Friday, December 13, 2013

Book Review: Magic Words

I received this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I was super excited when I saw this book. The cover alone drew me in. I love mythologies and traditional stories from other cultures so I just knew I had to read this one. Let me first say that the drawings are absolutely amazing! The colors are so rich and there is so much happening that I could spend so much time just looking at them.

The story is rather simple and is about a time when animals and people could talk to each other and could shift into one or the other. It is a very simple translation of an Inuit ancient oral tradition. I think that is perfect for younger readers or those who are delayed like my son.

My son LOVED the pictures in this and kept asking me to scroll back and forth on my ereader to show him the ones he really loved. That right there is a winner for me!

I give this book a solid 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review: Cast Iron Cooking With Sisters on the Fly by Irene Rawlings

15825721I recieved this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review. Due to my abscense from blogging I am just now getting around to catching up on posting my netgalley reviews.

I was excited when I saw this cookbook. I love cooking with my cast iron pan. So I was rather disappointed when I saw just how many recipes there were that had nothing to do with cast iron cooking. I did like the layout of the book and pictures that accompanied the recipes.

The book has does a good job with giving the throw together food and cook it over a fire feel  that reminds me of the very few times I have been out camping.  It has some interesting recipes, though there were a number I honestly do not ever see me making. I enjoyed browsing through it and spent some extra time in the cocktail section (though I don't drink much in the way of alcohol). I'm still scratching my head on what cocktails have to do with cast iron.

Over all it was a decent book and was fun to flip through. I don't see it being a permanent fixture on my shelf but I can see how people who enjoy country recipes would want to read and try so many of the recipes. It wasn't a bad book but I don't think it was personally a book for a Jersey Girl like me.

I give the book 3 stars.

Book Review: A Child's Good Morning Book by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Karen Katz

6081491A few years back my mother in law bought this book for my son. At that time he wasn't much into reading and would not sit still. Fortunately, over time he has mellowed out and has really taken to being read to. While this book is meant for children younger than my son who is six due to his learning disabilities this is still in the right reading range for him. For most other children this is good for 4 and under.

A very simple book with just the right amount of words. It is not overly complicated so it is easy for children to follow. But what really makes this book are the illustrations by Karen Katz. They are bright beautiful pictures. They have a patchwork quilt quality to them and the little toddlers that are depicted could not be more adorable.

My son really enjoys this book. When asked to pick a book last night for me to read to him this was the one that he picked. I will definately keep an eye out for more books illustrated by Karen Katz as I truly loved her artistic style.

I give this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book to Movie Challenge 2014

Book to Movie Challenge: The Sequel

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Although there will be a wrap-up post for the 2013 challenge later, I’d like to thank everyone who participated for making this challenge such fun that I can’t wait to host it again next year. Plus, can you believe all of the movies based on books that came out this year?! Doing this challenge, I’ve been amazed at the number of book to movie adaptations there are and I’ve loved seeing some great books brought to life on screen.
Like last year, the rules are simple and few. I’ll post a linky where you can share your reviews, but this thing works on the honor system. If you want to challenge yourself to only watch movies coming out this year or to make sure you always read the book and watch the movie during 2014, that’s great. But I won’t hold you to it :) Personally, I usually count two hours of a TV show as enough to call it watched since that’s about as long as most movies. Again though, this challenge is all about having fun, so it’s really up to you.
To enter, just click through to the linky at the bottom of this post and link to a post on your blog mentioning the challenge and the challenge level you’re attempting. You can change challenge levels at any time and the challenge levels are the same as last year:
Movie Fan - read 3 books and watch their movies
Movie Devotee - read 6 books and watch their movies
Movie Lover - read 9 books and watch their movies
Movie Aficionado - read 12 books and watch their movies
Movie Auteur - read 24 books and watch their movies
This year, I’ve decided to make this a little more fun by adding a giveaway at some point during the year (NOT contingent on progress in the challenge), as well as a few read-a-longs (The Maze Runner in September anyone?). Other than that, everything is pretty much the same. Add an e-mail to the linky if you want my quarterly check-in posts e-mailed to you. Otherwise, feel free to put gibberish in that spot since inlinkz won’t let you leave it blank. Happy reading and watching!

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I am going to go for Movie aficionado which is 12 books and movies. That's one a month!

100 Books in a Year Challenge 2014

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Welcome to the 100 Books in a Year Challenge 2014! Please see below for all the details of the challenge. Enjoy and have fun! :D
Sign-up Details
To sign up, make a post on your blog about participating in the challenge and link it up below. Feel free to use the banner above, however, a link via the image back to this post, so others can join the challenge if they wish, would be much appreciated.
Challenge Info
  • Timeline: 01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014
  • Rules: Read 100 books in 2014 (any genre)
  • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  • You can join at anytime. All books read in 2014 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.
  • Audiobooks are accepted.
  • Only fiction, no non-fiction.
  • This challenge can crossover with other challenges.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to join in – for those without a blog but who use Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing etc, you can add the URL to where you track your books. If you don’t have a URL at all then choose a name you would like to use and then copy and paste the following link: http://wp.me/p2wdqf-6ZI
  • At the beginning of each month I will be posting an open thread so you can discuss the books you’ve read and/or link up your reviews.


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

7th Annual Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge 2014

7th Annual Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge 2014 

                            Graphic Novels

 

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The 7th Year of this Challenge starts in 2014!!

It's time to start signing up for the 2014 challenge now.  Trying to keep things simple this year.  Only change is we will have 3 levels of play this year.  Please write a sign-up post on your blog and then sign-up below with a link to your specific sign-up post (NOT to your home page).  

What counts:  graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.  My criteria is if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts.  I'm not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, ask me in the comments any given month.

Here is how the Challenge will play out this year:

runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2014

Levels

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that's only 1 book a month)

Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)

Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)

This will be my first time participating in this challenge. I am going to go for Bronze Age. That's 2 a month. I look forward to this as I've been meaning to read more comics/graphic novels. 

I Love Picture Books Reading Challenge 2014

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Reading Challenge
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For all of you who still love picture books but find they don't qualify for your other challenges. . . You know you're going to read them, they might as well count!

Guidelines:
  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  • Read picture books
  • Pick a number and go for it. Twelve too easy? Go for 20. Piece of cake? Go for 40.
  • Books you own and library check outs count. So do ebooks and re-reads.
  • Please post about the challenge and sign up with a direct link.
  • A blog is not necessary, just link to where you talk about the challenge
  • Reviews are not necessary but would be nice (so we know which ones to read ourselves!) A link for reviews will be posted in January.

For this reading challenge I plan on reading 125 picture books with my son. Yeah you read that right. 125! We read over 75 books this summer alone so I think we can easily do it. 

Books Read For Challenge
1. Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries by Vanita Oelschlager 
2. Kobee Manatee by Robert Scott Thayer
3. Donald Duck and the Super Sticky Secret 
4. My Dad by Charles Fuge
5. More Parts by Ted Arnold

6. The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord/ Janet Burroway

7. Just My Friend & Me by Mercer Mayer

8. Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin

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I'm Back


I'm back
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After a nearly 5 month absence I'm back to blogging. A number of things have happened in the last 5 months that culminated in my absence from blogging. Among them were school problems with my son, 2 serious family emergencies and other such important things that take precedence over blogging.

Over the next few days I will be doing some cleaning and spiffing up of the blog to prepare it for going into 2014. 

                              
In November I participated in National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. For those who have never heard of it NaNoWriMo is all about writing 50,000 words during the month of November. I'm proud to say that I won this year. I had tried the two previous years but had failed spectacularly. Third time was the charm! So, yeah I'm patting myself big time on the back.

That leads me into my plans and goals for my blog going into the New Year.

Number 1: I plan on writing 350,000 words in 2014. I plan on finishing my NaNoWriMo novel which is part of a series of fantasy romance novels. I also have a series of post-apocolyptic new adult romance novels planned. As to publishing said works...well if I ever find that I can edit them into something I think people will want to read then I most likely will go the route of self-publishing. I will be posting on my blog updates my progress

Number 2: I plan on entering a couple of reading challenges this year. Among them is to read 125 picture books, 100 non-picuture books, once a month review of a book and its movie counterpart, and lastly 24 graphic novels/ comic books.

Number 3: In regards to reading my review policy it is changing for right now. At the moment I am NOT accepting review requests. Why? Because I have a tight schedule and I don't want to make promises of posting a review by a certain time when I simply cannot guarentee that I can keep it. That is not to say I will not be reading any ARCs/Review copies. It is just that all ARCs/Review copies will be of books I have personally requested from an author/book tour/netgalley/etc. That doesn't mean I wont take book suggestions I just wont be taking requests. So for the most part my reading is purely pleasure. I apologize to the wonderful authors out there who so readily offer up their books for free reviews. I love you guys and I know how important blogger reviews are to you. I just can't make promises at this time. I will continue to read mainstream and indie books as I always have.

Number 4: I will now be posting movie reviews. A large number will be movies available for streaming from Netflix, some new releases, some oldies, some indies, and of course some foreign. These are purely for fun and I have no set amount that I will post. Hubby and I tend to rent/watch one or two movies on the weekends so

Number 5: Giveaways...ah one of my favorite things in the world is giveaways. There is nothing like that feeling when you get an email that says congratulations. I often enter giveaways when the mood hits me. So you may see posts on here from giveaways I enter. I also plan on hosting a few giveaways this year. Because they are a LOT of work and take a LOT of time I will most likely only be doing blog hop giveaways.

Number 6: I am pledging to blog 3-5 times a week. Some days may have 2 or more others may have only 1 or none. I also will be hooking up more with non-giveaway blog hops. I also am looking to communicate and actively follow more blogs. I miss the friendships I had with others on my old blog. I was always talking with my fellow bloggers and I think that it is important to be able to share you passion (in this case reading) with fellow bloggers.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Tour Review: Empyreal Illusions by Jake Bonsignore

ook.Sorry  for the lateness of this post. Went to bed last night with a scratchy throat only to wake to full blown summer cold. So I'm feeling a bit like garbage. So I apologize if this review is more rambling and filled with grammar mistakes.

Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Breena Taljain’s dreary existence in the slums of Purgaire comes to a sudden end when a chance encounter with a criminal mastermind known as the Patriarch goes horridly wrong. His assault on her for refusing to pay for her mother’s addiction leaves her comatose and teetering on the edge of life and death.

Galbrecht Atalir is a washed-up doctor struggling to overcome his inner demons through alcohol and aggression. He never quite recovered from the unsolved murder of his family seven years prior. When he discovers Breena as his newest patient, he knows at once that the Patriarch is the one who eluded him for almost a decade.

The medicine Galbrecht gives Breena draws her into a heavenly paradise. When it ebbs away, though, the recurring trauma plunges her into treacherous hinterlands. There, Breena must learn to find power in courage, hope, and love to overcome fiends of hatred bent on permanently ending her existence.

With justice burning in his heart, Galbrecht begins a race against time to seek out the Patriarch in the ning terrors of her mind….


 Review
I was so excited to join the Tour for Impyreal Illusions. The moment I saw the book cover I knew i had to read it. I know one is not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But come one just look at the gorgeous cover. I received an ecopy of the book for my honest opinion.


In Empyreal Illusions Jake Bonsignore paints a world with the broad strokes of a paintbrush. One is immediately caught up in the world of Purgaire. This is one of those books that grabs you from the first page and propels you forward. This is one of those rare books that I lost sleep over. As in I stayed up as late as I could till I could no longer keep my eyes open just because I couldn't put it down. 

Its been a while since I've read a fantasy b This book manage to not only satisfy my fantasy itch but it brought me out of rut of books I've picked up and discarded after only a chapter or two. I felt for Breena, so tough for such a young girl. Her parents left me disgusted and angry.

Over all not only was this book great it was EPIC. I highly recommend it to...well everyone! I give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

Author Bio:Jake Bonsignore is the author of Descendant of Strife, Empyreal Illusions, and Awakening the Fire. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with magna cum laude honors. Outside of his literary pursuits, he enjoys playing sports and is a fitness enthusiast. He is currently working on his next novel.







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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Book Review: Him by Carey Heywood

Ok I'd be lying if I didn't say that the cover image was the reason why I decided to read this book. I mean come one about one sexy guy on the cover. I also love that he is sexy without being half naked. Lets face it in real life most of the sexy guys we encounter are fully clothed. Hubba Hubba.

Him is about that guy. You know THAT guy the one who even after all these years you can't forget him. For Sarah Miller "that guy" is Will her first love. She ran away 7 years ago and still cannot forget Will. He set the bar and all guys have fallen short. She finally travels back home for her brother's wedding only to find herself having to confront "HIM". Facing  painful memories and a love that blooms once more can the two survive?

OK let me say I LOOOOOOOVED this book. We have all had "THAT guy" that we think about now and again. I love that there was almost like two romance stories in one. There was the main love story of Sarah reconnecting with her long lost lover Will. Then there is the tender sweet flashback scenes of them back in high school falling in love. It was great because it spoke to the adult in me and the adult who loves to read YA. The best of both worlds.

My only real complaint about the book is that the flash backs should have ended sooner. There were some flash back scenes that were really unnecessary and didn't really contribute to the book at all. The next book in the series is supposed to be from Will's point of view. I know that is a trend in books now but I'm reluctant to read it. The same story told slightly differently doesn't do much for me. But for now I give Him a solid 5 out of 5 stars.

Cover Madness Hop Winner Announcement

                

Congratulations to entry #321 Tammy. You have won all three ebooks and the $5 amazon gift card. Please check back to this blog often as I plan on having bigger better giveaways in the future.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Cover Madness Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to my very first giveaway on Messy Mommy Reads. I'm so happy to be joining the Cover Madness Giveaway Hop. I'm excited to be giving away to one winner three ebooks and a $5 Amazon gift code so you can pick your own favorite covered book to own. This giveaway is open internationally. If the winner lives where Amazon does not ship a second winner will be chosen for the gift code while the first one will get still get the ebooks. Giveaway ends 7/14 at 12pm eastern.

I want to give a special thank you to Melissa Brodsky and Briana Lawrence for donating e-copies of their books.You guys rock!

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Review: Embers in a Dark Frost by Kelly Keaton

I've had Kelly Keaton's Gods and Monsters series on my TBR pile for a while now. But I decided to skip over that and go for her self published book. Embers in a Dark Frost is the first of a two part book series.

Flame haired Diera D'Anu has been shunned all her life. As a half blood (she is half human) she is feared and hated. The humans stole the light from her world, Innis Fail. Now darkness and frost take up more and more of that lands. When the Fire-Breathers leader, Balen sees Diera he believes she is the key to bringing the light back to Innis Fail

I was not prepared for how much I loved this book. If I had known that I was going to enjoy it so much I would have waited for its sequel because I soooooo want to find out what happens next. I loved the growing relationship between Diera and Balen. For me though the most interesting character was Nox, lord of the underworld. I want to learn more about him. I admit it I have a think for the bad boys and he is sexy bad boy to the  max!  I'm sure you've already guessed I'm giving Embers in a Dark Frost a 5 out of 5 stars! oh and I forgot to mention that gorgeous cover...and the cover whore in me highly approves of it.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fantasy Book Shelf Fridays


Fantasy Book Shelf Fridays are postings of bookshelves and soon to be published books I'm drooling over



