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Part 1 of my novel Carthinia is now available as an ebook on Amazon. Please check it out!
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Frozen By: Melissa De la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen is set in a world that is completely covered in ice and destruction. The main setting is New Vegas. Like the original city, it still offers the vast amount of casinos it once did. We open with Natasha Kestal as she escapes from a prison where she has been held for a secret that has many of her kind being prosecuted.

While working as a blackjack dealer, she decides that it is time to get out of New Vegas and start looking for a place that is seen as nothing but ledged called “The Blue.”

To take her on this journey, she hires a runner named Ryan Weston. She delves off on this dangerous quest with him and other members of his crew. Along the way they face many dangers and secrets. The big question in this story is, can love survive through this?

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First, I love her Blue Bloods series. I found myself slightly disappointed with Witches and Wolf Pact, but this one did not disappoint. I found it absolutely fantastic.

It is a very unique story line. You are not going to find anything like it, and it is very well written.

The characters, despite the setting, are very realistic. It is easy to empathize with the characters, and I particularly love that.

This is an absolutely must read. Also, if you have not read her Blue Bloods series…you should!

I gave this book a 5 of 5 star rating, and I am sitting here, not so patiently, for book 2.

 


Frozen By: Melissa De la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Frozen is set in a world that is completely covered in ice and destruction. The main setting is New Vegas. Like the original city, it still offers the vast amount of casinos it once did. We open with Natasha Kestal as she escapes from a prison where she has been held for a secret that has many of her kind being prosecuted.

While working as a blackjack dealer, she decides that it is time to get out of New Vegas and start looking for a place that is seen as nothing but ledged called “The Blue.”

To take her on this journey, she hires a runner named Ryan Weston. She delves off on this dangerous quest with him and other members of his crew. Along the way they face many dangers and secrets. The big question in this story is, can love survive through this?

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First, I love her Blue Bloods series. I found myself slightly disappointed with Witches and Wolf Pact, but this one did not disappoint. I found it absolutely fantastic.

It is a very unique story line. You are not going to find anything like it, and it is very well written.

The characters, despite the setting, are very realistic. It is easy to empathize with the characters, and I particularly love that.

This is an absolutely must read. Also, if you have not read her Blue Bloods series…you should!

I gave this book a 5 of 5 star rating, and I am sitting here, not so patiently, for book 2.

 

Teardrop By: Lauren Kate
When she was little, her mother slapped across the face and told her to never cry again. Eureka did not even shed a tear after her mother was killed in a freak “accident” that involved a “rogue” wave. Now, nothing makes her cry, nothing makes her feel, and everything she once enjoyed is meaningless to her. Then one day, driving back from the psychiatrist her mean stepmother makes her see, a boy runs into her vehicle. Even though she is angry at this boy with the beautiful ocean blue eyes, she can’t help to feel something for him. For the first time in years, she sheds a single tear. Anders, the boy who hit her, catches it and tells her, “No more tears.” She can’t help to be fascinated by this boy is everywhere she goes, who seems to know everything about her.
Then, she receives her inheritance from her mother, a stone that cannot get wet and a book written in a strange language. She takes the book to a local psychic and discovers that it is a story about Atlantis, where a girl fell in love and cried a city into the sea. Shortly after, the psychic turns up dead. Someone does not want her to know about the secrets that book contains. Now revelations will change her life forever.

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First, let me say that Lauren Kate is a fantastic writer. I fell in love with her Fallen series, and I’m falling for this one too. I love the characters, and I love that they are not the typical type of lovers. The personalities of the characters in this story are so realistic. A problem with a lot of stories today, is that the characters are so fake.
Anders is a fascinating character. He is full of surprises. You never really know what direction he is going to take. Will he follow orders or his heart?
Eureka’s actions and thought process after the death of her mother seems very real. She hates psychologists, won’t cry or feel pain, until one day she just lets it all in. I’ve done that before, so I know it is accurate.
Her friends are a good mix of what people are like in school, especially a Catholic school. No one is perfect. Just because you go to a religious school doesn’t mean they act like it.
This book is a must read!

Also her first book, Fallen, is currently in the production process for a movie and should be released sometime in 2014. For the current cast list, see the IMDB page.

