BOOK REVIEW: STORM SIREN BY MARY WEBER

18806259Title: Storm Siren
Author: Mary Weber
Published: 2014 by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
320 pages
First in the Storm Siren series
Source: Netgalley
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Maria’s thoughts:
Storm Siren is about a seventeen-year-old slave girl named Nym, who has spent most of her life being tossed around from one owner to another, until she was purchased by Adora. Adora had wanted to use Nym only as a weapon to end war, knowing that she was born with a rare elemental ability.

Nym was a fantastic main character. She was a very sweet girl, despite the horrible things that she had done because of her power. As a reader, I loved being able to watch her grow into a confident young woman and learn more about her past. Also, I have to say that Nym’s power was totally interesting to me. Unlike most gifted characters that I read about, Nym’s elemental power was original and refreshing (…not going to give anything away!) Eogan is assigned as her trainer to help her learn to control her abilities, but he is also keeping a secret. I loved Eogans character  from the very beginning and couldn’t help but “root” for him and Nym to be together throughout the entire book.

I feel like the side characters aren’t getting half enough of the attention. In my opinion, Colin and his sister Breck brought a lot to this story. Breck was so cute and funny. She worked as a servant for Adora and was a true friend to Nym. I loved the way Breck talked on the audiobook, her accent always made me laugh and smile. Colin was always there for Nym. He was the sidekick/bestfriend/brotherly figure and never came between her relationship with Eogan (thank goodness).

I began reading Storm Siren as an audio book, but as the story progressed and pulled me in further, I had to switch to my eReader because the audiobook just wasn’t allowing me to get the information fast enough. The more I read, the more Storm Siren had reminded me of the Shatter Me series (in a good way of course!) Both Nym and Juliette were faced with a constant struggle. Both young girls had so much power, and no idea what to do with it. Both were forced to learn to control their abilities. What can I say, I love reading about people with awesome powers! Can’t get enough of it!

I believe that Storm Siren is an excellent novel to draw new readers into the YA fantasy genre. It is fascinating, but not overly complex, and it has magical powers (which I love!)

Storm Siren really surprised me and I can’t wait to see what else Mary Weber comes up with.

I rated Storm Siren 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads. You should definitely check this one out!

Mallory’s thoughts:
Halfway through reading this I found out a lot of people did not want to give this book a chance as it was published by Thomas Nelson (Christian books). Mostly everyone thought it was going to be preachy, but I was shocked to find this was published by a Christian book company as I did not get that vibe from it all.

Nym should not exist. She is a seventeen year old elemental. Something that only boys can be born with and then they are killed immediately. She cannot control it and has been sold through over ten owners because of it. She catches the attention of a court advisor, Adora, who plans to train her and use her as a weapon, whether Nym wants to or not.

I was extremely intrigued after reading only a couple chapters of this. I absolutely love reading about elementals, and the fact that Nym should not even be living made it way more interesting. I loved that she was a slave girl thrown into a world of rich parties and politics. She has a kind heart and I felt myself rooting for her the entire time. I really liked getting to know each character but I mostly liked the interactions between Eogan and Nym. Nothing like a forbidden romance to spice things up. The only thing I wish is that there would have been more world building. I love being able to completely immerse myself in a world and this fell just short. Hopefully there will be a bit more of that in the next book. I did feel a bit lost through the second half of the book, but all in all I was very impressed.

I rated this a 3 out of 5.

A big thanks to Netgalley for this copy.

And make sure to check out Mary Weber. She is super awesome and interacts with her readers!
Website: mchristineweber.com
Twitter: @mchristineweber
Instagram: @maryweberauthor

WWW WEDNESDAY (#3)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading

To play along just answer the following three questions
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
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I am currently reading book eleven in the Saga of Darren Shan series by Darren Shan, Lord of the Shadows (click here to find it on Goodreads). I recently finished book ten, The Lake of Souls (click here to find it on Goodreads). And next I plan on picking up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (click here to find it on Goodreads).

Let me know what you guys are reading.
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THE TAYLOR SWIFT BOOK TAG

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1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together:
Pick a book (or book series) that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Maria: The house of night series by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. In high school I really got into this book series, but I grew really tired of it and will probably never pick up the rest of the books.

