Monday, August 29, 2011

Daily Dose #4

always thanks to GoodGollyMissHolly for hosting the Daily Dose! Go check out her amazing book blog HERE

-These photos do not belong to me-

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Review: Tempestuous By Lesley Livingston

Title: Tempestuous
Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published Date: Dec 2010

"I don't love Sonny Flannery."
That's the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn't know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreats—to a haven for Lost Fae that's hidden deep underneath New York City.
But Kelley's not about to let things end in heartbreak. To get Sonny back, she's got to find out who's after his magick—and how to use her own. She's got to uncover who's recruiting Janus Guards to murderously hunt innocent Faerie. She's got to help rebuild the shattered theater company she called family. And she's got to do it all without getting dangerously distracted by the Fennrys Wolf, whose legendary heart of stone seems to melt whenever he's around Kelley. (Provided By Chapters)

Tempestuous picks up right after Darklight, and Kelley is surely feeling the repercussions of her actions. She’s lost Sonny but she’s determined to find a way back into love but first she must make sure it is safe for Sonny and his power. Sonny is much more than mortal. His birth is something way more than he’s been brought up to believe.
There is a power belonging to someone or something dark that seeks to see the fairy kingdom burst forward into the real world with no gates and is willing to destroy everything and everyone in its path. This power has slowly but surely cracked the Otherworld’s gates, letting the mythical monsters run free from world to world.
Sonny is lost without his light and does not know where to go anymore. Everywhere he knows is filled with Kelley’s light and that is too painful for him to endure. He seeks refuge in the Lost Fae; the place where the supernatural go to live in the real world when they cannot blend in New York.
A rogue attack against the Lost Fae land Sonny and Kelley once again face to face and more importantly straight to who is behind all the mayhem that’s been erupting. They know who to stop now but they may be too late…

At times it was unbearably heart breaking and the next, so filled with love.
I, AGAIN, could have done without the whole Fennrys Wolf and Kelley or the Carys and Sonny but in the end, Fennrys proved to be worthy of my love. ;)

King Auberon and Queen Mahb show what hardship parenting truly is and the sacrifices needed to keep there daughter safe. In Tempestuous, Kelley I think really understands why her parents are the way they are and at the end of the day, they all love each other no matter how dysfunctional they all are. 

The action and fighting in the realms of Tempestuous are phenomenal! Not only is Tempestuous jammed packed with a fury of fighting, it shows us again how much Kelley and Sonny really care for each other and the lengths that they are willing to go for each other! Tempestuous is an amazing finale to the Wondrous Strange trilogy! It shows everything Lesley Livingston’s writing is capable of when it comes to spinning her own fairytale!

I rate Tempestuous by the lovely Lesley Livingston
It is a world wind of magic and high emotions with even higher stakes. There is one thing I’ve learned through reading this trilogy and it’s that magic is a dangerous thing & not knowing is better than knowing!

As Always,


Friday, August 19, 2011

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover #3

While browsing through book sites and other book sources of mine, I've noticed that recently, there are LOADS of books that have the same or somewhat the same cover. It's been hard to find some unique ones that piqued my interest but nonetheless I did it! I've managed to find some really interesting storylines! Just click a cover to learn more about the book!

This cover had me at vampire! Ahaha but seriously, the synopsis of this book sounds hilarious! Not all vampires are hot, hunky and lean.

I was attracted to this cover because of such destruction it had! Upon reading a little more about it, it sounds like The Host by Stephenie Meyer meets The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Those were both pretty epic and I can't wait to get a chance to read Ashes, Ashes!

Definitely not like her other covers but this one had such beauty? I don't know how to explain it...something southern. It makes you feel warm but there's something looming overhead.

I liked the original cover but this one was much more my style. I've heard nothing but great things for Elixir and it's definitely on my TBR list!

I've seen this cover EVERYWHERE recently and each time I stop to admire it. That's got to say something right? The synopsis is pretty cool! Click the cover to read it for yourselves!


That's all for this 'Don't Judge a Book by Its cover' and if you have any suggestions for the next Don't Judge leave a comment below about what you'd like to see!

As Always,


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daily Dose #3

always thanks to GoodGollyMissHolly for the idea! Go check out her amazing book blog HERE

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: Darklight By Lesley Livingston

Title: Darklight
Author: Lesley Livingston
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published Date: Jan 2010

Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was a Faerie princess, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved the mortal realm from the ravages of the Wild Hunt.
Now Kelley is stuck in New York City, rehearsing Romeo and Juliet and missing Sonny more with every stage kiss, while Sonny has been forced back to the Otherworld and into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the remaining Hunters and Queen Mabh herself.

