Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Reece Malcolm List - Review

Welcome to a new review. I received an ecopy from NETGALLEY so my thanks to the publisher.
I have to say that I was reluctant to read it at first because it's hard to find a good contemporary YA but I'm glad it turned out to be a good book.
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The Reece Malcolm List 
by Amy Spalding


The Reece Malcolm List
Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.

Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.

L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.

But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?


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MY REVIEW. 

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Devan is a sixteen-year-old girl whose father has died and has been sent to L.A. to live with her mother. The only problem is that she has never met her mother before and most of her life didn’t even know her true identity. The only thing she knows is that Reece Malcom is a successful and famous writer.

After arriving to L.A. Devan is enrolled at an Art Performing School, she tries to fit in her mom’s routine and has to share the house with her mother’s boyfriend, who ends up being a funny and loving guy. With high and low moments, Devan will transform from a shy, lonely, invisible but talented girl into a friendly, confident, outspoken and secure girl.

A story where music & theatre are a central piece, an artistic girl who loves to sing and act, musicals and plays are perfect ingredient for drama and romance. A book where the emotions and feelings are well described, the intensity and passion behind each performance and how the character lives her singing are easy to picture.

Attending to the new school might be the best thing for Devan, friendship and romance will help her go through this point in her life, a new house, new town, new school and new mother. Some of the secondary characters are hilarious and have great dialogues.

To make things even more entertaining we have good doses of teenage love with Sai and Elijah, two completely different characters but either of them lovely and likeable. Despite some attitudes or choices, Sai is an interesting boy who makes the reading more fun.

The mother-daughter relationship seems inexistent at first but after discovering some facts about Reece we understand her more and I think that the main point is not what happened in the past or why some choices were made, this book is about moving forward, take what life puts on our ways and decid what we want for our future.

This is a fast, engaging and believable contemporary young adult book.

Monday, April 22, 2013

First Audio-review: Dragon's Oath

I'm so glad my first audiobook experience was so good. When my friend gifted me it, I knew I had to listen Dragon's Oath ASAP. For a non-native English speaker, audiobooks are a great way to improve our pronunciation and vocabulary. I hope more audiobooks will be on my future.

About the novel, I don't know why I didn't read it sooner.
 
Dragon's Oath (House of Night Novellas #1)
by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast, Caitlin Davies (reading).

In early 19th century England, long before he’s a professor at the Tulsa House of Night, Bryan Lankford is a troublesome yet talented human teen who thinks he can get away with anything… until his father, a wealthy nobleman, has finally had enough, and banishes him to America. When Bryan is Marked on the docks and given the choice between the London House of Night and the dragon-prowed ship to America, he chooses the Dragon – and a brand new fate.

Becoming a Fledgling may be exciting, but it opens a door to a dangerous world.... In 1830’s St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, Dragon Lankford becomes a Sword Master, and soon realizes there are both frightening challenges and beautiful perks. Like Anastasia, the captivating young Professor of Spells and Rituals at the Tower Grove House of Night, who really should have nothing to do with a fledgling…

But when a dark power threatens, Dragon is caught in its focus. Though his uncanny fighting skills make him a powerful fledgling, is he strong enough to ward off evil, while protecting Anastasia as well? Will his choices save her—or destroy them all?


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MY REVIEW.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dragon’s Oath is the first novella of House of Night. This one is about Dragon, the sword Master, a minor character in the main series who takes the leading role in a fantastic story.

A book that starts in the present day but travels way back to the Master's youth and shows us how he joined his first House of Night and give us the chance to be participants of a wonderful love story. In the eighteen hundreds we witness an exciting, fast passing and short story.

Bryan Lankford, A.K.A Dragon, was an arrogant young man when he was marked and only sixteen, 3 years later, now in America, he meets Anastasia. Professor of Spells and Rituals, Anastasia is a young woman whose ability has helped her earn a place as a young teacher, she is a shy but very talent with spells. Different circumstances will make their paths meet but as soon as it happens sparks will fly, love will blossom and their personalities will be tested. With sweet and fun dialogues we get to know two characters that will win your heart.

Fast, engaging and with action are some of the adjectives that could described the novella. This is a book with some revelations that will stop your heart and leave you speechless.

