The Curious Tale of Gabrielle by Zachary Paul Chopchinski

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by Zachary Paul Chopchinski

Book Summary:

A young Gabrielle is driven by her will to explore and see new things. She cannot stop or rest until all within her reach has been experienced and explored. Driven by an astounding will and lack of common fear, she finds herself able to face things most adults might fall before. Yet has there been a journey that has been meant specifically for her all along? Is there a path that has been created just for her to travel?

Follow Gabrielle as she ventures through the lives of many with the experience of only her own. What will happen as she discovers the lives—and tragedies—of the souls who choose her to see their story? It’s a journey through history, life, and love unlike anything that could be imagined—except perhaps by a young girl.

*I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

My Review:

Let’s start with Gabrielle herself.  She is a curiosity ridden 13 year old who is intelligent and when she should be scared shows how bold she can be.  Since her mother works late nights and her father has passed she is pretty much taking care of herself and for any thirteen year old that can be hard. When she wanders into Alexandria’s shop on her birthday her whole world changes.  Gabrielle is given a bracelet that will transporter her through the lives of the previous owners.

This is a well developed story that draws you in and the characters compliment each other well and it’s perfect for the targeted age range. Which is middle grade, young adult.

I will admit that at first I had a little trouble with the writing and some of the sentences felt like they were run-ons, but once you get into the flow it’s a really good story. This is the first in the series so be prepared for a cliffhanger at the end.  Remember I did say we were going thru the lives of the previous owners of the bracelets, so there are definitely more tales to tell. temp-4

 

 

 

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Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

We first posted Finding Cinderella in November of 2013.  It’s a great Novella Thursday and I hope you enjoy reading this again.

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By Colleen Hoover

Book Summary:

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love has conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

My Review:

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. But Daniel soon realizes that fairytales don’t exist, and unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

This is not your typical fairy tale.  Boy meets girls in janitor closet at school.  Girl doesn’t have a great reputation and is tired of boys treating her badly, so what does she do.  She has sex with a boy that she can’t even see his face and pretends with him that it is love. He calls her his Cinderella in his attempt to be romantic. She tells him she doesn’t want to know how he is because she is moving away and this is there one special moment.

Fast forward to the future and it’s a year later.  Six is back in her home town after a year of study in Italy, but things over there were not all they should have been.  She left behind the most important boy in her life, but how does she let anyone know, especially when she meets Daniel.  He is a boy just like her and who she feels an instant connection with. They seem perfect for each other in every way. But her secret could tare them apart (sorry I won’t give that little secret away).

This book was well written and I did enjoy the characters.  Six is not your typical prissy girl.  She has four brothers and isn’t afraid to get dirty. Daniel is quirky and says what he is thinking.  He has been trying to find his Cinderella ever since there encounter in the closet. While I feel the very beginning (Janitors closet, need I say more) is not how you picture meeting the love of your life, the rest of the book makes up for it. It was funny and sad and enjoyable. I for one would definitely read more books about these two characters.temp-4

 

 

 

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The Girl Who Went Missing by Ace Varkey

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Book Summary:

When June Warner arrives in India to visit her sister Thalia, a trip to take her mind off her jilted engagement, she is greeted by the bright hot chaos of Mumbai but not her sister. She goes to the YMCA where Thalia is staying, only to find that she is not there.

Convinced that Thalia’s no-show is a sign that she is in danger, June begins a desperate search for her younger sister.

Police Commissioner Oscar D’Costa, scarred by the tragedies of his past, swears he will never again ignore his gut instinct when it comes to a missing girl. And with more and more dead foreign women being found in his precinct, he becomes convinced a conspiracy is at play.

Through the two worlds of American naiveté and Indian chaos, they must find the girl who went missing.

*I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review*

My Review:

Set in the world of Mumbai, India this is a fast paced story.  June has been left by her fiance and has traveled to India per her sisters insistence.  Thalia is there doing her dissertation on the temples of India.  So when June gets there and Thalia is no where around she isn’t sure if she should panic or if Thalia has just gone off to do some work.  It quickly becomes clear that something more is wrong and with the help of Commissioner D’Costa they set out to find Thalia.

The world of Mambai is portrayed in a very real way. From the crazy traffic, to the people, to the very real world of sex trafficking.  You feel like you are there with June going thru everything. We are introduced to a variety of different characters but this doesn’t make it confusing.  The writing is very well done and for a debut  novel it’s really good.

