CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas | Review


Title:
Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Book #: 2 in the “Throne of Glass” series
Genres: Young AdultFantasy
Publication: August 2013, by Bloomsburry Childrens
Pages: 418
Author’s Website and Twitter
Source: purchased
Format: paperback
Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

Goodreads 

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

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POISON by Sarah Pinborough | Review

Title: Poison
Author: Sarah Pinborough
Book #: 1 in the “Tales from the Kingdoms” trilogy
Genres: new adult, fantasy, fairy tale retellings
Publication: April 2013, by Gollancz
Pages: 202
Author’s Website and Twitter
Source: purchased
Format: hardcover
Rating: αρχείο λήψης (4)

Goodreads 

A beautiful, sexy, contemporary retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, illustrated by Les Edwards.

Poison is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Snow White story which takes all the elements of the classic fairy tale that we love (the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and, of course, the poisoning) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It’s fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of Once Upon a Time,GrimmSnow White and the Huntsman and more.

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BROKEN ARROWS | Review, Tour and Giveaway

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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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THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas | Review

Title: Throne of Glass 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Book #: 1 in the “Throne of Glass” series
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication: August 2012, by Bloomsbury
Pages: 404
Author’s Website and Twitter
Source: purchased
Format: paperback
Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

Goodreads 

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

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HARRY POTTER by J. K. Rowling | Series Review

This review contains NO spoilers for any of the books in the series. Read away! 😉

As much as I’d like to just write a fangirl-y review of this book, I also want to keep a more serious approach in this review, since this series has influenced me and thousand others all around the world. So if you want to read a fangirl-y review of the Harry Potter series, just skip this post.

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CARRIE by Stephen King | Review

Title: Carrie

Author: Stephen King

Book #: Standalone

Genres: Adult, Horror, Fantasy, Thriller

Publication: November 2002, by Pocket Books

Pages: 253

Author’s Website

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (1)

Stephen King’s legendary debut, about a teenage outcast and the revenge she enacts on her classmates.

Carrie White may have been unfashionable and unpopular, but she had a gift. Carrie could make things move by concentrating on them. A candle would fall. A door would lock. This was her power and her sin. Then, an act of kindness, as spontaneous as the vicious taunts of her classmates, offered Carrie a chance to be a normal and go to her senior prom. But another act–of ferocious cruelty–turned her gift into a weapon of horror and destruction that her classmates would never forget.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“People don’t get better, they just get smarter. When you get smarter you don’t stop pulling the wings off flies, you just think of better reasons for doing it.”

Review

Well… How can I say this? I just didn’t like this book. And I’m quite upset about it because I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time and it really disappointed me.

Honestly. When you think about Stephen King and especially Carrie what are some of the first things that come to your mind? Because for me it’s: really scary, creepy, weird unexplained things happening, more scary, great writing, extremely scary, un-put-downable. Well from all these things the only one that was accomplished for me was the “weird unexplained things happening”.

For the first half of the book everything was going okay. Not really good, but acceptable. And then, when I thought “now the real thing will start”, it started becoming worse and worse! First of all, the whole book was revolving around one single event. When I realized that I thought “Okay, at least it better be good!”. And it so wasn’t. The event in itself was quite big, to be fair. But the way it was described and the feelings of Carrie during that event where very unemotional and just lukewarm. When you’re writing a whole book around one thing and building anticipation and excitement and curiosity about how it will all go down, you can’t describe it almost with no emotions at all. And you can definitely not describe it from a secondary character’s point of view.

But that’s exactly what happened. Even worse actually, because the point of view was not from only one secondary character, but from so many! Some of them were actually not even mentioned in the book before that. They just randomly appear towards the end of the book and we’re stuck reading from their perspective. Quite frankly, I don’t freaking care what a random person / character has to say about what happened! I want to experience what’s happening first hand from the perspective of Carrie or some other important character and not some stranger who doesn’t even know what has been going on! Not to mention that they weren’t even there when everything went down, so we learn everything from these secondary characters talking to some of the main characters and asking them what had happened. I mean, WHAT? WHY? This really frustrated me to no end.

