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by D. Maria Trimble542298_399037073521655_1928686311_n

Published November 25th 2012 by D. Maria Trimble

 

 

Summary:

When our young warrior, Amáne, with her dragon, Eshshah, embark on their quest to procure a dragon egg from Castle Teravinea, they discover the unimaginable cruelty of the tyrant who rules the kingdom … Only Amáne and Eshshah can put the true heir of Teravinea on the throne. Her mother’s final words, that she follow her heart, echo in Amáne’s thoughts. Convinced it is a path she cannot follow, she must neglect her happiness. Her duty to the throne comes first — even if it means sacrificing her friendship with Prince Ansel. The dragon and rider pair bravely face the dangerous mission that looms ahead.

 

 

Review:

As you know, if you have been reading my reviews, I LOVED the first book in this series and I was curious how things would develop for the various characters in the second book. I was hoping to see some character development and maybe even learn a bit more about some of the characters’ pasts, and the second installment, Amáne of Teravinea- The Prophecy, did not disappoint. I was so enthralled with this book that I literally could not put it down, or fall asleep for that matter. I stayed up until I had finished the entire book. It is not often that a book is so good that I stay up all night and read it.

There was a lot of action, adventure, and danger as Amáne goes on another quest, this time to try to acquire one of the dragon eggs that have been held hostage by King Galtero. The remaining Dragon Riders, who have been in hiding, need an egg so that they can try to figure out why there has not been another Dragon Rider chosen, even though the Hatching Ceremony had been held every year. While in the castle Amáne receives help from an unexpected source, one she had never expected to meet, especially in those circumstances and learns more about her linking mark with the black dragon. This is a fast paced book. If you read it too fast, there will definitely be parts that you miss.

In Amáne of Teravinea- The Prophecy, we also see more character development and a lot more romance. A good portion of this book is devoted to the growing romance between Amáne and Ansel but there is also another budding romance that develops in this book between two unlikely characters, you will just have to read the book to find out who this new couple is. With every book, I fall more in love with Ansel, he really seems like a great guy and by the end of the book Amáne and Ansel have even more in common than you or they would ever have imagined.

In the second installment of this series, Amáne is still a very strong and independent female, a great role model for young girls. She is smart and strong, even when she is thinking about Ansel or with Ansel, which is not something you often see in a female lead, often they act all stupid around a guy, but not Amáne, she keeps it together.

I am eagerly awaiting the third book in this series; I can’t wait to see how everything develops.

I recommend this book to anyone from grade 6 on up though adult. It is clean and wholesome, but has enough adventure, fighting, and romance to keep the reader interested.

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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homeless5 stars

 

 

by Sarah Lean
Published September 4th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published April 26th 2012)

 

 

Summary:

When Cally Fisher says she sees her dead mother, no one believes her. The only other living soul who sees Cally’s mom is a mysterious wolfhound who always seems to be there when her mom appears. And when Cally stops talking–what’s the point if no one is listening?–how will she convince anyone that her mom is still with them or persuade her dad that the huge silver-gray dog is their last link with her?

“A Dog Called Homeless” is the gentle and touching story of how one girl’s friendship with a homeless dog can mend a family’s heart.

 

 

Review:

I was very surprised by this book, I started it then stopped and come back to it for another try after finishing another book I had on my list, and I am very glad I gave it another shot. This story started out really slow in the beginning but picked up the pace a couple chapters in and ended up being a really great book.

A Dog Called homeless was very sad but also very happy at the same time. It is a great book for lower grades, maybe 3rd through 5th or 6th, depending on the reading level of the child. It deals with tough issues such as the death of a parent, moving from your home, a parent not being able to afford things for you, how to befriend someone with a major disability, friends who are mean to you, the list could go on.

I liked how Cally saw her mom, it helped her to deal with the loss and also helped lead her to a very happy ending. In the big scheme of things, the fact that Cally saw her mom is not all that important, it is not a supernatural book in any way, it is more like Cally’s mom knew that Cally needed her for a bit longer and was watching over her.

