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Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Favourite Authors

Well, I don’t like this weeks one at all. How on earth am I going to pick? I have many authors who I have only read one book of and they are my favourite ones but I have yet to read anymore or their works. Do they count? BLAH HARD LIST. To try and make the list easier on myself, I am going to list the authors I have read the most of first and then work my way down to the ones I have read the least, but it in no way shows which author is my number one because I don’t think I have one.

1. Ali Yazawa author of Nana.The only work I have read by this author is Nana, but I loved every bit of it and there is lots so that counts right?

2. Matsuri Hino author of Vampire Knight. Though I think I like this series more than Nana (maybe) I have read some other works by this author and I didn’t like them quite as much.

3. Richelle Mead author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.Love both of these. Really interested in seeing other works by her and if I like them as much.

4. Marissa Meyer author of The Lunar Chronicles. So so so good. Just amazing. I need more of anything.

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5. Suzanne Collins author of The Hunger Games.

6. Veronica Roth author of the Divergent Series.

7. Juliet Marillier author of the Sevenwaters Series. Though I have only read two, I am completely confident that I will like the rest of the series.

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8. Emily Gee author of The Cursed Kingdoms. Same as above.

9. Melina Marchetta author of On The Jellicoe Road. I have read two books by this author, one I loved the other not so much, but I keep her here because she wrote my favourite book.

10. Sarah J. Maas author of the Throne of Glass Series. I have only read the one book I can easily guess that I will love all the works. On a side note I am SO excited to meet her at Brisbane Supanova in November.

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I showed you mine now show me yours!

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Till Next Time…

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Book Review – Where You’ll Find Me

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Title: Where You’ll Find Me

Author: Erin Fletcher

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 211

Rating: 4 Star

Description/Synopsis:

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

Nate doesn’t tell her why he’s in her garage, and she doesn’t tell him what she’s running from. Soon, Hanley’s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate’s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Sorry this post is a couple of hours late of my “I will post every three days” rule I applied to myself, but I really wanted to post a review on this book next, and I hadn’t quite finished it yet. The next post will be posted as if I posted this on time.

I loved this book. Like really really loved it.

The only reason why it has a 4 star rating is because it had one serious flaw to me. The main character trusted him way too quickly.

Now, if you were sneaking out of your house in the middle of the night and you find some random teenager living in your garage what do you think you would do? My guess would freak the hell out and scream bloody murder until either your parents come down and deal with it one way or another and possibly call the police. Not kick him out without a word when he says something along the way of “Like you are one to judge,” and start admiring the colour of his eyes. Though I can see why she invited him back, I don’t at the same time because he was pretty much just a crazy person who broke into her garage and had been living there for god only knows how long.

Other than that this was a very very cute love story. Things happened at a realistic pace and the things were totally believable and had depth. Both are main characters are suffering through stuff in different ways and they help each other through it all in ways they were not expecting.

And for the best part they were likeable. Hanely was a bit frustrating at times, but you can totally suffer through those tiny moments to get more of Nate and his amazingness. I was rooting for everything to be good at the end of their growingly more intense and saddening story. My heart went out to them both.

The story had be enthralled with the words before me the entire time I was reading and I was so satisfied with the ending yet so sad to have it end at the same time. I want them back! Give me more! This is definitely a book I will be picking up again. Congratulations Erin Fletcher, I think your debut book is a success :D

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Book Review – The Heiresses

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Title: The Heiresses

Author: Allison Rushby

Genre: Young Adult Historical Romance

Length: 344

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

In Allison Rushby’s Heiresses, three triplets–estranged since birth–are thrust together in glittering 1926 London to fight for their inheritance, only to learn they can’t trust anyone–least of all each other.
When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London–a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things–by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. For most of this book I felt… overwhelmed, or at least something close to it. What I mean by this is, a lot of ideas and details and plot twists are thrown into the book and they dont always mesh well together. I felt, though this may be completely wrong, that the author herself was at times a bit frazzled by the shear amount of different things she was trying to gather together. I felt this way because the writing was not always clear, and quite a lot I had to reread some pages. However, it seemed like most of these issues were worked out by the second half of the book.

