Saturday, March 30, 2013

Review: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead


Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)


Title: Bloodlines
(Bloodlines #1)
Author: Richelle Mead

Summary:
Blood doesn't lie...

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...


Review:
So, up until last month I hadn’t read any books by Mead. Now, ive read all 6 of the VA series, and am starting the Boodlines series (obviously) and what the hell took me so long to start??
The story follows Sydney Sage, who we met in VA as an Alchemist. We didn’t know too much about her, only that she was in debt to Abe (a bad guy and Rose’s dad) and that she was an Alchemist.

We learn so much more in this story. You learn about what a crappy childhood she had (Worlds worst dad goes to…?) and how, even though she is almost perfect at everything, no one gives her credit for it and she is constantly feeling lacking.

I grew to really like Sydney. She is an honestly good person. She is always trying to do something for someone else, no matter what price she has to pay personally. She is constantly looking out for everyone, even when she gets nothing in return. And though she was no Rose (from VA), she wasn’t super strong or badass like Rose, she was cool in her own way.

The plot was pretty predictable. (I mean, haven’t all of her books been fairly predictable?) But still very enjoyable. Sydney’s mission in this book is to protect Jill, the half sister to Lissa Dragomir, the young Queen. They go to this boarding school in Palm Springs to keep Jill safe. Though I gotta say, what’s the chance of them going to this super remote location (where no Strigoi are, and everyone is isolated and safe- the safest place they could find to keep Jill safe) yet there just HAPPENs to be a random tattoo-that-infuses-strength/endorphin high phase going on in that ONE Location?? Sounds SUPER far-fetched. lol

BUT… Adrian was there!! YAY! So I was okay with the super predictable and highly unlikely plot.

The only downside was, there was no romance. I like romance in my books. I especially like romance in my paranormal books. And this had none. Sure Jill, the fifteen year old, was kinda set up on a date with a nineteen year old…. And they had a little thing. But that’s it.
Adrian is still caught up on Rose. And Sydney has never dated in her life.

And, though im planning on reading the rest of these books soon. It doesn’t appear (by reading the synopsis of the other books) that there is a single love interest for Sydney. It kinda looks like she has a few love interests. Which is very disappointing. But we’ll see.

Rating: 3.5 Stars


BLOG HOP signups for a Virtual Book Tour of HOPE, the second book in The Descendant Trilogy!
Email me if you want a free copy in exchange for an honest review!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blog Hop Signups


Im having ANOTHER Book Tour/Blog Hop and Giveaway from April 29th- May 3rd for my second novel, HOPE (The Descendant Trilogy #2). 

During this time, POWER (The Descendant Trilogy #1) will be FREE on Amazon!!!! 
Hope (The Descendant Trilogy #2)
If you want to participate in this Blog Hop/Giveaway, please email me and I can send you a FREE e-copy of HOPE in exchange for an honest review both on Goodreads and Amazon! And then I can list an entry for people to FOLLOW YOU on the Giveaway!!


HOPE 
Allison now understands who she is and where she comes from, but will it be enough to save the world? She went through a dangerous journey, dragging her young daughter along for the ride, in an attempt to stop the evil Rising Leader, Damien, from opening the Seven Seals and bringing about the Apocalypse. 

But she hasn’t succeeded yet. The Rising still thrives and Lilith has made it her mission to open the remaining Seals so that she and her minions can rule the Earth. 

David and Allison hope that love can conquer all, but in reality, love is never enough. Will they, along with the rest of the gang back at the Compound, be able to stop the Rising?

And where is The Descendant that is prophesied to save them all?


In case you missed POWER.

Here it is!
Power (The Descendant Trilogy #1)
Thousands of years after the battle between the angels, when Lucifer was defeated by Michael in the Heavens, the war is still being fought on Earth by the humans who have their Power, the Angel’s Power. 

Allison Stevens is a 21 year old single mother who gets thrown into the middle of this battle when Damien, the Leader of the Rising, decides to hunt her down and kill her because he fears she is the descendant prophesied to save the world. 

David, a member of the Order, takes Allison under his wing in order to show her the ropes, and hopefully groom her into being the one they have been waiting for. The only problem is that they start to grow more attached than a teacher/student relationship should allow.

