Wednesday, December 26, 2012

All the Broken Pieces by Cindi Madsen

What if your life wasn’t your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her reflection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?
Paperback  Published December 11th 2012 by Entangled TeenAll the Broken Pieces

This was one of those stories that I really was trying to call it the whole way.  Waiting for that moment to yell out "I knew It!"  But that never happened. It through me completely off guard with the direction it took and I have to say brava! for the awesome twist ending.

Although I was at times hesitant about the slower-paced unraveling of the plot, and found myself pushing through some of the repetitive and frustrating  "dates" that Spencer and Liv continued going on. I still give this book 5 stars and would recommend it to those that enjoy teen romance books with a bit of a thriller twist to it.

When Liv is moved away suddenly after an accident to a new town, she begins asking questions. Questions that her parents never give her a straight answer to. They whisper to each other and Liv cannot remember anything that happened before the accident. But she is having mysterious dreams about people she cannot remember..and a little sister. But where are they all now?

The social scene at school was actually something that I could relate to. I have a hard time relating to a lot of teen books because I never really experienced a lot of drama, bullies or the popular crowd as a lot of them contain. This one in-particular had a lot of characters that I knew in high school. It kind of hit home for me and I could understand the difficulties that both Liv and Spencer had to go through. 

I was appreciative that Spencer had just as much emotional/character growth as our MC Liv. The fun, witty and sometimes frustrating banter that went on between the two really drives the story. Back and forth emotionally I have to say this story really ended on a high note for me.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays! From Krista

This year has been incredibly busy for me. I cannot believe how many wonderful books I have read and the amazing people I have met! And to all of you that continue to stop by my little corner of the internet and take the time to read what I have to say. 
Thank You
Burn Bright Baby Bats!

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Zombie Playground (Grisly High #2) by Brian Rowe

Brin Skar has had a rough couple of weeks. She barely survived the grisly vampire attack in Bodie Ghost Town, the mysterious Paul is now a guest in her own home, and her dad Kristopher, dead for over a year, has emerged from the grave to try to kill his only daughter. After two somber funerals and the baffling disappearance of her Film teacher, Brin decides she needs a break from all the pain and heartache. And what’s a better escape than a round of golf at the brand new Macabre Golf Course? But as soon as Brin and her friends hit the links, strange noises and bizarre sightings begin to occur. And unfortunately for the group, the vampire encounter is going to seem like child’s play… especially when the zombies come out to play

Published July 2nd 2012 by CreateSpace 
The second book in the series carries on all of the adventure and fast action story that book one had. This time we're dealing with Zombies, and these..are pretty gross. 
The action starts out pretty fast at the beginning of the story, when playing a round of golf they soon discover that they are not alone on the course and things get going really fast. 
I still have to say that I love Brin as a main character, this story delves a lot into her relationship with her father. 
 A lot of action, fast paced story with a kick butt main character only trying to survive, but with some emotional turmoil over her father that really drives the story. Your not going to find any romance here, it's all about surviving. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1) by Brian Rowe

16-year-old Brin Skar hates everything to do with the supernatural, so the obsessive film geek isn't happy when she discovers that her junior year Film class at Grisly High is devoted to the horror genre. She's even more disconcerted when she learns that six groups in the class will be writing and directing their very own horror movies.

Brin and five classmates travel to Bodie Ghost Town in California to shoot their creepy film, but they soon find themselves fighting a real terrifying threat when a clan of mean, bloodthirsty vampires emerge from beneath the surface and start attacking the group. The teens, headed by Brin and the egotistical director Anaya Frost, have no help from the outside and become outnumbered by 

         the vampires a hundred to one.

But when Brin meets Paul, a helpful and smoldering vampire outcast who's had enough of his shameful life, she realizes he might be the only key to her survival.
Paperback, 300 pages   Published April 3rd 2012
The Vampire Underground (Grisly High Trilogy, Book 1)

This series is put together for high action packed scenes, a lot of action and running mixed with some humor. These teens are running to save their lives and it seems that there is always one thing after another to get away from.

