Thursday, October 27, 2011

REVIEW: Darkness Falling by Peter Crowther

 Title: Darkness Falling
Author: Peter Crowther
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release Date: 9.27.11
Pages: 400

First, the flash. A glare of light, just before dawn, followed by utter darkness. A vast blanketing nothingness that covered the whole Earth.  
Then, the disappearances. Friends and strangers alike, swallowed by the darkness… and then returned, altered, changed.  For the people of Jesman's Bend, it feels like the end of the world. But this is only the very start.


"An old-fashioned story written with a contemporary sensibility... Terrific!" - Charles de Lint (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)

"To be read and shared and loved." - Joe Hill

"Crowther's twisted rapture is a fast-paced, character-driven, funny, gruesome apocalypse. Forever Twilight will cast a shadow on your soul." - Stephen Baxter

"[The novel] very intelligently and deftly invokes a host of cinematic spookshows from Invasion of the Body Snatchers onwards." - Asimov's

"As intensely menacing and gruesome as any George Romero film, Darkness, Darkness also recalls the classic novels of American small-town terror and offers mystery as well. A virtuoso 'tour de force'." - Ramsey Campbell

"A riveting read." - The Guardian (on Forever Twilight: Darkness, Darkness)
(as found on

Darkness Falling is the first book in the Forever Twilight series by Peter Crowther. Don't get confused because of the title this ISN'T a romantic vampire book. When I read the summary I was expecting something abit scarier than what I recieved.

The book starts out interesting even though for a second, I found it alittle confusing. There's a flash of light thats almost blinding and just about everyone disappears. Three people on a packed flight leaving Denver are gone. Landing the plane was exciting through the first part of the novel. Once that was over, I found the story to drag a little, til we get close to the end of the book. There are some exciting moments and some of the "monsters" show up. Alot of the action at the end was for me, just a prelude to whats to come.

It's a 3 out of 5 hearts. We'll see what the rest of the books in the series will hold in store for us.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

REVIEW: Happy Birthday to Me by Brian Rowe

Title: Happy Birthday to Me
Author: Brian Rowe
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: 4.13.11
Format: Ebook

Seventeen-year-old Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he’s aging a whole year of his life with each passing day. High school is hard enough; imagine rapidly aging from seventeen to seventy in a matter of weeks, with no logical explanation, and with prom, graduation, and the state championship basketball game on the horizon. That’s what happens to Cameron, a mischievous pretty boy who has never had to face a day looking anything but perfect. It starts with a slowing metabolism, followed by gray hair, wrinkles, and heart palpitations. Within days his girlfriend dumps him, his plastic surgeon father forces him to get a facelift, and his terrifying high school librarian seduces him to have sex with her. All he wants to do is go back to normal, but no one, not even the best doctors, can diagnose his condition. When he finds love with a young woman who may or may not be an all-powerful witch, he realizes that the only hope for his survival might be with the one person who instigated his condition in the first place... 


Happy Birthday to Me, is simply amazing. Cameron Martin is your typical, "Girls want him, Guys want to be him" type of guy. He's good looking, has a great body, and a sexy girlfriend. But when he starts taking people for granted thinking that he will never see the consequences of his actions, THINGS GO WRONG!! After celebrating one to many fake birthdays just for the yummy chocolate cake, and treating a waitress a bit bad, he's cursed! When he wakes up the next day, he feels facial stuble thats never been there before, then his well toned body is starting to get flabby and for some strange reason that he can't explain, it looks like he's getting older. 
Cameron has to try to figure out what's wrong with himself before time runs out. In that time, he's sees his girlfriend for who she really is, and also finds out who his friends really are. He learns to appreciate the things he has, as well as life in and of itself. 
For those who have seen the movies Seventeen Again and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I'd say that this book is the perfect combination of both. Rowe brings many different emotions to this book, it's funny, sad, heartbreaking and most of all heartwarming. 
Would I recommend this book to anyone?? I already have.
As far as rating goes:
     5 out of 5 hearts!! Loved!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

REVIEW: Captivate by Carrie Jones

 Title: Capitvate
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 12.14.10
Pages: 304

He smiles. It's a wicked smile. Kind but not kind. Handsome but dangerous. Feral almost. I can see why Nick nearly killed him. Nick... I ask again, "Why were you in the road?" "I was waiting for you."
Zara and her friends thought they'd solved the pixie problem. And they did - sort of. The pixies are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king's needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it's enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn't have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him... until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.

