Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson



Title: The Athena Effect
Author: Derrolyn Anderson
Published: August 30, 2012, independently
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Sci-fi thriller
Reviewer: Hannah!:)

Summary:

17-year-old Cal has grown up in isolation, only having social contact with her deeply troubled parents. After they die in a tragic car accident, she is sent to live with her aunt in the city. She experiences new things she'd only ever read about, and much more that she could never even imagine.

She even thinks there may be something growing between her and a boy from school.

But she has a special ability she's never told anyone about: she can sense and manipulate people's emotions. She soon discovers the origin of her abilities, and that she has never been in as much danger as she is now.

Preface:

YES. I can FINALLY cross "Finish that book that is currently sitting patiently in my Kindle library and review it ASAP because the author kindly asked me to and DAMMIT WOMAN, WHY ARE YOU SUCH A SLOW READER??!?" off of my To-Do list.

Dear Derrolyn, author of the book I am about to review: I AM SO SORRY for taking so freakin' long to finish The Athena Effect. It's been like, what?, over a month since you first requested I review it? I completely understand if you were thinking "Dammit, when's that blogger gonna give me my dern review?" the whole time. I am entirely to blame for that.

I have excuses!! Lame ones, yes, as most excuses are, but I still feel this burning desire to explain myself. Hmm....Wonder why...

Yeah, so, I downloaded The Athena Effect from Smashwords. Yay! ....But I don't have a Kindle. I only have the Kindle PC app, so you can imagine it wasn't exactly the most portable book I've ever read. *Sigh*

AND: I am a naturally slow reader. If I'm reading a book that totally sucks, I read really slow to try and ease the pain of the torturous task of finishing whatever sad excuse for literature that I happened to pick up. And if I'm reading a fantastic, amazing, breathtaking novel, I read especially slowly to savor the magical words. So, yeeaahhh....

Anywho, I am, once again, REALLY sorry. To make up for it, I promise to write a long, extensive, no-nonsense, to-the-point review, and not one of those crappy, "Was good, you should read it" type reviews that are only a sentence or two in length. Pfff.....I do not do anything half-assed (unless, of course, I feel like it; in which case, I never do my half-assedness half-assed....)

And Martha: I'M SUCH A BAD CO-BLOGGER!!! *sobs uncontrollably* My last review was for Unspeakable Evil, and that was AGES ago (2 weeks, to be exact). THIS SHALL NOT BECOME A HABIT, I SWEAR MY FAVORITE FLUFFY STUFFED BUNNY ON IT!!

Let the review commence:)


Review:

So one day I get an email from Martha saying that an author named Derrolyn is requesting that I read and review her novel. I think, "What the heck, I don't have a life anyway. Why not take on another book? (because I read, like, 20 simultaneously)." I say yes, and then I get the book (free!:D) from Smashwords, download it to my Kindle app...And then it just sits there. For about a week. And then I'm like, "Ohhhh, better start that book now." I read the first chapter or so, and then stop for probably another week. And then for the next two weeks I'm reading it bit by bit. Over a MONTH after I got the book, I'm less than 20% done with it.

Ugh.

So then, I give myself a serious talking-to (with raised voices and b*tch slaps; you know, the works) and then I sit my butt in my chair and force myself to finish this book because goshdarnnit, I AM DETERMINED LIKE THAT.

At about 25 or 30% into the book, I get totally hooked. Which is completely weird for me because I hate most romances. They are usually really dumb, badly written, clichèd beyond imagination, or any number of awful things. But this one, I must say: I am impressed. Especially because it's an indie book, and a lot of indie books I've read are just, well....let's just say they were really sad.

Okay, so the very basic plotline (I'll try to avoid spoilers) is as follows: A completely isolated girl named Cal is living in the woods with her whacked-out, but loving, parents. And she is blessed/cursed with a special gift. She can see people's auras, basically; she can sense what they are feeling (it's color-coded!:P) and ultimately manipulate their emotions.

It really is a very useful tool.

