[Review] Fantastical by Kristen Ashley

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Cora Goode has woken up in a fairytale world where she can understand what birds are saying to her, men ride horses and have fluffy feathers in their hats and furniture zigs, zags and whirls in miracles of construction.

The problem is, she thinks she’s in a dream but she’s actually taken the place of the parallel universe Cora and without realizing it, our Cora does something that starts a centuries old curse that will sweep the land if she gets captured by the evil Minerva.

At this point, her dream world becomes a nightmare.

Luckily, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno is there to save her from the clutches of the grotesque vickrants sent by Minerva to capture her. Unfortunately, hot guy, fantasyland Noctorno doesn’t like the Cora of his world all that much (to say the least) and he thinks our Cora is her. And no matter what our Cora says or does to try to convince him, he won’t be convinced.

But Cora needs Tor to keep her safe and guide her through this fantastical world as she hopes one day to wake up in her not-so-great apartment in her not-so-great life in her world. The problem is, the more time she spends with the gorgeous warrior Tor, the faster she falls in love with him.

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3stars

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I accidentally started reading the third book because I thought it was the first, which is stupid. Thankfully they’re standalones. I gotta say… I enjoyed all the freaking plot holes. I found them amusing actually. It’s one of these books you enjoy reading even though they’re a bit horribly written. Hahaha I really like how awful it is. Can’t explain it.

Writing Style

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So much wasted potential because of the writing style. The book was written in first person POV, which is always what I prefer. I like that I was able to be in Cora’s head but sometimes it was, kind of, too much… I felt like I was reading the diary of a 15 year old girl instead of a book written by an adult…

The fact that the lead was actually in her thirties, made it even worse. What do I mean exactly?

[Another slap on the ass. Serious ouch. God, I hated it when he did that.]

Really? Serious ouch? I expect a better description about how she felt at that time.

[“Put your hands on me”, he commanded, his knee pressing between my legs.
Oh my!
“Um, okey dokey,” I whispered again and slid my hands up his arms and around his shoulders.]

Who writes okey dokey during a sex scene, expecting to take the book seriously? I was facepalming and laughing instead of enjoying reading it.

[Tor’s room were the shit. In fact, his entire castle was the shit. In fact, his entire princedom was the shit.]

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Do you guys understand what I am trying to say? This description was definitely not the shit.

Not to mention ALL the awkwardly written sex scenes… All the awkward talking and questions like “who am I?” and “who are you?” in every single scene. Yes, we get it. He is your prince, your husband etc. and you’re his wife and princess. How many times do I have to skip these kind of scenes to avoid reading the same stuff again and again?

Plot

The plot had so much potential. The world building was actually pretty amazing and unique. There was this extraordinary, magical world with pretty colors and beautiful scenery. Cora was transferred into that world and tried to survive while she had to endure all the things that went wrong because of this change. (Not gonna spoil). So if the book was written in a different way, I would have loved it.

The plot holes frustrated me a bit to be honest but secretly I found them entertaining and I ignored them.

For example when Tor was transferred to Cora’s world, he demanded he drive the car.

[I showed him around the console, explained the basics, he started up the car and away we went. No joke. He was a natural. He even figured out the road signs and traffic signals and only asked what a few of them meant.] 

This can’t be. Nobody can be a natural when it comes to driving, especially someone from an entirely different universe where cars are not even close to be discovered.

Because the number of silly things like this was huge, I decided to ignore them and just focus on the main plot.

Characters

Cora Goodie is not the worse female character out there. Ignoring the fact that she annoyed the hell out of me at some points, she was most of the time a strong female lead. She was opinionated, (kind of) determined, brave, friendly and fought for her rights and her loved ones. I enjoyed the fact that she could be emotional and not ice cold when she had to. Vulnerability is not always a weakness.

She was annoying when she was acting like a teen in front of Tor but I forgave this behavior because she had to do with the other half of her soul. Love makes us all fools sometimes. Plus, adults need a break from adulting.

