Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell

Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell
YA Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars



Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.
As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.

My thoughts: Sweet Unrest was provided to me from NetGalley.com, if you have not already you should take a look at that site. It’s my favorite site and gives book bloggers special access to ARC’s to help promote the author. It’s a win-win situation!
            How awesome is this cover? It’s mysterious and intriguing and actually a quite simple cover. I love it! Going past the cover was the best part. This novel was a wonderful ride. It confused me but not in a terrible way but in a way that made me want to continue reading. I have never read a book that surrounded voodoo so it was pretty interesting to take that adventure.
            Lucy and Alex’s story is amazing. Lucy is a very strong character who just needed a bit of nudging to become the hero. She was forced to move to New Orleans basically to work with her family and was pushed into the world of voodoo. She took it all like a champ though. She pushed through and even met her soul mate. Alex was annoying though. Clearly something was off about it straight from the beginning but the author didn’t dwell on it at all. It took awhile for it to be acknowledged.
            The main thing that got to me was the fact that there wasn’t a straightforward happy ending. The girl didn’t get the guy and live happily ever after like we have all come to expect these days. I have to admit it wasn’t all that terrible not getting that ending. Alex’s problem going into the story was that he should have died a long time ago and moved on instead of being stuck on earth as a ghost. His beloved is reborn and he is forced to watch her live while he stays behind. His ultimate goal was to move on to the next life and that goal was achieved. You couldn’t ask for a better ending. This is good writing. You don’t have to follow the pack and have a teenager find the love of her life on her first go. This book proves you don’t need that to have a fantastic book. I love it! In the end he achieves death and promises that someday he will reunite with her even if it takes him many lifetimes. That is a beautiful ending.

            Overall, I loved everything about this book. I’m kind of sad it wasn’t made into a series. I think this one could have been a fantastic idea for a series and be very successful. Voodoo is not something that’s explored very often and I think that it would be a great idea. It’s a captivating story and I am looking forward to see what this author has next for us.

Cover: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Character: 5/5

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Beachwood Bay Series by Melody Grace Teaser!




Beachwood Bay Series by Melody Grace

Beachwood Bay #3.5

You can be anyone for a night…

Alicia isn’t the kind of girl to kiss a total stranger up against the wall -- no matter how devastatingly sexy he is. But reeling from a broken heart, she runs straight into the arms of Dex Callahan: rock star, bad boy, and the most seductive man she’s ever known.

Dex is looking for distraction, at any price. The innocent redhead is just what he needs to keep his demons at bay -- but one taste of her sweetness isn’t enough. He needs to possess her, body and soul.

Two searching hearts. One night to discover the passion of a lifetime. Dex is determined to show Alicia the pleasure she’s been denied, but can she let go of her heartache and take a risk on the unknown? Find out in the sizzling new novella from USA Today bestselling author, Melody Grace!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Know Lucy By Melissa Pearl Teaser!





I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl
Genre: YA Romantic Suspense
Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she’s spent five years in hiding – taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can’t be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else…the desire to stay. It’s her one shot at a normal life.
Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.





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About the Author

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.
“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”




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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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