Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review: Robin in the Hood by Diane Reed

Never have I read a story so unique and captivating as Robin in the Hood! The characters were quirky and some outrageous and I loved every second of it.

At first I had no idea what to expect when a rich privileged girl finds her family broke and breaks her father out of the hospital to keep from being sent away. I was thinking maybe this story would follow the usual rags to riches storyline but then it turned into something totally unexpected. Robin finds herself in a trailer park with a cast of colorful characters and finds she may actually have roots there. As she longs to find out about her family's past she finds herself and love in the process. She may have also found herself becoming a thief. WHAT?!!! But with the beautiful bad boy with a heart of gold, Creek leading the way, I can't blame her for doing some crazy things.

Reed's writing has a mysterious & mystical aspect that left me with the feeling of wonder and intrigue page after page. I simply cannot wait to read the next book in this enchanting YA series.

** I received this book in exchange for my honest review. **

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: The Vampire In My Dreams by Terry Lee Wilde

When young witch, Marissa goes out looking for a suspected vampire with her best friend, she never would have guessed that what she would actually find was her soul mate. Too bad for Marissa an evil vampess named Lynetta had already set her sights on him and she wouldn't give up easily.

This was a quick,fun read with a sweet yet action packed romance between a young witch and a vampire. I really enjoyed that we get to hear the story from both Marissa and Dominic's point of view. I think this really helped me to feel connected with the characters and ultimately to swoon over Dominic's sincere affection for Marissa.Even the secondary characters have me hoping for a sequel to this captivating YA novel. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

All good things must come to an end. So although I have loved and thoroughly enjoyed this entire series, alas I knew it could not last forever.
I love that Sacrifice is Michael's book and that we finally get an insight to how hard it is on him to not only have to deal with being an elemental but also trying to deal with finances, his relationship, and walking the line of brother/parent to his also elemental brothers. Throw in a crazy guide trying to finish the brothers off and it's one dramatic breathtaking ride.
At times I was seriously wondering how much more this poor guy could take. I mean it's bad enough to have everything going wrong but then to be blamed because they think you must be the problem since everything bad seems to happen around you. It's almost too much.
The fast pace and suspense were definitely keeping me glued to the pages. Delicious from beginning to end, Kemmerer has a way of making her characters so realistic and their bonds so true that you can't help but to fall in love with them. So I waited with bated breath to see how things would turn out for the brothers I have come to love and although we didn't get a rock solid ending I can't help but to feel that any other way would feel too definitive and I'm just not ready to let them go just yet. So for now I'll just keep imagining how I think things would turn out for the boys and hope that Brigid decides to one day revisit their story.

*** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. ***

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Zomburbia

Let's start with the positive...

Zomburbia has an interesting premise. Most zombie novels are about the destruction of the earth due to an invasion of zombies. But in Zomburbia it didn't destroy the earth, people just moved into the suburbs and put up fences around their homes, schools, and businesses to keep the undead out.  Some of them also liked to get high off drugs made of zombie brains (what?!) which i thought was a unique twist. The story also had witty dialogue that was fun at points.

 The negative...

I kept reading and reading waiting for something- anything- to happen to make me feel this book was worth the time I was taking to read it... but it just never happened. I felt like it just droned on and on with unlikable characters and never really went anywhere. I like wit and snark as much as the next person but sometimes the fun dialogue turned into just trying too hard. I wanted to like this book. It had all the right components, but in the end it just fell short to me.

 I think some people will love Zomburbia, it just wasn't for me, but if you like zombies and snarky characters then you might want to give it a try.

**This book was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes. **

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Awkwardly Ever After by Marni Bates

Awkwardly Ever After is the fourth book in the fun and adorable, Smith High series, and contains three short stories told from a different characters point of view.

I have really enjoyed this entire series. Marni Bates has this fun youthful energy about her writing that is purely infectious! This last book helps to wrap up some of the involvements from the other books and I really liked getting to visit Smith High one last time. 

The first section focuses on Melanie and her feelings for Mackenzie's little brother Dylan. I was very happy that this story was told after seeing the beginning of their relationship blossom in previous books. 

The second part focuses on Isobel after the mess Melanie gets her into at the beginning of the book. This is my favorite of the three points of view and is downright laugh out loud worthy. The witty banter that I love so much in Marni's writing is full force here and may have even produced a snort laugh or two from me. 

The last section is narrated by Corey and although I wanted to find out more about his relationship after reading the previous books, I wasn't particularly fond of this one. Corey actually annoyed me most of the story and I didn't agree with the outcome of the story after all of his lengthy complaints. But I did like getting a conclusion to his story and overall the book was a great read. 

** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. **

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: Ignited by Corrine Jackson

Ignited is the third and final book in the phenomenal "Sense Thieves Series". If you have not read the first two books of the series Touched and Pushed I highly suggest you do so before reading Ignited or this review...

 Team Gabe! I honestly never thought I would say that after reading Touched but then in Pushed he seemed to wiggle his way into my heart and then completely won me over during Ignited. In Asher's defense he has been through a heck of a lot and I still love him but sometimes no matter how much two people were in love with each other sometimes things change and you just aren't right for each other. As was the case between my beloved Asher and Remy.

