Hello my name is Samantha but my family and friends call me "Sam" or "Sammie" and on some sites I'm also known as "Spamicka" a funky nickname of mine.
I am a 32 year old, single mother of three boys all currently under ten. It's pretty stressful being a single mother, especially of three boys who are all wild and rambunctious. But they are my hearts and souls, and the world wouldn't be the same without them. We live in Aurora, Colorado.
I am currently a sophmore almost Junior in College, I go Metropolitan State University of Colorado, this had just switched from a state college to a University just this year, I mean officially. It's been a university or in the works for two years now. I'm getting my Bachelor's in Technical Communications, focusing on "Interactive Media" and minoring in "Digital Media". Who knows maybe in a few years you will see book covers with my work on them, or see a new video game with my graphics, or see websites, billboards the sky is the limit on what I might be able to do once I graduate.
I have 2 cats and a guinea pig. The cats are Tweety he's a 6year old orange and white tabby, and his sister Sylvester is almost pure black with spots of white on her nose, paws, and belly she is also 6years old. The guinea I think might be close to one but I'm not sure, I didn't get him so I wasn't able to ask about his age, his name is Optimus Prime, he's a orange and white, and is really pretty, really sweet, and really funny at times as well. I think it was the best present my oldest got for his birthday this year.
With the way the economy is these days, we are currently living with some of our family. We have the downstairs and they have the upstairs. It's worked out decently.
I love reading books, I didn't used to though.... when I was younger after I had gotten glasses I kept losing or breaking my glasses so I just gave up reading. And back then I was a huge Stephen King fan he was all I would read. But then in April 2009, I had finally broke down and borrowed "Twilight" from my best friend to find out what all the hoopla was about. I read it, loved it, and wanted more.... so I read the whole series of that and then moved on to others, such as the sookie stackhouse books, and the house of night, and the Black Dagger Brotherhood, etc, etc,etc. To this day I have read over 300 books since April 2009, and that count keeps growing.
I like to review books just for fun, I'm not a professional reviewer. I just love talking about books. I know I may suck at my reviews at times, but that's ok cause it still makes me happy.
I'm also a writer, i'm currently writing a book though, I'm suffering from a major writers block, and I can't figure out what I want to call my book. I'm five chapters in and still don't have a clue what to call it. :(
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- Eternally Yours
on Sep. 04, 2012
Read from August 25 to 27, 2012
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It saddens me that I have to give this book a 3 star rating according to what Goodreads has available but in all reality I give this book at 3.5. This is because this book has quite a few spelling and word placement errors, that is actually quite common in new authors and some who self-publish their books. That however did NOT distract me from the storyline. But this is my most honest and sincere review to the very end.
This author has done an excellent job of creating her characters, and building her world. While reading this I could picture a massive giant square terrain surrounded by a huge wall, with the city where the “kinds” go to get mated, and then the communities where the “kinds” all live, this is called the “Domain” in this book. Then I can picture it close to the coast and this exquisitely beautiful island a little ways off from the shore. Then what is all surrounding the “Domain” is a giant desert wasteland full off death and the reminiscence of times that have passed.
As with all dystopian type books, there is usually a monarchy that rules the area where life is sustainable, this book is no different than the others. However, not only do they have that one ruler who is called the “Overlord” the main angel in charge, but the “kinds” have another problem that has arisen. Creatures called the Hell Horde has escaped from hell, and is about to wage war against, the Domain and the “Kinds”. But this is just the backstory.
The main focus of this story is about Alexia. Alexia just like with any other angel or rather any other of the “kinds” has to go to the city to be mated off cause she has finally reached eighteen. But she’s a rebel at heart and disagrees with the arranged marriage and all the strict rules placed on her and the rest of the “kinds”. So during these ceremonies she is paired up with this Demon called Shadow, she is his weapon maker for when he goes into battle. They start to get to know a little bit, and Shadow really intrigues her. Well unknown to Alexia, Shadow has his own secret, and for some reason he trusts her enough to keep his secret. When he finally reveals it, she is quite impressed with him and his secrets. He teaches her something’s and protects her from harm done by the Hell Horde. Which he endures an arrow from them into his side, which brings them into this cave, where Shadow ends up revealing more of himself to Alexia, she then starts falling for him hardcore and him for her, but they really don’t know they are.