But then, one tragic day, her parents die in a car crash and, well, she can't very well live on her own, can she? Nope. Child protective services, being the ignorant b*stards they are, ship her off to live with her idiotic aunt and her predatory and rarely sober boyfriend (who sexually harrasses Cal too, by the way O_O).

Yeah, so, life sucks. She has to attend public school, everyone thinks she's a freak (naturally), a bunch of horomonal teen drama, I-hate-my-life, I-wanna-run-away, yadda yadda yadda, blah blah blah...

And then a biker womanizer named Cal (yes. His name is Cal too.) gets introduced, and that's as far as I'm going. A romance ensues and more stuff in the story about Cal's (girl Cal, of course) weirdo powers and crap.

Wow, I suck at summarizing. Whatevs.

I was surprised at how well-written this story is. Normally, when I take on the task of reading and reviewing indie books, I try to lower my standards to an indie-book setting, instead of my book standards for regular books. Why? Indie authors have only had their stuff read by friends and family. An agent, editor, publisher, advance-readers, etc, have not read it like they would a paper-print book. These independently published books have not recieved professional critique, and where the heck am I going with this? Everyone already knows this. Why am I explaining it??

Bleeeeeeeasdhasdfrsgsjgbjsb....It's 3:30am right now. My brain is a giant puddle of cells screaming at me with their dying breath: "GO THE HELL TO BED SO WE CAN LIIIIIVE, DAMMMMMIIIIIITTTT!!!!!!"

Yeah, anyway, let's finish this ASAP. The Athena Effect was so well-written, structured in just the right way...Derrolyn, this could definitely make it in the book publishing industry, in an actual paper-printed version. I kid you not: this is the best independently published book I have ever read.

One thing I would have liked was a bit more character development with the aunt and her boyfriend, Angie and Phil. But I can also see how that's unecessary, seeing as they aren't exactly the most important characters in the book.

Overall, The Athena Effect blew through all of my expectations (which, admittedly, were pretty low in the first place, but we're going to ignore that fact, 'kay?) and was pretty satisfying. I am actually finding myself wanting to read the sequel, The Mackenzie Legacy.

More, Derrolyn, more!! Brava, you have impressed me with your literary capabilities. Continue on, madamoiselle.

If you are a fan of YA romance, definitely check The Athena Effect out. If you absolutely and utterly despise YA romance, well, then, read it anyway. DOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOITDOIT...  -Hannah


I've rated The Athena Effect:




  (4/5)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

YANR Blog Tour | Dead Perfect by P.G. Shriver


Title: Dead Perfect

Author: P. G. Shriver
Publisher: Self Published
Pages: 230

Synopsis:
MEL
My lifelong dreams never included falling in love. Graduating top of the class, going to college somewhere far away and starting a life in a place where my alcoholic mother could never find me were the first three goals on my list. Then the unexpected auto accident with Mother, after her regular doses of vodka, altered all of that. With her gone, my life and my perspective changed forever.

DAVIS
Desperate to find Joanie so I could break free, I returned to my old school. The search led me to her, my Aphrodite, a familiar lost look in her soulful eyes. Fantasies of her forced reasoning from my mind. I had to meet her! Once fallen, would her love for me survive the ghostly secrets haunting us?

Here is a little excerpt from the book just give you a little taste.
We strolled around the block, talking, laughing, getting to know one another.
I had waited a lifetime, and then some, for the girl to come around, and she
squeezed my hand at that very moment. Her soft chocolate hair doused in
strawberry scents drove me insane. When her eyes crinkled up at me in question,
or smile, the urge to embrace her overwhelmed my senses. I had never felt this
way before. Even feelings of Joanie, as I dreamt she was mine, were never this
strong.
I had waited and waited for this since the race, and now she was here. I
couldn't wait to tell Franky…
And I would have to let her go. How could I let her go? I just knew that when
she discovered the truth, she would leave me.
The thought ripped at my heart, creating a pain so intense, my eyes glistened
and I winced.

