BOOK GOSSIPS BEST REVIEWS FOR 2013!

Happy New Year everyone!!!! 

All of us here at Book Gossips hope you have had an amazing start to 2014!

2013 was an amazing year for us and we thought for our first post back for 2014 we will review our most popular book reviews from last year.

 

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1: TOP POST FOR 2013 WITH OVER 4,500 VIEWS TO DATE

Book: Hopeless
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New Adult  – Contempoaray Romance
Review: Hopless by Colleen Hoover

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2: SECOND PLACE WITH OVER 2,500 VIEWS TO DATE

Book: Walking Disasater
Author: Jamie McGuire
Genre: New Adult  – Contempoaray Romance
Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 

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3: BEST  “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Fallen Too Far
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult – Contempoaray Romance
Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

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4: SECOND MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
Genre: Young Adult – Contempoaray Romance
Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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5:  EQUAL FOURTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW (AFTER HOPLESS) TO DATE

Book: The Sea Of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Genre: Young Adult – Contempoaray Romance
Review: The Sea Of Tranquility BY Katja Millay

imagesCA2M2MV56: EQUAL FOURTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW (AFTER HOPLESS) TO DATE

Book: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy / Dystopian
Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

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7: EQUAL FIFTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW (WITH WALKING DISASTER) TO DATE

Book: Wide Awake
Author: Shelly Crane
Genre: Young Adult – Contempoaray Romance
Review: Wide Awake by Shelly Crane

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8: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Under The Dome
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Supernatural Horror / Suspense
Review: Under The Dome by Stephen King

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9: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Origin
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Romance
Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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10: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian
Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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11: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Hunger Games – Mocking Jay
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Review: Hunger Games Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins

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12: EQUAL SIXTHTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: If I Should Die
Author: Amy Plum
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal Romance
Review: If I Should Die by Amy Plum

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13: EQUAL SIXTH MOST “LIKED” REVIEW TO DATE

Book: Fire Country
Author: David Estes
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian
Review: Fire Country by David Estes

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SEASON GREETINGS FROM BOOK GOSSIPS

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Book Gossips would like to wish all our fellow Book Gossipers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!

One of the real joys of holiday season is the opportunity to say “Thank you” for all your support this year, we have had an amazing year and that wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for you all – So “Thank you” again!

Lastly, this will be our last post for 2013 but will be back in the New Year with more Book Gossip worthy reviews!!

Until then….. “Happy Reading!!”

Love,
Nicole, Debby, Kelly and Laura xxxx

Review – Prayer for the Dead by Nicki Scalise

 

HAVE YOU SAID YOUR PRAYERS?

Title: Prayer for the Dead (Book #1 Revenants in Purgatory)
Author: Nicki Scalise
Pages: 221
Genre: Adult – Paranormal Romance
Reviewer: Nicole
 
*** Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review***

BLURB:

A story about a girl who lived, died, and met a guy… in that order.

Is it possible to find true love and happiness, while condemned to purgatory until the end of days?

Olivia Brennan wasn’t eager to find out. Working for a division of Purgatory and Associates, her job consisted of one headache after another, caused by the impatient souls waiting to move onto eternal paradise. After a hard day at work, she was most content to stay home, watching reruns or reading a book. Aside from a few friends occasionally
forcing socialization, her afterlife was nothing special.

That all changed the moment Drake walked into her life. He was handsome, charming, and had a sadness behind his eyes she could relate to. It seemed that Fate had finally brought her a kindred spirit…

But could Olivia move past her own dark regrets of the life she left behind or would falling for him demand the ultimate sacrifice—herself?

 

REVIEW:

Congratulations to Nicki Scalise for delivering a fresh and innovative paranormal romance filled with humor, suspense, love, loss and friendship.  What an incredible effort for her debut novel!

