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  • More than Magic: Semester Aboard on Nov. 26, 2012

    How many great things can I say about this book?!? It took me a few pages to get into it, but I was sucked in! The author did a great job with the character development, and there were a lot of characters to deal with! As the story progressed, I got to learn more and more about each person: their "gifts" and how they use them. There was a sense of mystery in this book and the fight scenes were well played. As with the main character of this story, Jenn, she was very interesting as well as identifiable. There was magic, magic and more magic on a voyage on a "ship", which fits the title. I cannot wait to read the next book because the cliff hanger left me wanting more to sink my teeth into!
  • The Brown House on Jan. 23, 2013

    I was given this book to read for an honest review. This book starts with a family moving across the country, from California to New Jersey! They had to leave love ones to get a fresh start since the dad lost his job and everything was going downhill. The daughter, Brylee, hated leaving but was trying to have a good attitude about it. They got to their new home, mom, dad & Brylee, but Brylee was not at all impressed. It was a big old house. It was a 3 story house with a weird floor plan. Parts had no lighting, like one flight of stairs & one door did not open, to a corner bedroom on the second floor. Her dad said that many locksmiths had tried to open it with no avail. Her parents took the whole third floor, so she had her choice of rooms on the second. She tried 2 rooms, but was scared out of one when she woke and heard a door slam in the pitch black of night. Many things started to happen in that house that made Brylee scared. She met her neighbor, Lynley, who told her that there were scary stories about her house, The Brown House. Come to find out, her house was built and owned by the Brown family many years ago. They weren't physically around anymore, but a curse was put on their family and people did not ho near the house in case the Brown relatives ghosts were there. Brylee tried not to worry. Lynley took her over to her house and Brylee met her brother, Ephraim, who was a senior. Brylee almost immediately fell for him. They all became great friends and Ephraim asked her to the Fall Dance. Of course she said yes. Somany things were happening in her house that Brylee needed to tell someone. She thought she could trust Ephraim, so she told him. They worked together to find out the mysteries of the house and Brylee found out a special ability she had. The book was well written. It was scary at times, but the high school romance and happenings really made it a great read! Some things were foreshadowed which worked well with the story! Other things took me by surprise, a great ending to the story with a HUGE cliffhanger!!! I recommend this book
  • The Brown House on Jan. 26, 2013

    This book starts with a family moving across the country, from California to New Jersey! They had to leave love ones to get a fresh start since the dad lost his job and everything was going downhill. The daughter, Brylee, hated leaving but was trying to have a good attitude about it. They got to their new home, mom, dad & Brylee, but Brylee was not at all impressed. It was a big old house. It was a 3 story house with a weird floor plan. Parts had no lighting, like one flight of stairs & one door did not open, to a corner bedroom on the second floor. Her dad said that many locksmiths had tried to open it with no avail. Her parents took the whole third floor, so she had her choice of rooms on the second. She tried 2 rooms, but was scared out of one when she woke and heard a door slam in the pitch black of night. Many things started to happen in that house that made Brylee scared. She met her neighbor, Lynley, who told her that there were scary stories about her house, The Brown House. Come to find out, her house was built and owned by the Brown family many years ago. They weren't physically around anymore, but a curse was put on their family and people did not ho near the house in case the Brown relatives ghosts were there. Brylee tried not to worry. Lynley took her over to her house and Brylee met her brother, Ephraim, who was a senior. Brylee almost immediately fell for him. They all became great friends and Ephraim asked her to the Fall Dance. Of course she said yes. Somany things were happening in her house that Brylee needed to tell someone. She thought she could trust Ephraim, so she told him. They worked together to find out the mysteries of the house and Brylee found out a special ability she had. The book was well written. It was scary at times, but the high school romance and happenings really made it a great read! Some things were foreshadowed which worked well with the story! Other things took me by surprise, a great ending to the story with a HUGE cliffhanger!!! I recommend this book!
  • Destine; The Watcher's Trilogy Book 1 on Feb. 17, 2013

