Sunday, May 26, 2013

Envisioned by Nikki Narvaez

Title: Envisioned
Author: Nikki Narvaez
Published: May 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 249

Blurb from Goodreads: Brielle De Luca thought she was just an average girl, despite her nightly dreams of an impending apocalypse, along with a gorgeous man that pulls at her soul.

However, on the night of her 18th birthday, everything changes when she is thrown into the Elemental World, a world where she is supposedly the One that is spoken about in an ancient Prophecy; a Prophecy that states she is the key to preventing an apocalypse.

Now she must learn to control her power over the four elements, all while dealing with the love and intense passion of her bond to the man from her dreams, Jace Vasquez.

Piece of cake, right?

Review:This book got such high reviews  and the blurb sounded amazing so I was  very  excited for it but once I started it I could barely bring myself to finish it. In my opinion the characters were one-dimensional, the dialogue sounded fake and flat and I couldn't get myself into the story. I would find my self reading the same sentence over and over. I think my main issue was with Brielle, she read like a spoiled child to me and every time she would talk instead of focusing on the story in my head I was ranting about how much she irritated me. Though Jace was okay, the relationship moved waaayyy to quick for my liking. However, that is my personal opinion and I love my soul-mate books and I hold high standards when it comes to them and this review should not detain you from reading the book if you're interested.
I give this novel 

Taking Back Forever (Kindrily 2) by Karen Amanda Hooper

Title: Taking Back Forever ( Kindrily 2)
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Published: May 31, 2013
Number of Pages: 372

Blurb from Goodreads: Forever is worth the fight.

Maryah erased all memory of her past lives, but she couldn’t erase her soul mate Nathan, or his undying love. Now, Maryah and Nathan have a second chance at a future together, but first Maryah must remember the person she used to be and embrace her supernatural gifts—more than one kindrily member’s life depends on it.

Maryah’s power is Harmony’s best hope of finding her kidnapped soul mate, Gregory. But Harmony isn’t big on asking anyone for help, and she’s tired of waiting, so she’s taking matters into her own hands. Heaven help anyone who stands in her way.

Review: I was counting down the days until this book came and when I got an ARC ( Thanks for that by the way) I actually did a little happy dance around my house before jumping into this book. The book did not leave my hands until I read the very last page.
    While Grasping at Eternity was an amazing, fantastic, scream your head off good novel, in my opinion it doesn't hold a candle to Taking Back Forever. There was so much more action in this book, so much romance that makes your toes curl and things get revealed that will make your jaw drop. We have Harmony narrating one perspective while looking for her soul mate and Maryah narrates her own perspective as she tries to gain her memories back. This was just perfect.
   Maryah, so you know how in the last book literally every single person who read this book just wanted to give the girl a good shake? Yeah, that is so not the Maryah in this book. She really steps it up, embraced her kindrily and works towards getting her memories back. She becomes an amazing heroine, not a confused girl. I  was so proud of her I wanted to give her a hug.
  Nathaniel...ASDFGHJKL... yep I had to use that because I can't think of a word that can describe how he makes me feel. He was perfectly perfect as always. He was such a gentleman ( although he does get a little mischievous with his words towards Maryah here, not that I'm complaining ;) Also his love for Maryah was so pure and deep. Honestly, I could probably rant on and on and on about Nathaniel but here is what you really need to know. He is the best boyfriend ever and if I didn't like Maryah so much the girl would have some competition.
    The ending. You get a choice people!!!! Heaven bless Karen Hooper. If I didn't have a choice to read the ending or wait until Fighting for Infinity I might have just lost it. So I chose to not read it, but you guys can do whatever floats your boats, just keep any information away from me.
   Overall, this book was amazing. The soul-mate aspect was carried out perfectly and why are you still reading my review? Go shoo buy this novel right now.
 I give this intense sequel 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Broken Stone ( Souls of the Stones 3) by Kelly Walker

Title: Broken Stone ( Souls of the Stones 3)
Author: Kelly Walker
Published: May 31, 2013

Blurb from Goodreads:Unable to avoid her destiny any longer, Emariya has become the leader her mother always envisioned. Before she can focus on embracing her gifts to unify her three lands, she must first stop her own land from dissolving into civil war. Spurred by her brother’s devious policies and thirst for power, the people of the Uplands have surged into revolt. If Emariya cannot convince her own people to stand down and follow her, she will never convince her uncle she can lead all three lands. And he’s only given her half a year to do it.

