Mindwar is a book that will make you think about that time that you picked up a joy stick, played a game and got lost in it for only a few hours, but felt like forever.
It will make you think of your family.
It will make you think of the friends that you have.
It will also make you think of sacrifices.
The story revolves around our hero, Rick who had a bright future ahead... until it was halted by an accident. He had it all and he just lost it... or so he thought.
He spent his next few months cooped up in a room playing video games. He scores high in every game and this caught the eye of a secret group in the government. As soon as he meets them, he gets briefed. The world is at stake. Would he take the risk and plunge into the unknown or would he let his insecurities and bitterness lead his life?
Of course he chooses to do the right thing... the exciting, exhilarating and thrilling thing. He plunges to the unknown and OH! WHAT A RIDE!
Rick experiences many new things. Things that are just products of our imagination and most definitely couldn't be real, but for a few days, it felt real to him and to me as a reader! This book is all about him discovering new things and realizing that many things are still waiting for him. The possibilities are endless so long as a person has his spirit. :)
The realm that he goes into has all sorts of obstacles for him. It's really like playing a game and trying again each time you fail until you get to the boss fight!
THE FEELING WHILE READING THIS
Excitement. That is just one word that I would say. This book has a good mixture of sci-fi, action and drama. It's really like watching a movie. I also got frustrated with Rick at some point, but he made up for it. :)
SOME THINGS LEFT UNEXPLAINED
I understand that this is the first book in a series, so there are many things that I still don't get. Rick's father's background for example, I want to know more about that. I also want to know about the two bots from the realm. Who are they really? Oh and I also want to know if Rick will choose the human girl over the bot. haha! ;)
ALL IN ALL
This is a good start for a series. It has the right feel that would appeal to gamers and to adventure and sci fi readers. I give this book a four! (less)
The Mauve Fairy, The Rock Chick Fairy and the Midnight Fairy
We know that Lex knows how we fairies felt with the previous cover of Dearest Clementine. Any comment on Finding Dandelion’s cover? MauveF: Oh wow! The cover is W-O-W!! Yup capital letters. When I first saw it, I can’t help but keep on gushing and getting excited about this book. I know who did the graphic design which is Krista Ritchie, one of the twin authors of my beloved Addicted Series. She’s been doing their teasers and she’s a genius! She has a flair for these things apparently and her talent runs not only in writing but designing as well. Good job Krista!! High five! And I’m glad that Lex took the chance to have someone talented design her covers because I think a cover of a book is one selling factor. Not to add the cliché that first impression lasts. So there.
RockChickF: Needless to say, the cover is just plain AWESOME! :)
MidnightF: I love the cover! It's gorgeous! We reviewed Dearest Clementine and we all loved that book. What were you expecting to read in Finding Dandelion? MauveF: Hmmm I was expecting the same feelings when I read Dearest Clementine. There were comical, witty, hot-sexy, awwwww, heart-fluttering moments. There were also lots of friendship banters, and lots of unusual words. Jax was described in book 1 as a hot soccer player in his college. And who wants to pass up a sex-on-stick athlete dude? Not this girl!! LOL
RockChickF: To be honest, I was expecting to be pissed at Jax because hell, I was not satisfied with his character in Clementine's book. I expected to hate him and love Dani. I expected to have many complaints.
MidnightF: I loved Dearest Clementine and right after reading the book I knew that I have to read Jax''s story. Unlike RockchickF, I already felt that Jax isn't the person everyone is telling about in book 1. Sure he's rich, hot, popular, and a player but it felt like there's more to him than that... I expected Lex to show us a different side of Jax, something that he is hiding from the rest of the world. Would you say that you got what you expected? MauveF: Oh yes i sure did! And way way more!
RockChickF: No. I GOT WAY MORE. I GOT A VERY LIKABLE JAX and I got more from Dani's character. ♥
MidnightF: Absolutely! Lex nailed it, again. Let’s talk about the plot and story line... MauveF: The plot is all about college romance. And since this is a romance book, expect a lot of passionate, tender and loving moments. So there is this super hot college athlete who’s also affluent. He’s a womanizer, sleeps with all things that wear skirt but there is actually a reason why Jax’s like this. The other main character is Dani who is Clem’s roommate. She was hurt before and she has a bucket list and one of her list is to have a one night stand. Jax is celebrating his twenty first birthday and they met at his party. They have such a sexual chemistry and can’t help but hooked up that night. But something happened and Jax needs to go home immediately. The next time they meet, he can’t remember what happened and Dani was hurt. And there goes the story.
