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  • The Protectors: Book 1 in the Protectors Saga on April 22, 2012

    This is an amazing series! The first book got me hooked immediately. 5 girls with very different personalities who are 16 years old, and seemingly normal, find out they are a group of warriors from another planet. If that's not enough, they've already lived and died before, trying to defeat the evil Emperor from their home planet! Each of the 5 girls has different “elemental” powers in addition to their strength, speed, and speeded healing of being a “Protector”. The girls have no memories of their past lives, and thus are completely different than who they were before in "their past lives". The author does a good job giving glimpses of how the girls’ experiences from having been reborn and living on earth will ultimately change their fate as the Protectors. There are many secrets that the girls, as well as the reader, are not aware of but are alluded to. They are further explained in the rest of the series, I promise!! The author, Paige Dooling, is amazing. This book had me laughing out loud in so many different places, and she does an exceptional job of bringing her characters to life. Each of the girl’s character and personality is ultimately tied to their power, and you can see it in the way they interact (which is one of the reasons I was laughing so much). This book has a lot of action, humor, love, and intrigue. If you enjoy books like the Allie Beckstrom Series or Kate Daniels series, you will enjoy this book and the rest of the series.
  • Awakening on April 25, 2012

    This book picks up 2 months after the cliff hanger of the first book. Secrets are revealed regarding the girls & Alec’s true heritage (which I’m not going to spoil for anyone). As the girls and Alec practice the use of their powers and fighting techniques new alliances and friendships are formed. The girls lives are irrevocably changed as they train to defeat Jenviet (the evil Sorceress). Love conquers most things, but will it combined with the girls linked powers prevail? I hope so, because it’s another cliff hanger!!! Nicole, you’re killing me here!! I wish you didn’t have to work full time and could devote all of your time to writing!  But a girl’s gotta pay the bills & provide for her fury companions (my beagle would kill me if she didn’t get her treats, ha). The second book is even more interesting than the first as relationships are strengthened, and each of the charters power grow stronger. I love that the girls are such skilled warriors, yet their vulnerable side is shown as well. At this point the writing style is 2nd nature to the reader, and quite enjoyable. I loved how Cat would nod off during Council meetings, and Loushka had to sit outside remaindering her to stay awake and keeping her informed of what was going on. The story is extremely creative with so many great imaginary creatures vividly described so you could see them in your mind. There were many times where I had to laugh out loud at the antics of the griffins, Audi and Nnelg, as well as the main characters. This book is well worth the price. I just wish I were a slower reader so I could savor it more!
  • The Arrival on April 25, 2012

    This book and the following book were amazing!!! Four best friends (who are kick-ass girls) from earth cast a love spell that transports them to another planet. They find out they are “elementals” each one gifted with air, fire, water, or earth. In combination with all of their jujitsu training from earth and their powers they find out they are expected to defeat an evil Sorceress. I’m not going to give any other details away, except that the “love spell” did truly work. You have to read the book to find out the rest, and trust me it is well worth the read. While it is written in the first person, it does combine some aspects of a third person point of view, giving insight and emotion from the other main characters. It takes a little bit to get used to that style of writing, as well as all of the different nicknames the girls go by, but by the time you’re a 1/3 of the way through the book it’s second nature. It’s a unique style, and I actually enjoyed getting into the heads’ of each of the characters. Be ready to buy the second book, because the first book leaves off with a massive cliff hanger. I was going out of my mind because I was traveling, and had to wait 1 day to purchase the second book. These books are that good!!
  • Awakening (The Golden Ones: Book One) on May 04, 2012

