Thursday, June 30, 2016

Book Review: Shaded Colored Lies




Synopsis

From birth, Avery Foster was destined to be anything but ordinary. When a mysterious storm stirs up over her school, Avery discovers a dark past and a family secret that changes everything as she knows it. All of a sudden, people are out for her blood, immortal blood. With her family by her side, and a boy she’s known since childhood, can Avery overcome all the barriers put in her way and bring about change for a race who has lain dormant for thousands of years?

My Review


This is Shaded Colored Lies by R.E. Danielle and T.D. Dean. This book is more of a short story and it is 125 pages long.

From a young age, Avery Foster has been getting told lies and being withheld from the truth. When Avery meets a young man named Kage, she feel attracted to him almost immediately. There s a war going on and she is right in the middle. To fight in a war she must have the strength and allies to do so. Avery will learn of her fate and how to control her growing powers.

I really loved the romance in this. I like books with the concept of soulmates and finding your true love. The concept of this book itself, is very interesting. There were some really humorous moments. This book is a mix of my favorite stuff in one book. The only thing that I would recommend is not to let tweens or younger read this book without a parent reading it first. Other than that... Congrats on two great authors working together to make this AWESOME book!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

UTOPiAcon



As most of you know, many others, including myself, were nominated for the chance to win the title "Blogger of the Year Award", and if you didn't know that then you do now. UTOPiAcon chooses the nominees and we, the people, vote for them. I am very honored to have been nominated and I would like to thank everyone that had faith in me. This was my first year at UTOPiAcon and I wasn't sure as to what to expect. What I found was authors, bloggers, cover artists, and readers that were very similar to me. I felt understood and it was one of the GREATEST feeling in the world!


When I got home I started going through my collection of books that were given to me and I was really excited. I don't have and exact count, but I'm thinking I have close to 40 books. I would like to thank all of the authors for giving me plenty of signed swag and their book(s). There were so many authors at UTOPiAcon that I have heard of or reviewed a book of theirs, but never actually got the chance to meet them. For example, Susan Burdorf, Erin Hayes, Ali Winters, Hollie Westring, Ben Hale, Stacey Rourke, Casey L. Bond, Jo Michaels, and many more... A lot of the authors I met at UTOPiAcon were on my watchlist, because their book(s) were my type of genre. 

I was also at the panel known as "Teen Titans" with three other teens. They were all awesome at what they did and I enjoyed being in the same room as these teenagers. I befriended two of them, but didn't get much of a chance to talk to the third. "Teen Titans was my first panel and a very fun experience to have. We were asked questions by adults and there were a few that I had a hard time answering. One of the worst questions to ask a blogger is "Who is your favorite author?", because I happen to love almost every book I read and the authors, as well. I was in one more panel aside from this and it was with Blaze Publishing.

Blaze Publishing took place in this large room with a long table. There were authors seated at the table with their books and many other books on the table. We were talking about how people judge a book by the cover. There was a game were we had to try to figure out the genre of the book by the cover. It was very fun, but it wasn't fool-proof. I would like to say that everyone with Blaze Publishing at UTOPiAcon were awesome. Ryan Hill, Jacob Devlin, Krystal Wade, and Mara Valderran(I save the best for last wink, wink). I hope to speak to these AWESOME people sometime soon!



For the next week, I am going to tell you about what went on at UTOPiAcon. If anyone wants to add their experiences in UTOPiAcon, then just email me what you would like displayed on my blog. The offer lasts all week, so whenever you want to talk about your experiences, feel free...

I am so excited for next year... UTOPiAcon is going to be interesting next year! 

#STEPWRITEUP



Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse



 

Synopsis



Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home.
However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality.
She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

Samantha's Review
 

   
First let me say, I have never read the original Peter Pan. Also, I was never a fan of the cartoon or play. I just also found Peter Pan annoying and boring.
 
Now that I've said that, let me say I really liked this book. I liked the modern twist. Like Peter Pan was still around today and taking kids to Neverland.
 
It was really written well. It flowed nicely and didn't have any slow parts that held me up.
 
My only negative is that is ends in a huge cliffhanger. One of those cliffhangers that has you turning the page wondering where the next chapter is. I'm really hoping there is a book two in the works since there was no 'sneak preview' of the next book at the end of it. If you do not like cliff hangers you will find the ending very frustrating.
 
Additionally, it lost a partial star rating because at the very end of the book there is a rather lot of cussing (for such a small few pages) and there is drinking and drug use. This is simply a 'Belle's Beastly Book Blog' rating system regarding how clean a book is and may not bother all readers.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book Review: Crush - The Crush Saga




Synopsis

When Taylor Sparks moves from New York City to Big Bear Lake, California, her life is forever changed when she meets a hot guy with winter-blue eyes named Jesse. Their attraction is instant, the chemistry undeniable. But sadly, things aren't adding up. Taylor wonders what her 'crush' is hiding. When her new friend, Fred tells her his suspicions about Jesse being a paranormal creature, Taylor laughs. But when Fred turns up dead, she believes every warning he ever told her. 

Taylor is shocked to learn that Big Bear Lake isn't just glittering lakes, towering pines, and breathtaking mountains...there's more...way more than meets the eye. 

Will Taylor dive into a paranormal world she knows nothing about? To be with the one her heart can’t live without? 

My Review


This is the first book in a nine book series by Chrissy Peebles. The first book is 266 pages long.

Taylor Sparks has always been on edge when living in New York, but when her parents want a change of scenery, they go to live in Big Bear Lake, California. Taylor is very creative and artistic, so this new place shows nature at its greatest. Her dog, Max, is always leading Taylor into danger, but she is saved by the heroic and selfless hunk, Jesse. After Taylor's break-up with Sean, she needed a fresh start and she realizes that she is falling head-over-heels in love with Jesse. But, there are many secrets surrounding him and his family. Her friend, Fred, knows this secret, but didn't get to tell due to his impromptu death. Will Taylor see past Jesse's secrets and enter the world of supernatural or will she leave before her life has even began? How is Jesse tied to the supernatural world? What secrets lie at Big Bear Lake?

I loved this book! It was a great change from the same old vampire lore and myths. In this book, there are different bloodlines of vampires all having different abilities. I don't think that I've ever read a book that spoke of a vampire actually being birthed instead of created. Well done, Chrissy Peebles! I know this GREAT author has written many books and I even own quite a few of them. I highly recommend her books. I hope to read her second book to this series, because of what people have told me of this series. The only real problem I had was the fact that this was labeled as a werewolf novel as well as vampire, but there was only a tiny part the werewolves played. Not much was said about them. I was also kind of insulted by the fact that Chrissy Peebles wrote teen dialogue like she did. Teenagers aren't like that at all and if people think that... Lets just say they are very mistaken!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Book Review: Water Weaver - The Wraidd Elfennol Series




Synopsis

The young maiden, Marella, was born to the island of Wraidd Elfennol, a place balanced by the four Elements of nature – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. The essence of each Element contained in sacred artefacts ensuring the balance of life. 

Every year, the community from across the island gather for the Summer Solstice. It is at this celebration the Lords and Ladies of Wraidd Elfennol make an astounding announcement. The sacred artefacts are missing. They then proclaim that four individuals, along with their animal Life Partners, will be selected to restore the balance. 
Marella and her otter, Nixie, are chosen because of their link to the Element of Water and along with her, three others – each in-tune with a different Element. 
Together they embark on a quest to either find the missing artefacts or somehow create new ones. As the world around them changes, danger lurks with every challenge the group face. They must hurry as the Elements need to be restored before a year and a day have passed. 

Failure is not an option or the world as they know it will cease to exist. 

My Review


This is Water Weaver by Morgan Sheppard. This book is 644 pages long.

Marella and her Partner, Nixie have been together for years as Marella has grown into a young woman and a trained Weaver. When Marella learns of her destiny as the Chosen of Water and learns of the challenges she will need to face in the near future, she has trouble grasping this. Not only is Marella chosen, but three other humans of different elements and their Life Partners, Nixie included. The eight of them are to restore the balance of the Elements before a year and a day passes. Some thief has stolen the sacred artefacts and the Chosen must either find them or create new ones. They must find balance together and put their strengths together to defeat this unknown threat. Catastrophe between the elements is causing a path of chaos and destruction among the different elemental villages. The Lords and Ladies of the Elements are blessing the Chosen, as well as the Scions of Elements. Love will spark in the least likely places and the Chosen will learn to get along together. 

