Friday, 24 August 2012

Hotblood (House of Slide)

He stole a kiss from the wrong girl...
Left without a soul, 17-year-old Dariana Sanders waited to die. There was nothing left to live for, nothing to feel besides the aching cold that never stopped. Her parent's marriage was in shambles, and her brother, the only one who understood, the only one who knew how to make the cold go away, was gone forever. The only thing Dariana knew with absolute certainty was that nothing could possibly be right again. Enter Lewis Axel Nialls. Luckily for her, impossible is right up his alley. He can save her from the forces that wish to destroy her. Of course who's going to save him, from her

Correction: I gave this book a 3.99 because I like the author and because its point might be compromised because I'm not really in a good mood.

Brief:
I liked this story, and the sense the author was going for. The point was understandable: she was soulless then she switched souls, and I have to say I felt a lot of anticipation reading this book. One, the chapter where Lewis and Darianna meet was pretty interesting at the end, and two, I kept looking forward to school moments.
However....I would be lying if I didn't say the book confused me. Other than that it needed to be whipped by an editor who could add a contemporary spin and voice appearance factor. The story had potential, but it needed to be cooked a bit longer.

Full:
I don't have much to say about this, mostly because my attention wasn't held. I couldn't seem to keep reading this. Maybe it's just me, but reading it straight on didn't work out. There were moments where I was stuck, forced to keep reading, but I kept falling out of the loop.

While I read this, I kept wondering if it would have gone over smoother if the author had stitched the hotblood race and such to already existing elements, as writing a whole new fantasy existence is immensely difficult. One half of this fantasy was absolutely gorgeous, the other, as I've heard people say, left a little to be desired.

The romance was another confusing section. Maybe I just skimmed too many portions but it felt more bit by bit rather than something that picked you up and whipped you around. For a teen romance, it didn't reach as high as I would have liked it to. Their moments were not that many and I wished the descriptions of all their meetings had been intensified.

As fot the characters, Darianna constantly frustrated me. The things she did, the way she acted...I was completely confused. One second, I would thing she was awesome, the next I wouldn't know who she was.
I do admit though, there were enormously great factors in this book, that I couldn't fully enjoy. I was in a rush to finish this and was juggling with other duties so maybe I gave it to poor a try.

I'm not exactly sure how I feel at the end of this book, but I hope I can revisit it later. 

Thanks for reading xx

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Star Bright by Christina OW


A haunting mistake that brought them all together…

Maria’s fear and hate for men is solidified by Ricky’s abuse and his obsession to kill her. In an effort to save her son, she runs away and crosses paths with Dave, a man going through his own tribulations with his wife. He is determined to protect her, show her that not all men are evil and that true love exists. And he in turn, finds a woman worthy to be a mother to his daughter.

Maria finally finds peace in her new roles as a mother, a wife and a home maker but that dream is short lived when a ghost from her past threatens to take it all away from her in the most brutal and torturous way.

But Maria isn’t alone anymore, her father finally shows up to do what he was supposed to five years ago. Protect his daughter.

*Blurb from Goodreads* 

My rating:



4 Pinkish Looking Roses

Run down:
Star Bright is a book the kind of dark situations you may sometimes come across in real life. Though the plot may sometimes come across as far-fetched, the reader has to realize that portions of this book are purely through. It's more of an unwinding tragedy to put it simply, with characters struggling to find their 'happily ever after' in a world where every thing seems to be going wrong.

The characters were developed according to their situations and were interesting to watch. The romace was sweet and you could feel the stress beneath it from Maria's past. The writing was good, with the habitual book flaws and typos, though at times it did not hold my attention.

The Rest:

When I started this book and saw the first quote (written by the author herself), I should have gone 'aww' and decided the book was a bit too cheesy (that was how I'd reacted to the last self-made quote I'd acknowledged in a book). However, I didn't, so I knew it had to be worth it.

As the story went along, I was pulled in and out of attention. There were moments when I was anticipating the next chapter for certain characters, while there were moments where my short attention span refused to let me read.

The novel starts slowly, but allows you to quickly unwind the world Maria and Dave live in. They start off in two different places with two different situations. While Dave is a big shot lawyer with a daughter and a wife he really wants to get rid of, Maria is a waitress at a degrading bar, with a son she has to provide for, and a boyfriend who takes abuse to a new level.

I first decided the boss of Maria's cafe was a sexist ultra-annoying person without even reading much about him. The fact that he forces his employees to walk around practically half-naked is cruel and despicable. Maria on the other hand, instantly came across as caring despite her situation. As the novel went along though, her fear made me angry. It seemed to encompass her whole character, and left few points to it:
  • Protective of children
  • Fears abuse and is suspicious of all men
  • Protective of her heart
  • Vengeful
  • Caring to those she isn't suspicious of
  •  At times feisty

Of course, I may be wrong, but in thought, that is what pops out. A main character's personality can often be drowned out in a novel of this large structure, so it is understandable. The years of abuse greatly affected her character. There were moments when her personality shone through though, like at the cafe after Dave's incident.

