Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review: Florence(Florence Waverley bk1) by Ciye Cho

( I Received this free ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review)

Goodreads summary: Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

I haven't read to much of mermaid books and they haven't really brought much interest to me but I really enjoyed reading this one.  At first it did start out slow then it picked up towards the middle. 

Florence is quite and is to herself.  She feels that there is no place where she can be herself or where she can fit in. Her mother does not make it any better.  While on a field trip she is kidnapped by a mermaid and is introduced to their world.  I really like Florence character and how she changed from the girl that we knew in the beginning to growing into her own towards the end. 

This book is field with adventures, a love triangle, and other mysteries that take place.  The plot was written well and it was a really nice read. 

Rating 4stars
Recommend? yes

Book Review: Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout

Goodreads Summary: Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend. 

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash. 

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

I could not wait to read this book. I have been having it in my TBR pile since it came out and I am just now able to read and review it. 

This story opens with Sam who was missing for four days. She has no memory of what happens and her life seems like a puzzle with missing pieces. She realize that girl that she used to be is no longer her and that the personality that she has now is the way it should be.  Even though Sam is safe and back at home her best friend Cassie is still missing. 

This story had me from page one. It was great in suspense and mystery.  I got to see the who Sam was before she went missing and how much she has changed after. Even though her and Cassie were best friends there was still some friction between them. Her friends would call it "frenemy".  Everyone around her she no longer knows and wonder how she even put up with them. Her friends for example and her boyfriend. 

I don't normally read mystery books. I am a mystery television junky but I really enjoyed reading this.  I was thinking one way and the author completely turned it around in a way that I did not see coming. 

Rating 4.5Stars
Recomend? Yes 

Book Review: The Appeal of Evil by Pemrose Sinclair

( I received this free ebook in exchange for an honest review)
Goodread summary: Katie wants to invest her heart and soul in love, but she may lose both to Hell. 

Katie, a senior in high school, is torn between loving the "good" guy, her childhood friend Wes who makes promises he doesn't keep and abandons her when she needs him the most, and the "bad" guy, the new kid at school Josh who is also a real demon from Hell. Katie wants someone who pays attention to her and puts her first, but what is she willing to give up to find him?

The story opens with Katie who is a senior in high school. She has always held a crush on a childhood friend named Wes but he constantly breaks her heart over and over. When she finally thinks she has officially given him up she is always thrown back into his charm. It took me a while to connect with Katie. She was irritating to me especially at the beginning of the story.  When she tries to convince her mother that Wes and his father are not what it seems over and over again and is constantly in disbelief of the truth it was a bit frustrating. Going into the story that faded away and I enjoyed the character.  

Josh who is the popular kid at school starts to notice Katie and starts to spend time with her. Wes shows his disapproval of how close she is getting with Josh and tells her to leave him alone. Katie only brush it off and assume it is jealousy and the only reason why Wes would be concern .  Things aren't what they seem between the two boys. 

Katie's world is thrown upside down and what she thought was real and the truth is totally the opposite.

I loved the plot of the story. Ever since I read The Collector by Victoria Scott I have been into the demon type books. I enjoyed reading this story and I look forward to reading more by this author. 

Rating 4Stars
Recommend? Yes

Book Review: Four Rubbings by Jennifer Hotes

I received this free ebook exchange for an honest review

Goodreads summary: Halloween. The night the barrier between the dead and the living is as thin as muslin. Fourteen-year old Josie, haunted by the death of her mother, leads her best friends to an ancient cemetery to rub graves. Convinced she will come away with proof of her mother’s spirit at last, the evening takes an unexpected turn as the teens gravitate four ways into the haunted grounds. Set against the backdrop of the rainy Pacific Northwest, four graves will be rubbed, touching off a series of events that will rattle their once mundane lives. From the lonely World War II hero to an accused witch, the people buried beneath the stones have stories that need an ending. The journey to unravel the mysteries leaves the friends wondering if the graves would've been better off left alone. 

This story was very good and written in a way that makes it feel like you are apart of the story. That is what I love about reading stories like this. The story opens with four teens who go to a cemetery to rub tombstones.  They each research their tombstone that they rubbed and see what they can learn from that person and find out that the spirits have some unfinished business. 

The characters were well thought out and how the author grasped the teens' emotions was really good.  
Josie lost her mother to cancer when she was young.  It was her idea to do the tomb rubbings. 
Casey feels like her parents do not notice her and that she is invisible. It is like she is living in the shadow of her older brother. 
Seth parents are divorced because of infidelity and he does not get along with his father. 
Blaze lives with a controlling and outspoken mother.

Each of these characters have a different background but they connect so well. While was reading the story I felt for each character and I could understand where the characters were coming from.

Rating 4 Stars
Recommend? Yes

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Book Review: E: Evolution by Kate Wrath (bk2)

E: Evolution
By: Kate Wrath
Review By: Candie Chatham

received this free book in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary: Outpost Three is still standing… barely. But the deadliest threat it has ever faced is on its way-- a violent force that will annihilate every man, woman, and child.

With the Sentries under his control and Grey’s army defeated, Matt is more powerful than ever. Eden is little more than his prisoner, but that line is blurring as her affection for him grows. Now, as the Outpost faces total destruction, Matt must sacrifice the possibility of attaining Eden’s love in the vague hope that her past might hold the key to saving them all.

Eden’s journey will begin to unravel the mysteries of her previous life, reveal dangerous new questions, and change not only the future of Outpost Three, but shape the course of history.

This eagerly anticipated sequel to Kate Wrath’s E begins an epic quest into the dark, dystopian landscape of Eden’s world.

