Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thin Air (Thin Air Saga #1) by Lynn Seresin

 Thin Air (Thin Air Saga, #1) 

Book: Thin Air (Thin Air Saga #1)
Author: Lynn Seresin
Publisher: Lynn Seresin
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Alice Ayre is no ordinary teenager. She took her first name from a statue in Central Park, pulled her last name out of the air (literally), and she’s actually almost a thousand years old. In fact, the only “ordinary” thing about Alice is that she’s in love.

Alice was a sylphid—a winged air spirit—when she spotted Daniel Field camping in the Adirondacks and lost her heart to the handsome NYU student. Intangible to the human senses, her only hope of winning his heart resides in becoming mortal, even though transmutation is forbidden by Paralda, ruler of the air. Risking punishment, however, seems a small price to pay for a chance at true happiness.

Tracking down Daniel in New York City ends up being surprisingly easy. Getting noticed by him for all the right reasons is another story, especially when the human world keeps tossing challenges in Alice’s path. Just when she’s mastered zippers and buttons, she catches herself dropping a sugar packet into her coffee and mistaking a photo of John Lennon for one of Daniel’s relatives.

Her eccentricities raise the occasional eyebrow with Daniel and his friends, but her quirky charm, sweetness, and sincerity win out. Before long, she lands a job, begins a relationship with Daniel, and starts settling into her new life—until her past comes after her.

My Review:
Thin Air is so good. It is very interesting and fun to read.

Alice was once a sylphid, a winged air spirit. She lived in the elemental realm making clouds. One day she ventured to the mountains where she spotted the guy of her dreams, Daniel. She instantly falls in love with him. She has heard that she can go to Gob, a king of another realm and be made human. Once she does this there is no turning back. She knows nothing of Daniel except she thinks he might live in New York City. Alice decides to leave everything she has ever known to become human and search for Daniel.

The first few chapters or so focus on Aeris aka Alice when she is living as a sylphid. I didn't really enjoy this part of the book but it was short so it didn't really matter to me. The story gets really interesting and fun when Alice becomes human and lands in NYC. Her she meets a couple of elementals that have been human for many years. They get her started and one even helps her find Daniel in the first day or so. The only problem is that Daniel has a girlfriend named Delilah, and she is crazy jealous. Alice meets Daniel's roommates to begin with and they invite her to live with them. They think she is from upstate New York and has just moved to the city with nothing. Things end up not working out very quickly for Daniel and Delilah, which I was glad cause I didn't like her at all. Daniel and Alice begin dating and things are going really good. Then she learns that she is in danger. I am not going to give anything else away about the plot. Dont' want to spoil it for anyone.

I will say that I really enjoyed all the characters, except for Delilah. I loved Dante and would love to be friends with him. He is so funny, loves to shop and is a great singer. I also really enjoyed seeing or reading through Alice's eyes what it is like to not know anything about being human. The simple things that we take for granted everyday she had to learn very quickly and without anyone noticing. I would highly recommend reading this. It is really good, there is romance, action and suspense. It is very well written. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. This e-book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Feature and Follow

Increase Blog Followers 

 The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs! 

This week's question:

Tell us about a book that you didn’t like and why we shouldn’t read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible)

   My answer:

Well I would have to say Blood Sisters by Michelle Scott.  I read and reviewed the book.  I gave it 2 stars.  It started off slow, the story line never really developed and I just found it to be boring.   Now I have read and enjoyed reading Uncommon Magic by the same author.  So don't let this one book deter you away from reading her other books. 

 

 



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers: 
"It's not that I want to scare you.  It's more like a warning.  Just be really careful tonight, okay?"

