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Waiting on Wednesday!!!!

Published May 30, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Waiting on Wednesday!

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Why I am waiting for it?

Uh end of the world; I totally love those types of books. I am guessing that it is a zombie kinda book. Fighting to survive and live is one thing but I am hoping that this book is as good as it sounds, I am sure it will be though. I liked some of her other books before this one. Also the cover is pretty awesome.

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Published May 29, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world… and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer… and becoming his prey herself. From Goodreads.

I love this series because I can actually picture where the story is based, mainly because I have been there since my family lives in Bonney Lake. Violet and Jay were very cute and amusing together. I love how their friendship bloomed into love. They had been friends for like 9 years at the point that the story starts. It is the beginning of their junior year. It goes all the way to their Winter Formal.

In the story Violet finds a body of a girl from a town close by in the lake where they spend the Labor Day weekend. It was pretty traumatic for her. Then all of a sudden, more and more girls locally are disappearing and showing up dead. So Violet decides with the help of Jay, her best friend that she is going to go to places that they would normally just hang out and hope to find the echoes of the girls that have been found. She doesn’t want to sit around all day and just wait for other people to hope to find out who it is.

I love how there are a few chapters from the bad guys point of view. The villain is quite predatory. All he cares about is the hunt. Of course, you don’t realize that it isn’t just one person but two bad guys. Eventually they find out that Violet knows something, they just don’t realize that she can see the echoes of the girls that they murdered on them as well as with the body of the girl that was killed.

Violet’s family is really close to her and each other. Her uncle happens to be the chief of police, her dad an accountant and her mom an artist so they are always around to deal with whatever echo that she has to go through. But the ending was really good, I loved how you didn’t know who got shot right away.

I give this story 4 out of 5 stars.

Teaser Tuesday

Published May 29, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

To participate all you have to do is:

 •Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

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“Sara glanced reluctantly at Jay, but didn’t hesitate. “Not everyone needs to know what you kids are capable of. Sometimes it’s better to keep what you can do…quiet.” page 166

Waiting on Wednesday!!

Published May 23, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Waiting on Wednesday!

Rapture by Lauren Kate (Fallen #4)

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

Why I am waiting for it?

I need to know what happens to everyone in the series. Does Luce choose Daniel? What happens now between the Fallen and the good angels? What about Miles and Shelby, did they make it back? There are so many questions that I hope get answered in the final book in the series. Also out of all the books in the series, this is my favorite one.

Teaser Tuesday!!!!!

Published May 22, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

To participate all you have to do is:

 

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

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“Jay didn’t look up as he passed them on his way into class, but Violet was sure that he hadn’t been clenching his fists until he’d spotted her and Grady together.” page 123

 

 

Keegan’s Chronicles Trilogy Set by Julia Crane

Published May 22, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Keegan’s Chronicles Trilogy Set by Julia Crane

Coexist: Sixteen-year-old Keegan is struggling to keep her huge secret from her friends–she’s an elf, descended from a long line of elves that live in secrecy alongside humans.

In elfin society, mates are predetermined but not allowed to meet until they are eighteen. Against tradition, Keegan’s brother Thaddeus told her Rourk’s name because his visions warned him she’d need Rourk’s protection, especially since Keegan will play a key role in the coming war between the dark and light elves.

Conflicted: Keegan, is only alive now due to Black Magic, and her bond with her Chosen is broken. She cannot remember Rourk at all.

For the first time, she feels like a normal teenager. She is dating Donald, her long-time crush, and everything seems perfect. But Rourk still feels their bond, and despairs for the woman he was always meant to love.

Keegan’s best friend Anna is determined to find a way to use her powers to return Keegan’s bond, no matter what it takes. The question is does Keegan even want it?

Books 1-3

Consumed: Keegan has dealt with a lot over the last two years: Death, black magic and the loss of her bond to her chosen mate. But on her eighteenth birthday, the bond with Rourk returns.

Now, Keegan faces her hardest decision. Tradition requires elves marry at eighteen. If she accepts the path laid out for her, she will be spared a lifetime of physical and emotional pain. But will that life ever really be her own? From Goodreads.

I actually read this trilogy separately but I figured it was about time I wrote about the whole set at once because as far as I know the story is done. This was a story about overcoming everything and finding the love that they deserve. I absolutely loved Keegan, she reminded me of my little cousin, who loves to shop and talk about boys and date but not too seriously.

