Archive for April, 2014

Obsessed by Jo Gibson

Posted: April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Netgalley gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Obsessed by Jo Gibson

Judy is best friend with a boy named Michael who she loves and would like to date, but sadly he only views her as a friend no matter what she does. Despite that she still stays close with him and hopes that one day he will change her mind. However, things change when girls who work at the club they work at who have dated Michael start getting murdered. Many people believe that Michael is doing it, but Judy knows that he isn’t and is determined to prove it.

This novel was something. At some points, I was interested in it and I would wonder what was going to happen. This was true especially toward the beginning of it. The concept is also pretty good.

However, the characters weren’t all that smart. Even though many girls who have dated Michael have been murdered, girls keep dating him. That doesn’t make sense. I wouldn’t want to date someone if all his past girlfriends were murdered. Also Michael is pretty much a Gary Stu. He has no flaws and everyone thinks he is hot and wants to date him and even marry him even though he is still a teenager.

The murders are all pretty much the same, too. Most the women that are killed also act the same and seem to have one of two personalities. It’s really annoying. I would have liked if they were more developed.

Overall I am going to give this book two of out five.

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Riot by Sarah Mussi

Posted: April 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Netgalley gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Even though Tia is the daughter of the man who is responsible for the No Child In Need Bill, she wants nothing to do with it and she is determined to do whatever it takes to stop it so no one will be forced not to have kids if they want to have them. She is trying to accomplish this by organizing riots as someone named EVE. However, when riot gets crazy her life changes when she is shot and forced to work with Colbain who is a known criminal who Tia wants nothing to do with.

This book did have an interesting concept. It is possible that one day people might be forced to get sterilized. I also thought that the reaction that the people had to this was realistic. Many people would be against a bill like that and would be protesting it greatly.

However, this book was not handled well. Tia is a very stupid main character who doesn’t seem to know anything. It’s weird that she is so important because she constantly needs to get rescued. She is far from a strong female character.

The main antagonist is also kind of cliche and a flat character. He seems to be all evil and he doesn’t even care about his own family. I would have liked it more if he did care about his daughter, but he just uses her like he uses everyone else.

Tia and Colbain’s romance was also rushed, but at the end of the novel I was okay with it for the most part. I just wished that it would have been developed more.

Overall I would give this book three out of five. It was hard to decide however whether to give it this or two.

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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Alice was never a super popular student, but she was popular enough to get invited to all the major parties and she had a best friend and a decent reputation. All that is changed one night when the most popular boy at her school starts saying that she slept with both him and another guy the very same night. Alice’s life starts going downhill and it only gets worse as tragedy strikes the school and more rumors are spread.

This novel was truly amazing. Even though you feel bad for Alice the whole time, you also don’t hate the other characters completely. Mathieu does a very good job of making all the characters have their own voice and have reasons for what they did. None of them are completely horrible people. They are all characters with hopes and dreams and they all have positive things about them and also flaws.

As the novel goes on, you find yourself wondering what exactly happened and what is going to happen to Alice later. I found myself feeling bad for her so many times and hating that high school can really be this cruel to some people.

Normally I’m not big into contemporary novels, but I loved this one. I keep thinking about it. I will be reading more from this author in the future. It’s hard to believe that this is her first book. She is so very talented.

Overall, I give this book five out of five.

Doubt by Anne-Rae Vasquez

Posted: April 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Doubt by Anne-Rae Vasquez

I usually describe the book here, but this book is hard to describe because it is is all over the place which makes the plot very confusing. Harry is a genius who has formed a group of people of the best players at the video game that he made to help him find his mother. They, of course, don’t know all of what he is planning and all of what they are capable of.

I can tell that a lot of people love this book, but I didn’t like it at all and it’s kind of weird to me that so many people thought it was amazing when I saw so many flaws.

I do think that this book had an interesting concept. Also I don’t mind books when people find out that they have special abilities. Some of my own books are like that. I do feel like this book could have been done better.

There are a lot of characters in this book. They are very confusing. I often had problems figuring out who the main one was supposed to be. At first I thought that it was Harry since he has the first few chapters and since things at first revolve around him, but then the author seems to get tired of him and then she moves on to another character who has pretty much her own plot.

I didn’t really care for any of the characters in this book. They could have worked out, but it seemed like the author just was rushing their development.

The author was also rushing the plot. She seemed to go with one and then she would get bored of that one and throw in random things that she thought was interesting. I didn’t find it interesting. I found it confusing, and it seemed like she didn’t spend much time editing this book.

Even though I would have liked to have enjoyed this book as much as so many other people have, I did not and so I am only giving it two out of five.

Two by Karl Alexander

Posted: April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Two by Karl Alexander

Parker and Emerson are identical twin sisters whose lives change when an author interviews them he is going to have twins in his new YA book. Tim soon decides that he will put the twins in the book and of course they are very happy and excited about that because it will make them more well known. However, they also have to deal with their high school drama and when Portia Flowers wants to get revenge on them for getting her expelled things start to go downhill for the twins and Tim.

First I am going to say that I did like the twins’ bond with each other. I am not a twin,l but I do have a little sister and the bond that Parker and Emerson had with each other did seem to be realistic. Perhaps it was a bit exaggerated since the twins were always finishing each others sentences and what not but I still liked it. The twins also had plenty of conversations that were not about men.

However, overall I didn’t like this book. I found Parker and Emerson to be complete brats and I had little sympathy for them especially as the book went on. I actually felt bad for Portia a lot of the time even though she is the antagonist. It seemed like Alexander didn’t want to give Portia any good traits and he just wanted the twins to be right all the time.