Thin Air (Thin Air Saga, #1)61% on Kindle ~ Thin Air (Thin Air Saga #1) by Lynn Seresin  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Review: Redemption (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy Novella #3) by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

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Book: Redemption (Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy Novella #3)
Author: Michelle Cornwell-Jordan
Publisher:  3CM Media 
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-arc review copy
 
Summary from Goodreads:
Darkness has fallen over Ame’ Academy after Angel plummeted into the gaping twilight of the abyss. Ismet, Bella Donna, Elin and Rafael were now left to pick up the pieces.

But those that loved Angel refused to believe she is gone, and so the search for her and the truth begins. Plus the clock is counting down and the Beast has escaped its pit. The group of friends, with the help of unlikely allies must confront an ancient evil, and once again face the heartache of losing someone they love, to save the world from destruction once and for all.

The highly anticipated and surprising finale to the Night School Vampire Hunter Trilogy!
 
My Review:
Redemption is the last novella in this trilogy. It is a quick read full of action and suspense.

In the previous novella Angel jumped into the dark hole and is presumed gone forever. Her friends however refuse to believe this and are reading her diary trying to figure out a way to get her back. Her soulmate Rafael has gone crazy on everyone because he doesn't want to deal with Angel being gone.

When they do find a way to get Angel back things are not what they had expected. The demon beast is inside of Angel. She has to fight hard to keep control but at times the beast takes over. Rafael is determined to get Angel back for good. Along with her friends and brother Jordan they need to figure out how to remove the beast for good. Things go down on Halloween night when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest.

In this one we get a surprise visit for a short time from someone that was lost in the previous novella. We also get to meet some new characters that turn out to be interesting in their own ways. I enjoyed learning about the hybrid witch/vampire. As I have said previously this one is full of action and suspense. There is some romance and new friendships. I have enjoyed this trilogy and recommend it to anyone who enjoys vampire stories with a twist. I am looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

This e-arc was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
 
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Review: Journey into the Realm: The Stolen Child by Markelle Grabo

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Book: Journey into the Realm: The Stolen Child
Author: Markelle Grabo
Publisher: Booklocker.com
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: paperback review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Now that she has discovered her true heritage, Ramsey Wilder is ready to end the war between elves and Element fairies. But when King Vortigern finds a way to put restrictions on magical traveling, Ramsey is forced to travel through each Magical Realm before crossing into the Golden Fairy Realm and requesting aid from Queen Titania. Wary but determined, Ramsey and her companions set off on a journey filled with enchanting new experiences.

My Review:
First off I have to say that Markelle has done it again. The books in this series just get better with each one. I just can't get enough of them. Each book is unique in it's own way and she just brings something new each time.

In this one Ramsey sets off on the journey of a lifetime with some of her friends. She is on a mission to end the war over the stolen child. Ramesy and her friends must travel through each magical realm starting with the mermaids and ending in the golden fairy realm. Before leaving each realm she must obtain the crown of the queen of that realm. She knows it will not be an easy task but has no idea what they will encounter when they start out. King Vortigern has put restrictions on each realm that makes it very difficult for Ramsey to get everyone to trust her when she gets to their realm.

While I did miss the elf realm and the people there, I enjoyed reading about the different realms, each is so different from the others. I liked some of the characters better than others in each realm. Along the way Ramsey continues to learn more about the Rebellion and who she can trust.

Her relationship with Nathan is tested throughout the story. She isn't sure whether she should stay with him or not. She can't get past the whole thing with Stellan getting killed because of her. But that's not all that comes between them, there is someone else. I'm not going to say who, don't want to spoil it for anyone. I was quite shocked to learn more about Ramsey's past as she was told about it.

Oh and yes can't forget that Ellie makes things difficult by showing up all the time in different realms. Towards the end we learn more about Ellie and her story and what she does shocked me. The ending was really good but left me saying wait what just happened? The Stolen Child has it all adventure, danger, suspense, romance, excitement and the list goes on and on. I can't wait to read the next book, hope Markelle writes fast. :) 

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Friday, February 21, 2014

I'm on the praise page of The Stolen Child by Markelle Grabo!!!