    I was given this book for an honest review. This book, Destine by Katherine Polillo, gets 5 stars because it is exactly the kind of book I love to read! It's very captivating, and it's hard to stop reading! At the beginning of each chapter there is a Bible verse. I am familiar with the Bible and read it myself, so I was expecting this to be a religious book. It is not. Now, it does get it's foundation and outline from the Bible in terms of it's an apocalyptic book. A girl, Chelle, is a senior in high school and virtually invisible. She and her best friend, Cami, live in a very small town and don't want to be popular. As the school year begins, Chelle is fine doing like she did the years before and blending in to the background. Cami wanted a little more and turned herself to Alex, wanting him to like her, who was running for student counsel president. Cami totally turned her back on Chelle as her friend. She was all over Alex in more ways than one. A new boy in town, Gabriel, was myserious and very good looking with dark messy hair, penetrating eyes and a muscular pale body that looked like marble. Finally, Chelle spoke to him and there was an electricity between them. They had chemistry to say the least. Gabriel told her that he was an angel from heaven and was a guide for her. She was to save humanity; she was the vessel for archangel Micheal here on earth. As in Revalation in the Bible, at the Apocalypse there are 7 seals that are to be opened and 7 horsemen that come from them. The first is opened and it releases the Anti-christ. They come to find out the Anti-christ is Alex, Cami's boyfriend. As each seal is opened, they figure out each one. The first four horsemen are released and Chelle kills two of them. This is a great book, but my favorite parts are the ones where Chelle and Gabriel are together! Those parts are awesome! :)
  • Willow on April 28, 2013

    I read Willow by Amy Richie. I recommend this book. It starts with a 17 year old girl named Willow. She's in high school but she's also a werewolf being raised with her younger sister, Ivy, by a surrogate mother, Bella. She is of age to lead her own pack of werewolves, but isn't sure she wants it that way. I love that for this book, the females lead the males. It makes it exciting and a good different dynamic than other books! Willow is given a pack because the female was killed and the males needed a leader. Willow does not want this but is not really given a choice. She was taught well but she's still young. She tries and makes mistakes. But with a male werewolf, Gage, sent to protect and watch over her, she persists. A nightmare she's had since she was little comes to fruition, but a little less severe. There is love and danger as well as conflict. This is a great easy read that makes you want to read more. Can't wait to check out book 2 of the series! I was given this book for an honest review.
  • Paranormal Days Gone Awry on June 29, 2013

    I read Paranormal Days Gone Awry by many different authors of the Anchor Group Publishing. I recommend this book! I have read 7 of the 13 authors that wrote these awesome paranormal short stories. I love the way some of them added on to a story about one of the characters in their other books and some of them went in a totally different direction. I also love how the genre of paranormal is intermingled throughout these stories. I was impressed by many of these stories and it makes me want to read more books by these authors!
  • Malevolent Gateway on July 08, 2013

    I read Malevolent Gateway by Dawn Gray. I recommend this book if you like scary books. I do not like to read scary books, so this was a little out of my comfort zone. I really loved some aspects of it. Being that I read book #1, Fire Storm, I thought I knew the characters, but the author went in a different direction than I thought and I love that. She did bring back a character from the last book! I love the fire in this book and the end of chapter 12 is hot! This is very well written and flows very well. This book is about people getting killed in marshlands in Vermont. This has been happening for so long no one remembers when it started. Anna, a girl who grew up there, can talk to ghosts. She gets a call from one calling her back there. The governments special ops paranormal team S.P.I.R.I.T. comes in town to figure out what's going on and try to stop it. Anna meets with her life long friend, Blake, that still lives there and has his own specials "gifts" and they try to check on what the SPIRIT team is doing. They eventually work together to figure out all the details and really dig into this mystery. What they find has roots back 200 years and are at a loss to solve this mystery. Ghosts help and scare them along the way. Just when you think this book is finished and all is at rest, that's when things start to happen again.
  • Snow Bound on Aug. 08, 2013

    I loved the More Than Magic: Semester Aboard Book #1, but this book, More Than Magic: Snow Bound Book #2 is even better! It starts with Jen going to a ski resort to have a vacation with the Magics she met on the cruise. Jen is so excited to see all of them, but is most looking forward to seeing Thomas who she developed a serious crush for on the cruise. She is all perpared when she arrives at the resort with her bag, skis and her familiar, Rak, a cat. Thomas was supposed to pick her up, but as much as she loves TS, he is alone to take her to their cabin. She is so excited and gets to ride TS as a werewolf the three miles to their cabin. She soon sees everyone, Dani, Mariana, Char and Thomas! Also she meets Ember, Char's Niece, who is a fire elemental herself. They all ski and have a great time. Dani tricks Thomas and Jen by getting them by themselves. It happens that they talk and kiss. :) This is the most darlin' scene. I love how it is written. They end up 'going steady' and Dani gets to tease them. Eveything is going great, then Jen's non-magic cousin, Shannon, shows up as a surprise. Jen is tense and doesn't know what to do, but everyone else offers for her to stay in the cabin with them. Jen doesn't think this is a good idea because Shannon is sharp and can pick up little clues to figure out they're magics. No one else is worried and Jen decides to be ok with it. Things start to happen, Shannon starts putting things together and choas erupts. This is a must read! I love this book! I love how the author make reference to other vampire books. Some of my favorite lines: "Thomas shrugged. 'I like the cooked kind. But raw fish reminds me of congealed blood.'" "'That is the grossest description of sushi I have ever heard!' Shannon cried." "How long have you been twenty-two?" It was well written and a good length so I didn't get tired of it, but it left me wanting more! I cant wait to read the next book in this series!
  • The Unraveling of Avery Snow on Sep. 24, 2013

