Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Blitz : Phobic by Cortney Pearson

Phobic by Cortney Pearson
(The Forbidden Doors #1)
Publication date: September 8th 2014
Genres: Horror, Young Adult


Fifteen-year-old Piper Crenshaw knows her house is strange. It’s never needed repairs since it was built in the 1800s, and the lights flicker in response to things she says. As if those things aren’t creepy enough, it’s also the place where her mother committed murder.
To prove she’s not afraid of where she lives, Piper opens a forbidden door, which hides a staircase that leads to the ceiling. That’s when the flashbacks of the original residents from 1875 start, including a love affair between two young servants. Each vision pulls Piper deeper into not only their story, but also her house. Piper confides in her best friend, Todd, whom she’s gradually falling for, but even he doesn’t believe her. At least, not until her house gets axed during a prank, and the act injures Piper instead, cutting a gash the size of Texas into her stomach.
Piper realizes her house isn’t haunted—it’s alive. To sever her link to it, she must unravel the clues in the flashbacks and uncover the truth about her mother’s crime, before she becomes part of her house for good.

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Cortney Pearson is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. She lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ARC Review: Brew by David Estes

Brew (Salem's Revenge, #1)Brew by David Estes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series: Salem's Revenge
Source: eARC for review
Read: September 2014
Expected publication:  October 1st, 2014
Publisher: Self Published.

*I recieved this eARC for review*

Do you believe is witches?

Some of you will say yeah sure. But I bet the most of you will say, nope. Because they are just found in books, tv, and movies. All made up for your entertainment. Sure some people call themselves one but they can't really be real. Right??

That's what Rhett Carter thought too.

Rhett I can't say was a typical teenager. He played football, a book blogger, was picked on and had been through the system a few times. Finally living with a foster family he liked, The Smiths. He had a best friend and a girlfriend, the three of them were always together. Until the attack happened, and now Rhett the football playing book blogger is on a hunt.

I have to point this out as it was something I found really cute, I don't know if cute is the right word but it's the one that popped into my head. But anyways, I really liked how Rhett turned everything into a "blog" post in his head. Giving it titles and rating aswell. It felt as if that was his way of keeping his wits together as everything else falls apart.

I found Brew to be a highly captivating book, it held my attention from start to finish. Its filled with action, magic, interesting characters it's an overall a great read. Fans of YA magic related/fantasy novels should enjoy it. Fans of Harry Potter and post apocalyptic books should find it equally as engrossing.

Looking forward to the next book in the series.

You can pre-order Brew here on Amazon.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review:Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade: Book 1 by Stephanie Greene

Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade: Book 1Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade: Book 1 by Stephanie Greene
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Library book
Read: September 2014
Publisher: Puffin

Posey is starting grade one and she doesn't like the idea of not having her mommy all day or having to be dropped off and left alone. She wishes she could wear her favorite outfit, a pink tutu that even though it as a hole in it and is torn makes her feel like a princess, Princess Posey. The boys next door are of no help, they try to convince her that there are monsters at school who like to get the first graders.

Princess Posey is a cute and quick chapter book great for teaching your little ones that its going to be okay in school, especially for your first time in full day school and having to be not with their parents. Its a big step up and change from Kindergarten. This book helps explain that even though it maybe new and a change, it doesn't mean it's for the worse and who knows you just might like it.

I love they fact that it's a little series.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Review: Empath (Flawed, #1) by Becca J. Campbell

Empath (Flawed, #1)Empath by Becca J. Campbell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given an ecopy of Empath for review.

Jade is an Empath not only can she sense the feelings and emotions of those around her she can feel them. They can take right over if she isn't too careful, which is why she has lived such a sheltered life. Which makes it strange when she does start to make friends, calming ones at that. And these friends maybe just as "flawed" as her.

This book was rather interesting and well intense at times. We have this person, Ethan who is a monster, a psychopath. His passion is the fears of others, he thrives off it it, gets off from it. He is just a sick person and Jade is in his sights.

I was got sucked into this book, I found the concept to be refreshing. I've been reading more dystopia novels as of late so it was a nice little break from them.

I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Cover Reveal: PUPPET by Pauline C. Harris.

About the book: Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.
When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.
As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.
As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Puppet is slated to be an October release, so mark your calenders!

About the author:  
Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen.  She's currently working toward a degree in English.  Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes.  You can find her on Twitter at: @PaulineCHarris

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book, this book. When I first opened the pages I got so extremely excited for it. And I knew right away I was going to very enjoy it.