Cally grew up quite a lot in this book and she also helped to keep her family together after the death of her mom. She helped to teach her own father that he needed to focus a bit more on the kids and find a way to deal with the tragic loss of his wife in a way that did not isolate him from his children, who needed him so much during this time period.

I was disappointed in most of the counselors and teachers in the school, they never said anything to the girls that were harassing Cally, they actually blamed her for causing problems and punished her for things these mean girls did. Most of the adults didn’t seem to grasp the concept that Cally was hurting inside and didn’t seem to care that she had recently lost her mother and that life as she knew it was falling apart. There were some good adults in the story though, so not all was lost.

There is so much else that happens in this story, but I don’t want to give any more away in this review. I do highly recommend this book to everyone. It is a nice quick read for adults, but more importantly it is a super great read for lower grade kids. I would recommend that every library- public, school, and classroom, have a copy available.

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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samantha5 stars

 

 

by J.R. Rain
Published (first published August 13th 2011)

 

 

Summary:

All four novels in Nook’s #1 Bestselling Vampire Series by J.R. Rain, including:

MOON DANCE
(Vampire for Hire #1)
Mother, wife, private investigator…vampire. Six years ago federal agent Samantha Moon was the perfect wife and mother, your typical soccer mom with the minivan and suburban home. Then the unthinkable happens, an attack that changes her life forever. And forever is a very long time for a vampire.

Now the world at large thinks Samantha has developed a rare skin disease, a disease which forces her to quit her day job and stay out of the light of the sun. Now working the night shift as a private investigator, Samantha is hired by Kingsley Fulcrum to investigate the murder attempt on his life, a horrific scene captured on TV and seen around the country. But as the case unfolds, Samantha discovers Kingsley isn’t exactly what he appears to be; after all, there is a reason why he survived five shots to the head.

VAMPIRE MOON
(Vampire for Hire #2)
Private investigator Samantha Moon finds herself hunting down a powerful crime lord and protecting an innocent woman from her ruthless ex-husband — all while two very different men vie for her heart. And as the stakes grow higher and her cases turn personal, Samantha Moon will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent and bring two cold-blooded killers to justice — her own brand of justice.

AMERICAN VAMPIRE
(Vampire for Hire #3)
Private investigator Samantha Moon receives a heartbreaking phone call from a very unlikely source: a five-year-old girl who’s been missing for three months. Now on the hunt, Samantha will use her considerable resources — including her growing supernatural abilities — to locate the missing girl before it’s too late. And as she gets closer and closer to the horrible truth, she receives devastating news on the home front. Now with her world turned upside down, Samantha Moon is forced to make the ultimate choice of life and death.

MOON CHILD
(Vampire for Hire #4)
Now in MOON CHILD, sequel to AMERICAN VAMPIRE, private investigator Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision — a decision that no mother should ever have to make. A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever. And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs. vampire as a powerful — and desperate — enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

 

 

Review:

I love vampire books and one of my favorite series of all time is the Dresden files, so a series that is about a vampire private detective sounded amazing, and I was not disappointed. At first I was not sure I was going to enjoy this series since Samantha Moon’s husband was a cheating jerk head and it appeared that she was just going to take his demands lying down, I was thoroughly annoyed, but I continued reading, and I am super glad I did, because Samantha does get a backbone eventually, and that made me love her. This series definitely grew on me as I continued reading; it only got better with each book I read.

There is sex in some of the books, but nothing very descriptive or terrible, I just kept wishing that Sam would meet a great guy, a guy that really deserved her, I am not sure she has found him yet. Sam has to make some terrible hard decisions and it made me feel for her. Sam has made some supernatural friends, but I have a bad feeling some of these “friends” are not really what they seem, I will have to read more of the series and see what happens.

I would highly recommend the Samantha Moon: Vampire for Hire series to anyone 18 or older, mostly because of the few sex scenes, and maybe a bit for the crudeness of Sam’s ex- husband. These are quick books to read, and even though the series starts out slow, it really picks up as the series progresses.

If you are a fan of paranormal mysteries, please do read theses, there is also just enough romance in them to keep you wanting more.

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 D. María Trimble

Published May 23rd 2012 by D. Maria Trimble

 

 

Summary:

When a hero emerges in the Kingdom of Teravinea, he often rises from the ranks of the dragon riders. In the past, only one female has fit the profile. Until now … Fifteen-year-old Amáne finds herself witness to the hatching of a dragon egg. The painful linking rite creates a bond between the two that cannot be broken. She and her dragon, Eshshah, become the only dragon and rider in a kingdom that once abounded with the beautiful creatures and their riders. Amáne and Eshshah are thrown into a conflict that they do not yet understand. One thing is for certain — the fate of the kingdom rests upon their shoulders…

 

 

Review:

I don’t normally read books in the fantasy realm, but when Ms. Trimble asked me to read and review her book, I read the synopsis and thought it sounded pretty interesting.  I have only read one other dragon rider book and that was many years ago, so reading Amáne of Teravinea was fresh and very interesting for me.  The story flowed nicely and the plot was well developed.  There were plot twists that I didn’t see coming, danger around every corner, strong and fierce characters, and a bit of romance mixed in; the perfect combination of action, adventure, and boy meets girl.

I rarely read a story where all the characters, at least the good guys, are likeable, but I felt a connection to all the main characters in this book.  The characters had depth, and as the story progressed and we learned more about them, the main characters became more developed.  I really enjoyed the character and plot twists and I can’t wait to learn more as this series develops.

Amáne is a wonderful character.  She is a great example/role model for girls.  She is strong, independent, fierce, powerful, intelligent, and wholesome.  She is not weak in any way, well, except for a bit when it comes to Ansel.  Amáne shows maturity beyond her years most of the time, though she does still have some growing up to do as she learns the intricacies of being a dragon rider.  Amáne has to deal with a lot in a very short time, the death of her mother, her painful bonding with Eshshah, moving away from her home to live with the Healer, friends turning out to be quite different from what she had always believed, secret missions, and her feelings for Ansel; and in my opinion, she does a superb job facing all these new challenges head on, though not always in the manner that her mentor would approve of.  I look forward to seeing Amáne grow up and develop as her story progresses.

Ansel is a very likable character, after you get to know him.  At first he is spoiled and condescending, though you get to see more of his true colors as he befriends Amáne.  We don’t know much about his background, but I am hoping to learn more about what makes him tick as the story progresses.  Will he make a good king?  Only time will tell.

The Healer is also one of the main characters in this book.  She is there for Amáne when her mother passes and has always been a friend to the family, but she holds a great secret, one that may rock the very foundation of her relationship with Amáne.

I highly recommend Amáne of Teravinea to anyone from middle school on through adult.  It is clean, no swearing, wholesome, no sex or almost sex scenes, has two strong, independent female characters, some cute guys, a bit of romance, and a ton of action.  This is a perfect book for teachers to recommend to their students, especially if they are fans of book series such as The Kane Chronicles.  Every middle school library should have a copy, or two, and every English teacher should have a copy on their reading shelf.

Amáne of Teravinea is a page turner.  Once you start, you won’t want to stop reading until you reach the final page, and then you will be counting the days until book two comes out, just as I am.

PS- The cover of this book is amazing- especially if you buy the paper copy.  There are also great maps in this book to help the reader get a feel for the lay of the land.

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 Aimee Carter


Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen

 

 

Summary:

For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others#151;but never knew true loss before….

Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope.

 

 

Review:

This was almost more like a novella- or “extra book” to a series. It is not essential to reading the Goddess Test series, but if you were totally hooked after the first couple books and were craving more- this book is perfect.

