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Book Review – A Whisper of Eternity

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Title: A Whisper of Eternity

Author: Amanda Ashley

Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Adult

Length: 352

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

He Will Not Lose Her Again

When artist Tracy Warner purchases the rambling seaside house built above Dominic St. John’s hidden lair, he recognizes in her spirit the woman he has loved countless times over the centuries. Drawing her into the fascinating, seductive world of the vampire, he aches to believe that this time she will not refuse his Dark Gift. But when Dominic’s ancient rival appears in Sea Cliff, hungry for territory and power, Tracy becomes a pawn in a deadly game. To save her—and the passion that burns between them—Dominic must offer…A Whisper of Eternity.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Once upon a time this book used to be one of my favourite not trashy but still not serious enough to be called not trashy romance book. I think this is why it stands at 3 stars right now. A few years ago it would have been a 4 or a 5, in a few years it might be a 2. But for now its a 3.

The writing in this book is not the best in all the word, I have most certainly read better. There are even a few grammatical things within the book and they drive me up the wall. It really does surprise me how my taste or just general experience of books has changed so much since starting this blog. I thought the writing was great a few years ago. If you don’t notice these kind of things though the plot is enough to keep you going.

The plot is not the most original thing in all the world, specially now a day. Very old and very strong vampire falls in love with a normal girl who thought he was dashing and handsome, serious and ever so slightly scary. Girl also meets a boy who is the completely opposite but still attractive. Someone who is fun and generally makes the girl feel good but for some reason just isn’t what she is looking for. How this book differs from this kind of standard plot is that he has known and loved her in past lives. I know there are a few of these kind of books out there, but this is a rather old one so I will let it feel slightly original. They meet in each life and fall in love, but before he can reveal what he is to her and have her not be frightened, she dies somehow. Upon each death bed he reveals that he is a vampire and offers to turn her so that she can live the rest of her life with him, but each time she refuses and dies leaving him to spend years waiting till they find each other again. Will this be his last time chasing her across the ages?

The characters themselves are interesting enough. Tracy I like in the sense she does a lot of things I like, such as being an artist, likes the beach and to read. It is also very nice that she isn’t what I would call stupid. Dominic is a very sexy man. Sometimes he is rather dense and stubborn as seems all strong powerful men in these kind of books. Also rather controlling. That weakness aside, I love him. I think the name Dominic is a very sexy one purely because of this book.

The rest of the characters in the book are a bit less to be desired. You meet them but you don’t really get much of them. But I have read some more from her vampire romance books and it seems that she does things a little like Kresley Cole, they seem to pop up in other books so perhaps I will feel like they matter and were not just there for content later on.

And there we have it. I like this book well enough, but some of this enjoyment might be stemming from past affections. If you enjoy a trash book that doesn’t have much sex in it this is one you might want to checkout, but if not you might be able to miss it.

 

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – The Miserable Mill

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Title: The Miserable Mill [A Series of Unfortunate Events 4]

Author: Lemony Snicket

]Genre: Middle Grade, Mystery

Length: 169

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 56, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

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Description/Synopsis:

Dear Reader,

hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, THE MISERABLE MILL might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire story of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I think this was the scariest of the books thus far.

The children head on to a lumbermill where they are forced to work in exchange for their new guardian keeping Count Olaf away from the children. Of course this doesn’t happen and the children fall into more troubling events. Klaus gets hypnotised and is forced to commit horrible actions. I was freaking out when Klaus got hypnotised. It is bad enough that bad events keep happening to them and all around them but it is another to force them to join in the bad activity.

Entertainment wise though I think this is probably the one I have had the most issue with thus far.

One of the first things I had issues with, though not really that big a deal, is the fact that the place was obsessed with gum, that the children had to eat it, and it was stuck basically everywhere. You can’t eat gum. It doesn’t digest properly. And ew. I think the only reason why it was such a big deal in this book is because Klaus required gum to do something at the end of the book.