Mallory: The House of Night series by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. I can’t believe I got seven books into this series.

2. Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.
Maria: Allegiant! I was trying to be more creative and pick something different but I just can’t. This series is amazing.

Mallory: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. My favorite ❤

3. The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.
 Maria : Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This book series got me into reading and i loved it. Thinking about the good old Twilight days always makes me happy 🙂

Mallory: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. My mom used to read this to me and my sister at Christmastime before we went to bed.

4. Love Story: Pick a book with forbidden love.
Maria: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. This might not count as forbidden love, but if you have read this book then you know that dating Corbin’s sister was definitely always off limits. I am so in love with this story.

Mallory: Matched by Ally Condie.

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.
Maria: Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. He isn’t necessarily a bad character, but he is kind of an asshole sometimes.

Mallory: Dexter from the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay.

6. Innocent: Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.
Maria: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I can’t remember how, or by who…

Mallory: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Damn clients.

7. Everything has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.
Maria : Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Mallory: Arya Stark from the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release.
Maria: The Heart of Betrayal (#2 The Remnant Chronicles) by Mary E. Pearson.

Mallory: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. Ugh is it out yet?

9. Forever and Always: Pick your favourite book couple.
Maria: My new favorite: Mara and Noah from the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin!

Mallory: Probably Katy and Daemon from the Lux series. But I just want to throw in that I’ll never stop loving Bella and Edward.

10. Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.
Maria: Well, I already lost my Hunger Games book because of lending it out so much, so if I ever get a new copy – it will not be leaving my sight.

Mallory: I don’t like lending my books out, I have lending issues!

FRIDAY READS (#10)

Well I have switched jobs and now unfortunately I work Friday, Saturday and Sundays. So probably not much reading for me, but come Monday I will be getting lots done!

Right now I am almost finished with Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (click here to find it on Goodreads), and I am adoring it! Maria and I will be discussing this one with Marissa and Mackenzie! This is my second Colleen Hoover novel and now I can’t wait to read the rest of her books!

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I’m torn on what I should read next so maybe you guys should help me decide. I’m torn between Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Vote in the comments to let me know which one I should read!

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Happy weekend reading!
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COVER REVEAL: RED CARPET DAY JOB BY TASHA COTTER

elegant womanThe cover for Red Carpet Day Job by Tasha Cotter (click here to find it on Goodreads) has finally been revealed. And can we just talk about how beautiful it is for a minute? The colors are absolutely gorgeous, as well as the font. We are absolutely loving this cover! This book is expected to be published in February of 2015 by BookFish Books, so if you love new adult and romance, this will be the perfect Valentine’s read for you!

About the book:
Most of the working-class secretaries in New York City don’t spend their mornings wrestling skirts from beneath roosting chickens or cleaning egg yolk off their heels. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to her boyfriend, Scott, and the organic egg business he runs out of her 5th floor walk-up. Though they’ve been dating since high school, Scott no longer pulls his weight in the relationship—financially or emotionally. Sophie’s ready to send him, and his chickens, packing.

The day she breaks up with Scott, Sophie’s boss introduces her to the firm’s new client, Nick Jackson—the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. Sophie can’t believe her luck when her boss volunteers her to be Nick’s date for a red carpet award ceremony that same night. Freshly single, Sophie tries to keep things in perspective as her “work event” leads to a budding romance. She didn’t expect to like Nick, and she certainly didn’t expect him to like her.

When her dream job lands in her lap, Sophie rejoices that her hard work has finally paid off. But she soon learns that it may have been Nick’s influence that opened the doors and created the opportunities that she would rather have earned for herself.

Nick’s hectic schedule, the persistent leading ladies with whom he works, and Sophie’s own promotion and career ambitions further complicate their fairy-tale romance. Can Nick and Sophie make their love last, or will their relationship be more like the paparazzi’s camera flashes—fast, bright, and fading?

Author Tasha Cotter_Pic1-1About the author:
Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press) and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press). A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.tashacotter.com or on twitter @TashCotter.

Absolutely cannot wait to get our hands on this book!

