Third and last book to the Lucy Black series. Like the other books every crime is different, no tale is told twice. This book was about a old man missing his cremation but someone else took it instead.
I loved how the story unfolded, how it kept change and kept you guessing, changing your mind on who fault, who the criminal is. I like how Lucy changed, became a new Lucy. Even though she stilled hold onto the past with guilt, sadness and angrier. She begin to start to turn her life around.
The Crimes just continue to expand, involving more people, more deaths, more mystery, But somehow all connected with each other, which I thought was great.
Brian McGilloway, will be an author I be looking out for, when i want to read an excellent mystery crime novel....more
I went into this series not knowing much at all, only that it has quite a few people boosting about it. At first the slavery and descriptive sexual actions took me back a bit, wasn't expecting it (I also didn't really know this was a GLBT novel). However, when you make it through those parts the story really takes off. The author writing gives a great visual on the layout of the two countries, the characters and they attire.
The characteristic are singly own by each character in the novel. The two main character; Damen &Laurent; are completely different from each other, each has their good and bad sides. Damen; handsome fighter, love by his people but can be fool easy because of his loyalty for the ones he trust. Laurent; Beautiful that none can come pare to, cunning and smart but can be angrier easily, which cause mistakes.
The Captive Prince really put a great first step into a brilliant tale of two enemy countries. I'm glad I have already purchase the next book.
‘An Abundance of Katherines’ took some time to interest me. The beginning was slow and had Colin being depressedChallenge- Minesweeper& Elemental
‘An Abundance of Katherines’ took some time to interest me. The beginning was slow and had Colin being depressed about his break up with Katherine 19. The middle of the book is where it became interesting, Funny and really made the book. The end was okay but it was a ending the try to end adventurous and happy but was rather plain and expected.
I like Colin’s intelligent and facts but he comes across annoying and whines for some parts of the book. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed them, but the same as Colin, they came across annoying and/or boring.
Overall, ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ was probably the most humorous out of the Green’s book I have read, however the story was okay and interesting at times but a bit boring.
Coraline feels bored most of the time, ignored by her busy, working parents. Coraline take to adventuring the building she lives in. Counting all the windows and Doors, she notices there is one locked door; that leads to a brick wall. Until one night, Coraline's adventure continues on past the brick wall.....
‘Coraline’ is an excellent creepy, horror story. Very suitable for children and older, who want to be a little creeped out. The book is better than the adaptation movie, it was different in small ways but the way how the book process throughout made it much better. The audio book express the whole creepy, strange atmosphere, brilliantly; with the Creepy singing by the rats, strange landscape, the ‘other’ family. Neil's writing in Colaline is easy to follow and understand; great for the target age range it aims for.
Overall,'Coraline' was a fun, enjoyable, creepy read. The cat was definitely my favorite character! (view spoiler)[ Did anyone else notice that ‘Wybie’ was never in the book but in the Movie. (hide spoiler)]
Where she went continues three years later since Mia’s tragic accident, now Mia has become a rising star in the Classical Music World and Adam’s groWhere she went continues three years later since Mia’s tragic accident, now Mia has become a rising star in the Classical Music World and Adam’s group ‘Shooting Star’ is successful and Worldly known.After losing contact with Mia for over 2 years, Adam gets a chance to see and hear Mia perform before his goes on a world tour. One night together, to revisit the past, known the present and open the future.
We read from Adam’s point of view, getting to know more about Adam, his band, his current life and how he is coping with the accident and the separation. As the same in ‘If I stay’, we continually alternate between past and present seeing from Adam’s memories of his relationship with Mia, how ‘Shooting Star’ came to be and what happen after the accident. I love reading from Adam’s point of view and the alternating from past and present was nice, I didn’t mind beginning in the past; you get to know what happen between Adam and Mia, how Mia recovered, just basically what happen in the three year leading up to this moment, which I really enjoyed.
