Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dark Dreams and Dead Things Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Thank you to YA Bound Book Tours for letting me take part in this tour. You can check out the full blog tour schedule here :)

Title: Dark Dream and Dead Things (Dead Things #2)
Author: Martina McAtee
Release Date: July 15th, 2016
Publisher: Self published
Source: YA Bound
Genre: YA Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Purchase Links: Amazon


17-year-old November Lonergan spent her whole life feeling like an outsider. She was right. She’s a reaper like her mother; like her two cousins, Kai and Tristin. The supernatural world believes they are part of a prophecy to save them from an evil known as the Grove. Ember just wants to survive high school and fix the fallout from bringing back her friend. 

Old enemies are lurking; waiting for their opportunity to strike but the pack has a new problem. A group of legendary hunters has resurfaced, threatening the reapers and anybody who stands with them. They are making good on their threats too; attacking those closest to the pack.

Their only hope of defeating the Legionaries involves trusting a stranger to perform a dangerous spell to advance Ember and her cousin’s powers. But Ember has a secret; a secret she can’t tell the pack. One that leaves the pack vulnerable.

An attack on pack allies, leaves one member of the group injured and another missing, along with a mysterious girl named Evangeline who may play a bigger part in this than any of them realize. As the Legionaries are closing in, the pack must trust their enemies, enter hostile territories, and play a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a psychopath. Their entire plan lynches on a dangerous bargain, but rescuing one member of the pack could mean losing another in their place…possibly forever. 

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

In the sequel to the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things picked up where the first book left off. What I find most interesting is the world where the story took place in- a world where witches, werewolves, reapers, banshee exist. That is what has first drawn me to this series. This world is filled with so much possibilities in the direction which the future plot may progress and I found that really exciting as a reader.

Quinn’s character development is probably what I enjoyed the most in this sequel. It’s entertaining to watch his character evolve and attempt to embrace his new identity. Quinn is slowly becoming my favourite character. I really feel for Quinn and the struggle he had to deal with because of a decision made for him.

What I didn’t like about the book could be summed up into one word: Tristin. She really annoyed me throughout my read. If I could reach out and just strangle some sense into that banshee, believe me I would. I just can’t accept the way she treats Quinn, especially after what she’d done. And she was so horrible to Ember even when her anger towards Ember was often times uncalled for. I do hope there would be some character growth for Tristin as this series continue, at least so that she doesn’t get on my nerve as much.

I am pleased with how ‘Dark Dreams and Dead Things’ ended. The final scene was great and it left me curious of what’s to come. There’s still so much story to uncover. I, for one, would love to know more of Neoma’s past. I am also intrigued by Donovan and would love to see more of him in the next book.

About the Author:

Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughters, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. She wrote her first story when she was five with an orange crayon on a legal pad she stole from her mom’s office. She’s been writing ever since. Her influences include Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Joss Whedon, L.J. Smith and even J.K. Rowling. Living in South Florida provides her with plenty of material for the weird worlds she writes about. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she’s reading or watching shows involving reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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Title: Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover

Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Borrowed
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Purchase links: Book Depository


Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, so here's the deal. I have put off reading this book ever since forever. I thought it was just another depressing story about abuse. Late last night, I decided to just read a few pages to get a feel of the tone of the book. And I ended up staying up all night reading. 

This book is so much more. 

Sure, it deals with issues such as abuse, but it also shows the role family and friends play in getting someone through such an ordeal. And all without having the book being depressing to read.

Sky is a very likeable character. She's strong, or stubborn as she calls herself. Even though she has to deal with the devils of her past, which was slowly unveiled to us as she lets herself remember, I thought she handled it quite well.

I wasn't so sure about Holder at first. His personality and mood seem a bit volatile at the beginning but he's okay. Not book boyfriend material for me, but he's okay.

I didn't expect much from it but I did enjoy my read. And I guess you could say that I live the book, just as Holder and Sky lived for each other.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee

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Title: Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (Dead Things #1)
Author: Martina McAtee
Release Date: November 29th, 2015
Publisher: Self-published
Source: Author
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Purchase link: Book Depository


 17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that's been her sanctuary, she's threatened by the most beautiful boy she's ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she's special, that she has a supernatural gift like them...they just don't know exactly what it is. They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember's life takes a turn for the weird. She's living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember's powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death. As Ember's talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What's worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend's lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she's pieced together.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was first drawn to the story based on the blurb. The story opened its first scene at a funeral home and before the end of that first chapter, I was completely hooked.

In the world which McAtee has created, humans could be born into families of shifters, vampires and witches. There are four main characters in this book- Ember, Mace, Tristin and Kai- all of them have their own paranormal abilities. Ember, Tristin and Kai all had reaper abilities but of different varieties. Tristin is a banshee, which I find really cool. Ember, on the other hand, had only just found out that she came from a paranormal background and is learning to control her power.

I like that we get to read from the point of view of different characters. Firstly, this keeps me on the edge of my seat, eager to pry out more details of their backstory. Secondly, there's not a dull moment throughout the plot. Something is always happening and plot twists kept me very much invested in the story.

Reading Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things felt so much like watching a movie. I enjoyed every minute of it.

*Copy of the book is provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.