Sunday, January 11, 2015

Requiem (Delirium #3)

 Requiem (Delirium #3)

Author: Lauren Oliver
Published By: Harper Collins
Date: March 5th 2013

Pages: 391

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana's points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

**Spoliers for anyone who hasn't read Delirium - just a catuion to read at your own risk**

This post is very honest. This is the first time where it was even hard to give the book 3 stars. Does it deserve 4? My reasons are very clear. I started reading this book at the beginning of 2014 and it took me many many months to even get to 150 pages. Granted I was going through a lot at the time and my life completely changed so that could have effected my judgement on this book. I just could not get into it. I loved the 1st and 2nd books and this one took me forever to get into it. 

Then I decided recently to pick the book up again and continue then so many chapters in and the book finally comes to life. I'm thrown into Lena and Hana's world, since the book is done in chapters starting in either of their point of views. As I kept reading I found I couldn't put the book down and I just had to finish. While it took me 1 year to read 150 pages it only took me 5 days to finish the book off! Somewhere in the middle the book just finally began. 

The reason for the low star is simple, the battle against the cured and the uncured is building and things are about to unravel. Then just at the end it feels like we are just left with a glimpse of what may happen. I get the meaning, how with our own lives its left open and unknown. I guess to me though I wanted to be assured that something better would arrive for Lena and her group.

My favorite thing about the book and the trilogy all together is the not knowing. Exactly what our lives are. The not knowing of what our future hold, the HOPE and FAITH and above all the LOVE that we all search for and hold on to. I root for Lena to finally achieve true love. and for Hana to break through the cure.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. I could be better. It was a slow start and and good but not the greatest end. I loved the meaning of the story but wished for better outcomes in the end for Lena. More from Alex and Hana. Like I was waiting the whole time for them to just do SOMETHING. Otherwise the book was great. And if you are reading this and you haven't started to read the trilogy I do recommend you do. Yes I didn't give this book great stars but the meaning and the story all together is a great and meaningful story.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

Author: Todd Burpo
Published By: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Release Date: November 2nd 2010
Genre: Christian/Religion
Pages: 209

"Heaven Is for Real" is the true story of the four-year-old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who, during emergency surgery, slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe, but soon the evidence was clear.

Colton said he met his miscarried sister, whom no one had told him about, and his great grandfather, who died 30 years before Colton was born, then shared impossible-to-know details about each. He describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us.

Told by the father but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place, Jesus really loves children, and be ready because a last battle is coming.

So this is another book outside my norm. I've been reading a lot of those lately and I guess this one book always caught my interest I just never seemed to pick it up until recently. Anyone close to me knows that I just went through a major change in my life. I just got a divorce and a couple months ago was really down on my self esteem levels. I was raised growing up to believe in whatever we wanted to believe in. I never stepped foot into a church but yet I still had some sort of faith.

As a misunderstood teen I pretended to not believe in God but yet I found myself blaming him for so many bad things in my life that I later came to realize that If I can blame God then I believed in him. So I soon learned to love him and to accept the bad things as him making me a truly stronger person. So many things have happened in my life that I feel were for a purpose, I handled my divorce like a champ and have grown so much from it and I know I couldn't have done it if things from my past never had happened. I knew I was strong and only got stronger. this book helped someone like me feel calm in my decisions of life.

This story finally caught my attention after years of seeing it online or on tv then a motion picture!!. All of it happened without thought or purpose I just picked it up and checked out. I found the more I read the book the more calm I got about life. Colton shows us that after life there is so much much more.

Everyone has their questions and this book isn't about answering them. Its Coltons story of what he saw and the journey his family went through. Its not a life changing book but something that I believe will inspire many others to have more faith and trust in life and its many obstacles. I wouldn't force this book onto anyone but It was nice to read. No matter your beliefs it was a good book.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars. Colton's father told his story very well so we all get this image of what heaven looks like and everything we've ever thought about. Really its just a amazing light read. I recommend it to everyone no matter their faith and religion.

~Good Readings~

Sunday, September 14, 2014

No Easy Day

Author: Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
Published By: Dutton Adult
Release Date: September 4th 2012
Genre: War/Military
Pages: 316

 For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moment

From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group--commonly known as SEAL Team Six--has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines.

No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen's life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.

