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Blog Tour: Review + Author Giveaway ~ The Wolf’s Cry by Natalie Crown

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 The Wolf’s Cry (The Semel Trilogy #1)
Author: Natalie Crown
Published: December 16th 2013 by Natalie Crown
Type: Fantasy
Ebook

Book Links: Goodreads |  Amazon 

Summery: Kammy Helseth’s idea of adventure never amounted to more than getting a boat across to the mainland and finally escaping to London. That was until she stumbled through the mouth of the forest into a world beneath our own, the world of the Semei.

Her only wish is to find her way home but when Jamie, her best friend, is taken into this new world of shapeshifters and Crystals she has no choice but to stand up to her fear and to remain beneath the surface. Hunted by Bagor, King of Alashdial, and those that are loyal to him, Kammy finds herself in the company of a group of outlaws led by Jad, a Prince with a bitter past and a similarly bitter demeanour.

They overcome age-old prejudice to find a way to work together. But Bagor knows a secret about the Crystals that threatens to change everything. Kammy and Jad must find a way to thwart the king and to save Jamie, but that is just the beginning. For Kammy is in possession of a Key and the fate of countless lives, both human and Semei, may rest in her hands.

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The Wolf’s Cry was more then I could ever imagine. I short of knew the book was gonna be good cause of the summery but I just couldn’t wrap my head around how epic and amazing the story really was. It just blew my mind how good it was and shocked that this book isn’t huge. I feel like everyone should read this book.

Threw out the whole book I was shipping Jad and Kammy hardcore. Noting really happens between them two but I just kept hoping for that kiss but sadly I didn’t and it really just frustrated me. You knew they have thing together but neither one of them over make that move or hint to it. Maybe it’s because both are just so oblivious to the matter or maybe it’s because people like me to squirm.

I did like how it wasn’t this huge cheesy love story and it mostly surrounds the overall plot of the story and wasn’t rushed. But I just needed something for my poor little fan-girl heart. Of course knowing how this series is going I will get that hopefully soon and then I will jump and the air and sequel. I need Kammy and Jad action or I might just lose it.

The Characters in the book was just amazing. I just love how the story doesn’t surround the life of just one character even tho Jad and Kammy where the main of the story but you really got to understand all the other characters and get that connection and without that you would lose that importance to the story they bring.

The story does get a little fast paste and slow downs but it always has something  going on in the book that will have you always wanting more to the story. It was such a great concept and a very unique story line. There is just so much action that always kept the heat pumping. And then Plot twists that will give you a heart attack and question the overall story.

I really am shocked this book isn’t well known and huge in the book world. It has everything that makes a great story, Amazing Characters and Unique Plot.  The story is epic and stays epic to the beginning to the end. The ending will make you rage for more on it’s HUGE freaking cliff hangar that still has my mind going crazy. I really do see this Author rising in the world and I wouldn’t be suppressed seeing more people reading her work. I TOTALLY recommend this book.

Overall: Powerful Characters and a Epic adventure. The book is so much more then meets the eye. I overall loved the book but just so annoyed that Kammy and Jad never kissed and it just freaking makes me fan-girl flipping crazy.

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BorderAbout the Author:

I grew up in a village called Swilland, in the countryside of Suffolk, England. There wasn’t much around, other than farms and fields, but for the most part I loved it, and I still do. I’m a passionate person by nature. I don’t just LIKE things, I LOVE things. Whether it’s a book, a film, or a sports team. Once I decide to enjoy something, I enjoy it to the MAX.

I’m a terrible cook. I prioritise essential social media work over keeping my flat tidy, because I know best. I

Onto my love of reading and, consequently, writing – it was my dad that played a big role in encouraging me to read. He didn’t push me towards books necessarily; he simply read a lot himself. Then I would pick up his books and read them after him. I was reading high and epic fantasy from a very young age. I guess that might explain why I have always loved adventure stories with magic and intrigue and princes and princesses in.

