Monday, March 30, 2015

Mini Review Monday[35] Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Shadows(Prequel Novella)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication: February 21st 2012
Cover Rating: 3/5

I’m not much for reading novellas, but I’m glad that I read this one. It didn't help with me wanting more from the series, but it did give me a little more insight. 

During the series, we didn't get to know who Bethany and Dawson were much. The only parts we really got to see were how they after they both got away from Daedulas. Here we got to see how they met and got to watch them fall in love. We learned more about their characters and got to see how they were before, so much stuff happened to them that changed them. 

This wasn't only about them, but also about Daemon. 

In the beginning of the series, we saw how much of a jerk he was to Katy and we got to see why, because a human is what tore apart his family. Everything that has happened to him is because of Dawson meeting and falling in love with Bethany. It all started with them. 

Having been able to see how all the characters were before everything, you got to see how alike Daemon and Dawson are. How their temper can just explode in a second and that they will do everything in their power to protect those they love and care about. They may be identical twins, but that’s not the only thing they share. 

I’m glad that I did read this and got to meet the before personalities of these characters.

Overall, I gave this book 5/5 stars.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Author Spotlight: Out of the Blue by E. L. Irwin

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: A child of divorce and abuse, E L Irwin found escape in reading and writing, and through the school of hard-knocks, learned to be a fighter.  She’s a self-described romantic-rebel who wears her heart on her sleeve and tends to shoot from the hip on subjects that matter.  She enjoys riding horses, wearing heels, shooting her XD.40, tattoos, and of course, a good book and hot coffee. 

                                                  E. L. Irwin, Author of Out of the Blue

Title: Out of the Blue
Author: E. L. Irwin
Publisher: CreateSpace/Self
Publication: November 17th 2014
Cover Rating: 4/5

Let me first start off by saying I am not a fan of horses. They are cute and everything but something about them in books just throws me off. With that being said, the fact the the main character is a horse trainer kind of made me question how much I would really like the book. Fortunately, the horse aspect didn't effect me at all really. I was too focused on the relationship between Katybeth and Asher to let anything get in the way. But I do know a few people that love horses who I will be recommending this book to. 

I enjoyed the duel perspectives. I normally love books with more than one characters POV. But sometimes it just isn't right for certain books. However, It was right for this book. The authors writing style was really amazing. She could probably have a conversation with a brick wall and it would actually talk back. The characters were well rounded and the development of characters and relationships wasn't rushed. No insta-love here.

There are a lot of emotions that are put into and given out by this book. The bond between Katy and Asher is amazing. It is something that most people would love to have. But they can only get so close...

I tend to get really shy around sexual scenes and stuff like that. This book is very clean. I only got shy maybe once of twice. I enjoyed that the book focused more on PLOT rather than the characters sex life. But there was definitely a lot of religious views that were responsible for the cleanliness of the book. Religion in books normally bothers a lot of people but I just took it with a grain of salt and kept reading. Please do keep in mind that if you don't like reading about religion then this won't be a good book for you.

I will be honest, I didn't completely love Asher. Just something about him made me not want to like him. He was a great guy and if Katy can love him then I should be able to as well. Maybe it's the fact that he's an ACTOR. I don't think he is acting with Katy but he just doesn't seem like he's being entirely himself. The fact that Asher is an "actor" and he isn't a complete jerk-wad proves that people are sometimes too quick to judge but then again it could all be an act. Who knows. 

Either way I hope there is a second book so we can see if Katy and Asher stay together. 

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

1) What made you decide to write a book?

Well, I'm an avid reader, always have been. Reading was how I escaped from the reality of a tumultuous childhood. So story-telling has come easy for me. In all honesty, I hated school, and so did poorly in it, but I had an English teacher who let me write short stories for extra credit to bring my grade up.
And, with Out of the Blue, that kind of came about by accident. I used several personal experiences when I wrote it, and originally I was just messing around. I'd had this dream conversation, the one where Kate and Asher first meet, where she insults him -- the funny part is, I actually did that, said that, to a guy who took my place in line at Orange Julius. My experience didn't turn out as well as Kate's, LOL. But, the story just came about from there, from that conversation. By the time I had a completed first draft, I was curious how my word count would compare to other books. So, just for kicks, I Googled the word count for Twilight and found that I had just about the same number of words. I was like, "Holy crap; I've written a book!"

