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2321 star



by Emily Ford
Published February 8th 2012 by Ebook (first published January 1st 2012)





In the early morning hours nearing her 17th birthday, Cat Townsend woke to the sudden blur of a mysterious unknown man sitting on the edge of her bed. She did not feel fear — rather a strange calmness overtook her. In an instant their eyes locked, he lightly touched her hand, and then he disappeared into the nothingness of night.

Caught in that undefined place between asleep and awake, the moment felt hazy and surreal. A chill ran down Cat’s spine as she glances at the time – it’s 2:32 a.m.

What unfolds in the first book of The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy, is young Cat’s personal struggle with the overwhelming choice to accept a destiny of magic. As she contemplates the merits of unparalleled power, her new and ordinary world in Savannah, Georgia is understandably shaken. The closer her decision gets, the more twisted her life with family, friends and boyfriend becomes. Will she choose to give up everything she cherishes?




I had high hopes when I read the synopsis of 2:32 A.M. I have never read a book about genies, except for Arabian Nights, so I was expecting something fresh and new, but I was sadly disappointed. This story is fresh and new, but that is about the only positive thing about it. The writing style is terrible, it is written as though a high school student wrote it and didn’t proof read it before turning it in, I am a teacher and have experience with this. The plot concept is interesting and fresh, but the book was very difficult for me to get through as I want to pull out my red pen and make corrections every couple pages, which could be problematic since it is an ebook.

The story jumps around a lot, time passes very quickly, it is a bit disconcerting. There is almost no development of the characters, except for Cat, but even then what we learn is mostly superficial. All of the other characters are static, even her brother, Hayden, and her boyfriend, Todd. Her female friends are even worse. They are all terrible examples of females, though quite stereotypical when it comes to high school cheerleaders, though they are not cheerleaders, more like football groupies.

Sex is a big part of this book, do I have sex with this guy that I have a superficial relationship with or not? Will he stay with me after, even when he goes away to college on a full scholarship as the most sought after quarterback? Lord, help me; I want to slap Cat in the face most of the time. She is so super annoying; I can’t seem to figure out what makes her so special.

Then Cat goes to summer camp and completely forgets about Todd once she meets the blond guy from her dreams, Rolf. I am so confused by this change in her personality, it isn’t like she is torn, she just seems like she has multiple personalities. Then all of a sudden she is all about Rolf- but wants to keep Todd in the background, in case things don’t work with Rolf.

I could go on and on about this book, but I will actually get annoyed if I do and I don’t want to ruin my day complaining about a book that had so much potential, but fell so short of the mark that it is unbelievable.

If you want to give this book a try, please do, but it isn’t a great book for teenagers since Cat makes having sex seem like something someone just does and doesn’t even get mad at Todd when he tries to coerce her into having sex with him before he goes away to school. As an adult, this book was so annoying, I stated a few reasons above, and I will not be reading any more books in this trilogy.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.


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by Jeffe Kennedy

Published July 16th 2012 by Carina Press




This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiance, I impulsively walked out of my life–and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price–my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils–including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…




I am a bit iffy with this book. Normally I totally LOVE Carina Press books, but this one was more on the ok to not like level. I can’t say it was good, but I can’t say it was bad either. Basically, there was very little development of any of the characters in this story; it was more like a novella, or a short story in an anthology, than a novel. It was very superficial, even the plot was not very developed, or even really believable. I know it is a fantasy/paranormal romance and that it is totally a fiction story, but a well written fiction can make you feel like the events are real, at least while you are reading the story, this book did not do that for me. The events or scenes in this book also felt disconnected, I was really not invested in this story.

As for the characters, I didn’t feel any connection to them either. Gwynne did things that just seemed so out of her character that I couldn’t even believe that she would do the things she did, for example, how she got into fairy. Rogue, well, I am not sure I have ever disliked a male lead that I am supposed to like and fall for so much in my life. He had no redeeming qualities, at least that I could see. He just seemed like a total douche bag, except that he was hot.

