Monday, September 12, 2011

Shadowshifter - Melissa D Ellis Book Review

Today I have Shadowshifter by Melissa D Ellis - a story I throughly enjoyed and will certainly be spreading the love over !!! An intriguing story - Not your average Little Red Riding Hood story, but even better !! here is the cover, and blurb and my loooooooooooooong review !! I just had to tell you all how much I enjoyed it and why ! At first Initially I was worried, the book is over 560 pages long, but believe me it will have you hooked from page one right till the very end !! Wow  - such a great twist with turns at every page and corner !! A story I can guarantee will be not at what you expected ** waggles eyebrows ** ;)

SHADOWSHIFTER



Unpredictable, sexy, intense, and terrifying! With symbolic parallels to the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood, "SHADOWSHIFTER" gives us a whole new, modern-day Little Red to embrace... And her story is more complicated and horrifying than what the Brothers Grimm could have ever imagined! With an uncontrollable temper and a flair for the dramatics, sixteen-year-old, Julie Taylor, has landed herself in summer school after a very public and humiliating outburst. In class, she meets her striking but mysterious next door neighbor, Broderick Cooper and despite her determination to distance herself from him, she can't deny the tenacious draw she feels toward him. More and more, their paths continue to cross until they become completely entwined with one another. But as Julie swiftly becomes consumed with Broderick's love and supernatural gift, an unprecedented evil punches its way into their quiet little town bringing Hell on Earth. One close brush with danger and a terrifying chain of events begin to unfold that will forever change Julie's life as it opens her eyes to a sinister world that walks within her own... evil incarnate and legendary as fairy tales.


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Sixteen your old Julie Taylor has had her fair share of unlucky in love, landing herself in Summer school after an outburst on stage leads her to meet the Mysterious boy who has lived next door for the past two years. Broderick Cooper is popular, sexy, and striking, causing Julie to steer clear of his friendly advances and conversations, she is determined to keep her distance, but she can’t deny the alluring pull she feels towards him. Their paths continue to meet, until it becomes impossible for Julie to no longer deny her feelings.

Julie becomes consumed with Broderick and his love, his special unique ability and the love he shows her whilst evil lurks in the shadows. Julie unbeknown.

 The little town that was once quiet and peaceful has now brought evil – bringing with it dark and the mysterious – hell in a different light.

Julie finds herself banging down deaths door, fighting not only for her life but her love. Shadowshifter gives a whole new meaning to the modern day fairytale, both horrifying and a story you will find Unpredictable, sexy, intense...terrifying! "

Julie is not only brought into the world of the supernatural with her new found boyfriend, but into a dark, evil and deadly world she could never have ever imagined.

Waiting in the shadows – not only love but evil dwells.



My thoughts !!!!

 Wow!!!

Where do I start!!! I loved it !!! ** inserts wolf howl here **

Melissa D Ellis has woven a remarkable story filled with suspense, love, danger, murder, mystery and certainly mayhem. Shadowshifter is definably like no other supernatural read, a paranormal that will have you running round the house, knife in hand, double checking your locks to make sure all is safe.  At 560 pages long, one may expect a lag, but let me inform you Shadowshifter, will keep your interest piqued from start to finish and have you gasping in dismay at the turn of events -  about after page 400....... the plot thickens !! havoic and mayhem start !!

Be warned !! Be terrified – very terrified!! lol..

I wasn’t sure I could read on, I was literally shit scared, my heart was frantic and I found myself sniffling. Lucky for me my hubby was asleep whilst I took several breathes, sniffed and ventured on. When you have read it, this part will make sense ..

 It was intense and I was scared for the character. Melissa defined the emotions that well in certain parts; it was like I was in the book – the story. I think it’s why I felt so terrified! Yes I’m an emotional reader I get very involved in the read, and due to Melissa’s in-depth descriptions this made the read even more heartwarming and friggin scary !!!

  I continued on, wanting to know where it was headed, gob smacked at the twists and turns, in the story, and unbelievably entranced friskily reading a record reading pace till the very end.

** Good advice - don’t read, at 1am in the morning. I lied in bed thinking of this story an hr past reading it, totally dumbfounded at the UNPREDITABLE climax, new revelations and also amazed at how Melissa wove all this into 560 pages and kept my interest piqued till no end.

