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First Impression Review + #Giveaway

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First Impression

Shadow Maven Series

Book #1

Pauline Creeden 


Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Release Date: March 31, 2014

Publisher: Altwit Press

ISBN: 978-1495303944


Pages: 177

Goodreads Rating:  3.98

My Rating: 5.0

Book Description:

Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha.

When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she’s wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?



My Take On The Book:

A ghost story with a bang! Finally, one that I can really get into. I love movies with hauntings and ghost, even the ones with possessions but I have yet to read a good book with these elements… till now/ And while there isn’t a ton of ghostly action, the ghosts and there stories do play a big part of this story right down to the book title.

The cover while beautiful is beguiling, as I read the book I realized this book was less about the romance of the 2 main characters then it was about righting wrongs and self discovery. But it did have a nice healthy dose of character chemistry and butterflies. Ben and Chira are sooo cute together is their innocence.

Ms. Creeden hooked me from the first line… any opening unlike any other and you are instantly drawn into the world of The Shadow Maven Series. Usually while I read a book I enjoyed as much as this one, I wonder where the male POV is or vice versa but in the case of ‘First Impression’, I loved the use of one singular POV. You discovered this world, all its faults and all its characters through Chira’s eyes… Observant ones if you take the time to notice. And truth be told, to those wishing for Ben’s POV keep in mind that, being in his mind would completely ruin the book and its intrigue… there would be no mystery.


5 Quills


This is definitely a book I would recommend and if my stack of paperbacks wasn’t so ridiculously large and if I had a proper place to put them I’d definitely want this in paperback…oh who am I kidding lol I want in paperback regardless of my space issues :D. But any who, there is nothing in terms of books that I have read and enjoyed that I could compare this to so you lovelies are just going to have to take a leap of faith and get the book and read it for yourselves. It has everything most people look for in a good book, great writing, relatable characters, solid story, romance, chemistry, humor, tragedy and mystery.

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About The Author 

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. | @P_Creeden |



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Broken Skies Review + #Giveaway

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Broken Skies
Broken Skies Series
Book #1
Theresa Kay

Genre: YA Science Fiction Dystopian
Release Date: March 14, 2014

ISBN: 978-1495468896

Pages: 380
Goodreads Rating: 4.65
My Rating: 4.5

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Book Description:

Thirty years ago, there was the Collapse. A massive war fought with biological weapons and followed by plague. Almost everyone died.

Ten years ago, the aliens showed up. They made one of our cities their own and that’s where they stay, for the most part anyway.

One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.

Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do whatever it takes to get him back even if it means partnering up with the enemy, an alien boy who makes me think things I shouldn’t and makes me feel things I don’t understand.


My Take On The Book:


There is so much to say about this book and yet I find myself at a loss for words.

First let me say how much I enjoyed reading about each character seen through the eyes of Jax, and while she has her own opinions, he own likes and dilikes I was able to make my own assessment of these characters. Their stories were crafted beautifully if not heartbreakingly so. But not only were the characters and their stories unique and surprising but kinda uplifting. I’ll explain that more later.

In this story you are introduced to a whole heap of characters most notably is the female lead and narrator Jasmine (Jax). She is extremely vulnerable, jaded and pretty much shattered (broken is to simple a word to describe her) but Jax is also fierce, loyal and loving. The next character I came to hold in high regard is the beautifully mysterious alien boy Lir. Its hard not to fall in love with him. But the most entertaining thing about this book besides the romantic development between the 2 leads was the stories conflicts. The book is littered with prejudices and heartbreak but while that was a main focus for the character’s choices and actions what I remembered most after finishing was not the negative but the positive that comes in the form of family, friendship and love, an undying loyalty to those you care most for.

Its an enthralling tale and a perfect first book to this series. I’m eager to learn more about this damaged world and the people/aliens inhabiting it.


The Great (Pros):


  • The Ending. The highest praise I can give this book is to its ending. While it is a cliff hanger, one that will leave you jonesing for book 2 ‘Fractured Suns’. It’s an ending that will most definitely leave you with a heavy heart and your throat tight.


  • Unpredictability. While there are some elements in this story that you might suspect, there are a hell of a lot that you won’t see coming.


  • Jax. As I said earlier, Jax is a shattered girl. As the synopsis says, she killed to men and went bonkers but her character has this way of persevering and there is so much strength in her it hard not to admire her. She has a survival instinct that also conflicts with her conscience and she so utterly human and flawed you want to see a happy ending for this fierce a loyal warrior.


  • Lir. Prepare to swoon on sight. He is so charming and maybe just a tad smug. I love the way Ms. Kay describes him. The differences between the humans and the aliens is kinda breathtaking.


The Not So Great (Cons):


  • Something. I’m not sure what that something is but it made me want to skim over some parts of the story it was a constant struggle for me to keep my mind on the current page. It was harrowing, I just wanted to get to the end… maybe it was too much emphasis on the anticipation.


4.5 Quills


But over all it was a great read with consistent characters and a beautiful story. While reading this book and writing this review I caught myself thinking about the shows ‘Star Crossed’ with Matt Lanter and ‘Rosswell’ with Shiri Appleby. Its funny cause now that’s all I want to watch. Its books like these that make me love this genre.


About The Author 

The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer’s Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. She writes predominantly in the sci-fi and urban fantasy genres. Residing in central Virginia, she juggles two kids, a husband and a full-time job in addition to her writing and in her free time she reads almost anything she can get her hands on.

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