Olivia Brennan, the protagonist in Prayer for the Dead, is a “Revenant”, struggling with the darkness of guilt, pain and grief resulting from her decisions and actions when she was alive. Revenants are souls who, for all intents and purposes, are dead but they walk the middle plane of existence and purgatory to the end of time. Revenants are created when a person dies and moves on from the land of the living without a proper funeral or prayers for them. Without a service or prayers there is no absolution, without absolution there is no chance for your soul to leave purgatory.

Olivia works with her brother Tore, best friend Devon and friend Portia at Purgatory and Associates. Her job is to process souls who get to move on to “Paradise” or to “Silence”.  Silence is a separate state of purgatory where souls must spend eternity alone, unable to interact with anyone or anything, living or dead, and they never move on for they become lost.

It is when Olivia is dragged along to go clubbing with her friend Portia that she meets Drake. Olivia had never felt a more physical or emotional connection to anyone while she was alive or since she has been dead, but little does Olivia know that from the moment she meets Drake the rest of her existence will never be the same again!

The characters in this story are very well rounded.  Each character is emotionally exposed at some point throughout the story as they reveal their own personal desires, insecurities and battles.  This is a perfect set up for the reader to witness the characters interact with each other, open up, grow, mature and develop throughout this series.

I really enjoyed the portrayal of Olivia’s personality.  She has such a great sense of humor, which had me laughing out loud as I followed her train of thoughts. I found her to be a strong lead character and while she is flawed and shows weaknesses in this story, I can sense her character becoming quite strong and of some importance throughout the series.

The chemistry between Olivia and her best friend Devon is off the charts! The way these two characters know and understand each other is very enjoyable to read and this could be wishful thinking but I am hoping this friendship develops throughout the series.  Whether the development would be mutual or one sided is yet to be seen.  I am hoping my prediction is correct as I didn’t feel the same electricity between Olivia and her other potential love interest, Drake. I felt very little chemistry between Olivia and Drake, which I think is mainly because I found his character somewhat weak.  I could feel my dislike for his character grow throughout the story, especially when he identifies with his weakness but doesn’t have the strength or drive to change.  I am intrigued to see how Drake develops throughout the series and maybe he will redeem himself, thus changing my opinion of his character.

In Prayer for the Dead, Scalise creates a unique story around Revenants and Reapers as well as introducing new paranormal identities such as Necromancers (witches of the dead).  While simply putting in a cameo in this story, the reader is given yet another indication of the direction of this series.  This direction comes with a guarantee that the next installment is going to be filled with more new and interesting paranormal identities and forms.

Prayer for the Dead was well written with great plot flow and pace that kept the reader constantly engaged.  The plot twists and turns and cliffhanger ending leave the reader wanting the next book to the series immediately.   I am sure the next installment is going to expose a whole new dimension to this series!

If you are looking for a fresh, new paranormal romance series to read, I highly recommend this book and in the meantime my advice to you…..don’t forget to say your prayers at night!

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Review- Unbreakable (Legion # 1) by Kami Garcia

WOW, WOW, WOW!

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Title: Unbreakable (Legion # 1)
Author: Kami Garcia
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Romance
Publication:  Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 305
Reviewer: Kelly

Blurb:
Kennedy Waters didn’t believe in ghosts, until one tried to kill her.

When Kennedy finds her mother dead, her world unravels. Then she meets gorgeous identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart who reveal that her mother was part of the Legion, a secret society responsible for protecting the world- a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now the Lockhart’s need Kennedy’s help to track down the evil being responsible – will they be able to destroy it before it kills again?

Explanation:
Unbreakable is the first book in the new Legion series by Kami Garcia. It centres on the life of seventeen year old Kennedy Waters. Kennedy was just a normal school girl until her mother is murdered and she becomes a part of the Legion. The Legion is a secret society that protects the world against evil spirits. The Legion consists of five living members at any one time. The current five members being teenagers, Kennedy, the Lockhart twins Jared and Lukus, Alara the granddaughter of a Haitian witch doctor and Priest the genius grandson of a spirit based mechanical engineer.  They must work together to stop the evil demon Andras from entering and destroying the world.

