Thursday, December 29, 2011

To All My Follows *News Information

I know this site has gotten quiet lately, I'm in the process of moving over to wordpress if people want to continue to follow me I suggest heading over there, too many changes are happening on blogger and I would like to jump ship prior to my site being hit as a target.  You can still follow me through goodreads, twitter etc.

Book Blog Link 

I am slowly taking my time moving over posts and other ads and things.  So please have some patience.  Thank you to all my loyal followers over the past two years I hope to make this one a better year.

To the book tours I am doing I'm hoping to be able to do the tours here and post my reviews in both places.

Happy 2012

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays



I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone Happy Holidays hope you enjoy the beautiful time of the year!  These pictures are from Deviant Art!  Enjoy I know I did!

 I can't wait to bring you more reviews in 2012, great books and great authors and some great book tours scheduled.  Should be a blast!
And maybe just maybe some great giveaways as well so enjoy the holiday and can't wait to get back to books after the New Year!


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Eternal Beginnings by: Christine Cunningham

Title: Eternal Beginning
Author: Christine Cunningham
Eternal Beginning Publishing LLC
Pages: 56
Source: Author sent for Review ebook


Description:
Imagine a world that draws out your true potential.
Can you hear your guide calling you?
Heed the call and open yourself to the life that you desire.

My Review:

What a unique book that really can set you back on track if you loose your way.  Definitely a great uplifting book for those of us always on the go and forgetting the simple things, how to begin again.  I enjoyed the story and being reminded to listen to my guide, and allowing myself to open up to other things.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

It's Monday what are you reading? #25



It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Reading:



Description:

Tess Johnson has it all: her handsome photographer husband Beau, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.

Tess struggles with the news of Beau’s death and tries to put her life back together. Alone and dealing with a pregnancy that only reminds her of what she has lost, Tess is adrift in a world of failed plans and fallen expectations. When a new client appears offering more than just a new project, Tess must confront the circumstances of her life head on.

Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing honor killings find Beau barely alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged by the crash. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.

What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.




Description:

The Samaritan Files Trilogy Book One The Devil's Dime Investigative reporter Jess Pepper made it his life's mission to use his column to expose those who lived on the devil's dime. With his words he could defend the innocent and bring down corruption, one evildoer at a time. But when his column forces an innocent Samaritan into the public eye, and puts a target on his back, Jess must discover not only who wants this good man dead, but how to save the man's daughter, who has captured his heart. Violinist Adelaide Magee came to New York City with little more than a violin tucked beneath her chin and enough determination to launch her dream. Her women's orchestra, the Avalon Strings, was fast becoming the city's hot new item, until reporter Jess Pepper put the one man she loved in deadly peril. Can Addie trust Jess to save this good man? Or will she have to do it herself? Corruption and greed set the scene for this vividly drawn tale of danger, heartbreak, unexpected love and family found in 1890's New York.



Description:

When an anonymous food critic blasts several local restaurants- including Aunt Pat's-Lulu Taylor and her customers are biting mad, especially when they learn that Eppie Currian is the pen name of their friend Evelyn's cheating boyfriend. When "Eppie" gets his own fatal review, the list of suspects is longer than the list of specials at the best BBQ place in Memphis.



Description:

The 58th Keeper is the story of a boy called Archy Bass, who stumbles upon a mysterious and powerful relic. The moment he touches it, two warring forces race to find his whereabouts. One side thinks he’s simply too young and too inexperienced to keep it, and the other just want him dead. Hold on to your seats! The 58th Keeper is a roaring trip that takes the reader on the most wonderful and hair-raising scenes imaginable. R. G. Bullet pulls out all stops in his debut novel to deliver an incredible journey with unforgettable characters. This book will resonate with you for ages past the last line.

Currently Reading: 



Description: 
BBQ-joint owner Lulu Taylor knows pretty much everyone in Memphis who lives ribs. But one person she'd rather not know is Tristan Pembroke, a snooty pageant couch with a mean streak. When she finds Tristan's dead body stuffed in a closet at a party, the police are suspicious- especially since Lulu's developed a taste for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Caught in a situation stickier than molasses, Lulu must clear her name, or risk getting fried...



Description:


A Mermaid Dystopian 
What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira? Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren across the border that divides Ellis Island and New Jersey, a border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one. But as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them...finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.



Description:

Angel Evolution- the first book in the young adult fantasy trilogy: The Evolution Trilogy... When Taylor meets Gabriel at college, she is in awe of the subtle glow that surrounds him. No one else, not even her best friend, seems to notice. Something about him scares her. Is all as it appears? While Taylor struggles for answers, she finds herself in the middle of a century old war centered on one miraculous revelation: evolution.

