It is a very short read if you are used to reading 500 or more pages like I am. It took me about 15 minutes, but it was a really good 15 minutes. Chick-E decides on her walk home from school that she would like to get a job. She determines that it must be when she sees the Help Wanted sign at Mama Romano's restaurant. She immediately applies and gets the job. The rest of the story talks about how much of a disaster her first day of waitressing is and how she handles a bad situation. She learns that you can't be good at everything you do, but you must learn to make the best of a bad situation. She shows real strength in believing in herself and creativity in problem solving. It is a wonderful read for early adolescents (could be read as early as 6 or 7 depending on your child). I am actually looking forward to seeing how other books in the series go. I think it will make a wonderful addition to our bookshelf for the future.
This was a wonderful werewolf story. I LOVE werewolves, so when I saw this book, I had to read it. I will say that I kind of wish that there were more scenes of the characters actually being werewolves. This story focuses a lot on how a family of werewolves are living as much like humans as they can. The entire family lives together in a very secluded national forest, but they hold real jobs and interact with humans enough to not seem like recluses. Unfortunately that is also the main problem encountered in the story. Sophie falls in love with a human which is pretty much their primary werewolf law not to do. No human lovers are allowed, especially for the women. Why? Because the werewolf gene is passed through the women and not the men. If a male werewolf were to get a human woman pregnant, there is really no need to worry since the offspring will be human. However, all werewolf women will have wolfkin babies no matter who the father is. It is quite a dilemma for Sophie because she is also not supposed to reveal her true nature to any humans. The reason for this is your normal situation where humans can't process something so out of the ordinary. There is a lot of other history involved in this, but you should read the story to discover all of that.
I must admit that the love scenes in this story feel rushed a bit. However I am used to reading stories where an entire chapter might be dedicated to such a thing. I felt like details were left out, but that was probably on purpose. This book is suitable for teenagers as a result. Also, I wanted to scream at the end. It has an amazing cliffhanger if you are one of those people that like to see the main character end up with the man (or woman) you wanted for them. This story leaves only a hint of who Sophie will end up with, but no definite answer. I sat there trying to flip to the next page on my nook hoping it would say something about Sophie's decision in her mate. It's not like the book doesn't end happily, but rather ends with you knowing that there is a lot of work ahead for Sophie and her family. It's a realistic ending for a supernatural story.
This was a wonderful read! I read it in about two days because I just had to know what was happening next. The story moves along at a quick pace without feeling like you are missing any information. You get all the information you need just when you feel like you need it. I thoroughly enjoyed the new twist on where vampires and witches come from (not telling where because you should read it). This story is about how vampires and witches exist in our world (specifically taking place in Dublin, Ireland mostly). Humans don't exactly know that they are among us, but they also are very accepting of the possibility. Vampires still need to drink human blood to survive, but it turns out that witch blood is poisonous to them. However, witches have breed so thoroughly with the human population, that it is becoming increasingly difficult for vampires not to drink some of the witch blood in their "human" donors. This is a problem that Beck, the main vampire character of the story, is researching for solutions. He believes there must be a way to help vampires and witches alike survive on Earth without bringing about war and with helping all races. He believes his research will even bring an end to many diseases like Cancer and Aids. This is where the main character, Mae, comes in. She becomes a part of his research as well as the love of his life.
Mae finds herself in Ireland on a vacation with her best friend Gemma. During her vacation, she beoms immersed in the world of the supernatural and finds her true place in the world. She has been an orphan, adopted child, and finally left alone when her adoptive parents died. Her only family is her best friend Gemma. She loves anything geeky (a woman of my own heart), but finds it difficult to really fit in since technology is still primarily a man's world. Beck falls in love with Mae even though his real reason for meeting her is because the soul of his eternal beloved is trapped somewhere in Mae's body. Helen of troy, Beck's beloved was cursed by Aphrodite to keep returning to a new body after death takes her and to find Beck again and again since he will never die. Mae is the host for this lifetime, but Beck falls in love with Mae and must decide between the love of his eternal life and his true soul mate. I thoroughly loved this story.
