Friday, October 21, 2016

Capering On Glass Bridges by Jessica Hernandez

- Goodreads Synopsis -
The Utdrendans have spoken, and everything has changed as a consequence. People normally avoid the fog surrounding the cursed Kingdom of Mar, but now they are asking sixteen-year-old Kaia Stone to venture into it. The Utdrendans implied that there is something special about Kaia. They claimed that she could help free the land; she need only carry out their instructions and deliver a message to the Marian king.

Mar, however, is a land in which dark secrets abound, and many will stop at nothing to ensure that it remains forever cursed. Determined to work against Kaia, unfriendly forces have already begun to gather.

Will Kaia choose to abandon the only life she’s ever known—perhaps indefinitely—in pursuit of the greater good…in pursuit of her purpose?

Capering On Glass Bridges is very unique and unlike anything I have ever read. Jessica Hernandez takes you into this fantasy world where canonipoms are life partners, curses are real, and quests are in full effect. 

We are introduced to three Greylandian sisters: Kaia, Taria, and Elania Stone. The book starts off with Taria's canonipom pairing, which I thought was really unique and awesome. Each person has a right to a canonipom, but why didn't Kaia get one? The stone family is invited to the capitol for a dinner with a few really important people. This is a big deal because the capitol is full of Zavonians and it is not every day that a family like the Stones are invited there. At this dinner Kaia learns that she is needed for an important quest. She is needed to travel to the Kingdom of Mar to deliver a very important message to the King. Kaia's life will never be the same after receiving this information. I will not say anymore about her or her quest though! I am trying really hard not to give away any spoilers! If you would like to join Kaia on her huge adventure, then I really suggest picking up this book! What would you do if your whole life has been a lie? When you are chosen for a great task, and in the process find out things about yourself that you never knew? Kaia finally learns why she was never paired with a Canonipom and I can honestly say that I was mind blown. There is no possible way that any reader could have seen that coming! 

The story and the characters were all awesome! I loved the whole idea and concept of this book. It was really hard for me to read in the beginning though. I found myself a little confused and therefore, I ended up writting down notes about different places and all the different names. I think my problem was that a lot of the places had names that were all very similar so I was mixing them all up. I also found myself using a dictionary! Jessica threw some huge words at me in the beginning that I actually had to look up. I am not complaining though, I really enjoy learning new words! So, thank you for that! 

I loved the sister's bond that they have with one another. Especially Kaia and Elania. It is nice to see sisters sticking together and conquering their fears. Jessica Hernandez creates and amazing world full of dragaons and other creatures. I really enjoyed Jessica's writing and her imagination. One of my favorite creatures was the flird! What is a flird you ask? A combination between a flower and a bird. Flirds are used to carry messages to and from people. How cute is that?

Kaia faces many hardships on her journey and most of them are incredibly exciting to read about. Capering On Glass Bridges truly had a vividly, beautiful world and I am looking forward to book two. There is no way I can go on living my life, not knowing what happens to Kaia! If an author leaves their readers wanting more, then they did a GREAT job!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Keys To The Sun by Marcel Feldmar

- Goodreads Synopsis -
In a city built on legends, the truth is hard to find. 

There is a song about a certain house located somewhere in New Orleans. A house that holds a secret that could shift the balance between good and evil. A secret discovered by three teenagers who find themselves on an adventure that takes them though the French Quarter, from magical playgrounds to mysterious cemeteries. 

On vacation in New Orleans with their parents, Lucas and Parker Chance meet Nicole Wells, a new friend who will be staying with them in an old mansion in the Garden District. After exploring the house during a thunderstorm the adventurous trio finds an old map and strange runes that could point the way towards that legendary house. Before they realize what’s happening they find themselves caught between the darkness and the light as they begin to search for the keys that supposedly can open the door of the House of the Rising Sun. 

