REVIEW: Going Down in Flames by Chris Cannon

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TITLE: Going Down in Flames 
AUTHOR: Chris Cannon
PUBLICATION: Published June 30th 2014 by Entangled Teen Ember
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Dragons
PAGES: 407pages (ebook)
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RATING: 

 

3 ★★★1/2

 

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If her love life is going down in flames, she might as well spark a revolution.
Finding out on your sixteenth birthday you’re a shape-shifting dragon is tough to swallow. Being hauled off to an elite boarding school is enough to choke on.
Since Bryn is the only crossbreed at the Institute for Excellence, all eyes are on her, but it’s a particular black dragon, Zavien, who catches her attention.
Zavien is tired of the Council’s rules. Segregated clans, being told who to love, and close-minded leaders make freedom of choice almost impossible. The new girl with the striped hair is a breath of fresh air, and with Bryn’s help, they may be able to change the rules.
At the Institute, old grudges, new crushes, and death threats are all part of a normal day for Bryn. She’ll need to learn to control her dragon powers if she wants to make it through her first year at school. But even focusing on staying alive is difficult when you’re falling for someone you can’t have.

 

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I’m not sure because I have no time to ransack  my shelf but I think this is my first book about dragons. And maybe this is too much Game Of Thrones but every time a Dragon is mentioned, my mind just automatically thinks Khaleesi. Yep, too much GoT. Anyway, Going Down in Flames is a light read. And I’m not complaining. Dragons are there but I found the story more concentrated on their worlds politics and Bryns coping on living with people who doesn’t like her that much. And of course, about her and Zavien. 

According to the other dragons, Bryn is an abomination. A mistake. And maybe he is if it’s all baded on theor worlds rules. The dragons are classified into Clans: which re the Blue, Red, Green, Black and Orange. In their world, only a Blue can marry a Blue, a Black can only a Black and so on. But Bryns dad is a Black and her mom is a Blue. So yeah, she is an abomibation.

I like Bryn flare as a main character. She’s sassy and clumsy in a very adorable way. Too witty for her own good too. I think she acts as a 16 years old accurately. 

“So, not only am I a dragon, I’m the child of social outcasts. This keeps getting better and better”

Like I said, she’s sassy. And I like her so much for that. There were times that she can a little boy crazy but she’s being bullied so I’m letting that one slide because that can be her only entertainment.

Every characters in here are actually wonderful. Zavien is the only one I want to know more. He is just soooo mysterious that I’m getting impatiemt. I WANT A ZAVIEN POV! I know I’m not the only one. Being mysterious and broody is cool.. but come on! Let me peek inside his handsome brain. 

I am asking this because that’s one of my not-so-good  ebcounter with the book. I’m a hopeless romantic I guess and I don’t buy Zavier’s words. I ship him with Bryn but he’s too suspicious. See. I don’t know what to think anymore. Bryns parents are the coolest. I’m really a fan of her mother’s cool demeanor and her Dad’s i’m-gonna-kick-your-ass aura. And they truly love and care for their daughter. AND THEY ARE BOTH ALIVE. That doesn’t happen in YA that much.

“Do not take crap from anyone…. You are as good as they are.” – Bryns Dad.

Someone needs to hold me right npw and tell me there’ll be a sequel because it can’t end that way! I’m looking forward to what’s gonna happen between Bryn and Zavien and… Jaxon? Going Down in Flames is perfect for readers who are looking for spunky heroine that can fire someone with fire or ice with huff. The dragon aspect will draw you in and Bryn will entertain you. 

 


 

 And because I’m a good person and I love you guys, I have some teasers for y’all

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THE AUTHOR:

 

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Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shitzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon’s shape-shifting dragon series.

