*Review* Ignite Me (Shatter Me) – Tahereh Mafi

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Synopsis:

The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.

My Review: 6 Stars out of 5!! ******

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I can’t deal….

I can’t have the end, the last we will read of Juliette and Warner’s story…

I am pouting, stamping my feet and in denial this is truly the end.

I had put Ignite Me to the back burner while I caught up on other books I had bought and shoved aside. I now am certain I made a good decision to wait, why? Was it that bad, was it an ugly conclusion to a wonderful story?

NO…..it was so bloody brilliant, I was taken on the ride of my life. I was like ‘woah’, then ‘eeeek’ then holding my breath, then on the edge of my seat…..then at the end I was face planted. The residual effect of reading the best damn book this year so far, and it’s story coming to an end. I need to find me the nearest SMA group so I can meet with like minded addicts (Shatter Me Anonymous)

I need to find me a Warner, a Kenji and yes even a Juliette (I developed such a girl crush on her but shoosh, don’t say anything)

The ride Ms Mafi takes us on in this book is truly amazing (I will try to keep the review as spoiler free as I can). The growth of Juliette is a delight to read, no more ‘cry baby cry, please someone protect me’ No, she grows some balls, she gets to grip with her ‘affliction’

She becomes badass bitch on the hunt for Anderson.

Adam, oh Adam! His ride was a little more of a spiral off the ledge. That journey when your world falls apart and the bitter monster inside you takes over your blood and reeks havoc.

Kenji….come to Momma Kenji. He is, and will always remain the best book friend I dream of having in real life.

Then there is Warner, I left him until last because seriously, can I have you please. Just for the day, an hour. Okay, I’ll take a minute if it’s going spare. He is an ocean of contradictions, a sea of hidden depths and secrets. I was rooting for him all along, well maybe since book two.

There is a scene, its his mother’s birthday and, well lets just say I had to put down my kindle and go to the bathroom to sob my eyes out. Then there his love for Juliette…..such devotion, such heart break and so endless. I wanting to drown in it, it was so palpable.

Then there was the ending, I have to say I hated it!! Not in a bad way, Ms Mafi has her reasons for having the story end where it did, but no matter how many times I read it, it felt like it wasn’t the end rather than a beginning of more….

A girl can dream. This was utterly fantastic, I’m a void of nothingness now. But I’m happy. Thank you Ms Mafi for a wonderful ride…..Now can we make the movie please?

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*Release Day Review* Deep End of the Sea – Heather Lyons

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Synopsis:

Deep End of the Sea

What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

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Excerpt:

“Where are Hades and Persephone?” I ask, glancing around the empty living room. They are nowhere to be seen tonight; neither are any of the Automatons.
The corner of Hermes’ mouth quirks. “Out. Possibly in the Underworld. One never knows with those two.”
Relief unfurls in the muscles in my shoulders. Still, I can’t help but ask, “Without saying goodbye?”
He’s definitely amused. “Shall I fetch them for you?”
“No!” My answer is too quick, which I fear broadcasts just how ecstatic I am at the thought of being along with Hermes right now. And that realization causes me to blush for the millionth time around him in the last month, so I clarify, “Of course not. I was just curious.”
“Curiosity killed the cat, you know.” To my delight, his hand finds mine and our fingers intertwine. It is a delicious sensation: his hand, warm and worn in mine in just such a way that feels like it’s an extension of my body.
It must be criminal to adore touching someone so much.
“Did it, though?” I ask, and he laughs a burst of exasperated air.
“Possibly, but then again, who am I to judge, when I am often struck by curiosity that I cannot help but sate?” He gives me that dazzling grin of his and pulls me through the house. “Case in point: you.”
“Me?” I squeak unattractively. There are lights ahead through the French doors leading to the patio, and I am curious myself enough to wonder what they are, but not nearly as much as I am for what he might mean.
“Yes, you.” He glances back at me. “I’ve never told you that I was overcome with curiosity when I heard Athena cursed some girl from one of her temples. It wasn’t like it was the first time she’d gone vindictively bonkers, but she was really put out over you. I mean . . . one of her followers? Even that was low for her.” His fingers squeeze mine gently and we stop about twenty feet from the doors. “When I first showed up on your island . . .”
I am helpless at looking anywhere but in his eyes. Tonight, they’re green. Vivid, beautiful, clear green. “Yes?”
“I’d been warned that you were a monster and that I best keep my distance. That you would slay me at the slightest provocation, and naturally, I believed it, as I could not blame anyone’s hatred toward my family after what my sister and uncle had done to you. But once Death handed me that first soul and departed, I heard you crying. My curiosity inflamed tenfold. What kind of so-called monster weeps like her heart had shattered and never would form whole again?”
Like clockwork, my cheeks burn. His fingers brush my reddened skin ever so gently before I turn my face to rest in his hand. The butterflies in my chest swarm frantically. “My sister misjudged you. I knew that the very second I heard your anguish. I’m afraid I was lost to you from that moment on. I had to discover all that made you you, even if I would suffer the same fate as the proverbial cat. And I never cared about the risks, as long as my curiosity about you was sated first.”
“Truly?” The word barely escapes my lips.
His eyes are so intense. “Truly.”

