Friday, October 24, 2014

Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston comes this remarkable first book in a spellbinding new series about the dawn of a new kind of magic.

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all. (From Goodreads)


Frozen: Heart of Dread by Melissa De La Cruz is a mixture of futuristic dystopian, fantasy and romance. I really liked it. It was entertaining enough to keep me turning pages and that’s all I ask for in a good book.

Set in New Vegas, an icy frost covered wasteland where resources are scarce, life is hard and everything is … you guessed it, FROZEN! Not only is the land frozen but the world is polluted and almost all once living things are now dead. There are two types of humans, those with grey eyes and brown hair and those with colored eyes. Those with colored eyes are to be feared. Why you ask? Because they are descended from the magical Sylph and have magical powers like telepathy. Those with colored eyes are sought by the government for confinement which leads to the main character, Natasha Kestal or Nat. Nat is living in fear of discovery but she lives right out in the open in New Vegas as a blackjack dealer. She has disguised herself to look normal until she can find the right moment to leave New Vegas and escape to ‘The Blue’, a legendary place where the sky is blue and the sun still shines warm. This is where Ryan Wesson comes in, he is a runner and runners take people where they need to go as long as they can pay the price. What comes next is a journey full of peril, adventure and romance!

I really liked the characters that Ms. De La Cruz and her husband created, Nat is full of life, despite all that she’s endured. She’s witty and snarky and doesn’t take any guff, I respect that! She’s someone that is both likeable and badass! Wes is a charmer, he’s cocky yet honorable and not without his own sad story. I think this is part of what draws them together and makes them such a believable couple. Their chemistry is palpable yet not instantaneous … I like it!

The story is told in Nat and Wes’s alternating point of views, as a rule, I generally don’t like this but in Frozen, it works. It actually helped me get to know Wes on a different level and in a weird way, Nat, too. So, in this case I have no complaints. The plot is fast moving and descriptive, adventurous and fun. It left me wanting more of the series and that’s a great thing. I’m looking forward to the next in the series.

I would definitely recommend Frozen: Heart of Dread to friends!

This title was given to be in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him ... (From Goodreads)

The Book of Ivy is written by Amy Engel and is published by Entangled Teen. It will be published on November 11, 2014 and is 315 pages.


The Book of Ivy is a thought provoking dystopian novel set in a future world that has been decimated by nuclear war, EMP’s, and disease. The story is told by 16 year old Ivy Westfall, a second generation survivor whose grandfather was the founder of the nation, named Westfall, that they now live in. 

Ivy Westfall’s grandfather was overthrown by Bishop Lattimer’s grandfather. Since that time, those that followed the losing side live in Westside and those that followed the winning side live in Eastglen. Yep, this is a sore subject for those that must live in Westside. Oh, the differences aren’t that noticeable but they are there. Just enough to let the people of Westside know their place but in a very subtle way. There is no intermingling of the two sides or of the same side, for that matter, to deter any false hopes of a relationship or friendship that could never be.

There is a yearly tradition in Westfall, it is called Marriage Day. This when the 16 year old boys of Eastglen marry the 16 year old girls of Westside. It’s done for a number of reasons but the biggest is to keep the peace. It’s a way of intermingling the groups to make it harder to have an uprising. If your daughter or grandchildren are on the other side, it’s harder to bring war on them. Some are opposed to the practice and Ivy is one of these people. On her marriage day, Ivy’s forced to marry Bishop Lattimer but what the Lattimers don’t know is that Ivy’s father and sister have a plan. They want Ivy to kill Bishop so they can over-throw his father, the president.

What follows is poignant, heartbreaking and intensely compelling. What I thought would be an action packed read actually pulled me into self-debate over some of the practices that went on in Westfall. I was initially ready to take a certain side but the side I actually took was a bit surprising to me. There are some deep issues at hand in this novel, issues that made me question my own sense of justice, morality, and loyalty. Ms. Engel created a world that drew me in for many reasons but it also challenged many of my beliefs. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting this and was pleasantly surprised!

