I was given this book for an honest review.
This book, Destine by Katherine Polillo, gets 5 stars because it is exactly the kind of book I love to read! It's very captivating, and it's hard to stop reading! At the beginning of each chapter there is a Bible verse. I am familiar with the Bible and read it myself, so I was expecting this to be a religious book. It is not. Now, it does get it's foundation and outline from the Bible in terms of it's an apocalyptic book. A girl, Chelle, is a senior in high school and virtually invisible. She and her best friend, Cami, live in a very small town and don't want to be popular. As the school year begins, Chelle is fine doing like she did the years before and blending in to the background. Cami wanted a little more and turned herself to Alex, wanting him to like her, who was running for student counsel president. Cami totally turned her back on Chelle as her friend. She was all over Alex in more ways than one.
A new boy in town, Gabriel, was myserious and very good looking with dark messy hair, penetrating eyes and a muscular pale body that looked like marble. Finally, Chelle spoke to him and there was an electricity between them. They had chemistry to say the least. Gabriel told her that he was an angel from heaven and was a guide for her. She was to save humanity; she was the vessel for archangel Micheal here on earth. As in Revalation in the Bible, at the Apocalypse there are 7 seals that are to be opened and 7 horsemen that come from them. The first is opened and it releases the Anti-christ. They come to find out the Anti-christ is Alex, Cami's boyfriend. As each seal is opened, they figure out each one. The first four horsemen are released and Chelle kills two of them. This is a great book, but my favorite parts are the ones where Chelle and Gabriel are together! Those parts are awesome! :)
I read Willow by Amy Richie. I recommend this book. It starts with a 17 year old girl named Willow. She's in high school but she's also a werewolf being raised with her younger sister, Ivy, by a surrogate mother, Bella. She is of age to lead her own pack of werewolves, but isn't sure she wants it that way. I love that for this book, the females lead the males. It makes it exciting and a good different dynamic than other books! Willow is given a pack because the female was killed and the males needed a leader. Willow does not want this but is not really given a choice. She was taught well but she's still young. She tries and makes mistakes. But with a male werewolf, Gage, sent to protect and watch over her, she persists. A nightmare she's had since she was little comes to fruition, but a little less severe. There is love and danger as well as conflict. This is a great easy read that makes you want to read more. Can't wait to check out book 2 of the series! I was given this book for an honest review.
I read Paranormal Days Gone Awry by many different authors of the Anchor Group Publishing. I recommend this book! I have read 7 of the 13 authors that wrote these awesome paranormal short stories. I love the way some of them added on to a story about one of the characters in their other books and some of them went in a totally different direction. I also love how the genre of paranormal is intermingled throughout these stories. I was impressed by many of these stories and it makes me want to read more books by these authors!
I read Malevolent Gateway by Dawn Gray. I recommend this book if you like scary books. I do not like to read scary books, so this was a little out of my comfort zone. I really loved some aspects of it. Being that I read book #1, Fire Storm, I thought I knew the characters, but the author went in a different direction than I thought and I love that. She did bring back a character from the last book! I love the fire in this book and the end of chapter 12 is hot! This is very well written and flows very well.
This book is about people getting killed in marshlands in Vermont. This has been happening for so long no one remembers when it started. Anna, a girl who grew up there, can talk to ghosts. She gets a call from one calling her back there. The governments special ops paranormal team S.P.I.R.I.T. comes in town to figure out what's going on and try to stop it. Anna meets with her life long friend, Blake, that still lives there and has his own specials "gifts" and they try to check on what the SPIRIT team is doing. They eventually work together to figure out all the details and really dig into this mystery. What they find has roots back 200 years and are at a loss to solve this mystery. Ghosts help and scare them along the way. Just when you think this book is finished and all is at rest, that's when things start to happen again.
I read By My Side by Stephanie Witter. I recommend this book! I love the story and the sarcasm of Lily. This is her story of the summer after the Junior year of high school. Her best friend Andy has been her friend ever since kindergarten and he is her optimism where she is his pessimism. They hate Andy's older brother Gabe, who is in college, with a passion... but he shows up back at home during their summer and won't leave. The summer looks like it's going to be all downhill for Lily and Andy until they start fighting. Gabe steps in to "comfort" Lily, but that's where the drama starts. There is a couple parts where it is sad because of things that happen in their lives, but it adds to the story. A few times in the book things were worded a little differently, but I understood it and it did not hurt the story in any way. This author is a great writer. This is her debut novel and I want to read more of her books!
Rani is a strong girl even in an oppressed society. This author did a great job of describing internally how Rani felt, and externally how others saw her. Even though things are far from American mainstream in this story, strong vs. weak is a prominent theme. I enjoyed this story very much as well as Black Dolphin, book #2!