Archive for February, 2014

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5 stars

Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) – Aimee Agresti

Synopsis:

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she is awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Review:

This book has gotten VERY mixed reviews but here is my take…
I loved it and found it to be a very “tame” relative of The Devil’s Advocate with a little early Buffy thrown in.

This first book is very description heavy and can be a little slow and repetitive but it was worth it. I thought it was worth the patience and besides that I love story rich books.
The author is very good at descriptions and making you feel like you know EXACTLY what something or someone looks like.  It is a dark, mysterious and dangerous story.

I felt like the story was very wall thought out and paced relatively well.

I think “Haven” showed great growth throughout the book as well as her friends.
I absolutely fell for “Lance” and the description that he is a Clark Kent type. I am still not sure how I feel about “Lucian”.

The skill in imagery she used added a lot of depth which was fantastic.

I would love to see this brought to screen. If they could do it in imagery heavy Devil’s Advocate they could certainly do it with this book and in this day and age they could make it beautifully dark and somewhat whimsical.

I would recommend for teens and up…I don’t remember any language and there was no sex.

List of Books in Order:

Illuminate

Infatuate

Untitled (Release Date: March 2014)

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4-stars

(4 stars as a complete series)

Hereafter (Hereafter #1) & Arise (Hereafter #2) & Elegy (Hereafter #3)- Tara Hudson

Hereafter Synopsis:

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life, or her actual death, she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.

Arise Synopsis:

Every second he spent with me, every instant he touched me was like a slow-working poison… I had to end this, now.

When dark spirits threaten to hurt the people Amelia cares for most, she will do whatever it takes to protect the.

Joshua has his own reasons for meeting Amelia at the New Orleans St Louis Number One cemetery at midnight.

Together they will join in a powerful ritual – both knowing that once Amelia steps inside the Voodoo Circle, everything will change, forever.

Elegy Synopsis:

A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back

Hereafter Review:

I would give this 3 1/2 stars. It was a little depressing but the storyline was original albeit a little guess-able.
I could not identify with the main character, she rarely showed enough emotion for me which left me without a sense of her personality. It was a little cold.
I still don’t understand “why” there was such a connection to “Joshua”, why could she touch him for the first time when they were in the water. I guess I need to keep reading to find out 🙂

This book left me with more questions than it answered.  Thank goodness the other books have been released LOL

The pace was a little slow and the conflict felt forced. I never felt a true sense of danger until the end.

Arise Review:

I thought this was a much better planned book than the first one (which was a little slowly paced).
I enjoyed the New Orleans setting very much and the infusion of Voodoo traditions and religion.

The new characters introduced were easy to accept and identify with.

Each situation that changed throughout the story were needed and propelled the story forward.

I am enjoying this series and it seems original to me. I haven’t read anything like it anyway.

I would give this series a shot you may just enjoy yourself!

Elegy Review:

I absolutely loved this book although it is bitter sweet. I don’t want to give anything away and I may be alone in this but I did not see the end coming.

This book had a much faster pace and about 1/4 of the way through I could not put it down. I had to know what was going to happen.

I loved that you were able to see the growth of the characters throughout this series. “Amelia” went from sleepy to tiger, “Joshua” went from easy going to passionate (in more ways than one) and “Jillian” went from egotistical to compassionate and fierce.

I am sad that this journey is over especially the way it’s over but still it is a fantastic love story.

List of Books in Order:

Hereafter

Arise

Elegy

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1)

Posted: February 20, 2014 in 3 Stars, Paranormal

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3 stars

Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) – Kiersten White

Synopsis:

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormal glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Review:

This should actaully be 3 1/2 stars. It got a little irritating how juvenile it came across. The characters were supposed to be teenagers but they read like they were 12.

The story however was enjoyable. I liked the storyline, I can’t remember reading anything like it.

The pace of the book was a little slow for me, it just seemed like the same things over and over but it didn’t cause me to have to put it down because of boredom or anything so I’d call that a win.

I wish there had been a little more passion or forbbiden-ness to the relationship of “Lend” and “Evie”.  There really is no controversy or danger, as of right now, to their so called relationship.  Actually there really isn’t a feeling of real connection between the two either.

The only character that I enjoyed reading was “Reth”…he is a mysterious, dark and dangerous faery who’s agenda is not really known and you can’t tell if he’s a good guy or bad guy yet.

But overall I enjoyed myself and I guess that is what reading is all about!

I would recommend for teens, there was no language that I can remember and no sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Paranormalcy

Supernaturally

Endlessly

Delirium (Delirium #1)

Posted: February 13, 2014 in 4 Stars, Fiction

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4-stars

Delirium (Delirium #1) – Lauren Oliver

Synopsis:

Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

Review:

I was sketchy about reading this because the last real dystopian I read was Matched and that really didn’t do it for me.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  There were some slow or repetitious parts to the story but it didn’t put me off.  I still had to know what was going to happen.  It closely resembles the series “Matched” in that the government controls everything, they are paired to their partners and there is a resistance but I must say I enjoyed this 1st book better than I did “Matched”, actually by a lot more!

