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review 2015-06-04 18:07
Review: Days Like This by Danielle Ellison
Days Like This (A Landslide Novel) - Danielle Ellison

When I read the synopsis, I was very excited to dive into the story. A bipolar mom, a boy next door fiance' and a girl running from her problems, all sounded like a great story line. Unfortunately this book fell flat for me in a lot of ways. Let me explain.

 

Cassie and Graham never developed as characters for me. If I'm being totally honest, they annoyed me for most of the book. Aside from superficial top layer emotions we never really got to know them as individuals or as a couple. The author tried to create the tension of a second chance love, but never explained their connection beside the artificial "love the way he looks at me" or "I just can't resist her" which to me seems like a naive view of love (more like lust).

 

I did enjoy the way that the treatment of Cassie's mom's disorder was addressed in the book. Mental illness tends to get glossed over in a lot of stories but Ellison did a great job incorporating the trauma it caused, and the healing process between Cassie and her mom. Therapy, medication and support are so important to treatment and it was refreshing to have a story that actually addressed these very real issues.

 

This was not a lighthearted, happy romance book so if you're looking for a light read, I would not recommend this. There is a lot of angst and regret between Graham and Cassie and it lasts all the way up to the end. If you enjoy delving into some more serious topics in your romance, I would recommend this.

 

 *I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion*

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review 2014-10-25 09:40
Follow me through Darkness - review.
Follow Me Through Darkness - Danielle Ellison

Publication Date: Available now from Spencer Hill Press.

 

Source: Netgalley

 

The truth won't always set you free.
Less than a year ago, Neely Ambrose’s biggest worry was having the freedom to follow a path that wasn't chosen for her.
Less than a year ago, she believed she could trust the Elders who said they had everyone’s best interest at heart and who said they were keeping them safe from the outside.
Sixty days ago, she discovered what they had planned for everyone she loved—and that all of it centered around her.
 

 

One of my favourite things to do is start a new YA series -  and "Follow me through Darkness" by Danielle Ellison turned out to be one of the best for me of the last year, extremely readable, very well constructed and some great characters to follow along with.

 

When we first meet Neely she is on a journey through a dark underground tunnel and the story immediately draws you in, making you eager to find out what she is doing there and why. Using present time and flashback to various times in her life a picture slowly starts to build of life in a compound, protected from the outside ravaged world, yet hinting that the greatest danger may well lie within...

 

There are various levels to the tale, it is definitely an adventure, kind of a YA Road movie in novel form, as we follow Neely on her travels - there is also romance and intrigue and some particularly excellent world building that will keep you turning the pages, indeed I read the first half of this in one sitting.

 

The tension slowly building, as the clock counts down (you'll have to read to find out why), it flows along at a pitch perfect pace giving you hints of what is to come - and the ending will leave you wanting more immediately.

 

One thing I did REALLY like about this one was the romance angle, which can be fairly generic in tales of this kind. In this case however, whilst Danielle Ellison has given us the YA "love triangle" in one sense, she has put a little twist on it that gave it a definite edge for me and made it much more engaging and fascinating overall.

 

Well written and addictive, I would definitely highly recommend this for fans of the YA Dystopia genre.

 

Happy Reading Folks!

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text 2014-08-31 00:52
Feeling a little Unzipped
Doctor Who The Encyclopedia - Gary Russell
The Accidental Demon Slayer - Angie Fox
My Zombie Valentine - Katie MacAlister,Angie Fox,Lisa Cach,Mari Mancusi
Immortally Yours - Angie Fox
Slimy Underbelly - Kevin J. Anderson
Salt - Danielle Ellison
The Immortal Circus: Act One - A.R. Kahler
The Immortal Circus: Act Two - A.R. Kahler
The Immortal Circus: Final Act - A.R. Kahler
Follow Me Through Darkness - Danielle Ellison

 

I've been working extremely hard to get so many things done. With my birthday coming up next week I have planned my own birthday party and have a theme Superheroes and Villains since everyone has had a tough year and have conquered so much....including me. This is my first year that with my Multiple Sclerosis that I have not gone to the hospital, I'm not celebrating my birthday in the hospital in several years (last year I went shortly after my birthday, so I still consider that birthday hospital stay), and I'm working the hardest on my health to stay out of the hospital for the rest of the year even going through the withdrawal of not having a necessary medicine due to Staywell insurance complications. 