Children have so much to deal with in school that a bully should not be one of them. I hate the idea that there are bully's in school, but everyone has to learn to how to be who they really are. I think that everyone gets bullied at some point in their life and most people even act as the bully at some point. You may not even realize that it has happened until after it is over. This story gives you a way to talk to your children about how bullying occurs and how you can handle it.
Bullying makes you feel small, insignificant, and helpless. If you think of it in the other direction (which most kids don't), that means the bully feels bigger, important, and powerful. Bart is able to put this feeling into words and pictures to demonstrate to the reader what happens to both parties involved in bullying. Bart learns that he must take a stand against Frank and if he does it when everyone else is watching, they just may stand behind him. No one likes being in Bart's position, but if someone has the courage to stand up for what is right, others tend to follow. I loved the story and the simple art. The end of the book even provides you with questions you can talk to your kids about and help the mto identify if bullying occurs in their life and how to deal with it. Empower your kids! Teach them to be strong.
C.G. Powell has taken a very interesting perspective in the city of Atlantis in this story about how aliens and humans can co-exist. The truth about Atlantis is a secret though, so shhhhh! This story is primarily about a family who rules a portion of the world called Eir. The queen dies during childbirth of their fifth baby girl, but leaves behind no sons. As her last dying wish, she makes the King promise to let their daughters marry for love. It's a pretty big deal since now the king has to rely on a daughter to marry a man who is capable of running the kingdom without getting to groom him for the position. It is entirely possible each daughter would marry someone completely incapable of being the next king, but he swears to her as she dies that they will marry for love.
Seventeen years later, the king has married off two daughters and one has married a man that could rule, but no one wants him in a position of power. The other appears to be a complete idiot whom no knows much about at all. King Rowe is on a mission to marry off the other three as he is getting older in age. During this time he has had the chance to groom one man to take over in hopes that one of his daughters would indeed fall in love with him. It's a gamble that you will definitely enjoy reading about. His other chance of leaving the kingdom with an heir is to break his dying wife's wish and betroth Jael, the youngest. You will learn that Jael is different from her sisters and Rowe has a very good reason for the betrothal other than finding an heir. It's a mystery that has surrounded Jael since her birth and will leave you shocked at the end. Rest assured that the story has a happy ending and leaves an opening for a second book. I thoroughly enjoyed this and even though I typically avoid aliens, this is well worth the read. Especially since it is C.G. Powell, an author I thoroughly enjoy.
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My love for werewolves drew me to the Mystic Wolves series long before I started writing book reviews. I tried desperately to win The Mystic Wolves (book 1) when it came out, but ended up getting it when it came available on Amazon for free one day. Imagine my excitement when the second book in the series became available for a book tour from Promotional Book Tours! I had to have! I was not disappointed either! The first book ended with Darcy an Mason's make out session being interrupted by another werewolf claiming to be Mason's future mate. I was shocked and desperate to find out what would happen. Darcy shows tremendous restraint by not destroying Amber, the wannabe mate. Granted Mason had to hold her back a few times, but I know I would have torn her to pieces if I had been Darcy. Things get really crazy for them when Amber claims asylum, which means she is seeking a place of safety for fear that her life is in danger. Who threatens her and why? Well she claims her dad is going to kill her or do extreme bodily harm to her if she returns to her pack without marrying Mason. What on earth would cause such drastic measures? Well it turns out Mason and Amber have an extensive history. I'm not going to rehash it because that is the bulk of the story.
You will be shocked at the lengths that Amber goes through to get rid of Darcy and to win over Mason. You will be even more shocked at how this story ends! I must say that Belinda Boring has a knack for leaving you hanging and wanting more. I can't wait for the next one and am hoping it comes with a book tour as well.
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Family should be the most important part of our lives with only one person ranking higher for those of us that believe, God. If you are not a believer, this story may cause some issues for you, but you can read it without feeling like you are being criticized. Kerry's entire family are very devout Christians. They believe in God and hold Him above everything else in their lives. They believe that everything happens for a reason and that God will take care of all their worries. This is not the first book in this series (you can read them out of order without completely ruining the other books) which is evident in the plot of this story. Even though I had not read the first book, I was able to understand this story completely. I now know that the role of trusting in God will be a part of the entire series.
