Review | Aspen

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Aspen

Author: Rebekah Crane
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Romance, Paranormal
Publisher: In This Together Media
Publication Date: June 5th, 2014
Format: ebook
Source: Jen Halligan PR
Purchase: Amazon

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One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn’t want to remember the car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to keep her stoner mother Ninny in line and out of unemployment. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics and her therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, Aspen is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.

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First Impression

This will be my first Rebekah Crane book, I didn’t get the chance to read Playing Nice so I’m excited to read this. Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor…that is a mouth full of a name! This sounds like something that could be made into a TV series or movie. However, the synopsis is really intriguing but I worry this might be a complex story to follow.

Opening Lines

“Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor, get your gimpy butt down here,” Ninny yells from the bottom of the staircase.”

The Good

Rebekah Crane has created a unique and simple story. I enjoyed the fact that the plot wasn’t too complex and I didn’t struggling to understand everything that was taking place. Every character played their part and there wasn’t a single moment that I felt a character was being used as a filler while reading Aspen. I have to say that Aspen was one of my favourite characters, what I can say? I love when characters are sassy! And Aspen is Sassy with a capital S! I have to say my favourite thing about this whole novel was how real it felt! Rebekah Crane has a way of writing and makes you feel like your witnessing the trauma first hand!

The Bad

  • Nothing I would consider bad.

The In-Between

  • Developments/Flashbacks – There were some flashbacks that I felt could have used more visual details for the readers. Also, there were developments between characters (trying not to give anything away!) that were not included in the story, it was obvious they took place but there wasn’t enough details for readers to get the full picture.

Lasting Impression

Overall, Aspen is a beautifully written and unique book with key concepts of self discovery. I’m now a fan of Rebekah Crane and can’t wait to read another one of her novels!

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4 Stars


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Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

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ARC Review | Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

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Strange and Ever After

Author: Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly, #3
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publisher: HarperTeen
Expected Publication Date: July 22nd, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: FFBC
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

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In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.

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** I received an advanced copy from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.**

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First Impression

Something Strange and Deadly was a series I’d hear people talk about often but in all honesty I really had no idea that they were talking about. So I finally did my research, read the synopsis and I knew this would be a good series!! How often do you come across the combination of zombies in an historical setting? Never. While I did really want to read the books I never had the motivation to start them until I came across the blog tour. I went out and bought the previous books and dove head first into this world, and boy I’m happy I did!

Opening Lines

I was not suppose to be here. Oliver would be furious. Joseph even more so. This dock was the no-man’s-land between realms. It was a place for ghosts.”

The Good

Sometimes books can be predictable, okay most times, but especially when a series comes to an end. When I started Something Strange and Deadly I didn’t know what to expect, neither with A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Although, I have to admit I feel like A Darkness Strange and Lovely suffered a bit from middle book syndrome. But when it came to Strange and Ever After I thought I had it all mapped out. I didn’t think there would be any MORE surprises and I was beyond wrong. The thing that I loved the most about this book was the character development, through the past books we see Eleanor trying to come to terms with all that is right and wrong and I feel that as a final book she finally blossomed! Now Oliver and Daniel, I wasn’t sure what path she would take with these two characters and you won’t be able to either.

Now for the heartbreaking part: the ending. While I was getting closer and closer to finishing Strange and Ever After I started to realize where Susan was going. I screamed “NO!” at my book because I couldn’t believe she would actually do it, but she did! She gives you an ending you don’t really see coming, and although I hate it, it was the perfect and most fitting ending I could ask for. Lastly, I found that as each book was written Susan just kept on improving. Not to say that the previous books were written poorly, they weren’t, it was just that she was so descriptive in the final installment and I went through so many different feelings! I’ll leave you with two quotes that I loved and are the only ones that won’t really spoil anything. While this review can seem vague I just don’t won’t to spoil ANYTHING for anybody, because this book was beautiful as much as it was perfect and one I think everyone needs read.

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“…because I could not have my good-bye. My final “I love you”. There would be nothing.”

“Tears ran down my cheeks, but I didn’t mind. They were as common as spring rain these days-and I hoped just as cleansing.

The Bad

  • The fact that it had to come to an END!!! But really there is nothing I would consider bad.

The In-Between

  • Still haven’t come across anything.

Lasting Impression

Overall, Strange and Ever After is a beautifully written conclusion to this trilogy. I can’t express how much I want everyone to pick up this book! If you haven’t read this book yet, get it! If you haven’t read the previous books, go pick them up! Strange and Ever After won’t be released until July 22nd, so you have time! I’m so excited and looking forward to Susan’s next series Truthwitch that is expected to release sometime in 2015, let the waiting game begin.

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4.5 stars

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I am a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but now I write novels. And not novels about fish either, but novels about kick-butt heroines and swoon-worthy rogues (I really like swoon-worthy rogues).