Also, I know the whole point to these stories is that they are supposed to be sad, but there was never any happy moment in the book. There wasn’t really any contrast so it was all the same and kind of dull. Even the part where someone I liked was being threatened by an electric saw, the event seemed to last an exceptionally long time so I no longer really gave a damn if they got chopped up or not because I was tired of hearing about it.

I think the thing I found most ridiculous however was at the end where Sunny, a baby who cannot even walk, had a sword fight with a fully grown woman. Oh, and Sunny didn’t even had a sword, she used her teeth instead. And apparently not being able to move or be as tall and only using the 4 teeth in her mouth she was able to be evenly matched for the woman. She didn’t even get a scratch on her face. I had to picture Sunny as baby vampire pretty much the entire time, being able to float and move quickly, and have super strength and healing otherwise it didn’t work. I know its middle grade but you don’t have to be stupid about these things!

I will say that the book had some good lines though:

Raisins are healthy, and they are inexpensive, and some people may even find them delicious. But they are rarely considered helpful.

So yes, if you are reading this series I hope you find more enjoyment from this book than I did. The more I read the more I seem not to like it. I don’t think these books are a good thing for me to marathon.

 

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Book Review – A Shadow Of Light

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Title: A Shadow of Light [A Shade of Vampire 4]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 270

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Since the implosion at The Oasis and Derek’s stay at Hawk Headquarters, The Shade has fallen into a state of utter chaos. To make matters worse, the citizens of Derek’s kingdom have become suspicious of his loyalties and accuse him of siding with the enemy… At a time when Derek desperately needs full cooperation from his subjects, they wish to put their own King on trial.

Meanwhile, Sofia is being held hostage by the hunters. They are determined to rid her of her infatuation with the vampire. She submits to the strict routine and training they impose on her, but the only fuel that keeps her going is the thought of reuniting with Derek – something Reuben is fighting with every fiber of his being to ensure will never happen.

…Until one day, out of the blue, Reuben appears to have a change of heart and comes to Sofia with a proposal; a solution that she never dreamed possible. A solution that would fulfil her heart’s deepest desires and secure her and Derek’s future together, forever.

But can she really trust this man who is so renowned for his hatred of vampires? Does she even have a choice?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I am finding it harder and harder to think of things to say for these books cause they all feel kind of the same and bleed into one another.

In this book we get to know a bit more about Sofia’s mother Cam. We get some back story into what she was like when she was younger and I have to say I found that whole section to be really cute and adorable. Reading these back stories really made me wonder how everyone got so bitter. In Cam’s case it was simply having a child. Cam has some background that she was raped by her stepfather or something and so she didn’t want kids, then she has Sofia and became major jealous of how much Aiden and her got along. I think this back story of the rape(s) was a bit pointless. Didn’t need to be there and it was just trying to give her character more depth and it failed.

There was also a major writing slip in this back story of Cam and Aiden before Cam left them. At one point Cam thinks while listening to him on the phone:

Aiden has gone mad. He’s Absolutely Insane. How could anybody on their right mind believe in vampires?

BUT at no point in this back story has the word ‘vampire’ been said before. That was the first time. I would like to know where she got the idea that he believed in vampires, because it sure wasn’t in the story.

Viv came back in this book and I am so happy about that. I think she is my favourite character in this series, and it was killing me to think she was dead. She gets tortured and has her fangs ripped out though. I felt so sorry for her and it made me question if they would grow back, but I don’t think so. Its never mentioned again, but I think something like this should have been answered in the book. Its a good thing Viv never drinks from a living sauce.

I found Derek pretty dumb in this book. While Sofia is away his entire world just falls apart and really it shouldn’t of. He controlled it once, he should be able to control it again without a girl that really hasn’t done all that much yet. He also kept swearing that things would never happen again, then sure enough, it would happen again.

Some of the dialogue in this book was just so cliche I cringed a little, but there were some funny moments in it too. I got relly sick of people mentioning a cure, and things got over described. Some plot development happens but its mostly just people talking about things. Yet another vampire fell in love with Sofia.

