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Monday, November 28, 2011

100 Followers Giveaway (International)!!!


Ok, so technically this is a 99 Followers Giveaway *cough* Sacredmoon1 *cough* (I couldn't help it, but you know I love you). But still...WOOHOO!!! I am so happy to finally get this up. I have been blogging for about a year now (well technically this is also a blogoversary), but still this is about you guys. When I started this blog, I had no idea what the hell I was doing (still don't some days), but you guys still put up with me, so I will award you for your aggravation.

Seriously though, I have met some incredible people through blogging. Some fellow friends and booklovers; DeAnna S, Deanna C, Kristin C, Jessica S, Braine, Cimarron, Megan M, Hey Lady, Larissa, Jojo, Tigris, and many MANY more. You guys have helped me so much and have been so amazing to me, I love you all. Let me not forget to thank all the authors who have given me chance to dissect them and their work (wait, that sounds a little gross, but you know what I mean). So to show you guys some love, I am giving away 6 books to you guys. There will be 3 winners, so that is two books a pop. And the best part, this is International! I hope you guys like the choices and I hope to get the chance to have an even bigger giveaway soon. So thank you all and love you! Okay enough talking, time for prizes!


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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!


Prize Pack #1: Young Adult


Nightshade (Nightshade #1)by Andrea Cremer  (REVIEW)


Prize Pack #2: Paranormal Romance

Signed copies of:


Prize Pack #3: Urban Fantasy

 Signed copies of:

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*To enter*
-You must be a follower of my blog whether by GFC or Feeder.
 -You must leave your email address in your comment along with the prize pack you want.

Extra entries:
-Spread the word (leave a link please) = +1
-Twitter Follower (@harleyquinn0887) (leave Twitter name) = +1
-Since it is close to the end of the year, tell me what you loved most about this year = +2


*Three winners will be chosen by random.org

*BIG thank you to Carolyn Crane, Larissa Ione, and Nalini Singh for providing books for giveaway

*Immortal Rider will be sent by Ione a little after January

*YA books provided by me from BetterWorldBooks

*Contest ends December 10th

*Open Internationally



Book Review: Mind Games (The Disillusionists Trilogy #1) by Carolyn Crane

Author: Carolyn Crane
Series: The Disillusionists Trilogy
Number in Series: 1
Format: Paperback
Pages: 371
Publisher: Spectra
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction/Paranormal/Romance












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Synopsis from Goodreads

JUSTINE KNOWS SHE’S GOING TO DIE. ANY SECOND NOW.

Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hands-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting a unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness—only to discover a reality more frightening than anyone’s worst fears.



   OH MY GOD! This was…AMAZING!!! I love Urban Fantasy (well, duh) and I have been looking for something different and fresh. And I found it right here. Mind Games was fun, refreshing, unique, and very exciting. This is so going on my favorites list.

   I loved all the characters in this book. I felt so bad for Justine being thrown in the middle of everything. I think being a hypochondriac kept her a bit sheltered and scared of a lot of things. But I liked her, if not for her, this book would have ended very differently. I liked all the other characters, they made me smile. But like Justine, you don’t know whether to trust them or not. I wasn’t a fan of Justine’s boyfriend, Cubby, I really don’t think he supported her as much as he could have. I could sort of understand, still I wanted to punch him. I loved Shelby and how quickly she and Justine become best friends. They really look out for each other in this book. I liked the character of Simon and I really wanted to know what his story was with Packard. Well him and all the other side characters that all were a blast in this book.

   I loved the plot to this book. I love the idea of instead killing and/or punishing a criminal, why not fix them? Infecting people with their own fear is just a brilliant idea. I loved the whole Disillusionist group and how everything worked together, well more or less. I love seeing the change in Justine, seeing that she isn’t so afraid anymore. Seeing her learn to give away her fear, it is just so interesting. But I also liked how this worked with the ending and I definitely know it will play a part in the books to come. When is nice too nice? Is rewriting someone the best way to fix them? Is it good or bad? There are little questions that get raised here and I can’t wait to read more to find out what is next. God I loved this!

