Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #124

Top Ten is an original feature/weekly meme created here at
The Broke and the Bookish that features a great bookish top ten every week.

My Top Ten Favorite Reads of Last Year (3 years is way to hard)

Alienated (Alienated, #1)One Past MidnightWe Were LiarsTorn AwayThe Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Of Beast and BeautyBlood of My Blood (Jasper Dent, #3)Ghosting

Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: Chasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst

Chasing PowerTitle:  Chasing Power
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Publishing Date: October 14th 2014
Pages: 376
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Series:  Stand Alone
Source: Audi


Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla's life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she's caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel's kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive... or survive.

This is the first Sarah Beth Durst novel I have read, I have many on my TBR list but just haven't made my way to them yet. I am so happy I was finally able to mark one as read, and I enjoyed the read through and through. It was a great read. Solid from start to finish. There was magic and myths and powers and chases, thefts and danger and even a bit of romance. I enjoyed the fantasy and the contemporary side. I enjoyed all the relationships and all the characters. It was wonderful. 

Kayla and her mother have been on the run and in hiding for years, from Kayla's father. Who is said to be a bit of a psychopath. Kayla is magical, she has a power that enables her to move things with her mind. Kayla's mother, Moonbeam, is a witch of sorts. Like Charmed witch not like Sabina the Teenage Witch Witch. Kayla takes care of Moonbeam, so she thinks, She makes sure she eats pays the bills, stays sane. That sort of thing. Kayla earns money by stealing while using her telekinesis. Kayla has a best friend named Selena who is normal but awesome. Kayla meets Daniel, is blackmailed by Daniel because he needs to save his kidnapped mother. Daniel can teleport. This is what takes Daniel and Kayla on an adventure across the world looking for clues to find three special stones that cannot be brought together, if so bad things will happen.

I liked the book. I really liked the book. I didn't expect a fantasy, the cover and the book scream sci fi, maybe even dystopian but no its not. It fantasy. There are artifact, jewels, witches, myths, magic, all this and more. Its is a book of awesome though. It was full of adventure and mystery. Almost had an Indiana Jones feel or a Romancing the Stone feel., Maybe somewhere in between feel. It was good. I loved the story, the adventure, the tiny bit of romance, the magic, the powers, and oh the characters. I loved all the characters. This was a book mix between a character driven and story driven book. 

Kayla was a pretty cool character. For the most part she had her head on straight. Well at least when it came to paying the bill and taking care of her mother. She was a bit of a thrill seeker so when it came to jumping across the world with Daniel she didn't hesitate too much. yes she pulled it off by saying she was being blackmailed and then by wanting to save Daniel's mother, but I think she just wanted an adventure. She was smart, fast thinking, kind of a bit too much of a risk taker, but a fresh breath of air when it comes to female leads. 

Daniel was  a bit annoying at times but by the end I liked him. He started of selfish and kind of dumb when it came to putting things together, but he came out okay. He did just want to save his mother. He loved her very much and really wanted her approval all his life. Which he never seem to have. He had a connection with Kayla with the  mind power and I think he was just what she was looking for and vise versa. They made a great team. 

There was romance. I liked the romance. It was not the center of the story but it was evident. It started off as hate, I mean Daniel blackmails Kayla so Kayla is not happy with him to say the least. It goes from hate to partners, to friends, to romance. I liked it. Lots of chemistry. It was good!

One more character I would like to mention is Kayla's best friend Selena. She was a nut and I absolutely adored her. She was my favorite. She was spunky and witty and just fun. 

The story moved and a very fast pace and it was full of mystery. I really didn't figure anything out until right before it was revealed. Somethings I never saw coming and somethings I was way of base. So it was great with the mystery. It was great with the adventure too. It was exciting, never slow never boring. 

It did focus around the adventure and the mystery but it also focused around relationships and trust and lies and betrayals. I love those things in my reads. I was very satisfied. Also it is a stand alone and ends great, complete, and it had closure. A few things aggravated me about Kayla's choices or how stupid the adult seemed to be but in the end I liked it very much

I really enjoyed and it look forward to reading more by this author. 

Sarah Beth Durst is the author of nine fantasy novels for children, teens, and adults, including Conjured, Vessel, and Ice. Her most recent YA novel, Chasing Power, came out in October 2014 from Bloomsbury, and her most recent book for adults, The Lost, came out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira. She was awarded the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature and has been a finalist for SFWA's Andre Norton Award three times. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she spent four years studying English, writing about dragons, and wondering what the campus gargoyles would say if they could talk. Sarah lives in Stony Brook, New York, with her husband and children. For more information, visit her at www.sarahbethdurst.com.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Feature Friday #103

Feature Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read!

Its been a while since I have done a feature Friday, it just sounded fun today. 

Featured Blogs:

Bookworm Book Reviews


Coffee and Characters

Featured Question:

Your house is burning down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. What three books? - Suggested byAlison Can Read

Answer: I may also grab three unread books. If I am going to be without I may as well have three unread books. Or I may just grab the three books that I have close by. No need to stay in the flame any longer. I really don't have a clear answer to this question. Its pure evil to make me choose three books and to set my house on fire. I guess I would just have to choose what I could reach and go with unread or currently reading. As soon as I get my insurance money though, I am headed to the bookstore.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Delightful Discoveries #93

Delightful Discoveries are books that I have discovered recently... old, new, just released... from blogs, Goodreads, libraries, friends, or bookstores. 

RedRed by Alyxandra Harvey


Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.
It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…

Treasure, Darkly (Treasure #1)
Treasure Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth

Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe…until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead. A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged tycoon father for help. The Treasures welcome Clark with open arms, so he jumps at the chance to help them protect their ranch against Senator Horan, a man who hates anyone more powerful than he. 

And he is not alone. His new-found sister, Amethyst, thinks that's rather dashing, until Horan kidnaps her, and all she gets is a bullet through her heart. When Clark brings her back to life, she realizes he's more than just street-smart - and he's not really a Treasure. Amethyst’s boring summer at home has turned into an adventure on the run, chock full of intrigue, danger, love, and a mysterious boy named Clark.

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy 

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

The Last Good Day of the Year

The Last Good Day of the Year by Jessica Warman

A new powerful thriller from the globally-embraced author ofBetween.

Ten years ago, in the early hours of New Year’s Day, seven-year-old Samantha and her next door neighbor, Remy, watched as a man broke into Sam’s home and took her younger sister, Turtle, from her sleeping bag. Remy and Sam, too afraid to intervene at the time, later identified the man as Sam’s sister Gretchen’s much older ex-boyfriend, Steven, who was sent to prison for Turtle’s murder.

Now, Sam’s shattered family is returning to her childhood home in an effort to heal. As long-buried memories begin to surface, Sam wonders if she and Remy accurately registered everything they saw. The more they re-examine the events of that fateful night, the more questions they discover about what really happened to Turtle.

Master storyteller Jessica Warman keeps readers guessing in this arresting page-turner.

The Tragic Age: A Novel
The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe

This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work— not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college.
Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. 

With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities.Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It's the age he's at. The tragic age

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #133

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I Can't wait for:

Seriously Wicked: A Novel
Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly 
May 5th 2015

The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch...will that mean she’s wicked too?

I love this cover and the title. It just sounds fun. Lots of fantasy and fun. 
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