Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review: Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki

Now You See HerTitle: Now You See Her
Author:  Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publishing Date:  June 26th, 2018
Pages:  320
Genre:  YA Mystery
Series:  Stand Alone
Source:  ARC

AMELIA has always felt like a happy life is just out of reach. Having moved every few years with her mom and sister, she’s always had a hard time making and keeping friends; there’s never enough time, and never enough money to stay in one place. And now, in her senior year, right before tennis season, Mom wants to move again.

SOPHIE has a perfectly curated, Instagram-ready life, from her first singles wins to her cute, long-term boyfriend to the beautiful, landscaped home where she lives with her parents. Though they’re tennis teammates, the two girls almost never speak.

But then one night changes everything. When Amelia’s car breaks down on the side of the road in a rainstorm, a man she thinks is a Good Samaritan pulls over to help her. When he tries to abduct her instead, she escapes into oncoming traffic.

In one inexplicable moment, Amelia and Sophie switch bodies. Amelia wakes up in Sophie’s body. Amelia’s body is in a coma. Now Amelia needs to find a way to switch back into her own life—but before that, she must retrace her steps to unravel the mystery of the accident, her attempted abduction, and how it’s all tied to her mother’s secret past.

I didn't know what to expect when I first received this book. It sounded interesting, I just didn't know what kind of read it would be. It's not fully mystery, supernatural/paranormal- or contemporary. Its a little bit of them all. For the most part I would say mystery. It was a good mystery too. It kept me turning the pages. It was a quick fun read. 
Amelia has moved many times over the years. Where she is now she has been longer than any time before. She loves her life in this town. She is good at tennis and she is good at school. She doesn't have many friends, but she has her sister, Mae. She is happy. Then one night everything changes. 

Amelia is head home, a man tries to abduct her, and when she tries to run away, Sophie hits her with her car. Amelia wakes up in the hospital in Sophie's body and her body is in a coma. No clue how or why this happened, she is determined to figure out who the man was and why he was trying to abduct her, also try to find out how to get to her own body again... oh and warn her sister, Mae, about the man that tried to grab her. 

Amelia soon finds her life, her mother, nothing is what it seems. She also discovers that Sophia's life isn't as perfect as she always thought. 

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the mystery part of the story. Who the man was, what did he want, was Amelia and Mae safe? Really this is what kept me reading. It was also entertaining to watch Amelia navigate through Sophie's life. The writing was good, the plot was interesting, the pacing was set just right. The only thing I didn't really get on with, the entire body switching thing was never explained. I am confused how this fit into everything. I mean it was good it happened because Amelia couldn't investigate while in a coma, but it was never explained how it happened. That was left a mystery. The mystery was good and I could figure some of it out but it took me a while. The author did a great job weaving everything together. 

I really liked Amelia as a character. I felt she had a great head on her shoulders, I felt she was responsible and down to earth. A little angsty but she was a nomad teen, not by her choice. I guess that would cause anyone some angst. She is also very upset that her mother has been hiding things from her for her entire life. So, yea I understood her and she was really easy to connect too. 

I didn't get to know Sophia as much as I wanted to but I enjoyed what I did find out about her. I like her story and how her story intertwines with Amelia's. That was one part of the story I never expected. 

There was a teeny tiny bit of romance and it was sweet. It was barely there though. This was okay by me since there was no way to really work in a great love story. This story was more about family secrets and self-discoveries. 

It was a good read and I really did enjoy it. I just needed a bit more around the body switching and then it would have been a great read. 

Quick fast read and very enjoyable. 

Lisa Leighton and Laura Stropki are the coathors of Now You See Her. They are sisters who live in Cleveland, Ohio. They have two husbands, five children, and two dogs that are technically half brothers. The sisters grew up fighting over terrible clothes and sharing Harlequin romance novels and Christopher Pike mysteries. Their goal is to write the kind of books they would have stayed up all night reading without killing each other. So far so good.

Cover Up: Dressed in Black

This feature I will just gab, remark, feature book covers. 

For this Cover Up we will be featuring our favorite books with white dresses on the cover

Stealing Breath (Stealing Breath, #1)
Stealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell

Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty–one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing–eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn’t even know she had.
Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning?
Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child—an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence.
Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

The Redemption of Ajax (The Mephisto Covenant, #1)
The Mephisto Covenant
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—she is an Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx's biggest threat.
A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God's promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he's finally found the girl he's been searching for: Sasha.
With the threat of Eryx always looming, Jax knows he has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

Airel: The Awakening (The Airel Saga: Book 1, Part 1)
Airel by Aaron Patterson and Chris White
All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there’s Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous…and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life. But can she hold on when murder and darkness begin to close in and take away everything she loves? Will she have what it takes when the truth is finally revealed?

