Notice:


As of June 9, 2012 I will no longer be accepting e-books for review. This is due to the overwhelming
demand of reviews, work and night classes taking up a lot of my spare time. It
is taking me several months to read and post reviews therefore until “my to be
reviewed list” is smaller I will no longer accept any more e-books for review.
I am extremely sorry.


February 29, 2012

Review: Remembrance by Michelle Madow

Remembrance

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.
Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?
Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.

My first thought of Remembrance while I was about quarter to a half way through was that it reminded me of The Immortal Series by Alyson Noel and the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate. I was glad that the story took its own change of events and became its own story. Remembrance was a short and easy and wasn’t overly complex with the characters. It was the typical girl has a crush on boy, boy avoids girls type of story line. It was written well enough that I wasn’t bored with the story and I didn’t struggle to finish it. If you like contemporary stories I suggest picking this one up as it leaves you will a feel good feeling.

The Rating

3 out of 5

Where to buy:

Book Depository – paperback

Amazon – eBook

Barnes & Noble – eBook

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February 18, 2012

2nd Annual “Break Cassay Out of Tax Jail” Event Coming this April

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Hey Everyone,

How's it going? I’m crazy busy with work and school. Thankfully everything should slow down a bit in March but then its TAX SEASON! In April! Confused smile I’m going to be hosting the “Break Cassay Out of Tax Jail” event again this year. I am looking for bloggers and authors who would like to do a guest post or excerpt. I am leaving the topics open so you can talk about whatever you want to. I will also be having a giveaway at the end of the month once you lovelies have broken me out of jail. This years giveaway it much bigger than last. I’m excited to show you everything that has been donated so far. If you would like to donate a copy of your novel or do a guest post please email me at vampsweresandcassay @ yahoo . ca (no spaces)

I look forward to hearing from you. Let’s make this an awesome event!

 

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February 15, 2012

Review: Ignite by Kaitlyn Davis

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“With one last look, one final search of the lines of his face for some sign, Kira turned and ran away from the sound of the man she loved laughing in the face of her death."
When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they're keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan's lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

My first thought of Ignite was that it was going to be another “Twilight” type story. It had the main character moving back homes, going to a new school, a pack of pale misfits who stay to themselves. I was presently surprised when the story changed direction and a new vampire mythology was created. The characters weren’t anything special they just seemed like people. I did like Luke’s character but I have a weakness for protective sweet guys with blonde hair. The story was ended in the most exciting cliff hanger ever! I am looking forward to seeing where the story will be going in book 2. I can’t wait to see how Kaitlyn will expand on the mythology and give a detailed description on the past of everyone.

The Rating

3.9 out of 5

Where to buy

Amazon – eBook

Barnes & Noble – eBook

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February 14, 2012

Review: Brightest Kind of Darkness

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Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past. Except from website.

I liked how Brightest Kind of Darkness kept me guessing through the entire novel. Brightest Kind of Darkness sets up for the second book wonderfully as I have so many questions about Nara and Ethan I think I may know what Ethan is but with my track record I am probably wrong. I like dream based stories they are interesting and I like how Nara always tried to tempt/ deal with faith. P.T’s writing is very detailed and it felt as if you were in Nara shoes and felt everything that she felt. Nara and Ethan’s relationship was interesting. I liked the arguments they had and the little heart to heart moments they had. I hope in book 2 we learn a bit more about Ethan and his past my curiosity may just kill me if I don’t learn more about him.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

Where to buy:

Amazon | Amazon.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.fr

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

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February 8, 2012

Jan Wrap-Up/Feb RAK

 

How was everyone’s January? Mine was filled with Advanced Information Systems and panic attacks of not doing well on my midterm. Good News – I passed. Bad News – It wasn’t good enough. At the end of Feb in my final and then my national exam in March if I pass the course. So its lots and lots of studying for me Sad smile. I want reading time!!!!

Anyways this month I sent:

Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout  to Pam from At Home Between the Pages

and

Lola and the Boy Next Door to Cheyenne

I received Wither from Pam!

Thanks Pam and I hope you girls LOVE your books.

Here's the rules:

 

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Wow, it's hard to believe but this month makes ONE YEAR since we've introduced and launched our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) program! We never expected it to blow up the way it did and we really couldn't be happier or prouder! You guys have made this feature what it is and we thank you so much for that!