When it comes to Brin, I found her a great character. I think that she has the most development in the series ( ( I read this book and the 2nd right after each other) Although Brin is not all that excited about the class, she is up to trying.  The assignment eventually brings on more than they were ready for and I had a laugh out moment when Anaya (the mean girl ) becomes outnumbered herself.

It's more horror than comedy, and these vampires are mean, ugly and out for blood.

Brin and Ash make a perfect team, best friends and they kick butt. No romance here, just action, fast paced story that makes for a good run for your life/survivor read.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Flight of the Griffin by C.M. Gray

Young Adult/Adult fantasy.
Living in their old boat ‘The Griffin’ four young characters and their guide become the unlikely heroes at the end of time when a burglary sets them on the path to finish the ‘Last great Spell’ - a spell to stop the balance of the World tipping into Chaos...

They become the Magician, Thief, Priest and Fighter when a magical book guides them upon a quest that pits them against magic, demons and ‘The Hawk,’ an evil hunter of men.

Join a race against time to find three crystal skulls that must be brought together, while all the forces of Chaos try everything to stop them!

Paperback, 253 pages

Published June 25th 2012 by lulu (first published April 16th 2012) 

 This is a very fun, fast paced adventure story in which four young teen boys take 
an adventure on a magical flying and sea faring boat. Along with a Magician and Mahra, a shape shifter, 
 they go on a quest to save the world.  They are on the side of Order and have to battle to keep Chaos and Order in balance.

Through their travels the boys will eventually all gain powers of their own to help them battle the evil Chaos demons that they must overcome to balance the world again. The reader is introduced to several different places they travel through and meet a variety of people and characters that bring imagination and humor to the story.

The group must fight together, become strong and brave to find the three crystal skulls they will need to save the world. The author takes no leniency when it comes to the battles, scenes and  descriptions in the world building. 

It's hard to choose a favorite character with this group but because I am a cat-lover myself I must vote for Mahra. There was barely a scene that she was in that didn't make me smile.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fractured Light (Fractured Light #1) by Rachel McClellan

I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.

Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.

As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.

In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Sweetwater Books

After losing her parents, Llona is moved from town to town by her  Uncle to try to protect her. But she's sick of running and is trying to settle down into a somewhat normal school, in as normal a setting as possible. But this leads to the guardian Christian being assigned to Llona to protect her from the Vykens.  

Llona is an Aura and in incredible danger of being killed by the dark, evil Vykens. After an awkward start to the story. Christian eventually becomes the strong, protective love interest. And Llona, a stubborn and emotional teenager, eventually grows into a very strong and determined fighter. 

Although romance does play a part in the story, there are several different aspects that made the story more enjoyable for me. The friendships she develops, especially with May is humorous and keeps the reader more engaged with the part of the story that we can identify with- the awkwardness of High School.

With Llona trying to struggle through everything that is happening to her, this story starts off slower, building up in intensity. Llona has a lot of growth to go through and struggles with her emotions and powers. Eventually ending up to be a very strong and determined, smart main character that will suck the reader into the series to see what happens next.

Fun and feisty dialogue, a forbidden love and determination to fight of the Vykens once and for all. Fractured Light may start off a little slow, but soon became a fast paced, light and fun novel.



Thursday, December 20, 2012

Blood Zero Sky by J. Gabriel Gates

“Gates creates a dystopian nightmare setting of technology and greed… a Brave New World with a consumerist edge.”
- Publisher's Weekly

Unprofitables are banished to work camps to pay off their credit. Other tie-men and women look on apathetically. "Fair is fair. Everyone knows you shouldn't use more credit than you are worth to the Company. "They turn their attention to the next repackaged but highly coveted N-Corp product on the market, creatively advertised on the imager screens that adorn virtually every available flat surface. All the while, their mandatory cross-implants and wrist-worn "ICs" keep them focused on the endless cycle of work and consumption to which they are enslaved.

May Fields the CEO's daughter would like to believe she is above all that. Head of N-Corp's marketing team, the young woman who has almost everything anyone could want spends her days dreaming up ingenious ways to make workers buy more of what they already have and don't need. Even before May discovers that the Company is headed for its first loss in thirty years, she is feeling the stirrings of dissatisfaction with the system that has given her everything she's ever wanted . . . except the freedom to be herself.

