Monday, December 5, 2011

Revealing Eden Review







Revealing Eden (Save the Pearls book 1) by Victoria Foyt

Revealing Eden was a great read. It's about a world/ society that could possibly happen in the near future. As the planet dies around them, people must hide underground to protect themselves from the sun. The suns rays are deadly, causing severe burns as it penetrates through the atmosphere. The dominate species are what they call Coals; dark-skinned people, those with the darkest skin are the ones most likely to survive. As their pigmentation protects them from the devestating effects of the sun. There are many classifications among the skin tones and that is how people are judged. Pearls are the pale white-skinned people, who are looked down upon and the only thing lower than them are the cottons which are the albino race. The rarest around especially because they kill off the weak species.

Any pearls living among the coals must coat themselves with a type of paint. darkening their skin and hair so as they can blend in more easily. For Eden life is hard but not as hard as most. She works with coals because of her father; a scientist searching for a solution to the problem. All Eden wants is to be like the coals, dark and beautiful. She want a mate and she needs a mate because at 18 if she doesnt have a mate she will be cut off from the supplies needed to survive. The only way to live is to find someone and reproduce, helping society survive. But finding a mate isn't as easy as one would think. Being a Pearl diminishes her odds but Eden has her sights set on one Coal in particular, one who has been keeping his eye on her as well. Secretly talking to each other Eden hopes that he will soon ask her to be his mate but sometimes those you think you can trust are actually not who they seem to be.

When Eden unwittingly reveals secret information about her fathers experiments she jeopardizes everything they've been working towards, forced into an unescapable situation and thrown into a lost society out in the wilderness Eden must find herself and learn to adapt. With Eden's father as their only hope of survival in the hot rainforest, Eden must do everything she can to save him so that he can complete his experiments. As Eden struggle with what to do without technology, and the always present worldband now out of reach she finds comfort in the company of a beast-man. A man who she believes to be her enemy but can't seem to stay away from. With her attraction to Brandford, Eden must try to understand his motives for bringing them to the forest and accept that life will never be the same.

When the secret to Brandford's actions is revealed you be shocked. As Eden and Brandford fight for their lives you feel pulled into their world. The emotions run high in this fast paced book filled with questions, action, and even a little romance. Heart-pounding and devastatingly realistic Revealing Eden will leave you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen. Amazing writing, creative and enthralling story that captivates you. Eden's character was developed beautifully, she's strong, independent but still a girl at heart just wanting someone to love her for who she is. A great story showing that you can't judge a book by its cover, and that beauty comes from within.

Fantastic read I recommend everyone to check out this book, can't wait for book 2! So glad I got the chance to read this book by an amazing author. Loved her writing style and the detail she puts into the story is fantastic. I loved how she took something so real; problems that we're struggling with today, and made a possible world from it, and the concept of rascism in reverse is a fresh take on problems that we as a society have had for generations. I really don't know what else to say but it was amazing. Five Stars.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Clockwork Prince Review


Clockwork Prince: Book 2 in the Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

****May Contain Spoilers****

To start I want to say that I liked Clockwork Angel but i didn't think it was amazing but book 2 blew book 1 away. Clockwork Prince was amazing. It was fast paced and the storyline carried so well I just didnt wan't to put it down.

Set in an era that intrigues me beyond belief, Clockwork Prince did NOT disappoint. Picking up where Angel left off. With Mortmain still at large the shadowhunters along with Tessa must find him and bring him to justice. With no real leads on his location, they must find a way to get the information the need in order to bring the magister down. Will continues to sneak off from the institute in order to meet with Magnus in his attempts to get his life in order. With the reasoning behind Will's attitude towards others and life in general coming into focus, he's trying to find a way to overcome the curse set upon him years ago.

As will pushes everyone away; including Tessa, Tessa becomes familiar with Jem. Looking to him for comfort, companionship and understanding, his kindness is a relief to her in comparison to Will's rough nature. After Will's feelings towards her were clearly made in Angel, she protects herself now from the icy shards of Will's heart. Little does she know that everything Will does in his life is actually to protect them all from a terrible fate.

As the story progresses new conflicts arise. Charlotte's position as the head of the institute is challenged by Lightwood, and as the consul sets a seemingly impossible task ahead of her she struggles to find a way to keep things together. She is forced n ow to find and stop Mortmain within two weeks or Benedict will take over the institute. The stress of this seems trying enough, but those at the institute run into even more problems as the story goes on. In their search of Mortmain they come across an unexpected event. Will's family is at risk now, the magister has his hooks in them without them even knowing it. With Will still forced to keep his distance he's plagued with a difficult challenge; how can he keep the ones around him safe.

Also, the Lightwoods have found a way to infiltrate the institute, setting the task of Sophie and Tessa to be trained in combat, Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood are charged with training them. Everyone is on edge and must tread lightly in order to keep the truths around them secret. Jessamine; refusing to partake inand combat training, uses her free time to assist Charlotte with her taks around the institute. Little do they know that she's up to no good all on her own.

When the twists come into play you'll be left in shock. Who you think you can trust you can't, who you think is the enemy might well be your greatest ally, and those you love are the ones most likely to break your heart. As you entwine yourself within the story and into the lives of the characters you love most, you feel yourself drawn into theeir world. Feeling for them in a way I never thought possible, moments where you want to just grab them and shake them, yelling at them "what are you doing!?" These are the worst and also the best parts of the book. Worst in the sense that you feel so attached to the characters that you just want whats best for them to happen.

Some great OMG moments and definitely a few WTH moments. I fell in love with Jem in Angel but I've fallen even harder for Will in Prince. As his true colours come out in this books I don't think there will be a single person out there that wont enjoy his story. I high energy installment that I feel pushes Cassandra Clare to a whole new level of writing. Cassandra Clare has taken this series in general to a whole new level and in this second book she leaves the audience hanging by a thread in desperate need for the next book.


Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Fire Wars Contest


Up for grabs this week is a copy of THE FIRE WARS by Kailin Gow!
The Fire Wars was released on October 17, 2011.

The Fire Wars is A dystopian romance that takes place on an island and is the melding of mythologies from two different cultures.

This contest will be fairly easy here's what you need to do:

1. Become a Fan of Fire Wars on Facebook

2. Tweet and/or Facebook post about this contest AND that Fire Wars is now available!

3. Change your profile picture to The Fire Wars book cover! (should be nice because it's an awesome looking cover!)

That's it! Pretty simple. Once you've done the above things just click on this form here and click what you've completed.

