Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blog Tour: Broken Blood (Dirty Blood #5) by Heather Hildenbrand

Title: Broken Blood (Dirty Blood)
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Publication Date: March 11, 2015
Source: Via the author in exchange for a review.

I thought watching my Werewolf boyfriend get arrested for murder was the worst experience of my life. But then I was knocked out and dragged off to a cell of my own by the very people who were supposed to protect me from danger.

I thought being held prisoner in solitary confinement for weeks on end was the worst experience of my life. But then a visitor came, and I realized I’d been wrong all along. There are worse things than torture and death. Much worse.

He wants my blood. More than that, he wants to get into my head. To use my bond to control his army, to wipe the world clean of anything with dirty blood. I can’t let that happen, but if I don’t he’ll kill every single person I’ve ever cared about — beginning with my Werewolf pack.

The prophecy said I would have to make an impossible choice, but I must be doing this wrong — so far every choice I’ve made has only led to more pain and danger and death. Hunters are pitted against Werewolves and I’m alone in my war against Gordon Steppe. I can’t fight him off anymore; all I can do is try to keep him out of the important places. And I’m failing at even that.

I thought the demons were out there, clearly marked and clinging to the shadows. But they’re not. The monsters are within the ranks of those sworn to protect. The enemy is among us.

Dirty Blood has been one of my favorite YA series' ever! It is bittersweet that it has now come to an end. Broken Blood is the final book in this amazing roller coaster of a story. I am so sad to know that there will be no more. Ever. Like ever. 

Tara is the raddest, most fun character. She still kicks butt and takes names. She has been through some crap since the first book, Dirty Blood but she is still just as strong and determined as ever. Wes is as drool worthy as always. He is my most loved book boyfriend of all time. Something about him is just... yum. And of course Cambria and her sarcasm, Chord and her bitchiness, Derek, Logan, Grandma and a whole slew of other characters that make Dirty Blood what it is.

I can't even describe this book without giving anything away. Just know that Heather has wrapped up Tara's story fabulously. I loved how it ended. It was a rocky ride to get where they are now, but they never gave up! 

The Dirty Blood series is one that you will fall in love with. It is all about family, friendship, taking chances, thinking outside of the box and standing up for what and who you believe in. I can't say much more other than read it. Read them all. Once you pick up that first book, you won't stop until you've put down the last. 

Heather is an amazing author. She is an amazing person. I'm glad that I could be a part of this journey. She has so many other great books and more to come! I, for one, can't wait to see what her mind continues to pump out. 

So, yeah, pick up the Dirty Blood series. You will not be sorry. You'll be thanking me. Guarantee it. You can click the covers below to read my reviews on the previous books in the series.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

REVIEW: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Title: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Author: Stephen King
Publication Date: June 1, 1999

Source: Purchased my own copy.

Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn't her only adversary, though - something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods. 

This book seemed very out of the norm for Stephen King. It's just not his usual doom & gloom that I love about him. While this was a fun read & a rather quick read for a Stephen King book, I just was not that into it.

Our story revolves around 9 year old (but big for her age) Trisha. She gets lost in the Appalachian Mountains while hiking a trail with her mom & brother. I give Trisha credit. She's tough for a kid. Even now, at my age of 32, I don't know that I could survive in the woods for days on end. But she amazed me at the things she did for survival.

Trisha loves baseball & hangs onto her love for the player Tom Gordon as her main grasp on life. It's actually very touching how she looks up to him. And while Tom Gordon was an actual baseball player that I know nothing about, his fictional character seemed like a genuinely decent human being.

There is mention of something dark lurking in the woods. TGWLTG definitely does not scare though. And after the final showdown (which I absolutely will not delve into), I found myself questioning if the "monster" was even real or just the figment of a child's imagination.

I can't say that this would be high on my recommendation list but it would be on there none the less. TGWLTG was more of a story of survival told from a child's point of view than a tale of terror. Although I am still a huge Stephen King fan, this is not a favorite of mine.

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