I am a fanatic fiction reader. I especially love reading paranormal, romance, fantasy and sci-ficition. Give me Dragons, Vampires, and Weres - oh my. Always looking for the next great read. Got my Kindle implant October 2010 and we've been together ever since. Enjoy life now, its has an expiration date!
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on May 17, 2012
Andrea Dayla was raised by her Uncle Greg after her parents were murdered in a mugging gone terribly wrong or so she was told. She thought that she was a mostly ordinary girl heading off to college, she was also terribly wrong about that. Strange things are happening all around her. She always listen to the “myths” her Uncle Greg told her about vampires and Crusnik but never believed them to be true…but things are about to change and myths are becoming reality. To top it off she’s smack dab in the center of it all and the person she loves might just be her biggest enemy.
Believe, the first in New England Immortals series, has an excellent new premise, great characters, and a witty repertoire. Believe was an enjoyable read. For the most part, E. Leighanne Grimm-Weaver was extremely descriptive of the surroundings/settings and made you feel like you were actually there. Here comes the but… But, it lacked something with the development of the relationship between Shane Brennen and Andrea Dayla, the two main characters. I didn’t see enough of the connection building between them to feel emotionally invested in their predicament. The New England Immortals Series has huge potential and I look forward to seeing where it heads next. 3 1/2 Stars.
This copy of Believe was given to me by Making Connections YA Edition Group on Goodreads and E. Leighanne Grimm-Weever in exchange for an honest review.
- Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy
on June 12, 2012
Meghan Elam is your every day high school student. She has great friends and a wonderful loving adopted family full of boys siblings. Although she is relatively happy there is something different about Meghan. She hears strange voices, sees weird creatures, gets visions into the future and her eyes change with her mood like a mood ring. Her parents have taken her for help with specialist and have tried medication to help her but Meghan learned fast to ignore the unusual and don’t share it with anyone. But now that she’s turned 17, something has changed and she can’t ignore it any longer and the secret world of Meghan’s imagination might just be out to destroy her.
Faelorehn was a really enjoyable read! Meghan is a strong heroin, even with her doubts about her sanity she faces the strange head on. Jenna Johnson weaves a fantastic tale that leaves you wanting more. Faelorehn was a little slow in the being, giving ample time for Ms. Johnson to give you enough back ground on the characters that you feel vested in the outcome. Can’t wait for the next in this trilogy.
This copy of Faelorehn was given to me by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson in exchange for an honest review.
- Fated Dreams (Book One In The Affinity Series)
on July 05, 2012
Sarah Samson is a happy high school student. She has a good group of friends and a happy family life. Her entire world changes when she is literally knocked into in the hall way at school. It happens so fast she doesn’t realize the culprit until she finds Lucas’s book collected with hers when she picks them off the floor. The strangest thing is…she’s been having dreams about Lucas identical twin brother Logan for weeks now, but Logan is a complete jerk.
Once Sarah starts interacting with Lucas, she seems to feel there is a connection/familiarity that she’s never found with anyone else. Lucas emotions run hot and cold toward Sarah and she doesn’t understand why. Sarah soon realizes it wasn’t Logan but Lucas she’s been dreaming about.
There is also something wrong, a strange feeling of being stalked and Sarah doesn’t know where it’s coming from. After two attempts on her life, the police become involved. But ultimately it’s up to Sarah to decipher her mysterious dreams before someone kills her or Lucas.
FATED DREAMS is a great young adult read. The plot twists, turns and misleads you right till the end. Sarah is a strong young woman, that makes decisions for herself and stands up for what she wants without excepting less. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the next book DELUSIONS coming soon from the Affinity Series.
This copy of Fated Dreams was given to me by We ♥ YA Books! (Group) and Christina Smith in exchange for an honest review.
on July 18, 2012
Rayla Tate and her siblings have been raised by her Aunt Grace since she was young. Her mother disappeared and her aunt has taken in her family. Rayla wants to go away to college with her best friend Cassie but her aunt wants her to stay local and is completely adamant that she not leave her home town.
Cassie’s father assists Rayla, giving her the opportunity to go away to college with Cassie. They mislead her aunt and Rayla heads off to school, but almost immediately after leaving her home town strange things start to happen. Rayla’s life is not what she always thought it was, she is special an Elemental. Aunt Grace has been protecting Rayla all along, keeping her safe. Now that she’s left the town she is exposed and all the fae Lords want her power. She meets a wonderful guy named Zach and is being followed by a few more hunky men and she doesn’t know who she can trust.
