Tuesday, May 31, 2011

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I received for review from the author and/or publisher:

Meant to Be (The Saving Angles #1) by Tiffany King (e-book)
True Intentions (True Intentions #1) by Lisa Kuehne (e-book)
Half Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer Armentrout (ARC e-book)
Betrayal (The Descendents #1) by Mayandree Michel (e-book)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lor Mandla: Destruction From Twins Review

Book:  Lor Mandela: Destruction From Twins
Author:  L. Carroll
Publisher:  The Ebook Sale Publishing
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Review copy from author (e-book)

Summary from Goodreads:
Part I (Destruction From Twins)
When a selfish enchantress seeks to steal mystical powers from her twin sister, she sentences the world of Lor Mandela and its inhabitants to death. In an effort to preserve itself, the soul of the planet appoints a Child of Balance named Audril Borloc who must solve a prophetic riddle known as the Advantiere. All hope seems lost, however, when shortly after her fourth birthday, Audril disappears without a trace. 
Desperate to save their world, Lor Mandelan spies travel to Earth in search of the little girl with black hair and bright blue eyes—traits that on Lor Mandela are exclusive to the ruling family, Borloc. Instead, they find seventeen-year-old Maggie. While the age difference between the girls is obvious, Maggie has the Borloc traits—evidence enough for the eager spies. They devise a plan to get Maggie to Lor Mandela, but will their scheme be successful? And what if they have the wrong girl? Who will save Lor Mandela then?
Part II (And So It Must End)
Maggie Baker has always wished for a more eventful life. Unfortunately, she is about to get it. Following an earthquake that no one seems to have felt but her, her mundane existence is thrown into a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns as she suddenly finds herself bouncing back and forth between her hometown of Glenhill, Iowa and the distant world of Lor Mandela. On this strange planet, Maggie must learn who to trust, and who to fear. More importantly, she must find a way to convince the Lor Mandelans that she is not the Child of Balance, and her family and friends in Iowa (and herself for that matter) that she is not going insane.
Amid fighting a two-headed creature, being captured by a lawless band of Shadow Dwellers, and falling head-over-heels for the enchanting son of an evil warlord, Maggie sees the lines of the Advantiere unfold around her. It isn’t long before she discovers that her blasé reality could be the real fantasy, and that the fate of an entire world may actually depend on her.

My Review:

I received this as a review copy from the author. This did not in any way affect my review.

Lor Mandela is a captivating story that I didn't want to stop reading. I was drawn in from just reading the summary and then when I started reading the book, wow. Let me tell you this is such a wild ride from beginning to end.

It starts off with the Lor Mandela world where the Vritesse is attempting to solve the riddle and figure out who the "child of balance" is. Lor Mandela is dying and destruction and war is everywhere. The child of balance must solve the riddle called the Advantiere to save the planet.

Then there is Maggie who lives in Glenhill, Iowa with her father Nathan. It's a small town which she thinks is so boring and wishes that something exciting would happen. Well she gets her wish when strange things start happening. Maggie starts hearing this whoosh sound and then she feels a tug and disappears from earth only to reappear on Lor Mandela. Everyone she meets there believes that she is Audril Borloc, daughter of the ruling family on Lor Mandela. Maggie thinks they are all crazy and she is desperately trying to figure out what is going on. Eventually Maggie, her father and her best friend all end up on Lor Mandlea together and that is when everything that has been building up comes together.