The main character “Lena” can be a little timid and weak which can get annoying but I understand her fear. I also wish that there would have been more passion between “Lena” and “Alex” when they were together.  It kind of felt like a first date every time they were together, which didn’t make for great sexual tension especially the more they got to know each other.  There should have been more build up the more they fell for each other.

This story is not just about love as an emotion…it’s about how relationships do not function correctly without it.  The people who have been “cured” seem to be “step-ford wives”, there is no real emotion there much less love.

Oliver has created great character growth.  You can absolutely see the growth “Lena’s” character goes through in this book.  She goes from being a “lemming” to being strong, brave and independent.  It is quite a journey for her in the limited amount of time she has before being “cured”.

I don’t quite understand the why of curing the people and maybe I missed it but I don’t know what the point was in history or the cause that made them say “love is a disease, we must be cured of it” or maybe it’s explain later, I don’t know yet.

I am very glad I picked up this book at the library and I can’t wait until whoever has the 2nd book brings it back LOL (which is already overdue uuugghhh).

Also, from what I have been reading, this series is being developed for a TV show on Fox…you can read about it on Lauren Oliver’s site here.

I would recommend this for teens and up…there is minor language but no sex.

List of Books in Order:

Annabel (#0.5 novella)

Delirium

Hana (#1.5 novella)

Pandemonium

Raven (#2.5 novella)

Requiem

Alex (#3.5 novella)

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5 stars

Accidentally in Love With…A God? – Mimi Jean Pamiloff

Synopsis:

Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

Review:

I loved this book!  It is hilarious and it made me LOL several times.  This book is full of passion whether it be from angry flirting or all out fighting or just plain sexual tension.  The main character “Emma” is super stubborn and sarcastic and she is great with the one-line comebacks and name calling.  She is a strong female character which I enjoy.  “Guy” is overbearing and egotistical but it works for him and gives him an un-attainable aire about him.

The pace of the book is fast and kept me reading, I couldn’t put it down.  There is backstory thrown in to help you understand why things ended up the way they did in the present and I found that very helpful and imformative.  I personally like flashbacks because it has always made me feel like I was being “shown” the past instead of someone just telling me it happened (if that makes sense).

I would recommend this for young adults and up…there is language and lots of sexual situations.

List of Books in Order:

Accidentally in Love With…A God?

Accidentally Married to…A Vampire?

Sun God Seeks…Surrogate?

Accidentally…Evil? (#3.5 Novella)

Vampires Need Not…Apply?

Accidentally…Cimil? (#4.5 Novella)

Accidentally…Over?

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5 stars

Origin (Lux #4) – Jennifer Armentrout

Synopsis:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Review:

I know I have said this before but I LOVE THIS SERIES!  I was going to say that I liked this one better than the previous books but that would be a lie…I can’t pick a favorite, they are all fantastic!

I did take me a little bit to get back into the swing of the story because some of it can be a little reptitive but it wasn’t too bad.   The story pretty much picks up where the 3rd book left off.  I love how you get “Katy” and “Daemon’s” POVs alterenating between each chapter.  I like feeling like I know both sides of the story.

This passion in this book is fantastic and spicy and the snarky and humorous back and forth between the two characters is very entertaining.

It is full of passion, betrayal, lust, love, humor and mystery.  You will find friends who aren’t really friends, enemies who aren’t really enemies and strangers who you have no idea whether they should trust or not.

I would recommend this for older teens and young adults and adults.  There is some language and some sex scenes (not overly graphic though).

List of Books in Order:

Obsidian

Onyx

Opal

Origin

Opposition (RELEASE DATE 8-5-14)

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5 stars

The Game (The Game is Life #1) – Terry Schott

Synopsis:

The Game…
A virtual reality simulation played by over a billion children around the world. The best players are celebrities, adored and worshiped by countless fans. Zack is a superstar among players.
His final play may change the world, forever…

Review:

I loved this book.  I found it for free (as of 2-9-14) for Nook on Barnes and Noble, you can get it here.  I am always afraid of downloading books that are free just because I have been burned so many times but this one surprised me.  I could not put it down.  It only took me half a day to finish because I refused to leave that world and now I am left with a major book hangover.

I found the pace to be very well planned and even.  I fell for “Zack” easily, he doesn’t come across as arrogant or self righteous even though he is a superstar in the real world.  I can’t quite decide if his Patron is on his side or not yet…

I thought it would be difficult to separate when they were in the Game or in the real world while reading but it wasn’t.  It was relatively easy to follow.  The only hard time I had was keep straight the names of different people, especially when they referred to “Zack’s” past avatars.

There were some grammar errors but it was nothing to hinder the story which, to me, has been very well thought out.  There are twists and mysteries throughout and some do not get answered in this book like who exactly some people are in real life or in game life, making you WANT to read the second.

Barnes and Noble does not have the rest of these books so I will be ordering them from Amazon ASAP 🙂

I would recommend this for ANYONE who loves sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian.  There was no language that I can remember and no sex.

If I had to relate this to something else it would be a Matrix meets Ender’s Game meets [insert favorite dystopian novel].

List of Books in Order:

The Game

Digital Heretic

Interlude-Brandon

Virtual Prophet