ARC REVIEW: Vision by Lisa Amowitz a.k.a it’s so sunny outside, i’m gonna close the curtains + Giveaway!


TITLE: Vision
AUTHOR: Lisa Amowitz
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
GENRE: YA > Mystery | Thriller
PAGES: 264pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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The light is darker than you think… 

High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that he, or the girl he loves, might be killer’s next victim.




Whoah. I don’t remember the last book that made me…


Yes. That’s it. That’s the perfect representation of my face when I finished reading Vision. Lisa Amowitz is a new author on my radar and just by seeing the reviews on her past books, I KNOW, she’s good. And this book proved that.

Bobby is the breadwinner of his family. With a father who can’t walk and a mother who he thought has runaway, Bobby has no time for girls like Gabe.. or for his eyes to lose sight. But then again, Bobby has this thing where uncontrollable things happen to him. And now that Bobby has been seeing visions of and about the serial killer on the loose, it’s a race between him and the killer and Bobby has no intention of losing. Especially if his eye sight is not the only thing he can lose.

I think it’s amazing how Lisa wrote Bobby. He’s an impressive protagonist because I never thought I could connect so much to  a male main character. But I love his voice. I love being inside his head and I can totally feel his situation. Bobby is just so admirable. Anything he does is for his family and sometimes I just wanna shake him just so he can think for himself even for once!! I also love how even though Bobby is the main character, the secondary ones weren’t neglected at all. They were fully developed as well and because this is a mystery, YOU CAN’T HELP BUT suspect everybody. They’re well written and Lisa and constructed.

It’s a little slow at first but you will find yourself turning the pages urgently sooner than you think  just to find out what’s gonna happen next. It keeps you guessing and makes you bite your nails. It doesn’t lack in suspense and thrill. Everything feel so real that you’ll be a little paranoid because this circumstances happens in real life. Honestly, when I finished reading this one I immediately closed everything in the house. Who cares if it’s so sunny outside?! I’m not sure if the vacinity is killer-free yet.

I highly recommend Vision to anyone. It’s a fast paced YA thriller filled with profound characters. This book is stay-up-all-night, ignore-everything kind of read and it’s gonna suck you in right from the start. Bobby will compel you with his voice and as soon as you thought you already had it figured out, you’re wrong.






Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014 along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future. So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.





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ARC REVIEW: Forest Of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia a.k.a desperately in need of the sequel + Giveaway!


TITLE:Forest Of Whispers
AUTHOR:Jennifer Murgia
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal
PAGES: 328pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (Thanks Spencer Hill Press and Netgalley!!)
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago… and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to–one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder–a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.



“This is who I am. I am no longer the simple girl hidden behind the safety of a make believe forest. I am the story. I am the tall tale. I am the witch.”

I have this thing where I just stare at the monitor for hours while thinking ‘How can I do this? How can my review justify how good this book is?!’ I don’t think I can so just bear with me, I’ll try to form coherent words and clear sentences to let you know how much I loved this one.

Here’s the tale. The year is 1627, people are scared of things they don’t know, the Black Forest is beautiful and dangerous, a Plague is contaminating the villages, and a girl is feared by many and yet, one boy is enchanted by her. A girl who doesn’t know yet what she’s capable of. But she’s about to find out.



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Praise for Murgia’s vivid and stunning writing. Eveytime I bury myself in this book, it never fails to transport me to wherever Rune is. Everything just vanishes and I’m left with Murgia’s word and the dramatic atmosphere. It’s one of the many reason to love this book. You will not only read it, you will experience it. The world building is impressive and you can really notice the immaculate research that the author has done. After reading this, I was entranced and immediately googled the story behind the witches of Bavaria because according to the author *(this is from the Author’s Note)* even though this book is a work of Fiction, the places, even the castles were real. Yeah, to say that my curiosity was piqued is an understatement.

The characters are well done, Rune is a main protagonist to adore and remember. I understand that she is kind of hard to connect to at first pages, but as soon as I hit the 3rd chapter, I already felt like I’m with her through out the book. It’s not that different with the love interest. I like being inside their head and them describing their surrounding. So vibrant and alive. The journey of Rune finding out about her heritage is magical and enchanting and I’m amazed that I get to read it. I’m not kidding when I said that I am in desperately in need of the sequel.

Another thing that needs to be praised is the way the story was woven. I did not see a lot of things of coming. When I was closer to the end I was full of ‘WAIT. WHAT?!’ and ‘WHAAAAAT. HOW DID I MISS THAT????!’ moment. It was awesome. I love books that surprises me. The revelations just keeps on coming and coming until the last page..


Forest Of Whispers is a spectacular book. It’s alive and it’s gonna consume you once you read the first page and you know what? You’re gonna like it! Just like me, you’ll love how it’s gonna captivate you and hate that it needs to end.

…but the author said that there’ll be a book two coming out, so, I’m going to wait.





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Jennifer Murgia writes Young Adult paranormal and contemporary fiction.

Her latest novel, FOREST OF WHISPERS, will release September 9, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press.

She is the author of ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE & THE BLISS (Lands Atlantic Publishing) and BETWEEN THESE LINES (Playlist Fiction).

In 2012, Jennifer Co-Founded YA FEST with fellow YA author/friend, CynBalog. She coordinates this unique annual festival, bringing teens and fellow Young Adult authors together at her hometown library in Easton PA.





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