I found this to be a very good book with an interesting concept! Not only did the author mix different mythological creatures, but she incorporated the elements and created a well-written book. When I first saw this book, all I could think was "There is 644 pages! How will I get this book done in the time I set it for?", but, surprisingly, it went by fairly quickly. The whole time there was never a dull moment and you really felt connected to these characters. This book gives a new meaning to opposites attract.(wink,wink.) The whole time I was reading this book I was rooting for Kia and Marella, but Daren and Marella had history so I thought it impossible. I really wasn't expecting the ending AND there was a good ending! I kind of wish the author could have put this book into two books, so it would be easier to digest, but other than that it was great. This is a book for most ages, if kids have the patience to read a long book.

Book Review: Everblue (Mer Tales #1) by Brenda Pandos


 

Synopsis



She wanted her life to change... he wanted his to stay the same.

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.

Samantha's Review
 
   
I went into this story a little leary because a lot of mermaid tales tend to have sex and nudity in them. But I was very surprised to find that it didn't! These teen mers are modest, even their 'curse' words tend to be comical (eg: "holy starfish") which some may find silly but I enjoyed.
 
Within the first few chapters I was pulled into this story. I found myself a member of their world, which was due to the good writing and description of the author.
I would highly recommend this book for tweens, teens and adults who enjoy a mermaid tale. Be warned, though, this is a series and the story is a bit unfinished (cliffhanger). I don't mind it, because I like them, but some readers might not.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Review: Marella - The Wraidd Elfennol Series




Synopsis

Marella has grown up on the island of Wraidd Elfennol, where humans, animals and the very Elements live in harmony together. 

Since she was a youngling, the draw towards Water has always been the strongest. It is one of the reasons Marella wants nothing more than for that Element to be her Primary, so she can become a Water Weaver, gifted in hydromancy. Each youngling goes to the main village of Charon for the Test to find out which of the Elements they are strongest in, which in turn, will determine their futures. 
Marella’s best friend since childhood, Daren, is also going for his Test. They have been best friends since childhood, getting into many adventures together, as their families spend rest days together. 

Yet when the day comes where their fates will be decided, doubts and insecurities creep into Marella’s mind. What happens when you don’t get what you wish for? And what happens if you do? At this time of their lives, when their paths are about to take Marella and Daren to different places, will they get what they wish for?

My Review


This is the first book in a two book series by Morgan Sheppard. This is a 105 page book.

Marella has always wanted to be a Water Weaver and she didn't think it possible till the day of the Test. She is different from everyone and after she gets her Partner Nixie her parents realize this too. Daren, her best friend, and herself are going to training with all the elements to balance out. Not only does Marella meet new people, but she learns to cope with her new life. There are things she doesn't know, but she will learn of her Calling soon enough.

This was a great book! I definitely recommend people to read this book before reading "Water Weaver", because you will get confused. This book went by fast and was full of detail. I actually felt like I was walking to the Water Lodge and like I was actually at the Testing. This is a book for all ages. Great job, Morgan Sheppard!!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Book Review: Wicked by Gregory Maguire



 

Synopsis



When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Samantha's Review
 

   
I have always been a big fan of The Wizard of Oz. I actually didn't hear about this book until it became a musical and I loved the music so much I decided to read it (though I know it's not a musical style book).
 
It is a very interesting take on the life of the Wicked Witch and how she came to be. It goes to show you that no character is truly wicked or evil, there is always something behind the curtain that is tender and good.
There are a few scenes that suggest adult situations, which is why I dropped it to a four star rating. I wouldn't necessarily suggest this for tweens or young teens. But I do think it's a great adaptation.
Apparently it is part of a series, however I felt it worked as a stand alone book. I'm not sure if I will read on simply because I liked it so much on it's own. We will see.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Review: Skin and Bones - The Ever Chase Chronicles




Synopsis

Teens are turning up dead, and it will take a special team to catch a killer. 

