Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Author Interview with Amy Jones

Please welcome Amy Jones to Fantasy Book Chick

Tell us a little about yourself…
I am a 1993 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education. I have seventeen years of experience in education and currently teach Dance and Theater Arts to high school students in southeastern North Carolina. Dancing, acting and writing are all forms of communication. Each form requires exceptional creativity and passion to inspire and impress an audience. I have enjoyed a passion for reading, writing, and the arts since I was a child. As an adult I have enjoyed having the opportunity to share my passion for the arts with children. It only seems appropriate that delving into the world of teen fiction would be the next logical step in my life.

What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Being a Momma! My children are my greatest accomplishments and nothing I ever do will surpass my pride in them.
Teaching! I love working with teenagers on a daily basis and hopefully inspiring the future generations while simultaneously sharing my passion for the arts.

When did you begin writing?
I began tinkering with words when I was in high school. My tenth grade English teacher clued me in to my potential as a writer so I signed up for his Creative Writing class. I loved the course and began dabbling in poetry and short stories.

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

I require quiet for my writing. If I here music I will quickly find my self dancing around the room (not very conducive to the writer’s need to expel words on paper).  I frequently use pictures as inspirational enhancement for my writing. Mostly my plots are inspired through dream.  My snacks of choice while writing are chips and dip and ice cream.

What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
Currently I am reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
I just finished reading The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Brazwell (the bound edition containing all three books in the series).
Next, I intend to finish reading Jenny Pox by JL Bryan.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

My favorite author is Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments Series and The Infernal Instruments Series. A recent favorite would have to be Indie author, Addison Moore, author of The Celestra Series.  I could list a dozen authors but I find Ms. Clare and Ms. Moore’s books impossible to put down from the onset of reading.  I enjoy their multiple POV writing style. 

What other projects are you working on or having coming out next?
I will be releasing Soulless; The Story of Shayan, The Soul Quest Trilogy Prequel on Halloween 2011. The novella will be available for free in Kindle format on Amazon.com, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords.
Soul Deep, Book Three in The Soul Quest Trilogy will be released in August of 2012.

New Scoop!
I’ve just began plotting a new series which I am referring to as The Witches of Plymouth (don’t hold me to the title, it may change but needed a name for the time being).  It will be a young adult paranormal romance/historical fiction novel which dates back to the days of Plymouth Colony. 

Why did you choose to write this genre?
I love and prefer young adult literature.  I lean toward paranormal romance and fantasy because I’m a dreamer and hopeless romantic.

If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
I’d be a Guardian Angel and try to save people from themselves or their lives (abuse, addiction). My power would be to give them a sense of peace and self empowerment (and some pretty, sparkly wings which allowed me to fly to beautiful places would be a nice bonus)!

Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book…

First, it’s unique. My heroes are Oracles and Guardians and my villains are Daevas and Aengels. What? You haven’t heard of such beings? *light bulb moment* …like I said, it’s different.
Second, Liv and her friends Laith, Brayan and Meena totally rock! When you meet them in between the black and white pages you’ll wish you could pull them out of the book and hang out with them!
Third, you’ll get to journey to places you’ve never been, see things you’ve never seen, do things you’ve never done.  It will blow your mind!

Read my review of The Guardians of Souls 

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Guardians of Souls (The Soul Quest Trilogy #2) Review

Book:  The Guardians of Souls (The Soul Quest Trilogy #2)
Author:  Amy Jones
Publisher:  Amy Jones
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  Review Copy from Author

Summary from Goodreads:
Liv, Laith, Brayan and Meena are back with a mission and a militia for justice. The four human Oracles join forces with their spirit counter parts in Arcadia to form The Guardians of Souls. Shy has fled to Los Angeles to escape the consequences of Melissa and Jesse’s deaths and Hala, the Great Spirit, has reason to believe he is not alone. Neither the Spirits in Arcadia or the NYPD in New York City has turned up any trace of Shy since his disappearance after the tragic events played out on Valentine’s Day.
Liv and her companions of spirit find themselves torn between the human world and Arcadia once more. Their duty as human Oracles continuously interferes and threatens the stability and safety of their friendships and romantic lives.
Get ready for all hell to break loose as Liv and her friends set out on a quest to hunt down Shy and finish him for good. This time the Spirit World means business when they find Shy playing up to his usual tricks. The odds are against Shy this time around but this may not pan out to be such a lucky break for the human Oracles. Could it be that Shy isn’t their worst enemy after all?
Is Earth once again safe from the perils of Daevas and Aengels? Are Liv’s human friends safe or will they be baited and harmed again?
Only the Spirits know…


My Review:
The Guardians of Souls out did the first book in my opinion. You never know with the second book in a series how the author is going to have the story play out. I think Amy out did herself on this one. While the human oracles are typical teenager they have matured a lot since Soul Quest.

