Archives for March 2012

Review: Fall For You by Cecilia Gray

fall for youFall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series, #1)
written by Cecilia Gray
published by The Alpha Division, LLC

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Why did I pick this book: I received this book from the author. Ms. Gray thought I would enjoy it because I am a fan of Jane Austen and the various retellings and spin-offs. (I received a copy for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I enjoyed this book a lot. I read it every free chance I had. This book is a fresh take on the wonderful classic, Pride & Prejudice. It was a quick read that made me laugh, made me anxious to see what would happen next and see how things would work out.

I could definitely see the parallels between the two books and I can honestly say that I felt the anxious question throughout while reading this book as I did while reading Pride & Prejudice: Will Lizzie (Elizabeth Bennett) and Dante (Mr. Darcy) really end up together? Or will their pride and perceptions of each other get in the way?

Lizzie is a smart and ambitious junior at Jane Austen Academy ready to room with her best friend, Ellie. Lizzie is a great play on Elizabeth Bennett. Both smart, witty, and quick to jump to conclusions before she finds out all of the facts. When the room assignments are switched, I was surprised that Lizzie took another path. When I read this first part of the book, I kept wondering why Lizzie would walk away from her best friend. And as the book progressed, I wondered why Ellie and Emma became so close. (I am anxious to see if this explored in later sequels!) And I kept wanting to tell Lizzie that she brought the anger she felt upon herself.

I enjoyed the plot of this book…the new ownership of Jane Austen Academy and the renaming of their beloved, once all girl school. What I didn’t quite get was why Lizzie was worried that Dante was going to take her one admittance to Georgetown University…isn’t she a junior? Doesn’t she have another year before she has to worry about that? I guess that just helped fuel her prejudice against Dante.

I will definitely be reading more books by Ms. Gray! (I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!)

Would I recommend it: If you love young adult books and Jane Austen retellings, then you should definitely read this book!

Will I read it again: I probably won’t. It was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will read the other books in the series, but I don’t know that I will read this one again.


About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Jane Austen Academy has always been an elite, all girl private boarding school. Most of the students attend in hopes of receiving an acceptance letter from an ivy league university. However, in the course of one summer break, the school is sold and boys are now allowed to attend The Jane Austen Academy.

Lizzie wants the position of Managing Editor of the school newspaper and an acceptance letter to Georgetown University. Dante is one of the new, male students who seems like a snob who is way to good for Lizzie and for Jane Austen Academy. Lizzie wants her school back to the way it was because things are changing much to fast and not for the better in her opinion.

Will Lizzie’s single focus quest to save her school ruin her and her relationships with those around her? Does Dante think he is too good for Lizzie and the Academy? Will Lizzie’s pride get in the way of seeing what is good about some of these changes and the people come along with them?


COVER REVEAL: Defy by Raine Thomas

Here is the beautiful cover for Raine Thomas’s new book Defy (Firstborn Trilogy, Book One), set to be released on April 30, 2012!

Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death.

Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life.

Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his.

As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful ancient artifact. With the unpredictable Zachariah as her only source for aid, she’ll soon find out if her abilities are strong enough to help her defy her Fate.

Paint Me True by E.M. Tippetts

paint me true origPaint Me True
written by E.M. Tippetts
published by Emily Tippetts

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Goodreads
Why did I pick this book: I read Someone Else’s Fairytale by this author and really enjoyed it. The author recommended her first book to me and gave me a copy. I couldn’t wait to read it! (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: Yes, I did. I read it every free chance I had. In fact, I finished the book in a day…that’s how good it was. I could not put it down.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that I felt all of the emotions that the characters were feeling. It is something that doesn’t happen often for me. I laughed out loud – especially during the steak house date scene. That was funny! I cried, I hoped, I bit my lip with anxiousness. I experienced it all as I was reading! Thank you, Ms. Tippetts, for that!!

I also liked that the characters were real…they weren’t ideal or perfect. Each one had a flaw or quirk or something not perfect about them. That is refreshing. Usually characters are written perfectly – the ideal woman, the perfect boyfriend, etc – but in this book there were no “perfect” characters. All of the characters were complex and likeable in their own ways…and unlikeable in other ways.

Len is my favorite. He is an every day nerd…but a loveable nerd. Nora is the second mother who has her own secrets that she wishes to stay hidden. Louisa was the overprotective sister and nosy neighbor who turns out to be much different.