Tor was not my type of book boyfriend. I accept that he was a prince, taught to order everyone around but I can’t accept how possessive he was. I felt like I needed space. What saved the situation was his sweetness and all the caring. He was rational and smart apart from handsome and well build. He was the voice of Cora’s conscience and thankfully her protector from all the evil out there.

Overal

I pushed the strict side of me away. I was going for one star but because of all the potential and the little details I enjoyed I decided against it. I admit that I had fun reading it, even if it was for the wrong reasons.

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[Kristen Ashley]

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Thank you all so much for reading! Can’t wait for your opinion. Have you read the book? What do you think? Would you read it?

[Review] A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

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4stars

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I wasn’t really expecting to actually like the book. I was pretty interested in the plot but for some reason I was expecting it to be a failure. I couldn’t be more wrong… The book was fantastic!

Writing Style

Well written and easy to follow the story! I enjoyed reading it so much that I actually finished it in one day. The flashbacks were beautifully attuned with the plot, thankfully! I am usually disappointed when it comes to flashbacks because they get me out of the current story but this time I was really into them.

The author gladly used first person POV and I was more than happy to be inside Marguerite’s head.

Plot

I am super excited about world building! I got to see so many different versions of Marguerite’s life and I can’t wait to see more since the possibilities are infinite. I am not the right person to judge because there were many scientific things I didn’t get (I’m kind of stupid), but I think there were no plot holes.

Last but not least, I am a sucker for a good romance and I got what I asked for. Marguerite and Paul are perfect and since there was no hint of insta-love I am really really satisfied.

Characters

I’ll be completely honest. I am not really crazy for any of the characters but I am not disappointed at all. I mean, none of them were annoying but they were a bit predictable. I was expecting the “plot twist” since the beginning but I did enjoyed it when it finally happened.

Marguerite is not really a badass but she is not the lady in distress. I would say she is so realistic that I could relate to all of her reactions. I enjoy that kind of characters, with human reactions.

I need to read and explore more about Paul though. Sadly we only got glimpses of the “real” him throughout the story but I loved all the interactions he had with Marguerite.

Overall

I am a fan of Claudia Gray and her writing. I am really interested in the series and I hope you will all give this book a try.

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[Claudia Gray]

Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn’t choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn’t), because I’d always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven’t) or even because I’m hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.

I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I’ve been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing.

[Review] Bully by Penelope Douglas

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Penelope Douglas delivers an unforgettable New Adult romance that toes the fine line between love and hate…

My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He’ll barely refer to me at all, and he’ll hardly ever speak to me.

But he still won’t leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him.

But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way I’ll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have.

It’s time to fight back.

When one brave young woman stands up to her best friend Jared, now tormenter, the consequences go beyond anything either of them ever would have imagined…

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3stars

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Nope, this book was absolutely not for me. I would have rated it lower but I gave it three stars because I enjoyed it at some point.

Writing Style

Not even one complain here. Everything was great and I actually liked the way the book was written. There was a flow and the description of feelings was really awesome. I am a huge fan of authors who manage to make me feel and relate to the characters. There was first person POV, which I prefer at most times, because in order to write in third person and do it well requires skill and usually it’s a failure. I am not implying that Penelope Douglas has not talent, please do not misunderstand. The first person POV is safe in general. So what I am saying here is that the book was really good in this domain.

Plot

Here come my issues with this book. Bullying is bad but I don’t really blame the bullies all the time. I happened to be bullied back in junior high. A guy liked me, I rejected him and he bullied me to the point that he even started throwing rocks at me every time we happened to meet. He usually was trying to assault me by groping me in public and then there were the rocks. I should have stopped him earlier but I was just avoiding him. When a rock actually hit me and injured me I realized that this kid is a fucking asshole and he needs to be stopped. I talked to my parents and they talked to the police and that kid never bothered me again. What I am trying to say is that victims should not be victims and I understand that it’s difficult to speak to someone about being bullied, I’ve been there and I know, but we all have to be brave and stop this from happening. I blame myself for not stopping him the very first time he tried to do this to me and it’s really my fault that I let this happen.Bullies should be stopped. We need to be brave for our own good and we need to prevent these psychotic jerks from ruining our lives. We can do this.

