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Sia is such a cute read! Some might say the story is predictable, but I found...more~This book review first appeared at Cuzinlogic and you can find it Here.~
Sia is such a cute read! Some might say the story is predictable, but I found it to be enjoyable and heart-warming. It didn’t take me more than a few hours to devour it and have this silly little smile all day long afterwards.
Basically, Sia is a story about changing and redeeming yourself by doing the right things, how a person’s past doesn’t have to determine the great person you could be today. It proves how sometimes the smallest acts of kindness can make a huge difference in a person’s life and that things do happen for a reason, so you’d better make the best out of everything.
Friendship has a very important role in Sia. You really can’t judge someone just by their looks or for their money. Sometimes the poorest are the ones who have the biggest heart of all. Carol, the homeless woman who helped Sia get through that hard week, was a splendid friend with a sad past, but that didn’t deter her to be the sweetest hardworking being you could ever find. She is the one who said a quote that I really, really liked:
“True friendship is when two friends can walk in opposite directions, yet remain side by side.”
Isn’t that sweet and entirely true? And of course, our story wouldn’t be complete without a cute guy to fall over with. Kyle is a cool nerdy boy who volunteers his free time to help serve food to the homeless and when other things arise, he’s the first to try to help out in any way he can. He’s pretty awesome and so perfect for the new Sia.
Overall, I believe Sia is a book worth reading if you don’t mind going smoothly from page to page. It’s calm and exciting at the same time, a read that will pull several smiles along the way. For me, this book deserves to go straight to my re-read pile and I hope to get back to it again soon.
*Please note that I received a complimentary copy of Sia in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.*(less)
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What Once Was One is the second installment of The Passage of Hellsfire series...more~This book review first appeared at Cuzinlogic and you can find it Here~
What Once Was One is the second installment of The Passage of Hellsfire series, following young wizard Hellsfire on his quest to find and stop Premier from his evil plans against Alexandria and all of Northern Shala.
I was so glad to step back into Hellsfire’s shoes and go out to explore once again this unique world author Marc Johnson created. This time there was no halting for background history, we plunge right into where the story left off and since then, there was always something going on to keep the story moving effortlessly.
In this book we travel, like really, really travel. I loved getting to know more about the Wastelands and the creatures who live in this almost uninhabitable place. I can even say it was my favorite part of the whole book. The creatures wowed me; I liked meeting their other side besides their “monster” nature. It was really cool, especially the firsthand experience we obtained thanks to Hellsfire and his friends.
There’s so much in this book! I enjoyed all the fighting and magic involved, the places, the old and new characters, the quests and obstacles put forth in our heroes’ way. Hellsfire has grown so much as a character, I have gotten quite attached to him, although I may not be okay with everything he does or says. At times, I just wanted to hit him in the head with a rock for the many times he brought up his love life options. Seriously? He shouldn’t be thinking that way; it was very selfish of him.
Overall, I think What Once Was One is a great sequel to Catalyst and it’s a read that does not disappoint. I know now that I can always count on Marc Johnson to deliver vivid adventures worth going through. I hope the third book comes out pronto, I want to know what’s next!
*Please note that I received a complimentary e-copy of What Once Was One in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.*(less)
*Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Made of Stars impressed me beyond wor...more*Thank you Entangled Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Made of Stars impressed me beyond words. I never thought I would come to love this book so much, but God did it affect me. I am still lost in Kelley York’s words and in her intriguing characters.
Hunter and Ashlin are these great half siblings, who love each other no matter what. They have different personalities, but in the long run, they are good and supporting for each other. While Hunter is this quiet thoughtful guy, Ashlin is more expressive and good with words. They decide to come back home and live with their dad after graduation to help around his time of need and of course, to reunite themselves with their best friend from childhood, Chance.
That is what astounded me the most, their big affection for Chance. I mean, they LOVED this boy. He was this person so essential to their lives. He had this way of entrancing you, to need him there to feel complete, just like Hunter and Ashlin did. His secrets though were always setting off my trust alarms. But then he would appear and I would forget everything and go willingly wherever he would take us. That is Chance.
Oh, I was constantly surprised. Mid through the story I tried to stop guessing, I never came even close to how everything would turn out, though I always knew the romance aisle of this story would be GLBT, and let me tell you, it was absolutely beautiful.
I am torn about how it ends, it’s unexpected and unfair. It’s bittersweet and, despite not being what I wanted it to be, I really can’t think of a better way of how it could have ended because this book is the real deal. It’s not the fall-into-place-perfectly kind of read. It is raw and tormenting, yet at the same time, hopeful and hauntingly fascinating.
I try without success to not think about it, I’m certainly stunned and heartbroken. I’m mystified and at the point where I ask myself why I like to inflict torture in my life. I have the urge to plaster stars into my ceiling, gather many dragon figurines and head out the freeway looking for a way to reach him. Really, it’s quite hard to describe all the feels, you just have to read this book and see for yourself what I mean.
P.S. You can also find this review at Book Travels book blog where it was posted first.* (less)
*I was provided with an eArc by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
This book, THIS BOOK is oh-my-god AMAZING. Let me first start off saying...more*I was provided with an eArc by the author in exchange for an honest review.*
This book, THIS BOOK is oh-my-god AMAZING. Let me first start off saying that The Grimoire Saga is one of my top favorite fantasy series of all-times. It’s an epic adventure and I still can’t wrap my head around why isn’t everybody living and breathing this series? I mean, it has everything! There’s romance, adventure, magic and a kick-ass heroine involved with powerful allies, plus an adorable guy rooting for her.
I have stated before in my reviews for the first two books, Lichgates and Treason, that the world in here is so unique and interesting. It’s called Ourea, home of several kinds of races and species, each one ruled over by a Blood who can control all of their people with a single thought. In a quick run-down, this world has become corrupted and far from the beautiful peaceful place it was before. Blood Carden from the Stelian race wants to rule over the other Bloods, no matter the cost and it’s Kara, the vagabond and now powerful Isen, the one who can fight him to restore Ourea’s peace once and for all.
And everything is so complex. Not only she has to fight against Carden, but she also has to fight with the other Bloods, because everybody else wants to have the upper hand in the war and maybe even more than that. They are all fighting inner demons, and some giving in to them without a trace of sense.
Drifting a bit from the main plot of the storyline, I can’t forget to mention how glad I was to read about Kara and Braeden’s relationship. I can see a bright forever in their future if they can survive the war ahead. They will, won’t they? I desperately hope so!
I don’t want to spoil much more of this book’s awesomeness because this book deserves to be read without knowing what will happen. I would only like to add that Heritage is full of surprises that shift endlessly the possible outcomes of the war. I definitely didn’t see many things coming, like the ending. It left me intrigued, but content enough. I can’t wait to read the 4th and final book, I’m certain it will be the next thing to epic.
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Rebel, first book in Legend of the Spider-Prince series is a fantasy book well worth...more*This review first appeared at Cuzinlogic.com! Check it out HERE*
Rebel, first book in Legend of the Spider-Prince series is a fantasy book well worth the read. Be it characters, settings or story description, everything is in very rich detail and you can appreciate it right from the start.
At first, it was difficult for me to keep up with all the names, places and clans involved in the story. There were so many and tricky to learn (Ergei, Helgurdda, Nornholm, for example) that I was afraid I would never warm up to them and get the story as it’s supposed to be understood. Thankfully, just over a few chapters, I became more used to Wyl’s life as a rebel and I started flipping pages like mad in order to know what happens next.
Wyl is a great character. He is young, a good fighter and pretty smart. I liked him, the way he was always alert of his surroundings and still had kind of a soft heart, and was not a cold-blooded assassin as many would think. He is the type of character that doesn’t give away much of who he is just by looking at him for the first time. It’s a slow progression of getting to know him, and it’s something I enjoyed doing immensely.
The fighting scenes were my favorite parts of this book. It was like watching a good old fantasy movie in my head involving swords, daggers, bows and magic. People have to be skilled to survive, to be quick and act on instinct, sometimes even taking huge and crazy risks without knowing if you will live to tell the tale.
I really recommend this book if you like fantasy. I found it to be very exciting and I promise it won’t disappoint if you give it a chance.
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I just want to add that Wyl, despite his excellent fighting skills and knowledge,still is a very young man/boy. And thus, he may act like one on certain circumstances. His major weakness is trying to accomplish things by force. He thinks everything in life must be dealt with fights and challenges. But, it's not always going to be that way. As he comes to learn, the power of speech and the use of words are just as deadly as knives and swords.
*Please note that I received a complimentary copy of Rebel in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.*
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Time traveling is a fascinating concept that will always catch my attention....more~This book review first appeared at Cuzinlogic and you can find it here.~
Time traveling is a fascinating concept that will always catch my attention. The idea of getting to live through different eras is intriguing, especially when it’s based in time periods famously known.
In Endless we are talking about the era of the Russians’ Romanov dynasty. You remember the story about Anastasia, right? In this case, Anastasia is not the lead role of this story. It’s about her younger sister Maria who we get to meet, but in the present time.
Jenny is an artist and quite good at it. She doesn’t have many friends, only one other, besides her father and her dead mother’s best friend. The reason for her lack of social life is due to the burden she’s had ever since she can remember. She can’t touch someone without looking into their past lives. It wasn’t that much of a problem until, she and a boy named Ben, find a musical box that takes them both back through a dream to her previous life as a Romanov princess, where she remembers her endless love, Nikolai.
I couldn’t help devouring this book. It was so interesting and magical. I really liked Jenny and her interests in life. The way she would handle her relationship with her father, trying to please him and her wishes at the same time. I also adored Ben. He was this moody kid who I thought would become sort of like a villain, but instead he bloomed into a wonderful friend for Jenny. He was so sweet and brave.
Then there was Nikolai. Hmm, I’m afraid I can’t say much about his personality other than knowing he loves Jenny/Maria so much. It’s very clear his devotion for her, yet I didn’t get to feel the click between them when they met once again. It was somewhat insta-love and I missed having the chance to fall for the guy; it would have been very nice.
The last few chapters were so good, I even felt like choking when a few things happened to our characters. We are left with a small cliffhanger, so I really want to know what happens next to Jenny, Nikolai and Ben. There are still so many things to go through, so I’m glad to say the magical ride is barely beginning.
*Please note that I received a complimentary e-copy of Endless in exchange for an honest review. I assure all opinions shared are 100% my opinion.*(less)
How the muffins did S.M. Boyce come out with Ourea? Seriously, I can't contain myself from gushing how incredibly amazing this place is. It feels so v...moreHow the muffins did S.M. Boyce come out with Ourea? Seriously, I can't contain myself from gushing how incredibly amazing this place is. It feels so vividly real, but more than that, you can sense the history and greatness of this world. Every single detail of this place, like the creatures, the landscapes, the Bloods of each Yakona race and the Vagabond is what makes it so utterly fantastic.
The first book in the Grimoire Trilogy was a fascinating introduction to the story, but I must admit that Treason was more than I dared hope. It was fierce, action packed at every single corner and full of surprises with twists and turns. It actually felt like a very exciting roller-coaster ride with constants "WHAT?". I loved it.
So we get to see that Kara has been training very hard at the Vagabond's Village, along with Braeden, her Grimoire and with Flick (her pet who can teleport). She has grown stronger, more confident with her powers and clearly not the same person who we met at the beginning of the first book. Even though she has a huge responsibility by being the Vagabond and having to search peace with all the Yakona races, she is not alone with her quest.
What can I say? I love Braeden Drakonin and I will always root for him to be with Kara. He is a strong fighter, handsome and a good person despite of being the heir to the throne of the Stele who are considered to be evil thanks to the ruling of Blood Carden. I could go on and on about how perfectly imperfect Braeden is but you just have to meet him and see for yourself.
Kara's personality is something I admire from her but honestly, most of the times I just wanted to jump right into the book and control her so she wouldn't push Braeden away. Of course I understand her reasons, a vagabond can't fall in love, for those who are closely dear to a vagabond tend to become targeted by his/her enemies. Still, this relationship was the main reason I had to keep my twitchy fingers from skipping parts where there was no Kara-Braeden thing going on (I would've said Karden but it sounds too close to Carden, maybe because they are wickedly yummy together, no?). Anyway, I'm glad I didn't because I would've regretted very much for missing valuable parts of the book.
Basically, just into the first five chapters you find yourself hooked with the story because there's a lot going on. From a beautiful Gala with stunning performances of the Yakona races, like dancing and singing, to a chaotic battle that leaves you biting your nails off there is absolutely no way whatsoever of stopping until you finish the last chapter.
Treason is an epic read you don't want to miss and I bet the next installment will be just as great, I can't wait to read it.
*Review based on an ARC received through the author, all thoughts are my own*(less)