Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma



Forbidden

Forbidden

 
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: June 28th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published May 27th 2010)


(My Thoughts)      5   STARS!!!!!
The only way I know to begin this review is with a beautiful quote. Tabitha Suzuma
starts her book with:

                      
“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.” ~Anonymous

I went into this book, probably like everyone else did, seeing only black and white, right or wrong. But after reading Forbidden, I have to say, in some circumstances, you have to see gray. And by that, I don't mean incest is okay. Gray means compassion, understanding, and wisdom to know how deal with a situation correctly. It’s safe to say none of the parents, police, or social services had any of these qualities to see this way. I can see how this situation could happen—Lochan and Maya born in to life they did not choose, but had to deal with the best way they could. Life was against Lochan from the time his mom conceived him, and she never let him forget that. Lochan became a father instead of a brother at the age of 13 when his own father left. And with their mom drinking, and her neglect, Lochan wanted to keep the rest of his family together. Maya, who’s sixteen, became Lochan’s helpmate to share this reasonability since they were the oldest. They became Dad and Mom. I would love to say more on Lochan to give understanding about him, but I don't want to give any spoilers. I will say Lochan’s character was amazing. You can see what an admirable young man he is. The story plot was definitely strong, emotional, and intense. You'll need a large box of Kleenex with this book. Forbidden tore my heart to pieces. Tabitha Suzuma is an awesome author. She took a taboo subject no one wants to think about—let alone talk about, and gave understanding to how it could happen with compassion for the forbidden. This is a definite must read!!         



Meant to Be (Meant to Be #1) by Tiffany King

Meant to Be (Meant to be #1)

Meant to Be (Meant to be #1)

 
Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets from their past about their shared connection threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.
ebook, 169 pages
Published March 18th 2011 by Self Published (first published March 15th 2011) 


(My Thoughts)    5   STARS!!!!!
Meant to Be has the most beautiful fantasy romance. I would love to meet the guy of my dreams lol. I love it when a book is full of heart-throbbing romance. Tiffany King’s story garbed me at the beginning and didn't let me go. I wanted to keep on reading about Krista and Mark even after I read the last page. Mark and Krista are definitely soul mates. They are meant to be, and the strong, twisty story plot is amazing.  Krista and Mark are trying to find each in hopes of finely being together, and if they’re separated, their hearts are totally broken.  That is true love to me—one heart, one mind, one body—you can’t live without the other one because together they are a whole. Oh yeah, that's romance! Krista met Sam. It’s Krista's first best friend relationship. Sam helps krista to understand her relationship with Mark. Sam also has a soul mate Shawn, and these two couples have a purpose for being drawn to each other . I enjoyed reading this book and. I’m glad Ms. King shared her story with me. I so admire indie authors because without them, I would not be able to read a lot of awesome books. Meant to be is another fantastic indie book. It definitely a must read!!!

Tantalize: Kieren's Story by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Ming Doyle

Tantalize: Kieren's Story


Tantalize: Kieren's Story


Illustrated by hot new talent Ming Doyle, Cynthia Leitich Smith’s TANTALIZE is reimagined as a graphic novel— seen through Kieren’s werewolf eyes.
As a hybrid werewolf, Kieren is destined to join an urban Wolf pack and learn to master his shift. Soon, he’ll leave everything behind: home, school, his family, and Quincie, his human best friend . . . who’s beginning to be a whole lot more than a friend. For years, Kieren has managed to keep his desires— and his wolf— at bay. But when the chef at Quincie’ s family restaurant is brutally murdered, Kieren resolves to be there for her, even if it means being framed. Even if it means watching Quincie’s beloved restaurant morph into a vampire lair. But when the new chef begins wooing her, how long can Kieren control his claws? How long can he protect Quincie— and himself? In an elegant graphic edition featuring cinematic sequential art by debut artist Ming Doyle and lush, romantic cover art by Sam Weber , bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith re-envisions her delicious dark fantasy through wolfish eyes.

