Monday, November 4, 2013

Sad News - Saying Goodbye to Reading Angels

I have some sad news.

Blogger has been going crazy lately and just randomly screwing up the blog.  While Loretta and I considered going over to Wordpress, we realized that neither of us had enough passion for blogging anymore to pay for a domain and all the things that come with that change.  We had both hoped that taking on some amazing associate reviewers would help us out enough that blogging would be fun again.  Unfortunately after 6 years, I'm just burnt out.  Loretta and I are both busy with other areas of our life, and blogging has just been moved to the back burner.

We are going to close down Reading Angels, at least temporarily.  There is always a chance that we will get inspired again and want to come back strong, but as of now, we don't see that on the horizon.

We are both so thankful for all of you amazing people that have been readers over the years, all the great friends we have made through blogging, and all the fantastic authors we have been able to come in contact with along the way.

I'm sure we will both still be around on twitter, facebook, and goodreads.  You won't have to miss us too much ;)

We will miss blogging, but I hope everyone understands that this is what is best for us, and where we are at in our lives.

Hugs, and Happy Reading!!!

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Review: Red Hill by Jamie McGuire

Source: Bought
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Atria Books (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1476759529
ISBN-13: 978-1476759524

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When the world ends, can love survive?
For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.
When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.
Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?
Red Hill grabs you from page one and doesn’t let go until its stunning conclusion. This is #1 New York Times bestselling author Jamie McGuire at her unforgettable best.

Red Hill is the fabulous Jamie McGuire's newest book. It's a sci-fi/paranormal novel. I'm not a huge fan of the genre. That's not to say I don't read and enjoy quite a few books from this vast genre, but it's definitely not my first choice. Now I know Jamie McGuire has written another new adult sci-fi/paranormal trilogy previous to publishing Beautiful Disaster, and while I own it, I haven't read it yet. While I love mythical creatures like dragons and unicorns, zombies just don't do it for me, so I hesitantly started reading the book. All it took to hook me was the prologue. It's from Scarlet's point of view and is heart breaking. All I wanted to know was what happened next even though I was terrified to turn the page and find out.

Basically for someone who does not like zombies, it all boils down to this; I LOVED THIS BOOK! I've read it twice this month alone. The entire time I was reading, I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat and my heart was beating fast. I was nervous and jittery but still could not put the book down. Red Hill isn't just Scarlet's story and it's not just told from her point of view. It's also Nathan's, Miranda's, and many others. When I first heard about the three points of view I thought to myself, "Didn't Jamie say this was a love story too? How is it going to work with three characters?" Well it works. Each chapter lets you know whose eyes you're experiencing events through, so there is no confusion at all.

What amazes me most about this book is how layered and intricate it is. Jamie McGuire manages to show us how tens of lives are separate yet all intertwined together. It's not just one love story and it's not just about the love a man and woman have for each other either. There are many forms of love and you experience them all. Not once does the story lag or slow. And a warning, you will need to keep your tissues handy. This is the end of the world that's happening so it's not all roses and happily ever afters. Even though I knew what was going to happen the second time around, I still cried just as hard. The mark of a master storyteller is one who pulls you into the lives and emotions of their characters. Jamie McGuire has that in spades. She's not just a new adult wonder, she's the real deal. Read Red Hill. I can't say I love zombies after this book, but I do know I will be more open minded about reading about them.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Review: Dark Talisman by Steven Booth

Source: Paperback ARC via Bauer Teen Network, Miss Literati
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Azimuth Books (October 15, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0615797253
ISBN-13: 978-0615797250


She's been banished from her home without a word of explanation. Assassins are hot on her tail, and she's fleeing without a plan. On the whole, her future looks pretty grim. Then again, it's nearly impossible to catch a dark elf. And even tougher to kill one.

Meet Altira. She set out to rob a sultan, and ended up stealing the deadliest gem in the world. Her mistake could cost Altira her life -- or save her race, and possibly the world as she knows it.

As Altira struggles to triumph over the vast forces arrayed against her, she acquires (mostly against her will) a rich cast of unexpected allies -- perceptive dwarves, giant Phoenix birds with mysterious powers, and ephemeral creatures made from nothing but air. Together they must find a way to defeat the army of assassins set against her, overcome the wrath of three nations, and forge allegiances with despised enemies, to reveal the truth to a people kept in the darkness for millennia.

