Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Betrayed Book Review

Betrayed (Guardian #2)

If you haven’t read Awakened (Guardian #1) by Ednah Walters then stop what your doing and read it immediately because this is the second book in the Guardian Legacy.   Betrayed is YA mythology/fantasy book.  It picks up a few months after Awakened left off. 

Lil is trying to find balance between her regular life, love life and secret life training to become a Guardian.  Early in the book her boyfriend Bran starts to pull away and is keeping secrets from her.  Her demonic father, Valafar, starts contacting her and she finds someone has betrayed her and is feeding Valafar all the information he needs to stalk her. 

The book really picks up halfway through and you cannot put it down.  I loved the mystery and twists and turns.  Just when you think you have it figured out it the storyline gets even deeper and more complex without getting confusing.  The existing characters are all very strong and unique; I also loved the addition of the new characters.  Sometime new characters are brought into the second book just to add variety; this book is not like that at all.  All the new characters add depth and new dimensions to the book. 

This is a fantastic follow up to Awakened.  The next book in the series, Hunted, will be published April 2nd, 2013 so get caught up on the first two books before April. I give this book five out of five donuts.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

My Resolutions

This month is all about resolutions.  My resolution is to not make resolutions.  I’ve made that same resolution for the last several years because I suck at keeping them.  Don’t believe me?  Well, I’m in my mid 30’s and have only kept three in my life.  Let’s review them.

January 1st 1997
Resolution: Read More

It would have been impossible not to keep this resolution since I was 21 and had NEVER read a book before.  Sure I had read textbooks, but ever a book for fun, which is ironic since I’m now an author.  I had attempted to read Jurassic Park and The Hunt for Red October but could never finish them.  That all changed when I read The Firm.  I lost myself in the book and actually enjoyed myself.  This was a huge turning point in my life and I now find myself reading at every free moment. 
Result: I’m a secret bookworm

January 1st 2009
Resolution: Do Crossfit Consistently

I implemented “Jeans Friday” in my office because it’s easy to let weight creep up on you when you wear scrubs everyday, or in my case, Dickies. One day my jeans were a little tighter than I liked (read: sausage casings). I had heard about this crazy gym in town called Core Elements so I thought I’d give it a try.  It was at its early stages of transforming into a Crossfit.  I was instantly hooked and even more important my jeans fit again.  I was consistent with it for a year and half until I hurt my back. Eventually I got over my injury but I never got back into the classes for fear of reinjuring my back.  Instead I started my own workouts that were similar but safe for my back. 
Result: Jeans have fit since ‘09

May 1st 2011
Resolution: Drink more water

I realize this came a little late in the year but that’s because I had no intentions of making a resolution.  Cut to “The Water Nazi.”  I hired a Treatment Coordinator for my office that drinks, by my estimation, 2-3 gallons of water a day.  One day she was refilling her water and asked if I needed some.  I laughed and let her know I hadn’t had a glass of water in months.  Horrified, she started handing me bottles of water and making me drink them.  Since I have a natural hatred for water I would just guzzle them in one sitting, then gag for a few minutes.  I did really well for a while and even downloaded an app that kept track of my water intake.  But then I got fat.  I was convinced that it was the water since that was the only thing I’d changed in my diet.  My theory is that the water plumped up the fat cells.  The Water Nazi thought that was the most flawed logic she’d ever heard.  I got a really hard time for giving water up cold turkey so I made a compromise.  I start adding more ice to my diet coke and therefore get more water as the ice melts.  Genius!
Result: I drink just enough water for my body to function but not enough to make me fat.

 Conclusion: I think the best resolution for me is to not make resolutions.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Small Persons With Wings Book Review

Small Persons with Wings is a middle grade to young adult novel about exactly as the title indicates: fairies…but don’t’ call them fairies; they prefer ‘small persons with wings.’

Mellie is the only daughter of the Turpin family in Boston.  She’s a social outcast because she’s round, has a big nose and a large vocabulary that her peers don’t understand.   One day, in an attempt to gain friends,  she tells everyone in her kindergarten class that she has a fairy and promises to bring him to school for show and tell. Her fairy, Fidius is furious with her for thinking of showing him off and leaves for good, but he left behind a small china doll.  Coming to show and tell empty handed only makes her an even bigger social outcast.  Everyone, including her parents tell her that Fidius was an imaginary friend.  She gets severely bullied for the next 7 years and instead of fighting back she starts to educate herself with art history and never allows herself to think of Fidius again. They move to Boston when she’s 13 and she finds another fairy and life changes forever.

I really liked the concept of this book.  It was very descriptive and created an exciting world.  While the descriptions were fantastic, the book did get confusing.  There were so many different types magic and fairies it became overwhelming at times.  It wasn’t bad enough for me to quit reading or go back and try to figure it out.  Overall the idea was unique and the characters were well developed.  I give this book four out of five donuts.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Touch of Death Book Review

Touch of Death is one of those rare books that actually makes you sad when it’s over because it’s that good.  It takes a unique perspective on Greek Mythology.  You’ll never look at Medusa the same way.  It was a complex storyline but was never confusing and flowed well. 

Jodi Marshall is your average teenager…that is until she turned 16.  After hitting a deer with her car and several unexpected deaths later she knows something is wrong.  As if people and animals randomly dying around isn’t enough she is being stalked by a guy named Alex.  Everything comes to a head after another tragic death.  Alex tells her she is from the bloodline of Medusa and anything that comes into contact with her saliva, tears or blood will kill them instantly; hence all the deaths.  She runs away to be with other people like her so she doesn’t accidently kill anyone else and quickly finds out things are not as they seem.

Often times when a book has this many layers you find your mind wandering or you lose interest.  This is not one of those books.  Hashway has a gift and we’re lucky she’s followed her dream of writing. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.  I give this book five out of five donuts.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

After Burn Book Review

After Burn is a fantastic young adult/mystery novel about a military brat named Reece Barnett.  If you are familiar with Sherry Ficklin’s work then you know she is a former military brat.  It’s clear she used her knowledge and experience of living on various military bases to write this book.  Let’s face it there’s nothing more frustrating than finding “fact” errors in a book.  You won’t find any in After Burn.

Sixteen year old Reece just moved to a new military base.  She’s faced with making new friends, navigating a new school and adjusting to life since her mom passed away.  She quickly makes new friends and finds herself as the love interest to two rival guys.  While settling into her new life the base gets several bomb threats.  Reece, who is curious by nature, starts investigating on her own.  All the characters in the book are well developed.  Reece is a strong, sassy girl who never loses sight of who she is or folds under pressure.

After Burn never lost my attention or dragged on.  I appreciated the depth and range of characters.  This is a great book for young adults, adults and anyone who’s ever lived the life of a military brat.  I give this book five out of five donuts.