I am honored and so excited to share some news with you all! 

 I was asked to have part of my review of the second book, The Spell Master, included on the praises page (back cover of book) for the third book, The Stolen Child, in the Journey into the Realm series.  Markelle was also gracious enough to send me a copy and include some swag!  

If you have started reading any of the books you need to.  This is one of my favorite series! 

Thank you so much Markelle, you rock!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blog Tour: All Of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson Guest Post



What “All Of Us Were Sophie” is Really About
By Resa Nelson

My newest novel, All Of Us Were Sophie, it is inspired by something my father always told me: the most difficult person to get to know is yourself.  He said this all his life, but I remember it making a big impression on me when I was a little girl.  It seemed like such a strange idea, but I know what he meant.  It’s easy to know your own intentions, but it’s hard to know how other people see you, how you appear to the rest of the world.  In addition, sometimes the things you assume about yourself – the things you think you know to be true –turn out not to be true at all.

Also, when I was a little girl, my father discovered the “7 Up” movie series, which were aired on PBS.  These are documentaries about the class system in England and begins with a group of seven-year-old children.  Every seven years a new movie is made about the same group of people to see how they progress in life.  The movies are named “7 Up,” “14 Up,” “21 Up,” and so on to indicate the age of the people at the time the movie was made.  When we watched “7 Up”, my father became excited.  He explained that he could see how each child’s personality and beliefs were already so fixed in place that he easily could imagine what they’d be like as adults.  Throughout my father’s life, we shared a love of the 7 Up movies.

These are the things that shaped the theme of All Of Us Were Sophie, a murder mystery with a science fiction idea.  Like many people, I wish I had two or three of me to make it easier to manage my life.  I talked to a friend who’s a scientist and was surprised when he told me how he thinks people really could be duplicated today.  (Not cloning, which boils down to creating an infant who has your genes.  Duplication means making precise copies of yourself exactly the way you are at this moment, including your memories and life experience.  Kind of like making a living, breathing photocopy of yourself.)
My novel begins with Sophie, who knows someone is trying to kill her.  She and her husband have created a machine that duplicates sophisticated and expensive machinery.  She thinks his duplicating machine will work on people.  However, the duplication process destroys the original.  Sophie knows if she duplicates herself, she’ll die but the copies she creates will live.  She takes the leap of faith and creates three duplicates of herself, leaving behind clues about who she thinks is trying to kill her.

When the Sophies are together, they have the unique opportunity to see for themselves how Sophie appears to others just by observing each other.  But the story also unravels an incident from Sophie’s past and reveals how each duplicate’s memory and perception of that incident and who she really is turns out to be false.

Like my father always said, the most difficult person to get to know is yourself.


Synopsis for All Of Us Were Sophie
What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself?
Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide.  But Sophie has a unique option.  Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts.  She knows how the duplicator works. 
Will it work for people?  No one knows.
There’s just one problem:  the duplication process destroys the original.  The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her.
Sophie isn’t sure who’s trying to kill her or why – but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence.  Before she takes the leap of faith to use the duplicator on herself, she creates a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure it out in time to save herself.

 And now about Resa



 
 Resa Nelson’s first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series, which also includes The Iron Maiden (Book 2), The Stone of Darkness (Book 3), and The Dragon’s Egg (Book 4).

Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
She has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop.  Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Resa lives in Massachusetts.  Visit her website at http://www.resanelson.com and follow her on Twitter @ResaNelson.


Resa Nelson’s links:
Resa’s website:  http://www.resanelson.com                                                                       
GoodReads giveaway (10 signed copies, U.S. only):  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/77022-all-of-us-were-sophie
Twitter:  @ResaNelson
Ebook ($4.99) and trade paperback ($12.95) are available directly from Mundania Press at:   http://mundania.com/book.php?title=All of Us Were Sophie
(get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)
Paperbacks and ebooks are available also from Amazon, and Barnes&Noble: