Shattered Blue – Review

Words are limited and the soul is limitless, but words approximate it best.

Words are limited and the soul is limitless, but words approximate it best.

Book Synopsis:

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

Book Info:

Author: Lauren Bird Horowitz

Publisher: Skyscape 2015


Genre(s): YA, Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Review: I received this book from NetGalley to read and review. WHOA! Where to even begin. This story follows a girl by the lovely name of Noa, she’s recently lost a sister so her world is seemingly crumbling around her. Noa is quiet and reserved, a complete opposite to her late-sister, Isla. She has a select few friends and is probably the strongest one left in her family other than her bright ball of light sister, Sasha. Her writer of a mother, is a lost cause after she slips into a depression, her father a distracted overworked silent sufferer. Noa deals and faces so many struggles on her own, revealing herself only to her secret notebooks painted with the words of her poetry.

I absolutely loved the progression of Noa’s daily life. Watching her face the  zombies she calls parents and dealing with her new romantic interest Callum and all his baggage, in silence through her words is heartbreaking yet breathtaking. I can only imagine what she’s going through just by reading this book. It’s a magical, mystical yet dark and cryptic beauty. The development of all of Horowitz  characters in this book, is quite simply amazing. (I loved the roller coaster of Miles.) Noa begins to trust herself more and others as it seems when her ghost of a sister comes to her aid at times. (Not saying more than that.)

The plot has just enough twists and turns in my opinion. There were times when I just held my breath at the intense moments. There were only a handful of instances when i felt the story lagged, but as soon as I felt it was dull it picked right back up again. It found the perfect balance and I struggled with the fact I couldn’t read it in one sitting because of real life events. Sigh.

To put it short I loved this book. Horowitz did an amazing job and THE ENDING KILLED ME! I will be following this series and can’t wait until the next book comes out. I definitely suggest it to anyone regardless of their genre preferences because it will quite simply enthrall you. I’d love to hear from you so drop a comment or message me! 🙂

😀 Go find this and read it. It won’t dissapoint! ❤

★ ★ ★ ★


Born at Midnight – Review

Couldn't I just be a bit loony instead of gifted?

Couldn’t I just be a bit loony instead of gifted?

Book Synopsis:

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Bookie Info

Author: C.C Hunter

Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin 2011

ISBN: 0312624670

Genre(s): YA, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Review:*Possible spoilers but not really. Read at own risk*  This is my first review so please bear with me a little bit. So the main character of this series is Kylie Galen. Kylie has got a pretty crazy and hectic life for a 16 year old. Her parents are splitting up, her boyfriend just left her, and she has this person who is supposedly stalking her. Creepy, crazy and definitely a little too much to handle for anyone. One night Kylie ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and her mother decides to ship her off for the summer to Shadow Falls, a camp for supposedly troubled teens; but Shadow Falls is much, much more.

We learn pretty fast that the camp is designed to teach supernatural teens how to deal with life by co-existing not only with each other but with humans as well. The great thing about this book when it comes to the powers of the supernaturals is that it’s very diverse and different. Hunter sets up such a good cultural understanding for each division of supernaturals which is a really refreshing change for me. Kylie learns that she herself has powers and although she is the main character, throughout the whole book it feels as though Kylie complains exponentially. Like I totally understand where she’s coming from but it’s either denial of her own extremely useful and amazing powers, confused about her love life (she’s got three possible hotties to pick from)  or constantly questioning herself as if shes suddenly going to find out one day on her own. I have a love-hate relationship for that reason with Kylie but she overall develops quite a bit throughout.

Born at Midnight is a really interesting and compelling plot and story line, regardless of the fact that it hit a few slow spots for me, I really couldn’t put it down. However I may have felt about Kylie the secondary characters were pretty amazing and the setting of the camp gave a really vivid picture.

Overall I will definitely be completing the series, maybe not all at once but i’ll get there. The writing was amazing, the story well paced, the perfect amount of realism and humor and a decent character development. 🙂 You should read it too! Leave your comments i’d love to hear from you!

❤ I really liked it. 😛
★ ★ ★

A New Adventure

How often is it that one reads? To truly sit down and immerse yourself in the words of another’s mind. Their thoughts, ideas, opinions and imaginations, created through a collection of letters that comprise words to create phrases; each unique in their own sense. It is in books and stories, articles and just writing in general – of both fiction and non-fiction – that I find myself caught deep within the mind of another person subconsciously.

We may not think much of it in the moment, but is undeniably the reality of what goes on when you sit down, snuggle up or do whatever you do when you read.

Words have power. They can create, destroy, inform or confuse. It is because of all  this that I find myself needing more and for that I have adapted my lifestyle to cater to that need, that insatiable thirst.

But I am at my limit. I can only go so far with all these pieces of art in my head until I need to share the inner most thought and feelings of my mind. So many opinions for so many years all bottled up because I was too scared to step out of my comfort zone. So I have come to terms with myself and finally decided that enough is enough.

It is because of my new found assertiveness that I decided to start this blog. To step out of my comfort zone and let those who care to listen into my mind and hear my thoughts and opinions on books and stories. To let my feelings come to life within the confines of a review.

So here’s to new beginnings and trying to brush the surface of this crazy world and all those beautiful words that we have yet to learn. I hope maybe you can find at least one of my reviews relatable to you in your own mind and maybe spark up your inner writer to make a drop in the ocean.

And suddenly you just know…

It’s time to start something new and trust in the magic of new beginnings.

~Meister Eckhart

The words we read are alive.

The words we read are alive.