As she tries to win her own people’s hearts, the love of her life, Torian Ahlen begins to lose his mind. While Torian is driven into a dark depression by his visions of Terin, Emariya realizes the only way to bring him back from the brink is to confront her brother once and for all and rescue Torian's sister. Unfortunately, because of the pull of the stones, his sister isn’t sure she wants to be rescued. 

If Emariya is to have any chance at saving Torian’s mind and his sister’s virtue, she will have to go directly to the source, those that bestowed the gifts (or curse) in the first place. But will whoever is waiting at The Cradle Of The Three be willing to help her? Her only chance to get Terin away from Reeve will be to nullify the pull of the Stones, accepting whatever changes that may mean for her and Torian.

Review:  *** I would like to thank Kelly Walker who provided  me with an e-ARC in exchange for  an honest review***
      Okay so I fell in love with this series a few months ago and I am really sad to see it come to an end, but I don't think there could have been a better way to tie up the series.This finale was filled with loss, intense action, betrayal, forgiveness, love, friendship and family bonds. It was definitely the edge of your seat read that had me flipping pages at lightning speed... well I wasn't actually flipping them but still.
     This book definitely takes a different approach to fantasy and it's really different from your typical fantasy novels, which is my main reason for liking this book so much. Riya's world is magical and Kelly Walker does an amazing job describing it.And I mentioned this for the previous books but I'll say it again... few authors can pull off the whole third point person of view without making it awkward for the reader. Luckily Kelly Walker is one of the few. 
    While I liked Riya in the previous books, I LOVED her her. She became so much more reasonable, selfless, mature and intelligent. She forgave the people who deserved it and she became a better person. She made such hard choices but she was never really selfish making them. Riya came a long way since the first book.
    Torian oh Torian, he was perfect as always. He was still the gentleman but there was playfulness to him as well as the whole alpha vibe. Just like Riya he developed a lot as a character and he was in every way her match. They are perfect for each other.
    The plot as I said before is involved and intense and every moment of it is amazing.
    I give this finale 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Title: Suddenly Royal
Author: Nichole Chase
Published: April 23, 2013 by Nichole Chase
Number of Pages: 464

Blurb from Goodreads:Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working toward a master’s degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it’s to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed.

Alex D’Lynsal is trying to keep his name clean. As crown prince of Lilaria, he’s had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women—especially women in the public eye. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She’s stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone’s front-page news.

While Sam tries to navigate the new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

     Who doesn't have a spot for fairy tales? I mean come on it's every girls dream.
 This book took your traditional fairy tale heroine gave her an attitude that makes most men run, made her completely badass and gave her a smokin' hot awesome prince who had a very dirty mouth and BOOM!!! You have...
Okay so on a more serious note you have a very entertaining and amusing read. Sam was just the perfect heroine. You connected with her. She was just a girl going to college trying to mak something for herself and dealing with her dad's cancer. She was sweet, but at the same time, she had an attitude and she was not a Mary Sue. She didn't let anyone walk over her or her friends. It was amazing. This girl was great.
   Alex... he's a prince c'mon that scores points, he's insanely hot =more points, he has manners= even more points and he cares for the environment = Million billion gazillion points!!! This guy was literally perfect. I just wanted to attack him, every time he speaks it's like 

   The plot was believable and easy to follow but the dialogue and characters make this novel.
Why I am still talking? Move your tushes and get this right now it's the ultimate pick me up.
I give this fairy tale revamp 

Fate's Path ( The Destiny Series 2) By Deborah Ann

Title: Fate's Path (  The Destiny Series 2) 
Author: Deborah Ann
Published: April 28, 2013 by Destiny Publishing-Hester
Number of Pages:  480

Blurb from Goodreads:When fate’s curse sweeps upon Danielle and Cayden, the secrets behind their destiny begin to be revealed…

Will they be able to fight the darkness seeping in and swaying them, or give in to the power and passion of their all-consuming love, risking Cayden’s pure soul and crossing them to the dark side…?

