Thursday, December 31, 2015

Unthinkable by Shirley Duke

Description from Omar Phillips is Bridgewater High's favorite local teen author. His Facebook fans can't wait for his next horror story. But lately Omar's imagination has turned against him. Horrifying visions of death and destruction come over him with wide-screen intensity. The only way to stop the visions is to write them down. Until they start coming true... Enter Sophie Minax, the mysterious Goth girl who's been following Omar at school. "I'm one of you," Sophie says. She tells Omar how to end the visionsbut the only thing worse than Sophie's cure may be what happens if he ignores it

When you cannot put a book down, you know you have something amazing. I enjoyed this book so much I was completely immersed into it and shut of the world. I just loved this story! A great creepy read for a night under the covers. Scary visions, Facebook stalkers, a missing girl and mysterious goth girl. I read a lot of young adult novels, and it is rare for me to find one that I get obsessed with. I like the books that are a little quirky and different, because for me that is entertainment. I am buying copies for my friends. Omar is a great main character and I wish I could know him for real

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall

I loved this book!  
Summary:      Kara’s mother has just died and her father takes a post in Japan as an English teacher. She is fluent enough in Japanese, that the language is not much of a barrier, but the understandings of their local legends becomes one. Upon arriving to her new school Kara discovers a girl has been murdered, and nobody has been captured. She is referred to as “Bonsai‘- Loosely translated as being cut away and moved from her home, no roots to grow on.  And not making a lot of new friends, but there are some that find that she belongs and she begins to settle in. There are still some taunting and rudeness from the other kids, and then the bad dreams come. And she is not the only one experiencing them. Then students begin to die. Is there a killer loose at the Monju-no-chie School and will the nightmares stop?

My Opinion:    I thought every time I had to set it down “what is going to happen next?” I was very happy to find there were no slow parts in the story, it moves along at a great pace and plenty of scary happenings. The dream scenes will give you goose bumps and make your heart beat a little faster. Kara is a very intelligent character and does not back away from the other school mates when she needs to. She is curious which brings an element of detective work, and problem solving. The author spells out the Japanese words to better pronounce them. Very good supporting Characters, my favorite character is the main one, Kara she is so down to earth and easy to relate to,  but I also found Sakura very entertaining.  Most of the kids at the school are having the same bad dreams, and seeing  or hearing the cat, and then the Cherry Blossom smell appears…awesome scene set ups that get you to ask is it time for somebody else to die, are these the signs of death? This story will keep you on the edge of your seat.  I was ecstatic to see there will be two more books for THE WAKING series and will be on pins and needles until next June when the next one will be released!
To read more about this series, please visit the link below:              

Sunday, December 27, 2015

In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane

In the Arms of Stone AngelsDescription from
Two years ago I did a terrible thing. I accused my best friend of being a killer after seeing him kneeling over a girl's body. That moment and that outcast boy still haunt me.

Now my mom is forcing me back to Oklahoma and I can't get White Bird out of my mind. But when I find out he's not in juvie—that he's in a mental hospital, locked in his tormented brain at the worst moment of his life—I can't turn my back on him again.
No one wants me to see him. My mom doesn't trust me. The town sheriff still thinks I was involved in the murder. And the other kids who knew the dead girl are after me.
I'm as trapped as White Bird. And when I touch him, I get sucked into his living hell, a vision quest of horrifying demons and illusions of that night. Everything about him scares me now, but I have to do something. This time I can't be a coward. This time I have to be his friend.
Even if I get lost, as well…

WoW, Amazing and I think I am in Love. I found this book addicting and wonderful. *sigh*
I almost didn't pick up this book, wasn't sure what I thought of the synopsis. But I am so grateful I did. I couldn't put it down, so many twists and interesting paranormal snippets. In the acknowledgments the author says it was meant as a "dark, edgy YA Novel" and I could not agree more. I loved the main character Brenna, she's a little on the weird, quirky side (she makes her own clothes and can see ghosts, visions etc). Whitebird is a very endearing boy you just want to hug him. They have a connection together than is more than any typical high school romance. The other high school students are really mean and bully Brenna and Whitebird beyond belief and I was amazed at the torture, but I felt it added so much to both of these characters personalities to hear what they endured. I really enjoyed the sections where the story jumped to another characters story. (I think it's called head-popping). I have to say In the Arms of Stone Angels is one of the best books I have picked up this year, completely unexpected and one of my new all-time favorite reads. There just isn't enough words to describe the enjoyment that came from this book,  amazing writing.
You Can also view the Book Trailer here:

In the Arms of Stone Angels (Harlequin Teen)  Authors Web page that includes a wonderful trailer

