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Lost Energy by Lynn Vroman

Published February 8, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Lost Energy (Energy Series #2)

Lost Energy (Energy Series #2)

by Lynn Vroman

Release Date: 02/03/15

260 pages

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Book Summery:

Last spring, Lena discovered who she was.

Now all she wants to do is move on—and find a way to be with Tarek, the new Warden of Arcus and the love of her life. Even though worlds separate them now, she holds onto the hope they’ll be together again. Until then, Lena focuses on being truly happy for the first time in her life…this life. She has new friends, an apartment free from her abusive father, and the chance to live a normal life.

But for Lena, the past never stays gone.

A woman from another lifetime reveals Cassondra, Exemplian’s new authority commander, is seeking revenge against Tarek for killing her brother. There is only one way to end this new threat…

This time, it will take more than Wilma to keep the monsters away. It’ll take an entire army–an army who remembers Lena from her past life, and who might just want her dead, too.

Lena’s past will shape her future more than she could ever imagine.

Book Summery for Tainted Energy:

For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can’t keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.

When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her.
Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime.

However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known—even if that life doesn’t include him.

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Book Excerpt

Closing my eyes, I struggled to relax as I sunk into the bed. The fight was useless–the excitement I felt every night at this exact moment never abated.

Like clockwork, I heard him.

So, I’m saddled with Wilma for a while.

I smiled, Tarek’s rich voice swelling my heart, tingling my spine. Didn’t matter what he said; he could’ve been talking about the hibernation practices of snails.

She’s not all bad, bitching about the animals, mostly.

A gap wedged into the conversation after that–something he had a habit of doing. How I missed those annoying pauses.

She said you’re doing better against Farren. Remember what I told you about him. Don’t forget the bum right knee. Play a little dirty, and you’ll get him on the ground in no time.

I snuggled deeper under the covers, hugging the same pillow I held every night–the one that still wore his shirt–thinking about apples and lilacs.

Wilma said you’re happy. He chuckled. Complain too much, but happy. I could almost feel his sigh against my ear as it echoed in my brain. I miss you.

“Miss you, too.” That part of the one-sided conversation I always said aloud, willing him to hear it, know it.

As usual, he changed the subject to something lighter. My giant always made me smile…even when he was worlds away. I guess Zander’s still driving Teenesee crazy. He won’t stop asking questions. Wilma avoids him when she goes. She says he complains more than you.

The tears started to well, and no matter how hard I tried to stop them, they’d come. They came every night.

The river hasn’t raged in weeks. Even the squid are behaving for the most part. Wilma only had to kill one this time.

Tarek told me once that his mood controlled the environment. He’d spent the better part of his time trying to rein in his emotions to make the place better. Wilma said our midnight talks helped.

It’s cold as hell in the castle, regardless how high I build the fire. Pause. But I finished the place in the woods, close to the bank. I’ll sleep here tonight; Wilma can sleep on the floor.

I imagined the cabin by the bank, imagined us there together, surrounded by the vibrant colors.

I’m going to let you sleep now. Wilma’s banging on the door. She’s not finished harassing me, I suppose. Be safe… I love you.

Tears dripped on the pillow as I hugged it closer to my heart.

“Love you, too.”

Book Review: Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards

Published February 5, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Gone Too Far

Title– Gone Too Far

Author- Natalie D. Richards

Publisher- Sourcefire Books



Piper Woods can’t wait for the purgatory of senior year to end. She skirts the fringes of high school like a pro until the morning she finds a notebook with mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. She’s sure the book is too gruesome to be true, until pretty, popular Stella dies after a sex-tape goes viral. Everyone’s sure it’s suicide, but Piper remembers Stella’s name from the book and begins to suspect something much worse.

Drowning in secrets she doesn’t want to keep, Piper’s fears are confirmed when she receives an anonymous text message daring her to make things right. All she needs to do is choose a name, the name of someone who deserves to be punished…


Every high school has a different social ladder and most likely while in high school, you belong to one of the stereotypes; the popular group, the nerds, the artistic group, ect. Also, most everyone one has that one secret that they keep hidden, but what if those secrets got out? This is what happens in Piper Woods’ high school.

