Category: Romance


#ReleaseDay Blitz: Two Faced by Melissa Pearl #YA #NA #Paranormal

Posted 12 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Two Faced

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TWO FACED BY MELISSA PEARL

RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2014

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 Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric’s favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who is being two-faced.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

Melissa

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

MMW

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Heat by Kailin Gow

Posted 6 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, New Adult, Romance / 0 Comments

 

Release Day Blitz

 

 

 

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Bobby Cummings went to Paris to study at the same international culinary institute as his sister Taryn Cummings. Instead of taking it seriously as she did, he wanted to sample all the goods in Paris, especially the pretty girls there. Why not? He was 19 and the world was his oyster. He wanted to be just like Errol King, a Master Chef, who taught at the Institute and was a notorious bad boy chef.

The only thing was someone was going to walk into his life and put a wrench into his plans…someone with eyes like violets and hair like chocolate silk, and a smoldering passion that consumes him whenever they’re together.

He didn’t think she would be his type at all. He didn’t think he would be hot for Lily, his teacher at the Culinary Institute. Now what would Taryn think? What would Errol think?

Whatever they thought…there’s one thing he knew for certain, things with Lily and at the Institute had just gotten heated.

This is a 4 book serial.

Heat is a spin off of Kailin’s Master Chef’s Series. Enter to win an ebook set all three, Devour Me, Savor Me and Consume Me!

 

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Kailin Gow’s life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com – The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated book series – had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon’s top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women’s shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women’s fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series – COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles – age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series – Next Book – Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers’ demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series – COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series – All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY – 2015.
Fire Wars Series – All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy – All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games – All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett – All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries – All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY – 2015.
Stoker Sisters – All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS – 2015.

Beyond Crystal River – 2015 NEW SERIES.

SHADES – 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer – All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers – All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard – 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) – Coming in 2015
Canvas – Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege – COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) – Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) – Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House – Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
– Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

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Review: True Colors by Melissa Pearl #DNF

Posted 5 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, DNF, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

two-half-stars

Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…

 

 

 

Review:

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. I made it to 64% so I think I have enough to base a review on. (By the way, the spelling of ‘colors’ makes me want to claw a chalkboard. I wanted to put ‘colours’ on principle but thought better not confuse people)

Unfortunately, I really couldn’t finish this. At the start, it seemed like a good premise. Interesting characters and a decent over all story. But the further in I got, the more I realised Caitlyn behaved more like a 12 year old than a near 18yr old. Not that you have to act really mature at 18, but it just…her attitude and general behaviour was really childish.

She was so nosy, prying into people’s business and I know she wanted to help these people, because she could see their real intentions, it got to the point where I was wanting to scream at her to JUST. STOP! The whole “seeing past their masks” thing was cool at first, but then it became ridiculous. It was also cheesy the way she got the ‘powers’ but that’s …meh.

Sure, you can maybe get emotions shown in an expression, but not descriptive feelings. I mean, there are only so many expressions a person can make on their face. Y’know?

I had liked her best friend Stella, but then she also became irritating. Selfish and bratty, but then Caity did realise this and essentially dumped her. Or was it the other way around?

The bad guys were more pantomime bad guys, and I didn’t really believe it. It just seemed pathetic and stupid. Eric Shore was a character I thought would be good for Caity but actually it was weird. He was something like 20 years old and the way he spoke was more like a 30yr old. I got confused, wondering exactly who he was.

Writing style wise, I thought it was well put together, and I didn’t see anything wrong (asides from a few minor errors but nothing worth pointing out). I suppose it was just believability and although this was more a paranormal-ish story, or something like that – it wasn’t plain contemporary – I’d still like some characters I can feel a connection with.

I always feel bad about writing these kind of reviews, but there you go.

Kat

two-half-stars
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Review: 4.5 stars to Eternal Dawn (Vampire Queen #3) by Rebecca Maizel

Posted 28 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

four-half-stars

Lenah has sacrificed everything — including the love of her soulmate Rhode — to save Rhode and the world from a vampire plague. But when the only good vampire left is murdered, she knows she must avenge his death.

The problem is that the murderer is her former boyfriend, Justin, who has not only become a vampire himself, but one of the most evil she has ever encountered. Lenah knows she will have to kill him in order to save her twenty-first-century friends, but can she do it?

The answer is clearer when she discovers that Justin’s taken her beloved Rhode hostage and is slowly turning him into a vampire too. But Rhode no longer remembers Lenah, and killing anyone is now against her nature.

