Blog Tour: Transformed by E.V. Fairfall

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Transformed by E.V. Fairfall
Publication date: January 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

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Synopsis:

Thea, all-mighty Mother Earth, only had one rule to follow above all else, one promise to keep to her brother: never take a human form. She would’ve kept that promise if it weren’t for Brice. He’s handsome and confident, but above all he’s merciless.

He’s also a hunter who has tormented Thea for years. She believes if she could teach Brice compassion, she might finally be able to save her creations and herself from his savage ways. Then she meets Chamber: another hunter.

She soon finds herself fascinated by−and torn between−the two boys: Brice and Chamber. Lost within a torrent of human emotions, Thea starts to lose who she is as she falls in love with the one thing that she’s always hated: a hunter… a human.

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My Review:

This book grabbed my attention right away, I found the story line to be very interesting and unlike anything I have ever read before. Time passed and before I knew it I also almost done with the story. Transformed touched upon love, friendship and respecting the Earth and the all creatures that live on it.

Thea has always lived among the Earth with her brother, but she hasn’t seen him in a very long time. She has been keeping herself busy, while keeping an eye on the Willipords, whom have been tormenting Thea for years by not only killing her numerous times but animals around her. She decides that she needs to teach this family about compassion, but in order to do so she go back on a promise that she made to her brother, and transform into a human for the time being. Thea thought her plan was great, but she didn’t know now that she was human she would be plagued with the emotions, and falling in love was definitely not part of her plan. Thea’s plan was to make the Willipords’ son, Brice, to fall in love with her and show him what compassion really is. Instead Chamber walked into her life threatening to ruin all she had laid out.

Character wise Thea was very easy to like, she had and innocence when it came to the relationships with the other characters. While she was human she was new to all her human emotions, and she has never really done most of the things she was now doing. Chamber was very sweet to her while Brice would call her awkward behind her back. Brice was a very unlikable character; E.V. Fairfall did a great job molding someone who was unlikable and deceitful.

If you are look for a different kind of Paranormal YA book, I suggest you read this one!

AUTHOR BIO:

I love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn’t always work out, but it’s the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person.

Transformed is my first novel, but it isn’t my first publication; I’ve had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.

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Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Lyla Payne

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Title- Mistletoe and Mr. Right

Author- Lyla Payne

Publisher- Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

I believe that everything happens for a reason and this book completely shows just that.

Jessica is a junior in college and has a perfect plan for the rest of her life, she wants to get engaged the summer after she graduates and land the perfect job. When she meets Brennan at a frat party, she knows that he might be the man she will spend her life with. After four months of dating she followed him to Ireland, the thing was he didn’t know and Jessica didn’t receive a warm welcome. The only good thing that seemed to be coming from the trip was getting to know Grady, Brennan’s family’s farm hand.

I did not like how Jessica was treated when she got to Brennan’s house, I understand that she wasn’t invited, but even Brennan did not treat her well, and all his affection towards her seemed forced. He should have been by her side and showing his family how much she meant to him. I felt Grady did that more than Brennan and they just met! I loved all the banter between Jessica and Grady, and how Jessica was able to be herself and how they opened up to each other right away.

If you are looking for a quick holiday read, this is the perfect book for you.

Review: For Real by Alison Cherry

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Title- For Real

Author- Alison Cherry

Publisher- Delacorte Press

Release Date- December 9th 2014

What a great story about a relationship between two sisters!!! Claire’s sister, Miranda, caught her boyfriend cheating on her. In order to get back at Miranda’s ex Claire says they should go on the same reality show that he is going on. Little do they know is the show is not what they expected it to be.

I have to admit I read this story in one day, completely taking full advantage of the rainy day we were having. This was such a great read that kept me engaged the whole time and I could not put it down!!!! I am also a huge fan of Amazing Race and loved that the reality show in the book was just like the show. Each time a clue was read, I heard Phil Keoghan’s voice explaining each challenge, a plus for sure!!!

The relationship between Claire and her sister was very believable; they treated each other how some sisters really do act. Even though they had their issues they were there for each other very step of the way. I think that they both grew and developed with in the book as well.

The last thing I have to say is that is not how I thought the book would end?!?!?! Most times when reading a story you know what is going to happen, but in this case I was VERY wrong and I was never happier to be wrong.

Review: One Wish Away by Kelley Lynn

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Title- One Wish Away

Author- Kelley Lynn

Publisher- Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

Release- November 11, 2014

Review:

Lyra was a sophomore in high school, and she didn’t really fit in with the other kids. She is at the top of her class and has lead her academic team to victory, with her best friend, Darren. Lyra’s father works for Space Exploration and Discovery and her dream is to be the youngest astronomer to work there. Her dreams come true once she finds out a star is missing, but is this truly her dream job?