In No Easy Day, Owen also takes readers onto the field of battle in America's ongoing War on Terror and details the selection and training process for one of the most elite units in the military. Owen's story draws on his youth in Alaska and describes the SEALs' quest to challenge themselves at the highest levels of physical and mental endurance. With boots-on-the-ground detail, Owen describes numerous previously unreported missions that illustrate the life and work of a SEAL and the evolution of the team after the events of September 11. In telling the true story of the SEALs whose talents, skills, experiences, and exceptional sacrifices led to one of the greatest victories in the War on Terror, Mark Owen honors the men who risk everything for our country, and he leaves readers with a deep understanding of the warriors who keep America safe.

So this book is a 180 for me. This is the first book of this genre that I have ever read and I find myself very pleased. It was recommended to me from a very close friend. And at first when I started this book I was bored and couldn't find myself getting interested in the book. As time went on though I found myself sitting there reading it for hours on end and soon had more than half the book finished. 

I agreed to read the book for the subject matter. I was just a child when 9/11 happened and I can remember it like it was yesterday. What time it was, what classroom I was in at school, the images on the TV Screen. It was as if time just stopped, and then the day it was announced that Osama was caught and killed was a giant win for everyone. 

I admit I was oblivious to what these people do for us. I was young and never put much thought into how I don't have to worry about much. Now that I am older I find I have a lot more respect and awareness to these things. I have bills and I get caught up in life's drama but after some thought I realize there are people out there risking lives or going through something so much more terrifying. Granted we all shouldn't stop our lives and enjoying things for this reason but to take a moment when everything in your life feels unbearable and crazy and think of what these men go through makes me stop and breathe.

The writing was okay, at moments I felt there was unnecessary details and left me dragging on to the next paragraph and at other moments during the missions I felt the flow of the book was perfect. I learned a lot from this book. I like learning about these men protecting our lives, how they are driven in protecting us and sacrificing their lives and family's. I've got to say Navy Seals kick ass.
For anyone looking into reading something out of their fantasy, vampires, romance, ext...should pick up this book and try it out. Its not to much at once and its very interesting to read about something that effect all of our lives. 

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved the book but the writing could have been better. Its defiantly something everyone should try to read. It was very interesting and pulls you into the world with the Navy Seals, How they live, how they think and do things.

Friday, August 22, 2014

IN FLIGHT (Up In The Air #1)

In Flight (Up In The Air #1)

Authors: R. K. Lilley
Published By: Bloomsbury Books
Release Date: October 20th 2012
Genre: Erotica/Romance
Pages: 263 pages (Kindle Pages)
When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can't seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.
I haven't read many books in a while so I decided to take a step forward into reading and picked up something shorter then I usually would like to read.
This book was perfect. Very light and easy to follow, but also kept me wanting to
turn the pages and go further, which is something you need when you start back up on reading.
The beginning was very easy and fast to start. It didn't take long to get to the point, which was great when you want to get through a book quickly. It took merely hours all together to finish the book and it was really quite a splendid book to read...(maybe watching to much Doctor Who o.O)  anyways on with the point, I think I took a left turn right there....
Bianca is damaged, she doesn't trust men, except her best friend. Then Mr. James Cavendish comes into her life with a thrilling adventure. Adventure to reach into her deepest darkest desires and fulfill all her fantasies. Most of the book will contain this adventures that would make any woman blush reading the words on those pages. but it slowing near the end gets deeper and intense. The carefree feeling of the book turns into drama and mystery in a blink of the eye. Then its nothing but hoping everything turns out perfect for Bianca and James. To trust each other and open up the holes in their heart.
If you want a light read and something a little taboo do pick this book up. The story has the perfect balance of romance, drama, and erotica.
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved the book but it wasn't as complex as I like to read in books. Soooo  I only gave it a 4 out of 5 for that reason. Its the perfect read for vacation in a paradise...or as some of us would like to imagine. I defiantly will be picking up the second book to this and see how James will win back Bianca's trust and fully admit his love for her.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Regret Me Not

Author: Danielle Sibarium

Regret Me NotPublished: May 2014
Genre: Romance

For Mackenzie Green life is full of regrets; regrets from choices she made in the past, regrets for the things she’ll never see in her future. She regrets letting her grades slip while her sister was in rehab, ensuring she’ll never break away from the rumor-run, small town she lives in. She regrets breaking up with her future All American football playing boyfriend, Brayden Turner out of fear of getting hurt. Most of all she regrets every decision she made leading up to the night that changed her life forever. 

It’s only after Brayden cuts her off completely that Mackenzie realizes how much she wants him in her life. She’s learns that losing what you love breaks you, but sometimes it’s the only way to tap into your inner strength. 

