Saturday, October 31, 2015

Alive by Chandler Baker

Synopsis

Stella Cross's heart is poisoned.
After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.
Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.
Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?
After all, the heart never lies...does it?


My Thoughts
★★ Stars
I received this book via NG in return for an honest review.
This is a harsh review and I am SO sorry for that... but
It's sad when the book only gets good at 92%.
There really isn't much I can say about this book, the writing was really good but the story itself just ticked me off to no ends.
There is honestly nothing honorable or brave about Stella. She seemed like a really whiny brat. She was this smart sweet girl yet after she gets her new heart and meets Levi, then she turns into a daredevil trying smoking and drinking... right, because that is the first thing you want to try right after you are blessed with a new heart. Stella seemed to do nothing but treat her family and friends like crap, why they stuck around, I have no idea.

Now I want to say, I liked the IDEA of this story the the characters lacked and just seemed to do nothing but make me angry.

And I have to say Once Levi came into the picture, it was all pretty predictable to me. I just didn't enjoy this book. I really wish I had, but I just couldn't.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Cade (Le Beau Brothers #1) by V.A. Dold

Synopsis

Anna James is single again, finally. In her opinion, men are self-centered and will never love her for who she is, a beautiful, plus sized woman. All except the fantasy man that she’s been meeting in her dreams for five years.
She just never expected her fantasy to be a real live alpha shifter...
Cade Le Beau isn't what he seems. He’s a billionaire wolf. A Shifter. He laments his missed chance six months ago to meet his fantasy woman in the flesh. Just as his second chance presents itself, his fantasy woman, his mate, is threatened by the local mob boss and her ex-husband. Now, he has forty eight hours to deal with this threat once and for all or chance losing her again.
Is it Anna who’s in danger, or the humans who unwittingly threaten her?
The heat is on the moment they lay eyes on each other. Neither, age, children, horrid ex-husbands, nor mob bosses will stop this love affair.


My Thoughts
★★★★★ Stars
This is NOT what I read. Just saying, this is way far outside the box of what I read but wow wow wow!! this book was amazing. Now you are probably wondering why I read it if it isn't my thing, well, to be honest, it was free on amazon and so when I clicked on it to see what it was about it really peeked my interest and I thought "well if I don't like it, I'll just delete it and not worry about finishing it."
Well that never happened. Once I got reading, I seriously could NOT stop. Yes, I passed all the sex because that really isn't my thing, other than that, this story was SO astonishing. The love that was so strong between them was so magical and heart-swelling. I believe this book was written wonderfully. Everything just flowed together and there were things so different, I mean it's not to often you get a petite human who then can whoop your butt faster than a buff guy can. Lol
I can't wait to read book two and find out what happens to Simon.

***18+ Book***

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Overnight by R.L. Stine

Synopsis

"Nothing bad will happen," Della O'Connor assures her friends in the Outdoors Club. So what if their adviser can't go on the overnight to Fear Island—won't it be more fun with no adults around?
But it's no fun at all when Della gets lost in the woods, and the dangerous stranger appears, whispering threats, driving her to a violent act.
Suddenly all of her friends are involved, prisoners in a conspiracy of silence, trying to conceal the terrible truth. But someone saw what Della did. And he's threatening them all, forcing them back to Fear Island to find the evidence they forgot to bury...


My Thoughts
★★★★ Stars
Man... R.L. Stine is awesome. I love all his books that I have read so far. There just seemed to be something lacking in this story. It didn't seem to grip me like all the rest do. While the story line was still interesting and the characters differences came together perfectly, I just feel like there could have been more to the story to make it more scary I suppose... Or, I'm just possible use to just his ghost-y stories and am spoiled with those. Lol

The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline by Tabitha Caplinger

Synopsis

Zoe thought the loss of her parents would be the most difficult thing she’d ever have to endure. When she began seeing things she couldn’t explain in her new home of Torchcreek, Virginia, she was sure the grief was driving her mad. Instead Zoe discovers she is part of an ancient bloodline, one destined to defeat the powers of darkness from condemning the world. But Zoe, the daughter of the three, isn’t just another descendant–she’s the key to humanity’s salvation.
In this first installment of the Christian fantasy trilogy The Chronicle of the Three, Zoe Andrews learns that not all shadows are harmless interceptions of light. Some are a more sinister darkness that wants to torment the soul. 