In this one the human oracles get to travel to Arcadia and Los Angeles. Jedd is more involved with the whole spirit world, which I'm happy about. There is a love triangle mixed in there too. The oracles are pleasantly surprised to see someone unexpected in Arcadia. Some amazing transformations happens that I didn't see coming towards the ending.

While this one focuses more on the spirit world there is still plenty of teenage drama and real life mixed in. Amy does such a great job blending it all together. Liv and her friends get to live a double life with plenty of drama, action, suspense and a little romance.

I am excited to read the third book to see how it all ends.

This book was given to me by the author for review.  This did not affect my review in any way.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Frost Fire (Frost Series #6) Cover Reveal

I had to share this gorgeous cover with you, I love this series!  If you haven't started reading this series you need to, it's so good.

Frost Fire (Frost Series #6) by Kailin Gow

Releases December 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

This week I received for review:

The Way: Genesis by John Whelan-Curtin (e-book)

Vonnegut and Douglas Adams rewrite Brave New World and find The Future Perfect by Kirk Mustard (e-book)

Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch by Angel Haze (e-book)


This week I purchased:

Red by Kait Nolan (e-book)


John Whelan-Curtin

Kirk Mustard

Angel Haze

Author Interview with James Sanderson

Please welcome James Sanderson to Fantasy Book Chick.

Had the great pleasure being on the Tony Angelo radio show last Saturday, and I wanted to share some of the things we talked about (and have added some other things we didn’t talk about). If you have any comments or questions of your own, please add them in the comments below.

Why do you write?
A person must be crazy to want to write, and I mean that literally. When I was a kid my Dad was such an overbearing and dynamic force in my life – and I don’t mean to say he was abusive, really – that I couldn’t seem to find a voice for myself. When he argued with my mother I remember scrunching down into the corner of my bedroom and making myself very tiny. Then, when I learned to write, my writing was very tiny as well. People still comment on it today. My script is almost microscopic and all pinched together. It was as if I was trying to express myself but I didn’t really want anyone to be able to see what I was trying to say. So, I guess to keep expressing myself, I had to write.

How do you come up with story ideas and characters?
It takes me a long time to come up with story ideas – and I mean years – and they almost always come from character. Characters develop from people I know, or from my own experience, but I don’t believe any of my characters are based on real people. They are more like composite people. Then, when I know my character, I begin to wonder how they would act or react in this situation or that. The story usually emerges from that.

When and how do you write?
I have the great luxury now of being a full-time writer, but if I’m not careful my time can go away just as fast as anyone else’s. I usually blog ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ – my novel coming out in August - on Monday. Then I work on the next chapter of my latest novel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday I blog ‘Literary Greatness’, which is my blog about great authors, literature, books, and writing. I promote my work online anytime I get a minute. For the modern author, marketing and promotion must be part of the writing process.

What authors inspire you? 
I have a library full of authors I refer back to often. Tolstoy. Dostoevsky. Hemingway. Faulkner. Steinbeck. Melville. The complete Shakespeare. Henry James. Of course any I don’t have right on the shelf I can usually find online now. That is a great benefit of reading classic literature – you can usually get it free or very cheap on the library giveaway shelf or the used bookstore or online.

What are you working on now? 
‘The Angelic Mysteries’ is a novel about a man who meets a woman who believes herself to be an angel. They are being pursued around Europe by a psychopath she believes in an anti-angel – an angel from hell. It is a thriller and a love story, but also a novel of ideas: about the thin line between sanity and insanity. It’s due out August 18th.

How long does it take you to write a novel? 
Oh goodness, there is no time limit. ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ came out in a limited edition literary paperback in 1994. I have been working on it off and on ever since. The edition due out in August is my final draft however.

What is your next project? 
I have been working on a series of short stories about nonviolent direct action as it has been used around the world, and the collection, as yet untitled, is due out in the spring (March 2012). Meanwhile some of them are being published in small press magazines.