As a whole I enjoyed reading Gone Too Far, but there were some things that were missing for me. Nothing big that would make me dislike a book, but they bother me a little bit. For some reason I couldn’t really connect to Piper as a character at the beginning of the story. Which means it was a little hard for me to get into the story at first, but in the end I was engrossed and felt for Piper. I think she grew a lot as a character as well. In the beginning she had her own stereotypes of the people in her school and never saw the picture, but in the end she realizes there’s more to a person than meets the eye.

I like that Piper was a photographer (something I can relate to) and how she wanted to capture every moment. I love how when she first kissed Nick, she wish she had her camera to capture the moment.

I also liked that there was a bit of a mystery to the book, we aren’t really sure who is sending the texts to Piper. She has many theories and all of them seemed to have reasons to be a suspect.

I thought the plot of the story was great for young readers to connect to. They may relate to Piper or one of the many characters in the book. I think there were a lot of different personalities in this book.

Cover Reveal: Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

Published February 4, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Very Mature YA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 17, 2015



Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.

Instead, a nightmare took over.

It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.

Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.

Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.

And those things…they were the scariest of all.


I know I shouldn’t, but I turn around anyway, and I give Owen my full,
undivided attention. His friends have already left, and he’s slowly
walking backwards, showing me his middle finger and smiling with that
faint half-grin I’ve seen far too often over the last three days.

I don’t know what makes me do it. In fact, I don’t know why I am the way I
am with Owen. I’ve been careful and timid and obedient my entire life, my
only mission to please everyone—please my father, Chen, my mother, my
friends, my teachers. Please, please, please, please, please. That’s all I
do. And all it’s done for me is land me in Woodstock, away from my friends
and the senior year I was expecting to have. I’m not pleasing Owen Harper,
too. So I stand with my tray and raise my arm slowly by my side, my eyes
zeroed in on his until I’m pointing at him. I close one eye and cock my
head slightly to the right, like I’m making sure I have him in my
sights—and then I pull the trigger.
“Jesus H Christ, Kensi! What’s wrong with you?” Willow asks. She pulls my
arm back down, but I keep my eyes on Owen, staring into his gray-blue
eyes—eyes that look like a wolf’s. “What are you doing?”

“I’m starting a war, Willow,” I say, my heart speeding up and my breath
growing more ragged as reality catches up with me.

I’m starting a war with a guy who doesn’t lose; a guy who doesn’t play by
the rules.

A guy who scares me, and who knows where I sleep at night.



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Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of four young and new adult romances, with her fifth title, This Is Falling, set to release in late August 2014.

Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).






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Mad Mondays: Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes

Published February 2, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Paper or Plastic

Title- Paper or Plastic

Author- Vivi Barnes

Publisher- Entangled: Teen

Release Date- February 3, 2015


Book Summery:

Busted. Alexis Dubois just got caught shoplifting a cheap tube of lipstick at the local SmartMart. She doesn’t know what’s worse—disappointing her overbearing beauty-pageant-obsessed mother for the zillionth time…or her punishment. Because Lex is forced to spend her summer working at the store, where the only things stranger than the staff are the customers.

Now Lex is stuck in the bizarro world of big-box retail. Coupon cutters, jerk customers, and learning exactly what a “Code B” really is (ew). And for added awkwardness, her new supervisor is the totally cute—and adorably geeky—Noah Grayson. Trying to balance her out-of-control mother, her pitching position on the softball team, and her secret crush on the school geek makes for one crazy summer. But ultimately, could the worst job in the world be the best thing that ever happened to her?

My Thoughts:

Welcome to SmartMart, where crime pays minimum wage…

What a great read!! Paper or plastic was a sweet story about Alexis, who was caught shoplifting and to pay for her crimes she must work at the SmartMart. When Alexis starts working at the store she’s so negative! Not only about the situation but the people and store as well. Though out the book her view on everyone changes, the more she works with these people the more she likes them. Ruthie was too funny; she completely seemed to love life. Then there was Bessie, someone who was more like a grandmother to the employees. Last but not least there was Noah, a manager at the store, who also is her best friend’s arch enemy. He was a very hard working guy helping to support his family.

