One year after her beloved sister drowned while swimming in cold New England waters, sixteen-year-old Brandi Vine is still struggling to understand what happened. As she mourns on the rocky beach where her sister's lifeless body washed ashore, she is unaware that a pair of haunting gray eyes is watching her from beneath rolling ocean waves.
attends a party that goes horribly awry, the mysterious owner of the
gray eyes emerges from the ocean depths and comes to her rescue. She
only sees him for a few brief moments, but that's all it takes to turn
Brandi's world upside down. What were the strange markings on his neck
that seemed to flutter with every breath? How did he possess such
inhuman strength and grace? And why did he look at Brandi with such
Brandi's fascination with the Swimmer grows. She makes
it her mission to find him again and learn who - and what - he is.
Meanwhile, the Swimmer’s fascination with Brandi compels him to leave
the safety of the ocean behind, to be with her at all costs. They are
from two different worlds, but neither of the star-crossed romantics can
resist the pull of the other.
Ultimately, when her feelings for
the Swimmer swell beyond her control, Brandi comes to realize that the
strange young man from the sea can unlock the secret of her sister's
The story was not as much of a whirlwind romance as I was expecting from it. The attraction that the swimmer and Brandi find with each other is very much curiosity and interest before any of the romance begins.
I felt that this story was a variation between parts that I really enjoyed and sections that I had to push myself to read through. I do believe that there could have been some editing and corrections that could really make this a faster and more gripping read.
Perhaps the most interesting part of this story is The Swimmer himself. A more reality based merman that most stories I have read. When I read the descriptions of him, his skin and overall physical attributes I cannot say that I was tempted or attracted one little bit. I found him interesting and other-worldly but at the same time so close to human that he was very natural. In my opinion.
One thing I can say is that this story is unique. It had a variation of ups and downs as far as the plot line and pacing of the story. Overall it's one that I would recommend because of it's originality when compared to the other teen mermaid books I have read throughout the years.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
When an imaginary animal from her troubled teenage years reappears, Virgin takes it to mean one of two things: a breakdown (hers!) or a warning. When the dead bodies start piling up around her and Nate, she decides on the latter.
Something terrible is about to happen in the park and Virgin and her new partner are standing in its path…
The First Book in the Peacemaker Series
It will be release in UK and US in early May 2014, and available soon after in Australia.Cover by Joey HiFi, published by Angry Robot.
(From Goodreads Page)
About this author
Marianne de Pierres is the award winning author of the acclaimed Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion science fiction series. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, three sons and three galahs. Her newly released young adult dark fantasy novel, Burn Bright, is one of her most loved books. Burn Bright is the first in the trilogy and will be followed by Angel Arias and Shine Light. Marianne is also the Davitt award-winning author of the Tara Sharp humourous crime series under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Visit her websites at http://www.mariannedepierres.com http://www.tarasharp.com http://www.burnbright.com.au and http://glitterrose.wordpress.com
Posted by Krista@Cubicleblindness at 3:30 PM
Sunday, December 1, 2013
For fourteen years, street-urchin Paul's miserable existence has kept him safe from an ancient law that sentences all second-born twins to death. When he learns he is the younger twin of the mentally handicapped Crown Prince who's in danger of being killed for his disability, he agrees to play the role of the miraculously healed royal heir. Paul struggles to learn how to act like a born ruler, but finds that his greatest skill, getting by unnoticed, is now his greatest liability. He knows if he is discovered, he will be executed like all second-born twins
Publication Date: October 3, 2011"Urchin King" was a semi-finalist for the "KBR Best Indie Book 2012" award. The 2012 Best Indie Book Contest was established and judged by the reviewers at The Kindle Book Review. They pre-screened hundreds of books and judged them on formatting, writing quality, and if the book “grabbed” them from the beginning.
I decided to add the amazon description of the book along with this post because I do agree with the statement and it includes all of the things that I liked about the book.
The Urchin King is one that grabbed me from the first page and the formatting and writing was good quality for the age range of ~12 and up. The plot was interesting and had many twists. The addition of a powerful wizard and powers of others battling for the Kingdom both entertaining and had a lot of possibilities to build on as far as the storyline.
As the story progressed I did find that Paul seemed to escape every situation a little too easily. There could have been a lot more of a struggle in each situation to help build the emotional ties with the reader to the story. When I sat and thought too much about the wizard and controlling powers I found a lot of loop holes. Paul shines through as a character that is generous and noble, open minded and caring.
This story is entertaining and I did enjoy a lot of the elements, I would recommend it to those that enjoy reading stories of Kings and Castles, Wizards and Princesses.
Posted by Krista@Cubicleblindness at 5:30 PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
16+ 270 pagesMy rating:
TRAPPED AND HUNTED!
Shortly after her trial on New Venus, Zyra Zanr is captured by a team of rival bounty hunters and brought aboard their ship, the Lilith. They intend to take her to the planet Sojo, home of a powerful crime boss who nurses a grievance against her. Zyra fears for her life, knowing death awaits her at the end of the journey. Her captors' seething hatred of her leads to Zyra's horrifying torture.
Drugged, beaten, and near death, Zyra escapes her cell and is pursued. The enemy will stop at nothing to recapture her. Enraged by the abuse she has suffered, Zyra decides to turn the table on the Lilith's crew and show them why she is the most feared bounty hunter in the galaxy.
Book II of the Rogue Hunter series. Amazon
Monday, November 11, 2013
Entangled Embrace is Entangled's New Adult line, launching today with three fantastic books! If you are looking for something new and mesmerizing, embrace the endless possibilities that this brand new Entangled Publishing new adult line offers!
