Wednesday, May 16, 2012

If I Die Review

 If I Die
By: Rachel Vincent
Published:September 27,2011

Goodreads Synopsis:
The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee's no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend's needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren't quite human, either.

But Kaylee's borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.


My Thoughts:
I loved this book I didn't think it would be better than My soul to steal but it was.I'm definitely team Tod now and will stay that way!! This book was wonderful, the plot was the best so far and definitely makes me want to read before I wake. Tod was awesome and different in this story, and that was my favorite part. I loved that Kaylee always does the righteous thing no matter what and in the end everything worked out kinda.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Never to Sleep Review

 Never To Sleep
By: Rachel Vincent
Published:January 1,2012

Goodreads Synopsis:
 Don't Close Your Eyes.

Sophie Cavanaugh is not going to let her freak of a cousin's strange psychiatric condition ruin high school for them both. Not after all the work she's put into cultivating the right look, and friends, and reputation. But then, Sophie sees something so frightening she lets out a blood-curdling scream—and finds herself stuck in a bizarre parallel world where nothing is safe and deadly creatures lurk just out of sight, waiting for her to close her eyes and sleep...forever.

Could this world be real? Or does insanity run in the family...?

My thoughts:
This was Sophie's book, and it was interesting seeing Sophie in that situation. Luca was an interesting twist and I can't wait to read Before I wake to find out what he's up to. This novella happened during If I die, and unfortunately no light was shed in that book but at the end it tells you to look forward to Before I wake for more, so waiting for before I wake to come out.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sorry about the very little to no activity

Hey everybody, I wanted to apologize for not doing the weekly memes and very few reviews right now but I'm in the process of moving so for the next couple weeks it will be that way, I will still post when I can and try to keep up my reading challenges, thanks for being patient with me!

Friday, May 4, 2012

MySoul to Steal Review

My Soul to Steal
By:Rachel Vincent
Published:January 14,2011 

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can't just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn't even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn't just an ordinary girl. She's a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people's fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn't above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

My Thoughts:
I have to say this is now my favorite soul screamer book. I love all the emotional termoil the characters were going through and the love triangle made it amusing. I love how the further I get into the series the more Tod seems to act like a human rather than a reaper with no humanity. I love that no matter what Kaylee does she can't seem to get away from trouble even though she is a good person and tries to do the right thing. I feel bad for Kaylee and Sabine because they are just so hopeless either way. Nash just can't get anything right and Tod is just becoming this knight in shinning armor.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

George M. Moser Interview

Today I'm going to do an interview with George M. Moser  author of Nine Lives.

Hi George M. Moser! Thank you for taking the time to interview with me today! I just finished reading Nine Lives and it was very good, I love and am fascinated with Egyptian lore. Can you tell the readers a little something about the story?

>>GMM:Nine Lives is the story of a young man who leads a picturesque type of life. He is happily married to a beautiful woman with a child and a wonderful home. He grew up dreaming of looking at the stars with his dad. Recently, his dad died leaving him with with an old car and a message to dream. It was always his dream to look at the stars but now he finds himslef being responsible in his life.

One Day, he comes home and accidentally runs over a cat with his dad's old car. Unbeknownst to him, the cat is an ancient being bent on taking it's revenge on Michael. The cat comes back in a series of increasingly serious incidents threatening everything in Michael's life .

The novel potrays the twin fears of a man who is haunted by his own psychological demos as well as demons from beyond. Evil manifests itself as terrifying feline beasts as well as more familiar incarnations such as denial, self-doubt, dishonety and greed.

What or who inspired you to write this story?

>>GMM:This Particular story is actually based on a true story. I came home from work one day and my wife told me about a small cat stuck under our back porch. Just like the story, my dog and I chased it around the house and it ran up inside my car. Unfortunately, the cat had the same fate as the one in the story.

What I didn't realize was that stories take on a life of their own. This story actually has much deeper meaning than just a cat coming back for revenge. I found during my writing. that I was actually comparing his life to what I was going through in my real life. Michael Morino struggles with the idea of doing what makes him happy in life and doing what he feels he should be doing. I believe all of us have a choice in life to do what truly makes us happy. We  feel obligated to do something else because it is expected of us. Hopefully, when people read this, the message comes out that we all need to do what makes us happy in life. We all have more than one life to live.

Did you do a lot of research on Egyptian lore get the basis for this story?

>>GMM: I traveled to Egypt and thought it was one of the most amazing places in the world. There is so much there that no one has been able to explain. one of them is the sphinx. It's older that the pyramids, which are one of the most incredible things I have ever seen in my life. No one talks about the sphinx. No one knows who built it, how old it is or how it eroded. Many now believe it was water that eroded the Sphinx. That means there was water there in the Sahara desert which is pretty incredible.

I wanted a background story for the cat. I thought that the Egyptian lore was perfect for my story. I did do quite a bit of research on past history of Egypt and their beliefs about the stars. Most of it, I used from my own experience but I followed up with facts in my research.

