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Book Review – Among the Nameless Stars

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

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: 54

Rating: 2 Star

Description/Synopsis:

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.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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.

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Book Review – Sexton and the Reaper

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Title: Sexton and the Reaper

Author: Corey Feldman

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: 41

Rating: 1 Star

Description/Synopsis:

The Sexton and the Reaper is a novelette labeled as Paranormal Romance but it is not scary and it is not erotic by any stretch of the imagination. It’s really a good old fashion love story with Ghosts, Soul Collectors, Angels, Jewish & Christian Mysticism, and of course fantasy. I don’t love the category especially in the wake of 50 Shades of Grey. If I could name my own category, I would call it a Mystical Love Story. By the way, it will tie in to my Alex Kagan novel whenever I finish that! Reading this will in no way be necessary to follow my first Alex Kagan book, but their should be some fun Easter Eggs in there for you.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I grabbed this book thinking that it was going to be a really cute story about ghost love or something along those lines. That wasn’t really got. Sure the wife coming to visit her husband everyday for their little beyond the dead dates was kinda cute, specially when he gives her little air kisses on her cheek. The friendship between the Angle and the main guy could almost be cute. The writing its was kinda good too. That is until anyone started talking.

The dialogue in this book was just so, so painful. I was about 11% through and I wanted to put the book down and never pick it up ever again as long as I shall live. I always find it just mind blowing when I coming across dialogue like this. Its like the authors haven’t ever spoken to another human being, which of course is just hog wash. Do any of them actually talk like this? The dialogue seemed forced the entire way through and asks pointless questions and its quite often put in giant paragraphs.

Some of the names also seemed a tad silly. My recommendation would be to avoid this book unless you just must have something to fill a 40 minute time slot. But of course, this is just my opinion. It received two 3+ stars before I read it on Goodreads and on amazon is got 11 that were 4 and up.

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Book Review – Beautiful Mess

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Title: Beautiful Mess (Bailey’s Boys #1)

Author: Lucy V. Morgan

Genre: Romance

Length: 52

Rating: 4 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Warning: contains pet rats, hot YouTube celebrity roommates, and one spurned girlfriend about to get even…

Working in a wedding cake shop sucks when you’ve just been dumped.

Bailey Frost has a recipe for disaster: one cheating ex, one big glass of liquor, and three well-meaning male friends who think her lack of a sex life is funny. Before she knows it, she’s confessed that she’s never had an orgasm with a man.

Now Bailey has to navigate sappy couples at work, while her friends are hell-bent on helping her get revenge on evil Craig…by dressing up as werewolves, on YouTube.

And one of those friends– the tall, shy-but-gorgeous Linc–might just want to help Bailey with that other little problem…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This was a delightfully funny representation of semi fowl mouthed group of friends would handle ones break up.

Totally loved the group dynamic of it being three boys and one girl who they are, in their own very funny way, helping get over her break up. As someone who tends to like hanging out with boys more than girls it was a refreshing change from the very sappy representation that happens when the break up happens to a friend of a bunch of girls.

The story doesnt have much description on the surroundings or anything, not the past story or ideas for the future, it just mainly focuses on character development. Because it doesnt try to go into in in such detail and just gives you enough then moves on quickly it lets you feel as if you have gotten all you need. You are comfortable with the amount given and I for one didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.

It also had some great writing moments. My favourite lines are:

1. ‘”We thought you’d been eaten by the gnomes of self pity.”

“There are gnomes of self pity?”

“Hmph.” He chomped pepperoni. “They ride on owls of despair.”‘

2. ‘Chan was Olly’s girlfriend. He called her his Hentai princess after some weirdo Japanese porn. Tentacles were involved. Never Google it.’

3.'”If he looks like a prick and quacks like a prick, its a prick.”‘

4. ‘This is awesome with a side of fuck-yeah fries.’

There was a line however that I felt went a bit too far, and after it, it took me awhile to get back into the swing of the book. the line was:

‘”For Valentine’s on Saturday, she’s going to let me pretend to rape her.”‘

That was a bit wrong for me.

