Review for Rebel Spirit by Lois Ruby

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My Rating: 4/5

Author: Lois Ruby
Title: Rebel Spirit

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

Background:

Amazon Description:
Haunted by history. Bound by mystery.

Lori Chase doesn’t know what to think about ghosts. She may have seen a few in the past, but those were just childish imaginings . . . right? Only now that she is living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, spirits seem to be on everyone’s mind. The town is obsessed with its bloody Civil War history, and the old inn that Lori’s parent run is supposedly haunted by the souls of dead soldiers.

Then Lori meets one such soldier — the devastatingly handsome Nathaniel Pierce. Nathaniel’s soul cannot rest, and he desperately needs Lori’s help. Because Nathaniel was not killed in the famous battle. He was murdered. Lori begins to investigate the age-old mystery, stumbling upon shocking clues and secrets.

At the same time, she can’t help falling for Nathaniel, just as he is falling for her . . . .

Opinions:

Rebel Spirit is a young adult paranormal story about a girl, Lori, who can see ghosts. She moves to Gettysburg with her parents where she meets a ghost claiming he was murdered during the Civil War. With only a few days, Lori must find out who his murderer was while stumbling through a mystery happening at the inn now. Although reading this book as an adult, I find it enjoyable and appropriate during the 150 year anniversary of Gettysburg this summer.  For those afraid of ghost stories because they are too scary, don’t be with this one. If you like a little mystery with your stories, then try this book. The Civil War and its era is touched upon by a few stories through the characters, but not overwhelmingly educational (as in – this is not textbook writing.) I would probably have seen myself reading this book during junior high or early high school.

Characters:
The story is written in first person through the eyes of Lori. Lori and her parents move to Gettysburg because of their recently bought bed and breakfast. Lori had previous experiences with spirits but nothing as the extent she experiences in Gettysburg. Lori is a spunky girl who loves baseball, her dog, and her friends/family. She overcomes her skittishness of her abilities when she meets Nathaniel – a union soldier who was murdered during the Battle of Gettysburg. Nathaniel needs Lori to solve his murder before midnight on July 3rd. If not, he cannot come back until the next year’s battle anniversary. Although moving away from her best friend, Jocelyn, Lori meets some new friends who help her with this mystery: Charlotte, who works at her inn, can also see ghosts. Evan, who does the yard work, gets on board by providing interesting information on the war and the people at the inn. There are also some weird characters who may or may not be up to no good. I think Lori is relatable to other teenagers with her interests and attitude. One out of character moment for me was with Lori’s parents and the cemetery – near the end of the book. I won’t go in detail due to spoilers, but it went against a scene prior to that one with Lori and her parents.

Plot:
The plot moved along well and centered around discovery who Nathaniel’s murderer could be. Along this course, Lori discovers some suspicious behavior happening right then and there at the inn. Could things be connected? Will she discover the murderer before Nathaniel disappears for another year? Well, you’ll have to read it to find out. All I’ll say is that there is a slight twist at the end. One thing that I would have liked to see was a little more conversation between Lori and Charlotte near the end.

The Bottom Line:
Overall I enjoyed this book. It was a nice young adult read that had ghosts, mystery, and Civil War aspects. If you like these things, then you might want to try this book.

 

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Review for Ignite by Erica Crouch

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My Rating: 4/5

Author: Erica Crouch
Title: Ignite (Volume 1)

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

Background:

Amazon Description:
Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed. As Hell prepares for war – spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army – the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice. With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

Opinions:

Ignite is the first book of a series that centers on a demon and an angel. Pen is a demon, fallen from heaven at the start of God’s creation of man. She and her twin brother, Azael, kill and collect souls on earth hoping to make their way up (or maybe it’s down if you think about it) the demon levels. Pen and Azael are a tag team. Pen kills the people, and Az collects the souls. At the very beginning while they collect souls, they encounter Michael the Archangel. Michael was actually killed and taken into hell. Now, he seems to have escaped but with no memory; he is reborn. This is the beginning of something big, not only in hell but in heaven. Pen and Az are given special missions. Az is to help spread a demonic virus among humans – in preparation for the apocalypse. Pen’s task is to get Michael on the demon side. Going their separate ways for the first time, Pen discovers her own freedom and questions her fate without Az there to remind her of her demon ways.

Characters:
The story is written in first person following Pen. Pen was once an angel who had fallen from heaven. During an earlier battle between heaven and hell, she was also partly responsible for the death and capture of the famous archangel Michael. Later, while collecting souls, they discover Michael is no longer trapped in hell but reborn. Pen must bring Michael to the demon side or eventually kill him. Things do not go according to plan. Pen faces freedom away from her brother and discovers that she is different than what she thought. She is not completely a demon or an angel. She is conflicted. She doesn’t believe that she is good, nor does she act completely evil. Trying to complete her assignment with Michael, she becomes aware of her place – or lack thereof – in the world. Her brother, Az, fits in perfectly as a demon with a smart mouth and evil personality. He aspires to be great in hell and takes every possible advantage to do so. He feels connected with his sister, but he doesn’t let anything stand in his way. Michael is not the same as he once was. Reborn and now retraining as an archangel, Michael does not remember his past. He is also trying to find his place in this book. He tends to disagree with some things in heaven, but he is not evil. The characters (Pen and Michael) show that there is no black and white with angels and demons in this story.

Plot:
The plot follows Pen on her self-discovery, but it also incorporates the preparations of an upcoming battle between heaven and hell. A virus is being spread on earth, causing humans to become demonic. It kind of reminds me of zombies, but rather they are called demons. Hence, hell’s army is growing fast. The plot itself moved along well. I was a little disappointed in the ending. I was expecting at least some kind of battle, but there was not. From the way the story ended, it sounds like the battle and more Azael time will happen in the next book.

The Bottom Line:
Overall I enjoyed the story. If you like stories about angels and demons (especially from a demon’s side), then you might like this book.

 

Book Promotion: Murder Under the Microscope by Jane Bennett Munro

Today’s book promotion comes from Jane Bennett Munro and her book called Murder Under the Microscope. If you like mysteries, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Murder Under the Microscope
Author: Jane Bennett Munro
Genre:
Mystery

Publisher: iUniverse (Editor’s Choice)
Format: Paperback, Kindle, and Nook
Released:
2011

Summary:

Contains some strong language, which may not be appropriate for teens

“There was a dead body in my office. It wasn’t mine, and I didn’t put it there.”

Dr. Antoinette Day, a young and successful pathologist in a small rural hospital, had no idea what she was in for when a beautiful female general surgeon came to the hospital to fill in for a colleague recovering from a heart attack.

The newcomer makes Toni’s life a living hell while taking every opportunity to discredit her with her other medical colleagues. When the surgeon is conveniently murdered, Toni is the obvious suspect, especially since the body is found in her office.

Now Toni finds herself in the position of having to solve the murder to keep from being convicted of it herself. The last thing she needs is to have a former boyfriend show up and start stalking her and threatening her husband.

Stubbornly, Toni continues to delve into the mysteries surrounding the deceased and soon finds that it’s not just her freedom that’s at stake, but her life.

The Author:
Jane’s Website : Here
Jane’s Blog: Here

Where did you get your idea for this story?
This is derived from an experience I had when I was much younger and less experienced. A female physician came to my hospital to provide weekend call. Eventually she was filling in during the work week as well. She was abusive to my techs and antagonistic to me, even to the point of writing letters to administration and other doctors about how incompetent I was. I didn’t kill her. Eventually she was asked to leave. Even at the time I decided that someday I’d write a book about her and kill her off.


I want to thank Jane Bennett Munro for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Murder Under the Microscope!

