Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Evolution of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

This book is crazy good... if you've read the first you need to read this as it will BLOW YOUR MIND!  Crazy conspiracies and all!!!

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay so what do I hate about trilogies???  I hate that the sequel never compares to the quality of book 1.  Dare I say that the sequel was even better than book one in this series???  :)))  So I reread the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer right before reading this so I would have a refresher...

This book starts at the end of book 1, literally.  Mara sees Jude in the police station at the end of the first book and this begins with her in a hospital waking up from sedation because of her "freak-out" at the police station.  Jude's obviously dead right?   She'd only been seeing him because of her crazy schizophrenic hallucinations, right???

Now... I LOVE that we finally receive some answers as to whether or not Mara is actually certifiably insane in this book!  Also, who doesn't love Noah Shaw?  I mean come on, his arrogant smirk is something I have a perfect vision of in my head.  His only weakness being Mara. 

There's flashbacks and memory lapses, crazy dreams, crazy people (literally, the book takes place mainly in a psychiatric hospital), and there's even the famous return of one of my favorite characters from book one... Jamie Roth!!!  Yes that's right, Jamie is back!!!  Ever wonder where he ended up after Croyden?  You will find out in this book!

Mara is being tortured in this book, she spends most of it in and out of psych wards.  There is definitely still a lot of mystery as the author only gives you enough to force you to read more.  There's a wild cliffhanger ending that will make you want to flip invisible pages to find out what is going on!!!  Can't wait to read the finale and I know it will be utterly amazing as this book surpassed my expectations by a milestone!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin - Round 2

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I reread this book being as how I had only remembered bits and pieces and saw that the sequel is out!  I read it in a day without skimming because it's that good...

I have no idea what my original review says it's posted below but here goes it:

Mara Dyer has it rough and her boyfriend is a total stud!  The book has some gore not your typical paranormal!  I'm so confused and psyched to see what happens in book 2... I'm starting that next!

Totally creepy and definitely not my typical read but here goes:

So I was going to rate this a solid 4 stars until the last paragraph which auto upped it to a 5.  This book was creepy and gave me goosebumps!  There was foul language which is fine by me because I'm not in the YA age group.  The book constantly had you wondering what was going on, what was real, what wasn't, and there was just so many disturbing parts to it.  This is absolutely NOT my typical type of book but after reading the free sample I decided to go for it.

I'm so glad I bought this, Mara Dyer is a very unique heroine.  She believes she's psychotic and has no idea what's wrong with her really.  She sees things, loses track of time, and when she pictures someone dying they die the same way she sees it.  Noah Shaw is a hero I instantly fell in love with.  He gives Mara so much attention and tries to tend to her every whim and need.  He puts up with all of her craziness. 

I loved the family bond in this book too, Mara has a strong connection with her brothers and there is a lot of family involved in this read.  There's also craziness, action, and paragraphs that you will have to read two-three times and still wont be able to comprehend.  This book is complete brilliance at it's best!

I cannot wait to read what comes next... and I hope it's soon.  That was an amazing cliffhanger/game changing ending...

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Indebted - Premonition Series - Amy Bartol

Indebted (The Premonition, #3)Indebted by Amy A. Bartol

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everyone needs to read this series...  It's for all ages and is extremely captivating and addictive!

So I've gotten myself extremely invested in this series!  The majority of the book revolves around Brennus and Evie.  Evie is evolving and learning a lot in this addition as is Russell.

I'll start with what I missed in this book, the romance between Reed & Evie, when there was parts it was bittersweet, super romantic, and made my heart flutter.  But there just wasn't enough!  I also really missed Buns!  She just wasn't in this one enough!!!  There were parts of Buns though that made me laugh out loud while reading, she is easily one of my favorite characters!

So what did I like???  I am not sure if I like or hate that Brennus has seriously grown on my heartstrings.  I know this is Amy Bartol's intent and I feel mixed feelings very much like Evie did.  He was just really sweet and romantic and kind.  Ugh, I do not want to like him!!!

There were new enemies in this book!  There was a lot of major action!  Evie's powers have grown immensely and the world that Amy Bartol created is beautiful and the imagery is amazing.  I felt as if I was there with them throughout the entire book!  I have really become attached to this series and Amy Bartol is definitely going places, her writing is amazing and this series is completely addictive.  The books just keep getting better and the plot thickens with each one! 