So, I read on because why not. I want to see how this all wraps up. I keep my fingers crossed for one thta gets a higher rating than a three star but I am not really holding my breathe on that.

Till Next Time…

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Book Review – A Castle Of Sand

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Title: A Shade of Blood [A Shade of Vampire 3]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 296

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin…

Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.

Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.

And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowls of an Egyptian desert… a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Like this one more than the last.

Things actually happened in this one plot wise so that was nice. We got a lot of fighting and a few hearts got ripped out. That was cool. And here is a spoiler – Ben died. I was pretty happy about that, I didn’t care about him all that much. It really confused me when he became friends with Claudia though, I don’t think that would have ever happened. Even though he got over revenge I can’t see his character being that mature as to work with someone who tortured him for weeks – end spoiler.

We saw quite a bit of the vampire hunter place which was nice. I thought Derek became really bloody stupid. The lack of Viv in this book was depressing enough but then Derek went and ditched Sofia even after all the sacrifices that she made for them to be back together.

Sofia actually starts to become useful and starts to fix things at the shade for the humans a little which was nice. I can’t stand people who are useless the entire time. She also gets tortured a little which I also liked because I don’t really like Sofia yet. Im also just going to say that her relationship with her mother is just sick. The way her mum feels about her, I mean wow. I know some mother act that way in movies but do they actually do this in real life? I don’t know but I could really feel the hatred.

Throughout the entire book there were references to Sofia’s love and life being like a sand castle, something that wont last. It was a nice touch the first couple of times. It kept on happening though. Something that was nice to start with ended up making physically angry by the end because of how many times it was mentioned. Be prepared for annoyance if you read this book.

I am glad that Ashley has become more of a figure in the books, I think she adds laughter when no one else is funny at all. One such moment:

Sofia frowned as my eyes bore into hers. She knew–like she always did when it came to me–that what I was saying wasn’t to be taken lightly. Her grip enveloped mine.
“It’s like they’re communicating through Bluetooth or something…” Ashley muttered under her breath.

I would recommend this book to someone who has started reading the series already. If you felt the same way about the first book then I think you would enjoy this one well enough. It does seem to be getting better from now on. I shall continue on.

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Book Review – A Shade Of Blood

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Title: A Shade of Blood [A Shade of Vampire 2]

Author: Bella Forrest

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Vampire

Length: 322

Rating: 2.5 rounded up to 3 Star

Series Review: 1, 2, 34, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

In A Shade Of Blood, Bella Forrest transports you deeper into a unique, enthralling and beautifully sensitive story. Prepare to be lost in its pages…

When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she’d forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak.

Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia. Something has possessed Derek’s heart and he offers her a gift no human slave has ever been given in the history of his cursed island: escape.

High school, prom and a chance to move on with her life now await her.

But will she be able to forget the horrors that steal her sleep away at night? … and the feelings that haunt her for that tormented prince of darkness?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Nothing all that much happened in this book, it just seemed like a bunch of set up for things that were to come in the next few books.

Ben instantly got on my nerves in this book. He found something out about Derek that Sofia wasn’t going to like, and for pages we were dealing with him going on and on about how he couldn’t tell her and then in the first conversation they had he told her. In my kindle I made a note of you gave that up quick didn’t you. His name for Sofia got on my nerves and I HATED the fact that they got together. It was just stupid. Stupid love triangle trying to go one way when we know that our girl has no feelings for the other guy in that way. It was just so forced. Ben kept getting mad about it but even he knows she doesn’t feel that way about him yet he tries and tries anyway… Then he moves on and hits on another girl pretty much straight after Sofia came to her senses. Gah.

Everyone in this book wants everyone. Specially Sofia. I really don’t see what is so great about her. I have a horrible feeling this is a trend that will continue on through the series… And I mean everyone wants her. EVERYONE. She is really quite dumb in this book, and I think Derek needs a good slap. I wouldn’t want them with anyone else however.