This book focuses on Kerry's kidnapping by the son of the man that her brother sent to prison. It starts out as a simple abduction with the ransom being releasing the man from prison, but Kerry was very well educated by her brothers on how to get out of these situations. She has a brother that is in the CIA and one in the FBI. She also has a sister who is a PI. Through their connections, Luke is brought in to locate Kerry and protect her. They don't expect to have to be together for very long. However, the man who kidnapped Kerry goes crazy. He is out to find her at all costs. Luke is her only hope of staying alive without risking the lives of her entire family. I was very surprised with how the two of them interacted since Luke was not a believer. I felt that the author did a wonderful job of showing both Kerry and Luke how God was directing their lives. It was a wonderful story that I enjoyed very much.
What an amazing book! I seriously could not put this one down! I started it last night and finished it in less than a day. If you like books that get right into the romance immediately, this is for you. I seriously was wondering what the plot really was for a few chapters because it focused so heavily on the relationship between Darcy and Mason (pack alpha). Darcy and Mason came together through a blind date by Darcy's mom and their wolves instead claimed each other. It was love at first sight and their love has only grown since. There is an interesting aspect of this story in that neither one of them is ever satisfied if you catch my drift. In order to be together they must go through a mate bonding ceremony where it is highly important that the female remains pure. Their ceremony has been scheduled and they are waiting for some specific date to come around before they can consummate their love. In the meantime, they thoroughly enjoy driving each other crazy. Don't get me wrong, even though I didn't know where the story was going for a while, it's still a very entertaining read.
At some point it does become clear that there is actually someone out to destroy Mason in some way. This person orchestrates the death of Mason's beloved sister and a childhood sweetheart. After that, he is out to get Darcy. She ends up kidnapped and you find out that there is actually something special about her, but we don't know exactly what that is. Then she is returned to Mason to deliver a message and show that no one he loves is really protected. The story ends up with a vampire rescuing both Mason and Darcy and the peace treaty between vampires and werewolves solidified. Finally we end with a HUGE cliffhanger as another werewolf shows up on their door and tries to lay claim to Mason. What will happen? Will Darcy's wolf kill this intruder? Will Mason have to choose between them? Where did she even come from??? All questions that I am sure are to be answered in the next book, but boy it's going to drive me crazy waiting until I have to time get it!
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Shadows of Pain
on Nov. 28, 2012
This story is the third one in the series and I have to say that I actually felt like I was missing a little information when I started. I started off with book two for a book review and of course I can't pass up continuing to review the series when they come my way. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to read book one, Shadows from the Past. The story jumps right into action and you find yourself reading about a troubled man questioning his belief in God who finds his way into a hospital bed. He is surrounded by "family" and friends (family is in quotes because none of them are blood related) who are very devout Christians, but also are love him the way he is. Where I felt like I was missing information was in the relationships between these people. Apparently a great deal of information about each of them is in the first book so I spent some time just trying to understand how they were "related" to each other when in fact most of them are not related at all. That said, the rest of the plot seems to be very easy to follow and will leave you in suspense. These stories are all crime related and focused on the Riley family. The Riley's have a lot of law enforcement in their ranks and after taking down a major crime family, that family is out to destroy everyone they hold dear. This results in the discovery of how God is always active in their lives as well as finding true love in some cases. This particular story is centered on Kami and Daniel. Neither are a member of the Riley family, but their law enforcement partners are. Will Daniel no longer be the troubled man and learn to accept God in his life? Will Kami be able to get over her troubled past and accept that Daniel just might be the man God has planned for her? Will they both live long enough to see where their relationship might go? You'll have to read to find out!
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Another amazing story by Liz Schulte! I love this woman. Her books have a way of sucking me in so that the rest of the world disappears around me. This book is the second in her Easy Bake Coven series. You can read my review of the first book, Easy Bake Coven, at Identity Discovery Blog.
Book one ends with Cheney and Selene taking over the throne of the Elves. Selene is a half elf, so this appears to be something that is going to cause a problem among the Elf race. The only part that seems ok is that Cheney is a full blooded elf and the heir to the throne. He over threw his father because he tried to banish Cheney for marrying a half elf. Cheney and Selene have decided that it is time for change among the Fae, allowing all the fae races to have some kind of say in how their world is run, including those that are half human. However, we are also introduced to Jaron in the final scene who informs Selene that she has been doing great and the plan is going exactly as planned. Selene also has a memory that involves kissing Jaron, leaving Selene wondering if she really is following some grand plan that she doesn't even remember.
