Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

The Girl Who Heard Demons by Janette Rallison

The Girl Who Heard Demons by Janette Rallison

A YA Suspense with Paranormal Elements Based on the title, I was expecting horror; based on the author (I’ve read her before), I was expecting it to be mild. While there are mild horror elements (because, demons), for me, this read more like a suspense story that just happens to have paranormal abilities thrown in. Yes, Adelle hears demons, and yes, they are slimy and a little freaky. Through the course of the story, she eventually sees and hears angels, as well. But the meat […]

April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Review: Birthright by Nichole Giles

Review: Birthright by Nichole Giles

I loved this book! Book 1, Descendant, was great. We learn about Abby’s powers as she does–and realize that there is a mysterious connection between her and Kye, beyond the blooming romance. In this book, we learn even more about this connection. The more time they are together, the faster they die. On the flip side, being apart is physically painful. An interesting set-up. Abby and Kye feel very real to me, the characters are well-developed and talk and act just like real teenagers. Well, […]

July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Review: Spell Check by Julie Wright

Review: Spell Check by Julie Wright

I loved this story! Yes, it’s the typical “I-just-found-out-I’m-special” type YA paranormal story—but this one is funny and clever. It incorporates some of the Swedish mythology, which was new for me and fun. It starts with a group of cheerleaders “hanging” Allyson on her birthday, which just happens to be a few days before Halloween. Allyson, being a typical teenager and clueless about her powers, wreaks havoc upon them. It’s awesome! Trying to wrap her brain around the fact that she’s a witch, learning to […]

July 21, 2014 | 2 Comments
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The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

I’m not super familiar with Egyptian gods and goddesses, so I have to admit, I found this book really confusing in the beginning. There were a lot of characters thrown at you right away. Add to that the switching from past to present, with some backstory thrown in and it became so confusing for me that I put it down a few times during the first several chapters, wondering if it was worth it to finish. But I’ve liked Kiersten White’s other books SO MUCH […]

July 4, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Normally, I don’t do negative reviews. I never review a book that I didn’t like well enough to finish. And if I do finish it and decide I can’t give it a decent review, I just don’t mention it here. Unless it’s a special case—where I feel I need to give readers a heads up. First, let me tell you the good stuff about this book. I thought this was such a clever idea. I was really intrigued. Pike absolutely does a fabulous job of […]

June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Aura by Rebecca Lynn Talley

Aura by Rebecca Lynn Talley

Right up front, I want everyone to know two things. 1) I consider Rebecca Talley a friend and she gave me a copy of Aura with the understanding that I would do a review, IF I liked it. But friend or not, I don’t give good reviews to books I don’t like; and  2) I designed the cover for AURA. Rebecca and I worked together on it, sharing ideas and tweaking things. But that doesn’t mean I have a stake in the success of the […]

March 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
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A Blind Eye by Julie Daines

A Blind Eye by Julie Daines

I’m always just a little apprehensive when someone asks me to do a book review. If it’s an author I already like, no problem. But otherwise, it makes my tummy just a little uneasy when I open the book and start into those first few pages. I’m so afraid of being disappointed. Especially when the offer of review started as, “My friend wrote a book and I loved it…” Well, of course you did. They’re your friend; you’re going to like their stuff. You’ll get […]

February 11, 2013 | 3 Comments
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The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum

Abby is a senior in high school, with her life all lined up. Then she meets Dante—and her world turns upside down. He’s cute, mysterious, and odd things happen when he’s around. I really liked this book. In fact, the only thing I didn’t like was I felt Abby abandoned her girlfriend to a guy she at first knew was a bad influence, and later learned was downright evil. The consequences to her friend were pretty shattering. I would talk to my kids about this […]

September 22, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Don’t read this book! Seriously. Unless you’re prepared to buy all five books currently available in the series and lock yourself away, neglect your house, your kids, your husband—and just read, read, read until you’re done. Because it was that good. And if you’re thinking you can read just one book at a time, think again. This is the Lays potato chips of vampire stories—and each book ends with a killer cliff-hanger. But to back up a bit. . . My sister has been bugging […]

September 20, 2012 | 11 Comments
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Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Despite my negative comments about Bella’s IQ level, I’ve liked this whole Twilight series. As a writer, Stephenie Meyer is not my favorite, but she’s getting better with each book. And she is a strong storyteller—as evidenced by the popularity of this series. I still think Bella is an idiot. Seriously. My 17-year-old daughter and I have a mantra, “Bella is an idiot.” We don’t understand her motivation. And I really don’t get this relationship. Why does Bella love Edward? Because he’s beautiful. Why does […]

September 4, 2007 | 1 Comment
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