I love the realness of the characters, their insecurities made them all the more attractive and allowed a tangible relationship to grow, one that was achingly real and heartfelt. The world that Ivy and Bishop live in appears controlled and safe on the outside but it is soon apparent that this is just barely so. Ms. Engel creates an underlying tension that keeps the pages turning and left me wanting more.

The ending cliff hanger is intense and I cannot wait for the next in the series! Ms. Engel is an author to watch for, as is Ivy and Bishops story.
I so highly recommend this novel! 4.5 Faery wings! Minus .5 for leaving me with a serious cliff hanger nail-biting habit!
This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. WOW is a great way to find out what new books are coming our way and to share what book or books you're anticipating!

My WOW this week is:

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her. (From Goodreads)

I absolutely adored The Soul Screamer series by Rachel Vincent and CANNOT flippin' wait for The Stars Never Rise! June 9th is a long way off! Of course, there's always the hope of an ARC coming my way!
What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. (From Goodreads)
We Were Liars is written by E. Lockhart and published by Delacorte. It was published on May 13, 2014 and is 227 pages.


In some ways, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, was predictable yet also surprising. I thought I had it figured out only to find that I didn’t.

Cadence Sinclair or Cady is a 16 year old girl who reflects back on the past summer when she was 15, a summer that she really can’t remember due to a traumatic accident that left her with a severe head injury so she relies on her cousins Mirren, her brother Johnny and his friend Gat to fill in the blanks for her. For reasons that you’ll have to find out on your own, nobody really wants to discuss the events that lead up to ‘the traumatic’ event. Cadence and her cousins have summered on their grandfather’s private island in Martha’s Vineyard for most of their lives, which have been quite privileged.

The story is told in Cady’s voice and alternates between the past and present which I think is necessary to fully understand who Cady once was and who she is now. Understanding the impact of every story she tells is important to realize the depth of the dysfunction within the Sinclair family.

What happens that summer before Cady turns 15 is, indeed, hideous and horrific and I believe that this book is incredible despite what I said about some of it being a bit predictable. There are parts of this book that I found absolutely brilliant and Ms. Lockharts descriptive narrative is gorgeous. There are secrets that will shock and surprise most readers but I’m of firm belief that you should find out about those through the chapters as you read!

I have, and will continue, to highly recommend this We Were Liars by E. Lockhart!

Monday, October 13, 2014


All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. (From Goodreads)

Compulsion is written by Martina Boone and published by Simon Pulse. It is 448 pages and will be published on October 28, 2014.


Compulsion by Martina Boone is absolutely one of my favorite books of 2014. It’s a dark southern gothic with an amazing historic account that delves back into the 1600’s. Charmingly romantic and eerily creepy, and Yep, I can come up with many more superlatives because it was just that fantastic!

Compulsion centers on Barrie Watson, a very non-normal girl with a ‘compulsion’ to find things. Barrie cannot ignore this compulsion without significant physical discomfort. “Finding things was the Watson gift. Barrie could find anything – had to find it, really – and the pressure that built in her head whenever she was near something lost had seemed stronger ever since her mother’s death” (Location 68).  When Barrie loses her mother, Lula, she heads to Watson Island in the Deep South, to live with her Aunt Pru, her mother’s twin sister, at Watson’s Landing Plantation. Barrie has an immediate connection with Watson’s Landing and feels immediate tugs of loss from within the house and the surrounding woods.

Once at Watson’s Landing, Barrie meets Eight Beaufort and learns a bit about the Islands history along with the curse that has hounded the three founding families: The Watsons, Beaufort’s and Colesworth’s, since the mid-1600’s. The curse of The Fire Carrier, sound ominous, right? Well, it is! I won’t delve too far into it, it’s better if you read about it!

Barrie first sees the Fire Carrier that cursed the founding families her first night at Watson’s Landing, as she watched him light up the river with a ball of fire she at first thinks she’s jet-lagged or hallucinating but she eventually realizes what she’s seeing is real, although it’s terrifying to her, she’s also interested because she knows the Fire Carrier can reveal the answers she’s searching for. This starts Barrie and Eight on a journey that will lead them into deep peril and treachery. You must read the story to find out more!