Can Mackenzie find the courage to learn from her mistakes and move forward or will she spend her days consumed with regrets? Is it too late to convince Brayden she wants him in her life and that she’s in it for the long haul? Most of all, can she accept that sometimes bad things happen no matter how hard you try to protect yourself from them? Can she put it all behind her or will she live an unfulfilled life full of regrets?

 Danielle you have done it again! Seriously your books are amazing and this one is just as great! And boy the way the book begins is very hot and heavy. I was drawn in from the beginning and wanting more, the story is so connecting and real. Thats what Danielle's wirting does to you. I feel this connection to her characters from just a few pages into the book and man danielle did you start this one off with a BANG! :)

There wasn't much I disliked about this book, yes sometimes Mackenzie could seem selfish and upset not to have it her way but those are natural human feels we all have sometimes and it just makes the story that much more real. Brayden was there and continued to hold on to hope. Mackenzie is the one he loves, and was heart-broken when their love was torn apart.

The question is, are Mackenzie and Brayden willing to fight for Happiness and the hope for Love to be reunited? you will just have to pick this book up and read it for yourself.

I give this book a whopping 5 out of 5 stars!!! Danielle, your books will always leave me in tears and wanting more....

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Hey Danielle,
 It's been a couple years since I last interviewed you, I wanted to catch up since you've had more book releases since. So let's get started...

Has anything changed in the way you write?
Two things, I‘ve embraced my strength, bringing emotions out and making people cry. And I write with more confidence. What I mean by that is I’ve learned what works for me and go with it. I enjoy taking risks. For instance, writing To My Hero in second person POV was a big risk since second person POV is not popular and won’t work for every story. There were a few risks I took with Regret Me Not, but in my heart I knew they were the best way to make the story work. So far, I’d say the risks have paid off.

Has writing become easier?
Easier? Ha, no. I thought it would get easier once my children got older, but this year has been particularly challenging. It’s actually become more difficult because my children are involved in so many activities, and I seem to be on the go non-stop. I’m not complaining, I truly love to see them shine and take advantage of the opportunities they’ve been given, but sometimes I’m left exhausted. The part that has become easier is recognizing when a scene isn’t right and writing a better overall first draft.

Characters in books are sometimes based off real people in our lives. Can you name some characters who you can relate to people in your life?
All of my heroines have some of me in them. Stephanie from For Always is a lot like I was as a teenager, shy and insecure. And many of her experiences came from mine. Maria, also from For Always was enough like two of my best friends that after reading it neither believed she wasn’t them, and they both apologized for things they did in high school. J And then there are my leading men. My husband has seen himself in just almost all of them. I will admit, there are some similarities between him and Tyler, and he seems to think the playful banter between Kenzie and Brayden is a lot like ours.  

In your newest book regret me not, Kenzie is full of regrets and is gaining hope, how did her story come to you?
Over the last year there were specific and separate interactions I had with three women I didn’t know well. Whatever was happening in their lives at that moment, they chose to share some very personal information and deep emotions with me. The one thing that struck me with each was their devastating heartbreak, and their hope for a better tomorrow. In two of the cases, their deep seeded faith screamed out to me. I could tell that’s what kept them going. I wanted to take their pain and show the emotions and guilt that can go along with it. I also hoped to show that faith brings hope and as long as you have hope, tomorrow has promise.  

Do you control the vision for your books or do the pages take over and the story takes you where you never knew it would go?
A little of both. I know how a book (or series) will end before I write it. Some people outline and plot, I need to really mull over an idea before I get started. I find main plot points I want to hit. It doesn’t matter how exactly I get there, just as long as I get there. So going from one plot point to the next, I allow the characters to take over. Just as long as they understand while we may go on a small detour, we must ultimately reach our destination.

Have you always enjoyed the allure of love stories even as a teen?
I always liked writing romance. I started writing my first romance novel at 12. But when it came to reading, I loved horror. John Saul was my favorite author. I devoured his books. I didn’t start reading romance until college. Since then I’ve been hooked.  

How many other stories do you have as a work in progress?
Currently I have three, sort of. I’m working on And Forever, the sequel to For Always. I have a novella I’m not sure I want to talk about yet, because fans will get excited. I only have about 500 words written and I’m not sure if I want to continue with it. I also started another new project. It is in the very early stages and at this point I’m mostly doing research.

What are some tips for up and coming writers that you wished someone would have told you sooner?
There really isn’t anything I’ve learned that no one told me, not to say I knew it all, I just had to find what worked for me. The keys are to read incessantly, write regularly, every single day! Other than that, write what’s in your heart, not what you think will sell. The industry is changing constantly, be open to the change. And finally, don’t ever give up.

