SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone

 Synopsis

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend. Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what? Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

My Take… Well, I took a break from YA fantasy, paranormal, or horror for a bit. And truth…I have no idea why I did it but, I will say, this book did not disappoint. It was a fun read.

Emily’s friend Sloane (only friend by the way), suddenly disappears off the face of the earth. Not a word or text to let her best friend know where she was, has been, and is going.  The only thing left behind, a note, written by Sloane herself. A To-Do list for the summer. Of course, Emily convinces herself that if she somehow manages to complete that list, Sloane will return. Knowing full well she cannot complete this list alone, she recruits a few people to help her make it happen.

During the checking-off the list, Emily challenges herself and realizes a few good things about her introverted self. Emily will stand aside and no longer be hidden by Sloane’s shadow. The humor in the characters created by Matson is, what makes these characters so three dimensional. She uses very few words to describe each one but, nails it every time. No complexities, no hidden weird traits, just plain teen agers coming to life on each page.

Usually…I give away the ending after reading a book but, not this time. Grab it and give it a try. Trust me…you’ll like it.

PEACE!

 

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Entropy by Addison Moore

Synopsis:

Laken Stewart is sure of one thing—she must free her loved ones from the notorious Celestra tunnels. Laken along with Cooper Flanders set out to free their families from the hands of the Countenance before it’s too late. Laken will do anything to assure their safety, even if it means losing the one she truly loves. When Laken finds herself in a position that might embed her into the Countenance organization for all eternity, her faith in her ability to pull off the ultimate sacrifice wavers.

 

Once her old boyfriend, Wesley, realizes who he really is, and what the Counts have cost him, he’s more determined than ever to win Laken back. Laken’s heart becomes divided, and yet she knows she must make a decision that has the power to shape all of their destinies forever. Laken has fallen hard for Cooper, but Wesley is back, and now her heart is torn.

Cooper would give up his life to protect Laken, and he might just have to. Wesley remembers everything from his true past, and he wants Laken more than ever—nothing or no one will stand in his way.

My Take: This book was well written. I have to be honest though…it was a bit too high fantasy for me but, still well crafted. The character development was nice to read and the descriptive locations were definitely well done. The love story was satisfying and definitely worth the read. This author is definitely worth another book and I’m sure it will not be disappointing.

 

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John Green The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars

Synopsis:

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Take:

Hazel is 16 and is pretty much against going to a support group for her illness. She  realizes that it was a good idea not because she changed her mind when she got there, because of who she meets while she’s there. Hazel meets a boy named Augustus Waters. In a word…he’s  AWESOME.  Augustus has had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, but survived and is in remission.

Hazel and Augustus set out on a rollercoster relationship of emotions. They fall in love,  experience sadness and romance, all while searching for the author. An author of their favorite book. They travel to Amsterdam in order to find Peter Van Houten who wrote An Imperial Affliction. While on their trip Augustus shares some heartbreaking news with Hazel.  Both their worlds fall apart around them.

This book was in a word…AMAZING. I knew when I picked it up it was definitely going to be a challenge to read. Not because of the writing style, character development but, because of the subject matter.  I expected to laugh, to cry, and of course the occasional smile ran across my face. Truth… I highly recommend this book.

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Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

SYNOPSIS:

“Throughout all my histories, I found no one I loved more than you… no one.”

Those were some of Rhode’s last words to me. The last time he would pronounce his love. The last time I would see his face.

It was the first time in 592 years I could take a breath. Lay in the sun. Taste.

Rhode sacrificed himself so I, Lenah Beaudonte, could be human again. So I could stop the blood lust.

I never expected to fall in love with someone else that wasn’t Rhode.

But Justin was… daring. Exciting. More beautiful than I could dream.

I never expected to be sixteen again… then again, I never expected my past to come back and haunt me…

My Take: I have to admit…this book didn’t do it for me. Don’t get me wrong…the cover is beautiful. This disconnect for me was the letter explaining what had gone on at the school she eventually enrolled in as years passed. In my opinion, Rhode, should have awoken her sooner and Rhode as a character didn’t seem real to me. Yes…this is a fantasy novel but, your characters have to be ‘real’.

Another disconnect was, the fact that she had awoken into modern times and didn’t seem the least fearful of cell phones, cars, and other stuff while using a modern vocabulary (that she isn’t supposed to understand). The sad thing…she was a confused vampire referring to one of her special abilities as ESP (real special).

There are other characters to mention, a love interest (not worth mentioning), and characters that could have been more developed (there would have been more to write about).  The End!!!!

