Monday, August 31, 2015

REVIEW: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
In that place where you're more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child's voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night.

Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.

I was kind of worried about this book at first. Not because of he creepiness, but because I watched the YouTube series and it was a disappointment. Thankfully, this book was much creepier (which I love).

Sunshine's mother just moved the both of them to a new town and a new house. The house is creepy and Sunshine is convinced that it's haunted. She's hearing noises, coming home to her stuff rearranged, and she's having dreams of a little girl. Her mom remains unconvinced despite all the proof and she's becoming more an more distant. Sunshine teams up with a fellow classmate in order to figure out the ghost situation.

First off, I love the plot. I'm a sucker for ghost stories and the creepier the better. This one definitely had the creep factor involved. There were enough ghosty shenanigans and the book just got darker and darker! I didn't like the luiseach thing, though. It added an unnecessary "chosen one" plot that I could've done without. I just wanted an old-fashioned haunting.

As for characters, I hate Sunshine's name. It's a fine nickname, but otherwise, horrible name. Anyway, she's an okay character. She annoyed be with her "I'm not like other girls" thing. Especially since she thinks she's different for shopping at Goodwill. Other than that, she's likable and a bit quirky. Nolan, a friend she makes, is a great supporting character. He's a bit nerdy, which I loved, and helped immensely.

As for romance, there really wasn't any, though there must be some in the coming books.

I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but I did like this book. The ghost story is really what made the book and the ghost story was fantastically creepy! I will be looking into the other books when they come out.

I hereby give this book
3 Stars
Meaning: I liked it.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

REVIEW: Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis

Destiny Rising (True Calling #3)

The final book in the captivating True Calling series.

Once again, the world is on the brink of momentous change. As revolutionary organization Saoirse prepares to battle the government for control of Earth and Novo, Ariana and those she loves must join humanity’s fight for justice and freedom.

As haunted memories resurface, old discoveries and new realities conspire to shatter her world forever.

Torn in one direction by her unique connection to childhood sweetheart Zane, and pulled in the other by a relentless passion for her fiery fiancé Cal, she must make the hardest decision of all. While embarking on a road to self-discovery, her psychic gift evolves and the full extent of her powerful ability is revealed.

Then fate lands another savage blow and she faces the most horrific choice of all. Forced into striking a deal with the enemy, she must make the ultimate personal sacrifice or risk everything she holds dear.

When destiny finally rears its head, what will the future hold?

I received an ecopy of this book  in exchange for an honest review.


This book takes place directly after the events of Beyond Reach. Ari is worried about Zane, but new memories have also resurfaced that change everything. Ari must also come to terms with her relationship with Cal, while developing her abilities. The rebellion is also on a rise and it all will end, one way or another.

Like the others in the series, this series has multiple perspectives. The difference, though, is that this time we get the perspective of Ari, Zane, and Cal. I really like seeing the different perspectives. I really can't imagine this series without the dual POV, because it just tells us so much more about the characters and gives us an idea on how they feel about what's going on. Especially on the romance. I also liked the addition of Cal, since I actually mentioned in my review on the last book how I would've loved to see Cal's perspective!

This book didn't feel as action-packed, at least in the beginning, but there's nothing wrong with that. There was a lot of focus on the romance. Ari was having a really hard time choosing and there was a lot of drama. Along with that, there were a lot of things coming to light. Not that there was no action, there definitely was, and the conclusion was satisfactory. (I'd like to mention that I didn't really have a team...)

Overall, I love this series and this was a fantastic conclusion! I'm kind of sad to see yet another great sci-fi series end (I've had so many favorite series end recently), but I'm glad that I discovered this series! Overall, pick this series up! All the while, I'll be waiting for Siobhan Davis' next book!

I hereby give this book
4 Stars
Meaning: It was amazing!

New Releases in YA! (September 1st-5th)

Every week I list all (or almost all) of the YA books (and the occasional MG and, rarely, adult) that are coming out within that week!
Here's what you get to look forward to this week:
P.S. Click on the book's cover for the Goodreads page!

What books, if any, do you plan to buy?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves (August 29th 2015)

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Stacking the Shelves is where all the book nerds can post about the lovely (or not so lovely) books that they've got this week.

So, I've been busy lately, so I haven't posted a stack pretty much all month. But since I do not remember what I got, I'm sticking to just posting about this week!

P.S. The covers take you to the book's Goodreads page!

Books I've Read in the Last Week

Most of this week was dedicated to re-reading the Nevermore trilogy, since the last book FINALLY came out! (I've been waiting 3 YEARS for it!)

Bought & Trade

Amazon Freebies


Anyway, what books did you haul in this week?