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Friday, June 29, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Catch me by Lisa Gardner

Catch Me (Detective DD Warren #6)Catch Me by Lisa Gardner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is very hard to put down and it's definitely a detective mystery worth reading!

I haven't really ventured into any of Lisa Gardner's books but I'm glad I took a chance on this on. The characters are likable, the story travels along at a great pace and there is definitely a mystery to be solved here. The case is pretty simple and straight forward. A woman believes that on January 21st she will be the next to die in her long line of friends. She's spent the past year fighting, training and getting prepared to face her attacker. The only problem is, someone is killing pedophiles and this someone looks a lot like Charlie.

Charlie is written very well. She's definitely the textbook case of a stressed person that believes they are going to die soon. Charlie also has a very checkered past with her mother that she's trying to work through. Not to mention, she's trying to deal with all of the memories of her past life that she's worked so hard to hide from herself.

Charlie is a smart character though and arrives at conclusions pretty quickly. She sort of beats the detectives. However, D.D Warren is a pretty smart woman herself and realizes that things are not always what they seem.

My only complaint is the ending of this book was a bit cheesy. Things were wrapped up very nicely, the entire story is finally revealed and we check in with Charlie and D.D before the ending. D.D's ending while sweet was a bit cheesy but still made for an enjoyable read.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Firelight (Darkest London #1) by Kristen Callihan

Firelight (Darkest London, #1)Firelight by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Firelight is a fascinating supernatural story set in London in the 1800's. Instead of dealing with werewolves or vampire's, we get to deal with daemon's and immortality.

Miranda, the main female character is my favorite. She has a lot of emotional baggage but once she's settled in her new life away from her father, things start to look up for her. Her conditions, although in the beginning are less than favorable, she truly starts to care about her new husband Lord Archer. She also starts to come to terms with something special in herself, her special powers of fire creation.

This was a roller coaster read. There were highs, lows and everything in between. There was just enough magic to keep you wanting more but not enough to overdo it. It was a good read. I would have liked to read more about the West Moon Club which is a club that Miranda's husband was dealing with which caused a lot of their present day problems. I think more backstory on the West Moon Club could be fascinating.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012 | By: Traci

2012 West Virginia Book Festival

I've been following the WV Book Festival Website for awhile now hoping to get a glimpse of what authors and events that will be taking place at the festival come October.

I'm very excited to say that Charlaine Harris and Tamora Pierce will be at the festival this year, speaking and signing books afterwards. I believe that this seals the deal and I will be attending the festival this year.

If anyone is planning on attending the festival, let me know! It's in the state capital so there will be plenty to do aside from going to the large book sale and attending author lectures and book signings. It will definitely be worth the weekend visit if anyone is interested!

West Virginia Book Festival.

Friday, June 22, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Pure (Pure, #1)Pure by Julianna Baggott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this book is very creative and unlike anything that I've read before, I wasn't too in love with the story.

I love Pressia, the main character. She's a likable character. She's easy to like because she's very easy to relate to even if she is a character that most of us really can't say we identify with because we do not have a condition such as herself.

The world as we know it has collapsed due to a nuclear explosion. Those that did not die, found themselves fused to the items and objects they were holding or were near at the time of the explosions. The problem is, not everyone died or became fused to objects. Some of them live in a very nice, and very controlled environment called the Dome. The Dome is a sore spot for many people that are living because many people there are called Pure's and some are sure they had an advance warning that something was going to happen that day.

The story follows Pressia, about to turn 16 as she attempts to hide from the OSR, a special operation military team that many feel is trying to overthrow the Dome, but are ruthless and many people fear them.

I like the world building in this novel. The world that Pressia lives in, is definitely a lot different than the world that Pure people of the Dome live in. However, one thing that really, really bothered me about this novel is how it was written. Instead of showing us something, there is a lot of telling. I get the feeling that it's artistic choice here, and sometimes it works, but it really does drive me crazy most of the time. It's not constant so sometimes we actually get nice detail and other times we get a lot of telling us about what characters do and how they behave. A consistent story-telling style would have done this book a world of justice.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Spellcaster (Spellbound, #2) by Cara Lynn Shultz

Spellcaster (Spellbound, #2)Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shultz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think out of the two books in this series, I enjoyed this one a lot more than I enjoyed the first. The biggest pull right now is how we see Emma grow using her powers. There are a lot more instances of Emma practicing all of her witchy skills and that's what I enjoy. I like seeing characters using magical powers.

The story between Emma and Brendan hasn't changed. It continues to grow in this book though. That's great because we get to see how they're evolving as a couple. I really enjoy their relationship because he's a sweet guy and Emma, well Emma needs help, but yet she realizes that she can really take care of herself. It's nice to see empowered female characters when we usually see female characters that need a boyfriend to define themselves. It's refreshing.

I'm also glad to see that Emma continued her relationship with her witchy friend Angelique. I like that Emma is an all encompassing character that doesn't feel like she has to ignore certain people to withold a status. She's a very likable character.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: The Little Woods by McCormick Templeman (ARC)

The Little WoodsThe Little Woods by McCormick Templeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Little Woods is an interesting story about Cally Woods that lost a sister tragically when she was a child. In an attempt to move on with her life, she begins to attend a school located in the same area her sister disappeared. However, the boarding school isn't quite what she expected.

I liked Cally and was routing for her the entire time. I'm surprised she managed to hold things together long enough to attend school despite all of the crazy things going on around her.

I only had a few minor issues with this book, but despite those small issues, I found the book to be an enjoyable read.

Cally, at some point during the story, suddenly suffers something like a psychotic break and does things that are very out of character for her. This would have been fine if we would have been lead down this road a bit more. We really don't hear much more about it aside from a few pages and then Cally is off to do something else.

Also, the conversational parts of this book sometimes sound like we're reading an instruction manual. We're lead into things very slowly and I found myself wishing they'd just get on with it already!

This all leads us up to a very bittersweet ending but an ending full of closure where things for Cally and her family finally reach a point where everyone finds themselves with some sort of peace.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: This is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (ARC)

This is Not a TestThis is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. Sloane, the main character that we follow has had a rough life. Then, let's throw a zombie apocalypse into the fray and things just become more and more interesting.

We get to see a tiny glimpse into what it was like when the world began to end. More of the story is focused on Sloane and several other characters that find themselves banded together and holding their own in their abandoned high school. The characters share a lot of similar things with each other. The only difference between Sloane, Rhys, Cary, Trace, Grace and Harrison are, Sloane would rather die while the others would rather live.

I think Summers did a good job at showing us how people, even teens can work together and survive in a crisis. Things don't always go smoothly however and we get to see how they work together when the world they know slowly falls apart. Each and every one of them has things they have to struggle with and some make choices that they probably wouldn't if the world was not ending.

I really liked this book. The ending left me wondering what happened to the characters once we leave them. I'm wondering about the world as they know it and if there really is anything to go back to once we leave them. Great read!

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Sunday, June 10, 2012 | By: Traci

Review: Fated by Alyson Noel

Fated (Soul Seekers, #1)Fated by Alyson Noel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is something a little different than I am used to reading, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good book.

I like that Noel took a character that seems pretty unlikely to have a fated future ahead of her; someone that has had a pretty crazy life. That's not saying that the character wasn't well developed and well liked, she just had a crazy life and moved on to something even crazier.

Of course, we have the typical love triangle thing going on, this time it's only made a bit different because the boys in question are twins. There is plenty of magic involved however. It seems like magic hardly ever graces books anymore so if you're looking for a read with plenty of magic, this will be one that you'll want to read.

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