Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review: The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3) 

Book: The Caledonian Inheritance (The Athena Effect #3)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
After a winter spent in a tropical paradise, Cali and Layla are ready to put all of the drama behind them and find some meaning in life. Along with Calvin and Michael, they return to their remote property, only to discover more troubles hidden away in the bucolic wilderness.

The two Cals settle in happily, but Layla and Michael struggle with their sense of identity, each one seeking out a different coping mechanism. Just when things are starting to look up, Layla’s need to recreate the past leads her back to a dangerous place, opening the door for for evil to return.

Will Layla’s foolish mistake jeopardize everyone’s newfound happiness?

My Review:
First off I have to say that this series just keeps getting better with each installment.

The Caledonian Inheritance focuses mainly on Layla. We get some interaction with the others but the story is centered around Layla and what is going on with her. It was nice to learn more about her.

All four, Caledonia, Calvin, Michael and Layla are living in a house together while they make plans to build a big house on their property where their parents lived. In the previous books I had mixed feelings about Layla. I didn't like the way that she manipulated people all the time. But at the same time I felt bad for her with her upbringing and all. In this book though she has really started to come into her own. She is living life and has a great new boyfriend, Ramon. I am happy with this because when the last book ended I was hoping that they would end up together. He is a great guy and a police officer in the town where Layla now lives. I found myself laughing at times when they are out somewhere. Things that are so common to Ramon like going to a fast food drive-thru are all new to Layla.

Things are going great for Layla until she decides that she wants to see if she can find out who her father is. The one person that she thinks would know is Professor Reed. All he seems to do is cause more problems for Layla and her family and will do whatever it takes to finance his crazy projects. When he sets up a meeting with Layla this is where things go from bad to worse. Will Layla ever be able to get away from the Professor? What will happen when Ramon finds out about her powers? There is so much more great things that happen but I'm not going to give away any more.

This is a great series that I highly recommend reading. I can't wait to start reading the final installment, The Redcastle Redemption. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect #2) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect, #2) 

Book: The Mackenzie Legacy (The Athena Effect #2)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
As their story continues, Calvin and Caledonia find themselves madly in love, on the run, and nearly out of money. When Cal stumbles upon a way to cash in on Cali’s powers, their life on the road becomes a life of leisure. Despite the easy money and newfound luxury, Caledonia’s conscience begins to trouble her.

A disturbing warning only serves to confirm her misgivings, making her question her purpose in life. Finally, a shocking discovery about the true nature of her powers points the way forward, sending the two Cals on a dangerous rescue mission.

Caledonia tries her best to right the wrongs of the past, but will she only end up provoking new and even more dangerous enemies?

My Review:
The Mackenzie Legacy is the sequel to The Athena Effect and another five star book in my opinion. I flew through this story, I could not put it down. I liked how the story was told not just about Caledonia and Calvin but also Layla and Michael. Although Caledonia and Calvin are my favorites.

It picks up where The Athena Effect left off. Caledonia and Calvin are on the run since her escape from the mad scientist Professor Reed. With little money and danger lurking everywhere they sleep in a tent or cheap motels and move from town to town every couple days. When Calvin discovers a way to make money using Caledonia's powers they end up in Las Vegas. It's here that Caledonia meets a woman who points her in a whole new direction about her powers. It's turns out that her power of persuasion is not from Professor Reed's experiments but is actually genetic. When Caledonia turns 18 her and Calvin head to her little cabin in the woods. When she goes to claims her cabin and land she discovers that she has inherited so much more. She also finds out who her relatives are and so much more about her family history.

Layla and Micheal are now living in Los Angeles with Max. Micheal is Max's right hand man with the finances. In return Max is proving Micheal with a life of luxury. Layla on the other hand has to use her powers of persuasion on men so Max can blackmail them later for money.

There are so many thrilling, twists and turns, edge of your seat moments that I could go on and on. This was one exciting story to read. I can't wait to see what happens next! 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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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review: The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect #1) by Derrolyn Anderson

The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect, #1) 

Book: The Athena Effect (The Athena Effect #1)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Caledonia has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parents' disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content to live as one with the nature that surrounds her, finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl with an unusual talent, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parents' tragic past?

