Book Review – Splintered


Title: Splintered [Splintered 1]

Author: A.G. Howard

Genre: Young Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy

Length: 287

Rating: 2.5 rounded down to 2 Star

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 2, 3



This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


Sigh. This book fell so far short from what I wanted from it that it left me sad.

I went into this book with such high expectations. I have heard wonderful things about it and I was really excited to the get a creepy retelling of Alice in Wonderland, not that Alice in Wonderland isn’t creepy to start with. But this book didn’t hold up to any of my expectations.

I tried really, really hard to like this book. I liked the idea that the family which the story is based around were the descendants of the original Alice is fell down the rabbit hole. I also really liked some of the imagery as well, specially when it came to describing the nature and the many many moths that popped up in the story, and I liked the idea of talking bugs. That is where the enjoyment ended however.

I founded the characters to be very flat. It was really jammed into us that Alyssa’s sanity is very thin, and that she was very alternative. The amounts of time her outfit was described in detail got really on my nerves. I get it. She is a punk chick with dreads and boots, I don’t need to be told again, specially when the clothes she is wearing haven’t changed since the last time we were told about it. The only character I was remotely interested in would be her mother because she is in the crazy bin but isn’t actually crazy. I would love to know more about her story and hear her side of things.

Then there was the dreaded love triangle. We start off with the childhood friend who is also tormented and is the only one that really understands her and can basically read her mind. Then we have the mysterious and deceitful moth guy who used to visit her in her dreams and understand her darker side. I really don’t understand the appeal with either of these two characters. Jeb is just boring and controlling and has borderline anger issues, and is so so so stupid. Morpheus, though the better of the two, is pretty much just a manipulative and filthy liar, when there was really no reason to be either of those things ever because Alyssa would agree to do pretty much anything if he just asked.

The whole plot of the story too wasn’t the best thing in the world. It did have some twists and turns in there that had me going, and by the time that I got to the very kind of predictable ending, part of me wanted to know what on earth would happen in the next book. This book really could just be read as a standalone so I don’t know what the next one will hold. That being said though, I don’t I will indulge that curiosity of what is to come because I don’t think it will be any better than this, and I don’t feel like its worth the time.

So yes, this was not my cup of tea at all. I do not recommend this book to anyone.


Till Next Time…


Book Review – A Blaze of Sun


Title: A Blaze of Sun [A Shade of Vampire 5]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 225

Rating: 2 Star

Series Review: 12, 34, 5, 6, 7



Welcome back to The Shade…

“Of course you know who I am. I’m a daughter of the darkness just as surely as you are his son…”

Ever since his brief encounter with Emilia at The Shade, Derek’s thoughts and dreams have been haunted with images of the mysterious, beautiful brunette. Plagued with guilt, he struggles to understand why he is so drawn to this dark stranger from his past.

When Emilia suddenly appears again on the island, Derek is both terrified and intrigued. But this time, he is determined to involve Sofia and discover who this woman is.

If only Derek and Sofia knew, Emilia is a mystery that should be left undiscovered…


I read on because I just want to know how all this rubbish will be resolved. The books really are all bleeding into each other.

I made a jump for joy when the new stupid love triangle ended. I hated the first one, but I hated this one more. At one point Derek was all like You are being an absolute fool when he was with Emilia and all I could think is yes, yes you are. Forever and always a fool.

I had my suspicions that was actually in fact Cora from before Derek went to sleep ever since she first showed her now apparently Derek approved face. I hated this. Just… gah.. So much hatred. I LIKED Cora. Why oh why Forrest did you have to go and destroy such a good character by turning her into this poisonous bloody member in the love triangle. Two crimes to the series were done in this single act.

I had issues with the whole culling thing. For ages they make the culling sound like it happened years and years ago, but then I encountered a section that made it sound like it was within the last few years and this greatly confused me. If it happened so recently why on earth did they choose to do the first culling? The timeline for the culling has gotten confused and I cannot make sense of it. Important history things like this need to stay fixed and well planned and thought out and I didn’t think this was.

So Ingrid died in this one. I don’t believe it though. Her death seemed really quick and just from stupidity, so I have feelings that they might bring her back somehow. But she may not, I could be wrong. So in the book they think they have the cure idea down and decided to test the theory out on Ingrid because if they are wrong it means she dies! Except, despite all the hints that any cure must be done with immune blood like Sofia’s they decided to test with normal bloody human blood so of course she dies.

