Sunday, October 27, 2013

Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

Save YourselfSave Yourself by Kelly Braffet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a little twisted, a little a dark. I really can't say what I think, still trying to let it sink in. It felt like there was a horrible accident that had taken place and I couldn't look away.

The story is given to us from the many sides, we get to see the messed up lives of each character, Patrick, Caro, Mike, Laya and Vera, and how they handle the misery that they feel their life is. And misery is a good word for it, some of the stuff these people deal with daily is shocking and hard to swallow. So much corruption, brainwashing and darkness.

When I first picked this up I thought there was going to be more of a mystery/thriller. It was more the darkness that we live. You know whats the scary and well sad thing is? There are people who lives are like those in this book, they are suffering from the brainwashing from family and other loved ones. They are suffering from corruption, they feel like they have no one to turn too. Working in dead end jobs, being picked on in school to the point you just want to run away and change who you are. Go somewhere no one knows who you are. Being with people who make you feel that you need to do what they say to belong. The world is a messed up place and this book, Save Yourself gives us a little glimpse of what life is like for some.

The last 20% or so I would have never said or even guessed was how the book would unfold. I'm not going to spoil the ending but I was actually shocked and then glued with my jaw dropped, literally it dropped open and I said "wow".

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles, #1) by Olivia Samms

Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles, #1)Sketchy by Olivia Samms
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Warning spoilers ahead!!

I devoured this book! From the opening right up until the very end my attention was held. Not once did I get bored, and when I had to take breaks I could not wait to get back to it.

Bea, is a recovering addict. She's been clean for 3 months. It's a daily struggle for her, anyone who's had any from of addiction knows what it is like themselves.

"So you don't use anymore?" she asks.
I take a deep inhale. "No, haven't for three months."
She pauses,"Nothing? Not even weed?"
"Nothing." I exhale.
"Is it hard?"
"Hard?" I laugh." "You ever try to stop a semi truch coming at you full speed? Like every day? Every hour? Every minute?
Yeah, it's hard, but better then where I was, I guess."

I can't even imagine going to rehab at the age of 17. It's her time spent there that she discovers her special ability. She's a talented artist, a gift she has received from both her parents. But she just doesn't draw people, when she talks to someone or looks at them when sketching she can draw the truth out of them as she calls it. An image comes to her, something picked out of the subjects brain, something they are thinking about at that moment. How or why she has this ability, she doesn't really know and at first she thought it was something related to her being in rehab and starting to get clean.

But then it starts to happen again. And who she draws shocks her and brings her back to a place she really doesn't want to be.

Girls are going missing, being raped and dying. Bea hopes that through her ability she can help find and catch the guy. But who's going to believe a former drug addict? So far everyone is quick to judge her without giving her a chance, with the exception of Chris a guy she met at art camp a few months before getting clean. And lucky for her it's his school that starts to go to.

Okay so I REALLY really liked this book! It was what I needed to read right now, pretty much everything I was looking for in story at this moment in time. Mystery, suspense, a little bit of paranormal, touching on addictions (a subject that I've currently been in the mood to be reading about.) The characters were great, I love Bea and Chris is a hoot and half, just fabulous. The writing was great, the story was fast moving, and it kept me guessing the whole time.

Rating: 4.5 stars

So why not the full 5 stars?

Well there are some unanswered questions I have, like why did her dad just mysteriously stop drawing one day? Did he see the same things that Bea does and not like what he saw and get freaked by it?

Will I be reading the next book in the series, Snitch?

Darn tootin!!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Arcadia by Mandana Towhidy

ArcadiaArcadia by Mandana Towhidy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was given a copy for an honest review!

Arcadia is set in the 80s, it's main character is Ronnie, she's the smart and quite one in the lot. Each section or chapter is focusing on each of her friends. And what party or show they are going to or what guy they like at the time. We have big hair, wet N wild lip gloss, and metal!!

I was kind of looking for more when I started this book because hello it's a book about the 80s and metal. As a lover of 80s metal I jumped at the chance to read this book. I loved that the author had video links through out, I loved the soundtrack. That was the great about this book. The not so great is well I found  went on a bit, too descriptive, and I like descriptions.

Over all I did enjoy it. With that I leave you with:

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sleepless (Bird of Stone, #1) by Tracey Ward

Sleepless (Bird of Stone, #1)Sleepless by Tracey  Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Copy given for honest review.
Warning: Proceed with caution the following review contains traces of spoilers.

When I first opened up this book I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew we had this girl, Alex by the way. I knew she was going to be special. What I never knew was that when she closed her eyes to go to sleep that the chances of her waking up somewhere else other then her own bed was the norm for her.

Alex calls them slipping, she travels in her dreams. She has no control over this. One minute she could be dreaming about the woods, the next moment when she awakens there she is in a forest some where. Scary right? Could you imagine going to sleep and not knowing if you will wake up in your own bed in your own room?

