Genre: New Adult - Mystery/Thriller/Horror Publishing Date: May 16th, 2013 Source: Sent to me by the author for review Format: E-Book Description from Goodreads.com:
**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for 17+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.
Just one tiny secret has the potential to ruin everything.
Being the daughter of the sheriff in a small town like Holden Ridge means that eighteen-year-old Danielle “Dani” Marks’ life is under constant surveillance. She’s made a habit of staying under the radar by being a floater among social circles at school, which has kept her out of trouble—until now.
After a missing persons case stirs up the entire town, Dani finds herself caught right in the middle of the scandal. When she’s labeled a possible suspect, things quickly go from bad to worse. The sudden return of her old flame, Parker Reed, manages to make her whole situation even more complicated.
When an elusive unknown person begins to blackmail Dani by threatening to reveal her deepest secrets, Dani refuses to play along. That is, until the person’s actions take a violent turn. Holden Ridge begins to lose its sense of quaint town security, and Dani is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Who can she trust when anyone around her could be a suspect?
One thing’s for certain though: Never underestimate the power of one tiny secret.
Jiminey Crickets was this an amazing book! One Tiny Secret is addictive, fast paced, un-put-downable, and scary. Wow, did I love this book! I seriously could not get enough of it and had to keep reading till the end, because I NEEDED to know who 'Unknown' was! Seriously great, go you, Adam!
Adam Kunz is also the 'A' in C.A. Kunz, a mother-son author duo responsible for the amazing Childe Series. This is Adam's first solo novel being published and I have got to say that he did a great job. I just hope that the amazing success he is about to gain from One Tiny Secret doesn't disrupt the Childe Series, because I will have to start writing angry letters, Adam. lol!
Now, back to the amazingness that is One Tiny Secret. I absolutely love it when I can't figure out an ending. The entire time this book had me second guessing myself on who the killer could be. In chapter 33 I seriously thought that I figured out who it was. I was POSITIVE I knew who it was, but Adam got me good and I didn't see the real ending coming at all. It seriously blind sided me and I was very happy with the ending. I have seriously never read such a fast paced novel where my brain is just constantly working to try and figure out the ending. Very well done.
The characters were all developed flawlessly. I seriously loved Dani's character, especially her name. I love girls with boy names, it's just adorable. Dani was completely likable and relateable. I loved that she was full of sass and was stubborn it really made her feel genuine. There are so many side characters in this book that I can't possibly go through and talk about each one, but just know that they all were very real, genuine, characters and I really felt like they were real people and that the story was real life, because it was very hard to try and pick out a murderer.
As far as plot and story line, it was done very well. Adam created a lot of tension throughout the entire story to really make the plot thicken and thicken as you read on. Every page just sucks the reader in more and more until you have to just sit there being held hostage till the very end. And it was seriously scary. I was constantly looking over my shoulder, walking around my house looking for hidden killers, and jumping at every small noise. I seriously almost had a heart attack when my dog started barking, because my neighbor came home! I honestly thought someone was in the house! Really great plot development, great character development, great everything. This book was fantastic and I will continue to read more and more from Adam Kunz.
Absolutely, 1000% in love with One Tiny Secret! I honestly didn't think a book could be this great. It had me hooked the entire time, reading page after page and constantly looking over my shoulder. I couldn't guess the ending to save my life, and that is the number one thing I loved about it. I love when I can't guess an ending, because it makes me that much more eager to keep reading and find out the truth. There were many times when I thought I had it figured out, but I kept finding out I was wrong and second guessing myself. Overall fantastic novel! Great job, Adam!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
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Genre: New Adult - Contemporary/Romance Publishing Date: October 1st, 2013 Source: Sent to me by InkSlinger PR for Review Format: E-Book Description from Goodreads.com:
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn't want to feel. She doesn't. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn't the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgivable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
Holy Cow! I absolutely loved this book! I had to finish it in one day that's how good it was. I just couldn't put it down and I had to figure out how it was going to end. This was definitely a very addictive read and I enjoyed every single second of it. There isn't a single thing that I would change about this book, that's how good it truly is. There is so much raw emotion that I felt like I was watching a movie instead of a reading a book, you really felt one with Kacey.