I didn’t really have a favorite character/s, I did though really like the relationship between Adam and Mia and this book actually made me like Mia character better than in ‘If I stay’, she is (mentally) stronger and more expressive with her emotions. I feel like the writing was better as well, it was express better, it didn’t feel like the author was down grading or holding back to make the writing appeal to the younger readers. I love the added Lyrics from Adam’s song at the beginning of each chapter, it was a great touch.
Overall, I really enjoyed ‘Where she went’ way more than ‘If I stay’. This book felt it was about the healing process of lost, grief and how it can affect others. The ending was great but I want a bit more, like what happen next! ...more
I would rate Gone Girl between a 2.5-3 stars. After listening to the Audible Audio of this book- which went forChallenge- Minesweeper& Elemental
I would rate Gone Girl between a 2.5-3 stars. After listening to the Audible Audio of this book- which went for 19 hours-overall the book was...okay, nothing great, not one to re-read or to shout and tell about. It was just Okay.
The book is split into 3 parts: Part 1:- 6 hrs of Boredom. Amy has disappeared on their 5th wedding anniversary and the investigation of her disappearance begins. What happen to Amy? Where is she?... Part 2:- Was probably the most interesting and enjoyable part within the WHOLE book. There was more twist and a change to the story. But after being bored for 6+hrs from Part 1, the reason I kept listening was because there had to be a reason why 107,330+ reviewers had sat down and read/listen to this book and reviewed it. And Part 3- Just went down hill from here. It was okay yet was getting boring again. Lucky it ended before it brought boredom back. The ending was a little annoying but after 19hrs, I stopped caring overall:
I did like the whole sinister, dark, thriller plot, but I didn’t care for many of the characters,(view spoiler)[ I did find knowing what Amy was think and planning was really interesting, however this only really happen in part 2. (hide spoiler)] The Audible Audio book was great, the Narrators really fitted what I imagine the character to sound like and their express the emotions brilliantly. The writing was okay, it expressed the story well but didn't capture the reader, the alternated POV was perfect fit for this book though.
Overall, it was Okay but mostly Boring. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone and I probably won't be reading Gillian Flynn again. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Interesting and knowledge book, with a collection of psychological science evidence on ‘bad’ behaviours. The word ‘Bad’ can be misinterpreted within tInteresting and knowledge book, with a collection of psychological science evidence on ‘bad’ behaviours. The word ‘Bad’ can be misinterpreted within the book; the base of the word depends on the reader idea of what is seen as ‘bad’. Some of the topic I wouldn’t included as ‘bad’ but it didn’t affect the book information.
The author (Richard Stephens) includes the benefits but as well the negative effects of the topic. His has added he own thoughts within some of the topic; which was a great addition.
Definitely a book I would recommend others to read.
I went into this book with knowing the basic: The main character is a Cellist and there was a car accident killing her famChallenge- Jumanji Challenge
I went into this book with knowing the basic: The main character is a Cellist and there was a car accident killing her family, but I was expecting this. This book was mainly about Mai (Main character) deciding if she should ‘stay’ and live on or choose to give up.
Life or Death
Mai is stuck in spirit/ ghost form, following herself, family and friends though the whole experience. We continually alternate between past and present, seeing the past though Mai’s memories of her families, friends, relationship and her becoming a cellist. Even though alternating between past and present gives a background story, yet most of the time I just wanted to be in the present situation.
I didn’t feel much connect with the characters, only a small few because they has some characteristic, sadly this list doesn’t count the main character. I feel like Mia personally that was explained and Mai’s actions where mixed up; like they didn’t match up perfectly. I not a big fan of romance, I don’t mind some but it can be overdone, the romance between Mai and Adam was sweet however at times the sweet romance turn into sappy, weird romance (overdone).
