Aug 22 2014
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Review for Amity by Micol Ostow

 

Review for Amity by Micol OstowAmity by Micol Ostow
By Micol Ostow
Published by
Egmont USA

On August 26th 2014
Genres:
Young Adult Horror, Young Adult Horror Retelling

Format: eARC
Pages:
368

Source: Netgalley
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Connor's family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen's family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she's recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor's nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren't there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn't just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she's done before. As she'll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.

 

 

 

My Thoughts 1

 

 

 
I was so excited to see that this was going to be a retelling of the Amityville Horror. It follows two families, ten years apart, torn apart by mental instability and a house that is beyond scary. Leading to horrific events that this little town will never forget.
 
Once again I find myself not caring for either of the main characters in a horror book and the thing is, I don’t think we were really meant to either. It is the house itself that I found to be so intriguing and what kept me reading. The house is like this living creature and is scared the living crap out me. You couldn’t pay me enough money to live in that house. Ever. We know right from the start that Conner is unstable, and his sister and parents know there is something off. Apparently Gwen has some kinda of mental meltdown and this move was supposed to be good for her. Neither Conner or Gwen needed what this house had to offer.
 
The plot was scary, and with the dual POV’s is helped with the creepiness. We have the past POV which is Conner’s and the present which is Gwen’s. I thought it is interesting to see how Conner and Gwen’s lives intertwined. Being a retelling of the Amityville Horror I was hoping for enough scare that I would want turn on all the lights and jump at noises around me. I got creepiness and gore, and two characters that have some serious issues, and some scenes that will give you the goosey’s as we call them at our house. Was it as scary as I hope for, not really. It turned out to be a milder version of Amityville, but at least it was an entertaining one.
 
Amity was a pretty good horror read and if you are looking for a scare, this has it. I think fans of the young adult horror genre will enjoy it.

 

 

 

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About Micol Ostow

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Micol Ostow has been writing professionally since 2004, and in that time has written and/or ghostwritten over 40 published works for young readers. She started her reign of terror with Egmont with her novel FAMILY, which Elizabeth Burns named a favorite of 2012 on her School Library Journal-syndicated blog, A Chair, a Fireplace, a Tea Cozy. Micol’s graphic novel, SO PUNK ROCK (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), was named a 2009 Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Youth Selection, a Booklist Top Ten Religion Books for Youth Selection, and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens. She received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Jenea

Aug 21 2014
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Fated Release Blitz: Mini Reviews and Giveaway for Fated by Rachael Wade, Nikki Jefford, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Heather Hildenbrand

Fated Release Blitz: Mini Reviews and Giveaway for Fated by Rachael Wade, Nikki Jefford, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Heather Hildenbrand

 

Welcome to the Release Day Blitz for the Fated 5, a novel containing 5 Paranormal New Adult novels. I have a mini review for one of the books, Flight by Alyssa Rose Ivy. I’ve already read and reviewed Darkness of Light which is the first book in the fantastic Darkness series and I can’t say enough about it besides come on Blood Beyond Darkness which is the fourth book. There is also giveaway that I am happy to be able to share with you.

 

 

Fated Release Blitz: Mini Reviews and Giveaway for Fated by Rachael Wade, Nikki Jefford, Stacey Marie Brown, Alyssa Rose Ivy, Heather HildenbrandFlight (The Crescent Chronicles #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy
By Alyssa Rose Ivy, Heather Hildenbrand, Nikki Jefford, Rachael Wade, Stacey Marie Brown
Published by
Createspace

On August 16th 2012
Genres:
New Adult Paranormal

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Sometimes you just have to take flight.

A summer in New Orleans is exactly what Allie needs before starting college. Accepting her dad’s invitation to work at his hotel offers an escape from her ex-boyfriend and the chance to spend the summer with her best friend. Meeting a guy is the last thing on her mind—until she sees Levi.

Unable to resist the infuriating yet alluring Levi, Allie finds herself at the center of a supernatural society and forced to decide between following the path she has always trusted or saving a city that might just save her.

 

 

 

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This is the first book in the The Crescent Chronicles and I have been wanting to read this for while so I was excited to see it part of the Fated 5. It follow Allie who seems to have her life on the course she wants and she has no intention of deviating from it. That is until she meets Levi and everything changes giving her a summer she will never forget.
 