Lets start with the characters. Absolutely flawless. I really loved Kacey, our main character. She was very troubled, but for good reason and you never really wanted to scold her. You accepted Kacey and the way she acted, because you really got into her head. The only time I wanted to jump in the book and yell NO!! to Kacey is the scene with Ben at the gym. If you read this novel you will all know what scene I am talking about, but I am glad with how that scene ended up going. Livie was a great little sister. She was truly a guardian angel to everyone in the story and completely likeable. Storm was awesome and a very believable character. She wasn't always a certain way, you could see her different sides as a person. Finally we have to talk about Trent. Absolutely loved his character. I couldn't get enough of him and I really loved that K.A. Tucker really showed how he had many different sides to him (his bad boy then really sweet guy) by showing us and not just telling us how he is. Overall K.A. Tucker did a GREAT job with character development. I really seen these people as just that, people NOT characters.
Now for the plot and story line. Unbelievable. It was seriously flawless. I loved every second of everything that happened. This story is so believable and never cheesy or over done. It is true and emotion pulling. For the last couple chapters I was literally crying while reading. It takes a true artist and author to make me cry that hard for characters. K.A. Tucker you have me hooked by the heart strings for your writing. I was completely sold by this style of story telling. Again, there is nothing I would change about this novel. Completely perfect and unique.
I will admit that I did guess one of the key points of the ending before reading it, but I didn't guess just how much time the author was going to spend making the reader hope for a different outcome or root so hard for a happy ending. The ending was amazing! I love it! If someone would have come up to me and told me what happens in this novel from beginning to end I wouldn't have loved the ending. I would say that it was ridiculous, but after going through everything with Kacey I thought it was perfect and couldn't have ended better.
IN LOVE! IN LOVE! IN LOVE! I can't say enough positive things about this book. I am completely sold by this book. K.A. Tucker has trapped me by the heart strings and I will definitely continue to read this series and her work. AMAZING! This book literally had me crying my eyes out by the end. I wouldn't change a single thing about this novel and I suggest everyone going out and getting a copy and reading it for themselves. LOVED IT!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
**The books cover, description, and info was all found and borrowed from Goodreads.com. A link back to it's Goodreads site has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This novel was sent to me by InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review and for part of a blog tour for the novel.**
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Fantasy Publishing Date: June 7th, 2011 Source: Personally bought from local bookstore Format: Hardcover Description from Goodreads.com:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.
As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 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. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here - one of whom was his own grandfather - were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason.
And somehow - impossible though it seems - they may still be alive.
Review: Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children is a very interesting novel. I absolutely loved that it included pictures. When did pictures become things for only children's books? This story would have been completely different without the pictures, because you wouldn't have believed it as much and you would have had to imagine everything. There was a cohesiveness to the story, because now every reader will have the same images in their head for whats going on. This is a great pick for a book-to-movie concept, because as long as the directors stick to the photos all the fans will be happy with casting.
Other than my love for the photos, I really enjoyed this novel. It was a very different story than I have ever read. One unique thing about it is that it has a male narrator. There aren't a lot of popular male narrators in YA and it was interesting to read one. I always like it when I get a different experience than normal when reading and having a different gender narrate was interesting. I also really liked the idea of a boy searching to find out if the stories that his grandfather told him while growing up were true. I almost wish, though, that Jacob would have ran away to the place where his grandfathers stories took place, because in reality what parent would really take their child there? It would have helped out a lot with the story, especially the ending. It would have made it much cleaner.
I will admit, though, that this was a very, very different novel from what I was expecting. I was expecting this to be more of a horror novel than it turned out to be. With a cover like that and a title like that, who can blame me? There are definitely some very creepy parts to this story, especially the creatures in the woods, and the photos are definitely something to stare at, but I will admit I was a little let down. I wanted to be terrified the whole way through the story or at least very creeped out. I didn't want to have a happy ending or even a sequel. I wanted this to be very creepy and finite. This wasn't the case and once I got to the part in the book where I started to figure that out I took a little reading hiatus from it and came back to it later with a clearer head. Once I came back to it I started liking it again, because my hopes weren't up so high, so I strongly suggest not reading this with any ideals in mind for how you think it is going to be.
Although the story ending up being completely different from what I thought it was going to be I really enjoyed it. It was definitely different and creepy and a very good read. I suggest this novel to those of you who love paranormal and good story. It's definitely a good book for those who are used to reading middle grade and is just starting to get into YA.
