Aug 24

Student Review: Branded by Keary Taylor

4 Stars, Student Review 0 ★★★★

Student Review: Branded by Keary TaylorBranded Genres: Angels
on March 4th, 2010
Source: From the Author
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four-stars
Jessica's had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she's a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world.

But when two men she can't ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn't be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion what will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.
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This story gives a new perspective on the idea of angels and the after life. It portrays angels as judgmental creatures that decide the fate of someone in the after life by voting based on the things they’ve done while living. They aren’t as kind and forgiving as the world thinks they are. 

I liked the idea of Jessica’s flashbacks, but I felt that at times they didn’t add anything to the story. I’m glad that she met with her dad and hopefully she will see him, and the rest of the family, again.

The relationship between Alex and Jessica, I felt, lacked a foundation; it just happened. I did think that Alex was very courageous in giving himself up to save Jessica. I thought their relationship was cute, but I feel like there was something missing that would have made it even better.

I felt that Emily, Jessica’s friend, was almost an unnecessary character. She helped Jessica a little bit with her dreams, but I don’t think her presence added much to the story. It was nice to see Jessica have someone else to talk to though.

The story was sometimes repetitive, but it did have its surprises. The end was a little rushed, but overall, I did like the story. It was something new and it was fun to read. I look forward to reading the next book to see what happens.

 

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four-stars

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Aug 24

Review: Elusive Memories by Amanda Shofner

5 Stars, Dystopia, Review, Reviewed by Brittany, Urban Fantasy, YA Appeal, Young Adult 0 ★★★★★

Review: Elusive Memories by Amanda ShofnerElusive Memories Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
on June 13th, 2014
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five-stars
The Northern Alliance Betterment Society, better known as the Hunters, has persecuted the Gifted for years. When Sam Benson is taken and her memory stolen, she certainly isn't their first victim. But she's determined to use her family's influence as memory-bringer elders to make sure she's one of the last.

As soon as she escapes the Hunters' compound, anyway.

Two Hunter guards claim to be working to get Sam free, but only one has her best interests at heart—and holds the key to mounting an offense against the Hunters. With her memory fractured and the Hunters set against her, can she choose the right person to trust?

Elusive Memories is a beautiful breath of fresh air in the paranormal genre!  There is a bit of a dystopian feel but not enough to call it a dystopian book.  The characters are real and relatable and the story line is action packed.  There never was a boring moment!  Elusive Memories provides quirky dialogues with characters that are not seamlessly perfect.

 

Likes:

1) Character Development

  • One of my favorite aspects of the books is that you get to learn about Sam as she tries to regain her memories.  This type of character development allows the reader a really in depth look into the character.   Sam does not remember anything in the beginning and is stuck in a cell with little to no provisions.  She learns about her past and present through reappearing memories.

2) Human characters

  • The characters are not perfect, thank you Amanda Shofner!  I am getting so sick of “perfect” characters!  If authors want us to relate to their characters, they should make them sound like a human!  We make mistakes, so should the characters.

3) Multi-Faceted Story

  • This story has a little bit of something for everyone.  It is definitely a mature YA/NA and had about every element of a darn good story.

 

Dislike:

  •  The story is a bit confusing at first because Sam has no idea what is going on.  This confusion does not take long to clear up but the beginning definitely reminded me of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.  The main character is trapped and does not know/can’t remember much about herself.

 

Yes, there is only one dislike!  I loved this book and I can’t wait for the next books!

five-stars

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Aug 21

Review: Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

Blog Tour, Review, Reviewed by Michelle 1 ★★★★½

Review: Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

Review: Whisper by Heather HildenbrandWhisper by Heather Hildenbrand
Format: eBook
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal
Source: Mark My Words Book Publicity, Publicist for Blog Tour
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four-half-stars

I received this book for free from Mark My Words Book Publicity, Publicist for Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.

Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.

Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…
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Whisper was just what I was looking for at the time I picked it up! I will warn you. It starts off a bit heartbreaking. BAM right in #TheFeels. But I think I needed it. I needed to cry and Whisper felt real enough that it really affected me and made my heart ache. I’m not sure if that’s something I really want to thank the author for.. but I will.

Whisper is full of Love and Magic and all of those things that make you sigh and swoon. But it also has a great intensity! It had characters that will tick you off like no other. That will make that rage just boil up until you feel just what the characters are feeling!  I loved the subtle mixes of contemporary life and Whisper’s Native American heritage. Whisper is not completely immersed in her Cherokee Heritage. She isn’t even sure what she believes is real necessarily. But throughout the story you watch her grow and learn and connect more with her roots.

This story gave me #AllTheFeels , it may have just been a right place right time book…but I don’t think so. Heather Hildenbrand’s writing flows beautifully and her story was one that really hooked me and had me wanting more. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because I wanted MORE of the History.. I wanted to know more about the past lives and how her family lived so I could connect with that aspect of the story better. But it still won me over. I highly recommend Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand!

— This story does have a bit of a steamy scene. But it is not very detailed and it does at one point ” fade to black” I would recommend for Upper YA and NA readers. 

