Mirabella Verdi is snarky yet smart. An upcoming freshman in a university, Mira tries to bala...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
RATING ★★★★ 1/2
Mirabella Verdi is snarky yet smart. An upcoming freshman in a university, Mira tries to balance what she wants for herself contrast what her family demands of her. Mira’s life wasn’t as turbulent and difficult as some dysfunctional family however Mira didn’t experience things easy either. Being part of Mira’s family means that you have to appreciate tough love.
Mira has a very strong personality. She’s very opinionated and doesn’t think twice before opening her mouth. She can be condescending, judgmental and offensive – super b*tch to a point however, I knew there’s more to Mira than what she’s showing. She doesn’t have any friends but she likes it that way. Mira has been hardened enough that she finds it better to be a recluse than lose the people she love. No real emotions to invest. When you read Mira’s journey, you’ll realize that there’s more to the story that an angsty teenager. This is what I love most about The Mimosa Tree. You’ll see the change in Mira and the effect it did to her persona. The change may not be extravagant but her transformation was very intimate and beautiful.
Mira’s family is a hard crowd to please. With a dad who doesn’t seem to care, an aunt who’s overbearing with a tough character, another aunt who’s still finding her feet and a mom that keeps the ship intact. Not your merry band of characters. I can see why Mira is the way she is especially with her father and Aunt Via. That combination alone will really shake off some goodness in anybody. To be honest, Via actually pissed me off some parts of the book because she is sometimes such an unbearable teenager but I do understand her position, her family and her burden. Mira’s family is not the showy type who spoils her with nicety but the love is definitely there.
Another character I need to mention is Felicia. Felicia is a great minor character. Not enough exposure in my opinion but enough to make a mark in the story. She’s very sweet and supportive. She the first to believe that there’s more to Mira than what meets the eye. Felicia is the kind of friend that Mira needs and she may not see that at first but these two pulled through in the end. The love interest and another character in the story is Harm. Harm as a love interest wasn’t appealing as boyfriend material and to be honest, I wasn’t paying attention to this dude in any way. For me, the relationship aspect of the novel didn’t advance the plot in any angle – could have done without it. Harm didn’t appeal to me and I wasn’t excited about the relationship either.
The Mimosa Tree is a quick read but mind you it is a book with a heavy subject. It is not only a story of discovery but also of loss and grief. It is a story that makes you realize that you’ll eventually lose something important in your life and the pain will be bearable but life moves on. Though it has potential to make you sad and cry, The Mimosa Tree is also a happy book because it is also a story about love in its entirety. A story about love in any form. The Mimosa Tree gives you the hard truth yet the story also provides the so called rainbow after the rain. The book may not be a fantastical read plot wise like all the big names but it is memorable. Memorable in its simplicity and how beautifully it is written and delivered. The Mimosa Tree is a recommended book by my standards and I am now excited for more Aussie lit!(less)
“Shark Girl” that is what they call Jane Margaret Arrowood. Its been a year since the accident that changed...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
“Shark Girl” that is what they call Jane Margaret Arrowood. Its been a year since the accident that changed Jane’s life. A year has passed since that dreaded day a shark bit off Jane’s arm. It’s been a year of rehab and refocusing her life after the traumatic event. It’s been a year and people are wondering how Shark Girl is.
To be honest, I haven’t read Shark Girl. I found Formerly Shark Girl and immediately requested it because this is a book that I would enjoy. Without reading Shark Girl I thought I would have an issue reading the second book and I was dreading that. I didn’t want to be lost in the story just because I hadn’t had the chance to read the first book. Surprisingly I didn’t. Formerly Shark Girl can be read stand alone! I jumped right in the story without grasping for straws. As stated earlier, the story picks up a year later of the dreaded accident.
Basically the whole story surround Jane and how she is coping after a year the accident happened. Right from the bat, it was easy to read the story. The writing was very fluid and for a book with a heavy plot, it was actually easy to follow. I felt the raw emotion of Jane’s take on the events. Bear in mind that this isn’t a gloomy book. It wasn’t filled with “pity-me” dialogues so that’s a plus right there. Majority of the time I felt sadness but never pity. I commend Jane’s will to fight, her bravery, her fears and her drive. You’ll definitely come to the conclusion that we have a strong character in Jane – she is a fighter. She is brave enough to face her fears without totally breaking her spirit. Although there are times that she had her moment of self pity and regret the story and Jane didn’t linger on that. Who wouldn’t feel sh*tty if you experienced what she went through? Waking up one day realizing that you are not who you used to be is scary and difficult but Jane had the will and drive to prove to herself that she can do it in spite losing an arm.
With any story, there will always be sympathizers and opinionated individuals. Every story survivor has their supporters. With Jane’s story shared in the news, there were people who wrote her letters. You will read some of the letters in passing and I’ll tell you that these letters, or some of them, were actually sad to read. There’s nothing wrong with giving comfort but it has a different effect for Jane. Some of the letters became a pressure and it impacted how Jane thought and decided. It’s OK to give advice and comforting words but sometimes these words has a different meaning to the receiver. Nevertheless, Jane appreciated the concern and the words shared to her in spite not knowing the letter senders. She handled it better than I expected.
Overall, it was a simple yet powerful read. I enjoyed reading about Jane’s story. It wasn’t as heavy and dark as some story about survival. It was more of a story about being able to overcome your fears and how to handle your life in spite losing something as important as her arm. It was a story that conveyed a strong message that life goes on and you don’t have to stop living just because you lost something. Formerly Shark Girl is written beautifully with a strong message that can give enlightenment for people who undergo situation however grave it is.(less)
Danger arises in Meridia and the members of the Aulic Assembly has disappeared. Their only...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING 4 1/2 stars
Danger arises in Meridia and the members of the Aulic Assembly has disappeared. Their only hope are the group of kids from Earth but will these kids be enough to guarantee a victory in an epic battle of survival?
The Silver Sphere is a story filled with an adventure of a lifetime. A story written with amazing characters, engaging plotline and numerous exciting and heart pumping battle sequence to indulge any thrill seeker and avid reader. Fair warning though, The Silver Sphere is a hefty read. Hefty in terms wherein you dive in a world that can be overwhelming – I myself listed down all the names and terms just to get by. Regardless this minor setback, reading this story was such a pleasure and too good of a book to pass up.
Its better to start with world building on this one since that is the bigger element for me in the novel. From what I understand, the story focuses on Meridia on the planet Azimut. It serves like a parallel place to Earth although Meridia is completely alien, alike but different in every aspect altogether. Meridia is filled with mythical creatures that are both beautiful and elegant to creatures that are scary and horrific. In addition to that, the terms and the setting is fairly easy to follow once you dig deeper into the story. Once you become accustomed to Meridia and its history, you’re good 50% of the book.
The second hardship you may have, which I did at first, is remembering all the characters. Oh geez! I tried to list down all the significant names in the story but I lost track and I just made a mess so I just went with the flow. If you’re good with remembering names, then you won’t have any issues with keeping track. Character wise, as I indicated above, can be overwhelming but I’ll try to simplify as best as I can. We have 6 members of the Aulic Assembly and they have 6 counterpart or Kin as indicated in the book from Earth.
These 6 kins are our main character focus and they basically drive the story from page 1 to the last. For record purposed the kins are: Zach, Shelby, Riley, Stuart, Max and Emily whereas their Aulic counterparts are Brock Fergus, Bianca Saddler, Rowan Letty, Satchel Spool, Macklan Morrow and Elita Elmer respectively. The kins have fair and equal share of dialogues and presence. I believe that I got to know these 6 individuals with enough focus for me to get attached whereas for the member of the Aulic, I only got to hear Bianca’s voice dominantly over the others. Not much of an issue though so don’t worry about it.
Secondary characters were also amazingly written. I didn’t even try listing them down. From the humans to the creatures, the characters were given fair amount of time to contribute to the story to guide us reader to better understand both the history as well as the situation they are facing.
Pacing was ok, writing style was better than most and for this type of book which is written complexly, I admire the authors ability of writing all the details without boring the readers. Questions and the mystery was answered as we go by and not dumped in the latter part of the story which again I thank the author for doing.
Okay, this review is getting longer than I anticipated. So here’s what you need to know. The Silver Sphere is an awesome sci-fi fantasy story that is packed with engrossing action sequence, well written and rounded characters and world building that will leave you with awe. Kudos to Dadich for writing a multidimensional story and characters with a fantastic and magical world. This book is hard to put down so be aware that once you read the first page, there’s no time do do something else. If you haven’t read The Silver Sphere yet, pick yourself a copy and I guarantee that it’ll be worth every penny. Highly recommend and I definitely want more!!(less)
Life in Outer Space completely blew me away. It was not as I expected and to be honest I really thought this...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Life in Outer Space completely blew me away. It was not as I expected and to be honest I really thought this was a sci-fi story. A very misleading title indeed. In spite not being what I originally anticipated, it surpassed my expectation by a mile. The characters were amazing, the writing style was easy and light, the story was well written and the ending was just right. A perfect blend if you’re looking for a fun and quirky read.
Our main character Sam is a lovable and interesting young fella. A kid who loves to hang out with his friends, a little aloof and antisocial at times but enjoys a day that is somewhat monotonous filled with movies, eating and WoW. Sam is also an avid fan of horror films. I love the movie references in this book and it made me want to watch those movies again after I read this book. Sam is a complete geek and I love that about him. He has his own personality that reminds you how fun it is to be a kid.
Camilla is a sweet and adorable counterpart of Sam. Just as much lovable as Sam, Camilla is a big bubble of happiness. An easy outgoing girl, pretty and smart. A daughter of a well known journalist, Camilla knows what she’s worth to other kids but she doesn’t mind. She knows how to have fun regardless who’s she with. Her attitude with life is very refreshing too. Anyway, so Camilla transfers to Sam’s school and now both their life’s is transformed bit by bit reflecting a part of each others life as their friendship blooms. The chemistry between the main characters will put a smile to your face. Both Sam and Camilla are very easy to connect with which makes reading Life in Outer Space enjoyable.
Adrian, Mike and Allison make up Sam’s social circle until Camilla came. They are awesome secondary characters. They are a great group I might add. The cliche gay best friend is present in the story but Keil did something right here that made me look away from being irritated. Although the focus of the story is with Camilla and Sam, our secondary character are still given enough exposure to get us acquainted with the group. There wasn’t a shortage in dialogue which makes the three distinct, well developed and rounded characters.
Keil knows how to blend the right mix of characters with emotions that are spot on. Life in Outer Space is a book with overflowing geekiness and tons of movie reference that makes any nerd’s heart smile with joy. I know mine did. It is a hilarious and an easy going story that doesn’t need you to concentrate much on the detail. You just go with the flow, devouring each page at a time. All you need is time and by the end of the book, a smile is inevitable - guaranteed 100%. I highly recommend this story, pre-ordering a copy myself to add in my shelf of awesomeness. Tehee!(less)
In a town where money and power speaks volume, can Casper’s efforts make a difference to save herself and her family? After all the cards are laid out...moreIn a town where money and power speaks volume, can Casper’s efforts make a difference to save herself and her family? After all the cards are laid out, Casper has only one choice and that is to be a part of them. Will she be able to handle what it takes to be inside Kythera?
Casper is a very cultured and down to earth young lady who grew up in the privilege side of town. Her family has money and power that can make anyone jealous. In spite being born with a silver spoon, Casper doesn’t want any of it but her horses. With the recent developments, Casper’s dad decide that a move to Charleston was the greatest business strategy for them. However upon settling in the town, Casper notices things that are a bit off. Bit by bit, Jasper finds out about Kythera and what that word means in Charleston.
My experience reading The Kings of Charleston resulted in mix emotions. I love the mystery evolving Kythera and the people involved however there are certain parts of the story that is lacking – character development for one but I’ll go into detail in a bit. Let’s talk characters.
Casper, as I mentioned earlier, is a privilege and polished lady. She’s very likable and her charm is evident. She’s not your typical snobbish rich kid who flaunts what they have. She’s not very sociable though but she likes it that way. She’s quite unlike her parents who are social animals and I love her shy and down to earth demeanor. Her love interest on the other hand, Cal was structured to be the handsome playboy type of guy but apparently he’s not. He’s very charming and also likable but there’s something deeper than what meets the eyes. Honestly, I don’t have any qualms with these two but their relationship. I wasn’t buying the chemistry between them. The attraction between them needed more than just a few stolen dates and walk in the park.
The whole idea with Kythera was good and the mystery around it was written strategically There were instances that I became a little impatient and wanted to know what’s up already. The story wasn’t rushed and Clayton took her time developing her story around it. The issue I had however was how the pieces was put in. There were times that I thought I reached the highest point of the story but apparently I didn’t. Confusing but I understand as this is the first book in the series. The story was build up to a certain level then it all eased down going to the net part of the story which I believe should have started on book 2. I wouldn’t mind if this had a cliffhanger ending or if bits were taken off. I just felt like the story wasn’t cut at the right part – if that makes sense.
The Kings of Charleston is indeed an engaging story but I needed more, character and story wise. I love the mystery and how Clayton writes. Te series has a potential but I needed more with this installment so I have high hopes for the next book.(less)
After faking their death, Ember and Chase are with the Resistance to continue the war against the FBR/MM or...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
After faking their death, Ember and Chase are with the Resistance to continue the war against the FBR/MM or the law in this dystopian world. They continue with their pursuit in taking down the Moral Militia but things get tricky after an announcement of Ember’s name in connection to the wanted fugitives. There’s only one person who knows about their fake death and that person is now in the Resistance too! How will Ember and Chase continue with their journey as the Resistance encounters constant left and right hits from the enemy?
