**And just an FYI: if you see a book listed on my blog that is part of a series, just go ahead and assume that I've read all the books, or am working on reading ALL the books within that series. I may not always list them on here but trust me - they were read.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Body Finder

Author: Kimberly Derting

Alright, so I found this book off a Fan Page on Facebook. It's a new book that just came out this year and it's a GREAT read. It's about a girl named Violet who can sense dead bodies. Although that sounds really creepy - it's not a "dark" book. Her special sense extends to any dead body, human or animal. She calls what she senses "echos". And apparently her ability only extends to those who are murdered.

When she was eight, she found a little girl in the woods while on a walk with her father. She handled it fairly well - and apparently this ability runs in her family. Since then only her close family and her best friend, Jay, know what she can do. But when girls suddenly start disappearing and end up murdered, all Vi wants to do is help - no matter the cost.

This is more of a love story than anything. I highly enjoyed this book and I think you will too. Go on and order this book at your local library. I'm pretty sure once people find out about this author the wait for this book will increase. :)  And there is a sequel coming out March 2011 - although when she ended the first book, she didn't leave you hanging.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Meet Nick. A fourteen year old who knows it all. Living with only his mom (who happens to be a stripper) in a run down condo, Nick isn't Mr. Popular. He would love to be just like everyone else - who has money. His father is in prison and doesn't want anything to with him, and vice-versa.

Three of Nick's friends offer him a "look-out" job worth some major money. All he has to do is keep an eye out for cops. Nick figures it's easy cash (especially since his mom's not shaking her ass to make it) and since he's not technically doing anything illegal it'll be alright. Soon enough he realizes he's made a mistake. Nick saves the "Targets" from his friends only to wind up shot in the shoulder and beaten bad enough he has to stay in the hospital a while. He wouldn't have survived if wasn't for a stranger who has ninja moves. Pretty soon Nick learns a little about his rescuer and finds out the world isn't as easy going as he thought. Zombies, werewolf football captains, demon bodyguards and  immortal vampire slayers who would do anything to save humanity. Hmmm....oh yeah, and LOVE....kind of.

This was a fun book, easy read and there's another one due out beginning of next year!!

Sherrilyn Kenyon is also author of several other books all which have similar themes to this one. Check them out. If they are anything like this one, it should be a great read.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Cassandra Palmer Series: Touch the Dark

Author: Karen Chance

Cassandra Palmer- a clairvoyant and  able to communicate with spirits - lost her mom and dad when she was young. The man responsible for their horrific car accident took her into his home and raised her planning on being able to use her skills. He is a master vampire. Ruthless and hateful. She soon learned that he was using her premonitions to gain money and power instead of doing something to stop them, so she ran away - only to come back to get close enough to take him down, or at least try. Of course, now that couple years have gone by Tony has set his sites on her with no mercy in mind....

Cassie is soon thrust into a position she did NOT ask for, or even want for that matter. She is thrust into being Pythia. The chief clairvoyant for all things supernatural. She can time travel to right wrongs and change history. Of course this means the Vampire Senate wants her under their influence, and the Pythia Court doesn't want her at all, and of course there's these crazy people called War Madges - or the Silver Circle- who would like to order her around. What she would give for a normal life....

So far there are four books published for this series, number five comes out June 2011. If you go to her website by clicking on her name at the top of this post you can pick out a book and read the first two chapters in all her books to see if this is something you would enjoy.

Now get to reading!!

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud

Author: Ben Sherwood

So most of you out there know this book is now a movie. I requested this particular book about 2 months ago from the library and finally got it last week. I read it yesterday, you know-Sunday afternoon and all, and absolutely loved it!!

Charlie St. Cloud lost his brother to an auto accident. The 16-wheelers driver was drunk and they just couldn't get out of the way. Charlie and Sam made a promise to each other. They would ALWAYS be together - but then Charlie disappeared in front of Sam. Turns out Charlie was saved, brought back from death. Now, he can see his little brother, even play ball or swim with him. Ten years later Charlie is still working and managing the graveyard. He spends his days helping other spirits come to terms with what happened to them just waiting for sundown when his little brother shows up to play.

You may be wondering - does Charlie St. Cloud have a life outside the cemetery?? Well....he does find hope in a woman named Tess. But, their relationship is something else. The best way I can describe it is to use the quote from the beginning of the book:
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience
                - Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

I suggest you go ahead and get on your library's waiting list for this book. The best part about it is it's all in one. You won't find yourself waiting around impatiently for the next one, like I often find myself. :)