Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Between The Land And The Sea (Marina's Tales #1) by Derrolyn Anderson

Between the Land and the Sea (Marina's Tales, #1) 

Book: Between The Land And The Sea (Marina's Tales #1)
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Publisher: Derrolyn Anderson
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Marina is a privileged girl who’s had an unusual upbringing. Traveling the world with her scientist father, doted on by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie, Marina’s life seems perfect.

Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when she is sent to live with her Aunt Abby and Cousin Cruz in the lovely seaside town of Aptos, California.

Only a few weeks after arriving, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive some increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might be able to unlock the mystery of her past and appease the mysterious forces that want something from her...

And maybe even find true love along the way.

My Review:
Between the Land and the Sea is a fun, enjoyable story that I would read again.

Marina has lived her entire life traveling the world with her father. She lives in San Francisco and lives a life of luxury thanks to her neighbor "Aunt Evie". The summer before her senior year of high school Marina's father sends her to live in Aptos, a small town along the ocean. He wants her to attend public school and be around people her own age. She immediately reconnects with her cousin Cruz and her aunt Abby. Marina quickly adapts to life at the beach and becomes instant friends with Cruz's friend Megan.

After an near drowning Marina meets Ethan. Things seem to going good for Marina until she starts to feel drawn the ocean and the mermaid that she meets. It's then that strange things start happening to her and the people that she cares about most. There is also her family secret about her mother that I found interesting.

I really enjoyed this story and the characters. I liked how Marina and Ethan's relationship took some time to develop. I loved Cruz and Megan, they are too funny. I did at times feel that the story got lost on the side things. There was a lot of talk about fashion, what designers Marina's clothing and accessories were. Overall though a great story. I am looking forward to finding out what is next for Marina. 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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bait (Order Of The Spirit Realm #1) by K.C. Blake/Kasi Blake


Book: Bait (Order Of The Spirit Realm #1)
Author: K.C. Blake/Kasi Blake
Publisher: K.C. Blake/Kasi Blake
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
At sixteen, Bay-Lee Bishop is not a typical girl. The last thing she wants is to be popular, but flying under the radar is nearly impossible when you’re the tallest kid in the eleventh grade. She works hard to maintain a steady C point average, never raises her hand in class, and avoids extra-curricular activity of any kind. The other students would be shocked to learn she’s living under an alias, relocating at her uncle’s whim, and hiding from monsters who want her dead because she’s Van Helsing’s daughter.

Life is weird. Then everything changes. A reaper uses her closet to cross over from the Spirit Realm right before her father whisks her away to a new school. This is the school she was born for, the school where she will learn to hunt and kill monsters, but it isn’t what she imagined. Students hate her, her mentor refuses to help her, and wraiths are murdering hunters on their birthdays. She is laser-focused on training. Love is not an option for her. Try telling that to her heart.

My Review:
I knew I would not want to put down Bait as soon as I started reading it. It is so good! It has lots that I love, vampires, hunters, werewolves, supernatural creatures and of course forbidden romance.

Bay-Lee is not your average teenager, she is Van Helsing's daughter. She has been hiding out and moving around for most of her life with her Uncle. She has always dreamed of attending her father's school for hunters. When she finally gets the chance her life will change forever. Bay-Lee wants to train so that one day she can avenge her mother's death. Once she arrives at her new school she is taken into a mock battle almost immediately. Most of the other students don't like her and thinks that she gets special treatment because of her last name. One of the students that really dislikes her is Nick. He is a hunter and one of Van Helsing's best. Nick volunteers to mentor Bay-Lee. It's then that he realizes that he is intrigued by her. But there is a prophecy that will not allow Nick and Bay-lee be together. So they must keep their relationship a secret and figure out a way for the prophecy not to come true. If that's not enough there is someone creating wraiths to kill students on their birthdays. There are other surprises that will keep you guessing throughout.

This book will take you for one wild ride with lots of twists and turns. I was in love with the story and the characters from beginning to end. One of my favorite side characters is Keisha. I love her kick butt attitude and how she is such a great friend to Bay-Lee. I am left with unanswered questions but also wanting to read book two like right now. LOL I was shocked and surprised by the last part of the book. I am hoping that there is much more to this in the next book. I want a different ending. You will understand when you read it. This is a must read! 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, October 7, 2014

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: 

"So why are we checking the bathroom if she's daydreaming?"  "Because Micki threatened to call Van if we don't look for evidence of a ghost."

Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm #1)25% on Kindle ~ Bait (Order of the Spirit Realm #1) by Kasi Blake/K.C. Blake  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr

Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr 

Book: Blogger Girl
Author: Meredith Schorr
Publisher: Booktrope
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out. A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—a cross the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.

My Review:
Oh my gosh Blogger Girl is one of those books that I couldn't put down. Being a book blogger myself I totally related to that part of the story. I was like oh my gosh that is what I do with my blog, posting, reviews, author friends and the list goes on.

Kimberly Long, aka Kim, is a legal secretary at a law firm in Manhattan. While she enjoys her job she has always thought of being a writer. She has a great boss, Rob, who she seems to "boss" around most of the time. Then there is Nicholas, the lawyer down the hall who Kim has been crushing on for a while.

Kim attends her high class reunion and runs into the high school "mean girl" Hannah who happens to have just written a chick lit book. She wants Kim to read and review on her blog Pastel is the New Black. This makes Kim jealous, even though she doesn't realize it at first.

I liked how the story didn't just focus on the blogger part of Kim. It really followed her throughout her daily life. The ups and downs of being a blogger and the romance in her life.

Blogger Girl is humorous and the characters are so real. I don't normally read contemporary or chick lit but this book has changed my view on it. I loved the office party at the end of the book and the karaoke singing. All in all a well written book. I will be on the lookout for more stories from this author.

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