Paperback, 192 pages
Expected publication: August 23rd 2011 by Candlewick Press

(My Thoughts)      4   STARS!!!!
Tantalize: Kieren's Story, is a graphic novel. The illustrations in this novel were nicely done. I have to say I liked reading the story from Kieren's POV, it gave me more insight to Kieren's desire for Quincie, and him handling being a werewolf. The characters and story plot was strong, and with it being in comic book format, made it a fun read. I would recommend this for middle grade to teenagers, or to anyone who loves comic books. Tantalize: Kieren's Story is a fun read. I enjoyed it.

Embraced by Blood ( Sweetblood #2) by Laurie London

Embraced by Blood (Sweetblood, #2)

Embraced by Blood (Sweetblood #2)

 

Alfonso Serrano is a hunted man. For months he's managed to elude the Darkbloods, vengeful foes who won't rest until he's dead. But he still craves one dangerous temptation: Lily DeGraff, the sexy Guardian agent he'll risk anything to protect. Lily is a wanted woman. Her talent for tracking Sweet—a rare blood type that's addictive to vampires—makes her a prime target for enemy capture. Her only hope is the stealthy vampire operative who stole into her bed…then left her in despair. Danger aside, Lily won't let Alfonso near her heart again—until an irresistible hunger threatens to draw them back together… and into an assassin's snare.
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2011 by HQN Books 


(My Thoughts)      5  STARS!!!!!
The Sweetblood series is awesome! It’s full of steamy romance, fantastic action, and has an amazing story line centered around the Guardian Vampire agents and the Darkblood Alliance. In Bonded by Blood, I got just a glance of Alfonso Serrano and I definitely wanted more of this gorgeous bad boy, but I got my fix in Embraced by Blood. The Darkbloods discover that Alfonso has been a double agent really working with Lily for the Guardians, so now the Darkbloods has sent Rejavik an assassin after him. The Romance between Alfonso and Lily is so breath-taking,teasingly hot.
. Their off-again-on-again relationship will have you rooting for them to get it together. I love the Sweetblood series by Laurie London. Its packed with action, delicious romance, and hilarious moments, and Embraced by Blood definitely gave me more of what I came to love with the characters and awesome story plot. I highly recommend Embraced by Blood, the second book in the Sweetblood series. It’s totally Fantasist! The third book will be 'Tempted by Blood' which will be good-time-loving Jackson's story. Waiting impatiently for this book!

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

Divergent (Divergent #1)

 
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.
Hardcover, 487 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books 
 
(My Thoughts)      5 STARS
 I love Dystopian novels. Divergent is one more that's going on my favorites list.The world building is magnificently done. The five different factions were easy to visualize, each one clearly described. Tris is one amazingly strong, independent, and courageous sixteen-year-old girl. She learns how to kick butt, and to take a beating in return. She’s a little petite girl who's is kind of made to feel worthless and helpless. Described as a small framed girl, I couldn't help envisioning my own daughter as I read about Tris’ character. My daughter is named Trisha, but I’ve always called her Tris, and she’s very petite as well. And as my Tris is a little fireball, that's how I pictured this Tris, too. I also love Four. He’s a gorgeous hunk of an eighteen-year-old. Four's feeling for Tris were like a roller coaster ride—slow climb to the top, but then he sent my heart soaring till the end of the ride. And I'm ready to get back on in the second book. I also thought Divergent had a powerful, in depth story plot, with what Tris, Four, and all the other characters were going though. I would of liked to seen a deeper romantic relationship between Tris and Four, but I can wait for my steamy fix in the next book. The other thing I would have liked to have seen was a different outcome for Tris’ guy friend Will, but that’s just my own feelings.

Divergent is Awesome! A must… must Read!

Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon) by SM Reine

Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon)

Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon)

 
Rylie's parents are going through a messy divorce. They send her to summer camp to get her out of the way of their fighting lawyers, but she's just as miserable at the girls' camp as she was at home-- there's nothing vegetarian for her to eat at the mess hall, she hates hiking and archery, and the other campers taunt Rylie mercilessly.

One night, the bullying goes too far, and Rylie runs away. She doesn't get far. It's a full moon, and she isn't alone in the forest. A wild animal mauls her. She's certain she won't survive.

