Thursday, January 29, 2015

Born At Midnight by C.C. Hunter book review

Sixteen year old Kylie Galen is having a rough couple of weeks! Her parents are getting divorced, her nana has recently passed away, and now she's being stalked by some stranger she's nicknamed "Solder Dude" (thanks to his army duds). The weirdest part about that is that apparently she's the only one who can see him! Does that make him a ghost? There's no such thing! Right?

To go along with Kylie's new found bad luck, she gets caught at a party where everyone is drinking, and now her parents want to ship her off to some camp for troubled teens. Can it get any worse? Apparently so. When she gets to Camp Shadow Falls she soon uncovers the truth, that this isn't a camp for troubled teens at all, but a camp for supernatural teens to come together and learn how to harness their new powers. Kylie is sure that there's been some sort of mistake, but everyone she meets tells her she's one of them. Kylie's never felt normal, but she's never felt supernatural, either. If she were one of them, wouldn't she know?

With a string of funny and interesting characters, Kylie finally starts to feel comfortable in her new surroundings. New friends, magic, and an hot love triangle make for one crazy summer.
I really enjoyed this book! Even though it starts out a little slow, it really starts to pick up around the fourth chapter. You get to meet all these quirky characters with cool supernatural powers; vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies! Then you get to go along on Kylie's journey of self discovery as she tries to figure out what or who she is.

I also really loved the supernatural background that the author gave. You don't really have any supernatural limits in this book, there's a whole realm of possibilities! For example, in the story you can get your powers in either three ways; they can be hereditary, you can be changed (like bitten by a vampire), or you can get your powers from the Gods. Also, another interesting supernatural fact in this story is that species can mix, but the species with the closer lineage to the Gods is the gene that gets passed through the DNA. How cool is that?! I just love how the author explains the details in an entertaining way instead of making me feel like I'm in History class.
Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I disliked the lack of romance in the love triangle. Hopefully it really starts to pick up in the next book, Awake At Dawn.

All in all, this is a really fun and easy read. It's slow to start, but once you get started it really pulls you in. A little mix of supernatural mystery that will have you turning the page for more!

My Born At Midnight dream cast!

Kylie - Danielle Campbell

Lucas - Michael Trevino

Derek - Alex Pettyfer

Miranda - Shenae Grimes Beech

Della - Malese Jow

Perry - Daniel Sharman

Holiday - Bella Thorne

Burnette - Jensen Ackles

Mrs. Galen - Ashley Judd

Helen - Taylor Swift

Sara - Sasha Pieterse

Trey - Jared Padalecki

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Monday, July 14, 2014

A Cry In The Night by Mary Higgins Clark review

This was my first ever experience with a Mary Higgins Clark book, and I have to say, I was NOT dissapointed! This story kept me on my toes the whole time. You know a book is good when even you are questioning the main characters sanity. The twists and turns are completely unexpected, and the creepy things that happened had goosebumps breaking out on my arms! If you've never ready anything by this author, I reccomend you start with this one! The book's heroine is single mother of two, Jenny. She lives in New York City and works at an art gallery trying to make ends meet. You can tell Jenny adores her two girls, Beth, who is three, and Tina, who is two. Jenny's ex-husband, Kevin, is a struggling actor, and is always hitting Jenny up for money. He seems like a nice enough guy, but he just doesn't even try to take care of his children. While working one day, Jenny meets esteemed artist, Erich Kruegar. They get aquainted while Jenny is admiring his painting of his mother, who has a strong resemblance to Jenny. Erich and Jenny share an instant connection and after a week he proposes, after a month they're married! Jenny has finally met the man of her dreams. Or has she? Erich moves Jenny and her girls to his farm in Minnesota. The farm is beautiful, but Jenny would never have guessed the evil that lurked beneath the surface. Erich's mother, Caroline, had an accident on the farm resulting in her untimely death when he was only ten. Even though Caroline has been gone for nearly twenty five years, the house is just as she had it, not a thing out of place. Even Erich's childhood bedroom is still exactly as it was. It's as if Caroline herself is still there, her presence haunting the place. Strange things start to happen around the house that have Jenny questioning her own sanity; bars of Caroline's favorite soap are left on the children's pillows, the children asking why mommy didn't talk to them when she came in their room last night, people around the farm saying they had seen her walking around the farm at night. Was she sleepwalking and just didn't know it or was Caroline, in fact, haunting the place? Jenny meets a few people on the farm, but it can be lonely, and she starts to feel that way after a while. Erich doesn't want her leaving the farm because he "doesn't want to share [her] yet." The only friends she has are the ones that she's made on the farm. One is the a young guy that works on the ranch named Joe. Joe is a nice enough kid, but, according to Erich, he screws up a lot. Also, Joe's uncle is supposedly responsible for Caroline's death. She makes a fast ally with Joe, who ends up having a crush on her. Erich gets jealous because he holds a grudge against Joe's family, and he ultimately tells Jenny she can't talk to Joe anymore if he's not there. Another friend she meets is Erich's best friend Mark. Mark seems to genuinely care about Jenny, and she feels comfortable when he's around. Mark may be Erich's best friend, but Jenny knows she can count on him just as much. Lastly, there's Rooney. Rooney is the wife of the main ranch hand. Rooney's daughter, Arden, ran away years before, and everyone says it drove Rooney crazy. Erich tells her to watch out for Rooney because she can't be trusted. What he doesn't tell her is that Rooney and Caroline had been best friends. Ignoring Erich's warning about her, Jenny makes fast friends with Rooney anyway. Jenny notices that sometimes the older woman gets confused and starts babbling nonsense, but when Rooney starts talking about seeing Caroline walking around the farm, she can't ignore it. Everyone starts questioning Jenny after all these strange things start happening, but Jenny knows it wasn't her. Even Erich starts making her feel like she's crazy. He's saying the strangest things and acting so different, and he's always disappearing for days at a time to this cabin in the woods. He goes there to paint, and no one is allowed there except him. Jenny starts questioning him, but immediately feels guilty. This is the man who she fell in love with, who took her and her two young children in and gave them a life of no worries. He would never do anything to harm her...Would he? I highly recommend this book. If you love a good ghost story filled with suspense, you've found it! Just when you think you've got it all figured out there's a turn of events that leaves you suspecting something entirely different. The motives in this book are so twisted, but it'll keep you turning the pages for more. By the middle of the story, you'll be questioning you're own sanity! =)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts

Ahhh, Nora Roberts. I have to say, I love her work, but this book left me jaded in a few places.

