Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Title: Compulsion
Author: Martina Boone
Series: Book One in the Heirs of Watson Island Series
Published By: Simon Pulse (October 28, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

This was one of my most highly anticipated reads for fall. I loved everything about it from the gorgeous cover to the alluring synopsis and I couldn't wait to dive right in and discover all the secrets of the Watson Island.

I am so glad I picked this up, sometimes intuition pays off and a pretty cover and synopsis isn't just a pretty cover and description, it is something great and fun and so worth it to read.

I really loved Lo and Barrie (Bear). There was just something so..perfect about them. Their instant connect (NOT insta love) didn't make me roll my eyes or want to gag like so many insta loves do these days, it just fit the entire feel of the story and made complete sense.

The mystery behind the Fire Carrier and the curses and gifts was so captivating. Combine that with the mysterious and beautiful Southern gothic setting and this whole storyline just called to me.

Throw in a plantation that seems to take on a life all it's own and you truly have a read perfect for this time of year, or any time really.

We don't get all the answers because, after all this is only book one but we get just enough to whet our appetites and crave more and I was left craving more by the end.

I simply can not wait to see what happens next. I loved Eight, Pru, Mark, Barrie, Mary, and even Seven so very much and I devoured this read. I wasn't ready for it to be over and I will be on pins and needles waiting for book two to be out.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour Blitz and Review: Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3) by Ripley Patton. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 till 26 October, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
So far this series contains 3 books: Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1), Ghost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2) and Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3).

Ghost Heart coverGhost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult
Release date: October 14, 2014

In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren't enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman's personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.

They are scattered.
They are devastated.
They are ruined.

Their only hope is Olivia's stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?

And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?

You can find Ghost Heart on Goodreads.

You can buy Ghost Heart here:
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Earlier books in the series:
ghost handGhost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

You can add Ghost hand to your to-read list on Goodreads.

You can download Ghost Hand for free here:
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ghost holdGhost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult

Olivia Black is back.

Only this time she's not the one in need of rescue.

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers' list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn't expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.

You can add Ghost Hold to your to-read list on Goodreads.

You can buy Ghost Hold here:
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Ripley PattonAbout the Author:
Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

You can find and contact Ripley here:
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So much happened in book two, in fact so much so that I felt I needed to reread it so I could remember everything. I knew I was nervous about what was in store for Olivia, Marcus and the gang and I just knew that after the cliffhanger ending of Ghost Hold that I was going to be in for quite the ride.

I have loved this unique well written story from the very first page and was anxious to see how it would all end. Endings can be so bittersweet. Except, this wasn't an ending like I thought, not even close in fact, it was a beginning.

So much happens in this that I really don't even know where to being. This had a slightly different feel than the others books, mainly because it was told in multiple point of views which was both great and frustrating at the same time. 

It was nice getting into Passion's head it was also frustrating because I wanted more of Olivia and I was dying to know more about Marcus so when Marcus' POV came I was super excited but also somewhat sad. I don't think this story ever went in the direction I thought it would go. It was constantly surprising me and at times made me feel like I was a yoyo with the ups and downs of it all (in a good way, I assure you). 

I honestly have no clue where the next book will lead but where ever that may be, I will follow because I need to know how it all comes together and where it goes from here.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was given an ARC copy of this in exchange for an honest review. I was not in any way compensated for this review.*

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mini Review: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Title: Not in the Script
Author: Amy Finnegan
Series: Book Three in the If Only Series
Published By: Bloomsbury Kids (October 7, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.

The If Only series is quickly becoming my go to series when I want a fun and light read that will bring lots of smiles to my face and lots of the feel good moments we all crave once in a while in a sweet read with characters that are every bit as lovable as they are realistic feeling. 

This is the third book in the series by as many authors and I loved it every bit as much as it's predecessors. 

Jake and Emma were a wonderful couple and I just adored them. I was rooting for them the whole way through their story and loved that this was in dual POV so we got to see both sides of the story.

Bloomsbury has outdone their selves with these fantastic, light read that truly are just so much fun to read. I can't wait for more.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Book Three in the Raven Boys
Published By: Scholastic (October 21, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars!

Book Description:
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

For some unimaginable reason I thought Blue Lily, Lily Blue was the last book in the Raven Cycle series and even though I am thrilled that we will get yet another beautiful written, beautiful imaginative story, I would be lying if I didn't say I am somewhat sad at the same time that all of my questions weren't answered in this installment. I was looking forward to seeing where it would end and of course seriously hoping for some lip on lip action for Blue.