Instead of dying, she wakes up unharmed in her cabin the next morning. The only sign that something has changed are the healed scars on her chest, her increasingly keen senses, and her sudden craving for raw, bloody meat. A boy from the other camp seems to know what's happening to her, but Rylie isn't sure if she can trust herself with Seth.

Rylie soon learns that she only has until the end of summer before she becomes just like the monster that attacked her: a man-eating werewolf hungry for human flesh. Unless she can find a cure, she's only six moons away from transforming forever and losing her life to the hunger...
Kindle Edition
Published April 25th 2011 (first published March 15th 2011) 
 
(My Thoughts)         5   STARS
As I got a little ways into Six Moon Summer, I was starting to get worried about how I was going to review this story. I have never disliked a main character as much as Rylie before, but I told myself I was going to finish the story before I passed too much judgment on her. I'm so glad I did, because it wasn't until the end of the book that I realized it was the author’s intention to make me dislike her, or I should say dislike Rylie's attitude toward life and other girls. I have never read a book that took this tactic. I mean sure, the main character usually has to show character growth and become strong in his or her character, but I have always liked them during this process. With Rylie I really just wanted to smack her. So hats off to you Ms. Reine for being such amazing writer. Ms. Reine definitely pulled me into this story and had me feeling very strongly—my emotions were all over the place. I know I’ll love Rylie in the second book of this series. She really grew from the beginning of this story to the end to become a better person. I do like Seth. He also starts to have more personality toward the end. I know I'm really going to enjoy seeing where Rylie and Seth’s relationship goes in the next book. I guess I really don't have to say that Six Moon Summer has a strong, keep-you-turning-the-pages plot; you can tell by my review that I had strong feelings, but the plot is action-packed and interesting. The writing itself is great. It reads clearly and I inhaled it in a day.  Six Moon Summer is an amazing novel. It’s definitely A must read!! 

Amaretto Flame by Sammie Spencer



From Goodreads: Olivia has spent her life learning about her enemies, the deadly Venator - including how to kill them. What she knows nothing about is whiskey, playing poker, or rugged, copper-haired musicians. As punishment for a small 'crime,' Olivia is sent to a safe house in a human town and forced to live as one of them for a summer. There, she meets the charming Jackson Vance, and her real education begins. She soon discovers that she's being hunted, and figuring out why means she uncovers a secret that threatens to end everything she's ever fought for.

Kindle Edition
Published March 24th 2011

( My Thoughts)    5 STARS
I started reading Amaretto Flame at 8:00 p.m. last night, and the next thing I knew it was 2:00 A.M., You know a book is good when you lose track of time. I really loved the charters in Sammie Spencer’s book. Let’s start with Olivia. She’s strong-willed and a little rebellious, and she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her family. That's probably why I love her so much—that and she can kick some major butt. Then there’s Jackson, the gorgeous musician that all girls want, but can’t have. Jackson’s the bad boy who just wants to play the field. No girl can claim his heart. But there’s something different about Olivia that pulls Jackson to her, however, Olivia is guarding her heart also. So will these two ever get together? Or will Venator, family, and their own hearts stop them from finding love. I love this book, it has it all romance, action, bad guys that you're wanting. So if you're looking for a book you won’t be able to put down—you just have to know how it ends—then Amaretto Flame (Eagleton Coven) by Sammie Spencer is defiantly a book to check out.




Minder (Ganzfield #1) by Kate Kaynak

Minder (Ganzfield, #1) 

Minder (Ganzfield #1)

Sixteen-year-old Maddie Dunn is special, but she needs to figure out how to use her new abilities before somebody else gets hurt. Ganzfield is a secret training facility full of people like her, but it's not exactly a nurturing place.

Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control.

A stray thought can burn a building to the ground.

