Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pivot Point

Title: Pivot Point
Author: Kasie West
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Series: Pivot Point #1
Rating: Owl
Recommended to me by Benedicte over at Bimsebamse's Book Blog!

Going into Pivot Point I was positive that no author could pull off such a complicated story line. I mean sure, I've read books with alternate universes (Unraveling) even watched T.V. shows (Fringe) and yet I've never read anything like this book! This isn't alternate universes....this is POSSIBILITIES!!

THE PREMISE
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.
(Summary via Goodreads)

MY THOUGHTS
I can't even.....This book....
You know that feeling when you are blown away, stunned by something completely and irrefutably amazing?

There are two words that can name that feeling.

PIVOT POINT

So what is Pivot Point exactly. Well mind blowingly stupendous are a couple that could be an apt description, but that is probably not what you want to hear.
So Pivot Point, to start off relatively simple, is well written. (Obviously or no one would want to read or love it) but still, Pivot Point goes beyond what good writing is. Why would I say that, well not only is the writing style phenomenal, the way the author wrote it, keeping each scenario clear from the other is what really knocked my socks off.
Addie is looking into the future, deciding a fate that very well may change her life. Each scenario is similar, different characters, but the same mysteries. This could have easily confused me. (Trust me when I say that it's really not hard to send my head spinning...) But the author handled it perfectly. Each of Addie's POV where clear within the first page of the chapter. There was also a pattern and it sure wasn't erratic! (Again that is always a good thing!) Moving past the magnificent POV and writing style, there is Addie.
Oh Addie, how I loved you. Addie is a strong character and she is DETERMINED to find out the truth. Her gift in the long run can definitely help her, but in the short run causes her a whole bunch of pain. Still she remained strong throughout the entire book.
My one complaint about Addie is that in the scenario she stayed with her mom, she was so focused on teenage rebellion. I get that. But she was basing all of this one things from books she has read. (She is a major reader. YAY!!!) She didn't even seem that into the teenage rebellion....
So it's a love triangle..... but even the love triangle makes sense, because now, not only is Addie picking whether she wants to move with her dad or stay with her mom, she is also picking between two guys.... Although there are to potential guys there is obviously only one that she will ever end up picking.... (Trevor, Duke is a jerk...)
I loved being able to view both scenarios as the big WHAT IF? Constantly you're trying to figure out which life she'll choose, which was really fun!
So about Addie's friend Laila..... I liked her...most of the time.... but she came off as a bit of, how do I put this, an idiot..... She was always trusting the wrong people and pushing Addie towards the wrong people. And sometimes she didn't feel very sympathetic to what Addie had to go through with her gift. I'm not saying that she wasn't a good friend, because she was...I just at times didn't like her....
So I also loved watching Addie adjust to the "Norm" life. She was such a funny and clueless character when it came to simple things like the DVD player.
And, I can't believe this happened, but I almost forgot to mention Rowan! I loved his and Laila's interaction, but I also love him as a character! He was super funny and a great supporting character!

OVERALL
I really loved this book! Not only was it extremely well written it was super fun to read! Addie was a great character as were the other characters! I was definitely surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I absolutely can't wait to read the next book! IT LOOKS FANTASTIC!!!

WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: YES!
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YEP!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: TO THOSE FAR AND WIDE!
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: YES!!! SPLIT SECOND HERE I COME!!!
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: YES! I also loved The Distance Between Us, which I read a few days before picking up Pivot Point!


OWL=FIVE STARS!!!!



Waiting On Wednesday: Alienated

So for lack of a better post today, I decided to do a Waiting on Wednesday, which is hosted by Breaking the Spine!

So this week my pick is.....
DUN,

DUN,

DUN....
Alienated (Alienated, #1)
Title: Alienated
Author: Melissa Landers
Pub date: FEBURARY 4th....2014!!!!!!!!
(Why do publishers do this...they build the anticipation up until I'm ready to burst! THEY ARE GOING TO BE THE DEATH OF ME!!!!)


Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
(Summary via Goodreads)

Ummm, aliens, check.
Awesome cover, check.
Great Summary check!
I NEED THIS BOOK NOW!!!!!
Until then I'll be sitting in the corner brooding in silence waiting to pounce. *cackles evilly to self*

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR????