Sunday Recap August 25, 2013

Books read:

fire of the dragon

Fire of the Dragon (Bestiery Series, #1) by Lori Dillon (Amari Press) – released April 21, 2013

 

This week’s published book reviews:

 

witchling

Witchling by Ari Harper (Lycaon Press) – released November 29, 2012

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2:20 by Holly Hook – released April 15, 2013

 woman king

Woman King (Volume 1) by Evette Davis (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform) – released May 1, 2013

Books that I’m currently reading:

 

madness

The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny (Back Bay Books) – released June 18, 2013

midnight conquest

Midnight Conquest by Arial Burnz (Mystical Press) – released May 31, 2011

the cure

The Cure by Douglas E Richards (Forge Books) – release September 17, 2013

Books that I’m reading next:

 blood of titans

The Blood of Titans by C Michael Forsyth (Freedom’s Hammer) – released June 14, 2013

midnight captive

Midnight Captive by Arial Burnz (Mystical Press) – released February 12, 2013

highlander betrayed

Highlander Betrayed by Laurin Wittig (Montlake Romance) – released August 6, 2013

Books won or asked to review this week:

the lightbearers

The Lightbearers by Nora M. Garcia (1st Books) – Released November 9, 2012

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Viking Fire by Andrea R. Cooper (Crimson Romance) – released July 29, 2013

Books received/downloaded this week:

the lightbearers

The Lightbearers by Nora M. Garcia (1st Books) – Released November 9, 2012

roses2

Viking Fire by Andrea R. Cooper (Crimson Romance) – released July 29, 2013

Other Interesting News:

1. The Witchling blog tour has ended on Friday. I hope everyone participated in the scavenger hunt associated with this blog tour!

2. It’s been a quiet week in the book world. Visiting family went home this week, but work is now busy. I don’t think people understand that we should be allowed to read during the work day whenever we feel like it….just saying.

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Review for 2:20 (Timeless Trilogy #1) by Holly Hook

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My Rating: 4/5

Author: Holly Hook
Title: 2:20 (Timeless Trilogy #1)

Genre: Paranormal/Time Travel/Young Adult

Background:

Goodreads Description:
“Please,” Simon says, his pause marked by his face drawing closer to mine. “You can’t remember what time you’re from, but trust me, you don’t want to return there.”

2:20 (Timeless Trilogy, Book One)

When a date to the high school dance goes terribly wrong, Julia learns that her past may not be what she thought. The mystery deepens when Simon shows up and claims that they shared that past in another, more terrifying time…and warns that a powerful force wants to send her back.

Julia grows closer to Simon as she works to discover her true life. Unfortunately, both he and the truth could kill her.

Opinions:
2:20 is the first book in the Timeless trilogy. The story follows Julia as she experiences nightmares of her death at 2:20 am. She tries to figure out the meaning behind it. She gathers a few clues during the school dance at the beginning of the book – realizing there are people called the Timeless that are trying to put her back into her past or rather her nightmare and death. She meets a new student at her school named Simon, who tries to help her figure out her past. Can she figure out her past in time? Can she change her past before she dies?

Characters:
The story is written in first person following Julia. Julia is a teenager who has had a rough past. Her mother was a drunk and now she lives with Nancy – her stepmother. She is saving up to go to college (by working at a daycare) and trying to set her future right. Every night she has a nightmare that she is falling and a guy is trying to catch her. However, he is saved and she dies – waking up. Yes, she wakes up at 2:20. Simon is a new student who knows what is happening to Julia, but he is unable to tell exactly what it is. Simon is a nice guy who shares her past. He truly tries to help her throughout the book.

Plot:
The plot follows Julia as she learns about her nightmare and why 2:20 is so important. The last half of the book picks up in action. It’s the sort of story where you kind of know what will happen, but exactly how it will pan out with the characters is not so clear. I won’t say much more to avoid spoilers. It was a quick read for me and really got my attention when Julia understood about her death and her fight to change it. I think there could have been one or two more sentences at the end. It felt slightly cut off. Don’t worry. It wasn’t an unfinished story – more like an unfinished paragraph.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed the book. If you like young adult books with time travel, mystery, and a little paranormal storyline, then you might like this book.

 

Review for Witchling by Ari Harper

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My Rating: 3.5/5

Author:  Ari Harper
Title: Witchling

Genre:  Young Adult/Paranormal

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Series: Curse of Kin #1

Released: November 29th 2012

Publisher: Lycaon/Breathless Press

Purchase: Amazon

About the Author

Ari Harper never wanted to grow up.

To offset the limitations of aging ungracefully, she created her own set of unique worlds where she can be and do whatever she wants.

Gods, witches and demons surround Ari while she spins her magic, doing mainly what they tell her to do. Given a chance, she prefers to work amongst chaos, which is good because she is constantly surrounded by children, all clamoring for attention. Some of them end up in her stories, some of them even get to die grisly deaths or be cast away to another realm.

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Background:

Amazon Description:
Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland, or so she thought until she discovers the family secret.. now her world is forever changed.

Descended from a long line of witches, she discovers she is the one who has to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her.

And if that isn’t enough, she must learn to use magic from the man called Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches…and a god. It is Bones who has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons.

Can Nera succeed and resist the charms of the man who gets under her skin at every opportunity?

Opinions:
Witchling is the first book in a series. It follows Nera in her adventures when she discovers her family’s secrets. Finding out you’re a witch can be intense enough, but finding out you’re a witch and the only one to stop a 800 year old curse is another. Together with her uncle and friends, Nera must focus on training and enhancing her abilities to save not only the people she loves but the world.

Characters:
The story is written in first person following Nera. Nera is a spunky girl who is not afraid to tell you what is on her mind. This has the tendency to get her into some trouble – especially with her protector, Bones. She’s not your typical girly girl, but loves to run and be athletic. This gives her edge when she trains to help break a 800 year old curse that plagues her family. Although she is a strong character, she still has some growing up to do. At times, I felt that her five year old brother was more mature than her. Perhaps, it is the teenage hormones, but her bickering was a little much at times in the book. Jasper, her uncle that is cursed, lives in an old castle – his family home. He is a loveable character who is also like a father figure to Nera and her friends. He has some magic and helps train Nera for the upcoming battle, but it is Bones (real name Brian) who is the main trainer. Brian is not only Nera’s trainer but protector. They are destined to be together forever – part of the job requirement of a protector. This doesn’t bode too well with Nera who starts a fight with him at any opportunity she can. She doesn’t like being bossed around, and Bones does just that.  I think my favorite character out the book was Roman, Nera’s brother. He’s a smart little boy and very mature for his age. He also plays a small part in this whole story. The characters in the book are eclectic – human, gods/goddesses, witches, demons, and even a dog. You never know who has powers in this book.

Plot:
The plot mainly focuses on the prep work for defeating Edrith (which will break the curse.) Training does not always go so well and there are attacks that stop their progress. They only have a short amount of time before Edrith attacks Nera, and that puts some strain on relationships. The story itself moved along well – there is always something happening – although I found the main components of the story a little repetitive. What I mean is the scenarios might be different but the underlining current was the same. The climax of the book does hold the battle that they have been training for; the story does not cut off at a cliffhanger before that. The story was entertaining, but I would have liked to see a little more background explained with some of the characters. There were also a few things that were not tied up at the end that I thought should have been. (I can’t really go into details about that because they would be spoilers, so I will leave the comment like it is.) One loose end that could have been addressed in the book (that is not really a spoiler) is how Jasper could live all that time in his castle without anyone questioning it. I understand that it is a little remote, but the man drinks a ton of tea (and obviously eats.) Surely, people would notice if a man came into shop and never changed, right?

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I like the book. If you like young adult books with a paranormal twist, then you might want to try this book out.

 

Review for Woman King by Evette Davis

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My Rating: 3/5

Author:  Evette Davis
Title:  Woman King

Genre:  Paranormal

Background:

Amazon Description:
Meet intrepid political consultant Olivia Shepherd. Born an empath, she inherited the ability to read people’s emotions. Since her youth, however, she has rejected her gift-that is until an ancient time walker helps her reclaim her skill. Olivia’s powers draw the attention of the Council, a secret supernatural political organization. When Olivia accepts an assignment to run a high-profile campaign, she’s quickly drawn into the Council’s perilous politics. A chance encounter introduces Olivia to William Ferrell, a man with his own connections to the organization. Readers who enjoyed “A Discovery of Witches,” “The Night Circus,” and “The Historian” will enjoy Woman King.

