Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Book Review - World After (Penryn and the End of Days, Book Two) by Susan Ee




Publication Date: November 19th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


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Here's the Summary:

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans, where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

My Thoughts:

Since this is the sequel to Angelfall, I'm not going to break this one down into my "the good, the bad and the ugly" categories. I'm reading this series because the first book caught my eye, and quite frankly, I fell hard. This series is everything. *pensive sigh*

So let's start with Raffe. If I could pull him from the pages and clone him, I would. I love how beautiful he is. I love how his relationship with Pen is forbidden and angsty. I love how he's a valiant former warrior who's on a mission to get his wings and reputation back. I was rooting for him the whole way through, and I hope Book Three doesn't disappoint in that regard. I hope poor Raffe gets the retribution he deserves!

Then there's the subject of Paige. Sweet, monster-like Paige with her creepy stitches and metal teeth. She's a literal example of how an apocalypse can change someone into a living nightmare, but at least in this book we learn that some form of redemption might be found there. I'll leave it at that so I don't give anything away.

That brings me to Penryn. She was a lot gutsier in this book. Not that she was a timid little thing in the first one, but I definitely noticed a slight character arc with her in Book Two. The circumstances were a lot more dire, and she not only rose to the occasion, she seemed to almost thrive. No wonder she's survived in this environment so long. I almost wonder how she would do if life ever went back to normal. Her family's version of 'normal,' anyway.

Lastly, in this book we get a better glimpse at what the angels have been up to, and let me tell you, to think that they could ever think of humans as a gluttonous and self-centered race makes me want to laugh and choke them out all at the same time. We don't hold a candle to these guys. But what an amazing twist this gives to the way we've always thought of them - noble and protective. It definitely gives us an entertaining and thought-provoking point of view, which is just one of the MANY reasons this series has done so well. 

Okay, enough with the gushing. Off to read Book Three!!!



About the Author:


Susan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Cover Reveal - Lilliana, Novella to the Captivated Series

Happy Memorial Day, my lovelies! Sorry I've been absent lately, but I've been working diligently on the second novella to the Captivated Series - Lilliana. I want to do my second villain of the series justice! And let me tell you, being inside her head for the past few months has kind of consumed me. She's in such a dark place! I think you'll love it ;)

So until September rolls around, here's a little something to hold you over - the cover! Did I mention I love my cover artist?

Love to all
xoxo
SJ


She's the last living LaRoux sister, and she's out for revenge...
Coming September 1st:


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Release Day - Fight for Me!!!

Happy Valentine's Day, my lovelies! The day is finally here! Fight for Me, Book Two of the Captivated Series is available on all retail sites. And guess what? I've decided to extend the promo price of .99 for at least another day or so, so snag your copy below while it lasts :)

xoxo
SJ

Fight for Me: Book Two of The Captivated Series
(Young Adult Paranormal Romance)






Monday, February 8, 2016

Music Crush Monday - Major Lazer ft Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley, and Coldplay

Happy Monday, Angels! As we gear up for the release of Fight for Me this Valentines Day, I wanted to share some songs that go pretty dang perfectly with the novel - Powerful and Fix You. The lyrics in both pretty much sum up the feel of it - Kat and Gabe's connection as well as dealing with loss and change after trauma. Not to mention, Ellie Goulding has telekinesis in the video.... how friggen perfect!!!

So plug your headphones in, turn up the volume and have yourself a little listen :)

xoxo
SJ

Powerful by Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley:




Fix You by Coldplay:


Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Review - The Vale of Ghosts (The Archaust Saga, Book One) by Jeffrey Aaron Miller




Release Date: June 7th 2015
Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Horror
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


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Here's the Summary:

A malevolent presence dwells in the vale below the town of Siliven, and only the relic wall of the prophet Cabrien keeps it at bay. When a local girl, Annella Fenn, learns that her cousin has crossed the relic wall and entered the vale, her curiosity compels her to investigate. In the process, she inadvertently sets in motion events that put the whole town in danger. Now, she works feverishly to undo the damage, but she is dealing with an ancient magic that is far more powerful than she realizes, and the fate of the whole kingdom hangs in the balance.


My Thoughts:

The Good:

The character development. Every single one of Mr, Miller's characters are believable as real living, breathing people, and that's hard to do as an author - make them realistic enough so that they aren't two-dimensional, but not overdoing it and making them caricatures. For example, the POV character, Annella (or Ann), can be curious yet cautious, reckless but considerate, but she isn't overtly any of those things. Boys are attracted to her, but they aren't all fawning all over her, and the fact that there is no insta-love gets major bonus points with me.

Ghosts, ghosts and more ghosts! The book is categorized as fantasy, but in my opinion it's far more paranormal, so fans of either genre will enjoy it. I love both genres equally! So mix together realistic characters, possessions, and the mysteries surrounding the Archaust and its owner, Vyshe (our antagonist), and you've got a truly haunting but entertaining story.

Originality. I can honestly say I've never read a book like this in either the paranormal or the fantasy genres, and that gets points with me, as well!

The writing. Mr. Miller's prose flows well and is an easy read. With some fantasy books the author tries to pack in too many descriptions (and hard-to-pronounce names and places) and  makes it hard to trudge through. I like just enough to insert me into the story; I don't need to read three paragraphs dedicated to a single landscape. I'd just skim over it anyway.

The author 'goes there.' Many times an author doesn't have the gall to kill off a character or have them suffer. Maybe just enough so that the story seems believable. But it takes an author with true grit to really put their characters through hell, and this author does - another reason this is an entertaining book. When you find yourself grimacing, gasping and needing to look away so you can gather yourself before continuing, you know you've found a good read! I will offer a word of caution, though, to those who don't like gore - there are a few scenes with blood and decaying bodies being controlled by the dead.


The Bad:

There really isn't anything bad to say about this book, other than I wish there would have been a tad bit more romance. But that's really just a personal preference. Maybe there will be more in the next books!


The Ugly:

Nothing to say in this category!


In Short: 

This paranormal gem is well-written and wildly captivating. I'm eagerly awaiting book two!


Favorite Quote:

"What's it like?" Ann asked. "Being in the Archaust."
He considered the question. "You feel bad emotions, and you go around and around, and nothing ever gets better. But the more you go around, the more you feel pieces of yourself breaking off."
"Doesn't sound all that different from my life lately," Ann muttered.


About the Author:


Jeffrey Aaron Miller is a 1997 graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, including but not limited to social worker, bus driver, postal carrier, pastor, tire salesman, and content writer, but through it all, he has remained a storyteller. He is the author of numerous novels in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and YA. He resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.

Visit his Amazon page here!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Music Crush Monday - Stand by You by Rachel Platten

Have you ever wanted something to hurry up and be here so bad that you just couldn't friggen stand it?? And I'm not talking about Christmas. lol Though I am looking forward to that too!!! I'm talking about the release of Fight for Me on Valentine's Day 2016. So what have I been doing until then? Editing, editing and more editing to make sure it's as close to my version of perfection as possible until Lana gets a hold of it. And while I'm editing, I love listening to music during the process.

The most recent song that's captured my attention is one that fits perfectly with this novel - Stand by You by Rachel Platten. If you've read Captivate Me and know anything about what happened to our sweet baby angels at Midland Pines High, you know they've been through hell, so what else can they do but stand beside each other in Book Two? Have a little listen below. Also, to pre-order your copy of Fight for Me, find links below that.

Love to all xoxo
SJ




Fight for Me Pre-Order Links
(Young Adult Paranormal Romance)


***On sale for .99 during pre-order. Release Day is Valentine's Day, 2016 ***