My Review: 4 out of 5 Stars ****

I wanted to review this book so much. If you know me, you will know I am passionate about anything that has anything to do with Greek mythology. So I jumped all over this one.

What I wasn’t expecting was a rip roaring, absolutely heart warming, seriously funny story about how Medusa the Gorgon became a monster and clawed her way back. Don’t get me wrong, there is some seriousness to the story also but all in all it was amusing, well written and such a wonderful take on the myths and legends of ancient Greece.

Medusa, a hand maiden to the Greek Goddess Athena has the most heinous of crimes committed against her, Athena is in no mood to show leniency and turns her into the hideous monster that is half serpent, half human. She is then exiled on an island, despite her predicament she gets on with life, she gardens, learns languages and shops on line.

She has but two friends, an old blind man who visits her and the God Hermes who ferries away the dead. The dead she creates. Now this is where is all gets funny, Medusa hates that she kills with just a look, she hates herself because of it. Each one of her victims has a river of tears cried for them and they are lovingly named and placed around her garden.

Hermes, after two thousand years decides she has had enough punishment and persuades her to take her case to the Assembly in order to have it put right. Her wish is granted and Athena is forced to remove the curse. This then takes Medusa on a journey of self discovery. A journey where she will have to learn to trust, to love and most importantly to live.

Dark forces are after her, Athena cannot forgive, Poseidon cannot let go. All in all this was one of the best takes on a story we all think we know. I loved Hermes, a God who loved her long before she thought she deserved it. Hades and Persephone had me rolling and when her journey takes her to Wyoming Bernie had me cracking up.

This might be a story of Greek legends, but all in all it’s a love story, a tale of redemption and a story of how to learn how to live again when you’re given a second chance. Loved, loved, loved it.

About Heather Lyons:

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Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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*Review* The Almost Girl – Amalie Howard

Expected Publication 1/7/2014 by Strange Chemistry
**REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS**

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Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

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My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars***** Read 12/10/2013

Holy genetically altered children and babies!! First of all thank you to Strange Chemistry and Netgalley for allowing me to read the ARC.

I’m not sure what to start with? I want to tell you so much about this book but I don’t want me review to be full of spoilers! Do I tell you about the double-crossing, lying, underhand and calculating things most of these characters are doing. Do I start with the premise of “What if everything you knew was a lie?” OR do I tell you what a bloody amazing kick ass protagonist Amalie Howard has created.

My thoughts of what to write are bouncing around in my head like they’ve found a free moon walk ride and they can play all day! Okay, lets start with Riven, 17 and she is already a legion general commanding an army of Vectors. Trained to kill, trained to hurt and trained to do whatever it takes to protect Cale the Lord King of her world in Neospes. What she isn’t trained for is feelings, love and happiness.

She is HOT! I had a little girl crush going on with her. She defects….Cale is dying and she has to find the one thing that could save him.

