Sep 12

Review: Words and their Meanings by Kate Bassett

5 Stars, Contemporary, YA 0

Review: Words and their Meanings by Kate BassettWords and Their Meanings Genres: Contemporary
Published by Flux on September 8th, 2014
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Anna O’Mally doesn’t believe in the five stages of grief. Her way of dealing with death equates to daily bouts of coffin yoga and fake-tattooing Patti Smith quotes onto her arms. Once a talented writer, Anna no longer believes words matter, until shocking discoveries– in the form of origami cranes– force her to redefine family and love.

As Anna goes in search of the truth, she discovers that while every story, every human being, has a last line, it might still be possible to find the words for a new beginning.

One of the most beautiful and gut wrenching reads of 2014!  Grief and guilt are a powerful combination.  Anna O’Mally has both of these emotions to the point that I couldn’t read this book in one sweep.  The emotions were so heavy that my heart couldn’t handle it all at once.  The writing was beautiful, especially the poems that Anna wrote.

This book is so good that it is simply hard to write a review.  Grief and guilt change Anna’s path from a promising writer to a person so misguided that she is unable to clearly see the world around her. Her grief has changed her into someone who needs to practice daily “coffin yoga” and a Patti Smith look alike (GOOGLE HER).  She is unable to begin her day without inscribing a quote from Patti Smith on her arm, it is her daily verse.   The quotes she chooses are actually quite beautiful but at times very dark.  This book has some very dark mysterious turns when Anna begins uncovering secrets of her beloved uncle Joe, who has recently passed.  Through her discoveries she finds out that not all those that are perfect in our eyes live without secrets.

The words in this book are so incredibly moving that no matter where one is in life you can relate to them.  I  really felt for Anna because she thinks she is alone in her grief but her family suffers along side of her just very unbeknownst to her.  I see this a lot has a high school teacher, way too often teenagers feel alone and don’t think anyone could ever understand them!

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves YA or contemporary.   If you loved The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu and Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens then this book is for you!

I will read this book again and again!

 

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Sep 11

Review: Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson BLOG TOUR

3.5 Stars, Blog Tour, paranormal, Review, Reviewed by Brittany 0 ★★★½

Review: Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson BLOG TOURDivinity Genres: New Adult, Paranormal
on September 23rd, 2014
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three-half-stars

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When Julia climbs into a flaming car to save a trapped child, she's left wondering why either of them survived. Then she learns that her father is the Archangel Gabriel, and that she is half human, half Archangel. With guidance from Michael, the most powerful Archangel, Julia sets out to discover her own history and explore her angelic powers. But her journey is cut short when an evil force, invisible to human and angel alike, tears her world apart. Now Julia must fight through her despair, harness her newfound gifts, and risk her very soul to stop the A'nwel and protect the family she never knew she had. What she doesn't know is that Archangels have secrets too."

I have mixed feelings about this book.  The cover was intriguing and obviously the main female character is an angel.  This made me excited because I haven’t read a really great angel book series since Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Divinity pulled my emotions in immediately when the main character, Julia, saves a small child from a burning car.  She of course miraculously walks away from the scene without a scratch but is left wondering why?  The story unfolds from there with some gut wrenching twists and turns. This author definitely likes to kill off characters.  This book is definitely not YA, but read like one in the beginning.

My mixed feelings come from the amount of plot and background information that happens during this book. It felt like it got a bit rushed at the end and some of the information just got dumped too quickly.  A second reading of this book would probably help me to enjoy the book more.   The angels also have a very “christian” background which might bother non-religious readers but I didn’t mind it.  There were some great pop culture references, like Princess Diana being an angel.  :)

Overall, good writing with a really original take on angels.  Creativity is definitely a strong aspect of this book.  I would reccomend this book to older YA or any adults that read YA.

Author Information: 

Michelle L. Johnson was born in Ohio and adopted by Canadians. They traveled all over North America, and when they weren’t on the road Michelle could be found with her nose buried deeply in the pages of a book. With all of her travels and adventures, she hopes to bring some of her unique perspective to the pages and to entertain others the way all of her heroes have for her. When she’s not hanging out with her feathered friends, she’s busy being a literary agent with Inklings Literary Agency. She says wherever she hangs her coffee mug is her home, and right now that’s a toasty warm Jacksonville, Florida with her happy Cocker Spaniel and her small family.

