Book Review: The First Bite is the Deepest by Elisa Catrina

thefirstbiteisthedeepest-2015-10-04Title: The First Bite is the Deepest by Elisa Catrina
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Self Published
Length: 462 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: October 31, 2015
Rating – 4/5 stars

Stella Ortiz has a loving family, great friends, and a promising future. The only thing she doesn’t have is a boyfriend. But when she starts dating mysterious transfer student Sebastian Weber, her friends become determined to break up the fledgling pair. It’s just not a good idea to go out with a guy who misses tons of school and day-drinks something that smells like pennies, right?

What starts as a simple intervention turns deadly when Sebastian initiates the process that will change Stella into a vampire. Suddenly, the clock is ticking—and to make matters worse, Sebastian’s vampiric family comes to town, bringing their own drama and complications. Stella and her friends have to find a cure for vampirism, stay one step ahead of Sebastian’s sinister maker, and somehow survive high school. And there’s one more wrench in the situation: As the friends quickly discover, most legends agree that there’s one cure for a vampire-to-be … killing the vampire who turned them.

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Happy Halloween everyone!!! As a special Halloween treat I am excited to share my review of The First Bite is the Deepest by Elisa Catrina which released today! Thank you to the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

This book is about Stella who like any normal teenage girl loves hanging out with her best friends, busies herself with extracurricular activities, and reads trashy vampire romance novels. One night as she waits for her parents to pick her up after practice, she ends up meeting a dark and mysterious stranger who is also the new student who just transferred to her into her senior class. He also ends up being a little more than she bargained for.

When the author contacted me about the possibility of reading this book for review, I pretty much jumped at the chance to review this book. It has literally been ages since I have read a YA paranormal novel about vampires. This book basically catapulted me into wanting to devour more vampire books since it has been so long! I really enjoyed my reading of this book and am really happy that I got to read it around Halloween. It was a perfectly creepy read for the season.

While I found the romance lacking at the beginning of the story, the more I read into it the more I realized that I appreciated not being given a really big romance at the beginning as this story centers more around the actual breakup of the couple and the events that follow it. I think I would have enjoyed just a tad bit more on the romance angle at the beginning though but one thing I REALLY enjoyed about this story were Stella and her friends. They were so funny and were some of the most believable, real friendships I have encountered in a YA book to date. I thought this book was fun and funny and even though the page count was a bit on the higher side it never actually felt like it because I enjoyed reading it and didn’t want to put it down so it actually went pretty fast for me. I read it in a day. I ended up giving this book a four out of five star rating since I enjoyed it so much. It also had a bit of cheesy moments that I have come to expect and love from YA vampire novels which for me just added to it’s charms. I enjoyed the story quite a bit especially where it starts to pick up towards the middle where the friends start to research their vampire lore and the conflict with the family begins. So fun! I also REALLY loved the fact that the main character is obsessed with trashy vampire hunter romance novels, that was so much win in this story.

I would definitely recommend this to fans of YA vampire novels. You can purchase your very own copy of this book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/First-Bite-Deepest-Elisa-Catrina-ebook/dp/B015VKN61I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446332149&sr=8-1&keywords=first+bite+is+the+deepest

Blog Tour Book Review & Giveaway: Smorgasbord by Jagjiwan Sohal

Smorgasbord PicTitle: Smorgasbord written by Jagjiwan Sohal
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Comedy Horror
Publisher: Mythos Press (Imprint of GMTA Publishing)
Page count: 179
Format: Ebook (read on Kindle app for Microsoft Surface)
Released: March 2014
Rating – 5/5

When Anna Lopez’s zombie attack video goes viral, no one could believe that the high school cheerleader had taken a bite out of the undead monster – and liked it! Now nothing will ever be the same for supernatural beings…because humans have discovered they taste freakin’ DELICIOUS!

 

And when a zombie boy gets in the crosshairs of a gang of hungry-human hunters, Julie, a young vampire loner, jumps in for the rescue. But now Julie’s got more than she bargained because taking care of a rambunctious undead creature who only knows one word (“brains”) is NOT easy. And when Julie and her zombie pal stumble upon on a crazed soccer mom, they find themselves on the run from a trigger-happy family who want nothing more than to grill them up for a neighborhood barbecue bash!

I knew I had to read this book when I caught a glimpse of the cover. It just looks like it would be a fun book to read (who doesn’t love a good zombie story?) and I’ve been trying to hunt down books that my ten year old niece may enjoy as well.

Smorgasbord is a totally unique spin on what could happen if the Zombie Apocalypse were to occur that features a zombie apocalypse gone wrong. Instead of the traditional uber scary, uber panic driven zombie attack on mankind, this story presents us with a zombie apocalypse in which, through an accidental bite, humans discover that zombies (along with other paranormal creatures) are fingerlickin’ good. It is the zombie apocalypse gone awry where humans are now doing the hunting while zombies and other paranormal creatures are doing the running.

