Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Trance by Linda Gerber

It begins with a subtle vibration, a tingling.
There is time to take only one breath.
The trance begins.
When it is through, Ashlyn is certain of two things:
Someone she knows is about to die.
And she is powerless to stop it.

Wow! I liked this book way more than I thought I would! I could not put it down. It was such a quick and easy read.

Ashlyn and her sister have had visions for as long as they could remember. They do not know how to control them or how to stop them. All they know is that something bad is about to happen to someone they know. 

Linda Gerber did a wonderful job writing these characters. The side characters had as much life and energy as the main character did. I fell in love with them all! The romance of the book was very sweet and natural in a subtle way. I enjoyed every minute of this book, and I was sad to see it end.

Rating: 4/5

Any thoughts on this book? Let me know!

Swords are for fighting,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: The Boys Next Door & Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols


Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.

Lori can't wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends-including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she's always been just one of the guys. Now that she's turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that's not going to happen-not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it. 

Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori's romantic summer melt into one hot mess?


This book contained both The Boys Next Door and Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols. The book follows Lori as she tries to get Sean's attention. Lori and her brother grew up next door to the Vader brothers (Sean, Cameron, and Adam), so Lori is a bit of a tomboy from being around all those boys. This summer, she decides she wants to be viewed as a girl and not just one of the guys. She creates an elaborate plan that involves dressing girlier and wearing a bikini to grab the attention of the middle Vader brother, Sean, whom she has had a crush on for years. Part of her plan is to make Sean jealous by pretending to date Adam (the youngest Vader). By doing this, she ignores her growing attraction to Adam even though Adam is obviously in love with her and cares about her. It was frustrating to see Lori ignore the jealousy she felt when she saw Adam with another girl, and the tingling feelings she felt when she was around him, BUT she still brushed those off as if they were nothing.

The second book starts off right where the first book ends. Lori and Adam are finally dating, but one mess up gets them both banned from each other. I hated to see them apart! How can they be grounded from each other right after they get together?! That was frustrating to read, but I could not put it down. Adam is much more irritable in this book. We get both Lori and Adam's point of view. Adam gets jealous very easily, lies to Lori, makes plans behind her back. For a good part of the book, I was mad at Adam. He was not as likable as in the first book because he was so frustrated with all the trouble he caused himself. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it.

I really loved these books! This is the first book I read by Jennifer Echols, and she is skilled at humor. I laughed so much during this book. Lori and the characters were so witty and entertaining. I could not put this books down! I read all 587 pages in one sitting, and I was sad to see it end. I loved the romantic comedy aspects of this book. Definitely the perfect summer read.

Rating: 5/5

Swords are for fighting,

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review : The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson

Everything is different 

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Fox has just awoken from a year-long coma - so she's been told - and she is still recovering from the terrible accident that caused it. But what happened before that? She's been given home movies chronicling her entire life, which spark memories to surface. But are the memories really hers? And why won't anyone in her family talk about the accident? Jenna is becoming more curious. But she is also afraid of what she might find out if she ever gets up the courage to ask her questions.

What happened to Jenna Fox? And who is she really?

I have heard so many good things about this book, that I could not wait to pick it up! It was definitely not disappointing. I do not want to spoil this book for those who have not read it, so I will keep this review short.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a science fiction story set in the future. The main character, Jenna, wakes up after being in a coma for over a year. She has many gaps in her memory and remembers nothing about the accident that changed her life forever. Jenna is a breath of fresh air! I love how she finds herself as her memories slowly emerge.

I definitely recommend this book to all! The plot is unexpected, the characters are wonderful and the idea is interesting. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!

Rating: 4/5

Swords are for fighting!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: The Accidental Werewolf (Accidentals #1) by Dakota Cassidy

When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt while walking her teacup poodle, her blond hair darkens, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate, and her mood swings put her dream job as a sales rep for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics in serious jeopardy.

Then a drool-worthy man shows up at her door claiming that he accidentally bit Marty. And since he's a werewolf, she is now, too. Thinking Keegan Flaherty is clearly insane, Marty refuses to believe a word until a kidnapping makes her realize there's more at stake than just her highlights. And she must put her out-of-control life in the hands of the man who makes her blood run wild in more ways than one...

The Accidental Werewolf is a fun and quirky book. It is the first book in the Accidentals series. I really enjoyed the humor in this book. There were a few parts that had me laughing out loud.

To be completely honest, when I first began to read this book, the main character, Marty, really got on my nerves. All she did was talk about makeup and her color wheel. She seemed so shallow that I did not believe there was any way I could grow to like her. Obviously, I was wrong! Once I got to know Marty a little bit more, I really enjoyed how much she developed as the book went on.

This book is full of humor, sarcasm, action, romance, and not to mention a hot, hunky, werewolf man named Keegan. I think anyone (over 16 because of the sexy time scenes) would enjoy this book. I will definitely be reading more of Dakota Cassidy's work in the future.

Rating: 4/5

Swords are for fighting!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along, do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

7124475This week's Teaser Tuesday comes from page 75 of The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols:

"I snuggled against him, nose close to his warm, scented chest, and enjoyed a few more seconds of this tingling paradise. What heaven if my whole summer could be like this--"

Swords are for fighting,

2nd Annual Beat the Heat Readathon!!!!

I have officially decided to join the 2nd Annual Beat the Heat Readathon! It is hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads and runs from August 11th until September 1st. My goal is to read 7 books as I know I will be busy during those days.
 Let's do this!

Swords are for fighting!

Review: Steamed by Katie MacAlister


When one of Jack Fletcher's nanoelectromechanical system experiments is jostled in his lab, the resulting explosion sends him into the world of his favorite novel-a seemingly Victorian-era world of steampower, aether guns, corsets, and goggles. A world where the lovely and intrepid Octavia Pye captains her airship straight into his heart...

As much as I love Katie MacAlister, Steamed started off really slow for me. I could not get into the book. I even put it down for a few months before picking it up again to finish it. Nevertheless, once I got into this story, it was wonderful. 

The main character, Jack, ends up in steampunk world with his sister after one of his experiments goes awry. There, he meets Captain Octavia Pye and ends up falling in love with her. Along the way, his sister gets kidnapped. MacAlister has a way of making such a dire situation such as kidnapping funny, quirky and entertaining along the way.

If you like steampunk romance or pirate stories, you will love this book. It is full of action, adventure, romance, and some sexy scenes. The characters are witty and hilarious. I would recommend this book for ages over 16 because of the sex scenes. If you like that sort of thing, you love those scenes because they are HOT!

Rating: 3/5

Swords are for fighting!