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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:

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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

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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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Stacking the Shelves (15) + A Little Update

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks

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Bought

1. Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock Paperback – I finally told myself too buy this book. I just couldn’t ignore it any longer. I been wanting to ready this book for a while now.

2. The Fiery Heart ( Bloodlines #4 ) by Richelle Mead Hardcover – It’s killing me that i can’t read this book right now…so sadly i will be looking at the book until i do. I love this series..probably a little more then Vampire Academy. I have so many books i have to review first then i will be reading this. SYDRAIN!

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1. Raven ( The Raven Saga #1 ) by Suzy Turner Ebook – I don’t know really..i just really thought the book sounded interesting. hoping it’s good and the cover is kinda spooky.

2. Dark Promises ( Between Worlds #1 ) by Julia Crane, Talia Jager Ebook – This book i am actually sounds really good. I really wanna like this book so i’m gonna keep my fingers crossed.

3. Starfire Angels by Melanie Niles Ebook – I am a little iffy about this book but it does sound interesting and unique. I wanted to go ahead and give it a try.

 

For Review

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Defy by Sara B. Larson Ebook – If you read my last weeks WoW post, you know that i wanted to read this book. Well i was lucky enough to get this copy threw NetGalley. I am really, Really, Really Excited to read this book! I am very thankful to get this chance.

Update

I haven’t been posting as much as i would like. I been super busy working on the house like: Pulling Carpet, Pulling Nails and Staples from the floor and then finally putting new hardwood flooring. It’s been a none-fun ride.

I am a little behind on my Reviews and reading so i am hoping to catch up this week and post more. I didn’t post a WoW post this week, so next week i will be posting a Double WoW post. Stay Tuned for that.

On other other news! I seen Catching Fire! and i got to say it was perfection! Catching Fire was honestly better then the first movie. Everyone’s acting was SPOT on. They did wonderful in Catching Fire. The movie did have a few changes but they seemed small compared to the whole movie. The movie stayed true to the story and it had all the important parts. Overall i loved it! I cried, I laughed, and then cried some more.

YA Book Review: In Shadow of Magic by Alison Prince


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Author: Alison F. Prince
published: July 10th 2013 by Astraea Press
Type: Supernatural, Magic
Source: From the author for a honest review
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add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Mandy McKinney lives the charmed life. She is beautiful, athletic, popular, dating the hottest jock in school, and certainly doesn’t have any time for her loser twin sister. But Mandy also has a secret. When the truth is unveiled, her world is twisted upside down, and her very life is at stake.

Mandy’s twin sister, Brianna, has never had any success in the dating department. When Brianna finally meets the guy of her dreams, it turns out that he has secrets of his own. Dangerous secrets. Just her luck.

The twins are about to be swept away into a world of beauty and power beyond their wildest imaginations where nothing is what is seems, danger is lurking in the shadows, and their only chance of survival is finding themselves, and each other, once again.

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My first thought when i seen the cover was ” She looks like Natalie Portman” when reading the book later on i couldn’t stop picturing her as Young Natalie Portman, and then i read the summery and thought the book sounded interesting and really want to read it, so i was happy to accept.

The story mainly surrounds the life of Two sisters who are twins. Mandy stronger then Brianna’s. Mandy uses her powers to look beautiful and fit in School. Bri on the other hand powers on very slim, She never uses her powers. She Hangs with the outcasts in there band.

In the beginning story you already start to dislike Mandy, and feel sorry for Bri. The more you read the story Mandy grows on you and you kinda start to understand her a little more. Mandy takes most of the spot light in the book. The whole plot pretty much surrounds Mandy. Her ” Who she thought ” Best friend is set on revenge and tricks Brianna to take Mandy’s powers away. Brianna has Mandy’s powers and starts to abuse them. Honestly the More the story got i really started to dislike Brianna. She believes pretty much anything someone tells her. She is very Gullible and then becomes the person she hates.

The more the story goes i would find myself annoyed with some characters and the story would drag on in some parts. The story in a way reminded me of Mean Girls. The unpopular set on ravage becomes the Popular and then loses control and everything become a huge Jungle of wild animals.

Now don’t get me wrong the book does have it’s good moments were you are sucked in and wanting more. More toward the end you get into a wider plot of other supernatural beings like: Vampires, Reborn’s and Etc. That had my attention. The story does get better. I really wish the ending wasn’t cut so short. I wanted more to the plot.

I was disappointing in the fact there wasn’t much of action as much as i would like. I really wanted less school drama and more of the supernatural life. I needed more fire in the story. I really tried to love the story but it just didn’t have a spark with me. Now the story wasn’t bad. The writing was really good. I really liked the ending. I do overall recommend the story.  I can see a lot of people liking the story.

Overall: I didn’t dislike the story and did grab my attention but i didn’t love the story.

