Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen @NetGalley @jessFallenStar

Title: Breaking Nova

Author: Jessica Sorensen

Series: Nova #1

Publication date: September 3rd, 2013

ISBN: 9781455582723

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she's getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next... until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draws her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.

Quinton once got a second chance at life--but he doesn't want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he's done, what he's lost. He's sworn to never allow happiness into his life... but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he's too damaged to get close to her, yet she's the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jessica Sorensen is truly a household name when it comes to contemporary fiction, so it's not surprising that when I was alerted to a new series I was desperate to try it out. From the synopsis it sounded like a troubled girl who would ultimately tame the wild and broken boy. Seems like a light and fun little read, doesn't it? And then I got to page 1...

Nova's story opens on her discovering her childhood best friend and love of her life in some sort of traumatic situation. It is only to be assumed he died in some manner and she was the one who found him that way. (Okay... not so light and fun) Nova doesn't know how to coup with her existence without Landon. She tries to distract herself from the pain by counting things obsessively. Number of cracks in the street, number of rocks in a path, number of limbs in a tree, and so forth. She sets a routine for herself to keep her panic attacks and break downs manageable. She knows she will never love again and is merely surviving each day because she doesn't have the strength of will to end her suffering. Her life and routines are rocked to their core when she meets Quinton.

Quinton also has issues. He has also confronted a devastating loss that he can't seem to recover from. Guilt and shame eat away at him until the only way he can numb the pain is through drugs. He, also, swears to never love again. Enter Nova.

Nova and Quinton rock each others steadfast law to never enter into a relationship with another person. They are instantly drawn to each other. Perhaps because they are both suffering from the same sort of pain that is eating away at their souls, or maybe it's simply because they see their lost loved ones in each other and are hungry to experience that connection again. Either way, whatever is happening between Nova and Quinton can either mend their shattered lives or destroy it even further.

I have not had a book that rocked me to the core as much as this one did. I started it directly before bedtime thinking I'd get a chapter in and call it a night. I stayed up for 6 hours and finished the entire thing without stopping. I was sobbing my eyes out almost the entire book. Sorensen made the characters' devastating plights and their tragic stories believable. She made me want to root for Nova and Quinton to finally find happiness again and pull themselves out of the downward spiral they were headed. I wanted them to heal through each other's combined strength.

I will not give away the ending but... that didn't happen and I am MAD! I am mad that the book was so intoxicating and I have to wait until February 2014 to find out what happened with it's epic cliffhanger (why do you hate us, Jessica, why?). I am mad because when I could finally breath easy for the characters something happened and they started to backslide. I am mad because I will not be able to get over this book for many, many days/weeks/months! You are a genius, Jessica. An evil, diabolic, cruel genius of literature!

Breaking Nova will completely break your heart into a million tiny pieces and Jessica Sorensen will own at least a fragment of it even after it is finally put back together.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

ARC Review: Dreamer by Nicole Thomas

Title: Dreamer

Author: Nicole Thomas

Series: Dreamerbound #1

Publication date: October 28th, 2013

ISBN: n/a

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Someone is using Anna's dreams as a weapon, and so far, they've gotten away with murder. Anna isn't quite sure why those closest to her die when she dreams, but it's enough to turn this teenager off REM sleep and relationships for good. She has more than enough blood on her hands without boys crushing on her and getting buried six feet underground as a result.

As of right now, Anna's plan to avoid relationships with anyone outside her family had gone off without a hitch. And if it weren't for her classmate, Liam, she would've continued to do so. Liam's successfully flow under her social radar, and if he wants to avoid having his obituary in the local newspaper, he'd keep it that way. But when he confides in Anna and tells her he has dreams as well, he comes the exception to the rule.

Okay, so his dreams might not be as dangerous, but it turns out his mother's were. Liam's mom is missing. His mom just turned eighteen whens he fell completely off the grid, and Anna could be next.

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

I have started receiving a lot of review requests in recent dates and, the book addict and eager to please reviewer that I am, normally end up accepting any that are asked of me. Who am I to say "thanks, but no thanks" to someone who has worked hard at their craft and put their blood, sweat, and tears into their work just to entertain book enthusiasts such as me? So when Nicole asked if I wanted to read her work and gave me an idea what the book was about, I hastily agreed. I was interesting in the dream aspect of the book. I have yet to really read anything that incorporated that idea. I was anxious to see what sort of world the author created. Dream-like story or a literary nightmare?

