Posted in Mythologoy, Supernatural, Young Adult

Teardrop Review

I believe I should have trusted my instinct and stayed away from this book. I read most of the Fallen series, but I couldn’t really tell you what happened. I have a feeling that this series is going to fall into that category.

Teardrop has a beautiful cover and from the synopsis I thought it would be a pretty decent book. Bus alas that was not to be, it was just mediocre. I was drawn in by the synopsis about a girl who is told to never cry who finds out about an ancient story about a girl who cried an entire continent into the ocean. Sounds promising right? Well I waited almost the entire book to see how both things are connected. Seriously, almost 75% of the book went by before events started to escalate.

When Eureka (what kind of name is that? Nice try on the nickname too, Reka?) is told to never cry ever again, she listens to her mother and holds everything back. No questions, no wondering why, she just does it. I don’t know how someone could train herself not to cry, I can’t even watch The Notebook without sobbing at the end. After Eureka’s mother dies, does she cry then? Nope. Eureka is a very whiny judgemental character. She is always quick to condescend on other female characters in the book and is just not a good friend in general. The only person she says good things about is her mother, and that is until she finds out about all the secrets Diana kept from her.

All the other female characters in the book are not portrayed in a good way as well.

Cat the supposedly best friend is viewed as the token African American friend who thinks about sex way too much. “‘You think everything is about sex.’” (p. 167)

Rhoda is referred to as the “stepmonster” and I can see that. All the dialogue between Eureka and Rhoda are harsh and very unloving. We don’t know why Rhoda doesn’t like her stepdaughter and why she treats her this way. I get that we have a Cinderella theme going on with the evil stepmother, but Kate could at least give us some background as to why there is such animosity. “It looks like you were just bumming around with Brooks. You know it’s a school night. What happened with the therapist? I hope you didn’t do anything to embarrass me.” (p. 102) The only redeeming quality for Rhoda is at the end. (I won’t spoil what happens but at least something happened)

Maya Cayce is the girl that used to be friends with Eureka, but for some reason hates her now. So what does Eureka do? Hate her right on back and always calls her a slut.

Okay, so enough about the characters, because I could go on all day. Let’s talk about the love story part of the book. I mean is she for real?? Obviously, we have our love triangle and instant-love situation going on. Typical. First Eureka meets Ander after he rear ends her car at a stop sign. Her response is to yell at him, and then get into a car with him. “He was the hottest guy she’d ever yelled at. He might have been the hottest boy she’d ever seen.” (p. 34). At least she thought how could she be mad at him one moment and then smiling at him the next? Throughout most of the novel we see Ander popping up a few times until near the end where he finally stays. And what do we find out? He has been watching Eureka since the day she was born! This is stalking gone bad. And how does Eureka handle this? Oh, she just kisses him for a very long time because while he was professing his undying love to her, this was the only response she could give. “‘Every moment of your life, I have fallen more deeply in love with you.’” (p. 394) Eureka responds by trying “to transmit the words she couldn’t find with a kiss” (p. 394) So that is our instant lover portion. Now on to our love triangle. Brooks apparently has been in love with Eureka since they were kids. I did like them together, because it wasn’t a cliche and they actually knew each other. At least that was natural. Eureka and Ander? Not so much. She goes from butterflies, to feeling weirded out, to viewing Ander as a stalker, to falling in love with him. Talk about a roller coaster.

A little aside. If Eureka and Brooks are such good friends, then why didn’t she notice him changing? I mean everyone else saw it, why not her?

The pacing of this book  could have been a lot better. Probably 5% of the book was spent on the plot and figuring out who Eureka was and why she is important. The first 75% of the book with a bit of the 5% are spent just on Eureka’s daily life and her feeling miserable about everything. Then finally we get the full story of who Eureka is, why she is important, and what Atlantis has to do with her. Then the big battle scene happens and then the book ends. I would have really enjoyed the book if it was just the last 25% of the book with maybe about 10-15% of the build up.

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.

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My Top 15 Books Published in 2015

As 2015 comes to a rapid close in the next few days, I became a little nostalgic for all the books that I read this past year. I started to compile my list of all the books that I read this year with 3 stars and above. My list quickly grew to over 30, so I took out all of the 3 star books, and then books that have more than 2 in one genre (or at least I tried). This list will not be in any particular order of recommendation, but rather when they were published. The information collected on these books was taken from Goodreads.

