Monday, January 16, 2012


YA Paranormal Romance 

by C.K. Bryant

When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

You'll definitely find more than meets the eye in this adventurous read. As Kira fights her internal struggles, she learns how to understand herself through the love of her friends Lydia and her brother, Octavian--whom she is hopelessly drawn to.

This is a story about friendship and love. I enjoyed the character development. How they interacted with each other, how they fought for love--and I especially enjoyed Octavian's fierce devotion to his sister, Altaria.

If you enjoy adventures, love and friendship, this book is for you!

PG 13: for some peril and violence

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Guardians of Ga’Hoole:

The Capture

By Kathryn Lasky

Main Characters: Soren, Kludd, Gylfie, Soren’s mum, Soren’s Da, and Mrs. P (Nest maid snake).

When young Soren is pushed out of his halo as young owlet a St. Aggie’s patrol finds and picks him up off of the forest floor; he is taken to a place that turns out to be a night mare for him.

There he meets an Elf Owl named Gylfie. Together they resist the moon’s rays (as she calls moon blinked owlets.) together resist moon scolding by telling the legends of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole.

After awhile of observing the other owls (and starting to grow in there flight feathers) they notice one of the owls named Grimble was not completely moon blinked. Together they ask him to teach them to fly.

When the St. Aggie’s army notices the two owlets trying to escape they go after them and almost succeed until Grimble stops them from catching the two owls.

Will they ever find the Ga’Hoole tree and warn the Guardians? Will the St. Aggie’s Patrol ever catch them? Read and Find out!!!

I loved this book! It’s a must READ!!

Rated G

Tuesday, January 3, 2012



by Tamara Hart Heiner

As a huge fan of YA, but having never read a thriller, I was excited when the author asked me to review her book. I read the synopsis and thought, hmm, I've watched detective shows, I think this one will be just as good. Even better . . .
Guess what?

I’ve never read a book that had my adrenaline pumping so hard and for so long! She succeeded in appealing to my reader’s eyes for a whole new genre world.
Young and carefree and daring, four teenaged girls accidentally witness a robbery while waiting for their ride home at the mall.
Detective Carl Hamilton is devastated when he finds a girl’s body. Now, where are the other three?

Tamara Heiner constructs a fantastic read that touched every one of my emotions. Fear clawed my stomach, urgency twisted my nerves, anticipation grated my brain. Yes, humor packaged the thrill perfectly where needed.
With the action so tight, it was bittersweet when the story slowed a bit toward the second half of the book. I was a bit confused toward the end with the way certain things were presented, but it didn’t diminish my enjoyment. It’s certainly a satisfying read.

PG 13: emotional trauma, and violence

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The City Of Ember

By Jeanne DuPrau

Main Characters: Lina Mayfleet, Doon Harrow, Poppy Mayfleet, Granny Mayfleet, the Mayor, Doon’s Dad, and Lina’s guardian.

For 200 years the City of Ember has been thriving until one dreadful day all their supplies to survive start going low and black outs happen more often than they should (according to the people) and scares them all.

Doon Harrow wants to be election’s helper but instead he got the job to work in pipeworks. He is determined to figure out what is wrong with the proud city’s Generator; the heart of the city. His friend Lina Mayfleet is a messenger; care free until she comes home one day and sees her Granny tearing the couch looking for something important. She finds Poppy sitting next to an old worn silver box. She doesn’t bother with it until curiosity gets the best of her.

She finds that the instructions with in the box are not clear so she takes to Doon because it says Pipeworks on them. Together they follow the instructions of the Builders as best as then can to find a way out.

Will they ever get out in time? What will happen to the people?Link

Rated G

Thursday, December 15, 2011


By Elizabeth Mueller

*review written by YA Book Babes

Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . . until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold. As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magical realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.

Darkspell doesn't fit into a typical YA genre box. As a matter of fact, it's one of the most original books I've read this year. A richly woven drama unfolds as young Winter Sky meets two handsome and mysterious neighbors, both fighting for her affection. But one boy, the boy of her dreams--literally-- has already won her heart. But in short order her life is turned upside down as she enters the Stormhold world, a coven of powerful magic users (I'm hesitant to use the word witch/wizard here. This is really something very different.) where she is being hunted by the Shadoweaver. Suddenly everything is in jeopardy as she searches for her gift and fights to keep the boy she loves.

Elizabeth Mueller gives a great story, full of normal teen angst without tipping the scales to be annoying, she keeps us guessing, dropping nuggets for us throughout the story, but never tipping her hand. Combine that with the fantastic use of illustrations that give it almost a graphic novel feel as we read, and this is easily a five star read. I can't wait to pick this up in paperback and you should too! Mueller is a great addition to the YA world and I can't wait to see what comes next from this talented writer!


PG: some violence and intense scenes

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


By Orbet Skye

Main Characters: Beck Phillips, Jason, Milo, Kate, Millie (maid), Thomas (Butler), Wane (Gardner), and his filthy rich Uncle: Aeron.

Beck Phillips or Pillage is no ordinary boy. He is fifteen going to be sixteen. His life takes a bizarre turn when he moves into his Uncle’s house: His uncle is crazed and obsessed with dragons that Beck feels like that aren’t there, don’t exist, and have nothing to do with him . . . or so he thinks.

As bad as things get he finds a new power that once was a curse. He learns that his ancestors had brought it upon themselves: Because of their greed. A wizard cursed them and they turned the curse into pleasure: a powerful gift. The wizard didn’t like this so he cursed them again saying that they cannot enjoy anything that the dragons pillage: treasure, jewelry, gems and other precious objects.

Beck Pillage and his new found friends: Milo and Kate discover stones that look like eggs, Dragon eggs. They plant the eggs that soon hatch into five dragons and Beck finds things that make him soon wish he had never planted them in the first place.

Can he and Kate find a way to stop them in time before they destroy the entire village? Will he learn how to control them the right way or will they eat him and then die? Read and find out!

What I like about this book is you can have adventure you just have to find it; and be careful what kind of adventure you go looking for. Plus you can’t always trust everyone you meet like Beck trusted Milo.

It is Rated G

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Third

The Third

by Abel Keogh

from the back:

"The only way your kids are going to have any future is if we get this world back to a livable condition. The only way we're going to do that is with fewer people. People are the problem, not the solution."

Doesn't that just give you chills?

I enjoyed the world Abel Keogh built. It is strong, believable and frightening. I realize how blessed we are with our homes, our yards and swing sets, warm water, and motorized vehicles. Most of all, to have children without regulation--we won't be punished for having more than two!

I was hooked before I opened the book. I was hooked all the way to its end. Most of my nails are gone because I couldn't stop biting them! I will get my kids to read this and my friends, that's how much I enjoyed it. I look forward to the sequel!

Makes for a great book club discussion!

PG: some violence and intense scenes