The only positive thing I could find about this book was the dynamic between Carrie and her mother. Her mother is an obsessively and extremely religious person who makes Carrie go through a lot of different punishments in order to pay for her sins. Of course this plays a major role to how Carrie evolves as a person and pretty much shapes her personality. So I really thought that Carrie’s reactions and her relationship between her and her mother was a very well described part of the book. Also the scenes with the punishments ended up being the most emotionally hard, but also exciting scenes in the whole story.

In general I was very disappointed by this book. I had really high hopes for it and expected to read something truly scary and twisted, and it ended up being anything but that. I’ve heard quite a few things about this book, so obviously others have seen something in it, but I really cannot see it. I might try watching the movie, though. I have a feeling I might like it better.

First Line

It was reliably reported by several persons that a rain of stones fell from a clear blue sky on Carlin Street in the town of Chamberlain on August 17th.

Mini Review

Completely disappointed in this book.
The story wasn’t what  I expected it to be.
I had some serious issues with the writing style.
Generally, not my cup of tea.

Recommend it for…

  • fans of classic thrillers

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HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins | Audiobook Review

Title: Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Book #: 1 in the “Hex Hall” series

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication: June 2012, by Tantor Media

Length: 7 Hours and 7 minutes

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: combinhe_images

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“Let’s just say you may regret that second piece of cake.’
Oh my God. Regret cake? Whatever was about to happen must be truly evil.”

Review

This book was so much fun! That is just my general impression of it. It was really enjoyable and I was at no point bored or felt that it was uninteresting. I had a great time reading it listening to it.

The protagonist of this book is Sophie, a young girl who discovered she was a witch a few years ago and is now forced to go to a supernatural boarding school because of something she did. A supernatural boarding school! I mean, really! What could be more awesome than that? Sophie’s character was actually one of my favorite parts of the book. She was sassy, smart, sarcastic and caring. I just loved all her funny and sarcastic inner thoughts and reading (or listening) from her point of view was a pleasure!

The love interest is a guy named Archer. In the beginning I really liked him, because A) he was hot and B) he was also being sarcastic , which led to many witty dialogs between him and Sophie. At some point, though, I felt that this aspect of his character kind of faded and he was only left with his handsomeness, which, I’m sorry, but that’s not enough for me!

The storyline was quite good. As I said I wasn’t bored at any time, but it was also not really amazing. Things were going a little bit too slow; I feel like there could be a few more things going on. Also it was a bit predictable towards the end and I got kind of frustrated with Sophie for not figuring out what was going on earlier. On the other hand the ending did have a couple of plot twists, so I can forgive the minor predictability. As you would probably expect from a boarding school book, there was some teen angst going on, but it was at a level that I could handle and so it didn’t really bother me.

As for my thoughts about the audiobook version of the book, I have nothing negative to say about it. I really liked the voice of the narrator. I also didn’t drift off almost at all, which was really good, because this tends to happen to me with audiobooks. All in all, I don’t think I missed anything by listening to the audiobook version instead of actually reading the book.

Generally, I really, really liked this book. The best thing about it was that it was really funny! I’m glad I gave it a try, as this is the first witch-y book I’ve read and now I really want more!

First Line

Felicia Miller was crying in the bathroom.

Mini Review

A very enjoyable, funny book.
The protagonist was sarcastic and witty.
The storyline was in general pretty good.
A quick and easy read.

Recommend it for…

  • Fans of Witches
  • A fun read

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THE GOLDEN LILY by Richelle Mead | Review

Title: The Golden Lily

Author: Richelle Mead

Book #: 2 in the “Bloodlines” series

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

Publication: June 2012, by Razorbill

Pages: 418

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: comjbine_images

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“You need me? You yell. You want to leave? We go. I’ll get you out of here, no matter what.”

Review

I was really excited to pick up this book seeing as I loved the first one, which I read not so long ago! P.S. I rarely read the sequels back to back and usually don’t pick them up for quite some time after I’ve read the first book. I don’t why, it’s just what I do. But with this book I felt the need to immediately read more about the characters and get back to this world.

I generally like action packed books, don’t get me wrong, but I also really like books with a slower pacing that just narrate daily problems and don’t have end-of-the-world catastrophes happening all the time. The problem with these books is that they tend to get boring, and if the characters and the writing is not good enough for me, I get tired of them pretty easily. That’s the thing I love most about the bloodlines series. It has this kind of comfortable pace and it sort of feels like strolling around in the streets on an autumn morning, if that makes any sense at all. It just felt really nice being in this world and hanging out with these characters.

