Sunday, June 30, 2013

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

This book was purchased.

 Divergent (Divergent, #1)

 Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.



 What I thought:


 This book was amazing! From beginning to end and everything in between. Veronica Roth's writing style is so good it's almost impossible to stop reading. Very fast paced and very easy to read.
I loved the characters of Beatrice (Tris), Four, Will and Christina. I absolutely hated Peter, Eric Molly and Drew. Along with a few other characters, but I loved hating them. This book is packed with so much action and intense scenes that I found myself squeezing the book and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
Definitely 5 out of 5 stars for divergent. 



















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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In My Mailbox

 4 Books I received today from BookCloseouts.

 I finally have this book!

 Divergent (Divergent, #1)

 In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


 Partials (Partials, #1)


 The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.


 The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies, #2)


 I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight.


 The New Policeman


 Who knows where the time goes?

There never seems to be enough time in Kinvara, or anywhere else in Ireland for that matter. When J.J.'s mother says that what she really wants for her birthday is more time in her day, J.J. decides to find her some. But how can he find time for her, when he barely has enough time to keep up with school and his music? And where will he get time to find out if the shocking rumor is true--that his great-grandfather was a murderer?

It seems as though J.J.'s given himself an impossible task. But then a neighbor reveals a secret to him--there is a place where time stands still. J.J. realizes he's the only person who can make the journey, but to do so he'll have to vanish from his own life.

And when J.J. disappears from the village, enter the new policeman. . . .




 


 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review of Joyland by Stephen King

 This book was purchased by me. 

 Joyland

 Joyland takes place in the early 70's and is about a college student named Devin Jones who decides it would be fun to take a summer job at an amusement park called Joyland. Not long after starting he receives a Dear John letter from his girlfriend. Feeling heartbroken he becomes more immersed in the job to try and forget the girl. Devin and his friends Erin and Tom learn that Joyland is hiding a few secrets, including the fact that a girl was murdered in one of their attractions and her murderer was never found. It's also been said that people have seen her ghost. They decide to investigate this haunted place themselves, and although Devin doesn't see anything Tom does and doesn't want anything more to do with investigating the ghost. 
Devin also meets a little boy named Mike who is suffering from a terminal illness, as well as Mike's Mother. Both will play a major part during the next few months of his life. Especially Mike, who has a psychic ability that may help solve the mystery of the murdered girl.
There is a little paranormal activity in this book, but it's definitely not the usual Stephen King horror novel. ( Which I do love, by the way ) I absolutely loved this book as well. Stephen King's writing is always amazing to me. He never disappoints. Once again he is at the top of his game. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Cover Reveal: Immortals by Ednah Walters

                                                                                                









Product details about Immortals:


Nothing can stop Raine Cooper when she wants something*

Raine finally knows that her gorgeous neighbor, Torin St. James, is a legend straight out of Norse mythology but that doesn*t stop her from falling hard for him. Torin is crazy about Raine too, breaking the one rule he lives by: Never fall for a mortal. The problem is he no longer remembers her or that she saved him by making a deal with Norns*Norse destiny deities*the same Norns who have now erased his memories of their past together to punish her.

So Raine comes up with a plan...

She will make Torin forget his one rule a second time and fall in love with her all over again. But before Raine can put her plan into action, the Norns return. This time, they demand she protects Eirik Seville, her best friend since childhood, from an evil so dark even the Norns are scared.

But you know what they say about well-laid plans*

Caught between protecting Eirik and convincing the stubborn, cocky Torin St. James that the two of them are meant to be together, Raine's life slowly unravels. Friendships are tested. Enemies become allies. Desperate, Raine makes choices that could not only tear her and Torin further apart, but lead to the destruction of everything and everyone she loves.

Release Date:
August 5th 2013 by Firetrail Publishing

About Author:

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she*s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She*s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.

Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS.


Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She's presently working on book six. You can visit her online at www.ednahwalters.com or www.ebwalters.com.

Connect with Ednah:

Website: http://www.ednahwalters.com/index.html


Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4188120.Ednah_Walters


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdnahWalters


Twitter: https://twitter.com/ednahwalters

Vote For Torin St.  James at The YA SISTERHOOD Crush Tourney on June 17th.
















Saturday, June 15, 2013

10 Random Books With Father in the Title

 To celebrate Father's Day I thought I'd make a list of 10 books with father in the title.

1. The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

 The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles #2)

It is only days before Britain declares war on Germany. Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of a familyscandal, and realizinghe can never marry Emma Barrington, has joined the Merchant Navy. Whena German U-boat sinks his ship, Harry and a handful of sailors are rescued by the SS Kansas Star, among them an American named Tom Bradshaw. That night, when Bradshaw dies, Harry seizes a chance to bury his past--by assumingthe man's identity.