The atmosphere of that time is well described and easy to picture what causes an instant travel to a different place. If you love eighteen century and stories set in that era you will enjoy this book. And if you are a fan of The House of Night I can assure you that this book won’t be a waste of time.

The audiobook version is AMAZING, narrated with a smooth rhythm with different voices and excellent performances of the different accents and idioms. You will enjoy of approximately 3 hours of emotions.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wild Song - Review

Welcome back! It's time for a new review. I got this book from the publisher via NETGALLEY. It was quite good.

Wild Song
by Jane Eagland
Wild Song
Living in a creaking castle on a remote, windswept island off Scotland, Anna has never known anyone other than her father, his assistant and their two servants.
She is kept away from books, pictures and other children by her father, a mathematical genius, who is slowly losing his mind.
Then one wild stormy day a boy washes up on the shore, a boy who will change her whole world and make her question everything she has ever believed in.
With her eyes opened to life outside of the island Anna soon realises that someone close to her is determined to destroy what is left of her father’s fragile sanity.
Determined to protect him Anna faces her fears and, with the help of her new-found friend, breaks free from her isolation.

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MY REVIEW.
 
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wild Song is a short historical fiction. Ideal for younger kids and according to the publisher a book created specifically for reluctant or dyslexic readers. I have to say that it's really important to create and publish stories for those audiences. Saying this, this is a fast and interesting reading.

Anna has lived all her life on the island, dreaming about going away and exploring the world. One day a mysterious guy appears at the shore and he will be the key to put her fate in motion.

Being a short story it moves very fast and we get to know little about the characters. However, it is quite engaging and exciting. It is a book with likeable characters, a good atmosphere with a bit of mystery and intrigue.

Considering that is a book for young kids I can say that is a good story and recommendable for them. Its intensity grows page by page and it is quite engaging. My only complaint would be the end… why the cliffhanger? Well, maybe there is a book two on its way.

Overall, this is a good written book, well planned and with a lovely cover. If you read it you have to consider that it's a book for younger kids, it's a short story and it's for people with reading difficulties, if you don't remember all this you may end up disappointed.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Things I Can't Forget - Review & Guest Post

When I received an email asking me if I wanted to review this book, my answer was yes! without hesitation. I loved Catching Jordan so reading another Miranda's book was a thing I had to do.
I loved this one and also I had fun reading the top 10 things Miranda would change about her highschool years :)
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   Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3) 
by Miranda Kenneally 

Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks, #3)
SOME RULES WERE MEANT TO BE BROKEN.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different...

This summer she's a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He's the first guy she ever kissed, and he's gone from geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt...with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn't that easy...


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GUEST POST: 
Top Ten things Miranda Kenneally would change about her high school years if she could go back in time.

1. I would do my homework the night before school rather than 10 minutes before class.
2. I would pull my pants up. Sagging was not cool then and it’s not cool now.
3. I would not consider the daughter of the owner of the local car dealership a “celebrity.”
4. I would not wear those two-inch long crocodile earrings. Really, Miranda, what were you thinking?
5. I would accept the soccer captain’s invitation to come swim at his pool instead of wussing out.
 6. I would’ve waited for my first kiss. The guy I kissed first was not a good guy, and it wasn’t worth it just to say I’d kissed someone.
 7. I would confront the school guidance counselor, who told me I’d “fail” if I went to an out-of-state college. And if I got in trouble for telling her off? So be it.
8. I would push harder for a role in Fiddler on the Roof instead of settling for stage manager again!
9. That time me and some of the guys took my mom’s SUV mudding? Yeah, I would not do that again. Even 5 trips through the carwash didn’t get rid of the mud. What a nightmare.
10. I would read more books instead of worrying about guys so much!

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MY REVIEW. 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Miranda Keneally did it again. Things I can’t forget is a fantastic and loving story. A story about being true to yourself and hold on to your beliefs, about learning that life is not all about black and white. If you are a fan of Miranda’s work you should read this one.

Kate is a sweet eighteen-year-old girl working at summer camp. After making some hard decision and questioning her faith and God she has to face the first boy she ever kissed. Matt is one of the most sweet, adorable and honest boys I ever read about.

This book has a steady and natural rhythm, with awesome and entertaining dialogues. A book with great characters developments, characters that felt tridimensional because they have flaws and virtues. If you are familiar with Miranda’s books you probably known this fact, her characters somehow take life and is easy to picture them.

