Friday, May 16, 2014

Book Blitz: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Standalone. Katherine Tegen Books                                       (Paperback Re-Release: 05/13/14)
My wish is to

cranium over Converse
in dizzy, daydream-worthy love.
(If only it were that easy.)

When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father. By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up.
But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feellike, really? Can you even know it until you've lost it?

Character Interview with Marcie:

Hi, I’m Marcie Foster. Love and Leftovers is about me and what happened when my dad came out of the closet and I got stuck on summer vacation in East Nowhere, New Hampshire without my friends, the Leftovers, my boyfriend, Linus, or my security blanket.
So, you like to write?
I am a compulsive journal writer. I can’t live without my blue notebook. Writing poems in my notebook helps me make sense of my life and how I feel about it, sort of like psychotherapy, only a lot less expensive. And it’s private. Well, unless… never mind.
What makes a good story?
Every good story has a love story in it, like those romance novels Aunt Greta leaves behind and my mom abhors. Okay, so maybe I’m a little preoccupied with the idea of falling in love.
What is a novel in verse?
A verse novel is written in a series of poems. All together, the poems reveal the story.
Who is your best friend?
My best friend is Katie Raskolnikov—the blonde with a pink streak in her hair. Yes, I noticed. Her socks don’t match. We’ve been best friends since sixth grade. Yeah, I’ve gotten used to the hair. And the socks. Did you know she has a tattoo?
Do you have a boyfriend? A crush?
Both. Oops. I shouldn’t tell you that. You’ll post it on your blog.
See there’s J.D. in New Hampshire. Think Prince Harry and throw in a little David Beckham (or other soccer-playing hunk of yumminess) and add an New England accent. Adorable. And he brings me breakfast.
Then there’s Linus, my boyfriend, back in Boise. He’s sweet and 4.0-smart with deep, espresso brown eyes. He’s the youngest of four boys and wears hand-me-down t-shirts that are all soft and huggable. He writes me love songs and posts them on YouTube. Who couldn’t love a guy like that?

You can purchase Love and Leftovers at:

About the Author:
Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she's not jotting down poems at stoplights, she can be found hanging out with her "little sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots. Her next book, Fan Artwill be released in June.

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours and the author for providing the info for the Love and Leftovers Book Blitz!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge - Update #1

Books read from 5/5/14 - 5/12/14:

This is a few minutes late but I was wrapping up reading The Dirt Diary which I unbelievably was able to finish on time on Monday.

Book #1
Torn by Jennifer Brown
Pages: 288
Thoughts: Great start in my quest to read 7 ARCs.

Book #2: Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale
Pages: 384
Thoughts: Great sequel.

Book #3: The Dirt Diary by Anna Staniszewski
Pages: 246
Thoughts: Really sweet read. 

Overall: I've read 3 ARCs! So happy with myself. 

My tbr books for 5/12/14 - 5/19/14:

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Post: 5/11/14

Mother Nature by Keri Ruediger
The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received and share news about what's coming up for the next week ahead.

Happy Mother's Day! It's been a great day filled with food and visiting family members. I'm starting another semester of school tomorrow. All my classes are for my new Education major. It'll be interesting to see what I make of them. Things are going to get hectic real fast so I'll try to be more on top of posts and comments as I can be.

Last Week on the Blog:

Last week I signed up for the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge which will hopefully motivate me to read more ARCs. I've read two so far so that's a good start. I participated in two blog tours: Torn Away and Synchrony. You can enter a chance to win a paperback copy of Torn Away until the 13th! I also posted an update on my Summer Reading Program.

Around the Blogosphere (a.k.a. my to-read list is now larger):

Some books I added to my to-read list that I can't wait to get my hands on: Only Everything by Kieran Scott and The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu.

Katie's Book Blog's interview with Kieran Scott made me fall for Only Everything's premise.

The Truth About Alice reminds me of Thirteen Reasons Why. O t looks really good and hopefully the concept is done right.

