Category: Book Reviews


  Overview

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

 

 My Review

Wow!!!! This book literally took me on the biggest emotional rollercoaster! This book is the definition of emotional thrill ride. I felt every emotion at some point in this story, many of them one after another on the same page. I am still trying to get myself together after reading it. As the overview tells you, Kaylee finds out her life-line is about to run out. She has less than a week before she will die, and being Kaylee she needs to save people. Her best friend Emma is at risk of being the next victim to her Incubus teacher and Kaylee wants to make sure that her, and any other potential victims are safe before she dies. Kaylee is already living on borrowed time and knows that this is it, there is no way around it. This is her last chance to protect the people she cares about. She wants to make her last days mean something. Sabine and Kaylee come to a sort of truce to try to work together and find a way to get rid of the Incubus, which is very entertaining. I love Sabine’s character, so more of her is always a good thing to me. She is so fierce, and brutally honest and the dialogue between her and Kaylee is always fun to read. As always, Tod is there to help Kaylee when she needs it, and Nash gets jealous about her spending time with him. Tod is the one best suited to help Kaylee with certain things since he has some pretty cool skills being a reaper and all, so we get more of him. (which in my opinion is always a good thing *sigh*) There are so many twists and turns in this book and it was so hard to put down. This book will make you laugh, cry, smile, and probably stay up all night reading until you finish. You need to read this. (and if you haven’t read the first four yet, what are you waiting for?) This is the best Soul Screamers book yet! This series gets so much better with each book, and I am dying to know what comes next in Before I Wake.

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  Overview

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem—staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

My Review

Where do I even start? Fantastic! Really. I am trying to figure out how to write this review without giving anything away, but still letting you know how awesome of a book it is.  I was pulled in from the very beginning. The story just flowed so well and kept me intrigued the whole time. The character developement was wonderful. I enjoyed getting to know all of them. I love how Alex is so strong mentally and physically. She is one of those kick-ass female characters you absolutely love. She is sarcastic, and reckless at times.  She is very strong-willed, and like a typical teenager makes mistakes and has trouble knowing when to keep her mouth shut, but is very smart and determined. There is no way she is going to let herself be thrown into a life of servitude. She knows that being a Sentinel is what she is meant to do. Alex struggles with training to get back into the covenant, the sadness of losing her mother, why the Apollyon (a half-blood that can control all the elements and is the ultimate daimon killer) is there instead of out fighting daimons, and the feelings she has about Aiden. She knows it’s wrong to even think about, but she can’t help it. The romance that developes between Alex and Aiden is very believable. It’s not one of those instantly in love things. I enjoyed the dialogue between them, the silly banter, and the nice sweet conversations. The Apollyon has been brought to the covenant because of something to do with Alex and when they find out why, they are even more confused at the reasons behind it. This book is packed with action, mythology (with a twist), some romance, a lot of sarcasm and humor, plot twists, and there’s some tear-jerkers for you too. I couldn’t helped but be completely into this book. There is never a dull moment. The next book in this series titled Pure comes out in the spring and I can’t wait to see where the story is going! Also there is a prequel titled Daimon that I highly recommend you read before jumping into this.

Book Overview

Brooke Keller’s a high school junior who never spent much time living in one place. She’s finally in a town long enough to almost snag the boy of her dreams, until her life is threatened by a fanged man in his attempt to kidnap her. Brooke begins a dangerous journey to find out who is after her and how to stop them. Thrown into a world with powerful and prejudiced vampires, Brooke must tap into the side of herself that she never knew existed, at the risk of losing her life in order to save it.

