Category: book review

Bloggin for the Pitties Giveaway #1

Welcome to the first giveaway for Bloggin for the Pits! To raise the $500 for Villalobos we would have to raise about $21 a week. Our goal for the next 2 weeks is $42, and if we can make it to $60 before the end of the giveaway I will give away 2 sets of prizes. In addition to this giveaway, you will be entered for the giveaways at the end of the blog-a-thon. This giveaway is now live and will end on March 7th! Up for grabs……

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (ebook)

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY

The first book in a captivating trilogy, Veronica Rossi’s enthralling debut sweeps you into an unforgettable adventure.


Everneath by Ashton Brodi (ebook)

Everneath (Everneath, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned–to her old life, her family, her boyfriend–before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance–and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

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Mortal Obligation (Dark Betrayal Trilogy, #1)

Synopsis from Goodreads

Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.   Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows.   A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness.   Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published        August 14th 2011         by Createspace
Edition Read: Kindle Copy

My Review:

I want to start this off to let you know….I did NOT like the end! I will let you know more about that later. Mortal Obligation stars high school teenagers. At the beginning they are “normal” teenagers, then something happens and they learn who they really are. I love the fact this is set in the south. I am a Southern girl. If it wasn’t for work and home life…oh, and sleep, I would have been able to set down and read this book from beginning to end. I really really wanted to! Needless to say, life interfered with my reading and I finished in a few days. It was a great book!

As for why I didn’t like the end….well, because I don’t have the 2nd book! I wanted it to keep going, but alas it had to come to an end. It leaves you wanting! This makes 2 books in a row that I now need to get book 2 for…..really makes me want to get side tracked from my challenge!

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Cornerstone (The Cornerstone Series, #1)

Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes.  What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable.  Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets.  But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.

My Review

I didn’t look to see what this book was about. I read it as part of my UtopYA Challenge. Was I glad that I did get a chance to read Cornerstone! I can’t this was published in 2011 and I just now read it! When I first started the book, I kept wondering what it was about. You learn about Nali and how she came of her unfortunate nickname. Nalena knows what it’s like to be bullied, she’s spent part of her life being nicknamed “The Waste”. Cornerstone kept me interested from beginning to end, and left me wanting more! The first thing I did after finishing was look up the sequel on Goodreads, then Amazon!

Teens always come to a point in their life where they have a big decision(s) to make as far as who they want to be. Nali’s is important, not only for her, but for many many others as well. You get to follow her on her journey to her decision.

Then there is Garrett. I would LOVE to be able to stare into his blue eyes. KWIM?! Dark hair and blue eyes…..yummy! I would have taken him home if I had the chance 😀

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiever

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Hardcover, 390 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press


4/5 stars

The Raven Boys is another great book by Maggie Stiever! Blue, the daughter of a psychic, didn’t receive any of the abilities of her family. Instead she had her own unique ability of amplifying the energy of others.

Every year she goes to Corpse Road with her mother on St. Marks Day. This year she goes with her aunt and it marks the beginning of her journey with the Raven Boys.

The Raven Boys is a wonderful tale. It brings you friendships, adventure, and family. Maggie Stiever knows how to capture your imagination and keep you reading. She keeps me up at night thinking “one more chapter” until it turns into finishing the book! I cannot wait to read more!

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