At least there is a logical explanation as to why Jared was a bully and why Tate fell in love with him. I won’t spoil anything but I’ll just say that I’ve finished it because it was realistic and because Tate didn’t just accept this. She found the strength and fought back and stopped her bully. That’s what we’re supposed to do. If I was in her shoes I would have stopped this earlier but better late than never. We’re not all the same and for some people it’s harder to be brave. Eventually it has to be done.

So, the pace was good and the plot made sense. In general the story evolved perfectly well. There was suspence and I had so many questions that were answered the right time. Technically the book was perfect.

Characters

Both Jared and Tate made me so mad at first. I was so rooting for Tate, I was relating and I wanted her to be free of this torture and happy. I had high hopes and expectations and she was driving me crazy. Thankfully at some time she opened her eyes and realized some things and fought back. I was not disappointed.

Jared on the other hand… I wanted to punch his face every single time his name was appearing in front of me. I loved how determined, strong and smart he was was but at the same time I hated his jerk side. You can’t just treat a person like that. So when things got clear and I realized the hows and whys of his personality and all the reasons behind his stupid behavior, I kind of forgave him. Tate got it as well!

Overall

The book was not bad, actually. I’ve enjoyed parts but I was facepalming most of the time because of my own experience. So the reasons behind my own behavior and rating are mostly personal. I also realized that I should prbably avoid that kind of books. Not good for me.

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[Penelope Douglas]

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Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author living in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter. Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame). Please look for her recent standalones, Corrupt and Misconduct. Available now.

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[Review] A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter

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A phone call from an old friend sets Dr. Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mysterious manuscript he’s hunted for over five hundred years. He never expected a young student librarian could be the key to unlock its secrets, nor could he have predicted the danger she would attract.

Now he and Beatrice De Novo follow a twisted maze that leads from the archives of a university library, though the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a confrontation hundreds of years in the making.

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5stars

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Ok let me say that I am not really into vampire fiction but this book was a freaking guilty pleasure. I really really liked it and it has been a while since the last time I’ve considered any character as a book boyfriend.

Writing Style

I am satisfied with the writing style even though I found it a bit odd at first. What I mean is that there was third person POV mostly focused on Giovanni. So when the focus was on Giovanni, the writing style was a bit more formal, just like him. If it was first person POV it would be amazing because we would be in his head and the formal style would make more sense. I got used to it a bit later and I realized that it was probably my imagination or just the vibes Gio sent me. Anyway, it didn’t bother me at all, it was just an observation. Other than that everything were great. Enough details, not tiring, balance among dialogue, description and thoughts.

Plot/World Building

Ok, let me tell you something. The whole book was about a hot vampire and his freaking books! Do you realize how mind blowing is the combination? I didn’t realized it at first and I kept reading about how much he liked books and how important they were for him and that his dream job was being a rare book hunter… that made me obsessed.

So we have an ancient vampire who would do anything to get books in his hands. But then there’s this girl and she is young but passionate and she reminds him how it feels to care about someone and things change. I just love the plot. I love it when the male characters are so affected by the female character. I mean yes, Beatrice was affected as well, of course, but it’s different when you’re in your twenties and you fall for a super hot and awesome dude. You can’t compare it with a 500 years old man falling for a girl.

The pace of the story is perfect. Not too fast and not too slow. There are no signs of insta-love and it evolves steadily. Things happen all the time and you won’t get bored of the book.

Characters

Beatrice was an interesting character. I am not too fond of her but I definitely don’t dislike her. I mean yeah I think all of her actions, thoughts and decisions were realistic and something I would do in her place as well but she was just meh. There was nothing that she did that awed me but she didn’t annoy me as well and that’s good. She was a usual girl in a really awesome adventure but without doing something remarkable. Oh but she was smart and I give her that.

Giovanni… oh where to start? He was a mysterious, composed, charming, elegant gentleman who needed his space and his peace. He was determined to take back what was his at first place and who doesn’t love a man who would do anything to protect what belonged to him? I don’t know about you girls but i think I’ll choose my next boyfriend very carefully because of the damn standards that my book boyfriends have set for me.