Trouble Comes Knocking by Mary Duncanson
A girl who can’t forget…
Twenty-two-year-old Lucy Carver is like Sherlock Holmes in ballet flats, but her eidetic memory is more albatross than asset, and something she usually keeps hidden. When she notices that something’s amiss at her dead-end job, she jumps at the chance to finally use her ability for good. That is, until, a man is murdered, and she becomes the target of the killer.
A detective on his first case…
Detective Eli Reyes is overbearing, pompous, way too hot for Lucy’s own good, and seems as determined to ruin her relationship with her boyfriend, John, as finding the murderer. He brings Lucy in on the case, thinking she can help him get to the truth, only to cut her loose when he realizes he’s gotten far more than he ever bargained for.
A past that won’t go away…
When memories from her childhood invade her present, Lucy discovers a mystery bigger than she could have imagined. With the killer still after her, and Eli nowhere to be found, she takes things into her own hands, determined to expose the truth no matter what—before trouble comes knocking…again.
Hushed by Kelley York
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn't protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he's never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn't matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another. Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed.
Then along comes Evan, the only person who's ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is.
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer's committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn't get what she wants...
And what she wants is Evan's death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.
Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London
Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle...
Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.
Whatever it takes, however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.
Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite—though she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.
Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.
To celebrate the launch of the new line, Entangled Embrace is giving away a Kindle Fire, an iPod Shuffle, and a $25 B&N Giftcard!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
For sixteen-year-old Ruth, life in New Salem is simple. Obey her parents, go to school, stay inside the walls, and never question the will of the Council. The Council governs New Salem and keeps its people safe, burning mysterious effigies to remind the villagers of the physical and spiritual dangers that seek to infiltrate New Salem's walls.
When Ruth takes to exploring the woods at night, she makes a terrifying and exhilarating discovery: she and her friends Sarah and Elizabeth are witches. But it's dangerous to be different in New Salem, and it isn't long before rumors of witchcraft spread from the Council to the townspeople. After Elizabeth is imprisoned by the Council, it is up to Ruth and Sarah to fulfill their destiny. A coven of witches harbors great strength, and it is only with that strength that they will be able to save New Salem.
Publisher- Diversion Books
Every time I see the words "inside the walls" I have no control over the fact that I instantly think of the movie The Village by M Night Shyamalan. I suppose this is because 1) I love that movie and 2) am always searching for similar stories.
This was one of those stories that hit the mark for me. I really enjoyed the characters, the community and the witch craft. In New Salem there is a separation between the council and the townspeople mainly by the color of robes or clothing they wear. The council is known for their red robes, and the townspeople a very modestly dressed and the town has a very old feeling to it, no technology, farmland and everybody having to do their part for the town to keep alive. The behavior of the townspeople to stay in line is really strict and the kids are watched carefully. Don't forget the forest surrounding the village and the stone wall that blocks them off from any other societies that may be outside.
Ruth is a great main character. She is daring and courageous, the fact that she does question things..mostly because she is different, is a huge plus in this story. There is very little down time and a combination of great elements and characters that really drives the storyline. There is a mystery of where the banished people end up going when they leave. Ruth and her coven are able to develop very amazing powers as they become stronger, and when they are together, that power grows.
I really had a lot of fun reading this story. (I have actually read it twice in the last 4 months) and think that it's definitely one you'd enjoy to read as well. Especially if you are into witches and creepy settings.
Monday, November 4, 2013
American archeologist Dr. Cliff Post and his friend Egyptian archeologist Dr. Abdul Saad discover a hidden chamber in the right paw of the Great Sphinx. Inside they find an ancient supercomputer left there thousands of years ago by ancient aliens. A terrorist group seeks to obtain possession of this supercomputer. The Hidden Chamber in the Great Sphinx is the first in a series featuring the adventures of American archeologist, Dr. Cliff Post. Be sure to read the second in the series, The Underwater Pyramid in the Bermuda Triangle.
Paperback, 110 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Authorhouse
I was emailed a review request from a book publicity company and it was offered as a "YA mystery adventure novel set in Giza, Egypt." While I highly disagree of the usage of the words Young Adult when pitching this book for review. Does not mean I did not like the story. But I do think it's limited to a smaller range of Young Adults that may actually like the story.
Dr Cliff Post has always been interested in Egypt and when his good friend Dr. Abdul Saad invites him to participate in a dig, he jumps at the offer. Cliff is moving to be near is serious girlfriend and her son, taking time off work and now gets to work on a dream job. He couldn't be happier. But when he gets to Egypt he is gets mixed up in a complicated mess with others working on the same dig.
Teens that are highly interested in Egypt and it's history, mostly revolving around the pyramids may find this book interesting as well. There is a underlying factor that the man causing all the troubles for the team highly disagrees with the idea of "outsiders" digging up parts of Egypt. Even though he (the outsider) was asked by Dr Abdul Saad himself to join in the dig.
There are several pages of straight historical facts and information about Giza and the Sphinx itself. Some political aspects of the people of Egypt compared to the information we are given about the 13 skulls.
I did enjoy reading this story, but I also have a love of history and social studies. What I did find lacking is there is no back story to the characters, no growth and I wouldn't particularly call this story an adventure. It is a mystery, it did have fun elements of danger and intrigue and a lot of detailed information.
I would think that adults may connect with the story more so than most young adults. And especially if you have an interest in the pyramid structures themselves.
Posted by Krista@Cubicleblindness at 8:42 PM