The author does a fantastic job of world building. I loved being pulled into the world of Lor Mandela with Maggie. The characters developed throughout the book. When you find out who everyone actually is....I was surprised. I enjoyed reading it and was shocked by the last sentence. Great setup for the sequel that I hope is soon to come. I am recommending this to everyone who reads this genre. It has romance,action, adventure and so many twists and turns all rolled into one. What a great book this was!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.
This week I received for review from the author/publisher:

Journey into the Realm: The Elf Girl by Markelle Grabo (print copy)
  Kensey's Story: Meeting Death by Nellee Horne (e-book)
Teagan's Story: Her Battle with Epilepsy by Talia Jager (e-book)
Damaged: Natalie's Story by Talia Jager (e-book)
If I Die Young by Talia Jager (e-book)
The Ultimate Sacrifice by Talia Jager (e-book)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Uncommon Magic Giveaway Winner

Author Interview + Giveaway Winner 
The winner of Uncommon Magic e-book by Michelle Scott is:
Lieder from Songs and Stories.  Congratulations!  
(An email has been sent to the winner)

Thank you to those of you who entered.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow my Book Blog Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View.

This week's question:

It's circle time. Time for us to open up and share. Can you tell us FIVE quirky habits or things about you? We all have them...

 My answer:


1. I don't know how to cook, and if I try it never turns out good.

2. I HATE Clowns, they scare me to death.  I can't even look at something with a clown picture on it and just typing about them is scaring me.

3. I can't park my car, I always hit the curb.  I can't back up either, kinda crazy I know.

4. I usually purchase at least 5 books a week plus accept books for review.  I know that I am never going to get caught up but I have to have the newest out.

5. I LOVE heights, there is just something about being up close to the sky. 

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books.

This week's question:

 "If you were given the chance to spend one day in a fictional world (from a book), which book would it be from and what would that place be?"

My answer:

I would have to say New York City.  I would love to spend a day there with the characters from The Mortal Instruments.  I have always wanted to visit New York City and to be able to hang out with them and all the glamours that would be so cool.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I purchased:
Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting
The Demon Trapper's Daughter (The Demon Trappers #1) by Jana Oliver
Hex: A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray
Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver
Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog
Shadow Boy (Tales of Ever #3) (e-book) by Jen Wylie

This week I received for review:
On Dark Shores 1: The Lady J.A. Clements (e-book)
Violet Midnight Allie Burke (e-book)
Familiar Michelle Rowen (e-book)
Shimmerspell Kimberly Spencer (e-book)
The Dream Crystal Mark O’Bannon (e-book)
Anathema (Cloud Prophet #1) by Megg Jensen (e-book)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Advice Girl Review

Book:  The Advice Girl (Dalara #1)
Author:  L.A. Shaw
Publisher:  L.A. Shaw
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Review copy (e-book) from author

Summary from Goodreads:
Kira and Sophia have been best friends since they were five years old. They share an apartment together, and tell each other everything.

Everyone loves Sophia, and she is often called the advice girl by people who know her. Kira believes she knows her friend better than anyone. But in a mysterious accident, Sophia loses her life.

Kira is mourning the devastating loss when she finds a note addressed to her from beyond the grave. Kira realizes she doesn't know her friend as well as she thought, as she starts to uncover the truth. She falls into a deep depression, confused and lost, until a visit from a strange man puts her in the middle of a war between two secret societies.

Kira soon understands that she is in danger, and doesn't know who to trust. She has to fight for her own life now.

My Review:
I received this e-book for review from the author. This did not in any way affect my review.

The Advice Girl is the debut for L.A. Shaw. Let me tell you she rocked it! This is a fantastic, well written story with strong characters and an amazing plot.

Sophia and Kira have been best friends forever and do everything together. The friendship between Sophia and Kira is more like sisters. One day Kira comes home to find their apartment destroyed by fire and that Sophia is presumed dead. It's not until she discovers a note that starts to explain the mystery. There the story takes off and we become engrossed in an ancient good vs. evil war.

The non stop action along with the mystery and suspense was enough to keep me reading. Then add in love, romance and all the twists and turns and I couldn't put it down. The characters were strong and well developed. There were times when I wasn't sure who was telling Sophia and Kira the truth. I loved Ethan, a nice but secretive guy who cares deeply for Sophia. I thought at first that their relationship was a little rushed but it all came together. They balance each other out. I enjoyed how the story took us to other parts of the world, I felt like I was right there with Sophia on the grounds or in the park.