Opinions:
Woman King is the first book in a soon-to-be trilogy. It primarily takes place in San Francisco. Olivia is an empath that has blocked her ability most of her life because of the affects it had on her mother. Suddenly, her career and emotional state changes dramatically. She meets a time-walker set out to help her. Through the time-walker, she learns that a demon has been targeting her because she is weakened from not using her powers. Her world turns upside down as she copes with learning how to strengthen her abilities to protect herself from the demon and learning that there are a lot more paranormal things to this world than she originally thought – and she falls for one of them.

Characters:
The story is written in first-person through Olivia. Olivia – after denying her gift for a long time – embraces her empathic abilities and discovers new adventures and job opportunities with the help of a new friend, Elsa. Elsa is a time-walker that was sent by her grandmother to help Olivia. Through her new connection she sees the world differently. There are “Others” that walk with regular humans – vampire, werewolves, witches, and even fairies. Olivia must train herself physical, mentally, and emotionally to overcome the destructive power of a demon. Yet, a demon is not the only thing that Olivia should be worrying about.  She eventually falls in love with William, who is not quite human himself. Olivia is a strong character who learns to overcome her own limitations and help those around her. Without adding any spoilers, I’ll try to stay vague on this next part. I was a little surprised that the one character disappeared at the end without finding out something of what happened to him/her before the book concluded. I was also surprised by the general acceptance of Lily’s love choice compared to an earlier discussion, and a scene between two characters and Olivia in Paris (however brief.)

Plot:
The story followed Olivia through her rediscovery of her gifts and talents, which also included a new job with a political campaign. The story moved along well with a few surprises incorporated. I think the ending of the story was a little premature. I didn’t feel that any main questions/issues brought up in the book were answered. I understand that there are two other books planned for this series, but I expected at least a few things to be tied up by the end of the book.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, this was a good book – I mainly lowered my stars due to the ending. If you like paranormal stories and even behind the scenes political campaigns, you might enjoy this book.

 

Book Promotion: Magick Marked by Chauntelle Baughman

Today’s book promotion comes from Chauntelle Baughman and her book called Magick Marked. If you like urban fantasy/paranormal romance, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: Magick Marked (first book of the DarqRealm Series)
Author: Chauntelle Baughman
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Ever After Publishing
Format: Paperback, e-book (for iTunes, Kindle, Nook), and Audibook

Summary:
Forced into a world of ancient magick and fabled creatures, vampire Rhowen Vasile has been honored with the prestigious appointment of executioner—a promotion she never wanted. Now she has two important responsibilities: execute criminal vampires and protect her race’s Kamen, one of five ancient relics said to harness all magick in the DarqRealm.

When the Kamen Rho swore to protect goes missing, she’s assigned the most important task of her life—join an interracial team with a magick mover, a werewolf and a shape shifter to recover what’s been lost. If she fails, the executioner will become the executed, and the magick held within the relics could be lost forever.

As other Kamens start to disappear and the teammates struggle to trust one another, Rho discovers a physical bond with a powerful magick mover that shouldn’t be possible. With the survival of the entire DarqRealm compromised, she barely has time to deal with her temperamental teammates, much less a forbidden attraction. Rho and her team must put everything aside to find what they seek—before the enemy finds it first.

The Author:

Chauntelle’s Website : Here
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Chauntelle’s Goodreads: Here
Chauntelle’s Newsletter: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The best part of writing this book was being able to get out of my own head and enter a brand new world. It’s a little like watching a movie play out in your mind. It’s my job to capture that story and turn it into words. 

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I was in the middle of a cave tour outside of Austin, TX when the idea for this book struck me. It just wouldn’t leave. All I could see was this young, blond female vampire who lived below ground, and she had a job to do. The moment I got home, I started writing a scene with Rho. I had no idea where I was going with the story (and ultimately deleted that scene) but the cast of characters was created that day. 

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
1) Write. Even if it’s bad. Even if you’re embarrassed for anyone to ever read it. Just get in front of a keyboard and start going for it. You can always edit it later. 2) Connect with other writers. Anyone who thinks they can be successful all by themselves will find themselves climbing up a steep hill. There’s so much to learn, and every story can be made better!

What is your favorite book?
Oh, this is an impossible question! Two of my current favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Jeaniene Frost. I believe they are brilliant storytellers and I hope to meet them one day. 