This is a wonderful young adult fae based story. The characters, sexual attractions and situations are extremely spellbinding and the ending was totally unexpected. Five could be the next new “Fever Series” for young adults. I just have one thing to say, I need to know what happens next!
This copy of Five was given to me by Christie Rich and Making Connection YA @ Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
- Reign of Blood
on July 29, 2012
Reign of Blood is a post-apocalyptic world where the vampire virus has taken over, turning the human population into feral ranging beasts. April Tate, Jeremy (her brother) and April’s mother might be the only humans left. They’ve found a bunker and are living in the mountains outside Vegas. They use the day light hours to collect food and essentials for their daily living. On one such run, April finds their van empty and her mother and brother missing. Now alone April will stop at nothing to find where her mother and brother have been taken.This is a brutal and vividly descriptive post-apocalyptic world. The concept and story are extremely intriguing but even though the story is violently graphic it is pretty slow going. I found April’s romance with Rye underdeveloped and rushed which left it unbelievable for me … leaving a void for any emotional involvements in their predicaments. Reign of Blood is an engaging read and for me rates 3 ½.This copy of Reign of Blood was given to me by The Nexus Group @ Goodreads and Alexia Purdy in exchange for an honest review.
on Sep. 12, 2012
This truly was an astonishing and vivid fantasy written by Byron A. Wells. I did read Parem first and I highly recommend that you read the Prequel to this story, it adds much enlightenment. In Amalgam there really is 3 different story lines coming to an extraordinary conclusion where all three stories merge.
Hobs is a young man how is very different from all the other villagers, he has dark hair and unusual eyes. He was raised by Ren because his parents were killed by a plague, a plague that also killed Ren’s child. Hobs is brutally attacked and left for dead, he wakes up in an underground facility that is like nothing he’s ever dreamed of.
Villagers search for Hobs, but the local bullies that have tormented Hobs for his differences decide to turn their attentions to Ren, Hobs’ adopted father. Their attack is atrocious and Ren meets a similar fate to Hobs. A villager and close female friend is also viciously attacked and drives Hobs towards his revenge filled goal.
In the underground facility, Hobs is transformed into a cybergenic organism. There is data transfers and neuro plug in type equipment embedded in Hobs.
While this is happening, the aliens that almost caused a planetary genocide return. A mysterious Valaran who survived the “cleansing in the inter-galactic war comes back into play.
This may seem like an extremely complicated plot but Mr. Wells have weaved his web and sucks you right into this world of his creating. Because it is so vividly written some of the scenes are very graphic and may not be suitable for the younger readers. Although this is a sci-fi story it was still a very easy and enjoyable read. I found Amalgam to be a sci-fi, older young adult, fantasy that I really adored. 5 Stars
This copy of Amalgam was given to me by Goodreads Making Connections Group and Byron A. Wells in exchange for an honest review.
on Sep. 13, 2012
This is a really difficult book for me to review. Honestly, I really did enjoy this book. . . but when you are at 30% of the story still wondering ” what the heck is going on” . . . you’ve got to admit it makes it a difficult book to rate. The story was intriguing, the characters extremely interesting but I have to say that now that I finished it I’m still not 100% sure where this story is heading. I also would like to explain about the characters but I’m afraid if I do give any kind of summary I will be creating a spoiler. There are dead people who aren’t really dead, mystical powers, really awesome dog protectors, and evil character...and they really are pure evil. All in all, I’m giving Freewill 4 stars. I am looking forward to the next book and hoping for a little more enlightenment.
This copy of Freewill was given to me by Elyse Draper and We ♥ YA Books! group @ Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
on Oct. 07, 2012
100 Nephilim, super powerful half human half angels beings, are given the task to clean the earth of all human life. It is judgment day, and the Nephilim are tasked with returning all humans to their spiritual forms. Kali, in an attempt to escape the devastation, runs a trail to the top of a cliff where she finds Tiamat, someone she met 10 years prior. Tiamat, is actually one of the Nephilim who has destroyed her world and even killed her father. Tiamat struggles with his mission because he has a strong connection to the young woman named Kali. Kali’s survival is dependant on the one responsible for the totally oblieration of her world, she must learn to trust him even though he might have her own destruction in his plans.
Favorite Quote Tiamat - “Compared to tonight, I feel like I have been half-alive the entire time I’ve exsisted.”