All in all, her reaction to Ricky was understandable, but it upset me how little she defended herself and her son. Maria strengthened over time, but when Ricky came back for her, the fact that she in the end started begging like she always had made the novel endearing, but disappointed me. I'd expected her to finally stand up to Ricky, but instead, all the men in her life were the ones to solve her problems.

Another issue was how she jumped out of an abusive relationship just to enter one with Dave, though nothing like Ricky, who was quite controlling. Dave showed her a love that was both adorable and frustrating, and though she stood up to him, and all his decisions were good ones, she still did whatever he said like an abandoned puppy. I find myself wishing that all the strength she'd grown hadn't dissolved like smoke.

Dave was a good male character, and his personality was really clear to the reader. There wasn't much confusion about who was and how he felt about things. However, there were moments where his character could have been seen as inconsistent for the sake of the plot. For example, what happened in the cafe when he left. Dave's parental side says that is impossible, while Dave's angry side says it is very possible. If you read it, you can see why this situation is odd.

Other characters, such as Maria's family members were impressive, but their situations were slightly flawed. Edna was a strong character and I instantly loved her when she slammed a chair on Ricky's back. However, during the situation with Maria's father around the end, she proved cruel but honest. The fact was, she was telling the truth. In the end I was forced to decide that Edna was right, she shouldn't have done all those things. I felt sorry for Maria and seriously pitied her situation.

I feel the need to mention the first Jane, Maria's best friend. She was a kind character and likable. However, she wasn't a huge particpant in this novel, though she was in Marias's life. I can't complain much about this, but I feel like she should have been there more. As for the second Jane, her character was slightly inconsistent but she managed to come across as mightily annoying, though her love for her daughter did earn her brownie points. This kind of character usually makes a book more interesting for me though. However, I wished Maria would have confronted Jane and all the other workers who had begun to treat her badly because of Jane.

As for Michael and Izzy (full name Elizabeth) they were ADORABLE. I could paractically see them through the book. Michael was so brave, as the author intended, and sometimes came across braver than Maria, who was much older than him. When it came to Elizabeth, I could just tell she was cute. ESPECIALLY with the way she copied Michael. SOOOO CUTE. Their relationship was one of the sweetest things in this book, and it made me smile watching how Izzy instantly looked up to Michael. I could imagine their future in a YA romance. Izzy falls in love with Michael's best friend or his arch enemy and Michael is determined to protect his sister. *SIGH* It brings me joy.

Now, about the plot. It was great, and the characters translated well, but the repetition in events was a really difficult subject to write, and though Christina OW was mostly successful, there were few flaws as this type of writing is very difficult.

Then the romance. The romance in this book was the kind that snuck up on you, labelled with adult situations and fear for the future. I loved Dave's attempt to win over Maria, but her situation left a dark cloud on everything she wanted. The romance was compromised after Maria's father made a comment on why Dave cared about Maria so much. This bit confused me, as when it comes to romance books, my thoughts are: Dave should love Maria because of Maria. It made me question if Dave was defending himself against the truth, that he was stolen by Maria's looks and how she treated children. If that was it, I  would have been bitterly disappointed.

In the end, I adored this novel a lot. It was new fresh and broached difficult subjects without getting over the fact that it was a book and readers were meant to read and enjoy it. I look forward to more novels from Christina, but wish that next time, her main heroine will be a stronger no-nonsense. BTW, I would have liked the novel more if there was more involvement on Maria's part with Dave's parents and his ex-wife.

As for the novel's name, though it wasn't mentioned in the writing, somehow it fits.

Thanks for Reading :)

Monday, 6 August 2012

I Pledge


whose blog I absolutely love :) 

 
Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson

"Alex and Lila are on the run, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Unit, which somehow is managing to track their every move. Whilst Alex is determined to keep Lila safe and her ability secret at any cost, Lila’s only thought is of finding a way back to California so that she can rescue her brother and mother from the military base where they’re being held.

Struggling to control both her growing power and her deepening feelings for Alex, Lila decides the time has finally come to stop running and start fighting. Together with Alex, Demos, and the people she’s come to think of as family, Lila plans not just to save her brother and mother, but to completely destroy the Unit and everything it stands for.

But the plan requires Lila to return alone to California, make friends with the enemy, and to risk losing everything - Alex, her family, and even her life.
"

This feature targets all those obssessed-over YA books that are yet to come out.

I pledge to read Losing Lila by the end of the month (or as soon as I can since I need to spend my money on an absolute awesome b-day pressie).

