Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review : If We Kiss

If We Kiss
Rachel Vail
  Harper Teen
If We Kiss is the story of Charlotte (Charlie to her friends), who finds herself falling for a boy who is off-limits. Her best friend is in love with him, and her mother and his father are dating. Still, Charlie can't help but wonder, what would happen if we kiss?

My Review : I don't know why but I seemed to be on a contemporary kick lately. I have never read any before, but I have so many on my shelf that I figured why not. I am happy I picked up this first. It was light easy read that brought back fond memories of my first kiss. How at that young age how confused your emotions get and your not sure what is going on. I like Charlie's character because you sympathize with the mixed feeling and puzzlement she feels. What does this kiss mean? I also like how Charlie is true to age. She does not rationalize it and forget about it. Like most young girls this throws her life into turmoil. It is a charming tale of love at first kiss (kind of ) (Maybe???)
Great story loved the characters and will read the sequel .


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Hero Worship

Hero Worship
Christopher E. Long
Ever since becoming an IWP—Individual with Powers—Marvin Maywood has dreamed of joining the Core, a group of gifted heroes who save lives and stop crimes. But because he's a homeless teenager who is forbidden to use his amazing powers, wanting and achieving that dream are two very separate things.

But when Marvin saves a family from dangerous hoodlums with his incredible strength and speed, his chance to try out for the Core comes at last. The opportunity seems like a dream come true—until he realizes that the idyllic hero life he imagined is just a mask for the corrupt reality. And when a beloved hero is murdered, Marvin is suspected of being the villain behind the crime.
My Review:  I was given this book by Netgalley and Flux for my honest review.
      I was instantly draw into this book. The world building and characters were well done and compelling. This book was fast paced and easy to read. Marvin is a wonderful character. He propels the whole story with his humor, intelligent, and compassion. The supporting character are good and help the story progress nicely. Marvin is so star struck by The Core he is pulled in two directions . His friends seem to abandon him but come to his aid when really needed. Marvin eyes are opened to the dark world of power and how it corrupts. Great story, can be part of a series but it is a stand alone . I will be looking for more by this author . Really liked his writing style and pace.

Review: Cursed

Lizzy Ford
 Evatopia Press
Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father’s home in New Orleans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of a curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse ... the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?

The day before his senior year begins, Jayden is given a skeleton key passed down through his family for generations -- a gruesome reminder of how his ancestors betrayed their own people and sold them into slavery. He doesn’t believe in the curse the key allegedly bears and puts it away with the intention of forgetting about its message. Until he meets Adrienne, a girl he’s compelled to for more reasons than her beauty.

He’s not the only one who notices her. A man in a skeleton mask and a voodoo gang member are also drawn to Adrienne. One is determined to protect her. The other intends to mislead her. Haunted by the mythical Red Man, all are connected to the ancient curse.

Can they overcome their misgivings about one another and prevent the dark prophecy looming over them? Or will they be lured away from each other by evil’s siren song?
My Review : . I received this book from netgalley for my honest review

 I devoured this book. It was a refreshing read from the other books I have been reading lately because it dealt with voodoo, but more on that later.
      Adrienne was a good character, head strong and fearless too a fault. I could relate with her quest for answers about her sisters disappearance. Her anger and confusion when no one will help her. It compelled her to dig deeper to find out what happened and brings her face to face with danger and the secrets that everyone tries to hide.
   Jayden was also a character I found interesting. Divided by two worlds. His father's world ( rich and classy ) and his mother's (poor and superstitious) Trying to please everyone all the time and be the good son. Until he meets Adrienne and fall for her instantly. Their relationship seem doomed from the start. It is a wonderful treat to learn how these two characters lives are intertwined with because of their ancestors.
   The most interesting part of the plot to me is the elements that deal with voodoo. Wonderfully done you feel like it is another character in the story. Voodoo brings a creepy and unique feel to this story using the history and belief of people. This story is sometimes dark and dangerous but also a action adventure story. This has it all. I want to read more.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Review : Witch and Wizard