Eliza was a complex character for me. At first, I really didn’t like her. I thought she was shallow, stuck up and way too full of herself. Eliza and her friends also acted rather young for her almost 31 years. And her “rules” for a guy that wants to date her??? Oh, my! That was kind of bothersome. But then, you find out her true self and everything she has been through. This redeemed her for me and helped me to better understand her. She is real, she is complex, she is who she is and finds herself through a series of stories and paintings.


Would I recommend it:  I definitely would. I would recommend any of Ms. Tippetts books.

Will I read it again: I don’t know if I will read it again. It is a rather sad book…but a quick read that evoked many emotions. Hmmmm…only time will tell.

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Eliza Dunmar is a professional artist who has had a rough life, losing every older female relative except one to cancer. She is about to turn thirty-one, she is still single, and must leave the singles ward of her church. Eliza’s current boyfriend is addicted to video games, dresses on the slobbish side, and dumps Eliza at a steakhouse.

Eliza’s Aunt Nora calls her from England and asks her to come help her out after she broke her arm. Eliza is on the next flight to England. Her aunt is being rather obstinate about getting x-rays and scans that are needed. In order to persuade her aunt, Eliza promises to paint Nora any picture that she wants. Nora chooses scenes from her courtship and marriage to her husband.

Along the way, Eliza learns that no relationship is perfect. Everyone has a secret. And she grows up, finds her true self, and her true love.

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

The Ending Dark by Jen Walker

The Ending Dark
written by Jen Walker          
published by Jen Walker

Why did I pick this book: The author, Jen Walker, asked me to review her book and I gladly accepted. 

Did I enjoy this book: I did. It was a good story that kept me interested and reading every free chance I had. 

When I started reading this book, I thought it was a college-aged chick lit type book – which would not be a bad thing. Then, I thought it was going to be another vampire book – which also would not be a bad thing. BUT this book was refreshing in that it didn’t have a vampire or shapeshifter or anything of that sort. What it centered around was a curse that made a man immortal. I really enjoyed that the curse originated in New Orleans. I sometimes associate voodoo and such with New Orleans. (I really don’t know why, but I do.)

The story flowed and moved, it did not drag. There were parts where I laughed out loud and parts where I was anxious to see what would happen next. All-in-all, it was a good book. With that being said, there were some typos and some repeating of information that wasn’t necessary. However, this did not detract from my enjoyment of this book. 

The ending wrapped up fairly quickly. I would have enjoyed an epilogue…I know we are supposed to come to our own conclusion with an ending such as this but because it ended rather fast, a little extra at the end would have finished it up nicely.

I will look forward to another book by this author. 

Would I recommend it: I would. It was a quick young adult read that was clean, exciting, and good. 

Will I read it again: I’m not sure. While I did enjoy it, I’m not sure it is a book that I will read again.

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Athena Martin is in Paris for the first time in her life to study abroad. Being from a small town in Oklahoma, Athena is nervous and excited to be in a foreign city by herself. The lights of Paris and the lure of the culture soon captures hers heart as does her professor, Luc Moreau. 

Luc Moreau has lived in Paris for many years. He emigrated from the Big Easy – New Orleans – to get away from his past…a past that doesn’t leave him. Luc is cursed and anyone he gets close to usually ends up dead. However, Luc is enchanted by Athena, so much so that he wants a relationship with her but doesn’t want to risk losing her forever. 

When Luc tries to protect Athena, her independence (and aversion to male chivalry) threatens her life and Luc’s. What will happen to these two lovers? Will the curse be lifted?  

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I’ve Got Your Number
written by Sophie Kinsella         
published by Random House Publishing Group

Why did I pick this book: I have read all of Sophie Kinsella’s books (including her books as Madeleine Wickham). So, I had this release date on my calendar!

Did I enjoy this book: I did but not as much as her other books. That is not to say that I didn’t read the book every free chance I had, because I did! It just wasn’t as good as her other books. It was an enjoyable read that had me laughing at parts, sighing at parts, and even on the edge of my seat at parts. 

Poppy Wyatt was a difficult character for me to either like or dislike. There were moments I really liked her and I was on her side. There were other moments where I thought she was playing down to her intelligence and did not appear to be a strong woman. For example, the whole Scrabble game…I loved that Sam helped her via text message. That cracked me up because I could see the looks on her future in-laws faces when she threw out some of the words! However, her narrative had just as many big words…she knew words to play but she didn’t…she psyched herself out because she thought she was not as good or as smart as her future in-laws. That bugged me. 

Sam Roxton was a good character. I got him. He was likeable even when he was disagreeable. I rooted for him. I admired his dedication and devotion and patience. He was my favorite character. Magnus Tavish and the Tavish family – UGH! I did not like any of them. I could not find a redeeming quality in any of them…at all. And since Magnus was Poppy’s fiance, that was difficult for me to picture.

The footnotes really bothered me. They were unnecessary and really disrupted the flow of the book for me (especially since I was reading on my Nook). It was almost as if the parts that were edited out of the original manuscript were put into footnotes because the author didn’t want those parts on the cutting room floor. However, some of the footnotes would have read so much better had they been left in the story where the footnote was located. Also, the footnotes were practically nonexistent towards the last third of the book. It felt like the author didn’t want to bother with them any more. For me, if you are going to use footnotes, use them throughout the whole book or, better yet, leave them out altogether.

Would I recommend it: If you are fan of Sophie Kinsella’s book, then absolutely! If you haven’t read any of her previous books, I would not recommend that you start with this one. Wait until you’ve read a few others first.

Will I read it again: Perhaps, but not anytime soon.

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Poppy Wyatt is having the time of her life. She is engaged to the man of her dreams – Magnus Tavish – he gave her a beautiful family heirloom for her engagement ring, she loves her job. Life is good…that is, until she loses that engagement ring and her cell phone is stolen. Poppy’s world starts to fall apart. 

As Poppy frantically searches (and has the hotel staff as well as her friends search) for her ring, she finds a cell phone in a trash bin. Since her phone was nicked, she claims the phone as her own. She receives a call from the cell phone’s previous owner’s boss, Sam Roxton. He needs help and wonders where his personal assistant went. Because Poppy needs this phone, she offers to help Sam out and forward his voice mail, texts, and emails. Sam isn’t so sure about this arrangement, especially when Poppy starts to take Sam’s business into her own hands and does what she thinks is right.

Soon emails, text messages, and phone calls are exchanged between Poppy and Sam. These messages and calls are not just about Sam’s business or Poppy’s ring…they turn into much more. 

Will Poppy find the ring? Will Sam get his phone back? Will all end well for every one involved?

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

GIVEAWAY and Author Interview with Krista Holle!!!

A big welcome to Krista Holle, author of The Lure of Shapinsay. 
“Childhood is an endless game of playing pretend. This is something we don’t outgrow. Adults pretend through books.” – Krista Holle 
About Krista Holle
Krista has been writing since she was nine-years-old when she scribbled out her first adolescent work entitled Merish, the completely illogical but heartfelt story of a girl who was part mermaid, part fish.  As a young mother, Krista added to her repertoire some middle grade readers and picture books she’s wary of mentioning. 

After the kids were enrolled in public school in 2009, it occurred to Krista that there is an insatiable audience of women and girls who want to read books filled with stories about true love, not just vampires.  Convinced that there was an unfulfilled audience waiting for what she love to write—romance, she sat down in the family’s dungeon, a.k.a. the basement, and began to furiously type.  In no time, her first novel was drying on crisp white paper.
See Krista’s full biography here:

I had a few questions for Krista and she graciously answered them for all of you!

1. What made you pick selkies and mid 19th century Scotland for your book? Where did the inspiration come from?  I wanted The Lure of Shapinsay to have a fairy tale feel to it, and you can’t do that with “What sup dawg?” and snake skin stilettos.  So I cranked back the clock a hundred and fifty years and found a windy island with a castle—Shapinsay.  I’ve always loved the haunting tales of the selkies.  For the selkie newbie, selkies are beautiful seal men and women who live the bulk of their lives under water as seals, but occasionally shed their skins to come on land as humans.  The men are notorious for luring women to their deaths beneath the sea.  Paranormal romance is really hot right now, but eventually everyone’s going to get tired of vampires.  The paranormal lovers will love selkies too; they’re just much less known.

2. How much research went into writing this book? A lot of research went into the “Lure” because I wanted the story to feel authentic.  Among my research, I located some ancient stories told in the local dialect so I could pepper the story with the real thing.  I also located some old maps of Shapinsay from the 1800’s to make sure I got my geography right.

3. Is there anything about any of the secondary characters – such as Blair, Magnum, Tipper, or Mr. Lennie – that you would like your readers to know?  Blair is Kait’s twin brother.  He’s extremely protective over her, but Kait’s as independent as he is and wants none of it.  Even after the conclusion of the story, Blair remains an integral part of Kait’s life.  They have a very strong bond as twins that neither of them will admit.

4. Is there anything new on the horizon for you? A sequel perhaps?  No sequel for The Lure of Shapinsay planned, but I am releasing a new book this summer called The Wind Whisperer.  It’s a young adult novel about a young Native American girl with the ability to “hear” the spirits of the wind.  While her tribe’s at war with a brother tribe, Anaii falls in love with the enemy.  In a nutshell, it’s a yummy love triangle that takes place before the arrival of the first white man.  It’s filled with intrigue, kidnappings, murder, and battles.  The guys will like this one too. 
And now for the awesome GIVEAWAY!!! 
(This giveaway is open to those 15 years and older in both the US and internationally. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below.)

The lucky winner will receive an ebook copy of The Lure of Shapinsay, a bookmark, a bookplate, and this awesome tee-shirt!

The Lure of Shapinsay can be found on Goodreads, and at Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon. Check out my review and the book trailer!

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The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

The Lure of Shapinsay
written by Krista Holle          
published by Krista Holle

Why did I pick this book: The author, Krista Holle, contacted me and asked me to review her book. I happily accepted her request. (The author provided me a digital copy for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book! I read it every free chance I had. This book hooked me in within the first few pages. I was so upset about that poor little baby at the very beginning. (Maybe that’s the mom in me, but I wanted to cry.) Then I thought, “is this book going to be all sad?” Thankfully, I was wrong. It isn’t all sad. This book was romantic, funny, engaging – a great read.

The language and culture was depicted in such a way that I felt like I was back in Scotland in 1848. The descriptions of Shapinsay were beautiful. I could clearly picture the island – and its inhabitants – clearly in my mind. The author’s research was obviously thorough, a job well done.

Before this book, I had never read anything about selkies or their legends. I thought the author explained the legend well and weaved throughout the story appropriately.  The author did such a good job that I still don’t know if Kait’s love is true or if it because of Eamon’s magical ability to lure her. But I cared about Kait and Eamon. I wanted them to work out. I wanted them to get together. I wanted to see what happened to the two of them. The author definitely kept me reading and wanting more. (In fact, I would love a sequel!)

The secondary characters were fantastic as well. I cared about Blair. He was the “big” brother that really meant well but failed miserably. He and Kait are as close as ever. Tipper was always thought of as a crazy felkyo (witch) but she has a greater story that the reader must wait for. Magnum is a proud man who agreed with the wrong person to have Kait’s heart.

The book trailer that the author provided was really good. I watched it before I read the book and it made me want to read the book all the more! Here is the trailer for you to see:

Check out my interview with the author, Krista Holle, and the awesome Giveaway!!!

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to any lover of paranormal romance. It is different from most books of this genre in that there isn’t a vampire or werewolf in sight…only the selkie.

Will I read it again: I just may but this was not a book that I must read every year. 

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Kait Swanney has lived on Shapinsay her entire life. After her parents die, Kait and her brother, Blair, remain living in the same house that they grew up in. 

Kait loves the water…she has been swimming in the sea since she was a wee lass. Kait takes no heed of the old legends from the village regarding the selkies. The selkies – seal men and women who can shed their skin and become human – have been known to entice women and men to their death beneath the sea. Although, Kait has never had reason to fear the selkies, that all changes when she is seen looking for a half-selkie baby that had been thrown into the sea.

A selkie man sees Kait shortly after the baby dies. He resolves to hunt her down and kill her. He tracks her down but after she spouts her innocence, something changes in Eamon’s resolve. His magic lures her to the point that she obsesses over seeing “her” selkie again and reuniting with him. She wants her selkie so badly that she risks everything to be with him.

Will she find her selkie? Will he love and want her? Or is she just being lured to her death?

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts

someone else's fairytaleSomeone Else’s Fairytale
written by E.M. Tippetts
published by E.M. Tippetts

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Book Depository, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I follow this author on Twitter and checked out her books. This book looked interesting and fun. (And I wanted a new book for my new Kindle. And, yes, I now own a Kindle along with  my beloved Nook. What can I say??? I’m addicted to reading!)

Did I enjoy this book: I really did! I love happy books! And I was so happy reading this book (most of the time). I read this book every free chance I had…it pained me to have to put it down to do other things. I just wanted to read it and see how it turned out in the end. I laughed out loud, smile constantly, and actually squealed with delight at a certain point.

I loved Chloe Winters’s character and integrity. She had been through so much yet she didn’t end up as a screw up like so many in her situation might have. She knows who she is and what she wants to do. It was refreshing to read a strong female character that didn’t rely on the guy even though that guy wanted her to so much. Chloe was also chaste and had no qualms about having “The Talk” with any guy she was dating. She had her convictions and morals and she stuck to them even when desire tried to talk her out of them. And she is “normal”…not some “fangirl” or fame stalker. Her nonchalance at the whole “I’m dating a celebrity” was humorous and sweet.

Jason Vanderholt was a great character as well. I totally expected him to bolt on Chloe at some point, especially after “The Talk”. But he is so genuine, kind, and he got his fairytale ending. You wouldn’t expect a guy…especially a hot Hollywood actor…would want the ending that he wanted but he did and that just endeared him so much in my eyes. I rooted for Jason the whole way through this book even though he seemed the unlikely suitor.

Lori and Matthew are Chloe’s two good friends at the University of New Mexico. Lori is also Chloe’s roommate. She is the typical roommate/friend and a huge fan of Jason Vanderholt of course. She didn’t have a huge role to play in this book and she didn’t even know Chloe’s past but you could tell she was a good friend of Chloe’s. I wasn’t a fan of Matthew. At first, I thought he was a great friend who truly wanted more than friendship from Chloe. Later, I thought otherwise much to my dismay.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys chick lit and happy endings. I would also recommend because it is a clean book – no sex scenes, no swearing – and there isn’t a lot of chick lit (that I have found) that is truly clean.

Will I read it again: I probably will. It was a book that left me happy, smiling, and rather giddy at the end.
About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Chloe Winters is your everyday university student trying to make it graduation and follow the next step in her plan to have a career in forensic science. By the look of her and what she has accomplished, you would never expect the secrets that lurk in her past.

One day, she and her two best friends – Lori and Matthew – went to the campus in the early  morning to be extras in a movie, a movie that stars Hollywood superstar, Jason Vanderholt. While waiting in line to begin her part, Jason happens past and while all of the other girls in the queue squeal with delight, scream, and go weak in the knees, Chloe is indifferent. Jason is intrigued by this girl who does not seem to care one bit for him or his fame.

Chloe and Jason have a connection that fits the adage “it’s a small world.” Jason grew up near Chloe and new her siblings. Jason’s parents know her and her past. Jason did not know of this connection at the outset. Jason and Chloe become friends, the kind of friendship that Chloe realizes is true “best friend” status.

But will that friendship develop into something else? Will they have a relationship that every woman in America who has fallen in love with Jason wants? Will this be someone else’s fairytale?

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

Blood Oath (A Gabby Girls Adventure Novel Book 2) by T.L. Clarke

Blood Oath: A Gabby Girls Adventure Novel Book 2
written by T.L. Clarke          
published by 

Why did I pick this book: The author, T.L. Clarke, contacted me and asked if I would review her new book which was released on March 6, 2012. I happily accepted the request. (The author provided me a digital copy for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: I have mixed feelings about this book. It was not a book that I had to read every free chance I had.

The story was interesting and has a lot of potential. I found the book refreshing in that it was a “clean” book. There was no swearing, or sex, or anything that would be considered inappropriate for younger readers. That was nice. With that being said however, some of the author’s attempts at making it “clean” fell kind of on the corny side for me (an adult reader). Why say “back the heck off,” when “back off” says the same thing and is just as clean. And, for me, a Warrior is not a “kick butt Warrior” but a “kick ass warrior.” Again though, kudos to the author for wanting this to be a clean book but sometimes, just leave the clean alternatives out. 

The main narrator of the story is Gabrielle Martin. She was a fairly strong character and realistic in that she questioned her role and her ability to step into that role. She was a typical teenage girl – kind of mouthy and moody but good at heart and means well. One confusing part was that although Gabrielle is the narrator throughout the book, there was one chapter about half way through the book switches narrators to Queen Nemesis. That threw me off until I figured out who the narrator was. I actually had to go back to the previous chapter to make sure I wasn’t missing something with the narrator. After that chapter, the narrator switches back to Gabrielle. 

With a little polish and editing, this book definitely has some potential, especially for the middle grade/tween crowd.

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to girls in their tweens…middle grade. I would not call this a Young Adult book. I think it is too juvenile for the 16+ crowd. But the tween crowd, this would be a good fit.

Will I read it again: I will not. 

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: The story starts with Gabrielle and her three friends – Zora, Rosalinda, and Jessica – preparing to leave Vineswell Academy for Transcendence Hall. They are all Eternals, Warriors sworn to protect the Elementi and the Normals from the Banished and the Daemons. 

Before the girls even leave for the Isles of Transcendence, the Banished attack Vineswell Academy killing every Normal in sight trying to get the Akasha Reincarnated. But no one knows who the Akasha Reincarnated is…not Gabrielle and her friends, not the Royal Conclave, not the Circles or the Ares Warriors. Thankfully the girls escape and arrive at Transcendence Hall unscathed to begin their Warrior training. 

However, everything does not go as planned when they arrive at Transcendence Hall. The Akasha Reincarnated is revealed. A war between the Banished and the Eternals and Elementi is brewing. Members of the Royal Conclave are attacked. Those thought to be dead are alive and working with the Underworld to overthrow the Eternals. 

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!

The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

The Annihilation of Foreverland
written by Tony Bertauski          
published by Tony Bertauski via Smashwords

Why did I pick this book: I received a review request from the author, Tony Bertauski, and I happily accepted the request. (The author provided me with a free digital copy of his book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: It was a good story that kept me interested. I read it every free chance I had because I wanted – no, I had to see how the story ended. Let it be noted that I do not read science fiction that often but I thought this book was pretty good.

It was fairly fast-paced…only a few slow parts. I liked that the reader does not have to have a background in computers to understand the underlying story and the plot. The premise was quite interesting. Imagine a remote island with a bunch of old, dying men and young, teenage boys. At first glance, you may think this is going to be very sick and twisted but the real reason behind it – while twisted – is not the way your initial thoughts may have been. These boys are given free reign of most of an island where they get to play video/virtual reality games, go to class but not have homework, hang out on the beach. They just have to have a needle inserted into their frontal lobe every few weeks and go into an alternate reality…Foreverland.

I definitely had my favorite characters and characters that I wanted to disappear into Nowhere. My favorites were Danny Boy, Zin, and Reed. I even liked Mr. Jones to a degree. I know, Mr. Jones was a “bad” guy so to speak, but he seemed to genuinely care about Danny Boy and not just for the reason he sponsored him. Zin ended up being a great friend to Danny Boy. Reed was a tragic character that you wanted to see succeed in his resistance. And Danny Boy was such a smart kid…a wrong choice for this island, that’s for sure!

However, there were some things that I did not enjoy about this book. 

In Chapter 7, the description of the boys going into the Haystack – it being Danny Boy’s first time there – disturbed me a bit. I didn’t think the author had to use so much detail. It was borderline obscene, inappropriate, and unnecessary to the story as a whole. I understand the author’s purpose – to get the readers to feel as uncomfortable as the boys – but I really felt that it parts of this description unnecessary and just disturbing.

There were quite a few typos that detracted from the flow of the book…misspellings as well as some incorrect and omitted words – mistakes that are easily overlooked, but mistakes that should not have happened. A majority of these mistakes happened at the end of the book making me think the author wrote as fast as he could to finish and didn’t think about proofreading. However, these typos and mistakes did not deter me from wanting to finish this book. They were a blip that was easily overlooked because of the action and intensity and my drive to find out how it ended.

Would I recommend it: If you are a science fiction fan, yes, I would definitely recommend this book. It is a great read with enough excitement and mystery to hook you in and not let you go until you finish.

Will I read it again: I will not. While the story was good and kept me reading, it was not a story that I would re-read. (As I said, I am not a huge sci-fi fan…I enjoy reading this genre, just not over and over.)

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Danny Boy woke up to find himself on an island, in a hospital bed, with a strange old man hovering over him and without his memory. He could not remember how he got to the island or what happened to him. He does not know his “investor”, Mr. Jones. All he knows is that he is at this resort with a bunch of other teenage guys  who had the same thing happen to them. Except they each had their own investor.

Danny Boy, along with all of the other boys on this island, are told that there is something wrong with their minds and that they are on the island to be fixed. They are part of a program that utilizes an alternate reality that boys dubbed “Foreverland.” The boys – with the exception of Reed – cannot wait to take the needle and enter Foreverland. They believe that their minds are being fixed…even reprogrammed to cure them. Cure them of what, they do not know.

Reed refuses to take the needle each time he enters the Haystack. Why? Because a girl in his dreams tells him to refuse to enter Foreverland. Reed knows he knows this redheaded girl from somewhere and that he loves her deeply. But Reed cannot remember how he knows her or even her name. 

But what really happens when they go to Foreverland? What is going to happen to the boys? Will the boys make it off the island? What will become of Foreverland?

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!