As we continued on I had to pause at many many different moments, pausing to reflect on the words I just read, pausing to soak it all in, pausing to smile.

But then something happened, something wasn't the same. My feelings of "oh I so need to pick up my own copy" (as this is a library book) started to subside. Don't get me wrong I still totally was into it but it kind of I don't know, umm slowed a little.

I still dig it though, (I can't believe I said the words "dig it") so many fantastic band mentions in this book, The Cure, The Smiths, Misfits, etc. Just yeah like I said fantastic.

The ending left me lost, happy, sad, just..I don't know, there was so many thoughts and feelings and to be honest with you a little too real, a little too close to something I've been through/done. Not going there as well it's personal and well this is a book review.

You know as I sit here looking at my library copy, with all the sticky notes in it to mark things I liked I'm gonna probably end up picking my own. Yeah chances are good.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Tour: The Girl In the White Pajamas by Chris Birdy

When Officer Bud the PR face of the Boston Police Department is gunned down, his brother, Bogie McGruder, returns from Palm Beach for the funeral. Since the BPD is investigating the death of one of their own, Bogie believes his trip to Boston will be a short condolence visit and a chance to meet his secret love child.

But interacting with a family fueled by alcohol and mired in scandals, Bogie is reminded why he does investigations for his Boston based company from a computer in Florida. Although Bogie wants to contact his ex-lover, Bailey Hampfield, he’s reluctant to do so since Bailey dumped him four years earlier. Knowing that Bailey had his child after she cut him loose, Bogie ponders how he can establish a relationship with the three year old daughter he’s never met. While he thinks about it, Bailey gets in touch with him and asks for protection. Someone is trying to kill her.

By the time Bogie meets Isabella, it’s apparent that he still loves the mother and adores the child. Bogie tells himself that he’s not interested in the BPD investigation into Bud’s death, but he continues to be drawn into it while trying to discover who is attempting to kill Bailey. The investigations seem to parallel each other, then intersect and become intertwined. As the story develops, Isabella, a precocious child obsessed with martial arts, slowly becomes the focus.

The underlying theme of this mystery is lies. Everyone seems to be running on lies and half truths. The only pure and true character is The Girl in White Pajamas.

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Chris Birdy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, she did a four year stint in the Middle East. When she returned to the States, Chris settled down in the Boston area and became a true Bostonian by collecting college degrees while raising a family.

For more than twenty years, Chris has been a member of the legal community performing investigative work for Boston law firms conducting business in rough housing projects and crack house neighborhoods.  Several years ago, while sitting in a courtroom with a client, Chris watched as a police officer was lambasted by an attorney. The attorney was defending a young woman who crashed her car into two other vehicles before she passed out drunk behind the wheel. The occupants of the other cars were seriously hurt and the cop, a former EMT, tried to assist the injured while waiting for ambulances to arrive. The attorney questioned the cop's every move, shredded his testimony and made him seem inept.
Embarrassed, the cop returned to his seat beside me and muttered, "Everybody lies. The judges lie, the lawyers lie, the witnesses lie.."  Chris wanted to tell him not to worry that in about five years he'd be just as good a liar as they were.
The seeds for The Girl in White Pajamas were planted in that courtroom.

Chris lives outside of Boston and in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with AutismThe Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida Translated by David Mitchell 
My rating: 3.8 of 5 stars

  I used to be afraid that as long as I had autism, I'd never be able to live properly as a human being

So The Reason I Jump is look inside the mind/thoughts/life of a person living with autism. In this particular book, it is of a 13 year old Japaneses boy, who for the ages seems to be very insightful and mature.

I see from some other reviews there is some doubt as to the legitimacy of this book, and to be honest it is really understandable.  There have been incidents in the past that have given reason to doubt. I for one am choosing to believe in this particular book.

Why you ask?
Well why not?

The book is basically one long interview with little short stores/tales thrown into the mix, in which Naoki Higashida answers a series of questions and explains why people who are autistic do the things they do, and how it feels to be not like everyone else, I chose not to use the word "normal" as really no one is truly normal.

I for one do not know a whole lot about autism and I found it to be a rather interesting read.

Is is an hard book to rate to be honest with you all. I've been wavering between a few numbers, but I think I will finalize it with a 3.8 not completely a 4 star rating but more then a 3.5.

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