But that isn’t all. Damien wants to open the Seven Seals and bring about the apocalypse and it’s up to Allison to not only save herself and her family, but save the world, all while trying to keep her heart from breaking.
No problem… right?
Arise (A Descendant Trilogy Prequel)

ALSO- ARISE, the prequel to POWER is now available for ONLY $0.99 on Amazon!! 

Rick is an Order Member, which means he has inherited the Power of the Angels. Ann is now a single mother, as her husband died less than a year ago. Allison is an only child, now fatherless. But together, they make for an exciting tale of love and loss.

Rick is sent on a mission to bind Allison’s Power, but he got more than he bargained for as her mother, Ann, stole his heart in the process.

Read this prequel novella to find out more about Ann’s and Rick’s relationship, and to see how it all began before Allison turns 21 in Power.




Arise is a novella, a short novel, sitting at about 22,000 words. 


So... just email me if you want a free copy in exchange for an honest review!!


Thanks




Monday, March 18, 2013

The Scooter Store

So, as i mentioned in a post earlier this week, I worked (until recently) at a local Medical Equipment provider called The Scooter Store. 
Right now this company is under attack by the media and the is under investigation from the government and FBI.

So... since they laid me off, suddenly and without a severance check, i thought i would share my experiences with this company.

I wrote a book, that is now published!!

You can buy it on Amazon HERE
Behind Closed Doors -The Truth about The Scooter Store from a Former Employee

Have you heard of The Scooter Store? Do you know what they do or the kind of people they help?
Perhaps you have heard of the recent FBI raids or Medicare Fraud Claims. Maybe you have seen someone riding around in a Power Chair or seen the Advertisements on television.

Do you want to know what the truth is? 
Do you want to know what really happened at The Scooter Store?

Hear it from an employees first hand account. Learn the truth about what really went on Behind Closed Doors.


Note- This is a short Non-Fiction Book about my personal experiences. You will read also testimonials from several other employees as well. 

Maybe you will finally get some answers regarding all of those claims the media makes. Were they right? Read this book to find out!





Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cover Reveal: Hope (The Descendant Trilogy #2)



*COVER REVEAL*

Title: Hope
(The Descendant Trilogy #2)
Author: Theresa M Jones

Summary:
Allison now understands who she is and where she comes from, but will it be enough to save the world? She went through a dangerous journey, dragging her young daughter along for the ride, in an attempt to stop the evil Rising Leader, Damien, from opening the Seven Seals and bringing about the Apocalypse. 

But she hasn’t succeeded yet. The Rising still thrives and Lilith has made it her mission to open the remaining Seals so that she and her minions can rule the Earth. 

David and Allison hope that love can conquer all, but in reality, love is never enough. Will they, along with the rest of the gang back at the Compound, be able to stop the Rising?

And where is The Descendant that is prophesied to save them all?


Hope is the second book in The Descendant Trilogy. 
Add Hope on Goodreads and email me if you want a free E-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Publication date: April 29, 2013!!



Power- Theresa M Jones's Debut novel

Power (The Descendant Trilogy #1)Thousands of years after the battle between the angels, when Lucifer was defeated by Michael in the Heavens, the war is still being fought on Earth by the humans who have their Power, the Angel’s Power. 

Allison Stevens is a 21 year old single mother who gets thrown into the middle of this battle when Damien, the Leader of the Rising, decides to hunt her down and kill her because he fears she is the descendant prophesied to save the world. 

David, a member of the Order, takes Allison under his wing in order to show her the ropes, and hopefully groom her into being the one they have been waiting for. The only problem is that they start to grow more attached than a teacher/student relationship should allow.

But that isn’t all. Damien wants to open the Seven Seals and bring about the apocalypse and it’s up to Allison to not only save herself and her family, but save the world, all while trying to keep her heart from breaking.

No problem… right?


POWER is the first book in a New Adult (Mature YA) Paranormal Romance Trilogy and is the debut novel for author Theresa M Jones.


Add Power on Goodreads 

or buy it now on Amazon
for only $2.99



Friday, March 15, 2013

Cover Reveal- Arise



*COVER REVEAL*

Title: Arise 
A Descendant Trilogy Novella
Author: Theresa M Jones

Summary:
Rick is an Order Member, which means he has inherited the Power of the Angels. Ann is now a single mother, as her husband died less than a year ago. Allison is an only child, now fatherless. But together, they make for an exciting tale of love and loss.

