My Book List

First off, I would like to apologize for the length of this list. It is a list of all the books I currently have on my Kindle Library, the majority of which I have not read.  I am posting this, so that if there is a book or series I have someone is curious about, you can ask me to review it ASAP. I would gladly move that series or book to the top of my “Too Read” list to help out any subscribers. This list doesn’t contain in it the other short list of books for review. Those I have, but not in the list.

If there is a {NEED} before and after the title, it means I don’t have that specific book of the series. If there is a date after it, it means its not out yet, or it just came out and I don’t have it yet.

Age of Fire
Dragon Champion
Dragon Avenger
Dragon Outcast
Dragon Strike
Dragon Rule
{NEED} Dragon Fate {NEED}


Alex Rider
Point Blank
Skeleton Key
Eagle Strike
Ark Angel
Crocodile Tears
Scorpia Rising [Apr 05, 2011]

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter
Guilty Pleasures
The Laughign Corpse
Circus of the Damned
The Lunatic Cafe
Bloody Bones
The Killing Dance
Burnt Offerings
Blue Moon
Obsidian Butterfly
Narcissus in Chains
Cerulean Sins
Incubus Dreams
Danse Macabre
The Harlequin
Blood Noir
Skin Trade
Hit List [Jun 09, 2011]

Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl
The Arctic Incident
The Eternity Code
The Opal Deception
The Lost Colony
The Time Paradox
The Atlantis Complex
{Book 8} [— –, 2012]

Bartimaeus Trilogy
The Amulet of Samarkand
The Golem’s Eye
Ptolemy’s Gate
The Ring of Solomon

Black Magician Trilogy
The Magician’s Apprentice
The Magician’s Guild
The Novice
The High Lord

Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods
The Van Alen Legacy
Misguided Angel
Lost in Time [Oct –, 2011]
Keys to the Repository
Bloody Valentine [Dec 28, 2010]

Chronicles of Narnia
The Magician’s Nephew
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle

Dark Visions
The Strange Power
The Possessed
The Passion

Darkest Powers Series
(Darkest Powers Triology)
The Summoning
The Awakening
The Reckoning
(Darkness Rising Trilogy)
The Gathering [Apr 12, 2011]
The Calling [—,– 2012]
{Unnamed} [— –, —-]

Darkness Sett
This Present Darkness
Piercing The Darkness

Darren Shan Saga
(Saga of Larten Crepsley)
{NEED} Birth of a Killer {NEED}
Ocean of Blood [Apr 27, 2011]
(Vampire Blood Trilogy)
A Living Nightmare
The Vampire’s Assistant
Tunnels of Blood
(Vampire Rites Trilogy)
Vampire Mountain
Trials of Death
The Vampire Prince
(Vampire War Trilogy)
Hunters of the Dusk
Allies of the Night
Killers of the Dawn
(Vampire Destiny Trilogy)
The Lake of Souls
Lord of the Shadows
Sons of Destiny

Darksword Trilogy
Forging the Darksword
Doom of the Darksword
Triumph of the Darksword
Legacy of the Darksword

Death Gate Cycle
Dragon Wing
Elven Star
Fire Sea
Serpent Mage
Hand of Chaos
Into the Labyrinth
The Seventh Gate

The Dark Lord of Derkholm
The Year of the Griffin

Dirk Pitt
Pacific Vortex!
The Mediterranean Caper
Raise the Titanic
Vixen 03
Night Probe!
Deep Six
Inca Gold
Shock Wave
Flood Tide
Atlantic Found
Valhalla Rising
Trojan Odyssey
Black Wind
Treasure of Khan
Arctic Drift
Crescent Dawn

The Color of Magic
The Light Fantastic
Equal Rites
Wyrd Sisters
Guards! Guards!
Moving Pictures
Reaper Man
Witches Abroad
Small Gods
Lords and Ladies
Men at Arms
Soul Music
Interesting Times
Feet of Clay
The Last Continent
Carpe Jugulum
The Fifth Elephant
The Truth
Thief of Time
The Last Hero: A Diskworld Fable
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Night Watch
The Wee Free Men
Monstrous Regiment
A Hat Full of Sky
Going Postal
Making Money
Unseen Academicals
I Shall Wear Midnight
Snuff [— –, 2011]