My Thoughts
★★★ Stars
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Oh how I wish I could give this book five stars. I liked this book, I really did. But the main thing about this book that made me extremely uncomfortable was the relationship between Michael and Claire. I know this is just a book, but Michael is an angel... angels are .. no.. they... there is no "relationship" with them and this book to me seemed like Michael and Claire REALLY wanted to be together and they were battling the feeling through the whole book. Which, I'm sorry, was to much for me to where I couldn't enjoy it to the max I wanted to because I just kept thinking "this is so wrong. This is not right."
Now as for the rest of the book, I did like it. I just feel like it was written mid book or mid series. I wish it had taken more time to explain why all this was happening and where it was coming from. And to me personally I feel like things "just happened" ... I'm not really sure how to explain that other than it was like they got lucky. And I say that because normally before a battle, ya need to be prayed up, but they just charged in and after the battle there wasn't even a "thank you Jesus".
Also at the end
****POSSIBLE SPOILER****
When she is hanging on to him and her light passes to him and it's kinda like a battle there for a bit and he passes out... maybe I missed something, maybe I didn't... But normally when stuff like that happens, it means the person has given their life over to God. did he? I mean there just wasn't enough details there.
****END SPOILER****
I loved loved loved the IDEA of this story.. but there was just to much that seemed off about it to me.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Imaginary Boy by Mark Eldrich

Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Benji Saintaubin dreams of becoming a hero like the ones in the books he reads while banished in the dark attic of his family home. But those heroes are all strong and handsome, not like Benji who uses a crutch and hides his disfigured face. When his father dies, leaving behind an unfinished story about an imaginary boy who must defeat a cruel and mighty dragon, Benji’s safe and secluded world is turned upside down.
After venturing out of the attic and onto the perilous streets of 19th century London, Benji finds himself separated from his mother in a frightening and unfamiliar world. Nearly trampled to death and sold into slavery, Benji comes to believe his father’s story may be more fact than fiction after his captor reveals a dragon-tail tattoo around his arm and plans that could destroy Benji. If he ever hopes to escape, be reunited with his mother and finish his father’s cryptic story, Benji must trust that a crippled boy can discover the unseen power needed to defeat a brutal and powerful dragon.
Join Benji on his treacherous journey in this compelling, edgy and inspiring middle-grade novel by debut author Mark Eldrich.



My Thoughts
★★★★★ Stars
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Such a eye opening heart warming story.
....and also a tear jerker.
I must say this book was a quick read and you really don't want to put it down. You get so draw in with all the characters and ... My heart breaks for Benji. Yet reading this book, you realize (or at least I realized) that this child has more courage than a "normal" person has. Benji is a beautiful soul and this story really opens your eyes and your heart to see that. I'm honored to have gotten to read such a beautiful story.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Darkness Echoes: A Spooky YA Short Story Collection

Synopsis

Til Death Do Us Part by L.A. Starkey - Jennifer and Zach have been best friends since birth, but as their senior year approaches, things change drastically. With little time left to reveal her heart before college, Jen plans a night to remember at the old haunted Vandercamp Mansion for Zach's birthday. It's just to be the two of them, and no one was to know, but upon arrival, they realize that their presence was expected. Their connection is forged as realization of their past is granted. A love that stands outside of time and space will not rest - Til Death Do Us Part.
Witch Moth by Kelly Hall - Dominic Dane has endured his sister Dahlia's evil deeds for decades while the two serve out their hundred year punishment, but when she threatens to use his new-found crush as her Halloween sacrifice, he realizes she'll never change. Promising Kitty he will stop at nothing to save her and her friends, Dominic is forced to explain his curse, revealing it's not just Dahlia who must kill to survive.
The Coming of the Skin Walker by D.E.L. Connor - When warriors Walking Bear and Nine Fingers rescue amnesia-ridden Lina from the clutches of the immortal Skin Walker they must flee on a harrowing journey where ancient Native American secrets and mysticism unfold, innocence is lost, and the forever bonds of love and friendship are tested.
Lantern by Chess Desalls - Five days before Halloween, all sixteen-year-old Tori has on her mind is vacationing with her family and scoring lots of candy. Her grandmother's estate, with its Gothic spires and trails that lead out to the woods, holds an unexpected secret: a lantern that lights up for Tori and nobody else. Certain that it's a ghost or a prank, she investigates further and discovers a mysterious life that shines in the darkness.
Cloak of Echoes by CK Dawn - Just as Emma Kincaid came into some disturbing empathic powers, she lost her mother in a car crash. She is also pretty certain she's being followed, maybe even hunted. But, is it the shadowy creatures that haunt her nightmares or the mysterious guy, shrouded in darkness, who just enrolled at Jefferson High?
Hallowed Eve by DB Nielsen - Ten years after the sinister disappearance of her father, the turmoil begins again with the stealing of souls ... Seventeen-year-old Evee is forced to accept her birthright of dark secrets and death as she inherits the role of Soul Guardian; a role that brings her into the dangerous influence of a coven of witches and the enigmatic, alluring Hunter, Ben, to defeat the rise of dark magick.
These stories have never been published before and were written specifically for this anthology. Hope you enjoy this spooky adventure!!


My Thoughts
★★★★ Stars
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Because it had so many stories in one, I'll be writing this review a little different, 6 reviews for each story then one final one.