How long have you been writing? 
Well, as I said about being a kid hiding out in my bedroom from the fights my parents had, I began to write stories almost as soon as I could write. I remember my twelfth year in particular. I always read classic literature too, so I was considered somewhat weird by my young friends.

How does your background influence your work? 
I know I have always wanted to be a writer, and the fact that I read classic literature from an early age has had the most influence on my work. Whenever I read I am making mental notes about how this or that style or technique might be useful to my work in the future. I believe that novels should express great ideas because the written word is just too important to waste on only entertainment.

How do you research?
Plain old library time. Of course it is a lot easier to get books now through inter library loans and so on, and I use the internet extensively. A writer simply must use the internet to help with research. There is no reason for a writer to miss some important detail.

Give some facts and juicy tidbits about your work. 
(Laughs). I don’t know how juicy it is, but when I was writing ‘American Masters’ I came to the chapter about our American State Papers as Literature. It occurred to me that Benjamin Franklin, because he had access to his own printing press, was able to go directly to his readers with his story. Who knows what would be known of him today if he had had to go through some convoluted publishing process to get his work out. In France especially he was able to influence people directly with his writing. I think we authors need to start looking for ways to write directly to our readers. Of course the internet is making great strides at helping us do that.

What are you reading now? 
I am reading ‘Anna Karenina’ for the umpteenth time. It is really my favorite novel. On my shelf are also ‘Middlemarch’ and ‘Vanity Fair’, which are also long reads. So, I’ve got my reading time mapped out for me for quite a while.

Do you have any concluding remarks? 
Only that we writers need to hear from our readers. If you are reading a blog or are meeting an author on Facebook or wherever, don’t be afraid to speak out and say what you think about our work or about reading and writing in general. (Be kind, but be real). We are just breaking into the idea of being able to speak directly with our readers, and we need to know what you are thinking. It will help us create our future works and it will keep us honest about why we’re writing, and who we’re writing for.

I would love your feedback at either of my blog sites: Literary Greatness - www.jamesdsanderson.blogspot.com or www.theangelicmysteries.blogspot.com. You may also look for me on Facebook (James D. Sanderson).


The Angelic Mysteries by James Sanderson

Summary from Goodreads:
Traveling to Europe to escape the specter of madness in his life, Daniel Allman meets and falls in love with a woman who believes herself to be an angel. She is being pursued by a psychopath; a man she believes is an anti-angel. An action-packed thriller, a tender love story, and a literary adventure. The Angelic Mysteries: Where Heaven and Earth Meet.

You can read my review

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead Review

Book: Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill Fiction
Rating: 5 STARS
Level: Young Adult
Source: ARC paperback from publisher

Summary from Goodreads:
BLOOD DOESN'T LIE. Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...

My Review:
Bloodlines is the spin off from the Vampire Academy series. I was so excited when I heard that Richelle was writing this spin off. I love the Vampire Academy series. Bloodlines starts out pretty much where the Vampire Academy series ended. Even if you haven't read it yet Bloodlines does a good job of catching you up while building a new story in a new environment.

I was surprised and excited in the beginning when some old characters show up, even for a short time. I loved Adrian and am loving him even more now. I also really like Sydney and am happy with her character and how she fits in to this new series. I don't want to give away the other characters that have come along to this new series. Oh I want to give you so many details but can't spoil it for you. I will tell you that there are hot guys, a new school, drama, romance, action and laugh out loud moments. The ending was action packed and then like the last sentence I think when someone walks through the door. "Squeals" I can't tell you who! I am so excited that this is going to be another six book series. Now I don't want to have to wait for book two to come out. I need more Bloodlines and Adrian now!

This was given to me as an ARC paperback review copy from the publisher, this did not affect my review in any way.

*Bloodlines release date August 23, 2011*

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Pre-order the book: Book Depository  Amazon 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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:

"I would like you to make a tool that can make you and your companion's invisible.  The other project is well.. a little bit more complex." he said uncomfortably.