    I read The Unraveling of Avery Snow by Christy Sloat. I recommend this book if you have read the first book in the series. As things continue from the first book to the second, Avery and Dallas are still together, Landon has had his memory shaved. He does not remember his past lives with Avery or really who she is other than Dallas's girlfriend. A new Spirit Guide has been assigned to Avery because Ianni lost her angel status and became human when she helped her defeat Dedrick and Benjamin, the Dark Guides. Avery is helping Ianni fit in to the human world by letting her live with her. Dallas begins his restaurant and forgets Valentine's Day with Avery. Avery's life and lives start to unravel and reveal things about her. I very much enjoyed this book! The creativeness of the events in the story are great and I loved it!
  • The Many Lives of Avery Snow on Sep. 24, 2013

    I read The Many Lives of Avery Snow. I recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I love the writing style and the story flowed smoothly. It begins with a girl named Avery who works at a assisted living place. She is in a state of depression where she can't sleep. At most she gets 3 hours of sleep at night and wakes up feeling likes she's missing something. She learns that she has a Spirit Guide named Ianni and she has been reincarnated. She is in her 4th life and her soul mate reincarnated also all the times she has and has found her every time. This sounds romantic, but she is always meant to be with someone else every reincarnated lifetime. Things get very complicated and she falls or has already fallen for the bartender named Dallas. Later she finds out who her soul mate is and there is this battle within her mind and for her soul. There is a big battle at the end but I'm not telling any secrets... I like this author's books! I will continue to read every book she writes! :)
  • By My Side on Dec. 12, 2013

    I read By My Side by Stephanie Witter. I recommend this book! I love the story and the sarcasm of Lily. This is her story of the summer after the Junior year of high school. Her best friend Andy has been her friend ever since kindergarten and he is her optimism where she is his pessimism. They hate Andy's older brother Gabe, who is in college, with a passion... but he shows up back at home during their summer and won't leave. The summer looks like it's going to be all downhill for Lily and Andy until they start fighting. Gabe steps in to "comfort" Lily, but that's where the drama starts. There is a couple parts where it is sad because of things that happen in their lives, but it adds to the story. A few times in the book things were worded a little differently, but I understood it and it did not hurt the story in any way. This author is a great writer. This is her debut novel and I want to read more of her books!
  • Dragon Wars on Jan. 24, 2014
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    I read Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle. I recommend this book. I really liked this book and could almost feel the imagination flowing out of this author on to the pages. It begins with a boy in school named Danny and he's being bullied. He has had a hard time since his father died. He and his mom moved into a house that does not feel like a home to Danny. He finds a small wooden box and a journal with real life drawn pictures on it of dragons and a new land. He begins to read the journal and starts to believe in this world. The box that was locked without a way to open begins to open and turn his reality into the land of dragons and mystical creatures, but something has changed from what was written in the journal till now. This is where the drama begins and where I got sucked into the book. I loved learning what the dragons were like from Danny's perspective verses the journal's perspective. I love how at the end of the book I had tears in my eyes. I 've never really read about dragons before and I really enjoyed it. The author did a great job with descriptions.
  • Fern on Feb. 19, 2014

    This book is a great continuation of the first book Willow. In this one, the pack leader Willow has moved her pack out of danger, but knew her 'mom' Bella, called Fern now that she's power crazy, wants to destroy her pack. Two older werewolves from the council come to Willow and want her and the pack to come to the ancient city to free Gage, Willow's love interest and Alpha of the her pack. He was imprisoned by the vampire Andros, the leader of the ancient city. When they go back, things have changed and Willow's mission becomes more complicated than she had imagined. The book really had a great plot and this author did a great job bringing me into the story. I got a little confused about who was talking during the dialogue because there are so many boys in the wolf pack, but I love them all! They all had their own personalities and were relatable.
  • Chasing Invisible on March 22, 2014

    I recommend reading this book. The style of writing was new to me, and I almost felt like I was watching a movie. This book covers most of Julia's life. She meets a boy, Chase, in college and they marry, then he gets a recording contract. His musical career takes off. Living in the spotlight, Julia can't grow accustomed to it, and everything she does to try to distance herself from it, makes the spotlight even brighter. I really like the title and how the meaning is cumulated at the very end. This book drew me into Julia's life and caused my emotions to peak and drop as I was reading. I was surprised by some things that happened and have differing opinions as to how Julia handled events. She's a strong character.