Welcome to Barefoot Dokusha! Here you will find reviews of the books that I have been reading - a variety of genres, but mostly YA, places I have been, and deals that can be found.

I enjoy sharing things I find with others, and hope that you enjoy them too!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Narc by Crissa-Jean Chappell


"You're going to hate me forever when you learn my secret."

Seventeen-year-old stoner Aaron Foster was offered a choice: go to jail or turn undercover narc to find the dealer who's funneling drugs into Miami's Palm Hammock High School. But Aaron has never been good at getting close to people. He's human wallpaper, a stoner wastecase who's obsessed with video games and street magic.

With a cop from Narcotics breathing down his neck, Aaron gets himself invited to parties where the deals go down. To get close to the school's biggest players, Aaron lies to everyone--most of all, the cute but troubled Morgan Baskin. With the Everglades party on Halloween night--and a planned drug bust there--just days away, Aaron realizes that he's falling hard for Morgan . . . and trying to protect her could cost him everything.

** Source: Goodreads**

A riveting tale about a teens adventures being a narc for the Narcotics unit in Miami. Aaron must decide between being a narc, him being tried as an adult for possession/going to jail, or his little sister being charged with possession/going to jail. He decides to take what seems to be the lesser of the evils, and becomes a narc. Little does Aaron know, what being a narc involves. He is going from his normal days to having to be more outgoing and hanging out with a crowd that he normally doesn't. Along the way he meets Morgan, and starts falling for her. Now he has to figure out how to protect her, yet make the bust work.

**Personal message regarding narcing - nothing to do with this book**

While I understand the Narcotic unit wanting/needing narcs, there should be a line drawn. In the story Aaron, although a minor, is able to sign the paper to help out the Narcotic unit. The situations that the police put the informants in can be very dangerous. When the charges are petty (like in the story it was for some pot), why endanger someones life?

Rachel Hoffman, from what I have read/heard, was facing multiple drug charges (more than 200 grams of marijuana as well as ecstasy was found in her home during a drug bust), became a CI (confidential informant) to lessen/avoid what her charges would be, and was killed being a CI. This happened about 4 years ago.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

Glitch by Heather Anastasui

Glitch (Glitch, #1)

In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.

Paperback, 371 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by St. Martin's Press
My Review:
When I first started the book I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get into it. I didn't really know what it was about (I forgot to see what it was about, as I have had it for a couple of months). Little did I know, it wasn't going to take long before I was captivated by the story. There is adventure, action, and emotion
The story is set in a time where humans are implanted with a computer chip that takes away emotion and everything that makes us who we are. Anyone who "glitches" starts feeling everything that the computer chip is blocking. Color, emotions, etc. Zoe is the main character that is glitching. She soon realizes there are others that do as well, that have been hiding it, just like here. In the Community, when someone is turned in for being an anomalie (someone that is glitching) they are either reprogrammed or terminated. Zoe and her friends - other glitchers - are attempting to find a way out of the Community.
If you enjoyed this book I think you may like Starters by Lissa Price
Starters (Starters, #1)

3 Reviews, Contest Winners, and Fundraiser

I have been busy trying to plan a move for next year (I am a planner so I start planning early!), but this evening I will get busy on the blog! I have 3 or 4 reviews I will post within the next week. These will include No Name Baby, Glitched, and Being Nikki. I am almost finished with Narc. Past contest winners will have their books mailed out by July 31st. I had planned to have them sent out already, but I really needed to get the ac in my car fixed as our temps have been staying in the 100s. Anyone else ready for summer to be over with?? With all that is going on in Florida and Colorado, I want to help out. I have decided to do a fundraiser for the libraries and families out there. I have gathered up clothes and books to send. I will make a separate post with additional information. If you are interested in helping you can contact me at JeniNicole83@gmail.com. Happy reading everyone!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review: Dark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3)by Jennifer Estep

Dark Frost (Mythos Academy, #3)

I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?

It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life

Back for another year at Mythos Academy, Gwen Frost has her fill of action and adventure. Her adventures start from the beginning of the book. In Dark Frost Gwen is coming into her true potential with her powers, still having  love/hate relationship with Logan, working on finding where the Helheim Dagger is, and trying to identify the Reaper-girl that killed her mother.

Dark Frost was just as exciting to read as Touch of Frost and Kiss of Frost! The downfall to reading this series is the next one doesn't come out until 2013! I will be impatiently waiting to read the next book!

ebook, 1st Edition, 336 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Kensington
**From Goodreads**

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Embracing You, Embracing Me by Michelle Bellon

PicturePlease join us in welcoming Michelle Bellon, the author of Embracing You, Embracing Me.
Embracing You, Embracing Me hit the shelves last month (May 7th). She is also the author of His Salvation and The Complexity of a Solider. Two lucky winners will receive a copy of Embracing You, Embracing Me. Thanks to Mrs. Bellon one copy will be signed hardcopy! The other will be a Kindle edition.

