Monday, January 30
Title: Mortal Obligation
By: Nichole Chase
Series: The Dark Betrayal Trilogy
Published: July 29th, 2011
My Copy: Ebook provided by the author
About the book:
Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out. Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows. A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness. Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy.
Mortal Obligation is an strange and unique twist of paranormal and scifi. With a detailed mix of mythology and supernatural being; this story transforms into an Xmen like group that is dedicated to the fight against evil. Admittedly, I struggle with the background of this story. The mixture was very unique and creative, but I felt it was difficult in envision. Even with this obstacle it was surprising easy to continue, and overcome the this obstacle to find an enticing and enjoyable read. The characters prove entertaining and interesting that add to a fulfilling experience. As a debuting novel for this series it is obvious that this was the first book, and the novel appears ready to take off from here. With the momentum that was previewed in concluding book one; I anticipate that will surpass my expectations.
Title: Just One Drop
By: Quinn Loftis
Series: The Grey Wolves Book 3
Self Published February 17th, 2012
My Copy: Advance Reading Ebook from Author
About the book:
Jennifer Adams, best friend to Jacque Pierce and Sally Morgan, spicy, out spoken, a little crazy and human...or so she thought. Jen has just found out that human DNA is not the only thing that resides in her veins, she happens to share that little pesky werewolf gene, although it isn't more than just a drop. Now that she and her friends are living in Romania with Fane's pack, she is also oh so conveniently stuck with the object of her affection, the fur ball Decebel.
Drawn to each other by something they don't understand Jen finds herself frustrated by the lack of mating signs between her and said fur ball. Not only is she dealing with that not so un-frustrating problem, she now has been informed that because of that little drop of werewolf blood in her she is now required to attended a multi-pack gathering for un-mated wolves. This type of gathering hasn't taken place in over a century but with a shortage of females among the werewolf population the males are getting worried they won't ever find their true mates.
Meanwhile Decebel struggles with the emotions he is feeling towards Jen. He tries to keep his distance but there is just something about the mouthy blonde that keeps him coming back for more of her verbal abuse that he just can't seem to get enough of...go figure.
SHE HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!! Quinn Loftis is an incredible and talented author that has had me captivated by The Grey Wolves series from the start. I have had the pleasure of befriending many wonderful people as a book blogger, but Quinn stands out from all the rest. She is an incredible and talented author and friend, but with each and every word written she continues to captivate and enthrall me at her abilities. This series take the traditional werewolf story, but adds the Quinn spice that will make is a five star read. Each and every single book has me hanging on every word; then leaves me hanging on the cliff of despair to await another book. With story that will make you laugh and cry, this emotional rollercoaster will leaving you begging for another ride. Over the past two books we have followed the trials and disasters for Jacque and Fane. They offer a innocent and deep seeded love that still leaves readers craving more. After the highlight and addition of the developing bonds between Jen and Decebel in book two I have been anxiously awaiting this next book to see just where the future will take these three crazy friends and a pack of dominant wolves. To be simply put this book completely overwhelmed me, and exceeded every expectation I had for the future of this series. Just One Drop continues to raise the bar for the series with its heart stopping and desperate love that will demand your undivided attention. Jen proves that although risky it is possible to play with fire, and come out on top. Their romance promises disaster, but it also shows dedication and loyalty that one could only dream of. While I love continuing the story of Jacque and Fane; I must admit I am mystified when it comes to Dec and Jen. I could comfortably say that this is one of my absolute favorite series. I recommend these books to everyone that I can, and will continue to follow this series with the dedication that her incredible stories demand.
Saturday, January 28
Title: Destiny’s Fire
By: Trisha Wolfe
Publisher: Omnific Publishing (January 10th, 2012)
My Copy: Ebook provided by the publisher
About the book:
It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.
As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.
Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.
Trisha Wolfe the debuting author for Destiny’s Fire took me by surprise with this young adult scifi romance. The BookWhisperer is not your typically scifi reader, but this story blew me away. As a huge fan of independent and courageous females; Dez was a prime example. Along with her friends this story is packed full of wonderful characters; that will keep readers captivated. The only minor criticism that I have for this book was the lack of detail in the first few chapters. Even after completing the story I was unsure of when this story was actually taking place. Once I returned to add a description for this review I realized that it was set in 2040. While this does not hinder the understanding of the story, it did give me pause in the story. For action lovers this is a perfect story, but it is a young adult novel so the violence is a minimum. There again this does not hinder the storyline, but it is noticeable especially when readers find themselves in a war setting. Overall story is exceptionally writing and it uniqueness is apparent in the imaginative story that is delivered. Trisha proves herself here as a talented and creative writer, and leaves me anxious to see what she will have to offer in future novels.
By: Courtney Cole
Publisher: Whiskey Press (July 2011 )
My Copy: Ebook provided by the publisher
About the book:
Have you ever had shivers run down your spine for no reason or felt like someone was watching you, even though you were alone?
Weeks after her dad died in a drowning accident, sixteen year old Whitney Lane is afraid she might be going crazy just like her mom.
She sees shadows moving along walls, whisperings around corners and blurs of motion from the corner of her eye. But whenever she looks, there is never anything there.
Until one day, there was.
Guardian was nothing like what I had expected. Surprisingly book description very much fits the story, but prior to reading the description would have been viewed in a very different context. The main character is a young girl name Whitney. She is a very strong and admirable young girl. I was impressed by her character's dedication and drive; especially when it comes to her family. In the wake of losing her father, in tragic rescue attempt, she doesn't miss a beat; just picks up and carries the family through. Although, with her mother increasingly strange behaviors and the strange things that begin happening around her; Whitney soon discovers that there is far more to worry about than overcoming their horrible loss. As Whitney learns more and more about the things that go bump in the night it becomes clear that she is the target, and they will stop at nothing to have her. As her plan continues to unfold she will find safety in an unlikely place, proving that God's plan for her is nothing like what she had planned.
Monday, January 23
By: Chelsea Fine
Series: The Archer of Avalon Book 1
Publisher: Acadia Publishing (December 5th, 2011)
My Copy: Review Galley provided by Author
About the book:
Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice.
Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.
Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her.
Anew is a debuting paranormal romance created by Chelsea Fine. After reading Sophie & Carter, a love story for two troubled teens, I knew this was an author to keep an eye on. When I heard that she was created a paranormal read there was no question I had to read it. Chelsea does not disappoint, to say the least. Anew is a twisted mystery that will prove addictive. Scarlet who is our main character is a special kind of girl, but her amnesia prior to the past two years proves to make her character more of an enigma. She is distant and withdrawal which gives ample opportunity for the author to deliver her deep and honest character. After waking in the forest alone she finds herself in this small town; where is presently living with her guardian. This small quaint little town was an easy fit for the slower paced read. The Kissing Festival, how creative, this was one of my favorites. While I agree that kissing everyone is a little odd, and kissing relays (YUCK!), but still who would have come up with something like this. The woods surrounding this little town played a large part in the story, and I believe it helps give the novel a darker and intriguing feel. Grouping it with the Archer brothers that remain a mystery for the majority of this read was very smart in adding the emotional feel of the story. While progressively the truths are being revealed there is continuous curiosity and feel of something dark and sinister hiding in the background. While the concept of two men after the same girl is common; this story effectively delivers a twist on that tired concept. Gabriel is a common and offers familiarity; while Tristan is heat and chemistry that we only have the pleasure of witnessing a couple of times throughout this book. Although, with the abrupt conclusion that has left me hang on a cliff I am uncertain of what the future will hold. It is a certainty that the story goes on, but it will be exciting to see how Fine pulls these characters through their current predicament. I am anxiously awaiting book two to see where this series will go. BOOKWHISPERER RECOMMENDED SERIES!!!
By: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent Book #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (05/2011)
My Copy: Review copy from the publisher
About the book:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
Veronica Roth is a debuting author with some much potential it is frightening. Divergent has set on my bookshelf for months, and I just never really got around to taking a peek. Something yesterday struck me, and I just had to start reading it. This is a long story at just under 500 pages, but I managed it in a sixteen hour period. Please don't ask me how I accomplished this because I have absolutely no idea. All I can tell you is that once I started it was impossible to put down. Tris is a strong and courageous character that will instantly capture the reader’s attention. From the start she is young girl trying to please her parents and peers while feeling isolated, but as the story progresses it becomes more about her discovery and relentless courage. Her world is very unlike our own, and at first glance appears to be a peaceful and improved society, although, upon closer inspection this alternate reality proves to be a corrupted world that suffers from tyranny and segregation. An entire society is based on five virtues; that are extension of you. According to assessments your personality correlates to which faction you should belong. At the age of sixteen all children are tested, and this is followed by a ceremony in which they will chose where their future lies. Obviously, this causes some difficulty when children are raised in a particular faction, and their true nature proves they should belong with another. As Tris discover for herself this is a tragic and lonely journey when you must turn your back on your past to embrace an unknown future. This was a deep and emotional journey where each and every character is amazing. I was mesmerized by this story, and I continue to kick myself for not breaking this spine sooner. This is by far one of the best reads by The BookWhisperer for this year and last. I cannot wait to get my hands on Insurgent. BOOKWHISPERER FAVORITE!!!!
Thursday, January 19
Title: The Haunted
By: JA Templeton
Series: MacKinnon Curse #2
Publisher: Self Published (January 8th, 2012)
My Copy: Ebook provided by the Author
About the book:
After battling a malevolent ghost that held the spirit of her friend Ian MacKinnon bound to the land for two hundred years, sixteen-year-old reluctant psychic, Riley Williams, felt as if she was finally easing into her new life in Scotland.