Unfortunately there are malevolent forces looking for the same thing, so with the help of their enigmatic Aunt Ruby, the three must follow a trail of clues while avoiding the sinister Trista Cillian and her colleagues. Aunt Ruby, who has been involved in this struggle for far longer than anyone realizes, helps as much as she can while the youngsters race to complete their quest before it’s too late. 

The path the three friends have chosen is dangerous, and as they race to complete their quest they learn to trust each other and accept the help of strangers that appear along the way. They learn that there is a difference between what is real and what is seen, they discover the magic that flows along the streets of New Orleans, and they realize that some mysteries are not meant to be solved. 

Keys To The Sun is a Young Adult novel that will delight fans of mysteries, the supernatural, New Orleans, Vampires, adventure, and really good beignets.

"Once a key-seeker, always a key-seeker."

This is the first book I have read by Feldmar Marcel and I must say that it will not be my last! I was so surprised by this book. It really impressed me and It had my complete attention until the very end. 

Keys to The Sun is about a pair of brothers, Lucas and Parker, who stay with their Aunt Ruby for the summer. There, they meet a bunch of new people and a girl named Cole. Together the kids explore Ruby's creepy old house and around the town. Ruby lives in Twilight Oaks, located in New Orleans. Twilight Oaks is said to be the home to vampires! Yes, you read that correctly. There are many myths and legends that surround Twilight Oaks. While exploring Ruby's house, the children find something unexpected in the attic. The children do not realize that this discovery will forever change their lives. Shortly after this discovery.. people are breaking into Ruby's house and following the children around. What could they want with them? The children soon learn what they have in their possession and that is when their story really begins. You will not want to miss out on their adventures! Who would want to miss out on a Norse Map, vikings, vampires, weird stones, legends, pirates and treasure? I know I definitely wouldn't want to!

"There are good and evil people. There are good and evil monsters. There is a balance."

Keys To The Sun is filled with mystery, excitement, suspense, betrayal, friendship, and bravery! There was never a dull moment and this book left me on the edge of my seat until the very end. I was constantly trying to put the pieces together the whole time and was always on the look out for new bad people! I was so caught up in this book that it almost felt like I was in it. I love when I am able to read a book and put myself into the story and the pages. Feldmar allows the reader to run around the streets of Twilight Oaks with the children while trying to solve the mystery. 

Feldmar created an amazing town with lots of wonderful characters. I love the way he portrayed New Orleans and the creepy vibe. As I said before, When you can relate to the characters and bring yourself into the book with them, you know you are reading a really good book. I really enjoyed Feldmar's writing style and I highly recommend this book!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rebirth by Skye Malone

- Goodreads Synopsis -
One summer later…
Ari Moreau knows all about dehaians, but they’ve never heard of people like her. Hidden in plain sight, the wizards of the ancient world still thrive, rich and privileged and far from the ocean magic that could kill them all.

But when an evening party turns into a bloody dehaian ambush, Ari’s hidden world is shattered. Assassins from the underwater kingdom of Yvaria have come to kill her people and only the last-minute intervention of a gorgeous boy with inexplicable powers saves her life.

Two worlds are about to collide…
But the guy who rescued her shouldn’t exist. He’s impossible in every sense of the word. And the truth of his identity means that nothing in Ari’s life will ever be the same again. 

"It was beautiful. I couldn't deny that. The rush of the waves, the sense of depth just there- right there- waiting like a whole world barely beyond your fingertips."

Rebirth takes you back into Skye Malone's beautifully, creative mind! Her world is so dark, yet so beautiful! I can not even try to explain the world inside her books because I will not do it justice! The world she created is too magically for words. I was not sure what to expect from this book, going back into this world, and seeing some of the characters again. I can honestly tell you that I am not disappointed at all! Skye went above and beyond for her readers and gave us another AMAZING book! I fell in love with all the characters in this series and when I finished the 5th book, I was unsure how to feel. When I heard there was going to be more books I literally jumped for joy!

