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)

Giveaway Details 
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" (US Only), $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in Paypal Cash (International).
Ends 5/5/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Prize value $100-$159 US.

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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.


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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