Torn, Book Two of The Trylle Series, By Amanda Hocking

“When Wendy Everly first discovered the truth about herself- that she’s a changeling switched at birth- she knew her life would never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story… Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything- and everybody- she’s ever wanted… in both worlds.”

Amanda Hocking’s second book in this wonderful trilogy is very captivating and beautifully written. Because I got the first two books in the series at the same time, I couldn’t help but to instantly pick up book two and start reading as soon as I finished Switched. That’s how much I love the series. Some series are a let-down after book one, but not this story, Torn delivered and left me hungering for more.

Torn between her loyalties, past and future, her heart and what is expected of her, Wendy is lost and makes so many difficult decisions, proving she is such a strong and compassionate heroine. I love her personality and ability to deal with anything that is thrown at her.

Switched and Torn were wonderful intros into the world of the Trylle, but the conclusion is soon to come in Ascend, the final book in the trilogy. I am eagerly awaiting its arrival so that I can find out how it all ends.

Delightful Readings 🙂

Sherri

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Prophecy of the Sisters, Book One, By Michelle Zink

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Prophecy of the Sisters is about a legacy of twin girls born every generation from angelic descendants. Alice and Amalia are the most recent of these twins, but nothing is as it seems. Both girls are not as close as you’d think they’d be, if only because of this prophecy. It has driven sisters apart and set them against each other for centuries.

Lia has no idea about any of this, until the night her father dies. That’s when everything starts to unravel. Strange things have happened in the past, but for her this is the strangest thing to happen and now she’s curious as to how and why her father was killed.

An extraordinary read and suspenseful, I was glad to have picked it up at the local library on a whim, along with the sequels to it. It will keep you hanging on until the very last word.

Joyful Readings 🙂

Sherri

The Lucky One, By Nicholas Sparks

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I actually saw the preview for this movie before I decided to read the book. I decided to pick it up because it looked like another good Nicholas Sparks book. The Lucky One is about a soldier who is almost killed at least half a dozen times, but is always saved by luck. Not just any luck though, a lucky picture he found when he was first deployed. After his tours he travels across the United States, by foot, with his ever-present companion, Zeus, a loyal german shepherd. In his travels he finds peace within himself that he hasn’t had for years due to his near-death experiences.

 

The tale of a man who trusts his instincts, a wary woman who doesn’t trust easily, and a haunting past all wrapped up into an unforgettable tale of passion. My first read by Nicholas Sparks and a good choice to start with his works. Though it definitely won’t be my last read of his.

Happy Readings 🙂

Sherri

Heathen Girls, by Luanne Jones

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“Live without limits. Love without questions. Laugh without apologies. And make sure that whoever dies first won’t be sent to heaven looking like hell!”

This is the vow three George cousins take as children. Charma Deane George Parker, youngest of the three has had it bad: fiancé stolen by her most beloved cousin Bess, is left out of the loop when her mother dies, and now has to deal with a family crisis. Bess Halloway, the eldest of these three girls, is causing all hell to break loose just so she can protect those she loves, even though it only seems like she’s trying to destroy it all. Minami “Minnie” Annette George Raynes is the peacemaker of the trio and loves them all with an intensity and understanding that makes you wish it were pointed at you.

With so little age difference between the gals, growing up at the “Aunt Farm,” and being raised by some women with spitfire personalities, these women have bonds that keep them together even through the toughest circumstances or the painful betrayals. Everything Southern enclosed in this wonderfully written book, it made me remember a movie thats been a favorite of mine from ever since I could remember, The Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

This book just stood out on the shelf at me when I was at the library. It said, “You will read me and love me.” It was right. I fell in love with the story and the characters right away. The characters portray Southern women beautifully, the setting was perfectly drawn out, and the tragedies were captivating. I mentioned T.D.S.O.T.Y.Y.S. for a reason. The movie has been a favorite of mine for years, it was so encompassing with love and friendships and heartbreak all around, but in the end everything becomes as good as it can get. Yes, I think another reason why I loved this book was because it was similar to T.D.S.O.T.Y.Y.S., but it has its own reasons for becoming a great novel to me. It put me right in Charma Deane’s head, her life, her fears, her risks, and her regrets. When Charme Deane was upset, so was I. When she was outraged, I wasn’t far behind. Whenever she cried, I cried right along with her.

This novel is a beautiful encasement of the South. I lived in the South for awhile as a young child so it’ll always be connected to me. Because of this, Heathen Girls will always be a specially loved reminder of where I came from.

