Review: Infinite Time

infinite.pngSave the girl.

Save the day.

Save yourself.
The mission sounds easy enough, but it is anything but easy for Parker Jenkins. Yesterday, ordinary, poverty-stricken Parker was an ordinary high school kid, getting bullied relentlessly and trying to get by. Today, he’s a time traveler with gifted powers expected to carry out the extraordinary. Teaming up with another time traveler, Scarlet, they must save an innocent girl on the run before the villains kill them all. If they don’t, their present-day selves will die. But can the ordinary perform the extraordinary?

Awesome cover… check! Time travel… check! Okay, that’s all the check marks I needed. I saw this book on NetGalley and was immediately interested. And by the time I finished off the story, I absolutely wasn’t disappointed. The story combined so many different awesome elements. There was o much going on here, and it came together really nicely, with a novel that I could never quite guess what was going to happen next. While the opening tagline for this book felt a little “Save the cheerleader, save the world,” the actual story ended up being so much more, and so very awesome!

Parker starts off as fairly cookie-cutter YA charactersbut quickly developed into dynamic, enjoyable character.The world building was really what hooked me here though as the rules of this universe was pretty well thought out. Loved it!


Review: Get a Move On, Neuron!

image5826.gifWhat is the brain, and how does it work?

In famed neurologist Philip R. Kennedy’s book Get a Move On, Neuron!, children are encouraged to be curious, ask questions, and find out how exactly the brain works in a simple, fun, and exciting way. With fun examples and colorful illustrations, kids are taken on a journey as they learn all about neurons.

Intended for children ages 8-12 years old.

Called the “father of the cyborg”, Philip R. Kennedy is a world-renowned neurologist and has been featured in Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Discover magazine, Wired, NPR’s All Things Considered, ABC, Dateline NBC, PBS, and many other news, radio, and television programs.

Get a Move On, Neuron! was a fantastic book aimed at young readers, focusing on learning all about how the brain works, using language and images that make sense for kids (and honestly, helped explain things to me, a not exactly scientific adult). I did find the cover a little cheesy and am not sure it did justice to the contents of the story, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from picking this up.

In a time when parents are realizing more and more just how important it is for their children to be well educated, books like these are exactly what so many of us are looking for. I’ll be sure to recommend this!

Review: Hello Again

hello againA dead lover wants company. Meanwhile, a no-nonsense detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts teams up with a psychic who fears something very evil is stalking its prey. A scientist finds that modern science can’t explain what he’s experiencing.

Bill met the woman of his dreams, but now she’s become his worst nightmare as her text messages become more demanding and threatening. How can he avoid her when she seems to know every step he takes? When high-tech equipment fails to explain the mystery, he finds the only solution might be to meet her face-to-face.

Hello Again combines the spine-tingling tension of a paranormal mystery and the descent into madness of a psychological thriller with a good detective story’s step-by-step approach to finding a killer.

Right from the tagline on the fantastic cover, I was hooked! This was such a riveting story that brilliantly combined some unexpected elements into a page-turning narrative. I was really never sure how the main mystery was going to come together, or that Bill and his companions would necessarily make it to the end. The texts he was getting that drove the central plot were genuinely creepy and did a great job at propelling things forward at a snappy pace that still managed to keep tension high.

I’ll absolutely be recommending this to other mystery lovers in the future.

Review: Cara’s Twelve

cara.pngRaised in the backwater province of Crowthorne, Cara finds her fate bound to a system she despises and a goddess she no longer believes in. When it becomes clear that the heir to the Elbian throne has found disfavor in the eyes of the goddess, Cara is ordained by blood to take her cousin’s place as heir apparent.

One man from each twelve provinces are chosen by the royal council to pledge their lives and swords as champions and consorts of the future queen. From these men, Cara must choose the future king of Elbia. Before she is able to take her place on the throne, Cara and her Twelve must visit each province and perform a sacred ceremony, one that will make Cara question everything she thought was real.

Cara soon realizes that not all of the men who swore to protect her are what they seem, and that there are those who would use her as a tool to gain power.

Cara’s Twelve is a refreshingly different, romantic fantasy story of fair maidens and fearless warriors in a medieval land.

What an incredible story! I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when I picked up Cara’s twelve but Seabrook’s story did not disappoint! The future queen of Elbia is assigned twelve men (one from each part of the country) to be her escorts, and from those twelve she must choose who will be the new King alongside her. Romantic hunger games anyone? Except, it didn’t quite work out that way as there was a lot more depth to this story than what I was originally expecting. It felt almost mythological in scale.

