Thursday, January 14, 2016

Naked by Stacey Trombley Review

I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.

Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.

The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York. 

Someone knows who I really am.

And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…


4/5 Stars

The moment I saw this cover, I started to obsess. Add in the reviews saying the story was dark and well... I quickly put it on the MUST READ list. 

When I started reading I expected to be sickened by details, but really the ugly parts only made me more consumed. Yes, the book had rape in it, but the few explicit details mentioned would not turn a reader away. It was just enough to capture the audience and pull out sympathy from deep within. My heart hurt for Anna. She had a passive mother, an abusive father, and a past that shadowed her wherever she went. She ran away and fell for a guy that used and eventually sold her. Then when she was sent home her family was all kinds of awkward. Throw in a new relationship and bullies at school and you get a whirlwind story filled with twisted mystery and heart wrenching emotion.

The writing was top of the line. It was fast paced with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. I wasn't sure how it would all come together, but I was pleasantly surprised. I remember at times wanting to scream or reach through the book and shake a character or two, but in the end I definitely came to peace with them all. Each one added a unique aspect that made the story well rounded. I enjoyed the thrilling parts and swooned over the bad girl/good guy romance. The wacky side of me craved more darkness, but I really enjoyed it for the most part. It was a one of a kind book that I recommend to all readers with an open mind. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.
All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother. 

When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion. 

Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.

From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”


This book had the best of both worlds... a little history and little romance. The beginning was a tad slow because it was setting up the story, but once the cousins came to town, it took a mysterious turn. There was darkness that shadowed the pages and secrets that clouded my visions. Throw in a wounded soldier and well I was hooked. 

Thomas definitely made the book more enjoyable for me. I really loved reading about Violet and his relationship. It started with bitter feelings and ended with a forbidden, all consuming love. It wasn't easy, but they proved just how much deep emotional feelings can overcome. 

The writing was top of the line and the premise of the story was intriguing. There was voodoo, slaves, country folk, and southern belles. We got to experience the feel of war and the struggle between master/slave. We also got to see that some southerners were not okay with what the law presumed normal. Many made friendships with the slaves and wanted to free them so they could make a better life for themselves. It was truly rich in history and for that I am thankful. 

I love romances that tie in raw reality and this one did just that. If you like history and romance tangled with mystery... then this one is for you!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

The exhilaratingly seductive new series from the author of the bestselling Starcrossed series

Love burns. Worlds collide. Magic reigns.

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying many of the experiences that other teenagers take for granted...which is why she is determined to enjoy her first (and perhaps only) high-school party. But Lily's life never goes according to plan, and after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly Lily is in a different Salem - one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruellest of all the Crucibles is Lillian . . . Lily's identical other self in this alternate universe. This new version of her world is terrifyingly sensual, and Lily is soon overwhelmed by new experiences.

Lily realizes that what makes her weak at home is exactly what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. It also puts her life in danger. Thrown into a world she doesn't understand, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone, and a love she never expected.

But how can Lily be the saviour of this world when she is literally her own worst enemy?


I'm quite confused when it comes to rating this one...
On one hand I found myself intrigued by the fantasy world and swooning over the book boyfriends, but on another I have a severe headache from all of the science talk. When I dive into a book I want to be transported from reality and consumed by fantasy. This one transported me, but instead of a magical world, I entered a confusing jumble of mish mash. There were monsters, witches, outlanders, and lots of science talk. I am not opposed to gaining knowledge while reading, but page after page of science descriptions is just not for me. I really wanted to learn more about the different characters, but sadly the story just grazed the surface. There was action, but it wasn't enough to make me want to keep turning the pages. I found myself pushing to get to the end and well even that was just meh. 

I think Rowan and Tristan saved this book for me... I really enjoyed the love triangle, intensity, and humor that the romance brought. I was hoping for more of it, but the story was definitely focused on science. Science, science, science.... Just too much! 

I don't recommend this book...