Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Shimmer of Angels

A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight #1)

Published By: Month9Books, LLC
Date: January 29th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal > Angels
Pages: 321 pages

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can't admit to seeing?

This book has completely caught me off guard. I thought it would be good but I didn't know it would be amazing!! I mean look at that COVER who could turn away from it?? It draws you in immediately. Then you step into the book and realize its better then you could have expected. Rayna is the main character and she has secrets. She can see angels or well she just believes their wings, angels can't be real right?? This book did take me a while to really get caught up in it, but I sure did within a couple chapters. It wasn't that the book was boring it was just a slow progression.

Ray is just getting back to normal, shes not seeing wings anymore and she's applying for a job at the local diner. They may wear ugly uniforms but she could use a dose of normalcy. The only problem....she thinks she saw a pair of wings on a guy across the road, then there gone. There's another problem...what will her father think of her getting a job, will he tell her the stress will just take her back a step and have to send her to the SS Crazy (Mental Institute she attended) again??? She can't let that happen.

Lee (her best friend) is oblivious to the mental struggle Ray is going through. Can she find her balance staying sane and being a friend with a secret that could potentially have Lee running for the hills?? Then shes hit full force with bright shinny wings right in her classroom, she knows right then and there shes slipping. Could the new kid be causing all the murders? Ray has nothing else to do but explore the unknown that maybe shes not crazy at all, and she really can see wings. The new guy Cam could be right in the middle of it. Will she take the chance to figure it out or will she fall prey to her own mind and be sent away in a straight jacket??

She knows knowledge is power so she sets out to explore the unknown and figure it out. Kade is another angel she finds with the wings the color of the sky at night and glitters like the stars. Shes mesmerized by the power he holds, but he could be the one she should be afraid of. With danger at her door who can Ray come to depend on and trust? Will Kade's humanity save her? Can Cam break the rules to save her?? Will the dark envelope her in Hell and force her to use her gift as a weapon to bring darkness upon Earth.

I LOVE this book. Like as soon as it comes out I'm buying it and then so with the ones after. I love how real it seems, Rays emotions are right there and you feel them. You feel her panic and you even feel the other characters feelings. There is a major love triangle here and its really hard to pick sides, but if my readers know me then they know I always chose the darker character. I really don't know what it is but I love a bad boy :) Team Kade all the way!!

I give this book a big 5 out of 5 stars. I can't resist this book and can't wait to read more from Lisa Basso!!

~Good Readings~

Thanks NetGalley for this book :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Breaking Waves

Breaking Waves (Heart Waves #2)

Published By: KFR Communications, LLC
Date: January 10th 2013
Genre: YA > Romance > Partial Paranormal
Pages: 197 Pages

From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler.

Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?

WARNING!! Reading this book will give you the following.... 
  • Major Heartache
  • Confusion Beyond Belief (Reece's story)
  • Desire Hidden in the Dark
  • Happiness for the Future
  • Knowledge of Danger to Come   

If that doesn't make you want to know what's going to happen my review just might. I love this book, words cannot describe it. If you never read Heart Waves you should go out and grab it!!

We start off the second book where we left off in the first. Jenna is confused and then remembers the night before. Reece is nowhere in sight. She then leaves her best friends house (Grace) and goes home where later Reece shows up with some flowers and tells her everything is alright, but again like in Heart Waves avoids the subject of his secrets. Now this gets tricky, I don't want to spoil things for anyone who may be reading this review. Reece is Jenna's world, but all the sudden Reece is ripped from her heart. Friends & Family are treating her like it's a crime to be thinking of him since he's gone now. Get over it and move on, it's what every young girl should do right, there's plenty of fish in the sea, but he was her Romeo to her Juliet and things will never be the same.

The electric white light between her and Reece is gone and filled with a dark gaping hole. During this dark time a mysterious character arrives....Tyler. Jenna finds a friend, one who understands lost things and the feeling of loneliness. It's almost unavoidable she's attracted to him like a magnet. He understands her in ways she can't believe, and begins to wounder if what she felt for Reece was just a bubble. Did she really even know him?? Did he feed her cheap words?? Tyler is raw and new to her scabbed heart, he shows her what it is to live again. To feel the blood pump through her broken heart. 

This book will take you on a roller-coaster with your mind, heart, and emotions. Jenna's choices come with consequences. I personally am rooting all the way for Tyler. I loved his character from the beginning in Heart Waves and this books makes me LOVE him even more. We see how real Tyler is, and how deep inside hes wounded just like Jenna. Hes a hurt dog who has to have a loud bark. He's scared to accept people inside and Jenna eventually breaks through his wall and sees right through his exterior.

My words for this book is Amazing, Beautiful, Heart-Breaking, and Shocking! I really wanna go back right now and read it again. I feel like I didn't absorb enough of it.I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars! I hope you all enjoy this book!! Thank you Danielle Sibarium for creating such a great book & letting us all be a part of it :)

  • I want to ask you all who you think Jenna should be with and why?? 
  • Also what do you all think Reece is so scared of??
  • If this was turned into a Movie what Actors would you cast??

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Also I like to listen to songs that I think go with books that I am currently reading and I loved Catch My Breathe by Kelly Clarkson to go with this one!! :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Uses For Boys

Published By: St Martin’s Press
Date: January 15th 2013
Genre: Contemporary > Teen
Pages: 240 pages

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical,  Uses for Boys  is a story of breaking down and growing up.

So I got this book about a week ago. I won it on Goodreads and I was super excited to read this. I started it last Wednesday and I didn't finish until late last night. Of course there were days I couldn't even read because I was super busy. Anyways...don't judge a book by its cover. I thought this would be a book like Before I Fall (not the whole groundhog day theme) but I thought Anna would be some popular girl who turned into a fallout for being slutty. Was I wrong or what...

It starts out quick and the writing is very unique. Its poetic but not in the way Ellen Hopkins writes. I believe the form is first person, for people who get it confused its (I went to the store). The only thing I disliked about this book was the way it was chopped up, like I picked up my laundry, I walked out the door and ran into a guy named Todd :) that's the only way I can describe it. It's all very one worded. I'm not saying at all its a bad book, just not the style I'd prefer to read it in. I tend to like a lot of description.

This ended up as a very sad story of a lonely girl looking for something and not knowing what it is. It hits home to me. I was a outcast all through school for reasons unknown to myself. I wasn't a normal teen. My parents kept me busy with chores and kept me away from boys (my older sister got pregnant at 15). see bio for more. Why did I not fit in? Where do I belong? Who can I trust? Am I good enough?? Questions we all often ask ourselves. I still think about it and I still don't know what my life is ahead of me. What will I become? Anna is lost among the buzzing and sees the world in a way I sometimes do. People just running so busy to appreciate what they have. They worry, they rush. This book holds a lot of things I believe in. Family is precious, Time is limited. Friends come and go.

Anna is a very unique character. Shes a five pointed star, She has no mom, she has no dad, but she has boys. She figures out at a young age boys can fill the gap in her heart, but at what cost? She has a mom but her mother is always gone, and Anna is left in a big empty home. As the story continues Anna is with a guy named Todd for a long time and the buzzing goes away. Then months later it comes back, She realizes this isn't what she wanted either. 

Anna's life suddenly gets turned inside out, Sam has a big family, they all cook dinner together and play games. Its warm and Anna feels like a outcast in a world to far for her to grasp. Shes spiraling down the rabbit hole and Sam catches her and saves her entire life. She finally belongs somewhere. She's finally found her mother, her father and her long lost five pointed stars......

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed the book. I'm not crazy about it but it was very touching to read Anna's story and I will always cherish this book. It's a story every young girl can relate to. I will recommend this to every girl out there. I hope you all enjoy it and keep the lessons that can be learned here to heart :)

~Good Readings~

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Morganville Vampires: Midnight Ally & Feast of Foolss

 The Morganville Vampires 3&4

Author: Rachel Caine
Published By: New American Library
Date: September 28th 2010
Genre: YA-Paranormal > Vampires
Pages: 245 pages & 242 pages

Spolier Alert to anyone who hasn't read the 1st 2 :)

Midnight Ally (Morganville Vampires #3)

Morganville is such a nice place to live... And die. If you don’t mind that sort of thing.

When Claire Danvers learnt that her college town was run by vampires, she did what any intelligent, self-preserving student would do: she applied for a transfer and stocked up on garlic. The transfer is no longer an option, but that garlic may come in handy.

Now Claire has pledged herself to Amelie, the most powerful vampire in town. The protection her contract secures does little to reassure her friends. All of a sudden, people are turning up dead, a stalker resurfaces from Claire’s past, and an ancient bloodsucker extends a chilling invitation for private lessons in his secluded home.