Up Next to read:

I am working my way through all sorts of Indie Books I have one or acquired through the last few weeks so there will be lots of Indie reviews.  If you are looking for an Indie review check out my Authors and Publishers Page.


Friday, December 16, 2011

My Next Challenge

Hey everyone,

I'm wrapping up a couple of books I have planned to read then I will venturing for a bit, other than blog tours, to read some great Indie books.  My goal is to spend time reading the self published books and spotlight them so others can check out the great books.

If you are interested in having me read your book please feel free to contact me, I would be more than happy to check out your newest creation!

Most of these are Nook format or Kindle format.  I look forward to sharing great books with everyone!

Pump Up Your Promotions Book Party





Pump Up Your Promotions is having a facebook part today be there or be square!  I will definitely be checking this out.  You can also learn more here
  • The party will be held at our Facebook Party Page on December 16 from 4 p.m. noon to 10 p.m. (eastern time).  To find out what time that is in your part of the country, you can go by this:

* 4 p.m. eastern * 3 p.m. Central * 2 p.m. Mountain * 1 p.m. Pacific *



The 58th Keeper by: R.G. Bullet Review

Title: The 58th Keeper
Author: R. G. Bullet
Publisher: SilverHouse Books, Inc.
Pages: 402
Source: Pump Up Your Books Promotion

Description:

The 58th Keeper is the story of a boy called Archy Bass, who stumbles upon a mysterious and powerful relic. The moment he touches it, two warring forces race to find his whereabouts. One side thinks he’s simply too young and too inexperienced to keep it, and the other just want him dead. Hold on to your seats! The 58th Keeper is a roaring trip that takes the reader on the most wonderful and hair-raising scenes imaginable. R. G. Bullet pulls out all stops in his debut novel to deliver an incredible journey with unforgettable characters. This book will resonate with you for ages past the last line.

My Review:


What a intriguing book, it follows the story of Archy Bass who has been in different foster homes, and his latest one puts him in a private school where he meets Vincent the two form a great friendship.  During the summer Archy is invited with Vincent's family to go to Turkey for a archeological dig.  Where he encounters the 57th keeper who sells him a cheap looking rug.  


From there we learn so much about what the rug it's origins and what he is part of.  Definitely full of adventure, hidden secrets and much more.  Great book for anyone looking for magic and kids. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Finger Lickin' Dead by: Riley Adams

Title: Finger Lickin' Dead
Author: Riley Adams
Pages: 272
Publisher: Berkley
Series: Memphis Barbeque #2

Description:

When an anonymous food critic blasts several local restaurants- including Aunt Pat's-Lulu Taylor and her customers are biting mad, especially when they learn that Eppie Currian is the pen name of their friend Evelyn's cheating boyfriend. When "Eppie" gets his own fatal review, the list of suspects is longer than the list of specials at the best BBQ place in Memphis.

My Review:

I love this series, this one follows Lulu and her gang of friends who are up to their eyes in murder. When a local food critique is found dead by little Ella Beth it is up to Lulu to figure out what is going on. There is a long list of suspects including his current wife, his ex-wife, an ex food critique, the Aunt Pat's chef Lulu's son Ben. But all fingers point nowhere in particular. Even with a big list of suspects it takes down to the last minute to solve this crime. I loved reading about the south and what the gals are all up too.

Paying Back to Authors and Publishers



So I was sitting here looking through some other blogs and decided I was going to pay it back to the publishers and authors that support us with giveaways, free books to review, etc.  I am offering til I get tired of doing it which could be never who knows, free ad space on the right side.  I thought this would be a great way to showcase indie and self published books that we get the pleasure of reading.  My way of saving them a few bucks on advertising which after you write a book, get it out there for the public to review can get time consuming etc.  So enjoy my special while it lasts!  Feel free to pass it on to fellow authors and publishers.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Devil's Dime by: Bailey Bristol

Title:  The Devil’s Dime
Author: Bailey Bristol
Publisher: Prairie Muse
Pages: 374
Series: The Samaritan Files #1
Source: Author Request for Review

Description:

The Samaritan Files Trilogy Book One The Devil's Dime Investigative reporter Jess Pepper made it his life's mission to use his column to expose those who lived on the devil's dime. With his words he could defend the innocent and bring down corruption, one evildoer at a time. But when his column forces an innocent Samaritan into the public eye, and puts a target on his back, Jess must discover not only who wants this good man dead, but how to save the man's daughter, who has captured his heart. Violinist Adelaide Magee came to New York City with little more than a violin tucked beneath her chin and enough determination to launch her dream. Her women's orchestra, the Avalon Strings, was fast becoming the city's hot new item, until reporter Jess Pepper put the one man she loved in deadly peril. Can Addie trust Jess to save this good man? Or will she have to do it herself? Corruption and greed set the scene for this vividly drawn tale of danger, heartbreak, unexpected love and family found in 1890's New York.

