Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Trailer Reveal

My dear friend, Cecilia Gray released the trailer for her series The Jane Austen Academy and it was featured on USA Today books! You can find the article HERE

If you don't know how much I love Cecilia's work, you probably haven't been a follower for long! Find my reviews for all of her released works HERE.

And here is the trailer for your enjoyment! It's really good and has me extremely excited for the rest of the series!

Fall For You, book one in the Jane Austen Academy series, is available now.
Book two will be released on July 15, 2012!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme held on... you guessed it, WEDNESDAY and it's hosted by the wonderful Jill at Breaking the Spine!

Release Date: USA Edition - September 18, 2012
                       UK Edition - September 1, 2012 (Lucky jerks.)
Publisher: Tor UK/ Thomas Dunne Books
336 Pages

The Shima Imperium is verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

The hunters of the imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

This book is less "waiting on" more "IF I DON'T GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK ASAP, MY LIFE MY NEVER BE HAPPY AGAIN." My mother would call me dramatic if she saw this and I was tell her that I'm an English major, not a Theater major, so I'm never dramatic.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Book Review: Rogues (Brook Street #3) by Ava March

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:

Release Date: May 7, 2012
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
82 Pages

London, 1822

Two of London's most notorious rakehells, Linus Radcliffe and Robert Anderson, are the best of friends. They share almost everything-clothes, servants, their homes, and even each other's bed on occasion. The one thing they don't share: lovers. For while Linus prefers men, Robert prefers women...except when it comes to Linus.

As another Season nears its end, Robert can't ignore his growing jealousy. He hates watching Linus disappear from balls to dally with other men. Women are lovely, but Linus rouses feelings he's never felt with another. Unwilling to share his gorgeous friend another night, Robert has a proposition for Linus.

A proposition Linus flatly refuses-but not for the reasons Robert thinks. Still, Robert won't take no for an answer. He sets out to prove a thing or two to his best friend-yet will learn something about the heart himself.



I really, really liked this book! The entire series was very enjoyable. 

Rogues is the third and final book in the Brook Street Trilogy. With as much as I loved the first two books, I was worried that the finale would not live up to the prequels. My doubt was in vain, Rogues did not disappoint!

The second book is still my favorite, but this one was wonderful as well. It had a great, realistic plot and characters that you could really fall in love with. In book two, I loathed the character Linus Radcliffe, but he really stepped up to the plate in this novel. He turned out to be a sweet, emotion-filled character unlike the ogre I had perceived him as. His love interest, Mr. Robert Anderson, was also very sweet and a misguided man. To read as they realized their feelings, deepest desires and hopes for the future, I couldn't help but to swoon!

The writing is just as good as in the previous novels. It's very simple, but not in a way that will make you hit your head against a wall. Ms. March writes the story as if painting a picture. The imagery is wonderful and she has a real knack for creating beloved characters. I had no real problems with this book, it just wasn't my favorite. I couldn't point out anything wrong, but nothing was. The author is a phenomenal storyteller.

The book wasn't as angst-ridden as I had hoped after reading the blurb, but I enjoyed it none the less. In fact, I again couldn't put the book down. Every time I planned to stop, something drew me back in. I ended up reading this very quickly (not a big surprise with my reading habits) and was sad to see it end.

I'm pretty sure I stated this in my review of book two, but I love cameo appearances. And there were a couple mentions of past characters, but I was surprised to find a specific couple played a large role in this book. I didn't remember reading them before, but I thought it was odd that Ms. March would bring them up and not give them a story. Then I discovered that it is the very beginning to the entire Brook Street Trilogy. Their story is the prequel to the series, also known as "Brook Street #0.5." So while I am sad to be finished with Ben, Cavin, Oscar, Julian, Linus and Rob, I'm happy I'll have one more story to read!

I have only read three of Ava March's stories, all of them from the same series, but if they are anywhere as near as wonderful as this series was, I will definitely have an interest in them!

I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Book Review: Trial (Appearances Trilogy #1) by Etienne

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: February 10, 2012
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
294 Pages

A Buckhead Tale

Appearances Trilogy: Book One

Attorney Charles Barnett thought it was all over for him and his heart. In the three years since his partner died, he hasn’t felt so much as a spark of attraction to another man. That suddenly changes when Charles is assigned a new case and meets his new client. Recent widower Philip d’Autremont has been traveling in all the same circles as Charles, but somehow they’ve never managed to meet. Now that they have, both men find themselves falling hard and fast.

