| Review | Loop by Karen Akins

Happy Sunday!


I just hit over 250 followers on my Instagram account! WOOHOO! I am so happy and overwhelmed that so many people like to see my pictures and want to follow me. So thank you everyone that followed me. I hope to have some pretty pictures up in the next few days so definitely look out for those! :)

Since today is just for the family to relax, I decided to write up some reviews and plan a few other blog posts for the following week. I'm very excited to review this book and I hope you guys like what I have to say! Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below! :)

*A huge thank you to Michelle at St. Martin's Press for sending me a review copy. This in no way affected my review for the book.*


Title: Loop (#Loop 1)
Author: Karen Akins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Time-Travel
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin

MY RATING: 5 AMAZING STARS!
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels... at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn't go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn't think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tag-along uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.



"A hilarious and action packed read, this book will have you laughing and turning the page at the same time. LOOP is a definite must read!"

Diving into this book, we find out that Bree goes to a school for Shifters, people who time travel and Transporters, people that help time travelers coordinate their destinations. Her school assignments include time traveling to the past and delivering things to the past, but she, and every other Shifter doesn’t have the ability to change the past. 

But when Bree accidentally kidnaps a boy named Finn, she gets entangled in the past and violates the shifter rules she’s sworn to obey. Nothing is turning out like Bree expected and she is not only endangering herself, but the lives of Finn and her mother.

When I received this book for review, I couldn't help but dance around like a happy person. I'm always a sucker for a good time travel but it's can be hard trying to find the right book, especially if it is sci-fi. But with Loop, it had such a fascinating world, compelling characters and a great romance, all three things that I love in a book!

With most sci-fi novels, they tend to carry such heavy information about time travel or other science fiction aspects, but with this book, I didn't feel that way at all. It was such a light-hearted read, and it was hard for me to put it down. Akins wonderfully combines science fiction and adventure, into a story full of romance, mystery and fun. The entire idea of this book was so well crafted and the aspect of time travel was not at all confusing for me. 

Akins had a way of writing that captured you from the very beginning and would not let you go. From the time traveling elements, to the cool kick ass gadgets, to the scenery, I felt as if I was in the story itself and that was my favorite part about reading this book.The writing was detailed out to the point where you could vividly imagine what was going on, in your head and I applaud the author for that! 

“What don't you have in that pocket?" asked Finn. "Patience.”

With our main protagonist, I loved everything about her. She was feisty, witty and kick ass all in one. I loved how she wouldn't take crap from anyone, but there were times where I felt as if she over reacted to some things, especially when she was with Finn. I felt as if she wouldn't listen to his ideas/theories and just shrug him off as a problem, instead of someone that wanted to help her. I understood how she acted towards him, due to what she was taught and how she was raised, but I wish she hadn't treated him like crap half the time. Other than that little problem, I found her to be such a fun, entertaining read and I think this character is what made the book enjoyable. I'm definitely excited to see how she develops in the second book!

With our hero....my oh my! I swear, half the time I was laughing was because of him. He was so fun and charming, I couldn't get enough of reading about him.  Even though Finn only knows of the future Bree, you can see that he feels the same way about the past Bree. He was such a sweetheart to her, wanting to protect her and make sure she stayed safe, and that made me smile like crazy. Overall, Finn is definitely on my favorite book boyfriends list and I am excited to see him develop in the second book as well! 

“What changed your mind so suddenly?" His expression darkened. "I decided what I was fighting for." "Which is?" "You.”

Not only did I love the time travel aspect, but I also loved the romance. We don't really get to see a lot of romance through out the entire book, but definitely toward the end. I loved the chemistry between Finn and Bree and I am very excited to see what happens to their relationship in the second book! 

Overall, LOOP was a quick, entertaining read and I would highly recommend it to readers that love a fun sci-fi book filled with romance and mystery! 



What do you guys think? Are any of you interested in Sci-Fi books? If so, what is your favorite book in that genre? Will you be picking this one up? Let me know in the comments below what you guys think! 
Happy reading! 

Air Awakens by Elise Kova Cover Reveal + Giveaway!

Happy Saturday!