Ace Varkey takes you on a rollercoaster ride in this thrilling new novel and I can’t wait for another novel from this new author. temp-4

 

 

 

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Perfect Cover by Mark McGinn

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by Mark McGinn

Book Summary:

Henry Peters hasn’t got much to boast about. He’s not showy, has average intelligence, and he’s definitely not a big-noter. Living in Christchurch suburbia with his wife, teaching overseas students in a private training establishment, Henry likes his students and he likes them dead, once he’s done. He used to head the science department. Not now. He sought and missed out on a promotion to deputy CEO. He feels his wife’s disappointment in him. Then a 7.1 earthquake strikes the city damaging his old work premises. Suddenly, Henry’s in the light and people need his help. But no one knows his secret and, more importantly, he needs to make sure they stay in the dark.

A chilling short story about a serial killer that has you looking sideways at your neighbour!

My Review:

Talk about your twists and turns.  This short story will keep you turning pages.  It’s creepy and real and makes you think.

Henry is a quiet well bread man who has a sinister side.  When he is called to help after the earthquake he knows he must get to Abby first so his secrets aren’t revealed.

This book send chills up your spine and draws you into this serial killers world.  If your looking for something horrifying, with a great chill factor then you might want to check it out. temp-4

 

 

 

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Red by Alyxandra Harvey

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by Alyxandra Harvey

Book Summary: 

Bad girls burn hot…
Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.
It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.
When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.
Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.
But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…
My Review: 
This is my first book by Alyxandra Harvey and I was impressed. The writing was very good and the story drew me in and kept me reading; all through the night in fact. Think Little Red Riding hood meets the big bad wolf, but in a completely different way and not at all what you expect.
Kia is your typical misunderstood teenager.  But unlike other kids her age she is a firestarter and she doesn’t know how to control it. Her father sends her to live with her Grandmother at the Blackwood estate.  There she finds a strange world full of rules she doesn’t understand and happenings that don’t get explained to her.  So like any person would when shrouded in secrecy she starts trying to figure out what is going on.
Then there is Ethan.  He is the brooding, poor rich boy who is the heir to Blackwood.  Turns out he does have a very hard life.  His father and the parents of some of his friends have gotten involved in the Cabal.  The woods surrounding Blackwood are full of magical creatures and Ethan is one of those tasked with keeping them in check.
When Kia finds out everything that is going on things take a turn and surprises arise everywhere.  If your looking for a good paranormal YA Romance then this is it.   Jessica signature
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Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell

We first posted this review in 2013.  As one of our most popular Novella Thursday posts we thought you would enjoy reading it again.

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by Jamie Campbell

Book  summary:

History is told from one person’s perspective. Sometimes they don’t get it right.

Ugly Stepsister Anna has wrongly been accused of being mean and evil. Now it is time she got the opportunity to tell her side of the story.

With Cinderella so perfect and wonderful, it is no wonder Anna feels ugly in comparison. Dealing with bullies, a grumpy mother and the death of her step-father, Anna is at her wits end.

When the Prince’s ball approaches, Anna is told she must find a husband to save the family fortune. Attending with her sisters, the sulky Prince Charming only has eyes for Cinderella.

With the burden of being the only one to unite her step-sister with the Prince, will Anna act as cupid? Or will she protect Cinderella from the arrogant Charming?

A charming twist to the story of Cinderella, told completely from the point of view of the Ugly Step-Sister.

My Review:

What an interesting take on a classic fairy tale.  This is Cinderella’s tale told from Anastasia’s point of view.  As with life it’s a different story when someone else tells it, from Cinderella doing the cleaning to keep her mind off of her father to her dress arriving in tatters and not being ruined by her step mother.

I love how much Anastasia hates the Prince and thinks he is arrogant. It was a quick read and I recommend it for anyone who likes fairy tales. Overall one of the best short stories I have read.temp-4

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Matched by Ally Condie

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by Ally Condie

Book Summary:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Review:

In the Society your freedom of choice is gone.  Based on your data they choose who you should marry, what you should be, even what foods you should eat for maximum health.  Cassia grew up in this society so like most people she trusts what she knows.  When she is matched with Xander she is excited because they are best friends and it’s very comfortable.  It’s later when she finally when she learns the system is being manipulated that she starts too question everything. Is Xander her match or is it Ky.

Xander is a nice person.  He is very Society and knows what is expected of him.  He is on a path that could put him higher ranking in the Society.  He is safe and comfortable for Cassia.

Ky is not safe.  He has secrets and the more Cassia talks with him the more she falls in love. But they face the Society rules and their need to control every aspect of your life.