Kate is a character that I didn’t like at times but once I read more about her it was easier to understand her, some of her actions or dialogues were nerve-racking but that only make me feel closer to her. I like when a character makes you get angry or happy, it means the author did a great job portraying the emotions. Matt is AMAZING, a sweet and caring person, with a fun and fresh attitude. Their romance is adorable and it’s great to read about it.

Things I can’t forget is about much more than love and there are many great secondary characters. Some of them show us than a friend is the only thing we need during our darkest moments.

This is a story with the power to helps us understand that we have to be faithful to our beliefs but also we have to be tolerant and respectful with others’. The world is a better place because of the diversity of thoughts; we are better humans when we understand that sometimes what we think is right is not applicable to someone else. Life is confusing and sometimes is hard to differentiate right from wrong. Admitting that we were wrong is not easy, however, we don’t have to forget or ignore who we are just for someone else likes us.

A very recommendable book for Miranda’s fan, people who enjoy new adult and YA.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Death - Review

Death is book 3 in the Deck of Lies series written by Jade Varden. I loved the first two books so I don't know why I didn't read it sooner.
Deck of Lies is a series full of secrets and mystery. Every word just caught more and more until you end up in a tangled web of thruth you wish you didn't know.
I can't wait to read the final instalment and discover how thing's work out for Rain.

I tried to do my review spoiler-free but  being book 3 there are facts that are impossible not to mention. If you haven't read the previous books and don't want to go ahead in the story, you can skip this review.

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  Death (Deck of Lies #3)  
by Jade Varden

I never wanted to get in this deep, but I did go looking for the truth before I was prepared to handle it. 

But how do you close the lid on Pandora’s box? 

You can’t unlearn something, or forget a dark secret once it’s been revealed.

I have no choice but to do my part to bury the truth again -- this time, someplace no one will ever be able to find it. But that’s the problem with lies. Once you start pulling threads, everything unravels.

No one is who they seem to be...not even me.

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MY REVIEW.

My rating:  5 of 5 stars

A house built upon lies will crumble and fall at the sign of wind. A good lie deserves another one and then another. When your life is based on lies is only matter of time before somehow the truth comes up. All those lines could summarize a story that keeps getting better and better. A story about who we really, about justice and freedom, the life of a girl that is more than a mystery series, with amazing ingredients such as power, money and love.

Rain is doing everything in her power to set free River, who was put in jail accused of murdering Lauren. In her quest for justice and truth, Rain will discover that her family is even more messed up than she thought. Behind every corner a new untruth will be discovered and she finally will understand why sometimes the lies sound better than reality.

It is a story that moves really fast (as the previous books), with great dialogues and hints of the future that make you want to know the end ASAP. It’s almost impossible to stop reading because the intrigue is so high that you won’t be able to sleep.

Death traps you from the first word especially because it kicks off where The Tower ends, consequently we will discover who killed Lauren. However, knowing who the real killer is won’t solve anything; it will only add more secrets and riddles to solve.

Jade Varden does an excellent job maintaining the suspense and surprises until the last page. You never know what is coming next what causes that most times you are as shocked and speechless as Rain. With a wonderful writing style that creates a fresh, real and young world.

The characters development is another of the reasons why I loved this series, a girl who was shy, honest and naïve has become a strong, determinate and brave young woman. As you move on in the story you can read her progress and witness her evolution.

The story is coming to its culminating point and you can feel it as you read, finally the bigger picture is revealing and we are only one book away of knowing the whole truth, don’t we???

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dear Cassie - Review

Welcome to another book review. This book was really hard to review because to be honest, I didn't like it :( So it was hard to write a review without being mean or sound too harsh.  I hope I did an acceptable job.
Read it and let me know. 
BTW, I got a copy of this book via Netgalley.
 
Dear Cassie (Pretty Amy)
by Lisa Burstein

Dear Cassie
What if the last place you should fall in love is the first place that you do?
You’d think getting sent to Turning Pines Wilderness Camp for a month-long rehabilitation “retreat” and being forced to re-live it in this journal would be the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
You’d be wrong.
There’s the reason I was sent to Turning Pines in the first place: I got arrested. On prom night. With my two best friends, who I haven’t talked to since and probably never will again. And then there’s the real reason I was sent here. The thing I can’t talk about with the guy I can’t even think about.
What if the moment you’ve closed yourself off is the moment you start to break open?
But there’s this guy here. Ben. And the more I swear he won’t—he can’t—the deeper under my skin he’s getting. After the thing that happened, I promised I’d never fall for another boy’s lies.
And yet I can’t help but wonder…what if?