Other than that I really liked it. It was free on amazon the other day so I suggest you go see if you can still grab it as cheap as cheap can be. I think it would be worth some money though :)

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Book Review – Nerissa The Forgotten Siren

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Title: Nerissa The Forgotten Siren

Author: Lainy Lane

Genre: Mythology

Length: 39

Rating: 1 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Legends are unable to go very far if there are no survivors to carry the stories.
You’ve heard of mythology before, but not like this.
The Untold Myths series tells the side of mythology that no one has dared to tell before.
Sirens, the songs that lead sailors to their watery graves. Ships sink at the hands of the people that steer them. Once the song has left a sirens mouth you are doomed. You may know the story of the three original sirens, but did you know there were actually four? Nerissa is the forgotten siren. Her story has never been told, until now…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Such a shame. I always have such high hopes when it comes to stories about mermaids and this one just destroyed all of them.

The book pretty much was set in my bad books when it started off in the perspective of the Greek God Aphrodite. As someone who believes in these kinds of Gods, not necessarily these Gods but they are all along the same lines anyway and I have great respect for them all, I people are going to change things, add things, and make them their own when they bring them into their stories and when they do it well I really enjoy it, so don’t take my opinion against it as some religious disagreement. The portrayal of Aphrodite and all the other Gods was just horrible. Aphrodite, the god of love, was portrayed as someone who didn’t believe in it and hated it. Thats just stupid in my books. I can see someone changing it so that she ‘loves’ in the sense that she sleeps around all the time, but she can’t not believe in the very thing that makes her who she is. Her and all the other Gods were portrayed as over the top dramatic children. All they did was complain, and bitch and wallow in self pity. Not very Godly at all. Zeus was portrayed by Aphrodite as someone who got off on others pain. I mean come on now… Self pity runs strong in the main character as well.

I could have almost liked the ending how she becomes a human because Aphrodite sacrificed her ability to see her daughter so she could live happily ever after, but the whole love things that Nerissa was altering her life for happened way to quickly, there were a number of grammatically flawed sections, and just sections of the writing was horrid, excluding all the stupid nonsense of Gods being bitchy little cry babies.

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Book Review – Maelyn

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

Author: Anite Valle

Genre: Teen Mythology Fiction

Length: 140

Rating: 2 Star

Description/Synopsis:

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….

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

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.

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Book Review – Into The Darkness

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Title: Into The Darkness

Author: Maureen Nicholl

Genre: Crime, Suspense

Length: 60

Rating: 3 Star

Description/Synopsis:

A socially awkward mall cop forges an unlikely alliance with a teenage delinquent as a last resort in his desperate search for a kidnapped young woman. The pair must venture onto an eerie abandoned psychiatric hospital campus in pursuit of her captors, battling the darkness of the night and their own demons in an attempt to save the woman before it is too late.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I wond this book on Goodreads and I read this entire book while waiting for centrelink to see me, (something that as supposed to happen at 2:30pm for a booked appointment, but didnt happen until 4pm =_=) so as you may be able to tell its a very small read. It was rather enjoyable read though.

The characters though you don’t really get to know them despite how you judge them based on these 60 pages, are well developed and you grow fond of them. Well at least I grew fond of the two main guys who are the heroes of the novel. I didn’t really grow fond of the girl they run off to save. At the beginning she is all “this is how those stupid women in horror movies die” when she looks around at the situation she got herself stuck in, but she does nothing but made it worst and doesn’t do anything to help herself at all.She placed herself in that “stupid woman from a horror movie” category for me.

The story was enjoyable, but I couldn’t help but feel it was a bit anticlimactic. This was because you pretty much know its going to have a happy ending, there wasn’t really enough of it to feel emotionally involved with the characters you don’t really know. Another things I felt about half way through was that I was just placed at the end of a story, like I was missing the first two sections of the book and was just given the end.

Despite those few things though I was quite happy to go along with the story through its ups and downs. A part a really liked (though a bit gross) was when the author Maureen describes how Ashley, the girl who needs rescuing, peed herself, was forced to sit in it and smelt like pee the entire time (something that gets brought up a couple of times). Details like that aren’t always added in, and of they are they can never mention it again even though im sure the smell of piss isn’t really going to escape anyones attention even if they don’t say it out loud. I enjoyed it because it wasn’t overlooked, and im sure if you were kidnapped by crazy druggies you would probably piss yourself too, so why leave it out of the story?