I thought the setting in the supermarket was quite interesting, I have read a book that was set in one yet and it was interesting to see who they came across, like the extreme coupon lady!

I like that the story between Noah and Alexis wasn’t love at first sight and they needed to work towards being together. There were cute little scenes between the two of them in the supermarket as well. I love how in the end Noah helped Alexis grow and mature along with him.

I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading sweet YA books.

Book Review: How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts

Published February 1, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Title- How (Not) to fall in Love

Author- Lisa Brown Roberts

Publisher- Entangled Publishing

Release Date- February 3, 2015


Book Summery:

Seventeen-year-old Darcy Covington doesn’t know the difference between a pawn shop and a thrift shop. Even her dog eats gourmet food, so she’s totally unprepared when her car is repossessed from the parking lot of her elite private school. Turns out her father, a semi-famous motivational speaker, has skipped town, abandoning his family while his business collapses. Even David Letterman comes up with ten reasons why her father won’t ever return home.

Desperate to sell her expensive jewelry for much-needed cash, Darcy discovers that her dad’s brother runs a funky thrift shop on a street full of eccentric characters, including a coffee shop owner named Liz and one supremely hot fix-it guy named Lucas.

Darcy finds some solace hanging out with her uncle and Lucas in the thrift shop and working in Liz’s coffee shop, while the rest of her life falls apart. The time she spends with the uber hot Lucas helps takes her mind off her family’s troubles, even though she’s sure he’s only nice to her because he works for her uncle, especially when she meets the cover girl beauty she thinks he’s dating.

Can Darcy find the courage she needs to adapt to the necessary changes brought about by her family’s drastically reduced lifestyle? And will she open her eyes to the amazing realization that Lucas wants much more than friendship from her?

My Thoughts:

“ Because you’re stronger than you realize and you have potential to be heroic”

How (Not) to fall in Love is a sweet heart-warming story about family, friendship and love. I did not expect this book to have the message it did in the end and I think a lot of young readers can learn from this.

Darcy’s father disappears leaves her and her mom to stand on their own two feet. The problem is Darcy’s mom can’t handle it and mentally checks out. This is when Darcy decides she needs to grow up and take care of things on her own. I love that she took charge and didn’t sit back and watch her world fall apart.

I loved the secondary characters as well!!!! Charlie was such a sweet man who wanted to be a part of his family’s lives, even if his brother didn’t want him to be. I love that he would send a salt shaker to Darcy every year and she kept each and every one of them! The salt and pepper shakers play a role throughout the whole book which I enjoyed as well. It took me a while to figure out Lucas, it always seemed like he was hiding something. I am still kind of unsure of his relationship with a girl named Heather, and what they really were to each other. I like that Lucas was always there for Darcy too, always trying to be her knight! Also, how can anyone not like his little sister Pickles?!?! She was too stinkin cute and always spoke her mind!

There were some times where I found myself skimming some parts of the book, but all in all I really enjoyed it and it did engage me from beginning to end.

Book Review: Love, Lattes and Mutants by Sandra Cox

Published January 29, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Love, Lattes and Mutants

Title- Love, Lattes and Mutants

Author– Sandra Cox

Publisher- Kensington Books

Release– February 27, 2015



Finding love is hard, even when you aren’��t a mutant.
Like most seventeen-year-olds, Piper Dunn wants to blend in with the crowd. Having a blowhole is a definite handicap. A product of a lab-engineered mother with dolphin DNA, Piper spends her school days hiding her brilliant ocean-colored eyes and sea siren voice behind baggy clothing and ugly glasses. When Tyler, the new boy in school, zeroes in on her, ignoring every other girl vying for his attention, no one, including Piper, understands why…

Then Piper is captured on one of her secret missions rescuing endangered sea creatures and ends up in the same test center where her mother was engineered. There she discovers she isn’��t the only one of her kind. Joel is someone she doesn’��t have to hide from, and she finds herself drawn to the dolph-boy who shares her secrets. Talking to him is almost as easy as escaping from the lab. Deciding which boy has captured her heart is another story…


Love, Lattes and Mutants is a cute YA fantasy book about a girl named Piper who isn’t what she seems, instead she is a mutant. She doesn’t have any special powers, but she is part dolphin. She is able to stay underwater for about 20 minutes and she swims pretty quickly.

