Review: Jim Morgan and the Pirates of the Black Skull

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By: James Matlack Raney
Published on: December 7th 2013
Genre: Children, Adventure/ Fantasy

Over a year has passed since Jim Morgan outwitted the King of Thieves and escaped from London with his friends, Lacey and the Brothers Ratt. Now, at long last, Jim is ready to return home to Morgan Manor.

But a dark vision haunts Jim’s dreams – a Crimson Storm with the face of a black skull. Soon, Jim is thrust into a deadly race against his father’s old enemies, Count Cromier and his son, Bartholomew. This time, he will face terrors beyond his imagination – pirate battles, hidden islands, sorcerers, and sea monsters.

New foes and magic forces will tempt and test Jim. For there are terrible secrets he has yet to learn, secrets about his father, the Treasure of the Ocean, and his own incredible destiny…

Adventure has a new name – Jim Morgan!

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I LOVE pirates! If I could pick any fantasy job, it would hands down, no questions asked, be a pirate. Sailing the high seas, stealing gold, and seeking out a magical adventure are all the qualities of a great pirate, and are also the amazing qualities of this book.

James Raney is truly a gifted storyteller. It takes an amazing writer to be able to write a book that appeals to both children and adults.

He was able to incorporate humor and silly lines like:

“…and Lacey’s the damsel in the dress.”
“That would be damsel in distress.”

Along more serious lines like:

“But boys have rather short memories, especially boys who are nearly thirteen years old and absolutely full of confidence they can do anything.”

More than an adventure story Raney has written a story about friendship. The book began with Jim, the Ratt brothers, and Lacey donning eye patches, peg legs and wooden swords as they pretended to be pirates’, and ended with them actually become ones. The book was filled with villains, monsters, mystical talking animals, mermaids, and so much more.

Sadly there aren’t enough Pirate books out there that have this type of magical adventure, so hopefully this is not the last we see of our pirate friends!

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Review Forever, Jack (Eversea #2) By, Natasha Boyd

FOREVER, JACK_COVER_R3Keri Ann Butler’s life changed on the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different to the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long.

Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack’s latest tabloid accessory isn’t on Keri Ann’s career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again?

Jack knows he let the only ‘real’ thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers. And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until Now.

Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?

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She doesn’t deserve him!!
Why do authors do this?
They make these amazing, strong, attractive guys. And then pair them with these whiny, selfish female characters? Why? What happened to female solidarity? These authors are female and yet they are unable to write a good female character, one that doesn’t make our gender look crazy. I’ve read hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of books but I could probably count on one hand the number of books that features a good female protagonist. It’s important to have a desirable male character but I think it’s even more important to have a relatable and likable female character. Now with that said I can talk about the book.
I surprisingly loved the last book; I loved Keri Anne, I loved jack, I loved their whole drama. Even though we’ve read this story before; where a relatively nothing-special girl meets a famous actor and they fall in love. But this one was different it was well written with good drama and likeable characters. That is until book 2.
This book started off ok. Jack, after being gone for 7 months comes back to town begging for forgiveness and a second chance. I liked that Keri Anne made him work for it, that she didn’t pull an Anastasia Steele and forgive everything he put her through after 2 sec of reuniting. She seemed so strong in the beginning not caving to the man that broke her heart but willing to listen- after some time. I loved their story their drama and after a few chapters their reunion. Until it was revealed that Keri Anne is a crazy self-sabotaging disgrace for a human being.
The beginning was so good- which is the reason for the 4 stars. But the ending ruined it for me. I knew that the conflict was coming but I was hopeful that it would be something different. Something creative. Something that I didn’t just read 3 days ago in The Remember When series or a year ago with Love Unscripted. I wanted something slightly unique. But alas I was disappointed when the conflict turned out to be Keri Anna’s fear of being photographed and being attached publicly to jack. And other unbelievable nonsense. If a beautiful young British actor came up to me and professed his love I would be all over that. And yet Keri Anna is dragging her heals, making stupid decisions and choosing her lack if career over true love.

Why God? Why do I continue to waste my money by reading the same book over and over again. Ugh. Oh well it’s too late now.
At least this is the last one in the series.

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Giveaway & Review Switched, By Cassie Mae

9780345548825.340x340-75Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.

Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should. But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I love books with this kind of story.

