Soul Finder: A Review

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Author: Jacinta Maree

Genre: NA Supernatural/Dystopian

Series: (The Immortal Gene #2)

Publisher:

Inked Rabbit Publishing

Publication Date: September 16th, 2016

Source: ARC

Cover:

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First of all I’m  just as excited to review this as I was to read this. And this surpassed my expectations. Amazing, amazing, amazing book.

OK.

So, the cover is striking. Though a bit misleading, because I thought this book was going to be about Diesel. I was expecting this book to be from Diesel’s point of view. Hmmm.

I don’t know who the cover is depicting: Diesel? Hiro? Doesn’t look  like Nadia in short hair, or is it?

Still, the cover is enough to make you want to pick this book and that’s all that matters.

Review:

Nadia and Diesel are back in another exhilarating adventure on the quest to save the human population.

Nadia is captured by a rebel group FRIM, where she is reunited with Diesel, only to discover that he has a certain level of reputation in the rebel ranks. Under his directions, Nadia acts as a member of the group and befriends Riki.

Soon, Diesel hatches a plot to get rid of the group. This brings out his real face to Nadia.

Discovering that he is ruthless and cruel, Nadia fights with him.

The tension is high.

When Nadia stumbles upon a well hidden secret about the soulless, she is forced to push aside her differences with Diesel, to embark on a mission to find another soulless.

Hiro is a clueless soulless, who was frozen in a cryotank for the past century. His real age is above 100 but he was frozen in his early twenties and looks the same age as Nadia.

When Diesel and Nadia set out on a mission to save him, they are betrayed at the last minute by an old forgotten friend.

The ensuing chaos results in a massive personal loss to Nadia and she finds it difficult to cope and withdraws within herself.

Diesel takes care of both Nadia and Hiro.

Meanwhile, he is concocting his own plans and successfully manages to give the two soulless a fake identity that enables them to enter the city of the elite.

The duo have a plan of finding the three elite, locate the formula of the Xcell drug and somehow, using the soulless, make changes in the drug so that the reincarnation and madness problem could be solved.

Will they succeed? Or will they discover something that will change everything?

Will Diesel and Nadia find love again or will Hiro play a role of breaking them apart?

My Opinion:

There were certain aspects of the story that really stood out.

First of all, Diesel.

Diesel opens up a bit though there is still so much to know about him. His past is revealed. Most importantly, Diesel’s animalistic and vengeful nature comes to light. The lengths he goes to get rid of his enemies and to keep Nadia with him, reflect his real nature.

Though his real motives are blurred: sometimes it seems protecting Nadia is what drives him but then he goes and does something that forces Nadia to believe that his real motives are selfish.

He hides a lot of things.
Nadia’s character is getting comfortable being who she is. She is a lot more grounded and clear headed. She is beginning to know what she wants and she no longer wants to be dependent on Diesel.

She is also becoming aware of her worth but at the same time she still can not shake off her habit of needing affection and secretly wants Diesel to put her first.

Hiro is a new character that we are introduced to. He comes off as a kind and vulnerable guy who is blissfully ignorant of the world around him and is fed that he is special. While on the run with Nadia, he discovers a lot of the stuff that he was shielded from or that he never gave a thought to. He develops respect and admiration for Nadia and there friendship brings a much needed human connection that was so far missing in Nadia’s life.

Awesome read indeed.

This dystopia is by far one of my few favorites in this genre. Infact , I would go so far as to say that it is even better then Hunger Games.
Awesome storyline. Every moment is action packed and you don’t have to wait for anything exciting to happen.

The pace is really good.

Rating: 10 out of 10

Recommended For:

Dystopian fans. If you liked Divergent, you will also enjoy this. Though keep in mind this is not a YA book. It contains strong language and scenes of adult nature. It is for mature audiences.

I received this ARC for free, in exchange for providing an honest review.