Most of the characters are a bit of a bore but in the last few chapters things picked up and I wanted to get more out of the story. We get introduced to the hunters which I found really interesting. It was cool to see how they function. We also got to meet Sofia’s parents for the first time and I really wanted to know more about them but of course we didn’t get them until the very end of the book. Their identities were suppose to be a big shock but I guessed them both before they revealed who they were.

Sorry this seemed to mostly a review to bash Ben, but yeah. This book was a great big set up for things to come. This book really frustrated me, but there was enough in it that I will continue to read the series so I can see where a few things go or get resolved.

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Book Review – Faking It

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Title: Faking It [Losing it 2]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 304

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 11.5, 2, 33.5

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Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Cade is an idiot.

That being said I did like this book but I didn’t like it as much as the first one. I had a few issues with it.

I liked the concept of pretending people are dating, I liked that part of it. I loved the moment when they first met, it was funny as hell. Cade is alot more chipper (when Bliss isn’t mentioned) and Max just kind of freaks out when he acts like a gentleman and that he isn’t actually lying about himself when her parents come. Makes for some great reactions. I think my favourite one is when Cade hugs her mother willingly. It was pretty damn funny.

I just didn’t like the people so much.

Cade was pretty much just bitching the entire time cause of Bliss, then he magically doesn’t care about her at all anymore. Yeah, you really truly loved her didn’t you you big fat idiot. At one point he tells Max that he was still too hurt to show her this song he wrote, then the next sentence was him singing the song to her. Gah. He was just so annoying.

And the fact that he decided that he couldn’t be friends with Bliss anymore?! I mean what the hell, she didn’t do anything and you got over her the second some random started talking to you so I really don’t get it. People shouldn’t be able to throw away people that were supposed to be their best friend so easy. Plus, Bliss is just better, he should be glad she gave him anytime whats so ever!

Also, Max had ‘sad and life changing past’ that turned her into this thing we see today. I didn’t connect with that past at all though. It mostly just annoyed me when it came up cause it felt really forced. Does that make me cold? Ah I don’t care…

So yeah, unless you feel you need to read this one, I would skip it. Cade was better in the first book and this might wreck it for you.

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Book Review – City Of Fallen Angels

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Title: City of Fallen Angels [The Mortal Instruments 4]

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural, Romance

Length: 424

Rating: 3 Star

Book Series Reviews: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6

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The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Dang. I don’t know if its just cause after the action of the last book or not, but this one fell soo flat for me. It wasn’t bad, but it does not give me high hopes for the rest. God it should have just ended with the last…

For the first and most frustrating part of the entire book for me. We spend LOTS of time inside Simon’s head. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Clare has decided to try and turn him to some lady’s man because he has ‘vampire mojo.’ What a load of crap. NOTHING about Simon has any mojo. He shouldn’t be able to have any girlfriends let alone two which he is keeping secret from each other. What the hell is wrong with those two? What the hell is wrong with Issy more when she still kind of likes him when she finds out what he has been doing? I lost so much respect for her, it nearly ruined her whole character for me.

In terms of action in the plot nothing much happens until the last third of the book. Because our main bad guy died in the last book, because the series was supposed to be over then, we have to be introduced to a whole bunch more characters and get all their back stories to try and create a new plot. We get so much about new characters that are introduced and so much about our side characters that Clary and Jace really fell to the way side.

Not that I minded that much about this half the time because whenever we did get some Clary and Jace time they were almost always complaining to each other or just completely ignoring the other one. I thought we were passed this rubbish!!!! I like Jace less and less with each book. He needs to get over these issues which he just creates in his own head.

And what is with everyone, and I mean like everyone, suddenly having secrets? Yeah sure some can, but really, does everyone need a deep dark secret or whatever that they need to keep hidden? It made the story over complicated.

