Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Common Descent (Darwin's Children #3) by Natasha Larry

Common Descent by Natasha Larry 

Book: Common Descent (Darwin's Children #3)
Author: Natasha Larry
Publisher:  Penumbra Publishing 
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Amazon:
Eighteen-year old Jaycie Lerner’s telekinesis is finally in check – too bad levitating a picnic table is now a workout. Not to mention her previously dormant telepathy is back and raging out of control. As she struggles to manage her frightening power, the Dey-Vah announce they will soon reveal the supernatural world to the human race. To make matters worse, people start dropping dead all over northern Alabama. Then, a mysterious new enemy emerges.

Jaycie must elicit the help of the world’s only master vampire slayer and an assassin who converses with the voices in her head. Strengthening the Core is the only way to protect mankind from the coming vampire army, and that’s not even their most dangerous threat.

Jaycie and her family face their darkest hour when an innocent young girl serves as a pawn to form a deadly Alliance. The perfect vampire, Lilith Bradshaw, becomes an eye-opening example of how far the Alliance will go to serve their own destructive ends. The world around Jaycie plummets into darkness, and betrayals from the past threaten to undo them all.

My Review: 
Darwin's Children series is so much fun to read. Having just finished reading Common Descent I really can't wait to read what is in store next.

It picks up where Unnatural Law left off. Matt is continuing to figure out how to help Jaycie control her powers. Just when they think they have gained control and have eliminated their enemies, they find out they have new ones to deal with. These new enemies are quite unexpected.

There are new relationships and some new characters. I loved Brianna, wow she is something else. I love the banter between Matt and John. In this book we learn more about the backgrounds of some of the characters. I was shocked by some of the revelations but oh are they ever good ones. There are some major plot twists and shakeups. Lots of action, suspense and romance. Oh yeah and Matt and more Matt, can't get enough of him. I really enjoy the relationships these people have with one another. I would love to have friends like these. They made me laugh so much throughout reading this. Oh yeah and then you get to the end and major cliffhanger. I did not see it coming and was shocked at what happened.

I am so ready for book number four. I love this series! 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, July 13, 2014

Review: Stranded In Time by Kelli Sue Landon

Stranded in Time 

Book: Stranded In Time
Author: Kelli Sue Landon
Publisher: Trafford Publishing 
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: paperback review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
College student and art major Samantha Harper has been tracing her family tree for quite some time. Her mother, Rebecca, died when Sam was sixteen and she never talked much about her past. Samantha is thrilled to hear that she will be allowed to research her mother's past for a school assignment. Upon arriving in Rebecca's childhood neighborhood, Sam arranges to have a tour of her mother's grade school. She finds an area inside the school that had been damaged and at first, thinking a ghost was inhabiting the gymnasium, she accidentally crosses over into the year 1975; the year when her mother is in kindergarten. Fascinated and scared at the same time, Sam gets to witness her mother's childhood up front as she inadvertently gets involved in an old case of a young girl's accidental death. Little Josie Baker, a classmate of Sam's mother, died that year inside the school's gymnasium. But, was it an accident? After uncovering the dark secret surrounding Josie's death, Samantha wonders if she'll ever find her way back home where her father and best friend, Josh, have been waiting for her return. Will she return to the present or will she have to live the rest of her life in the past?

My Review:
Stranded in time is a mixture of mystery and time travel. I was hooked from the first chapter and just found the story to be really interesting and fun.

Samantha aka Sam is a college student living with her dad who she is still getting to know. Her mother was killed in a car accident when Sam was sixteen. She is thrilled to hear that she can write a paper on her family history, which she knows little about. While on a break from school she decides to go to the town where her mom grew up. She wants to explore the town, school and see what she can find out about her family history.

While there she meets Thomas, a former custodian at the school that knew her mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. He lets her into the school, which has been closed for years to have a look around. It's there that she discovers a hole in a wall and while looking through sees a little girl on the stage. Wondering if she is seeing a ghost she steps through the hole and into the year 1975. It's here that everything changes and the story gets very interesting. Sam meets Thomas and some others that will change her life forever. One interesting person that she meets is Suzanne. She has a unique story that will not only help Sam but could possibly change events that have happened. Together they want to figure out if little Josie Baker's death was an accident or something else. Can they save her from dying or what will the outcome be for the future?

