Monday, June 29, 2015

Lifeless YA

I was a little lost in the beginning as it became very clear that I had missed something, umm like the first book in the series, Wordless.  But Lifeless catches you up pretty quick, so I was able to understand and enjoy the book.
Wow! This book has so many different facets to it, and it is great that an author wants to show so much diversity in her books.  This book also has non-stop action and heart stopping suspense that will draw teens, and adults, to love this book, and series. 
Tavin will capture your support and love with everything he has to go through and endure, and for what?  Everyone keeps telling him that life and death can no longer co-exist (be friends) together, so why doesn't he just give in and be the Word of Death (hey guys, see that, he is the Word of Death, hint hint gore inserted throughout this book so you are not left out) everyone including his real and adopted dad expects him to be? Gods know he doesn't have much else in his dark life anymore except Pie. 
If any of this sounds intriguing but yet confusing than good, because there is no way I can say much more without giving this book away, and it was to good a book for me to ruin it for you.  So please try it yourself, I don't think you will be disappointed, I sure wasn't.  I can't wait for the next one to come out, hurry hurry hurry, please Mrs. Strickland.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Noah Zarc Cataclism MG

Noah and his friends are back at it, trying to save the world, well maybe the universe.  Noah has strange dream and when he goes investigate them of course Haon is behind it all.  Haon needs Noah's help to time travel, and only Noah can do it, and he needs to do it to save Earth.  But what exactly destroyed Earth all those years ago to begin with is Noah's biggest question.
This was another wonderful book by D. Robert Pease.  It is exciting and fast paced, it will keep the attention of anyone.  with the space travel and space time continuum it all sounds confusing but with Mr. Pease masterful writing everyone can enjoy the book. 
As Noah races to find out about his father, Haon, and his true intentions, not to mention save the Zarc name from one of the universes most horrifying events, but will it prove to be to much for a thirteen year old boy?

If you ever get the chance David Radke is the narrator of audio version and he does a amazing job!!! Well worth the money on audible.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Six YA

This is one of the most amazing Artificial Intelligence (AI) books for young adults I have read in a long time.  It had me hooked all the way through, this book was just new and refreshing (and it is no secret I just love AI, gamer, techy books), but this book is different and special in its own way, not to mention it is build on facts, so slightly scary too.
Adam is a seventeen year old bot, and he is dying, quickly, within the next six months.  Adam's dad, Thomas, like most dads will do anything to save his son, but really how far will that extend?  Thomas works for Unicorp in the AI division, Unicorp is under contract with the Department of Defense (DoD).  Currently Thomas is working on the Pioneer Project, a very secret project for the DoD.  Before Adam dies he and five other terminally ill teens are recruited by the DoD for the Pioneer Project were their minds will be transferred, persevered, and put to use in robots (or any other machine or computer) with special neuromorphic control units attached. But will they be up and running in enough time to stop Sigma a AI that Adam's dad created, and has managed to get loose on the internet and has proclaimed world domination?  Or will Sigma be able to trap all the pioneers and delete all their files from existence?  There is so much more to this book than I could ever put in this synopsis or is I did, why would you read the book?  Just know that this book is much bigger on the inside than it looks.  It truly is amazing this whole AI world is, but this one just might rock your satellites a bit.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Secret Coders MG

This book was great as it taught the simplicity of coding and that anyone can do it.  Working in IT myself I absolutely love this!  So many people say, "I could never do that", but if they see it this way I know they will feel different, just the way Hooper did when Eni explained it to her.
This book follows Hooper, Eni and we can't forget Turtle as they try to expose the secrets of their school by unlocking the clues that are given to them through the codes (the kind used for programming computers).  Can they do it or will they have to leave their school forever?
My only dislike is that is seemed the author left you hanging to much at the end of the book.  I was disappointed that it left off so early and will make me buy the next book to see what happens.  I would have bought the next book even if it were just another adventure because I liked the first one so much.  I suppose I feel a little cheated this way, that is the only reason for the lowered star.


Revolution YA

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Eve Collins has set in motion a chain of events that could destroy everything she’s ever loved. Surrounded by dangerous creatures, dark worlds, and the struggle to become who she was meant to be, Eve must complete her ascension and accept her destiny.
War has begun. Losing is not an option. With dangers lurking around each corner, and everything against her, will Eve sacrifice her own happiness in order to tip the scale of balance? Which side will rise to power, and which fall to fate?
In this fourth installment in The Revelation Series, Eve must risk it all in order to prevent a centuries old war.
Everything comes with a sacrifice, even love.

I am not sure how author Randi Cooley Wilson does it, but oh my gosh, Revolution, book 4 of the Revelation series is even better than the rest.  The action is top notch and non stop all through the book, and the story itself is  just rock hard killer!  All your favorite (and maybe not so favorite) characters are back and this book picks up right where book 3 left off.  Eve is a very strong and confident female character that holds her own against whatever is thrown at her, but she also shows a side that can be stronger still with Asher by her side.  But will their bond and love be enough to be darkness?  This is a awesome book that will definitely have you reading past your bedtime!
Randi Cooley Wilson

Randi Cooley Wilson is a “New Adult” Paranormal/Fantasy and Contemporary Romance author. Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years. Randi makes stuff up, devours romance books, drinks lots of wine and coffee, and has a slight addiction to bracelets.
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Serefina and the Black Cloak YA

This book was a little slow to start but give it a chance, it will not disappoint! It picks up speed like a train and never lets up, it was full speed all the way to the end.  Even though it was fairly predictable as to who done it, as they say, there is so much more to this book that you won't stop reading it, you will want to find the answers to all your other questions.  I was drawn to this book by my own love of the hills of North Carolina and the Biltmore House.  I have family that live in North Carolina and they talk of the Biltmore's and the Estate often and with great fondness so I wanted to review this book for my nieces and I am sure they will love this book as much as I do (as soon as I buy it for them).
Serafina is a girl of the night, she is CRC (Chief Rat Catcher) of the Biltmore Estate.  But one night she sees I a different kind of rat, one that steals little children, and wears a black cloak.  It goes after Serafina but she is to clever to get caught.  But as the adults of the estate are searching for the lost (stolen) children, Serafina breaks her fathers biggest rule by making herself seen and talking to one of the people from upstairs, and if that isn't bad enough it happens to the nephew of the house owner, Braeden Biltmore.  Serafina tells Braeden about what she saw and they become quick friends and cohorts in the rush to solve who is behind the black cloak and how to stop him.  Especially, since it seems that Black Cloak is out to get Braeden.  Can Serafina stop Black Cloak before it gets her only friend, and is it still possible to rescue the other children?


Sunday, June 7, 2015

More Happy Than Not YA

When I took on this book I was not asked to write about the book but actually asked to write what makes me More Happy Than Not?

You see the main character in the book Aaron lives in a tenement in the Bronx his dad committed suicide and his mother is overworked.  He has a girlfriend and some other good friends, but still has a hard time dealing with things.  He meets Thomas from another tenement and that is great until he starts having strange feelings for his new friend, that make things even more difficult.  Enter the Leteo Institutes memory-relief procedure, that will make Aaron more happy than not.

So what makes ME more happy than not?  Family.  Recently I have had two days that have made me more happy than not, let me explain.  Coming from military families and having been in the military myself (hubby too) family gatherings are pretty much non-existent.  Also, I suffer from chronic migraines, so that is self explanatory.  But as I was saying I have had two very awesome days recently.  The first was my moms retirement from teaching after 40 years, it brought my brothers (from another mother) all 3 of them, and my real brother of course, from all over, together for the first time since my dad died over ten years ago, it was awesome and pain free.  It was such a great time for all, sure hope mom enjoys her retirement once summer is over and she doesn't have to mow her three acres til next year.
The second day, was when we got a chance to get together with my husbands side of the family, there were four generations in my house at one time, how awesome is that! Also a pain free day.  After all of the years of not being able to get together it happened twice in one month!
Family is great and our family has learned though separation and loss to not take it for granted - to make every moment count because it can be taken away in a blink of a eye.  So make those time together More Happy Than Not!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Alive YA

This is a great action packed book, and the first of the Generations trilogy.  And, well, I want to do this review a bit different than the way is usually do my reviews, so just hang with me.  I will reprint a synopsis from the book so I accidentally don't away any spoilers, not that I usually do, but I really don't with this book.  You will just have to believe me and if you have found my recommendations up to your liking before please trust me that this is a book you will want to read.  It was so fierce and passionate, it had me hooked from the first chapter.  I really don't want to say to much because I want you all to go into this book fresh.  Please libraries get this book for your teens to try it won't be a mistake and teens go, read, you will love it.  I did, I hope you will love it too.


Synopsis of Alive:

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin.  She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there.  Fighting her way free brings little relief-she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors.  Beyond this room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust but no people...and no answers.
The girl knows one thing about herself-her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin-yet she finds herself in charge.  She is not the biggest among them, or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her.  Now, if they're to have any chance, she must get them to trust one another.
Whatever the truth is, she is determined to find it and confront it.  If she has to lead, she will make sure the others survive.  Maybe there's a way out, a rational explanation, and a fighting chance against the dangers to come.  Or maybe a reality they cannot comprehend lies just beyond the next turn.