Friday, 19 May 2017

One S'more Summer (The Campfire Series #1) by Beth Merlin (Review)

    Hiding from the troubles of her life... mainly how she is in love with her best friends soon to be husband... and how she cheated with him... Gigi goes to her childhood camp to be a cabin leader. While there she runs into the sexy, sassy and moody male cabin leader, Perry. As the tension flares between them, she learns how to move one and how to love someone who is not her best friends man.
     I did not like this novel. I had a weak, underdeveloped plot and I has major plot holes it overlooks. Lets starts with my biggest moral issue with the novel and the least plot related problem... Gigi not only cheats with her best friends fiancé, but she does not fess up to it or even acknowledge it to the readers. She strait up makes out with him WHILE he is in a engagement relationship with her best friend. They approach having sex and only stop when HER BEST FRIEND calls and interrupts! But after that moment, it is not mentioned again or even acknowledged again. The main character lies by saying nothing happened after her best friend and him got engaged, multiple times! And it's clear that the main character is constantly justifying cheating between her and him and her own father and other women. This made me strongly dislike the main character and the book alongside it. It was very disturbing to read. All of that aside, the plot was just plain weak and had very minimal real development. Nothing happens. There is nothing of true conscience or interest throughout the "story". If you boiled the story down to its actual plot elements, it would be ridiculously short... just nothing really happens. In the end, I DO NOT recommend this story and I only give One S'More Summer the rating of TWO OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
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Cashmere (Velvet Trilogy #2) by Temple West (Review)

     The second installment in the Velvet Trilogy, Cashmere continues off from where Velvet ended. Caitlin and Adrian are secretly in love, and if anybody else in the vampire community finds out, they could both be put to death. While going to high school and to an internship at a major fashion company, Caitlin is trying to figure out what she is, why she is being hunted and how to save herself, Adrian and Adrian's brother.
      There is a surprisingly large concentration on fashion and fashion design in this story, a story about teenage drama and deeply brooding and handsome vampires. It felt like that there was more plot development on the Caitlin's fashion abilities then there was on Caitlin's or Aiden's characters themselves. That left this novel being boring and hard to really get engaged with. It was also quite hard to empathize with a fashion virtuoso. That is not something most people have anything at all to do with, so that doesn't lead to any moments that have the reader going "Oooooh I feel that." making the characters realer to them by giving them something they can empathize with. This novel almost leaves all of the interesting and action packed aspects of the first book out and makes this a mildly vampiric fashion school drama story with minimal action at the end. In conclusion, I don't really recommend Cashmere and give it the rating of THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
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Fate's Keep (Fate's Journey #2) by T. Rae Mitchell (Review)

    The second installment in the Fate's Journey series, Fate's Keep seems to go from the deeply fantasy world to an almost sci-fi like world. After escaping the book of fables, all Fate desperately wants to go is get back to Finn, who is still trapped within the book. In an attempt to find her way back, she agrees to be the guardian of the Keep. The Keep is a magical space station across the universe from Earth, containing dangerous mythical and magical creatures and artifacts. Trapped between her oaths to protect the Keep, her love of Finn and her need to protect her friends and family, Fate has a lot on her hands.
      Not as intriguing as the first one, Fate's Keep was still a pretty good read. It goes into a different realm from the previous novel. Fate's Keep actually has a major sci-fi leaning with spaceships, super technically advanced aliens, jetpacks and laser guns. It's plot was okay, it contained a lot of action, drama and mystery to keep the readers attention, but the new world just did not seem as rich as the one contained in the book of Fables. The Keep was undefined and the motivations of the whole cast in this new book was not always clear or consistent, so it grew hard to care for them or really even get to know them. All and all, Fate's Keep was pretty okay and I give it the rating of FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Fate's Fables (Fate's Journey #1) by T. Rae Mitchell (Review)

       Magical and creative, Fate's Fables starts slow then beings to pick up momentum as a young author from our normal world is thrown into a world of fairytales and fables. Sucked into a cursed magical book, Fate and a strange man sucked in with her is confronted with 8 fables that they must give happily ever afters to, as to escape the book and return home. They seem tame enough at first, but as they goes through, things get darker and harder to make into happily ever afters. As the stakes raise, they grow closer together and secrets that could tear them apart come into the light. There very survival is put at risk by magical witches, trolls, dragons, children killers, dark evil fae and angry villagers out for blood.
       I actually quite enjoyed Fate's Fables. I started off skeptical, mainly because the beginning of the novel was slow and pretty normal, but then the characters got launched off into a crazy rollercoaster ride of magic with consequences and actual dangers and I was hooked in. I often find that magic and magical stories are fluffed up in stories and movies, but not in Fate's Fables. In this novel magic has consequences, decisions have consequences and that really gives a realistic feel to the novel. I liked Fate herself, but I loved her companions throughout the novel, they are what make Fate's story and interesting one. Fate was a dynamic character that had interesting and unique traits, for example, she fears worms, but not snakes. For most people, that would be the exact opposite. Story execution wise, this novel did a wonderful job. Each fable was well written, so much so that I felt like they could be real fables. I was quite impressed. All in all, I enjoyed Fate's Fables and I give it the rating of FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!