I was aware that I wanted to ‘be a writer’ from a very young age. I was convinced I would be the first best seller that hadn’t reached double figures in age yet! I wrote about the Danshees, furry creatures that lived through a mirror. I wrote about a Sand Bottle that transported a boy into a world of magic. I wrote about a sick girl finding a music boy that healed her, but transported her back in time. (Wow, I always have loved alternate universes…)

When I was eight I wrote my first novel called The Land of No Return. Despite the title, I am determined to return to it one day. I feel like I owe it to my past self. So, as you can see, I have always been writing. There have been times when I have gone weeks without scratching down a word. Then there are days where I churn out multiple chapters and only my body’s silly desire for sleep and/or food can stop me.

I write because I enjoy it. I write fantasy because I enjoy it. I try my hardest to put something of myself into my writing. I like to think my characters have depth, I like to think that my fantasy worlds reflect upon the real world in some way. You guys will be the judge of that but even if you don’t agree I know that I at least try and I can do no more than that.

These days I live in North London and I love it. I work full time and London is a hectic city. Juggling work, writing and a social life is tough but nobody is forcing me to do it so I can’t complain. The dream is that writing will be my career one day but it doesn’t matter if I never quite make it. I love writing too much to ever pack it in.

I am desperate to get a dog. My mum suspects I miss my cats at home more than I miss her. I am a devout Arsenal/Ferrari/Rafael Nadal fan. I get all mad when confronted with a case of social injustice and then I get all mad when people take the fight for social justice too far. I mostly keep those thoughts to myself and simmer with rage. I watch good TV and bad TV, because I can. What I can’t do is enjoy bad books (subjective opinion of course). I just can’t.

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YA Review: Splintered by A.G. Howard

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Title: Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard
Published: January 1st 2013 by Amulet Books
Type: Fantasy
Hardback

 

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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* I won this copy from Inspiring Insomnia in a Giveaway. Thank you a BUNCH!

When I was child I was obsessed over Alice in Wonderland cartoon and later on read the book and just loved it. The story of Alice has always caught my eye. I just loved her and the Madness of wonderland. When I was child I would day dream of wonderland and I just would Imagine myself as Alice. When I heard about this book I knew I just had to get my hands on it. I have had this on my TBR list for ever. I am soo happy to have the chance to win this book and FINALLY read it. Already knew the book was gonna be amazing by all the wonderful reviews out there. There was a HUGE hype around this series, so I had some high hopes.

Now, yes the book is based on Wonderland but you don’t really follow Alice. The book is more based on the future and you read about Alyssa. She thinks she has this curse and the way to fix it, was to fix Alice’s mistakes when visiting Wonderland. Oh and her mother is in a asylum because of this curse. Wonderland has became a mess and more crazy and disturbing then what we all have watched and read. Alice in wonderland has always had that bizarre feel to it but this book takes it to whole new level of madness. Splintered takes a whole different twist to the story that I just fell in love with.

The whole concept to the story and the plot. The story is hard not to fall in love with. The writing is just beautiful. and the way the author wrote the characters was just amazing. I fell in love with Alyssa and her personalty. how she was written I just imagine her to look like Alice but more like a Skater Alice. but with all the characters, I fall in love with Morpheus the most. He was so misunderstood. and I just felt so sorry for him threw the whole book. I was rooting for him so much and still rooting for him. I just had so much feels all bottle up for Morpheus.

There is a hint of a Love triangle but it wasn’t wrote to be so annoying. It doesn’t affect the overall plot to the story like most. It didn’t make the story Dull or boring. There was so many plot Turns and twists to the story that will have almost everyone hooked to every word of the story.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the second back and jump back into Alyssa world and just read every part to the story. And of course get more of my Morpheus. If you haven’t read Splintered I definitely recommend you go out to your local book store or online on amazon and buy this book. Totally worth every penny. The book was just amazing from start to finish. I definitely see my self reading more of A.G. Howard in the future.

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YA Review: Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

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Title: Witch Finder (Witch Finder #1)
Author: Ruth Warburton
Published: January 2nd 2014 by Hodder Children’s Books
Type: Fantasy, Paranormal
Ebook, Netgalley

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: London. 1880. In the slums of Spitalfields apprentice blacksmith Luke is facing initiation into the Malleus Maleficorum, the fearsome brotherhood dedicated to hunting and killing witches.

Luke’s final test is to pick a name at random from the Book of Witches, a name he must track down and kill within a month, or face death himself. Luke knows that tonight will change his life forever. But when he picks out sixteen-year-old Rosa Greenwood, Luke has no idea that his task will be harder than he could ever imagine.

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I am gonna be honest here and say i did grabbed this copy because of the cover..mostly because of the background more then anything. But when i did read the summery i was more interested in it. I knew by the sounds of it, it was gonna be pretty crazy and well i do have to say it sure did get crazy at times. Now it wasn’t what i was expecting but i did like the concept of the story and loved the writing. I did feel like there was something missing in the story.

The story does have a unique feel to it, and has a lot of historic history in the mix that did make the story pretty cool. Witch Finder is a love story but i mean what story doesn’t have a hint to a little romance but the book really doesn’t follow up to it until it later on in the story. It did feel realistic..well as much realistic you can get with fantasy.

Out of all he characters in the book that was mention a lot, was Luke. He always had this hatred for witches and has pretty much was set on ravage of the death of his parents that was killed by a witch. Luke joins this cult brotherhood of witch hunters, but the only way to fully join was to kill his first witch, by randomly picking a name out of a book of witches. And of course he picks Rosa. You really got to feel and understand the character reading. But with Rosa.. i just couldn’t understand who she was as a person. She would try to-do the right thing but she still just came out like a brat. Maybe its just me, i don’t know. Not that i really hated the character.. i did feel like she was a important part of the story.

There was a character in the book that i just grew of hatred, not because he was written bad in the book or anything like that. But it was more like Ruth made a perfect piece of a crap Villain. there is a certain scene where i just complate lost it. Did NOT like him at all.

The book is based in the 1800’s of London so to me that’s always a plus, because i love reading about that time period. I have always have a interest in it. and the older i have got the more interested in it. Like i said there is a lot of historic reference in the book, that anyone who is a fan of that will enjoy about Witch Finder. The story is some what a short read, which i would have loved it to be a little longer cause i did feel like a lot of parts in the book was rushed. But the book was really easy to follow along with and simple read.

I did like Witch finder but i didn’t LOVE it as much as i would have liked. Like i said earlier in this post i did feel like something was missing, but i can’t really say what really. I think maybe it had something to with the fact it didn’t have that much action. it did feel like i was just running around the story until a plot was thrown down. Witch Finder just felt like a calm read and maybe TOO calm. It just needed more, it would get dull at times. But i still totally recommend it! cause i did like a LOT of the book but not all of it.

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YA Book Review: The Elementals: Fire by Day Parker + Giveaway

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Title: The Elementals: Fire
Author: Day Parker
Published:  October 19th 2013 by Infinity Publishing
Type: Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: From The Author
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Sera was just a normal girl, or so she thought- that is, until her parents were killed in a freak car accident, thrusting her into a mysterious world of wealthy relations she never knew existed. A world, that, until now, had been kept hidden from her. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, dark secrets converge, and Sera’s reality is further shaken when she falls for the alluring, yet forbidden Adam Crandall. This earthy stranger ignites something dangerous deep within her that she doesn’t understand. Is he the key to unlocking the mystery that surrounds her, or will he only lead to more questions? To make matters worse, someone wants her out of the picture. Could it be her arch rival, Bree, who is somehow connected to Adam and wants him all to herself? Or is something else responsible for her near-fatal mishaps?

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 *The Author sent me a paperback copy for a review. My Review is based on my HONEST opinion.

