Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Books from Publishers...

Here’s some new books I received from publishers! So excited to read them.



The trees are laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is as clear as crystal. Wren's world is a utopia. If only she could stop the strange visions she's started having: flashes of another world, where there are people she doesn't know, couldn't possibly know, but who somehow feel familiar. What does Blaze, the most beautiful and mysterious of creations, know about what's going on in Wren's head? When she uncovers the lies that are propping up everything she has ever believed in, Wren must choose: remain in blissful ignorance or face the ugly truth?


After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she's finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she's part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives--the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life--things couldn't be better. Sam and Ethan are inseparable. What could go wrong?

Magic.

Ethan's magic came from a witch who'd turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he'd be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. One minute he's Sam's sweet, perfect Ethan and the next, he's a complete stranger. Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan. Can Sam find out what's wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?


Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl, but now she's lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her. It's been 12 years since Lorrie's mother skipped town and left Lorrie in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a neglected, decrepit mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.

When Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator, takes an interest in Lorrie, her shame for her family and lifestyle runs deep. But what she doesn't know is that Charlie's family is hiding something, too, and that their secrets are inextricably tied. Now Lorrie must confront the truth about her family—and everything she ever thought she knew about herself.


Have any of you heard of these books before? They all sound intriguing just don’t know which one to start after The Remedy….Any suggestions? Please?! LoL. Hope you all enjoy your day and as always thank you for stopping by.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Alive by Scott Sigler Review


Date to be Published: July 14, 2015

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Number of Pages: 368

Publisher: Del Rey

First Thoughts:

This book has changed me in so many ways, there really is no way to express how this book affected me. I can’t really tell if the way it affected me was good or bad. It definitely creeped me out from the very beginning. Freaked me out too. This book reminded me of “Lord of the Flies”, from the characters to the very situation they’re in. Overall this book was unique and interesting, not my favorite book but I’ve read far worse books.

Goodreads Summary:

From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

Plot:

There isn’t much I can talk about when it comes to the plot because at the end of the book the author asked the reader to not reveal any of the surprises that came up throughout the book. But I can tell you one thing, it is full of ups and downs and in-betweens. When you think you know what’s going to happen the next moment the game changes.

Romance:

There really wasn’t any romance in this book, it was all about survival and trying to make sense of everything, There were hints of romance but nothing concrete or get excited about.

Characters:

Hmmm….they were definitely unique and full of life. They weren’t flat characters, you could actually connect with them. Though Em or also known as Savage was a little hard to connect with. The way she thought and acted just wasn’t how I would have liked her to act. Bishop was pretty cool I think he was my favorite character even if he so acted like a 12 year old boy, lol. As for the rest of the secondary characters they did their part and were either likeable or not likeable.

Transformation of Character:

Em changed a lot throughout this book but you would too if you went through all the horrors and events she went through. Did she become a better person? Yes and no, she became a different person but whether she became someone admirable or likeable is up for discussion.

Description:

There was a lot of deep and analyzing description in this book. I think at times the author got too detailed. It really got me to shudder in the dark. The way the author described the dark and the things that hid in the dark was almost too much. She was heavy on using action words to help better describe the situation which made it that much more creepy and horror like. The dialogue was good in the story, seemed to flow with each character. There was some inner dialogue but it helped the reader better understand Em’s thoughts.

Style:

This was written in first person and in one POV. I think it went good with this book because we were able to really understand what was happening in the mind of Em. This being written in only one point of view was good because we were able to focus on one thing at a time. This was a complicated and diverse world. The writing itself was easy and fun to read. The author definitely has a way with words.

Quote of the book:

“ If you run, your enemy will hunt you. Kill your enemy, and you are forever free.”

Last Thoughts:

What I really want to know is, will there be another book? It doesn’t say it was book one of a series but the ending left you hanging. There were still a lot of unanswered questions. There better be a second book, looks like I need to do some research. Anyways even though this book had a few flaws, it was a good read. Creepy and morbid yes but good in its own right. Will I reread it again probably unlikely, But would definitely read the next book just to have some of my questions answered.


My Rating:


Monday, May 4, 2015

New books I got

Here’s the two new books I got and I’m quite excited!

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

What I think:

I am so excited to read this book. I loved “The Program” and “The Treatment”. Suzanne Young has beautiful writing and I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I finished her last book.



After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started—under the cruel control of Dr. Jacobs, head of the research facility that created her. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials; a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation.

But Ariane is no one’s weapon. She is prepared to die if it means taking down those involved in Project Paper Doll. They destroyed all that she holds dear, including Zane Bradshaw, the one person she trusted and cared for the most—the person she was forced to leave behind, bleeding and alone.

