Blog Tour Book Review: Beyond the Eyes by Rebekka Ford

Beyond the Eyes by Rebekka Ford

Summary:
Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.

In the small town of Astoria, Oregon, surrounded by deep forest and endless mountains, another world thrives . . . a menacing one where dark spirits dwell in soulless humans. Seventeen-year- old Paige Reed lives in this lush, picturesque setting. She’s not your average teen, though she appears to be. Not only is she heartsick, but she’s been receiving cryptic premonitions from a ghostly voice since the age of four. After she hears a haunting message about herself, supernatural occurrences begin to confuse her.

Nathan Caswell seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them they cannot deny. They’re connected. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.

When two power-hungry malevolent beings make demands on her, she realizes then the fate of mankind rest in her hands. Her world quickly turns inside out where the impossible becomes possible, and in the end she’s faced with a life changing decision that will not only alter her existence but the world as she knows it.

Can a deeply troubled teen overcome her own demons in order to fight those lurking about? With the past and present colliding, Paige must make the ultimate mortal choice. Will it be the right one?

What I Thought:

I don’t really know how I feel about this book.  On one hand, the paranormal aspects were interesting and exciting.  On the other hand, however, the romance felt off and the main character was definitely not my favorite.  Paige, as the main character and narrator of the story, comes off as a bit whiny.  She cries quite a bit and seems to lack a bit of common sense.  I liked her chemistry with Nathan, but the romance felt rushed and unrealistic. Her relationship with her friends, however, was fantastic.  they seemed like real teenagers who had been friends for years, even if Paige couldn’t tell them all of her secrets.

Overall, I liked this story for the paranormal and mystery elements.  I liked the journey that the character’s go on, though I found the insta-love romance a bit dull and unbelievable.  The story is well written and had an interesting concept, I just wish that the author had dug a little deeper into the character and relationship development.  I would recommend this book to readers who like Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton, which I feel  this book is similar to in style and theme.

Rating: 3/5

Rebekkah’s Bio:


Rebekkah Ford grew up in a family that dealt with the paranormal. Her parents’ Charles and Geri Wilhelm were the directors of the UFO Investigator’s League in Fairfield, Ohio, back in the 1970s. They also investigated ghost hauntings and Bigfoot sightings in addition to UFO’s. Growing up in this type of environment and having the passion for writing is what drove Rebekkah at an early age to write stories dealing with the paranormal. Her fascination with the unknown is what led her to write the Beyond the Eyes trilogy.

Where to connect with Rebekkah Ford:
Blog: http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com/
Facebook Author Page: http://www.Facebook.com/RebekkahFord2012
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebekkahFord
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/rebekkahford/boards/

Where to buy Beyond the Eyes books:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords

This tour was presented by Reach for the Stars Marketing.

LGBT Tuesday: Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins

On every other Tuesday, I have a blog post dedicated to an LGBT book, movie, or T.V. show. I hope that a few of my dear readers see this as an opportunity to branch out of their comfort zone and read or watch something new.

This week is a book review!

Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins

Summary:
Brett Miller is one of the kings of Elkhead High. Everyone knows the kings rule the school. Football stars. Pretty girls. The in-crowd. Brett and his buddies are the tormentors; nobody messes with them. Then Brett meets Zach …”It’s a crush. I’m crushing on a friggin’ guy. That’s sick. And I don’t know what to do about it. … I want these feelings to go away. At the same time, I don’t want them to go away.” And his life is turned inside out. Everything he knows about himself is wrong. And he doesn’t have anywhere to turn for answers. He’s heard the word “bi” before; it has nothing to do with him. But in his gut he knows. And he doesn’t have a clue what to do about it

What I Thought:
Well, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did, but the main character is just so unlikable! And I was so excited to read a book with a bisexual protagonist too… Brett Miller is a bullyying jerk, the type that you normally see as the “bad guy.” I guess that makes it a bit more interesting once he starts questioning himself, but he’s still just a jerk.

Overall, this book wasn’t completely terrible. I can see some people really connecting with this book and this character, but it just wasn’t for me. This book was a quick, easy read, though, at less than 200 pages, so I didn’t feel like it was a waste of time. I will admit that I would read a sequel in a heartbeat, just to see if Brett gets anymore likable after realizing what a terrible person he’s been to the gay kids at his school. That would be interesting to read.

Rating: 2/5

December Books to be Excited About!!!

