Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Wow! I REALLY liked this book! From the beginning I was sucked in. Violet is a teenager with a special gift. She can find dead bodies. Human or animal. Each body has a different imprint sometimes its noises sometimes tastes. There is a serial killer on the loose in her small town and Violet starts finding bodies. Jay is her best friend since grammer school and over the summer he has changed A LOT. And all the girls in school are noticing him now. Especially Violet. She doesn't want to ruin their friendship but this crush she has on him is not going away. What will happen with hers and Jay's relationship now that her feelings are more then just friends? By the end of the book she is being hunted and the serial killer has decided she will be his next victim. Will Violet be able to find the killer before he finds her?

This book was really good. And it reminds me a lot of The Harper Connelly Series by Charlaine Harris. It is different though so its definitely worth the read. Can't wait to read the 2nd book!

I rated 4 stars!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

This is the second book I have read by Kelley Armstrong. The first being "The Summoning". This book had rave reviews from lots of friends so when I saw it at the library I snatched it up. My library is always running out of books in this genre so when I see something I want to read I grab it. Because if not and I come back chances are I'm SOL.

This book was ok. It wasn't awful but it wasn't great. And it wasn't a book I couldn't put down. Because I did put it down and didn't read for a few days at a time. I guess it just didn't hold my interest as some other books. It wasn't bad. The ending was the best with all the action and excitement. The beginning was a lot of guessing (at least for me) as to what you thought was going to happen. You could kind of figure out where the story was going but until they actually said you weren't sure. The ending leaves you knowing that there will be at least another book if not more. She has to finish telling the story and one book wasn't enough. Will I read the next book? Probably. I can't start a series and not finish. But I won't spend my money on it. I will borrow from a friend or go to the library. I'm hoping I am wrong and that the next books are so awesome that I can't put them down and I run out and buy them.

I rated this book 3 stars.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Learning by Karen Kingsbury

Book 2 in the Bailey Flanigan series.

It takes off literally where the other leaves off. In this book Bailey struggles with Broadway and almost loses her job. Doesn't matter how hard she works seems like she can't keep up. One of the girls she is in the show with clearly has an eating disorder and Bailey begs her to get help. She catches her taking pills and tries to tell the director who basically tells her to "mind her own business" The girl collapses and dies leaving Bailey feeling guilty and that she has let God down. In the mean time Cody Coleman is turning a football teams life around. They go from losing games to winning games. Cheyenne is recovering well from her accident and is amazing doctors everyday. Cody realizes his feelings are more then just friendship and they decide to see only each other. Bailey and Brandon also decide to be more serious and see each other.

The book literally just ends so you know there is more coming. I think the next book is Longing and after that Loving. I like Karen Kingsbury's writing style she keeps me entertained and I fly through them.

I rated 4 stars.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tigers Quest by Colleen Houck

I'm a new fan and was so excited to be able to read this book right after reading book one.

I really don't know how to review this book without giving stuff away and I want people to read it!

Kelsey is living in Oregon and going to college. She has had a Nightmare date or two and a couple of good ones. She keeps in touch with Mr. Kadam and is still trying to work on breaking the curse. She still misses Ren and can't get him out of her mind. Then Ren moves to Oregon because he can't stand to be away from her any more. Kelsey is seeing someone else and has to choose between the 2. Kelsey finally admits that she is in love with Ren. And they start being a couple. Kishan comes too after Ren sends for him. Lokesh has found Kelsey! A heart pumping escape puts Kelsey on the next quest to find the next pieces to help break the curse. Can Kelsey get her Tiger back?

Again a 5 star rating. I really didn't want to give too much a way with my review so heres my advice if you haven't read book one read it and if you like it you will love this book.
Until next time...

Leaving by Karen Kingsbury (Book 1 of the Bailey Flanigan Series)

What is it about Karen Kingsbury's books that make me cry? I mean we are talking UGLY FACE Cry! Maybe I'm emotional or sappy or sentimental. Whatever. I love Karen Kingsbury for writing books that touch your heart! Her books are full of joy and sadness at the same time. Yes this is a Christian Fiction book. And I like reading them because well they are good reads and for me her writing style makes it a fast read as well. I start reading them and get so into the story I don't put them down or before I know it I've just read 5 chapters.

