Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat
Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish they still made audiobooks like this! it felt like was listening to a movie.
I listened to "Trick or Treat" on YouTube(link here: ) and I was enthralled. I have never listened to an audiobook were nearly 9 different voice actors are included and sound effects, such as rain, music, bells, and birds were used. If you love YA Horror, you need to grab a pair of headphones and listen to Trick or Treat now. Richie is a wonderful writer and the actors, though a little cheesy, were believable and kept me wanting to carry on with the story. One thing you have to remember going to these "The Point Horror Tapes" is that they were recorded in the 90's. But I still enjoyed this one. I will be listening to more since there are about five more on that youtube page. I love 90's YA horror, I wish authors still came out with stuff like this, some do, but it's rare. I loved the suspense in this book and the ending was awesome.


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

BOOK THOUGHTS: "Wake" by Amanda Hocking!

Wake by Amanda Hocking

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


"Sirens exist, Mermaids don't." - Penn "Wake".

Thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for sending me an ARC of "Wake" by Amanda Hocking! I was wary on reading another Amanda Hocking book because I really didn't like Switched. After looking over the synopsis and reading the prologue, I decided to go on another Hocking adventure and this adventure I truly enjoyed. If you enjoy books that are mythology reboots, then pick up Wake when it comes out 8/7/12.

Now on to my book thoughts!

I dived right into "Wake" expecting a love triangle, a bitchy protagonist, and over caked romance. I was pleasantly surprised. There is no love triangle, Gemma is a likable protagonist, and the romance was set at the perfect amount. I loved the writing style! Amanda needs to write more books in third person POV. The book starts off with Gemma at the bay, swimming. You get to know her right away and then you are introduced to her sister Harper who is an overprotective, motherly gush-bear. The sisters's mother is in a home with mental issues and their father works on the docks of the town. Alex is our love interest for Gemma and I loved him. Daniel is Harper's love interest and I was drooling over him. Then we are introduced to the new girls in town. Penn, Thea, and Lexi. The boys in town can't get enough of them, so much so that some even begin to go missing. Let me tell you now, I hated these three girls. I wanted to smack Penn so bad. They remind me of the plastics in Mean Girls, except these girls can rip your head off and can breathe underwater. Things begin to grow tremendously intense once Gemma decides to hang with the girls for one night... and wakes up the next morning feeling too different. From there the story takes off and I enjoyed every bit of it.

That is where I will leave off, spoiler free! So I hope you pick this book up when it comes out
and I can't wait to read the second in the Watersong series. Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin for this ARC and I will gladly accept more in the future ;)


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Review: Eighth Grade Bites

Eighth Grade Bites
Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun, spooky, and entertaining read!
I don't know when I'll dive into the rest of the series
considering I have ARC's waiting to be read but hopefully soon!
I'd say if you love the original "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and
the TV series "My babysitter's a Vampire" then you'll enjoy this.
I also really love Heather's writing, it's fast and she knows how
to tell a good story without throwing the boring bits in your face.
Loved it.


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Monday, May 21, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

BOOK THOUGHTS: Frost by Kate Avery Ellison!

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is going to be on my list for best books of 2012


I absolutely loved this book and it was unique and beautifully written. I stayed up till around 5 in the morning reading the last few chapters of this book and let me just say that this will enthrall you. It will compel you to read it and devour it. The atmosphere Kate created was beautiful yet depressing and I enjoyed every bit of it. And the creatures (Watchers) holy crap, did I love them.

Lia Weaver is our main protagonist and she's very likable. She's not a mary-sue and I think she is a strong, well put together girl for her age and I adore her. She has sacrificed her life for her family and I couldn't love her character more. Gabe (the love interest) is not thrown in your face like most love interests in YA fiction. He was gradually brought in and it took a bit for the feelings to spark and bloom. The romance was NOT the main deal in this story, so don't expect a twilight-esque I'll die for you, even though I've only known you two days type of romance. It was perfectly executed and I envy Kate, as a writer, for that.

Frost takes place in a dystopian future where there are cities and villages with their own ways of life. Lia lives in the Frost, which is a village where it snows constantly and it's cold as hell. The setting was beautiful and creepy. I loved the way the characters spoke. Forgive me, but I don't know what era they spoke like but it was close to the late 1800s. They dressed very Little House on the Prairie like and the village reminded me of it in a way. The city of Aeralis that sits just out of the village is more technology based, while in the frost they know nothing really of gadgets and big technology. It was an odd and unique tale and it had action, suspense, romance, drama, and MONSTERS!

Read it for yourself and I hope you enjoy it like I did.
Kate, I cannot wait for book 2 in the series.
You are a wonderful writer and I adored FROST.


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