Rick is sent on a mission to bind Allison’s Power, but he got more than he bargained for as her mother, Ann, stole his heart in the process.

Read this prequel novella to find out more about Ann’s and Rick’s relationship, and to see how it all began before Allison turns 21 in Power.


Arise is a prequel- in the time 16 years before the start of Power. 
Add Arise on Goodreads and email me if you want a free E-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Publication date: March 25, 2013!!



Power- Theresa M Jones's Debut novel

Power (The Descendant Trilogy #1)Thousands of years after the battle between the angels, when Lucifer was defeated by Michael in the Heavens, the war is still being fought on Earth by the humans who have their Power, the Angel’s Power. 

Allison Stevens is a 21 year old single mother who gets thrown into the middle of this battle when Damien, the Leader of the Rising, decides to hunt her down and kill her because he fears she is the descendant prophesied to save the world. 

David, a member of the Order, takes Allison under his wing in order to show her the ropes, and hopefully groom her into being the one they have been waiting for. The only problem is that they start to grow more attached than a teacher/student relationship should allow.

But that isn’t all. Damien wants to open the Seven Seals and bring about the apocalypse and it’s up to Allison to not only save herself and her family, but save the world, all while trying to keep her heart from breaking.

No problem… right?


POWER is the first book in a New Adult (Mature YA) Paranormal Romance Trilogy and is the debut novel for author Theresa M Jones.


Add Power on Goodreads 

or buy it now on Amazon
for only $2.99
Come back TOMORROW for the Cover reveal of Hope- The Descendant Trilogy #2

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Financial Problems in the Real World

I'm sorry that I haven't been very active in my blogging world lately. I have had some posts/reviews, that I had scheduled, but I haven't been going to other blogs.
See, i'm having some pretty serious personal issues.

I work at the local DME provider The Scooter Store, and if you watch the news, you might have heard that The Scooter Store has been having serious issues (including an FBI raid!) lately.


Most recently, we have (all the employees) been put on a Furlough- unpaid time off- until further notice. This is basically a layoff, without a severance check. :(

This has been devastating to my family. Both my husband and myself work at The Scooter Store, and now we are suddenly both unemployed!
Where we live, in a pretty small town, there are no other jobs. Well, a few, but very few, and NOTHING that pays even close to what we were getting paid there!!

We have been applying like crazy, and of course i've been writing, but we are stressed to the max, and...like I said, devastated!!


Im still having the cover reveal for Arise and Hope tomorrow! So come back, but I dont know when ill be able to actively blog again!

Wish my family luck!

If you want a FREE e-copy of ANY of my books in exchange for an honest review, email me and Ill send you any format you prefer.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa


The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2)


Title: The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2)
Author: Julie Kagawa

Summary:
Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus 
that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

Review:
Wow! So… where do I even start with this?

The majority of this book is Allie trying to find Kanin, then trying to find a cure, But Sarren is back (the bigg bad guy who really wants to kill everyone) and he continuously gets in their way. See, he was looking for a cure too, but not to save everyone, but to morph it into a new virus that would basically kill everyone. What little hope they have left is in Eden.

Jackal is back too, and though he is a ruthless, crazy vampire, for some reason I don’t hate him that much. Kanin is back, but then something terrible happens to him. But I wont spoil it for you.

And of course Zeke. We all know and love good ol Zeke. I didn’t know at first how he would fit into this story line, surrounded by vampires while he is still human. But he managed to worm his way into the plot and into my heart. Sweet Zeke… So brave and fearless!

The romance is so small, you feel it and see it, but its so behind the scenes because there are so many more important things going on.

There was a killer ending. Good and bad all at the same time! BUT waiting for the next book will seriously suck!!

Rating: 5 Stars. (I cant think of ONE negative thing about this book at all!)

Thank you Netgalley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa

Summary:
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred ofthem—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide whatandwhois worth dying foragain.


Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

Review:
So, of course like everyone who has read the Iron Fey series, I was dying to get my hands on Kagawas next book.

Finally I was given the chance (Thank you Netgalley!)

