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A Spark Unseen (The Dark Unwinding, #2) by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 24, 2013 | 352 Pages

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I am unable to post a full review as I have not finished reading the book.

 

 Summary

The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

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First Line

I opened my eyes, the air in my bedchamber pulsing with the kind of silence that only comes in the wake of sound — a sound that never should have been there.

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Most Memorable Scene

Haven’t picked one yet.

Plot

Other than keeping Uncle Tully hidden and a few other things, the only major plot is finding Lane.

Setting

Paris is the new setting. The new house is very interesting.

Writing

The writing is as splendid as the first book.

Originality

So far the originality is just fine.

Characters

We meet a few new characters due to the move to Paris. Since I’m only a little over half way done I don’t feel comfortable giving my review of the new characters because there are a few questionable characters.

Romance

Don’t get me started! Where is Lane!? Again, only half way into this and I miss him terribly.

Title/Cover Bonus

Another gorgeous cover.

Ending

I am not done yet so: no comment.

Series

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Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, [amazon_link id=”0545327865″ target=”_blank” ]The Dark Unwinding[/amazon_link]. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages.

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The Silent Swan by Lex Keating

AltWit Press | August 26, 2013 | 422 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 4

Writing: 3

Originality: 4

Characters: 5

Romance: 3

Overall: 24/30 = 80% B

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

While a long read this was a great look into some complex characters; while abundant, they enhanced the reading experience. An unfamiliar Grimm fairy tale retelling.

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[amazon_link id=”0545327865″ target=”_blank” ]The Dark Unwinding[/amazon_link] by Sharon Cameron

Scholastic Press | September 1, 2012 | 336 pages

This review is a repost from the original review posted on August 27, 2012.

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 6

Writing: 5

Originality: 6

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 32/30!! A++++

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An engrossing tale of a strange old man who loves his playtime, a niece who learns to love playtime too, amoung other things, a house full of endearing servants, tunnels and a most unusual self sustaining estate.

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Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

January 28, 2014 | Harlequin Teen | 304 pages

Summary (Goodreads)

Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott deals with a very emotional and personal topic, which is touched on in the summary. The use of life support for a terminally injured person.

In this case Emma is dealing with the sudden brain-death of her mother. Her pregnant mother. Her step father decides that keeping Emma’s mom on life support to allow their unborn child to develop and to possibly live is what Emma’s mother would have wanted. Emma is lead to believe that her mother was afraid and even knew that the pregnancy would kill her and that she didn’t want to be put on life support to save her unborn child.

To say that this book didn’t effect me would be a most heinous lie. I am the mother of two beautiful children: Madison, daughter, soon to be 9, and Riley, son, 2 years old. I am also a registered organ donor. If you were to put these two things together I think knowing that I am an organ donor would be enough knowledge for anyone to know that I would gladly agree to being put on life support if it gave my unborn child a fighting chance to live. I realize that not all mothers would feel the same but I can’t image that number to be very high.

I felt so much for Emma and did my best to put myself in her shoes. I loved that she was able to find a friend in Caleb. They have some common issues to relate to and they built upon their relationship in a very open and emotional way. However, Emma is a junior in high school. She claims to know her mother so well. So well that she would know that she didn’t want to be put on life support, no matter what. She is relentless when it comes to talking with her Step-Dad. She is blaming him basically for the entire situation. He wanted to the baby so bad, making her mother, who is in her forties, to use fertility drugs exposing her mother to an array of deadly risks.

But Emma is a child. Emma is not qualified to make the decision that her Step father did and I am really glad that she remarried so that the decision was not Emma’s to make.

It is my hope that many young girls read this book. It will teach you to be selfless. It will teach you to expect the unexpected. It will teach you to be prepared, as best as you can, for the unexpected. I hope that everyone who reads this will sit down with their loved ones and discuss the issue of using life support. Using extreme measures to save yourself is one thing, but to save another being within yourself is an entirely different topic.