They get it right with Derek though of course. I also think this was a really silly thing for them to do, turn Derek human. Yes, at the end of the series it would make the most sense cause then they could be together. Right now though they have impending doom coming at them from all sides and they really could use kingly vampire strength and power but instead its decided that Derek should become human and go on a little trip for three months with Sofia and they just leave everyone high and dry. Sooooo annoying. Derek is supposed to love his sister, this is pretty much leaving her to the wolves and everyone with the risk of getting blown up/confined. The idea is put out there by the first big bad vampire guy that Derek is supposed to be stronger as a human but I don’t see that at all.

I know all this seems really negative. I think its just gone on a little too long for me. I did like bits from memory, but by the time I got to the end of the book I didn’t remember what they were. I know I like Kyle and find Anna and his story really cute though. I hope they end up together.

I think this series ends in like two books. I wish it was the next. I want answers and I don’t know how much more of this I can tolerate.


Till Next Time…



Book Review – Grieftime

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Title: Grieftime

Author: Heather Bulpett

Genre: Dystopian

Length: 455

Rating: 2 Star



In a world where life, love and even reproduction are regulated by the state, Lyn reluctantly accepts that she must marry again just weeks after her first husband’s death. Supported by her friend Judith, she acquiesces to her every movement being monitored ‘in her own best interests’.

Into Lyn’s life comes Mikey, a younger man who was once a pupil of hers. Lyn tries to follow the rules and fit into the wifely role that has been allotted to her, learning how to cope with the exuberant, straight-talking Mikey and his large, boisterous family – something she never had as an orphan brought up in a ‘dump’ home. But a new relationship is not the only surprise Lyn has to face: she feels as if she is being stalked, and isn’t even sure if she can trust her best friend anymore.

As Lyn’s world unravels, she is comforted by her new husband and supported by her mysterious ‘counsellor’ Dylan. But who really has her best interests at heart, and can the heavy surveillance she is under ever be justified? Grieftime is an innovative novel that embraces a world shaped by technology; a world without free will that surely none of us would want to live in.


I received an early copy of the book from the publishers for a review.

It kind of kills me to say this because I really get along with the publicist who sent me the book, he sent me The Forgotten War last time and I really really enjoyed that book, but I quite nearly hated this one.

We are presented with a dystopian world where women have no free will and men make all the choices. Literally. They get selected by the man when they become of marrying age, falling in love is not allowed, they go to special classes on how to please their man including sexual pleasure, they need permission to do anything, and what the man says goes. There are even laws to go along with this. Why is this world like this do you ask? Well I would like to know too. There are many mentions that the world was not always like this, that it was much closer to our world not even that long ago, but we get no explanation. This greatly annoyed me. I didn’t need a huge explanation, I just needed a reason as to why the world was working the way it was because it said it hadn’t always been this way. Without the explanation the book just kind of reeked of woman hatred which makes no sense cause the author is a woman. I saw a quote that said something along the lines that if you want to read a book that doesn’t exist yet you must write it. This makes me question why someone would want to write something like that.

The plot didn’t feel very well thought out to me. I didn’t feel very threatened or worried about this crazy best friend that was out to get out main character Lyn. The why though kind of explained just didn’t do it for me. Also, if she was such a big threat why didn;t anyone do anything quicker, that was never explained, and why didn’t just take Lyn out sooner. Or better yet, why did Lyn keep meeting up with her! It just got on my nerves. It also held the element that Lyn was apparently the best person ever and literally everyone was obsessed with her. So annoying.

I didn’t think the characters were very well written or developed as well. It was put across that Mikey was supposed to be a wonderful guy that was just full of unlawful love for his newly selected wife, a far better man than her last husband, but we get a mishmash. One minute he is fine, the next he is going crazy for no reason and at one point turned into a rapist. This makes it really hard to have any feelings for him whatsoever. His love also seems to be very inconsistent for no reason. Same goes for Lyn though, one minute she is fine, been cheeky or standing up for herself, then she will just turn into this coward over nothing. Literally, there were some moments where running away screaming were much more called for than the time she splashed food on Mikey’s shirt.

You will notice I didn’t rate it a one star though. This is because it did make me laugh at times. I thought the writing was not well done at all, but it did have its funny moments between Mikey and Lyn. Lyn mostly. A running joke is that Lyn can’t cook, and one joke that made me giggle was:

“If you don’t get a move on dinner will be cremated.”

