27 April 2012

The Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1) by Brian Rowe (4/5 Stars)

Title: The Vampire Underground (Grisly High #1)
Author: Brian Rowe
Publisher: Independant
Pub. Date: April 3, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:
16-year-old Brin Skar hates everything to do with the supernatural, so the obsessive film geek isn't happy when she discovers that her junior year Film class at Grisly High is devoted to the horror genre. She's even more disconcerted when she learns that six groups in the class will be writing and directing their very own horror movies.

Brin and five classmates travel to Bodie Ghost Town in California to shoot their creepy film, but they soon find themselves fighting a real terrifying threat when a clan of mean, bloodthirsty vampires emerge from beneath the surface and start attacking the group. The teens, headed by Brin and the egotistical director Anaya Frost, have no help from the outside and become outnumbered by the vampires a hundred to one.

But when Brin meets Paul, a helpful and smoldering vampire outcast who's had enough of his shameful life, she realizes he might be the only key to her survival.

My Review:
I somehow didn't expect this book to be as scary as it was. It may be because of the "cartoonish" cover (Which I LOVE by the way!--Read the book to figure out why there's a tongue in her hand.) or I just underestimated to the creativity of Brian Rowe. OR, more than likely I just figured this would be another "fluffy" vampire piece. As I've stated before, I absolutely LOVE vampire stories. Even ones that are, indeed, fluffy. But, there is a part of me that craves some good old-fashioned, scary, blood-thirsty, vampire horror.

I think I also figured a book geared to teens or young adults couldn't possibly be too scary. As soon as I read the first few pages, however, I knew that the book was going to be something great.

While there may be some hints at a "romantic" element, the book focuses more on building up the characters and the deep, frightening world that lay underneath the ghost town of Brodie. And although I love a good romance, I really liked how this book was structured. This is a first in a series and we not only get a great story, and a quick understanding of the horrors of this fictional world, but we also get set up for future horrors (and a POSSIBLE future not-so-platonic relationship).

There are some characters in this book that, when I was reading this story, I felt like I knew them. The girl at school that has something to prove, the popular girl that continues to surprise you, and the down-to-earth film-geek that ends up playing a bigger part in the story than you thought possible.

I also found myself laughing at some of the monologues by certain characters. And I think that's what I really appreciated most about THE VAMPIRE UNDERGROUND. There were moments of extreme humor, and then moments of extreme horror. Either way, Brian Rowe kept me entertained the entire time!

If you enjoy being a little scared, if you enjoy vampires, and/or if you enjoy a creative story with some original plotlines, definitely check out this book!

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

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25 April 2012

Cover Reveal: Redheads Are Soulless by Heather M. White

Title: Redheads Are Soulless
Author: Heather M. White
Pub. Date: Unknown

High School senior, Sofia Black, has had a very hard life. Since her father's death 7 years ago, she has had to look after her drug addicted, alcoholic mother. School isn't any better for her either. The other kids constantly tease, and ridicule her. All she wants is to get out of her small hometown in Alabama.
When new student, Jason, shows up, Sofia's world is turned upside down. She doesn't understand why he wants to befriend her so badly... And, just when she thinks she can trust him, trouble appears.
Jason's twin brother, Robbie, moves into town, and things go haywire. Sofia is now running for her life - and Jason is forced to share hidden secrets with her. She learns the truth about her father's death, and finds out that she may not be as "human" as she once thought. She struggles to accept her fate, while fighting for her life.

My Take:
First off, I think the cover is beautiful! Seriously, gorgeous. And, I happen to be drawn to books based on their covers sometimes (yeah, I know, I know), so I think the cover gives this book instant appeal for me. Secondly, I like the sound of the plot. I just got a book by Ms. White, and I can't wait to read it. I've heard great things about her writing, so I'm really holding out hope that this will be a win!

Redheads Are Soulless Links:
Link to Heather M White's Blog
SupaGurl Books Blog<---Created the beautiful cover!!

Redheads are Soulless

Waiting On Wednesday[#4]: Beguiled (Immortal Essence #2) by Rashelle Workman

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Beguiled (Immortal Essence #2)
Author: Rashelle Workman
Publisher: Polished Pen Press
Publication Date: May 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:
On Kelari, Hell exists. It’s known as Helker.
Ramien is the God of that realm. He’s beautiful, wicked, and oh, so beguiling. Within his empire are three spheres, each worse than the one before.
That's where Venus must go.
Into the lowest sphere—known as X. Her parents' souls are captives there. The only way to rescue them is by making a pact with Ramien.
Venus has to complete three trials. They seem impossible. They certainly won’t be easy. Worst of all, someone she loves won't make it out alive.