Book two in the series, Breaking Point is definitely better than Article 5. I had a few issues with the first book but upon reading the first few pages of Breaking Point I know that I’ll enjoy it compared to Article 5. It has sooo much better, character and story wise.
I didn’t hate Ember in Article 5 but I had issues with her character. Her selfishness and naivety got into me which resulted to me not being able to connect with Ember. However, the character development with Ember was really obvious now and I am loving where the author was going with it. She is stronger and more vocal. The fact that now she has reasons to her actions is proof of that and she’s thinking of the bigger picture counting all the people who will be affected. In contrast to Ember, Chase was a bit stiff here. I do understand that Ember is the love of his life but throughout the book that’s all I got from Chase. His undying love and constact protectiveness. I just felt that Chase was written to be Embers boyfriend and protector and that’s it. I enjoyed reading Chase in Article 5 but somehow along the pages of Breaking Point his appeal sizzled out on me which makes me sad because I do love his character.
In a nutshell, Breaking Point was focusing more on the Resistance and rescuing Rebecca. There were a lot of fighting, running and explosive scenes in Breaking Point. Simmons’ didn’t think twice in upping up the suspense and ass kicking scenes in this book and that’s one reason I enjoyed it so much. There were a lot happening and putting the book down is not an option. Ohhh and they did achieve their mission of getting Rebecca out (sorry for the spoiler) but there’s a twist that will make things a bit difficult for the bunch. I wasn’t expecting that twist and I am definitely on the list of bookworms who anticipates the next book.(less)
Michele is stuck in her time and she hates it. She wants to be with Philip and she misses him so badly but w...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Michele is stuck in her time and she hates it. She wants to be with Philip and she misses him so badly but with the their situation, there’s no way for them to be physically together – unless he time jumps. Time has passed and Michele haven’t thought of a way to be with Philip however she gets the shock of her life when she saw Philip. Her Philip from 1910, right in front of her.
Second book in the Timeless series, Timekeeper picks up where Timeless left off. It was a long wait for Timekeeper but the wait was worth it. We get to see more of Michele and Philip and a whole lot more.
Timekeeper is not just a book about time and romance anymore because readers will soon discover the inner works and wonders of the Time Society and its long history of how it came to be and how people had the ability to time jump. Timekeeper is also a story wherein we read a glimpse of Michele’s parents story and her family’s history.
I haven’t read the novella before Timekeeper. Forgive my disconnection to the world of book blogging and the lack of extra time to be updated with stuff. But from the reviews I read I am now grateful that I haven’t read that one. Anyhoo, Timekeeper is an absolute treat if you have been following the series. As I said, the story has now evolved to something bigger and better. It is not merely about the lovers anymore but a whole new network of a society of people like Michele. You’ll get to read more about Michele’s parents and how everything click into place. I love the development of the story line from being just about a romance between two people restricted by time to a whole new dimension. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Michele and Philip however its the history as well as time travelling that really got me hooked in the series from the start. Rebecca, or the villain in the story, is an ancestor of Michele. Her story is not as horrific as some villains but she is dangerous. It is evident from what she has done. At first, I anticipated how could Monir play with the story but when I cam to the point of confrontation I was devastated. Most of the story was built around Rebecca and Michele and how imminent it is that Rebecca kills Michele. That was the climax of the story but when you come to that part – it is evident that it wasn’t how you expect it to be. I actually ended thinking if that was it. Apparently my friends, it was. I think this is the only negativity of this book for me. Rebecca was defeated without a shrug. It was either too easy or I just had too high expectation. I expected a good fight, a little drama, or a good dose of crying and desperation but there was none of those. Sad as it seems.
With that sad fact aside, I did enjoy reading Timekeeper. It was packed with a rich and detailed story of love, discovery and mystery. Timekeeper is a delicious treat to readers who enjoys a good dose of history, a craving for mystery and an appetite for a good structured story with amazing characters and story complete with twist and discoveries – Michele and Phillip’s story the cherry on top. If you enjoyed Timeless, I can guarantee that you’ll enjoy Timekeeper.(less)
A death and mystery, a psychotic family and a girl right in the middle of the whole mess. Bad Apple is about...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
A death and mystery, a psychotic family and a girl right in the middle of the whole mess. Bad Apple is about a young girl named Neal and how everything in her life seems to be a distress until music and a boy named Truly changed her perspective of life. Neal is a very smart and caring girl who lives with her psychotic family who messed up her head from a very young age. Very appealing story and character and I enjoyed reading Bad Apple, but I had a few issues about it though.
First and minor issue is the name. I know that it seems weird of me and unfair to make a fuss about character names but in this case it impacted my reading. I initially thought that Neal is a guy. I’ve read a couple of pages before I realized that the story is pertaining to a girl.
Another is the overall emotion and tone of our main character. Neal is supposed to be frightened to death with Joe which resulted to her living with Truly’s family however this wasn’t resonating enough in Neal’s dialogues. I just felt a lack of that he’s-going-to-kill-me fear you feel when you know someone is about to get you. There are times that Neal may come off as nonchalant about it and that was off for me. In parallel though, I really did feel sad about Neal. I understood the hardship of her situation and her pain and I sympathize in her need for comfort and love.
There is no doubt that Bad Apple is mature YA. With all the branching out of genres nowadays it can be very confusing however there are distinctions. Content wise, it is indeed a notch higher (more mature in nature) compared to most YA but there is still that young love we all enjoy to gush about. Truly and Neal seems to be a good match – emotionally and mentally. Their relationship is not head over heels in love type of relationship and it was beautiful. Violence is not as graphic but it is present and dialogues are not over exaggerated to “replicate” teenage behavior. Pacing and suspense level was a hit and miss hitting a plateau in the middle of the story borderline to boring but it was still a great book.
Overall, a good story but missed a few marks in my checklist. Didn’t regret reading it but left me undecided if I should read the next book.(less)
When you become become sick and be in a come, you expect to die out of it right? Well Kate Edwards thought s...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
When you become become sick and be in a come, you expect to die out of it right? Well Kate Edwards thought she would but she woke up. But waking up gave her a gift. A gift to see glimpses in people’s past.
When Kate Edwards woke up, the first thing she did was to help the police find a missing boy through the use of her gift and it marked her as a looney. Life was never the same after that. She lost her friends and then her family saw her differently which resulted to Kate lying about her ability from then on until the day Jared Corbett visited her.
Kate Edwards was your typical snarky teen. She had a lot of attitude but in a right way. From what she endured out of her experience using her gift, she had the right to be defensive and guarded. Being different makes people uncomfortable because they don’t understand it. I love that she is independent and strong – someone who is not afraid to let people know what she thinks. I love her mother as well. Although you cannot fault her at first, the support she gave her daughter was very endearing. Jared was a great guy as well. He is a decent, swoon worthy type of male presence and the chemistry between Kate and him is evident. I won’t talk much about Kate and Jared as I don’t want to spoil thing but I have to say that I love them together.