My Review: 

First off I love the cover it's so beautiful to say the least.  Oh my gosh what a great book.  The main character is Jess Pepper who writes under From the Salty Mines.  He encounters the beautiful Adelaide Magee when he goes to dinner and she is performing with the Avalon Strings.  He is very smitten with her.  He is also investigating murders that occurred twenty years ago.  Addie connects very slowly with her father Ford Magee who abandoned her  when she was a tot.  He writes a letter to explain his absence and watching her from afar as she grew up.  Within his wife's diary it is discovered that Ford disappeared the same time as the murders were happening leading his wife to wonder if he was stepping out on her.


Jess and Addie put their sleuthing skills to work trying to figure out if he was the murderer or someone stopping the murders.  This book dealt a lot with people related to Addie, and very corrupt police officer, bank owner, and a long lost relative.


I enjoyed taking my time with this book, prior to going into it too much I looked up period clothing and typewriters and cycles, to have a good understanding of what was going on.  It was a great book and I loved the romantic angle.  Can't wait until Bailey Bristol brings us the continuation of this series.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Come Back to Me by: Melissa Foster Review and Book Tour


Title: Come Back To Me
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: Greenforge Books
Pages: 307

Description:

Tess Johnson has it all: her handsome photographer husband Beau, a thriving business, and a newly discovered pregnancy. When Beau accepts an overseas photography assignment, Tess decides to wait to reveal her secret—only she’s never given the chance. Beau’s helicopter crashes in the desert.

Tess struggles with the news of Beau’s death and tries to put her life back together. Alone and dealing with a pregnancy that only reminds her of what she has lost, Tess is adrift in a world of failed plans and fallen expectations. When a new client appears offering more than just a new project, Tess must confront the circumstances of her life head on.

Meanwhile, two Iraqi women who are fleeing honor killings find Beau barely alive in the middle of the desert, his body ravaged by the crash. Suha, a doctor, and Samira, a widow and mother of three young children, nurse him back to health in a makeshift tent. Beau bonds with the women and children, and together, with the help of an underground organization, they continue their dangerous escape.

What happens next is a test of loyalties, strength, and love.

My Review:



I was given this book by Melissa for a blog tour.  What a great book, we meet Tess and Beau Johnson.  Beau is off to Iraq to take pictures when his plane is shot down, Tess learns of his "death" and for reasons to herself can't seem to accept that he's died.  Her friends and his family try to help her but find it hard when she is so adamant that he isn't dead.  Add to the equation that Tess is pregnant which messes up Beau's 5 year plan.


This book was so full of emotions anger, sadness, betrayal, confusion, I felt every emotion Melissa was trying to convey in it.  I also had an appreciation for residents of Iraq mothers trying to protect their children.  Was such a moving story, I was definitely surprised by it.  Melissa's writing does something not everyone can do it stirs emotions in you while you are reading it.  The sad parts are all the more sadder cause you feel them with her.


I can't wait to see what she writes next!


Come Back to Me Blog Tour Q and A

Book Tour Come Back to Me Q and A
with Melissa Foster

How did you come up with the idea of making a military themed book?

My husband served 25 years in the Army as a physician. The idea for the book came to me the summer before he was to tour in Iraq, when all sorts of crazy "what-ifs" were running around my head. It seemed the perfect setting for the plight of Suha, Samira, and her children. 

Tess is very believable in her thoughts of Beau being alive, what strengths did you draw on for her certainty?

Love. I am a firm believer in intuition and I would like to think that when you truly love someone, you might (not everyone, not all the time, but just maybe) have an overall intuitive feel of that type of loss. Love is a very powerful emotion, and on the other side of the spectrum, I think love alone might enable a spouse to hold on--even if their loved one had been lost.

Was it hard writing the ending of the book or did you know how would end before you began?

The ending took me by surprise, and was not at all what I had envisioned. In fact, as I wrote it, it was very difficult for me. I felt the loss of a friend, and went back and forth with myself over the outcome--but in the end, I had to be true to the story and my characters, and my characters led me to the end that is written.

Where did you come up with the title?

I knew the title from the moment the idea sprang into my head. It was what the book was about--on both Beau and Tess's side.