Summary from Goodreads:

Since being discovered as Soulless, Nadia has become a target for both terrorist groups and government corporations. Now, her only hope for survival rests in the hands of the man sent out to kill her: Diesel, the Mad Dog terrorist.
Diesel is determined to free himself of the never ending curse of reincarnation and the haunting memories that plague his mind. But when his search leads him to Nadia, a greater desire stills him from taking her life.
Unable to see into Diesel’s cracking mind, Nadia instead puts her faith into his strength, fueled by eleven generations of unmatched rage and insanity. Their tight-rope relationship balances the two between life and death, love and rage, trust and betrayal.

Tension pulls at the hems of their dangerous companionship,

and as time runs out all madmen must eventually make their choice.
Book two of the thrilling Immortal Gene series dives deeper into the danger of trusting your heart over your head.
Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.

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Also check out the review I did of book 1

Soulless Review

Soulless (The Immortal Gene #1) on Goodreads

About the Author

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Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.

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Lady of the Bridge

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Author: Laura Kitchell.

Genre: Historical Romance

Publisher: Smashwords eBook editions

Publication Date: 29-September-2015

Source: Free ARC courtesy of the publisher

Cover:

The cover needs a bit more refinement.

Review:

Princess Saiko has returned to her father’s palace after living and training to be a warrior with her brother. However, she is bound to a fate where her father has decided that she will spend the rest of her life in confinement of the emperors castle, in order to restore peace between the two families.

Saiko is sad but duty bound. Her only escape is a walk in her garden. During one such walk she encounters a samurai,Takamori on her bridge. Soon, they are meeting daily. The princess is unaware of his status within the Samurai and has kept her own identity secret from Takamori.

Takamori is an elite warrior but now he grows tired of warfare and wants to learn and increase his knowledge. He dabbles in poetry and art.

Saiko and Takamori share stimulating talks about poetry. The more they get to know each other, the more they respect the other. Love between them grows, so much so, that when the time comes for Saiko to leave for emperor’s palace, she finds herself wanting to disobey her father, but the future of her country and love for her father stops her from disobedience.

She starts on her journey led by Marshal of the Samurai.

Will Takamori discover his Lady of the Bridge’s true identity? Will Saiko realize who Takamori is? And will she be able to overcome her fate and be with her Samurai? Will Takamori do anything to keep his lady with him or will his loyalty to her father take precedence?

My Opinion:

The pacing is slow at the start. The tension between Saiko and Takamori is stretched way too long and when they do proclaim their love for each other, it is somewhat anticlimactic.

When they discover each others identity, it is too, downplayed.

The war scenes are well developed.

The culture, the vivid descriptions of the society, princess’s attire and customs are beautifully depicted.

Nice enough, if a bit slow paced, read.

Rating:

6 out of 10

Recommended For:

Historical romance fans.

I received this ARC for free, in exchange for providing an honest review.

Rhodi Saga : The Complete Series Review

Author:Meghan Linski
Publisher: Gryfyn Publishing
Genre:Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy
Source: ARC courtsey of the publisher

Publication Date: 4th-September-2016
Series: Rhodi Saga

Rhodis Light( Book #1)

Cover: The cover is OK. Color play is attractive. Artwork is good too.

Review:

Dylan and her twin Devin are left homeless when their parents die in a car accident. Dylan blames herself for distracting them, and suffers from mental problems due to her grief. They are adopted as students by a group called the Rhodi, who claim to be the protector of their people.
Dylan and her brother train to become one of the Rhodi’s.
Meanwhile, she is struggling with her grief and trying to use and master her craft, an ability that every rhodi has.
The crafts include turning into an animal, flying, running at high speed and manipulating emotions, and more.
Rachel, the leader of the Hunters Guild is bent on destroying the Rhodi’s.
Will Dylan and Devin along with their masters, be able to thwart her advances or will Dylan have to lose her new family?

My Opinion:

This is an amazing story.
All the elements of a YA that make this genre a fantastic read are incorporated in the story. However , there is more.
The protagonist is dealing with mental health problems. Throwing light on these matters through fiction, Rhodi’s Saga deviates a bit from the norm, not in a bad way though.
However, there are a few cons. At the beginning, the writing is amateurish: too much detailing, repetition of a few points, and the fact that everyone is able to estimate the exact age of the  kids without even asking.
Dylan’s character sometimes went overboard with expressing her emotions.
But overall this book makes for an entertaining read.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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Synopsis Book 1:

Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.