This weekend is seriously going to be a busy one! I've been taking pictures for my bookstagram account, non stop! So many ideas are running through my head that I can't help it. If don't know what a bookstagram account is, it's just an Instagram account where you post pictures about books! If you'd like to take a look, HERE is the link to my account. :)

I'll also be writing up two reviews today, and then I have to plan a few other things that will be happening in the next month or so. I'm so freaking excited to share it with you guys. I'm literally about to burst with happiness, so definitely stay tuned for that! ;)

But for now, I've got the pleasure in hosting the cover reveal for Elise Kova's book, Air Awakens! Continue scrolling to see the gorgeous cover, read the intriguing excerpt and enter the awesome ARC giveaway!





Title: Air Awakens
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: August 27th, 2015
Publisher:  Silver Wings Press

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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.


 Later that night Vhalla fought sleep. In one hand she clutched the cryptic note, the other ran through her long hair, snagging on tangles.

She was tired of these games. Despite the trenchant and dry nature of her phantom, she did not want their correspondence to end. Her eyes drifted closed, no closer to a resolution of the battle raging inside her.

She stood in the empty hallway before the torch-lit library doors. Normally she entered at a run, but this time she walked. There was no need to run; it would all be the same anyways. She passed through histories, down the hall of mysteries, and a little further still to her window seat.

There she saw him, a black shadow illuminated only by the light of a single flame hovering magically at his side. He didn’t move and, for the first time, she didn’t speak.

In the silence Vhalla studied him. This night her dream became sharper, clearer. By not trying to speak, the dream remained stable long enough to make out features that normally were shadowed and fogged. The man was older than her by about six to eight years. His shoulder-length black hair was slicked back, away from his face and set with something that gave off a dull shine in the light.

“You are early tonight.” A deep voice hovered in the silence.

Vhalla was confused. I’m early? she wanted to ask, but only air escaped from her mouth.

“You have to try harder,” he sighed, pretending to inspect the book he had propped against his black-clad knees.

Try harder? Still only air passed through her moving lips.

“Tell me your name,” he commanded.

What?

“Tell me your name,” he demanded again, agitation clipping his words.

Vhalla.

“Tell me your name!” He snapped his book shut and turned to her. She could almost see the fire behind his coal-colored eyes.

Don’t slam books closed! She found her voice, and it echoed through the dream from her to his ears.

Vhalla felt his laughter resonating through her as she woke with a start.

Sitting, she tried to control her ragged breathing. It was hopeless and something wild took her.

She was up, on her feet, and down the hall in a flurry of motion. Vhalla didn’t even think twice as she put her shoulder to the solid library door to push it open. A faint flicker of light glittered off the lacquer of the shelves.

Her sudden stop almost caused her to tumble forward into the man on the window seat. Her window seat. Her chest rose and fell with each gasping breath, and her side hurt slightly from the sprint, but her eyes locked onto him. She stood there in silence for a long moment, the stunning clarity of the world around her reminding her that this wasn’t a dream.

Slowly, he put his hand on the seat and turned, piercing her with his eyes. A knowing smirk spread across his face as he commanded her with only his stare. Minutes or hours could have passed before he spoke.

“I knew you would come.”





Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye. 

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook. Visit her website, EliseKova.com, for news and extras about her books!


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| ARC Review | Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Happy Wednesday!


Seriously, I need new shelves or I might just take the one holding our school books. If you think I'm joking, then you obviously don't know me.*grins and lets out a maniac laugh*

I've been putting off reading for the last couple of days so I can catch up on a few reviews and so far, I'm almost done! I just have to do three more which I will finish tomorrow and then I can start reading again! I have so many books that I want to read, it's going to be a hard pick!

But, you're not here to hear me gushing about my TBR. You're here to read my awesome review for this awesome book, aren't you? Well, just continue scrolling and you can! ;)



Title: Sweet (Book #1)
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Genre: Horror, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Macmillan

MY RATING: 4.5 SOLU PACKETS!

People would kill to be thin.

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

But will they die for it, too?

Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18657784-sweet?ac=1


"This is the first book I've read from Emmy Laybourne and I am sure it won't be the last! Sweet is a fast paced novel that will leave you wondering what happens next!"


Seeing this come through my mail...it was an unbelievable thing. This book is my first ever ARC and I'm so happy that I got the chance to read and review it. A huge thank you to the lovely author and Macmillan! 

Anyone would kill to be thin, so when scientists discover a way to lose five percent of your body fat in just a matter of days, the world has gone into an excited frenzy. Laurel has been invited by her best friend Viv to go on the cruise, but being sea sick for the first few days, she decides not to take the Solu. But even after she's better, she witnessed something quite strange and decides to stay away from it altogether.

