Speed Reviewing

Beautiful Darkness - Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
(Beautiful Creatures book 2)
Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Sometimes life-ending.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

3.5 Stars ~ Although this one was definitely not as good as the first, it did pick up half way through. I liked it enough to keep me reading and wanting to continue the series. I only wish they were not so stinkin long! I think a lot could be cut out and it would actually be better.
There were some really funny lines -
"If it gets any hotter in here people are gonna start droppin' like flies. Flies are gonna start droppin' like flies." - Link
"So he's like a human compass? As far as superpowers go, that's pretty lame. You're like the caster equivalent of Aquaman." - Link
"Fairgrounds after the fair were just grounds." - Ethan
"Cat week, like shark week, but with cats." - Link

Dance Upon The Air - Nora Roberts
(Three Sisters Island Trilogy, book 1)
When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband—and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago… But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore cafĂ©—and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him—for she must continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s created so carefully could shatter completely. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse—one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women—and with the nightmares of the past haunting her every step—she must find the power to save her home, her love…and herself…

4 Stars ~ I have been wanting to read this series for so long! It was defiantly worth the read. This book kinda of reminded me of "Sleeping with the Enemy" mixed with "Practical Magic". It was spousal abuse with witches. Awesome! Great character development! Great storyline, great magic! Can't wait to read the next one.


Codename: Dancer - Amanda Brice
(Dani Spevak Mystery series, book 1)
Aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak is thrilled when hit TV show Teen Celebrity Dance Off comes to the campus of her performing arts boarding school. She trades the barre for the ballroom and gets set to cha-cha-cha to stardom with Hollywood wonderboy Nick Galliano.

At first their partnership is awkward, because Dani is in awe of her longtime teen idol crush. But soon their chemistry is heating up the dance floor and the attraction moves into real life.

Her excitement is short-lived, because someone wants her off the show. Bombs, poisoning, arson… Will Dani’s 15 minutes of fame be over before she reaches age 15? Dani and her friends are suddenly at the center of some serious sabotage. And if she doesn’t find out who is behind it, her next pirouette could be her last.

3 Stars -~ This was a very cute book. I really enjoyed meeting Dani and her new friends at the boarding school! For some reason I really enjoy reading books that take place in boarding schools. Maybe because being away form home the kids get into more trouble and that makes for a better story. I am a huge fan of "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance" so this story fed my obsession.
It had likable characters, and a fun, clean plot. This would be a good read for a young teen, but I enjoyed it as well  :-)

Truth or Dare - Denise Hunter (a novella)
A foolish stunt in high school left Brianna VanAllen questioning her self worth for the past five years. She didn't expect to dig up those painful memories when she returned home for her high school reunion. But, paired with Jake Volez on a project at her parents' ranch, Brianna must face the issue of forgiveness. Will she have the courage to put her heart at risk again?

4 Stars ~ Super cute book! I love Denise Hunter anyway and have read several of her books. This is the first novella by her I have read. I thought she did a great job! This didn't feel short (except for the amount of time it took me to read it). At only 75 pages it still had the feel of a full length novel. 
I loved the characters and as usual Denise did a great job with the character development!
I can not even imagine this book being any longer, it was perfect. It had a beginning, great storyline in the middle, and a perfect ending.
If you have not read a Denise Hunter book and would like to try a quick one to see if you like her - this is the perfect one!
And at only 2.99 for nook - HERE
and for Kindle - HERE


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