Loved Allie and Levi so much! What can I say, I liked all the characters! Levi is a bit mysterious at first and the secret he has is a big one (he’s a shifter and an important one too). I adored Allie’s and her loyalty even when she found what Levi was keeping from her. She just didn’t have the big picture of what it all meant for her. After all the bantering between them they finally give in the feelings they have for each other which made me so happy. And the setting where this takes place is a good one too, it helps to give it that whole magical and paranormal element. Now the pacing is fast and doesn’t let up, but the world building was pretty solid and it was easy to get caught up in it all. I am looking forward to continuing on with the series and will be picking up Focus soon.

 

 

 
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About Alyssa Rose Ivy

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Alyssa Rose Ivy is a bestselling New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and humor. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After surviving law school and earning her masters in library science, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

About Heather Hildenbrand

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Author of Across the Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website. www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

About Nikki Jefford

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Nikki Jefford loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. Books, travel, TV series, hiking, writing and motorcycle riding are her favorite escapes. She loves meeting people from all walks of life, from around the globe, and wouldn’t trade her French husband in for anyone – not even Spike!

She’s a third generation Alaskan, born & raised in Anchorage, now living in Northern Washington. Crazy about her dog, Cosmo. (Writer’s best friend.) The dark side of humanity fascinates her, so long as it’s balanced by humor and romance.

Her favorite TV heroines are Buffy, Veronica Mars, and Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan.

About Rachael Wade

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Rachael Wade writes edgy New Adult and Adult romance and science fiction. She is the author of the Amazon bestselling PRESERVATION SERIES, THE REPLACEMENT, and LOVE AND RELATIVITY, as well as the paranormal romance series THE RESISTANCE TRILOGY. When she’s not writing, she’s busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She’s an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton.

About Stacey Marie Brown

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Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

Jenea

Aug 20 2014
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Waiting on Wednesday #100 Save Me by Jenny Elliot & Vampire Secrets by RaShelle Workman #WoW

 

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine that showcases our most anticipated upcoming releases.

 

 
For my first pick, I found this one a couple of weeks ago and it is a young adult paranormal. It sounds like it has a lot going on. Just who is David and Garrin, and why is Cara’s best friend all of a sudden into witchcraft? Not only that who is her stalker? I look forward to finding out the answers.
 

 

Waiting on Wednesday #100 Save Me by Jenny Elliot & Vampire Secrets by RaShelle Workman #WoWSave Me
By Jenny Elliot
Published by
Swoon Reads

Genres: Young Adult Paranormal/Angels
Format: eBook
Pages:
288

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Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?

 

 

 
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My second pick is the second book in the second season of Blood and Snow. I love this series and can’t wait to continue it. Who is the man with the red eyes?!?! I need to know!

 

 

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Vampire Secrets
By Rashelle Workman
Series: Blood and Snow Season 2 #2
Published by Polished Pen Press
On September 14th 2014
Format: Kindle
Pages:
225

Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
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A dream is a wish your heart makes…

It’s been a month since Jasmine agreed to the wish that would keep Laeddin safe. By all accounts she should be happy. She’s attending high school, hanging out with friends, and spending time with Laeddin. but she isn’t. Ever since the sorceress ripped away a part of her, she hasn’t felt like herself.

To make matters worse, the man with red eyes, the one that haunted her dreams, is appearing in real life. And demonic creatures keep showing up in Salem. The question on both counts is why?

Jasmine must figure out who the man is and what the creatures want. Thankfully, she isn’t alone. Laeddin, Peter, Zoe, and some friends from the mansion next door will help.

And then there’s the sorceress. she’s using what she took from Jasmine to inflict havoc on the human realm as well as other realms.

 

 

 

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About Jenny Elliot

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Jenny Elliott is a lifelong resident of Washington State and lives in Spokane with her husband and four kids. Writing fiction is her favorite method for avoiding insanity. Other avoidance techniques include reading, playing Scrabble, and browsing social media sites.

Jenea

Aug 19 2014
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Review for Feral by Holly Schindler

 

Review for Feral by Holly SchindlerFeral by Holly Schindler
By Holly Schindler
Published by
Harper Teen

On August 26th 2014
Genres:
Young Adult Psychological Thriller

Format: eARC
Pages:
432

Source: Edelweiss
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It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.

 

 

 

My Thoughts 1

 

 

 
Feral is one strange book for sure, but in a good way. It ended up being a little different than I expected but I thought it was pretty good. It follows a young girl named Claire, who was brutally and violently attacked and now it trying to pick up the pieces. Her father takes her to a small town to basically have a sabbatical, only it doesn’t turn out that way. She finds herself in a situation that no girl would want. She finds the body of a girl that has been missing, only it is surrounded cats that won’t let anyone near the body of Serena. Sounds creepy right!?
 