2) What inspired you to write about Katybeth and Asher?

Like I mentioned above, it was that snarky conversation Kate has with Asher that began their story. I knew her name would be Katy and that he would call her Kate. I did some research for names and meanings and liked Asher. It's Biblical, Hebrew. And, it means Happy, or Blessed. I liked that.
I also like stories with strong, Alpha-type men, and strong women who aren't afraid to stand their ground. I also thought it would be fun to have those two meet in such a random way and that they'd be from two completely different worlds, and have their own misconceptions about each other. I've personally dealt with stereo-types based on looks and this was my way of dealing with that.

3) Do you like horses?

I LOVE horses. Seriously. The smell of a horse, the creak of saddle leather, the feel of a horse under me -- it's one of my most favorite things. I never did professional riding, but I did tend to ride those animals that needed an attitude adjustment. 

4) Was it hard to write a clean book?

Yes, and no. I wanted to write a book that was realistic. My childhood was an interesting one. My parents divorced when I was very young and then they raised me very differently. On one side, I was told that sex was for marriage only and basically for procreation and that was it, then on the other side, I was encouraged to explore that realm to its fullest. Sex, for me was a very confusing subject when I was growing up. My plan had been to remain a virgin until I married, but I made some stupid mistakes and that didn't happen. Most, if not all, of those mistakes came about because I wasn't prepared to deal with sexual attraction in a wholesome way. So, as a woman who went through years of guilt and self-doubt and misunderstandings, and as a mom to a young woman now, I wanted to write something that hit all those spots. Something that was safe for my daughter, her friends, and the youth I work with. If I could, or can, encourage someone else who maybe struggles the way I did, then maybe this might help them. 
My only difficulty was in the temperature. I didn't want unrealistic where Kate and Ash barely held hands, experienced no passion, or attraction, and then magically got married, but then again I didn't want to write a "how-to" course on sex either. It was a fine line I had to walk, or write.

5) Would you date a guy like Asher?

YES!!!! He's my ideal guy. I'd love for my daughter to meet someone like him. Not his looks -- though  that would be nice -- but his character. I think his character is the most attractive thing about him.

6) Did you ever think you would be an author someday?

No. Never. It never crossed my mind until it had occurred to me that I'd written a book. I'm a high school graduate. No college. I'm a stay-at-home-mom who homeschools her 3 kids. I've had people look down on me like I'm home because I couldn't do anything else, because I wasn't good enough. I stayed home by choice, because I wanted to be there for my family. That was important to me. Writing is just a sweet perk that I've been able to do as well. And, I love it. I wouldn't trade my life for the world. 

7) Is Out of the Blue a stand alone book?

No; I have plans to write Candi and Gina's story. Right now I'm working on another NA book called, The Lost and Found, then I have a NA fantasy trilogy, called Between Earth and Eden that I'm working on, and then I plan to get the second Out of the Blue book written, and the title for that one, at least right now, will be, Shades of Blue. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Series Review: The Precious Stone Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

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Title:  Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt
Cover Rating: 5/5

I’m one of those who love to read anything that deals with one certain type of era or place. For me, that is London. If it takes place in London, then I will most likely read it. That was the case when I found out about Ruby Red, plus the fact that it was translated from German because that is in my lineage. 

I was even more interested once I read what it was about, which is time travel. I haven’t read anything about time travel so I was willing to give this a try. I must say that I loved it. Not only is it about time travel, but there is magic involved as well somehow. 

Gwyneth knows about time traveling due to her cousin, who is supposed to have the time travel gene. Turns out that may not be the case. Gwen is thrown into this world without fully knowing anything. As the story goes on, she is thrown into one situation to the next with the least amount of details as possible. 

You don’t know who is trustworthy and what the truth is or not. It is a ride seeing how you think something’s are coming together, but seems to be falling apart at the same time. There are lies and deceit and I’m looking forward to see where it all goes.

The only thing that really bothered me was the genealogy. I found it to be quite confusing when it was explained. Hopefully, later on it will all become clearer.  

Overall, I gave the book 4.5/5 stars.

I feel this did not suffer what happens to most sequels. I enjoyed this more than I did Ruby Red. 