I enjoyed Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. It was very unique and I absolutely loved the photos. The photos are what made this novel. I will admit that when I first heard about this novel I envisioned a completely different story and severely got my hopes up while reading. I had to take a break from the novel to clear my head before finishing it or I would have probably ended up not liking the novel since it isn't at all what I envisioned it to be. Once I cleared my head I enjoyed the ending and liked the story overall. I really think this is a great novel for those readers who read middle grade and are starting to transition over to young adult novels. Great transition book.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5
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Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Fantasy Publishing Date: September 19th, 2012 Source: Sent to me by the author for review Format: Word Doc Description from Goodreads.com:
When you walk through darkness, how will you find your way? Images from the drowning accident at the beach continue to haunt Lily, the new girl at Meadowcreek high school. She finds herself caught in a struggle between two handsome boys who have moved to Meadowcreek with one purpose. Now with their paths crossed, Lily's life will never be the same...because her destiny now lies in their hands.
My feelings on Eyes from Heaven are little back and forth. There are some elements of this book that I really liked and then some that I didn't like so I really had to give it three out of five stars. I really liked the overall concept of the novel, but I didn't really like that it was a story that was a mirror of another story inside of the story. I know that sounds really confusing so I will try to clear it up. In the book Eyes from Heaven Vincent tells the main character, Lily, a story about two angels named Ariel and Xaphan who both fall in love with a girl named Alexandra. In Eyes from Heaven there are two boys, Vincent and Marcus, who are after Lily's heart. Now, that that is cleared up what ends up happening in Eyes from Heaven is that the stories of Ariel, Xaphan, and Alexandra mirror the story of Marcus, Vincent, and Lily. I didn't like that. I like the overall story of Marcus, Vincent, and Lily, but I wish that it didn't mirror another group of characters stories. I wish that the past of Ariel and Xaphan never existed in this story at all, because it would have made the story much more real. By including the story about the angels from the past it makes the reader constantly try and figure out if Vincent IS Ariel or if they are two different people. It just makes for a muddy, confusing story and it could have been made simpler. If you take out the back story of the angels (Ariel and Xaphan) I really liked the story, but since the back story is in there, I had issues.
As for the characters it was mixed signals again. I like Vincent, but I don't like how other worldly he is. He fits in pretty well, but at the same time he is very much an outsider. I wish there would have been a much more smoother transition of Vincent's character to make him seem more Human. Lily was a pretty overall great main character, but I don't like how submissive and ignorant to the facts she is. She lets all the other characters around her push her around and make decisions for her instead of making them for herself. And when she starts noticing things about Vincent she just keeps sweeping them under the rug instead of trying to figure out the truth. I just wanted to reach in and snap my fingers in front of her face to make her wake up and see what was going on around her. There was one character that I truly hated and that was Lily's mom. I really wanted her mom to end up having a breakdown and snap out of her narcissistic ways. She drove me crazy throughout the entire book, because she never woke up and realized how she was treating her daughter.
I really feel that with the right editing and publishing team that Mary Hull could make Eyes from Heaven go from being an alright book to a great one. It really just needs some more re-working and it will be a hit.
I feel that Eyes from Heaven was an alright novel. I had some issues with the story line being a mirror image to the fairy tale that is told to the main character. I also had some small issues with the characters that made me not fully connect with them. I think this book has great potential to be a very good read if it gets re-worked a little.
**The books description, and info was all found and borrowed from Goodreads.com. A link back to it's Goodreads site has been provided. The book cover was sent to me by the author. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This novel was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Fantasy Publishing Date: March 5th, 2013 Source: NetGalley Format: E-Book Description from Goodreads.com:
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.
Then Eli’s dream comes true.
Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
I didn't really know what to expect from The Nightmare Affair. I knew it was going to be a mystery, but I didn't know how good it was really going to be. The worst thing that can happen to a mystery novel is when the reader can guess the ending and get it right. I kept guessing, but I didn't get close to being right. This novel has so many twists and turns it will definitely keep you reading. I have to give a small mention about the cover, because it is absolutely beautiful. I love when covers are artistic and mysterious. I don't like cover models so I love that it is a shadow person. Very well done and definitely a big part on why I requested this novel.
I really liked the idea of a Nightmare. I never thought about this type of gift and so it was a very interesting read. Definitely something very unique and an area that hasn't been explored. I also really liked that it took place at a special school for people who are paranormally gifted. It reminded me, a little, of Harry Potter. I really love the idea of a school being for special kids. It gives readers a whole different world and experience to explore.