I loved Sam in the 1970's. I liked how she became her own person, didn't back down to anyone. She is able to interact with her family, some of whom she has never met. I felt her happiness and sadness about seeing her mom as a child. The friends she makes and the events that transform just made this story such a great read. If I could have the chance to time travel this is one place I would love to go. Sam gets to experience a time when things were much calmer and laid back. The story is well written and I enjoyed getting to explore the 70's through Sam's eyes. The ending was a bit confusing to me. I am still thinking about it. Overall an interesting, fun and charming read.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review: Protector (Little Death Bringer #2) by Catherine Banks

Protector (Little Death Bringer, #2) 

Book: Protector (Little Death Bringer #2)
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Catherine Banks
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-arc review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
A big surprise at the Elven kingdom holds new challenges for Marin. Favian has a brother she never knew about and he looks exactly like Favian! Her goal of becoming a protector and of finding her true father will be determined, but is she ready for these next chapters in her life? How can she protect those she loves when she constantly puts them in harm’s way? All will be answered in the second installment of the Little Death Bringer Series.

My Review:
I absolutely fell in love with Protector. I thought I really enjoyed the first book in this series Mercenary but Protector took the story to a whole new level. If I could give it more than five starts I would. It's that good!

Marin and Favian are splitting their time between the elf kingdom and going out on missions to kill ogres. While at the kingdom Marin comes in contact with who she thinks is Favian only to find out that it is his identical twin brother Sebastian. As you are probably thinking yes this does cause some problems. But Marin is more focused on becoming a Protector and killing as many ogres as she can. While at the same time she wants to find out who her real father is and what she is apart from being human. I think I was as shocked and as confused as Marin when she finds out some things from her past. She is also trying to keep Favian from finding out that she is in love with him, while it seems everyone in the kingdom knows this already. But that doesn't stop the males from wanting to court her.

Protector is full of action, suspense, lots of twists and turns and some romance. It will keep you on your toes from start to finish. There is just so much that we learn in this one but so much more to find out in the next installment too. The ending is truly magical. I could just keep gushing about this one all day. I just really loved it and hope I don't have to wait to long for the next book. This is one of those stories that I want to read over and over.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Unstoppable Blog Tour: Character Interview

An interview with Grace Wells-

            Here we are in the beautiful North Carolina Smokies with Grace Wells- spunky teen wildlife activist and nature girl at heart! I (and I'm sure all of your fans) would love to get to know you better Miss Wells, so is it all right if I ask you a few questions? Wonderful! Let's get started with the basics:

A: So Grace, I'm sorry- may I call you Grace?
G: Of course! Or you can call me G, whatever works.
A: Ok great! Well, to start what's your favorite way to unwind after a long day?
G:  Let's see... after a long day of school and work, I like to just hop on my motorcycle Luci and ride through the woods. A good ride always perks me right up and gives me some quick energy!

A: Fantastic! A real motorcycle lover, I take it. And what about your studies? Is there a particular subject you like to spend your time on?
G: Hmm…now that's a tough one. I'm not one for reading much, so English is out. But I do like science a lot. Learning about animals and concentrating on how they live and interact with each other-stuff like that really interests me!

A: Fascinating! So I'm assuming you love animals? What's your favorite animal?
G: I love them all! But if I had to choose one I might go for Grizzly Bears. My best friend growing up was a baby bear named Simon, and they are just the most loving creatures.

A: How sweet, I'm sure Simon would love to hear that. Now Grace, I'm going to start touching on the hard hitting questions. Are you ready?
G: I'm ready dude!
A: So, who exactly do you want to win your heart, Grace?
G: Haha you weren't kidding…you jumped straight to the good stuff. Well, as of right now I'm pretty keen on Mo. I mean…he's my British wilderness man, what can I say? Besides, he loves fishing and riding motorcycles, all I need to know!

A: But what about your best friend? What was his name…Wynford?
G: Oh you mean Wyn. Hmmm….I mean, don't get me wrong, I love Wyn, it's just…
A: It's complicated?
G: Yeah.
A: No worries! On to the next question: what's your favorite food and why?
G: My favorite food? Well snack-wise I'd have to say moon-pies and spicy cheetos! (My dad always used to tell me that Moon-Pies make my spirit soar!). But as far as regular food goes, I really like my Grandma Birdee's potato soup. It's great after a cold winter hike!

A: Ah, you're Grandmother. How is Birdee doing?
G: She's great! She and Petey came with me today, they're over there in the corner talking with each other like usual. Petey loves having conversations!

