Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Good Morning, Glory by Shaunna Sanders

Good Morning, Glory

Kit Quinn plans to grow old and singularly boring as a housekeeper on Mr. West's estate. It doesn't sound like much fun, but at least it's respectable. And she would have stuck to that plan, if Mr. West hadn't turned out to be wonderful -- and unattainable.

His plans to marry someone wealthy can't possibly include her, so now that he's pushing the boundaries of their professional and personal relationship, Kit doesn't know whether to run away and keep her self-respect or stay and hope for some fleeting happiness. She's read enough classic literature to know what last century's heroines would do, but in 1926, a girl should be able to keep her man and her dignity.

My Thoughts:
I have always been a Jane Austin fan, so when I picked this book up and it had that feel, I was excited. I really loved the sweet romance in the book. And right way was excited about Mr. West! I enjoyed that this book took place around the Industrial Revolution, so the characters had automobiles, flashlights, and the like. It was fun. I loved Kit, who was well educated and feisty in wit. There was a lot of good thought provoking debates in this book, and my hat is off to the author for coming up with it all.
Note: G, a very sweet romance. Four stars!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Pride's Run by Cat Kalen

Pride's Run (A Wolf's Pride novel #1)

Seventeen year old Pride is a tracker—a werewolf with a hunger for blood. Taught to trick and to lure, she is the perfect killing machine.

Kept leashed in the cellar by a master who is as ruthless as he is powerful, Pride dreams of freedom, of living a normal life, but escape from the compound is near impossible and disobedience comes with a price.

When she learns her master intends to breed her she knows she has to run.

Pride soon learns if she is to survive in the wild, she must trust in the boy who promises her freedom, the same boy she was sent to hunt.

With life and death hanging in the balance the two find themselves on the run from the Paranormal Task Force—officers who shoot first and ask questions later—as well as her master’s handlers.

Can Pride flee the man who has held her captive since birth and find sanctuary in the arms of a boy who has captured her heart? Or will her master find her first?

My Thoughts:
This book had me flipping the pages eager to find out what happens next! It was great! I felt so sad for Pride and her life. I love the two alphas, but have to say that Logan is hot and so sweet! I really enjoyed all the time that Logan and Pride got to spend together. They had some really funny adventures and some not so funny ones. I really enjoyed this book!
Note: 15+ Some hard captivity scenes and a bit of swearing. Five Stars!

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)

by (Goodreads Author)
In a modern-day take on the myth of Persephone, 18-year-old Kate Winters is thrust into a mythical world, where she must pass seven impossible tests and outsmart a spiteful god in order to save the life of not just her mother but of her captor as well.
My Thoughts:
I so loved this book. The emotions were real, and I love Henry! There were many twists and reveals that I wasn’t expecting, but thought it was cool. It was great to see the love story grow into something sweet. A really great story.
Note: 14+ A sweet romance. Five Stars.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Anew by Chelsea Fine

Anew (The Archers of Avalon #1)

by (Goodreads Author)
Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.

My Thoughts:
By the middle of the book, I was so wrapped up in the tension between her and Tristan that I couldn’t put it down. The beginning was a little bit slow for my liking, but I thought the kissing festival was hilarious. And I was totally wanting more of the mysterious boy in the black shirt (Tristan). I liked Gabriel, but he was just too good, I guess. From the very first I was team Tristan! I loved the twists to the love triangle she added. The whole curse was awesome. And I thought the end of the book rocked! I almost had tears in my eyes. To say the least, I will be buying the next one when it comes out Summer 2012!
Note: 14+ a clean book…5 Stars!!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1)

by (Goodreads Author)
The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone's out for blood.

My Thoughts
I have so missed the Vampire Academy world! I have always loved Sydney and seeing the world from her viewpoint was awesome for me. I could feel the emotions and the complexity of the characters. Meads characters just leap off the page and sucking into her world (no pun intended..he he). I really love Adrian too, and I have high hopes for book 2! There were many twist and turns, mostly at the end. I do have to say the beginning was kind of slow, but I didn’t mind so much. Mead was setting up the character dynamics and I’m totally hooked now. I think I need to find the widget count down for book 2! It is a great read! Can’t wait to read more!
Note: 15+ some swearing and bloody scenes (but pretty mild for Mead’s books) Five Stars!!!!

I have read a lot of review given on Bloodlines, (the 1 or 2 stars) and I have to say that this book is a bit different from VA series. For one, Sydney is so different from Rose it is like night and day. Two, this book is more about relationships and healing and finding your self. I didn't mind this aspect, and in fact, I was near tears the whole way through (both happy and sad tears). I think this series is going to me amazing in a totally different way than VA was, and I'm excited about it!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Review Dump

Wow, I feel like I was holding my breath waiting for the contest to end so I could post all my reviews! So I'm apologizing for the dump, but I just couldn't hold my breath any longer. I read some great books over the course of the contest. Now, I am really needing to start writing again! lol. My editor will have Curse of the Beast book 1 for a while yet and so I am off to write a few more scenes in Book 2!

You might even wonder how many books will be in this series. I really don't know. It keeps surprising me. At first it was only suppose to be 1 book and no more. But the story didn't like that and grow into 2 books, and I am now getting scenes in my head for book 3. So this is going to be a fun ride:-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Existence by Abbi Glines

Existence (Existence Trilogy #1)

by Abbi Glines (Goodreads Author)
What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.
Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.
He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.

My Thoughts:
Wow! This book hooked me from the first page and didn’t let go (even after the thing ended *tears*). I am dying for the next book! The last sentence of this book was a huge “What!” I have to have the question answered. I love Death and his guitar playing. I really enjoyed the emotional depth to this book. I have read three of Abbi Glines’ books, and I have enjoyed every one. This book was so cool!
Note: 15+, there was swearing. Five stars.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1)

by Susan Ee (Goodreads Author)
It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

My Thoughts:
I am not an apocalypse kind of gal, but my friend lent it to me and I gave it a try. I was surprise how much the love story really shone. It wrapped me up and I couldn’t get enough of the Raffe and Penryn. This story was very end of the world hard and Hunger Games sad.  Plus, it was downright creep at times, but Susan Ee wrote a captivating storyline with much emotions. I really want to know what happens in the next book!
Note: 17+ there are some really gross stuff. Four Stars.

Breathe by Abbi Glines


by Abbi Glines (Goodreads Author)
Sadie White's summer job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother's increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationship's never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

My Thoughts:
I devoured this book in one day. Sadie is a loveable character. I liked both Jax and Marcus. I felt bad for Sadie and was happy at the end for her. It was a sweet romance and was a clean one too.
Note: PG-13 clean romance. Five stars.