There is no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she's got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they're practically inseperable. But when the very thing Zara wants to protect most is exactly what's at risk, she is forced to make choices she never imagined...


"If you grabbed Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer and asked them to co-author a book, they would come up with Need." - Justine magazine

"Jones masterfully blends paranormal fantasy, suspence, and romance to craft a new supernatural tale that is certain to appeal to fans of dark urban fantasy like Marr's Wicked Lovely and paranormal romances like Meyer's Twilight books..... Grabs readers and refuses to let go." - VOYA

"Fans will enjoy the sizzle between Nick and Zara as well as the paranormal cast." - PW


This is a perect example where the second book in a series surpasses the first. The series starts off by preparing you to meet pixies and that you need to stay away from them because of their manipulation and bloodlust. But Captivate cleverly clouds all of that when you meet Astley, a new pixie who claims that not all pixies are violent and uncontrollable as those Zara has previously faced.

There are also new threats as well as tragic consequences. And while the plot takes some dark turns, Carrie Jones give the emotional journey a huge pay-off by the time you finish the book.

In Captivate, Zara deals with the consequences of her choices, and come to terms with the fact that ideals are never as black and white as we'd like them to be in the harsh light of reality. Her actions, (and reaction) to newcomer Astley create a crisis that challenges the attitudes of her friends towards pixies.

With everthing you learn about pixies, I found the action more intense, the stakes are MUCH higher and the conflicts are way more interesting and complicated. By the way Captivate ends, you know there’s way more to come. 

5 out of 5 hearts for me!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

REVIEW: Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

 Title: Heavenly
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Pulisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Release Date: 8.15.09
Pages: 294


I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever. 


Its not easy being in a family where you feel like your invisible. Especially when you feel like your parents ignore you, your little sister is autistic and your brother is into drugs. This, is life for Zoe. Even though she loves her parents and her siblings, she feels like she needs to get away from her disfunctional family. Her way of excaping is by partying and getting drunk with her best friend Britney. But on the way to church with her family, her little sister Abria runs off and disappears. This can be really dangerous since Abria can't talk and LOVES hiding. Luckily a very attractive, good looking guy brings her back to her family and after everyone thanks him, he just... disappears. 

Zoe starts seeing Mathias (the very attractive, good looking guy) more often and even then he just kind of pops in and out. She's also noticed that he usually appears when Abria is in any kind of a dangerous situacion and needs to be protected. By seeing Mathias with some much frequency, she starts to find him more attractive, she likes seeing him and even though she has no idea who he is or what he does, she has her suspicions. But once she finds out his secret, how will she take it? And even though she's found out he likes her too, how will they be able to stay together?

Heavenly is a really lovely book about the trails any teenager could go through in their personal life. Every home has its problems and Jennifer Laurens description of those personal situations are done in a manner that everyone could relate to. The combination of dealing with your personal demons and family issues, mixed with a beautiful love story gives you Heavenly. Its a beautifully put together story that you wont be able to put down, I would take this book with me everywhere (literally). Anytime I'd go anywhere and didn't have to drive, I'd make sure that I had the book with me so that I could continue reading.

I haven't been able to read book 2 in the series, but Heavenly finishes with a nice cliffhanger that makes you want to run out and buy book 2 as soon as you have the chance. 

I give Heavenly 5 out of 5 hearts.

REVIEW: December Moon by Suzy Turner

Title: December Moon
Author: Suzy Turner
Publisher: Suzy Turner
Release Date: 8.27.11
Pages: 124
E book


On her 15th birthday, December Moon discovers she is the descendant of a family of witches, kept in the dark her entire life in an effort to protect her. But when Lilly, her best friend, finds herself in danger from one of the world's most evil vampires, December will do everything in her power to stop him. 


December Moon is Lilly tuluqaq's best friend, and even though Lilly now lives in Canada they always manage to keep in touch. But even bestfriends sometimes have to keep secrets from each other (or so they think). Even when both want the other to know, their families have made it clear that some secrets are better left untold. You see, on December's 15th birthday, really strange things start happening around her and without getting into far to much detail, she finds out that she's a decendant of a family of witches. (Like I said, Lilly also has her secret but you'll have to read the books  to find out what it is. :D) 

There's a rogue vampire on the loose and is turning SOME people while savagely killing others. After a series of murders start taking place, and people start disappearing in Canada, both families will come together to try and find the person or people responsible. But what happens when a handsome stranger comes into town?? What will happen when it seems the stranger is drawn to Lilly?? What about, what will happen when an old love is threatened??  Will Lilly finally find out what happened to her father after he disappeared?? All of these questions will be answered in December Moon.   There's even an unexpected return of a lost family member, but I can honestly say that its someone who I found to be a nice surprise.