Julie was a damaged- torn character, burnt badly by an Ex-boyfriend, no self confidence, and little self preservation. She found herself, thin, unattractive and just wanted to fit in with the in crowd. I’m sure at one stage in our lives we can relate to this.
Her Ex boyfriend made her feel like she was in = the in crowd, till his humiliations sent Julie into herself not trusting the opposite sex, or at least  the good looking ones  and believing they were all deceitful. ** Of course this could be realistic in life ** Scars on the inside, learning to trust, that not every person can be judged by their status- aka popularity. I found after what  Julie had been through it made her a tougher person, I found she grew and accepted who she was, and was determined to fight for the love she believed in and fight to survive. With death knocking at her door – it was fight – die fighting or give in to the evil. Her faith was remarkable at the worst of times, not giving in, her character was strong.

 Julie was hot headed, sarcastic, caring, and funny and had her faults but this gave her all the qualities that made her, who she was.  

Brody was what every girl wanted - smart, hot, one of a kind, he was not afraid to be who he was, like whom he chose, and didn’t bother to be someone he was not, just to be in the in crowd. His love for Julie was heartwarming * romantic * swoon!!  ** Throb throb **

 I so loved the affection – both verbally and physically with these pair. It was not necessarily sex related, yet lustful, and romantic in a different light. I did honestly wait in sheer anticipation but understood Julie hesitation for it to be the right time and place to. Brody showed his gentleman side on more than one occasion and overall I felt the connection between the characters. An understanding and connection one could only want to ever find in their lifetime.  It sent my heart a flutter He was to my **Hero **... I loved the way he constantly saved her one way or another!!!

 Brody had a secret he could not share, a secret he found to bad to part with - this tearing apart a love they both knew they wanted but Brody couldn’t get past this to be with his one true love. As you read you will follow along with the ups and downs of Brody and Julies relationship. Not completely understanding whats happening but rest assured it all comes out of the wood works !! ** so to speak lol **

The climax will have you gasping, I was shocked, sniffling and I thought I was not going to be able to finish it, I found myself anxious and very aware of what the outcome could be. Melissa wove the emotions poetically throughout but I found the climax, the most intense. I just can’t explain it! ** I was shit scared – Terrified and every thought crossed my mind.

Melissa definitely defined this part in her book as the page turner, the be all!! My pages were wafting with steam, I was on full throttle ahead, and even in my sleep deprived state was unable to put this down.

Melissa’s descriptions where well detailed, her emotions well portrayed, if this was a sandwich I’d say you got a burger with the lot. Filled with all the goodies for a fantastic paranormal read, elements of surprise, and to top it off icing on the cake for an ending!  Sweet !

All secondary characters all unique and defiantly added humor, spice and action and even mystery to the storyline. As the story flows the characters grow with it . Dialogue was crisp and sharp, all chapters running smoothly from one to the next and added bits of suspense and romance that was even out nicely throughout the read.

 Great cast of characters!!! I’m sure you will enjoy and even giggle with.

 The baddies will have you cringing and terrified!! Melissa portrayed all her characters with depth and character and defined them well. Even the evil ones!!

A unique and terrifying tale, Red Riding hood in a different light, the evil in the woods you could never have  imagined and an UNPREDICTALBE ENDING by any means. Melissa Ellis has woven a tale that will give you second thoughts into Grimm’s Fairytale, yes more complicated – more horrifying with twists  but defiantly more depth into love between the characters. A tale I’m sure you will enjoy. 

I eagerly wait in anticipation for book 2 in the series!! Mind you saying that Melissa left Shadowshifter with an ending I’m sure the reader will be smiling at, but also inquisitive as to what will happen in the next book! I know Im curious about a certain male singer – and how Brody and Julie will handle the situation that has arisen.
A must read !!!
I rated this 5 !!

Forbidden Mind - Kimberly Kinrade Book Review

Today Id like welcome  Kimberly Kinrade and her latest release  *Forbidden Mind *. Release date being today ;) * Happy Release day  Kimberly **

 Here is the cover, the blurb and my thoughts ;) There are a few spoilers to entice the reader but nothing to over dramatic ,, Just a little tease to get you eager to read !!! Forbidden Miind. 

