Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Review - Moth to a Flame by Micheal Omer




Publication Date: July 3rd 2015
Genre: YA Supernatural Thriller
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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Here's the Summary:

I was almost killed by a delusional murderer five months ago. Since then, the recurring nightmares, creepy hallucinations and overpowering fear are gone. That's good, right? I mean, no one in their right minds wants to feel like that. I am starting to wonder if I'm in my right mind anymore...

When a lady in my neighborhood died, I couldn't help but stick my nose in, to see what happened. I should just get on with things–I've got some new friends, and a cool boy named Chris has taken an interest in me. Everyone is telling me to just leave this weird murder alone.

But I can't stop myself. The more I find out about her death, the more twisted everything is.

I think there’s a predator in Narrowdale. And now it’s hunting me…What have I gotten myself into?


My Thoughts:

The Good:

Let me just start off by saying that I love how this setting has endless possibilities. First, you have a clever girl who is prone to life-threatening idiocy, but only because she's curious and has some sort of abnormal fixation on figuring out why strange things happen and solving murders. THEN, you throw her into a town where strange things repeatedly happen and people get murdered, so you could literally write book after book after book. You're a smart man, Mr. Omer! But the the set-up isn't the only good thing about his books. His POV character Amy is clever and curious (I know, I already said that), hates school and tests like the rest of us (which makes her relatable), is adorably clueless about love and boys, and is actually pretty dang witty. Maybe it's because it's been awhile since I read the first novel in this series, but I feel like her "funny" came out more in this one. I found myself laughing as much as I was wincing or screeching. And yes, I do all those things while I'm reading. My husband and kids and dog can attest to that :)

Another good thing worth mentioning is that Mr. Omer doesn't write predictable stories. In Moth to a Flame, I wasn't able to figure out who the killer was until Amy did. However, I did figure out another big reveal before Amy did, but I almost think it was intentional on the writer's part. I won't say much more than that for fear of giving it away.


The Bad:

There really isn't anything bad to say about this book, other than I still wish we knew more about what Amy and her friends look like. We don't get much more than hair color and body-types or accessories. And I couldn't tell you what her parents look like at all. Perhaps Mr. Omer did describe them (and I'm sure he did), it just didn't stick with me for whatever reason. None of that is really a deal-breaker though.


The Ugly:

Nothing to say in this category!


In Short: 

Moth to a Flame is an excellent sequel to the first. I highly recommend this series!


Favorite Quote:

"How can everyone here be so loud? So cheerful? I want to scream at them to be quiet. I want to hit one of them. I want to kick the back of the seat in front of me. I want to smash the window and jump out. I want to cry. I do none of those things." 


About the Author:



My name is Michael Omer, and I’m a writer, journalist and game designer. I wrote and published my first novel when I was sixteen, and figured I’d keep at it. Since then, I have published two more novels, and wrote… who can even count how many? I’m happily married to a woman who keeps pushing me to write more, and have three kids who insist I should stop writing and come play with them. I also have two dogs.


Visit his Amazon page here!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Tour Day Five and Six - Captivate Me and Fight for Me





Happy Saturday, Angels! Two more days of blog tours have passed, and like all things, it inevitably had to come to an end. :( At least we still have a book release to look forward to, though! Lilliana, a novella to the Captivated Series, will be out in just a few weeks! *squeals* (PS- if you haven't done so already, make sure and sign up for my mailing list so you know when Lilliana has officially been released!)

Until then, check out the reviews below of Captivate Me and Fight for Me. Today's review highlight is from the Books are Love blog: 

"A fascinating and endearing tale of trust and love. One where our decisions have an effect on everything around us and we must learn to deal with them and accept them. A good read that will have you rooting one way or another for Gabe or Levi."


Reviews:

August 19th

August 20th


There's also a giveaway!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Blog Tour Day Three and Four - Captivate Me and Fight for Me





Happy Thursday, Angels! Two more blog tour days have passed, and unfortunately I've been gone on business and am JUST NOW getting around to sharing these awesome reviews with you. But never fear, because I'm going to just go ahead and smush the two days together into one post to make it easier for you. :)

Today's review highlight is from Sascha over at Sascha Darlington's Microcosm Explored:

"The world of Captivate Me immediately drew me in. Pierce writes well and paced the story quickly so that I was immediately drawn into the mysteries and plot twists..."

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Blog Tour Day Two - Captivate Me and Fight for Me






Two days down, four more to go! Today's review highlight is from Merissa over at Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books!

"Extremely well-written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this was an amazing read and I can't wait to continue with this series."

Visit her blog here for the full review: Archaeolibrarian - I dig good books!


Today's Reviews:



There's also a giveaway!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Blog Tour Day One - Captivate Me and Fight for Me





It's that time again, my angels! Captivate Me and Fight for Me are on another blog tour. See below for links to read reviews all around the blog-o-sphere. And, as always, I'll make sure to spotlight my favorite review of the day. Today's review is by Nadine over at am kinda busy reading!  

Here's a highlight: 

"...this is a really well written series, some really good bad guys, really lovely good guys and I have to say an interesting original story line when it comes to Angel Hybrids and Gifted people.

I hope you enjoy these books as much as I did and I do highly recommend them!"


Visit her blog here for the full review: am kinda busy reading!


Today's Reviews:


Make sure and check back tomorrow for more reviews :)


There's also a giveaway!




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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