Sunday, December 30, 2012

Altered Souls - Book 2 in the Witch Avenue Series, by Karice Bolton

Ok, thank the sweet, 8 pound 6 ounce, baby Jesus that I didn't read Lonely Souls until this book was available!  Altered Souls starts right where we finished in Lonely Souls, which is one of the many reasons I love this series.  I really hate when I am reading a series and each book starts the same as the one before, introducing characters that we've already met; and it takes 3-5 chapters before anything exciting happens.

So many questions were answered in this book - another reason to read and love these books as much I do!  You don't have to wait until the end before your curiosity is sated.  That being said, there is a pretty major cliff hanger at the end, opening up a new set of questions to be answered!

Triss and Logan are met with a lot of challenges to face, not only are they dangerous, but their love is tested as well.  She learns of her families somewhat dark past, and the lines of good and evil become blurred as she has to decide which path to take.  But, as with most decisions people must make, everything isn't always black and white.

This book is equally as amazing as the first and I'm hoping that I can snag a copy of Released Souls before it's released... Hey, a girl can dream!  Help a girl out, Karice!  Here is the cover from Released Souls, due out sometime in mid January, just to peak your curiosity:


Also, keep an eye out for another book by the fabulous Karice Bolton, The Camp, due out by the end of February or early March!

"Emma has always strove for perfection in her almost eighteen years of existence, but it has never been good enough. As she finds herself counting the days until she’s officially free from her parents’ reins, her stepfather hands her a plane ticket explaining that she must attend the Re-Boot Camp in the wilds of Alaska.

Once she lands in the middle of nowhere, she realizes the camp is nothing like she imagined, and she wants out immediately. That is until she meets Liam.

The camp is full of teens with dark pasts, but she finds herself drawn to Liam’s ability to see who she really is and who she wants to become. While Emma and Liam begin adjusting to a place neither want to be, frightening events begin to unfold. When people begin disappearing, it becomes apparent they can only trust one another as they fight for survival." 

Huge thank you to Karice Bolton for releasing this blurb!


Lonely Souls - Book 1 of the Witch Avenue Series, by Karice Bolton

Oh. Em. Gee! I absolutely adore this series!  I personally think it is better than The Watchers Trilogy (also by Karice Bolton) - and that's saying something because I really enjoyed that series, too! Kind of a totally different genre though, so I suppose I shouldn't really compare the two.

In Lonely Souls, we have Triss, who is just on the cusp of adulthood; turning 18 in a few weeks, she will become a member of the Witch Avenue Coven.  Things take a turn for the worst (as they usually do) when her mother goes missing.  Triss doesn't believe that her mother is dead, but her soon-to-be coven pushes for a memorial, and soon she sees that things are not what they seem.  Secrets about her ancestry begin to reveal themselves, adding nothing but confusion in her already upturned world.

Unsure of who to trust, she finds solace in her life long friend - with gorgeous blue eyes and dark hair and rock hard body, and swoon... sorry about that - Logan.  She finds other things in him too, but to find out about those, you'll have to read the book! ;-)

This is a great series for all ages, though it is written for young adults.  I think because we are dealing with 17 years and up, it is easy for anyone to relate.  The plot is followed nicely and the editing wasn't bad.  With very few mistakes (no more than mass marketed books) there were no distractions while reading; except for the gorgeous Logan.  He is enough to distract anyone!

So, if you're a fan of Twilight, don't read this book; it will raise your expectations for the YA genre and completely ruin the relationship between Edward and Bella.  Seriously, though, that was such a horrible relationship and set girls up for failure in the romance department.  Don't get mad, I'm not hating on it!  I'm a fan myself.  But the relationship dynamic between Triss and Logan is a much healthier one!  This is the "knight in shining armor" that girls need to compare their love interests to.  Logan is respectable, generous, loving, and totally swoon-worthy!

Did I mention that this first installment to the Witch Avenue series is FREE??  Go download it!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Watchers Trilogy by Karice Bolton

Awakening

At first, I wasn't sure what I would think of this series.  I got the first book for free when I went on what I like to call a "Free Book Frenzy" on Amazon.com.  It had a pretty cover and I'm into paranormal romances.  I'm even more into a series, because stand alone books are not enough!  I want to be able to escape to another world for at least a week - I read fairly fast.

