Monday, May 28, 2012

Fat Chances - by J.S. Wilsoncroft ~ Review

Rating: 3 stars ***

Annie an overweight senior in high school, deals with her self esteem,  bullying,  thinking she is fat and looks ugly. Everyday struggles  she learns to live with.  Until one day , one Zumba class and one hot instructor named Cory, it all changes for her.  Cory is amazed by her beauty, inside and out. Cory shows Annie she is worthy of love and takes her on a journey to self discovery.  I wont give away the whole story as always, that is for you, the reader to discover.

This book promotes building self esteem in big girls and shows them that they are still beautiful inside and out and deserve to be loved.  J.S. Wilsoncroft, did not sugar coat the story when it comes to certain scenes in the book, she lays it out straight and tackles the everyday problems head on. Even though this book wasn’t really for me, pick this book up and read this story as everyday teen issues do exist, sex in high school does exist  and you never know, you might be able to help someone who deals with the same issues as Annie.


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Brown House - By Christy Sloat ~ Review

Rating: 5 stars! *****

Brylee is in high school, typical cali-girl with blonde hair, looks to match and soon learns she  has a special gift for seeing things no one else can, she would soon find out to what extent this gift bears on her and the ones she loves. Her father lost his job so the whole family up and moved to New Jersey for his new job, They moved into the brown house, Haunted brown house , curse, love, death, sacrifice, mystery, even the story Ephraim and Brylee was truly well written and just feel good true love but will it stay that way.  This Book has twists, turns, surprises, heart break and more.  All the Characters. Lyn , Kayla,  and the Brown and Mayhew families. The way Brylee comes face to face with “others” living in the house she just moved into is spooky. I am sorry but if I faced just a part of what Brylee faced in order to solve a mystery of her haunted  house. I would be out of there when the ghost eyes appeared in the bath tub , just above the water. While Brylee was in it! So? Do I have you intrigued yet?  The locked door, never to be opened, for years and years everyone tried to open the door. One special key hidden away , never to be found. If the door was locked for a reason,  forever to be kept inside.  Until one day..  One key, a family curse,  and a journey you would not expect. The ending was … well to the readers of this review. The Brown House is a MUST READ.

I truly don’t want to give  away too much, but Christy Sloat completely knocked one out of the park with her writing, the story line, the whole idea was just amazing.  I could not put it down, read it in three days!

It was my pleasure to be taken on a journey I did not expect..

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The Lure of the Shapinsay By: Krista Holle

Rating: 5 Stars *****

As soon as I started this book I was hooked from the very first line. This book seemed to have everything a book should have and the further I read it became apparently clear that it had more. I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons. The legend of the Selkies is a very old legend, it is said that that Selkies live as seals in the sea and humans on land. Krista really made this legend come to life in The Lure of the Shapinsay, and in the process added her own unique perspective to a very old and beautiful tale. As I began reading this book I noticed I started to feel connected to the characters and a strong kinship towards them. Kait is hard headed, very strong minded and pretty much does as she pleases whether anyone likes it or not and I can honestly relate to that in more ways than one. It seems Kait has fallen under the lure that selkies have. For some reason Selkie men can drive human women to do pretty much anything they want even to their deaths but Kait cant seem to shake the feeling she has for this Gorgeous Selkie man while her brother thinks she has gone mad. Is it the lure or is he her one truelove.

If you love a good love story then this is the book for you, I have read many books and this is not like any I have read. Krista really knows how to capture a readers attention and keep it. I am truely looking forward to more books from this Author. If you want to know more Please check out this amazing Author Krista Holle.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Devastation by Shandy L Kurth ~ Review

Rating: 4 stars! ****

Imagine a world where all your rights were taken away. I mean EVERYTHING. Houses, streets, towns, leveled by bombs. Ghost towns, lack of food, water, sort of like a modern day invasion apocalyptic style. Invaded by an unsuspecting country, forced to denounce everything you've ever known, for the "New Government" or face certain death. Fallon, Sandi, Emery, Conner, Desiree and Guy. Their stories enter twined with each others, all headed south to the US Army to be FREE. There is one heart stopping moment very time you turn a page. You were right there in the action, feeling the pain, heartbreak, suffering, ultimate Devastation. What were they survivors willing to do to stay alive, you will have to read this book to find out.

Though it is not normally my style of book, I always keep an open mind when reading as you never know where the story takes you. Devastation definitely had no lack of story line as it kept me on my toes from cover to cover. The way the stories of the Characters paths crossed, the journey they took through the whole book was amazing. It was just the right amount of information, to keep you guessing and wondering what next?!

In closing: Shandy L Kurth did a excellent job writing Devastation. It is the first book in the Built on Fear Series. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series. I was glad we got a chance to read and write a review! I have included the link to the Authors page.

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