So, the story is another vampire novel, but not typical. It starts with a young girl, Allie, who is an unregistered (not a blood save to the vampires) human that has to scavenge for her food and hide on a daily basis. She lives this way because her mother was killed by the vampires when she got sick and couldn’t give her assigned amount of blood for a day (her mother was a Registered-made to give blood on a schedule)

Immediately you learn that there has been an outbreak that caused the humans to start to die off rather quickly, and thus the vampires who had been hidden, have risen up to control the situation to save their race as well. Because if all the humans die, they would too. 

But then something changed, and even vampires became infected with this Rabid disease. Now there are Rabids- once human or vampire, now diseased, that are vicious- kinda like zombies.

Well, one day when Allie was scavenging food, they were attacked by Rabids, and almost killed, but a Vampire came and offered her the chance to live- well undead. She became a vampire and went on her way when a bad guy(an old enemy of her sire) came in search of him. She met up with a small group of surviving humans in search for a city called Eden, where they want to work on a cure for Rabidism.

She starts having feelings for this human (think Twilight in reverse) even though she considers herself a monster.

The rest of the book is about her trying to help this small band of humans to get to their destination.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. There are SO many vampires book out there, but thankfully this one didn’t feel boring or mundane, it wasn’t the same as the others, and I truly enjoyed it!

On to book 2 

Rating: 4.5 Stars. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cover Reveal- Review Request

Ok, Ill be having the Cover reveal for Arise- the prequel to Power. Its a short story- a novella actually, at only 22000 words. I just got it back from the Editor, so its all ready.
Also- Ill be hosting a Cover Reveal for Hope soon also!!

If you want a FREE e-copy in exchange for an honest review, let me know.
Just email me!
Also, if you want to participate in the cover reveal, let me know. I think Ill have it next Friday. (3/15/2013)



Arise
Rick is an Order Member, which means he has inherited the Power of the Angels. Ann is now a single mother, as her husband died less than a year ago. Allison is an only child, now fatherless. But together, they make for an exciting tale of love and loss.

Rick is sent on a mission to bind Allison’s Power, but he got more than he bargained for as her mother, Ann, stole his heart in the process.

Read this prequel novella to find out more about Ann’s and Rick’s relationship, and to see how it all began before Allison turns 21 in Power.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Review: The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark


The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles, #1)

Title: The Demon Lover
Author: Juliet Dark

Summary:
Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: Her incubus is not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the demon, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this supernatural lover from her heart.
Review:
So… I don’t know how to really review this book. So, Ill just do my best.
 First off, the book was so long. I don’t know how long it was, because it was on my kindle, but it FELT so long! It seemed to drag on forever!
I need to also mention, this is not a YA or a paranormal romance! This is an adult urban fantasy novel, with eroticism. There is very little actual ROMANCE, unless you count graphic sex scenes... which I dont.
The plot was so strange. There were too many subplots, so many things going on, that it was hard to follow along. The MAIN plot, about a woman being stalked by a demon-incubus, that was cool. but that wasn’t all. Even the part about the school being home to fairies, demons, witches, etc (a whole LOT of etc) was awesome. But then you had Phoenix. What the hell was the point of added SO much about her, when she leaves anyways? She had NO major addition to the story at all! I mean, she spent SO much time writing about Phoenix, and she added NOTHING at all to the story. Waste of time.
And with Dahlia LaMotte. I kept feeling like there was going to be a point about all her writing and diaries and journals, but there wasn’t. she was the last owner of the house… and an incubus took advantage of her too. Sum it u in a few paragraphs, not 10 chapters!
The writing was great. It is obvious that the author is a professional, bestselling author. Still again, it only felt like there was too much of it. For example, I normally read a good book in a day- even if I don’t have much time to read. But I started reading this book a month ago! I even had several days where I could spend hours reading it… and it just kept dragging on. I thought a few times about stopping- but I was still curious. I wanted to know what would happen. So like I said, the writing was good.
So, I think the story was ok. it could have been great if it was broken into 2 different books, and had a lot of extra cut out of it. But it was still good enough, that even though I was frustrated with it, I still wanted to keep reading anyways.
I wasn’t fond of the ending… I kinda felt like the real climax was about 60% through the book, and the rest was… just more words on the page. I didn’t feel like there was a big climactic ending… really it just stopped.
I haven’t decided if I will pick up the next book yet. I don’t know if I want to invest another 30 hours into 1 book…
Rating: 3/5 Stars. It was good, but not a favorite and I wont read it again.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review: Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan


Vanish (Firelight, #2)


Title: Vanish 
(Firelight #2)
Author: Sophie Jordan

Summary:
An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.


