The Edge Of Never by J.A. Redmerski (Review)

"The Edge of Never is a MUST READ. It was absolutely perfect in every way a book is supposed to be perfect."

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"Forbidden love, an old prophecy, shapeshifters, magic, betrayal and sacrifice - Captive has all that and more."

Heaven Bound, Hell Hunted by Caitlin Elyse [Review + Giveaway]

"the best paranormal romance I've read in a while"

The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson [Review]

"If you're looking for an eerily, ghostly read, this is definitely something you should pick up."

Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista(Review)

"I am literally mesmerized by the story of Arianne and Niko."

Six Months Later by Natalie Richards (Review)

"Six Months Later is a total nail-biter from start to finish!"

Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Review)

"...a fascinating meditation on life, death, and everything in between."

Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Review)

"I honestly cannot say enough good things about this book"

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins (Review)


Genre:
Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Poetry, Verse, Family
Publication.Date:September 11, 2012
Pages:602 (paperback)
Published By:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
Website:Ellen Hopkins 

Tilt on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt….

Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby?

Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister’s impending death. Can he accept Alex’s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened?

Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.

Love, in all its forms, has crucial consequences in this standalone novel.

(Goodreads)

Ellen has a knack for writing beautiful poetry. There is even meaning behind how she forms her stanzas. For these quotes, I did not follow that format as it proved too tricky for me to do so on blogger. However, I feel that these quotes are powerful even in paragraph form.

Coyotes hunt in packs, and so do assholes.
I can't speak for God she said. But I have thought long and hard about this. Shelby has given us a glimpse of human perfection, because inside that flawed body is a spirit untouched by greed or artifice or hatred. Shelby is the essence of love.
For some reason, that reminds me of this author who came to our school. He talked about how every word an author writes causes ripples, like tossing a stone into a pond. And how you don't know where they'll go, or who they'll touch, or when they might come back to you. I think everything you do is kind of like that, too.

Ellen Hopkins has a knack for writing extremely vivid and realistic stories. In each story line, we see teenagers struggle with their identities, families, and personal lives. Mikayla is definitely my favorite of the three while Shane's and Harley's stories are a close second and third - they kept going back and forth for me.

One of my favorite aspects of how Ellen formatted these poems is at the end of each segment, she gives us a peak into the mind of different characters affected by the actions of our main three. My favorite ones came from Shelby, Shane's four year old sister. Shelby does not have the ability to talk, but the thoughts she had were so innocent and beautiful that I wished for more from her.

Each character is distinct with his or her own clear voice and personality. Mikayla is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Dylan, and thinks her parents are too controlling and "mean." However, once she learns of her pregnancy, and finally comes clean, there is a huge turn around in her attitude. She becomes an adult much too early, but I admire her for her decisions and her gumption to stick to what she believes.

I found myself feeling more pity for Shane than our girls. His sister is incredibly sick with in incurable disease and needs constant care. She cannot talk, eats through feeding tubes, and is essentially living on borrowed time. His parents are distant with his mom focused on Shelby and his dad caught up in his work and is usually drunk or passed out from drinking. He finds solace in weed and eventually his boyfriend, Alex. Things go from bad to worse when Shelby dies and I just want to scream at his parents to pay attention to the downward spiral Shane is in.

Harley just needs to be put in a big protective bubble. After meeting her soon-to-be stepbrother, Harley drastically changes herself. She loses weight, starts wearing tight clothing and makeup, and becomes a person who wants nothing more than to please whatever boy is currently paying attention to her. While I feel bad for Shane, I ache for Harley. She wants to grow up so fast and have a boyfriend that she compromises herself and her values.

Like I mentioned within the quotes, even the way Ellen formats some of her poems have meaning. There's a structure behind them that means something other than to avoid conformity of poems. Some poems even have poems within them, particularity those that come from someone other than the main three.

