Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Review: Ignited - The Ignited Series


Seventeen year old Kris Young is on the run from a throng of superhuman golden-eyed freaks hell-bent on seeing her dead, and she doesn't know why. Good thing she has her guardian angel to protect her...sort of. 

Kris is aided by Nathan, the mysterious man that ends up being anything but angelic when he rescues her for the fourth time in fourteen years. Even if the handsome hero illusion is shattered by his harsh treatment of her, he knows how to fight this strange enemy and is determined to keep her safe at all costs. As the body count rises in their wake, Nathan introduces Kris to a world in which not everyone is human and the battle lines between good and evil are clearly drawn. Kris's piece in the puzzle is something neither is aware of and, as they uncover the truth, neither is prepared for what they find. Overcoming twists and revelations that shatter both of their lives, they discover that nothing is as it seems and nothing, least of all their hearts, are safe. 

My Review

This is the first book in a four book series by Desni Dantone. This book is 344 pages long.

Kris has been traumatized with a series of events that she came out of alive, while her loved ones died. Kris has always remembered her savior(who she though was her guardian angel), and she has always wanted to question him. When evil comes to Kris's doorstep demanding compliance, she gets to, once again, witness the hot wrath that is her savior, Nathan. Secrets are being kept from her for her own "safety", but what neither of them know is all of the knowledge that Kris doesn't know is actually quite vital for her survival. Along the way of survival comes feelings and secrets will be revealed. Why does evil need Kris? Who is Nathan? Will they survive together?

This was a GREAT book! I was always kept on my toes and there were some VERY unexpected complications that both Nathan and Kris had to face. What I really liked was the use of Greek Mythology told from a different point of view. I really want to read the next book and hope to have the chance to. There was definitely a LOT of humor and I think I freaked my mom out all of the times she caught me laughing hysterically. :p  There is cussing, but the F-Bomb isn't one of them. The most parents will have to worry about is violence, which also isn't too bad. I would definitely consider this clean teen/ya appropriate.   

Monday, July 25, 2016

Back from Church Camp

Sorry if I haven't been able to check my email or do blog posts. I have been at the James River Church Camp and they don't allow electronics and I wouldn't have even had time to read anyway. It was very fun and I got to meet someone AWESOME people that share my interests. I would love to share pictures of my trip with you guys, but I forgot my camera, so you can go to the James River official site to learn more.

The games were amazing and the Team Competitions were intense. I have some new friends and I even got to talk to a camp leader about my blog. She thought it was very cool that someone my age can keep up with the standards and stress of having a blog. When I told her that I only reviewed clean teen/ya, she asked what YA meant. She thought YA stood for Youth Appropriate. Don't you guys agree that YA should be "Youth Appropriate"? That mean no sex(unless it's fade to black) and few to no cuss words. Do you guys think that YA books now are too close to New Adult books.
Contact me with your opinions, because I love to hear from you guys. You guys are a big reason that my blog is as successful as it is. I wouldn't be where I am today without you guys. Love ya all! :)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Book Review: Spirits and Spells - The Sage Springs Series


Ivy LaRue didn’t intend on being happy when she moved to Sage Springs, Mo., but that’s exactly what happened. First, Eliza and Lexi wiggled in through the cracks of her carefully constructed defensive walls. Now her best friend, a spirit, is in the flesh thanks to mysterious circumstances. And Ivy can’t help but notice it’s some mighty fine flesh, which just adds another layer of complication to her life. With only days to find a cure to keep her friend in human form, Ivy attempts to find the town's magical spring to save his life. While doing so, however, she must battle an unseen spirit who seems determined to make Ivy's life as difficult as possible. Assistance comes from unlikely places as she faces her past to attain the future she never thought she wanted. 

Casting spells, dodging love and forming friendships soon make this snarky witch realize life is much more interesting than she ever imagined it could be.

My Review

This is the second book in The Sage Springs Series by Hollie Westring. This book is 262 pages long.

Ivy's life in Sage Springs has done her good after her past. Her past is catching up to her, but she has her friends and Oliver, her ghostly lover. She knows she can't love a ghost, because that is absurd... Or at least that's what Ivy thought. On her birthday she gets the gift of a life time. Not only does Oliver have a few human days to really live, she gets to really enjoy life. Her past problems have to be admitted if she wants to keep Oliver as a human. Will Ivy and Oliver be together? Is Oliver going to stay a human or be gone for good? What is so bad about Ivy's past that makes her have to hide?

This was a great book!! I love the fact that Oliver is eating a lot of junk food on his "last days" as a human. I also find myself laughing at every one of Ivy's candle names and the name of the shop. The romance is lovely and there are few curse words. This is a book for most ages. I would like to thank Hollie for this GREAT series that I am able to read because of her!! 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Book Review: I'd Rather be a Witch - The Witching Hour Collection


Jordyn wasn’t careful with what she wished for. 

After making a reckless choice that destroyed her life along with the life of her high school sweetheart, Jordyn fled her small town and became a professional mermaid. Being around water suppresses her earth-based magic, something she desperately needs. Yet Jordyn can't suppress who she really is --- a witch. When she learns that her mother is dying of cancer, she returns home. But it isn’t until people end up dead and everyone points fingers at her that she realizes her past is coming back to haunt her. Because her ex-boyfriend Zach has been waiting for her. And he hasn’t forgotten how she brought him back to life that night three years ago. 

Jordyn will finally have to embrace being a witch to learn the truth. And it will change her life forever. 

My Review

This is the second book in The Cotton Candy Quintet and is part of The Witching Hour Collection. This book is 120 pages long.

Jordyn is a witch and that complicated things for her relationship with the human boy, Zach. When a tragic accident causes her to use dark magic, she decided to become a professional mermaid. Her element has become weakened and when she gets a call from her sister saying her mom is sick she will need her magic more than ever. Jordyn is trying to find a cure for both her lover, Zach and her mom, but her mom hasn't been completely honest about how she learned of her cancer. Her grandma has dark secrets that come to the surface and cause havoc among Zach, Jordyn, and Luke, Zach's brother. What will Jordyn do for her mom and Zach? What dark secrets are hiding in her family?

This was a GREAT book and I would like to thank Erin for letting me read this book!! I love the darkness surrounding Jordyn and how she finds love again... I felt like I was actually there, which is what most authors strive to do. This is a stand-alone book, but I choose to read the books in order. :) 
This has mild to no cussing and no sexual scenes. This is a book for all ages(that can read, of course).

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Book Review: Sudden Hope


Alec is a seventeen-year-old who has endured more in life than anyone should have to. Seeing his neighbor and ex-bestfriend, Skylar, struggle after a tragic loss, Alec makes it his mission to show her that life is worth living. 
Little does he know that he will learn that same lesson.

My Review

This is Sudden Hope by Daniele Lanzarotta and it is 240 pages long.

Alec and Skylar have been neighbors for a long time and a friendship blossomed from this... They were friends for years until a stupid mistake and Alec's sickness ruined what they had. Alec has had a tough life and his friend Kyle will stop at nothing to make him happy again, even if it means being a third-wheel to Alex and Skylar. Skylar has lost the people she cares about the most and she needs Alec now more than ever. Will Alec break all his rules for Skylar? What will happen to Alec seeing as he's sick?

I don't usually read contemporary, but this book was a pleasant surprise. I really liked this book and how both Skylar and Alec have struggles they fight through together!! It is a cute romance with sadness and twists that will make you want to break down in tears. This is on my Top 10 list for my favorite contemporary books, mostly because I don't even have ten on my list. This is a book for most ages with only mild cussing and no sexual scenes. Kudos to the author for her AWESOME writing skills!!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Book Series Review: Frenzy, Frantic, and Frequency - The Frenzy Series

Book One:
After the world was ravaged by a viral apocalypse, Blackwater is one of the only colonies that remains. The survivors came together to create this safe haven. Nestled between a fierce river and a city’s flood wall, the well-being of its residents hangs on a long-established treaty with the night-walkers. Sounds simple enough, but lately, the people of Blackwater have been dying, and the humans believe the night-walkers are to blame. Porschia Grant starves for more than her parents’ affection. Forced to enter the rotation, she will be given extra food rations in exchange for becoming a vampire’s breakfast and dinner for a week. The rotation has an extra responsibility as well: leave the colony and enter the dangerous forest to hunt for food. A night-walker will protect the hunters from the infected that roam the woods. But with the treaty hanging in the balance and tension between the humans and vampires rising, anything could happen in the darkness. What would you do if your only chance at survival might kill you?

Book Two:
Porschia Grant is in Frenzy. The hunger is constant. It’s all-consuming, as is the pain and sickness. Something went wrong when she turned. Perhaps it was the fact that an infected bit her moments before, or maybe it’s something else entirely. One thing is certain, if Porschia can’t learn to feed, she will die. If she can’t learn to control her extreme emotional swings, she will kill someone. And that would destroy her. How long can the night-walkers keep her turning a secret from the Colony? Will Saul stand beside her now that she’s changed? And what will happen when she re-enters the forest? 

Book 3:
When the Infected attacked, something horrific happened to Porschia Grant. Porschia in Frenzy was scary; Porschia with hallucinations is terrifying. There has to be a reason, and there must be a cure for the episodes refusing to release her from their tentacles of insanity. Saul is in the center of the city surrounded by secrets–some are damning, some are eye opening—others might just offer hope and be worth fighting for. How can a person justify the possibility of infecting another human being? What might the humans and night-walkers lose if he doesn’t take the chance? The decisions made, and the lies uncovered, will shock everyone in and around Blackwater, and they just might spark a revolution. 

My Video Review

Sunday, July 3, 2016

UTOPiAcon Teen Titans Panel

The Teen Titans panel has been shortened into four parts, instead of one large video. This will make it easier to watch... I hope you enjoy the videos!!





I enjoyed getting to meet three Incredible people that were very talented in what they have done and I hope to talk to them next year!!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Book Review: Ice - The Poseidon's Girls Trilogy


She won’t melt. 
Everything was perfect. 
With a future career in surfing and an ocean-front home, Iris Glass is one teenager who thinks she is in paradise. Her dad is the head of the police department, her mother a successful business woman. Her twin sister is a spoilt brat, but what family doesn’t have one? 
Then their 18th birthday comes around. 
Nothing will be the same again.

My Review

This is the first book in a three book series by M.S. Watson. This book is 163 pages long.

Myths were supposed to be just that...Myths. But when two twins end up abandoned and left to die. Myths become a reality and these two twins find that out on their eighteenth birthday. Their powers are only surfacing and the danger ahead is unbelievable.... But there are people trying to protect them, as well as gods and goddesses. Iris's surfing dream is put on hold when a fishy situation changes her and her sister into new beings. Where are the twin's parents? What threat is trying to surface?

I loved this book. Greek Mythology is my favorite, but I love all mythology. The author gave Lanie some freaky flaws and I found myself slightly disgusted by Lanie's catty spoiledness. I can't wait to read the second book!! This is a book for all ages and there is barely any romance. The romance in this book isn't consuming... It is just a cute little side of the story.