This is a quick read that I wish would have been longer. I didn't want to stop reading it, I loved everything about it. There was so much packed into this short read but it flowed so well. I am looking forward to reading the sequel Invoked. If you haven't read The Advice Girl you need to and tell your friends to read it too. It's that good!

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Happy Birthday To Me Review

Book:  Happy Birthday To Me
Author:  Brian Rowe
Publisher:  Brian Rowe
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Reveiw copy (e-book) from author

Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he’s aging a whole year of his life with each passing day!

High school is hard enough; imagine rapidly aging from seventeen to seventy in a matter of weeks, with no logical explanation, and with prom, graduation, and the state championship basketball game all on the horizon. That’s what happens to Cameron, a popular pretty boy who's never had to face a day looking anything but perfect.

All Cameron wants to do is go back to normal, but no one, not even the best doctors, can diagnose his condition. When he finds love with a mysterious young woman, however, he realizes his only hope for survival might be with the one person who started his condition in the first place...

My Review:
I received this e-book for review. This did not in any way affect my review.

When I first received the request to review this I was like what? Then I read the description and thought well this could be interesting. It blew me away. It was one of the most emotional books I have ever read.

The story starts off with Cameron in the hospital as an old man. Then it takes us back to how his story started. Cameron is an all star basketball player with a beautiful girlfriend and lots of friends. He is also a cocky jerk who thinks he can get whatever he wants. One night while at his favorite pizza place with his friends he tells the waitress that it's his birthday (a joke he plays a lot to get free cakes). The next day his life changes. He starts aging an entire year every day. On the outside he grows older looking but he is still a 17 year old on the inside. Throughout the story he loses his girlfriend Charisma and most of his friends. The only one that stays by his side is his best friend Wesley. His dad was annoying throughout until the end and even then I don't know if he was being genuine.

Some strange things happened as he aged that I found disturbing. I really liked Wesley and Liesel. We don't see much of Liesel, she just kinda pops up every once in awhile until the end. By the end of the book Cameron has become a completely different person not only on the outside but also on the inside. The part where Wesley did something for Cameron in the hospital (not going to spoil it), I had tears in my eyes. What a terrific best friend he is. To see what Cameron goes through and how people change toward him, it was very emotional. I loved the entire book but the ending was amazing.

It is an wonderful story that I recommend everyone should read. It is not at all what I thought it was going to be, it was so much better. Truly unique and original, you will not want to put it down. I am looking forward to reading the next installment to this trilogy. 
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Monday, May 16, 2011

Author Interview & Giveaway

The contest/Giveaway is now closed.
The winner is Lieder from Songs and Stories   Congratulations! 
(An email has been sent with the coupon code)
Thanks to those of you who entered.

Please welcome Michelle Scott to Fantasy Book Chick.

Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m a native Michigander and a wife and mother of three(!) teenagers.  Both my parents loved to tell stories, and my mother always read aloud to me and took me to the library.  I was extremely lucky that way!

You can find Michelle:

FBC:  What do you enjoy doing when not writing?

MS:  I love to camp!  My husband is a high school teacher, so we’re blessed to be able to spend our summers touring the U.S.  Last year, we explored the southwest and, very soon, we’ll be heading off to the east coast.  We travel on a strict budget, so I like to ferret out as many cheap thrills as I can, like visiting historical sites and those strange, roadside oddities you hear about, such as the Cadillac Ranch in Texas.  I also enjoy gardening, knitting, and going to the movies.

FBC:  When did you begin writing?

MS:  I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making up stories.  I used to tell them to my little sister when I was very small.  And, in high school, I wrote a lot of stories as well.  It wasn’t until after I got married, however, that I started to take my writing seriously.  My husband and I had moved to Detroit where we didn’t know a soul, and since I wasn’t working, I had a lot of time to kill.  I quickly filled that with writing.