Reviewed by Chelle

About the Author:

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

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four-half-stars

About Heather Hildenbrand

Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she’s published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visitwww.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life.
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Aug 14

Unbreakable (A Shadow Falls: After Dark Novella) by CC Hunter Cover Reveal!

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Unbreakable (A Shadow Falls: After Dark Novella) by CC Hunter Cover Reveal!

It’s Chase’s Story!

In Unbreakable you’ll learn:

  1. Della Tsang wasn’t Chase Tallman’s first love.
  2. Never eat a hot dog in two bites in front of someone you want to impress.
  3.  When your dog doesn’t like someone, trust your dog.
  4. According to a palm reader, Chase will come upon an amazing power, but whether he will use it for good or evil is yet to be seen.
  5.  Never let someone you don’t know very well get you alone in a haunted house.
  6.  Chase is told he’s a bad kisser.
  7. To a boy, girls are as frustrating to understand as they are intriguing.
  8. Never underestimate the power of a pet’s love.
  9. Siblings can be a pain in the butt, but never take them for granted.  If you lose them, there will be an empty hole in your world.
  10. Never turn your back on a challenge.  Especially if that challenge involves a life or death decision.

 

Due out September 30th!

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Aug 13

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

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Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

New Adult Paranormal Fantasy

The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.


Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.


Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…

 

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About the Author:

Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

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Aug 12

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Uncategorized 0 ★★★★½

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love on August 5th, 2014
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four-half-stars

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

I am not exactly sure how I got to be invited on this blog tour but I was really excited that I was invited.  I hadn’t read any other books by Colleen Hoover but had heard lots of good remarks and I am in a total NA contemp phase.  I never thought it would be the case but I am.  I can thank Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disasters series for that!

Ugly Love is beautifully written but utterly gut wrenching. I cried many, many tears during this book, the emotions will get you.  I haven’t read too many reviews that state that they remained dry-eyed.  Colleen Hoover’s writing makes it so easy to feel the pain of the characters, I sort of hate her for it.

In the beginning I had a love-hate relationship with Tate and Mile’s relationship.  I wanted them to be more honest with themselves! They set these rules without even knowing if they will be able to follow them.  Once I got over this first hump I fell in love with this book!  It is completely and truthfully “UGLY LOVE.” Two utterly broken people trying to keep things impersonal but things get messy!

My favorite character by far is Cap!  He is one of the most lovable supporting characters of 2014!

All I have to say is that if you are going to read this book, GUARD YOUR HEART.  Colleen Hoover knows exactly what she is doing as a writer and will have your heart in pieces.

 

 

I personally love the UK cover much better!  

Ugly Love

four-half-stars

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Aug 06

Student Review: Auracle by Gina Rosati:

4.5 Stars, Review, Student Review, YA, Young Adult 0 ★★★★½

Student Review: Auracle by Gina Rosati:Auracle Genres: YA
on August 7th, 2012
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four-half-stars
16 year old Anna Rogan has a secret she's only shared with her best friend, Rei; she can astrally project out of her body, allowing her spirit to explore the world and the far reaches of the universe.

When there's a fatal accident and her classmate Taylor takes over Anna's body, what was an exhilarating distraction from her repressive home life threatens to become a permanent state. Faced with a future trapped in another dimension, Anna turns to Rei for help. Now the two of them must find a way to get Anna back into her body and stop Taylor from accusing an innocent friend of murder. Together Anna and Rei form a plan but it doesn't take into account the deeper feelings that are beginning to grow between them.

This story was a fun and different book to read. I liked how original the story concept is with Anna being able to astrally project. This allowed me to read about what was happening with the other characters in places where Anna may not have physically been. I also really liked the friendship between Anna and Rei. They have been friends for so long and know so much about each other.  Their friendship is the kind that people dream to have. I also liked how descriptive the author was, especially when Taylor slips into the falls. It is slightly graphic, but it definitely gave me a good idea as to what she looked like after she fell. The descriptions of the light and the places they went, as well as the characters, were also really good, even though they were short and quick.

I will say that this book did seem to drag on a little bit. I understand that they were trying to figure out how to get her body back, but at times, I felt a little bored and was just waiting for something to happen. Thankfully the story did pick up as they got closer to Anna getting her body back so this wasn’t a huge concern for me.

This book was a nice, quick read for me. As this was her introductory book, I am looking forward to perhaps reading more from Gina Rosati!


four-half-stars

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Aug 05

Student Review: Revitalized by Jessica Cage

3.5 Stars, Student Review, Vampires, YA, Young Adult 1 ★★★½

Student Review: Revitalized by Jessica CageRevitalized Genres: YA, Young Adult
on December 29th, 2010
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three-half-stars
Alexa, who spent the last 2 years of her life suffering from a crippling disease, is cured by a potion her grandmother leaves behind before abandoning her. She then finds out her family is descendants of a Vampire race, from a Lacal who she inexplicably drawn to whenever he is near. It’s Lacal's job to retrieve Alexa & bring her back to accept her new life. Will she run away from their bond or will she return with him & accept her title as Vampire Queen?