Monday, July 29, 2013

Trailer reveal, excerpt, and giveaway for Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan


Today, I am super duper excited to be sharing with you the trailer reveal for Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan! This looks like such a fun book!
Watch the trailer and then scroll down to read the excerpt and enter to win in the giveaway!

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About the Book



Title: SOUL TAKEN (The Life After #1)

Author: Katlyn Duncan

Publisher: Carina UK

Release date: June 4th

Formats: eBook





After-life just got a lot more complicated



Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.



Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…



To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!






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Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.




Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.





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A suffocating heat pressed all points of my soul. Even though I hadn’t breathed in a hundred years, I felt the need to inhale, yet I couldn’t. A fire burned in my chest.



I attempted to open my eyes, to move one finger, a toe maybe, but the pressure immobilized my body. The burning sensation tore through me over and over until I had just about given up the fight.



But, just as quickly as the pressure came, it lifted, bringing a seemingly endless barrage of images. I was experiencing someone else’s memories, as if I took a back seat in her mind and watched her life flash before our eyes. I caught her image in a mirror, a small golden-haired girl.



Ally?



I tried to slow the images or possibly make sense of them but, just as I grabbed a hold on one of them, it slipped through my fingers and moved onto the next. I followed this girl through all the moments of her life as her memories flashed before my eyes.



Darker emotions overlapped the girl’s happy memories. I saw a young red-haired girl in an old-fashioned dress; her demure eyes looked back at me. Jealousy flared through me. My heart squeezed, watching this girl who was not part of Ally’s memories. A rush of energy pumped through my body; the power touched every fiber of my soul. Then the vision dissolved and I was forced back to experiencing Ally.



Was I dreaming?



Souls didn’t dream. I told myself firmly.



The visions started to slow and I was able to focus on one.



I had to tell them, even though Dad said I couldn’t. But in a week I wouldn’t be the same girl. Or would I? I still wasn’t clear on everything. Becoming a Guard: it was my life’s mission, he had said. A life that was no longer my own. Would it be easier to let this life slip away? I would regret each day if I didn’t. Maybe I would start with Seth. Sweet Seth. He’d be crushed, but someone would take my place. Dad had said something about people—humans— was I not human? Humans were drawn to those like me. Maybe Seth only liked me because I was different, unexplainably different.



I ripped the paper off the coffee sleeve. It was now or never.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Loving Your Lies

Author: Piper Shelly
Genre: NA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Series: None
Rating: Zebra
Received: As part of a blog tour, which in no way shape or form effected my review!


Okay so I have to admit I read this book for the sole reason that the author was Piper Shelly. Who is an author I absolutely love!! (Although I have to admit that I've only read two of her other books... She really needs to write faster!!) but I have to say that this book was phenomenal!! Like beyond what you would expect it to be. 


THE PREMISE
Julian is drop-dead gorgeous, annoyingly provocative, and he's fast becoming her best friend. But he also has a secret that makes the little hairs on her arms stand on end...

My name is Jona Montiniere, and that’s pretty much the only good thing to say about me.

I’m seventeen, I’m snarky, and I’m a crap-load of trouble. Or so they say. But what did they expect from me really, when they dumped me in an orphanage at age five? That I’d grow up to become the new first lady? Nah, I think it’s much more fun to raid Camden Market in London with my friend, Debby. She’s cool. She lives on the street. I learned so much from her.

The only thing she missed to teach me was how to tend to a vineyard. And yeah, that’s what I’m going to do for the next 6 weeks, courtesy to this darn judge, who sent me off to France after I was caught stealing again. Fair enough, the vineyards are okay, and so are my aunt and uncle, who I haven’t met up ‘til now. What isn’t okay, and I mean it, is that I have to live in the same house with my mother, that god-awful dragon, who spurned when I was only a child. And now she wants me back? Demands my forgiveness? Why, because she’s about to die of cancer? Uh-uh. Sorry, but that’s not gonna happen. I want no contact with that woman, thanks.

But what’s Julian got to do with all of this? About my age, he’s too young to be my mother’s lover. So why doesn’t he leave her side? Ever. He’s different, as in the paranormal kind of different, but he’s sa-woon-worthy gorgeous. He obviously has secrets, but he’s also get-under-my-skin charming. In short, he’s a riddle to me. But he likes me, and that’s scaring the shit out of me. I sure won’t let anyone come too close. 