Starting book 4 today I hope, as long as I find the time!  :)

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Intuition - Premonition Series - Amy Bartol

Intuition (The Premonition, #2)Intuition by Amy A. Bartol

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is quickly becoming one of my new favorite series!!!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE these characters.  There's only one thing I missed and it was the smart-ass from the beginning of the series the Evie I fell in love with the first chapter of the first book.  She changes a lot and I do believe that she still has some snark but that the author has her character mature and change into a person who cares deeply and loves for others and is less of the immature snarky kid we first met.  But those comments from Freddie and Evie or Evie and Uncle Jim always had me giggling...  Even though I'm well past YA.

So let's see, the "villain" in this one was pretty cool.  I kind of like him and can't wait to see what comes next.  I missed the romance between Reed & Evie as it wasn't there as much but what was there made up for it!  I loved Brennus in a love/hate relationship type of way.  Russell really grows into his character and I think I'd give up a bit of my soul for him too!!

So this book is completely full of action, morbid romance, romantic romance, surprises, and keeps you wanting more!  I think I've officially become an addict of the series!  Will be starting book 3 tonight...  Can't wait to see more Zee, Buns, Russell, Brownie, Evie, and the amazing Reed...  I'm so excited to see what's next.  And does anyone else love Buns as much as I do???  :D 

Great sequel, in my opinion the sequel always makes or breaks a series!~

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Inescapable - Amy Bartol - Premonition Series

Inescapable (The Premonition, #1)Inescapable by Amy A. Bartol

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No idea why I never read this sooner!  It was an OMG I can't stop thinking about the characters and what's going on so I MUST KEEP READING type of book!!!

I've seen this pop up on my recommended reading numerous times and decided to try it out.  That was yesterday and I just finished the book and am ready to start number 2.

First off, the main character rocks.  Her name is Evie and she is probably the sweetest heroine I've ever read about.  Completely amazing character depth and she is completely self-sacrificing.  She is also independent, real, loving, I just can't even describe how much I liked her character.

The love interests: Russell and Reed... I love them both.  I really do.  They are both totally amazing guys and I just wish I could have one of them!

Buns and Brownie: OMG I loved these two!!!  They were the best "clique" I've read in awhile and so fun! 

There were so many surprises and wow factors to this book too!

The plot was crazy and full of depth and I am completely psyched to read the next one!  I am so disappointed I didn't discover the series sooner because I think I'm head over heels for this whole premonition series!  I hear that the second book is better than the first so it's time for a glass of good wine and a hot bubble bath so I can find out!

More from me soon...
Def check out this series!!!  It rocks!!!

Amy Bartol... I AM your newest big fan!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

TASTE - Kate Evangelista

TasteTaste by Kate Evangelista

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVE TASTE, Kate Evangelista is a hot new author in my opinion!!!

It's not often a book leaves me speechless but that's what Taste has done.  I found myself wanting to read it late into the night and unable to put it down during the day.

It starts with Phoenix McKay falling asleep in a library and uncovering "night students" who talk about eating flesh.  Of course a handsome powerful stranger gets her to safety and she becomes obsessed with finding out more about the "night students."  Phoenix is a lonely girl so she figured this would help take up some time.

This ISN'T A VAMPIRE OR WEREWOLF book... which I'm grateful for because I needed a break from that.  There were a couple of swoony guys in the book and of course a mad scientist who had me smiling at his craziness.  There were twists, surprises, lots of action scenes, royalty, grossness, gossip, snooping, and just the right amount of romance mixed in.

Most books like this are parts of sagas and it was nice seeing it all wrapped up in one book, only problem is, this is one of the few books I've liked enough to read a series!!!

Definitely the type of book you wont put down... left me wishing I could be Phoenix McKay for a day!  I can't wait to see what else this author has coming out in the future!!!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

V is for Virgin - Kelly Oram

V is for VirginV is for Virgin by Kelly Oram

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Starts out strong and then turns predictable with a side of cheese!

I would give it 2.5 stars because it sucked me in and I read half of it.  By the middle of this book I knew what would ultimately happen for the most part and decided to skim the second half in about five minutes.  It turns out as expected it just took a few years for it to happen instead of a few months like typical YA books.

