Believe by E. Leighanne Grimm-Weever

     Believe by E. Leighanne Grimm-Weever, self-published March 2, 2012 on Smashwords, is a Paranormal Romance set in Hanover, New Hampshire.

     The story starts off with 19 year old Andrea Dayla moving to Hanover to start college at Dartmouth. As the story advances, we meet Shane Brennen and his family; his mom, Shura, his dad, Seeley, his brothers, Justin and Thomas, and his three sisters, Clara, Kelly and Lynnette. Shane and Andrea have a love connection (way too soon in my opinion) and we find out interesting secrets about all of them including the fact that *SPOILER ALERT* the Brennens are vampires. All of this happens way too fast and needs more detail, which would help clarify.

   This book is extremely similar to Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. The storyline isn't a problem because I personally loved Twilight, however the lack of creativity is a big problem for me. I feel that every author needs to have their own plot before publishing a book, intentional or not. This is one of the down sides of self publishing, no professionals are there to tell you what needs to be corrected, which is done in regular publishing companies. Editors (which I hope to be one day) know what they are doing and went to college for this.

In the end, my love for Twilight pushes me to like Believe. Therefore, I would recommend it to Twilight fans.

Also, there were a lot of grammar errors, a comma missing here a word spelled wrong here. I tried to overlook it, I really did, but in the end it was just too much. If it was just once or twice it would be okay, however, it wasn't once or twice it was about 50 errors. Also, no 19 year old talks like Andrea. At one point, she is looking at a banister and she says something about sliding down it. While you may think this is just an author's tool to show the character's maturity, it really isn't. Andrea is characterized to be extremely mature and a leader. The contrast just doesn't mesh well.

After extensive research, this brief description from Barnes and Noble is all I was able to dig up on E. Leighanne Grimm-Weever.

"I'm a mother of three wonderful (and hyper) children. My husband is in the National Guard. I'm a stay at home mom and wife and working on getting my name and books out there. I love to read and write (usually have at least two stories in the works at a time). Anything else you want to know just ask :)"-Barnes & Noble

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Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten

"Wickedpedia is sharp as a well-honed knife. It's clever, modern, and yes, violent."- Amazon
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Wickedpedia, by Chris Van Etten, was published June 24, 2014 by Point Horror, a division of Scholastic, Inc.

The internet has turned it's back on us. Quick go look at Wikipedia! Is there an entry for you? No? Ok, we're safe... for now.






When Winnie, Scott, Josh, Andrea, and Mr. Drick annoy Cole and Gavin, they have to get revenge. This revenge comes in one form. Wikipedia. With Gavin's help, Cole makes Wikipedia pages for the five including gruesome deaths. But when the predictions come true will he have the time to unmask the killer? Or will he meet the same fate as his enemies?

Van Etten creates an interesting twist to the average killer on the loose storyline. However, the writing could have been better. I guessed the killer early into the story causing the book to lose it's shock factor. Also, the characters were poorly developed. They lack diversity, personality, and depth.

I would recommend this book to anybody looking for a quick, easy read. This book is not the book to read if you are looking for a scary book. If you like R.L. Stine then read Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten.


*I received Wickedpedia free from Scholastic, Inc via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. 
Just because I got it for free does not influence my opinions at all. Everything in this review is completely mine.




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The Day Human King 

(The Day Human Trilogy #2)

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Book Length: 200 pages (approximate)Publisher: Lexia Press, LLC


Summary: After he assumed the power of the late sidhe king, Devin thought the battle to protect Nessa and proceed with her coronation was over. Everyone feared him and he had the power to do anything in the sidhe world. He was wrong. As problem after problem arises, Nessa finds the path to the throne is not as simple as they thought. Formalities must be adhered to, preparations must be made, and between all of that, Devin and Nessa must decide what to do with an obviously pregnant Fiona, who will not name the father of her child. To make matters worse, the elite sidhe are still assassinating each other. No one in the palace is safe. Who is behind the latest deaths, and can the coronation actual occur with all the drama going on? Devin and Nessa’s road to power might be cut short if they can’t find the answers.

Goodreads link to book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22026717-the-day-human-king

This is an exerpt from book one (The Day Human Prince):
“We need to dance our way out of here,” Devin replied quietly, still spinning them in circles. “Just follow my lead.”
Nessa wanted to ask more, but Devin dipped her down suddenly with one hand. Pulling her back up, his fist was pressed against her back and was now holding an arrow he grabbed from an assassination attempt. No one saw the invisible arrow, but Devin still held onto it. After a few more quick spins that didn’t allow Nessa to ask more questions, yet brought them five feet closer to the exit, Devin caught a second arrow from a different assassin. The first one was still waiting. Even the assassins didn’t see their own arrows. As they were within ten feet of leaving, Nessa finally protested.
“Devin, what is going on?” she asked, a bit winded from dancing.
‘Not now. I’m trying to save your life,’ Devin answered silently. Nessa’s eyes went big. She obviously hadn’t considered that she was in danger. ‘Now duck,’ he ordered.
Nessa instantly bent down and pretended to adjust the hem of her dress. Devin held out his empty hand to help her stand back up. She smiled and stood, though there was still hesitation in her eyes. She couldn’t see the arrows in his hand. Devin smiled back, and she relaxed a little. Nessa slipped her hands back to his shoulders, and Devin took the lead again, pulling her toward the exit on the opposite side of the room from their table.
‘Dinner, dance, and then done?’ Devin asked, reiterating that they were done. He didn’t expect any kind of protest, but he had to be sure that they fulfilled the role they were supposed to play.
“I have to tell them I’m leaving,” she replied quietly. Devin spun her again before answering.
Devin reached to grab the fourth arrow, but it turned around midflight and hit the assassin that had shot it. Devin didn’t even wait to see what would happen. The last one he had killed turned visible the moment he died. Devin was sure this one was slightly hidden, but would be found quickly enough. They didn’t have time to wait around for the real chaos to begin. Devin stopped dancing and grabbed Nessa’s hand in his free one to pull her the last few feet to the doorway. Nessa seemed about to protest again as Devin briefly stopped. A man standing by the doorway didn’t even notice them, but Devin knew he was the herald that announced their entrance earlier.
“The queen is tired and retiring to her room. She had a lovely time, please be sure to thank all who attended,” Devin told the man. He didn’t wait for a response, turning back to Nessa.
The herald’s eyes grew wide at being addressed by Devin, and even wider as he noticed Nessa by Devin’s side. He quickly bowed to Nessa before hurrying over to the stairs that lead out of the hall and to the vantage point overlooking the crowd. Devin and Nessa followed behind him. The herald turned to face the court attending the ball, and Devin continued to pull Nessa out of the dancing hall. They didn’t stop to listen to the man. When the assassins finally looked up from their weapons, Devin had Nessa out the door before the herald was finished talking, and before anyone could follow them.
“Devin we’re alone,” Nessa replied, out of breath. Devin pulled her down the hallway. Her dainty sidhe shoes clicked on the stone floor, but Devin didn’t stop.
“For now, but I don’t doubt they will follow. At least the three that were still standing when we left,” Devin commented, pulling her in the direction of her room, the only safe place in the palace since they had let sidhe assassins in.
“Assassins?” Nessa asked, horror lining her face.
“Yes, and unless we get back to your room now they will get another chance. I don’t mind my odds at three to one, but I don’t know if they will even fight me or just go for you. And since you can’t see them, I’d prefer you were somewhere safe,” Devin replied, turning and going down another hallway. “Shit,” Devin said quietly. He was scanning the hallways. Just then, he grabbed Nessa and pulled her with him into one of the lover’s alcoves.
“What?” Nessa asked as her eyes grew big, understanding where they were standing.
‘We need to hide and this was the best I could do,’ Devin replied mentally to Nessa.
He pulled her body up against his as he backed into the small space, and her big billowing skirt hid his day human jeans. Devin stood a good six inches taller than Nessa, and he knew his face had to be hidden also. The fuzzy outline of an assassin appeared down the hallway. Devin didn’t say a word to Nessa before he leaned down and kissed her.

Shadow's Dangers

Shadow's Dangers by Cindy Mezni (English Edition) was published December 24th by Evatopia Press. Les Dangers de l'Ombre (French Edition) was published November 30, 2013.

"Losing a loved one is never easy."- Back Cover
Deliah doesn't remember anything about her parents. She only ever had two people in her life: her best friend, Hayden, and  her grandmother, Tess. Her sister hates her, the whole school thinks she's crazy, she has horrible nightmares every night, and she faints every time she looks at the new guy. To top all that off her parent's murderers are out to kill her too. With her life she thinks her life falling apart she doesn't think it could get any worse, but boy was she wrong.

What I Did Like:

Deliah, Ending, Garreth, Leighton, Originality, Romance, Travis

What I Didn't Like:

Nothing, I loved the whole book.

About Cindy Mezni:

"Cindy Mezni is a young Swiss writer. She discovered her passion - became obsession - for writing by chance, during a winter afternoon where she had fun by rewriting the story of a popular book because the sequence of events were not to her liking.

Consequently, she began to publish fictions and fanfictions on Internet for almost two years to share her stories and submit them to criticism to improve her writing. After receiving accolades from the jury of a writing competition at her school, Cindy finally took the path of publishing with The Last Hope series then the N√ęphyr trilogy and Poisoned Iris trilogy - and many other books in the future, she hopes.

Since the said winter afternoon, not a day goes by without her fingers touching her computer's keyboard to write new fantasy or sci-fi adventures..."-Cindymezni.com

About Shadow's Dangers:

Shadow's Dangers is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance about a universe beyond our own and a war brought to our world. It is a teen book and does go into quite some detail about fights and blood. I wouldn't recommend this book to anybody who is squeamish or doesn't like blood. If you like alternate universes, life or death situations, and good vs. evil this is the book for you. This is the first installment in The Last Hope Trilogy. 

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Summer Reading Challenge

This year I've decided to have a summer reading challenge. Every time you read a book write a review and put it on the Book-Attic Facebook page, enter it in the via email, or you can make a video and put it on the Facebook page. At the end of the summer I will give out two gift cards one for 9 & under the other for 10+. If you do a video review or post it on Facebook say your first name or a username, if wanted, and say your age.


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Interview with Marissa Meyer

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Recently I contacted Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles, through Goodreads and I asked her some questions. So here is my interview with Marissa.




Q.  What inspired you to become a writer? 


A.  I always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was a little kid and learned that such a job existed, and you could even get paid for it! I had a really big imagination growing up and I always loved to read, so the thought that someday people might read my stories, too, was a huge motivator and is now a dream come true. 



Q.  Are you writing any other books beside the Lunar Chronicles?


A.  Yes - I hope that this is just the start of a long writing career! My first book to follow the Chronicles will be HEARTLESS, a prequel to Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" focused on the Queen of Hearts. After that I hope to start a new series, which I think is going to be based on superheroes and supervillains.



Q.  Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you hadn't written Cinder?


A.  Oh, I imagine it wouldn't have changed much from where I was before the book sold. I would still be working as a freelance proofreader and typesetter, which was my job before I became a full-time writer, and I really enjoyed that job. I would also still be writing and attempting
to sell a book - I would have kept trying until the day I died.



Q.  Who are your favorite authors? Have you ever met one of those authors?


A.  There are so many brilliant authors, especially in today's YA market, and I've been lucky to meet many of them, and even consider many to now be dear friends! Some of my personal favorites are Leigh Bardugi (SHADOW AND BONE), Rosemary Clement-Moore (SPIRIT AND DUST), and Robin LaFevers (GRAVE MERCY). That's just the tip of the iceburg, though - there are many, many writers that I admire greatly!



Q.   What was your favorite book as a kid?



A.  I'm not sure I had just one favorite, but I do remember reading Anne of Green Gables over and over again. I felt such an affinity with Anne and her overactive imagination. She was definitely my fictional kindred spirit! (Except for the whole orphan thing...)









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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #1

This week I have decided to join in on Uncorked Thoughts Meme: Harry Potter Moment of the Week. 

Description: "This is a meme hosted by me here at my blog :).The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! I will be picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All I ask is to link back here, to my blog :)."- quoted from Uncorked Thoughts. Today's topic is: 

 

Scariest Magical Creature. 




For me it's the Inferi, dead bodies brought back to life by evil wizards. The thought of corpses grabbing on to you and dragging you underwater to drown scares me. These things are at the top of my scary creatures list barely beating dementors. I couldn't even read the scene of Harry Potter where Harry was attacked by them until my second time reading the series.One thing that dementors have over them is that Inferi can be killed with fire while dementors can't be killed at all.

In the comments leave a link to your blog post or (if you don't have a blog) tell me which one you think is scariest and why.

Lindsay Versus the Marauders

Lindsay Versus the Marauders by J.S. Frankel, published June 26, 2014, was given to me for free by J.S. Frankel in exchange for an honest review.

Lindsay Fleming has been an outcast since she came out to her all of her friends about liking girls. But one night, after the most humiliating moment of her life, it all changes. She meets mysterious Jo and they go on a mission to regain what belongs to Jo's planet. As they travel through the universe tracking down Turkel, an evil thief, will they become friends or will Jo continue to shut everybody out? Join Lindsay and Jo as the travel the universe to find out.

What I  Did Like:

Jo, Lindsay, The Plot, Originality

What I Didn't Like:

Insta-Love, Turkel, The Writing

Insta-Love:


I feel the characters were not given enough time to bond they just fell in love. There wasn't any growth or anything just BAM they're dating. I feel they could have been a good couple over time but the insta-love was one the reasons I gave it 3 stars instead of 5.