I love, love, love, the characters in this book! They are rich, they are deep and they are so real! Barrie is flawed but loveable which makes her the most perfect of heroines. Eight Beaufort is equally awesome, what one would think is a perfect guy reveals that he, too, has his flaws. Together, they make a great couple. Their romance bloomed beautifully, it was sweet, charming and romantic. These two characters really complemented each other and were a joy to get to know. I cannot wait to read more about them. The secondary characters, Aunt Pru, Cassie Colesworth, Wyatt Colesworth, and Mark were all equally personable. They were people that I really truly either liked or deplored, pitied or feared, some I even cried for!

Compulsion is deeply atmospheric, it is written so beautifully and descriptively that it was easy to imagine myself at Watson’s Landing Plantation, from the heavy humid air to the sweet smell of the magnolias.

I am impatiently awaiting the next in The Heirs of Watson Island series!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality. (From Goodreads)

Catch Me When I Fall is written by Vicki Leigh and is published by Curiosity Quills. It is 204 pages and will be published on October 23, 2014.

 Catch Me When I Fall by Vickie Leigh is fun, light hearted with enough edge to keep things interesting.

It features Daniel, a 17 year old Protector of the Night, someone who has previously died in sacrifice of another who now watches over the living while they sleep. Daniel protects his charge throughout their life from Nightmares, who are tangible and scary creatures that invade our minds and feed off the fear they invoke. Since Daniel is over 200 years old (in a 17 year olds body) he’s seen and fought many nightmares but it isn’t until he’s assigned 16 year old Kayla in a mental hospital that he is truly challenged.

The thing I like the most about the characters that Ms. Leigh created is their humor and wit, there were times I laughed out loud yet there were times when I felt their sadness as deeply as they did. Daniel and Kayla, the main characters, form a quick bond in the face of adversity but the secondary characters bonds are just as intriguing to me. Part of what I love in a book is the camaraderie of the characters and I really enjoyed this in Catch Me When I Fall.

I also really liked the world building! Ms. Leigh took me to places in the world like Rome and Paris and shared food and sights that were amazingly expressive and vivid. I love when I get to travel in my reading and it was an unexpected pleasure! Along with this, she created some really eerie creepy scenes that had me flipping pages at a rapid pace, I’m sure I won’t have a nightmare now without thinking of actual ‘Nightmares’ being behind it.

The storyline builds quickly and there’s plenty of action to keep the pages turning. There is a variety of supernatural creatures outside of the Nightmares, including witches and warlocks that I found fascinating and creepy all at the same time. The main big bad is a warlock who is out to do some evil deeds with one of our main characters but you’ll have to read the book to find out who and why!

This ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.


Monday, October 6, 2014


When the one boy you crushed on in life can't seem to stay away in death, it's hard to be a normal teen when you're a teen paranormal.

Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted—the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira's determined to do anything to find Jimmy's killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira's ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

This thrilling debut from Vanessa Barneveld crosses over from our world to the next, and brings a whole delightful new meaning to "teen spirit". (From Goodreads)
This Is Your Afterlife is written by Vanessa Barneveld and is published by Bloomsbury-Spark. It will be published on October 21, 2014. It is 194 pages.


This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld is a cute and quick read. I love a good ghost story and I wasn’t disappointed. Kiera is 16 years old and solving a murder mystery with her ex-best friend, Dan. Thing is, the murder victim, Jimmy, Dan’s brother, is helping!

This was a great story, sweet and adorable with just the right amount of eerie suspense! I really enjoyed the way everything unfolded – Dan and Kiera were best friends until Kiera confided she always had a bit of a crush on his more gregarious brother, Jimmy. After that, things were never quite the same. When Jimmy’s murdered, they come together to find the killer and old feelings are rekindled. 

The characters are great, easily relatable, affable and real. This is something that I look for in a good book, characters that I can relate to and as I read the last page of This Is Your Afterlife, I felt like I had made new friends. This is always a good thing!

