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  • Angel Evolution on Feb. 16, 2012
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    Angel Evolution is a paranormal romance that doesn't provide your typical religious aspect of Angels vs. Demons it is quite the opposite in this book. There are no ties to religion or God for that matter, with the Angels actually wanting to destroy mankind and the Demons wanting to co-exist and protect humans which made for an interesting point of view. This book provides a pleasant escape and I found the characters to be believable and likable. I think this book also provides a healthier view of what a relationship should be like between people than some of other Young Adult books out there. All in all I enjoyed this book, it was an easy read and I am definitely recommending it. I look forward to reading the other books in the trilogy. Thank you to Mr. Estes for the opportunity to read the book through the Read It & Reap with Goodreads.
  • Survival, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book #1) on Feb. 17, 2012
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    Spoiler Alert: Survival is a book about a young woman whose life was altered when she became a victim of a sadistic serial killer,which unleashed a chain of events that brought her to discover not only her true love but the existence of completely different world. The book started off somewhat like an informal conversation and it was easy flowing however I did not understand why the author would want to reiterate two of the chapters. Then the story became a little difficult to follow but then it took off. The book is interesting as are the characters and it does have it's funny and endearing moments. However I'm a little irked that it ended so abruptly but I do look forward to find out how Maddie and Rayn fair in the next book.
  • Between The Land And The Sea on Feb. 17, 2012
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    Between The Land and The Sea is a romance fantasy book about a girl who discovers her true identity after having to move back to live with her paternal aunt and cousin due to her father leaving for Afghanistan. The author develops the story and characters interestingly enough however I find Marina to be a little annoying and predictable. The book offers a modern fairy tale version of The Little Mermaid with a hint of Cinderella (having a Aunt Evie instead of a Fairy Godmother)and a mix of some asian folklore as well. This is my first YA Mermaid book and was pleased that it was a fun and easy read.
  • Five on Feb. 18, 2012
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    Five is a book about a college bound young woman determined to see her dreams come true with the help of her best friend but walks blindly into her new life not knowing who she really is and why everyone is the Realm of Fae wants her. I am at this point at a loss for words...at first I was a little annoyed because although the plot and characters are good, I felt like it was a little all over the place. I felt there was so much to be said and all the thoughts were running a little bit together because there was a lot the author wanted to establish. Then the story began to really come together. I managed to get through the book then I took a deep breath and said, "Wow". All in all I have to say I really enjoyed it and it took me away to that special place we all want to go to sometimes to forget about everything and just be. It's a good read. f
  • Dark Matter on Feb. 21, 2012
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    Dark Matter, the second installment to Five was disappointing to me however I have to say that I am hooked. The author really came into her own at the end of the first book and I was really looking forward to reading Dark Matter however I really found the character Rayla to be quite annoying. At the end of the book I found myself frustrated and upset. I was going to give the book 3 stars and then it dawned on me that the author spun the tale so artfully that I became "involved" with the book. The author really developed all the characters and the storyline in such a way that I became emotionally invested in how the story evolved. I may not like in what direction the story is going or the decisions the characters make but that is the true talent of the author, to help you escape and forget who you are and where you are even if its only for a little while.
  • Resurrection, a YA Paranormal Romance (The Guardians of Vesturon Series, Book 2) on Feb. 21, 2012
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    Resurrection, the continuing saga of Survival continues with Maddie and Rayn's journey into a new life in a new world together. I am impressed with the author's development of the story and the way the characters all came together to make for a fun and interesting read!
  • Zed on July 02, 2012
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    Again participating in the ARR program has paid off and paid off big, I had the pleasure of reading this book in exchange for an honest review. Zed is a zombie with a peculiar situation in where he has a conscience and is not "brain-dead" like other zombies, his analytic way of looking at society is funny. He lives alone in his lair hiding from humans and civilization altogether until he runs into Chase, a teenage zombie hunter. I found the story to be unique and very entertaining. The characters are delightful and the conversations and banter between Zed and Chase are hilarious. I found myself laughing out loud numerous times throughout the story and kept having to explain to family what the story was about. This is absolutely a fun read that I recommend to anyone who is looking for an escape from the typical zombie read.I really enjoyed this book and I have to give it 5 stars.
  • Deadly Obsession (Deadly Vices, Book 1) on July 02, 2012
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    Spoiler Alert: I received this book through an ARR program to read for review. Deadly Obsession is a steamy romantic suspense novel about a couple who cross paths after knowing one another in high school only now one is a famous movie star and the other is a single struggling mom. Lauren wins a photography contest to assist in the photo shoot of a famous actor, an actor that she has fantasized about and remembers having a big crush on in high school. Nic is a famous actor with two personas; one the "Lover" and the other just Nic with a painful secret that eats him up inside. Nic finds himself attracted to the photographer that won the contest only he is being stalked by a crazed fan and the timing couldn't be more wrong. The story takes off and unfortunately a quarter of the way, I have figured out who the stalker is and pretty much how the book is going to end. There are some really steamy scenes between the protagonists but also one truly endearing moment where Nic makes a child's wish come true. The family dynamic between the couple and her son is brief but sweet. The characters although interesting are predictable. There are some issues with grammar and misspellings but not enough to take away from the story. I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read her book.
  • Believe on July 02, 2012
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    Spoiler Alert: Believe is a story about a girl who unbeknownst to her is a Dark Angel or a "Crusnik" and not only that but she is the princess of the Crusniks and finds herself in love with her enemy, a vampire. I received this book through Read and Reap and I have to say that the description sounded very interesting and as much as I tried to really like it, I felt that this book was a runaway roller coaster ride through Twilight, X-Men, Sacagawea with a little bit of Greek Mythology and some Celtic Fae just to add to the mix. I have to give the author credit for taking a chance and coming up with an interesting concept of immortal vampire hunters that actually drink vampire blood. I just wish she would have stuck with that concept and that concept alone. The characters are somewhat forced and seem to be very egocentric. The writing is choppy and reads very much like a 13 year old's diary; there are many grammar, spelling, and formatting mistakes in the book. I understand that it may not be a final copy so I hope that the editing will be addressed, I give it 1.5 stars.
  • Reflection on July 02, 2012
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    Spoiler Alert: Reflection is just that, a reflection of a life lived and a life that you once knew lost. Heather is a girl who can't wait for her college life to begin; enrolled in summer courses before her freshman year in the fall and determined to not to get emotionally involved with anyone. I have to explain that the book begins with the main character going off to college then suddenly finds herself waking up from a coma. The story is a little disjointed in the beginning and continues rambling until two-thirds into the book. The plot is interesting however I felt the execution although an admirable attempt to get us inside the main character's head as she slowly explains to the doctor who is "studying" her; about what she can remember was amiss. I applaud the effort and I have to say that towards the end I was actually starting to feel something for the characters.
  • Freewill on Oct. 20, 2012
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    Spoiler Alert: Freewill is essentially about a couple falling in love one of them living and the other a spirit or "ghost", both with perceivable cognitive powers. I received this book, the first of a trilogy by the author for review through the We ♥ YA Books, ARR program. The story is quite original and the characters are honest. The storyline begins one way and then suddenly goes in completely different direction although be it interesting, it does take an open mind to embrace all the different concepts that the author is trying to convey. I found the story confusing and eventually I had to put the book down then start over. I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read this trilogy, now that I have the storyline established in my head I look forward to reading the second book and follow Christopher and Ellie's story.