Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: Echo

Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Echo is a well written book with a great story that you simply dive into and find hard to put down until you turn the last page. Taking place on Earth-Two, I find it fascinating that humans now are born with a little something extra.

I don't want to give away too much about this book, but I do have to say I love the dynamics between all of the characters and the stress that they go through to save their beloved home. With the end of the world impending, it's a fight to save Earth-Two and everyone they love.

The only issue I had with the book, which is why it gets 4 stars instead of 5, is that the ending seemed to come very abruptly. With all the build up of the final scene, you feel almost like a ride cut short and lacking a little bit of oomph that matched the rest of the book. I honestly felt that a little bit more could have fit in at the end where more could have been explained. Other than that, this was a very excellent book and I highly recommend it!

*This book was given freely by the author for my honest review.*

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review: Pretties

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We meet up with Tally again in this book to discover that what she ended up fighting against at the end of the last book has come to fruition.

Being Pretty seems to be a wonderful way of life. No anger. No jealousy. No hatred. No freedom of choice... Wonderful? Tally soon comes to realize that this way of life is not what she had originally planned for herself and she needs to find some way to break herself of the mindless daze she's been put under.

In this continuing saga of Tally Youngblood, we go on a journey of fears and struggles that many of us endure whether we realize it or not. To fit in or to stand out?

This book really was an excellent continuation from the first book. You cannot help but cheer for Tally as she pushes through her daze and overcomes so many obstacles. My only complaint is the Pretties' language... it can get rather annoying. But it is the way they speak and we have to understand that from that perspective to understand just how badly their minds are altered to think and act in one way and one way only.

Excellent book.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Review: Uglies

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a post-apocalyptic world, the world has moved on. But for the better or for worse? In this world, you're an Ugly... someone who hasn't gone through the rite of passage of massive surgery and cannot mingle with the others. The Pretties. This book preys upon the idea of being individual. Where everyone is cookie cutter perfect and being different is to be wrong and ugly.

We follow the story of Tally Youngblood and what she goes through, first fighting to be a Pretty... then the discovery of inner beauty and her fight to save people she loves from becoming just another mindless drone.

I loved this story. I loved following Tally on her journey and seeing what the world is like from Scott Westerfeld's mind when the world is ruined. Truly, it's interesting and scary. The idea that to fit in and belong in that society, one must undergo massive cosmetic surgery, changing just about everything in the way we look and think is horrifying! I cannot wait to begin the second book and follow Tally even more.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Revival

Revival by Jena Leigh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing! Jena Leigh did an astounding job with this book.

Dealing with stress alone is horrid... but when the stress causes changes in you that are absolutely sudden and major and not quite normal, we could all be so fortunate to handle it as well as Alex did. Alex struggles to stay alive, so she thinks, as someone constantly tracks her down and attempts to kill her. Turns out, life is much more complicated than she thought and not everyone is telling her the truth. Is it for her own good? Or are there ulterior motives?

I honestly couldn't put this book down. I had to know what happens next! And then I reached the end of the book and I knew I was hooked to this series. I love how we switch points of view between Alex and most of the other main characters of the story. It's nice to see and know about events from their point of view and get a different perspective.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves YA or paranormal with a touch of romantic tension. This book is very well written and I'm glad to have read it.

*This book was given freely by the author for my completely honest review.*

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review: Broken Faith

Broken Faith
Broken Faith by Brandy Nacole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall, I absolutely LOVED this book! The fight for belief and redemption and saving souls and yet keeping it all in the mortal world was wonderful. This was an excellent beginning to a new series and I look forward to reading more.

My only issues were that sometimes a character name was used that hadn't been used before and that would confuse me for a minute or two. Other than that and a few typographical errors, I enjoyed the book immensely and read it all in one night.

Bravo to the author for her grand imagination. I look forward to following Emma and how she deals with this battle of good and evil. I also want to see if Sabrina can be redeemed... Even I believe she can!

*This ARC was given freely by the author for my honest review.*

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Review: Night Bites

Night Bites
Night Bites by Amber Lynn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story continues for Nyx Slaughter and her two mates, Sebastian and Alex. Even more problems arise as they struggle to find solutions and get used to this odd relationship they all find themselves in.

This book is on par with the second one in terms of emotional connection and such. It's a little hard to connect with Nyx, all of her angst makes you feel a little put off. But being inside her mind is amusing and seeing how she thinks.

I do think this story is a great addition to the series and I wonder how the new arising problems will be solved.

I believe this series could be absolutely fantastic with a little more editing, but give it a try for yourself and see what you think!

*I received this book for free from the author for my honest review.*

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Review: Night Marks

Night Marks
Night Marks by Amber Lynn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is better written than the first book in the series, in my opinion. The emotions are better to understand and you can connect with the characters on a much better level.

The reason I still only give 3 out of 5 stars is that sometimes, it still is hard to understand why a character suddenly switches moods and gets upset or happy.

However, I like the way the story progresses and how the complications in the relationships are dealt with in a comical manner. Nyx, Sebastian, and Alex make quite the trio.

I recommend this book to those who read the first one and do enjoy vampire/werewolf series. This is NOTHING like the famous Twilight series, so no worries to those who did not enjoy that series.

*I received this book for free from the author for my honest review.*

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