There were many awesome characters like Carwyn and Caspar. They both gave the story their touch and made it even better with their great lines and jokes and of course their loyalty and help.

Overall 

I am so glad I’ve found this book because it made me remember how it feels to really like a book and a character that much. I suggest you read it if you’re in the mood for romance and a unique adventure.

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[Elizabeth Hunter]

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

[Review] The Thirteenth World by A. N. Willis

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Time is running out for Stel Alaster. The Corridor, the only portal between First and Second Earth, is failing and the barriers between all twelve worlds are thinning. Using her unique ability to travel through the multiverse, Stel sets out to save the Corridor . . . and ends up discovering a mysterious new world.

In the sequel to The Corridor, will the thirteenth world hold the key to the Corridor’s secrets? Or will the portal implode and take every last universe down with it?

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5stars

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Yes, yes! Thank you for the invitation, cause I absolutely loved this book.

Writing Style

I’ve said in a previous review about the first book ‘The Corridor’ that the writing style was pleasant and not confusing. Same goes for ‘The Thirteenth World’ and maybe even better. Everything made sense and there was a perfect flow. There were description and then thoughts and then dialogue. The transition was great and it felt like I could experience everything in my mind. Amazing.

My only problem was that I was sometimes lost with the double names of the worlds. My memory is not that remarkable so I had to look for which world is which. Well that didn’t actually stop me from enjoying the book though.

Plot/World Building

It was crazy! 12 parallel worlds and lives. Imagine many versions of yourself and the power to find out about them. Well of course our girl, Stel, is special and there’s something unique about her but I am not going to spoil anything. So the story evolved better than expected. I thought that the first book was a bit boring and slow but darn, this one was amazing. So much action and mystery and passion. I felt every emotion possible; it blew my mind, seriously.

There was a perfect dose of romance but not too much. The story focused on how Stel would find out about her true identity and her connection with the Corridor.

It was so easy for me to read it and it was a bit unfortunate that I was so busy. It took me a while to finish it because of other stuff. I practically read around 65% the same day and I had to stop after that.

Characters

Stel was really great in this book. She had everything I expect from a main character. She was brave, true to her feelings and beliefs, loyal to her family and friends and of course she was in love. Thank god she was well written and she never allowed herself to be dragged down by blinded love. Of course she wanted to fight to be with Cohl but she knew that some things are not possible and she had to sacrifice them in order to do the right thing. I was proud about her.

Cohl was not really a main character but he was actually just Stel’s love interest in this book, in addition to the previous. This time I liked him better because he had changed. He grew closer to his family and he realized that he couldn’t be jealous of his brother anymore. I could see how Stel had affected him and how much she meant to him.

Ana and Justin were also a big part of this book. Their presence helped Stel in many aspects and she knew that she was not alone because of all the love and support they offered her. I also shipped them together and I got a bit disappointed that nothing happened. Maybe mrs. Willis will write a book about them and get them together… please?

Overall

I really really liked how the story ended and I am so thankful that I got invited to read it. Stel’s adventure is on of the ones you just have to read at some point. It’s something different and unique and it’ll make you hopeful and happy.

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[A. N. Willis]

A.N. Willis writes YA–sometimes sci-fi, sometimes supernatural, always with heavy doses of action and romance. Her first novel, THE CORRIDOR, was inspired by her love of sci-fi TV shows growing up. She spent too many late nights in high school watching reruns, resulting in a possibly unhealthy obsession with yellow-eyed androids, renegade FBI agents, and wormholes to distant galaxies. When she’s not writing, she’s reading the latest from Stephen King, John Green, Donna Tartt–or anything YA. She feels at home wherever she can see the mountains.

[Review] Dark Hope by Monica McGurk

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For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father. Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, high school.

Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in Hope. Soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks Hope gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who’s responsible for sending Hope strange valentines inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human trafficking that operates on the periphery of Hope’s suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister—and just why does he seem so familiar?

In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Dark Hope introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of vast mythological scope and great moral urgency.

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3stars

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

The idea was unique and the book had a lot of potential. Not bad but not thrilling either.