   My only real complaint, well not much of a complaint because I like it, is the cover. I love it, but it gives off the wrong impression. When I saw the cover, I thought, “Hell yes, another badass chick in leather”, but that is not the case really. Justine is thrown into this world and doesn’t even use any weapons, except her brain. She isn’t a badass, she can’t be given her condition has her limited. And the cover makes you think the opposite of that. So those expecting a sort of Kate Daniels-esque book, this isn’t quite along those lines even though it is still action-packed. This book is very supernatural, but there aren’t any supernatural creatures, just supernatural powers.

    This book truly took me by surprise. The last 10 or 11 chapters had my mouth dragging on the floor because I wouldn’t have guessed that even if my life depended on it. I love where this book goes and don’t get me started on the love interest (I won’t say who because that is a huge spoiler), but it is unexpected to say the least. I honestly can’t put into words how satisfied I was with this book. I swear you will not find anything like this out there. Thank you so much Crane and Kristin (mybookishways) for this book. One of the best books I have read this year.


Rating:
+1




*This book belongs to the following challenge*

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Movie Review: In Time (2011)




Synopsis from IMDB

In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a police force known as 'time keepers'.


    In Time is about a world where time is everything. It is your life and your currency. There are plenty of poor people and a little bit of rich people. The rich can live forever since they can afford it and the poor die. When Will (Justin Timberlake) thinks he is helping a man named Henry (Matt Bomer) with 100 years on his arm, he finds out that isn’t the case. Henry is 108 years old and says even though we look young, your body knows when it has had enough. Henry passes on his time to Will and afterward kills himself Will is then becomes a fugitive for a suicide. Will has to both run away from the timekeepers and go to the man who holds time and who was indirectly responsible for his mom’s death.

    I along with many other people saw the trailer to In Time and thought, “Wow, Hollywood finally comes up with an original idea!” Unfortunately, the execution of that idea didn’t just fail, it crashed and burned. While the premise sounds interesting, this movie just didn’t work. It took the idea and tried to shove it down our throats which in turn made this movie feel very bland.

    Not sure what to think about the characters in this movie. Will has a backstory but we don’t get much of it. We know his dad died to fight the system, but we don’t get any more emphasis than that. It was just clunky. Also this movie did not work with Timberlake at all. His acting along with everyone else in the movie was not stellar to say the least. And the love interest and daughter of the villain, Sylvia (Amanda Seyfried) didn’t work in this. I am not a fan of most of her movies, but I think she is a good actress. This movie made everyone seem more robotic than anything.  Bomer was pretty much one of 2-3 convincing actors in this movie and his scene was the most in-depth.

    After that though, the movie just gets ridiculous, which leads me to one of the film’s biggest problems, the dialogue. The writer might as well have been a 13-year-old kid. Raymond (Cillian Murphy) was the lead timekeeper (and also another convincing actor) who is hunting Will for the suicide. When Will asked why he is investigating a suicide, he just says he sounds like his father. Ummm, okay? What about him? Why are you really investigating a suicide? All because someone gave away his time? It just felt a little overdramatic. Then there were little attempts at humor that just made the film even sadder.  

    Also what hurt this film was the idea itself. Like I said, it pretty much shoves it in your face. That was a huge problem because the film comes off so shallow. Everything is so on the surface and it never digs deeper down. This made the film feel sort of lifeless to me and I found that I didn’t really connect much with anyone in the movie even though this movie had plenty of chances to do that. The whole movie moves but without a real purpose, things just pop up, no real plan. All they do end up doing is this whole Bonnie and Clyde thing, which I liked and made the movie just slightly enjoyable.

