Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Spirit of Christmas by Liz Talley

The Spirit of ChristmasThe Spirit of Christmas by Liz Talley
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Mary Page is just a regular girl with a big heart who just happened to stop at the right place and the right time. Needing to pick up a gift for to take to her Uncle Christmas party stopping into a convenience store on the way she notices an homeless man, who is rude to her when but she still goes out of her way to give him coffee and on noticing his bare feet she offers him the socks she had bought for the party and offers to take him to a shelter for a hot meal and warm bed. This act of kindness changes her life.

Brennan Henry is does not like Christmas, it brings back to many painful memories. He is hard working and all he can think about the bottom line and preparing to run his Grandfathers company one day.

Malcolm Henry Jr is a new man after he suffered a heart attack. All his life it was only about work, success and making money. But none of that did him any good when he spent days alone in the hospital. Days that gave him time to think about the important things in life and how what he thought was were really not at all. So he comes up with an idea, that will help both his company, the community, and hopefully his grandson Brennan. Love and kindness towards others, helping those who have less then you. Finding the really meaning of Christmas, the spirit of Christmas. And to him Mary Page is that.

Sweet Christmas, about how love and kindness can change your life for the better. Very enjoyable and heartwarming, with little bit of spice and humor.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

ARC: Witch Finder (Witch Finder, #1) by Ruth Warburton

Witch Finder (Witch Finder, #1)Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review copy provided by Hachette Children's Books, via NetGalley.

Witnessing his parents death by a dark/black witch, Luke vows to hunt the murderer down. He is gifted the ability to see witches when others just seem them as ordinary people. He is a witch finder. He joins a group, Malleus Maleficoruma a brotherhood of men who hunt witches. On joining you have to pass a series of trials, the last one is to murder a witch that has been selected at random.

Luke, hoping it would be the man who murdered his parents, is disappointed slightly when it turns out to be a sixteen year old girl named Rosa Greenwood. But she is still at witch and after her death he can continue his hunt.

Rosa, or Rose as she mostly called is a prisoner so to speak in her own home. A witch who can not practice for fear the servants will notice, on top of that her family is putting on an act they are pretty much paupers themselves. Both her mother and brother are hoping to use Rose to help themselves insuring their future and finance.

I really liked this book, at first I was thinking okay here we go we have a boy who has no parents who witness their deaths and is marked or rather gifted since it has happened, who lives with his uncle and the deaths happened at the hand of a dark/black wizard. I was thinking hmmm Harry Potterish. Not exactly but something made stop for a moment, but then as I read on I was thinking 'nah this isn't anything like it other then the few things previously mentioned'.

I have to say this book is really good. The story is well written and held my attention and I couldn't wait to get back to each time I had to stop. Kept me wondering will Luke do it? Can her really kill her? Will he find the person who murdered his parents?

The visuals it was giving me were very detailed and vivid. Like this for example, every witch seems to have a color around them, whips like smoke that seem to dance and shimmer. Not only can Luke see them but he can see the magic and spells they do, the traces that remain on spells already cast. It gave for really great imagery.

Really really looking forward to see where this series goes, it's going to be a good one I think.

Expected publication: January 2nd 2014

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Right Now (Moments, #2) by Marie Hall

Right Now (Moments, #2)Right Now by Marie Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy received for review via Netgalley.

Right Now takes place just shortly after A Moment ends. Ryan and Lili are still around and we get see more of their happily ever after but this story, is the story of Alex.

Alex, can get any girl he wants. And he's had too many to count. But it's getting old, boring and well it's not really working for him anymore. His longest relationship lasting a week. Using sex as away to cope, with his issues. He doesn't want to live like this.

After deciding to listen to his fortune cookie, "Be opposite" he takes his first step in that direction and into Zoe Stone's world.

Zoe, (is probably one of the coolest characters I've read in awhile by the way), works at a tattoo parlor. Dubbed the ice queen by her best friend Jamie she doesn't really date much, not that she doesn't like to she just isn't boy crazy and her hearts really only belonged to one guy ever and he's never even knew she existed, Alexander Donovan.