BOOK REVIEW: THIS IS SARAH BY ALLY MALINENKO

22360316Title: This is Sarah
Author: Ally Malinenko
Published: 2014 by BookFish Books
169 pages
Source: Author
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Maria’s thoughts:
In this story, we follow Colin as he deals with the trauma of losing his girlfriend, Sarah. On May 12th, Sarah was supposed to be going to a party with her best friend Jenna, but she never arrived. That is when Colin began calling Sarah’s phone. He called her over and over and over again, praying that his beloved girlfriend would be alright.

They never did find Sarah.

But Colin never stopped calling.

One year after Sarah went missing, there was a voice on the other end of the phone.

This gave Colin hope.

He never gave up on Sarah.

Everyone thought he was crazy.

I could feel Colin’s pain. He never gave up on finding Sarah. He became obsessed with the idea of her and with leaving numerous messages on her cell phone. He couldn’t accept that over a year later, she wouldn’t be coming home. Poor Colin just couldn’t find enough closure to move on.

I couldn’t imagine going through something like that and having so many people against me. Ally Malienko illustrated the grieving process in great detail. It was interesting, though so sad, to read about this boy going through so much anger and denial.

Even I was hopeful! How great would it be for this girl to come back into his life, to save him from the depression he was feeling? But she doesn’t magically appear, because this story is very real. In reality, when people go missing for over a year, they probably aren’t coming back. It’s a terrible thing to experience, but it is written wonderfully. Colin’s emotions are very realistic, as well as his love for Sarah.

Did I forget to mention Claire? As much as I loved Colin, I had a really hard time connecting with Sarah’s sister Claire. I just wanted to keep reading about Colin. I’m not really sure why. I don’t think I liked the fact that Claire was so jealous of her sister, even though I know this is a normal thing. I just found it weird that she was basically obsessed with her sister’s life and wanted to steal her boyfriend. It sounds bad, but I didn’t feel like she went through as much pain as Colin did – and she was her SISTER. I did feel bad for her with what happened to their parents though. In the end, she just kind of frustrated me. I know why it ended that way, but my reaction was: UGH CLAIRE.

I read This is Sarah in just one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. In the very first chapter, I was hooked. I became completely invested in the story and I really did care for the main character. This is a book that will make you FEEL. It is so true to life. It really is a beautiful story and I highly recommend it. I really loved this book and gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Mallory’s thoughts:
Sarah Evans is still in high school when she left home to go to a party one night and never returned. Told over the span of just over a year, each chapter is told through the perspective of either Colin, Sarah’s boyfriend, or Claire, Sarah’s younger sister. Colin is having a hard time dealing with Sarah’s disappearance. He calls her cell phone multiple times every single day. And then a year after her disappearance something happens. Instead of ringing off into nothing, Sarah’s answering machine comes on. Colin is determined to figure out what happened to Sarah. He continues to believe that she is still alive, even though they found her shirt: torn and her car: abandoned. And never once could they locate or track her cell phone. A heartbreaking novel told from two different perspectives of people mourning in different ways. This is Sarah will definitely keep you wondering, what happened to Sarah Evans?

The concept of this book is really fabulous. A great look at how something tragic can affect so many people in different ways. I felt myself really enjoying both Colin and Claire’s point of views. I liked the characters just as much as I really felt for them as they were going through a hard time. Colin’s parents put him into therapy and he doesn’t feel like it is doing much good. Claire simply tries getting over everything on her own. I enjoyed Colin’s chapters a little more but I always like getting multiple perspectives throughout books.

I’m docking a star for two simple reasons. Number one, I predicted the end of the story from very early on. And number two, I was really hoping we would find out what happened to Sarah. I know this isn’t really the point of the story, that the grieving and real life feel is supposed to be more the point, but I wanted the satisfaction of the conclusion of what happened to her. It was such a great mystery through the whole book, only to find out it remains a mystery forever.

I very highly recommend this book. Although it has heavy and heartbreaking content, it is a fast and enjoyable read. I finished this in two sittings.

A very easy 4/5 star rating.

A big thanks to the author, Ally Malinenko, for providing us a copy of the book. Make sure you go check her out!
Website: allymalinenko.com
Twitter: @allymalinenko