Thursday, 1 November 2012

#13 Night Marchers

Title: Night Marchers
Authors: Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels
Published: October 14th 2011
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance Fiction
Synopsis:      This new Young Adult paranormal series will have you averting your eyes for years to come!

NEVER, EVER lock eyes with a Night Marcher! Everyone in Hawaii has heard this warning, except for seventeen-year-old Emma Townsend that is. For most Hawaiians know that looking into the eyes of Night Marcher can strike a curse that will end in death or eternal servitude.

Even though her father, who is a paranormal investigator, solely raised Emma, she has little experience in the realm of the supernatural. When she is forced to move with her father to Hawaii, only months before her graduation, Emma finds that her world as she knows it, is shaken when she starts seeing the unexplainable: fire balls in the distance, beating drums in the middle of nowhere and strangers who vanish into thin air. Then one day when she has a run in with a procession of Night Marchers, ancient Hawaiian spirits wandering from their burial grounds to their locations of battles past, Emma has no choice but to believe that the unbelievable does exist.

Now Emma must go on the run with the help of a mysterious stranger, as they seek out how to free Emma from the curse of a Night Marcher, who will stop at nothing to get her soul.

My Thoughts:
Wow. This book is fantastic, no not fantastic, phenomenal!
Based on Hawaiian mythology the story follows a young girl, Emma, as she is moved from her home and school to Hawaii in order for her father to do his job. Emma's father is a paranormal investigator and has been asked to investigate a serious case which will pay well as well as test his skills. Once in Hawaii Emma finds herself settling in fairly easily, making friends and a possible romance, however she notices some strange occurences whilst near the house, drums and lights capture her attention but she stays clear, until one night she finds herself looking into the eyes of a 'night marcher'. Now she has to leave her family and fight for her life. Emma does this with the help of mysterious character Kai and the delightfully entertaining characters, the Menehunes!

Honestly, give this book a chance, it's funny, exciting and gripping. I definitely recommend it!!
My Rating:

#12 Marriage By Mistake.

Title: Marriage By Mistake
Author: Alyssa Kress.
Published: 4 Dolphins Press (1 Jan 2012)
Genre: Chick Lit
Synopsis:   He woke up to discover two days of his life completely gone.

Workaholic Boston blueblood Dean has made it his life's goal to be the opposite of his irresponsible, womanizing father.

But Dean discovers that while in a hypnotic trance he'd acted exactly like his father, travelling to Las Vegas where he'd wooed and wed some sexy, airhead dancer.

Now, Kelly may be sexy, but she's no airhead. She knows the cold and puritanical man who claims to be her husband is not the man she'd married. But she suspects the warm and tender man she does love is buried somewhere deep inside. And she's determined to find him...

My Thoughts:
At first glance i thought this book was going to be extrmely cheesy, far fetched and dull. I was SO incredibly wrong. The minute we meet one of the two main characters i knew this book was going to be a good one. Courageous Kelly has followed her new husband -Dean- back home, after he vanished whilst out buying doughnuts. However the confrontation doesn't go as she had planned, Dean has no idea who she is. The rest of the book sees the two attempting to fufil their marriage vows and trying to form an actual relationship. It's engaging, entertaining and I loved it. I would happily read it again and again, it's well worth a read and I recommend it to anyone!!
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#11 Three Weeks Last Spring.

Title: Three Weeks Last Spring
Author: Victoria Howard
Published: 30th June 2006
Genre: Romance, mystery.
Synopsis:  Skye Dunbar needs to get away from London to put a disastrous affair behind her. When she rents a small cabin in Washington State’s San Juan Islands, the last thing she expects is to be accused of computer hacking.
Marine biologist Jedediah Walker is called in to investigate the large number of dead marine life being washed up on the islands beaches. And he has another problem – an unexpected, beautiful and suspicious new tenant renting his cabin. When Walker discovers that the fish contain a high concentration of toxic chemicals, he suspects that the chemicals are being deliberately dumped in Puget Sound. And later, when someone hacks into his computer, he realises it is no coincidence and sets out to find out more about his mysterious new tenant.
However, Skye doesn’t like Walker from the moment she lays eyes on him. He feels the same. But that’s about to change.

My Thoughts:

Engaging from the start. Skye Dunbar, a professional buiness woman finds herself escaping to a cabin in San Duan Islands in Washington to try and clear her head and gather herself after a seemingly upsetting and nasty breakup. Once in Washington she finds herself meeting Walker, an american guy who mysteriously emerges from the bushes and appears completely friendly, however Skye sees him as creepy and extremely rude for invading her privacy, little does she know she's invading his. Walker is a marine biologist and is investigating illegal dumping of chemicals which have been causing horrfic problems for the local fish and could cause devastating efects on other animals as well as people. After a few angry confrontations with Skye Walker's curiosity gets the better of him, suspicious of her sudden arrival and seemingly out of character holiday destination he fears she is behind the crimes being committed, he decides to start over and try and befriend her. After a few days they do become real friends and move on to a three day romance, until he recieves an emergency call and returns to his office without explaining to Skye the reasons behind his sudden departure.

There's a real sense of do they dont they, Skye finds herself experiencing de ja vu and is heartbroken, Walker returns to find her doing something suspicious, annoyed and gutted Walker takes drastic action, ruining all hope of a relationship with Skye, when her buisness partner shows it gets even more complicated. Walker then lands himself in seriously big trouble which means he cannot explain himself or even see Syke before she jets off back home, her lifelong friend and buisness partner in tow, who has ideas for them of his own. Can Walker get to her in time?

Fantastic read, characters were brilliant, funny and well written, the book flows easily, which I liked - I was on holiday when I read it!, it's not difficult to keep up with as the characters are limited, which is also something else I like in a book. Reccommended!!

My Rating:

#10 The Patchwork Marriage.

Book Title: The Ptchwork Marriage
Author: Jane Green
Published: Penguin (15 Mar 2012)
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance.
Synopsis/Blurb:   Ever wanted a ready-made family?

When Andi married Ethan she not only got the man she loves but also a ready-made family in his two daughters, Emily and Sophia. Unable to have a child of her own, Andi saw this as a precious gift - her chance to be a mother. If only it were that simple.

For this blended family is not a happy family, and the reason lies with Emily. Her vicious anger and fierce resentment towards her stepmother leaves Andi feeling hated in her own home. Her tears, tantrums and expertise in the art of emotional blackmail have Ethan steeped in guilt. With each drama Emily is driving Andi and Ethan further apart. Torn between his troubled teenaged daughter and his beloved wife, Ethan's desperate to fix this rift before he loses Andi for ever. He just doesn't know how.

With tensions high and everyone at breaking point, Emily comes home with some shocking news. Is this the final crack that will shatter this family for good or can they find a way to mend their broken hearts?

My Thoughts:
Absolutely loved it! Finished it today after starting it late last night whilst at work, the characters are fantastic and you can really relate to them, even the ones that at first glance you struggle to like and this is done through the different points of view throughout the book. This book centres on three very common and difficult issues faced by many people, only one will be mentioned in this review to avoid spoilers! The book centres on the protagonist Andi and her struggle to build a relationship with her husbands eldest daughter who, like the typical stepdaughter, very much dislikes her step mother and blames her for ruining her family. We see the desperation and determination Andi goes through to help make things work and as the main story is told from her point of view we instantly connect with her.

This book had me gripped from the start, well written and an easy read, I truly recommend this to anyone.