Having said all of that though, this wasn't a disappointment, not in the least. Steifvater once again stuns us with her beautiful imagery and prose. With her ability to lead us down one path only to put a huge fork in the road and make us all confused again about the direction we are going in.

I love her riddles, the sneaky foreshadowing and most of all, I love Blue and her Raven boys and the craziness that is 300 Fox Way.

Better characters, more fierce determined, driven characters, would be hard pressed to find. I love their camaraderie, their willingness to help each other even when they can't stand one another. Their tenacity, their friendship and I love the crazy quest that is constantly changing and growing and becoming something so much more than finding a sleeping king.

Stievfater never ceases to amaze me with her ability to weave a story. A story whos answers only lead to more questions and mystery and you are okay with that because the darn thing is so compelling that you don't even care. You are completely sucked into it and nothing even matter anymore except that they find what they are looking for and yes, that poor Blue gets that kiss she so sorely deserves.

Who will die? Who will survive and who will forever be changed, maybe even for the worst? One thing is for sure, it is going to be great no matter what happens and once again Stievfater will sweep us into the story and make everything else obsolete in the process.

And that ending? It only makes me more anxious for the next book, maybe even more so than any of the others have been capable of doing thus far. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

Title: Beware the Wild
Author: Natalie C. Parker
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harper Teen (October 21, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her. 

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

This year seems to be my year for trying the unusual, the bizarre, and the strange. I have loved some of those reads and some of them, not so much. But the fact is, either way, I have loved trying them and trying something that wasn't the norm. After all how do you really know what you like or dislike unless you try it?

And I admit, for a lot of them, I have been drawn to the setting more than anything else. There is just something to be said about a good creepy read set near the heart of New Orleans. The bayous fascinates me and all the myths and hocus pocus that goes with it. 

Would I like to live there? No actually I am too big of a chicken for that but yes I would love to go there and take it all in. The sights, sounds, smells...the pure magic of it's history so until I can one day go there, I settle for a good solid read there instead.

And that is what I go in this story. A good slightly bizarre and slightly creepy read that takes place on the bayou or well, a really creepy swamp at any rate.

This story was completely unique and fun and yes I will say it again, creepy. The unknown factors were so well done with just enough mystery and intrigue to keep you guessing and turning the pages not knowing what was going to happen next and an all most fairy tale like thread to the story that hinted at something more, something magical. 

Sterling was a great character. One who showed a lot of growth throughout and I think that is why I liked her so much. I am always all about the growth. 

This was an exciting and enchanting read that I quickly devoured in one sitting and perfect for this time of year. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Title: Even in Paradise
Author: Chelsey Philpot
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harper Teen (October 14, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 3 Stars

Book Description:
When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden … until now.

I didn't go into this expecting a light read but nor did I go into it expecting something profound either. Something that would work it's way into your mind in the middle of the day when you weren't even reading, let alone near the book. A book who's words captivated as much as they made you ponder.

I have seen others relate this to The Great Gatsby and I can see that I really can. The strange fascinating life of the Buchanan's and their draw on others around them. That certain charisma that they all seemed to posses as those that wanted to posses them. Those that wanted to emulate them and those that just wanted to be near them and those that were just lucky they knew them. 

Secrets that aren't really secrets and hearts that are every bit as broken as they are hopeful. 

Honestly this is one of those rare books that is really hard to describe. Really hard to put into feelings and even more into words. 

I didn't love this nor did I hate it. Instead I silently read on catching myself thinking about whenever I would put it down and still not fully understanding those feelings that I knew were there lurking in the shadows. Feelings never quite expressed fully formed in thought but yet I know the feelings were there, I mean, I was thinking about it right? That says something about the story, about the author's ability to make you think if not feel. 

This book could be profound in it's quiet sneaky way and then shallow and confusing in others.  Descriptive and imaginative and something completely unexpected.

I liked it. I thought about it and it left me feeling even if I didn't exactly have names for all those feelings. And the ending, the ending was something else. Something sad, something perfect for the whole of the story. Something well written and well done and something that will make me come back for more from this author whenever she comes out with something new. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.

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WoW Pick of the Week

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a chance to share those new releases were are super anxious to get our hands on and read.

So what do you guys think of this one? I still can't exactly tell if I love or hate the cover but I do know that I like the synopsis so this is going to be yet another book to add to the pile.

Release Date: February 3, 2015

Book Description:
Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.