Sara Gordon

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  • Fated Dreams (Book One In The Affinity Series) on June 19, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. Christina Smith wrote in a way that keeps the mystery and intrigue going until the end. This book takes you through a few emotions of sadness, joy, love, anger, frustration, and surprise. I fell in love with Lucas as he fell in love with Sarah. There are many other characters and surprises to love or hate. Great read for all teens and adults. And now I want to get a punching bag or heavy bag!!
  • Brunswick on July 11, 2012

    This was an enjoyable book into the imaginative world of Jonathan Brunswick. He is a fifteen year old boy that loves to write stories, and ends up being transported to this world he has created. There he meets many different people, and helps them save Brunswick from the evil that has taken over. When he finally confronts the evil doer he is on for a surprise of who it turns out to be. This was a fun read with lots of battles and courage. I think this would be especially good for boys ages 11 and up, and everyone else, too. This book was clean for youth to enjoy.
  • A Bed of Knives on July 15, 2012

    This is generally not my type of book, but I decided to take a chance on it. It is the story of four friends that go on their seperate paths after college, and what happens that brings them full circle and back together after 5 years. First there is frienship and love, then some loss, and a lot of struggles, especially for Gina and Spider, and a few surprises. Both guys struggle with skanky bosses and a bosses wife, which I found dispicable. There is some swearing and adult scenes, so this book is not for under 18 in my opinion. I thought it was pretty well written and worth the chance I took. I did have to sort out that they were talking about American soccer when they talked about football:)
  • In the Middle of Nowhere (Willow's Journey #1) on July 20, 2012

    This was an enjoyable book about a couple of teenagers. Willow is the voice of this book, and it is her story of what she goes through the first year of moving to a new place after her dad's death. She meets a boy on her first day of school that throws a paper airplane poem at her head. First she is annoyed and then she starts to get to know this strange boy that is never at school. His name is Micheal, and I really liked him, even though he wasn't in the book as much as I had hoped. Willow makes a lot of teenager mistakes, and was quick to give into peer pressure with her new friends. This kind of bothered me, as she kept doing stupid things. This is why I mostly recommend this book to teenagers. It was an enjoyable book with a few lessons learned. And thank goodness it did not end how I was afraid it was going to end, and I liked the epilogue surprise.
  • The Soul's Mark: FOUND (The Soul's Mark, #1) on July 28, 2012

    I was so glad I got this book to review as an ARR. It was so good! I debated between 4 and 5 stars, but the 5 won out:D I definitely recommend this to everyone. Amelia is a broken girl that has been in foster care after her parents were murdered. She wins a scholarship for a university that pays for everything and finally has a chance to get away. During the first chapter or two I thought she would be a weak, shy young woman. But then as she met the people she moved into a castle with, her personality started to come out, and she turned into a strong caring young woman with a beautiful temper. Then Mitchell finally comes more into the picture, and I just love him! He isn't perfect and also has a nasty temper at times, but he is Amelia's perfect other half. There is also Eric, Luke, and Tyler that I hope all have more parts in the next book. I think I only gave away the first of the book, so I didn't spoil anything. This book has a lot of trials and conflict and enough going on to hold your attention. I cannot wait for the sequel!
  • Hotblood a House of Slide Novel on Aug. 18, 2012

    I got this book for review from the author, and found it quite interesting, and a little long. The story is told in two pov's, Lewis at the beginning and end, and Dariana in the middle. The story has to do with many different races or houses, that start out confusing, but the more you read the more it makes sense and you figure it all out. Dariana is the girl. She had her soul stolen from her brother, Devlin, as a child, and the only reason she was still alive is because he was keeping her that way somehow. But the story starts off with him dying, and then her journey and how she survives begins. I really liked Dariana. At first of course she was a dull child, but then throughout the book she becomes her own person, and is strong and a force to be reckoned with (with a bad temper). Then there is Lewis. He is at first intrigued by Dari, and then an event happens that ties them together. I found Lewis very intriguing and wanted to know more about him. Secrets about him came out in the end, but I wanted more. I guess more will come out in the sequel. I really liked how the last chapter was in his pov. Some things I found funny was how Dari's uncles were named Satan and Grim. Satan has tattoos that make him look like his name, and even a little of the personality. And Grim is a doctor and he drives a hearse. Funny. My only complaint is that the book felt really long to me. But I still recommend it and look forward to reading book 2.
  • Mobster's Girl on Sep. 28, 2012

    I would like to thank the author for giving me this book for an honest review. That being said: I loved it!! I wasn't too sure what I would think or feel, but as soon as I started I couldn't put it down. This story is about Megan and Antonio. They both live in Jersey and have been told they are off limits to each other since they were kids. But secretly, they have had crushes on each other forever. The beginning felt a little like Romeo and Juliet. They are now 18, and Antonio is having a hard time keeping his feeling to himself. He watches her all the time, and all his friends and family notice. So Alessandra decides to help him out, invites Megan to a party, and things heat up from there. Antonio takes a chance and Megan gives in. But things aren't always as they seem, and both have problems in the mob, even if they don't realize it. Circumstances try to tear them apart, but in the end they are thrown back together to survive. Even though Antonio is the mob boss' son, I could not help falling for him and wanting things to work out with Megan. And Megan ended up being a pretty stong female with what was thrown at her. The romance was great and tense, and not overbearing. This does have mob violence and language, so it is for a little bit older teen and adults. I highly recommend for a different kind of love story, and I am off to go look up the next book!
  • Reflection on Oct. 29, 2012

    First, I need to thank the author for giving me this wonderful book for an honest review. I loved it, and I am hoping when I go check, that I will find the next book already out. Heather has had a rough time during her teenage years since her mom died. So she decides what she needs is to go away to college and leave the small town behind, and also her best friend Creed. She is hoping to start a new life where no one knows her family history. Here is where she meets Nick, and slowly let's him into her life. But then she is in a tragic accident that almost kills her and puts her in a coma. Most of the story is told while she is in this coma, and having Reflections, or dreams of what really happened in her life. This is where I grew to love Nick. Jessica Roberts is a very descriptive writer. Sometimes I was a little confused about what was going on, but in the end it all came together. And then it absolutely broke my heart and left me needing, no aching, for more. This is a very touching love story, and in the end made me want to cry! I was heart broken! Throughout the book I went through many emotions, especially while trying to figure out what was real or alterations from her dream state. I highly recommend this to everyone. I NEED the next book immediately.
  • Awakening the Mobster (Book 2) on Dec. 08, 2012

    I received this book from the author for an honest review. Thanks! I read Mobster's Girl a few months ago and was excited for the chance to read the next book in the series. Awakening the Mobster starts off right where Mobster's Girl ended, with Megan, Antonio, Vito, and Erin going away to hide at Notre Dame. But going away does not mean they are away from danger. Antonio's father, the mob boss, has him on a job to collect money from a runaway in Chicago. But all isn't as it seems, and they can't trust anyone, even family and friends may be betrayers. They are stuck in a dangerous and deadly battle of mob against mob, family against family. And not all will make it through unscathed. This book involves the mob, so there is a lot of action and killing going on. Even though Antonio is training to be the mob boss someday, so you know what he does and is capable of, I couldn't help loving him. I think it is because of the love he has for Megan. And Megan is a strong female character that doesn't fall apart while at the same time is trying to keep her sister Erin together since everything going on is affecting her mental state. Vito is sexiness all in himself. He is big and tough, and caring, and will do anything to protect the girls. I think that is what I love, how uber protective Antonio and Vito are with family and those they love and have sworn to protect. This story obviously involves the mob, and some heavy violence, and there are a few bedroom scenes, but Amy Rachiele keeps it from getting too detailed. So I would recommend this to 17 and older. I can't wait for the next book!
  • The Athena Effect on Feb. 19, 2013

    I would like to thank the author for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was about Cali who has been raised way up in the back woods hidden from the world. She has the ability to read auras and manipulate feelings in animals and people. Her parents always told her to trust no one. But then they died in an unfortunate accident and Cali must move in with an aunt she has ever met, but is the only relative they could find. Her aunt seemed to never be around, and a terrible gurdian, and her live in boyfriend was creepy on so many levels. To steer clear of him, Cali stayed out late at night and wandered the neighborhood, and even had herself a place she would sleep in the outdoors. On one of her walks she meets Cal or Calvin. Yes they were both Cal. Anyway she ended up saving him one night, and after that he was intrigued and followed her around and eventually they become more than friends. To make a long story short, they discover what her parents were hiding her from, and then they are on a race to stay away from uber creepy mad scientist, Teddy, and his crazy science experiment, The Athena Effect. Sadly, I cannot say that this book was my favorite. For one thing I felt it was too long and dragged a lot. Her aunt and uncle were both disturbing and terrible guardians. The aunt really had no clue Athena was never home. Teddy was just creepy and dilusional. And his servant, Max, seemed like a side story all his own. I did not feel like his thoughts and feelings were really needed. Except it does sound like the story is taking a turn in his direction, so maybe there is something there. Things I liked. I liked Cali. Even though she was raised with no experience in the world, she was tough as nails. She seemed fragile, but could defend herself, and would. I think I liked Calvin. Sometimes he was like a lost puppy. Like his dog Rufus. The romance was sweet. I would probably read a sequel to see where this is going. I recommend to older teenagers that like books with a science supernatural element.