Tom Forelli has always been known as the chubby, Baby-Tom-Tom on the hit show The Magnificent Andersons. Now a teenager and hotter than ever, he wants to shed his Baby-Tom-Tom image and what better way to do that than to host the cruise of a lifetime Solo Cruise on television?

Things don't go as planned as a horrific frenzy stars aboard the ship, and Laurel and Tom must find a way to get out of there before it's too late...

When I started this book, I dove in with high hopes. The first fifty pages or so was a bit hard for me to digest due to the author's writing style and it worried me that I wouldn't end up liking the book because I loved the originality behind the story and I wanted to see how it would all turn out.

In the POV of Laurel, Laybourne's writing was at times very short, choppy and sometimes lacked description. The author used unnecessary parentheses in a way to form thoughts in Laurel’s head and that unfortunately took me out of the story a little bit. But as I got deeper into the book, I noticed that the writing improved and I instantly got hooked. In the last 100 pages or so, that was when the real suspense started happening and I couldn't put this book down, definitely not even for sleep! Nonetheless, if the author happens to write a second book in this serious, you can definitely count me in! 

In this book, we get to read in two different POV’s. I loved being able to get into both the heads of Laurel and Tom. I enjoyed reading about both characters, but especially Tom. I was instantly drawn to him and I loved reading his chapters. I definitely did see a difference between their POV's however. Tom's POV was very descriptive and it flowed smoothly, however with Laurel, I felt that it was short and choppy, which is why I connected more with Tom.

Even with how I felt about the writing, I loved Laurel and how she was such a refreshing character. My favorite things about her was how we got to see her happy with herself. She didn't want to change her body just because someone thought that she should. She was happy with herself and that is so refreshing to see in a YA novel and I applaud the author for that! 

With our hero, I couldn't stop smiling every time I read his POV! Lighthearted and a big sweetheart, Tom Forelli is everything you want in a book boyfriend. Sweet, caring, smart and handsome! His character definitely hooked me and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

The chemistry/romance was also very refreshing. In a lot of YA books, we see this insta-love between the characters, but in this book, I didn't see that. I saw two characters that had such a great chemistry that you didn't want to look away.

Overall, this book is definitely a great summer read. It’s full of cute romance, and suspense that will literally keep you on your toes! I would highly recommend this book if you are wanting to try something new and fun this summer!




What do you guys think?  Do you like the uniqueness of the plot? Will you be picking it up? Let me know in the comments below what you think! 


Happy reading!


Release Day Blitz: Rachel's Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins! Interview + MEGA Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!


I'm so excited to be apart of this amazing release day blitz! I've read the first three books in Karen's Temptation series and I absolutely loved them! So grab some pop corn, enjoy the interview and don't forget to enter Karen's amazing giveaway!


Title: Rachel's Deception (Book #4)
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Amish
Release Date: May 8th, 2015
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

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Growing up Amish is difficult…but leaving it behind is even harder.

Noah was Amish...Rose wasn't. Being together should have been impossible. But somehow they found a way to make it work. They are finally a family, but their happily-ever-after is still a long off. Will Rose and her friends be able to force real change?

Karen Ann Hopkins returns with a gripping new book in the YA Temptation series. The powerful family saga continues with Rachel's Deception, as events spiral out of control in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview. And Rachel Miller has her own secrets to hide. Noah’s younger sister has been living a double life. That is, until Justin Cameron, Rose's little brother, catches her in the act. Rachel is not the obedient Amish girl that her sister was, and her rebelliousness takes her to a very dangerous world. A world that only her true friends can help her escape from.

As Rachel questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment, Rose discovers what it really means to be shunned. And an evil shadow looms on the horizon, threatening not only Rose, but everyone she holds dear.


Stopping by the blog today to talk about her upcoming book, we have the lovely Karen Ann Hopkins, author of the young adult romance series, Temptation!   Let’s begin with the interview, shall we?

1. After you finished writing Forever, did you think you were going to add another book to the series or was it a spontaneous decision?

Yes, I was absolutely certain that I wanted to have a fourth book in the series.  Ideas and plotlines were already planned in my head, too.  As I was finishing up Rose and Noah’s love story, I realized that there were several other characters in Meadowview that seemed to be crying out for their own stories to be told.  I couldn’t resist, really.

