Sunday, 25 September 2016

REVIEW BY MERISSA - Moon Thief by Gean Penny

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Coming of Age, Fantasy


Four hundred years in the future, a post apocalyptic society emerges. Within this community, one who is different awaits his destiny of controlling the powers of the life giving Moon. Another waits to steal the power and return life to its greed ridden ways. Will the thief of Moon's powers overcome Moon Child and change the world forever?

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3 out of 5 (good)

I enjoyed this book once I got the setting 'right' in my head. It appears to have a dystopian twist to it. Once I had sorted that out, I sat back and enjoyed. I loved the flow of the story and the magical extras that were part of the story. The ending did confuse me and I had to re-read as it twisted a bit and I had to make sure I wasn't mixing up Moon Child with Mean Child.

If you want to read something that is gentle and slightly different, then I can happily recommend this one.

* Verified Purchase - November 2012 *

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Gean Penny was born in Buena Park, California. She is the author of several books for children. Gean has been writing since the age of seven when her poem won the opportunity of publication in the local newspaper. Gean Penny is the author of several books for children in the categories of picture books, easy readers and middle grade novels. Gean Penny Books is her publishing imprint. 

Gean currently lives in Texas with her husband, daughter and several animals. She works as an instructor at a local college when she is not writing and has taught middle school at two different public schools. 

Gean enjoys reading, writing, cooking, walking, horseback riding and spending time with her family and friends.

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REVIEW BY MERISSA - Stained (Stained #1) by Ella James

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Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance


Seventeen-year-old Julia is finally living the good life. She's traded a hard cot in a Memphis orphanage for her very own room in a perfect little house, on a perfect little street, with a perfect set of parents who picked her to be their daughter. 

But Julia is hiding a secret - and one fall night, she returns home from a friend's house to find that her secret has found her. Her 'forever home' is ashes. Her parents are dead. And, in the sky above the flames, a winged creature hunts her.

The Nephilim King, Samyaza, has taken everything from Cayne. After struggling in the darkness for years to piece together his shattered life, Cayne is finally ready to confront his past and avenge the loss of everything he loved. He tracks Samyaza to a Memphis warehouse, where he winds up flat on his back, in the healing hands of a beautiful, dark-haired girl he doesn't need to know. 

Unbeknownst to either of them, they are already bound. Cayne's past holds the answers to Julia's future. But what will pose the greatest threat to her? The bounty placed on her head by the leaders of two Celestial realms, or giving her heart to a man who is bound, by birth, to break it? 

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3 out of 5 (good)

I was actually fluctuating between a 2-star or 3-star review for this book. There are four books listed for this series, and Stained is most definitely an introduction to the series, with a lot of back story and character building. There were parts of this book that had me shaking my head in disbelief and confusion. Things became a bit clearer when they arrived at the seer's house - oh, the irony! (Rosa or Rosalina, I can't remember her name right now).

Julia and Cayne as characters are hard to describe because I have absolutely no idea who they are, or what they're doing. Cayne is suffering from memory loss when we first meet him, and he slowly becomes almost likeable. However, once he regains his memory, he reverts back into a first class tool which Julia apparently can't get enough of. They literally go from one minute and he is leaving her, to the next minute and they are in bed together (fade to black). WHAT?!?!?!

With a multitude of characters and situations that can be quite confusing, I have no idea who, what, why or when. This book also ends on a cliffhanger, leaving me no clearer on what I am reading. This is most definitely a marmite book, but I'm afraid it's not one for me.

* Verified Purchase - December 2012 *

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Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of fifteen teen and adult love stories. She's an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella's obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other obscure, crunchy stuff like rock collecting, and the antics of her 2.5 little monsters. (Monsters 1 and 2 will meet Monster 3 in November).

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Ella is represented by Rebecca Friedman of the Rebecca Friedman Literary Agency.

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