Saturday, November 17, 2012

Amy Mah Vampire - A Review

Author:  Amelia Mah
Publisher:  Reardon Publishing
Publish Date:  July 7, 2012




Author's Description:

Today's world is difficult for everyone, especially teenagers. They face the stresses of school, deciding whom to date, and the biggie of sex, just to name a few. Imagine all of those things ten times worse, and you might get an idea of what it's like being a living, breathing teenage vampire.

At last, the world can read about the life of a girl with good teeth, her problems with strong sunlight that gave her spots , and sunblock that made her hair go yucky and produced more spots. Yes, sunlight was dangerous, as she could be the first teenager in history to die from terminal acne!

In her everyday life, older vampires expected her to walk about at night in the traditional female uniform, a see-through, 18th century nightdress, without undies!

Well, this female vampire knew why the cold winds blowing along the corridors were called, "male winds," so she wore her see-through nightdress over jeans and a very thick jumper.

To be sure that people would still know she was a vampire, the jumper had a very large, pink bat on it. And as to guys, well, it was normal for a girl to dream about guys; she just wished the dreams could have involved chocolates and holding hands, not leaping out at someone, ripping off his shirt, and demanding to know what blood type he was (at least not on the first date).

Review:

Amy is not your typical teenager. When she gets attacked by a rapist, her blood lust kind of takes over and the would be rapist is dead. This starts her journey. She meets Phabian, who can't quite figure out where Amy came from. Amy seems to be different from all the other vampires, so Phabian wants to keep her existence quiet. However, Amy is incapable of staying out of trouble. She is constantly getting into scrapes that always end up in death, destruction, and loss of memories. 

This story is action packed and fun. The characters are real and you get intrenched in their emotions and lives. The dynamic of the vampires way of living is well written. It is a breath of fresh air from the usual vampire books. I look forward to the next installment.

Book provided by the author.

About the Author

The Author Amelia Mah is a 20 something snarky, sarcastic, and cynical author who has a very popular blog of how she sees the world from the point of view of a modern teenage vampire.

Following the success of her first book Fangs Rule A Girls Guide to Being a Vampire she had now expanded the idea of life as a teenage vampire into a full novel Amelia has given her avatar her own name so you can see the world first hand from a very bored teenage vampire that has been forced to remain a teenager for far too long. She may have very good teeth and the ability to hang from ceilings but life is far from easy.

You can find her at amymahvampire.blogspot.com



Author:  Rachel Hill
Publisher:  Reardon Publishing


 Author's Discription

The unknown world of boys has been a problem that has plagued girl-kind for many a century. What do you say to them? Which ones should you avoid? And what is going on in that little brain of theirs when they look at you? If only they came with a manual or something...Well now they do! A lovely step by step guide that's split into easy stages, taking you from finding the right kind of boy for you right up to ending a relationship and starting all over again.

Boys can be a bit tricky to understand so it's best to liken them to something most girls know a little bit more about. Like shoes. Yes, boys are a little like shoes. Why? Well...They can be useful. But mainly...They are nice to look at. Getting the right one can be a lovely accessory to an outfit. There are times when you couldn't do without them. And there are times when you'd rather do without them. Get the wrong ones and they can hurt.

This book is a fun read and I wish I had had one when I was a teenager. Find out more at www.gabby-guides.com


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it. The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.

I love this book. The characters are well developed. Jude is a  complex person. He has his reasons for being the asshole that he is. His assistant, Danny, acquires for him this dead man's suit. Craddock McDermott was into hypnotism and the occult and uses his knowledge to now haunt Jude. Georgia, Jude's current girlfriend, gets stuck by an invisible pin in the suit. Her health is now in danger along with Jude's sanity. 


Jude is taken on a wild ride. Anyone who has not read this book, needs to immediately do so now.


Heart-Shaped Box

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review - To the Vanishing Point by Alan Dean Foster


How we spent our cosmic vacation. It's just a boring drive through the Nevada desert - until the Sonderberg family pick up a beautiful young hitchhiker named Mouse and find themselves on a wild, careening ride down the exit ramp to Hell. It seems the entire universe is doomed unless Mouse, a transdimensional alien, can find and heal the dying cosmic Spinner who controls the very fabric of reality. And if she-and now the Sonderbergs-can escape the evil anarchis, the incarnate primal Chaos.

Suddenly attacked by a demonic gas station attendant ax-wielding rats and fire-breathing cops, the Sonderberg family must ecome warriors in a now mystical motor home and battle pangalactic diners, weird worlds, impossible voids, and brain-bending realms of madness. They're driving into a fantastic nightmare to save all creation at the Vanishing Point on the Cosmic Road...

Which happens to be U.S. Interstate 40.

Frank Sonderberg is the dad and the mastermind behind driving a motor home to Vegas  instead of taking a plane. He wanted to enlighten his children, Wendy and Steven. However, it wasn't that long into the trip before he realized this was a fruitless quest. Wendy is only interested in her Walkman and the heavy metal coming out of the headphones. Steven is only interest in when the next food stop will be. His wife Alicia didn't want to go the road trip way either, but knew Frank wanted to so she tries to make the best of it.