As her plan takes shape Ariane will need to depend on, now more than ever, the other side of her heritage—the cold, calculated instincts born from her alien DNA. With Zane gone she has nothing left to lose.

With heart-pounding action, and plenty of surprises, the gripping conclusion to Stacey Kade's Project Paper Doll series delivers a powerful finish that will keep fans hooked to the very end.

What I think:

Looking forward to this book because I thought the first two books in the series were unique and fun to read.


So those are the two books I got. What do you guys think? Are you wanting to read them too? Have you even heard of them? Thanks for reading would love to hear from you.

-Lacey

Friday, May 1, 2015

Unchanged Review


Date Published: February 24, 2015

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Number of pages: 420

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers

First Thoughts:

The ending to this book really pissed me off and I don’t say that lightly. This whole series was about finding yourself, accepting others as they are and finding love and in the end it destroys that. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to ruin the series or book for you but just know the ending wasn’t what I wanted.

Goodreads Summary:

So many secrets are buried within these compound walls.

I used to be one of those secrets.

After returning to the Diotech compound and undergoing an experimental new memory alteration, Seraphina is now a loyal, obedient servant to Dr. Alixter and the powerful company that created her. Happy and in love with Kaelen, another scientifically-enhanced human designed to be her perfect match, Sera’s history with a boy named Zen is just a distant memory from a rebellious past she longs to forget.

But as Sera and Kaelen embark on a nationwide tour to promote Diotech’s new product line—a collection of controversial genetic modifications available to the public—Sera’s mind starts to rebel. She can’t stop the memories of Zen from creeping back in.

As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it’s a choice that may cost her everything she’s ever loved.

Plot:

This was a story about self-discovery. Sera has to learn about who she is and make hard-core decisions on who she wants to be. There was a lot of new characters introduced that thickened the plot. New technology was introduced and soon we were right alongside Kaelen and Sera, learning what they were created for and learning exactly what they’re capable of. Overall the plot kept the story flowing pretty quickly and gave the audience a fast read.

Romance:

There were two romances that struck me out in this book. The one between Sera and Kaelen and the one between Sera and Zen. They were both interesting to read about, they each had their own flare. I’m not going to tell you which one she ends up with because frankly I’m still confused on who she chose but I do have an idea on what the author meant for the audience to see.

Characters:

I really enjoyed the characters in this book; it was one part of the book that I did enjoy. I especially enjoyed Kaelen. I know as the reader were not supposed to be rooting for him but I really enjoyed his character and how sweet he could be. Though he was almost robotic at times. Sera was okay, she was a little indecisive but a likeable character. Zen was a bit standoffish and I really couldn’t connect with him in this book like I was able to in the previous two books. Which was odd and unlike the author to make me feel that way.

Transformation of the Character:

Sera did a lot of transforming in this book, one minute she’s this obedient girt and the next thing we know she’s rebelling in small ways. As for her transforming in the right way I can’t tell you but I can tell you she transforms into this beautiful young woman by the end.

Description:

The description in this book was that of self-dialogue. There was regular dialogue too but most of the book consisted of self-dialogue where Sera reflex on her current situation. As for the description to explain the landscape there really wasn’t a lot of that in the book. There was a moment where they explained an event on the compound that had good description but I can’t remember any other scenes that was really descriptive but there could have been.

Style:

This was written in first person and in one POV. I think being written in first person was a good choice but being written in only Sera’s POV wasn’t. I would have loved to get other point of views in the story. Like Zen’s for example he was such a mystery in this book…I wish I got his side of the story then maybe I could have grasped the ending better. As for the author’s writing it was just as good as in the other two books. It was captivating and well executed.

Quote of the Book:

“His determination makes me smile. He always was the stronger one.”

Last Thoughts:


Though I may have been harsh in my review, I did enjoy reading the book up till the end. There it all went down the drain. I wasn’t happy with the way the author left the world hanging. But overall I would only recommend reading this book if you've already read the previous books. Because let’s face it you have to know how the story ends! 

My Rating:


Friday, April 24, 2015

Shadow Study Review


Date Published: February 24, 2015

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Number of Pages: 384

Publisher: Mira aka Harlequin

First Thoughts:

This is by far one of my favorite series, so when it came time to read this book, I was beyond excited. This book held so much mystery and adventure that I found myself absorbed into the world again. I thought I would have trouble reconnecting with the characters again because it’s been so long since I’ve read the previous books but I was thrown immediately back into the heads of my beloved characters. I was just as much invested in their health as the characters themselves. So yes this book was definitely one of my favorite of the year so far.

Goodreads Summary:

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.

As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. 

