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REVIEW OF ‘AFTER THE ENDING’


After The Ending by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to start off by saying that I love post-apocalyptic novels and this one sucked me in from the very beginning. This story follows Dani and Zoe as the world as they know it ends. Pretty much 90% of the world’s population has died from a weird version of the flu. Only the people that have already had the H1N1 virus seemed to have survived.

The girls are separated, trying their best to meet back up. They correspond with email while the internet is still up, keeping each other up to date on the numerous changes in their lives. The people that survived either turned into “crazies” or developed unique developments, super powers if you will, but much more plausible. Both of the girls notice that they are getting these unique abilities and the ones that they get are ones that are so neat.

Dani is in a group of people with Zoe’s brother Jason. She has had a crush on him for her whole life. Zoe is with a group of people that she just met up with, part of a military group. Jake is part of her group; he is a mysterious person who saved her life but won’t let her get to close. Both of their groups were well-established. I loved the distinction of the characters, how everyone was developed and felt like a friend at the end. The romance was great, not too much, not too little. I was hooked from the first page and it was so hard to put it down. The ending was left wide open for the next book. I could not believe who MG turned out to be! This book had it all, mystery, excitement, sorrow, emotion, happiness, and hope. I cannot wait for the next book!

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 After The Ending (The Ending Series)

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Review of ‘TEXAS JACK’ (FREE April 4-6 on Amazon!)


Bart Hopkin’s ‘Texas Jack’ was a tale of family, heartbreak, betrayal, and forgiveness. I will admit that it hit really close to home as Jack’s father reminded me of how mine used to be. The story switched back in forth from past to present and told the tale of Jack’s life from childhood to adulthood. I always love books that do that. It gives you more of a sense of who the character is.

Jack is a man with a family, a wife that he loves and a son that he adores. His family life is happy, regardless of the blasé attitude that everyone gives to his father, Billy, about his drinking and the excuses everyone makes for him. Jack was on the road to being an alcoholic just like his father while he was in college. He drank all the time…until he met a girl at a concert and she changed his life.

Fast forward to the future and a trip to visit his parents, and you can feel the build-up to something with every page you read. You know it’s coming, you know it’s going to be bad, but you don’t know the outcome. I laughed, I cried, I bit my fingernails, and I even found myself praying for the characters in the book (lol, God must think I’m nuts), but you just can’t help it. You get so invested in the outcome of the book that their family has become your family.

Full of characters that you wish you only had in your life, friends and family alike, this book shows that family, friendship, and love is alive…and that forgiveness may be hard, but it’s possible and worth it in the long run. I actually felt like I didn’t know if I could forgive what happened, but after hitting the last page, I knew he had done the right thing, and it changed their family forever. This book is an instant classic, a must-read, and one of those books that stay with you long after you are done. I give Texas Jack 5 STARS and would give it more if I could. A moving, heartwarming story that everyone should read!

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Author Bio:

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Bart Hopkins is originally from Galveston, Texas, but has lived in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Korea, and Germany. He has also been on brief forays into Bosnia and Kuwait. He was born in the middle of the 1970s.

The author has a BS in Liberal Arts and an MA in Adult Education; he has served in the United States Air Force for nearly 19 years as a Meteorologist. For now, Bart writes when he can, in those spare moments between work, Scouts, and soccer games. One day soon, he hopes to devote all of his time to bringing the characters in his head to life.

Bart’s passions include reading, traveling, photography, writing, and sharing time with his beautiful wife and three awesome children. Texas Jack is Bart’s second novel. His first, Fluke, was co-authored with a friend during their back-to-back deployment.

You can learn more about the author, and contact him, through his website. He’s always happy to hear from readers.

Previous Publications:
Fluke by Bart Hopkins
Paranormal Anthology with a TWIST

Author Links:
Website: http://www.barthopkins.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/barthopkinsauthor

REVIEW OF HAVEN: APOCALYPSIS 4


Apocalypsis: Book 4, Haven by Elle Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Haven, the last and final (insert sobs) installment of Elle Casey’s Apocalypsis series did not disappoint. I almost didn’t want to read it because I did not want to say goodbye to my friends. I have loved this series from start to finish.

