Tracy Banghart

Tracy Banghart's books on Goodreads

Rebel Wing Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
reviews: 118
ratings: 199 (avg rating 4.18)

By Blood By Blood (By Blood, #1)
reviews: 50
ratings: 88 (avg rating 3.97)

Moon Child Moon Child (Prequel to By Blood)
reviews: 27
ratings: 49 (avg rating 3.86)

Storm Fall Storm Fall (Rebel Wing, #2)
reviews: 27
ratings: 41 (avg rating 4.22)

What the Sea Wants What the Sea Wants
reviews: 5
ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.10)

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    Thursday
    May082014

    Bookanista Review: Streetlights Like Fireworks

    Happy Bookanista Thursday y'all! Today I'm off to Ohio for the weekend to celebrate a very dear friend's wedding. Yippee! But before I go, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on an absolute gem: STREETLIGHTS LIKE FIREWORKS by David Pandolfe.

    I read and loved David's first novel, JUMP WHEN READY, so I knew I had to pick up his newest. And I definitely wasn't disappointed! First, a little more info:

    From Goodreads:

    Psychic flashes, haunting visions, missing persons and visits from ghosts. That's just their first date.

    Jack has been getting on his parents' nerves for some time. Bad enough he's a rock musician, has crappy grades and hangs out with his "loser" friends. But Jack's ability to predict the future-well, that just annoys the hell out of them.

    Jack's classmate, Lauren, is said to have unique abilities too. The town still talks about when she kept badgering her mother about the money in their wall. For the longest time, Lauren's mother didn't listen. Finally, she did and Lauren's mother hasn't had to work since.

    Jack would really like to connect with Lauren but can't figure out how. She's never looked at him twice. But when he experiences a mystifying event involving visions, voices and spectral visits, Jack figures there's only one person to help him understand who's calling out to him and why. Before long, Jack and Lauren are off on a road trip of discovery that could provide answers to a mystery left unsolved for twenty years. More importantly, they might even unravel the greatest mystery of all- how every so often someone will accept you for who you are.

    My Thoughts

    One of David's greatest strengths is in creating well-drawn and unique characters. Jack and Lauren are no exceptions. They both leap off the page as real, interesting people, with their own quirks, baggage, and motivations. I loved Jack's voice; his thoughts combine rocker-dude cool with deep introspection in a way that was endlessly fascinating. Watching him unravel the mysteries of a strange guitar, his roadtrip companion Lauren, and his own life kept me on the edge of my seat, anxious to see how it would all play out.

    I LOVED the road trip aspect of the book. It reminded me a little of THE DISENCHANTMENTS by Nina LaCour, but Jack and Lauren's travels are all their own.

    I'm excited to see where David takes these characters next, particularly Lauren. She's one of the most interesting, nuanced female characters I've read in a while, and I'd love to see more of her. She's fiesty yet vulnerable...just very intriguing. More Lauren please! :-)

    STREETLIGHTS LIKE FIREWORKS is a quick, ambitious book that combines a variety of disparate elements - like ghosts and rock god guitars - to seamlessly create a unique and satisfying read. I highly recommend it!

    Purchase your copy now!

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    PS How gorgeous is that cover?? Seriously, I suggest you grab the paperback - it's a beautifully made (and written, of course!) book!

    Thursday
    Apr102014

    Bookanista Review: STAR CURSED

    My life has been just a LEETLE busy lately, but I've still had time to do a little reading, thank goodness! I've been wanting to read STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood, the sequel to her incredible BORN WICKED, for ages but I put it off because I wanted to read it closer to the third book's release. Well, SISTERS' FATE doesn't come out until August, but I couldn't wait any longer!

    I'm not going to include the Goodreads description because it has spoilers for the first book in the series, and if you haven't read BORN WICKED yet, get thee to a book store immediately!