    I wouldn’t recommend this movie. Sorry if my review isn’t all that great, but honestly, this movie really wasn’t much to talk about. It managed to make good actors look shitty and shitty actors look even shittier. Alex Pettyfer as a British gangster was sort of silly. I don’t think he is that great an actor and him and his gang of “thugs” looked like rejects from a boy band. But boy did he look good.  Nonetheless, In Time was just bland and didn’t make sense in parts. I don’t even know if they really explained how the whole time thing took place in the first place especially if this is the future. If anything, it was sort of stupid. This was okay because again, the premise was nice. I just wish everything else was.


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Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)





 Synopsis from IMDB

In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.



   YES!!! This is what I have been waiting for; a prequel and a pretty good one at that. Now I know some people aren’t huge fans of this franchise, but I am. I was very much in love with the first one because it brought back something horror films have forgotten and I even liked the second one. Part 2 wasn’t the best, I know, but it had more story that helps understand this one better. Paranormal Activity 3 is by far the best in the franchise and I can’t wait until we get the complete picture.

   Like I said, this is a prequel of the Paranormal Activity franchise. We get to witness what happened when Katie and Kristi were kids. You know how some kids have their imaginary friends? Well, Kristi, the younger sister, actually had one and unfortunately it was demon. We see that the demon befriends Kristi and the family doesn’t think much of it until strange things start happening in the house. Their mom, Julie, writes it off throughout the movie as Kristi just having an imaginary friend. Their stepdad, Dennis, wants to see everything in action because he is seeing strange things taking place in the house. But little do they know, communicating with it makes things worse.

   I really enjoyed this movie a lot. I wasn’t annoyed, I got a backstory and I was substantially scared shitless. No jumpscares, I mean I was actually freaked out when watching this. Kristi and Katie were adorable little girls and you can see how easy it was for the demon to get to the girls. At first, he was just a simple friend to Kristi and then progressively we learn he wants something from her. She won’t give it to him and then that is when he moves on to her sister, Katie, who we know from the first movie.

   I loved the characters in this movie; they really felt like a family to me. One of my biggest problems with the second movie was the lack of personality from the characters. In this movie, we got a lot more oomph from everyone. I really liked that I got a sense of everyone in the movie. All my questions were answered in this movie. The only question I have is concerning the ending. If you are a horror fan like me, the ending will look surprisingly similar to another horror film that came out last year or so. But the very end made no sense in terms of the way they were acting versus to the way they are now. I hope there is another film that dives deeper into that. But I did like it.

   I know people keep complaining about this and it really isn’t the reason to hate the film, but that is what people are doing. Almost every scene in the trailer isn’t shown in the movie. I believe those will most likely be on the DVD. Still, there are scenes that still scare me. I love these films because of the pace and progression. People keep saying nothing happens in the first hour, which is not true. Communicating with the demon is gradual; first it starts small and then it explodes. This movie works like how I like horror movies to work. People are so use to the blood and gore and just in your face horror, this works like how old horror movies work and I thank Hollywood for actually bringing some of that back.

   Overall, I would watch this movie again and again. I was scared and on the edge of my seat. I loved the feel  and love learning the real story behind Kristi and Katie’s pasts. The majority of the questions people have had since the first movie are truly answered. But again, the ending needs to be answered. But I loved the suspense and the trickery. There is still plenty of mystery and I pray we get all the answers we need. So if this franchise is your kind of thing, I would recommend this to you.


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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chapter Review: Pinky Promise? (Ch. 3-5) by Natalie Valdes

Author: Natalie Valdes
Format: Ebook (PDF)
Release Date: September 2011
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance


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Synopsis from Goodreads

A Supernatural Young Adult Romance:

Do you believe in heaven or hell? Angels or Demons? Ghosts, or even second chances at life?

Losing someone is one of the hardest things imaginable, for Jaylynn-first it was her father-and then it was him. The one that had been her first love, the one that had given her the highest hopes towards a wonderful future together, forever.