Anna's story begins with yet another foster family taking her in after the tragic loss of her parents years ago. Anna believes her dreams killed her parents. Anna also believes that she is cursed to endanger all those that come in contact with her, which is why she limits those she lets into her heart and even into her general area. She is counting the days until she turns 18 and she can disappear and hope to end the suffering of those she loves. However, Anna didn't count on the boy who stared at her and obviously crushed on her fairly severely being a hindrance to her overall plan.

Liam knows what Anna is. A dreamer like himself, except her dreams actually make an impact. Her dreams become reality. What started out as a way to study an active dreamer turns into genuine attraction and, dare he dream it, love. He cares about Anna and wants to help her to understand what is causing her dreams and stop them if at all possible. He knows from experience with his active dreamer mother that if Anna doesn't find answers, she will most likely disappear just like his mother did many years ago.

Anna and Liam are on a collision course with something big. Something that could change their understanding of the world they live in. Something that could make or break them and the existence of humans as an entirety.

When I got into the book I was interested in what could cause Anna to have quite literal killer dreams. What I found to be the cause of them was a little unnerving. I didn't expect it and since it is a pinnacle part of the story I won't divulge what that revelation was. I found the book to be exceptional up until a certain point. At about the half way mark, things got a little odd. I understand that with dreams, things are bound to be very Alice in Wonderland-esk, but this was almost a bit too hard to swallow. When the climax came about I found there was a lot of explaining from the antagonist. I would have maybe liked Liam and Anna to find out some answers for themselves about the grand evil plot instead of it just being explained out by the big baddie. I was almost expecting there to be some sort of moral to the story where it really wouldn't fit in the grand scheme of things.

I would say this book was about middle of the road for me. I really enjoyed some aspects and saw room for improvement in others. It's the author's debut novel, there are bound to be a few kinks along the way.

Dreamer is a dreamland of the paranormal genre that will cause you to wonder just how real ones dreams could actually be.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Review: Preservation by Rachael Wade @NetGalley @RachaelWade

Title: Preservation

Author: Rachael Wade

Series: Preservation #1

Publication date: May 27th, 2012

ISBN: 9780984020836

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Fear is sabotage's sweetest weapon.

Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can't afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else's complicated baggage.

When she stumbles into Ryan Campbell's creative writing class, he is only "Mr. Campbell" to her, until Ryan finds himself captivated by her writing and she is forced to face their mutual attraction. His cocky know-it-all syndrome is enough to send her running in the other direction, and his posse of female admirers and playboy reputation are enough to squander any odds in her favor.

But underneath Ryan's abrasive facade is something to behold, and she can't stay away for long. Ryan and Kate must decide who they're willing to become and fight against their former selves if they want to make things work. That's if academia, vicious vixens, old skeletons, and their own mastery at self-destruction don't pummel their efforts first.

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had heard amazing things about Rachael Wade's new adult series and was anxious to see how I liked it personally. I have to admit to a perverse curiosity with the whole teacher-student dynamic when it pertains to a love story. If not done correctly it could read like a bad written version of pornography. I usually stay away from realistic romantic reads (I am more a vampire and werewolf love story type of girl), but something about either the cover, the author's prestige, or the synopsis of this book drew me in. What did I have to lose?

The story opens on the entire foundation of all things that affect Ryan Campbell. He is confronted with the fact that the women had devoted his life to and who he had one day planned to make his wife, had betrayed him and, in doing so, ended up costing him the opportunity of a lifetime. Ryan takes to teaching as a simple way to earn a paycheck after no longer feeling the desire to put his writing skills to use. It is only when he eyes alight on the ambitious girl in his creative writing class and feel the sting of her sharp tongue and ferocious determination that he soon finds his drive as well as the desire to cease his playboy bed-hopping ways.

Kate had no intentions of ever entering a relationship in the immediate future. She had options as the beautiful girl that she is, but with caring for her sick mother, attempting to make ends meet financially, and a strenuous school schedule, love is the last thing she needs. She especially doesn't need the affections of a callous, arrogant professor who has set his sights on making her his next notch on his bedpost. And yet... despite all the signs saying that Ryan is no good for her and will only end up burning her in the end, she finds herself drawn to him in a way she never thought possible.