 

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Finding Obscurity by Emma Shade

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Lily Canton always knew she was unique.

After she loses everything she has ever cared about ten years ago, Lily decides its time to find answers about her past and why she has special powers. But when you can’t control seeing the future, and you hold enough electricity inside you to black out an entire city block, it doesn’t always make life easy.

She swore she would never care about anyone ever again after that fateful day so long ago. Then she meets sexy club owner, Ashton Ryder. Lily can’t afford to fall for Ashton. Then there is handsome, powerful, Blake Moore, who wants to help her with more than just her powers. She has to learn to trust people and let them into her heart, even as things spiral out of control.

Not only does she learn Ashton has a secret that will make her question everything she ever thought was real, but Lily finds out that her birth parents are anything but ordinary. Just when Lily thinks she has everything figured out, someone is determined to destroy her – because she isn’t supposed to be alive.

My Take:

This book has all the key elements in it to defiantly make it a solid YA read.  The setting: High school for Lily wasn’t  always fun. She was known as a freak to both family and friends. The Tragedy: A horrible accident results in the lose of the only person she ever truly loved. Causing Lily sets out to find the truth about her “special” abilities.  She closes herself off to her feelings causing her to stay clear of anyone that she could possibly care about.

The Romance: Until… Ashton, the sexy club owner with a few secrets of his own. Their first encounter, a connection is instantaneous. Ashton wants Lily and wastes no time making his love for her apparent.

Lily meets Blake, someone like her that shares the same powers.
Lily’s powers develop and get stronger. But with this strength, they’re harder to control. Blake wants to help her but,  warns her to stay away from Ashton.

This was a great push and pull book.  I found myself wanting Lily to be with Ashton but, the next I wanted her to be with Blake.  Then here comes Ashton’s secret justifying the hatred between Ashton and Blake.

The End Result: Of course, all is not as it seems with both these men.  Someone is after Lily. Blake and Ashton make a pact and vow to keep her safe. Once their secrets are uncovered, Lily has a difficult time trying to decide who to trust. The thing is…she’s torn between them both. Who does she choose? Blake or Ashton? The boy with whom she shares a similar power  or, the man that can make her melt  just by walking near her?

Truth…the only negative was the dialogue. It was at times, a little confusing. The story line did make up for it.  The paranormal elements are definitely fun and if you like the idea of conjuring you will definitely enjoy this read. So pick it up on Amazon…

 

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EVOLUTION

Evolution

EVOLUTION

Synopsis:

Humanity is on the verge of extinction and the price to save it…comes at a terrible cost. Baran lives in New England surrounded by Normals, something he is not. He was born from a human mother and an angelic father that fell from grace. These Half-bloods look like true humans but, possess spiritual powers beyond comprehension. As a species they are stronger, faster, smarter, and more resilient than any being imaginable. Each holds a supernatural gift and has evolved since the inception of the human race. They blend where they settle and silently prepare for battle because they exist on earth to protect one thing. Normals.

When the Archangel Gabriel is abducted on earth and a mythical book, The Book of Salvation, is allegedly stolen from Heaven, Baran is the only one capable of locating them and returning them to their rightful owner. GOD. Everything changes the day Baran meets her…a Normal. Amanda is a young beautiful Witch with extraordinary ghost hunting and psychic abilities but, Baran has a dirty little secret. His intentions were to find this girl, utilize her talents, find the angel and the book, and then leave her for dead…like the others. When he finds himself in love with her, he questions the validity of his mission. Amanda is devastated when she discovers his betrayal ultimately destroying their relationship, and as a result sacrifices will be made and lives will be lost. At what lengths is Baran willing to go to remain loyal to his creator? Will he cross over to the dark side or remain in the light?

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Aurora Sky

 

Synopsis:

Her blood is toxic to vampires.

If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter in Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job…by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?

 

My Take:

This installment is the first of  a series created by the author of the Spellbound Trilogy by Nikki Jefford. I’m not going to lie…it’s pretty good. The combo of mystery and teen tribulations mixed with horror offers a perfect balance. I actually couldn’t put it down and that hasn’t happened in quite some time.

The opening to the story is typical. An awkward normal teen girl…blah blah blah and a car accident that changes everything. The interesting part…she dies. The government steps in because she has a rare blood type. Knowing this, they give her an antidote so that she won’t turn into a vampire. So…while recovering, Aurora’s mother made some pretty messed up decisions for her while she was incapacitated. Of course at the time, mommy dearest had Aurora’s best interest at heart. However, Aurora is being forced into  living a life she would have never chosen for herself if it weren’t for her mother.

