Thursday, May 31, 2012

Torn- Amanda Hocking

Title: Torn (A Trylle novel, book 2)
Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin's
Pages: 324
Release Date: Available 

From The Back:  When Wendy Everly first discovered the truth about herself--that she's a changeling switched at birth--she knew her life would never be the same. Now she's about to learn that there's more to the story...

Wendy shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined--and they'll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers--and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who's strictly off-limits...and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything--and everybody--she's ever both worlds.

My Review:  Right off the bat I'm going to tell you that no, there isn't a review for Switched (book one) because, I haven't actually read it. I picked up Torn, when I was at the mall one day, and I had absolutely no problems reading it. Ms. Hocking does a great job with the recap and filling in the reader of what happened in the first book while moving the plot of the second book along. Though, I suspect my not having read the first book was why I didn't really have an attachment to the Wendy/Finn romance, okay, I might have had a little attachment but I was more Loki right from the get go. I love that this isn't a typical fairy book, and that it's actually about Trolls, or at least the descendants of them. I love the characters, and the writing, and I have fallen absolutely in love with this series. 

Reviewer: Ashe

Monday, May 21, 2012

Shadow Eyes- Dusty Crabtree

Title: Shadow Eyes
Author: Dusty Crabtree
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Pages: 296
Release date: Already in stores!

From the back of the book: Iris Kohl lives in a world populated by murky shadows that surround, harass, and entice unsuspecting individuals toward evil. But she is the only one who can see them. She’s had this ability to see the shadows, as well as brilliantly glowing light figures, ever since an obscure, tragic incident on her fourteenth birthday three years earlier.

Although she’s learned to cope, the view of her world begins to shift upon the arrival of three mysterious characters. First, a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows; second, a new friend with an awe-inspiring aura; and third, a mysterious and alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend.

As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, she must ultimately revisit the most horrific event of her life in order to learn her true identity and become the hero she was meant to be.

Review: I wasn't really pulled into the book until the second chapter, the first one didn't make sense and I didn't understand what it had to do with the book at all. At the second chapter I was pulled right into the story line, I loved the plot and the romance was just to cute. And then the romantic twist this books takes... well I think I can safely say that most girls over 14 have been there at least once, am I right?

About halfway through the book I was still really enjoying my read but I was wondering when something BIG was going to happen. I mean, I was halfway through and so far you only got little hints of bad things happening, sometimes this pulls me into the book even more, sometimes it makes me not want to finish reading the book, it all depends on the writers style. Luckily it was the former of the two and I kept reading and waiting for this big moment.

And then I got my big moment! But for me it seemed more like it was a big end of the the book. I found that there was a lot of information being tossed in at the last moment that could have been in the book halfway through to add more to the middle and even make a second book! There was just sooo much details being tossed in my face in the last little bit of the book.

Rate:Over all I give this book from 1, I couldn't finish it to 10, unputdownable, I rank this book a 4! I give this book this rating becasue while I did enjoy reading this book and I will read another of Dusty's book, I was just waiting for something to happen and when it did happen it was to late and burried in a whole bunch of other action!

Reviewer: Bec

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Blood Rights- Heather Anne Lambert

Title: Cassius- Blood Rights- Memoirs of a Vampire
Author: Heather Anne Lambert
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 434
Release Date: Go out and get it now!

From the back of the book: Hot… Intense… ACTION! It’s Toronto’s night-time playground and Cassius, a two thousand year-old vampire, is on the hunt for dinner. His meals of choice are murderers, sex offenders, child abductors, and anyone who really pisses him off. In this burgeoning metropolis of almost 6 million people, Cassius is sure to find enough variety to satisfy his deadly palate. What he doesn’t count on is meeting Harmony, a beautiful female vampire who was turned against her will. When he takes her under his dark wing, Cassius finds himself embroiled in an all out war with Harmony’s maker, Sebastian—and in a struggle to protect his heart. Meanwhile, Cass’s meal-of-the-moment, the Valentine Killer, stays just beyond his reach. From the steamy dissipation of downtown Toronto to the fiery hell of Hamilton’s steel refineries, a chase with high collateral damage ensues. Will Harmony survive? Will Cassius finally risk his heart for love? Will Vic the Valentine Killer’s rampage of death and terror ever be brought to an end? Cassius: Blood Rights takes you on a dark and dangerous thrill ride that answers more questions than you dare to ask. Cassius ~ Memoirs of a Vampire is a new series. Blood Rights is Book One.

Review: I made the mistake of reading this book when I woke up early one morning. My cat got out and I had to chase her around the drive way in my PJ'S ... not a fun time! So I couldn't get back to sleep and I wanted to read, I have been planning on reading this for a very long time and finally my life slowed down enough that I can do some reading.

Now the mistake in reading this in the early morning on a day when I had to go to work. I didn't get that extra two hour power nap I had planned on getting before work, and I had to pull myself away from my laptop to go into work. I didn't want to stop reading this book! The whole time I was at work I was thinking about this book and wanting to know what would happen next.

I have said this before and I will say it again, there are almost to many vampire books out now, it seems that it mostly all I review because that's all there is for young adult romance! But the romance in this book did not come right away, and normally I am bored and waiting not so patiently for my lovey- dovy, super gooey romance scenes. This time, I was pulled in just by the main charactor and was drawn in by the story line and where it was going to head. The drama just added to this amazing book and I was in love!

Rate: Over all I give this book from 1, I couldn't finish it to 10, unputdownable, I rank this book a 10! This is a vampire book I found differnt from most that are out there now.

Favorite Quote from the book: "...I sucked as I f***ed."

Reviewer: Bec