With mutual troubles of the heart and commitment issues the likes of which none of seen before, can Kate and Ryan find a happily ever after together or are they barreling down the path of being burned yet again?

This may sound odd, but I absolutely ADORE books that make me cry. If I can find some sort of connection with the characters to the point where their pain is MY pain, there is something special within those pages. This book brought me to loathsome, yet soothing, tears on a number of occasions. Everyone in this world has probably been cheated on and I am sure everyone has some sort of commitment issues every once in a blue moon. Bad break-up = Over-dramatic statement of never dating again? Ring any bells? Take something small like that example and multiply it by 10. That is the mental suck-fest that Kate and Ryan seem to have to deal with.

I love when stories alternate perspectives. This book is written entirely through Kate's perspective and then towards the end you get a little snippet of Ryan's perspective upon meeting Kate. It was amazing and sheer genius to add that small tidbit.

One draw back... Rachael seems to be a fan of saying "deadpanned me/him/her". The phrase was used several times and it just doesn't sound right to me. I have never heard it used with a pronoun attached at the end. It was a bit odd, but not to hard to get over. It only gave me a very moderate quirk of the eyebrow.

Preservation gives new definition to "Hot for Teacher" and brings a hot, ever prevalent, fantasy into literary stardom. Sidenote: Ryan Campbell can keep me after class any day.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Review: The Darkness of Shadows by Chris Little @NetGalley

Title: The Darkness of Shadows

Author: Chris Little

Publication date: August 2nd, 2013

ISBN: 9780989562904

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Natalie's parents weren't the nurturing type--and she has the physical and emotional wounds to prove it. For sixteen years she's hidden behind a wall of sarcasm and decadent desserts, but now her father is back, and she has only one thought: to kill him before he can hurt the family that took her in.

But there's more to his darkness than even his own daughter can understand, and a gun is no defense against magic that can raise the dead.

It turns out those scars he left on Natalie's back were more than just a sadistic hobby. Now her father demands that she finish a ritual so ancient, so terrifying, that even the vampires and werewolves are nervous.

Can anyone protect her?

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As is customary for me, I scoured NetGalley for new reads and stumbled across this little gem. I loved the cracked and creepy cover as well as the seemingly horrific synopsis. I had my fingers crossed, a lucky rabbit's foot clutched in my hand, and a wish on a star that I would find this book to be everything the appearance made it out to be.

Natalie's story begins with her determination to leave the safety of her adopted family to search out and destroy her abusive father that has thrust himself back into her life. She has the limp and the scars to prove that her father is a very dangerous man and to protect the people that she loves she knows she must draw him away from them and kill him once and for all.

Naturally things don't go as planned. Her father has no desire to wait until she is safely out of town before he comes after her. It is this little problem that causes her to have to come clean to her best friend and adopted sister about her father and his odd obsession with her. Her sister decides that Natalie cannot do this alone and she will help her rid her life of the fiend who haunts her dreams.

That is all that I managed to get into the book. I am a firm believer in always finishing what you begin. I swore to myself that I would never start a book and not finish it. Especially not if it was only 200-something pages. That is such a short read I should have been able to finish it despite not liking it. Unfortunately, after nearly two weeks of only being able to read a page of two at a time, I finally had to resign myself to having to write my first DNF (did not finish) review. It is disheartening that something I hoped would be so wonderful turned out to not be able to draw me in in the slightest.

The book's writing was a little off kilter. In the beginning I had no idea who was talking. Since it was in first person narrative, I had no pronouns such as 'he' or 'she' to go off. I had to go back to the synopsis to figure out whether the protagonist was a female or male. That was my first issue.

The next was in Natalie as a character. Natalie as a character has a lot of baggage, naturally. She seemed to always be the wounded victim and that may be possibly why I couldn't finish the book. I like my characters to have a few scars but be able to power through it and come out the other side. Perhaps if I kept reading Natalie would have rallied but after making it 50% through and still not being able to continue without gritting my teeth, I had to throw in the towel.

