Saturday, March 31, 2012

Amethyst Eyes: Debbie Brown

Title: Amethyst Eyes
Author: Debbie Brown
Release Date: August 29, 2011
Pages: 292
Source: Review, Debbie Brown
Format: E-book
Stars: 4/5

The biggest thing on 15-year-old Tommy's mind is convincing Mom to let him go to the drive-in, but when an accident claims his mother's life and puts him in the hospital, the arrival of his estranged, alien father brings more changes than he had bargained for.It doesn't take his father long to figure out that Tommy knows nothing about who or what he is. Without any explanation, Tommy finds himself onboard his father's spaceship where he is forced to trust a man he does not know in a world he knows even less about. 

Adapting to his new life seems overwhelming, and his father's solution may prove to be Tommy's finest challenge yet...Jayden. A few months younger than Tommy, high strung and always in a mood, the doctor's daughter definitely didn't like being 'told' to help Tommy fit in. Jayden is not the most welcoming or patient of tutors, let alone a friend.As fate would have it, Tommy quickly learns that none of these things compare to the peril that comes from being born with amethyst eyes.

(Summary form Goodreads

I was a little worried when I first started reading this. I don't think I've ever read a strictly sci-fi book, and while I knew that's what this book was when I decided to review it, it still scared me. Along with that, the book wasn't really pulling me into it. So, how on Earth did it get four stars?

It was refreshing to read a book from a boys point of view. A boy that actually acted his age at that! He didn't have to be an adult, he acted like a scared teenager, adjusting to a very new life after the death of his mother.

I absolutely loved the idea of living on a spaceship and with the way the author described it, you actually felt like you were there. She had a way of making everything seem believable, which was shocking.

This book would be great for any sci-fi, adventure lover!

I will most definitely reading the prequel and sequel to this novel.I'm pretty sure Debbie is in the process of writing them now! I should also have an interview with her up soon!


Your Fate In Fiction (2)

Your Fate In Fiction is a feature created by Bex @ Kindle Fever and April @ My Shelf Confessions. Every other week there will be a book inspired post where we answer a question based on something we found while reading.

This week:
Slide-The Key to Slide Into My Mind
Another book I haven't read, but really need to...

Which object do you think could be used to slide into you? It can be anything you held or wore when feeling any strong emotion!

 Hmm, this one's kind of tough... There are so many things that I could've left an emotional imprint on...

Most likely any book I've ever read. It might sound weird, but I always, and yes I do mean always, learn something from them, even if the book isn't the greatest. 

My ipod would be another great way to slip into my mind. If I'm not reading then I'm listening to it, sometimes I even do both. 

I've always been someone who would rather escape into a different world, music and reading have always done that for me.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly (or not so weekly) meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we show books we've received, bought, or borrowed. 

For Review:
Amethyst Eyes: Debbie Brown (Thanks Debbie!)

Until the End: Christopher Pike
Lenobia's Vow: P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Dragon's Oath: P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Boys That Bite: Mari Mancusi
Remember Me: Christopher Pike
Night World Vol. 2: L.J. Smith
The Poison Diaries: Maryrose Wood

E-book freebies:
Betrayal: Mayandree Michel
Wide Awake: Daniele Lanzarotta
Earth: Shauna Granger
Awakening: Karice Bolton
Night Marchers: Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckles

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Juliet Immortal: Stacey Jay

Title: Juliet Immortal
Author: Stacey Jay
Series: Juliet Immortal #1
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Pages: 307
Format: Hardcover
Stars: 5/5

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

(Summary from Goodreads)

Juliet Immortal is an alternate retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. While I’ve never read it, the story always fascinated me.

I loved this novel. From Stacey Jay’s amazing writing to the original plot that had me hooked from page one.

This book was full of twists and turns - that while I probably should have - I never saw coming.

The characters were brilliant. Juliet was smart and caring. She kicked butt and had a fire that helped with her ongoing battle against Romeo, a character you want so badly to hate, but really just pity.