To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?


Review:
Vanish starts immediately after the end of Firelight. Jacinda, along with her mother and sister, return to the Pride, knowing she will have to face punishment for revealing herself to a human. But before they even get there, something changes. Tamra, the once defunct Draki, has fainally manifested, and her talent rivals even Jacindas rare fire-breathing talent.
This is great news, as before Tamra was a nothing, she is now held above most others. Unfortunately, Jacinda is now very low in the ranking of Pride life, seen as a traitor- basically.

While she tries to get used to Pride life again, she cant because she continuously think=s of Will, the human she risked her life to save. The problem is, he is not an ordinary human, he is a hunter with Draki blood in his veins.

Things go all crazy from there, with a botched escape plan comes a missing Pride member- the annoying Miram, Cassian’s little sister.

Jacinda has to choose between saving herself, running freely with the man she loves, or doing what no one has tried before- a rescue attempt.

The book was a fast read, very hard to put down. I enjoyed it immensely. I still love Will, though I will say that Cassian grew on me a lot in this book. BUT- I HATE triangles. Why cant I read a good YA paranormal romance without 2 boys vying for the attention of one girl?? Im so freakin tired of it! (FYI-MY paranormal romance novel doesnt have a triangle in it *hint hint*)

Also- Jacinda is so wishy-washy. She goes back and forth, Pride life or not, Cassian or Will, blah, blah blah. She got on my nerve a lot more in Vanish than in Firelight.

That being said, Tamra didn’t get on my nerves in this book. Since she is now a Draki- with a super awesome talent- she isn’t the whiny, moping girl she was in Firelight. So that’s a plus.
Even with the few annoyances in this book, it was still awesome. The world building is fantastical!

Recommended to all YA, paranormal, fantasy fans
Rating: 4 Stars.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review Firelight by Sophie Jordan


Firelight (Firelight, #1)


Title: Firelight
Author: Sophie Jordan

Summary:
A hidden truth. 
Mortal enemies. 
Doomed love.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping awayif it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Review:
So, since ive been seeing a lot about the third book in this series, I decided to pick up the first one to see if I liked it, and man am I glad I did!!

The story is about a Draki (which are descendants of dragons) girl named Jacinda who is the first fire-breathing draki in centuries.
Because of this, her Pride (group of Drakis that live together, hidden) wants to use her to make more fire-breathing babies.

So her mother (who has kept her dragon self dormant for so long she can no longer manifest into dragon form and remains basically human) drags her and her sister (who is a defunct drake that never manifested at all) far away to a desert- which is basically hell for the Draki’s, as they thrive in cool wet areas, like the mountains.

There is a great love interest, Will, who has secrets of his own. Lots of secrets actually, that you don’t find out til the end of the book. The romance between them was super sweet. I really like Will a lot.
The best part about this book is the back story. The entire world that the author created is so cool. There are all kinds of different draki, and they all live huddled together in different Prides, but they never talk to any Draki from another Pride since the great war (I don’t know much about that yet, but I don’t think its too important). There are humans that are called Hunters because of many things the Draki can do,

Examples: they can sense rare gems because they get their strength/life force from the earth and gems. For this reason, hunters want them so they can find gems and sell them. Also, apparently their blood has some healing properties- that one is self-explanatory. Their skin is tough like army, but beautiful, so… imagine poacher hunting elephants for their tusks… its like that.

It just felt so real and believable.

The characters were… iffy. Not flat at all, but not very likeable (except Will, who I loved) Jacinda was ok, sometimes I felt bad for her because her mother and sister wanted so badly for her to let her Draki form die, which was basically asking her to kill off a part of her soul. But then at times she annoyed the hell out of me.

But her sister, Tamara, was 10 times worse. Don’t get me wrong, I felt bad for Tamara that everyone in the Pride shunned her bec she never manifested into a dragon form, but the entire book she is so self-absorbed and doesn’t care about anyone but herself. Plus she wants to be one of those girls, those mean girls that everyone hates but secretly wants to be in high school. LAME.

I don’t understand her mom… I do understand wanting to keep your daughter safe, but I don’t understand how she could ask her to kill off a part of who she is.