When she is kidnapped by a member of the Protectorate a secret order dating back to the American Revolution May is suddenly faced with the frightening truth of what the Company's greed has done to our most basic human rights. Will she embrace who she is and join the battle to restore America's democratic freedom, or put her blinders back on and return to her safe and passionless life?

More prediction than fiction, "Blood Zero Sky "is a riveting, nonstop, and suspenseful gaze into the looking glass, destined to rise with the zeitgeist of our times to become the anthem of a generation.

Paperback, 373 pages

Published October 1st 2012 by Health Communications 
I recently read other books by J Gabriel Gates The Sleepwalkers being still to this day one of  my favorites and the highly enjoyable Karate filled Dark Territory is one I have recommended to friends as well. This author has fast become one of my favorites. Blood Zero Sky was everything that I was hoping that it would be. I recommend this to  fans of author Cory Doctorow.

When the Protectorates (Guardians of Freedom, founded by George Washington) kidnap May, each find out more than they were expecting to find about each other. May's discoveries not only question her loyalty to the Company, but also to her family.

This novel has some scary predictions for what could happen if we allow the big companies to rule us, above the controls of the government. What kind of future does that hold for us?  Most of us ending up like robots, only focused on what we can do for the Company and gain credits to stay in good status with them. But how much control can Companies have over humankind? When is enough, enough?

The Protectorate are battling this overpowering of the Companies over the people. They have been able to control and maintain heads of the government, but the Companies have grown and become a force to be reckoned with, maybe already beyond their control.

Blood Zero Sky is an intense read that will get the reader thinking about our connection to technology and the Companies running our technology today. What we consider entertainment, could very soon lead to control. An intense thriller with a great cast of characters. In my opinion this is an author to watch out for. 

At 384 pages this is not a fast read-but it's engaging and mesmerizing.  It will make you think.

Author's Amazon Page

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis by Sharon Ledwith

When Amanda Sault and her four classmates are caught in a major food fight at school, they are given the choice of suspension or yard duty. It was a no-brainer. A two-week crash course in landscaping leads the kids to discover a weathered stone arch buried in an overgrown backyard. Instead of a forgotten lawn ornament, it turns out to be an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis. Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers—legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from an evil force—the five children, along with two offbeat adults, are sent on the adventure of their lives to save the Earth from an uncertain future. The Timekeepers’ first mission lands them in England in 1214, where they must find an adolescent Robin Hood and his band of merry teens before history is turned upside-down.
Paperback, Limited, 227 pages
Published July 12th 2012 by Musa Publishing (first published May 12th 2012) 

One thing that stood out to me throughout this whole book was that it never slows down. It was a non-stop roller coaster once the adventure begins and doesn't stop until the last page. I am not sure if it's going to far to call this a re-imagining of Robin Hood, but with a spin of it being on his younger version. 

The author does a great job in keeping with the voices of the young characters, from the current day, as well as the 1214 versions. It was a trip for the reader,  jumping to change to the almost Shakespearean language when they travel through time.

These teens are hyper-non stop characters that let their tongues get the most of them in some places. Very sharp and intuitive thinkers. They will keep the reader on their toes as well. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Newfoundland Vampire by Charles O'Keefe

Like every other geek alive, Newfoundland native Joseph O’Reily secretly wants to be a superhero. At thirteen he fantasized about being a vampire, and ten years later he’s still fantasizing – but mostly about a beautiful redheaded woman who has eyes only for him. The one thing different about Joseph’s adult fantasy is that, amazingly, it comes true one night when he goes to a local university pub. Cassandra Snow, literally the woman of his dreams, invites him to her place for an evening of personal pleasure. Of course he’s not going to say no. But when strange things start happening afterward, Joseph quickly learns that not all dreams should come true. Cassandra has plans for him – forever. And those plans don’t include daytime activities. An animal lover and recent vegetarian, Joseph wrestles with all the weird changes he’s experiencing after his encounter with Cassandra. Eternal youth and amazing power come at a price that is perhaps higher than he can afford. The constant hunger for blood and the secrets Cassandra harbors test his resolve and his mental and physical limits. And then there’s the fact that a two-hundred-year-old vampire is after his head – literally. Joseph’s night vision improves dramatically, giving him a glimpse of the darker side of the world and the terrible evil of vampires who walk among humans. As he tries to balance his regular life with the new reality of his vampire existence, he is determined to hold onto his personal convictions and what he values most – his humanity.