As for the characters, I loved them. I loved Dusty. She was such a cool, misunderstood chick and I absolutely loved her named. You go Mindee for thinking up such a creative name. I love names that are totally out of the box. I also really, really loved Eli. I was rooting for him the entire time. My third favorite character was definitely Dusty's siren best friend. I loved her Siren's are too stereotypical attitude.
This was definitely a very different and unique book and I really loved the adventure. There really isn't another story that you could pinpoint and compare it to, because it definitely one of a kind. Really great story and I highly suggest readers to check it out.
I really loved The Nightmare Affair. This is a very unique and new topic of Nightmares and I think it was very well done. I loved all of the characters and I especially loved Eli's character. The plot of the story was very good and I liked that there were so many twists and turns. I hate when you can solve mysteries before the end and I didn't figure out the bad guy until the characters did, so it was great and well planned. I absolutely loved the cover. It played a very key role on why I decided to request this novel. Overall very well done book and I highly suggest everyone check it out.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5
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Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal Publishing Date: January 7th, 2013 Source: Sent to me by the publisher Format: E-Book Description from Goodreads.com:
There's no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth frim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.
She's supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.
It doesn't take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.
Like when she's reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who's returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.
Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy goes down like the Titanic.
Maybe... just maybe... that's okay.
It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn't just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy's priorities--from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.
I really love the idea on Reapers. This is definitely a topic that I feel needs to be explored more in the Young Adult community, because I love the idea of people who help people cross over, and souls, and ghosts, and yadda yadda. With that being said I enjoyed Reaper. Quincy's character was a little tough for me to relate to in the very beginning, but once the story got going I started to really like her.
Not only was it genius to make the topic about Quincy being born a Reaper, but it was genius to add in the tension of an old best friend coming back and not being able to go back to how things are normal. Quincy is a popular girl now and she can't soil her reputation by talking to a bad boy so in the beginning she doesn't talk to her old best friend, but she constantly thinks about him and wonders what things were like where he was. It was a great plot thickener.
Ben is also a really great character and I fell in love with him instantly. I liked everything about Ben except that I wish he had a little more intel about the reaping because when Quincy has her episodes he has no idea whats going on and it makes him upset.
I will admit that the ending is a little cheesy. I took my first ever creative writing class this semester and if I would have written this kind of ending for my story my professor would have told me it was a cop out and to re-write it. On one hand I like it, because I like cheesy things, but on the other it was a little too neat of an ending. You sometimes want to leave some of the ends loose and I feel like this ending is a little too tidy.
I really liked Reaper. I think it was a well written story and flowed really well together. In the beginning I didn't relate to Quincy, but as the story went on I really started to like her. I absolutely loved Ben's character and just wish that he would have been a little more in the loop with what was going on in Quincy's life. Although I really liked the story as a whole I do have to say that the ending was a little too tidy for me and ending up being cheesy. I think it really needed to be re-looked at and maybe re-worked to make it a little bit messy so it seemed more believable and less cheesy.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5
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In less than three days, the world succumbed to a pestilence that decimated the living. In its place rose a new species: vicious, gruesome, wandering plague monsters with an insatiable hunger for the living. There is no shelter. No government. In this new world, you’re either a survivor or a victim.
Still in her twenties, Cash has seen thousands die, only to walk again. An office worker with few survival skills, she teams up with Clutch, a grizzled big rig driver with PTSD. Together, they fight through the nine circles of hell, with nothing but Clutch’s military experience and Cash’s belief that humanity is not yet lost. As they fight to survive in the zombie inferno, they quickly discover that nowhere is safe from the undead… or the living.
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Berinn was raised on a farm in Iowa where she boasted the small town’s largest (and only) comic book collection, and she's still addicted to stories starring characters with kickassitude. She writes the spectrum of speculative fiction, from horror to fantasy romance. Berinn flies old airplanes in the American Midwest with her awesomely supportive husband and caters to an incredibly spoiled sixty-pound lap dog.
Publisher - Crush Publishing, Inc Publication date - February 1st, 2013 Format - print and ebook Price - 4.49 ebook, 13.99 print Page count - (appx 365) 13 digit ISBN - 978-0-9853434-6-0 (print) Genre - YA Paranormal Romance
Different species. Mortal enemies. It'll never work, but they'll die trying.
