Reviews

Happy Release Day to Thievery by Devyn Dawson!

I’m going to preface this post by saying I was given this book for an honest review.

Now that all the necessary details are out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff!

Thievery: School of the Seven Bells

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Synopsis:

Headmaster Trig runs the most successful underground school in former North America. He wants nothing more than a government that stops victimizing children, and their parents who can’t afford the ridiculously expensive child tax. Alaric, Trig’s right hand man, is the astute instructor with one weakness…Rumor. She was in the borough and someone caught her stealing. Alaric helped her escape, and for the first time ever, he brought an outsider into the school. Several months later, someone in the borough is looking for Rumor and is going to extremes to find her. Rumor’s past comes crashing all around her, and it’s about to expose the school if they don’t turn her in.

Devyn Dawson delivers a fast paced epic tale of bravery and ambition. It’s perfect for anyone who is ready for something different….something that makes you root for the criminal, gasp in disbelief, and memorable characters with depth.

Rating:

5 STARS

Review:

Where can I start?  I have read some of Devyn’s other books like her Light Tamer Series.  I fell in love with her books while reading The Light Tamer.  I could not get my hands on Devyn’s other books fast enough!  But that’s not the main thing I need to talk about.

Thievery is my new favorite book of hers.  I could not stop reading it.  I would often get in trouble because I would have my phone out at school trying to see what would happen next with Trig, Alaric, Rumor, and Rion.  (This does not mean I promote using your phone in school and getting in trouble.)  To me, I enjoyed this book as much as Then Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent Trilogy.  Even if you don’t like reading YA books, READ THIS BOOK!!

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the Amazon and Barnes and Noble links to this book.

About the Author:

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Devyn is an Oklahoma native, but now she kicks up her boots in New Bern, North Carolina. Her writing style is eclectic with flawed characters. Her passion is writing for young adults, and will soon dabble in children’s literature. Most of her stories have characters who are struggling with some type of tragedy or home-life issues. This is her way of giving the reader something to relate to, or find empathy for anyone they may know who is going through a rough patch. When she isn’t writing, she is reading or playing with her grandchildren. Be sure to connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Facebook http://www.facebook.com/devyn.dawson
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Twitter Handle – devyndawson
Instagram – devyndawson
Pinterest – msscaredcat **each series has a board with her dream cast, go check it out**

Other Books by Devyn Dawson:

The Light Tamer
Enlightened
Amber’s Faerie Tale – Novella
Light Bound

The Legacy of Kilkenny
The Seduction (book 1.5)
Malevolence
The Great Wolf

New Adult book – Sapphire, A Werewolf Love Story – Cry Me a River

Clean New Adult – Killing Me Softly

Links:

Barnes and Noble- Thievery Paperback

Barnes and Noble- Thievery Nook

Amazon- Thievery

Until next time my dear readers,

Kat ❤

Blog Tours, Reviews

Dearest Blog Tour Review

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Hey everyone!!  Sorry that I’ve been MIA for a while I had to write a research paper for school, and I promise, NO ONE wants to read reviews about those books.

Anyway I thought everyone would want to hear about a book I have finally found time to read that is really cool.  I found it through Prism Book Tours.  They have some really cool reviews on books there.  So let’s start talking about this book now. Continue reading “Dearest Blog Tour Review”

Blog Tours, Reviews

The One Thing Blog Tour

Hey everyone!

So I have another exciting review and chance to get an ARC for a blog tour.  This tour is for The One Thing by Briana Gaitan.  I got to read her first book The Last Thing and loved it!!  I was so excited to hear about this book coming out.

Anyway, let’s get started…

As always….  the book cover!!!

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Synopsis:

When everything falls apart, he’s the one thing that holds me together.