Mikey looked round at that. “You can’t cremate a casserole.”

“Listen, mate, I can cremate anything.”

So that was funny.

Sadly I don’t feel like I can recommend this book to anyone. It does kill me to say that, but its true. Others seemed to have enjoyed it on goodreads but clearly it just was not for me.


Till Next Time..


Book Review – Seeking Her

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Title: Seeking Her [Losing it 3.5]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 160

Rating: 2 Star

Series Review: 11.5, 2, 3, 3.5



A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren’t for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn’t want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.


This book was really really pointless.

We see things from Jackson’s point of view in this book and it didn’t bring me anything to love about the story. If anything it just made me live the things I hated from the first one again.

For example, in Finding It she forces him to have a drink despite the fact that he was a recovering alcoholic and he didn’t put up enough of a fight to get her to stop. He didn’t even tell her that was why he couldn’t drink! Just so so stupid.

It also ended in the very worst spot for his story to end. I was expecting it to end when they started to fall in love because there is nothing there we really needed to live through his perspective, however it chose to end just before the one spot where it could have added something to the story.

In Finding It Kelsey gets her drink drugged and Jackson takes her back to his room so that nothing bad happens to her. She then begs him to stay the night and be there when she wakes up because she didn’t want to wake up thinking that she had been raped again and he tells her that he will be there. However, he leaves as soon as she falls asleep and we never get an explanation, not even a bad excuse, as to why he chose to leave. It wouldn’t have blown his cover or anything for him to explain what the hell happened!

It is just before this moment, the one moment where there was actually something I wanted an answer to that the book chose to end. It made me so angry.

So there, stay away from this one unless you want to read something pointless and infuriating.

Till Next Time…


From Book to Movie – Looking For Alibrandi


Title: Looking For Alibrandi

Genre: Drama, Coming of Age, Young Adult, Australia

Rating: 2 Star

Book Review


A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the disapproving nuns at her strict Catholic school, the acceptance of her schoolmates,and romantic dilemmas over two very different boys.


This movie kind of went by without me noticing much about what was happening. This is the reason why it got such a low rating, that and the fact that I don’t think I will watch it again. I’m not saying It was all that bad, I’m sure some people would love it if they liked the book more than I did.

The casting choices in the movie I thought were very good ones. The only one that I really had an issue with was Kick Gurry as Jacob Coote. Compared to all the other kids in the movie he just looked so much older than all of them and it was just weird.

I liked her Nonna and her father much more in this time round. They came off less harsh and mean. I still didn’t like her Nonna though.

In terms of plot they did leave out a few things, but that’s to be expected. I didn’t even notice they had left out certain scenes until I was sitting here writing this review so clearly they didn’t matter all that much.

The only thing that really bothered me about the movie was the fact I feel like they downplayed John Baton’s death a bit. I don’t feel they played up all the signs of distress and sadness he expressed to Josie before he committed suicide. I think they also downplayed everyones reaction to his death. I really connected with Josie in the book at this section, but here I didn’t so much. I think they also skipped over her section with Carly after his death, where they kind of connect, and that made me a bit sad.

So yes, I don’t think this was a bad movie. Those who love the book will probably love this movie. But like the book this movie was just not for me. If I had of been doing my HSC when I first saw this movie I think I would have liked it alot more. My own preference is why the rating is low, not because I don’t think people will enjoy it.


Book Review – Love Gone Mad


Title: Love Gone Mad

Author: Mark Rubinstein

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 348

Rating: 2 Star



When heart surgeon Adrian Douglas and Megan Haggarty, RN, meet at the hospital where they work, neither has any idea of the scorpion’s nest into which they’ve stumbled. Strange and frightening events begin happening to each of them; someone is after them both–and the stalker is not only brilliant and crafty, but vows to exact revenge for the ultimate betrayal. As things spin out of control, Megan and Adrian fight for their lives.


I was pleasantly reading through this book for about 30% of it. Then I realised that it was still going and I was only 30% through it. Things went downhill from their. It was not a good start to the 2014 reading of the year.

Like all NetGalley books this had random bits of structural and spelling failures so I am just going to move past it.