(Summary via Goodreads....Last two sentences left off, explained in the section title The Summary)

MY THOUGHTS
So this book..... I have to admit I loved this book. Not only is the writing amazing, but the characters and the plot are as well. Where should I begin.... Okay that's obvious, lets start at the very beginning, page one. 

THE CHARACTERS
Jona, Jona, Jona, from the first page I knew I was going to love you. From the beginning you're snarky and out of control. You are a thief and somehow through this you are awesome. No lie. You are definitely one of my favorite  characters. I love the fact that you are grappling with right and wrong., unsure of how to be. You hate your mother and that's totally understandable. What she did to you was so wrong. Somehow you made it through that experience and became one of the snarkiest rudest characters in existence. And somehow someway I still loved you. (Does this say something about my character? Probably does...)
Moving on let's talk about Jona's family. 
I hated her mom from page one. (Relax that's how I was supposed to feel.) She was such an annoying character and after what she did to her daughter.....it was unforgivable. I absolutely hated her. 
And then there was Julian. From the first time you meet him, you want to hate him. He's supporting the enemy! (The enemy being Jona's mom) but for some reason you feel the need to like him. He is (for some unknown reason) there for Jona. He tries to help her out and make sure that she stays out of trouble. (Like that's possible) by the end I absolutely loved him. 
As for the rest of the cast of characters, they were all pretty splendid. (Okay does splendid seem out of place or is that just me? My mom says I use the words awesome and amazing too much. I'm trying to cut down, but if splendid feels to wrong, feel free to sub them in) the characters were well rounded each with a interesting and unique back story. I really loved reading about them and their dedication to the vineyard. 
One thing I would have loved to have seen more of was Debby. From the summary she sounds like a main player. Someone who stays in the story. (Maybe even a character that tries to get Jona away from the vineyard and back onto the streets to cause chaos.) instead she appears briefly in the beginning and is sometime mentioned in passing during one of Jona's thoughts or conversations. I think that she could have been a great character to explore and learn more about. 

THE SUMMARY
So talking about the summary seems off topic. But it really isn't. So don't read the summary on Goodreads or Amazon. Just don't read the summary anywhere actually. (It's probably the same thing everywhere....) I think that the summary gives away a big part of the book that you don't even find out until your over half way through.  I (because normally I get bored of summaries half way through) never actually read the summary until I was done with the book. And I felt like there was just a big giveaway that could have possibly ruined the ending. (It would not have decreased my enjoyment of the book by any means, but I love surprises and shock! So much more fun!)   So on that note avoid the blurb. Just do it. Hang on. I'll put a spoiler below if you want to know why. 
Julian is not revealed to be an angel for forever. The reader and Jona know that something is up but they don't know what. Sure there are indicators that's what he is but I think it's way more fun finding out yourself. And also I hate how it mentions keeping him on Earth. This happens so late in the book that it seriously should not have been mentioned at all....Grrrrr!!!

THE SETTING
So this is set in France.... In a vineyard. 
I loved the setting and it was definitely well written. (Of course it was. Piper Shelly wrote it!) 
There was one time where Jona and her aunt went into town to buy stuff. (It was like a girls day or whatever) and I really would have liked to hear more about the town. I wish that the characters had spent more time there. In my opinion I think that it would have made the book a bit better. (Although I'm not sure it's that possible ) 
Other than that the setting was amazing and I really enjoyed it!

THE PACING
The pacing is really good and consistent throughout. I did think the ending felt a tiny bit rushed. And I would have liked it a lot better if there was just a few more pages. It wasn't like there were loose ends....it all felt like bam must finish book. Which was really disappointing. (Clarification: I LOVED the ending, but I just thought it felt rushed...It's not that it wasn't superb (because it was) I just wanted a little bit more foreclosure spread out over several pages...)

THE COVER
I really liked it! It looks super cool!

OVERALL
So I've come to a conclusion, Piper Shelly is an amazing author and I will read anything she writes.... (Well almost anything!) this book was fast paced with great characters, which really made the book. While there were some weak points in both pacing and setting they did not attract from my enjoyment of the book as a whole. I would recommend this to lovers of Paranormal books looking for a great fun and quick read. 
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: YES!! 
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK; YUP!!!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: of course
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: Ummmm..... Yes.  Is that even a valid question to ask myself?