Ginger Teague may seem like your typical Hollywood actress with the famous boyfriend, designer clothes, money, and hit TV show, but constantly being in the public eye has its downside.
People seem more interested in her chaotic relationship with her on again/ off again boyfriend than her acting career,and Ginger isn’t dealing with her new found fame in a way she always envisioned. She masks her unhappiness with too many parties and an unhealthy habit of binge drinking. As much as she wants love, men find her as a pretty amusement, not the type of girl you take home to mom and dad.

When she meets Caspian Norwood, they quickly begin a regimen of flirty emails.
He’s a struggling musician that doesn’t quite fit her idea of the perfect boyfriend.
He’s older, mysterious, cultured, knows exactly what to say and do in all the right situations, and Ginger can’t help falling for him. But the world is against them, pushing them apart, and it’s beginning to feel as if they are only meant to be friends.

Rating:

5 STARS

Review:

       I don’t even know where to start with this book.  It was absolutely amazing!  I mean of course it is king to have romance.  It’s a love story.  I found it so interesting how Briana thought that the characters should have to figure who they really are, not who they want to be, before they could be truly happy with each other.  I have a read a lot of books,  but none of them have considered taking the plot in that angle.  It made The One Thing more interesting.

      While looking for themselves, Ginger and Caspian had to use their own strength to pull them out of the hard problems.  It just helped that they knew if one of them needed help, the other was there to give a little extra push.

      It also made me super happy that I got to see what was going on in Quinn and Chase’s lives also.  It just makes me smile to think about them having a forever relationship!

Hopefully I will be a presence in the world another time this week.

Kat

Blog Tours, Reviews

Parched Blog Tour

Hey everyone!  How have y’all been?  Hope each of you had a great New Years.

Thanks to this wonderful website known as Prism Book Tours, I was offered the chance to join the Parched by Georgia Clark blog tour.  Now I can tell you a really good book to read!!

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Synopsis:

      In sixteen-year-old Tessendra Rockwood’s world, natural resources are at an all-time low. Most of the remaining supplies are funneled into Eden, known as the “powerful city of shining abundance,” while citizens of the Badlands eat gelatinous gray porridge and drink reddish iron water. Tess was born an Edenite, but after the death of her scientist mother she decides to combat this inequality by joining a rebel group called Kudzu. Together they uncover a shocking government plot to carry out genocide in the Badlands using artifical intelligence. Unofrtunately, Tess has some complicated ties to the project that test her loyalty. Robots, renewable resources, and romance get tangled together as Tess risks her life to bring justice to Eden.

My Rating:

4 STARS

The Review:

       Parched was a very interesting read at first.  It took me a while to wrap m mind around the way that Georgia had imagined this dystopian place.  After I reached about the third or fourth chapter, it was easier.  As far as the characters go, I thought that the main characters were growing, changing, and learning through the extent of the novel.  Tess was probably my favorite though, (As cheesy as it sounds to have the main character be your favorite…)  I loved how while reading the book I kept seeing her try to have this tough exterior and act like nothing could hurt, while her human emotions continued to show through this wall.

      The plot was good too.  Upon starting to read it, I found that I just kept wanting to read and read and read.  Nothing could distract me from wanting to find out what was going to happen to Tess next.

About the Author:

Georgia Clark is a young adult author currently living in New York City. Her second novel, Parched, is out now through Holiday House.

Georgia was born in Sydney, Australia. Her BA in Communications (Media Arts & Production) saw her becoming active in the student movement and blow way too much money on making short films and music videos.

After graduating she became a professional hipster for a while as Editor of The Brag, an excellent weekly music street press magazine. This also involved being in a band, the seminal electropop trio, Dead Dead Girls. She went on to become an Online Producer for a soapie called Home & Away, and Online Writer for Fremantle Media Australia.

In 2008 her first novel, She’s With The Band was published by Australia’s largest independent publisher, Allen & Unwin. She’s With The Band was released in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2011. It attracted five-star reviews.