The Goodreads rating is a sad 3.72
However, mine is a 5

Teardrop By: Lauren Kate

When she was little, her mother slapped across the face and told her to never cry again. Eureka did not even shed a tear after her mother was killed in a freak “accident” that involved a “rogue” wave. Now, nothing makes her cry, nothing makes her feel, and everything she once enjoyed is meaningless to her. Then one day, driving back from the psychiatrist her mean stepmother makes her see, a boy runs into her vehicle. Even though she is angry at this boy with the beautiful ocean blue eyes, she can’t help to feel something for him. For the first time in years, she sheds a single tear. Anders, the boy who hit her, catches it and tells her, “No more tears.” She can’t help to be fascinated by this boy is everywhere she goes, who seems to know everything about her.

Then, she receives her inheritance from her mother, a stone that cannot get wet and a book written in a strange language. She takes the book to a local psychic and discovers that it is a story about Atlantis, where a girl fell in love and cried a city into the sea. Shortly after, the psychic turns up dead. Someone does not want her to know about the secrets that book contains. Now revelations will change her life forever.

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First, let me say that Lauren Kate is a fantastic writer. I fell in love with her Fallen series, and I’m falling for this one too. I love the characters, and I love that they are not the typical type of lovers. The personalities of the characters in this story are so realistic. A problem with a lot of stories today, is that the characters are so fake.

Anders is a fascinating character. He is full of surprises. You never really know what direction he is going to take. Will he follow orders or his heart?

Eureka’s actions and thought process after the death of her mother seems very real. She hates psychologists, won’t cry or feel pain, until one day she just lets it all in. I’ve done that before, so I know it is accurate.

Her friends are a good mix of what people are like in school, especially a Catholic school. No one is perfect. Just because you go to a religious school doesn’t mean they act like it.

This book is a must read!

Also her first book, Fallen, is currently in the production process for a movie and should be released sometime in 2014. For the current cast list, see the IMDB page.

The Goodreads rating is a sad 3.72

However, mine is a 5

I know that I have not been active on here as of late.

I apologize. However, soon I will be doing at least two reviews. One on Teardrop By: Lauren Kate and also Frozen By: Melissa De la Cruz….and I can’t remember her husband’s name at the moment (sorry.) Either way…look for these reviews within the next couple of weeks! 

EDIT: If anyone has a book suggestion for me, send them to my inbox!

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Witches of East End By: Melissa de la Cruz
                This novel focuses on the Beauchamp women of North Hampton, Long Island. Joanna, the mother, has the power to resurrect people from the dead, and she can heal almost any injury or illness. Ingrid, the eldest daughter, works in the town library and sees the future. She can also weave knots to fix almost anything. Then there is Freya, the youngest daughter, who is a master potion mixer. She can cure almost any heartache.

                The novel begins at the engagement party of Freya and Bran Gardiner. The women have been told to suppress their magic for centuries. However, Freya decides that a little spell should go relatively undetected. She starts with small potions mixed into the drinks she serves at a local bar, then moves on to more serious magic. Soon, all three women dust off their wands and begin to practice their magic freely again. But things begin to turn sour when strange attacks start happening all over town. After a younger girl goes missing, they decide that they need to figure out what magic seems to be working against them.
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                This book is full of plot twists you will never see coming. However, I have to say that I did not enjoy it nearly as much as her Blue Bloods series. Witches starts out really good, but it really got slow toward the middle. I really did not know where de la Cruz was going with this book. There seems to be a lot of information that seemed left out. Most of the book seemed like filler information.
                The book wraps up really fast with a really quick explanation as to what happened. Also, in the last couple of chapters, she quickly explains the history of the Beauchamp women and the Gardiner men. You quickly discover who they really are, but not in enough time to grasp the information or to really understand it.
                If you like witch stories, then I would defiantly recommend reading this book. However, if witches and fantasy is not you, even though this novel has smut, do not read it. I highly doubt you would like it.
                On another note, this series will soon be coming to television on MTV later this year. When an exact date is released, I will update so that everyone will know.  Despite my review of the book, I think this could turn into an excellent television series.
I give this book 3.5 of 5 stars
Average Goodreads rating 3.44 of 5
*This book is recommended for those 18 and older due to sexual content.
Happy Reading!
-Cina
EDIT: It will no longer be a tv series on MTV, but a Lifetime movie…. sorry if this dissapoints anyone. I was quite looking forword to the show.
EDIT: It was made into a series rather than a movie. It is on Lifetime, Sundays at 10p.m EST

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Witches of East End By: Melissa de la Cruz

                This novel focuses on the Beauchamp women of North Hampton, Long Island. Joanna, the mother, has the power to resurrect people from the dead, and she can heal almost any injury or illness. Ingrid, the eldest daughter, works in the town library and sees the future. She can also weave knots to fix almost anything. Then there is Freya, the youngest daughter, who is a master potion mixer. She can cure almost any heartache.