Contest is INTERNATIONAL. Contest will run from November 1, 2011-November 8, 2011.

Good Luck everyone and please be sure to tell your friends about the contest!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Metamorphosis Review



METAMORPHOSIS BY DEVON ASHLEY

Book 2 in the Immortal Archives Series

I loved the first book in the Immortal Archives series and Devon Ashley doesn't disappoint with this second installment. Metamorphosis was quick paced, dramatic, and witty. A great continuation of the series.

Metamorphosis follows the POVs of Abby, Emily, and Noel. It starts with Emily's full transformation process and continues on with her acceptance of the life she now lives.
As Abby and Noel get Emily adjusted to her new life, they must train her to become strong and accustomed to her new powers. Emily learns to heighten all her senses and must learn to let go of her past life; nothing is the same now and with her new abilities she needs to rely on her vampire senses and not her human ones to survive.

Abby on the other hand, is still recovering from her battle even though all her injuries are healed on the surface and all her powers have returned her immortal heart has not stopped beating; which gets both Abby and Noel worried that something might be terribly wrong with her. The heart does not beat unless the pure vampire is injured and it needs to heal the body but with nothing obvious plaguing Abby she can't figure out why it wont stop.
Abby also begins to experience some strange symptoms; in the case of an immortal, headaches, stomachaches and a craving for junk food. I had a feeling of what could possibly be wrong with her and once I found out what it was it's a definite twist in the right direction. It throws everything for a loop and put even more pressure on Abby to stay healthy and stay alive.

Now i'm not a fan of giving away parts of the book; I hate spoilers I think they ruin books for people but there is a part in this book that I wish I could totally say OMG this happened and I thought I was going insane I couldn't believe it. BUT I won't. Midway through the book there is a HUGE twist in the story involving Noel, and for those who have read Ordained, you probably fell in love with his character. Metamorphosis almost had me hating him! The beginning was great but like I said once you get to the middle of the book, your feelings will change just as mine had but through the whole reading process I kept thinking to myself 'No, this can't be happening, this isn't real.' And that's all i'll say on that, it's a great twist and everyone will love it.

There's no true villain in this book but there are plenty of characters in it to keep the heroes busy. One character that comes into play will definitely be in the next book, and he's a real piece of work, as well as two new additions that surprise you at the end.

Metamorphosis was a great read, I love the characters and the attitude they have, they're strong but funny and they keep the book interesting. There's plenty happening in this book that you will NOT be bored in the slightest bit.

Metamorphosis will be released on November 15, 2011 So be sure to get your copies today. AND if you haven't read ORDAINED, definitely check that out first, The Immortaal Archives is a great series and I recommend it to everyone!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Win a COMPLETE Jodi Picoult Library of books!!



Hey Guys! Simon and Schuster is hosting an amazing contest where you can have the chance to win a complete set of books by Jodi Picoult. This is a great opportunity for you to add some great reads to your bookshelf so check it out and enter today!

Check out the contest here at : Simon and Schuster

Jodi has plenty of amazing books to satisfy everyones bookish needs. Books including:
My Sister's Keeper
Nineteen Minutes
The Pact
Plain Truth
The Tenth Circle
Vanishing Acts
Change of Heart
Handle With Care
House Rules
Keeping Faith
Salem Falls
Perfect Match
Picture Perfect
Second Glance
Mercy
Harvesting the Heart
Songs of the Humpback Whale

Sing you Home--
which comes out in paperback mid-october!
AND
 Lone Wolf
which will be coming out  February 28, 2012.

If you're already an avid Jodi Picoult reader and are excited for her new book Lone Wolf here's a little description of the book to tempt your tastebuds :)

Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.

With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?


Want to check the book out for yourself? Go take a look at it's page at Simon and Schuster !! OR you can go right to the source and check out Lone Wolf as well as ALL of Jodi Picoult's books at HER website: www.jodipicoult.com

Jodi Picoult is a Bestselling author with over 14 million copies of her books published worldwide. If your attracted to books that make it to the bestsellers list check out Jodi's books. Her book Nineteen Minutes (which is about the aftermath of a school shooting) was her first novel to debut #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. She went on to write another book Change of Heart which was her second novel to debut at #1 on the NYT best seller list.

Not sure if you want to read Jodi Picoult's dramatically realistic novels? You can get a feel for her writing style by watching her book to movie adaptations such as:
The Pact (2002, lifetime movie)
Plain Truth (2004, lifetime movie)
The Tenth Circle (2008 lifetime movie)
My Sister's Keeper (2009, feature film)

So good luck to everyone who enters; which I hope is a lot of you, because this is a great contest and a great opportunity to enjoy some wonderful books by a great author. Either click on the link I provided for you or just click the contest photo in the sidebar which will link you directly to the contest!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Silence countdown!



So not much longer to wait for the release of Silence book 3 in the Hush Hush Series. Silence will officially be out on October 4, 2011 and I've been hearing some mixed reviews on what people expect in this book here's what the cover has to say:

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They've overcome the secrets riddled in Patch's dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they've worked for—and their love—forever.


I have a few expectations myself but with the way book 2 ended I know that there will be a lot happening in Silence. I never expected to find out so much about Marcie, she is definitely a character that I never liked but with everything that happened in book 2 it shined a different light on her and on Patch.

I would love to hear what you guys all have to say about Silence, what do you expect? Anything you want to happen?

There are some pretty cool features involved with the release of Silence, if you haven't yet you can try out the facebook app: Patch and You

There's also a contest going on: Canadian Silence sweepstakes Contest so be sure to check it out!

And also if you have a blog yourself be sure to put up the Countdown Widget which is also up here on my blog!

Hope you all are ready for SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick

FURY Review


FURY by Elizabeth Miles


Ascension, Maine is a beautiful town during winter break. Snow is falling turning the barest of trees into beautiful sculptures, Children are playing and on the coldest of days they are bundled up indoors. The perfect little town where nothing special ever happens...Or so you think. In this small town things are not as peaceful as they seem.

Fury follows the story of two characters. Em and Chase, both of which have their own problems and their own drama.
Chase is trying his best to stay in the popular circle but with trouble at home and the stress of everyday life and everyone judging him his life begins to come undone. When he runs into a mysterious girl named Ty everything changes for him, he feels as though finding her is a miracle. She makes him feel different and alive, he feels lucky to have her with him but she is not what she seems. Everytime he hangs out with her something bad happens afterwards but he feels like he's falling in love with her and just can't believe that Ty is the cause of all the problems happening around him.

