Dream casters_review

Dream Casters: Light

Dream casters_review

Author:Adrienne Woods
Publisher:Fire Quill Publishing
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Source: ARC from netgalley
Published:29 May 2015

Cover: It is okayish. The color palette manages to exude mystery. The central part of the illustration is beautifully imagined and depicted though.

Review:
The book opens with a small description of the world the story is set in. It is a dream casters world who are responsible for creating dreams. There are Light casters who manage good dreams, their counterparts are shadow casters who are responsible for nightmares.
And it all starts when a light caster fell in love with a shadow caster, and now they are on the run, to protect their unborn baby.
Time flies and Chastity Blake is 15 years old living in Chicago. She is navigating high school while being bullied by her ex best friend. When she is ambushed by a group of mean boys from her school, in an episode of fear, she puts everyone to sleep by releasing golden sand from her fingers. This leads to a strange turn of events involving a cat rescuing her from the streets of Chicago, followed by a strange dream.
Things will never be the same again, as Chastity learns she is a dream caster having bloodlines of two sworn enemies. Which side she is on, and which bloodline will be dominant in her blood line?

My Opinion: Really hard to put down. The dream world is intricately woven together.

My Rating: 6 out of 10

Mood Recommendation: For fans of fantasy worlds and YA.

I received this ARC from netgalley for review purposes.

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Jinn and Master

Summoned : A review

Summoned

Author: Rainy Kaye
Publisher: Bastei Entertainment
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

Series: Summoned
Source: ARC from Netgalley

Published: 17 May 2016

Cover:  Okay.  Not striking enough.
Review:
Dimitri is a jinn. For generations his family is bound to a family of humans and the jinns have to fulfill their every wish. They are slaves to their masters whims.

Dimitri is forced to kidnap and murder people. But there is nothing he can do and just goes on with his miserable life. Until Syd makes an entry in his life. She doesn’t know he is a genie, of course.
Things take a mysterious turn as Dimitri’s master is sending him on missions more frequently. Dimitri can’t help but investigate.
Will he be able to solve the puzzle that will possibly alter his future?

My opinion:
Amazing book. Its funny and engaging. Characters personalities are well developed and you can’t help but like them.
Dimitri is a clumsy jinn and is funny.

My rating: 8 out of 10
Recommended for: If you love mythical heroes, specially the genies, then pick this book. The plot is entertaining with enough twists and turns and the book is action packed.
Mostly though Dimitri’s thought processes and self talks are the most funniest part of the book.

I received this book from netgalley for review purposes.

Puck’s Choice

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Author:Skye Hegyes
Review:
Puck is a fox shifter. After living as a fox for a year because she was unable to turn back into human, she is back to live in the human society .
She was aided by two mages who helped her learn her shifting abilities, in returning to civilization.
Now she is living with her sister and starting a new school.
In a twilight look alike scene, she discovers Rand in school cafeteria.
After an initial tension, soon they become companions.
Puck discovers a young mage, Cassie, who is unaware of her identity as a witch. With pucks help, Cassie learns about herself and starts her education under another mage.
But a past mistake is coming to haunt Puck’s life. Her ex boyfriend is out for revenge and Puck can’t help but feel she is being watched.
And on top of that she is supposed to pick a mage partner. She has been unwilling to choose any until Casie came along.
Will the council allow them to partner or will she have to surrender to their orders?

My Opinion:
Too much exaggeration. Displays of emotions at wrong moments. For example the characters laughed at situations that I didn’t find funny.

The concept, though, is interesting. The heroine is a fox shifter, which I found to be a refreshing change from werewolves and vampires.
Having said that, the book failed to live up to it’s potential. The plot , the storyline was somewhat clichéd. The dialogues seemed forced and were, at some places, unnecessary. There were too many unnecessary scenes which only resulted in dragging the story.

The story gets a little confusing. Rand’s character’s motives were fuzzy. At first he was angry and enraged, though why it was so, is never discussed.
The book needs more refining and editing.

My Rating: 4 out of 10

I received this ARC from the Author for review purposes.

Another Vampire Novel: This one’s awesome

Saint Sebastian The Rose: A Review
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Author:Michael W. Glover
Publisher:Booktrope
Genre: Young Adult

Series: The Lonely Tower
Source: ARC from netgalley
Published: September 2015

Cover:
Mysterious and beautiful cover. Fits with the theme of the plot.

