Sunday, July 29, 2012

Destiny Unhinged - New review

Happy Sunday! How are you?  I'm here leaving you a new review!
I received this one from the author some weeks ago. I hope you enjoy it.

DESTINY UNHINGED by Kimber Shook.



From Goodreads:
VANESSA anxiously waits for her birthday, a boyfriend and some much needed excitement in her dull and boring life.
She soon finds herself torn between two guys. Well, I guess that is what she would call them, even though one is a dead Alien King.
MAX, a dead alien who is trapped in limbo between two worlds and longs for Vanessa, his destiny, to help him home and become his Queen. He offers her his world, his heart and his future.
TOBY, a good looking guy who shows an interest and a desire to be with Vanessa, has confessed that he too has a destiny that he's meant to be with another. However, it’s a destiny he doesn’t want.
The connection that Vanessa has with Max is strong but the desire she has for Toby may be even stronger.
Shall she accept what Destiny has in store for her or find a way to escape to find one all on her own?



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MY REVIEW:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first thought: What just happened? Now I have to wait until the next book is released?
Destiny Unhinged presents us Vanessa, a regular girl about to turn seventeen, who is fighting between two guys. A book that presents us another world and little sneak picks from something else.

The whole story moves extremely fast, in just a few pages we move from a single girl with a boring life, to a girl meeting an alien king and a really hot guy. The plot is well described as well as the characters and the background which is easy to understand.

Vanessa is a nice character, one you can relate to at some levels, with a funny mind and quite an interesting family (mother and grandmother). However, at some point she is described like a church girl but this fact is left aside in the story. Maybe it´s not that important but it was something I noticed. Apart from that, she is a great character and we see her evolve and become a strong woman.

Then we have Max and Toby. They are two sexy guys with some differences and some things in common. For example they both are REALLY POSSESSIVE, some of their dialogues are romantic and sweet, but at some point I didn’t like neither of them because they didn’t care what Vanessa wanted and with their speech of “I’ll do anything to protect you”, they didn’t take Vanessa’s feeling in consideration. Luckily by the end of the book we can see their true personalities and Toby can redeem himself.

Something that worth be mentioned is that a lot of things are revealed such as Vanessa past and her family heritage. But… What about Toby and his family? There´re a lot of things to resolve in the next book and I hope to find some answers in it.

Overall a good read, with some high points where you can´t stop reading and an ending that leaves you speechless and waiting for the second book.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How to travel the world for free - Review

Hi! Today I bring the review of a different kind of book. I hope you give it a try because it truly is really interesting.
I recieved this book from the publisher via NETGALLEY.


HOW TO TRAVEL THE WORLD FOR FREE: I DID IT, AND YOU CAN DO IT, TOO! by Michael Wigge.




How to Travel the World for Free The unbelievable feat of traveling 25,000 miles—from Berlin to Antarctica—without any money! Join Michael Wigge as he immerses himself into fascinating subcultures, rides with Amish farmers in old-fashioned buggies, sleeps on the street with the homeless, and, with the help from alternative lifestylers, learns to nourish himself with flowers. Wigge had only 3 concerns during his travels: How do I get some food? How will I get to my next destination? Where can I sleep? …all without money! This unusual travel diary combines adventure with humor and contains surprising revelations about when money is really needed—and when it’s not. A must-read for every travel and adventure fan!

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MY REVIEW.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine travel from Germany to Antarctica without money. It may sound a little crazy but in this book Michael Wigge proves us that it's possible. This book tells the adventure of Michael to achieve his goal of made all the way to Antarctica without expending any cent from his pocket. And quite a journey it is.

Since he leaves from Germany every step is full of emotion, adventure, pros and cons, and the insecurity of what’s to come. Every person he gets to know in Canada, USA, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, has a story to share, some of them are really interesting.

The best part about the long trip is all the people and different cultures he gets to know. All the people that helped him, only reaffirm that there is good out there, that there’s people willing to share the little they have without asking anything in exchange.

All the jobs and crazy ways he had to find to get money, food and mains of transports made this book really entertaining, fun and easy to read. (My favorite job is pillow fighting).

Michael really captures the spirit of his journey and makes you feel part of it.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Burning Star - Review

It's time for another review and this time is for another great book I was asked to review.

 
THE BURNING STAR by JESSIE LANE.