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Coffee, all the way. Although depending on my mood and the time of year, hot chocolate could come in at a close second. 

I want to thank Chauntelle Baughman for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Magick Marked! You can also see my review of the book: here

Book two of the DarqRealm series comes out on October 7th! Don’t miss it!

Sunday Recp August 18, 2013

Books read:

 the spirit keeper

The Spirit Keeper by K. B. Laugheed (Plume) – release September 24, 2013

This week’s published book reviews:

 the guardian duke

The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie (B&H Books) – released February 1, 2012

25 prefect days

25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius (Vincere Press, LLC) – released March 15, 2013

The mind readers

The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton – December 7, 2010
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Books that I’m currently reading:

 fire of the dragon

Fire of the Dragon (Bestiery Series, #1) by Lori Dillon (Amari Press) – released April 21, 2013

madness

The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O’Melveny (Back Bay Books) – released June 18, 2013

midnight conquest

Midnight Conquest by Arial Burnz (Mystical Press) – released May 31, 2011

Books that I’m reading next:

 blood of titans

The Blood of Titans by C Michael Forsyth (Freedom’s Hammer) – released June 14, 2013

the cure

The Cure by Douglas E Richards (Forge Books) – release September 17, 2013

midnight captive

Midnight Captive by Arial Burnz (Mystical Press) – released February 12, 2013

Books won or asked to review this week:

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Clover and the Twins by Nicoletta Barrie (Createspace) – released January 8, 2013

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Desperately Seeking Heaven by Jill Steeples (Carina UK) – release August 27, 2013

Books received/downloaded this week:

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00062]Clover and the Twins by Nicoletta Barrie (Createspace) – released January 8, 2013

desperately seeking heavenDesperately Seeking Heaven by Jill Steeples (Carina UK) – release August 27, 2013

Other Interesting News:

1. We had a family medical emergency this Thursday so the out-of-town family members might be here a little longer. We’re still not sure at this point.

2. The Witchling blog tour has begun and continues through the 23rd. There is a scavenger hunt associated with this blog tour, so make sure you stop at Itching for Books to keep up with it. My review for the book will be posted on August 23rd!

3. I’ve been trying to cut back on trying to win/request on Netgalley to catch up with my reading list. I am still accepting book review requests, but please bare in mind that it will be a while before it is posted on this blog.

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Review for The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton

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My Rating: 4/5

Author:  Lori Brighton
Title: The Mind Readers

Genre:  Young adult

Background:

Amazon Description:
Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.
But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.
Best for ages 14 and over.

 Opinions:
The Mind Readers is about a seventeen year old girl who has the gift of mind reading. Cameron lives with her grandmother who can also mind read (but is better at controlling her powers.) With normal stresses of a teenager, Cameron’s ability can sometimes add to it rather than help. However, she soon meets Lewis who offers her a chance to learn about her abilities and achieve control/grow them. He knows of a man named Aaron – who also knew her father – that will help. She leaves to the security of Aaron’s mansion where he helps children with their abilities. But, not everything is as it seems. This is the first book in the Mind Readers series.

Characters:
The story is written in first person following Cameron – a mind reader. She tries living a normal teenager life, but it is not very easy. She must keep her mind reading a secret even against her friends. She soon falls for Lewis who offers her a chance to learn about her abilities. Lewis has his own abilities and gains the trust of Cameron. He wants to protect her from people that capture and use mind readers. He takes her to Aaron who helped him. Aaron, the man who teaches mind reading children, lives in a mansion on an island outside of Maine. He is surprised with Cameron’s abilities and helps her learn how to block thoughts – reading others and projecting her own. There are also a few other children at the mansion with abilities, as well as, a secret person in the basement.

Plot:
The plot moved along well and there is a good climax for the ending. Trust is a major issue throughout the book.  One thing I was a little fuzzy with (whether it was supposed to be like this or not) was Cameron’s and Lewis’s relationship. As things go on in the book, I was surprised at Cameron’s feelings and thoughts were at some points with the relationship. I won’t say more due to spoilers. I also would have liked to see more of the other children and their tales in the story.

The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed the book. If you like paranormal/young adult books, you might want to give this book a try.