Here are my top 2015 YA books:

 

SnowGlobeAuthor: Jeanne Skartsiaris

Paperback, 232 pages

Published January 14th 2015 by CreateSpace

ISBN 1502770636 (ISBN13: 9781502770639)

Snow Globe is a story about a teen who tries to do the right thing but continues to find trouble with her smart mouth and fearless attitude. Working at the assisted living facility, Aja learns compassion and how important yet fragile life is.

 

GlassArrowAuthor Kristen Simmons

Hardcover, 336 pages

Published February 10th 2015 by Tor Teen

Original Title The Glass Arrow

ISBN 0765336618 (ISBN13: 9780765336613)

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

theOrphanQueen

Author Jodi Meadows

Hardcover, 391 pages

Published March 10th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books

Original Title The Orphan Queen

ISBN 0062317385 (ISBN13: 9780062317384)

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. She is a spy. She is a threat.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

WhiteRavenAuthor J.L. Weil

Kindle Edition, 368 pages

Published March 27th 2015 by Dark Magick Publishing (first published March 20th 2015)

Original Title White Raven

ASIN B00UZKSFHK

DREADFUL LIES.
UNEXPECTED LOVE.
IMPOSSIBLE TRUTH.
It only took one heartbeat to change my life—one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.

EmpireofNight

Author Kelley Armstrong

Hardcover, 432 pages

Published April 7th 2015 by HarperCollins (first published April 1st 2015)

Original Title Empire of Night

ISBN 0062071270 (ISBN13: 9780062071279)

Sisters Moria and Ashyn are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. Or at least, they were.

Their village is gone. Their friends have betrayed them. And now, the emperor has sent them on a mission to rescue the children of Edgewood—accompanied by Prince Tyrus and a small band of imperial warriors. But the journey proves more perilous than they could have imagined. With treachery and unrest mounting in the empire, Moria and Ashyn will have to draw on all their influence and power to overcome deadly enemies—not all of them human—and even avert an all-out war

 

ColdBurnofMagicAuthor Jennifer Estep

Paperback, 323 pages

Published April 28th 2015 by Kensington

Original Title Cold Burn of Magic

ISBN 1617738247 (ISBN13: 9781617738241)

There Be Monsters Here. . .
It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power.

The sequel to this novel, Dark Heart of Magic, came out in October 2015. If you like the first one definitely check it out as well!

Rogue

Author Julie Kagawa

Hardcover, 444 pages

Published April 28th 2015 by Harlequin Teen

Original Title Rogue

ISBN 0373211465 (ISBN13: 9780373211463)

Deserter. Traitor. Rogue.
A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

SaintAnything

Author Sarah Dessen

Hardcover, 417 pages

Published May 5th 2015 by Viking

Original Title Saint Anything

ISBN 0451474708 (ISBN13: 9780451474704

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

 

DaughterofDeepSilenceAuthor Carrie Ryan

Hardcover, 375 pages

Published May 26th 2015 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

ISBN 0525426507 (ISBN13: 9780525426509)

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
                                 I’m the friend of a dead girl.
                                 I’m the lover of my enemy.
                                And I will have my revenge.

StarsNeverRise

Author Rachel Vincent

Hardcover, 368 pages

Published June 9th 2015 by Delacorte Press

Original Title The Stars Never Rise

ISBN 038574417X (ISBN13: 9780385744171)

Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.
To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?
Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

 

aMadZombiePartyAuthor Gena Showalter

Hardcover, 448 pages

Published September 29th 2015 by Harlequin Teen (first published September 17th 2015)

Original Title A Mad Zombie Party

ISBN 0373211821 (ISBN13: 9780373211821)

The enemy has risen from the grave. Together we slayers must stand, or one by one we will fall.

This is the fourth book in this fantastic series. If for some reason you have not read the series, definitely pick them up! You won’t be disappointed.

theImmortalHeights

Author Sherry Thomas

Hardcover, 432 pages

Published October 13th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

Original Title The Immortal Heights

ISBN 0062207350 (ISBN13: 9780062207357)

In a pursuit that has spanned continents, Iolanthe, Titus, and their friends have always managed to remain one step ahead of the forces of Atlantis. But now the Bane, the monstrous tyrant who bestrides the entire mage world, has issued his ultimatum: Titus must hand over Iolanthe, or watch as his entire realm is destroyed in a deadly rampage. Running out of time and options, Iolanthe and Titus must act decisively to deliver a final blow to the Bane, ending his reign of terror for good.

