Monday, April 29, 2013

The Forbidden Trilogy - Promo stop



Welcome to my promo stop for The Forbidden Trilogy by Kimberly Kinrade. I love her work and she is a fantastic storyteller.

You can check out my review for The Forbidden Trilogy, which is a special edition that includes the three books. Go HERE to read my review. Also keep reading and find out more about this fantastic trilogy (Click on the covers to buy them from Amazon).



THE FORBIDDEN TRILOGY: 
Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. A secret organization with deadly intentions. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets Drake, a boy who controls minds, they discover their lives aren't what they thought. Together, they must escape their fate and free their friends, before they lose everyone they love. 
This special edition omnibus includes the entire Forbidden Trilogy--Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life, as well as extensive bonus content. Meet the author in an in-depth Q&A, get to know your favorite characters better, enjoy never-before-revealed interlude scenes and so much more


Forbidden Mind

49% of Americans believe their government officials are honest. I don't know these officials, or their supporters, but I know their secrets, and 49% of Americans are wrong.
My employers pay me well to be right, to know things others can't. But I don't know why they brought that boy in, strapped to a stretcher, barely conscious. He asked me for help when I could give none.
I'm a wealthy spy, a talented artist, a martial arts black belt, and a prisoner. They tell me that on my eighteenth birthday, I will be released, free to go to the college of my dreams. It's my eighteenth birthday, and a man in black is at my door. I know he's not here to free me. I know, because I can read minds.
My name is Sam, and this is my story.

Forbidden Fire
"She escaped, but she'll never be free."
"Time held no meaning as my mind darted in and out of memories. Past and present collided to create a full-sensory collage out of my life: playing hide-n-seek with my best friends Luke--who always cheated by walking through walls when he was about to be caught--and Lucy; Mr. Caldrin critiquing my sketches and offering ideas to make them more realistic; targets changing faces, blending into the same person, their thoughts rippling through my mind like waves. Through it all, a demon stalked me from the shadows of my memories, never quite showing its face, but crouching, waiting. And then I dreamed...."
Sam and Drake may have escaped, but they aren't free—not with a powerful Seeker after them. As Sam struggles with the ethics of her new powers and embraces a blossoming physical relationship with Drake, Lucy and Luke face challenges of their own.
With forces coalescing inside and outside the Rent-A-Kid dorms, it's only a matter of time before the fire they started forces each of them to make choices they can't undo. But will it be enough to save them?


Forbidden Life
The road to redemption begins in darkness.
A sinister force waits for them in darkness, ready to devour their powers and take their lives.
Sam's baby is the key to a lock that must never been opened. To keep her child safe, Sam will do anything.
Drake might have found a way to get his powers back and save his family, but is it too late?
Luke and Lucy uncover secrets in an organization they thought they could trust, and the lives of all Rent-A-Kid children are at stake.
In this last Forbidden Trilogy installment, the secrets to Rent-A-Kid will finally be revealed.



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Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. 
She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, YA and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal novels Forbidden Mind and Forbidden Fire and her illustrated children's fantasy chapter books Lexie World, and Bella World, all on Amazon. 
She lives with her three little girls who think they're ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they're humans and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner. 

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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.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Shard of Ice - Cover Reveal

Welcome to another cover reveal. This time is for  A Shard of Ice by Alivia Anders.
Check out this beautiful cover :)

Title: A Shard of Ice
Series: Black Symphony Saga
Publisher: Red Alice Press
Release Date: April 14th, 2014


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Synopsis:

THEIR SOULS, REAWAKENED.
When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand. 
THEIR POWER, UNMATCHED.
A year later and desperate to put the lingering nightmares of her past behind her, Lilix crosses the country to enroll at Baelmorte Academy, aiming to become the violinist she once dreamt of. Things seem to be finally going well, and Lilix settles into a routine of sheet music and inspiration among new friends.

Then the dreams start. 
The melody and night terrors she thought she’d left behind return with a vengeance, threatening to ruin her fragile version of normalcy. Then an unlikely ally tells her that she isn’t alone. That there are others just like her, fighting to hide their own shocking truths from coming to light. That they know who she is, and what she’s been through. Now, accompanied by four other girls, Lilix discovers her nightmares are larger than a single trauma; they’re a window to a hidden part of her soul, a place of immense power with a destiny that cannot be ignored. 
THEIR BATTLE, IS ONLY BEGINNING.
With this knowledge comes a new and frightening reality. For Lilix has been reawakened to stop an age-old enemy, one thought to have been destroyed centuries ago. Trapped by her destiny, Lilix is torn between what feels right and what she remembers. Her memories tell her of a star-crossed love waiting to be reunited, of friendships and trust broken in the past. But can she save that love when reality brings her an enemy, and an evil that will be the undoing of them all if they don’t destroy it?



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