    This was a very captivating book, and I am looking forward to reading more. It is definitely geared towards a YA audience, but I still really liked it. It begins with Eve starting college with her friends, when she begins experiencing some weird “symptoms”. She meets a stranger, Dylan, who she feels an instant connection with even though he isn’t very warm to her at the beginning. However, once he learns a little about her, his attitude changes. It turns out her “symptoms” are actually powers. She’s basically a demi-goddess. Half-human-half goddess, and probably the child an old prophecy spoke of, that would forever change her life as well as the life of the Gods and Goddesses who no longer inhabit the mortal world. The author does a good job of giving subtle clues of the powers that Eve may develop in the coming books (or perhaps I’m reading too much into things).  This book reminded me a little of Amanda Hocking’s Switched Trilogy. The two main characters love each other, but can’t truly be together since her power isn’t under control (in fact she has the potential to be one of the most powerful of her kind) and Dylan is her protector first-and-foremost. I read the book in half-a-day, it definitely kept my interest, but after reading The Protector Series, Shades of Gray, and The Arrival, & the Kate Daniel Series just to name a few, it lacked some of the humor and character development I’ve seen in those books. I’m biased towards books with lots of sarcasm, humor, and kick-ass female characters, so keep that in mind. I would probably purchase the next book if it comes out, just to see how the story progresses but I’m not emotionally involved with the characters in this book the way I am with the other series. All of that being said, it was a good book that has potential to really turn into a great YA series & I think the author can do that.
  • July on May 06, 2012

    This was a great quick read. It reminded me a little of the Percy Jackson Series. While the boys are clearly human, all of their interactions with the Greek Gods provide for quite an entertaining read. Jason Dee’s like was forever changed when a horrific storm filled with lightning struck his family’s car, instantly killing his father, and resulting in Jason’s arm being amputated, while his Great-Grandfather survived despite all odds. Jason’s dreams of being an Olympic swimmer are forever gone, and 2 years later he’s still struggling to find his place. After the death of his Great-Grandfather he learns that’s he’s now part of a group called the Altors that fight evil and mystical creatures. He is now living in his Great-Grandfather’s house with his Grandpa; that is filled with surprises, and mystical tools. He quickly finds another Altor and forms a close friendship while trying to fulfill their quest. I knew from the beginning who the 3rd Jason was, and am looking forward to seeing what he contributes to the group. It occurred to me, that the YA-Young Amputees group also stands for Young Altors, interesting…. This was a quick read, but kept me captivated. While it’s geared towards YA, as an adult I still enjoyed it. I’m interested in finding out what happens next.
  • The Awakening (Daray Hall #1) on May 21, 2012

    This book was interesting, it reminded me of PC Cast inspired book. Unfortunately, it didn't have nearly the depth of emotion or character portrayal. From what, I’m assuming is a newer author, I believe Samantha Hoffman has talent that will be developed as she continues to write. There have been several authors, whose books are NWT bestsellers that started out with a weaker series of books, but as the author grew so did their writing style. That being said, this book focused on vampires (that are not supposed to be known to the world at large, compared to several other types of vampire books where the world knows of their existence). There are a lot of underlying themes including bisexuality, homosexuality, and standing up for who you truly are and not conforming to others’ expectations. While these are important topics, at several times I felt like they bogged down the plot line, instead of actually increasing the depth of the characters. I’m assuming that Selene, the Greek Goddess of the Moon (also in other vampire fantasy novels referred to as Nyx the Goddess of Night) will reunite Tara and Kylie, otherwise the series would have to shift its POV. It was a quick read that kept me entertained, even though most readers will guess quickly who the “evil character” is just as I did. I would be interested in reading the next book that comes out in this series to see how Hoffman progress as a writer, and where the series goes
  • Amanda Ackers and The Realm Of The Witches on May 21, 2012

    This was a great book! I loved the 1st one & was so excited when this one came out. It picks up exactly where the 1st one left off. I love that all of Amanda’s friends are together, even little Sadie! Once everyone went to Bellinora (and the ghost image of her mother) I loved learning how Amanda made it through all of her adventures in the 1st book, like the lizards, giant snakes, and the red mist. It also revealed how an innocent, pure child was able to wear the necklace, and become the Wielder of Power. I’m so curious as to where this book is headed, because the authors did a great job of dropping clues thought the entire time Bellinora and her mother spoke with Amanda and even Thian. I suspect there is a background that we’re not aware of. While Amanda is from Earth, is she truly just a human? And if so, was she perhaps “made” human by Bellinora, or even her mother.Their, especially Bellinora’s, emotions were so heightened when talking with Amanda that I just can’t help but wonder what was going on behind the scenes. Amanda has no idea who her mother or father are, so there is a chance that her entire background will be completely different than we ever imagined. Or perhaps, there was a prophecy that Bellinora knows of and it involves Thian and Amanda. I’m so curious as what the next book holds!!! I don’t remember if the book mentioned it, or I just thought about it while reading, but since the Wielder of Power has always been evil, it makes sense that many of the trapped souls would be “good” souls and might be able to help Amanda learn how to control herself and her actions, and use the necklace for good rather than evil. Anyway, it’s a must read. The authors did a great job with the first book, and this one was even better!
  • Changer's Blood (Book 2 of the Balancer's Soul cycle) on May 21, 2012

    I really enjoyed the 2nd installment in this series. I like watching how Connor is always progressing, and creating new “powers” through his understanding of how all 5 of his and Sarah’s abilities work. I am usually into books where the female leads are powerful, sarcastic, and generally bad-ass (Kinda like a more grown up version of Kara). This series is a nice break from that. The focus is on the family, Connor is often the one leading the group, but he relies on Sarah more than she realizes. In this book both Mark and Connor’s identities are revealed to Kara, and the rest of Sarah’s family. This places her family in a bind, because humans are not supposed to know that Immortals exist. However, it also places Kara in a position of choice as well. She has to decide if her love for Mark is strong enough to risk her death through the “Changing” process. I loved the fight scenes between Connor and Sarah’s father, and the intelligence that comes from Connor. He is constantly pushing the limits with his creativity. I would like to see Sarah start to take some initiative too, since she is always learning from Connor and not pushing the boundaries herself. However, that is why we surround ourselves with friends and family, to learn and grow through them. I’m off to read the next book, about the upcoming Festival! I think this is where Connor’s past is revealed and he and Sarah learn why they are so unique as Balancers!
  • Thoughtless on June 02, 2012

    really wasn’t too sure about this book, some of the reviews made me question whether or not it would be worth my time. However, I’m pleased to say that I actually did enjoy it, and hope that a sequel follows. Bridget is a junior in high school, who just happens to be a mind-reader. The only person who know her secret is her mother, and a killer that is now hunting her down. For years, all Bridget wanted was to blend in. But suddenly, she’s caught up in the investigation of a dead cheerleader (whom she happened to discover in the janitor’s closet) and dating the hottest new boy at school, Terrence. The best part of it all? She can’t read Terrence’s thoughts, so she feels like a normal girl. However, Bridget isn’t normal and she’s going to have to come to face that, or she’ll end up dead too. There were parts of the book that had be banging my head against a wall thinking, “She can’t really be that stupid, can she?” The title Thoughtless is apt in many ways; Terrence’s mind is thought-less to Bridget, she is often thoughtless in how she treats Rory (the other person the killer is hunting down and who know knows her secret), and sometimes in how Bridget acts. However, all of these things combined to keep my attention. The plot was predictable in the fact that most anyone can easily guess who the antagonist is, but that didn’t make it less enjoyable. This first book really set the stage for what could prove to be a really interesting series, similar to the X-men (yes, I’m kind of a dork). All in all, it was an entertaining quick read with characters that are interesting and have the potential to develop even more in the upcoming books.
  • Harmonizer’s Evolution (Book four of the Balancer’s Soul cycle) on June 02, 2012

    This was by far my favorite book in the series. It really explained so many things about why Connor constantly adapted and learned how to use his abilities so quickly and creatively. It made complete sense after everything was revealed as to why he was the “leader” of his family, even though besides Kara he is the newest member. It also explained why he was so unique even before he became a Balancer with Sarah. Even though I love spoilers, you're going to have to read it for yourself, to find out just why Connor and Sarah are so unique! I loved how Connor and Sarah constantly drew people, or rather different immortals, together. One of their most unique gifts is not their abilities, but rather their compassion and concern for others. Connor draws people to him, not because of his raw power and strength, but because of his kindness and ability to look beneath the surface of each individual and accept them for who they are. I loved the relationship Connor formed with Veronica, it was so funny and served as the basis for other friendships to grow. The baseball scene with the Keepers vs. Connor and his family and friends was great. I look forward to reading the next book! It seems that each book just keeps getting better, and I’m very excited to see what kind of child a Balancer and a Harmonizer produce!
  • Embody on June 02, 2012

    This book was just as good as the first one. I love how Willow and Landon constantly grow in their powers together. They always seem certain of their decisions, even when those closest to them don't agree. In this book Willow is determined to start bringing freedom to the people in Esterious. She discovers an old picture of herself with Drake, and is horrified to realize that she lived a life with him, and apparently loved him. She should know that you can't escape your past. However, she does try to run from her past and it almost leads to her death. Her soul becomes trapped in another woman's dying body. Her memories are gone, and all she knows is Drake's caring touch, a sister's love, and mysterious blue eyes. Is Drake truly caring for her and beginning to truly love her, or is it just another trick? But more importantly, what will happen to her soul if it doesn't return to her rightful body before this frail, sick body dies? The twists in this book were great, and I'm so excited to read the next one. Hopefully, it will be out soon!
  • Reflection on June 15, 2012

    I had the opportunity to read Reflections through GoodReads Nexus Group R2R, but this is a completely unbiased review. I didn’t realize exactly what that this book was going to be about when I read it. For some reason, I thought it was going to have an element of paranormal activity in it. However, I was pleasantly surprised once I began reading. Heather is from a small town, and all she wanted to do was escape to a bigger city for college, even though it meant leaving behind her best friend, Creed, to do it. The author does a great job drawing the reader in from the very beginning. You feel as if you’re actually experiencing all of the “new” college experiences with Heather. She falls for Nick, and the two spend 6 months falling in love. When Heather wakes up one morning, she realizes something isn’t right. She’s in a coma, and has been for over 2 years. The rest of the book is spent filling in the back story of how college began, her romance with Nick, and trying to separate memories from her dreams. It’s very interesting to find out how the reality of what was going on around Heather in her coma impacted her memories/dreams. For example, the author mentioned several times “2 years” in various situation, as well as the strong smell of rose perfume that a girl in one of Heather’s classes wore (when in reality it was the smell of roses that were always on her bedside hospital table. The fact that Heather is able to come out of her coma in itself is shocking, but when she wakes up it’s not Nick by her bedside it’s Creed. Does Nick exist, or was he too a figment of her dreams? Life has gone on for the past 2 years without Heather. Where does she fit in? People have changed and grown and nothing will ever be the same. I thought it was very well written with Ms. Roberts, showing a gift for fleshing out her characters and pulling the reader into her fictional world. I didn’t notice very many typos or grammatical errors, which is a HUGE plus. I really enjoyed the book, and have to say I’m on Team Creed! I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this installment.
  • A New World: Return on June 20, 2012

    I really wish I could say that this series is terrible and the writing is horrific, but I can't!! The 2nd book was even better than the first. John O'Brien does a great job of interweaving his past military knowledge with humor and suspense through this book. I found myself laughing at the banter between Jack and Lynn, but even more so when reading Jack's inner dialogue to himself. It sounds just like things I would be saying to myself-minus all the combat/zombie issues. This really is a great series that is completely differnt than any "zombie" books I have read. I really like the fact that Jack has him family around him, he has a big heart tempered with a take no bs from anyone attitude, and the story line focuses on a bigger picture than just lots of fight scenes with "night runners" as Jack and his group now call them. I like the text message that showed up on his open phone lying in his hands at the end, "Are you alive? I need help." Excellent series. I would highly recommend this to anyone. Since anyone considering this book most likely has some sort of interest in zombies, I'm giving it 5 stars because it is by far the best zombie-type series I've read.
  • A New World: Chaos on June 20, 2012

