Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Killer Instinct (The Naturals, #2)Title:  Killer Instinct 
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher:  Disney Hyperion
Publishing Date: November 4th 2014
Pages: 386
Genre: YA Mystery Thriller
Series: The Naturals #2
Source:  Hardcover 

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Hobbes has a gift for profiling people. Her talent has landed her a spot in an elite FBI program for teens with innate crime-solving abilities, and into some harrowing situations. After barely escaping a confrontation with an unbalanced killer obsessed with her mother’s murder, Cassie hopes she and the rest of the team can stick to solving cold cases from a distance.

But when victims of a brutal new serial killer start turning up, the Naturals are pulled into an active case that strikes too close to home: the killer is a perfect copycat of Dean’s incarcerated father—a man he’d do anything to forget. Forced deeper into a murderer’s psyche than ever before, will the Naturals be able to outsmart the enigmatic killer’s brutal mind games before this copycat twists them into his web for good?

With her trademark wit, brilliant plotting, and twists that no one will see coming, Jennifer Lynn Barnes will keep readers on the edge of their seats (and looking over their shoulders) as they race through the pages of this thrilling novel.

I really enjoyed the first book, The Naturals, last year and couldn't wait to continue the series. Unfortunately I had to wait a little longer than I had anticipated but I finally read the book and I LOVED IT. I was able to connect to the characters more in this book and of course the thrills and the chills, the creeps and the crazies were all there in this book and I enjoyed it so much, more than the first one, which I already loved. Great second book to the series.

Cassie and the gang are back to being the normal naturals, cold cases only, no live cases. Everything is oh so boring and it stinks but things seem to pick up when a killing happens and the MO is the same one that Dean's father used. Now the gang is set on finding out who is behind the killings so that they can get this whole entire nightmare out of Dean's life. My question... oh and Cassie's question. Why are these things happening so close to home for the scooby gang. First it was Cassie's mom and not its Deans father. What is going on. 

This book really did rock. I think I enjoyed the mystery, the killings, the secrets, the revels, and the characters more in this book. Not that they weren't already awesome in the first book, but the first book lacked just a tiny tiny bit preventing it from totally wowing me. This book totally wowed me and now I am totally stoked about the next book. 

Things I really liked about this book. The feel was familiar but the crime and the circumstances were really different and I do believe both the crimes in the first book and in this book will somehow work out together in a further plot line. I am not sure about this but I am hoping for it. They books may just be separate from each other, each an individual crime. But like I said, I hope not. 

I also liked the intensity and the emotion more in this book. It seemed a bit more real for me. Now I am not sure why... it could be I am more invested in the characters in this one or it could be the first book I listened to on audio and this one I read. So I may have just had a different take on digesting the story than the narrator gave me in the first book. She was an excellent narrator but it wasn't my own head. 

Cassie became more real for me and so did the rest of the gang. I think in the first book I liked Dean more. This book I am kind of crushing on Michael. Dean shuts out the world, he is the bad boy, he as issues. A rebel, quiet but intense. Michael is some of these things, bad boy yes, issues yes, but he doesn't shut out the world. He invites them in then messes with their heads with charming words and witty remarks. Now... I do think he is sincere. This is what I got from him this book. I felt more Michael. I felt I knew him more and wanted to know more of his story. 

Lia was still Lia, but she is coming around to actually possibly becoming Cassie's friend. Which is good. There is still a rivalry between the two where Michael and Dean are concerned. Its all kinds of muddled but not in a bad way. Sloane is way awesome and definitely one of my favorites and I think she always will be. Geeky, awkward, and just fun. 

The romance isn't quite where I like my romance. It does have a love triangle and although its not horrid and I myself can't decide who I want her with, this is my issue. I like to root for someone. I like it when one is a definite and one is a oh no way. In the situation I am in now, someone I like will get hurt and I can't handle that. There isn't any insta love however. Cassie is attracted to both and cares for both but that's it. No love, not yet. So I do appreciate that. Maybe in the next book I will have a definite and a oh no way. 

The book is creepy and ewe gross. Great mystery and thrills. Whenever i thought I knew who the killer was, I was led to believe I was wrong or I was just plain out wrong. I loved all the red herrings. I thought it was written well and it paced excellent. It was almost a one sitting read. I really didn't want to put it down. I do need the next book asap. 

It was just filled with awesome from first page to the last. 

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (who mostly goes by Jen) was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been, in turn, a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, finished her first full book (which she now refers to as a "practice book" and which none of you will ever see) when she was still in high school, and then wrote Golden the summer after her freshman year in college, when she was nineteen.
Jen graduated high school in 2002, and from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science (the study of the brain and thought) in May of 2006. She'll be spending the 2006-2007 school year abroad, doing autism research at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Genre Definition and Recommendation #82

Genre Definition and Recommendation is a feature where I will define a genre and a sub-genre definition and the make some recommendations.  

