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Top 5 Most Wanted Reads

Thursday October 24th, 2013, 3:56 PM

1. Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Book #1 of Everneath Series)

Everneath by Brodi AshtonFirst, the cover is beautiful and really captured my attention. I love the red dress. Second, the description is also appealing to me. While it is a little confusing, it is also very interesting. It is a paranormal romance, which I will admit, I don’t read very often. However, I very much look forward to delving into the world of Nikki Beckett. I have just purchased this book with my Kobo account, so I plan on reading it soon!

To learn more about this book, visit Goodreads.

2. Embrace by Jessica Shirvington (Book #1 of The Violet Eden Chapters)

Embrace by Jessica ShirvingtonAgain, this has a beautiful cover design! The main character, Violet, discovers thatEmbrace Cover she is only half human, and that a centuries old battle between fallen angels and the protectors of humanity existed. This is another paranormal read that I look forward to.

To learn more about this book, visit Goodreads.

3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (Book #1 of Under the Never Sky Series)

Under the Never Sky by Veronica RossiI’m not a fan of the pink and red cover for this novel, but the one with the girl walking is beautiful and reminds me of Across the Universe by Beth Revis for some crazy reason. This book is much more my usual type of read - dystopian, science fiction, but also some fantasy thrown in. I’ve read some great reviews about this book!

To learn more about this book, visit Goodreads.

4. The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

The False Princess by Eilis O'NealThis book was actually published in 2011, but I didn’t stumble across it until last The False Princess Covermonth. Immediately, the cover had me wanting to read the summary. The premise of the story sounds incredibly interesting. The main character has been raised as a princess, only to find out that she was a “stand in” for the REAL princess, who has been in hiding. She is then forced to leave the only life she has ever known and stay with her only remaining relative. This is a fantasy novel.

To learn more about this book, visit Goodreads.

5. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder (Book #1 of Healer Series)

Touch of Power by Maria V. SnyderNot only is the cover for this book pretty, but the author is also incredible. I absolutely loved Inside Out and Outside In by Maria, and I definitely look forward to reading more from her! This series sounds very interesting. It’s fantasy as well.

To learn more about this book, visit Goodreads.


REVIEW: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Tuesday September 10th, 2013, 9:42 PM

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick NessThe Knife of Never Letting Go is Book #1 in the Chaos Walking Series. I will admit that I often judge books by their covers and this one didn’t really have me itching to read the summary. However, I had heard good things about it and decided to check out the details and some reviews anyway. This is a dystopian YA novel that takes place in a futuristic society. We are first introduced to Todd, a young boy who is about to turn thirteen years old and become a ‘man’ in his town. It is quickly established that the place Todd occupies is very different from our own. He hears what he calls ‘Noise’: thoughts and pictures from everyone around him that never ends. The premise of the book was very intriguing, and though Todd’s language is very informal and grammatically incorrect in many places, it was easy to get used to.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t go into huge detail, but the plot was fantastic. It was difficult to put the book down once it took off. I enjoyed finding out details about Todd’s world and what caused his society to get there. The only thing that bothered me a little bit about the plot was how many roadblocks came up for Todd, it got pretty sad at some points. Despite those plot points, I was captivated.

The characters are well developed. I really like Todd’s character, it’s easy to feel for him throughout the story. The other character that joins him on his journey was also likeable and a closer connection to our present day society, which made them more likeable and relateable to me.

The ending was especially incredible. When I put the book down, I wanted to buy the next one immediately. I actually bought it today on my kobo, so I’ll review it too after I’ve finished.

5/5 Stars


REVIEW: Possession by Elana Johnson

Wednesday July 17th, 2013, 1:15 PM

Possession by Elana JohnsonAfter reading the brief description of this book, I was intrigued. Possession has a beautiful cover. I am a huge YA dystopian fan, and this book seemed to fit perfectly into that genre. I noticed some negative reviews while on Goodreads, but there have been plenty of times when I have loved books that got some bad reviews. I gave it a chance.

I can now confidently say that the reviews were right.

This book is a mess.

The beginning wasn’t so bad. I was getting into it, and I liked the characters. It was when the main character, Violet, gets into trouble that the book started to get a little bit odd.

The story started to contradict itself.

This happened a few times while reading: everything would be making sense, and then all of the sudden you’re reading words that don’t mean anything because you don’t understand them, and you’re forced to go back and read the last page trying to figure out what changed.

It was confusing. There are so many things I still don’t understand about what happened in this book.

The new love interest in the book is also highly confusing. He does things that don’t make sense. He didn’t seem like a very developed character, and to me it felt like the author didn’t really know his character inside and out. It’s like she guessed at how he’d react to situations, but for readers his character just isn’t very consistent.

Oh, and once you get about a quarter into the book? The author throws in a plot twist. Generally, this is fine. But the next chapter? Another plot twist. The next chapter? ANOTHER plot twist. The main character barely has any time to process the first plot twist, let alone the next three that came her way. Maybe it would have been more enjoyable if better developed, but the book was poorly written.

All in all, the ideas were great, but this read more like a first or second draft of a book than an edited published one.

2/5 Stars