Andrea Coventry

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  • More than Magic: Semester Aboard on Nov. 30, 2012

    I was given the opportunity to read this book as a part of a book review club. I am so glad I had the chance! Yes, this book is another epic tale in which a girl comes of age, only to find out that she has special powers. Yes, it is another book in which a group of paranormal beings get together to fight off the evil ones. It is also another book that you should just go ahead and buy and enjoy. First, I love the idea of spending a semester on a ship, traveling around the world, while also taking college courses. Talk about life experience! There is just something romantic about traveling and meeting new people. Second, I love the relationships between the characters. They are all multifaceted and true to life. I have known people like them in real life, except, of course, for their paranormal powers. Jen doesn't randomly wake up one day with her powers; she has to study and learn how to use them. There is still a lot that she doesn't know. The reader is taken along for the ride, learning all about this supernatural world that exists within our own. The story unfolds in what feels like real time, which I also appreciated. I have heard that there is a sequel in the works, and I can't wait to read it!
  • More than Magic: Semester Aboard on Nov. 30, 2012

    I was given the opportunity to read this book as a part of a book review club. I am so glad I had the chance! Yes, this book is another epic tale in which a girl comes of age, only to find out that she has special powers. Yes, it is another book in which a group of paranormal beings get together to fight off the evil ones. It is also another book that you should just go ahead and buy and enjoy. First, I love the idea of spending a semester on a ship, traveling around the world, while also taking college courses. Talk about life experience! There is just something romantic about traveling and meeting new people. Second, I love the relationships between the characters. They are all multifaceted and true to life. I have known people like them in real life, except, of course, for their paranormal powers. Jen doesn't randomly wake up one day with her powers; she has to study and learn how to use them. There is still a lot that she doesn't know. The reader is taken along for the ride, learning all about this supernatural world that exists within our own. The story unfolds in what feels like real time, which I also appreciated. I have heard that there is a sequel in the works, and I can't wait to read it!
  • The Brown House on Feb. 01, 2013

    This was a delicious ghost story. It had so many of the elements I love: spooky noises, things that go bump in the night, a little bit of love, and a wicked secret history that doesn't let spirits lie. Even better, rumor has it that this story is based on some real-life events. That always helps a story to ring true and definitely adds to the creepy factor. Characters grow in their relationships as secrets are slowly revealed. Brylee is attempting to reinvent herself in her new school and discovers she has a creepy talent. Her two neighbors and two other closest friends also go through tremendous transformations as their truths come to light. The conflicts start to resolve themselves and the story looks to be over. It could be over. This book could stand on its own. The way it ends, however, allows for the possibility for another installment. More secrets are still hidden and more souls need to be saved. The characters are going to be able to further challenge themselves. I would definitely read another book in this series and look forward to more works by Christy Sloat. This is not the kind of book that you read during the bright daylight. To get the full effect, you need to read it at night, preferably during a thunderstorm, in an old house, by yourself. That's what I did. I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
  • Destine; The Watcher's Trilogy Book 1 on March 01, 2013

    I have been reading rave reviews about this book since it came out last summer. I am often wary of so many rave reviews and find such books to be lacking something by the time I get to them. Not so much with this story. It was awesome. In a world of paranormal saturation comes a different story idea. It's the Apocalypse, redone. Okay, it was written during the year that the Mayans had predicted the apocalypse, but I hadn't yet read any YA books about it. This was like a breath of fresh air in the genre for me. Michelle has a lot to overcome. Her mother is schizophrenic. Her best friend decides to abandon her. And suddenly, she is in charge of saving the entire human race. You can see her strength build from the beginning to the end of the book, as she accepts her destiny in life and battles evil incarnate. With Gabriel by her side, anything seems possible, even in the face of supreme tragedy. But their story isn't over with just this first book. This one spans an entire trilogy, so there is more to come. I felt like the book as a whole got stronger as the story continued. In the beginning, there was a lot of focus on what everyone was wearing, and other mundane details. Of course, these details help to illustrate how boring and "normal" Michelle's life was before Gabriel came into her life to reveal her destiny. As the action picks up, so did the writing. The plot developed with twists and turns that you didn't always see coming. Michelle's focus shifts to finding and stamping out the evil, before it ruins her and her loved ones. She doesn't care as much about those trivial topics that preoccupy so many high schoolers. My only problem, really, was a bunch of typos sprinkled throughout the book. I encourage potential readers to try to overlook those, because the story is really a good one that is worth reading. I now understand the persistent buzz about it and greatly look forward to continuing it in the sequels!
  • Willow on May 01, 2013