 

These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.

Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident,she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic …as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?

The first installment in the epic fantasy series by bestselling author Megan Linski, Rhodi’s Light is an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers begging for more.

Rhodi Rising( Book #2)

Cover:

Lovely colors.

Review:

Rhodi Rising is the sequel to the Rhodi Saga.

Dylan and Devin, twins with powers are warriors and belong to a group called Rhodi.

They have returned from their uncle’s house after being ambushed, to find that their masters are missing.

So, with the help of two spies, Enfys and her sister, the twins set out to find their masters. The search is on, but it seems that their masters are no where to be found.

Dylan and Devin make a deal with Saffron, who discloses the location of the ancient Rhodi weapons. These weapons are supposed to help bring the Hunters downfall.

Dylan also finds herself as being the center of enfys attentions.

Will she be able to find and rescue her beloved teachers? Will they successfully obtain the weapons??

My Opinion:

I liked this book better than the first book, at least in term of execution of the plot.

The story seemed well developed and thankfully did not feel lacking like the first one, in terms of pacing: it was fast enough and there are enough plot twists to keep you entertained.

The focus is solely on the teens as the adults are mostly in captivity throughout the book.

Rating:

6 out of 10
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Synopsis book 2:

Forced into hiding.

Desperate to find their masters.

In the past few months since the attack on their home, twin assassins Dylan and Devin have grown restless. With the Rhodi facing extinction, they search for their masters Talidin and Tavana, only to discover they’ve gone missing. With nowhere to turn, the twins seek help from a pair of mysterious spies, only to find the trail gone cold, marked by hints of torture and destruction. 

Dylan and Devin piece together the events that led to the disappearance of their fellow Rhodi. As their enemies close in for the kill, Dylan discovers that some things are impossible for a Rhodi…but not for a tigress. 

The stakes and romance are heightened in this epic dystopian sequel to Rhodi’s Light. Bestselling author Megan Linski brings readers a young adult fantasy with magic, mystery, and an epic adventure that races quickly to a breathless conclusion.


Rhodis Lullaby( Book #3)

Cover:

Best cover of the series with the best color pallette.

Review:

Dylan and devin along with their masters are hiding. But when their house gets ambushed, the group is forced to go deep in the dessert to search for the message on the ancient letter.

But what they discover is beyond their imaginations.

Dylan’s nemisis Saffron gets in  new terms  with her.
The trek through dessert is eye opening. Betrayals, deaths and deeper connections, its a journey of surprises.

But, Dylan and Devin have to become mature and their respective relationships are taking a toll on the siblings. They blame each other and are unhappy with each other.
At the end of their journey, Dylan and her friends discover an unexpected sanctuary. A lot of changes ensue. Enfys and Dylan are driving farther apart and April’s prophecy is taking a toll on Dylan.

Red Queen is persistent and taking advantage of the Rhodis absence, she has practically taken over the world.

Will the Rhodi be able to rise again, will they put their differences aside to fight for the ultimate peace.

My Opinion:

The final battle was awesomely depicted.
The most beautiful thing was the increasing friendship of Dylan and Saffron, although I was a bit disappointed when Saffron didn’t get to play a major role in the final showdown.
Devin was less likable because of his disregard and lack of interest towards her sister.

Tristan had a bit confusing part. He trains to be a Rhodi and has the rhodi weapon, so his character should have recieved a bit more spotlight .

But still, overall it was a satisfying end to the series.

Rating:

9 out of 10

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Synopsis book 3:

Cities burn.
Governments fall.
Lives are lost in a desperate war…one the Rhodi are losing. 

The world has been devastated by the tyranny of the Red Huntress. To save Crescentia, Dylan and Devin attempt to decipher the mystery of the ancient letter their ancestors left behind, the only hope of salvation for their kind. Dylan continues to fight foes both on the battlefield and within her own mind, all while wrestling with the confused feelings she has for Enfys, the alluring spy who has become devoted to her cause. 

In the epic conclusion to the thrilling Rhodi Saga, one brave warrior will stand in the way of corruption, to take place before her destiny…or her death.