The dialogue in this book could have been better. At times it was staggered and unrealistic. I think if people talked liked that it would be just as hard to listen to it as it was to read. There was a line asking the bad guy how he smelt something on someone. It frustrated me greatly. Though the thing he said he could smell was that his daughter wasn’t his own, and thats not normally something you can smell (in this book it is) but the way the line was phrased got to me. How do people normally smell you idiot…

It repeats itself a lot, hypes things up that aren’t shocking or anything along those lines, and doesn’t stick to perspectives in a way that makes sense. It jumps from person to person sometimes without warning and quite often stays with the perspective I think that  was the more boring and outside the interesting parts. There are also moments which are seriously coincidental and the fact that there is more than one of them blew the chance of me accepting that it could actually happen. The book lost points here and It was hard for me to keep reading.

However when something action packed was happening, it did it very well. The description in these part was very captivating and had me sitting on the edge of my seat. My favourite section was when she was trapped in the elevator. I am horrified of elevators breaking on me and I am claustrophobic at times so her horror was my horror.


Book Review – Among the Nameless Stars


Title: Among the Nameless Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #.05)

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: 54

Rating: 2 Star


Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS

Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.


I don’t really know what I was expecting from this book but it didn’t really meet it.

I was confused the entire way through. From what I gather their are three levels of people, the high class, the middle class (each have their own names but they arent important), and the lower class called The Reduced. Why they are called this is not explained, though I think they may be on the stupid side. Nothing really is explained, not how the world ended up the way it is, why the ever so strange rules exist, not even half the the words that are used are explained.

I also found it a bit on the repetitive side. This girl Elliot is mentioned many many times throughout at first I thought this was good way to get to know the main character Kai better, know his thoughts and emotions and why he may do things that he does. But its done just way too much. If I knew who Elliot was, had actually met her, maybe this wouldn’t have bothered me so much, but for someone who didn’t even make an appearance in the story it became really frustrating.  The characters are developed well enough despite the confusion though and I would be interested in reading the actual story. I want to read the actual story more to get some answers though.

As for it being a prequel, I don’t really know if you can call it that. I haven’t read the proper story but this one doesn’t really feel like it would have much relevance to anything at all. The whole story could really be told in a couple of paragraphs if he didn’t go into some of the lesser details or some of the people. I would suggest this book to fans of the actual series if they are need for just another little taste of the story.


Book Review – Maelyn


Title: Maelyn (Book one of The Nine Princessess Novellas)

Author: Anite Valle

Genre: Teen Mythology Fiction

Length: 140

Rating: 2 Star


Months later, the king returned home and presented his astonished queen with not one, but nine baby girls. “One from each kingdom I visited,” said the king. “They are orphans.” The queen wept joyously at the row of cradles, each bearing a sleeping infant. After bestowing a kiss on each child’s forehead she said, “Now they are princesses.”

Book 1: Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by the Red Fever. Suddenly she became a princess of Runa Realm, the first of nine orphans adopted by the king.

By her eighteenth year, Maelyn rules over Runa and a family of nine sisters. But some call the princesses frauds and imposters, a handful of urchins raised into royalty. Even Uncle Jarrod, the High King of Grunwold, seems determined to prove that Maelyn no longer deserves to be a princess. With a family losing faith in her, and a kingdom growing dangerously hostile, even Maelyn begins to wonder if she is truly a real princess. And if her riches will turn to rags once again….


I was disappointed with this book. Don’t know why but I was expecting it to far better than it was.

The story itself was interesting, but there wasn’t enough of it in this one section of the series to really get into it. The back story that is mentioned is really quite interesting and I wish I had more of it, but I don’t think that its going to happen. It seems to be very focussed on the future. I plan on getting the rest in the series at some point so I can know if the story becomes more full and complete. The things that let it down in this section where that things were sped through (though this might be because of the whole novella thing), and the writing style was very stale and rigid.

The characters were very bland on the scale of things, minor difference between the very few you actually got to meet (there are 9 princesses but you only get a glimpse of about 4 princesses personalities) and I never got to feel any attachment to any of them. Sure at some points I did feel anger/annoyance/ frustration to some of them, but these feelings are easier to get from a reader than feelings of love, which is what we want. I know I don’t read to feel angry.

I know thats not much of a review but there really wasnt much of a book to review. I feel like this ‘series’ would have been better off in a single novel with more depth, and each princess getting their own chapter.