Double Edged
This Scepter’d Isle
Ill met by Moonlight
By Slanderous Tounges
{NEED} And Less Than Kind {NEED}

Dragon Jousters

Dragonlance Chronicles
Dragons of Autumn
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragonlance Dark Disciple
Amber and Ashes
Amber and Iron
Amber and Blood

Dragonlance Legends
Time of the Twins
War of the Twins
Test of the Twins

Dragonlance Raistlin Chronicles
The Soulforge
Brothers in Arms

Dragonlance War of Souls
Dragons of a Fallen Sun
Dragons of a Lost Star
Dragons of a Vanished Moon

Dragonlance: The New Generation
The Second Generation
Dragons of Summer Flame

The Elder Gods
The Treasured One
Crystal Gorge
The Younger Gods

The King Beyond the Gate
Quest for Lost Heroes
In the Realm of the Wolf
The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend
The Legend of Deathwalker
Winter Warriors
Hero in the Shadows
White Wolf
The Swords of Night and Day

Duel of Sorcery
Changer’s Moon

The Thief’s Gamble
The Swordsman’s Oath
The Gambler’s Fortune
The Warrior’s Bond
The Assassin’s Edge

The Diamond Throne
The Ruby Knight
The Sapphire Rose

Elric of Melniborne
The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
The Weird of the White Wolf
The Vanishing Tower
The Bane of the Black Sword
Elric at the End of Time
The Fortress of the Pearl
The Revenge of the Rose
The Dreamthief’s Daughter
The Skrayling Tree
{NEED} The White Wolf’s Son {NEED}

The City of Ember
The People of Sparks
The Prophet of Yonwood
The Diamond of Darkhold

Enchanted, Inc.
Enchanted, Inc.
Once Upon Stilettos
Damsel Under Stress
Don’t Hex with Texas

Ender’s Saga
First Meetings in the Enderverse {The Polish Boy}
First Meetings in the Enderverse {Teacher’s Pest}
Ender’s Game
A War of Gifts
Ender’s Shadow
Shadow of the Hegemon
Shadow Puppets
Shadow of the Giant
Ender in Exile
First Meetings in the Enderverse {Investment Counselor}
Speaker for the Dead
Children of the Mind
Shadows in Flight [— –, —-]

Rise of the Evening Star
Grip of the Shadow Plague
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary
Keys to the Demon Prison

Fall of Ile-Rein
The Wizard Hunters
The Gate of Gods
The Ships of Air

First Law
The Blade Itself
Before They Are Hanged
Last Argument of Kings

Forbidden Game
The Hunter
The Chase
The Kill

Gallagher Girls
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
{NEED} Only the Good Spy Young {NEED}

Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Quidditch Through the Ages
Fantastic Beasts and where to Find Them
{NEED} The Tales of Beedle the Bard {NEED}

Heir Chronicles
The Warrior Heir
The Wizard Heir
The Dragon Heir
The Enchanter Heir [— –, 2013]

Heist Society
Heist Society
Uncommon Criminals [Jun 21, 2011]

Heroes of Olympus
The Lost Hero
The Son of Neptune [Oct –, 2011]

His Dark Materials
The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
TheAmber Spyglass

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, The Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Mostly Harmless
And Another Thing… {Eion Colfer}


Dead Witch Walking
The Good, The Bad, and the Undead
Every Which Way But Dead
A Fistful of Charms
For a Few Demons More
The Outlaw Demon Wails
White Witch, Black Curse
Black Magic Sanction
Pale Demon [Feb 22, 2011]

Homecoming Saga
The Memory of Earth
The Call of Earth
The Ships of Earth

The Host
The Soul [— –, 2012]
The Seeker [— –, 2012]

House of Night
Awakened [Jan 04, 2011]
Destined [May 05, 2011]
{Untitled} [Oct 06, 2011]

Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

Blue Moon
Dark Flame
Night Star
Everlasting [Jun –, 2011]

Incarnations of Immortality
On a Pale Horse
Bearing an Hourglass
With a Tangled Skein
Wielding a Red Sword
Being a Green Mother
For Love of Evil
And Eternity
Under a Velvet Cloak