December Moon is the second book in The Raven Saga and Suzy Turner did an excellent job with the sequel. I'm looking forward to book 3 in the series and other then many grammatical errors the book itself was hard to put down. 

4 out of 5 hearts is my take on the book, but maybe you'll give it more. :) Happy reading!! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

REVIEW: The Case of the Missing Deed by Ellen Schwartz

Title: The Case of the Missing Deed
Author: Ellen Schwartz
Publisher: Tundra Books
Pages: 200 

Take a dash of colorful characters, a pinch of danger, and generous scoops of adventure and you have a terrific culinary mystery for young readers.

Five cousins are looking forward to their annual vacation at their grandmother’s cottage. None of them knows that this may be their last such summer. A mining company has set its sights on the land and is determined to seize it. Grandma must produce the deed to prove that the property is really hers, but her memory is not what it used to be, and she can’t find it. The children suspect there may be clues to the deed’s whereabouts somewhere in the family’s cherished trove of recipes. But can they solve the mystery in time?

Adult mystery buffs have had many culinary mysteries to choose from. Ellen Schwartz introduces her young readers to a delicious genre. She even provides easy-to-follow and yummy to eat recipes.


“…The Case of the Missing Deed is fast-paced, and full of cryptic clues, secret codes, and red herrings…. Schwartz beautifully captures the agony, ecstasy, and exquisite self-centredness of a 13-year-old girl on a family vacation…. The Case of the Missing Deed is a great summer read for kids who love a good, meaty mystery as much as they love a delicious homemade dessert.”
Quill & Quire
“For pre-teens who enjoy decoding secret messages while solving a mystery and doing some cooking on the side, The Case of the Missing Deed… fits all requirements.”
The Winnipeg Free Press
“Excellent writing style propels the novel, making it almost impossible to put down….”
— Excellent, Resource Links  (As found on


I found The Case of the Missing Deed, to be a very good book for those who enjoy the YA genre. I would even recommend it to parents to read to their children because I found it to be a very heartwarming book about family unity. 
Five cousins come together once a year at their grandmother's cottage to spend some time and have fun. The sad thing is that their reunions might be coming to an unexpexted end when a mining company threatens to take away their grandmother's property in hopes of building a mining site whose access roads would be going through her property. 
Whats the catch? IF their grandmother can find the deed to the property and prove that the land is hers, Tantalus Mining would have no choice but to leave her and her property alone. But, (there's always a but...) the childrens grandfather was a very smart man who didn't believe in just leaving things around the house (or in a bank). He liked to leave little clues lieing around so that you could find them and try to solve where he had hidden things. Since he knew he would soon be leaving them, he had told there grandmother everything she needed to know in order to find the deed. Thing is... SHE DOESN'T REMEMBER! Her memory isn't what it use to be, and between caring for her husband and trying to keep everything in running order, everything he told her went in one ear, and out the other. 
Now, the children will all come together to TRY and find all the clues their grandfather could have left them. But time is of the essence AND it's running out. Will they be able to put everything together before their time runs out?? 
The Case of the Missing Deed, is a page turner that I enjoyed very much.  Ellen Schwartz did a great job with the clues, the mystery and the love of a family. She's even nice enough to add a few yummy recipes you could make for yourself. I've already tried one!

It's 5 out of 5 hearts for me.

Sunday, October 16, 2011


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

REVIEW: Dead (ish) by Naomi Kramer

Title: Dead (ish)
Author: Naomi Kramer
Kindle Edition
Linda's had a bad day. First her boyfriend killed her. Then she woke up, still on this boring plane of existence, and with an odd obsession about her missing body. Mike won't tell her what he did with her body, and she can't find the stupid thing herself. There's only one thing she can do - torment the bastard until he coughs up the information.
This was a free kindle download I found, and since I though the cover was interesting, I decided to read it. 
This is a VERY short novella that at first kindda confused me. But once things started to move along, I fell in step right away. Dead (ish) is about a woman, Linda, who was murdered by her boyfriend and is completely irritated because not only is she still "here," but she cant find her body in order to "cross over."  So... She decides that until her ex decides to tell her where her body is, OR what he did with it, she is going to spend as much of her time as possible driving him crazy. 
Since this is such a short read, everything comes together quite quickly. The characters aren't very well put together even though Kramer does give you enough information about them to be able to come up with a pretty good picture of everyone. I liked the story line even though I wish it would have been a little longer. The only thing I didn't like to much was the frequent use of foul language. Dead (ish) made me LOL in a couple parts, one of which was a reference she used with Smurfs. (I'm smiling just thinking about it...) Is this a book I'd recommend?? Yeah. Will I read the next 2 books?? Yup. Happy Reading.
3 out of 5 hearts.