FBC:  Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?

MS:  All of the above!  I love electronica music (Zero 7, Morcheeba, etc.) and will play the same dozen albums over and over again when I write.  I also love coffee!  (And chocolate, and cookies, and…)  So, in the mornings when I write, I always have a mug of coffee at my elbow.

FBC:  What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?

MS:  I’m right in the middle of T.C. Boyle’s “When the Killing Ends” which is a fascinating look at invasive species in California, and the controversy surrounding wildlife management.  I’m a huge fan of Boyle, who is a very versatile writer.  My next read will be one that I’m reviewing for my book review blog, Cheap Thrills.

FBC:  Who are some of your favorite authors?

MS:  T.C. Boyle, J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, Lois Lowry, Margaret Atwood, Charlaine Harris, Anne Rice, John Steinbeck…

FBC:  What other projects are you working on or having coming out next?

MS:  I’m working on a paranormal romance series about a rather vain, uptight woman who, because of her great-great-great grandmother’s deal with the devil, must either become a succubus or allow the devil to take her eight-year-old daughter.  I’ve never written adult paranormal romance before and am really enjoying it!

FBC:  Why did you choose to write YA paranormal/fantasy genre?

MS:  I actually wrote my YA books for my daughters.  They’ve always wanted to have books dedicated in their honor, so I wrote each of these stories just for them, and I’m nearly finished with a science fiction novel that I wrote for my son.  I also really enjoy reading YA books.  I frequently raid my children’s libraries!

FBC:  If  you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?

MS:  Boy, that’s a question I’ve thought over a few hundred times.  Especially after watching the TV show, “Heroes”.  I guess I would like to be invisible since it would allow me to get into the movies for free.

FBC:  Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…

MS:  I try very hard to write books that are page turners.  I love a fast-paced book, and expect that my readers will as well.  I also grew up loving books like “The Little Princess” and “Oliver Twist”…rags to riches stories in which the main characters endure terrible hardships only to find their places in the world.  In “Uncommon Magic”, my heroine Mira, has to put up with a lot.  She is forced to work for an evil-tempered laundress, helplessly watches a mean-spirited girl steal her boyfriend, endures eating fish head stew, and is imprisoned for something she had no control over.  And that’s just the beginning.

In Mira Meadowmarsh’s world, Magicians have complete control over ordinary people like herself.  Magicians rule with iron fists, levying taxes, seizing property, and meting out harsh punishment to those who break the rules.  But while the un-magical commons cannot defend themselves against the Magician’s magic, there is one thing that Magicians fear: inventions.  So when rumors spread that the un-magical are building machines and planning an uprising, the Magicians retaliate with even harsher laws.

At first, all of this means nothing to Mira who doesn’t give a fig about politics.  She’s in love, and life is sweet.  But when she discovers that her brother is an inventor who’s suddenly the most wanted man in the country and that the boy she loves, her companion since childhood, is really a Magician, Mira finds herself in the middle of a brewing revolution.

One  winner will be chosen for an e-book copy of Uncommon Magic by Michelle Scott.
The winner will be emailed a coupon code for Smashwords to download a copy for your e-book reader.
Contest/Giveaway is open to anyone 13 years or older and who is able to download an e-book from Smashwords.

Leave a comment saying that you want to be entered to win.  Please leave your email address with your comment so we can email you the coupon code.  

***Contest runs May 16, 2011 - May 20, 2011***
(Winner will be chosen May 21, 2011 using Random.org)


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Please make sure you stay updated with the rules/guidelines as they are subject to change at any time.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) Review

Book:  City of Fallen Angles (The Mortal Instruments #4)
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Purchased (Signed Edition with Letter from Jace to Clary)

Summary from Goodreads:
The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My Review:
I absolutely love this series. It just seems to get better with each book. In this fourth installment, Jace and Clary are in love and finally together. Simon is dating two girls at the same time and Luke and Joceyln are planning their wedding. Oh yeah and Alec and Mangus are traveling the world. Everything is going smoothly until Shadowhunters start turning up dead, someone is trying to make babies like Sebastian and Jace starts pulling away from Clary.

