Sunday, August 3, 2014

Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
YA Science Fiction/Dystopia
Rating:  5 Stars



Fifty years ago The Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society.

To punish the guilty, he created the Hole, a place where sinners are branded according to their sins. Sinners are forced to live a less than human existence in deplorable conditions, under the watchful eye of guards who are ready to kill anyone who steps out of line.
Now, LUST wraps around my neck like thick, blue fingers, threatening to choke the life out of me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit, and the Hole is my new home.
Constant darkness.
Brutal and savage violence.
Excruciating pain.
Every day is a fight for survival.
But I won’t let them win. I will not die in the Hole.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter. My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

My Thoughts:
             Wow. Just wow. There are no words that I could give you that would make you understand how amazing this book is. It’s just impossible. There was just so much suspense and drama that I hated having to put it down to do normal life stuff like work and sleep. I actually had one of those moments where I said I was going to just read it for a few minutes before going to bed and then the next thing I knew an hour had passed.
            I was first drawn into this one by the cover. Then as I read the synopsis I knew it was the type of story I could fall into. Dystopian novels do that. They suck you in and give you a feel of a different world where people are constantly fighting to survive. It helps when you have an author who can write it in the perfect way and this is a perfect example of that.
            The characters were well built as well. Straight from the beginning you could relate to Lexi because she was so strong, especially when her whole world was falling apart. Yeah, she threw up and screamed a lot but when I say she was “strong” I mean she is a survivor. She has lost her “human” status and became something basically like scum in the eyes of the human race all for something that she didn’t really do. Her guard, Cole, is likable as well. At first he treats her like every other person who has a brand but eventually he became protective of her and then falls in love with her.
            Overall, this is a fantastic novel/series. It draws you in and keeps you trapped in there wanting to get to the ending as soon as possible because the wait is making you anxious and driving you insane. I loved every second of this novel and can’t wait to read the next one. I received this ebook from NetGalley.com for my honest review. If you don’t know what NetGalley is you should definitely go take a look, it’s an amazing site for readers and fellow blog writers.

Cover: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Characters: 5/5


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Friday, August 1, 2014

Tempted by Brandi Leigh Hall

Tempted (A BirthRight Novel #2) by Brandi Leigh Hall
YA Paranormal
Rating:  2 Stars



What if the very thing to save you--is the one thing beyond your reach?

Torn between the two men who have fallen for her--and the evil who wants to possess her--twenty-year-old Chloe Bishop can no longer remember the fatal vision which threatens her future happiness. But when the magical link is severed between Chloe and her Wiccan family, they must find a way to save her, before temptation leads her into darkness—-and into the welcoming arms of Mr. Wrong.

My Thoughts:
             I wanted to love this novel really bad but I just couldn’t. I read the first one and I loved it but there were a few things that got to me. This book was no different except it was a bit worse. The characters became unlikeable and there were moments I was just too confused to care.
            First off, the different Point of Views (POV). I understand why the author was jumping from character to character. It helped tell the story and gave me the feelings the characters were probably feeling. They were confused and had no idea what was going on. I definitely felt that way. The problem I had was the conversations. The dialogue was unbearable at certain moments. For example, one chapter the point of view is of a specific character and certain things happen. Then the next chapter is from a different point of view and they re-describe everything that happened in the previous chapter. To me it felt like it was filler (Scenes you just add in to build word count). Then there were certain comments that were totally cliché. Nothing drags you down more than clichés. I felt like I was stuck in an old school family comedy where everyone pointed out every fact and made lame jokes to try and keep you entertained.
            I loved Chloe in the first novel but in this one I just wanted to punch her. I understand that she was brainwashed and was in the process in becoming a demon but her constant complaining drove me nuts. In the beginning she had this awesome new job but hated she was getting picked on. You are an adult, tell them to stop or report them for harassment. No self-respecting woman would allow people to treat her like that and not report it. Then in the end she realized what had happened yet she was still confused about her feelings towards Xander. Seriously? He messed with your brain and was going to rape you into becoming a demon; no matter what he did in the end he was still an evil demon. If Xander was supposed to be this new guy Chloe fell in love with then he should have been more likeable. The only good thing he did was save Hunter. That was the only likeable thing about him.
            Overall, I still love the plot and the story but this novel just didn’t do it for me. In fact the second in the series might have permanently driven me away from reading the rest of the series. Which is disappointing to me because I love any story about witches especially a family of witches. I can see me reading the next one but since it’s the last one I am considering just going for it anyway. I guess we will see.

Cover: 4/5
Writing: 2/5
Characters: 2/5


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WINNER!!! Christmas in July Hop Giveaway!




Thank you to everyone who participated in this years Christmas in July  Giveaway Hop! Before I announce the winner I would also like to thank I am a Reader and Laurie Here for hosting this years hop. I always have a blast participating in these hops. Anyway….

The winner of the Amazon or Barnes and Noble eGift Card is

Stacy T

I have initiated contact with Stacy and she now has 48 hours to claim her prize. If she does not the next person in line will get a chance but I hope it doesn't come to that. I did realize I forgot to ask for emails in the form so I hope its not my fault if she doesn't get my message.

See you all on the next Giveaway hop!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Code Name: PBA Release Day Blitz!









   
 

  When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self. Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.



  Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one
 like me. Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now. When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw-out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?



    The Dominion of Atalanta is at war. But for eighteen-year-old Aris, the fighting is nothing more than a distant nightmare, something she watches on news vids from the safety of her idyllic seaside town. Then her boyfriend, Calix, is drafted into the Military, and the nightmare becomes a dangerous reality. Left behind, Aris has nothing to fill her days. Even flying her wingjet—the thing she loves most, aside from Calix—feels meaningless without him by her side. So when she’s recruited to be a pilot for an elite search-and-rescue unit, she leaps at the chance, hoping she’ll be stationed near Calix. But there’s a catch: She must disguise herself as a man named Aristos. There are no women in the Atalantan Military, and there never will be. Aris gives up everything to find Calix: her home. Her family. Even her identity. But as the war rages on, Aris discovers she’s fighting for much more than her relationship. With each injured person she rescues and each violent battle she survives, Aris is becoming a true soldier—and the best flyer in the Atalantan Military. She’s determined to save her Dominion . . . or die trying.


   
Author Info:

Aimee L. Salter writes novels for teens and the occasional adult who, like herself, is still in touch with their inner-high schooler. She never stopped appreciating those moments in the dark when you say what you're really thinking. And she'll always ask you about the things you wish she wouldn't ask you about. Aimee blogs for both writers and readers at www.aimeelsalter.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook. FACEBOOK | TWITTER | WEBSITE | GOODREADS | AMAZON  


  Heather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. Since 2011, she's published more than eight YA & NA novels including the bestselling Dirty Blood series. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and the island of Guam and loves having a mobile career and outrageous lifestyle of living in two places. Heather is also a publishing and success coach bent on equipping and educating artists who call themselves authors. She loves teaching fellow writers how to create the same freedom-based lifestyle she enjoys. For more information visit www.phoenixauthorink.com and find out how to create your own OutRAGEous Life. You can find out more about her and her books at www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com   FACEBOOK | TWITTER | WEBSITE | GOODREADS | AMAZON


   Tracy Banghart is a cheesy movie-loving, fantasy football-playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began "practicing" her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family's cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake. FACEBOOK | TWITTER | WEBSITE | GOODREADS | AMAZON                


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