I am a bit conflicted with this book; I thought the aspect of Cricket Project was a bit unbelievable. I also found the events that happened toward the end of the book to be a bit unbelievable as well. I do not want to give out any spoilers, but I find that not many teenagers making waves with the government

If I put that part of the book aside, I enjoyed many other parts of the book. I thought the family aspect was interesting. Lyra’s father isn’t really around for her, he spends most of his time at work and her mother left them years ago. I did enjoy seeing Lyra’s aunt being a part of her life and making sure once a week they had a family dinner. Then there’s Darren’s family life, both his parents are there for him, but they struggle financially, Darren needs to work to help pay for their expenses. I think these were both important dynamics to write about since both very common right now.

The book did keep me engaged, I wanted to know what was going to happen with the Cricket Project and in the end I was left with a cliff hanger.

Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Title- All the Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

Release Date: January 2014

“The thing I realize is that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

After reading the synopsis I was instantly drawn in, first thing I saw was the book was compared to Fault in Our Stars and I absolutely loved that book. Then I read on and saw the phrase, “beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die”. Instantly I wanted to know; why this girl needed to learn to live and why was the boy intended to die.”.

We meet both Violet and Finch when they are standing on top of a bell tower at school. Both claimed the other saved them from doing something they actually didn’t want to do. From then on Finch became smitten with Violet and decided he wanted to be paired up with her on a project to explore the wonders of Indiana.

I’m not too sure where I want to start with this novel, I have to admit after reading the story, I am an emotional wreck. Throughout the book the subject of suicide was brought up, this is a great topic for the YA genre, I know someone who has committed suicide and I thought this story shows that there are groups and people to talk to. We see Violet deal with the loss of her sister and how she herself became depressed, counting down the days until she could get away. Then there was Finch who was counted the days where he felt awake from the dark hole he goes to at times.

I felt that the only characters I liked in this story were Finch and Violet, a lot of the other characters annoyed me and I didn’t understand why they just watched these situations happen. I love the life and energy the Finch brought to the book. His point of view was always my favorite to read. I also liked what Finch brought out in Violet and growth they both had.

I cannot wait to see these characters to come to life in a film!

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Catch Me as I Fall

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Title- Catch Me as I Fall

Author- Vicki Leigh

Publisher- Curiosity Quills Press

Release Date – October 23, 2014

“As Protectors of the night- me a Dreamcatcher and she a Dreamweaver-

we were both sworn to guard humans for the rest of eternity.”

Catch Me as I fall is narrated by Daniel, a 17 year old boy, but he is not a normal 17 year old boy, he died in 1827. For the past 200 years, Daniel has been spending his nights in battles, as a Dreamcatcher, and that means Daniel fights off nightmares from digging into human’s dreams. No, he is not a ghost, he has been given a second life and he can still die and he would just end up in a black void, cease to exist. Daniel has grown a bit tired of fighting these nightmares, he is too burnt out, but things change when he is given a new charge after his current charge passes away.

Kalya is a depressed 16 year old who resides in a mental ward, and this is Daniel’s new charge! There’s something about Kalya that drew Daniel to her and he has never felt this way about anyone before and the nightmares seem to love her too. Daniel will stop at nothing to figure out why the nightmares love her so much and will do anything to protect her, including reveling himself to her.

This was a great book about good vs evil, both Dreamcatchers and Dreamwears would work together to stop the nightmares. I loved how the nightmares were played like a movie as the dreams were, but instead they were creatures. An example of what a nightmare could look like is; a scaly humanoid body, red eyes, and point claws, but all nightmares looked differently.

The story line wasn’t predicable either; there were so many different twists that kept the read interesting! The story also painted a great picture and made me use my imagination, which I love to do!

Book Review: Not in the Script

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Title- Not in the Script

Author- Amy Finnegan

Publisher- Bloomsbury USA Childrens

To Order- Amazon

Everyone follows the lives of actors, actresses and musicians, whether we admit it or not, we all love to know what is going on in their lives, that’s why reality TV does so well! Not in the Script takes readers into that world, but allows us to view it on the other side. The story revolves around a show called Coyote Hills. Emma Tylor plays one of the leads on this show; she has been very unlucky in love and is all over the tabloids because of it. She tends to go for those bad boys and Brett Crawford is just that. Emma has been in love with Brett for so long, she even has his picture as her screen saver, but now she must work with him. Then there’s Jake Emma’s best friend Rachel is in love with him because he is known as “The Bod” and in many clothing ads. Kimmi on the other hand isn’t as well known as the others, but wants desperately to fit in.

The character development in the story was great, Emma really grew up; she was able to stand up for herself and learned maybe she should let things bother her like she does. Brett learned that although he has been a jerk a lot, maybe there is a nice guy to him, he did indeed stand up for Emma when Troy was around at the club. Kimmi started as someone who didn’t care about anyone, but herself, as the story progress we were able to see that she really formed some friendships. Then there’s Jake who was a model turned actor who realized that he should go for what he really wants in life and love.

I absolutely loved Emma and Jake and felt there chemistry from the very beginning. I like that their relationship wasn’t easy and they needed to figure out how they really felt and how they were going to go about things. I felt as though there was more time of them apart then together and wish there was a little more of them being happy together!