Sunday, April 30, 2017

April wrap-up

I've always watch this kind of videos on BookTube, so I though I would made one for my blog. :) I clump them together, by the rating. 

First are 5 star books first, the ones I love the most and made an impact on me, then 4 star books, these are the books that are great, but have something little bit missing. Next  3 star books, these are OK. 2 star book I didn't like and 1 star I really didn't like. Books in each bundle I kind of like the same amount. :) 

And here it is, the book I have read this month.

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1. The Witches of the Glass Castle by Lepore Gabriella

2. After the Ending by Lindsey Pogue

3. Configured by Jenneta Penner

4. Dream Me by Kathryn Berla

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5. Book of Lies by Teri Terry

6. Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Alone by Robert J. Crane

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Author: Robert J. Crane
Title: Alone
Series: The Girl in the Box #1
Published: April 2012
Number of pages: 166
Goodreads link: Alone
Genre: ya, urban fantasy, paranormal

Alone is the first book in The Girl in the Box series. It features Sienna Neaslon, 17 year old girl, that was locked in her home for the past 12 years by her mother. Few days after her mom disappears, two guy come barging in, shooting her and she barely escapes with help of stranger. They go to the mall, where she is attacked by the huge beast like guy Wolfe and saved by the same guys that shoot her in the first place. She is then taken to the Directorate, weird agency that deals with people that have special powers. Apparently she is really strong meta human (people with special powers).

It is really quick read, more of a guilty pleasure book for me. I wished the story and the characters were a bit more developed and that Sienna wasn't such an unlikable character, I mean there is a difference between bitchy and bad-ass. 

Also there is strong resemblance to x-men (special powers people) and Flash (meta humans).

Not a bad book, not amazing ether. Something quick to read when you are between books. 

And despite of all of that I read the second one right away. :)

Happy reading!


Friday, April 21, 2017

The Breeders by Katie French

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Author: Katie French
Title: The Breeders
Series: Breeders #1
Number of pages: 276
Published: July 2012
Goodreads link:The Breeders
Genre: dystopia, ya, fantasy, fiction, romance

This is really one terrifying and sad world. Women are hunted and sold to Breeders, where they are used just to give birth to babies. Riley is one of the few baby girls born to freedom. Her mother has escaped Breeders when she was young.

The Breeders control the world basically. She lives with her mother, aunt, step father and younger brother outside of town, to avoid detection.

One night her stepfather is killed, mother and aunt taken, she and her brother are saved by sheriff son. She makes it her goal to save them. 

The world the author created is really sad and horrible. What I have the problem with most is the tone of the book. Everything is really sad and depressing, there is no redeeming qualities. No hope for a better future. I also dislike a bit the main character, she is really selfish. I mean, in order to save her family, she basically doomed everyone else.

I usually really like dystopia book, where the world the live is horrible, but the story has to have a grimmer of hope at least. Something to look forward to.

Not bad book at all, just a bit depressing.

Happy reading!


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore

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Author: Gabriella Lepore
Title: Witches of the Glass Castle
Series: The Witches of the Glass Castle #1
Published: March 2017 (first September 2011)
Goodreads link: Witches of the Glass Castle
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, magic, romance, ya

Received from Oftomes publishing. 

I went into it not really expecting much and I was pleasantly surprised. I really like books about magic, especially when they are put in urban-fantasy-ish setting.

Book follows Mia and Dino, brother and sister. After accident (witch I want to know more about), they gain powers. Their mother and aunt (they never meet their father) take them to the Glass Castle for the summer to develop and understand their powers.

I love the dynamics of their relationship, they go from dislike, hate back to love. I also really like development of their characters.

Dino struggles with his powers, with controlling and understanding them and pushes Mia away in the process. He manages to find one friend Blue, that stick by him till the end. Mia has other problems, she has trouble even finding out what her powers are. She gets help from handsome hunter Colt (💙) and they grow closer after a while. Colt is my favourite character in the whole book. He is really cocky and witty, someone you just have to love.

There were few minor problems with the story. I wish the romance was more developed, also wish there was about the whole castle dynamics and other characters.

The story was really gripping, after first few chapters you just HAVE to finish it. :)

Also, the sequel releases today, yeey. :) (The Witches of the Dark Power) Can't wait to read it and go back to that world.  I really want to know more about Mia's powers and what happens next. (and to be honest I want to read more about Colt. :))

Happy reading!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Book of Lies by Teri Terry

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Author: Teri Terry
Title: Book of Lies
Series: standalone
Number of pages: 352
Published: March 2016
Goodreads link: Book of Lies
Genre: ya, fantasy, paranormal, mystery

Received from NetGalley.

It's like Parent trap mixed with spookiest Stephen King books. More horror then mystery. 

It is story about twin sister that meet at mother funeral, the grew up in very different environment. The sister that didn't live with her mother, decides to stay few days, to get her sister.

Narrator switches from Piper to Quinn, not revealing everything. 

It is the main charm of the book, it gets freakier chapter after chapter. 

