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Olivia Twisted by Vivi Barnes

Published November 3, 2013 by bookbesties

 

I have never seen Oliver Twist but I like to think that if you put that and Hackers together you come up with this fantastic called Olivia Twisted by ViVi Barnes. ViVi’s writing is so catching, It literally makes you not want to put the book down, I was drawn in from the very first chapter!

Liv(Olivia) is a foster kid who, like any other has been through the ringer, and when she moves in with her latest foster family she starts a new school and meets two new friends who are also foster kids but drive fancy cars and nice motorcycle and just happen to be  great in computer programming class, like her. But little does Liv know there is more to her two new friends than meets the eye. Z is polo wearing, self-made geek, but underneath that Liv sees his hard exterior and soon see’s that Z has two majorly different sides about him. This book reminded me so much of hackers, I loved it.

 The book is told in dual POV’s (Liv & Z) and it was great to get into both their heads especially in a story like this one. I liked the fact that it wasn’t all based on algorithms and computer lingo that I wouldn’t know unless I was into computers like that, but more based on the evolution of the two MC’s (Z and Liv). I liked the mystery in the book as well, generally I don’t read mystery novels because I can basically riddle it out by the 6 chapter but this one was more of suspense with a little mystery. The world that ViVi Barnes wrote was so believable, that although it was fiction it could totally be real life as well. What book (in my opinion anyway) can be complete without a little romance or love story in it? This had a great love story, the way Barnes wrote from Z’s prospective was amazing and mesmerizing. I always find a love story more MORE when I know what’s going on in the guy’s head as well.

 The only thing I would have liked was for the epilogue to be a little bit longer, but all in all ViVi Barnes wrote a great book for her debut and I can’t wait to read what she comes up with next!

**** I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review****

4 out of 5 stars

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Rivulet by Jamie Magee Blog Tour

Published October 8, 2013 by bookbesties

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This was my first time reading anything by Jamie Magee and the plot made me very excited to read it. A girl who has an ice cold touch and freezes things?! Pssh, where do I sign up?!

First off the book was a nicely put together book with some good detail.  It had a great idea for the story but was quite a bit confusing to follow; even after I figured out what effect was being reached for. I did have to go back a quite a few times and re-read passages so that I understood what was happening. A few times I was kinda like

  I would have appreciated a bit more detail in describing the individual characters of the story, their appearance and their clothing. I didn’t even realized until almost the end that the main character was blond and still not sure of the coloring for her male lead, is he brunette? Usually the title of the book kinda ties in with the story, and I’m not sure if this is because it’s the first book in a new series , but I was a bit confused by the title; the connection in the story seemed forced, it didn’t make a lot of sense to me on how it worked together.  I did love the characters names, Indie, Cadence, Gavin, Sebastian, Guardian, they are common but unanticipated names; and not forced like Basil or Wrath would be.  I also enjoyed how independent Indie is, not a weepy, whiny person that requires a boyfriend, that some YA books tend to have. Indie stands up for herself and what she believes in and that in and of itself would be a great message to send to any young reader. The end of the book I hope I got correct because it really just confused me more, but again maybe its cause it was the first in the series.

I like simple reads, but of the plot is intricately woven and does not leave me confused then I’m all for it! Maybe it’s just me but  sadly this one left me more confused then anything. I loved the concept so  I will try the second book to see if it makes more sense to me.

3 out of 5 stars

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*I was gifted a copy of this book for my honest review*

Relic by Renee Collins

Published August 30, 2013 by bookbesties

Relic

So by reading the synopses of this book I was gun-hoe to get into. I love a good YA fantasy and the idea of Relic’s was fascinating to me.  What I did like about this book was that it had enough mystery and action to keep the story moving along and the MC was on a level, likable.  Renee Collins did an excellent job of painting the western  times and putting a twist on it by mixing it with her world.

What I didn’t like about this book was that It was a western, and while the synopsis told me that,I still didn’t think western western. I really don’t like to read ‘period’ or historical books, but I thought this would be different, some period books are written so that you kind of forget save for a few references here and there, but when i started reading words like ‘viddles’ I felt like I was thrown into an episode of Dr.Quinn Medicine Women

I also felt like I wasn’t given enough explanation at some points and without giving spoilers away, there were parts where I had to re-read it because I didn’t ‘get it’ and maybe that was just me. I also could not for the life of me like Maggie! I felt she was too detached, especially with the tragedy that happened in the first chapter I still didn’t  feel her pain. And her ‘romance’ with Landon seemed to be lacking something. But this is all just MO.