This is the first book in the Bailey Flanigan Series. It is also a continuation of the Baxter Family series. Which were WONDERFUL books and I loved all of them. I think I read the first 5 of the series in about a weeks time. Then finished another 5 lol. Anyway Bailey Flanigan is trying to make it as a Christian Actor/Dancer. She won a roll in a movie called "Unlocked" (which Karen Kingsbury has a book by the same name) She is in love with Cody Coleman and they have broken up. She is heartbroken and confused about all of it. The whole book is pretty much about how much she loves him and misses him. In the movie Unlocked she stars with a guy named Brandon Paul who is a new believer and claims to be in love with Bailey. Bailey is very torn about what to do. Months after her breakup with Cody she starts feeling like maybe something could happen with Brandon but doesn't know yet. She gets offered a roll in the Broadway Musical "Hairspray" and is going to move to New York. What will happen with Cody and Brandon and who will she choose? And will her light shine brightly for Jesus on Broadway?

I rated 4 stars because it did keep me entertained and I will read the next 3 in this series of books.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Q&A with Jennifer Malone Wright author of The Birth of Jaiden!

Q. How do you come up with your stories?
Jennifer: My stories usually start with just an image or an idea. But, really, everything gives me ideas for the stories. Most of the time the original idea evolves into something much different than I had originally intended it to be.
Q. Who inspires you?
Jennifer: I’m inspired by great authors like Anne Rice, Stephen King and Nora Roberts. I know that these are authors that everyone says they are inspired by…but I guess they are inspiration for so many because they are really that good and we would all like to be like them. They have all inspired me for different reasons though, like…Anne Rice, her attention to detail makes you feel like you are walking right beside the characters and feeling what they feel, smelling what they smell. Not everyone can pull that off with such perfection.
Q. Does writing come easily for you?
Jennifer: Yes and no. This is a tough question because writing does come easily to me in some ways. I get tons of ideas, I don’t have a problem creating characters or world building, but I do have problems figuring out plot sometimes. The creative part is easy for me, it’s just the technical part of writing that I don’t like. The editing and all that is something I constantly struggle with, I’m not very good at it and am always learning to make myself better.
Q. If you could meet one author who would it be, and why?
Jennifer: I think if I was to pick one author it would be Nora Roberts. That woman has sooooo many books out, I want to know how she does it. I love, love, love her stories and I’m not normally a romance reader, but Nora Roberts usually entwines a bit of paranormal into her stories and that is my favorite genre. I have a ton of questions I’d like to ask her too.
Q. How was writing The Birth of Jaiden different than writing your other books?
Jennifer: Well, The Birth of Jaiden was my first book, the only other ones out are my short story series on ebook only called The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. I’d say the differences between those was obviously, The Birth of Jaiden is a novel whereas the others are short stories. Also The Birth of Jaiden was written in the third person. The Birth of Jaiden has a lot of characters it follows around too, so that was really different for me. But, really I don’t have anything else to compare it to.
Q. What books do you like to read?
Jennifer: I will normally read anything I can get my hands on. But, my preference is paranormal thrillers and paranormal romance. Anything with a paranormal twist is great. I’m not really that picky.
Q. What is your favorite book?
Jennifer: This is a hard question for me because I don’t have a favorite anything. I’ve been asked this quite a bit about what is my favorite book, who is my favorite author, what is my favorite song and I can’t answer because it’s always changing. If I had to pick one book though, that I read when I was young that I still love, it would be The Stand, by Stephen King.
Thank you Jennifer for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer all these questions.
If you are interested in the giveaway please respond to this post. You have until Wed October 5th to do so then I will pick 2 winners. One for a free ebook and one for a free bookmark.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

How to win free ebook and bookmark

I know this question is going to get asked so here is the answer. Tomorrow I will post the Q&A with Jennifer respond to the post and you are entered to win. Its that easy! I will pick a winner this WED and announce.