Em has a great life, popular, a best friend that she loves to hang out with and her best friend's boyfriend who she's falling in love with. She knows that loving him is wrong but she feels a chemistry between the two of them and he's been noticing her a lot more especially the closer they get to winter holidays. When Em's best friend goes on vacation he makes a move on Em that she can't refuse. The Passion between them is clear and as much as she hates herself for doing this to her friend she feels that in the end they are meant to be together and her frriend will understand....Well she's wrong about everything. When things start going south for Em she must figure out what to do, now that she has been chosen by the furies there's no escaping their wrath.

Chase and Em find themselves in a world of trouble and must fight to survive the dangers that follow the furies.

Fury was a good book, not great to me but defnitely has the potential to become more. I felt that the book was a bit slow and lacked a true story as to who the mystery girls were and the history behond them. The truth about everything only comes out right at the end. I understand that the feel of the book was to draw the reader in and make them curious but with no real tidbits in between it left the reading dry in places.

Elizabeth Miles definitely has the potential to create a wonderful story and I hope that book 2 will bring everything together. Fury was written well, good style and decriptions but definitely needed a little more for me.

3/5

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Monday, September 5, 2011

MONARCH WINNER



Thank you to everyone who entered the MONARCH contest!

Hopefully even if you didn't win the book you'll buy your own copy! Monarch will be officially out on September 15, 2011. And I definitely suggest you get your own copy!

I put everyones name into random.org and our lucky winner is:  ALLYSON CONLIN!!

Please email me your information which includes:

*your email
*your name
*your mailing address

You have 24 hours (until 7:15pm EST September 6th) to send me the email so that I can send it off to Rhemalda publishing. If I don't hear from you within 24 hours a new winner will be chosen!

Hope to hear from you Allyson :)


To everyone else, thanks for participating and stay tuned to the bookshelf for more contests and all my book reviews!~

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Friday, September 2, 2011

Monarch Giveaway


Hey Guys Hope you were able to check out my Monarch Review! It's a great book written by Michelle Davidson Argyle and a copy is up for grabs right here on my blog!

Here's a description of the book:

Nick's life as a CIA spy should be fulfilling, but it has only given him unhappiness, a wife who committed suicide, and two daughters who resent everything he has become. Now, stuck in the Amazon on the last mission of his career, he must track down Matheus Ferreira, a drug lord and terrorist the United States has tried to bring down for years. If he succeeds, he'll have the chance to start his life over again. Just when he's on the brink of catching Ferreira, he's framed for a murder that turns his world upside down. His only chance of survival lies in West Virginia, where Lilian Love, a woman from his past, owns the secluded Monarch Inn. He's safe, but not for long.


Contest is open INTERNATIONALLY. All you need to do is fill out THIS form.

Contest will run until Monday September 5th 12:00pm EST and winner will be chosen by random.org then announced here on the blog. Winner will then have 24 hours to email me with their mailing address.

Good luck to everyone who participates and hope you enjoy the contest. Thanks to Michelle and Rhemalda Publishing for donating this book for the Giveaway.

Monarch will be available for purchase on September 15, 2011.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf


Monarch Review



MONARCH by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Nick is a CIA agent, a spy to be exact. Nick has been deep undercover, mixed in with a drug lord. Nick's life has been complicated, his wife committed suicide and his daughters want nothing to do with him but now he's in Brazil trying to bring down the drug lord Mattheus Ferreira who has been a threat to the US for years. The government has been trying to bring him down but have not been able to locate him.

When Nick is the closest he's been to finding Ferriera, he's betrayed and framed for a murder that changes his life forever. Now on the run from the CIA and from Ferriera's men he has no choice but to go into hiding. His journey leads him to a place from his past, to a woman he knew from years before. Lillian Love is the owner of an Inn and as he takes refuge in her presence old feeling begin to surface.

He puts a great risk on Lillian by bringing his problems to her door but she welcomes him and gives him shelter as he struggles on what to do about his situation. When the truth of the betrayal settles he must bring his family together in order to protect them. As Nick makes plans on how to free himself and protect everyone he cares for, he learns more about himself and his family that he ever thought possible. Lines are crossed and passions flare as Nick delves deeper into the lies surrounding his job, cowokers and family.

Dangerous events, sacrifices must be made, and friendships will be broken, relationships are tested and loyalties are questioned. Monarch is a great read. Thrilling and unexpected. The characters were fresh and real and the description of everything was fantastic. The research put into this book was thorough and as the story flows you can learn a lot. Monarchs are a beautiful thing and Michelle did a wonderful job in bringing their frail but fighting spirit to life in combination with the mystery and intensity of a book about love and deception.

4/5

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Witchlanders Review



WITCHLANDERS by Lena Coakley.

Witchlanders follows the sotry of Ryder. A young man living in a world where witches rule the land, predicting the future by throwing bones and protecting the village people with their future-sight. Ryder has grown up believing that the witches have no power that everything they say or do is fake and that they take portions of the peoples crops but don't deserve any of it. Ryder lives with his mother and his two sisters, going about everyday life tending to the fields and taking care of his family.

Ryder doesn't believe the witches are necessary, even if they could predict the future what would be the point, there's no danger anymore not since the only enemy The Baen were defeated years ago. Ryder's mother use to be a bone thrower and he never believed her prophecies, as his mother struggled with reality and the effects of a deadly drug Ryder tries to bring her back to her life telling her there's no magic. Little did he know that his mother's prophecy would come true.

When a deadly new magic makes itself known, it threatens his family and his friends. The witches are useless against this new force and all the blame is being put onto the old enemy the Baen but is the blame directed at the true source or could everything Ryder ever learned be completely false. The history of all he's ever know about the prophets his whole village worships gets turned upside down, nothing is as it seems and the only way Ryder can defeat the evil plaguing his town is to join with an unlikely character and make a stand against all he's every known.

Witchlanders was an interesting read. It was a bit slow to start, and the story was hard to get into but once the characters were developed and the attachments were built the story flowed with ease and anticipation. Witches are respected in this story and feared for their knowledge and power. Overall a great Debut novel for Lena Coakley.

4/5


Melissa Silva 
The Bookshelf

Saturday, August 6, 2011

AWARD!

I got an award today from an amazing Page. Best Books is one of my favourite pages and they have an amazing blog as well. Thanks to Alice and Annmarie for this award.



The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. The rules of the award are:




1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!



This was way harder to do than I thought. Picking only 5 blogs is tough because there's some amazing blogs out there.

