Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: Intangible by J. Meyers

Published: January 31, 2012
Publisher: J. Meyers
Format: eBook, review copy
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

*First and foremost I would like to thank J. Meyers for sending me a copy of Intangible in exchange for an honest review.*

Before I start my review in which I gush about the awesomeness of Intagible, I would like to make it known that I loved this book so much that I went to J. Meyers' website and bought a paperback copy because I just HAD to have it for my bookshelf! Also, it will be a signed and personalized copy, which will also come with a bookmark and a temporary tattoo. I highly recommend you go to her website and get yourself a signed copy as well, because this story is rad and you will not be sorry you bought it--plus, signed books are always exciting, especially when it's a book you really liked. I really wish more authors did this. Here is J. Meyers' website: http://www.jmeyersbooks.com/

Now, on to my review.....

I went into this book thinking that it was a slightly paranormal story about two teens who have some sort of psychic abilities--which was more than enough to intrigue me--but I was so pleasantly surprised when the story revealed and offered so much more! Intangible is filled with several different classes of supernatural individuals, all of which I love. I devoured this book rather quickly since there never seemed to be a shortage of excitement and new information regarding the vast array of characters within the plot. J. Meyers is an excellent writer and she's got me completely addicted and dedicated to the characters within this book.

Luke and Sera are the main focus and main characters of this well-crafted novel. They are twins with some seriously gifted and wonderful abilities--she can heal people with her touch and he has visions of the future--and their bond as siblings and twins is incredible. In fact, their loyalty and connection to one another is one of the things I adore most about this book. It's completely believable. They would do anything for eachother, which is a fact that is proven when Luke has a vision about Sera dying and then all hell seems to break loose soon after. In the midst of trying to save Sera's life the twins face heartbreak, love and a new knowledge of a world separate from everything they've ever known--one where they may be destined to play a huge role.

Intangible is told through several alternating perspectives (although the majority of the time it's Sera and Luke's), which is something that is hard to pull off, but it was executed so flawlessly in this case. I liked the variety that came from this and it made me giddy to be aware of information before some of the other characters were made privy to it.


Speaking of other characters, I'd like to make it clear how much I thoroughly enjoyed all of them! I'm so smitten with Jonas; he has such an edge of power and mystery which is appealing in itself, but when he was around Sera and she brought out the humanity and the protectiveness in him, it made me melt! I'm totally team Jonas! Plus, how can you not like a tall, dark and handsome guy? Then there's Fey, Sera and Luke's best friend, who is capable of so much it will blow your mind. Even Lilith, the crazy/evil villain has a certain allure that made me appreciate her character. There was also Marc, the new kid in town. Reading things from his point of view at times always left me feeling something different every time, especially when it involved Sera. I felt bad for him one minute and wanted to punch his lights out the next.

There is so much going on in this book but the author presents and explains it all without it being overwhelming. The ending was just plain fantastic and I'm pretty sure I finished reading the last pages with wide eyes and an open mouth. I'm assuming and I'm desperately hoping that there is going to be a second book, because I honestly didn't want this one to end. I'm in awe at all of the possibilities surrounding the future of Luke, Sera and their allies!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

In My Mailbox (16)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's a fun way to exhibit the books we recently acquired.

*All titles link to goodreads or Amazon*

Won:

I won these signed Slide (by Jill Hathaway) bookmarks from a giveaway that Monica @ Cover Analysis was having on her blog. If you don't already follow Monica, you totally should because she's super nice and funny--plus her blog rocks!

Bought:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I'm currently reading Under the Never Sky and I LOVE it so far. I'm planning on reading Shatter Me right after that because I'm going to a book signing next weekend for Veronica Rossi & Tahereh Mafi!! Also, I can't wait to read Taken at Dusk because the Shadow Falls series is one of my absolute favorites!

For review:

Radar Love (Ultimate Hustle) by Jason Z. Christie

This book sounds exciting, romantic and unique! I've read nothing but great reviews on it.