Or so she thought.
Laria, the spirit of the witch who had cursed Ian wants revenge for Riley’s interference and she’s bringing along friends—dark entities who thrive on evil.
The one bright spot in Riley’s world is Ian’s descendent, Kade MacKinnon, who could easily be Ian’s modern day twin. The parallels between the two guys are undeniable. As Riley’s relationship with Kade blossoms, she begins to realize Laria has grown in her power since their last confrontation—a power that could very well manipulate the living just as effectively as the dead.
What am I supposed to do now? I started The Deepest Cut, and found myself in love. While I was aware of some minor glitches in the first novel; this second book showed none of the same obstacles. Where book one was an instant attraction and an impossible relationship; book two is budding relationship that grows and develops. The Haunting starts from where book one leaves off at full speed. Upon the return of the cousins, Riley finds herself instantly drawn to Kade MacKinnon; but is it solely due to the resemblance to a certain ghost or is there more to the attraction. It quickly proves difficult getting to know Kade with a pesky determined ghost that just refuses to go away, but somehow Riley and Kade manage to find a strong connection that grows rather quickly. As the deadly interactions become more and more frequent Riley will have to accept her inability to face this alone, but determine just who can she trust with her secrets. This was the first appearance of the MacKinnon family, and I am in love with the entire bunch. Each with their unique personalities make them stand out amongst the entire cast of character. This was a heart racing read from the start, and Templeton offered the same goose bump read that I enjoyed with The Deepest Cut. The ending was a race right up until the last page, and left me in a daze. I spent several minutes flipping pages back and worth saying, "Are you kidding me? It just STOPS!" I know it is intended to be a cliff hanger, but really what am I supposed to do now? It will be a depressing wait for the next book. So far each book as been short and easy reads, but offering a captivating and intriguing story that will leave you begging for more. These are BookWhisperer Must Reads.
By: Megan Miranda
Publisher: Walker Books January 17th, 2012 Release
My Copy: Galley Provided by Publisher
About the book:
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
—despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
What would you do if today was your last day? Delaney is just a girl with a normal life, normal friends, and normal parents. When tragedy strikes it is easy to over look with crystal lining of a miracle at work. Nobody could survive an accident that left them drowning in a frozen lake for eleven minutes, but somehow that is exactly what Delaney Maxwell did. After slipping into a coma for six days, she awakes almost completely unscathed. Although, the lasting reminders come in the form of an overprotective yet distant best friend and the occasional moments of a delusions that leave her feeling crazy. When the situations begin happening more frequently she finds that they are not symptom but a sign of an ability she never had before. Furthermore, she discovers that she is not the only one with this new ability. As she uncovers what these moments mean she soon finds they are far from a gift, and more like a curse. As things become more and more complicated the truth will surface that she is no longer the same girl, and how can she leave with this new talent without dragging everyone else down with her. Fracture was an incredibly moving story. Readers should be prepared this is not a journey for the faint of heart. The emotional baggage included with this story will have readers questioning their own lives, and purpose. This talented author will drag you into her story, and you will feel the story through Delaney. At the point of climax I was shocked to find myself feeling so incredibly hopeless and depressed. Then as the story begins to sort every detail I found myself spirits lifting. I was impressed by this author’s ability in this novel, and she will be a name to watch out for in the future.
Wednesday, January 18
Tuesday, January 17
Title: The Deepest Cut
By: J.A. Templeton
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Published: Self Published (October 1st, 2011)
My Copy: Ebook provided by Author
About the book:
Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.
When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.
Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.
The Deepest Cut is on of the hardest books I have had to review. Even now, I struggle with whether to rate it a four star or five star. I am so incredibly enthralled with Riley’s story that it is a favorite, and a five star read. Though, as a dedicated book blogger I have to look at every aspect of the story, and recognize that in the beginning I felt some minor bumps associated with a debuting authors growing talent. Riley’s story is a twist of horror and paranormal romance. Templeton offers a goose bump read that will have readers looking over their shoulders. This is a unique story, and a fresh breath into this rapidly growing genre. Riley is a young girl with a lot of baggage. After the untimely death of her mother she finds herself guilt ridden and in possession of a strange ability that will remain a constant reminder of what she has lost. After her father accepts a job transfer; her family picks up and moves to a old town with a very dark history. When Riley’s new ability the two are like mixing oil and water. What she soon discovers will change her life forever, and open new doorways that she never knew existed. This simply lays the ground work for what lies ahead, and the story that follows is wonderful start for what promises to be thrilling series. The story is delivered in a very rushed pace that will race readers through the stories end. This does not hinder the story, but it will leave you craving more. With the fast pace and awestruck cliff hanger I am desperate to begin book two. BOOKWHISPERER RECOMMENDED!!!