She comes to Earth, she blends in while looking for her target, and she does. Quite by accident! Literally. Enter Caden, a boy so like Cale in every aspect that it starts to unravel Riven slightly. Let me just say right now, the beginning of this book is a little slow, normally that would have me sighing a little, but be warned, nothing in the building of the story is wasted so take notes. If like me, you don’t you will have to get a jaw cushion to save it from getting busted when it falls repeatedly.

So Riven has found her target, she has her plan to return to Neospes. She got it when her sister Shae turns up, Shae, like Riven is badass and she isn’t about to let Riven take her prize. Well, holy moly, batten down the hatches and take cover everything goes to hell in a hand basket. I mean, it doesn’t just go to hell, it takes it over.

There is double-crossing going on, bad family ju-ju and more than enough blood and gore to satisfy that this isn’t your Momma’s kid fight. I actually thought at one point Amalie was going to kill them all and play pipe music for the rest of the book.

No, the book is essentially in 2 halves. Earth and Neospes. The second half didn’t let up either. From the Outers to the deserters it was one turmoil after another. Riven had to learn some hard truths about herself, hard truths about her family and worse some hard truths about her father. She also had some sharp lessons in trusting anyone. No one was what they seemed, everyone had an agenda and nothing was the truth she believed.

In all that mess Riven and Caden were growing closer, this was not Stockholm Syndrome but a beautiful delicate friend to love story, one that had Riven questioning everything she knew and felt. The ending, OMG, I don’t think I breathed the last five chapters. It was intense, scary and shocking but brilliantly woven. Then the end, end……

I don’t know when the 2nd in this series is coming out (well the 1st has yet to come out) but if it isn’t soon I will be hunting Amalie down worse than any Vector can. Brilliant and compelling, lovers of Dystopian rejoice, there is a new girl in town and her name is Riven.

*Review* Under The Never Sky – Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky

Synopsis:

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

My Review: 5.5 Stars Out of 5 ***** Read 11/18/2013

I know, I know, I’ve given this more stars than my ratings. I can do that, it’s my blog. I’d give it 10 stars if I wanted to look a total fangirling nerd.

I don’t know where I’ve been! I must’ve been camping out in a remote cave, or worse lolling around in outer space

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Where ever it was my awesome daughter got it right once again. She has been nagging me forever to read this, and I’ve put her off because of other commitments to read. I should listen to her more often, she brought my attention to Twilight (before the bad acting), Hunger Games, Obsidian, Divergent, Mara Dyer long before they were all super main stream, and this was no different, thank goodness I finally listened!

So, where to start, this book is simply stupid brilliant (no that doesn’t mean it’s stupid, it means it’s better than bloody brilliant) I couldn’t put it down. I even made dinner while still reading it.

I’ll try not to gush too much while trying to keep this concise. Aria lives in Reverie, an underground world full of virtual realms. Perry lives outside, a world that is ravaged and gripped by vicious Aether storms. A savage.

One night changes everything, one decision by both seals their fate. Aria, along with her friends venture into the damaged part of the Pod on a bid for adventure. Only it was never going to be an adventure for Aria and her friend Paisley. Soren (the son of head consul Hess) and his two sidekicks had other ideas and he turns on Aria, attacking her violently.

Perry happens to also be in the Pod that night and comes to Aria’s aid and gets her out and back to safety. Before he leaves he snatches up her smarteye (her way into the realms) and leaves. The next day with only her and Soren surviving she is sent to be with her mother Lumina to another Pod called Bliss.

Only she was never going there, keen to keep her quiet Consul Hess has her dumped in the dangerous outside world, knowing she would die. By the same token he sends his men to retrieve the smarteye stolen by Perry, only that doesn’t go according to plan and they take his nephew Talon.

Aria and Perry are on a collision course, both not quite trusting each other, yet needing the other one to get back the life they have lost.

What I loved the most about this story was the slow, unfolding story of Aria and Perry. Their initial dislike of each other, to the wary trusting, to eventually something more. It allowed both of their stories to be told. Perry’s heartache over his parents, his dysfunctional relationship with his brother Vale to his bond with Talon.