Guest Post. Try not to cry because I certainly had A LOT of trouble trying not to.
Born of Death
Dead Perfect spewed forth from the caverns of my cranium by way of death. In 2003, my
family had its first extremely sad loss of life, my first niece. She had just turned twenty,
been married two months, and died one night due to low blood sugar. She was diabetic.
Her mother, my only sister, followed her daughter in death eleven months later, from
cancer, and from that time to present, death claimed member after member of our family.
My Grandmother, my aunt, my uncles, my mother, but the ones that really bothered me
were those too young to know love, too young to have lived and fulfilled their dreams.
My niece and my cousin's daughter of twelve were among them. My cousin's daughter
and my daughter had gotten close over one Christmas when they came to stay with us.
Within that same year, that sweet young girl whom I had come to adore was in a car
accident with her older brother and pronounced brain dead at the hospital.

I began to think about life, death, and love. I've always been curious about afterlife,
Heaven, God, and all of the wonderful future ideals we are taught as Christians. I
wondered about those who die and are too young to experience love, or those who put
love aside for careers and then die before love gets around to them. I wondered about the
idea of loved ones waiting, especially in the case of my grandparents. I wondered about
eternal love; what happens if we do not get that chance to meet our love while we are
here? That is where Dead Perfect came from. I started and finished writing it for National
Novel Writing Month in November. I had it edited and proofread numerous times in
December and January in order to release it by Valentine's Day. It is a tale of life, love
and death with a twist.

About P. G. Shriver
Born in California, and raised in Minnesota and Texas, P.G. spent her early years writing poetry and winning poetry contests, while escaping the drama in her own childhood by reading great books for children. Ever since her earliest days, she loved storytelling  She wrote numerous short stories in High School and her early college years, continually trying to relive that first experience at the age of seven of seeing her name in print in the local newspaper.
P.G. sought her education at the University of Texas, where she studied English, literature, and Education. During the entire process of earning her BA and M.Ed, she never stopped writing and trying to be published.  It was during this time that her first children's book No More Stinkbugs!  was accepted for publication by Castle Keep Press. Many of her stories develop from nature.
P.G. graduated college and began her career in education, another great world that offered real experiences to humor and delight through children's books. She watched children interact, bringing to surface her own experiences as a child and yet more events to write about. While teaching, she discovered many great books for young people, such as The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963, Maniac Magee, So. B. It and many more. She is a fan of Dean Koontz novels, too, and loves reading fantasy and paranormal books.
P.G. was married 20 years in March 2012 and has a bright, young daughter who has begun her own college career. She lives on a small farm in Texas with her family and animals. P.G. has experienced great love and loss throughout her life. Those her family has lost have dedications in her books.
P.G. has two young adult books published, Dead Perfect and The Gifted Ones: The Fairytale the first book in The Gifted Ones Trilogy. She also has several children's books written under Gean Penny, her pseudonym.  P. G. has since dissolved her contract for her first book with Castle Keep Press and moved the title to her own imprint, Gean Penny Books.

Author Links:

So what did you think? Will you be adding this book to your TBR pile? What about the Guest Post? Did you resist the water works or did you let them flow?
-Martha

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Updates!

Hello my lovelies!

Here is what's been going on with me and BooksBooks&MoreBooks.
-Hannah became my co-blogger. 
- I've been trying to post as much as I can.
-I've been participating in quite a few blog tours that you will see up soon.
I'm a winner!

I take off the book jacket and here is what I find--->
Incredible right?!
Now who has the book and saw it?












It's one of my favorite series!

A bit of signed swag.

Dead Perfect


Oct 23






The Altercation of Vira
Lacrimosa (Requiem, #1)Currently Reading:

The Altercation of Vira by Kenechi Udogu.
Unfortunetely I haven't been able to finish but I am determined to in the next few days!

Lacrimosa by Christine Fonseca.
Heard too many great things about it not to sign up to read it.

