With the amazing advancements made in virtual reality, gaming has become a sport all its own. Kali Ling has been a gamer her entire life. Now she is the first female team captain in the Virtual Gaming League’s RAGE tournaments. Every week, Kali and her team fight to the death in the Virtual world on National television.
Though the fights are digital, every player feels the pain of their death. Kali is at the top of the virtual world, until one of her teammates dies of an overdose and leaves her to deal with her team and their new recruit. With the guilt of not being able to save her teammate and the pressures and stress of turning her teammates into a new team, Kali is falling apart inside. In order to heal her team and herself, she will have to change her world and the game, but will she be able to?
In the last century alone, gaming has grown more and more popular and advanced. Already we are seeing virtual reality take a grip on the world around us. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to think that in 50 years we may in fact have full immersion video gaming.
Imagining the gaming in the near future is easy, the changes in scenery, is a little more difficult. The idea that all of LA may be completely reconstructed in less than 50 years is harder for me to believe.
Personally, I am not a very big fan of science fiction, but occasionally, I stumble across a book or a series that appeals to me, and this one did, even though I am not a gamer myself. The plot of this story goes far beyond just the gaming world and, in my opinion, the synopsis does not do this novel justice.
The characters are realistic with dynamic personalities and unique qualities. All of the characters on Kali’s team have strengths and weaknesses that balance the team as a whole.
This novel delves into serious areas that are not only futuristic issues, but are also a concern in our world today. For once, there is a young adult novel that shows the negatives behind partying, drinking, and using drugs. It was refreshing to have a writer show these issues in their true light.
I was also happily surprised by how this book discussed the value of appreciating reality and finding balance in one’s life.
I enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to readers who enjoyed “Flashpoint” by Nancy Kress or readers who enjoy the idea of full immersion virtual reality gaming on a large scale.
I received my copy of this novel from bloggingforbooks.com and have received permission from Penguin Random House, Inc. to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Kylie Galen is having a tough year. It started when her nana passed away, then her boyfriend dumped her, her parents split and her dad moved out. To celebrate the end of the school year, she went with her best friend to a party that ended up getting busted by the police. So, her mother decides to send her to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens - for the summer.
But the other kids at Shadow Falls aren’t delinquents, they’re supernaturals, and they believe that Kylie is too. While the rest of the kids are there to learn to live with and embrace their powers, Kylie doesn’t feel like she is one of them.
If the whole supernatural business wasn’t enough, there also happened to be two really attractive boys at the camp, Lucas and Derek. Lucas is a werewolf whom Kylie knew when they were younger, and Derek is a super-hot fairy. Both of them have caught Kylie’s eye, and she theirs. Just as Kylie begins to except that she may actually be a supernatural herself, an enemy threatens the camp and everyone inside. Can Kylie make sense of her abilities in time to help save everything she has come to love at Shadow Falls?
This is an interesting read. I highly enjoyed being propelled through this new supernatural adventure. Watching all of the different supernatural races mingle in a teenage, high school like setting was equally interesting.
The character of Kylie Galen is very well written. Her personality is realistic, filled with internal turmoil and strength. Her being a teenager just discovering who she really is, a supernatural, also allows us to see her personality as it is molded and shaped by all that she is experiencing and learning.
Lucas, the werewolf from her past, I found to have less personality to work with. As if his personality were already set in stone. Of course, we are not allowed to see too much of him in the beginning. Derek, on the other hand, has a strong, somewhat stubborn personality that fits his character and compliments the character of Kylie Galen.
The plot line is unique in the fact that these teens are supernaturals all living together and some of their parents are unaware of their gifts and abilities. In the first book, there is a lot of background and character and setting development and less action. In fact, it focuses more on friendship, love, and self-discovery than any external threat. However, it is still a very interesting read.
I would recommend this book, or both books separately, to teens and young adult readers who enjoy supernatural mysteries and or anyone who enjoyed the “Ghost Whisperer” television series.
I bought my copy of this novel from bookoutlet.com and have been granted permission from the publishers at St. Martin’s Press, to use the cover artwork image featured above.
Our world is filled with beauty. From flowers growing wild along the road to the early morning songs of the birds. God has constructed our beautiful home so that we may find joy and happiness in our daily lives.
The coloring pages in this collection cultivate the beauty of the world around us, allowing us to stop and color the flowers, while reminding us that not everything has to be rushed, and there is beauty all around us.
This is a very nice, hand-drawn coloring book, suitable for children, teens, and adults. Many of the images feature crosses or churches and the details are quite extensive and unique.
There are also many pictures of flowers, birds, and city landscapes. The many shapes and designs provide extra details, allowing for a multitude of different coloring options.
Inspirational statements and Bible verses accompany many of the coloring pages. This brings an added positive to all of the pages and helps to remind us of the beauty that surrounds us, if we only slow down long enough to take it in.
I would recommend this coloring book to anyone looking for a unique coloring experience.
I received my copy of this coloring book from the publishers at Faith Words for the sole purpose of providing an honest review and have their permission to us the cover artwork image featured above.
This stunning coloring book is composed of 46 inspiring parables designed to help Christians know how God expects them to live their lives. The coloring pages themselves correlate to the story on the page ahead of it, allowing for a coloring page per story. Take a moment to learn from these parables and color these stunning images.
I thought that this was an interesting idea for a coloring book. There are many different devotionals out there, but this is the first coloring book devotional I have ever seen. Sometimes these lessons are hard to keep with us during our busy days, running to and fro trying to get things done, being able to color an image relating to the devotional that you just read can make it easier to remember what you have just read.
The images themselves remind me of illustrations from the medieval period. I found this to be very interesting because it fits with the stories, but is not a common style in today's day and age.
I am on the fence about this coloring book. I want to say that I liked it, and I did in a lot of ways, but I did not enjoy coloring the images, as much as I have with other coloring books. I believe this is because of the way that the pages are set up, in the medieval style that throws me. Although, I was happy to see that this coloring book works well with a variety of mediums, crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc. I used a wide variety when coloring my first of many pictures. I eventually decided that I preferred to use colored pencils, but this is my usual medium when coloring.
I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for something new in the devotional world, who also enjoys coloring.
I received my copy of this coloring book from the publishers, Faith Words a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. for the sole purpose of providing an honest review and have permission to use the image of the cover artwork featured above.
As a mother, life can be hectic, and it can be difficult to slow down and relax. This collection of beautiful coloring pages help to bring comfort and encouragement, while inspiring and reminding you of your wonderful purpose and of your loved ones. Filled with beautiful coloring pages and inspiring quotes and scriptures, this coloring book is a perfect way to turn down the chaos and relax.
I found this coloring book to be quite a delight. Each coloring page is filled with intricate designs, usually encompassing flowers and wonderful quotes or scripture that reminds you of the beauty and importance of being a mother. I really liked how each quote was also added to the backside of its coloring page so that it continued to be easy to read.
I love how the intricate designs were able to provide a great amount of detail but were not chaotic or overwhelming.
I believe this coloring book would make a great gift, any time of year, but also a great buy for oneself, just because.
I would recommend this coloring book to mothers everywhere, as well as anyone looking for a great way to show their mother how much she means to them, and how much they are appreciated.
I received my copy of this coloring book from Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. for the sole purpose of providing an honest review and have permission from the publishers to use the image of the cover artwork featured above.
Daphne Martin loves baking cakes. So when her life takes a nose dive, Daphne decides to start a cake business in her hometown in southern Virginia. When Daphne finds her first customer, town gossip Yodel Watson, dead in her home, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes takes a hit. With business going slowly, Daphne realizes that the sooner she can clear her name, the sooner she can get back to work.
But, as it turns out, Yodel Watson’s gossiping has left her with quite a lot of enemies, and every one of them is a suspect. Can Daphne solve the case before she becomes the next target?
I thought this book was a good read. I liked the character of Daphne early on, her love of cakes and her niece and nephew. I was a little surprised by some of the other characters, things they would say or do, but for the most part, I felt they were still realistic characters.
The small town setting was perfect for the small business venture, as well as, the mystery behind the murder of Yodel Watson. I liked how, even though Daphne just moved back to town, she was meeting new people, they were not all acquaintances from her childhood, and that she was able to learn and get to know them, fairly quickly.
A large portion of this novel focused on Daphne’s family issues more than the mystery, or so it seemed. Since it took so long for the connection to be revealed, it seemed as though the novel had veered away from the mystery. I really wish that there had been more investigating into other possibilities during this section of the book, so that I did not feel that the mystery had taken a back burner to the main character’s problems. I realize that having a good main character, with a strong background is necessary for the book to work. I just felt that Daphne should have delved into more possibilities as far as motive is concerned during this time, in order to give the story more depth.
I was somewhat surprised by the ending. I figured out who the murderer was before Daphne, but only just before. I love being surprised by the end of a good cozy mystery, so this was a very good ending.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery, and cakes.
I bought my copy of this novel from bookoutlet.com and have been granted permission from the publishers at Gallery Books to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Evie Blackwell is a successful detective in the Illinois State Police. The new governor has recently established a Missing Persons Task Force, and Evie has been selected to be part of the team.
With her new partner, David, Evie heads to Chicago to solve the mystery of a missing college student, while David tries to locate a missing Private investigator.
It has been nine years since Evie’s college student disappeared and Evie is hoping to help the family find closure. When David and Evie’s cases intercept, it becomes clear that more may be on the line than the governor’s new task force. Can David and Evie solve the case before another young woman goes missing?
Evie Blackwell is a strong, vivid character that draws the reader in with her drive to find the truth and solve her case.
The case is very interesting, seemingly simple, but proving to be much more complex as certain aspects unfold throughout the investigation.
Her new partner, David, is rather charismatic and seeing the different ways that they both employ to solve their missing persons cases is interesting.
Both Evie and David are devote Christians and employ their faith to help them solve cases but they also understand that not everyone, including ones that they love, share their faith. They sometimes discuss their faiths together, opening up the gates to the religious questions that sometimes plague the faithful as well as those seeking the truth behind Christianity.
Despite the religious aspects of this story, this book is a great read for anyone looking for an interesting cold case investigation type of read. It focuses more on the case than the faith, making a great read for Christian and non-Christian mystery fans.
I’ve always been a fan of a good mystery novel, especially one that kept me guessing, which this one did. It was difficult to be able to guess ahead of time, but still a very satisfying mystery.
The dynamics involving local and non-local celebrities, such as the governor and the senator, heightened the interest of the social dynamic outside of the college crowd.
I would have liked the case to have been slightly more intense than it was, however, understanding that this was a nine year old cold case made the intensity level understandable. As the case progressed so did the intensity level to some extent.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a tough puzzle and/or anyone who enjoys Christian fiction mysteries.
I borrowed my copy of this novel from my local library and have permission from the publishers at Bethany House to use the image of the cover artwork featured above.
Nazafareen is willing to do anything to avenge the death of her little sister. For a young girl in s nomadic tribe, however, there isn't a lot of opportunities for revenge. That is until the king's Water Dogs come scouting for recruits with the gift necessary to become bound to a daeva.
Nazafareen isn't entirely sure what it means to be a Water Dog, but she knows their job is to protect the kingdom from creatures like the one that killed her sister. Seeing an opportunity, she volunteers to be tested.
Now that she has joined their ranks, she is linked with her own daeva, Darius. Through the link, Nazafareen can control his power, but the magical cuffs that bind them also share each of their emotions with each other.
The longer they work together to save the kingdom from a terrifying foe, the grow closer and both begin to question what they have been taught to believe. With numerous dangers approaching the kingdom, will they discover what truths are real and where their loyalties lie?
This book is amazing! Definitely a new favorite. It has everything I love in a good fantasy novel. As if the action and magic alone weren't enough. The writing is clear and well constructed. I didn't want to put it down.
Despite the time frame, the characters are easy to connect with. The depth at which these characters have been thought out make them very realistic and believable. I enjoyed reading about how the two interact with each other and are able to understand each other. I was even able to connect with the lesser characters and able to understand why they did the things that they did, even if I wasn't exactly wishing them well. An all around amazing book.
I highly enjoyed this novel and am waiting in anticipation for the second installment. I would recommend this to fans of fantasy everywhere.
I received my copy of this book from the author herself for the sole purpose of an honest review.
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