The Keep (Converters 2)

Author: Tenille Berezay

Genre: YA/Sci fi

Series:Converters#2

Publication Date: 12- November- 2016

Source: Free ARC

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Cover:

Fresh concept. Beautiful colors. But is it enough to fulfill its purpose: will a reader pick this up just by glancing at the cover?  I dont think so.

Review:

Desiree has returned home. But is her decision to go back to her family against her instincts a correct one? Or will it haunt her?

A tragedy strikes and she along with Blake and Denny is forced to escape again in order to avoid a deadly but crazed enemy. Their new sanctuary is The Keep: An island retreat created by a wealthy Converter.

On the surface its a vacation heaven but it holds secrets that Desiree soon finds are not to her liking.

Knightly, the owner and creator of the island is a jovial but evil man.

Desiree and Blake find themselves in an unforgiving situation when they are forced to think ways to escape. Things further escalate when Doren shows up on the island bent on capturing Desiree to use her blood for his own powers.

Knightly ever the opportunist, turns this into a battle to death under the pretense of a peace spar.

Desiree is forced to become  a killer or be killed.

All the while she battles her guilt and indecisiveness, her ultimate goal is her brother’s safety.

Blake is not being helpful. Under the guise of being controlled by Knightly, he insults and breaks Desiree.

Will Desiree see the truth? Will she decide to save her loved ones  or herself? Most importantly, does she have what it takes to survive a fight with a crazed addict?

My Opinion:

Having a considerable mix of action and emotional rollercoaster, The Keep makes for a riveting read. Of course it doesn’t have the curiosity and intrigue of the first book, but it is an exploration in emotional battles.

Desiree is fighting to recover her lost confidence. She no longer trusts her decisions. Even though she has Blake and Denny, she is suddenly plunged in a situation where she must depend on herself and herself alone.

Blake’s and Desiree’s connection is strong and the chemistry is set beautifully. However there is no illogical martyr complex and both of them have a clear understanding of their responsibilities.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Recommended For:

YA fans looking for a non-dystopian Sci fi.

It’s a sci fi/ fantasy/superpower novel. Thankfully its not another dystopia. So the environment is actually uplifting and bearable.
I recieved this free ARC in exchange of providing an honest review.

Summary from Goodreads:

After a pardon from the convergence, Desiree returns to the protection of home. But safety is an illusion and her family is shattered by the violent retribution of a desperate enemy. On the run again, Desiree struggles to keep those she loves from a host of gathering threats—debilitating doubts, manipulative converters, dark technology, and a murdering madman. To save them all, Desiree will need more than her ability to convert, she’ll need to redefine her strength.

THE KEEP is the dramatic sequel to THE CONVERGENCE; a continuation of Desiree and Blake’s story.


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About the Author

After living throughout the western U.S., Tenille now claims rural Northern Nevada as her home. If she’s not being consumed by a book–whether her own or another author’s–she’d like to be found horseback riding, backpacking with her high-school sweetheart/husband, or photographing their three beautiful children.

Tenille loves to read any genre (as long as there’s great dialogue with a touch of snark). She believes in authentic characters, romantic sub-plots, and realistic, happy endings.

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Carmine

carmine-tour-bannerAuthor:  Alan Janney

Publisher: Sparkle Press

Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal

Series: Carmine (#1)

Source:Free ARC

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Cover:  The image feels a bit odd, the model looks as if she is a cutout and hastily pasted on a background.

Eye catching colors though.

Review:
Creator, a mad genius was successful in creating super evolved humans. He introduced a strain of a powerful virus that alters the human makeup.

However his ulterior motives ended up wrecking havoc on earth. Normal humans flee from the new beings who are violent and operate on primal instincts.

Carmine woke up with no memories and a superhuman strength. She was Creator’s last creation and she doesn’t remember a thing after she woke up from her modification.

She is confident and powerful and her strength attracts other mutants like her. Soon she is ruling them in a bid to create a safe place for variants like her, being hunted by herders, humans who are scared of the new genetically engineered humans and work to trap them.

Managing a kingdom of powerful rejects is not easy, but Carmine has help from friends.

It’s only a matter of time before other power players jump into the fray.

Blue eyed witch, a powerful Infected mutant, she was born with the virus. She controls anyone with just her voice and is hell bent on destroying any one who stands in her way. And Carmine is her new target.

