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 :)