Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: The Hand of God

The Hand of God (Pastor Charlie Book 1)

The Hand of God by Tim Miller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started this book and literally could not put it down. It was a great book, that in the beginning it sort of reminded me of the show Dexter.

Pastor Charlie is a minister who kills sinners because of his calling from God. He likes to refer to himself as "The Hand of God". No one has a clue about his secret, until someone shows up claiming someone will pop up and seem to be someone they are not. Later on in the book he meets both the Devil & Jesus. Things start to get weird for Charlie and it is good vs. evil with lots of twists and turns.

This book does have some gruesome descriptions, but if you are like me that is not a problem. Overall, the book was great, and I cannot wait to read the next!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Hey guys! Here is my haul, I went to Books A Million and picked up a few books. I could spend hours in that store, love it!

I am excited to start the second series in the Maze Runner, the first one was just amazing!

What is in your mailbox this week? Comment below!

xo Kayla

Friday, May 11, 2012

Review: Sleeping Handsome

Sleeping Handsome
Sleeping Handsome by Jean Haus

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paige is a high school student who gets in trouble over an assignment. To make it up she ends up doing community service, something that will help her drama lessons. Her community service so happens to be watching Zach, this handsome teenager who is in a coma after falling off a cliff. First of all, I did not like Paige; she seemed arrogant and self-centered. She was excessively worried about being popular and she was always complaining about her so-called friend. Once she starts staying with Zach everyday and reading his journal aloud to him, she starts to change. This was a great short story, and the ending was sweet. The "sleeping beauty" plot was just romantic.

This is free on Amazon check it out:
Sleeping Handsome

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Review: Something Like Normal

Something Like Normal
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nineteen-year-old Travis has been serving in Afghanistan and is now returning home to Fort Myers for leave. Waiting at his airport is his mother, but his dad and his brother did not show up. Life is not great when he comes home; he blanks out and thinks about all the horrible things that he had to endure. Plus his family, who I just wanted to slap and knock them into reality- except his mother. You find out fast his father is worthless and only worries about himself. His mother makes it up by being this great wonderful mother figure, which supports her son throughout the entire book. I loved her character! His brother stole his girlfriend Paige and even his car that he paid for and fixed up. To make matters worse he keeps having reoccurring dreams of his friend Charlie’s death that he is trying to save.

He ends up meeting Harper one night, who is a former classmate; they have a past, which is not so good. She despises him for when rumors spread and he did not deny them. Travis ends up being punched in the face by her, which is just priceless. They end up working things out, until another obstacle comes along. Paige keeps sneaking into his room and his family finds out one night, in order for his brother not to tell Harper, he is forced into telling her himself. Will she stay or will she leave? Harper is just that character who brings out the best in people, and someone who helps you when you are at your lowest point. I loved her character; she has her own struggles and is just overall a great character.

This was an emotional read there were times I would cry throughout the story. I have had friends who have gone to Afghanistan, but you never know exactly what all they have gone through, or seen. It is a very realistic book, people make mistakes in life and with this read, you got that. I recommend you guys to definitely read it. You will not regret it!

My favorite quote from this book:
“I don't know if my life will ever be completely normal again, but something like normal is a good start.”

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Burn for Burn
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

Burn for Burn

Review: The Unquiet

The Unquiet
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meet the main character Rinn, she is bipolar but is now managing to keep it under control. Her grandma died in a house fire and now her parents are splitting up, which Rinn blames herself. Rinn and her mother end up leaving California and heads to a small town that her mother grew up in. On the first day of school, she hears about the school being haunted near the tunnel/pool area, and is eager to get all the details. She soon learns that she is living in the house of the dead girl’s grandmother who ended up hanging herself. However, she still wants to live there? (If that was me I would be packing up my bags and running towards the nearest exist!) Things end up getting weirder the longer they stay in the house and people who sneak into the tunnel area alone never come out the same.

I enjoyed this book, there were moments were I would get "paranoid" and pull the covers up closer to me. It is a little creepy, well I think so anyways. I stayed up very late to finish this book, the ending is so bizarre, and such a major shock that I could not put it down.

At the end of the book, the author ends it by saying that she got the whole idea from a school she went to and people claimed the tunnel was haunted, to me I thought that was very interesting and how she ended up writing about the story.

I do recommend this book, it comes out July 17th, 2012! Check it out.

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Monday, May 7, 2012


Hey guys! I have not bought anything the past two weeks, what?! Shocker I know! I have received a few from Netgalley & scored a couple of freebies from Amazon :)

The UnquietNetGalley

The Unquiet
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I am reading this right now & I must say it is a little creepy!

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents' separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn's bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be "touched" by Annaliese...or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about--not to mention her own--she can't help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself

Something Like Normal 
Something Like Normal
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When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

One Moment
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One Moment
This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can’t she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie’s memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

The latest novel from the author of The Tension of Opposites, One Moment is a mysterious, searing look at how an instant can change everything you believe about the world around you.


Of Noble Birth
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Midnight Sun
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Pretty When She Dies
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Better Off Without Him
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For Review
The View
I got asked to review this book, and I must say it sounds pretty interesting so I accepted it.
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The View is a romantic mystery thriller. Jack Moore is an innocent, whose life is tragically changed by the after effects of a Mafia hit. His grief is driving him closer towards realizing his suicidal fantasies. He separates himself from his family and moves to the Hamptons for the summer to heal emotionally and physically. It has been six months since the accident and Jack is still searching for answers he doesn't know the questions to.
What hasn't the FBI told him?
Justin Lovett is the prosecuting attorney in the upcoming trial of crime boss Red Cabon who is systematically killing key witnesses, all from his jail cell. How does he know where the hidden witnesses are? Their is a leak in the justice system and Lovett needs to find it before he has no more witnesses.
Then Jack sees Maria from across the bay. He is attracted to her but each sensual stirring is associated with an equally painful memory of what he has lost. Will he ever be able to love again?
Maria has a secret of her own, one that could get her and Jack Killed.
The story accelerates rapidly with Jack and Maria having to rely on the friends they have met in the past few weeks and themselves, for survival.
Well there is my list. I'm not sure if the freebies on amazon are still free or not. I downloaded them to my kindle a couple days ago. 
So what did you get this week? Comment & share :) 
Until then
Happy Reading!
xo Kayla

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Holy Shuck" this book was pretty awesome. The Maze Runner just became another favorite of mine. Couple of pages in and I was hooked and could not put it down.

Thomas the MC wakes up in a box inside the "Glade" with no memory at all. When the box opens other boys surround him and they come off as "bitter" at the beginning. Some have been there for years and have learned to keep schedule in order to survive. Thomas wants answers but only gets short replies, which the others have no clue what is going on either. The next day after Thomas arrived, a girl arrives. Say what?! She is the only girl to show up, and the guys are finding it odd. People are blaming Thomas for all of this. From then on things start to change and gets a little crazy.

Can they survive and make it through the maze alive?

This book has many twists and turns, that will keep you hooked. There is never a "boring" moment in this book, I felt like he kept the action going. Some people do not like how the author writes and his "slang" but honestly, it did not bother me. Another thing I liked is the author’s imagination. How he came up and described the "Grievers” is just awesome and creepy at the same time.

I highly recommend this book if you have not read it. I cannot wait until the second book; the ending is just a shocker and a major cliffhanger!

“You are the shuckiest shuck faced shuck in the world!”

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Quick Update

Hey guys! I know I been slacking at updating my blog & doing reviews, but bare with me. I will get back in the grinkd!

 Also I signed up for a twitter and if you could just follow me I would appreciate it:

Happy Reading!

xo Kayla