In the Arms of Stone Angels

In the Arms of Stone Angels

In the Arms of Stone Angels

Two years ago I did a terrible thing. I accused my best friend of being a killer after seeing him kneeling over a girl's body. That moment and that outcast boy still haunt me.
Now my mom is forcing me back to Oklahoma and I can't get White Bird out of my mind. But when I find out he's not in juvie—that he's in a mental hospital, locked in his tormented brain at the worst moment of his life—I can't turn my back on him again.
No one wants me to see him. My mom doesn't trust me. The town sheriff still thinks I was involved in the murder. And the other kids who knew the dead girl are after me.
I'm as trapped as White Bird. And when I touch him, I get sucked into his living hell, a vision quest of horrifying demons and illusions of that night. Everything about him scares me now, but I have to do something. This time I can't be a coward. This time I have to be his friend.
Even if I get lost, as well…

Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen

( My Thoughts)   5 Hearts!!!!!  STARS 
In the Arms of Stone Angels is one of the most beautiful romance stories I've ever read. Brenna's love for White Bird is not blind-she loves him with every part of being. But before she can surrender her heart, she has to know he is who she believes him to be. Brenna is the only one White Bird trust. This story is an amazing tale of how far a person will go for the one boy you have loved all your life.
I love White Bird and Brenna's heart-melting romance. I highly recommend In the Arms of Stone Angels as a must read.

Circle Nine by Anne Heltzel

Circle Nine

Circle Nine

She knows only Sam, a mysterious teenage boy. He is her sole companion; her whole life. She was born, already a teenager, lying outside a burning building in soot-stained clothes, remembering nothing, not even her name. He showed her the necklace she had on, the one that named her: Abby. Sam brought her to live in his cave-palace, where he gives her everything she needs. He loves her. He protects her from the world outside, from everyone who wants to hurt them, like the denizens of Circle Nine, Dante’s deepest circle of hell. But even in a charmed, brand-new life like Abby’s, change will come. Sam falls ill. A new girl comes to stay, and Abby begins to question Sam’s devotion. With doubt comes emotional turmoil, changes in perception, and glimpses of her past identity. In this courageous psychological thriller, Abby tells the story of living her new life and discovering her old one, while grappling with an ever-changing reality.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Expected publication: September 13th 2011 by Candlewick Press (MA) 

(My Thoughts)     5  STARS!!!!!
This is not an easy review for me. When a story deals with abusive relationships, I normally don't read them. Books with sexual abuse or drug addiction usually a hard read for me. But this book was on my new release list, so I said I'd give it try. I'm so glad I did. I really did fall in love with the story between Sam and Abby. I would have liked to have known more of what happened to Sam, seen more of a resolution for him. Sam really grabbed a hold of my heart and I couldn't let him go. The choices he made took him down a road he could never return from, but I still thought of him as messed-up little boy that I wanted to love and fix. I was, however, happy to see that Abby’s terrifying experience made her a better person from where she first started in this story. Anne Heltzel has an amazing way of writing about a subject I have a difficult hard time reading about. This is a very serious and dramatic situation between Sam and Abby, so be ready with the tissue box. I will definitely be reading more of Anne Heltzel’s books. Circle Nine is an amazing story and a definite must read!!


In the Storm by Karen Metcalf

In the Storm

In the Storm

Abandoned by the world around her, Carly believes she is fated to a life of torment at the hands of her stepfather and is desperate for an escape. When she can bear the abuse no longer and gives in to a thunderous rage, she suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar, yet beautiful, storm world. This limbo between dimensions appears to be her private sanctuary, but it may just be her purgatory.

No one escapes fate without sacrifice, but is the price more than Carly is willing to pay?

 (My Thoughts) 5 STARS

In The Storm by Karen Metcalf was an interesting read. I usually don't read literary kind of works, but I did like this book. Even though there was abuse, and a serious undertone, I liked the way Karen wrote Carley, her character was wonderful, and the way she used the storm to escape from her situation. So I would say read this book, it’s worth your time.
ebook, 88 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Vagabondage Press, LLC

Aurora of the Sun: Aurora Wolf Literary Journal

Aurora of the Sun: Aurora Wolf Literary Journal 

Aurora of the Sun: Aurora Wolf Literary Journal

Aurora Wolf Literary Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy presents, "Aurora of the Sun", the third anthology of 2010's online submissions at Venture with the wolf into fantastic realms whispering from the edge of possibility. Journey through time and imagination where no creature is too formidable an opponent, no dilemma too tall an obstacle to scale. Let loose the hero within you. Fill your flagon with courage and open your minds to the heights of the human spirit. And bring your colors, for in the end you will see the majesty of the universe and you will want to claim it yours.