A little history lesson first:
This series is loosely based on the Nephilim.  Basically the "sons of God," or angels, came to Earth and mated with the "daughters of man" and had children.  Their offspring were referred to as Nephilim.

So, the story starts off with a young woman named Ana.  She lives in a small town and is rebuilding her life after her parents died, yet she really has no memory of her childhood.  She works in a bar and she meets this family that she feels very drawn to; and she soon learns why she has no memory of her past.

She finds out that she actually knows these people, and has for a very long time. And the cliff hanger!  Oh. Em. Gee.  You see, Ana has dreams that sometimes come true.  And when you're reading it you know something bad is going to happen, but you can't quite figure out what it is.  Then you start to figure it out and you think to yourself how absurd it is that it actually would happen - surely they can find a way to fix the problem.  Then BAM!  ????????????

I'm stopping there about the story because I don't like spoilers.  Ah, who am I kidding, I will leave you with only one!  "What had happened to me, to my life? This new existence had been more captivating than I could ever have imagined. I had loved and lost more in this short period of time. I knew it was only the beginning, if I could only survive for him. I heard the whispers from the others and retreated to what I knew was expected of me. The Awakening was to begin."

Bolton, Karice (2011-09-29). Awakening (The Watchers Trilogy) (p. 307).  . Kindle Edition. 

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Legions


Now, onto book two - Legions.  As with most book series, the subsequent books I generally enjoy more than the first, or the one before if it wasn't the first.  That could just be me, or it could be that the author improves with each book, or both.  Whichever is the reason doesn't matter.  This one was outstanding!

The book pretty much picks up right where we left off in The Awakening. First, we get to experience what it is like to go through an Awakening, which I would compare to childbirth; purely based on the  intensity of it and that it all kind of just happens while running on autopilot... And that you "don’t remember that much of it, except for the excruciating pain."

You get some questions answered in this book, only to end up with more by the end.  But that goes with a series and I honestly didn't care - I was ready to read the third book before I even started on the second.  I'm really into instant gratification.

Assuming you have read the first and know what I'm talking about, I'm truly annoyed by one thing.  Ana should have held out on Athen!  It is absolutely not fair that she gave it up so quickly when he made her wait what seemed like an eternity to bump uglies make love.  

I'm not going to even try to push this book on you.  If you read the first, I already know you're going to read this one! 

Great job!

*Bolton, Karice (2011-12-04). Legions (The Watchers Trilogy) (Kindle Location 73). Bulldog Press. Kindle Edition. 

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Cataclysm

Cataclysm is the third book in The Watchers Trilogy.  As with Legions, this third installment starts of basically right where we left off - Thank God!  With "losing" another main character I don't think that my heart could take much more.  Thankfully it doesn't take long for us to figure out what happens with the lovely Arie... But I'm not going to even hint at whether or not her plan works.  Read the book! ;-)

There is a lot of action packed scenes that don't always turn out the way you want them to.  Lives will be lost.  You have been warned.  Although, you should be used to that by now... if you've been reading the books.

That is all you get for spoilers in this book.  It's the final of the series and you are not allowed to find out how it ends unless you read it!  I have to say that there is a lot that happens in the book and I couldn't be happier with the ending.

Miss Karice, you did a fantastic job!  I absolutely loved these books and I am soooo excited to start reading The Witch Avenue series!  It is actually my next books to read.  You're lucky though, I usually don't even start reading a series until all of the books are out.  I am very much an instant gratification kind of girl, and I don't like waiting! lol  I am sure they will be equally as fantastic as The Watchers has been! ♥

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Unicorn Witch III - Return to Earth

I have to say that this has been my favorite so far.  Each book gets better and better.  This book basically follows three different stories, but is actually one.  I hope this makes sense.  I suppose that when you read it you'll understand me!  I think a good way to explain it is that you start off in one place (Refuge), move on to another (Earth), and then move on to one more (a couple different places, but I don't want to spoil it for you).