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Redux (Tricksters, #2) by A.L. Davroe (Review)

     The world has fallen apart, androids have killed most of the rich and conceited population of Evanescence, and out of the survivors, the rebels kill most of them. All that seems to be left are Ella's small band of people, and she desperately wants to protect them and keep them alive, along with the boy she learned to love in Nexis, the one that helped her accidentally release the virus that caused the whole massacre in the first place. Tasked with saving what's left, Ella has quite a road ahead of her, and quite a fight for survival as well. She must venture out into the wastelands if her and her group are ever going to even have a shot at survival. Throughout all of this, she must deal with her love for the boy in the game, and whether or not he can also love her outside of the game, or if she will have to loose his heart forever.  
       I found Redux to be dark and sad. It was by far not what I would describe as a "fun" read, but it had some of its own merits. It continues off from where the previous novel in the series finished off at. Different from the first novel, Redux is a dark and gritty apocalypse novel, where as the first novel in the series was like a futuristic Cinderella story. A girl being abused by her horrible step mother and sister, with tragic parental death, pretty dresses and balls with handsome men and princes. Redux lost that friendly-ish feel that the first novel had, it also lost most of its virtual reality aspects, which seemed to be the main part of the first book. So in the end Redux was meh and was missing a lot of parts I enjoyed most about the first novel, so I give it the rating of THREE AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Shadow (Wendy Darling #3) by Colleen Oakes (Review)

      The final installment of the Wendy Darling series, Shadow takes on a an action packed tone, riddled with danger, magic and obsession. The Wendy Darling series takes the children's story of Peter Pan to its logical and dark conclusion. Peter is a murderous sociopath that kidnaps children and is utterly obsessed with Wendy. In this final installment, Wendy, trying to save her brothers, the kidnapped/brainwashed Lost boys, the man she loves and the people of Neverland; Wendy goes straight into the lions den. This choice risks her life... her very soul. She goes into the arms of the evil Peter.
        Similar to the previous novels in the series, Wendy is a strong and determined character in the face of overwhelming odds and certain death. This story is the conclusion to the series and is just as dark as the last two novels in the series, with a strong villain and an even more determined heroine. Wendy's capacity for love, even through and after immense trauma is astounding. She truly has a pure heart. She is the spark of light in this novel of incredible darkness. I will warn you, this series is incredibly graphic and violent, many die in brutal ways throughout the story. But I will give this novel this, it made me cry for it's villain, which is a first. It made me cry for a character that I was brought to loath for their monstrous murderous behavior. That is quite an incredible literary feat, so I applaud Colleen for writing such a strong story, one that I will be sharing with others for many years to come. Ultimately, extreme darkness aside, I loved Shadow and the full Wendy Darling series and give Shadow the rating of FOUR AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
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Scorched (Struck #4) by Joss Stirling (Review)

      The next novel in the Struck series, Scorched is the story of the forth and final team member and his love connection with Ember Lord, a young woman accused of the first degree murder of her crime lord father. They meet when he is given the job of befriending her so that they can get critical information out of her, and to find out if she was guilty. Being raised by a crime lord made Ember a hardened and cautious person, but not a murderer... she thinks. While in the jail, Joe uses a performance of the classic play A Midsummers Night Dream to get closer to Ember, but time is running out, and if they don't learn to trust each other, it will be the end of both of them... and maybe the world.
      Like every other novel by Joss Stirling that I have ever read, Scorched was wonderfully written and would be a perfect sit down summer read. Don't get me wrong, the stories are not masterpieces, but they are satisfying and fluidly written. The romance in the novel was sincere and very well developed. The readers grow to sympathize with Ember and to love Joe with his sweet quirkiness. The undertones of espionage and danger are prevalent throughout the novel and they only enhance the storytelling and plot. The plot was simple but elegant, which makes it a good read to use to relax. I really enjoyed the novel, heck I enjoyed the whole series, and that is why I give Scorched the rating of the rating of FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
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