Pretty much the thing that made the story for me was the ending of the book. I actually screamed when it happened. But thats all I am going to say on the matter cause I don’t want to ruin the really only good thing about the book for you.

I did really like the fact that Clary started doing Shadowhunter training. It was interesting to see her try and better herself this way. Perhaps she will learn to be less silly now that she is getting training in it.

If this had been the first book for the series I really don’t think I would pick it up and read the rest of them. I was interested in the ending because I already knew and loved the characters and everything that happened before. It I had just come in on this book it wouldn’t have worked for me. Apparently it gets better from here on out, so those reading along don’t worry too much. Keep reading.

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Book Review – The Truth of the Matter

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Title: The Truth of the Matter

Author: Andrew Klavan

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure

Length: 336

Rating: 3.5 Star (rounded down to 3)

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

“Never give in.”

Ever since he woke up in a terrorist torture chamber–with a year of his life erased from his mind–Charlie West has been on the run. He has one desperate hope of getting his life back: track down the mysterious agent named Waterman. But in fact, reaching Waterman–and recovering the secrets lost in his own memory–will only increase his danger. Because a team of ruthless killers is rapidly closing in on him, determined to stop him from finding the answers. And the truth of the matter is more incredible…and more deadly…than he could ever imagine.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Yaaayyyy!!!! In this book we finally really get some answers. At the beginning our boy gets shot with a drug that will restore his memory, but at a price. He will be in serious pain when he remembers stuff. I got more pleasure from these moments than I think is normal. Finally, something gets the better of our goodie goodie main character called Charlie West. You have magiced your way out of too many things, now something you can’t get passed has happened and I am happy. Though, he does seem to be able to control it to a certain extent and that made me annoyed.

In terms of plot we seem to do a little dance of gaining some ground then we loose some , gain some, loose some. Charlie finds Waterman, which I found confusing because he found him cause of picture but as far as I remember that picture didn’t reveal where he was, just who he was, and somehow we start the book with him knowing where he is… Oh the magic of Charlie. So he finds him and doesn’t trust him and gets shot with the drug for his memory, then Waterman dies and he is trying to escape from the terrorists again. And then the police. Which he does, cause he is Charlie.

But finally he comes across some people that aren’t trying to arrest him or kill him. Just a random mother and son that hide him from the police in their house while he gets over being sick (hahahaha suck it Charlie, about time the elements nearly kill you) despite knowing everything about him. I think this part was my favourite part of the book. Though I don’t like Charlie and he is awfully endowed with magical main character powers it was a nice break to have someone treat him like the child he pretty much is.

The book ends of a kind of cliff hanger so I will need to pick up the last book at some point to be satisfied. You can totally tell everything is going to be fine for Charlie though, so its not like I can’t see whats coming. Till next time…

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Book Review – Across The Universe

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Title: Across the Universe [Across the Universe 1]

Author: Beth Revis

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance

Length: 398

Rating: 3 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

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Description/Synopsis:

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t really know what I was expecting when I entered this book. I don’t normally read science fiction, its not that I don’t like it its just I think I’m fussy about which ones I read. I thought because of all the hype with this book that I would enjoy it. The idea behind the story sounded great. So when I was done I was a bit underwhlemed.

Our main characters are Elder and Amy. Amy was a fine character I suppose. I feel bad for her, the situation she has been placed is is truly awful. I know I would hate and would probably act as stupid as her at times because of the frustration. That being said that doesn’t mean I liked to read about it. Some of the things she thought and did were just painful. At one point she nearly wakes up her father because she is a selfish cow and wants him and I was basically screaming at the book all kind of horrible names and words because I couldn’t believe she was actually going to be that stupid. Thank God she didn’t go through with it at the end. I would have stopped reading the book if it had of happened because I would of hated her too much.

I don’ know how I feel about Elder. I understand he grew up in a very different world and was taught very different ways of thinking to was myself, and Amy, think, so I try to be understanding about certain things but its difficult. I like him at times but some of the things he says and does are just… bleh.