RockChickF: Unsurprisingly, the plot is good! I love the mystery and I love the gradual development of Jax' and Dani's characters.
MidnightF: Finding Dandelion have a very interesting plot line. I enjoyed watching Dani do stuff out of her comfort zone and at the same time I loved seeing Jax' kind and endearing traits. It was amazing to see how the characters developed and how they resolved their personal issues. Describe Dani. What do you love or disliked about her? MauveF: I love Dani. She is soooooo funny and a goof. I literally laughed out loud at her silly antics. Look at these lines:
He was amazing. I came like a fucking category-five hurricane.
“The thing about Reid is he couldn’t find my clit if it had a neon sign and balloons attached to it.”
It would be so much easier if I could disconnect from my attraction to him, but my body wants him the way a diabetic lusts for fudge. I swear his pheromones must be super charged because if he’s in the room, my follicles stand on end like he’s magnetized.
“You mean, am I glad that I had my privates glazed and de-furred by a German woman I swear was a Nazi in a former life? Because I have a huge-ass crush on you? Because I want to have your babies? Because I haven’t stopped thinking about you since we met?
Hahaha, I can’t help but laugh! Don’t you just love her?
RockChickF: I love how Dani thinks. She has this concrete view about some things. Plus, it helps that she's so hilarious without meaning to be hilarious! ^_^
MidnightF: I understand what you mean RockChickF! She's funny without meaning to. Anyway, I liked how she tries to live a little by doing crazy stuff. It takes guts to do those things she did, specially if you are originally a shy and silent kind of person. On the other hand, I didn't like how oblivious she was about her mom's condition. I became suspicious right away when her mom said that the video cam was broken, etc. However, I understand that Dani have a lot of things in her mind that she missed those signs. It's just sad that she didn't get to spend more time with her mom. Illustrate Jax. MauveF: Jax is an asshole! There were so many times I want to punch him and smack him at the head. But he’s a volcanic, lovable, extremely adorable, cute and charming asshole. The way he cares for Chloe, that was what endeared me to him.
“Had to squeeze in a blow job. It’s what gives me my superhuman strength.”
“Sure thing. We can even play the princess and the knight. You’ll be the princess, of course. I’ll be the knight. This time, you can even ride a horsey.”
Have I been abducted by aliens? Or is this incredibly hot girl on my couch about to sext another chick?
RockChickF: I beg to disagree, Mauve. I think Jax WAS an a-hole. haha! He was.. and then he just wasn't. I love him for being imperfect. I love him because he really was mind-boggled by Dani. It was oh so cute, the way he thought of Dani. In his mind, he already liked the girl for the longest time. There's just something lovable about that. I love how he thinks. I remember reading Dani's POVs faster so that I could get to Jax' POV. ;D He's pretty awesome... and hot. :)
MidnightF: Jax is a complex character. He's not what everyone thinks he is. I like the different sides of him. The "public" Jax which is the rich womanizing guy, and the "private" Jax which is a genuinely nice guy... someone who babysit and plays with a kid, a guy who had a difficult childhood, etc. He can be a real a** sometimes, but there are reasons for his actions. Jax is flawed, and that's exactly what I loved about him. What can you say about the secondary characters? Is there anyone you'd want to mention? MauveF: Travis!! He’s the ultimate BFF. Caring, concerned, a true friend to Dani. I wish he has his own book. I’m not shy with MM themes.
RockChickF: High five, Mauve! I love Travis too. He's just... always there for Dani. This book totally made me want a gay bff for myself!
