The Way by John Whelan-Curtain
- Format:Kindle Edition
- File Size:225 KB
- Simultaneous Device Usage:Unlimited
- Publisher:Wolfspear Publishing; 1 edition (August 12, 2011)
- Sold by:Amazon Digital Services
- ASIN: B005H7LO1K
“Gray’s normal life is about to be shattered. Well… normal may not be quite the right term when you consider that he is the sixteen year old son of the world’s most powerful criminal overlord.
From this “normality” Gray finds himself descending into a world conspiracy and murder and as he spirals into a world of vampires, devastating powers and reincarnation.
The impossibly intense pace of the book follows Gray’s rise to power in a world dominated by what may be the founders of civilization and religion as we know it.”
As I have said before, I am not a big fan of short stories. I find they are rushed and you don’t get a lot of details. I gave this book every chance, but I just could not get into the story. The author jumped around so much in the book and I just couldn’t follow the story. I didn’t really understand what was going on until the end. I was getting very frustrated with the book and thought I would be unable to finish it.
The author had a good idea with the story line but it just wasn’t exciting or very interesting to me. Maybe if the book would have been longer, with a lot more detail, a lot of action, and less jumping around, I would have enjoyed it.
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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!
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Blood Calling by Joshua Grover – David Patterson
- Format:Kindle Edition
- File Size:394 KB
- Sold by:Amazon Digital Services
- ASIN: B005MGBD4E
- Genre: Paranormal
“When Lucy Leary turned 18, her life fell apart. She crashed her car, her best friend abandoned her, her parents divorced, and her grandfather passed away, leaving her a single possession: A vampire slaying kit with a note that said, “THEY’RE REAL. FIGHT THEM.”
Now Lucy must stop the oldest, most dangerous vampire in history, before it can kill her family.”
I found this book very interesting. I love how the author portrays the vampires in this book. Instead of portraying them as the blood thirsty demons that are out to kill everyone, he portrays them as vampires trying to take the pain away from someone who is dying. There were still some bad vamps in the book that just killed whoever they wanted to.
I love all the characters in the book, especially Lucy, who I thought was a very strong character. Her home life was difficult and she just didn’t seem to fit in at school. You could also tell how much she loved her grandfather and when she finds the kit to kill vampires, she pursues the truth despite the danger and warnings.
I also loved Washington and Emma. I thought the author could have made both characters a lot stronger than they were portrayed, especially Washington but I really liked his character. I loved the chemistry that he and Lucy shared. I wish the author would have pursued that a lot more than he did. I felt that he loved her, especially when he chose to change her to save her life. Washington was very protective of her I thought. I thought the author didn’t bring out those emotions enough to the reader.
Emma was also an interesting character but I though she could have been a lot stronger too. She seemed like she was very hard on Lucy at the beginning but then her attitude changed towards her.
I feel like the author could’ve had more emotion and bonding between the characters than what he did. I just felt like that was missing from the book. I like Lucy telling the tale from her point of view. It made the story feel real and believable. I did enjoy the story and I loved reading the book. I found it most enjoyable. I would like to see the author write other books but put more emotion into them.
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Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Hardcover:432 pages
- Publisher:St. Martin’s Press; First Edition edition (Aug 2 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-0312546595
- Genre: Paranormal Romance
Book Description:“Harm no human…A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief—Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster…Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.”My Thoughts:I really enjoyed listening to the audio version of Retribution. It was very entertaining and funny at times. The author did a wonderful job with all the characters in the book, as each of the characters had their own stories to tell . They each had made mistakes in their human lives and they try to make up for what they did.I really like Jess and Abigail together and I loved the strong connection they had to each other. They were both very strong characters who had been through a lot. Despite their pasts and the fact that Abigail wanted to kill Jess at first because she thought he killed her family, she later learns the truth and finds herself falling for him. Jess is an amazing character. Despite everything he went through, he had a wonderful sense of humor throughout the book. He was an amazing fighter and protected Abigail despite her killing one of the dark hunters. We later find out there is a reason for their connection.Sherrilyn is an amazing writer. She has a way of bringing her characters and story to life. I would recommend the Dark Hunter series and any of her books to anyone. I can’t wait to read some more of her books!Find out more about Sherrilyn Kenyon and her books at her website!Buy Retribution at:
- Reading level:Young Adult
- Hardcover:272 pages
- Publisher:Hyperion Book CH (May 31, 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-1423134671
- Genre: Paranormal
“After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.
Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.
Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.
Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.”
This is the second book in Stacey Kade’s Ghost & The Goth series and Will and Alona’s story continues on from the first book. I really enjoyed it. Alona is a “mean girl” who really has a good heart. I love the developing relationship between her and Will. A fun and fast paced ride through the world that the author has created with wonderfully contrasting characters who play well off each other. Great plot line, pacing, mystery, danger, paranormal elements and a totally unexpected but intriguing cliffhanger at the end!
I highly recommend this series/book to anyone who loves a fun paranormal YA read with ghosts, a goth, some ghost hunters, a developing romance and a fascinating twist to keep things exciting.
– Sidhe –
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