My next review will be on Gene of Isis by Traci Harding, book one in The Mystique Trilogy.

Best of Reading 🙂
Sherri

My Soul To Keep, Soul Screamers series book #3, by Rachel Vincent

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The whole thing started with a wasted jock and a totaled car. Or so I thought. But as usual, the truth was a bit more complicated….

The first three sentences of the novel and already I was hooked. I got the first book in this series, My Soul To Take, right off the printer in 2009 from a book panel I had joined. So, thank you Harlequin Teen Panel for getting me addicted to this series, along with firsthand looks at other books waiting to be published.

•••WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT•••

You have been forewarned, because I know this is a review I’ll rant and rave about the book on. That’s just how much I’m into the only bean sidhe (banshee) book series I’ve found so far.

For most of Kaylee’s life she had little contact with her dad, knew her mother was dead, and she was put in a mental ward for having uncontrollable screaming fits when she hit high school. Turns out, those screaming fits come with her ancestry, yes her family heirloom passed down to her is an earsplitting scream that deafens everyone but the males of her species. They think of it as music from heaven. She didn’t know any of this came with being Kaylee Cavanaugh, until the day she meets Nash face-to-face for the first time. Turns out one of the school’s football players knows exactly what she is because he’s one too, a bean sidhe. That was three months or so ago, this is now…

*I’d warn you to stop reading now if you haven’t read the series and don’t want it ruined, just saying…*

Once again Kaylee is caught up in a whirlwind of Netherworld trouble. Avari is back, and the hellion of greed wants Kaylee. She’s been in his sights ever since she helped Tod’s ex-girlfriend, Addison, save her younger sister. There’s a Netherworld substance that is lethally deadly to humans and highly addictive all around. Not only do two of Nash’s friends become users of this “frost”, but Nash is a secret user as well. Scott Carter, Nash Hudson, and Doug Fuller are all tied together one way or another. Scott’s dating Kaylee’s cousin, Nash is dating Kaylee, and Doug is dating Emma Marshall, Kaylee’s best friend. Not only are these three guys on the football team together, they also get their deadly “frost” from the same source… Avari the hellion. Can Kaylee save her friends, family, and the boy she loves while hoping everything will still be there for her when it’s all over?

Alright, now here comes my ranting and raving. I swear this series and I have a love-hate kind of relationship. I love the plot twists and how its so mind-boggling good, but then I get so caught up in the emotions the book throws out at you from Kaylee, and I want to be the one who knocks Sophie unconcious just because she had it coming to her or to punch Nash in the jaw because I always knew he would turn out to be an asshole. See? It’s such an innovative and wonderful story, that I get so caught in it and never want to leave, but then I read the last page and I’m so mad about it being over, yet at the same time I get all worked up and excited about the next book in the series.

I definitely cannot wait to get my hands on the fourth book, My Soul To Steal. Alas, the next book to expect a review on is Heathen Girls by Luanne Jones.

Happy reading y’all 🙂
Sherri

Red Dress Walking, by S.A. Jones

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The dress haunts my steps. Flashes of red on the street mesmerise me. I am alive to red cars, red shoes, and the red of Suella’s lipstick. It is silken laudanum that has thrown a distorting film over everything. The dress flutters through my dream life like a taunting red banner.

•••WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT•••

That is the short excerpt given on the back cover of Red Dress Walking. As the book says, it’s a thought-provoking novel on love and desire, identity and life, how we view beauty, men and women, breakdowns and break-ups, close friendships, and how literature can change our lives.

Will and Emily have a beautiful life: friends who have their backs, family that adore them, and of course each other. Well barring a few exceptions for Will’s friends and Emily’s family. They come from different backgrounds and seem to be complete opposites, but as they say, opposites attract. He’s an engineer who loves the social life, and she’s a bookworm who wouldn’t mind being left alone in her own world of visions.

Although they couldn’t be any more different, they get along so extremely well that they think everything seems to just fine… but not for long. When Will thinks it’s time to commit, it all goes downhill. He buys the fateful dress that brings their entire world crashing down around them.

At first I thought it was a slow read but then I started piecing things together, and I kept reading. I have got to say, this book is now one of my favorites because of its intensity and realisticness. I could relate with Emily on many different levels whereas theres certain things I could relate to Will with. All in all it had me thinking of my past relationships and it gave me a glimpse of what to fight for when it feels like I have everything I need in my life.

Until next time, have a great read y’all 🙂

Sherri