The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Review

I found this book on a random isle in the library. If I go to my local library and don’t have something special in mind I roam the isles and find random books to read. When I got this home I looked at the cover and noticed it said “based on the YouTube phenomenon” and my interest was peaked.

More on the videos:

This girl, Sunshine, is video taping paranormal activity in her new home where she lives with her mom and posting it on YouTube to provide proof that the house is haunted. Surprise, her mom doesn’t believe her. The videos are very fun to watch and she is a very cute and charismatic girl. There are many secrets she finds and everyone around her is involved somehow.

After watching ALL her uploaded videos, I now subscribe to her YouTube channel. I keep up with it weekly. I posted her first YouTube video below along with her book trailer.
 The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

YA paranormal

Published 2014
I found this book entertaining, but not awesome. There were a few moments here and there that were somewhat scary, but not as terrifying as I expected. I had watched the entire library of uploaded videos on YouTube before reading so I kind of knew what to expect.

One thing that got on my nerves about this book is the word choices. Sunshine actually says “Gee” in normal context…who talks like that. And in her vlog she says “blah” at the end of her videos for the first year or so and this was unsuccessfully included in the book. It was awkward.

Other than that though, I’d give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I’m sure that if I hadn’t watched all the videos It would have be more suspenseful. There is mystery, suspense, and horror included.

 

Here is the Gooodreads excerpt:

In that place where you’re more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child’s voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night.
Something freaky’s going on with Sunshine’s new house . . . there’s the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine’s always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .
If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can’t help them?
As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.

 

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I Am Number Four: Review

I Am Number Four has been on my to-be-read list for a long time and I finally picked it up. Color me disappointed. Not what I expected.

I am number fourI Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

YA Fantasy, SciFi

Published 2010

#1 of Lorien Legacies

I have seen the movie based on this book. It has been a long time but I remember it being OK, not great though. I expected more of the book because lets face it, books are better!

My expectations were not met. The entire book promised action at any moment, but it didn’t deliver until the last few chapters. Meaning, only a quarter of the book was actually interesting. Lots of information to give the reading since it was the first in a series. Show it, don’t tell it.

I’m debating about reading the second book of the Lorien Legacies series because if the last of this book was action filled, maybe there is more to be had in the other books. Me reading it isn’t certain though.

I had to force myself through this one, refusing to not finish it since it was on my TBR list for so long I felt I owed it to myself to finish it.

Here is the Goodreads excerpt:

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

Review: Mara Dyer Trilogy Books 1 and 2

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The Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin

#1: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

#2: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

#3: The Retrobution of Mara Dyer (release date Nov 4, 2014)

YA Paranormal Thriller

Ok, so these books…yeah. Mind=Blown

First I was like

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and then I was like

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Because these books are crazy, I could. not. put. them. down. Here is the basic run down of the story:

Mara Dyer is a girl who may or may not be going completely insane. I’m talking institutionalized, schizophrenic, committed insane. She even thinks she might be, and her family is pretty convinced she is. Why is poor Mara having such a hard time? Well, let me tell you. First, she plays with a Ouija board at a friends house, big no no. Then she wakes up in a hospital room with no memory of how she got there. Her mother tells her that she was in an accident with three of her friends, but she is the only one who survived. Let the freaking out commence. Mara convinces her family to move so she can get a fresh start away from the memory of her friends and the tragedy that took their lives. After the move she starts to try to pick up the pieces of her life and also starts trying to remember what happens, only what she remembers isn’t what she expected.

Mara finds love, she finds her memory, and she finds the psychiatric ward. End of book one. In book two we find out that Mara may not be so cray cray after all, her life really is that insane. Though her parents don’t believe her still, her new boo does and he is really freaking hot and also shares some of Mara’s “issues.” Mara faces institutionalization again, but she is not alone anymore. There is a real threat, but nobody believes her. Everything she thought was in her mind, it might be real, and that is scarier than thinking she is crazy. The second book ends with a MAJOR cliff hanger… I mean….OMG!

I was hanging on by the edge of my comforter the entire time that I was reading both books. I’m talking, from the first paragraph of the first book to the last of the second book I was hooked. Even though I didn’t want to, I had to put the them down a few times when I was alone in the dark because it gets pretty intense. There are so many crazy things going on in this story that my head was spinning, in a good way. This is a definite on my recommendation list, and I can not wait for the final book to release in November!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer

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Review: Spellcaster

spellcasterSpellcaster by Claudia Gray is a young adult fantasy novel and the first in a series with the same name. The book is about a teenage girl, Nadia, in high school who is a young witch. Her mother, also a witch, left her and her father and little brother, so they packed up and moved to try to start a new life. While settling into her new home and her new life Nadia discovers a powerful mysterious force under the town. She meets two new friends, and together they try to figure out what is wrong with the town they live in.