 

 

I've been so wound up in working on my party where by the way is at the Alehouse, a restaurant with a bar I used to visit quite often and plan parties for the teachers of the district I worked in. Those parties were called, to stay out of trouble from the head cheese, TIPS meetings (Teacher Insanity Prevention Services)...LOL. Well this birthday party I'm planning is a costume party to boot and I have some games planned and some former students from quite a few moons ago are coming, one that is a return guest (came the year previous) with their child and soon to be husband. I'm quite touched that many of my students have worked hard to stay in touch with me and often are concerned about my health and well being. 

 

 

So in doing all of this, I realized it was Saturday, talked about making my #Caturday posts, watched my Saturday cartoons....BUT MISSED DOCTOR WHO. How could I miss the second episode of my favorite show? And with the Doctor still going through the transformation of becoming the new Doctor, changing persona and gaining access to all of his intelligence, like talking to Dinosaurs. How can I call myself a Whovian? I have disappointed the entire TARDIS ethereal spirits that flitter about me. But thankfully while working on this post I'm able to catch up on #DoctorWho repeat , it was listed wrong on my cable guide and thankfully I have the chance to watch my favorite show and maintain my self proclaimed top status as a #Whovian. 

 

To brag I can at least say that I have accomplished several missions today from the party planning to finishing up another reviewer book and organizing some other ARC books. I did find though that some things did not get posted to Facebook and the application has been finicky not only for me but others are missing posts as well too. I had received this wonderful gift package from @AngieFox one of the authors that I fell in love with after reading several of their ARC books from Netgalley. I hope she has a chance to read this and tomorrow I'm hoping this storm won't knock out the internet again so that I can reposts my thanks to her filled with the pictures of the items that I received. 

 

 

 

By the way, if there are any other authors, bloggers, publishers, or those reading this that would like to send me a birthday present of book(s), I will not refuse. IF there just happens to be a signature in there it would be even more exciting. Real books I keep to the side because it is difficult for me to hold the book, turn the page, and when my vision goes I have the Kindle read to me. So if you would like to send me something, please make it in a digital form, mobi or Amazon (azw) if possible. I do read books, don't get me wrong, but it is more difficult for me to do and takes more energy, almost taking some of the enjoyment out of the journey. 

 

 

#Caturday so to get a little more of my desperation for The Walking Dead to start again I am reading an apacolyptic book Foamers by Justin Kassab, and the zombie P.I. series of Dan Shamble (Chambeaux) by Kevin J. Anderson, Slimy Underbelly. 

 

Then I must get to work as one of the Street Team Shadow Guards for Danielle Ellison known for Salt (I really hope to get this book for my birthday so I can read the sequel when it comes out)  and Alex Kahler known for Immortal Circus (a Kindle series that came in three separate books Acts 1-3)). Their new books are launching soon and so they have decided to team up on their launches in spreading the good name for reading sakes. Danielle's new book is titled Follow me Through Darkness and Alex's book is called Martyr. We were given a list of tasks to accomplish, with the winner gaining a big prize at the end. Those of you that know me know that I'm big on competing and I work hard to win. So wish me luck that I win......because I'm working hard to do it. Here are the covers of the books so you can start envisioning what you shall pick up soon. I can't wait to start reading it myself.....once I get this zombie kick out of my system of course. LOL. Stay tuned for more on these authors and their books, their bios, their journeys, and me winning......ahem....I mean and their work. LOL.