Ugly

Author Margaret McHeyzer

Published October 26th 2015 (first published January 1st 2015)

If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to see.
If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to feel.
If I were dead, he’d never raise his hand to me again.
If I were dead, his words wouldn’t cut as deep as they do.
If I were dead, I’d be beautiful and I wouldn’t be so…ugly.
I’m not dead…but I wish I was.

 

Winter

Author Marissa Meyer

Hardcover, 824 pages

Published November 10th 2015 by Feiwel and Friends

Original Title Winter

ISBN 0312642989 (ISBN13: 9780312642983)

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Fairest also came out in the beginning of the year, and was a great read as well. Of course, no list would be complete without the stunning conclusion to the Lunar Chronicle series!

And last but not least on my list is:

Revenge

Author Sonya Weiss

Paperback, 208 pages

Publication: December 22nd 2015 by Lyrical Press, Inc

ISBN 1616509988 (ISBN13: 9781616509989)

Their love is a ticking time bomb. 
 
Juliet Sawyer was born to save the world. Gifted with incredible powers, she’s the only one standing in the way of The Great Extinction, the prophesied battle between Supernaturals and humans. In order to keep her sister safe and avenge her father’s murder, she’ll have to infiltrate the ranks of the Supernatural leaders who wish to destroy her. But the one thing she didn’t count on was falling in love…with someone who wants her dead.

The gorgeous and dangerous son of one of the Supernatural leaders, Riley West is in charge of training the group for war—now including Juliet, whose father is responsible for killing his family. But the more they train together, the more intensely their passion for each other burns. The deeper Riley is drawn in by Juliet’s beauty, the closer he gets to the secrets she keeps: one that will challenge everything he believes in—and one that could lead to her death. Together, can their forbidden love help stop the war? Or will one of them be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?

 

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The Cellar Review

The Cellar by Natasha Preston

Published by Wattpad

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

The Cellar was not what I expected. I don’t know what I was really expecting, but I do know this wasn’t it. The story was well written with some minor flaws but despite that it had me going from page one. I could not put this down, I wanted to know when and how Summer gets saved from her kidnapper.

This story is told from three different POVs Summer/Lilys, Lewis, and Colin/Clovers. I really enjoyed Colin’s POV more. We got to take a look into his psyche (well sort of, it was very limited). I wish the author went into more detail on why Colin is the way he is. Okay, so his father had an affair with another woman. So why does Colin hate all prostitutes? Because his mother tells him to? How did the whole I am going to kill whores, and kidnap the pure girls and save them from corruption start? These are questions that come up and are never really answered, unfortunately.

Characterization could have been a bit better in the story. We get that the four girls are beautiful and have different hair colors, but that is about the most description we get. It was as if Poppy and Rose had no personality what so ever. Maybe being locked down in the cellar for three years will do that to a person. So I will let that one slide. Summer, we are told is blonde and green eyed. Okay, great thanks. Throughout the entire story we are told that she is stubborn to the core, but we don’t really see that near the end. It was like she got saved and then gave up, so I did not enjoy the end as much. She would get onto Rose all the time about being brainwashed, and not being sympathetic to the fact that she has been a hostage for three years and have seen more horrible things. If I was stuck down in a cellar for three years with a psychopath, I would do whatever I had to to survive and not get killed. Collin/Clover I wish was characterized better. It seemed as if we were just given a laundry list of personality traits that equal out into a serial killer/psychopath. I kept thinking of Dexter the entire time but without the code.

Which brings me on to my next point. Typically, kidnappers have the same MO for everything, so why did he deviate from his to abduct Summer? She wasn’t living on the streets, she doesn’t look as if she is 18, and she has a family who would search for her. So for Colin to pick her, doesn’t make any sense, which was most likely the start of his down fall.

Another problem I had with this story, was how did Lewis know that Colin took Summer? Colin didn’t really give off a vibe that he was a serial killer who stole Lewis’ girlfriend. Well that was until Colin became paranoid that Lewis somehow knew. After the paranoia started, we see Colin quickly becoming more and more unstable. As he was getting more out of control, he would start killing more and more. How in the world does no one notice the influx of killings and the fact that he is taking these women in broad daylight? Also, the murder scenes aren’t really realistic. It’s as if the author has never watched a crime/serial killer movie before.