The characters that are part of this secret don’t trust Gwyneth, so they don’t tell her most of what is happening. She talks to her best friend Lesley about all that is happening and they do their own research. Gwen wants answers and looks for them any way that she can. Though Gwen doesn't get much explained to her I think things are explained better to the reader. 

I was able to follow the story a bit better this time. In Ruby Red, we get a look at going into the past, but here we get to look into the past more and I’m glad we did. 

One thing that makes these books so enjoyable is trying to figure out who you can trust. There are secrets under secrets under lies. 

At the end of every chapter is a quote, a passage or a chart. The charts contain family trees and they were very helpful to explain where everyone goes. I looked forward to seeing how they connected. 

I found the epilogue to be interesting to the story. I’m intrigued to see how the rest of the story will come together and how it will end.

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

Throughout this trilogy Gwyneth hasn't been told much and it started to bother her. She started to take matters into her own hands so she could finally get the answers she wants. Lesley and she continued to do their own research to find out what the secret is. Gwen would travel in the past to get as much as she could get from those she trusted. 

I enjoyed going on this journey with her and putting all the pieces together and seeing where it will ultimately lead to. The clues weren't too obvious and I liked being in the dark some so that we could go along with the characters. 

I found Gwyneth and Gideon to be adorable. Their relationship had started out rocky, but in the end they got it all sorted out and on the right track. I like them being together in the very beginning when I saw they liked each other and I’m glad they settled things between them. 

Gwen got quite a shock about her family and I think she handled it well with what she found out. She is strong minded character with a best friend that is a constant in her life. Gwen got thrown into a life that she never imagined and from the beginning her best friend believed her and stayed by her side. They grew together more as this was happening.

Gideon wasn't the nicest of characters when you first met him, but he grew on you fast. We got to see more to him through his feelings for Gwen. 

Through trusted friends, these characters were able to get out alive with manipulation. I found their plan to be clever and liked how everything turned out. It was a nice ending for something that will continue to go on.

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars/

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mini Review Monday[34] Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication: January 3rd 2012
Cover Rating: 5/5

It took me 2 years to read Cinder and I really wish I could go back and change that. I started reading it a while back and decided to wait until more book were out. I was going to wait until November 2015 to read it because that is what the final book in the series comes out but I couldn't wait any longer and now I am wishing the last book came out sooner.

One thing I will say is that within fifty or so pages I guessed the main part of the plot. It sucked but that book was still very good. You kind of can't read it without figuring it out early. 

Cinder was a great character. I felt she had a fitting personality for a slave driven cyborg. It's pretty cool that she is the "mechanic". Normally those roles are held for people of the opposite sex. But she plays the part extremely well.

Prince Kai isn't what I was expecting a prince to be. He was kind and cared about the citizens but he hated the Lunar's so that put a strain on his ability to protect everyone. I am not sure how he feels about Cyborgs though. He never comes out and says anything about it. But in the end there was no way his feelings for Cinder just vanished the way they appeared to.

The Lunars are a freaking crazy race. They are the moon people. The Queen was absolutely horrible. Knowing that she has killed to be where she is makes her even worse. She rules her kingdom through glamour/magic. Otherwise, I don't think she would be queen anymore.

In the end I found myself asking so many questions that I hope will be answered in the next books. But I loved the fact that the book had me thinking and creating conspiracy theories in my head. 

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

REVIEW: Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

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Title: Trial By Fire
Author: Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication: August 28th 2014
Cover Rating: 5/5

Trial By Fire ended my love/hate relationship with fantasy. It is now a strictly love relationship. I know I wont enjoy EVERY fantasy book I read but I am now not afraid to pick up fantasy books when I go to the library or shopping.

The first thing I want to say is that THIS IS NOT TIME TRAVEL. This is world/dimension traveling. 

The beginning of the book starts out as just your average contemporary with a sick protagonist that is in love with her best friend. Too bad that best friend is the king of all DICKS! 

With Lily being sick I was expecting a weak protagonist with a very clingy personality. She was like that at first but after the first few chapters she changed, for the better.

This book has everything! Magic, some romance, witches, genetically engineered creatures(woven), a gay bar tender with pink hair and lots of drama!

There WAS romance but not an over abundance of it. It didn't feel like an insta-love situation either. But there was plenty of steamy scenes and you could just FEEL the wanting between Rowan and Lily. It was a physical thing. You could have cut it with a knife.

