Monday, February 1, 2016

Tour Stop! Elementals by Michelle Maddow



Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!


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About Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows:


Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Series: Elementals #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: eBook and paperback
ISBN: 2940152448849

Filled with magic, thrilling adventure, and sweet romance, Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows is the first in a new series that fans of Percy Jackson and The Secret Circle will love!

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

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MY REVIEW

     For fans of The Sweep Series by Cait Tiernan. A young elemental who has no idea she has any magic powers discovers that she is the missing link to a group of very strong and powerful teens. \
    When Nicole begins her first day at a new school she is surprised to find herself in all AP classes. Her homeroom is the most mysterious of all as it only contains other students who have powers. Darius is not only their homeroom teacher, but one who also guides the class into using their powers. It turns out that Nicole is a natural, not only that her presence seems to provide a small group of classmates with stronger abilities, she has been the missing link.
     As the group discovers which element fits them and they begin to hone in their powers, Darius gives Nicole a parchment to translate. Together Nicole and the group will solve the puzzles, finding themselves in danger from other worldly creatures and also, maybe find love along the way

About Michelle Madow:

Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

A Long, Long Sleep


         Description from Goodreads.com http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7766070
Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose - hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire - is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes - or be left without any future at all

I have to admit, going into this one brought back the same feelings and emotions as Across the Universe by Beth Revis contained. But this one takes a new turn that makes it stand out on it's own. I enjoyed this one just as much as I enjoyed ATU and recommend it for you as well. It has the same dark mystery going on in it that drives you crazy trying to figure out what's going on.

Rose is very likeable, her feelings very understandable and with technology today I could imagine her situation very clearly. How would that be to wake up 60 years later, not knowing who you are anymore, where you belong and how to function normally. What happened to your family? Then to find out your in danger, cannot figure out who or why and not knowing people well enough to know who to trust or where to go. I became almost addicted to this story once I got into it, stuck in my thoughts for a couple of weeks. Very entertaining, intriguing and contagious..I want more.

I loved the twists in this story, I did not see them coming, I really did not know what to expect and was very delighted with the turn of events.

Although the book does round out nicely in the end, it leaves only a few questions that could be taken into a series

Monday, January 4, 2016

Book Review: The Sleepwalkers by J Gabriel Gates


A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.

Ok I admit it, I love horror stories. I collect scary movies and Halloween is my favorite holiday.  This book was right up my ally and I loved every minute of it. Caleb receives an unusual letter from his past, right after graduation. He and his friend decide to take a road trip to his father's house. He has not seen his father in years and has been unable to reach him by phone. When they arrive to the house, it stinks, it's dirty and obviously something is wrong. All of the furniture and possessions are still in the house but Caleb's father is nowhere to be found. The neighbors and the police have no answers, leading Caleb to find his own. 
Meanwhile, Christine is locked up in a mental facility and Caleb is determined to get her out. But there is a lot more going on in this town and that institution than it appears. 
There is murder, witches, missing people and ghosts running around this town, and Caleb and his friend have just walked right into it. The perfect setting for a great scary read. This is one of my favorite books of the year and I could not be happier to have found it. I can see this one becoming a fantastic horror movie. 
I was on the edge of my seat for several chapters. I loved that the main character doesn't make it through every turn unscathed. He really gets hurt and panic sets in. 
This book is a page turner.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

I like a good challenge! (aka Hello 2016)

It's that time of year again where I have spent the last couple weeks making lists, checking out reading challenges and trying to figure out what I want to focus on in the next year. I expect a lot of changes in my schedule and life in general next year. But that is not stopping me from keeping my reading goals!

Here are a few of the challenges I found online that I want to participate in. Some of the book on the list overlap (so one book can count for more than one topic/checklist) My main challenge this year is that I want to pick up the books from the category from the books I already own.

1. I want to participate more on Youtube, book buddies, read-a-longs and marathons.
2. Popsugar's reading challenge list for 2016
          http://www.popsugar.com/love/Reading-Challenge-2016-39126431
3. Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge
          http://bookriot.com/2015/12/15/2016-book-riot-read-harder-challenge/
4. Continue with my ongoing challenges of reading the 1001 books to read in a lifetime, and some of the Rory Gilmore book list.
1001 Books  http://www.listology.com/ukaunz/list/1001-books-you-must-read-you-die
Rory Gilmore  http://www.listchallenges.com/rory-gilmore-reading-challenge

Yes I admit I always set my goals high. I find it easier to get through rough times in my life if I can have other things to focus on to get me through. So this year I read 77 or so books and next year I am aiming for 100.   I don't count books I read for my internship into my total count mostly because I cannot track those on Goodreads like I do the others.

I am very excited to tackle some of the classic big books. The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment and a re-read of The Count of Monte Cristo are also on my list for 2016!

 I know that everybody does not set challenges or goals for themselves, but I do hope that this next year brings you some great reads throughout the year.

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Krista