Will the heartbreak of seeing Rhode corrupted lead her to take a path from which she may never be able to return?

 

 

Review:

It took me by great surprise when I heard there would be a third and final book to this amazing series. Okay, so the second book, Stolen Night, did end on a bit of a cliff hanger, so maybe I just forgot to be excited.

Wow. This is one of these stories that remain underrated. Based around love and how love can conquer all, so to speak, I was glad to have Lenah back in my life. At the end of Stolen Night she’s thrust back into her middle ages home life and plans on living a normal, human life. But out in the fields one day with her sister, she’s given a shock when Sulleen, an ancient vampire who has helped her on various areas of her vampire life, appears. And he’s dying. She’s told that she has to go back to modern day at Wickham Boarding school to find Justin, her ex, who has become a vampire. And kill him. He wants Lenah. And it’s just a matter of time before everything Lenah has ever known and loved gets destroyed.

I loved the story line for this final book. It seemed to flow so well and I found I was half way through the book before I’d realised. Although at times it did maybe drag on a little, but that was rare. I got irritated by Justin, because he was just acting like a spoiled brat who wasn’t getting what he wanted. Sigh.

Anyway, Tony is back! yay! You also have Tracy who wasn’t really Lenah’s friend back before she time travelled home. Everything has changed because supposedly everything should have reverted back to the way they were before Lenah had ever gone to Wickham in the first place. The problem is, not everything DID change back. It’s like some kind of parallel universe stuff going on and it’s fascinating how they discover it.

The action was great, and for someone like me who isn’t really an ‘action in books’ fan, I found it was easy to get into. The appearance of some new vampires that are to protect Lenah (I can’t spell the name of their group) was fun and gave another edge.

Lenah and Rhode’s relationship wasn’t smooth sailing. But I love those two so much. Rhode lost his memories, which made it more interesting to see him figure his connection to Lenah out.

Everything wrapped up neatly and in a way it was sad to have the story come to an end. Like a puzzle, all the characters went back into their rightful place. Asides from a few…but I won’t spoil. It’s a thumbs up from me. I’d have rated it 5 stars if not for the couple of bits that bugged me, but they’re not that bad so don’t worry.

I feel like I’m rambling.

If you haven’t read this yet, go get it!

-Kat

four-half-stars
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#BookSpotlight: I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl #YA #Romantic #Suspence

Posted 25 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Romance, Spotlight, YA / 0 Comments

 

BOOK SPOTLIGHT

I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl

Genre: YA Romantic Suspense

Lucy Tate is on the run. After witnessing the brutal murder of her parents, she’s spent five years in hiding – taking on different personas and faking her way through life. The authorities can’t be trusted, so she remains in the shadows, always one beat ahead of the man who is forever hunting her. That is, until she meets Zach Schultz, a senior at Monte Vista High and the one guy she can’t bear to leave. Suddenly her natural instincts to lie, steal, and run are overshadowed by something else…the desire to stay. It’s her
one shot at a normal life.

Curious by nature, Zach is immediately drawn to the new girl at school. How can a person look both confident and vulnerable all in the same moment? Determined to learn more about her, he tries to get close, but is thrown into a world of lies and confusion. The only thing that becomes apparent is that discovering the truth may get him killed.

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Review: 3.5 stars to The Trouble With Flirting by Rachel Morgan #Contemporary #YA

Posted 20 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself.

She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend.

But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she’s willing to pay, and that what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.

 

 

Review:

Okay so it’s probably somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars but putting that in the title is weird.

I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review, and honest is what you’ll get.

I didn’t NOT like this. That’s something, at least. I didn’t love it, either. I wanted to. But there were far too many cheesy cliche’s (man, i hate that word!) and just some of the stuff that Livi thought and did were annoying. So that’s why the score isn’t higher.

What I DID like?

There were funny moments that just made me LOL like when Livi tries to be all sexy and cool but then it all turns out wrong. She tried far too hard, and I think she realises that by the end. Her attempts at being popular are pathetic, though, and just made me roll my eyes. And when she went into Uni with her slippers on….OMG.

I liked the bond between her and her best friend Adam. Also, Sarah. The emails between them were sweet and natural. I wanted to slap Livi whenever she messed up with Adam. It was clear how he felt. It was also clear she was an idiot. lol I wish we had seen or heard more of Sarah, but I haven’t read the first in this series. Realising I could this on its own was why I did, but now I’m wondering if Sarah was in the first book or maybe she’s in the 3rd? I don’t know.

