Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Starring Me" Review & Giveaway



Date Published: July 10, 2012

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Number of Pages: 336

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Author: KristaMcGee

First Thoughts:


I was so thrilled to see that the author chose to do a kind of prequel to “First Date” and we still got to see a few of the characters from the first book but at the same time get a whole new story. I enjoyed the lightness to this book, it really allowed the reader to escape reality and explore a much simpler and fun world (minus the snobby girls of course!) But this book brought the same kind of mood that “First Date” did and I really enjoyed the story and the briskness of the book. This was a book I didn’t put down till I read the very last page.

Plot:

So the plot was definitely filled with plenty of road blocks and conflicts so it really kept the pace of the book fast. I enjoyed that it was more a “fluff” kind of read; you know those books that are cutesy and not as serious? Anyways I really enjoyed the storyline of this book, I thought the ideas of actresses competing for a spot on a TV series and having to live in the same house while auditioning was really cute. Can you imagine young girls stuck in one little house all vying for the only spot on a new tv series? Yikes! Anyways I thought the author did a great job on creating the perfect obstacles and conflicts for the storyline, it really helped move the story along. And as for the plot elements I thought it followed along the traditional plotline just fine and I didn’t see any confusing points within the story, and the climax was absolutely perfect for this story. And the ending was very satisfying, I didn’t have any lingering feelings or questions, I was happy on how the author saw fit to end Kara’s story. And I have to mention that the religion aspect to this book was not in any way overwhelming, it was just essentially a part of the story and conflict. So overall I felt this was an enjoyable plot and the build-up of the world was realistic and inspiring at the same time. Don’t know if I’ll be going into acting anytime in my life but it definitely inspired me to pursue my own dreams.

Romance:

So there was a little romance, not much to really take over the whole plot but it was part of the conflicts. And I thought the romance was realistic and believable because it wasn’t love at first sight, it was a more of a build-up and gradual relationship. So I don’t think there was anything that really bothered me in this aspect. So overall I enjoyed the romance and thought it added a certain zest! to the story!

Characters:

I was able to pretty easily connect with Kara, she has such a bubbly and friendly personality. I really could relate to her, she had her own flaws of course but that’s what made her even more real. And Chad was pretty easy to connect with though he took me a little bit more time, but as I got to know him and his line of thinking it became much easier. And as for the more minor characters they each had their own quirks and personalities and each character was needed to complete this story; they each had their own roles to play. So overall I did enjoy the characters in this book.

Transformation of the Character:

There was a small transformation in this book but it wasn’t overwhelming or painted in bright colors. The transformation was more subtle but definitely noticeable to the reader and I guess that’s what I liked about it. It was more a part of the story than just the story, does that make sense? Anyways I don’t want to go into too much detail about the transformation but just know it was a good aspect to this story.

Description:

I really enjoyed the description, you could really see when the author chose to use different symbols and obstacles to really highlight that particular part of the story, it allowed the reader to really see in even more detail what was happening. And the emotional part of the description was good also, we could really connect well with the characters and get to understand why they were feeling the way they were. And the description of the actual scenes was well described too, I could really picture each scene well and see exactly what was happening in each scene. And as for the actual dialogue in the story it seemed true to each character and there wasn’t too much or too little of it. So I guess you can say the description did a great job on allowing the reader to really SEE what was happening throughout the book.

Style:

This was written in more than two POV’s and n first person but I didn’t have a problem when the author switched to another’s POV it was very easy to see when it switched. And I think for this particular book it was needed, you needed to see more than just one POV to really understand what was happening and why they were happening. And as for the writing itself I didn’t have any problems with it, I really enjoy this author’s writing and find it smooth and easy to read, I never have problems finishing her books. So overall I really enjoyed the style this author chose for this book.

Quote of the Book:

““I was going to tell her a quote by C.S. Lewis. He says: ‘Friendship is unnecessary.’…like philosophy, like art….It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.””

Goodreads Summary:

Kara McKormick is told she's auditioning to star in a new teen variety show. But it's what she isn't told that could change her life.

The feisty New Yorker moves to sunny Orlando to participate in a month-long audition, where she'll live with nine other contestants and an eccentric housemother. Kara knows that the show already has a big-time celebrity lined up for the co-host, but she doesn't know who it is.

Chad Beacon quickly rose to fame after winning America's Next Star, but he doesn't want his entire career to be about singing. There is so much more he wants to do-like act. The new variety show sounds like the perfect next step for him, but his parents want him to have a co-star who shares his faith since they'll be spending so much time together.

Acting is high on Kara's priority list. But a relationship with God? Not so much. In fact, she's tried to stay away from anything religious. But God is after Kara's heart and He's put people in her life who are showing her there's far more to Christianity than rules and judgment.

And just when it seems that Kara's going to have to give up her acting dream, God reveals that she may have a starring role after all-in a story so big only He could write it.

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to YA and Christian readers; this really was an inspring and amazing read. Though it deals with religion like I mentioned earlier it didn’t overwhelm me, it was there but at the same time it allowed the reader to choose, it was pushy at all. But overall I really enjoyed getting to meet some old characters and new ones and look forward to reading more by this author.

My Rating:


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Don't Tell" by Mercy Amare Review



Date to-be Published: September 9, 2012

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Publisher: Self-Published


First Thoughts:

I was very eager to start this book, lately I’ve been reading a lot of realistic and serious books and so this was definitely at the top of my to-read list. This was a book that was very quick to read that went through a serious issue but at the same time went through a great transformation. This book didn’t dawdle with extra conflicts; it got down to the point and made the reader really see what was happening. I had a good time reading this book and found that it was really hard to put down. Just know that once you start this book you won’t put it down till you’re finished.

Plot:

This dealt with the serious issue of abuse and though I have never personally been through what Lucy has been through but I was able to get into her mind and see how she viewed her own situation. This was a book about a girl who comes from hardship trying to find her-self in along the way finding what it feels like to be loved. Now as far as the structure of the plot it was really simple, you had all the essentials and then of course the conclusion. The ending was very satisfying, especially because the author included an epilogue which allows us to see a little bit into the future and what’s happening to the characters. And really the length of this book is very short, it’s more of a short story or a novella but it’s amazing how much can happen in that short amount of pages, especially what this author pulled off. I really enjoyed that there wasn’t any unnecessary conflicts, that the author really stayed true to the main conflict and allowed the reader to really graze on that and watch as the story and situations unfolded. So overall I really enjoyed the plot, there was plenty happening to keep the reader interested and the pace was very quick; a book that can be read in one sitting.

Romance:

There was definitely romance in this book and it was so sweet and kind, though I think due to the briskness of the story it seemed a little rushed at times…but the author created the relationship in a way that made it more believable and even sweeter.  And yes the romance kind of was part of the major conflict but it really was necessary to the story, to tell the story how it’s meant to be told. So overall I did enjoy the romance in the story.

Characters:

I instantly connected with Lucy, the powerful thoughts and emotions she had to go through was something I grasped onto. I really was able to understand her line of thinking and personality as the story progressed; as we got to hear her story. As for some of the more minor characters I enjoyed them as well, they all seemed to have their own role to play in this story, some more than others. And the characters seemed realistic and necessary. So overall the characters were an essential element in this book that really brought the story to light; without them this story would be pointless…dull. It’s the characters themselves that bring such importance to books and stories. So I’m glad this book had some great and relatable characters in it.

Transformation of the Character:

There was definitely a transformation in this book and I don’t really want to go into too much detail but it was definitely a great experience to watch as something so delicate became something much more. Now not all stories have these kinds of transformations but this one definitely did and I was so inspired on the steps this character took to get where she is now….overall this was definitely a great aspect and addition to the story.

Description:

I really enjoyed the description though it wasn’t too much detail just enough to allow the reader to really see the surroundings and deep inner thoughts and emotions. I really enjoyed the emotional description, it really allowed me to better connect with Lucy and understand her situation. And as for the description of the landscapes and surroundings I liked that the author used a few symbols to help symbolize Lucy’s situation and the mood of that particular scene. And as for the dialogue it was used in just the right moments and I didn’t feel any of the lines to be false or awkward. So overall I really enjoyed the description in this story.

Style:

This was written in two POV’s and in first person, this allowed the reader to get two perspectives and allow them to understand exactly what was going on in each scene. As for the author’s writing it was easy to understand and you could definitely see her personal touch as an author. I really enjoyed reading her writing and liked how she chose to write in two perspectives, it really allowed me to get another’s POV and better understand why things needed to happen the way they did. So overall I thought the style was just right for this story.

Quote of the Book:

“I could be surrounded by a million people, but I would still feel alone….I pretend that I’m normal, but really, what is normal?”

Goodreads Summary:

I could be surrounded by a million people, but I would still feel alone. I smile on the outside, but inside I feel like I’m slowly dying. I cry out for help, but nobody sees me, at least not the real me. They see a fa├žade, a mask that I put on to hide the pain.

I pretend that I’m normal, but really, what is normal? Maybe what I’m feeling is normal. The hurt, the disappointment, the loneliness… it could be all just be a part of life. Maybe I will never know what normal is.

I put on long sleeves and makeup to hide the bruises, but they only mask the outside. What happens when I can’t carry my burden alone any longer? What would happen if I told somebody the truth?

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to YA readers and to anyone who is looking for good romantic yet serious story. This really was a quick read so I don’t think you’ll have any trouble finishing it and it can definitely be a book you can read in-between readings. I look forward to reading other books and stories by this author, her writing definitely was fun to read and she had great characters to connect with. My overall satisfaction of this story was pleased.

My Rating:




Monday, August 27, 2012

Eve & Adam Review



Date to-be Published: October 2, 2012

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Number of Pages: 304     

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

First Thoughts:

I was excited to start this book, I had discovered it a little while back and with the beautiful cover and interesting premise I was eager to get it started. And it was a fun and interesting read, some of the ideas of course were nothing new but there was plenty in this book that kept the story interesting and moving. I loved the concept and the world building; this was a book where it was a new world; something that was filled with shiny technology and some very interesting characters. I was overall pleased with the book and enjoyed the storyline.

Plot:

I enjoyed the storyline in this book because it deals with the idea of LIFE; of the creation of life. This has always interested me…I mean I think one day it’ll be possible but in all reality this is a very controversial topic; it’s like trying to play God. So the idea that these two authors tackled such a subject was pretty cool and well executed. I didn’t really see that the author pushed the idea on us; it kind of just offered us the idea and situations and allowed the authors to take their own POV on the subject but at the same time showing us the views of the characters and what they thought of it. As far as the actual plotline it had plenty of conflicts that kept the book moving and fun to read. There was definitely some twists that I didn’t see coming, the authors made us think one way and then out of nowhere turned the whole idea around and made us realize that we had been deceived. And the ending is very satisfying, there were definitely some ideas and things left un-answered but there was enough resolution to satisfy the conflicts for this first book. So overall I did enjoy the plot and thought this story had plenty of interesting ideas and conflicts, definitely a good aspect to the book.

Romance:

Romance…yes there was plenty of that in this book and it really wasn’t there until at least half-way so it was that overwhelming. And there was a weak love triangle in this book but it essentially didn’t exist and you’ll see that when you are able to read this book. But as far as the type of romance I really found it to be realistic and cute…it has those awkward stages and then those sweeter moments at the same time. So overall I was pleased with how the authors handled this aspect of the story.

Characters:

Oh yes, there were plenty of characters with fire in their bellies. Evening’s mother was really a piece of work and I still haven’t figured her all the way and I have a feeling it will be awhile till I do. And Solo…wow he was definitely one of my favorite characters in the book; loved his personality and the many layers he was made up of. And Evening…she took me a little longer to connect with but after a while I was able to get to know her and understand her and therefore was finally able to connect with her. And as for some of the more minor characters like Evening’s best friend they were definitely needed to make the story more interesting and believable. So overall I enjoyed the characters and thought this was a good aspect of the story.

Transformation of the Character:

There weren’t really any transformations in this book, I could see a beginning of one but not a true transformation. But seeing there is going to be another book in the series I think that was for the best, the more gradual and slower transformations are more realistic and beautiful to read. So overall this didn’t really impact my opinion of the book.

Description:

I liked how the technology was explained; I could really picture the process of some of the events that took place in this book. And I also loved the description of the building most of this book took place in! It was really cool sounding, the ultra-security, the sharp angles and scenery…it was all really well described and easy for me to picture. And as for the emotion descriptions, they weren’t as deep are emotional as you get in some books, it was really on the low key end. As for the dialogue there wasn’t too much or too little and the dialogue itself seemed true to each character. So overall I enjoyed this aspect.

Style:

This was written in three POV’s and in first person so it allowed it to be focused on the characters themselves but also on the bigger conflict of the book. I think I liked the changing of POV’s but I think it would have been fine in just Evenings POV too…though I did really enjoy Solo’s thoughts…he really is adorable. As for the authors writing, I really thought the two author’s writing was consistent and really could view this story as one style of writing and it was fun and easy to read so I didn’t have any problems with it. So overall this was a okay aspect but not sure if there should be any changes done or not…but it didn’t make me dislike the book anymore, just made me think of different possibilities.

Quote of the Book:

““I would still like to know how I came to be,” I say.

“Consider it a mystery…like the Big Bang. One second there’s nothing, and the next second there’s a universe.””

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this YA readers; this was definitely a fun and different kind of read for young adults. I really enjoyed this book and look forward for “Adam & Eve” the next book in the series…really can’t wait for more Solo! And I would definitely read more by these authors the writing was really fun to read and like I mentioned earlier I had no problems with it whatsoever. So overall I enjoyed this book and found another series to add to my “to-watch” for list.

My Rating:





Friday, August 24, 2012

"The Evolution of Mara Dyer" Review



Date to-be Published: October 23, 2012

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Number of Pages: 530

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

First Thoughts:

I was so excited to read this book, the last book left me yearning for more of Mara and Noah and man did we get more of them! I really enjoyed this book as much as the first book but in an entirely new way; this book was more dark and serious while the first book was more light and semi-serious. But I really enjoyed diving into Mara’s world again and learning more about who she is and what her world has to offer. This book definitely didn’t let me down; I enjoyed just about everything about it! I loved seeing the old characters and meeting some of the new ones…it was an overall exciting and excellent read.

Plot:

This plot seemed to be more complicated and twisted than in the previous book. You have so many issues being addressed but it wasn’t confusing surprisingly. This book had a lot to do with trying to figure out whether what was happening was real or all in Mara’s head…very psyche-thrilling! If you thought the last book was filled with surprises and twists you haven’t seen anything yet! This book definitely surprised me at times when I least expected it. This book was filled with plenty of action and intimate scenes, where it allowed you to get to know the story better and have fun at the same time. I actually thought this book had a lot of moments where I kept thinking ‘WTH?’ I mean seriously some of the things that happened in this book were intense and insane but I loved every one of them. As for the pace of this book it was extremely fast, I had to force myself to read slower; to savor every last word. And the ending?! I wouldn’t consider it a cliffhanger but it still leaves you yearning for more; to know what happens next. I loved the ending though, I really thought the author did a great job on ending this book in a way that concludes this part of the story but also opening it up for the next book. So overall I thought the plot was well thought out and created the perfect read that could keep the reader interested and happy. But this book was more sinister so beware of what’s to come!

Romance:

I loved the romance in this book, it was just as fun and exciting to read in this book than it was in the first one. We got to know both Mara and Noah a little better and there was plenty of conflicts to stab at their relationship and boy there was definitely one major event that will leave you breathless, definitely saw that coming but was still a little shocked to actually see it happen, kind of like your mind knows the truth but the heart doesn’t…anyways I’ll leave it at that. But either way I liked that this book really tested their relationship and made it more realistic and interesting to read about. So overall I enjoyed the romance in this book and still enjoy my Noah time!

Characters:

So I still loved getting to know Mara, she was the same in a way that we know her…but the things that happen to her in this book start to change her and well it was interesting to read but she was still easy to connect with and want to get to know. As for Noah he’s still my number one Hottie in the book! And some of the new characters introduced in this book were very interesting and fun to get to know…and all of the characters were necessary for the plot and fit well within the story. So overall I thought this was a great aspect to the story.

Transformation of the Character:

Like I mentioned earlier Mara starts to really change in this book and it was easy to see why. The transformation is hard to describe without giving anything away but let’s just say the events are really starting to make her change whether she wanted to or not…I liked some of the changes too, some helped create a better Mara…but overall the transformations that went on in this book are not over; they will definitely continue to take place in the book to come. So overall this was an interesting aspect to the story.

Description:

Loved the description in this book, I was really able to get inside the minds of some of the characters especially Mara. I enjoyed reading each scene; they had a life of their own, some were more descriptive while others vague. Some of my favorite scenes were she used emotions in simple words to describe the scenes, I don’t always see that in books and I think this is one of the things that makes me really enjoy this author’s writing. And the deep emotion that was in this book was beautifully described; I really enjoyed everything about it. And I thought there was a lot of dialogue in this book but it seemed to fit this story just right, I didn’t think that there’s was too much of it, it was more of just stating a fact. So overall I really enjoyed this aspect of the story.

Style:

This was written in one POV and in first person which allowed us to keep focused on the more important issues in the book and at the same time feel really connected to Mara. As for the author’s writing, I loved it just as much as I did in the first book if not even more. I loved how she played around with words and manipulated the scenes, she really is a master when it comes to writing. So overall I really enjoyed the style of this book and though this book was a little bit darker it was necessary for the story to be told right.

Quote of the Book:

“I heard my name whispered in a loved, familiar voice, but it was far away and I didn’t care. I would not stop until this thing beneath my grip was dead- I would not allow it to escape or heal. I wanted to watch it die, to turn it to meat.”

Goodreads Summary:

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to fans of the unbecoming of Mara Dyer and to anyone who loves a great romance/action packed book. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to continue reading Mara and Noah’s story because there is still so much left to be figured out! But overall I loved this author’s writing and found this to be a quick, fun filled and exciting read.

My Rating:




Wednesday, August 22, 2012

This Weeks Book Haul!


This is what I got this week to read J


"In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity."Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of "them." The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend--a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what--and who--is worth dying for.


She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…

When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.

Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.

And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…




Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is—and what he's willing to do to make her stay.

Now Clara has left the city—and Christian—behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won't let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough....





Two gruesome murders have shocked and divided the community of Bella Coola, a small, isolated village in a remote river valley on the coast of British Columbia. The evidence points to a teenaged Nuxalk boy, and the simmering tension between whites and tribe members heats up. RCMP Inspector Marcus Chao must sort through misleading clues, cultural conflicts, tangled relationships, sexual scandals, and even rumors of sorcery to find the truth.

Marcus is a man whose life has skidded into remorse and misery. His own infidelity has ended his marriage to the woman he still loves, and now he finds himself with only two things to keep his sinking spirits afloat: the need to serve justice and his eternal fascination with solving the puzzle of the crime. This latest puzzle, however, is proving to be a maze of intrigue, and his mettle as well as his principles will be tested.




They all sound good to me…think I’ll start with “Dreaming Awake” but after that not sure….

Anyways have a great day and be on the look out for my review of “The Evolution of Mara Dyer” on Friday!

-Lacey





Monday, August 20, 2012

"Other Side of Forever" Review



Date Published: January 23, 2012

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Number of Pages: 236

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

First Thoughts:

This was a book filled with deep love and supernatural abilities. I was swept away with the deep connection I had with Allie. I really enjoyed getting to learn all the rules and boundaries of this book’s world. There was plenty of action to keep the reader interested and enough down time to allow the reader to really take in each situation and get to know the story more. I really enjoyed the whole story as a whole and found it unique in its own way. This is a book that will take you on a journey of self-discovery and healing.

Plot:

So maybe not all the ideas of this book were original but they were so much fun to read. I really enjoyed seeing the supernatural abilities manifest in the characters and get to learn more about what they can do and why they can. There were some theories I came up with about the possible lineage of Allie and I can’t wait to discover if their actually true in the books to come. This was definitely a fun tale to read, there were a lot of deep lining issues that were expressed but in a way that wasn’t overwhelming to the reader. I really enjoyed the concept of the immortals and where they came from; I really can’t wait to learn more about their history and their world. You got a small peek into their world but there’s still a lot left unanswered. The beginning of the book instantly grabbed my attention which is rare for me these days…but the way she started off with the mom telling her daughter about life…really interesting and really sets the stage for what the book is going to be about. I really enjoyed the way the author incorporated a realistic situation and added in the paranormal…this author seemed to make this story realistic but in a way that would be impossible in the real world. As far as the actual plotline it seemed to hold all the characteristics of a traditional one, I didn’t really find any problems with it, the ending was conclusive enough to allow the reader to be satisfied with the book but not enough to allow it to be a stand-alone. But overall I really enjoyed the concept of this book and loved the creativity the author put into it.

Romance:

I really enjoyed this aspect of the book, the romance was so sweet and perfect that it really makes you wish it could really exist in our world. The romance kind of was part of the main conflict but it there was definitely a lot more involved besides the romance. But this book definitely has a lot of issues that deal with relationships so if you’re one to not enjoy that this book probably isn’t for you. But I really loved the chemistry between Allie and Ethan it was so fun to read and experience right alongside them. Overall I enjoyed this aspect of the story and didn’t have any issues with it.

Characters:

I connected with Allie instantly; from the very first paragraph of the book I was hooked. Allie was just created with great detail and I’m still trying to pull apart the many layers she has. And Ethan was fun getting to know, we got to know him a little at a time, he took a little more time to connect with due to his aloofness at certain points. But as for the more minor characters, they each fit perfectly into the book and they added great texture and fun to the story. And each character in this book was necessary. So overall I enjoyed getting to know each character and seeing what they had to contribute to the world.

Transformation of the Character:

I’m not sure Allie really transformed that much in this book, I saw the start of it but I still think she has a lot of potential for more transformation. And as far as the other characters I also thinks there’s still some more growing room but that’s okay because this is only the first book in the series so there should be more growing to be done. So overall I don’t think this really affected how I enjoyed the book.

Description:

The description was really good when it came to describing the landscape and the actual emotions of the characters. I really enjoyed the description of Ethan’s house, it kind of reminded me in an offhand way of the Cullen’s house from “Twilight” because it was set a mile into the woods with a winding road (how awesome is that?!) But what I really enjoyed was the way the author was able to write about how the characters were feeling; what their thoughts were. There were some really touching scenes in this book and I will admit I got a little blurry eyed when it came to them…the way the author described that certain moment just seemed so real and important; I loved it! And the dialogue seemed to really fit into the story and I didn’t really see any issues with it. So overall I found that the description was very memorizing at times and really added a special flare to this story that allowed me to really enjoy it.

Style:

This was written in first person and in one POV which allowed the book to be more focused on a small group rather than something much larger. I really enjoyed that the author chose to do this because from what I got a glimpse of there’s a lot in this world that could become overbearing if give a broader POV. Also the author’s writing was good and easy to read, I didn’t really have any issues with it, just a few grammar errors but not enough to be distracting. So overall the style was a good aspect to the book and provided a good structure for the actual story.

Quote of the Book:

““There’s always a beginning and an end…Nothing lasts forever; not life, not even love…It all fades away in the end. That perfect little world everyone always dreams about – it never happens.””

Goodreads Summary:

What if your life finally seemed to make sense? But, what if--in an instant--everything is taken away? How far would you go to get your life back?

Seventeen-year-old Allie Anderson's telekinetic powers are anything but useful--she can't bring her father back, can't stop her mother's downward spiral into alcohol, and can't keep her from falling in love with Ethan Bradley. Loving Ethan is easy, but it comes with a hefty price: Ethan is prohibited by his people from interacting with mortals--because he isn't mortal himself.

When Allie and Ethan's love is discovered, there's someone who will do anything to keep them apart. If Allie can't learn to control her powers and fight to save Ethan, this dark entity will make every attempt to stop her beating heart. And if that happens, not even the energy of an immortal can bring her back.

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to YA and romance readers, this was really a great story filled with imaginative ideas and characters. I really enjoyed this world and can’t wait to continue it in her next book; bring me more Allie and Ethan! Anyways I would definitely look into any other workings of this author and encourage other readers to pick up this book; it really is something special. This book is just filled with some much depth and emotion that it really opened my mind and made me really enjoy reading.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

"Starkissed" Review



Date Published: August 14, 2012

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Number of Pages: 141

Publisher: Self-Published

First Thoughts:

This book was so different from what I’ve been reading lately, it has a lot of drama and comical scenes…it’s the kind of book I would classify into the “Fluff” category, it has a lot of romance and teen thinking. I really enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t so deep and emotional. I liked that I didn’t have to think so hard to figure out what was going on. It was an easy and fun book to read. I enjoyed that this book had a more realistic world, where you the reader can imagine something like this plot happening to you (Though I don’t think I would quite fit into this world, lol). Either way this book was a very fast and adorable read!

Plot:

There was definitely plenty of conflict throughout the book, there was always something coming up. And the story of the famous actor meeting unsuspecting average girl was so cute and adorable to read. I didn’t really think there were any dull moments in this book. I enjoyed the concept of two people coming together who might have not if fate hadn’t stepped in. This was definitely a story filled with teen ideas and problems and it really allowed me to step back and see how different my life is from this book. And the build-up of the action and climax was very well executed, I could easily pick apart each of plot elements and see which each conflict was apart the plotline. As for the world itself, like I mentioned earlier it was realistic and very easily seen. I haven’t ever lived in Arizona or been to New York but the author was really able to make it fit into the plot so that the reader could understand each city’s significance and why she chose those particular cities. And the small towns feel really added to the realistic fiber of the story itself. I thought adding in the closeness made impossibility of this story ever happening even more real and awe-inspiring. And I really enjoyed the ending to this book, I felt the author wrapped up any loose ends and really allowed the reader a small glimpse into the future. I liked the epilogue especially, it really took away any lingering thoughts I might have had. So overall I thought the plot was good, and adhered to its predicted experience.