Derek Doyle has been a member of the Paranormal Investigations Team since the monsters revealed themselves to the world. Considering that he thinks a monster is needed to catch a monster, he's definitely in the right place. As a lone wolf not used to letting many people in, neither man nor beast was prepared for the effect consultant Dr. Ever Chace has on them. 
Growing up human in a world of supernatural creatures, Dr. Ever Chace has always felt a need to be special, to stand out. When asked to consult on a case where teens are being brutalized, she relishes the chance to make a difference and help stop a monster. But working alongside a wolf who she's so drawn to could be the beginning of something Ever might never have envisioned. 
Fate and Destiny have a funny way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. With a murderer on the loose, Ever and Derek will have to put their attraction to one another aside while the hunt continues. 
Easier said than done… right?

My Review


This is Skin and Bones by Susan Harris. This book is 281 pages long.

Have you ever known deep inside yourself that you had another purpose in life, but it was just out of reach? Well, Ever has always felt that way, but when a series of strange murders cause her uncle to call her into duty at the P.I.T. ,  Ever learns she isn't alone in her feelings. Derek Doyle is a lone wolf that believes that it takes a monster to find a monster. He has tried to isolate himself from his friends until he meets Ever Chace, a studier of all things paranormal. There is a strange bond that is pulling them together, but they can't catch the murderer if they are too busy thinking about each other. They realize this the hard way when a human member of their team is captured by the murderer. With the full moon a few days away, Derek is on edge to find the murderer and get away from humanity for the full day that he will be wolfed-out. Ever is no mere human, but she doesn't know the voices in her head and her dreams are part of her past. She must find her way back to her real family, with the help of Derek. Will they save their friend and end the murders that are killing teens? Who is Ever, really? What kind of secrets are hidden from the P.I.T. ?

This was a great book from the start and it held a steady pace. There was problems with the labeling of the book, though. This book was supposed to be clean teen, but this is more of a New Adult read. Ever has very adult thoughts for Derek and they are explained graphically. There are other implications, as well as the F-Bomb dropped a few times. The thoughts are few, though, so this could be considered Young Adult. I would have definitely gave this a better rating if it had actually been labeled right. I would love to read the next book, if it was actual clean teen. All I'm saying is that parental descresion is advised. I think that's what they say in the movies!?! 


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Book Review: I Do Believe in Faeries - The Fairy Revels Collection




Synopsis

Abby knew that life wasn’t fair. That’s why she turned to the Fair Ones. Abby thinks she’s a disappointment. Even though she’s grown up in a family of powerful witches, she can’t use magick, she can’t connect to nature, she can’t do anything special – she’s just a normal human. And normal isn’t good enough for her. When faeries offer her one wish, she doesn’t hesitate to wish for magick of her own. But wishes require a sacrifice. And that sacrifice is her friend Alaian's unborn baby. Magickal or not, Abby has to make things right. She ventures into Tír na nÓg to rescue the infant before it’s too late. There's only one problem. Once she’s there, she may never be able to leave.

My Review


This is "I Do Believe in Faeries" by Erin Hayes. This book is 168 pages long.

Abby feels like she is an outcast in her own home, because of the fact that everyone but her can cast magick. Abby's older sister's friend is pregnant and Abby is in a bit of a predicament. When Abby makes a deal with some pixies to get magick, but the sacrifice needed isn't hers to give. Her friend's baby is being offered to one of the four Fae courts. Only with the help of a strong and mischievous fae can she find the baby. There are many obstacles, but the biggest is the possibility that she can't leave the fae realm, Tir na nÓg. Abby is falling for the fae and is even thinking about giving up her magick for him and the baby. Who is this fae? Which realm is the baby in? Will Abby leave the fae realm?

This was a great book. Erin Hayes definitely captured the fae realm in all of it's beautiful glory with an exotic use of descriptive words. Erin Hayes descriptions of the fae lands made me feel like I was actually there with Abby. Abby is a strong character with slight anger issues(if you know what I mean. wink, wink.) This is definitely a book for all ages and has a happy ending.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Book Review: Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell


 

Synopsis



History is told from one person’s perspective. Sometimes they don’t get it right.