And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

Plot:

This was a story about not only Yelena but her friends too, Ari and Janco. It was definitely an adventure for everyone and Yelena gets attacked in the beginning of the book and she somehow loses her magic which makes her that much more vulnerable. For the rest of the book she’s looking for the assassin and a way to unblock or bring back her magic. But on Janco’s side he’s trying to bust the people on the black market, of course, with the help of a wannabe assassin and Ari. Then there’s Valek always up to no good if you know what I mean! So overall the plot had plenty of surprises and was filled with good times.

Romance:

The obvious romance in this book is Yelena and Valek. Their romance was just as cute and amazing as it has always been. They had their separation in the book while they all did what they had to do for their careers. But even apart you could see the love between the two. As for secondary romance I might have seen a possible budding of romance but I’m not quite sure only time will tell.

Characters:

I loved all the characters in this book even the villains. Ari, Janco, Yelena, Valek, Onora and so on are some of the characters that I found amusing. My point is that the characters were easy to connect with and lovable.

Transformation of Character:

Yelena obviously did a lot of transforming in this book. She is portrayed as weak in the beginning of this book but slowly and I do mean slowly she starts to build up her other strengths and she isn’t so weak anymore.

Description:

I loved the description in this book. The description of feelings and landscape was amazing. I could actually feel the emotions going on in-between the characters. And the description of the scenery was well thought out and beautiful to see. I could picture all these different places these characters were traveling to. And most of all the description included the senses….really opened up a whole new world really.

Style:

This was written in first person and in several POV’s. The main POV’s written in was Yelena, Valek, Janco. The author’s writing style hasn’t changed since the other books which was another thing I was worried about. But I was just as emersed in this book as I was in the others. Definitely a type of writing that will have you hooked.

Quote of the book:

“He leaned forward and pressed his lips to mine. Before I could deepen the kiss he pulled back.

“No more until you’re better.”

“Meanie.””

Last Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book and loved revisiting all my old characters and the places they resided. I also enjoyed getting to learn more about Valek’s past and how he came to be who he is now and where he is now. The ending left off with a mild cliffhanger but it still had me in shock for a while. Anyways this was an awesome book and I would totally recommend this to an young adult reader or romance reader for that matter! 

My Rating:



Monday, October 21, 2013

Char by Mercy Amare Review

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Review


Date Published: October 11, 2013

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Number of Pages: 228

Publisher: Self-Published

First Thoughts:

I absolutely fell in love with this book. It took me a little bit to be sucked into the story but once I was hooked, I was a goner. The story was so sweet and delicious that I found myself flying through the pages. I liked the idea of the story and the romance involved. I really enjoyed the ups and downs Char had to go through, it made the story that much more interesting. This was definitely a story I very much enjoyed reading.

Goodreads Summary:

I’m Charlotte York, but you can call me Char.

My life is perfect. Except for the fact that my older sister is posing naked for Playboy. And my mom wants me to be just like her. Oh, and I caught my boyfriend cheating on me. But other than that, it’s definitely perfect... Until the paparazzi publishes a picture of me smoking weed.

Now I am being forced to move to NYC with my dad. Too bad I hate New York.

At least there is Tristan Becker. He makes NY better. But he won’t date me because he thinks my best friend is in love with me. Which is absolutely not true... Or at least I don't think it is.

As you can see my life is just... perfect.

Plot:

This was a story of self-discovery and teenage drama. I liked that we got to see Char go through all of the obstacles that you would find in a normal high school. There was also the added drama of having two sisters being in the acting and modeling business. The sisters really added a new layer to the story. It added in more drama that made the story more enjoyable to read. As far as the pace of the book, I thought it was kind of fast, I wasn’t lying when I said I flew through the pages. So overall, the plot was interesting and kept my attention/

Romance:

I loved the romance in this book, it was so sweet and amazing to read. I really enjoyed the suspense and heartache we felt alongside Char. Their relationship was so real and true, they had their obstacles but they were able to meet them with their head held high. I thought the two of them were such a perfect fit; their personalities were compatible. So overall, I really enjoyed this aspect of the story.

Characters:

I enjoyed the characters in this story, they all had their own personality and were such deep and lovable characters. Char was a little difficult for me to connect with in the beginning but as I got to know her, that connection slowly formed. Char’s mom really was beautifully crafted. The author was able to capture this woman in a way that made the relationship between the two more real and true. As for the other characters they each had their own role to play and I didn’t see an unnecessary characters.