Would I be willing to try out another of Chris Little's books? Perhaps, but not very likely.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: Chasing the Shadows by Keri Arthur @NetGalley

Title: Chasing the Shadows

Author: Keri Arthur

Series: Nikki & Michael #3

Publication date: September 24th, 2013

ISBN: 9780440246534

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
A QUESTION OF LUST

Nikki James is in San Francisco at the request of her partner and best friend, Jake. The wife of an old friend is missing, and Jake intends to find her--whatever the cost. The authorities believe the kidnappings to be the work of a sick mind, but Nikki knows that the truth is something much worse--especially since she seems to have an unexpected psychic link to the killer. But as always, she is more than willing to risk her own life to save another's.

For Michael Kelly, Nikki's bravado is a source of endless terror. He wants nothing more than to make Nikki a permanent part of his life, but he knows that her quest is sure to get her killed. As they chase through the sewers and tunnels of San Francisco and the body count begins to rise, Michael badgers her to stay off the case, but Nikki has no intention of complying. She wants him to realize that she's either a full partner in his life or she's out. But nothing prepares her for the price she has to pay for her stubbornness--the life of someone she loves.

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have had an infatuation with Keri Arthur from her Riley Jensen Guardian series to it's subsequent Dark Angels spin-off and now the her Nikki and Michael series. From what I understand these books were published some time ago but are getting a bit of a face-lift and being re-released. It was the perfect opportunity for me to read some more of her writings. The first too books I have read and reviewed and I can say I thoroughly enjoyed them. I had to pick up the rest of the series to know what happens with two of my favorite characters (Nikki & Michael) after what seemed like a rather happy ending in the second book.

Nikki and Michael pick up where the last book left off. Michael is going away to do business with his, essentially, secret organization and Nikki is trying to recover from the stigma of losing some of her clients due to tragic circumstances. Michael is given a case in which a seeming pack of vampires has been kidnapping, ransoming, and then subsequently murdering well established women. When he returns home with a heavy heart knowing he will have to leave Nikki once more he discovers she's already two steps ahead of him and on a plane heading for San Francisco.

Nikki is filled in on the situation by her best friend, Jake, who knew the husband of one of the kidnapped women from college. Nikki is happy to have gotten out of the house finally despite it being under tragic circumstances. She knows that it's only a matter of time before Michael gets the note she left him and follows her here. All she wants is to feel useful again and since Michael won't allow her to do that on his cases, she can certainly find her own.

With Nikki and Michael at an impasse in their relationship and a psychotic master vampire and his loop (harem) of vampire spawns on the loose, the pair have their work cut out for them.

As with the other two books, I enjoyed this book. It continued Nikki and Michael's relationship and gave them a few hiccups in the road. Nothing is more dull than a love story that is just smooth sailing the entire time. There has to be some animosity, some heat, and some drama to keep me intrigued. This book did that. That coupled with a vampire with odd, and a bit immature, reasons for murdering women and mutilating them, was 352 pages of fine reading. I don't think Keri Arthur is capable of putting out a substandard novel and she is starting to forever become one of my favorite authors.

Chasing the Shadows showcases trouble in paradise for the dynamic, and unusual, coupling of Nikki & Michael as well as a vampire psychopath bent on revenge in the most heinous ways possible. It is a book that will leave a lasting impression to say the least.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review: Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae @NetGalley @CameoRenae

Title: Hidden Wings

Author: Cameo Renae

Series: Hidden Wings #1

Publication date: January 16th, 2013

ISBN: 9780615757384

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Seventeen is a life changing age for Emma Wise.
As her family's sole survivor in a car crash, she is left with a broken arm and a few scrapes and bruises. But these are only outward marks; inside, her heart is broken and the pieces scattered.

Whisked away to Alaska, to an aunt she's never met, Emma starts over. Secrets unveil themselves and now... she doesn't even know who or what she is.

A centuries old prophecy places Emma in the heart of danger. Creatures of horrifying and evil proportions are after her, and it will take Emma, her aunt, and six, gorgeously captivating Guardians to keep her safe. But, if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday... things will change.

