Saved by Allegra Skye
- Format:Kindle Edition
- File Size:183 KB
- Simultaneous Device Usage:Unlimited
- Sold by:Amazon Digital Services
- ASIN: B0057QNNP6
- Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
“In SAVED (Book #1 of the Shadow Vampires), Keira and Amanda, twins, move with their family to a new town, and start their senior year at a new high school. But though they are twins, the girls have different fates. Amanda, beautiful, popular, is sought out by everyone. Keira, who has always lived in Amanda’s shadow, is smaller, awkward, different. Even her mother, who is so close to Amanda, doesn’t know what to make of her other daughter. Keira turns to books, and to her journal, for solace, and to find out about other worlds.
Amanda makes friends easily at the new school, and quickly finds a boyfriend, while Keira is left alone, an outsider. But very quickly, it is clear that something strange is going on in Everstock. The town and the school are very divided. The popular, rich kids act as if they own the school and have nothing to do with the other kids, who are poorer and live in a different part of town. Not only are the kids meaner here, but an unknown infection has gripped the town, with more and more people going to the hospital. Something here is terribly wrong. But things change suddenly, as there is a terrible accident involving the twins. Not only are Keira and Amanda’s lives changed forever, but a new dimension of life begins to open to Keira.
As Keira recovers, she begins to change in ways she can’t expect, receiving new and mysterious powers that no one can possibly understand. At the same time, a gorgeous, mysterious new boy, Cooper, appears at the school, who grips her imagination, and who refuses to tell her what secret he is hiding.
As Keira and Cooper grow closer to each other, it soon becomes apparent that destiny has brought them together—and that they may each have to sacrifice it all if they want to stay together…
Book #2 in the Shadow Vampire series (TOUCHED) is now also available.”
I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book. To my delight, this book was a really awesome read. I could not put the book down. I loved the story line and loved the characters in the book. I have never read anything by Allegra before but she is an awesome writer. She writes with a lot of emotion and you can feel the emotion flow through her books and characters.
I really loved Keira. I could tell from the beginning that she was very special and I felt the heartache she went through every day in having to try to live up to her twin sister, Amanda’s image. Never being popular or fitting in like her sister does at school. Never being truly loved and accepted by her parents for who she really was. Despite everything, she truly loved her sister and parents. Her character was amazing. Keira never complained about her situation or tried to change who she was. She just wanted her sister and parent’s love and acceptance.
After the accident, Keira starts changing and becomes stronger. She develops special abilities and stands up to her parents. Her image even changes. Keira then meets Cooper and it’s love at first sight. She starts dreaming about him and can’t stop thinking about him. Cooper always acts so strange when he is around Keira and she doesn’t know what to think. Maybe Cooper doesn’t feel the same way she does?
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. This book was awesome. I would recommend this series to anyone. This book was outstanding. I also love this author. She has a way of writing with emotion.
Find out more about Allegra Skye and what she’s working on at her website!
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- Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLC (December 6, 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-1937044237
- Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
“Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is. “
I really enjoyed this book! Katy and her mom move to West Virginia to make a new start right before Katy’s senior year of high school and she’s resigned herself to having a pretty boring year. Then she get’s an eyeful when she sees her hot new neighbor! Things are looking up all of a sudden, that is, until he opens his mouth. I absolutely loved the chemistry between these two and the originality of the world-building involved in the crafting of this tale.
My only minor complaint is that I found some of the dialogue a bit choppy, but if you think about it, that is how a lot of teens talk now, so it’s realistic in that sense. The other characters in the book were a diverse group and well-rounded. I was totally absorbed in the story and in the characters’ situations. I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times at the great witty dialogue between Katy and Daemon and touched by the heart warming relationships being developed between Katy & Dee and Katy & Daemon.
Jennifer L. Armintrout has created a really interesting world with amazing characters and I can’t wait for the next book in the Lux Series. Fast pacing and the sparks flying between Katy and Daemon kept me flipping the pages until I was done. I would definitely recommend this series to all fans of young adult paranormal or sci-fi with romance!