Separated by miles for the first time, and Cayden’s premonitions warning him of the life threatening danger Danielle is in, Cayden is desperate to get back to her, but suffers an unfortunate accident in route, landing him in a hospital bed, unconscious, and leaving Danielle vulnerable. 

When Danielle’s parents force her to leave Cayden’s bedside and return to school, she is befriended by a new student. But Parker is no ordinary new student, he is one of the vampire twins that have been torturing Danielle in her thoughts, day and night, the boys she suspects are coming after her to avenge their parent’s death. Question is, is Parker the protector, of the two, or the predator? Only time will tell…

The Destiny Series is a sweet and intoxicating fairy tale romance with a paranormal twist.

Destiny has set their path, now fate will challenge them with another…

Come share their journey, as Danielle and Cayden continue to discover the power of their love, and fight to protect each other and the life they were destined for…

*** I would like to thank Deborah Ann who provided me with and e-ARC in exchange for my honest review***
Okay, so let's face it after that killer cliffhanger at the end of the first book we were all cursing the author of this baby to write faster. Good thing we didn't have to wait to long and the follow up surely doesn't disappoint if anything I found it much more enjoyable than the first book.
       The beginning was a little slow and I though I was going to have to smack Dani around a little for going on about how her life has no purpose without Cayden,  to her defense Cayden is pretty amazing so I wold miss him too, but she cleared up her act before I even got a really strong urge to want to strangle her. I have to say this girl matured. She made her own sacrifices, choices and dealt with her own consequences. It was amazing to see that transformation from the first book, where she wasn't the most rational character. Dani really surprised me here  and I liked it. She really stepped it up and became a heroine we can admire.
     Cayden a.k.a the sweetest guy on the planet... was great as usual, well okay he was great for the mast part there were times where I wanted to kick him ( just a little) for making Dani upset but luckily his brother set him straight. Other than that Cayden was absolutely lovable and swoon worthy and just perfect. Like seriously where can I get my own Cayden?
     The plot picked up A LOT. While in the first book romance was our major focus and there really wasn't too much going on, this book was filled with action and twists and turns. It was great!!!! I never knew what to expect. The bad guys were actually bad and scary and there was also minor drama within the supporting characters and the plot was just very expertly developed.
    So overall this book is much more developed than the first and I really enjoyed it. OH! Also before I forget this book probably has the coolest take on vampires. ( Yep it's even cooler that Edwards disco ball skin :)
    I give this sequel 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

You Are Mine by Jeneal Falor ( Mine 1)

Title: You Are Mine (Mine 1)
Author: Janeal Falor
Published: May 1st, 2013 
Number of Pages: 273

Blurb from Goodreads:Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.

*** I would like to thank Jeneal Falor for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review***
         This book was a roller coaster ride and I had no idea where it was going most of the time. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time breezing through the book, hoping to get more answers because  I had no idea what to expect. And the romance? I'm a pro when it comes to seeing how relationships will works out, and yet I had no idea what was going to happen here. None. Nada.
     Serena lives in a world where women are nothing. They are treated like property, abused, and used only for their blood. All Serena learned from her father is to stay quite and to what you're told and you'll avoid getting beaten and hexed. Too bad she can't always keep her mouth shut. She hopes to escape her father, which doesn't happen when some stuck up rich person buys her and makes it crystal clear she's about as important as the dirt under his fingernail.However, things get  strange when a barbarian gains her ownership. And things really start to change for Serena.
    Serena, okay not going to lie I didn't like Serena in the first few pages. But the more I learned about her the more I started to respect her and eventually I realized this girl is AMAZING!!! She knew the consequences of speaking out and yet she always fought for what she wanted. That was amazing. Her development as a character was flawless and there was a perfect transition of opinions and ideas. Serena matured a lot and I really liked that about her. She was great for her sisters and she was a great heroine overall.
    Zade...Oh Zade.... I didn't know what to expect with him, he was a mystery for most of the book. But do I love a good mystery. He was great. And that's all I'm saying. That's right people suffer, I suffered while trying to figure this out.
    The romance was sweet and simple, a little too tame for my taste, but I can't really judge. Since romance isn't the focus I guess it's good that it's just the background of the book.
    The whole concept of this book is different and amazing. 
   I give this bewitching read