The characters are so perfectly described that I feel like I know each and every one of them. Like I would recognise them on the street and go catch up with them or something. No, seriously, Richelle Mead has done an excellent job creating those characters and making them seem like they’re real. Or well, as real Moroi, Dhampirs, Alchemists and so on can be.

As far as the story goes, well, as I said it doesn’t have a very quick rhythm, but for me it was the perfect pace. The only thing I have a slight problem with is the relationship between Sydney and Adrian. If you’ve read the first book (spoiler alert if you haven’t!), you know that practically nothing happens between them in the first book. Sydney doesn’t even realize that she likes him and there’s almost not a single “moment” between them. This sort of thing also continues in the second book with a little bit of progress of course, but not really much. Can’t say I expected anything more. It was clear from the first book that things were going to be slow, but I wish they were going a little bit faster. I’m so looking forward to seeing some “Sydrian” romance and kissing and whatnot!

So, to sum up, I’m starting to become a huge fan of this series and hope I can get my hands on that third book really soon!

First Line

Most people would find being led into an underground bunker on a stormy night scary.

Mini Review

Recommend it for…

  • People who have read and liked the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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BLOODLINES by Richelle Mead | Review

Title: Bloodlines

Author: Richelle Mead

Book #: 1 in the “Bloodlines” series

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Publication: August 2011, by Razorbill

Pages: 421

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: combinhe_images

Blood doesn’t lie…

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she’s still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir – the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir – is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill’s guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty – a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning…

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“Takes a lot of tries before you hit perfection.” He paused to reconsider that. “Well, except for my parents. They got it on the first try.” (Adrian)”

Review

I really enjoyed this book and getting back into the vampire academy world! I love Richelle Mead’s writing style and the characters of this book.

I’ve heard many people saying that this series is even better than the original Vampire Academy series. After having read the first book I can only say that it has the potential, but I still want to read one or two more books from this series in order to decide. For me the book was good, but I did have one or two problems with it.

The best thing about this book? Adrian!!!

I’m seriously a huge fan of Adrian Ivashkov! I was really pissed that Rose decided to pick Dimitri over him, but now I might actually be glad because we can experience a new romance between him and Sydney.

The worst thing about this book? The plot. It really was nothing special. More than that, it was not what anyone would expect the spin-off series of the Vampire Academy to be. I for one expected action, romance, many things happening at once. But what I got was a supposedly big mystery that got solved in the end and a lot of highschool drama. I am willing to overlook this however, because I just love the characters and the writing style.

Speaking of characters I thought that there were really a lot of them that I liked! First and foremost, of course, Adrian! But I also really liked Sydney. I actually didn’t expect her to be such an interesting character, but that was a really nice surprise for me. It was also really nice to get to know some less important characters from the Vampire Academy, such as Jill and Eddie.

All in all, it was a great book! I have already started reading the second one in the series as I’m writing this, so I can definitely say it’s a series I will be continuing with!

First Line

I couldn’t breathe.

Recommend it for…

  • Fans of the Vampire Academy series
  • Fans of Adrian Ivashkov

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THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss | Review

Title: The Name of the Wind

Author: Patrick Rothfuss

Book #: 1 in “the Kingkiller Chronicle”

Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Publication: April 2009, by DAW Trade

Pages: 722

Author’s Website

Rating: combinej_images

This is the riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a young man who grows to be one of the most notorious magicians his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

Reasons for not Finishing

To be honest, I found nothing appealing in this book. For the first 50 pages the story was incredibly uninteresting. Then there was a change in plot, as the protagonist started narrating his story, which is actually the story of the book. So why exactly did I have to read all those 50 pages of unimportant details? Anyway, I thought the story was going to pick up after that, but it didn’t. At least not in the next 50 pages at which point I decided to give up and start reading something else.

So I obviously had major issues with the plot, but it was also the characters I had problems with. The main character and narrator, Kvothe, is really arrogant and full of himself, in my opinion, which pretty much annoyed me. Up to the point where I stopped reading there weren’t really any other important or interesting characters. At least no one stood out to me.

So considering that this book is 722 pages long, the second one more than 1000 and there’s also a third one to come, I decided to stop wasting my time. In defense of the book let me add that this is not something I would just see on a shelf and think that I might like it. I had just heard a lot of good things about it and thought I’d give it a try, but from the beginning I was not sure if it was going to be something I would like. And it wasn’t.

First Line

It was felling night, and the usual crowd had gathered at the Waystone Inn.

Recommend it for…

  • People who enjoy adult fantasy
  • People who are patient enough to read around 3000 pages to finish this series

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CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare | Review

Title: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Book #: 2 in “The Mortal Instruments” series

Publication: July 2008, by Walker Childrens Paperbacks

Pages: 411

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: cjombine_images

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“I don’t want to be a man,” said Jace. “I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.”
“Well,” said Luke, “you’re doing a fantastic job.” 

Review

To begin with, I was not a huge fan of the first book of the series and only pushed myself to read it because it was so overhyped and I wanted to know what everyone was talking about. Now, I also read the second book, because I had bought it in a box set. I have to admit, though, it was better than the first one.

I was actually finding the book pretty good in the beginning and was excited to read more of it, but somewhere in the middle I kind of lost interest. It did pick up in the last hundred pages or so, but it really took me a while to get there. The reason I didn’t like it so much at some parts was strictly because of the plot. It held no interest for me at some points.

I did, though, love a lot of characters of the book! Isabell, Magnus and Jace are definitely my favorite ones. I also love the witty and funny moments of the book, most of which include either Jace or Magnus or both of them!

All in all it was an ok book for me. I will probably read the third one too, since I already own it, even though I was really pissed of with the ending of this book! The third one is supposed to be the best one in the series, so I hope I end up liking it more!

First Line

The formidable glass-and-steel fracture rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle threading the sky.

Recommend it for…

  • Fans of fantasy
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PIVOT POINT by Kasie West | Review

Title: Pivot Point

Author: Kasie West

Book #: 1 in the “Pivot Point” series

Publication: February 2013 by HarperTeen

Pages: 343

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: αρχείο λήψης (7)

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“I want you to choose me,
Addie,” he whispers. “I want this to be real.”

Review

This book… THIS BOOK! This book is freaking AMAZING!

First thing that I loved about this book, was that the story was completely original. I mean really… how often does that happen? A girl who can see two different aspects of the future, two paths so to say, and can then choose which one she wants to follow. Wouldn’t that make all of our lives easier? Well apparently not, because as is stated in the synopsis: “Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…”. After reading this book I can say with certainty that it sure as hell doesn’t!

This storyline definitely makes the narration of the story a bit tricky, but Kasie West did an awesome job with the world-building and story-telling, so that the book isn’t at all confusing and as a reader I could always understand what was going on.

The characters were all very interesting. Addie, the main character, is someone I feel a lot of girls can relate to. I know I did. She feels very real and her thoughts are always very “logical” if that makes sense; I mean that she thinks the same way a real person would and has the logical thoughts and reactions about things. Plus she loves books and that’s something all of us can relate to, right? As for the love interest, at first I wasn’t really paying attention to him that much, but I gradually started liking him and now our relationship has moved to the point where I can say I’m in love with him!

I also loved the pacing of the story! It was not really “action-packed”, but it kept a consistent pace that had me turning the pages one after the other and ended up finishing the book in one day, something that I very rarely do.

And just when I thought I had everything figured out, at the very last page:

What just happened? I need the sequel NOW!

And one last thing, even though it’s probably clear by now: you have to BUY this book! Or borrow it from the library. Just find a way to get your hands on it!

First Line

“Heads up,” a loud voice called from my right.

Recommend it for…

  • EVERYONE

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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

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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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THE LAST OLYMPIAN by Rick Riordan | Review

Title: The Last Olympian

Author: Rick Riordan

Book #: 5 in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series

Publication: January 2011, by Disney Hyperion Books

Pages: 381

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: combinhe_images

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows.

In this momentous final book in the “New York Times” best-selling series, the prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“With great power… comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later.” 

Review

The 5th and final book of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series!

In this book we finally read about the final battle between the Gods of Olympus and the Titans! The prophecy we’ve been hearing about since the first book of the series is finally being fulfilled and many of the questions that were formed in the previous books are finding an answer.

