Back to You
on July 09, 2012
I would like to thank the wonderful Annie Brewer for providing me with an ARC of this book for review!
This is the sweet story of Abby and Lucas. Of their friendship and love, of their ups and downs. Back to you captures teen angst at it's best. It captures relationships between friends, family and first loves. There is tension, their is sadness, there is happiness, all wrapped up in the neat little package that is this book. Back to You caputres the true meaning of love and how it can withstand anything you throw at it.
Abby is snarky and strong. She doesn't let anyone step on her. She stands up for what she believes and what she wants.
Lucas is handsome and sweet. How could someone not fall for him?
Brooke, Abby's best friend, is supportive and you can tell they are true friends.
Brady, Abby's boyfriend/friend personifies the typical football player and guy who likes to hang with his friends and play games.
Sarah, Abby's sister, is a pistotol in need of a lot of sisterly love.
Abby's mom is cook and calm.
The cast of characters is fun and intriguing, drawing you into the story and egging you on to read to the end.
on July 17, 2012
I would like to thank We ❤ YA Books and Brandon Hale for the opportunity to read and review this fabulous book!
For ten years now, humanity has been at war with the creatures of darkness. The war has changed the world. The day now belongs to humanity and the night belongs to things once thought to exist only in myths and legends... but there is hope.
This new enemy has united humanity and an army has stepped forward to protect the light from the darkness. An army of heroes.
The Day Soldiers.
Eighteen year old Lily Baxter always knew the Day Soldiers would be a major part of her life. She had been preparing for it since she was eight. She was ready to go to war.
The one thing she wasn't prepared for was the day the war came to her.
So, do you want to read a book with a kick ass heroine? Do you want to read a book full of action? Do you want to read a book that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next? Then this is the book for you.
I wasn't actually sure I would like this book. I read the description and I was torn as to whether or not I wanted to take a chance with it. I am SO glad I did
This book is an interesting mix between a paranormal and a dystopian. I have never read something like this before.
Lily is a 18 year old girl who lives with her family, in fear of the monsters that plague her world: vampires and werewolves. But she is determined to eradicate these monsters and make the world safe. When her town is destroyed by these monsters, she vows to help in any way she can. She does this by becoming a day soldier. And let me tell you something about Lily, she is a no holds barred, don't take nothing from anyone kind of girl. She fights like there is no tomorrow and is willing to go down to save her friends from certain destruction. She has a smart mouth and a quick whit. There is no teenage angst with this girl. And her best friend Leo, is just the same. You see that he cares greatly for Lily and is willing to risk his life so that she will be safe.
And her teammates are just as determined, and cocky, if you will. Ellie is the girl who can sneak around and get into places no one else could fit. Grung is the excellent marksman, with great fighting skills. And Scott is the information specialist who certainly seems to have much more information than any day soldier should have. Together, they work to fight evil. They know what they can do, they know how good they are at doing it, and they will stop at nothing to reach their goal. If this means destruction, then so be it. If this means risking their lives, then so be it. And the banter between the team drips of sarcasm. I was surprised to be smiling, giggling, even laughing during while reading! My favorite thing about the team is that they do things they believe to be right, even if it goes against orders.
Abbie is the team instructor. She is the ultimate "sneaker". And to top it all off, she's a nun! What an original character! And Wallace is the commanding officer, who just happens to have a very special secret about him! He likes Lily from day one and knows there is something special about her. He knows she is Day Soldier material.
Hale paints a picture of a world taken over by monsters. A world where we are at war with the very things we dream of that scare us to death. It's a world that has been desolated and destroyed in areas where civilization once blossomed. It's world where humanity is being destroyed. And the monsters help paint the picture of how humans have destroyed what they were so generously given without a second thought. It's original for sure!
The monsters are not just blood sucking, killing machines, they are ruthless and clever. They believe they should be the ones who run the world. We watch werewolves and vampires, usually mortal enemies, work side by side to destroy anything that gets in the way of them taking over the world.
My only issue with this book, the reason I did not give it 5 stars, is because the characters never loose. With the exception of losing one person, none of the characters is injured beyond repair or dies. I can't imagine this to be true, no matter how good the team is at their job. But this really didn't distract me from the story. As a matter of fact, it made me want to read on because I knew in the long wrong, the characters were going to win.
