Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review: Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep

 Killer Frost is the final book in the thrilling Mythos Academy series. It's always a little bittersweet for me when such a great series comes to an end. Endings can be hard, but I think this one works very well. Everything that's been building up in the series has led to this final epic battle. I will avoid any spoilers but I will say I was relieved and a little astonished to finally know the deal with Raven. I definitely didn't have a clue what to think of her. It was also very exciting getting to see the roles each of the friends played in the final battle. I definitely recommend reading this entire series, it's the perfect blend of myth, romance, and action. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and begging for more. 

** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. **

Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Secret ( Elemental #4 ) by Brigid Kemmerer

Blurb from : 

Nowhere is safe. Not even home...

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point.

Keep his grades sky-high or he'll never escape his hometown.
Keep his brother's business going or the Merricks will be out on the street.
Keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his own twin---or he'll lose his family.

Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who's supposed to be his "girlfriend's" partner.

Of course there's also the homicidal freak Quinn has taken to hanging around, and the Elemental Guide counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers.

There's a storm coming. From all sides. And then some.

Nick Merrick, can you keep it together?

My review: 

I can not imagine a more befitting title for this book than Secret..... 
Nick has a secret. A secret he feels he can't tell anyone, not even his twin brother Gabriel , especially not Gabriel. When Nick' s girlfriend Quinn finds out that secret, it only adds to the pile of complications and secrets she has in her own life. Nick feels the pressure on all sides and as he tries to deal with his own issues, leaves Quinn feeling alone and desperate. Who she turns to in response will shock you. 

Like all of the books in this series, this story was amazing! This is Nick' s story but I love how we find out more about Quinn and Tyler as well. Plus the new character, Adam, that we met in Breathless is a big part of this one, and I absolutely adore him right from the start! 

Secret is powerful and emotional and I'm not ashamed to admit I cried a couple times while reading it. I don't know how Brigid manages to make me so invested in these boys, but I literally care about each and every one of them. It hurt to see Nick so lost, but it was also wonderful to follow along as he found himself. I've seen some state that they didn't like Quinn or Tyler much in this story and I am bewildered because I had a completely different experience with these characters. Are they both completely messed up and flawed? Yes! But that's what makes them interesting and realistic. I have never cared much for Tyler but after reading Secret I am rethinking my opinion of him. He can still be a total jerk but the glimpse of the pain and bleeding heart under that jerk facade really left me thinking. I would love to get to hear more about him in the future! 

The ending has me anxiously awaiting the next book! Overall, Secret is a fantastic addition to an amazing series and I would highly recommend this entire series to YA paranormal romance fans! 

** I received this book from the publisher solely in exchange for a honest review ** 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Othersphere by Nina Berry

Othersphere is the final book in The Otherkin trilogy by Nina Berry. It begins shortly after Caleb left in Othermoon feeling betrayed by Dez. Now with Caleb gone Dez has started dating Lazar and has not heard from Caleb since he left. After Amaris sneaks out of the school Dez follows her, knowing she's going to meet up with Caleb. She just wants to see that he's okay, but when they are suddenly attacked by Ximon and The Tribunal things take a turn for the worst. Ximon opens a portal to Othersphere and throws Amaris through it into the dangerous other world. Now Dez, Caleb, and the other shifters have to find a way to get her back.

Othersphere is an amazing ride of fantasy and adventure! It was exhilarating picturing the strange new world and learning of the amazing ways it awakens Dez' s senses. I loved finding out more about Dez and her amazing connection to Othersphere. I can only imagine being a teenager trying to find out who you are and where your from while being stuck in a love triangle with two brothers and having the pressure of a friend's death on your shoulders. Needless to say tensions are high within the group, causing emotions to run amuck, pushing the story to a perfect crescendo as they race to save their friend. 

I love the world Nina Berry has created in this book. So dangerously beautiful and breathtaking! It made me a little sad the story had to end. But I think it was a nice ending to the series with everything neatly resolved and Dez finally realizing she chooses who to be and that her origins doesn't have to define her. 