Basically Ms. Carter goes thorough each of the main characters and gives you more background into their story, what makes them tick. She basically explains to readers the back story that was eluded to though out the first two novels that we were left to infer about, until this book.

There is mention of sex in a few of the stories, not romance novel graphic, but not just mentioned either. I am not sure there would be a way to write about Greek gods and goddesses without mentioning sex.

I highly recommend this book if you have read the previous books. It is super interesting and adds a lot to the series thus far. I would recommend you read this book after the second in the series so that you don’t ruin any of the plot twists in the main series by reading this first.

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 Krystal Wade


Published July 4th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press

 

 

Summary:

“Hello, Katriona.” Those two words spark fear in Katriona Wilde and give way to an unlikely partnership with Perth, the man she’s been traded to marry for a favor. Saving her true love and protector Arland, her family, and their soldiers keeps her motivated, but the at-odds duo soon realizes trust is something that comes and goes with each breath of Encardia’s rotting, stagnant air. The moment when concern for her missing sister spirals out of control, all thoughts of trust are pushed aside and she finds herself trapped by the daemon tricks Perth warned her of. However, rescuing those she loves is only half the problem. Kate still must get to Willow Falls, unite her clashing people, and form an army prepared to fight in order to defeat Darkness. When so many she’s grown fond of die along the journey, her ability to play by the gods’ rules is tested. How will she make allies when the world appears stacked against her? And will she still be Katriona Wilde, the girl with fire?

 

 

Review:
I loved this second installment of the Darkness Falls series. It was action packed and you learned a lot more about the characters and what their destiny is. Perth actually ended up being rather likable, though not quite as likable as Arland. Kate grew as a character and I loved seeing her magic grow stronger.

What can I say; Kate is a likable character, strong, fierce, and intelligent. She also has a soft side, especially when it comes to her sister and animals. Kate has to grown up quite a bit in this book, as she deals with many different conflicts as she attempts to figure out how to unite her people, form an army of her own, and also keep the peace between two races that are only loosely joined together, all while fulfilling her destiny, first of which involves her connecting and being with Arland, the one person she is both destined to be with, but also poses the biggest threat to the fragile peace between the races. Throughout most of the book she is trying to find a balance that both keeps the peace, but also allows her to continue her relationship with Arland.

OK, for those of you who might want to know, finally, there is a wonderfully awesome sex scene, one that I wholly approve of, but if I told you why, I’d be giving away an awesome part of the story, and I want you to experience it like I got to, so I won’t spoil it for you in this review.

Because of this sex scene, I would recommend this book more for adults, though it is not a super graphic scene. I highly recommend this book, but only after you have read the first one in the series or this one may not make sense. This was one of my top 10 books I have read recently, very good plot and character development. There are characters to love and characters to hate which makes for a great story with lots of suspense; the romance in this one is just an added bonus.
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 R.L. Naquin

Published July 30th 2012 by Carina Press

 

 

Summary:

I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I’ve always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don’t get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course…

 

 

Review:

 First, this is most definitely an ADULT ONLY book.  If you were to read just the beginning of the book you would think that this book is perfectly fine for teenagers, especially when you couple that with the title and cover image, but it is most definitely not a kid/teenager book.  The “bad guy” in the book is a demon, a demon who uses sex for fuel, enough said.

Even though there are a few adult scenes, overall this book was not all about sex, it is not a romance novel either, though I kept hoping it would become one.  I would call it more of a supernatural mystery.  Zoey, the main character, has a special ability, one that attracts monsters to her.  Through the interactions that Zoey has you learn that not all monsters are bad, she also gains a good friend and sidekick when Maurice the Closet Monster comes to her for help.  Zoey also makes a bunch of new friends and saves a few lives along the way, though, unfortunately, she is not able to save everyone.

This is a great start to what could be a very promising series.  Just remember, this is a very adult book with a very graphic sex scene near the end, so be aware of this when you recommend this book to anyone.

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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