Aversion (The Mentalist Series, #1)
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Aversion by Kenechi Udogu.
Beta reading this one.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Only 50 pages in and it's already good!
Can't wait to continue!



Well that's what's been going on with me.
What about you guys?

-Martha

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to Be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

Title: I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President
Author: Josh Lieb
Published: October 13, 2009 by Razorbill
Genre: YA, Comedy
Reviewer: Hannah

Summary:

Oliver is not your typical twelve-year-old. He puts up the charade of being a witless moron, when in reality he is a secret billionaire with his fingers in nearly every business and industry you can imagine. He--anonymously, of course--commands thousands upon thousands of agents working for him; he owns countless organizations and businesses; he can get his hands on just about any high-tech goverment gizmo ever created.

But then a challenge comes along unlike anything he's ever experienced before...

Seventh grade presidential election.

Review:

Wow. This is gonna be difficult. I've never reviewed a book that I haven't read before. Yes, that's right: I didn't finish Unspeakable Evil. I got to page 106 when a thought occurred to me: I have a life. I have a future. Sure, if I stick with this book, it may end up not sucking. But do I want to read books that don't-suck, or fantastic and breathtaking works of literary artistry?

Anyway, basically, the story goes like this: There's this "retarded" kid in school named Oliver who could have been born with his brain up his butt and he wouldn't be any stupider. He hasn't got a scrap of intelligence, he's just a humanoid monkey thing.

This is everyone else's view, of course. What they don't know is that Oliver is a brilliant billionaire with his minion agents just about everywhere in the US and beyond.

It's ridulous.

Oliver has had his public school secretly renovated to include a water fountain that squirts a variety of liquids ranging from root beer to dirty dishwater; dozens of hidden mics and spy cams to eavesdrop on the oh-so-fascinating lives of the student populace and the teacher drama; three bodyguards hidden in plain site that are at his beck and call. And tons more.

That's just his school. You would not believe all the other crap he's got up his sleeve. But, yeah, there's the plot, really. And then he gets challenged to become class president, and, well: challenge accepted. I didn't get very far after that.

It's not that I stopped reading because it was so awful that I was about to throw myself from the nearest skyscraper; but I was far enough in to know that there's no possible way for this book to redeem itself. And if by some miraculous accident it did, well, it would still be only mediocre.

One of my biggest problems is that the author, Josh Lieb, has absolutely no place writing for YA literature. I mean, c'mon: he's a writer for several Comedy Central shows; you think he'd make it in YA? No. Not AT ALL. He's apparently forgotten how the middle school dynamics work.

For one thing, he has his seventh graders act like third graders. It was annoying to read (partly because I was in seventh grade not too long ago and I'd like to maintain the delusion that I wasn't such an idiot back then...)  His characters lack any and all kinds of development. They are flat and stereotypical. Blech.

Also, there were pictures included in the book....and I have absolutely no clue why. Did you want to give the readers a visual on what a sand castle looks like? No thanks, we know. It was completely unecessary and didn't add anything to the book.

And let's not forget to mention the lack of humor. I picked up the book because of it's unique title (I'm not gonna type it out again) and I checked it out because I was genuinely under the impression that I would get a few laughs out of it.

Wrong. So wrong. The so-called "humor" basically consists of Oliver being extremely pious and insulting his parents/teachers/peers and everyone else in his community by bragging about his insane genius. In addition, Lieb assumes that he is writing for nearly illiterate young adults that are just as moronic as his protagonist pretends to be. This one scene in which Oliver is speaking to the reader comes to mind:

"What is evil?" you ask.

To which I reply, "Who are you? Friedrich Nietzsche?"

To which you respond, "Duh...wha? Me no understand."

Then I put you back in your cage.

See what I mean!? It was.....well, I'm not gonna call it insulting. There are far worse books out there to which I can direct that word. But, c'mon, really?

*Sigh* Okay, here's my basic, bottomline on this: The author should stick with what he knows, and stay far, far away from the YA genre. The book could have been good, but fell flat. My advice? There are better books out there, so don't pick up this one. -Hannah

I feel really, really uncomfortable rating a book I haven't finished, but for finality's sake....