But there’s more than one hurdle to Charles and Philip beginning a love affair, much less maintaining it: Philip is on trial for murder, a politically ambitious and homophobic district attorney is determined to convict him, and Charles is responsible for Philip’s defense.



Trial was a very mature gay romance novel. Not just in content, but in writing style and phrasing as well. The author uses complex words to make the story seem more mature. In my opinion, it just made the story seem condescending and unenjoyable. I don't want to read a story where I have to look up a word every other page.

Charles' perspective reads coldly and distant, as does Philip's. I felt like I was reading as a complete outsider. I couldn't connect to the characters because they didn't seem to have any real emotion. It got annoying very quickly.

In the beginning, Charles is very depressed - or he says he is - and then almost overnight, he changes. The writing was so bipolar. He never seems to be one person. He has a very unsteady personality. At one point, he's distant and another moment, he's playful. It gave me a headache.

Trial also has a hardy serving of "insta-love." Just add boiling water. The main characters meet and fall immediately in love. Sorry for the spoiler, but seriously. It's horrifying. Very unexpected.

The plot progresses quickly. If insta-love isn't proof enough, during the duration of the story, Charles and Philip go on vacation together three times. It made no sense. There are some parts that make sense and others are totally unrealistic. The entire book spans over months - maybe a year. I couldn't keep up with the timeline. It's also strange that the timeline goes by so fast when they literally tell you every little thing that they do every single day. Even if they do the same thing, they repeat it. Guys, I don't need a rundown of what you, when you always do the same thing.

I skimmed most of the story. Honestly, I couldn't help it. I was getting so bored that my eyes just wandered all over the page. I got the gist of the story though even though I probably read a total of forty percent of the book.

The thing that bothered me most - more than the insta-love and the too-fast plot - was the fact that the actual trial didn't begin until seventy-five percent into the story, but the arrest is issued in the very  beginning. Plus, Charles solves another case before finishing or really getting started on Philip's case. Really? The blurb and the title of this book make you think that the book is about a Trial. Overall, it's not. I don't even know what I'd name this book because it's all over the place.

I have books two and three, but I won't be picking them up.

I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

Top Ten Tuesday (12)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
The prompt for this week is Top Ten Books Written in the Past Ten Years That You Hope People Are Still Reading In Thirty Years!
(What a mouthful, eh?)

1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins - I'm sure that an obvious one. I am definitely going to force my kids to read them when they are of age, even if they aren't avid readers.
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - This is just a beautiful book. It's got a simple cover that can easily be overlooked, but the words and the story will inspire and involve any reader! (And I know this was originally released in the late '90s, but it was rereleased in June of 2010 so... it kinda counts.)
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - I've been hearing about this book for years. YEARS. And I know I'm really late to the party on this one. I don't know why it took me so long to pick it up, but it is a beautiful story. It's breaking my heart and will do very well to put life in perspective for spoiled, and unspoiled children.
4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan - This series is what got me into Greek Mythology. It's a great read for middle grade children and young adults, plus us adults who just love great writing and younger characters.
5. Anything John Green Ever Wrote - No explanation needed.
6. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer - I know, I know. But it's a good series for young adult girls, because most of them are really just looking for romance and simple writing. I personally liked the series. I loved it as a teenager and I still sincerely respect Ms. Meyer and her works. I think she has done a good job and obviously most of the world agrees.
7. The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner - This series is wonderful for adventurous boys and girls. It is one of the greatest series that I've ever read. Brilliant, original plot lines, gorgeous imagery and wonderful characters that I committed a harsh crime for - aka the infamous "insta-love."
8. The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant - The greatest zombie series of all time. It's no doubt that it literally is the best. I love it. What else is there to say. EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THE AMAZINGNESS.
9. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth - Much like The Hunger Games, this series is a necessity in modern culture. Young Adults everywhere are flocking to it and who can blame them. I really want them to have continued success.
10. Everything Written by Laurie Halse Anderson - The woman is a genius. Her work is amazing and inspiring. I think that they are very good stories for young women who are struggling with school, friends, boys, self-esteem, or really anything. I always felt like I could pick up one of her stories, have a good cry and keep my head up afterwards.

What books do you want to see people reading in thirty years?

