My Book Rating System

My book rating system is based on 5 stars. The book must be rated at least 3 stars for a review.

3 Stars: Good story, good plot, good writing.

4 Stars: I was wowed, but something about the story fell short of perfection.

5 Stars: I was either drooling, on the edge of my seat, or falling in love.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New Release: Relinquish, by Amy Thompson

 New Release! Relinquish, by Amy Thompson

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Regan has a life in Georgia. She is going to school, has managed to make some friends, and has even found a new love interest in Colter. So what happens when she can’t hide what she is anymore? When do all the lies become too much to handle? And how much longer can she hold onto her sanity—while Agro pushes her closer and closer to the edge of no return—her ascension to Elite?

Colter is beautifully oblivious. Wanting so much to believe that Regan is safe, and Agro has been halted, he ignores Finn’s constant skepticism at the risk of their friendship. Overlooking what is so clearly right in front of him, Colter passes off Regan’s outbursts of emotion on her recent trauma. Colter can feel Regan—his one exception to his retribution—slipping out of his arms, but fighting her to stay with him may not be an option.

Colter and Finn are now at odds, and there is a newly formed alliance between Kaiden and Exile Max. Will this group of Collectors be enough to fight off the new enemies and old threats that emerge in the battle for souls when Regan is broken, and their group is on the brink of self-destruction?

The lost will be found, the Collectors will be exiled, and the Elites will reign.

*Due to mature content and adult themes, Relinquish is recommended for 18+.

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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Book Review: Moon Child, by Tracy E. Banghart

Moon Child
Tracy E. Banghart

Initial Thoughts: Awesome!

My Rating: Easily 5 stars!
Diana Calvert is so over high school. Who cares if Olivia hates her? And David needs to forget about having a crush on her STAT. Even Emma’s crazy fashion choices can’t keep Diana entertained. All she can hope for is a dance scholarship to a college as far away as possible from too-small, too-boring, too-nothing-ever-happens New Freedom, PA.

Then Diana meets Nicholas Woodhaven. He’s pale, angry…yet weirdly charming. The more time they spend together, the more she wonders who – or what – he really is. Because he isn’t anything like the other guys she knows. Not with the whole only-going-out-at-night thing. And living with his creepy aunt. And not going to school.

Just when Diana thinks she’s got Nicholas all figured out, people in her small, nothing-ever-happens town start dying. She has to wonder – can she trust him? And even more alarming – could she be next?

A murder mystery with a paranormal twist, Moon Child is best read under the covers with a flashlight...if you dare!

My thoughts:
Wow, I was blown away by this book. The characters real and very-well drawn, I could picture each and every one of them going through their lives. Emotions were spot on.

Diana is so easy to relate to. Small town girl who wants to get out of dodge before the I's are dotted on the words "eighteenth birthday". Nicholas is charming in his bad-boy mysterious ways, very swoon-worthy for the younger crowd.

Pacing and plotting are terrific. I read this book wondering the whole time who was behind the murders, what was up with Nicholas and crazy-as-a-coot grandmother, wanted to kick one or two people to the curb (especially nosy, over-bearing mamas. Grrr!), and just wanted to keep on reading!

If you think you know the answers to these questions, think again. You won't know until you read it.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Book Review: Nathanial's Window, by Peazy Monellon

Nathanial's Window
Peazy Monellon

Initial Thoughts: Gripping ghost story.

My Rating: 5 stars!
Tommy Cooper’s life is hellish…that is, until it gets worse. His stepfather can't stand to look at him, his mother is dying of cancer, and he's well on his way to nowhere.

To make matters worse, there's a monster loose in the small town that he lives in and children have been disappearing for years. As the cold-case files stack up on the local constabulary's desk, it seems this cold-blooded murderer will never be found.

But Tommy has one thing that puts 'paid' to all of it--he has Beth. Tommy Cooper has been in love with Beth Riley for as long as he can remember; at least since Beth's seventh birthday party when he accidentally hit her in the face with a snowball, knocking one of her molars out and making her cry.

And Beth loves Tommy right back. Or does she?

A series of devastating losses later and Tommy’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Again. When he and his friend, Nicky, desecrate a tomb in an all but forgotten part of the cemetery, they unleash a power they don’t have the ability to reckon with. Tommy and Nicky soon find themselves trapped in a nightmare, caught between a child molester, the town cop, and a demon. It seems like there’s no place left to go, except jail or dead!

Hell was just the easy part—the part before Jesse Eades came back.

My Thoughts:
This is one of those books that pulls you in from the start. The pacing is great, the voice is great, and you have a bad-ass, super angry ghost! What else can you ask for?

I like all the characters in this book. They're very real, well-drawn, and you are right there with them as they go through all their angst. And for Beth and Tommy, this is real angst, not teen drama.

OMG, you feel for Tommy and you ride this rocky road with him and you keep thinking, poor kid, what else can go wrong? It can't get any worse from here!

It can.

It does.

And then you hit the ending.

Must-read for ghost story lovers!