8% on my Kindle (sorry doesn't show page number)
The Guardians of Souls (The Soul Quest Trilogy #2) by Amy Jones

The Angelic Mysteries by James Sanderson Review

Book: The Angelic Mysteries
Author: James D. Sanderson
Publisher: James D. Sanderson
Rating: 3 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: Review Copy From Author (e-book)

Summary from Goodreads:
Traveling to Europe to escape the specter of madness in his life, Daniel Allman meets and falls in love with a woman who believes herself to be an angel. She is being pursued by a psychopath; a man she believes is an anti-angel. An action-packed thriller, a tender love story, and a literary adventure. The Angelic Mysteries: Where Heaven and Earth Meet.

My Review:
The Angelic Mysteries is a short story. If you like lots of action, a little romance and a short story you'll like this.

Daniel is traveling across Europe in hopes of finding himself. Along the way he meets Sarah who claims she is an angel from Heaven. She believes that she is his guardian angel even though she is now somehow human. There is also this crazy demon guy that is after Sarah at first and then both of them. I can't reveal anymore without telling you the entire story, so you'll just have to read the book to find out what happens.

I thought the story flowed along at about the same pace most of the time. There were some things I felt was a little rushed, but that happens sometimes with short stories. We know very little about Daniel's background and even littler about Sarah's. There were a few scenes that grossed me out. I enjoyed reading it for the most part. I wish we would have learned more about the characters background and had more time in between everything happening.

This was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Kami Garcia's New Solo Series

Hey everyone,

I just read some exciting news and wanted to share it with you.  Kami Garcia (co-author of The Caster Chronicles) just announced today that she is going to have a new solo series.  I am so excited about this, I am a fan of The Caster Chronicles Series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.  I first read about it on Facebook today.  We have to wait two more years but I'm sure it will be worth the wait! 

Here's the post on the Beautiful Creatures (The Caster Chronicles) website. 

Excerpt from Publishers Weekly:

Garcia’s ‘Legion’ Heads to LBBYR… and Hollywood

“Kami Garcia, coauthor of the bestselling YA series Beautiful Creatures, sold the first two books in a new series, called the Legion, to Julie Scheina at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Scheina bought North American rights to Unbreakable and Unbound from Jodi Reamer at Writers House; the series is set to launch in fall 2013. The first book, Unbreakable, is also already in development in Hollywood with producer Mark Morgan (the Twilight Saga and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief) attached… LBBYR called the series a “frightening and thrilling urban fantasy’”full of “suspense, romance, and dark paranormal forces.”

Are you curious yet? Here’s a preview:

Kennedy Waters’ entire life changes when she finds her mother dead and discovers she is a member of a secret society formed two hundred years ago to protect the world from a powerful demon determined to find a way out of his dimension and into ours, and from the dangerous spirits he controls.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow my book blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read.

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently? 

A. Well I am way beyond being a teen but my reading habits haven't changed all that much.  I've always read all the time.  I now read paranormal romance & urban fantasy mostly.  When I was a teen I read chick lit, mysteries and some paranormal.  I still love YA.  I'll never grow up I guess.  :)


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

“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”

My answer:  The Frenzy by Francessa Lia Block
I own this book and I love the title.  It's  a good, interesting book.  
Here's the summary:

Love is a werewolf, influenced by the moon and terror, and always about to change.
Liv has a secret.
Something happened to her when she was thirteen. Something that changed everything. Liv knows she doesn’t belong anymore—not in her own skin, not in her family . . . not anywhere. The only time she truly feels like herself is when she’s with her boyfriend, Corey, and in the woods that surround her town.
But in the woods, a mysterious woman watches Liv. In the woods, a pack of wild boys lurks. In the woods, Liv learns about the curse that will haunt her forever. The curse that caused the frenzy four years ago. And that may cause it again, all too soon.
While Corey and Liv’s love binds them together, Liv’s dark secret threatens to tear them apart as she struggles to understand who—or what—she really is. And by the light of the full moon, the most dangerous secrets bare their claws. . . .

Thursday, August 11, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

This week I received for review:
The Commander And The Den Asaan Rautu Vol 1 (Haanta Series, #1) by Michelle Franklin (e-ARC)
Tales from Frewyn: Short Stories from the Haanta Series Vol. 1 by Michelle Franklin (e-book)
Crows Trees (Crows Fall #1)  by Claire Favell (e-book)
Thin Air by Lynn Seresin (e-book)

This week I won:
Verita (Verita Trilogy #1) by Tracy Rozzlynn (e-book) Won on Library Thing

This week I received free/promos:

Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time #1) by Lisa T. Bergren (e-book) free on Amazon
Bloody Little Secrets by Karly Kirkpatrick (e-book) free weekend promo on Facebook