Teaser Tuesday: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!
To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 

 Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


I do not carry a sickle or a scythe.
I only wear a hooded black robe when it's cold.
And I don't have those skull-like
facial features you seem to enjoy
pinning on me from a distance. You
want to know what I truly look like?
I'll help you out. Find yourself
a mirror while I continue."

Death's Diary: 1942, Page 307
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Monday, May 28, 2012

Interview with John Byrne

Emily is happy to have John Byrne, author of ALIBI: Mason, for an interview today!

1. You write the third e-book in a four book series. What can you tell us about the book you write?
While the backdrop of the third book is Abigail Shelton’s death, the story itself is primarily focused on Mason “Ace” Mackenzie’s downward spiral into jealousy and drugs.  It follows his transition from an insecure but well-intentioned kid to an irrational guy who becomes addicted to drugs and to winning.  This gives the book an edgier side.   
2. Each book is written by a different author. Was it difficult working with the other authors and creating an equal plot line?
The editors at Twist came up with the plot and did a great job streamlining the process for us writers.  It was really interesting to go back and read scenes from the other installments and to realize what the other characters were thinking during their scenes with Ace.  It gave me a new perspective on the scenes I'd written.
3. Would you participate in an "author chain series" again?
Definitely.  And the next series in the works for Twist promises to be equally innovative and exciting.
4. Your character's name is Mason. What is his relationship to the girl who died?
Ace is Abby’s boyfriend.  They have a complicated relationship, though, and Ace isn’t sure he wants to be with her…or with a certain someone else.  I think readers will really be surprised by Ace’s secret relationship.
5. What was the most difficult thing about writing this book? The easiest?
The most challenging aspect was probably working the other main characters—Charles, Palmer, Abby, and Rowan—into Ace’s story without straying too far from their character sketches.  I wanted to make sure I was true to what they would say in a situation without having a great deal of background information on them.  The easiest was writing Ace’s dialogue because he says some pretty stupid things, yet is vulnerable and actually has good intentions most of the time. 
6. Where did the idea for this series come from?
The series was outlined by Twist editors who wanted to create an interlocking story told by different perspectives.  Then they kept layering on the secrets so that each installment has a big ‘shocker’ moment. 
7. What's next in store for you?
I’ve been working on an international adventure/thriller for teens that draws from a lot of my experiences in Bolivia and Thailand. 
8. How time to do you spend writing per week?
When I’m working on a project, I spend anywhere from 10-20 hours per week on it, depending on my other commitments…work, life, having fun.
9. What inspires you to write?
Probably the people I’ve encountered in my life.  I’ve met a wide variety of people from around the world and these encounters often shape my writing, both in terms of plot and characters. 
10. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
I would really encourage them to have a well-balanced life.  Most of my colleagues who are published spent ten years slogging away at writing before they made their break.  I think you need to make sure to enjoy life in that long interim.  I’d also encourage them to be open to constructive criticism. 

Night or Day? Day
East Coast or West Coast? East Coast for the weather and history, West Coast for the people.
Summer or Winter? Both
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Favorite author? I don’t really have a favorite author but some of the authors’ I really admire are Khaled Hosseini, Alex Garland and, yes, JK Rowling. 
Favorite book? Again, that’s a tough one…possibly either The Kite Runner or The Town.  I also grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia.   
Favorite book genre? Adventure, YA

A big thank you to John Byrne for answering my questions and Twist Literary for offering me a copy of the ALIBI series! Check out my review here!

Book Review: ALIBI Volumes I-IV by Annie Miles, Isabel Eckersley, John Byrne and Sorrel Provola

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Twist Literary
241 Pages

Abigail Shelton is dead. 

Spring Valley's golden girl is found floating face-down in her boyfriend’s pool, hands bound behind her back, head bleeding, drugs and alcohol in her system. Her friends are the only suspects – and they all have reasons to want her dead. Everyone has an alibi, but no one is innocent.

ALIBI is a 4-part young adult e-book series. Each one-hundred page installment reveals the perspective of a different character: the secret love, the nemesis, the boyfriend, the best friend. As their tales unfold, we learn that Abby is not as perfect as everyone believes, but she’s not the only one with secrets to hide. This page-turning tale of suspense, betrayal, murder, and lust will keep fans of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars up and reading well past curfew.