The author was also very friendly which I just loved. I feel an attachment to the book cause I feel a little bond with the author because she was so friendly :) Se sent me a lovely message over Goodreads congratulating me on the win and to say she would send the book off in the next couple of days, then left a lovely little hand written post-it-note on the covering saying she hopes I enjoy the book. It doesn’t really matter if this is done to everyone who wins, its still nice to see authors go out of their was to be friendly. I would be more than willing to read any other books she publishes due to this kindness.

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In the Mail #3

I just thought I would post something today telling everyone that I received my copy of 17326604 (1) today! Even though I’m sure its on all the books that were sent out to the winners of the contest, I really liked the little post it note from the author Maureen hoping that I like the book. Its just those little extra touches that make me just want to dive into a review. Its super duper short so hopefully I will get it done later today :D

I also won another Goodreads giveaway

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I was the only one to win this giveaway out of 62 people

Description/Synopsis:

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.

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Book Review – Harmless

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Title: Harmless

Author: Julienne van Loon

Genre: Adult Fiction

Length: 137

Rating: 4 Star

Description/Synopsis:

Full of suspense, Harmless, is the tightly woven story of eight year old Amanda, whose father is in prison, and Rattuwat, a Thai man burying his daughter in a strange land.
Abandoning their broken-down car on the way to the prison’s visiting hour, Amanda and Rattuwat venture into the trackless scrub of Australia’s outer suburbs. As the day heats up, the sense of menace intensifies and each of them enters the no-man’s-land between safety and peril.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This was a very simple but very appealing read.

I would not by any means call this book ‘full of suspense,’ and found this very line very misleading. Because of that line I was expecting a very action packed story, or one that would have my mind constantly searching for answers. Instead what I got was very mellow and rather easy to follow story that spans the length of one day, shifting between three family members, dipping into back story continuously. So much so that the back stories make up most of the novella. I didn’t mind at all by the end though that my expectations where not met.

The story jumped around a rather big plot point that was made obvious but not clearly stated for the entire story, but you are fading in and out so much you hardly have time to care. I would describe the changes like slow moving waves coming in and out. Rather pleasant.

The characters are well developed and you feel for them and the things that they have gone through, for the things that still have to go through. All of their lives are twisted by some grim form,  but you see them from a comfortable distance.

I pretty much felt like I was floating in the ocean on my back watching the sky, content, no matter where the story ends up I’m going to be content with where it ends, and I was. It didn’t really end, but it ended enough. I wouldn’t mind picking up another novella for an update on their lives.

Really the only ‘negative’ feeling I had was when I found one of the pages to the book was damaged before it came to me. Poor hurt book.

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In The Mail #2

Since I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days I thought I would keep you guys in the loop by saying I have won two new books on Goodreads since I last posted :D It seems to me it might be easier to win books once you actually started winning them, because I hadn’t won anything for ages when I first joined, now I have won 3 books in a matter of weeks! Its so awesome, everyone should join up.

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I was one of 75 who won this book out of 1566.

Description/Synopsis:

A socially awkward mall cop forges an unlikely alliance with a teenage delinquent as a last resort in his desperate search for a kidnapped young woman. The pair must venture onto an eerie abandoned psychiatric hospital campus in pursuit of her captors, battling the darkness of the night and their own demons in an attempt to save the woman before it is too late.

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I was the only one to win this book out of 667 <3

Description/Synopsis:

He’ll keep her safe—at any cost. Protecting the royal family is Linus Murati’s job. So when the queen’s younger sister is attacked, the devoted Lydian royal guardsman goes into action and saves her life. But this was no random occurrence. Danger has followed Julia Miller across the Atlantic from Seattle. Now Linus has two missions: to keep the maddeningly independent future duchess in his sights at all times, and to catch the culprit who threatens the woman whose trust—and love—he desires above all others.

 

I am super excited for both to arrive. I’m about halfway through my first Goodreads win, Harmless by Julienne van Loon, and hopefully I will be posting a review either later today or tomorrow.