Writing Style

Just like I’ve said before, not bad. The book begins with a prologue and a third person POV. Then there’s a transition to Hope’s mother’s POV described in third person and then we have Hope’s POV in first person. I would prefer if the book was completely in third person POV since the author wanted us to know about many character and not just one. The transition is confusing and tiring. Other than that I had no problem following the story and understanding. Feelings weren’t fully described but I was satisfied. Mona’s feelings were described better and she was easier to relate. Even though Hope was the main character I was puzzled because her thoughts were confusing me a lot.

Plot/World Building

Even though I was excited at the first half of the book, I was completely disappointed with the second half. I loved the way the author built the world and added so much mystery and excitement. Who was the person who saved Hope? What’s his connection with the male lead? What about that awesome tattoo in her neck? Why is her dad so overprotective and obsessed? So many questions and so many things to look for while reading. Suddenly, close to half of the book, all things were revealed and I was so so so turned off. I wanted more of the mystery and more action. Plus I didn’t really liked how the story evolved. Mona had just found her daughter and she lost her in days again. Then her father gets framed for kidnapping and Michael transforms into Hope’s father in most scene’s of the second half. Nooo, this is so weird. I wanted to have in mind the hot hero of the book and not an overweight, middle-aged man. It’s creepy.

Characters

Hope is the female lead character of the book. She is a 16-year-old girl who was through a kidnap, a weird mark on her neck and an overly protective and obsessed father. She was motherless most of the time and completely cut out of the world. That means no friends, no normal high-school days and no boyfriend. At the beginning she is so determined to change all that so she tries to go back to her mother and start a new life. I was so proud to read about her. She did good till she met Michael. That’s the end of my proud feelings because she suddenly turned to one of the classic weak characters that allow a guy to affect their whole lives. No more explanation needed.

Michael is an ancient archangel. Yes, he is THE Michael. I was so excited. He has the form of a teenager and he falls for our precious Hope. There’s a connection between them that Michael can’t explain so he tries to protect her. To be honest he was so charming and mature at first but I didn’t know he was an archangel. I just thought he was too mature to be a teen. When I found out his age I regretted feeling that way because there’s no way a creature with thousands of years experience to act that way. He was treating Hope badly and he practically forced her to do things that made her feel uncomfortable in order to ‘keep her safe’. He was rude and he was snapping at her all the time and then he was back at being kind and sweet. He confused me a lot and I didn’t feel like I could trust him. Maybe that was the point anyway because Hope didn’t really trust him as well. I don’t know, he was weird.

Overall

There were things I did enjoy and things I didn’t. I can’t say that the book was awful because it was not. The plot was cliche and overused but it had a lot of potential to make a difference even though it didn’t.

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[Monica McGurk]

Monica McGurk loves nothing better than to craft thought-provoking, multilayered stories, showcasing strong girls and women overcoming big challenges.

Already a fan favorite, she received the 2013 TwiFic Fandom Undiscovered Gem award for Morning Star, her alternate ending to the Twilight series, written before the release of Breaking Dawn.

Her first novel in The Archangel Prophecies trilogy, Dark Hope, was published in 2014. Dark Rising is the second novel in this series. The final installment, Dark Before Dawn, is expected in 2016.

[Review] How To Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras

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An emotional contemporary YA novel about love, loss, and having the courage to chase the life you truly want.

Reeling from her mother’s death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave – all the things she’s wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she’s always been afraid to do – including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most – and you learn that you’re stronger and braver than you ever imagined.

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November 3rd, 2015

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3stars

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Arc kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

It takes courage to become an adult. You have to be brave in order to survive the teenage years but we all grow up at some point, right? In this book, we follow Georgia’s struggling journey to adulthood.

Writing Style

I love first person POV when used properly and when the author focuses on feelings. I could really relate with Georgia because of the good writing style. There was description followed by feelings, thoughts and then dialogue. I felt like there was flow to the story and the writing style as well. What I didn’t really like was that at the end of every chapter, there was a poetic paragraph that bored me. Sometimes it’s ok to give a poetic touch to contemporary stories because they make them more emotional. In this particular book I think I didn’t need this. The book was emotional enough already and I was seriously skipping this paragrpahs. They were a bit useless.

