The long and awaited battle between nemesis and gaia was so short,it was two pages. After building anticipation from the previous five books for theirThe long and awaited battle between nemesis and gaia was so short,it was two pages. After building anticipation from the previous five books for their battle, i was expecting more. The battle itself was very anti-climactic and disappointing. It wouldnt have hurt to have added another page.....more
This is the second book I picked up from Jennifer E Smith. The first book This is What Happy Looks Like was so remarkable that I had to put this authoThis is the second book I picked up from Jennifer E Smith. The first book This is What Happy Looks Like was so remarkable that I had to put this author on my watchlist.
The premise was very promising. City wide black out trapping two very different teens together who somehow develop a connection overnight then send each other post cards was very adorable. However, the long distance fawning over each other stopped being cute a few pages into the book. I was actually routing for Lucy to be in a relationship with Liam rather than Owen. Liam was really attentive, meanwhile Owen does not even bother with emails.
Also some parts were not believable. Like a regular parent would cart her daughter from halfway of the world just to meet up with a random dude? And a city wide black out? Do generators not even exist? Especially in a Manhattan apartment?
However, despite the two stars, I am still picking up Jennifer E Smith's other books once I see a good deal on kindle....more
Unique storybuilding revolving around a 16 year old named Darrow.
Imagine a universe (I am not exaggerating, because we are going beyond ERed Rising.
Unique storybuilding revolving around a 16 year old named Darrow.
Imagine a universe (I am not exaggerating, because we are going beyond Earth), where humans are inhabiting every planet and social classes are identified by color. On the bottom of the pyramid are the reds. Though by current 2014 standards, red haired women are hot. On top of the chains are the golds (or as I like to call them, the blondes. And I am sure that redheads are hotter than the blondes. The reds are toiling in the center of Mars for the betterment of the future generation. So that Mars will be ready for people on earth. However, as Eo, Darrow's wife, discovers trees and grass above the surface, their beliefs are shattered as they realize that Mars' surface has been inhabited by humans for generations.
Eo and Darrow are to be executed upon discovering the truth, but Darrow is saved by rebels and is then turned into a gold to infiltrate the system and take it down from within.
The book is good, however, it must come with a disclaimer that it is the first book in a trilogy which is not finished yet. Book 2 comes out in 2015, so good luck waiting! :o...more
As I just saw the latest XMEN, James McAvoy's face is still fresh in my mind, so I imagine him as RichardI love the dramatized version of Neverwhere!
As I just saw the latest XMEN, James McAvoy's face is still fresh in my mind, so I imagine him as Richard Mayhew pretty clearly. And I've loved Natalie Dormer from the Tudors, so this dramatization just put a whole new level on audiobook listening.
Utterly transfixing and beguiling, I highly recommend this audiobook to all fellow audiobook listeners. Short book (only 3 hours and 48 minutes).
Richard Mayhew, has a full time job, and is engaged. One night, as he and and his fiance are roaming the streets of London, he sees a girl in need and on that spot, he decides to help her.
The girl he saves is Door. Guess why? Because she can open doors. Even if there really isn't a door. She exposes him to London below. And from then on, Richard Mayhew stops to exist on London above. His coworkers do not know him and his fiancee has no idea who he is. He tries to look for Door and then he enters London below.
What is London below? For one thing, it's magical and more beautiful than London above.
As Richard goes on a quest to help Door to get his identity back, he gains more than what he could ever fathom....more
Knock, knock! Who is it? Twilight! Twilight who? Twilight. The book with vampires and werewolves. Twilight is it you? Yes, it is me!
Cause ‘Inescapable’, you are inescapably familiar to Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Twilight series. But reading too much of the same thing gets old eventually.
So what do we have here?
Damsel who seems to be a magnet for danger. CHECK! Snobbish hunk who hates heroine at first bat. CHECK! Of course, the love triangle. CHECK! “I’m too dangerous for you, we can’t be together”. CHECK! Stalking windows. CHECK! Villains who want a piece of our heroine. CHECK! Hero who never gets old and filthy rich and driving jaw dropping cars but goes to school. CHECK!
I’m not bashing the book, I’m just trying to make a point. The book was enjoyable in some parts, but eye-rolling most parts.
So instead of vampires we get angels instead. And these angels' forms are stuck in, guess what age? In their late teens. And what do they do? Go to school. And take note these angels are a thousand years old. They should teach their teacher. Not the other way around. Deliver that history right!
Story revolves around Evie Claremont who goes to Claremont college on a scholarship. She meets a hot snob, Reed Wellington, who dislikes her instantly. We have the other love interest, Russell, who protects her from everything, even beings who can throw cars despite him knowing that he doesn’t have a chance.
I was initially opting for two stars, but author did catch me off guard with the ending, so I give another star. The writing is actually good, but as I said, too much of the same thing gets old. Probably if it wasn’t too Twilight-y, then this book probably had a chance.
So, I highly recommend this book to Twilight fans who don’t mind reliving it another time. ...more
It is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this bIt is inevitable. It is just a Matter of Fate until you discover this book, and add it to your to read list, and find a way to obtain a copy of this book (e.g. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, friend, library), and read it, and finish it on the same day. Power of suggestion. Is it working?
A Matter of Fate by Heather Lyons ★★★★★★★★★★ A RAVING TEN OUT OF FIVE STARS!! THIS IS MY FAVORITE READ FOR 2014. So far.
Look at that cover. It looks like a regular young adult contemporary romance book. *wrong buzzer sound*. There is no way this is a regular contemporary romance because this is an awesome magical one! And don’t forget the villains! It’s also action packed.
First let me point out that Heather Lyons’ writing is magical and lyrical. Beautiful use of adjectives and very superb storytelling, that I was like a hooked from the beginning.
The world the author builds is intriguing and yes, I was fangirling. Unfortunately, this book is sadly under the radar with only a couple reviews and there wasn’t much online either. What the author created was magical.
There are seven planes (human, dwarf, elven, gnome, fairy, goblin and Annar). There are magicals and non-magicals (AKA nons). They can live in either plane except Annar, which is exclusive for only the magicals. The nons do not know of the existence of the magicals, despite them being everywhere. There are different kinds of magicals and they are responsible for influencing events. A magical could either be an elemental, a seer, a storyteller, an intellectual, an emotional, a creator and many more. This story however focuses on Chloe, a creator. Creators are very rare and usually there are only two at a time. They are extremely powerful as they have the ability to create and destroy. Atlantis anyone? Chloe is next in line, as the previous creator is old and tired. He is very ready to relinquish his throne. But despite Chloe being the strongest magical around, she’s still a teenager and she’s stressed out of her head on how she can fit the bill of being creator. Destroying civilizations does not sit well with Chloe. Her parents also expect too much from her that her only refuge has been her dreams. She has fallen in love with a guy she dreamt of every night. Her dreams have been interactive until a couple of years ago, they just stop. This depresses her, until the guy in her dreams, Jonah, actually shows up in her class.
But Jonah doesn’t just pop up by himself. In tow is his twin brother Kellan. And let me just say that Chloe makes a connection with both of them.
You would think that a love triangle with twins would be disgusting. But let Heather prove you wrong. I don’t know which twin I am actually routing for, so I am team Switzerland.
I wish I could have made a better review, because I honestly think the books need to get out there cause it is very good. I encourage all Harry Potter and romance fans to get this book.