"The Beast has never left a single one of our kind alive. Yet Arabella lives."

The Awakened Fate series kind of ended with the fifth book, so this book is going back into the story, a year later, from the beasts point of view! I know, you are all probably wondering who or what the beast is, but you will have to read the series to figure all that out! Skye has given her readers some really cool creatures in her past books and continued to do so with Rebirth! Rebirth introduces another really cool creature, a Ruanir! For those who are not familiar with a Ruanir, they have magic and are similar to wizards! How awesome is that? This series really, truly has everything a book needs! There are well developed characters, awesome creatures, drama, excitement, friendship, love, betrayal, and surprises!

In Rebirth we meet a young girl named Ari. Ari is a Ruanir and to her knowledge no one knows that her kind still exist. This all changed when she was attacked on the beach by dehaian. Could the dehaian know what she is? Why were dehaian after her? But someone saved Ari. It was a boy, and this was not your average boy.. this boy was the beast! If Ari was really in the presence of the beast.. why is she still alive? Ari's whole world changes the moment she meets this boy. Her world gets turned upside down and she isn't sure who she can trust anymore. I make it sound like this book is all about Ari, but it is about the beast too! We get to see how the beast lives and what it is like being the beast. I really enjoyed this because us readers were introduced to him in previous books before he was the beast, so it is nice seeing him again. Don't feel left out! You can learn all about the boy before he was the beast too. You just need to pick up book one of The Awakened Fate Series! That is all I am allowing myself to say. I love these characters so much, therefore, I am unable to speak about them without giving away millions of spoilers! And I know.. no one likes spoilers.

"And I hadn't known what to do when she lay there, this girl who should have been afraid of me, facing asleep in my arms instead. I hadn't imagined this feeling would come back. Not again. And I didn't want it to."

Skye Malone is one of my favorite authors! Her writing is so magical and her words really transport you into her world. She knows exactly what to say to portray the perfect scene in her readers mind. I need to see this series as a movie! That would be absolutely amazing! Rebirth is everything I wanted and more as an Awakened Fate fan. You all definitely need to add this book to your TBR list! Rebirth will be available November 10th! For those of you who have not read the previous books in this series, you can get the first book here!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Happily Ticked Off by Andrea Frazer

-Goodreads Synopsis -
Former Hollywood sitcom writer and funny girl Andrea R. Frazer thought she had it all: a hunky husband, two gorgeous kids, a house in the 'burbs . . . but when her son was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, a disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and twitches, her fantasy life imploded. Terrified, she feared he would bark, scream and curse in circle time. Turns out the only person who barked, screamed and cursed was Andrea, as she went head-to-head with this confusing condition. From diet to meds, shrinks to therapists, Frazer has written a no-holds-barred mom-moir about the realities of raising a kid on the spectrum. It isn't always pretty, but it's real, and if you're as scared as she was, clarity can look pretty darn gorgeous. Written with humor, transparency and most importantly, hope, it's Andrea's desire that this book will hold the hand of every special needs parent. "May it whisper in your ear, 'You did not cause this condition. Stop blaming yourself. You are not alone.' And while you're at it, eat a taco. Life is better with a little food. (Trust me on this one.)" Andrea" 

I can honestly say that I have never read a book like this before. Happily Ticked Off is the story of a mom and her journey with tourettes. I am very familiar with the term, and the tics, due to my brother actually being diagnosed with tourettes many years ago. That is mainly why this book sparked my interest so much.

Andrea Frazer is a brilliant writer and has been writing for quite some time. This is the first time I have ever read any of her work and I really enjoyed it. Frazer writes about such a serious topic but in such a humorous way. I don't think many people could do that as successfully as she did. There is a point in the book where she compares her son's tics to family members.

"Like your Aunt Sally, tics are eccentric and always changing. At least they don't wear house coats and small like old musk."