Okay, some things that I did enjoy about the book. I really liked the way that Lewis never gave up searching for Summer. I think most people his age would have given up a long time ago when such little evidence was found. I did like that for the most part Summer had hope that she would be found throughout the entire novel. I also did like the fact that the author showed us how Summer and Becca were recovering from being kidnapped. (Although I didn’t like Summer’s characterization at that point, but it’s a minor detail)

If you are really into psychological/serial killer novels, then this might not be for you because it’ll bother you too much. If you are just looking for a book to read to pass the time, then this one will do.

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2016 Movies that I am Looking Forward to

Merry Christmas!

Today, I have many reasons to be thankful, family and friends takes the top spots! Also, among my list are movies! I love being able to go to the movies and get wrapped up in that world for a few hours. One of the many reasons why I love reading as well. I guess you can say I am a big movie buff. This past week as my husband and I are off of school and work, we spent a little more than 24 hours and binge watched the Star Wars saga! I really enjoyed watching them all, my husband not so much. It was his first time and I made him sit through Every. Single. One.

So for Christmas, we met up with a friend and watched the new one, The Force Awakens. Don’t worry this post will not contain any spoilers or a whole lot about the movie in fact. As I was watching all of the previews, it dawned on me that 2016 is going to have a lot of awesome movies coming out! So I compiled a list of all of the movies I want to see in 2016! I am really going to need a good paying job to afford my reading and movie going habit! 😉

January:

5th– Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (this one is only going to be released for two days in a few theaters, I think it’ll be okay for me to celebrate my birthday a few days early!)

8th– The Revenant (because Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy, enough said. At least something good will come out on my birthday! Looking forward to that!)

22nd– The 5th Wave (I should really read the book first!)

29th– Fifty Shades of Black (why would you not want to see a parody of any sort?)

February:

5th– Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Choice (woo another Nicholas Sparks novel adaptation!)

12th– Deadpool (!!!!) and How to be Single (most likely will wait for Redbox on this one)

19th– Risen

26th– Gods of Egypt (Gerard Butler ;)) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

March:

4th– London Has Fallen (Gerard Butler, again.) and Zootopia (looks very cute)

18th– The Divergent Series: Allegiant (I am glad that this is not a 2 part movie, Hollywood seems to really love doing that lately to trilogy’s)

25th– Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

April:

1st-God’s Not Dead 2

15th-The Jungle Book

22nd– The Huntsman: Winter War (really excited about this one, maybe it’s the fact that Snow White is not in it, hmm…)

May:

6th– Captain America: Civil War

27th– X-men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass (looks like I will be going to the movies twice this day!)

June:

3rd– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

10th– Now You See Me 2

17th– Finding Dory (about time!)

24th– Independence Day Resurgence

July:

1st– The Legend of Tarzan and The BFG (loved that book when I was little)

8th– The Secret Life of Pets

15th– Ghostbusters

22nd– Star Trek Beyond and Ice Age: Collison Course

29th– Bourne 5

August:

5th-Suicide Squad

12th– Pete’s Dragon

October:

7th– Gambit (one of my favorite X-men characters, behind Rogue of course) and The Girl on the Train

14th– Underworld 5

November:

4th– Doctor Strange

18th– Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (I will watch and read anything from the HP universe!)

23rd– Moana (a new Disney princess!)

December:

16th– Star Wars:Rogue One (I guess we get to continue the tradition and go see this Christmas day!)

21st– Assassin’s Creed

25th– Jumanji and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars

There are tons of other movies coming out, but some of them I haven’t heard of or watched a trailer. So I am sure that as I see them, I will add them if they aren’t here already.

What movie are you looking forward to the most next year? There are way too many for me to pick just one, which is why I made a list 😉

Posted in Horror, Supernatural, Young Adult

The Dead House Review

theDeadHouseThe Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

Published August 6, 2015 by Orions Children’s Books

I give this 5 out of 5 stars!

Wow. Just wow. This story was hauntingly beautiful! At first I was a little confused by how the story was being told. We are about 25 years after the “incident” that the entire story is revolved upon. Everything unfolds through diary entries, video clips, medical transcripts, and police records. Just to make things even more confusing, we are given snippets of records and interviews after the incident as well. After I got used to the going back and forth from past and present, I really started to get into the story.