Imagine her surprise when their worlds collide.

I really enjoyed this book, in fact I liked it better then the first book. Zoe is a great and totally cool character, I love pinups, tattoos, body mods, rockabilly, the 50s that whole scene. So I was really excited to read a character like her. Alex is broken with issues that he still is trying to come to terms with, he's in a dark place trying to escape going back there anyway he can and usually it's through sex. I can relate to this pairing it's freaky how much I can. I think that's part of the reason why I liked this book so much more.

It's dark, and painful and you just want to scream when they scream and hold them in your arms when they are breaking down. I really hope we get a book 3. Will definitely be keeping my eyes open for it.

4.5 stars

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1) by Victoria Laurie

What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1)What's a Ghoul to Do? by Victoria Laurie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If there's somethin' strange in your neighborhood
Who ya gonna call (ghostbusters)
If it's somethin' weird an it won't look good
Who ya gonna call (ghostbusters)

I mean M.J Halliday. That's right she's your resident psychic medium and ghostbuster.

Like I said M.J Halliday is a ghostbuster/medium and it seems that where ever she goes there is some poor soul still wandering and can't cross over to the other side. At one point she calls her self the local payphone and everyone wants to make a call at the same time.

Her newest client is a very handsome doctor, Dr. Steven Sable. He has hired her to help discover what was really the cause of his grandfathers death. The authorities have labeled it a suicide but Dr.Sable believes otherwise. So together with her partner Gilley and pet bird Doc, they all jump headlong into a case that involves playing detective and risking their own lives as they try to uncover the truth.

What's a Ghoul to Do? was a very enjoyable read. We have a little bit of romance, and lot of humor, and some suspense with a great twist. I was kept me on my toes through out the whole book I really hadn't seen it coming. And for a cozy mystery it had me looking over my shoulder when reading it at night, because I kept on expecting to see a ghost hanging out in my living room.

Looking forward to taking on the next client.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1

My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1 by Thom Zahler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Review copy via NetGalley

My Little Pony: Pony Tales Volume 1 is a graphic novel that consists of 6 stories, each individual story having a different pony as the focal point. Each story ending with a letter to Princess Celestia with a lesson they have learned.

Cute, funny and adorable is what I could call this graphic novel on a whole.BUT that being said it really isn't meant for the younger fans, it is obvious the graphic novel is aimed at the older fan base MLP has, because a child could possibly get a little scared if they understood the meaning of what was said in some of the stories, more specifically the second story, very dark.

I enjoyed the stores and the artwork, I would most likely check out more MLP graphic novels in the future.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

A Tale Dark and GrimmA Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Once upon a time there was a man who decided we needed fairy tales to be more like the use to be, the way they were originally written. Dark and well grim.

This man is Adam Gidwitz.

A Tale of Dark Grimm takes us on the travels of Hansel and Gretel as they travel through out many different tales in the search for parents to love them. Grown ups who are actually good. But the thing is no one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. Something that both children learn as they experience death and much danger. We are given a story that is gruesome, dark, but lighthearted too. Thanks to the Mr. Gidwitz lovely little story interruptions to check on us readers, thank you oh so much for those, they brought a smile to my face each and every time.

I sat down to read this book and a few hours later I was done, I didn't take a break at all, well other then to grab and snack and run to the bathroom. You know as I was reading the first thing that popped into my head was, 'you know who this author is reminding me of?' C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. Yep and that's big because well it's Narnia.

Wonderful story for children of all ages, and I'm talking wee little ones to us big grown ups who still believe in the magic of fairy-tales.

4.5 Stars

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1) by Chloe Adams

Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1)Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy provided by Indie Inked

This book contains serious subject matter.

How does one survive after being raped? Especially when everyone is telling you lies and telling you to keep quite about it. How do you go on when the person who has violated you is free to go on with their lives while you are too scared to move?