Jackson's writing is superb and she does an amazing job of creating this amazingly realistic world that you can just lose yourself in for hours. I love that the direction the story took surprised me but somehow seemed like it all ended up as it should at the same time. The characters all grow and change throughout this series in the ways real people would, not the wham bam turnarounds we see way too often.

Ignited has emotion, action, and suspense and is the perfect ending to a fantastic series! These are going on my favorites shelf to be reread again and again.

** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for honest review. **

Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: Starfall by Michael Griffo

Starfall is the third and final book in the compelling Dark Born Legacy Series. Although we have learned in the previous books that Dominy was cursed by a vengeful witch named Luba, we have also come to see she is also blessed. She is blessed with loyal friends and family and knowing no matter the battles she faces, she will never have to do it alone. Her friends keep her balanced. Starfall mentions balance a lot and it's very imperative to the story. There have been loses and gains, curses and blessings, love and hate, friends and enemies, good and evil. Its all about balance and now that one of Dominy's enemies is threatening that balance Dominy will have to form an unholy alliance to restore it and defeat a greater evil. 
I have absolutely loved all of the books I have read by Michael Griffo! He creates these amazing and unique stories that keep me held captive to their pages until the very last word! Starfall does exactly this and was the perfect ending to an amazing series. I loved the future sneak peek at the end. When I get so invested in characters I like to know what happens to them! I'm so glad that was done here.

** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for honest review. **

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

My Review:
 Killer Frost is the final book in the thrilling Mythos Academy series. It's always a little bittersweet for me when such a great series comes to an end. Endings can be hard, but I think this one works very well. Everything that's been building up in the series has led to this final epic battle. I will avoid any spoilers but I will say I was relieved and a little astonished to finally know the deal with Raven. I definitely didn't have a clue what to think of her. It was also very exciting getting to see the roles each of the friends played in the final battle. I definitely recommend reading this entire series, it's the perfect blend of myth, romance, and action. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. 

** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. **

Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Secret ( Elemental #4 ) by Brigid Kemmerer

My review: 

I can not imagine a more befitting title for this book than Secret..... 
Nick has a secret. A secret he feels he can't tell anyone, not even his twin brother Gabriel , especially not Gabriel. When Nick' s girlfriend Quinn finds out that secret, it only adds to the pile of complications and secrets she has in her own life. Nick feels the pressure on all sides and as he tries to deal with his own issues, leaves Quinn feeling alone and desperate. Who she turns to in response will shock you. 

Like all of the books in this series, this story was amazing! This is Nick' s story but I love how we find out more about Quinn and Tyler as well. Plus the new character, Adam, that we met in Breathless is a big part of this one, and I absolutely adore him right from the start! 

Secret is powerful and emotional and I'm not ashamed to admit I cried a couple times while reading it. I don't know how Brigid manages to make me so invested in these boys, but I literally care about each and every one of them. It hurt to see Nick so lost, but it was also wonderful to follow along as he found himself. I've seen some state that they didn't like Quinn or Tyler much in this story and I am bewildered because I had a completely different experience with these characters. Are they both completely messed up and flawed? Yes! But that's what makes them interesting and realistic. I have never cared much for Tyler but after reading Secret I am rethinking my opinion of him. He can still be a total jerk but the glimpse of the pain and bleeding heart under that jerk facade really left me thinking. I would love to get to hear more about him in the future! 

The ending has me anxiously awaiting the next book! Overall, Secret is a fantastic addition to an amazing series and I would highly recommend this entire series to YA paranormal romance fans! 

** I received this book from the publisher solely in exchange for a honest review ** 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Othersphere by Nina Berry

Othersphere is the final book in The Otherkin trilogy by Nina Berry. It begins shortly after Caleb left in Othermoon feeling betrayed by Dez. Now with Caleb gone Dez has started dating Lazar and has not heard from Caleb since he left. After Amaris sneaks out of the school Dez follows her, knowing she's going to meet up with Caleb. She just wants to see that he's okay, but when they are suddenly attacked by Ximon and The Tribunal things take a turn for the worst. Ximon opens a portal to Othersphere and throws Amaris through it into the dangerous other world. Now Dez, Caleb, and the other shifters have to find a way to get her back.

Othersphere is an amazing ride of fantasy and adventure! It was exhilarating picturing the strange new world and learning of the amazing ways it awakens Dez' s senses. I loved finding out more about Dez and her amazing connection to Othersphere. I can only imagine being a teenager trying to find out who you are and where your from while being stuck in a love triangle with two brothers and having the pressure of a friend's death on your shoulders. Needless to say tensions are high within the group, causing emotions to run amuck, pushing the story to a perfect crescendo as they race to save their friend. 

I love the world Nina Berry has created in this book. So dangerously beautiful and breathtaking! It made me a little sad the story had to end. But I think it was a nice ending to the series with everything neatly resolved and Dez finally realizing she chooses who to be and that her origins doesn't have to define her. 

** I received this book for review purposes from the publisher in exchange for a honest review **