Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Date with the Dead

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Author: Chris Myers
Title: Date with the Dead
Series: Ripsters #1 
Number of pages: 313 
Genre: paranormal, ghosts, urban fantasy, ya
Goodreads: Date with the Dead
Amazon:Date with the Dead (Ripsters Book 1) (Affiliate link)

Received from NetGalley

I LOOOVE this book. Such a fun and quick read. I just flew through the pages and couldn't put it down.

Jolie has a very hard life. She lives with her mother. They moved from New Orleans after Katrina, to her aunts place in Plymouth, MA. Aunt died in sea previously and left them the house. There are bills and mortgage payments due and they are about to lose the house, but Jolie has a plan.

She has a special gift that runs in the family, she can talk to ghosts. (Her mom can channel dead, so they speak through her). There is one ghost Drew, that doesn't cross over, she is always with her and is her best friends. She wishes he was alive, so they could be together.

In New Orleans she was a part of ghost hunting group so she decides to open one her, to help ghost cross over and earn a bit of money.

In the night of her first job she meets Reese, that wanted to do job himself. She convinces him, that they should work together. He has the equipment, she can see ghosts, perfect match. Later on Brit joins them, she is one of the most popular girls in school and has a ghost following her, that she can't shake. She also has a gift, similar to Jolie's.

The form a group, Ripsters, and have to join all their skills to get rid of especially violent ghost, girls life is dependent on it.

I love the story, is captivating from the first page, a lot happens, many twist and turns. My second favourite thing are characters, each is unique in their own way and I love reading about them. My favourite being Drew, I wish he could come back to life. He is funny, at times annoying to Jolie, however he is also very protective and cares for her a lot. My least favourite is definitely Hayden, there is just something about him, that annoys me very much.

I can't wait to read the next one!

Highly recommend it!

Happy Reading,

Anie

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Beauty and Beastly by Melanie Karsak || Blitz


Author: Melanie Karsak
Title: Beauty and Beastly: Steampunk Beauty and the Beast 
Genre: adult, fairytale, steampunk
Published: December 6th 2017
Goodreads: Beauty and Beastly
Amazon: Beauty and Beastly

Synopsys: 

In this tale as old as time, Isabelle Hawking must tinker a solution to a heartbreaking mystery. 

When Isabelle Hawking and her papa set out from London on a sea voyage, Isabelle is thrilled. Visiting foreign courts, learning from master tinkers, and studying mechanicals is her dream. And it doesn’t hurt that the trip also offers Isabelle an escape from her overbearing and unwanted suitor, Gerard LeBoeuf. 

But Isabelle never arrives. Swept up in a tempest, her ship is lost. 

Isabelle survives the storm only to be shipwrecked on a seemingly-deserted island. The magical place, dotted with standing stones, faerie mounds, and a crumbling castle, hints of an ancient past. Isabelle may be an unwilling guest, but her arrival marks a new beginning for the beastly residents of this forgotten land. 

See how NY Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak puts a steampunk spin on the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale.

Excerpt:

“Hello? Is anyone there?”
The sky overhead darkened, and in the distance, I heard the rumble of thunder.
Oh no. No, no, no.
I looked up at the sky. My head swam.
I needed to find shelter.
I turned to go back to the path, but when I did so, I didn’t see the path, nor the ring of mushrooms, nor anything else vaguely familiar.
Once more, the sky rumbled.
I felt the first of the raindrops on my head, but luckily, the thick leaves overhead sheltered me somewhat. As the storm rolled in, the forest grew dark.
I cast a glance around.
It didn’t matter which direction I went. Eventually I would find the shore once more.
Turning to head out, however, I spotted a bluish colored light in the distance. A house? A fire? A lantern? A…something.
“Hello?”
No reply.
Turning, I followed the bluish glow. I headed deeper into the forest, chasing after the light, but soon found its source. It was a mushroom. The glowing mushroom had been sitting on a rise. It had played a trick on my mind. Then I spotted another glowing fungus, then another, and another, all of which held an incandescent blue light. They grew in a straight line. Without a better recourse, and feeling half suspicious of the supernatural, I followed the glow of the blue mushrooms as the rain pattered overhead, the sky rumbling. I followed the blue lights deep into the ancient woods, aware that I was passing other sacred rings. I walked past a mound of earth, a barrow, the final resting place of some ancient person—and some said a passageway to the Otherworld—as I hurried deeper into the woods. Surely I would find the shoreline soon.
Lightning cracked overhead.
Then, on the horizon, I saw golden light. A fire? I squinted my eyes, trying to make out the shape through the trees, but my head ached miserably. Leaning heavily against my staff, I moved toward the golden colored light.
The forest thinned. The glowing mushrooms led me onward toward the glow of the yellow light in the distance. Praying to find someone—anyone—I followed along, well aware that my quick exertion had my stomach rolling. Black spots wriggled before my eyes. The line of mushrooms ended. To my shock, I’d blundered to the center of the island and found myself standing outside the gates of a castle.
I gazed up at the enormous structure. It towered over me, a black silhouette on the horizon. Light glowed through one of the windows in the upper floors. It was raining in earnest now. Not waiting a moment longer, I pushed the gate. It swung open with a creak.
It was pouring.
I leaned my walking staff against a metal bench in the perfectly manicured garden, then grabbing my skirts, I ran for the castle door. As I rushed, lightning flashed. It created an odd illusion on the bushes and flowers around me. For a moment, they all seemed to glimmer like metal under the bright light.
My temples pounded. My stomach rolled. I raced through the heavy rain to the castle door.
Hoping whoever was at home would forgive me for letting myself in, I pushed open the castle door and crept inside.
The place was eerily silent.
“Hello?” I called. “Is anyone here?”
Breathing deeply and quickly, I realized the moment I stopped that I was not well.
I cast a glance toward a roaring fireplace nearby. A chair was seated before the hearth, a glass of something dark sitting beside the seat. I heard a strange clicking sound.
“Hello?” I called again, but this time, my head began to spin. I put my hands on my hips, trying to catch my breath. I closed my eyes. Everything was twirling.
Footsteps approached.
“I-I’m sorry I let myself in but…” I began then opened my eyes.
Standing before me was a massive automaton, its silver eyes staring coldly at me.
A nauseous feeling swept over me, and my head swam. Black spots danced before my eyes.
“Pardon me. I think I’m about to—”
Faint.
But the word was lost.
And so was I.




Happy reading, 
Anie

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The Shade Amulet by Andrea Pearson

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Author: Andrea Pearson
Title: The Shade Amulet
Series: Koven Chronicles Book 1
Genre: fantasy, magic
Number of pages: 153
Goodreads: The Shade Amulet
Amazon:The Shade Amulet (Koven Chronicles Book 1) (Affiliate link)

Received from Author in exchange for honest review

The Shade Amulet is first book in Koven Chronicles. We follow Lizzy (she was Nicole best friends in Mosaic Chronicles). She is Fire Impender and work for police. She can stop bomb, guns from shooting and even stop natural fires. 

Her simple life start to complicate, when she is called in to investigate strange murder. Because of the events in Mosaic Chronicles, strange creatures have come to Earth, including Hounds and Fire Vampires. She has to retrieve The Shade Amulet and master its power in order to be able to destroy Hounds, before they destroy the Earth.

It's good start to a new series, there is a lot of promise for new adventures and a lot of unanswered questions. The story is set in the same universe as Mosaic Chronicles. I really like the magical system in these stories. 

You can read this one without reading Mosaic Chronicles first, but I would still recommend reading those books first. 

The book is full of non stop action. I love the writing style in all of Andrea Pearson books. It just flows so nicely.


Happy reading,

Anie

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pen & Xander by Laekan Zea Kemp

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Author: Laekan Zea Kemp
Title: Pen & Xander
Genre: contemporary, romance
Published: October 31st 2017
Goodreads: Pen & Xander
Amazon: Pen & Xander

Received from Author in exchange for honest review

Pen worked her father restaurant, since she was little. It's all she know and dream about. Her parents want her to attend college. She lies about it, pretends she is going but can't make herself go in. Her dream is to have a bakery right next to her father restaurant. All that goes to flames, when she reveals her lies. She gets fired and thrown out of the house. On her own, she need to find a place to live and new job.

Xander came to the country alone, abandoned by both parents, still in search of his father. He lives with his grandfather and is undocumented. He was looking for a father figure everywhere, even in gang leader, but when he saw what was really going on, he came out. Now determined to turn a new leaf, he gets a job at the restaurant.

Restaurant is like a symbol to the people, gives them a sense of community and belonging. There is a place for anyone that needs help.