Posts/articles/videos I enjoyed:

Plans for Next Week:

I was supposed to review Shatter Me and Destroy Me this week but I didn't get the chance. I already have the review of Shatter Me done and I'll have to do Destroy Me's review soon. 

If I have time I want to review The Dirt Diary and Made of Stars. At the very least I will have read The Dirt Diary by the end of the week. School comes first of course so we will see what happens. What are you planning to read this week?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

2014 Summer Reading Program - Update #1

Books read from 5/3/14 - 5/10/14:

Book #1
Torn Away by Jennifer Brown
Pages: 288
Thoughts: Wonderful, emotional read.

Book #2
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Pages: 338
Thoughts: Reread for a review. I don't know yet if I'll reread the others but I am still going to review all of them since the series is so amazing.

Book #3
Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale
Pages: 384
Thoughts: Really good continuation. I want to know what happens next!

Overall: I've read three books towards my goal of forty. Two of which are ARCs and the other a reread. 

Note: My review for Shatter Me will be up Tuesday.

My tbr books for 5/10/14 - 5/17/14:


Blog Tour: Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale

Destiny #2. Self-published (April 2014) Lola's Blog Tours
When her parents discover she’s been sneaking out with Isaac Robinson, the forbidden Baptist boy, Mormon girl Destiny Clark decides it’s time to keep their relationship quiet. As their relationship moves to shakier ground, Destiny discovers that Isaac has a terrible secret, and she is left completely shattered.

The moment Destiny feels all hope is lost, Preston Nelson, her longtime church friend and Isaac's bitter rival, arrives like a beacon of light. It isn't long before two separate disasters strike for Preston and Destiny's best friend, Hannah. As Destiny helps them through their issues, she discovers that sometimes the best way to forget about your own problems is to help a friend in need.

Just as her heart begins to mend and her friendship with Preston begins to heat up, Isaac walks back into her life, threatening to rekindle the feelings she’d hoped to bury forever. Will Destiny and Preston find the synchrony they so desperately need, or will she find a way to forgive Isaac and return to his outstretched arms?

I was surprised when I first read Destiny. I didn't expect I would like a book that had so much to do with religion - well it wasn't about religion but religion is what caused two families to feud and two people to struggle to be together. I ended up loving Destiny's story and was really thrilled to continue on with Synchrony. Fortunately, it left me feeling satisfied and entertained like I was hoping it would as well as having an ending that keeps me wanting for more.

In Synchrony we start off with Isaac and Destiny having to hide their relationship once again. There are so many people against their relationship that they both decide it's best to keep away from each other in public. Tension starts to arise from them having to hide their relationship. Ultimately, Destiny and Issac are driven apart by past mistakes that are revealed by the very people who are so against them being together. Emotionally distraught from Isaac's betrayal Destiny seeks comfort from Preston, her childhood friend who has had a crush on her for the longest time. You know him as the guy Destiny used as her fake boyfriend in the last book. As Destiny and Preston become closer she is able to heal from the heartache that Issac caused. And as her heart is healing she starts to think maybe she was wrong about Isaac. Just maybe, he isn't as bad as she once thought.

I knew their secrets were going to come back and haunt them! I called it. There was a lot of drama in this second half of Destiny's story that included secrets being revealed, a love triangle, and unexpected friend and family problems cropping up. There was much to take in yet I didn't feel overwhelmed at all. One of the biggest facets of this story is the love triangle. I don't particularly like love triangles unless I love both love interests. I don't in this case. Preston is okay but Isaac is better. So I didn't really like that it's going to continue on into the next book. Although, I am still a little excited to see how it all turns out romance wise. Destiny wise, at first I was annoyed that she was constantly worried and wouldn't give Isaac a chance to defend himself when his secret is revealed. However, as I got into the story I realized she acted the way any teenager would have if they were faced with the same situation. So she was insecure -everybody is at one point. I'd probably be worried if I were her too. So after I got over that I enjoyed where her story took me. 