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MY REVIEW.

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What if you have done something you can’t forget? What if you were sent to a camp for a crime only you know about? Cassie has been sent to Turning Pines a camp for troublesome teenagers for having stolen pot but she believes the real reason is other.

I would like to say that I loved this book but honestly I didn’t. Cassie is one of those characters you either love or hate, I just didn’t get her. She is a really angry girl to say the least with a dark inside world and a shady past. However, there is never a real and profound explanation of why she is how she is. I can understand why she is angry, why she tries to be cold and build a shield around herself but saying the word “fuck” every five seconds doesn’t make you scarier, it is just annoying.

It is understandable why she has to forgive herself and why is hard for her to share her anguish and her darkest secrets but somehow it never ends up being as interesting as I wish it was. All the teen drama feels unnatural and imposed like if you should feel sorry for her or learn from her mistakes. And I feel like the book has a purpose of making you take a side about a decision-topic that it is way to personal (I don’t want to say much because I will be spoiling the story).

The first half of the book is an introduction of who Cassie is, who else is at the camp plus a bit of the past and the reasons that brought her here but she keeps talking about “this” thing that happened with a guy named Aaron. We turn page after page waiting for the big secret to come out and when we finally discover it, is not the big thing. We kind of knew it already because you have a lot of clues and it ends up being obvious.

Ben is supposed to be her love interest, the guy who jeopardized the walls she has built. I was hoping to have many scenes with him. Yet we only see him from time to time and somehow Cassie starts to have feelings for him. It could be because she is very vulnerable but for me it felt forced. It was believable the idea of him being interested on her but not the other way around. Their romance is good but not what I had expected. It’s not a love story at all.

The other characters are fine despite that the only ones we get to know are the other girls, Nez and Troyer. I really liked Troyer she has a good role in the story and the best parts.

The writing was good and flawless, with a smoothly rhythm and nice dialogues. It was the story what was a little flat and not engaging for me.

In summary it’s a story about forgiveness, letting go of the past and new beginnings. If you enjoy contemporary YA you might want to check it out, perhaps you enjoy it even if I didn’t.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Short Stories by Kimberly Kinrade - Reviews

I decided to share with you my love for Kimberly's writing.
After reading The Forbidden Trilogy I join her street team and since there I've been reading more of her work.
Today I have the pleasure to bring you two short stories by the amazing Kimberly Kinrade. She creates magical worlds full of wonderful feelings. And to make things even better she has an awesome husband who co-writes some of her stories and helps her through her writing process.

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Eye of Newt  
by Kimberly Kinrade & Dmytry Karpov

He watched her night and day, keeping her prisoner with his all-seeing eye.
She was bound to him while blood pumped in her veins.
Only death could free her.

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 MY REVIEW.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kimberly and Dmytry are like wizards because they are able to create magic in only 9 pages.

This is a really engaging story, with lots of doses of mystery and emotions. They have the ability to transmit real feelings and create a complete world in few pages. The tension keeps increasing word by word and by the end you can feel the adrenaline running through you.

I love this short stories that you can read in 5 or 10 minutes. They leave you smiling and full of joy for much longer.

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 Sapphire Eyes 
by Kimberly Kinrade
We are pulled to each other like magnets. Or moths to a flame perhaps? Let’s hope the burn doesn’t scorch too badly. Can you handle the heat?

Time and space disappear and we are alone. The where is irrelevant. Only the who is of any consequence. You and I. For now. Until such a time that there is no you and I to speak of. Bodies merged into one.

And then we dance.

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MY REVIEW.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG! Kimberly Kinrade creates an incredible sexy world in just a few pages. A short story that show us the stunning talent of this writter.
A story that grabs you from the first word and drags you into a wonderfull place.
An erotic tale with an excellent poetic narrative that keeps getting better and better.
It's amazing how in just 29 pages Kimberly brings to life two characters, the scenary and all kind of emotions and feelings.

If you like this genre this book is a must :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Shadows of the Past - review

Romance, past lives and a bit of mystery. I have to thank the author for the copy of her book. Keep reading and find out more :)

Shadows of the Past
by Carmen Stefanescu.