Haven starts off exactly where it ended. Bryn and her followers had just settled into the prison that they called home and which they named Haven. Hordes of new kids have come to join them, swearing their loyalty to Bryn and Haven at the door. The newcomers and the old characters have to get their new home into shape and figure out how to live in a strange, cruel world. Haven is to be exactly that, a Haven from the cruelty of the canners (kids that eat other kids), where they can start over again. Together, Bryn and Peter, along with the others must do whatever is possible to start a new life. Regardless of the end of the world feel, teenagers will be teenagers and love and hormones still take root. Bryn is still with Bodo, whom she feels that she must be truthful with. Paci is also back on the scene. When Bryn comes clean with Bodo, all kinds of romantic hell breaks loose and decisions must be made.

When the canners invade the swamp, Bryn and a few of her crew step in to help. This book has heartbreak, betrayal, love, struggle, and most importantly, the constant support of friends and teenagers that must grow up while fighting to make their place in the world. I was constantly amazed at the solutions they came up with and the steady determination they had to survive and start over. There are many unexpected happenings, as well as many sad, tear-filled moments. The ending actually did it for me. I felt like I could close the book and feel good about it. Full of new and old characters, people you love and people you love to hate, Haven is a must-read end to a brilliant series. 

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APOCALYPSIS SERIES LINKS ON AMAZON: 

Apocalypsis: Book 1 (Kahayatle)
Apocalypsis: Book 2 (Warpaint)
Apocalypsis: Book 3 (Exodus)
Apocalypsis: Book 4 (Haven)

Connect With Elle Casey:

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Review/Giveaway of ‘ACES HIGH’ by Jason Brant & Elle Casey


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Aces High is a book by Jason Brant and Elle Casey—a collaboration of two of my favorite authors. If you have read their books you would wonder what they could possibly have in common genre-wise, besides humor and a flair for the paranormal. Elle is mainly YA and Jason is mainly horror. Aces High is proof that you can’t put anybody in a little box and expect them to stay there. Their writing styles meshed so well that the book flowed seamlessly, with Elle writing a chapter and then Jason the next. I was impatiently waiting for this book from the second that I heard that they were writing a book together. I love both of their styles and this book did not disappoint. The absolute funniest part of this book (to me) was that I pictured Jason and Elle as the main characters. I could absolutely see their faces while I read…which had me CRACKING UP the whole time… I could just see them getting into those situations—with Elle beating up on Jason the whole time.

The two main characters, Charlie (a girl) and Douglas, are as different as two people can be. Charlie is an independent, take-no-shit, card shark, while Doug is a self-proclaimed geek and…well…a little bit of a wuss. A peephole and an egg is what makes this unlikely pair a team. Both young, on their own, and down on their luck, they come up with the unlikely idea to become bounty hunters, going after the bad guy to make the rent money. Charlie is a lot brash, a little abusive, with a foul mouth to boot and Doug is a germ-freak with a scream like a little girl, but somehow they make their friendship work. This book follows them through old, nasty hookers, victory dances, eye drops, police chases, dumpsters, and a surprising twist that some will expect and some won’t…but that leaves the book wide open for a series I can’t wait to read. I extremely enjoyed the relationship between the two—watching it grow felt as if you were really getting to know them. Full of smart-ass comments, inventive swear words, situations that have you saying WTF, and an unlikely friendship that has you rooting for the pair to the very end, this is a book that you don’t want to miss. I can’t wait to see what Charlie and Doug get up to next.

Quotes from the Book:

“People are going to stick guns in your asshole.” (Charlie)

“Penis, penis, penis—all day long. That’s me.” (Doug) *I almost choked to death when I read this part of the book as I was laughing so hard.*

“We make good partners. Two ass-kickin’ survivors. We’re just squirrels trying to get a nut.” (Charlie)

“This was just the fart frosting on top of my shit cake of a day.” (Doug)

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Review/Giveaway of Fallen Angel


REVIEW BY DELIA REMINGTON

Fallen Angel by John McCuaig

 

Maggie Maguire is a no-nonsense inspector with the Croydon police department. When several priests become victims in a series of gruesome murders in churches throughout the area, Inspector Maguire is stumped by the evidence. The medical examiner insists that the evidence leads to impossible conclusions. Another priest, Lucas, an envoy to the Archbishop, insists that there is nothing less than the fate of mankind hanging in the balance and that he must be allowed to help her. Maggie must face the real possibility that the killer is not a human being at all, but something supernaturally sinister. In order to stop the murders, Maggie’s faith will be tested, and she will have to learn to believe in things beyond empirical proof and be willing to break all the rules if she hopes to save the day.

