Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: When Implausible Events Occur by Lucia Morosanu

Love...What is it all about? Nobody really knows, but everybody has an opinion and a story. And this is the story of a boy named Alex and a girl named Diana and how a series of highly implausible events changed their relationship forever: and made for an interesting self-discovery journey.

My Rating
My Review
This is the first short story that I'm reviewing on this blog, and it was very fun to return to this type of writing and get a little glimpse into a moment of time. When Implausible Events Occur is a lovely short read that manages to be both dark and warm depending on the moment.
Set at the tail end of a long relationship, the story follows Diana struggling to realize what she actually wants and how she really feels, as she relives memories of her time with Alex while trying to move on with her own life. The thing that I loved the most about this story is how real it felt. Sure, there wasn't an entirely new world or the impossible happening, but it held the everyday chaos of life and the inevitable implausibilities that we are all subject to. Despite it's short length, When Implausible Events Occur is able to convey how small this world really is, and just how many times two lives can have their paths cross. In addition, I loved the emotional responses of the story. They never felt fake, and the reality of them affects the reader by setting a similar mood.

In a way, the story seemed longer than it actually was, and I don't mean that in a negative way. Between being wrapped up in the easier past of Alex and Die as well as the harsh present, I felt that I knew their story so well, I must have invested a lot of time into reading - when, in reality, I was able to devour the story in one sitting.

As the synopsis of When Implausible Events Occur brushes on, the themes of the story are absolutely wonderful. Whether it be the fact that we can't predict life because of all the implausible events or trying to figure out what love really means, they are conflicts that all of us face, or will face soon enough. 

I really enjoyed the dark beauty of When Implausible Events Occur, a story that can stay on the reader's mind a fair amount afterward. Although a light read in size, the layers beneath are anything but. It's definitely one to consider checking out.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Literary Addicts Spring Into Books Event

Welcome to the Spring Event April 18 - May 5
We are having a Book Blast and Virtual Book Party. Check out the books sponsoring and content below.
GiftedCoverEven in a world of freaks, being a Firestarter is considered a dangerous Gift. Lucy was born with the ability to create and control fire. She longs to leave the human world for one filled with Earthshakers, Transporters, and Chameleons, to name a few. When she rejoins the circus, it’s everything she hoped it could be—new friends, a potential love interest or two, and a place where she can be herself. When troupe members begin turning up dead, however, Lucy is suspected of foul play. She must not only prove her innocence but also realize the full extent of her power. To find the real murderer, she must uncover the truth behind her father’s fiery legacy while figuring out whom to trust within her new circle. Little does she know the history of the Donovan Circus and its enemies might actually destroy the entire gifted world. Buy on Amazon

First-Impression  Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben. Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her? Buy on Amazon

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000032_00020]Get into more TROUBLE with The Lynlee Lincoln Series Book Two. And Remember MAUCs Series One is Free Lynlee Lincoln isn’t just a witch, she’s also a Neutralizer. Her job is a juggling act to keep magical and undead clients out of trouble. But getting back together with her old flame throws one more ball into the mix and romance with a guy who has two kids can get complicated. When her old mentor asks her to investigate the goings-on of a dark witch, things turn messy. The witch is stalking supernatural creatures to collect ingredients for a potion that Lynlee can’t seem to figure out. To keep those closest to her from becoming the next victims, she may have to confront the demons within herself. Buy on Amazon  

FINALUnquenchableSWNell Massler is a powerful witch from an ancient magical family. Before she was eighteen years old, she attempted murder—not once, but twice. Committed to a psych ward, she attempts to right her wrongs and almost loses her life. While she’s lost in a coma, Caruthers Initiative Institute develops a vested interest in waking Nell—and offering her a chance at redemption. Nell is given a fresh start in exchange for saving her fellow agent, Rafe Brooks. Keeping him alive and in hiding will require every ounce of her extraordinary abilities. Not falling head over heels for the sexy mind manipulator will take a miracle. It's when they uncover a plot to destroy the world that Nell will be put to the test... will she choose Rafe and to do the right thing? Or will she succumb to the temptation of evil yet again? Buy on Amazon  