Infernal Devices
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince [Aug 30, 2011]
Clockwork Princess [Dec –, 2012]

Inheritance cycle
Shur’tugal [— –, 2011]


Iron Fey
The Iron King
Winter’s Passage
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen [Feb 01, 2011]
The Iron Knight [— –, 2011]

Jason Bourne
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Bourne Legacy
The Bourne Betrayal
The Bourne Sanction
The Bourne Deception
The Bourne Objective

Jumper: Griffin’s Story

Kane Chronicles
The Red Pyramid
{untitled} [May 03, 2011]

{NEED} Behemoth {NEED}
Goliath [Sep 11, 2011]

Lily Bard Mystery
Shakespeare’s Landlord
Shakespeare’s Champion
Shakespeare’s Christmas
Shakespeare’s Trolop
Shakespeare’s Counselor

Little Blue Envelopes
13 Little Blue Envelopes
The Last Little Blue Envelopes

Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Lying Game
The Lying Game
Never Have I Ever [Apr 8, 2011]

Mage Wars
The Black Gryphon
The White Gryphon
The Silver Gryphon

Mage Winds
Winds of Fate
Winds of Change
Winds of Fury

Night of Knives
Return of the Crimson Guard

Guardians of the West
King of the Murgos
Demon Lord of Karanda
Sorceress of Darshiva
The Seeress of Kell

Maximum Ride
The Angel Experiment
School’s Out – Forever
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
The Final Warning
Angel [Feb 14, 2011]

Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn
The Dragonbone Chair
Stone of Farewell
To Green Angel Tower
The Burning Man

A Shadow on the Glass
The Tower on the Rift
The Way Between the Worlds

Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

Mortal Insturments
City Of Bones
City Of Ashes
City Of Glass
City Of Fallen Angels [Apr 05, 2011]
City Of Lost Souls [May –, 2012]
City Of Heavenly Fire [Sep –, 2013]

NUMA Files
Blue Gold
Fire Ice
White Death
Lost City
Polar Shift
The Navigator

The Summoner
The Blood King
Dark Haven
Dark Lady’s Chosen

{Untitled} [— –, 2012]
{Untitled} [— –, 2013]

Night Angel
The Way of Shadows
Shadow’s Edge
Beyond the Shadows

Night World
Secret Vampire
Daughters of Darkness
Dark Angel
The Chosen
Black Dawn
Strange Fate [Jul 26, 2011]

Night of the Solstice
The Night of the Solstice
Heart of Valor
Mirrors of Heaven [ — –, 2011]

Wolfsbane [Jul 12, 2011]
Bloodrose [— –, 2012]

The Outstretched Shadow
To Light a Candle
When Darkness Falls

Orcs: First Blood
Bodyguard of Lightning
Legion of Thunder
Warriors of the Tempest

City of Golden Shadow
River of Blue Fire
Mountain of Black Glass
Sea of Silver Light

Supernaturally[ Sep –, 2011]
{Untitles} [— –, 2012]

Percy Jackson & The Olympians
The Lightning Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

Perfect Chemistry
Perfect Chemistry
Rules of Attraction
Chain Reaction [May 24, 2011]

Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars
Twisted [Jul –, 2011]
{Untitled} [— –, 2012]
{Untitled} [— –, 2013]
{Untitled} [— –, 2014]

Princess Diaries
(Princess Diaries)
The Princess Diaries
Princess in the Spotlight
Princess in Love
Princess in Waiting
Project Princess
Princess in Pink
Princess in Training
Party Princess
Sweet Sixteen Princess
Princess on the Brink
Princess Mia
Forever Princess
(Side Novels)
Perfect Princess
The Princess Present
Ransom My Heart (Mia as Author)
Valentine Princess

Princess Novels
The Stepsister Scheme
The Mermaid’s Madness
Red Hood’s Revenge
The Snow Queen’s Shadow [Jul 05, 2011]

Rain Wild Chronicles
The Dragon Keeper
Dragon Haven

Ranger’s Apprentice
The Ruins of Gorlan
The Burning Bridge
The Icebound Land
The Battle for Skandia
The Sorcerer in the North
The Siege of Macindaw
Erak’s Ransom
The Kings of Clonmel
Halt’s Peril
The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