Mia is the underage minor of a politician and it's election year so everything that happens to him or his family is in the public eye. So of course when she is drugged and raped by the son of a very important allie of her father it has to be hushed and twisted to shine in the favor of her father.

She has been so misguided her whole life, never having anyone really there for her. Brained washed to believe that rape can not lead to pregnancy. She blames all of it on herself, what if she never went that party, what if she never wore that dress.

Broken Beauty made me so angry and break my heart at the same time. How is the world can someone think of themselves at a time like this. She's your daughter, screw the election. If it wasn't for Ari her best friend or Dom, the cop who rescued her and stayed by her side the whole time. her own personal guardian angel as Mai calls him she would be so alone. Even though in her mind she feels so alone.

Rape is a serious issue and sadly so many women have gone through it, and sadly most if not all blame themselves and are scared and torn as to what to do.

If they know the attacker do they come forth and tell, having to live the experience all over again and again? Or do they keep it to themselves and watch as the bastard gets to go out and live his life and possibly do it again.

I can't not wait to read the next book, Broken World is slated for Nov/Dec.

Note from the author: "Broken Beauty" is the first of six novellas chronicling Mia's struggles and triumphs. The novellas will be released over the course of the year, tentatively ever two months.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was like Harry Potter meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, well minus the vampire slaying. It's the wit of the characters that give me a Joss Whedon feel (which is fantabulus thing because I bow down to him for his my god).

Life for Sophie has never been easy or normal. Raised by her human mother, never knowing her father who is a warlock by the way, has lived in more states then you can shake a stick at. Finally after the love spell gone crazy she's been sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for witches, shifters, and fairies.

And if she thinks her life wasn't normal before things are just going to get more and more abnormal. And anything but easy.

I really liked this book, a lot of twists that I never saw coming. Some mystery, a little bit of romance or more so heavy crushing. A lot of unanswered questions, but good unanswered questions. Because it has me on the edge of my chair now as I wait to read the next book.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

The Lure of Fools by Jason King

The Lure of FoolsThe Lure of Fools by Jason King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Copy given for review curtsy of Curiousity Quills Press

Review contains spoilers

So there's a lot going on but not a whole lot happening all at the same time, if that makes any sense.

Jek, is a village boy with green eyes, something that is rare, is sent out to go on the well finding expedition, at first his uncle was against his going because he was afraid he would be attracted to the lure,  “Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer’s feet, but that dance leads only to the soul-less grave.”

But all that is changed now that the man with two different color eyes is in town asking questions, searching for someone, for something. Karl, is someone from Ez's past who wants to poses the sword because he knows that with it along with the other tailes he has,he will be unstoppable. So Ez sends him off to the expefition with his sword, he has to protect it and he is to NEVER touch it.

Mae, determined to keep an eye on Jek because she loves him so, disguises herself as a boy in order to join Jek in the well finding expedition.

Eventually in his adventures he meets up with an interesting group of people who helps him on his journey to meet up with his uncle.

Kariah is Allosian, something to the humans nothing but a story, the fae, she is on a journey to visit the rulers of the three nations to warn them of her brothers plot to wipe out the human race.  In order to do so she must steal a magical necklace that will help disguise her looks because pale skin and purple hair would call attention in the outside world.

All the while this is happening there is a person? A creature, roaming around who is sucking the life from all he encounters, he his death himself has he likes to think.

So back to what I was getting to when I said there's a lot going on but not a whole lot happening all at the same time. This book seems like it's all about the build up, it's obvious that this is book one of a series. If not then I'll be majorly disappointed. Because it feels like I'm going on this long walk, stopping to check things out and I'm heading somewhere but I don't really know where that is. But I am headed somewhere. If this book doesn't continue, it's going to feel like I just stop walking in the middle of the road and just stood there.

We have a lot of action taking place, we have a lot of characters with there individual things taking place and it will all mix together nicely. When it happens and it started too, but then it ended. :(

I liked the story, I like the characters. It's all tossed into the pot, getting stirred up together now it needs to simmer and cook. I'm looking forward to meal.

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