Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily Series #1)

by Karen Amanda Hooper

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published: May 25th 2012 

Rating: 5 mega stars!

Synopsis:

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she’s supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah’s memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release.

Review:

I got this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

X- MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY? That says in the description… well… I haven’t read MY NAME IS MEMORY but It must be good because this book was awesome!

I’m glad I had that chance to be one of the first readers of this enthralling story because it really is  marvellous. It evoked many different emotions in me, it had so many compelling moments and at some point I almost cry! I won’t post any spoilers don’t worry! Go ahead and find out on you own!

The plot was very interesting. Although reincarnation may be a common topic, the author gave it some twists and turns that made it completely amazing.
I think the writing was fantastic, the dialogues are great, so smart and there were many original and interesting situations. Their first encounter was keenly awaited, but totally worth it! Magical and funny at the same time.

Maryah and River’s beginning is awesome, they have a true connection and he is so sweet, I admit it! I’m a sucker for love triangles! XD

I loved Carson’s personality, he was funny and the only one giving her some leads to the truth! Meteor! XD
I felt, though, that Maryah was clueless in extreme and maybe Nathan’s efforts to be with her were somehow mild.

Nonetheless it is one of the best books I’ve read this year, it’s only the beginning of a promising series, and it goes straight to my “favourites shelf”. I’m in love with a new series! (as If I my to-be-read shelf needed something extra! lol)

Before I forget and leave you alone until tomorrow: don’t you love the cover art? That picture is gorgeous and those petals and feathers are a perfect addition!

Thumbs up for Karen Amanda Hooper!

 

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The Soul’s Mark: Found (The Soul’s Mark #1)

by Ashley Stoyanoff

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published:  May 24th 2012 

Rating: 5 super stars!

Anxious to leave her destructive past behind, Amelia Caldwell moves to Willowberg, excited for a fresh start. Once there, she discovers that her birthmark is more than it seems. She has been marked by a vampire’s soul. Not only does she hold his soul, but Amelia is also his soulmate.

After almost a century of searching for his soulmate, Mitchell Lang fears the worst—he is going to lose Amelia to another man. His heart takes over, and his impulsive decision to take away her free will and to intensify their bond quickly turns her growing love into hate.

When they become trapped in the emotional rollercoaster of their souls’ bond, open conflict erupts. Amelia has no intentions of belonging to anyone, not even her soulmate, and Mitchell refuses to let her go.

While she frantically searches for a way to escape his grasp, Amelia unlocks the painful memories of her past and uncovers a powerful secret. But before she has a chance to explore her newfound edge, she finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly game of revenge and is forced to realize that YOU CANNOT RUN FROM DESTINY.

MY REVIEW:

I’m sure you all heard the “don’t judge a book by its cover” phrase, well it totally applies here because let’s face it… the cover is awful! And the book is amazing!

Well, I loved this book! But somehow I can’t find the appropiate way to review it, that’s why it took me so long to post it.

Above all, it was a fun reading with an impeccable writing and unique storyline combined with perfectly constructed characters. A nice twist on soulmates, a refreshing premise with vampires and some magic. Definitely a fantastic start for a series!

The whole book goes around Amelia, and the story begins when she earns a scholarship and move to her “dream house” and meet her new friends. She has quite a temper! She is strong and brave and even after a dreadful past, she is funny and easy to relate to.

“Jeez! Is this the attack of gorgeous people?” (that line seriously made me giggle!)

In my opinion, one of the most important moments in a book is that exact second when the lovers meet.
Here, as we have a love triangle (well more like a love square at some point lol), we have 2 main encounters.

When Amelia and Eric met I couldn’t stop grinning. The situation was perfect and hilarious.