I'm expecting: 
  • Dramatic moments
  • Romace that makes my heart ache
  • Writing that's digestable
  • Yummy descriptions of Alex XD


Saturday, 4 August 2012

Tag Game (Liebster Award)

This is like a...game/award for bloggers. It involves tagging blogs that you think are awesome in order for publicity (the nice kind) and finding out things about a blogger. Since, the Blogger who tagged me said a thank you, I know I have to too. So, thanks to Bow ties are cool (cool name by the way) who blogs on http://hufflepuffsfind.blogspot.co.uk 
which is pretty awesome :)

The Rules are:
  • The tagged blogger has to give 10 facts about themselves
  • Answer 10 questions from your beloved tagger
  • Ask 10 questions to the people you choose to tag
  • Tag 5/10 people on your blog
  • Tell the 5/10 people you've tagged them
  • You can't tag people back (it has to be new people)


Facts about me (I put eleven):

  • I'm Christian 
  • My favorite color has been orange since forever (there's a past with women's' clothing involved)
  • My first crush was most probably an anime character who grew up to become a psychotic teenager who's aim was to kill everyone
  • I found it funny when in teen wolf, Allison shot a teddy with a taser
  • I looove Teddy bears (I think so anyway)
  • I had an argument with a guy in my maths class about where you can get bazookas (XD)
  • I want to go on a shopping spree all over the US (I live in Europe)
  • I read body language
  • I want to create a charity some day
  • I call my mum mummy
  • I want to be loads of different things.
  • I think guys with earrings are awesome :) 

1.What book have you read more than all of your other books?

Probably Twilight. I used to love it a lot (until I was banned from horrors). Now, (I'm allowed to read it) it doesn't as interesting as I'd thought at first.
2. What is your all time favorite movie and why?

Umm...that's a toughie. I love loads of movies. I liked Beastly, and Kick-ass was pretty good. Beastly was sooo sweet. (Confession time: the main male character looked hot when he was cursed). Though honestly, I don't like witches. Kick-ass was weird in a scary way, and I hate death but it felt really dramatic for me.
3. Coffee or tea?

Tea all the way :) Coffee kind of scares me (so many rumours) and I'm still waiting to try it.
4. If you could chose one fictional character to be real, who would it be and why?

I'm not sure...I would want to bring loads of them to life. I'd probably design one myself then bring him/her (probably a really hot him) to life.
5. What is your biggest accomplishment thus far?

I don't know...I instantly thought 'being a Christian.' I've done things but it doesn't feel like they measure up to what I want for myself. I plan to add a thousand more accomplishments throughout my life.
6. What is your favorite summer activity?

I have no idea. Either dancing (not always well) or just using my laptop :)
7. If you could be anything, what would you be?

I'd say I want to earn the right to be what I want to be, so I'd pass on wishing to be an author or actress or manga artist (Besides, I'm going to be them anyway). So...I'd probably own a sucessful forever helping charity or be the richest human on earth (and give everything to charity).
8. What is your favorite television show and why?

These days, it's DEFINITELY Teen Wolf. There's something about that show. (And no, it has nothing to do with the over the roof hotness level of Derek...)
9. Who is your favorite character of all time and why? (Doesn't matter if it is from a movie, television show, or book)

I don't know...I just love so many. If I had to pick at random, it would be Joss from The Talent Chronicles. (I love her). She has such an awesome character with the right balnce of shyness and spunk.

10. Do you have any pets? What kinds?

Nope, but I can't really decide which ones I want anyway. Dogs are adorable but one half of me says their teeth are soo scary, while the other half says no molesters are gonna come close if I get a dog with ultra sharp canines. Cat's are adorable, but when I think of all that messy fur...enough said.

Thanks for the questions Bow Ties are cool:
 http://hufflepuffsfind.blogspot.co.uk

Blogs I tagged:
http://simplykarun.blogspot.co.uk/
 http://andreasparanormalreads.blogspot.co.uk/
http://lauricewithlove.blogspot.co.uk/
 http://wortication.blogspot.co.uk/
 http://frozeninfiction.blogspot.co.uk/

Questions you have to answer (Remember to answer why):

  • If you had to pick a date-worthy character to pop out of a book/movie/anything else and be yours, who would it be?
  • If you were given one wish, what would it be? (Hint, I would wish for more wishes)  
  • If you could meet one authour/director of a movie, who would it be?
  • If you had a choice between eating KFC or Macdonalds after starving on an island for days with only sloppy fish (you couldn't bring yourself to eat it) to keep you company, what would it be?
  • If you had a choice between being what you've always wanted to be and becoming a billionaire, what would it be?
  • (Hopefully this will never happen) If you had a choice between loving all your friends with all your friends hating you or hating all your friends with all your friends loving you what would it be? (Feel free to say neither)
  •  Hoop earrings or studs?
  •  What do you love when people do?
  •  What's your biggest fantasy?
  • After reading these questions, what do you think I'm like?

 Please carry on the award :)

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

In the Midddle of Nowhere by Julie Ann Knudsen



A TEENAGE GIRL. A BROKEN HEART. AND A BOY WHO TRIES TO MEND IT.

Butterflies. Little, fluttering butterflies. That’s what fifteen-year-old Willow Flynn feels in the pit of her stomach every time the mysterious boy is near. But Willow has other things to contend with as she deals with the tragic loss of her father, as well as her emotionally preoccupied mother, while being uprooted to a new house, a new school, a new life, far away, on an island, in the middle of nowhere.

At the beginning of the school year, the sickly, but cute Michael sends Willow the first of many cryptic notes during homeroom. He stares at Willow and gives her the creeps. Michael never returns to school after that, but Willow ends up connecting with the poetic boy on-line where they strike up an unusual friendship.

