Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

By: Jennifer Armentrout
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

From Author's Website:
"Dying sucks--and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not've been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time."
I'm already obsessed with Armentrout's Covenant series which has been getting a lot of buzz even though the first book isn't published till October.  Until then you can get acquainted  with her writing with her free read Daimon over at

Monday, July 18, 2011

Review: The Pace

The Pace by Shelena Shorts
Publisher: Lands Atlantic Publishng
Publication Date: August 19, 2009

"Nineteen-year-old Weston has everything.  He's super hot, mysterious, dangerous, sincere, and vulnerable.  He's also a one-of-a-kind evolution that will change the idea of immortality forever.  Anyone would be drawn to hm, even without fate's intervention, and when eighteen-year-old Sophie crashes into him, there's no turning back.  

All that remains is figuring out who, or what, he is, and with a little perseverance, she'll find out the indelible truth--right along with a century-old secret...and a threat for which neither of them are prepared." (From back of the book)

My Review:
The story starts out pretty normally where the reader is introduced to the main character, Sophie, who has recently moved to California and has a close relationship with her mother.  One day she literally crashes her car into Wes', who insists he doesn't want her insurance information and drives off.  From that brief encounter I was hooked to the story, the chemistry felt real, instantaneous, and believable. I found myself wondering about his motives and the mystery behind him.  When the secret was finally revealed I was impressed by such an original idea for sci-fi.  Most of the book is focused on Wes and Sophie's relationship and their development as a couple which I loved, but don't worry there is plenty of drama and some action as well once other people become aware of Wes' secret and well as the truth about Sophie.  Sophie is a great character she is not afraid to say what is on her mind (including when she thinks Wes is acting ridiculous)  and is very independent.  She has a lot to deal with when she finds out the truth about Wes and herself, I don't want to give too much away other than these two are destined to be together.  Wes is beyond sweet, protective, and caring he makes a great love interest (especially during a certain carnival scene). I will admit I got a little frustrated with Wes at one point, even though his heart was in the right place.  I would definitely recommend this book to others and I know other review are comparing it to other books such as Twilight, but I feel Shorts made this story her own.  This was a great read with 3 other books in the series, the second one The Broken Lake is already out and book three will be out in August. 

You can read the first chapter on amazon and decide if you want to order it

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review: Being Jamie Baker

Being Jamie Baker by Kelly Oram
Publisher: Bluefields
Publication Date: June 14, 2010

"An accident that should end in tragedy instead gives seventeen-year-old Jamie Baker a slew of uncontrollable superhuman abilities.

To keep her secret safe Jamie socially exiles herself, earning the title of Rocklin High's resident ice queen. But during a supercharged encounter with star quarterback Ryan Miller she literally kisses anonymity goodbye. Now the annoyingly irresistible Ryan will stop at nothing to melt the heart of the ice queen and find out what makes her so special.

Unfortunately, Ryan is not the only person on to her secret. Will Jamie learn to contain her unstable powers before being discovered by the media or turned into a government lab rat?

More importantly, can she throw Ryan Miller off her trail before falling in love with him?" (From Goodreads website)

You should watch this amazing book trailer it is what convinced me to buy the book.

My Review:
Loved this book Jamie was a normal girl until a chemical spill changed everything and she found herself with green hair, yellow eyes, heightened senses, and other superpowers.  It starts out with Ryan Miller trying to get a kiss from Jamie in order to win a bet, he is very straight forward about his reason, but after the kiss he falls for her.  Jamie on the other hand tries to push him away since she is doesn't always have control over her powers and is trying to deal with her past.  Oram finds a way to make Ryan's pursuit of Jamie very endearing I couldn't help but smile at how sweet and charming he is throughout the book.  While Jamie puts up a cold front she is a very likeable character who avoids others for their own good, since she can't always control her powers.  Although Jamie's parents don't have a huge role they are super supportive of her and try to make sure she leads as normal a life as she can, it was nice to see parents who were involved but not trying to hover over her.  Most of the book focuses on Jamie and Ryan, but there is also someone after Jamie trying to expose her secret and is stalking her relentlessly.  The story moves along smoothly and without meaning to I read the book in a couple of hours.  There are surprising twists, sweet moments, and drama.  There is one small plot hole that I wish was given more closure (it has to do with a side character).  I would highly recommend this book and will definitely read anything else Oram writes in the future.  

You can read the first chapter of Being Jamie Baker over at

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

The Last Echo 
By: Kimberly Derting
Publication Date: April 17, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins

From Author's Website:
"Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye...."

I love the Body Finer series and I can't wait for this book to come out!