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Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental #2)

Published September 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer (Elemental #2)

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake — this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit… From Goodreads.

Now Brigid is a new author to the YA world and I have yet to read something from her that wasn’t amazing. I read Elemental (0.5), Storm (1), and Fearless (1.5) and I loved each one of them. But this one was just as great as the other ones were. I loved getting to know the dynamics of the family more so this time around.

Gabriel had such a bad temper but that makes sense due to the fact of his element that he can control. I mean fire makes me think of anger and passion too. He wasn’t just one of the bad boys, he really cared about his family and eventually he starts to care about more than just hooking up with girls. He ended up falling hard for Layne, which I loved because she needed someone to show that she is perfect just the way she is.

Now Layne has had such a rough life and so has Gabriel but that I believe was discussed in my review of Storm. Layne grew up rich, and from there she learned early on that she wasn’t good enough for her mom because of an accident that happened when she was very young. Once her mom left her, her dad, and her younger brother, she ended up taking all the responsibilities that should go to her for herself. She cleaned, she cooked, and she made sure her brother was taken care of. And she is only a sophomore in high school.

There isn’t much that I didn’t love about this book.  I can’t wait for the next books to come out, I see on Goodreads there will be a Nick Merrick novella, which I want now and then the final book in the series, Spirit. Every book has gotten better with Brigid. I was very surprised and I loved how she created a whole new world within our own world.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Published September 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly. From Goodreads.

There are few authors that write as well as Jennifer does. I picked up one of her books just to read it and ever since then, I have read all but 1 of her books. I loved the fact that this book had planes in it. There aren’t very many books where the main characters are daredevils.

I do have to say that I loved Leah’s character but I did not like the way she thought everyone thought about her. Of course it doesn’t help that the one boy that she has liked for years thinks she is white trash (I am using better language then what he really thought btw). I did like that no matter what though she was willing to let it go and still help the boys out. Of course Grayson doesn’t make it easy by blackmailing her.

There wasn’t a single moment in this book that I did not like. I loved that even though she was being blackmailed, Leah tried to be a better person. I did not like her mom, who just up and leaves their kid alone like that? No matter what the age is, I still hear from my dad and he lives all the way across the country and calls me at least twice a week if not more sometimes and I am almost 30 years old.

The characters were very believable, they all had their flaws but in the end they were all willing to look passed them to end up as friends but depending on who it was they ended up as more than friends. I thought Alec was really funny and nice, I totally got why Grayson did everything he did, and Leah didn’t let them walk all over her even though she was the only chick pilot.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Waiting on Wednesday!!!!

Published September 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series. From Goodreads.
Why am I waiting for it?

The final book in the Caster Chronicles?? Not to mention the movie that will be coming out soon for it too? Yea I can’t imagine why I would want to read this book. I remember getting the first book from my bff/moh for Christmas like 3 years ago, I fell sooooooo in love with the book that I stayed up all night reading it. I mean literally all night!!! I went to bed at 8am once I was done with the book. Now I want to know what happens to Ethan and Lena because even though they have had their issues, they both deserve to be happy. This book is scheduled to be released on October 23, 2012. I am excited!!

Guest Post by J. Bridger author of Shifted Perspective!

Published September 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Guest Blog on Shifted Perspective

 

                Crys suggested that I look at the characters in the book. There are a lot because I like to integrate the parents into things. I think that’s refreshing to see college age kids having someone to go to who knows more than they do and can offer advice. Still, I figured in the interest of time that I’d profile the main younger people/shifters in the cast and, also, one very special character.

 

1)      Caleb Byrne – He’s the protagonist and the narrator for our story. He’s the one who has the misfortune to wake up one day as a Cocker Spaniel and to realize that he comes from a long line of canine shape shifters. His mom left his family when he was still a kid, and she definitely left that part out. He’s smart and droll, but also wounded in a lot of ways, especially because of his absent mom. He doesn’t like being a shifter, but he doesn’t have a lot of choice in learning to deal with it and accept his place in his extended family either.

