Monday, November 10, 2014

Four Quickie Reviews

Ten by Gretchen McNeil
A thrilling who-done-it that kept me guessing until the very end. I loved the characters and the atmosphere of the book put a chill in my bones.
4/5 Books of Love


Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
This book reminded me of why I love this series so much. I’ve been waiting for Skyler’s story for a long time and I wasn’t disappointed. The relationship between Dimitri and Skyler was sweet and romantic, and although it went against his very instincts he always treated Skyler as his equal.
5/5 Books of Love


Made For You by Melissa Marr
I love Marr’s writing; she has such a unique voice when it comes to storytelling. Her characters are always realistic and came right off the page for me. It was thrilling and creepy with a touch of romance. A slow but steady build of intensity, by the time the villain was revealed I was tearing my fingernails to the quick.
5/5 Books of Love


Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
A great story with a thrilling storyline, I enjoyed this book from start to finish. But I did figure out early on the plot and just who each character was and the part they had to play with certain events. I was slightly disappointed that I discovered the villain so early on, but I still found the romantic tension enjoyable and absolutely loved the ending.
4/5 Books of Love




Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday Thirteen (56)


Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.
*All of my lists are in no particular order.*
 

Hauntingly Good Reads

1. Graveminder by Melissa Marr

2. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

3. Walk of the Spirits by Richie Tankersley Cusick

4. Apparition by Gail Gallant

5. Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts

6. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

7. Haunted by Kelley Armstrong

8. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

9. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

10. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

11. Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

12. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

13. Evernight by Claudia Gray


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Six Super Quickie Reviews

Of Neptune by Anna Banks
The finale to the fun Syrena Legacy, filled with action and romance. Although, like many others I thought the second book had wrapped up Emma and Galen’s story rather well, I loved getting a final farewell. A lot of history is covered in this book which answers any lingering questions from the first two books.
4/5 Books of Love

No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale
Underneath the southern twang and small town ideals, was an incredible who-done-it mystery. But this was not your ordinary murder-mystery; this book was light and fun with a touch of romance, while still treating the dark subject matter seriously.
4/5 Books of Love

River Marked by Patricia Briggs
I love the Mercy Thompson series and this addition definitely did not disappoint. Readers are given a lot more insight into Mercy’s past and the origins of her shifting abilities. The relationship between Mercy and Adam continues to grow stronger. Adam is one Alpha I’d love to cozy up next to!
5/5 Books of Love

Private Demon by Lynn Viehl
I enjoyed the first book of the Darkyn series, and liked this one too, the characters are interesting enough but honestly I found my concentration wandering at times throughout this book. It might have been because it’s been over a year since I read If Angels Burn and I forgot more than I remembered about this world.
4/5 Books of Love

Dark Storm by Christine Feehan
Typical to the Carpathian series, a few new characters were introduced and some older ones made reappearances. The romance was fast and furious: classic narrative for this author, but with more than 20 books within the same series, there is bound to be some repetitions.
4/5 Books of Love

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
While not my favorite from this author, I did still enjoy the story and characters. If you haven’t read this author before, I would suggest starting with another one so you can really get a feel for her writing style and storytelling.
4/5 Books of Love

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My Bookish Wants & Gots (98)


My Bookish Wants & Gots is a feature over at The Book Vixen. I list the books I want - which can be old, new, or upcoming releases - and the books I recently got.



In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken
Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.


Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…

Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?




Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?


The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
I have a plan.

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday Thirteen (55)


Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.
*All of my lists are in no particular order.*
 

Recommended Halloween Reading

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker

2. The Shining by Stephen King

3. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

5. The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

6. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

7. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

8. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

9. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

10. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

11. Psycho by Robert Bloch

12. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft

13. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Future Favorites (184)

Future Favorites is an awesome blog feature created by Alex over at Electrifying Reviews. I post about a book that is yet-to-be-released that I can't wait to read!



A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014 by Harper Teen

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday Thirteen (54)


Thursday Thirteen is a weekly meme with a simple theme: each Thursday you blog a list of 13 things. What kind of things? Any kind! Just come up with a list theme and run with it.
*All of my lists are in no particular order.*
 

Books with Cold Blooded Killers


1. Butterfly by Sharon Sala

2. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

3. Beyond Eden by Catherine Coulter

4. Beach Party by R.L. Stine

5. Glass Houses by Stella Cameron

6. The Girl Who was Supposed to Die by April Henry

7. Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson

8. Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

9. Death is Forever by Elizabeth Lowell

10. Amy Girl by Bari Wood

11.  Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong

12. The Lifeguard by Richie Tankersley Cusick

13. Masquerade by Gayle Lynds



Friday, September 26, 2014

Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

Faking Normal:
Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in "the Kool-Aid Kid," who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.







Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens is one of those exceptional books that are extremely hard to review. With similar overtones to Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, this book shouldered the weight of its content considerably well. It was utterly heart wrenching, the pages were filled with a haunting, emotional ambiance but by the end I was filled with an unexplainable sense of hope. I have thankfully never experienced the trauma that Alexi suffered, but I do know what it’s like to doubt yourself, or feel broken in some way. The heart of this book spoke to me with its insanely true-to-life characters and amazing storytelling from Courtney. This is not the traditional story of abuse with classic monsters lurking within every shadow; instead this book focuses on Alexi’s recovery in the aftermath. I think what a lot of readers might have lost along the way in regards to this book is that sometimes we (humans) “freeze” up. Life is never an easy journey (even a fictional one) and for the characters in this book terrible things happen, and their reactions are perfectly normal. Perfectly human.

The shame and pain Alexi feels for not “fighting against” or “saying no” to her abuser manifests as the self-harm she continually does to herself. Alexi is able to fake being normal and happy amazingly well, except there is one person who sees through her fa├žade: Bodee. After living with an abusive father and eventually losing his mother to the abuse, Bodee recognizes the pain Alexi tries to hide. The relationship between Bodee and Alexi begins slowly as a tentative understanding of each other, and ultimately turned into genuine deep affection. Alexi only trusts one person with her secret, and in turn Bodee trusts her with the truth of what happened that fateful day with his family. Their separate pain brings them closer together, and in turn it is only through their knowledge and compassion that they help each other to become whole again.

The ending was more than I could have expected and undeniably appropriate, and I do believe Faking Normal has caused a bit of a book-hangover for me.




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Future Favorites (183)

Future Favorites is an awesome blog feature created by Alex over at Electrifying Reviews. I post about a book that is yet-to-be-released that I can't wait to read!



The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith
Release Date: March 3, 2015 by Dutton Children's

Once again blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith tells the story of 15-year-old Ariel, a refugee from the Middle East who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story of his summer at a boys' camp for tech detox is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century. Oh, and there’s also a depressed bionic reincarnated crow.