Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Ebook, 237 pages
Published March 1st 2011 
Penguin Group (USA)
Source: Own
Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she’s seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.
As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.
And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.
Let me start off by saying, this book and I had a love hate relationship. For the longest, I wasn’t sure if I liked it because I genuinely liked the story, or if I liked it so much because I LOVED Twilight….. (He was even calling her LAMB!) But then I realized that I liked it when it finally broke into its own story…. Even if it did take until page 163 of 237 pages.
The beginning and the middle was where it felt like I had read it before. The plot was extremely predictable and I knew what was coming up at every turn of the page.  I was getting sort of bored because it felt like it didn’t have its own spine…. (Get it? Lol jk) Anyways, it felt like I would never make it to the end. But I kept reading it and I finally made it to the climax of the story.
The end is what totally blew me away. It was not at all what I was expecting. To put it plain and simple, it took me awhile to read this because I thought I was reading another book over again, but the end made me not want to put the book down! It was full of suspense and the darkness of the book made me want to read the book whenever I could.
One thing I LOVED about the book, was that it had a bit of mythology mixed in it. The Hades and Persephone myth. You can read the myth here.
Then, at sometime during the story, I fell in love with Haden. He possessed every component of a “paranormal bad boy.” He was a jerk, dark, mysterious, and half of him was inhuman. Lets not forget his totally freaky, gorgeous mother. The romance scenes also made me fall for him more. They were indeed a little too hot to be in a YA novel (well to me anyways...), but still I enjoyed it.
Overall, I give this **** (4 out of 5)

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

E-Book, 336 pages
Publication: December 27th, 2011
Source: NetGalley*

Every other day, Kali D'Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She's human.

And then every day in between . . . She's something else entirely. 

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism. 

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she'll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

From the beginning I was drawn to the main character Kali. I was also immediately drawn to Barnes's language. This was my first time reading anything by her and I'm so glad I got the chance to read it. But even though I did like her style, the story was a little confusing in the beginning. There seemed to be a lot happening and it was not fully explained. Then after the story really got underway, I ended up liking how there was always something going on. It kept me interested to where I just had to finish the book. At sometimes the book did get to where the same things were happening, but it was said in a different way which made it OK. (Well for me anyways.) One thing I loved though, was Kali's character. Her abilities are amazing. I've never read about anyone that had powers where they could feel the weapons and call to them and they appear or things like that. As far as the end, OMG the cliffhanger was the perfect setup for Book 2. Now if you follow my blog at all, you know how much I HATE cliffhangers, but only because I hate the not knowing and waiting phase for the next book to come out. 
Overall, I give this book *** out of 5 (3 out of 5)

*FTC Disclosure: I received this egalley from NetGalley. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review. I would also like to give a big thank you to EgmontUSA and NetGalley for letting me review this book.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page, and BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!

This week's teaser comes from Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! I'm barely starting it, but I love it so far. So before this turns into a mini review,  here goes my Tease!

"Left with nothing but my own bloody fingertips, I let out a war cry of my own, raked my nails over its face, and fought like a girl.” pg 14

 What did you think of my teaser? What's yours?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

E-Book, 211 pages
Published August 30th 2011
Doherty, Tom Associates,
Source: Own

Cas  Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

Before this book came out it had a lot of hype behind it.... And it definitely lived up to it. I have to say, I loved this. So without further ado, let's get down to the reasons why :) First off, I love Love LOVE the cover. I am a big fan of black, gray, white and any other color used to make the other pop, and the red did just that. Also, with the title being Anna Dressed in Blood, it makes the title pop as well. Next, I liked the way the plot moved along. It wasn't too fast or too slow and I was able to stay interested all the way up until the end. Next, I loved how there was some of everything in this novel. It included paranormal, romance, and suspense. I adore novels that don't just stay in one genre. With this being the debut novel for Kendare Blake, she really hit the nail on the head with this one! It was a great story filled with everything a reader wants. Lastly, I loved the ending. It wasn't what I expected at all! I thought it was ending so many ways, but never the way it actually did. This was a GREAT way to kick off October! But now, to avoid this containing spoilers, I think I will leave it right there. Please, if you haven't read it, go out and get it now!
Overall, I give this ****(4 out of 5)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Paranormal Challenge!

I saw this on Ramblings of a Daydreamer and I think I really yelped out loud! I adore this challenge already, especially with it being October. If you follow my blog at all, you know that I am semi cheating because almost ALL I read is books from the paranormal genre lol But with this challenge all they're asking is that you read 3.... Ummm I already know I'm going to do way more than that, so I'm going to shoot for double that 6. I would normally go for more, but hey school is really not going to let me :(  Be sure to go and join the challenge like I did!!!