Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review: Sworn to Raise

Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1)
Sworn To Raise
Terah Edun
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the kingdom. But beneath her kingdom’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soul bond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.
My Review: I really enjoyed this book. The main character was a girl who was not afraid to stand up for herself and her beliefs. No matter who she was talking too. I liked that a lot a character who stood her ground. I loved the world in this unique story. I found this book both engaging and enthralling. I was pulled into the story with just a few pages and did not want to put it down. I recommend this book for anyone who likes fantasy. I am sure they will be as captivated as I was.  

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review : Mortality

Mortality (The Hitchhiker Strain, #1)
Kellie Sheridan
Patchwork Press
After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.

Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.

Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough......
My Review: This was a great book zombies with a twist was. This book focused more on the survivors than killing zombies. I found this a refreshing take on the zombie phenom that seem to be running in YA now. This is another book I like because it is told in two perspectives. I love seeing the story unfold in two peoples eyes not just one. I also love how their story intersect. I think this book is well written and flows wonderfully. I love the characters and the strength they have even through horrible times. I look forward to reading this series to see how it ends.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Review : Wanted!

Wanted !
Caroline B. Cooney
Open Road Young Readers
Alice is at home painting her fingernails and ruminating on her parent’s divorce when she receives an oddly desperate-sounding phone call from her father. He instructs her to drop what she’s doing, take his car, and bring two computer disks to him at their favorite ice cream shack. Alice can’t believe her father wants her to take his precious Corvette, and she’s not supposed to drive because she doesn’t have her license yet. But he never gets the chance to explain—and he doesn’t show up to meet her. While Alice is waiting in the car, she hears on the radio that her father’s been murdered. She is sick with grief, knowing her father will never join her. And then the radio announces that someone has already confessed via email: Alice herself. Now Alice’s life has become a nightmare. Even her mother believes she’s guilty. How can she clear her name while she’s on the run? 
My Review:  Wow!!!!! Fast paced and amazing. I loved this story. I actually yelled "RUN" a few time while reading it. Besides getting some strange looks from my husband I was not deterred from looking away from this book. I was afraid I would miss something. This book kept me enthralled till the last page and as I write this my heart is just now slowing and I am shocked at how well it ended.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Review : The Summer I Became A Nerd

The Summer I Became a Nerd

The Summer I Became A Nerd
Leah Rae Miller
Entangled Teen
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.
My Review: This book is adorkable. I loved this book. I am buying this book for my daughter to teach her to be true to herself. I loved the characters in this book Maddie was amazing at first I felt sorry for her. To be living a double life is hard and I don't know how she did it for so long, but as the story went on I was happy and proud of Maddie. She shows such courage as the relationships in this book change. I also found out I am a nerd and I don't care who knows this. This book lets the reader explore their inner self and discover who they are. The most important thing is too be themselves no matter what.
Thank you to the publisher for letting me review this book for my honest opinion.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review : Runes

Runes (Runes #1)

Runes (Book 1)
Ednah Walters
Firetrail Publishers
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
My Review: I want to thank the publisher for a copy of this book for my honest review.

This book was incredible. I could not put it down. I read this book in one night and no matter what I wanted to see what happened next. This is a creative and compelling story. The author makes you feel like you are in the story. Raine is a strong and powerful character that stays with you. You also feel her struggle with real anguish and sorrow. I want the rest of the story now, but I will have too wait till book two. I will be waiting with my nose pressed against the bookstores window. This book has it all. Suspense, action and romance. 

Review : Desires of the Dead

Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2)
Desires of the Dead
Kimberly Derting
HarperCollins Children's Books
The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found. Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally, she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.
My Review: Violet is back. Still keeping her gift a secret, but this time it proves harder than before. This book was just as good as the first and I am looking forward to reading the third and fourth. I enjoyed the continuing story and the chills this ran up my spine. Jay and Violet make the perfect couple if she could just stop bodies popping up every where their relationship would ne perfect too. Jay plays his role of overprotective boyfriend to a tee, can you blame him. He almost lose Violet in the first book. This was a great sequel and I look forward to continuing the series.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: Specials

Specials (Uglies, #3)
Scott Westerfeld
Simon Pulse
"Special Circumstances":

The words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor -- frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally's never been ordinary.

And now she's been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.

The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more.

Still, it's easy to tune that out -- until Tally's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same.
My Review: Tally has gone through another operation making her a special. The people she feared the most. Though I enjoyed this book . This book took the story from Tally and focused on the society. This was just as compelling as the pervious two books. The writing is just as good and the others and draws you in from the start. This was the first series I have completed in a while that made me sad to see the finale but it was a great ending.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: The Elf Girl

The Elf Girl (Journey into the Realm, #1)
The Elf Girl : Journey into the Realm
Markelle Grabo, Incorporated
The beginning of an incredible journey...

At fifteen, Ramsey Wilder spends every day receiving numerous taunts and insults from those around her because of her strange, exotic looks. With her pale skin and striking features – not to mention the pointy ears – she struggles with self-confidence, often feeling out of place in her small home town of Wisconsin.

One night, Ramsey nearly drowns from what she can only describe as a magical encounter, and when she meets a beautiful pair of siblings who happen to have the same physical features as she, Ramsey learns that she is far more different than she once realized. She is an elf.

Whisked away to a magical Realm with unique beings like her, Ramsey finds herself placed with the duty of finding her long lost sister. Kidnapped by fairies in the middle of a dangerous war between fae and the elf kind, her sister is the key to a secret surrounding Ramsey’s past that could potentially affect the outcome of the war. Without her, Ramsey will never know why her parents sent her to live with the humans in the first place, or why threats far deadlier than the war itself seem to be waiting in the wings.

Dangers lie waiting for Ramsey wherever she goes, and as she delves deeper into the world of fantasy, she learns that magic isn’t always wondrous and beautiful; it can be cruel and wicked.

Surrounded by mystery, magic…and even a little romance, Ramsey sets out to save her sister, unveil her past, and discover herself.
My Review: I want to thank the author for a copy of this book for my honest review.
       This book was amazing. I was drawn into the story because of Ramsey's flash back to how her life as "Elf Girl " started. Yes kids can be cruel. This high fantasy was compelling and intense. Ramsey was a great character. Being thrown into the life she was Ramsey acted as you would expect a 15 year old to react lending her believability. Ramsey faced the changes in her life with courage. The supporting characters are well written and help the stories flow. The challenges that face Ramsey are both mysterious and adventurous.
Markelle Grabo is a young writer that grasps the genre with great energy. I felt the worlds she created was outstanding and I want and will read more. I felt like I was in the world created and I did not want to leave. This writer is compelling and amazing to read. I loved this story I can not praise this story enough.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Review : Some Quiet Place

Some Quiet Place

 Some Quiet Place
Kelsey Sutton
Flux Books
Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.

Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?
My Review:  This book was amazing. I was drawn into the story by the unique idea of seeing emotions. Imagine being able to see how people really feel. Elizabeth is a complicated character. I can't say I felt anything for her, but her life was so compelling I could not stop reading. I was amazed at the action , mystery and romance in the book. For someone that can't feel emotions Elizabeth sure had me running through mine. Great read and loved how it ties all together in the end.