Blurb

~She reads mind. He controls minds. Together, they might get out alive.~

Sam thinks she's months away from freedom. After spending her life in a secret school, rented out to the rich and powerful as a paranormal spy, she is ready to head to college like any normal eighteen-year-old.

Only Sam isn't normal. She reads minds. And just before her big going-away party, she links to the mind of a young man who changes everything.

Drake wasn't raised as a 'Rent-A-Kid.' He was kidnapped and taken there by force. But his exceptional physical strength and powers of mind control make him very dangerous, especially to Sam.

When they meet, Sam is forced to face the truth of her situation, and to acknowledge that not all is as it seems in her picture-perfect world. For what awaits her on her eighteenth birthday isn't a trip to college, but an unexpected nightmare from which she may not be able to escape.

To survive, they must work together.

But will their powers be enough to save them before it's too late



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Sam has been brought up in a world where  her powers  are used to aid the rich and famous and to also help infiltrate the evil and the bad. She has  always done her job the best she can, now waiting upon the day she can leave  her life at the *Rent a kid * establishment behind and start her life at college away from the special school she has grown up in. Sam is a paranormal whom lives in a society they have co named * Rent a kid *.
 Her last mission has now brought her back to rent a Kid, in which she has  a few months to go till her new found freedom in the real world. After spending her life in this secret society= being rented out to the rich and powerful as a spy she is ready to live her new found life.

Just before her big debut! Sam finds herself linked to another paranormal, a young man who changes Sam’s life as she knew it.  Life is not at all what it seems.
Drake and Sam find that life is not as it seems the truth non-existent, and the world around rent a kid a big ruse for a completely different ball game.  Together they must join and work together to survive but will their powers be enough to save them before it’s too late.

 My thoughts !!!!

Forbidden Mind will suck  you from the start, a vat in which  from page one you will be flipping in anticipation as to where Kimberly is taking us.
Meet Sam, almost 18 and eager,  full of life ready to get up and go, finishing her last job to move on with her new  life.
 This is where the excitement begins.
Kimberly has thrown us a curve ball you will not see coming, the world in which Sam lives is not at all, what she expected. Twists and turns become about, lies and betrayl and secerts that Sam could never have imagined.  Intriguing secondary characters,and a story  with smooth flowing dialogue and   a unique storyline to boot.

Sam was a compassionate and caring character, kickarse in her own way, and defintely bold when she had to be but also believed in herself.  Her friends were an important part of her life; the only life she knew existed. This being realistic in real life.  I will be eager to see which direction their lives go.  Her Talent, giving her , her own unique trade mark, and a job within the *rent a Kid *.
Sam discovers  she  has been betrayed and  her life will never be the same.

We are introduced to Drake, whom had an instant connection through mind power with Sam,   a bond that formed quickly yet filled with caring and  earning that Sam has never felt. A love unseen!!  The power to persuade anyone with mind control, combined with the power to read minds is not a force to be reckoned with. ** This is going to be one kick arse duo ** But will Drake be even to powerful for the one he loves ??

Drake - I could quite easily  see him as been one of the x men, mysterious, strong, and of course SEXY!!! I know I eagerly awaited for Sam to meet this mysterious man she fell in love with and upon her seeing him, I also had nerves in sheer anticipation, when we finally get to meet Drake ** wink wink ** !  Not a disappointment at all: O) Sam was most impressed ** grins ** The connection continued on.  Not alot of romance just enough to give it a little bit of interest but Im sure this will continue on in book 2.

Kimberly has created characters with strong personalities, a storyline I’m sure will have your interest piqued throughout, even wandering how this sect of people can get away with what they are doing - and  yes Xmen meets human trafficking is a definte understatement, this alone wil have you pumped and ready for more.. At only 80 pages, long, you will glide through this read and be wanting more like *Right now **.

Chapters that run smoothly, storyline that hooks you and leaves you squirming for more. Kimberly has baited her hook well, waiting for us readers to take that first nibble and delve right in for a read that will have you wanting more. Whilst googling the book I noticed   X men mentioned - Drake  would be one perrfect x men, strength, spunk and the will power to survive and powers to boot !!! Sam and Drake will certainly be a force to be wary of.

I enjoyed the way in which the story progressed, captivating me along the way and leaving me contimplating what will happen next. So much more is  yet to come and I eagerly await Forbidden Fire !! Book 2 in this series.