    This is probably my first book that I have ever read with a were as the main character. Most of the books that I have read had weres as supportive characters. That being said, I did enjoy this book, as I usually do those published by the Anchor Group. Willow is already well aware that she is a werewolf, and has had some inkling of her destiny, thanks to stories told to her throughout her childhood after she was turned. Suddenly, she is whisked away and has to become the leader of her own pack, and to protect them and guide them. But she still has so much to learn and hates what she is, anyway. What I liked about this book was its quick pace and ease of reading. Willow does grow and mature somewhat through the book as she has to take on more responsibilities. I liked most of the other characters and their chemistry. I did feel a little lost here and there like I had missed something and felt like some areas needed more development. Some things were explained away rather quickly. But I have faith that as the series continues, the story will grow stronger. I look forward to checking out more of it in the future.
  • Daughter of the Red Dawn on June 01, 2013

    I admit that when I started reading the first chapter, I was wondering if I had read this book before. It was eerily similar to another paranormal YA book that I had just read within the lats few months. I couldn't remember which book, though, and then quickly it became its own story. I still can't remember exactly of which other book I was thinking, because of how it changed. I'm not typically a fan of stories involving fae. Perhaps I should say that I don't usually seek them out on my own, but will read them on occasion. This one was highly recommended, plus it comes from the Anchor Group. I am usually willing to give their books a chance. And I did enjoy this one. In fact, I read the first half while eating my lunch and then in a doctor's waiting room. It's the first book in a series, so it has to spend a lot of time setting up Selena's past, her mistaken identity, her undiscovered powers, and the prophecy she is expected to fulfill. Of course there is the smoking hot werewolf who is determined to make her his mate. She has a long lost family. And the evil queen who is determined to do away with her. It's somewhat formulaic, but still an interesting story to read with enough of its own unique plot points and twists. Alicia Michaels has woven an intricate world, filled with plenty of descriptions to help you visualize it, without detracting from the narrative. The story could easily stand on its own, as it comes to a satisfying conclusion, but you can tell that there are more stories of Fallada to come. In fact, book 2 is due out this summer! Fans of the fae are going to love this book, I think. If you like other books published by the Anchor Group, you are going to like this book. This review can also be found at Andi's Young Adult Books.
  • Paranormal Days Gone Awry on June 30, 2013

    Vampires, witches, and zombies, oh my! And elementals and weres! You name it, this book has it! I had purchased this book during a sale, because I am familiar with many of the Anchor Group authors. I was ecstatic when my book club chose to read it this month. By this time, I was caught up with even more of the authors than I had been before reading it. I love reading books by Elizabeth Kirke, Christy Sloat, Stacey Rourke, and Karen Pokras Toz. All four of these ladies have stories featured in here, along with 9 others. Some of the stories provide more insight into characters in the full-length novels, such as the short about Dani and the kids by Elizabeth Kirke. Stacey Rourke's story about Keni was already familiar, as it also appears in one of her novellas. Christy Sloat's short about a vampire is an example of an author showing off a different side of her writing skills. Karen Pokras Toz's Nate Rocks is one of my current favorite middle grade series. I also really liked Dana Piazzi's "Full Moon Flip Flop" and "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" by Katherine Polillo. I am not usually a fan of short stories, but these kept me plenty entertained. This book is a fantastic introduction to the authors who make up the Anchor Group. It has something for everyone. Following each story is that author's bio and a listing of their other books, so you can catch up on ones you may have missed before.
  • Malevolent Gateway on July 31, 2013

    I liked this book so much better than the first one in the series! I can't really put my finger on why, though. Somehow, I cared more about these characters and was more interested in their plight. I thought this one was somehow more believable and definitely creepier. There was a lot more action and romance to maintain my attention. I could see all of it unfolding as if I was watching a more modern horror movie. Perhaps it even reminded me a bit of some that I have seen lately, though it definitely is its own story. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.
  • Snow Bound on Sep. 03, 2013

    I loved this book just about as much as I loved the first book in the series. The characters are all a lot of fun as they play with their elements and powers. They enjoy topping each other and picking on each other, just like one big happy family. (I am also a New Yorker who is a Lions fan, so I get a kick out of all of the football banter!) Jen definitely feels the most comfortable when she is around them, because she can truly be herself. She seems to be growing into herself, but still has a really long way to go. In this installment, Jen has been away from everyone else for the past five months. I do wish we would have had more insight into what she did for those five months, because that seems like an awfully long time to go without seeing everyone. I'm waiting for more lessons about her powers and abilities. She does have the opportunity to learn much more about the history of magic and more about their magical world as the new dangers present themselves up on the mountain. She also seems to find herself in the new position of being somewhat of a teacher. Old friends rejoin the cast in this book, as well as a couple of new additions. I love Dani and Charlie. This time around, I didn't confuse TS and Thomas as much. (Their names are too close!) Marianna didn't play as much of a role in this book. Sometimes, I forgot she was even there. Ember is new and has a lot of spunk. Shannon is also new, in that she now has an active role instead of being just someone mentioned. She too smart for her own good and definitely keeps things spicy! I enjoyed the action in this book and still had a hard time putting it down. I shook my head, laughed out loud, and even got a little teary. I did feel like Jen was a bit more of a passive observer in this book, as opposed to being involved in a lot of the action. The story is told from her perspective, so she does get a lot into her thoughts and emotions. Her biggest change in life revolves around her love life and her cousin's visit. The dynamic of those relationships change drastically. I enjoy how the series holds true to its name. Yes, magic is involved in each book, but the stories are more about friendship and creating everlasting bonds with your loved ones. It's about finding your place in this world. I feel like something bigger is being set up in this book. Jen and her friends are working their way up to an epic battle of sorts in the future. I can't wait for the next installment!
  • The Many Lives of Avery Snow on Oct. 02, 2013

    I had heard many good things about this novel before author Christy Sloat approached me about reviewing it. I see why so many people like it. It is a horrible dilemma to be in. You're in love with one person, but supposedly are destined to be with another. Life after life, you come back to each other, only to be ripped apart again. This time around, though, there is a twist in the plot that makes the decision even more difficult. See, in a way, Avery is destined to be with both of these men. You find yourself changing your mind throughout the book as to which one really is the right one for her. You may question her choices along the way and certainly how the story ends. Avery is 26 years old, which is older than your typical young adult heroine. She does, however, have somewhat of a naivety about her that makes her sound younger than her years and is quick to dive into relationships. I think this helps the story to fit in perfectly to this genre. Teens and adults will both enjoy this love story. If I am not mistaken, this is Sloat's first novel. I read and reviewed her second one, The Brown House, a few months ago. (Click here to read that review.) I see some growth from this one to that one and think that this is an author to watch. I also believe that there are sequels for both of these books that are due out sometime in the next months. I look forward to reading more from her!
  • The Unraveling of Avery Snow on Oct. 02, 2013

    I gave it 3.5 stars! As often happens to me with sequels, I didn't quite like this book as much as the first one in the series. Yet, I was compelled to read it, as I needed to know what happened to the characters. I would also recommend anyone else read it, to finish the series and to find out what happens to Avery, et. al. That being said, I didn't put it down until I was done reading it. Her heart is still torn in two different directions, though she tries to convince herself otherwise. I found myself still upset with her choice in the romance department. I felt sorry for her as she tries to determine who is going to get hurt, because there is no answer that makes everyone happy. I did find myself changing my opinion on what decisions I thought she should make. There are definite pros and cons to both decisions. You may find yourself contemplating the story even after you have finished it. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot. You definitely need to read the series in order, to truly appreciate the story. In the unlikely event that another story appears in this series, I will be sure to pick it up! I received a complimentary ecopy of this installment in exchange for my honest review.