Cassie has such a way with words that takes you on a rollar coaster ride from beginning to end. I loved the new characters and the way that they brought new storylines for future books. I was a little shocked to find out who Jordan was, but I really liked him and what he brought to this book.

Jace is having nightmares that he is with Clary and that he tries to kill her. He thinks he needs to distance himself from her. At the same time Clary is trying to figure out what is wrong again with Jace. Simon is becoming a favorite of mine. His struggles with his love life, home life and just being a vampire. Now he has to deal with Camille and whether or not he should take her up on her offer. Alec and Mangus were absent for almost the first half of the book but they make their return at just the right time. Isabelle had me laughing out loud with her comment about them returnig. All the relationships were well written, I love Alec and Mangus and their arguments and make ups. Jace and Clary drove me a little crazy throughout, sometimes I wanted to yell at them, get it together already. I am hoping that there is more to come with Simon and Isabelle, they are great together.

Overall it was fantastic as always. My favorite scene was with Jace and Clary in the alley. Loved it! The ending had me on the edge of my seat and my mouth fell open on the last couple pages. What a thrilling ride this one was. More to come in this series and I can't wait! You really need to read this series if you haven't already.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow my Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.

This week's question:  

The Blogger Apocalypse made me a little emotional. What is the most emotional scene in a book that you have read lately?

My answer:

It would be from Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1) by L.A. Weatherly.  

I would have to say that it was one towards the end of the book.  I don't want to say what it was and spoil it for everyone.  The entire book was so good, you need to read.  

***It will be released May 24, 2011.***

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books.

This week's question: 

"Are you going to Book Expo America (BEA) and/or the Book Blogger Convention (BBC) this year?"

My answer:

This may sound really strange but I just heard about it the other day.  I am really new to the whole blogging thing and still learning about everything.  I would love to be able to go sometime though.  I think that it would be such a great experience and would love to meet authors and fellow bloggers.


Upcoming Author Interview & Giveaway with Michelle Scott

Hello everyone!  I want to thank all my wonderful followers and anyone who stops by my blog.  I have some exciting news to share with you.  Well at least I think it's exciting.  :)

I recently passed 100 followers on my blog and wanted to give a prize away.  I am also participating in Indie Spotlight hosted by In Between Writing and Reading .  So I decided to combine the two and have my first ever author interview and giveaway.  Please spread the word and stop by and enter.

I will be having an interview with author Michelle Scott on Monday May 16th.  There will also be  a giveaway for her e-book Uncommon Magic.  The winner will be emailed a coupon code to download the book from Smashwords.  The giveaway will be May 16 - May 20th.

The Forgotten Echo (Immortal Echoes) Review

Book:  The Forgotten Echo (Immortal Echoes)
Author:  Jen Wylie
Publisher:  Echelon Press 
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Adult
Source:  E-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Sometimes death is only the beginning...

Even after the bad day she's had, Cassy is still surprised to find herself shot, an innocent bystander in a drive by shooting. Bleeding to death in an empty parking lot, she knows she is going die.

What she doesn't expect, is the arrival of a strange, and unnaturally handsome, man who tells her he can keep her from passing on in return for being his forever. In desperation, she agrees but afterwards she is beyond dismayed to discover she has died.

To make matters worse, the stranger has disappeared, leaving her spirit to wander through a series of worlds unknown to her. Her existence is one of fear and loneliness, until she meets another like her and discovers she's not a ghost at all but something much more.

My Reveiw:
I received this e-book as a review copy from the author. This did not in any way affect my review.