And on a final note....

What's it like to be a wife, a mother, and a writer? 
Exhausting? Impossible? ;-) It is difficult at best, but each of these roles are extremely important to me. I’d be less of a wife and mother if I didn’t write. And hopefully writing demonstrates to my children first hand that if they put in the hard work and effort, they can accomplish their goals. It is also fun and more rewarding than I ever thought. Any time I receive a note, tweet, or message from a reader that they were somehow touched by something I created I am on top of the world. These are the things I look at and look to when I am struggling and need to find some way to keep going.

Thank you so much for having me, I hope you had as much fun as I did.  

I always do. I hope one day to be able to touch someones heart with the words I write onto paper the way you have done to us readers many of times. It truly is a gift to not only get to read your books but to be able to talk to you as a friend. You are a inspiration. Thank You :) 

Author Bio:
Danielle Sibarium, YA and NA author, grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her childhood she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs or Cinderella waiting for the prince.
In 2004, Danielle won Honorable Mention in the Southern Heat contest. In 2007, she collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody.
Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors and currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.
In October 2011, Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She has since released The Heart Waves Trilogy, Heart Waves, Breaking Waves, and Waves of Love, as well as To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together, Into You, and Regret Me Not.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Between The Stars and Sky

Author: David James
Date: September 2014
In the small, lakeside town of Huntington, the Firelight Festival marks the end of summer. A time to laugh, to live, to love. And for Jackson Grant, it is a chance to begin again.

There is a darker side to the Firelight Festival, a deadly tradition known as the Firelight Fall. A secret game. A legendary lie. A test of bravery. Those who fall risk everything, and Jackson is on the edge. Until he meets a girl who pushes him over.

For Jackson, falling for Sarah Blake might be as dangerous as jumping in the Firelight Fall. As summer burns away, Jackson and Sarah ignite an unstoppable love game. For her, his heart is on fire. And soon, Sarah shows him life, saves him from loss, and opens his heart to an infinite and wild love found between the stars and sky
David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the YA novel, LIGHT OF THE MOON, the first book in the Legend of the Dreamer duet, as well as the companion novellas, THE WITCH'S CURSE and THE WARRIOR’S CODE. A Legend of the Dreamer anthology, SHADES OF THE STARS, was released July 2013, and includes the exclusive novella, THE ENCHANTER'S FIRE. The final book in the duet, SHADOW OF THE SUN, will be released in 2015. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. David enjoys bad movies, goofy moments, and shivery nights. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

~Into You Cover Reveal~

Author: Danielle Sibarium
Publishing Date: December 27, 2013

“You start out with the best of intentions, but inevitably you hurt each other. I love you, but that didn't stop me from hurting you last night, or this morning. Love sucks. It's just the way it is.”
Falling in love is easy. But what happens when that love has been tossed aside and trampled on by the person who swore to cherish it? Can you ever trust again, or will the bitter taste of betrayal keep you from allowing anyone else in?
Carter and Elizabeth each have their own issues with love and trust. Both have had their hearts broken and carry the scars of the past into their relationship with each other. Is love ever enough? Can it overcome?
Carter faces his past with Elizabeth by his side, but it continues to haunt him at every turn. Can he let go and believe in her enough to leave his past behind him or will he push too hard and send her running into another man’s arms?

Author Bio
Danielle Sibarium grew up as an only child of divorced parents in Brooklyn, New York. Her imagination was developed at an early age. Surrounded by stuffed animals and imaginary friends, she transported herself into a fantasy world full of magic and wonder. Books were the gateway between her play world and reality. On any given summer afternoon she became Snow White sweeping and cooking for the dwarfs, or Cinderella waiting for the prince.
Danielle always loved dialogue and in elementary school began writing plays and short stories. This is when she began to understand she could not only bring her fantastical world to life for herself, but she could enchant others as well. And so she wrote. She wrote and wrote and wrote.
Sadly the first piece she ever sent out for publication of any sort was a letter to the editor of The Home News Tribune. It was a piece of thanking the first responders for their bravery and selflessness on Sept. 11th. It was chosen as letter of the week. In 2007 Danielle collaborated with Charlotte Doreen Small to write songs for her CD More. Danielle wrote the lyrics for Take My Hand, and Goodbye, while Charlotte contributed the melody. In October 2011 Danielle’s debut novel For Always was released. She has since released The Heart Waves Trilogy, Heart Waves, Breaking Waves, and Waves of Love.  Danielle graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University with honors, and currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children.
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