To find out more about Jennifer Armintrout and what she’s working on, go to her Blog
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As some of you may know, I celebrated a “milestone” birthday this last weekend. Yup, I turned 40. I pulled out the trusty old “melon cat” picture because it about sums up my feelings on the matter, lol. My emotions have been a fairly even mix of up and down about it, though I can honestly say that as far as birthdays go, this one was pretty darn ok. I got some major love over on FaceBook, which was really awesome. I was taken out to dinner to one of my favorite places to eat. I was given enough gift cards to get me some majorly “wanted” books and to go and buy Thor on dvd when it hits stores on Tuesday!
I also got a message from my bestie in Australia that she wants to fly me out there next year, all expenses paid!!! OMG! So between being really excited and then not so excited or more like terrified about a 20-something hour-long flight to get there, lol, I’m kinda in shock. I am a smoker, (yes, I know it’s a disgusting habit), so that many hours on a plane tends to get me biting my nails in stress. I may have to self medicate for that flight, lol. Hello muscle relaxers! Trying to sleep for the majority of it is about the only way I would survive it, but then my pal would have a zooed out “Judi” to contend with when I get there, ha ha ha. I can just picture it now! 😀 Oh, the stories I will be able to tell. Or not. (Insert evil grin here)
So, the birthday-o-rama this weekend explains the case of the missing blogger here on SVR. Now I have to buckle down and get back to posting all my reviews, news, guest blogs and giveaways.
I’ve come across a couple of really great books that support causes that mean something to me, so I wanted to share some info about them here.
First up, we have a whole bunch of talented Young Adult authors telling their stories about bullying in the newly released Dear Bully. I really think that this book is very relevent in this day and age of bullying being taken to a whole other level with cyber bullying. It breaks my heart when I see kids bullying other children and when I see parents of a child who was bullied so badly that they either attempted suicide or they did it. So terribly tragic and hopefully someday, more avoidable. I believe that talking about this rising epidemic is one way to help battle it.
Also, a portion of the book’s proceeds will go to STOMP Out Bullying, a national anti-bullying and cyber bullying program for kids and teens and a partner of The Jed Foundation and MTV’s Love Is Louder campaign.
For more information about Dear Bully, visit the book’s official Facebook page and website, www.dearbully.com, where you’ll find videos of celebs like Ben Folds, Justin Timberlake, and the cast of Glee speaking out about bullying and cyber bullying.
“ENTANGLED is on sale now IN ALL e-FORMATS at Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, and All Romance Ebooks. This is the 11-author paranormal anthology featuring NYT bestselling authors. 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. If you have an e-reader and $2.99 to spare, please support the cause and buy a book. And please pass this on to family and friends! Thank you!!” (I’m passing this message on via Nancy K. Haddock on FaceBook).
Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.
Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.
All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.”
Die For Me by Amy Plum
- Hardcover:352 pages
- Publisher:Tween (Tw) (May 2 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-0062004017
- Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Back Cover Blurb:
“My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one
moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into
storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered
heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of
nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my
heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He
has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has
enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and
all of his kind.
While I’m fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk
putting my heart—as well as my life and my family’s—in jeopardy for a chance at
First of all, can I just take a moment to drool about the cover? Seriously, I am having a severe case of “cover love” here, like I haven’t had since Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade cover. WoW! It’s just stunning and I can’t look at it enough. I need a poster of this cover on my wall. And if the amazing cover wasn’t enough to draw my attention, the story itself was just as unique and wonderfully written! 😀
I know that at first, the plot sounds a bit familiar what with the parents dying tragically, the girls going to live with relatives in an exotic location and the main character falling for a supernatural male protagonist. Well let me tell you, those small details are where the similarities end! This story drew me in, carried me along for the ride and spit me out, leaving me in love with Paris and with Vincent right along with Kate! I felt like I was there in Paris right alongside the characters and I was caught up in the telling of their tale.