Paperback, 266 pages
Published March 11th 2011 by CreateSpace
(My Thoughts)   5  STARS
This review is for my daughter, Trisha Wolfe, and I am completely biased. It’s my right as her mother and I'm very proud of her. I love Fair Exchange. I always thought she should've written it as a book instead of a short story, because I love her writing and wanted more. Trisha, hang in there, and you will get the BIG one! And, because I ‘m your mom, I can say this in my review. I LOVE YOU!

Shift (Shade #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shift (Shade, #2)

Shift (Shade #2)


Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to. Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.
As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 3rd 2011 by Simon Pulse

((My Thoughts) 5 STARS!!!!!

 Shade was amazing. Well Jeri Smith-Ready has done it again in the sequel Shift. I just love the way Ready shows the teenage world in her Shade trilogy books. The love story between Aura, Logan, and Zachary is just one of those that you want both guys to end up with Aura. And now there’s also Dylan, who had my heart racing, and hopes high that he would be with Aura. Shift is embracing and edgy. Now this is the hard part, waiting for the third book to be released! I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Shade (Shade #1) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade (Shade, #1)

Shade (Shade #1)

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart.
Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart...and clues to the secret of the Shift.

Hardcover, 309 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Pulse

(My Thoughts) 5 STARS

 I’ve wanted to read this book ever since it first came out, but never got around to it. So when I saw the second book (shift) in my new release review list, I said okay, time to read the first one (shade). WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG! This is a GREAT book .The love story will tear you up. The romance is beautiful. I also love the way Jeri Smith - Ready portrayed all her teenage charters. By that, I mean they’re real. Their language, romances, and music is true to today’s teens. So I Can't wait to read second book in this trilogy. . I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Hereafter (Hereafter #1) by Tara Hudson

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)

Hereafter (Hereafter #1)

Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 7th 2011 by HarperCollins
(MY Thoughts)  5 STARS!!!!!
I just finish reading this book and loved it, this book has the kind of romances that I love to read.
Waiting for the 2 book.

Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini

Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)

How do you defy destiny? 

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history. 

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

 Trisha'sReview: Oh heaven help me, not only is this kind of love story that fires me up, but there’s sparks flying around the non-love interest guys, too!  Angelini is an amazing writer. She sets up a beautiful love story that has spanned the ages combined with an intense plot that keeps you turning the pages. Her writing is clear, descriptive, passionate, and at times humorous. One scene I was holding my breath and the next I was laughing out loud. A writer soon becomes one of my faves when she/he can pull off the love/hate relationship between characters, and Angilini smoked it with Helen and Lucas. Helen can’t seem to control the voice within herself urging her to kill Lucas, and finds herself chasing him down in the hallway at school, ready to pound his head in. But as the story progresses—no spoilers—Lucas and Helen overcome this, and fall in love. Beautifully written, the romance in this story is breathtaking. I loved all the twists and turns and heightened tension between Helen and Lucas as they struggled to be together, and decipher their connection to one another. The other characters are wonderful, too. Lucas’s family (hot brothers, whoa—and cool sisters) are great at helping to build that tension. I have to admit that I did kind of see the twist near the end coming, and was praying it didn’t go there, but… At least part of the story is written in third person, so we get another POV and the reader doesn’t have to wait till the next book to breathe a little easier. I really liked Helen. I’m so happy she was not a whinny, pouty girl that isn't willing to accept her powers. She’s tough, smart, and ready to fight for what she wants. I love the romance in this story. I love the action, the suspense, the plot, and… Just everything! It’s a great addition to the YA market and I’m counting down the days till I can get my hands on the second book. Anyone who enjoys Greek mythology, smoldering, true love romance, and action-packed plots, will devour Starcrossed. I highly recommend it!

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: May 31st 2011 by HarperTeen
    5  STARS

Die for Me by Amy Plum

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: May 10th 2011 by HarperTeen (first published May 5th 2011

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

(My Thoughts:)   5 STARS

 I love this book! Amy, thank you for the romance in Die for Me and an amazing plot. I always look for books that have an powerful love story, and this one has it! Amy,Vincent, all the character are well developed and beautiful,the story is awesome Looking forward to the second book in the Revenants series. Also check out the extras page in ( Die for Me by Amy Plum) it on her site, and read the deleted prologue, and the clip from Vincent’s point of view