Review Repost: No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace

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Olivia’s twin brother, Liam, has been her best friend her whole life. But when he starts dating, Olivia is left feeling alone, so she tries to drive away Liam’s girlfriends in an effort to get her best friend back.

But she meets her match in Zoey, Liam’s latest fling. A call-it-like-she-sees-it kind of girl, Zoey sees right through Olivia’s tricks. What starts as verbal sparring between the two changes into something different, however, as they share their deepest insecurities and learn they have a lot in common. Olivia falls for Zoey, believing her brother could never get serious with her. But when Liam confesses that he’s in love with Zoey, Olivia has to decide who deserves happiness more: her brother or herself?

First things first, I love the cover. It tells you a lot about this book without giving away much. I could tell it was going to be a LGBT YA book, and there is some sort of love triangle. So naturally I was like yes, I want to read this. And I loved the book.

I loved that I was able to connect to the characters despite not being LGBT. Olivia, on the surface seemed like a spoiled brat, but she is more relatable than she seems. Zoey is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum. She is poor, and works hard to get what she and her family needs to survive. Now the idea of a rich person sweeping in to help lift a poorer person out of their personal hell is nothing new, however Amanda Grace gives it a nice little twist.

I thought that having the two come together initially to work on a group project was a cute idea. And then to throw the twin brother as a potential love interest was nice. I liked how the book didn’t address the social stigma of being gay as much as some other books have in the past. There was very little worry as to how society would see them and if they would be accepted. The concern was how do we tell Liam and not lose him as a friend. I love that. I think that really demonstrates how have we as a society have come in the last 5 years in regards to LGBT relationships. I bow down to you Amanda Grace, thank you, thank you, thank you.

The story and the development of the characters was great. I thought it flowed nicely and liked that the attraction was not instantaneous. It is refreshing to read a YA book that the characters do not have that whole love at first sight syndrome. The only negative was that I wanted slightly more from the Liam and Olivia dynamic. It lacked some feeling and depth. But other than that I thought the book was great!

4.5 Bards

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Book Review: Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter

8705784One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

 

So I guess I am late to the game with the series.  I see on Goodreads that everybody has already read and loved the book…  This is what happens when I see a book store on vacation!  I end up with like 5 books to read that were all on sale!  I am a cover person, if the cover of a book looks cool or intriguing than I am sold.  Sometimes I don’t even read the back cover to see what the book is about.  I loved this cover, it drew me in and made me want to read the book immediately.  And then I figure out the rest of the books in the series are there, and on sale, done!  So the next couple of reviews will be on the Shadow Falls series.

I felt that the synopsis of the book is misleading, it leads you to believe that the book is going to be about a girl who is going down the wrong path, drugs, sex, and all that but that is not what the book is about at all.  In fact Kylie has had a relatively normal, calm, un troubled upbringing.  She comes off as slightly whiney really.  But not bad or annoying enough for me to stop reading.  I liked the concept of the camp, it was a really cool idea.  How much fun would it be to go to that camp!

You can tell that this is the first book in a series, it does a lot of stage setting for future books.  I will say I thought the other books were better, and the stories were more developed than this book.  So if you were eh on this one I encourage you to read the other books.  Kylie gets less whiney and more independent and strong.  The secondary characters have more of a voice and the love connections are great!

4.5 Bards

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Book Review: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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It was on her nineteenth birthday that the soldiers came for Kelsea Glynn. They’d come to escort her back to the place of her birth – and to ensure she survives long enough to be able to take possession of what is rightfully hers.
But like many nineteen-year-olds, Kelsea is unruly, has high principles and believes she knows better than her elders. Unlike many nineteen-year-olds, she is about to inherit a kingdom that is on its knees – corrupt, debauched and dangerous.
Kelsea will either become the most fearsome ruler the kingdom has ever known . . . or be dead within the week.

This was a different take on a dystopian novel.  They essentially went back to having a Monarchy after the democratic system didn’t work.  So it was set in the future but felt like you were reading a book set in the way back past.  Does that make sense??  If you have read this book help me out with the description!  I thought it was an interesting way to write a dystopian novel because the terminology was familiar, thus not needing an in depth explanation of the  culture and setting of the book.  I could have used some more information as to why they went back to this system but I think we will learn more in the upcoming books.

I really liked that this was not your typically fairytale/ romance/ princess book.  The princess did not need a handsome guy to save her, she saved herself.  Also there was like no romance in this book, there didn’t need to be any.  This was about a young girl finding her way and being an all around bad ass.  It kind of reminds me of a Game of Thrones type storyline.  Minus the incest and dragons.  The Mace reminds me of the Hound, and there are brothels and such.