Ugly Stepsister Anna has wrongly been accused of being mean and evil. Now it is time she got the opportunity to tell her side of the story.

With Cinderella so perfect and wonderful, it is no wonder Anna feels ugly in comparison. Dealing with bullies, a grumpy mother and the death of her step-father, Anna is at her wits end.

When the Prince’s ball approaches, Anna is told she must find a husband to save the family fortune. Attending with her sisters, the sulky Prince Charming only has eyes for Cinderella.

With the burden of being the only one to unite her step-sister with the Prince, will Anna act as cupid? Or will she protect Cinderella from the arrogant Charming?

A charming twist to the story of Cinderella, told completely from the point of view of the Ugly Step-Sister.


Samantha's Review
 

   
The negatives about this book are the length and the cover. The book cover seems a bit unprofessional. The reason the length is a negative is because I wanted more!
This story was really cute and super good. I devoured it in one sitting and seriously found myself saying "Oh please more!".
 
It is well written and you really feel this is the story that the fairy tales forgot to include. I found myself hating Cinderella and believing that she really was just some spoiled dramatic girl who exaggerated her treatment and played the victim.
I would happily read more stories like this by the author. 
 
 
                  

 
 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Book Review: Fractured Glass - A Novel Anthology




Synopsis

What if other worlds existed alongside your own? What if you could travel through them and truly escape reality?

Sloan and Harley Glass were born moments apart; but, despite their differences, the sixteen-year-old twins couldn't be closer. They've held their tongues each and every time their mother has uprooted them--often moving across the country with little notice. They've learned to accept change. But what is Mom running from? They discover they're travelers--half-descendants of those who can traverse an entire universe of parallel worlds known as fractals. When the past catches up, Harley is kidnapped and taken to one of those distant worlds. Now, Sloan must garner her courage and find a way to rescue her sister. Traversing the worlds isn't the hard part; it's surviving the elements and the creatures lying in wait to destroy everything in their path.

Will the Glass sisters be able to save the fractal worlds from the kidnapper, or will everything fracture and crumble around them?

My Review


This is a Novel Anthology called "Fractured Glass" by Tia Silverthorne Bach, Jo Michaels, N.L. Greene, Casey L. Bond, and Kelly Risser. This book is 424 pages long.

The Glass sisters, Sloan and Harley, have always moved around with their mom and didn't even ask questions. When they settle in a place they soon call home, they are surprised by the secrets their mom has kept from them. Not only are they twins, but they have the same dreams and whenever their birthmarks touch a map of new worlds can be formed. These worlds are called fractals and only when Sloan gives her best friend, Diego, a journal of various notes and pictures does he figure out the truth. The twin's father is looking to use them for his own selfish needs of taking over the fractals and there is only two people in the world with enough power to do it... Harley and Sloan's powers joined. Now they must race among the fractals making allies and surviving to find each other again. Elba, ruler over the Castle of Nightmares, has her own agenda, but is willing to help imprison the twin's father. Who are these new allies? Why does the father need the twins? What is Elba's agenda?

This had a very interesting concept... I mean, I don't particularly like the Sci-Fi genre, but it was still a good read. And the way that all of thee authors continued each others stories was great and very well-done. It was pretty slow in the beginning, but it really started to progress. There was also the confusing parts that, to me, weren't explained thoroughly. Like, how exactly Sloan and Harley got home so quickly unlike other times when they had to transverse many fractals. There are a few minor errors, but it was masked with the well-written plot and complex characters. This is definitely a book for all ages and can relate to many teens. I give a round of applause to all of these great authors banding together to create a Novel Anthology!!! 


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Book Review: Dying to Live & Fighting to Live Combo - The Zombie Overload Series




Synopsis

Admit it. You think about it, fantasize about it, live through it in your head. But what would you do if zombies became a reality? If you actually were to see the dead walk, attack and kill people you know - who then rise right in front of your eyes? What would you do when the undead don't follow the script you've played out - over and over - in your own mind? 
Find out what happens to a woman in central Illinois when her life is 
turned upside down. Zombies become real and so does the danger. Her 
family means the most to her, but can she keep them alive? Can she keep 
herself alive? 
In this double edition that begins with a novelette, you are a big part of the story. The main character "speaks" to you often and you're invited into her thoughts - which can be quite humorous at times. She's not perfect and she knows it. She strong and she's a fighter...but she doesn't know it.

My Review


This is a combo of both book one and two of the Zombie Overload series by C.M. Wright. This book combo is 241 pages long.

Canada loves her husband and two boys more than her own. When a "virus" happens to break out, Canada has to get her family to a safe place and gather Will, her husband's, family to keep safe, too. Not only are the dead dangerous, but they find that the living are just as dangerous. Many will die and some will go missing. Canada finds two babies and becomes their adopted mother. Jake, the military man that saved their butts many times, is starting to grow closer to Canada. To save herself she has to choose between two people she loves. Who is going to die? Does Canada have the same feelings for Jake? How will Canada survive while keeping her family safe from the zombies?

This was a great book! I liked how the author made you feel part of the book and throughout the book you can feel Canada's tension and anxiety. It did have A LOT of cussing, but the F-Bomb wasn't dropped. It did talk about sex on two occasions, but it wasn't graphic and it was only a question and answer. It is YA or above readers, at least that is my opinion. This book left me guessing and ended with a major cliff-hanger. I can't wait to read the next book!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Book Review: Entangled by Nikki Jefford

 

Synopsis


Two months after dying, 17-year-old Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.
Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every 24 hours. Her sister has left clear instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a preppy isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.
 
The students and faculty of McKinley High might be quick to write her odd behavior off as delayed grief, but bad boy Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.
Now Gray’s left with questions about how she died, what went wrong with her mother’s resurrection spell, and what will happen to her if she doesn’t disentangle herself from her sister’s body.

 
 
Samantha's Review
 
   
This story takes the 'twins' relationship to a whole new level! Going to sleep one night with a touch of upset stomach and waking up two months later in your sisters body?
 
 
 I really loved this story! Even though there is magic involved, it felt very believable to me. And the twist with the sisters... seriously? I won't say too much because I don't want to give a lot away, but that was crazy insane and such a cool concept. I will be reading the next book for sure :)
 
 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Book Review: Descent - The Gryphon Series Resurrection



Synopsis

It's been too long since the lion roared ... 
the eagle flew ... 
and the fated Celtic warrior embraced her destiny. 

Now, with an unknown darkness swirling and the body count rising, Gainesboro needs a hero more than ever. A new battle is brewing. Who will answer the call to war? 
The time has come. 
The stage is set. 
And, the Garretts are back in a brand new novella!

My Review


This is the first book in a novella series by Stacey Rourke. This book is 92 pages long.

Rowan finally has Celeste all to himself. Ever sense the mass memory swipe, the Council placed on everyone close or near to Celeste, Rowan hasn't had to deal with a certain handsome Irishman. For some reason the Dark Army Glee Club and himself haven't forgotten of the calling. On campus, murders have been taking place and it is starting to awaken the warrior in Celeste. The only way to keep Celeste safe is to find the killer. That is no small feat, because this murderer isn't human... He is a demon known as a Hellhound. The Hellhound is someone Rowan would never expect and to save his lass, Celeste he might just have to make the sacrifice of his life. Rowan is different and might actually be falling for Celeste. Is Rowan going soft? Who is cursed as the Hellhound? Will Celeste start to remember?

This was a great novella! It was kind of like a sequel of the Gryphon Series. I thought it was cool how it was in Rowan's point of view, because Celeste sort-of paints Rowan as a narcissistic pirate that doesn't give a rat's behind what happens to anyone else. He isn't like that at all... Well except when he is trying to hide his true emotions. This is definitely teen - YA above, because of the language and a bit of vulgar slang. Other than that it was fie. It ended with a cliff-hanger and there was plenty of twists. I can't wait to read the next book in this new sequel series.