My Review:
I was excited when I was given the opportunity to start reading this series. I have read other books by this author that I have enjoyed. I honestly could not get enough of this book. It is that good. I was wondering if I would get confused with both of the main characters being named Cal but it doesn't affect it at all.

Caledonia is different from most people. She has two different color eyes and can see, feel and manipulate people's feelings. She has lived in a remote cabin with her parents all of her life. They have no electricity or modern technology. She has never been around others or experienced simple everyday things that come natural to most people.

Calvin is the bad boy of the story. On the surface he is the typical bad boy, totally hot and has any girl he wants. He loves to party with his biker brother Jarrod, his girlfriend Crystal and their friends. But deep down there is so much more to him.

When tragedy strikes Caledonia's parents she is forced to go live with her aunt Angie, whom she has never met, and her boyfriend Phil. One night while Caledonia is outside walking around to get away from Phil when she comes across Calvin in a bit of a mess with some guys looking for trouble. She saves him from the guys and their story begins.

I really liked Caledonia, Calvin, Jarrod and Crystal. I did not like Angie or Phil at all and when you read the story you will know why. I loved getting to know Caledonia and Calvin and their stories as they got to know each other. They like each other from the start but it takes them awhile to get together which I thought was good. It wasn't they meet and instantly they are a couple. The happiness does not get to last long though, there is a mad man former professor that will do anything to get Caledonia and her powers. Who can they trust and what will they risk to stay together?

I just have to say it again, I loved this story and I am really excited to continue with this series. This e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review: Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek 

Book: Escape from Witchwood Hollow
Author: Jordan Elizabeth
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

My Review:
Escape from Witchwood Hollow is a must read! The author had me hooked and was reeling me in right from the beginning.

Honoria and her brother move to Arnn from New York City with their aunt and uncle after their parents are killed. She is told right from the start about the legend of Witchwood Hollow. If you venture too far into the forest the witch will trap your soul. She is intrigued right from the start and does all she can to find out more about Witchwood Hollow.

The story follows three girls, Honoria, Albertine and Lady Clifford who are from different time periods, as their stories are told. The characters are all very likable and I enjoyed learning about their backgrounds and how they each are a part of Witchwood Hollow. There are lots of twists and turns that lead up to an exciting and surprising ending. I will be on the lookout for other books from this author in the future. The e-book was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review: Socialpunk (Socialpunks #1) by Monica Leonelle

Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle 
Book: Socialpunk (Socialpunks #1)
Author: Monica Leonelle
Publisher:  Spaulding House
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 Ima is just a teenage girl trying to make it in The Dome, an encapsulated, 5-mile radius of downtown Chicago that remains after natural disaster has overtaken most of the earth. When she meets a hooded figure named Vaughn at a party, he takes her on a whirlwind escape that jolts her from her current reality into Silicon City, where humans are upgraded, currency is clout, and bionic eyes are the only way to get information among the glass and metal spiraling buildings that dot the skyline. Oh, and the year is 2198, not 2052 like she thought it was.

But this new city comes with dangers of its own, from degenerates to replications, from hostile hashes to a dictator who seems determined to control the population. To top it all off, Ima has to find some way to get back to The Dome to save her best friend Dash before the powers of Silicon City find a way to destroy it.

Something sinister is brewing in Silicon City, and Ima is determined to figure out how to stop it. Along the way, she will have to give up parts of herself to save the ones she loves. Can she survive the future long enough to fix the past?

Socialpunk is a 62,000-word young adult novel, slated as the first volume of the Socialpunk Trilogy.

My Review:

Socialpunk is a mix of futuristic, dystopian and sci-fi. It is a fast paced interesting story with likeable characters.

Ima who is known by her friends as E lives in the Dome in Chicago. It is a place where people don't remember their pasts and don't venture beyond the Dome.

One night Ima and her best friend Dash go to a concert where everyone is going to be. It is quite an adventure for Ima to even get to the concert with her abusive father on the hunt for her. Once there she meets two guys and then there is an explosion. Ima makes a split second decision to leave Dash behind and follow these two guys that she just met and head off to the unknown. They end up where Vaughn is from in Silicon City. People here are upgraded and everything is very high tech. Will Ima decide to stay or try to find her way back to the Dome?