A: Well Grace, I'll turn you over to them then. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer some of my questions! One last one though, if that's ok?
G: Shoot.
A: Would you like a moon-pie?
G: Dude, I thought you'd never ask! 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review: Unnatural Law (Darwin's Children #2) by Natasha Larry

Unnatural Law by Natasha Larry 

Book: Unnatural Law (Darwin's Children #2)
Author: Natasha Larry
Publisher:  Penumbra Publishing 
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
 Seventeen-year-old Jaycie Lerner’s psychokinetic power surge is over, and her astounding powers are under control for the time being – sort of. As she struggles to maintain her humanity in the face of the awesome terror and responsibility of her abilities, she also yearns for the chance at a normal life – and a relationship with Matt Carter, the best friend she had to leave behind. But Matt’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, and he’s not about to give up on his feelings for Jaycie.

As Jaycie and her family grapple with the day-to-day routine of trying to keep their world together, Jaycie’s mother figure, Allison Young, endures a personal crisis of her own. The superhuman blonde possesses the physical equivalent of Jaycie’s awesome psychic power. So evolved, at ninety-two she still looks twenty. But what good is extended life when everyone else around her is so fragile? With no one to share her unusual life, she’s a uniquely lonely woman yearning for the romantic love she sees all around her. But in a dream she gets her wish – and it quickly turns to a nightmare for everyone else in her life. The memory of a rose is all she can hold onto in the storm of obsession that nearly sweeps her away.

Things quickly turn deadly for the vampires, but the Dey-Vah Guard fairies refuse to acknowledge there’s an imbalance in the nature they protect. As the danger gets ever closer to Jaycie and her family, the race is on to find answers before a secret plot can destroy them all.

My Review:
Unnatural Law picks up where Darwin's Children left off. Jaycie is still dealing with the effects from her power surge. She still cannot remember what happened and now has all this power that she needs to figure out how to control. Allison is having a secret relationship. And if that's not enough, the Dey-Vah Guard fairies are weakening and the vampires are being killed.

I have to say that I enjoyed reading this one a bit more than the first book. I really liked that Matt was more of a main character in this one. He really came into his own and shocked me with what he can do. I love these characters and how they interact with each other. There is a lot going on all the time in this story but the author makes it work. I loved all the action, bits of romance and where the story is headed. Oh and how Mason and John use their powers on Jaycie and Matt just makes me laugh. The pink hot pants scene was funny, you’ll understand when you read it.

I’m looking forward to reading the third book and any future books from this great author. 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, July 1, 2014

Review: Amber Passion (The Enchanters #3) by Allie Burke

Amber Passion (The Enchanters) 

Book: Amber Passion (The Enchanters #3)
Author: Allie Burke
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-arc review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
With a modern touch, Allie Burke’s third and final novel in the Enchanters series plays off the age old question: How far is too far to protect those you love? True love can be demonstrated in a multitude of actions or a multitude of sins. You choose.

Daniel is lost without his other half, his twin sister Abby, who is pregnant, depressed, and oh so far away, struggling with her own demons. Seeking a ray of sunlight in his dark world, Daniel visits Hazel Grove and for the second time experiences the sun shining in the middle of the night. But this is a sun with a different name. A sun with blonde hair and an orange aura and with a bright light that scares the darkness right out of him. The blackness that had been his heart for the duration of his life, is…fading. Can the enchanting Claire bring passion and comfort to a man who yearns for her without even realizing it?

As the next generation of Enchanters make their choices, the outcome will change the course of their people forever. Only time, and love, will tell if they made the right choice. With a culmination and a turn of events you never saw coming, Amber Passion answers the questions you wondered about and leaves the reader forever changed and daydreaming in every shade imaginable, starting with darkness, and ending, at the end of the tunnel, with light.

My Review:
Amber Passion is one of those books that you don’t want to put down and you don’t want to end.  I loved Emerald Destiny and wasn’t sure what to except from the third and final book.  Allie Burke blew me away with this one.  It was like reading something magical.  The words just flowed so perfect throughout.  I am sad to see it end but wow what a great story it was. 

It pretty much picks up where Emerald Destiny left off.  Abby and Evan’s relationship continues to grow.  We get to meet and love Claire, the girl, not the car.  You need to read the first two books to understand this.  Daniel really becomes his own person and starts making a life for himself.  While at the same time he is still linked to his twin sister Abby.  I enjoyed the new characters and at the same time reconnecting with previous and unexpected ones.  Unanswered questions were answered in this one and I was surprised by some of the revelations.  The near ending was unexpected and a bit shocking.  The end of the book though I enjoyed getting a look at them years later. 

All around a fun fantasy that I would recommend.  Just so you all know that there are some adult scenes in this one also.  I will be on the lookout for more stories from this author.  This e-arc was provided to me for review.  This did not affect my review in any way.

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