And people's nightmares don't always stay in their own heads. But it's still better than New Jersey. Especially once she meets the man of her dreams...
Paperback, 249 pages
Published June 18th 2010 by Spencer Hill Press (first published May 6th 2010)
 
(My Thoughts)      5   STARS!!!!!
Minder is one book that you shouldn't judge by its cover. It's totally AWESOME!
Maggie Dunn is a sixteen year old girl who discovers she has special powers after she is almost
horribly victimized Dr.Williamson's takes Maggie to Ganzfield, a very different kind school. There
Maggie meets other teenagers like herself. She falls for Trevor Laurence who has a unique power
of his own.
Maggie and Trevor have a special relationship to each other, being soul mates has a very different
meaning for them, the romance between these two blew me away. It swooned me onto cloud nine.
The friendship bond that devolops between Maggie with Drew, Rachel, and Hannah is terrific,and
I can't wait to see how this all comes together in the next book. Minder has an amazingly strong,
powerful story filled with action, evil villains, super heroes and romance that will melt your heart.
Minder is Fantastic! Definitely a must, must read you will not be disappointed!
 
 
 

Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz


Spellbound 

Spellbound



 What’s a girl to do when meeting The One means she’s cursed to die a horrible death?
What's a girl to do when meeting The One means she's cursed to die a horrible death?
Life hasn’t been easy on sixteen-year-old Emma Conner, so a new start in New York may be just the change she needs. But the posh Upper East Side prep school she has to attend? Not so much. Friendly faces are few and far between, except for one that she’s irresistibly drawn to—Brendan Salinger, the guy with the rock-star good looks and the richest kid in school, who might just be her very own white knight.

But even when Brendan inexplicably turns cold, Emma can’t stop staring. Ever since she laid eyes on him, strange things have been happening. Streetlamps go out wherever she walks, and Emma’s been having the oddest dreams. Visions of herself in past lives—visions that warn her to stay away from Brendan. Or else.
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 21st 2011 by Harlequin Teen


(My Thoughts)        5  STARS
Spellbound is a beautiful, modern day fairy tale. I was spellbound by this ‘lost’ love story between Emma and Brendan. Emma Connor, a smart, beautiful girl, definitely hasn't had a fairy tale life. She goes to live with her Aunt Christine in New York, and there she starts a new life at the private school, Vincent Academy—a rich, upper class society. All Emma wanted was to keep a low profile and make it through her last two years, but her destiny walks through the door of her English class as Brendan Salinger, a gorgeous, athletic, rich, and popular guy. Spellbound was an amazing read. I truly enjoyed seeing Emma, Brendan, and all the teen characters acting and talking like the real-today-teens. It pulled me right into their lives. This story had an incredibly strong plot that held me captive. Emma and Brendan’s relationship is wonderful. I so love Brendan for how he adored and protected Emma, and Emma for her love for Brenda—to not give up on it no matter what, not even if it means her death. With the way this story ended, I’m confident there will be a second book to Spellbound. There is also a play list at the end of the book which I really like. You get to see more of Brendan and Emma’s personal feelings and emotions for each other in the music they listen to. Spellbound is a must, must read!!!  The romance in Spellbound is breathtaking!! Thank you Carla Lynn Shultz for this awesome novel.       

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 Starcrossed (Starcrossed, #1)
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Blood Red Road (Dustlands #1) by Moira Young


Blood Red Road (Dustlands, #1) 

Blood Red Road (Dustlands #1)

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.
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Hardcover, 448 pages
Expected publication: June 7th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry

(My Thoughts)      5   STARS
I love Dystopian novels, and Blood Red Road didn't disappoint me. This book was way more than I expected. The characters, the world, and story plot were totally amazing. The different way they talk was a big plus, and it quickly pulled me into their world and made me believe it was real. Saba and her twin brother Lugh are eighteen. They live in Silverlake with their Pa and little sister Emmi, who is nine. Saba has never seen more than two people in her life, so when the four horseman, which are the Tonton, show up and take Lugh away, she knows she’s the only one who can save him. Saba has to grow up fast and become someone she never she dreamed of becoming to save her brother. She meets Jack, who show her the way to Freedom Fields to find Lugh. Jack is cocky, slick, and a fast talker who’s falling for Saba. The relationship that grows between Saba and Jack is a difficult and beautiful one. It stole my heart .What I also love about this book was the maturity of the characters. The story line was strong, and I believed everything that was happening was real. I really enjoyed Blood Red Road and can say it’s one of my favorite books. It’s definitely going to be one of the best books of the year. I’ll be counting down the days till the second book in Moira Young Dustland’s series is released. Blood Red Road definitely a must read!