Alana McKinney


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  • The Conduit on Feb. 21, 2013

    The Conduit Review Page-turner!! I was given this book for an honest review. Oh my word!! I honestly think that I would have read this book in one sitting if I had not had an eight month old at home! This action packed book has an easy-to-follow plot and left me longing to read the next page, chapter, and book as quickly as possible. I even allowed my OCD-ness to overlook the grammatical/typing errors because I was enthralled with the plot of this young adult novel. The Conduit is an adventurous tale of an unlikely sibling trio that is dripping with humor and sarcasm. Celeste, Gabe, and Kendell are assembled, transformed, and trained to fight the Dark Army. Facing three-hundred year old, evil forces is a daunting task; but the Garrett siblings learn that teamwork is an invaluable weapon in their fight. Self discovery, close relationships, and forces unseen are revealed along the journey to an epic battle of good and evil. I look forward to reading the continuation of the Garrett siblings’ adventures in the rest of the Gryphon series. I am thankful I don’t have to wait for book two to come out!
  • By My Side on Dec. 19, 2013

    I was gifted a copy of By My Side in exchange for an honest review. Lily Saunders was looking forward to hanging out with her best friend Andy Green during the summer after their junior year. The return of Andy’s older brother Gabe from college promises to add drama to their summer because they despise him. When Andy and Lily start fighting, drama certainly arrives, but it comes in a different package than even Lily expected. Gabe tries to comfort Lily during her fight with his younger brother and wants her to give Andy a chance to amend their friendship. Instead, Lily finds herself facing romantic feelings she never thought she would have for either of the Green brothers. Lily’s sarcasm and budding feelings provide an escape from the harsh reality of her parent’s divorce. There were a few times throughout the book that the wording was a little confusing and minor details were not consistent throughout, but these did not take away from the plot. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Witter.
  • Willow on Feb. 12, 2014

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I would highly recommend Willow by Amy Richie. This YA story about Willow, a 17 year old werewolf, is one personal growth. Willow has never wanted to fully immerse herself in the roles of a female werewolf. She longs to blend in to the high school crowd, but her surrogate mother, Bella, moves her and her sister, Ivy, too often to make that dream a reality. Willow hunts only out of necessity, and never imagines herself following in Bella’s footsteps as a pack leader. However, as she quickly discovers, Bella has a plan that will force Willow to accept a leader role, whether she wants to or not. As the plot unfolds, Willow makes many mistakes as she settles into leading her young male pack, but she learns from them and remembers the training Bella instilled in her throughout childhood. Despite her initial resistance, Willow begins to accept her role and her pack quickly becomes allegiant to her leadership. I liked that this was an easy read, and it left me wanting to read the next book in the series!
  • Fern on March 03, 2014

    Fern is the second book in Amy Richie’s Blood Vine Series. I highly recommend this series. As Willow and her pack settle in to their new home, they desire to live peacefully and unnoticed by the small community around them. However, two councilmen from the Ancient City have different plans for the young pack. The unexpected trip to the Ancient City brings about big changes for Willow and her pack. Willow grows into her role as the female leader as she discovers that her mental connection with her pack is stronger than she anticipated. The challenges that the pack faces in this book makes their bond grow and their loyalty to each other is impressive. The author does an excellent job describing the scenes in the Ancient City and the characters emotions, which helped pull me into the book! I cannot wait until the next book of the series is released! I was gifted a copy of this book for an honest review.