From Goodreads:
Can she reach her destiny before tragedy strikes?
The doctors have told Kay that she will die before she reaches her eighteenth birthday. Her mother’s determination to save her life leads them to a move outside of Asheville, NC to a new set of cancer specialists in the hopes to help her. But it’s not what Kay and her Mom find in the doctor’s offices in Asheville that lead them on the journey to save her before time runs out. It’s what Kay finds in the woods outside of Asheville, and an inhumanly gorgeous guy named Ryan, instead.

Myths and fairy tales come to life before Kay’s eyes, bringing her closer to the ultimate cure if she can stay alive long enough to get there. And if the cancer doesn’t kill her before she finds the cure the secrets her mother has hidden from her may be the beginning of the end.

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MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Rating: 4.5/5).

From the very start I was sure it’s would be a good book. Maybe it has some flaws but nobody it’s perfect. The Burning Star is really a good book and you can’t put it down once you start reading it. It’s a story that captures everything we love in a good YA novel.

All begins when we meet Kay, this young girl who’s dying, right after she has arrived to Asheville. There she meets two of the hottest guys ever (lucky her) and strange things starts to happen.
From that point everything in her life changes really fast, she discovers a lot of secrets and finds that there’s more out there than you can imagine. The book never lacks emotion, funny dialogues and great descriptions. You can really picture every scenery, each one of the fights and what’s better every creature.

We get to know every character as the book moves on, and even though they evolve their essence remains the same, which in my opinion, is really important because I hate when character take a drastic change in a book, I like that they adapt to changes but they stay true to themself.

Every legend behind each one of the groups was really interesting and believable. And it was easy to follow, it's not a sum of more and more rules, it flows naturally. The romance was intense and lovely to read. The bonds were so strong that they only made it easier to read about them.

The only two things that bother me were: 1- the switch between first and third person, at first it didn’t matter because only happens two or three times but I would prefer that it was told in first person. 2- The guy in a wheelchair, really?? It felt like a flashback to another book and I don’t know why but it really bothers me.

And the end??? AMAZING! It only leaves you wanting for more. Overall, a very recommendable book for lovers of fantasy and YA books.

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Justice (Deck of Lies # 1) - Review

A weeks ago I received an email from Jaden, and I'm pretty sure she's the one who compliment my reviews. So when she offered me to read her book I couldn't say no! And I'm so glad I didn't  because Justice is AMAZING!
I'm glad I got the chance to read it and that the two books that completes the series are already out because I'm sure I wouldn't  be able to wait until its releases.

Here's my review....

JUSTICE (Deck of Lies # 1) by JADE VARDEN.

A House of Cards...
When you build an entire life on a foundation of lies, it only takes one truth for the whole thing to come crashing down. I never invited the truth in. I never went searching for it. I never had any reason to suspect that the two people I loved most were dishonest with me every second of every day.
I made one bad decision, and in a single day my entire world changed. If I'm ever going to discover the truth about myself and my parents, I have to trace all the lies back to their source. I have to try to find the truth that they're hiding.
The more I discover about myself, and my past, the more I realize that lies really are better than the truth. But now that I know the lies are all around me, I can't stop until I've discovered them all. I'll pull each lie away, one by one, and examine it to see what's underneath…until this house of cards crumbles into dust at my feet.

I just hope I can survive the crash.

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MY REVIEW.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What happens when everything you know is a lie? When your life is turned upside down? How can a single choice change EVERYTHING?

I’m a firmly believer that life is the sum of all our choices. And whether the result of those choices is good or bad we have to keep going. This book is the prove that I’m not wrong! Life changes every second, with every word, every actions, every smile, every thought, second by second we face something new.

Rain is this young girl that we know on her first day in a new school. And not any school, an elite school to which she has to adjust. But things don’t go as she expected and her life gives a 180 degree turn.

Everything is turn upside down for her and she has to face a lot of discoveries and secrets and new people in her life. Taking all of her strength to go on and not to crumble, we discovered along her a series of well hidden (at least until now) secrets and lies.

Rain is one of the girls you most can feel relate to, a bit shy, a little awkward at times , true to herself, and in the search of her identity and is in the battle between who she wants to be and what other want her to be that she finds herself.

About the other characters: River, Owen and Tom, are the trio of boys we get to know in the book and I think they made the perfect team with Rain when it was needed. Each one has his moment in the story and brings something new to her life. And Carsyn is the perfect villain in the story, every
good story has one, and she is plays her part perfectly.

Every page leaves you wanting for more and she gives you sneak peek of what’s to come. So from time to time you found a thought such like: “If I knew then…” and you want to skip the pages to see why she says that.

This is an EXCELLENT book -it doesn’t matter if you label it as YA, suspense, thriller, drama, what truly is important is that these is a great book. Well written, with characters very developed, with great backgrounds and with the perfect amount of romance, action and secrets to resolve.

