November 11, 2014

Review: The Shadow and the Rose (Ash Grove Chronicles #1) by Amanda DeWees

Summary-
In the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts draws the brightest and most talented teens. But beneath the peaceful surface, supernatural forces are at work...
When ordinary high-school junior Joy Sumner visits a graveyard at midnight on a dare, she doesn’t expect to end up sharing a kiss with brooding teen model Tanner Lindsey. And she definitely doesn’t expect to make an enemy of Tanner’s seductive, sinister mentor, the ageless supermodel Melisande—who may not be entirely human—or to find that her sleepy little corner of North Carolina is buzzing with supernatural energy.
While Joy fights to free Tanner from Melisande’s grasp—and from his own self-doubt—she finds that she’s pregnant. And when Tanner’s love for her puts his life in danger, will she be able to rescue him and save their future together?
 
Review-
 I like this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. The characters are very likeable and easy to relate to. The whole story is just written well. Even the villain is good in a bad guy sort of way. The storyline is full of mystery and keeps you chasing around up until the very end. Just when you thin you have things all figured out you get a curve ball and you're off to the races again. There was never a dull moment. Very enjoyable read. Happy Reading!!
 
Publisher- Createspace
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
Thank you to the author for the donation of this book into the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!

Review: Nearly Gone (Nearly Gone #1) by Elle Cosimano

Summary-
Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.
Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.
  
 
Review-
 Not nearly what I was expecting... it was soooo much better. A very nice surprise. When I first started reading it I wasn't sure if I would be able to click with this story. I'm glad it was interesting enough for me to keep reading. It turned out to be a really good book. I can't wait to read the next one from this author. The storyline filled in quickly with complexities and an overall richness. It's very fast-paced with twists & turns to keep you turning those pages. I love a good thriller that can keep you on the edge of your seat. Hard to put down. I was captivated right up to the very last page. A refreshing & thrilling read. Happy Reading!! 
 
Publisher-Kathy Dawson Books
Reviewer Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
Thank you to the publisher for donating this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!!

Review:Invisability by Andrea Cremer, David Levithan


Summary-
Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.
 
Review-
 I tried not to have a pre-conceived opinion about this book. Not an easy thing to do, considering I really like the Authors' previous writing. At least the stories I have read. This book certainly was not a disappointment. I loved everything about this book! The characters are well rounded and have believable personalities. The storyline has a lot of action and surprises to keep you on your toes and plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing. This one is a real page turner. I had a hard time putting it down, even for a little while. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. This is an excellent read and well worth your time. I hope you love it as much as I did. Can't wait to see if the adventure will continue. Happy Reading!!
 
Publisher-Philomel
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by Mechele
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!

Review: Rebel by Amy Tintera

Summary-
Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.
Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.
With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there's only one option left...
It's time for Reboots to become rebels.
 
Review-
 I didn't have the good fortune to read the partner book to this one. In my opinion, you don't really have to in order to enjoy this one. The Author does a good job of fitting in a lot of references to the first book. So you never feel lost or left behind. The characters come across as strong and personable. Easy to relate to. With all the action and plot twists, the book really holds your attention. The storyline I not only interesting but enjoyable to read as well. Hope you like it too ;) Happy Reading!!
 
Publisher-HarperTeen
Reviewer Rating:4 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for the Future book program in exchange for a honest  review!!

Review: Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

Summary-
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings  The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.
 Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world. 
 
Review-
This book was a little to slow-paced for me. It didn't really have a lot of action. Also, I did not care for the way the story started off jumping around. Although, the Author does a good job of bringing everything together in the end. Most of the characters were solid but there were a few who I felt were a little flimsy. The storyline was good though. All-in-all, it was an ok read. That's just my opinion though, maybe you'll love it. It's worth giving it a try. Happy Reading!!
 
Publisher-Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Reviewer Rating:3.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for you Future book program in exchange for a honest review!

