Blind Spot Blog Tour (Review + Giveaway)

"It's a story about how sometimes we fail to see things that are right in front of us."

Since You've Been Gone (Review)

"fabulous, wonderful, endearing, amazing story"

Dissected by Megan Bostic (Blog Tour)

"Powerful & Thought Provoking"

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (Review)

"This is going on my favorites shelf and I will probably reread it again in the future."

Blog Tour: Hungry by H.A. Swain (Review + Giveaway)

"Hungry is a captivating and thought-provoking story set in a fascinating world."

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (Review))

"All-in-all, a perfect summer read and you should totally pick up these books, if you haven't already!"

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle (Review)

"The Edge of Falling is a beautifully told story, both in plot and writing."

Hexed by Michelle Krys (Review)

"Hexed was just the thing that I needed to get back into the reading world."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Job From Hell by Jayde Scott (Review)

Young Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Supernatural
Publication Date:  May 1st 2011
Pages:375 pages
Published By:  Aurora Press
WebsiteJayde Scott 

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My review copy:Bought for my Kindle :]
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The moment Amber starts her summer job in Scotland and sets eyes upon Aidan, her fate is sealed. Summoned by an ancient bond, she can never love another. Lost in the woods one night Amber enters Aidan's deadly world when she unknowingly participates in a paranormal race and promptly wins the first prize...a prize worth killing for.

In a world of forbidden love, ancient enemies, legends and rituals, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Life will never be the same again, unless she enters the Otherworld. But to do so, Amber must die...

It's said people can sense their imminent death. Maybe they hear death's song in the wind. Or the earth stops turning for a second, mourning those who are yet to pass.
"I remember when you glued tattoos all over yourself in the hope to get the receptionist job at a tattoo parlor." "I looked ridiculous." I returned the smile. "Shame they realized my body art was fake."
Congratulations. You've just won a vacation to a big, relaxing place called a grave.
Does he ever eat? Nope. Does he sleep during the day and only comes out at night? Yep. Is he so sexy you'd sell your soul to spend just a night with him? Double-yep. What other proof do you need?
Well, it is so nice reading about Vampires again. Damn, I have missed them! I was actually really impressed with A Job From Hell. Some people said that they got a Twilight vibe from it, but I didn't. It was more than just Vampires. There were all sorts of supernatural creatures. Which, I loved. So it was nice seeing more than just Vampires. 

It all starts when Amber begins a new job and within her first week, her brother has her stealing some gems from some random shack in the middle of the woods. Low and behold she holds the first place prize in this Paranormal Race.

What can I say about Amber. Well, at times, I didn't like her. There were times that I literally wanted to punch her in the face. But then I got to know her more as the book progressed and by the end of the book, I loved her. Amber became sassy and funny. And I just loved the stuff she would spit out. Aidan, I loved. But, we all know I love dark, handsome, brooding guys! I also loved all of the secondary characters. Especially Aidan's brother and Cass! They were hilarious!

The plot during the beginning was a bit dull but it was bringing in the information that you needed for the rest of the book and the rest of the series. But once you got passed the beginning and you were like 25% in, the book never stops. And I mean that in a good way. I was glued to my Kindle the entire time! I lost sleep, because the action kept going and I didn't want to put my kindle down. Every chance I got at work, I was reading this book. It just caught me.

I cannot wait to dive into the rest of this series! The next book is mostly about Cass so I am SUPER EXCITED for that one. I loved her! :] If you like vampires or anything paranormal, definitely check this one out!

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (Review)

Shades of London #2
Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts, Supernatural
Publication.Date:February 26, 2013
Pages:290 (hardcover)
Published By:  Putnam Juvenile
Website:Maureen Johnson 

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My review copy:
Local Library

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After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory's brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she's become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades--the city's secret ghost-fighting police--are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it's too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. (Goodreads)

I was careful to leave a lot of distance between us. Blowing up one potential friend by accident, well, that can happen. Blowing up another would be carelessness.
Never get stabbed - it makes everything awkward.
"You're not weird in the head."