1. Bookaholics book Club
2. Best Books


and honestly that's it. There's a lot more I follow but they all have over 200 followers. These 2 blogs have amazing creators handling things, and are super helpful when it comes to anything book related :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Soul Thief Review



SOUL THIEF (book 2 in the Demon Trappers Series) by JANA OLIVER

Soul Thief is a gripping continuation to the Demon Trappers. Absolutely thrilling, addictive and must read for 2011.


***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS---Read Demon Trapper's Daughter before reading this REVIEW***




Riley Blackthorne is still recovering from what happened at the Tabernacle. With so many of her own dead or severely injured; including her boyfriend Simon, Riley is trying to hold it together.
Poor Riley, she has so much going on in her life: Suffering the loss of her father; who was illegally taken from his grave by an unknown necromancer. Simon is acting strange and pushing Riley away. Beck is being his overprotective self, and still trying to get Riley to move in with her aunt. And now Riley has a body guard to worry about.

As the story continues Riley is still trying to figure out what happened at the Tabernacle. As the blame gets thrown around for how the demons got through the ward Riley's as well as her father's name get put through the ringer. Many of the trappers think that she was involved in the attack. How else would she have survived an attack from a grade five geofiend? And how was her father inside the ward just before the attack if he wasn't the one behind it?

As Riley tries to figure out who stole her father from his grave, she must also figure out what is going on with the holy water supply. Riley takes the investigation into her own hands and does a little research as to where the bottles are going missing. With so much on her plate, Riley has a hard time facing reality. Simon is acting strange and he blames Riley for what happened as well. He will not believe that God has failed him, he can't believe that God would just allow demons to prevail.

With the increasing threat of demons in the city, the vatican has dispatched the demon hunters to bring down the number of demons. Also putting their hands into the trappers business, the hunters are trying to find out who is involved in helping the demons. When Simon gives them a 'lead' into the traitor, it puts Riley in a very difficult position.

 Riley tries to protect her friends and herself by staying out of trouble but trouble always seems to find her. With the help of her new 'body guard' Ori, Riley is able to continue her invesigations. But who is Ori? He claims to be a freelance demon hunter, but no one has heard of him and even though he saved her at the Tabernacle there's something strange about him.

Soul Thief is fast paced and entertaining. A fantastic story that leads you through a road full of twists and turns, and unexpected surprises. It allows you to enter the lives of the characters on such a deeper level. Thouroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend this series to everyone!

Jana Oliver is a creative author, who is able to wrap a story around your heart and soul. Leading you through a world of the unexpected, she brings her writing to the surface of the pages leaving you wanting more.


Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Interview with Karsten Knight




I got the chance to interview Karsten Knight, author of Wildefire. It was tough to come up with some questions for him but he was able to tackle them with ease and provide me with some amazingly real answers. Here's a little bit about Karsten:

Karsten Knight has been writing since the age of six, when he completed his first masterpiece: a picture book series about an adventurous worm. In the two decades that have followed, Karsten worked as a proofreader, a bookseller, and a college admissions counselor before finally deciding that his true calling was as a volcano goddess biographer. He resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather and football, and is on a far-too-successful quest to visit every restaurant in the city.
                            
bio info taken from Karsten's website: http://www.karstenknight.com/p/about-karsten.html 

Here are the questions that Karsten answered for me!

1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that story/idea?
Well, after I divorced my Polynesian volcano goddess ex-wife…Oh wait, I’ve used that joke before. It came from two things. After scrapping a few drafts of a first chapter, this one line popped into my brain: “Ashline Wilde was a human mood ring.” Out of that, this character—this voice—quickly evolved of this spitfire teenager who was both impulsive but also firmly loyal. While I continued to try first chapters, an old friend of mine introduced me to Pele, the Polynesian volcano goddess, and I knew I had a perfect match for the story that was evolving.

2. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write(do you have a favourite spot or time to write)? Do you set a daily writing goal?

Whenever I try to explain my typical work day to friends who have 9-to-5 jobs, I usually get blank stares. Basically, I finally accepted that I don’t do my best writing until the afternoon, so now I go to the gym every morning for a few hours to get my blood pumping and my brain synapses firing. I try to write 1,000 to 2,000 words a day between the hours of 1pm and 1am when I fall asleep, but there’s a lot of social media mixed in there—facebook, twitter, blogging.

As for where I write—I have a beautiful, 18-square foot desk with a beautiful view of my street…yet I find myself restless and constantly change positions in the house. I take my laptop everywhere: the couch, the porch, the kitchen table, and sometimes even sprawled out in my bed when I’m feeling really lazy.

3. What’s the best thing about being an author?

I get to make things up for a living. I don’t know how to summarize it any better than that.

4. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

I always struggle with this question, because I feel like people always say the same things. “Be a lifelong reader.” “Never give up.” “Write every day.” “Learn to cope with rejection and persevere.” Blah blah blah. But I think the best advice is to always make sure the stakes in your story are constantly increasing. Think of a story like a boiling pot. You need that spark in the first chapter for the fire to catch, but after that, you want to keep slowly turning the knob, cranking up the heat. By the end of your novel, the story should be boiling over the sides.

5. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? And how would you answer that question?

“High heels or flats?” Depends on my mood and how tall I feel like being.



There you have it guys! A little look into the mind of Karsten Knight! Be sure to check out his book WILDEFIRE which is officially released on July 26, 2011. And be sure to check out my review for WILDEFIRE here on my blog! http://msilvabooks.blogspot.com/2011/06/wildefire-review.html
 
 
 
Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Surprise Giveaway Winners!








Thanks to everyone who entered the Swag giveaway, you guys committed to the contest like real champs lol and after a whole month you can now change your pictures and 3 of you will be a swag bag richer for it!

Thanks to Kailin for donating all these amazing prizes and remember even if you didn't win today, check out Kailin's books today! Get your copies at amazon.com and read some amazing stories. :)

Once again here are the prizes available:

***PULSE BAG***


Includes: Signed PULSE book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark


***DESIRE BAG***

Includes: Signed DESIRE book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark


***BEAUTIFUL BEINGS BAG***

Includes: Signed BEAUTIFUL BEINGS book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark

Random.org was used to select our winners. Here are the prizes and the winners of each prize!


