Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels

The Thirteenth Chime 
Author: Emma Michaels
Pages: 238
Publisher: Bokheim Publishing
Release Date: August 13th 2010
Available: Amazon|Barnes and Noble
Author Website
Destiny has finally found the life that she has always wanted. She is about to finish college, has a fiance that loves her, and a great summer on the West Coast planned with her friend, Stephanie. But her world is turned upside down when an antique clock mysteriously chimes thirteen times and someone attacks them, sending Stephanie and her mother to the hospital.
Alone, and without any help from the police, Destiny has no choice but to turn to the one man she had left behind a year ago - her ex-boyfriend, David. Together, they must solve the riddle of the thirteenth chime before the clock strikes thirteen again. Yet as they face their own past and hearts, a trap over half a century old is waiting for them to become its prey. 
For revenge, fifty years is never too long...

My Take: 
When it comes to books that knock you out with every word there are just a few words that most authors look for is greatness. Without a doubt this had me guessing to see where the lines connected. By the time I finished the last line I wanted more, this book left me speechless and I had to tell myself that number 2 is out soon. Emma has given all bloggers out there hope of being published I love the fact she introduced me into this world (which I am now afraid of clocks and wondering what is inside. This was not your typical vacation that you hope for but a fight to who really did all the bad things and the suspense had me thinking all kinds of scenarios. I loved that Destiny could call up an ex and he comes, David has a hold on my heart after this one, he had me screaming inside telling him to go here and there. It was so crazy I believe my neighbors thought I was actually yelling at my phone and not the book. Having met with the awesomeness that is Emma in person i was able to think wow this red head has the stuff to become something out there and I can't wait to see what she can brings us. She has one of the brightest futures out there and I can't wait to see her again. I never thought that sense does matter in the end. 

5/5 stars

see told you I met her we are crazy!!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.
My Take:
While reading this one you have to have an opened mind so I enjoyed it alot actually because the story was well written really we written I never read something like this and this specific topic has always intrigued me while understanding that the realtionship wasn't like any formal brother/sister relationship for me I went past it and just read like any other love story plus it made me laugh and cry I really enjoyed reading and getting to understand the characters really well I felt this story through and through.

This book comes out June 28, 2011 go grab a copy so that you can know what is forbidden.

5/5 stars

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review: The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.
My Take:
From the moment I started this one it grabbed my attention, who knew seeing the future has a price. Amelia has the power and while choosing a suitor she meets someone who doesn't follow the criteria exactly he just takes her breath away. Nathaniel is charming but he doesn't run in the circle he is an artist but he has her attention every single time he is in the room. I really enjoyed the romance between the two and of course those stolen glances shared between the two. Saundra Mitchell delivered an amazing story, with the love, glimpses of what could be and of course being called upon to either deliver good or bad news. This story had me off my feet and by the time I was finished I wanted more and dreaded the end. If you want something to grab your attention get a hold of this one its sure to change everything you think you know.

5/5 Stars

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Review:Stefan's Diaries: Bloodlust #2 by L.J. Smith

A new beginnig . . 
 When Stefan Salvatore's first love turned him into a vampire, his world—and his soul—were destroyed. Now he and his brother, Damon, must flee their hometown, where they risk being discovered . . . and killed.

The brothers head to New Orleans, looking for safe haven. But the city is more dangerous than they ever imagined, full of other vampires—and vampire hunters. Will Stefan's eternal life be forever damned?

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan's Diaries reveals the truth about what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.
My Take:
While reading I referenced a lot of the show and pinpointed where the show was taking it and where the book was following the back story. It definitely different from he show in the sense that you get more of the bad Stefan and at the same time you get that he is realizing what he did and why he did those bad things. His brother is now hell bent on destroying him and you get the sense that he is now realizing that Stefan is to blame for why his feelings have magnified. It was cool because you get the bad Stefan and of course the Stefan you want to see the good Stefan. New town, new life basically here Stefan and Damon go there separate ways while everything is basically for the taking Stefan doesn't really care who he gets first as long as its warm. What's cool is that Lexie comes into the picture and you see a different side of her than the show has done for her character. She gives Stefan good advice and I loved that she basically told him that he is lucky to be living and still have his human emotions. Damon is very like himself or season 1  and he just wants Stefan to suffer and to quote him, "Forever is a long time brother." With the third one out already and of course the 3rd season out in the fall I wonder what other troubles Stefan can come across. Oh Damon how you make me smile whenever I hear your wisecracks. 

5/5 Stars

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Review: Naked Heat by Richard Castle (Nikki Heat #2)

When New York's most vicious gossip columnist, Cassidy Towne, is found dead, Heat uncovers a gallery of high-profile suspects, all with compelling motives for killing the most feared muckraker in Manhattan. But Heat's murder investigation is complicated by her surprise reunion with superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook. In the wake of their recent breakup, Nikki would rather not deal with their raw emotional baggage.

But the handsome, wise-cracking writer's personal involvement in the case forces her to team up with Rook anyway. The residue of their unresolved romantic conflict and crackling sexual tension fills the air as Heat and Rook embark on the search for a killer among celebrities and mobsters, singers and hookers, pro athletes and shamed politicians. This new, explosive case brings on the heat in the glittery world of   secrets, cover-ups, and scandals.
My Take: 
This felt like another episode of Castle because of the relationship between Heat and Rook. Castle of course delivers again with another hit and I can't wait to see what else can happen. Like any other crime book you have your murder but what does Castle bring has me buzzing is... murder times 2. Not one murder but two happening on the same night of course when add a little Heat and Rook in the mix its bound to shake up a few lose ends. With Rook back if feels like he never left for Nikki. I loved the fact that even though I guessed most things the final thing was that I guessed wrong on who the killer was and was because I jumped to conclusions faster than I could read so in the next book Hear Rises out Sept. 20th 2011 its sure to have me reading more faster than I call it.

5/5 Stars

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review:Stefan's Diaries: Origins #1 by L.J. Smith

Set during the Civil War, against a backdrop of grand estates, unimaginable riches, and deadly secrets, three teenagers in Mystic Falls, Virginia enter a torrid love triangle that will span eternity.

Brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore are inseparable until they meet Katherine, a stunning, mysterious woman who turns their world upside down. Siblings turned rivals, the Salvatores compete for Katherine's affection, only to discover that her sumptuous silk dresses and glittering gems hide a terrible secret: Katherine is a vampire. And she is intent on turning them into vampires so they can live together-forever.

My Take:
This was great in the sense you the reader was able to find out what happened back than and how Damon acted and how the two brother had a very different relationship than the one we are used too. Being inside his head for a change felt real like I was reading an actual diary learning things that was different or told different because of the perspectives. This is the one where they first meet Katherine and how Stefan really falls for her. He accepted her for her and didn't really care about what she was just so that she can be with him. Its until the show meets the real time of the book and since the show came first you get the sense that something big will bug the hell out of you and this one did but I enjoyed reading it showed a different side of Damon so I loved those parts alot. If you want to know what really happened back than and you enjoy the show pick this one up because it feels like your right there with them and telling him that something will happen. 

5/5 stars

Monday, June 13, 2011

Review: The Secret Circle: The Captive, Part II and The Power By L.J. Smith


Cassie has joined the most alluring and deadly in-crowd imaginable. But power comes with a price, and it's more dangerous than she knows. Torn between the dueling desires of the two leaders of the Secret Circle, she must ultimately choose between saving all of the New Salem, and her own dangerous love for bewitching Adam, which threatens to tear the circle apart. In the ultimate battle between good and evil, will Cassie's supernatural powers be strong enough to lead the coven out of danger? Or will she fall prey to the dark forces within?


My Take:
While reading the end I was actually amazed by the ending even though I wanted more, I felt that it ended well. I couldn't help myself to watch and and try to catch up with all of the news regarding the new show so completing the book was a total given. Cassie grew on me I felt that her journey was an endless one and didn't want to just end it with the last page. In this one you had one key ingredient already going into reading that the town had its purpose wheat you didn't get that the town had its own history and Cassie/viewer needed to know all of the elements in order to save the town. I was reminded again and again how close the character Cassie is like any other teen walking in a small town, and thats the town may be small but can store so many secrets not all of the towns people knew about them. Cassie needed to see that the circle needed to be complete and that her feelings would end up hurting the circle if they were to ever get out incomes the next hottie Nick, he is the brooding type and doesn't talk it worked because he didn't expect anything and knew her even in the short time they have know each other. But can fate really get in the way of destiny, can a line be broken when that line is leading you to the one who completes you. That was one of many questions running through my mind and also will the show give us the right friendships because the book gave us all that and more so will the show deliver. I hope if anyone is reading that you will take the time and watch the little scenes we get and the 6 min. preview to what's going to be a good show. Remember Smith gave us Damon so anything is possible. So excited and now I can't to watch the show *watches the preview once more*

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Review: The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part 1

The circle's power has lured her home

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.

My Take: 
I not going to lie I've never read this series before this week and I am so glad it only took me to finish the whole trilogy this week. I loved it Cassie comes to a new town called New Salem and is the usual target for the 'new kid' treatment an outsider coming in. I fell for it because Cassie reminded alot of other characters that start new and Cassie had to figure her new life. She sees that a group of kids and the ones that everyone is afraid of but at the same time worshipped and since she is new she wants to feel accepted but at the same time also to be left to herself, but since she lives is special she is instantly being mocked and being the target until she meets the beautiful Diana. I liked the other characters especially Faye because she kept reminding me of that maybe bad things are cool. What I liked of Cassie was that she was willing to be loyal and in the end she grew up. This one book though splits into two books even though its three books, so you might have to end one and begin the other just so that you know what is to happen. The coven needed Cassie and in the end Cassie needed the coven they are forever bonded in that way I loved that bond that the whole coven showed. I am so excited that this series will be a show and the one to bring it to us is the awesome Kevin Williamson he is the man and I can see just by the short preview its going to be good. AND btw I'm Team Adam, Nick is great I just feel something when Adam is there its weird but I can't help not falling for him too.

Here is a sneak peek into the show I am so excited its been on my mind since the trailer came out and I need to share how much this has taken over my life.

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