Opinion:
Wow, wow, wow! This book had me hooked from the first chapter! I read this entire book in a day! Kami Garcia truly outdid herself with her descriptive and suspenseful writing. The story was new and refreshing being about spirits, ghosts and ghost hunters. The mystery of the unknown and the sleuthing that the characters needed to do kept you gripped throughout the story.

Kami Garcia did a fantastic job in using emotive language in the story, to the point where you feel as though you are in the scene. This book did what no book has done before; it made me so scared that I had to sleep with the light on! Now I am not a person who likes scary stories, movies or shows, so I always steer clear from this genre. Though I never imagined that a book of this genre would also make me feel so scared! Garcia wrote so well that I could picture the scene as if I was the character being just as fearful of what lay ahead.

The storyline was mysterious and suspenseful, with the reader piecing together this mystical world of the Legion alongside Kennedy. The reference of the Legion to an actual historical group made the story feel even more real. As the teenagers work together to solve new clues and go on an adventure to stop evil spirits the reader becomes more engrossed with every step along the way. The twists and turns made me read faster as I was anxious to discover what was going to happen next!

The romance in Unbreakable was subtle and slowly developing in this story. It allowed the reader to see every angle of the characters and understand their true intentions and feelings. It also made the story a real page turner as I was excited to find out what, when and how the love story would develop.  The romance, however, didn’t overpower the story but was necessary to make it a well rounded read.

Summary:
I cannot believe there is not a sequel out yet! Pick up a copy of this book and read it now!

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Review – If I Should Die by Amy Plum

A UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL SERIES!

TITLE: If I Should Die (Book #3 Revenants Series)
AUTHOR: Amy Plum
GENRE: Young Adult – Paranormal Romance
PAGES: 405
REVIEWER: Nicole

BLURB:

I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future has been shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend and I lost him

It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying – to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others – so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

 REVIEW:

Praise to Amy Plum for writing this unique series, with such a romantic story and setting, with beautiful characters that captured my heart. Thank you!

What captured my heart about this series was its unique plot and paranormal element.  It’s not another overdone vampire, werewolves or witch series. This series is about Revenants, which is a euphemism for Zombies – I know what you’re probably thinking and picturing but it’s nothing like the zombies in The Walking Dead series! You have the good Revenants (Undead Angels) called the Bardia, who spend their existence sacrificing  themselves to save humans and fight against the evil Revenants (Undead demons) called Numa, who spend their existence manipulating and influencing humans to commit evil acts or self sacrifice.

Then you have the fact that this series is set in Paris, which is, in my opinion, the most magical, romantic, historical and artistic place on earth.  Paris provides the perfect setting for the series overall plot and the beautiful love story between Kate and Vincent.  The chemistry between these two characters was so magical and magnetic.

The first book of this series, Die for Me, captured my attention by its beautiful cover and I loved this book so much I read it in a day – I simply couldn’t put it down. Then I was left waiting for the next installment, Until I Die, to be released and after the long wait I felt slightly deflated due to the book’s slower pace and the fact that Kate and Vincent spent a lot of their time apart causing me to miss the magnetism of their relationship.  I am glad to say this installment, If I Should Die, brought the series back with a vengeance.  It has a great pace, great plot, intriguing character twist and turns and more romance with Kate and Vincent working together throughout this installment.

If I Should Die, picks up the story right where it left off in, Until I Die. Vincent has been captured and murdered by the new Numa Leader in an attempt to steal his powers under the assumption he is the Champion, but there is a flaw in the Numa Leader’s plan. Kate, Jules, Vincent and the Bardia, are racing against the clock not only to save Vincent’s spirit and resurrect him back to his body, but to stop and defeat this new Numa Leader and their Numa army before they destroy the city.