This wasn’t just your typical novel, and I liked that a lot! I checked this book out on a whim because the description looked very interesting. I am so glad that I did! Nothing was what I expected it to be! First off our main character(s) by themselves would be enough for a story, but to add in the paranormal as well was just the icing on the cake. Kaitlin and Carly are sisters, who are two souls who share one body. Carly is the light half who only comes out in the day time, and Kaitlin is the dark half who comes out at night. Everyone believes that Carly is the real person and that Kaitlin is her alter ego created to help her get past her parent’s accident that caused their death. Throughout the entire story Kaitlin and Carly are a rock and they believe in each other, but when Carly disappears Kaitlin starts to waver and begins to think she is crazy. Almost everyone tries to convince Kaitlin that she isn’t real, and through her journal entries we get a sense of the crazy! Kaitlin begins as a sane person trying to connect to the world and as the story goes on she gets more and more frantic. We never knew what was real and what was going on inside her head.

Kaitlin begins to suspect everyone, I had my suspicions on who the culprit is, and tries to figure out which of her friends has betrayed her. But when the reveal came, I couldn’t say that I was surprised. It all started to make sense!

If you enjoy horroresque books, then I would definitely suggest you check this one out! It kind of reminded me of the movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose, only I enjoyed the book a whole lot better than the movie. I don’t typically like horror movies, but books on the other hand I can handle. I guess because I can always stop and pick it back up later.

Whereas I wouldn’t really say this book was “scary”, I mean it had its moments, by psychologically it was scary. It had you thinking is Carly/Kaitlin real or just a figment of Carly’s mind?
theCreeperMan
I enjoyed Kurtagich’s debut novel very much, and I will definitely check out her second book that will be published in 2016!

The Creeper Man

 

Posted in Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Young Adult

Velvet-Temple West

 

Velvet: A Swoon Novel (Kindle Edition)Velvet

Author: Temple West

asin: B00Q4TH2MK

format: Kindle Edition

Published May 21st 2015 by Macmillan Children’s Books

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?

Synopsis:

A recently orphaned girl moves in with her aunt and uncle in a little remote town in New York. She is discovered by a demon and the vampire offspring saves her and becomes her bodyguard.

I was very quickly drawn into Cait’s world and was right with her through all of her roller coaster emotions. Caitlin is a very sarcastic, roll with the punches, 17-year-old who has to learn how to grieve the death of her mother. In the beginning she is very depressed and angry and throughout the book we see a lot of personal growth. Okay, so the personal growth really didn’t happen until near the end but that is alright. At least she changed and didn’t stay stagnant the entire time.

Adrian, on the other hand, is the perfect boy next door who just happens to be a vampire. I was afraid that we were going to get the typical vampire story that has been over done in the YA genre. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case. Adrian tries to be a good guy, and he explains everything to Caitlin as best as he could. Although, I felt as if this could have been explained in a better way, than throwing out all the scientific terminology and then dumbing it down for Cait. I felt as if the author was saying that Caitlin is incapable of understanding even the simplest of explanations without having to dumb it down to her level (although that isn’t really what I think I want to say, but I can’t think of the correct way right now). Adrians scientific explanations sounded very convoluted. I understood that Cait is more into sewing than science, but he could have still explained everything to her without the scientific terms, or dumbing it down to a two year olds level.

“Science words,” I warned. “When you say ‘hemoglobin’ I just think of little Irish tricksters who live in caves, or Lord of the Rings.”
“You mean ‘goblin’?”
“Yes.”

Okay, new topic…

The plot. It didn’t move quickly, but I didn’t feel as if it was taking forever to reach the climax. I enjoyed the pace and most of the little scenes that led up to the big moment. After the big moment happened, I was left wondering what the heck happened! We were given a lot of questions and very little answers. So Caitlin is special, okay why? Adrian was supposed to fail, okay why? Caitlin spends hours outside in the snow, and doesn’t freeze to death? Okay…

“Deal with my weird; I’m dealing with yours.”

When I found out that this was Twilight fan fiction, it all made sense. I could finally see all the parallels between the two.

1. Remote town in a big state. Check

2. Girl meets perfectly looking loner boy. Check

3. Boy turns out to be a vampire. Check

4. Girl and boy start to have a relationship. Check

5. Boy has to save girl from another supernatural. Check

6. Girl and boy falls in love. Check

7. Vampire sparkles. Uncheck

Thank god Adrian doesn’t sparkle. I would have stopped reading at that point no matter how much I enjoyed the book. I did enjoy the Twilight novels, but that was the one big aspect that always bothered me. Vampires just shouldn’t sparkle. Ever.