Georgia has worked as a freelance journalist and copywriter for ten years. She is published in Cosmo, CLEO, Daily Life, Sunday Life, Girlfriend and more. She has attended writers’ residencies in Martha’s Vineyard and Portugal, and has also received grants for her work.

Georgia moved to from Sydney to New York in 2009 just for fun. Here, she performs improv, creates the award-winning SHO Sync app for Showtime and enjoys meeting new and interesting cheese platters. She writes from the New York Writers Room, which involves macaroons and many, many cups of tea.

Despite the fact Georgia writes and loves thinking about artificial intelligence, science and the future, she doesn’t own a smart phone and never learnt to drive. She lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Follow her on Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Until next time,

Kat

Prism Book Tours

Reviews

The Science of Manhood review

So through this wonderful website called twitter, I was able to get in touch with Erik Barnes, who was looking for someone to review his book, The Science of Manhood.  I was quick to tell him that I would be glad to review his book.

And that brings me to where I am now.  About to review his book.

So as always, here is a picture of the cover to kick everything off.

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Synopsis:

This isn’t your feel good fiction nor is it your drama filled novel; this is a direct life line thrown in a desperate attempt to help revive the rapidly decaying image of young black men and males in general. I wish I had the time too eloquently describe the bountiful traits displayed within these pages. Unfortunately we are running out of time. The death toll for young black males throughout the inner cities; are increasing in great numbers. Parents are burying their sons more frequently than ever before. The prisons are bursting at the seams with our young men. Our communities are over run with violence mostly at the hands of our own young men. In this book I strive to reveal some of the steps and strategies to re-direct our young men from a path of riotous living, incarceration and death.

My Rating:

4 STARS

Review:

      Derik Barnes has swept me away.  I didn’t really know much about him before reading The Science of Manood, so I was not sure what to expect.   Let me say that I was in for a ride.  His book was a hoot.

      I don’t have any sons, but it was still a great read.  I would suggest this book for any guy though.  Barnes gives real life examples and experiences that any guy could learn from.  This is a finely thought out guide for success.

      Even if you aren’t reading this as a guy or to raise a son, there are still some awesome life lessons that can be learned.  He just gives out great tips for anyone wanting to learn how to go far in life.

Hope all of you go out and try to find this book!

What kind of genre would y’all like for the Tuesday Teaser tomorrow?

Kat

Contest, Reviews

Reviews and More :)

Hey guys!!

So I recently read Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens.

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Synopsis:

An edgy, realistic debut novel praised by the New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys, as “a beautiful reminder that amid our broken pieces we can truly find ourselves.”

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer by her backyard pool. Instead, she hides in her closet, counts the slats in the air vent, and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox—”the Kool-Aid Kid”—moves in with the Littrells after a family tragedy, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in this quiet, awkward boy who has secrets of his own. As their friendship grows, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her summon the courage to find her voice and speak up.

Rating:

5 STARS

Review:

Let me just say everyone who can read should read this book!  It was AMAZING!  I don’t know how she does it, but Courtney is able to make you want to stay throughout the whole story.  From the synopsis, anyone could have a guess as to who the main love interest is.  It’s Alexi and Captain Lyric.  But who in the world is Captain Lyric, this person who seems to know exactly what song she needs that day?

I thought the plot was good too.  She threw in some twist that most readers don’t expect if they have read a lot of romance.  I had my one person that I was rooting for the whole time.  At times, I just wanted to take Alexi and yell at her to be with this guy!

Alexi and Bodee developed a ton as characters.  They relied on each other and built the other up.  I think if Bodee hadn’t of come into her life when he did, the story would have been nowhere near as interesting.

I started The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes yesterday and am in the middle of it right now.  Then I’m doing a buddy read on Goodreads on the book Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver today.

Don’t forget about the contest going on right now.  Here is the link to the original post with all the information: https://abookagirlandablog.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/contest-time/.

Anybody want to see the video from my competition Saturday?  Like the post or tweet if you do.  20 likes altogether and I’ll post it.