Review: 
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had actually heard good things about the author, Cameo Ranae, before I ended up putting in a request for this book. I had seen this book several times while looking through the Amazon Kindle books and had bypassed it thinking I didn't want to purchase the book from an author I only recognized from word of mouth and perhaps end up regretting my purchase. So I waited. I had all but forgotten about the book when it showed up on NetGalley. Here was the PERFECT opportunity to try out a new author's writing and see if I liked what she produced. It was a choice I definitely don't regret.

Emma's work is rocked to it's core when she awakens in a hospital bed and is told that the parents she has loved her whole life were killed in a car crash. No matter the amount of times her survival is deemed a miracle, Emma wishes she had died along side her loving parents. Emma can't understand what has happened to her life nor what will come of it now.

It is only in the darkest recesses of Emma's grief that she learns she does have one more living relative. An aunt who lives in Alaska and will do anything to be given the chance to take care of Emma. Emma is hesitant since she has never heard mention of this aunt and she doesn't want to leave her life in sunny California for the an unknown destination in frigid Alaska. However, left with no other choice, she relents to starting her life over.

It is only after she meets her devastatingly handsome escort that she becomes a bit more accepting of her destination. That is until she comes face-to-face with a creature of nightmares. Deathly pale, smelling of rot, and with bloodlust in it's eyes, Emma realizes that her move to Alaska may not be as boring and safe as she first believed.

I hope I am not giving anything away but... this book is about angels. Yes, I am sure most caught that from the title. There are hundreds of books (especially in fiction) about angels. So, it's a pretty tough task to find angel books that are original. Surprisingly, this book was fairly unique. It incorporates a new breed of create into the typical angel story line that gives it a little something extra. The Darklings, while not a main focal point, were one of my favorite new races I have read about. Their appearance in an otherwise structured angel character cast set the book apart for me. Their creation along with the blossoming romance (that I absolutely love in almost all books I read, hopeless romantic that I am) in this book made for a fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Hidden Wings will show its readers that even when you feel you're plummeting to your death in times of tragedy, someone, or even a group of someones, will always be there to give you wings to soar.

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review: Breaking the Storm by Sedona Venez @NetGalley @SedonaVenez

Title: Breaking the Storm

Author: Sedona Venez

Series: Credence Curse #1

Publication date: August 6th, 2013

ISBN: 9780984499366

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
I wanted Knox. There was no need to deny that fact.

Knox was the type of guy you gravitated to, who stood out in the crowd. It wasn't just his classically good-looking features and perpetual five o'clock shadow. It was his raw energy that entranced me, that made me feel like a giggly, fumbling high school girl, happy to be in his presence.

Yes, there's no denying it, front man Knox Gunner was a sexy badass.

It didn't matter that he initially thought I was some bored, rich girl trying to live out some wild fantasy of being with a starving musician. It was uncomplicated and that's what we both wanted. At least that's what I convinced myself. I wasn't ready to admit to myself that my feelings for Knox were getting dangerously deep--waiting to lay siege on my heart. I was falling for him... and this was dangerous. The rules were clear: falling in love would obligate me to expose what I truly was, setting in motion his slow march to death.

**Mature Content Warning** 18+ for language, and adult situations.

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have really been on a paranormal romance/new (or debut) author kick recently. I have never heard of Sedona Venez before nor anything about her type of writing and was interested to see if she was well versed at the art or whether she needed a bit more practice. As I have been reviewing books I have tried not to fall into the habit of only reading books by authors I recognize. That just closes me off to great authors that could really take the literary world by storm. So, I chose to give the unfamiliar Sedona a gander and my love for shifters just sweetened the temptation.

This new world of shifters and mystical creatures created by Sedona opens on a 19-year old, Storm who has fallen head-over-heels for the lead singer of a band named Knox. She knows she is forbidden from engaging in more than just superficial relationships with men due to a centuries old curse that causes any human she falls in love with to ultimately die. With a heavy heart, she tries to wade through the turbulent waters of her emotional ties to Knox. Ultimately she forces herself to leave the man she loves in order to save him from the peril her love would inflict on him.

Five years later she is running her mother's Other (races 'other' than human) escort service. Through a series of bad luck, she is forced to fulfill an escort contract for one of her clients which brings her face-to-face with her lost love again... and he is still ticked over their parting. What is Storm to do when thrust upon the drool-worthy Knox once more? Can she hold her heart together or will it crumble into a million pieces once again?