The problems with her parents and the incident Livi gets told…well that can happen in any family, and I thought it was portrayed fairly well.

I realise that the over all story is about a girl finding out she doesn’t need to be someone else to get the guy, but it also just makes me incredibly sad that there are girls out there who care so much about image that it destroys who they really are. They take for granted the things that matter.

Okay rant over. The over all feel of this book was good and I found myself getting into it and awwing quite a lot, even if it was mind-blowingly cheesy, which I guess was the point. I also thought it was going to be predictable, but every time I thought I knew what would happen next, I was surprised.

Allegra turned out to be somewhat of a dark horse. I thought she had been lost for good but it was nice how things turned around. There were a couple of fairly real-life serious issues covered in the story and it really brought to light what can happen if you’re not careful. Pick your friends carefully, that’s all I can say. And then you have Carl…

The ending came at me with no warning and I found myself going “that’s it? noo!” but hey that’s a good thing, right?

As contemporary’s go, this was a pleasant surprise.

Kat

 

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Review: 4 stars to Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris #YA #scifi

Posted 15 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 2 Comments

STOP THE COUNTDOWN. SAVE THE WORLD…

Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.

And killed.

Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…

Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time.

That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…

 

Review:

Having searched long and hard in the library for this book, I was beyond excited to finally read it. At first I thought this was just a kind of ‘whodunnit’ book (which in all fairness, aren’t my kind of books) but thank god it wasn’t! The opening chapters sucked me in to Janelle’s world (although not as quickly as I’d have liked) and I was fully intrigued by the time the “incident” happened.

Ben Michaels is a man of mystery. He has these weird powers that made me think supernaturally…if that’s even a word. And he had this whole image about him that made Janelle unsure. But she wanted to know what had happened – how she was alive. She had died! I mean, jeez. But no one around her believed her when she said she’d been dead. They passed it off as her being silly. Ben’s friends, Elijah and Reid are two guys I just didn’t connect with at all. The same with Nick, Janelle’s sort of boyfriend.

Alex, Janelle’s best friend, is one of those guys that I kept on getting vibes that he liked her more than he let on, but that was still supportive despite this? I don’t know. He’s a cool dude, but I just… yeah.  Then there’s Jared, Janelle’s younger brother who, though he’s only something like three years younger than her, sometimes acted like he was 9. It was a bit odd.

I liked the whole detective vibe in the story, but also because it wasn’t technical (well, not always) and I could go along with it without getting confused. Until half way-three quarters through the book, when I was so close to throwing the book out the window. The plot took a rather silly turn and I was like “WTF? That is ridiculous.” Alternate universes.  It’s not that I don’t like those kind of plots, but the first half never even whispered the idea. It just came out of nowhere, as though the author didn’t know the reason herself and thought “oh hell, why not?”

This didn’t necessarily stop me from reading, though. It took a few chapters and some eye rolling to get over it, but it did kind of take away from the over all feeling. Hence why I dropped a star rating. I thought I was going to love this book, but that plot twist was awfully set out in my opinion. I wouldn’t have minded so much if I’d been warned earlier on so I could grasp what I was reading. lol.

So, anyway, excluding the set back I had, this is really a good book full of mystery, romance, loss, angst and some serious shit going on that had me looking like :O. I think this is a one off, which is good because it ended perfectly and I couldn’t imagine it going anywhere else.

-Kat

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Blog Tour: COURAGE AND OTHER DEMONS by Jill Daugherty

Posted 9 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Mature, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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presents…

Courage

Courage and Other Demons by Jill

Daugherty is on tour from  September

8-13. We would love for you to join us!

 

Title: Courage and Other Demons

Author: Jill Daugherty

Age: YA

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Open Mike Publishing

Release date: January 2013

BLURB:

“It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing

it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in

love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane with him to

fly halfway across the world; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he

was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had

become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It

all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There

were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to

understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me

forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible

choice I could make.”

The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer

student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how

Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read

about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They

didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your

ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race

and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about

the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters

that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that

she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?

 

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10 ebooks (Int) 5 Signed copies with bookmark (US)

 Excerpt:

I walked down the steps of the small plane, my fingers skimming the thin layer of moisture that clung to the rail. A light mist was still falling, dampening my hair and clothes, and the thick fog seeped into the pores of my skin, adding to the general creep factor that had been building inside of me for weeks. It didn’t matter. Creepy fog or no, I couldn’t turn back. I had to move forward and face my new reality, which was wrapped up in the ring and the prophecy and everything else—and by everything else, I mean Simon Brady.

“We’re almost there,” Simon assured me as he reached down and took my hand in his.