 

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Embers (The Wings of War #1) by Karen Ann Hopkins

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TITLE: Embers (The Wings of War #1)
AUTHOR: Karen Ann Hopkins
PUBLICATION: Published October 21st 2014 by Karen Ann Hopkins
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Angels
PAGES: 357 pages (kindle edition)
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RATING:
 

4 ★★★★

 
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There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evils rises.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she’s immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt’s boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember’s exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she’s a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage, and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war, one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.

 

 

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REVIEW:

 

I’m now convinced. Karen ann Hopkins can write anything.. and I will like it. I really enjoyed her novel, Lamb to the Slaughter and because I found out that this is her first YA Paranormal, I didn’t know what to expect.

Ember’s parents died in a car crash srash that should’ve killed her too but with unknown reasons fire cannot seem to harm her in any way. Until she was shipped off to her mothers  friend, Ila, that she found all the answers that she’s been dying to know… Ember is a descendant of a kind of angel. She’s a Watcher. And with the help of Aunt Ila, she’s training and practicing to be more skillfull with her abilities.

But being a Watcher is not Ember’s main problem. The world is going to an end… and that man in her dreams (literally) might have something to do with it.

Ohh, people, I. LOVE. IT.

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This is a sexy and action packed paranormal that everybody is looking for, with supernatural characters that are completely unique and distinct. This book reminded me of The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (which I loved) It has the right amount of wit, romance, action and mystery. Though the start was a bit slow.. the plot was really gripping. I was intrigued by all the monsters and supernatural creatures that Ila was telling Ember and I found myself asking for more of Watcher’s history. It didn’t lack, really. I was satisfied with the whole explanation and it still left me wanting for more and making me excited for the sequel. Just thinking about what’s in store for Ember and Sawyer makes me giddy.

Some people might be put off with the Instalove. I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s there. And it’s scorching hot. Like, it’s blazing flames! The attraction between Ember and Sawyer is unbelievable.

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Even us, the readers, cannot deny the chemistry between this two. From the moment they locked theor aeyes at each other, romance is already brewing. But I loved that them getting together took time. I know the attraction was kind of fast.. okay, scratch kind of, because IT IS fast, but none of the two made bad decisions and decided to just eat each others face (though the WANT is there) the circumstances is still on their mind. And I like that a lot.

Ember is a vey likeable character too, which I did not expect. I loved how she acted all snarky and fought the attraction that is pulling her towards Sawyer. And Sawyer.. WOWZA. Sawyer screams MAN, there is nothing boy about him. Totally alpha and very swoon worthy.

Hopkins’ writing is very easy to get into. Besides the bit of slow pacingI mentioned above, I did not struggle at all and everything just went smoothly. I was transfixed and her writing absolutely held me through out the book. I cannot wait for the sequel! The end was not a total cliffy but it surely left me hanging and begging for more! I absolutely recommend this to everyone!

 

 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

 

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR: John D. Mimms

PUBLICATION: Published February 4th 2014 by Premier Digital Publishing

GENRE: A/YA/NA > Fantasy | Paranormal | SciFi

PAGES: 300pages (Paperback)

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When a cosmic storm enters Earth’s atmosphere, scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm’s side effect – anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly stranded here, visible, and can interact with the living.

With the world thrown into chaos, Thomas Pendleton is eager to make up for many broken promises to his six-year-old son, Seth. Soon after the storm, they set out on a road trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, completely unaware of the social and political maelstrom they’re heading into that will change their lives forever.

