Book Review + Giveaway: Let Sleeping Gods Lie

Title: Let Sleeping Gods Lie

Author: Dianne Gray

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Shortlisted in the 2007 Australian/New Zealand IP Awards
Nick Landau and Ali Ingram are on a collision course that will trap them in an inescapable web of family ties bound by lies, deceit, betrayal and murder.

Nick Landau is a biker. A lone wolf who escaped a childhood crushed by the strict and cruel rules of his religious family. Now he is coming home to face the demons of his past.

My Review: I tend to be someone who doesn’t enjoy third person novels too much. I find that I usually connect to the characters a lot more when it’s written in first person POV. However this is not always the case- As in, Harry Potter. A third person series where one easily connects to the characters and has a birds eye view of the goings on of the story as it is not limited to what the main character sees (like in first person narrations). Another instance is Dianne Gray’s writing. I absolutely love her narrative style and prose.

Let Sleeping Gods Lie is a novel about two people Nick and Ali. Nick is someone who was abused and neglected as a child and now as a man struggles with his demons. Ali’s life is still reeling from an intense loss. She is very philosophical and has a great and interesting way of seeing the world. They are the main characters in the novel and Gray makes it so easy to care and root for these characters. They are in a sense vulnerable, yet strong and ultimately realistic.

This novel is full of suspense, romance, friendship, love, hatred, corruption, murder, mystery, religion and has its own creepy factor. I did mention demons right? Yep, that was quite literal. It’s not so intense that you’ll be scared but it’s creepy. It does however do miracles for character development and helps the reader to better understand Nick.

Next, the religious and philosophical aspects of it were truly interesting. It made me think and I liked that about this novel. For those of you who read my previous review and are confused as to how I can enjoy philosophy in one and dislike it in another… I know. I don’t understand myself half of the time. 🙂 Ok, so seriously- In this novel it was simple and intriguing. Ali has such a way of seeing the world and is always bombarding the reader with amazing proverbs that left me thoughtful and impressed. Two of my favorites being “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” and “Heaven is how we want things to be. Hell is reality.” I have no clue if these are common sayings and if they are, I’ll ask those of you who are familiar with them to excuse me. After all, 95% of the proverbs I know are Dominican. My mom seems to have one for every and any situation you can think of. 🙂

As I’ve now noticed how long my review has become, I’ll stop here. Let Sleeping Gods Lie is an amazing novel and one that you’ll surely enjoy. For a chance to receive a free ebook copy of this novel be sure to fill out the form below. The giveaway ends November 28, 2012. Good luck!

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review + Giveaway: The Brown House

Title: The Brown House

Author: Christy Sloat

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Some secrets should never be revealed…
Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn’t miserable enough, they’ve moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can’t be explained…

Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the secrets of this place she now calls home. But some secrets should never be revealed. Can the teens find a way to release the spirits imprisoned within the walls? Or will the curse claim them, too?

My Review: I gotta say, I really enjoyed this novel. From the dark curses, evil witches and angry ghosts to the honest friendship, budding romance and the inherent good in the characters.

Sloat weaves a great story of a girl who’s family lose everything and get a chance to start over. The protagonist, Brylee doesn’t want to move but she wants to see her family happy and understands the importance of the move. She plays nice and doesn’t complain although her parents know she doesn’t want to move. So when she finally comes forward about experiencing some paranormal activity in her new home, her mom screams at her thinking that it’s some ploy to return to California. Needless to say that the house really is haunted. I love how Sloat presents the paranormal activities to the reader. I feel as if she eases us into the creepy factor of it. From the get-go its creepy but on a minimal scale. Yet towards the end of the novel I was seriously creeped out and testing my hubby’s patience. All the lights on and becoming his shadow until the goosebumps faded.

I loved Brylee’s strength. She is someone who knows who she is and who she wants to be and she sticks to her guns. She has a lot of spirit and is a character I really came to love. She is strong and honest and very relatable. I loved her inner struggle in remembering who she was and remaining who she wants to be. I loved the honest friendship portrayed in this novel, the budding romance and how realistic the marriage of her parents is. In speaking of marriage, from the very beginning Sloat tugged at my heart strings. She has one of the most beautiful dedications I have ever read in a novel . “For Joe. You have showed me that this is where I want to spend my life. Forever in your arms and by your side. Family is forever.” The romance in this novel is just as sweet and beautiful as this dedication.

The Brown House is a great novel with lots of intrigue and suspense. Sloat revels the story to the reader a little at a time. It mostly leaves you in a state of suspense until the entire story is revealed. She does this in a great way. This book demands your attention: it’s a novel that will keep you reading and thinking about it when you’re not. Again, it is a great read and one I truly enjoyed.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

Now, for the fun part, Sloat is generously going to giveaway one paperback copy of this novel. For a chance to win a copy of The Brown House fill out the form below. The giveaway ends November 22, 2012. However, a couple disclaimers must be out into place first. 1. This giveaway is limited to the US and Canada. 2. As this is a physical book and giving your mailing address will be necessary, be sure you ask your parent/guardian for permission before entering if you are under 18. Good luck!

Book Review: The Summoning

Title: The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1)

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? it’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House…before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

My Review: I would previously have said that this is not the kind of book I go for but I find myself constantly being drawn to scary/ creepy books. This book isn’t necessarily scary but it is one hundred percent creepy. Chloe, the protagonist, is a necromancer. Before I picked this book up I had no clue what that was. In my own words, a necromancer is a person that has the power to communicate with the dead. In Chloe’s case she also has the gift(?) (maybe it’s a curse) of being able to raise the dead.

After Chloe gets her first period, she begins to see ghost. She is put into a group home and is labelled schizophrenic. She is told that it is only for two weeks and goes because she has no choice. As the story unfolds a series of things that appear to be coincidental occur. However, Chloe soon learns that that is not the case.

This book is suspenseful and creepy and is nearly impossible to put down. I absolutely loved it! Chloe is learning what her abilities are and how to control them. It is exciting and absolutely addictive. Kelley Armstrong really has a gift of drawing the reader into a story and keeping them there. While Chloe is seeing ghosts and learning how to manage her powers as to not accidentally put the spirit back in their corpse… Well I so into it and at times had to kind of pinch myself. You know, in a ‘Snap out of it Tiffany!’ kind of way.

This is definitely a book I recommend.