He, who had promised her he would never leave her just as her father had. Jace, the war hero.

High School senior, Jaylynn doesn't know how to cope with this new loss, and when Jagger-a boy that reminds her entirely too much of Jace enters her world- trouble will brew as secrets and mysteries are unraveled.

This book will be posted as a blog story on my blog by chapter two weeks at a time, in September the full edition will be available for order.


    Finally got around to reading more chapters from this great book. We get more and more into Jaylynn's anger towards Jagger. The similarities between him and the love of her life, Jace, are even more staggering. But she is now beginning to that maybe she has been overreacting. And she is also starting to see that Jace wasn't the perfect boyfriend she thought he was.

    I am really loving this book. Every chapter seems to reveal a new secret and boy do we get a big one. I love how Jay's friends did their best to get her out of her slump even Melissa who I think is a bit selfish. We also discover that Jagger isn't completely unaware of the phenomenon. I truly believed he didn't know, but he does. And I love how everyone seems to feel some familiarity to him. When Jagger is around Jay's friends and family, they all take a liking to him immediately especially Jay's mother. So they feel it, but they don't know it yet. I can't wait to see how this all plays out. I really want to see Jay warm up to Jagger and I really want to see how he will reveal his big secret. All of these are for free and I hope you guys are taking advantage of it. You won't be disappointed.



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Friday, November 18, 2011

Indie Book Review: Under-Heaven by Tim Greaton

Author: Tim Greaton
Format: ePub
Release Date: July 13, 2011
Publisher: Focus House Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Supernatural/Horror















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Synopsis from Goodreads

Trapped! Could young Nate ever get past the trauma of his own death and move on to Heaven? Or should he return to Earth and try again?

1940's coastal Maine was not an easy place, and it was especially brutal for Nate's father, a banker and a flatlander who had moved north to begin pulling lobsters from the Maine coast. Barely getting by, the relocated family struggled to survive. But they were hated by the locals, and that hate soon turned to violence.

Now, traumatized by the violent murders of his parents and himself, nine-year-old Nate finds himself somewhere between Heaven and Earth, a place where dead relatives can come and go, but a place where he is stuck.

Desperately missing his real life, but too frightened to go back to Earth, Nate spends decades in this half-world where other luckier souls blink in and out within hours or days at most. From his unique perch, Nate watches in horror as his surviving younger sister tries to cope with their family’s brutal past. Who is worse off, the sibling above or the sibling below? Either way, it seems that violence and tragedy are to follow them no matter what their paths.



    I was approached by the author, Tim Greaton, to review this book. I knew I was going to be in for a very interesting read, but sweet Jesus! From page one, this book grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let up until the end. Like others have said, because it is true, I really can’t believe this is only $1. The mystery surrounding this book is so overwhelming; I guarantee that even though this book is intense, it will leave a smile on your face.

   Under-Heaven is two stories in one. One story is about a boy named Nate who has been killed. He doesn’t go immediately to Heaven; however, he is in a place called Under-Heaven. It is where souls go that still have close ties to Earth and if their conscious overtakes them, they could still be taken to Hell. Nate can’t remember what happened to him, but he knows it was bad. He learns that things are not as black and white as they may seem and we follow him as he struggles in the afterlife. Read the synopsis, it does this best. The other story is about another boy named Jesse. He has a mom and a dad. Dad has a big problem and his mother wants nothing to do with him. We see how Jesse struggles with wanting a father, but Jesse is scared for him and for those he hangs around.

    This is another book I will have to tread very carefully with. Any small thing I say could spoil this and I can’t do that to you guys. Trust me, it will knock you out of your seat. I loved our main characters. I am not use to reading books where the points of view are from an 9 and 10 year old. We see how they have to struggle with hardship and have to take on adult roles for the sake of the ones they love. Nate had to for the sake of his baby sister, Vicky. After what happened to him and his family, Vicky grows up and is heading down a horrible path. Also all the other people (dead relatives) he meets in Under-Heaven that makes a huge impression on him and bring so many personalities to this book. Jesse is the man of the house because his father can’t grow up and be a man. There are times when Jesse has to become the parent for his dad’s sake.