Transformation of the Character:

This has got to be one of the most beautiful transformations I’ve seen in a while. Char started out as this totally neutral person. She surfed and hung out with her best friend and there wasn’t much more to tell of her. But as the story progresses she becomes this whole new person, someone who is vibrant and so determined. I enjoyed seeing her transform and really enjoyed reading it. The transformation was gradual to so it made it more believable/

Description:

I enjoyed the description in this book; the emotions were well portrayed in this story. The feeling of being in love; being absolutely content was fun to read. I could definitely feel the happiness and heartache Char went through. As for the scenery and landscapes I think the author did a good job on describing each new place, I was really able to picture each new scene. Like the penthouse and the Hampton’s mansions were both very vivid. Therefore, in the end the description really added a nice texture to the story.

Style:

This was written in one POV and in first person. I thought the idea of only being in Char’s POV was good, this story was really about her and the person she became. So having it in just her POV allowed the reader to really see her side of the story and no mix thoughts. Being in first person allowed the reader to better connect with the character and understand her line of thinking. As for the writing itself I found it just as enjoyable as her other books. There’s just something about the way she writes that just sucks me in. So in the end the style was really good and made a good fit to the story.

Quote of the book:

“This is my little piece of perfect paradise and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to a more mature audience. Some foul language and instances that are not suited for younger readers. However, I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more writing by this author. I thought the ending was sweet and to the point but I’m still wondering if there’s more to tell from Char. I felt like it was rushed a little but it was good in the end. Overall, I enjoyed this book.

My Rating:




Friday, October 18, 2013

Pawn by Aimee Carter Review

Date to be Published: November 26, 2013

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Number of Pages: 346

First Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this unique story. The idea of being marked is a little scary to me, I don’t think I would want my whole life determined by one test given by the government. Just think of all the pressure you’d have….nope not for me. But the book was really good to the point that it discussed identity issues and what it’s like to be another person. This book was fun to read and I had no trouble finishing it. It was one of those books you just didn’t want to put down.

Goodreads Summary:

YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed …and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.

Plot:

This dealt with becoming someone else, about an identity being erased. I really liked the idea of how everyone was separated due to their talents. Though if you ask me a test can’t always show someone’s true talent. I thought the idea of being masked and becoming this person who is highly admired was pretty cool. The idea was there and executed. This wasn’t just about becoming one of the most admired girl but about becoming someone you once hated and having to deal with the consequences. This was a story about discovering what you’re capable of and just how far you’re willing to go to save not only your life but the life on one you love. There were a couple of hard to read scenes, I’m glad the author chose not to go into too much detail with those particular scenes but they were there none the less. The pace of the book was fast, the pages really flew by.

Romance:

I really enjoyed the romance in this book. The sweet tender love she had for Benjy was cute and lovable. The romance was a little different in this book due to her being masked. The person she became was engaged to another man and therefore she now has two love interests in her life but her heart only belongs to one. So overall, I enjoyed the romance in this story and liked that it was a bit different.

Characters:

I enjoyed the characters in this book, Kitty was a little hard to connect with in the beginning but after a while her character grew on me. I have to say Knox or Benjy have to be my favorite characters, they just had so much depth and special quality to them that the others didn’t. All the characters had their own role to play and I didn’t see any unnecessary characters in the story.

Transformation of the Character:

This one’s a little difficult to explain. Yes Kitty technically transformed, she was masked after all but I don’t think Kitty herself really transformed all that much. She changed a little bit throughout the story but she didn’t necessarily change all that much. Since this is book one in this series I think there’s plenty of time for Kitty to transform, you want it more believable and to do that you make the transformation gradually.

Description:

I thought the author did a great job at describing the scenery. I had no trouble picturing each scene and the world she was trying to create. The description of Kitty’s emotions were really good. You could really feel the fear and happiness she felt. The pain and sorrow of having to become someone else; to leave behind your old identity…it was all well described. As for the mood of the book the author did a good job of creating an atmosphere that fit with the description of the book. Each scene was beautifully described.

Style:

This was written in one POV and in first person. I think that this was exactly what the book needed. Just having Kitty’s POV was enough to give the reader enough leverage on what was happening in the story. And also it left the reader blind to certain aspects to the story that left the reader surprised. As for being written in first person that allowed the reader to get a one on one account of what Kitty was thinking and allowing a better connection to Kitty. We were able to relate to her more. As for the author’s writing it’s just as good as it was in the Goddess Test series. I fell in love with the simple yet elegant style of writing and couldn’t stop reading till the end.

Quote of the book:

“The moment I stepped out of the Stronghold, any part of me that was still Kitty Doe would cease to exist, and I would be Lila until the day they didn’t need me anymore. And when that happened, all I would be was dead.”

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to YA readers and to any fans of Aimee Carter’s writing. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to continuing Kitty’s story. There’s so much left to be explored of this book and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us. So overall I did enjoy this book and thought it was unique and creative.

My Rating: