Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday*** Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Release date: May 28, 2013 | Series: Monument 14 Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope. Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . . Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . . .

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

REVIEW* Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he'd give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv's deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn't Viv. The apparition's name is Nina, and she's not a ghost. She's a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can't believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn't the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he's forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all REVIEW: 4-STARS **** This Debut Author has come blazing through the starting gate- with a Intriguing, Captivating, Beautiful, Smart, and Thought Provoking story* After reading this book I knew I had to write a review the same night- Everything about this book screams for me to give it 5 stars- I love it, but something is holding me back that I'm not sure I understand fully yet. Something that has to be small is missing in this story- which happens often, but the difference is I'm sure this Author can deliver what's needed..... All around this is an amazing story and Highly Recommended- Amazing plot, Perfect Pacing, Beautifully Written, Fantastic Characters, Stunning Ending, and total Movie Material.... About a quarter of the way in I thought that maybe this book isn't for me and I started to lose some interest but not for long... I'm so happy I didn't dwell on it and pushed right through- Though I thought this book was missing a little something at the same time the Author also delivered more than some by not over describing and filling this awesome story with non-sense. The Characters were full of life for me- likable- and they developed well throughout the story. I loved the twists in this plot- not that I saw them all coming- I did figure out the first major twist... Viv was a little to accepting of the other world for me and it's seems like a little more exploring would have brought this story around more. The Ending was stunning with the right amount of suspense. The Author leaves room for the reader's mind to wonder, which I enjoyed. I would love to read more from this Author and will keep my fingers crossed that a sequel will come. I'm so happy I had a chance to read this book- It's a great addition to the shelves and I HIGHLY recommend it... ;) Reesa***

Waiting on Wednesday*** The Outside (The Hallowed Ones #2) by Laura Bickle

One girl. One road. One chance to save what remains… After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation. And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return?

Saturday, June 15, 2013


In Michelle Gagnon’s debut YA thriller, Don’t Turn Around, computer hacker Noa Torson is as smart, tough, and complex as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander. The first in a trilogy, Don’t Turn Around’s intricate plot and heart-pounding action will leave readers desperate for book two. Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her hacking skills to stay anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in a warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side. Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa’s talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation threatens his life in no uncertain terms. But what Noa and Peter don’t realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who’d stop at nothing to silence her for good. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, June 14, 2013

REVIEW*** Wake (Dream Catcher, #1) by Lisa McMann

For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie's seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime. She can't tell anybody about what she does they'd never believe her, or worse, they'd think she's a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn't want and can’t control. Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant REVIEW: 4-STARS **** Great Start in this trilogy- plan to continue on with this series- The first two chapters felt like torture though because I was not used to the writing style and it seemed to be all over the place, but I kept pushing through and found that I could not put it down and was interested in the outcome of the story- I really enjoyed the twist at the end of the book- for me this is the reason I want to continue with the series if it would have ended any other way I may not have wanted to pursue book 2- FADE I liked that the book was short and I did not have to invest too much time into reading- (Sometimes it's nice to have a short book to read) The book was well written and leaves you wanting more- There is not too much more to say considering almost everyone has read this trilogy- Enjoyed & Recommended :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday*** Endless (The Violet Eden Chapters #4) by Jessica Shirvington

LOVE WILL KILL US ALL Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose-literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she's about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she's not nearly ready. The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head-not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Chapter Sampler*** Far Far Away by TOM McNEIL


Postal Books- Book Haul

1) The Hallowed Ones -Bickle, Laura 2) The Waiting Sky -Zielin, Lara 3) Out of Reach -Arcos, Carrie 4) Unearthly -Hand, Cynthia 5) Through to You -Hainsworth, Emily 6) Shift -Jeri Smith-Ready 7) Vanquished (Crusade) -Nancy Holder 8) Incarnate -Jodi Meadows 9) The Diviners -Libba Bray 10) The Name of the Star (The Shades of London) -Maureen Johnson 11) Opal - Armentrout, L. Jennifer 12) Sweet Venom -Fiona Paul 13) Breathe -Sarah Crossan