I also found Tim to be very creepy. He is probably in his mid twenties, but he had a thing for one of the twins and he even tries to act on it. This is disturbing, but Alexander didn’t act like it was a big deal and Tim was portrayed as a good guy not the creeper that he was. He was also married during this, but the fact that he wanted to cheat on his wife with a sixteen-year-old girl wasn’t made to be a big deal in the book. The wife was actually made to look like the bad guy.

This book also didn’t have much plot and the twins just kind of ran around and did things and pretty much only with themselves. The twins didn’t really seem to care about anyone except themselves, their parents, and the men in their lives. They supposedly had other friends, but there aren’t any in the book.

Overall I give this book two out of five.

Beloved Enemy by Lacy Yager

Posted: April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Beloved Enemy by Lacy Yager

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Genevieve is only seventeen, but she is already in college and trying to find a cure for cancer. However, this is ruined when she is kidnapped by vampires who want to use her so she can help them. At first Genevieve does everything she can to escape from them, but eventually she wonders if maybe she should stay and help them and she also can’t help but wonder if the vampire Chad isn’t all that bad after all.

First off I really loved Genevieve. She isn’t like most characters with a vampire love interest. She has her own hobbies and passions. She is a very smart good who really wants to cure cancer and make a difference in the world. She also is able to take care of herself. Sure she’s not the strongest person out there, but she still tries her hardest and she stands up for herself.

I didn’t much like Chad’s chapters as much, but he was okay, too. I found it interesting that he had an injury even though he was a vampire. He was easy to relate too for the most part but I didn’t find him to be near as interesting as Genevieve was, but that’s just me.

Overall I give this book four out of five.

The Color of Angels’ Souls by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian

I got this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jeremy is only twenty-three when is murdered by someone with a katana even though he lives in the twenty-first century. Jeremy is tossed into a world of angels some of which want to help the humans and some who want nothing more than to feed off their pain and suffering. Jeremy isn’t sure what he should do with the eternity that he ahead of him until he finds Allison who is the only person who saw him get murdered. Jeremy soon finds out that she is in danger and he decides he will do whatever he can to protect her.

I thought the angel concept was really unique and I liked all the world development the author did for it. She was good at explaining it while not making it seem like it was an information dump. This book also wasn’t religious so people of any religion or people who aren’t religious would also like it.

I also enjoyed when Jeremy and Allison met people from history. I loved those characters especially Albert Einstein and those were probably some of my favorite parts of the novel.

I didn’t find Jeremy’ and Allison’s relationship to be all that realistic, and I thought at times that their romance kind of took over the plot, which I didn’t like. I was much more interested in knowing about the angels and how they lived then his relationship with her.

Overall I would give this book three out of five.

Waning Moon by P.J. Sharon

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Waning Moon by P.J. Sharon

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Lily has been gifted with the ability to heal, see the future, and read people’s emotions. However, this is often more of a curse because it has led to people trying to find her and her brother who has the opposite power as her. However, Lily is more concerned with trying to keep her Uncle Sam who is immune to her powers from dying. She knows she must leave her town to do so and after meeting Will, someone who she has instant chemistry with she does so.

This is random and not all that important but I love the name Lily, and I’m glad that the Sharon decided to spell her name that way and not something like Lilliegh. I don’t care if this is a dystopia. If anything I think in the future spellings like that would be less common.

Anyway, I found Lily’s healing power to be pretty interesting, especially since her uncle and brother were immune to it. Even though that could seem like a cop out, I felt Sharon did a good job of making it so it didn’t seem that way. I also liked how Lily cared deeply about both her uncle and her brother. She didn’t just forget about them and her friends once a male ran along.

However, something I didn’t like were Lily’s other powers. She hardly ever uses them and I honestly believe that they could have been cut from the novel. They just didn’t seem to be necessary.

The plot was also kind of weak and a lot of times it seems like it is just Lily running around. The romance kind of takes over the plot at times too especially since she falls for him right away.

Overall I give this three out of five.

Kallista by Della Rose

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Kallista by Della Rose

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kallista is part of the lower I-caste which means she is doomed to be a servant for her whole life if she doesn’t do something to change that. However, her friend comes up with an idea to get Kallista to pretend to be part of the P-caste so she can try and find a husband who can save her from that life. It should all work out, but then she meets Sage and things change.

Oh this book… I don’t even know how to start with this. It did have an interesting concept. I thought that it would have good world development and I would be able to read about an interesting dystopian society. However, Rose didn’t do much world building and she hardly describes how the world ended up the way it did or much about the world at all.

Sage is also much too perfect. He and Kallista pretty much fall in love right away which is pretty irritating. Love at first sight isn’t real if you ask me. This book also seems like it wasn’t edited very well. It seems like the author just winged things as she went along and she didn’t edit it so it seemed more natural.

I didn’t see the ending twist coming, but I also didn’t like it and thought it was unrealistic.

The book also had pretty much no plot. Kallista pretty much just ran around and flirted with Sage.

Overall I give this book two out of five.

Fragile Line by Brookyln Skye

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ellie has no idea what is going on. She keeps blacking out and forgetting everything that she is doing during that time. She tries her hardest to get the blackouts to stop and figure out what she has been doing during this, but she is having problems doing that and keeping it a secret while still trying to stay sane.

This was a very interesting book. When I was reading it, I wasn’t sure what direction the Skye was going to go at first. It could have been fantasy or contemporary or maybe even science fiction. Normally I don’t like contemporary but I did like this book. Ellie has much more to worry about than just her grades and such. She has real problems.

Ellie and her boyfriend could be kind of annoying at times. For one their relationship seems a bit too perfect at times. I also found that he could be kind of annoying especially later in the book after he finds out about her problem. Ellie’s reactions also didn’t seem to be all that realistic.

However, I loved the end of the book. It is very tragic, but I also found it to be realistic, which I liked.

Overall I give this book three out of five.