These stories are so real, so vivid, than I can picture them happening to anybody across the world - and I imagine that they have played out in some form. After finishing Tilt, I found out that it is a companion novel to Triangles. It's obvious that something is going on with the parents and I was curious to find out what, though I did have my suspicions, and I'm thrilled that I have the opportunity to see these stories from the perspectives of the moms.


  
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

First Impression by Pauline Creeden (Review)

Genre:
Young Adult, Paranormal, Supernatural, Ghosts
Publication Date:  March 31st, 2014
Pages:176
Published By:  AltWit Press
WebsitePauline Creeden

First Impression on Goodreads
My review copy:Review copy provided by author in return of an honest review
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Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.


Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?
(Goodreads)

I nod and take his hand. When my fingers touch his palm, vibrations trickle up and down my skin. And I thought his voice made me into a tuning fork.
"You care now.  I've made it to the small circle of people that you care about, and that's a very privileged place to be." My throat constricts, and even though I try to speak, I can barely breathe. He smiles at me gently. "And you've broken into mine."
Even though it's so late, people are up, living life, or maybe even watching Doctor Who reruns on Netflix, like I was.
And just when I thought I no longer believed in magic. I blink hard and shake my head, but the image of the young man with an owl on his shoulder doesn't go away. They remain, walking in and out of the shadows.

My first thought about this book was look at that cover! I know, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest, we all look at pretty covers. So, then I read the description and it sounded like it would be a great read. Well, it was. I really enjoyed it. It was about ghosts and hauntings. It was light so people could still read it without being afraid to turn out the lights.

Pauline Creeden's writing is good. There were times that it was a little repetitive, like she would use the same phrase a few times, but she kept me reading, which is the ultimate goal. If a writer keeps me reading, that means they're doing something right. And I believe that Pauline's writing will only get better.

The main character in this book is Chira Kelly. I liked her. I related to her a lot. She was a nerd who loves Doctor Who. Within the first chapter, I knew I was going to like Chira as soon as she said she was watching Doctor Who reruns on Netflix. Her best friend is Tasha and I liked her too. There was a rumor that went around they're school that they were lovers but they weren't. But because of that rumor and a few other problems, Chira led her life as an outcast.

And then Ben comes along. Tall, mysterious Ben who has an accent. Ben who wears brown contacts to conceal that he sees more than just what meets the eye. Ben is a shadow maven. And Chira likes him. I like him too. He's protective. He's handsome. And he has a freakin' accent. :]

First Impression was a great first book in this series and I will definitely be checking out the next one. The only thing that I wish First Impression had was more of a creep factor. I was hoping to be a little spooked but I wasn't really creeped out a whole lot. So, I hope the next one has a little more scare factor in it!


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The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fischer (Review)

Genre:
Adult, Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publication.Date  April 1st 2014
Pages:280
Published By:  TOR Books
AuthorSharon Lynn Fisher

The Ophelia Prophecy on Goodreads
My review copy:Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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New sci-fi romance from the RITA Award nominated author of GHOST PLANET!
* * * 
Our world is no longer our own. We engineered a race of superior fighters -- the Manti, mutant humans with insect-like abilities. Twenty-five years ago they all but destroyed us. In Sanctuary, some of us survive. Eking out our existence. Clinging to the past. 

Some of us intend to do more than survive.
* * *
Asha and Pax -- strangers and enemies -- find themselves stranded together on the border of the last human city, neither with a memory of how they got there.

Asha is an archivist working to preserve humanity’s most valuable resource -- information -- viewed as the only means of resurrecting their society.

Pax is Manti, his Scarab ship a menacing presence in the skies over Sanctuary, keeping the last dregs of humanity in check.

Neither of them is really what they seem, and what humanity believes about the Manti is a lie. 

With their hearts and fates on a collision course, they must unlock each other's secrets and forge a bond of trust before a rekindled conflict pushes their two races into repeating the mistakes of the past.