Review:
Sebastian is a young boy who lives in a monastery. He has a troubled past which haunts him and has resulted in night wanderings for him.
Thinks are shaken up in the form of arrival of adventurous twins from the modern world.
Not to mention strange visitors in the night. This has Sebastian on edge.
An old enemy of the monastery is back and is set on taking over the monks home.
And Sebastian and Jessica find themselves falling for each other, with Jessica being unaware of Sebastian’s true identity.
He is a vampire, who has not adopted his new identity fully and is still hanging on to his humanity, even though he is not a human. He lives with the monks, whose real mission is vampire hunting. For centuries they have killed and hidden the bodies of vampires that cannot be completely killed, so that they cannot be found.
But now an ancient vampire is back, and he wants to reawaken his fallen brethren so that he can raise an army against the monks.
Sebastian, the monks and the twins are faced with the impossible task of fending off these vampires.
Will they succeed?
Full of twists and turns, heartbreaks and unexpected turn of events, Saint Sebastian is a must read.

My Opinion:
The style of the story was lacking in charm in the beginning. Things felt repetetive and dragging.
But after 25% of the book, the story starts to build momentum and catches your full attention.
I was ready to give up reading after a first couple of chapters, but Im glad I didn’t. Its a really enchanting book.
This is a book revolving around vampires, but for a refreshing change, the vampires described in this book still retain that air of mystery and things to be feared as is mentioned in the myths.
They are not overly glamorized or portrayed as modernized version. The original concepts of sunlight burning and stake to the heart of a vampire are still included.
Sometimes though, things weren’t explained clearly and things tend to get confusing. Specially no clear boundaries between scenes can leave you disoriented.
The best part of the writing was vivid descriptions of past wars by Sebastian. They were moving and fully immersive.
The monastery where the story is set, has a character of its own. Each room is handled as a character in the story and each room plays its part and sets the scene.
The story is very very interesting and makes for a very good read, once you get over the overly repetitive descriptions included some times.

My Rating: 9 out of 10

Mood Recommendation: If you love to read about vampires, and old buildings with a past, and a good book with a romance that doesn’t overshadow the plot, you will enjoy this book.

I received this ARC from netgalley for review purposes.

Shopping for a CEO’s fiance: A Review

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Author: Julia Kent
Series: Shopping for a billionaire
Genre: Romance, Chick Lit
Source: ARC from author

Cover: Good and catchy color scheme.

Review: Andrew McCormick wakes up in a Vegas hotel to find himself married to one of three people wearing unexplained rings. One of his potential marriage partners is Amanda Warrick, and she is the one whom he really wants to get married to.
He pushed her away before in an attempt to protect her from his complex life, but soon he wants her back in his life.
Amanda is unwilling to believe and so Andrew must prove to her that he is serious.
A Pride and Prejudice reenactment, getting married to a cat, and quiet a few hilarious scenes are included in Andrew and Amanda’s story.

My Opinion:
At first, the story lacked any material, and I almost put this book down. But then the story picked momentum and Julia’s trademark style, which seemed forced earlier, came back.
Some words were really over the top, but overall the book was funny. Though it was not as enjoyable as the first book in the series.
The plot is not original, but Julia’s witty writing makes this a good enough read.

My Rating: 6 out 10

Recommended For: Romantic comedy fans and Chick Lit fans.

I received this ARC, courtesy of the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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Deceived

Deceived: A Review

Author: Heather Sunseri
Publisher:   Sun Publishing
Series: Mindspeak #5
Source:  ARC courtesy of Author
Expected Publication Date:    20th June, 2016

 

Review:

Bree is a cloned human with an ability to alter others perception of their surroundings. She is back in her home town and on the trail to discover missing clones from the island of Palmyra.

 

Jonas is determined to help her at all costs. He pushed her away but cannot help himself from following her all the way to Portland.

 

When Bree discovers someone is secretly sending clones to her father’s lab, she takes it upon her self to rescue the kids and to prove to Jonas that she can do something useful too. It’s not an easy task, because when she reaches Portland, someone tries to kill her.

 

Soon, Jonas joins her. Putting aside their personal differences for the clones’s sake, together they set out on a mission to find out all they can about Bree’s father’s lab.
And along the way Jonas tries to gain back her trust and Bree is determined to put up walls around her heart, so it will not be broken again.

 

My Opinion:
The book, at the start seemed similar to other mind reading novels that I’ve read. The setting and character development were somewhat cliche.
After a few chapters, though, the story started developing. Maybe if I had read the previous books, I would have caught on quicker, but it took some time to grasp the characters personalities and perspectives

 

My Rating: 6 out of 10
Recommended for: Sci fi, YA fans
Author kindly gave me this free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Lazy Crafternoon: A craft book for ages 9 – 13

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Author:Stella Fields
Publisher:Capstone Young Readers
Genre: Crafts, Non Fiction
Expected Publication Date:August 1, 2016
Source:ARC from netgalley

Review

Such a colorful and fun book.
The images are eye-catching and creativity inducing.
The layout is amazing.
The book is intended for friends crafting together but an individual can create awesome crafts on their own too.