Rhodi’s Lullaby is the third installment in the suspenseful young adult dystopian series fans and critics are calling an original masterpiece in the epic fantasy genre.

Recommended For: Dystopia fans. This series is entertaining and has all the elements of a good YA book.


I recieved free ARCs of these books from the publisher inexchange of providing an honest review.

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The complete saga:

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Author Bio

Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors.
She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an
active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder. She lives in Michigan.
Megan Linski also writes under the pen name of Natalie Erin for the Creatures of the Lands Series, co-authored with Krisen Lison.

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Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion

Author:Sok Song
Genre: Craft
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Publication Date:1-September-2016
Source:ARC from netgalley
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Cover:

Creative and artistic cover. It is eye-catching.

Topic

The book showcases techniques of origami to create fashion items.

Review:

The book is cute and has really neat graphics. Some truly wonderful and creative ideas are presented.
From making tops to flip-flops, you will find a variety of dress designs to create on your own.
Origami is an art form where shapes are created using paper. The paper is manipulated by making a variety of folds.
The book also includes a huge collection of printed paper with beautiful color schemes and designs, that you can use to create your origami outfits.
Outfits include:
Tops
Shirts
Dresses
Skirts
Pants
Bag
Shoes
And more…
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Plus points: Creative layout, wonderful ideas and good quality illustrations.
Negative points: The techniques can be a bit difficult and complex, especially at the beginning. Even though multiple illustrations atr provided, you might have to go back again and again to grasp a certain step.

Rating:

8 out of 10

Recommended For:

Craft fans. Everybody who enjoys doing creative things and wants to feel the satisfaction of seeing a finished item from a piece of paper. Suitable and ideal as a hobby.
I received this ARC for free, in exchange for providing an honest review.

Interview with Veronika Gasparyan

Yesterday I reviewed Veronika’s awesome book ” Mother at Seven”.

She was kind enough to answer some of my questions about the book.

Here they are:
Interview Questions

1 You had to beg and work for money, and you even had to get food from the trash. But, you still thought of your family first. One wonders where did you get this sense of responsibility, when neither one of your parents displayed it?

I think that we all have a survival instincts within us and under different circumstances they come right out. In my case I would say that because my baby brother was so little and helpless that I naturally felt responsible to protect him and to take care of him.  Especially, since I HAD to do so from age 7. It was pretty much a learned behavior that evolved from the basic survival needs I was born with.  

2 Writing this book must have been an emotional rollercoaster. How did you manage to bring those overwhelming emotions in your writing after all this time? 

It was very hard to do. It was difficult to stay focused at first because it had been almost 20 years since I buried as much of it as I could deep inside. Some chapters were harder than others and some, like the last one, I had to take couple of weeks off completely, before writing the first sentence in. I cried to myself many times but just continued to think of the main reason I am writing my story, and that made me pick myself back up and continue. 

3 Will you write more about your life, as there are still many questions unanswered?

Most likely I will have a sequel to this book within the next 2 years but meanwhile I have many stories to write about. There are few true stories that are in works about people I knew once. The book I am working on now is called Forgive me, Nadia and It hopefully be out by December 31st, 2016.

4 Did your parents read this book?

I don’t think they read it yet. My parents, especially my mother doesn’t speak any English so I doubt that she read any of it yet.  I am sure she will have someone translate it to her or will ask others who read it about the details in it.

5 Were you able to reunite with your brother?

Yes, eventually we were reunited. Under quite unusual and unexpected circumstances but we did. I will be telling about it in the sequel of this book.

6 Your grandfather was an important influence in your life. He taught you about visualization. Was he a believer of law of attraction?

Yes, he was definitely Mr. Positivity. He saw good in every situation, no matter how bad, or negative it seemed to be to others around him. He was the first one who explain to me how the universe works and how powerful our mind and believe system is. If not for him putting me in the right path, I am not sure I would have made it out alive.

