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Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz

Published May 16, 2013 by bookbesties

Necropolis(The Power of 5/ The Gatekeepers #4)

Necropolis (The Gatekeepers, #4)

 In this book we find that Hong Kong has been taken over by the Old ones and has become Necropolis! That is right the City of the Dead.

(Anybody up for a walking dead Marathon?) 

Once you are in Necropolis there is no way out. This sucks for our final Gatekeeper Scarlett Adams. The Old ones are luring the other Gatekeepers to Necropolis by holding Scarlett hostage. So now everyone is coming to save the damsel in distress.  Matt is back and along with the other three Gatekeeper’s try to find Scarlett and they all head to Hong Kong. But is Scarlett really in distress?? Scarlett is being held captive but she discovers her power all too soon. Scarlett’s power is the strongest one of  all the 5, she can control the weather. Now the Old ones assumed she could only forecast the weather. So that really messes with the Old One’s plan, but hey that is what you get when you mess with the best you die like the rest.( My Hackers reference, I Love that movie )

  The other 4 finally find Scarlett and her  not knowing her own strength unleashes a storm so powerful that no one can stop it. Matt realizes what is going on and grabs a hold of Scarlett and ask for the help from the other Gatekeepers to stop the incoming category 100 Hurricane.  

We find they still have to make a run for it from the Old ones and have to use the special doorways that only a gatekeeper can use. These Doorways are built into churches which the 5 can use to teleport around the planet (Hell Yeah). However, you need to know exactly where you want to go otherwise you can find yourself in Zimbabwe or worse.

It all hits the fan when they head to the church to leave Necropolis but it’s all types of  World War 7 going on!  They dash for the doorways to exit but they never discussed where they were going so, leading into the last and final book, Oblivion.


Great follow-up from Nightrise, I found this book be adventurous and funny as usual from Mr. Horowitz. Great character development and I found myself loathing the Old ones more and more every chapter I read. Loved to find that the last Gatekeeper is the strongest of them all. Very Buffy the Vampire slayer. I’m Excited to finish out this series.

Soto Out!

4 out of 5 stars 



Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Published May 14, 2013 by bookbesties

Sweet Peril(Sweet Trilogy 2)

Sweet Peril (The Sweet Trilogy, #2)


First you have not read Sweet Evil, then STOP! major spoilers. Second, how awesome is the cover!!!

Now, I was super excited to read this book for one person Kiaden(Ky-den). Yes the son of Lust is, well….. 


We find Anna in full work mode after the summit in NY that went horribly wrong and Kia still living in LA, away from Anna. Anna has changed her looks and instead of her friends knowing her as the good girl, she is now known as the party girl to keep the whispers at bay.

She has been doing her best to try and forget about Kia but to no avail   Then she gets a visit and everything changes. She is thrown with Kopano who is a chocolate god and just so happens to be celibate but Anna is the first girl he has had eyes for in like, ever. Even though she is aware of this, her feeling for Kia can’t be replaced which makes for some uncomfortable moments for the two of them. Can you say awkward…

Now armed with a task given to her by her father Anna has to give news of hope to the other Neph’s who hate being the Duke’s pet monkeys. They travel all over and the world gaining allies. All the while she has very little contact with the boy she loves. which her father is none to happy about, I mean who would be happy that their daughter is in love with the son of LUST!  Through her travels we meet other Neph’s and learn some things about the Dukes that makes me dislike them even more. 

The thing I like and dislike about trilogy’s is that the second book is almost always my fav book, and it’s also a-gather-info-book or info-comes-to-light book. Wendy did a great job at  unraveling some of the secrets from book one and gave us new information that will more than likely travel over to book three.  This book was very well paced and towards the end I was literally on the edge of my seat because of the intensity(but in a good way). I missed Kia, but when he shows up, he shows UP! I loved all the scenes with him and Anna, it was the right amount of romance for this series.

If you are a mom looking for something for your teen to read or if you are a teen looking to  read a super cool par-romance book look no further, this is it! 

Wendy used to be a school teacher, I must say if my teacher was this awesome I probably would have paid attention allot more than I did!

I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars because I missed Kia, that is my ONLY complaint! I’m sure Wendy will make up for that though in the third book(hint hint) 🙂



Night Rise: Gate Keepers 3

Published April 23, 2013 by bookbesties

Nightrise (The Gatekeepers, #3)

Night Rise From Anthony Horowitz 3rd book of the Gatekeepers/ Power of Five Series.

First of all this book had EPIC battles of major proportions!