Red Pavillions
Knight’s Dawn
Wizard’s Funeral
The Scabbard’s Song

The Last of the Renshai
The Western Wizard
Child of Thunder

Riftwar Cycle
(Riftwar Saga)
Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Master
A Darkness at Sethanon
(The Legends of Riftwar)
Honored Enemy
Muder in LaMut
Kimmy the Hand
(The Empire Trilogy)
Daughter of the Empire
Servant of the Empire
Mistress of the Empire
(The Riftwar Legacy)
Krondor: The Betrayal
Krondor: The Assassins
Krondor: Tear of the Gods
(Krondor’s Sons)
Prince of the Blood
The King’s Buccaneer
(Serpentwar Saga)
Shadow of a Dark Queen
Rise of a Merchant Prince
Rage of a Demon King
Shards of a Broken Crown
(Conclave of Shadows)
Talon of the Silver Hawk
King of Foxes
Exile’s Return
(Darkwar Saga)
Flight of the Nighthawks
Into a Dark Realm
Wrath of a Mad God
(Demonwar Saga)
Rides a Dread Legion
At the Gates of Darkness
(Chaoswar Saga)
A Kingdom Besieged [MAr 29, 2011]

Sword in the Storm
Midnight Falcon

Robert Langdon
Angels & Demons
The Da Vinci Code
The Lost Symbol

The Sum of All Man
Brotherhood of the Wolf
The Lair of Bones
Sons of the Oak
The Wyrmling Horde

The Jewel in the Skull
The Mad God’s Amulet
The Sword of the Dawn
The Runestaff


Secret Circle
The Initiation
The Captive
The Power

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
{NEED} The Necromancer {NEED}
The Warlock [May 24, 2011]

Septimus Heap
Darke [Apr 08, 2011]

Series of Unfortunate Events
The Bad Beginning
The Reptile Room
The Wide Window
The Miserable Mill
The Austere Academy
The Ersatz Elevator
The Vile Village
The Hostile Hospital
The Carnivorous Carnival
The Slippery Slope
The Grim Grotto
The Penultimate Peril
The End

Seven Kingdoms
Bitterblue [— –, 2011]

Seven Realms
The Demon King
The Exiled Queen

(Word & the Void)
Running with the Demon
A Knight of the Woods
Angel Fire East
(Genesis of Shannara)
Armageddon’s Children
The Elves of Cintra
The Gypsy Morph
(Legends of Shannara)
{NEED} Bearers of the Black Staff {NEED}
The Measure of the Magic [— –, 2011]
(Shannara Trilogy)
First King of Shannara
The Sword of Shannara
The Elfstones of SHannara
The Wishsong of Shannara
(Heritage of SHannara)
The Scions of Shannara
The Druid of Shannara
The Elf Queen of Shannara
The Talismans of Shannara
(Voyage of Jerle Shannara)
Isle Witch
(High Druid of Shannara)
Jarka Ruus

Spiderwick Chronicles
The Field Guide
The Seeing Stone
Lucinda’s Secret
The Ironwood Tree
The Wrath of Mulgarath

Tales of Alvin Maker
Seventh Son
Red Prophet
Prentice Alvin
Alvin Journeyman
The Crystal City

Things Not Seen
{NEED} Things Hoped For {NEED}
{NEED} Things That Are {NEED}

Tiffany Aching Adventures
The Wee Free Men
A Hat Full of Sky
I Shall Wear Midnight

Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow
Troy: Shield of Thunder
Troy: Fall of Kings

New Moon
{NEED} The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner {NEED}
Breaking Dawn
Midnight Sun


Vampire Academy
Vampire Academy
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound
Last Sacrifice

Vampire Diaries
(The Vampire Diaries)
The Awakening
The Struggle
The Fury
Dark Reunion
(The Return)
Shadow Souls
Midnight [Mar 15, 2011]
(The Hunters)
Phantom [— –, 2011]
Moonsong [— –, 2012]
Eternity [— –, 2013]

Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries
Bloodlust [Jan 04, 2011]
The Craving [May 01, 2011]