Willow by Krystal McLean
Meadow Huntley has lived in the small, cold town of Willow, Alaska her entire life. At only seventeen years old, a series of tragedies has left her numb, hopeless.
Just when she believes she has lost all that she has, she gains everything she needs.
While at her family-owned café, she bumps into a mysterious maroon-eyed boy named Thomas Stone. His skin is like delicate white silk, his teeth like ivory tucked behind crimson rose petals, his chocolate-brown hair beautifully disheveled. He speaks with the slightest, almost undetectable, English accent. He is unlike any boy she's ever seen or known; an old soul.
He's beautiful . . . but somehow that word won’t suffice. He’s like a work of art, an intricate painting. Inhumanly captivating.
But after Thomas and his fraternal twin brother, Davy, arrive in Willow, strange things start to happen: people feel drained of energy when Thomas and Davy are near; demonic wolf-like creatures are spotted darting through the woods; people go missing, leaving no trace behind.
Meadow is about to stumble upon ancient horrors hidden deep within the Alaskan mountains that could not only threaten her and Thomas, but all of humanity.



About the Author: Krystal McLean is an autumn-loving Canadian who spends her free time obsessing over music, devouring fiction, decorating her igloo, snowboarding, and stringing words together. She also has a mild to moderate blogging addiction and loves spending time with her dog, Babycake.   http://www.krystalmclean.com

Book Review Born by Tara Brown

Here  was another book that I randomly decided to pick up and read. I'm glad I did as I came across and enjoyable gem of a read.


Emma has been running for years now. Not just from the zombies but from the other survivors. For so long she followed the words of the father and ignored all others. Even when they screamed for help. After her father died her only companion is a wolf. But then one night a knock at her door breaks down the walls she has built up. Now instead of avoiding others she finds herself a champion helping everyone she can.

I loved this book. It was a great read with lots of action. A kickass heroine with a wolf for a companion. There is a love triangle between two brothers. There are zombies but they are not the scariest part of the book. No it is the baby farms where young woman are taken to and forced to breed. I can't wait to read the next book as this one ended on a big cliffhanger. I give Born 5 out of 5 stars.





Thursday, June 13, 2013

Blog Name Change

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I have decided to change the name of this blog. I originally had intended this blog to be fairly general with some recipes, etsy features, reviews, and about me becoming organized. Since then I've found myself walking back down the road of book blogdom. I love books and love to read. I love talking with others about books. So I have decided to make the tiny switch to being a book blog. I will still do some of the other features I had originally intended on. The focus however will mainly be on books. Since this is still a tiny blog that really does not have many followers I don't think this will affect or upset anyone. I still have plans to grow this blog and foster it like I did with my old book blog. I love the book blogging community and look forward to forging new friendships and learning about new and upcoming books from my fellow bloggers. So without further ado Life and Time of a Messy
Mommy is dead and Messy Mommy Reads is live.

Book Trailer: My New Teacher and Me by "Weird Al" Yankovic

 Who doesn't love Weird Al? He just put out a trailer for his second children's book My New Teacher and Me!



Book Review: Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

  Ok so I admit from the moment I saw this book I wanted it. I needed it. I HAD to have it. At first I tried to win it from several sources before finally breaking down and buying the book. I mean come on a Goblin King? Hello favorite movie of all time...Labyrinth!

Greta and the Goblin King is all about a girl who tried to save her younger brother from a witch. In doing so she ended up landing in a cold dark world where humans are hunted and considered an enemy. She is taken in by one of this lands many fearful creatures and is trained to be a bounty hunter. She gains the notice of the super sexy goblin king, Isaac. Greta is  the key to reopening the portal to home. Soon a battle is waged as the creatures of Mylena come after her.