ZEBRA=4.5 STARS







Hi, I’m Piper. I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun. 
I grew up in Vienna, not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. Ugh, that was hard. I hated the city. Everything about it. So I moved back to Upper Austria right after graduation. There are trees now in front of my window instead of just another ugly gray building, and I love to be woken by the singing of birds every morning. One of my favorite movies? Snow White. The dwarves’ house would be one epic place to live.
At seventeen, I met the love of my life, but he was a playboy, and though he was also the inspiration for many of my teen romances, I didn’t make it easy for him to get me. It took him another four years of fighting for me until I finally decided to give that “couple-thing” with him a shot. I’m now married to this man ;-) It’s cool if you can say: I tamed Casanova. What I’m currently reading? The Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy.
We have a ten-year-old son, and together we travel a lot…although I sometimes wish the trips were shorter because I can’t wait to get back to my laptop and my many stories. Unless we’re in Disneyland. No stress to go home then. ;-)
So, you see, I’m leading a pretty normal life.
Of course, it’ll all change the day my books follow the act of Harry Potter, and I’ll become richer than the Queen. I swear I’ll never again clean my windows myself then. Yeah, one day… LOL


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Friday, July 26, 2013

Transparent

TransparentTitle: Transparent
Author: Natalie Whipple
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Romance, Crime
Series: There is a sequel in the works.
Rating: Bison

THE PREMISE
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

(Summary via Goodreads)

MY THOUGHTS
Okay thoughts before reading: I LOVE THE FIRST LINE OF THE SUMMARY!!!!
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.
I mean.... that is the perfect attention grabbing to the point intro. Whoever thought that up is a genius!
On that note, I loved the prologue to the book. I normally am not the prologue type of person. I like to learn about the past as the story goes on, but this prologue was fantastically done!!! It was attention grabbing and provided a lot of insight into the life of Fiona.
Not only was the prologue gripping, but the first couple of chapters managed to hold my complete attention! Why? Because they were fast moving and action packed! It grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. I was definitely impressed. Usually the first few chapters are slow info dumps, but this one was definitely different!
I really liked the romance, too!!! I thought that both guys were really sweet!!! (Don't worry it wasn't really love triangle-ish. Just Fiona being confused!) But there was definitely one that I was pulling for throughout the whole book! :)
The idea of this book is so unique and fun that I am definitely impressed with the author's skill!
I also love how everything worked out. There was no sadness that made me want to throw the book across the room. Seriously, I am such a sap for happy endings! Especially since when I read it, I thought it was a stand-alone! (The author announced the sequel, Blindside, just the other day!) I would have absolutely HATED it if there was some sad loose end!
I loved the mysterious Spud. Spud is a character you know nothing about. You don't even get to meet this character, except that Spud is able to help Fiona out. I loved the mystery in that! (And it was confirmed that there will be more about Spud in the next book!)
And then of course there is Bea. She is a great character and an awesome friend to Fiona. You can tell that she is definitely desperate for friendship (especially right in the beginning) but at the same time is extremely loyal. Even after only knowing Fiona for a few days she puts herself at risk to help Fiona out of trouble.
And Miles is definitely a great brother. He was always there for Fiona and was just an great character! I loved his "superpower" too!
Although I have to say that at times I got a bit bored.....It wasn't because it wasn't super fast paced....It was more like there were lulls in the story. Times where the scene at hand didn't capture my interest and I put the book down for a few minutes only to pick it back up a few minutes later. (Because overall the story was phenomenal, and I couldn't stand not knowing.)
I also thought that at time Fiona was a bit harsh to her mother. A couple of times it seemed a bit...extreme. I mean I get that she can't trust her mother not to going running back to her dad. I also get that Fiaona doesn't trust her brother Graham, A brother that her mother insists keeping in contact with. (A brother who has also been cruel and mean to Fiona and also turned her and her mother into their father the other times they ran away...) I get that I do, but still her mother did leave a man that she loved (or thought she did). Would that not be emotionally tragic to her mother, something that Fiona should handle gently.