Jo:

Jo is a tense, uptight girl fighting to gain back the three pieces of the jewel that powers Jo's planet in exchange for her people's forgiveness. She is mysterious and has closed everybody out due to the fact she has never been loved.

Linsday:

Lindsay is a young women faced with the challenge of being different from everybody else. She is unique but traumatized because she thinks liking girls is the reason her mother died.

Originality:

Frankel created an intense and unique novel with realistic characters. They treat most situations as actual adults would.

The Plot:

I feel that the storyline holds the reader's attention and once you start reading, you can't stop. The only problem was that the plot dragged on a little bit, while I prefer fast-paced books.

Turkel(the bad guy):

Turkel is a good main villain, but he had the potential to be more. I would like to know what went wrong and caused him to be a pirate. What's his background, was he abused, did his parent's not care about him? This information like this would make him a better villain.

And Last but Not Least:

The Writing:

I feel like the writing really dragged the story down. Frankel wrote the word "said" a lot instead of more descriptive words like exclaimed or wondered. Also he could have described more which really would have improved the story. This is a big reason that this book got 3/5 stars, not 5/5.

About the Author:

"J.S. Frankel was born in Toronto, Canada, many moons ago and managed to scrape through high school and university, earning a BA in English Literature and leaving no book unopened during his time at the University of Toronto. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Japan in order to teach English to the hapless residents of whichever city he happened to be living at the time.

In 1997, he married the charming Akiko Koike and their union produced two rather interesting children. Frankel and his family make their home in Osaka where he teaches during the day and attempts to write YA fiction at night." - Goodreads.com.

My writing: Identity Thief: Chapter 1: Love At First Lie

This is something I wrote. I consider it Young Adult science fiction.

Every day I saw him his eyes were different. At first I thought it was the light but it was getting more noticeable. One day they were green, the next they were blue. I was getting more and more freaked out every day. When he asked me to go to his house I was doubtful.
"Do you want to go to my house after school?"Jackson asked.

 "I......I guess, but I'll have to ask my mom if it's okay." I answered nervously,"She's getting home late tonight. Maybe tomorrow."

"Please ask if you can! I would really appreciate it if you could." Jackson begged. I promised I would ask then the bell to start the next class rang.

 "I need to go I'll see you later!" I screamed as I ran down the hall to English class.
 "If I don't hurry up, Mrs. Harrison is going to kill me. What's a good excuse I had to go to the bathroom, no too old fashioned. I... I had to get my homework from my locker. That's it!" I thought as I rushed to class.

 "Ms. Kingston, can you please explain to me why you're late?" Mrs. Harrison questioned with a very irritated tone.

 "I had to go to my locker to get my homework." I lied as I found my seat.

 "Okay you're off the hook this time, but next time you're getting a detention."

 "Yes ma'am."

 "Now everybody turn in your homework. I expect to see good grades from all of you, understand?"

 "Yes Mrs. Harrison!" The class chanted in unison.

                                                                 ~~~~~~~~~~~ 

 I was dead tired after school. In P.E. we had to run 1 mile sprints, in track we had to run 100 meter dash, and in volleyball we had to run around the 1000ftx1000ft gym 5 times. The phone started ringing and I wandered around to find it. I found it on the coffee table and the screen said unknown number.

"Hello, who is this?" I questioned as I answered the phone.

 "Is this, Sarah Kingston?" The person on the other end questioned, by the way he sounded, I figured it was a 16 or 17 year old boy.

 "This is she. But you never answered my question. Who is this?" I demanded as I shifted the phone to the other ear.

 "Jackson Lincoln, you know, from school. I was wondering if I could come over?" The boy, apparently Jackson, replied. "Anyway, what's with your annoying attitude?"

 "Well you're calling me at 10:00 P.M. what did you think I was going to do? Say that you're my best friend and skip to your house?" I sarcastically replied, " I'm dead tired, plus my mom still isn't home, so n-o. NO!"

 "Fine, but I'm not going to quit until I get what I want."Jackson screamed into the phone before slamming down the phone and on that note I went to sleep.

 Tell me what you think. I would appreciate constructive criticism and don't sugar coat it please.

Paradigm

    I would recommend Paradigm by Ceri A. Lowe, published June 13th, 2014, to fantasy or sci-fi lovers.

