Thursday, July 28, 2011

Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Hereafter by Tara Hudson Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Published in US: June 2011
1st in series
Source: Netgalley

My review:

 I really enjoyed the love story and main idea behind Hereafter. I was drawn in with Amelia's battle with the aftermath of dying, her nightmares, and then waking up to a world around her. Josh is great, and I love the idea of a sweet and hot guy that is one of the few who can see her. Unfortunately another "person" that can see her isn't so sweet--in fact, he's evil.    The additions of Grandma Ruth and Josh's sister are interesting. I would have liked to see a little more resolution with Ruth, because it seems like she goes from hating Amelia, as she should as a "ghost hunter/exorcist" to pretty much out of the picture.
  I think that the main plot line was wrapped up fairly well, although I'd liked more of my questions answered. I know it's a first in a series, but to me, the ending felt rushed.
  Though with the great story idea and the sweet romance, I still recommend this one!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winner of Across the Galaxy

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Review: Black Box by Julie Schumacher

Black Box 
Black Box by Julie Schumacher

WHEN DORA, ELENA’S older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy Zenk—who failed at least one grade and wears blackevery day of the week. And at home, Elena’s parents keep arguing with each other. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal—even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear.
Published in US: Sept. 2008
Source: Pub for review

My review:

   This is a powerful read, and a true peek into the world of depression and how it effects other people. 
   Elena is strong, and it is hard to experience her sister's depression and the fallout, but it is such an important topic. She makes some mistakes, and it shows good things to do and not to... As relating to her sister, her family, and keeping her life outside of Dora going. It is such a hard balance.
   Jimmy is a great addition, and even though I began to suspect his big secret, I really loved how he stepped up and was there for Elena. 
   This is a quick and poignant read that I def recommend. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: Birthmarked by Caraugh O'Brien

Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
Birthmarked by Caraugh O'Brien

After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.
Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, Birthmarked explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code.

Published in US: March 2010
Source: Friend :) Thanks Pep!
1st in series, next "Prized" is out Nov 2011

My Review:

   Birthmarked is packed with action, and I didn't want to stop. Even though the world is kinda scary because I could see society evolving into what the Enclave has created in Gaia's world, I didn't want to leave their adventure when I reached the last page.
   It starts with a bang, and gets me intrigued right from the start. Why would she deliver this baby and then take it away? Why is she so torn over it? Then when her parents have been arrested and a strange but handsome guard is there to question *her* I am pretty entranced with her story and wanted to find out what was next.
   Gaia's bravery and determination are admirable, and I never expect what happens next, or who will surprise me and step up to be an ally.
   There is just a hint of love story in Birthmarked, but it left me satisfied, but at the same time wanting more, if that makes any sense.
   I can't wait for the sequel, and to see what takes me by surprise next.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Review: Kane Richards Must Die by Shanice Williams

Kane Richards Must Die by Shanice Williams
Kane Richards Must Die by Shanice Williams
After an unexpected transfer to the States for her senior year, Suranne's new friends give her just one instruction: stay away from Kane Richards. According to everyone, he's a heartless playboy concerned only for himself. With one glance, it's easy to see why he gets away with it. But things aren't always what they seem- especially when he sets his sights on her and whispers that she's different.
Despite all the red flags, Suranne considers whether or not his intentions are genuine or if she's simply another name on his list. In the process, she may just uncover the real Kane Richards. But, when it comes down to it, the real Kane Richards may not want to be found.
Filled with raw emotion, Kane Richards Must Die explores relationships, trust, love, and what can happen when life takes an unexpected turn.
Published in US May 2011
Source: publisher for review

My Review:

  This is an easy read and I finished in less than 24 hours. The characters were entertaining, with voices that drew me in.
  Certain scenes made me laugh (flowers remin. from wide awake) and others made me want to cry.
  My only complaints: the title didn't seem to fit, and initially turned me off, the cover, and the repeated use of whilst. It just bothered me a bit. I also must say that the intimate scenes are a bit graphic, but I read fanfic so it was nothing to me.
  Otherwise, loved this story. It was neat to have the British voice from Suranne, and a guy's POV from Kane--which seemed authentic to me. Suranne's descriptions of Kane made my mouth water, and when they were kissing in the book I could almost feel my lips tingling.
  Although well wrapped up, I wanted more from the ending... which is not always a bad thing.
  If you like a bad boy turned to one good girl, I'd say to give this one a chance, you might be pleasantly surprised, just like me, because I really enjoyed this one.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese

Future Imperfect
Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese

Ade Patience can see the future and it's destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future. Ade's the best of Denver's "divination" underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn't see the future out of curiosity or good will; Ade gives himself concussions because he's addicted to the high, the Buzz, he gets when he breaks the laws of physics. And while there have been visions he's wanted to change, Ade knows the Rule: You can't change the future, no matter how hard you try.
His memory is failing, his grades are in a death spiral, and both Ade's best friend and his shrink are begging him to stop before he kills himself. Ade knows he needs to straighten-out. Luckily, the stunning Vauxhall Rodolfo has just transferred to Mantlo and, as Ade has seen her in a vision two years previously, they're going to fall in love. It's just the motivation Ade needs to kick his habit. Only things are a bit more complicated. Vauxhall has an addiction of her own, and, after a a vision in which he sees Vauxhall's close friend, Jimmy, drown while he looks on seemingly too wasted to move, Ade realizes that he must break the one rule he's been told he can't.
The pair must overcome their addictions and embrace their love for each other in order to do the impossible: change the future.
Published in US: Apr 2011
Source: Librarything Early Reviewers

My Review:

   Future Imperfect is a very unique idea told through a fresh narrator. The guy's voice was nailed in my opinion and his life was so bizarre that I just couldn't put the story down.
   Even though it's fantasy/paranormal some of the stunts were too wild and I think that he would have ended up even more beaten up (or dead) rather than just getting a concussion.
   I didn't really like the letters that were in the book, I would've appreciated it more if there were answers. I understand that it's another way to get across what he is pondering and trying to figure out.
   I never expected the ending though, it really just blew me away.
   I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've read this one.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Winner of Amaretto Flame

Congrats to Meredith (meredithfl)! Please email me at by 7/3 to claim your prize.