This final book of the amazing Percy Jackson series is really full of action! For me that was both possitive and negative. I liked the action and it made me turn the pages faster, but I really missed the more calm days (not that there were a lot of them in this series) as well as the half-blood camp.

Generally, though, I really did enjoy this book (as all the others in this series) and I actually think that it could be a bit larger. I would definitely enjoy reading about some things in more detail, or having a few extra pages in the ending of the book!

First Line

“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.”

Recommend it for…

  • Adventure lovers
  • Middleschool readers
  • Greek mythology fans
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UNKNOWN by Melissa Pearl | Review

Title: Unknown

Author: Melissa Pearl

Book #: 1 in the “Elements” trilogy

Publication: June 2013 by Createspace

Pages: 276

Author’s Website and Twitter

Rating: cjombine_images

Darkness is covering the land. As the city of Mezrah grows with power and greed, the rest of the world can only stand by and wait for their inevitable destruction. The only hope against this growing power is an ancient prophecy that people have stopped believing in.

Then a star begins to fall.

Princess Kyla of Taramon stopped believing in the power of light the day her father died. Trapped in a city she does not care for, under the watchful glare of her mother, the queen, she struggles to accept her fate.

Then a star begins to fall.

Jethro has loved Kyla for as long as he can remember. Learning that she was to marry his cousin drove a wedge between him and the feisty princess. Watching her from a distance is a torture he is unable to free himself from.

Then a star begins to fall, sparking an ember of hope and sending two seekers on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

“Then a star begins to fall”

Review

It was strange reading this book. Whenever I picked it up I felt like I really liked the story, but somehow I was getting tired of it and putting it down. And every time I put it down I felt the need to pick it up again and find out what happens next. Talk about frustarting!

In the beginning I sort of had trouble keeping up with the many different characters with weird names and the relationships between them. I soon discovered though, that there was an index at the end of the book with the name and a few basic facts about every important character. This was really helpful and I often turned the pages to remind myself who is who.

While reading I was thinking it was probably going to be a 2,5 star book. After the middle, though, it started getting much better, so it earned an extra star. All 3,5 stars given to this are solely based on it’s storyline, which really is fantastic and very original and also on princess Kyla!

I did feel that there were many things missing from this book though. The storyline was very interesting, as I said, but the way it was narrated was lacking. A book should show and not say, and I feel this book was doing the exact opposite. We were always “being told” of what happened or what someone’s character is like instead of “being shown”. There is one character for example (Safeer), who is always described as being cruel and merciless and completely dislikable. This is always described by other people though! We don’t get to see him “in action” until very late in the book, so we don’t exactly get the chance to form a first-hand opinion on him, but only get to see him through a looking glass.

Furthermore, the pace was very slow, at times focusing on not-so-important details instead of the main plot. Whenever there is some action coming up, where you feel the anticipation growing, it either finishes really fast, or it finally doesn’t happen at all. The perspective switches between many of the characters of the books, giving us the opportunity to experience the story from different angles, but also giving us information on many random things. I would prefer it if the POV was only switching between the two-three main characters, so that I could learn more about them and less about everyone else.

As far as the characters are concerned, I really loved princess Kyla, the protagonist of the book! She is a strong female character, always feisty and witty. She doesn’t really care much about being a princess and she much prefers running outside or practicing with a sword, than wearing a dress and studying. She really loves adventure and would definitely prefer risking her life doing something fun and dangerous, than playing the boring role of a princess. Her character was really refreshing and one of the best parts of this book! As for Jethro (the guy who is in love with Kyla, but doesn’t want her to find out because she is to be married to his cousin), I was a bit annoyed dy him. I get why he can’t tell her about his feelings and how hard it must be for him and all, but the way she is always pushing her away, often not even talking to her, is kind of getting on my nerves. I’d like to see some clever dialogs between those two and I hope we get some in book number two!

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series and I have a strong feeling that the next two books are going to be even better than this one!

First Line

“It was once said that a light could shine in the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it, but then the light died and a darkness born of doubt and fear began to fester throughout the land, breeding an evil that no one invited.”

Recommend it for…

Indie readers
Fantasy fans

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