The first installment in The Guardian Chronicles, Dark Talisman takes us into the magical land of Salustra, where ageless Guardians are locked in an eternal battle with their mortal enemy: a Dark Lord intent on destroying their world. 

Dark Talisman was a deep, dark, delicious fantasy young adult novel with a ferocious story with writing that grabs you and refuses to let go.

Appealing to fans of the Game of Thrones and the Lord of The Rings, this epic fantasy young adult novel centers around elves, dwarves, and the like, all immersed in a deeply woven plot of magic, scandals, betrayal, and redemption. A dark elf must find her way after being banished from her home after stealing an important artifact- the Dark Talisman. The theme centers around the fact that knowing the truth can sometimes be dangerous.

Normally, I am not a big epic fantasy fan, as it is hard for me to get interested in (probably why I have been so hesitant to start The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Lord of The Rings, etc.) because I have been scared that I would not like them, as I feared with this novel. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised when I found this story to riveting, interesting, and action-packed, all without getting redundant or boring. You are kept on edge at all times, with new twists and surprises being thrown at you frequently. It is very hard to put down.

The writing is incredible. Very educated and witty, the language and style of this author is impeccable. Completely in tune with this novel, the writing flows and matches the theme of the novel spot on. The dialogue is original and constantly makes you want to put on the accent and read it out loud! The characters are very easy to either love or dislike. Our main characters are very relatable and fascinating, and very easy to root for during the novel. This is the most original and deep otherworldly novel I have ever read. It seriously is so perfectly woven, it is easy to wonder how Booth came to write this. It is that great.

With an imaginative plot with deep dark fantasy, gorgeous writing, and lovable characters, this novel is sure to lure anyone with an imagination in and not let them go. A definite must-read for any age! (And that's high praise.)

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Source: Free copy from edelweiss/publisher in exchange for an honest review and PURCHASED a copy
Reading Level: 8 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (May 7, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0062217070
ISBN-13: 978-0062217073
Series: Reboot #1
                           5 Butterflies

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Reboot is such a unique concept and it was executed well.  Reboot is about a group of teens that come back to life after so many minutes (depends on the person).  Once they are rebooted they get taken to a facility and used as assassins and military type force.  The more minutes you were down before you rebooted, the less human you are.  Wren (#178) is a well oiled killing machine.  When she gets paired up to train Callum (#22) she doesn't realize how much this almost human boy will change her and her future.

I loved the uniqueness of this story.  These people aren't zombies when they come back, they are killing machines that are used and controlled.  Only teens are rebooted and only if you've contacted a certain virus while alive.  The humans are taught to fear and hate the Reboots.  

You would think that a Reboot that is a killing machine and without much humanity would not be a great character to read about.  I absolutely loved Wren.  She was a total stone cold killer, yet Callum managed to start bringing out emotions in her.  Most times Wren just didn't know how to deal with them.  Even growing up she didn't have a very loving childhood.  These emotions were so new to her and it was so fun seeing her comes to terms with them.

Ever was a Reboot and she was Wren's roommate and only friend.  You could tell that Ever always saw that Wren had that humanity inside of her, even when noone else did.  When everyone else feared her, Ever was always there, trying to be her friend.  Callum sees this in her as well, and their relationship is very slow moving and innocent.  It was great fun to see their relationship blossom.

Addie, a reboot that comes in later in the story, was instantly likable and I hope we get to see more of her and Leb in the next book.  There are a lot of ways this story could go, and I can't wait to see where Amy Tintera will take it.

I like how Reboot ended at a point that didn't leave me screaming and pulling my hair out in frustration, but it did leave me excited for the next installment in the series.  While I love a good devastating cliffhanger occasionally, my heart can't take it all the time (I'm looking at you Lauren Oliver).

The pace of Reboot was really fast and made this such a quick read.  It picked up even more in the last 100 pages or so and I devoured it in no time.  As a debut, Reboot really does stand out as a great dystopian in a see of average material.  I definitely recommend Reboot to any fan of dystopian, action, or fantasy!

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