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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:

star5

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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

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:

star3

YA Book Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

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Title: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Published:  December 10th 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Type: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: The Midnight Garden and Disney Hyperion
Hardcover

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

A timeless love story, THESE BROKEN STARS sets into motion a sweeping science fiction series of companion novels. The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

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When the book first started i did feel a tide annoyed with it starting with this whole love in fist-sight. But the book doesn’t take long to take a whole different route. The story becomes more then that and you get thrown into a book of survival and heartbreak.

Tarver falls for a girl named Lilac, not know who she really was. Lilac Turns down Tarver even know she liked him because of her Father. Scared of what he would do to him. Of Course Tarver finds out Who Lilac is and to him he fault Stupid to ever look at Lilac. The story takes a huge twist after that somehow the ship they where on gets destroyed. Lilac and Tarver escape on a Pod and land on a Mysterious planet. They both struggle with survival and finding help while also having to deal with mysterious whispers.

There is some little action but not really the story is mostly about survival mixed with alienated “creatures”. You watch Tarver and Lilac grow close but also struggle with dealing with each other. The story has it’s moments that make you laugh but can make you cry soon after. It can take a serious intense Twist. Which happens a lot in this book. You never know what is gonna happen. it really didn’t take me long to get hooked to every word. But the story is still a Science Fiction love story but the authors did such a great job at portraying it.

I also love how the story is a way a Flash back in the beginning of each chapter you get like Bits of interrogation with Tarver telling what happened on the planet. I thought it made the story really interesting a whole it flowed with the story and it short helped with following along with the story.

I really love Lilac and Tarver’s characters. They both had such different life’s and personality’s but they clicked. Lilac is more smarter and Tarver is more of the fighter. without them both i don;t think any of them would have survived on thee own. The more you got close to the end of the story the more the tears the come along. it was so freaking sad and bittersweet and just pure awesome an a way and if you read the book you know what i mean.

I know the book was gonna be good but i was really shocked on how good it was, it really suppressed me. The story was so unique and different. it didn’t take me long to finish this story. In a funny way tho just in the beginning the book did somehow remind me of Titanic…..Step for “Jack” Doesn’t die and only two people live…..oh and the ship doesn’t hit a iceberg. But the similarity’s to it was totally there.

Overall: I really did love the overall story. DO NOT stop reading at the beginning but it gets wayyyyy better then that. I cried, I laughed and shed more tears reading this book. I went crazy on how the book ended and i can’t wait to read the next book in this series…i will be sitting here waiting for the day it comes out. The book was pretty amazing and different and very enjoyable. I recommend it. If you have not yet bought it, do me a favor and got on Amazon or a local book store and buy this book. It is worth the read.

*I won this Hardback copy from The Midnight Garden and Disney-Hyperion in a contest. My Review is all my honest opinion and noting else. Winning the book no way changes my opinion.

My Rating:

star5

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: Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

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Title: Never Fade ( The Darkest Minds #2 )
Author:  Alexandra Bracken
Published:  October 15th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Type: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Paranormal
Hardcover

add-to-goodreads-button3Summery: Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

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Ever since i read The Darkest Minds i have been obsess! I been wanting to read Never Fade for while now, but just never got around to it. But i FINALLY bought the bought and read the same day. If you have read The Darkest Minds then you know how crazy the ending was, freaking HUGE plot twist. That ending made me complate insane for days of rocking back and forth in tears. Well Never Fade continues a little after the wild ending. Ruby is part of the Children’s League now and the first chapter was already packed with suspense.

If you haven’t read the Darkest minds then you really should go out and buy both the first and second book because BOTH are really good. The Author makes you just fall in love with the characters and gets you so attached like they are real. Like the character could be like evil like crazy i still loved that character.

I honestly felt like Never Fade was better. Ruby’s character has gown so much since the first book and to me she is a Bad Ass in The Darkest minds we watch her be this quiet girl who couldn’t control her powers and had a hard time opening up to people. In Never Fade she she has more control of hers powers and isn’t afraid anymore. She will do anything to protect the people she cares about.

Threw most of the book i was a total hot mess, like the book would go straight to my feels and all could do was asdfghjk! the book has a lot of raw emotion, specially with characters in the book. you got to fall in love with a new character named Jude and sorta of became like a little brother too ruby.

I don’t want to got into to much details but Liam in this book and with ruby will bring you too tears and take the life out of you.  and i have a serious soft spot for Connor. Yes he is supposed to be like this huge villain but my gosh he makes evil look good. Some villain are just awesome, okay? The way the book ends was kinda bitter sweet, yeah it was super sad but what ruby did was pretty bad ass and the last line in the book was just freaking awesome.

Overall the book had everything i could ask for and more. It is a pager tuner full of suspense and action that will have anyone going crazy for more. Ruby is on my top 10 list of favorite kick ass chicks in books hands down. Readers will not be disappointed in never fade.

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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