Annie Miles - Goodreads
Isabel Eckersley - Goodreads
John Byrne - N/A
Sorrel Provola - Goodreads

The ALIBI series is a series of novellas. The four parts of this book are titled after the character the story centers around: Charles, Palmer, Mason and Rowan. Each story is written by a different author. When I was first asked to review this, I was a bit nervous. I have never read a series like this. Different authors made me wary. My doubts were unjust. I ended up sincerely enjoying this story. And being sad when I had finished. This series was legitimately crazy. It was a heck of a ride that will leave you desperate for more! I couldn't put the book down once I started it. ALIBI is full of twists and turns that hit you before you see them coming!

Each of these characters play a huge role in the deceased's life. Reading from each point-of-view gives you more insight into Abby's life and into these young men and women's lives. Throughout the book, I was struck by the intensity. I couldn't believe half the things that went down because the way these people live is so shocking!

First up, Charles. Charles point-of-view is written by Annie Miles. She begins the series excellently. Charles's perspective was intriguing. Once I finished, I was confused as hell and didn't know what was true or what was a lie. It drove me crazy to put the book down for the night. Charles's book was so good. It had everything a good mystery needs: intensity, lies, scandal and romance. Charles isn't an innocent guy, but I found myself falling for him and his charm. He's had a rough life, and the reader can't help but feel bad for him. I thought I liked Abby when I began this, but no. No, I totally changed my mind through it.

Book two was about Palmer. My first thought was that the series was getting crazier and crazier! It drove me to the brink of insanity! I really liked Palmer. I felt that she was the most innocent of all of the characters. I really loved Palmer's strength. She wasn't perfect, but she was doing her hardest to get there. She wanted to be more than what people expected of her. I felt horrible for Palmer. She may have had the toughest life of them all. And a lot happens to her, not only in this book, but in the entire series. The author of this story, Isabel Eckersley, ties it in very well to the first part.

Mason's story is the third volume in this series. The author is John Byrne. In the beginning, I really didn't like Mason "Ace." He seemed like your typical rich guy. Reading for his point-of-view changed that. I saw him in a completely different light once I finished his story. He was just another piece in a game. He was used by everyone and I couldn't help, but want to hug him. He may have been a jerk sometimes, but you come to realize that he's just a human. He's trying to live up to the standards that others have placed upon him. He really wasn't a bad guy and I loved reading his story.

Rowan… what to say about Rowan. I hate her. I hated her from the first story. She's completely psychotic. She reminded me very much of a mad scientist. Everything she thinks, every action she partakes in is all as an experiment. Rowan's perspective is written by Sorrel Provola. The author pulls of the bitter, angry girl so well. I've never read a character like Rowan. A character that I completely hated on sight, even in her own story. 

The major twist in this story was not immediately obvious to me, but as the story continued, my suspicions grew. It was nice to not know one-hundred percent who the real killer was. The mystery in the novel was wonderful and kept my interest until the very end. I'm so disappointed that it ended where it did, because it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens to the characters after ALIBI is finished!

My only complaint is that there were a few descriptions that don't match up for the others. Each story seemed to have a bit of a different idea of the characteristics of the characters. Maybe it was just eat character's perception? I'm not sure, but that and a few other minor issues with set-up of the ebook. There were placement problems and some strange font issues. Other than that, I really loved this series.

I can't wait to see what these authors and Twist Literary will produce next! I'm sure we won't be disappointed!

I received this book from Twist Literary for my honest opinion.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (4)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews!

Emily's Stack For the Shelves:

From Netgalley:
Release Date: May 7, 2012

For Review:
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Blog Tour Stop: June 16, 2012


Release Date: April 12, 2012

Thank you to the lovely Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Antony John!
I didn't realize that it was going to be signed and personalized, but it was and my poor mother freaked when I made a huge squee noise after opening the package!

Edwin Didn't Get Anything To Put On His Shelves This Week

Saturday, May 26, 2012

On My Wishlist (15)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Cosy Books!

On Emily's Wishlist:

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
359 Pages

What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could--from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.

In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows?

This sounds so good! I've had my eye on it for months, but still haven't had the chance to get it. Bummer. :(

On Edwin's Wishlist:

Alien (1979)
A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates.

I want to own this because it's a classic sci-fi movie and Sigourney Weaver's big break.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Follow Friday (15)

Feature & Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee's View!

Q. Activity! Dream cast your current read.

A. I'm currently reading The Book Thief. I'm not very far in. Liesel is still very young, but this is what I'm seeing:

Chloe Mortez as Liesel

Michael Fassbender as Death

Jeremy Irons as Hans Hubermann

Julie Walters as Rosa Hubermann

What's your dream cast for your current read?