7 What are you doing with your life right now in terms of your career?

I have an on line business and work out of my own office. I write almost daily and sometimes up to 10 hours. On those days I concentrate on writing and on writing only. I also am in process of finalizing my non-profit organization called H2OforUSkids.org. It is US based and only for the good of American people. My main goal to service others and to show people, especially teenagers and young adults that with the hope and believe everything is possible. And things could be much worst. Therefore no matter how bad the situation they are in, I want them to know that they don’t have to be stuck in it. 

8 Do you plan to return to your homeland soon?

You know it’s really strange but I think that America has become my homeland by now. I did go back to Sochi, Russia twice in the past 17 years but other than few good memories, most of my emotions towards it are all full of painful memories. So, let’s just say I have no cravings to go back there.

9 Your rough treatment started after your brother was born. Knowing this, did your brother ever blamed himself for your poor treatment at the hands of your parents?

Joy, this is a very interesting questions. I am not sure that he is aware of everything I went through to keep him safe. He was mostly sheltered from it by me so I don’t think he blames himself for anything. Maybe after he reads the book, it would change but I don’t think that he would feel that way so many years later.

An Indecent Proposal: A Review

Author: Katee Robert

Series:   The O’Malleys

Publisher:  Forever, Hachette

Source: ARC courtesy of the publisher.
Expected Publication: 30th August, 2016

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Cover: Love the color palette and overall concept.

Review:

Cillian O’Malley is grieving the death of his younger brother. He blames himself and the guilt has brought his life to a standstill.

The only distraction in his life is the fiesty bartender, Olivia, who is not willing to give him a minute of her life.

Olivia Rashidi’s first priority is her daughter’s safety. She barely managed to escape her own life. So, when Cilian O’ Malley tries to enter her life, she turns him away because he is trouble.

However, they can’t ignore the attraction for long.

Their pasts, however, catches up to them, and Cillian will do whatever it takes to protect Olivia and her daughter from her powerful family.

Will he be successful in protecting her? Will his family accept Olivia? And, will Olivia, finally be able to trust a man with her life?

My Opinion:

When I was given the opportunity to review to this book, I wasn’t that much excited, to be honest, given the impression the last book of the series left on me.

However, it turned out to be a really interesting read.

The characters are really well developed and both Cillian and Olivia’s personalities are interesting,

The plot is good and the story keeps you entertained.

My Rating:

 7 out of 10

Recommended for: 

Romance fans. Especially if you like fiesty heroines and a knight in shining armor hero.

I received this free ARC from the author to provide an honest review.

Mother At Seven: A Review

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Author:  Veronika Gasparyan

Genre:  Autobiography

Publisher: Stillwater River Publications

Publication Date: 20th July 2016

The book is a true story of a young girl who was subjected to cruelty and had to take care of her baby brother at the age of seven.

Cover:

It is an adorable cover and somehow makes the story that much real.

Review:

A seven year old acts like an adult. She pampers and cares for her baby brother, all the while suffering from her mother’s hatred towards her.
Whan Veronika’s baby brother came into this world, her peaceful existence was suddenly disturbed. Her parents attitude towards her took a horribly dramatic turn. So much so, that the reader may find themselves asking if they are actually the birth parents of Vera.
Having a son has made Vera invisible and disposable. But she happily takes care of the baby, no matter how much it interferes with her studies and play time.
Infact, she almost feels motherly to him. She puts him before her.
Her parents, though, are seemingly never happy. Soon she is subjected to abuse in an attempt to discipline her.
Her uncle is assigned the job of teaching Vera manners and he is more than happy to oblige. He hit her cruelly for very small things, using belts and even a blade.
Vera went through a depression that is unimaginable at such a tender age. She hated her existence so much that Vera wished to die and attempted suicide.
But she survived, only to continue her miserly life.

Her thinking became like that of an adult. When their parents left for vacations without leaving her any money, Vera knew she had to ration the food supplies for her brother and grandmother.

In order to bring water and bread, Vera sold fruit, worked at people’s houses and even begged for money. Even then she had to forge for her food in the garbage at night. But she still kept her pride intact.

Vera went through health troubles, faced emotional abuse and suffered neglect.
Her ray of sunshine was her grandfather, who instilled in her a hope for the future, who was everything that her parents could never be.