I really dug this book. There were aspects of BDSM that was kind of sugar-coated. It was nothing like the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, so I won't even make the reference. It was very mild-mannered and more about submission and dominance than the bondage aspect. I tend to like that type of subject matter. Which is probably why I am such a fan of shifter books. I like the whole dominance thing. What can I say? I like manly men for my book boyfriends.

The world that Sedona created and the story-line that particularly encompasses the Credence curse was absolutely engrossing. I went on a book binge and didn't put the thing down until I go to the end. Normally I skip over any excerpts or snippets of future books when the expected publication date is so far away (the next book comes out in April 2014), but I found myself dying to read more. Sedona crafted her characters into swoonworthy masculine men and strong, yet utterly feminine, women. I loved the women meant to be loved and I crushed heavily on pretty much any man introduced. This book is definitely being added to one of the better paranormal romance books I have read this year and Sedona Venez is an author I will definitely be watching for.

Breaking the Storm weaves a world of paranormal beings with nail biting action, heartbreaking romance, and awe-inspiring fantasy.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Review: Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel @NetGalley

Title: Found

Author: Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Series: Penny Black #1

Publication date: February 24th, 2013

ISBN: 9781301860401

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
From Stacey Wallace Benefiel, the author of the Zellie Wells trilogy, comes a New Adult trilogy set in the Society world.

Penny Black hasn't had it easy. Just about everything you'd expect to happen to a harassed foster-kid turned junkie has happened to Penny. Add in the mysterious power to rewind time, conducting events around her, and it's a wonder she held up on the streets for so many years. Now, at seventeen, the New Society has found her. Finally, Penny is where she belongs. But that doesn't stop the visions, or the need to protect the victims shown to her.

Wyatt Adams is excited and intrigued when his sister Melody assigns her to be Penny's Lookout. Being the youngest, and hopelessly ordinary in the family that created the New Society, has left Wyatt feeling like he has a lot to prove--and Penny is a big deal. She's got abilities that surpass any he's seen before... and pretty much every quality he looks for in a girlfriend, but no one needs to know about that, especially Penny.

Review:
I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is yet another book that I read that seems to be a spin-off of another series. I found out the book I recently read Bad Kitty was also a spin-off of another trilogy. Found seems to be a spin-off of the Zellie Wells trilogy. As much as that causes the perfectionist in my to scream in agony, I still decided to read the book and see what I thought of it in the end. I hoped that the fact that it was set in an already established futuristic world wouldn't cause any problems for me.

Penny is a street urchin of a girl. She has been running from unknown forces since she was a young girl. After witnessing her parents' deaths and being placed into abusive foster homes, she had no choice but to try to make it on the streets. What she didn't count on was having an odd ability that causes her to "dream" tragic occurrences and then "sleepwalk" into rewinding them so the events never happened. This strange talent has the unfortunate drawback of causing her to pass out at random places leaving her vulnerable to animals and bad people in a weakened state.

It is only after Penny comes face-to-face with the leaders of New Society that she is transported into a world of teenagers with talents very similar to her own. In this world she meets her new Lookout (essentially powerless sidekick), Wyatt, who she is instantly attracted to. Wyatt is determined to be the best Lookout Penny could ask for. He is determined to prove himself to his family of powerful individuals. Both Penny and Wyatt have motivation to prove themselves and a hunger for acceptance.

I could not nail down how I felt about this book. One minute something would happen and I would be completely enamored with the world I was being introduced to and the next I would be rolling my eyes and checking the percentage on my Kindle Fire to see how much more I had to suffer through.

One thing I liked was the uniqueness of the world. Sure, we have read or see movies about time travelers and people who could move through time, but this was a big different since it was essentially a complete society of these types of people and not just random mutants.

One thing I did not dig about Found was the use of some of the slang. Maybe it's something that was established in the foundation series (this is why reading a spin-off is sometimes detrimental to the reader), but I just found it annoying. I could understand if they used "bueno" or "chido" in character speech, but it was also being used when the characters were NOT talking. That irked me a bit. Especially since both of those words are Spanish and the main characters are, as far as I know, Caucasian. Odd.

Basically... this book was all over the place for me.

I will say this...

Found is a book that lovers of such movies as X-Men and Jumper will find to be literary gold.

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