Vampire Earth
Way of the World
Choice of the Cat
Tale of the Thunderbolt
Valentine’s Rising
Valentine’s Exile
Valentine’s Resolve
Fall with Honor
Winter Duty
March in Country [Jan 04, 2011]

Von Bek
The War Hound and the World’s Pain
{NEED} The City in the Autumn Stars {NEED}
The Brothel in Rosenstrasse
{NEED} The Dragon in the Sword {NEED}
{NEED} The Blood Red Game {NEED}

Vows and Honor
The Oathbound

Wicked Lovely
Wicked Lovely
Ink Exchange
Stopping Time
Fragile Eternity
Radiant Shadows
Darkest Mercy [Feb 22, 2011]

Winter of the World
The Anvil of Ice
The Forge in the Forest
The Hammer of the Sun

Wizard Knight
The Knight
The Wizard

Assorted Random Other Books, Sorted by Author
(Alborn, Mitch)
The Five People you Meet in Heaven
(Asher, Jay)
Thirteen Reasons Why
(Brooks, Max)
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Living Dead
(Brown, Dan)
Deception Point
Digital Fortress
(Cabot, Meg)
Avalon High
(Card, Orson Scott)
Maps in a Mirror
Maps in a Mirror
(Clements, Andrew)
(Kristin Cast)
Kisses From Hell
(Dick, Philip K.)
The Minority Report
(Gaiman, Neil)
The Graveyard Book
(Hughes, Mark Peter)
A Crack in the Sky
(Niffenegger, Audrey)
The Time Traveler’s Wife
(Picoult, Jodi)
My Sister’s Keeper
(Sebold, Alice)
The Lovely Bones
(Sonnenblick, Jordan)
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie
Notes From The Midnight Driver
Zen and the Art of Faking it
(Telep, Trisha)
The Eternal Kiss
(Verne, Jules)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Around the World in 80 Days
In the Year 2889


New Life, Incorporated

First off, I appologize for the length of time since my last review. Without further ado:

Book: New Life, Incorporated

Author: Mariah Rachel Hooley

Publisher: SmashWords

Pages: n/a

Date Read: January 20, 2011

From Amazon

The Longevity Chip is a marvel of biotechnology-an implant that slows aging and ensures virtual immortality. It’s safe, affordable, and guaranteed. Thousands have been sold, and thousands more are in production, quickly making New Life Incorporated the wealthiest, most powerful corporation on the globe. The fountain of youth, it seems, has at long last been found. But the Resisters aren’t buying it; they suspect the Chip has some guarded, secret purpose, and seek the truth of its design. Still, truth often comes at great cost-as their increasingly violent confrontations with the Lifers, who defend the source of their newfound “salvation,” attest. As far as Joe Ramsey is concerned, he’d just as soon stay out of it. But when he inadvertently thwarts the assassination of a key Resister, Joe is thrown headlong into a tangle of deceit, treachery, and intrigue that may prove New Life CEO Caleb Walker the most dangerous man on earth.

Gavin’s Analysis

New Life, Inc. is about an ex-military man named Joe Ramsey, and is written in 3rd person from his perspective.. He used to work for the government, until he did something he would regret for the rest of his life. Then he quits his job, leaves his home and his pension behind, and moves far far away to try to avoid his past. But the past just keeps following him! It’s back, and this time he has to pick a side. Join forces with the “Resisters” or the “Lifers”. One is pro-Longevity Chips (The Lifers), the other (the Resisters) are against them. They have this crazy idea that the longevity chips aren’t quite what they seem. Along the way he meets two great friends, Cammo and Murray, who also isn’t what “he” seems. Another Allie on Joe’s team is Wayne, the funding behind the project. On the other side of the line the main players are Caleb Walker and Malachette, his goon who does the dirty work. Murray, Cammo, Wayne, and Joe run into many complications in their attempts to unveil the evil plot of New Life, Inc. The learn the “Federation” (Mrs. Hooley’s fictional governmental body) has been “bought out” by New Life. They are disliked by the general public. And they run into many many booby traps while on the main eventful mission of the story. Cammo sneaks out a few times, against the wishes of his older sibling Murray. Joe tries to find him each time. Murray is trying to deal with the emotional battleground on his inside. Joe fights his internal demons, when he learns of a man from his past is involved in the evil plot.