Friday, December 25, 2015

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

             1922 Gloria, Lorraine and Clara. To bob or not to bob (hairstyle that is) What a refreshing take on older teens in the 1920s Chicago. Mobsters, prohibition, wealth and danger. What more do you need to know? You will love the characters, hate the characters and definately feel for each of them.
             Gloria is feeling drowned in her arraigned marriage and socialite scene where you are not to be seen with a short haircut, drinking or going to speakeasy's. (in which we see her do all of the above).
             Lorraine is Gloria's best friend and very jealous of all that Gloria is, has and will become.
Clara is a once upon a time flapper running from a secret that sets a dangerous overtone to the novel.
              This novel tapped into most of my emotions, I fell in love with Marcus, I felt anger towards Lorraine, I pitied Gloria and wanted to protect Clara. They are all very well rounded characters and you will have no choice to love 'em or hate 'em. Jillian Larkin does a great job of pulling you into 1920's Chicago. It was a really good, entertaining, refreshing read. I was not disappointed.

Keep your eye out for it Mid-December 2010. There is also more to look forward to with Jillian's next novel Ingenue due out 2011.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Clara's visions have began. They have been waiting for this day, for all Angels will discover their calling through their visions. But her calling takes her from her home in California and her whole family must move to Wyoming so she can fulfill her calling. Wyoming brings unexpected events, a love triangle and learning how to hone her skills on becoming a full-fledged Angel and perform to the best of her abilities.

My Opinion: Although there were some things that bothered me as I read. The parts I enjoyed outweighed the ones that distracted me. I cannot say that I am team Angel. This is the Third angel book I picked up in 2010 and have to say it was the most entertaining one. But there is still something about Angels on Earth that gives me some pause. I think that Angel stories are a new trend, but I think I enjoyed this one the best so far.

What I enjoyed: I enjoyed this story out of all the other Angel stories (yes I did enjoy it more than Hush Hush and Fallen) Because: we get some action with the main character in this one a lot more than the others. I am a sucker for some good action and adventure. We get to see Clara learn how to be an Angel, thus we see her learning to fly, how to maintain control of her "glowing" features and actually have a purpose that does not just involve love for the boy. (aka there is a higher/more important purpose) Oh ya, and her mom (who trains her) is my favorite character, and it's about time we had a strong mother figure in a book. It seems to be harder to find these days.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Mia and her family have a car accident on a snow day while going to visit some friends. She is the only survivor of the crash, and she's in bad shape, if she makes it. If I stay is her thoughts while in limbo of whether she should stay for her extended family and friends or if she should choose to die with her family.
         While this story was thought provoking and gives you as a reader insight on your daily life. It really concentrated on Mia's family's  love for music. Her father used to be in a band, She has just had an interview with Julliard and her boyfriend is in a up and coming rock band. And they all have music in common. I felt that this story kinda fell short in places, but can be a good read for those whom during this Holiday season would like a good reminder of how much your family and friends mean to you, and what you mean to them.
         This book is Young Adult that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Inside Out by Maria V Snyder

Ok in the blogosphere I met David and Kelly from  great people that love to read. One day David sent me a message that I should check out some books by Maria V Snyder. Stating that he thinks I would like. The Study Series Bundle and Inside Out (Harlequin Teen) I already had Poison Study on my wish list but have never actually purchased it yet, so I thanked him for the recommendation (as nice people should respectfully do) and kept it in my mind for a later date.. so I come across Inside Out available from my library, picked it up and was HOOKED! Thank you David =P so literally I was hooked from page one. I was soo entranced by this story that I literally did not want it to end. I devoured every page and found myself constantly thinking about this world every second that I was not reading it ( and would literally just stop reading so I could ponder what it was I was reading)\
Here is the blurb from
Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
Or Else.
I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.
Trella is a scrub, she works as a pipe cleaner in the lower levels. She was raised by a caretaker in the nursing center and trained to work from the moment she could walk and talk. She has only become friends with another care mate Cog. She keeps to herself, sleeps in the pipes and never pays attention to what's going on around her. Raised to believe that the Uppers are privileged and the lowers are workers being controlled by the pop cops.  But everything runs smoothly..until
           Needless to say this book was constant action, dystopian awesomeness and a complete mind trip. I loved every minute of it and it deserves much more praise. It ranked for me up with the Hunger Games and was listed as one of my favorite reads of 2010. Maria is coming out with the sequel Outside In on Feb 22 2011 and I am patiently awaiting my copy in the mail. If this type of book does not quite sound like something you would be into, please open your mind and check out some other books by this author!