Was Vera able to get out of her miserable situation?
Did she manage to survive and make something of her life?
Read this book to find out.

My Opinion

This is such a heartbreaking read. Veronika went through so much abuse, you can’t help but feel sad for her. The world needs to know what some children have to go through. And this book throws light on this topic.

A mother’s love is a child’s right. Veronika was deprived of this right. The cruelty she faced at the hands of her parents knew no bounds.
Currently Veronika is trying to promote justice and protection for young kids, so that no one goes through what she had to. It is a much needed service and more people should become aware of this.
Waiting for the next book.

Rating:

9 out of 10

Recommended For:

Autobiography fans. Those who don’t mind reading an emotional book.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Veronika Gasparyan, author of “Mother at Seven,” was born in the beautiful city of Sochi, Russia in 1981. She is a proud descendant of many generations of Armenian ancestors from both sides of her family. Today she lives in her own home, in Smithfield, Rhode Island with her two sons.
From a very young age, Veronika enjoyed playing piano which resulted in her attending a music school for ten years, and eventually, the prestigious Sochi College of Arts and Music. Other than the music, Veronika has always displayed a profound love of reading, and at a very young age, read dozens of books from her grandfather’s vast, personal library.
Veronika possesses an innate passion to help others in any way that she can, which has displayed itself in many situations throughout her early years and adult life. She considers herself to be a true survivor of what many would call a traumatic and brutal childhood, but has still found a way to not lose her kindness, patience or hope for better days.
Veronika is a strong believer in laws of attraction and positive thinking and is working on other books that she hopes will provide emotional support to those who are in need — those who have given-up or have already lost their hope for better days and a joyful life.
Veronika believes her lifelong mission is to help one person at a time while making the world a better place for us all.

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Competing With The Star: A Review

Author: Krysten Lyndsay Hager

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Series: Star Series, Book #2

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

Source: ARC from the publisher

Cover:

Good cover.

Review:

Hadley has recently moved to a new town. She is determined to be more social this year and has already made new friends, including a former T.V star Simone.

Nick, a sensitive and sweet guy has asked her out. Hadley is happy: finally she is being noticed.

Little does she know that having more than one friend and being in a relationship is not that easy as she had thought.

Simone and other popular girls in school are bent on competing for Nick’s attentions. At every chance they get, the girls intentionally or unintentionally try to sabotage Hadley’s time with Nick.

Even though both of them share same interests and are happy together, Simone tries to confuse Hadley by suggesting that Nick is just passing his time and will eventually get bored of her.

Matters aren’t helped when Hadley discovers that Nick had a crush on Simone before asking Hadley out.

So, when she discovers that Simone and Nick might have cheated on her, Hadley’s heart broken.

She feels that she can not compete with a beautiful T.V star. Her self esteem is crushed and she continuously finds

comparing herself with Simone.

Nick tries to convince her that he hasn’t cheated on her and Simone is to blame for causing trouble in their relationship.

Heartbroken, Hadley finds it hard to believe him.

Is Nick telling the truth? Is Simone trying to attract Nick to herself? Will Hadley discover the truth? Will Nick and Hadley be able to get past their differences?

 

 

My Opinion:

It is a fun and light read. In the beginning, the story drags a bit. There is a lot of repetition.

Hadley’s celebrity obsession is somewhat accurately depicted.

Her relationship with Nick is sweet. The couple is close to reality: they aren’t overly romantic, they aren’t model looking and they have their ups and downs.

However they are shown as an almost perfect for each other at first. Later, though, their shortcomings are brought to light.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Recommended For:    It’s not a hard-to-put-down book exactly, but its suitable for a light reading. Especially, teens  might enjoy it more.

I received this ARC for free, in exchange for providing an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intertwined

Author: Jenn Marie
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Genre:YA, Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: 3-July-2016
Source: ARC provided free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Cover:

Though the color scheme is not unique, the concept is pretty original.

The intertwined black and white serpents not actually depict an actual scene in the book, but they also symbolize some other concepts of the story: the black and white aptly mirroring the past and the present, the opposite personalities of Josephine and Elizabeth.

