring these creatures to life and build an incredible world.

Like I said, I felt there was a lot missing in this installment when it came to the characters being true to themselves, but in the same breath I felt the beautiful world of mythology still grab me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review an ARC copy of Midnight Frost.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

More by T.M. Franklin



More by T.M. Franklin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:  Ava Michaels used to think she was special.
As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.
Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.
Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.
Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
She's a little bit more.

Even though I wasn't blown away, It caught my attention enough I read it in almost one sitting.

It begins with Ava, a college student, having a recurring nightmare of being chased by someone with 2 different color eyes. She soon meets a physics tutor, Caleb, who seems to be a little nerdy, but not... at the same time. The story was written in 3rd person so I did get a glimpse at what was going on, and who (as in what kind of paranormal) this is about.

More was so creative, and out of the norm of what everyone else has been writing, it was nice to get caught up in a world that so closely resembled my own but with a lot MORE. I enjoyed getting to know the new world the author created, intense but not so complicated that I got a headache trying to keep up.

Ava. I enjoyed her character, being feisty, smart, but yet not afraid to ask for help. Caleb was my favorite. Perfection of a man trying to be clumsy, bland and terrible at it. Being a protector and a physics tutor was the perfect cover for him, but he seemed to struggle trying to be the nerd he was supposed to be. I cracked up a few times at his ways he tried to seem to be a klutz. He seemed to be hiding something, which just made him mysterious and therefore more attractive.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series!!

Thank you to NetGalley and The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for giving me the opportunity to read this e-book.



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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ink by Amanda Sun


Ink by Amanda Sun
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bummer! I really tried to get into this book. The whole idea was intriguing and I so wanted to love this book. I looked forward to getting to know the Japanese culture, especially with kids and teens. I wanted to get into their heads and see how similar their pop culture measured to my childhood... But, I was just too confused.

I just couldn't catch the flow of the book, the names (not easily pronounced)were hard to keep track and follow. I think if I had been to Japan and experienced the names, places and customs this book would have been perfect. You know the saying.. "had to be there"? Thats how I felt. Lost and missing something important... like missing the punch line, or storyline in this case.

I'm sorry Amanda Sun, but I just couldn't keep up. I am sure you will have a great fan base of those who are into anime, or understand the language or culture. I wish I was one of them. (sad face)



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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader!!



Have you heard the news?  Google Reader is going away!! That means if you are following me this way, you need to switch to something else, like Bloglovin'!You can also follow me through Google + This is just one way to follow me and is where I have moved all my favorite blogs. It's easy to sign up and move.  If you look to the right ----------->  You will find the Bloglovin' button, Linky followers, and NetworkedBlogs widgets as other ways to follow.  Of course you can always just sign up to follow by email if that is easier for you!  July 1st is when Google friend connect, Google Reader will be GONE!!!  

Just so you know, in honor of this big switch, here is a Throw-Back photo of myself. Taken back in 2008.  Alright, its not that far back, but it's the best I can do.   

Sunday, June 16, 2013

GameBoard of The Gods by Richelle Mead



Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Summary:  In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.


I am well known for my rushing-into-things-without-thinking.... the OH-LOOK!-It's-Richelle-Mead-I'm-going-to-request-it-immediately-ZONE.  I didn't even consider this book could be and ADULT book!! DUH Karen!! Being so excited to read something new from Richelle Mead, I didn't realize it wasn't a Young Adult read until I started reading. *sigh* Mentioning that I was disappointed would be an understatement.  But... I got over it and decided to read it anyway.

The first part of the book seemed to be really great. I loved Justin's character as well as Mae's. Soon I was a little lost with the whole story. Then it became...INFORMATION OVERLOAD!! I realize that each character has a past that we are slowly uncovering, but for me it was too slow, but then the world building, the politics, the semantics of it all just jumbled in my head. I had to go back and re-read things a few times to try and make sense of each character.  Maybe I am not up to reading something this complex or what but I just couldn't finish this book without a headache. 

I'm sorry Ms. Mead. I hate giving bad reviews, but I just can't bring myself, or focus my attention on this book.  I am a fan of the Vampire Academy novels and can't wait to see it on film or tv.

Thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 



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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan



Invisibility by Andrea Cremer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:  Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.

