Review: Tortured Souls by Keigh Leigh Wheaton

Title: Tortured Souls

Author: Keigh Leigh Wheaton

Series: The Orion Circle #1

Publisher: Sea Dragon Press

Date of Publication: July 29, 2014

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★

Before reading Tortured SoulsI hadn’t read many paranormal books, though I’d like to say that one of my debuts into the genre was a pleasant surprise! To start, I have a short summary:

This book follows a 15 year old girl named Kassandra (although she goes by Kacie and CiCi) who leads a relatively normal life, living with her father, Adam, her brother, Gavin and her super-loving dog, Kodiak. Oh, fairly normal except for the fact that she is clairvoyant meaning she can see and communicate with spirits, both good and, unfortunately, very very evil. Since early childhood, she has recognized her “gift” (as not so much a gift, but a curse really) and shared this information with her parents. That very day, her mother fled the house and never returned – something Adam, her father, will always blame her for. When she starts going on early-morning runs with her longtime crush, the very dreamy and brave Logan, she is introduced into a whole new paranormal world which she had no idea she was living in – The Orion Circle only accepts select and elite individuals. Soon Kacie is thrown headfirst into this world, not really knowing what she’s doing….

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How Many Books is ‘Too Many’?

a lot of books

Hello there, everyone. Today on this lovely winter day, (I’m just kidding, I don’t particularly like the cold, especially below freezing weather) I realized how many books on my bookshelf I have yet to read. In 2012, I managed to read 41 of them which, considering there are 52 weeks in a year, was essentially like reading 1.2 books a week. ***snaps and claps*** However, I wished I had read more, especially during the summer, because NOW there are so many more books that I want/need coming out. I really cannot stop myself from buying a book or two (or five) every time I’m at a bookstore, which is at least a couple of times a month. But in my defence, they’re bargain books sometimes so…

Iv’e always wanted to challenge for myself to only read the books I have on my shelf and once those were all read, I could buy more. After thinking for a while I realized there may be some problems with that….

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*The Selection*: A Competition of A Lifetime ★★★★★

the selection kiera cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass was a very interesting novel and was much better than I expected. Immediately, I knew I was goingto like the plot of this book just because it was so different than anything I had read lately. America Singer is a Six – two castes (a social class that the people of the country were divided into) up from being homeless, hungry and penniless. She and her family live in a town in Carolina and don’t have much themselves. When the opportunity to become Prince Maxon’s wife (The Selection) is brought upon every girl between 16 – 20 years of age, America’s mom is quick to convince her. Eventually, after much pestering, not only from her family but from others as well, she agrees to enter, doubting her odds anyhow. Surprisingly enough, America is one of the 35 girls chosen for The Selection and will live with the Prince and his family in the palace until a wife is chosen. Cass brings us on America’s journey through the transition into living like a One (in a palace nonetheless), through the violent attacks by the rebels and the tension between her and the other girls fighting for the crown all the while trying desperately to forget something..or someone.. she has left behind in her town in Carolina….

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Daemon Black: A Not So Normal Teenage Boy

**may contain spoilers**

Daemon Black from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The mysterious Daemon Black…**on a side note: I don’t really think the model chosen for the covers of the books was a prefect representation of Daemon, but that might just be me**

So, I just finished the first three books in the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I knew I wanted to do a character discussion and decided on Daemon Black just because he evolved the most of all the characters. Although it may not be evident while reading the books, when you look back, it’s completely obvious that he is a whole new person.

To start off with some basic background info on Daemon:

  • He lives with his twin sister, Dee, in West Virginia
  • The siblings live next door to Katy Swartz
  • He comes from a different planet, past the furthest galaxy from Earth
  • He is a Luxen, creature of the light who can emit power from within, move objects, run really fast
  • He has another brother (also his twin aka. he’s a triplet) who disappeared
  • He is super hot with beautiful green eyes and a stellar bod
  • He ends up dating his human next door neighbour, Katy Swartz

Although it may seem normal enough for him to date a human girl, it’s completely out of the box for Daemon. He is convinced that humans are not good company for Luxen, even preventing his sister from befriending Katy at first. Eventually he gives in and lets Dee see Katy; the girls quickly become best friends.

Enough about Dee and Katy though. Let’s talk Daemon.

The thing with Daemon is that he comes off as extremely cocky. Everyone notices this imidiately after meeting Daemon, but that’s just who he is and I began to accept that. In the first novel, Obsidian, Daemon doesn’t change much. He’s still immature and kid of stand-offish in the sense that, in the case of his relationship with Katy, he doesn’t talk to her much, but he still stalks her almost. Evidently, he doesn’t like it when she sees other guys, but he won’t admit that he has any feelings for her.

Despite all of that, he still quickly became one of my favourite characters. You could tell by how much he loved his sister that he could feel that way about someone else. Daemon is a very interesting character because you’re never really sure how he’s going to react to certain situations, which makes the story that much better. Also, his jokes, which are actually funny, fill the book with some much needed humor amongst all the fighting and hostility between Luxen and Arum.

Other than the fact that he’s an alien from another planet, Daemon is a typical teenage boy who enjoys doing normal teenage boy stuff like going on dates with his girlfriend, watching movie marathons with his siblings and just hanging out. Something I admire about his character is that, once he wants something, he strives for that goal and won’t stop until he gets there. Although it can be something as small as convincing a girl that he really does likes her, it means a lot to Daemon because he wants to prove himself to be something other than an egotistical, annoying guy.

Anyway, I really hope you guys go out and read the Lux Series. It’s very riveting and captivating – trust me, you won’t be able to put it down. (at least I didn’t) Happy Reading!

– C

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels ★★★ ¾

Hey! CoveringAllCovers here to review City of  Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. First of all, lets start off with the blurb at the back of the book so you can get an idea of what this story is about:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels

How awesome does that sound right?! I was way excited, but to be honest City of Fallen Angels was a good read for me, not as great as the other Mortal Instruments novels were. Here’s why:

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Romance and Love Stories Make Everything Better ❤

Hey Book Lovers! 

CoveringAllCovers here! Today I wanted to share with you a couple of my favourite romance novels (mostly for teens) that I have read in the past and very much enjoyed or some that I am looking forward to reading! Here they are!

*Just a side note – you’re going to see me mention Nicholas Sparks many times because I really do think he creates amazing love stories*

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Recommendations From CoveringAllCovers: Young Adult

Hello Book Lovers!

CoveringAllCovers here! Today I wanted to share with you a couple of my favourite young adult novels that I have read in the past or some that I am particularly looking forward to reading! Here goes!

  • The “Hush Hush” Saga by: Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The “Divergent” Series by: Veronica Roth
  • The “Delirium” Series by: Lauren Oliver
  • The “Vampire Academy” Series followed by the “Bloodlines” series by: Richelle Mead
  • The “City of Bones” Series by: Cassandra Clare
  • “The Hunger Games” Trilogy by: Suzanne Collins
  • The “Unearthly” Series by: Cynthia Hand
  • “Cinder” by: Marissa Meyer
  • The “Graceling Realm” Series by: Kristin Cashore

*Just a side note*

These happen to all be young adult books (as you can see by the title of this post) but I plan on making more posts on recommendations but for different genres.

Now, let’s discuss why I enjoy these books so much.

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