Witch & Wizard
James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
 Little Brown and Company
Everything is about to change. The government has seized control of every aspect of society, and this is the astonishing testimonial of Wisty and Whit Allgood, a sister and brother who were torn from their family in the middle of the night, slammed into prison, and accused of being a witch and a wizard. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped; some have been accused; many others remain missing. Their fate is unknown, and the worst is feared--for the ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty, music and books, art and magic . . . and the pursuit of being a normal teenager.
My Review: I have read several adult books by James Patterson, but this is the first YA book of his I have read. Also the first book I have read of his with a co-writer. This did not disappoint. I expected it to be a fast paced action packed adventure, and that is what I got. We are thrown into this world just as it is all falling apart for  Wisty and Whit Allgood, and the journey they go on is entertaining and creative. I really enjoyed this first book, but I was kind of let down because of this fact too. The characters do not seem as well developed as they could have been. The lack of a backstory just seem to make the story fall a little flat. I am hoping the next book  develops Wisty and Whit better and leads me to root for their survival in a world turned upside down. Right now I really don't have any emotion for them. I am will to give this story one more book to see if it can be turned around.

Review: Backwards

Todd Mitchell
At the moment Dan’s life ends, the Rider’s begins. Unwillingly tied to Dan, the Rider finds himself moving backwards in time, each day revealing more of the series of events that led to Dan’s suicide.
As the Rider struggles to figure out what he’s meant to do, he revels in the life Dan ignores. Beyond the simple pleasures of a hot shower and the sun on his face, the Rider also notices the people around Dan: his little sister, always disappointed by her big brother’s rejection, his overwhelmed mom, and Cat — with her purple hair, artistic talent, and misfit beauty. But Cat doesn’t want anything to do with Dan. While the days move in reverse and Halloween looms, it's up to the Rider to find out why Cat is so angry, and what he must do to make things right.
My review: I liked this book. The way it begins was strange to me but once I realized it was Dan's life in reverse I got the concept. I like how we learn about Dan and what has happened to make him feel that suicide is the answer. At first I did not like Dan . Moody and disengaged from his family but after the Rider decided to change Dan you get the sense that there is more there than meets the eye.
The Rider is a different perspective that has a broader view of Dan's life so we see how everything comes together . I am going to look for more books by this author because his writing style is creative and interesting.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Review : Prey

Allison Brennan
 Ballantine Books
First, she imagined it. Then a killer made it real.
Rowan Smith is living in a borrowed Malibu beach house while her bestselling novel is made into a Hollywood movie. A former FBI agent with a haunted past, Rowan thinks she has outrun her demons. But fiction and reality collide when a dismembered body is found in Colorado: the real-life victim had the same name, occupation, and looks as a character in Rowan’s novel. By the time the FBI, the LAPD, and her own private bodyguard gather around her, another person is killed–again, the murder ripped from the pages of Rowan’s book.

In the company of a former Delta Force officer with secrets of his own, Rowan faces an excruciating dilemma: the only way to chase down the tormenting killer is by revisiting the darkness of her past–and by praying for some way out again.

After the prey is chosen, the hunt is on and the kill is certain.

My review:  This book was a quick read because it is so action packed and the story flows so well. From the start the story grabs you and compels you to see who did it , and why. Rowan was such a complex character and her secrets so deeply hidden you devour the book to discover them all. I finished this book in about two days because I had to work but to tell you the truth I wanted to call in sick so I could finish it. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I want to see that happens to all the character next.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Unwind

Neal Shusterman
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.
My Review:  This book was amazing. I was brought into a world that boggled my mind. I have to read the rest of the series. This book blew me away with such an unusual concept, and the way it was handled was spectacular. My son and I talked about this book for over an hour. I can not express how much I really enjoyed this book. The adventure the main characters went on was eye opening and interesting. As we read we bond with each of them for different reasons. I loved how all three of the kids in the book grow and become their own person, but their stories still intertwine together to show us this unique world that Neal Shusterman has created. A world I would never want to live in but I did enjoy visiting.