    I'm a huge fan of Jessica's writing, particularly of her gorgeous, detailed (but NOT action-slowing) descriptions. This series is set in an alternate history of New England (with real witches!) and she does such an amazing job of bringing the world to life, blending actual historical details and customs with the imaginative aspects of the witches and Brothers, etc. In that way the series reminds me a little of Harry Potter, with the "muggle" and "wizard" worlds so interwoven you start to question which is which. LOVE that!

    The second book in the series continues the character arcs of the first in interesting, satisfying, and sometimes heartbreaking ways. I loved diving back into Cate's thoughts and meeting her friends - and enemies.

    There's a darkness, an ominous quality, to this book that kept me turning pages and had me not entirely sure the "good guys" were going to make it. I absolutely love when I can't see the resolution coming, and this series is definitely one that keeps me guessing.

    STAR CURSED has it all...romance, drama, suspense...relationships tested, surprises revealed, new questions asked. I plan to reread both BORN WICKED and STAR CURSED before SISTERS' FATE comes out in August...and will be counting the days until I can get my hands on a copy!

    I highly recommend this series, especially if you enjoy historial romances, witches, or beautifully written books. :-)

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    See what the other Bookanistas are raving about this week!

    Lenore Appelhans is nuts for NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

    Tracy Banghart swoons for STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood

    Rebecca Behrens raves about PUSH GIRL by Bookanista Jessica Love

    Christine Fonseca is riveted by SEKRET by Lindsay Smith

    Jessica Love sings the praises of OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

    Kimberly Sabatini loves BRAZEN by Katherine Longshore

    Katy Upperman is crazy for THE SYMPTOMS OF MY INSANITY by Mindy Raf

     

     

    Thursday
    Dec192013

    Bookanista Review: Become by Ali Cross

    Hello my friends! I'm late posting this - busy, busy day! - but that doesn't mean I'm any less excited to talk about BECOME by Ali Cross!

    I picked up this book because Ali is the interior formatter for Shattered Veil, and when I heard she was also a writer I wanted to check out her stuff. And let me tell you, I am SOOOO glad I did!! Seriously. BECOME blew me away. Before I fangirl it up, here's more info on the book.

    From Goodreads:

    Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

    When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

    My Thoughts

    This book totally impressed me. The writing is beautiful, the story is fast-paced, the main character is strong and conflicted...and the world building and plotting is super intriguing. I LOVED it. Ali just has that touch...she can put you inside her characters and story so you SEE what's happening as you read. I loved that Desi's coming of age was the focus of the story. There's romance, but the central conflicts and obstacles have much more to do with who Desi is and who she chooses to become, as opposed to which guy she likes or what she'll do for him. I found this quite refreshing. I thought Ali did a GREAT job with Desi's voice and emotional landscape. I could understand where Desi was coming from and why she made the choices she did...and I really felt for her and her predicament. This book came out a while ago and the rest of the series has already been released. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. If you like angel books, strong girl paranormals, and/or awesome, fast-paced reads you should totally check out BECOME. But be warned...you may just stay up all night reading...and find yourself rushing for book 2 in the morning. ;-)

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    Wednesday
    Dec042013

    Bookanista Review: Precious Things

    First things first...Happy Birthday to my brother!! :-D

    Now, on to business. Today I'd like to share with you my thoughts on PRECIOUS THINGS by Stephanie Parent. This is one of the first new adult books I've read, and I really enjoyed it!

    From Goodreads:

    Isabelle Andrews isn’t supposed to be here. She isn’t supposed to be a freshman at Hartford Community College, she isn't supposed to be living at home and working at her dad’s failing bakery, and she definitely isn’t supposed to be taking Intro to Electronic Music Production, a class that will get her nowhere toward her goal of an English Lit Ph.D. by age twenty-five. But when her dad’s latest business fiasco eats up her college fund, Hartford Community College is exactly where Isabelle finds herself—and thanks to her late enrollment, she doesn’t even get to choose her classes. Stuck with Electronic Music and way-too-easy English courses, Isabelle is determined to wallow in all the misery she feels entitled to.