Don't forget to enter to win signed copies of Divergent and Insurgent! (INT)

Book Review: Fortune Hunter (Brook Street #2) by Ava March

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date:
Publisher: Carina Press
125 Pages

London, 1822 .... Impoverished Julian Parker returns to London with one goal: marry an heiress. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means denying his desire for men. After all, with a fortune comes happiness and social acceptance—which have eluded Julian his entire life.

The only things a vast fortune has brought Oscar Woodhaven are greedy relatives and loneliness. At twenty-one years of age, he has everything a man could possibly want—except someone to love him. When he meets devastatingly handsome Julian Parker, he believes his luck has turned.

Between Oscar's lavish gifts and their searing hot nights, Julian is caught between what he thinks he needs and what his heart truly desires. But when a betrayal threatens to tear them apart, Julian discovers he'll do whatever it takes to convince Oscar the greatest fortune of all is love.



Brook Street: Fortune Hunter is a cute story that fits in well as a sequel in the Brook Street series.

Oscar Woodhaven has money. And he has a lot of it. That's all his family sees in him. He lives alone after his father and mother died, leaving him without siblings. Julian Parker has just returned from America to find a wealthy wife. He's ashamed of being poor. Julian also has no family, but in his case, he received no wealth only a bad reputation.

I love these characters! They are so sweet. Oscar is definitely my favorite. He's not only sweet, but shy and sincere. I want to snuggle him and then put him in my pocket. Oscar is seriously so adorable. He brings out the best in Julian and really only wants to take care of him. Julian is a bit selfish, but with the way the author writes him and his backstory, you can understand why he is being selfish. He wants to prove that he can be somebody by marrying a rich woman. It may not officially be his money, but it will prove that he is not his father or his grandfather. It's very sad.

The minor characters in this book are frustrating. I didn't like Anderson, or Radcliffe. In fact, I kind of loathed them. Especially Radcliffe. It was cool that the author included character from the last book though. I missed Benjamin and Cavin, and it was nice seeing the little we did of them in this book. 

The novel moves at a quick, but steady pace. It's a very easy book to read. I read it in one sitting. It's simple and has a new plot line that I haven't read before. That made it all the more enjoyable.

The plot is interesting. It was able to keep my attention until the very end. Plus, it has some angst, which I love. Love isn't easy or perfect and novels like this put that into perspective, because while they aren't easy or perfect, they are worth it for the outcome. I was rooting for the two men in this story from the very beginning though. All you want is for them to be happy together.

It wasn't a perfect story, but it was really enjoyable. The gay men are somewhat typical for their time, but I was happy that there wasn't immediate love between the two. When they meet at a ball, they find each other attractive, but no deep feelings are mentioned. It's a relief after the last Gay & Lesbian novel that I read.

This is one of the most well-written Gay & Lesbian romances that I've read in the past two months. I've been disappointed repeatedly and this book made me realize why I love this genre! I can't wait to read book three. I'm sure it'll be just as wonderful as the first two.

I received and e-copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest opinion and review.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book Review: A Little Night Magic by Lucy March

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: January 31. 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
320 Pages

In New York Times bestselling author Lucy March's new novel, Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he’s never made a move. Every Saturday night, she gathers with her three best friends—Peach, Millie, and Stacy—and drinks the same margaritas while listening to the same old stories. Intent on shaking things up, she puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends . . . but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman who shows Olivia that there is more to her life than she ever dreamed. As Liv’s latent magical powers come to the surface, she discovers that having an interesting life is maybe not all it’s cracked up to be. The dark side of someone else’s magic is taking over good people in town, and changing them into vessels of malevolence. Unwilling to cede her home to darkness, she battles the demons of her familial past and her magical present, with those she loves at her side . . . and in the cross fire. Can the most important things in life—friendship, love, magic, and waffles—get her through the worst that the universe can throw at her?



This book was a gift from my good friend and blogging partner, Edwin. He's probably mad that I waited to start this until yesterday since he bought it for me close to three months ago… But THANK YOU, EDWIN! Besties for life! Back to the book - I saw it during one of our infamous Target runs and fell immediately in love with the cover. It's so intriguing and dare I say… magical? I didn't really expect what happens in the book. I honestly thought that Liv's trip to Europe would play a part in the story and while she does leave for Europe at the end of the novel, it doesn't have as large of a role as I thought it would. Overall, I seriously enjoyed the story.