Michelle Bellon was born in Boise, Idaho. She currently lives in Olympia, Washington with her husband and four children. She earned her Associates degree in Nursing and fills her free time with her love for writing. She has published three novels.

About this author


 APAAT: It was great reading a book set in the 90s! What made you decide on this time?

Michelle: I wrote this novel set in the 90’s because a good portion of it is actually based on my own experiences, and I just happened to be a teen during the 90’s. I’m glad that I did, because a lot of readers are responding very enthusiastically to that aspect of the book. I think it brings back a lot of nostalgic memories. I mean- big hair, whatever! skinny jeans, The Cure, and Friends; what’s not to love?In fact, after my publisher read it, he suggested that I actually throw in a few more 90’s pop culture references to really make it stand out as a period piece. That was a great idea.

APAAT: I loved the 90s. Although I was a teen in the very late 90s and early 2000. I can remember listening to New Kids on the Block, and MC Hammer singing "U Can't Touch This". I still enjoy Bush, Oasis, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Metallica...I could go on and on! When I would read something from the 90s I would think "Ooooh, yeah! I remember!"

What was the single most challenging thing writing in the past? At times I would catch myself thinking "Cell phone? Oh yeah, not happening!"

Michelle: It’s fun when you start listing all of that old music. The nineties had so much to offer in the music industry. I still listen to a lot of that music today.I didn’t find it that difficult to write in the past because even though that was nearly twenty years ago for me, it seems like just yesterday. I look at my seventeen year old daughter and think, “How can it be that she is already at that same point in her life?” There is something about that time in one’s life where the emotions are so much more crisp and vivid. You never lose that and even years later just the smell or sight of something can trigger those old emotions and there they are, alive and as real as ever. It’s quite a gift.
Although, it is funny you mention the cell phone thing because I even remember at one point almost writing that in and then realized, “wait a second, those things weren’t even around yet.” Except the earliest models, remember those bad boys, the ones that were so huge you had to carry them around in a bag? I don’t think I ever even got on a computer until the late 90’s when I was maybe twenty and my husband made me get an email account. 
It’s funny and amazing at the same time to think of how fast so many things have changed. We truly live in a fast-paced world.

APAAT: Was Embracing You, Embracing Me emotional to write? I bawled like a baby reading it! After I finished reading this book I made the comment to my mom that I am more emotional when it comes to books and movies than to real life!

Michelle: As I said before, though I changed names and certain details of how some things occurred to make it fit under the genre of fiction, this particular story is based on many of my own personal experiences, so yes it was very emotional to write. I remember bawling my eyes out as I wrote the scene where Roshell gets “the phone call.” At one point I had to step away from the laptop and walk away just to take a few breaths.  The fact that readers are responding emotionally to it as well, has meant a great deal to me. The most common feedback I’ve received so far is how much of an emotional experience it was to read as they transitioned from funny, to humility, to fear, to heartache and pain, all the while following along with this girl who is learning how to grow up and how to love, but most importantly how to accept love. I’m so glad that people are connecting with the book.

APAAT: What is something, if anything, that you have learned from writing Embracing You, Embracing Me?

Michelle: I learned so much. Even though it is my third novel to be published, it was the first book that I wrote. And to tell you the truth, it was a complete disaster at first. No really, it was a mess. Thankfully my publisher, Matt and Michelle Stephens, saw a diamond in the rough and worked with me, along with Madeleine, our editor, to take this novel to its full potential. I’m so very grateful to them for taking on this project. 
Since then, I’ve worked very hard to hone the craft. I joined a writer’s association, a writer’s critique group, and I write, write, write, to learn the craft as best as I can. There is so much to learn and I don’t want to just write, I want to write well. I also learned that I have all of this creativity inside of me. I never thought of myself as creative before, so I’m actually shocked every time I’m able to sit down and create an entire story. 

APAAT: What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

Michelle: Above everything else, I’m a stay-at-home-mom. I have four children who I adore and they keep me quite busy between basic needs, extra-curricular activities like sports and dance classes, and squeezing in fun time. I’d say other than writing, my favorite thing to do is to take little trips with my husband and kids and seek out new experiences. We just made a trip up to Seattle for the day to see the King Tut exhibit that has been traveling the world. Seeing those ancient relics was amazing and my children loved it. We like to learn, especially about anything historical.