Also being Greek gives me the advantage to understand greek perfectly well, obviously. Surprisingly, there was an impressive amount of greek phrases in the book but reading them felt so wrong because they were not used correctly. I don’t blame mrs. Kottaras because the language is difficult and I hope that this happened because this is just an arc and it’s not edited yet.

I really don’t mean to offend her but I think a little bit more research would have helped. I could even help her correct the mistakes before the book gets published.

Plot

I loved the plot, I think it hit me right in the feels. A chubby girl, who’s mother died recently, tries to survive frienship, love and reality. I found it so so so realistic and I think it’s the first time I’ve ever read a contemporary book with real, teenage drama and not too much unrealistic drama.

Anyway the pace was good and I finished the book really fast because it was interesting to see if Georgia will manage to complete her goals.

I also loved how friendship was glorified and how much it means to have a true friend who can’t live without you and is able to forgive your silly mistakes.

What I didn’t like is that Georgia was getting high because she felt brave while doing so and I think it was wrong. You’re brave when you’re not a drug addict. I didn’t like that using drugs was portraited as something brave. No, I absolutely do not mean to say that mrs. Kottaras is encouraging teenagers to do that, don’t get me wrong. What I gathered from the book is that these are actual problems in America. Teenagers can easily be manipulated to smoke and do drugs because it’s only natural and it’s not that dangerous. I think it is and I think people should start reading about how to prevent using drugs and how to be in control of situations like that.

Characters

Georgia was a troubled teenage girl, living with a single parent who was lost in his grief. I didn’t blame her for her actions because I don’t even know how I would react in situations like the ones she was experiencing. She was a loyal friend and yes she might have doupted her friend at some point but she found the courage to accept everything even though they were just assumptions.

Overall 

This book was not really for me. I think I am too old to be able to really enjoy reading about teenage drama BUT it was a good book in general. I think people need to work a bit more and correct a few mistakes and it will be better. My best wishes to the author. Hopefully people will like it.

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[E. Katherine Kottaras]

E. Katherine Kottaras is originally from Chicago, but now she writes and teaches in the Los Angeles area. She holds an M.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine and teaches writing and literature at Pasadena City College. She is at her happiest when she is either 1) at the playground with her husband and daughter and their wonderful community of friends, 2) breathing deeply in a full handstand, or 3) writing.

Her debut YA contemporary novel, HOW TO BE BRAVE, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press (November 3, 2015). Her second book is tentatively set for a 2016 release.

If you have questions or would like to contact her directly, please visit her at ekatwrites.com.

[Review] Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

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EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

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5stars

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Secret is my favorite book of the series and reached my top 5 favorite books of all time. I don’t know why there was no review of it in my blog. Time to change that.

Writing Style

Brigid Kemmerer uses third person POV and chapter by chapter she changes the main character, from Nick to Queen. That way we know what’s going on with both of them. I am not sure if the book would be better with first person POV but I am completely satisfied with the details and the description. Besides we have access to more characters and it makes it easier for us to follow the plot. We also get to read about the vaillains and it’s exciting when you know that both sides won’t expect what’s planned for them. I enjoy how Brigid Kemmerer focuses on feelings. I find it amazing when I can relate with the main characters and she succesfully made it happen. I also loved how she managed to turn a hateful character to someone who could be your best friend just by expressing his own feelings.

I am a huge fan of Brigid. She is so talented.

Plot/World Building/Characters

This book takes a small break from all the action and shouts out to all troubled teenagers.

Elementals still fight for their lives against the guides but being a teenager is not easy no matter how powerful you are.