My personal favorite character of the story was Murray because of all the obstacles he has to face. Its like, he’s the “needy” character, who can’t help but make you feel sorry. I have never been in those shoes, but I do like helping people out of them. So I guess I could relate most to Joe, even though Murray is my favorite character.

I really enjoyed this book, however it isn’t for all sci-fi fans. It has heavy overlays of romance to it. Unless you’re a fan of storybook predictable romance’s, you won’t enjoy the romance. It is all predictable, but that’s just romance for you. I for one enjoy both Romance Novels, and Sci-Fi, so this combination of the two was an amazing read. I wouldn’t suggest reading this unless you are an avid fan of romance novels. If you are, then I wholeheartedly suggest this to any audience of all ages. The only downside to this book, was the grammatical and word-choice errors, but those are to be expected of a first-edition. Could have happened from the converter smashwords used to convert the book also.

-Gavin Chester

Overall: 8/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing Style: 5/10 (I love Mrs. Hooley’s style, this is just for the grammatical and word-choice errors which are a pet peave of mine.)
Uniqueness: 10/10

Buy the Book!

Amazon Paperback
Amazon eBook
SmashWords eBook
Barnes&Noble links coming soon!

My “To-Review” List

Well I was going through my emails the other day, all 5,000 of them, and I started sorting them, and I made a folder of all the books that had been sent to me that I haven’t yet reviewed.  I decided I would post a listing of all the books you can expect a review from me for in the near future, so you guys can look out for a review on a book you are particularly interested in!  So, all the books that currently are up for me to review include:

Iman’s Isle by S.A. Davis
Dividing Dark by Melissa Swaim
Tomorrow’s Guardian by Richard Denning
Oginalii by Stephanie M Sellers
Sojourner by Maria Rahel Hooley
Screenwriting for Teens by Christina Hamlett
Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett
The Blizzard by Marty Martins

These are in no particular order, just all the books I currently have in my to-read list, so expect to see them soon.  I have a seperate to-read list, that is a list of all the other boosk I have on my Kindle, not sent to me by the Authors.  Those I will review periodically if I find a really good one I wish to share, but i won’t gaurantee anything on those books.  I will guarantee a review on all the books listed above though, so you can look forward to that!

EDIT: You may have noticed a bit of a change in the title of my blog. This was suggested to me by a very nice Author whose book I am looking forward to reading soon. I thank him for the suggestion, as I like the new name much better.


Book: Harmonics: Rise of the Magician

Author: Collin Earl & Chris Snelgrove

Publisher: Silverstone Books

Pages: N/A

Date Read: 1/5/2011

From Amazon

They built what could not be constructed. A weapon lightyears ahead of its time. A weapon so superior it defied the known laws of physics. Seven years ago, they were on the verge of unleashing its power. Then…they lost it. Now they are on a desperate hunt to reclaim what they stole. Following the trail of unexplainable deaths, they frantically search for what may become their ultimate demise. But what if the project doesn’t want to be reclaimed? Join their hunt wading through political power-plays, corporate corruption, domestic terrorism, and the greatest enigma of their time- the infamous assassin known only as: The Magician.

Gavin’s Analysis

This is the first work I have ever read by Collin Earl, and I must say, he has left me wanting more! This story seems to me as more of a “Prequel” to the storyline he is working. Most of the book doesn’t seem to make any sense for the first two or three chapters, until the “camera” per-say settles on the main storyline, that of Samantha Montgomery of Academy City 676’s life. It was her last year of high school, and her life gets flipped upside down. Her school was attacked by 3 different groups all at once. One, a Research Lab who from my take on the story, has created a human of supernatural talents that, I am not positive but I believe, has the ability to split compounds into their elements, and recombine the elements into whatever they want. This is what it seems the element Earl has coined “Harmonicum” can do, from the various little tidbits given about MESA Lab’s involvement with it at least, and the”Experiment” escaped from MESA Labs. Although this book has left a few open strings in anticipation for the next book, all in all I would say it tells a fascinating intro to a whole new world of Earl’s which we will all come to love as the story progresses. Only time will tell, Until then we must wait for the release of his Next book in the series.