2. What was the most difficult part in writing Rachel’s Deception? 

The easiest part of writing Rachel’s Deception was revisiting the characters and setting that I loved so much.  The most difficult part in writing this book was the research I had to do from the first three books to make the fourth book cohesive with the others, especially in regards to all the many Amish community members, and their family relations.  It can be daunting to remember the little details when dealing with so many characters.  

3. Are there any parts of the story you feel particularly close to? 

I really enjoy writing about the angst that so many of the young people in an Amish community experience before they finally settle down into married life.  Having lived among the Amish myself, and had close relations with so many of the teenagers who came to visit my horse farm on a weekly basis, assisted me with riding lessons, babysat my young children and hung around with my own teenagers, I’ve seen my fair share of disgruntlement among the kids.  Oftentimes, they outgrow their rebelliousness, begin courting and marry in only a few years’ time.  But I’ve also witnessed several teenagers running away to the outside world.  It’s always a heart wrenching scenario when that happens.  Those young people have to learn a whole new way of life, and without the love or support of their families.  The entire process fascinates me, and that’s why I’m so inspired to write about it in my books.
             
4. Do you have any projects that you are working on now? If so, can you give us a little sneak peak?

Thank you so much for asking! I have three ongoing series at the moment.  The first is the Temptation series: Temptation, Belonging, Forever & Rachel’s Deception.  I’m drafting the fifth book, Summer’s Song at this time.  As long as the characters in the fictional Meadowview community continue to inspire me with new and tantalizing ideas, I’ll persist in writing more books in the series.

Lamb to the Slaughter and Whispers from the Dead are the first and second books in my adult Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.  It’s a lot of fun to branch off with a series in the adult forum.  I have more freedom in expressing the realities of Amish living.  I’m also being able to add some spice into the characters’ romantic relationships. This series is thrilling, suspenseful, romantic and shocking.  Secrets in the Grave, the third book, will be available this fall.  This series has several more gripping stories to tell.  

My most exciting project thus far is the YA paranormal, Wings of War series.  The first book is Embers and it’s already released.  Gaia, the sequel, will be arriving in September.  This series is the epic tale about angels, demons and the approaching apocalypse.  It was really nice to escape the harsh realities of Amish world for a while, to create my own fantasyland.  Although, you never know, the Amish might just pop up somewhere in this series, as well.  There will be five books all together, and I’m already plotting the third one.


5. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog, Karen and congratulations on your new book! :)

Thank you so much, Talina, for having me!  If any of your followers would like to know more about my books, or contact me, please send them to my website: www.karenannhopkins.com.  I’m also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!  Happy reading!





Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah. 

 Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse when she turned eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. 

Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible. More books in the Temptation series are in the works.


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| Review | Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane

Happy Sunday!


This week has been so busy, I'm literally about to pass out. I've been trying to figure out ways on how to organize my bookshelves because of how many are coming in once or twice every few weeks. My bookshelves are slowly filling up and I don't want to just stack them off to the side.

But I finally managed to find the time to write up this review for an amazing Alice in Wonderland Retelling! If you guys haven't picked this up yet, I would highly suggest you do. If you aren't convinced, then scroll down and read my five star review! ;)



Title: Alice in Wonderland
Author: Rachel Shane
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
Release Date: April 18th, 2015
Publisher:  Merit Press

MY RATING: 5 WONDERFUL STARS
Sixteen-year-old Alice suppresses her need for rebellion after a petition to start a farmer’s market receives more snickers than signatures. That is until Whitney Lapin, a girl who speaks in cryptic riddles and spends her free time turning abandoned warehouses into beautiful gardens, leads her on a rabbit trail into the underground–aka secret society–of Wonderland High. Curiouser and curiouser.

Even though Whitney’s group of teenage environmental vigilantes operates on the wrong side of the law, Alice has never felt more free to be herself. Soon she stomps on her good girl image by completing a series of environmental pranks to impress them: flooding the school and disguising a pig as a baby in order to smuggle it out of a testing facility.

But the group refuses to help with the farmer’s market or reveal their hidden agenda. She wants to trust them, and she especially wants to trust (or maybe kiss) Chester Katz, a boy with a killer smile, a penchant for disappearing, and a secret that will really turn Alice‘s world backwards. When one group member tries to frame Alice for all the pranks, she must figure out their secret before she ends up in front of a jury that’s screaming, “Off with her head!”


“Alice in Wonderland High was a wonderful retelling! This book is fast paced and definitely a great read for the summer!”