I really enjoyed the banter between Caitlin and Adrian, it had me laughing to myself quite a bit throughout the entire novel.

“I scoffed. “Why would I fall in love with you? You’re just a hot, closet-nerd vampire with a bazillion dollars and a Harley. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about you.”
“I’m repulsive, I know.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I would recommend this book to someone else, especially if you like vampires. The author said that she wrote this book to fix all the problems she had with vampires, and for the most part I agree with her.

 

Posted in Arc, NetGalley, Supernatural, Young Adult

Deadly Sweet Lies- Erica Cameron

 

TitleDeadly Sweet Lies Series: The Dream War Saga, Book 2
Release: December 1, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-633920-11-8
PublisherSpencer Hill Press

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

This arc was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary:

Nadette Lawson knows when you’re lying.

Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she’s seen through their lies. Now, they’re tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It’s no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn’t join them, they’ll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she’s seeking may be just out of reach.

Julian Teagan is a master of deception.

To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn’t useless, that everything’s fine, otherwise he’ll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won’t be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it’s all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian’s facade and challenges him to face the darkness.
Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance at finally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him…

The cover on the left was taken from Erica Cameron’s personal website that was published, and the second cover was taken off of Goodreads. I much prefer the cover from Goodreads, since it fits in with the theme of the first book. You can tell that this is a continuation on the story that was introduced in the Sing Sweet Nightingale (Dream Wars Saga #1). With the actual cover, I feel as if Alice is about to walk out the door and into Wonderland. I can see how this one fits though, since the Balasura typically opens a doorway to their world with a nature scene behind them to lure you in. But it doesn’t mean I have to like it.

On to the book, short synopsis:

Deadly Sweet Lies starts off about a week before Mari’s birthday. We get two points of view throughout the entire novel, just like in the first one, which I think is great. Julian is visited by Orane, just like Mari, he believes that Orane is the best friend he never had. Nadette on the other hand is different, instead of going into the dreamworld and being seduced by Paradise, she tells every single one of them no. But, instead of giving up and just letting her live her life, the Balasura hunt her and try to weaken her resolve. The main reason they want her is because they want to collect her gift of being able to tell when someone is lying. Which I think is a pretty cool skill to have, she would make a great police detective. So she then runs away to find a safe place.

I just read book 1 recently, so I remembered the events that took place on Mari’s birthday, which also had a big impact on Julian (since he was being used by Orane) and Nadette (I guess because she is special and we need to connect her somehow). It was interesting to see another perspective on the same event that happened 100’s of miles away! After Orane never shows back up, Julian is told that Orane was using him for his power of deception by another Balasura who claims to be on the side of good. For someone who is exceptionally well at lying, I thought he would be able to see the lies that the new Balasura in his life was telling. Especially after he was given a necklace that tells you when something isn’t what you think it is. I figured out the plot twist as soon as the new Balasura came in the picture.

Plot wise, this book moved a lot slower than the first one. It has the same basic plot from the previous but we had more world building in this one. Basically, we have a person with a strong skill go to sleep, get seduced by the Balasura to join their world, person agrees and falls into a coma. That is what the Balasura want, our hero/heroines on the other hand fight them off and gain some if not all of the powers of the Balasura they defeated or got away from. This book was the first one to a T, with a slight variety. A lot more down time, and more relationships are formed.

The main characters were great. I liked getting to know Nadette and Julian. Julian was a relatable character for the most part, maybe not the hustling in Vegas (at least for me), but the just trying to survive one day at a time is. I related more towards Nadette, family wise. You never know how great you have things, until you hear stories from other people who are worse off than you. The supporting characters were decent. I did not like Joanna and her self appointed title of boss. Maybe if we had more background on her and why she is the way she is instead of a bigot I would like her. But as of right now, I don’t. She is very quick to blame someone rather than try to solve the problem at hand.

I appreciated that there was not a normal love triangle, or boy and girl falls instantly in love type of situation. I never really like those stories (some love triangles work out, but most just don’t) and the way that Lexi and Nadette get together is just great. It seems as if every book these days have to have some type of love interest and I am glad that this one didn’t fall into the norm. Although, I think with Julian’s situation, it could have been handled a little bit differently. It just seemed a bit random that all of a sudden one person throws out psychology and he is labeling himself as asexual.

The ending left on a cliffhanger, I will read the third book (hopefully there is one) to find out what happens to Julian and Nadette!