September 18th, 2014

Review | Some Boys by Patty Blount

Some Boys
Some Boys by Patty Blount

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great book.

This book tackles a tough issue: rape.
What I like most about this book is the attitude Grace has.
I love that she never gives up.
I love that even though everyone doubts her story she keeps to her guns.
I love Ian’s character.
I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a compelling contemporary novel.

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Book Reviews, Read in 2014, Sourcebooks

The Here and Now
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A welcome surprise from an old favorite series author of mine.

Loved the sci-fi and mystery elements.
Prenna was a good character but Ethan steals the show.

Time travel is an unusual theme for me to grasp. I almost always have a dread feeling when I start a book knowing it’s about time travel. I have a preconceived notion that it is unrealistic. This book, however, was wonderful and easy to believe.

I am not a fan of the ending though. It did not end very well summed up. I wanted a bit more closure to Prenna and Ethan’s relationship as well as the traveler community. I can only assume this will be a series and the remaining information will come in a later installment.

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Book Reviews

The Murder Complex
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty good.

Liked the dual character narration.

The world-building was nice.

The ending was not so awesome.

Cliffhangers are not my favorite and this one was not done very well.

I will probably read the next book though.

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Book Reviews

Side Effects May Vary
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I simply couldn’t put it down.

The characters were awesome. I LOVED Harvey. Alice was not the most likable character at times but I saw through the nasty person she tended to be to a few select characters. Did those characters deserve it? Maybe, but should Alice have been using her precious time on revenge? Maybe not so completely.

I loved and hated the layout of the story. Chapters from both Alice and Harvey’s points of view from both “Now” and “Then”. The “Then” chapters being flash backs of before “Now”, which was current time. I found some of the “Then” chapters imposing because I REALLY wanted to know what was going to happen in the “Now”. The “Then” chapters were very important though.

I see this being a standalone. However, I would not be opposed to reading more about Alice’s life.

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Book Reviews

17 First Kisses
17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.

The layout was very original. Just like the title suggests we get to experience Claire’s firsts 17 kisses. The timeline switches between present time and her kisses, in order from 1 to 17.

The characters were pretty great. Claire is part of a group of girls, most of them cheerleaders and Claire is a sporty soccer player with more muscles than curves.

I liked Claire a lot. I can’t say the same about her girlfriends. Then again most teenaged females that think they are hot stuff aren’t the nicest people to be friends with.

Sam and Luke and the many other male characters are also great. I really enjoy Sam and wish we could have seen more of him. I had Luke pegged from the beginning and I wish I didn’t. I really wanted him to be as awesome as he was portrayed.

Claire and her family go through some pretty terrible events. The major event is so terrible that I really had a hard time reading about it. As a mother, I simply can not even think about how I might react to the event that happened. If you are not a mother or don’t have younger siblings or close family then the event may not affect you as much.

As for the ending, it was a little too vague and uneventful. I either wish it would have been a longer book to give the ending more detail or the ending should have happened a bit sooner because we are lead up to the end with a lot of events unfolding. The end should have been given a bit more satisfying detail. The only thing I can hope for is a follow-up book that comes back to Claire after she graduates college or maybe there will be a mid-book that covers her years of college. I really didn’t enjoy seeing her lust for some random dude as soon as she moved into her dorm room and then BOOM, THE END.

Should there be more books I will definitely read it as well as anything else by Rachel Allen.

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Book Reviews

Storm Siren
Storm Siren by Mary Weber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, first, this cover is gorgeous!

This book was fantastic.
Loved the epicness of the setting.
The elemental powers of a select few characters was awesome.

Nym was an awesome character. She is strong, yet struggles with self control and acceptance of her ability.

Eogan, Nym’s elemental trainer, was very cool. I enjoyed him a great deal.
I had a hard time picturing him. He’s very dark skinned, yet he had jagged dark bangs as well as bright emerald eyes.

Colin and Breck were outstanding supporting characters.

I ended up loving the warhorses. How cool were they!?

The only other thing I have to mention is: THE ENDING!!!!!!

ZOMG. WHUT!?

How can I possibly read the next book with that ending?
I feel so defeated but I just know Nym will come out on top, right?

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Book Reviews

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Drowned by Nichola Reilly

Harlequin TEEN | June 24, 2014 | 304 pages

Naming Characters – the research, meaning behind, or method of choosing unusual character names.

Here’s a novel thing: I like to pick names for my characters that fit their personalities. I know, big shocker—most authors do that. I used to go on babynames.com and put in what I wanted the name to mean, and it would spit out a whole bunch of names that meant a certain thing, then I would just select the one I liked best.

In the world of DROWNED, the people have been removed from our civilization for a long time. They do not read anymore, they don’t have books or any means of writing, so over the years, language has disintegrated. Much knowledge has been lost, and many of the names have been cannibalized and altered, much like a sentence in a game of telephone. So a lot of the names are not real names at all; just things I came up with because they evoke an image or make a sound that fits the character.

At one point in DROWNED, the main character, Coe, wonders if a person’s name controls who he or she will become. The princess Star, after all, is heavenly. Tiam, the strong, capable boy, is named after Tiamat, a Mesopotamian goddess who controls the chaos of the sea. The goddess Tiamat “gives birth to the world”, and in many ways, gives birth to Coe’s world. Coe’s name is short for Corvina. She’s named after a “smelly, slimy, bug-eyed fish,” which she thinks is fitting, since she is strange-looking and considered the lowest of the low. There is another story behind how she got her name, but that comes later.

The ruler of the land, King Wallow, is a descendent of a doomsday prepper named Agnes Willow, who owned the land they now reside on. In a world where language has been lost, the ruling family’s name changed over time, without their knowledge, and perhaps they don’t even realize now what “Wallow” means. But the royals do wallow; they’re the most self-indulgent people you’ll ever meet.

I had fun naming the secondary characters, since I wanted to pull them from things that have existed in the past, but had somehow morphed in meaning and importance over time. Melame is a mean, older guy who minds the tide pools people wash in. “Melame” is an amalgam of Mean and Lame, because that’s what he is. Burbur is a very busy and important castle worker, used to high-traffic, very hardy, like Berber carpet. Cordon, the chef, is named as such because I can only imagine his ancestor’s favorite dish was Chicken Cordon Bleu. Xilia is a crazy lady, named that because it sounds very much like “sillier”. And she is silly. It’s hard not to hear the name “Mutter” and not think of an angry guy walking around with his head down, mumbling to himself. I also threw in other, more normal names, like Ana and Finn, because I figured that not all ordinary names would fall into the void.

I’m not usually married to the names I choose. Sometimes, a character will change over time and demand to me to be called something else. In that case, I will usually make the change later on. But in this book, Coe was always Coe, and Tiam always Tiam, and I can’t imagine them being called anything else.

Summary (Goodreads)

Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.

Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.

Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.

About Nichola Reilly

Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog’s post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

About Cyn Balog

Cyn Balog is a normal, everyday Jersey Girl who always believed magical things can happen to us when we least expect them. She is author of young adult paranormals FAIRY TALE (2009), SLEEPLESS(2010), STARSTRUCK (2011), TOUCHED (2012), and her most recent release: DEAD RIVER (2013).e. She lives outside Allentown, Pennsylvania with her husband and daughters.

She also writes under the pen name Nichola Reilly. Nichola Reilly is Cyn Balog’s post-apocalyptic fantasy-writing alter-ego. The first book in her series, DROWNED, will be releasing from Harlequin TEEN sometime in 2014, followed by a sequel, BURIED, in 2015.

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The One
The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my most favorite series to date.
Dystopian elements with a Bachelor reality TV twist.
The final installment was everything I wanted and more and less all wrapped together.
There were a few tragic scenes I didn’t enjoy and would have wished for a different outcome.
Overall, I was pleased with how this series ended.
I don’t feel comfortable going into much more detail but suffice it to say that I look forward to reading more by Kiera Cass.

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Book Reviews, HarperCollins

Burn Out

Burn Out (Burn Out, #1) by Kristi Helvig

EgmontUSA | April 8, 2014 | 272 pages

 

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 4

Overall: 29/30 = 96% A

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

Action packed sci-fi futuristic story about a girl and her guns.

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The Shadow Prince
The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1) by Bree Despain
EgmontUSA | March 11, 2014 | 496 pages

 

 

Procurement

eARC via NetGalley.

My Grade

Plot: 4

Setting: 4

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 3

Overall: 26/30 = 86.6% B

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

Well done mythological story about a prince, a girl, their friends and their enemies.

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