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Friday, September 12, 2014

Tori Review: "Onyx" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 366
Publication: August 14, 2012

Synopsis

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…





The Daemon Invasion has certainly taken over my reading list. Attempting to curb my crazy, albeit totally justified, enthusiasm for this series while I took a breath to write this review was no easy task. I wanted to scramble off the couch as fast as my short legs could carry me to my TBR bookshelf and grab the next book, but alas…duty calls.
Some authors tend to fall short on their second book when a series is in the works. Armentrout blazed through this stereotype and created a sequel that was even better than the first. I get a slap on the wrist for even thinking that Onyx might not amaze. Now if you not read Obsidian yet, you might want to click away for a moment (and jump on that) because we are entering spoiler territory for you.

Obsidian ended with Katy and Daemon becoming connected on a deep level – I’m talking cellular cohesion here. Heartbeats in sync, Katy is determined that the only reason why Daemon has feelings for her is because of this connection so she must of course steer clear. But as we all know, Daemon definitely disagrees and ardently loves a challenge. Okay lets face it, we all love that about him.
Daemon is admittedly aggravating at times, but upon reading the wonderful bonus material available in which certain scenes are written from his POV…you can’t help but admit that it just makes him all the more attractive. This time around, he is still unwaveringly charming and fiercely protective. Not shocking. However, you can now drizzle a sinful amount of sweet on his demeanor in Onyx. The combo makes for some sizzling chemistry with his “Kitten.”
Speaking of Katy, I can honestly say that she is one of my favorite YA heroines. Her attitude is spot on with a girl who will not accept less. She is not without flaws (as that would be epically boring), but she her heart is in the right place. Her transformation allows her to finally stand on some shaky, but even, footing with Daemon. She experiences loss and pain so blinding you can’t help but feel like you are bleeding right along with her.
Kudos to Armentrout on creating some scenes that had tears streaming down my face, laughs bubbling out from behind my lips, and mentally memorizing the brilliantly witty banter that had me hooked from the beginning.
Another 5 quills from me for book two of the Lux series. Opal is burning a hole in my bag so I must depart.

Happy reading!
Tori
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Blast: "The Sending" by Jandy Salguero


The Sending





The Sending

A city's peace is shattered when two university students go missing, and only Daneel and his friends know the shocking truth of what happened. Finding themselves under attack, Daneel leads them in a race to escape the mounting violence.
Mara is willing to kill for the beliefs of the faction that raised her. But as she seeks out her mark, using a rare, mystical form of travel known as the Sending, Mara discovers a powerful connection that challenges the truth of everything she’s been taught.

While Daneel fights to protect those he cares for, Mara must choose whether to cling to the ideology of her home—or open her scarred heart to a searing attraction and the promise of a new life.



Praise for The Sending

The Sending reads like a dystopian Romeo and Juliet where strong, full characters from very different places inevitably collide with passion and conflict. Salguero fills a fresh, vibrant world with a nerve-tingling fast plot. Prepare to be immersed. ~Tamara Ward, author of Hidden Betrayal

The Sending is a thrilling, fast-paced, science fiction-romance that's impossible to put down. Edge-of-your-seat action scenes, and a romantic attraction so intense that it will make you want to turn down the air conditioning, The Sending is a great read that left me hungry for more. I loved this book!
~Sterling R. Walker, author of The Orphan Ship
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Excerpt
As one of the hawks flew across the tiny plane of space framed by her window, Mara closed her eyes. She envisioned herself there, experiencing the grace and the power of their movements. She imagined the control of that journey and thought that one day she might have that type of power over her own fate.
Mara felt a kinship with the graceful hunter. It knew the thrill of conquest coupled with the need for survival: opposite sides of the same implacable coin. The compound had taught Mara to use that need to a greater advantage than she had before.
Her chest tightened. Before? No, there was no before. Everything was after.
After her home had been raided, after her family had been killed, after she had been forced to fend for herself. She’d had only the passive help of a few others who had suffered the same fate, who had used her as much as she had been forced to use them.
She was a young six years when she lost her family. The memories of their life together had quickly begun to fade into the cruel background of her new life, into an icy, nearly paralyzing bath of hunger and fear.
The fear had covered everything. It had even blanketed the things that had seemed gentle and innocent to her before, so that nothing was safe. For a long time, the fear had ruled her with a cold, hard hand.




Jandy

Author Jandy Salguero

Growing up in southern Louisiana, Jandy Salguero's life was full of friendly smiles, good food and tall tales. She holds a BA in French from Brigham Young University, where she met her husband in the midst of the great Rocky Mountains. She now resides in a small town outside of Raleigh, NC. Her days are full of grade-school antics and underfoot toddler toys-- courtesy of her two handsome boys.

She is currently working on Book 2 in the Senitha's Light series, due out in early 2015.





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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Review: "The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant" by Joanna Wiebe








Title: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

Author: Joanna Wiebe

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Pages: 272

Publication: January 14, 2014

Synopsis:

So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.