I love how the book was more or less centered on music,I really enjoyed it. I was surprise at times that the book became a bit gory (Which is expected), the details that the author went into with the gory was what I was most surprise about. The writing style was simple and not that great; it feels like the author was trying to make it sound younger, maybe to appeal more to the young Adults readers.The ending of the book, some would called it ‘Cliff-hanger’, I called it Perfection! I hate how some books carry on even when they have a great ending point, but this book finish perfectly.
Overall, I though the book was okay, but missing a few thing to make it great. ...more
"Joy of Life" is a British poetry book containing a large variety of ‘Living’ poets. Split into (23) different categories;Challenge- Jumanji Challenge
"Joy of Life" is a British poetry book containing a large variety of ‘Living’ poets. Split into (23) different categories; some were more on the cheerful side than others. The poems that were included felt like they were picked (maybe) due to personally interest, other than reason/purpose; some stayed on the same subject while other didn’t. The book only contain one of Edward’s own poem in the category “England”; Which was a little disappointing, I wish there was a bit more of his own. Overall, it was a great read, brilliant poetry that variety in length time to time. The (early) British Literature was annoying at times, when it place comma instead of the letter within a word.
My two favorite poems are “Out There Somewhere” by Henry Herbert Knibbs (Travel category) & “Secret Laughter” by Christopher Morley (Children category).
Secret Laughter There is a secret laughter That often comes to me, And though I go about my work As humble as can be, There is no prince or prelate I envy- no, not one. No evil can befall me- By God, I have a son! - Christopher Morley
I was only interested in the book for 2 hour and it went for about 5 hours! The beginning was really slow and boring, I evChallenge- Jumanji Challenge
I was only interested in the book for 2 hour and it went for about 5 hours! The beginning was really slow and boring, I even thought of DNF this book after an Hour in.
The pace didn’t really change at all throughout the rest of the novel, however after 2 hours , the book started to get interesting-when Jonas meets the Giver and begin his training-,yet my interest didn’t stay after Jonas training is side-lined.
The book gives very little on the: background story, Utopian world, about the function of the community and basic understanding of the story in-self. I wanted to know more but sadly the book was so limited on that. It seems that the author was more focusing on the concept of the book, than giving the readers amazing characters, visualisable world or getting them captured within the novel. The concept of this book is great, meaningful and excellent to use in education (which it is), but having a great concept doesn’t mean the book is going to be brilliant.
Overall, I thought the book was …Okay… but what I really only understand was the concept of the book; A world without pain and struggles and what the price to have such a “Perfect World”. All I wish is a deeper understanding about the community, its history and the world. Hope the movie can give the readers a better understanding than the book itself. ...more
‘Homegrown Terror’ is about teenager- Kendra- who has been raised to become a spy, going on her newest mission with her hChallenge- Jumanji Challenge
‘Homegrown Terror’ is about teenager- Kendra- who has been raised to become a spy, going on her newest mission with her handlers, to find and capture an Homegrown terrorist organization and stop them before their plans are set into action.
It was really interesting, yet I never became hooked into the story. I like the whole spy plot, the action and the characters nevertheless, I wish there was more background information and understanding on characters, situations, NSA and how things come to be. I feel like we only got a small slice of everything this book and series has to give, it has much potential; It was a fast pace novel, with too few pages. I’m not sure if it’s a Novella or a novel, yet as a Novella it didn’t give much detail on the story for a Novella and as Novel, it was too short to have a full affect.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, only wish there was more pages and background information. I'll like to thanks the author (Steve White) for sending me a copy of his book. ...more
From what I read of the blurb, I wasn’t expecting whatChallenge- Jumanji Challenge I received a copy from the author exchange for a review
From what I read of the blurb, I wasn’t expecting what ‘Down the Wormhole’ is. It was straight into the story, starting in the past at The Land above all Clouds were Eris is breaking out a needed allied -Set- for her future plans. Then we enter the Modern day where are main character –Kitty- enters a orphanage, that is separate into two (2) orphanages- one for girls and other for boys- to spend her last year before she has to find cover elsewhere. This is where Kitty becomes exposed to the mythology world of Gods and Goddess.