There were times I just wanted to scream at the book “What are you allowing these people to do to you!!”  The Society has gone to far.  Their need for perfection has made it so basic human rights are not being met.  With arranged marriages and deciding what someone can wear and eat it’s almost as though with moving forward, they have gone back in time.

While this is very much about the Society and fighting back to take control of your own life this is also a romance.  It’s about the need to love who you choose.  It’s a story that pulls you in and keeps you reading.temp-4

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Hunter Born by L.M. Justus

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Hunter Born

by L.M. Justus

Book Summary:

If a vampire destroyed your life, would you give up or fight back?

Trudy’s life is looking up, and she suspects her boyfriend is about to propose marriage. Then the unthinkable happens, tragedy strikes, and her world spins into darkness. Now Trudy has to make a decision: succumb to her misery and give up, or train to fight the monsters that ruined her life.

Find out if Trudy has what it takes to embrace her new destiny in this short story companion to the Darkness Trilogy. HUNTER BORN can be read on its own or as a supplement to the trilogy.

My Review:

This book explores How a Vampire Hunter comes to be.  When Elizabeth shows up at Trudy’s door months after the worst night of her life she is still recovering. But she knows she has survived a vampire attach and she is ready to fight back.

Our trio of survivors each have there own story, but Trudy is the one we focus on in Hunter Born.  She is a strong woman who has just lived threw a hellish ordeal and needs to find a purpose to it all.  Trudy is a minor character in the first novel in L. M. Justus’s Welcome to the Darkness.

This short story was fast paced and well laid out. It’s a great introduction to this author and I look forward to picking up the first book in the Darkness Trilogy. temp-4

 

 

 

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Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs

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by Chloe Jacobs

Book Summary: 

Once upon a dark time…

Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she’s managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…

To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King’s life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.

Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

Book Review:

We are once again thrown into the incredible world of Mylena that the author has created.  She picks up where book one left off.  Greta has just defeated Agramon and is tucked up safely inside Isaac’s castle.  But the battle has left her with an inner dark magic that seems to come out when ever she is stressed or feels she or the people she loves are in danger.  However, she is still the same Greta.  She is fiercely independent and stubborn.  Her strong headed behavior may get her into some of her situations.

Isaac is the same lovable Goblin King, if not with a little bit softer side.  His love for Greta is strong and his need to keep her safe drives him. He wants his people to accept her and understand that she is here to stay.

The story takes many twists and turn as you would expect.  They travel to the Glass Kingdom where we finally meet the Faeries. Their journey doesn’t end without some tragedy and at points I wanted to throw my kindle across the room.  It was an excellent follow up to Greta and the Goblin King and we are left with one of the most unexpected endings and a huge cliff hanger.  Lefts hope it isn’t another two years for the final book in this exciting series.  temp-4

 

 

 

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About the Author:

chloe jacobsChloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she’d at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.

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The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

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by Sara Blaedel

Book Summary:

In a forest in Denmark, a ranger discovers the fresh corpse of an unidentified woman. A large scar on one side of her face should make the identification easy, but nobody has reported her missing. After four days, Louise Rick-the new commander of the Missing Persons Department-is still without answers. But when she releases a photo to the media, an older woman phones to say that she recognizes the woman as Lisemette, a child she once cared for in the state mental institution many years ago. Lisemette, like the other children in the institution, was abandoned by her family and branded a “forgotten girl.” But Louise soon discovers something more disturbing: Lisemette had a twin, and both girls were issued death certificates over 30 years ago. As the investigation brings Louise closer to her childhood home, she uncovers more crimes that were committed-and hidden-in the forest, and finds a terrible link to her own past that has been carefully concealed.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

My Review:

When I picked up this book I didn’t realize it was part of a series.  Not that you need to have read the others to read this one, but I was intrigued enough with the story to check into the other stories the Sara Blaedel has written. And if it’s any indication I will be reading more of her tales.

Louise Rick is a strong character.  She is newly in-charge of the Missing Persons Department and she is determined to fully finish her first case. Her interactions with the people around her are guarded.  She is a hard worker and pushes herself.

The case itself has so many twists and turns along the way and when it all comes to a conclusion you will be shocked.  With out giving anything away I found myself repulsed by the chain of events that took these girls from there home to the institution and then eventually to the end.

Along with the twists of this investigation is Louise’s newest partner Eik.  The two have a good re-pore despite the initial meeting. As they work through the case together and get to know each other the chemistry is evident and the end leaves possibilities for more.

Keep in mind when you are reading this book it has been translated into English and some of the wording may be a little different then what you are used to.  It is well worth the read and  a try mystery.Jessica signature

 

 

 

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