    But community college brings some unexpected benefits…like the fact that a certain overworked, over-scheduled Electronic Music professor hands over most of his duties to his teaching assistant. His tall, green-eyed, absolutely gorgeous teaching assistant. When TA Evan Strauss discovers Isabelle’s apathy toward electronic music—and, well, all music—he makes it his mission to convert her. The music Evan composes stirs something inside Isabelle, but she can’t get involved—after all, she’ll be transferring out as soon as possible. 

    Still, no matter how tightly Isabelle holds on to her misery, she finds it slipping away in the wake of all Hartford Community offers: new friendships, a surprisingly cool poetry professor, and most of all, Evan. But Evan’s dream of owning his own music studio is as impractical as Isabelle’s dad’s bakery, and when Evan makes a terrible decision, everything Isabelle has gained threatens to unravel. Soon Isabelle discovers that some of the most important lessons take place outside the classroom…and that in life, as in Evan’s favorite Depeche Mode song, the most precious things can be the hardest to hold on to.

    My Thoughts

    I really enjoyed PRECIOUS THINGS. The biggest thing that stood out for me was how well-written it was...Isabelle's voice was consistent and authentic, and the writing "disappeared" within the story, which is a very, very good sign. It was very smooth and a joy to read. The plot took me a chapter or two to get into, but I didn't mind because I was really interested in Isabelle and getting to know her better. This is a "quiet" book, where the characters drive the action, not the other way around. I found that quite refreshing after reading several paranormals recently.

    I really enjoyed all the characters and loved all the little details that helped them come alive on the page. The only relationship that confused me, a bit, was Isabelle's relationship with her father. She seemed especially hard on him, dismissive even, and the "but I love him anyway" I was hoping for seemed to kind of be missing. I was also waiting for them to have some kind of confrontation or resolution of their feelings for one another and that didn't end up happening. Ultimately, though, the book wasn't about their relationship, so it wasn't a huge issue for me as a reader.

    I loved watching Isabelle and Evan get to know each other better. I can't say enough about Isabelle's voice...seeing Evan through her eyes felt so realistic. I related to a lot of her thoughts about him...and her situation at HCC. 

    Overall, I would happily recommend this novel to folks who enjoy a good romance, with a leading lady who has a personality, flaws, and depth...and who also has a point of view. I didn't always agree with her take on the world and her relationships, but I appreciated that she HAD a take and didn't seem to bend and change at the will of her creator. Isabelle feels like her own person from the beginning of the story and stays herself, even as she grows and changes throughout the book. So happy I picked this book up! I'll definitely be reading more from Stephanie Parent.

    A note: While categorized as "new adult" this book did not contain NC-17 material. It would be appropriate for mature high school readers.

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    Thursday
    Oct312013

    Happy Halloween from the Bookanistas!

    Hey y'all! Today a few of us Bookanistas are talking about our favorite scary books.

    I don't often read scary books, but there are a few that have stuck with me. Most recently, I've gotta say

    Second Verse by Jennifer Walkup

    It's got such great suspense and the ghost/murder elements were truly spooky.

    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

    I haven't had a chance to read the sequel yet, but it's definitely on my list. This book was so creepy and awesome. I loved it!

     

     

    3:50 by Gretchen McNeil

    The intensity in this book is off the charts...and I loved the dueling worlds/realities. SO cool.

    Die Softly by Christopher Pike

    Okay, so I'm not exactly recommending this book. But if I'm writing about scary reads, this has to go on the list. I read it as a teenager and, honestly, it haunted me. Even to this day. I kinda wish I could unread it. But hey...that's the sign of a good book, right? That it stays with your readers? ::gulp::

    And my teenage years would not have been the same without the horror/suspense of Richie Tankersley Cusick. They weren't exactly "literature" - honestly, "cheesy" might be the better word - but boy did I love her "two dark strangers...which boy is sincere and which boy wants to kill her?" formula. Some of my favorites:

    So yeah. I was never hardcore, truth be told. I've still never read a Stephen King horror novel. But it's funny the books that stay with you...and the stories that give you that thrill of fear and excitement. 

    What are YOUR favorite scary books? Are you hardcore? Or a wimp like me? :-)

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