Book two introduces us to Selene regaining her memories throughout the story. These memories leave her feeling even more confused about how she feels about Cheney or Jaron. It also has her wondering why she doesn't remember anything about her cousin that apparently she had been very close with. To top it off, Selene's human ex-fiance Michael is kidnapped, her yoga studio burned to the ground, she finds out she has been cursed, her grandma thinks she killed her parents, and Cheney is acting very weird. She doesn't know who to trust or what to do. It's a big mess that does get cleaned up pretty nicely by the end of the story. There are still questions left unanswered, which I believe are leading to what will happen in book three. It's a fantastic story and I want more!
This is a very quick read being that it is a free Novelette. I have read all of Olivia Hardin's Bend-Bite-Shift trilogy and her romance novel All For Hope. I enjoyed every single book so much that I decided it was time to read her MAUCs series. MAUCs are Magical And Undead Creatures. In this world some humans are aware that there's more than just themselves on the earth, but mostly MAUCs try to keep their existence hidden. Sometimes things happen that cause them to be discovered and someone like Lynlee has to step in to hide them again. It's kind of like Men In Black only with paranormal creatures instead of aliens. In this short story, Lynlee is faced with someone from her past, a human named Beck has come seeking her help with healing his daughter. Beck learned that Lynlee was a witch when they dated many years ago and decided that he couldn't handle being a part of her life. Now he has literally shown up in her house asking for her help with his magical daughter, only he didn't even know what his daughter really was. In the process of helping him save her, Lynlee discovers that her old feelings have only been buried deep, now uncovered with his very presence.
It's a wonderful story with a wonderful ending. I love how Lynlee interacts with the other characters. You will probably want to have Tangled in Trouble ready to be read as soon as you finish because while the story is summed up nicely, you will want to know more about what happens to Lynlee by the time you are finished with this one.
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This is an extremely quick read with approximately 40 pages. It is always free, and I would say worth reading. Megan is asked to help a werewolf alpha find his mate. She is a wiccan for hire. At first it looks like the werewolf, Zack, is being forced to find a wife by his mother, but it turns out that he truly thinks that something is wrong with him. He desperately wants to find what so many others have already found. He wants his one true love, the woman that will own him and he will own. He surprised at the result of his first taste of Megan's magic, as is she. He's even more surprised when he finds his mate.
I really enjoyed this short novella. It got straight to the point. I really wish it had been longer. The author has a nice writing style and great descriptions, though they are simple. Sometimes simple is better than over explained. I would recommend it. It definitely has me wondering if Caroline Hanson has other books out there.
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Book 1: I have owned the first four books in this series for quite a long time, but have not had the chance to read them. I decided it was to finally find out what they are all about. The story is a new take on Snow White, one where she becomes a revenant. It starts out with her just being an ordinary almost-sixteen-year-old, with the exception that her parents leave her alone a lot. Her mother died when she was young. Her father remarried a woman that apparently doesn't care about her step-daughter all that much. Sound familiar? Well they have left for a vacation that will last approximately two months and Snow White, yes that is her actual name, is home alone during that time. Thankfully she has some amazing neighbors that look in on her and are her friends. The man of the household is Professor Pops and he had seven adopted sons. Snow learns in this book that she has a crush on one son, Gabe, and that her feelings just might be reciprocated. However, her friend has a crush on him too. What's a girl to do? There is also a hint of someone else that just might be important in this tale. His name is Chase Charming. He's a transfer student to her school and makes a very brief appearance. Not really sure what role he will play in the whole revenant/vampire twist just yet.
It's not a very long story and I have probably already told you more than I should about the plot. I am very curious about where the story is going. I know that there is a queen vampire and Snow White is more than a fairytale in this world, but what will actually happen to Snow White? Is her step mother some how involved in this plot to turn her into a vampire? Will Charming somehow find his way into Snow's heart or is he a bad guy as well? What about Gabe? There's a lot of unanswered questions that I am eagerly starting the next book to find answers to. I really enjoyed this book though and will update you on the series soon.
