Tag Archives: Urban Fantasy

Review: Inescapable (The Premonition #1) by Amy A. Bartol

Book: Inescapable (The Premonition #1)

Author: Amy A. Bartol

Published: August 2011

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

Book Description:

My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I had been hoping that once I had arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.

I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he is near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would–if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But, get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.

What is the secret he is keeping from me? I’m hoping that it is anything but what I expect: that he is not exactly normal…and neither am I. So maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I have been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

My Review:

I don’t know whether to scream in happiness or to cry right now. I just finished reading Inescapable and I’m not so sure if it is wise of me to write a review quiet so soon. I probably need to take a few deep breaths, because really, my head is swimming. What have you done to me Amy A. Bartol?

Wow. Where to start, huh? Continue reading

Advertisements

5 Comments

Filed under 5 stars, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Review, YA

Introducing: Sweet Evil Read Along

We are very excited to introduce you to the Sweet Evil Read Along!

This read along will run from October 1st through the 28th.  You’ve already read Sweet Evil?  Read it again!  You haven’t?  Oh, my gosh!  Then you totally need to participate!  Do you want to follow along with Goodreads? Great!  Do you want to follow along on your blog?  Fabulous! Each week, for 4 weeks, there will be designated chapters and themes that we will focus on.

How do you participate?  Do a weekly post on your blog or a status update on Goodreads and discuss your thoughts about the designated chapters, share your favorite quotes, and show your creativity in the weekly theme!

Host:

Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

Co-Hosts:

Two Chicks on Books
Fiktshun
Tater’s Tall Tails
Ravenous Reader

. Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Read Along, YA

Review: Angel Evolution (Evolution Trilogy #1) by David Estes

Book:  Angel Evolution

Author:  David Estes

Published: October 2011

My Rating: 3/5

GoodReads | Amazon | B&N

Book Description:

When Taylor meets Gabriel at college, she is in awe of the subtle glow that surrounds him. No one else, not even her best friend, seems to notice.

Something about him scares her.

Is all as it appears? While Taylor struggles for answers, she finds herself in the middle of a century old war centered on one miraculous revelation: evolution.

My Review:

Okay. Let’s start by explain my problem with the ratings for this particular book. I couldn’t give Angel Evolution four stars along with some books I love to death, but three stars doesn’t feel like quite enough (it’s more of a 3.5), so I would say you ignore the rating and just read the review. I tend to be contradicting sometimes. Who cares? Just read it

Angel Evolution has a pretty different take on angels and demons from what I’m used to. And before you narrow your eyes at me, let me just tell you that different isn’t always bad. As a matter of fact, different is most of the time good. Like Taylor.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under 3 stars, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Review, YA

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)

Author:  Laini Taylor

Published: September 2011

My Rating: 5/5

GoodReads | Amazon | B&N

Book Description:

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My Review:

Oh. My. God.

When I finished reading this book I was an emotional mess, and now as I write this review I have to say I still am, and it’s just as intense. Can I say it again? Oh. My. God. Again? …Okay, no. I’m just kidding, but… Oh. My. God. Okay, I’m stopping now.

Continue reading

14 Comments

Filed under 5 stars, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Review, YA

Stacking the Shelves #2

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. You can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and ebooks.

This past week I’ve acquired a lot of awesome books, books I can’t wait to read. But sadly it will take some time to sort through them and the other million I still have to read. I’ll get there, I’ll get there! For now, why don’t you take a peek at what I got?

1. Reflection by Jessica Roberts

  Book Description:

right, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.

But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.

And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?

2. Lengths by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt

Book Description:

Nineteen-year-old Whit Conrad leaves her conservative Pennsylvania home for sunny California, looking for independence, a fresh start, and a place to stash her grief. She promptly finds a job at a tattoo parlor, a craptastic first apartment, and one friend—Ryan—who is a little less friend, a little more benefits.

Deo Beckett is a soulful surfer with a passion for tattoos and beautiful women. On the eve of his twenty-second birthday, he finds himself living with his grandfather, recently unemployed, and seriously adrift. He doesn’t know much about what he wants out of life, but he does know his current situation isn’t cutting it.

When Deo meets Whit, she’s all sexy makeup and fierce, smart-ass fun. It doesn’t take him long to see past her tough shell. And when he gets a good look at what’s under all the superficial stuff that usually gets his attention, it leaves Deo wondering if there might be more to life than living fast and free.

Too bad Whit has a past she doesn’t plan on sharing—no matter how hot Deo is. She might want him, but she knows better than to let her guard down.

Deo falls for Whit, and falls hard. But everything about her, down to that mysterious tattoo and the way she thrashed in her sleep, tells him that the girl he loves is hiding something. And the more he pushes for answers, the more Whit pulls away.
Having your guard up is one thing, but are the lengths Whit goes to protect her secret worth throwing away the second chance she has at happiness with Deo?

3.  Dancergirl (WiHi #1) by Carol M. Tanzman

 Book Description:

Ever feel like someone’s watching you? Me, too. But lately it’s been happening in my room.

When I’m alone.

A friend posted a video of me dancing online, and now I’m no longer Alicia Ruffino. I’m dancergirl. And suddenly it’s like me against the world.— everyone’s got opinions.

My admirers want more, the haters hate, my best friend Jacy,— even he’s acting weird. And some stalker isn’t content to just watch anymore.

Ali. Dancergirl. Whatever you know me as, however you’ve seen me online, I’ve trained my whole life to be the best dancer I can be. But if someone watching has their way, I could lose way more than just my love of dancing. I could lose my life.

Continue reading

56 Comments

Filed under Stacking the Shelves