Claire is a strong girl, she has been through an awful attack but her strength to move past it was admirable. And she still deal with the trauma of it but pushes through it. Claire is a fighter. Claire’s father was wonderful, so supportive and caring when it came to his daughter. Even through what took place in the their new home, he never let her go through any of it by herself. The rest of the cast each had their own little weirdness to add and they played their parts well too.
 
The plot starts off strong and was engrossing, and we are thrown into a violent and terrifying scene only to be taken right into another. Once we make past that, it slows down though, and with the towns name being Peculiar I guess I should have been more prepared for some craziness and creepiness too. With the slower pace we get to see what Serena is seeing and Claire as well and her flashbacks to events that happened. Now the whole thing with the feral cats was especially eerie. The mystery behind Serena’s murder was laid out a little at a time to piece together and I really didn’t figure the “who did it” until the end right along with Claire. I guess I was to engrossed with the creepy cats to be paying attention the clues. The ending does wrap everything up and I was pretty happy with it.
 
Feral is one disturbing and completely fascinating read and fans of psychological thriller with a good mystery too will enjoy this one.

 

 

 

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Jenea

Aug 18 2014
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Blog Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway for Storms of Lazarus (Shadows of Asphodel #2) by Karen Kincy

Blog Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway for Storms of Lazarus (Shadows of Asphodel #2) by Karen Kincy

 

Welcome to the tour for the second book in the Shadows of Asphodel. This series is a New Adult Deiselpunk/Science Fiction Romance. And for this stop there is a review and a giveaway for you. Enjoy…

 

 

Blog Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway for Storms of Lazarus (Shadows of Asphodel #2) by Karen KincyStorms of Lazarus
Series: Shadows of Asphodel #2
By Karen Kincy
On July 14th 2014
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Sometimes escape is impossible. Sometimes love isn't enough.

1913. Christmas Eve. Ardis hardly expects a quiet holiday with Wendel, between fleeing Constantinople and hiding from an ancient society of assassins. And they owe a debt to a certain archmage.

In Königsberg, Prussia, they work with Konstantin on the next evolution of Project Lazarus. Wendel once called Königsberg home, the city now besieged by the Russians and their clockwork engines of war. This may be Wendel’s last chance to save his family and find redemption, but he's tormented by nightmares and tempted by laudanum. Ardis fears her love isn’t enough to save Wendel. Her hands are full piloting the automatons, and she's terrified to tell him a secret of her own. Will they—and their love—survive the storms of war?
**This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.**

 

 

 

My Thoughts 1

 

 

 
Storms of Lazarus is the second book in the Shadows of Asphodel series and it has been only a couple of months since I read and was pretty excited to get my hands on the second book too. This is a fantastic deiselpunk series and Kincy certainly didn’t disappoint one bit with this one.
 
Ardis and Wendel have fled from Constantinople, and are hoping for a quiet moment together. But they find themselves being taken into custody, a war is on it’s way and creatures are attacking their airship causing them to crash. All of this happens so quickly, there is no time but to react to what is going on around them. Say goodbye quite time together, which by now is something they should be used to.
 
I just adore Ardis and Wendel and was so happy to see them again. Adris is still one badass chick is all I can say and Wendel is still kinda mysterious but he seemed different this time around. He was more open with Ardis and just as sarcastic. Their relationship was stronger and a whole lot steamier too. Some of the previous characters like Konstantin make appearances. Which by the way, Konstantin was great to get know more about. I really liked him. A few characters that were irritating in the first book were back too. We are also introduced to Wendel’s family. There is some serious tension in that family, so much I even felt sorry for Wendel.
 
The story picks up right where we left off in the first book, which makes it easy to dive back in Ardis’ world. There is so much going on on the beginning that I didn’t realize how far I read and I really didn’t want to put it down. The steampunk creature were pretty freakin awesome! Automatons, clockwork wasps and dragons. *shivers* And there is plenty of action and suspense and family drama but war doesn’t stop for family drama. I’m not going to give to much away because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will tell you there is a little twist that will change things. So, I will be anxiously waiting to get my hands on the next book to see what happens.
 
Storms of Lazarus is an amazing addition to the series blending suspense, deiselpunk, and romance into one series that you just have to read.

 

 

 

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About Karen Kincy

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Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.

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