As Willow attempts to fit in and find her niche in the ever-cliquey high school world, she is further confused by Michael who strives to win her over and mend her broken heart. But will he be able to, especially when his own existence remains so uncertain?

*Blurb found on Goodreads*


Right from the beginning, I loved the front cover and design taken up throughout the book (chapter design as well since I got this on kindle). The picture and the title practically yelled how the story went.

It took me a while to read this book, mostly because I got it as a review giveaway, along with a bunch of other books. I had too many books to read and review, since they were all so tempting. Even though I told myself getting so many was stupid, I just couldn't help myself, like a child standing in front of a candy shop, I just had to walk in. Having to balance that with my compulsion to internet surf, read manga, talk to people and keep other commitments (like watching my beloved Teen Wolf) I had to hurry to finish this book the day before the deadline. Well, time to get on with it...

I can't classify this novel as Contemporary, though it says so on my blog label, but it felt different from me, a striking difference to other books. Maybe I'm not used to the genre yet, but this book felt like a fresh yet explainable idea.

Continuing on, I will be discussing this novel in four stages (since right now I'm obsesed with order):

Plot
Character
Romance
Writing


Plot

The base storyline was both creative and entertaining. I loved how the author threw in her ideas to carve a story like this. However, (I'm not sure whether this is a good or bad thing) the plot was circular around Willow, and most of the few sub-plots I noticed in the first half of the story had a strong connection to Willow.


Willow's breakdown over her mom's growing life was an interesting and emotional twist that added to the attractiveness of the story. I was sympathetic to her all the way through that ordeal, but did wish Michael had gotten more involved around this part of the novel.
  
Unfortunately, big events weren't always thoroughly stressed. Some things were easily forgotten because the author did not repeat them the way they could have been. (I can't give examples for fear of giving away massive plot twists but please send me a message if you want to know what I mean).

Characters

The author's ideas for characters were interesting and worth paying attention to. However, the characters were not always sent across properly. The author described who they were and didn't let us see what they did. Unfortunately, the author took prioritising her characters to an extreme. For example, compared to other characters around Willow's age, Tessa and Jacques were highly developed. This proved to show inconsistencies in the strength of her characters.

There was also the problem of how a teenage essence was not fully carried across (though this book was involved in a lot of growing up). Her age seemed slightly unstable and unsure, though I could tell she was a teenager.

As I started reading the book, I began to feel a forbidden emotion for Tessa. I get that as the novel begins she's supposed to be the meanie, but she was the kind of character that made me smile. (Sorry, can't help it). During the first few chapters where she played a part, Willow, our main character, began to annoy me when it came to Tessa. She seemed kind of judgemental and took Tessa's words the wrong way. Saying "That sucks." after someone tells you about their tragic lifestyle is not offensive. I mean, what exactly is she supposed to say? But of course, around the end, I felt a lot of  pity for her. It was sad to watch how she tried to function without basic family needs.

There were times when Willow’s character came across as whining and ungrateful. The best example was her birthday ordeal. At first, when everyone cancelled on her, it was completely understandable for her to be pissed and upset, but when she began to claim that it ‘ruined’ her birthday, it became annoying and less relateable. This could have been solved if she got over it the next day, but she was still complaining, even after her brother and mother came home with 16helium balloons and a chocolate cake. If I got that for my birthday, I’d be screaming with happiness, yet she still complained about being all alone. For goodness sake, you are not alone! She has a right to be u[pset over her situation, but overreacting makes you annoying and unrelatable.

There were also other times when she came across as annoying. She did not stick up for her friends as she should have, and she tended to treat them as if she didn't really care about what they were saying. With Tessa for instance, at times she treated Tessa really badly without even acknowledging it. Other times, she'd treat her supposed 'best friends for life' from her old neighbourhood, as if their problems were minuscule compared to her own. (Such as when they were having an argument over a guy and Becca felt as if she were caught in the middle). However, some strategically placed sarcastic character-oriented sentences made her quirky and interesting.

Continuing on with the however, at times Willow proved to have spunk. Like when Brian gave her that little threat, what she called being 'indignant' was what I called sticking up for herself. I had to root for her then, I would be severely disappointed in myself if I didn't, though I did wish Willow spoke to her mom as soon as she found things out.
 
Then there’s her family. Her totally piss-taking family. For a second, I had to wonder if her mom was blind not see the way her daughter felt about Brian. It was pretty obvious she didn’t want him around, yet she still chose to invite him to her daughter’s birthday. Honestly, that was just cruel. (I admit this bit is more a rant than a flaw in the novel). Though, I guess I can't be angry at her considering the way things turned out in that particular chapter.


Brian... I never trusted Brian, and I kept wishing Willow  would do something about him as she made discoveries about who he really was. His personality though was perfectly placed and fit into the story easily. There was something completely natural (but jarring nonetheless) about how the author fit him in.

Down to her friends. Near the middle of the book, I discovered that I totally hated but understood Erica and Taylor's judgemental behaviour towards Tessa. It showed a slice of how people generally act when it comes to judging people they do not know.

Honestly, getting off point, I liked Jacques and wished he wasn't stoned all the time. He could have made a great male lead in another book with his cheerful and slightly goofy personality.