PULSE (PULSE, Book #1)




PULSE SWAG BAG

The winner of the Pulse bag is: MISTY NICHOLSON-PRICE



Desire (Desire #1)



DESIRE SWAG BAG


The Winner of the Desire Bag is: KATRINA WHITTAKER


Beautiful Beings (Beautiful Beings Series)



BEAUTIFUL BEINGS BAG


The Winner of the Beautiful Beings Bag is: ALICE PRIDAY
 
Congrats to all our winners! All winners please email me your mailing address so that I can send them to Kailin for your prizes. msilvabooks@live.com
 
Again, thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned to The Bookshelf for more contests!
 
Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Friday, July 15, 2011

Spellbound Review



Spellbound by S.L. Ross

Book one in the Immortal Island Series.

May Contain ::SPOILERS::

 Spellbound follows the story of Sarah Daniels. When Sarah is asked to house sit by her parents she gets upset. The old house creeps her out. It's located on an Island outside of the city and growing up there strange things always happened in the house. As Sarah makes her journey to the home she comes in contact with some strangers that don't seem too strange to her. She experiences visions and when one of them reveals one of the strangers, Sarah doesn't know what to think.

When contact with this stranger; whose name is Chase, causes Sarah to get another vision, one of the past, Sarah is in awe. Chase's touch is shocking and sends tingles all the way through her body. Who is this man?

As the attraction between Sarah and Chase increases, she discovers the truth of who he really is. Chase is a vampire. When Sarah realizes that the Island she once called home is actually full of Immortals she's thrown into a world she can barely understand. When Sarah also realizes that she's actually an old soul, born multiple times over the centuries she questions the love Chase has for her. Is he in love with her or what she once was?

With Sarah having so much knowledge of the Other world she's now in a dangerous position. When others start coming after her, she must protect herself and the ones she cares for, but she's not being attacked just for her knowing too much...Sarah isn't who she thinks she is.

What do they want with Sarah? Will history repeat itself? Spellbound is a fast read that leaves you hanging at the end.

Spellbound was a great story. The Concept was great and the characters are detailed, the only problem I had with the story was the writing style. I have a hard time reading stories that are completely proper. I like when a story flows wells and is written in the way people speak. When words like do not and cannot are used instead of don't and can't it cuts the flow of the story for me and makes me pause in the line of thought. I understand that Chase is suppose to speak like that but with Sarah being from the modern world i think it would have fit better if mordern speech was used. 

The end was very sudden, crazy cliffhanger leaving a lot of questions and anticipation (just the way i like a story), it makes you wonder what is going to happen to Sarah and Chase in the end. Will it all work out? Will Sarah remember who she once was?

If you like a fast paced book, with love, action and heartache and a quick read Spellbound is the book for you.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Betrayed Review


May Contain ::SPOILERS::



Betrayed by Ednah Walters.

Betrayed is book 2 in the Guardian Legacy Series.

Betrayed is a great continuation to Lil and Bran's story. Just when you thought things couldn't get more dangerous and more complicated, Lil finds her way into trouble once again.

Lil is adjusting to her new life as a guardian. As a powerful Psi and the only one able to control the most powerful weapon known to nephilim (the Kris Dagger) Lil is a force to be reckoned with. As she goes through training to increase her abilities and to learn to wield the dagger with minimal pain and effort she
discovers some new challenges in the process.

Just as Lil feels like her life is becoming as normal as it could possibly be she begins to get phone calls from her father Valafar. He warns her of someone betraying her and that she cannot trust the ones closest to her. He also tells Lil that Bran is keeping things from her, and when Lil tries to cut ties with Valafar, he uses any means necessary to get in contact with her even if that means putting one of her friends at risk.

As Lil tries to figure out why Bran is being strange and pushing her away, Lil comes to realize that Valafar may be right. Should she trust her father? When Lil finds out the truth behind why Bran is avoiding her, she does whatever she can to help him even if it means going to her father for help. Lil must overcome her fears, and question the motives of everyone around her in order to find the person that has betrayed her.

Can she truely be the chosen one and bring conflicting sides together once and for all or must she choose a side herself; even if it's the side of evil, in order to save the ones she loves.

Betrayed was fast and action filled. As you fly through the pages all you can do is guess the outcome of events and be surprised at the twists that unfold. A great read, Ednah Walters does it again bringing a world of guardians to life.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Thursday, June 23, 2011

DESIRE REVIEW


DESIRE: Book 1 in the Desire Series by Kailin Gow

Desire introduces you to a strange new world where your whole life is planned  out for you at age 18. Even if you want one thing for yourself whatever is planned out is what you must do...or else.

Desire follows the story of Kama. A young girl who is about to turn 18. Her life is perfect and she hopes that her life's plan will have her life following the path she's on now. She hopes that her plan will be just as she wishes just like her boyfriend's and her best friend's have. Everything was going exactly as it should be until she comes across a mysterious yound man who captures her attention with one glance, and is able to speak to her in her mind. All it took was one gently whisper in her head and a gorgeous face to go with it and Kama is thrown into a world she never expected.

When Kama receives her life's plan in the mail she's left in shock, it's nothing like she expected and her boyfriend Liam is no longer in the picture. Heartbroken and torn on what to do now Kama and Liam try to find a way to fix what is wrong and put Kama back on to the path she was meant to be. But is it what Kama truely wants. With an empty life's plan Kama doesn't know what to do. She knows she can't be with Liam now that he wasn't mentioned in her plan and the thought of that rips her apart. Her heart aches to be with him because that's all she's ever wanted, but her mind now wanders to the mysterious man with the power to speak to her from a distance.

As Kama delves deeper into the world she's lived in all her life she begins to question the truth behind Arcadia. Her eyes are opened to what happens behind the scenes, the truth about her family is revealed as well as what Liam's father has really been doing with Arcadia,  and Kama must learn to accept the path she's been given because it's a gift, giving her the power to explore the truth behind every lie.

Desire was a new and interesting story in the YA genre. It has you wondering about the true nature of this so-called perfect world. Will Kama discover the truth about her life? Will her life's plan give her freedom or just cause more problems. Desire was mysterious and engaging with an ending that leaves you wanting more.

Another great read by Kailin Gow!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Summer Surprise Giveaway!!

               Pulse                      Desire (Desire #1)                     Beautiful Beings (Beautiful Beings #1)


Time for a spectacular giveaway! In honor of Kailin's New books being released :

SUMMER WISHES (release June 30th), THE PULSE PAPERS (release July 4), and BEAUTIFUL BEINGS!( release july 18).

She is putting up for grabs some wicked Swag Bags!

Contest is International and we have 3 swag bags up for grabs.