Till Dead Do Us Part by L.A. Starkey:
This was honestly my most favorite story out of this whole book. I thought it was wonderfully written and everything just went together smoothly. I loved the whole story line though the ending did kinda throw my off, it took a while of thinking before I realized what was going on. Lol But I liked it anyway.

Witch Moth by Kelly Hall:
Oh come on! Really! You already know this story alone would get 5 stars. Mrs. Hall is beat when it comes to writing. All her books I've read so far, I've loved, so of course I would love this one as well. I liked it. It was different from her Light Keeper series, so of course I was eager to see how she wrote this story... it was awesome (of course!) I loved all the characters... Except Kitty's "best friends" ugh they were just down right horrible. Talk about heartbreaking! And of course Dominic (hubba-hubba! Haha) he gets 5 sexy stars alone. Hahah That ending bout ripped my heart out though *insert crying photo here*

The Coming of the Skin Walker by D.E.L. Conner:
I enjoyed this story so much. There was just something about it that reminded me of my best friend who I lost a few years ago. The story line was different, I admit, I haven't read anything like this before and it has defiantly peaked my curiosity.

Lantern by Chess Desalls:
For a short story, I found it adorable. But there were just to many things about this story that left me with questions and no answers. Like why is it the grandmother was not surprised when she started talking about what was in the Lantern? Why was Jared sent there and why did THAT help? I don't know.. I'm just kinda lost about a few things. The story was interesting though, just to many questions

Cloak of Echoes by CK Dawn:
I really can't say much about this one other than, I would have preferred to read this in a whole series. Lol. I really think it would make a awesome book all by itself because again, there were questions that needed answers that didn't get answering and it really had that "book" vibe and not a "short story" vibe to me.

Hallowed Eve by DB Nielsen:
I love pretty much all things having to do with the Headless horseman. So of course, I like this book. I want to love it, but I can't. I'm just not big into witchcraft stuff so closer to the end, I was having to skip a good bit to get past the coven and witchcraft things. If it weren't for that I would really label it as perfect. That's just my thoughts though.

All in all-
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and had very interesting stories in it. These six authors have mega talent and put a really great book together.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Breathless by Becki Brannen

Synopsis

What happens when an ordinary girl meets the man of everyone’s dreams?
Keeping secrets is never easy, especially since Ryan Spalding is on the cover of every magazine and this year's "Hottest Hunk under 30." Good thing Carly Sparks is so out of the loop when it comes to celebrity affairs, or she'd realize she was in one!






My Thoughts
★★★★ Breathless Stars
I received this book in return for an honest review.
This was such a good book. I really loved it and didn't want to put it down. The characters were so real to me and everything went together smoothly. I think my most favorite thing honestly was that Carly cried... a lot. If you read other books, you'll see that the girl always tries to be strong and not cry, ect. But Carly just had so much love in here that she HAD to cry, that she was so thankful for the things that Ryan had done for her. Also I find it beautiful that even though she came from a hardened home, she wasn't hardened. She was open and when she loved, she loved hard. Now Daniel Gillies OH, I mean RYAN... He's a movie star so of course you expect him to be kinda douchey... Which I guess you could say he was before he met Carly, but as much as his character made me mad at times, I loved him as well... It kinda makes you think maybe not all actors are the same, I suppose. Maybe they want a love just as real as any of us "civilians" lol. Kinda hard to remember that when they star in so many movies and marry co-stars. eh. Lol I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for book two! MUST! READ!
*The missing star, is really hard to explain really... it just felt like there was something missing from the story to me. It felt kinda incomplete though that honestly may be because it ended with a cliffhanger. Lol

The Surprise Party by R.L. Stine

Synopsis

It's been a year since Evan died in the Fear Street woods. A year since Ellen moved away, and "the gang" split up. Meg Dalton felt as if she'd lost her best friends. Everyone changed. Even her boyfriend Tony was acting moody, strange. But when she heard that Ellen was returning for a visit, Meg had the answer: she'd bring them all together again with a surprise party for Ellen!
That's when the terror began...the phone calls...the threats...the bizarre acts of violence. "Cancel the party—or else," the whispered voice on the phone told her. Meg was scared, and with good reason. Whoever wanted the party stopped woud try anything—even murder! But why? The dark Fear Street woods held the answer...if Meg dared to discover the truth!


My Thoughts
★★★★ Stars
That was a never ending curveball. But I must say it was brilliantly written. As for the missing star, there was just something off about this book. :( I really enjoyed it but I felt like something was missing. The story was pretty awesome though. Really she o thought I had it all figured out, it threw another curveball. Though there was one thing about it... Shows you can't even trust your own friends. Ugh. Ellen makes me sick. That being said... You really shouldn't trust anyone from Fear Street.