 

 

#ARKahler

 

#DanielleEllison

 

 

 

  

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review 2014-02-06 00:00
Salt (Salt, #1)
Salt (Salt, #1) - Danielle Ellison Salt (Salt, #1) - Danielle Ellison Review to come (Reagan)
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review 2014-01-27 10:26
Reviews: Captivate and Salt

Captivate by Vanessa Garden

Captivate (Submerged Sun, #1)

Publication date: January 1st 2014

Publisher: Harlequin TEEN

Number of pages: 304

Series: Submerged Sun (1#)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Source: From the publisher for review via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.

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Goodreads synopsis:

In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems…

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko…the King of this underwater civilisation.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets…

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 Review:

Meet the perfect beachside read. Then read it. And love it.

Captivate is the perfect summer read. There’s love, action and of course, an underwater city. The main character of Captivate is Miranda, who is brave, smart and not your typical mermaid book candidate. I liked the way that she never forgot about her family when she was underwater and could handle herself in a dangerous situation.

She setting was amazing. I was expecting a mermaid book but an underwater city did just as nicely. I thought that the concept was really unique and fairly unheard of in the book world.

The cover is lovely. I was in the bookstore recently and it definitely caught my eye and reminded me I HAD to read it. I just adore those shades of blue and her dress!

The writing was good, very modern. It definitely helped me to get a feel of who the characters were.

I am definitely anticipating the sequel and hope it’s out in time for next summer.

 4.5/5 comets – KABOOM! That just leaves one continent (one little flaw)!

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  Goodreads author bio:

Vanessa GardenA bookseller and Young Adult author, Vanessa loves nothing more than immersing herself in the exciting world of books. When she is not raving about her favourite reads with customers, or mentally casting actors to play the characters in her next novel, she enjoys hanging out with those she loves most.

Vanessa is represented by Helen Breitwieser of Cornerstone Literary Agency.

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 Salt by Dainelle Ellison
 
Salt (Salt, #1)
 
Publication date:
 
Publisher: Entangled Teen
 
Number of pages: 266
 
Series: Salt (1#)
 
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
 
Source: From the publisher for review via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.
 
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Goodreads synopsis:

Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

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  Review:

Buffy meets witch book. And does it ever make for a phenomenal read.

Penelope is the spunkiest witch ever, complete with the witty come backs. My personal favourite: “I roll my eyes. ‘I’ve met myself and I’m pretty awesome’” (44%). It would be funnier if you knew what was going on. These quotes had me seriously laughing out loud and I really don’t do that much while reading. Apart from witty and quick with funny comebacks, she was brave and smart in general. She liked to solve her own problems and didn’t rely on anyone else.

She wasn’t the only fantastic character though. There was Ric, Connie and, of course, Carter too! They complimented the story perfectly and each had a great relationship with Penelope – better than I could have hoped for!

The writing was modern and fresh. Of course the unique spin on witches helped too. Witches fighting demons? Never heard that one before. Plus there was all this other cool stuff too like tests she had to pass, the Bonding, essence and just all this other entertaining stuff.

I can’t believe what luck I’m having at the moment! 2014 so far has been like, 7/8 (I don’t know, I’m guessing) five star reviews. Thank you so much to Salt for ensuring that that continued!

I have to recommend this book to you. Whether you like urban fantasy, witch books, witty characters, funny one-liners, or just those sorts of things in general, you’re going to like, if not love this book. 

 5/5 comets – Bye, bye Earth! Out of this world!

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 Goodreads author bio:

Danielle EllisonDanielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly and talking to imaginary friends. When she grew up, she finally flew away (in an airplane) and started traveling the world. She hasn’t stopped yet, but someday she may decide to settle in one place. Her real life friends would definitely like that; they would probably also like if she stopped talking to her characters out loud.

SALT comes out in January 2014, and then it’s sequel. In October 2014, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS (book one of the BOUNDLESS Trilogy) comes out. She’s got a busy few years!

 

 

*These reviews have also been posted on my primary blog, http://www.bookcomet.wordpress.com  

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