Kat

Blog Tours, Reviews

Review of The Last Thing by Briana Gaitan

Yay!!  So it is finally my day to post a review.  I have never been so excited for a blog tour in my life!! I finished this book about a week ago and thought it was amazing.

Now that I finally get to share my joy with you, here is what I have been waiting for since I got the first email from Briana.

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Synopsis:

     Plagued by past mistakes in both love and life, Quinn Bardot is in a bad place. With nowhere else to turn, she escapes to LA clinging to the promise of a fresh start.

      Chase Crowley is known for being selfish and unbelievably persistent. All he’s ever wanted is to become a successful actor. But now that he is about to have it all, he finds that something is still missing. Money and fame isn’t what he expected.

      After a fervent encounter, the two of them are thrown into a situation that neither is prepared for. Can Quinn extinguish her fears and let Chase in? Can Chase learn to put someone else’s needs before his own?

      Last Thing is a novel all about love, Hollywood, and accepting what life throws at you even if it is the last thing you want. 

      (This is a New Adult Romance novel & contains language & adult situations. Not recommended for readers younger than 17)

            ***The Last Thing is a stand alone book with NO cliff hanger ending. It is book one in the series.***

 

My Rating:

 5 STARS

(Used the pink stars to match the cover)

My Review:

I really, absolutely loved this book!  There is no other way to describe it.  Most roman books are a hit and miss with me because the basic plot has been seen in so many other stories.  Briana wrote this book in such a way that I didn’t feel the need to put it down and start another one.

I really liked how all the loose ends weren’t tied off until the very end.  It made you have to finish it even if it wasn’t your favorite book.  I know for me at least, I don’t like leaving stuff unfinished or being let unsure about something.

Even the secondary characters are seen constantly throughout the book.  You get to see them develop along with Chase and Quinn.  I know that at times, for me at least, the secondary characters can be way more entertaining than the main characters.  Sometimes the author will give them their little moments to shine, and I feel like that is what Briana did.

 

If you don’t have this book yet then here is the amazon link for it:

Amazon- The Last Thing

And don’t forget to add it to your shelves on Goodreads if you have one of those.

The Last thing- Goodreads

Reviews, Uncategorized

The Reviews!!!

I know these reviews are long awaited and I’m sorry!!  That’s what I get for putting off my summer work until the last minute.  For that I’m apologizing and going to give you TWO reviews instead of one!

 

So the first book up for review is Forbidden by Syrie James and her son, Ryan M. James.

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Rating:

4 Stars

Synopsis:

She should not exist.

He should not love her.

Claire Brennan has been attending Emerson Academy for two years now (the longest she and her mom have remained anywhere) and she’s desperate to stay put for the rest of high school. So there’s no way she’s going to tell her mom about the psychic visions she’s been having or the creepy warnings that she’s in danger.

Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson as the ideal hiding place where he could be normal for once. He hadn’t factored Claire into his plans. . . .

Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the reason behind Claire’s unusual powers is revealed and the threat to her life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?

Review:

Forbidden is able to grab the reader’s attention within just a few seconds.  I mean how many people wouldn’t want to have a forbidden love??? Though preferably not the one like Romeo and Juliet.  Hopefully nobody has to die! 😉

Claire is just regular girl trying to fit into a regular town and be able to have a place she can say she lived in for longer than a little while.  She just wants to stop moving around.  All her life her mother has dragged Claire around from city to city.

Alec wants to get away from the life he has been living.  What can be further away from his former life than living a normal life at Emerson?  it’s not like anything can happen there.

The one thing Alec didn’t expect was Claire joining Emerson.  When these two meet, worlds collide.  Literally.

I really loved the characters in this book.  I mean they all have just the right amount of brains, humor, and their own little quirks to where you could just picture the way they would say some things or reply to others.

Unfortunately these two reviews are going to split up into two different post just because the first day of school is tomorrow for me and I need to get some sleep.

