Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review of: Dearly, Departed (Gone with the Respiration #1) by Lia Habel


Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

I gave it: 4/5 stars

Where I got it: Barnes and Noble of course!

My Thoughts:

I finally got my hands on this book! I've wanted to read this book since February when I had to choose between Partials by Dan Wells and Dearly, Departed and let's just say I kind of want to kick myself in the butt for not choosing this book! Dearly, Departed is an excellent book for zombie lovers like myself, but I was a little wary at the concept of the Steampunk, new era setting, but I think the concept gave it a very original story. The story is written from five different POV's that I sometimes found confusing and made me go back and look at the beginning of the chapter, but overall I enjoyed seeing the story from different peoples point of views. I really enjoyed Bram, Pam and Nora's point of view over Wolfe and Nora's father because honestly Wolfe's oh-so-evil thoughts were kind of disturbing, and Nora's father was kind of a drag from the action the other characters had. Overall Habel's characters were written beautifully and they all had a particular voice to them, like Pam's badassness, Ren's adorable geekyness, and Chas's way of putting things you could say. I also had a love/hate relationship with Bram and Nora's relationship, since you see their thoughts of each other from both points of view, and know they like each other the whole time; it drives you nuts because they have doubts about the other person’s feelings. But overall the romance is sweet and innocent. I recommend this book to fans of Carrie Harris and Amy Plum.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Summary: "I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

What I gave it: 4.5/5 Stars

My thoughts:

Katie McGarry book Pushing the Limits was both heat breaking and a hopeful story for all people both teenage, and well beyond the age of a teenager. McGarry book explored the world of death, betrayal, hope, sacrifice, and forgiveness, and I think that those qualities is what makes her book so bittersweet. The main characters of the story, Echo and Noah, both have suffered a great deal in recent events before the actually story. Echo, with her brother dying two years before in Afghanistan fighting in the war, and her mother’s attempt on her life, but Noah with his parents dying in a fire, and his two younger brothers being thrown into foster care system. During this whole book, both the characters fight emotional battles, and well has physical and mentally. This story was beautifully written with lots of romance. The only reason I didn't give this book a full five stars was because I think McGarry developed Noah and Echo's relationship a little fast, but overall it had a good concept. This book had me thing a lot about forgiveness, and I found myself tearing up a bit in the end after the story played out. I recommend this book to people who personally enjoyed authors like Simone Elkles, Nicholas Sparks, and Sarah Dessen.

This book is via NetGalley, and I really appreciate them letting me read this book!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

So sorry!!

Dear Followers,
I am really sorry that I've been lacking the past couple of months! I know it's inexcusable, but I'm now hopefully back for awhile! Things have been hectic- with both Marjie and I- and I'm going to try my hardest to catch up with emails and reviews! Thank YOU for putting up with our crazy schedules and being so patient!
Much <3,

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Our Big Move

From Tennessee to California
3 Kids a Uhaul and 2 Boats- A horror story
By Mom

First of all let me just start with I Love My Family!
(I repeated this to myself many many time across the miles to refrain from killing one of them!)

There was Lots of arguing, whining and tears! But we also had Plenty of FUN , laughs, and saw some great sights!
And NO! I DO NOT ever want to do it again!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Unfurl Review

Unfurl (Rippler # 3) By Cidney Swanson

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Unfurl picks up right where Chameleon left off: Sam going back to California and Will staying in France with Micke and Sir Walter. Sam makes her way back to the States in the company of Christian, the son of Sir Walter, who has promised to act as her bodyguard. Meanwhile, in France Sir Walter, Mickie and Will are trying to find out why Geneses has been buying random warehouses near the demographics they despise, while keeping them seemingly unused. Hans manages to kidnap Sam and take something from her that could allow Helmann to clone her infinitely. It turns out that Helmann has been experimenting with new results from his 'children' - he wants them to be the ones to play savior when he unleashes his planned devastations. Will Sam and her family be able to come out unscathed from Hans' wrath when she escapes from him, yet again? Can they all find a way to defeat Helmann and save the millions of people he is planning genocide for?
What I gave it: 5 outta 5!! I LOVE this series!! 

Where I got it: From Cidney herself cuz she's so Awesome!!

My Thoughts:
I gotta say I already loved Will and Sam but this book just completely solidified that bond!! Like poor Sam hadn't been through enough in her young life, crazy Hans kidnaps her and STEALS one of her eggs! That is such a personal violation it's right up there with Rape! I felt so bad for her!
"It put my step-mother's annual heartache about a miscarriage in a completely different light. I hadn't understood why she felt sad about someone she'd never met. But I got it now. She grieved for someone she had seen, if only in her imagination."   I LOOOVE this line! 
This is the 3rd book in a FANTASTIC series if you haven't checked them out yet I HIGHLY recommend doing so NOW!! 

Friday, February 10, 2012


I just wanted to post a little something to let everyone know that I'm sorry I have been lacking so much in the posting department! Things have been CRAZY around here; We have a new baby in the house, (not mine! my nephew and his mama, my sister-in-law, have been staying with us since he was born), I am planning a cross country move in 9 days- which is seriously nerve racking!! We do have a guest Author post by one of our FAVORITE Authors Cidney Swanson and a review of her new book on Sunday, but after that I doubt you'll hear from me until sometime in March.  Thanks for sticking with me xoxoxo Marjie

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Chameleon Review

Chameleon (Ripple #2) By Cidney Swanson

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      Sixteen-year-old Samantha Ruiz has a lot on her mind. The crush who kissed her but changed his mind. The BFF who thinks Sam is in an abusive relationship. The geneticist who wanted Sam dead but now wants her ALIVE. And of course, Sam’s still dealing with a tendency to disappear into thin air.
When Sam learns of her nemesis Helmann’s Nazi-like plan to establish a Thousand-Year Reign, she’s determined to fight him. Along with Will and Mickie, Sam flees to France to meet Sir Walter—their best hope for stopping Helmann’s brave new world.
But Sam isn’t any safer in
France. Someone is following her. Someone invisible. Sam will have to figure out how to hide from an enemy she can’t even see.

What I gave it: 5 outta 5!! LOVED it!

Where I got it: e-book sent from the Author

My Thoughts:
      Absolutely Fantastic I could not put it down! All the Paris details were great. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next one! I loved that Sam and Will finally got their S&*T together and figured out they were seriously in love! It was so cute!! 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Supernaturally Review

Supernaturally  By  Kierston White  Paranormalcy #2

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    Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.

What I gave it: 5 outta 5!  I love Evie!

Where I got it: My local Library

My Thoughts:
  I cannot wait for the next one in this series !! I love Evie! Poor jack, Poor poor bat poop crazy Jack! He's so messed up and its not at all his fault! I hope the fairies get what they deserve!! This series is really fantastic and I recommend that anyone who has any interest in paranormal try it out! Kiersten is a wonderful writer and she really draws you in.