   Alice Davenport was only 11 when the Storms, a series of patterned rain fall, started. One day her mother went to work and didn't come back. After a few days Mr. Hutchinson came knocking at the door and came to help her. After she is attacked and has to resort to killing Mr. Hutchinson, the safety boat from Paradigm Industries saves her. After spending approximately 4 or 5 years Alice and a team of workers go outside to find a toxic wasteland
of what used to be London, England, determined to get rid of anything that reminds people of life before the Storms.The water is toxic, animals have cross-bred to create deadly animals that hunt in patterns, and you can't eat most of the food growing in or outside of the city.

     Four generations later Carter Warren  is living in the Community, old London.  Father of the first set of twins since before the Storms, he is desperate for some change. He wants to read books, play music and look at art. Planning to become Controller General, he hopes to bring these back. Carter goes out into the dangerous
Deadlands outside the Community and finds things he never expected. Along the way he finds his daughter's dead body in a tunnel. After his mentor escapes with her true identity, a hidden competitor trying to become Controller General, he is alone with the task of the finding his way to shelter. Will Alice finish the task of making the city safe and erasing her past? Will Carter survive and find shelter from the rain and the wolves? Read Paradigm to find out. 

     Paradigm is a dystopian YA novel about an apocalyptic land after the end of the world. I wouldn't suggest reading this to anybody under the age of 12 because it is kind of complex and can be difficult to follow because of the multiple storylines. Paradigm is the first book in the Paradigm trilogy.

    I give Paradigm 4/5 stars because, although the book was very well-written it lo, the cover looks plaigarized from Divergent by Veronica Roth.

My Website

     This week I decided to make a website for Book Attic. It is, for now, just a simple website, but I plan on making it more complex later on. It is the same as the old Book Attic website ( if you've seen it) but has a different look. If you would like to see it the website is Book-Attic.weebly.com. I hope you like it!

The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book 2: Breakaway

     The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book: Breakaway, written by Jeff Hirsch, was first published January 28th, 2014. It is the second book in the Unstoppable series, a spin-off on the hit series The 39 Clues.

     Last time you saw the Cahills, the most powerful family in the world, they were looking for the serum. In Breakaway they found the thief and while Amy, Dan, Jake, and Atticus are running for their lives Nellie Gomez, Amy and Dan's baby-sitter, is looking for the serum in Peirce's secret lab. Peirce is sending all hid goons after Amy, Dan, Jake and Atticus, but what he doesn't realize is Nellie, undercover as Dr. Nadine Gormey, is in his own lab. But betrayal is everywhere. Is Dan really planning to leave Amy and the rest of the Cahills and will Amy betray even her own brother to keep everyone safe?

     Jeff Hirsch was born in Richmond, Virginia to a nurse, his mom, and a dad who worked in the tobacco industry. He always wanted to do something artsy, but it wasn't until Junior High that he started writing. He went to college at East Carolina University and UC San Diego where he studied play-writing. He currently lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with a couple cats, a dog, and his lovely wife who’s also a writer. This is his fourth book(to see more check out amazon.com).

     I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 8 and 12 boy or girl. If you like this book try The 39 Clue series and the Cahills vs. Vespers series. Also visit the39clues.com for fun games and puzzles.

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Tanglewreck



  Tanglewreck, by Jeanette Winterson, was first published January 1, 2006 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens.

  Time tornadoes are sweeping people away and placing them in different times. Strange people from the seventeenth century are living underground. It's up to Silver to find the Timekeeper and restore time to it's natural state. She needs the help of Gabriel to find and repair the Timekeeper. If you want to see if they restore time and save the world buy the book at Amazon.com.

  Jeanette Winterson was born on August 27, 1959 in Manchester, England, but then adopted and brought up in the nearby mill-town Accrington. Her adopted family was a part of the working class and so Jeanette was not encouraged to be smart or read. The family only owned six books and two of them were the Bible and Cruden’s Complete Concordance to the Old and New Testaments. The only reading approved of was the Bible. Schooling was very few, but she did get herself into a girl's grammar school and from there she read English at Oxford University. This was a difficult transition because she moved out at sixteen after falling in love with another girl. She now divides her time between Oxfordshire and London where she owns a greengrocer's market.  She is now married to Susie Orbach.

  I think the book was very interesting and detailed. The descriptive words and vivid detail gave it a more lively feel. I like how Silver seems to grow up throughout the book, from a shy little girl to a strong sure young woman. I am on my way to read The Battle of the Sun, also by Jeanette Winterson.
   
  I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in science fiction, time travel, or just fiction. For more books like this check out The Battle of the Sun by Jeanette Winterson. You can find more books by Jeanette Winterson at Jeanettewinterson.com

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