                The novel begins at the engagement party of Freya and Bran Gardiner. The women have been told to suppress their magic for centuries. However, Freya decides that a little spell should go relatively undetected. She starts with small potions mixed into the drinks she serves at a local bar, then moves on to more serious magic. Soon, all three women dust off their wands and begin to practice their magic freely again. But things begin to turn sour when strange attacks start happening all over town. After a younger girl goes missing, they decide that they need to figure out what magic seems to be working against them.

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                This book is full of plot twists you will never see coming. However, I have to say that I did not enjoy it nearly as much as her Blue Bloods series. Witches starts out really good, but it really got slow toward the middle. I really did not know where de la Cruz was going with this book. There seems to be a lot of information that seemed left out. Most of the book seemed like filler information.

                The book wraps up really fast with a really quick explanation as to what happened. Also, in the last couple of chapters, she quickly explains the history of the Beauchamp women and the Gardiner men. You quickly discover who they really are, but not in enough time to grasp the information or to really understand it.

                If you like witch stories, then I would defiantly recommend reading this book. However, if witches and fantasy is not you, even though this novel has smut, do not read it. I highly doubt you would like it.

                On another note, this series will soon be coming to television on MTV later this year. When an exact date is released, I will update so that everyone will know.  Despite my review of the book, I think this could turn into an excellent television series.

I give this book 3.5 of 5 stars

Average Goodreads rating 3.44 of 5

*This book is recommended for those 18 and older due to sexual content.

Happy Reading!

-Cina

EDIT: It will no longer be a tv series on MTV, but a Lifetime movie…. sorry if this dissapoints anyone. I was quite looking forword to the show.

EDIT: It was made into a series rather than a movie. It is on Lifetime, Sundays at 10p.m EST

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Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire) By George R. R. Martin

        ( via Goodreads) “Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
      Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.”

      After Jon Arryn, hand of the king, dies (or is killed), the king of Westeros, Robert Baratheon, rides from King’s landing to Winterfell. His arrival and the events that take place set the plot for the rest of the book. Eddard Stark, the Lord of Winterfell, is appointed the new Hand. The kings son Joffrey is arranged to marry Lord Stark’s daughter, Sansa, and Brandon Stark is witness to a dangerous secret.

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     First off, this is one of the greatest fantasy series since “The Lord of the Rings.”

    I love how he defines every character. There are no small parts in his books.

It is easy to learn each characters story.  Each chapter is written from one characters perspective. I love it!

     This series has everything! It is not the simplest series to explain, I can mostly just tell you how fantastic it is!

     Of course I have the characters I love, and the characters I hate. I love Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Catelyn Stark, and Tyrion Lannister.

      I hate the rest of the Lannisters, Joffrey, and pretty much everyone else in Kings landing.

     Despite all the characters I hate, I really do love this series.

     Also, this is a television series on HBO. The show is fantastic too, and has some good actors.

     If you have not read these books, read them. They are amazing. And if you have not seen the show….watch it.

The Great Gatsby (2013) - Official Trailer [HD] (by TheHollywoodBird)

I’m doing something I do not normally do. I need to talk about this just because I am so excited!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite books of all time!

Of course, the movie is coming out May 10th. It was originally scheduled to be released at Christmas 2012, but was changed to May 2013.

I have already stated that The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite books, but that is not the only reason I am looking forward to this movie.

One reason is that Leonardo DiCaprio is in it. He is one of my favorite actors of all time. He is so talented, and does not get the respect in Hollywood he deserves. In my opinion, he’s better than most of them.

Another is that it is being directed by Baz Luhrmann. He directed William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge. I really loved both of these movies, so I don’t think that he will disappoint with this one.

If you have not read the book, please do. It is seriously one of the greatest novels ever written.