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I passed two more rows of stones, all of which were so badly weathered that they could have been little more than smooth rocks protruding from the ground. As I approached the far wall of the little cemetery, I stopped in my tracks as a lump formed in my throat. A single headstone had caught my eye, one that was probably in the best condition of any I had seen so far. It was not the condition of the stone that got my attention; it was the name on the stone – Stan Pendleton. I walked up and ran my hand over the smooth surface, reading the rest of the inscription. Stan was born in July of 1842 and passed away on February 3, 1884. He was a loving father and husband. That was it, nothing more. I, at first, felt a flash of intense grief as I was reminded of a tombstone back home in Conway with the same last name, but it memorialized two names, not just one. It also displayed two epitaphs, not just one – Beloved wife, mother and friend and the other short and to the point Sweet angel. A tear streamed down my cheek as I absently knelt then sat in the grass. I pinched the bridge of my nose and wept for a few moments until the realization of where I was came back to me with a jolt. I looked around at the headstones with embarrassment, like I had just been caught weeping in a crowded room. Were any of these people around now, due to the storm? I didn’t know but I did know they definitely weren’t here, not in this sad and lonely place. It suddenly dawned on me just how woefully inadequate the living is when it comes to memorializing our fallen friends, family and fellow people. This little cemetery was a perfect example of this shortcoming. How can a life lived be reduced to a name, dates and a clichéd sentence or two carved into a rock? A life that will gradually be forgotten as those that remember move on to receive their own carved epitaphs until presently there are none that remain who remember … or care? We leave their memory to the mercy of time and the elements until nothing is left to remind us that they once lived, once laughed and once loved, nothing but a weathered stone.

THE AUTHOR:

 

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John D. Mimms is a business owner, paranormal researcher, and author. John served as the Technical Director for the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team (ARPAST). During his four-year tenure with the organization, he helped supervise over 100 investigations and wrote more than sixteen technical articles. One of John’s articles, titled “A Christmas Carol Debunked,” was read live on Parazona Radio by Paul Bradford of Ghost Hunters International fame. John also wrote the ARPAST technical/training manual which is a comprehensive guide on equipment usage, investigation protocol, and scientific theory for paranormal research.

In 2009 John decided to couple his knowledge of paranormal phenomena with his lifelong love of literary fiction. Among his titles are The Great Keep, Death Theory, and The Lemonade Girl. John is currently working on book two of The Tesla Gate trilogy.

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REVIEW: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton a.k.a love can make us such fools

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AUTHOR: Leslye Walton
PUBLICATION: Published March 25th 2014 by Candlewick Press
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Magical Realism | Romance
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)
RATING: 5 ★★★★★
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“The following is the story of my young life as I remember it. It is the truth as I know it. Of the stories and the myths that surrounded my family and my life — some of them thoughtfully scattered by you perhaps — let it be said that, in the end, I found all of them to be strangely, even beautifully, true.” 

Sometimes you’ll read a story and it will make your chest ache so much because it’s so beautiful and tragic and you know what? you’re going to be happy about it. For me, that story is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I think I felt every emotion I could feel by reading this. I appreciated and understood Love more. How it can make someone so bitter that you can taste it just by her eyes or how it can make someone float in happiness and do foolish things. How powerful Love is. How it can be the one who can make someone the happiest person or the most miserable person living on earth.

“Love makes us such fools.”

This story is narrated by our main character, Ava. From the prologue where she starts to introduce us to what she is, I got the impression that she’s older and she’s just reminiscing her family’s tragic and beautiful love stories. And she starts from her maternal grandmother, Emilienne, and from there I’ve read one of the most wonderful and lonely stories I’ve ever read. I was instantly hooked. That Prologue is so powerful you just know that it’s preparing you for the following chapters. I did not put it down. In fact, I was so engrossed by how Ava narrates the story that I almost finished it in one sitting.

I met lovely and real characters. It’s so real that I think some of them is living inside of me now. It’s weird actually, all that is happening is weird. The ghosts, the girl turning into a dove, a priest with sinful motives, a lot of magical stuff. But instead of confusing me, it made me keep on turning the pages.
Each of the characters are original. I love how we know their backstories and how connected I am with them. And can I say how brilliantly written this book is? So sophisticated and dazzling. To think that it’s the author’s debut novel. Amazing!

If you’re looking for a story with a lot of dialogue, this isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a light read, this isn’t for you. I dare you to enter the Roux household. To join Ava as she narrates her family’s history of unlucky love stories. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is an eye opener and a thought provoking novel. I assure you, it will stay with you forever.