Happily Ticked Off will mess with your feelings a bit, but you come out with so much knowledge and so much information. I was surprised with the words I picked up and all the stuff I learned throughout this book. Frazer writes in such a familiar way that it is extremely easy to relate to her situation and feel all the emotions she felt. I was irritated when she was irritated and happy when she was happy and so on. Frazer wrote this book as if it was a letter to all the moms out there who are struggling with tourettes. I really recommend this book to parents and I am going to make my own mom read this book as well. Frazer is not the only mother who feels this way!

This book is a little guide full of helpful tips and insight on the subject. Frazer covers problems she faced and you may face as well with your child. The biggest problem I think she covered is tourettes in the school system. I feel like her experience with the school her son went to is so very important because children with tics can easily get made fun of, not learn, and become really distracted while at school. My brother had a lot of problems with school once he reached high school. It was nice to see that Frazer's son was doing such an amazing job in school and never really had trouble with bullying and making friends. This proves that it is all how you look at the situation.

"If you can't instantly change the tics, change your thinking."

Frazer has a hard time accepting her son's tics and does not take it well at all.. but who does? I know my mom had trouble with my brother and still does to this day. It was interesting to kind of compare the things Frazer did to the things my mother did for my brother. I liked how Frazer went the natural/ no medicine way! A lot of kids grow out of their tics as they mature, but there are always those few who don't. What I completely loved about Frazer's son is that he loves his tics. He knows what they are and he knows some kids will ask about them and he is honest with the kids that do. Her son is proud of who he is and since he loves his tics, he does not let them bother him. Such a smart boy!

Okay, I am probably giving away a million spoilers here! Sorry everyone, I feel like I can ramble on and on about this book all night. Overall, I really enjoyed reading about Frazer's journey and how her family dealt with her son's tourettes. Frazer really does have a way with words! I also enjoyed all the little quotes she added at the beginning of every chapter. Oh, and I can't forget about her humorous chapter titles! Many, if not all, chapters had the word 'tic' in the title! You can tell she put her heart and soul into this mom-moir and it definitely paid off! There is something so honest and real about Frazer's writing. It is a very touching story, and definitely one that you will want to read.

Tourettes is not the end of the world! Just the beginning of a new one.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Of Winged Creatures & Nesting Grounds by A. Wilding Wells

- Goodreads Synopsis -
Trapped in a cage…

I was running against time and desperate to conquer my fears with my “don’t forget to be awesome” plan. 
One night, I was sulking over my uglier-than-homemade-sin life and reeling from another painful loss. As I thought about my new life, a handsome gent named Hunt Hardick sat next to me. He looked like a good start and was likely a hell of a finish. Suddenly, my plan took on a life of its own.

After a long day as one of San Francisco’s most prominent ob/gyns, I stopped at a bar for a bourbon and a mental break from my ex, who I couldn’t seem to bleach from my system. One glance at Happy’s tearstained angelic face and I was done. I’d never been a guy to turn down a stunning woman who also looked like a beautiful project. 

Hunt was a key in my locked cage that once opened meant I might fly away.

An emotionally charged, rich with feeling story about survival, triumph, and a girl named Happy Go Lucky who had a plan. A plan that didn’t include the ruggedly sexy gynecologist who inserted himself in her life.

This is not the first book I have read by A. Wilding Wells and I can promise that it will not be the last. Yes, it is true that she likes her romance, but her books contain so much more than just romance and love scenes. One by one, her books continue to amaze me.

"He means his smiles, and not everyone does. But, with him, they seem to come from his core. And, while those smiles warm me, lure me in, they scare me."

I have no idea how I am writing right now. After reading Of Winged Creatures & Nesting grounds, I was speechless and left in a book hangover. I wasn't sure how to feel about finishing the book. I know this has happened to all of you readers out there. You are happy, because you finished the book.. but you are sad, because you are leaving the characters for a little while.