The novel was rather fast pace and felt rushed, the story could have been expanded to 350-400 pages and could contain more background, characters development, slower developed romance and necessary information without becoming slow or boring; just feel like we miss out some interesting depth of the story, which it could of have. I loved the whole mythological Gods/Goddess of Norse, Celtic and Egyptian, the author intertwined the mythological brilliantly; with great research on the Gods/Goddess. I really enjoyed the characters and their relationships; they were fun, interesting with personal characteristics. There were a few characters, which at first it was confusing and hard to remember with both their God and modern day names yet, as the story continues it become easier. The author’s writing give readers clear emotions, thoughts and understanding of each character; using third POV (point of view) to obtain this. I had no trouble imagining ‘The Land above all Cloud’, it had great detail of the surrounding however I had trouble locating where the present time was located, it was kind of left to the readers to place; It felt like it could be England (Something like this:- )
Overall, I really enjoyed the novel, it was fun, interesting and easy read (most of the time). Only containing a few mistakes; typos, missing words, spelling mistakes and a bit too much romance at the end (for me). I hope the author revisits the book to elongate the story and fix the small mistakes; this book has a lot of potential to be great. I wonder what going to happen in the next sequel! ...more
I entered the book knowing nothing. It was very interesting, yet not captivating. I didRead a thon- Bout of Book 13.0 + Challenge- Bookish Blocks 2015
I entered the book knowing nothing. It was very interesting, yet not captivating. I did love music aspect within the novel.
The novel is about a family taking care of their (violent) Autistic child- Steven-, the sacrifices that are made and their lifestyle; which is told though Daisy. I loved the topic of the novel – Autism- and how the book was written in Verse, which came across elegant. The blurb and the book have a misunderstanding, Daisy have a mild rebellion which doesn’t last that long and doesn’t really do anything and the so called ‘bad’ boy –Dave- is actual a sweet, nice and caring boy with a list of his own troubles. However it kind of has the romance in the book down; about teenage romance, but not very much of a love triangle. If this was a series not an standalone, then there would be a possible love triangle.
The characters in the book are well developed and some likable, the plot was… okay- I guess- but could have been portray better. The feelings in the book where well expressed and could be felt and understand at times.
The relationship between Daisy and Steven (Brother) doesn’t really exist. It feels like at the beginning when her brother wasn’t diagnose with autism, they had a close sibling relationship but the disability cause distance in their relationship. Daisy tries at times to gather a response of love from her brother but receives nothing, when her parent decide to send Steven to the institution, Daisy was more on a balance weight trying to figure out what the right thing to do; agree with her parents or speak up. With the dairy struggles, fear and her family falling apart, Daisy decides what would be right for her family and her-self.
Overall, I thought the book was interesting and quite realistic. It was different and new to read about Autism; the struggles, sadness, sacrifices of having an Autistic child or the loneliness, struggles of begin a sibling of an Autistic child. ...more
I’m a man with a rule. People leave me alone, I leave them alone. If they don’t, I don’t.
‘Reacher’s Rules’ consist of rules and quotes from Lee Child's main character in his Jack Reacher series I haven’t read Child’s main Jack Reacher series, however I have watched the movie which I did enjoy (even though I’m not a fan of Tom Cruise).
I feel like this book would be pointless for a fan of Lee Child’s Reacher series, for me, it gave more insight about the movie and Jack Reacher character.
The reason I gave this book 2 stars is because it didn’t interest me. There were some interesting quotes and rules, but this book is one that can be easily forgotten....more
My second read of John Green, sadly I was disappointed. *Firstly from the cover, I thought this book was going coChallenge- Bookish Blocks 2015 (GBR)
My second read of John Green, sadly I was disappointed. *Firstly from the cover, I thought this book was going consist of traveling, not a book that has a road trip occurring less than 100 pages to the end.*
‘Paper Town’ was basically about a girl who leaves her ‘paper’ town and a boy who grows an annoying, unhealthy obsession of finding the missing girl.
