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.

 

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.

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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.

Obsidian: Review

This is one of those that has been on my list for quite some time. My goal for the summer has been to knock some books off of that list, and though Obsidian wasn’t the first one I picked up, it has certainly been one of my favorites so far. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes Twilight, The Sookie Stackhouse Novels, Cinder, etc.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Sci Fi

Published 2012

#1 of Lux Series

First of all, let me just say that Jennifer Armentrout knows how to write. Her writing style is so easy to read. I found myself falling into the book in the very first page. An author has to have true talent to do that.

The book is amazingly entertaining. I found myself hanging on every word. I literally read this book in one day. I haven’t done that in a very very long time. And let add that the main male character, Daemon Black, filled an Edward Cullen sized hole in my heart.

There is teen angst, that is obvious. I know, I’m an adult, but does the angst thing when it comes to romance ever really change? We are all pretty much dumb when it comes to that department. I don’t tend to read books that are just about some teens that are living their life that have some major drama problems, I have to have something that is paranormal to make it interesting. Obsidian has all that; it has all of the major pieces that make a book amazing, specifically a YA book.

There is mystery, action, and romance abound. And yes, there is a lot of those moments when the reader has figured out something that the character hasn’t and you want to smack them in the face for not seeing it yet. Frustration. The romance action is very love/hate and I loved it! I found myself hooked to each character in that amazing way.

Oh, and the main character who’s view the book is told from is a book blogger. Relate-ability anyone?

I’m now on book #3 and I am not going as strong as I was with book #1, but the story is still good. More on that later!

Here is the excerpt from Goodreads:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Promo and Author Interview: Avery by Charlotte McConaghy

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Avery_cover FINALAvery (The Chronicles of Kaya #1) by Charlotte McConaghy
The people of Kaya die in pairs. When one lover dies, the other does too. So it has been for thousands of years – until Ava.For although her bondmate, Avery, has been murdered and Ava’s soul has been torn in two, she is the only one who has ever been strong enough to cling to life. Vowing revenge upon the barbarian queen of Pirenti, Ava’s plan is interrupted when she is instead captured by the deadly prince of her enemies.

Prince Ambrose has been brought up to kill and hate. But when he takes charge of a strangely captivating Kayan prisoner and is forced to survive with her on a dangerous island, he must reconsider all he holds true . . .

In a violent country like Pirenti, where emotion is scorned as a weakness, can he find the strength to fight for the person he loves . . . even when she’s his vengeful enemy?

Avery is a sweeping, romantic fantasy novel about loss and identity, and finding the courage to love against all odds.

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Now Available: THORNE (The Chronicles of Kaya #2)
 
 
About the Author:
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Charlotte started writing her children’s fantasy series ‘The Strangers of Paragor’ as a teenager and has since gone on to publish five novels. After a Masters degree in Screenwriting she wrote ‘Avery’, the first in her adult fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and has just released a new dystopian sci-fi novel called ‘Fury – Book One of The Cure’, published by Momentum.

Exclusive Author Interview

1. What inspired you to write a novel?

I was fourteen when I started writing my first book, and I think it was simply because I loved stories and loved reading, but couldn’t find anything just right… It occurred to me that I could write my own favorite book, or at least try to, and it all went from there – I haven’t been able to stop writing since.

2. Is this the first piece you’ve written? If not, what other things have you written?

AVERY is my fourth published novel. First I wrote a YA fantasy series (this was the one I started when I was still a teen), then I moved into adult fantasy. Since AVERY I have also published its sequel – THORNE (which was just released last month) – and a sci-fi novel called FURY, which is the first in a new dystopian series called THE CURE.

3. Do you have a happy place where you write and/or brainstorm?

Not really… I do a lot of my brainstorming at night while I’m lying in bed trying to sleep – I can’t ever seem to shut my brain off. I write at my desk, and I work best at night with music playing. I think I could probably write anywhere, really, but it’s good to feel like you’re alone in your own little bubble – especially when you get emotional whilst writing particular scenes.