At first I couldn’t tell if Tyler truly liked her for herself or because he saw her without her “nerd” clothes. Then I read more and more and I truly liked them together. I also loved Gramps! He was too adorable and was always looking out for his granddaughter!

My biggest issue with this book was the pace of it all. I felt that were rushed in meeting the main character, but then the next 74% dragged on with them. I was waiting for the whole book to see what happens when Piper gets kidnapped. Since there was only 26% of the book left, I felt that part was rushed as well. The test center was very intriguing and I want to know more about it and see what will happen next.

I have never read a story where the main character was a mutant or one that had mermaid qualities. I am looking forward to book two to see where Piper will end up next!

Book Review: Cut Me Free by J. R. Johansson

Published January 27, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Cut Me Free

Title- Cut Me Free

Author- J. R. Johansson

Publisher- Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Release- January 27, 2015



Seventeen-year-old Charlotte barely escaped from her abusive parents. Her little brother, Sam, wasn’t as lucky. Now she’s trying to begin the new life she always dreamed of for them, but never thought she’d have to experience alone. She’s hired a techie-genius with a knack for forgery to remove the last ties to her old life. But while she can erase her former identity, she can’t rid herself of the memories. And her troubled history won’t let her ignore the little girl she sees one day in the park. The girl with the bruises and burn marks.

That’s when Charlotte begins to receive the messages. Threatening notes left in her apartment–without a trace of entry. And they’re addressed to Piper, her old name. As the messages grow in frequency, she doesn’t just need to uncover who is leaving them; she needs to stop whoever it is before anyone else she loves ends up dead.



There are not many books that I need to take a couple minutes to process them after reading, but this was one of them! Cut Me Free is a dark, gripping story about human trafficking and abuse. Piper was locked in her attic with her little brother by her parents and they were physically abused by them. This concept reminded me of the story, “Flowers in the Attic”, and this could have been what happened if there were only two children and only one escaped.

After recusing a girl who was sold to an abusive man, Piper has been finding threatening boxes with a note inside each of them. Throughout most of the book Piper tries to figure out who is leaving these boxes while keeping her new friend, Cam, away from it all. I will admit the beginning of the book was a bit slow moving for me, but once Piper saved Sanda I was completely engaged and flew through this book!

I like that this book stayed true to the YA genre, there were no inappropriate scenes between Cam and Piper. Although, sometimes I got frustrated with them, but I understand that Piper came from an abusive household so it was hard for her to trust anyone. Cam’s cousin, Lily, kind of made it seem as though Cam falls for the young girls her helps often, which made me dismiss his sincerity at times. Although, the ending was perfect.

I do recommend this book to anyone who would like get chills and a thrill while reading it.

Book Review: Glad I Did It by Cynthia Weil

Published January 22, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

I’m Glad I Did

Title- Glad I Did It

Author- Cynthia Weil

Release Date- January 27th, 2015


Book Summery:

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and songwriting legend Cynthia Weil’s extraordinary YA debut opens the secretive doors of the Brill Building-the hit factory that changed history. Part Mad Men, part Grace of my Heart, part murder mystery, I’m Glad I Did is a coming-of-age story at an unforgettable cultural tipping point: the summer of 1963.

JJ Greene, a gifted 16-year-old songwriter, defies her lawyer parents by secretly applying for a job in the famed Brill Building-the epicenter of songwriting for a new genre called rock-n-roll. But their warnings about the evils of the music industry prove far darker than she imagined when she finds herself at the heart of a cover-up that involves hidden identity, theft, and possibly murder.

