Sunday, 20 October 2013

Review: Deadly Crush (Deadly Trilogy, #1)

Deadly Crush {Deadly Trilogy, #1}/ Ashley Stoyanoff

Once again, today we have a divergent review: strong feelings of love and hate are shown here.

Jade is a normal teenage girl in a small town named Dog Mountain. This town is run by a pack of werewolves, that Jade grew to hate over the years.
Meet Aidan: the one who is going to change everything.

I'm not a big werewolf fan, but this book was actually readable. I love how all the pack and alpha politics were explained in this book. This book actually convinced to try more werewolf books.
Also, the relationships between different levels of respect in the pack; how the beta is the right hand man for the alpha, and how the females are supposed to look up at their female alpha.

But what I didn't like about the plot -or rather, the romance- is how predictable it was. No, Jade would totally not fall for the new hottie in town, or that he would get interest in her.
Also, many characters confirmed that Jade had a really strong aura around her, but I didn't feel it and the story didn't make her stronger.

Written really well, I could just slide through the book.

And once again, like in many young adult novels now days, the female point of view is much more realistic and interesting than the guy's. Seriously, Aidan is all about werewolf politics. While the Alpha only thought of his pack, Jade was actually the one who was progressing the love and main plotline!

I also enjoyed some of the characters, but none of them stood out. Some were a bit unrealistically changed.

Overall, the story is enjoyable and fun to read, except for Aidan's parts and not many likable characters.

3 STARS

This novel was part of the R4R program.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Review: Fire (Elements of Power, #1)

Fire {Elements of Power, #1}/ Heather James

This book was a really entertaining read, but some flaws just were in the way. This is going to be a free style review where I'll say all my opinions one after another.

Roxy is a royal from the Helian Realm, where people after the name of 'Protectors' are using the element of their kingdom: fire. She's in training to become a protector, when her grandfather summoned a summit where all the leaders from all the realms will organize.
Jasmine is a young girl from the Arcan Realm, who is good friend with the prince of their realm, where the element is: air. She is struggling with knowing her origins until something doesn't go right.

First of all: I liked Roxy much more than Jasmine. She was much better done and had much more personality to her. Jasmine was the most paranoid character that I've ever met. I didn't like her for so many reasons: not talking to her best friend, being judgmental of others and more. I felt like she was there to annoy me.

But, I really loved the world building! I loved that most realms have advanced technology (except for the Sephan Realm, which it's element is earth and all the people there are a bunch of green thumbs), and that each had a very unique lifestyle. For example, Helians are really loving the dangerous life while Arcans are religious people. This is one of those fantasy worlds I want to live in!

I also liked how the Protectors have colorful highlights of their elements. I would totally go around with crazy colors in my hair! And every element also has kind of additional powers, like Control for the Helians.

Another thing I didn't like about the book was how some stuff could be really predictable (I don't want to write down any spoilers).

Overall, the world building is amazing, most of the character were well written and even though the plot is a bit predictable, I really loved this book!

P.S.: Today, October 19th, is the release date of the second book, Water!

4 STARS

This book was provided by the R4R program in exchange for a honest review.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Review: Wild Song

Wild Song/ Jane Eagland

This story was specialized for low reading level, but it also felt like the story wasn't fully developed. Still, I did really enjoy it.

Anna lived her entire life in a mansion on an isolated island. Living with her father and three other souls, as a cook and such, she never met anyone of her age and always lonely by herself. Until one stormy night, a boy is washed to the island.

Plot:
The plot was nice and light, but it really reminded me a book I've read earlier this year, and despised it. Anyhow, I gave this book a shot.

I love how there's build up in the story. An introduction, the change, the process... but no ending. Seriously, this book has such an open ending that you feel like there's part two.

News break: there's no part two.

Writing:
The story's reading level was for third graders, but it wasn't horrible or too bland. I actually think it was perfect for this level, except it could use a bit of more poetic here and there.

Romance:
I enjoyed to see the romance unfold in a really cute fashion! How they started meeting each other and asking about each others life. They became friends, had ups and downs, had their moments and in the end, promised to see each other once again.

What I loved about the romance in this book is that unlike in some young adult books, sometimes the two main characters fall in love instantly, no real feelings, just loving each other for looks. This book gave the love to develop and made the reader feel it.

Characters:
Unfortunately, I didn't feel anything for the minor characters. I kind of felt as if only Anna and Rob were the only one well developed.

Overall:
I liked the story itself and surprisingly, enjoyed the simple writing. I only felt that the end was too much open and there's still a lot to tell.

3 STARS

Liked:
-Anna & Rob
-Romance
-Writing
-Story build up

Disliked:
-Open ending
-Not feeling for the minor characters

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Top Tens: 10 Books That I Want Now

Hello, everybody!
Today, we start our top ten Saturdays! Today, lads and gents, we are going to talk about my top ten books that are coming out the last three months of 2013 -or- in 2014.

10.Learning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda

 "Family secrets cut to the bone in this mesmerizing debut novel about a teen whose drug-addicted brother is the prodigal son one time too many.

There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family.

To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster. Clare: the ambitious striver; Peter: the angry ticking time bomb; and Luke: a drug-addicted convicted felon who has been in and out of jail for as long as Clare can remember—and who has always been bailed out by their parents.