For the first book in the series, I enjoyed this one. It didn’t give too much information away but it gave enough for us to understand what was going on the story. The progression of the story was very fast but it didn’t came off as rushed or anything. I love Wood’s writing style. Her characters are awesome and for me everything worked well together. I am looking forward to see what will happen next on the sequel so I am very excited on that one.(less)
After a year of waiting, I finally read Scent of Magic!! Wohhooo. Touch of Power was pheno...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING 2 1/2 Stars
After a year of waiting, I finally read Scent of Magic!! Wohhooo. Touch of Power was phenomenal whereas Scent of Magic was a little let down on a few points that I’ll discuss below. I had to wait a year for Scent of Magic and when the moment finally came my expectations wasn’t fully met.
Okay, I just rambled there. On with the review shall we? First thing you will notice in the delivery of the story compared to Touch of Power was the voice was between Avry and Kerrick. The first book voiced by Avry made the flow of the story effortless and swift. Although I enjoyed reading Kerricks view of things, it didn’t help with the overall voice of the story. It wasn’t smooth. I have to admit, and I believe this is also the case of some, that Kerrick’s part was soo dragging and boring. Sometimes it was a pain reading it. Imagine having to read the end of Avry’s heart stopping chapters to be continued by Kerrick’s not so interesting story. Don’t get me wrong, I love Avry and Kerrick together but the story could have been more enjoyable if the narration was left to Avry. There were some parts that I just felt that what I have read were fluff and fillers. Thinking about it, it was like reading Catelyn Stark’s chapters from some of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire.
Where are the boys? Where are the guys I grew to love in Touch of Power? The guys were one of the aspect I loved in the first book because the chemistry between them and Avry was fantastic. Those were the scenes that literally made my heart happy however in Scent of Magic they were given less exposure than what I have expected. It was OK but I miss the dynamic relationship of the group.
New characters are being introduced in this book though. Yey on that! With the development of the story, new characters are also making a stand who were great additions to the cast. At least Snyder’s characters are as strong as her first book right? Snyder might have made a wrong decision splitting the narration but at least she continued to provide very well developed and strong characters to support the story development.
Pacing was gravely influenced by the slowness and dullness of Kerrick’s chapters. Most of his chapters are really uninteresting and boring so watch out for those. You might have an itch to skip some chapters and I can’t blame you. Ending was a definite”what just happened?” moment. Gaaaaaaah! I finally got to the best part but also the part where you’ll hate that Book 3 will be released in a year again. Oh the long wait again.
Overall, like the progress of the story but with the issues I had with the book, it is obvious that Touch of Power is the strongest of the two. Need to see what will happen in book 3 and I hope that Snyder doesn’t disappoint her followers like what happened here. Sad but the weak point in the book really affected the overall tone and lessened the enjoyment factor of reading the book. Let’s hope that book 3 is different! *cross fingers*(less)
The C.H.A.O.S Trilogy ends here. The battle against the Thule is finally near and it’s up to Sam, Oz and Dan...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
The C.H.A.O.S Trilogy ends here. The battle against the Thule is finally near and it’s up to Sam, Oz and Danielle to end the war and save humanity from extinction! Prepare yourself for the adventure of survival.
I’ve followed the trilogy since Invasion and I sang high praises for the books. I enjoyed it not only because it was written well and the story line was super engaging but also because it was a quick read that included well rounded and developed characters. I cannot tell you how good these books are but if I would compare all three, Domination was a bit disappointing and I’ll tell you why.
My qualms in Domination is with the ending and some parts of the book that felt a bit off. Fair warning, this is going to spoil your reading experiences so I apologize profusely. One thing that I didn’t like was how everything was written in a rushed manner by the middle of the book. Domination doesn’t have the full action packed experience that the first two books offered. I felt that there were holes in the story that got kinda lost due to the fact that the story is ending and everything needs to be tied up. By doing so, I believe that Domination was a let down. Another thing, what’s with the attempt between the love angle by introducing other girls that somewhat felt undeveloped. It was like, there’s a new girl, Sam flirts, Sam blushes, new girl giggles and a few lines were exchanged and then nada. That was just plain weird. Lily’s perfect and the minimalist feel in the romance department is just fine. Lastly, the ending. Yes it was frustrating and I was hoping it didn’t end that way since this is the last book. It should have ended with a bang if you get what I mean.
Enough about my issues. The good part of the book was that the love I had for the main characters was in total boom in this book. They are not the innocent teens that we read from books 1 and 2 anymore. I felt that the characters reached their full potential in this wrap up and that made me smile knowing that if the series took a spin off, they are not those unaware kids in Invasion. The secondary characters were as amazing as well – we’ll get to read old characters and be introduced to new ones. Pierce is definitely the punk you’ll love to hate but still a very effective character. Another thing, we’ll get to see more of the academy and the inside of what it means to be part of the prestigious agency.
Domination is a book that will be highly appreciated and enjoyed by teens and sci-fi die hard. I may not be both but the reason why I enjoyed this series so much was due to the fact that Lewis knew his material. He knows how to captivate a readers attention by writing good characters, amazing action scenes and he indeed has a very imaginative and creative mind. I think that came off by being a comic writer so he has the talent and the experience. I would have to mention that Domination is not like Alienation that you can read without reading Invasion. For you to really enjoy and not be lost in Domination, either read Invasion AND Alienation or just start with Alienation. If you ask me, read them all since this is indeed a great trilogy.
Overall, a very enjoyable and engaging story that ends the trilogy that I grew to love. Not a big sci-fi fan but Lewis made a fan out of me and I will look forward to his other material in the future. Didn’t enjoy as much as Invasion and Alienation combined but still a good story ender. Read the series, I promise you you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.(less)
Alienation is book two in the CHAOS trilogy by Jon S. Lewis and it was as good as Invasion.
Funny thing, I’ve read Alienation before I read Invasion thinking it was book one. Lo and behold, I was wrong all along. Good thing though, Alienation can be read stand alone.
Picks up right after Invasion and continues the story as Sam, Oz and Danielle enters as CHAOS agents. Invasion already gives us an idea that these three would be part of the prestigious agency but Alienation solidifies it. After the fall of Trident, our heroines are now faced with the duty to save Earth.
Character wise, I love the development of our heroines. From Invasion to Alienation I felt like they grew up though not much of a difference would be noticed. They just seemed a little wiser, stronger and braver than the teenagers they were in book 1.
Secondary characters were as amazing too. I wasn’t expecting too much from these characters since they are characters who come and go though serves a great purpose to the plot and character development. Some you may love and some you may hate to the core but as I said, just as amazing as our heroines. Watch our for Pierce though, I know he’ll make you irate and cringe but a very effective character altogether.