Walter is a rough and ruthless infected who leads his own army of criminals and battle hardened variants.

Carmine must do anything to protect her kingdom of New Los Angeles.

To make matters worse The Outlaw, a rebel and a powerful Infected is trying to break down her defenses. He is trying to win her affections and Carmine must stay away from him.

Her guardians are her priority. And she must keep a powerful, potentially dangerous secret.

Can Carmine shoulder the responsibilities thrust upon her? Can she be the leader her people expect her to be? And most of all can she stay away from Chase.
My opinion:

 A must read. I found the book and the concept to be really refreshing. The protagonist is not a girly girl. She is not lead by her emotions. She can be ruthless. She does not aim to please. But you still might end up liking her.

Looking forward to the next book.

Recommend for:

Every dystopia and science fiction/fantasy fan.

It has everything: mutant/superhero/superpower elements, romance, powerful tigers, giants, a kingdom and memory loss. In a nutshell all the elements that make up an awesome read.

My Rating: 9 out of 10


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Goodreads Summary:

She wakes as society crumbles

She wakes up with no memory

She wakes up a queen

The girl once known as Katie Lopez wakes up in an abandoned Wal-Mart with no memory, possessing only the vague sense that something has happened. Where is her family? Where is her boyfriend? She has a faint recollection of him, a ghost of a memory. The world, she discovers, is staggering from the weight of rampaging mutants, victims of a bizarre surgery gone wrong. Once intended to bring about a utopia, now the victims threaten societal meltdown. Much to her surprise, the girl with no memory discovers she is their queen.

 

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Soul Finder: A Review

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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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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The Darkest Torment

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Author: Gena Showalter

Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: May 31st 2016
Source: Free ARC courtesy of the author

Series: Lords of the Underworld

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Cover:

Every Lord Of the Underworld book cover features a unique color as a backdrop. This one focuses on red. And its befitting: Baden is a redhead. He sees red because of his never ending rage.

However I can not say that the cover is enough to make anyone buy just by looking at its cover. Not much magnetism.

Review:

Intense, heated and full of laughter inducing dialogues, this is what you should expect when you pick this book up.

Baden, the former keeper of demon of distrust and now a resurrected spirit, is battling with his new found rage.

He is back thanks to Hades’s serpentine wreaths which enable a spirit to have a solid body.

But it comes at a price: King of Hell’s biding.

For free spirited Baden, slavery is the worst form of torture. However when he meets Katarina while on an errand for the King, Baden has to battle a demon of new kind: attachment to a weak and fragile human.

To make matters extra entertaining, Hades has pitched Pandora and Baden against each other in a gruesome points game. The one who earns most points while completing jobs for Hades, will earn freedom. The loser shall face death.

Katarina is forcefully wed to Aleksander, a smuggler and a drug dealer, responsible for her loved ones deaths. He has blackmailed her into saying her vows by abducting her beloved dogs. Katarina, whose purpose in life is rehabilitation of shunned dogs, will do anything to save her pets. Even marrying her enemy.

When Baden is ordered to get back a prized relic from Alek for Hades, he is forced to blackmail the blackmailer himself. He kidnaps Katarina in order to pressurize the ruthless Alek into giving up the coin.

Meanwhile, the wreaths are wrecking havoc. Something sinister and bloodthirsty is residing in Baden and demands he eliminate every possible threat. William, sensing Baden’s simmering rage, tells him to leave the fortress to avoid the risk of hurting his friends.

Baden, busy with his tasks doesn’t mind. When Katarina comes into the mix, Baden brings her home.

But controlling the beast is not easy and Baden has to watch his every step. He can not allow himself to fall for the bride, for the fear that the beast will hurt her.

Katarina at first, tries to resist Baden. She is appalled by his indifference towards violence. Soon, though, his intense nature piques her interest.

They fight, they quarrel. And still Baden is wary of her weakness.

A pair of puppies attach themselves with Katarina.

Meanwhile, things are heating up in the underworld.

Will Katarina be able to convince Baden of her strength? Will Baden see past his overprotective nature and accept her for who she is: A vulnerable human? Will he be able to free himself from being Hades’s slave?

My Opinion:

The Darkest Torment is back on track with original Gena Showalter charm that was what captured my interest in this series.