** I received this book for review purposes from the publisher in exchange for a honest review ** 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Notable by Marni Bates

Chelsea Halloway is the main focus of "Notable" book three in the Smith High series. That's how it should be though, right? After-all she is queen of the notables at Smith High, able to destroy your social life in the time it takes to flip her beautiful blonde hair. Everyone has this image of Chelsea - perfect, beautiful, and blonde. And according to her own mother dumb. Her mom was not shy about pointing out her flaws or fighting with her dad constantly about coddling her. So when Chelsea finds out that her parents are divorcing its really no big shock, but what she didn't expect was for them to ship her off to Cambodia!

Now she's in a dangerous country with a group of college kids who stereo type her from the moment they met, running from drug lords! How in the world did Chelsea get mixed up in something like that? You'll have to read the book to find out.

I absolutely love Marni' s quirky fun books and Notable is no exception. Notable practically oozes charisma from every page! Only Marni could make a book about a girl running from drug lords so deliciously fun and intriguing. Her characters are relatable, interesting, and multi-demisonal. I really enjoyed the adventure in Notable, not to mention the romantic tension as well ;) Overall it was a quick fun read. Exactly what I've come to expect and enjoy from Marni Bates.

** I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review **

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review- Sunblind by Michael Griffo

 On Dominy' s sixteenth birthday her life was forever changed when the curse that turns her into a werewolf took hold and she killed her best friend. Now in this amazing sequel to Moonglow - The Darkborn Legacy book 1, Dominy has to learn to harness her curse to help her defend those closest to her, not only from Luba, but some unsuspected alliances of hers as well. 
 As an ultimate evil is hovering, Dominy and her group of friends struggle to uncover who they can trust and who they can't , until they discover their opponent may have more influence in their lives than they ever expected. 

 I absolutely loved this book! I was very anxious to find out more about Dominy, her friends, and the butterfly and bee after the ending of Moonglow, but I never expected things to turn out quite like they did. Michael Griffo is one of those amazing authors that as soon as I know he has another book out, I just have to read it! Sunblind was no exception. It has action, suspense, and true friendship, all the makings of a great read. Even when I thought I had everything figured out something else would happen that made me realize that I had most of the puzzle but a few pieces were still left unseen. In summary Sunblind is a great followup to Moonglow and its fascinating fast-paced story will have you not wanting to put it down until you've read every word. 

** I received this book  from the publisher in exchange for a honest review ** 

Monday, September 30, 2013

review: Broken Beauty by Lizzy Ford

  Broken Beauty is part 1 of a 6 part novella series revolving around the rape of Mia Abbott-Renou. Mia is the seventeen year old daughter of a politician. Immediately following the horrible night Mia was found battered and raped, her dad not only treats her like a political pawn but also tries to convince  her she is wrong about who raped her.

Everything about that man just rubs me the wrong way. He is so despicable! Mia is struggling with the aftermath of all of this with no real support from her family. Thank goodness for Ari and Dom or I don't think I would have been able to continue reading through the coldness Mia had to endure from her father and his team.
Broken Beauty is a powerful and emotional story that had me hanging on to every word. Although this novella is short  , it had big impact and great flow. I feel like it was the perfect beginning to the novella series. It gave me enough to feel invested in the characters but ended in a major way, leaving me desperately craving the next novella. I can't wait to find out where Mia will go from here.

* I received this e-book through Netgalley for review purposes *

Thursday, September 26, 2013

review : Quarantine by James Phelan ( Alone #3 )

Quarantine is the final book in the riveting " Alone " trilogy. 

Jesse has been living in post-apocalyptic New York, dealing with Chasers and fighting for survival, for over two weeks now. To say he's been through a lot is a major understatement. Now trying to cope with the events at the end of Survivor that left him one friend down and still struggling to survive, he decides that he must leave his shelter behind to find the group of survivors Caleb told him about in book 2. 

This series has been full of action and has had some major "Whoa!" moments. Quarintine does a great job of following through with that drama, while still bringing to light the fragility of human life and the drive to survive. I think the added danger from some of the other survivors ( other uninfected ones ) speaks volumes about human behavior in this story. 

I feel often times with the final book in a series there's a lot of pressure to tie everything into a neat little bow. While I thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about everything that happened, I tried not to get bogged down by the need to have all my questions answered. I mean when in life do we get handed all of the answers? So with that in mind I believe this was a great conclusion to the trilogy. 

I think this is a great young adult post apocalyptic novel. It's a fast paced, action filled story that I think has great crossover appeal. I would highly recommend reading books 1 and 2 in the series first for full impact.

* I received this book in exchange for a honest review *