I also hated the abuse scenes in this book. They were very disturbing. Ugh, just thinking about a good chunk of the book where she was sexually abused as part of a fair trade/punishment for something she didn’t even know she had done until after it happened (using her powers)- before she was given back to Rogue to be yet again abused by being forced to have a child with him, just disgusts me. The way she was “broken” was just disgusting and totally not needed. It went way beyond S&M. It was the kind of thing that if read about in the papers we would all be calling for the perpetrators to be severely punished, not rewarded, as they were in this book. I wish I had not had to recall those parts to even write this review, but, you, as a potential reader, need to know this. A big part of this book is EXTREMELY disturbing.

If there is a second book in this series, I might read it if I could get it for free, just to see if the author polishes up her writing style for her next book. I probably would not recommend this book, unless it was free, or like a $2.00 or less book. This is an adult only book, I would not allow my teenage child to read this, ever, under any circumstance, they might have nightmares, or think the events in this book sexually were acceptable.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com

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Some Kind Of Fairy Tale



by Graham Joyce

Published July 10th 2012 by Doubleday (first published June 21st 2012)




It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery.

He arrives at his parents’ house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family have, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she’s back, tired, dirty, disheveled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim.

But her stories don’t quite hang together and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young woman who walked out the door twenty years ago. Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend Richie, Tara’s one time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems happy enough but there is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family…




 I wanted to like this story, and for a little while I did, but it didn’t last.  The story was slow, I kept wanting something to happen.  I kept trying to grasp what was going on for most of the story.  There were almost no happy parts; I don’t really enjoy books with no happy parts.

Some Kind Of Fairy Tale has lots of graphically described sex scenes, especially when Tara talks about Fairy.  They added pretty much nothing to the story.

I would not recommend this story.  Even if you like Fairy Tales or books about Fairies, this just wasn’t all that good.  I would not have wasted my time reading this book had I known what would happen in it and how it would end.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

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by Kathryn Harrison

Published March 6th 2012 by Random House Publishing Group





From Kathryn Harrison, one of America’s most admired literary voices, comes a gorgeously written, enthralling novel set in the final days of Russia’s Romanov Empire.

St. Petersburg, 1917. After Rasputin’s body is pulled from the icy waters of the Neva River, his eighteen-year-old daughter, Masha, is sent to live at the imperial palace with Tsar Nikolay and his family—including the headstrong Prince Alyosha. Desperately hoping that Masha has inherited Rasputin’s miraculous healing powers, Tsarina Alexandra asks her to tend to Aloysha, who suffers from hemophilia, a blood disease that keeps the boy confined to his sickbed, lest a simple scrape or bump prove fatal.

Two months after Masha arrives at the palace, the tsar is forced to abdicate, and Bolsheviks place the royal family under house arrest. As Russia descends into civil war, Masha and Alyosha grieve the loss of their former lives, finding solace in each other’s company. To escape the confinement of the palace, they tell stories—some embellished and some entirely imagined—about Nikolay and Alexandra’s courtship, Rasputin’s many exploits, and the wild and wonderful country on the brink of an irrevocable transformation. In the worlds of their imagination, the weak become strong, legend becomes fact, and a future that will never come to pass feels close at hand.

Mesmerizing, haunting, and told in Kathryn Harrison’s signature crystalline prose, Enchantments is a love story about two people who come together as everything around them is falling apart.




I was not at all impressed with this book. I know that people rave about Enchantments, but honestly, it creeped me out. The book started out ok. Alyosha and Masha forming a friendship, but it went downhill quickly after that.

Masha gives quite detailed renditions of her father, Rasputin’s, sex life multiple times throughout the book. Very creepy. Why would a daughter be privileged to this kind of knowledge? All I know was that if the point of this book was to make me think even worse about Rasputin, then it served it’s purpose.

Then there was the whole part about Masha and Alyosha and his trying to have sex with her, actually frequently pushing himself on her when they were both super young! Creepy. Oh and did I mention that when he was separated from Masha he just turned to a girl who was super slutty and a bit older than him but who wanted the opportunity to have sex with the “future tsar.” He then had sex (frequently) with her and described it in very vibrant details. Eww gross.

Next you have the end of the story where Masha describes multiple times, in detail about how her husband, who her father wanted her to marry, frequently rapes her. Just peachy.

I really have nothing positive to say about this story, I wasted my time reading it. I wish I had never done so. It gave me nightmares for several days anytime I even thought about how disturbing it was.

This book is NOT appropriate for kids under 18. This is 100% an adult book, even though the characters are kids.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

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