It isn't long before they pick up Mouse, the hitchhiker with a voice. They have this wonderful adventure in Hell.

I love that the road trip from Hell becomes the road trip in Hell. Alan Dean Foster is a wonderful author. He has an excellent attention to detail. He makes the different worlds the family visits come to life. There is one place where they are under water and the fish are special fish. We lose a character at this point in the story, he goes off to join the fish.

All in all this is a wonderful story and I highly recommend it to all readers.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Storm Front: A Review

Storm Front by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden - Wizard. Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a - well, whatever.

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get...interesting.
Magic. It can get a guy killed.

First let me say that I love this series. I have read it so many times now. It has every element that makes a story great; vampires, wizards, mystery, the fey, death, good, evil, and the in-between. Harry Dresden is a private investigator that takes on the weird cases. He helps Karrin Murphey, the director of the Special Investigations department of the Chicago P.D. This case involves brutal deaths caused by black magic, and of course Harry is the number one suspect. Morgan is a warden for the White Council and he sets out to prove that Harry did it. 

So, with two groups of people out to get Harry for these deaths, Harry must work against the clock to prove he didn't do it. Add in a reporter for the Arcane, who just wants a story and maybe a little extra, and a few more deaths, things start to get really interesting. I won't go into any more detail, because I do not believe in spoilers. You must read the book for yourself.

Butcher can really jam pack a book with action. Harry goes from one battle to the next. I think the whole story takes place in the time frame of three days, with the situation getting more desperate as everything comes to a close.

The only thing that bugs me is artwork on the books. Harry is always depicted as wearing a hat. There is never a mention of a hat. So where did the hat come from? Mysterious hats aside, I highly recommend this book to everyone. I even got my best friend Jennifer to read it, read it and love it just as much as me. 


Sunday, March 18, 2012

A BLOOD MOON: Macedo Ink Series


A Blood Moon is the first in the Macedo Ink vampire series. The story is centered on Alexander, King of Macedonia. That is right; Alexander the Great is a vampire. He is kind of involved with Jacqui Bruson, a private investigator who has to have all the answers. Jacqui’s assistant is Samantha, another wonderfully complicated character. Don’t want to give too much away, because there is a lot of personal development that Sam goes through. Throw in Catalina, a woman in trouble and you have a recipe for a great story. Oh, and don’t forget the demons, angels, and police detectives.

This story was well written. However, there were some things mentioned that led me to believe that there was a previous book. Alas, no. I hope my questions get answered in the next book:  As Blood Rages.




Bitten Twice is an author who primarily writes in the paranormal romance and urban fantasy genres. She recently released the first in the Macedo Ink vampire series in October of 2010 and can be found on the web at http://www.bitten2ice.com; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/BittenTwice/295323473457; Twitter: @bitten2ice; Blog: http://www.bitten2ice.com/TheFullFang. She can also be found on GoodReads and Shelfari.
Bitten Twice currently lives in Hollywood, FL with her family. Courageously in love with one man and two children, they all take care of the family’s two dogs. Bitten is a lifetime member of the Florida Writer’s Association and an associate member of International Thriller Writers.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

A Hidden Truth
Mortal Enemies
Doomed Love 

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki – a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.


Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away – if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.


Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.


The best way to celebrate the year of the dragon is to read books about dragons or the draki as they are called in Firelight. This book was excellent.


Jacinda is not only a draki, but she is unique out of all the pride. She is a fire-breather. The story begins with Jacinda breaking the rules, getting into trouble, getting rescued by an unlikely person, and being forcibly removed from her home. And that isn’t even the half of it. Once Jacinda, her mom, and her twin sister Tamra get settled into where they are going then things really get going.


Throughout Jacinda has to make some really tough choices, looking deep within herself to find what she needs. And of course with this being a story for the young adults one of the things she needs is to fall in love. And of course with the guy, according to everyone else, who is all wrong for her. (Let’s face it, who doesn’t at some point want to fall for the bad guy? That’s why we read these stories.)


I really enjoyed the symbolism, she is a fire-breather and she has a lot of inner fight. She will not go quietly into the night…or will she? You have to read the book to find out. One thing that got me though is how incredibly selfish everyone is. Don’t want to say anymore, because that would give away some of the good stuff.


I can’t wait to get the second book in this series, Vanish. I must find out what happens next. The third book, Hidden, comes out September, 2012.


What books about dragons are you going to read? 





Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf-her wolf-watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.
The heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.
The shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human-and Grace must fight to keep him-even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

Shiver is one of those reads that grips you from the very beginning. It starts out with Grace and tells the story of how she met the wolves. From that point on the story takes you on a hot and cold roller coaster ride. This is a different take on wolves then I am used to. I never would have thought to use the temperature as the reason for the change, and that the moon really holds no sway. I loved the love story; the obstacles that must be over come. I don't want to say to much, because it would give the story away. I am not one who likes spoilers.

Another thing that makes this an interesting read is the way it alternatives first person point of view between Grace and Sam. I love being put in the mind of the characters; their take on others. Everything about this book just makes the characters come alive. I was joyful when they were joyful; ached when they ached.

This week I will be continuing the story with Linger. Look for the review soon.

Shiver