I've rated Unspeakable Evil:

 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Source: Library Copy
Format:Hardcover, 352 pages
Published: June 7th 2011 by Quirk

Goodreads Synopsis:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. Fiction is based on real black and white photographs. The death of grandfather Abe sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and explores abandoned bedrooms and hallways. The children may still live.

My Thoughts on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children:
Alright I'll admit I was little iffy about reading this one because so many said the ending was a complete disappointment but me and my stubborn self read it anyway!

When I first checked it out from the library I looked under the book jacket (most people don't seem to see what's under...or maybe I'm just weird like that) I sort of shivered a little. One of the other things I do before I start a book is flip through the pages because sometimes the Chapter page is different than your usual which is when I discovered the photographs! I LOVE photography especially photographs from the time before digital cameras so that INSTANTLY hooked me! Suffice to say that the pictures were the only thing pushing me to read because I wanted to know what they meant.

It was too predictable. It was well written but a well written book is nothing if the story isn't good. Too bad too because I honestly thought that the photographs added to the story but it wasn't enough to make it better.

The ending was HORRIBLE! Worst ending I've ever read. It left wayyyyyyy too much open and questioning. Tragic because I know it could've been great.

I've Rated Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children(2/5)
-Martha

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte #3) by Samantha Young

Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte, #3)Title: Blood Solstice (The Tale of Lunarmorte #3)
Author: Samantha Young
Source: I Own a Copy
Format: Paperback, 381 pages
Published: October 10th 2011 by Create Space (first published April 8th 2011)
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance...

In the final installment of The Tale of Lunarmorte, Caia is caught between the most powerful beings in her world, and they are all desperate to use her for their own means. While Caia struggles to find her purpose, tragedy strikes close to home, and time runs out.
Now she must decide if she will join the extremists she was trying to destroy... or bring them all down on her own terms...

YA Paranormal Romance recommended for ages 16 and up.

My Thoughts on Blood Solstice:
I knew a big battle was coming but never did I think this would happen!

I have been in love with this series since book 1 and I have never been disappointed. In this one we follow Caia as she gets kidnapped and Lucien goes almost crazy looking for her. Now that's not all though. Oh no siree Bob. The kidnapper is a shocker, which I love. Ok let's just say there are so many shocking moments I felt like my jaw was permanently glued to the floor! In this case it's a good thing though. It had me staying up till 6AM to finish it.
My schocked face
when Lucien
kicks out the
important pack member!

My powers of premonition must be on the fritz because I really didn't see most of these things coming! Here is a tidbit: Lucien kicks someone very important out of the pack! Close your mouths guys because it's true. He does. And I was so shocked I really couldn't believe it.

You can see the love between Caia and Lucien but they drive me crazy (in a good way)! If I were their friend I might go up to them when they make stupid decisions that could've been avoided about their relationship and shake them up a bit so they can open their eyes.

Caia is a strong young woman and you can see it in every way except when it comes to people and their opinions on the topic of her and Lucien's relationship. She is a great leader who cares about people not just the so called "good guys". Lucien is just like her. Strong and determined leader who will do everything for his pack. I like them. They would be friends I would gladly follow into battle just as Ryder and Jaeden.

Samantha Young you have created a series I wish I could live in! I'd love to meet Caia and Lucien and everyone in the pack. All the adventure that goes on plus the drama plus the magic? Yeah I wouldn't mind living in that world.
I've Rated Blood Solstice:  (5/5) 
-Martha 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenAuthor: Ransom Riggs
Published: June 7, 2011 by Quirk
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Reviewer: Hannah

Synopsis:

Jacob's grandfather has been telling him stories for as long as he can remember. Fantastical stories; from levitating girls to invisible boys and everything in between. And Jacob believed him for a time. But, like most people, he lost his belief in the mystical and magical. He grew up.