Plot was very engaging especially since there is the potential and eminent danger from Lobo who we know is Oz’s dad. I didn’t know how Lewis would write the story but I am happy with how Lewis wrote it. The plot thickens and I am seeing a clearer picture of what and where Lewis wants his trilogy to go. The plot and twists was as heart racing as it was in the prior book.
One thing I wasn’t too keen off was the bombarding off technical terminologies that made my brain fart. I get that this is a book that includes gun power and explosion but the technical deets was overflowing bordering to driving me insane. It also resulted to slightly driving the focus out of the story which I somewhat dreaded. I get that Lewis needed to prove that he knows what he’s writing about but it needed a little toning down for my taste.
The ending was phenomenal and now I am gripping my Nook with too much excitement and anticipation on reading the last book, Domination (which I already reviewed for the tour). I’d say that a lot has indeed happened from the first book to this and I couldn’t asked for a better sequel myself.
Overall, Alienation is a great pick for those science fiction quick fix. Very imaginative and descriptive story to indulge readers, young and old, truly any sci-fi buff’s delight. Alienation is a powerhouse sci-fi pick if you want all the action and suspense your heart desires complete with dangerous lifeforms that will make your toes curl. Written by the talented Jon S. Lewis, you’ll definitely love reading it from page one until the last.(less)
A world where aliens are real and the life of millions lies in the hands of a group called CH...moreThis review is originally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
A world where aliens are real and the life of millions lies in the hands of a group called CHAOS. Chaos’ only role is to stop human extinction from happening.
The story is basically about Earth attempted to be dominated and taken over by an alien race called the Thule. Because of this crisis, CHAOS or The Central Headquarters Against the Occult and Supernatural was formed to maintain peace on Earth. You couldn’t just apply to be an agent, selection is strict and tedious and only the best becomes one. Sam has a chance to be an agent but will he make the cut?
Sam is our lead character in Invasion and he just turned 16. He’s a geek who enjoys video games, reading comics, surfing and hanging out with friends. There nothing exceptional with Sam on the outside but apparently, life is more complicated than what he believes and secrets will eventually be uncovered. Everything changes when his parents die and he uncovers secrets that will literally change his life.
I like Sam’s character. He is such a kid but you know he’s smart and mature. He’s very daring and brave too but at the end of the day, there’s no changing the fact that Sam is only 16. He has his limitations.
There’s much to learn about his life and what is expected of him. But so far, I like him. I see a lot of potential in this kid. Then we have Oz and Danielle, Sam’s closest friends. The gym buff, Oz, is actually the son of the director in CHAOS’. He’s very outgoing and has this in-you-face attitude but I consider it his charm. His flavor of humor can be a little harsh but as I said, it suits the character and that makes Oz’s character fun to read. He’s the type of friend you would want in a fight too. Very confident and dedicated but headstrong. Danielle on the other hand is Sam’s childhood friend. A video geek herself, Danielle’s ability lies with computers and hacking. What I felt lacking though was a little info on how this girl turned out the hacker she came to be. I felt that her character needed more than what was given for the reader to fully understand her whole persona but she’s definitely a strong secondary character too and an ass whooper.
These three characters has distinctive voices in the story and was given ample parts of the bigger picture. I’d say that they are written well yet needs more development. Well this is the first book so I am expecting more from these three in Alienation which is book 2.
Pacing, story line and world building was very good I’d say. Lewis really does have a vivid imagination for creating such a lush and adventure worthy world for the readers to enjoy. It’s a mix of modernity and science fiction which makes it easy to understand. It is a world where some alien lifeforms in various selection co-mingle with humans against one sole purpose. I am not a science fiction nut and sometimes I hate reading about it but Lewis’ writing style eased up to a reluctant reader like myself which made my experience worth it. I love the descriptiveness of Invasion and that helped in getting me on board with the whole story. Pacing was slow at first but immediately picked up and was way smoother than I expected.
Overall, Invasion is definitely a treat worth the praise. Packed with blazing action scenes, Lewis does have the talent to catch a readers attention. My feelings for Invasion was unexpected and I am ready for more of Sam, Oz and Dani against these icky and creepy aliens who kills everything on its path. Exciting, no? Now I am want more. (less)
Matthias Ludlam's plans of killing Aidan failed when his assassin and brother of Aidan, Owen, gets hacked an...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Matthias Ludlam's plans of killing Aidan failed when his assassin and brother of Aidan, Owen, gets hacked and killed. That doesn't stop Matthias from thinking of an alternative plan to get back to Aidan and his beloved family, the city of Penton.
Matthias has decided to take on the task of getting his son back and destroying Aidan and Penton once and for all especially after discovering Gloriana, an unvaccinated human with potential powers, out of nowhere. Lorenzo Caias, member of the Vampire Tribunal and friend of Aidan, seems to make it even more difficult for Matthias to do so but as he discovers information against his friend, things will become interesting and it isn't as enjoyable as everybody likes it to be.
Absolution is the second in the series and focus mainly on Mirren and Gloria BUT note solely meaning we get to see everyone else here and there. The story picks up right after Redemption, so you might want to read that first, and it will introduce a couple of new characters - humans and vampire alike.
The first thing I notice was how it was "better" compared to Redemption. Its not like I hated the first book but its easier to get on board with Absolution since I fully know what the gist of the story is about. I've gotten past page 160+ in a few hours unlike Redemption. Second thing I enjoyed is the fact that this was focused on Mirren, a favorite character, and although he's mysterious and dangerous the story surrounding him is light and fun minus the death, blood and him being the executioner that is. Another thing is the impact of the book. A game changer if you will.
One of my favorite part and totally made me laugh was when Mirren, Aidan, Will and Hannah was discussing about Gloriana. I don't want to share what was funny so I am giving you a hint to watch out for that one. You may not understand the humor behind it but if you are acquainted with Mirren's character, you'll definitely have a few good laughs. Its definitely reminiscent of scenarios about big hardass dudes (take in thought that before Penton, Mirren was the tribunals assassin) who falls for the vulnerable girl. It was almost like how Aidan was with Krys but this one is just funny.
I can definitely conclude that Absolution is a notch higher than Redemption. The development of the characters is still strong and the twists in the story are amazing. Absolution will leave you craving for more and advice is - make sure you have free time because this book is addictive. Looking forward to Omega and what Sandlin has in store for her readers.(less)
Ray has been seeing things before. Things that she alone has the ability to see which res...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm RATING: 2 1/2 stars
Ray has been seeing things before. Things that she alone has the ability to see which results to her being labelled as a nut case an kept in the crazy facility. Three years of being kept in the facility, Ray is now free to prove them all wrong - she is not crazy.
She's not crazy but apparently, she can see angels.
First of all, I didn't hate the book. It was actually enjoyable and intriguing but A Shimmer of Angels didn't provide me with anything to remember it by. We have a girl, the love interest (which seems like there's two of them), conflict between good and evil and an ability. Sound too familiar? Well it might because it seems like this is the basic core of YA nowadays.
For the characters - they were OK. Ray was you typical lead who is sweet yet a combination of a strong/vulnerable girl. You know what I mean? She's one of those girls who will sacrifice herself for the greater good but is not strong enough to fully defend herself which is why there's the love interest to save the day. The duo of angels are OK as well. One good, one bad but Ray seems to fall for both. Between Cam and Kade, Ray had more interaction with the latter and that was OK but I would appreciate if there was a balance between these characters.
There's really nothing to complain about the characters asides the fact that they just needed more development and attitude to make them stand out. With what I read, everyone seemed mediocre and I hate using that word but that's just what I got reading the three of them.
Pacing was great. I had no issues with how much time I read A Shimmer of Angels because reading it was a breeze. I read point A to point B without any issues or questions whatsoever especially because the ending was wrapped up perfectly with a little added bonus to hook readers for the next book. +1 brownie points on that one.
Overall, it was OK reading A Shimmer of Angels but as I said I needed more convincing for the story to warm up to me. I don't have any regrets reading it but there's nothing left for me to move forward. I don't hate it but I am not in love with this book either.(less)
A story that revolves about guardian angels is such a foreign concept to me. Not foreign that I haven't read...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
A story that revolves about guardian angels is such a foreign concept to me. Not foreign that I haven't read any, but foreign that I haven't read that much. Dominion has a straight forward story from what I read - good vs. bad, guy falls in love with the female lead, and a tragedy and mystery at the end. A story where an angel falls in love with a human and will do anything to fight for their relationship even if it means war.
Right from the very start, well be acquainted with Gideon. According to Dominion he's a Grandinian Angel. Grandinian angels are the angels who test fellow angels by harming their humans. Basically the black angel, or the dark one or whatever you want to call them. Gideon loves to hurt humans and fellow angels. It's his second nature. It is a well known fact that every angel fears him. In any situation that involves Gideon, other angels immediately fear for their life because Gideon love destruction. It means that they are about to die. That's everyday life for Gideon until he met Abigail.
Abigail is our female lead. A human girl who has a very complicated story. Abigail is the human that Tristan is guarding. Tristan is the other angel in this story. He's the good angel. Tristan is the complete opposite of Gideon in every way. Appearance, personality, virtues, upbringing, the works. If Gideon is feared among angels, Tristan is the one who is respected. So back to Abigail. Abigail is a teenager with a glamorous life in addition to it being dangerous because of her fathers work. Abigail
Halfway through the story, its pretty mellow. You'll read more about character background, a few history touches to the story and a number of supplementary character introduction. Narration is divided between characters but transition is smooth so you won't have to worry about being left out or confused. As I said, everything will run smoothly until you reach the middle part of the book. This is the part where Gideon and Abigail falls in love. And oh my God I hated that part!
I don't hate romance in my books but OMG Abigail was a walking cliche whereas Gideon was irritating. I just couldn't appreciate their relationship. It was gushing with mushiness and exaggeration. I don't see the appeal of Abigail trying to change Gideon just because she can't accept what he trully is. Abigail apparently falls in love with Gideon in spite the fact that he's bad and dangerous. Maybe I am too old for this kind of love but for the love of reading I just couldn't stand them two. I had too many eye rolls on the love department.
Asides my obvious unease and dislike for the romance in this story, Dominion is quite intriguing. The twist in the end is definitely a treat and will warrant a "What The Heck" moment. The development bomb at the latter part of the story will most likely be where the story would take a different turn BUT that will also warrant a big cliffhanger. Ahhh, the dreaded cliffhanger.
Overall, the story was OK. I definitely had issues with the story and there were wholes to it but I couldn't shake the fact that I did enjoy reading most parts it. Beginning and ending was great, the middle part and the romance was the biggest clincher for me. It just didn't work and it was over exaggerated for my taste. Still undecided if I'll be picking up the next book.(less)
Brownies are living under Emma's apartment. Creatures she only thought were creatures created as myths. Appa...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Brownies are living under Emma's apartment. Creatures she only thought were creatures created as myths. Apparently, they are real and a bit sarcastic and rude too!
Emma is used to moving from place to place. There's nothing she can do about it since she and her dad go to where work is available. From the numerous times they moved, Emma follows the motion. She understands. I enjoy reading about our young heroine. For such a young age, she seems mature and optimistic. She enjoys life as it is especially with her situation. She also has this enthusiasm for adventure. I was actually expecting her to sulk, good thing she's not what I expected.
Our little band of brownies are actually an interesting lot. They are a mix of characters who can be a handful. Their "debates" and banter makes me laugh once in a while and I enjoyed that most about this book. We have Truss, Piers and Mat and Master Tect. From what I remember (its confusing to take note of them) Truss is the heavyweight brownie and the only lady in the bunch. Piers was the one who's always hungry and always in a hurry and the skinny tall one. Mat was the obnoxious, sarcastic and rude brownie who is also the tinniest among the group while Master Tect is the sleepy old dude.
The moment they met Emma it was so funny. They know Emma as a monster not a human so imagine Emma trying to explain to them what she is.
The man turned to her an bowed to her with a great flourish of his hand. "Oh, great, monstrous monster!" he shouted at the top of his tiny lungs. "We beseech you to assist us in this, our desperate hour of need!"
This goes on and on and I just can't help myself but laugh. They are a persistent little lot. Oh I have to share this passage too:
"But there are stories, and the blue Scrolls are very specific about what a Human is and how they behave. There are the hominus giganti snorasaurus, who sleep all night long; the hominus colossi munchasaurus, who eat all day long; and the mysterious hominus hush-upicus-catatonicus, who do nothing but sit all day and stare at a mystical, flickering light source."
My humor is shallow, I know but I really did enjoy this fun book. I can type a lot of quotables and funny scenes however that means I have to type the majority of the book. Hehe so the better solution is for you to indulge yourself and read it as well.
Okay back to the story. The groups mission was to save the building from dying because as it was explained the building became alive and took root as the years passed but an evil witch is out there "killing" building (in turn destroys the brownie burrows) for unknown reasons. From there on, there were a lot of running, scampering and thinking about different ways to defeat the witch and help the brownie community survive. Emma proved to be the right heroine for the job.
It was a fun read with a lot of interesting characters. An easy and enjoyable intro to a series that everyone will enjoy especially younger readers. It is short, fast paced and written quite good. I like Gough's writing style and I think that she has a good story going here. Would definitely check the next book. (less)
Jazz Callender has no life and no career. With her partner in prison, Jazz's life is short to nothing. She l...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
Jazz Callender has no life and no career. With her partner in prison, Jazz's life is short to nothing. She lost the passion and the drive to be a better detective. It seems like Jazz's life is down a destructive spiral, until a mysterious guy and a red envelop changes her life.