4. How do you overcome writer’s block?

Writer’s block, for me, is usually just exhaustion and lack of inspiration. So I take a break from writing and instead of outputting, I input. This basically means reading, watching something, going for a walk, socializing etc. And all of this will help to inspire me, which makes it easy to get back into writing. I think if you’re stuck at a particular spot in your novel (or whatever you’re writing) then it’s also wise to take a step back and look at the work as a whole. Think about your characters, the overarching goal, and try to free yourself up a bit. I often find that going back to what you originally loved about the story will inspire you to find that same excitement again.

5. Who is your favourite character to write?

I work hard to make sure that all my main characters are lovely to write. If I’m not enjoying them then they shouldn’t be in the book, or they need serious development. I LOVED writing Thorne (one of the main characters in AVERY) because he has such an incredible transformation over the course of the novel. That’s always the most fun – creating a character and painstakingly pressuring them to change. I love Ava and Ambrose as well, and I also particularly love Josi, who is the protagonist in my sci-fi novel FURY.

6. Do you draw inspiration from real people for your characters or are they completely fictional?

Hmm that’s a bit of a tricky one. I guess in a sense all my inspiration is from what I know – including the people I know – but I never try to take a real person’s personality and put it on paper. Just qualities or traits, here and there. Looking at archetypes and personality types really helps when I want to design a character, often more so than trying to make them too much like real people. The best thing that true personalities teach me is their complexities, and this is something that I always work hard to ensure for a novel.

7. Do you have to make any cuts to your book to keep it from getting too long? (Like deleted scenes.)

Not usually. Especially in fantasy, you can have longer stories. But I tend not to overwrite anyway, so cutting isn’t a big problem for me. Often I find I need to go back through and add in more to make sure the development and pacing is happening at the right times.

8. Are you currently working on any new projects?

I am, yes. After just having released THORNE, I’m now back into my other series, trying to finish the sequel to FURY. I’m so close to the end I can smell it! It’s at this stage that it starts to take over every inch of my brain.

9. What authors inspire you most?

Guy Gavriel Kay, Laini Taylor, Melina Marchetta, Glen Duncan and pierce Brown. Plus loads more.

10. What is/are your favourite books?

Red Rising, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Tigana, Quintana of Charyn, On The Jellico Road, Under the Never Sky, The Last Werewolf, The Scorpio Races, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Princess Bride… The list is endless, I could go on forever.

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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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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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Eleanor
Eleanor by Jason Gurley 
450 pages
Time is a river. 
1985. The death of Eleanor’s twin sister tears her family apart. Her father blames her mother for the accident. When Eleanor’s mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Their wounded family crumbles under the weight of their shared grief.
1993. Eleanor is fourteen years old when it happens for the first time… when she walks through an ordinary door at school and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, but it’s only a curiosity until that day at the cliffs. The day when Eleanor dives… and something rips her out of time itself.
And on the other side, someone is waiting for her.

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About the Author:

Gurley_Jason_3 Jason Gurley is the author of the bestselling novel Greatfall as well as The Man Who Ended the World, the Movement trilogy and Eleanor, a novel thirteen years in the making. His short stories, including The Dark Age, The Caretaker, The Last Rail-Rider and others, appear in his collection Deep Breath Hold Tight: Stories About the End of Everything. He is work has appeared in a number of anthologies, among them David Gatewood’s From the Indie Side and Synchronic and John Joseph Adams’s Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects. Jason is a designer by trade, and has designed book covers for Amazon Publishing, Subterranean Press, Prime Books and many independent authors, among them bestsellers Hugh Howey, Matthew Mather, Russell Blake, Michael Bunker, Ernie Lindsey and others. Jason lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

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Bookish Fashion: Spellcaster

At the end of Spellcaster by Claudia Grey we find Elizabeth, Mateo, and Nadia attending a party on the beach the night before Halloween. After some fairly evil events unfold, the plot’s climax takes place on Halloween night in a large house. Nadia and Elizabeth are, in my opinion, dressed the opposite of what you would think. I would think Nadia would be wearing what Elizabeth has on, and Nadia would be wearing Elizabeth’s dress. Below is my interpretation of what what Nadia and Elizabeth are wearing in the final epic scene of this book.

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