I live in the Midwest with my husband and two dogs (Asimov and Princess Leia), and you can learn more about my crazy thoughts and crippling cookie-addiction on my blog or twitter.

My debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY is now available from HarperTeen along with the prequel, A DAWN MOST WICKED, and the sequel A DARKNESS STRANGE & LOVELY.

Look for STRANGE & EVER AFTER in summer 2014 and TRUTHWITCH in fall 2015!

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Review | Stained (Stained, #1)

Stained

Author: Ella James
Series: Stained, #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Barkley’s Books
Publication Date: August 16th, 2012
Format: ebook
Source: Mark My Words Book Publicity
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie – Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.

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** I received a copy of Stained from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review.**

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First Impression

You can never be too sure of what to expect when you start a new book. Although I read the synopsis, I found it very vague and still didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Was I walking into an Angels vs. Demons version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Or is this the Angel and Demon version of Twilight?

Opening Lines

The monster clawed the dark sky, hissing and spitting and belching ash. Its fat orange talons twisted the little house until it cracked, until the walls caved and the roof collapsed.”

The Good

  • Descriptive & Action – I enjoyed Ella’s descriptions. It was easy for me to visualize what was taking place throughout the whole novel. Just take the quote above as an example! As for the action, the fighting scenes between Samzaya and Cayne and other Nephilims were well written. There was a decent balance between the action scenes and the rest of the story.
  • Romance – Romance? What romance? No I’m kidding there was some. Thank you for not making it an insta-love driven book! At the beginning she points out he’s hot and how nervous she gets around him but Julia gradually deals with her feelings towards Cayne. And while Cayne tries to fight his feeling for Julia he finally gives in…towards the END of the book…hmph.
  • The EndingCLIFFHANGER!!! Yep, she gave us a cliffhanger as an ending, which I think was a great way to tie up a first book in a series. The cliffhanger that was given was perfect, if she chose anything else it wouldn’t have flowed well.
  • References – I know I said it in my first impressions that I wasn’t sure it I would be getting the Angel vs. Demons version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Twilight, but this book ACTUALLY made a reference to both!! I actually giggled over this for probably 2 minutes.

Are you the reason that I haven’t had a breakdown—because you hypnotized me?”
“I can’t do it with you.”
“Oh, and I believe that, Edward.”
“Edward?”
Twilight!” He didn’t seem to recognize it. “You’ve never heard of Twilight?”
“No.”
Amazing. “Well whatever. I still don’t believe you.”

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Julia saw a flash of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and laughed, half ecstatic, half terrified. “You can’t be serious.”

The Bad

  • The Beginning – The first part of Chapter 1 was solid! I can’t say the same for the second part of Chapter 1, I felt like there was too much information that Ella James just crammed into the first 3 chapters. I was extremely confused with the description of her ‘Sight’ and felt like it could have been explained and portrayed better.

The In-Between

  • POV – Once I got about 10 chapters in I kept hoping it would switch to Cayne’s perspective, but it didn’t. After awhile I was getting tired of Julia’s perspective, not that I found her annoying but Stained had the perfect set up to have a duel POV. Also, some of the details that were given made more sense to come from Cayne. I had to wait until Chapter 27 to finally get his POV and that bothered me. Also, I felt that the chapter that brought in Nathan was random! I sat there thinking, “Who the heck is this guy!” I ended up rereading the chapter prior thinking I missed something.
  • Editing – I know every book has them, but this book had some serious grammatical and formatting errors. Not bad enough to the point that you can’t read the book, but bad enough that you constantly notice them.
  • History Lesson 101 – Similar to the beginning I had no clear understanding of Julia’s ‘Sight’ or the whole Nephilim thing. I felt like I needed a crash course history lesson to bring me up to par since no real background was given.

Lasting Impression

Overall, Stained was an interesting book. It had its flaws but those won’t deter rate me from reading the rest of the series! So if you’re looking for a YA – Fantasy with a little bit of romance I would recommend giving Stained a read!

*All quotes came from Ella James. “Stained.” iBooks.*

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3.5 Stars

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Waiting on Wednesday (7): Gates of Thread and Stone

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**Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.**

Gates of Thread and Stone

Author: Lori M. Lee
Series: Gates of Thread and Stone, #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Publisher: Skyscape
Expected Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Format: Hardcover

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In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

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When it comes to Waiting on Wednesday I always pick a book that will be released the same week, the week after, or within that month. However, this doesn’t seem to apply for this weeks Waiting on Wednesday. All the books that are coming out this month I either got very lucky and got an e-ARC or I’m not THAT excited for it to be released and probably won’t buy it or read anytime soon. So I had to go and search for a book coming out in August!

