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Friday, March 29, 2013

Review - "Night School: A Dasheen Bellamy Vampire Huntress Novel" by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan


Night School:  A Dasheen Bellamy Vampire Huntress Novel by Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

Publication Date: March 19, 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal/Vampires, Fantasy


Fifteen year old Dasheen Bellamy’s world is turned upside down, when she is accused of killing her father and godmother. Dasheen cannot remember the events of the night her world turns upside down, but she feels inside that she is innocent; due to lack of evidence against her and with no other family; Dasheen and her younger brother Jordan, are sent to the elusive and mysterious Ame’ Academy ; a residential school where all is not what it appears.

There all goes well, until Jordan, begins to become distant and behave strangely as if he is afraid of something or someone. Jordan is transferred to Ame’ Academy’s Night School track, which is usually only open to special cases.

In order to discover what is happening with her brother, Dasheen is finally allowed to also transfer, attending classes in the evening while the rest of the world sleeps. Soon Dasheen’s world changes again as she discovers that things out of fairytales and horror stories exist, that she has ancient powers and is the major player in a mystical prophecy; and then she falls in love with a boy, whose mission is to see that she is destroyed before her destiny is fulfilled…

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***NOTE:  This book was given to me from the Author for my honest review****

Tanya's Review: 

Dasheen and her brother Jordan are sent to Ame Academy as they are alone...her father and stepmother have gone missing and no one knows what happened to them or who did it....although many think Dasheen may have done something but can't remember.

Things are starting to go well at the school, Dasheen who is normally a quiet, lonely girl starts making friends and adjusting well into her new routine at the Academy.  That is until things with Jordan start to change, he's distant..not answering calls or text, avoiding Dasheen (or so it seems).

Dasheen is worried about her brother and wants to be close to him so that she can find out what is wrong, so she is transferred (by request) to Night School Track where all classes/schedules are at night. Things start happening to Dasheen and she comes to realize that at Night Track, Vampires do exist and she is now training to become what she is destined to be.....a Hunter.


My Rating:  
     


I liked the book but felt that there was so much that wasn't being covered and thought that this would have made an excellent novel more so than an novella.   The format in which the story was told was unique.  It was set up as blog posts being written by Dasheen which made the story interesting because it was from her own personal views.  I have just started "Kindred" book 2 of the Vampire Huntress series and hope that more information will be divulged.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review - "Breathe" by Elena Dillon



Book Description

Jasmine’s life wasn't normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn't been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn't keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.


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Jasmine is a terrified 16 year old girl, trying to get through the days without having to look over her shoulder or worry about if “he” will come back.  This is how her life has been ever since her older sister Daisy was murdered two years ago and the killer had never been caught.

Jasmine and her family move to Lafayette Louisana hoping that their lives won’t be based on what had happened with Daisy.  Things are going good there for Jasmine, new friends, track try-outs and the most gorgeous guy who is absolutely head over heels for her.  Jasimine doesn’t tell them who she is and what had happened because she wants them to like her for who she is not because of what happened.  She does tell Easton (her boyfriend) and he handles it unbelievabley well making Jasmine love him even more. 

Things are going great for Jasmine, that Is unitl she starts getting texts, calls and flowers in her locker.  Her worse fears are coming true and is up to Jasmine to figure out how she wants to handle things.

I haven’t read a non-paranormal book in a long time and this was a great one to take that “leap”.  The story was compelling, making me want to find out if Jasmine and her families lives will ever be the same.  There was suspense, intrigue and a love story all put into one book.  I loved how the story progressed and I found myself not putting the book down….Definitely a must read!


Review - "Broken Faith" by Brandy Nacole




BOOK DESCRIPTION

This was it. The moment Heaven and Hell would clash. But which unearthly being would win? The Fallen Angel or the Hell Hounds?

Overtaken by fear, I close my eyes.

Kayson is a Fallen Angel who has spent decades running from the Hell Hounds while searching for something that no one else believes can be so, not even God. Kayson is determined to find a Blood Child. But when a hound finds Kayson first, he is sure his end has come.


Falon, Alpha of the Hell Hounds, destroyer of the blood children, and devoted believer in his master’s plan, is bound and determined to drag Kayson back to Hell with him.

Sabrina is a Vampire, a half-breed created from one of Lucifer’s original blood children. After years of hiding, Sabrina’s fate changes when she finds Kayson barely alive. Against her instincts, Sabrina saves him. Now she and Kayson are both marked by the Hell Hounds.

Emma is an ordinary human, whose only problem is making ends meet, and getting over the hurt caused by her untrustworthy brother. Her everyday problems become supernatural ones when she finds Kayson and Sabrina hiding in her parent’s backyard shed.

Kayson, Sabrina and Emma are unlikely allies, thrown together by chance to fight against the most powerful creatures of the underworld in order to follow their world-changing quest. But will the broken faith of one break the faith of all?

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Sabrina is a half breed vampire created against her will and living off of animals because she believes she has a choice not to follow the dark ways of Lucifer and his followers.  After being in hiding for over a 100 years, Sabrina stumbles upon Kayson a fallen angel who has been seriously hurt by a hellhound (the most power creature of the underworld, besides Lucifer).

Sabrina and Kayson find shelter in a shed of a quiet house that is actually made into a makeshift bedroom.  While in hiding, they are discovered by Emma (a human) while watering her parents garden. 
After meeting them, Emma knows she has to help Kayson and Sabrina escape from the hellhounds and those that are after them. 