 

What an exciting supernatural thriller! In some ways it reminded me of Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons in the tight way the storyline was written and the compelling nature of the mystery as it played out. I was sucked into the story from page one, and I could not put it down. Maggie is a very believably drawn, and I found myself very drawn to her in every scene. There were twists and turns I didn’t expect, and I have the feeling that this is not the end of her story. The ending leaves it very much open to a sequel, which I am certain I will want to read. I give Fallen Angel 5 stars!

 

Quotes from the Book

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Trust me, Maggie, no single man is capable of this. No way.”

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“Do you believe in God, in the teachings of the bible? It’s a simple question. That’s all I’m asking you, Inspector.”

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“I don’t mind saying it’s nothing short of impossible. Sorry, but I can’t give you any answers, Maggie, just some more questions.”

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Bio- John McCuaig is a 40 something engineer who loves to write every chance he can get. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland he now lives in London, England with his far better half, Pamela. At present he has 5 novels published along with around twenty short stories. News about past, present and future projects can be found on his blog- http://johnmccuaig.blogspot.co.uk/

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JOHN HAS OFFERED A PAPERBACK OF FALLEN ANGEL FOR GIVEAWAY! TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, ASK JOHN A QUESTION. IT CAN BE ABOUT THIS REVIEW, BOOKS, WRITING…

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Review of Kiss Me (BK 2) & Giveaway of Stalk Me (BK 1) by Jillian Dodd


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

‘Kiss Me’ Book 2 by Jillian Dodd

This is the 2nd book in a series. The first book is up for giveaway at the bottom (USA ONLY). Be aware, this review might contain spoilers if you have not read ‘Stalk Me’.

Being stalked, almost kidnapped, leaving everything and everyone you know behind, and never knowing if you will be able to go back to that life you left, making out with some serious hotties, and clothes any girl would kill to have. Yup, this is the life of Keatyn

In ‘Kiss Me’ you pick right up where you left off in ‘Stalk Me’. Keatyn is trying to figure out where she belongs in the new boarding school she is at. Coming from her old school where she was a part of the in-crowd, she doesn’t know if that is the road she wants to take. Maybe at this school she can join some clubs, join the dance team, and who knows… maybe run for Class President.

Learning her way around, meeting new friends and some potential make out partners, she meets the “God of all Hotties” Aiden, who has the reputation of being a total player, but with that being known, Aiden still does something to her and she can’t help but feel the pull.

Making both Varsity soccer and the dance team, things are looking up and she has met a few more friends, but has gained an enemy in Whitney, the ex-girlfriend of Dawson, a total sex God. Wanting to get his ex back and take her to homecoming, Dawson asks Keatyn to help make Whitney jealous. Not needing anymore problems, she will just flirt with Dawson….If only that was the case, Keatyn and Dawson start hooking up and having a bit of fun together.

All these boys and so little time what is a girl to do???

With making her new life and self at her new school, Keatyn still has to worry about Vincent, her stalker. They can’t catch him, and he has been showing up at places he shouldn’t be. Will she ever get her old life back and will they ever be able to catch him? She starts to wonder if leaving her old life was a mistake since he is still after her.

Life at Keatyn’s new school is going great, she has a great group of friends: both guy’s and girls, and her and Dawson are getting to know each other in more way’s then one. Having fun with Dawson, still Keatyn can’t help but feel the pull towards Aiden.