When I received this book in the mail, (a huge thank you to the author and Merit Press!) I was an excited bookworm. I grew up with lots of Disney and classical books, so I was crossing my fingers, hoping I would love this book... and I did!

In this retelling, we come across Alice who is a sixteen year old girl that unfortunately just lost her parents to a car crash. Her parents were environmentalists and had hoped that Alice would continue on for them. 

Not wanting to fail her parents, she decides that she needs to keep her promise to them and tries to bring attention to the environment. But when Alice thinks that she has failed, she comes across a secret group of environmental vigilantes that just might let her into their little secrets...only if she can handle what they do.

Being that Rachel Shane is a debut author, she writes as if she's a seasoned author! Alice in Wonderland High has such a unique twist of a classical book and I didn't want to put it down for anything, not even for sleep! The writing style was enjoyable and fast paced, and Shane had a way of making every single detail precise, which made it easier to picture in my head. I also loved how she was able to throw in clues and hints from the magical world of Wonderland!

In most YA novels, we tend to see characters doing things that probably wouldn't happen in real life. But with our protagonist, I could easily see her as a person and not just a fictional character. She was strong, caring, smart, witty and didn't give up once things went south or when something was thrown her way, which I think a lot of readers will admire about her. Alice was such an entertaining and fun character to read about and I loved every bit of her!

Our love interest, Chester Katz, was definitely a swoon-worthy character. However, I couldn't connect with him on the same level as I did with Alice. I felt as if he was just a non important side character, when in fact he was Alice's boyfriend. I found his character to be interesting, but I think he needed a bit more of development. Nonetheless, I still loved reading about his character and I was happy with how everything turned out for him.

There were also a few secondary characters that I loved and I think my favorite would have to be Kingston Hatter. Not only do I love his name, but also his funny and sarcastic comments that had me either smiling or cracking up!

Last but not least, the romance. Can you say...ADORABLE?! It was so cute getting to see the chemistry fly between Chester and Alice, all I wanted to do was jump up and down. The romance in this book was another aspect that I loved and I just couldn't get enough of it. The author definitely did a great job in developing the romance to be as realistic as possible and not just an insta-love reaction.

Overall, Alice in Wonderland High was an amazing retelling and I would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is interested in trying something new! This book will have you smiling, shaking your head, and laughing all at once. Definitely a must-read for the summer!



What do you guys think of retellings? Do you have any favorites? Will you be picking this one up? Let me know in the comments below!


Happy reading!


| Review & Giveaway | Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading

Happy Sunday!

Wow, it's not even close to the end of May and I've already read almost twelve books! I am seriously on a roll here!

Now only if I would put down the books and catch up on my reviews! *shakes head* But today, I managed to plug in my music, take out my notes and get to writing. I was very excited to write this review, so grab some popcorn and continue scrolling to read my review!

BUT WAIT! I am also hosting a giveaway for this series! SIX lucky winners will be able to win one copy of the first book in the Kitty Hawk series! Click HERE to enter. ;)


Title: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading
Author: Iain Reading
Genre: Young Adult, Adventure, Mystery
Release Date: April 19th, 2013
Publisher:  Book Publicity Services

MY RATING: 5 HAPPY ELVES!
Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into - and out of - all kinds of precarious situations.

This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages - armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.

"Iain Reading has surely done it again in this third installment of the Kitty Hawk series! Full of adventure, mystery and a breathtaking suspense, this book will surely captivate you from the very beginning!"


                                             (I was the same way when I started this book!)

Diving into this book, we see Kitty Hawk is finally ready to start her adventure of flying around the world. She decides her first stop will be at Reykjavik, Iceland. Instead of just exploring the city and getting to hang out with a few friends, she gets thrown into a world of volcanoes, trolls and vikings, and even a possible murder... Now it's up to Kitty to figure out what exactly is going on and fast before she's the next victim.

One of the things I love most about this series is where Kitty Hawk travels. She's been to Alaska, Key West and now Iceland; a place I've always wanted to go. So of course, I got all excited when I started reading this book and I was certainly not disappointed!

"The bullet split the air with a dreadful ripping sound and whizzed past my ear like some horrifyingly angry insect."

That opening line of the prologue is definitely what captured me and kept me turning the page to find out what happens next. The author's writing style is what intrigued me the most of this book. It had such perfect and spot on detail that made the story come to life in my eyes. There were also moments where the author threw in a few plot twists to the story and I gotta say...I was surprised! 