 

2)      Joanna Queen – She’s Caleb’s girlfriend and a bit of a Lois Lane wannabe. She moved to their small hometown in North Carolina (Mt. Airy, which is literally Mayberry) from the big city of Charlotte and has always been very urban and a bit dismissive of the slower pace of life in a little mountain town. She’s determined to make her mark as a reporter, and, on top of that, has a nose for the weird stories. She struggles to be supportive of Caleb while he keeps her in the dark about a lot of the changes in his life, but she also grounds him too.

 

3)      Kalista Katsaros – She’s Caleb’s cousin, his mother’s sister’s child. She comes from a large family (a “litter” if you will) with three older brothers. Kalista’s been spoiled a lot as both the only girl in the family but also because of her father being close friends with the pack Alpha. She’s a bit shallow and has some odd life ambitions, top among them to place first at Westminster when shifted. Still, she envisions herself the Obi Wan to Caleb’s Luke Skywalker and tries very hard to get him integrated into his new world.

 

4)      Peter Moretti – Surly, angry, and always posturing, Peter is the Alpha’s son, and next in line to lead the Southern California pack. He’s always harassed Caleb, even when he was just visiting the west coast and long before he grew into his abilities. There’s a definite grudge there that Caleb can’t even begin to figure out. Still, at the same time, Peter’s in a burgeoning relationship with Kalista and seems to care deeply about the safety of his pack.

 

5)      Penny Spencer – She’s a bit of an eclectic case. Opting to skip college, Penny works as a “psychic consultant” for the L.A.P.D. by day and uses her enhanced senses and a bit of nascent shifter sixth sense to help solve crimes. By night, she is often used by the same oblivious group as a bomb sniffer for accident sites. After all, beagles have a superb sense of smell. She’s gruff around the edges and doesn’t humor Caleb often, but she’ll come through in a pinch.

 

6)      Sampson  –  Caleb’s pet Blood Hound. He’s been a part of Caleb’s family for years and is now a bit of a crotchety older dog. Since one of the odder side effects of Caleb’s shifting is the ability to speak dog (Barkenese), Sampson has become a running font of sarcasm in Caleb’s life. He’s not all jokes, however, and often offers hard truths and homespun advice, almost like a second father or a grandfather figure.

Teaser Tuesday!!!

Published September 18, 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!).

 

“The blanket wasn’t very big, so when Gemma sat down, she was right next to him. As she lay back, her head bumped his elbow. To avoid that, Alex moved his arm so it was in between them. Now his arm was pressed against hers, and she tried not to think about how warm his skin felt.” page 39

Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany (13 to life #5)

Published September 18, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Rivals and Retribution by Shannon Delany (13 to Life #5)

In Rivals and Retribution, the fifth book in the 13 to Life series by Shannon Delany, Pietr and Jessie will find themselves caught in a pack war with a new breed of werewolves.

Jessie Gillmansen is in trouble again and she’s in for the fight of her life–and Pietr’s! With Marlaena’s dangerous wolf pack putting more pressure on the Rusakova family, change is inevitable and when it comes, it brings a heavy price that forces Alexi into action to save his youngest brother’s heart, head, and life. In the stunning conclusion of this celebrated paranormal series two werewolf families fight for control of the small town of Junction, control of each other and–most elusive of all–control of themselves. From Goodreads.

Now I didn’t realize that this was it for the series until not too long ago. I am quite sad to see the characters go to be honest with you. But I am pretty sure that Shannon will continue to write books and publish them so I know that I will fall in love with some of her other characters!

Poor Jessie and Pietr!! I feel like that is not said enough, they go through soooooo much to be together and this book is no exception. It begins with Jessie being kidnapped by Marlaena’s group and it gets worse from there. I mean I didn’t think there was much more that could happen to them so when they got Jessie back, and they found out that the antidote didn’t actually hold, well all hell broke loose.