    By far the best zombie book I've read. Great characters & plot, with just enough fight scenes to make it so interesting that I had to immediately purchase the 2nd one so I could keep reading to find out what happens next
  • Water on June 20, 2012

    I read Water after a link was provided to me via GoodReads. Water has beautiful artwork for its cover. I was very excited to read this book, especially since I enjoy urban fantasy. Kaitlyn is a photographer who lost her parents at a young age and has been independent for several years. As a young woman she is caught up in an avalanche and wakes up as a prisoner on an island. After several escape attempts she is finally told why she is being held captive. The Seven is a centuries old group of eco-minded individuals. Most individuals in the group have their own special powers. Kaitlyn is the Gaia, meaning Mother Earth. She has powers over all the elements, but must learn to control them before they cause tremendous disasters. After learning this information, she chooses to stay in the group. The group consists of Shawn, whose first introduction to Kaitlyn consists of him attacking her. Micah, her protector Cato, the leader, who has a distinct connection to Kaitlyn, but you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is… Alex, the only person without powers, he does their logistics and technical issues. There are other individuals that are in the organization that you meet along the way. Katie practices manipulating and controlling her powers every day with Micah, who is her protector. He has an almost magnetic pull towards Kaitlyn and watching their interactions is very interesting. She is a kick-butt heroine, who is strong-willed, and determined to succeed in any situation. I enjoyed her snarky comments and her ability to succeed in any situation, even if it meant turning everything upside down, literally. As she, Alex, Micah, and Shawn leave for their first assignment she is captured and held prisoner on the Galapagos Islands. SPOILER ALERT* The island can feel Kaitlyn’s power and reacts negatively to it. She could literally sink the island if not careful. In addition, the island drains Kaitlyn of her powers. If this and the physical torture she had to endure were the worst things that happened I could have dealt better with this passage. However, she is raped and the author portrays it as it happens in real life. This continues for weeks, and she is tortured over and over, and raped with different objects. If I had been Kaitlyn I would have immediately done everything in my power to sink the island and kill my captors. *END OF SPOLER I think most women will cringe during this passage, and anyone who has experienced this will have a very strong negative reaction. I did like that Kaitlyn kept her head and was determined to control her own destiny. Personally, I think the Terra could have gotten her point across in a different manner SPOILER* that didn’t include rape. *END SPOILER However, it’s her prerogative to choose how she wants to express her message. The book was very interesting and completely different from all of the other elemental power books I have read. I would have liked to have a deeper explanation of the characters powers. Also, it was so frustrating that no one would listen to Kaitlyn and even Micah’s concerns about Shawn. Cato, is so stubborn and as leader of the Seven he is archaic in his thinking. I wanted to shake him many times throughout the book! However, that just shows how much Terra draws you into her world and characters. I will say, there wasn’t any mystery as to who the antagonist was going to be. Terra made that very clear from the beginning of the novel. The book ends with and unexpected twist that leaves you wondering exactly what will happen next. It’s not as dramatic as some other cliff-hangers I’ve experienced, but it immediately makes you want to get your hands on the second book. As a debut novel, Terra Harmony does an exceptional job writing. I never would have guessed this was a debut novel. Her protagonist and antagonist are both extremely strong characters and I am interested to see what will happen next. Will the antagonist succeed in his goal…keep reading to find out!
  • Ethereal (Celestra Series Book 1) on June 21, 2012