Okay, problem time. There were times when the author seemed to be so busy making the novel dramatic that she forgot to keep the characters in shape. Michael's mom for instance. A lot of the things she did were said, not done, and her emotions weren't properly expanded on. Really important moments weren't given out properly. (I'll expand on this later).

Romance

I have to admit, Michael was pretty darn awesome. Though he was strange (not that I'm complaining) and there were chunks of the novel where he was virtually none existent I loved him (though unfortunately, he did dim my care for Willow and made her less likable with is ever encompassing awesomeness). I found even myself getting butterflies from some of the things he said. Like once, when he said:

"I know, but I still wanted to see you." Michael brushed a wisp of hair from my forehead and let is fingers linger. "I needed to see you," he leaned in closer, "to touch you."

I think my heart stopped at that bit. Why do I find that so hot?

Going on, when I found out about his 'situaton,' it actually made me sad. Half of me wishes the author hadn't added that detail, while the other realises that's how the world works, and it's almost endearing to give it to one of the most important characters.

There was also the way the author wrote about Michael, which made it almost feel like I was Willow, having a crush on him, liking him but not sure it I could trust him (maybe that's just me being paranoid), yet grieving over every chance we missed to be together. I can say at least one thing: Julie Ann Knudsen can definitely write romance.


However, as the novel went along, the way the author ignored us during Michael and Willow's crucial bonding time was both understandable and frustrating. At times it felt like the author had laid a rock foundation but had left large pits and attempted to cover them with blocks of Styrofoam. It didn't provide enough safety when it came to readers loving her book. This goes back to the situation of saying and not doing.

Writing


This book was one of those novels where the author failed at using the first person to describe her main character's appearance without making her less likable. There are also moments when things were laid down a bit thick to the reader, with too much procrastination.


There was also the case of the author treating first person like third person. If Willow was in such a daze she didn't hear her friend speak, then it shouldn't be written before she pays attention. Her friend could repeat the question after Willow says, "What?" or something like that.

I liked how the author wielded the problem of her mother changing. However, a lot of the tragedies were not written in a classic emotional style. The act and the story were there but at times the emotion was M.I.A.

This book seemed like it was meant to teach the readers a lesson. However, it seemed to give a more vantage point view due to the writing style. The main character wasn't as relatable as other main character's in this genre usually are. However this style was encouraging as the reader sat by and watched with a cinematic view, (now that I think about it, this book was a lot like a romantic movie, Julie Ann should try her hand at playwrighting) judging her actions. So, this book was unique when it came to how it spoke to the reader. This style was risky and kind of subjective to how the reader saw it, especially during peer pressure involved situations. Essentially, I hated some things, but they were par to the story so I couldn't really complain.

Though the 'cinematic view' the author gave us was interesting, it came with it's flaws. The author had a tendency to write the story play by play with a hint of a third person style thrown in for like. I'd like to continue reading her works in first person, but several flaws came with it, such as once, she said: "My big blue eyes got bigger." That can be used, but using it twice reaches the borderline of dangerous writing.

I admit, around the end I got scared (black dress, black sandals, what was I supposed to think?) but the  novel ended up finishing beautifully, without ripping my heart out. It was the best ending the book could have had, and it gave even me butterflies

All in all, I was condescending when I started this book, but ended up discovering something I didn't expect as it felt like, I went on the journey with Willow, discovering what she'd always been missing and realising that I absolutely adore this book.

Quirky bits

This book thought me something about dry cleaning

Oh, by the way, God can't die (Something Willow said)

Willow and Julie have the same middle name!


Thank you for reading :)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

A Bed Of Knives by Elizabeth Jasper


"A Bed of Knives - contemporary romance with an edge.

Friendship can get complicated when you start to fancy the guys you hang out with. When Eddie suggests a night out to celebrate the end of their final exams, four friends look forward to the evening with different expectations.

Fast forward 5 years. Gina and Rose rescue Spider from living rough in Oxford. Is this enough to bring all four of them together again and will their friendship survive the revelations of the following days?

***Not erotica, but does contains strong language and explicit sex***"

*The Blurb is from Goodreads*

 If I were to judge a book by its cover, I'd say this book was a romantic tragedy with one heroine pained with a distraught life but owning a very feminine appearance. The cover of this book came across as creative, and I loved the use of a manga sketch. It proved both abstract and emotional. However, if it were my design, the constrast between the drawing and the background would be greater. Instead of the peach colour, I thought it would have been more attractive if the background had been pure white. This style can be seen as more contemporary and could attract more eyes.

Past all the 'superficial' stuff, for me, this book was unique, due to the fact that:
1) It wasn't my usual style

2) It was in 3rd person

3) It followed 4 main characters

4) It had a warped timeline

5) It seemed to have absolutely no flaws  


This book wasn't one of the usual genres that grace my Computer Screen/ Kindle Screen. 

A Bed of Knives was a more raw novel compared to the books I usually read. It dealt with real issues and had a more reality-oriented take on the world of books.


A Bed of Knives to me partly demonstrated itself as a tragedy. The problems that struck the four main characters--Gina, Spider, Rose and Eddie--were related to tragedies that could be earned by any person (though I like to believe my religion protects me). The repeptition of cancer and death was more real than you would find in any novel.