I may sound strange but this book felt like a guilty pleasure read for me. It's just really entertaining. The plot line kept me engaged so much that I flew by this book wanting to read more as soon as I was done. It's an easy read that flows very nicely. It also has the addition of the right amount of drama that keeps me interested while also not overwhelming me. The religion portion of the book was once again addressed really well and didn't hinder the way I felt about the story as a whole. It actually was very refreshing especially since the book is all about accepting each others beliefs respectfully. I honestly enjoyed Destiny more than Synchrony however, I really like where the story headed in Synchrony. I also really look forward to the battle that is sure to ensue in the next book to come. Things are going to get really crazy, really fast, I know it. And I'll be there cheering Destiny on.

An Excerpt from Synchrony:
I looked up.
“I want things back the way they were with us.”
I clenched my fists at my sides. “That can’t happen.”
“Why not? I’m doing everything I can here. Don’t you see that?”
“Isaac.” I sighed. “I’m already dating someone else.” There. I’d finally said it.
“What? You’re pulling the ‘I’m dating Preston’ card again? Hannah told me you were faking that. Do you know what I think? I think you’re scared to commit. You’re afraid of getting hurt again. We belong together. Can’t you feel that? Look me in the eyes and tell me that you don’t still feel something for me.”
I studied the bushes.
Isaac took my chin and turned it toward him. “Look me in the eyes.”
I bit my lower lip to keep it from trembling. It was impossible to look in his beautiful eyes. I couldn’t say it because my heart was overflowing with my feelings for him.
“You can’t say it, can you?” He placed his hands on either side of my face, and I finally looked him in the eyes. I had to do what was best for him. He deserved better. I only had one heart to give, and I’d just pledged the entire thing to Preston.

Obviously I'm Team Issac.

About the Author:  
Cindy Ray Hale lives in a little slice of wooded heaven near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and children. She spends way too much time following up-and-coming musicians on YouTube and dreams of joining their ranks one day. She’s a bit of a health food nut and can’t live without her daily green smoothies. She tries to stay sane as she juggles writing with four kids, staying active on social media, and keeping up her book blog. In addition to writing and self-publishing two Young Adult Contemporary novels, she has also written articles for "New Era" magazine and The American Preppers Network.

To enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card (INTL) and a Destiny Swag Pack which includes: a signed copy of Destiny, a signed copy of Synchrony, a Destiny bookmark, a Destiny magnet, a Destiny keychain, and a Synchrony keychain as well as other prizes you can enter in a rafflecopter giveaway here

Thanks to Lola's Blog Tours and the author for letting me read and review Synchrony in exchange for an honest review!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Standalone. Little, Brown (May 2014) IFB Tours
Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives -- but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.

In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she's never considered before -- one in which her mother wasn't perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that's something no tornado can touch.

Before reading Torn Away, I've only ever read Hate List by Jennifer Brown which I loved for the unreserved emotion and realism it brought out on its pages. As the years went by Brown created books much like Hate List in how realistic the stories and lives of the characters she created were. I've always known her as an author that is not afraid to focus on controversial issues that need to be featured in YA literature. Finally, finally after wanting to read another book of hers for the longest time I've rediscovered Brown's uncanny ability to draw me into a story that could very much happen in everyday life with Torn Away

I knew from the very start what Jennifer Brown was going to do to me. The summary warned me that Jersey's little sister and mother were killed when a tornado hit her town. And I saw the unmistakable past tenses when she was talking about her sister. I could feel the tears already welling up in my eyes when the story hits me with heartache right at the very beginning.

"I loved Marin.   
I loved my little sister. 
But after that day, I would hear myself over and over again: Go away! I would shout at her in my dreams. I would see that trembling lip. I would see the slow blink of her big, pixie-like eyes. I would see her walk away, up on her toes the way she always did, the glint of the rhinestones from her leotard blinding me."