WOW... This is so not what I thought it was going to be! I even (mistakenly) thought it would be lame. How can you really make a story, especially with romance involved, interesting when one person is invisible? Boy was I ever wrong!

Listening to this book was an added bonus to the beautiful writing. The narrators were AWESOME! They did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. Each chapter changed point of views switching between Steven and Elizabeth. LOVE LOVE LOVE that! I fell in love with Steven right from the very beginning.. wandering through life not just ignored but completely void from everyone and everything. He could only watch other peoples lives never to be part of them, until one day... SHE SEES HIM!

Elizabeth. Not exactly my favorite person in the story. She was just too abrasive, stubborn, and a little selfish at times. I know I may be in the minority, but I don't like heroines who end up being the martyr. I understand this is an equal-opportunity world and I'm very glad it is, BUT... I still am old fashioned in some ways, wanting men to be MEN!(Ok, off my high-horse.)

Oh how I enjoyed Laurie! When I first heard his name, I was thinking he was a girl. NOPE! When I realized it was a Little Women reference, I had to smile. His personality brought so much light, joy and laughter to the pressing issues they were faced with. Laurie was definitely my favorite!!

FINALLY!! An ending I can live with!! No huge cliffhanger! This left me satisfied but yet leaving me wanting questions answered. It was great!


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry



Dare You To by Katie McGarry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published May 28, 2013
Summary: 

 Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...


     "Living is like being chained at the bottom of a shallow pond with my eyes open and no air. I can see distorted images of happiness and light, even hear muffled laughter, but everything is out of my reach as I lay in suffocating agony. If death is the opposite of living then I hope death is like floating." 

I usually don't like books that are more "mature" than the Young Adult genre. I know, coming from someone with teens of her own, it seems pretty crazy. I really prefer clean books without f-words, a lot of sexual situations, drugs, alcohol... etc. But this series has captured my heart. Honestly, Dare You to is better than Pushing the Limits, in my opinion.

Beth seemed to be dealing with a lot of demons in Pushing the Limits and I was right. I have always thought the people who come across as hard core, intimidating, and rough are the ones with the least amount of self-esteem and confidence. They try to appear unmoved by everyone around them, when in reality they are affected by their environment and what people think. Beth was all those things.

Ryan was putting up defenses the opposite way. He was appearing to be the perfect son, pitcher, student and social status when in reality it was all falling apart around him, especially his home and family. In real life there are so many parents so concerned at what everyone will think of their family and name, they will do anything to cover up all the secrets and real problems at home. Ryan was a good example of this. He struggled to stand up to his peers, and parents just to be himself.

I have to give it to Katie McGarry, she can take the most messed up people and make them work. Crazy kids, drug addicts, gang members, high society, family break-ups etc. and not only get them together, but make it beautiful. So much so, I almost read it all in one sitting!

I can't wait to read the next installment and learn more about Issac. He broke my heart in Dare You to, but I honestly didn't think he and Beth were good for each other. Their common thread was doing drugs to forget about life and their problems, they needed someone who would bring them out of that.

Like I said before, this book is a more Mature YA, or even a New Adult. Language, sexual situations, abuse, drug and alcohol use were throughout the book.

Thanks to Harlequin for allowing me to read an advance e-ARC via Netgalley.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Bloglovin Book Blog Hop


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Bloglovin Blog Hop: find new blogs and get new followers. Inspired by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read hosted by Brandi from Blkosiner's Book Blog


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6. This isn't a giveaway hop, although you are free to host one. This is a follower hop. 
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The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau



The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Release date:  June 4th, 2013

Summary:   Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.



I was just blown away by this great read! The dystopian explosion has caught my attention, but there are only a few I have given this high of a review, this one is up there!

Cia is honored she has been chosen for the testing which determines who is able to attend University. Those who attend, go on to work and help recreate their world after the apocalypse. No one from their colony has been chosen in 10 years. Her older brother resents her because he was not chosen and her father went through the testing but doesn't remember what happened during that time.

As the testing begins she befriends a boy from her colony Thomas and joins forces with him to survive the testing. Cia is far from prepared for what is placed before her during the trials. A love triangle seems to begin, but is not resolved in this book.

