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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rua by Miranda Kavi
Book Description:
A girl with an unknown destiny.
A boy from a hidden world.
When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets.
The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window.
He knows what she is . . .
Intriguing and deeply romantic, RUA is page-turning YA novel with a supernatural twist.
My thoughts on the book:
There are several good points about this book and only a couple of bad ones. Rua is a character that I could have identified with as a teenager. I was always the new kid at school. When your father is military you often find yourself being the new kid. Rylan was the bad boy that I also would have had a major crush on when I was younger. I found both characters completely believable and I loved Tink. There were aspects of the story that are important. The nasty rival girl is one of them, while she is vile in much of the story we are reminded that her nastiness is a cover for her insecurities by Tink, in the end he is right. The other message that I got from this is that boys no matter what species they are do stupid things in order to get a girl to recognize them. I loved the way the story flowed and pulled me along with it. I wasn’t expecting some of the things that happened in the book but that is a good thing. It is nice when an author can take me for a ride without me knowing what is going to happen next.
The things that I didn’t like, are small and nearly insignificant. The first is that there are a few minor spelling errors. They are the ones that happen to all of us, but it wasn’t enough to ruin the book, it only distracted me for a few seconds. The second is not a grammatical or even an author issue, it is purely personal. The story was not long enough. I could have read more and had it drawn out some and been happy, but even then I would have still wanted more. So I am only taking one mark off for the grammar issues.
About the author:
Miranda Kavi is a YA and Urban Fantasy author. She has worked as an attorney, an executive recruiter, and an assistant in a biological anthropology lab. She loves scary movies, museums, and is hopelessly addicted to chocolate. She lives in the Houston area with her husband and daughter.
4 out of 5 apples
Unbound (The Guardian Legacies) by Emily Goodwin
Book description:
The world of ghosts and spirits is nothing new to eighteen year old Anora Benson; she’s spent her whole life trying to ignore them, trying to be normal. But when a group of ancient bounty hunters are sent after her, Anora realizes she is more than just a medium.
As a witch she has power, power she doesn’t know how to use, power that makes her vulnerable to the demons that desire her gifts. Anora is alone and scared, forced to face the darkness own her own. Then she meets Ethan, a mysterious boy who shows up in her life right along with the magic, and he seems to know quite a bit about her and her legacy Coven. Will she risk everything by trusting him, or risk fighting alone
My thoughts:
Wow this book took me for quite the joyride. Some things in it were unbelievable but for that was great, because it allowed me to use my imagination. It is a fantasy tale after all; there should be some fantasy in it. Anora had always known she was different, I just do not think she realized just how different she was until it hit her smack in the face. Her love interest Ethan is every girls dream guy. It was hard not to appreciate the love that went back and forth between these two. It is a fantasy though in the sense that not everyone falls in love pretty much at first site. (Although I am a sucker for love at first site stories).
I found the characters, plot and the flow of the story wonderful. While reading I was not distracted by misspellings, there may have been, I just did not catch any. I would recommend this book and I am going to see if I can get a copy of the next book in the series.
About the author:
Emily Goodwin resides in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, many four legged children and their much loved German Shepherd named Vader. Accused of being a day dreamer, Emily began writing at an early age, making use of her active imagination. She has a degree in psychology, is currently working on her second degree in nursing, likes anything paranormal, 80's rock, going on crazy adventures with her friends and is an animal rights activist.
5 out of 5 apples
Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire by
Book description:
Like most seventeen year olds, Ridley Heller thought she had her future all planned out. What she wanted most in life was to get out of small town Harker. Her only goal was to keep her mouth shut and her grades high so she could win a cheer leading scholarship to Stanford. But that was before she met Bo. In Ridley’s wildest dreams, she could never have planned for someone like Bo, for a love so intense it left her breathless. No human girl could. A haunting stranger that watched her from afar, Bo stole Ridley’s heart from the moment she laid eyes on him. But he has secrets. Bo’s a vampire. Both his past and his present are a danger to Ridley, but the biggest threat is not her blood; it’s her heart. He’s feeding a thirst for revenge that will cost him his life, and it may already be too late. The more darkness Ridley uncovers, the more she realizes that her life will never be the same—with or without Bo. Can she sacrifice her future and her heart for someone who has a death wish?