Gray’s book is an easy read, I would compare it to watching an episode of The Vampire Diaries. It is fun and exciting, but the plot isn’t very deep and meaningful. It’s just one of those books. I like those kinds of books sometimes, like now. I wasn’t looking for a thick, complicated book to make me ponder my life’s meaning, and that isn’t what I found.

Nadia and her friends are interesting characters that all have a conflict unique to them; the mysterious magic effects them all in different ways. There is a little bit of the teen angst romance drama, but it isn’t so much that it gets annoying, bu just enough to frustrate. Also, the bad guy (or girl) is actually kind of awesomely evil, and we only get a taste of her…there is more to come in the sequel.

If you enjoy books along the lines of Hexed and Beautiful Creatures I highly recommend Spellcaster. I give it 4/5 stars.

 

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Review: Dark Sacrifice

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Sacrifice is the second book in Angie Sandro’s series about Mala LaCroix and her JuJu filled life. She sees dead people, literally. And she just got through a pretty traumatic situation in Dark Paradise (book one) only to be shoved out of the frying pan and into the dark magic induced fire. Along with having to figure out her supernatural abilities, she is also trying to figure out her love life.

The beginning of this book through me for an emotional filled loop, but it quickly corrected itself. There was some pretty frustrating stubbornness going on in the romance department. Thank goodness to, it was about time! Sometimes men are clueless, well maybe all the time. After getting out of the psych ward at the local hospital, and getting her crush out of prison, Mala is accosted by some pretty pissed off ghosts. She heads to New Orleans where some great, and not so great, surprises are waiting for her.  Poor Mala can’t win for loosing.

Angie Sandro knows how to make her readers fall in love with all of her characters. Her writing style is spot on and it flows like a good movie. She makes her books read like you are living it.

While she finally figures out what she wants out of her love life, Mala has just began to figure out what her life is going to hold for her and how to live in it. Want to read about Mala’s misadventures in Paradise Pointe? Pick up Dark Paradise and start reading the series, you won’t regret it! Dark Redemption is going to release on September 9th.

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DNF: The Stars Are Falling

the stars are fallingI received The Stars Are Falling by Michelle Birbeck as an ARC. I read a little over a quarter of the book, but I didn’t finish the book. This book was one of the worst I’ve read this summer. I had to file it under DNF (Do Not Finish). I don’t believe in forcing myself to finish a book I don’t like unless there is money or grading involved.

Why did I not like this book you ask? Two reasons:

1. The story is based around the idea that stars have fallen from the sky and they are actually people (or aliens that look like people) that enjoy incinerating pesky humans who get in their way, and that is a broad term. Like if a star is walking down the street and you come up to it and try to communicate and it has to stop for you, it will burn you into nothingness immediately.

2. Jenny, the main character, loses her mother to a star early in the book. Like, in the second chapter or so, but she doesn’t really do much in the way of morning.  She, apparently, has been harboring a huge crush on one of her male roommates, and as soon as he shows her any interest, she obsessed with him and thinks of nothing but him. She justifies her blatant disregard for her mother’s death by saying she needs to be strong to figure out what to do to and therefore can’t focus on it, but doesn’t swooning over a hot boy also qualify as a distraction? If you don’t have time to morn your mom’s death, you don’t have time to make out with, debate having sex with, or have googly eyes with your new boyfriend. and if you do, I can’t root for you. I just can’t.

If you want to check the book out, go right ahead. Here is where to find it:

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Have you thrown any books into your DNF pile lately?

Review: Cress

cressCress, by Marissa Meyer, is the third book in the Lunar Chronicle series. The series is about a group of, well, teenagers, who are trying to save Earth from a power crazed Moon queen. Each book is loosely based on a different fairy tale, and each book has its own main character that is supposed to represent the main character of the fairy tale.

I love the Lunar Chronicle series; it is so original compared to most of the other popular series hitting the shelves these days. Each character is strong and worth investing your reading time in. So far there is Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Red Riding Hood), and Cress (Rapunzel). With these three characters are also a few secondary characters that a reader can’t help but fall in love with. In this series you will find love, friendship, heart break, suspense, adventure, and heroism. Also, the villain is one of the best villains EVER. She is the queen of the moon, Luna, and she is just about as evil as they come. She can (and loves to) bend the will of humans to do just about whatever she wants them to do, including killing themselves and worshiping her. Can you imagine if that kind of person is the ruler of the moon and Earth? That would be horrible. Hence, the teenage rebellion.

Cress’s character is based on Repunzal, and she has been locked in a satellite (instead of a tower) for seven years by herself. I love her, she starts off a little socially awkward, but she learns her way around other people quickly. She has lived a heart breaking existence for just about her whole life. You can’t help but fall in love with her. In this book there is betrayal, heart break, and lots of action packed adventure. Who to trust? Where is safety? When will the next attack happen?

Interested? Go find a copy of Cinder, the first book, and start the series for yourself. The fourth book, Winter, is going to be released on November 10th, 2015. That’s too long to wait!

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