Riveted by the fast paced world building, it was difficult to put down. Cia's character comes out strong and instantly likeable. After her fathers warning to trust no one, she can't help but trust certain people, but the doubts come. The pressures to succeed and pass the testing are undoubtedly high, because those who have failed disappear. This book brings to front what young teens/adults would do to achieve social standings and goals. By the end of the book, there are many questions left unanswered which hopefully will be answered in the next installment.

I would suggest this book to all the Hunger Games fans. Like it, there is violence between teens. Other than that, it's a pretty clean read. Some romance, kissing, and no bad language that I can remember. I will definitely be looking forward to the next installment!!!

Thanks to Netgalley and Publisher for the ARC and the opportunity to review this book. 

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sweet Mercy Blog Tour!

 
Sweet Mercy
Stunning coming-of-age drama set during the Great Depression and Prohibition
When Eve Marryat's father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he is forced to support his family by leaving St. Paul, Minnesota, and moving back to his Ohio roots. Eve's uncle Cyrus has invited the family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge.
Eve can't wait to leave St. Paul, a notorious haven for gangsters. At seventeen, she considers her family to be "good people," not lawbreakers like so many in her neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a "safe haven," Eve soon forms an unlikely friendship with a strange young man named Link, blissfully unaware that her uncle's lodge is anything but what it seems.
When the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. Does she dare risk everything by exposing the man whose love and generosity is keeping her family from ruin? And when things turn dangerous, can she trust Link in spite of appearances?
 
 
Ann Tatlock
Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy-Award winning novel Promises to Keep. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.

My Review
I haven't read many YA historical booksIt was certainly different than everything paranormal I normally read.  It was a great jump in genre for me, especially going back to a time I used to hear about from my Grandparents.  Of course they weren't in the big cities where the gangsters ran ramp id, but it was a difficult time for our country. 

I realized this was a Christian book, but to the point where it didn't stand out completely.  The main character, Eve, being seventeen and naive about life has to learn there is no place for self righteousness, especially during a time of great turmoil and loss. Where people we love and care for may not be who we thought they were or maybe certain times call for certain measures.
This is a quick clean read with some action and even a little romance.  Definitely something that teens and adults (like myself) can all enjoy.   

Excerpt: 

From Chapter 8:

Jones pushed his hat back a notch and looked over his shoulder after the two boats. “The Little Miami meets up with the Ohio River not too far from here,” he said. “That’s probably where they’re headed.”
“Funny that they’re taking a bunch of castor oil down the Ohio River.”
Jones turned again to look at me. I couldn’t see his eyes but somehow I sensed they held amusement. My suspicions were confirmed when he shook his head and laughed. “Castor oil, nothing,” he muttered. “They’re hauling moonshine.”
For a moment I was speechless. I frowned and wondered whether I had heard him right. “Moonshine?”
“Sure. People like them are up and down this river all the time.”
It can’t be, I thought. This was Ohio, after all, birthplace of the Temperance Movement. I knew; I had done the research; I had won first place in the essay contest. “Are you sure?”
“Of course I’m sure.”
“Don’t they know moonshine is illegal?”
Jones laughed again, louder this time. “You’re kidding, right?”
“I’m not kidding, Jones. I can’t believe they’re hauling that stuff right out here in the open. They could be arrested and go to prison. They should be arrested.”
“Yeah? And who’s going to turn them in? You?”
 
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa


The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Release date:  April 30, 2013

Summary:  Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.



I think I forgot how dark this series is because it took me quite a while to really get used to it, but by then end, I was completely into it!
After I started reading, I remembered how Kagawa leaves out few details in her writing. Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue) said this: "Is Julie Kagawa a vampire? Seriously, she writes Allie's character as if she herself has gone through the transition from human to vampire". I couldn't have put it better! I don't know how she does it, but THIS is what I would have imagined what being a vampire would be like... How I would feel if I woke up one day with a monster/demon inside me fighting to take over my humanity.
Julie Kawaga took this book to a whole different place I thought it would lead. Jackal?! Really?? I couldn't decide if I hated him or loved him! I have to admit I loved his banter with his "little sister" comments. I was almost convinced Jackal had true sibling feelings toward Allison. Well..maybe I am a little convinced.