Review: Monsters (Ashes Trilogy #3) by Ilsa J. Bick

Summary-
The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End...is now.
When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse-until the doctors found the monster in her head.
She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death.
Now, with no hope of rescue-on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit-she discovers a new and horrifying truth.
The Change isn't over.
The Changed are still evolving.
And...they've had help.
With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply.
 
Review-
The ONLY thing I didn't like about this five star read is that this was the last book in the trilogy:( This entire series was wonderful, awesome, brilliant, but Book Three was the absolute best! A post-apocalyptic story, Monsters wraps up what happened to the original three protagonists who have spent the previous two books trying to get back to each other. Alex, Tom, and Ellie bonded during the initial period of recovery after the electric shock that killed many and zombified many more. They became a family unit, along with Mina, Ellie's father's military dog. Such a simple thing as finding people that you love and want to be with makes this trilogy so poignant. All three characters were separated in Book One and, along the way, met many evil and wonderful people. Yet they never forgot each other, and never gave up on each other. It gives me goosebumps to think about such devotion. Needless to say, when their fates were being determined in Book Three, I was in agony. I literally was biting my nails, breathless, and tense. The pages flew by in this 821 page book as I prayed and hoped that they would find each other again. I will not tell you how it ended. You readers will have to pick up the series and read it to find out. Let's just say that it was a bit of a surprise though!
 
Publisher-Brilliance Corporation
Reviewers Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by~Cindi Clubbs
Thank you to the publisher for this donation to the Read for your Future in exchange for a honest review!

November 1, 2014

Month 9 Books Birthday Bash Guest Post & Giveaway


 
Welcome to Month9Books Birthday Bash! We’re so excited you’re all stopping by!

This is going to be an awesome event with many tour stops featuring our authors! The full schedule is below and make sure to stick around for the EPIC Giveaway taking place!

Here’s a quick note from Georgia McBride, owner of Month9Books!
"Month9Books is turning 2 this year and I could not be happier. We are living proof that if you have a dream to write, create and inspire, you should follow that dream and let nothing keep you from realizing it. Thank you to all the readers, writers, agents, partners and friends who have made this possible. We write for you.
--Georgia McBride, Publisher and Owner of Month9Books"


While all of the posts are from our authors that have books out already we also want to look forward to some of the 2015 titles we can’t wait to share with you
                       Here’s a slide show of some our 2015 books!




We have a ton of sequels coming as well as new books from awesome debut authors and we’re so excited to share them all with you! We have something for everyine from every genre from Sci-Fi to Fantasy to Paranormal and Horror!


Giveaway Details
(1) New Kindle with touchscreen (US only) loaded with all our Month9Books titles. US Only.
(1) Paperback prize pack of 5 Month9Books Titles. US ONLY.
(2) eBook Prize Packs of 5 Month9Books titles. International

October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!





We here at RFYF would like to wish all of our wonderful followers a very Happy and Safe Halloween!! Since you can't celebrate Halloween without reading a least a couple books that will frighten your socks off, we've compiled a list of spooky teen books below. Choose a title, go to the library and grab a copy, and make sure you have all the lights on when you read it!! Mwah ha ha!!


·      Let’s be honest—ANYTHING by R.L. Stine is a good, scary read!
·      The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy
·      Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
·      Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick
·      Bury Me Deep by Christopher Pike
·      The Ghost Files 2 by Apryl Baker
·      Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
·      Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs




Here are two links to even more books that will make you want to sleep with the lights on…..




October 29, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday


Sooooo....what book are we waiting on here at RFYF? Since Halloween is coming up, we chose a book on making difficult teenage decisions!



The Sorcerer Heir
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by Cinda Williams Chima
Release Date: 4 November 2014
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. 

 Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find away to clear their names as the prime suspects in a series of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them.  

Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

(goodreads summary)




October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! 
Just do the following: 
  • Grab your current read. 
  • Open to a random page. 
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. 
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! 
  • Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 


*A good man does not resort to violence; he seeks to soothe, calm, and comfort.

p. 7







by David S. Baxter