I thought that this was an interesting and weird book, but I did enjoy it. The author did an amazing job of expressing Alexa’s feelings about her parents and grandmother’s disappearances. I felt like I could really connect with her and feel her pain. 

I also like how she is able to reconnect with her best friend, Jazz, after living in the solitude of her house for a few years. Jazz convinces Alexa that she needs to go to her birthday bash where she meets Lacal. They don’t actually speak to each other, but the next day when Alexa and Jazz are at the mall, Jazz introduces Alexa to him. Alexa ends up needing to get a ride home from him and what happens after that is what confuses me. So as he drives her home, they stop and they have a picnic, so they talk for a little bit and then she ends up falling asleep. All of that I understand, but what happens when they arrive at her house was surprising. When they arrive, things get very intimate. I just feel like for only knowing him for a few hours, they were most definitely rushing things. Later on in the story it says that they have a special bond, but I still feel like they were moving too fast. 

I liked how there was a little bit of magic in it, as well as the vampires. I did feel like the history behind these vampires was a little unexpected and weird, as well as a few other small parts along the way, but towards the end things started to make more sense.

Overall, I did like this book and I look forward to reading the next books to see where this story goes.

three-half-stars

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Aug 04

Review: Beyond the Pale: A Fantasy Anthology

Uncategorized 0 ★★★★

Review: Beyond the Pale: A Fantasy AnthologyBeyond the Pale on July 7th, 2014
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four-stars
Beyond the Pale is an anthology of fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal stories that skirt the border between our world and others. Was that my imagination, or did I hear something under my bed? What was that blurred movement in my darkened closet? There is but a thin Veil separating the real and the fantastic, and therein dwell the inhabitants of these stories. 

Beyond the Pale contains eleven short stories by award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Nancy Holder (Wicked), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), and Jane Yolen (Owl Moon). 

The noun “pale” refers to a stake (as in impaling vampires) or pointed piece of wood (as in a paling fence). “Pale” came to refer to an area enclosed by a paling fence. Later, it acquired the figurative meaning of an enclosed and therefore safe domain. Conversely, "beyond the pale" means foreign, strange, or threatening. You are about to go Beyond the Pale.
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Beyond the Pale packs a bunch will all of these wonderful authors:

  • Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon)
  • Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn)
  • Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod series)
  • Jim Butcher (Dresden Files series)
  • Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series)
  • Nancy Holder (Wicked series)
  • Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels series)
  • Jane Yolen (Owl Moon)

This anthology is full of fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal goodies!  This my genre!  I loved every story and couldn’t even begin to pick my favorite.  This collection is also full of some of my favorite authors but some that were new to me.  Each story was very memorable and very different from the last. It is definitely written for the older YA readers but I loved it as an adult!

Anthologies are a unique and fun way to try out a new author, read something more from an author you love, get you out of a reading slump, try a new genre, or for a busy person who loves to read.  I encourage those readers who don’t care for the fantasy and paranormal genre to try out Beyond a Pale.

four-stars

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Aug 01

Student Review: Rematch by Janine Caldwell

4.5 Stars, Review, Student Review, YA, Young Adult 0 ★★★★½

Student Review: Rematch by Janine CaldwellRematch Genres: YA, Young Adult
on March 12th, 2012
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four-half-stars
Trent Astor is many things—orphan, runaway, musician. But what’s most extraordinary about Trent is that he’s a time traveler. His supernatural gift sends him on missions to the past to save unsuspecting victims from harm. However, when he fails to save the life of a young girl, his life changes in ways he could never have dreamed.


At eleven-years-old, Cassie Moore suffered through a horrific shooting. Tragically scarred from the ordeal, the once promising tennis prodigy was forced to throw away all hope of a future in tennis. Now, as she begins her senior year of high school, the past continues to haunt her. She struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all time low. If only she could resolve the past, she might be able to move on with her life. She never imagined that could be possible until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class.


Set in contemporary Northern California, The Vortex Series is a teen romance for those who also enjoy a bit of science fiction and fantasy. Told in dual perspectives, we get an intimate view of both Cassie and Trent’s worlds. Family relationships, how they interconnect and drive our personalities, is the heart and soul of this YA time traveling novel.

This book grabbed my attention immediately! After I finished the first chapter I knew I was going to like this book. I thought the characters were thought out and described very well. This story is written from the perspective of Cassie, but also Trent (Jeremy). I liked how this allowed me to read about Trent’s journeys back in time. Him learning to control his power of traveling through time was a good step for him and his sister towards having a relatively normal life. However, I personally do not agree with the decision he makes to change what he did in Cassie’s past. Thankfully Cassie remembers Trent, even in her new life.

I loved the relationship between Cassie and Trent. The sacrifices they make and the challenges they face make you believe in true love. They show that, no matter what the circumstances, true love can last forever.

Even though this book is a part of a series, I do feel like it could have used one more chapter than it had. I felt like the ending was rushed and a little inconclusive. There were some parts to Cassie’s process of remembering and how she got her journal from her grandmother that didn’t make sense with time travel and her past changing.

I’m very curious to see what happens next for Cassie and Trent, even his sister Lorelai. I’m excited to read the next book in the series!


four-half-stars

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