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on Feb. 12, 2012
An interesting easy read about Camille and a boy named Nathaniel Strider who was about to transform into a werewolf from a vicious bite.
I easily followed through the story through Camille's point of view. The story was well written though I would say it is somewhat lacking on the action part. In this book, we get to read how Camille and the doctor tried to find a cure for Nathaniel while rushing for time.
Overall, it is still worth reading.
3.5/5 stars for Camille.
- Angel Evolution
on Feb. 12, 2012
An interesting twist in the role of Angels and Demons in this book. It seems that the Angels are plotting to use Taylor, a girl with unusual aura, to wipe out the Demon population while the Demons are bent on preventing that from happening.
I like the style of writing; the words just flowed and totally sucked me into the book! Interactions between Taylor, Gabriel, Samantha and Christopher sometimes made me smile.
It's interesting to read the story from the POV of both the Angel and the Demon. The pace of the story started out slowly, letting us get to know the characters and the history behind the battle. When it got to the exciting part, which is the battle, it was over very quickly and seemed a little rushed.
Overall, it is an enjoyable book. Looking forward to reading book 2!
- My Blood Approves
on Feb. 12, 2012
Another enjoyable series by Amanda Hocking. It is interesting to read the relationship between Alice & Jack as well as Peter. Seems like there's 2 vampires for Alice but she is not meant for one of them.
My heart goes to Milo who seemed kind of helpless in the story.
Definitely worth reading.
- Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1)
on Feb. 27, 2012
One thing I don't like about this book is the constant change of POV in the first half of the book. The scene alternates between Maddie, the villian and Rayn. Though it gives insights as to what each character is feeling, in my opinion, the scenes are somewhat retold.
But it got better towards the second half of the book where the POV turns consistent. Clumsy Maddie is seriously interesting to read! The bond between Rayn and Maddie is strong and unbreakable (it's sort of a instant connection between the two of them). And the author left me hanging at the end!! Now I need the second book to know what will happen to Maddie and Rayn.
Overall, a pleasant read with a tinge of comedy (Maddie) in it. This book has potential in it.
4 Stars for Survival.
on Feb. 28, 2012
**I got this book though Read it & reap it at Goodreads.**
This book is enjoyable but a little difficult to get into the story. I'm not sure if it's because the author gave background information on the characters during the first part of the book.
Rayla Tate lives with her Aunt Grace. She defies her aunt and sneaks off to her own choice of college with her best friend Cassie. Along the way, she was frightened by something unknown that's following behind their car but she was immediately drawn to this dark stranger. She later finds out that she's an Elementalist and found herself surrounded by men who turned out to be fae lords who wanted to claim her power.
There's just so many guys pinning for Rayla. I'm a little jealous of her though. But really, she needs to choose one! One thing that do cross my mind about Rayla is that she falls in love too fast. Another is that for best friends, Rayla and Cassie do fight a lot, ignore each other etc. Nevertheless, the author did a great job of introducing fae (I have no idea what it was before reading) and overall it is a pleasant read.
Have to get to the next book to see the end!
3.5 Stars for Five.
- A Little Less Girl
on Feb. 28, 2012
Totally enjoyed it! The alternative point of view between Dani and Jake was refreshing. Characters were great. Jake is a total nice guy and Dani's a great swimmer. I find myself liking Dani's mom and her interaction between her and Dani. I kept wanting to know who killed Amy throughout the book. Was it Jake, as everything had thought? You have to read to find out! It's a good read. 5 stars for a little less girl! Join her on her quest to find out the truth about her cousin's death.
- Resurrection, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book 2)
on March 14, 2012
**Received e-book through Read It and Reap program from the Shut Up and Read! Goodreads group from author**
Book 2 of The Guardians of Vesturon is a definitely must-read if you have read the first book, Survival. It's definitely a much more smoother read than Survival. Book 1 left a cliffhanger which made me crave for more! I must say the author did a good job in Book 2, not only did she gave a brief recap of the characters and what's happening, she also developed the characters even further.
It's heartwarming to read the change in Maddie even though she's still the accident prone and disaster bringing character. It's really fun to read everything about her. I can relate to her and understand her need to do what she had to do (please read to find out what). Powerful, that's what she'd become. It's really lucky that she has all the support from those around her, except for Rayn who couldn't see past what she's endured to become what she was now.
This is a series I want to continue.
Cheers for A.M. Hargrove and the The Guardian of Vesturon series.
Can I have more please?
4/5 stars for Resurrection!
- Remembrance (Transcend Time, #1)
on March 18, 2012
Do you believe in past lives and reincarnation? Remembrance will definitely show you all about it!
Remembrance is a beautiful story told in Lizzie's POV. She was just a regular student with a boyfriend until she met Drew Carmichael and was immediately drawn to him. Then her best friend Chelsea started dating Drew and Lizzie started having conflicted emotions over it. Drew seemed to have the answers to Lizzie questions, like how he had known that she would get better in French, but he started avoiding her. Then there was the Halloween dance where she danced with this familiar masked man and she was hit by a vision of her past. Everything changed and she needed answers. Want to know how it ends? Grab a copy of the book!! ;)
Michelle Madow did a great job in introducing the element of reincarnation in her book as well as the concept of helping another person to realize their past lives. The pace was just right and I love her writing style--it's easy to follow. Her characters are easy to connect to. Definitely a page-turner you should try. However, note that there's some unfinished issues in the book which brings us to the next book in the Transcend Time series. Ooooo... I just can't wait for it to be released!
