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BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Arson by Estevan Vega

Arson

by Estevan Vega

Arson Series, Book One

Book Description

ARSON GABLE FEELS LIKE A FREAK. HE CAN CREATE FIRE. HE NEVER ASKED FOR IT. HE NEVER WANTED IT. BUT HE CAN’T SHUT IT OFF.

Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl–who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin–moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he’s never had: purpose. After years of living in fear, he will be forced to confront his haunting past and embrace the unknown as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Edgy, realistic, and breathtaking, Arson, the chilling chronicle of an isolated teenager with unimaginable ability, is set to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.

MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

Arson by Estevan Vega

Arson Gable is 17 years old and doesn’t have anything he enjoys in life. He lives out in a dilapidated house with his senile grandmother. He works at a thankless job where his boss and co-workers are rude. He has a crush on the most beautiful girl in town who is obviously out of his league. There also happens to be the fact that he can create fires with his mind. Arson’s convinced he has nothing to live for, until Emery Phoenix moves in next door. With her face hidden behind a mask, Arson finds out that Emery has just as many problems as he does. Could the two of them possibly find an escape in each other?

This book was so dark and mature, I almost don’t think it should be classified as YA. It is definitely different than any other YA book I’ve read, and that’s a good thing.

You won’t find any goody-two-shoes characters here. Everyone in this story is somehow damaged. God, Arson’s life sucked. I wanted to feel pity for him, but I don’t think that was somehow fitting. He was so obviously being played by Mandy…but I think he knew it, and it didn’t matter to him because he had some positive human interaction. Never mind that it wasn’t real.

Emery is not only physically flawed, she is emotionally damaged as well. Her parents’ marriage is dissolving, and neither of them have exactly been good role models for her. As a result of both Arson’s and Emery’s lack of social interactions, neither one of them quite knows how to treat the other. They certainly don’t fit the typical YA relationship mold. They are often awkward around each other and one of them always says the wrong thing.

I guess, from the title, I would have expected more action scenes involving fire. But Arson is a book about its’ characters more than its’ plot. Readers experience points of view from several people, and it is fascinating to see the inner workings of some of their minds. Not that knowing their internal monologues justifies some of their horrible actions, but it does give more insight into their personalities.

My jaw was wide open during the last few chapters of the book. The ending was definitely unexpected and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Estevan Vega’s writing is lyrical and mature, so it will be my pleasure to read more of his work.

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About the Author

Estevan Vega began writing in the fifth grade and published his first novel at age 15.  He began writing Arson at 17, and has also published its’ sequel, Ashes.

In addition to writing, Estevan Vega watches way too many movies, loves going to concerts, spending way too much time on Twitter, and yes…he’s eagerly anticipating that movie deal. C’mon, Hollywood…whenever…

http://www.estevanvega.com/

Twitter @EstevanVega

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BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Nate Rocks the Boat by Karen Pokras Toz

Nate Rocks the Boat

by Karen Pokras Toz

Nate Rocks Series, Book Two

Book Description

The Adventure Continues…

With fourth grade finally winding down, 10-year-old Nathan Rockledge is looking forward to a fun and relaxing summer at home with his friends. That is, until his mom decides he has to go to overnight camp with his annoying older sister. When his best friend, Tommy, decides to tag along, Nathan thinks maybe his summer won’t actually be so bad. After all, he does get to be away from his mom’s awful cooking for an entire six weeks.

Among Color War competitions, a flaky counselor, and a bully named “No-Neck,” Nathan turns to his trusty sketchpad, transforming himself into Nate Rocks: 10-year-old extraordinaire. His speedboat ready for action, Nate saves the day time and again from the perils of floods, snakes, ghosts, and even the most wanted criminals. Join Nathan, Tommy, Abby, and a whole new cast of characters as Nate Rocks once again proves nothing can hold him back.

MY THOUGHTS: 3 OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

Nate Rocks the Boat by Karen Pokras Toz

Nate and his family return from their unconventional vacation, and his sister Abby is actually being nice to him…for about a week. Then she’s back to her normal, bratty self. Things get worse when Nate’s parents tell him he’ll be going to a new, sleep-away camp this summer–and Abby is going too!

Luckily, Nate has his best friend Tommy with him. Can they survive a summer full of kickball, ghost stories, and team competitions?

I didn’t enjoy this story as much as I did the first. Nate’s imagination is back and more grandiose than ever–complete with tales of helping the FBI, defeating deadly snakes, and even saving fellow campers from sharks!
But, I felt Nate was more whiny in this book than the first. He complained about everything they had to do–kickball, color wars, kitchen duty, WHATEVER. He was spending the summer away from home and with his best friend–I wish he could have been a little happier.

I did have a few laugh-worthy moments though. Abby and Lisa are particularly nasty…even as an adult I think they deserve some comeuppance!

Nate is a cool kid, he just needs to immerse himself in the world around him more :)

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About the Author

Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife, and mom. Karen grew up in Orange, Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, followed in 2012 by the second book in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
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August is NetGalley Knockout Month!

For the month of August I am participating in two read-a-thons!

The first is NetGalley Knockout, hosted by Christen of Goldilox and the Three Weres.

I plan to knock out as many NetGalley and Edelweiss review copies as I can!

Here is the list I plan to read from–there is no way I will read everything listed, but I hope to get through a bunch!

NetGalley List:

Spark by Brigid Kemmerer

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Circle of Silence by Carol M Tanzman

Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova

Undead by Kirsty McKay

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

Swipe by Evan Angler

The Infects by Sean Beaudoin

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

The Weepers by Suzanne Winnacker

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Invitation by Diane Hoh

Edelweiss List:

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin (audiobook)

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Ghoulish Song by William Alexander

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner

I know….I KNOW!!!!

REVIEW: Bridger by Megan Curd

Bridger

by Megan Curd

Bridger Series, Book One

Book Description

Ashlyn McVean doesn’t believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn’t enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what’s most important in her life between friends, family, love, and ultimately, realms.

MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

Bridger by Megan Curd

Ashlyn has just lost her father in a freak accident. Still, she’s determined to go on the trip to Ireland to visit family they had been planning. Along with her best friend Jamie, she makes the trip. When she is there, she learns that no one is who they seem: her best friend is really an evil creature, her grandmother is an immortal warrior, and Ashlyn herself is a mixture of fae and Changeling the world has never seen before.

Along with some help from her guardian Liam and her kick-ass Memaw, Ashlyn must keep herself and her family safe from those who would do them harm–the ancient evil that has been after her family for centuries.

I kind of went back and forth on my rating for this book, but I think ultimately I ended up giving it four stars because the good outweighed the bad.

I like Ashlyn, though I wish she had a little more guts…especially when it comes to guys. Before the important part of the story, it’s clear that Ashlyn’s best guy friend, Reese, is in love with her. She does not feel the same, but nonetheless leads him on by snuggling with him and sometimes even holding hands. Um, helllooooo?? That’s just bitchy. On the other hand, when it comes to Liam, she is a total pushover. I’ll keep it spoiler free, but let’s just say there was a point where both of them were acting quite immature, then Ashlyn forgave him way too easily. I did not love the way the relationships played out in this book.

What I did love, however, was the rich folklore surrounding the supernatural types in this book. The fae in this story are different than any others I’ve encountered, and I can’t say I’ve ever read about Changelings. The supernatural characters, both good and evil, definitely made the book entertaining!

There wasn’t too much action, but the couple of scenes the book did have were awesome and made up for it.

I enjoyed being immersed in this world and can’t wait to see what happens next!

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BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz

Nate Rocks the World

by Karen Pokras Toz

Nate Rocks Series, Book One

Book Description

Ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge cannot catch a break. After all, life as a fourth-grader can be hazardous – what with science projects to deal with and recess football games to avoid. Everyone, including his best friend Tommy, seems to have bad luck when hanging around Nathan. Throw in an older sister who is a royal pain, a dad who is stuck in the past, and a mom who keeps trying to poison him with her awful cooking, and poor Nathan’s life as a fourth-grader appears to be completely doomed.

 Armed only with his sketchpad, his imagination, and his wits, Nathan Rockledge navigates the perils of the fourth grade in style, to emerge heroic, as Nate Rocks, proving that even a ten-year-old can accomplish great things.

Follow the adventures of ten-year-old Nathan Rockledge as his cartoons and adventures come to life.

MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

Nate Rocks the World by Karen Pokras Toz

Ten year old Nate Rockledge has so many crummy things going on: his mom can’t cook, his older sister is super annoying, and he has to end up with the most bratty girl in the fourth grade as a science project partner! Luckily for him, he is a hero–a baseball star, a firefighter, an astronaut–all in his imagination. All he has to do is start sketching.

This was a cool middle grade novel! Nate, who shares my son’s name, is a fun kid with an endless imagination.

Nate and his best friend Tommy are in fourth grade. I think this is a bittersweet age; kids are still young enough to have that childlike innocence, but they are also starting to become painfully aware of the world around them–for example, Nate doesn’t want his parents tagging along while he trick or treats with his friends.