When a terrifying encounter sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful but destined to be cut short. An ancient, hidden magick is stirring, and a dangerous new enemy is willing to risk everything to claim that power.
Caught in a web of Faerie deception and shifting allegiances, Kelley and Sonny must tread carefully, for each next step could topple a kingdom . . . or tear them apart.
(Provided By GoodReads)

Sonny and Kelley are far from being together in Darklight and this leaves room for trouble because when they aren’t together trouble tends to find them. If it is not a hoard of mythical monsters keeping them apart, its Kelley’s father and mom keeping them worlds apart. 

Darklight is filled with new threats and darker and more powerful secrets. It continues the epicness that began with Wondrous Strange. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: All That Matters By Youseph Tanha

Title: All That Matters
Author: Youseph Tanha
Publisher: Youseph Tanha
Published Date: July 2011
Source: Courtesy of Youseph Tanha

Ethan Wright is just like any other high school kid that is one day lucky enough to meet the girl of his dreams. Throughout the course of high school the young couple learn to cope with incredibly difficult odds to discover all that matters.’All That Matters’ is a novella about love and life and all that the heart can endure. With memorable characters and a deep story you will find it difficult to put this book down.
(Provided by YousephTanha Website)

All That Matters is a tale of a boy who falls in love with a girl who wants to know that there’s a future for her somewhere in this mess of a world. An average boy named Ethan meets the girl of his dreams that first day of classes and cannot forget her. Amanda is just a girl growing up in the jungle of what is high school. There is a whirlwind of obstacles that Ethan and Amanda face to be with one another but the biggest and hardest one is Amanda has leukemia. For a while it looks like it’s getting better. She’s going strong until the relapse. The ending to All That Matters is honestly one of the best endings I’ve ever read! Does love really conquer all? Do you put your life on hold to help the girl of your dreams? Does she feel the same? It forced me to see both sides of the decision Ethan and Amanda both made about their future together and the ending was a SHOCKER!

Once every so often, I finish a book that unnerves something in me, the story will remain with me forever. All That Matters is that book for me. It is so painstakingly raw and shows some of the deepest and darkest parts of cancer, whether you have it or know someone with it. I found moments that were pure and full of life and than some that were empty and with no hope. The words were simple and nothing to jazzy. They made the flow of this story very easy to read and very enjoyable!

I give All That Matters stars for being one of those knock out books that gives us a look into the world of someone who is affected by cancer. The story, the characters and the messages that come out of the book are truly amazing.


I got a chance to ask author Youseph Tanha a few questions about his debut novel All That Matters and here’s what he had to say…

Me - Cancer is a LOADED topic, what made you decide to write about it?

They say write what you know, right? Cancer is a horrible disease that affects too many people all over the world. It’s almost impossible to not know someone this day and age who has, in some way, been affected by Cancer. In high school I had friends who had cancer and friends who knew someone that was dealing with Cancer. I heard a lot of sad stories. Deciding to write about it was a form of closure for me. To finally say good-bye to that chapter in my life (no pun intended) and move on.

Me - What did writing this novel mean to you? Because it surely meant a
whole lot to me & again I thank you for it!

Well thank you so much for taking the time to read it, Sherry. I am starting to hear compliments like that from other people who have read the book and it definitely gives me a good feeling. I wasn't expecting that to happen at all.

The book means a few things to me. It’s definitely an accomplishment. I mean who knew a kid with dyslexia could grow up and write a book? And then find out people like it. Also, like I said before, its closure for me. A way for me to say good-bye to a past that has had a bit too much control over my life. I feel like now I can face the world, take on new challenges and have no strings attached.

Me - If there was one thing you needed readers to know about All That Matters before reading it, what would it be?

Oh gosh. What a question. I guess I would want them to know that I poured my all into this book. It was definitely a 110% effort. I wrote a story that I as a reader would want to read. It seems all to often television, movie, or even a book character will do something that is not like their character. That kind of thing rips me out of a story and puts me right back in the center of reality which I was trying to escape from in the first place. I did not want that in my book and I think I pulled it off.


These were some pretty awesome answers from the man himself!

If you’d like to check out what All That Matters is all about, head on over to Youseph’s website HERE! There, you can read the first couple of chapters for free!

I hope you all support Youseph Tanha’s debut novel All That Matters and enjoy it as much as I did, the story of love, acceptance, and life.

As Always,


-Sherry Lay