If you wish to take a look at it yourself at some point, it is free on amazon kindle store right now so I suggest you go grab it while its cheapest.


Book Review – Predatory


Title: Predatory

Author: Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, Hanna Jayne.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 254

Rating: 2-3 star average

Release Date: May 7th 2013


Four of today’s most exciting paranormal authors take readers into the thrilling realm of vampires, immortals, and other supernatural beings with a thirst for illicit desire…

Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he’s actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other…

Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs
Cassie Tyler agrees to sub for her friend at the funeral home where she works. But she gets more than she bargained for when a group of men attack her and a vampire comes to her rescue. . .

In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Richart d’Alençon can’t forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he saved her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist. . .

High Stakes by Hannah Jayne
When vampire fashionista Nina LaShay’s design contest rival is found dead, she’s the prime suspect. Sexy photographer Pike is number two. He’s the kind of man who makes Nina salivate. But will she have to reveal herself to have him–and to save them both? Or does Pike have a secret of his own?​


Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy 2 Star

This section of the book didnt impress me very much and it was very difficult to get into reading the book at all when it had such a poor opening story. To me this was basically just a shorty story version of a porno, just a quick bang that happens for the most random reasons which everyone is supposed to believe it plausible but really never would happen in a million years.The characters come into the story, instantly love or rather lust after one another. I didn’t feel any connect between the two main characters at all and found the overall insistence of the author that they actually love each other annoying because I didn’t believe it. The characters were hollow and I could barely tell the difference between them as I read, and the character Nikolo’s constant reminder that he was this great and powerful Sentinel was horrible. I understood that fact the first or at the very latest the third time you told me. Angela was also supposed to be smart, but some of the dialogue she spewed forth was just so idiotic I actually stopped reading for a bit to get over what had just been said.

Each of the stories in this book are very short but this one suffered greatly for the 60ish page limit each one had. The story really is just meant to a ‘trailer’ for a series of books that will be coming out at a later date, but it really wasnt suited for it. A story that could fit comfortably into a series let alone a full sized novel should not have been forced into such a small space. The idea of turning this book into a preview of ones to come kind of made me angry. The series name shall be Sentinel

All that being said though I have given the story a 2 star rating because if it wasn’t so short and wasn’t mainly focused on the sex, the actual story idea would have been very good. It has very X-Men qualities to it that could be very interesting. I would consider reading at least one book from the actual series to see if it has been presented better.

Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs – 3 Star

I didn’t mind this story so much.Granted it did move a tad quickly, but the stories within this book don’t really have much of a choice in the matter. The story line was enough to keep me interested until the end, but not so great as to leave a very big impression on me once I had finished reading it. The only thing that greatly stood out in this story was that the main character Cassie didn’t seem to have a very set personality like the author couldn’t quite make up her mind about which one persona she wanted her character to take. Other than that however, it was alright and it would probably be worth a read.

In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall – 4 Star

We just keep going up with the star rating don’t we? But I actually loved this story. Though we had very little time with the characters I actually felt like I got to know them and could tell each of the apart and their names weren’t mentioned directly after a section of dialogue.This one is also a sort of preview for a series for books already published called Immortal Guardians, but this one didn’t leave me disappointed or anything at the end.It seemed to span over a greater period of time so the storyline didnt seem so rushed but was left open to more if it wanted. For this one I dare say I was supposed to know the characters before I started reading to know some of the background that was happening/mentioned, but I never once felt like I was missing something. It was very well put together or a short preview.

Also a romance, it didn’t focus on the sex either and the relationship seemed to grow more than something that was slapped together for the sake of it. The only thing really that I have to complain about with this book as that it kept switching character perspective when it wasn’t supposed to, but I don’t know if everyone would pick up on it, and it sure didn’t ruin the story for me. It was mainly something I picked up on because I try to focus on details like that when I send my response to the author that was kind enough to let me read the story before it was published.

Anyway, I now eagerly await the day I can read the actual series and get far more of these characters I fell in love with and the ones I wish I knew more about.

High Stakes by Hannah Jayne 2 Star

I fell asleep 3 times while reading this story. Thats a lot for about 60 pages of writing and having not been one bit tired. I was expecting more from this final story since the other ones seemed to improve the more I read into the book, but this one made the overall rating fall right back. The author tried to make it very hip and now to how people on the internet or some people on the street tend to speak, but what I think the author failed to pick up on that some of those things are really only said by 14 year olds and older people tend to stay away from the ridiculous sayings. It didn’t really work with the age group the book was trying to reach.