***
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Monday, July 9, 2012

The Promise - New review

I used to read a lot of historical romance a couple years ago. My mother is a fan of this genre and I whenever I needed something new to read I would sneak upon my mother's bedroom and take of her books her shelves. Here (in Uruguay at least) is catalogued as historical romance because of the moment it set but I like to think that is just a book because I HATE LABELS, they only prevent you to try something new.
Anyway, Thanks to the lovely D.D. Chant who contacted me and offered me her book I came back to my roots, to the genre that made me love reading so much.



ABOUT THE BOOK:




My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review).

What if you had to marry someone you have never seen before? This situation wasn’t unusual when Lady Adele and Lord Rafe of Valrek lived. A time in which engagements were arranged before the kids were grown-ups. A time when honor, trust, alliances and friendship were all that matter.
This book presents us a great romantic historical story with a lot of action, romance, treason and great characters.

Lady Adele has lived secluded all her life in The Fort waiting for the moment she was old enough to marry Rafe. When the day came he decided to go on her quest. With the certainty that the only way to truly know her is to pretend to be someone else, Rafe takes on a journey that will be full of obstacles and a new surprise in every corner.

After their first encounter they set on a journey to the lands of Lord Valrek. With the companion of Lady Eda they get to know each other deeply and developed a great affection.

Along the book, secrets come to light, identities are revealed and a threat is discovered. Every page brings a new surprised so it’s never gets boring.

The Promise is one of the best romance stories but it not lacks action. In a time when honor was one of the greatest assets a man can have, the book has more than one sword’s fight, horseback riding and armies of hundreds of men.

With two central characters, as Adele and Rafe, jumping to conclusions before nothing has been said and that are perfect for each other the book has great dialogues, well written and very amusing. Characters that we see evolve, face ghost from the past and go on.

Overall a great book, fun, easy to read, enjoyable and well written.

***

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

BETRAYED - Blog Tour Stop


Today I have the pleasure to be one of the stops for the BETRAYED blog tour.
Ednah Walters has kindly answered to my interview also I bring you the book review and some surprises
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A LITTLE ABOUT THE BOOK.

BETRAYED by EDNAH WALTERS.
FROM GOODREADS.
Lil isn't just an average teenager. She's one of the Nephilim--the descendants of humans and angels--which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she's found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she's warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves... and won't stop until she's been lured to the dark side.

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THE INTERVIEW.

Hi and thank you for inviting me to stop by your site on the blog tour for BETRAYED, a Guardian Legacy book
ME:  I haven’t read Awakened, but I didn’t find it hard to understand the story and really enjoy the book. Do you think is important to read the Awakened in order to understand Betrayed?
Ednah:  No, readers don’t need to read Awakened to follow Betrayed because everything that happened in Awakened is summarized in Betrayed. My amazing editor did an amazing job of making sure Betrayed was a stand-alone story.

ME: What things in Betrayed may be difficult to understand without reading Awakened?
Ednah: The reason why Kylie’s friendship is important to Lil. Awakened is not just about Lil meeting Bran for the first time and learning she is different. We get to understand why the friendship with Kylie, a human girl, means so much to her.
ME: How would you describe Betrayed in few words?
Ednah: A story about love, friendship, family and sacrifices.

ME:
Lil is one of my favorite characters ever, she’s so stubborn and not afraid of speak her mind. Did you relate to her in any way? Did you enjoy writing about her?

Ednah: Do I relate to her? In every way. I’m stubborn and never allow something or someone to stop me from doing something I believe in. And I’m always looking for ways to fix things instead of waiting for someone else to do it.
I absolutely enjoyed writing her and watching her grow. I hate reading books where the heroine doesn’t change or grow, so seeing her move from an insecure sixteen year old to the self-assured girl she has become has been fun.

ME:
How do you choose what characteristics to give each type of being?

Ednah: I’m happy you asked that. Somehow my characters tend to speak to me as I write. Lil came across as a strong-willed and gutsy girl who was also insecure about a few things like her hair and her height and she was also socially awkward-at least she was in the beginning. As a Psi, she needs to be strong-willed to do what she does. Bran is unpredictable and a brooder who don’t say much, yet he’s sensitive and loyal to a fault. As someone with an evil brother, he needs to be loyal and as Lil’s boyfriend, he needs to be sensitive. Sykes is a charmer and reckless, and doesn’t apologize for it. He’s everything an energy/fire Guardian should be. Remy is down-to-earth and a good listener, which is great as the co-leader and an only boy in a family of girls. As it turned out, the element they each control suits their personalities. I am still learning more about Izzy and Kim.