This starts off with Cassy who is an innocent bystander shot in a drive by shooting. While bleeding to death a mysterious and handsome being promises to save her. She only has to give him her last breath. Cassey then becomes a Echo and starts her journey living between the real world and the other world. After a while she meets another Echo who helps her and teaches her how to live as an Echo. It's decades until she gets called to help her Immortal. I don't want to say anymore cause it will be giving away the details of this amazing story.

From the first words I was drawn in to this incredible story. Once I started reading it I didn't want to put it down. Cassy is such a strong character and I loved the ending between her and her Immortal. I hope there is more to come from this story. I love all the stories Jen writes, she is such an amazing writer. This is probably my favorite of her's so far. I'm recommending this one!

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Jump Review

Book:  Jump
Author:  Jen Wylie
Publisher:  Echelon Press 
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Adult
Source:  Review Copy from Author

Summary from Goodreads:
If you were told to jump off of a bridge would you?

Perhaps it would depend on who was doing the asking. Our heroine has spunk and a sense of humor, however suffers from an extreme case of inappropriate clothing. When things take a turn from dangerous to worse what will she do when fantasy becomes reality? Warning: May include hot leather clad men, singing and demons.

My Review:
I received this e-book from the author for review. This did not in any way affect my review.

This is a short 15 minute read. Let me tell you though it's quite worth that 15 minutes. I loved it! It takes place in one location with this spunky, take charge kind of attitude woman and some kind of demon/supernatural thing. It's a short story so I don't want to say anything about what happens, except there are hot guys in it. It's a really good short story!

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Buy the book:  Barnes & Noble        Smashwords 

Fire Girl (Tales of Ever #2) Review

Book:  Fire Girl (Tales of Ever #2)
Author:  Jen Wylie
Publisher:  Echelon Press LLC 
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  E-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Surviving Ever may not be easy, but somehow I'm managing. So far.

Luckily I've made a new friend, Jadus. He's not exactly human, but he's teaching me how to survive here. Even though I'm tired, I'm hungry, and I miss home, he makes life bearable. Despite the not being human thing, I think I may be falling for him. Unfortunately Ever isn't the place for romance.

Now I have to deal with a barbarian king and a crazy shape-shifting witch on top of the everyday dangers. With each day that passes, it becomes more important I learn to control my fire powers.

If I can't I might lose everything; any hope of finding my dad, Jadus...my life.

My Review:
I received this e-book as a review copy from the author. This did not in any way affect my review.

This is the second book in the Ever series. This story just keeps getting better. Misha and Jadus are getting to know each other better. Trying to survive each day is a challenge, with fighting plants and creatures throughout the jungle and picking the right food. In this one we meet two new characters that are yes quite different. I don't want to say much because I don't want to give anything away. Misha and Jadus start a new adventure towards the end. I felt bad for Misha at the end of this one, but she is a surviver and we'll see what happens next.

I really like reading this series, it's fun and different. Keep up the great writing Jen!

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Banished (Tales of Ever #1) Review

Book:  Banished (Tales of Ever #1)
Author:  Jen Wylie
Publisher:  Echelon Press
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  E-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
My life was normal. It sucked, but it was normal. At least until I got this new power. I can control fire. It would be cool if it wasn't so dangerous and if I knew how to use it. Pretty much my sucky life took a nose dive once I got it. Yup, everything gone. I suppose I should be thankful some uncle I never heard of took me in. Turns out the whole family isn't normal and my power is a lot more dangerous than I thought. I thought things couldn't get any worse. I was wrong. They banished me to Ever.

If I'm lucky, I might survive my first day.

My Review:
I received this from the author for review. This did not in any way affect my review.

This is the first short story in the Tales of Ever series. This is the second short story by Jen Wylie that I have read. She introduced me to short stories. I really enjoy reading them now.