    This was a really good book. I know that there are an abundance of Angel books on the market, but this is one the ones worth reading. It revolves around 16 yr old Skyla, who is forced into a move by her crappy stepfather and finds herself in Paragon Island. Sklya is a normal girl with a special ability; she can hear other people’s thoughts when she touches them. But, is that her only gift, and she really a normal girl? Sklya meets her new BFF Brielle and 2 new boys Logan and Gage. As Skyla begins falling for Logan she suddenly discovers that he holds the same ability she does. As she begins questioning him about their abilities, he finally tells her that they are both Angels. There are several factions of Angels around the world, and especially it seems in Paragon. It turns out that both she and Logan and Celestera, the most powerful of Angels and also the most hunted. The Countenance, another faction, is killing of Celestera because they want to become the most powerful angels, and rule. There isn’t quite as much depth as I would have liked when it came to all the angel factions. Especially, because at the beginning of the book, it mentions Nephilim (which are children of angels, so half-angels) Yet the book mentions full blooded angels when referring to various people throughout the book. However, that is definitely not enough to detract from the enjoyment of the story. We follow Skyla around as she tries to discover new powers, and figure out how to stay alive. She follows her heart, which is usually dictated by her conscience. Unfortunately, this can get her into trouble….. Will she be able to figure out what secrets Logan is keeping from her, before it’s too late and her fate is the same as the girl who lived in her room before her…death? This was a quick read that doesn’t have a cliff-hanger, but is so good that you immediately want to go out and get your hands on the next book. I noticed very few grammatical errors and thought the book was well written. I was able to follow the story easily, and enjoyed listening to Skyla’s thoughts and plans. I wanted to shake her stepfather Tad for being such a moron; I’d use a different word but I doubt profanity is allowed in these reviews! :) That is just one more way of knowing how well developed the characters are. Kudos to Addison Moore for such a great book!
  • Before I Breathe: A Novel on June 27, 2012

    Kalena is an ordinary teenager who gets pregnant. That is something that almost anyone reading can relate to, either through personal experience or through knowing someone who has gotten pregnant is high school. We might have vague memories of those people, but few of us have stopped to think about how their life changes. In this novel, Pierre shows just how dramatically someone’s life does change as they are forced to make hard decisions before they are ready. Childhood is quickly left behind, and they are thrust into an adult situation that no teenager is truly prepared to handle. Once she realizes that she is pregnant, Kalena’s life changes completely. Both her parents and friends treat her completely different. Her parents are completely disappointed in her (which as an adult I can understand, because you realize the opportunities your child could possible miss due to a mistake she made). Her friends don’t know how to relate to her, and don’t understand where she fits into their circle, which basically she doesn’t. Her boyfriend Isaiah chooses denial, he wants to pretend everything is normal. However, Kalena doesn’t have that luxury as her life and body begin to transition into being a mother. At this point, I realize I have just described MTV’s 16 & Pregnant, which yes I have seen twice. Only twice, I swear!! However, Before I Breathe evokes different emotions than that show. You see the confusion and pain in Kalena’s mind as her world is turned upside down. The disappointment her parents have, and the disappointment she as as she realizes that she’s no longer the same girl, with the same choices she was before she got pregnant. The storyline supported themes of gaining second chances, learning from your mistakes and taking responsibility for your choices. These themes are something that every person can use in their life. The book was a fast read, but for my taste wasn’t truly entertaining. There isn’t any real suspense in the book, and there could have been some deeper character development. All in all, it wasn’t bad by any means. It causes your heart to clench in pain at times as you feel Kalena’s pain. If this type of story is what you like, then I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s much more of a reflective book for us adults, and I doubt that most teenagers would choose to read it, just because they tend to be drawn to more action/suspense.
  • Believe on July 07, 2012

