Review- Want by Stephanie Lawton

Title: Want
Author: Stephanie Lawton
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: June 7, 2012
Source: Inkspell Publishing

From Goodreads

Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche to help her. She can’t understand why he suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it. Julianne must face down madness from without, just as it threatens from within. Isaac must resist an inappropriate attraction, but an indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball-the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite-forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past. Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

Julianne is a girl with big dreams and a dark past who wants nothing more than to have a normal life and leave her tiny town. Enter Isaac Laroche, mystery boy who left Mobile, Alabama years before amid hushed controversy. Julianne thinks he is the key to her happiness at the New England Conservatory, little does she know he has his own messed up past to throw a kink in her happiness.

What I thought:

One of the things that I adored about Want was the level music knowledge that Stephanie Lawton brought to the table. As a musician herself I could tell that everything was accurate and she was writing from personal experience. As someone who has been playing multiple instruments for over a decade I felt a real personal connection to Julianne on this level.
When I first finished Want I was upset with the ending and I, in all honestly, wanted to punch something. I have to give huge props to Stephanie for achieving that sort of emotional reaction from me. She built the whole story making me fall in love with one character and then in a second took it all away. That was her point though and she did such a fantastic job!
My heart went out to Julianne as I learned more and more about her past and even her present. Stephanie did such an amazing job of delving into the emotional aspects of an entire family dealing with abuse. Instead of just focusing on Juli’s reaction Want shows the reaction of every single person, the abuser, the abused, and the witnesses.
Stephanie Lawton has such a beautiful writing quality that I know I will be anxiously awaiting another novel by her.

Review- Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

Title: Beautiful Lies
Author: Jessica Warman
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
Source: Netgalley

From Goodreads

Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins—so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they’ve lived with since their parents passed away, can’t tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong—especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself? Master storyteller Jessica Warman will keep readers guessing when everything they see—and everything they are told—suddenly becomes unreliable in this page-turning literary thriller.

Jessica Warman spins an entangled tale in Beautiful Lies. The reader is jostled around by Warman as they try to decipher just what is happening to the main character Rachel/Alice (?). Starting from the very first page the reader is deceived by the narrator who is immediately branded as unreliable.

My thoughts:

I was really excited to read Beautiful Lies when I first read the description, however the book didn’t live up to my expectations. Warman gives a really valiant attempt at trying to achieve her point, making the narrator as unreliable as possible. She actually achieves that point but a little too well. By the time the story ended I didn’t know who to trust. That is where I find fault in this book. I understand that may have been Warman’s point but if it was then this is simply not a novel that I personally like. I would have liked to be able to trust the ending, but I can’t and that above all else is what get’s me. I love the broader story idea but the complete unreliability of the narrator gets me.
I feel as though there were a lot of things that were never fully explained. The power that one twin has to connect with the other is an example. The entire novel has a very Lovely Bones feel to it and I wish that it would have lived up to the beauty of that book.
It is my hope that this review get’s you interested in reading the book so that you may form your own opinion on the story. I feel that it is very important for every reader to decide and form their own opinions. If the description from Goodreads or another higher rated review sounds good to you I hope that you all go out and read this!

Throwback Thursday #5

It’s my fifth Throwback Thursday and I blame Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, and Mandi Kaye for my obsession with this idea! From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

The Belgariad is an epic fantasy adventure that spans across five books. The books are Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician’s Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, and Enchanters End Game. These books are amazing! I read them all on a recommendation from a co-worker a few years ago and instantly fell in love! If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy then you will not be able to put these down. I have often described these to friends as longer, younger version of The Lord of the Rings.
There is really too much for me to say in one post but if you are a fan of huge fantasy or if you are just wanting something epic and amazing to read this is definitely a series that you need to read! I gobbled them all up in just a few days! Every book in this series, if I rated them today, would receive a five star rating so you know it’s going to be good!

Review- Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Title: Timepiece
Author: Myra McEntire
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Source: Netgalley

From Goodreads

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking…

Kaleb Ballard’s relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb’s powers expanding, or is something very wrong?

Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he’s stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough…

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

Timepiece picks up where Hourglass leaves off, but not in the way you think. Instead of the reader continuing with Emerson’s story they are thrust into Kaleb’s head and get to experience a completely different story than Hourglass. The reader gets to see that there is more to Kaleb than the suave womanizer he wants people to believe. McEntire let’s more and more information on Hourglass seep through and introduced the Infinityglass. The world of Timepiece becomes more in depth and more interesting as the book goes on.

My Thoughts:

I am completely in love with Timepiece! It bypassed all of my thoughts and predictions and I was completely amazed at what an amazing job McEntire did! Emerson and Michael fell off my radar as I centered (and fell in love with) Kaleb and Lily. McEntire did a tremendous job at getting into a guys head and she completely created (and stuck with) this character the entire time. At first I was unsure whether or not I was going to enjoy a book from Kaleb’s point of view but this book could not have been as amazing as it truly was without him. The readers gets to watch as Kaleb grows as a person and it’s such a great journey to watch Lily and his relationship grow. I don’t know what character will narrate the next book but I am hoping that it will be Lily (selfishly so that I can get more Kaleb). Timepiece was such an incredible story and I cannot wait to see what happens next!