My Review

I wasn’t sure what to expect when starting this book. I haven’t been really into stories about vampires lately, but I am so glad I read this one. It’s not just your typical vampire story. I was pulled in right from the beginning of the book, and it progressed wonderfully right through to the cliffhanger ending. It was an adrenaline rush from the start. The story moves fast and brings you from one thing to the next. The characters developed nicely and you really get a feel for them. I liked seeing Brooke change and really learn to stand up for herself and her friends, instead of being the girl who won’t even defend herself against Jaren’s snotty ex-girlfriend. She comes to accept her vampire blood and learns to embrace it and use it, though it does take a while and some help from Mirko, a wise very old vampire Lijepa, and her BFF Kaitlyn. Mirko helps train Brook how to fight, and Lijepa helps her to learn to use her special skills. Kaitlyn is the awesome BFF who is understanding and non judgmental and I really like her personality. I hope we get to see more of her in the future books. She really helps Brooke to just be who she is meant to be, and not to be so afraid. Onto the whole love triangle thing. I love how now being an adult I look back and laugh because I remember the drama of being a teenage girl with a crush, and how one minute it’s heaven and the next you are an emotion wreck. The whole falling in love quick thing usually does bother me, but it doesn’t so much in this book because it’s a typical teenager thing. Brooke is so head over heals over Jaren, and has liked him forever so I can see how she’s “in love” with him. I kinda don’t really like Jaren much. I mean I feel a little bad for him because he’s had a rough upbringing with a dad who doesn’t care, but I don’t think he is deserving of Brooke at all. He thinks he can just want her, and then not want her, and then want her again, all while expecting her to just take him back. Mirko on the other hand has wanted her the whole time he has known her and never wavered in his decision at all. Yes he’s a little arrogant, but really he has every right to be so I am team Mirko all the way. I hope we get to know more about his deep dark past. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, and hope it continues on a fast paced thrill ride like this one.

    Book Overview

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can’t stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They’re wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it’s neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It’s Alan’s cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her.

Filled with heart-pounding romance, paranormal activity, and rich teen characters to love-and introducing an exciting new YA voice, Steven Wedel-this novel is exactly what Carrie Jones fans have been waiting for. Meet your next obsession.

My Review

I had really been looking forward to this book for a long time. It sounded really good, and the cover is beautiful. Carrie Jones is also a fantastic writer. It’s a story about friendship, love, and sacrifice. About facing your fears, doing what is right, and learning to be true to yourself. Let me just say, this book was fantastic! I love the dual perspective this story is written in. It lets you get much more of the story and keeps you pulled in right from the beginning. It is beautifully done and flows flawlessly from Alan’s point of view to Aimee’s. The characters seem very realistic and it’s nice to be able to get inside both of their heads and really get a feel for them. It was interesting to read them falling for each other from their own perspectives. How they are so scared of the possession and evil in town, and they are putting protecting their family and friend’s before their feelings for each other. Or tying to anyways. They need each other to get rid of this evil spirit that has haunted the town for a very long time. They will need to use both Aimee’s healing power and Alan’s ability to get rid of the evil spirit with the help of his spirit guide. I could not put this book down. It was spooky, touching, and funny at times. A great read for teens and adults. Go out and get this book you won’t regret it.

 

Hmmm what books to review…

Well I did say that I would post something book related today. I am actually right in the middle of reading a book and my mind is blurred with that story. I guess what I will do is write a nice list of recommended books that I have read recently. Ok I am going to do some ebooks. I don’t believe that these are available in actual physical book form.

My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking.

1.My Blood Approves 2.Fate 3.Flutter 4.Wisdom

Ok so it’s another Vampire story, but it’s actually not bad. There are a lot of typos that kinda bother and distract me a little, but it’s not a big deal. Of course being a vampire story there is a girl, a human girl, who has this pull toward the vampire. Except Alice is in love with 2 vampires who are “brothers” by the vampire sense. The story unfolds pretty well and keeps you interested. Alice is different somehow and the vampire family is very interested in her. I do find her character a bit annoying, and some of the other characters not quite interesting, but in general not bad books to read. The books just didn’t pull me in like a lot of really fabulous books do. I was easily distracted while reading them.I wouldn’t say rush out to buy them, (if you have an e-reader) but if you are looking for something to read to fill the space between waiting for books, give them a shot. I think potentially they could have been really good books, but they seemed to just fall a little short. I am in no way giving the books a bad review, I did enjoy them, but they are nothing that I would have bought normally. If I had to rate these I guess I would give them a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I don’t tend to like rating things though.

Well since I did a recommended list on some ebooks I should review a book that you can buy if you don’t have an e-reader.