Romance - Definition found on Wikipedia

The romance novel or romantic novel is a literary genre. Novels of this type of genre fiction place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending."[1] There are many subgenres of the romance novel including fantasy, historical, science fiction and paranormal.

Historical Romance Definition found on Wikipedia 

Historical romance is a subgenre of two literary genres, the romance novel and the historical novel.
My Recommendations:  

Forbidden (Forbidden, #1)
Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little

In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart. 

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying. 

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.


The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1)

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly


East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

But Fiona's life is shattered when the actions of a dark and brutal man take from her nearly everything-and everyone-she holds dear. Fearing her own death, she is forced to flee London for New York. There, her indomitable spirit propels her rise from a modest West Side shop-front to the top of Manhattan's tea trade. But Fiona's old ghosts do not rest quietly, and to silence them, she must venture back to the London of her childhood, where a deadly confrontation with her past becomes the key to her future.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cover Up! #3

This feature I will just gab, remark, feature covers  I like or don't like. Anything covers goes. 

Today I was thinking about some of my favorite retellings coming out with the next book. I have quite a few that just came out are coming out real soon.  There are quite a few I absolutely adore the covers art. What are your thoughts? Do you have any favorite retelling covers? Or maybe you have some that you don't like at all. Tell me your thoughts.

Splintered Covers:  A wonderful retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I think the covers tell the story of CRAZY and DARK. 
There is one novella. It matches sort of, just in theme not in style. But it is still nice to look at.

Splintered (Splintered, #1)Unhinged (Splintered, #2)Ensnared (Splintered, #3) The Moth in the Mirror (Splintered, #1.5)

Beau Rivage Covers: Love them. So Bold And Dark. Completely draws me in. The novella matches beautifully too. 

Kill Me Softly (Beau Rivage, #1)Twin RosesTear You Apart

Of course there is the Lunar Chronicles... These covers scream sic fi and fairytale. One of my all time favorite coves. My only complaint about these covers. Fairest doesn't match. :( 

There are a few more novellas that do not match at all and I didn't want to add them all. 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.1)

Dorothy Must Die rock. They are very simple yet very CREEPY! 
and... all the novellas match. :) 

No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die #0.1)The Witch Must Burn (Dorothy Must Die, #0.2)The Wizard Returns (Dorothy Must Die, #0.3)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)

Last but not Least, Madman's Daughter. Love these and I love the covers. They really stand out with the Gothic Horror vibe. The latest is my favorite cover in the series. 

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)A Cold Legacy (The Madman's Daughter, #3)

So leave me your thoughts!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #92

Stacking The Shelves is a hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Come join the fun and share all the book you received this week. 

For Review:

Ash: A Destined Novel
Ash by Shani Petroff & Darci Manley


Destiny is pre-determined. It is strictly monitored. It is unchangeable.
Or is it?

Madden’s life is a whirlwind of privilege and perks. Born into the elite Purple ring, she is fated to be a Minister of the Seven. Although her position comes with the burden of great responsibility, she’s nothing if not confident in her future. After all, Destiny Specialists have determined how she will fulfill her life's purpose, and they are never wrong.

Her classmate Dax, an Ash, is clinging to the opposite end of the spectrum. While everyone around her knows what destiny awaits them, Dax’s fate is…missing. Isolated and ignored, she refuses to let her lack of status define her.

After a stunning twist of fate, Dax and Madden’s paths intertwine in ways neither could have possibly imagined. The two are forced to question their own past, present and future as they realize who they are is not necessarily who they were meant to be.

ASH, the first book in the Destined series, is an unforgettable journey into an alternate future which will leave readers wondering just how much we can control our own fate.

Destiny is calling. Will you fight for yours?

Greta and the Glass Kingdom (Mylena Chronicles, #2)Greta and the Glass Kingdom by Chloe Jacobs


Once upon a dark time…
Greta the human bounty hunter never quite fit into the shadowed, icy world of Mylena. Yet she's managed to defeat the demon Agramon and win the love of the darkly intense Goblin King, Isaac. Now Isaac wants her to rule by his side—a human queen. And the very announcement is enough to incite rebellion…
To make matters worse, defeating Agramon left Greta tainted with a dark magick. Its unclean power threatens to destroy her and everything she loves. With the Goblin King's life and the very peace of Mylena at stake, Greta must find a cure and fast.
Her only hope lies with the strange, elusive faeries in the Glass Kingdom…if she can get there before the evil within her destroys everything.


The Fever


Inspire (The Muse, #1)

Friday, January 23, 2015

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