The author has no problem killing off characters. That makes me a little bit afraid to read the next book. I love all of the characters but I know some of them will die by the hands of Ms. Josephine Angelini. 

I am definitely curious to see what happens once Lily goes home. What will her Tristan say/do? Will she even care now that she has Rowen? Will magic work in Lily's world? 

The cliffhanger ending is a KILLER. Like holy mother of god, WHY? I need to know why Lillian was the way she was. I know she saw things while she was spiritwalking but that couldn't have changed someone THAT much. Could it?

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

REVIEW: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

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Title: The Summer I Found You
Author: Jolene Perry
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Publication: March 1st 2014
Cover Rating: 3/5

Jolene Perry is one of those authors where if she writes a book, I must read it, own it, and sniff it. So I was so excited when I finally got my hands on a copy of The Summer I Found You.

At first, I thought the book was going to be a little weird for me. Reading about a guy who lost his arm and a girl with diabetes and their budding romance had me a little on edge. How could a one armed guy possibly be sexy? How was this book going to keep me interested? Well, I didn't even need to ask those questions because they never crossed my mind once I was actually reading the book.

Kate is a terrible girl. She just found out she has a life threatening disease and she can't be responsible enough to take her insulin or eat right. She is setting herself up to die and I can't find it in me to feel sorry for her. Her top priority is worrying about her ex dumping her. Not that fact that she could slip into a diabetic coma at any second.

Aiden is awesome. Aside from the whole PTSD thing. But would you really expect a guy who lost his arm and a good friend to be okay? To me, he seemed pretty good for a guy who went through hell and back. He lost his career, his future, his motivation but he survived, in the end. He is kind, caring and all the things that I don't think Kate deserved at first. But they worked together so well and I am glad they found each other.

I really loved how the book combined such trivial high school things with some very tough choices and lifestyles. On on hand, I can understand Kate just wanting to live a normal life but on the other hand I can't condone her lack of self preservation.

The ending had me worried for a little bit but I am glad it happened the way it did. Kate needed a wake up call and I think Aiden was the only one who was able to do that for her. Which is quite sad considering they hadn't known each other that long. When your FAMILY and FRIENDS cannot convince you to save yourself then you really need to rethink your priorities in life.

Update 6/29/2015 - I have been thinking about this book a lot lately. I adore the author and I love her work so her books are always popping into my head. Last night I was thinking about how I have a few different illnesses but most of them I can hide because they are inside. I feel like Kate thought she could hide her "disability" and get away with it, which technically she could. But it wasn't right of her to do that. Aiden can't hide his disability. I am torn between right and wrong here. I don't normally tell people about my ailments unless they ask or if my one visual ailment is present. Oh the one hand, I completely understand wanting to hide your flaws. But on the other hand, Kate was getting into a relationship with a guy who she could somewhat relate to in terms of disabilities. But she didn't and I can't fathom why. Internal conflict aside, I truly think everyone should read at least one of Jolene Perry's books. They are always deep and beautiful and they have such horrible trials that each character must over some. Her books are very inspiring; I know they inspired me.

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 kitties. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mini Review Monday[33]Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication: May 8th 2012
Cover Rating: 4/5

I have never read anything about aliens before, so I was intrigued right away. I have heard nothing but great things from everyone and how much they love this series. I couldn't wait to get my hands on them and see what everyone was talking about. 

I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the very beginning. The characters and the story were written beautifully. 

I was drawn to Katy because of her love of books and that she writes reviews for the books she reads. I was able to connect to her with that. 

When we meet Daemon, that’s a whole other story. I loved him right way. He is jerk most of the time, but I love the comments he makes.

Katy and Daemon have so much chemistry between them that it frustrated me that they wouldn't admit it. They shouldn't have it, but they do and it isn't going away. 

I love how protective and caring Daemon is when it comes to his sister Dee. It showed you how brothers can be with their sisters. 

Aliens are a new concept to me and I enjoyed reading Jennifer’s take on them. I enjoyed being able to learn about them, where they are from, why and how they are on Earth and what they can do. It was all very fascinating. 

I can see why everyone loves this series. It is very addicting and I’m excited to see what is going to happen next for Katy and Daemon with how this ended.

