Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: Ember by Jessica Sorensen

EMBER – death collectors book 1
By JESSICA SORENSEN

Synopsis:
What if you knew when someone was going to die?
For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.
But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher's death and what he may be hiding.

Jessica lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming and this information for supernatural fans is where the devils gate was opened. She likes to spend time with her family when not working and reading.  Jessica likes to watch The Hangover (I’ve not seen this yet!) and the gorge Mr Darcy *sighs* Pride and Prejudice.
Jessica likes the tunes of Blink 182, At the Drive-Inn, Wicked Lovely just to name a few.  The books you might find in Jessica’s abode is Shed, Harry Potter, anything by Courtney Summers and Sarah Dessen to name just a smidgen of who she likes to read.



MY REVIEW:
I have never had the privilege of living in a modern day small town, near a big city but novelist Jessica Sorensen made me feel it is where I belong and described it well enough for me to have an image in my head of what it would look like.  I felt Embers pain and understood how she felt at school at 17 and not belonging.  People’s fingers would point to her when similar situations were happening in her home town because the same thing happened to her father.
Ember is the reason I love this book because her voice rings memories to me and she is clear and I can relate to a few of her feelings. I can feel what her characters feel and sympathise and like the area and choice of description of her home – it is laid out in my head.  There is more going on to this book than meets the eye.

Her bestie lives next door, Raven, she is a party animal through and through a bit of a rebellion.  They spend a lot of time together however their friendship is tried and tested and that alone is a page turner.
Embers brother Ian and mother both suffer with mental illness something that is very close to my heart. Jessica describes the situation very clearly.  She describes a united family but at the same time a broken family.  Ember meets Asher Morgan where he makes her feel relaxed around him where nothing matters.  His character had me on edge all the way through the book not knowing if he was good or bad. He had moved from the Big Apple. He feels the need to protect ember, followed by Cameron.  He is willing to fight for Ember too.

I found this book to be dark, a lot of bad things happening than good. It was still a good write up and I will be waiting for the book on Amazon for free. If you want to find out what is happening with Embers family secret, her relationship with Raven, who will her heart belong to Asher or Cameron? I suggest you read the book. I give this book 4 hearts!



My favourite quote from the book is this:
‘I love the cemetery.  It’s quiet and peaceful – it’s the only place where I get a break from death.  I loathe crowded places, crammed with voices and life.  It hurts to be around life.  People don’t understand how close death is, right over their shoulders, around the block, at the end of a street.  It’s everywhere. And I am the only one who knows where it’s hiding.  I see death everyday.  But a cemetery is already dead.

Review by Kate Wilson

Author's website: http://jessicasorensensblog.blogspot.com/
Other Books in series: Cinder (Coming 2013)
Where to buy: Kindle - AmazonBarnes & Noble


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Currently Reading: Open Minds (Book One of the Mind Jack Trilogy) by Susan Kaye Quinn

This book is currently FREE on Amazon for Kindle. See below for a direct link.

Book synopsis:

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.
Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.


Author's website: http://www.susankayequinn.com/
Where to buy: AmazonBarnes and Noble
Other books in series: Closed Hearts (Book Two), Free Souls (Book Three)

~Rissa

Review: Promise by Kristie Cook

Alexis Ames has a life full of promise…but not all promises can be kept.When Alexis Ames is attacked by creatures that can’t be real, she decides it’s time she learns who she really is, with or without the help of her mother, who guards their family’s secrets closely. After meeting the inhumanly attractive, multi-talented Tristan Knight, however, Alexis retreats behind her fa├žade of normalcy…until she discovers he’s not exactly normal either. Then their secrets begin to unravel.
Their union brings hope and promise to her family’s secret society, the Angels’ army, and to the future of mankind. But it also incites a dangerous pursuit by the enemy – Satan’s minions and Tristan’s creators. After all, Alexis and Tristan are a match made in Heaven and in Hell.

Kristie Cook wrote her first story called Gnome Cave in elementary school.  Urban fantasy writer and got her an A+.  Her talent there got her into the Quill and Scroll Honor Society.  She finished college with a Marketing degree.  During her time in the big world she has accomplished many things and awards 1st and 2nd place in the Kansas Press Association for her stories.
Summer 2010 Kristie blessed us with a fantastic book‘Promise’.  It must be hard to write and have a family consisting of 3 teenage boys and two dogs, but has the surroundings of Florida on her side. If you would like more information about Kristie Cook and her fabulous work please check her website http://www.soulsaversseries.com  I am lead to believe she will have a UK site up and running very shortly.

Kristie writes her urban fantasy book from the heart or what seems to. Her choice of words and vocabulary in the story works well and nothing is repetitive.  Her characters are pictured and described so well I have visions of how they will look, their facial expressions, build and dress sense. She captures the places well too and they are places I could only ever dream of in the financial burden of things and having a family myself.
Her work I feel reaches out to teenagers as well as housewives and grandmothers! It is a book that you can relate to whether it be school, emotions, friends or love.

I felt I got so engrossed with her first book I knew they weren't going to let me down and I downloaded them all there and then. I related to the characters and got sucked up into the story.  I felt the emotions they felt and at no point did I get lost during my read of Promise.



This is a book I would give 5 out of 5 stars for.  I wanted to go to bed to read, I found I was taking the kids out more so they could play and I could read.  I am looking forward to reading more of Kristie Cooks novels. Thanks for reading.

~Kate

Author: Kristie Cook
Website: www.kristiecook.com
Publisher: Ang'dora Productions LLC