Olivia "Liv" Kiskey has lived in the same town and had the same three friends since she was a child. She spends her days working at the Crazy Cousin Betty Waffle House and being hopeless in unrequited love with the cook, Tobias. Reading from Liv's perspective was so fun! She is a sassy, smart and independent woman. When Liv learns secrets of her family and the magic they posses, she unwillingly halts her plans to leave town, move to Europe and change her life. She does so to learn more about her past from a woman who sweeps into town and calls herself Liv's friend. The woman's name is Davina.

The minor characters in this novel are great, too. Tobias is a very cool guy. I loved him because even Liv knows he's not perfect, but he is perfect for her. Most men in stories are perfect in what feels like every way and that is all the woman sees. It's tiring after awhile. Liv is also one part of a great foursome of friends. Millie, Peach and Stacy all love Liv and each other very much. While there is drama, resentment and angst between them, you can tell that even in the end, that love still exists. Betty and the other townies only add to the magic of the novel. Lucy March writes a great cast of characters!

This book is very different from what I've read before. It has angst, drama, scandal, lies, romance and mystery. I really enjoyed the book. It was a fast read, perfect for any time of the year. It was a guilty pleasure for me. A Little Night Magic is a somewhat cheesy, light-hearted romance, though the action can be pretty intense. The entire book was so interesting. I couldn't put it down and finished the entire book in one sitting.

There was a little Twilight mockery in it towards the end. It doesn't have much to do the story, but it made me laugh. It also shows there is comedy in the book even during the intense parts. (Going back to the part where I said Liv has a sassy perspective!)

The twists in this story were pretty easy to see coming. I really enjoyed it. Though as I've said before, I prefer a book full of twists, turns and surprises I don't see coming.

I will definitely be reading the sequel. I can't wait to see what happens next in Liv and Tobias's story! And though this is the beginning of a series, it could've done very well as a stand-alone novel as well. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Giveaway Winner

Ed and I hosted a giveaway of Swipe (Swipe #1) by Evan Angler hosted by YA Bound.
The winner chosen by Rafflecopter via was:


Book Review: The Last Echo (The Body Finder #3) by Kimberly Derting

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
360 Pages

In the end, all that's left is an echo...
Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye...


The Last Echo, which is book three in the Body Finder series is just as terrifying and mysterious as the first.

For the last one-hundred pages, I was on edge. My heart was pounding, my stomach was clenched and I could take my eyes off of the pages. The writing is so phenomenal. Kimberly Derting really knows what she's doing. Every one of her book has kept my interest and my heart until the word in the last sentence on the last page. Every book, including this one, has left me needing more because they were so good that you wish they'd last forever.

I love everything about this series… well, almost everything. There is one thing that I'm a little disgruntled over. There's a love triangle that's begun in this novel. It's not as severe as Bella, Edward and Jacob's, but it's there. One reason why I really loved the first two books in this series was because it was outside the norm of every other young adult novel out there. I swear, I can't pick up a book without there being a love triangle now-a-days.

The suspence in this book was the same as in the others. It's utterly riveting and you have no idea what's going to happen next, until before you know it… you've completed the book. You're left contemplating this wild ride that the author takes you on. 

Violet is still a great character. She is very uncertain, with her feelings and what's going on around her. She is a very realistic character - besides the fact that she can see the auras of murderers and their victims. In this book, she frustrated me, yes, but I still really love her perspective and her in general. Jay is my favorite ever. I say that about a lot of boys, but in young adult paranormal stories, he's got to be one of the best boyfriends of all time. Again, Violet's parents are great. We see a lot of parents who are uninvolved in their children's lives more often than not in young adult books. So to see a character with parents who care for her and protect her and love her so much, is great. They are one of the best parts about these books. You don't see as much of Violet's friends in this one.

By the end of this book, I was horrified and so sad for Violet. She has gone through so much in her young life and then they add on this. It's scary and terrifying and I'm so glad I'm not her.

I don't know how Kimberly makes it seem so real. You don't just read about Violet's life, it's almost as though you, yourself are a part of it. The reader feels horrible for this friend of hers, because that's what Violet becomes, who goes through all of these ordeals and traumas. You want to comfort her, but you know that you can't, because she's not real. Poor us and poor Violet.

This is one series you don't want to miss! Personally, I can't wait for book four. I adore this series and hope that Kimberly will make the next continuation as amazing as the ones that came before it. 

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