Being the “God of all Hottie’s” French tutor so she can get into the school’s Social committee isn’t as easy as she thought. With his sexy mega-watt smile, the body of a God, it starts becoming a chore to tutor him. With things getting a bit serious with Dawson and Aiden constant anger towards, her sometimes she wants to call off boys all together……who is she kidding, that will never happen 🙂

Being the new girl, boy troubles, a stalker on the loose, and a black credit card what is a girl to do??

First off, this book should be named ‘Read Me’! Holy cow did I get sucked right own in and loved every second of it. Kiss Me is a book that will suck you in and will have you fanning yourself off. It’s a fun, upbeat, funny read. Keatyn grows a bit in the story and is learning how to live on her own without her parents around, finding out who she really is, and learning to be independent as well as trying to have a bit of fun too. I loved all the new characters; they keep the book going and make it even funnier. I enjoyed her interaction with her guy friends and she has a lot of them. I could feel myself slipping into the book and being Keatyn, that is just how Jillian Dodd’s writes and I LOVE that. Throw in the fashion, a LOT of hot guys, a stalker, and steamy make-out scenes and you have a killer book that you won’t be able to put down! The book ended and I wasn’t prepared for it to be done; now I’m going to be biting my nails waiting for ‘Date Me’! And for all the girls let me just say three words…AIDEN AND DAWSON! I still have no clue what team I’m on…It’s hard to choose. I’ll stay on the dividing line and say Team Hotties 🙂 I GIVE ‘KISS ME’ 5 STARS!

I think my favorite quote out of this book/series is “Life is a divine chaos.”

Yep. That’s what I’m gonna call you. A combination of cutie and Keatyn. You’re my little Keatie.”-Dawson

“You make me feel like a superhero, Keatie. In bed. I feel like I could fly, kick the Hulk’s ass, bust Superman’s chops, all before lunch.”-Dawson

“Too bad I’m not a vampire. I’d bite you. Make you mine.”-Aiden

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STALK ME: BOOK ONE (GIVEAWAY)

KISS ME: BOOK TWO (REVIEW)

THE KEATYN CHRONICLES

AMAZON BUY LINKS:

 Stalk me. (The Keatyn Chronicles)

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GIVEAWAY!

Jillian is offering up one paperback (USA ONLY) of ‘Stalk Me’ the first book in The Keatyn Chronicles. To win this book, leave a comment below saying why you want to read it and give Jillian’s facebook page a like. If you have already liked it, let me know that as well. Contest ends 2/8 at 5 PM with winner announced shortly after.

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TALES OF ARADIA: THE LAST WITCH: VOLUME ONE (REVIEW AND FREE BOOK)


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

AUTHOR: L.A. JONES

Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh my! A secret world, which only the Hidden knows about and a young girl trying to figure out what she is and grow into her own.

Aradia Preston looks just like your normal teenager, but she is anything but normal. Being rescued and found in a cave as an infant by her parents, Ross and Liza, had to be from a higher power. While Ross and Liza were on their way back home from a fertility clinic in Salem, Massachusetts, Liza asked for a sign and not that long after they spotted a bright flash of light. With their truck messing up and wanting to find out what that light was, they happen upon a whimpering baby in a cave.


How could that be, who would leave a baby all alone in a cave? What they don’t know is that Aradia is the last of her kind, while all the other like her were
being killed for treason and extinguished, the Seer of the Salem coven escaped and with her magic sent Aradia to safety. All that took place almost four-hundred
years ago. How is this possible that she is now found as a baby?

Having to move to Salem, Massachusetts for her father Ross’s new job as the assassinate District Attorney and working on finding a killer going around that is known as the “Vampire Murderer” since whoever is killing is draining the victims of their blood. Aradia is trying to take everything in stride. She’s never been popular or the most liked where she came from, since she was kind of different, her and her parents knew this from the moment they found her. Rai has powers, and they will do anything to keep them a secret.

Rai notices that some of the students at her new school are always staring at her, like they are fascinated with her. It isn’t just because she is the new girl there is something different about it. Rai notices how some of the kids are a bit too beautiful to be real, and those are the ones who she would catch
gazing at her. Why are they acting so weird?

In gym, Rai meets a new friend, Roy. Roy and Aradia would soon become good friends after they find out each other’s secrets. What is Roy’s secret? He is not completely human. And something that happened between them might end up changing her life. What is it?