Paperback, 224 pages

Published April 17th 2012 by Penumbra Publishing (first published April 12th 2012) 

As the cover obviously shows this is one of the more...seductive/sexual books that I have reviewed  here on this blog. But, this particular story does not go into any really erotic details (in my opinion) so therefore, those that don't mind stories that are a little more on the steamy side, this was a very unique and different read.

I have to say this is the first book that I have ever read that involved an adult male main character that actively participated in role-playing games. It however is not the first one that a vegetarian becomes a vampire. Which does end up playing a role in the story as he have qualms against feeding on humans. And brings some emotion to the change that is happening to him.

This story was more complex than I thought at first going into it. I found the plot very unique and interesting but was a little disappointed that what I thought was going to be the big climax of the story wasn't as big as it had been leading up to. Instead it opens up the story to the possibility of a series with different directions the characters can go next.

One particular thing that also stood out to me was the fact that the outlook on what a vampire is in this story had a bend to it as well. Not everything we have come to learn about vampires happens to our main character and his adventure into changing into one seems like he was putting on an old pair of lucky socks. One of my favorite parts about vampire stories is the turmoil emotionally over the transition, but you won't see very much of that here.

It was a very quick read, entertaining and very different than what I was expecting. I found myself laughing and smiling and rooting for these two to win the battle.  Joseph really is a geek and there are not many of those being represented in books today. And definitely not the normal type of character you would think would end up being a bad-ass sword fighter.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis

There are worse things than death, worse people too

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.

ebook, 237 pages

Published July 6th 2012 by Musa Publishing

Recently I have come across several different re-tellings of the myth of Persephone. Mostly in Young Adult books. I continue to seek out books of this particular re-telling because it's one of my favorites and I'm dying to find one that makes me feel ALL of the feelings.

So far this version is my favorite of my readings. This is not just because I felt the characters were much more likeable, but the story was edgier and had a bit more danger to it throughout the whole story instead of waiting until the very end as the climax.

The pacing of the novel keeps constant from the very beginning. Persephone finds out that she is a goddess within just a few pages and we swiftly get wrapped up into a story of teleporting worlds, kidnapping, dangerous Gods, the almighty Zeus and of course, Love.

Even at 237 pages it was a very fast read, engaging and entertaining. This is a book that fans of Greek Mythology and adventure will enjoy.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fallen Legion (Timeless #4) by Laura Kreitzer

Laura Kreitzer
The full force of the Empyrean Guard leaves Gabriella trembling where she stands. Even with the Fallen at her back, she lacks the proper training and knowledge to win the inevitable Angelic War. In the Timeless Oblivion, Gabriella seeks the advice of the one person who’s never failed her and comes back with more than she bargained for. Gabriella must do the unthinkable: break the most important law the Celestial Gods decreed thousands of years ago to protect the angels. Now that she’s crossed the line, will she find a way to save the angels? Or has she doomed them all?

Gabriella is the Illuminator, the one to lead the Angels and to save mankind.

 She has many struggles in her quest and has to come up against the Emperyean Guards, finds out that there are murders among the Angels. When she has to figure out her visions, she seeks guidance with a long trusted friend. But the answers are not what she was ready for, bringing some very stressful decisions to be made. 

The fourth book in the Timeless series is a culmination of what Gabriella has been training, and fighting for. The decisions that she makes will determine the lives for many others. This story does not focus just on Gabriella's duties as an Illuminator but she also has her sister's wedding to help with and humor brought to the story especially with the  bachelorette party. 

After everything Gabriella experienced in book 3 and the war for her soul. Her constant companion Andrew is by far my favorite character. I enjoyed their relationship and even with the hardships, it seemed a perfect fit. 

Fast paced action scenes, battles and our main character who has a great load of stress and decisions to make. A great romance element and of course the daily routine that will keep reminding Gabriella that she has her human responsibilities as well. The Timeless series is one that I think older teens and adults will enjoy.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Here are a few of My Favorite MG Things!