Story is also really gripping, you just have to know what happens next. The ending is a bit disturbing, though.

Highly recommend to anyone who loves spooky stories.

Happy reading!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Legacy of the Key by S. L. Morgan

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Author: S. L. Morgan
Title: The Legacy of the Key
Series: Ancient Guardians #1
Number of pages: 374
Goodreads link: The Legacy of the Key
Published: December 2012
Genre: fantasy, romance, ya, fiction, sci-fi

First lets start with the good stuff. :) I really like sci-fi aspect of it, the world described and the endless possibility streaming from it. It is really amazing. I love the story line it was was really gripping from the get go.

But I have say I have problem with Reece, I wish she wasn't so passive. She barely react to the thing going on around here. She is suppose to be strong independent woman, collage student, but she doesn't fight what is happening around her, or question it, she just accept it. Best part of the book for me was, when she told off Simone, I really like that Reece. If she was more of a fighter, the book would be a lot better, more bad ass.

That being said, it is not bad book at all. Rather interesting story.

Happy reading!


Friday, April 14, 2017

The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost

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Author: Loretta Lost
Title: The Fireproof Girl
Series: Sophie Shields #1
Published: September 2016
Goodreads link: The Fireproof Girl
Genre: mystery, romance, thriller

Received from NetGalley

I should have read the blurb before reading it. I went into it purely based on cover and title, thinking it was paranormal story and was a bit disappointed. About half was into it, when nothing paranormal pop up, I went to Goodreads page to read what it is about. 

That being said, it is actually really interesting story, timeline jumps from youth to present, between two lead characters. And just when you think you know what is going on, something even friekier happens. The book is extremely gripping from the get go, you just have to know what happens on the next page. It is also very fast read, but I have to say, it is not for the faint hearted. There is a lot ob abuse, molestation, emotion instability and even hint of split personalities. I would make a amazing movie.

Book reminded me a bit on the Girl with the dragon tattoo. It has the same vibe. So if you like that series, you will certainly love this one.

Happy reading.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Returning for Valentine's by Victoria Pinder

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Title: Returning for Valentine's
Author: Victoria Pinder
Published: December 2012
Number of pages: 50
Goodreads link: Returning for Valentine's
Genre: romance

Received from Author.

Short story of Beth, who was in love with her best friend. Nathan was kind of a player. She was convinced he could never fell the same for her. After they spent the night together, she never hears from him for about a year. He looks her up and tries to get together. 

If you love romance, then you will probably love the story. 

For me it was to short and choppy. Didn't have that flow, build up or any kind of development. Maybe it's just that I am not into romance books. 

Happy reading!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

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Title: Breakwater
Author: Catherine Jones Payne
Series: (I hope so:))
Published: will be published in May 2017
Number of pages: 186
Goodreads link: Breakwater
Genre: paranormal, mermaids, ya, fantasy, fiction, romance

Received from NetGalley.

Breakwater is story of Jade, mermaid (yeey :D) in the city of Thessalonike. She is daughter of kings adviser, so her social position is quite high. There is a lot of nobility in the city, it matter who you hang out with. Besides Mer there are also Naiads living in the city. The usually live in the rivers, but they were forced out and seek refuge in the city of Mer. Well, there are not treated well, more like servants. 

She is engaged to son of powerful family, more because of sense of duty, than love. 

One night she witness Tor (her fiance) do something horrible. Even though her mother advises her to not do anything about it, because of political reasons, she reports him and all the hell break loose. 

Breakwater made me cry so much, especially during last chapters. It is just so unfair. 

I love the story, but I have to say I am not in love with lead female character. Her strength doesn't convince me. It cowardice to do stupid stuff, that are not right, just to keep peace. It is harder to do right thing. I also don't live that she is so easily swayed. "Well I want you to marry a murder, because reasons. Pretty please." "You really want me to. OK. No problem." Ahh. Besides that, I really love the story and would love it, if there were more books.

I love the setting, it seems realistic, I also love the political intrigue. Details are amazing. Though I have to say I still wander how the... khm... go to the bathroom. 

Really great book.

Happy reading!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

After the Ending by Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh

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Authors: Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh

Title: After the ending
Series: The Ending #1
Published: February 2013
Number of pages: 478
Goodreads link: After the Ending
Genre: sci-fi, post apocalyptic, fantasy, fiction, apocalypse, dystopia, romance, paranormal

OMG, I love this book. :) It is scary AF. It is post-apocalyptic story, but unlike many other similar book, you get to witness apocalypse, as it is happening. It start with virus spreading over country, a lot of people getting sick, with flu like symptoms and it end with almost all of the people dying. The ones that survive, either crazy or start to develop new abilities. 

What it is so scary, it's that it could really happen, like tomorrow. Symptoms, spreading, people reacting, this is how people would really react. Just amazing. :)

We read from 2 perspectives, 2 best friends on opposite sites of country trying to reach each other, writing e-mail to each other.

I just love it. I could not put the book down, till the end. One of the best post-apocalyptic stories I have ever read. :)

Happy reading!