Was it hard including the pregnancy into the situation?

The pregnancy was important. Tess was not pregnant, nor was she going to be pregnant when I first began writing the story, but it quickly became part of Tess's tale and it was very natural to include it.

Are you currently writing anything more?

Oh my goodness yes. My next book is a psychological thriller, with a working title of Thirty-six Hours. It's about a deranged and obsessive twin who believes he's found his long-lost sister. Consumed with being together forever, he carries out a plan to kill them both in thirty-six hours, at the exact moment of their birth. This book is different than anything my readers have seen from me, and I'm very excited. I'm hoping they'll like it.



Thank you so much, Paula. I love your questions!
Melissa Foster

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dystopian Reading Challenge 2012



I'm going out on major limb and hoping to read 11+ Dystopian Books = Survivor.  Anyone who wants to check out here's the link.  This one is hosted by Book Journey!  What a great challenge.

Mailbox Monday #2




Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, is on a blog tour! Next month's host: At Home with Books.

This week I got:

Firelight by: Sophia Jordan
Description:


A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.



Unearthly by: Cynthia Hand

Description:
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

The Devil's Dime by: Bailey Bristol

Description:

The Samaritan Files Trilogy Book One The Devil's Dime Investigative reporter Jess Pepper made it his life's mission to use his column to expose those who lived on the devil's dime. With his words he could defend the innocent and bring down corruption, one evildoer at a time. But when his column forces an innocent Samaritan into the public eye, and puts a target on his back, Jess must discover not only who wants this good man dead, but how to save the man's daughter, who has captured his heart. Violinist Adelaide Magee came to New York City with little more than a violin tucked beneath her chin and enough determination to launch her dream. Her women's orchestra, the Avalon Strings, was fast becoming the city's hot new item, until reporter Jess Pepper put the one man she loved in deadly peril. Can Addie trust Jess to save this good man? Or will she have to do it herself? Corruption and greed set the scene for this vividly drawn tale of danger, heartbreak, unexpected love and family found in 1890's New York.


It's Monday what are you reading? #24



It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

What I finished This Week:



Description:

Everyone in Athena, Mississippi, knows Charlie Harris, the good-natured librarian with a rescued Maine coon cat named Diesel that he walks on a leash.  Charlie's returned to his hometown to immerse himself in books, but soon enough he's entangled in a real-life thriller...

A famous author of gory bestsellers and a former classmate of Charlie's, Godfrey Priest may be the pride of Athena, but Charlie remembers him as an arrogant, manipulative jerk--and he's not the only one.  Godfrey's homecoming as a distinguished alumnus couldn't possibly go worse: by lunch, he's put a man in the hospital.  And by dinner, Godfrey's dead.

Now it's up to Charlier, with some help from Diesel, to paw through the town's grudges and find the killer before an impatient deputy throws the book at the wrong person.  But every last one of Charlie's friends and coworkers had a score to settle with the nasty novelist.  As if the murder wasn't already purr-plexing enough...





Description:

Welcome to Aunt Pat's barbecue restaurant, which serves up Memphis fun with a side order of murder.


Recipes included. 



Named in honor of Lulu Taylor's great aunt, Aunt Pat's family-run Memphis restaurant is known for its ribs and spicy cornbread. But now the Taylor family will be known for murder... Rebecca Adrian came to Memphis to suss out the best local BBQ for a prominent Cooking Channel Show. Trouble is, a mystery ingredient has killed her-and now all fingers are pointing to Aunt Pat's restaurant. Horrified that her family is being accused of murder, Lulu fires up her investigative skills to solve the crime before someone else gets skewered.

My Review:


This mystery takes place in Memphis, where the barbecue's are flaming hot and murder is on the menu. A real snotty scout from NY Cooking Channels ends up at Aunt Pat's for a barbecue special, and insults just about everyone in town in one fashion or another.  



Description:

It's that time of year again, and with excitement and high expectations, Rose has planned the perfect Christmas for her family and friends. But when she feels them drifting away during a time that should celebrate togetherness, Rose is forced to slow down in the most unexpected way. In this whimsical, uplifting story, she discovers the true meaning of giving.


Description:

A hidden truth.
Mortal enemies.
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.



Description:
Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O'Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack - his pack - is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart.Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future?