- Vengeance (Transcend Time, #1.5)
on March 18, 2012
Remembrance ends with Drew dumping Chelsea to be with Lizzie. Naturally, Chelsea felt very betrayed by Lizzie. Somehow, she kept having the feeling that things should not turn out the way it was.
Chelsea had some help from Shannon's aunt who made her have a glimpse of her past--with someone who looks like Drew. Shannon's aunt deals with a little magic and psychic and she gave Chelsea a potion and a choice to make everything the same as her past life.
At what lengths would she go to be with Drew again?
If you have read Remembrance, you should read Vengeance too! It gives a little insight of how Chelsea felt about her best friend's betrayal from her own POV. Even though it is short, it gave me a shock. (Yes literally) I kept chanting "no no no no no" in my mind. Now, it made me crave for the next book. I'm anxious to read what happens next. Guess I'll have to wait till Michelle Madow releases Timeless.
4/5 Stars for Vengeance.
- Wander Dust
on March 27, 2012
Wander Dust left me breathless.
The story is beautiful, well written and full of mysteries. I love the concept of a team of 3--Wanderer, Seer and Protector and what they were learning in their special school just for them.
Seraphina (or Sera for short) was just a normal girl celebrating her 16th birthday with her father, Ray, and his girlfriend, Maddi. Or so she thought until she saw the flames of her birthday candles flickering back to life in water and then some lady in black traumatizing her by just gazing at her. The experience left her unconscious. She thought she was hallucinating when that was not her only encounter with the lady in black. If you think that was weird, what do you think of Sera whisking into some other places by just wearing her late mom's bracelet (the birthday present from Ray)? Not to mention everybody she saw there was wearing stuffs that were over 20 years ago. Definitely weird huh?
A letter arrived for Sera when she came back from her little journey. There was only a torn photograph of a boy inside it and nothing else. She's captivated by what she saw and the sense of calmness she had whenever she gazed at the picture.
Sera was sent to her Aunt Mona's place after getting into some troubles in school. On her journey there alone, she was attacked by the "he grungy gang" and that was when she first met the boy in the photo. She continued to see him stalking her outside her school while she was having classes. She mustered her courage after a few days to face the guy and talked to him and was thus introduced to the term "Wandering" and there she met her team mates--a Seer and a Protector after she had transferred school. (Can't tell you who!)
Then, she learnt that she can wander back in time to see her mother and to save her! Hence, she had a mission...
Michelle Warren did a great job in introducing the concept of Wandering to us, together with the world that she has created. There was never a moment that I felt the story dull or the pacing slow when I read the book. Definitely worth a read. Here's a little teaser for you:
"I wish you wouldn't have given the sundial bracelet to Terease"
"Why?" I question and press my head onto his chest, pushing my arms back into his open jacket and around his back.
"If I had it to lead me to my deepest desire, I know it would always be a direct path to you."
What are you waiting for? Grab a copy if you haven't done so! Join Sera as she learn what Wandering is all about and follow her on her mission to go back in time to save her mother. Will she be successful? Read to find out!
And I'm very excited for the second book.
4/5 Stars for Wander Dust.
- A Marked Past
on April 10, 2012
**I got this book though Read it & reap it at Goodreads.**
Everything started when Lyla Mercer's dad was involved in an accident and died. Together with her mother, the two of them moved to an old family home in Salem left by her father. She had to leave her friends and boyfriend behind in Chicago and she wasn't very happy with it.
She met her uncle, Nathan, in Salem. Found out that she had a cousin, Hana, on her first day in school and another cousin, Sage, after school. She didn't know she had any other family until then. What a shock!
What's more intriguing was that Nathan found a mark behind Lyla's neck, a mark of their family, a mark of magic and a proof that she was a witch. Nathan also explained to her their tragic family history which ended up with many deaths and that a certain pastor was still after their lives and hinted that her father been murdered and it was no accident.
Together with Hana, Lyla sought to uncover the mysteries and dangers behind their family and to use their new found powers to protect who they loved. And of course, Lyla just had to take a liking to the accursed pastor's son, Caleb... which made things more complicated...
A Marked Past is an enjoyable book, packed with action (towards the end) and of course, romance. Furthermore, it's about witches! Who could resist it? Certainly not me. Totally unpredictable, the suspense in this book makes you want to know more and left you hanging at the end of the book.
The downsides of this book was that the pace of the story at the beginning of the book was very fast. There was little introduction before her dad ends out dead and then they had to move to Salem. Well, I'm fine with that since it was explained later why they had to move. The next thing was about some of the characters... What happened between Lyla and her boyfriend in Chicago? There wasn't much after she moved and then she was suddenly interested in Caleb. Hmm... OK... I'm fine with that also since Caleb was not bad. And one thing, I felt that I don't really knew Andrew, who was together with Hana in the book. Just these three things which had a potential for improvement.
Overall, A Marked Past is still an interesting and enjoyable book. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book for some closures. Read all about Lyla, why she moved to Salem, how she befriended her own cousin and how they experimented with their powers and to fight off the evil in A Marked Past.