Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Athena Effect by Derrolyn Anderson


From Goodreads.com(image and blurb):
Country girl Cali has been kept a secret her entire life, raised in isolation by two very troubled people. Despite her parent’s disturbing fits, Cal is perfectly content, living at one with the nature that surrounds her, and finding adventure inside the pages of her beloved books. When an awful tragedy tears her away from her remote cabin in the woods, nothing she’s ever read has prepared her for a world that she knows very little about.

Girls and motorcycles are what bad-boy Cal’s life is all about. Brought up in a raucous party house by his biker brother, he’s free to do as he pleases, going through the motions on his final days of high school. Aimless, Cal stopped thinking about his future a long time ago.

Attacked by a gang of thugs while running an errand for his brother, Cal is in serious trouble until a fierce girl appears out of nowhere to intervene. She chases off three grown men, sparing Cal a brutal beating before disappearing into the night like a spirit. He can’t stop thinking about his mysterious rescuer, and when she turns out to be the weird new girl at school who goes out of her way to avoid him, he can’t contain his curiosity.

He’s never met anyone like her before, and the more he learns about the unusual girl who shares his nickname, the more he wants to know. Cal can’t help falling for Cal, but can he keep her from falling victim to a dangerous enemy from her parent’s tragic pas
t?



I was asked to review Athena Effect by Anderson. I agreed since I had enjoyed her previous series. I also like the premise and the mysticism that the book seemed to revolve around.

I did enjoy it. I really liked Callie's ability to see people's auras. It was a different from other books I had read. Also Anderson has the ability to cause an emotional response. One particular part really sticks in my mind and honestly still has the same feeling as when I first read it.

Callie is a teenager and definitely has more issues to deal with than any other teenager. High school wasn't the best years of my life, but I also didn't have to deal with my parents death, being unfamiliar with modern technology, and living with a total scum bag! While she is a strong female lead I did find fault in her. There are times when I wanted her to do more, mainly help others in situations that she was dealing with at the moment. However she is a very likable character.

I do think most of the book relied heavily on the romance between Callie and Cal. It wasn't a rapid love affair, mainly due to Callie's ability. Also the more intimate parts were not overly detailed, which isn't a bad thing. I would say this book is appropriate for a moderately mature young adult since there is some things mentioned but not described in great detail.

I do wish we could have learned more about the experiment and some of the side effects, however I don't think it detracted from the story. Overall I would recommend this book for an escapism read.




Monday, October 29, 2012

"Winter is Coming"

If you can tell me where the title comes from you get bonus points!  Anyway I am sorry for not blogging and I do have some catching up to do.  I just wanted to explain that I have been in a funk, and reading has slowed down as well as my desire to be on the computer.  Now I will check email and such from my phone but haven't really sat down to the computer much at all.  I have not given up!  For those author's that are waiting for me to read/finish/review their books I promise I am still working on it.  I am slowly gaining momentum and will keep working on it all!

Until then enjoy reading and checking in on me!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Special for Sundays: 4th Sunday in October

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related





Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:


1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occasions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

Welcome Back!! So this week is a book on the TBR MOUNTAIN!
Since my fellow creator had to text me about this book recently telling me I would enjoy it, so my book this week is:  
From Amazon

I had gotten interested when I seen it on Netgalley, however I had problems downloading it so I couldn't read it.  So for my birthday/vacation I bought it to read.  I thought I would have more time to read on my vacation and didn't...so it sits on my list until I get a chance to read it!  Soon I hope!






Sunday, October 21, 2012

Special For Sundays: 3rd Sunday in October

Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related





Special for Sundays is an original feature, created by Heather of ‘Heather's Opinion on All Things Book Related’ and Ems of ‘In which Ems Reviews Books’.  We’ll rotate each week through various subjects, as follows:


1st Sunday: One of your Favorite Books and why is it so special to you

2nd Sunday: Two books that everyone must read and why

3rd Sunday: One of your Favorite Authors and why you pick their books up again and again

4th Sunday: A book on your TBR list, why you picked it, and when do you hope to read it

5th Sunday (on the rare occasions): Random book we have read and a quickie review. 


We hope you’ll join us for this fun feature!

Welcome Back!! So this week is a favorite Author and I am choosing:

Mary Stewart for The Arthurian Saga(all photos from BN.com)







I had read the series when I got out of school and was looking for something to read.  I really like the Arthurian legends so this series was up my alley.  I am definitely due for a re-read on this series too!






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