Jersey really sets the stage for the tone of the book by describing her sister and her regret for things she said in the past out of anger and annoyance. As a whole Jersey's story shows how important it is to love while you can because one day everything important to you can be gone. But with that regret and pain she feels as she goes through the journey of finding some sort of resemblance of the life she knew is the idea of hope in starting life anew. With all the bad that the world sends you there is always hope that things will turn out better. It's a tough ride for Jersey that had me at times wanting to battle it out with anyone messing with her and other times in total heartache for what she had to go through.

Jersey's story lets you follow her through the start and aftermath of the tornado hitting her hometown as well as how it affected Jersey herself through the course of the book. Jersey is initially sent away to live with her biological father. Following that she is sent to her grandparents' house. She has never met any of these family members. It was always her, her mother, her sister, and her stepfather. She soon discovers some truths and half truths to the tales her mother told her about them which has her questioning how much she really knew about her mother. I liked that there was so much focus on Jersey's memories of her mother and sister. She tried to encapsulate them in her mind so as not to forget. Her image of Marin never wavers but her mother's does. It was interesting to see her develop somewhat of a whole new relationship with her mother now that she was gone. 

Almost the whole time Jersey was living with her father and his side of the family I was upset. I couldn't believe how horribly she was treated - like she and what she lost didn't matter. The mental abuse she endured made me want to scoop her up and take her far away from the people who were supposed to be her family. I could feel the unfairness and anger Jersey must have felt. There was this palpable struggle with her emotions she faced throughout the entire book that left me empathizing with her plight. She held on so tight to this pent up anger inside her that I was worried that she would never let go. 

"It was like the tornado had ripped through my house and torn me away. It was impossible that they could understand the rage inside me. The confusion and guilt and surrender. The hard edges that had begun to rub open, raw sores onto my heart. Because even I didn't understand it, and I was the one living it. And besides, if they really understood what it felt like to be inside my head, my heart, right now, they would run in fear. They would leave me alone."

I was really happy to see Jersey had at least some friends she could talk to about her situation even if it was by phone or text. She really needed support when she felt like she had none. Although I wish some of her friends would have focused more on her problems than their own, they did try in their own way to help a friend in need. It was sad to see her relive memories not only of her family but of her time with her friends because we don't know where her life will take her. By imagining these memories while actively trying to grieve for her losses, Jersey's situation becomes all too real. Here's this everyday normal girl who only a little while ago was perfectly happy. In an instant everything changed. How unfair is that?

While reading this book I couldn't help but think of hurricanes touching down in Florida and how when natural disasters happen they happen to other people and we still go about our day like nothing's happened. But I guess that happens with everything in life. Someone may have lost a loved one but we don't know them so we don't sympathize. Torn Away really makes you think about other people lives - what they may be facing and what you may in fact face one day as well. The simple fact is you cannot predict the future. You can never fully plan the future because you never know if something with blow your life right off its course.

Torn Away really made me feel. I felt defensive and angry and sad and happy (all the emotions) when it came to Jersey and what she had to deal with. It's one of those books that puts life in perspective. It's one of those books you look back on when you feel lost so you can find again what life is really all about. It's one of those books that shows you life goes by in a flash so you better make it the most of it while you are still here.

Note: The quotes from this ARC may not be in the final copy. Though they should be.

About the Author:

Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer's weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist. 
Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

Thanks to IFB Tours, the author, and Little, Brown for letting me read and review Torn Away in exchange for an honest review!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge - May 2014

Last week I decided to participate in a summer long event which consisted of me challenging myself to read 40 books in 4 months. I am overly thrilled my this event and couldn't be happier about participating... and then I saw this month long challenge over at Kimba's Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I knew I had to participate in too. Here's my thinking process: I have a whole bunch of ARCs that I need to get to, it's only a month long, I have a week left of break, and I can add this on to my other challenge. I see that as an all around win in my book. 