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It was extremely similar to Twilight (which I adored). Andrea is going off to college, and little does she realize that her life is about to change forever. Everything she believed to be true is shaken to its core. It seems like the author could have made some more significant changes to this book, especially compared to how similar it was to Twilight in the emotional aspects as well as just the characters and setting. I understand the concept was different, but that was a small part compared to the underlying emotions of the characters. However, so many authors are being compared to Stephanie Meyer and Twilight whenever a vampire/human romance comes along and that’s not really fair to the authors. It did strike me as a strange character development, or lack thereof, that Andrea has so many paradigms changed so quickly and she adjusts without giving anything a second thought it felt like. For example, her mother suddenly popping into Andrea’s life and on top of that she’s royalty! Yet, nothing really seems to faze her. That could just be my perception, but that made it harder to truly relate to her as a character and be invested. Someone definitely needs to go through this to edit it further. I know how easy it is to make grammatical mistakes (especially when word doesn’t catch something) but when you read a story you definitely don’t want the grammatical errors to interfere with story. Especially to the point where the reader can’t even concentrate on the story due to grammatical errors. However, I do think Grimm-Weever has potential, and this series could develop into something very enjoyable. All thing considered, it was an interesting read if you could ignore the typos, with a twist that many will find unexpected.
  • Hush Money (Talent Chronicles) on Aug. 01, 2012

    So, I just finished both of the books in this series after getting them last night. There are several books out there with teenagers having powers; elemental powers, completely crazy unique powers, teenagers being transported to various worlds and gaining unique wizarding powers. However, The Talent Chronicles stands out from the pack through the character development of each of the characters and the intricate attention to detail that Susan Bischoff gives to her world. If you had a special talent you’d want to show it off wouldn’t you? We’re born and raised to rise above the pack, excel, and shine. The Olympics, NFL, and NASA all have one thing in common, the people that are in these groups are special; they possess unique skills that most of the world doesn’t. We celebrate them. However, having unique talents in is something that is Hush Money , the first book in the Talent Chronicles, will get you sent to the State School by the government NAIC. Believe me, it’s not like public school it’s more like an experimental prison. In Farview, an unusual number of teenagers seems to have talents and are being hauled off to the State School. So, when Joss’ dad realizes she has a talent for telekinesis, Joss is raised to stay off the radar. Her father teaches her to do everything she can to not attract attention. She doesn’t have any friends, she keeps to herself and is always in control of her emotions and actions, and above all she tries to always be on the lookout for potential problems and solutions to those problems. It’s worked since she was a child. What she never anticipated was how one girl was going to change her whole life. Kat is a pretty popular girl, who does what she wants and is used to getting her own way. So, when she goes out of her way to help Joss when Marco is picking on her she simply expects both Marco and Joss to accede to her wishes. Joss suddenly finds herself at the “popular table” with Maddy and her twin Matt, Heather, and Elizabeth. She has know idea what to say to this girl who is the complete opposite of herself. Kat keeps seeking Joss out, convinced that she’s going to draw her out of her shell. Joss finds herself being drawn towards Kat, almost like a magnet. Telling her things that she’s never told anyone. Could it be that Joss isn’t the only one with a talent? At Kat’s birthday party NAIC agents bust in looking for a boy with laser vision. Kat stands up to them and suddenly Joss finds herself standing up to them as well. Suddenly several teenagers from the “popular table” as well as Joss’ secret crush Dylan are all standing up to the agents. Talents are being used back and forth as kids are trying to find exit strategies and protect one of their own. Joss has trained for this her whole life. The only catch is it was always supposed to be for herself and her family, never outsiders. But Joss begins to realize that her morality isn’t going to let her walk away from her friends and other “Talents.” It becomes an us versus them mentality. Only, not all Talents are looking out for one another. Marco and his crew have their own plans in mind, and they don’t appreciate Joss and her friends getting in the way. There are tons of action scenes, interspersed with banter that had me laughing out loud. It was so easy to visualize the characters in my head, because Bischoff describes them so perfectly. I could anticipate exactly what Kat would say to Joss, and how Heather would jump in with her own dialogue with Joss that Kat wasn’t privy to. Suffice to say, almost every kid in this book has a talent and they are seriously cool. The is it-isn’t romance between Dylan and Joss also added to the book. It reminded me of those feelings we all used to have in high school where you can’t think of the right thing to say and are constantly overanalyzing what was said and done. Bischoff does an excellent job of weaving just the right amount of action, humor, romance all overlaying the seriousness of the situation everyone is living in. The lines are clear between who are the villains and who are the “heroes.” As everyone begins to look to Joss as a leader, will her strength of character and her Talent be enough to fight off the villain? And will the teenagers realize the true villains aren’t always who they appear? The undercurrents of Hush Money are powerful and you can tell that Bischoff is leading the reader onto a bigger adventure in the next book. This was an excellent read. I absolutely loved it! Joss is a perfect heroine. She’s strong, kick-ass, strategic in her thinking, sarcastic, trying to find her way in a new social world with friends, and always lead by her morals. If I hadn’t already had the second one I would have bought it immediately, because I didn’t want to leave Joss’ world. I would recommend this to anyone who loves urban fantasy. If you’ve never read urban fantasy and you’re looking for a book to try this is it. Believe me; you’ll be missing out if you don’t read this, and this is coming from someone who reads several books a week. Yes, it’s truly that good!
  • Details, Details, Details (Modern Gods Series, #1) on Sep. 05, 2012

