Thursday, January 10, 2013

BOOK REVIEW {Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan}

Title: Jenny Pox (The Paranormals #1)
Author: J.L. Bryan
Publication Date: July 22, 2010
Genre: Paranormal, Fiction
Source: purchased e-copy from Kobo

Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town. Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

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This book is about a girl named Jenny. She was born with a supernatural power that she can't control. Through her skin, she infects anything she touches with disease. Blisters, boils, puss... it's not pretty. The longer the touch, the deadlier. The story follows her through senior year at Fallen Oak High. She is an outcast, covering her body as much as possible, even wearing gloves. This makes her the target for lots of jokes and bullying. 

Of course there's the bad girl. That cheerleader, rules the school, everyone follows her around like a puppy dog type. And then there's a jock. The not as bad as everyone thinks he is type. This book takes many twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, you don't. Jenny Pox grabbed my attention from the beginning and it didn't let go.

I'm not sure how much more to say without giving anything away. I also don't really know how to classify this into a genre. I've seen it listed as YA & Adult. Obviously it's paranormal, fiction, etc. But there are a few scenes (one in particular) that lead me from a YA book. I don't think I would recommend this to anyone under 17 at least. 

To me, this book had it all. The supernatural, romance, death & gore. My kind of book! I've seen that there are more books in this series and I can't wait to get my hands on them. If you are into horror books, then you will probably enjoy Jenny Pox. Even tho I wouldn't consider this horror, I'm thinking more along the blood & gore parts. 

Excellent book, Excellent story. I was very pleased with Jenny Pox.

NOTE: This book is FREE for your Kindle, Nook & Kobo!! Plus, as a little "extra", here is a picture that I instagrammed while I was reading. It gives you a little taste of the good goriness. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

BOOK REVIEW {Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)}

Title: Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Source: purchased my own ecopy

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.
Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.
If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.

You had me at witches. I have always been drawn to anything witchy and Born Wicked satisfies. Then when you add in a hot, nerdy boy, some catty girlfriends with a historical setting, you get awesome.

Cate Cahill is the oldest of 3 sisters. She seems a bit uptight. There were parts of this book where I literally said out loud, "Really? Just chill out!" But if I had a deadly secret hanging over my head, I might be a little uptight too. Her sole responsibility is to look after her sisters and keep them safe. She does everything in her power to protect them but nothing works out the way it's supposed to. Cate finds herself falling in love with the one person she shouldn't fall for. Oh, Finn. I do have a soft spot for nerdy boys and Finn fits this category. I so badly want Cate & Finn to end up together!

The first several chapters seem to drag a bit for me. I was so excited to read this and then I was like... come on! But the more I read, the more I realized I couldn't put it down. My husband left one afternoon to run some errands and I swear it seemed like 10 minutes later he was walking through the door again. I hadn't even changed positions! It's that good!

I was SO frustrated with the ending. I even pouted a little. I complete understand the reasons for the outcome but it doesn't mean I have to like it. I'm just thankful there are more books coming. This means there are plenty of chances to turn things around!

Definitely read Born Wicked if you love witches. Definitely read Born Wicked if you don't love witches. Just Read It! Like, yesterday.

And can I just point out how gorgeous that cover is?! Love.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

BOOK REVIEW {Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake}

Title: Anna Dressed in Blood
Author: Kendare Blake
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal
Source: purchased my own ecopy

Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story... Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

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 I got caught up in reading all the hype for Anna Dressed in Blood, so I guess you could say my expectations were through the roof! I'm way behind with reading this one and because of that I've been hearing nothing but raves about Anna. Well, I finally had the chance to dive into this popular book! I enjoyed this book but I wasn't blown away.

I loved Cas. His character seemed like someone I could be best friends with. He was a loner and sarcastic .. just like me! HA. He also was very caring and sweet, which isn't normal in guys these days. I did like how he made friends through out the book with an array of characters that you wouldn't have expected, like a cheerleader, a nerd and an old man! Now for Anna... Anna wasn't what I was expecting. I did like her but I was wanting more gore. I guess that would knock this book into an adult genre if that were the case. But I love a good murdering ghost story and there just wasn't enough of that for me. She seemed to give in to easily to Cas. Maybe that's just me but I was disappointed at the lack of "bitch" she had in her.

The ending caught me off guard. The ghost they all banded together to kill wasn't the ghost you would expect it to be. Although, it was nice to be surprised like that. There's a lot of books out there that you just know how it's going to end before you get half way done with it. Not this one.

If you enjoy ghosts and (slight) horror, then I would definitely recommend Anna Dressed in Blood. I enjoyed it enough that I need to read Girl of Nightmares so I can find out what happened!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!

I hope that all of you had a great New Years Eve (and day!)! I spent mine in bed. I'm so old.. :)

I don't have a whole lot to share today. I uploaded my new layout. Some links may still be a little wonky. I'm working on them.. I have 2 reviews to share later this week and also a home project that I've been working on. Possibly even a book haul. I did purchase some books in the last couple of weeks that I could share.

I'm currently working on a blogging schedule. So I won't make any promises as to how often my posts will be right at first. I'm working my way up to at least 4 posts a week. But with working over the holidays and then the holidays themselves, I just didn't get as much pre-planned as I wanted to.

Things will probably be kinda chill for the next month or so but hopefully it wont take me that long to get everything smoothed out. If any of you are visiting, let me know! I'd love to hear from you! Comments, suggestions and ideas are always welcome!

Happy New Years!

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