Starbound by J. L. Weil

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Author: J. L. Weil
Title: Starbound
Series: Standalone
Published: March 2014
Goodreads link: Starbound
Genre: paranormal romance, ya, magic, paranormal, fantasy

One of the lovelies stories. It just makes me sigh thinking about it. 

Story follows Katia and Seth. The just to be friends, when they were little, but they had to sneak around, because their families hatted each other. In junior high they had falling out and are on each other throat ever since. 

Things start to change when one night Katia breaks up with her boyfriend and walks home alone from the party. Seth is just driving by and pick her up. 

If I said any more it would spoil the story. It is just the prettiest story ever. Like Romeo and Juliet, with happy ending.

Highly recommend.

Happy reading!


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Descent by Katie O'Sullivan

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Author: Katie O'Sullivan
Title: Descent
Series: Son of a Mermaid #1
Number of pages: 319
Goodreads link: Descent
Genre: paranormal, ya, fantasy, fiction, mermaids

Received from NetGalley.

Descent is a really good story about mermaids. I can not believe there is a good YA book featuring mermaids. I read just few books with mermaids in it, and the were all... bad. It is hard to accurately portray something, that is so far from our everyday experience. And to make it believable, that says something about the writer. 

I really love the plot setting, the mermaids, the whole world portayed here.

This is story about Shea, who in the mist of family tragedy discovers something incredible. He goes from farm boy, who doesn't know how to swim to being a mermaid (merman ?) with really interesting heritage. 

I only wish the book was a bit longer, so we would get a chance to have a bit more character development. 

Happy reading!


The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

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Author: Rachel Morgan
Title: The Faerie Guardian
Series: Creepy Hollow #1
Number of pages: 300
Published: April 2012
Goodreads link: The Faerie Guardian
Genre: ya, paranormal, fae, romance, fantasy, fiction

I love Fae in any shape and form, so this book is definitely a win for me. Is a story of Violet Fairdale, who is training to be a guardian for years. She is about to graduate top of her class, when simple job in human realm goes sideways.

I love the faerie realm, the author took classical approach to faeries and made it her own.

Thing are not what they seem. I especially love the relationship. One felt kind of insta-loveish, and I love who that turned out. I was actually rooting for the other guy (I was right:D).

I read it really fast, it is really gripping and fast paced.

My only problem. It wasn't memorable enough. I'm writing this review next day and I have trouble remembering what happens.

Happy reading!


Monday, April 3, 2017

Rite of Rejection by Sarah Negovetich

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Title: Rite of Rejection
Author: Sarah Negovetich
Series: Acceptance #1
Number of pages: 320
Published: December 2014
Goodreads link: Rite of Rejection
Genre: dystopia, fantasy, fiction, ya, romance

I have very mixed felling about this story. One the plus site, I love the dystopian world. The future of people is determent by the Machine. At the special ceremony the Machine determines if you are good or bad for the society. If you are bad you are sent to the PIT, like a jail/concentration camp of sort. Lead character Rebecca always did the right thing, followed rules, so she is devastated when Machine determines that she is bad. In time she finds allies, that become friends, she even find love and most importantly through all the hard ship she finds herself. 

Sound great, right? For me something was missing. That chemistry or magic, that you have with the book. The felling, when book pulls you in the story, change your live or perspective a bit, stay with you for a long time. Like when I've read Twilight. Analytically, the book is nothing special, just ya paranormal romance, with a lot of problems. But when I have read it, I didn't think any of that. I could not put the book down, from he page one I was totally pulled in that world, it consumed my thoughts for weeks after. That is the felling I am looking for, when reading a book. I didn't find it here. 

I am not saying by any means, that the book is bad, not at all. it is good. What was lacking, for me at least, was that magical connection.

Happy reading!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Configured by Jenetta Penner

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Author: Jenetta Penner
Title: Configured
Series: Configured #1
Number of pages: 434
Published: October 2016
Goodreads link: Configured
Genre: sci-fi, dystopia, fiction, fantasy

I reviewed and Advance Readers Copy of this book

It's like really good sci-fi mixed with dystopia. I love the world this was set in. It is put in future, where all people lives are controlled. The system almost eliminated crime, but also put immerse control over people.  Based on intelligence level, newborns are place with proper parent. And that is not it, spouses, jobs, education. vaccination, all is in the hand of one man, claiming to work for the best of people. 

The world that the author created, is very realistic in a way. I love the writing style, the book pulls you in from the first page. 

We follow the life of Avlyn, who is just finished with school and has to move out and start to work. She is faced with challenges of becoming an adult and at the same time recruited for rebel organisation. 

I really love the evolution of Avlyn,  she grows up before our eyes. From obeying citizen to totaly bad-ass girl with amazing powers. 

Really good book. Can't wait to read next one.

Happy reading!


Dating the Prince by Alina Snow

Rating 💚💚💚 Author Alina Snow Title Dating the Prince Series What If Series #1 Number of pages 326 Genre romance, na Cover 💛💛💛...