What is the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge? It's a challenge to help motivate you to read and review as many ARCs/finished copies, provided by a publisher or author, as you can in the month of May. Each Saturday there will be two blogs hosting challenges and giveaways at their prospective blogs. There will also be one grand prize winner of a newly released book. This challenge is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviews and Angela's Anxious Life. You can sign up here.

Since I plan on adding this onto the event I'm already participating in I'll have more ARCs reviewed and read for this challenge than I initially anticipated. I'll be updating this challenge separately every Monday until the last Monday in May. I'll have a wrap up post when it's all over as well. I want to try to read and review at least 7 books for this challenge.

My tbr books for 5/5/14 - 5/12/14:

Note: I read Torn Away yesterday for this challenge. My review will be up Wednesday.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday Post: 5/4/14

Art by Shane Rebenschied

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received and share news about what's coming up for the next week ahead.

I'm finally getting back to blogging this past week. May has arrived with new promise! I'm so glad I made the decision to switch my major to Education. I'll be starting the summer semester next week so we'll see what I make of these new classes. I do still plan to minor in Psychology instead of having it as a major. I love Psychology so that's a no brainer. With that decision out of the way I have my week planned and ready to go. I might change it up because I'm planning on watching some books to movies this week. 

Also, has anyone else seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spiderman 2? Aren't you loving all these Marvel movies coming out? The new X-Men movie and Guardians of the Galaxy are going to make my summer phenomenal. 

Last Week on the Blog:

Last week I wrapped up what I read the previous month in April. I can't say enough of what I thought about the Shatter Me series which I'm planning to reread and review soon. I reviewed The Hallowed Ones which is why my header is the way it is. It wasn't as great as I was expected it to be but I can see a lot of people loving it just the same. I also signed up for the 2014 Book Blogger Summer Reading Program where you track the amount of books you plan to read this summer. I'm going for 40. Are you planning on participating?

Around the Blogosphere (a.k.a. my to-read list is now larger):

Some books I added to my to-read list that I can't wait to get my hands on: Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson and The Road by Jay McLean.

Born Bookish's review on Catch a Falling Star convinced me entirely that I NEED this book in my life.

Teen Readers Diary informed me of the cute, contemporary read that is The Road. I only hope that the author who usually has mature content in her other books doesn't ruin the story with overly sexualized situations in this one. It sounds too adorable for me not to take a chance on.

Posts/articles/videos I enjoyed:

  • 21 Signs You’re Suffering From A Book Hangover (the Jon Snow costume is perfection!) via Dare to Read and Enter A New World
  • Should white people write about people of color? (poses interesting question and answer that I've wondered about myself) via Malinda Lo
  • Wandering the Shelves: Cracks by Sheila Kohler (terrifying and intense book plus movie trailer) via Finley Jayne's Bookshelves
  • What is Real? (a nostalgic look and excerpt at The Velveteen Rabbit) via The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
  • Should you write consistently or in bulk? (where in one blog post a writer blows me out of the water) via Notebook Sisters
  • The Treatment by Suzanne Young (where I nearly cry because the second and last book of The Program is confirmed to be wonderful) via Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
  • Guest Post: Sonia Fuderer on Why Dancer Dance (one of the better guest post I've seen in the blogosphere) via Fly to Fiction
  • Video - My Wedding Speech (finally watched the whole thing after catching snippets elsewhere. "It's all about you. It's all about you baby")
  • Video - Unconsolable by X Ambassadors (in love with this song this week. One of my professors showed it in a class. Can you guess why? ~ Pay attention to the lyrics and video!)

Plans for Next Week:

I've already discussed that I'll be reading Torn Away by Jennifer Brown and Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale on my now weekly Saturday update post based on the 2014 Book Blogger Summer Reading Program.

I plan to review not only Torn Away and Synchrony this week but also Shatter Me and Destroy Me. I might change things around to review some books to movies I plan to watch like I said earlier. Look out for some picture book reviews too. Hope you all have a great week! What are you planning to read this week?