Autumn Rossi thought she was a normal teenager. Suddenly, she can outrun every critter in the forest, making her wonder if she’s even human.
When the new guy at school, Zack de Luca, witnesses a questionable scene, he unfairly pins her as stuck-up. He acts like he hates her, yet he keeps bailing her out of trouble. Not only is Zack both insufferable and irresistible, he seems to sniff her anytime he gets close.
As passion flares between them, Autumn isn’t sure which is more dangerous: her psycho ex-boyfriend, or falling for Zack — who’s risking his life just by being near her.
I tossed the makeup bag into my backpack, slung it over my shoulder and whipped open the door. Barreling out of the bathroom, I slammed into what felt like a walking boulder. I ricocheted off the human rock and my backpack hit the wall behind me, throwing me off balance and pitching me forward into the hard, linoleum tile.
My palms cushioned my fall, but I winced as pain spiked up my wrists. On all fours, I lifted my chin and peeked through my curtain of dark hair.
He wore a black tee that molded to his wide, muscular shoulders and jeans that fit over powerful legs. Wow. I’d thought my soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend was cute, but this guy…
“You okay?” the hottie asked in a sexy, gravelly voice, stretching a hand toward me. His hand wrapped around mine and effortlessly pulled me up, as if I weighed no more than my calculus book. Maybe it was the throbbing in my limbs or the warmth of his hands on my elbows. Or maybe it was his earthy scent invading my senses, but a wave of dizziness hit me and I tipped forward.
His hands shot to my hips to steady me. “Easy there.”
I stared into his deep, green eyes as my palms rested on his hard biceps for support. Lord, he smelled good, like the forest after rain.
My breath hitched.
Veronica Blade lives in Southern California with her husband and children. By day she runs the family business, but each night she slips away to spin her tales. She writes stories about young adults to relive her own childhood and to live vicariously through her characters. Except her heroes and heroines lead far more interesting lives — and they are always way hotter.
Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.
Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty year old Kacey and her fifteen year old sister Livie escape Grand Rapids, Michigan to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.
Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
After being found guilty of first-degree murder, sixteen-year-old June Foster is sentenced to life at Washington Pines Sanitarium.
June remains convinced that she was right to kill a man she knew was evil, but as time goes on in the asylum, she begins to question everything she knows. Or thought she knew.
As the events leading up to her incarceration are recounted, she begins to understand that the web she finds herself in is far bigger and stickier than she ever imagined. The warden of the facility, both violent and vindictive, is intent on making June’s life a living hell.
June’s previous boyfriend, beautiful turquoise-eyed Frank, is the only one she can trust. Or is he?
Caught in the middle of child experimentation with untested drugs, arson, and murders, June Foster is reduced to two options—accept the fact that she has gone crazy, or hatch an escape plan from the asylum to get her life back.
Set in America during the 1950s, Asylum is a book you will not be able to put down. The author pulls you along relentlessly in a page-turning thriller that leaves you wanting more with each sentence—to a mind-blowing and unexpected conclusion you will not believe.
Those few moments of wringing my hands together in the Jeep felt like hours. I turned over every possible scenario in my head. Frank struck by a burning beam; Frank sunk in a burned-out floorboard; Frank gone forever before he even had the chance to take me to the movies. Just as I was picturing his faded jeans engulfed in flames, there he was, running out the front door carrying a mass of bodies. I counted four heads among the bobbing limbs. There was Bitsy and her husband Charles, one across each of Frank’s shoulders, and Dolly and Charles Jr, one cupped under each hulking arm like human footballs. I knew Frank was strong, but Jesus. He was running at an impossible pace down the porch steps and across the grass toward me. Sirens finally echoed across the pastures. Help was coming.
I jumped out of the Jeep as Frank dumped the Flannigans down on the grass.
Frank tackled me to the grass as the house exploded in a ball of flame, a monstrous boom announcing the house’s demise. The world went quiet, replaced by a loud ringing in my ears. Frank was on top of me, the weight of his body forcing me to pant for breath. All my lungs could come up with was smoke. Then I realized that it wasn’t just Frank’s weight that was crushing me—a giant piece of wood from the explosion had landed squarely across his back. It was on fire.
“Frank! Frank!” I hit his arm and screamed. At least I hoped I was screaming; without being able to hear there was no way to gauge the volume of my voice. “Frank!” I pounded his shoulder. He finally pushed himself up, dazed.
