Thursday, August 14, 2014

Teaser Post with Kristen Day!

 
Daughters of the Sea Series by Kristen Day
Young Adult Fantasy

Book 1:
Forsaken

Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago.

Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.
Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendents of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesied to be a part of. The fate of all the descendents will forever depend upon it.



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About Kristen Day


I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I've been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses - swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn't pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
When I'm not writing I'm making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release date: December 2010
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 372


Expectations

I've read a lot of good and positive reviews about this book and about the author Stephanie Perkins. This will be the first book I read written by her. I expect a great and sweet love story and I'm so excited to start this one!

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Review

I just couldn't stop reading this. It often happened that I catch myself reading this with a big smile on my face :D 

The main character Anna is very easy to relate to. The awkward moments are perfectly described and are very recognizable (for me).

Anna is not happy to be send to Paris for her senior year, while she has a great life in Atlanta. Now she has to live in a different country by herself for a whole year. She feels scared and anxious at first, but with the friends she makes life in Paris is starting to actually be fun. One friend in particular makes senior year a lot of fun..

The love-interest is simply amazing. He is confident but not arrogant. He is naturally funny and kind. He is pretty but not vain. And the hair, his great hair.. :D

The author did an amazing job at writing the thoughts of a girl in love!

  • Does he like me more then just a friend?
  • What that a sign?
  • What does he mean when he says that? 
  • Etc. 
Yes, we definitely think like that, anyone who agrees?

The characters in this story are great. All the friends Anna hangs out with are nice characters. 

I did think some parts were a little predictable but that didn't bother me. The story was so sweet and the surroundings very romantic (of course, it's Paris!) and I didn't want this book to end. 

This book has become a new favorite of mine and I'm so excited to read more books by Stephanie Perkins. If you are looking for a good summer read that makes your heart skip a beat, read Anna and the French Kiss!! I'm sure you won't be disappointed! 


Rating

I can't do anything else but give this book all my stars :D

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Review: Pretty Little Liars

Title: Pretty Little Liars
Series: Pretty Little Liars #1
Author: Sara Shepard
Release date: October 2006
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 286

Synopsis
Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.


Expectations

I don’t know if I want to read this series because it seems a little childish. But I've heard that it’s a fun read, so I’ll give the first one a try.
I hope this will be an interesting stat that makes me want to read more books in the series. I also expect a Gossip Girl kind of story, which I didn't really enjoy after reading the first three books. 

Review

At first I didn't care much for this story. It was okay and I liked reading it, but somewhere in the middle that changed. The story grew better and it became more interested for me to read. I like all the girls and I like that they differ a lot from each other.

I like the way this story is written, in short chapters from one of the girls perspectives.  I haven’t read a book yet were there are four main characters and it would seem too much, but the story-line is easy to follow. Because the characters are very different, the girls are easy to keep apart and know who is who. 

Emily, Spencer, Hanna and Aria have all moved on from what happened in the past, at least that’s what they think.  Slowly each of them discovers somebody knows something about their past they rather not share with anyone. All the girls get strange messages from A. But who is A ?

At the end of reading this I discovered I really liked it.. I didn't think it was just okay, it was pretty good!


Rating

So here’s the big question: Do I wanna read more ? 
My answer: Yes!!


Let me know what you think of this one. Have you seen the tv series? I haven’t and would like to know if it is any good .

Happy reading!!

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