To my husband:

I love you. Should you ever find yourself in the situation of me being pregnant and brain dead, please do everything you possibly can to save our child.

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Summary (Goodreads)

Eighteen-year-old Sarah McKnight has a secret. She’s in love with David Brooks. Sarah is white. David is black. But Sarah’s not the only one keeping secrets in the close-knit community of Kalispell, Montana. Her father George, who owns a local gun shop and proudly drives a truck with a Confederate flag bumper sticker, hides his own complicated past. When he discovers Sarah’s relationship, George decides to share his feelings with Alex Mackey-a lonely classmate of Sarah’s whom George has taken under his wing. As Alex embraces the power of Sarah’s father’s dark hatred, the hopes and dreams of young lives hang in the balance. In just a few short months, Sarah and David will graduate from high school and leave Kalispell for a new life together in Los Angeles. Maybe in California, they can stop hiding their love-and the other secret they share…something George McKnight-and Alex Mackey-will never accept.

Quick Review

I disliked (hated) this book for several reasons.

First, there are way too many “issue” topics thrown into one book. I went into this thinking I’d get a story filled with hope for an interracial relationship. Negative. What I ended up with was a book full of racism, bullies, gun control, child abuse, abuse in general, alcoholism, killing, suicide, teen pregnancy, abortion, psychotic people and general idioticracy.

Second, the writing was full of excessive, mundane details. Numerous flash backs that did not support the topic at hand and further made the entire story read with more negative than positive. I confess to skimming the majority of these and they were numerous.

The entire character of Alex was just craziness. I never, ever want to be inside the head of someone like that again. Ever.

This book is the most negative thing I have ever read. Hated it. Immensely. I don’t understand why it was the winner or even nominated for the San Francisco Book Festival Winner for YA Fiction. I would never let my child read this book.

The summary is incredibly misleading. This is not a happy book. I do not recommend reading this on Mother’s Day weekend like I did.

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Poison by Bridget Zinn

Disney-Hyerion | March 12, 2013 | 288 pages

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ARC from publisher by request. Thank you Disney!

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! 100% A+++!!!

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An adventurous tale of a master potioner set to save her world with the help of a piglet, Rosie, a traveler, Fred, and his wolf-dog Langley. Full of mystery, laughter and loyalty. A must read by an amazing author.

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Hooked by Liz Fichera

January 31, 2013 | Harlequin Teen | 368 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 5

Characters: 3

Romance: 3

Overall: 23/30 = 76% C

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

A pretty depressing story of an Indian girl named Fred on an all boys golf team who is subjected to routine bullying.

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January 11th, 2013

Review | Prophecy by Ellen Oh

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Prophecy by Ellen Oh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A really good book centered around an unique girl warrior who protects the Prince, her cousin.

Full of bad demons, amazing family ties, a journey across a beautiful landscape and some funny moments too.

Kira was a great character. Her unique abilities were worthy of awe. I was hoping for a romantic element but never got one. I am hoping her friendship with one of the characters blossoms into something more in the next book.

I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Welcome to The Cozy Reader’s stop on the Blog Tour for A.G. Henley’s amazing new series, The Scourge (Book 1).

The Scourge (Book 1) by A.G. Henley

Amazon Digital Services, Inc. | January 30, 2012 | 242 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing:  5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 5

Overall: 30/30! A+++

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

An incredibly unique dystopian centered around a blind girl, Fennel, and her tree top dwelling Keeper, Peree, as they embark on an incredible journey together.

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Welcome to The Cozy Reader’s stop on the Blog Tour for Courtney Cole’s second book to The Paradise Diaries series, Mia’s Heart!

 

 

Mia’s Heart (The Paradise Diaries, #2) by Courtney Cole

Lakehouse Press | November 13, 2012 | 458 kb

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eARC via Kismet Book Touring

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My Grade

Plot: 4

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 3

Characters: 4

Romance: 4

Overall: 25/30 = 83%

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

A great addition to follow the amazing Dante’s Girl. Looking forward to the next one!

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