Grief and loss is an issue that I think the author really did justice to in this book, not only did Kiera lose Jimmy but she had recently lost her grandmother. Delving into this heartbreaking topic is difficult under any circumstance but Ms. Barneveld handled the topic beautifully.

Great romance, thriller, mystery and ghost story! I highly recommend This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld!
This ARC was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is a meme about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts…

I had a great week and received some fantastic books!

Willowgrove is Kathleen Peacock's riveting conclusion to the Hemlock trilogy, a dark, romantic, paranormal suspense series that pits friendship against survival, and trust against love.

Ever since Mac's best friend, Amy, was murdered, Hemlock has been a dangerous place. But now that Mac, her boyfriend, Kyle, and Amy's ex, Jason, have investigated a mass breakout from Thornhill, a werewolf "rehabilitation" camp, the danger has only grown. Fear of the infection spreading is now at an all-time high, and anyone with a scar is suspected of being a wolf.

What makes Mac even more afraid, though, are the dark experiments that the warden of Thornhill was performing on wolves in a secret asylum called Willowgrove. Uncovering the truth about what happened may be the only way for Mac to save everyone she loves and end her nightmares for good. (From Goodreads)
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

 All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead. (From Goodreads)

Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Simon Pulse 

The fact that neither of her parents wants to deal with her is nothing new to Penny. She’s used to being discussed like a problem, a problem her mother has finally passed on to her father. What she hasn’t gotten used to is her stepmother…especially when she finds out that she’ll have to spend the summer with April in the remote woods of Washington to restore a broken-down old house.

Set deep in a dense forest, the old Carver House is filled with abandoned antique furniture, rich architectural details, and its own chilling past. The only respite Penny can find away from April’s renovations is in Miller, the young guy who runs the local general store. He’s her only chance at a normal, and enjoyable, summer.

But Miller has his own connection to the Carver House, and it’s one that goes beyond the mysterious tapping Penny hears at her window, the handprints she finds smudging the glass panes, and the visions of children who beckon Penny to follow them into the dark woods. Miller’s past just might threaten to become the terror of Penny’s future…. (From Goodreads)

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 17th 2015 by Simon Pulse 

What's Stacking Your Shelves?

Thursday, October 2, 2014


For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it's an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker - the Reaper - he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.

As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.

With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever...
(From Goodreads)

The 100 Society is written by Carla Spradbery and is published by Hodder Childrens Books. It is 317 pages and published on September 4, 2014.
Okay, so I’ve been on somewhat of a thriller/horror kick lately. The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery had the potential to be a great thriller but to me, it was a bit sophomoric. I really, really wanted to like this book … I really did but I have a big problem with characters that just behave stupidly. Especially when the author initially portrays them as smart characters and I have to watch their intelligence level take a nose dive throughout the book.
The 100 Society is a group that begins at Clifton Academy, the essence is that they tag a series of locations – 100 locations to be specific - with their unique graffiti mark. This will gain them unrecognized fame and glory. It will also get them expelled from the academy if they’re caught. This is one of the biggest fears of the main character, Grace. Grace has a serious inferiority complex caused by her highly successful older brother, Jack and lack of attention from her surgeon father. So, it’s sort of a tug-a-war for me in the arena of ‘why in the heck is she doing this’? Why risk expulsion if your biggest fear is disapproval from your father? But … one character, Ed, makes a comment in the book that if they manage to tag all 100 locations, it will all but guarantee them a spot in the finest art schools. But that leads me to the question: If they can’t tell anyone, ever, how will the finest art schools know they did it? So, you see my dilemma here.
What started out as such a promising read quickly became a bore. Grace and her friends blatantly ignore billboard size signs that read, “Yep, I took out your buddy and you’re next!” and continue on blindly, all for possible street cred? I mean nobody’s going to know they did this and if anyone finds out, the best possible outcome is expulsion from school and parental disapproval? Let’s face it, if you get expelled from school, chances are that the ‘best art schools’ aren’t going to accept you anyways. I guess if there was more to gain from belonging to The 100 Society, I could get behind it. Give me a better reason for this, please! Something more to gain ...  anything! This was my biggest problem with the book, there was no feasible reason behind the premise. I understand that an unknown artist did this years ago and said unknown artist who goes only by 'A' has made millions off his artwork but it still doesn't tie in to the story and here's why: 'A' made no money of his graffiti tag, 'A' is a fictitious character within a fictitious work, therefore lacking any real credential that he is even a real artist within the book and lastly, I think that this tidbit about 'A' was thrown in there just to justify and give some vague reason for the 'New' 100 Society to even exist because, Lord knows, I can't come up with a valid reason. 
The characters were bland and boring, I held out a lot of hope for Trick, I thought he would be the shining star out of all of them. The handsome yet tattooed rebel who comes off cool and detached, but nope, he became as two dimensional as the rest of them. Grace, the main character, felt flat and forced, selfish and self-absorbed. I never felt the closeness that this group was supposed to have, in fact, their interactions felt like a group of strangers. I have more intimate conversations in the Wal-Mart check-out line.
I will give credit to some mildly thrilling moments but that’s about the best I can do. I was disappointed in this book. Not something I would recommend.
This ARC was provided by Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