But you know whats a little more scary then slipping? The dragon dream as she calls it.

On Alex's 20th birthday her sister takes her out to celebrate, and she celebrated a little bit too much if you catch my drift. This is how she meets Nick. Going of to get sick she sees a person laying on the ground in nothing but speedos on, unsure if he is alive she tells him to breath. But a funny thing happens and I'm not talking about the puking. He just *poof* disappears.

Back to his own location, where he's been brought back to life from drowning during his combat training.

After sometime has past she meets him again, in her dreams or rather his dreams. From there on out they end up seeing each other this way, at first Nick thinks that she is just something he has imagined, she isn't real, he's just talking to himself.

I just noticed that this review is getting kind of lengthy. So I think it's time to wrap it up with my own thoughts. I found this book to be extremely good. And very original and refreshing. Very well written. The banter between Alex and Nick was actually laugh out loud material. I found myself snickering aloud many times, and being grateful that there was no one around to witness it.

But yes wonderful book, wonderful characters (the supporting cast are great), wonderfully written. Highly recommend this book and I will definitely be reading the next book, cause well you know...

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1) by Amanda Carlson

Full Blooded (Jessica McClain, #1)Full Blooded by Amanda  Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning the following review may contain spoilers, proceed with caution. You have been warned.*

Jessica is the only female werewolf because females weren't meant to change, she shouldn't exist, she was a mistake. When she was born the pack wanted her father, the Alpha, to kill her because they were scared of an ancient myth,

  "As a female in Wolf Skin rises, the unborn Daughter of Cain is born; In her the beast shall lie, well hidden in True Form; And from this day forth, the Wolves of the Night shall pay; Blood and flesh of their bones, her mighty hand shall slay; The end of the race will close at hand; When the Daughter of Evil rules the land. "

When she never made the change an puberty, when all others did they thought she was safe, that she didn't have gene in her. She thought she was safe from it as well. Wanting to remove herself from that life she moves away assumes a new identity Molly Hannon. Working for a while as a cop then leaving the force to become a P.I with her best friend Nick, who just happens to be a shiftier.

The only female werewolf idea not completely original, see Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. But this is UF/PNR most times it's hard to come by something that hasn't really been done before.

I enjoyed the story, I love that from the start we are faced with the action as Jess shifts for the first time. I love that we get to go along for the ride as she discovers what it's like to be full blooded. She's a tough as nails chick, very spirited,who when not shifted could still kick your ass. Besides Jess there are so many likable characters, from Nick, Tyler, James, Marcy etc.

Funny and action packed, would definitely recommend to others who are fans of the genre. I enjoyed Full Blooded and I'm looking forward to reading book 2, Hot Blooded very soon.

Copy provided by Orbit Books via NetGalley

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Underlighters by Michelle Browne

The UnderlightersThe Underlighters by Michelle Browne
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of this for an honest review.

I didn't enjoy this book, I'm sorry. The idea was interesting but the execution was not done well. I found myself getting easily bored and distracted when reading it. The characters never interested me in the least. They fell flat and I really could have cared less for them.

I really not a fan of saying negative review. Doesn't mean I haven't but just something I don't tend to enjoy.

It wasn't for me, I had hoped it would be. I love post apocalyptic stories. And this one seemed like it would be different then the others of the genre that I have read with the crossover elements of scifi and horror. There is potential for this, I will say that. The author has came up with an interesting idea and story. But I think it needs tweaking, something to actually keep the readers attention.

So again sorry.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam

A Beastly ScandalA Beastly Scandal by Shereen Vedam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given this copy in exchange of an honest review.
Be warned review contains spoilers, you may proceed with caution.

Lady Annabelle Marchant has the ability to sense spirits, she also gets visions of things after they have occurred.

Lady Terrance a widow only 6 months in mourning, has invited Belle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of hers, to her home to help hunt the spirit that is haunting it. Only thing is she isn't permitted to speak of it. No talk of ghosts or spirits are to be allowed.

Lord Terrance (Rufus), or "Lord Terror" as the villagers call him has made her promise not too. The only way she has been allowed to stay as his mothers guest.

Rufus himself is home for a reason to solve his fathers murder and clear his name from being the suspect. He has been given this chance before the case is sent to London.

All the while both Rufus and Belle are falling in love with the other. He keeps on confronting her about her real reasons for being at his home and telling her that she could fine a husband if she would just drop the whole silly notion of being able sense spirits. To which she replies that she has no desire to be with anyone, yet every time they touch, be it in passing or embraced in a kiss sparks rush through her body.

I found this book to be fantastic. The attraction and banter between Belle and Rufus alone is enough to make this book great. But on top of that we have a murder to solve, and a ghost to hunt.

The whole time writing this review I was flopping back and forth 4 or 5, 4 or 5. So in the end I will settle it by going with 4.5 stars.

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