Saturday, May 3, 2014

2014 Book Blogger Summer Reading Program

I've always been one to participate in my library's summer reading program. In my library you are given a paper with six sections where you write your name, contact information, and books you've read within an hour (if you are an adult within four hours) until you filled up each section and turned it in for the possibility of winning a great prize. Once you have done that you get a whole new piece of paper that lets you start all over again. I'm a little obsessed with this process because I always make sure I'm timing myself correctly. I'm not a cheater after all. So the prospect of a blog version of my library summer reading program excites me a little too much to be normal. It's not the same of course but this program should be really fun so I decided to join. 

What is the Book Blogger Summer Reading Program? It's setting a goal to read at least 5 books from May 1st to September 1st. You may win prizes at the end of the challenge once you have completed your goal.

My goal is to read 40 books in the span of 4 months. That's 10 books a month or 2 books a week or 40 books in 124 days if I'm calculating that correctly. I plan to update what I've read every Saturday from now until the last Saturday of the challenge. After the challenge is over I'll report all the books I've read in total. Good luck to everyone who is participating!

My tbr books for 5/3/14 - 5/10/14:

Friday, May 2, 2014

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

The Hallowed Ones #1. Harcourt (Sept. 2012) Library
Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

In a quiet, unassuming Amish town where technology has been cast aside in favor of traditional values we are introduced to Katie, who like any other ordinary Amish girl is looking forward to her Rumspringa. Katie dreams of the time where she can go to the outside world and have some real adventures with her best friend Elijah who everyone expects her to be married with when she comes back from her trip... well if she comes back. Based on her rebellious streak, no one, not even Katie knows for sure what her decision will be on whether she will live in the outside world or the town that she has always called her home. But before Katie can even make her way to the outside world, tragic events force her to stay within the boundaries of her religious community. It is then that she discovers the secrets being kept and ways in which her life is being limited that Katie starts to question everything she has ever known and everything she thought she was capable of... when the outside world comes to her.  

There came a time when reading this book that I thought to myself "What's taking so long?" I was ready for the action packed, horror filled thriller that I was promised and it wasn't there. I can see what readers see in this book. I really can. Nevertheless, I feel like I missed all the hype that was built up for The Hallowed Ones. It felt more like a precursor to the second book than anything else. It was slow paced and again built up way too much for the next book which would be alright if it was a novella but it's not. Even when things were getting heated it felt slow, this is a shame since this book had such great promise.

Putting aside the negatives there is still great potential for this series and its characters. The protagonist, Katie, is a girl you can stand behind. She lives in a community that can be very restricting yet she still has this perseverance and strength in her. She's basically labeled "defiant" by the community Elders however she always does things out of the goodness of her heart. She's a true hero in the sense that she does the right thing even when everyone else is against her which I love. Protagonists need to push the boundaries, not let someone else take over and save the day. So Katie represents a great protagonist in her own right. 

The threat that Katie faces are vampires. The vampires in this story are actually how vampires are supposed to be - Terrifying. They are mindless to anyone else's needs. They just kill and feed whenever they want. I don't think they even speak yet they seem to be intelligent beings. I have to give the author kudos on creating vampires that are even scarier than the original or new vampires you come across in books today. They remind me of zombies (The Walking Dead kind) in a way because they only have one goal and they are a huge epidemic that people are trying to cure. The way the book is heading there will be more our protagonist faces (i.e. vampires trying to eat her all the time) which shows the potential the next book has of creating the action packed, horror filled thriller I wanted in this book. 

A lot of people like this story. They rave about it, can't wait to read the next book, and all that jazz. It just wasn't for me. The series does have great promise although; I don't think I'll continue on reading the series since I didn't like this first book. I worry for the repeat of slowness in the next books. I do think The Hallowed Ones is worth a shot at reading because so many people have enjoyed it even if I didn't. So if you like the premise and want to see where the story will take you I say go on ahead and give this one a try.

Katie's tale continues on in The Outside.

Art by Shane Rebenschied