MidnightF: It's a 3/3 then, I liked Travis too! He's such a great friend. I had a lot of gay friends since I was in grade school and they are really fun to hang out with. Enumerate the things you loved in this book. MauveF: I love that the story made me laugh, made me cry, made me swoon, made me melt, made my heart aches, and made me smile throughout the time I was reading it. I also love that the story is not the complicated, deals with so much angst that you can’t breathe and makes you want to throw your ereader type of story. I mean the story is not forced, the conflicts are not the fabricated kind. I love that it made me wish that there are more books like this so I will be in book-heaven most of my reading-time. And I love love that Lex is good at what she does and gives us books like this to love and cherish!
RockChickF: Like Mauve, I love how the story is funny, I love how it has drama and I love how the author wrote their romance. In my opinion, this book is a complete food for a person's emotion. It fed my want for love, hilarity and heartfelt moments.
MidnightF: I loved the story, the characters, the writing style and the emotion this book evoked. It was a wonderful read for me, I finished it in one-sitting. Great job Lex! Tell us about some things that you didn't like. MauveF: That unfortunate event at the end of the novel, I almost cursed Lex for making me cry hahaha. Snots running down my nose and my heart is grieving with Dani waaa
RockChickF: I didn't like the way Jax interacts with his mom. I think that if he'd had full conviction to cut his mom off his business from the start, he wouldn't have such big problems. LOL. The way his mom handled Dani's umm.. accident is just horrible! Added to the fact that she totally ruined Clem's perception in the past... Well, let's just say that I definitely don't like the lady.
MidnightF: I didn't like the part where Jax became suspicious about Dani's behavior, and that he believed his mother's lies. However, I couldn't stay mad at him because I understand where he's coming from. So, I didn't like that part but I wouldn't want it changed/removed from the story it either. Favorite moment/s in the book MauveF: I love the scenes during Dani’s recuperating period. They’re so sweet and Jax and Dani were able to get past their differences and awkwardness and were able to get to know each other. And there are so many sigh-worthy moments. And I love the parts where Chloe is present. I love books with kids! They’re fun to read!
RockChickF: I love their "friends" scenes. Haha! I swear I was LMAO when they were both trying to have a platonic relationship. I think we all love the after-accident scenes. They were just so adorable. Dani loosened up and that's awesome! ;) Gee.. I wonder what else Jax heard with all of those drugs in her system!
MidnightF: I loved the scenes with Chloe in it, it makes Jack endearing. And like the MauveF, I loved the moments when Jax took care of Dani after the accident. =D Favorite quotes or lines in the book. MauveF: I love these lines!
Finding Dandelion is the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
“Can I tell you I’ve been dying for you to fuck me senseless for the last four months?”
“Is there one perfect girl out there for Jax Avery who will help him get past his man-whoring ways?” She narrows her eyes as she reads the message that floats to the top. “It is decidedly so.”
“We stay together.” “Because you’re what makes me want everything else.”
RockChickF: "I think I'm in love with you." "It's about time." --> A badass response, if I say so myself. ;D
MidnightF: I like the following lines:
There’s nothing wrong with being nice. I’ve hated that description for so long, but I’m done apologizing for who I am. #OwnIt
“Danielle, don’t be afraid to fall in love. It’s scary as hell, but it’s worth it.” How do you feel after reading Finding Dandelion. MauveF: I was happy and contented and my heart ached. I felt gloriously elated. So many feels! This is the kind of book that when you start reading it, you cannot stop. And time flies by. You’re not aware of your surroundings. You’re in your own bubble and the characters are the only ones that exist. And after closing the book you stare ahead of you, not seeing anything but in your mind you’re reliving all the things that transpired, imagining again all the things that happened! And you cannot help but miss the characters again. Hoping you can unread the book so you can read it again. *sigh*
RockChickF: I felt predominantly happy. There are so many things that could be said about this book. It's just truly one emotional ride. I love where the characters are in the end. I love what happened to them and I'm just so happy for them...like they're real people (which, of course, in my mind they are!).
MidnightF: Very satisfied! After the emotional roller coaster ride, the epilogue just made me happy. I'm so glad that Dani and Jax got their HEA.
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I love how incredibly sweet and funny this book is. The author sure is really good at making great banters between charact...moreGreat first book in series!
I love how incredibly sweet and funny this book is. The author sure is really good at making great banters between characters. It's just awesome.
The plot is pretty straightforward. The daughter of the coach falls for one of the players. OFF LIMITS. This book is all about them finding a way to still be together with all the obstacles around them.