So Nick has a secret and he’s afraid to tell his brothers or the world. It’s not that he is ashamed but he is scared of how they will react. Will they throw him out of the house? Will the beat him up? Will they simply accept him? Will they continue to love him the same? In my opinion he should have told them but I understand why he didn’t. Being the gay brother among 4 it’s not the easiest thing in the world. I seriously love how this book tries to send us a message against bullying and abuse.
Nick is probably the most loveable character I’ve ever read about. I would love to be his younger sister so that I could feel loved and protected. Yes, Nick was afraid of his brothers’ reaction but only because he cared and he loved them too much. What he didn’t know exactly was that they loved him back the same and maybe more. Especially his twin, Gabriel. Admiting the truth was not easy and because he was so scared, he turned into a person nobody thought he could be. He even physically hurt Adam. It’s ok to be scared and he’s only human and makes mistakes but it’s even better that he managed to find the strength to admit that he was at fault. Nick is such a strong character; physically because of his power and mentally as well. I love him so much.

Quinn also has some issues with her crack addict brother and her drunk mother. They both abuse her and yet she loves them. She refuses to ask for help because she is afraid of being sent away and her lack of self-esteem makes things worse. She feels like she has to “pay” for help and that’s not what friends do. Nick and Quinn try to keep each other’s secrets but when these secrets become complicated and too many to handle their friendship is tested.

Nick’s problems grow bigger when he meets Adam and when Quinn starts hanging out with his enemy, Tyler. But Tyler is not what he really seems to be and he helps Quinn. I actually got to like him even though I didn’t forgive the things he did in the past but I let it go. Tyler also has a secret and it’s a really messed up one; I was not expecting this.

Overall

When I read the first book, I was introduced to an imature, broken family with trust issues and too much hate. Now I am here with the same family, stronger than ever. All four brothers know the actual meaning of love and trust but sometimes they tend to forget. They know they need each other in order to live because that’s what family is for.

So this book and the series in general is all about family, friendship, love and survival. I fail to see a better combination that leads to greatness.

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[Brigid Kemmerer]

[Review] Tiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck

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Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. Kelsey Hayes’s eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy nobody would ever believe.

Aside From battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince.

When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest, with Ren’s bad-boy brother, Kishan,the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren’s life hangs in the balance–so does the truth within Kelsey’s heart.

Tiger’s Quest, the thrilling second volume in the Tiger’s Curse series, brings the trio one step closer to breaking the ancient prophecy that binds them.

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3stars

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[“One’s enemy is often the best teacher of tolerance.”]

Tiger’s quest has the right dose of adventure and romance a reader needs. And admit it, it’s a combination us hopeless romantic readers can’t resist!

Writing Style

I think Colleen Houck succeeded in wrtiting this book. There are many different types of scenes and I was satisfied with the way they were discribed. There were romantic scenes were we could easily relate with Kelsey because we were inside her head all the time. There were thoughts, feelings and great transition to dialogue. I also find amazing that even though it was a first person POV, the rest of the characters were described that way that the readers could also catch a glimpse of their feelings.

There were action scenes, detailed enough yet not tiring and that’s important because I can’t stand too much information. I mean yeah ok it’s good to know the surroundings of the characters but get to the point cause I don’t really care about the rest. I could easily picture what was happening in my mind and it was like I was experiencing the adventure with Kelsey.

Last but not least there were descriptions about scenery and India and small villages and I loved the way they were portraited. I feel like I have to visit India after reading the book.

Plot/World Building

I think the first third of the book was absolutely unessacery drama. There was no point in writing it at all. Kelsey was in love with Ren and Ren was in love with Kelsey, the end. The book would be awesome if it wasn’t for the first (tiring) third. I felt like I was reading a different book at first and then transformed back into Tiger’s Quest. The pace was so slow and I was struggling to keep reading. At the end I got the adventure I was looking for.

Because of my lack of knowledge about Indian History and world’s history in general, I can’t really tell if any of these stories and information is real. My guess is that they’re based in history and in facts and that makes the author well informed. It’s good that she studied and researched about what to write and how to connect her story with facts or to come up with new facts. My congratulations!

I am not even sure If I make sense but I love it when the world that the author builds has no flaws and when I want to know more about it and that’s how I feel about Tiger’s Quest.

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[Review] Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

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3stars

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The past month, Throne of Glass was always in front of me in reviews, suggestions and even in tags. Bloggers were talking about it with excitement and I was so impressed. I decided to read it and I realized that it didn’t reach my own expectations. I found it hard to finish and I was ready to rate it with less than three stars but thankfully after reading more than half of the book, finally I got what I wanted.