Maren Yearly doesn’t just break hearts, she devours them.

Since she was a baby, Maren has had what you might call "an issue" with affection. Anytime someone cares for her too much, she can’t seem to stop herself from eating them. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 16, Maren goes looking for the father she has never known, but finds more than she bargained for along the way.

Faced with love, fellow eaters, and enemies for the first time in her life, Maren realizes she isn’t just looking for her father, she is looking for herself. The real question is, will she like the girl she finds? (From Goodreads)

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis is published by St. Martin's Press and is set to be published on March 10, 2015.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I'm getting a print ARC, Oh JOY! I'll be watching the mail like fiend! Thank you, St. Martin's Press!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared. (From Goodreads

Far From You is written by Tess Sharpe and is Published by Orion Publishing. It is 327 pages and was published on March 27, 2014.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe addresses so many of today’s social issues all while keeping a who-dunnit guessing game going of extremely high caliber.  It is extraordinarily heart-wrenching and incredibly thought-provoking.
Sophie was in a terrible car accident with her best friend Mina and Mina’s brother, Trev. The accident caused such severe damage to Sophie’s legs that she became both physically and emotionally addicted to narcotic pain medication. Now, I want to stop right there because the way that Ms. Sharpe delves into the physical and emotional addiction process was remarkable. I applaud the realism in which she explored this very real epidemic. After Sophie returns home from rehabilitation with her aunt, she is with Mina when there is another life altering event. Mina is murdered and Sophie remembers very little of the event. When it is made to look like it’s a drug deal gone bad, Sophie takes to sleuthing.  Danger lurks in strange places and what is found out about Sophie and Mina’s relationship delves into society’s narrow-minded views and the extent that some will go to protect others.
I am not a big fan of flashing back in time. This is a big part of Far From You, and guess what? It works! This is one of the rare times when I enjoyed going back in the past to relive someone’s memories. In this case, it provides fantastic insight into the minds of the characters and what leads the story into the direction it is going. There was nothing written that didn’t have purpose and intent.  
Far From You is a haunting suspenseful thriller that incorporated significant social issues in a true-to-life manner. I look forward to more of Tess Sharpe! She is definitely on my watch list!


Monday, September 29, 2014


Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear. (From Goodreads)

Creed is written by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie. It is 264 pages and published by Flux. Creed will be available on November 8, 2014.