***PULSE BAG***
Includes: Signed PULSE book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark

***DESIRE BAG***
Includes: Signed DESIRE book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark

***BEAUTIFUL BEINGS BAG***
Includes: Signed BEAUTIFUL BEINGS book 1, T-Shirt, and Bookmark

Awesome right??

Okay Here are the rules!

Rule #1: Tweet about the contest and encourage people to pick up PULSE, DESIRE, and BEAUTIFUL BEINGS!

Rule #2: Change profile picture on Facebook to the cover of BEAUTIFUL BEINGS!

Rule #3: Tweet about the American Airlines Contest Kailin has going on at: http://wp.me/p14n0g-eG
(If you wish to enter the AA contest: It's US residents only so Americans feel free to enter there too!)

Rule #4: Comment here your First and Last Name, links are accepted to your FB and Twitter.

That's it! Lots of great prizes here so Enter for your chance to win, good luck to everyone!

Contest will run from JUNE 20TH to JULY 19! Again THIS contest is INTERNATIONAL!

Thanks again to Kailin for Donating such wonderful gifts!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Spoon-Fed Addiction Winner



Thanks to everyone who entered this contest and thank you to Silvano for being so generous in donating a signed copy of his novella and allowing fans to download it for free online!

I used random.org to pick our winner and congrats to: BETSY HILLENDAHL. You have 24 hours to Email me your mailing address before a new winner is chosen!

Stay tuned to the bookshelf for more contests and giveaways as well as book reviews and what to look forward to this year!!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Spoon-Fed Addiction Giveaway



Here's your chance to win your very own copy of SPOON-FED ADDICTION by Silvano Williams. Thanks to Silvano for donating a copy for this Giveaway! Winner will receive a SIGNED copy of S-FA. Contest is INTERNATIONAL.

Here's the description of the Novella:

Spoon-fed Addiction is a transgressive fiction novella detailing the last moments in the life of Adiran P. Battlefield, a young, seemingly apathetic yet charismatic drug dealer. It is a story about love, loss, revenge and pain, which takes the audience on a front seat ride through the darkest places of the protagonist's mind. Allowing the reader a glimpse into an almost familiar world, dreams soon become nightmares, plans become failures and flawed perceptions of reality give way to horrible consequences.



This is the story of Adiran's last night alive and the impact he had on those he left behind.


I have also done a review for this Novella here on my blog so make sure to check it out for more details into the story.

Okay, so here is what you have to do to enter!

1. Become a fan of Spoon-Fed Addiction on Facebook
2. Become a Fan of The Bookshelf
3. Become a fan of Silvano on goodreads
4. Leave a comment with your FIRST and LAST name! (so many contest I put this and people still dont follow it. If I don't have your name then you wont be entered because I can't announce a winner if there's no name to announce!)

That's it! nice and easy! Contest will run from June 2nd to June 5th and a winner will be picked by June 7th! Good Luck to everyone!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Wildefire Review


WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight

Wildefire is an intensely brilliant read. It's an emotional ride that leaves you guessing at every turn.

Wildefire is about the life of Ash and Eve Wilde. Two Polynesian sisters that were adopted as kids, they are similar in many ways but the one thing that makes them different is one's good and one's evil.
As Ash tries to fit in at her school, her life gets turned upside-down when she finds out her boyfriend cheated on her, and her missing sister comes back at that moment to step back into her life.  Eve takes drastic measures to exact revenge for Ash and because of her violent behavior Ash is forced to relocate to a remote private school out in the woods of California.

As the memory of that tragic night still haunts her, Ash tries her best to move on in her new school; making friends and dating again, she believes that her life has finally settled down. Being isolated in a far away school away from her past and her sister (who once again went MIA) has allowed Ash to begin a new life. She's now the captain of her schools tennis team, and along with new friends she never thought she would hang out with she also has a park ranger boyfriend that will do anything to keep her happy.

When Ash finds out from a fellow student; who just so happens to be a siren, that she along with some other students at Blackwood are actually Gods and Godesses she doesn't know how to react. Ash is thrown into a world of mystery and power, the other Gods have all shown some sort of ability but Ash feels that when it comes to her a mistake had been made; she has no powers and has never shown them in her life. As Ash tries to get a grip on reality her sister shows up at her new school to stir up some trouble, and Ash soon realizes that she has some abilities of her own, but Eve also has information.

According to an unknown source the life the Gods are living are not their first, they have been reincarnated for centuries but now a new threat is coming for them and threatening their ability to come back after they die. With Eve lurking in the darkness of the redwoods surrounding Ash's school, Ash must find a way to defend those she cares for, she must tap into the fire buring deep within her and learn her power before it's too late.

A clash between the Gods and a war between sisters makes Wildefire an exceptional ride from beginning to end. There's something new on every chapter and when you get to the end you'll wish there was more! The Ending is a fantastic twist that leaves you wiith your mouth hanging open.

A must read for the summer! Get your copy on July 26, 2011.


Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Deep Review


DEEP Book 2 in The Lake Dwellers Series by Leesa Birch

This series is a must read! I'm so happy that I got a chance to read it and review it. Deep (book 2) was even better than the first and I can't wait to see what happens in book 3!~

Deep has an amazing start. Ivy finds herself in a little situation. She wakes up in the Arizona desert alone and having no idea who she is. Wandering through the red dusty land she finds her way to a small town where the people there try and help her find the truth to who she is and what happened to her. Kane soon finds her and takes her back to the lake in the hopes of finding out what happened to her and how her memories were erased. Ivy battles through her nerves and tries to trust those at the lake and with the help of Grogan soon discovers how she was left alone to fend for herself.

Ivy is now working for the council and living full time at the lake, but when the darkest of dreams begin to plague her nights Ivy can't ignore the warnings hidden behind them. The nightmares take hold of her and she fears for the residents of the lake. There's something in the water; something hiding and laying in wait, an invisible creature that's deadly to anyone who gets caught within its grasp. Ivy must learn the truth about her dreams, and learn to accept her water weaving gifts because they may be the only way to save everyone she cares about.

Ivy battles her way through the toughest of situations, and pushes herself to the very limits, straining her body and her abilities to the end. Can she overcome the challenges of controlling her abilities and overcome the fear of using her power to the fullest? A thrilling story that I never want to end.

