Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Tenderfoot by Amy Tupper

Tenderfoot 

Book: Tenderfoot
Author: Amy Tupper
Publisher: Amy Tupper
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:

TENDERFOOT is the first of four coming-of-age novels about a college girl struggling with the revelation of her family’s paranormal secret.

Jules is running. With the death of her mother behind her, she arrives at college in Chapel Hill ready to focus on friends, classes, and Andrew, the sweetest guy a girl could crush on. But Nick, the campus rock star, is always around, pressing every last one of her buttons. Things get strange when Nick plays his guitar, and even stranger when Jules discovers he wears a pendant identical to her dead mother’s. She wants answers. When her family’s secret is revealed, Nick helps Jules to accept who she is. Then Jules must choose between running away from the one person she has opened up to or running with him toward an unknown future.

My Review:
 
This book starts off slow but by the end I was somewhat hooked.

Julianna aka Jules is a college freshman who comes to find out she has paranormal senses. For most of the book the story follows Julianna around college campus as she is getting into the grove of being a college student. I almost stopped reading it because I just wasn't interested in reading about the characters going to class or going out to a bar drinking. As the story progresses we start to learn more about Julianna's parents and some of her background. Nick is this hot but creepy guy who knows everything and is there to protect Julianna. At first I wasn't sure about him but as we learned more about what and who he is I started to come around to liking him. Then there is Andrew. He is the star fencer and Julianna's boyfriend. I liked how there relationship progressed. They started out as friends and then became more. There were times when I thought he was a little crazy to be kind of stalking Julianna when they broke up. But it all worked out in the end.

While it has mystery, romance and paranormal I just has a hard time getting into it. It just seemed to take forever, almost to the very end of the book before we really found out what Julianna is and a little about her line. If there is a second book I will probably read it to find out more. 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, May 8, 2013

Review: Shelter (Blood Haze #1) by Tara Shuler

Shelter (Blood Haze #1) 

Book: Shelter (Blood Haze #1)
Author: Tara Shuler
Publisher: Tara Shuler
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Two guys, one girl, and two dark secrets that threaten to tear her world apart.

Alice Wright is a young vampire going to high school for the first time at the age of seventeen at the behest of her eccentric mother. In many ways, she's more afraid of the human students than they would be of her.

She feels lost and awkward in human society, but she soon develops a strong bond with the cousin of one of her human classmates, nineteen year old Kai. He is beautiful, but somewhat of an enigma. She discovers a dark secret in Kai's life, and she instantly wants to shelter him from the pain that has tormented him all his life.

Then she meets Maksim Augustine, the incredibly gorgeous guy who seems more like he should be a model than a high school student. She is overwhelmingly attracted to him physically, but her love for Kai causes her to continually push him away. Eventually, she discovers a frightening secret about Max, too.

But Max's secret threatens to destroy everything...

My Review:
This book was a fast read. It flows along at a smooth but fast past. It definitely was not what I expected at all when I started reading it. I know this is fiction and all but this story was so unbelievable to me. Just hours after the main character Alice meets Kai at a party they are suddenly so in love with each other and are telling each other that they love them. Alice's mom being fine with Kai living with them just after meeting him and not caring that they are sleeping in the same room. I mean really? The first half of the book drove me crazy, especially Kai. He was so obsessed about Alice, calling her constantly and wanting to know what she is doing all the time. I know he has been through a lot in his life but come on. He was overly clingy and in my opinion stalker like. The second half of the book was better and I hope the next books are better. I did like Max, he was not afraid to be who he is. I feel that this story lacked character development and just a good plot. I will read the next book because I want to know what happens. 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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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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:
Tenderfoot
"I like your necklace."  She admired the silver pendant.  "That's an interesting design."

6% on Kindle ~ Tenderfoot by Amy Tupper

Monday, May 6, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! 

The past couple weeks I read:

 Beautifully Broken (Spellbound, #1)

 Shelter (Blood Haze #1)

This week I'm reading: 

Tenderfoot 


Next I'm going to read:
 
Gypsy Knights

What are you reading?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Review: Beatifully Broken (Spellbound #1) by Sherry Soule

Beautifully Broken (Spellbound, #1) 

Book: Beautifully Broken (Spellbound #1)
Author: Sherry Soule
Publisher: Moonlight Publishing 
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: ARC Paperback Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
 They say every town has its secrets, but that doesn’t even begin to describe Whispering Pines. The townsfolk are a superstitious lot and the mystical disappearance of a local teen has everyone murmuring about a centuries old witch’s curse…

Sixteen-year-old Shiloh Ravenwolf is a heritage witch from the Broussard family, a family both destined and cursed. After she takes a summer job at Ravenhurst Manor, she discovers a ghost with an agenda. That’s where she meets the new town hottie, Trent Donovan. But Trent may be the next victim on the supernatural hit list, and Shiloh is the only person with the power to save him.

Complicated much?

After receiving cryptic messages from a creepy wraith, and then frightening threats from a demon, Shiloh finally begins to understand the mysterious significance of the strange mark branded on her wrist. Now Shiloh must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect the other teenagers in town.

Unfortunately, for Shiloh, not all ghosts want help crossing over. Some want vengeance.

My Review:
Beautifully Broken is a great first book in the Spellbound series. It's about this teenage girl named Shiloh Ravenwolf who lives in the spooky town of Whispering Pines. The locals say think there is a dark witch's curse.

In the beginning Shiloh does not know she is a heritage witch. She sees shadows, shades and just creepy ghosts who seem to haunt her everywhere she goes. Her parents are very secretive and don't want some of her family around her. Towards the end of the school year she takes a summer job at the Ravenhurst manor, which is also the local haunted house. She gets to be part of the renovation project which she loves because she dreams of becoming an architect. The night of the interview she finds out the new hot guy in town lives there, Trent Donavon. This makes her want the job even more.

To stay with creepy, there is a ghost who seems to need Shiloh's help and a demon who just wants her soul. And lets not forget the mystical disappearance of local teens.

I really enjoyed reading this book. If you read my reviews you know I love romance in a book. Well this one has paranormal romance going on. I loved how Shiloh and Trent's relationship progressed, it was sweet and mysterious. I liked how they were just normal teenagers when they were hanging out even though they both have dark secrets.

At times the book was a bit creepy but that is what makes it more enjoyable. There is a lot going on in this one. The story progressed at a good pace with romance, mystery, suspense and lots of paranormal activity going on. The characters are realistic and likeable. I really liked it and will definitely be continuing with this series.

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