   This story was so beautifully told and well written.  I had a connection with all the characters because each brought a certain emotion to the story and it really drives this book into intense and scary places. Again, I won’t spoil this, but the real focus is watching how these boys struggle with the situations that have been forced on them.  What can they do to get out of their predicaments? Can they help those they love? Can they keep their family together? Following them on their intense journeys and watching them trying to make adult decisions, really adds something extra special to this book and was very thrilling to see.

   You really have to check this book out. Like I said, it was very intense. If you are a parent, I think it might strike an extra chord with you. It is sad, scary, and sweet all at once.  I don’t really have any complaints except for one character that we are introduced to, Mary-Lou Evans. She was the very definition of a psychopath and I really would have liked to have known what happened to her. She really opens Nate’s eyes to what is real evil and I just want to know where she went. Hope it is where she deserves to be. This book does talk a lot about Heaven and Hell, but it isn’t preachy. Even if you aren’t a religious person, you will love this book. It truly puts a little spin on things we have heard and it just makes it that much more refreshing. Highly recommended!


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011



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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book Review: Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) by Beth Revis

Author: Beth Revis
Series: Across the Universe
Number in Series: 1
Format: Audiobook
Time: 10 hrs. and 11 mins.
Narrator: Lauren Ambrose and Carlos Santos
Release Date: January 11, 2011
Publisher: Penguin Group
Genre:Young Adult/Science Fiction/Dystopian/Fantasy/Romance




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Synopsis from Goodreads

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 
 
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. 

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next. 

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.



   I was urged to read this by my good Twitter friend and author Jessica Subject. I didn’t even bother to read the synopsis, so I had no idea what this was about. All I knew was that space was involved and the cover is stunning.  But this book really stunned me; it was such an amazing book. I love a great science fiction tale and honestly, this was one of the best ones.

    Unlike the majority of science fiction books I have come across or have been made into movies, it is all about man vs. the machines. This is about present man vs. future man. How would the world be like in the future? Would the history we know be misconstrued and rewritten in order to keep the future in check? That is what Amy is starting to see. On Godspeed (the ship), the people are oblivious and have been lied to for a very long time. Amy is the first to notice something is wrong. But the captain of the ship, Eldest, wants nothing to do with her and has made it seem as though she is crazy. So she is a leper, but Elder (second in command and love interest) knows that Amy isn’t crazy and because of her he is starting to see Godspeed in a very different light.

    I loved our characters. I loved how strong Amy was even though everyone was against her. Being on a ship where no one wants anything to do with you because you are different is very frustrating. Everyone is mono-ethnic. Olive skin, dark hair and dark eyes; Amy is very pale with bright red hair and green eyes, so she is immediately seen as an alien. I loved that Elder took such a liking to her and didn’t see her as a freak. I liked that he actually listened to her and slowly started rebelling against Eldest even though he raised him. I loved some of the secondary characters as well. I loved Harley, he was Elder’s best friend. He was raised in the psych ward with Elder; apparently they were “crazy”. But Harley saw things differently and helped Amy immensely in this book.

    I loved the plot. The buildup was so intense.  It starts off as a “whodunit” sort of book and evolved into a crazy and well thought out conspiracy. The secrets in this book were so unexpected and so scary, this book really freaked me out. To think that someone is targeting people that would be an asset to the new planet is bad enough. But you also have the fact that the people are the shipped are dazed because they are given drugs. They can’t think for themselves and even when “the season” comes along (when everyone 18 and over has sex anytime, anywhere just to reproduce), that is even controlled in a very animalistic and sadistic way.  I really don’t want to spoil anything, but trust me, it is awful to even comprehend it all.