Sweet-Oblivion-Cover-Art_new_2-22-2014When two worlds collide, nightmares become reality. Have you ever wanted to forget? Nariella Woodlinn has. Many times. Especially when her already frustrating life gets turned upside down by a mysterious boy who randomly shows up in her small town. And she can’t seem to understand anything about him, despite how much she tries. ?Nari hates everything about her life, except for her best friend Rydan, but now that they’ve been separated during their senior year of high school, she has to learn to make new friends without him. When strange, unexplainable phenomena start becoming an every day part of her life, Nari struggles to come to grips with reality. And with love. Get FREE on Amazon  

Control You - Jennifer SnyderKind hearted and naive, Paige Jacobs wants what every girl craves…to be loved. She uses this need to make excuses when her current boyfriend goes from being a tad jealous and slightly overprotective to stalker-ish. She isn’t that girl and Craig isn’t one of those guys. Things are fine. Perfectly fine. Until the moment a dark-haired, tattooed hottie with a snarky mouth walks into her life and tells her she deserves better. Confident and boldly spoken, Cameron Green has always been the guy bad girls can’t get enough of and all the good girls want to tame. He’s lived a lavish lifestyle filled with drugs, women, and alcohol up until his destructive path finally caught up with him. Now Cameron isn’t sure what to do with himself or how to dampen the longing for something more festering inside of him since coming out of his drug-induced haze. But when he meets a doe-eyed girl who gets past his walls like no other, everything about him clicks into place. Together the two learn there are emotions that hold within them all the power to control you. Buy on Amazon


Destruction-Sharon BaylissDavid Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice. Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can't imagine living without. Buy on Amazon  

hand_new_rose_finalA dark shadow stalks the night, watching her—waiting to claim what is his. Seventeen-year-old Tayla Jonas longs for a simple life, but after a traumatizing family loss, she is forced to be both mother and sister to her cousins while caring for her mentally unstable aunt. Moving to her grandma’s quiet town of Cody, Wyoming, Tayla finds some normalcy with her quirky green activist friend, Chel, who spends no time converting her to vegetarianism. A few weeks into her new school, Tayla catches the eye of Kyle Harrington—the high school quarterback and resident millionaire—who can seduce any girl with his charismatic charm, including Tayla. But Kyle is anything but what he seems... Buy on Amazon  

Redemption CoverBe careful what you wish for. When the breakup of her family forces Grae White’s mother to move her two children from their privileged city life to her hometown in the mountains of Virginia, all Grae wants is to be invisible in her new life. But that’s rather hard when everyone knows that her father is the latest headline-grabbing white collar criminal, the most popular boy in school wants to take Grae to the prom, and then there’s that she lives in a haunted mansion. It would make anyone want to get away. Grae soon learns that a simple wish can reveal an unknown ability. Something more than curiosity spirals Grae back in time to seek the truth in the tragedy of a 200 -year-old murder. Along the way, she learns about history, happiness, and heartache in the lives of those who have lived on the property, including her own family. Her first journey reveals secrets that will lead Grae to further explore the legends of Graham Mansion. Buy on Amazon  

weeksebookIs eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved? Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits… After a drunken binge at his best friends’ bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true… Buy on Amazon  

Death of the Body_mediumI grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind. But I didn't stay dead. I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must learn who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda. Buy on Amazon  

KoF NEW Amazon GR SWJoclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to. The scar is the reason she is being hunted. If only she knew that she was. If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air. Get for FREE on Amazon  

Ambers faerie tale for SW and BNYou asked for it, you've got it... Amber's story! If you haven't read Enlightened, it is recommended to read that book before reading this novella. As a matter of fact, if you haven't read it...don't read the synopsis of this book....or pay attention to the title. By continuing to read, you're taking it into your own hands that you're reading a spoiler. Don't write me and say you had no idea and now you're scarred for life. Nope, you can't say those things. Amazon Best Selling Series - age 13+ You're reading at your own risk. I'm warning you to turn your eyes and run and read the first two books before going any further. Get it for FREE on Amazon  