OVERALL
I have to say that I really loved this book. Not only was it a fun exciting read, but it was sweet. The characters were great. Not only were they well written, but they each had a well thought out background story. I think that this book is definitely one that many looking for a light read will love.

WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YES
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: YUP!!!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: To those looking for a quick read.
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: Can't wait to read Blindside!
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR:  The House of Ivy and Sorrow looks pretty good and I'll definitely be checking it out!
BISON=FOUR STARS

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cassie Scot book #1: Review and giveaway

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal DetectiveTitle: Cassie Scot ParaNormal Detective
Author: Christina Amsden
Genre: NA, Fantasy, Paranormal, mystery, magic
Series: Cassie Scot #1
Rating: Owl
Received as part of a blog tour which in no way effected my review

In the interest of full disclosure, I ADORED this book. From the first page I knew I was going to LOVE the main character Cassie.

THE PREMISE
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
(summary via Goodreads)

MY THOUGHTS
I have a lot to say about this book. All good things of course.
To begin this is probably one of my top books for the whole year...Not even kidding. (So far I've read around 90 books...)
First off Cassie was fantastic. She was a character who could fend for herself in a world full of dangerous magic people. She wasn't a damsel in distress, she was just plain old AWESOME!!!!
I loved Cassie's family, sure they were messed up and by the end I was pretty mad at them, but they were a bunch of great characters!
The idea for this book was just awesome. I haven't read anything like this and going into it, I wasn't sure it was going to be a book for me....but I ended up loving it!!!!!
There was a Harry Potter reference....just saying.....It fit so well with the part in the book that I was definitely impressed..... :)
I also loved the author's writing style! I was so real and something that I could easily connect to.
Okay I have to say that the end was just kind of killer. I NEED to know what's going to happen next, but the next book isn't out yet......I needed it like yesterday...... :'( And the Epilogue was kind of torturous! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME, CHRISTINE AMSDEN!!!!! WHY!!!!!!!!!
I also loved the love interest....I thought it was great how the romance took a backseat and Cassie was always able to focus on the job at hand instead of daydreaming about a guy....even when they were working together!
And the villain was a surprise!!! I was sooo not expecting that person, but looking back I could definitely understand it!!!!!
And Cassie was a reader!!! She also posted on blogs!! That made me happy! :)
This was an amazing paranormal detective novel!!!! IT WAS PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!!!!!
Last comment I have to make is that I loved EVERYTHING about this book, (I kid you not) EXCEPT for the cover, which I'm glad I was able to look past...(I am so that person who judges a book by it's cover...sorry..)
OVERALL
YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.....NOW!!!! That is all I have to say.
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!!!!!!!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: To mystery lovers and paranormal lovers alike!
WILL I REaD MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: YES! Especially because I love her writing style!!!
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: HAVE YOU READ THIS REVIEW??? IF YOU CAN'T FIGURE OUT THE ANSWER THEN THAT'S JUST SAD....

SO WHAT ARE YOU DOING? GO READ THIS BOOK!!!!

OWL=FIVE STARS









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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Uniquely Unwelcome: Blog Tour

Uniquely Unwelcome (The Shadow World, #1)Title: Uniquely Unwelcome
Author: Brandy Nacole
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Romance
Series: The Shadow World #1
Rating: Bison
Received via the author through the blog tour, which in no way shape or form affected my review

THE PREMISE
Being unique isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

After searching all over the world for someone as unique as she is, Racquel finds herself back in her home town where she’s treated like a monster ready to kill. Racquel is one of the most unique beings ever created. Four of the most powerful beings in the Shadow World are intertwined within her, making up her unique DNA. But no matter how unique her bloodline is, she’s considered an outcast by the entire Shadow World.

Once arriving home, Racquel finds that greater evils exist and that the person she cares for most in this world, her half-sister Addie, has been kidnapped along with other Shadow World beings. Racquel finds herself facing horrible odds with those who would rather see her dead than alive.

As her journey continues, Racquel learns more about herself, what she is capable of, and that not every being looks at her as an abomination. Coy, a human captive that Racquel saves from the Vampires, starts showing kindness toward her. Racquel tries putting distance between her and the human boy but as they spend more time together it becomes harder and harder for Racquel to fight the affection she wants and needs.

But will Coy’s friendship and her new found discoveries be enough to help Racquel unravel the strangest mystery that has ever plagued the Shadow World?

(Summary via Goodreads)
MY THOUGHTS
Okay first of all, the title fits this book so well!!! There are so many times where I read a book and I sit there thinking, what does the title have to do with the book. And most of the time it just confuses me!!!!! But within the first couple of pages I totally understood the title!!!
I really liked the uniqueness of the book. I've never read anything where the character is different kinds of "monsters." I think that the author did a fantastic job of writing that!!!
I also really enjoyed all of the characters! They were fun and really interesting, each with a unique story!
I really enjoyed reading this book and I thought the author had a great writing style!! I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from her!!!
OVERALL
I found this to be an enjoyable fast paced book!!!
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: YES
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YEP
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: To those looking for a unique fantasy!
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: PROBABLY
WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: OF COURSE!!!

BISON=4 STARS










AUTHORBrandy Nacole resides in Arkansas where her imagination runs wild. Her obsession is reading but her passion is writing. She put her dream of becoming a writer on the back burner and went to college to become a psychologist. Three years after endless classes in a field she only felt half satisfied with, Brandy picked up her pen once again and wrote the outline to Uniquely Unwelcome. She finished out her degree in psychology, but traded her dream of writing for the degree and put psychology on the back burner. Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending time with her family and friends, throwing around crazy ideas, teaching , and singing like a rock star at a concert for no one else but herself. She loves plants, but unfortunately is a killer of anything that requires water but can’t voice (scream) their needs.
She is the author of The Shadow World Series and The Spiritual Discord Series.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday; Book Topics that Will Prevent me from Picking Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
THIS WEEK'S TOPIC IS:
Top Ten Words/Topics That Will Make You NOT pick up a book

Oh this is hard...very hard....
IF I EVER READ THIS ON THE BACK OF A BOOK.....YEAH, PROBABLY NEVER EVER GOING TO PICK IT UP!

1.) In the mystical kingdom of Poochyhauna, a terrible curse was spread throughout the land....by an evil witch. Every human, once the picture of beauty and health, was turned into one of the dreaded blood sucking leeches that thrive in the castle moat, except instead of being the size of a fingernail, THEY ARE HUMAN SIZED! *GASP*
Princess Gernky, was once the fairest human in the entire world, buy now she is a large slimey blood sucking leech, doomed to await her beloved Prince from a far off land for a kiss. Until that day she whiles away her days roaming the countryside in search of cows to suck blood from. 
Prince Herbenweren grew up in the kingdom next to Poochyhauna, fighting alongside his father to kill as many of the leeches as possible. One day after receiving a dreadful perm and become the laughing stock of his family, he flees weaponless out into the country side and runs directly into, you guessed it, Princess Gernky.
When there worlds collide, literally  the fall madly in love. But will the Prince actually have the guts to kiss the Princess? Find out in this debut novel based on the tale of Sleeping Beauty, with it's own unique twist.

2.) A Girl.
A Boy.
And a Rabid Monkey attached to said boy's shoulder.
At birth, Herman was accidentally melded with a rabid spitting monkey, by his (obviously awful at) sorcerer father. His mother, appalled by her fearsome son and her worthless husband, immediately fled into the night screaming, NEVER AGAIN!!!! What she means, by that is still unknown.
When Herman, over 17 years late and a rabid monkey still living on his shoulder, crashes into the girl of his dreams he falls head over heels in love. She, being incredibly awesome, is able to overlook the rabid monkey and develops feelings for Herms. (His nickname is Herms, Hermy if she is in a good mood) 
The girl, (who shall now be called Germs) is worried that Hermy is not truly in love with her, and only feels rabid monkey lust towards her.
Hermy, can not understand why Germs, one of the most beautiful girls ever, (I mean like EVER!!!) would want to love him.
Driven apart by their insecurity, will the two star crossed lovers ever get back together. 
(AUTHORS NOTE: The lovers aren't star crossed ..it just sounded better in the description. Second thing, SPOILER ALERT they get back together on the last page!!! Just thought I should let you know in case it encourages you to read my book.)