   Overall, this is a high recommendation. One thing you will love about this is the emotional aspect of the book. The feeling of being lost, the decision of whether you want to be frozen alive with your family for 300 years on a ship or stay on Earth and live out the rest of your life, the sadness of knowing that once unfrozen, you can’t be frozen back to continue the journey with your family and so much more. It is so heart wrenching seeing things from Amy’s perspective. And seeing things from Elder’s perspective is very intense as well. He finds out he has been lied to all his life and things about the ship are far worse than anyone thought and it is all on his shoulders since he helps to lead the people onboard. I know those are some bad run-on sentences, but I just have to fit in as much awesomeness as I can. This book was brilliant from beginning to end. Even if sci-fi isn’t your thing; I would still recommend this to you. It is just that incredible. It is fresh, well written, and suspenseful. Get it now!


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Trailer Evaluation: The Hunger Games (2012)



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    I bought this book months ago and I am only now starting. But so far, I understand what all the rave is about. And after seeing the trailer, I am even more excited to finish this series. I love the story and from the looks of it, it was obviously meant to be a movie. So vivid and compelling. I pray they do this right. For those of you that don't know, The Hunger Games is the new Harry Potter. It is a very scary look into a dystopian future and boy is it bleak. From the trailer, I was already caught up into it all from an emotional standpoint.

   What do you guys think? You think this will live up to the book or end up like Percy Jackson? I definitely think it will. For one thing, this looks like it had a budget and I like that for the main characters, they used actors I am not used to seeing which is refreshing for me sometimes. But if anything, read the book first. You won't be sorry.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Book Review: Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White

Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy
Number in Series: 1
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 335
Release Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre:Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy











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Synopsis from Goodreads

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.



    Paranormalcy is about a 16 year old girl named Evie. She is…different. She works for a secret agency known as the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA); actually she is one of the top agents at IPCA. Why? Because Evie is the only person in the world who can see past the glamour of every supernatural creature known. All supes have them and none of them fool Evie. So after a scary run-in with a room full of vampires who mysteriously end up dead the next day, things take a turn when more supernaturals wind up dead for no apparent reason. It is up to Evie to find out, but the more she digs, the more she seems to be the center of it all.

    Now this is how I always wanted my YA books to be like; a new version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes, that is how awesome I thought this book was. It was fast paced, witty, action-packed, and mysterious. I couldn’t put this book down. Don’t be fooled by the cover, although it is gorgeous, this book isn’t nearly as dark as it makes you believe. Paranormalcy definitely has its share of dark and sad moments, but this book is quite lighthearted and fun. It actually feels young. I know that sounds weird, but a lot of YA books I have read have been very dark which I like mind you. But it is nice reading one where it is about a girl in a dark world who is adorable and just wants to live life

   The characters were to die for. I am putting Evie on my badass heroines list. She was a perky, little smartass and I loved it. She was tough and was able to take on just about anyone. Even when things start to unravel and take effect, she never gave in. I loved Lend, he was hot and talented. He really got Evie to fight for her freedom. He made her realize there was something more going on around her that the IPCA was hiding from her. And for all intents and purposes, made her feel normal. They had so much chemistry and were so amazing together, definitely one of my favorite YA couples. There is also Reth, our crazy, stalker faerie who has his own agenda where Evie is concerned. He is trying to do something to her heart, but we don’t know yet. But he swears he is trying to save her. He definitely has a funny way of showing it. Even when we meet the real villain of the story, he scared me the most. We don’t know what his game is, but I am dying to find out.

    The plot of this book was amazing. I love the way things were revealed in this book and they were very unpredictable. This book will get very sad at times, so I am preparing you for some tears. Like I said, I don’t trust Reth at all and he played a bigger role in some of the scarier scenes in the book, but we don’t know if he is good or bad. Actually he sort of reminds me of V’lane from the Fever series. Neither good or bad which is why you can’t trust him, but at least he is hot. But once you find out what Evie is and what she is capable of, then the obsession will make sense. Still, he is creepy.