Kelsea is a great character, she is normal looking and you really get to explore her strengths and weaknesses.  She is not perfect and has flaws and insecurities but that is what makes a great lead in a book.  I also really like the Fetch.  I can’t wait to read more about him!!!  I thought the book was great, it was a little long but worth it!  I would warn younger readers about the content in this book, its more like a PG 16 book.  There is definitely some strong language and adult sexual content and violence.  Other than that I would totally recommend this book to everyone!!

So good!

5 Bards

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Cover Reveal: Pieces of Revenge by Valia Lind

So if any of you have been following me on this blog or twitter you know how much I adore Valia Lind.  I met her at BEA last year and have immensely enjoyed reading her books (and tweeting with her).  So I am thrilled to announce that she has written another book and it is Sci-fi thriller, called Pieces of Revenge!  So are you pumped to see the cover?????

 

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IT LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!!!

Release Date: November 20th, 2014

Synopsis:

A weapon. A broken life. A humanity lost.

That is all Anastasia knows, that is all that she is. As an eleven-year-old, she witnessed her family’s brutal murder and she’s been on the run ever since. She’s spent her life training and planning for the day she can take her revenge.

Kallos Enterprises is a well respected corporation, set on improving the genetic structure of an individual. Or so they say. Anastasia knows, first hand, what kind of monsters lurk behind the pretty walls of those skyscrapers. Armed with combat skills and a beyond perfect memory, she heads to Chicago to uncover the answers to questions that plagued her for years.

After arriving in the city, she meets Logan, a boy from her past who changes all the rules. She doesn’t remember him, but he remembers her. His position at Kallos Enterprises is useful, his presence is unnerving, and he makes her question everything she knows about herself to be true. If her perfect memory can’t remember Logan, what else about her past is wrong?

Time is running out. Anastasia has nowhere to turn, but to trust the one person who’s a memory she should have, but doesn’t. With a madman threatening their every step, Anastasia and Logan must uncover the truths behind Kallos experiments and hope that the answers they find won’t destroy the world forever.

 

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23377941-pieces-of-revenge

Website: http://valialind.blogspot.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ValiaLind

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValiaLind

 

 

ValiaLind (NYC)Author info:

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind

Book Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

18196040730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.
18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

Release Date: November 4th 2014

I was a little apprehensive to read this book, the cover gives away almost nothing, and judging from the write up I did not think I was going to relate to the characters in the book.  But fear not I loved the book.  It was really cool.  I still am not totally sure if it was dystopian or not.  While I was reading it I thought it was for sure dystopian but, then I read the authors note at the end of the book and now I’m not sure.

Either way the book it self was captivating.  It’s told from 3 POV’s that all connect and weave together to tell the complete story from all sides.  I loved that aspect of the book because I got to know what all the main players in the book were thinking, and where they came from and what drove their stories.  I also really like Jin, she was the kind of survivor I hope I would be if stuff got real.  I thought she was just a kick ass character and I really pulled for her.  I also loved the way Dai was written.  He was a cool guy and someone I want on my side.  He had this dark side that was reviled throughout the book that was cool.  I didn’t really connect with Mei Yee all that much but I did like her character.  She was well written as with all the characters in this book.

  They story within its self was captivating. It had an overall theme of what lengths would you go to, to right wrongs.  Would you put yourself in danger to get back those that were stolen from you?  I really liked that there was a distinct timeline of events, and there was a complete ending.  I wasn’t left with questions about the characters as I sometimes am with other books.  I thought Ryan Graudin did a great job writing this!!!!

I loved all the characters and the story was really compelling.  It was a non stop action packed book.  I loved it!

5 Bards

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Book Review: This is Sarah by Ally Malinekno

22360316When Colin Leventhal leaned out his bedroom window on the night of May 12th and said goodbye to his girlfriend, he never expected it would be forever. But when Sarah Evans goes missing that night, Colin’s world unravels as he transforms from the boyfriend next door to the main police suspect. Then one year later, at her memorial service, Colin makes a phone call that changes everything. Is it possible that Sarah is still alive? And if so how can he bring her back?

As Colin struggles with this possibility, across the street, Sarah’s little sister, Claire learns how to navigate the strange new landscape of life without her sister. While her parents fall apart, Claire remains determined to keep going even if it kills her.

 

So just in time for Halloween I read This is Sarah, a philological thriller (its the only kind of thriller I can read) about the lives of those left behind after Sarah’s disappearance.  Let me start by saying Ally Malinenko contacted us to read and review this book, otherwise I would have probably never picked it up on my own.  Like I said before I am not typically into this type of book, prefer more dystopian or romance driven books.  With that said I thought this was a fantastic book.