More than vampire books (which I LOVE)

More than Boarding School Books (which I LOVE LOVE)

My all time favorite book is the ‘fall in love with your best friend’ book. When the best friend is a guy. Duh.

This is what Switched is about, well kind of.

Kayla has a crush on Talon.

Wes has a crush on Reagan.

The only problem is that Talon and Reagan are together. Oh and their in love with their best friends boyfriend/girlfriend. Yea it’s a mess.

So Kayla and Wes decide to break up their best friends relationship so that they can be with the people they want. But while they scheme and plot they begin to realize that maybe the person they were really suppose to be with was in front of them the entire time.

I loved Kayla and Wes’s relationship, it was slow and dramatic and they didn’t see it coming. They were so funny together, being able to completely speak their minds because they were so comfortable with each other.

While I loved their relationship I hated that it took them so long to realize that they were in love with the wrong person. I couldn’t understand why they liked Talon and Reagan in the first place; I also didn’t understand why they were best friends with them. This was definitely not a book about good friendship. But the drama was good.

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Review: Endless By, Amanda Gray

cover36112-mediumJenny knows she’s different. After all, she sees the past lives of people she touches. But when Nikolai, the mysterious boy she painted, shows up claiming to be a love from a past life, Jenny is forced to accept that he has traveled through time to find her. Now, Jenny and Nikolai must fight against the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time. The Order is determined to send Nikolai back. And fighting them could tear Jenny and Nikolai apart — this time for eternity.

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The story hooks you from the very beginning. I liked this book, the characters were really relatable and I loved the magic and history that was woven throughout.

Jenny has the power to see the past history of everyone she touches. She meets Ben and falls into a dream with him sending her to the past. She finds that they, along with another character Nikolai are time travelers, and the story goes from there.

So much happened in this book, too much happened in my opinion. Even though I liked the story it didn’t seem believable that so much could happen to these characters in only 2 weeks.

I also wasn’t crazy about the love triangle. I like Ben and even though I feel like I should like Nikolai more, I just couldn’t. But I did like the multiple points of views that the story was told in, and the traveling back in time.

It was a really crazy read, and I’m looking forward to the next one.

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Review: Cursed (Voodoo Nights, #1) By, Lizzy Ford

cover37486-mediumThe Red Man is coming …

 Five years after her sister disappeared, seventeen-year-old Adrienne finds the strength to return to her father’s home in New Orleans. But soon after she arrives, the mark of a curse appears on her, leaving her worried. Will she be the next victim of a four-hundred-year old family curse … the next to be claimed by a serial killer roaming the back alleys of the city?

 The day before his senior year begins, Jayden is given a skeleton key passed down through his family for generations — a gruesome reminder of how his ancestors betrayed their own people and sold them into slavery. He doesn’t believe in the curse the key allegedly bears and puts it away with the intention of forgetting about its message. Until he meets Adrienne, a girl he’s compelled to for more reasons than her beauty. 

 He’s not the only one who notices her. A man in a skeleton mask and a voodoo gang member are also drawn to Adrienne. One is determined to protect her. The other intends to mislead her. Haunted by the mythical Red Man, all are connected to the ancient curse.

 Can they overcome their misgivings about one another and prevent the dark prophecy looming over them? Or will they be lured away from each other by evil’s siren song?

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Lizzy Ford just keeps popping out these books. This is the forth Ford book I’ve read, my favorite was Xander’s Chance, and while I don’t love her books she knows how to write a captivating story with likeably flawed characters, set in an amazing paranormal universe. I think the reason I keep coming back to her books is because the settings and characters are so amazingly unique.

Cursed was no different. Adrienne, has just gone back to New Orleans after 5 years of avoiding her fathers home because of her sisters death. But right when she gets there she becomes cursed. After the first chapter I was hooked, I needed to know what was going to happen, how it was going to end. While I didn’t love Adrienne she eventually grew on me and I loved her relationship with Jayden.

I might not read the next book, even though this one was pretty good I’m not in love with the series.

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Review Tandem By Anna Jarzab

tandem-cvr-comp1bAuthor: Anna Jarzab

Sources: Goodreads, Amazon

Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives–infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather’s stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real–until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she’ll be trapped in another girl’s life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love–one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she’s someone she’s not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing–and no one–is what it seems

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I began this book thinking it was going to be more fantasy than dystopian. I saw the word Princess in the description and immediately my imagination whisked me away to a castle where I would be reading about Balls, Princes, fancy dresses, and hidden passageways. And I got all of that- with a little modern twist.