Wormwood is a dark and fantastic tale. Wormwood has dazzling plot twist and turns that will captivate any reader, making it impossible to put this book down. The lines will be blurred between good and evil, truth and lies, and hero and antagonist. When I finished Wormwood, I closed the book with a WOW on my lips. Extraordinary story telling D. H. Nevins, you blew me away. There is so much to say about this book but I don’t want to give anything away. Absolutely 5 stars.
I won this copy of Wormwood from Sherry at Fundamental Book Blog and D. H. Nevins, I am giving my honest review.
- Centaur Legacy
on Dec. 12, 2012
Camille Benning and Drake Nash are on the run after escaping from Camile’s grandmother, Camille Benning. The only hope for them is to find the ancient arrow being held somewhere in the Thessaly pasture in Ireland. From Ireland, their hunt for the arrow and Camille’s mysterious twin takes them to South Dakota where more dangers than they can imagine are waiting for them.
Camille’s father and his family immediately jump into action to help Camille. Specifically Beau and Camille’s best friend Daniel rush to her aid. But not all is what is seems and Camille must choose who she wishes to be, if she embraces her Centaur side will she be able to save herself and Drake? Can she accept the sacrifices that will need to be made for their survival?
From the first moment I started Centaur Legacy, I was HOOKED! Thank you Nancy Straight for sending me your book for review, you sent me an incredible adventure in e-book format! Centaur Legacy made me cry, laugh and bite my nails! I was shocked to realize it was 2 AM and I was still reading! Thank you again for this awesome journey into the lives of the Centaur world.
This copy of Centaur Legacy was given to me by Nancy Straight in exchange for an honest review.
- With Everything I Am
on Dec. 14, 2012
Callum, prince to the werewolves, was instinctually drawn to the woods. He doesn’t have a clue what brought him there but there is a strong pull to protect. He is shot by hunters that are hot on his trail when he runs into a small female child. This child literally protects him from the hunter by putting herself in the line of fire and hugs the injured wolf.
That same night Callum discovers his life mate is this small human girl and that her parents have been killed. Under the guidance of his father, he allows Sonia Arlington to be put into a guardianship until she is old enough to be his mate.
Sonia Arlington has special gifts that she has been hiding her entire life. She can see in the dark, hear better than any human and her sense of smell rivals any supernatural being. Even her guardians don’t know of her gifts which has made Sonia's life lonely...she can never truly be herself.
Someone leaks that Sonia is Callum’s mate and her life is at risk. Callum must now claim Sonia before he was ready or he has time to prepare Sonia.
This is again, another incredible story by Kristen Ashley. She pushes every emotional button while sucking you deep into this paranormal world. Sonia faces everything that comes her way with strength and courage. Callum, well he is clueless in the ways of a human female and you kind of feel sorry for his inability to see what is happening right in front of him...making the transition for Sonia and Callum a wonderful adventure to follow. The only problem with reading this book is what I call the Kristen Ashley “Syndrome” – what the heck do I read after this...
- Tea for Three
on March 05, 2013
A cute short story, leaving us wanting more. Twalia is in England having tea...truly a great, unexpected experience for this Alabama motor cycle riding character we've come to love.
This copy of Tea For Three was given to me by Trish Jackson in exchange for a honest review.
- Tea for Three
on March 05, 2013
A cute short story, leaving us wanting more. Twila is in England having tea...truly a great unexpected experience for this Alabama redneck motor cycle riding character we've come to love.
This copy of Tea For Three was given to me by Trish Jackson in exchange for a honest review.
- Thorn Fall (Rust & Relics, Book 2)
on Oct. 03, 2014
Thorn Fall is a family friendly, fun adventure; a cross between Indiana Jones and an urban fantasy. This action packed thrill ride will keep you riveted to the pages.
Delia is now our narrator. She and the gang from Rust & Relics are following leads to find the next monster released into our realm…which brings them to sunny Sedona Arizona. Manheim and death from an invisible assailant rain down and everyone is grabbing at straws to defeat this new creature. The creature isn’t their only worry, apparently our world is coming under threat from a faction within the elf like creatures. The Rust & Relics gang must decide who they can trust…
Gotta to say I'm really enjoying Delia's interaction with the Spartan. Can't wait to get more.
There is just something about Lindsay Buroker’s writing that sucks me right in. Refreshingly original and fabulously written, this non-stop, adrenaline packed story comes highly recommended for any reader 12 and up.
On a personal note: I’m heading to Sedona, for the first time, on vacation in November and really enjoyed hearing about all the places I will be visiting becoming a part of this fabulous storytelling. Didn't know about the vortexes but planned on hiking around Bell Rock.