My favorite part about the book would have to be the culture and history of Iceland. Like the history nerd I am, I ate up the information from the book hungrily and I wanted more after I finished reading! (Amazingly, the author added a few pages of interesting facts that were mentioned in the story and that definitely made me a happy bookworm!)
 
The thing Ialso  love about this series, is how it isn't your typical YA book. It doesn't contain your insta-love or your crazy love triangles or anything cliche. It has a heroine that doesn't take any crap from anyone and knows how to make the best out of her life by following her dreams and doing what makes her happy.

Kitty Hawk is such a strong, fun, smart heroine and if I were given the choice to make one fictional character real, it would be her. In most YA books, I notice that there are main characters that do stupid decisions that probably would never even happen in real life, but with Kitty Hawk, she doesn't do that and that's one of the reasons I am such a fan of her and why I applaud the author in writing such a great, realistic character.

Nonetheless, Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is yet another great book to this series and I am excited to see what lies ahead for Kitty. I would highly recommend this book if you are interested in a good mystery/adventure book! 


What do you guys think? Will you be picking up this installment to the series or have you already read it? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below! :)


Happy reading!

| Mini Reviews | The Power of Poppy Pendle & The Courage of Cat Campbell by Natasha Lowe

Happy Friday!


Had the most wonderful and tiring day today! My Friday got so much better when the mailman came with seven books! And then the DHL man came with yet another book I wasn't expecting! Talk about being a happy bookworm! 

I'm currently reading Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue and oh my god, I am LOVING it! It's full of history from Iceland, the Vikings, volcanoes, everything. I love the plot twists and turns in this story and I'm sure I'll be giving it a five star review next week! What are you guys currently reading this weekend?

Also, if you didn't read my previous blog posts, I started a Twitter account not too long ago! I talk about my blog posts, reviews of mine, book mail, and so many other bookish things. You can follow me HERE. :)

ALSO! I co-moderate Emily Wibberley's Street Team, and we'd love for you to join! You can earn prizes, get exclusive sneak peaks, and talk to to the author herself! What are you waiting for then? Embrace your destiny and sign up TODAY! HERE is the link. 

Now, let's get onto some other good things, shall we? Below are my two reviews for two lovely books that were sent to me by the author. Continue scrolling to read my reviews. :)


Title: The Power of Poppy Pendle
Author: Natasha Lowe
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

MY RATING: 5 MAGICAL CUPCAKES!
Poppy Pendle was born on the floor of the Patisserie Marie Claire bakery in the little town of Potts Bottom. When, as an infant, Poppy unexpectedly performs her first bit of magic, her parents, Edith and Roger, know their dream has come true. Their daughter has inherited the family gift.

But as Poppy grows up she isn’t as thrilled about her magical talents. Even though she was born into a long line of witches, has inherited the extraordinary gifts of famed Great-Grandmother Mabel, and is enrolled at the exclusive Ruthersfield Academy, a school for witchcraft, she wants to be a baker instead. Making yummy lemon cakes, buttery almond cookies, chocolate melt-aways, and caramel crunch cookies is Poppy’s passion—and it makes her happy. Poppy Pendle has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. “Whose life is it anyway?” she asks.


"Full of magic, mouth watering treats, and the importance of a true friendship, readers of all ages will enjoy this deliciously cooked up novel!" 

When I received this book in the mail, I was one happy bookworm and dove straight in! Poppy Pendle is a born baker...and not to mention, she was also born in a French bakery. 

She inherits the magic gift from her great grandmother, but Poppy wants nothing to do with it, and instead wants to spend her time baking. Her parents seem to disagree and continue to push her into the magic world until Poppy can no longer handle the pressure and ends up baking a batch of trouble...

In my personal opinion, I think that MG grade books can be for anyone. Kids of course, teens and even adults. For me, I love reading middle grade novels and this one was certainly high up on my list of favorites. 

From the gorgeous cover design, to the simple, yet enjoyable way the author wrote, Natasha Lowe had me loving this book from front to back. The author's writing style had a unique and captivating touch to it, which made it even easier for me to get swept up into the story. 

With our main protagonist, I definitely connected with her in a lot of ways. Not only do I love baking as much as Poppy does, but I could see her personality was a lot like mine and that's why I felt so connected to this character and to the book. 

I definitely found Poppy to be a great character from beginning to end and knew that a lot of other readers would enjoy her as well! The story wrapped up quite nicely and I'm happy it ended in the way that it did.

