The Line by J.D. Horn Review

 

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To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South.
Despite being powerless herself, of course.
Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content. But when a series of mishaps—culminating in the death of the Taylor matriarch—leaves a vacuum in the mystical underpinnings of Savannah, she finds herself thrust into a mystery that could shake her family apart…and unleash a darkness the line of Taylor witches has been keeping at bay for generations.

 

I grabbed this book as a Kindle First and was pleasantly surprised. I really struggled to get into it.  The first few chapters were filled with so much information that it almost became a DNF. I powered through, and I’m glad that I did. Talk about a dysfunctional family! They make the Adams family look like the Cleavers.  Mercy is a perfectly flawed protagonist, and I found the old lady in me shaking my head at some of her decisions. Seriously, what were you thinking?

I must emphasize that there is a lot going on throughout this book.  You really have to pay attention to keep up. There are a ton of people bouncing around, dead and alive. Once you get past the gist of everyone, it truly is a great story. There’s a lot of promise in this new author.  I’m looking forward to the future of this series.

-Teri

 

 

Silent Echo by J.R. Rain Review

 

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Not much could drag Jim Booker out of a peaceful, if lonely, retirement and back to late nights, crime scenes, and chases. Jim Booker is done with detective work and would just like to enjoy a cup of coffee on a sunny day. But when an old friend shows up with a case about an old flame, Booker can’t say no.
What starts as a missing persons case soon delivers more than he bargained for, and when Booker’s own past offers clues, it’s clear that no one else can solve this mystery. But there’s a catch: Booker was given six months to live eight months ago.

 

This book was so wonderfully easy to read.  I have read very few death/dying books. After The Fault in Our Stars, I’ve tried to open myself up a bit. There was a bit of repetition in this story, but it didn’t deter me from enjoying it.  I found Booker’s story to be poignant and sweet at many points. The mystery was intriguing, but wasn’t what kept me reading.  I loved Booker and Numi’s relationship, even if Booker wasn’t always the best friend to Numi. Everyone should be so lucky to have such a friend.  If you don’t mind knowing there’s a sad ending in store, give this little gem a read. 

-Teri

 

Poison Princess by Kresley Cole Review

 

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She could save the world—or destroy it.
Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life—until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can’t do either alone.
With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally trust Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

 

There are a couple things that come to mind with this book.

  1. Why did I wait so long to read it??
  2. Agggggghhhhhhhhh…..why did I not check to see if all the books in this series were out yet?

I should have known better.  Now I am waiting, most likely, months for the follow-up. For those like me, you know the wait is excruciating. I’ve already devoured the second book of The Arcana Chronicles. This series is completely out there. Apocalypse, Death (yes, with a capital), teenagers, cannibals, rape and pillage. It sounds sick, but so did 24 kids fighting to the death and that worked out pretty well for everybody.

There are so many characters in this story to love. There are even more you’re going to love to hate. Or maybe change your mind about and grow to love? I won’t give you any spoilers, but things get steamy all over the place. Evie grows into someone I can respect and slightly loathe for her lack of interest in some sexy men. Do yourself a favor and grab this book. Then we can both be agonizing over an ending.

-Teri

 

Top 10 Books I Read in 2013

Sooooo this is going to be Top Ten Wednesday. I’m just a bit behind, but I wanted to list my favorite books of 2013. I’m sure I’ve harped about these already, but sometimes I just can’t stress enough when a book is truly awesome. These are listed in no particular oder.

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Deadly by Sara Shepard
Angelfall by Susan Ee
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Elite by Rachel Van Dyken
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

I can’t wait to see what 2014 holds! Stay safe, everyone.

 

-Teri