 2.The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

 The Good Father

A beloved daughter. A devastating choice. And now there's no going back.

Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he's never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.

But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he's worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble...….

Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.

With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter's sake.Even if it means he might lose her.


 3. Father and Son by Larry Brown

 Father and Son

This classic story of good and evil takes place in the rural American South of 1968. After being released from prison, Glen Davis returns to his hometown only to commit double homicide within forty-eight hours of his return. Sheriff Bobby Blanchard, as upright as Glen is despicable, walks in the path of Glen’s destruction and tries to rebuild the fragile ties of the families and community they share. Dark secrets that have been simmering for two generations explode to the surface, allowing us a chilling glimpse at how evil can fester in a man’s heart and eat up his soul.


 4. The Father Hunt by Rex Stout

 The Father Hunt (Nero Wolfe #43)

Twenty-two-year-old Amy Denovo needs Nero Wolfe's help. She is determined to learn the identity of her father, a secret her mother scrupulously guarded - and took to her grave when struck by a hit-and-run driver. Now Wolfe and his sidekick, Archie, have just one clue to go on: a note from Amy's mother and a box with over $250,000. Seems every month since Amy's birth, her mother received $1,000 from an unknown source and saved it for Amy's future. It's easily enough for Amy to afford Wolfe's services, and he grudgingly agrees. But as the weeks go by, Wolfe realizes this may be one of his most challenging cases ever. Someone doesn't want Amy's pedigree discovered, and that someone appears to wield great power. It isn't long before Wolfe and Archie come to believe that Amy's mother was murdered - and that Amy could be next. Michael Prichard gives another of his masterful readings to this cleverly plotted tale.


 5. Life With Father by Clarence Day

 Life with Father

When the delicious comic tales that make up Life with Father first appeared in the early 1930s, they played a large hand in keeping afloat a fledgling magazine called The New Yorker. Clarence Day's reminiscences of growing up in a turn-of-the-century New York household which keeps wriggling out from under the thumb of a blustering Wall Streetpaterfamilias are classics of American humor, lively and nostalgic sketches that still manage to evoke the enduring comedy of family life. Father's explosive encounters with horse and cook, servants and shopkeepers, wife and children—to say nothing of his vigorous pursuit of ice!—retain their hilarious appeal in no small part because the younger Day never seems put out by the older man's actions, never describes him with less than affectionate amusement. As a result, Life with Father remains as a contemporary critic described it: "A delightful book alive with energy and collisions and the running water of happiness."

A bestseller when it was first published in 1935, Life with Father was the inspiration for one of the longest-running hits in Broadway history and was later adapted successfully for both film and television.


 6. The Sleeping Father by Matthew Sharpe

 The Sleeping Father

A divorced dad of two teenagers inadvertently combines two incompatible antidepressant medications, goes into a coma, has a stroke, and emerges with brain damage. His teenage son and daughter, Chris and Cathy, inherit some money and decide to rehabilitate their father on their own. The Sleeping Father is about the shift in the way Americans think about mental health — from regarding personality as being shaped by one’s upbringing to its being shaped by the bloodstream’s hormone levels. In focusing on one family in crisis, Sharpe addresses the larger crisis in faith and authority in contemporary American life. Ultimately, this is a weird but wonderful story about two children who, not having an adequate father, decide to make one.


 7. The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig

 The Dead Fathers Club

A ghost story with a twist-a suspenseful and poignantly funny update of Hamlet

A triumph of originality and humor, this clever novel by British author Matt Haig gives us Hamlet redux with an unforgettable voice all his own. When eleven-year-old Philip Noble is confronted by the ghost of his recently deceased father and asked to avenge his death, the boy finds himself in a thorny dilemma. Revenge, after all, is a tricky business-especially when Philip is already distracted by his girlfriend, school bullies, self-doubt, and all the other challenges of adolescence. Viewing the adult world through the eyes of a young boy, The Dead Fathers Club is a brilliant, quirky take on a classic tale.


 8. Our Father by Marilyn French

 Our Father

Famed presidential advisor Stephen Upton has suffered a stroke, and his four very different daughters gather in his perfectly appointed mansion outside Boston to await his death or recovery. Elizabeth, cold and calculating, fights hard for every success and pays a high price; beautiful Mary has always needed a man to support her tastes, but time is catching up with her; Alex can't remember her childhood and wants to know why; and Ronnie, illegitimate and proud, refuses to acknowledge her feelings for the man they all love and hate. In the weeks to come, they will learn one another's terrible secrets, and the astonishing truth about the life they might have shared....


 9. Father of Lies by Ann Turner

 Father of Lies

Truth or Lies?
Lidda knew, with a clarity that was like a candle in a dark room, that all had changed; something was loosed in the village—Devil or not—and they would pay for it, every last man, woman, and child.