At the beginning of the book I did like the story, as I continue it became boring, slow, annoying and I just stop caring. After Margo left the book went downhill from there, Quentin (Q) become obsessed with finding her and rude to anyone who doesn't want to talk about Margo missing (an Epic Jerk). Even while Margo’s character wasn't really personally there most of the novel, she came across kind of an attention seeking, to good person; another downside. The meaning of the book was hard to work out, unnecessary searching of more clues; Q kept on running around the obvious moves to make which delayed the novel- this book could have been 200 or less pages. The only parts I really enjoyed was Margo ‘to do list’ plan, some quotes and Ben at an after party (view spoiler)[ -Where Ben is drunk and continue saying YES and I spy, it was quite funny and up lifted the book. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, The book was slow , uninteresting and has okay to unlikable characters, main characters become selfish and annoying; Quentin was lucky to kept having Ben and Radar as friends after the way he acted. I may have not read a lot of John Greens book nevertheless I know John Green has great emotion writing skills, disappointing this book lacked those skills and a great story....more
This is actually the first time I have read ‘Alice in Wonderland'. I enjoyed the written version way more than thChallenge- Jumanji Challenge 4.5 Stars
This is actually the first time I have read ‘Alice in Wonderland'. I enjoyed the written version way more than the movies adaptations. The illustrations that (Sir) John Tenniel created are brilliant, all beautifully drawn and in black and white.It has some poetry woven in, that played a big part of the whole story, which I loved. One about the Lion and the Unicorn:
’The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown; The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town. Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown; Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.
There're two parts: Alice’s adventures in Wonderland & Through the looking-glass and what Alice found there.
Alice’s adventures in Wonderland was the same classic story, that everyone known and love. It does have some adventures that I haven’t read (or watched) before; The Pig and Pepper, The Lobster Quadrille and The Mock Turtle’s Story.
Through the Looking-glass is a chess game, Alice begins as a Pawn, she adventure though the board to become a Queen. I actually like this better than Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, at times it was confusing yet enjoyable and the new adventures I haven’t read (or seen) before; Wool and Water, ‘It’s my own Invention’ and The Lion and the Unicorn.
There were two problems, at times there was information about which drawings for which part of the story in brackets; it does help however it suddenly stopped the flow/pace.(No.2) I’m not sure if this is just (early) British literature, but the missing letters in words, this was irritating, it only happen a few times but sometimes it was troublesome to work out what letter fit. I got so interested in the book that I wanted to know more than what I’m holding; Why Lewis Carroll created the story, his inspiration and who John Tenniel portray as Alice in his Illustrations. Overall, I loved the written version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ more than any of the Movies I have watched.
Round two, second volume of the bone season: The Mime Order.
Mime order starts with seven dials and fleeing clairvoyants on the escape train heading bacRound two, second volume of the bone season: The Mime Order.
Mime order starts with seven dials and fleeing clairvoyants on the escape train heading back to London. Paige is finally returning home after 6 months of slavery in hell, however nothing will be the same as before, knowing all the dark secrets behind Scion. Paige can't continue living as nothing happen, she will find a way to end Scion and the Rephaim plans.
This book was so sweet to soak up, loved it.
Being back in the 2059 London again was great, we got to explore more sides of london; like it's streets, history, the slums and the other gangs members. There was way more action and danger, which is hard to believe with the whole slavery, but there was.
Paige's character growed so much in this book, she started to break out and believe in herself, became stronger, smarter, a leader and way more cunning than before. Which only made her character better.
I glad Samantha allowed the depth of her characters be exposed, learning the characters and their characteristics; the seven dials, the clairvoyants underworld gangs and their lifestyles.
