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!

Review- Point of Origin by Amanda Havard


Title: Point of Origin (Survivors #2)
Author: Amanda Havard
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Publisher: Chafie Press
Source: Chafie Press

From Goodreads


The winter is upon us. The Survivors are in chaos. The war is coming.

One year ago, Sadie Matthau was living among humans, existing as one of them. But now she wakes each morning in a house in the Survivors’ City, listening to the invocations and insults of her family members as they cope with their new future. A war. Rogue abandoners turned monsters. Sadie and the icy Winters living in their midst, bringing the outside world in.

The Survivors: Point of Origin is Sadie’s quest to save her family. But can she find what she is looking for when she can barely stomach the Winters’ wintry demeanor and finds herself distracted by Cole Hardwick’s warm heart? Will she be able to uncover her family’s history even as the elders’ grip tightens around her throat? In an action packed ride full of magic and misery, terror and triumph, Sadie Matthau seeks the Survivors’ beginning just in time to face her end.

Amanda Havard is an amazing storyteller who spins a tangled web of secrets and half truths in Point of Origin. Everyone has a secret and Sadie Matthau spends much of Point of Origin trying to figure out what they are. Truly one of the best elements of The Survivors series is Havard’s ability to build an epic puzzle for her fans and then watch as they try and sort through the pieces with Sadie.
With an expertise in fashion and cars, Sadie ventures out into the world to discover the secrets behind the Survivors. Not only does she have to try and hunt down the answers to the mysteries of her origins, she also has to deal with the ever deepening secrets of the original fourteen Survivors and the Winters family. The reader stumbles upon shocking truths and even more secrets, just as Sadie does. Nothing is revealed until the opportune moment. Readers will remain on the edge of their seats throughout the entire book and almost fall of the edge with an amazing ending!

My opinion:
What to say? Amanda Havard’s Point of Origin was an amazing read and I am so happy to have gotten the opportunity to read it and fall in love. I will say that Point of Origin and The Survivors series was a true underdog on my reading list. I was unfamiliar with the series and with Amanda Havard. After reading both of the books I am now a true follower and fan of Amanda and I honestly cannot wait to read the rest of the series! The Survivors now sits on my shelf next to Harry Potter and Divergent. I give this book four stars! Everyone needs to go check it out!

Hannah

Review “Echo Falls” by Jaime McDougall


Title: Echo Falls
Author: Jaime McDougall
Publication Date: July 15, 2011
Publisher: Create Space
Source: Jaime McDougall

From Goodreads

Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.

After a vicious attack in an alley, policeman Aidan O’Bryan is left with Phoebe as his only path to understanding why the Echo Falls werewolf pack – his pack – is being attacked. When another pack member is killed, Phoebe is forced to confront her past before she loses Aidan and everything she has come to love.

Love and duty become one as Aidan strives to prevent Phoebe from becoming the next victim. But with Phoebe just as determined to protect Aidan and her new home, secrets from her past threaten to tear them apart.

Will love give Phoebe the strength to trust Aidan and face her fears, or will her past destroy her future?

*Warning: Contains adult situations and language

Echo Falls is really unlike any book that I have read. The reader follows Phoebe Martin, the new girl in Echo Falls, as she begins to interact with police officer Aidan O’Bryan who also happens to be the Alpha wolf.
One of the things that I really love about Echo Falls is the mature relationship between Phoebe and Aidan. Unlike YA novels where hormones are constantly in the way and influencing the characters I feel as though Phoebe and Aidan were much more level headed when it came to their relationship. Yes, there were plenty of hormones involved but it was really nice to see a relationship in a book that wasn’t based on high school love, but a different more grown up love.
I loved the small town feel that I got when McDougall described Echo Falls (and who doesn’t love that name!) and it fit perfectly with the story. The novel is able to really define the relationships between the characters, all of the characters not just a few, and that was something that I also really enjoyed.
Echo Falls was such a fun read and after talking to Jaime McDougall, I am super excited to get to read the follow up novel when it is ready. I think anyone looking for something new and a little more grown up with love Echo Falls and it deserves four stars!

Hannah

Review “Velveteen” by Daniel Marks


Title: Velveteen
Author: Daniel Marks
Publication Date: October, 19, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

From GoodReads

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.

Bonesaw.

Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It’ll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

There are many wonderful elements put forth in Velveteen by Daniel Marks. He skillfully creates an entirely different world, the world after death, the world of Purgatory. The description of Purgatory was very vivid and Daniel Marks creates such a wonderful image for the reader. There are vast amounts of souls trapped in Purgatory each one of them having a different role in their society and within the novel. There are so many new things that Marks created within the covers on this book and it feels like you are reading about life in another realm, a fully developed other world, than in Purgatory.
Velvet leads two dual lives in her death; one involves haunting the man that brutally murdered her and the other rescuing souls from captivity in the Daylight, or the living world. When these two worlds are suddenly collided with each other at the end of the novel I thought Marks play it out all wonderfully!
The novel was full of life, adventure, trials, and even a forbidden romance. Romance in Purgatory, who knew! The friendship and relationship that builds between Velvet and Nick, though a bit fast paced, was perfect.
One of the things that I noticed about Velveteen was its ability to pull the same emotions from me that The Lovely Bones did. As I was reading I felt this whole in my chest building as we learned more and more about how Velvet was murdered.
Overall I felt that this story was a wonderful tale about a (dead) girl trying to find her place in Purgatory and herself come to terms with her death. I would recommend it to others and I think it definitely deserves four stars!

Hannah