Sunday, June 9, 2013

OH MY TEAR: REVIEW: Chosen by a Horse by Susan Richards

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn’t be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan’s life. This gentle creature—malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection—had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous. It seemed fated that she would come into Susan’s paddock and teach her how to embrace the joys of life despite the dangers of living. An elegant and often heartbreaking tale filled with animal characters as complicated and lively as their human counterparts, this is an inspiring story of courage and hope and the ways in which all love—even an animal’s—has the power to heal REVIEW: 5 STARS***** Memoirs are not my first genera I go to when picking up a book to read, however as a horse lover when I came across this book I decided to give it a shot- If not only for the cover :) This memoir was beautifully written- and knowledgeable at the same time. I was completely engrossed in this book while reading it. The Author does a great job painting visuals for the reader and also empathy. No wasted words on these steady moving pages. I'm also not one to cry during a book I can't even think of one off hand, but I have to admit one single tear slid down my cheek towards the end of this book. Highly Recommended!

REVIEW*** Whatever Doesn't Kill You by Elizabeth Wennick

Jenna Cooper was only a few days old when her father was murdered and her family was shattered. Now fifteen, she daydreams of a picture-perfect sitcom family as she struggles with the gritty realities of her life. When Jenna finds out that Travis Bingham, the man who shot her father, has been released from prison, she becomes obsessed with tracking him down and confronting him. But her search reveals that there may be more to her father's murder than she has been led to believe--and will her relationships with her family and friends survive her obsession? REVIEW- 4 STARS**** I enjoyed Whatever Doesn't Kill You by Elizabeth Wennick- I don't think that this book will blow anyone's socks off, but I found it to be a nice- fun- quick mystery. I would recommend to anyone looking for a light read in the summer that is clean and fun. I see some pretty low ratings have been given to this book and I don't think that it was that bad at all. This book does have a great twist in the end and packs a strong message. Although most may not be able to relate to the daily life of the main character- this does not mean it is far fetched- Some may relate. For the most part the writing was great and fast paced and few times I felt their were some paragraphs that could have been left out. I would highly recommend to a younger teen looking for a clean mystery. The message in this book was fantastic and is useful to anyone. I won a copy of Whatever Doesn't Kill You in a giveaway for free in hopes of an honest review's online. Thanks! Reesa***

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

REVIEW*** Withur We by Matthew Bruce Alexander

Publication Date: January 11, 2010 Centuries hence, Man, seemingly alone in the universe, slowly spreads his civilizations across his corner of the galaxy. Tyrants vie for power, and in their fierce grip the colonies of the Milky Way are suffocating. In this society of many billions, a young marine, a highly trained war hero, returns home from his tour of duty. Physically powerful yet shy, awkward and unable to sway the masses with pretty speeches, Alistair Ashley 3nn makes a decision to strike at the hierarchy the only way he can. His decision starts him on a grand adventure, and as he is carried along by forces beyond his control, he comes to confront an ancient secret, one which may reveal Humanity's future. REVIEW: 4~ STARS**** At first this book was a little rough for me to get into- worried that I was not going to understand what I was reading and simply end up confused throughout the entire book, but once I stopped focusing on certain words- the story started to unravel with ease. This is not my typical genre, but Withur We managed to surprise me~ hold my interest and leave me with new thoughts to process. Some small issues with editing but nothing to bad as to disrupt this fantastic story. Though this book is forever long :) It was worth the time investment- Full of action, adventure, and detail I found this book to be well paced, unique, and an enjoyable world to enter. I don't think of myself as a strong political person- which is a big aspect of this book- the ups and downs of the main character's (Allistair) story and creativeness of this book was enough to make it through this massive book. The characters were well rounded- with good dialog- There were times after reading a paragraph that I would stop to absorb what I just read- The Author does an outstanding job with some of his choice of words and descriptions that I can not exactly explain.... for now I will go with Simple- but Captivating* This was a unique experience for me from an Author. Overall- I was pleased and had an enjoyable experience with Withur We- I'm glad to have been given the chance to read and review this book. I would read more from this Author in this style or any other- Recommended* Even if you think this is out of your comfort zone! Thank You! Reesa***