I don't think that this installment was written better than the previous, I just preferred where the story took us and that we got to meet a lot of new characters; and a lot of questions that arose in the first two were answered.

Something else that I like about these books is that they are told in the third person point of view.  I feel that the story can be taken much further when written this way.  However, I think that a lot of new authors find it easier to write in the first person, and I have read plenty of good books written that way as well.  I also like that you can identify with the main character better in the first person because the writer can go more in depth into their emotions.

From what I understand, in his next book we are going to get to read about individual characters in the form of short stories!  The end of this book has an excerpt from the upcoming book, and I loved learning about Laura's last experience on Earth before finding herself on Refuge!  I know I am very excited!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Unicorn Witches - The Vengeance of the Godhe (Unicorn Witch Series) by Derek White

First, let me start by saying a huge 'well done' to Derek White on the second installment to Unicorn Witch!  I have a special place in my heart for all Indie authors.  I guess you could compare it to people who like to only shop at locally owned small businesses.  I like to be able to tag along on the ride to an amazing career, which I feel this author is heading!

Unicorn Witches begins 7 years after the conclusion of Unicorn Witch.  There are lots of new characters, from colorful backgrounds, to get to know.  If you read my review of Unicorn Witch and were worried to start reading the next installment, don't be!  Derek's wonderful daughter, Melanie Newton, took over as publisher and did a wonderful job!  Congrats, Melanie!

This installment was much easier to follow as there were less grammatical errors - also thanks to Melanie taking over as publisher/editor.  There are, again because our author lives in the UK, some "british-isms," but none that you would not be able to figure out on your own because of the context.  The only one that I think would be an issue would be his use of the term 'full stop' which is the same as a period (.) here in the states.

Personally, this one is my favorite so far - but I will be starting the third, and final (at this point anyway) book in the series today.  I cannot wait to see where we end up once the third book, Unicorn Witch III - Return to Earth, concludes!   Be sure to stay tuned for my review on that book. 

And a special note to the author - I actually giggled when I read your note at the end of the book regarding your character Melanie/Lace and why she was written into the book!  I think we could all be life long friends and hope that you continue writing because I can tell how much you love it just by reading you books. ♥

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Unicorn Witch - Derek White

Unicorn Witch is a very interesting story.  It can be a bit confusing when you are first starting the book, because you jump back and forth between two different places that seem to be in two different times.  Don't let this confuse you.  The years are different because they started tracking dates at different times.  They actually coexist at the same time.  Refuge is a planet, equivalent to Earth, but is not nearly as populated and is inhabited by witches and various other awesome creatures.  There is a group referred to as The Old Ones, that will rescue witches that are in danger of losing their lives on Earth.  The Old Ones put them on the planet Refuge as a safe haven.  Hence, the name Refuge!  I am only telling you this because it will make things easier to understand at the start of the book.  So, please, do not give up on this one.  You will enjoy it, I promise!

Be aware that there are, what my friends and I like to call, British-isms.  For example, you will here the mention of a weight measurement in Stones.  1 stone is about 14 pounds.  Some of the spelling is different as well, but not so much so that you can't figure out what it is -- learnt = learned, etc.  There are a few things that you feel may move too fast or that don't go deep enough into the story, but I had no issues moving on and continuing on a journey along side Tyana, Marcus, Karim, and Rebel.  Did I mention that Karim and Rebel are unicorns?  No? Oops!  There are more where they come from.

I don't want to go too far into detail because this is genuinely a good story and I want you to read it!  I just wanted to point out the things that may cause you to stop reading the book making you miss out on a good story!  There is love, friendship, action, mystery, and much more.  It is really a well rounded adventure.  If you act fast, you can get this first installment for free!  Just head over to the Unicorn Witch facebook page and get a coupon code to use on Smashwords.  If it isn't your thing who cares?  It was free!  If you like it, buy the next two books at a very reasonable price ♥

Friday, December 21, 2012

Exposing ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels


Exposing ELE is the third book in the ELE Series, and it does not disappoint! With each book released in this series Rebecca and Courtney raise the bar, and they did it again. Of the three books that are out in this series (two are in the works - yay!), this one is hands down my favorite! I cannot even begin to describe what happens in this book for fear of giving too much away. Let me just say that these ladies are extremely talented at what they do. Rebecca and Courtney are so amazing at descriptive writing that you feel as though these are your friends and your family, and you will do whatever it takes to keep them safe and calm their fears. You ache for them when their hearts are broken - and break they do, numerous times.

Keep your Kleenex handy, and remember that even if you yell at them they still cannot hear you! So I leave you with one spoiler and one spoiler only: The end of this book leaves you hanging on a bigger cliff than Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible.

Finding ELE - Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels


We start off right where Project ELE left off, which I love! A lot of book series do not do that, but a lot of writers aren't as awesome sauce as Courtney and Rebecca! Willow found her mother outside The Shelter and we are introduced to a lot of new people. A lot, seriously. An army basically. We also get some answers as to what is going on. Well, not really answers, but we at least know what happened to everyone that did not make it into The Shelter. It's an all around good book. Now, lets get to the boys!

This second installment to the ELE series was full of action, suspense, drama, and butterflies. Well, the kind that live in your stomach when you're young and you meet a boy that you like. Or two boys. What? Yes, two boys! First, let me start by saying that this is not your typical girl-meets-boy, girl-likes-boy, girl-meets-new-boy, girl-is-confused-naive-and-stupid-stupid-WHY?-Why-would-you-choose-THAT-guy?!?! No, it's nothing like that. When I met the characters that were introduced in this book I wasn't sure how I felt about Tony. Tony is a good guy, don't get me wrong, I just had a weird feeling about him. And as the story continued on I started to "bond" with Tony. Then I wanted to scream because I genuinely liked him! And I really liked Alec. I couldn't decide who I wanted Willow to be with. That being said, I also forgot how old Willow is (16 years) and would only be reminded because of her being a bit naive when it comes to relationships. She is such a great heroine and, for the most part, is wise beyond her years! While she can be selfish, she does put others before herself. Rebecca and Courtney write her emotional roller coasters so well, you can actually feel her love, and her joy, and her heart ache. Well done ladies!

Project ELE by Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels



***Edited for the New Cover***

This story follows Willow, the main character, and her friends, Alec, Claire, and Connor, in an "end of days" era. Now, don't go running for the hills yet. I know a lot of people don't really enjoy reading books in that genre, but trust me, you need to read this series! When you hear apocalypse or end of days your brain automatically goes to zombies, or weird vampire hybrid zombies. This is not the case with this series. Yes, there is a virus, but it's not a zombie-eating-your-flesh virus. This is just a really painful, crappy way to die. Who wants that? No one! So, in swoops the "government" to fix the problem. They create "shelters" to house some of the people who have survived the super virus, depending on whether or not they pass a few tests to get in. Some are approved entry and some are denied entry. Think of it as a mix between the movies "2012" (with the ships that "everyone" goes in to survive the flood) and "The Crazies" (with the testing to determine if they get to leave the city or not). Very good, very suspenseful, very fun!


I laughed, I cried, my heart raced with the suspense.

What I love most about this book is that it's fast paced, but not so fast that you can't keep up with what's going on and who the supporting characters are. It's a bit of a who-done-it mixed in with a bit of conspiracy. You really just get such a great mix of so many different genres that there is something for everyone. And while this is a Young Adult series, it is really just an all ages (well, children under 10 probably wouldn't care less, I mean boys do have cooties you know - YUCK!) book. Teenagers can relate to the characters, they'll be able to read Willow's thoughts and think to themselves, "I know exactly what she means!" Adults will read the story and think, "I remember that..."

But do you know what the best part is about this book? I couldn't guess what was going to happen next. Generally, when reading, or even watching a movie, at some point I can figure out what's going to happen next and how the story will end. Not with this. Great job, ladies!

Grab a copy, it's not expensive, it won't break the bank if it's not your cup of tea. But, what if it is, and you miss out?
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