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


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