Again a preview for an already published series called Underworld Detection Agency, the story itself wasn’t so bad from a how it was written kind of way, and I felt like I was missing things in this story. Our main character is supposed to be a vampire but the only thing that really comes about from this fact in the story is she catches on fire at one point and heals quickly, other than that nothing. It probably would have been better to leave this out all together and have it as a normal human murder fashion mystery rather than a seemingly pathetic vampire that doesn’t really seem to do anything that makes her a kick ass of the night. I feel the series might reveal more, but for this it just wasnt needed to add the paranormal aspect to the story.

Combine all this with a predictable ending, you have a pretty boring story. I guess the second I met a characters sister with the thoughts “The sister did it” before I even knew what it was, that she would be the master behind all the evil. Then sure enough I was right. When I jump to conclusions I would like to be made to feel at least doubtful if not proven wrong by such a judgement.

The Overall Book

I received this book from the publishing company (I think) on NetGalley for my honest review, but If was to go and buy this book, it would only really be for In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall. It was the only section that made it a worthy read really. Or if you feel the other might actually appeal to you, I would suggest that I buy the actual books from the series rather than this book of previews. Its just not worth it for the whole thing.


Book Review – Vampire Kisses


Title: Vampire Kisses

Author: Ellen Schreiber

Genre: Vampire Romance, YA

Length: 253

Rating: 2 Star


The mansion on top of Benson Hill has been empty and boarded up for years. But a new family has moved in. A family that never ventures out during the day. Who are these creepy people — especially the handsome, dark, and elusive Alexander Sterling? Or rather, what are they? Could the town gossip actually be true? Are they vampires?

Raven, who secretly covets a vampire kiss, both at the risk of her own mortality and Alexander’s loving trust, is dying to uncover the truth.


This book is very simple and in your face to the point where it numbs your brain. Things are laid out in the most cliche and obvious way possible, and you know how the book is going to end right from the start, even though the author spends most the book going ‘no way he’s not a vampire, its just a bunch of rumour’ in an attempt to make it a big ‘ta da he’s a vampire!’ at the end. It doesn’t work however and I mostly just got annoyed at the failed attempt and wished she would have gotten to the obvious point.

Throughout the book we are bombarded with cliches from every angle. The first one which are are reminded of every two pages or so is in the form of the main character. We are presented a teenaged gothic girl named Raven who wears all black and is a goth and has black are and makeup because she is a goth and no one understand because she dresses differently because she is a goth and she is just aching to be a vampire because she is a goth. How much I mentioned the gothic thing in that sentenced is an example of how often we get told shes gothic. Her name was really annoying for me. Out of all the names on the planet, Raven, one used to often (a lot of times as joke) to describe someone who believes in ‘dark magic’ or supernatural creatures you had to choose that one? Though this trend of bad naming is throughout the book and I don’t know if this blunder was intentional or not. They give each other horrible nick names. Raven has a younger brother who she called ‘Nerd Boy.’ As someone who is an older sister to a younger brother with very much up and down moments (though not in such simplistic form and seemingly pointless way that it is presented in a book), a name as simple and just stupid like ‘Nerd Boy’ would never happen, we get more creative than that. There are also a lot of freaks, and monsters thrown around throughout the book as well, but even they seem more creative than some of the others. The biggest cliche of all besides the embodiment that is our main character is the vampires themselves. Would you believe that they all dress in black as well and wear capes?

The romance between Raven and Alexander also happens really quickly. There is a house not far from where Raven lives and she loves it because it abandoned and creep and very goth like, then within 5 pages a family of rumoured vampires move in! After a few quick sightings Raven is invited to enter the house and spend the night with her ‘Gothic Dream Guy’ and they instantly fall in love and understand how the other feels deep within their souls. To me this destroyed any chance of liking the main character, because it seemed as so though she was in love with him before they met purely because she herd he might be a vampire and she wanted to be one too. She might as well be a gold digger to me then, a vampire gold digger. Most the book moves this quickly.

Even though I have said all that, the book did make me laugh at certain points, so on some level I must have related to the characters enough to get a hint of joy or something from things that they are doing/where happening in their lives. I have my fingers crossed that the next two books that I have in this series lesson the cliche and give me some depth to the plot and the characters.