Friday, December 13, 2013

Review: Sugar Skull


Sugar Skull
Denise Hamilton
Pocket Star
Tenacious heroine, Eve Diamond, in an electrifying new novel of suspense. When a distraught father breaks past security to beg for her help, "Los Angeles Times" reporter Eve Diamond can't refuse. His daughter, caught up in the rough "squatter" lifestyle, is missing -- and Eve, sensing a scoop, wants to know why a privileged teen from Pasadena would hook up with the dregs of Hollywood. When the girl is found dead, Eve suspects there is more going on than the tragic death of a rebellious youth.

The search for answers will take Eve from the street world of drugs and sex to the upper echelon of L.A. society -- who don't appreciate her digging up their dirt. Even as Eve fights against the powers-that-be who want her off the story, she finds herself mixing business and pleasure when she's irresistibly drawn to the brooding son of a Mexican music titan. For it is in his world -- and in the intricate sugar skulls that mark the Mexican "Day of the Dead" -- that Eve may find the key to unmasking a killer
My Review:  When I finished the first book in this series "The Jasmine Trade" I was blown away. So I dug this out off my shelf. I do not know how long I have owned it for but I was gun-ho to read it. I thought it was good and well written, but it did not blow me away. I did like it and the story was intriguing but I guess the newness of the author was gone ( if that makes sense). I also found some similarities between the two books. I will continue the series and see what happens.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review : The Devouring

The Devouring
Simon Holt
Little Brown Co.
When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.

To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?
My Review: This was a great book. I like horror but never expected to be scared in a YA book. This did a great job of that. Also a compelling read I needed to find out what happened next. This book did everything a good horror book should do :
1. Scare the crap out of you
2. Keep you up at night
3. You think about the story when not reading
4. Compels you to pick up the book every chance you get. 
Those are the four things that a horror novel should do. I am glad to say this one hit all four on the head. I have already bought the next two in this trilogy and I will be reading them soon.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Review : Sia

Josh Grayson
Josh Grayson
When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.
My Review: I received this book through netgalley for my honest review.
    I loved this book. Josh Grayson debut novel was a real page turner. Sia is an interesting character because she is experiencing everything for the first time and we are there with her. Too wake up no memories is a great concept. We sympathies with Sia and see her struggle to find out who she is and what her life was before everything happened. I am buying this book because it also teaches some important lessons also. I think every teen should read this book they may learn something about themselves.