When the author Day Parker asked me to review her book, i read the review and thought this book was gonna be interesting. And in a way it was interesting but some parts in the book would lose me. I want to first start with some positive of these book. I really loved the whole concept of the book. And really liked how Day Parker took a twist with the concept of Elements Earth, Air, Fire, Water. The book could get super intense at times.

Now the story did feel like a soap opera a lot. There is a lot of Love drama going on it the book. It has this whole forbidden love, Love-Triangle in the mix and all i could think about was that i was reading a Soap opera. The book was definitely missing some more Suspense and Action. I did find my self getting confused on what the real plot of the story was and what was going on. Like there would be all these cool parts in the book but it was just hidden behind the drama. I had a hard time connecting to the characters in the book, they didn’t stand out to me. Specially the main character. She will say one thing and do the next and i just couldn’t understand who she was as a character.

The story wasn’t all bad like i had a love/hate relationship reading this book it just needed more and then i would have been all over this book. I really feel like my follow readers will like this book. Since lately they all been about these types of books. The story has a really get concept that i did enjoy. It is a easy and simple read that readers will find relaxing.

I do recommend the book and for readers to take the chance to read this book. Just because did end up loving the book doesn’t mean it’s bad( I have read worse ). I wasn’t feeling the book all that much but that just me. I do see a great story hidden and i do look forward to read the next book and i hope it gets better and we get to see more in this serious then Romance. I do have mix feelings for this book and have hope for it to get better the more the series goes on. So i am gonna keep my fingers crossed.

My Rating:

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YA Book Review: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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Title: Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1)
Author: Kerstin Gier
Published:  May 22nd 2012 by Square Fish
Type: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Although I had never seen him before, I recognized him immediately. I’d have known his voice anywhere. This was the guy I’d seen on my last journey back in time.

Or more precisely, the one who’d kissed my doppelganger while I was hiding behind the curtain in disbelief.

Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesly. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.

She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-traveling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know-it-all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any centrury . . . .

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TIME TRAVEL! I WILL REPEAT TIME TRAVEL! How can you go wrong with that? you just can’t. I always be obsess with the concept of time travel, and love how people portray it so different and in Ruby Red you get this unique concept of time travel that i found very interesting and exciting to read. If time travel was possible i would defiantly travel threw time.

I just fell in love with the story of Ruby Red. Gwen grew up thinking she didn’t have the Time Travel Gene. She always thought her cousin was the one with the gene. Gwen always though Time Travel would be awesome, not for her but for Charlotte. She never even had the thought it could possibly be her.

I love Gwen in Ruby Red. She would make me laugh threw out the book even when things took a serious route she would just have so much sass. She is a Goof-ball of a character and i just 100% loved her. Her best friend is this huge nerd that into mystery’s and is like Gwen side kick and has been helping her figure out everything threw the book.

 Ruby Red was a really fun read and loved like every minute reading it. The story was packed with mystery and suspense. By the time the book was over i was going ” Nooooooooo ” about 100x. You get left with so much questions that didn’t get answered and i was a nervous wreak over it, But that’s the thing about series. They make you get so wrapped around the book and leave with question and then BAM! the end.

I am definitely adding Kerstin to my top favorite authors, Her story of Red Ruby was amazing and a freaking roller-coaster of emotions. I mean come on! Freaking Time Travel! I read this book fairly fast, i was just zooming threw the pages like a race car. I was obsess with the writing and was hooked from the start. I love how the author didn’t just go on about time travel. You actually get a lot of historical facts and that i really enjoyed.

The book does hint to a love story, but i loved how it does become more then just a love story. How the author portrayed in the book really felt realistic. Gwen likes this guy but knows thee is more important things she needs to-do. And Gwen always has the same thought in her head ” Don’t trust no one “.

Overall: I loved the story and the writing, it was so simple to follow along with. Ruby Red is a Fast read but it was just so fun to read. The story just gets you pumped for more and more. I defiantly will be reading the next book in the series when i get the chance. READ THIS BOOK MY FOLLOW READERS! I love this book and know readers will too.