In fact, we might just cook up something extra special to celebrate our first RAK anniversary.
*begins plotting*

{Please remember that R.A.K. is not about receiving FREE books! It's about giving as well as receiving. It's about passing on the joy of reading and books with others. If during any given month, you find that you may not be able to give at all, please reconsider signing up for that month. We've found that there have been quite a few people who have received but not given and that may seem unfair to some.}
COMPLETE RULES RE-CAP:
Please read carefully & follow all rules! Thank you!

  • Please sign-up each month that you can participate (and by participate, we mean give as well as receive).
  • Show off your participation by grabbing our RAK button (code is in the right sidebar).
  • Create a wish list (on Amazon, Goodreads, or your blog, etc) and post it in the Google Doc located in each R.A.K post for the month.
  • If you choose to do a R.A.K for someone, check out their wish list and contact that blogger directly for their information.
  • Once you receive a RAK, send us an our new email to [rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com] so that we can update the Google Doc. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SEND EMAILS TO THIS ADDRESS!
  • E-book participation is limited to files being gifted directly to a person from the e-book store. Amazon's Kindle Store is set up to allow this, as well as the Kobo store and we believe Barnes & Noble with Nook as well.
  • At the end of the month, SHOW US YOUR R.A.K by making a "RAK Wrap-Up" post. This post should include who you SENT gifts to as well who you RECEIVED gifts from :)

OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!

Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping!

Easy peezy!!

Links you will need:

  • Sign up for February 2012 [HERE]
  • See who else is participating [HERE]
  • If you have any questions regarding RAK, please contact us via the following: rakbybooksoulmates @ gmail . com

 

 

Feb Wish List:

Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent

Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Crossed by Ally Condie

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Kane Chronicles, Book Two: Throne Of Fire by Rick Riordan

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder

A Game Of Thrones / A Clash Of Kings / A Storm Of Swords / A Feast Frow Crows / A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Sweet Venom by Tara Lynn Childs

So Silver Bright by Lisa Mantchev (hardcover to match the others)

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day!

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Silence Giveaway Winner!

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Sorry I’m so late on announcing the winner but the winner is….

MARIA B!

Maria I have emailed you please check your SPAM box.

I also realized that I never posted the winner for the Holiday Readathon Confused smile (bad bad Cassay). The winner was Jessica and she picked The Unbecoming on Maya Dyer! (jealous)

Congrats!

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Review: Hurricane by Jenna-Lynne Duncan

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Adriana couldn’t decide what was worse—that Hurricane Katrina was heading for New Orleans, or that she might not survive her kidnapping to see the potential effects. She had trusted Hayden, even fallen for him, and now he and his brother Luke were taking her deeper and deeper into the Bayou. Why had two of her classmates, the mysterious Boudreaux brothers, kidnapped her?
Why had Adriana’s dreams started predicting the future? Most importantly, would she make it out of the Bayou alive…

The first part of Hurricane kind of reminded me of the TV show Supernatural (which is always a good thing seeing I love the show). I had many theories in my head on why Ana was having premonitions. I was extremely out to lunch but I liked what Jenna did with her story as she left it open for a second novel which I can’t wait for (and hope there is a 2nd one in the works). Hayden and Luke created wonderful conflict with Ana. I was sometimes yelling at Ana for her stupid decisions and found myself asking “why the heck would you do that! Dummy!!!” I felt like I was in the story watching the events being played out while being on the sidelines it was written well to visualize everything.

The Rating

4 out of 5

Where to buy:

Amazon – paperback

Amazon – eBook

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February 3, 2012

Review: Anasazi by Emma Michaels

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One year ago, something happened to David. Following the only clue he had he headed out into the desert. Now he has asked me to come see him. But when I arrived, he was gone. The people in town claim they have never heard of him and everyone wants me to leave.

But I know he was here and he is in trouble.

He can't survive out there for long.

Can he?

David. I will find you.

Anasazi is the 2nd novel in the Sense of Truth series. It wasn’t as creepy as The Thirteenth Chime but it was still a good and easy read. Anasazi follows Megan a friend of David’s and Destiny. I really enjoyed her character even though I was hoping that this novel would be mostly about David. But Megan’s character was a refreshing taking on the female lead character. Megan isn’t the push over type of girl and I loved that about her. She is more the take charge type and puts disrespectful men in their place. Luca’s character made me laugh on how hard he tried to convince Megan to go on a date with him. I love the scene at the end of the novel when Luca’s comes to drop off some clothes for Megan. I was in tears laughing so freaking hard.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

Where to by:

Amazon – eBook

Amazon – paperback

Book Depository – paperback

Smashwords – eBook

 

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