Why Am I Waiting?
EXILED (Immortal Essence #1) ended with so many questions unanswered. Will Venus find her parents? What about her sister? Will she get to see Michael again? What is Michael doing? I'm really hoping to get the answers I want to these questions and more. Although, I'm sure once this one is over, I'll be eagerly anticipating DOVETAIL, as well. I'm also wanting to see what life is like on Kelari, Venus' home. Rashelle Workman has made this a wonderful series so far, and I can't wait to find out what happens!

24 April 2012

Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer (4.5/5 Stars)

Title: Night of the Purple Moon
Author: Scott Cramer
Pub. Date: March 25, 2012

Blurb from Goodreads:
What happens after space dust decimates the adult population.

For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon.

But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure.

On a small island off the coast of Maine, a group of teens and children struggle to survive in this new world, but all the while they have inside them a ticking time bomb — adolescence.

My Review:
Night of the Purple Moon was quite the surprise for me. Don't get me wrong, just from reading the premise, I figured I would enjoy this book. But, I had absolutely no idea that it would produce the emotional response that it did.

The book starts out normal enough, with 13-year-old, Abby, her 12-year-old brother, Jordan, and her two-year old sister, Toucan. They have just moved to Castine Island with their father while their mother holds a job back in their old hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Abby isn't too happy about being on this island, as she severely misses her old life back home (friends, mom, school, etc...).

Meanwhile, there's excitement, worldwide, over the arrival of the comet, Rudenko-Kasparov, that is going to enter the Earth's atmosphere, and turn the moon a pretty purple color from the space dust (hence, "PURPLE MOON"). As would realistically happen, people are capitalizing by selling purple soft drinks, food, you name it.

And here is where the story takes a turn. As you can read from the premise, all older teens and adults die from the dust that everyone is now breathing. Thus leaving only younger teens and...babies. Yes, THIS is where I had a hard time. I blame it on the "mommy" in me, but just the thought of little ones being left to take care of themselves... I was drawn all the more into the story and couldn't read fast enough to find out what happens to these defenseless children.

Now, as with any other dystopian novel, you not only have to worry about whatever "natural" disaster that caused chaos, but you have to worry about others who pick on the weaker ones in a disaster, such as this one. Sadly, I think that Mr. Cramer really hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately, this book probably very accurately illustrates the depravity of even our younger children. I won't give anything away, since I don't do spoilers, but there were a few parts where I had goosebumps, just imagining this happening. Mr. Cramer made it THAT believable and real.

I definitely suggest you read this book. The writing is fantastic, the story is fantastic, and it has, most assuredly, left an impression on me.

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

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22 April 2012

The Acropolis Blog Tour

R.K. Ryals has stopped by my blog today for her blog tour for The Acropolis. Here is an excerpt from the book, and make sure you follow the rest of the tour with the links below! Also, be sure to check out my review for THE ACROPOLIS here.

The Mark

Huh? I look up to discover the whole Council has turned toward me. I straighten.
"I'm sorry."
Gibson sighs but doesn't reprimand me.
"You'll need to use caution when approaching her. The girl is a little . . . shy."
A few Council members snicker. Delilah glares at them. I just lift a brow.
Rainey can't seem to help himself. He snorts. A tall man with thick, brown hair and wide shoulders, Rainey isn't the type to skirt an issue.
"Terrified may be the better description," Rainey replies.
I glance around the boardroom and realize the Council members are all avoiding my gaze. What kind of Escort job is this?
"Where am I supposed to take her?" I ask when it becomes obvious nothing more is going to be said on the whole "shy but better described as terrified" subject.
"The Acropolis."
Gibson says the word firmly as if he's expecting an argument, and by the looks shot his way, he's right. The Acropolis.
There are ancient Greek ruins called the Acropolis of Athens, but we all know he isn't referring to those. No, the Acropolis is a project set in motion by a collaboration of gargoyles, the S.O.S., and other groups devoted to protecting mankind. It is a fairly new idea, a school, which has only been in operation for two years with minimal success. It seems only plausible the mark be sent there considering her records. But while I look at Gibson with approval, the rest of the table stares at him with expressions akin to horror. Were they not aware of Gibson's plans?
"She wouldn't make it a week," Delilah practically hisses.
The Council's reaction is beginning to worry me.
"It's either that or we destroy her."
Gibson's words are final, and when he stands, we all stand with him.
"You'll take her to the Acropolis."
This last command is meant for me, and I nod as Gibson adjourns the meeting among sighs of discontent.
"You'll need to provide the school with extra protection," Rainey calls out as Gibson leaves the table. The Director doesn't turn around.
"It's taken care of."
Delilah moves up beside me as we watch Gibson exit the room.
"Is she that dangerous?" I ask.
Delilah gives me a sympathetic smile.
"No, not Emma."

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