Frostbitten by Heather Beck

Frostbitten by Heather Beck

Frostbitten cover art

2/5 stars

Great beauty hides dark secrets…

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her…

View On WordPress

Frostbitten by Heather Beck

Frostbitten cover art

2/5 stars

Great beauty hides dark secrets…

Seventeen-year-old Anastasia Lockhart has never led an easy life, but when she starts getting into serious trouble, she’s sent to live with her grandparents in Cedar Falls. The small, picturesque town hasn’t changed since she visited four years ago, with one exception – the presence of a handsome, mysterious boy named Frost. Despite warnings from her grandparents and friends to stay away from Frost, Anastasia can’t deny their attraction, and the more time they spend together, the deeper in love they fall. Unfortunately, Frost has a secret that is beyond Anastasia’s wildest imagination, and she soon finds herself in the midst of a supernatural legend that has haunted Cedar Falls for years.

Can Anastasia and Frost’s love really overcome anything, or are their fates much darker?

Autumn in the City of Angels

Autumn in the City of Angels

First, I must say that I received this ebook on a read for an honest review.

I’m a sucker for any dystopian novel but I have to admit, it took me a while to decide to just sit down and read this. I just wasn’t feeling post apocalyptic, or so I thought. I decided to start reading it 2 days ago and didn’t want to stop. I loved the characters. I love how Autumn is described as having a dysfunctional family that worked. You don’t even realize they are dysfunctional unless you are paying attention. Once she realizes she is all alone, she pulls herself up by the boot strings and decides to survive. I love how she makes a new family but sticks to her guns on how she feels for Ben. I love how she is willing to destroy what safety she has been provided to attempt to save her new family. I enjoyed the electricity that is portrayed with Grey. About half way through, I knew something was going to happen to change the whole layout of where this was headed. I had it about figured out, but it was ok. It allowed me to enjoy the rest without having to critique it. The ending, though. That hurt. I can’t wait to see where these two wonderful writers will take us in the rest of the series.

Wolf Moon By C.D. Gorri

Wolf Moon By C.D. Gorri

WolfMoon2 (1)

I received a digital copy of this book in return for an honest review. Thank you C.D. Gorri!

“High school sophomore Grazi Kelly leads an ordinary life in the suburbs of New Jersey helping her grandmother with chores and attending Catholic school. Things are pretty good except for her bullying cousin and the rest of the obnoxious cheer team. Then things take a frightening turn when the night of…

View On WordPress

Wolf Moon By C.D. Gorri

WolfMoon2 (1)

I received a digital copy of this book in return for an honest review. Thank you C.D. Gorri!

“High school sophomore Grazi Kelly leads an ordinary life in the suburbs of New Jersey helping her grandmother with chores and attending Catholic school. Things are pretty good except for her bullying cousin and the rest of the obnoxious cheer team. Then things take a frightening turn when the night of the full moon arrives and the bodies start piling up. Grazi learns that she is different in ways she never expected. She finds herself torn between Sebastian, the school soccer star and Ronan, a foreign exchange student who shares her secret. She must uncover the identity behind the mysterious attacker, but is she ready for the entire truth?” (Book Blurb,C.D Gorri)

Overall, this is a great book with a fresh outlook on what could have been a possible overused theme and I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.

I am amazed that this book was so good. It fits well in the YA category and is definitely a good book for the intended 10-18 age range audience.  I was afraid it would would mimic so many other werewolf stories, but it didn’t.

I liked the idea of a religious battle, especially Catholic, as I’ve never seen it done in such a way as this. I thought the characters were well developed and the build up of the love interest characters set the mood for anticipation. The “mean girls” high school drama part felt a little unnecessary after getting into the main plot of the novel, but understandable as it is a novel for the 10-18 year old range. I would have liked Grazi to have been a little older because fifteen is a little young, in my opinion, for what looks to be the build up of a possible “bond mate” character.

l liked that the author described the changes Gratzi goes through physically as well as emotionally as she develops her understanding and acceptance as her role in the bigger picture of a leader of a battle between good and evil. I also like that she isn’t automatically supposed to be in charge of a pack but gets the chance to be comfortable in her new skin.

There were several grammatical errors that can be distracting but I believe they are manageable to most as I tend to be overly critical. (I believe it is the editor in me). I would have given 5 stars  if it weren’t for these. As it stands I would have given 4 1/2 stars if it was available.

Very good job, C.D. Gorri!

Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1) by Caragh M. O’Brien

✮✮✮ Star Rating

Birthmarked wasn’t bad it was just slow and hard to stay with. I did enjoy the multitude of unusual words that I had to look up because I had never seen them before. The author did well with describing the thought with new words so that I could infer what it meant but I love words and looking up for my personal library is great! I did not feel Leon grew very much in the story. He just seemed a hit and miss character. He would come into the picture and you could see how his upbringing strongly limited his ability to complete an individual thought for himself. This is the only real struggle I see in him until the end where he had to believe in Gaia or everything he had gone through would be for nothing. Gaia was a watery character. I couldn’t quite determine if she was supposed to be portrayed as strong or if she was a “coming of age” character. Many of the characters introduced could have been played up and made the story more interesting. Myrna could have been a great strong female character that could have strengthened the lead character. I really disliked the ending. I felt like there was no possibility for a sequel but felt like the author got tired of writing so she just ended the story. Maybe he couldn’t get the ending to feel comfortable so she left it dangling. I prefer nice neat endings wrapped up with a ribbon unless it is obvious that there will be a sequel. Nothing screamed sequel, just a dead-end to me.