Deep holds a twist or a battle in every chapter, full of surprises and the unexpected. A Fantastic read!! Check it out everyone you wont be disappointed!!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

IVY Review


IVY: Book 1 in the Lake Dwellers Series by Leesa Birch

Ivy was an amazing story, great writing style and descriptions and a new twist in the YA Genre.  Ivy is about a Lake Dweller, one of many in a secret society. The Lake Dwellers live at a hidden location where they can be close to a sacred Lake. Lake Dwellers have the ability to heal but after a certain amount of time must enter the lake in order to cleanse themselves of all the pain they have taken in from others.

Ivy is one of the few lake dwellers that lives away from the lake and only returns when her pain cycle is active, going home to rid herself of the absorbed illnesses. She loves the lake but has never felt that she could live there; isolated, forever. She wants to live a life where she can do what she was meant to which is heal people, but even though lake dwellers are meant to heal she finds herself isolated among her own people. Ivy soon discovers that she is actually a water weaver; a lake dweller with the ability to control water at will, and among her people that is a forbidden gift. The last one to hold that power went mad with power and had to be executed so this makes Ivy nervous as well as afraid that she will become like her ancester.

As Ivy learns to control her new powers she must also try to hide who she really is from the real world. She was taken prisoner before because of her gifts of healing and when she becomes threatened once again of being discovered she must find a way to keep her life, control her new powers; which are triggered through emotions, and escape those who wish to control her. Ivy must learn to trust others but wonders how can you trust others when you don't know who you can truely trust... Even the ones closet to you can betray you in the end.

Ivy is amazing. A great story brought to life by Leesa Birch. The concept of lake dwellers and the details put into them to bring them to life was impressive and inspiring. All the ideas put into this book made it come alive and brought the characters closer to our reality than I ever thought possible. Leesa Birch was able to make Ivy that everyday girl that you could meet passing on the road but would never really know who she actually is, she brought the lake dweller to life and created a world that the reader can just sink into easily.

A must read! Check it out for yourselves :)

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Monday, May 9, 2011

Captivated Review


Captivated by D. Apodaca. Book 1 in the Affliction Series.

Captivated was a little slow to start. The prologue was promising but the first few chapters were a bit hard to get through. It's not that the beginning was boring just that not much was really happening in the start. Once I got past chapter 5 things picked up, and I started to enjoy reading it.

Captivated follows the characters of Mindy and Dean. Mindy and Dean use to be best friends but after an incident in his life he shuts her out along with everyone else in his life. He no longer socializes with anyone and as the years went by Mindy got over the fact that he no longer wanted to be her friend. Now Mindy has new friends, Markus and Tanya. After a night out at a local club, Markus claims to have seem Dean kill someone in the alley and freaked out he tells Mindy. Mindy can't come to grips with the fact that Dean is a murderer and the fact that Markus has no evidence of it; not even a body, makes it even harder for her to believe him.

Markus makes it his mission to find out the truth about Dean and follows him around in the shadows to see what he's up to. What Markus discovers is unbelievable and he begins to question his sanity. Dean's 'victims' disappear after he kills them and Markus begins to believe that Dean is not who he seems to be. He no longer believes Dean is human and will do anything to prevent Mindy from getting hurt by him. No matter what Markus tells her she still can't get over the fact that it's Dean; her childhood friend, the investigation Markus puts into Dean makes her keep an eye on Dean which leads to her feelings for him coming to the surface once again. Even after everything, Mindy is falling in love with him.

When Markus starts being secretive as well Mindy begins to develop a relationship with Dean once again; hanging out with him hidden from others, but whenever they get close he always makes up a reason for her to go home, saying that she's not safe out at night and that she should go home. Curiosity takes a hold of Mindy and it makes her wonder what Dean is really up to. What is he trying to protect her from? Could Markus' claims be true, is Dean truely dangerous or is there something far worse out there in the darkness. Just when Mindy thinks things are going well she falls deeper into Dean's world, when he tries to pull away he realizes its too late for the both of them.

Captivated was great! When the story develops into full swing you never know what's really going to happen. A captivating story that makes you wonder what's really going on, what's the real truth, and what is going to happen!? The ending leaves you hanging. It allows the feelings to linger within your mind of how can it end like this? Definitely going to read the continuation as it left me wondering and full of questions that need answers!

Captivated will be released June 10, 2011.
Pre-Order your copy today!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ordained Winner



Hey guys! Time to announce the winner of ORDAINED by Devon Ashley!

We had a pretty good turn out, thanks to those who were interested in the book and actually participated. I used random.org to pick our winner!

Congrats to: MARIELA SILVA!

You are the winner of ORDAINED by Devon Ashley! Hope you enjoy it. Email me your mailing addy so that I can send you the book :) msilvabooks@live.com

To everyone else, sorry you didn't win but stay tuned to The Bookshelf for more chance to win other books too!

If you'd like to read this book you can buy your copy here: Ordained: The Immortal Archives (Volume 1)


or just click the link to the book depository here on my page if you rather buy from there!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spoon-Fed Addiction Review



Spoon-Fed Addiction by Silvano Williams.

Spoon-Fed Addiction is a Novella.

At first I honestly didn't think I was going to like it. It started off a bit slow for me but it soon picked up. It follows the mind of Adiran a young man that's trying to figure his life out. The only thing about it being in his POV was that the narration got long at times. His train of thought rambled on and didn't really seem to be going anywhere..... At First, but it all fit together in the end.The people he comes into contact with is what makes the story interesting and really brings his character to life.

Adiran is a drug dealer that throughout the whole story is high on something, if not acid then weed, which makes his perspective on life come into more focus. His encounters with his friends is highly entertaining, comedic, vulgar and exciting at times. A true meaning of everything and everyone is connected in some way. Adiran's life is pretty good until people who he doesn't know start bugging him for drugs and then when one of his friends gets killed.

His train of thought becomes twisted and at times distorted, the things he does to find out the truth and seek revenge on the ones who wronged him and his friends is extreme in an almost primal way. When Adiran makes the journey of finding and inflicting vengeance on the killer of one of his friends, it brings a lot of truths and unexpected outcomes to the surface.

Spoon-Fed Addiction is entertaining, raw, and defintely a ride if you're willing to entangle yourself into the mind of a twisted and confused soul. Definitely a novella that you have to keep your mind open to. A book in which you have to step back to take in the full story and truely appreciate what is being thought of throught the mind of Adiran, one of the best twisted stories I've read!

Check it out for yourself! Content is Adult, contains Vulgar Language and drugs.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Sunday, May 1, 2011

ORDAINED GIVEAWAY



Up for grabs is a copy of Devon Ashley's ORDAINED! Book 1 in the Immortal Archives Series. Thank you to Devon for donating her book for a giveaway!