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

Friday, March 13, 2015

SERIES SPOTLIGHT: Gates of Thread and Stone + The Infinite by Lori M Lee

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Book # 1
Title: Gates of Thread and Stone
Author: Lori M. Lee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication: August 5th 2014
Cover Rating: 5/5

I am still getting used to reading fantasy type books. As I read more I realize how much I like fantasy books and I just think about how much I have missed out on over the years. I am so glad I didn't miss out on this book.

Kai is such a strong female character. She is a little clingy but that can be explained away by the fact that she was found on the side of the river, has no living relatives and has only ever had her adoptive brother, Reev. She is also extremely stubborn and strong willed. Once she decides on something she sticks to it until she is done.

She lives in a place called The Labyrinth. Basically its like a train yard. Lot's of metal boxes stacked ontop of each other. I have read about people living this way in other books so it is definitely something I can picture existing or happening some day.

The entire book is centered around Reev going missing and Kai trying to find him. She risks her life and loses everything she even knew just to find and save her brother. She is a very admirable person.

Avan is a that dreamy guy that everyone wants. Unfortunately, everyone actually does seem to get him. He has very loose morals and it effects my feelings for him. I don't like loose guys. His feelings for Kai are very vibrant. I do adore the way he feels about her and how he would, AND DOES, do anything for her.

You become attached to every character. It's impossible not to. Everyone has their own amazing personality and they are all very addicting.

The book is some what of a retelling. I don't want to say what it is a retelling of because I didn't even figure it out until I sat down and talked to my fiance about the book. If you aren't familiar with religions and history then you probably won't get the retelling. Either way, retelling or not, the book is still amazing and brings you into a world of magic, death and love.

Upon meeting Irra is when I fully became away of the retelling aspects. The irony of who Irra was and the Hollows was pretty awesome. Let's just say that you won't be going hungry in his house. HAHA!

Mason/G-10 was definitely swoon-worthy. He was sweet, caring and helpful but he would also kick some mean ass if he needed to. He has some feelings for Kai but as I stated preciously, Kai is stubborn and strong willed and she was on a mission and nothing was going to get in her way. Not even a cute, blue eyed guy.

At the end is where everything comes into pretty clear focus. Everyone was in on some big elaborate plan and all Kai wants is for her brother and Avan to be safe. She doesn't exactly get what she worked so hard for but she gets some semblance of it. And that semblance can be viewed as good or bad. But either way it is heartbreaking.

I am now dying for the next book! I need to know what happens to everyone. I want to know what happens to Ninurta and all the people. Did Irra bring all of the Hollows back with him? So many questions!

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

Book # 2
Title: The Infinite
Author: Lori M Lee
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication: March 10th 2015
Cover Rating: 5/5

Reviewing sequels has always been tough for me. I never know what I can and can't say because I don't want to give anything away. But then, sometimes, I'm too excited and add way too much detail and I feel like the review is on huge spoiler. So I am going to sincerely try to write a non-spoiler review for this book.

Kai has lost touch with a part of her that used to be a secret. She doesn't know how she feels about it but she knows it isn't good. But then again, there isn't much good going on in this book to begin with. Kai seems to be struggling with a lot of things such as morals, her humanity and her feelings for Avan. But those are such trivial things compared to what the rest of the book had in store.

This book is really a progression for Kai. She matures even more and she just overall changes for the better. She grows up, for lack of a better term. She no longer feels the need to hide behind Reev.

Reev also seemed to have changed in this novel. He is more distant and just seemed very secretive. He is not at all like the guy that was described in the first book.

The people of Ninurta are no longer alone. And the gargoyles aren't the only form of their kind. There is a war brewing and everything just seems to be going to Hell.

There is a sort of love issue in this book. Avan isn't himself anymore and I have no idea if he ever will be again. He knows he has feelings for Kai but he doesn't truly know why. But then you have Mason, he KNOWS why he has feelings for Kai.

The ending was kind of surprising to me. I mean, there is going to be a third book so I knew in my heart that something like that was going to happen and that Kai was going to have to learn from her father at some point but it still came as a shock to me.

All of the characters had a lot of growth throughout the book and the world-building and plot was very well rounded. I would say there was a pretty much perfect balance between plot, characters and the world around them.