Now that we have grown closer to Matthew and Pedro 2 of the chosen 5 of the Gatekeepers. We now find 2 more Gatekeepers.

In this book we find 15-year-old twins Jamie and Scott Tyler performing in a magic show in Reno, Nevada. Night Rise the evil corporation being run by the Nexus are set to kidnap the twins. But before the Night Rise Corporation can get them Jamie escapes and Scott is captured. The Twins have the power of telepathy and that it encompasses. Think Matt Parkman form Heroes

Jamie is rescued by a woman named Alicia whose son Daniel has also been kidnapped by the same corporation since he was showing some clairvoyant powers himself.  So now that Scott is captured Jamie is on a journey to find his brother and Daniel but before Jamie can find his brother he must enroll at the Silent Creek Prison to find more information about Scott’s whereabouts.  His situation turns from bad to worse  when he finds his powers don’t work when he is in prison  now feeling like he brought a knife to a gun fight, it is so on right now. Jamie gets some help and is able to get out of the prison but he is gets catapulted ten thousand years in the past and faces the full horror of the Old Ones with the other four Gatekeepers. That is right we went into some time travel I am somehow reminiscing of Back to the Future.


The five of them defeat the Old Ones and give the world a new start… Now back to present day. Jamie gets back to reality from his back to the future extravaganza. But he did not get Scott when he was in the prison come to find out that Night Rise has a plan to use Scott for their own evil doing. Now that Jamie realizes who he is can he save the day and get to his brother in time to stop something horrible from happening. ..He must meet with the other Gatekeepers, but is there enough time left??  You will have to read about it for yourself.

Great Follow to Evil Star. Anthony has not disappointed me with this one. Love the Twins having telepathic powers and the fact that he went back to the original fight ten thousand years ago was bad ass.

4 out of 5 stars for me. The next book in the series is Necropolis.

Soto out


Wide Awake Review/Giveaway!

Published April 17, 2013 by bookbesties

Blog Tour Burtton

As the blog tour rolls on, now is our chance to offer up our giveaway of the book, plus my long-awaited review. I first want to say that I thought this book was awesome, and while I abso-freaking-loutely love the Significance series this gave it a run for its money! So again just like our blog or Facebook page for your chance to be entered to win a copy of this amazing NY Times best seller! Contest ends April 21st, and a winner will be picked at random. Good Luck!

Wide Awake (Kindle Edition)

A girl.

A coma.
A life she can’t remember.

When Emma Walker wakes up in the hospital with no knowledge of how she got there, she learns that she’s been in a coma for six months. Strangers show up and claim to be her parents, but she can’t remember them. She can’t remember anyone. Not her friends, not even her boyfriend. Even though she can’t remember, everyone wants her to just pick up where she left off, but what she learns about the ‘old her’ makes her start to wish she’d never woken up. Her boyfriend breaks up with the new girl he’s dating to be with her, her parents want her to start planning for college, her friends want their leader back, and her physical therapist with the hazel eyes keeps his distance to save his position at the hospital.

Will she ever feel like she recognizes the girl in the mirror?

My review

Shelly Crane has always been able to make me feel exactly what the main character is feeling in all her other books and this one is no exception. In Wide Awake I felt just as confused and scared as Emma in the first chapter and felt like I had just woken up from a six month-long coma.

In Wide Awake Emma wakes up from a coma after having been hit by a car and left for dead six months ago. She has no memory of the accident, or anything else for that matter. And all she knows is that some guy with amazing eyes is telling her hold on and not to worry. Emma finds out that the guy is Mason and is her physical therapist (a hot tattooed physical therapist) that has been keeping her muscles moving while in a coma, and all at once Emma is thrust back into her ‘old’ life, including her over bearing boyfriend and mother.

With the help of her family she learns that she was kinda a spoiled brat and got her way all the time, and Emma is not sure how she feels about that at first.  I was not a fan of Emma’s mother; at first glance she seemed cold and more interested in getting back the ‘old’ Emma and not getting to know the new one.

Meanwhile Emma seemed to latch on to Mason like a baby duck would after opening its eyes for the first time and Mason seems to latch right back, but Emma is his patient and while the relationship halts, the felling of love doesn’t.

“I want to give you back your first kiss, the one that jerk stole from you. And I want it to be something that even a coma can’t make you forget.”

Yea, Mason is smooth.

When Emma gets back into her old life, school and boyfriend she realizes that she was not only spoiled but was the queen bee at school, think Regina George from Mean Girls.

