Friday, March 28, 2014

"No Good Duke Goes Unpunished" ( An Excited Ashley Review)

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!!!

  I am happy to end this week on a happy note and of course with a Historical Romance. "No Good Duke Goes Unpunished" by Sarah MacLean, is all about romance and vengeance. This book had me drawn in from the first page and kept me hook the entire way through.






Here is the summary taken straight from Goodreads.....

   "A rogue ruined . . .

He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no killer.

A scandal revealed . . .

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor . . . and to keep from putting himself on the line for love."


This wonderful story has it all: Fighting, Vengeance, Mystery, and of course Romance. Mara is a strong woman who can take care of herself, which I love when an author shows a woman doesn't need a man to take care of her. Temple believes he is a killer and has lost everything he ever wanted. When he discovers that the woman he was supposed to have killed is alive he comes up with a plan to get his life back. But things happen along the way and something changes between them. Can they over come the past or is the past too great to forget and forgive?

If you want a good historical romance, with a sexy male character and a strong female character then I highly recommend that you read this amazing book. I couldn't wait to read the next chapter to figure out why Mara ran in the first place and when you find out you won't blame her one bit.

Until Next Time!!!

Ashley

Rating: 5/5 hot guys who could represent Temple......

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"The Bookstore" ( A Disappointed Ashley Review)

Hello Happy Peppy People!!!!

  So, today I  bring you a book I didn't like all that much. "The Bookstore" by Deborah Meyler, is about a highly annoying woman, who becomes pregnant by her older boyfriend who dumps her.





Here is the summary taken from Goodreads........

   "A witty, sharply observed debut novel about a young woman who finds unexpected salvation while working in a quirky used bookstore in Manhattan. Impressionable and idealistic, Esme Garland is a young British woman who finds herself studying art history in New York. She loves her apartment and is passionate about the city and her boyfriend; her future couldn’t look brighter. Until she finds out that she’s pregnant.

Esme’s boyfriend, Mitchell van Leuven, is old-money rich, handsome, successful, and irretrievably damaged. When he dumps Esme—just before she tries to tell him about the baby—she resolves to manage alone. She will keep the child and her scholarship, while finding a part-time job to make ends meet. But that is easier said than done, especially on a student visa.

The Owl is a shabby, second-hand bookstore on the Upper West Side, an all-day, all-night haven for a colorful crew of characters: handsome and taciturn guitar player Luke; Chester, who hyperventilates at the mention of Lolita; George, the owner, who lives on protein shakes and idealism; and a motley company of the timeless, the tactless, and the homeless. The Owl becomes a nexus of good in a difficult world for Esme—but will it be enough to sustain her? Even when Mitchell, repentant and charming, comes back on the scene?

A rousing celebration of books, of the shops where they are sold, and of the people who work, read, and live in them, The Bookstore is also a story about emotional discovery, the complex choices we all face, and the accidental inspirations that make a life worth the reading."



I really really wanted to like this book and I honestly tried to read it, but I could only take so much. Esme is such an annoying character who thinks her shmuck of a boyfriend is the best thing ever. When she becomes pregnant he dumps her before she can tell him about the baby and she gets a job at the owl. She is doing just fine on her own and then in walks jerk face and he doesn't want anything to do with the baby, which he tells her to her face. Esme doesn't want to believe it and keeps saying he will come back once he sees the baby and so on and so on.

This book made me so annoyed that I had to stop reading because I couldn't bring myself to get into it. I know that sounds harsh, but if Esme's character was stronger and not so whiney and naïve this would have been a good book. The plot wasn't that bad, it was just you wanted to slap the sense into the main female character because she was so damn annoying. I don't recommend this book and it hurts me to say that, because I wanted to love this book and I just couldn't.

Goodbye for now!

Ashley


Rating: 2/5 photos of small bookstores.....

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Erasing: Shadows" (a Lexi review)

Readers,

This book is really weird. It's a stretch of the imagination, but bear with me here... Erasing: Shadows by K.D. Rose.