I don’t know about other readers, but I for one can not wait to get my hands on the next book Collin Earl publishes in this story.

-Gavin Chester

Memorable Quotes:

Looking back, I think I knew, even as we sped down that motorway, that life – my life as I had known it – was never going to be the same again

Overall: 9/10
Plot: 9/10
Writing Style: 8/10
Uniqueness: 10/10

Book: Department of Temporal Adjustment

Author: Veronica R Tabares

Publisher: Sun Break Publishing

Pages: 336

Date Read: January 7, 2011

From Amazon: Time is a funny thing… Happily married, Vanessa and Tony are the proud parents of three little girls. Still, something’s missing; both Vanessa and Tony want to finish their degrees. It’s a pretty big decision, but with their heart set on the University of Washington they make a pact: One or the other will always be at home with the kids. It’s only fair, so when the couple schedules their classes, courses, and lab work it’s a matter of protecting home base. As it goes, life is good, if a little hectic. Vanessa often finds herself at the lab on campus late at night, but so what? She’s young. Still, when she accidentally steps through a time portal on campus that shoots her into the future, she’ll have to trade in her lab coat for a super hero’s cape and hold on for dear life. Part time warp Nancy Drew mystery, part Super Mom drama, Department of Temporal Adjustment by new author Veronica R Tabares is a funny, tender, and engaging adventure about motherhood and the incredible juggling act a woman succeeds at every day, even when one hand is tied behind her back.

Gavin’s Analysis: This story is about a house-mom named Vanessa and her involvement with a time-portal she stumbles upon while at college, and how it affects her family. Vanessa is the main character throughout the story, although her husband, Tony, and three daughters do play big roles. Her college lab-partner, Erica, plays a important role also, although hers is a bit more minor, and only through a part of the book. Right from the beginning of the book, it jumps you right into the life of Vanessa and Tony and how hectic it is. Within a few chapters, Vanessa is already noticing strange things around campus, from oddly dressed people roaming the grounds at strange hours, to a weird humming noise in the building that she uses the lab of. A lot of mysterious things happen to her throughout the book, things she can’t explain why they are happening to her, and that make her think she is going crazy. At first, when I read the book description, I expected a bigger focus on the sci-fi aspects of the story, the whole “time portal on her college campus”. I was expecting some huge adventure in the future. Yes, I was disappointed, but that is NOT to say the book was un-enjoyable. I still greatly enjoyed the storyline, which is more a focus on her life in the present and how her short forays into the future affect her life, along with the life of her family. The storyline is nice, and the ending to the book is very happy. It is written in the first-person and in the end is told to be a “journal of sorts” although it reads just like a story rather than a journal, which I was happy for. All-in-all I really enjoyed the book, even though it wasn’t what I had originally expected.

Similar Titles: I can’t think of any similar books I have read. If I ever do think of any, I’ll let you guys know.

Memorable Quotes: “On to the greatest adventure of all time. Family, Marriage, College—Life.”


Overall: 9/10

Plot: 7/10

Writing Style: 9/10

Uniqueness: 9/10

October Breezes

Book: October Breezes

Author: Maria Rachel Hooley

Publisher: CreateSpace

Pages: n/a

Date Read: January 18, 2011

From Amazon

Skye Williams knows everything there is to know about mistrust: Dad skipped out when she was five, leaving Mom with an angry daughter and an upside-down mortgage. Then there were the boyfriends—at least a dozen—hot on his heels and hot for her mom, none of whom stuck around long enough to figure out Skye hated them—hated the underage toys they brought as bribes and the way they looked at her, speeding past with the same distaste they would have for a yellow traffic light. And now this Warren Jacobs has shown up to sweep Mom off her feet—and all he’s brought with him is a crummy, dog-eared book. She doesn’t even read! How can Mom even like this guy, much less trust him? He’s just another loser with a capital L.