 

Michelle L. Johnson

three-half-stars

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Sep 04

Review: Linked (Linked #1) by Imogen Howson

4 Stars, Sci/Fi, YA, Young Adult 0 ★★★★

Review: Linked (Linked #1) by Imogen HowsonLinked Genres: Sci Fi
on August 1st, 2013
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four-stars
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she’s been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere. 

Finally, she’s promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she’s been seeing the world through another girl’s eyes. 

Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl—Lin—who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed. 

Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose—secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world. 

Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human

Linked was an insta-book love for me!  It was everything I need from a sci-fi thriller and was easily one of the most original books I have read in this genre. It is a great combination of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and Mind Games by Kiersten White.  It blows these two books out of the water!

It’s hard to put a finger on what exactly hooked me with this story line but I can narrow it down to a few things.  I always have loved futuristic utopia’s stories and even more when someone challenges the system.  In this case it is Elissa and her twin Lin.  In the beginning of the book, Elissa has lost everything due to her condition.  She has a terrifying symptoms that the doctor’s want to solve with a brain surgery.  However, on the eve of this surgery Elissa figures out that these pains and visions are from her twin.  Twins are unheard of in this society and Elissa is unfamiliar with the idea of a twin.  However, she doesn’t question whether or not to save her, she takes her twin and runs!  Another beautiful thing this book challenge’s is the definition of a human in this society.  If overpopulation became a “problem” in our current world, how would the government handle it?

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four-stars

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Sep 04

The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello: Now Available!

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I am so excited for this book!

#1. Cover Love!!!! I mean, come on. you can’t look at that cover and not become intrigued!

#2. TIME TRAVEL AND FANTASY. Do I really need to say more?

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In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES series by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a
rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control. She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval. The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons. But all of this changes in one historical instant.

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One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own. Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love. But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

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When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

About The Author

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

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Sep 03

Review: Luminary (Faylinn #3) by Mindy Hayes plus Giveaway!

5 Stars, Fairies 0 ★★★★★

Review: Luminary (Faylinn #3) by Mindy Hayes plus Giveaway!Luminary Genres: YA
on September 4th, 2014
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five-stars
Heartbroken and a prisoner in her own castle, it is time for Calliope to take matters into her own hands. Mere days remain until she is bound to Sakari and the Waking Oak is destroyed. It seems hopeless, but Calliope is determined to fight. 

Loyal to the core, Sakari has always respected and followed his father’s direction, but Adair is pushing boundaries Sakari isn’t sure he wants to cross. Yet remaining loyal to his kingdom may hurt the ones he loves the most. 

Kai has a plan to save Faylinn. It’s risky and will require a sacrifice that may cost him his life, but if he doesn’t try, Calliope will be lost to him forever. 

War in Faylinn is fast approaching. Hearts will be broken. Sacrifices will be made. Lives will be lost. Only the strongest will be left standing.
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Luminary is the end to something completely magical to me for a lot of reasons.  It was a completely beautiful ending to one of the best fairy series out there.  Kaleidoscope was also the first indie book that I ever read.  I stumbled upon Mindy’s blog in late May of 2013 while researching Vlogs.  I watched her Vlog and thought I want to read her writing.  Just to my luck she was giving away a copy of Kaleidoscope.  I read it in ONE car ride on the way to see my newborn nephew. Mindy does fairies the right away, there are a lot out books out there that don’t.   

Luminary made me cry, hate Mindy Hayes, and then smile.  Kai is still his stubborn but completely lovable self and Calliope is still wonderful and completely selfless queen.  There are a lot of things going on in this last book and it it will definitely keep you reading well into the night.  It is so much easier to picture the setting and be passionate about the characters because of Mindy’s writing.  Luminary was the best book in this series but I will always crave more from the Faylinn world.
I am going to warn all the readers with soft hearts, there are a lot of deaths in this book!  I was forewarned by Mindy so I was able to process the deaths a little easier but it was still hard.  She made me fall in love with characters that I started out hating.  Now that is darn good character development.
This is a book series not to be missed, haven’t read it try Kaleidoscope for free!
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five-stars

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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
Source: From the Author
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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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