APAAT: Any books anticipated for a 2013 release?

Michelle: I don’t have anything signed with a publisher at the moment. BUT, I do have a few finished manuscripts that I’ve been holding on to while I try to get my career off the ground with my current novels. It’s so much work to go through the publishing phase and then to promote and market the book and yourself. It’s much more complicated than I would have ever imagined. I’ve been on a huge learning curve. I will release more books and I will continue to write. I love it.  

You can find Michellon Bellon on her website and facebook page.

Embracing You, Embracing MeHis SalvationThe Complexity Of A Soldier


Up for grabs is a signed hardcopy (Thanks to Mrs. Bellon!!) and a Kindle copy. The contest will run until June 30th at midnight eastern time.

Embracing You, Embracing Me by Michelle Bellon

Embracing You, Embracing Me

The 90s - home of boy bands, individualism, teenage angst, ultra skinny models, and "Whatever!"...

In a decade when image matters, when the so-called Generation X is swelling with 'future perfect' hopes and pride, 16-year-old Roshell McRady dances her way through High School, never quite admitting that she's ashamed of her trailer park family home. Meanwhile she listens to Madonna while conjuring creative Top Ramen recipes to feed her younger cousins; she empties enough hairspray until her bangs are feathered and vertical like a lethal weapon; and she agonises over how to convince Gabriel Harrison, the new Mystery Guy in town, to invite her to the prom - a night which threatens to turn into a disaster.

But then life takes a dramatic turn for Roshell, and her life changes forever.
A love story emerges from the anguish of Roshell's life, and when she leaves school and finds work at a casino, things don't get any less complicated for her - until one night a powerful dream marks out the exact path that she must take.

A must read!
Paperback, 266 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Fingerpress
**From Goodreads**

 I give this book 5 out of 5 cassettes*!

The book is so well written that I was feeling all emotions. I loved remembering things from the 90s!

I really enjoyed the multiple point of views. It's nice being able to see what the other characters are thinking. The turn of events throughout the book left me laughing and crying at various points, feeling what Roshell was feeling. The love, fear, grief, and friendship found in Embracing You, Embracing Me led me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It was like I was right there in the middle of all that was happening.

*Thanks to fuzzimo.com for the cassette image!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Update: Been MIA

I have been busy lately. I haven't forgotten about the giveaway. Unfortunately we didn't make it to 29 followers by my 29th birthday. I will still do a small giveaway for it. Winner will be picked this weekend.

Next week we will have a review of an awesome coming of age book and an interview with the author, as well as a giveaway for a Kindle copy.

Friday, June 8, 2012

OT: Win a Nikon D800 DSLR $2,999


Totally off topic, but I love photography. This is a giveaway for a Nikon D800 DSLR camera, as well as a $250 gc. Please use the link above to enter! =D

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

Paperback, 310 pages
Published July 2009 by Gollancz (first published January 1st 2009)
**From Goodreads**

I was excited for many months about reading this book. It was a good read, but I was still disappointed in it. Maybe it was all the good things I heard about it, and it was well written, it just didn't make my expectations.

Mary is raised in a close-knit community that has a fence surrounding them from Unconsecrated (zombies), then one day the Unconsecrated make it past the fence and into the village. From then survival is key. Finding a place that is save, but at the same time she wants to follow her dream and find the ocean.

With the setting of the book (fenced community, fenced pathways leading away from the village), you know there's not a whole lot that can happen. It's unknown to where the pathways go to, so you're blindly following paths with unknown markings, hoping to find a save place (or even the ocean).

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Review: Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy, #2)

I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...

Paperback, 354 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Kensington
**From Goodreads**
Back for her second year at Mythos Academy, Gwen not only has new school schedule, part-time job at the Library of Antiquities, she also is having to learn to defend herself before school every morning with her crush Logan as her instructor. During all this she has learned there is someone on campus that is trying to kill her....and after that there is the Winter Carnival, a school tradition, in which she has some adventures at.
This book was a good read. Still has the capitalized words that I don't see a reason they need to be capitalized. The story is well written, although the author does tend to remind you of things a few times (in case you missed it the other 3 or so times you read it in the book). It pretty much picks back up not far in the future. The first book ended at the start of summer break, and then book two picks up at the end of summer break. Gwen has come along since the first book. She isn't the loner gypsy girl with no friends. She has her best friend Daphne and Carson (Daphne's boyfriend). She is still crushing on Logan.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Mail Call!

Tonight I got home from work a little after 11pm and I had a couple of packages in the mail! I can't wait to read them!