*Special thanks to the author for sending me this book*

What's in your mailbox? =)

-Shanon

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Review: Vamplayers by Rusty Fischer

Published: December 13, 2011
Publisher: Medallion Press
Format: Paperback, 332 pages
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

At the Afterlife Academy of Exceptionally Dark Arts, Lily Fielding is a measly trainee who dreams of one day becoming a Savior—those who visit vampire-infested high schools and put down the undead with their deadly crossbows. When Lily and her classmates Alice and Cara begin their latest assignment, it seems like just another run-of-the-mill gig: they’re to simply spot the Vamplayer—part vampire, part player—identify the popular girl he’s set his sights on, and befriend her before the Vamplayer can turn her to do his bidding. Before long, however, the Vamplayer sets his sights on Lily's friends, and she is left to face the threat alone while protecting her friends from the dark forces she has sworn to resist.

*I won this book from a goodreads giveaway held by the author. Thanks, Rusty Fischer, for sending me this book!*

I pretty much love everything about this book. The cover, the writing style, the many different characters--it's all awesome! Overall the plot is exciting, consistent and easy to follow. Plus there was just enough romance to keep me happy. When I first read the description of the book I knew it would be something I'd enjoy because I like all things vampire, and it was clear that this would be a vampire story unlike any I've ever read. The author provides the reader with a fresh take on vampires but still leaves them with several familiar traits that I've come to know and love over the years. Also, Rusty Fischer is just plain hilarious, I can't even keep track of how many times I laughed throughout this book!

I instantly liked Lily, the main character. She's a part of a special three person team of vampires whose sole purpose is to track down and stop Vamplayers--which are vampire studs who wreak havoc on high schools by turning young impressionable girls, who then create an infestation of hungry vampires that gets out of hand. Lily and her team are called The Sisterhood of Dangerous Girlfriends, and they get dispatched to several different high schools a year to go undercover as students and prevent infestations.

Lily is ranked Third Sister and she is an incredibly funny and kick-butt chick, and she has her own unique and clumsy sort of charm. Her back story was really sad but also pretty interesting. Her two Sisters, Alice and Cara, are so different from her but yet they complimented eachother well--like puzzle pieces that fit together. They always provided me with plenty of chuckles. Also, I just LOVE Zander and Grover! They are two geeky guys that cracked me up and befriended Lily at school when no one else would. Zander is seriously ADORKABLE (adorable, but a dork)! He and Lily made me smile when they were together. So cute!

Lily's suspicions as to who the Vamplayer was led her on quite a journey and kept me very entertained. She was definitely under a lot of pressure and responsibility to figure this out. The suspected Vamplayer, Tristan, is one of those characters where you both like and dislike him, and that much is clear from Lily's interactions with him. Speaking of dislike, Bianca was so wretched! She fit into the story really well with her mean, popular girl tendencies. It was fun trying to guess who the real Vamplayer was and the ending was so good!

Rusty Fischer has a delightful writing style and I will be sure to check out his other books because if they are anything like this one, I know I'll enjoy them. And I don't usually do this but here are some funny quotes in the book that I just had to make note of and share because they had me laughing out loud:

Lily- "It was an accident, you guys. I was supposed to quick pop in, pop out, but Zander's hose went off and Grover lost it and I got all wet and---"
Alice- "Hold up, hold up. Are we still in the kitchen by this point, or are you describing what happened in the geeks' room?"

Grover- "What? You said nothing happened last night." Grover pushes him away, totally missing the point. "You lied to me, bro?"
Zander- "Uh, Grover. I think Lily being a vampire trumps your hurt feelings, 'kay?"
Grover- "I think you underestimate the pain of my hurt feelings, brother!"

Lily- "Don't play dumb." I hiss, snapping back my head so that the fangs pop out. "We both know why I'm here."
Tristan- "Are those real"?
Grover- "Trust me, dude, they're all her and they're all real."


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

First Kiss (Heavy Influence Trilogy) teaser book trailer!

I highly recommend reading Ann Marie Frohoff's prequel novella, Skid Out, if you haven't already! It gives you a taste of what's to come in the Heavy Influence Trilogy. The first book in the trilogy, First Kiss, is being released this summer and I can't wait! Check out the author's website to learn more: http://annmariefrohoff.com/home

Here's the First Kiss teaser book trailer:

Friday, April 13, 2012

Review: Linked by Hope Welsh

Published: January 5, 2011
Format: eBook
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

Evil is watching and time is running out. Lana Summers wants an ordinary life--and nothing to do with anything paranormal. She shuns her own paranormal abilities. When her home is broken into, Cole Williams comes to the rescue--and he's much more than he seems. Will they be able to stop the evil or is their joining going to be the cause of the ultimate destruction of humanity?

*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Hope Welsh, for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.*

Linked proved to be a short, but entertaining, read. This story has a great deal of romance, suspense and supernatural elements that hold your attention the whole way through! One thing I really appreciated about this book was that the story and characters flowed well, and nothing felt too forced--although things did progress rather quickly between the characters romantically, but there is a valid reason for it.

Lana and Cole are the main characters in this story who start off as strangers but become so much more. They both have secrets and special abilities, and when they cross paths they find themselves up against an ancient evil that can only be stopped by them. Lana and Cole have really great chemistry, and I enjoyed reading about them as they fell in love and discovered more about one another. Plus, they have some very steamy moments in this book that prove just how hot they are together, so prepare to fan yourself while reading this! I also really like Cole's personality, his confidence and sureness really helped balance Lana's cautious demeanor.

The villain in this novel is easy to hate, just as Lana and Cole are so easy to like. At times I found myself laughing at this malevolent being, who is referred to as "The Evil One". For me, he was a mixture of creepy, evil and a little amusing. He's the kind of guy you'd picture in a dark, dank cave somewhere, rubbing his hands together and laughing his evil laugh in an almost comical way. Overall, the paranormal aspects surrounding him and the other characters were pretty interesting.

There's closure at the end of the book, but it's the kind where you have just enough to picture in your mind how the future of the characters could play out. I was definitely happy with the path that Lana and Cole ended up on!

Feature and Follow Friday #2


Feature and Follow Friday is a meme/blog hop hosted by Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read . It's a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers.

*You can follow me via GFC, Networked Blogs, Linky Followers, or RSS. :)

Q: What is one book that you would be nervous to see a movie adaption of because you think the movie could never live up to the book?

I would definitely be nervous to see Nevermore by Kelly Creagh and Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor made into a movie. Both of these books have SO MUCH going on in them that I feel that if they weren't done just right, it would inadvertently taint the books somehow. That would especially be the case with Nevermore, because of its added element of Edgar Allan Poe and his poems/stories that are featured in the book. So portraying the main characters and Edgar's work correctly would be a delicate task. I just love both of these books too much to see them made into a disappointing movie!

Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment and I'll come check out your post as well! =D


-Shanon

Saturday, April 7, 2012

In My Mailbox (15)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It's a fun way to exhibit the books we recently acquired.

*All titles link to goodreads*
 
Jolie Wilkins Trading Cards!!!!
The front of the trading cards...
The back of the cards have a character from each book, along with a quote said by that particular character.
 Gifted:
 
Jolie Wilkins Series Trading Cards
 
-First let me just say that the models that were picked for Jolie, Rand and Sinjin are PERFECT! The Rand and Sinjin pictures seriously have me fanning myself.....they're just so HOT! ;)
 
As I've mentioned before, I'm a gigantic fan of H.P. Mallory's Jolie Wilkins series! H.P. Mallory posted pictures on her blog of these really spiffy trading cards that she just got, and she said that she'd gladly send these cards to anyone who had reviewed her books. So of course I let her know that I had reviewed them and that I would LOVE to have these cards, and she was nice enough to send them to me! I squealed like a crazy person when I got these in the mail! So thank you so much, H.P. Mallory! =D
 
 
Bought:
 
 
-I've been seeing these books/series everywhere recently, and they all just sound so good that I decided I had to buy them! I've really been getting into the Adult Paranormal Romance genre lately and I think I'll really enjoy all of these books.
 
What's in your mailbox? =D
 
-Shanon

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Review: The Z Word (Apocalypse Babes #1) by Bella Street


Published: June 3, 2011
Format: eBook
Series: Apocalypse Babes
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

The Z Word follows Seffy Carter and her longtime friends Gareth, Addison and Lani. The four besties share a past dysfunctional and dark enough to keep them bound together under do-over identities. But rends develop in their relationships from the flesh-eating pressures of ending up in 1980, in a Montana desert, surrounded by zombies wearing dated disco duds.

First I would like to thank the author, Bella Street, for giving me the opportunity to read and review her book. I truly enjoyed it!

This book is seriously wicked awesome! I'm a huge zombie fan, so when I read the description for The Z Word I knew I had to read it. I mean, it's about a group of friends from the year 2006 being transported to the year 1980 and encountering zombies--how can you not want to read this?! How can you not like zombies, or the 80s?! Just saying! I will admit that I was a bit stunned when I started this book because nothing was as I thought it would be, but that just made the experience all the more enjoyable. The story always kept me guessing and continued to pick up and intensify throughout. The plot confused, entertained and intrigued me all at once! Bella Street has truly won me over with her magnificent imagination and story-telling abilities.

Seffy Carter and her friends are just going about their business one day in California when all of a sudden something strange happens and they are transported to Montana, and the year is 1980. If that wasn't confusing enough, they are attacked by zombies wearing disco clothes. Now, I know this information may sound silly, but trust me when I say that it's just plain fantastic! These zombies are a combination of frightening, deadly, grotesque, silly and surprising. There was a particular part in the book when I was completely caught off guard by the alarming and hilarious bit of information that was collected about the zombies involving disco music. One minute I was on the edge of my seat, fearing for the well-being of the characters during their fight sequence, and the next minute I was laughing hysterically!

Zombies aside, the characters are pretty interesting all on their own. At first I wasn't sure how to take Seffy because she initially comes off as a little artificial. She's an aspiring actress and she's changed several things about herself to fit the molds of what she thinks others want her to be. But throughout the story her layers are slightly peeled back to reveal a girl who doesn't even know what she wants, and it seems that she was just trying to be a "better" version of herself, instead of just being genuine. I think her insecurities made her more likable and relatable. Although her friends and her group as a whole go through some stressful times, Seffy experiences the worst of it. Her flaws and all that she goes through just make me like her more. Plus, there's obviously more to her background and childhood than the reader is let in on, so I'm very curious to find out more.

Seffy's longtime friends, as well as some other strangers, are there with her in this perplexing situation, and they are quite an eclectic group. Gareth is pretty awesome, and the connection between him and Seffy is a bit confusing but also entertaining and sweet. Lani won me over instantly with her free-spirited/hippie and somewhat ditzy personality; whereas I have a love/hate relationship with Addison--the bitchy redhead. The other group of twenty-somethings they meet up with in the desert are a little iffy, and I'm still trying to make sense of Trent, who acts like a jerk one second and then a decent guy in the next. But overall there's something I like about him, so I'm excited to see what happens between him and Seffy. Also, as a side note, I totally dig Malone! He started off assuming the role of protector and he sort of reminded me of an apocalyptic tour guide at times. He's kind of a creeper and a hardass that may or may not be trustworthy, but he's amusing. I want to see more of him!

The end of this book had me gasping out loud, and I'm eager to start the second book in this series. There's obviously more to learn about the Compound that Seffy and her friends have been brought to; and this goes for the scientists and other characters within the Compound as well. Plus, I'm dying to know how the heck time-travel fits into all of this! All I know is that I'm sure the rest of this series will continue to blow me away.

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