Overall, The Power of  Poppy Pendle was a delightful read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good magical read! 


Title: The Courage of Cat Campbell
Author: Natasha Lowe
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: January 6th, 2015
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

MY RATING: 5 MAGICAL SPIDERS!
Cat Campbell is a late-blooming witch whose magical abilities are bursting to be mastered in this charming coming-of-age story set in the world of The Power of Poppy Pendle.

Cat Campbell has had magical powers since the day she was born, but she didn’t always know that. Cat’s mother believes magic ruins lives, and even as Cat’s passion for magic grows over the years, no one suspects she has the gift. But she has indeed inherited the coveted magic gene of her famed great-great-grandmother Mabel, a discovery she makes in a most surprising way. Cat is a witch!

And when she comes across a book called The Late Bloomer’s Guide to Magic, she finds the encouragement she needs and spells that work. Then the town of Potts Bottom is threatened by a notoriously feared witch, and Cat has the chance to help her family and town—and to prove herself in the process. Because, as The Late Bloomer’s Guide to Magic proclaims, “believing in your magic and yourself is half the battle.” 


“The Courage of Cat Campbell was a cute, magical read that young Harry Potter fans will absolutely ADORE!”

After reading The Power of Poppy Pendle, I was very excited to start on the companion novel about Poppy’s daughter.

In this novel, we get to see Cat Campbell and how she would do anything in the world to inherit the magic gene from her great-great-grandmother Mabel. 

At the age of eleven, she thinks she won’t ever have a shot at being a witch when one day, she sends her worst fear bouncing around the room with her magic. Cat finally inherited the gene, but her mother does not approve. 

Nonetheless, Cat is determined to show her and everyone else how good of a witch she can be and sets on her own adventure of capturing the nastiest witch the world has even seen...

Natasha Lowe yet again succeeds in a creating a world full of magic with twists and turns at every corner.The author’s writing was simple, and straightforward and one of the reasons why I couldn't put it down! 

Just like the first book, I enjoyed reading about Cat Campbell and her desire to become a witch. She was a great character from beginning to end and I knew that she would be a good role model that a lot of girls looked up to, due to her determination to achieve her dream.

Not only did I love reading about Cat, but I also loved the relationship she had with her family and friends, especially with her friend, Peter. I loved seeing their funny and at times sarcastic conversations which had me smiling from ear to ear. 

Overall, The Courage of Cat Campbell was a quick, fun and easy read and I’m sure readers of all ages will enjoy this magical tale! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is up for a fun, enjoyable read!  Natasha Lowe will surely be on my favorite author lists from now on!



What do you guys think of these two wonderful books? Will you be picking them up or have you already read them? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below! :) 


Happy reading!

Talina Recommends - YA E-Book Deals!

Happy Friday!


I am here with yet another Talina Recommends where every Friday I recommend four books of a certain genre. Occasionally, I'll switch it up with some e-book deals on Amazon!

For this week's segment, I will be talking about some great e-book deals I found from Amazon! Continue scrolling to see this week's picks! :)





Title: Whatever Life Throws At You
Author: Julie Cross
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher:  Entangled: Teen

| Amazon |  KINDLE PRICE: $0.99
Life loves a good curveball…

Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas's life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she's living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own--most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals' super-hot rookie pitcher.

But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school "brats" who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.

But baseball isn't just a game. It's life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…



Title: Cruel Beauty
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: January 28th, 2014
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

| Amazon |  KINDLE PRICE: $1.99
The romance of Beauty and the Beast meets the adventure of Graceling in a dazzling fantasy novel about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. For fans of bestselling authors Kristin Cashore and Alex Flinn, this gorgeously written debut infuses the classic fairy tale with glittering magic, a feisty heroine, and a romance sure to take your breath away.

Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known that her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom's mountaintop, nothing is what she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can't resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who's gotten in her way by stealing her heart.


Title: The Paper Magician
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: September 1st, 2014
Publisher:  47North

| Amazon | KINDLE PRICE: $1.99 
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.


Title: Phantom's Dance
Author: Lesa Howard
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Thriller
Release Date: April 6th, 2014
Publisher:  Boot in the Door Publications

| Amazon | KINDLE PRICE: $0.99
Christine Dadeys's family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy’s finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she’s told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she’s willing to do to cope with it.

Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.

Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.




Do you see any e-books deals you are interested in?  If so, which ones? Let me know what you think in the comments below. I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback! :) 


Happy reading!


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