Here is a description of the book:

Normally, the school creates the hunters…not the monsters.



Abby Sorrensten likes to play rough. Ripping the horns off the foreheads of demons, manipulating lightning and setting things on fire with the flick of your wrist can give you a serious rush. So she probably wasn’t the best choice for the Order’s experimental training program. Thirteen years of isolation, lack of affection and a bruised and broken body from horrendous training sessions creates more than just an exceptional fighter. It creates an evil within - an evil responsible for several deaths the night she left.


Two hundred years later Abby resurfaces as the very thing the Order trained her to kill: a vampire. A mythical demon has set his sights on the school and only the ordained hunter has the powers to face it. Unbeknownst to the Order, Abby’s their precious ordained one and their only chance for survival. As much as she would love to leave them hanging, she’s not willing to risk the life of Emily, a fellow friend and hunter also fed up with the organization.


But for Abby, locking herself away in a fortress with angry descendents of those she killed causes suspicions and tensions to run high. Abby must learn the demon’s weaknesses for battle before the Order learns hers.

I also have a review up for it here on the blog! Ordained was a great read and one lucky winner will get the chance to read it as well here is what you need to do.

1. Become a fan of Devon Ashley on Goodreads
2. 'LIKE' Devon Ashley on Facebook
3. Post about this contest on facebook!
4. Become an official follower of my blog here---
5. Leave a comment with your NAME in the comment so I know who you are!


That's it, nice and simple. Contest is INTERNATIONAL and will run until May 5th, tell your friends and Good luck to everyone! Winner will be chosen by random.org and winner will be posted on May 6th.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ordained Review


Ordained by Devon Ashley

Ordained is book one in The Immortal Archives Series. The characters are entertaining and aggressive, and you ca't help but feel like you're right there with them.


May contain Spoilers.




The story follows Emily in the beginning, a born-hunter trained in an order focused on destroying vampires. They're trained from a young age and then set upon the world on their own to go out and kill the things that go bump in the night. Their training focus' on vampires but vampires aren't the only things out there. For years, hunters have fallen before a great Demon at the age of 25, none have shown the ability to kill the deadly beast until Abby.

Abby knows how to hold her own, fighting her way through demons, coontrolling the elements, and creating fires with just a thought. When she was taken to the Order she was put through a serious training program. Abby was treated like a soldier and nothing more. For thirteen years she was beaten and battered, bruised and isolated. They never showed her any affection and without contact from anyone it can really mess with someones head, especially when your already battling with a power within yourself. The night Abby left the Order was bloody, they pushed her to her limits and her anger tapped into a power burried deep within her core. Anger and pain triggered one of her abilities and she became lost in her self; killing those who hurt her.

Abby left the Order and stayed hidden for two hundred years. When she reappears the Order is in shock; she was assumed to have died when she turned 25, the same as all the hunters before her against the great Demon, but she survived. Now, the Order has asked for her help against a larger threat but little do they know that she is one of the things that goes bump in the night, Abby is a vampire and the one person to be able to save the Order and all the hunters at the school. She is the Ordained Huntress, a secret she has kept hidden from the Order and as much as she hates the Order she is not willing to put the lives of the Hunters and her friend Emily at risk.

Emily is the first hunter to live past her 25th birthday and Abby plans to keep her alive a lot longer. She along with her partner Noel are going to do what they can to protect her, but sometimes what you want to do and what actually happens are two completely different things. The truth about Abby and Noel is a secret they will do anything to protect and the people that can never find out are the ones they have to help. The order is a threat that they can't avoid and when they have to live under the eyes of the Order in order to protect them, their secrets get harder and harder to keep.

Ordained is an amazing read, full of action and mystery, the characters are fun and exciting and the story draws you in right from the start. Devon Ashley did an amazing job bringing the characters to life and bringing a fresh look to the darkside of things.


Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

City of Fallen Angels Review


City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


City of Fallen Angels Review


May Contain spoilers. Please do NOT read if you haven't read the first 3 books in The Mortal Instruments Series.





City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments Series. It follows more in the point of view of Simon; Clary's best friend turned vampire turned Daylighter, with occasional POV changes between other characters. Even though the story is a bit more about Simon it's still got plenty of Clary and Jace as well as Isabelle.

Simon is trying to get a handle on being a vampire, and now with the ability to walk around during the day he thinks he can live a normal life; living at home and going to school, but fitting in is still difficult for someone who isn't normal. Clary has taken hold of her true path and is training to become a shadowhunter, training with her boyfriend Jace.

The mystery of the story is that someone is murdering shadowhunters, and the crazy thing is they're going after shadowhunters that were once in Valentine's inner circle which creates tension on the new truce between shadowhunters and downworlders. Not only is there trouble among the shadowhunters but now someone is after Simon, when he's attacked the power of his mark kicks in and brings a force that obliterates the enemy. But that still doesn't answer the question of who is behind the attacks, whoever it is obviously doesn't know about the mark of Cain, and if they do they're willing to risk lives to get to him. Simon is a high priority vampire that anyone may want to get their hands on, but why?

Simon has a pretty rough time in this book, he's trying to live a life that's no longer meant to be his, he tells his mom he's a vampire and ends up having to move out, he's dating two girls but neither of them know about the other even though they're friends and he's got people trying to kill him. He battles with himself and until he accepts his vampirism he'll struggle.

Meanwhile, the story also progresses with Clary and Jace. Clary is still learning the ways of the shadowhunter and is completely in love with Jace. Now that the truth of who he really is, is out they can love each other freely, they can just be happy and live their lives...or so they think. Jace is plagued with dreams where he does bad things, things that he's afraid he won't be able to control in his waking life. With this thought at the back of his mind at all times, he slowly starts pulling away from Clary which makes her think that he doesn't truely love her; if she only knew what he dreamed of.

New enemies arise as well as some new faces on the side of good. A battle of good versus evil and the gut wrenching feeling of never knowing who will come out on top. Will another loved one fall at the hands of the darkside? Will enemies unite in the hopes of saving their world? Will evil prevail in the end?

City of Fallen Angels is a heart attack-inducing book that makes you beg for more, and stand up yelling at the characters you've fallen in love with. It twists in ways you can't imagine and leaves you wanting more. It leaves you gripping the final page in anticipation for the following book. Book 5 will be a book I look forward to all year long.

A must read series! Cassandra Clare has done a wonderful job in creating this unique and breath-taking world.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf