Friday, August 31, 2012


February 23, 2012
When sixteen year old Arella Cline's summer vacation begins with the tragic death of her parents, she is sent to live with her aunt to begin a new life on a remote island off the western coast of Ireland. But there are strange things happening on Tory Island— shadow figures, mysterious auras, and the haunting sound of her deceased parents’ voices. The only thing Arella finds appealing about Tory is the handsome, dark-haired Declan McQuillan. But Cannon Fidelous, a mysterious outcast, warns her that the island and its inhabitants are hiding a dark secret. And when Arella finds an ancient book of prophecies, she discovers the island's curse—a curse that only she can undo.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review of Poison Tree by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

The rich stew of the author's creations—SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds—are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to out run their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become. Each has landed in a more "normal" place, and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can't be covered up, they can ever really fit into "normal.    Rating 4-stars I enjoyed this book a whole lot- can't say it is an all time favorite- but worth the read... I was a little confused with the characters and the plot.  I'm not sure if it was simply because I read most of this book while at work so there were interruptions- or that it was a little confusing. The ending was great and the cover is beautiful- I will pick up more from this author in the future- I loved her writing style! This was a quick read and a well rounded book- just the right amount of action, romance. and mystery.  If your looking for a quick paranormal read this one makes a nice addition to your collection. Reesa***

Monday, August 27, 2012

Review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. WOW- is all I can say*** I have been after this book for so long, and once I was able to finally purchase it on Amazon- something came up and I had to cancel my order.... I was so sad- Then one day my best friend had a package sent to me and I opened it only to find a hardcover copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer sitting in my hands. (of course I did a dance) It took me three days to read this book and Cinder lived up to the standards created in my mind- I loved it. I will Pre-Order the second in the series without hesitation. I can't wait~ This is a fantastic start to a great series- the characters well developed a great plot unfolding (although it was predictable) it still makes for a fantastic retelling of Cinderella* (I mean how much cooler can you get other than a cyborg Cinderella) I recommend this story to everyone- no doubt you will love it. 5 Stars- Favorite of 2012- Thank You~ Sunni for this AWESOME gift :) Reesa***

Review of Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers. 

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly. I won Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols in a giveaway for free on Goodreads First/Reads. ~After takeoff this one is sure to land your heart~ You will not regret diving into this read-  Amazing Cover with a heart-warming unique story.. I Loved this one.. Reesa***

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review of~ I Think There's A Monster Under My Bed! by Jennise Conley

July 5, 2012
Conducive to learning, Jennise Conley’s picture books are designed to increase cognitive functioning and to provide tools for parents and caregivers to help young children develop their literary skills. Using rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, the story she presents in I Think There’s a Monster Under My Bed! specifically identifies the power of imagination as it draws young readers into a world of fantasy. Is there really a monster there? What has this little boy discovered? Filled with color, patterns, and playful words, this book will turn reading time into a fun learning experience for infants, adults, and youngsters up to eight years old. Written by a neuro-education specialist, it also includes a letter that explains the importance of reading, stresses the significance of time spent with your child, and offers a brief overview of a how a love for language is developed.  I won a copy of I Think There's a Monster Under My Bed! by Jennise Conley. I'm so glad I did- Funny my 3yr old was sitting with me when I was opening the mail & I forgot this book was coming- anyway I let her open the package and she was soooo excited :) (was cute) I read the book right away to her and we both loved it~ great story for parents to read to their young children. Awesome pictures inside the story and this book is a keeper. Thank You for the opportunity to read and review I Think There's a Monster Under My Bed! by Jennise Conley this book will get put to good use. (my daughter drug this book around with her all day) Reesa***

Review of What Happened to My Sister: A Novel by Elizabeth Flock

August 7, 2012
From the author of Me & Emma comes a dazzling novel of two unforgettable families bound together by their deepest secrets and haunted pasts—perfect for fans of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and The Book of Bright Ideas.

Nine-year-old Carrie Parker and her mother, Libby, are making a fresh start in the small town of Hartsville, North Carolina, ready to put their turbulent past behind them. Violence has shattered their family and left Libby nearly unable to cope. And while Carrie once took comfort in her beloved sister, Emma, her mother has now forbidden even the mention of her name.

When Carrie meets Ruth, Honor, and Cricket Chaplin, these three generations of warmhearted women seem to have the loving home Carrie has always dreamed of. But as Carrie and Cricket become fast friends, neither can escape the pull of their families’ secrets—and uncovering the truth will transform the Chaplins and the Parkers forever.

Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. I won an ARC of What Happened to My Sister: A Novel by Elizabeth Flock in a giveaway. This book was amazing*** What Happened to My Sister makes me re-think all of my previous 5 star reviews. I have never been abused as a child, but I almost feel like I have now in a sense which is how amazing Elizabeth's writing is. There were some typos throughout the book but this was an uncorrected proof- The writing made you feel like you were walking in the shoes of this nine-year-old girl. Throughout this novel~ I laughed, cringed, and wanted to cry at times. Favorite of 2012- You won't be able to put this one down- Eye opener and movie material- I will be on the lookout for more stories from Elizabeth Flock and pick them up without hesitation.