Summary: "What if to save the ones you love, you had to unlock the key to a different reality?

Generations of mystery smash together when a seemingly traditional family must shatter their illusions of normality to confront themselves and their friends, leaving no possibility unexplored in order to rescue- well, who exactly? Watch the Ross family, the High Five Gang, and multiple generations dig into an innovative explosion of imagination where they must confront numerous realities, real-world danger, and worst of all—their own teenage hormones!
In a place where nothing is as it seems and shocks are around every corner, even the people you thought you knew may find themselves strangers in this moving and provocative reality-bender. With breathless pacing and psychological intrigue, Erasing: Shadows and the High Five Gang will keep you guessing until the very end." (Thank you, Goodreads!)

It's an odd book. It is definitely original and interesting, but it couldn't capture me. The worlds in here seem amazing, and I was into it, but the plot was just not for me. It is a good book though. If you want a more fantastical fiction, then this is the book for you, and ignore my rating. But if you're not, go check out the other novels we've reviewed! :)

In Conclusion: Eh, why not?


Rating:
2/5 pine trees

Till next time!


XOXO,

Lexi

Monday, March 24, 2014

"The Museum of Extraordinary Things" (A Happy Ashley Reveiw)

Hello fellow readers!!!!

  Today I bring you a book that is so amazing, I couldn't put it down. "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" by Alice Hoffman, is a beautiful look into history and a beautiful story of two amazing characters. Plus, the way the cover is made, it is so unique and beautiful, it is the reason I was drawn to the book.






Here is the summary taken straight from Goodreads......

   "Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman's The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century.
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. An exceptional swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid in her father's museum, alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Girl, and a one-hundred-year-old turtle.
One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River. The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his father's Lower East Side Orthodox community and his job as a tailor's apprentice. When Eddie photographs the devastation on the streets of New York following the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman's disappearance and ignites the heart of Coralie.
With its colorful crowds of bootleggers, heiresses, thugs, and idealists, New York itself becomes a riveting character as Hoffman weaves her trademark magic, romance, and masterful storytelling to unite Coralie and Eddie in a sizzling, tender, and moving story of young love in tumultuous times. The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Alice Hoffman at her most spellbinding."


I don't want to say too much more about this book for fear I might give something important away. I will say the way the author gives you a background of each character and mixes it with actually historic events, is so amazing. Each chapter give you a background story on Coralie and Eddie, that way you get to come to know the characters and love them.

I will say that some of what is revealed about Coralie, will take a strong stomach to be able to read it. It doesn't go into detail, but you will feel mad and sad for her when you read about it. All and all this is such an amazing book, and if you are in the mood for history and fantasy you need to read this book. I promise if you read this book, you won't regret it and you wouldn't be able to figure out some of the twists that come about.

Enjoy!!!!

Ashley


Rating: 5/5 drawings of mermaids........

Sunday, March 23, 2014

This Week's Weird/Strange Holidays (a Sunday Lexi post)

Readers,

I'm giving you a reason to celebrate every single day this next week! Here's a list of holidays from today to next Sunday!!!

Today:
National Chip and Dip Day
Near Miss Day*

Monday:
National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Tuesday:
National Agriculture Day
Pecan Day
Waffle Day

Wednesday:
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

Thursday:
National "Joe" Day**

Friday:
Something on a Stick Day

Saturday:
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
Smoke and Mirrors Day

Sunday:
National Doctor's Day
I am in Control Day
Take a Walk in the Park Day

Till next time!

XOXO,
Lexi


*This is recognizing that, on March 23rd, 1989, a large asteroid missed the Earth by a mere 500,000 miles!

**This is the day you change your name, even if it's just for today!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

"The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare" (a reincarnated Lexi review)

Hey, Readers!

Not really too much to say today, so let's go on to the review of The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen!


Summary: "For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.

But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.

It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.

Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last." ()

It took me all of my 57 lives to read this book. I had to keep forcing myself to go on. It could have been and should have been shorter than it was. I love the idea, the plot, the characters, but I just couldn't get hooked onto this as much as I wanted to. The book pace was just waaaaay too slow for me, and there were too many parts I had to muscle through all throughout this novel. I did too much muscling. I even had to muscle through the end. Then, I'm left wondering/hoping that the sequel will be better...

In Conclusion: Do what you want. But I'd say no.

Rating:
2.5/5 lightbeams



Till next time!

XOXO,
Lexi

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Parasite" (a squirmish Lexi review)

Dear Readers,

You guys are awesome, reading our blog and sharing us with your friends!!! We really appreciate it!!!

Okay, today's book is Parasite by Mira Grant.


Summary: "A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.
But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them." (Toda, Goodreads!)

All I can really say is that this book is very interesting, but it took a little bit to get into. I do like it, and this idea is amazing to think about! I mean, a parasite that helps us??? How cool would that be!?!?! I really liked the medical view of this novel, and how creepy the idea of a tapeworm is, lol. I also like the relationships, and the twists that this novel takes, so I say read it!

In Conclusion: Read if you can take it.

Review:

4/5 parasites


Till next time!!!

XOXO,

Lexi

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Edge of the Falls" (a "tale as old as time" Lexi review)

Readers,

So I'm into "Beauty & the Beast." I made my mother watch it waaaaay too many times as a kid. She always told me I was just like Belle, and she taught me to be all the awesome things Belle was. I now seek out books to read with that theme. Today's is one of them!

It's Edge of the Falls by Nazarea Andrews!


Summary: "In a world torn apart by science and war, an outcast finds love with a beast.
Sabah has lived outside the Commission’s control her entire life. But as she approaches the age of Majority, her guardian pushes her to make a choice: life in the wild with a boy she barely knows, or a place in the nearby City with Berg, the boy she’s known since childhood.
But when Arjun, a monster created by scientists, saves her life, everything Sabah knows begins to change. Hidden away from her life and family, Sabah finds herself trusting the beast when he tells her secrets and more—falling in love with a creature she’s spent a lifetime fearing.
But in a world where control is everything, and life is something you fight for—can a love that defies society survive?" (Spasibo, Goodreads!)

This novel is soooooo good! Taking a dystopian novel and rigging it with a fairytale? That's just awesome. The characters have depth, and they're very relatable. I love the suggestive couples in the story, and the ban wolf den. The rules surrounding the dome seem realistic, which makes the novel even more engaging. I got through it quickly, because this is awesome! I hope you love it like I do!

In Conclusion: Yay! Read it!

Rating:
4.6/5 wolves


Till next time!

XOXO,
Lexi

Saturday, March 15, 2014

"The Forgotten Fairytales" (a royal Lexi review)

Readers,

We're having storms down here, which makes it perfection for reading books and watching movies, all cuddled up in blankets and pillows. Or to make a fort, whether it blanket or pillow. (I'm on the sheet side, but I don't want to start a war...) And it's perfect for my dog(who is also part cat and part hyena, we're pretty sure) to hide under a bed. Currently, the one I'm in. (Poor baby.) It's also a great day to read the creepiest things young kids have ever said to their parents, grandparents, etc. on Reddit as well!

But, before you go to that link, and before the rain ends, let's move on to the book I'm reviewing today, shall we? It's The Forgotten Fairytales by Angela Parkhurst.


Summary: "Once upon a time, seventeen-year-old Norah Hart believed in the lure of fairytales and happily ever afters. That was before she was forced to live in a fairy tale nightmare.

A psychotic, couture-clad, shoe obsessed Princess.
A not-so-charming, alcoholic Prince.
A hot Big Bad Wolf that she absolutely cannot fall for—no matter how well he kisses.

If Norah had known she’d be attending a boarding school for the nut job reincarnations of fairy tale characters, she would have insisted on going to Moscow with her father. But getting out isn’t as easy as she thought. Especially once Norah realizes she, too, is a storybook character. An Unknown. The first one in over one hundred years. Soon Norah learns she has the ability to rewrite the stories, putting everyone’s Happily Ever After in jeopardy. 
Some princesses will do whatever it takes to protect their endings. Even if it means betraying the one closest to you." (Obrigado, Goodreads!) 

This novel wasn't only magical, but it was funny. Showing up at a boarding school full of tales of "Happily ever after" makes Norah think everybody there is absolutely insane, and her dad sucks big time for making her go there. From there, she tries to find her own place amongst grumpy, devious princesses, dopey princes, and other awesome people/creatures! I absolutely LOVED this novel, and I think that you will, too!

In Conclusion: Magic is still alive! Go read this book!

Rating:

5/5 Disney Princesses (Okay, so there are ten here. Just go with it!.. Thank you to the DeviantArt artist who drew these!)



Till next time!!!

XOXO,

Lexi

Friday, March 14, 2014

"Legend" (A Thrilling Ashley Review)

Happy Friday!!!!!!!

  To wrap up this hopefully, wonderful week, I bring you the first of so far amazing series. I haven't read the next two books in the series, but if they are anything like the first one, I bet they are just as action packed and amazing. "Legend" by Marie Lu, is another book that in a way is like "The Hunger Games" mixed with "Divergent", but again don't let that fool you because it is unlike any other book.






Here is the amazing summary taken straight from Goodreads....

  "What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbours. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills."


June, is considered a prodigy, but all she wants to do is patrol with her brother and serve her Republic. When her brother dies, she makes it her mission to hunt down Day, who killed her brother, and make him pay for taking away the only family she had. Day, who is kind of a modern day robin hood, just wants to take care of his family, which for reasons that will be revealed he can't see anymore. When June meets Day, she is blinded by her hate, but as new information comes into light, she notices that her only allie might be Day. Will June learn the truth of her brother's death or is her heart already poisoned against the truth?

This book will have your heart pounding and have you guessing chapter after chapter. I will admit when Metias died I did cry, because you get sucked into the characters lives. What I really loved about this book is each chapter is either from June's point of view or from Day's, that way you get both backgrounds and can make your own judgements.

Until Next Time!!!!

 Ashley

Rating: 5/5 fan drawings of June and Day.....

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"Death and Nightingales" (A Mysterious Ashley Review)

Happy Wednesday Everyone!!!!

  I have another interesting and kind of different book for yall today. "Death and Nightingales" by Eugene McCabe, is a richly enchanting work of art full of mystery. This book takes place in Ireland, which not only gives the reader a beautiful scene, but works you into the mystery even further.






Here is the summary taken straight from Goodreads.....

   "It is 1883 and against the fearsome beauty of the Fermanagh landscape, the fate of Beth Winters slowly unfolds. Beth is determined to decide her own destiny yet seems doomed to repeat the tragic mistakes of her family. Through the events of the day of her twenty-fifth birthday, decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax. In this powerful and gripping novel McCabe creates a lyrical indictment of the tensions that tear both families and nations apart."

Beth, is a young woman, who is in love with a boy her family doesn't know she is seeing. Her mother is dead and her step-father never really wanted her. The events from the past come into light and Beth is faced with losing herself and the guy she loves. Will she be able to live her life the way she wants or is she doomed to live the fate that her mother lived?

This is such an original, that I honestly can't compare it to anything, which is always a good thing. I came by this book in Half-Price books and didn't know what I would think of it at first. From the second I started reading it, I fell in love with the characters and the mystery that surrounds them. The author also has points of views from different characters, that way instead of seeing it through one character's eyes you can see it through multiple.

I know that sometimes when an author tries to do multiple points of view it can get confusing, but with this book it is so elegantly written, that you will never get confused about what is going on with the characters. If you love a thrilling mystery then this book will have you glued to the pages. There is a little religious aspect to it, but it is important for the mystery of the book.

Happy Reading!!!!


  Ashley



Rating: 4/5 beautiful oceans located in Ireland........

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

"Elusion" (a digital Lexi review)

Hey, readers!!!

I've been bleh all day, so to cheer myself up, I wanted to write a post about this awesome book that's been stuck in my head ever since I finished reading it. It moved up the list of novels I've read and need to review on! What book? Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam.


Summary: "Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.
Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions." (Gracias, Goodreads)

This novel is really cool. I loved the setting, and how polluted everything was. I guess it made me feel like it was more realistic. Then came the virtual reality machines that are a big part of this novel. I loved them! I loved how detailed and realistic they were, and how different they made this novel. Sure, there have been others with the same idea of device, but those are nothing compared to this novel's. This could be because of the descriptiveness of this book. The descriptions are amazing in this novel, from the machines to the people to the outside to even inside buildings. The storyline was really cool, and I was just wowed with the book in general. It had (and still has) me hooked!

In Conclusion: Read it!

Rating:
5/5 motherboards


Adios till next time!!!

XOXO,

Lexi

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Membrane" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Hello fellow readers!!!!!

  I can't get over the fact that it is already the 10th of March, is it just me or is this year kind of going by fast already? I have some interesting books for you this week and hope that one or all capture your attention and you can enjoy them as much as I did. Today I bring you "Membrane" by Carol Moreira, which I loved. If you liked the "Hunger Games", chances are you will like "Membrane" as well.






Here is the summary taken straight from Goodreads.....

  "You can’t outrun the membrane ...

For Tanya turning sixteen sucks. Her former friend Rachel is bullying her, the love of her life doesn’t know she exists and her self-esteem isn’t exactly sky-high. Things go from bad to worse when she gets slimed at a bus stop and finds herself in an alternate universe and faced with another version of herself.

Her alternate universe double is cool and confident, if a bit bossy. P — short for Princess because in Tanya’s eyes she is one — is part of an organization called Resist. Trained in tactical defense, Resist is preparing for an invasion by the Others. But are the Others really mobilizing to take over P’s universe or has there been some kind of galactic miscommunication?

On the other side of the membrane, who can Tanya trust to make it back to her universe alive?"


"Membrane" is one thrilling ride, that makes you think "what if?". It will have your heart racing and mind wondering what will happen on the adventure next. What I really loved about this book is that you couldn't figure out what it was all about or what is going to happen next. A lot of people have said it is a little like "The Hunger Games" and I would have to agree with them to a point, but "Membrane" is it's own story all in its self.

Before reading this book you need to go in with an open mind, and you have to be ready for a trilling mystery. If you are one of those people who hate figuring out what will happen in a book, then you will love this one, because I can bet you won't be able to figure out what will happen next. This is such a well written and amazing, new type of book and I recommend anyone with a sense of adventure or a love of dystopia novels, read this book.

Enjoy!!!!

Ashley


Rating: 5/5 dystopian cities......

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our Sunday Comics!!! (a Sunday post by Lexi)

Here are some funny memes (our own Sunday comics, lol)!!! Hope they make ya smile!!! <3 font="">, Lexi

This is even funnier now, A) because Harry Potter books just turned 15, and B) the royals just announced that the Duchess is indeed pregnant.

It's called Facebook, not Boobbook. So next time try to get your face in the picture too

The 4th Twilight Book... by Will Ferrel. Twitter joke. I really want to create a twitter just so I can follow him!! XD
I'm still convinced that this happened.

Dennis, is that you?

Every time you make a typo, the errorists win | Img @ The Meta Picture. http://bit.ly/TheErroristsWin

I shot the serif... I probably think this is funnier than it really is. :)

Humor quotes, funny pics, humourous, jokes funny, hilariousness, just hilarious, Lmao funny …For the best humour quotes and hilarious sayings visit www.bestfunnyjokes4u.com/lol-funny-cat-pic/

I'm hilarious like that...

Read this in Malfoy's voice and laughed way harder than I probably should have.

Funny Pictures Of The Week (55 Pics) Rue and Katniss sitting in a tree. K-I-L-L-I-N-G

Police State? What Police State? This is such a joke.  What about the real criminals out there?  Where are taxes being use, oh wait, to Islam. !!

“Otters” Daily Odd Compliment

I'll admit it, this almost worked on me. And by that I mean I stopped after the first two syllables...

I totally understand, Rihanna.

Fun Claw - Funny Cats, Funny Dogs, Funny Animals: Funny Dogs - 20 Pics

:)



LOL!

Hope you're grinning!!!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

"Control" (a biological Lexi review)

Hey, lovely readers!!!

I know y'all loved reading April Lindner's post!!! Her books are amazing, so how could we not have her on here!?! She's been awesome with us.

Okay, so today's book was released the day after Christmas! It's called Control (Control #1) by Lydia Kang!



Summary: "When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn't even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes." (Thank you to Goodreads!!!)

The technology and characters were totally unique. The main character and her sister had a close bond, and did with their father as well. I saw only the one-sentence summary "Copyright" page, so I wasn't privy to many facts that are in that summary. I was walking into this one blind. However, the family she develops, and the truths that are found made it worth it. I'm so happy I chose to read this! Kang is a great writer that gets you into the novel, invested in the characters, and also be laughing at things said. The plot is unique, and the ending was good!

In Conclusion: Read away, especially if you're into this genre!!!

Rating:



4/5 DNA strands

Till next time!


XOXO,

Alexis (Lexi)

Friday, March 7, 2014

"Grimm's Fairy Tales" (A Haunting Ashley Review)

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!!!

  So, as you can tell from some of my reviews, I love doing fairy tales and re-telling of fairy tales. This one is no different, and I love these fairy tales so much. "Grimm's Fairy Tales" by The Brothers Grimm, will have you looking on the classic fairy tales you knew in a whole different light.






Here is the summary taken straight from Goodreads....

  "For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children—and adults—learn about the vagaries of the real world. Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here. Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging."

These fairy tales are slightly darker then the tales we grew up with, but they are just as good. They follow the classics to a point, but they are so different that when you read them you are getting an entirely different story. In all honesty I love their take on my personal favourite, Beauty and the Beast and there were some stories I read that I wasn't familiar with.

Any lover of fairy tales, in my opinion, should read different countries versions and see how they are different or alike to each other. It is also amazing to see how the fairy tales other countries read shaped their children and how ours shaped us. The Brother's Grimm have a wonderful imagination and although these stories are a little on the dark side, they will take you on a wonderful adventure.

Till Next Week!!!!

Ashley


Rating: 5/5 paintings of Grimm's Sleeping Beauty.....

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Elizabeth" (A Happy Ashley Review)

Hello my luvs!!!!!!

  So, as I told you I would on Monday, I am doing another Sunfire series review. It is another Historical Romance, like all in the books in the series, but this one is in a different time period. "Elizabeth" by Willo Davis Roberts, takes place during the Salem Witch Trials and is just as good.






Here is the summary taken straight from Goodreads.....

  "In a time of treachery and terror, loving the wrong man could be a deadly risk. Did she dare follow her heart?
When someone points an accusing finger and cries "Witch!" Elizabeth face a choice -- between a lie that could doom a friend, and the truth that would threaten her own life. The truth could also ruin wealthy Troy's love for Elizabeth and reveal her own attraction to a stranger -- a wild and ruthless boy who shares her fear and courage."


Elizabeth is a head strong girl, who is just trying to be the girl her uncle wants her to be. When she looses her parents she goes to leave with her aunt and uncle, along with her two siblings. When something happens and Elizabeth can't save one of her siblings, she will do anything to get him back. She meets a new friend, who is a little different than Elizabeth has ever encountered. Along the way her sense of right and wrong will be tested and she will have to choose which way she wants to go. Will she tell the truth and risk loosing everything or will she sit ideally by and watch an innocent die?

What I love about the books I have read in this story, is every female character is a strong heroine, who don't need a man to save them. I feel if more females read stories like these then there life would be changed and they would realize we are strong in our own way. We can save ourselves and get through tough times without a man, who all of these female characters demonstrate.

Happy Reading!!!!

  Ashley

Rating: 5/5 paintings of the Salem Witch Trials.....