Monday, April 14, 2014

Live to read giveaway

I'm reposting this because of mine own error. Sorry it came up blank last week. I hope everyone will checkout the 250+ book giveaway at Live to Read!

The Emerald Ring (Cleopatra's Legacy) by Dorine White: 250+ Book Giveaway! (USA/CAN)

Enter to win my book plus 249 others from Live to Read http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-emerald-ring-cleopatras-legacy-by.html

Sunday, April 13, 2014

And the winner is...

The Fool for Books Hop winner, as randomly picked by rafflecopter, is... Michelle Tamasa! Congrats, you win a copy of Panic by Lauren Oliver :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Break

Taking the week off to spend with my family :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Live to Read giveaway

The Emerald Ring (Cleopatra's Legacy) by Dorine White: 250+ Book Giveaway! (USA/CAN)

Enter to win my book plus 249 others from Live to Read http://livetoread-krystal.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-emerald-ring-cleopatras-legacy-by.html

Friday, April 4, 2014

Exodus 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett

I'm not doing a YA today, instead I have a great Sci-Fi mystery for everyone. The book is Exodus 2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett.
The Story-
Joe Stanton is in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so it seems.
Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.

What they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.

With the help of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in Joe’s brain. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts-
I really enjoyed this book. It gave off a Genesis type of feeling. First we have Joe, he is a wonderful and intelligent man. I like that even though he hears "voices" he rationally works his way through his problems and is logical when he finds out the real reason. His girl friend is also sane and steady. She loves Joe and stays with him through the weird stuff and even joins in the mystery. Both characters are well written and their back stories keep their character's fully fleshed.

The plot of the book is also interesting. Humans have pretty much destroyed the environment and within a few decades the oceans will be so acidic that ocean creatures will not be able to survive. So, what do they do? Read the book. There is also allusion to a divine creator and  evil. I enjoyed how the author worked them both into the plot. The ending is so good, and the sacrifice humbling.

Only one pet peeve to mention, and that is the stereotype that Conservatives are evil humans that are extreme. Luckily, those are brief. Great book- 4 stars!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fool For Books Hop


Welcome to this stop on the Fools For Books Hop! I have up for grabs a hardcover copy of the new release, Panic by Lauren Oliver. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form. If you don't see it click "read more". And don't forget to hop over to the other blogs :)

(Amazon)From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes an extraordinary novel of fear, friendship, courage, and hope.

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She'd never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he's sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he's not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Already optioned by Universal Pictures in a major deal, this gritty, spellbinding novel captures both the raw energy of fear mixed with excitement as well as the aching need to find a place to belong.

Luminescence by Braden Bell


Welcome to this stop on Braden Bell's Luminescence Blog Tour and Middle Grade Monday!

The Story- (goodreads)
Determined to rescue their favorite teacher, Conner, Lexa, and Melanie confront their worst fears and use their powers in unexpected ways to defeat Lady Nightwing, the treacherous Darkhand leader. But when the trio makes a terrible choice to save Dr. Timberi, their powers may not be enough to keep everyone alive.
My Thoughts-
In this thrilling conclusion the Middle School magic trilogy we find out the fate of the beloved Dr. Timberi. While the rest of the magi believe him to be dead, Conner, Lexa and Melanie are sure he is alive and being held captive by the evil Lady Nightwing.

The tension is strong as our trio turn against their leaders and befriend The Stalker, who once tried to kill them. They head off on a near impossible journey into the center of the Darkhands power. All three children must learn to use their powers insync, or all will be lost. For different reasons, they each feel responsible for Dr. Timberi's capture and need to resolve within themselves that it was not their fault, or their powers will not progress to the next level. Lexa, jealous of her brother and Melanie’s blooming relationship, must also overcome her bitterness and envy or be stripped of her powers forever.

Their journey teaches them the true meaning of personal sacrifice and love. Filled with humor and adventure this book will hook the reader and bring the story of our trio full circle. 4.5 stars!