Then there is Aria, who at first is weak and fragile. Needing to stay close to Perry for his protection, yet as time goes on there is something much more, much bigger to her than meets the eye. She is on bad ass, stubborn and inquisitive young woman.

The story had everything, the dystopian world created by Veronica was cruel and harsh and extremely barren. The threats from the Ether storms, the Cloven (Oh my, they are bad, bad, bad), the wolves and even Cinder is was a beautifully written story of love, forgiveness and overcoming inner demons and differences to come together as one.

I loved Perry and Aria, they are the new Brad and Angelina!! I loved Roar, oh how I’m looking forward to more of him. I even liked Cinder, who is dangerous to everyone he is around. Vale…well let’s just say I had no tears. Consul Hess, I hope he gets his…..soon. If, like me you haven’t picked up this book yet, buy it now. It is amazing. I’m now onto the 2nd….watch this space, or should I say Aether

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*Cover Reveal* For The Thrill Of It – Lauren Blakely

Have I got an awesome cover reveal for you today 😀

I would like to present to you For The Thrill Of It by Lauren Blakely

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ABOUT THE THRILL OF IT:

A new adult story of Love. Sex. Addiction. Blackmail. And Power…
Some say love can be an addiction. Others say it’s the thing that
makes life worth living. Let me tell you everything I know about
love…Love isn’t patient, love isn’t kind. Love is a game, a chase. A
thrill. Love is wild and war-like, and every man and woman must fight
for themselves. At least that’s how it was for me. A high-priced
virgin call girl by the time I started college, I was addicted to love
and to sex. Even though I’ve never had either. I controlled love,
played it, and held the world in the palm of my hands. Then I fell
down from those highs, and I’m being blackmailed for all my mistakes,
forced to keep secrets from everyone, except the only guy I don’t
regret.
Trey…
With all the other women, I knew what they were. They were temporary.
They were pills, they were bottles, they took away all the pain, and
numbed the awful memories that wore down my ragged, wasted heart.
Until I met Harley. She’s the only girl I ever missed when she walked
away. But now she’s back in my life, every day, and there are no
guarantees for us, especially since I don’t know how to tell her my
secrets. What happened to my family. All I know is she’s the closest
I’ve ever come to something real, and I want to feel every second of
it.
How can you love with no regrets when regret is all you know?

The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely for Oct 16 cover reveal

ABOUT LAUREN BLAKELY:

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Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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*Review* Thin Space -Jody Casella

5154+7rfSrL._SY346_*4 Stars out of 5* Read 8/12/2013 *Available September 10th 2013

I read this book having another story in mind. From the blurb I was expecting more of a love story. I expected to feel disappointed that I didn’t get the huge romance I thought might happen. I was wrong, on all counts.

Marsh is a troubled soul, he wakes up in hospital battered and broken. His twin Austin is dead! The story from page one was written in a haunting fashion that will grip and pull you in.
From Marsh’s bizarre behavior (not wearing shoes) the the looks and stares he gets at school have you aching for him. His pain is palpable.
The only thing he wants, the only thing he needs is the thin space. A portal that will allow him to cross into the place where the dead are. He wants to set things right with the twin he feels he wronged. Then he meets Maddie, she doesn’t look at him like he is crazy nor treats him differently. In fact, when Marsh tells her about the thin space she goes all out to help him. Angering her brother and upsetting Marsh’s once girl friend.
About 2 thirds into the story I thought I’d guessed the story, but wasn’t sure. Then I get to the end and I realized I hadn’t guessed it (well I did, but that wasn’t the real twist)
The clues were all there.
I felt that author must have suffered real loss to write it so wonderfully, it was gentle, fragile and at times I had a lump in my throat. If you are looking for something just a little bit different, something slightly supernatural then this is it. If you want to know the truth behind the lies we weave you’ll have to buy it on September 10th 2013

Love & Day’s Off

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It’s a pretty Sunday, so I’ve decided to take the day away from my kindle, computer, iPhone, iPad, walkie talkie, toaster, 3 way radio (you get the picture :)) I wanted to send some brotherly (and sisterly love from 2 of my favorite demon hunters for everyone who has stopped by, will stop by, & have yet to stop by my blog…..