Then everything changes in one fateful night. Just before Jacob's grandfather dies in a tragic "accident," he leaves clues behind for Jacob to follow. Tormented for months following that night, Jacob finally decides to get it together. He makes a decision to visit the island where his grandfather grew up, where all of his stories took place. But there's something strange about the island. Could his grandfather's stories have been true?

Review:

Wow, that synopsis sucks. But whatever. I guess, before typing out my entire review, I should give some indication as to who I am. Hannah here! I just realized that it might be confusing for you to read an entire review thinking it was Martha, and then you get to the bottom and see my name and you're like, "What!?" Yeah, so....

My thoughts on Peculiar Children? Didn't like it. And that sucks, because I was so hoping that I would. I tried to keep an open mind while reading it (<--good philosophy for any book you read; get out some paper and take notes, class!). But I couldn't make myself like it.

It's probably due to the fact that I was reading Wintergirls simultaneously. And that was written in such a captivating and fascinating way that it made Peculiar Children seem borrrrring. *snores violently*

The very basic plotline of the book was good. But as for everything else--the romance, the fights, the general behavior of the characters, etc--was clichéd to death. Actually, the romance was pretty awful. I'm not going to get into the gritty details (as I don't like giving away unecessary spoilers--unless, of course, it's a rant review. But I rarely have enough steam at one time to write those), but suffice to say, it was kind of creepy, and completely unjustified. I hate it when in books the characters fall in love too easily. It's always, "Oh! I feel such a strong connection to you, Romeo!" "And I you, Juliet! Let's have a happy, goofy, indie-song montage and fall in love and get together and..." Yeah, I'm not going any further with that.

My views on authors writing romance (and filmmakers, now that I mention it): It's a rare author/filmmaker that can create a good romance. Most of the time it's, "Really? Really? Are you kidding me?"

And ohmygosh! When did this review turn into a romance-bash!? Back to the book: the writing style was dry and lifeless, resulting in my extreme boredom and lack of motivation to finish the book; the characters were not developed--like, at all. They were flat, wet pieces of paper that would crumble easily if put to any kind of test; and the ENDING!! My gosh, what kind of ending was that? You're not turning this into a series are you?! Whyyyyy?? You're just dragging it out unecessarily, thus decreasing the quality of each installment.

Ugh....not a great book. Started out fairly interesting, but then nosedived and crashed into lowest reaches of Hell and burned into a fiery, charred pile of a sad excuse for literature. (Okay, I'm exaggerating; it wasn't that bad. But then, I am utterly sick of mediocre books).  -Hannah

I've rated Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children:


  (2/5)

Blog Tour: Ephemeral by Addison Moore

Ephemeral (The Countenance, #1)Title: Ephemeral
Author: Addison Moore
Source: Review Copy
Format: Kindle Edition, 412 pages
Published: September 12th 2012 by Addison Moore
Author: Blog | Twitter | Facebook  
Buy: B&N | Smashwords | Amazon 


Goodreads Synopsis:
The last thing Laken Stewart remembers is the oncoming car, then bursting through the windshield.

Two months dissolve without her knowledge and she finds herself in unfamiliar surroundings with strangers who not only profess to know her but insist she’s someone else entirely.

Laken discovers her long dead boyfriend, Wesley, has been thrown into this alternate world as well. He is quick to inform her she suffered a horrible fall and that her memory hasn’t fully returned. According to Wesley the other life she had—her name, her family, they were simply a side effect of her brain trauma.

In her quest for answers she meets Cooper Flanders, the son of her psychiatrist who readily believes every word she says.

Laken Stewart knows she died on that hot July afternoon, but now she’s alive—or is she?

My Thoughts on Ephemeral:
As always I read a book not remembering the synopsis which is usually a good thing because then I'm not anticipating what is going to happen. This is one of those times when I wish I HAD read the synopsis because the first 45 pages confused me so much!

It's not until I am about 50 pages in that they finally say what they are. Frustrating really because I didn't really feel a build up to her finding out. More of she thinks she's crazy and then the next they tell her what she is and the what the creatures that were trying to kill her were.

