Daily Archives: August 31, 2014

Chasing Power – Sarah Beth Durst

Chasing Power cover Chasing Power
By: Sarah Beth Durst
Available Oct 2014

Lies, secrets, and magic — three things that define Kayla’s life.

Sixteen-year-old Kayla plans to spend her summer hanging out on the beach in Santa Barbara and stealing whatever she wants, whenever she wants it. Born with the ability to move things with her mind — things like credit cards, diamond rings, and buttons on cash registers — she has become a master shoplifter. She steals to build up a safety net, enough money for her and her mom to be able to flee if her dad finds them again. Well, that, and the thrill of using her secret talents.

But her summer plans change when she’s caught stealing by a boy named Daniel — a boy who needs her help and is willing to blackmail her to get it. Daniel has a talent of his own. He can teleport, appearing anywhere in the world in an instant, but he lies as easily as he travels. Together, they embark on a quest to find and steal an ancient incantation, written on three indestructible stones and hidden millennia ago, all to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother. But Kayla has no idea that this rescue mission will lead back to her own family — and to betrayals that she may not be able to forgive… or survive.

This Blonde’s Review:
Kayla isn’t your typical teenager. She’s a thief, she lies to her mother, and she can move things with her mind. Her mother knows about the last part, but she doesn’t know about the first. Kayla needs to have an escape plan at all times, and that escape plan includes having some cash put to the side in case of emergency.

When a guy named Daniel shows up that she doesn’t know but claims to know her name and what she can do. Rather than asking for help Daniel jumps straight to blackmail, trying to force her to do what he wants. Kayla isn’t interested in that and doesn’t trust him. But when he teleports her from one place to another she knows that he doesn’t have the same power she does but Daniel isn’t exactly your normal teenage kid either.

Tere was quite a bit left unanswered for me that I would have wanted to know more about. I didn’t get to see what happens when people come back over here to Canada. There was no real explanation for why Kayla was told what she was for most of her life (GAH spoilers means I can’t tell you!!) if it isn’t true. But there as people who do that to each other all the kind. it is ridiculous.

Overall I did enjoy the book. If you like the idea of a girl who can move things with her mind and a guy who can teleport teaming up then you’ll want to read this one.


Not in the Script – Amy Finnegan

Not in the Script cover Not in the Script
By: Amy Finnegan
If Only… – Book 3
Available Oct 2014

Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This Blonde’s Review:
Emma is the kind of famous person we want to believe in. She’s famous but still manages to be down to earth. She isn’t really interested in all of the crazy fame and gossip side of things. She just wants to act because she loves it. Her best friend still seems to get caught up in people’s images and Emma does her best to steer her away from the impossible dreams

When Emma gets a role on a new show playing a part that is unlike her real personality she knows that it could be difficult and fun. What she doesn’t expect is the complications that can happen when her costars are the hot guy she had a crush on for years before she became a star and the hot guy from magazines that her best friend drools over and tapes to her wall.

Emma tries so hard to navigate what is right for her without upsetting the people who matter to her, like her best friend and her mother. Obviously you can’t make everyone happy at the same time, especially when those people are more interested in leading your life for you than letting you figure out what works for you.

Jake’s character was fantastic. He was a good guy who wanted to take care of his family, who wanted more for his life and was interseted in sales more than acting or modeling. He wants his brain to count for something.

Of course it wouldn’t be worth writing about if it all didn’t almost fall apart on Emma. Baggage from a past relationship, the old crush somehow becoming public knowledge despite being over it, her costars’ bickering, and knowing that her best friend wants Jake for his looks are all enough to make Emma think that the best thing would be to stay single nad not get involved. Of course that is easier said than done.

I really enjoyed this. If you like books about girls who fall for the nice guy even when they do their best not to, then screw it all up, then you’ll enjoy this one. Because Emma does so much to keep this romance from happening, both on purpose and through no fault of her own, that you know it’ll take a strong and awesome guy to stick around through all of that.