Clare loves Luke, but life as his sister hasn’t been easy. And when he comes home (again), she wants to believe this time will be different (again). Yet when the truths behind his arrests begin to surface, everything Clare knows is shaken to its core. And then Luke is arrested. Again.

Except this time is different, because Clare’s mom does the unthinkable on Luke’s behalf, and Clare has to decide whether turning her back on family is a selfish act…or the only way to keep from drowning along with them.

Debut novelist Anna Shinoda's raw, gritty, powerful novel cuts right to the bone and brings to life the skeletons the lurk in the closet." from GoodReads


The premise sounds really interesting: a family who is falling apart. It sounds like a really deep read for the winter (I like to read sad stuff when it's cold).
Also, it's a debut novel, so it's exciting to see what the author has to offer.


9. The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

"Twelve-year-old Callum Hunt has grown up knowing three rules by heart. Never trust a magician. Never pass a test a magician gives you. And never let a magician take you to the Magisterium. Callum is about to break all the rules. And when he does, his life will change in ways he can’t possibly imagine."  from GoodReads

Many rumors float around this new series, called Magisterium, which has five books, each represents a year in Callum's life from the age twelve? Sounds familiar? (Percy Jackson, Harry Potter)
Anyhow, the premise sounds intense, and I hope to see what those two authors will come up with.

8. Ruins by Joshua Winning

This is the second book in the Sentinel Trilogy.
Well, let's start off with the fact that this book doesn't have a description, cover or even a year of publication, I'm really curious with what is going to happen to Nicholas. There's so much more to explain!

7. The Retribution of Mara Dyer

The Retribution of Mara Dyer is the last book in the Mara Dyer Trilogy.

Okay, I didn't even read the first and second book. Yet.
But believe me, I'm enjoying the first book so much that I just die here from feels and this fandom wrecks my heart. 
If you don't know what the series is about, it's about a girl name Mara (duh), who gets into an accident with her friends, when she's the only survivor. She gets a traumatic experience that makes her forget the night when her friends died. The stress is taken out as hallucination.
The fun part about this book, is that Mara is the narrative, and sometimes, you don't know if what she sees is real or not.


6. Horizon by Alyson Noel 

"Fate has bound them together—and torn them apart. Now Daire and Dace face one final fight that will seal their destiny forever.

Daire Santos is the last of the Soul Seekers, and the only thing standing between the Richters and the destruction of everyone she loves. With her grandmother gone and Cade back in Enchantment, Daire must finally step into her destiny and lead the fight against the Richters. But what if that means sacrificing the person she loves most?

Bound to the Richters by blood, Dace struggles against the darkness growing inside him that threatens to claim Daire too. Though Daire refuses to give up on him, the choice may not be hers. An epic battle is on the horizon and the end of the world looms near. With such insurmountable odds stacked against them, is their love really enough to conquer all?" from GoodReads

 The Soul Seekers might be the best creation by Noel. This series is much more fun to read, and yes, a little too slow at the beginning, but it so amazing by the end and I even liked most of the characters. Thumbs up for this series!

5. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

 "Los Angeles, 2012. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to the eradication of demons and being the best, fastest and deadliest Shadowhunter since Jace Lightwood. Raised in the Los Angeles Institute, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian. As Emma hunts those who caused the death of her parents, the trail they’re following leads back to those they’ve always been taught to trust. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with Julian — her closest friend and, because he is her parabatai, the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica." from GoodReads

Yes, I know that many people think it's 'too much' shadowhunters. But I personally like this world, even though it is a copy of Harry Potter. We shall see!

4. Champion by Marie Lu

"The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion." from GoodReads


I just LOVED the first book in the trilogy, Legend, and I can't wait to put my hands on Prodigy and Champion. Those books make you feel like you just watched an epic, action packed movie. If you didn't read it yet, you need to jump on this train, my friend.

3. Fates by Lanie Bross

"What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.

In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?" from GoodReads


I just fell for the plot of unfolding people's fates, making them go as planned. This sounds like a book with twists and heart wrecking moments.

2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

"The new series, set in what Putnam described as a “Renaissance-like world,” is called The Young Elites. It follows three rival societies with supernatural powers battling for supremacy.

And a girl transforms from an unwanted daughter into a fearsome leader, igniting panic and sparking war between seven nations." from GoodReads


You know you love an author when two books written by them are in your "want-now-beach" list. I just don't think I can wait till Fall 2014.

1. Hellhole by Gina Damico

"With no social life to speak of, a job that he spends more time at than school, and a sick mother to care for at home, Max Kilgore doesn't exactly need another thing on his plate. Yet it arrives one night, forcefully and unexpectedly, and refuses to leave his basement: a devil.

Specifically, the kind of devil who eats a lot of junk food and watches a lot of reality television and plays a lot of video games. But evil is still evil, no matter what form it takes. Max knows that his life and the lives of everyone in his small town are in danger, but how can he get rid of the guy without incurring the wrath of hell?" from GoodReads


Gina did a great job with her Croak trilogy (or so reviews say), and this book sounds like the perfect fun read for the Halloween season. I love to hear about demons that are 'out of the box', and this sounds like a book for both genders. Already putting on my favorites shelf.