I pulled away and tucked my hand inside the pocket of my fleece jacket, not ready to be nice to him. The cold or the fog or the fear of the unknown made me shiver as we walked toward the waiting car. I noticed Simon’s arm twitch, the compulsion to offer me his coat or wrap his arm around my shoulders an automatic response, but we both knew I would reject any offer of kindness he made. I wanted to punish him for being who he was—for not letting me be who I wanted to be—and rejection seemed like an appropriate punishment. He’d challenged the way I saw the world. He’d taken away my security and the view I’d had of myself and replaced it with one I couldn’t come to terms with. He’d made everything around me seem cold and harsh and perilous—including him.

A man I didn’t recognize opened one of the back doors of a black SUV (the apparent car of choice for Simon and the others). Simon acknowledged him with a brief hug before turning to me as I slid into the back seat.

“Sit in the front,” Simon suggested with kindness. “It’ll be warmer up there.”

“I’m fine,” I said.

“Maggie, you’re shivering.”

“I’m fine,” I repeated, not even making an attempt to hide my hostility.

Simon sighed, a look of regret pushing down from his brow and into his eyes, which were clear and blue and reminded me of tropical waters. He nodded and walked to the back of the car where he helped our driver load the luggage into the back. When we were all inside, Simon introduced me to our driver, but I wasn’t listening and missed his name.

“Nice to meet you,” the man said to me in a thick Irish accent.

“You too,” I told him, trying to pull every bit of politeness I had out of me and into those two words. It wasn’t this guy’s fault that I hated the world and everyone in it.

Simon turned around and looked at me. I wasn’t fooling him. I looked away and rested my forehead on the cold glass of the window. It was dark outside, and the farther we drove from the small airport at the northern tip of Ireland, the darker it became. I could see the faint glow of the moon as it strained to be seen behind the thick cloud cover, and a few stars made brief appearances in the breaks in the clouds, but it wasn’t enough light to show me what was waiting for me here.

I watched Simon for a few minutes as he stared out the front windshield. I knew the sweet and kind boy I’d first gotten to know was still there, but I also knew there was so much more to him. Whose fault was it that I hadn’t seen the rest before? Had he deliberately hidden the prophecy and everything I’d have to do and everything that he was? Or was it my fault for turning a blind eye so I could focus only on what I wanted to see? There had been signs, I know that now, but had those signs been enough for me to figure things out sooner? It occurred to me as I stared into the darkness that it was probably a good thing it had taken so long for me to see Simon for who he truly was. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that sweet and kind boy, I wouldn’t have gotten on a plane; I wouldn’t have trusted him enough to do what he was asking me to do. And as angry as I was, as much as I hated what my life had become, I knew I had to do what Simon and the others were asking me to do. It all came down to one inescapable belief. I would have to kill or be killed. There were certainly other pieces of the puzzle that were more complex and harder to understand, but that one piece was very clear and unrelenting and it drove me forward, even in those moments when giving up seemed like the most sensible choice I could make.

I didn’t want to think about any of that or sort through all the incongruous information that was constantly shifting inside my brain, so instead I leaned back against the seat and willed myself to fall asleep.

About the author:

 JillDaugherty

Jill Daugherty lives in Denver with Bailey, the world’s cutest puppy. By day, she

works with gifted children and their teachers, but somewhere on the drive home

every evening, she transforms into a writer. When she’s not working, writing

or cleaning up Bailey’s latest mess, she likes to…uh, no, that’s pretty much her

life.

 

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Review: 4 stars to Vivian versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle #YA #Contemporary #RoadTrips

Posted 30 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, seventeen-­year-­old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated ‘Rapture’ -­ or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church’s thrall for too long, and she’s looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed ‘Rapture’, her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling…

Viv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth. Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been ‘left behind’, they embark on a road trip across America. Encountering freak weather, roving ‘Believer’ gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the ‘New Orphans’, Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.

 

 

Review:

 Well. I didn’t expect to actually like this book, if I’m honest. I’d seen some mixed reviews and I guess I have mixed feelings, but certainly this was worth a read.

I’m going to have to be very careful about what I say now because I’m not religious, much like the non believers in this book. I am cynical. So I don’t want to offend anyone who maybe is religious. I know how over sensitive some people can be. 

I found myself liking Vivian and Harp  almost instantly. I liked their bond, their personalities that made them each so different from the other. Harp especially. She’s wild, funky, she takes no crap. Whereas Viv starts out prim and proper, with only a little rebellion. Then throughout the book she gradually becomes more open and as she calls herself – Vivian 2.0. She’s less sure of anything, and does things that would shock her previous self. 