The mime order had so many improvements. Everything that felt missing in Bone Season felt captured in Mime order. Samantha did brilliant on her second release and second volume in the series. Her writing really shined in Mime Order, definitely captivating.
Looking forward to reading how Paige plans to take her new footsteps to make a better London. In 'Rising Song!'...more
I have been wanting to read this series for a while now and what a perfect opportunity to read within a (tumblr) read-along.
The story is set3.5 stars
I have been wanting to read this series for a while now and what a perfect opportunity to read within a (tumblr) read-along.
The story is set in England in 2059. England is run by a government organization called Scion. Where they believe Clairvoyants are unnatural and need to be banish from this world. Capturing Clairvoyant to kill or imprisonment, however not everything is how it seems. One night, Paige (our MC) is confronted by Scion workers, tries to escape only to be drugged and captured. Instead of being killed, Paige is thrown into a new underground world, filled with Clairvoyants, Amaurotic and creatures from the netherworld.
The Bone Season has been hype up a lot since its release. So, I was a little worried reading it because I have been in this situation where a book is so hyped that it became a real let down. However, with Bone Season, It wasn’t a letdown. The graph at the front of the book and the definitions (at the back) really help with understanding the book, even though, I still had trouble keeping up with the different Clairvoyant, the slang and the amount of characters at the beginning, but after a few pages, I started to get the hang of it.
The characters where really interesting and had individual characteristics, however it felt like we didn’t get to be too in-depth with them, it was like only short clips of the characters was exposed.
Now, the (Future London) world was really interesting, very well described and delightful to explore. Yet, the novel felt like it could have been more smooth and cleaner with its story, if it had gone for though some more editing or parts be rewritten, BUT don’t get me wrong I really did enjoy this book and it was a great first release for the author but some parts were either pointless, confusing or plainly unnecessary.
I thought Samantha did a really great job on the world's developments but seem to put the character involvements and interactions to the side. I'm hoping Mime Order contain everything that this book is slightly missing. I’m really interested to see what happens to Paige within the next installment ‘Mime Order’....more
‘From the Ashes’ was interesting, surprising, unexpected and enjoyable.
The theme was excellent; Benders VS Breaker, townspeople, empire, basely everyone. Benders-are hated by mostly everyone for what they can do, they have a connection to nature and can bend/control nature to however they imaginative. Breakers- work for the empire and are to capture benders so they can be cleaners or drained.
The book is well written, with great world building. Shelby’s writing made it easy to image the landscape, people, lifestyle, building and understanding why (nearly) everyone hated Benders, what benders did to be hated so much and why no one have done anything about it.
I didn’t have a favorite character nevertheless they were all interesting, I like how all the character that are important in the story were linked to each other in some way. I wasn’t a big fan of the main character, Maia (Aia) at the beginning she was simple and little annoying, however as the story processed Aia character developed into a better, stronger character. My favorite thing about the book was there was about 0 romances, you can tell there is a romance interest but it wasn’t explored, which was not a letdown at all.
So why did I give this 3.5 stars? The book took me a while to get into it. Sometimes I got confuse what character POV I was reading from and when I started to get into the book, it ended.
Overall the book was unexpected, good and interesting. I’m looking forwards to how the next volume plays out. Thank you to the author for giving me an ARC of her book. ...more
The final installment of The Winner’s Crime series, a truly great ending to the series. A story of War, broken minds and body, bloodshed, strategies and broken romance. The War between counties,Herran and Valoria, father and daughter, slave and masters.
A War to win against the empire and truly win back what once was theirs.
Our main characters when though a lot of characters growth and change. Kestrel being broken and alone, losing her strength and mind to the hardship she face, only to develop into a person she has always wanted to be, always needed to be. Arin character took on some of Kestrel personality, he became cunning, manipulate, not regret of his kills, he became the God of Death. However guilt and doubt still claim him, the guilt of Kestrel, his people, the doubt in his actions, plans. His new characteristic just made him more lovable. I felt that Arin took more of main stage of this book than Kestrel. He become more of the focus point of the whole story.