ME:
Were you inspired by a real person to create the characters?

Ednah: Not really. I have an overactive imagination and I hear voices. I also watched way too many animé with my kids.

ME:
How did you deal with the fact that she was a half-demon, how did you decide what demon characteristics to give her and which not?

Ednah: As soon as she created lightning, I knew I had to give her that ability and then of course I had to explain it since her grandfather is a Psi. Making her father a nature-bender didn’t even pop in my head until I was writing the last few chapters of Awakened. I didn’t want to make her a Werenephil or Nosferatu because I wanted her to be human-like so readers can identify with her.

ME: 
Was it easy to imagine kids without any human experience like Celeste?

Ednah: Oh yes. I loved writing about Celeste. It is the closest I came to writing about an alien-like character. Angelia is another.

ME:
What can we expect from the next book?

Ednah:The Guardians face an enemy they can’t defeat, and someone close to them dies. At the same time, a decision is made that will send Lil’s life spiraling in a direction that even I didn’t see coming.

ME: 
How long does it take you to write a book?

Ednah:Usually 5 months.

ME: 
What’s your favorite place to write?

Ednah: A desk in a quiet room. Right now that is my oldest daughter’s bedroom. She is away in college and she has corner bedroom in the basement away from heavy traffic. My younger two, 7 and 9, are very demanding, so I can’t work where they can see me.

ME:
Did you ever get to the point of not liking where the story was headed?

Ednah: Oh yes. Usually that happens when I’m forcing my characters to do something they don’t want to do, lol. Like in Betrayed, I wanted them to have a party, but it didn’t work. I think I’ll post the party scene that never happened.

ME: Did you keep notes of ideas that just pop into your head while you’re writing?

Ednah: Oh yes. I have files of ideas, but if it is something to do with the story I’m working on, I let the scene play out in my head. If it is something that happens later in the story, I won’t write it down. I just let the characters guide me to that particular moment.

ME: Did you ever get stuck?

Ednah: Absolutely. Stress does that to me. I am not a plotter, so I rarely sit down and plot chapter by chapter and break down the scenes in each chapter. If I do that, I end up forcing my character to follow a script and get frustrated when they don’t THEN I get stuck. Believe me, I’ve tried plotting and it doesn’t work for me. So I am officially a semi-plotter. Usually, I know what my characters’ goal is and why they have to accomplish it and who their main nemesis is, how the story starts, a few things that will happen in the middle (not where or when) and how the story will end, but I let my characters guide me.

ME: I love music and I always listen to it while I read, do you like to write in silence or with music?
Ednah: Music. I love music.

ME:
Anything else you want to share with us!?
Ednah: Have fun when writing, which means write what you love and enjoy, not what is the latest craze. Case in point, vampires are hot and people love reading about them, yet not everyone is destined to write about vampires. Write what catches your muse and your story will come alive.

THANKS EDNAH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS.
FIND EDNAH IN HER BLOG: HERE. 

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MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

WOW! Betrayed is a good reminder of why books about Fallen Angels are so good- full of actions and sexy guys. Fallen Angels, demons, demon-hunters, half-demons, vampires, are always a good choice for a good book, although in this one they have different names, which is a refreshing way of talking about them.

In Betrayed we found Lil who is still fighting with her condition of half-demon (at least I think that how you should call her, given the fact that her father is a demon and a really evil one) and with the burden of being the Chosen One. After a quick reminder of where we’re standing in Lil’s life we are submerged in a story full of action. Like every other story that involves demons, we are surrounded by all types of lies, half-truths and characters that only want what’s best for them. When we think we figure something we are blown away in the next page because we discovered we were wrong.

The relationship between Bran and Lil, is one of my favorites. They have the perfect supernatural relationship, linked in a more intense way than ordinary couples; they add the story the perfect amount of tense, fights, romance and funny dialogues.

The others trainee guardians are also great characters. All of them bring something different to the story and help Lil in so many occasions. And the “adults” characters have great interventions, but is the younger people is who carries the lead.

As far as the bad guys, they are really bad; they don’t care anything else but themselves and their interests. That’s what makes the story good, because when the bad guys turns out to be good, it feels really like a Disney-movie, I love when the evil is just that: EVIL. And the powers that come with the condition of being a demon only add more action to the book.

The story moves very fast and even though the books has more than 300 pages (at least in e-pub format) you never feel like is too long. You just want to know what’s next.