Throughout the books you can see Keegan growing up to be the woman that she is at the end of Consumed. She struggled with not being with Rourk and then she knew something was missing when her bond was gone and she dated Donald. All I know was that I really was hoping that in the end she got back with Rourk because he was absolutely devoted to her and remembered everything about her even when he was training in the Army.

I was relieved when Keegan was able to talk to her best friends Anna and Lauren about being an elf. It was even greater when she realized that they weren’t what she thought they were. Of course everything seemed to be getting back to normal after Keegan’s bond is broken with Rourk.

Rourk even tries to date her like regular humans but it was awkward because on his end, his bond with her is fine but she can’t feel him anymore. After an incident in the woods that Rourk sees with Keegan he decides to give her space and time and promises to come back on her 18th birthday. And boy when he shows up on that birthday does everything get turned around.

They end up back together with the bond working to full capacity but she ends up breaking Donald’s heart at the same time. Everything works out the way it is supposed to be. Thaddeus knows this because he has seen it happening and honestly just wants the best for his bigger sister and Rourk.

I almost wish there was one more book so you can see how they are handling being together; I don’t want to give too much away. I wanted to find out what happened with the other characters, Anna, Lauren, Tommy, Calvron, Sam, Sebastian and especially Donald. I know that probably won’t happen but it was a nice thought and I can’t help but hope for one maybe in the future.

I give this whole trilogy 4 out of 5 stars.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Published May 22, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers. From Goodreads.

This is the first book and let me tell you it does not disappoint you at all. There is so much going on throughout the story that I couldn’t put down the book until it was done. I honestly can’t wait for the second book.

It starts out with a fire and a possible assault on Aria by one of the councilmen’s sons. Luckily enough Perry had gotten in and was able to save Aria. Of course that looked really bad on her since only her and her assaulter survived the fire. After that she was lied to and kicked out of her Pod. Yea I can see how she had a really bad week. She hadn’t heard from her mom in a week, her friend died in a fire and then she was kicked out.

Thinking she was going to die from the air and from the Aether storms going on around her she basically gives up only to actually meet Perry. Seeing as she was unconscious for the last time that they met. Of course he rips her medical suit off her by accident and takes care of her while she is passed out. When she comes too finally she isn’t exactly nice to him. Of course he isn’t nice to her either.

They become allies and work their way to Marron to help fix something of hers so that Perry can use it to get in contact with someone. Mainly because he needs something that they took from him. After awhile they kinda make friends. From there they end up liking each other but knowing that nothing could happen. They were completely opposites and Perry knows that his tribe won’t accept her since she is a Dweller. But boy was I rooting for them to stay together.

Eventually they meet up with Roar, Perry’s friend and Cinder a boy who has been following Roar around. At the same time they are being chased by a cannibal tribe. Not everyone wants to get eaten. After a while they make it to Marron’s tribe and are fixed up medically and given clothes and food.

He ends up fixing Aria’s item and Perry is able to get in touch with who he needs to talk too. There are still lies and secrets. Aria finds out a huge secret her mom hid from her and explained why she survived and was getting stronger outside of the Pod.

Honestly if you don’t read this book and like it, I can’t understand you. The love that grows from Aria and Perry is absolutely beautiful. It isn’t rushed or anything. The friendship between Aria, Perry and Roar is amazing. It is just an absolutely great book with an amazing cover, I don’t know how I will survive until the second book comes out.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Fated by Courtney Cole

Published May 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Fated by Courtney Cole (Bloodstone Saga #2)

Seventeen-year old Macy Lockhart thought she had it all figured out.

As a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae, she literally holds fate in her hands. She lives over and over in lives that end tragically; all to further the good of mankind as she does her part to control destiny.
But there’s one lesson that she hasn’t learned well enough. Nothing is ever what it seems.

Startling new revelations about her identity surface and Macy realizes that she’s more important than she ever imagined.

As she struggles to grasp her new reality, everyone she loves is threatened. Is she strong enough to save them all? From Goodreads.

Wow this second book was really good. There was more love and action throughout the whole book. And the ending…just wow. Once again Macy is dealing with something different. The Fates hurt her so that they can have a conversation on how she isn’t holding up to dealing with her charge.

