14 April 2012

The Weepers: The Other Life by Susanne Winnacker (5/5 Stars)

Title: The Weepers: The Other Life
Author: Susanne Winnacker
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Publication Date: May 15, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:
Sherry has lived with her family in a sealed bunker since things went wrong up above. But when they run out of food, Sherry and her dad must venture outside. There they find a world of devastation, desolation...and the Weepers: savage, mutant killers.

When Sherry's dad is snatched, she joins forces with gorgeous but troubled Joshua - an Avenger, determined to destroy the Weepers.

But can Sherry keep her family and Joshua safe, when his desire for vengeance threatens them all?

My Review:
Dystopian novels are extremely popular right now, and this book illustrates, perfectly, why that is. I don't know if you'd really call the monsters in this book "zombies", but they definitely fall into the same category as a zombie. They are blood-thirsty, flesh-eating, man-hunting, monsters. And boy, are Ms. Winnacker's Weepers, scary!

The description of their physical appearance, stirs up thoughts and memories of the fearsome creatures that I was afraid would be hiding under my bed as a child. I really enjoyed how original these Weepers are from other man-eating creatures that are currently out there. Some are hairy, some are not. Some are more human-looking, while others resemble humans only in the way our bodies are generally structured. But, they all have in common their general make-up. They are fast, cunning, and will hunt you down.

I enjoyed the main character, Sherry. I think I liked her best because she's someone I could totally relate to. She has the guts and the bravery, but sometimes that gets executed poorly. But, as the store unfolds, so does Sherry. She matures and comes into her own. A girl that starts off hiding with her family in a bunker, morphs into a girl ready to take on Weepers and possible other, unforeseen enemies. Which, in a significant plot twist, you find out, they are there.

Her relationship with Joshua is slow-building. In reality, however, I think this is accurate, so it makes their relationship more believable. Joshua is an endearing character. I can see from the start that he wants to protect. Not just Sherry, but anyone that he can save. And, I absolutely LOVE that about him.

This story has it all for me! You've got romance, suspense, horror, and I feel like there are sooo many places that this story can go, and I'm so excited to follow along on the ride!

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Pre-Order THE WEEPERS on Amazon.
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Check out Susanne Winnacker's Website.

12 April 2012

Favorite Friday: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Favorite Friday is a weekly event that I started, so that I could give my review on books that I love, that were published at least a year ago.

Title: Vampire Academy
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Pub. Date: August 16, 2007

Blurb from Goodreads:
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger...

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

My Review:
If I had the time, I'd write a review on every single book in this series. Because they are all THAT good. You read one and just can't help but want to rush to the store (or online on Amazon, in my case), and buy the next book.

A long-time vampire fan, I have sometimes high expectations of a good vampire story. I expect that if you're going to deviate from the traditional "Dracula" formula, that you PLEASE make yours a believable one. Make it something that can be built upon. Something that is well thought-out and seamless. Something that will continue to impress and surprise the readers with how well the author planned everything out. Well, Ms. Mead certainly gave that to me and more.

Because amidst a very well-planned plotline, there's also a very detailed vampire mythology here that Ms. Mead crafted brilliantly. From the "good vampire"/"bad vampire" (Moroi vs. Strigoi) and dhampir to the blurring the lines of who's good and who's really bad. It's an exciting adventure that will leave you feeling like you lost some friends when all is said and done.

But, specifically, I believe this first installment is a gem all on its own. We get the foundation for Rose and Lissa's amazing friendship, a budding relationship that is a bit taboo, between Rose and Dimitri--her teacher, and a look at what it means for Lissa to be a Princess among Moroi.

Just writing this review makes me want to go pick up the book and start reading it all over again. For probably the fifth time.

Vampire Academy on Amazon.
Vampire Academy on Barnes and Noble.
Richelle Mead's website.

Still No Computer...

Well, I still do NOT have a computer, but I've decided that I'm NOT going to let that stop me! It may take me a little longer, and may cost me a little more effort, but I will update this page with reviews, to the best of my abilities!

Thanks for you patience!

Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs #1) by Karen Amanda Hooper (4.5/5 Stars)

Title: Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs #1)
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Pub. Date: November 4th, 2011

Blurb from Goodreads:
Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.

Young Adult fans of Mermaids, Selkies, Sirens and Gorgons will love this tale of the sacrifice one makes for genuine love. Love that could be lost at any moment to the ever-changing tides.

My Review:
I had NEVER read a mermaid story before, and I was a little apprehensive at first. I like a story where I can relate to the main character and really just get lost in everything that's going on. I was worried that with this story, that wouldn't be able to happen. I was so wrong! This book has taught me to keep a more open mind when it comes to books, because I could be missing some really great stories.

Yara and Treygan start off in the common "I-Can't-Stand-You-But-I'm-Drawn-To-You", complex relationship snarl. Although, given how Yara can be a little irritating in the beginning this is perfectly understandable. This was one of those situations where I could totally see why both people would be put off by the other.

Yara, who just found out her life would never be the same again was, understandably, a little panicked, and therefore, a little grating at times. And Treygan, who seems to not want to answer any of Yara's questions, has a little bit of an attitude at the beginning.

But, once I got through about half of the book, I realized that this was just setting us up for the rest of the story. There's a reason that not all of our questions are answered. There's a reason the Selkies freak me out, and there's a reason why Treygan treats Yara the way he does. And once I got to the real "meat" of the story, I could appreciate why Ms. Hooper took us there the way she did.

I appreciated the lore and mythology that was incorporated into the story. I really hope Ms. Hooper uses these, again, in her next Sea Monster Memoirs installment.

I definitely suggest reading this book. And I also suggest picking up the In His Eyes Anthology, which is free right now on Amazon. Ms. Hooper added a story from Treygan's POV, and it totally made me appreciate his character all the more!

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Check out Tangled Tides on Amazon.
Check out Tangled Tides on Barnes and Noble.
Check out Karen Amanda Hooper's Page.

09 April 2012

New Design(Again), Contest Winner, and No Computer

So, I'm currently using my iPad for this post because I have no computer at the moment. I'm hoping to get it back within the next few days, but we'll see. :/ My iPad isn't very conducive to proper blogging.

I did update my site--again--per the advice of a beloved friend, who thought this look was more professional. I tend to agree with her. So, this is it!

And, on another note, I had a contest winner--Congrats to Katja! She is the winner of Bound by C.K. Bryant as well as some booksmarks that will will be mailed to her, especially from Ms. Bryant, herself!

So, I'm really hoping that I'll be able to get on here soon and post two reviews and my Wednesday and Friday memes. If not, I apologize, and I'll hopefully be back shortly. If I can get my hands on a friend's computer, I'm going to probably just do a bunch of my posts in advance and post them accordingly.

Thanks for your patience!

Cover Reveal: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Title: Greta and the Goblin King
Author: Chloe Jacobs
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.

To survive, seventeen-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.

But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…

My Take:
This book sounds phenomenal!!! I cannot WAIT to read this! Not having read anything by Chloe Jacobs before, I think I'm going to go look and see if there's anything out there that I can get my hands on right now. Just to hold me over.

Also, be sure to check back here in September for for an exclusive excerpt!

About the Author:
Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.


Great and the Goblin King on Goodreads.
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Additional links to Chloe’s pages:
Chloe Jacob's Twitter Page
Chloe Jacob's Facebook Page.
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