Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: Alora The Wander-Jewel (Alora #1) by Tamie Dearen

Alora: The Wander-Jewel (Alora, #1) 

Book: Alora: The Wander-Jewel (Alora #1)
Author: Tamie Dearen
Publisher: Tamie Dearen
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book - Won

Summary from Goodreads:
Unlike her friends, fifteen-year-old Alora has visions. Only while in the shower. And only of one stranger: a handsome boy with long brown hair, intense green eyes, and the oddest clothes. A boy who vanishes whenever she opens her eyes.

And then one day, he doesn't…

Alora's safe world soon turns upside-down as she's thrust into another realm where her soulmate waits, magic abounds, and unfathomable evil seeks to claim her.

"A captivating, young-adult fantasy that will keep turning the pages and leave you ready for more!"

My Review:
Alora is one of those books that will draw you in right from the start. I fell in love with the characters and the story right from the beginning.

Alora is an average 15 year old girl living in Montana. She has no idea she is very powerful. She was born with an unusual jewel in her belly button. Her "aunt" Lena, who passed away before the story begins, and her "uncle" Charles have raised her since her birth. One day while in the shower Alora starts having visions of some good looking boy, Kaevin. Although she has no idea who he is or how she is seeing him. She is half Stone-Clan and half Water-Clan.

She begins to transport Kaevin from another realm to Montana. Alora and Kaevin soon realize they are soulmates. They have to touch at least once a day or they begin to loose their strength. If they kiss it makes them stronger and improves their powers. This does not make Charles happy at all. I really liked Beth and Wesley, Alora's friends. Wesley is fun and Beth is a go getter. Together with their friends and family they must find a way to fight Alora's father Vindrake. He is an evil villain and the leader of the Water-Clan. He wants to use find Alora for her Wander Jewel powers to gain control of all the clans in his realm.

The author did such a great job with the story building and the character development. You feel like these could be your friends. Although it is a fantasy things just seem so real and fun. I liked how everyone got along really well. I really liked all the characters and enjoyed Alora and Kaevin's romance. Vindrake is the evil villain that you just love to hate. I can't wait to read the other books in this series. I highly recommend you read this fun, exciting, coming of age fantasy. You will not want to put it down, I know I didn't!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Review: Forbidden Life (The Forbidden Trilogy #3) by Karpov Kinrade

Forbidden Life (Forbidden, #3) 

Book: Forbidden Life (The Forbidden Trilogy #3)
Author: Karpov Kinrade
Publisher: Daring Books
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book purchased

Summary from Goodreads:
From USA Today bestselling author Karpov Kinrade comes an award-winning series full of romance and page-turning suspense.

A sinister force waits for them in darkness, ready to devour their powers and take their lives.

Sam's baby is the key to a lock that must never be opened. To keep her child safe, Sam will do anything.

Drake might have found a way to get his powers back and save his family, but at what cost?

Luke and Lucy uncover secrets in an organization they thought they could trust, and the lives of all Rent-A-Kid children are at stake.

My Review:
WOW! That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of this book. I loved the first two books in this trilogy and I was hoping this one would be good too. It was even better. I didn't want to put my Kindle down. This is a must read series!

The story this time focuses on the same characters but they are in different locations. Drake is off on his own trying to figure out what he is going to do now that he doesn't have his powers anymore. Sam is back at the new place for all the kids from Rent-A-Kid that have escaped or been rescued. Luke and Lucy are on a mission with IPI to save the kids from Sam's crazy father Steele and the head of Rent-A-Kid.

While Sam wishes that Drake could be there for her when she delivers Ana she is also really angry with him for leaving in the first place. But she has her friends around and Darren who would like to be more than friends. When Ana is put in danger, Sam will do whatever it takes to rescue her and take down Steele. The plane crashes that Luke, Lucy and a bunch of IPI agents are on. So now they are stuck on a remote island with what seems like no way of getting off it. Here we meet Hunter, a hot IPI agent. Lucy and Hunter become involved in more than just the rescue mission of the kids. Drake has his own issues out on his own. He comes across a kid Toby that he seems to need help. Or will Drake end up needing help from Toby? I LOVED reading about Lucy and Hunter. They made being stuck on the island a good time. It was quite the experience with all the strange things that happened.

So much is revealed in this final installment. I have to say I was really shocked by all the revelations throughout the book. There is never a dull moment, there is always something exciting happening throughout. New friendships, new realtionships and non stop action. I was happy with how it ended. I just wish there was more books to this story. I would love to read more into the future about Lucy and Hunter. I highly recommend this trilogy is you haven't started reading it yet. You need to, it's so good!

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