3.)  He's always been known as the homeless nerd who lives under the playground slide......but that's not even close to the truth....(Dun, dun, dun...I cued the ominous music!)
Teddy was experimented on as a child...Horrible experiments that would curdle your blood, and if blood can't be curdled, then just imagine it happening to your milk....as you dunk your cookie in it. 
Teddy is forced to live on the streets due to his HUGE appetite which his mom attempts to satisfy. (She just can't afford to provide him shelter AND food.) Teddy chooses to satisfy his hunger by eating the wood chips from the playground, the only reason why he lives on the playground. He likes his food tough.
After running out of wood chips Teddy ventures into the back alley ways in search of food. Discovering an open dumpster he looks inside, only to discover a family of cats. (Awwwww!!!)
Will he befriend them or will they become his next meal?
(ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT: Because I don't want to be thought of as cruel  I'm going to say that by the last page he has befriended the cat family and moved into a wood chip making factory where he happily eats away his days.)

4.) Once in a land far far away and a time long long ago there were two prominent families, both who craved to be the ones to capture the unicorn of legend.
Sadly it did not end well as neither family was ever able to capture the animal. There frustration was taken out on each other with both families accusing the other of scaring the unicorn away! 
Centuries later the feud still exists and is a strong as ever....
Beema loved life. She loved school, her family and all those who ever walked the earth.....except for the Pergerderkens.......the evil family who ruined her family's chances at creating eternal happiness and healing all those around them!
Gladius was the school goth. He loved all things depressing. Black was his favorite color and he surrounded himself with it. His favorite thing to do was to hate....he especially loved to hate the Harkensippers, the family that ruined his family's chances at wealth and world domination.
After meeting for the first time, the saying opposites attract was never more true.
One evening on a secret tryst into the woods the star crossed lovers (This time they really are star crossed.) spot the unicorn. Will it tear the two apart as they try to gain what there families so long ago lost or will it create a stronger bond between them?
(In this case there is no happy endings. They both end up hating each other and falling in love with others. There families then go to war and end up starting World War Three. They call a truce, but Beedius will be no more...In case your wondering Beedius is or should I say was their couple name....WHY? Because I'm cool like that!) 

5.) In a world where Zombies rule and Humans are forced to kiss there feet before sacrifice, a lone werewolf prowls the moors of jolly old England....except for the fact that it is no longer jolly, just filled with rotting Zombies.
Anyhow, the lone werewolf prowls and prowls....Sometimes he walks up straight, or crawls but he prefers to prowl. (I mean who wouldn't?) The werewolf comes across a girl wandering aimlessly, looking good enough to be his next meal, but something stops him....she smells as though she has lived with Zombies for years and years.
Curious the werewolf becomes a man and brings her to a human safe haven. After learning all of her deepest darkest secrets he learns that she has been in love with a Zombie. She got cold feet on her wedding day and ran for it, but her love is still there. As time passes the werewolf falls deeply in love with her. She begins to feel the same way, but her first love The Zombie manages to break into the Safe Haven to win her back. 
Now it is up to her will she choose her first love The Zombie (who is rotting... not sure why she would ever choose him, but love is a funny thing!) or will she choose the werewolf?
In the love triangle of the century, squashing Twilight, The Hunger Games, and any other love triangle out there, who will the girl choose? The rotting Zombie or the blood thirsty werewolf?
(Okay just putting it out there, but I'm team Werewolf all the way....Zombies give me the creeps.) 

6.) Okay I need to be able to semi pronounce a name. It CANNOT be something like Herpsenhedlurghenburt but be pronounced differently. (Bad example I know) And if you're going names from a different country where they are pronounced differently (ex. Tadhg=TEEG=ME GOING WHAT???) then I want the author to at least write how it is truly pronounced. (I believe that Leigh Fallon did this in Carrier of the Mark) So overall don't put scary names on the back cover because I'm a total chicken and WON'T read it.

7.) Don't brag. Okay so when you read a book and on the back they have something like this dystopia is unlike the gazillion others out there....READ IT NOW, to see what others have been praising....Don't miss out and be the only person in the world who hasn't read this book.......I realize that this is soooo not the author's fault, but I feel so pressured when books say this that half the time I won't pick them up.

8.) Flesh eating......I have flesh.....I don't want it to be eaten.....enough said....

9.) Incest....Okay I' seriously running out of ideas here so now I'm just thinking of things that I use to eliminate the assigned summer reading school books. There was once a memoir that we had the option of reading......It had incest......I skipped it.....

