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Broken Arrows by Chelsey Butler

Page Count: 174 pages
Released Feb. 6, 2014
Adult Romantic Fantasy

Cari Harris lives what should be a charmed life. She owns a quaint bed and breakfast in a charming southern town, is surrounded by loving friends and family, and possesses magical powers. Most of the residents in Fable, GA, are descended from mythical creatures straight out of fairy tales, and Cari is no exception. As a descendent of Cupid, she has the ability to see when two people are soul mates and the power to make sure they fall in love. However, this power is sometimes more of a curse than a blessing, because Cari is also the town screw up.

While hosting a murder mystery weekend at her inn, she tries to match a young couple and makes a huge mistake. Now she must fix her mistake before the guests leave at the end of the weekend, all while making a bigger mess of things along the way, in her typical fashion.

As if Cari didn’t have enough to worry about already, her old boyfriend just moved back to town. Years ago, she forced herself to stop thinking about Mike, but now that he’s back, there is no avoiding him. It’s a small town and she keeps running in to him, no matter how much she hopes to avoid it. When she stumbles across some unexpected secrets, and Mike helps her with her current matchmaking dilemma, all of her feelings from the past come flooding back.

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Review

So when I read the Title and the Synopsis of the book it immediately reminded me of the TV show “Once Upon a Time” (which I love by the way) and it actually turned out to be kind of similar to it. Yay!

The whole story takes place in this town where everyone has some kind of a fairy tale ancestor. Like tooth fairies and friggin’ Santa Claus! It was really super cute! Cari, our protagonist, is the daughter of Cupid. So her job is to see the aura between couples and bring them together. Unfortunately she seems to be a bit too clumsy to do the job and we follow her as she’s trying to fix one of her spells gone wrong, while managing her guests at the inn she owns, trying to find time for her family and friends and dealing with her ex boyfriend who just came back to town.

Cari’s character was my favorite part of the book. She’s so relate-able and she has the best job ever! She runs a little inn in a cute little town. Seriously this books is so so cute! I could honestly describe it in this one word. So, back to Cari. She’s also incredibly funny and I couldn’t help but laugh at her clumsiness and all the things going wrong. I liked how she tried to figure everything out and make everything right again. I also loved how much she cared about everyone and tried to bring other people together.

The story of the book is quite interesting. I couldn’t figure out who the love interest was going to be. We have the ex boyfriend who came back to town after having left Cari some years ago to go study and then we have the guest in the inn who has accidentally fallen head over heals for Cari. I wouldn’t characterize it as a love triangle, though, as Cari didn’t seem to care about any of them at first, so that’s the only reason I was a bit confused. It was an interesting sort of situation and all of that during a mystery theme weekend with the inn being full of guests and people trying to solve the “mystery”.

This book is very short (only 170 pages) and I actually think it could use a few more. Especially in the ending. The ending of the book was actually a downside for me mainly because it was so abrupt. I was actually asking myself if there were a couple of pages missing (Lol). I would definitely like to find out what happens next and I will be anxiously awaiting the sequel.

So to sum it all up, I really loved the main idea behind the book and the character of the protagonist. I would like for the book to be a bit longer so that I could get to know the characters a bit better and become more invested in the story. But I’m looking forward to the sequel and how the story will continue from there. Did I mention this is a series? It’s called “The Cupid Chronicles”. How cute is that?

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About the Author

Chelsey Butler was born and raised near Fort Worth, Texas. She still lives in north Texas with her husband and four daughters, but she rebels against the Texan stereotype. She loves God, her family, and all things involving books, and is a self-proclaimed nerd, a history buff, and vintage enthusiast. She also writes young adult fantasy under the name S.G. Tillery. Chelsey loves hearing from her fans and encourages them to find her on Facebook.


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HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter | Review

Title: Heist Society

Author: Ally Carter

Book #: 1 in the “Heist Society” series

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary

Publication: February 2010, by Hyperion Book CH

Pages: 287

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When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.

Soon, Kat’s friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s history–and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“I’m the guy who happened to be home the night Kat came to steal a Monet.”

Review

To begin with, I would like to say that I wasn’t too excited to read this book. The reason I picked it up is that I was searching in the library and nothing else seemed to click at that moment, so I thought I might as well take this one. I’ve heard quite a few good things about it after all, so it should be worth something.

After having read the book I am really not sure what I think about it (!) There were moments when I really liked reading it and was very absorbed in it and other moments when I was contemplating giving up on it. The first moments were certainly more, though, so I would say that in general I did like this book!