Mating ritual time comes, and Alexia is mated to Gabriel… who is the hottest, most powerful angel there is besides the overlord, who happens to be Gabe's father. She has to spend time with him and even live with him and sleep in the same bed, since the purpose is to mate and seal the bonding which can only be done by sexual intercourse. Alexia already feeling bad for betraying Gabe in so many ways even before they were officially paired up, she tries to keep her distance as much as she can away from him, because her heart belongs to another already.
Furthermore this as a whole is really good, and I would recommend it to others, because even though there is editing errors, the storyline is strong, and I cannot wait for the next book to come out because I’m curious what ends up happening to these characters I’m getting to know.
- The Athena Effect
on Oct. 10, 2012
This is a book I would want to read over an over. It caught my interest from the beginning, and when I say it kept my interest, I mean it kept me up all night long I think I went to sleep at 7:30 this morning, with 91% read by the time I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. Then of course I finished it up this afternoon. This is a cross I feel between Young Adults, and Urban Fantasy. It's a book that older teens and Adults of all ages could enjoy.
This is about a girl name Cal (Caledonia)who lives with her parents in the middle of no where in Eureka. She was happy in ignorant of the world outside. But then her parents die in a tragic accident and she is sent to live with her aunt she never even knew about. She's overwhelmed by everything, cause not only is the world new to here, but she can see people's emotions. So she tries get through her day with her head low, disappearing into the world. Until she catches the eye of one seemingly bad boy named Cal (Calvin). Quinky dink on the names right, I think it's cute. But one night she rescues Calvin from getting beat up by some "ruffians". And from there, he was drawn to her, falling more and more in love with her each day. She made him feel alive, and made him look towards the future, and he showed her things of the world, loving the way she would light up with everything. They fell in love, and it was a great kind of love. Soul mate kind of love.
However, every story needs it's conflict, something that throws a wrench into things. Well of course this one isn't any exception. Come to find out the reason to why Caledonia is the way she is with her being able to see emotions. Her parents were part of an experiment that was supposed to messed with their genes, instead it messed with their heirs genes. So Caledonia, and this other girl Lyla both have two different color eyes and both can see and through emotions. Professor Teddy the one who has orchestrated the Athena project. He finds out about Caledonia and wants her so he kidnaps her. he's pretty weird making the children live in rooms made up like dollhouses and dressed them in like 50's styled clothing very odd. But Cali wasn't buying any of it. She wanted out, she wanted to get back to Calvin, and Calvin is trying to get Cali back. Well Calvin does find her, Caledonia climbs down a bedsheet to get to her love.
Well Max, The head of Professor Teddys guards, he had something up his sleeve, and after Cali escaped, he revealed to Professor Teddy that he wiped him out financially and has is taking the twins with him, and that he has his own plans for them. Which makes you think UH OH & YAY another book.
I cannot wait until then next book is out, this is a series I could really sink my teeth into
- The Conduit
on June 19, 2013
I was given this book, in return to give an honest review of this book, and the following two books as well.
Conduit is about an 18 year old girl named Celeste, and her older brother Gabe and her younger sister Kendall (wicked name by the way). They had just moved to a podunk town in Tennessee to stay with their grandmother, after a strange bout of break ins, in their hometown in Michigan.
Things seemed to be the everyday ordinary life in a small town, up until Celeste finds a statue of a Gryphon. Cutting her finger on this statue is where the story truly begins, because afterwards things start going strange for Celeste. The only thing that wasn't strange was meeting Alec, a cute up and coming reporter. Further into the book, you are thrown into a legend and from there, you get to see what becomes of Celeste and her siblings.
Conduit is a well written, well thought out story, that had me laughing so hard in some places. But the minute I picked up this book I was instantly hooked and could not put it down unless I absolutely had to. I loved the character outline of this book and how each character had a significant role to play in it. I also loved the plot-line which is original and never before have I read a book about a gryphon or where a gryphon is involved like this one, sure I've read a few that are more for the paranormal romance side of things, but this isn't one of those. This is an adventure, and one I'm anticipating on continuing as soon as I am done with this review.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE!