I remember wondering what the authour's mind was like to write something this edgy and come out of it sane.

It was in 3rd person.  

This may not be an enormous point compared to everything else, but to me, third person is not my favourite style--though I do know it can be used well from the only pretty little liars book I've ever fully read (the last one, I kill for spoilers). However, the authour managed to use this to her advantage as she told the tale of our three main characters.
It followed 4 main characters

When it comes to me--yet again--I'm always following the one character that leads the whole novel. However this book followed 4, Gina, Spider, Rose and Eddie.Though they were all the main characters, it seemed as if, as the story went on, Gina and Spider's storypushed its way to the forefront (not that I'm complaining).

The characters seemed to be imprinted into a reader's mind more by their circumstances than anything else. Gina had her family tragedies, Spider had his family entanglements, Eddie had friends and his job, while Rose had all her creations. Despite that, Rose's personality was presented in a different way than the otheers were. While Spider and Gina's lives were labelled by tragedies, and Eddies was labelled by his obvious changes over a span of five years, I felt like I was only given a gist of Rose's personality.

Gina's character however was clear as the novel started, however, it seemed to dull as the story went along. Who she was became slightly confusing. If I were to put a label on it, she was average with an edge. Of course, if that was what the authour intended--outlining that tragedies could happen to anyone--than her character is very impressive. I did find myself rooting for her and hoping she reached a good future by the end of the book.

Spider's personality was a bit more confusing. At first, Elizabeth (Authour) presents him as a player who spent time around girls he didn't care about due to the situation his father had been in, and losing him. However, when Spider meets Marianne, the confidence he should have gained from such a female-experienced (eeewww, sorry, it just sounds wrong) appeared rarely. He was dragged along like a fish on a hook until hew finally floundered in the air. *SIGH* So sad. I told him not to do it with her.

Honestly, Spider pissed me off a lot. Why couldn't he see a beautiful girl like Gina? Rose was cool I guess, but Gina was right there in front of you. And seriously, you love her (I won't say who). I see where you're coming from, but isn't it kinda early, it's been only a couple of minutes.

Eddie was a different situation all together. At first, he was this sweet put together guy that was determined to be kind to his best friend. I'm hoping he was really drunk when he finally betrayed him, or I'll be pissed (yet again). What I loved, about this character was how Elizabeth twisted his personality over a series of five years. I absolutely adored how he seemed completely different. It was scary in a cool way.

Now, Rose, she was that perfect girl that was every one's interest. It was kind of funny studying her feelings for Eddie in the first few pages. It was a "aww, you poor baby moment," like watching a cat attempt to twist a doorknob, so sad but so cute. And then what she did to Eddie! Who knew she was capable of that? Devious and kinda disgusting. However, she was lovable, which was contributed to by the life she made for herself. Her business made her lovable. Her talents were impressive and worth looking forward to. In the five years, Elizabeth also seemed to change Rose, but not in a overt way. She was just slightly harder.

It had a warped timeline

Truth be told, it takes a talented authour to twist time the way Elizabeth Jasper did. I'm still wondering how long it must have taken her to slip all the puzzle pieces into place to creat a novel like this. Though the style she used to do it was a bit rough and a boycott of a contempary style, it was admittedly impressive.

Throughout the timeline, she also managed to develop her characters, adding into the realistic format of this novel. It demonstrated how long years and different situations can change a person, without making certain areas that could have possibly been epic fails, lose style.

It seemed to have absolutely no flaws 
  
As I read this book, it felt as if everything that happened was a part of the novel, and not to be demonstrated as an exterior flaw. I had rants, which aimed at things the characters did and things they didn't. (Like Gina taking her time with telling Spider the truth, why did she have to take so long?!) However, it felt as if the authour wanted us to feel this way. It made her all the more talented as I read this novel.

Thanks for Reading
See you next time Hopefully
:)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Fae not by Megan Summers and Leah Spiegel


 

Ashton is a fae, one of the purer bloods. It's aimple to appreciate is ability, with hiss gift to woo women and attract attention, but to him his gifts are curse that he holds at bay. Ever since accidentally killing his friend due to his fae nature, being fae was no longer worth it.
After beginning to spend his life on a farm under the cover of a therapy area, he lives his life in a blur. Until Claire. She's unaffected by his persuasion, and feels nothing where all the girls gush over him. She's different.
More than he thinks.
When Ashton uncovers what's really happening with Claire's adopted fae parents, he's on a race against time to save Claire from the clutches of those with the power to erase any memory of her or her abilities.


Well, to begin with the cover is good, however I still think there should have been a bigger splurge. If it was about fairies, the authour could have demanded more creativity, especially since book covers are essential to selling a book. I can't really speak fairly since I didn't pick out this book from a bookshelf full of equally talent stuffed books. In fact, I got it in the midst of an impulse after realizing I could easily get giveaways as long as I reviewed the books (SO AWESOME). I was instantly interested, especially since it was closer to my usual genre.