Krista Recommends Middle Grade and Tween Reads:

The newest book in the Red Blazer Girls series was published recently! I love this series, the young girls are smart, witty and funny.

One of their stand- out covers (yet again!) next on my list is  Professor Gargoyle. This is a new series from Quirk Books and it's engrossing and fun. The cover morphs from grumpy Professor to Evil Professor!   an adventure that needs to be experienced by all, check out the audio preview at this website, the author is an amazing narrator.

And Below: some Misc titles that I adore and will always recommend forever

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Coal Elf by Maria DeVivo

Ember Skye is a fed up teenage Coal Elf with a big ashy chip on her shoulder. Having been torn away from a carefree life and forced into a world of dirt and darkness has started to get the best of her. And being the only girl-elf working as a coal miner at the North Pole doesn't help much either!

Then there's Sturd: a power-hungry, twisted elf with a checkered past and a serious grudge against Ember. Slowly but surely, his maniacal tendencies are revealed, leaving Ember with the sacred "Naughty List" literally in her lap.

When a mysterious illness threatens to decimate elves both Above and Underground, Ember is thrust into a journey that will see her confront the literal and figurative demons of her past and lead her to the head of the North Pole himself.

Yes! Santa is real. But this isn't your childhood Christmas tale

 Ember is a rarity. A girl Coal Elf. It's unusual that the girls are assigned the job of mining coal. 
She misses her parents and sister who are all workers above, designing toys. All Elves live by "the list" and in hopes to be noticed by The Boss.  Ember's job is hard from day one. Although she is able to make friends, she also has a sort of bully that loves to tease and annoy her. Since it is the Boss that chooses the jobs, there is no switching. Your stuck. Nobody questions the Boss. 

Mining is a very hard and dangerous job. This is not a happy or joyful Christmas story, it's like being the new girl at school kind of feeling to it. It's a bit of a culture shock for her. From living in a beautiful city, in a Manor to having to move into an underground apartment and only getting to visit home. But when she finally does visit home, she finds she's been banished. Like her life isn't bad enough already. 

But this story is not only working in tunnels and dirty coal. Ember will eventually end up on an adventure, and with stubborn determination, she will find the help she needs. Things are happening down in the tunnels and she is going to fight for change. 

With a deeply determined and hard working main character. This story was a darker but very entertaining read.A focus on the Naughty List and how much coal do bad kids get? And who knew that Elves could be just as Naughty! Great if you are looking for something a little different to read this Holiday Season.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland

If last night was real, Ariel should be dead. She’s not, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruises on her neck and the hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar.

You can’t send police into a tunnel that doesn’t exist after a villain they can’t see, so when shadow demons kidnap her mother, Ariel has to mount the rescue mission herself. Hot on the trail, she enters a hidden layer of reality only to find that the demons are hunting her, and they feed on fear. Ariel must defeat them before they kill her and enslave her mother. But how do you kill terrifying demons when your fear makes them stronger?

A quirky old guide teaches her how to locate and unleash her inner power, and while battling hallucinogenic mist, treacherous terrain, murderous earth spirits and self-doubt, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle.

Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.

Read the prequel and chapter one for only 99c on Kindle

ebook, 300 pages

Published October 10th 2012 by Catapult Press 

This story has a fun and quirky ensemble of characters that I think everybody will enjoy. There is a lot of traveling and adventure in a fantasy world full of dangers and humor.

When Ariel travels to a different world to try to save her mother from kidnappers. She must learn to fight and wield a weapon in a very short period of time. Luckily there is Nick who comes her way and helps her. Nick not only teaches her how to fight, he is her guide to this magical and imaginative world that was beyond her wildest dreams.

Warrior Nick is not the only one that is helping to teach her how to battle the evil demons that took her mother, but she also encounters numerous other characters along the way that are there to test her and help her build the strength she needs.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers of high fantasy and adventure. I fell in love with the world building and the variation of characters/creatures and magical landscape that we meet (or shall I say travel through)  along the way.

With all of the high fantasy novels that are coming out today with strong female lead characters. This has to be one of the most unique settings I have read. Amazingly fun and entertaining with a very strong-willed, determined main character every reader will root for. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Passion and Pain (Dancers and Divas #1) by Kathy Petrakis

Does passion and desire guarantee success? Can friends really be trusted? Can true love be found beneath lust and deceit?