Description:

"Hidden for centuries by the shifting sands of the desert, scrolls are unearthed by an archeologist who believes his dream of discovering riches has finally come true. But his hopes of returning to England in glory are shattered when a Bedouin reveals that the ancient text does not hold monetary value, but instead shares the unknown truths of the beautiful Egyptian queen Hatshepsut, the treacheries of nobility, and the two men destined from birth to clash with her.
The ambitious Hatshepsut is willing to become Pharaoh at any cost, even when the price must be paid with her body and with murder. Tetimas, rightful heir to the throne, is forced from childhood to watch his kingship stolen from him by Hatshepsut and her sadistic lover, Ashwan. Yet, despite his fears, Tetimas’s fate and Egypt’s power are destined to become one. Haunted by tragedy, Sakkara seeks solace in war, but is willing to risk everything to save his half-brother, the true king.
In this gripping, classic historical tale, the hatred between two strong-willed leaders is about to boil to the surface. As a nation waits for the victor in a momentous struggle for the throne, a hidden history is at last revealed."


Description:

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.



Description:

Clara Gardner knew that as a part angel she would one day have to fulfill her purpose, rescuing Christian from a forest fire…what she never considered was what might happen if she were to fail.
Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend Tucker, Clara must deal with the repercussions of what happened the day of the fire as the two boys vie for her heart. And, as she is drawn further into the world of angels and part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain after a shocking revelation, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning…

Currently Reading:


Description:

The Samaritan Files Trilogy Book One The Devil's Dime Investigative reporter Jess Pepper made it his life's mission to use his column to expose those who lived on the devil's dime. With his words he could defend the innocent and bring down corruption, one evildoer at a time. But when his column forces an innocent Samaritan into the public eye, and puts a target on his back, Jess must discover not only who wants this good man dead, but how to save the man's daughter, who has captured his heart. Violinist Adelaide Magee came to New York City with little more than a violin tucked beneath her chin and enough determination to launch her dream. Her women's orchestra, the Avalon Strings, was fast becoming the city's hot new item, until reporter Jess Pepper put the one man she loved in deadly peril. Can Addie trust Jess to save this good man? Or will she have to do it herself? Corruption and greed set the scene for this vividly drawn tale of danger, heartbreak, unexpected love and family found in 1890's New York.



Description:

A Mermaid Dystopian 
What lies beneath the surface? One hundred years from now, the world has changed and brought with it, new forms of life. Who are the Mers? Who is Mira? Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren across the border that divides Ellis Island and New Jersey, a border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one. But as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them...finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

What I'm going to read next, not sure just weeding through my books slowly but surely.  What are you reading?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hallowed by: Cynthia Hand

Title: Hallowed
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Clara Gardner knew that as a part angel she would one day have to fulfill her purpose, rescuing Christian from a forest fire…what she never considered was what might happen if she were to fail.

Now, torn between her increasingly complicated feelings for Christian and her love for her boyfriend Tucker, Clara must deal with the repercussions of what happened the day of the fire as the two boys vie for her heart. And, as she is drawn further into the world of angels and part angels and the growing conflict between White Wings and Black Wings, Clara learns of the terrifying new reality that she must face: someone close to her will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain after a shocking revelation, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning…

My Review:

After failing at her purpose and feeling down on her luck Clara is feeling torn between Tucker and Christian.  She starts getting visions again and after going to Christian she determines at first that her vision was about Tucker but after talking to Angela she learns that her vision is about her mother.

She spends time being angry at herself for failing her purpose, at her mother for her new visions, at her brother for hiding secrets from her.

Definitely a great book where we are introduced to more Angel-Bloods.  The kids find that Wyoming is a Angel Hot Spot.  The action and adventure in this one was just as much as the first book.

A great angel series for teens.  Loved it!

Unearthly by: Cynthia Hand Review

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 435
Series: Unearthly #1
Source: Purchased From VK

Description:

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.


My Review: 


Clara Gardner is part Angel and recently has been getting visions, the visions involve a very handsome boy and his truck.  With the help of her mom Clara is able to narrow down the location of the image to Wyoming.  The boy is the God like figure Christian Prescott.  So her family relocates to Wyoming.  Clara makes friends with Angela and Wendy.  Wendy is the twin of Tucker Avery who seems to have taken up with teasing Clara.


Angela is also a part Angel, she is very nosy when it comes to learning everything Angel related.  I think in some ways it drives Clara insane.


Tucker likes Clara and eventually the two end up dating.  Of course Clara still has the vision she has to fulfill with Christian.  She is still trying to figure out what it all means.  She learns alot about Christian at the end of the book about what his purpose is what hers was.  She also ends up having to pick who to save in the end Tucker or Christian.


What a great book full of adventures and things I would've never guessed would be in this book.  Definitely a great teen series.


I loved the aspect of showing what the Angel aspect was all about especially when Tucker learned about it.  I loved that he was understanding to that aspect.  Not your typical male response.