As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.





I was received a copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Definitely intriguing. I was NOT feeling it at the very beginning simply because it seemed to follow the "boarding school fiction" outline. Then, blam! That special sort of weirdness that is called the "imagination" apparently took hold and I was reading a story about a girl in a boarding school that was just different and creepy enough to keep me interested. I might want to go ahead and warn readers that, while this book is not gruesome in a graphically violent way, it is extraordinarily uncomfortable to read in some regards, especially concerning the ideas of what parents may resort to in order to help their children.


There were multiple VERY disturbing moments, especially concerning the scenes where the parents visited the school. The author made this extremely uncomfortable for the reader. If this book were a film I wouldn't be able to watch it. Too freaky to be actually seen.


It took a LONG time for the book to start giving you clues about what in the world is going on, but I held on because I knew it was going to be good. I WASN'T DISAPPOINTED. All caps so you understand clearly.

This author has an intriguing new idea regarding afterlife, demons, devils, and what people will do to keep their loved ones close. I'm very much looking forward to the next book in the series! Highly recommend for anyone who enjoys creepy, dark, afterlife themes.



Until Next Blog,


Read On!


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge 2014 Final Update!

Hello, peaches!

Well, that's all! Summer Reading Challenge is over! We hope that you guys enjoyed your summer and all of the great reading opportunities! It's back to school! For me included. ;)

Fall is on its way along with another great reading challenge. Keep a lookout for the Fall Reading Challenge 2014 starting the end of September. 


Tori and I are both very happy with our progress even though both of us fell a bit short of our ultimate goals...We READ THE HECK OUT OF SOME BOOKS this summer and we know you guys did too! ESPECIALLY with BoB 11.

So here it is, the last official Summer Reading Challenge Update for 2014.




SUMMER READING CHALLENGE UPDATE

Link up your goals or updates for a fun Summer Reading Challenge hop!

Below you'll find my and Tori's goals. Click on the book to go to its goodreads page. Titles with a slash through them are books that we've read! Links to their reviews will be added as they happen.


Auggie-Talk's Summer Reading Challenge is a 2014 summer reading hop that takes place between May 1 and September 1 on Mondays. Every Monday participants can recap their reading week, which books they read towards their goal, and hop to other reader's posts to cheer them on! This is an all-for-fun way to connect with other readers and maybe find a few new favorite books!

 



AUGGIE READ
28 Total Books




TBR Read- 23

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18130

Reviewed 



TORI READ
21 Total Books



TBR Read - 22

Reviewed
(Darkfever, Bloodfever, Faefever, Dreamfever, Shadowfever)
Stolen Songbird
Obsidian

Thank you for joining! If you'd like to link up your posts that talk about your summer reading adventures, feel free! We hope you had a great Summer of reading and we look forward to reading more with you this Fall!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: "Earwig and the Witch" by Diana Wynne Jones

Just a quick review today of a very adorable and very wonderful children's chapter book by Diana Wynne Jones.

If you haven't introduced yourself to Ms. Jones' books yet... it's about time you did.






Title: Earwig and the Witch

Author: Diana Wynne Jones

Genre: Young Readers Fiction

Pages: 464

Publication: June 9, 2011

Synopsis:

In this enchanting introduction to Diana Wynne Jones's magical and funny work, Earwig is a fearless young orphan. When she finds herself in a house of dark magic, she does whatever she can to adapt—especially if it means that she'll learn a little magic herself! A young middle grade novel by World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement‒winner Diana Wynne Jones, beautifully illustrated in black and white by Caldecott Medalist Paul O. Zelinsky.
Not every orphan would love living at St. Morwald's Home for Children, but Earwig does. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, and it's been that way since she was dropped on the orphanage doorstep as a baby. But all that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake come to St. Morwald's, disguised as foster parents. Earwig is whisked off to their mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner. Most children would run in terror from a house like that . . . but not Earwig. Using her own cleverness—with a lot of help from a talking cat—she decides to show the witch who's boss.





Earwig has just been adopted by a cranky witch and her peculiar partner "The Mandrake", who is incessantly grumpy and a bit scary to boot. Cunningly Earwig makes it a point to tell the witch she'll work as an assistant for magic lessons. Though the witch agrees the promise isn't kept, which means Earwig will just have to teach herself!

This book is absolute fun! It's a great introduction to Diana Wynne Jones for young readers who are still making their way through chapter books. Full of smelly spells, creaky cauldrons, curious demons who fetch ones breakfast in the morning, and "oops, that wasn't supposed to happen" shenanigans! It's certainly not a bad read for the adults either if you'd like a quick and cute story about a spunky little witch-to-be with a strong will and a sharp mind.

Earwig and the Witch reads like a prologue to a much bigger story, a story that Ms. Jones leaves to the imagination of her readers.



This is a real gem and I highly recommend.

Until Next Blog,

Read On!

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