As soon as I finished the first book containing the first 2 Morganville Vampires I had to go out and get the 3rd & 4th. From the first book on I became in love with this series. Its not like the others such as House of Night or even Twilight. This story to me became real. When people ask me what my all time favorite series is, I tell them the Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine. 

We continue this series where book 2 left off. Shane's father has been run out of town, and who knows when he will be back. Everything seems to be just fine, right? Everyone seems to be in bliss, even Claire although shes becoming bored of her studies, they just seem to be to easy. We jump right into this book with Monica being all nice to Claire because Claire as signed the contract to being owned by Amelie. Only Claire roommate's do not know that Claire is risking her life to protect theirs. 

Claire is slowing growing in these books, which is a reason I love reading them, the character development is a big part of these books. We also get to meet new characters, My favorite new character is Myrnin. Claire is assigned to work with Myrnin by Amelie as a secret. She can't tell anyone what shes doing even though she could be in great danger. Claire becomes sympathetic to the vampires, and starts to doubt if what shes doing is right to do. Even though she has her doubts she continues her work with Myrnin because he pushes her harder than any teacher could. She is addicted to the knowledge Myrnin could give her. Even if he isn't always sane. 

Then things go wrong. Amelie sends Claire a bracelet she must wear to show that shes protected. Shane is having his trouble with accepting Micheal's transaction to a vampire. Eve is dealing with her sociopath brother. Dead girls are showing up near their home, and Sam (Micheal's Vampire Great Uncle) almost died right in front of their house. Their lives are in chaos yet they still find the good in life to have a little fun at Monica's VIP party (which Claire spreads the invitation). 

At this point the book reaches its peak, Shane, Claire, and Eve walk home alone (for reasons I cannot say) and run into Jason- Eves Sociopath brother. Someone gets hurt and it all spirals out of control. Claire gets Monica into ICU, and has to figure out how to help her before she dies. Myrnin is locked up to protect them from his insanity, and it is up to Claire to fix it all. In the end they all are settling back to normal life but then some visitors arrive (Claire's Parents) Claire's dad is so not happy and they have come to talk to Claire, as Micheal invites them into the home some unwelcome visitors whom they didn't know were there come in. Bishop and his two pets command they get his daughter Amelie there within the hour or they all die. 

Then that's the end.....It leave you with a big cliff hanger. To me this book was an introduction to the 4th book Feast of Fools, because nothing extremely shocking happens. yes there's plenty of drama going on but nothing like the first two books. I feel it was based on growing the characters and setting up the story line for the next book. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Its my favorite series of all time and will be for years to come. I have re-read this series a lot and I love going back. It makes me laugh and cry and I have told tons of people to go out and read this series. I hope you all think the same :) 

~Good Readings~

Thursday, January 3, 2013

50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)

Author: E.L. James
Review By: Courtney
Published By: Vintage
Date: May 26th 2011
Genre: Adult Romance/Erotica
Pages: 362 pages

 When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

As I have learned, this book started out as a Twilight FanFic...I'm guessing this is the reason I don't like it so much...I seem to have a problem with the character building in this story. In the beginning we are learning about Ana Steel and how shes about to go interview this multi-billionaire for her roommate and best friend Katherine Kavinaugh. I enjoyed the beginning but as the story went on I felt the character Ana was lacking in my interest department, to me the story turned into only information about Christian Grey. Oddly enough the sexual parts in this book did not bother me or make me feel like I just got caught sneaking in the boys locker room. I felt it also lacked some potential to be erotic. 

The book is so-so to me. Just like with Twilight. I enjoy books where the lead girl is strong and has a-lot of power. In Twilight Bella was weak to me until the end and she didn't have much of a back story she was just there. Just like with Ana she doesn't have to much of a back story and doesn't progress like Christian does. I didn't hate this book but for the first time I also didn't care for it either. I usually love everything I pick up but things for me were missing. There were moments that I liked and some that I did not. I enjoyed Christian Grey a-lot, to me he made the story.I felt I kept reading so I can find out more about him.

I would recommend this to any reader who wants to step outside the box. I always keep an open mind.
So I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars :( I don't hate this book but I don't love it. The second book is better then this one, so if you can get through it continue because it does get better. I also think there's a lot of hate on this book. There is also a lot of fans for this trilogy. I personally will be excited to see it as a movie.

Will I ever read this book again?? Nope. The last book in this trilogy is my favorite, that one I would read again. Anyways I hope this review helps some people who were doubting the book to at least read it and see what this 50 shades stuff is all about. Christen is worth the read :)

~Good Readings~