Sunday, September 11, 2016

Review : Mortal Danger

Mortal Danger
Ann Aguirre
Square Fish

From Goodreads: Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It's a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what—she can trust. Not even her own mind.

My Review: I really enjoyed the story in this book. Engrossing and at points quite disturbing. The only problem I had with it really is the whole transformation thing. I think in a time where we tell our young people it is okay to be you and look the way you do its message was a little harsh. Don't get me wrong I know kids are still bullied by other for stupid reasons and we want nothing more than revenge on them. This book deals with that and as  Edie gets her revenge,  at what consequences to her. This book keeps you guessing and begs the question is it worth it? This is a series I am going to continue.

Review: Black Ice


Black Ice
Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

From Goodreads: Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

My Review: This was a fact paced thrilling book. Intended for older mature young adults but still good for the older reader too. I enjoy a good mystery of who done it and this book provided that with just the right amount of doubt mixed in. Keeps you guessing and cheering for each little victory Britt has against her captors. My first Becca Fitzpatrick book but looking forward to more.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review : Possess


Gretchen McNeil
Balzer & Bray

 From Goodreads : Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her overprotective mom, by Matt Quinn, the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, the voices are demons - and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from. Literally.

Terrified to tell her friends or family about this new power, Bridget confides in San Francisco's senior exorcist, Monsignor Renault. The monsignor enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession, but just as she is starting to come to terms with her freakish new role, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. And when one of her oldest friends is killed, Bridget realizes she's in deeper than she ever thought possible. Now she must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone else close to her winds up dead - or worse, the human vessel for a demon king.

My Review: This book was interesting and very different from other books I have read. There are parts of this enthralling story that just creeps the heck out of you and the ending caught me off gaurd but this book was delightful and captivating. I was pulled in from the first chapter and continued riding the roller coaster of fear and releif all the way to the end. The characters were wonderfully written with complex detail but also with flaws you would relate too. Bridget was such a strong girl, but trying to live a normal life is impossible when her gift gets in the way. She is also not afraid to express her feeling about her gift and how she wishes she did not posses them. Okay she whined about it but as the story goes on you can understand her unhappiness. Over all a great story and will read more from Gretchen McNeil 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Blg Tour: Omen Operation

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Omen Operation
by Taylor Brooke
Release Date: January 26th 2016
Limitless Publishing


After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.

Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.

If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity...

After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.

Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape...

On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?

As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.

My Review:  This book is so action packed from page one I could not stop reading it. Brooklyn is an amazing character who I admired for her straight forwardness and kick ass ways. She made the book a wonderful and compelling story. The action helped too, never ending and so riveting I really enjoyed this book and need to continue this amazing series.


About the Author

Taylor Brooke is the author of the upcoming sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love- books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Review: The Devil's Only Friend

The Devil's Only Friend
Dan Wells
Tor Books
From Goodreads: John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can...

...but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war.

John doesn't want the life he's stuck with. He doesn't want the FBI bossing him around, he doesn't want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward, and he doesn't want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn't want to kill people. But as the song says, you can't always get what you want. John has learned that the hard way; his clothes have the stains to prove it.

When John again faces evil, he'll know what he has to do.
The Devil's Only Friend is the first book in a brand-new John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.
My Review: I was thriller to find out Dan Wells was continuing the story of John Cleaver, such a complete and interesting character. John struggle with his psychopath side is one you hope he wins, but you have come to understand his struggle is real. After losing everyone he loves he leaves his home town and joins up with the FBI to track the monsters., but longs to be on his own and track down the monsters. This was a great book and if Dan Wells wants to write about John Cleaver for the rest of his life I will read them for the rest of mine. I never have found a character I enjoy so much. Well written and fast paced now I can't wait for the next book. This series is underrated but I am glad too be one of its loyal fans.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review:The Red Bishop

The Red Bishop
Greg Boose
 Full Fathom Five Digital
From Goodreads: Lake Price isn’t your average teenage girl.

Sure, she and her friends are doing what many other high school kids do on Cape Cod: heading to Chatham Manor—nicknamed “Hell”—for a good scare. But for Lake, it's more than just a thrill-seeking game. It’s what keeps her alive.

Ever since her brother, Kimball, disappeared four years ago, Lake has needed the danger and the fear to feel anything but numb.

But on this night, “Hell” has more in store for Lake than she ever anticipated: A handsome stranger from the 17th century, a modern love triangle, a coven of witches, a hint that Kimball may still be alive… and the start to something that only she can finish.
My Review:  I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you to netgalley, Full Fathom Five and Greg Boose
        I enjoy a good horror story and this one was so descriptive and at times terrifying that it hit the spot. Lake is an amazing character who is focused on one mission to save her brother, even with hints of  love triangle Lake is true to her main goal.  This book was so compelling that I did not want to put it down. I lost hours of sleep because  was so entranced in the story. Witches are not something I usually read about but this book has changed my mind. I look forward to reading more from Mr. Boose,he kept me captivated till the end. 

Review: Threats of Sky and Sea

Threats of Sky and Sea
Jennifer Ellision
From Goodreads : Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.
My Review: I received  a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jennifer Ellision and Netgalley.
This book was well written and the story is so fast paced you just seem to start it and it is over. I was sad to see this end so soon, but look forward to the next book. I was immersed in the story right away. Feeling like I was beside Breena in the woods as the story opened. Breena is a wonderful character who has all the values you want a young girl to have, She is smart, hard working devoted daughter and she has a conscience. She does not stand by and let things happen to others she takes action. Her love for her father is another wonderful aspect of the story that I enjoyed. The dynamics of their relationship was something I have not seen in many books but something I always look for when reading stories with my children.
  Jennifer Ellision has created characters and a world I am looking forward to returning too soon.