There were plenty of smile and laugh-worthy moments in the book. I loved Nate’s plan to get back at his sister…even though it didn’t turn out quite like he expected. In Nate’s daydreams, the moments were intense but also funny–to imagine a 10 year old doing the things he described!

I have a special spot in my heart for mischievous kids who get themselves into trouble without really having to try. Now Nate Rockledge is among some of my faves–including Ramona Quimby, Judy Moody, and Superfudge!

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About the Author

Karen Pokras Toz is a writer, wife, and mom. Karen grew up in Orange, Connecticut and currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and three children. In June 2011, Karen published her first middle grade children’s novel for 7-12 year olds called Nate Rocks the World, followed in 2012 by the second book in the Nate Rocks series, Nate Rocks the Boat. Karen is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).
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BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Earth by Shauna Granger

Welcome to my tour stop for Shauna Granger’s Elemental Series!  I chose to review the first book in the series, Earth.

Earth

by Shauna Granger

Elemental Series, Book One

Book Description

Shayna and her two best friends have the abilities to manipulate and control the four elements, earth, air, water and fire. While learning to hone their growing powers, they discover a new and malicious presence in their sleepy beach town. Someone is performing blood magic and threatens to expose their small magical community. So far only small animals have been slaughtered, but then the nightmares start.

Shayna suffers nightmares of being chased and sacrificed only to wake up bloodied and bruised. She thinks her magical blood is the ultimate target for the final blood rite. When an innocent girl, Tracy, is kidnapped Shayna knows it’s only a ploy to draw her out; she can’t let someone die because of her.

MY THOUGHTS: 3 OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

Earth by Shauna Granger

Shay and her two best friends Steven and Jodi share a special bond–they all have affinities for elements. While Steven works with fire and Jodi with air, Shay is the most powerful of the three and can access all elements–her main one being earth. Together they use their powers to help people and but the balance back in nature. But they aren’t prepared for what happens when the sexy twins Ian and Jensen move to town.

Soon, it becomes clear that someone is upsetting the balance of their town–making sacrifices and using dark magic. Shay is haunted by dreams that show her what’s going on. Together she and her friends must find out who’s behind the evil, and stop it before it goes too far.

I felt kind of so-so about this book. It started out promising, but as it went on I liked the main character less, and I saw the ending coming.

The part I loved most about this book was learning a bit about witchcraft and how it is related to nature. Though throughout the books, the characters never expressly call themselves witches, that is how I thought of them in my mind.

Shay was alright to me–at first. Though she is the most powerful of her friends, I am not sure how that made her their leader. She’s lucky they stayed friends with her at all. Shay came off bitchy and bossy on several occasions.

Steven was the gay best friend, and Jodi didn’t have much personality at all. More than once, it seemed they were sharing looks or conversations behind Shay’s back…which with her behavior, maybe she deserved. (A little note that drove me crazy–Steven’s devout, Mexican Catholic family has problems with him doing “magic” but not with him being gay? It seems that should be the bigger issue.)

Although there was a semblance of a romance between Shay and Jensen, it felt a bit forced to me. They didn’t really have much interaction at all, and most of it was snarky head games. But maybe they’ll be closer in the next book.

Basically, all the action came at the end, and I felt the buildup was a bit disappointing. You could tell who the “bad guy” was gonna be. Though I was thrown off a bit at first, I figured out what would happen about halfway through the book.

I’m interested to know more about the others’ powers…I have a feeling things from Jodi or Steven’s point of view would be a little more tolerable. I felt this was a respectable start for a series, but the main character’s attitude ruined it for me.

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OTHER BOOKS IN THE ELEMENTAL SERIES:

It was a rough start to the school year for Shayna and her friends, Jodi and Steven, but thankfully summer break is near. Trying to sort out her feelings for the new guy in town, Shayna agrees to let Jensen join her on a group date with her friends. While out they end up at a local coffee house where their classmate, social outcast Jeremy McCormick, is humiliated by his baseball star brother. When Jeremy runs away from the jeering crowd, Shayna and Jodi hear the unmistakable sound of a thousand wings chasing after him, but no one else seems to hear them. These are not like any air elementals that Shayna or Jodi have ever encountered before and they fear Jeremy has gotten himself tangled up in something too dangerous for him to handle. But when Shayna tries to help Jeremy control his magical abilities she realizes it might be the biggest mistake of her life.

Shayna’s first surfing session of the summer is interrupted by the screams of a mother who has lost her little boy in the water. Without regard to her own safety, Shayna swims out, rescues the boy, but must escape the clutches of something far worse than she could have ever imagined – mermaids.
Compelled to answer the sirens’ call, the boys of Shayna’s town are drawn to the sea, but when they return are afflicted by an unknown illness, a sickness which is draining them of their life force. Unable to tell anyone about the mermaids, Shayna and her friends are forced to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and in doing so, Shayna will finally have to face the full force of her powers. Whether she’s ready or not, she will have to face her true nature.