REVIEW: Soulstice by Simon Holt

Title: Soulstice
Author: Simon Holt
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 272
The Vours: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter soulstice.
Six months...
Since Reggie first discovered the existence of the Vours in a tattered journal. Since her little brother, Henry, began to mutilate animals and turn against her. Since she learned to overcome her fear and destroyed a Vour  to save Henry. 
Now as the summer solstice approaches, the Vours still haunt Reggie, but only in her dreams – until one night, when an unexpected visitor turns her nightmares into reality. 
"Terrifying, nail biting, and grossly intriguing, Soulstice, book 2 in the Devouring series, will haunt you until the very end." 

It's been six months since Reggie, and her best friend Aaron, rid Henry (Reggie's brother) of the Vour that possessed him. But now that the summer solstice is fast approaching, the Vours are starting to reign terror on them once again. 

Then, Reggie is visited by the one, most unexpected, unbelieveable person, who helps reveal just how deeply infiltrated the Vours are in Reggie's life. That person also helps her realize that her strange powers have put her in more danger than she really knows.
Soulstice, just like The Devouring has a thick air of danger and suspense that is unsettling and engrossing. In this book, you'll learn more about Vours and further scare readers as she and Aaron discover that one person after another is somehow involved with the Vours. She also explores fearscapes alittle more, and they're definitely imaginative, very creepy, and often a bit gory.
Soulstice has a real creep factor feeling to it, even thought it might not be as creepy as the first book was. The characters are developed a little better and the stakes are much higher this time around. The unexpected ending will leave you exclaiming with injustice and so much frustration you'll want to scream. This book was better then the first, and if the last book is anything like the first 2... This will definitely be a series you'd love to see made into a movie. I'm completely head over heels with these two books, and as soon as a start and finish book 3, I'll have my review for you all. 


5 out of 5 hearts!

REVIEW: Need by Carrie Jones

Title: Need
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 336
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi–stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposted to help her stay sane... but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.
 She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi–stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, her's still following her, leaving behand an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara. 

"An exciting venture filled with nasty evil creatures, nail-biting action and heart-pounding romance."

“Romance, suspense, and a very clever heroine make this a must-read!”  -- Toledo Blade

"It's not hard to see Twilight in the DNA of this novel. ...Genre fans will enjoy the sizzle between Nick and Zara as well as the paranormal cast." –PW
(As found on


It was the cover of this book that drew me to it. The pale skin and shiny mouth really catches your eye. 

Zara White is sent to live with her grandmother after her stepfather passes away. She hasn’t been herself lately and people are starting to worry about her. Her mother decides to send her to live with her grandmother in Maine in the hopes that such a change might serve as a pick me up. 

Zara doesn’t realize that there are other reasons behind the move as well.

Her grandmother sends her to school the very next day after her arrival since she feels like getting Zara in a normal routine is the best way to help her out of her depression. Once there, she meets the guys usually found in school. There is the Drama Queen, Megan, her new best friend, Issy, and the hotties fighting for her attention, Nick and Ian.

This book definitely has it's Twilight moments, but I found the twists refreshing. No there are no vampire's in this book, but I would still  recommend it to any Twilight fans. I found Need, to be edgy, fast paced, and hard to put down. I've already got book 2 on the way and I can't wait for it to get here. 

4 out of 5 hearts. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Early Thanksgiving Day!!


Went up the mountain to Orocovis last night to be able to enjoy an early Thanksgiving Day. Mom, dad, Iris, Tio (Uncle) Eli, papito (what I call my granddad), and Socorro. I don't think I'll ever forget how delicious they turkey was because of the mofongo stuffing. It was AMAZING!! There was food everywhere. Rice, baked sweet patato, yuca, turkey, and carrot cake for dessert. Everyone had a really good time and kept asking me how I was feeling, if I wanted anything, if I was ok... EVERYTHING!

Socorro may not be your blood relative, but she loves you as much as any great grandmother could. She's in love with the idea of holding you and telling you herself how much she loves you. And lets not even mention my sister, your aunt!! Iris has made it very clear that she is completely head over heels in love with you, and that she can't wait till your here so that she can spoil you rotten.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

REVIEW: The Devouring by Simon Holt

Title: The Devouring
 Author: Simon Holt
Publisher: Little Brown
Pages: 256

"When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."

THE VOURS: Evil, demonic beings that inhabit human bodies on Sorry Night, the darkest hours of the winter solstice.
When Reggie reads about the Vours in a mysterious old journal, she assumes they are just the musings of an anonymous lunatic. But when her little brother, Henry, begins to act strangely, it's clear that these creatures exist beyond a madwoman's imagination, and Reggie finds out what happens when fears come to life.
To save the people she loves, Reggie must learn to survive in a world of nightmares. Can she devour her own fears before they devour her?
The Devouring is an engrossing tale of terror that will have you wondering: what if your worst fears became your living nightmare?


Comparable to books by R. L. Stine and Stephen King, The Devouring will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Reggie is a horror fanatic. When she finds a journal in a box of used books at the bookstore where she works, she "borrows" it. It tells of the Vours, black smokelike beings that possess humans who can't conquer their fear on Sorry Night (the eve of the winter solstice). Reggie and her friend Aaron attempt to make the Vours materialize but instead they possess her little brother. In a fight to the death, Reggie joins the battle of humanity against the Vours. This story contains classic elements of the genre: a horrific monster, fusion (where two different entities are fused into one), and the process of discovery. The book has some graphic content, blood, and gore, which only add to the chills. A must-have for horror fans.
-School Library Journal                                     (as found on


This book drew me in just by reading the first bit of its summary.  

"When dark creeps in and eats the light,
Bury your fears on Sorry Night.
For in the winter's blackest hours,
Comes the feasting of the Vours,
No one can see it, the life they stole,
Your body's here but not your soul..."

That tiny part alone sounded SO CREEPY, that I just NEEDED to read it and find out for myself if it's as good as it seems. 

Reggie Halloway is the type of girl who just loves anything scary. Just to be clear, she's a horror fan. It could be anything ranging from movies to books, scary stories anything. While she's at the bookstore were she works one day, she runs into an old journal that grabs her attention immediately. After she decides to "borrow" the book and takes it home with her, she begans to read what appear to be the ranttings of a mad woman. Soon after, things start getting weird. She starts having nightmares, Henry's (her brother) pet goes missing and he himself is acting a bit odd. Once she realizes whats happening to him, Reggie and her friend Aaron will do anything and everything possible to try and save him.

This is the type of book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, it'll keep you up at night, it'll scare you (at least it scared me..), and it'll have you turning the page until your finished. I found myself unable to put this book down! I would even take it with me to work and read it whenever I wasn't with a client. Simon Holt did a great job with the storyline of this book. I'm lucky enough to have the following 2 books in the series so I don't have to worry about having to wait to read them (YAY for me!!). I give this book 5 out of 5 hearts. I've got my fingers crossed that book 2 will be as good. I definitely plan on keeping my eyes open for any other books Simon Holt might have out or that are in process. 

REVIEW: Raven by Suzy Turner

Title: Raven
Author: Suzy Turner
Publisher: Suzy Turner
Pages: 114

After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...
Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was... well, not very motherly. After they mysteriously disappear without a trace, Lilly is sent to Canada where she finds a whole new way of life. A life filled with love and people who care for her. But that's not all she discovers, Lilly also finds out that she isn't who, or what, she thinks she is. Lilly has a very special ability and it's just a matter of time before her true self starts to shine. And when it does, her life will never be the same again.

Lilly Taylor is a young, beautiful girl who has been raised in a lie. Her parents have raised her to think that in a family it's normal to show no affection. That it's normal to eat cold, canned food everyday, and that wearing the same color everyday is a part of life for any normal family. But after returning home from school one day, she finds out that her parents have disappeared and her life changes completely. I don't like giving to much away, so I'll try to keep this review short. Suzy Turner has done a very good job of giving you alot of mystery, a pinch of romance, and a dash of family unity that I found refreshing. This was actually the first book I've read that I can honestly say didn't have an overabundance of romance. It actually had very little romance and a great deal of mystery and I found that to be refreshing. 

This book will have you up till late reading and the way that it ends was very well thoughtout. I actually thought that there were going to be some loose ends at the end, but everything came together masterfully. There were some areas that I found alittle boring, but they were very few and far between. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 hearts. This is a book that I think many people with a love for the paranormal would really enjoy and I would recommend it to them all.