(Goodreads)

Pax stepped back and crossed his arms, studying her. She perched like a butterfly on the edge of the console - light and fragile, trembling softly. Light, yes. Fragile, no. He had a stinging ache in his side to remind him of that.
The animal in Pax was awake and busy - lighting up nerve fibers, readying his muscles. His mate was walking away from him, and a living wall stood between them. He growled with impatience, at the others and at himself.
"I'm never letting you out of this room," he rasped in her ear.
"There's nowhere else I want to be."




     Sharon Lynn Fisher's second novel, The Ophelia Prophecy, is a highly entertaining, action-packed, escapist science fiction romance, full of thrills, twisty surprises and tension. It might not be the most polished sci-fi pearl out there, but it certainly delivers everything a good sci fi book should: solid action, unique creatures, some really interesting ideas, captivating, well-thought-out plot line and lots and lots of excitement. Plus, it's hot. Seriously, mind-blowingly hot. 

     The story follows the extraordinary adventures of Pax and Asha, as they find themselves at the center of the conflict between humans and Manti, a race of hybrid half-insect warriors. Asha is a human girl who works as an archivist documenting and analyzing information about the Manti. The story kicks off with her being captured and taken into captivity by Pax and his sister, Iris. Pax and Iris are both Manti, and not just any Manti, but amir's children (which basically makes them the prince and the princess of the Manti people). With no memory of how she ended up on the beach outside her hometown and safe zone, Asha has to try her best to figure out what happened prior to her encounter with the Manti siblings and find a way to escape her captors. And considering Pax's unexpected and nearly uncontrollable passion (or horniness, if you will) for her, the task might prove very hard, if not impossible. And the things she'll learn in the process - about her family, her hometown and herself - will change her life forever.

     Told in alternating voices of Asha and Pax, The Ophelia Prophecy is a highly addictive story. Gripping, fresh, steamy and very entertaining, it's a real page turnener of a book. Personally, I enjoyed it way more than I ever thought I would. This was my very first science fiction romance and I won't lie, I was a bit skeptical at first. I wasn't sure if this will prove to be something I'll connect with, or something I'll have to suffer through. Thankfully, from the moment Pax and Asha exchanged their first words, I knew I was in for a treat. And I was right. The Ophelia Prophecy proved to be one helluva entertaining ride for me. I breezed through the entire thing in no time and am now counting days to the release of the second book. 

     The book is literally overflowing with sexual tension and amazing chemistry between the characters. The world-building and unique mythology created by the author are truly epic. Sharon Lynn Fisher presents us with a broad palette of interesting characters and vividly described settings, through which she paints a fascinating, fully realized world. It's an intriguing sci fi vision and a hot romance, but don't think that's all it is. It is so much more than just that. It's quite a clever and multi-layered exploration of what makes us human. It's a complex political intrigue. It's a tale of love and trust, passion and betrayal, unexpected alliances and fighting for what is right - even if it means going against your own family, race and everything you believed in. 

     If you enjoy a good romance story set against an exotic background and filled with interesting characters, settings and ideas, The Ophelia Prophecy is the book for you. The science fiction part is complex enough to satisfy all fans of sci fi flicks, but not heavy enough to weigh down the plot line. The action races along at a near break-neck speed, the romance is deliciously spine-tingling and the conclusion of the first book, while perfectly satisfying, leaves you craving more. More of Pax and Asha. More of their intriguing universe. More of the gasp-worthy secrets and evil plottings of their enemies. More, more, more! I really can't wait to find out what happens next!


About the author:


I write books for the geeky at heart -- sci-fi flavored stories full of adventure and romance. I have a passion for world-building and twisty plots, and themes that recur in my writing include what it means to be human and symbiosis in human relationships.