I liked that the story was fast paced and it was a quick read. There is lots of adventure and suspense with some romance. We are given just a bit of background information on the characters and really the background of the world itself. I am hoping to find out more in the next book though. I was a bit confused with everything that was going on. The author does a good job of making the scenes come alive. I felt like I was right there running along side of Ima. There is quite a cliffhanger at the end too.

Overall a good book that will be interesting to see where it goes from here. 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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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: A Shadow's Light (The Shadow Series #2) by J.M. Pierce

A Shadow's Light (The Shadow Series, #2) 

Book: A Shadow's Light (The Shadow Series #2)
Author: J.M. Pierce
Publisher: J.M. Pierce
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
After fleeing his home in Lincoln, Test Davis settles in the small town of Saratoga, Wyoming, where he hopes to slip into obscurity. But when his boss’s niece, Alyssa, draws him reluctantly into a relationship, he’s afraid he won’t be able to hide who—and what—he really is.

When a horrific confrontation with two co-workers forces Test to go back on the run, he reunites with an old friend, discovers that Alyssa has a secret of her own, and finds the answer to the question he’s been too afraid to ask:

What am I?

My Review:
A Shadow's Light is a great sequel that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Test Davis has found a new life in the small town of Saratoga, Wyoming. He has a job and now goes by the name Chance Johnston. Things are going fine until he begins a relationship with the boss's niece Alyssa. She has a secret of her own, she can see and talk to the dead. When some of his co-workers start causing problems for him Test has a hard time controlling his powers. This is when things go from bad to worse. Test and Alyssa are on the run and this time it's not just from the authorities. There are other worldly beings out to destroy them.

While there are some similarities to the plot from the first book the author has brought so much more to this story. Test himself has grown as a great character and I really like Alyssa. We also get to enjoy some favorites from Failing Test. Cliff is such a great character and friend to Test even now with his current situation.

There is lots of action and suspense and some romance in the mix. I enjoyed the ending and am looking forward to finding out what happens next. 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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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Review: Daughter of Lions by Catherine Banks

Daughter of Lions by Catherine Banks 

Book: Daughter of Lions
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Catherine Banks
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: E-ARC Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
Being a teenager is hard enough, but when your dad is an Alpha werelion it complicates matters even more. Victoria doesn’t feel like she fully fits in anywhere and things become more unsteady when she meets the new werelion in her dad’s pride, Brandon. Is there a way she can alter her genes to gain the ability to shift, or will she learn to accept who she is?

My Review: 
Daughter of Lions is one of the stories that you don’t want to end. When you get to the last page it leaves you feeling happy about the ending but sad that you finished reading. I highly recommend reading this book by one of my favorite authors.

Victoria is a teenager who is a cheerleader with lots of friends and is pretty popular. There is just one thing that her friends don’t know about her. She is a hybrid werelion and her father if the alpha werelion of his pride. Victoria has never really felt part of either life though. She is not fully a human or a werelion. She has super strength, can run really fast and has the ability to heal quickly. But she cannot shift.

Victoria is excited to visit her dad for spring break and see her friends in the pride. When her dad shows up to pick her up he has Brandon with him. Brandon is this totally hot werelion that will turn Victoria’s world upside down. Spring break is over before she knows it but her dad has a surprise for her. Brandon is going to be going back with Victoria and going to finish out the school year at her school and protect her. During the two months they become close friends with a little romance here and there. Victoria or as Brandon calls her Tori, is falling fast for Brandon. The only problem though is Brandon doesn’t know if he wants a mate who is a non lioness.

Not long after they return to her dad’s house for the Summer something unexpected happens and causes Victoria to move permanently with her dad and the pride. Things start to get real interesting after this. Michael, a childhood friend and werelion comes back into Victoria’s life and causes a bit of a love triangle. Then there is Bob, a crazy werewolf that is obsessed with Victoria and wants her all for himself. His pride of werewolves wants to start a war with the werelions and will use Victoria as bait to get it started.

I hope that I haven’t revealed too much of the story already. I would love to keep on gushing about what happens but I am going to recommend that you read this book. There is so much more to it and it is SO GOOD. I would give it more than five stars if it were possible. I fell in love with the story and of course Brandon. It is on my favorites lists now. It seems like a stand alone book but I am really hoping that there is going to be a sequel. I want more stories to come from this amazing book. This e-arc was provided to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way. 

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