My Review:

I’m Glad I Did It was such a nice, clean young adult story; I thought it was extremely age appropriate. I was originally draw to the cover of this book and only skimmed the book summery. This made me a little surprised when I stumbled upon the mystery element, which I really enjoyed reading. I just found it a little unrealistic that two recently high school graduates would be able to investigate a murder without getting in trouble. Also, it bothered me that it never seemed like JJ was actually working, she seemed to be caught up in Luke and a murder case.

While reading this story I kept forgetting it didn’t take place during the 2000s, I kept asking myself, “Why does she have to get all her phone calls at the office? She doesn’t have a cell phone?”. I think it’s great that the author stayed true to the time period of the 1960s; she had demos cut on records and addressed race differences in a very tasteful way. There was a wide range of issues that were talked about that might allow a wide range of children to relate to, even though it took place in a different time period.

I would recommend this book to the older children I know and tutor with hesitation.

Wonderland Wednesdays: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw

Published January 21, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Atlantis Rising

Title- Atlantis Rising

Author- Gloria Craw

Release Date- January 6th, 2015


Book Summery:

I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…

My Review:

“My time in foster care had taught me the heartache of losing someone I loved. With all the other uncertainties in my life I just couldn’t go down that road”

I thought Atlantis Rising was a very intriguing idea; it took me a little time to get into the story. After I figured out what was going on I could not put the book down. I wanted to know more of what was going on in Alison’s life but also her species as a whole. I always like to look for character development while reading and I defiantly saw some in with in Alison and her friends.

I also liked that I was wrong about some things in the story and didn’t see some of the twists; I was surprised about whom the mole in the story was and I was wrong about Connor, Alison’s lab partner.

Ms. Craw did a great job in writing a story that engaged me until the very end and I truly hope there is another book in the series. I would love to see what is in store for Alison and her friends next!!!

Book Review: Tainted Energy by Lynn Vroman

Published January 15, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Tainted Energy

Title: Tainted Energy

Author: Lynn Vroman

Release Date: 2014



For seventeen-year-old Lena, living in the trailer park with the rest of town’s throwaways isn’t exactly paradise. Dealing with a drunken father who can’t keep his fists to himself doesn’t help matters either. The only good thing in her life, other than track, is the mysterious man who visits her dreams, promising to find her.

When a chair burns her arms, Lena chalks it up to stress-induced crazy. Yet as bizarre incidents escalate, even being crazy can’t explain it all away… until one day dream guy does find her.
Tarek lost Lena seventeen years ago after she was accused of treason and marked Tainted. He finally discovers her reborn on Earth into a life of suffering as punishment for her crime.

However, someone else has already found her… and wants her dead. Willing to sacrifice everything, he fights to keep her safe so she can live the only life she’s ever known—even if that life doesn’t include him.

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What a great book, Tainted Energy had a very unique plot in my eyes. The story had me guessing from the very start. It was interesting reading POVs from two people of different dimensions, not to mention when one of them has no idea the other exists, but the other is longing for to be with her.

Once Lena was reunited with Tarek it was interesting to see them interact, the author did a great job having Tarek explain what was really going on with Lena or as much as he could say. It helped me as a reader understand what was really going on. The author also painted very vivid images with her descriptions, like mini elephants and a giant octopus full of vibrant color.

It was very interesting to see the struggle Lena faced with her life as she has always know to the life that she has just found out she is a part of. I mean she lived in a world where she and her mother and physically abused to finding out that she is a guide that never dies but changes energy cycle, kind of hard to wrap your head around if you were here. I thought that she was a extremely strong character as well, and her home life only made her stronger.

I would defiantly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys reading YA Science Fiction, I cannot wait to read more in this series and more from Lynn Vroman.

About the Author:

Lynn Vroman

Born in Pennsylvania, Lynn spent most of her childhood, especially during math class, daydreaming. Today, she spends an obscene amount of time in her head, only now she writes down all the cool stuff.

With a degree in English Literature, Lynn used college as an excuse to read for four years straight. She lives in the Pocono Mountains with her husband, raising the four most incredible human beings on the planet. She writes young adult novels, both fantasy and contemporary.

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