“Are you okay, June?” The fire from the beam had spread to his jacket.
“Your back! Your back!” I pointed. He peered over his shoulder and with one hand grabbed the giant beam, flinging it ten yards across the grass. He rose and casually slid off his flaming leather jacket as if it weren’t a thousand degrees and melting even as he pulled his arms from the sleeves. I laid on the grass staring in disbelief. He reached out a hand to help me up.
“Are you okay?”
“What?” He came close and spoke directly into my ringing ear.
“Are you okay, June?” I nodded.
Without another word he grabbed my hand and we were running back to the Jeep. Frank tossed me in the passenger seat, turned the ignition and we were off. I screamed words of protest (was I screaming? I was certainly trying), but he didn’t seem to hear or care. As we sped away I turned to see the kids attempting to sit up. That was a good sign. Charles was hunched over his wife’s body, shaking her. He looked like he was screaming. Bitsy didn’t move.
The Fire Department would be here soon and they would have questions. We had to stay. We had to help. But every objection seemed lost on Frank. The Jeep was already cutting out through the back pasture and bumping through the orchards.
Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1) Author: Mia Hoddell ASIN: B00BDQ3QGA ISBN: 9781291319170 Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Romance Description:
There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenseless.
Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.
However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret -- a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she has no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.
Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important... her love or life.
Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn't even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally founds some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moves on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series The Wanderer Trilogy and from there other ideas have emerged which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.
In celebration of the book tour for Deadly to Love Mia is giving away ONE ebook copy of Deadly to Love through Amazon (INT) and some Deadly to Love Swag (UK ONLY). Rafflecopters to enter both contests are below.
Genre: Young Adult - Horror/ Paranormal/ Fantasy/ Contemporary Publishing Date: September 27th, 2011 Source: Bought from Books-A-Million Format: Hardcover Description from Goodreads.com:
Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
Everything everyone has been saying about how amazing The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is was telling the truth. This story is so gripping and un-put-downable. There is so many twist and turns in this novel as well and as soon as you think you understand what is happening it shifts. The tension that was built up in this novel was also very nicely done. Michelle Hodkin definitely knows how to keep a reader interested and have the unexpected happen.
The characters, I felt, were really well done. I absolutely loved that I didn't know whether or not to like Mara. You don't know what happened to her friends yet so you don't know if she is evil or good. It was definitely very interesting to read a novel where you are fighting with yourself if you should like the main character. I loved the whole idea of not remembering what happened and getting it back in very little confusing pieces. It made the story that much more real and gripping.
The ending was completely out of no where and i loved it. My jaw hit the ground when we finally found out what happened to Mara and what she has realized about herself. I loved that the novel was completely devoted to figuring out what happened that Mara can't remember instead of figuring it out halfway through and then having the rest of the novel dealing with the aftermath of remembering.
I can't say much else, because I don't want to give anything away besides the fact that it is amazing. I was really hoping that the hype was real about how awesome this book is and it definitely was. Go check it out now for yourself.
I absolutely loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It was so gripping and thrilling. The tension was built amazingly in this novel and I loved that you read all the way till the end to figure everything out. I was completely enthralled by this novel and could not put it down. I will definitely be reading the next books in this series. Highly recommended to those who love YA.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
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Ivy Granger, psychic detective, thought she'd seen it all... until now.
With a vengeful lamia that only she can see on the city streets, reports of specters walking around Harborsmouth cemeteries, and an angry mob of faerie clients at her office door, it's bound to be a long night. Add in an offense against the faerie courts and a few foolish bargains and one thing is clear--Ivy Granger is in some serious deep trouble.
Ivy Granger is back, gathering clues in the darkest shadows of downtown Harborsmouth. With the lives of multiple clients on the line, she's in a race against time. Ivy finally has a lead to the whereabouts of the one person who can help her control her wisp abilities, but will she put the needs of her clients above her own?
If Ivy doesn't find a solution soon, she could wind up a ghost herself.
GHOST LIGHT is the second novel in the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.
In celebration of the cover reveal there is a giveaway going on till March 11th. Here is a photo of the prizes and the rafflecopter to enter is just below that =D
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Hey guys with college student going home or away for spring break around this time and grade school students having their spring break relatively soon I thought this would be a cool infographic to share with you all. It is about 20 classic novels that have been turned into audiobooks that you can listen to for free.