I really enjoyed this book as it touched on a bunch of supernatural beings…fallen angels, vampires, and even hellhounds.  Right from the beginning I had a feeling that the story was going to be great and I was not disappointed.  I couldn’t put the book down at all and was sad to see the end come. The story is well written and the flow is perfect, there were not a point where I felt that the story was be dragged out or moving too fast.   I would definitely refer this book to my friends!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Review - "Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles" by Ripley Patton

 

Book Description

Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a rare birth defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Things from the darkest depths of the human psyche never meant to exist in this world.

Olivia can pickpocket the soul.

But she can't control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust.



Olivia Black was born with a rate birth defect called PSS (Psyche Sans Soma) in her hand, which she calls her ghost hand (that’s right, you can see through it).  Everything has been going fine up until one day during class her hand starts stretching and reaches into the girl in front her pulling out a baggie of razar blades.  The moment this happens, the world as Olivia knows it is turned upside down and is now being chased by man who are hell bent on taking the power of her PSS from her.  Olivia is then forced reluctantly to start letting Marcus, a boy whom she barely knows and is very unsure if she can trust him, help her escape from the men and protect her hand.

When I first got this book I was unsure of how the story would be told and I was very skeptical as it’s not the typical type of book I would go for.  However, right from the beginning I was drawn into the world of PSS and wanting to learn more about the powers that Olivia is finding out she possess through her hand.  I wanted to find out what role Marcus played in all of this and if it truly was because of his friend David and the list he has acquired from the CAMFer’s (the men after the individuals with PSS).  I was sad to see the book end and wanted to know where Olivia was going and if she would be able to learn more about her PSS’ abilities and how things would progress with Marcus.  All in all the book is very well written and the story progresses very smoothly.  I didn’t feel like anything was being drawn out of if there wasn’t enough information (things I questioned where answered later on in the book).  There is still a lot to learn about Olivia, Marcus and PSS that I can not wait until the next book

Monday, March 18, 2013

Review - Black Moon by Jessica McQuay



About the book:
What does a high school wallflower do when she finds out everything she believes in is a lie? Confused and socially ostracized, Paige Tailor confides in the one person she's always been able to count on: her mom. But when Paige's mother reveals a deeply rooted family secret, Paige discovers a reality where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with menacing creatures and ungodly forces? Or will the truth send her over the edge?




Paige Taylor is a smart, quiet girl going through school working towards Valedictorian.  Life as she knows it is normal that is until she starts hearing things from a distance away from her and she is attacked by Rachel a girl at school who happens to be a werewolf.  Paige confused as to what is going on confides in her mom, the only person she trusts and this is when Paige’s life is turned upside down.  See Paige isn’t a typical human teenage girl, she is part fairy.  This side of her has been kept secret from her mother all her life but now must show Paige what she truly is.   Paige is thrown into a new dimension where Fairies rule and magic is normal.  She must come to grips with being a fairy and learning new things about herself raising more questions than answers.

I was drawn into this story right from the beginning and had a very hard time putting the book down at night.  If you like stories about fairies, magic,and werewolves than this book is for you!  I can not wait for the next book in the series to see what Paige is forced to face and how she overcomes these new obstacles/challenges in her life.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fated by Alyson Noel





Review - "Gothic - Ten Original Dark Tales" by Variuos Authors


About the book:

A lovesick count and the ghost of his brutalized servant . . . a serial killer who defies death . . . a house with a violent mind of its own and another that holds a grotesque secret within its peeling walls. Here are witches who feast on faces, changeling rites of passage, a venerable vampire
contemplating his end, and a fanged brat who drains the patience of a bumbling teenage boy. Here too are a flamboyant young novelist in search of a subject more compelling than his own eerie existence and
the daughter of a sorcerer fighting to free her lover — and her will — from sinister bonds. Enter the world of GOTHIC!, a celebration of the literary form made famous by such writers as Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.

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I got through about 4 stories in this book and had to stop.  The stories were dull and I found myself not really paying attention and struggling to get through them (they are only about 20 pages each).  I definitely wouldn't recommend this book to anyone and will be bringing it to my local used book store

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review - Prophecy Girl by Faith McKay


About the book:
Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?

While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet?

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Sam is just like any teenager looking to fit in at a new school, something she has to do quite often, but will this time it be different?  Except for the fact that her mother is very abusive towards her and uses Violet to get what she wants.  You see from the outside Sam and her sister are just like any kid out there except Sam has dreams that sometimes seem like they actually happen and well Violet can make things happen just by praying for it. 

Then walks in Nick who seems to know things about Sam’s family but won’t tell her and in comes the romance part of the story.  Just like any typical teenage romance they have their ups and downs but are the downs really “typical”? 

Sam must come to grips with the fact that her mother is trying to kill her and perhaps Violet in order to obtain ultimate power.  Nick is destined to be her husband (which in itself is hard for Sam to come to grips with) and there are other “things” out there in the world that she didn’t know about (werewolves, seasonals, etc.)

All in all this story was good, I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn’t put the book down.  I wanted to know what will happen to Sam; will her mother kill her or would Sam find a way to stop her; what will happen between Nick and Sam.  At the end of the book I was yearning for more, I can’t wait until the next book of the series comes out!  I definitely recommend this one!


Until next time, happy ready :)