10.)  Okay I'm going to do one last summary.....because I have no other ideas..

Alone.
On an island.
Without a way off.
That is how Henrietta's Wednesday begins.
She would complain to someone out there, but there is no one.
Surrounded by nothing but toucans and ostriches, Henrietta is lost without her necessities. i.e. her blow dryer, curler, file, over 300 nail polish colors, foot massage machine....the list goes on.
Henrietta may have grown up with everything, but now she has nothing....How on earth will this city girl survive the trauma of her first broken nail or mass amounts of split ends. Will she survive until her rescue? 
Probably not.....The flesh eating toucans will get to her first.
(SPOILER ALERT: she doesn't make it through the first chapter. The toucans get her and the rest of the story is told from a mouses POV as he watches the toucans eat her and later when a rescue ship  arrives only to find a pile of bones....poor Henrietta.)


Well, that was interesting....As you can see, I really have waaaayyyy to much time on my hands!!! So what do you think of my summaries. Would you read them? The bigger question is if I actually wrote a book about any of them could I sell it to you for ten dollars or perhaps could I get a publishing deal????


(NOTE: I suck at naming things.....so if you have any better names for my beloved characters please tell me......Once I had to write a short story for school and I named all of the characters Door, window, mufffin, whatever I was looking at.......Obviously I've improved in the naming department, right????)


The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between UsTitle: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Rating: Zebra

THE PREMISE
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

(Summary via Goodreads)

MY THOUGHTS
Okay, I need to get this out of the way.....I LOVE Caymen. She is one of the funniest characters....perhaps one of the funniest in the history of the world....that's saying a lot. I love her dry humor. She was a character that really made the book!! So many times when I read a contemporary it blends in my mind with the other contemps. I've read because they are all so similar. But with this book? Caymen was the force that makes this book stand out from everything else!
I also loved how the author examined social classes in our society. So many times it feels as though money shouldn't matter. I mean in a society like ours does it matter? And this book does show the gap in income. I read this right after I had gotten back from a back packing trip, (which, FYI was an AMAZING experience!) but on that trip there were people that were really rich and you could kind of tell. So I could definitely sympathize with Caymen's situation.
I also loved how Caymen's mom owned a doll store and how Caymen was always volunteering to help her out even though she HATED dolls! That was really sweet!
And now on to Xander, the main love interest, or at least the one that really mattered to me. He was a great character and really sweet. He was always there for Caymen and I just really liked him.
The other (not really at all) love interest was a rocker guy named Mason, but as I already said he doesn't count......Seriously, I was not a big fan of him....at all.
I loved Caymen's friend Skye, she was a great character and a good friend to Caymen!
I have two complaints. One is, I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT CAYMEN DIDN'T TALK TO HER MOM EARLIER!!! If there was ever any reason that indicated there was something wrong with my mom, I would be on her case until she told me. Instead of talking to her mom and showing that they actually had a close relationship, Caymen chooses to freak out over her mom......NO, just no......
My other problem was the ending felt a bit rushed. I would have liked a bit more foreclosure about everything before the novel ended......

OVERALL
I adored this book! The characters were fantastic and the humor was perfect. Even now as I write this review, I'm reading sections and understanding again what is so great about this book! Like for example:
"Your stare can make a guy insecure."
"I'm not staring, I'm observing."
"What's the difference?"
"The intent of observation is to gain data and form a theory or conclusion."
or
"We shouldn't talk about it like this or we'll scare poor Caymen. Don't worry. You'll like it. Lots of creepy old men who will want to dance with you, Lots of food that looks like it might crawl off your plate. And the band is so exciting they don't even need a lead singer."
I'm in that band. I'm glad you like it." I say.
"Lucas stutters. "No, I mean yes. The band is great I was just being stupid. I'm sorry."
Gah! I just love this book!!!!! Anyhow, I can't wait to read more by this author! Pivot Point has just been bumped up on my TBR list!!!!
WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: YES!!!! And I would reread it too!
WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YES!!!!
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: TO LOVERS OF HUMOR AND AN AMAZING MC!!!!!
WILL I READ MORE BY THIS AUTHOR: YEP! Pivot Point looks soooo good!!!!

ZEBRA=4.5 STARS!!!!