I can always count on A. Wilding Wells to write an amazing love story! I am always so excited to read her books because she never disappoints! In this story we meet Happy and Hunt. These are two very different characters, but maybe that is the point? Hunt helps Happy in so many different ways. The two change each others lives for the better, but will it last? Hunt has a problem with saying goodbye. Can this ruin their relationship? Who is Hunt not saying goodbye to? You will have to read this book for yourself to see more of Happy and Hunt's relationship and the drama they face. This is a very romantic, refreshing type of love. Happy and Hunt's love is the ideal, I don't care about looks, type of love. I need to stop typing before I start giving stuff away.! Which is extremely hard because I just want to sit here and talk about this book all day! This is a book and a love story that you do not want to miss out on!

"My demons slither away when he gazes at me."

As I stated above, A. Wilding Well's stories are not just love and romance. Happy has had an extremely rough life and has never felt accepted anywhere. She deals with inner demons and has a whole story of her own going on while she and Hunt share a love story of their own. It is nice to see such thought out and well developed characters. I felt everything that Happy felt. She is such a likable character that it is hard not to relate to her. Lets talk about Hunt now! Hunt is not your average bad boy, and isn't even your average nice boy. There is something special about Hunt and that is what makes their relationship so magical. This book had a hold of my heart and all my feelings were out of my control. Have your feelings ever been controlled by a book before? I know, it sounds super weird, but it is true! The book was controlling my feelings!

"Maybe you were mean't to be mine all along." Color flames across her cheeks. I bury my lips in her hair then whisper, "Maybe you've always been mine or always will be."

A Wilding Well's writing is so enjoyably, magical. I am a forever fan of hers and have been for a while now! Her writing really speaks to me and it is as if she picked the perfect words and wrote them down at the perfect time. Her writing flows so smoothly it is amazing. Each scene is so vivid because her writing is descriptive. I read this whole book like it was a movie playing right before my eyes! Oh, and we can not forget to talk about this beautiful cover!!! All her covers kind of match and are all so pretty and bright! They are beautiful books, inside and out.

This book is definitely a must read! Add it to your TBR list right now! Of Winged Creatures & Nesting Grounds hits shelves October 17th, 2016, so make sure to look out for it! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

No Plain Rebel by M.C. Frank

- Goodreads Synopsis -
soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

In No Plain Rebel, Felix finds out the truth.
Or so he thinks. He’s trying to come to terms with that, as well as with the fact that the Clockmaster’s shack has been discovered by his fellow-soldiers, but he can’t exactly concentrate. The match girl’s fiery curls appear before his eyes every ten seconds, distracting him, and then he starts talking to her in his head.
Because she’s no longer there.
The Stadium is looming in the distance.
It’s ten heartbeats to midnight.

"He doesn't just discover his heart that day; he also finds a way to make the clock work. It will beat like his heart."

No Plain Rebel is the second book in the No Ordinary Star series by M.C. Frank. Frank's books just keep getting better and better! I enjoyed No Plain Rebel more than the first book, only because I understood the story better at this point and everything really starts to make sense! You find out so much in this book and EVERYTHING finally starts to come together.

"You can't predict the course your life will take. That's the beauty of it."

After No Ordinary Star the characters are all familiar with one another and know what they have to do. The clockmaster passed down a huge task to Felix, the soldier, when he died and by now we should all know what that task is! Felix has to take over the clockmasters job and make the clock for the year 2525. The world depends on this clock and Felix does not have to face this task alone. Felix met Astra in the first book and the two are slowly growing on one another. While working together on the clock and uncovering the history of the clockmaster, the two find out some shocking news about themselves. Did Felix and Astra actually come from a family? In the future no one has familes and people are specifically created. So if the two had families.. what happened to them and what does the clockmaster know about it?