The story started off interesting, but I had a couple of problems with it along the way. Not that it became boring, but it kind of lost me at some points. We had to do with thieves and they were constantly talking about great thefts and using a specific “thief-slang” or code words, that had me feeling a little bit lost. I also felt sometimes, that I couldn’t keep up with the story. They would all figure something out, but it often took me more time to understand it. I mean, I don’t like always being faster than the main characters, but being left behind is also not very nice. I kept reading though, because the story was quite interesting and original, even though I was apparently missing some points.

I found the characters of the book very well created and described. I had a clear picture in my heads of who was who, and knew all of their characters and how they would possibly react in certain situations. I also loved the interaction between them all! Because they were all different from each other, they made up the perfect team. We have realistic, witty, sarcastic, funny and bitchy characters, and to have them all interacting together was really lots of fun!

As far as main characters (Kat and the love interest, Hale) I also think they were quite interesting, but nothing extremely special. Kat’s point of view was comfortable to read from, but I did liked Hale’s character more. He kind of had more spunk, while Kat was more quiet and forgettable. Something that I found weird about all characters was that the were around 15 years old, but I kept forgetting that. The way they were all described seemed to fit more for 20-somethings than for 15-year-olds. I don’t really think Kat’s thoughts or the actions of all of them were that of teenagers, so I basically think their age should have simply been switched to a few years older.

So, in general, I cannot say I was blown away by this book in any aspect. It was mostly fun and comfortable to read, but not something I will remember about in a couple of years.

First Line

No one knew for certain when the trouble started at the Colgan School.

Mini Review

Somewhat confusing at times – I felt sort of lost.
Characters were quite good, but still nothing that will blow you away!
All in all good, but forgettable.

Recommend it for…

  • Fans of mystery
  • People looking for something easy to read

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A SHADE OF VAMPIRE by Bella Forrest | Review

Title: A Shade of Vampire

Author: Bella Forrest

Book #: 1 in the “A Shade of Vampire” series

Publication: December 2012

Pages: 149

Author’s Website

Source: Review copy from the author

Rating: jcombine_images

On the evening of Sofia Claremont’s seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.
An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? …or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“I know an excuse when I hear one. Don’t you dare deceive yourself into believing that you’re the victim, Derek Novak.” 

Review

I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy reading it and finished it in almost one sitting, but I certainly felt that there were some things missing.

First of all the book is only 149 pages long. Even though I usually like small books, I think that this one could use a few more pages. Some things were not thoroughly explained and I felt like the author was trying to rush through a lot. It actually felt like a contest of trying to say as many things as you can in as few words as possible. There were too many things going on the one after the other and we didn’t really get to know the main characters. I think the book would be much better if it went a bit more slowly.

As far as the storyline goes, I can’t say that it was very original. It was quite similar to twilight actually. The setting, on the other hand was quite original and it was sort of mixing the new take on vampires (aka twilight take) with the old vampire myths, that have vampires living in clans and having humans as their slaves.

The book is written from two points of views – Sophia and Derek. Sophia’s character was a bit strange. It didn’t feel very real to be honest. She was kidnapped and brought to this vampire clan and she hardly shows any signs of surprise! As if stuff like that happens every day. Derek was a bit more interesting. I didn’t really like the insta love in this book. I’m not generally against insta love, but in this case there was no reason for Derek to instantly fall in love with Sophia. There wasn’t anything really special about her, so I would prefer to see a slower falling-in-love process.

Despite all that, I kind of liked the book and found myself thinking about it after I’d finished reading it. As I said, I really wish it had been a bit longer, so that I could get a little bit more into the story and get to know the characters more.

This is a book series consisting of 5 books. The next books aren’t as small as this one and have better ratings on goodreads, which probably means that the series is going to get better! I’m not really sure if I’m going to continue with the series, though…

First Line

“I never once imagined that my life would play out the way it did.”

Recommend it for…

  • Anyone looking for a quick and easy read
  • Vampire fans
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THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen | Review

Title: This Lullaby

Author: Sarah Dessen

Book #: Standalone

Publication: March 2004 by Speak

Pages: 345

Rating: jcombine_images

When it comes to summer relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those lovesongs are all about?

Synopsis from Goodreads


“Wherever you will go, I will let you down, But this lullaby goes on.” 

First time I picked up a Sarah Dessen book and I can’t say I’ve been blown away by it.

It wasn’t a bad book I guess.. Not particularly good either. Remy’s character was the most interesting part of the book. I really liked her and felt liked her I knew. Her character evolves throughout the book and I think she’s a very realistic character. As for the other characters of the book, I don’t like I’ve learned a lot about any of them. I can’t even say much about and he has quite an important role in the book.

I can’t say I was bored reading the book. The thing that kept me going was the easy-going writing style and the lightness of the book, as I found that the plot wasn’t of great interesting. I will pick up another Sarah Dessen book in the future, propably not right away though!

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