I wasn't too fond of Laken, the MC, because when she realizes that she needs to call her mum, it takes her forever because she's so wrapped in this boyfriend of hers, that she keeps putting it on the backburner. Personally I might've had her freaking out trying to contact her family as soon as I woke up in a strange place with people I didn't know, especially if there are creatures out to kill me. This boyfriend of hers she seems to think is so important, if he's so special and loves her so much why does he not believe her, when you can plainly feel the almost panic in her words?

Reason I kept reading and didn't just drop the book after the 45 pages was because of my insatiable curiosity in wanting to know more about the mystery guy and exactly was going on. I mean it had me speculating as to why she heard screams when her friend just up and disappears and everyone says that she must've taken off. I was just as curious to know as much as Laken did. Alright here is something I had not expected: blood bonding. For some reason I didn't expect it but then again in a weird sort of cult that Laken find herself surrounded by, I guess I kind of did. I wanted to know just how far she'd go with all this craziness. Just how far she'd go before she figured it out. If she'd stick with the very secretive, non-believing boyfriend.

Ephemeral might be better suited for kids over 18, what with all the sexual innuendos and seductions going on. Overall, though, I think you should read it yourself to see if you like as or it was simply Ok as it was for me.
I've Rated Ephemeral(3/5)



Addison Moore
Author Bio:
Addison Moore is the author of young adult fiction and romance. She has worked as therapist on a locked psychiatric unit for almost a decade. She is the mother of four wonderful children. She resides on the West Coast with her family and two dogs where she eats too much chocolate and stays up way too late. When she's not writing, she's reading.



-Martha

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cover Reveal | Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Cover Reveal! Cover Reveal!
Blurb:
Only when you let go can you learn to live.

Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it's been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.

Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.
When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.


Veer cover was designed by Once Upon a Time Covers
Release Date for Veer is : December 2012
Aww I think the cover looks so sweet! The kiss looks so sweet and romantic. The beautiful view out the window just adds to it.
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Alyssa Rose Ivy
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
For this TTT the topic is: Top Ten Tuesday REWIND (pick a past topic that we've done that you missed or just want round 2 of!) So I picked,
Top Ten Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With For 24 Hours
Alright so here we go...
For one day I definitely would trade places with Saba. She goes through a desert, fights, manages to rescue some very important people and goes through a huge adventure along the way.  Who wouldn't want a huge adventure?
To be able to have mental abilities beyond those of a normal human would be amazing! No only that but fighting in the rebellion, fighting the bar code, and fighting for their freedom.

I would more then spend 1 day in Tris' shoes. Taking all those risks like jumping off buildings and climbing great heights...yeah I'd  definitely be jumping off things! :D


Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)
I honestly wonder what it would be like to pretend to be a guy. Living in castle. I'm crazy enough to attempt the grueling training.


The Host (The Host, #1)

I can't decide which one I would rather trade places with Mel or Wanda. This one is hard but I think I'd go with Wanda to experience all the worlds she's been to. Although, being Mel would be 
interesting too.
Best friend who has an incredible and rare power, an incredible guy teaching you how to be the best fighter and crazy intense bloodsuckers who can make you into another crazy intense bloodsucker if they catch you? 

Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires, #1)Pride and Prejudice



3 words: Vampire Bunny Slippers!


Have you ever seen Lost in Austen? Well if that happened to me I don't think I would freak out the way the Amanda does. I'd probably love it...except for the whole toothbrush/toothpaste thing. 




PersephoneThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Just to see what it's like to be Katniss. I think I'd like to switch on one of the days that she's let loose in the games. Weird but my curiosity is epic.


Wonder if Hades is really the way he's described in the lore of if he's really like the guy portrayed in this book. Also the Underworld, it'd be epic to see what it would look like but only for a day. No more than that and I'd REALLY want to get out ASAP! 

Leave me your links and let me know if you'd trade places with some of my characters.
-Martha

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