Aradia learned that there were werewolves, vampires, fairies, shape shifters, and much more, not only in Salem, but all over the world. They are called The Hidden. They don’t let anyone know what they are, they have to keep secret and that’s how they like it. Learning that other creatures live in Salem, now she knows why some were looking at her like they do, but now she just needs to figure out what she is.

Aradia isn’t the only one who would like to find out what she is. Some of the Hidden want to know as well. They have never smelled anyone like her before.

Soon weird things start to happen to Aradia. She is getting hurt at school, getting tripped down the stars, her hand gashed open and when this starts to happen, Roy and his brothers help protect Rai.

While making her new friends in Salem, Rai discovers about the murder of a werewolf and she wants to help find the killer. Now that a werewolf is murdered and drained like a vampire did it, The Hidden communities are at odds. Rai will use her powers to help find the killer, but will it put her and her family at risk?

With trying to help find the Vampire Murderer, Rai starts dating a vampire named Dax, but could he be getting closer to Rai for only one reason, that reason being trying to figure out what she is, or could he really like her?

Aradia just doesn’t have to worry about the murderer, Dax, and finding out what she is… there is something bigger going on behind the scenes, there are others that are trying to track Aradia down, they are the ones that let her get away and now they want to fix that problem. Using her powers more and more, and having
them get stronger, she is sending out a “beacon” for them to find her.

Can Aradia help The Hidden community not attack each other, or will it backfire in her face? Will she be able to find out what she is and where she came from and can she trust the ones around her? Aradia will soon find all that out and much more in Tales of Aradia: The Last Witch.

Tales of Aradia was a fast read, with lots of action, secrets, and mystery. It keeps you entertained throughout the whole book. I’m excited to read the next book and find out what happens with Aradia and how she grows into who she is. Everything intertwined well, and the story flowed just right. I enjoyed how there was a multitude of paranormal in one book. A good book to put on your to-be read list. I give Tales of Aradia 4 stars!

“It is done. She has been sent to where she can be happy until the time comes to avenge her people! She will destroy you! You and your Sovereign!”-Seer

“I’m not your puppy, Rai, and I’m certainly not a Twilight fan!”- Roy

“You are suggesting I betray her trust, trick her!”- Dax

“Yes, Aradia. Not only are you a witch, but you are also the last of your kind. You, Aradia, are the last witch.”- Mr. Dayton

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TASTING NEVER BLOG TOUR (REVIEW/GIVEAWAY)


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Never Ross is the type of girl who is lost, alone and sad, she tries to fill the empty void within herself by having numerous sexual partners, guys she can’t remember their faces or even their names. It could be a guy she just met at a party, letting him take her up against the wall while she is looking in on the guy she should be trying to go for: the type of guy you marry and have kids with. But for some reason Never can’t help herself; she goes for the bad boys with tattoos, other lost souls like herself. Seeing her father murdered right in front of her when she was younger, or the horrible act her mother did to her, may have been the reason Never is trying to fill a void by having unprotected sex with strangers she just met.

Never is seriously a lost soul, an empty vessel who sees no point in life. She cries herself to sleep at night and has no friends. She’s put herself through hell, for what? Trying to find the cure that will save her? Maybe that cure is in the form of one of those bad boys she goes for and maybe she is his cure?

While at a party Never connects with one of the bad boys she always drops her panties for, but he’s a total jerk and of course she’s a bitch. Both mad at one another because his pickup line wasn’t working and because she wouldn’t dance with him, they part ways, hoping never to see the other again.

At a convenient store, getting the three things that makes everything better for Never, sugar, beer and smokes, that beautiful tortured soul Ty shows up with Never’s gay roommate and a few others. A situation arises that makes Never look at things in a new light.

Finding out Ty was a whore who got paid to have sex with both men and woman was a revelation. Never is the exact same, but unlike Ty, Never just does it to do it, with this they have something in common. Can they save each other? Did they connect that night because they saw their self in each other’s eyes? Ty becomes Never’s only friend. Yeah a guy being a friend with Never, can that even be possible with both their backgrounds?