I absolutely love a good horror story and as we all know, horror stories don’t always have to have things that go bump in the night. Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsey Currie delivers an ultimate horror story that used good old fashioned flesh and bone humans to scare the crap out of me.
Three teens set off to a concert when their car breaks down near Purity Springs, New York. What they find is an abandoned town with sirens going off. Hmmm …. Strange? Oh yes, this is just the beginning of the nightmare that is about to become their lives.
The characters, Dee, her boyfriend Luke and his younger brother Mike, make an amazing cast of characters. Dee and Luke have an amazing relationship for a couple so young but Dee is a foster child who comes with a strong history of abuse. Luke is very gentle and compassionate, despite being an aggressive football player. Mike, Luke’s younger brother, provides the much needed comic relief with his snarky humor and sarcastic comments.  There are some other well developed characters that come into play, the town cult leader, Elijah Hawkins, who I tend to think of as ‘Psycho Freak from Hell’ and his son, Joseph.
Trisha and Lindsey really know how to set an atmosphere! There is a sense of eeriness that is present throughout Creed that just doesn’t go away. It sort of permeated my mood and stuck with me. I don’t want to say much more, to do so will spoil the actual premise of the story and I don’t want to do that!
What starts out to be the beginning of a fun weekend for the teens soon turns out to be the worst weekend of their lives. In light of keeping this as spoiler free as possible, I will say that there is some serious sick stuff that goes down, there is some serious heart-breaking moments and there is some serious what the hell moments. And that is what kept me turning pages! All. The. Way. To. The. End!
If you like horror with a little side of psycho, then Creed is for you. Trust me, you’ll think twice the next time you get stranded on the side of the road!

This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review.


Saturday, September 27, 2014


In Allison Sekemoto's world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make. (From Goodreads

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa is the second book in the Blood of Eden series. It is 434 pages and published by Harlequin Teen on April 30, 2013.

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa is a marvelous sequel to The Immortal Rules. Ms. Kagawa is one of my all-time favorite authors ever. I adore her Iron Fey series and this series is just as commendable.
Allison Sekemoto is in search of Kanin, leaving Zeke, the boy she loves, behind in Eden. This is the crux of the story but it is so much deeper than this. Allie struggles to maintain her humanity and at times, I struggled with her but Allie is strong and doesn’t easily bend to her desires. She has a bond with Kanin and in her dreams she feels the torture that psycho vamp Sarren is putting her sire through. Allie knows that as time goes by, Kanin either won’t live through what Sarren is putting him through or he’ll go insane from the thirst. There are larger fears that assault Allie on her quest, a new strain of Red Lung – one that kills vampires as well as humans. This is as far as I’m going to go with the storyline, it’s on the jacket cover and also the summary. You need to read it to find out more!
Wow! What a book! I am so in love with the characters! Allie is a kick ass heroine but add in Jackal – whose snark and running commentary is, at times, absolutely hilarious – and you have one heck of a cast! Sarren is truly evil, it permeates out of his character and sends chills up your spine. Seriously, with such well-developed characters that are so beautiful together, this novel can only pull you in deeper because you care about them so deeply. With every page I turned, I became more and more invested in what would happen next.
The beauty of Ms. Kagawa’s writing is that it is complex without being confusing. I have felt this in everything I’ve read that she has penned. I am pulled into the story, into every aspect whether it be bone-chilling thrills, the sweetest romance or the most magical fantasy. This is what makes me pick up everything she writes and also, to eagerly anticipate what she’ll write next!
I so highly recommend The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa!
Disclosure: This ARC was provided by Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla's life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she's caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive (From Goodreads)

Chasing Power is written by Sarah Beth Durst and is published by Bloomsbury USA . It is 368 pages and will be available for purchase on October 14, 2014.

I enjoyed Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst immensely! The main story is centered on Kayla, a 16 year old who is telekinetic and Daniel who can teleport. The story isn’t just about ‘mind’ power but has an amazing storyline that rivals any adventure series or movie, although, there’s plenty of magic and a sweet romance to be had, too. There’s a convoluted plot with surprise twists that kept this novel fresh and interesting.

There is a quest to rescue Daniels mother who has been kidnapped and he enlists Kayla’s help in a less then ethical way and being the good and kind thief that she is, she agrees to help him. What neither of them expects is the can of worms it opens when they start searching the world for an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago.