- Awards: RWA RITA finalist, 3-time RWA Golden Heart finalist.
- Labels: Aries. INFJ. Geek Mom.
- Hobbies: Mountain bike, climb, hike, and breathe in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
- Vices: Battle writerly angst with baked goods, Irish tea, champagne, and craft beers.
- Favorite color: Green. Blue. Pink. Yellow. Teal. Aw hell.
- First accomplishment as a writer: Honorable mention for "Ice Age Adventure" from Cricket.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris (Review)

Genre:
Young Adult, Romance
Publication.Date  August 6, 2013
Pages:320
Published By:  Entangled Teen
WebsiteRachel Harris

A Tale of Two Centuries on Goodreads
My review copy:Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Where to get:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0988695103?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0988695103&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forever-my-girl-heidi-mclaughlin/1114035505?ean=9780988695108&itm=1&usri=9780988695108&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10:1&r=1,%201
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780988695108
http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Girl-Beaumont-Heidi-McLaughlin-ebook/dp/B00ATNJW3Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=



Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea.

One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with possibility.

With the clock ticking, Less knows she must live every moment of her modern life while she still can. But how will she return to the drab life of her past when the future is what holds everything she’s come to love?
(Goodreads)

"Baby, you're not the one who needs to change, and definitely not for a chickenshit like me. You're perfect the way you are, and I'm an asshole for not realizing it sooner."
With a determined nod, he takes two brusque steps in the direction of the exit. Unfortunately, as he does, the pocket of his jeans catches on a rack of California-inspired souvenirs, sending a shower of overpriced goodies to the floor. Shooting the woman manning the counter an apologetic glance, he stops to replace a few on the stand. Then, popping back to his feet, he flees the shop without another look back. My gaze widens in delight.

Austin Michaels is flustered.

And he's flustered because of me.
Austin slaps hands with Lucas in a manly sort of greeting. "Though I ain't gonna lie, another hour with her all to myself wouldn't have sucked."

I had a great time reading My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century. It was cute and fun, and the perfect book to get me trying reads that are more historical instead of my normal stuff. So I obviously had high expectations for the sequel to such a great book. I was somewhat worried about being able to relate to the main character this time around, since she's from the sixteenth century, but I was also excited to see where this story would go, since it has such a compelling premise. Unsurprisingly, I ended up loving this book even more than I adored the first. 

I loved Less. Relating to her turned out to be such an easy thing to do--she was just a simple girl who wanted to follow her dreams and be happy, as opposed to living the life everyone expected her to live in her time. She was kind and so clueless in the cutest way, at first. She went through some awesome growth throughout the story, and even though I liked her the whole time, my level of liking definitely went up by the time the book was over. 

Austin was not what I expected. At all. And that is a very, very good thing. For some reason, I'd pictured him as a cute little nice boy before I read the book. Then I actually started reading it, and he turned out to be a sarcastic bad-ish boy who ended up to be so sweet. It's not a secret that I adore my bad boys in books, especially the ones that have a soft spot only for the MC. And that was Austin, pretty much. He was nice, he was protective, and I wanted to spend loads and loads of time with him. He definitely made me blush. ;)

The romance in this novel exceeded my expectations, big time. Since Less is from the sixteenth century, what I'd imagined the romance to be like was completely watered down. HA. In the actual book, the romance is way more, and way sweeter, than I ever could have imagined. I kind of want to slap my expectation across the face for not being higher than they were on this front. Because seriously. I fell in love with Austin pretty much the first time we met him, and that was even before he started being the protective and kindhearted person he became after growing closer to Less. I APPROVE OF ALL OF THE ROMANCE. 

Rachel Harris' writing was amazing, yet again. She strings words together in such a fabulous way, the whole book literally flew right by. Literally. I made it to the end of the book and flipped the page, and honestly said "AWWWW" because there wasn't anymore left to read. I wish so hard that Austin and Less' could never ever end. But alas, it must. Sigh. Along with the flew-right-by quality, Harris also did a great job of portraying Less as a main character I could actually see being from the sixteenth century. She didn't use contractions, she was suitably baffled by modern-day things and situations, and she was just so old-fashioned. But she still adapted to modern timed quite well, too, which I also thought was perfect. 

Overall, Rachel Harris has written such an engaging, sweet novel that I loved every moment of reading. Austin and Less were characters that I positively adored, and their story was adorably magnificent. I truly miss these characters already, and I look forward to seeing as much of them as I can in My Not So Super Sweet Life!




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