Sasha (I really didn’t like that name for her) is from Earth and is reading alone in the library one day when the guy she’s had a crush on all her life walks in and asks her to Prom. She’s shocked, excited, and obviously confused, but she agrees and they end up having the best night ever. But on the way back home her crush, Grant, proved that she shouldn’t have been so quick to say yes when he puts a bracelet on her wrist that brings her to Aurora. Aurora is almost exactly the same as earth, with a few minor differences; one being in this world Sasha’s double is a Princess.

Grant who turns out not to be Grant at all but a soldier from Aurora who was tasked with bringing Sasha to this world, explains that the real Princess has been kidnapped and they need Sasha to pretend to be her until they can get her back. At first she’s furious, try’s to run away a few times, and almost gets killed, but agrees to help in the end.

I really liked the book in the beginning Sasha seemed really smart, and was easily relatable. Even though the book only spanned over a shot period of time it felt like Sasha had been in Aurora for years. She fit so well in the role of Princess, and I quickly fell in love with her relationship with Grants double Thomas.

But about 30 pages from the end everything started to fall apart. It seemed like a different person decided to write the ending because it didn’t flow with the rest of the book. Everything was rushed, I found it unbelievable that the evil character would tell Sasha his plans and his reason for what he did, everything just seemed ridiculous.

I probably wont read the next one, which is disappointing because if you had asked me 30 pages before the end I would have said I definitely would be reading it. But it was still really good and really well written.

Review One & Only By Viv Daniels

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Tess McMann lives her life according to the secrets she’s sworn to keep: the father who won’t acknowledge her, the sister who doesn’t know she exists, and the mother who’s content playing mistress to a prominent businessman. When she meets the distractingly cute Dylan Kingsley at a prestigious summer program and falls in love, Tess allows herself to imagine a life beyond these secrets. But when summer ends, so does their relationship — Dylan heads off to Canton College while Tess enrolls at the state university.

One love they can’t ignore…

Two years later, a scholarship brings Tess to Canton and back into Dylan’s life. Their attraction is as strong as ever, but Dylan has a girlfriend…who also happens to be Tess’s legitimate half-sister. Tess refuses to follow in her mother’s footsteps, which leaves her only one choice: break the rules she’s always followed, or allow Dylan to slip away for a second time.

…And only one chance to get things right.

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This is the ultimate daddy issues story. I didn’t love this book, but the first chapter was so heart breaking that I had to keep reading. Tess was never supposed to exist. Her father knocked her mother up while she was working for him as a college intern. During this time Mr. Swift (her father) was married, and had another daughter on the way and instead of owning up to his issues like a man he hid his second family, and Tess and her mother became his dirty little secret.

It was so sad because you wanted to hate Mr. Swift, but I couldn’t because I could tell that he really loved Tess, even when he was acting like a jerk. And he acted like a jerk a lot. He wouldn’t let Tess go to her first choice for college, saying that it was too expensive when in reality he just didn’t want her to go there because his other, real, daughter goes there. He hardly gave them any money, and he was never there for Tess when she needed him, he didn’t even visit the hospital when she had surgery at 8 years old.

So when Tess is given the opportunity to do something for herself, a pre college course at Cornell she jumped at the chance and met Dylan. Dylan became her first, in every way, and after that no body else could ever measure up. This is where things get annoying. Instead of building a relationship with Dylan, Tess runs, which seems to be what she’s best at. And doesn’t see Dylan again until 2 years later when she transfer to the school of her dreams. But now Dylan is dating someone else, her sister.

For some reason I didn’t really like Dylan, in reality I didn’t really like any of the characters and it wasn’t because they were annoying or mean or unrealistic- it was just something about them, that I didn’t like, and I didn’t care about them. It’s awful to say but I think the reason I didn’t like them was because they were to understanding. Every time something bad would happen I kind of expected the stereotypical drama to ensue and was equally bothered and happy when the stereotypical drama didn’t happen.

The book wasn’t boring, I finished reading it in less than a day, but at the end of reading it I felt kind of blah. I didn’t miss the character, I didn’t care that everything worked out. It was kind of a blah book, with blah characters, and blah drama. I think it was just missing passion, and real love, but overall it was really well written and a nice story to pass the time.