I had a very hard time committing myself to this book wholly. I could have just been thrown off from the whole ‘viddles’ word but It didn’t do it for me. While I liked the magical side of it, the others not so much. Maybe I’m just to old to fully appreciate the story for what it was.  This was probably more of a book for Josh (the other bestie) than  me, Although I do love a good YA and this is not to say I won’t read something else by Renee Collins in the future i liked it, just didn’t love it.

3 out of 5 stars

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Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Published July 29, 2013 by bookbesties

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Seven Sins. Six Innocent people. Five Days. Piece of cake….

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Let me start by saying I had never read a book by Jus Accardo before, granted  she was in my large and ever-growing TBR pile, but I had never gotten around to one of her books.  Well after reading Darker Days, let me tell you her books just got moved up the list! Had I known I was in for such an awesome ride with her books I would have long since read them. I want everyone to be able to read this book so that I can talk about it with them!

From the time I had done the cover reveal and read the teasers I was hooked. You have a teenage girl who fights demons, with her MOM and they run a detective-by-day-slash-demon-hunting-by-night business. Score! Jus did an awesome job at drawing me in to ALL the characters introduced in the book and I can tell this will be one of the series to look out for. You are going to want to know what happens next at each page turn, and no matter how much I told myself ‘after this chapter I will…’I couldn’t put it down until I was done.

Imagine if Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire slayer had a kid. That kid would be Jessie Darker.  With just enough snark to be funny and relatable she also can kick ass and take names with the rest of them and far from a normal teenage girl.

“Last week, I evicted a nest of Hell Hounds in the park; got a twelfth century ghost out of the record room in town hall, and two days ago I went shopping with a witch and a necromancer. What about that screams normal to you?”

Everyone around her want to protect her, but all she wants to do is prove herself and prove herself she does. This book was not short on action, something was always happening, there was never a dull moment but there was kissing, because there is ALWAYS time for that. But it still was never lacking and normally I can guess what will happen in the book before it’s told. Like the big secret reveal. The Scooby Gang ain’t got nuthin’ on me!

 But this book…I got nothing. It kept me guessing and on my toes EVERY.SECOND.  The intricate plot and story line was written it left me thinking about what could happen in the books to come long after I finished. This is how you start a series, with a bang and Jus certainly did that.

Not everyone can do paranormal YA and I will admit I am somewhat of a YA snob, I like who I like and that’s it. Jus has made my list. Excellent read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.*

5 out of 5 stars

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Origin by Jennifer Armentrout Cover Reveal!

Published July 1, 2013 by bookbesties

YO! since Opal ended the way it did (the saddest moment in the history of sad moments) I have been DYING for all things Lux. So how excited am I that I get to be apart of the cover reveal for Origin, the next Lux Novel? This cover guys is like….

So before we get to the cover, lets here about the book… the blurp was awesome in and of itself

ORIGIN official Blurb:

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.
Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?
Together, they can face anything.
But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

OMG Right! I’m all types of freaking, like……

And now…the cover…

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Yea, it’s awesomesauce!

The book isn’t out until 8/27/13 and I. Can’t. Wait.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

You can stalk/ follow Jen on Twitter, Facebook and her official Website.

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A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest

Published June 19, 2013 by bookbesties

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)

I love vampire books as much as the next, In fact aside from aliens (only written by my fav JLA) vampire books are my favorite paranormal reads. I haven’t come across a good YA vampire book in a long time, there have been some great one’s but not YA, so when A shade of Vampire crossed my path I was skeptical that it would hold a candle to what I had become accustomed to, especially because it was so short. Well slap my face and call me WRONG! A shade of Vampire blew me away with how great it was, so much so that I had to get the second book within seconds after finishing the first.

The story already has told me so much about before I even opened it up,

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.
A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.
She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.
Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.
Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.
Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

I thought with all that already given, what more could such a short book have to tell me.  So much more is what!