Anasaz (A Sense of Truth #2) by Emma Michaels (e-ARC) (free promo from Book Blogger Hop)

This week I purchased:
Dream Dark (Caster Chronicles 2.5) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (e-book) purchased

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Loramendi's Story by Angela Carlie Review

Book:  Loramendi's Story (Lord of Shifters #1)
Author:  Angela Carlie
Publisher:  DarkSide Publishing
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC e-book from author

Summary from Goodreads:
Lora wants nothing more than to be the wind behind sexy windsurfer Chance's sails. But fulfilling that wish just became...complicated. After seventeen years of normal life, someone wants Lora and her family dead. And the attempted massacre isn't nearly as strange as the reason behind it.

My Review:
This is one of those books that takes you by surprise. The story starts off with Lora who lives in a small town in Washington where nothing much happens. Lora spends her days watching windsurfers at the beach, hiking with her friends Jess and Johnnie and waitrsesing on the weekends. After her mom disappeared when she was younger her mom's best friend Aubrey takes her in to live with her.

The beginning has some crazy, funny and unpredictable moments. Among those Lora's best friend has a new look and attitude when she returns from vacation, a man gets eaten by a bear and Lora herself encounters a large bear while hiking. Not to mention some of the strange people she meets along the way. Then we meet hottie windsurfer Chance. Say no more, yeah he's hot, charming and an all around nice guy but there's so much more to him. Lora and Chance meet and sparks fly instantly and the romance just blossoms from there.

I love shapeshifters and the way the author brought shapeshifting into this story was very interesting. Something different that I have not read before. The whole fairy tale world was so well done and it made me wish it could happen to me. I loved all the characters, even the evil ones. This story has it all, romance, action, adventure, suspense, mystery and friendship. There are lots of twists and turns, laugh out loud moments and hot guys. I mean who doesn't love hot guys? I love paranormal romance but don't worry there is plenty of action and suspense too.

I was drawn in from the first page and didn't want to put it down. I liked the ending and can't wait to read what's to come next in this series. I'm now a fan of this author and will continue to read her books.

This ARC e-book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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!
*This is my first ever Teaser Tuesdays, I'm excited!*

My Teasers:
"He smiled winningly.  "Well, I always aim to help others in need."  "Yeah," a new voice suddenly said.  "That's exactly what comes to mind when I think of you, old man."

p. 53, Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead (ARC)

*Release date: August 23, 2011*

Monday, August 8, 2011

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia @ Book Journey

This is my first ever It's Monday!  What are you reading?  I have been wanting to participate for awhile and finally found time.  

I just finished reading:
Loramendi's Story (Lord of Shifters #1) by Angela Carlie

I'm currently reading: 
Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) by Richelle Mead (ARC)

Going to read next: 
The Guardian of Souls (The Soul Quest Trilogy #2) by Amy Jones

What are you reading?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Follow my book blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read

Q. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?

My answer:

I would have to say Twilight.  Yeah I know like most popular one to pick but it defined who I am in some ways.  I have been reading for as long as I can remember & have also loved paranormal but didn't read a lot of it.  When I read Twilight it set me on the track & made me realize that this is what I love to read.  Now I can't get enough paranormal books.  :)

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

Q.  “What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?”

My Answer:

I want Silence (Hush Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick but I heard that there is not going to be any ARC's. 

I would also love to have Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl   

Thursday, August 4, 2011

In My Mailbox

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

This week I received for review:

Life Weaver by Cassandra Kay (paperback)
Dragon Aster (Dragon Aster #1) by S.J. Wist (e-book)
Signs & Wonders (The Gifts Trilogy #2) by Patria Dunn-Rowe (e-book)
Revelation (The Gifts Trilogy, #3) by Patria Dunn-Rowe (e-book)
Darwin's Children (Volume 1) by Natasha Larry (e-book)

Thanks to:

Black Rose Writing
Cassandra Kay
S.J. Wist
Patria Dunn-Rowe
Natasha Larry

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Gifts (The Gifts Trilogy #1) by Patria Dunn-Rowe

Book:  The Gifts (The Gifts Trilogy #1)
Author:  Patria Dunn-Rowe
Publisher:  Patria Dunn-Rowe
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  YA/Adult
Source:  Review copy from Author

Summary from Goodreads:
When twenty-one year old Nahla Marks decides to start her junior year at Wake Forest University as an education major, instead of continuing on the path to pre-med, everything seems to fall apart. Her parents have practically disowned her, stripping all financial help and communication away. Then, there is this feeling, this color -as she calls it- that has begun to take over her body. She doesn't know how to control it, and the more it happens, the worse it gets.