This is about a girl named Misha who has the ability to control fire. When her mom dies, a uncle that she has never met or heard of claims her and takes her to live with his family. Soon after they find out that she is "wild" cause of her ability. They banish her to Ever, a spell protected place. There she meets Jadus who she thinks is cute and different. He has the ability to see the past and present but not the future. He takes her into the jungle to find food and teach her how to survive Ever. Most people don't survive their first day in Ever. They come across creatures and plants that try to eat them. I loved how the sky changes so you know what time of day it is or when it's going to rain.

I hope I didn't give away too much, cause I think you all should read this. This is such an interesting and different story. The way the author describes the scenery and the creatures is very visual. It felt like I was right there with them telling Misha to run.

This author writes such good stories in such a small amount of pages. I can't wait to read the next books in this series. 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Soul Quest Review

Book:  Soul Quest (The Soul Quest Trilogy #1)
Author:  Amy Jones
Publisher:  Amy Jones
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Review copy from author

Summary from Goodreads:
Do you remember how horrified you were about the idea of attending high school? I remember ticking off those last miserable days of my summer vacation following my eighth grade year. Maybe you don’t, maybe you were one of 'those people.' You know who I’m talking about, people like Melissa Small, the distinguished District Attorney, Larry Small’s daughter, popular, gorgeous... and absolutely terrifying to someone like me, Liv Glyn. No, I am far from measuring up to the standards required to make Melissa’s crowd. I’m not even close. I’m just a simple man’s daughter, mostly tolerated by my peers with average looks. If this isn’t depressing enough for you, stay tuned, it gets worse. I was commanded with Spirit at birth by the Great Spirit, Hala. I know, it sounds crazy but it’s true. If you think it's difficult being a teenager, try being a teenager who was born destined to save the world from soul sucking Daevas and their mutant progeny Aengels. There are four of us. My companions of Spirit are Laith, Brayan and Meena. Melissa Small is Laith’s step sister and she is always meddling where she doesn’t belong, further complicating our lives. To make matters even worse, my best friend Jedd is apparently aware of things that are typically undetectable to ordinary humans. So, I have to lie to Jedd, the boy who has been my constant standby since the third grade, to shield him from the horrible and very dangerous truth. Did I mention that I think I’m falling in love with him? The term awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it, trust me. Welcome to the mess that is my life.

My Review:
I received this e-book from the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

The story starts off in the present with Liv and her best friend Jedd. She wants to tell him that she's a human oracle of earth but not sure how to tell him. Liv also doesn't know that Jedd seems to know things that humans should not know about the spirit world. She also thinks that she wants to be more than friends with him. Then the story jumps to the past and tells of how the guardians came about and how they became Liv, Meena, Brayan, and Laith's guardians. It goes on to tell the story of each human oracle, how they grew up and how they found out that they were oracles and had guardians. Then back in the present where the story really takes off. They know they are soul sucking Aengels and Daevas around they just don't know who they are yet.

All four human oracles are running for positions in the freshman class student government. That is how they meet and find out about one another. Together they seek out the Aengels and Daevas and find out who is behind the murders in the city.

This story drew my in from the first page and when I had time to read I just didn't want to stop. I liked how strong all the characters were on their own and as a group. The relationships between the couples was good, I would like to see Liv and Jedd become a couple, although maybe it will be a love triangle with Beau included. The storyline was well written and it took me back to when I was in high school. I was somewhat shocked of how it ended but looking forward to reading the next two books. This was a really good read and I'm recommending it.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In My Mailbox

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I purchased:

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth
Illusions (Wings #3) by Aprilynne Pike
Dead is not an option (Dead Is #5) by Marlene Perez
Defiance (Strange Angels #4) by Lili St. Crow
Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1) by Meg Cabot
Roses & Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets by Francesca Lia Block
Shift  (Shade #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready
The Gifted by Deborah Andreasen

Monday, May 9, 2011

Vampires Rule by K.C. Blake giveaway

Hey ya'll, just wanted to let you know about a giveaway.  Over at Kindle Fever she has a great interview and giveaway with K.C. Blake.  You can win an e-book of Vampires Rule by K.C. Blake.  I really want to read it, it sounds so good!  Here is the link to the interview and giveaway:  Kindle Fever

They don't call him Jackpot for nothing. 

