Friday, May 16, 2014

If I should Die by: Amy Plum

Publication Date:
April 2014

Kate is devastated. Her boyfriend, Vincent, is a revenant who has waited lifetimes to find her. But once he did their future together was shattered almost immediately. They were betrayed by a trusted ally who killed Vincent and destroyed his body so that he could not be reanimated. Now Vincent is doomed to roam the earth as a spirit. But Kate isn't willing to accept life without her true love. She'll risk anything to save him, even as their friend-turned-enemy begins to wage a war to rule over France's immortals.
Amy Plum created an intricate, original mythology for this young adult paranormal series. The books, set in the City of Lights, introduce readers to revenants, undead beings who must sacrifice themselves again and again to save the lives of strangers.

My thoughts:
Poor group, everyone has their issues and they have more problems then a one legged dog. Trying to stop evil and stay alive is not going to happen. Some must die in order for others to live. Vincent is dead and wondering around because his body is destroyed. But who pictured what would happen to Kate. I was shocked and surprise by the outcome of all that. I hoped things would be better for her but turns out things only go down hill, from the first chapter on. 
Things do look up but in order for things to go back Jules must not come home, he's too in love with Kate and wanting what your best friend has can be a problem. 
They face down the evil numa and win, but at what cost. Gaspard knows and will tell you. He also will tell you the future. 

My rating:
5 stars

Let the Sky Fall by: Shannon Messenger

Publication Date: 
December 2013

Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.

When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And as the storm bears down on them, she starts to realize the greatest danger might not be the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.

My thoughts:
Audra is wind and sent to protect Vane, really her family had been protecting him for years. But did he know any of that, no. Vane knows something is weird with his life but he wasn't sure what it was. He is the last west wind, due to an attack on all Westerlies to learn their knowledge
Audra trains Vane, but all the while being with him causes feelings. Not just feelings  from her but him as well, (insert perverted thoughts, by Vane) and I believe these two belong together. 
Spending all that time together also brings up a painful past....due to the love they have maybe they can make it through.
In most opinions Vanes life turn messy when the girl shows up, but I know that things are going to get better if they can defeat the powers that be. I would say it is all hard to deal with but I'm not a forcefield of my own!
And to find out who has caused all the problems is the worst. 

My rating:
4 stars

Up Next:
Let the Storm Break

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Consume by: Melissa Darnell

Publication Date:
September 2013

Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert's joy—and despair. By changing the Clann's golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.
As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

My thoughts:
I feel in love with these teens and this series as soon as I had read the first chapter and the author has more then proven her worth...hoping for more.
So to finally get the chance to read this last book, was so exciting.
Savannah is dealing with her choices in life.Turning Tristan just happens to be one of them. Did she think they would end up traveling in a RV across country with her mom, Tristan and his sister, plus dear old dad? Hell No! Things just never go according to plan and crap hits the fan rather quickly. Tristan loses the only parent he had left, even if she had him thrown out of the Clann. 
Friends tortured, people killed, cities burned and left to kind of drama. But the end of this is amazing and it all comes to a head and and close.

My rating:
5 stars

Glamour by: Andrea Jones

Publication Date: 
March 2014

Stealing the life she's always wanted is as easy as casting a spell.

Townie. That's what eighteen-year-old Christina Sundy is. All year round she lives in a one-stoplight town on Cape Cod, and when summer comes, she spends her days scooping ice cream for the rich tourists she hates. So when one of them takes a job in the ice cream shop alongside her, she's pissed. Why does a blonde and perky Harvard-bound rich girl like Reese Manning want to scoop ice cream anyway?

Something else weird is happening to Christina: tiny blue sparks seem to be shooting off her fingers. It isn't long before she realizes the truth about herself—she's actually a powerful hereditary witch. But her newfound powers are too intense for her to handle and, in a moment of rage, she accidentally zaps Reese into another dimension.

So that no one will notice that the rich girl has disappeared, Christina casts a disguising spell, or "glamour," and lives Reese's life while she tries to find a retrieval spell. But as the retrieval spell proves harder than anticipated, and as she goes about living Reese's life without anyone on the outside noticing the switch, Christina realizes that there's nothing to stop her from making the glamour permanent... except, of course, her fellow witches, a 16th century demon, and, just maybe, her own conscience. 

My thoughts:
I don't get to read too many book that include witches and magic. It just isn't my usual go to. I would prefer something else, but after reading this I think it is time to spread my wings a little(we will see if that happens).
I think this girl is a little to judgmental of others and their wealth. I mean she envies everything they have and would love to live that life but is harsh on her thoughts and ideas of what they are really like. But then to take over her new (rich) friends life because she has done something awful to her is crazy. But so exciting. I really didn't expect things to go done as they did. 

My rating:
4 stars

Friday, May 2, 2014

Cover Reveal for Lupus Awareness Month

Title: "Empower: Fight Like A Girl"
Genre: Anthology of short stories ranging from crime mysteries to paranormal thrillers
Publisher: Words Empower Media
Release date: May 1, 2014

Praise for Empower: Fight Like A Girl

"Even non-girls will feel empowered by these stories about ordinary, flawed characters finding their own strengths. Highly entertaining and original."
- Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Chase and King City, whose mother lost her hearing to lupus.

Women of TV have united against lupus! Presenting Empower: Fight Like A Girl, a special collection of short stories by top women writers from some of your favorite shows, including: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Family Guy, Person of Interest, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, Twisted, The 100, Malcolm in the Middle, Millennium, Being Human, The Shield, Castle, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Game of Thrones. In this anthology, you'll discover supernatural thrillers, crime mysteries, horror, comedies, and more.

Authors contributing stories to this volume include:

  • Amy Berg
  • Cherry Chevapravatdumrong
  • Akela Cooper
  • Liz Edwards
  • Jane Espenson
  • Shalisha Francis & Nadine Knight
  • Lisa Klink
  • Pang-Ni Landrum
  • Lauren LeFranc
  • Kam Miller
  • Jess Pineda
  • Jennifer Quintenz
  • Lisa Randolph
  • Kay Reindl
  • Kira Snyder
  • Jeane Wong

  • All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Lupus Foundation of America to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

    The One that I Want by: Jennifer Echols

    Publication Date: 
    December 2011

    Gemma can’t believe her luck when the star football player starts flirting with her. Max is totally swoon-worthy, and even gets her quirky sense of humor. So when he asks out her so-called best friend Addison, Gemma’s heartbroken.

    Then Addison pressures Gemma to join the date with one of Max’s friends. But the more time they all spend together, the harder Gemma falls for Max. She can’t help thinking that Max likes her back—it’s just too bad he’s already dating Addison. How can Gemma get the guy she wants without going after her best friend’s boyfriend?

    My thoughts:
    First after reading many of Jennifer's books I am in love with this author, but this book is less then stellar. I was actually bored at times and had a hard time stay focus on what I was reading. This girl, Gemma, was once a fat chick (like me) and has gone with peer pressure and started losing weight. The plus side of this is that she exercises and is not throwing up. The only problem I see is that maybe she has too much on her plate. Her parents divorce, keeping her hateful best friend happy and school crap. Then there is teaching kids and going to baton lessons and majorette practice. 
    Throw in a romance that isn't suppose to be and one that have full out drama. Which at times can be amusing but this times I wasn't even interested. I know this can sound harsh but really?

    My rating: 
    2 stars