My Rating:

star5

YA Book Review: Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

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Title: Hemlock (Hemlock#1)
Author: Kathleen Peacock
Published:  May 8th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
Type: Fantasy, Supernatural
Paperback

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer:

A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome–also known as the werewolf virus–is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boy-friend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spell-binding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

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I don’t understand why it took me so long to read this book, i mean i had it on my shelve for so long. I knew i was gonna like this book because of one WEREWOLF’S! yeah like how can i not read it. I am happy to say i finally finished reading this book and i was not disappointed at all. You really can’t go wrong with werewolf story’s.

With this story i already knew it had werewolves but i like how it was a werewolf story with a touch of mystery. And with Werewolf’s and Mystery you get yourself a EPIC story. The whole concept of the book just really mind blows my mind. I was really hooked in the story from the beginning to the end. Like i was HOOKED to every word. I haven’t read a good werewolf story since Nightshade and Shiver( Two of my favorite werewolf story’s ) i am happy to say i am add Hemlock to that list. Yes it was about werewolves but the story becomes more then that. Hemlock is so different then those two books. in Hemlock everyone knows about werewolves. People with the Werewolf gene get sent to this camp.

I really loved most of the characters, some i became addicted to. Every character in Hemlock has a serious part in the book. I really would love to just sit here and Fan-girl over every one of them. But spoilers and i just can’t do any spoilers. Cause lets face it everyone hates spoilers, but i will say the Author did such a great job portraying each character and how they all fit in the story.

The book was full of plot twist. One minute i would think i knew what was going on then Bam! a new twist comes in play and you are left with questions. Like i said the book is a mystery and i loves trying to follow along just to find out more, i was hooked.

I do have to mention this, Hemlock does have this whole love-triangle going on but it wasn’t annoyingly bad like some books. The author did a great job making the story more then that and didn’t make the whole book about the love-triangle. It worked for this book and without it, the story wouldn’t have make much sense.

How the book does end it does leave with more questions but you also get a lot answered at the same time. New things get added to the plot to the story and let me add was crazy wild that was. I really honest can’t believe it took me so long to read the book sooner. I feel really disappointed in myself on that. I just fell in  love with this book so much and really want to read the second book. I can see myself fan-girling over this book for while until i read the second book then fan-girl on that book.

If you haven’t read this book PLEASE do so, totally worth the wild ride. If you have read this book PLEASE fan-girl or fan-boy with me and lets talk about how awesome this book was.

My Rating:

star5

YA Book Review: Defy by Sara B. Larson

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Title: Defy (Defy #1)
Author: Sara B. Larson
Published:  January 7th 2014 by Scholastic Press
Type: Fantasy, Supernatural
Source: NetGalley
Ebook

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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I had so many HIGH VERY HIGH hopes for this book. I was really wanting to be more like Mulan i was becoming obsess with the whole idea of the book. The story has the whole concept but overall turned into a love story with love-triangle. Sad part i guess i wasn’t really shocked. Mos books have the whole Love-triangle thing going on and somethings it works for books and sometimes they don’t. it would have worked for this book if there was more action, more something that would have my heat pumping for more. I didn’t get that feeling reading this book. The feeling i wanted to feel.

The book does have it’s moments with there was some action and i LOVED IT and wanted more but they would end so quickly. The book to e was really slow paste. I just really wanted more to this book. Now the book wasn’t all bad, really i do mean it. There was a few parts that i really liked and if Defy just had more of that i would have fallen in love with the story. Like let me talk about the Prince…I loved his character in the book and sometimes reminded me of Adrian from Vampire Academy. Not in looks but in personalty. He did make the story fun to read cause his character stole the spot light from the main character.