Amy Plum’s very unique take on Revenants is awesome! I loved the picture she painted and the places she took me with her words. Kate and Vincent’s journey, both physically and emotionally was fraught with excitement, danger, falling in love, heartbreak and heart stopping moments. I am really struggling here to write a review without spoilers because I’m just so excited about this book, but I think that you’re all getting that from me right?
I’m just going to finish with my opinion that Amy Plum hit a grand slam with Die For Me and that I’m crossing my fingers that there will be more books to come that are based in this world she’s created with these great characters! Go Buy it Now, you won’t regret it.
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- Paperback:232 pages
- Publisher:Mundania Press LLC (November 2010)
- ISBN-13: 978-1594262531
- Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Back Cover Blurb:
“After the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Carrington is starting over. In a new city, at a new school, and with a dad she hardly knows, and it isn’t going to be easy. Trying desperately to find her way and cope with her unceasing grief, she finds herself surrounded by a force so compelling, so comforting, so captivating that she can’t deny its presence and soon fears that if it were to leave her, she might lose her very self. But is it all really happening or has her wavering sanity finally found its breaking point?
Michael’s role in this world has been the same for centuries, but now something is different. He is inexplicably drawn to an intriguing stranger so alluring that he can’t force himself to resist her. Is he willing to risk everything to be with her, even falling?
A dark force, hell-bent on destroying any chance of happiness for his arch nemesis Michael, is lurking in League City, TX, and there is no limit to his need for vengeance. How far will he go to seek revenge for his sworn enemy’s betrayal?
Caught in a clash of good versus evil, Elizabeth soon finds herself in the crosshairs of a battle that has been brewing since long before she was even born.”
Sinful is a young adult novel that I really enjoyed. Sara and Staci made the characters come to life and their emotions felt real to me. I could really feel the loss that Elizabeth experienced in losing her mother. I could also sense how close she was to her mother and what that loss meant to her. I also understood how hard it was for her to move away with a father she barely knew, from the life she always knew, while trying to cope with her grief for her mother. It helped her having this strong and comforting presence around. Without it, I think she might have lost her mind.
Then one day Michael appears in the library to Elizabeth and she instantly feels like she knows him and thinks he is very handsome. When she finally decides to walk up to him and talk to him, he is gone!? He then appears again in a park while she is running, and then they finally talk.
Elizabeth eventually learns who he is. Michael is an angel who was there the night her mother died and she finds out that he is the comforting presence she has felt ever since her mother passed on. The bond deepens even more between Michael and Elizabeth and they realize how much they love each other. They spend as much time together as they can and are always thinking of each other. Michael and Elizabeth want more and more time together. They want to be seen in public but it’s not possible since he is an angel.
A dark force appears that causes trouble for the couple. How far will Michael’s nemesis go to destroy Michael and Elizabeth’s happiness? Will Michael give up everything to be with Elizabeth forever?
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the romance between Michael and Elizabeth. I can’t wait to read future books by Sarah Dailey and Staci Weber.
Check out what Sara & Staci are working on at their BLOG
Read an excerpt at Mundania Press
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Clarity by Kim Harrington
- Hardcover:256 pages
- Publisher:Point; 1 edition (Mar 1 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-0545230506
- Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Back Cover Blurb:
“Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch an object and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex—boyfriend wants her to help
solve the case—but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s
brother, who has supernatural gifts of his own, becomes the prime suspect, and
Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of
the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust
in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me as I read it in a day, but I really fell into the story. Clarity is a wonderful character and I loved her unique abilities alongside her family’s abilities. I loved the characters, the setting, the circumstances, the mystery to be solved and of course, the history with her ex and the hope of a new connection with the new hot young guy in town. It was really interesting to read things in the point of view of someone who’s entire family is psychically gifted or cursed depending on how you look at it. Everything just flowed and fit well in this book. I don’t know how else to describe it.
A great read and I highly recommend it to all fans of paranormal YA and anyone who loves a good mystery along with some romance on the side.
Find out more about Kim Harrington and her books at her Website.
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