Essentially the book is centered around Declan Fitzgerald, a hot shot Boston lawyer who's grown tired of the courtroom and moves down to New Orleans in search of something "more." He moves into Manet Hall, a prestigious old house that has as many secrets as it does rooms. It's a fixer upper for sure, but as soon as he sets off to work on it, strange things start to happen. Declan soon finds out that the house harbors a deep  dark secret, and the ghosts there are determined to keep it that way.

Now, no Nora Roberts book would be complete without a little love interest, enter Angelina Simone. She's a ball breaking bar owner whose bark is as strong as her bite. Declan falls head over heels for this fast talking sexpot, and spends most of the book trying to convince her to go out with him. She has her ups and downs for me. I think her character is way too closed off, and for me the book would've been better with more ghosts and less Lena.

Also, the ghostly things that happened could've been a little scarier, and the characters could've reacted more terrified. There's one scene where Lena is walking down the hall and the doors keep slamming, and she just keeps walking. I would be out so fast!

All in all, I didn't care too much for it. It wasn't a good ghost story, and it wasn't a good love story.

If you all read it let me know! Leave your comments below!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Ultimate Book Tag!

I saw this book tag on Bookables youtube channel. She has the best book reviews and book tags. I just love to hear her ramble! Http://

Anyways, here's the tag!

1) Do you get sick while reading in the car?
-Sometimes. If I read for a long time or it's a really curvy road we're on I will definitely get sick.

2) Which author's style is so completely unique to you and why?
- J.K. Rowling! Her writing style is just so fun and imaginative! In Harry Potter you literally feel like you're a part of Hogwarts! I want to go to Hogwarts, and be friends with Hermione and Harry and Ron! Rowling has just created this amazing magical world, and it takes someone truely talented to put all that imagination on paper and actually make you want to read it. If you couldn't tell, I kind of love J.K. Rowling!

3) Harry Potter or Twilight?
- I like Twilight, it's a good story, but I ADORE Harry Potter! Hogwarts all the way!

4) Do you carry a book bag?
- No. In middle school and high school I did. In college I carried a canvas bag. Now I just carry a huge purse! If it's not big enough to fit a book in, I'm not carrying it! Haha

5) Do you smell your books?
- No, but there's nothing like walking into Books A Million and the smell of new books overwhelming you!

6) Books with or without illustrations?
- I say without unless it's a cookbook or a decorating book.

7) What book did you love while reading, but later discovered it wasn't quality writing?
- For me, it's the L.A. Candy series by Lauren Conrad. I loved it while reading it, but I felt like as the series wentnon the writing got worse. I love Lauren Conrad, though!

8) Do you have any funny memories involving books from your childhood?
-Yes! I wanted to be Junie B. Jones! I loved her!

9) What's the thinnest book on your shelf?
- Probably the House of Night's Fledgling Handbook by P.C. Cast

10) What's the thickest book on your shelf?
- Probably Breaking Dawn from the Twilight series.

11) Do you write as well as you read? Could you see yourself being an author?
- I love to write, and I would love to be an author someday.

12) when did you get into reading?
- When I was in grade school we had this program called the Accelerated Reading Program. It was where we got to pick one book a week and read it and then take a test on the computer on it at the end of the week. Once you took the test you earned points and I believe you could get little prizes with your points. That's my earliest memory of reading for fun.

13) Favorite classic book?
- Little Women ny Louisa Mae Alcott. I adore that book! It's a great story of love, loss, friendship, and family.

14) What was your best subject in school?
- English and History. I hated math!!!

15) If you were given a book that you hated as a gift, what would you do?
- I would trade that sucker in or regift it. Just being honest. Haha

16) Name a lesser known series similar to The Hunger Games or Harry Potter.
- Nightshade by Andrea Cremer! This series isn't really similar to either of these, but it's a really good new series!

17) Name a bad habit you have whole filming besides rambling.
- I don't film reviews that often, but my bad habit would definitely be talking with my hands. If I'm talking about something I'm passionate about my hands move ninety miles an hour! Haha

18) What is your favorite word?
- I don't really have a favorite word. That's why I read, I love all words!

19) Would you classify yourself as a nerd, dork, or dweeb?
- I'm definitely a book nerd!

20) Vampires or fairies?
- Vampires

21) Shifters or angels?
- Shifters. It would just be so cool to shift!

22) Spirits or werewolves?
- Duh! Werewolves! Teen wolf, anyone?

23) Zombies or vampires?
- Vampires. Don't get me wrong, I geek out over The walking Dead, but vampires are so sexy! Damon Salvatore? Yes, please!

24) Love triangle or forbidden love?
- Forbidden love. There's just something so sexual about it. Rose and Dimitri from Vampire Academy, Edward and Bella from Twilight, Tris and Four from Divergent? It's just hot to break the love rules!

25) Full on romance or action packed with a little romance?
- Action packed with a little romance. Divergent, Hunger Games, Vampire Academy. Those are books I can get into!

Well, that's it for now. I tag you! You do the tag and put your answers down, then leave me a comment below!