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Random Post on Release Dates

Posted: June 30, 2013 in Random Posts

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The 3rd book in the Iron Butterfly series (by Chanda Hahn) is scheduled to be release in the fall/winter 2013

The 2nd book in the Guardian Series (by Lynnie Purcell) according to her website should be up no later than the end of August 2013.

The 4th book in the Crossfire Series (by Sylvia Day)—Not announced yet but she has said it won’t be as long as the wait for the 3rd book was.

The 9th book in the Meredith Gentry Series (by Laurell K. Hamilton)–Not yet announced (as of June 2013)

The 2nd book to the Carnival of Souls (by Melissa Marr)–Not yet announced (as of June 2013)

 

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4-stars

Evermore (The Immortals #1) – Alyson Noel

Synopsis:

After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

Review:

**May Contain Spoilers**

I really enjoyed the first book it was a great start to the series.  The main characters are well written and easy to identify with.

Now, with that said, I have seen where a lot of people have compared it to Twilight…as I have said before, I have never read Twilight (and probably never will) so I can not attest to that.  What I can compare it to is the Fallen series (by Lauren Kate)…they both have almost the same premise**Girl dies over and over and over only to be reincarnated to find her true love again**  Now I loved the Fallen series so I am a little biased to the plot of this one as well.

“Ever” can come across a little depressing but given her history it’s easy to understand but I can see how it could get annoying.  I didn’t quite understand the character “Haven”, she is very egotistical and bitchy.

“Damen” is a fantastic love interest.  He has mystery and charisma.  He is what every girl wants…dark, dangerous and seems unattainable.

The sexual tension is very well written and it has the ability (as least for me) to give you actual butterflies 🙂  I did have issue with some of the timeline…I had a hard time figuring out some of the scenes, whether it was a dream or if it was real.  There were also some areas that I had to re-read because I couldn’t figure out where some of the information came from.  It kind of felt like “Ever” had a question in one paragraph and then on the next page the new info came out of the blue and it was not explained where it came from.

I will absolutely continue with the story!

Recommended for teens-there is some language-no actual sex but it is mentioned.  There is also teen drinking.

List of Books in Order:

Evermore

Blue Moon

Shadowland

Dark Flame

Night Star

Everlasting

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4-stars                           2 star

Awakening (Darkest Powers #2) & Reckoning (Darkest Powers #3) – Kelley Armstrong

Awakening

Synopsis:

Chloe Saunders is not your average supernatural teenager. Genetically altered at birth by a sinister team of scientists, she can barely control her terrifying powers. Now the team that created her has decided it’s time to end the experiment. Permanently.

Now Chloe is running for her life along with a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom – but can Chloe trust her new friends?

Review (Awakening):

Contains Spoilers

This was a fantastic continuation of “Chloe’s” storyline.  The pace of the book was fast and even which made it a fantastic page turner.

I wish the love triangle resolved itself a little faster than it did, it got a little old real quick.  “Chloe” can be a little irritating at times and she never really gets comfortable with her powers.

I liked this book more than the first.  It seemed to me that the writing was a little more cohesive and intriguing.

Review (Reckoning):

Ok, let me say that I was very happy with the series up until the last 100 pages of this book.  After finishing this book I had about a scrillion questions that didn’t get answered and I went to bed pissed off.

I realize that there is another series continuing on after this one but it does not include the main characters from this series.  I know the author said that some of the questions get answered in that series but really, ONLY SOME?

I didn’t understand how you could call it a finale and leave it hanging with major questions concerning the main characters.  The author introduces new components to the plot like: other organizations, Mr. St. Cloud (the head bad guy), Chloe’s necklace changing color, ect. and none of those get answered.

It ends with “Chloe” and the boys finding their dad and holeing up in a motel hiding from the bad guys…THAT’S IT!  After all that and then it ends like it does and the author says “Chloe’s” story is over, it’s very infuriating!

I don’t know if I could recommend this to anyone because of how the story ends…it was way less than satisfying.

These books are good for teens: no sex, very little language (if any)

List of Books in Order:

The Summoning

Divided (#1.5  42 page Novella…the story filled in exactly the portion from where Derek left Chloe to when he found her again)

The Awakening

Disenchanted (#2.5  33 page Novella…The Story of Tori & Simon after Chloe gets off the bus)

The Reckoning

Belonging (#3.5  78 page Novella..takes place after Reckoning in Derek’s POV)

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4-stars

Shift (Shade #2) and Shine (#3) – Jeri Smith-Ready

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

Synopsis:

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Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.

Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

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Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.

Reviews:

I am reviewing both because I forgot to do them when I finished the other day.

I LOVED this series.  I was sad that it was over but boy it was a good ride.  I fell in love with all the characters, “Zack’s” emotion and toughness and “Aura’s” passion and devotion were perfect compliments of each other.  I did expect a little more for the conclusion or explanation of the shift.  It felt a little to easy, not to say how they got there was easy, just the way it ended but I couldn’t have asked for a better character ending.

I only had one complaint:  When “Logan” finally crosses I had the feeling that it was still unfinished and I think that was only caused by “Aura” closing her eyes when it happened so she never actually saw it happen causing her to continuously question it.

