Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligatMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have liked many books that I have given 3 stars to more than this one, but it wasn't bad enough to get a 2. It was, however, a low 3.
The novel had a lot of potential and is a debut novel so I will read more by this author, but this novel did disappoint me.
It had such great potential and had such a great plot, but the execution was lacking.
There were several moments when I wanted to whack the characters upside the head. Brett didn't seem like a very well-developed character to me. He seemed kind of one-dimensional and at times completely idiotic.
I did like the story, but it was so frustrating. It kept hovering between a 2.5 and a 3.5.
The overall plot was good though and I did enjoy the story. For a debut novel, this one was fairly good. I'll be interested in reading more from the author.
So why 3 stars? Some characters didn't seem well-developed and it just didn't hook me.
Warnings/Side-notes: For 17+.
The Wrap-up: Great potential, but a failure to execute. This novel was a quick, enjoyable read, but for me it just didn't quite live up to the hype.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest reviMy Rating: 2.5 out of 3 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary e-arc of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I'm not receiving any compensation for reviewing this novel and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
An Overview of the Novel: Faith barely has time to follow her own dream of playing soccer. Her mom is busy working and that leaves Faith spending a lot of time baby-sitting. But she has soccer in her life and she's determined to do her best, even if she can't play club or feel like a part of the team.
Even worse is when Caitlyn starts feeling threatened by Faith. All Faith knows is she might have a chance to not feel like an outcast for the first time and she's going to take it.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Let me start out by saying that I don't think I was the target audience for this novel at all. I thought this was going to be a YA novel; it was a middle grade novel. That right there was probably a little bit of a let-down.
Secondly, I played soccer and so I had really high hopes for this novel. I love novels that are about girl soccer players. Once again that probably wasn't fair either.
Having said that, let me get into what I think of this novel. I thought that the novel had an intriguing premise, Faith seemed like an intriguing character, and I thought the novel had great potential.
I wanted to like this one so badly. Honestly, I did, but it just fell flat for me. It just felt like it ended right when the story was really getting started and I never felt really connected to any of the characters. Things just felt so rushed.
However, in all fairness that could be because this was an MG book. I'm not as familiar with this genre. I do feel that I still would have been slightly disappointed with this novel just because I loved soccer so much.
Another downfall for the novel was that it resembled the movie Bend it Like Beckham, but was a weaker version of it. This novel just lacked the depth and character development that I like.
However, it was an interesting read and I don't regret reading it. However, I couldn't in good faith recommend it which is why I had to give it 2.5 stars. But who knows if I had been a middle-grade reader I might have enjoyed it more.
I also had problems with Faith crushing on her coach. It just seemed weird to me. She was just so young and I really didn't like that dynamic.
So why 2.5 out of 5 stars? I didn't hate it, but I can't in good faith recommend it to others. This was Higgins' debut novel and I hope she writes a more compelling sophomore novel.
The Wrap-up: For me this novel just struck out. However, if you like middle grade novels, you might like this one more than I did. I can't recommend this one to others, but I do hope that others who read this novel enjoy it more than I did. It had great potential, but just fell short.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honestMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion. I have received no compensation for writing this review and the opinions expressed within this review are my own.
An Overview of the Novel: West has been training to battle her Alt and to kill her. For only one of them can live. The other must die if the other is to survive. The better Alt will be privileged to get a job and is allowed to marry. After training your whole life, you can help you're the better person.
The government shows up at your doorstep and gives you thirty days to kill your alt. If both of you are alive after thirty days, you're both dead. You don't have a choice--kill or be killed.
But when West's brother dies helping their friend kill his Alt, West spirals out of control. Her whole family is dead and she refused to die too. One of them needs to survive.
She's trained her whole life but when she gets her assignment she suddenly realizes she's not ready to kill her Alt. She just can't bring herself to do it. She can't help but wonder if she really is the better Alt.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Character development is one thing I look for in all of my novels and honestly as several others have pointed out we really didn't get to delve into the heads of the characters all that much. I couldn't understand half of the decisions West made, but yet somehow that really didn't matter.
The plot was so addicting and compelling and this premise drew me in so completely and absolutely. I had to keep turning the pages. I just honestly had no idea how this one was going to end.
There was a romantic angle in the book, but it really wasn't all that developed and was mostly on the periphery. I'm excited to see what happens in the sequel.
I'm trying really hard to give nothing away and yet still accurately express my thoughts concerning this book. Basically, I'd say that Chapman could have developed her characters more and that would have made me like the book better. However, I still really liked the book because of her writing style and how compelling the plot was. Definitely recommend to dystopian fans.
So why 4 out of 5 stars? I wished the characters had been better developed. If they had this book probably would have been a 5. It's a 4 because it definitely stood out in my mind. The plot was gripping and I loved the writing style.
In Summary: Elise Chapman's debut novel Dualed presents a compelling, intriguing, plot that will leave readers turning the pages faster and faster until they reach the end. One thing is for sure, Chapman knows how to come up with compelling ideas.