With Mitchell… well… the moment wasn’t that awesome, but the truth is I’m biased here lol, for me Eric is totally amazing and Mitchell is not lol, he summoned a rollercoaster of emotions and there were not always good: I loved him, despised him, loved him again and so on.
Sometimes he annoyed me completely, he was selfish and childish, at some point I thought he didn’t care about Millie at all. There were many things he did that made me wonder if he was that in love with her or was simple infatuation.

On the other hand, we have some other characters such as Angelle who is sweet and unnerving at the same time, and I believe there is more of her story to come, there was a sneak peek of her past and was great, a little sad, but interesting nonetheless.

Also, there is Erin, the friend. She is such a complex character as well, one of my favourites, witty, loyal and caring.

There was a moment within the story which I personally found to be extremely sad, it was Amelia’s talk with her mum, it made my heart stop. So emotive!!!

What else can I add? Eric is delicious and I wanna read more about him. And of course,this book goes to my favorite shelf for sure!

Lacrimosa (Requiem #1)

By Christine Fonseca

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published: March 5th 2012 by Compress Press

Rating: 4.5 stars!
It’s been three thousand years since the fall of Azzaziel and the rebirth of evil; three thousand years since the Sentinal Order, an elite group of warrior angels, returned to Celestium. Their job—rid Earth of the dark creatures, the UnHoly. And with luck, end Azza’s rule.

As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.

He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.

Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself. And her choice may cost her, and Celestium, far more than anyone realizes.

How much will she sacrifice for love?

My Review:

I got this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this book in the R2R list, I couldn’t help myself! I jumped into it in a second! Everybody said it is awesome, and all of my friends gave 5 starts to it.
How could I not read it?

My first impression was: Wow! I’m in love with this book! Starting with the beautiful cover and after reading the first two chapters I was captivated. Totally drawn into the plot.

But after a few chapters, it became a little disappointing. WAIT! before you start throwing things at me let me finish the idea XD
Disappointing because after hearing so many good things I was expecting more, like a mind blowing story… and it was good, really good actually but not amazing…

Nesy was confusing, sometimes she was a kick ass Sentinal and after that her head was a mess. Going back and forward with the same thoughts over and over again.

Aydan was cute but I didn’t get to know him enough, though I could relate more to him than to Nesy.

Maybe the biggest issue for me was that the timeline was so short. The whole story happens in 4 days! And I would have loved more. We get to know their previous story through flashbacks but it didn’t feel enough.
For instance, Aydan’s motives to join Azza didn’t feel clear for me. I won’t say anything to avoid spoilers.

At this point it was a 3.5 rating book, which is not bad at all, but I know by now you may be wondering why did I give it 4.5 stars then?

Well, ladies and gentleman (XD), the end did it for me!
It was in-cre-di-ble! I wasn’t expecting that at all! The kind of twist that makes you spin around the room in awe! 

The last 15% of the book was simply OUTSTANDING! heart breaking at some point and then giggle worthy!
No doubt it left me wanting to read more. I believe the story is just about to begin.

The writing is impeccable and the cover is to die for! Beautiful!

I can’t wait to read the next book!
Thanks Christine for giving me the chance to read this!

Crushed (The Witch Game #1)

by K.C. Blake

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published: July 13th 2011

Rating: 5 stars

The Noah sisters rule Titan High with their beauty, brains, and magical powers.

Each year they play a secret game: Crushed. The girls pick their targets carefully and blow enchanted dust into the boy’s faces, charming them, but this year Kristen makes a grave mistake. She chooses the wrong boy and almost dies that same day. Coincidence? Maybe.

But something isn’t quite right about Zach Bevian. He doesn’t behave like a boy who’s been Crushed. He goes from hot to cold, from looking at her with contempt to asking her out on a date. She doesn’t know what to think. Does he hate her or is he truly falling for her? Is he trying to kill her, or is he trying to save her?

MY REVIEW:

Oh my! Usually when I finish a book I have tons of things to say but this one just left me speechless!

Witches are not my favorite topic but this book looked appealing, I liked the description and decided to give it a shot!
Lucky me! Because it was totally awesome.