While many elements of Cara’s Twelve are clearly pulled from the author’s imagination, it became so easy to imagine something like this really happening way back when. Both the setting and the characters truly came alive, making it near impossible to put Cara’s Twelve down.


Review: Grand & Humble

humble.pngTwo Teenage Boys, Both at a Crossroads…

Harlan and Manny are both seventeen years old, but they couldn’t be more different. Harlan is an athlete with a beautiful girlfriend, the son of a powerful U.S. Senator, and possibly the most popular kid in his high school. Meanwhile, Manny is a quirky theater geek, the son of a struggling single father, and one of the school’s least popular kids. And yet, Harlan and Manny both share the same sense of foreboding, a feeling that something is not right in each of their lives.

They have something else in common as well, even if they don’t know it. Fourteen years ago, when they were both three years old, a tragedy occurred — an accident that would link the two boys together forever, even as it ultimately drove them apart. It’s an event that both of them barely remember, but it still haunts them in the form of Harlan’s premonitions and Manny’s nightmares. Somehow both boys know that nothing will ever be right until they can each unravel the secret of the terrifying instant that lies at the center of both their lives.

Everything about Grand & Humble was exactly the kind of book I was looking for. There seems to be a big call for thriller type stories in YA but it has been hard to find ones that really engage the right audience. Everything from the cover, to the tone to the central main characters (which is getting harder and harder to find in YA) worked out really nicely and I can absolutely see myself putting this book in the hands of potential readers.

Both Manny and Harlan were interesting characters right off the bat, though Manny was absolutely who I connected with first. And as soon as the tense parts of the story took off it was these two main characters that really kept me turning pages because I cared about figuring out the secrets embedded in their pasts. The vision element of the story was incredibly intense and creepy, and came together in a way that both made sense and still managed to be surprising.

Grand & Humble was genuinely unlike anything I can remember reading before. Highly recommended!

Review: Smoke and Ashes

smoke.pngMontana’s bravest…and hottest

With a mysterious arsonist on the loose in Missoula, fire inspector Kevin Jensen saves more than Heather Sampson’s house. The sexy single father rescues her from an abusive marriage—and discovers his own past failures don’t have to rule his life. Especially when sparks between him and Heather ignite irresistible desire.

But who’s the arsonist? Why target Heather? What’s his shocking motive? When Heather faces off with him in a brutal attack, she needs her “white knight” as much as he needs her. Both have looked into their souls and risked their broken hearts for each other. Now Kevin will have to risk his life and his heart.

While there’s no shortage of great romance stories available for readers nowadays, I think there will always be a soft spot in my heart for Harlequin Romances. Danica Winters latest addition to the Harlequin family did not disappoint. This was such a great mix of steamy romance and well written suspense.

There were a few parts of the novel that were maybe a little predictable, but in no way did that make Kevin and Heather’s story any less enjoyable. I was rooting for the two of them throughout and thought they had great chemistry despite the complicated lives they were both leading. And the actual central mystery of the story absolutely kept me interested throughout!

This was a quick and enjoyable read that will be well enjoyed by Harlequin fans!

Review: Stained Glass Shards

glass.pngWhen a door to love closes, a window opens to new love. This isn’t your traditional romance. A book within a book, “Stained Glass Shards” is a journey—a path filled with love, angst, passion, grief, chemistry, doubts, and twists—of separation and discovery of new love. Two adults, who, in their youth, were once in lust, have grown apart. One wants to move on while the other tries to keep a stranglehold on the past. Do you follow your heart or live in the memories? Elyce Fielding is a freelance writer, who has cut ties with her college friend turned lover, actor Griffin Belanger. After one last tryst, Elyce decides she can no longer continue their sexual relationship. For months, Elyce works on her personal growth by losing the excess weight from years of eating her feelings, changing her aesthetic appearance and style, and publishing her first novel—set to become a feature film. While traveling in California with her new lover and agent, Ritter Thorman, Elyce has a chance encounter with Griffin. Upon seeing Elyce for the first time since her transformation, Griffin vows to win her back by any means possible. Elyce must choose between her first love or her current attentive lover.

While the cover of Stained Glass Shards may not have your standard contemporary cover, but this cover was enough to grab my attention, leading to a story I genuinely enjoyed. I flew through this in less than a day, it was that good!