My thoughts:
This was a very different vampire novel for me. I never would have thought that some of the things could have happened the way they did in this book, but the author did a very good job convincing me that this could indeed happen. The descriptive colors and trauma were a pretty great way to do just that.  I loved the book, but did not feel I could relate to the characters as much as I wanted to. I am an avid reader and this book was just not one to suck me incompletely. I got easily distracted despite the descriptions and I think that had a lot to do with my inability to relate to the two main characters. There was just something unreal about them that I cannot exactly pinpoint. Over all though this was a good book and I would recommend this to others.
About the author:
 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding horses, swimming in ponds and experiencing life on a ranch, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.
A note from Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.
4 out of 5 apples
Bound by Jennifer Dean
Book description:
17-year-old Emma Morgan believes she finally has the chance at happiness again when she relocates back to her hometown of Washington, North Carolina and reunites with her older brother, Sean. But after three years apart, their unique bond is tested when Sean protests her meeting of the oddly charming and bright-eyed, Liam Alexander. A boy who holds a very deep secret from the rest of the residents in Washington. A secret that will change Emma’s life forever and lead her to discovering the beginning of something she never believed could exist...true love.
My thoughts:
This book was a great book with the exception of some of the weirdness that seemed to surround the story.  I cannot say that I love this story, I liked several aspects of the story and where the author was trying to go with the plot. My issues were the unnaturally close relationship between the siblings. Honestly at times during the story I questioned who Emma had a romantic relationship with, her brother or Liam. I understand why she made them that close, but at times it made me uncomfortable. The other weirdness was actually relatively normal weirdness for this particular genre.  I think the reader needs to be able to read between the lines where this book is concerned and look past the relationship between Sean and Emma to see the greater whole of the story. This might be difficult for the younger YA readers and much easier for those that are nearly adults. I like the story and was easily able to pick through my issues with it.
About the author:
While Ms. Dean has a couple of wonderful pictures on her author page on, she sadly does not have any author information.
3 out of 5 apples
Dare to Believe (The Gray Court) by Dana Marie Bell
Book description:
He’ll fulfill her wildest fantasies… but only if she believes.
The Gray Court, Book 1
Leo Dunne has been searching his entire life for the one person born just for him. He finds her working in his own company, but the shy little Ruby Halloway constantly hides from him. He hatches a devilish plot with her best friend to bring her out of her shell, and the result proves her desire is more than a match for his own.
Ruby has had the hots for her boss for some time now, but she knows business and pleasure shouldn’t mix. While that can’t stop a girl from dreaming, she sticks by her guns and does her best never to be alone with the handsome CEO. Until the company masquerade party, where she discovers a passion with him that leaves a mark on her soul.
A family emergency calls Leo away, and rather than spend one night out of Ruby’s arms, he convinces her to go with him. With his brother’s life on the line, it’s vital she learn how to deal with who, and what, her new lover really is…before it’s too late.
Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, some violence, a bit of bondage, and a Sidhe Lord determined to claim and protect what is his.
My thoughts:
I just want to squee with delight after reading this book. It was hot, paranormal, sexy, and crazy. Yup just the way I like it.  This is most definitely one of these books that kept me up all night reading and sweating through some very sensual scenes. I fell in love with both of the lead characters. Ruby for her charming and very real insecurities and Leo for his Night in shining armor attitude. The details of the story I cannot get into without issuing a spoiler alert but it is safe to say that reading this book could leave you heated and happy. I will be looking forward to another adventure by this author.
About the author:
Dana Marie Bell wrote her first short story when she was thirteen years old. She attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts for creative writing, where freedom of expression was the order of the day. When her parents moved out of the city and placed her in a Catholic high school for her senior year she tried desperately to get away, but the nuns held fast, and she graduated with honors despite herself. She's now a best selling author with Samhain Publishing.
Dana has lived primarily in the Northeast with a brief stint on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix. She lives with her soul-mate and husband Dusty, their two maniacal children, an evil ice-cream stealing cat and a bull terrier that thinks it's a Pekinese. She's been heard to describe herself as "vertically challenged" and "a lapsed brunette." Dana also suffers from arthritis, and can be seen walking with a cane or tooling around in her mobility scooter. Her condition was the inspiration for Belle's hip injury in Steel Beauty.
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5 out of 5 huge juicy apples

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