These are questions street dancer Elena Martinez faces as she struggles to compete against the most talented students at New York’s top Performing Arts High School. Along with her best friend, the cheeky and mischievous Sebastien Duval, they are determined to make center stage.

But the singing diva Letitia has other plans. Beautiful, talented and popular, her desire for revenge could ruin everything for Elena and Sebastien. Now, they must fight against prejudice, treachery and deceit as Letitia sets out to destroy Elena’s friendships, her romance, her dignity and her dreams. Can Elena win the battle for true love, happiness and success?

Paperback, 350 pages  Published October 15th 2012 by Antartis Publishers

Passion and Pain is a contemporary novel that revolves around students attending an art school in which emotions are constantly running high. The fact that these students are all very talented and determined to stand out in a a very competitive field already leads to a stressed atmosphere.  But when you add the jealousies, the emotions of trying to be the best in a very limited space becomes harder by the day.

The book starts out meeting our MC when she's just 13 years old. The duration of the story is very much a coming of age story. Through friendships and heartbreaks this story is full of emotional highs and lows. Until that much anticipated day of graduation looms and their careers can bloom.  Although Elena is the focus of the novel, the reader will be introduced and get to know several different characters on different levels. My particular favorite being Sebastien.

You'll get drama, humor, romance and a lot of very determined young students thrown together in situations that will make them face their fears together. At around 350 pages it's one of the longer contemporary stories that I have read this year. But it does cover a lot of time in their lives when a lot of changes are  happening. So there is very little down-time in the story.

Right now the kindle version is just $2.99 and Free for Prime Members
which is a really good deal for this one. Grab it while you can. 

There is some sexual content, drugs, alcohol and cursing.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year #1) by Trisha Leigh

In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good

The most unique part about this book was the idea of Seasons. Althea has the ability to jump into different homes during different seasons. Living with parents that aren't her own. (this is explained way better in the book, I really don't do it justice)
There was more down time than I was expecting for a book with Aliens that had taken over the Earth. As the humans have been made to feel content, left a little bit of a mundane feeling to parts of the story. 

It was always able to keep a constant flow of mystery, but not at all a fast paced nor does it have a lot of adventure. It's a story that mostly pertains to finding answers, keeping calm and hidden until the answers can help them move on. 

As this story does take place not too far in our future, the science fiction is really not something too beyond belief or as out of this world as most are. With a short introduction the reader will be able to easily grasp the world that introduces us into the main storyline. As I mentioned above the most complex part of understanding the story for me was the jumping of seasons. 

There is a very slight and cute romantic element to the story. The ending will definitely peak the readers interest enough to want to continue with the series.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thoughtless by Jaqueline Gardner

When Bridget finds a dead cheerleader in the janitor’s closet, she becomes the killer’s next target. High school just got worse. It’s bad enough that she can hear the shocking truths that pass through her classmate’s heads. Now she has to worry about staying alive, and all clues point to the one person whose thoughts she can’t read - her boyfriend Terrence. Someone is taunting her, threatening to expose her secret. And when Bridget tries to single out her blackmailer, she’s nearly beaten to death by a mind controlled minion with fiery eyes.

But when Bridget finally comes face-to-face with the killer, suddenly a horde of brainwashed students programmed to destroy her life doesn’t seem so bad

It had me pretty hooked from page one and I read it in one fantastic sunny day. I couldn't put it down.
The main character can read minds, after she finds the dead student she begins hearing thoughts directed at her which freaks her out. There turns out to be a bigger mystery going on and she's in danger. It's got a well rounded plot, with a main character that makes some stupid decisions, but brave and goes down fighting.
The story had the perfect combination of elements. She has a dedicated best friend that gives the reader a real connection to the characters. They are not perfect but are able to love each other for who they are, flaws and all. We get the mysterious thriller aspect of trying to figure out who the murderer is and why they might want Bridget. It leads to a suspenseful edge of your seat read.
It's clean there's no sex, no swearing, and a great price!
I would recommend this to fans of Cate Tiernan's Sweep Series