Friday, January 13
Title: His Secret Past
By: Katie Reus
Published: January 2nd 2012
My Copy: Ebook Provided by the Author
About the book:
Six years ago, Alexis Baptiste’s world was turned upside down when Hunter Cassidy disappeared without a trace, leaving her alone and pregnant. She’s finally moving on with her life when he resurfaces, just in time to rescue her from a would-be assassin. Forced to join him on the run to protect herself and her young son, Alexis is now in even more danger: danger of falling for Hunter all over again.
Betrayed by rogue CIA agents after infiltrating an infamous drug cartel, former DEA agent Hunter Cassidy has spent years trying to clear his name. He’s not proud of the things he’s done, and knows he doesn’t deserve a future with Alexis, or the son he never knew he had, but he’s determined to protect them from the men who ruined his life. Convincing Alexis to trust him—and denying his feelings for her—is going to be the hardest mission he’s ever faced.
Katie Reus is an excellent romance author. I connected with every part of His Secret Past, and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the story. Alexis is a pure, strong, and independent woman. I loved her character, and was instantly a fan. As a single parent and dedicated mother; her character is an open book. Hunter on the other hand takes a little time to uncover. With the mystery of his past readers will be uncertain whether they should love him or hate him. After discovering he left the love of his life for some dark hidden reason, and then uncovering that Alexis was pregnant when Hunter left which in turn results with her spending the last six years raising their child solo; this will quickly make you question his character. Them demonstrates Reus's talent to carefully craft a character that readers will grow to love along with the story. In the end, Hunter is a well rounded character that I absolutely loved. As an adult and Mother this was a awesome read. I love the child quality that was added to the story through Jonathan. When this little boy tells Hunter, "Uh Oh! You are in big trouble. She used your whole name..." That was priceless, and I loved it!! Nothing can add dead pan humor like a child. It was emotionally moving to also see the relationship grow between Hunter and Jonathan. This is something that a young adult novel with never offer; with it's ability to speak to a mother's heart. I loved the entire story. This was a tornado of suspense, romance, and action that left me wanting more. Katie Reus is an amazingly talented author, and I love reading her wonderfully heart stopping novels.
Thursday, January 12
Title: Emotionally Charged
By: Selina Fenech
Series: Empath Chronicles Book #1
Published: October 17th, 2011
My Copy: Ebook provided from the Publisher
About the book:
Livvy always dreamed of the day when a rich, handsome hero would appear and whisk her away from her mundane life. She never thought she would be the one doing the saving.
Reading the emotions of people around her is easy for Livvy. When an earthquake strikes her city, a supernaturally attractive group of rescuers show her that her power goes beyond that. She’s now one of them. Special. But the dream life she’s been swept into seems too easy, and soon turns into a nightmare.
Emotionally Charged is a young adult Paranormal Romance. The story is about a young girl that discovers she has unique powers, and when she finds a group with the same powers she immediate forms a bond. Although, she quickly learns that they have far more differences than similarities. I have had my eye on this book for some time, but I regretfully did not find this book as exceptional as I would have liked. As a romance I expected a more powerful read, and I hope to see Selina potential advance in the future. Emotionally Charged is a short and quick fun read. This story will offer a fresh breath into the Paranormal Genre.
Wednesday, January 11
By: Robin Mellom
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (January 10th, 2012)
My Copy: NetGalley Ebook
About the Book:
High school senior Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. So she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.
Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat handle first.
Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.
Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.
And then ditched her.
Now, as the sun rises over her small town, and with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven, Justina must piece together — stain by stain on her thrift-store dress — exactly how she ended up dateless. A three-legged Chihuahua was involved. Along with a demolition derby-ready Cadillac. And there was that incident at the tattoo parlor. Plus the flying leap from Brian Sontag's moving car...
But to get the whole story, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. And discover if losing out at prom can ultimately lead to true love.
Filled with humor, charm, and romance, Ditched: A Love Story by debut novelist Robin Mellom will have readers dreaming of love on their own prom nights.
Justina is not like most girls, but when she agreed to attend prom with none other than her best friend Ian is promises to be a night she will remember. Anticipating the best night of her life, she never anticipated what the night would actually hold. When the night goes terribly a rye, and she finds herself in a ditch the following morning she left to decipher how she ended up here. After months of secretly admiring Ian she had a plan, but nothing turns out the way she thought it would. Ditched is told as Justina delivers her story to the gas station attendant; where she finds herself after waking in the ditch. At first she is unable to remember much of what happened the night before, but as time passes the memories resurface. Only not every question can be answered from her memories. Like where did Ian take off to, and why did her ditch her at their own prom, and how did she end up muddy in a ditch with stains covering her dress. This is a story of humor, embarrassment, and love that will carry readers through the story's end. The pace is slower requiring readers to press through, but still remains entertaining and funny.