The story is original and fresh in a market that seems at times a bit oversaturated with zombie novels, but Smorgasbord is not your “run of the mill” zombie story, it is a fresh of breath air. I couldn’t put this book down it was so fun to read. Lately I’ve been reading some pretty serious books so it was great to take a break from that and just go on a fun ride that suprisingly had me rooting for the paranormal creatures instead of the humans.

It had sort of a Shaun of the Dead type of humor vibe for me, except our protagonists are from the other team, which was great and it’s a story that is suitable for older kids and teens as well. I enjoyed it as an adult and it actually made me seriously think about how mankind might react to zombies and paranormal creatures if we somehow gained the upper hand…would we find a way to exploit them?

I hope to read more from this author in the future as I really enjoyed his style of writing, the dialogue he created, and the characters he created.

If you like zombie themed books or are looking for a  light, fun read where you might find yourself siding with the zombies and not the humans…Smorgasbord may be just the book for you! I have twenty copies to give away for free so leave a comment and let me know you are interested!

I’d like to thank GMTA Publishing and the author for allowing me to read and review this book!!

Also check out this rad playlist for the book! I love it!

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Born and raised near Toronto, Canada, Jagjiwan Sohal works in the Canadian film and TV industry as an up-and-coming screenwriter and producer. His short stories have been published by The Horror Zine, Scribal Tales and Hello Horror. Smorgasbord is his first novel.

 

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Book Review: Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

Title: Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods #1) written by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre: YA Fiction, YA Horror
Published by Hyperion
Page Count: 219
Format: Ebook (read on B&N Nook)
Rating: 5/5,  it was amazing! Couldn’t put it down! I want to shout it from the top of a mountain!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #6

The story is given to us from a few different perspectives but the main character is Schuyler Van Alen. She is fifteen and attends a pretty prestigious private school in New York. The sons and daughters of senators, celebrities, mayors and just really wealthy families in New York attend this school. Schuyler’s family is of old money, although in recent years their financial state has taken a turn for the worse her family is still one of the oldest families in New York whose lines can be traced back to the Mayflower families. She is about to tumble headfirst into a secret that involves not only her family but also the history of the United States. A secret that also involves the men and women settlers who boarded the Mayflower and founded the first colonies in the new world but finds its roots in the the angel Lucifer being cast of out heaven.

Schuyler, and a few others we encounter the story from, start to undergo memory relapses and blackouts that can only be described as a certain sense of deja vu in which they feel as though they are reliving moments in past lives like dancing a waltz at a ball or standing in the desert in Egypt in front of a temple. Little do they know that they are REALLY reliving moments of their past lives that are stored within their blood. They receive invitations to join the Committee where they learn that they are blue bloods, or vampires. They are fallen angels that were cast of heaven with Lucifer and cursed to live their immortal lives on earth among the red bloods, or humans going through cycles of existence until they are worthy to go back to heaven with God again. But something strange starts happening and blue bloods are being found drained of blood…dead, not just merely sleeping until their next cycle of life. Someone, or something is killing them. Schuyler finds out about the existence of CROATAN which is a being that harassed that the original colonies as well and was the cause for the utter disappearance of the Roanoke colony.The Croatan is the term they use for the group of angels that rebelled against God with Lucifer and who feed off of other blue bloods in order to gain power through the life force and memories of the blue bloods. The Croatan are actually silver bloods. The difference between the blue bloods and the silver bloods so far is that the blue bloods feed off humans and undergo their cycles of existence in order to be one with God again but the silver bloods are the exact opposite and no longer strive to be one with God but want to rule over mankind. Blue bloods = Good…Silver bloods = Bad.

My reaction? Wow! I had no idea what to expect from this book and I went into it pretty blindly. I absolutely loved it. I think the story is fresh and original. I love the way it’s written and the story itself is super exciting. I am also really happy that this book is part of a series! I love series! Add this to the list of series I’m obsessed with!  I can’t wait to see what happens next. We don’t get ANY resolution in this book regarding the silver bloods which is great because we have to read the next book and who knows possibly the next and the next which I have no qualms about doing. I loved loved loved the way that the author has worked in the Mayflower landing and the fall of the angels, I think it’s brilliant! I truly could not put this book down because it was just so interesting. I started yesterday afternoon and finished early this morning! I must say I am super excited to see what happens with Schuyler in the next book, she is my favorite and we find out in this book that she is pretty special and will be instrumental in the silver bloods’ demise and also that she is the daughter of Gabrielle (or the angel Gabriel!) It’s a pretty short read especially since you won’t be able to put it down. It’s definitely a treat and just really exciting as there is alot of conflict, mystery, some romance that will make your heart skip a beat and it’s really suspenseful. If you want a fun, fresh read about Vamps, this is for you!!