When I saw this in Netgalley, I didn't hesitant in requesting it. Good thing I did too. Devil's Bargain is a treat for UF/Paranormal lovers. The story contained strong and amazing female leads, a well written and mysterious plot, interesting supplementary characters, plus the awesome writing skills of Caine.
Let's start by talking about the characters. Jazz is one feisty lead. She's trouble alright but she can hold her own. She's smart mouth but she's knows when to stop. She loves a good fight but she knows when to step back. I actually love Jazz's spunk. Her new partner Lucia is equally as feisty as well. She's sassy and gorgeous, Lucia proves to be one tough cookie. Both ladies complement each other and I love their chemistry with one another. They are professionals but you can see that they love working with each other to be friends and in a very short time they learned to trust and care for one another. Their partnership is dynamic.
James on the other hand is an OK male presence. I don't hate him nor do I love him enough to give high praises. The only reason why I have this reserved opinion is because I haven't read more of James. I need to read more about James and how his relationship with Jazz will continue. From what I read though, they lack the spark I wanted for a couple. For now, he's just a so so love interest who needs a little character and umph.
In addition to James, I need to read more about Manny and Pansy. Both character shows a lot of potential especially Manny. Oh how would I love for him to totally let go. I can see great things indeed.
The story is one I wanted to focus. From what I read, its actually interesting. The mystery behind the letter, actors and choruses and those technical terms did hooked me and I needed more. Although some of the concept was explained, I would love to know more about the setup as well as the players in the field. I want to dig deeper in the society and how it all happened. Hopefully it gets explained more in the next installment. All the more to read the second one.
A story packed with mystery and ass kicking, Devil's Bargain is a great starter. I didn't mind the cliffhanger at the end too. Since the story was wrapped up tight in this installment, I pretty much had an idea that this story has more to it than what I have read so far. Questions were answered but there were more questions to entice you for the second book. It was a cliffhanger done right is what I mean to say. Devil's Bargain is one easy read with amazing characters in one interesting story line that gets better and better by the page. Definitely picking up the next book!(less)
Open Heart, the second installment in the series by Chand, focuses more on Simmi's story and...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm Rating: ★★★ 1/2
Open Heart, the second installment in the series by Chand, focuses more on Simmi's story and POV. The story picks up from where Farsighted left off. Here we encounter what happens after Dax settles down, the blossoming of Alex's and Simmi's relationship, introduction of new players and other interesting developments.
I enjoyed reading Farsightedand comparing Open Heart to the first book, I kinda liked Farsightedbetter. The vibe of that story is more lightweight compared to this one. We're back to hating Dax again but now its not only Alex who's pissed at him but also Shapri. I get the loyalty but seriously, I don't get where the hatred is coming from. This book just had a lot of negativity from Alex that it made my reading experience somewhat sad, slower than I expected and torn. Sad because I like Alex, however he's too young to be investing too much anger when he should be focusing on his relationship with Simmi instead. The only thing I can think about the whole time I was reading the story is how stupid their misplaced anger is. I just don't get it. Alex is uber mad, jealous, immature and he exaggerates everything associated to Dax. C'mon, get over it. Then Shapri is also overbearing, out of place and irritating with her comments and accusations. Enough about that rant now - let me tell you what I enjoyed and love about Open Heart.
As I said, Simmi is our main focus and from my review of FarsightedI definitely love her character. She's strong and caring and just shows so much spunk and energy its contagious. Her gift is strong and she has a very good heart. This story tells us a different side of Simmi. Her vulnerable, insecure and sad side. I didn't pity her through the story but I felt for her sadness. It's painful to read a strong willed person be broken down like that and all the while I was hoping that she'll turn things around which she did eventually. In addition to that, I can see that Simmi and Alex aren't clicking. Which is another thing that's making me sad since they do have a bond but it was very obvious there wasn't anything for Simmi there. I can feel more electricity and spark with Simmi and Dax. Whenever I read their moments together, I just smile as to reading her time with Alex I cringe. I believe Dax is good for her. Dax brings out the blubby and fun Simmi in Farsighted.
This review is becoming more character focus. Okay, unto other things then. Hehe. Open Heart will introduce other characters. Some are passing by and some shows signs of being regulars. Not really certain yet but it seems like it. The new characters are actually effective when it comes to embodying nastiness. Oh you will hate Ronnie but definitely get intrigued with her and her dad. Villains we all love to hate. Pacing was a little affected with how Alex is in this book but halfway through, it picks up. I would love to have read more about the new baddies in the series but I think it'll be explored more on the next stories. Not really an issue for me. At least, we can read more about each characters with these individual focuses. Ending was a bit rough and abrupt but bearable. Overall, rocky reading experience but happy with character and story development. Intrigued with how the author will stir up more trouble for the gang and what will happen in the next books.(less)
I just literally finished reading Roots of Insight a few minutes ago and I need a moment to...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
I just literally finished reading Roots of Insight a few minutes ago and I need a moment to compose myself and savor the awesomeness I just experienced. Gaaaah! That was amazingly gooood and addictive.
Roots of Insight picked up from where Seeds of Discovery left off. Quinn is back in the real world and things are kind of crazy on her end of the stick. She's having issues adjusting and balancing her real life. Sneaking around and lying to her friends and family is what Quinn didn't think off when she was in Eirentheos but in order to enjoy both worlds, she has to. With the recent developments, how will Quinn explain where she's gone to or with whom if she can't tell anybody what is really happening to her.
I just love how the story is going so far. It was thrilling to read the development with Eirentheos and the people involve with regards to the ensuing disagreements between two kingdoms. I get to read more additional characters to the story who adds a whole new possibility for the story. From reading Seeds of Discovery, I was expecting the drama but I wasn't expecting this much and that just made my reading Roots of Insight more enjoyable.
I now see that this story has more depth into it. There's still a lot to know and learn with the world as well as the characters. I love Quinn to bits and I will continue to root for her until the ends. With regards to love interests, that is getting more and more complicated by the second, I don't know who to choose. I don't enjoy multiple love interest for the reason that some authors tend to get overboard or not do it "right", if there's a right way of doing it that is, but with Roots of Insight I wasn't minding it too much since the author didn't revolve the story with love. I am still with Thomas on this one though. There's really no spark with Quinn and the other guy for me. I can't picture them together as a couple. With Zander, he's a great dude all romantic and gentlemanly and stuff but again, no spark in the relationship department. With Thomas though, there's no spark but electricity. Well that's just me. Okay I just rambled, back to the review.
As I said the recent developments was definitely a treat to the readers. I love where Puttroff is going so far and I can't wait to read book 3. Actually with the cliffhanger ending, I wanted to read book 3 right there and then but I still don't have a copy (boo!). Yes, the ending does end with a cliffhanger but I tell you it was a good tasting cliffhanger that will make you want to read the next installment right after. I can't wait to get a chance to read what will happen next. Final rate and conviction is that Roots of Insight did surpass my expectations compared to Seeds of Discovery. No doubt about that!(less)
In a freak accident, Quinn tries to understand some mystery surrounding William, a schoolmate, and some frea...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
In a freak accident, Quinn tries to understand some mystery surrounding William, a schoolmate, and some freaky things happening after the accident. Baffled by what is happening in her life, Quinn manages to follow William walking through a broken bridge. A bridge that connect to a world that Quinn never thought would have existed.