The end has a great hook to leave you waiting for the next book.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Give Death a Chance - New Review

A good way to start the week is with a new review. Today I bring you a fun and quick-to-read book.
Here it is.
I got it thanks to Netgalley!

GIVE DEATH A CHANCE (THE BRITISH ZOMBIE INVASION 2) by ALAN GOLDSHER.FROM GOODREADS:
It’s 2009, and Zombie John, Zombie Paul, Zombie George, and Ninja Ringo are poised to show the United States the true meaning of Beatlemania. During their first American tour since 1966, they throw down with supergenius supervillian Justin Timberlake, get abused by scantily-clad chanteuse Madonna, do some dreadful things to wannabe Zombies Noel and Liam Gallagher, possibly behead Eminem, and take on Lady Gaga’s “Little Monsters”, all in the name of climbing to the Toppermost of the Poppermost. In the hilarious, gory sequel to the critically acclaimed mashup, Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, author Alan Goldsher is the road manager and appointed scribe for the Poppermost Over America Tour, insanely crisscrossing America in a foul-smelling van packed with three short-tempered, power-mad English Zombies and one frustrated Ninja drummer. Throughout the mayhem of the brains-fueled tour, Goldsher finds out what it really means to Meet the Beatles, and answers the oft-asked question on the lips of every Fab Four fan, “What does Liverpudlian Zombie breath smell like from two inches away?”

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MY REVIEW.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review)

The Beatles + Zombies = A funny boook.
If you love The Beatles you should read this one because is a funny approach to them or at least at the zombies ones.
Give Death a Chance presents a world where Paul, John, Ringo and George are alive or sort of. They are a zombie band that is travelling through USA searching a way to have an fantastic come back.

The story evolves really fast and it is full with funny moments. With hilarious dialogues and the craziest of Liverpudlian Zombies. (And a lot of British winks).

The story names popular pop icons such as Madonna and Lady Gaga, to create a real and modern background. We are introduced to a whole new side of The Beatles. John is really crazy, it looks like he doesn't know how to deal with being a zombie or maybe he is just mad.
I have to say that some descriptions were VERY GRAPHIC, every step of the killings is very written wich is good. It's not disgusting, if you are a fan of horror films, you will find this very interesting.

The only thing I didn't understand well was the Ninja stuff but it didn't matter that much and it wasn't hard to read the book because of that. Maybe I should had read the first book before trying the second one.
Overall, a fun, quick and interesting book to read.


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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Freaks of the Heartland - New review

Hi everyone! Today I bring the review of a new genre to this blog. My very first graphic novel. It was a nice change and I'm definitly going to keep reading books of this genre.

I got it thanks to Netgalley!

FREAKS OF THE HEARTLAND by STEVE NILES & GREG RUTH (Ilustrator).FROM GOODREADS:

Under the weathered skies of America's heartland, and in the wounded hearts of every family in one tiny rural town, a terrible secret has been kept for too many years. Now, a young boy named Trevor must try to keep his younger brother Will from falling victim to the worst fears of a troubled town that can't begin to understand the tragic secret that binds its families together. Some folks would call Trevor's brother a monster. But to Trevor, Will is just another kid trapped in a dark reality he can't comprehend. When the situation moves from bad to worse, and their father threatens to do away with Will, Trevor learns that they're not alone - that "freak" children were born to other families in Gristlewood Valley. Against all odds, and with nothing but love for his brother in his heart, Trevor is going to do whatever he can to get the freak children out of harm's way, if it's not already too late.
MY REVIEW:

My rating: 3.5/5
It could be a four point rating, but a few little things make it a three point five.
For being my first graphic novel is a good result, I am new in this genre but I definitely going to keep looking for this kind of books.
First of all, I loved the artwork. Greg Ruth makes a wonderful job creating this world and every character in it. He uses the colors, the light and the shadows (I don’t know the technical language) in a way that really transports you into the story. Is almost like a movie, because every character features is so well drawn. I took my time to really appreciate it and to understand every meaning behind each drawing.

Steve Niles created a great story. A little bit scary (and I think that’s the main goal) but I really enjoyed it. Between the dialogues and the pictures I got really scared a few times. However there were a few things that I didn’t quite understand. Like the origin of the kids, I get that they all were born this way but I think it could be a little bit more of explanation. Maybe I just didn’t understand it or I missed it. Another thing was that I felt the story really short and I would like to be a little bit longer, not much just a few pages to really understand what happened to them.

In general is a good story, it has a very good message behind it and I loved the main characters. Congratulations to Steve and Greg for a wonderful job.

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