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    Book Review: Lightning Kissed by Lila Felix

    I’m glad I signed up for this tour because I loved the story of Colby and Theo and the idea of traveling in a blink of an eye. It’s a lovely story. I’ve included information about the book after the jump. There’s also a giveaway at the end of this post.

    I have not read a paranormal book in a long time and it’s refreshing to be sucked into a fictional world like this one, ESPECIALLY since it’s a clean book. It doesn’t have sex in the story.

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    Lightning Kissed (Lucent #1)

    by Lila Felix

    Colby Evans can leap from one country to the next in a heartbeat. She can see every sunset in every time zone in the same day. She can travel across the world in a flash. She defies gravity and physics with every breath she takes. She’s tested her abilities and found them limitless.

    She is the lightning. She is Lucent. And nothing can stop her.

    Except him.

    Theodore Ramsey isn’t supposed to be able to flash like Colby. The power of travel is passed on from mother to daughter in their people. Except once in every hundred generations.

    Theo is the one.

    He can flash like Colby. And it makes him a target to their enemies and to himself. His abilities change everything he knows about life and throws his future into an uncertain tangent. In fact, the only thing certain in his life is the love he feels for Colby.

    Their love defies time and space and has been the only constant thing in their lives since childhood. But even their infallible love will be stretched to its limits.

    She will risk her life to protect him. But he will risk everything to protect them all.

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    Lightning Kissed has a “Jumper” feel to it. Lucents can travel to any place as long as they have an exact idea where to go. Like in the movie, pictures help visualize where they will end up. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a power like that? You can go anywhere you want without having to take a plane or wait hours to get there. I for one would enjoy seeing and spending time in a different place every day. It’s like the ultimate backpacker/traveler’s dream!

    The Lucent gene is passed on to the female offspring only. In very rare occasions, a male offspring will inherit the gene. Theo did. I guess this is where things get complicated? There are all these rules, as always, but our heroine does not respond well to authority. I bet you already have an idea where this is going. In a way, Colby does not exactly know what to do with Theo and his new found gifts.

    The story was written well. It’s written in alternating views of Colby and Theo. It is imaginative and entertaining. Even though it ended the way it did, it gives my imagination more room for speculations about what’s going to happen next. I would recommend this because it’s an enjoyable read with lovable characters.

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    About the Author

    Lila Felix is full of antics and stories. She refused to go to Kindergarten after the teacher made her take a nap on the first day of school. She staged her first protest in middle school. She almost flunked out of her first semester at Pepperdine University because she was enthralled with their library and frequently was locked in. Now her husband and three children have to put up with her rebel nature in Louisiana where her days are filled with cypress trees, crawfish, and of course her books and writing. She writes about the ordinary people who fall extraordinarily in wild, true love.

    Author links:
    http://www.lilafelix.com/
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    https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6519682.Lila_Felix

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    Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is the first book in the series. It is a mysterious paranormal fantasy, with a hint of time travel, for young adults. It was published on June 7th 2011 by Quirk and I won a hardbound copy from one of Sporadic Reads‘ giveaways. I read this from April 19 to 30, 2014, hoping I would finish it in time for the book signing. Spoiler: I didn’t.

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    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1)

    by Ransom Riggs

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    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

    It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

    This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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    Review: Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones

    The Prophecy of the Most Beautiful by Diantha Jones, the first book in The Oracle of Delphi Series, is an adventure-filled, Greek Mythology inspired young adult novel with a hint of romance. Self-published on March 1st, 2012, I received a copy of the ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was also part of the book tour in 2012. Thank you Diantha for the free copy. I read it from November 21 to December 09, 2012.

     

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    Prophecy of the Most Beautiful (Oracle of Delphi #1)

    by Diantha Jones

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    She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

    Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of “Whack Job” in her home town of Adel, Georgia. Fed up with prescription meds and therapists, she wishes for a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone’s jokes and mockery.

    Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

    After a vicious attack and learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future. Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own. While on a mission to discover the Most Beautiful, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.

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    Book Review: Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Daimon is a short story prequel in the Covenant series. I’ve only heard of it, YA readers rave about this series but I have yet to read it. This novella made me want to know more about it.
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    Daimon (Covenant 0.5)

    by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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    For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.

    According to her mother, that’s a good thing.

    But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.

    The daimons have found her.

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    Book Review: Savage by Willow Rose

    Savage is the first book in the Daughters of the Jaguar series by Willow Rose. The first time I laid my eyes on the cover, I just knew I had to read it.

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    Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1)

    by Willow Rose

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    The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

    Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up

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    Book Review: Seaweed by Elle Strauss

    If you’re looking for a cute-sy mermaid story, you may just like Elle Strauss’ Seaweed. It left me smiling and daydreaming about being a mermaid.

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    Seaweed

    by Elle Strauss

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    Dori Seward can’t wait to get out of Eastcove, a sleepy fishing village on the border of New Brunswick and Maine. She bides her time by hanging out with friends, attending swim club, and holding her biggest competition, Colby–who wants more than just friendship, at arm’s length.