Then there’s Ben (insert swoon here) who I fell in love with almost instantly.

While Juliet Immortal is great stand alone novel, I cannot explain how happy I was when I found out that there will be a sequel called Romeo Redeemed.


The Unseen: Richie Tankersley Cusick

Book: The Unseen
Author: Richie Tankersley Cusick
Series: The Unseen #1-2
Release date:?????
Publisher:Penguin Group
Pages: 570
Format: Paperback

Out walking alone one rainy night, Lucy becomes convinced that someone - or something - is following her. Spooked, she ducks into a cemetery to try and lose her stalker. Panicking in the darkness, she slips and stumbles into an open grave - only to discover she is not alone in there. She manages to escape, but soon begins having terrifying visions and dreams - and she still can't shake the feeling of an unseen presence, always watching, waiting... Who was the girl in the grave? And what did she do to Lucy?

(Summary form Goodreads
Dark and thrilling, The Unseen is a book that will keep you on your toes.

The story is mainly told from the point-of-view of Lucy, a teenage girl sent to live with her robotic aunt after the death of her mother.

This novel has an interesting plot full of twists. You think you've figured it out, only to start doubting yourself a few pages later.  

The characters were well written and thought out, making you want to laugh or cry with them. My only problem was Lucy's naivety, but I suppose that's what makes her who she is.

I cannot wait to read the next book, The Unseen 2.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Free E-books

Hey guys!  found a ton of amazing sounding FREE e-books and thought I'd share them. I'm really hoping they'll be good!

Betrayal: Mayandree Michel

Earth: Shauna Granger

Wide Awake: Daniele Lanzarotta

Awakening: Karice Bolton

Jenny Pox: JL Bryan 

Breathless: V.J Chambers

Coexist: Julia Crane

Night Marchers: Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckle

Hollowland: Amanda Hocking

Sojourner: Maria Rachel Hooley

 Starfire Angels: Melanie Nilles

The Emerald Talisman: Brenda Pandos

Marked: Kim Richardson

Intrigue: Stacey Rychener

Sorry for the extremely awkward picture placement!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox is a weekly (or not so weekly) meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we show books we've received, bought, or borrowed. 

Raised by Wolves: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Power of Six: Pittacus Lore
Balefire: Cate Tiernan
`1The Unseen: Richie Tankersley Cusick
The Unseen 2: Richie Tankersley Cusick

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Heavenly : Jennifer Laurens

Book: Heavenly
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Series: Heavenly #1
Release date: August 15, 2009
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Pages: 294
Source: Bought
Format: E-book
Stars: 4/5

I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him.

 Zoe's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoe lost in her broken life. Zoe escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoe's autistic sister. After Zoe is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever.

(Summary from Goodreads)

I absolutely loved reading Heavenly. I've recently fallen in love with all books angel related and this is no exception.

The main character, Zoe,starts off as a self absorbed teenager, her only concern being who she was going to hook up with and where to find her next drink. It was amazing watching her change throughout the course of the novel.

The book was so realistic, from living with an autistic child to a very believable guardian angel, you can't help but wish was real.

The story had a way of drawing you in from the first page and an end with a surprising twist that made me want to read the second book, Penitence, so much more. 


Your Fate In Fiction (1)

Your Fate In Fiction is a feature created by Bex @ Kindle Fever and April @ My Shelf Confessions. Every other week there will be a book inspired post where we answer a question based on something we found while reading.

This week:
Partials-Your Playlist Personality
I haven't read the book yet(sad I know), but it sounds amazing.

What would a person from the future who stumbled on your music player find? 

Mayday Parade:  I found this band about a year ago and have fallen head over heels in love with them. The band is so amazing, whenever I hear them I can't help but start to sing!

Breathe Carolina: I've just recently heard about them, but that hasn't stopped them from going to the top of my favorites!

All Time Low: This is my go to feel better music. The music is amazing and the lyrics always make smile.

Skillet: My power playlist.