Never wasn’t always like this, the girl who screws unknown men, the girl who hides away from everyone, who doesn’t show her true self. Hell, who is the real Never? She has no clue! She used to be happy, loved dancing, and had a long term boyfriend who she thought she loved, but one night changed that all and made this new Never, who she can’t even stand.

Never finally lets someone in a bit and becoming closer, Ty and Never take steps to help each other. Trying to do positive things, they lean on each other for support. Maybe they do need each other; they could be each other’s saving grace.

Never doesn’t know why she does the stuff she does, why she sleeps around and feels so empty and alone, but soon the realization hits her. Maybe Never Ross just wants to be loved, that’s it. LOVED! Could that cure her of her sexual addition, and the bad boys she can’t help but attract?

Ty McCabe is who was sent to save Never from her own self and vise-versa. How do you know if they care about each other? They don’t sleep with each other, and they are able to let their secrets out and maybe heal a bit in the process. They can save each other ONLY if they can let each other in.

And maybe, just maybe, they are falling in love in the process of healing each other’s tortured souls. Can two reformed sex addicts fall in love and be with only each other? Ty is the most flawed, most tortured, most beautiful human being she’s ever met and that scares her. I think we have to wait for the second book for that one……

Tasting Never is a book that touches on a real life subject. You may know someone like Never or Ty. This book seriously gets you right from the start, it starts with a big bang and will suck you right on in and won’t let you go until it’s over, and if you’re like me you will be begging for the next book. There was so many times while reading that I wanted to jump into this book and save Never, hold her tell her it will be all okay and that she isn’t a lost cause. Also throw in there a sexy Ty who is just like Never and you have a hot and steamy book. Two lost souls trying to save each other and you have a book you can’t put down! CM is brilliant, and I give her HIGH praises for Tasting Never. I haven’t read a book like this one and I’m so glad I got to review it and add another great author to my growing list of favorites! Tasting Never flows just right, keeps you guessing and hoping for the right outcome. I give this book 5 stars!!!!

Quotes from the Book:

“Get out and leave me alone. My life is complicated enough without you around. You’re too broken for me to fix.”- Never

“There’s this vicious blending of bodies and strong wills and stubborn character and for a split second, there’s no you and no me, just us. It fades away as quickly as it came and soon we’re back to just being human.”- Never

“The best part about you is your soul. It’s a piece of tortured beauty.”-Never

“You misunderstood what I was trying to say. I said I’ve never loved anyone before, meaning before this moment, because Never, I love someone now.”- Ty

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Review/Giveaway of ‘Overnight Sensation’


Overnight SensationOvernight Sensation by Hal Eisenberg

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I will start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. It was very easy read. Jonah is a fifteen-year-old boy that finds out that his dad used to be a rock star. His dad decides to get his band back together just for some fun jam sessions. They record a song that Jonah shares with his friends. Somehow the song gets sent to the radio station and played on air…the catch? The radio station thinks that Jonah and his friends are the ones that are in the band.

The boys decide to start their own band and, along with Jonah’s dad, set out to make the world believe that it was the boy’s song. Throw in a crooked radio station manager, someone from Jonah’s dad’s past, and a gaggle of girls…and you have an OVERNIGHT SENSATION on your hands.

This was a very cute book. It was geared probably towards the younger YA audience (though there was light cussing) but it was still enjoyable to me. I liked the simplicity of it. It made every page turn quickly and easily. With some light romance, a great group of friends, and a bully turned band mate…this is a fun read that I suggest you pick up and give a try.

Quotes from the book:

“All I’m saying is that when a girl finds out you’re in a band, they start acting totally different around you.”

“Sheesh, it sounds like someone had an extra bowl of bitchy flakes this morning.”

“No sweat, Joman. If that jerk ever bothers you again, just tell me and I’ll crush him like a walnut.”

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AMAZON BUY LINKS:

Overnight Sensation

Overnight Sensation (Paperback)

THE GIVEAWAY!