About the Author

I don’t do well talking about myself. So as basics go, I have recently self-published the first two books in my Elemental Series, Earth and Air, Young Adult Urban Fantasy novels. Look for the third installment, Water, coming in 2012!

I have been working on the Elemental Series for the last four years and plan for it to be a 5 book series. It was a hard decision to self-publish but it’s been an exciting and terrifying ride.

Blog: http://shaunasspot.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shauna-Granger/268859386472141
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dyingechoes , @dyingechoes
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4828875.Shauna_Granger

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My Birthday and 1 Year Blogoversary Giveaway!

HI AWESOME SWEET SOUTHERN HOME READERS!!

Well, today is my 27th birthday!

I’m feeling kinda old…

But I know that getting older is a privilege not granted to everyone…so I will not mope.

Instead, I’m holding a BIG GIVEAWAY!!!

In combination with my birthday, the one year blogoversary of Sweet Southern Home is coming up, on August 11!  When I first started the blog, I posted reviews for scented wax, recipes, and a host of other random things.  At the beginning of 2012, I decided to give my blog a better focus, and embraced my lifelong love of reading by dedicating my blog to books.  I am so happy to have made that decisions!  In the past year, I’ve met so many amazing fellow bloggers, authors, and reading fans.  I’ve read fantastic books that I never would have heard about otherwise.  I love the book blogging family!

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SO WHAT CAN YOU WIN?

Well, I have awesome first, second, and third prizes for you.

The first prize winner will win a book of their choice from Amazon or The Book Depository (if International), up to $15.

The second prize winner will get their choice of any book (ebook or paper) I have reviewed so far this year!  It’s a pretty big list, as I’ve read over 100 books already this year–but they haven’t all been posted on the blog.  You can find the list here.

Some of the books I’ve read this year:

The third prize winner will receive an Amazon gift card!

If the Rafflecopter receives over 1000 entries, I will add another prize!

This giveaway ends on August 13, 2012 and is INTERNATIONAL!!

Thank you guys for rocking and I hope yall continue to grow with me!!

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BOOK TOUR INTERVIEW: The Miracle Chip by Stanley Grainger

Join us July 2nd – 31st for this exciting tour of Promo stops, reviews, short interviews, guest posts, and of course GIVEAWAYS!!  
About the book
 

F.E.M.A. Prison Camps are a Smoke Screen!!!!!!!!

 

 

Yes, there are F.E.M.A. prison camps, but they were purposely constructed to distract us from the TRUE PRISON CAMPS; the prison camps that will detain those citizens that refuse to be implanted with the coming biochips….

 

Did you know, the Military has built its own prison system right here in the United States, and these prisons are not for housing military prisoners?  In factmilitary prisoners (soldiers who have been court martial-ed and transferred into the BOP system) are banned from being housed in these prisons located on military bases!

 

Everyone has heard about the F.E.M.A. prison camps. If it was such a secret, why does everyone know about them?  They are small, insignificant pieces of property enclosed with razor-wire topped fences and a few guard towers.  Have you seen the pictures? I mean, how many prisoners do you think these few F.E.M.A. camps could hold? 

 

 

 

Of course, right now, most of these prisons located on military property are housing federal inmates for the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).  A few of these prisons are already empty, waiting! For what?

 

However, like the book The Miracle Chip, when the BOP starts administering the biochips to the prisoners, under the New Prison Reform Act, and the federal prison population is reduced tremendously, all of these prisoners housed on military property will be transferred back into the BOP institutions.   This will leave the military with a complete prison system in place; vacant… ready to be filled with detainees.  

 

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 contains controversial provisions that allow the military to detain suspects (citizens) without due process or habeas corpus.

 

Now, you know where these citizens will be detained! Unlike these F.E.M.A. camps this prison system will be able to hold a mass number of the population without a problem.

 

In  this book, The Miracle Chip you will take a exciting journey with Sergeant Major Tracy Long and discover what it will be like when the military takes control of its prison system!

 

 1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?The Miracle Chip is actually a computer chip that certain people who have infiltrated our government and the governments around the world want to implant into every citizen for identification and control.  It’s a non-stop action packed thriller from cover to cover.

2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

    I love fiction because there are no boundaries, no limitations.  You can create whatever you want.

3. What kind of research did you do for this book?

I searched the web, history books, and magazines but I found the best thing to do is just Google it.

4. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

Sitting at my laptop typing for a few hours.  There is no set times just when the urge hits me.  I have a desk in my bedroom where I do all my work.  Yes I try to write at least a page a day.

5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

    Spelling!  Sometimes I can’t even get the word close enough for the spell check to pick it up.


About the Author

Stanley Grainger was born in Alabama, but grew up in central Florida. After graduating high school, he joined the military. He also writes inspirational poetry as well as songs. This is his second novel, but first to be published. He resides with his father in central Florida.

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 July 2012

BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

Frost 

by Kate Avery Ellison

The Frost Chronicles, Book One

Book Description

In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable.

She saves his life.

Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him.

But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger.

Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?

Frost by Kate Avery Ellison

Lia Weaver is caring for her twin brother and younger sister after her parents were killed in the icy forest outside their home, by vicious monsters called Watchers. The family lives in an area called The Frost, where it’s always winter. Lia is only worried about taking care of her siblings and making sure their weekly quota of yarn is reached, so they can trade it for the supplies they need to survive.

So when Lia’s sister brings home an injured boy named Gabe who is from the land of the vicious Farthers, Lia is worried about inviting trouble into her family’s home. But Gabe is not what Lia thinks him to be–and in fact, the life she knew before is about to be shattered.

This was a fast little story for me. The ideas were part original, part some I’ve seen before.

I’ve seen other reviews calling this a dystopian, but I didn’t get that sense at all from the setting. It’s hard to get a handle on what time period it’s set in at all; the people of The Frost seem almost colonial, but their neighbors the Farthings have such technology as tracking devices. This was somewhat confusing to me.

Lia is definitely a no-nonsense kind of girl, which is understandable given the responsibilities placed on her young shoulders. She’s not like other girls her age who are worried about courting and parties, which is kind of sad because it’s not like there’s much fun to be had in The Frost–so she should take it as it comes along.

Gabe is a staple of YA literature–darkly handsome and super mysterious. In fact, we barely learned anything about him at all throughout the book. I felt the relationship that bloomed between he and Lia was rather forced–they hardly had any time alone, and to me there weren’t any romantic moments between them to lead up to a relationship.

The very beginning of the book reminded me of The Hunger Games–I guess that’s why people are calling this a dystopian.

I guess I just wished this book could have been fleshed out a little more–but I still may read the next in the series to see if any background is given about Lia or Gabe and their families.

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About the Author

I’ve been making up stories since I was five years old, and now I’m thrilled to be able to do it as a full-time job. I have an obsession with dark fantasy, dystopian futures, and Pride and Prejudice-style love stories full of witty banter and sizzling, unspoken feelings. When I’m not writing, I’m creating digital art, reading funny blogs, or watching my favorite shows (which include TVD and BSG). I live with my geeky husband and our two bad cats in Atlanta, GA.

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REVIEW: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four

by Pittacus Lore

Lorien Legacies, Book One

Book Description

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. Bue we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books – but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

MY THOUGHTS: 5 OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

The planet Lorien was overtaken by the vicious Mogadorians. Before everyone was wiped out, the elders sent nine powerful children to Earth to protect their race. Ten years later, the first three are dead. This is the story of Number Four.

His Earthly name is John Smith, and he’s a teenager just trying to make it through high school…though he and his guardian are always on the run. But in this city, it’s different. John has made friends, and he is coming into his powers. The Mogadorians have found him, but he’s going to stand and fight.

This is the second alien series I have started, and I LOVED it as much as I did Obsidian.

John, or Four, is a great narrator. I adore books that have a male narrator…it’s just a different voice and tone to the story than a girl. Everything I saw through Four’s eyes was believable and so were his emotions.

As much as it’s a story about an alien trying to blend in on Earth, it’s also about a 15 year old kid trying to blend in to a new school. Moving from place to place, whether you’re human or not, has a massive effect on an individual. And after a lifetime of it, sometimes enough is enough.

There is romance here, but it’s no instant love. Watching Four and Sarah get together felt truly organic. Their relationship was drama free, and she stood by his side even when he revealed the unbelievable truth about himself.

The action in this book was nicely paced. While there was only one actual battle at the end (and it was an epic one), there were also action-packed scenes where Four learned to use his powers, or he saw what happened on Lorien ten years ago, or he had to fight for something. This made a more than 400 page book a quick read.

I felt this novel was a great start to what is sure to be a promising series–if the addictive mix of action, romance, and the supernatural continues, I can’t wait to read more.

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I am about to watch the movie, so we’ll see how that goes!  Here’s a couple pics of Alex Pettyfer, cause he’s nice to look at. :)

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