Writing Style

Third Person POV is not my favorite but for some reason I think it matched the book. I don’t know how helpful first person POV would be in this case because there were multiple characters. Well to be honest the POV was changing anyway but the description was in third person. Either way, I enjoyed very much the details I got from the use of the POVs and I am glad we even the villain had his own part. So we had a full picture in every basic character’s mind and that was impressive because the focus didn’t change. I don’t how to explain it but even though there were multiple characters we had the time to get to know all of them enough. That’s actually impressive because it’s not easy to be able to make the readers relate to many characters at the same talent. It requires a lot of talent.

I wasn’t tired from the details, I could follow the story without any difficulty and I wasn’t confused at all. It was well, carefully written and neat. There was ballance among the dialogues, descriptions and feelings. Amazing!

Well my congratulations to Sarah J. Maas.

Plot/World Building

This section caused me some trouble but I got over it. A huge part of the book, the first half actually, was absolutely boring. I didn’t find Calaena’s training and interactions interesting. She was trying to adjust from the life in Endovier to the life in Palace and for some reason I was hoping that she would cause some trouble but she didn’t and well… it was disappointing. Later when the murders finally started, my excitement grew and I was ready for the action that never came. Again disappointed. The book was all about what Calaena could do but didn’t do.

The best part was when finally Cain started acting weird and Nehemia appeared supsicious. Then there was the plotting against Calaena from people I won’t reveal now and of course the romance. I didn’t mind the triangle and I admit that it was thrilling, isntead!

In general the books look like a saga, a classical heroic tale and not just a simple series. So I won’t drop it and I’ll read more. Hopefully it gets better.

Characters

I am not sure I like Calaena. I find her all talk talk tallk and no action. According to everything I read, I was expecting a badass assasin who would cause trouble and everyone would be afraid of her. Well, that was not the case. Even though the start was absolutely terrific and Calaena seemed so awesome and left me in awe, when she reached the palace she acted like a spoiled, judgemental princess. She was talking about the things she would do and how acting like a princess offended her but she didn’t actually do anything to prove that she is what she said she was. Ok, yeah the tournament was somehow a proof that she was indeed awesome but I didn’t feel like she was. In the end I can only manage to think of her as the so-called assasin that showed no signs of being assasin.

Chaol was so freaking cool. He was actually perfect. I mean I found his behavior realistic and his actions had a point. He had to guard the supposedly assasin and he was suspcicious for a reason. He was careful around her and he was always on his guard. His warnings to Prince Dorian were correct since he had to do with a killer and no matter how girly she acted, Chaol was just always right. Yeah ok he trusted Calaena later and obviously fell in love but that didn’t ruin the picture for me. Also, he appears to be a great caring and loyal friend. I like him a lot.

Prince Dorian was pleasant. A bit annoying but still justified. He was a prince after all and he deserved to be spoiled at some point. To tell you all the truth I am team Dorian so far and I enjoyed so much his interactions with Calaena. I loved the way he acted around her and how he managed to approach her. I happen to love romantic dudes and I support that men can also be more sensitive when it comes to love. In general I liked the way Dorian’s mind worked and he also showed a couple of signs that he would be a great ruler and not a violent, rude king. I don’t know, maybe I will change my mind later but so far Dorian is close to the type of men I like.

I felt the need to also talk about Nehemia because she will probably be a huge part in the rest of the books and I wanted to simply state that I like her and that I didn’t doubt her at all. I just knew that she was the coolest princess ever and that in the scale of badass she is in the top and Calaena in the bottom.

Overall

The writing style and the last part of the book saved it from dnf-ing. Ok I’ll add Nehemia and Chaol as the saving team because they were worth of my time. I just had high expectations because of the fuss that’s happening and I was a bit disappointed.

I’ve read better books and I even though I feel somehow guilty for not liking it so much as the rest of you do, I am not sorry for my rating and my opinion. I am a weird, judgmental and mean person but please don’t hate me for that. That’s who I am.