It is really awesome watching Felix and Astra grow as characters and uncovering the clockmaster's secrets. It was as if each page had a new secret on it that shocked me! You will never guess who Felix's and Astra's parents are! Felix also proves to have true friends that agree to stand with him in his plan to save the world. You will have to read for yourself to figure out who his true friends are and who his family is! This series will take you on the ride of your life! This is definitely a series that you do not want to miss out on. Frank took me out of my bedroom and into this amazing, magical world. If I could see any book becoming a movie, it would definitely be this one!

M.C. Frank is so creative and has written a truly amazing series. When I think about the characters and the world, I can not help but smile. We see a bit more of Karim, another soldier, in this book and I enjoy that. Karim is slowly becoming a favorite of mine. It is also awesome to see Felix become more and more himself as Astra helps him slowly get off those pills.

I could talk about this book forever! Everything from the pills controlling people to families being nonexistent is just all so unique. Everything in this book is so creative and just so different that it is messing with my mind. I am so mind boggled over this book and everything that has happened so far in it that I am at a loss of words and now feel like I am just rambling on. So I guess I will wrap this up and just say that everyone needs this series in their life. I am dying for book three of this series because book two left me really wanting more. This book ended with what just might be the biggest cliffhanger I have ever experienced!

No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank

- Goodreads Synopsis -
A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

"When you see a formation that's irregular, a star that doesn't look ordinary - that's a real star and no satellite."

After reading No Ordinary Star by M.C. Frank, I can honestly say that I am a huge fan of Frank! Plus, look at how beautiful this cover is! I have said this plenty of times in my reviews, and I will say it again.. I absolutely love books that are different. I love books that you do not see everywhere, books that are super unique, and that is what No Ordinary Star is. I was so surprised and really impressed by this book. No Ordinary Star is the first book in the No Ordinary Star series.

In No Ordinary Star, you are introduced to a soldier, a woman, and a clockmaster. These three characters could not be more different but also could not be more the same. These characters are all connected in ways they could never imagine.

"These memories he's collected so meticulously over the years - they have been his own personal demons as well."

This book takes place in the year 2524, where pills are used to feed your urge to eat and sleep. No one goes hungry, no one is tired, and no one gets sick. But what price does society pay for this? What are they giving up to live such an easy life? Now as much as I would love to talk about the 2nd Enlightenment and the Elimination system, I won't! I am trying really hard to write a review without any spoilers. It is hard thought because I enjoyed this book so much that I want to talk about every single aspect of it!

The soldier soon learns that a huge task has been passed down to him and he now has to over come the challenges he faces in order to save the world. What would you do if you were a top soldier and then the next minute you weren't too sure who you were and had to save the world? Can the soldier accept his new identity? Can the soldier fulfill what he was saved to accomplish? What happens when the woman tries to help him? Can the soldier let her in?

No Ordinary Star was a bit hard to follow at first, but about half way through I started piecing everything together and the story started falling into place before my eyes. There are so many secrets that began to unfold and they blew my mind one by one! I have never read a book like this before and absolutely enjoyed it. M.C. Frank has a brilliant mind and I have no idea how this story came from just a single persons brain! This story was so complex and the characters are all so different and unique. I absolutely loved each and every character that was introduced. Frank describes each character and how he or she feels in such an incredible way, that it is almost impossible not to feel what they are feeling. I felt their emotions just as if they were my own. In books that I have read in the past, I usually relate more to one character and can feel his or her emotions. In No Ordinary Star, I was able to feel each characters emotions and that really says something about M.C. Frank. Frank gives each and every character special attention so each character is able to stand out. Some can easily say that the soldier is the main character, but in my opinion each character serves a huge purpose in this story and each are the main characters in their own ways.

The writing in this book was so beautiful and I just needed more! The fact that it took place in the North Pole made the story all the more magical. Frank used beautiful words to bring the world to life and I found myself wanting to be there! While I was reading, I was 100% engaged to the book, the characters, and the situations. I do not think I have ever been so swept up in a world before! This is a book full of magic, secrets, friendships, love, family, and challenges! This book has it all and I can not wait to read the second book in the series.