The book is divided based on sections.
There is an accessory section, a section for crafts for school, crafts for celebrations and one for food and one for decoration crafts.

Each project starts with the required material list.
Most of the materials are easily available.
Then, the techniques of the craft are explained in an easy to understand way.
Some crafts, though, would have been explained better if more than one  pictures would have been included, preferrably  step-by-step pictures of the project. For example the tablet cover making craft could have been further explained with detailed pictures.

Some of the craft projects included in the book are:

  • Mug designing craft
  • Bracelet making
  • T-Shirt Designing
  • Shoe designing
  • Decorative Jars
  • Frames

And many more.

My Rating: 6 out of 10

I got this book from netgalley for review purposes.

Love Louder_review

Love Louder: A Review

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Author: Preston Smiles
Publisher: North Star Way
Genre: Personal Development/ Motivational
Source: ARC from netgalley
Expected Release Date:7-6-2016

Aim of the book: To present methods that help to embrace your life, getting rid of obstacles and live life with love.

Review: The author is an ex gang member who took a turn to improve his life and has gathered all his knowledge and shared it with the world. He presents 33 tools of inspiration to help live life in its bestest version possible.

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Each chapter starts with a short motivational information followed by a “love louder” affirmation or challenge, which are really really original and cool.
Sometimes a few quotes are also thrown in the mix.

He details and explains things by using his own personal experiences.
Some of the tools for inspiration include

  • Setting intention
  • Being grateful
  • Being selfless
  • Forgiveness
  • Observing yourself

And many many more.
Relationships, well being, meditation etc. are also given a spot in the book.

Some of the exercises are really really powerful, like forgiveness exercise and dealing with break down.
You could go about tackling one challenge each day, but they are so diverse that they can be used whenever the need arises.

My opinion: The book manages to fulfill what it promised. The rules that are presented are indeed timeless, you only need to apply them and stay committed to improving your life.

My Rating: 6 out of 10

Recommended for: Those who want to experience life to the fullest with emphasis on gentleness and love should go for this book.

I received this ARC from netgalley for review purposes.

50 ways to yay-Review

50 Ways To Yay

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Author:Alexi Panos
Publisher:North Star Way
Genre:Non Fiction, Personal Development
Source:ARC from netgalley
Expected Release Date:7-6-2016

Review: Alexi Panos’s book is like a workbook. It asks deep questions and forces you to reflect upon the answers.
It’s not fluff. You get to read a small chapter followed by missions and then a section on reflection.

Plain and simple, the book presents transformative tools to get that happiness factor in your life. Just like Love Louder, the book also includes some quotes.
The uniqueness of this book lies in the questions. Most of the chapters ask a question, which tackles the inner thinking’s and beliefs of the reader.
Even some of the chapters are headed with a question.
For example,

  • How do you define success?
  • What are you waiting for?
  • are actually chapters.
    But chapters on compassion, goals, curiosity, unplugging from modern devices etc are also included. Its a comprehensive book in terms that it touches upon a lot of personal development topics.

    My rating: 7 out of 10

    Recommended for: Readers who like to read books on life lessons and improvement and how to include more balance and happiness in their life.

    I received this book from netgalley for review purposes.

    Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale

       
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    Publisher:       Stillpoint Digital Press
    Author:  David Kudler
    Genre:      Young Adult, Cultural, Historical Fiction
    Series:        Seasons of the sword #1
    Release Date:      June 15, 2016
    Source:     ARC from netgalley  

    Cover:
    Tasteful and artistic cover. It showcases the theme of the book, which is set in Japan.

    Characters:
    Characters are well developed. Each person having a unique personality.

    Review:

    Risuko is a powerfully developed character. She is a daughter of a disgraced warrior.
    Her story starts when she is sold to a powerful woman.
    A skilled climber, Risuko, must do as her lady wishes her to do.
    From a simple village to a special school for women, Risuko finds herself immersed in a world full of mysteries, politics, spies and deadly assasins.
    Most of the book focuses on her training. Learning how to cook, clean, and other things, Risuko is settling in her new life. All the while being bullied by other girls and being accused of thievery.

    Something mysterious is happening at school. Involving poisoned food and upturned rooms, someone is bent on unsettling Risuko’s new home.
    Being the curious little girl that she is Risuko can’t help but try to figure out what’s happening.

    Will she be able to help her school and will she be able to restore her family’s honor?

    Loved this book. Historical, rich, full of action. And well researched.

    My Rating: 9 out of 10

    Recommendation: Read this if you are a fan of historical fiction.

    I got this book from netgalley for review purposes.