The Wrap-up: Chapman's world was just so dark and intriguing that it caught my attention. It's been awhile since I've read a dystopian novel as gripping as this one. If you don't care if the character development suffers slightly at expense of plot, then check this one out.
I went into this novel thinking that I would either hate it or love it. That it would either be fantasI received this book for review from the author.
I went into this novel thinking that I would either hate it or love it. That it would either be fantastic or just an average read.
The premise of this novel had me intrigued from the very beginning and the cover looked good, so I went in not really knowing what to expect. I ended up really enjoying it. This book was powerful and really well-written. I loved the main character Ryan from the get-go. He isn't perfect by any means, but in my opinion he's the perfect friend anybody could have.
The story line doesn't focus on his relationship with Emily, but rather his relationship with himself and the commitment he feels he owes his best friend. I really liked the story. It was touching, entertaining, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. After I finished reading it, I actually sat down and thought about what I just had read. Any book that can do that automatically is one that I like.
In Summary: A powerful, well-written, and touching book about friendship, self-identity, first love, and dealing with loss. Definitely comes recommended.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and reMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I have not received any compensation for this book. The tour host may have received compensation for scheduling the tour. However, I have received nothing and am not obligated to give a good review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this book without really knowing what to expect. It sounded intriguing and so I decided to give it a shot. I've found a lot of really fun books that way and was excited to see what would happen with this book.
In one word this book was cute. It made me smile as I read about Amy and Chris's relationship. This book touched on body image problems and self-esteem; something that I think is a crucial topic in today's society, but I won't get into that right now.
I found the dialogue to be believable and compelling. I thought that the plot might have been predictable, but sometimes you just want a cute read that you can quickly read and leave with a smile on your face. This book fits the bill perfectly.
Amy was a character that I could relate to. She was stupid at times, but which one of us hasn't been stupid before--especially when it comes to love? I loved watching her grow and attempt to sort our her feelings.
Chris was just the classic good guy; the type of guy you are supposed to like. I loved watching him struggle with own doubts and fears as he tried to win Amy over.
This book switched between both of their perspectives which is absolutely something that I appreciate.
This book was cute and entertaining, but it lacked that extra something to bump it up to a 4. However, I still really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to all those who like cute high school romance stories.
In Summary: Rebecca's debut presents readers with a delightfully entertaining read that is bound to appeal to lovers of high school romance stories.
Warnings/Side-notes: Two instances of strong language. Some references to drinking. Overall, the content in this book is very mild. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it.
The Wrap-up: Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am glad that I got to read it. Rebecca's novel was a fast, fun, and delightful read. I normally am a harsher grader when it comes to stories about high school romances. Honestly, in most cases, what are they going to lead to? But I really loved how Rebecca set up this novel.
An enjoyable read that fans of young adult realistic contemporary romantic novels will enjoy reading.
Disclaimers: I received the sequel Shattered from Netgalley and loved it so much that I went back and bought this one. I aMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received the sequel Shattered from Netgalley and loved it so much that I went back and bought this one. I absolutely loved this one and can't wait to reread Shattered and read more from this author.
An Overview of the Novel: Cole McKenna is often called in to help the police recover evidence on deep-sea dives, but the most recent dive has left him reeling. Two people were killed and they suspect murder was at play. One of the victims was alive when he rescued her, but dead by the time she got to the hospital. Even worse, that victim was Bailey's aunt. Bailey, the girl Cole had loved and the girl who had left breaking his heart in the process.
The last thing Bailey wants to do is return to Yancey. Her reputation in that town precedes her. It doesn't matter that she's changed and left that part of her in the past. The people of Yancey won't be able to see past that. And then there's Cole. She's not entirely sure she's ready to face him again.
But as Cole and Bailey work together to solve Bailey's aunt's murder will they be able to rekindle their old attractions for each other or will the murderer get to them first?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved Shattered and so to say I had high expectations for Submerged is a vast understatement. I was expecting this novel to blow me away and it did.
It took me about ten pages before I was absolutely hooked. Dani Pettrey is the queen of suspense and in my mind ranks right up there with Irene Hannon and Dee Henderson and that is saying something because those two women are fantastic writers.
Dani set up the suspense in such a magnificent way. Her characterization was brilliant, the plot was gripping, and the writing was masterful. I still think my favorite character was Piper, who stars in the sequel, but I really enjoyed Cole and Bailey.
I loved learning more about their past and about what had led them to where they were today. Dani did an excellent job at not info dumping, but rather slowly revealed piece upon piece until readers had pieced together her plot and her characters.
Pettrey is an author that I will be keeping close tabs on. I can't wait to read more from her.
So Why 5 out of 5 stars? I was going to give this a 4.5 but balked at the idea because there was nothing about this book that deserved less than a 5 star rating. The characterization was great, the plot and suspense were masterfully built, the writing was brilliant, and the overall story was incredible. In short, everything made this a 5 star book.
In Summary: Dani Pettrey is a master at blending elements of romance, faith, and suspense together. Nothing ever felt forced. Pettrey's attention to detail made for a gripping plot and compelling characters. She just made me a life-long fan.