All characters in this installment were amazing, especially the characters at La Maison, with a few unexpected and sad surprises. Kate’s character experiences so much growth in this installment, showing so much strength and maturity. Then there is Vincent’s character, which is perfect! He is tall, dark, handsome, romantic and French – what’s not to love? The way I hear him speak to Kate and call her “Mon Ange” (my angel) in my mind in his French accent has me swooning!! Overall, it was Jules’s character that made the biggest impact on me in this installment.  I really felt for him and the feelings he had for Kate which she could never reciprocate.  The romance was always a Kate and Vincent story with Jules falling in love on the side. Amy Plum detailed the exact scene for the reader to witness the exact moment Jules realizes his feelings for Kate in the first book, Die For Me. I truly hope Jules’ story is not over, because it would seem that Plum has set up a perfect spin-off series based around his character and the Revenants in New York City, in which he may have a chance at the happy ending that his character deserves – fingers crossed!

So this is goodbye to a beautiful series. Kate, Vincent and all the characters at La Maison will be sadly missed!

C’est donc au revoir à une belle série. Kate, Vincent et tous les caractères de La Maison sera malheureusement manqué

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Review- Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

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A WICKEDLY GOOD READ!

Title: Wicked Appetite
Author: Janet Evanovich
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Romance
Publication:  Headline Review
Release Date: 2010
Pages: 373
Reviewer: Kelly

Blurb:
Seven Stones of Power, each representing one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Sought after for thousands of years, the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire. He’s a dangerous man with unusual abilities and a compulsion to possess anything he desires. Including Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones.

Elizabeth’s life is pretty much on track…until it’s suddenly derailed by a man named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat. Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She’s not sure about Diesel.

The Seven Deadly Sins pretty much cover everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks they also pretty much cover everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.

Explanation:
Wicked Appetite is the first book in the Wicked Series by Janet Evanovich. It centres on Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Tucker a twenty-eight year old, recently single cupcake baker who has just moved to Marblehead, Massachusetts. Lizzy inherited an old house from her kooky Great Aunt Ophelia and moved herself from New York to Marblehead. Marblehead is near Salem, the mystical town known for its witchcraft and wizardly, and the place where Lizzy is employed at Dazzle’s Bakery.

Lizzy easily makes friends with Clara, the owner of Dazzle’s bakery and Glo, the shopgirl. She is quite happy with her baker lifestyle, until she meets Gerwulf Grimoire and his cousin Diesel. Diesel explains to Lizzy that she is an Unmentionable, which is a person with special skills or powers. He also explains that she must work with him to find the Seven Deadly Sins stones and keep them away from his cousin Gerwulf.

Opinion:
Wicked Appetite is a loveable easy read. The main crux of the story is explored straight away. The sleuthing the characters need to do in order to search for the Stones leaves the reader searching for clues of their own to solve the dilemma. While reading this story I felt like a police officer on the hunt for clues to solve a case.

The lustful tension between Diesel and Lizzy is endearing. As someone who likes romance, Evanovich built up their relationship steadily to keep the reader intrigued. Her use of first person perspective allowed us to only see inside Lizzy’s mind, but through the use of detailed dialogue and descriptive language we were also able to assume what Diesel was thinking and feeling. Their love story is not a simple one, as they are technically work partners, so it will be interesting to see how Evanovich develops this relationship as the series continues.

The one downfall I found within Wicked Appetite was the lack of explanation Evanovich provided toward the foundation of the story. She describes everything at the beginning in a very hasty, matter-of-fact manner. For example, the issue of Lizzy being an Unmentionable is just a fact of the story, as is her working with Diesel. The setting is also not explained in detail to allow the reader to really get a sense of the scene. Thus Evanovich does not allow time for the reader to really appreciate and understand the characters or their surroundings.

Summary:
This book was an easy and entertaining read. I read this book after reading a very intense, sad and dramatic story so it was a perfect counterpart. If you are looking for something “light and fluffy”, humorous and that isn’t too hard to decipher, get reading today!

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