Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey Review

The Blood Moon ceremonies are approaching and things are getting crazy and scare in the Drake family. Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey picks up exactly where Bleeding Hearts leaves off. Solange, newly turned vampire, is struggling to control her urges for fresh blood and is unsure who to believe, her parents who’s only answer is more tests on her blood or Constantine who claims he has the answers. Either way, Solange knows that things are going to get more complex before they get better. Kieran, boyfriend of Solange, doesn’t know what to do to help her with her problems, as if that wasn’t enough, strange vampires are attacking the local village residents and even his mother.

Lucy has left public school to start attending the mysterious Helios-Ra, a vampire hunter training school, as if starting at a new school weren’t bad enough, its hard to fit in with vampire hunters when your boyfriend, Nicholas, is a vampire. Lucy now must balance school work and training with sneaking off to be with Nicholas and figure out what is going on with Solange. Nicholas is trying to balance vampire politics with figuring out what is going on with Solange and helping Lucy not get killed with her usual clumsiness and ability to fall in the middle of fighting vampires.

Blood Moon is a great next installment in the Drake Chronicles but my biggest complaint is it is a build up to Blood Prophecy and totally left us readers with a cliff-hanger. Blood Moon switches from the first-person point of view of Solange, Kieran, Nicholas and Lucy. Like the previous Drake  novels, Blood Moon  is a quick read with funny moments between the characters although this novel is darker than the previous titles in terms of violence and deaths. I enjoyed Blood Moon but am just when everything was building to a climax it ended so I am left hanging until the next book, which is why I gave it a three instead of a four star rating. Thank goodness Blood Prophecy comes out in January so I don’t have to wait too long to find out what will happen to Solange and how Nicholas was able to escape.

You can read an excerpt here.

The Drake Chronicles:

Hearts at Stake

Blood Fued

Out for Blood

Bleeding Hearts 

Blood Moon 

Blood Prophecy (January, 8 2013)

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Title: Blood Moon

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Format: Paperback, Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 320

ISBN:  978-0802728470

Release Date: June 2012

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

My Favorite Mistake by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka Review

In My Favorite Mistake by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka, the story follows Tommi, Zara, and Kate and their adventures at Pelham Lane. Tommi has a new boyfriend that is pretty much perfect in every way until he convinces her to miss a show. She has to try and catch up for missing the one show with the horse her dad is anxious to sell as their joint business endeavor. Zara is trying now to take her riding more seriously until her dad hires a babysitter to watch her while he’s touring Europe. The babysitter parties more than Zara and it starts to frustrate her when her house is a complete dump all of the time. Kate is a working student and doesn’t have money to burn on stupid things like everyone else. Unfortunately, she continues to work herself harder and harder and is keeping things from her hot boyfriend Fitz. Kate starts developing another much more serious problem.

My Favorite Mistake picks up right where The A Circuit left off, which made it a little confusing to me since I haven’t read that one in a little while. It was definitely interesting to see the concerns of each different girl as it follows their part of the story. I liked how quickly the novel progressed and it was easy to follow the story of each girl. It did swear a bit and had underage drinking. It definitely had a cliff hanger ending and I’m excited for Off Course to come out!

The A Circuit Reading Order:

The A Circuit

My Favorite Mistake

Off Course

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Title: My Favorite Mistake

Author: Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 242

ISBN: 978-1-59990-642-3

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: 978-1599906423

Reviewer: Jillian

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Where Angels Rest by Kate Brady Review

Erin Simms has spent the last ten years trying to catch the murderer that set her brother up and has resulted in him being on death row. In Where Angels Rest by Kate Brady, Erin has managed to track down a key missing suspect but she only has a week to get new evidence before her brother will be put to death. Rushing to the small town where this suspect is, Erin must convince the small town sheriff to help her but as she is leaving town, she is run down by a car and realizes that getting her brother off might result in her own death.

Sheriff Nick Mann spent years on the LA police department dealing with the worst of the worst before one of the mob members killed his wife and severely injured his daughter. Moving to the small town where he grew up seemed like the right decision, even if on his worst day he has to deal with wildlife. Then Erin comes into his town, upsetting everyone and suddenly the bodies are starting to pile up. Nick must figure out what is really going on and why he is so attracted to the strong-willed Erin.

Okay, it has been awhile since I stayed up late to finish a book but Where Angels Rest kept me glued from the first page until I finished the last page at 2:00 am. Brady’s suspense and mystery were fabulously done but it is her short descriptive paragraphs about minor characters that really blew me away. With a few short sentences she is able to give a fabulously detailed picture of the character without making the reader feel overwhelmed or confused. I loved Erin, who stopped at nothing to protect brother, even when everyone else was against her. I REALLY loved Nick, especially after I read that his motto to get elected sheriff was “Not in Nick’s town”, meaning he doesn’t allow bad stuff to happen to anyone he considers under his protection. This is one of those stories where I started it intending to read a few chapters and didn’t allow anything to interrupt my reading. I will be getting the rest of the series and eagerly look forward to Twice Dead (Nick’s brother Logan’s story).

**Be aware there is a lot of use of the F* word in the novel.

You can read an excerpt here.

Sheridan Reading Order

One Scream Away

Last to Die

Where Angels Rest

Twice Dead (available 2013)

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Title: Where Angels Rest

Author: Kate Brady

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 464

ISBN: 978-1455502042

Publisher: Forever

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Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs Review

Grace has just moved from small town USA to San Francisco, as if struggling to fit into a new school is not enough, she starts seeing strange mythological creatures that no one else can see. In Sweet Venom  by Tera Lynn Childs, Grace learns she is the descendant of Medusa, but that the history books have the story all wrong, Medusa wasn’t a monster but a slayer of monsters. Now Grace has to learn how to fight monsters without getting killed while trying to figure out why all the rules are changing and hopefully keep the guys she likes interested in her.

Gretchen has been a monster slayer for years. After finding Grace, Gretchen has to train this newbie how to fight, keep under child protective services raider by only missing as much school physically possible because if she doesn’t defeat the monsters no one will and trying to figure out what happened to her mentor.

Greer has it all together, the daughter of socially prominent parents she doesn’t have time for the two strangers who showed up on her doorstep looking like her or their crazy talk of monsters. But it will take all three working together decipher the ancient prophecy regarding their family line and eventually defeat the monsters.

I picked up Sweet Venom because it was free on my Kindle and loved it! The only reason it got four stars instead of five was because I felt like the story was really reaching a nice climactic point and then it ended, moving on to the second book in the series Sweet Shadows. The three completely different sisters are fascinating and entertaining, Grace who doesn’t eat meat but now finds herself destroying monsters, Gretchen who has had to be tough after running away from her foster parents at a young age, and Greer who has money, is always put together and has her life mapped out except when she finds herself ruining her Jimmy Choos to battle a monster. Sweet Venom switches from the different sisters’ points of view so you really get to know each character, their motivations and what is happening to them in the grand scheme of things. While there is a little bit of love interest in the story, it is very secondary to the main story. Sweet Venom is a great mix of mythological and contemporary with some fabulous action. If you like Percy Jackson then I think you will enjoy Sweet Venom.

You can read an excerpt here.

Venom Reading Order:

Sweet Venom

Sweet Shadows

Sweet Legacy (Fall 2013)

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Title: Sweet Venom

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0062001825

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: September 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica