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  • Wanderers of the Night on Sep. 28, 2012

    Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This was a good sequel to the first one. It did a little bit more explaining but there is still so much we don't know, I hope the Tempest Avery has enough time to cover it all in her third book. I love the cliffhangers in both this and the first one, it truly does leave me wanting more, I can't wait for the third book to come out. I liked how we got to see a little different side of Ronan but there is still so much we don't know about him and why the way he is who he is and about the other characters past lives before. I would also like a better explanation on why Cear told Ronan that lily was his soul mate, that is never really that clear. Overall, I loved all the surprises this book brought along and I think Tempest is an extremely great writer and has a very creative ability.
  • Dark Before Dawn on Sep. 29, 2012

    Note: I have received this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Dark Before Dawn revolves around a high school girl named Dawn that has psychic abilities but has never had any training or any one to rely to help her explain her abilities or how to control and harness them. Moving to a new town would be hard for anyone but especially for Dawn who in the past has slipped up and been made fun of for her abilities. Not to mention that she has an un-supportive mother who just tries to ignore them. Dawn was a believable character and was extremely strong willed and moral. The book overall was a pretty easy read that went by fast. The story goes into a lot of detail but somehow still manages to feel like the plot as a whole isn't that developed. I was left expecting there to be more of the story, maybe there will be a sequel?
  • Immortal Prophecy on Sep. 29, 2012

    Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Two men are after her and she has lived her life not knowing why. After receiving a prophecy from a fortuneteller when she was but sixteen years old, Alessandra, had no idea what was going to happen to her. Five years later she was dragged into a world that was her destiny all her life and she had to follow her heart for her power to be realized. This book was intoxicatingly engrossing. I found the story line extremely easy to follow and the characters are believable. There were twists and turns that I was not expecting to find. I am interested to learn how the story is going to progress with the next book.
  • Life of the Party on Nov. 09, 2012

    Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I thought I would like this book with all of the other fab reviews. I was also intrigued by the summary description but it just wasn't for me. The cover just did nothing for me. Mackenzie got to me right away, she seemed extremely spoiled and self absorbed. She never got better for me through the whole entire story, I just really didn't like her. Grey seemed horrible, I didn't get the appeal at all. I do have to say that the interaction between the characters was great. Riley was my favorite character out of all of them. He seemed to be the most sincere and most humane, always protecting and trying to do the right thing. Overall the story was well written even though I had a hard time finishing it to the end.
  • Never Too Late (Changes #1) on Nov. 09, 2012

    Everyone has to learn some tough lessons in life and this story really brings across the reality of that situation. With that being said some of the chapters were a little harder to get through, some issues were solved a little too easily it seemed for the gravity of the situation. To each their own though, the characterization fit nicely in and the characters themselves blended easily together. I will definitely be reading the second one, Jay Howard makes characters come alive.
  • New Beginnings (Changes #2) on Nov. 09, 2012

    I liked the overall story; it was very convincing in the outcome and telling. The interactions between the characters is thought-provoking to read and fascinating to follow. I did find the description to be lacking in parts mainly concerning the towns and in others like the horses there was an abundance of explanation. It is an enjoyable follow up to her first novel.
  • Summer In Salem on Nov. 09, 2012

    Overall the premise was extremely refreshing and the story was a quick read. I got caught up in the setting and plot right away and was not disappointed. Character wise Teagen was a good heroine. Her rationality was believable as well as her emotional interactions with those around her. I think my favorite character in the whole story was Lark though, she really drew my attention in a good way and in reality she seemed like someone I would want to be friends with. Seth is still kind of a mystery for me but I did like him. He was very cryptic at first but he ended up growing on me. I felt that Jason needed a little more explanation, I never really liked him as a character and I did not understand his reasoning for what he did. Also, the book needed a little bit more explanation, I know what it is but the importance of it never really came through. Those two things confused me a little during the whole book. Courtney set the ending up very nicely for a sequel though so maybe those two things will be explained in more detail.
  • Whorticulture on Dec. 04, 2012

    Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. These four nineteenth century American short stories are compelling. The stories are linked by each woman’s will to survive and their will to do whatever they have to. There is a great deal of research that had gone into creating these stories and the women’s lives. The stories are informative and vivid. The only problem I had with these stories is that they needed a long introduction into the women’s back-stories that slows the pace down.
  • Amid the Roar on Dec. 14, 2012

    As Lily is forced to remain with the evil king for the next three days she does not really know what to expect from Ronan. He is more than what he originally appeared to be and now Lily is left with the choice and decision of wanting more. Scared in a way that she is even more confused about what her future holds and what the prophecy entails she needs to make up her mind and decide or risk the fate of all. Lily is a much stronger character in this book than in the previous writings. She has more questions answered and challenges to face but her mind is connected with what she thinks the best course it. I loved how readers were able to see a different side to Ronan and more about what made him the way he was. Larkin frustrated me as usual but I was not a huge fan of him in the other books either. All of the character interactions were great although, I would have liked to see Connell a little bit more throughout the story and have him play a bigger role. Overall I am quite happy with how things ended up playing out. Just like Lily I was having a hard time placing in my mind who I would choose so at the end I really did not know what her decision was going to be. I liked the conclusion and how all of the events played out. I am sorry to see the series is at an end but I am glad that there will be more stories in the future. Note: I won this book from the author's giveaway. Also on