The secondary characters are great, I loved roshar, and his relationship with Kestrel and Arin. They brought humor, sarcasm, cunningness and great teamwork. How the Herran and Dacra worked together was brilliant. Loved learning more of the Dacra's culture, life and royal family.
Overall, one of my top favorite series, with such great arrangement of emotions, genres and plot, with captivating way of writing. It should be a book on the must read list for everyone....more
Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them
The second insChallenge- Bookish Blocks 2015 + Read a thon- Bout of Book 13.0 4.5 stars
Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them
The second installment of the ‘Winner’s trilogy’, and it was EXCELLENT! In this book were got to know more of the world- towns, shops, people, kingdom- , different culture, more characters and more about Kestrel and Arin.
The book definitely felt like it was the building up to the grand final - ‘Winner’s Kiss’- and at times it was a little slow but don’t let that fool you. The characters & characters development (new and old) are interesting and fantastic. The development between Kestrel and Arin relationship was heartbreaking, engaging, wonderful and at times frustrating. (view spoiler)[(Because they kept on misunderstanding each other- oooh so frustrating at times (but good). (hide spoiler)] Kestrel becomes smarter, cunning, mentally tougher and more likeable, having to outsmart her enemies, kept secrets, tell lies and betray. Then Arin becomes more exposed with his thoughts and feelings, showing his struggles and how his thoughts are fighting against heart and wishes. (view spoiler)[(AHH..So heartbreaking) (hide spoiler)] The book kept my emotion swing from left to right, angry, happy, shocked etc. And when her father came back into the story, it an extra wave of problems. It is when she was the closer and furthest away she has ever been with her father.
To round this up, I thought this book was excellent, quite different from the first, having wanted secrets, hidden lies and heartbreaking struggles. This book was a ground builder for the next book coming, with a cliff hanger ending!!
Elizabeth Valchar (aka Liz) has a great life, she beautiful, rich, has a great caring boyfriend, popular, close friends and her best friend became herElizabeth Valchar (aka Liz) has a great life, she beautiful, rich, has a great caring boyfriend, popular, close friends and her best friend became her stepsister. Celebrating her 18th birthday on the yacht (Elizabeth) with her closest friends, what could go wrong?
But was Liz’s life as perfect as it seems,or is there more than meets the eye?
Just one fall ends it all for Liz. Liz founds her drowned body thumping against the yacht, doesn’t even want to believe it's true, until Alex Berg suddenly appears next her; a boy who died a year ago in hit and run. Liz’s memories are in pieces, Alex and Liz keep each other company gathering lost memories back together, both searching for details to what had happened to them.
Liz is a ghost wandering around with Alex, following her family, friends and her boyfriend, watching how people deal with her death and life flow on without her. We are constantly going between present and past (through memories); which created a great background for character and plot. I didn’t really like Liz at the beginning of the book, she was the whole stereotypical American popular chick; a bitch, self centered and up herself (annoying), even in death she only care how she looks. It wasn’t until a few chapters in that her character started to developed into a better person.
The novel was slow pace however fitting for this plot,but at times parts were too slow. The romance was more or less left to the side, away from the mystery plot. Throughout the book, we learn about Liz’s relationship, friendships, struggles, childhood and how she became the person she was. I enjoyed the developing relationship between Alex and Liz; they stuck together, helped each other, even though they're polar opposite. Some parts were easy to guess, who did it or what going happen but there were still some twist and turns that were surprising and shocking, that kept it a mystery and interesting.
Between is a story that take time after reading to fully comprehend everything that happen within, overall, I really enjoyed it, characters are great, writing is okay (nothing great), it was a story were nothing was all as it seemed and everyone has their secrets, some darker than others.
Colina desperately seeks to become a Death Dealer, she will do anything, pay anything to become one. Her revenge will be achieved no matter the cost but what will she pay?!
