Naomi Hopkins

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  • Mystery Falls on Aug. 15, 2012

    This is a beautiful love story where opposites do attract!! I really enjoy novels about Angels and Humans and this was definitely another great read. It wasn’t action packed (no fight scenes); it has a more romantic storyline, revolving around the growing relationship of Sam and Shadow. However it has a little bit of mystery about it too. After a tragic accident which resulted in the death of her parents when she was 11, Samantha moved in with her Uncle Mike, Aunt Carole and Cousin Claire. Sam and Claire were like sisters prior to the accident, but after Aunt Carole moves away, the girls have a falling out. Sam becomes quite withdrawn and her only friend is Mia, who 5 years later, is still her best friend. Sam is a very shy character who lacks confidence. Most of the decisions she makes in regards to Shadow are usually encouraged by Mia. She is always making plans for Sam and giving her the courage to act on her feelings. Shadow is a very strong character and in one scene Sam describes him as “arrogant, egotistical, annoying, conceited, self-centered...” He, of course, is all of those things, but he is also very caring, especially towards Sam, not that she always knows about it. He appears to be moody every time Sam tries to speak to him and he is able to stir her emotions so easily!! Even I was getting frustrated with Shadow at times when he manipulated her feelings. Ahh... Men!! Mystery Falls is an easy read and I was absorbed into the book so quickly that I couldn’t put it down. I love the cover, the mysterious blue of the falls and the feather (which gets a mention in the book).Marilyn has done a fantastic job writing her first novel; it is a great start to the series. I am eager to see where things go next!!
  • Vaempires: Revolution on Aug. 15, 2012

    If you are looking for an action packed book full of fights and Vampires, this is it! Fighting from the very start of story which continues all the way through the book to the very end, because as the title states, it's a Revolution. After I read Vaempires: White Christmas, I hoped that this book was more action packed, and I wasn't disappointed! Thomas Winship has written a very fast paced book, which takes place in about 24 hours. The Vaempires are trying to take over the city and the world, and are causing devastation everywhere, praying on the other two species the Vampires and Humans. He has given us a great twist to the Vampire world having the normal Vampires and the super-powered Vaempires. The story drew me in more and more the longer I read it. However when I got to the last page it was left on a cliff hanger! But I want to know what happens now! Bring on the next book!!
  • Vaempires: White Christmas on Aug. 15, 2012

    This was a great Prequel to start the series. We learn about the three races that will be in the story- Humans, Vampires and Vaempires. There is a King and Queen that rules over both Vampire and Vaempire races and there is a President for the Human race. However, there appears to be a conflict between two groups, the Human/Vampires and the Vaempires. The Humans and Vampires have set up a meeting and the Vaempires crash it, as they believe they have been left out on purpose. The story is being told from Daniels POV, so he mostly observes what happens on the trip. He is second in charge to his father who controls security for the King and Queen. Daniel also has a secret crush on the Princess Cassie, who has been his best friend since childhood. We meet a lot of characters in this short story who I assume pop up again into the series. And it all takes place in a couple of days prior to Christmas. Although there wasn't a lot of action in this story, the writer is quite detailed about the surroundings, describing things from the forest outside to rooms in the compound. I thought it was a little over the top because I don't think boys take in all those kinds of details, especially a 15 year old. However, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, hopefully there's plenty of action!
  • He Came For Me! Book One in 'The Protector Series' on Sep. 30, 2012

    He Came For Me wasn’t a very face paced read, but I did enjoy it. It had a storyline that built slowly towards an intense ending. The Vampires in this story are from another dimension and are able to travel to earth using portals. It is an interesting twist to the normal Vampire stories that have already been told. We follow the life of Jasmine “Jazz,” who is a normal girl in her late teens. She isn’t a very strong character in this story. She is a quiet girl who appears to be set in a routine- goes to TAFE, goes surfing, goes to work, home to bed. She seems to just float through her life and is unaware of the people that have been monitoring her throughout her whole life. She has some great friends who she has known since she started school and goes out on Friday nights like all single girls. One day as she is headed to TAFE she makes eye-contact with a boy in a red mazda who will change her life forever. Seb has been on earth for two years and has always had an attraction to the girl he has been set to protect. He can no longer stay away from her and decides to modify the mission to get closer to her. He is a very confident person with a body to die for- a perfectly sculpted athletic body....yum!! Watching these characters interact is fun to watch. You can see their connection getting stronger but Seb keeps some distance between himself and Jazz, and he doesn’t realise that he is upsetting her. Jazz is very timid and doesn’t confront him about it; instead she wallows in her own misery. But when Seb decides to commit to the relationship you can see her personality lift. She is a very accepting person too and takes the Vampire issue in without really dwelling on it too much. He Came For Me! was a fun read and at the end of the book I could tell that Jazz’s character has changed. She will be stronger in the sequel, more confident and independent. It will be interesting to see how the story goes from here... I’m looking forward to what comes next.
  • BRUXA The Secret Within on Oct. 17, 2012

    4.5 Stars I really enjoy YA Paranormal novels and this is one that is going straight into my fav series list! It has most of the paranormal characters that I love but witches are thrown into the mix as well. It is an intriguing read as we learn a lot of the ancestry of the Bruxa witches and how things change for them when they come into their powers on their 18th birthdays. Gabby is unique. She has been sheltered from her bloodlines as her mother has kept her away from the rest of her extended family. I enjoyed watching Gabby come to terms with her new life. She has always had her powers but now she needs to learn about her heritage as her mother has never taught her much about it or other Bruxa lines. So when her mother decides to finally settle down in one place Gabby is excited to actually have a stable place to live, but to also attend a mixed school. Before moving to Boston, Gabby attended an all girls Catholic Boarding school, she has had little interaction with boys and therefore she has never had a boyfriend, so boys are very difficult for her to read. I find her so naïve in that respect, but it is cute to watch her try and figure them out. Joey is one boy in particular that Gabby struggles to understand. He is usually very confident, but something about Gabby keeps him quiet and reserved. So much so that Gabby thinks that he doesn't like her. She is very confused by him. But they have more in common than she realises. I really like Joey, but there is a little something nagging at me about him and I’m not sure if I trust him 100%. There is another person who plays an important role in Gabby's new life, but if I tell you who, it would be a big spoiler!! But I luuv him. He has a more dangerous side to him and enables Gabby to open up more. At the moment I am on the fence about both of the guys and I really like love triangle stories, and it looks like it is heading that way.... When we learn more about the Bruxa we find out that their beliefs all relate back to God. Religion runs in conjunction with some of their beliefs and that they were created to protect the world from evil supernatural creatures. As Gabby is learning, so are we and it helps understand the storyline better. I enjoy reading about American High Schools as they are a lot different to what we have in Australia. This is another great example as Gabby gets to attend a Halloween dance, for two reasons, One- we don't celebrate Halloween Two- we don't really do dances, but I wish we did! A.F. Costa has shown me a new side to the paranormal world and I absolutely loved it! I was left with a lot of questions, but Gabby has been too. I can't wait to see what will happen to her next, and to see if her life changes dramatically when she turns 18. There are so many factors that affect her and even her own beliefs will be questioned!