I love Quinn. She's sweet, down to earth, caring and just plain adorable. You can definitely feel the love she has for her family. With what happened to her, its not a mystery when she decides to investigate the creepy things that keeps on happening. It all surrounds a mysterious boy named William. Nobody really knows about him. He is secluded and shy. Keeps to himself and doesn't seem to have any friends. Upon entering William's world, Quinn will see a different side to William that she wouldn't think possible.
Puttroff created a great amount of characters. We don't only have Quinn and her family and friends but we will also be introduced to a different set in Will's world and that includes royalties. :) Imagine meeting a family with 13 kids, excluding extended family and friends. That is a lot of characters but Puttroff created each one uniquely memorable and personable. I can't help myself having favorites among them.
Comparing William to Thomas, Will's brother, I like Thomas better. He is indeed a charmer. I love his mild and carefree attitude and he's the epitome of a real gentleman. I enjoy reading his relationship with Quinn. They just eased and click with one another but there is little evidence of being a love interest so far. Nothing rushed and no emotion to forced to be considered unrealistic. Speaking of love interest, this is one thing I enjoyed most with Seeds of Discovery. Although there wasn't a lack of male presence in the book, the story wasn't centered on Quinn having a love interest. This isn't a story driven by romance. Its more of a story about friendship, love in general, and a good mystery.
Eirentheos was a beautifully written and developed world. A very beautiful and realistic kingdom that I would love to visit. I enjoyed reading the mystique and marvel of William's world. It was more like the real world but not quite. The author wrote the world and gave a good amount of history for the readers to work with. There wasn't any informational dumping, word fluffing or rushed narration.
Overall, I fell in love with Seeds of Discovery the moment Quinn walked on that bridge. I hope Roots of Insight can outmatch and exceed my expectation because Seeds of Discovery finished at a high bar and a very good note. If you wish to find and start a fantasy series, you might want to pick this book up. I guarantee a story with good set of characters, beautifully crafted world, an author with good writing skills and a story that can hook you until the last page. :)(less)
Micah has the ability to see and feel things with a touch. It is an ability that she hates but she cannot control what she does. She has no hold wheth...moreMicah has the ability to see and feel things with a touch. It is an ability that she hates but she cannot control what she does. She has no hold whether what she shes is a past or future incident which makes it even worse for Micah. This is the reason why she wants to be left alone - until Landon.
Insight is a story focused on Micah and Landon on how they discover each others weakness and strength together. Micah is your typical teenager with a special gift. It sucks the life out of her and she hates every time it happens. She has nobody to talk to about her ability. For a female lead, she is definitely mature and tough. Her ability harden her to the point of seclusion from her peers. I actually felt sad with how Micah's life has turn because of her ability. She doesn't consider it a gift, rather it is a curse that is destroying her life one touch at a time. Landon on the other hand is written like your typical playboy - good looking, flirty, arrogant and rich. Landon is not all that however, deep within lies the sadness that nobody knows until Micah came into his life. The relationship between Micah and Landon was great. They have great chemistry and they are a good couple, each complementing the other in different ways. You'll see the development of their characters as the story unfolds and I love how they connected without it being instant.
The focus of the book is Micah's ability and the lack of information as to what it is. Micah has no knowledge of what she can do or how she ended up doing it which blindsides her of everything regarding her gift. Together with Landon, they will try to uncover the truth behind her ability and try to escape a group that is out to get them.
This is the first in a series and an unbelievable first. The plot is definitely interesting and I enjoy how Perry wrote it in "completeness" without giving everything to the readers. Until the last page, it'll leave you guessing on what will happen next. This is what I love about Perry's writing, she will always give you her best in her stories and her style is so easy to read and adapt to. Pacing was never slow and there was never a dull moment in the story. There were no holes as to the character, the story or the ending. The ending was definitely a hooker for Manipulation, the second book, and glad that I have it handy. :)
This is my third book by Perry. I have read Night Sky and then followed by Knee Deep. Two different books and both I enjoyed thoroughly and highly recommend. Night Sky and Knee Deep is so different from Insight but still captures Perry's amazing gift of story telling. Comparing the three will also showcase the flexibility of Perry as a writer unlike some authors.(less)
A world wherein vampires need humans more than ever. A pandemic has affected human blood that can cause majo...moreOriginally posted at The Solitary Bookworm
A world wherein vampires need humans more than ever. A pandemic has affected human blood that can cause major and threatening results to any vampire who feeds from them. This has caused a shake from the vampire community as the source for food becomes scarce. What would you do if you can create a place to co-mingle with humans who are unvaccinated and clean? This was what Aiden did and he succeeded - but with the success of his plan comes danger to everyone that he cares for.
Aidan Murphy is a vampire with noble cause. He wanted to have a community that can let vampire and humans live together in a practical yet harmonious way. Nobody lives in Penton without his approval and everybody knows what they are signing for. The setup is perfect yet the Tribunal doesn't see it that way. Penton and Aidan is a threat and one man in particular, Mathias, would do everything to break the bond in Aidan's community.
From the start this was a straight cut story. Aidan creates a community so productive and harmonious is becomes a threat, followed by a murderous plan out of revenge and smite and ends with something you wouldn't expect. This is the first in the series. Like every introductory, Redemption is informative and light BUT not boring. You'll read a decent amount of background history yet you know there's still more and will be explored in the following books. In this particular story we get to know the main backbone of the world Sandlin created. Focused on the interaction and introduction between major characters namely Aidan, Mitten, Will and Hannah are the vampires in this lot. They are the major players in the scathe (family/group). Aidan being the leader and Mitten the second hand. Hannah is the child and baby of the group but a girl not to be underestimated whereas Will is the brains and the spunk of them all. We'll also read glimpse of who they are up against and as to why they (Penton Community) is perceived as a threat. Although we wouldn't read a great deal about the Tribunal, we know that the group will be major players in the following installments.
The idea behind the plot is intriguing and something that I really would love to read. I have read a dozen variation to the vampire story and there were hits and misses among the numerous written vampire pool. Vampires are just plain awesome and what authors do just amazed me story after story. Redemption became an easy favorite for 2013. What Sandlin did to her vampires were just incredible. They were hardass yet you know they have a bit of humanity left. We all know these types of vampires right? The story progression was never slow or boring. From the moment that Owen came to Preston everything was set in motion. Redemption is a great intro to a series that I personally would read through and get excited about. Nothing was overdone or I didn't feel like the author needed to impress me with unnecessary fluffing and side plots. I am interested to follow as to how Sandlin will continue the story because the last few chapters were definitely not what I have expected.(less)