The characters are remarkable, seriously! I loved the way that they interacted with each other and also how quickly I grew to like them. They are funny! Not to say that this is a funny book, quite the contrary but there is definitely a humorous rapport between the characters at times that had me laughing out loud! I love when I’m reading a dialogue between characters in a book and I just burst out laughing, that’s when you know that an author has really crafted their characters well. The secondary characters are just as entertaining and play just as big a role as the main characters, Kayla’s best friend Selena could have her own book! Queen Marguerite, the Voodoo Queen, and Kayla’s mother, Moonbeam, are quite the characters, as well. I am so hoping to see them all again … possibly in a follow-up novel?

I know I mentioned humor but keep in mind, Kayla is a telekinetic thief for a reason and there are some real issues at hand in the novel. There are some highly dysfunctional family matters, some deep betrayals and more than one person is lying!

I have and will continue to recommend this book to everyone I know!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights the books we can't wait for!

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough? (From Goodreads)

Oh yeah! I love all things Holly Black! Bring on the Fae! Release date is January 15, 2015!

You can find The Darkest Part of the Forest on Goodreads and Amazon

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


It’s Top 10 Tuesday hosted at The Broke and the Bookish the topic is:  Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR!

1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater: I have been seriously in love with this authors writing since her Books of Faerie came out!

2. Blackbird by Anna Carey: The premise is extremely intriguing and talk about cover love!

3. In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken: The last book in The Darkest Minds Trilogy, need I say more?

4. Compulsion by Martina Boone: Southern plantation, ghosts and magic? Bring it!

5. Atlantia by Ally Condie: I'm a big Ally Condie fan and also love anything to do with Atlantis!

6. Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker: Because most things set in a Louisiana swamp are eerily awesome!

7. Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick: Love the concept and storyline. I'm into thrillers and suspense lately!

8. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: LOVE this series and it seems like I've been waiting a long time for this one to come out!

9. Unmarked by Kami Garcia: Second in the Legion series, first book Unbreakable was fantastic!

10. Talon by Julie Kagawa: Let's face it, Julie's Iron Fey books rocked my world. I can only imagine that Talon will do the same. So looking forward to this!

What books are you looking forward to?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nil by Lynne Matson

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time. From Goodreads

Nil by Lynne Matson
Published: March 4, 2014
Publisher: MacMillan
Pages: 384
Genre: YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi

Nil by Lynne Matson is one of my favorite novels of 2014. It’s told in alternating POV by the main protagonist’s, Charley and Thad. Both strong characters and, incidentally, love interests. Charley finds herself transported to Nil, an island that has its own set of rules and quite the evil personality.
It starts out when Charley blacks out in the Target parking lot and wakes up on a strange Island with no idea how she got there and no real survival skills. Good thing she has basic common sense to keep her going until she meets up with Thad. Thad’s been surviving on the Island for a while now and he quickly takes her back to the makeshift city that he and the rest of the Islanders have formed.  Charley fits in well with Nils’s human residents, especially Thad, who is the current leader of the group.
What Charley soon finds out is that every islander’s time is limited, 365 days on the island or else … there are two options to get off the island. You’ll have to read Nil to find out more. I recommend that you do!
I loved the dynamic of the residents of the island, each offering unique skills to the survival and wellbeing of others. There is an eeriness to the island, giving it an evil personality that is incredibly creepy and pervasive. It is a character within itself and offers some of the most dangerous and suspenseful moments in the book.
Ms. Matson developed characters that I fell in love with, worried about and now wonder what happened to after I finished the book! This begs for a sequel! I need more! I’m also so curious about Nil! What is up with this evil island? At times it seemed so docile and then, wham! It would strike without warning. What is Nil and why does it choose the people it does and only give them one year on the island?
Nil was an incredible book and I did get closure on some of my favorite characters but I feel like I need more which brings me to the fantastic news that Lynne Matson is writing a sequel, Nil Unlocked!

On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.

Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil—and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price? (From Goodreads
Sounds delicious right!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit Tynga's Reviews

Some great books this week! Which is fabulous since I've started my blog back up!
What's on your Shelves this week?