Gideon's bedroom, Gideon's apartment, Gideon... had saved her, nursing her wounds. Nephilim was the word he used, but not quite, he cautioned as he told her a story -a story that explained what was happening to her, and why he now stood before her...seemingly, an angel.

She'd never asked for this to happen to her, and didn't want the chaos that seemed to follow her everywhere now. Not only was the media looking for her, but someone else wanted the gifts they possessed, at any cost...

My Review:
I have had this book for a while and finally got around to reading it. I now wish that I would have read it sooner. I would have given it more than five stars if possible, I LOVED it! I was thinking in the beginning this is going to be like two other books that I read. I was so wrong.

Nahla's story goes from simple college student trying to make it on her own without her parents help to such an amazing young woman with a supernatural gift or a curse as she sees it. Oh yeah and then there's Gideon. He is the way hot guy she meets one day at college, gotta love that. Nahla has been having things happen to her that cause her to see colors and then pass out. When she finally finds out from Gideon what they both are she is scared and wants to get rid of her gift. She sees it as a curse. Add to that the story behind Nahla and Gideon's unnatural births and how the gifts came to be about. Throughout the book the author makes the entire story seem so real. Two young adults who find out they are more than human. While they have gifts they dealt with everyday life and struggles. They have normal human friends and family. I found it interesting how Patria brought in religion, medical background and supernatural and mixed it all together and made it work so well. The story flowed really well and I couldn't stop reading it. There were a few times when something happened that made me almost dropped my kindle. I loved how they fell in love, it's so romantic. I personally found their gifts just that gifts not a curse. All the good they could bring to the world. At the same time though I understand how they could find it a curse and want to give back the gifts where they belong. I was left wondering about the side characters when it ended. I liked the ending with the tribe and that part of the book.

This is a spectacular and well though out book. I suggest you purchase all three in this trilogy cause you will want to read all of them. I am excited to get started on the next two books.

This book was given to me by the author for review, it did not affect my review in any way.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Betrayed (The Guaridan Legacy #2) by Ednah Walters

Book:  Betrayed: Book Two of The Guardian Legacy
Author:  Ednah Walters
Publisher:  Firetrail Publishing
Rating:  5 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC e-book Review Copy from Author

Summary from Goodreads:
Lil has come to terms with her life as a Guardian/demon hunter and the wielder of the Nephilim most powerful weapon-the Kris Dagger. She trains everyday to master her growing powers, gets along with her Guardian trainee friends, most of the time, and cherishes the time she spends with her human friends.

Just when she feels she belongs, her nature-bender father contacts her and warns her about a betrayal by someone close to her. Then Bran, the boy she loves, starts to act strange and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability. While Lil struggles find a connection between these three things, she begins to realize that someone is manipulating her and will stop at nothing, including hurting those she loves, to lure her to the dark side.

My Review:
This is the sequel to Awakened. I knew that I was going to love this but was wondering if it could live up to the first one. Well let me tell you it surpassed Awakened.

All the characters are back for another round in the guardian world. Things are going good,Lil and Bran's relationship is growing, she is training and hunting as a guardian, Bran's sister is living with him now. Then the trouble starts. Lil' father Valfar starts calling her and telling her she's in danger and that Bran is not telling her everything. At first she ignores him so he uses one of her friends as a medium, the whole phone thing I thought was cool. Then Bran starts acting different towards Lil and things go downhill from there. There's someone spying on Lil and sending information about Lil back to her father. Then there's Solange and the little kid's, I liked meeting these new characters. I felt Lil's struggles with Bran and her father. It was like a mystery trying to figure out who the spy and who the medium were. The romance, suspense, action and mystery were all fantastic. I couldn't put my kindle down, I wanted more. LOVED the ending with the party. Makes me smile just thinking about it. :)

I want to gush about everything that happened and all the moments between my favorite characters, Lil, Bran and yeah Skyes. I am not going to say anymore except that I LOVED this and can't wait to read more. This is one of my favorite series and it's a must read!

This book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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