This is just a really amazing series so far and I cannot wait until I can get my hands on the last book. Also, can we just sit down for a minute and talk about these covers?! Holy mother of god they are gorgeous!

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

REVIEW: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: February 10th 2015
Cover Rating: 3/5

Upon starting Red Queen I realized that the book is like A LOT of previously published YA novels. Now I understand that it's hard to be completely original in a world where everything has been done but what I don't understand is why THIS book gets hype where there are other, better, books out there. Why does THIS book get all the love and attention while other suffer and barely get bought? I don't think it is fair and that will reflect in my rating of this book.

Aside from the HYPE, I did like the book. It had a good story line and had wonderful world building. I could picture the world and the Reds, but I have a hard time picturing the Silvers. Do they look like vampires? They are supposed to be really pale but I just can't fully imagine what they look like besides pale people. Also, were all Silvers and Reds Caucasian? You can't just have ONE race. That is impossible.

Mare was a good heroin. She was slightly annoying at times and she trusted far too easily for someone in her position. She was also in a love SQUARE through-out most of the book. For someone who hated Silvers and never got too close to anyone she sure cuddled up to the Prince rather fast. Told him her entire life story on a short walk home. 

Maven and Cal were one thing at the beginning of the book but then everything turned upside down and they ended up switching roles a little bit. Maven turned out to be someone I actually wasn't expecting. And Cal did things I wasn't expecting either but he mainly stayed true to what he believed in.

The powers the Silvers have are pretty cool but how exactly does that make them Gods? To be perfectly honest they should be the ones locked up and slaving away. THEY are the different ones. For thousands of years normal humans ran the world and now these "Gods" come along and all of a sudden they rule? Nope, don't think so. It is a human trait to shun and dislike what is different to us. So how did the Silver's become the rulers?

Towards the end of the book I did get a bit confused. Who is dead and who isn't dead? It seemed like EVERYONE died yet with how much Maven lied I don't know what is true.

I did enjoy the ending though. It was kind of shocking but then again still a little predictable. I will read the next book just so I can find out who Mare ends up being with. l'm not sure who I am hoping for.

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 Kitties.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mini Review Monday[32] Red At Night by Katie McGarry

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Title: Red At Night
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: MIRA Ink
Publication: April 1st 2014
Cover Rating: 4/5
Katie McGarry has done it again. She has written another love story between two characters. 

We have Stella, who doesn't have a home because her dad is a deadbeat and just lives with one of his ex-girlfriends and we have Jonah, who feels guilty over being alive and someone is dead due to a car accident. They come together because of a cemetery that Stella goes to. They bond over their cemetery visits. 

She helps Jonah with his guilt over what happened to him and he helps Stella by giving her hope. It helps them both to change like they want to for themselves and for their future. This showed you that no matter where you are in life and you think your life is over, that you can’t go anywhere, that there is always something that can help you. Whether that is a person or it’s college or a job. There is always hope and as long as you have hope you can do anything.

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

Friday, March 6, 2015

REVIEW: Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Title: Shadow Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publisher: Mira
Publication: February 24th 2015
Cover Rating: 4/5

I love the Study world and the characters Yelena, Valek, Ari and Janco. When I found out that Maria V. Snyder was going to have a book out that deals with these characters, I knew I had to have the book. I was so happy to be able to read about these four characters again. I have missed them. 

These events take place about six years after Fire Study ended, so we get a look into how their future has been going. Not only that, but it was written in three different perspectives. 

We got to see from not only Yelena, but from Valek and Janco as well. I enjoyed being able to read through Valek. He is one of my favorite characters. We got to learn about how he became an assassin and how he became so loyal to The Commander. It was interesting to see all he had to achieve to be how he came to be. I loved reading all the flashbacks. It makes me understand him a little bit more and love him more than I already did. 

Though I love Janco, I felt that his chapters were unneeded. I’m glad his chapters were very short. 

I wish that, like I did with Magic and Fire Study, that Yelena and Valek were able to be together more. Also, that Yelena's parents played a part as well. I missed them being around.

 As always, Yelena gets into all kinds of trouble from the very beginning and nothing goes the way it should. It’s enjoyable to see how she gets into and out of situations. Her life stays very busy, which means something is always going on. 

The ending has left me hanging big time and I can’t wait to see what happens to Yelena and Valek and what they are going to do about everything.  

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.

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