Romance:

Yes there was romance in this book and yes it was one of the major conflicts of the story but I knew that going into the book so I knew to expect that. I didn’t necessary enjoy the love triangle feel (never really been a fan) but it wasn’t that bad. There were moments I wanted to shout at Sydney because of her thoughts but when you sit down to really think it all makes sense and you really can’t get upset with her for thinking the way she does. And the build-up of the relationship between the couples was realistic, it wasn’t so easy or they didn’t connect at first contact. I really enjoyed the realistic romance in this story because it makes it more believable and attainable to the reader. But overall the romance was gushy and at times very fun to read.

Characters:

I really enjoyed the characters especially Grant! He was such a great character to get to know and really understand his line of thinking. I was really able to connect with him and really enjoy his company. And as for Sydney I had a little trouble connecting with her in the beginning but shortly after I was able to really understand her and see how she sees the world and it really allowed me to connect with her and sympathize with her situation. And as for more of the more minor characters I think they played their parts right and really brought enough conflict and ideas to the story. I didn’t think there were any unnecessary characters in the book; each one had their own role to play. So overall I liked the mixture of personalities and enjoyed getting to know each one.

Transformation of the Character:

So Sydney does make a transformation throughout this book. It’s somewhat noticeable but it’s kind of subtle at the same time. I liked the transformation though because it wasn’t rushed or made to look unbelievable. This transformation really reminded me of a butterfly’s transformation because the process Sydney had to go through really was just like the caterpillar transformation, it was hard and ugly at times but in the end it turned out to be something so amazing and beautiful. So overall I really enjoyed this aspect of the story.

Description:

Really enjoyed the description in the story especially when the author described the scenery. I was really able to see what New York life is all about even when the scenes of New York were limited. And the description of the small town where she lived really reminded me of the small town I used to live as a child…I could see the connections very easily and the atmospheres were very similar and really made the story that more believable. And I did enjoy the emotions in this book; they were very light and easy to feel. There was the gooey feeling of love, the anger and the sadness, each emotion was expertly used to capture the characters thoughts and feelings. And the dialogue was true to the character and used in just the right moments of the book. So overall I didn’t really find any issues with the description and thought it was well used.

Style:

This was written in one POV and in first person which allowed the reader to really understand Sydney’s perspective. I enjoyed that we were able to see only her view because it made the story more focused and easier to understand. And as for the writing it was easy and fun to read. I did find some grammar errors but there wasn’t enough to really annoy me. So overall this aspect was good and I really enjoyed reading a new author’s writing.

Quote of the Book:

“I kiss him until the rest of the world disappears…until there’s nothing left but the blaze of Grant’s touch and the stars above us.”

Goodreads Summary:

Kissing movie star Grant West may be every teenage girl’s dream, but when it happens to Sydney Kane, it’s nothing but a nightmare. Sure he’s cute, but having her face plastered all over celebrity gossip blogs is not something she’s interested in. Now cheerleaders are trying to befriend her, reporters won’t stop calling, and her mother keeps chasing her with a curling iron so she won’t be caught by the paparazzi with flat hair ever again.

Forgetting Grant is all Sydney wants and Colin, the guy she’s had a crush on since seventh grade, seems like a pretty good way to do it. Then Grant shows up at Sydney’s door begging for a second chance and the more she gets to know him, the more she isn’t sure she wants him to go away. But with Grant in the picture, Colin is backing off and she definitely doesn’t want that. Everything is a mess and Sydney doesn’t know what to do, who to choose, or how to make those pesky cheerleaders leave her alone. She only knows one thing for sure, being STARKISSED isn’t a dream come true at all.

Last Thoughts:

I would recommend this to YA and romance readers. This does have a lot of romance so if you’re not a fan then this book probably won’t be for you. But I overall enjoyed this book and thought it was a fast and easy read. It’s nice not to read a book all about the supernatural or a book with deep underlining issues. Overall I would definitely read another book by this author and look forward to seeing what else she has planned for her readers.

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