"No problem, little sister." The leer returned, making him look normal again. "Comment number one--how much do you weigh to snap the bridge like that? I thought you Asians were supposed to be petite and dainty."

 Okay, moment over. I sheathed my blade and glared at him.   "And here I almost thought you weren't a complete bastard."

 "Well, that's your mistake, not mine."


So I thought the whole Allie/Zeke thing was over in the last book, but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't. Zeke is really one Bad-A human. My heart was going to burst just imagining myself in his shoes, but of course he totally ROCKED! And "vampire girl"? I had to keep reminding myself in my head she wasn't a 6'foot-giant-vamp-lady, but a tiny Asian girl. Kinda hard seeing her so small when she can kick-butt!
For those looking for a romantic-sparkle-y-vamp-series, this is NOT one! These are real vampires(as real as you can get) with real blood who are crazy/evil... and are great if you like the darker books. Because of said evil and darkness, I would recommend this to older Young Adult/Teens.

Thanks to NetGalley and HarlequinTeen for the book to review!




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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Wide Awake by Shelly Crane


Wide Awake by Shelly Crane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book really warmed my heart! Having dealt with a teen who had a brain tumor, this book touched me. The brain is a mysterious thing. Crane brought to light so many important issues that come with tragic accidents, especially as a teenager. Life changes us, we become someone else when huge changes and challenges force us to look at life differently.

Emma can't remember her life before, there is only after. After she wakes from a coma that she has been in for 6 months, she has to learn how to walk, eat, brush her teeth all over again. Only with Mason, her physical therapist does she gain strength to work hard, to regain her life back. Her parents and her boyfriend pressuring her to be the person she was before, she struggles as she realizes she doesn't like that girl. Emma makes a decision to be who she is now and mourn the loss of who she was. Her parents find that difficult to accept. Mason..... ahhh, sweet Mason with the tattoos and heart of gold gives Emma her strength.

I really liked the flow of the book, but I felt there were a lot of mistakes that an Editor would have caught. Other than that I thought it was a great read. I read it all in one day and didn't want to put it down.

It was a read that had a few bad words, some intense make-outs but no sex scenes. I would recommend this to readers over 16.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Blood on the Moon by Jennifer Knight


Blood on the Moon by Jennifer Knight
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't think I would want to read any more books about werewolves and vampires. But decided.. "What the Hey!" I had a credit on my audible account so I dove into it a little skeptically. Boy, I was surprised! Of course there were similarities from the big "T" book, but this took on its own bad self.

I LOVED it. Maybe because I am a huge fan of the vamp/were-world, but for whatever reason, ME LIKEY!!! I like love triangles (am I a little messed up in the head or what?) But most of all I like big hulky weres (Lucas) and college football players (Derek). YUM!

The feel of the book at the beginning was a little slow, but I enjoyed the flow and the background of college life in a small town. The character building was done beautifully. It didn't take long for me to feel connected to Faith, Derek, and eventually Lucas. There is just enough romance, not too much to take over the whole story, but it was good.

As far as audiobooks go, this narrator was great. I really like someone who can give most of the characters their own "voice", especially when it comes to men. Something about audiobooks bring them to life a little more than just reading and this one did a great job!

This was a cleaner book than other books I have read in this New Adult age. A few bad words and sexual situations were what I would consider PG-16.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tatum Tuesday....

Just thought I would make this TueSdaY a great one...  ENJOY!!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Feed Your Reader!

 In honor of my dear mentor, Inspired Kathy, I would love to share her new site.  Kathy has been a huge help getting my blog underway, giving me guidance, advice, and opportunities to get my blog growing.  She is a genius when it comes to great books, and great ideas for book blogging!  And here it is...... TA-DA!!! OH and don't forget to enter her huge giveaway!!! She is awesome like that!

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals.



Each day on feedyourreader.com you'll find a new list of available ebook deals (most for under $3).



And of course there will be lots of  Featured Freebies too!



To celebrate the launch of the new site she is giving away a Kindle Fire, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash.