Hal has offered up a fantastic prize packet to one lucky winner! The prize packet contains a SIGNED paperback of Overnight Sensation, a bookmark, and a guitar pick. To enter to win this prize all you have to do is ask Hal a question about the book or anything else you are interested in learning about or tell him why you want to read his book. The comment is MANDATORY but as always, you can get an extra entry by liking his Facebook page. Make sure to let me know that you liked it in your comment.

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Review/Giveaway of C.J. Graves’s ‘AntiChrist 16: The Becoming’


REVIEW BY CASSIE HOFFMAN

What if someone told you that you were to be the Antichrist. Would you believe them? This is what 16 year old Nathan Tarra is faced with. How would you deal with this news?

Nathan Terras is an adopted high school student. Who can usually talk himself out of the trouble he gets into… SOMETIMES. Why? Because he can see auras and has ever since he can remember. This is his secret; he has told only one other person, his best friend Shayla. After getting into a fight with one ofthe schools bully’s/popular kid, he gets sent to the principal’s office. This will not be a normal trip to the principle; this will change everything he has ever known.

With his principal having a heart attack right in front of him, Nathan tries to save him and does, only to be thanked by being strangled by him. Mr. Jerico, a teacher, injects the principal and kills him. This isn’t normal, first his principle has a heart attack, then he tries to kill Nathan, and now Mr. Jerico kills him. What is going on? Soon Nathan will find out.

Mr.Jerico lays something big on Nathan. He is the AntiChrist! How can a normal sixteen-year-old boy, who can’t stand hurting a bug or seeing blood, be the person responsible for the end of days?

Revealing to his two best friends Shayla and Cheeseman that he is the AntiChrist and with the help of Mr. Jerico he tries to make him understand what this will all mean to Nathan. Yes, he may be the Antichrist, but others refer to him as the Uniter. He will unite mankind after the Great Change, which will disassemble the world’s religions.

But, Nathan shouldn’t have become the Antichrist when he did; he somehow changed the plan when he saved his principle. Learning that not only is he the Uniter, but Shayla, Cheeseman and Mr. Jerico are his Keepers; ones to keep him safe from harm and to protect him at all cost.

But there are others called Takers and he will come to find out those around him are “Takers” and out to end him before the Great Change happens. If that happens they could do what they want with the end of times to their own purpose.

So now, not only does Nathan have to worry that his is the Antichrist, but there are others out there that want him dead. How could he wake up on a normal morning and end the day learning all this new information; stuff he never even believed in!

With his high school Friends becoming Takers and having to fight for his life, soon Nathan finds out he has a certain power. He can “freeze” them, but it doesn’t last for long. Can he master his power? If so, that could help him a lot. Join Nathan on a journey like no other and find out all the secrets that his friends, family, and the world have been hiding from him.

Antichrist 16 was a great surprise to read, seeing the title I didn’t give it a lot of thought and didn’t think I would enjoy it because it isn’t the kind of book I usually read, but once you start it you will not be able to put it down. You will want to find out what is going on. There are so many twist and turns and shockers that C.J. Graves wrote, that it’s GREAT! The read keeps you wanting for more. The characters are well developed and lovable and some of the bad one’s you will dislike like I did. I loved how Nathan takes everything in stride and keeps going, even though he thinks he may be dreaming some of the time (BUT HE ISN’T). I also liked that it wasn’t a book filled with religious talk, yes there is some talk because you had to have that to know what exactly what is going on and learn about the Antichrist. I can’t wait for the next book to see where it takes Nathan and what becomes of his future. I give this book 4 STARS!

Quotes from the Book:

“Well , I’d be freaked out, too. I mean, you witness our principal have a heart attack, give him some sort of energy mouth-to-mouth, and he goes wiggy and tries to choke you.”- Shayla

“Lies and half-truths told by power hungry men. There’s only one savior.”- Jerico

“That’s the difference between you and me. I used it to keep The Uniter safe- The Uniter being Nathan. You’re using it to put his life in danger, and in putting his life in danger, you put this whole planet in danger-danger of having no leader or having a substandard one.”- Jerico

“And behold a pale horse. His name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him.” Nathan

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Antichrist 16: The Becoming (Antichrist 16 Trilogy) (Amazon Kindle)

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