I added Gates of Thread and Stone to my tbr shelf in May and when I first came across it on Goodreads all I saw was Fantasy and Time travel and I automatically added it to my shelf. And of course there was the beautiful design on the cover that caught my eye, can you blame me?! Look at that cover! It’s just so beautiful. At I later date I finally decided to read the synopsis and I was even more excited for its release!! There are 5 books in total for the month of August that I’m beyond excited for and Gates of Thread and Stone is #1! What are the other 4 you ask? You’ll just have to wait and see ;).

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Review: Sex & the Single Vamp

Sex & the Single Vamp

Author: Robin Covington
Series: N/A
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: March 24th, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 200
Source: ibooks
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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Cici Trent, vampire and media darling, spends her days finding true love for humans and supernaturals (the “Others”) at her dating agency. But someone is trying to sabotage her business and she needs help. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the one who broke her still-beating heart two hundred fifty-four years ago.


Deacon is a patient vampire. He’s only loved one woman in over three hundred years— CiCi— and she chose another. So when she shows up in his office asking for help, he finally has the chance to lay that demon to rest. He’ll help her, but for a price—a night in his bed.


Adrenaline, mischief, and a little late-night B&E light the passion that even a couple of lifetimes couldn’t put out. But Deacon has a secret and when Cici is suddenly mortal, his deception might be the only way restore her immortality. Can love bridge the gap between a heartbeat and forever?

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I came across this on my ibooks, and for the life of me couldn’t understand or remember how it got there. So I went onto Goodreads and read the synopsis ding, ding, ding! I finally remembered that at one point I requested this book on Netgalley but got declined, so I must have went and bought it on ibooks when it came out.

Now don’t let the title fool you, because it fooled me. I almost didn’t read this because I assumed what it would mainly focus on; sex. I thought “Well, here’s another book that will lack plot and mainly focus on sex”. Boy was I ever wrong! This book actually had a strong plot and entertaining characters. I enjoyed this quick read more than I thought I would, and yes it had like 2? Maybe 3 steamy sex scenes.

Now I’m upset that this is not a series!! Because now I want a Andy and Maya story! Plus, I wouldn’t mind reading about Antonio, OH! And Detective Ramirez. Robin, you can’t do this! You can’t write a great stand alone with amazing characters that need their own books! It’s just cruel!!

Overall, Sex and the Single Vamp had great world building, funny and stubborn characters and a plot that I found to be absolutely solid!

I give this 4 steamy butterflies!

4 Stars

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Review: Tales from Oz

Tales from Oz

Authors: Dan Wickline, Joe Brusha, Mederdith Finch
Series: N/A
Genre: Graphic Novels, Fantasy
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Format: ebook
Pages: 129
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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Now, the most infamous Oz characters appear in Zenescope’s intense, dark, and daring re-imagining of the Oz mythos.

The mesmerizing and often times frightening origins of the Tin Man, The Scarecrow, Thane the Lion, and a wolf named Toto are collected together in this epic trade paperback.

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While I’m very new to reading anything from Zenescope, I wasn’t expecting the illustrations to be somewhat sexually explicit. Once you get past that, you’re able to enjoy the amazing detailing in the illustrations and the use of colour to set the tone.

If I were to rate each characters story independently they would be:

Tin Man

“If you have no reason to fight, then you have no reason to be feared.”

The lonely woodsman had nothing to fear for he had nothing to lose, but once he managed to find love the witches took that away from him. This was a cruel story that shows you just how crude the witches can be once they feel like they’ve been betrayed. On a side note: Thora, I do not like you!!

4 “woodchopping” butterflies!

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Thane the Lion

I am not the warrior you are, brother. I love you too much to see you die.

This was probably the story I least enjoyed. I was glad to find out Thane’s background and the story of his family, and of course why love was so important to him. But I found I just wasn’t as interested to read about Thane the Lion.

3 “cowardly” butterflies!

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The Scarecrow

I’m so sorry, my love. I will love you for eternity. And you will be avenged. This I swear.

Now this was an excellent story! This is tied as my favourite with the story of Tin Man. While each story had gore to it, this one had the most bloodshed of them all, which isn’t why it was my favourite but because I found it the most interesting.

4.5 “vengeful” butterflies!

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Toto

She fell that day, beset by Zinna’s malice, and has not stirred since.”

Okay I will openly and honestly say this story confused me. Toto could probably be agreed upon as one of the forgotten characters, so reading the backstory was somewhat interesting but I feel that if they were going to write a back story they should have gone further back to the part in which his master battles the witches.

3.5 “wound licking” butterflies!

Overall, I found Tales from Oz to be a very fast paced and enjoyable read! Now while I put this wasn’t a series, it said Vol. 1 on the cover…so is it safe to assume there might be a Vol.2? Or does Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz serves as “Vol.2”? Either way, I can’t wait to start Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz.

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4 Stars

 

 

 

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