When Anne and Neil leave on a one-week holiday hoping to reconcile after a two-year separation, little do they know that destiny has other plans for them. 
Their discovery of human bones and a bejeweled cross in the hollow of a tree open the door to the supernatural realm and the anguished life of Genevieve, a nun from medieval England.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve her eternal rest?

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

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MY REVIEW. 


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you believe in past lives and eternal love, Shadows of the past is the perfect book for you. Anne has decided to give her husband a second chance but when they get lost in the woods her present will mix with the past introducing us in an intriguing story about misfortunes, sins, friendship and forbidden love (among other things).

Genevieve is a young girl from the fifteen century; her story unfolds between 1468 and 1480. Her life is full of tragic and dark moments but also there are some bright moments. After many turns in her life she becomes a nun and at first she has a happy and tranquil life. However, after the death of the Abbess things go from bad to worse.

Two stories that intertwined in a unique path, a journey to discover the truth with the hope to give eternal peace and justice to one of them. Two lives five hundred years apart but so close in spirit. Alternating between the two women and the two times, we discover little by little the decisions that led to the point where we are today.

Shadows of the Past is a paranormal story with hints about ghosts and reincarnation. This is a story that maintains the sensation of mystery through most part of the book and has some elements of surprises. It keeps you guessing and wondering how things ended up like this.

Anne and Genevieve are both great characters, but the story of Genevieve is more interesting and engaging besides her character felt more complete than Anne’s. Still, they are good characters and I had a great time reading about them.

Overall, a well written story with and exquisite vocabulary. Appealing, entertaining and with a good dose of romance.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A shade of Vampire - Review & Excerpt

Welcome to another review.
I have to thank the author Bella Forrest for sending me a copy of her book and also for being so generous and sharing an excerpt from A Shade of Vampire.

A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 

by BELLA FORREST


On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

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MY REVIEW.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sofia has been kidnaped and dragged to The Shade. A place where vampires rule and humans are mere slaves. Sofia is supposed to be part of the prince’s harem, however, things will change when Drake set his eyes on her.

What seem like another vampire book turned out to be a great story about a tormented prince vampire (well, maybe the tormented part is a cliché by now) and a girl who has more to offer than she thinks.

A shade of Vampire is an exciting, fast and electrifying reading. It is way too fast because it only has a hundred and few pages, which gives the book a sense of vertigo. You expect something new in every page and most times the surprises knock at your door. The double point of view is a great way to see both sides and have a better idea of the story.

The characters are a topic that could take hours to discuss but here we go… Sofia, our leading girl, is a seventeen-year-old who always felt out of place. She is a strange character, strong at times but extremely dependent of her friend Ben, she is always thinking “what would Ben do or said”. This is annoying because is like if the idea of a love triangle was being built for the way she described her feelings toward him but in my opinion this is not necessary, Derek and Sofia already have enough tension in their relationship.

Derek, he is a character that at first seems like another sickly sweet and depressing vampire but he is full of surprises. When his bad side shows up an amazing character comes to live. I love his bad boy moments and I think he will become one of my favorite vampires.

Then we have Lucas and Vivienne, who are Derek brother and sister. Lucas is the coolest character, he is really evil and I love to find a cruel vampire, is exactly what the book needs. Vivienne has a small role so she doesn’t bother that much.

If you are a vampire lover I’m sure you will find the story is engaging, is true that you may have to overcome a slow start because like I said, at first it seems like a known story but if you keep reading you will find an interesting story, besides the humans as slaves and a place where vampires are the dominant class are an excellent idea.

Another thing worth mentioning is the simple language used for the descriptions, the narration and the dialogues.

Overall, a fun book to read in a few hours with good potential for the sequel.