Since, I  should be a positive person, I'll end this review on a good note and start with the problems (interlaced with sneaky compliments of course). Flaw number one, the writing. Like loads of books I seem to find myself caught in, the story was delicious, with characters I was actually interested in. However, the writing felt slightly rushed, as if the authour had so much inspiration and beauty in her thoughts that she just had to expel them as soon as possible. Problem is, that creates an interesting story but not beguiling words. Books need time. Like flowers, they need to be nurtured and ground, sprinkled with nourishing water and a tugging sun. Without time, they can't reach their full potential. Honestly, this book could have been much better. That was the main problem, this book needed more time.

Flaw number two, cheesiness. It was sweet, no lie, bit somethimes it felt a tinny bit too cheesy. It was the perfectly innocent novel, without any tugging attraction whatsoever. It made the novel feel much less realistic. This book needed that added, sultry feel. It didn't fully capture the deeper emotions it dearly neeeded. The authours seemed to shy away from adding a splash to their work. For a book (I assume) aimed at teenagers, the authors needed to dive into the real world, instead of barely grazing the water.

Flaw number three, details. Ok, as much as I loved this story, there were pieces of the plot that lacked enough details. (Spoiler alert, please skip to the next header if you don't want to see this) The fae that was erasing the memories of Claire was not fully explained. Plus the story ended too quickly. The climax didn't reach the expected climaxiness (if that's a word). I finished the novel disappointed. For one, what happened next? For two, that couldn't be the way the story ended. Where was those extra details thw readers would just inhale?
 
Flaw number four, okay, I get this may have absolutely nothing to do with the novel, but I feel kind of offened for Megan Summers. Of the two authors, she seems to be completely and totally ignored on any other count than the actual book. Maybe she did less work, but it still made me feel bad.

Okay, time for the good bits! I know how much you must be looking forward to it. Awesomeness number one, the story. All you have to read is the blurb posted on Goodreads and you'll be instantly drawn in. Ashton is honestly a cool character and his assumption that Claire will be obsessed with him is definitely not to be interpreted as generously self-centred. His determination to not use his abilities wrongly and to hurt as little people as possible is admirable and I cannot help rooting for him.

Awesomeness number two, who Claire really was. Well, WOW. What the authours did there was shocking. I loved how they twisted such an interesting secret into the plot. My advice though, 'what she was'  should have been mentioned more often to give it a gigger impact when we found out. It was already slap worthy but it could have reached earthquake level. Either way, it was scarily talented how the authour added that in.

Awesomeness number three, the back and forth of Claire and Ashton's relationship. Who knew I'd love that bit so much? I mean,  thinking about it now, my throat is closing up with excitement. Their 'you're playing me,' 'I can't care about you,' and 'I refuse  to hurt you' was soooo adorable. I couldn't help but love the twist and turns in their relationship.

So...since I really liked this novel, a four star it is. No fives since I rarely get favourites. I recommend this book.

Thank you for reading :)

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Inescapable (Premonition series) by Amy. A. Bartol

"My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I’d been hoping that once I’d arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.
I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. I look for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he’s near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would be…if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.
What is the secret that he’s keeping from me? I’m hoping that it’s anything but what I suspect: that he’s not exactly normal…and neither am I. So, maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I’ve been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable."

(Blurb from Amazon) 


Gorgeous, right? Impressed at my conquest?
This book was really ground breaking for me. Though it had minor faults, I absolutely adored it. (Don't know if it's a favourite, I'm kinda indecisive). The cover was designed beautifully (though I still think the topic of angels can alow a bit more creativity) and it's definitely above average on the eye-catching scale. However, it is only a poor prelude to what is actually contained in the book.

At first, when I found this book on my kindle shopping site, I KNEW it was special. I actually downloaded it before I finished reading the sample--which is a first for me, usually I read the sample then put it on a waiting list that rarely gets glanced at. The story is basically about angels (at first I had to wonder if it was about vampires, one because it reminds me a bit of Twilight, and two I'm not allowed to read about vampires for the unseeable future) which seems pretty common these days. It follows our main character Genevieve--wow, that's the name of the ANGEL in Alexandra Adornetto's Halo, coincidence--Claremont when she moves to a posh schoool due to her scholarship. There, she meets Reed Wellington who she feels strangely attracted to, despite the fact that Reed seems to detest her. We meeet the atypical love triangle when Russell, the alternative boytoy, is pulled into the mix. With Reed, it's as if she needs him, while with Russell, it's as if she already has him. The story unfolds to pull us into an adorable romance between the characters (I won't say which just yet). But, for Genevieve, all  is not as it seems, and her vague past suddenly becomes the judge of her future.

 I'll start with the writing. When I started the book, I found it a bit difficult to read due to the fancy overtone. Sometimes the amount of smart words can be annoying. However, fear not, as I continued to read the novel, it unravelled to become almost rythmic and easy to digest. I loved how Amy (author) used formality in Reed and Zephyr's (who appears later in the novel) voices to portray their age. It was fun to compare modern voices to ther own through the writing (though I do think the modern voices could have been improved). Amy's writing style is just delicious, like fancy foreign food.

The characters were also impressive. I enjoyed getting to know Reed (I voted for him all the way throughout the love triangle). He became likable and sweet but with that added danger edge that I loved. He was easy to root for, which, despite being a plus, kinda added to a flaw. I didn't really get to know Russell, and I think the male characters should have been given that extra pizzazz. For Reed, more descriptions of his emotions and for Russell,  more of himself. Either they needed that, or it's just my air-headedness and not paying enough attention to the book. Either way, I still loved Reed.

Genevieve (whom deserves her own paragraph) was sweet, and I could easily read the author's efforts to push acroos her martyr attitude. It's cool how she sacrifices herself for those she loves, but I still felt more could have beeen done with her emotions when tragedy struck. There were also those moments where the author's descriptions translated wrongly in Genevieve's thoughts, leaving her with a hint of mean in her attitude, though it's completely understandable how Genevieve acts. Her next flaw was her attitude. I mean, I LOVED it, but it wasn't portrayed the way it could have been. (Either way, Genevieve was awesome to a point).

Speaking of love, I was scarily impressed with the romace. Though I'm not a big fan of love triangles (someone always gets hurt) the feelings between Reed and Genevieve were real and all consuming. Any flaws were either none existent or veryyyy tiny. One of my favourite romantic bits was shown around the endof the book (as much as I love spoilers I'm not sure you should love them). It portrayed Reed's love by using his worry for Genevieve (oh so sweet). If Reed wasn't crush-worthy before that, he definitely is now. Generally though, the passion between the two was burning and swwet all at the same time. 

The plot on the otherhand was a cool drink of water. I loved (am I saying that a lot?) how the story flowed easily, each event told beautifully andd with the right amount of drama. One of my favourite bits was Reed and Genevieve's first kiss (one of the best kiss scenes, I've ever read!!!!!) which was so sweet. There were miniscule plotholes (if there was any at all) and the climax points and why they came about were completely unexpected. The main climax was just WOW--I didn't see that one coming. It is no lie when I say that this writer is talented. If I got right to the basis, the story was beautiful.

Quotes:

"You may recall as well that I said I also wanted tp love you and protect you, all at the same time."
I fown in confusion. "You were jealous of me?" I ask with skepticism.
"You have a soul," Reed says as if that explanation is enough.
I wrinkle my nose. "And?" I ask.
 "And, what do you think our war is about? It's about souls," he replies

Sorry about only providing one quote :@ but by now you should know this book is fantastic ;)

Thank you for reading :)

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

First post: Welcome

Welcome to my blog, and if you haven't guessed by the title, it's all about romance and books. I'll be reviewing novels (mostly teen). Those who hate the genre: beware... Since this is my first post on this blog, instead of stepping up with a review of a book, I'll let any readers (if anyone is actually reading this) get a taste of some of my fav books (really rare). If you want to hear more from me, please subscribe. If you want to request a book review, please leave a comment. If you disagree to anything I say, please leave a comment. If you have any questions (appropriate please) please leave a comment.Though I am the overlord of this blog, you are free  to leave opinions ;). Continue reading if you wish/dare. (BTW, I wrote the blurbs myself--with a little help from Amazon)

The first is Sherry Gammon's Unlovable. This novel is completely worth the cost. With its erratic main character--though her view is truthful and plainly human--and the purely sweet male, what complaints do you have?And have you seen that cover? (Below) I'd pick the book up just because of that.  This novel is filled with fresh ideas (including hot undocover cops) and warns teenagers that drugs don't just come with a temporary thrill. It makes you think: who cares if it's self-published? Its quality washes that fact out.

Unlovable:

To everyone, Maggie Brown is the poster child for Heroin chic. To Seth Prescott, she's the girl with the sad blue eyes. But with Seth's job as an undercover cop, working tirelessly to arrest drug dealers pumping drugs into teenagers and children alike, any relationship could crumble to dust. But either way, Maggie struggles with caring about Seth, knowing how many have already betrayed her and wondering if Seth will join the list. But as the investigation into the drug dealers turns deadly, life and death twist into one, and trust becomes a path to it.



Now, Joss Stirling's Finding Sky is a book with innocence, mixed in with criminals, the supernatural and that dip into soulmates. No need to mention the bad boy lover--perfection. Honestly, Zed, our heroine's--Sky--counterpart is one of the few guys from novels that actually popped into my head as worth crushing on. Maybe it's just my taste in bad boys--my short crush record speaks for itsef--but Zes is just hearthrobbing. And who doesn't love unique names--Sky? Zed? Xavier? Saul? I could go on for ever. Who wouldn't read  a book with weird, strange and special (WSS) names?


Finding Sky:

"You have half our gifts, I the other. Together we make a whole. Together we are much more powerful."

Sky is a tangled web of fragmented memories, hiding away from the past she can't remember. Zed is a tangled web of emotions, rocking off the edge of all he stands for. When Sky Bright is whisked away to a new life in America, just a glimpse of motorcycle-riding mystery boy Zed Benedict, leaves her with her mind constantly preoccupied. He reads her mind, she hears his voice in her head. But to find her future, she must discover her past, while guarding her heart from the one boy that could change it all.




Thanks for reading :)