The intertwined is an apt title: Elizabeth and Adam’s lives are intertwined. Their pasts are intertwined with their futures.

Review:

Elizabeth is visiting her cousin April, for the summers.Her cousin is an adventurous soul who takes on new adventures, unlike Elizabeth who would rather stay out of trouble.
However soon an attempt to protect April backfires and Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a haunted mansion with Adam Hunt, a handsome yet reclusive local, who has agendas of his own.
They must work together to get out of the mansion . Jack Callahan is the reason Elizabeth is trapped in the house. Jack wants her to collect certain items from the house and bring them back to him.
Soon though, things began to get real serious when Elizabeth gets a beating from a ghost and wakes up next day to find that she is bruised.
Adam, feeling guilty, takes it upon himself to protect her.
During there time in the mansion, Elizabeth and Adam could touch haunted objects which no one else can.
When Elizabeth accidentally touches one of these objects, she sort of travels back in time to 1905 and is able to see through Josephine’s eyes.
Josephine is the girl who haunts the mansion .
Adam and Elizabeth, determined to solve the mystery, touch the objects one by one, each revealing a little more about the past.
However, what they discover is life changing.
Josephine and Braden, the star struck lovers from the past, along with the Callahans are the subjects of a curse. And unwillingly Elizabeth and Adam have become entangled in this mess. They are forced to relive every paranormal happening that occurred in 1905 in the mansion for almost three weeks.

The past and present are sometimes blurred, their identities get mixed up and to top it off, they can not deny the attraction they feel for each other, yet they are unsure whether its their own feelings or the ghosts of the past replaying their romance.

Now they must work together and do everything they can to not only save Josephine and Braden, but also themselves.

My Opinion

Loved, loved, loved this book.
Its intense, action packed, a bit scary, thrilling, has beautifully expressed emotions and an awesome plot.
Sometimes you get the feel of an R.L Stine book. But this book is geared towards more mature audiences.
The chemistry between Adam and Elizabeth is breath taking but it still maintains its roots in reality.

I’ll be honest, I am partial towards stories where at least one character is an artist, especially a sketch artist, as Adam is. But, even without that, this story is a must read.
I m rarely this angry to find that a book has a sequel, in fact this is the first time. Not because I don’t want to know what happens, but because I was so invested in the story that i wasn’t ready at all for the unexpected ending and the cliffhanger.

My Rating:

9 out of 10

Recommended For:

YA fans, paranormal romance readers.

Warning: There is some usage of strong language and the book is aimed towards mature Young adults.

Goodreads Summary:

Quiet seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Parker is looking forward to another mellow summer with her goofy relatives: sun tanning at the beach and staying out of trouble. Which is why the thought of her younger cousin participating in what is, clearly, a setup disguised as an initiation, worries her to the point of intervention.One that backfires … big time …Mistaken for her cousin, Elizabeth finds herself transported to an abandoned plantation, a place deeply haunted with unresolved mystery and where horror reigns every summer between July 20 and August 13.It is there, locked in the pitch dark, where she finds herself paired with the strange and mysterious Adam Hunt—an unexpected trespasser with his own agenda. Together, they find a list of instructions—follow the clues to various possessions in the house, store them in the backpack provided, and find the key that will grant escape.Having snuck in to document the haunting, Adam offers to help her find the key so long as she helps him record paranormal activity along the way. But as they make their way through the house, they soon discover unexplained anomalies …For the first time in the plantation’s recorded history, the haunting deviates from its known cycle of events, thrusting Elizabeth and Adam in a series of perilous circumstances that ensue long after the night is over.As the last day of the haunting draws nearer, and as forces beyond their control ignite their growing attraction, Elizabeth and Adam must work together to uncover the plantations mysterious past before its too late.Or die trying.
Warning: Occasional coarse language. Intended for Mature Young Adult audience.


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About the Author:

Jenn Marie currently lives in sunny California with her wonderful husband and their runt kitty, Chloe. When she’s not writing Young Adult Fiction, she can be found reading, plotting or spending time with her crazy, lovable family. Current obsessions include the movie, Frozen, the New Girl series, Arcade Fire’s latest album, and avocados. Seriously, she can’t get enough of it! Writing, for her, is a passion that refuses to be under prioritized. No matter what’s going on in her life, whether good or bad, writing is always there to lift her spirits.