    This was a wonderful book. It had so much humor in it, and the imagination Bell had in conceiving this book, & developing the characters brought this book to life. I enjoyed how the all the various mythical 3 Pantheons were involved. It made for interesting character development. Zeus/ Thor/ Jupiter were hilarious. I loved watching his character evolve, and how he constantly managed to get under Detail’s skin. I was chucking out loud at some of their interactions. They were hilarious! The other Gods were so interesting as well. The last quarter of the book was truly amazing. It took amazing imagination from Bell to conceive this plotline and then have the talent to have Details along with the other Gods evolve. I could actually see this being made into a movie. Parts of it reminded me of all of the movies out now that involve pieces of mythology in them, and this would fit right in. I walked away from this book in amazement. For those of you who know me, it takes an excellent author for me to continually keep thinking about a book since I read so many of them each week. I had the opportunity to read the original copy of this several months ago, and I still think about the ending, because it is something that you can walk away holding a piece of inspiration in your hand. Yes, I realize I’m getting a little deep on this book, but Bell has several subplots that you can pick up on that are truly inspirational. However, she doesn’t let that detract from the story line at all. The story flows smoothly and seamlessly. Bell never once hesitates in the narrative of this story. If you like any type of mythology, or are just looking for a good book to entertain you this is it. This book has it all-laughter, love, mystery, wonderful characters who you feel like you know, and finally, the power of taking destiny into your own hands. This is truly a unique book, and I guarantee you will not go wrong by taking the time to read it.
  • The Homecoming Masquerade (Girls Wearing Black: Book One) on Nov. 02, 2012

    This was a great read. It sure manages to pack in a lot of action on the time space of a few hours overall. I liked the back story on the characters, and am looking forward to find out even more about them. Wonderful description, it reminded me of the hell that can be high school as well as the adventure. Am excited to read the next book!!
  • Ruby Darkness: Fate of the Rose on Nov. 08, 2012

    I downloaded this book on a whim, and ended up really enjoying in. This was a completely unique world that Leader created and I enjoyed the fast read. The tempo isn't rushing, because this really has more to do with Ruby figuring out how to get home. However, you certainly won't get bored because there is always something that Leader has you trying to figure out. I enjoyed seeing the world through Ruby's eyes, even if she was a little slow in putting the pieces together. I had already worked out the plot in my head before the book was even halfway over. However, I wasn't the one in limbo trying to figure out what was going on, I was simply following all of the clues that Leader lays out for the careful reader. But it was still rewarding to see that everything I had guessed played out exactly the way I predicted. *silently bows* :) Ruby's biggest strength is her heart and willingness to always try and help people (even if it might not be expressed the best way) but that adds to her likability. Leader drops several clues throughout the book about the Ruby's destiny, and if I'm not mistaken also the destiny of the entire world and those she cares for-on both sides. The next book or books have a lot to live up to, but I don't doubt that Leader is up to the task. I'm definitely excited to read the next book, um now would be great Victoria...... :)