Valerie decides to jump on the table and declare she's a virgin when her boyfriend dumps her (for wanting to stay a virgin) and then he tells everyone he dumped her because she is bad in bed.  She gets the attention of a rock star who wants to take her virginity and she starts a line of jewelry called V is for Virgin.

She becomes a success, dates a  nice boy, and at the end the bad boy changes his ways.  Maybe would've been better for a younger audience.  I would say 13-17 year olds may enjoy this.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Ember - Jessica Sorensen

Definitely my top read of the year... buy this book, it's 99 cents!!!

Ember (Death Collectors, #1)Ember by Jessica Sorensen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the books!!! You are unsure of it and start reading and the writing style and concept sucks you in so completely that you literally can't put it down.  I started it last night and finished this morning.

Ember is a very unique and special human being and she doesn't really know it, all she knows is she's cursed, everyone in town hates her with the exception of her best friend Raven and her brother Ian. 

When two new kids show up at school the same week that seem to hate each other but claim not to know each other and both want to date Ember obviously you think typical love triangle cliche that you've read thousands of times.

This one is different, the concept of the story is what captivates you.  The ending isn't even happy it's cryptic.  The book is dark but amazing.  I honestly didn't know which guy was good and which one wasn't.  I just had my guesses. 

I've rarely bought any of the cheaper books on here and lately I've been reading quite a few, hands down this was my favorite and I will be adding all of her books to my queue and I CANNOT wait for number 2 of the Death Collectors comes out...

Just wow.  Read this, it's my first 5 star review of the year!!!

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Jingle All The YA - Multiple Authors

Jingle all the YA (Sample 14 Bestselling YA Books)Jingle all the YA by Tiffany King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Amazingly cool concept!

So the concept of this book is genius, samples of 10 YA books packed into one for free???  You can choose what you like and purchase it or skip through what you don't like.

I purchased this because it had Chelsea Fine's Avow in it which is one of my favorite books so I figured there has to be some other good ones in here too, right?

It was kind of like finding a diamond in the rough, I decided 2 books I would want to read from it, one I would never look at due to it's morbid cover - Ember - which turned out to be a can't put down best .99 cent book I've ever read!

And Significance which I've seen but never looked at.  I am assuming I will read it soon.  Nothing else interested me but 3 out of 10 isn't too bad!

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There are 1-4 chapters of each book from 10 different authors and this really helps you get a feel for their writing and if it's something you'd even want to buy.  I think there should be WAY more books like this available!

Toxic - Jus Accardo - A Denzazen Novel

Toxic (Denazen, #2)Toxic by Jus Accardo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy the work of Jus Accardo.  Touch was pretty much amazing and Toxic comes with a major twist!!!  You will hate characters and be green with jealous and envy of Jade (especially if you've fallen for Kale like most of us).  There will be surprises, action, kidnappings, twists, betrayals, flirting, fighting, and of course no book would be complete without the famous CLIFFHANGER ENDING!

I'm really excited for book 3 because I want to see where it starts out, what's happened to Dez and Kale... I just don't know how I'm going to wait!

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I have been busy and some problems with the ex husband so there hasn't been much posting I have 2 more reviews for you today!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

HOLY Cliffhanger! Opal - Lux Series - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal (Lux, #3)Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this thinking it was the last book and I kept going, this isn't good enough to be the last book.  Then it slowly started getting better and better.  This book leaves you with the mother of all cliffhangers, I'm talking definitely one of my top 5 cliffhangers so I eagerly searched google to find out that Origin (#4 in the Lux series) will be out July 2013!!!  I am so excited I doubt I can wait that long to see what happens with Katy and Daemon!!!  And Beth and Dawson!!!  This book was incredibly well written just what you would expect from Jennifer L. Armentrout!

There is so much going on, Will comes back!  Dawson comes back and is in search of Beth!  Blake makes a surprise recurring (and creepy) role, Dee and Katy start to work out their problems!  There's so many surprises, tons of action, LOTS of steamy romance, and of course the biggest cliffhanger ever!

Come on July 2013!!!

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Next up for me is Toxic from the Denzazen series, I highly recommend this series by Jus Accardo!  Review will be posted shortly I'm sure this will be a quick addictive read!