There is violence, gangs, fear, immigration issues, and in the midst of all that Pen & Xander find something beautiful. They find love, family, somewhere to belong. There is happiness in the middle of something so horrible and heartbreaking and ugly.

Pen is inspiring she doesn't let depression and panic and anxiety held her back. She finds bravery within emotional struggles, strength because of it. And the description of mental issues... it's so accurate,  I could relate so much.

This is very important book especially in this time. It's one thing to read the news, you can detach yourself, but it whole another thing to put story to each and every one of those numbers, to put humanity to faces, stories they all have. It give a whole another prospective on what is going on right now in the world.

And I loved every page. :)

Happy reading,

Anie


Friday, December 8, 2017

I recommend: books featuring ghosts

These are some of my favourite books, where ghosts are important part of the story. 😊


The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

First book in Darkest Powers series. This is truly amazing book and amazing series. I've read it multiple time and every time I fall back in love with the setting and characters.

Chloe start to see ghost just as she gets her first period. She gets diagnosed with mental illness and send to special home. What should have been some kind of psychiatric hospital for young people is in reality something totally different. Even other "patients" aren't just ordinary people.There is a lot more there, than meets the eye.

Amazing writing, captivating story line and interesting characters. :) I really like love story in the series, it's not what you expect. :)


Date with the Dead by Chris Myers

Group of teenagers that call themselves Ripsters (Rest In Peace Sophisticated Technology for Efficient Removal of Spirits) helping ghosts to move over in town of full psychics.










Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things


Book with really interesting magical setting and full of different supernaturals (reapers, shapeshifters, zombies,...) and a girl who can raise people from the dead.










The Ghost and the Goth


The most popular girl in school dies and becomes a ghost, only person that can see her is Will, weird kid in school. He can see, touch and communicate with the dead. There is new ghost, that is capable of hurting Will. Thrown together by unlikely circumstances, they both learn that there is more to people that meets the eye. Such a lovely story, gripping from the first page.






Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Amazing book, weird title. :) Sam is just ordinary guy, working in fast food restaurant, until he finds out he is necromancer. Story is full of supernaturals, (one of his roommates is a head :) ), twists and turns and really funny.









Happy reading,


Anie




Thursday, December 7, 2017

World War School by Andrea Pearson

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 ðŸ’š
Author: Andrea Pearson
Title: World War School
Series: Ranch City Academy #3
Published: May 10th 2017
Genre: fantasy, children's
Goodreads: World War School
Amazon:  World War School (Ranch City Academy Book 3)(Affiliate link)

Received from Author in exchange for honest review

Carter is a student in junior high. It isn't easy for him, he gets picked on by Ridge a lot. They learn about Second Worlds War and Hitler in school. Ridge asks few suspicious question in class and next day they get new exchange student from Germany. He and Ridge are very bad influence on all the students, school gets each day. Carter figures out that new student is actually young Hitler. He knows that he has to do something, but the problem is no one believes him. So he decides to resurrect Churchill from the dead. They will have to join forces to help sending Hitler back.

It's a nice story, full of action and history snippets intertwined with the story. I had a bit of trouble getting into the story in the first half.

Happy reading,

Anie





Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What I read in November

November was bye far the hardest month this year for me... so I haven't read as much as I usually read. I've read a lot of contemporary and romance, with is really weird for me (I usually read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi😃), but it did help me get out of mid-month slump.

So here are the books I've read this month (to see full review, click on title :)):


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Forsaken Prince by Andrea Pearson






Haven by Mary Lindsey








Spell Book & Scandal by Jen McConnel








Exposure by Sylvie Parizeau








Incandescently by Sylvie Parizeau








Stolen Princess: A Kilenya Chronicles Story by Andrea Pearson








Apprehension by Sylvie Parizeau












Ember Gods by Andrea Pearson
















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Awakened by Love by Azin Sametipour








To Prevent World Peace by Emily Martha Sorensen








The Chosen Knights by Mary Ting








Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun









Never Trust A Vampire by Lane Vivian












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Destiny Awaits by Jaidis Shaw










Daughter of the Red Dawn by Alicia Michaels












NeverSea by Jenetta Penner







Sworn by Transfer by Terah Edun




What was favourite book this month?


Happy reading,


Anie




Date with the Dead

Rating: 💚 💚 💚 💚 💚 Author: Chris Myers Title: Date with the Dead Series: Ripsters #1  Number of pages: 313  Genre: paranormal, g...