The Wrap-up: I love this author and both of her books have been magnificent. She's easily claimed a spot as one of my favorite authors. If you love romantic suspense, then pick up Submerged and Shattered today. Just trust me on this one.
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My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
My Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book for review as part of the blog tour. I received no compensation for reviewing this book. However, Cami who sets up the blog was paid for her time in setting this tour up. Let me reiterate that the only compensation I got was the pleasure of reading this book.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay wow! I read the synopsis and saw the cover and immediately knew I had to read this book. Then my jaded side came out. I thought there was no way this book could be as good as I was expecting. I was right.
It was much better than I ever could have imagined. From the moment I read the first page, I was hooked. Sarah's writing drew me in from the get-go. I've read a million dystopian books and I always worry they are going to start being identical.
Then I read books like this one and I realize why I love this genre so much. Sarah's novel was frightening in the fact that it seemed all too plausible. Her characters rang drew; her words were beautifully constructed; her book resonated within me.
I already mentioned that the characters seemed so realistic. They were complex and I found myself sympathizing with them. None of the characters seemed flat. Something that I loved.
Plus, there was a love triangle. How can you not like a book with a good love triangle? Okay, I know some people don't like a love triangle but I do. And this one was so well-crafted.
Normally, I can easily pick which guy I like—not the case with this novel. I could not choose which guy I liked better. Sometimes I just get angry with the girl and think she's an idiot for stringing two guys along. That was also not the case with this novel. Their relationships seemed so real and I found myself so torn.
I finally know who I am a fan of and I must admit the answer genuinely surprised me. I'm not going to say whose side I am on because I don't want to give anything away. But just know this love triangle is brilliant.
The combination of her compellingly realistic characters combined with a world so horrific and yet intriguing to create a novel that never seemed dragged on. The pacing was perfect and that ending...let's just say I definitely have to read the sequel.
It's been awhile since I've read a dystopian that I enjoyed this much. The last time was when I read Starters by Lissa Price. (not to suggest the books are similar, because they aren't.) Her book was original, realistic, and compelling.
Basically, this book, this series, and this author have just made their way up to the top of my list for the year.
In Summary: A beautifully horrific world, shockingly realistic characters, and a masterful prose combine to make Sarah Dalton's Blemished a dystopian novel that readers will adore. Destined to become a popular read.
Warnings/Side-notes: This novel was actually quite clean. There are some very very very vague references to sex; however, I would not hesitate to recommend this to anybody.
The Wrap-up: I really liked this novel. The dialogue rang true and the characters seemed so realistic as well. I didn't expect to love this novel as much as I did, but it blew me away. I for one can't wait to see what Dalton does next. ...more
Disclaimers: I received an elecontric copy of this novel in exhcange for my review as part of the blog tour, but I'm notMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an elecontric copy of this novel in exhcange for my review as part of the blog tour, but I'm not receiving any compensation for writing this review.
Overview of the Novel: Alessa is just trying to keep it together. After her parents' death, she's ended up in a college that she didn't really want to go to. She loves her roommate, but she just can't get past the guy who keeps popping up in her dreams.
The only problem is that the figure in her dreams is a real person. She can't stop thinking about him. Everything she does makes her think of him and it's not healthy, but she can't move on past it.
But then Alessa is told a truth that turns her entire world upside down. Her life might just be nothing like she thought it was. And the guy she keeps seeing in her dreams might just not be a ghost.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I remember reading this synopsis and thinking "hmm sounds interesting. I should give this a go." I'm so glad I jumped on this tour. I actually really liked this novel.
It's marked as a blend of paranormal romance and scientific dystopian. An interesting combo that had me hooked and dying to read it.
Alessa was a character that I found really easy to connect with and I felt like Durante portrayed her and her love interest really well. The plot was really intriguing and the writing was solid.
I haven't read a novel quite like this one before and it made for a very entertaining read.
I do, however, feel like the pacing might have been a little paced. Everything seemed to happen so quickly. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I do feel like there were parts that could have been better developed.
However, having said that, I still really enjoyed the novel and am glad I read it.
I did have this moment of disconnect though. I just couldn't quite connect the first half to the second half. All of a sudden there was this huge shift and I didn't quite feel prepared for it.
So while the premise was intriguing and different, I wish the first half would have been more engaging and that the shift hadn't been so sudden.
However, I am curious to see what happens next, so I will be reading the sequel.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? Although the pacing was a little off at times and I felt like it Samantha could have slowed down and explained things more, I did genuinely like this novel. It was intriguing and different from most books I've read recently.
In Summary: An enjoyable novel that is imaginative and original. Samantha's novel offers a new approach to the popular genres of paranormal romance and sci-fi dystopia that readers will adore. A must-read.
The Wrap-up: I'm definitely intrigued to see what happens in the sequel. Samantha has created a world that I can't wait to decode. Check this out if you're in the mood for a wonderful dystopian/paranormal tale....more