Marlaena’s pack is staying with the Rusakova pack and apparently something HUGE happens between Pietr and Marlaena. Yea I am not telling you what it is exactly but there were times that I thought I might cry, okay I lied I totally sobbed because of everything, I honestly don’t think Jessie got a lot of credit for being an awesome heroine. She was loving and tough and smart. She cared about everyone’s feelings and didn’t want anything bad to happen to anyone even Marlaena after everything she did to her.

The ending of the book was just what I wanted it to be and I am pretty sure that if it ended any other way, I would have been fuming. Now I am not going to lie, the very last of it I am not sure what that meant so don’t ask me. But I am pretty sure it wasn’t good. Yea it was a very good and confusing ending. Nothing like keeping the reader on their toes, Shannon.

I gave this final book in the series 4 out of 5 stars!

Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck (The Tiger Saga #3)

Published September 13, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck (The Tiger Saga #3)

With the head-to-head battle against the villainous Lokesh behind her, Kelsey confronts a new heartbreak: in the wake of his traumatic experience, her beloved Ren no longer remembers who she is. As the trio continues their quest by challenging five cunning and duplicitous dragons, Ren and Kishan once more vie for her affections–leaving Kelsey more confused than ever. From Goodreads.

I can’t get enough of Colleen’s books. I just reread this series because the 4th book just came out and I wanted to refresh my memory. Let me tell you I was way way more Team Kishan in this book because he was kind and willing to give up his own happiness to let Kelsey be happy with Ren. But the second Ren gets scared for her, he dumps her harshly.

I couldn’t stop crying throughout the book, when Ren put up hundreds of wishes for them to be together, for him to remember her, for everything I thought I was going to swoon. I get that Ren does the elaborate romantic gestures but Kishan did the little things like just being there for her when she needed him.

I still absolutely adore Phet and Kadam. Kadam with his almost all knowing self, he honestly seems to know everything about everything. At the same time he has been around for almost 400 years. And Phet, what a sweet old man who seems to love Kelsey very much.

This time around they dealt with dragons and Krakens and giant dinosaur sharks. Yea I said giant dinosaur sharks because that is the best way to describe it. I mean the thing was bigger than Jaws, based on the book. They got the Black Pearl Necklace after their quests with the mermaids and dragons.

Once again, I won’t go too much into detail because like I said, this series is definitely worth the read and you know you want to know what happens before Tiger’s Dream comes out sometime next year. This happens to be the last book of the series and makes me quite sad to see it go but I still have the books to read luckily.

I gave this book 6 out of 5 stars!!!

 

Waiting on Wednesday!!!!

Published September 12, 2012 by crysbookreviews

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…. From Barnes and Noble.

Why I want this book?

What a beautiful cover, I can’t wait to read this based on its blurb. But really I have heard great things about Kresley Cole’s books. I have yet to read one but I am sure I would love them too. This book releases on October 2, 2012 and you can beat that I will be getting it either that day or very very soon afterwards.

Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantasky (Jessica #2)

Published September 12, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Jessica #2)

It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late? From Goodreads.

Now I enjoyed the first one of these books but I have to say that I really enjoyed this one way more. I thought that the way that Jessica stood up for not only herself but for Lucius was amazing. I was a little upset that she cowered a little bit but luckily she became not only a soon to be Queen but also a heroine.

This time around, Lucius was set up by some other vampires so that Jessica could get out of the way. Crazy right? Not as crazy as it was when I found out who did and everything they did to make Jessica look bad in front of ALL the other vampires. At that point I was FURIOUS. Yes I do realize that I have used caps there that was because I was so mad at that point.

There were a few new characters in the book and few old ones. I liked the old ones, I thought the new ones were nice enough but that wasn’t true. Now I know I seem to be saying the same thing over and over again but I really couldn’t believe it.

Anyway someone was murdered; there were secrets Jessica learned about other vampires that she trusted and almost a heartbreaking end. But everything ended up for the best.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Exclusive Cover Reveal for Kate Evangelista!!!

Published September 12, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Book description:

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

Links:
Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15988916-reaping-me-softly