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Dirty Laundry: A Review

Author: Ivan Von Baublitz
Publisher: DLM Publishing
Release Date: 15th of August, 2016
Source: RC from the author

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Cover:

Nice color theme plus the overall feel of the artwork is fitting  and mysterious.

Review:

This book is a tale of a survivor. A survivor of the streets, who against all odds, never let his spirit be crushed.

Just imagine: a child, locked in a room with his baby brother. With clothes as his bed and nothing to eat, all the
while battling the heat. The only escape is through the window. Will he dare try escaping?

The author is a recruiter at a university. He, using satire, lays out his day, how he hates his six figure job, and how he is fed up.
He was born in Chicago to a mentally ill mother and a backwards father, who were incapable of raising kids.
His abusive, addict mother used to beat him and his brother.
Eventually they were given up for adoption, when their parents could no longer accept responsibility for them.
Some truly horrible foster parents came in Ivan’s life.
His baby brother always managed to get on the good side of people, not so for Ivan. He suffered again and again, but something defiant was building up in him and he never let anyone break his spirit. Even when he was hit with a wooden paddle all through the night. In fact, he used his wits and managed to escape his situation.
Children’s town was another chapter in his life. There, he learned to develop his strength and got a taste for rock music. His personality developed and he became self sufficient and confident. It was here that Ivan first met Nixon.
Throughout Ivan’s IQ and intelligence were developing and were superior than his peers.
But, even the strict punishments of Children Town couldn’t tame Ivan.
His journey led him to juvenile correction center, living with his uncle, discovering the dark sides of humanity. Still his journey wasn’t done.
After being caught in a stolen car with a woman abuser, Ivan barely escaped the prison. He took refuge on the streets.
Homelessness taught him to survive.
It was not all dark, when he found Ms Pat, a motherly woman, who encouraged him to contact his father.
Ivan began living with his grandfather for a while , in exchange for doing his uncle’s school assignments. He was again tossed out after being accused.
This time Ivan had enough. He went to look for his mother.
From there the events took an even more dramatic turn in his life.
A dark career path, an angel, struggles and a sense of responsibility, he experienced it all.
Was he able to get out of his troubles? Did he manage  to turn his life around?
What started after an escape through the apartment window at a young age, was a journey of struggle, heartbreak, loneliness and becoming a victim of the cruelty of humans and the system.

My Opinion:
First of all, the narration style is really easy to digest. The style is more of a fiction book than that of a non fiction, and it actually makes for a pretty enjoyable read.

President Nixon is used as an avatar of Ivan’s conscience, it seems, or maybe its to personify the little voice in the head.
Nixon is sarcastic but points out the things that author is not acknowledging, both good and bad.
The author’s observations are impartial. He doesn’t sugarcoat his words. It’s an honest read.

The use of President Nixon as a character is ingenious.
But what stands out the most is Ivan’s wisdom and his perception from a very young age. The way he picked up on behavioral cues is really remarkable. No matter what, he can’t keep himself out of trouble, though.
Still, he takes everything in stride and owns his mistakes.
The book is funny too. His sense of humor is revealed throughout the book.
A truly moving and enjoyable read.

There were grammatical mistakes though. Even though the author later reveals that he is not good at beginners English, and that the mistakes in the book are a reflection of that: an attempt at being as real as possible, if you will. Still, It gets distracting and annoying sometimes.
But these grammatical mistakes are very few and eventually you might be able to overlook them.

Recommended for: AutoBiography fans, but it is not a typical biography. It totally pulls your attention and is like a novel.
Note: Some strong language is used and some violent scenes are also included in the book.

My Rating: 8 out of 10

 

About the Author:

Ivan currently reside in Northwest Indiana. He’s a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University with a Masters Degree in Education. He’s a proud father and grandfather who enjoys speaking to groups regarding the hidden potential that we all hold.

Dirty Laundry is his first book and he’s currently working on his next.

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