Review of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole

AMAZON #1 BESTSELLING FANTASY ROMANCE Winner of 7 literary awards, including the Beverly Hills Book Award winner, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award bronze winner, Feathered Quill Book Award silver winner, USA Best Book Awards finalist, International Book Awards finalist, National Indie Excellence Book Awards finalist, and ForeWord Firsts debut literary competition finalist. (Description Via Amazon) SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love Noah Hartman has it all, or so it seems. Groomed since childhood to inherit the family fortune and business empire, the effect of living the life set down for him by controlling parents has left Noah out of touch with his inner self. Enter Robin, who -- in direct contrast to Noah -- is a vivacious, free spirit with no material possessions to speak of. Robin's love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his parents and reclaim his true identity at all costs. But Robin harbors a secret that could devastate their lives forever. Is it enough for two soul mates to find each other, or are the forces that would tear them apart too great to overcome? Many years later, Noah lies in a hospital bed recounting his life of love and loss, only to discover a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. And the one certainty that remains unchanged in Noah's heart -- true love never dies. Looking for the next great love story? Look no further: read Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love! REVIEW: 5-STARS ***** I won Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole in a giveaway for free on Goodreads First/Reads. I loved this book- Pulls at the heart strings! Sebastian Cole not only has one or two twists and turns waiting for you toward the end but many. The writing is fantastic~ and this book makes you think. Sand Dollar is my second favorite read for 2012. I'm glad I was able to get my hands on this one~ I enjoyed Sand Dollar and you will also. I look forward to reading more from this author. The cover is beautiful~*~ I highly recommend adding Sand Dollar to your bookshelf.

Saturday, August 25, 2012



Oddily by Linda Pohring*** Book for Review- Contest Winner- Review Posted

I enjoyed this story- however their were a couple small things that bugged me, but not enough to discourage my 5-star rating*** The writing was simple at times~ and about 3/4 way through~ I almost began to get annoyed with the main character- Oddily - but in the end Oddily got it together. (I was beginning to think she was always going to feel sorry for herself) Overall this was a great story and I would recommend as a great read and also a quick/fun summer read. I was hooked in the story from the first page wondering what was going to happen to Oddily and where this story was leading. I'm so happy to have been a part of reading Oddily by Linda Pohring. (I will be ordering the second in the series Maxim) I plan on continuing on with this series until it's finished. It seems the second book is where all the excitement will happen* and this series will take off. Thank You for the opportunity to review this book- I've added to my favorite list and it will be a 2012 favorite. Reesa***

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review of Replication: The Jason Experiment by Jill Williamson

Replication: The Jason Experiment

by When Your Life Is Not Your Own 

Martyr---otherwise known as Jason 3:3---is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to 'expire' in less than a month. To see the sky. Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars. As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known. 
I loved this book~ Would like to see this one made into a movie for the big-screen. I had a hard time putting this one down and finished this book in two days or so- I've added this one to my favorites shelf on goodreads. Great writing from Jill Williamson. A likable main character~ and an awesome evil character. This will be a favorite of 2012 for me. Thank You!!! Reesa***

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Review of Green Light Delivery by Anne E. Johnson

Webrid is a carter, like his mother and grandfather before him. It’s not glamorous work, but it mostly pays the bills, and it gives him time to ogle the sexy women on the streets of Bexilla’s capital. Mostly, he buys and sells small goods and does the occasional transport run for a client.

Then he gets mugged by a robot.

Now, with a strange green laser implanted in his skull and a small fortune deposited in his bank account, Webrid has to make the most difficult delivery of his life. He doesn’t know who his client is, or what he’s carrying, but he knows that a whole lot of very dangerous people are extremely interested in what’s in his head. Literally. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

With the help of some truly alien friends, a simple carter will journey across worlds to deliver his cargo. And hopefully keep his head in the process.

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I was not too sure I would like this book, but I found myself captured right away with these creatures descriptions from the very beginning. I rated the book five stars~ I found myself wanting to know more and more about Webrid's journey. In the end- I was happy with the book the ending was a bit different than I was expecting. It was light hearted~ I would recommend this book to everyone looking for a fun~ light~ summer read! Anne E. Johnson did a great job with the character descriptions painting a awesome visual for readers. I did have a hard time putting this book down*** The main character is very likable and this is one of my favorites for 2012. Thanks~
Green Light Delivery is a fascinating, fresh take on sci-fi that pairs the nonstop action and intrigue of Raymond Chandler’s noir novels with a completely alien setting, spanning worlds and introducing us to creatures with a hundred ears, poisonous bones, or radial symmetry instead of bilateral. It’s full of adventure and humour, and will satisfy anyone looking for a space opera that’s a little out there