Fourteen-year-old Lidda has always known she was different. She longs to escape Salem Village and its stifling rules—to be free to dance, to sing, to live as she chooses. But when a plague of accusations descends on the village and witch fever erupts, L idda begins to realize that she feels and sees things that others can't, or won't. But how will she expose the truth without being hung as a witch herself?

Gripping and emotional, Ann Turner's retelling of the Salem witch trials captures one girl's brave soul-searching amidst a backdrop of fear and blame.


 10. Father's Day by Debbie Macomber

Fathers Day



Robin Masterson's ten-year-old son, Jeff, wanted to make friends with the dog next door. The problem was that Blackie belonged to Cole Camden - the unfriendliest man in the Masterson's new neighborhood.

Cole hadn't always been so solitary, so aloof. The deaths of his wife and son had embittered him, and that was something Robin could understand. Her own much-loved husband had died when Jeff was just a baby.

Now, for the first time in ten years, Robin found herself responding to a man. To Cole Camden. But was he interested in her - or in replacing the family he'd lost?


 Book Covers and descriptions taken from Goodreads. 






Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Author interview: Charles L Fields

                                     
                                     
                                       The Molina Curse
                              
                                      by Charles L. Fields

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                                          Publication date: April 30, 2013  

  The Molina Curse is the sequel to Tainted Dish and the fifth book in the Charles Stone Travel/Mystery/Thriller series. The protagonist faces several assassination attempts and a life threatening encounter in Australia’s Outback. His dog, Daisy is reintroduced along with characters from previous stories. The reader will be reminded of our country’s history through walks on Boston’s Freedom Trail. The Molina Curse provides tantalizing moments “Down Under”, as well as aboard a cruise ship from Sydney to New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji and Hawaii. A love affair is tested and Charles Stone’s life is in peril throughout until the curse is lifted by complying with mysterious forces within the Vatican. Stone’s final act of involvement with the dark side of the Papacy is one of the most bizarre in all works of fiction. Unfortunately The Molina Curse ends on a sad tragic note.

               About the Author, Charles L. Fields


Charles L. Fields grew up surrounded by the seaside beauty of Rockport, Massachusetts and the artists who attempted to depict it. His varied and bizarre careers went from banana boat engineer to lobster dealer to chicken hatchery manager and include being an author, poet, sculptor and world traveler. These lifetime experiences enriched his published memoir, Many Lands Many Hearts and add realism and depth to his fictional writing. He is married and divides his time between Massachusetts and Arizona. This book follows Sentimental Me, Canyons of the Soul, Broken Spirit and Tainted Dish in the Charles Stone travel mystery series.


                Interview with Charles L. Fields   

What is the title of your book?
The Molina Curse.

What is your book about?
The protagonist, Charles Stone, travels with a dear friend to test a relationship and visit family in Australia. He is met with several assassination attempts and ends with the curse being lifted by strange forces within the Vatican.

Why did you decide to write it?
This is a continuation of the Charles Stone Travel/Mystery/Suspense series.

How did you get your book published?
Self Published with Outskirts Press.

What type of readers will be interested in your book?
Adults interested in travel/mystery and suspense.

What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category? 
The duel genre makes it a unique thriller. 

Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?
Yes. Many Lands Many Hearts ( More than a Memoir ), Sentimental Me, Canyons of the Soul, Broken Spirit, Tainted Dish.
Currently working on the 6th Charles Stone book.

Thank you so much to Charles L. Fields for providing me with this interview and book information. 
Also, thank you for sending me a review copy of The Molina Curse. I will post a review soon. 


                     
 
  
                                           
                                                   

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review of Department 19 by Will Hill

 Department 19 by Will Hill

 Department 19

 Have you ever imagined what life would be like if fictional monsters were real? For 16 year old Jamie Carpenter that becomes a reality. When Jamie's father is brutally killed outside their home by a group of men wearing black body armor, life as he knew it is turned upside down.                                                           Jamie's Mother is kidnapped by a vampire who he later learns was trying to kill him, except Jamie is rescued by an unlikely hero. Frankenstein himself!
Once Jamie begins to accept that everything he's seen is real he later learns that the British government has been keeping a big secret for decades. That secret being Department 19. A division of the government that deals with the paranormal. Vampires, werewolves, etc. They're all real. He also learns that his father worked for Department 19. Everything he knew about him was a lie.
Now with the help of Frankenstein and other members of Department 19 and a vampire girl named Larissa, who Jamie is falling in love with, but isn't sure he can trust, Jamie is determined to rescue his Mother from the vampires and bring her home.
They face many battles and obstacles along the way and discover there is a traitor in their midst. 
Can Jamie reach his Mother in time, or will he be too late. Find out in Department 19. ( Book 1 in The Department 19 series )

I absolutely loved this book. Action packed, fast paced and very well written.