This story has twists and turns. I was grabbed from the very beginning during the prologue which was the declaration of war from the vampires and werewolves. The story has a great pace: not too slow and just fast enough to keep you interested and wanting to know the next move this team will make. And Hale shows us the character's flaws and how this affects their judgement and the consequences of their actions.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who wants something packed with action. 4 out of 5 stars from me!
on Aug. 17, 2012
I would like to thank Ella James for providing me with an ebook copy of Stained to read and provide an honest review of this book.
Blurb from Goodreads:
After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie - Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.
This book is riveting from the very start! There is action, adventure, romance, and intrigue that keeps you wanting to read more from beginning to end. The characters are well thought out and developed. The scenes are described in great detail, I felt like I was right there experiencing what the characters were: their fear, their happiness, their sadness.
Julia is the main female character. She is smart and sassy, funny and wise. She knows what she wants, when she wants it. And she's not afraid to go after it. She is running for her life, but constantly finds the exact danger she is trying to avoid. In order to avenge her family and find out why she is one of the "stained" she searches for answers from a host of celestial beings.
One of those "beings" is Cayne. He is one enigmatic boy! He keeps his distance from Julia, yet you can feel the tension that draws them together throughout the entire book. He warns her to stay away, but she just cannot resist. Their connection is undeniable. But Cayne holds secrets even he cannot know, because his memory has been wiped away. He is mysterious and magnetic.
Together they search for Samyaza, a half-demon out to find them both. Each has their own reason to want Samyaza dead, and together they intend to find him. They travel about the country finding solace in different places through different people.
All culminating in a climatic ending where what you thought you knew is nothing compared to what you find out! It's a total cliff hanger, and completely unexpected at that!
All in all this book is well written and certainly has me wanting more. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of the paranormal mixed with action, adventure and romance. I cannot wait to read the sequel.
4 out of 5 stars from me!
Born Of Fire
on Sep. 09, 2012
I picked up this little beauty for free and I'm SO glad I did!
Blurb from Goodreads:
The story of the night Aiden was born has never been told, until now. Fleeing the Hunters, Kevan and Shannon O'Reilly find their way to Spruce Knoll Colorado, assuming they'll be safe in America. Their unborn son is special, even for a druid, or a channeler as the American's like to call their kind. But why the Hunters, people who are sworn to keep their kind safe, are after them is a mystery. All they know is that if they don't outrun them they'll be killed.
Trouble has followed them to Spruce Knoll and just when it seems it may be too late, they discover the true reason why.
I just finished To Ride a Puca last week and loved it. So I thought I would throw myself into this novella last night to get a taste of what the other Channeler novels are like and, WOW, I am so glad I did. I loved this short look into the channelers! It totally made me want to pick up the next one in the series. There was just not enough to this novella and it has me biting at the bit to see what happens next!
The cover to this little beauty is AMAZING! I knew the story of the knot from Puca, so when I picked this up, I completely understood why it would be on the cover. I am still interested to know what exactly the knot signifies.
The introduction of Adien and his birth was great. Although, I am sure had I not read To Ride A Puca, I would not have understood so well what was happening as far as their powers were concerned. I am in love with the fantasy theme of these books!
Thanks for peaking my interest even more, Ms. McCorkle! Your writing is awesome and I can't wait to find out more about Aiden!!!
5 out of 5 Stars
on Sep. 22, 2012
I got a free copy of this book from Amazon and I'm so glad I did.
This novella gives us some insight into Luke and Sera, twins with remarkable gifts. Luke is a Seer. He has visions of the future but he is unable to do anything about those visions. Sera is a healer and can heal with the touch of her hands.
I really loved this introduction to Luke and Sera. Their sibling connection is really awesome. You can see how they care about each other and how they would do anything for one another.
When Luke has a vision of the future that scares him, he refuses to tell Sera what it was about. But she knows, deep down. And the scariest part is she knows there will be no stopping it.
I cannot wait to read this series...this introduction was just, WOW! I tore through it. The background information was great and the scenery is completely set for the next book.
Awesome job by the author. Looking forward to the next read!
5 out of 5 stars!