Ok so I LOVED this book. This is one of those cases that I loved the book so much I'm kicking myself for reading it before the next book comes out. I can't wait to read the next book! While I don't care for the name Greta I fell in love with the character. She is kick-ass! Oh and Isaac....oh boy alpha male sexiness! The author did a great job of world and character building. She leaves you wanting more and more. As you can tell I'm definitely planning on reading the next book the minute it comes out. Gah, why oh why do I have to wait? If you love young adult fantasy romance books go get this book right now! I give this book a solid 5 out of 5.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Sewing A Friendship by Natalie Tinti

This post is a few days late due to a family emergency that had hubby and I running back and forth the hospital. Thankfully, it looks like everything is ok now and I'm finally able to get this up and posted.

I am so happy to be part of the Blog Tour for the childrens chapter book Sewing a Friendship by Natalie Tinti. At age thirteen Natalie Tinti is a multi-award winning author, illustrator, of 12 children’s books and an inspirational public speaker who promotes varied uplifting messages for her peers as well as their parents.  Despite this early success as an artist Natalie was recommended to repeat Kindergarten as her teacher thought she didn’t have adequate language function and memory recall.  However, this apparent set back would later serve as a valuable growth experience in her social awareness and desire to help her classmates. Natalie’s books gave her a platform for speaking at various venues where she promoted the empowerment of children to include: the value of social skills for overall happiness and as a tool in dealing with bullies, appreciating one’s unique talents and personality to bolster self-confidence, and challenging children of all ages to build friendships by having the courage to include others.


The book is about  four best friends, who are seven year old girls. They are super excited about the start of summer! Their adventure begins with getting out of school and talking about a pink sleepover. But things do not run smoothly when nine year old Kiki, the rival girl, gets in the way by uninviting the girls to a fashion show. 
What I love about this book is that it was written and illustrated when Natalie was barely 9 years old. When I was 9 I couldn't do anything as good as this. While the book is by no means perfect for a young writer this is wonderful. I loved all of her drawings and can see she will have a bright future especially if she keeps up with writing. Her skills will grow and improve over time. Parts of the book were a bit wonky for me and I found myself having to reread them. But again considering the age of the author it was surprisingly an enjoyable read. I think this book is perfect for 9 or 10 year old girls.  I think it will also encourage young authors to be to try and write some of their own works

As far as what I would rate this book I decided that I had to rate on curve. I factored in the age of the author when it came to any grammatical mistakes and continuity errors. I would give this book 4 out of 5stars. I hope it inspires young girls to write and I know we will only see bigger and better novels from this young lady. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Celebrating Moms- $800 Giveaway- 4 winners

Celebrating Moms

My mom is very special to me because she has always been there for me. About 10 years ago she was diagnosed with MS and still with all the hardships she has gone through she is still there to help me when I've needed it most. From financial problems to a serious medical emergency she has always stood by me.
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Book Trailer- Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff

I came across this book trailer for Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff. I have to say this book looks really good. I'm adding it to my TBR list. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think. Looks like it is going to be released soon.


Book Review- Altered by Jennifer Rush

I decided to randomly pluck a book from my ever growing TBR pile of books. This one came up ans I randomly scrolled through my ereader. So I went with it.

Altered is the story of Anna who works with her father for the Branch. In a secret lab below their farmhouse they test monitor four genetically altered boys. The boys have no memory of their life before the lab. The boys eventually escape with Anna in tow. In an effort to find out who they are and regain their memories they do their best to allude the Branch's agents.The further they go the more they learn about how Anna is connected to the boys.

Ok so this started off as such a good book. Like the kind you can't put down. But then as I got closer and close to the end it became more and more predictable. I found myself getting angry with Anna and her obsession with on of the boys, Sam. Oh and that's the other thing is they keep calling them boys when really they are around 19 year old. They are men...young but still men. Not boys. Also at no point does Anna seem to question the wrongness of 4 people being held captive in her basement. Though without giving away spoilers I suppose there is an "out" to the reason why. The book started off as a great adventure book. The good news is that it did not end on a cliff hanger. So even though there is more books coming out your not left going crazy. So while I didn't all over enjoy the book I still enjoyed it enough that I will check out the next one when it is released. My overall rating would be 3 1/2 stars.