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  • Split on Jan. 31, 2011

    J.J. Westendarp did it again. In this very short novelette he some how manages to put together a great story with characters that pull you right into their world. His writing captures you from the first page and doesn't let you go well after you've read the final chapter. I, for one, can't stop thinking about whats next and can hardly wait until another book comes out.
  • Ravena & The Resurrected on Jan. 31, 2011

    Ravena & the Resurrected is a delightful book full of humor and plot lines that I didn't even see coming. Ravena is this fresh out of College Library employee who is infatuated with Vampires. One day her wildest dream comes true and she is turned into the very thing she has loved for so long. Except, it wasn't the turning of her dreams and life as a Vampire isn't as glamorous as Ravena thought it to be. Ravena is a hoot! I love her. She is so witty and humorous at times where it's not expected and she makes the book with her large personality. This book itself was quite suprising to me because I had NO idea where this book was taking me until the last few chapters. It was quite refreshing to read a book and not know halfway through what the ending was going to be like. And the ending itself, well.. I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't read it.. but it's left me wanting more. I want to know what happens next to Ravena and I'm sure you will to!
  • Hazel Wetherby & The Elixir of Love on May 23, 2011

    "Hazel Wetherby is a 13 year old student turned Private Eye who is on the case of her missing parents that were kidnapped by Aliens. Left to deal with her younger siblings, one of which who claims to be an Alien, Hazel has little time to spare to unravel the whereabouts of her parents. The young Private Eye is suddenly thrown into the middle of a huge intergalactic mission for a secret formula, that her parents worked on. Hazel's parents lives and the lives of many others depends on finding the formula before the Aliens do." Lets Talk About It: The story was a wild ride through Hazel unraveling the secrets behind her parents disappearance, her interaction (and reaction) to Aliens some of who are allies and her courageous attempts to get to the formula before anyone else could. Even with being hunted by numerous parties trying to take her out of the picture, Hazel and her friends never gave up. Hazel is a great character and even though some of the things in the book that happened weren't exactly things I could see happening in real life it was still written well enough to where it could be believable. I mean, if Aliens exist in this book why can't a 13 year old hire a housekeeper and rent an office? There were many characters in the book that I really enjoyed. Kierkegaard, Hazel's brother, being one of them. This kid, I mean Alien, is a hoot. Here everyone thinks he's crazy saying that he is an Alien named Proctor inside Kierkegaard's body but it's actually true! Igor the housekeeper and the way he came to truly and deeply care for the children even though he was hired help. The only negative here is that there was so many characters beyond the main ones that at times I didn't know who was who or what was what. I had to re-read and double back a couple of times so that I could figure out who that person was. That is not enough to deter me from purchasing the second book if there is one. In fact, I really hope that this ends up turning into a series. I'm a big fan of Hazel and Kierkegaard/Proctor and hope to see them in another book soon! Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
  • The Digital Sea on May 26, 2011

    Zel Aurora is a highly skilled hacker in a new age world that rides the Digital Sea. Zel's talents are highly sought after, especially by a dangerous crime lord named Djed who Zel once worked for and has been hiding from ever since. Zel's main job now is her daughter, who is ill, and keeping them both hidden in a Digital world where information is a mere thought away. As Zel's daughter further deteriorates before her eyes she makes a deal with the devil, the very man she has been trying to avoid for years.. the Djed, in hopes that he may be able to save her daughters life. The cost is high as Zel is sent out on a mission that may end up killing her before she can save her daughter. And if she doesn't succeed many more will lose their lives. Lets Talk About It: This book was so good. SO GOOD. From the storyline to the characters to the sub stories, it all was fantastic. The world in this book is an advanced technology world where everything and everyone is a part of the Digital Sea. Meaning the computers that we are used to are now a part of you so that you can change your appearance with a thought (and a downloaded app/software), the world you see around you can be cloaked with the scenery of your choice and it's all done via your mind. The Digital Sea is the world. Technology has taken over and very few people choose to live without it. It doesn't sound that far out there does it? That's one of the things that grasped me most with this book and even had me talking about it with friends was that this book described a world that is not too far off in the future. That it could very well become our reality. Zel is a bad ass character. Not only is she a highly skilled hacker she is also a high functioning autistic person. Her world is seen in numbers and from those numbers she creates Pandora, her operating system that is able to do more than even the experts have been able to do. She embarks on this journey to save her sick daughter from death and her only way to do is to work for, again, a very dangerous man named the Djed. Zel isn't the only character in this book, though she is the main one. There's a journalist named Jartelle who is hot on the trail of a huge story that ends up being more than meets the eye and so many other characters who end up being a part of the story and crosses paths with Zel in the end. I really enjoyed the structure of this book too. With there being so many key players I appreciated the chapters displaying the characters name so I easily knew where we were at in the story. It all blended together very well too as each piece layered into the next to great the whole effect. I really hope that there is a follow up book. I want more of Zel and the ending seemed to leave an opening for something to come next. If this sounds like something you might enjoy even just a little bit go pick it up, you won't regret it! Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
  • Learn Me Good on June 06, 2011