Wish me luck,

Kat

This Or That Question:

Never read your favorite book again or your favorite book is the only book you can ever read, even when you can quote every page word for word?

Reviews

Monday Madness

Hey peoples!!

I’m back for another post.

 

It’s review day and I had been trying to decide what book would be good this week.  Well, I let one of my friends borrow The Fault in our Stars by John Green, and she finished it yesterday.  She texted me saying how I was “cruel” to make her read it, but she loved it.  In her next message, she asked me what she should read next.  I looked through all the books on my bookshelves and came across one that I remembered a movie was about to come out for.  This book was great, and I knew she would enjoy it, since she liked The Fault in our Stars.  I told her it had a little bit of a happier ending but still a love starry that was just as sweet.

 

Can any of you guess the book?

If you guessed If I Stay by Gayle Foreman, then you would be correct.  So that’s the book I decided to go with.  If anyone reading this blog has read it, then I know you will agree with me when I say it rocks, and I can’t wait to see the movie.

 

So the book…

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Synopsis:

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen ­year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.

Rating:

5 Stars

Excerpts:

 

 

 

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Review:

So above are some of my favorite quotes from If I Stay.  These quotes in a way, exemplify the book best.  The tell of how the main character feels in some of the most important parts.  The book stays in the main character, Mia’s, point of view.  You journey through her life and memories as she thinks about them.

The way she thinks is so different and at the same time the exact same as the reader in a way.  She is trying to understand n comprehend stuff but able to do it with more maturity than most people have at times.  She has all these choices and decisions to make and think about.  where most people would go crazy and just give up and randomly pick one, Mia is able to keep a somewhat level head ad try to understand what is happening around her.

Adam is just plain amazing.  There is no other way to describe him.  He is the guy every girl dreams of dating.  While he is popular and fun,  he is the most down to earth guy ever.  Adam will sit by himself at lunch because he choose to read a book instead of hang out with friends.  While being quite popular, he is in a band and, as you can guess, quit e hot!  He acts like a big cuddly bad boy to the people he truly knows and cares about.  How could a girl not want him?

Adam and  Mia of course hit it off!  I just love how Adam respects Mia and her choices.  He isn’t controlling and making her do stuff for him.  She is treated as an equal.  That just made my day.

 

While I could go on and on about this book, I must go to bed now.  Cheer practice in the morning is not fun at times…  Oh well, I love cheering though, so I can’t say anything against it.

 

Random Question:

If you could be the main character in any book who would you be and what is the book?

answer below in the comments and don’t forget to like and share about it with your friends!

Kat

Reviews

Monday Madness

It’s Monday again! Yay!! So for this week’s review, I’ve decided to review is Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow.

Synopsis:

Dru Anderson has been “strange” for as long as she can remember, traveling from town to town with her father to hunt the things that go bump in the night. It’s a weird life, but a good one-until it all explodes in an icy, broken-down Dakota town, when a hungry zombie busts through her kitchen door. Alone, terrified, and trapped, Dru’s going to need every inch of her wit and training to stay alive. The monsters have decided to hunt back to back-and this time, Dru’s on their menu. Chances of survival? Slim to none.

If she can’t last until sunup, it’s game over…

So if that gets you kind of interested in reading the book, here’s my review of the book.

      Dru Anderson was a character that I fell in love with immediately! She takes no crap from anybody, loves fighting and taking her energy out that way, and she can take care of herself in any situation. (Kind of reminds me of myself) She will stop at nothing to reach her goal, even if that means doing what seems impossible to most people. I never wanted to put this book down. It drew me in from the first couple of pages and made me want nothing than to finish the book that second. Not to mention the two boys that suddenly turn up out of nowhere, wanting to help her. One knowing about the supernatural world, the other not. What could go wrong if they ever meet? Guess you will just have to read to find out. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the books in the series. Until next time, Kat ❤