- Embrace, Gryphon Series Book 2
on June 20, 2013
In Embrace our journey continues in the lives of Celeste, Gabe, Kendall, and Alaina our feathered guide. However at the start of this book, it's been a few months since the last book ended, and Celeste is in college and working at a coffee shop across the street from the campus.
She's been in a pretty much "must seek demon, must kill demon" mode ever since her last seeing Alec in the hospital. It's takes the help of her family, a girl she works with named Sophie to get her out of her funk, when she meets Caleb, the oh so sexy and I mean sexy Irish man. Rawwrs & Purrs.
In this book we also meet the Dark Army Glee Club, (once you read this book you will totally understand what I mean by this.) Oh and one of the best parts of the book is "Star Wars Boxers" again you will have to read the book to understand that as well, but let me tell you I was laughing for a good 5 minutes on just that.
Once again this book made me laugh, and man I couldn't put it down. I think it's gonna be the same with the last book in the trilogy "Sacrifice". Which I am going to be starting as soon as I am done posting this review. To hell with sleep I say.
Seriously though, read this trilogy it is well worth the read.
Thank you Stacey Rourke for these books, they are quite awesome, and I am pleased you contacted me to read and review them for you.
on June 20, 2013
Sacrifice, is and OMG book. It has love found, love lost, many twists and turns. It's phenomenal.
I had at first thought this was a trilogy, but I was deluded and probably misread something or something. Because this is NOT a trilogy, since the end of Sacrifice, leaves you with a MASSIVE and I mean Massive cliffhanger.
Sacrifice picks up, not long after Embrace left off. Celeste and Caleb are madly in love, Gabe and Alaina are planning their wedding. Kendall is in heaven, in planning her brother's wedding.
Celeste is still perturbed about having a Garden Gnome as her guide, but she manages. Demon activity is picking up. And the Countess is at it again, only this time it seems like she's got Celeste right where she wants her. Most of the book is dealing with Celeste feeling lost and alone. At the Bridal shop an attack happens and someone close to her, goes oddly wacky. In the meantime, she's trying to save the world, keep her family protected, and make sure that Gabe and Alaina get their happily ever after.
I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book in this series, because it has quickly shaped into one of my most favorite series of all time. I'm dying here already, when is the next book coming out?
on June 27, 2013
I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Hope(less) is a story about a girl named Gabby, she can see colors around people, that isn't an aura. One day walking home from her volunteering at the hospital she noticed a different color on some guy she saw by the water. Much to her surprise he ended up being a werewolf named Sam.
After getting to know Sam, she learned a lot about werewolves, and ended up moving in with him as her foster parents were expecting a child of their own.
Once she turned 18 Sam wanted her to go and be introduced to all the unmated males in his pack. While she didn't agree with it, she went, because she was hell bent on not letting other determine her life for her and she had goals of going to college and making a career for herself.
Well during the last Introduction she met with a massive amount of wolves, and none sparked nothing in her, until she was walking back into the house and the seclusive and quiet Clay was standing there. Boy did this urk Gabby off, this was not supposed to happen. So her aggressive and stubborn nature confronted this tall dark and silent man, and said somethings she shouldn't have, did it seal her fate though?
Gabby gets to her new house and meets her new roommate Rachel, just barely gets settled in when a strange dog comes almost literally knocking on her door, ok,ok,ok he sat down on the towel next to Rachel in the backyard when they were going to sunbathe together. But after a few minutes the bells clicked and she realized her words had come back to bite her in the butt, because the giant dog was Clay in his wolf form.
Throughout this book Gabby learns to communicate with Clay because he refuses to talk, and she learns to trust him, and she in a way learns to love him. However, there's a new color she's seeing with some wolves, it's bugging her not having the answers she needed, meanwhile Clay keeps getting challenged by other unmated wolves. One night Two of the "other" wolves had came to her house and tried to take her, and attack Clay, well one of them so happens to have the same connection to her as Clay does. This confuses the hell out of her.
Will this be the end of everything Clay has worked for in getting Gabby To claim him? Will Gabby claim him even though there is another potential mate for her? What is going on with the "other" wolves?
This story enthralled me to no end. The writing was superb, the story in itself was extremely creative and original. I give Melissa Haag 5++ stars for this book. I just hope we'll get to see more of Gabby & Clay in future books, and now I'm dying to get my hands on the next book.