It’s Ghost Whisperer meets Twilight (I never read Twilight, I’m going off the movies).

There’s not much else to say other than, I would definitely re-reads these books.

I thought this series was beautifully written.  The pace of these books were fantastic and kept me turning the page.

List of Books in Order:
Shade

Shift

Shine

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4-stars

Starcrossed – Josephine Angelini

Synopsis:

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Review:

I absolutely love the premise of this series.  The author has modernized Greek mythology.  I am in no-way saying that it follows any kind of mythology that is actual but it is very entertaining and I can definitely see it inspiring young adults/teens to WANT to learn the true mythology.  The pace of the book starts out a little slow but it is still a page turner.  I absolutely can’t wait to continue the series!

The heritage of all the characters was extremely well thought out.  If I had to relate it to something else I would probably say it’s a super charged mythological “Hatfields and McCoys”.

I love how the author lets you in on secrets and admissions before the characters find out themselves.  That’s the beauty of third person POV with omniscient narrator (which can take some getting used to if you are used to reading first person POV).

I do have to agree with some of the less positive reviews in that “Helen” does come across as a little older than she really is.  She is a very shy, loner type and doesn’t really participate (or want to for that matter) in anything.  I also had a hard time with the way that “Helen” is described, for a longtime I had this manly image of her because she is so tall and strong.  It took awhile for me to get rid of that image in my brain.

There is some humor mixed in making the characters more easily relate-able.

This, so far anyway, would make a great movie…lots of action, back story and emotion.

I would recommend for teens/young adults/adults (and anyone who has any kind of fascination with Greek mythology).  If there was any language it was mild and I didn’t even notice it.  There is no sex but it is mentioned a couple of times.

If you are looking for an entertaining read then give this series a shot and don’t give up after the first 50 pages.  Like I said, it’s a little slow to begin with but your patience will pay off!

List of Books in Order:

Starcrossed

Dreamless

Goddess

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4-stars

Captivate (Need #2) – Carrie Jones

Synopsis:

He smiles. It’s a wicked smile. Kind but not kind. Handsome but dangerous. Feral almost. I can see why Nick nearly killed him, Nick…
I ask again, “Why were you in the road?”
“I was waiting for you.”

Zara and her friends thought they’d solved the pixie problem. And they did – sort of. The pixie’s are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king’s needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it’s enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn’t have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him…until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.

There is no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she’s got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they’re practically inseparable. But when they very thing Zara wants to protect most is exactly what’s at risk, she is forced to make choices she never imagined…

Review:

This book has thoroughly pissed me off…not because it was horrible, it’s a fantastic story, but the things that transpire go against what I thought should happen and it has made me very sad, uncomfortable and scared for “Zara”.  I guess that is what a book is supposed to do, drag you in and make you apart of the story.  This series has done a terrific job of that and I feel like I am going to be stuck in this world for awhile after this series LOL.  I just think that some of the MAJOR decisions that were made were wrong and it’s going to be catastrophic.  Listen to me I sound like this world is real and I am directly affected.

The pace of this book is fantastic and the storyline is unique, at least I haven’t read anything like it before.  This one didn’t have nearly as creepy of a vibe as the first one did but it was still there underneath. There are some holes in the plot which I am hoping will be taken care of in the last two books.  The author has introduced new mythology and still hasn’t explained some of the original mythology themes.

Recommended for teens/young adults: little language, no sex (just LOTS of kissing)

List of Books in Order:

Need

Captivate

Entice

Endure

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3 stars

The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) – Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis:

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

Review:

Okay, let me start off saying that once I finished this book I REALLY want to continue the series.  The only reason I have given it 3 stars is because it took more than 3/4 of the book to get me there.  It has ALOT of set-up to the story.

This book is kind of a cross between The Ghost Whisperer and Charmed.  It’s a great idea it just takes a little bit to get it going.  It almost felt like the author got trapped in an idea and didn’t know how to write her way out.

The main character “Chloe” can be a bit whiny and acts like a giant scaredy-cat and it can get a bit annoying but I still like her.  I know she is only 15 and I could only imagine being faced with the whole “talk to ghosts” thing that young (If it were a real thing LOL).

I only wish I had gone ahead and gotten the 2nd book in the series because HOLY CLIFFHANGER Jacob Marley!

It took me a day and half to read, which, for me was a long time.  Once the story took off, the pace was fantastic and the story really sucked me in.  Now I have to get the next!

I think that it was an enjoyable read and I would recommend if you are looking for something entertaining.

I would recommend for teens: very little language and no sex.  “Chloe” does get freaked out by reanimated dead and it is described but not often (I am easily scared and I didn’t get a major creep factor).

List of Books in Order:

The Summoning

Divided (#1.5  42 page Novella…the story filled in exactly the portion from where Derek left Chloe to when he found her again)

The Awakening

Disenchanted (#2.5  33 page Novella…The Story of Tori & Simon after Chloe gets off the bus)

The Reckoning

Belonging (#3.5  78 page Novella..takes place after Reckoning in Derek’s POV)