Book 2: Another very fast read. I read this novelette in less than four hours, but some of that is because I seriously just want to know how this entire series is going to play out. This story focuses on Snow White learning more about what it means to be a revenant. She discovers her bloodlust in conjunction blossoming feelings for Gabe and her Hunter. In a very short amount of time, she learns that there are more than just vampires in the world. While she is destined to become a vampire, there are others out there that may want to kill her before her transition is complete. In the meantime, she has to try to be a normal teenager by going to school and not feeding on anyone. This book has a rather surprising ending in my opinion. I thought it was very well written and have already started reading the third book in the series.
Book 3: Snow White has learned who the Hunter is that is turning her into a vampire. She has also learned that he is a matter in the art of seduction. In the process of learning this, her relationship/friendship with Gabe takes a turn towards awkward. No one really knows what has been happening in the Vampire Queen's realm between her and the vampire Christopher, but it has become obvious to all seven guys that something is changing for Snow. Her heart takes an emotional hit, but Christopher is there to help her feel better. The question is whether Christopher is doing it to further his agenda in turning Snow into the Queen's vessel or because he has feelings for her.
Another great installment to the vampire version of Snow White. I am enjoying this series so much that I am reading at least a book a day. I am starting book four and plan to purchase the rest of the series so I don't have to pause in reading it at all.
Book 4: Snow's life is quickly getting out of control. She and Have aren't talking. Christopher has disappeared. Her best friend Cindy is acting really strange. All of her best friends seem to be afraid of her or in desperate need of feeding her. To top it off, her dad and step mom having returned two months early from their trip acting rather strangely as well.Their return is very short lived though leaving Snow White even more confused. I personally feel like there's something very strange going on with her parents. I think they are somehow deeply involved in her becoming a revenant, but there isn't any evidence to support this yet. Snow seems to be developing her vampire skills faster than anticipated which is causing her bloodlust to be a problem. She craves Christopher's blood, but he's no where to be seen. The end of this book is really shocking. I am really hoping that what appears to have happened hadn't really, but it's on to Book five in order to find out. Another action-packed and exciting story!
When the Guardian Trilogy ended, I wanted more. It didn't feel like Olivia and Holden were finished telling their story. Now I know why. This book is the start of a new trilogy where we will learn more about Holden and the rest of the Jinn and where Olivia will have to learn how to be herself and the angel hiding inside of her. In this book, we learn that Hell is ready to try to take control of both of them or destroy them. Having a free fallen angel roaming the world is bad for Hell's agenda. Demons are looking for a weapon that will destroy Olivia. By destroying her, they will be able to get Holden's soul back for Hell. Jinn are slaves to Hell and having a free jinni is even worse than having a free angel. To top off the problems with Hell, Baker is dating Holden's only living relative, a human named Maggie. How will Baker tell Holden that he's been seeing her without getting himself killed? How will he be able to keep her from getting mixed up in everything going on with the Abyss? Being a human means she knows nothing about Jinn, angels, and whatever Baker really is. Can he bring her into their supernatural world without her going insane? The real question though is does he even want to?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and am really looking forward to finding out where everything is going to go. We learn even more about each of these characters, including the Sehkmet Femi. I really like Femi, as do a lot of people. I hope that eventually she gets her own book. I would love to learn about how she grew up to become a bounty hunter. Anyway...If you like supernatural books that don't revolve around one type of being, this is definitely for you, but I would definitely read The Guardian Trilogy first (Secrets, Choices, and Consequences).
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This is a quick read that leaves a lot of unanswered questions, but there are several books in the series so just plan on having them all ready to be read in order. I would say that this story is just the beginning of one large story divided up onto really small increments. You meet two main female characters, Nicole and Kat. It appears the story is going to be mostly about Nicole. She is dealing with having lost her mom to cancer when they decide to go to Florida for the weekend. While there they meet some hot guys and Nicole runs into a very creepy guy that sets her nerves on edge. It turns out that she had a very good reason to be worried about this man. He awakens a hidden supernatural aspect of Nicole that she didn't even know existed. Now what is she to do with this new found power? Will she ever see her hot man again? It's really a very interesting tease of a story. I am looking forward to reading the next book.