The triplets themselves where kind of interesting. They were to me pretty much just three different sections of one person. The sweet and innocent, Clio, the logical and smart, Erato, and the complete bitch from hell with just too much self confidence, Thalia. As you can probably tell I didn’t like Thalia very much. Though I think this was intended, the author gave her a rape back story to try and lesson possible hate towards her, but it didnt work for me. Despite this, I feel she was the most defined of the three girls. There were times where Eratos logic completely failed and she was just… stupid really, which I dont believe would really happen for that character. Clio was more stable, but she didnt really hold up to her good nature, though this is kinda glossed over. All of the girls characters develop over the course of the book, but Thalias wasnt a really believable one for me. Her character grew just a little too much and I really wouldnt expect her to ever feel like that after such a short amount of time, regardless of the different things that happen. Clio’s end probably made me the happiest, I wanted her to end up with Edwin from the very first time they met. For her though, I felt maybe she was the authors favourite because she really got pretty much everything by the end, 3 separate loving families and a legal title, where as the other girls only got the one loving family a bit of self awareness.

I did feel like I missed out on my favourite characters though. I loved the very bits with Hestia, and wished I could have read more things through her eyes. I also loved Felix very quickly, and wished that we went into his life and his children more.

Though there were a number of things that annoyed me, like the endless need to justify each lie and secret every single one of them was always doing (its like it was some kind of disease they all had, the need to be so manipulative and lie), the actually story line didnt bother me in the slightest. Sure, it was hard to wade through and completely have a clear mind about it all for the first half, the author still did a pretty good job at telling a rather complicated story, and Im glad that I finally found the time to pick it up and give it a read.

 

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Book Review – Predatory

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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

Description/Synopsis:

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?​

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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.

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Book Review – Unpredictable Webs

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Title: Unpredictable Webs

Author: Darlene Quinn

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Length: 451

Rating:  3 Star

Release Date: May 1st 2013

Description/Synopsis:

Betrayal, rebellion, jealousy, and a kidnapping gone awry are at the core of this fourth novel in Darlene Quinn’s ensnaring series. Unpredictable Webs picks up the Webs series five years after Twisted Webs.

About to turn sixteen, Marnie Taylor is rebellious–fighting often with her mother, Ashleigh–and jealous of her more even-tempered and popular twin sister, Callie. Lonely, Marnie finds a compassionate listener in Brad, whom she meets online. Spinning a web of lies to throw her parents off, Marnie arranges an in-person meet-up with Brad. But she realizes too late that she has been targeted in a sinister scheme for ransom.

Quinn’s vivid cast of characters returns in this high-tension, stand-alone sequel. Though their actions are plausible, none of them behaves as others might predict in this tale that discloses the darker behaviors people are capable of. Cougar Viviana De Mornay takes Chicago’s fashion world and ”Italian Stallion” Gino Cabello by storm. Tony Wainwright, who has paid his dues for a past crime and appears to have turned his life around, is catapulted to the top of the list of suspects. PI Ross Pocino is on the scene with his surprising insights into criminal behavior, and Paige Toddman’s mother, Helen, seems to grow younger every day. While some mothers can unintentionally do unspeakable harm to their children, Ashleigh’s steel-magnolia efforts to wrest her daughter from her captor redeem the sacredness of that role.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from the author off of NetGalley and I had serious issues with rating this book. On some levels I felt it needed to be held around the four star mark, but on other ones I felt it required one.

I don’t know if it was just because of the draft I was given to read, but I found the book to be riddled with structural, grammatical, and perspective errors and found myself placing multiple bookmarks along the way for the more serious ones I came across to point out to the author when I give her my review.

The structure of the book has a new chapter pop up every 4 or so pages on average, and at first I found this really rather distracting and it kind of reminded me of walking though a series of small spider webs, as soon as I removed one web I was thrust into another. At first I thought this was because of the constant perspective changes between the many, many characters but later worked out it was not the case because sometimes the author would give someone a paragraph in the chapter, leave a bigger gap between it and the next, then move onto someone else. Towards the end of the book though I rather started to enjoy this very broken up style of chaptering and only became slightly ‘disturbed’ by it when the chapters were longer than normal. I would not think this kind of writing would appeal to everyone however, and you should probably keep it in mind if you choose to try and read this book once its published.

The introduction of the characters was also a bit of a head spin at first because they all got introduced in rapid succession, and I found I had trouble keeping up with all of them, specially if I stopped reading for a bit and came back or with the lesser main characters. At certain points I found myself thinking Oh please no more characters… But after all this introduction if done in the beginning with pretty much everyone, it slows way down and you only get to meet a couple more people towards the end of the book.

If you ignore of that though the story itself was rather enjoyable. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it was ‘unpredictable,’ but you care about what is happening to each character along the way. The character development I found was enhanced by the multiple character view points and rapid changes, because you got to see which personality traits each character picked up/focussed on with the rest of the characters. Some parts confused me with backstory since I haven’t read the first books in the series, but I got enough that I generally got the gist of what was happening/happened between everyone, and I look forward to going back and reading the first instalments.