Viv and Harp find a guy named Peter who has connections to the Church of America, and they go on a road trip to find the original owner of The New Orphans across the country. Along the way they pick up someone they knew at school, Edie, who is heavily pregnant, and every where they go they have to avoid Believers. Because these people are not nice. They will kill you if they feel it will help them get taken in the Rapture. The first Rapture left behind several Believers and they did not take kindly to that. 

The story behind this Rapture and the Apocalypse is interesting and it definitely made me want to know more. This book is a journey in itself. The people they meet, the problems they encounter, it brought me closer to them. Vivian and Peter’s gradual relationship (well, it was quick but in the time frame it was also slow) was sweet and heartbreaking. I grew attached them. 

The reasons behind Frick, the man who prophesied the Rapture, and the Church of America, was certainly rather…I guess what I’m trying to say is…it holds certain parallel to this world with what religion can do to people. But I won’t go into that.

Anyway, the ending was a big bowl of “what the f***?” and not in a bad way. More like I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! kind of way. 

I would recommend this to anyone that likes  a contemporary with romance and a killer premise that will open your eyes to what happens in real life. There is quite a lot of swearing involved so maybe not suitable for young teens. I don’t know. Go for it! 🙂

Kat

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Review: 4.5 stars to Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl #YA #Aliens

Posted 30 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

Most of us. 

Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.

 

Review:

Completely intense and gripping, this sequel to Icons blew my mind. There are reasons why I didn’t rate this 5 stars, but I’ll get to those later.

First off I want to point out how well paced this story is, and how diverse the characters are. Also, the development! Crazy.  I found myself questioning everything, thinking I’d solved one mystery only to find out I was wrong. It had me turning the pages faster than I thought possible simply to find out what the hell was going on. Granted, it took me longer than I wanted to read this, but that was due to not reading it continuously. Y’know, I like to sleep and eat and take breaks. So sue me!

The book starts off with Dol, Ro, Lucas (<3 him!) and Tima with Fortis crashing a helicopter (or is it a plane? I can’t remember.) And from there we’re led on their journey to escape Sympas chasing them and the Icons that threaten to invade their world. Wherever they go, they’re not safe. Fortis goes missing and suddenly four teenagers are alone, lost, and out of water and food. They travel across deserts. They have to do a number of crazy things that nearly get them killed. It’s quite a journey. Dol finds out her family might not be completely gone, and also who to trust. And who not to.

I found that I both liked and hated Fortis. He was mysterious, for sure, but there was also a sense of caring. He seemed like he actually did care for these kids and even though he had his reasons for what he did and what he plans to do, he wouldn’t have hurt them. At least, I’d like to think so. Knowing the ending, however, I’m not sure. I don’t know how to feel.

Doc, the Virt, as they call it, was just as entertaining as in Icons. I like the humour that eased us from the tension.

Now, there were a couple issues that bugged me, and the reason why I didn’t rate this 5 stars was because…well you know my feelings – sort of – about Fortis, but that is why the rating. He was too complicated to understand at time. Also, Ro. His behaviour was pathetic. Towards Dol and Lucas and just everything. I get he’s got anger issues, but it just got a lil irritating. Lucas and Dol were so sweet together and I didn’t even think of Ro being an option. He’s like family to Dol, so yes she can love him but it’s obvious she feels in love with Lucas. They all have so much chemistry and such life threatening moments, of course they’d  feel things for each other. Love triangles don’t bother me, because usually I only feel something for one of them.

We encounter a new character – actually, two – Bibi, and a fifth Icon Child – Sparrow. There is a lot of mystery (That word is used a lot, but it’s true!) around this character and it’s intriguing. I wanted to know who she was because Dol dreams about her once. Bibi is a kind of Monk that is involved with the story behind how the Icon children came about. Then there’s Null. There’s so MUCH to think about and talk about. But I won’t spoil too much.

The ending was well done. It led up to something epic and tragic, but I didn’t know what would happen, and I liked that. That it wasn’t at all predictable. They find out who they are, what they are, how they were made and it’s 100% mind blowing (well, for me) and I cannot wait for book three. I need conclusions. I need to find out how they take down the Icons (because I assume they do) Also the major thing that happens at the end was heartbreaking and I have my theories but argh.

Margaret Stohl is a genius in the making at writing books that leave you wanting more.

Definitely worth reading (even if you didn’t like Icons. Read this.)

Kat

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