"There's a giant talking chicken next to me that would say otherwise."

I love The Name of the Star. Maureen knows how to keep her audience entranced and on the edge of their seats. Girl kept it up with The Madness Underneath, the only difference being that I wasn't freaking out until the last few chapters of this novel.

The Madness Underneath has a slower plot than The Name of the Star, but it is no less engaging. With The Madness Underneath Rory is dealing with aftermath of being stabbed and almost killed by the Ripper. I got the feeling through her narrative, that Rory is (more or less) essentially mentally and physically able to handle the situation. One of the scenes I really enjoyed is when Jazza goes into the bathroom with Rory where it all happened and Rory states it's "just a bathroom." This scene alone speaks to the strength and courage of her character, that she is able to walk into the bathroom where she almost died and not be deeply affect.

However, despite her desire to return to the pre-Ripper time in her life, Rory's school work is suffering. She had not kept up on assignments during the month she was gone, is unable to catch up, and must continue to lie to those she cares about. Unlike its predecessor, here we are dealing more with Rory's personal struggles more so than with a murdering ghost.

I enjoy this look into Rory's personal struggle. Not that I'm glad she's struggling, but we get to know her more on a personal level. When she realizes that perhaps Wexford isn't the place for her, she has a hard time accepting that and becomes desperate to find somewhere she does belong

It it not until the later half of The Madness Underneath that we truly get into the nitty gritty of the mystery at hand and we're back to the familiar suspense found in The Name of the Star. It was at this point that I found the novel impossible to put down. I'm talking, I was reading it while cooking dinner and, since it'd be rude to read during dinner, stared at it until everything was cleaned up and I could once again pick it up.

As it stands, I should've listened to everybody who reviewed this novel and waited until we were closer to The Shadow Cabinet's release date. The ending - OMG! That is one of the best, or worst depending on how you look at it, cliffhangers I have ever read. I'm at a loss for words on how to respond to the ending.

The Madess Underneath is a great follow up to The Name of the Star. Rory has become a favorite character of mine and Maureen is a wonderful author. She knows how to weave stories to keep you guessing, shocked, thrilled, and in the end, utterly destroyed. That last bit sounds like a bad thing, but it's not. I cannot wait to see how she concludes this wonderful trilogy and I cross my fingers that the release date isn't pushed back again.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Signed, Sealed, Delivered #57 (Andrea)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered shows off the books I recently received (whether they're physical copies or e-copies, bought, borrowed, or gifted). This post will be linked up over at Tynga's Reviews, where Tynga is hosting her awesome Stacking The Shelves, be sure to check it out!

I want to thank Michelle Madow, Simon & Schutser,  Jessica @ Step Into Fiction, my wallet, and Evie for enabling me during the month of July:

For review (print):

Alright, that is all for now. Have you gotten a chance to read any of these books or purchase them recenetly? What new books did you acquire?! Leave a link, I'll drop by! :)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Socratic Seminar: Weirdest Fictional Crushes

I came across this post the other day regarding unconventional (weird) fictional crushes and it got me thinking. We all talk about the conventional crushes: Mr. Darcy, Carswell Thorne, Nikolai Lantsov, Daniel Sheridan. Okay, maybe those are mine and not necessarily yours, but you get the idea. But what about those minor characters? The ones that typically don't get the love of reader's everywhere?

Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet
He drops some of my favorite one liners and, as much as I love him, has one amazing death scene. Side note, "A plague on both your houses" is my absolute favorite Shakespearean line.

Khal Drogo, Game of Thrones
Heeey. I'll be your Khalessi. 

Beast (in prince from), Beauty and the Beast
The library is just a bonus.

Loki, Thor
I'm sure he's seen the error of his way and we can work it out. No problem.

Louis, Interview with a Vampire
Duh. (Bonus points for not sparkling in the sun)

So tell me. Who are your fictional crushes? Do we share some similar tastes? Or are we going to agree to disagree?

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