 *****
Excerpt from A Shade of Vampire.

I’d been meandering along the shore for about an hour when I suddenly sensed that I wasn’t alone. Someone was approaching me from behind. My heart leapt. I was so sure it was Ben, that when a stranger showed up beside me, I couldn’t hide my disappointment.
He must have noticed, because a smirk formed on his lips. “Were you expecting someone else, love?”
I eyed him suspiciously, remembering how many times my father had told me not to talk to strangers. I looked him over, taking in his appearance. My eyes widened. I couldn’t find words to describe how fine a man he was. He was almost beautiful. The first thing I took notice of was how his blue eyes were about three shades brighter than any I’d ever seen before. It was such a stark contrast to his pale – almost white – skin and dark hair. Standing beside me, he was easily more than half a foot taller. His height, broad shoulders and lean build reminded me of Ben, but he had a presence that was far more imposing than my best friend’s.
My gaze settled on his face.
I realized that he was inspecting me just as closely as I was him. His eyes on me suddenly made me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. I gave my father’s advice a second thought, but quickly canceled out all notions of heeding to his counsel when I reminded myself that he stopped caring a long time ago.
I straightened to my full height and mustered all the courage I had to keep myself from running away from this stranger.
Big mistake.
The confident smirk didn’t leave his face for even a moment.
“Like what you see?”
“A bit full of yourself, aren’t you?” I scoffed, annoyed by his audacity.
He stepped forward, closer to me, and leaned his head toward mine.
“Don’t I have the right to be?”
He knew he looked good and wasn’t about to act like he didn’t.
“Whatever,” was my oh-so-brilliant comeback.
My shoulders sagged with defeat as I took a step back, unsettled by how close he was now. I rolled my eyes and did a one-eighty, not quite in the mood to play whatever game this stranger was proposing.
I would soon realize that I was about to play his game whether I liked it or not.
He grabbed my arm and turned my body to face him. This motion alone made every single internal alarm I had within me go off in a frenzy.
This man was danger and I knew it. I tried to wriggle away from his touch, but I was no match for his strength.
“Tell me your name,” he commanded.
I was about to refuse, but was horrified to find myself blurting out my name in response.
“Sofia Claremont.”
As soon as I revealed my name, his eyes lit up with a kind of sinister approval. Then he reached for my face and traced his thumb over my jaw line.
“Hello, Sofia Claremont. You’re one stupid girl for taking a walk alone at this time of night. You never know what kind of evil a pretty little thing like you could happen to come by.”
I found myself wondering exactly what kind of evil he was. But I was suddenly overcome by the sensations that were surrounding me. My senses took in everything at once. I heard the waves, felt the sand, smelled the ocean salt, tasted the flavor of cherry and saw the stranger’s manic appearance as he stuck a needle to my neck. The effect was instant. I was barely able to gasp, much less scream. I went from sensing everything to sensing absolutely nothing.
My last conscious thought was that I may never see Ben again.

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Rat and A Ransom - Review

A new month has began! 
It's time for a new review, this time is for a fantastic children's book. 
I have to thank the author for sending me a copy of it.

A Rat and A Ransom 
by Y.I. Lee

Tom ran as fast as he could along the forest path, his leaden legs refusing to go any faster. He was sure the kidnappers were after him,but he dare not stop and look back.

Frantic with worry he put his hand inside his jacket pocket and felt for Mask, but the pocket was empty. In despair he shouted her name.

It was always the same dream and each time he awoke at the same point, gasping for breath and calling for her.




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MY REVIEW. 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tom has wanted a pet for a long time but a rat was not his first choice. However, when a small animal appears in the watering can he doesn’t hesitate and rescue the baby rat. He immediately feels in love with her and will do everything in his power to convince her parents to let him adopt her. Mask will change Tom life as well as the rest of the family.

A rat and a ransom is a fast and loving book, which as any other children book has a sweet and likeable main character whose adventures drags us through unexpected places and leaves us at the end with some valuable lessons.

Tom is a privileged kid, he lives with his mother and father in a beautiful place but sometimes what a kid needs is a friend, a special person who is there by his side during the most important moments of life. He is an intelligent nine-year-old boy with a maturity that will impress you and entertaining at the same time.

A book with a sweet message about how important pets are in children lives, how influential they can be on their behaviors and how much love it can bring to the entire family. Pets, no matter if they are rats, can be the key that opens a whole world of adventures.

The author tales the story with simple but emotional words, with a fresh and great writing style, including dialogues between the characters that help create a more believable world. With a fast rhythm, short chapters and an increasing sense of adrenaline.

One of the things I like the most was the quota of action the book has, which was very surprising and engaging. The whole plot with the two bad guys was an smart choice and it truly was fun to read.

Overall, this is a very good book recommendable for children and adults alike, ideal for reading in family.
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