I think I will review Awaken by Katie Kacvinski. It is a dystopian novel, and I am pretty sure it’s going to be a series(though not positive)

This book takes place in the not so distant future where everything is done by computer. School  (Maddie’s father is the creator of digital school), shopping, socializing, even exercise. There are no book made of paper. There are no real trees, they are now synthetic, and it’s not very common to actually come in contact with real people anymore. Maddie does play soccer, but that is the only time she is around real people besides her family. She is pretty happy just living her mostly digital life, until she meets Justin online and he asks her to meet him at a study group. She becomes completely drawn to him, and enjoys having real company and being around an actual person. She learns that he belongs to a group that is trying to take down the digital world and get back to “old times”. Maddie really likes the people who she has met, but when it comes down to it she has to make a choice between this longing for freedom from the digital world, and her family. This book was so great and I couldn’t put it down. The story seems realistic. This is a very highly recommended read.

  I had been waiting for what seemed like forever for this book to come out. I rushed out to buy it the day it was released, only to discover that none of my local book stores had it yet. (the ebook version was not released the same day, and that is why I didn’t download it) Luckily I was able to order it and get it 2 days later.  I have read all of Rachel Vincent’s books, and loved them. This one is no exception. Blood Bound is the first in Rachel’s Unbound series. So enough about how I wanted this book and had little issues getting it, onto my review of it.

Liv Warren trusts no one, and has some dark secrets. She also has a special ability. She can track anyone, just by the scent of their blood. She is called to this task when a friends husband is murdered and her child goes missing. She has no choice but to do it. An oath that she and her friends took when they were children prevents her from saying no. To make matters worse, her ex- lover Cam Cabellero who she has been trying to avoid for the past 6 years will be her partner on this mission. What do you do when you can’t say no? How can you keep your dark secrets hidden? Is it possible to work as a team with your ex-lover when the need and want to be with him is fighting to overpower the reasons why you can’t be? Rachel Vincent takes you on a wild ride into the world of criminals, lies, and secrets. This book leaves you on the edge of your seat and eager to dive further into the world these characters live in. I know I will be counting down the days until the second installment, Shadow Bound comes out and we get to read more.

Book recommendations

Since this is supposed to be a blog about books mostly, I guess I should post something about them. I have read so many books this year that were really good, and not all are fresh enough in my head to write a good review. So instead, I want to make some lists of recommended reading with basic descriptions of the books. Since I am excited about Rachel Vincent’s upcoming book If I Die (Book 5 of the Soul Screamers series), I will start with some of her books. These are the books from the Soul Screamers series. (YA)

1.My Soul to Take- This is book one of the series. It’s about a girl named Kaylee, who is a bean sidhe. (or banshee) She can see shadows surrounding people before they die, and she can’t control the scream that comes with it. The only thing is, she has no clue why this happens. Her family has kept it a secret that she is a bean sidhe.  She learns of what she is from the very good looking Nash Hudson who also is not quite human. Girls are dropping dead for no apparent reason and they are going to figure out why, and how to stop it. (I also do recommend the prequel novella My Soul to Lose)

2.My Soul to Save- Onto book two of the series. In this one Kaylee and her boyfriend Nash team up with Grim Reaper, Tod (Read  Reaper to get to know Tod a little bit. Also another short novella) to save an old friend named Addison Page. She also happens to be a famous pop star. Addison has sold her soul to gain fame and fortune, and she isn’t the only one. Now Kaylee, Nash and Tod must travel to the dangerous Neverworld to save Addison before she is stuck with a life of torment belonging to a hellion.

3.My Soul to Keep-Book three. Kaylee and Nash are so into each other and she fells like nothing can come between them. He completely understands her and they are happy. Everything changes when they go to a party at popular jock Scott Carters house. Somehow a drug from the Netherworld had gotten into the human world. Demon Breath, and it’s an addiction that can kill you. Kaylee and Nash need to find the source of it, and stop it from entering the human world. If they don’t an already addicted friend will die.

4.My Soul to Steal-Book four.In this book, things get very complicated between Nash and Kaylee. They have already been having issues, and now his ex-girlfriend Sabine has transferred to their school. She is no ordinary girl though, she is a Mara. She can read people’s fears and then weave them into nightmares. She also wants Nash back, and it seems she will do anything to get him back. While Kaylee is fighting for her boyfriend, teachers are dying and she needs to figure out if it is Sabine doing it or some other evil being.

Ok so those are my book recommendations for today. Sorry the descriptions are so short, but I think they are enough to get you interested without giving anything away. If you haven’t read them I suggest you do. Rachel Vincent is amazing, and this series is great. The next in the series, If I Die releases September 27.