(Tuesday, August 21, 2012)
Reviewer: Stacey P
A new series that you will enjoy! A twist of romance mixed in with supernatural that is sure to draw you in! Sam is ready for her senior year, slaving away at the bookstore to save money for her dream car, and trying to spend time with her best friend, Nadine until something odd starts happening -- women are dropping like flies because of unknown heart problems – and the clincher is they are all dropping when around her coworker. While Sam is unlike the other girls around Caleb, she continues to desire the truth, getting caught up in Caleb’s secrets, which she soon realizes she will have her own secrets to keep as well. This novel will leave you on the edge of your seat, turning page after page.
A Solid Start!
(Thursday, January 5, 2012)
Before you ask…no, not one vampire in sight! I would say, ‘YAY!’ but I’m afraid my house might get burned down. This is a fantastically fun YA paranormal that is a truly exciting debut for this author.
Samara Marshall is fun, entertaining, sarcastic, and spends a great deal of her time watching her best friend, Mia, beat the heck out of her boyfriend, Dougie. In fact, that’s exactly what she’s doing when our story opens, sitting on the hood of a car downing a Big Gulp and watching the action. Samara works inside Buncha Books at the Cuppa-Joe coffee shop that’s located in the back of the bookstore. Nadine, a polish exchange student, is the manager and seriously funny. Another co-worker of Samara’s is Caleb Baker, and he is more than a bit odd. It seems that every time Samara looks at the guy there’s some girl locked to his lips. And this is not exactly a drool-worthy dude. He’s cute, but nothing to write home about in Samara’s mind. The only thing he does have going for him are these deep purplish-blue eyes that seem to stun every girl on the planet and make them swoon.
One day, Samara notices yet another young woman attached to Caleb’s face, and then later notices that she is being pulled into an ambulance right outside in the parking lot. The girl had a heart attack, and she is far too young to even think of having one.
Samara also has a pretty fun home life. Mom and Dad are divorced and Dad is remarried with twin girls, but the parents still seem to get along quite well. The only thing that’s a bit negative is that Mom believes that she will never find another man, and is more than a bit lonely.
As this humorous tale moves forward, through various circumstances, Samara and Caleb end up on a date. Caleb, who is always shoving sugary foods into his mouth and offering one-liners to the women who drop at his feet, seems to really like Samara. Perhaps it’s because she wouldn’t swoon over him if he paid her to. Of course, when Samara finds out what, exactly, Caleb really is and the secret he‘s been hiding, swooning is definitely out. For many people, screaming and running to the police would be in, but as Samara learns more and more about Caleb’s particular situation, an odd type of feeling seems to come over her. Could it be love? After all…is it even possible to love a…?
Nope. Not gonna’ tell, guys and gals. This is such a fun read that I’m going to leave it all up to you to find out Caleb’s secret. Being the first book in this new series, there is far more to come, but my advice is that you must definitely give this one a shot!
Great new YA urban fantasy series
(Monday, November 21, 2011)
Reviewer: Mel Thomas
This book was a page turner and I didn't want to put it down. Fantastic beginning to a new YA urban fantasy series. I loved the characters. Samara was funny, smart, sarcastic and very likable. Caleb was a very interesting character and his supernatural gift/curse is something I'd only encountered outside the YA genre. I don't wanna spoil it for anyone so I won't say what he is. Just know he's charming and funny and has a sweet tooth to rival mine. The secondary characters were just as entertaining; Nadine was snarky and full of spunk and Mia and Dougie cracked me up.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though part of it broke my heart. This book had everything; humor, great character development, enough action to keep you intrigued, romance and witty dialogue. I can't wait to see how the changes in Sam's life will affect her. Really looking forward to the second book in the series, Burning Emerald.