We follow Colina through the Rituals and journey to become a Death Dealer; who are fear and hated by everyone. It was interesting reading about Healers and Death Dealers magic and how polar opposite they are; one heals ill and protect the soul, the other release souls from their bodies and use souls to protect them-selves. I loved the adventures we go through with Coline, all the creepy and tense rituals to become a Death Dealer and how she psychological change from a healer to a death dealer. The romance was kind of insta however the characters didn’t act it very much until later in the book, which was nice, sweet and didn’t over take the plot.(view spoiler)[ (I also like how Colina kept second guessing her feelings for Luke because of the short time they know each other) (hide spoiler)] That ending was shocking, what a twist; I didn’t think that was going to happen… (view spoiler)[(I couldn’t believe Luke dies, I was like ‘No he can’t die, No! You can’t just kill him!) (hide spoiler)]
Overall, it was a great supernatural/paranormal novel, even though the main character made some stupid and thoughtless choices and actions; which at time were understandable. I really enjoyed it; I wonder what going to happen in next book! (view spoiler)[(I don’t think her idea to bring him back in another body is the best idea but we’ll have to read to find out!) (hide spoiler)]
The book was a pleasant surprising read. I don’t normally read about vampires and werewolves yet it was nice to read about vampires, werewolves and demons that aren’t the classic, vampires killing humans, vampires and werewolves are fighting each, something that wasn’t ‘Twilight’. I liked the relationship between all the characters, however Sam was my favorite (view spoiler)[ (however the change of Sam wasn’t my favorite but he came across more cute and sweet than before) (hide spoiler)].It was fun to read about Chole, our main character (a Namine), I enjoyed how she was strong, nice and was independence, yet she was outshine at time by other Namine characters. The ‘Ways’ and Naimei was refreshing and interesting to read about; Naimei exists to maintain the balance of the world/s. The writing was simple but easy to read, it was disappointing how there was limited world building to the story, but it was interesting with all the paranormal creatures mention within the book, which wasn’t over do it.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, the paranormal was very well down and original but I wasn’t a bit fan of the school plot. I would love to read book 2 but not sure if they’re going to bring it out. It would be disappointing if they didn’t.
I'll like to thanks REUTS Publications giving me a copy of the book....more
The Second installment of “Rising Fang”. Conner has returns to the world of the humans, after breaking some of the Wild werewolves pack rules. With hisThe Second installment of “Rising Fang”. Conner has returns to the world of the humans, after breaking some of the Wild werewolves pack rules. With his return he also brings some dangerous trouble with him.
Within “Revenge of the Wild” we get to know some new characters, who are from the Wild werewolves pack and learn about how they live and what the different lifestyle are from Ellie’s pack and the Wild pack. The author’s writing has definitely improved within this book and her add in of illustration of Wolves are beautiful, really enjoyed seeing them at each chapter. This story felt more of an ‘teenagers going through high school’ then a supernatural teen werewolves, I was really hoping we had more part/scenes of werewolves within this installment, I just didn’t felt like there was enough and from the blurb I was expected some battle between Ellie’s pack and the Wild pack or some wolves fights but we really didn’t get one. The ending was nice, sweet and sad but was kind of the same as ‘Rising Fang’
"Revenge of the Wild" was likable and fun read but I was excepting a bit more and I wanted the Wolves side of the story to be explored a bit more then it was within the book. I was a little disappointed but I’m hoping the next installment lives up to my exceptions and wants. I'll like to thank the author for allowing me to read her book!(Thank you)
Great Sci-fi novel, excellent character development, world buildChallenge- Jumanji Challenge I received a copy from the author exchange for a review
Great Sci-fi novel, excellent character development, world building and characters. The Romance was acted on at the right time .I like how Aimee went to learn about the ship, ‘aliens’ and their lifestyle. The ending felt a little hurried, but was okay. Overall I really enjoyed this book, looking forwards to the next book! ...more