The blossoming relationship between our heroine Sofia and Derek the Vampire prince that is holding her captive although not really pulls you in from the moment the two meet. I loved the way the two MC’s came together, Derek wanting Sofia to show him what he has missed the past 400 years and Sofia just trying to survive, in doing so they formed a relationship that neither saw coming. The book had suspense and drama and a little shocking twist towards the end that caused a MAJOR conflict, it was over way too soon for me which is why I literally had to get the second book immediately. I have found my new favorite vampire YA book and look forward to finishing out the rest of the books and reading more from Bella!

4 out of 5 stars.

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*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest and fair review*

Darker Days Cover Reveal By Jus Accardo!

Published May 24, 2013 by bookbesties

SOOO, because we love  great Authors of ALL genres, WE are so stoked that we got to reveal the cover to JUS Accardo new series. If it’s anything like her other books, we are so there the second it goes on sale! This series sounds Amazing! Are you ready for it? Are you just

Well here it is!

Darker Days(Dark Agency #1)

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Synopsis

 Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they’re recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing…

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.

Looks and sounds amazing right!? The colors alone in the background are so eye catching! And now…. we also have an excerpt from this awesome book!

Excerpt

 “So not your biggest fan at the moment,” I said, closing the office door behind me. The runofffrom my jeans had soaked my sneakers pretty good. With each step, I gave a slight squishing noise accompanied by an annoying squeak against the old tile floor.

 From across the room, Mom stared. “What happened to you?”

            “It attacked me.” Tossing my bag on the couch, I sank into her chair and made sure to grind my butt into the cushion. Got it nice and wet. I was all about sharing the love—and right now, the love was soggy.

            She laughed, waving a folder in my direction. “Surely you’re overreacting. It was one little zombie. They don’t attack people.”

            “I’m serious, Ma. It tried to drown me. And the client assaulted me with ugly footwear. As far as punishments go, I’d say we’re probably square. I’ve learned my lesson.”

            “You’re serious?” Amused expression now replaced by concern, she crossed the room and leaned over her desk to get a better look at me.

            “As a coronary.” Once I was sure the chair had sponged up all it could, I stood and huffed past her. Pulling at my favorite T-shirt—the word Fate inside a blood red heart, is a four letter word on the back—I said, “Child welfare would not be happy to hear you tried to feed your only child to a walking corpse…”

“But why would it attack? Did you provoke it?” Folding her arms, she frowned. “Insult it, perhaps?”

            I winked at her. “Provoke it? Sure. I went and wiggled my ass in front of it yelling lunch just to see what’d happen.” I’d called it Stinky, but that didn’t count as an insult. Something couldn’t be considered an insult if it was true, right?

            Right eyebrow twitching, she fought against a smile. “But you’re okay, right? No bites, broken bones, head injuries, possessions…?”

I smiled and did a little twirl. “All in one piece and still me.”

Mom had a checklist she went through at the end of each job. I was known for taking almost as much damage as I inflicted.

“Oh, and you’re probably going to get a call from the client. I sorta smashed her fence in the process.”

            Mom groaned. “I told you to be more careful.”

            “It’s not like I tried to break anything.”

            “Something tells me you didn’t try hard enough not to break anything, either.”

            “In my defense, it wasn’t a simple trap and slap…”

            “We can’t afford this.” She reached down and pulled a white envelope out from under a stack of papers. “This is the bill for that Mercedes you smashed.”

            “Oh! So not my fault. How was I supposed to know that Spring Heel was gonna land on the car? If it makes you feel any better, I think he was aiming for my head…”

            “If you keep this up, we won’t even be able to afford the rent.”

            She was right, of course, and it made me feel horrible. “I’m sorry. I guess I’m a wrecking ball wrapped in blue jeans. Take my cut of this job and put it toward the repairs. Keep my paycheck for the next month, too.” A good start, but it didn’t feel like enough. Sure, it would cover the damages—I hoped—but I felt guilty about upsetting her. The bills that were piling up kept her awake at night. This was only going to make things worse. We got a fair amount of business, but the overhead in our line of work was sky high.

As much as I hated the idea, I knew what would cheer her up. “I’ll even throw in pet possessions for the next month.”

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About Jus Accardo

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JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

You can stalk her on her Website, Blog or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.