2c4d41a532869294dced04542202f3fafd69ab6d-thumbFifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she's manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world. Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese's heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her. The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive. 
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INOPERATIVE FINAL  200x300 Introducing a new series by Award Winning Author, Charity Parkerson: Generation Automation is upon us. The craving to own the latest and greatest technology in the name of convenience has created a world where man and machine live alongside one another in an unsteady peace. Humans still rule for now. However, an underground movement has begun that will change everything. For every arising enemy against humanity, a countermeasure is born-- Alexia is one of the few humans left who'd rather not have an android hanging over her shoulder all day.... Get it on Amazon    

agelessseaThe crash was no accident. Fate carried Brady and his airplane to the isolated island where Karis was banished to live alone. She feared the worst as she sifted through the wreckage, sure that no one could survive. But there he was, barely breathing yet still alive. The closer she got to him, the more her powers awakened. He was like a magnet she was drawn to. Maybe it was the years alone that left her yearning for companionship, or maybe it was the taut muscles in his arms that beckoned her to come closer, either way she had a hard time controlling her thoughts. She knew things about him that he couldn’t remember, things that were blocked from his memory. He wasn’t from earth either, and she needed his help to save both of their worlds. But the closer she gets to Brady the more she knows her world is with him.... Get it on Amazon  

immortalvoyageBefore the time of the great pyramids, there was a place like none other, a city of glass and metal rising from the depths of the ocean. Shrouded in mist, the island of Hy-Brasil and its capital Atlantis lay hidden from the rest of the world by its people, a race of long lived, interstellar nomads. What secrets would you keep to save your kingdom? On the Queen’s deathbed, the sonless King Aldric is force into a promise to allow his five daughters to marry for love. A promise he wished he had never made,and one he will have to break, to save the kingdom from his squabbling, incompetent son-in-laws... Buy on Amazon    

Edge-of-Eden-Mandie-Stevens-672x1024Anya thought she had an eternity to put her life back together after the Council of Alchemists exiled her. Just when she started to find her place in the world again, disaster struck. Someone witnessed the gifts she had tried desperately to keep hidden. Now the Council is back with an offer she can’t refuse: join them in their quest to take over the supernatural community or lose the life she worked so hard to rebuild. Trying to find a way out of helping the Council, Anya lands in a heap of trouble. A string of sacrifices that point directly to her. Now she’s on a path to discover a deception that could destroy the world as she knows it. With the life of her friends and loved ones on the line and Heaven and Hell on the brink of a Holy War, only Anya can put a stop to the apocalyptic nightmare. Coming in May. Sign up for Emails 

Romantic Edge Books began when nine authors’ love of writing and reading collided. The genres in which they write may differ, but one thing remains the same: romance. Whether it’s panty ripping or stolen looks, the girls of REB know how to make their pages smolder.

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Big Fat Disaster by Beth Fehlbaum (Book Blast)

Insecure, shy, and way overweight, Colby hates the limelight as much as her pageant-pretty mom and sisters love it. It's her life: Dad's a superstar, running for office on a family values platform. Then suddenly, he ditches his marriage for a younger woman and gets caught stealing money from the campaign. Everyone hates Colby for finding out and blowing the whistle on him. From a mansion, they end up in a poor relative's trailer, where her mom's contempt swells right along with Colby's supersized jeans. Then, a cruel video of Colby half-dressed, made by her cousin Ryan, finds its way onto the internet. Colby plans her own death. A tragic family accident intervenes, and Colby's role in it seems to paint her as a hero, but she's only a fraud. Finally, threatened with exposure, Colby must face facts about her selfish mother and her own shame. Harrowing and hopeful, proof that the truth that saves us can come with a fierce and terrible price, Big Fat Disaster is that rare thing, a story that is authentically new.


In addition to writing Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Beth Fehlbaum is an experienced English teacher who frequently draws on her experience as an educator to write her books. She has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading. She is currently a Library Science student at Sam Houston State University.
Beth is the author of Big Fat Disaster (Merit Press/F+W Media, March 2014); Courage in Patience (Kunati Books, 2008); and Hope in Patience(WestSide Books, 2010). Hope in Patience was named a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Truth in Patience, which rounds outThe Patience Trilogy, is as yet unpublished. The Patience Trilogy has been revised and is available for acquisition!
Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and also among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. She has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed a group of social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope”.
Beth is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, like Ashley in The Patience Trilogy, and the day-to-day manager of an eating disorder much like Colby’s in Big Fat Disaster. These life experiences give her a unique perspective, and she writes her characters’ stories in a way meant to inspire hope.
Beth lives with her family in the woods of East Texas.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Review: Safe and Sound by A.B. Whelan

In the world where freedom is no longer your right; where being in love and starting a family is not a blessing but a curse, a baby is born. To spare him from the harsh life the Arkanian slaves in Terraka City have to endure, his parents attempt the impossible.

They have to pay a high price for their courage.

Heartbroken and lonely, Victor Sorren spends his life waiting for his father’s return. But how much pain and suffering can be inflicted on an innocent young boy before hatred takes over his heart? Yet there is no darkness without light. And falling for a girl from Earth might provide just the right amount of light to bring hope back to Victor’s dark heart.

My Rating

My Review
I've been a complete fangirl of Arkania since I first started Fields of Elysium. I can't get enough of the excellent characters, exciting plot and engaging imagery that makes up this new world of the series. Still, I was a bit worried to start Safe and Sound. Sometimes it feels like novellas added to a series really only take away from them. Fortunately, this was not the case at all with Safe and Sound, which built onto the incredible world of Arkania through a different point of view.

I'm a sucker for a good back story when it is tastefully done, which is why I really enjoyed reading the glimpse into the story behind Victor's birth by actually looking into the minds of his parents instead of going through a simple retelling. It gives the information of a prequel without actually having to craft an entire one, which I thought worked for the best.

When the story switched over to Victor's point of view, I grew even more intrigued. Having already known Victor from the first books of the series, it was very cool for the opportunity to get inside of his head. My love for him as a character was only reinforced, as its always so refreshing to have characters with flaws. If I wanted perfectly perfect plastic Ken dolls, I would flip through magazine ads. Victor has layers beneath him, and he doesn't always make the best decisions, even with his heart in the right place. It's fantastic.
Not to mention, with everything that happened in the world of the series, it was nice to be able to go back and see the beginning - in which Victor and Molly meet for the first time. It had the feeling of relieving a good memory, only seeing it from a completely different angle. Despite the technical "retelling" of the start of Fields of Elysium, I wasn't bored at all. In fact, I probably could read the entire series retold from Victor's point of view and fully enjoy it. (Although I do understand that a feat as such would simply be tedious.)

Despite the shorter number of pages, Safe and Sound packs a really powerful punch. With a heartbreaking, action-packed romance making up the beginning and a voice-driven narrative rounding out the end, this novella did not lose my attention for a moment. I'm now even more excited to continue with this series in the future.

Past Reviews of the Series:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review: Skateboard Blues by Sydell Voeller

Jessica Williams wishes she were anywhere other than her small town in Oregon. All the kids there are the same except for the few skateboarders her father cannot stand. Life is pretty dull for Jessica until Cam Easton moves into her neighborhood. But when Cam teaches Jessica how to skate, and her father runs for mayor of Preston, her involvement with the skaters poses a threat to her father's campaign. Can the skateboarders prove themselves worthy of the community's support? And most of all, can Jessica and Cam resolve their differences and discover the true meaning of love?

My Rating
My Review
Skateboard Blues is a sweet, light read that is sure to hit the hearts of readers. It's a story that proves it is the quality, not the quantity, of pages that really count.

Voeller uses an authentic teenage voice that is more realistic than poetic, which I really enjoyed. Although the writing is still lovely, it's refreshing to read from a more accurate point of view in that crazy age range.
The plot and themes of Skateboard Blues can be connected to Footloose (which I like because it was the first play that I saw live). It deeply touches the issue of discrimination against groups of people or certain hobbies without actual knowledge about the subject. Whether it be dancers or skaters, this idea of loving something that many others don't approve of can be relayed with just about any generation.

Despite the fact that we all can enjoy the steamy love scenes of some upper YA, it's nice to have a young romance that is completely sweet. In Skateboard Blues, the sediment of being in a relationship with someone who could also be a friend is in tact, and it's heartwarming.

Some parts could have been expanded a bit on, but - all in all - Skateboard Blues is a great light read to spend the afternoon with. It shows the power of bringing a community together to really bring change, and what can be done when one doesn't give up.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Author Interview: Adrianne James

I was lucky enough to interview Adrianne James, author of Overexposed and the Mackenzie Duncan series, both of which were featured as reviews here on this blog.

To refresh your memory, here are my reviews of:
Each link has a synopsis of the book as well as a purchase link.

Anyway, here's the interview:

1.      Try to describe your novels in no more than one sentence each. (I know, this can be terribly difficult.)

AJ: Life on Loan is the story that needs to be told because no one wants to know about it. Overexposed is a story of family, friendship and doing what’s right even when that means doing the hardest thing in the world. The Mackenzie Duncan Series is the journey of a girl learning who she is and what she is meant to do, all the while dealing with the fact that she is a Werewolf. The Billionaire & The Barfly is the story of a reluctant girl who loves to keep things casual and the billionaire super hero loving geek who wants more than a hook up.

2.      How long does it normally take for you to write a novel? Do you generally plan a lot ahead of time or just see where your writing goes?

AJ: It depends, but typically I can write the first draft of a novel in a few months. I have to have a time line of when I start and when I need the last chapters to my betas, otherwise I get distracted and start procrastinating.

3.      Out of all the characters that you developed, which is your favorite? Which one that held the most difficulty?

AJ: Hmm, this is difficult! I guess my favorite so far is Mackenzie Duncan from my paranormal series. I love how strong willed she is and how she doesn’t care about doing what’s easy if it’s wrong.  I think I had the most difficulty with Aubrey from The Billionaire & The Barfly. Mostly because I have never been the casual type with my sexuality like she is and trying to get into her head space was hard. I had to find other ways to connect with her, like her career driven ways and her love for her brother.

4.      Out of all of your novels, which was the most difficult for you to finish?

AJ: My very first one, LIFE ON LOAN was the hardest to finish. Not because of the story, but more because of my fear of what was next. I was terrified to write the end because then I had to do something with it. I had to show it to the world. What if it sucked? What if I was out of my mind and writing a book made no sense at all? What if after what if flew through my mind and that was the HARDEST obstacle I have faced as an author.

5.      If any one character from anything you wrote could come alive in person, and you could have a conversation with them, which character would you choose?

AJ: I think I would choose Vi from OVEREXPOSED because of our common love for photography. 

6.      Although these kinds of questions are awfully overdone, I will ask anyway: If the Mackenzie Duncan series were to receive a film adaptation, do you have any ideas of a dream cast?

AJ: Of course! Mackenzie Duncan would be played by Mia Mitchell. Geoff would be played by Taylor Kitch (when he is all gruff and scruffy, not  the Friday Night Lights version). Liam would be Xavier Samuels. Margret would be played by Mariska Hargitay and Darren would be played by Joe Manganiello. The rest of the cast I haven’t really thought about.

7.      If, for whatever reason, a zombie apocalypse were to actually occur, which five people (real or fictional) would you want on your team?

AJ: Hmm, good question! Let’s see, if I am not picking my family (which in real life I totally would of course) I would go with my Chuck Norris, That guy from ZombieLand, Ian Somerhalder (because well, if we are the last ones alive and all….*wiggles eyebrows*) JC Emery (my bestie) and a hot man of her choice so she leaves Ian alone.

8.      What is your go-to movie to watch? Go-to book to read?

AJ: If I was in a romantic sappy mood my go to movie is The Notebook. If not, I like Shawshank Redemption and The Postman. My go to book is Harry Potter. I can’t even tell you how many times I have read those books.

9.      Have you always wanted to be a writer? If not, when did you first hold an interest in writing?

AJ: I have always been a writer. I have always made up stories but started to write them down in the third grade as a form of therapy. I never stopped writing since then. It has changed over the years of course. When I was little it was picture stories with a few words on each page, as I got older it turned to poetry, then short stories. I even dabbled in fan fiction for a while.

10.  What thoughts went through your mind when you first became a published author?

AJ: First thought was HOLY CRAP! Then I immediately went to, “What do I want to write next?!”

11.  Where do you most like to write? Do you listen to music or prefer silence?

AJ: Anywhere quiet and when you live in a house with 7 people and two of them are young children, quiet is quite the commodity. I can’t even listen to music. I have invested in a ton of ear plugs to help me along the way.

12.  Are there any authors or particular novels that inspire you, or have inspired your own writing?

AJ: Hmm, I think almost any author is inspiring in their own way. But I tend to look to JK Rowling as inspiration. She went from nothing to everything, but never let it go to her head.

13.  When not writing or reading, what do you enjoy doing?

AJ: I love all things art. I am a photographer and a knitter and a paint by numbers-er. I also love to garden and take my kids on hikes around the state parks.

14.  What projects are you currently working on?

AJ: Right now I am writing Book 3 in the Mackenzie Duncan Series.

15.   Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring writers or those who are considering publishing a novel of their own?

AJ: To stop calling themselves aspiring. To aspire mean to want to do something. The minute they put words to a page they ARE a writer. They need to believe in themselves and their work. They also need to do their homework and find a great team to work with. A good beta is worth their weight in gold. The perfect cover will catch the eye of all the people scrolling through Amazon, and a professional editor will make your novel shine. If you ever want to go from writer to credible published author, you need the whole crew.

Growing up, Adrianne couldn’t get her hands on enough books to satisfy her need for the make believe. If she finished a novel and didn’t have a new one ready and waiting for her, she began to create her own tales of magic and wonder. Now, as an adult, books still make up majority of her free time, and now her tales get written down to be shared with the world.
During the day, Adrianne uses her camera to capture life’s stories for clients of all ages and at night, after her two children are tucked in bed; she devotes herself to her written work. Adrianne is living the life she always wanted, surrounded by art and beauty, the written word and a loving family. 
As a young adult and new adult author, Adrianne James has plans to bring stories of growing characters, a little romance, and perhaps a little magic and mythology down the line for her readers to enjoy.

Review: Thrill by Wendy Potocki (Tour Stop)


Date Published: February 14, 2014

Kyle Evans is a teenager who wants to be somebody. To achieve his goal, Kyle joins a gang called Hell's Bells. While he thinks he's arrived, he only finds danger.
The club is obsessed with finding thrills and taking chances, but Kyle’s unaware that there’s a price to pay. Up for a dare, he accepts a challenge that lands him on the wrong side of the supernatural. 

My Rating

My Review

Thrill is one thrill-ride of a novel that will carry readers along from the first pages. I chose a perfect day to read it - the still, creepy, kind-of-feels-like-something-bad-is-going-to-happen kind - and I couldn't put the novel down until I finished it.

The plot of Thrill will keep readers second-guessing at the edges of their seats. It is fast-paced, adrenaline-rushed suspense that keeps the pages turning. I have a weakness for dark novels, and I could not get enough of this one.

Although Kyle did seem like just another angst-ridden teen in the beginning, the story picks up immediately. One he finds himself sucked into the world of the Hell's Bells (anyone else getting AC/DC stuck in their heads?) he really started to develop as a character. By the end of the novel, Kyle had to go through an internal struggle large enough to capture anyone's attention and keep them hooked. All of the members of Hell's Bells had their distinct personalities, and Potocki did an excellent job of forming their unique relationships.

Although these thrill-seekers might not be the most obvious way to display themes of brotherhood and loyalty, they definitely came across. Wax might have stretched this to a bit of an extreme, but the ideals to have a solid core. Plus, loyalty's pretty important if you want to participate in less than legal behavior, so who can really blame him?

Although by no means unwelcome, Thrill did seem to shift into the supernatural pretty quickly. I was enjoying the high-energy adrenaline rush games of Hell's Bells when, the next thing I know- yep, guys, it's black magic. That weird shit going on? Voodoo. 


Given, I still thoroughly enjoyed the half after the abrupt shift, so I would let that really effect my opinion in any way. The way that the black magic was woven into the story and their lives after the shift made it almost believable - not to mention, much more creepy.

Thrill is sure to excite, terrify, and - well - thrill readers the entire time. The twists, turns and And Then There Were None style of horror will keep readers pulled into the strange world of Tyler, CA. With plenty of action, suspense, and darkness, Thrill is definitely one to check out.