The Amarant by Tricia Barr

the amarantI really enjoyed reading The Amarant by Tricia Barr. I found this young adult novel different than the other vampire based novels. The way the characters are introduced and described by Tricia Barr is simply amazing. The story is about a teenage girl named Crimson Wilkinson who is in love with a collection of vampire books she has read. Crimson is more in love with the main character Nicholae Albaric. She decides to type his name in the search engine of a people finder program after she falls bored while searching for her father. What she does not expect to find is a match, Nicholae Albaric is real. This starts many twists and turns with the story. I found my self really interested in this fictional vampire. All the clues made you really wonder how this love story will end. I was very surprised with the ending and I loved it! I really find that Barr took a popular young adult book theme and made it her own. I found this a really good read. ***I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.***

(from amazon.com) A fictional world brought to life, a dark romance that promises eternity, and a secret that threatens to end it all. Crimson Wilkinson is a teenage girl who, having survived a dark childhood, finds her escape in reading a popular vampire series. After some investigation, she becomes a very active part in the very true vampire stories the world thought were fiction and falls in love with their author, Nicholae Albaric, the sweetly lonely vampire celebrity. But her happiness is short-lived as she discovers she has a rare gene that makes the carrier extremely powerful if turned into a vampire, and she is targeted as the vampire community’s number-one most-wanted, some who want to kill her before she becomes a threat, and others who want to use her powers to their own ends.

Runes by Ednah Walters

runesWhen I saw the cover for the book Runes by Ednah Walters  I really liked the look of the cover and became curious about the story. I have to admit that this was a very quick read taking only about 2 1/2 to 3 hours tops! To me I felt like it reminded me a lot of The Mortal Instrument Series. There are runes which are a lot like the ones from The Mortal Instrument Series and a love triangle. Another friend that is in love with their best friend who in return is in love with some else kind of story. While I felt the characters development as a whole was well thought out, I just could not get past the similarities and the fact that it is a shorter story (a fast read).  I just was really not impressed with this book.  **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her. Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run. Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life

Swinging At Love (Suttonville Sentinels) by Kendra C. Highley

swinging at loveSwinging At Love by Kendra C. Highley  is the second book in the Suttonville Sentinels Series. Alyssa has all sorts of problems from training for a ballet camp and worry about her father’s failing business. She is not sure if her father can even afford the camp due to the family business being on the brink of closing.  Alyssa’s father owns The Swing Away Batting Cages but a brand new sports center has just opened and is destroying their business.  Then there is Tristan. Who shows up at the batting cages, to find a way to fix his batting problems. He doesn’t expect to find anyone from the high school to be there. Alyssa is there and she can see that there is something wrong or not quite right with his swing. She turns out to be the perfect person to help him find the reason why.  They end up falling for each other and needing each other in order to deal with their problems by never minimizing them or dismissing them, just by listening and being supportive. They discover that they are happier more together then apart.  This is such a sweet romantic story that needs to be shared. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

(from amazon.com) Outfielder Tristan Murrell has a problem. As the number two slugger for the Suttonville Sentinels, his team is counting on him to make their very first run at the state championship. But he has a secret—his swing has totally deserted him. As in, he can’t hit anything. He needs to fix the issue, and fast, but how? Ballerina Alyssa Kaplan has a problem, too. The shiny new sports complex in town has left her family’s batting cage business on the verge of going under. Nailing her audition for a prestigious dance company is everything, but there’s no way she’s letting her some shiny big-box company destroy her family’s livelihood. Tristan needs a miracle. So does Alyssa. And maybe, just maybe, Tristan’s secret weapon might be the girl of his dreams…Disclaimer: This book contains hot, shirtless baseball players, kisses that bring a ballerina to her knees, and a lot of baseball smack-talk.

The Witch’s Kiss by Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr

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I am a huge fan of young adult and suspense novels. I find that I cannot stick to any one genre of books because I am a lover of all books. When I found A Witch’s Kiss by Katharine Corr and Elizabeth Corr, I was excited to fall in love with the story and characters they created. Sixteen year old Merry is a witch and very unpredictable at best. She has no control over her powers because she has not been able to use her powers much. Her mother does not what her to. She really does remind me of any teenager, dealing with teenage problems, family, exams and school. However, she is close to her brother Leo and he is without powers. They are extremely protective of one another. They truly have a brother and sister love.  When Merry starts having dreams about a young man, called Jack. It’s not long before Jack makes an appearance in her real life, not just in her dreams. She soon feels like she is falling in love for Jack, but there is a centuries-old family curse that only she must fight. She must risk her life to stop the awakening.  The Witch’s Kiss is an amazing story of love and suspense. I was drawn in from the first page. I feel this book has an outstanding storyline that is well told and suspenseful. A truly great read! **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

The Travelers: A Novel by Chris Pavone

the travelersThe Travelers: A Novel by Chris Pavone  is the third book in this series. This book has so many twists and turns that you are likely to be shocked again and again. The main reason of the story gradually floats to the surface. Which will be a complete shocker to what you thought was going to happen. This book, like a lot of Chris Pavone’s other books centers around espionage.  While the book is a true page turner it does change rapidly from New York City to Mendoza, Argentina, Falls Church, Virginia, Paris, Capri, Istanbul, and other amazing places around the world.  I found that the suspense was very intoxicating.  A good stay up all night suspenseful read!
(from amazaon.com) It’s 3:00am. Do you know where your husband is? Meet Will Rhodes: travel writer, recently married, barely solvent, his idealism rapidly giving way to disillusionment and the worry that he’s living the wrong life. Then one night, on assignment for the award-winning Travelers magazine in the wine region of Argentina, a beautiful woman makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Soon Will’s bad choices—and dark secrets—take him across Europe, from a chateau in Bordeaux to a midnight raid on a Paris mansion, from a dive bar in Dublin to a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean and an isolated cabin perched on the rugged cliffs of Iceland. As he’s drawn further into a tangled web of international intrigue, it becomes clear that nothing about Will Rhodes was ever ordinary, that the network of deception ensnaring him is part of an immense and deadly conspiracy with terrifying global implications—and that the people closest to him may pose the greatest threat of all. It’s 3:00am. Your husband has just become a spy.

**I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.**

 

 

Super Genes by Deepak Chopra M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi PH.D. Book Review

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The book Super Genes by New York Times Bestselling Authors Deepak Chopra and Dr. Rudolph Tanzi explores epigenetics, conscious behavior of the environment and how these interact to affect your health and well-being. After reading this book, I felt there is a lot of loose ends. Some were tied with logical facts that help you to understand how you are a part of something that is much more ancient that most scientists give credit to. I feel this book does a lot of repeating throughout the chapters. It does explain how what you eat and how you deal with stress effects your overall health. Also, it takes into account your DNA and how your parents and other relatives plays a big part of your health. Long before you are born your DNA will determine your future health risks and problems. I feel this book is a good read even though it is repetitive.  I do like how this book and the authors explain different cases. They tell you about real people and how that person’s life was changed, sometimes for the better. Also, they go in depth about case studies and experiments, I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for by honest and unbiased review. I do not think this is a book that I would have purchased on my own. I feel that receiving the book free is why I read this book. I do like reading books about health and ways to improve your health, However, I just was not that impressed with this book.