Saturday, September 28, 2019

Review: Kissing Coffins by Ellen Shreiber

11393208What's it about?
Not far from Dullsville, someone's lurking in the dark. . . .
After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven's dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favourite movie, "Kissing Coffins," Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard.
When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him. Can she stay safe, no matter who--or what--she encounters on the way?
My Review: 

I enjoy vampire books but have not read one in a long time. Kissing Coffins was a good book to pick up to rekindle my obsession.
I read Vampire Kisses a long time ago, so when I jumped into Kissing Coffins I was jumping relatively blind and by blind I mean I couldn’t even remember the main characters name. Never the less, Kissing Coffins follows Raven Maddison’s heartbreak as her vampire boyfriend Alexander skips town leaving no reason and no clue behind. That is until she gets a clue to travel to a neighbouring city where we meet Jagger who is a vampire on a mission of his own.
This was a very short quick read for me, I don’t know if that was the style of the writing or the new pills the Dr put me on two days ago. 
The novel lacks a lot of the gore and manipulation that I enjoy in my vampire reads but with the near-perfect way the cliches were written it made up a little for the lack of blood spilt.
I did enjoy Kissing Coffins but I wouldn’t really call it ‘Young Adult” maybe more middle grade? That’s nothing on the author’s writing. Ellen Schreiber wrote a captivating story and I will most likely continue the series once I get my hands on the next books. I just think it would have been better marketed towards a younger audience.
Kissing Coffins was a nice read for a lazy Saturday evening and an even lazier Sunday morning, I gave it three stars on Goodreads, would have given a three and a half if I could have. I recommend it for people who like vampire teenage romance.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Review: The Duff by Kody Keplinger

7962733What's it about?
Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush, who calls Bianca the Duff—the designated ugly fat friend—of her crew.
But things aren't so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

My Review: 
I had been hearing about The DUFF for a long time. It was the hit book when I first started reviewing and it eventually became a movie. When I found out what DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) meant I was appalled. I thought that it was going to be pure bullying of fat people and I wasn’t here for it.
However, when I joined Scrib’d (its the Spotify for unlimited audio and ebooks, click here for a one month trial) The DUFF was an audiobook that had a quick read time, so I gave it ago.
Bianca Piper and Wesley Rush are any two high school kids you could randomly imagine sitting at your school. Bianca turned bitter by every shoe that had walked over her previously.
Wesley, that guy who got all the pretty girls but really, he’s got a few skeletons in his closet just like the rest of us. Wesley’s approach on the women he womanizes is to treat their DUFF friends nicely, he assumes this does people a favour and they will do him one back. All was well and good for Mr Rush until he called the fierce Bianca a Duff. Little to his knowledge Wesley started a fire that he didn’t know he wanted or needed.
As the story grows in the book my fondness grew for both the main characters s the story was crafted into the style of an amazing heartwarming message, I’m going to leave that for you to read and find out.
I also enjoyed the friendships that Bianca had with her friends prior to the beginning of the novel. It showed how friends really act, like fights and arguments and eventually calling each other dick and moving on in some way.
The audio-book was fast-paced and read extremely well. The narrator, Ellen Grafton had a well-spoken character-driven voice that was easy was easy to relax too. Although I did not see the words on the page, Ellen would not have been able to express such a the novel as impressive as it was if it was not written well for her to read.
I am happy that I ended up giving The Duff a read and ended up giving it a four-star rating on Goodreads, I recommend you keep an eye out for a copy and give it a read. I’ll be watching the movie at some point which I hope is just as pleasant as the book was.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Book Review: The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh



The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin Retelling
Title: The Stolen Kingdom: An Aladdin Retelling
Author Bethany Atazadeh
Medium: Advanced Readers Copy. 
Blurb: How can she protect her kingdom, if she can’t protect herself?

Arie eagerly anticipates becoming Queen of her humble kingdom. Even when a Jinni’s Gift manifests before her 18th birthday, she fights to hide the forbidden ability.

But when a neighbouring king attempts to marry her and steal her kingdom, discovery feels imminent. Just one slip could cost her throne. And her life. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Review: Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

35068534Title: Monday's Not Coming
Author: Tiffany D Jackson
Medium: Audiobook
Narrator: Imani Parks
Blurb: Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day or the second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumours and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?

Monday, June 3, 2019

Review: Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda

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Author: Anna Shinoda
Blurb: Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.

There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year-old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favourite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review: The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore

The Memory Thief
The Memory Thief by Bryce Moore

The Book:

Twin brother and sister Benji and Kelly wander off at the local county fair after witnessing their parents argue. When Benji runs into a group of bullies, he escapes into a tent called The Memory Emporium, where he meets a strange old man inside named Louis. The old man shows him a magically vivid memory of a fighter pilot, in the hopes of getting Benji to pay to see other memories Louis has collected from people over the years.



My Review:

I accepted this book for review thinking it would be a quick easy read that would entertain me on a rainy day, and it did exactly that, only the day wasnt rainy it was just extremely over cast, but it was cold, so i could accept that as a happy medium.
This novel had such a thought out way of explaining a core part of human life in a way that will have it's middle grade readers taking away a deep and personal message from this.
The Memory Thief I'm not too familiar with reading books with male protagonist in it but this novel was a good introduction to that.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about memories and the effects they have on who we are and our lives, Bryce Moore weaved an epic journey of positive and negative consequence that can be a lesson for all of us, especially the middle grade readers this novel is aimed at.
The Memory Thief is a story everybody can get on board with and still enjoy, and get something out of.
I will be giving this four stars on Goodreads.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Spotlight: Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

Hey guys, long time no blog, I'll post in a little while explaining all that, until then here is an Author spotlight, spotlighting Kresley Cole's Arcana Rising, I've heard great things about Kresley's work and am sure this would be a stunner as well.  Enjoy!
(Please Note: This is also posted on my personal blog which you can see here,) 


Synopsis: 


Losses mount and deadly new threats converge in this next action



-packed tale of the Arcana Chronicles by #1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole. 

When the battle is done . . . 
The Emperor unleashed hell and annihilated an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind--but Circe struck back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies. 

And all hope is lost . . . 

With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter's reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other her worst nightmare. 

Vengeance becomes everything. 
To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future--and her chilling past--will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter's ashes, stronger than ever before?


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Author Bio:
 Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master's grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. 


Her books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.



You can learn more about her and her work at www.kresleycole.com or www.facebook.com/KresleyCole

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Excerpt from Arcana Rising: 

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Day 382 A.F.

Death kept taking me farther from Jack. I stretched my arms out, fingers splayed toward the heat. "He can't be dead." I sobbed. "Can't. NO, NO, NOOOO!"
    "You want to follow the mortal? Get your revenge first. The Emperor mocks your pain."
    I could hear that fiend in my head--laughing.
    The red witch exploded inside me, a force that could never be contained. I shrieked, "You will PAY!"
    As the Emperor laughed, Death murmured in my ear, "I have your grandmother, Sievā. That was the gift I spoke of. We'll teach you how to kill the Emperor. You'll avenge Deveaux."
    "Don't you understand? Jack's not DEAD!" I screamed that over and over. "He's alive!"
    With my mind teetering on the brink, I spied something in the skies above us. I gaped, disbelieving.
    Real? Unreal? Just before oblivion took me down, a mountain of water curled over our heads, racing toward that hell of flames. 
    Circe's towering wave. Taller than a skyscraper.
    -Quake before me!-
    -Terror from the abyss!-
    Richter and Circe's calls boomed in my mind, jolting me back from the blackness.
    "Come!" Aric snatched me into his arms and sprinted from the clash. "When they meet, the blast and then the flood..."
    I stopped fighting him; the need to turn Richter's laughter into screams clawed at me, which meant I had to survive.
    Aric gave a sharp whistle, and a horse's nickering answered. Thanatos. With me secure in his arms, Aric leapt into the saddle, and spurred the warhorse into a frenzied gallop.
    We all but dove down a slope, then charged up the next. 
    I gazed over Aric's shoulder as that tidal wave crested above Richter's lake of lava.
    Heaving breaths, riding faster than humanly possible, Aric kept Thanatos at a breakneck pace. Up another mountain face. Down its slope--
    Circle struck.
    A hiss like a giant beast's. A detonation like a nuclear bomb.
    The shock wave was so loud my ears bled. As loud as the roar preceding the Flash.
    The air grew hotter and hotter. The ground rocked as a blast of scalding steam chased us.
    BOOM! The force sheared the top off the mountain just behind us. Boulders crashed all around as we careened into yet another valley. Still we rode.
    Aric grated, "Surge comes next."
    The ground quaked from the weight of an ocean of water. I could hear the surge shooting toward us. "Aric!"
    He got as far as he dared, as high as he could. "Hold on." Clutching me tight, he dropped from Thanatos who kept running.
    Behind the cap of another mountain, Aric braced for impact. He wedged his metal gauntlet between boulders, wrapping his other arm around me.
    Gaze locked on mine, he yelled "I'll never let you go!" We each sucked in a breath.
    The searing water hit. The explosive impact ripped me from his chest, but he caught my arm, clenching his fingers above my elbow. 
    Death's grip. The ungodly force of the flood. My watery scream...
    Aric never did let me go--
    My arm...gave way.

    Separated.






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