The Infinite Sea
Catch Me When I Fall
The Winter People


Friday, September 19, 2014

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.
(Summary from Goodreads)

Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 374
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian


Loved, loved, loved it! Alternate universes and witches! I haven't read a good book with witches in quite some time, Ms. Angelini ignited my fire (Ha, get it?) again for all that is magical!
While fantastical with a dystopian theme, there is also a strong political theme that rides throughout the story. One that is both interesting and thought provoking.

The premise is one of a kind and although it's a bit mind-bending, it's also surprisingly easy to follow. Mostly because it's so fascinating but also because the writing doesn't try to over explain the physics. This made Trial by Fire such a pleasure, I wasn't caught up in the 'How' because it was written out so beautifully, letting me focus on the amazing storyline.

The characters are amazing! I love the protagonist, Lily! She's real, she's likeable and she's got some sass! The main love interest's are, of course, to hot for words but I wouldn't have it any other way. Secondary characters are fleshed out and interesting and definitely worth getting to know.

Ms. Angelini's world-building is STELLAR! Lush and imaginative, I had no difficulty placing myself in Lily's new Salem. Every character, every scene is richly portrayed in true Josephine Angelini style and thus, making it a pleasure to read.

This is truly a book that I would recommend to friends and family. It's a beginning to another amazing series by the talented Josephine Angelini!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Hello Herman by John Mailer

Paperback, 54 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Dramatists Play Service
From Goodreads
Video Games, violent movies, Marilyn Manson, the Internet, Prozac, or fame? What moves a teenager to cross the line and become a high—school shooter? More importantly how do we stop it? Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist Lax Morales is looking for a follow up to his groundbraking undercover piece on white supermacists. Although his video blog has an unprecedented online following among teens, Lax has been written off as Internet trash by the elite of the publishing world. He needs a big story and he knows it. After killing thirtynine students and teachers in a suburban Iowa school, sixteen—year—old Herman Howards takes the time to email video clips of the incident to his idol, Lax. He adds one line to the clips: "I want to tell my story on your show."The public pushes for herman's televised execution as Lax conducts three days of interviews, using every tool at his disposal to discover what drives the current poster—boy for evil. HELLO HERMAN is a mind—blowing examination of how tragic events like Columbina and Virginia Tech continue to happen in our country. No stone is left unturned as Lax searches for an answer to the question everyon's been asking but no one has been able to find: Why?
The sheer amount of kids tormenting other kids that remains present in our school systems blows my mind. With the programs that have been put in place to put a stop to this behavior I'd think that there would be less incidences but that isn't so. Bullying remains alive and kicking in our schools, playgrounds and even homes across America.
Take Herman Howards, a 16 year old boy who takes it upon himself to murder 39 of his peers that he says "had it coming" and he justifies this brutal mass murder as "standing up for the kids like me all around the world". Let's face it, we all know that children can be capable of the cruelest deeds with little thought to the emotional outcome.
John Mailer captures this perfectly while delving into Herman's mind through Lax Morales, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who exposed a white supremacist group a few years prior. Lax's expose didn't come at a small price to his personal life. Lax is now an Internet blogger with a strong teen following which leads to Herman sending video clips of his heinous crime to Lax.
Lax spends three days interviewing Herman while his trial is expedited and the public opinion is torn between those that want to see Herman executed and those that feel the taking of his life is no better than the mass killing he performed. While interviewing Herman, Lax is forced to view his own past behavior which was less than admirable.
Mr. Mailer focuses on a variety of issues that could lead to such an occurrence such as violent video games, absentee parents, the death of a sibling and let us not forget the bullying that is ever-present in today's society and he rolls this all into one big ball of issues that form Herman's psyche and mental state at the time of the school shooting.
I can't say that there were any real eye openers in this book - there weren't. Anyone who watches the news knows that bullying remains both a realistic and desperate issue. It isn't just for children but also for adults. It's imperative to be aware of not only how our children our behaving towards others but how others are behaving towards them and more importantly how are media/entertainment outlets affecting them? Do you believe that such things as violent music and video games, etc... can cause violent behavior? These are important issues that face today's youth.
* Side note: This is a bit different to read as it's written in a play format but no less 'dramatic' for its efforts. A great find at a garage sale! I'd love to see the play!
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