Emma has to come to terms with trying to embrace her old life, mixing with her new life and her friends. All while dealing with Mason and his secrets and the mystery as to who hit her six months ago! Talk about overwhelming. Shelly tells this story so great it’s like she has been there done that. And it’s all wrapped up by the end, with a some what ‘wow’ ending. You will never run our of what i like to call ‘awwww’ moment’s with this book, or any of her books for that matter! I love Shelly’s books because I’m a fan of’ Love’ and so is she, and with all the things her MC’s go though, love is what shines through! Whenever I need my faith renewed on love I pick up one of her books, she will never let you down.

4 out of 5 stars

Visit Shelly Crane’s Goodreads page for her other works.


YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband’s job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.


City of Bones Vlog (First Video Blog)

Published April 13, 2013 by bookbesties

We here at bookbesties sometimes read the same books and then we blog about it, or in this case VLOG about it. This is our very first vlog and please bare with us on the sound! But we had fun and we hope they get better so let the  judgments be sparse! Plus you get to see the faces behind the blogs!


Wide Awake Blog Tour/Free Book!

Published April 13, 2013 by bookbesties

Blog Tour Burtton

It’s Finally here!! The official start of the Wide Awake Blog tour, hosted by I Read Indie!In case you haven’t heard the news this week Shelly has announced that not only has Wide Awake made it to number 21 on the NY times Best Sellers list (YAY!) but she will also be doing a second book called Wide Open which tells Milo story!  How awesome is that?! You can add Wide Open to Goodreads here. Head on over to the first stop on the blog tour to find out who the dream cast would be. Each site will be hosting a giveaway of some kind for the book, go a and visit for your chance to win! For this site all you have to do is like our FB page here and we will choose a winner at random on the 21st. That’s it!

If you still haven’t read Wide Awake, what are you waiting for?! Go grab a copy Now and follow the tour for our review!

April 13th

*Lila Felix (Dream Cast)
*I Read Indie (Review)

April 14th
*A Diary of a Book Addict (Review)
*Always YA at Heart (Review)

April 15th
*Book Nerds Across America (Review)
*Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost!! (Review)
*RK Ryals (Excerpt)

April 16th
*Book Crazy (Review)
*Jenna’s Junction (Review)
*Brianna Lee Book Reviews (Review)
*If These Boobs Could Talk (Review)

April 17th
*BookBesties (Review)
*Belle of the Books (Review)
*The Alternative Kryptonite (Review/Interview)

April 18th
*From the desk of . . . R.E. Hargrave (Excerpt)
*Please Another Book (Review)
*The Book Cafe (Review)

April 19th
*To Be Thode (Review)
*A Book and a Latte (Interview)
*WhirlWindBooks (Review)

April 20th
*One Stop Indie Shop (Review)
*Buffy’s Ramblings (Review)

Evil Star

Published April 12, 2013 by bookbesties

Evil Star (The Gatekeepers, #2)

So after the events at Raven’s Gate Matt Realizes he is a gatekeeper, one of the Five and has some power in him he was not aware of before.

I say that as I am singing “Power” From Snap “it’s getting it’s getting kinda hectic”



Matt goes to a new school funded by the Nexus (formed to fight the old ones) so the good guys… or are they? The Nexus job is to protect Matthew and the Gatekeepers. The Nexus ask Matt to help them stop a second gate from being opened by acquiring an old diary.  Matt says no he is done with it and then it hits the FAN.  Matt must not realize now that he has some power people will be coming after him, and by people I mean the old ones.

Well Matt finds people around him falling under the influence of dark magic and agrees to get the diary and stop the gate from opening. Matt leaves with Richard Cole the journalist who saved his life from Raven’s gate but on this journey Matt finds another Gatekeeper. Wonder twin powers activate right.

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This new comer Pedro only speaks Spanish and Matt only speaks English, but they do find a way to communicate. Now these two have to put their differences aside and join up and kick some old ones tale! They find themselves going to the Nazca desert where they  finds that they need help, more than they can handle, so Pedro uses a life line and calls in his people; the Inca Indians. It is on like Donkey Kong!

In this book we find some Precognition, Psycokinesis(moving thing with your mind), Radiesthesia(cleansing your aura/ healing), and Astral Projection. What What!

OMG When they say the power of five they were not messing around(sorry for the big power words; Google them). This book had a lot of twist an turns as Mr. Horowitz always delivers.

Great character development, great villains, and great power.

This was a definite read for me 4 out of 5 stars.

Next book in the series is NightRise

Soto Out