    This is another one of those books that are so good; my review just isn’t enough for its awesomeness. I love Kiersten White’s style. It is a great mixture of laughs and tears. This was a quirky and fun read and like I said, definitely reminds me of Buffy. The characters are some of the greatest characters I have come across In a while, just insanely likable even the questionable ones (in a weird way).  This book is full of so many paranormal creatures we all have come to love and seeing Evie go from being their enemy to their friend was just another great journey to add to this spectacular book. And I can’t wait to see how she grows more into her own. Highly recommended, you will bleeping love it!


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Book Review: XVI (XVI #1) by Julia Karr

Author: Julia Karr
Series: XVI
Number in Series: 1
Format: Paperback
Pages: 276
Release Date: January 6, 2011
Publisher: Puffin/Speak
Genre:Young Adult/Dystopian/Science Fiction/Romance











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Synopsis from Goodreads

Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world-even the most predatory of men-that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past-one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.



    XVI is about a dystopian world where the media runs all, specifically teenager girls. Media tells them what to be and how to act so by the time they hit 16, they will be “ready”. And to make sure everyone knows it, it is the law they get the "XVI" letters tattooed on the wrist. But our protagonist, Nina, doesn’t feel that way. She thinks it is wrong for the media to tell her what she should be doing and that when she is “sex-teen” it is expected of her, even if she doesn’t want it. Of course, she can’t think that for too long, because they also monitor your thoughts and what you say. To make matters worse, however, Nina’s mom is attacked by someone close to her. While in the hospital, Nina’s mom reveals to her that she has evidence that could take down the government and the Media, evidence that shows her best friend could be in more danger than she thought. It is up to Nina to find it and protect or else Nina and her family and friends will pay the price.

    I really loved this book. Another dystopian book I’ve read that doesn’t have zombies, but is no less scary. What makes this book exceptionally creepy for me is that you can almost see something like this happening. The Media does play a huge role in our society especially where young people are concerned and this book really plays on that possibility. This book really goes beyond a creative dystopian world, it goes to how important it is to have a mind of your own; just sitting back and believing everything you hear is true.

    Nina was a great character to follow. She was strong and had a mind of her own. She fought for her friends and for her family.  When Dee, her younger sister, is in danger due to her psychotic father, Nina wastes no time in doing everything she can to protect her. I love that she didn’t keep it all to herself, she reached out to her friends and her grandparents (who had a few tricks of their own). Her best friend, Sandy, who was more than ready to become a “sex-teen”, pissed me off. She was so obviously to everything around her except boys. She knows Nina and her family is in danger, but she couldn’t care less. This was why I loved the new girl, Wei. She was tough and a lot like Wei. Also Wei and her family for Nina because of the surprising connection they have. I loved the love interest, Sal. He thought the same way as Nina and even though they were both experiencing lust for each other, but they waited and weren’t letting the Media control them.

    The plot was so suspenseful and thrilling. I love the world that Karr has given us. It is scary and creepy knowing that the government can see and hear everything you are thinking unless you take extra precautions. It was scary being in Nina’s shoes and seeing that she has to constantly look over her shoulder. But I love how things unraveled in the book. There were plenty of twists and turns that I won’t spoil, but they are great.

    I highly recommendation this book to everyone especially teenage girls, it is very thought-provoking.  As my friend Jessica Subject said in her review (she also recommended this book to me, thank you hon), this really should be required reading for teenage girls in high school.  There is a lot to take away from this book. I must mention this, this book talks a lot about sex; sex trafficking, rape and more. But it never shows us any of that, but it is all a constant scare in this book. Trust me, once you read what men do because of those insipid tattoos, you’ll understand the terror. I am flabbergasted by the fact that this is Karr’s first book. It was well written, mysterious, provocative and very hard to put down. This is definitely going on my favorites list.


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