But Warren’s not the only concern rocking Skye’s world. Devin Abbott, a guy she’s known since kindergarten, has changed. Almost at once, he’s become this tall, broad-shouldered guy with dark hair and easy eyes she might date—if he hadn’t always been her best friend. Skye swears there’s nothing between them, but everyone else thinks differently. Devin doesn’t act the way he used to, especially when Kellin Morgan, senior quarterback, asks Skye out. Flattered, she accepts, and, Devin sulls up—and he isn’t the only one. Kellin’s best friend, Tyler Rutherford, gets bent out of shape, too, as he’s always wanted Skye for himself. When Kellin and Skye attend one of Tyler’s famous parties, neither senses the impending disaster. Afterwards Skye is left with consequences that will change not only her life but also that of everyone who loves her.

Gavin’s Analysis

October Breezes follows the life of a young high-school girl, Skye Williams, through many of the terrible experiences she goes through.  Other key characters include her mom; her mom’s fiance, Warren; Her best friend, Devin, her new beau, Kellin; her unlikely ally in all the mess, Jimmy; the girl who wants her boyfriend, Becca; and the guy of her nightmares, Tyler. On the proverbial “high-school food-chain” Skye and Devin rank quite low, so low they don’t exist to the “popular crowd”.  Kellin, Tyler, and Jimmy are all on the football team, and Kevin is the quarterback. Kellin and Jimmy are the opposite of all the stereotypes that just popped into your head. Tyler follows said stereotypes to the dot. Becca is the witch with a capital B who controls the minds and actions of all the girls in the popular crowd, the “queen bee” you could say.  Throughout the book Skye runs into problems that threaten to destroy her life, usually caused by Tyler and Becca. Devin tries to warn her, but every time she ignores him they grow farther and farther apart. He doesn’t like Kellin, but Kellin isn’t the problem, Tyler is. Becca pretty much hates Skye’s guts, because she has the guy Becca wants more than anything else.

I’d have to say I see through Devin’s perspective the most, if I was asked. I can relate to being in his shoes, trying to stop your close friend from dating a guy that is going to hurt her. I sympathize with Skye, but as I’m not a teenage girl, and have been in almost none of her problems myself, I can’t really imagine being in her shoes. This is  really good book, but it isn’t the kind of book I would ever say I “enjoyed”, because its an extremely sad story.  I didn’t like the story, but there was a very loud message being said through the story, and the message is a good one. Throughout the book, I found myself on the edge of my seat, worrying for Skye, and wanting to punch Becca in the face.  The writing is so good, it just drags you right into the story. I couldn’t put it down My favorite part of the book was the ending, when we finally learn what the big deal with Becca is, and the couple that should have been together throughout the whole book finally come to terms with their feelings for each other.  The ending to the book, was the best part because it ended all the sadness. My least favorite part was all the times Skye was abotu to do something stupid, and I couldn’t warn her (I know that makes me sound silly, but its true). I wouldn’t ever change anything to the story, it was written perfectly as it should have been, and for that I congratulate Mrs Hooley. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any and all young adults out there who enjoy reading, and even a lot of those who don’t enjoy reading should read it. I would especially recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, or Brian Katcher’s Almost Perfect. Thank you to Mrs. Hooley for giving me the chance to read this novel and enjoy it.

-Gavin Chester


Overall: 9/10

Plot: 8/10

Writing Style: 10/10

Uniqueness: 7/10

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Well just an update for anyone who doesn’t already know, My name is Gavin. I’m 16, turning 17 in s few months. I live in Wisconsin, USA, and I love reading. Recently I got a Kindle for Christmas, and have made a goal of reading 400 books this year. Right now I am a little behind, I just finished #12. Anyways, I found a post on amazon and it got me into an idea of writing reviews! I got in contact with a Woman name Yani, and her friend, whose blog can be found here. They got me into posting my reviews to a blog, and when they moved blogs and said it was hard to get me the ability to post in it, I almost just said ok, and didn’t care about a blog. But then I saw how many people had replied to my first Review, and I decided I didn’t want to disappoint. So I made this blog. I’m still a newbie at running a blog, and although I know a little HTML, it has been more than a year since I heavily used it, so I’m a little rusty. I give full credit to the template for the reviews to those wonderful ladies, and hope you all take a visit to their blog, bookmark it, follow it, the whole shebang. I will re-post my old reviews here, and I will make it a goal to add SOME type of post daily, whether it be a review, or just some useful tidbit of information about me or what I am currently reading.

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