The characters in this book were very real. I believe that making your characters  real in a fantasy book is difficult for an author but, Ms. Jefford pulls it off nicely. Aurora becomes the typical “badass” and can defiantly take care of herself. The bumpy road that Aurora is on has the perfect balance of action and the romance is a plus.

However, this book is listed as a YA novel but, reader beware!!!! It does contain some strong language and sexual references (18+ only). I defiantly recommend this book for those of you who want a quick and easy read.


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Happy New Year

Out with old…In with the New

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Leave behind 2013 and welcome in 2014!!! This site has undergone a huge change. It’s former title was “The F Word-Fiction for Writers and Readers”. Its’s content is still listed but, it is now dedicated to all things Young Adult (with potential Adult cross over) material.

The main reason for the change…I was doing too many things at once and not focusing on what was important to get my work out there and published.  I’ve been gravitating towards continuing my YA series Evolution. So in an attempt to reach my readers, I have committed to reaching my goals as a YA Novelist for the year 2014.

Goals for 2014

1. Write more ( ok…all the time instead of one hour when I can fit it in).

2. Set some time aside to actually research and submit to more than one agent every other month (now a weekly ritual to ensure success or I’m dead in the water).

3. Post original content ( and not fear that people will think I suck).

4. Post quality content on this site (even if that means a post every week instead of everyday).

5. Read more ( I miss that).

6. The Mother Goal of all Goals…FIND A FREAKIN AGENT!!!!

That about covers it…well I wish myself luck (and anyone else on the same road to publication).

 

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J.K. Rowling-The Cuckoo’s Calling

 

Associated Press

Description:

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

 
MY TAKE: Cormoran Strike isn’t your run of the mill private detective. He’s pretty much useless and one that you are unlikely to label a hero. He’s really not attractive and has lost a limb. Cormoran is inevitably destined to fail in all aspects of his life. But, when he actually does something right, it’s pretty impressive. Solving a murder for him is monumental. Yup…thats all I got. Although Rowling delivered three major points in this novel ( plot, place, and characters) with ease, it was a tough read for me. The investigation seemed almost never-ending and not much time is spent on murder details. While reading a crime thriller…I want to jump from clue to clue and be surprised at every turn. For me, I spent most of my time chasing a goose. Yes…a goose. Being a Harry fan was a sure-fire contributing fact to that last attestation because, during the Potter series, there wasn’t a goose in site. The best part of the entire book…the end. There’s lack in the “prediction factor” for this novel which indicates a possible sequel. So…read at your own risk.

 

 

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Release Me

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Book Blurb:

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.

Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.

Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past-and risk breaking us apart.

But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him-and us-forever.

My Take:

Having read the 50 Shades Trilogy, I thought I was going to have a hard time with comparison. And…that’s only natural considering how much I enjoyed the idea of Christian Gray. Release Me pleasantly surprised me.  J. Kenner created the perfect characters that contributed to the fluidity of the novel.

(Spoiler Alert) Nikki Fairchild has moved from Texas to Los Angeles, at a technology company. Her new boss Carl is a creep but Nikki can put up with it for a shot to enhance her career. As a stipulation to her employment, Carl drags Nikki to an art exhibit. His intentions are to use her as bait to attract a billionaire named Damien Stark. Carl wants the billionaire to invest in his company.

But…Nikki met Damien 6 years ago when she was a beauty pageant contestant. Nikki was also the recipient of the Stark International Fellowship during her university life. When she meets him again, she is certain that he will not remember her,but…she is dead wrong.

When she lays eyes on Damien, the instant sexual attraction is undeniable. Eventually, Damien makes it obvious that he wants Nikki in the worst way. In this particular story, Nikki is not meek or shy in any way. She is spunk and quite cocky. And of course…Damien is a control freak. The eroticism on the first night opens the door for the following graphic scenes. However, the pacing of the relationship is well development. I like that it’s handles with ease and care not, ‘I love you’ in 3 days or less.

Nikki clearly has body image issues (BDD) and is deathly afraid of what sexual intimacy really is. Miss J, shows that  fear when Damien attempts to seduce her. Damien surprises Nikki with sensitivity. She developes the ability to trust Damien and open herself to him. Of course, there are explicit scenes but, not ‘overload’ of the typical sex in erotic novels.

What I enjoyed most was that Damien’s dark secrets, are not  revealed in Release Me. Kenner generously leaves you chomping at the bit to figure out what Damien’s deal is and it sets the tone for her next book. This novel is definitely well-balanced. I would definitely recommend it to those who are in love with erotica.

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