Wrath paints a vivid picture of an apocalyptic world that could easily play out on a movie screen with no detail left untold.
All the classic elements of a great story are there, good versus evil, romance, drama, danger, action and so much more.
An alliance of sorts is formed by the “survivors”, the lead characters as they come together to fight against the opposition in effort to make things better.
The characters are well developed and the story leads you to a point where you want to know what will happen next!

Any novel that keeps my interest because I can see the picture playing out in my mind as I am reading is stellar in my book! E fits this criteria!

I can’t wait to see what kind of wrath Kate comes up with for the next book!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Review: The Faded Trilogy: Faded by Chloe Miles

The Faded Trilogy: Faded

By: Chloe Miles

Review By: Candie Chatham

I was sent this free ebook in exchange for an honest review. 

Goodreads Summary: “Savannah wanted to kiss him, but she had never even kissed a human guy before, let alone a ghost. How was she supposed to kiss him if he wasn’t really there?”

Savannah has never been in love before, but she’s in love with Hunter Emmerton. He’s cute, funny, charming ... and a ghost. How can you date someone if nobody else can see them?

When seventeen-year-old Savannah Fraser and her three friends are killed in a car accident, they are given a second chance at life by a group of century-old earthbound spirits who need their help.

Savannah learns she is a Chosen One, which means she can switch between human and spirit form, heal people, and control the weather—and she is also now invincible.

The Chosen Ones are the only ones who can defeat The Forces—a trio of evil half-spirits who are slowly destroying the perfect little town of Fort Everwick with violent storms and not-so-natural disasters—and stop them from harming everyone they care about.

The Forces are set on destroying everything Savannah knows and loves, but they also have a more sinister plan—they want a new member to join them. They won’t give up until they get the one they want—and they have Savannah firmly in their sights.

But what Savannah didn’t count on was falling in love with Hunter. She’s never loved anyone the way she loves Hunter, and she knows he loves her, too. But how can they be together forever if he no longer exists and she’s the only one who can see him?

Will Savannah have enough belief in herself to defeat The Forces, or will they be able to lure her to the dark side and turn her against her loved ones—and tear her and Hunter apart?

Fast paced, keep you on your toes read that will keep you coming back for more! There is action, adventure, mystery oh and don’t forget the romance thrown in there for good measure!
Fighting good and evil never gets old, good guys versus bad guys and who you cheer for never does either! Bam! There you go! One stop shopping for the romance, superhero, action, adventure and mystery readers all in one place!

Why Faded, read to find out who or what is faded and why it adds interest to the story! This read is sure to keep you reading and turning pages until the end!

Book Review: Dangerous Reflections by Shay West

Dangerous Reflections: The Adventures of Alexis Davenport, Book One
By: Shay West
Review By: Candie Chatham
I was sent this free ebook in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary: Alexis Davenport wants to go home. She hates her new school, her mother for moving her away from her friends, and her father for walking out.

To make matters worse, Alex is haunted by images of strange girls reflected in her mirror. It’s bad enough juggling homework, a relentless bully, boys, and a deadbeat dad; now, she must save the world from an evil presence hell-bent on changing the past – and our futures. Who knew her A+ in history was going to be this important?

Despite being moved across country, losing all contact with her friends and having to live with her rich aunt Karen who she is not quite sure wants them in her guest house, Alex’s life is going great! Actually, although she doesn’t know it yet those are the least of her worries for where she is going or what she is moving toward!
Of course it means a new school, making new friends, being the new girl and all those dorky things that come with a teen and a new place to live. Not to mention it’s a place that feels like it is on the other side of the world in a land far away!
Where she lives is not the only thing that feels like a land far away! Things start changing when Alex looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see herself but someone else from another time.
Time travel, can someone really do that? Her answer comes quickly as the first image comes again a second time and she is transported back in time to solve a mystery for the person who appears in the mirror. Was this a onetime thing or is there a pattern forming she wonders when the second person appears in the mirror. Is there something more sinister afoot?
The only way for you to find out is to start your own adventure with Alex Davenport and find out why her Reflections are Dangerous!

This was definitely worth a read and I look forward to how Alex’s next adventures appear!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell

Goodreads Summary:Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But try as she might, she can’t come up with a logical explanation for the recurring dreams that have always haunted her. Dark dreams. Dreams of a long-ago place filled with people she shouldn’t know…but does.

When her family moves to a New Orleans plantation, Lucy’s dreams become more intense, and her search for answers draws her reluctantly into the old city’s world of Voodoo and mysticism. There, Lucy finds Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. Lucy knows Alex is hiding something, and her rational side doesn’t want to be drawn to him. But she is.

As she tries to uncover Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home, and Lucy finds herself ensnared in a century-old vendetta. With the lives of everyone she loves in danger, Lucy will have to unravel the mystery of her dreams before it all comes to a deadly finish.

I enjoyed reading Sweet Unrest and what had drawn me to read it was the setting. I know I have said this before but I love New Orleans and everything about it. If I see a book that is set in New Orleans I will read it whether it is good or not so good. 

Sweet Unrest was an easy read and at most times it was very predictable. I knew that when it got to certain parts of the story where questions start to raise it was kind of obvious who did what. At times it did feel rushed and the ending for me could have been a bit more. The ending wasn't bad but it wasn't as good either.

The setting of the book was in New Orleans and the author did a good job with her research of the city and how to describe it. The hot muggy summers and the cool summer air at night was right on point. I'm from Louisiana and I think everyone that lives in Louisiana have a love/hate relationship with the weather. 
Lucy and Alex relationship was a bit complicated and I didn't connect with them. At certain points in the story I did but it did not hold on. Towards the end I felt it was rushed on Lucy's part. I didn't quite feel the chemistry between the two. 

Like I said, this book was an easy read and while it wasn't as great for me it still was a good book.

Recommend? SoSo