Sunday, November 24, 2013

Guest Review: Hourglass - Myra McEntire

Author: Myra McEntire
PublisherEgmont USA
Published Date: June 14th 2011

One hour to rewrite the past . . . 

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should've happened?

My Thoughts

Wow. That was definitely not expected. And I mean that in a good way.

She’s been seeing ghosts. Emerson has been used to it, she’s been seeing them ever since she was a kid. But then it stopped. Now its come back, and it has more mysteries with it.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how Hourglass is. And I must say that it was a pretty book. The moment I saw the cover, I was already drawn to it, it just so happens that I didn’t really had the time to read it as of this time. When I first started reading the first parts, I became partly nervous. Why? Because there’s ghosts in it. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in ghosts, they just creep the heck out of me, and it isn’t helping that I usually read from 9 up to 12 or even 1 in the morning. But then as I continued reading it, I realized that it wasn’t just a book about a girl who sees ghosts. There were a lot of secrets that were uncovered as I progressed through the story.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Interview: Destiny Gift - Juliana Haygert

I am absolutely delighted to welcome New Adult Author & Co-founder of NA Alley Juliana Haygert to the blog today!
I have not had the opportunity to read her book, Destiny Gift yet but a lot of readers have described as a book that offers something for everyone! There's a bit of mythology, fantasy, paranormal romance and dystopian.

So without further ado let me turn the blog over to Juliana....
Meet Juliana
Describe yourself in a tweet (less than 140 characters) 
I’m a loving wife, a dedicated mother, a good friend, an inspired writer/author, an avid reader, and a fun, crazy lady ;)

When exactly did you realize that you wanted to be a writer? 
I've always loved books - I started reading "big" books when I was very young, thanks to my mother and her love for books.

When I was in 8th grade (in Brazil), my Portuguese teacher assigned us a group project: to write a short book. So, I got together with my 4 best friends (with whom I'm still best friends with) at my house and we started talking about the book. When I realized, I was writing the damn book all alone - not because they didn't want to, but because I didn't let them lol I was so in love with it, that each time we got together to work on the book, I would bake brownies and rent a movie so to keep them busy while I wrote the book lol I would write when they were gone too. And that's how I became a writer.

If writing didn't work out, what job would you image yourself having instead? 
If we were living in Brazil, I would probably be an English teacher. Here in the US, I don't know, honestly. I have a BA in Arts but I'm terrible at it. I would have to go back to school and do something else.

What inspired the idea of Destiny Gift? 
Destiny Gift (and other books in the series) came to me after a question my husband asked me when we were talking about elements we liked in fiction. He always said I should write about gods, since he loves mythology, but to make a different spin, he asked "what if they thought gods were immortal, but they aren't? And one of them comes back to life as a human?" That simple question gave life to 3 novels and 1 novella!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

ARC Review: Crash into You - Katie McGarry

AuthorKatie McGarry
PublisherHarlequin Teen
Release Date: Nov 26th 2013
Source: Publisher/NetGalley 

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers...and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

My Thoughts

Seven Things I Love About You: Crash Into You – Katie McGarry

Dear Crash Into You,

1) I love that your writing grabbed me from the first line and kept me reading through out the night until 3AM in the morning. The writing was simply riveting. Katie is truly an extraordinary storyteller.