    Then Tor Riley comes to town and he has everything Dori dreams of in a boyfriend–looks, athleticism and mystery.

    But Tor also has a tantalizing secret and Dori is determined to find out what it is. The truth is crazier than her wildest imaginations and more dangerous, too. Dori has new enemies, and they will do anything to get to her.

    Her life, her dreams and her love for Tor are all weighing in the balance. Will Dori risk it all in order to have it all?

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    Book Review: Born of Fire by Heather McCorkle

    I read Born of Fire out of curiosity. It’s the prequel to The Secret of Spruce Knoll: A Channeler Novel. It’s the first time I have heard of this series, it’s about druids or channelers, and I’ve only heard of druids from TV shows.

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    Born of Fire (Channeler 0.5)

    by Heather McCorkle

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    The story of the night Aiden was born has never been told, until now. Fleeing the Hunters, Kevan and Shannon O’Reilly find their way to Spruce Knoll Colorado, assuming they’ll be safe in America. Their unborn son is special, even for a druid, or a channeler as the American’s like to call their kind. But why the Hunters, people who are sworn to keep their kind safe, are after them is a mystery. All they know is that if they don’t outrun them they’ll be killed.

    Trouble has followed them to Spruce Knoll and just when it seems it may be too late, they discover the true reason why.

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    Book Review: Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

    For someone who likes watching mermaid films and once dreamed of being a mermaid, I never once had interest in reading mermaid novels. I don’t know why that is, but in my quest to be the wide reader my mom claimed me to be, I asked Karen Amanda Hooper for a digital copy Tangled Tides in exchange for an honest review. That said, I would like to thank her for introducing me to the wonderful world of merfolk, selkies, and other mythical creatures mentioned in the book.

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    Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs #1)

    by Karen Amanda Hooper

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    Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters-until she becomes one. When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

    Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people-until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process-or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.

     

    The cover is pretty as mermaids go. It reminds me of that scene in the Little Mermaid where Ariel flipped her hair when she got out of the water as human. Anyway…

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    Book Review: Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

    SPOILER ALERT! This review may have possible spoilers on it. Have you read Evermore? Check out my review here.

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    Blue Moon (The Immortals #2)

    By Alyson Noel

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    Just as Ever is learning everything she can about her new abilities as an immortal, initiated into the dark, seductive world by her beloved Damen, something terrible is happening to him. As Ever’s powers are increasing, Damen’s are fading—stricken by a mysterious illness that threatens his memory, his identity, his life.

    Desperate to save him, Ever travels to the mystical dimension of Summerland, uncovering not only the secrets of Damen’s past—the brutal, tortured history he hoped to keep hidden—but also an ancient text revealing the workings of time. With the approaching blue moon heralding her only window for travel, Ever is forced to decide between turning back the clock and saving her family from the accident that claimed them—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows weaker each day…

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    Book Review: Evermore by Alyson Noel

    SPOILER ALERT! This review has some spoilers on it. Read at your own risk.

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    Evermore (The Immortals #1)

    by Alyson Noel

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    Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste . . .

    Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

    When I first saw this book in the bookstore some years back, I thought it was interesting and the cover was pretty. A friend told me it was light read, easy to finish, but wasn’t really worth it. I started reading this book last March, but then stopped and only continued last June. I thought was a bit funny; I’d find myself laughing in my head. It’s not bad, but not good either. I guess one of the reasons I kept reading is, like Ever, I wanted to know what was going on. Every incident feels strange and stupid and shallow. I also couldn’t help but think that this is something that would probably be better on TV.

    Damen has limitless power. When I say limitless I mean we don’t exactly know what he can or cannot do. He is an Immortal and the reason behind that was some sort of alchemy, an experiment of his father which he continued after he’d died. He drinks this red juice which is like his fountain of youth; it’s what keeps him ~*~immortal~*~. What I don’t understand is how he got his powers. Aside from manifestation, he can hear peoples thoughts, sees ghosts as well, and he’s like a signal jammer to Ever’s curse. There’s no explanation or basis for his skills. He also doesn’t get sick. Ever.

    The characters are annoying at times. Ever has isolated herself from almost everyone because of her acquired skills after the accident. I don’t know how she got her powers just by that accident. Then there’s Haven who isn’t exactly a good friend to Ever or to anyone, she’s quite selfish and mean. Miles on the other hand, seems to care more about his text mates than his friends. Damen is…okay, I guess. He’s so mysterious and secretive, and apparently hot. There was Riley, Ever’s annoying little sister, a ghost who got left behind. And then there was Drina, another Immortal who was stalking Ever. I’ll just leave it at that.

    The writing style was okay, good enough. As for character development, well… I think everyone was shallow. I gave it a rating of 2 because it was tolerable, I’ll read the rest of this series out of curiosity and the need to finish a series.

     

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