Win a 7" Kindle Fire (US only)




Or $100 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)




Or $100 in Paypal Cash (International)





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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Money Run by Jack Heath


Money Run by Jack Heath
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published date:  April 1, 2013

Summary:  Take two child geniuses (thieves in their spare time), one obsessed assassin, and the richest man in the world to create a compelling, completely unpredictable young adult thriller. Fifteen-year-olds Ashley and Benjamin have concocted a daring master plan: to steal billionaire Hammond Buckland's most precious belonging, hidden in the depths of his conspicuous corporate building. But Hammond Buckland has a most elaborate plan of his own - and none of them have counted on Peachey, the hit man with a determination to finish the job - at any cost!The beginning of a dazzling new series from Jack Heath, author of The Lab and Remote Control.

The cover is magnetic! When I saw it, I knew I had to read this book!  

Beginning the book with two fifteen-year-old teens on a plane trying to steal the most precious gem from a high-tech security system, is a perfect hook to real in the reader. I seem to enjoy the James Bond-style of action, the anticipation of being caught and the technology that seemed a little too unbelievable for even this day and age. Throw in the fact that these are teenagers taking on a highly trained assassin, and a billion dollar business man, really made it even more doubtful.

Bringing in Ash (girl) as the front man (or woman) pulling moves that rival James Bond with Ben being the techie in the ear-piece was genius. Having the constant changing point of views from character to character was quite entertaining and kept me on edge to see what each of their stories were. When Peachy shows up, I had to laugh at his ego and how he was imagining his life on film. The ending was pleasantly surprising and not as predictable as I thought it would be.

A good fast-paced read for Middle-Schoolers? I wouldn't suggest this to kids younger than 14. A few too many bad words and it is a book that glorifies theft. Not something that young influential minds should be reading in my opinion.

If you are looking for a suspenseful, action packed, high-tech, 007-type entertainment for young adults, this book is for you.

Thanks to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Official Trailer!

TA..DA!!!  Here is the new extended version of the City of Bones movie trailer! Woohoo!

This is from the Mortal Instruments Series written by Cassandra Clare.


If you haven't read it yet, better get on it before the movie release in August!!


Monday, April 1, 2013

My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling


My Ex From Hell by Tellulah Darling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Released Date:  4/1/2013
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Sophie Bloom wishes she’d been taught the following:    a) Bad boy’s presence (TrOuBlE) + teen girl’s brain (DraMa) = TrAuMa (Highly unstable and very volatile.)
b) The Genus Greekulum Godissimus is notable for three traits: 1) awesome abilities, 2) grudges, and 3) hook-ups, break-ups, and in-fighting that puts cable to shame.

Prior to the Halloween dance, Sophie figures her worst problems involve adolescent theatrics, bitchy yoga girls, and being on probation at her boarding school for mouthy behaviour. Then she meets bad boy Kai and gets the kiss that rocks her world.

Literally.

This breath stealing lip lock reawakens Sophie’s true identity: Persephone, Goddess of Spring. She’s key to saving humanity in the war between the Underworld and Olympus, target numero uno of Hades and Zeus, and totally screwed.

Plus there’s also the little issue that Sophie’s last memory as Persephone was just before someone tried to murder her.

Big picture: master her powers, get her memories back, defeat Persephone’s would be assassin, and save the world. Also, sneak into the Underworld to retrieve stolen property, battle the minions of Hades and Zeus, outwit psycho nymphs, slay a dragon, rescue a classmate, keep from getting her butt expelled from the one place designed to keep her safe …

… and stop kissing Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

My Ex From Hell is a romantic comedy/Greek mythology smackdown. Romeo and Juliet had it easy.


I was a little disappointed with this book. I really love the whole idea of Persephone in a young teenager, with Kai her forbidden love. I was expecting some humor and an intriguing story, but I feel like I just couldn't or didn't "get it". I took my time reading this, expecting that at any moment I would love it, but it just didn't happen for me.

I enjoyed Sophie's character with sarcasm and attitude befitting a princess of sorts, even before she knew who she was. Theo, a.k.a. Prometheus, was my favorite character, the protector. He seemed to be the most believable part of the whole book. Kai, well he was the bad boy, of course, but I felt he just lacked something.

The flow of this book seemed to be too rushed, as if there was too much information so it was all cut down to Cliff Notes versions. I guess I would say it felt dumbed down. I normally don't feel this way about YA books, but I was sad this was what I came away with.

I just want to thank NetGalley and Te Da Media for allowing me to read this.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

No Joke.. April Fools Giveaway!


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