Recommended to all YA, paranormal, fantasy fans

Rating: 4.5 Stars.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Song for Power- as suggested by a Reader



I recently had a reader tell me that when she was reading the Climax of Power (where Allison and Damien battle) this is the song that come to mind for her!
She told me that this should be the theme for Power.

Now I had never heard of this song, let along the band, before. But I agree!! I love it! And have downloaded the entire Album!!! AWESOME-Sauce!!

Check it out!!


Buy Power on Amazon for only $2.99 HERE

And read her review (the lady who suggested this song) HERE


you can still enter the goodreads Giveaway for a chance to win a Signed copy of Power!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Power by Theresa M. Jones

Power

by Theresa M. Jones

Giveaway ends March 31, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

ALSO- cover reveal for ARISE (the prequel Novella to Power) coming soon!!

If you want to be a part of the cover reveal OR if you want a free ecopy ARC of Arise, please email me at theresamcrocker(at)gmail.com



Monday, March 4, 2013

Review: Last Sacrifice (VA#6) by Richelle Mead


Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)


Title: Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6)
Author: Richelle Mead

Summary:
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir's Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose - for a crime she didn't even commit. She's in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She'll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose's life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back...and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Review:
So… I kinda fell like this was anticlimactic. Like… Ive read six books now, and this was the ending?? Not quite what I was expecting. I don’t know how to write this review without spoilers… so ill just do my best.

The story is about Rose, dimitri and Sydney (the alchemist) on the run- in hiding, while the rest of the gang tries to fine out who REALLY murdered the queen. The ironic thing is that even while Rose was gone and “in hiding” she still managed to save the day in more ways than one. (not only discovering the queen… but something else too)

Of course all the same characters are there- though some are apparently not all they appeared to be in the previous books. For example- some are more twisted than they appeared, and some are WAY more important than you would have thought.

We all know the most important thing here is the love triangle (not the murderer, not who will be queen next, not even the douche Victor- or maybe that’s just my own twisted logic) So… I wont spoil it. But I will say I was happy with the way it turned out. Though Rose Definitely could have gone about it a WAY better way. She had some serious douche moments on her part!! (Poor poor guy…)

And on that note, I HATED how that ended. Though, like I said, I liked who she ended up with, the way it happened was SO wrong, and never explained how the other guy turned out!!

The random part about the keepers seemed not important, and I don’t know why it was there at all… I just felt like, though it was a great book, it wasn’t good enough to be the final book in a six book series…

Rating: 4 Stars.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Winners for my Giveaway

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here are the winners!!

5 winners won an Ebook of Power!

1 winner won a signed copy of Power

and the Grand prize winner won a signed copy of Power AND a $15 amazon Giftcard!!


Congrats to ALL of you! 
Thank you all for entering and participating in the BlogHop!!
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Review: Hallowed (Unearthly #2)- Cynthia Hand


Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)


Title: Hallowed
(Unearthly #2)
Author: Cynthia Hand

Summary:
For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn't prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

In this compelling sequel to Unearthly, Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

Review:
So… where do I start?

The story follows Clara, as she still tries to figure out her purpose (since you know, all angel-bloods have a specific purpose in life- and her purpose in saving Christian from the last book wasn’t it.)

But- soon, she starts having dreams- or are they visions- of a funeral. She knows almost immediately that someone she loves will die. Of course, that’s pretty heart-breaking, as she tries to figure out WHO will die. And let me tell you, I wasn’t expecting.

As for the twist – what her mom keeps hiding from her- I figured it out about 3-4 chapters before they told you for sure. There were all these little hints.

Anyways… like ive said a million and two times before, I hate triangles. Because you see, I love BOTH Tucker AND Christian, so its not really fair for only one to be the victor. Both have their pros, and basically no cons. But she is destined to be with Christian, and Tucker- though he is amazing, cant live in her world of crazy angelness.

There is some sadness in this book- obviously since someone dies. But I like how the author did it. There was closure, and she let you work up to it, so you didn’t bawl your eyes out.
That being said… kinda sucks that I feel like Tucker wont be the victor L like… why did she just NOT have him enter the picture. Books need tension and drama? Naw… who needs it? Lol

I like that we figured out a little more about Jeffrey (the brother) and im glad to know it wasn’t what I thought!!

So… ill have to by the third and final book now, since I have to know how it ends.
Overall, deeply moving, exciting paranormal romance!!

Rating: 5 Stars.

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