Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Blitz & Trailer: HENGE by Realm Lovejoy


Henge (Le Fay #1)
Release Date: 11/11/14

Summary from Goodreads:
Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

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"Camelot meets Hogwarts meets Panem in this intriguing, well-written beginning to a planned YA series."--Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Realm Lovejoy is a writer and an artist. She was raised in Washington State and the alps of Nagano, Japan. Her father is a Japanese ex-monk and her mother an English teacher from Rhode Island. Her art is influenced by both the East and the West.
Realm aspires to tell stories through her writing and art.
She is agented by Jessica Regel.
Her upcoming YA sci-fi novel is titled CLAN, due 2013.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Review: TAINTED ENERGY by Lynn Vroman


 
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Summary:
For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can’t keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.

When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her.
Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime. However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known—even if that life doesn’t include him.

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My Review:

This book gave me such a headache. 

It begins with this girl named Lena who lives in a trailer park with her mother and father. Her father is a drunken loser who abuses Lena and her mother, and all she wants is to escape that world with a track scholarship. She goes to high school, dealing with normal teenage drama; Belva, the popular girl, teasing her and testing her patience; and Lena's best friend of three months, Zander, who secretly loves her as more than a friend. But when Zander and Lena go to the local movie theater and a chair mysteriously burns her arms, she thinks she's going crazy. Also, she's been hearing this haunting voice in her head. 

And then, the narrative switches from Lena's to Tarek Montague's-- the voice in her head. 

Turns out, there is a whole other dimension he, a Guide, and Wilma, his Protector, live in, called Arcus. Lena, Tarek, and Wilma all knew each other in a past life, called cycles, but when a new cycle begins, old memories are wiped out and new ones form. Basically, Tarek and Wilma are trying to work together to see who is messing with Lena and her new cycle. 

And that's not even the first half of the book! 

As I kept reading, I found myself not interested in Tarek and Wilma's dilemma to help save Lena. I didn't care for Arcus or Guides or Protectors, cycles or anything of that scientific world. All I really cared for was Lena and how she and her mother were going to escape their drunken father's evil clutches. 

The pacing of the book threw me off a few times, as well. First the narrative was Lena, then Tarek, then back to Lena, and finally in third person. I understand the need for switching points of view to express the plot, but to go to a complete 180 and take it to third person really upset me. I almost stopped reading completely because of it. And Tarek's attitude towards Lena's mother and Jake, Lena's friend and boss at the movie theater, irked me to no end. He didn't know how to listen to authority. Yes he has lived many lives and come from afar to see and protect Lena, but he has no sense of respect towards anyone besides Wilma and Lena. I found that astounding! 

This book is supposed to be a four-part series, but if I could barely get through the first one, it's going to take me a while to think about reading the rest. It had a good storyline in the beginning, but the way it was executed created too much confusion, the romance between Tarek and Lena was unbelievable, and the fantasy details were all of the place. 

Rating: 2/5

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Excerpt: WISH by Grier Cooper

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The first book excerpt of 2015!! :) ♥

Summary:

For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.

But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.

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Excerpt:

Headlights appear and we both turn our heads. The car screeches to a stop inches away from our feet. The passenger window rolls down. “Hurry up and get in,” Mom says. “Mrs. LaRue is watching your brothers. We have to jet.” It’s the freaking Christmas voice.
She eyes Jesse. “Oh,” she says. “Who do we have here?”
Why me? “Mom, you know Jesse. Jesse Sanders. Remember?”
“Right.” Her hand flies to her mouth dramatically, like she’s starring in her own private soap opera. She giggles. “Of course I do.”
I quickly get in. “We should go. Right, Mom?”
She giggles again. I roll my eyes as I close the window. Jesse smiles sympathetically.
Mom guns it and I fall back against my seat. “How was rehearsal, sweetie?” She swivels her head to look at me.
Right then, I know we are headed for trouble. “Mom! Mom, look out!”
There’s a tremendous thud as she drives onto the turnaround island in the middle of the driveway. The car bucks and lurches sideways. My head whips back against the seat rest.
“Jesus, Mom! You just drove on the island!”
She giggles in response. “Now, Indy, you know I don’t see well at night.”
“Mom, hey! Slow down!”
She doesn’t break speed as the car crashes down off the island. She pulls a Hollywood stop on her way out of the driveway, narrowly missing an oncoming car. The driver leans on his horn but she doesn’t even seem to notice.
“Are you hungry?” she asks. “Cuz I’m hungry.”
I stare at her like the four-wheeling lunatic I now know her to be.
And Jesse saw the whole thing.

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