I would have loved a little more “Witch game”, I mean, more playing between Kristen and Zach and with the other crushed boys but aside from that it was a very good book.

Original and well written, with no loose endings.

Kristen and Zach’s stories are compelling and while they look one way on the surface, their personalities are very different and they are such complex characters 🙂 The love part sometimes was a little cheesy but nevertheless, sweet and made me smile.

Morgan is perfectly developed, Britt and Cyndi are impeccable themselves, one is the careless, brave and grumpy sister while her twin is shy, caring and sweet. They make an ideal contrast and embellish the story. Grandma Noah is the coolest grandma on Earth! lol
Kristen is a complete heroine and you can see how she matures through the book.
Zach is just so *sigh* sexy! Hotter than hell.

“Zach stood off to the side of the basketball court, too cool to fight for the ball. They had split into two teams, skins against the shirts. Naturally he was on the team without shirts.”

The only thing that disappoints me is that we don’t get to read more about them because the next book is about absolutely different characters, anyway this author made a great job and I plan to keep reading her works 🙂

A STRANGE FIRE (Florence Vaine #1)

by L.H Cosway

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published: March 14th 2012

Rating: 5 friggin’ stars!

Flo has always had problems. Her stammer prevents her speech and her dad’s abuse makes her life a living hell. Not to mention she sees colours other people don’t.

When her dad decides to ship her off to live with her grandma in the sleepy town of Chesterport, Flo thinks that this is her chance for a better life. But on her very first day at her new school she is ridiculed and laughed at for having a stammer. One student sticks up for her and his name is Frank.

Frank’s body is surrounded by an aura of fire, but Flo is the only one who can see it. He lives in a foster home for troubled teenagers. Flo is drawn to him because he’s different and so is she.

Things are about to get scary, because Chesterport is not your ordinary suburban town. It’s infested by a coven of dark witches who prey on the young and the elderly. Soon Flo discovers that she’s next on their list of victims, and finds herself fighting a battle she never would have imagined possible

My Review:

“I can see everybody’s aura, the colours of their soul. It’s a gift, it’s a curse. It’s ambiguous really. I never asked for it, and yet I have it. I still don’t know if it’s real, there’s a good chance I’ve got psychological problems”.

:D (no spoiler here! that is revealed at 2% of the book!) :D

When you are use to reading YA books, you are also used to the same clichés over and over. What it matters then is how they are carried out and that is how you decide if it is a great book or an average one.
A Stranger Fire was a little predictable at some point but even though it appear to be a bad thing, it made me wanna read more to see how cleverly the author solves every situation. And wasn’t dissapointted whatsoever!
I can definitely say that L.H Cosway handled it beautifully and created an amazing book, totally worth reading.

The first thought I had was: “This book has to be made into a movie” . Yes! I was totally hooked from chapter 1!!!

The second thing I thought was: “Wow! Frank is hot!” He only had spoken once and I was already sensing his hotness lol. *sigh*

(sorry my review is kinda cheesy but I’m still so excited about it! :P )

Flo and Frank’s relationship is different, not the typical love at first sight, on the contrary, you feel the connection instantly but their relationship grows and strenghten slowly and is so sweet it made me “awwww!” a lot lol.

Florence is a magnificent and complete character herself, so smart in spite of her shyness. At first, I didn’t like her being so shy and suddenly having those outburst but once I got to know her, that amused me because it was such a trademark XD
Her power is awesome and I liked the way it evolved as the story goes on.
My heart shattered with hers and also felt her joy. I totally felt myself in Florence Vaine’s shoes.
I sensed a deep connection to the characters and this is the first book! I can’t wait to see how their personalities are developed and gain even more depth in the next book!

There was only one little thing… I wasn’t very fond of her “Xanax junkie phase” but that was easily forgotten by the end of the book.

In a few words, A REFRESHING READING!