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YA Book Review: Witch & Wizard

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Title: Witch & Wizards ( W&W #1 )
Author: James Patterson, Gabrielle Charbonnet
Published: October 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
Type: Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Action
Paperback, 314 pages

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Summery:The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they’d never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents–and maybe the world?

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I really enjoyed Maximum Ride by James Patterson. I wanted to take a chance on Witch and Wizard to see if i would like other James Patterson books…and i am happy to say i do. The book was full of all the things i like, action with a touch of adventure and the supernatural. Win, win!

the story is pretty much about the lives of brother and sister. you watch them struggle threw the new order and escape to save there parents and there death sentience. They are the ones who will save the people from The One Who is the ONE! Whit and Whisty have to free from there jail cell. They discover they are a witch and wizard, and The One who is The One wants them dead. They are stuck by other kids who have disobeyed the New Order. The book is set in the 21st century but with a twist, Stepping back to the time of Burning Witches in the Salem period.

The beginning of the book starts off crazy where you don’t really know what’s going on. After you read more you start to connect the pieces together. It has it’s funny moments, like Whisty, She is a very sassy girl. There is some sad parts, but i can’t say any of it made me feel sad to the point of tears…it was pretty much those sad parts where you just frown and keep reading.

Overall: I loved the book The connection of a brother and sister is the most powerful. it was nice to read about two siblings protecting each other and have such a strong connection. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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What’s in my Mailbox this week?

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This week in  Books in the mail are :

11870085 The Fault in Our Stars By New York Times best Selling Author  John Green

About the Book from Goodreads:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

About the Author:

Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson , have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

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John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.  His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery.

In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

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30183 Marked by P.C Cast & Kristin Cast First book of The “A House of Night” Series.
About the book from Goodreads:
The House of Night series is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird’s world, vampyres have always existed.  In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire — that is, if she makes it through the Change.  Not all of those who are chosen do.  It’s tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling.  She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx.  But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers.  When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny–with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
About the Authors:

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P.C. Cast –  P.C. Cast was born in the Midwestern United States, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. With her tour in the USAF completed, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a #1 New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling author and a proud member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. Her mega-hit young adult series, The House of Night, co-authored with her daughter, Kristin, has transcended the genre and, with over 20 million copies in print, appeals to readers of all ages. Ms. Cast’s young adult, paranormal romance, and fantasy series can currently be found in forty-two countries. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with an assortment of dogs, cats, horses, and one precocious burro.

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Kristin Cast – At 19-years-old, Kristin is thrilled to be coauthoring the YA series, THE HOUSE OF NIGHT, with her mother. The first book in the series will be her first published novel. She has won awards for her poetry, as well as served as journalist for her intermediate high school newspaper, Tiger Tales, and as editor for her high school magazine, Tiger Eye. Kristin attends Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and is working hard to fulfill her goal of becoming a veterinarian without bankrupting her mother.

One of the Scottinators belong to her, although we’re not telling either of the dogs that she’s going to someday be their veterinarian. Kristin would love to hear from her fans, and can also be reached through her mother’s website.

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592089  The Bar Code Tattoo By Suzanne Weyn

 

About the Book from Goodreads: 

 

“Identity vs. Access Freedom vs. Control The bar code tattoo. Everybody’s getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity. But what if you say no? What if you don’t want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There’s no option but to run…for her life.”

 

The Book Came out in 2004. and is Part one in the Series.

 

About the Author:

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 grew up in Williston Park, Long Island, New York. She has three sisters and a brother. As a girl she was very interested in theater and in reading. Louisa May Alcott was her favorite author, but she also read every Sherlock Holmes story. Suzanne lived pretty close to the ocean and going to Jones Beach was one of her favorite activities Even today, if she goes too long without seeing the ocean, she starts feeling restless. Suzanne now lives in upper New York State with her husband, two teen daughters and Abby the cat. Her house is at the edge of the woods and is nearly 200 years old. She graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton and received her Masters degree from Pace University. She teaches part time at City College in New York.

Suzanne’s other books for Simon Pulse include South Beach Sizzle, a romantic comedy written with Diana Gonzalez. Her novels for the Simon Pulse line, “Once Upon a Time” are The Night Dance; a Retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, Water Song: a Retelling of the Frog Prince, and The Crimson Thread: a Retelling of Rumplestiltskin.

She very much enjoys rethinking these classic tales from an original point of view, always looking for the real psychological underpinning of the story. Suzanne is currently doing revisions on her fourth book in the line, which will be coming in ’09. Suzanne’s other recent novels are include The Bar Code Tattoo (2004) and its sequel. The Bar Code Rebellion (2006). The Bar Code Tattoo was selected by the American Library Assoc. (ALA) as a ’05 Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was a ’07 Nevada Library nominee for “Best Young Adult Fiction”. It is currently translated into German and was nominated for the ’07 Jugenliteraturpreis for Young People’s Literature.

 

The Bar Code Tattoo (Bar Code, #1)

 

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