I guess I could have given this a solid five. However, I was kinda frustrated with Dallas and her lack of fire from the start when it comes to her dad. I mean, she fights with him, sure, but she doesn't really go through what she plans... well, not until the end that is. I was also sort of confused with what Carson really wanted at the start. Man oh man, the friend zone is such a confusing space eh?
Anyway, I like them as a couple because together, they make sense. I didn't even realize that they were moving too fast. Dallas' dad had to point it out for me to see that yeah, it was kinda fast. But really, the pacing is cool with me. I like how they are FRIENDS and I like how they are attracted to one another and still be able to talk to each other like normal people. ;)
There are some things left unexplained here, but I guess it's all part of the story. For example, Levi's disappearance.. it wasn't really explained in great detail. I also wanted to know more about Carson's family.
So there.. all in all, this is one good start for a series! Looking forward to the next books! :) (less)
This is a story of two races that collide and make one hell of a universal mess. It's a story about chances, forgiveness, friendship and survival.
MARDUKE AND MATTIE
Marduke is from planet Oden. He's smart, strong and loyal to his family. Well, he was loyal until he meets Mattie. Mattie is an admirable girl with a strong personality. She's a girl who plays basketball and goes hunting with her dad. Yeah, she's a tomboy and that makes her a great survivor in the tragedy that came to the Earth. She's so strong, but of course there's a softness to all that hardness in her personality. That's where Marduke comes in. However, Marduke is from another planet. A planet that wants to invade Earth. Mattie is from Earth. Needless to say, it poses a big problem. I rooted for their relationship though. I like how their love story wasn't really hurried up. It was gradual (in my opinion). They were so sweet, thinking of each other in each other's POV. I enjoyed reading about how they started caring for each other. It's cute and lovable, though I am also thankful because the story didn't really revolve only on their love story.
LISA AND HANK
Lisa and Hank are good people. They didn't leave Mattie alone and they were there through and through. In a world full of chaos, I want my own Lisa and Hank. It doesn't even matter to me that I could be a third wheel. They are so loyal. :) These two characters make this book more interesting too. Their love story is kinda inspirational. I hope that in the future books, they'll have what they want for their future. :)
THE OTHER CHARACTERS
I must say, the antagonists here have their own unique characteristics. I could almost touch the ummm... robots. I could also almost pull the hair of Marduke's brother.. Well, I want to, that is. LOL. The kids also made the book interesting. Running with another small child is very risky and it upped the danger for these characters, thus making it more thrilling. All of them made the book really exciting and also colorful. I wish to see more characters in the next book.
ACTION PACKED STORY
This book is indeed full of action. It was like watching a movie. There's action at every turn. I wasn't bored, not for even one second! It's a really awesome ride!
WHAT'S MORE EXCITING HERE
THE PROMISE OF TRAVELLING TO OTHER PLANETS. I love the fact that Marduke explains his own heritage. I really like it that he came from another world. I love that this book promises great things. I am so excited to see more planets and more places.
WHAT I LEARNED
APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. Think first before doing things that can destroy not only our environment, but also our own bodies. What struck me most here is the hesitancy of Marduke to do/eat things that he knows are bad for his body or environment. His planet actually has a point in capturing the Earth. I don't have to be an environmentalist or nutritionist to know that we humans are doing more damage than good to the Earth right now. This is why I was kind of ashamed by my own bad habits. I think this book managed to guilt me into lessening (since I'm not sure if I can give it up altogether) some bad stuff that I do to myself and to the environment.
WHAT I WANT TO SEE NEXT
I want to see what they will do to humans and I want to see more of other planets. I also want to see other POVs. This is bizarre because I usually hate having many POVs. I don't know... I just want to see what Hank and Lisa think. :)
When I was reading this, it felt real. I felt as if this could really happen. Now, I kinda don't want to drink soda anymore, or eat junk/ fast foods. It has life lessons for humans. This should really be made into a movie! It deserves all the applause! The author is damn good for making me feel that this book could be true someday.
I am definitely lucky to have read this book in advance. I want to read the next one ASAP.. LIKE NOW!! :)