There were so many new secrets that come out. Apparently no one is who they seem to be. Still throughout the story Gavin and Macy are steadily together. Their love is unbreakable, or is it? Macy finds out that she is a goddess, mind you a minor one but one nonetheless. Gavin has been her husband since the beginning of time basically and they have loved each other fiercely before losing each other dramatically. Not only that, but the decisions that she has pushed her charge to do have been hurtful to her and everyone else.

I don’t want to say too much about it because you really should read it. I have only started the series, I still have to get the other books to finish it off but if the other books are as good as the first two books, I can’t wait to read those. Courtney changed mythology enough that it makes it a lot different from everyone else that has written about something similar.

I give this book 4 out of 5 books.

Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Published May 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Clockwise by Elle Strauss

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this—she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?

When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does. From Goodreads.

I thought this book was so cute. I liked how Casey felt like a real girl, especially since she didn’t realize how pretty she really was. She was just awkward. Okay she is really awkward and time traveling probably doesn’t help her grace.

And of course Nate seemed like a nice guy at first. Of course when he tells the truth, he kind of broke my heart. I really felt bad for Casey. It didn’t help that when they were in 1860 he is so much nicer and seems to care about her but when they are back to their time, he completely ignores her. I know I would have been heartbroken.

She can’t explain to her mom or dad or brother what goes on when she travels. But she does eventually figure out why she time travels. Which I thought was amazing. There were so many moments in the book that were really great, her friendship with her only friend was nice.

Casey tries to time travel alone because she doesn’t want to upset anyone and definitely doesn’t want her secret out. She only traveled once with her friend but recently she is always traveling with Nate every time he touches her, its immediate and they are thrown back into 1860. Mainly because he stresses her out and increases her heart rate.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t wait for the second book to come out.

Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole

Published May 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole (Bloodstone Saga #1)

Born a goddess. Controlled by the Fates. Can Macy’s love for her soul mate survive the bonds of time… and death?

17-year old Macy Lockhart is as far from normal as any one girl can be. The problem is, she doesn’t know it yet.

After a bloodstone pendant is mysteriously left on her door, Macy’s life begins to change in ways she’d never dreamed. And while she will eventually come to realize that nothing is ever what it seems, that her life is a tangled web of lies and the Fates themselves pull the strings, for now she is left with only the explanations that they offer her.

Macy is led to believe that if she doesn’t return to a previous doomed life, one in which she served as Queen Cleopatra ‘s handmaiden, the fate of the entire world will be threatened in a way that would destroy history as we know it. She learns that she has lived thousands of lives, each one ending tragically…but none as tragic as this one.

After returning to ancient Egypt, she is faced with heart-wrenching decisions. Unless she interferes with Fate’s plan, the very thing she was born to protect, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and watch the love of her life die all over again?

In this fascinating novel-length prequel to The Bloodstone Saga, Courtney Cole sets the stage for an epic journey that will have readers holding their breath until the very last page of the very last book has been turned.

What would you do if you held Fate in your hands? From Goodreads.

Poor Macy or Charmian, in the now she is Macy but she is thrown back into a previous life of hers as Charmian, Cleopatra’s hand maiden and friend. She was just having one of those weeks, she found out her boyfriend cheated on her so she dumped him after 2 years worth of dating then she is sent back in time by a priest.

Meanwhile Macy is there and she is trying not to mess up the past but it is so hard for her since Annen, the priest, also brought a bad guy back from the dead to show her that the Fates can be changed. Still she was trying so hard to keep it the same. Eventually she has to tell Cleopatra, and then she tells Iras and Marc Antony because Iras was there and Antony saved her but had heard the conversation.

Throughout the story she is madly in love with Hasani, her soul mate. They spend time together and have been together since they were teenagers; they have not married only because of their duties. His to Antony and hers to Cleopatra but they are seen as married since they have been together for so long at that point. He is quite dreamy, warrior type that is gentle and oddly enough only has eyes for her in that time.

When she comes back, after setting everything right again, she is heartbroken because she lost Hasani, Cleopatra, and Antony. She was having a hard time going from one time to the other. When her best friends get her out of the house she runs into her ex, who seems to think that they are going to get back together. She of course tells him no, she knows out there that there is something better for her even if he isn’t around anymore. Or she thinks. Eventually she finds out that they will meet again. And they do! Gavin is new in town and she is just lucky enough to find him at a sandwich shop when she goes to get her mom lunch.

This book was amazing; there was mystery, love, comedy and drama. I was hooked throughout the whole story.

I give the first book 4 out of 5 stars.