The one word that comes to mind with this book is Haunting.  Having the story told from Colin and Claire’s POV was genius, they were the two people who had the hardest time with the disappearance.  And Ally Malinenko weaves the tail of their suffering/healing throughout the year with grace and in such detail you feel connected to the characters.  Really the story is beautifully heartbreaking.  The desperation that Colin feels as he tries to hang on to hope that Sarah is alive still is chilling.  And Claire is trying to pick up the pieces of her life, while trying to get her parents to remember that she is still there was so real it makes you want to hug her.  I totally recommend this book to every reader.

5 Bards

 

 

Book Review: Talented by Sophie Davis

13466202Block it out. Impossible for Talia Lyons. When you’re a Mind Manipulator, it’s hard enough to block the thoughts of others, let alone your own.

Block it out. The pounding, siren-ready world Talia inhabits as she trains with her fellow Hunters, the country’s top-secret covert operatives. The physical demands. The emotional toll.

Block it out. The secrets that Talia’s boyfriend is hiding. Talia’s unbidden feelings of frustration and annoyance toward her teammate, the Casanova of the compound. The wondering why she cares what he thinks.

Block him out. Ian Crane. The man behind the bloodshed marring Talia’s memories of her murdered parents. The man she’s determined to kill.

Block it all out. Focus.

So I received this book at BEA directly from the author Sophie Davis, and we bonded about being from NC.  I was hesitant to read this because if I didn’t like it, and had to give it a bad review I would feel super bad.  Fortunately I really liked the book.  There were a few problems, but overall not enough to turn me off of the book.

I thought the story was really good.  The concept of this dystopian world was realistic and really well explained.  I thought at times her explanations and descriptions were a bit wordy but almost necessary to gain a good picture of this new world.  Also while I’m talking about things I didn’t care for, the cover, Talia is supposed to have unruly curly hair.  The chick on the cover has straight hair… It bugs me more than it should.

Anyway back to the story, I kind of want her talent, it sounds cool.  And Erik, yum, new man crush there.  I am looking forward to the next book, I hope we get some answers and some stuff resolved!  Good job Sophie Davis!

4 Bards

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Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

 3636Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

So I guess I am one of the few people that did not have to read this in high school, so I thought better late than never.  I have to say the cover is less than appealing to look at, it doesn’t really make me want to read the book.  Anyway I read it and really enjoyed the book.  It was short but good.  I do not understand how they made a full length movie from it but I guess I will have to go see it.

I can see why you read it in high school.  It makes you think about memories and feelings and while you would love to get rid of the hurt and sadness, you would also have to get rid of the pleasure, and happiness, and the feeling of being content.  It would be a very boring life.

I wish the ending had a bit more, but there are 3 other books (they have been added to my to read pile).  I thought the writing was excellent.  I loved Jonas and The Giver’s relationship, there was something special there.  I cant wait to read the other books.  Also if you have not read this book or it has been a long time I encourage you to pick it up.  It was a great short read.

4.5 Bards

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Book Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

13644055Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

 

Well its the bitter sweet moment with this book, its the last one.  I am both happy to have read this book and the story has found a ending but sad it is over.  I have enjoyed reading the Lux series so much!  They have been a pleasure to read.

As for this book the violence, and sex was defiantly more prevalent than the previous books.  Not that I minded I just mention that as a warning to the younger readers out there.  This book.  Wow,  It packs a punch.  There are a lot of twists and turns, a lot of reoccurring characters, some you never thought you would see again.  Friends became foes, and foes became friends.  It was a jumbled mess that comes together for a perfect book.

I don’t want to write too much about this book.  If you are reading the others in the series there is a good chance you already love the books, and know the character.  So I will just say this, if you have not started reading this series, start.  None of the books disappoint.  They are all fantastic.

5 Bards

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Book Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin (Lux, #4)Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

 

Now are you not supper happy for listening to me and getting the Lux Consequences book???  So this is the book where stuff starts to get real.  It gets darker and the mood changes from Oh cool an Alien, to Oh man, people are getting hurt.  The POV changes from mostly Katy to mostly Daemon which is nice.  It adds something to the books.  More depth I guess?  Anyway it was a nice change to hear what Daemon was thinking.

I really like Archer, and the whole story about the Origins.  They are super cool, and I was glad Luc had more of a presence in the is book.  Although those children are super creepy!   Its good when you are introduced to new characters in a series so things don’t get dull.  And this series is anything but dull.  This book is a thrill a minute and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

So I won’t give away spoilers but that part towards the end with Daemon and Katy, OMG, so hot then so sweet!  *Fanning my self*  And that ending, lets just say, go ahead and buy the last book right away.  The only thing I didn’t really care for was the stuff that happened in Vegas.  I get why it happened I just am a peaceful person and wasn’t a fan of all the fighting.  It was still good don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t for me.

Love, love, love

5 Bards

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