She on the hand, i just could relate to her, i wanted her to be like Mulan and be this bad ass who doesn’t need a man. I wanted her to kick ass from the stat to the end and i didn’t get that. She was supposed acting like she is guy but she just came out like a nervous Teenage girl in high school with a crush.  She would make it so obvious she was a chick. I totally get it like you have never kissed a boy or hold his hand BUT HELLO THERE IS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO! oh gosh…see i just went all caps. It annoyed me on how hard-headed she was.

I love the action in the story and how intense it would get. That was the only time i would grip my hand on the book and reading it intensely. If it had less of the romance and more of that i really would have been obsess with the whole story. The story does have a little bit of adventure. That did help reading the story. There is a few character that i really like but i am not gonna mention them because you will just have to read the book. But overall my favorite was Prince Damian, he is a man of secrets but my goodness he was just so lovable in Defy.

Overall: The book does get interesting more towards the end and i do myself reading the next book thee is a really good story hidden behind the mess and i really do hope the story does get better from there, but i don’t know we will see. The story has a really awesome concept but it just didn’t come out they i hoped. I could do with the Love-triangle and the Romance, it just came out so awkward in this book. but really besides that the book isn’t to bad.

My Rating:

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Book Review: Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

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Title: Doon (Doon #1)
Author: Carey Corp, Lorie Langdon
Published:  August 20th 2013 by Zondervan
Type: Fantasy, Romance
Source: Book Sneeze for Review
Hardcover

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Veronica doesn’t think she’s going crazy. But why can’t anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months.

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans.

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna’s great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica’s daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they’ve longed for…or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

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The story is about Veronica and Mackenna. Two best friends with different life’s. Veronica takes a trip with Kenna to Scotland to Visit her dead Aunts house. Veronica starts to see a boy in a kilt ( which let me add Guys in kilts are hot. ). Now this guy his some ghostly figure telling her to ” Come to him ” and she starts falling in love with this ghostly figure in a kilt that only seems to show up when she is distressed. To me that was a huge turn off in the book. I for one would be crept out by it. Like just nope. I will pass on that. In the beginning just seemed awkward to me.

Veronica Finds Kenna’s aunts Journal. That talks about a magical place called Dune. Veronica is is determined to get to Doon to be with her mysterious Kilt boy. Yeah i am so over the “love-in-first-sight” mumble jumble. But besides all that junk the story wasn’t bad at all. To be honest i like the little bit we got from Kenna. All she ever wanted was be famous actress on the stage and who usually is all for the Fantasy love story’s is more worry the whole ghostly love interest and the world of Doon. To me she just felt realistic…Well as realistic as you are gonna get when it comes to fantasy books.

Now i don’t hate Veronica just the love mess. She lives with her drunk mother and her step father who is a jerk. Her life is pretty complicated compare to Kenna’s life. She on the hand was supposed to be the more realistic and logical character but you don’t see that in this book. Her and Jamie become less annoying when you start reading more and the story does get a lot deeper. The story is a Romance book but is moe then that. You do get a really good story hidden behind it and the story actually become pretty fun read.

I did love Veronica and Kenna’s Friendship. They reminded me of sisters. The book is a great example of what true friend is. With their friend ship and all the jumble and the over all plot of the story is amazing. The story can get pretty intense but still be funny. You have a great fantasy story of a witch trying to destroy the Kingdom and Veronica and Kenna fight to save the kingdom along the way.

There is a lot more to the story then i have mention but no one likes spoilers so just go out a read it for yourself.

Did i love the story? Not as much as i wanted to but i did like it and very much enjoyed it not counting the flaws. There is a really good story hidden that really amazed me.

Do i recommend it? Sure i know many people who will love the book more then i did. The book is really easy to follow along with and has great characters to fall i love with.

star4

Book Review: Descendant by Lesley Livingston

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Title: Descendant ( Starling #2 )
Author:  Lesley Livingston
Published:  August 27th 2013 by HarperTeen
Type: Fantasy
Hardcover

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard—the realm of Norse legend—and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.