Elyse and Griffin have a history, making things between them anything but simple. When they wanted different things from one another over a year ago Elyce decided to call things off, but when they reunite everything gets very messy, very quickly. There were absolutely a few points where I wasn’t even sure how I was hoping for things to work out. In the end though, I was really just rooting for Elyce to get the ending she deserved, messy or otherwise. Honestly, I don’t want to say too much because this story is worth discovering for yourself.

Review: To Swim Beneath The Earth

earth.pngMEGAN KIMSEY, born and raised in a small Colorado town on the edge of the La Plata Mountains, grows up haunted by images. Straddling cryptic glimpses of events that foretell her own future, and events remembered from a past in the highlands of Ecuador and Peru more than 400 years before she was born, she must challenge her Catholic upbringing and the stigma of a mental breakdown following a childhood tragedy, before she can strike out on a quest for meaning.

Megan’s journey leads her to South America and an expedition among the remnants of the Inca Empire, and finally, to a wind-swept outcropping high atop Cotopaxi Mountain in search of the frozen child she sees in her dreams. Accompanied by a team of archeologists and an indigenous woman of wisdom who becomes her mentor and guide, Megan must confront her ghosts and claim her own redemption.

It’s been a while since I’ve read some really great literary fiction, so maybe I just picked up To Swim Beneath the Earth at exactly the right time, but I loved this book! The author clearly put a lot of time and effort into creating the best story she could, paying attention to both making the plot of her story and the craft she used to create it as strong as possible.

We follow Megan through an incredible personal journey that also makes for a pretty spectacular adventure that will leave readers wanting to step outside their comfort zones and explore a little more of both the world and themselves.

Review – Liberty


When Santiago is thrust into the farm’s pigsty, Penelope is captivated by Santiago Talbert’s boast, “I plan to sail the Seven Seas.” Together, these extraordinary pigs escape the farm and cross into the land of Liberty, a parallel world where an intelligent human or animal can get ahead. They follow their dream to Boston Harbor, where they try to convince sea captains that pigs can sail. First, though, Santiago learns mapmaking, while Penelope works on the docks loading ships. Eventually Penelope signs onto the Ice King’s crew as he cuts and packs ice to ship to the far-flung corners of the world.

When the fleet of ice ships sails, Penelope and Santiago join the crew of the flagship, captained by Captain Kingsley, the Ice King himself. A massive polar bear, he harbors dark secrets, and the pigs face the shocking truth: they alone can save the friendly sea serpents from the Ice King’s clutches.

From the fascinating world of tall ships comes this unlikely tale of humble pigs who follow their dream. Come and join the Talberts on their journey.

Something about this cover just made me giggle. Right from the get go, Liberty was an entertaining read, perfect for quite a few younger readers. There are so many imaginative elements to fall in love with, and I can easily see this becoming one of those books that kids get obsessed with, wanting to read again and again.

Santiago is  great lead for the story introducing us both to the world he comes from and to Liberty himself. Once he has really teamed up with Penelope, the story gets even better. In shorter works like these, it’s hard to give an in depth review without spoiling too much of the story, and I think this is one that parents may get a kick out of as well.

Happy reading!

Review: Ophelia Adrift

ophelia.pngIn her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village. But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself – ensconced in a rambling house on the beach, with her uncle Sebastian, his boarder – nineteen-year-old Adam Ferrier, and two Great Dane dogs named after shipwrecks. By the ocean’s edge she meets Jack Denham who seems to command the sea and the moon—and if he has his way—Ophelia, too. Next in the series: Ophelia Aground

Ophelia Adrift was an unexpected and surprisingly unputdownable read! Everything from the worldbuilding to the romance was intense from the beginning to the end of the story, making Helen Goltz a new must-watch author for me (and hopefully to those who I’ll be recommending read Ophelia Adrift).

The tagline of “Her first love might be her last” immediately reminded me of The Raven Boys, although that might have been because I’m still a little obsessed with the series. But the dynamic characters that made Stiefvater’s series as incredible as it was are present here as well.Ophelia, Adam and Jack are all people who you’ll end up wishing you could know in real life. I do wish there had been a little more build up to the incredible romance, but I’ll be satisfied as long as we get to see more from these characters later on.

The small, seaside setting was also a great element and one that fueled a lot of the book’s central mystery. There’s a slow build to the plot but things never get stale as we experience the town for the first time. I loved some of the smaller details but would also absolutely love to see more.

Overall I would absolutely recommend Ophelia Adrift to YA lovers, especially those who still live for some of the more traditional tropes. The writing was strong, the characters dynamic and the plot genuinely interesting. What more could a book nerd want?