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Pivot Point – Kasie West

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By Kasie West
Pivot Point – Book 1
Available Now

Description:
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

This Blonde’s Review:
What if you could look into your future and see which choice is right for you? Addie has that ability. Any time she has a choice to make she can look forward and find out. Like whether to go with a certain guy to the dance or not. Since she remembers each search into the future as if it really happened she limits the searches she does. She doesn’t want her life to get more confusing with those different realities in her head.

When her parents tell her they’re getting divorced they give her the choice of who to live with. Her mother is staying in the Compound, so she would find minimal changes to her school and friends. Her father will be leaving the Compound, meaning everything in her life would change. She loves both of her parents, so the choice isn’t easy for her. She makes the decision to search the future for 6 weeks and see what happens. She figures within 6 weeks she’ll know.

The next 6 weeks of Addie’s life are seen in alternating chapters showing the alternating realities. We watch her start to care for two totally different guys and know which guy we’d prefer to see her with. We watch as things happen on each side so we’re able to see how one event could be different with or without her present and we can only hope things don’t get worse. When tragedy strikes she knows which choice she has to make, even if it is one that will put her in danger.

I really liked Addie. She has such a fascinating ability and I can see how it would be tempting to use it but also something she’d avoid so she wouldn’t be confused. There are things to like about each reality Addie finds herself in as well as things to hate. I loved Trevor even though there were things that made me wonder if that would be the best future to pick. Then there were things I liked about having Addie stay in the Compound but other things that made me want her out of there too. Either way, her life is heading to something that could be terrible, if only she can make the best choice and stop it.

If you enjoy books where there are two futures, like Sliding Doors, then you’ll enjoy Addie’s story. Something about this story has me wanting to read the next one in this series right away. I think it’s to find out if she can get back to the reality she had to give up or if she’ll try.

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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Around The World Tours, Book Review

 

Things I Can’t Forget – Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can't Forget coverThings I Can’t Forget
By Miranda Kenneally
Hundred Oaks – Book 3
Available March 2013

Companion book to Catching Jordan (review) and Stealing Parker (review). This can be read as a stand alone book.

Description:
Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

This Blonde’s Review:
Since I loved Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker I knew I was going to love Things I Can’t Forget, and I was so right.

This is Kate’s story. In her world everything is very clearly labeled as right and wrong, you listen to the bible and you listen to your church. Then something happens that changes everything. Her best friend makes a choice that Kate feels is wrong, but she still supports her. Supporting her changes the way Kate sees herself and she no longer knows what to think.

Going to camp is difficult for Kate, since she’s supposed to be there with her best friend. Instead she’s the new girl. She doesn’t agree with the choices others are making and stands her ground on what she thinks is right for her. When she meets Matt again she is stunned by the changes in him, he went from geek to hot and there are other girls who notice. As their friendship grows and turns into something else, Kate finds herself wanting things she feels she shouldn’t.

I really loved this book! Matt was amazing and Kate’s turmoil is something that I’m sure many teenagers feel. They believe something is wrong, so what will they do when they find themselves in a position where they have to make a choice? Kate is a little more rigid than most, but she’s not a bad person. She’s just trying to be a good person in the best way she knows how. Watching her learn to give a little and accept that her truth doesn’t have to the same for others was great. So many people will judge others because their truths don’t match.

Watching Kate learn and grow made me not want this book to end. She grew on me as the book went on, and I couldn’t help but feel terrible for her when things with her friend didn’t go the right way, and when she thought she was going to lose Matt. I really loved watching her make friends with Parker, since I already loved her from her book.

If you have read anything by Miranda Kenneally before then I know you’re just as impatient as I was to get your hands on this book. She has already solidified herself as an author I love who writes the kinds of books I can pick up and start reading without having a clue what the book is about.

If you would enjoy watching a girl make mistakes and learn how to relate to others while falling into first love, then you’ll love Kate’s story.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Around The World Tours, Book Review

 

Apollyon – Jennifer L Armentrout

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By: Jennifer L Armentrout
Covenant – Book 4
Available April 2013

Please see my reviews of the other books in the Covenant series: Half Blood, Pure, and Diety.

Description:
Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself.

This Blonde’s Review:
I have been looking forward to this book for months, ever since I put the last book down. And now I’m going to have the same problem waiting for the 5th book in this series. I can tell that Jennifer Armentrout is one of those authors that I love and hate. I love that this series isn’t over yet, but I hate that there’s another book and I don’t know what’s going to happen yet! I’m really going to hate it when it’s over, I can tell you that.

The Alex we meet when we come back to her story is much different from the one that we have come to know. She is connected to Seth, going so far as to call him “My Seth” and wanting everything the wants. She no longer cares for Aiden or the people who should matter to her. She no longer cares about the things that have driven her in he past. Until the bond is broken.

When Alex does the impossible and breaks the bond with Seth she realizes she has to do whatever it takes to save the world from Seth, Lucian, and the one who is ultimately pulling the strings. Realizing how likely it us that some or all of them could die makes Alex finally start to grow up.

The things we learn and the things that happen in this one make me want to rush into the next book. I have to know what happens and how Alex will deal with the fallout if she survives. There is no way that their lives aren’t changed forever and I have to know what is going on.

If you’ve read the other books in this series then I know you’ll be eager to get your hands on this one. I know you’ll also be very frustrated that you have to wait for the next one to find out what happens. I still can’t recommend waiting. Get this one as soon as you can.

 
 

Revolution 19 – Gregg Rosenblum

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By: Gregg Rosenblum
Available Now

Description:
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.

This Blonde’s Review:
Imagine a world where robots have turned on us. Rather than following our directions and fighting our battles for us they have decided they will take control. In this world the robots run things with some humans living in secret communities. This is Kevin, Nick, and Cass’s story.

And that’s where my first problem comes in. This story jumped between Kevin, Nick, and Cass too much for me to become attached to any of them. They are working together to get their parents back after a robot attack but it seems to come a little too easily. Their first encounter isn’t with someone suspicious, but with someone who will help them. They are immediately given help and manage to find their way in new environments entirely too easily.

I liked the concept but I had a hard time caring about the characters. I didn’t connect with them and so the things they went through didn’t matter. It was too easy to get distracted by things that didn’t seem to fit, such as the way certain things worked out so well. Perhaps I read this one at the wrong time but it wasn’t for me.