What attracted you to the genre of horror versus other genres?

>>GMM: I always wanted to write. I just never really believed it would happen. As a kid, I loved JRR Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. I wanted to write a story like that but it was too daunting to even think about making a world like he did. Later in life, I discovered Stephen King. I am not necessarily a horro fan but he writes so well that I became a huge fan of his. I am actually more of a fan of the thrillers and that's how I wante my books to be. I like to think of them more like Michael Crichton.

I have collected ideas fro stories over the years. I discovered thay all had a theme. I  have always been a fan of being scared, I loved old horror movies. I decied to write horror stories but I didn't want the gruesome stories. i wanted my stories to be different, more of a thriller. I wanted happy stories or at least ones with happy endings. I wanted stories that Made People Laugh and there was a lesson to be learned.

Who are your literay icons?

 >>GMM: Stephen king is a huge influence on my writing. It's not just teh stories but the way that he writes. Another influence on my writing is Michael Crichton. You can see his influence with th Egyptian parts of my story. I am also a fan of Mark Twain and Shakespeare. I would love to be able to tell a story as good as any of them.

Are there any future books in the works? If so, are they going to be in the horror genre as well?

>>GMM: I am finishing my second novel now called The Bartello. It's of the Horror genre about an old movie theatre with something ancient living in it. The book is related to my first one, though I am not going to come out and tell people that I am writing a series. I like to be a little cryptic about my writing. If readers liked my first book, they're definitely going to like my second book. It is also more of a thriller keeping the reader on the edge of their seat.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

>>GMM:Keep writing. I found the more I write, the more vivid my stories became. Other writers are often quoted about reading and writing as well. I think thats an easy answer and probably the most obvious but there is one important element missing. Take time off and dream a little. That's where the true stories are born. In fact, that's one of the main themes in my story, Nine Lives. Dream.

How can the readers find you online?

>>GMM:I have a website at which has updates for my books and all future books plus links to places to purchase the book. The best place to buy it now would be Just type in Nine Lives or my name.I also have a blog

I loved your book Nine Lives and I found it very scary and I did catch the fact that the main character was tormented by his personal demons while dealing with a real to life demon. I also wanted to let the readers know about my crazy coincidence I had the night I finished your book. I was laying in my room when i heard a cat howling which sounded a lot like a babies cry so I got up to check on my son and he was asleep then I heard it again so I went out to the living room and could finally hear that it was a cat so I opened the door and the cat arched it's back as it hissed at me, then ran off . It was a crazy coincidence. Don't forget to check out my Review for Nine Lives.Thank you again for taking the time to interview with me today! Best of luck on your future works.

>>GMM:Thank you so much Mers for having me!

About The Author

George M. Moser graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa with a degree in Business Finance. He enjoyed a successful career in real estate in the Chicago Area and became an active and upstanding member of the community, making charitable donations to local hospitals, churches and community projects. He lives with his wife and children just outside Chicago and spends his free time writing. nine Lives is his first novel and he is currently working on a further two titles.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Nine Lives Review

Published: March 12,2012

Goodreads Synopsis:
Do cats really have 9 Lives? Find out in this suspense-thrilling page-turner that will definitely keep you up all night! On a seemingly ordinary day, Michael Merlino, a successful man with a picture-perfect family, accidentally killed a stray cat. Unbeknownst to him, this mundane occurrence was to become the day he would never forget as a series of eerie and tormenting events begin to haunt him and his family. Will he solve the mystery behind these series of bizarre and horrendous happenings? Where will this all lead to? Discover the answer in this spine-tingling horror story you wouldn’t want to miss.
Nine Lives is the thrilling debut novel from George M. Moser, a captivating and quirky tale in which a chilling horror rises from the most unlikely of places. Masterfully fusing legends of Egyptian antiquity with elements of popular horror and urban myth, Moser delivers an atmospheric narrative full of dark twists and turns. Moser conjures characters of deep emotional richness, bringing a heartfelt realism to his work. Nine Lives portrays the twin fears of a man who is haunted by his own psychological demons as well as demons from the beyond. Evil manifests itself as terrifying feline beasts as well as more familiar incarnations such as denial, self-doubt, dishonesty and greed. At times romantic and at times absurdist, Moser’s thoughtful and captivating storytelling delivers a tale of black comedy and powerful human drama making Nine Lives into much more than a horror story. A rip-roaring plot with a noble morality, Nine Lives is a must-read for all discerning fiction fans, cat lovers, horror buffs and indeed, anyone who likes a great read with a truly worthwhile message

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book, it was scary and had me on the edge of my seat. I liked how the author George M. Moser had his character dealing with personal demons just like real people do while he was dealing with a real demon threatening his life. I thought the characters were relate-able and felt like I knew them. I love Egyptian lore and he spun it beautifully in his plot for the story, I found it to be unique and a little reminiscent of Stephen king, who I love, so this was from the beginning a book that drew me in and kept me there.