Jack has always beat the odds... at least until now. When he was attacked by a werewolf, vampires saved him. When he got tired of living the vampire life, another werewolf attack freed him, making him human again. Now Jack just wants to live a normal life, but what's normal about a hunter girlfriend, a brother who wants to stake him to be on the safe side, and a head werewolf building an army to rule the world? 

Jack gets caught between his old friends and new, hunters and vampires. He wants to stay loyal to both, wants to protect everyone. Unfortunately, both sides are determined to kill the others. In the end, he'll have to make a choice

Friday, May 6, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow my book blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View.

This week's question:

Circle time! Time to share. What character in a book would you most like to be, what character in a book would you most like to date?

My answer:

Wow this is a tough choice.  I would have to choose to be:

Bella from Twilight

Clary from The Mortal Instruments

Nora from Hush Hush 

Rose from Vampire Academy

I would choose to date:

Edward from Twilight

Jace from The Mortal Instruments

Patch from Hush Hush

Dimintri or Adrian from Vampire Academy

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy For Books.

This week's question is:

"Which book blogger would you most like to meet in real life?"

My answer:

Rachel from Parajunkee's View

Tawni from The Book Worms

They are both so great, have awesome, fun blogs and are so helpful !

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

In My Mailbox

Sorry that there are no pictures this week of the book covers.  It's a little crazy right now in my personal life.  

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristy @ The Story Siren.

This week I purchased:

Drip Drop Teardrop by Samantha Young (e-book)

Fast Forward: Into the Future by Kelvin O'Ralph (e-book) *Free via coupon promotion*

This week I received from the author/publisher for review:

LS: The Beginning (ARC) by Kelvin O'Ralph (e-book)
Angelic Mysteries Novella (ARC) by James Sanderson (e-book)

*** On a side note I want to thank all my followers, I reached a 100 followers the other day which is so exciting for me!  Thank you all and keep spreading the word about this blog!***

Monday, May 2, 2011

Angel Burn Review

Book:  Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy #1)
Author:  L.A. Weatherly
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC e-book from publisher through NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he's one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed romantic trilogy, L. A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill ride of a road trip — and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

My Review:
I received this as an ARC e-book from the publisher, Candlewick Press through NetGalley. This did not affect my review in any way.

First the cover is gorgeous! I cannot say enough great things about this book. It was one of those that I just couldn't put down and will read again and again. I loved it so much and I would give it a 10 star rating!

It's about this girl Willow who is a half angel but doesn't know it right away. She's a teenager who is physic, works on cars and helps take care of her mom. When Willow gives Beth, a popular girl in school a reading she sees that the angel Beth saw is hurting her and will make her more sick in the future. Willow tries talking Beth out of joining The Church of Angels. Alex, a gorgeous Angel Killer is sent to kill Willow. When he arrives he is taken back by how beautiful she is and that something is not right with her angel. He finds a picture inside her house that shows her as a child, but angels don't have childhoods. The same day Willow goes to The Church of Angels to try to talk Beth out of joining. The angels try to kill her but Alex saves her and they take off across the country.

This is where the real story begins and I don't want to give away any of the awesome details. There is car chases, romance, action, adventure and fun. I'm not going to say what happens but I loved Willow and Alex's time at the cabin. The ending is a cliffhanger but it was a well written one that left me hanging on the edge of my seat. This book was really entertaining, thrilling and is just a rollarcoaster ride of emotions. It was heart wrenching at times and romantic at other times. I fell in love with this book, the characters and the story. I felt like I was there with them the entire time. The author did a fantastic job in writing this and I'm really excited for the next two books in the trilogy. I want to read anything this author writes. She is an amazing writer! I am recommending that everyone read this, it's that amazing!

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