Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Seer of Shadows by Avi

The Seer of ShadowsThe Seer of Shadows by Avi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read: September 2014
Source: Hardcover, Library
Publisher: HarperCollins

I've wanted to read this book for a few years now, and I hate that I was not overly impressed with it. Story wise I found it creepy and interesting. But it didn't have my attention at all times. Parts just seemed to drag on as it would lead into other good bits. I don't think its unfair for me to want to be engrossed through out. And no it has nothing to do with the particular age group to which this book was written for. Because I can honestly say that if I read this back when I originally took interest in it it would probably taken me a little longer to complete.

Set in 1872 New York we have Horace, a photographer apprentice. The man he is working for sees an opportunity to make himself more none in the upper class in his field and hopes to see more money come in. Playing on a "grieving" mother he sets in motion a scheme to photo the "spirit" of her daughter. It is Horace's job to capture the images of said spirits. Not knowing that he is treading in an area that could potentially cause great harm.

I wish I wish that I didn't grow board at times, because truthfully the story-line was really good but I fair I can not rate it higher then 3.5 due to the fact that I did find it dragging. :(



Monday, October 20, 2014

Book tour: Hooked by Bobbi JG Weiss





HookedHooked by Bobbi J.G. Weiss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hooked is a story of man who never knew his father, but being told he looked very much like him. Knowing that he use to own a bookstore, was a swordsmen and they share the same temper that seems to be handed down from son to son. But other that he knows nothing. This is a tale of a man losing his mother and trying to find out who is father is. His mother never telling.

Jonathan Edward Stuart, a book store owner and former alcoholic has always had dreams, nightmares a more fitting word for it. He has always had bad habits, Melanie thinks he is a very Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide like, others that know him say he's child like. Could these be just a result of the nightmares, his drinking, or does it fun in family. he stumbles upon what looks to be a story, which appears to be the memoirs of Captain Hook, of the Jolly Roger.

But it can't really be truthful?
It's just a tale right?

Peter Pan is a name that to him, brings fear and nightmares. He is a demon boy and Neverland is child hell, where children who are bad go, that's the story he's grown up to know.  And he's always was led to think he had one foot there.

We flip back and forth between the real and the imaginary in Hooked, what is the real? One day Jonathan is here the next waking on the Jolly Roger. Be he isn't Captain Hook. Parts of whats happening in his life is missing, he's experiencing blackouts.

How do you tell fact from fiction, when both meld together, the melding is enough to drive a man crazy.

A wonderful tale of a mans struggle with what is real and isn't. Written well with just a few minor editorial mistakes.

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Bobbi J.G. Weiss
Author of Between Worlds, Age of Aquariums, Prom Time, Deceptions, Breakaway, Hiro, Hiro, Dragon Warrior, The Tale of the Mogul Monster, Token Wishes, and S...
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*Disclaimer: I was given a paperback copy of this book from the author for review as a part of Pump your book virtual book tour* 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Tour: The Silver Pearl by by Michelle Diener

The Silver Pear (The Dark Forest #2)The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received an eARC copy for review as part of Paranormal Cravings book tour.

Rane still on the search for his brother, Kayla the knowledge of her wild magic and how she can use it to stop the war that is brewing. A battle that will be epic among the sorcerers. She holds the power to end it all.

We meet a new magic welder is this story, Mirabelle, and like Kayla her powers are different, because she is the only female sorcerer. Which might not end so well for her, but all four of them, both couple share a common goal, the ending of the sorcerers battle.

The Silver Pearl takes up exactly where The Golden Apple leaves off. And for those who don't get the chance to read book one the author brings the reader up to speed in the beginning of the story.

I found this book to be more suited for the YA or lighter fantasy fans, or the fantasy romance reader. I holds your attention without gong too complex as some other fantasy books may.

I enjoyed both books and am looking forward to reading other works by Michelle Diener.






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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Release day promo: The Silver Pear by Michelle Diener

Michelle Diener's series The Dark Forrest continues with the release of 
The Silver Pear



Blurb: An unlikely princess . . .

Kayla is determined to master her new-found abilities as a wild magic witch. She's learning everything she can so she and her betrothed, Rane, can put a stop to the sorcerers who are recklessly gathering their power, building up their magic to take each other on in a war that will destroy the countries of Middleland.

An even more unlikely sorcerer . . .

Mirabelle's father was one of the greatest sorcerers in Middleland, but when he used the magic in the silver pear to bespell his pregnant wife to give birth to the greatest sorcerer who would ever live, he never thought that child would be a girl. Mirabelle is nothing like a usual sorcerer, confounding every expectation, and when she comes to the rescue of Rane's brother, Soren, she makes a decision few sorcerers would. She saves him, rather than herself, losing the silver pear in the process.

And using magic always exacts a price . . .

With war not just a possibility but simply a matter of time, there are no neutral parties and no fence-sitters in Kayla and Mirabelle's new world. Everyone is either an ally or an enemy and there is a price to pay for everything. The question is, how high will it be?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Book Blitz: Distance by Andrea Heltsley



Distance by Andrea Heltsley
Publication date: September 23rd 2014
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Lexi has sworn off guys for good.
She’s always been a hot mess, but accidentally finding her boyfriend of three years cheating on her is just too much for her to handle.
All she wants is to get this summer done and over with, so she and her best friend Elena can travel cross country for college. Then she will finally be free of this town, the friends that dropped her in favor of her ex, and her klutzy reputation.
Lexi’s policy was working perfectly, until a guy named Mason comes to her rescue. Not once but twice in one night. For once, her mishaps have led to something good.
She’s feeling things that scare her, but she’s drawn to him. Can Mason break through her walls, or will she stick to her plan and steer clear of him?
This is a new adult romantic comedy. Recommended for ages 17+ due to 
mature content.


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Andrea Heltsley is a new adult and young adult author. She left the world of science, started writing in 2012 and hasn't stopped since. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two Italian Greyhounds. Ice cream, coffee and candy are always necessities. When writing, Andrea loves to listen to all kinds of music and always has a candle burning. When she's not writing, you can find her nose in a book. Her favorite forms of entertainment are reading, listening to Shakira and watching Bitten and The Vampire Diaries.

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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

Synopsis:

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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