Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blog Tour : Untimed

Charlie’s the kind of boy that no one notices. Hell, even his own mother can’t remember his name. And girls? The invisible man gets more dates.

As if that weren’t enough, when a mysterious clockwork man tries to kill him in modern day Philadelphia, and they tumble through a hole into 1725 London, Charlie realizes even the laws of time don’t take him seriously.

Still, this isn’t all bad. In fact, there’s this girl, another time traveler, who not only remembers his name, but might even like him! Unfortunately, Yvaine carries more than her share of baggage: like a baby boy and at least two ex-boyfriends! One’s famous, the other’s murderous, and Charlie doesn’t know who is the bigger problem.

When one kills the other — and the other is nineteen year-old Ben Franklin — things get really crazy. Can their relationship survive? Can the future? Charlie and Yvaine are time travelers, they can fix this — theoretically — but the rules are complicated and the stakes are history as we know it.

And there's one more wrinkle: he can only travel into the past, and she can only travel into the future!

My Review :  This is a book  that I found unique and interesting. I have not read many book with time travel and it was a refreshing change. I found the character quite believable and I enjoyed reading a book with a little of everything in it. Suspense, action , romance and mystery this has something for everyone in the older ya readers  to adult reader.


Let's meet the Author

Andy Gavin is a serial creative, polymath, novelist, entrepreneur, computer programmer, author, foodie, and video game creator. He co-founded video game developer Naughty Dog and co-created Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter. He started numerous companies, has been lead programmer on video games that have sold more than forty million copies, and has written two novels including The Darkening Dream, a dark historical fantasy that puts the bite back in vampires.


Giveaway: $25 Amazon GC   signed copies of his video games Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters

Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters
Dr. Frankenstein's Daughters
Suzanne Weyn
Scholastic Press
Giselle and Ingrid are the twin daughters of Doctor Victor Frankenstein, but they are very different people, and when they inherit his castle in the Orkney Islands, Giselle dreams of holding parties and inviting society -- but Ingrid is fascinated by her father's forbidden experiments.
My Review :   Really liked this book. I enjoyed the twins and the extreme differences between them, and because the book is told thought both girls eyes you get a unique view the same time frame. As the story progresses we view Ingrid's research and fascination with her fathers works. The story then changes tone and it becomes darker and creepier. I was amazed at how fast I read this book. The suspense keep me reading. I wanted more.
     I also loved the way the author stays true to the original story and time frame it was a nice touch. I will be reading more from this author and look forward to more from her.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Review : Dying to Know You

                                               Dying to Know You
Dying to Know You
Adian Chambers
Amulet Books
Karl, aged seventeen, is hopelessly in love. But the object of his affections, Fiorella, demands proof, and poses him a series of questions regarding his attitude to the many sides of love. But Karl is dyslexic, and convinced that if Fiorella finds out, she will think he is stupid, and unworthy of her, and leave him.

So Karl asks a local writer to help him construct his replies - and an unlikely, but extremely touching, friendship develops between the two men. They both come to learn a great deal about about life from a very different perspective, and when an act of violence shatters their calm, they find their respective appraisal of life shifting in profound ways.
My Review: This was such an emotional book. I thoroughly enjoyed each page. The narrator is a 75 year old man. The bond he develops with 18 year old Karl is so touching and a compelling read. I had a hard time putting this book down and did not want it to end. This book has it all a touching story and characters who give you a lot to ponder. The journey these two people experience together is amazing dealing with loss and love they both grow as people. I have never read a book that has touched me so deeply and stirred so many emotions in me . I would give this book to anybody to read young or old . I am letting my son read it now and can't wait till we discuss it together .

Review : Ripper

Ripper (Ripper, #1)

Amy Carol Reeves
Flux Publishers
It's 1888, and after her mother's sudden death, Abbie is sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. When she begins volunteering at Whitechapel Hospital, Abbie finds she has a passion for helping the abused and sickly women there.

But within days, patients begin turning up murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. As more women are murdered, Abbie realizes that she and the Ripper share a strange connection: she has visions showing the Ripper luring his future victims to their deaths--moments before he turns his knife upon them. Her desperation to stop the massacres leads Abbie on a perilous hunt for the killer. And her search leads to a mysterious brotherhood whose link to the Ripper threatens not just London but all of mankind.
My Review : I know it took me a while to write this review, but I really wanted to reflect on this book. When I first finished it my thoughts were not that pleasant. Then as I thought about it I realized one thing .
       I did like the book this is the authors debut and as a story teller this was a well crafted book. As a reader I always love being transported to different worlds, but this transported me to a different time and I enjoyed that also. Whitechapel is so well described I felt as if it were a character itself. This was my first read of historical fiction and it will not be my last.
       I am use to reading action packed books but this lacked all the action I am use too. Then I remembered this is a YA mystery. I usually read adult hard boiled mysteries so comparing it to them was not fair. As I remembered that I like the book more. ( Not that this book lacked anything in the murders department.) It just seemed slower than adult books I have read. The story is still captivating and very well written.
     Abbie the main character was what I imagine a young girl would be like in 1888, but sometimes I found that frustrating because she did not ask the questions I think someone would ask now. Abbie was trying to find a killer and trying to find out more about her mother. Most people she talked to about her mother would elude that they knew her but Abbie never followed up with any questions. I know I would be asking a million questions about my mother. I guess that was not done in polite society back then.
      I also enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the book Abbie unique conection to the killer. I found that intriguing and a nice twist that kept me reading to see what would happen next. So after all was said and done I liked the book and will be picking up the next book in the series.