The love between these guys is really really weird. Its not great but kind of works. This I put mostly to how spastic the world Elder lives in and how he has been taught to think and do things, however it also feels very very forced at times. I was completely shocked and appalled that it was still there in the end. Elder does some things that Amy only finds out about at the end of the book, awful things, and she just forgives him straight away. I think it lost a star just because of this. I mean, it wouldn’t have killed them to have Amy hate him at the end of book and MAYBE if you were desperate to have them love each other fix things in the next one.

In terms of plot it was ok. I worked out who our bad guy was pretty much the first time he popped up in the book so I found that very sad. There wasn’t really much suspense left once I did that. I worked it out way to early in the book. The only thing that I hadn’t figured out was why he was going all the things he did.  The world was really interesting though and at times the book did have me going and I was wrapped. I was really sad when one of the characters dies, they were one of the things I really liked about the book.

So yeah. It was ok but I really don’t think its worth all the hype I have heard. Im really interested to see how they possibly fix the things I hated in this book and where things go from here.

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Book Review – The Long Way Home

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Title: The Long Way Home [The Homelanders 2]

Author: Andrew Klavan

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Adventure

Length: 345

Rating: 3 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4

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Description/Synopsis:

Sometimes you have to go home to find out who you really are.

Charlie West went to bed one night an ordinary high-school student. He woke up a hunted man. Terrorists are trying to kill him. The police want to arrest him for the stabbing death of his best friend. He doesn’t know whose side he’s on or who he can trust. With his pursuers closing in on every side, Charlie makes his way back to his hometown to find some answers. There, holed up in an abandoned mansion, he’s joined by his friends in a desperate attempt to discover the truth about a murder he can’t remember’and the love he can never forget.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book fell a star or a half short of the first one for me. Perhaps I got used to the idea of the story? I don’t know.

We finally got some answers in this book. Thank god. About halfway through I started panicking that nothing was going to get revealed in this book either and if that had of been true I would have had to throw the book at the wall. I could not handle more than one book with no answers. Thank god some of them were answered.

For the most part the plot moved along pretty steadily. I get a very Bourne series feel from these books. He is all confused about who he is, many many people are after him and trying to kill him. He must clear his name and get his memory back blah blah. You get the answer to like 2 questions raised in the first book. Kinda. I wont say which ones because it will ruin it for you but know they are coming. One of them really isn’t all that hard, it was a bit too easy, despite a bit of misdirection. We get a lot more of “I love my country and God” talk in this one which had more tuning out a bit, but its obviously a serious about fighting terrorists so I suppose that’s to be expected.

Where the story gets interesting to me is that we actually get to meet people that are not trying to kill him/take him to prison in the present rather than just him remembering them from his last day of memory. I found his friendly really funny. There was a section where they were watching a friend do something and just kept repeating “Hes gonna die.” I don’t know why but it was funny to me. It wasn’t to our main character Charlie, but it was to me. After all the stuff we watch him go through the situation with his friends is easy.

Charlie’s relationship with Beth isn’t the big romantic thing to me as it is played out to be in the book. Its actually kinda boring, specially since Charlie doesn’t even remember it. It is just your standard high school fling so far. Maybe it will change when Charlie remembers the past year.

Now our main character Charlie kind of annoyed me this book. So many of the things he does are very super human and he doesn’t seem them as super human at all. To me he is a bit full of himself, he doesn’t question really any of the things he does. A lot of things also just magically happen to him to make it work out. Though I’m sure things like that happen, I just couldn’t get into them in this story. Charlie also is kind of dumb, he says some things that instantly clicked in my head as the answer or as something funky or wrong but it took someone who is so super humanly surviving the way he is just way too long to work out sometimes. Those things should never have been in question/accepted!

So yeah. This book fell a bit flat for me, but I got some new things that were exciting/interesting and fun to read about. I think I will pick up the third book really soon because I really still want to know what the hell is going on.