Taste by Kate Evangelista
At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans. When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn't realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn Trilogy, #1)
Darkness Before Dawn by J. A. London

At seventeen, Dawn Montgomery knows that monsters really do come out at night—after all, they are her job. It’s just after the thirty-years war between vampires and humans, and as an ambassador between the two sides (a role she inherited when her parents were killed), Dawn quickly learns that balancing schoolwork, teen life, and the requests of Lord Valentine, the most frightening vampire in the region, isn’t easy.
And it only gets more complicated when she forms a tentative friendship with Victor, the mysterious stranger who rescued her from a hoard of vampires…only to discover that not only is Victor a vampire, but that he is Lord Valentine’s son.
Soon Dawn is struggling to remember that with everything on the line, she can’t afford to fall for the enemy…
Lusciously romantic and full of action-packed drama, readers will be swept away by this thrilling novel, the first in a trilogy

Answer Me This: Are You Scared?

Answer Me This. We are hoping this will help our friends get to know us a just a tad bit better. 

What are you scared of? What keeps you up at night?

Ash and I share a few fears, such as losing everyone we love and being buried alive. But I have a few different ones as well.

Ever since I saw Jaws, I won't go into an ocean.
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I don't drink or eat after anyone, not even my husband. And germs, in general, freak me out.

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Demon creatures.

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Being trapped. 
Being trapped anywhere, buried alive, stuck in an elevator, surrounded by people. 
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I have quite a few things I'm scared of. I am a huge scaredy cat and I worry about just about everything. Literally. If it's something bad and I learned about it, guess what? It's in my head. 

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But really. I have a list of things I'm scared of. 

My biggest fears are...

Losing the ones I love. 
Of course, this is a huge fear. I think it's such a normal thing to be scared of. The thought of losing someone close to me is terrifying. Especially my son, Finn. It keeps me up at night thinking about all the ways I could possibly lose him. I have nightmares about it. 

I mean seriously. Who likes clowns?! They are terrifying and deadly and killer icky clowns. Ugh. 
I blame this one purely on the fact my babysitter let me watch IT when I was like 2. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. 

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Again, my babysitter let me watch Chuckie. I had great sitters didn't I? But also going to sleepovers as a kid and hearing all the urban legends about the dolls. Whole bunch of nope nope nope.

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Being buried alive.
I'm not nearly as claustrophobic as Jenn is. But the thought of being buried alive is awful. It's making it hard to breathe just thinking about it.

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Asylums freak me out so bad. Like, it's not a fear of mine really. But the thought of spending time in one eeks me out bad. I would love to go with a crew of people and take pictures. But anything more than that I'll have to pass.

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Eyeless eye sockets.
One time when I worked door to door this man answered the door and he had no eyeballs. Like his eyes were open and I could see in his sockets and. Ugh I'm gonna vomit. It was so bad. I even used to have nightmares about these kids I used to babysit, and I would walk in and they would all turn to me and have no eyeballs.

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So that's it for now. I have more, I'm sure. But at this point I'm thinking about eyeless sockets and I can't do it anymore.

What about y'all? What gives you the heebie-jeebies and keeps you awake at night?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez

Dead Is the New Black (Dead Is, #1)Title: Dead is the New Black 
Author: Marlene Perez
Publisher: HMH Books for young readers
Publishing Date: September 1st, 2008
Pages: 190
Audio Length: 4 Hours and 57 Minutes
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Series: Dead Is
Source: Audio

Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the pyschic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!
Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.

Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.
What made me pick this book up: 
The title most definitely caught my eye the most.

What did I like about the cover: 
I don't really care for the cover much. I mean, I get what it's trying to portray, and I do love the minimalist feel for it. But it's almost too simple. 

What made me read this book: 
The story sounded really interesting, plus it was a short book. It also matched for a task for the challenge.

What did I like the most: 
The story was really great. It's a really simple story, but it has so much in it. And it's definitely a very unique story. 

The pace is really good. It does feel a bit rushed in places, but it's not slow by any means. I guess when the book is that small, it can't really be slow. 

But it also kept me wanting to read. This is my second time reading this book, and I didn't remember anything about it. So this time around I finished it in a couple hours, because I listened to it at 2 speed on audio. 

Either way, it kept me wanting to read more. I wanted to know what happened. So with that being said, the mystery is really good. Why are the cheerleaders acting so strange? And why do they keep ending up in the hospital? So many questions. 

And don't worry, they all get answered. Well, mostly.

The characters are also pretty good. Well written and likable. And I loved the characters names. Daisy, and her sisters Poppy and Rose. 

I think what I like the most about this book is it's a simple read. It doesn't take a lot of brain power, but it definitely keeps you wanting to read more. 

And it's all about vampires and psychics. So that's always cool. 

What didn't I like: 
I wish we could have really gotten to know the characters a bit better. Half the time I couldn't connect with them. And I couldn't picture them in my head very well.

I feel like the author wasn't very good at describing things. The area, the characters. 

Other than that, it was a quick simple read. So can't really complain too much.

Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
Most definitely. I want to find out what else happens

This is a really short and quick read, but it has a lot in it. 

“She was a soul-sucking vampire and I was a sixteen-year-old cheerleader, but I was damned if she was going to suck the life out of all my friends. High school was hard enough.” 
― Marlene PerezDead Is the New Black

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