Somewhere around Amun’s book, the series lost its original magic a bit. Gena’s writing style changed and even though the plots were obviously well developed, they somehow didn’t exude the magic of the early books. Strider’s book was an exception and even Kane’s made for a good read.

Baden’s book  is just what a lord book should be: entertaining, hilarious, intense, just-can’t-put-down and having a good plot.

Katarina is fierce and fiery heroine. Though her tender side is what is spotlighted the most. She loves animals, especially dogs. Gena’s fans will realize that Katharina feels a lot like her.

Gena loves dogs.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Recommended for:

Every Paranormal Romance fan. And those who haven’t read this genre will definitely be interested after reading Gena’s books.

The books contain adult language and scenes of mature nature. Intended for mature audiences.

I recieved this free ARC in exchange of providing an honest review.

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Goodreads Summary:


Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own. 


Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever

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 The Author:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories”, while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”

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Forgetting Yesterday

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Author: Ava Wood

Genre: YA Romance

Publication Date: 28 October 2016

Series: Broken By The Sea #1

Source: Free ARC


Cover:

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Summer, sea. Cute, lovely couple on the beach

 

Review:

The curse of being an avid reader: you have to read repetitive and cliche plots one too many times.

Forgetting yesterday had a really nice cover, and an equally nice blurb.

Unfortunately, these things never give you a hint about the writing.

The start is OK. Then the story becomes unbearable and predictable, but just for the first few chapters.

I have to say this: new girl, butt of the jokes, collision with a handsome guy… Know where I am going with this? It’s the scene from a million other YA books.

Sigh.

I review while reading. So, I really hope after this the book picks up.

Don’t get me started on Missy’s  father. After his wife’s death, he just conveniently forgets his fatherly duties. No food, no greetings, no interest in his daughters life.

And yes Now the book is becoming a bit more interesting.

Missy’s  father is an alcoholic. He drove his wife away from his life and she ended up dying in an accident. Missy gave up  basketball to take care of her father. He is abusive and uncontrollable under the influence, but she never reveals anything to the authorities for the fear that she will be taken a way from her father.

Turquoise eyed Adam is a shining light in her life when Missy moves to florida.

He gets her and is trying to make her life pleasant. Their photography project for school brings them closer.

Missy never reveals anything to Adam.

They both are falling for each other.

But will Adam be able to convince her to let go of her abusive father? Will they endure the obstacles in their paths and be together, especially when he has to leave for college soon?

My Opinion:

At first I was annoyed by this book because of the cliche plot. This changed afterwards when story began developing.

However, the writing style was still a bit irritating. The variations of ” I will remember this night/day all my life” were thrown in a lot.

Sometime the plot was dragged on a little too much.

Still a book that can be read to pass time.

Don’t expect to fall in love with this series.

Rating: 6 out of 10

Recommended for:

YA romance fans. However as I said, this is not exactly a 10/10 book, but its good enough that you will be slightly curious to find out what happened next.

I received free ARC of this book in exchange of probiding an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Missy Shaw thought she had her life planned out perfectly; do well in school, take her basketball team to state, and get a free ride to college. Her life wasn’t perfect, but it was constant. With her best friend Karley at her side, she could handle anything.  After the death of her mother, however, her dad had other plans. Moving Missy from everything she knew in Kansas to the great unknown created a new set of problems. Attending a new school, all she really wanted was to be invisible, but that simple feat proved difficult when she had a run-in with the school’s basketball star, Adam Miller, on her very first day.  Adam is every girl’s dream; charming, sweet, and gorgeous. And for some reason, he’s very interested in Missy. His attentiveness is unnerving as Missy does everything in her power to evade his interest. Living with secrets she’s not willing to share, Missy works to push Adam away in order to keep her family safe. But will keeping secrets really keep her safe?

About the Author:

 

Ava Wood is an insomniac who writes to calm the voices. When the voices get too loud, stories are formed.   Ava was born and raised in Texas but got to Florida as quick as she could, enjoying the fresh sea air and summer storms. She believes there is nothing more beautiful than an evening summer light show.   She’s married to the love of her life whom she shares two beautiful daughters and four sweet fur babies. Their marriage is the perfect “North-meets-South” pairing.   When she’s not writing, Ava can be found chasing her children all over the county, snapping photos of any and everything, visiting one of her local theme parks, or just spending quality time with her family.