The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he’ll do whatever it takes to find the girl who’s stolen his heart and bring her back—even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn’t: If she takes up the Spear, she’ll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won’t just return to her world . . . she’ll destroy it.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.

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I don’t know about you but i can’t get enough of Lesley intake of Norse Mythology. I have become obsess here lately and i like to think it’s because of Lesley. There is so much in it and it’s awesome. In the first book you didn’t really get to know much, you didn’t get into that worlds of Norse Gods and worlds. until this book and it makes the story just get better and better each chapter. Like i said i am obsess.

This book starts off right where the last one left off on. Mason is trapped in the underworld with no memory of what really happened and she is not really sure where she is at. While Fenn is still in the mortal world. Fenn and his friends come together to get Mason out of the underworld before she touches the spear and destroy the world.

The story has so much suspense and packed with adventures. Many Plot Twists, like you think you know what gonna happen and then NOPE. You get glimpses of Norse gods. Lesley intake on there worlds was just amazing, i loved the details she put into it. I have grown to love Finn’s character more then the first ( loved him also in Starling ). His character just grows more, he struggles with his past but him wanting to whats right becomes so much more powerful. You get to see that in this book. I honestly Loved his chapters more while reading Descendant then Mason. Not that i don’t like her i do and a lot, But Fenn is just so sassy and funny. There would be a serious scene and he just makes it funny in a way.

Fenn and Mason is for sure Ship worthy. They are cute together and the whole time i am just like ” SAY YOU LOVE HER< SAY IT!!!! ” threw most of the book. Now the book is more then a romance story of the two. You get to see all these other characters story and get to grow so attached to each ones story, and the overall plot to the story is just omg. I can’t think of any other way to do it. It’s perfect and just that right touch of tears. The ending to the book was sad but sweet and i was just in complate tears over it.

Overall: I love the mystery of the story and the characters in the book. I loved Lesley point of view of Norse Mythology. Her story made reading it really fun and interesting and of course sad.  I loved everything in the book. Absolute flawless in my eyes. I totally recommend this series. If you haven’t read it…then well do me a favor and do so. Totally worth it.

star5

Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

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Title: The Reflections of Queen Snow White
Author:  David Meredith
Published:  October 2nd 2013
Type: Fantasy
Source: Ebook copy giving to me from the Author
Ebook

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?

On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

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I want to first point out that i truly tried to like this book. I am huge into Fairy Tales and Re-tellings, i mean what girl isn’t? This had more then what i thought, not all good, must i add but i do like how the author did bring all that emotions in the book that i really did love about it.

In the beginning it starts off on a depressing note. King Charming has been dead for some time and Queen Snow white was left to take care of the Kingdom. But Snow white hasn’t been happy and is still haunted by her step mother. Queen Snow white finds the Mirror and uses it to see her past and to find her happiness once again.

This is pretty much threw all of the book where you look into Snow White flash back and i first it was interesting but then it got old and i couldn’t figure out what the true plot was but her re-living her past. The book does get really detailed in some parts and i felt awkward reading cause it just came out of no where and i just didn’t know how to feel about it. The book was just my cup of tea. I do admire the authors writing and emotions he brought in the book but i just couldn’t connect with the story at all.  I didn’t completely hate the story it does have it moments where it was getting good. I think mostly because i like books about younger characters with tons of action. This book was slow paste and more of a relax read minus a few parts.

Just because i didn’t get into the story i do feel like some readers will like it. The story can get intense and the thought that Snow white didn’t really have a happy-ever-after as we all thought. I did want to understand the full story.

Do i recommend the story? Sure but i mostly recommend the book to the older readers. I don’t recommend this book for kids. to my credit i did try to like the book but i just couldn’t. I do feel bad cause the author give me a copy to read but i want to be honest, it just wasn’t for me.

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* I received this copy from the author. My review is only based on my honest opinion and it does not affect everyone’s opinion. I do not get any commission on this review.

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