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.


March 14, 2012

Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

Touch

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

Touch reminded me of a mix of Heroes and X-Men. It has teens and adults with special powers and a company trying to control their actions. I was thoroughly surprised that I wasn’t bored with the story seeing it did have similarities the TV shows/movies. I liked Dez’s character she is your typically teenager who rebels against her parents. I liked how the tension between her and her father increased in the series and the secrets that both kept from each other. I liked a bunch of the secondary characters that were introduced and I would love to learn more about those characters histories. The series has the option to continue with Dez and Kale’s characters or expanding on the secondary characters. I am curious at where the series is going to go next.

Fans of Sci Fi should pick up this novel.

The Rating:

4 out of 5

Where to buy:

Amazon

B & N

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March 7, 2012

Review: The Rising Moon by Nilsa Rodriguez

The Rising Moon

Orphaned at the age of five, Angelia (Lia) Lafosse was left with questions about whom and what she truly was. One thing was clear. Lia was different. Some might even say cursed.

With the help of her best friend, Ryan Woodruff, she begins to unlock the secrets of her families past and discover answers that prove more startling than she ever imagined. Not only was she a werewolf, but a reincarnation of the immortal werewolf, a werewolf with immense powers beyond any of her kind. A werewolf that if discovered by the Lobison’s to have returned, can jeopardize both Lia and those she love.

As destiny finds her love does too…and they couldn’t be more different. Torn between Lyle Ulric, the charming werewolf whose bloodline is as ancient and powerful as her own. And Adam Ambrose, the mysterious and alluring vampire who’s determined not to allow fate or anyone tear their love apart again.

Lia has to make a choice… Destiny or Love…Run or Fight…Live or Die

The Rising Moon was a interesting werewolf novel. I loved how Nilsa created a story based on the Cherokee tale that is at the front of the novel. I found it was a unique approach to the werewolf lore. We also get a mix of vampires and witches in the story and I liked how Nilsa connected everyone. I liked Lia’s character she was relatable and written well enough that when she was being told information from two different sides as not to trust the other side I felt confused like she did on who I should trust. I personally liked Ryan over Lyle and Adam. I think it’s the protective friend quality that I liked about him. I also totally picture Adam like Dave Anders (John Gilbert - Vampire Dairies or Adam Monroe - Heroes) but that may be just my crazy mind.

The Rising Moon is a must read for werewolf lovers.

The Rating

4 out of 5

Where to buy:

Both paperback and ebook are available on Nilsa’s website.

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March 4, 2012

Feb Wrap / March RAK!

How was everyone’s February? This year my BF actually got me a V-Day card! I was surprised in the 5 years we have been dating I’ve only got something in the 1st year lol. I also wrapped up my classes last month and passed! Yay! But now I have a national exam to write on the 10th Sad smile. Wish me Luck!

This month I didn’t receive any books Sad smile but I sent Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close to Cat and Wolfsbane to Steph.

I hope you enjoy your books Smile

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Here is my March 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

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

 

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Tour Stop–Review: Blind Sight (Through the eyes of Leocardo)

A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. So when Odette Reyes, a girl blind from birth, begins to experience ominous side effects of the island’s “gift,” her brother Leocardo and best friend Aniela must figure out what the doctors cannot. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette’s drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits.


I think that the idea if 1 story being told by 2 different perspectives are interesting. I read Leocardo's view. This view had an outside look in on Edaion. I liked that we got to learn the country's secret with Leocardo but I would have loved to have read Ana's view as she is a native to the country. I may go order it once I have caught up on my reading. There isn't much action until the end, it's more of a mystery as Leocardo is trying to figure out what the country is and what is wrong with his sister. Blind Sight was written well that I didn't get bored. I would have liked a bit more action and a better understanding on how Edaion brings people to the country.

The Rating:

3.5 out of 5

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Learn more about Blind Sight: A blind girl drawing is abnormal even on the magical island of Edaion where leaves brush themselves into piles in the middle of the night. So when Odette Reyes, a girl blind from birth, begins to experience ominous side effects of the island's "gift," her brother Leocardo and best friend Aniela must figure out what the doctors cannot. As an immigrant, Leocardo is not biased by accepted rules of magic and determines that Odette's drawings are premonitions. Aniela grew up with magic and knows premonitions are impossible. She determines Odette is a medium channeling voiceless spirits.

Who is right? Whose eyes will you read through?

Both books are "volume one" you can read one without the other and still get a complete story, but you won't see how the characters interpret the same situation differently.

Buy the book! Both volumes are available as an e-book for Kindle (Aniela's vol. / Leocardo's vol.) and Nook (Aniela's vol. / Leocardo's vol.) Don't have an e-reader, pick up a PDF on Smashwords (Aniela's vol. / Leocardo's vol.)

The paperback special edition will be available in the fall (northern hemisphere).

The authors:

Eliabeth wrote her first mini-series in second grade when the teacher told her she was not old enough to write a chapter book. Regrettably, for fear of turning into a starving artist, Eliabeth played it safe in college and is now a recent William Jewell graduate with a BA in International Business and Japanese. She now returns to what she truly loves, creating worlds for people to escape to and characters for them to fall in love with. Ermisenda began writing Harry Potter fan-fiction at the age of twelve and started developing her own writing at fourteen when she joined play sites and completed her first crime novel at fifteen. Although her favorite genres were crime and fantasy, she reads a bit of everything. Driven by the desire to evoke the kaleidoscope of emotions her favorite authors are able to, she kept writing. Growing up bilingual amongst her Spanish family in Australia, she found a love and deep appreciation for language and the power it wielded. She is now a Psychology major at the University of Newcastle. Together, they write as Ermilia.

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