Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Death Whispers (Death #1) by Tamara Rose Blodgett

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Death Whispers (The Death Series, #1)Death Whispers by Tamara Rose Blodgett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I tend to stay away from YA books that involve high schoolers because I find them to be immature and silly. This book, so not the case. I grabbed this book as a freebie a couple of years ago and am so glad I did. The author just 'gets it' with describing teenage life. It felt as if it could really happen.
As it turns out, the human genome has been fully mapped out & with it, paranormal 'markers' have been discovered. As a result, our government has decided to inoculate the children to bring out these paranormal abilities, that just so happen to manifest during puberty. We all know how puberty works. Some are early bloomers, some are on time, while others are late bloomers. Having paranormal abilities is no different. However, the government has taken notice to certain people, let's say with certain paranormal abilities, and use them for nefarious reasons, for their ill intent. It's happened before this generation and they are not keen on that idea. I mean who would be? Your freedoms stripped, having no say in how you want to live your life. Not a life at all. So these kids, with their newly discovered abilities, are trying to gain control over them and try to live their lives like normal teens. This is just the beginning of their story...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bloodline: Forgotten Origins #1 by Tara Ellis

Bloodline (Forgotten Origins Trilogy #1)Bloodline by Tara Ellis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was such an awesome read for me. I saw that it was going to be free for a few days only on a thread here on Goodreads and the cover really piqued my interest. From the very beginning I was hooked. It started off with a bang and throughout the story you're basically on an adventure with the main character trying to save the world before it's too late. Bloodline has a Christian undertone but it's a light one. And I did appreciate that due to the fact that it wasn't being forced down my throat. I also put this book under my ancient-aliens-stuff shelf. I did it because of the way the virus came to earth and quite possibly for WHO sent the virus, with it's intent being Evil. Here lately, I have read several books, one right after the other, with the same theme: Freedom. This story is no different. I rather like it. As Alex stated:

”But what the creators of the virus don’t understand is the human desire to fight for our freedom and our value of life. To simply be alive, isn’t enough...
I finally realize that our greatest gift, and weapon, is love. I mean, who can ever win against something as powerful as that?”

It really gives the reader hope against all odds. As for the characters, I loved them all. Especially Baxter, the faithful dog. Alex, Chris, and Jacob were well defined and I honestly connected with Alex and Jacob more because they lost their father as well. The story had a realness to it that I was comfortable with. It wasn't too far fetched or ridiculous to think, ”Hey, this could actually happen.” I really liked how it all connected from the Egyptians to the Native Americans and even how the author used those crystal skulls you hear so much about on the History channel. Awesome!! So if you're looking for a Sci-Fi, YA, adventurous & suspenseful read, Bloodline: Forgotten Origins is THAT book.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

For The Love Of Death by Tamara Rose Blodgett

For the Love of Death (The Death Series, #7)For the Love of Death by Tamara Rose Blodgett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*A complimentary ARC of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.*

I am literally hungover from that ending. Man, that was one hell of a read!! What can I say about Tamara that I haven't already? This is why I read, people!! It's all about great Storytelling. When you find an author that can deliver a great story or stories, you NEVER forget them or their stories. It's like finding water in the middle of a desert and it tastes so good!! Seriously, For The Love Of Death made me feel right at home with my favorite characters. Love the new additions as well, since this is essentially their story. They're basically just trying to find a way to live their lives out peacefully even though they possess paranormal abilities. Sound familiar? History tends to repeat itself. I was glad to see the old crew all grown up helping the two newbies. The story got dark and twisted. It was thrilling, my heart was racing from one page to the next, and then I was there at the end like, ”NOOOO!! I NEED MORE!!” Classic Death for me. But hey, if Tamara wants to keep throwing cliffhangers my way, so be it. As long as there's more Death I'll be here waiting.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The High King's Embalmer by S. Copperstone

The High King's EmbalmerThe High King's Embalmer by S. Copperstone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*A complimentary copy if this ebook was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.*

I truly thought The High King's Embalmer was a unique story. Very different from anything I've read. I did learn a lot about embalming. I was also entertained with where the author went with this story. The only, & I mean ONLY thing I couldn't wrap my mind around was the place in time this story took place. Maybe I missed something? At first, I thought I was in ancient Egypt only to find out, I think, to be in the present. Perhaps this was more of a dystopian era? I understood it wasn't on Earth but on Ocana. It almost reminded me of Stargate but more futuristic and without the military aspect. No matter, it's still a mighty fine read. I believe the main theme here would be freedom. The main character was being taken captive and sold as a slave, even though he was already a slave to the royal family. Through his journey, I was glad to see Jibade's history. He is a shapeshifter, AKA, OuHor Kem. He can read auras, read your thoughts, and eat your heart. Most importantly though, he is an embalmer. There is a plot out to kill the royal family and he sets out to undo that plan. I was really into this story because I wasn't sure who Jibade could trust. Full of adventure and intrigue with a bit of romance, I could not put down this story. It is a bit of a cliffhanger but hey, I wasn't disappointed at all. I got a sneak peak at the next book so I'm anxiously awaiting for the story to continue and hoping to learn more of the OuHor Kem and their history.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Alchemist's Perfect Instrument (City Steam #1) by A.L. Davroe

The Alchemist's Perfect Instrument (City Steam #1)The Alchemist's Perfect Instrument by A.L. Davroe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought this book was dark, thrilling, and a bit perverse. However, it was captivating. The author weaved a great short story from steampunk and cogs with a dark element, which I truly loved. I know there's more to come because you can't just leave it like that!! I enjoyed this short story & I know I'll be reading more from this author.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Reflective by Tamara Rose Blodgett

The Reflective (Reflection, #1)The Reflective by Tamara Rose Blodgett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OH MY PRINCIPLE!! I have been fan of Tamara's for a few years now and let me tell you, she has NEVER let me down. I absolutely adore her writing. The Reflective is no exception. I mean everytime I read her books I feel like it's being played back in my head as a movie. What's neat about Tamara is that she has combined all of her other series together without this story being sloppy. If you've read her other works then you know what I'm talking about. This story though was just an awesome addition to her others. The Reflective is a beautiful, dark, adventurous romance. If definitely has me wanting more, especially with that ending!! There's some secrets in there that have me questioning the future for Beth & Jeb. Along with some other characters too. All I can say, without giving anything away, is that I loved it, I was glued to this story, and I'm utterly fascinated with Tamara's multi-parallel worlds. Wish I was a froggy!! *giggles*

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Precarious by Bella Jewel

Precarious (Jokers' Wrath MC, #1)Precarious by Bella Jewel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought this was one mighty fine biker-romance read. Ash/Wildcard, she's a tough broad who's fierce and can hold her own. Beau/Krypt, is a freakin' god!! All fine and alpha-y. Meow!! These two come together and make the eBook pages explode!! So sexual & erotic. The whole story was well thought out. Bravo to the author. I was flipping from one page to the next just to see how it all played out. There was just a slight back and forth but only a slight. And honestly it didn't bother me because it was needed. Even cute because first it was Ash then Beau but no biggie. This story did end on a bit of a cliffhanger but it's with the MC's PREZ, Maddox & his....chick? Don't really know what to call her since that whole situation is unclear to me. But I guess we'll find out in September!! Overall, I loved Ash & Beau's story. Hopefully we'll see more of them in the future!!

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