December is here, and there are a some new books that are being released that look really good! I’m most excited about These Broken Stars (Dec. 10th) and the short stories for Divergent and The Bane Chronicles(Dec 17th).

What do you plan to read this month?

December 3
Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) by Morgan Rhodes and Michelle Rowen
The World Without a Future Nazarea Andrews
Lost Covenant (Widdershins Adventures #3) by Ari Marmell
Deadly (Pretty Little Liars #14) by Sara Shepard

December 10
These Broken Star (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Snakeroot (Nightshade Legacy #1) by Andrea Creamer

December 17
Echoes of Balance (The Ways Trilogy #1) by Cally Ryanne
The Last Stand of the New York Institute (The Bane Chronicles #9) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson
Dangerous Dream (Dangerous Creatures 0.5) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi
The Initiate: A Divergent Story (Divergent 0.2) by Veronica Roth
Fireblood (Fireblood #1) by Trisha Wolfe

December 31
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
Warrior (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh
Taste of Darkness (Healer #3) by Maria V. Snyder

Are there any other books that you’re looking forward to in November? Let me know!

My November in Review

In total, I read 15 books this October.  Here’s the breakdown!

YA Books

Dead is so Last Year by Marlene Perez

Dead is Just a Rumor by Marlene Perez

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Champion by Marie Lu

Defy by Sara B. Larson

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (re-read)

Pawn by Aimee Carter

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Reboot by Amy Tintera

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson – review to come

Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins – review to come

ROMANCE (And Manga)

Girlfriends: The Complete Collection 1 by Milk Morinaga

Girlfriends: The Complete Collection 2 by Milk Morinaga

Desperate Love by Michelle Hazen

Frigid by J.Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout) – review to come

 

10 YA books is a really good month, though 2 of them were just short stories (The Bane Chronicles).   Of the YA books, 2 were brand new (Sentinel and Champion), and 2 were  ARCs (Defy and Pawn).  Right now I am 3 books ahead on my reading challenge of 150 books this year, and only have 10 more books to complete my goal!

How was your reading this month?  What did you read?  Did you read everything that you wanted to?  What books are you planning to read in the next month?

Now, onto December!

WWW Wednesday…or Thursday: November 20th

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:

What are you currently reading?

Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn) – I was bored at work so I started reading this.  It’s a nice bit of romancy fluff.

What did you recently finish reading?
Since last Wednesday, I have read…

Reboot by Amy Tintera – Loved it and highly recommend!  Review was posted yesterday.

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort by Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson – Interesting, but not my favorite in the series.  Review to come in a few days.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Dead Is Not An Option by Marlene Perez – I need to get back to this series!

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano – This book looks interesting, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

So…what are you reading?

Book Review: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot by Amy Tintera

Summary From Goodreads:

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.

What I Thought:

This book was a fun, original dystopian.  In the beginning, I had trouble connecting to Wren because she is so unemotional, but that’s intentional.  Once she met Callum, I began to connect with her more as she broke out of her “perfect reboot” shell.  She became more human.  I also loved Callum, especailly towards the end when he got a bit more snarky.  Their romance was really well done, and I was really glad that there was no love triangle.  That’s two books in a row that have been triangle free!  That must be some kind of record!  lol.

I also loved the concept of rebooting.  It a very different look at Zombies, because that’s basically what they are.  I felt that the author spent a good amount of time establishing Wren and how the reboots at HARC live.  This brings home how corrupt the world has gotten (or, at least, Texas) and how unfairly reboots are treated.  You really start to side with the reboots and the rebellion (though the rebellion still seems super shady to me).

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  The characters are likable, the concept is interesting, and the romance is romantic without being over-dramatic and soap-opera like.  The only thing that really bugged me about the book was the end, but only because it was so abrupt and left me craving the sequel, which doesn’t come out until May of next year. 

Rating: 4/5

TV Trope Tuesday: Beard of Evil

Every other week will now be TV Trope Tuesday, where I talk about a different trope from the website tvtropes.org and my favorite examples of it.

This week: The Beard of Evil

Why does facial hair seem so evil?  For some reason, this fear of beards manifests into our popular culture, where the villian will have facial hair while the hero is clean shaven.  Now, this isn’t always the case, but it often is and is almost never the reverse (though some darker and edgier heroes/anti-heroes  may have a some stubble).  This normally refers to well-kept, smaller beards and is also related to The Evil Counterpart of The Evil Twin. 

Some of my favorite evil beards include…

Evil Spock from the Star Trek episode Mirror Mirror

The Master from classic Doctor Who

Evil Abed and Evil Troy from Community’s darkest timeline

 

And, the BEST EVIL BEARD OF ALL TIME…
Seneca Crane from The Hunger Games

 

Who has some of you favorite Beards of Evil?

The Bane Chronicles #8 by Cassandra Clare

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyway) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Summary:
Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, has once again fallen in love, this time with Alexander Lightwood, one of the Nephilim. They may or may not actually be dating, but Magnus is stressing over finding Alec the perfect birthday gift.

What I Thought:
Basically, this story was an excuse for Malec fluffiness, and I am okay with that. It was super cute, and it gave the reader am insight on Magnus’s thought and fellings on Alex. I also loved how Magnus’s friends were all done with dealing with his dramatics over somethings so small. Hilarious! The “plot” with the demon summoning surved absolutely no purpose, but once again, that wasn’t the point of the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this story for what it was: cute, fluffy, and all about Magnus/Alec. This one was written with the fangirls in mind.

Rating: 4/5

Book Review: Pawn by Aimee Carter

Summary:

Kitty Doe was born an extra in a society where families are only allowed one chils, so she is raised in a foster home with 40 other children.  When she turns 17, she must take a test to determine her place in society, and she becomes a III, which lower than the average IV, which means that she’ll be seperated from her boyfriend and forced to work in the sewers.

She escape to a club, where the prime minister finds her and offers her a VII.  There’s a catch, however, that he doesn’t tell her until it’s too late.  In order to become a VII, she is Masked and becomes a perfect copy of his niece, Lila, who he had killed because of her rebellious actions.

Now Kitty has become a pawn in a game between two very powerful and dangerous people.  She must decide what actions o take in order to survive, and to become her own person again.

What I Thought:

This book was interesting.  I really liked the concept of the dystopian society being divided by abilities, though the test aspect reminded me a bit of Legend by Marie Lu. The outcome of the test was different and unique, and I liked that those in charge preached that everyone had an equal chance on the test, which is just a big fat lie.

I also loved that Kitty Doe, the main character, is dyslexic.  She is intelligent and capable, but she can’t read, which is the real reason she is a III instead of any higher.  The only other dyslexic hero in a middle-grade/young adult book that I can think of is Percy Jackson, and that is explained away as part of his godly heritage.  Here, dyslexia is just something that Kitty faces in a society that values traditional, book smart intelligence, rather than seeing the value in people who are different.

This book also has No LOVE TRIANGLE!  This is rare, and something to be celebrated.  The romance is very charming, and I love the depth of feeling between Kitty and Benjy.  Though there is no triangle, that’s not to say that there aren’t romantic complications.  When Kitty is forced to take the place of Lila, she finds out that Lila is engaged to the charming and secretive Knox.  She becomes friends with him, but there is never any romantic feelings.  Yay!

Overall, I really liked this book  filled with mystery and secrets.  Kitty feels very real, and everything she does is just to survive and help Benjy.  I loved how she didn’t want to join the rebellion because it is dangerous, which is a very real reaction.  The book contained so many twists and turns that I was always interested and didn’t want to put the book down.  I enjoyed the relationships between the characters and how no one could really trust anyone else.

Rating: 4/5

WWW Wednesday…or Thursday: November 20th

Oops!  This is a day late!!!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:

What are you currently reading?

The Shadowhunter’s Codex – I finally started it!  It’s interesting, just really boring because it reads almost like an encyclopedia.  the margin ocmments are hilarious, though.

What did you recently finish reading?
Since last Wednesday, I have read…

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – So good! I’m glad that I read it again before seeing the movie.  If anything, it made the movie even better!

Pawn by Aimee Carter – This book was interesting.  I’ll be posting my review within the next few days.

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You’re Not Officially Dating Anyways) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan – So. Freaking. Cute!  A real review will be posted later this week.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Dead is Not an Option – I put it off last week, but I’m hoping to continue with this series again soon.

The Fall of the Hotel Dumort – I skipped reading this last month, but I felt bad, especiallly after reading the story from this month. lol

Reboot – This was Kindle daily deal last week, and it sounded interesting and I think I’ll give it a try.

So…what are you reading?