    Jack Woodson is an Engineer turned Elementary School teacher. Follow Jack through his first year as a Math Teacher as he emails former co-workers his funny and strange stories straight from the classroom. A funny look inside the classroom through the Teachers eyes. Lets Talk About It: This is a cute, funny book. I love the unusual format of reading 'emails' in the book as the way to tell the day to day antics of his classroom and students. Every single 'email' had a cute funny story about the children with a sarcastic twist and signed off in different pen names that were cleverly designed to reflect upon the emails story. As the emails went on I found myself cheering for the students in their quest to win Math Madness and the numerous testing they went through. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the stories and cringing on others. This book was great from start to finish. A humorous look inside the classroom and the mind of a teacher that has you quickly turning the page to get to the next days antics. I hope Mr. Woodson has a follow up to Learn Me Good in the works. Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
  • The Training of Socket Greeny on June 14, 2011

    Socket Greeny, the most powerful cadet in the Paladin Nation, is set to take his final test. The pressure is on for Socket, trying to live two lives, one in the Paladin Nation and one in the regular world where his Girlfriend and friends exist. Socket's final test may become his final day in the Paladin Nation and Earth. Lets Talk About It: Book 2 - The Training of Socket Greeny I was really happy to get back into the Paladin Nation and to read more about Socket. I felt really bad for Socket in this book. He had so much on his shoulders. The weight of the final test, the pressure from his trainer, the stress of his girlfriend and of Streeter. I was proud of him too. He came through it all and ended up being the one, yet again, to save the Paladins from total destruction. I was pretty shocked by the final test and what happens (won't spoil it for you). I'll just say I totally didn't see it coming. You won't be disappointed if you pick this one up, in fact make sure you pick up all 3! Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
  • The Legend of Socket Greeny on June 14, 2011

    Socket is pulled into another Universe and faces Pike, his friend and hero. Things are not as they seem to be as Socket learns that he may not be who he thought he was. Trapped in this unknown Universe Socket has to fight his own demons to get back to the Paladin Nation in time to save the world. Lets Talk About It: Book 3 - The Legend of Socket Greeny I cried. Yes, I cried. If you've read the first two books then you've gotten pretty attached to these characters, especially Socket. This book from beginning to end, especially end, was an emotional book to read. Socket goes through so much emotionally you can feel it jumping off the pages. You also can't help but to be proud of Socket as he works through everything to come back and save the world. Putting aside his own feelings, his own needs, to save the world and the people he loves in it. The ending tore me to pieces. This was an EXCELLENT trilogy. I wish there had been more books just because I enjoyed the characters so much. The way this book ended gave a bittersweet ending to the books and that world which I couldn't have asked for more. Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
  • Promise Kept on Aug. 15, 2011

    My Blurb: Lila Howell is a gifted psychic who has been raised and trained by the Government to archive memories from the elders who lived in a time much different than the present. In her current assignment Lila meets Susanne Newton, a very famous woman in her 90's who helped shape the Government that now seeks information they believe Susanne to be withholding. Lila is torn between her way of life and the possible way of life Susanne presents to her. As Lila learns more from Susanne she becomes a threat to the very Government who employs her. Lets Talk About It: This book embodies the old quote 'Don't judge a book by it's cover'. I know we all are very guilty of this. Books with cool covers tend to get noticed more so than book such a this with a simple tasteful cover. But don't let this cover fool you. Found between the pages of this book is a well written page turner. The characters are believable, the world created is a possibility of the future, the story is a classic love story where the good guys win. Brandy Hunt promised a good read and you can consider the Promise Kept! I look forward to more work from this author. Check the links below for where you can find this book. Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
  • Racing Outside the Line: A Love Story at 190 mph on Sep. 07, 2011

    My Blurb: Alexis has been in love with Seth ever since she could remember. Their parents were best friends and Alexis older brother Desmond is Seth's best friend. They've all grown up together. After the death of Alexis and Desmond's parents, Seth's dad becomes legal guardian of Alexis. Alexis falls into a deep depression and Seth is the only one who can reach her. Seth was her everything her first love. On the night of her Prom it is Seth's arms she falls into and not her dates. As emotions run high they spend the night together. Upon awakening she finds Seth to no longer be there. He's disappeared preparing for his next race and Alexis is heartbroken all over again. Alexis throws her self into school, moves to California and try's to forget her love and the heartache. Until Seth calls, 4 years later, to tell her he's getting married. She returns from college and the flames between her and Seth are undeniable. Will he really get married or will his love for Alexis change everything? Lets Talk About It: This book had everything! A super sad love story, hope, devotion, soul mates, drama, humor. Lexie, Seth, Desmond, Gene, Wyatt and Chelsea are amazing characters. Some of the most down to earth, real writing and background that I have ever seen come together in a story. I adored each and every one of the main characters and loved the interaction between them all. The realness of the racing industry and other details only added fuel to the already burning fire of reality in this book. I sat back and rooted for Seth and Lexie and cried during Lexie's heartbreak and laughed during her amazing strength of character and amazingly deep soulful love of Seth. I'm not usually a big fan of romance books but this one captured my heart. I'd LOVE to see this book be turned into a movie and can hardly wait to read the next addition in the Love Story at 190 mph series. I understand there to be a total of four books and next one is Lexie's brother Desmonds story!!! Great job, Kimberly Montague. I can't wait to read more from you! Melissa Reviewer for
  • Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1 on Sep. 22, 2011

    My Blurb: Born 300 years ago, Aradia is the last witch of the hidden race. Only she doesn't know it. All she knows is she can do really cool things. Her adoptive parents move Aradia to Salem shortly before High school begins, giving her a chance to make new friends since the people in her old town were wary of her. Aradia might get more than she bargained for when she starts to investigate a murder. Suddenly the hunter becomes the hunted and Aradia must fight for her life. Lets Talk About It: I had high hopes for this book.. after all it is the tales of the last witch. Unfortunately the book wasn't up to the hopes I held for it. It had potential. The idea of a last witch who has hidden in between worlds for 300 years until she arrives and is adopted by a loving couple who realizes her potential and strange gifts could be a very good story. But like many YA books it stuck to a common Twilightish theme. Girl meets boys, boy is werewolf, boy is vampire: enter semi-love triangle. Sadly I ended up annoyed more so than entertained. Two words were completely overused: However and Therefore. There was also reference in one part how Aradia was 15 years old and looked like she hadn't aged at all, no wrinkles or gray hair. Since when do 15 year olds get wrinkles and gray hair? In another part Aradia dragged a werewolf she knocked out back to the local police department from the forest and put him in a jail cell. Ummm.. how? How did no one notice her and stop her? How was she able to just walk into a police department and lock him into a cell then stay there over night with him? And somehow the evil villain who wants her dead from since the time she was born suddenly finds her and.. decides to let her live. What?! There were just too many things in the book that didn't make sense for it to be a great story. I understand it's part of a series of books. I will not be reading on to find out what happens. For me the story ends with this book. Melissa Reviewer for
  • Credo's Hope on Oct. 08, 2011

    Credo's Hope is a light read surrounding the life of a female detective named Alex Wolfe. Alex is quite a character, she's funny and gets herself into a lot of sticky situations. In this book she happens to find herself investigating a closed case that was actually closed by a Captain in the Police Department. As you can imagine that didn't sit too well with him. The story was on the lighthearted side. Definitively not what I was expecting after having read her previous novel, The Door at the Top of the Stairs. In fact, I kind of wish I could go back and read Credo's Hope prior to reading her other book because I think I may have ended up enjoying it more without having the comparison. After reading both books I can say that the Author really knows how to tell a story! You'd be happy with any selection from this Author. For more check out the Youtube Video: Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
  • Credo's Hope on Oct. 08, 2011

    Credo's Hope is a light read surrounding the life of a female detective named Alex Wolfe. Alex is quite a character, she's funny and gets herself into a lot of sticky situations. In this book she happens to find herself investigating a closed case that was actually closed by a Captain in the Police Department. As you can imagine that didn't sit too well with him. The story was on the lighthearted side. Definitively not what I was expecting after having read her previous novel, The Door at the Top of the Stairs. In fact, I kind of wish I could go back and read Credo's Hope prior to reading her other book because I think I may have ended up enjoying it more without having the comparison. After reading both books I can say that the Author really knows how to tell a story! You'd be happy with any selection from this Author. For more check out the Youtube Video on our site! Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
  • The Door at the Top of the Stairs on Oct. 08, 2011

    Wowee. This book was amazing, powerful and I couldn't put it down. When I read the description of the book I wasn't expecting what was beyond the cover. I felt as if I were Jesse, reliving these terrifying events that stole part of her life. I.. felt.. it. Such an emotional roller coaster and such amazing characters. There were times I laughed, times I cried, times I wanted to shout to Ryland and tell her to stop it! I haven't had a book capture me like this in a long time. To where I don't just want to read it... I have to read it. Where it's just as important to me to finish as it is to Jesse. These characters.. were truly outstanding and developed so well. In fact Morgan, I believe, was written after my grandmothers sister Joe. Morgan was that real to me. She's someone I know. All I can say is when you decided (not if) be prepared to sink yourself into this powerful, emotional, wonderful story of tragedy, hope, inspiration, courage and friendship. Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read