Friday, 31 July 2015

Review No.27: Hush - Stacey R. Campbell

Genre: YA / Romance / Contemporary

Edition: ebook

No. of Pages: 278

Published on: January 23rd 2013

Published by: Green Darner Press

Source: CBB Book Promotions

Series?: Lakeview #1

Get this Book: Amazon

Description: Blakely Henry is a normal teenager who happens to be an adopted child. She gave up on finding her birth parents a long time ago. However, the new transfer student knows more about her than he's willing to tell.
                     After the tragedy that claimed the lives of the royal family of Tamura, Max discovers evidence that could lead him to the lost heir to the throne. He travels halfway around the world to investigate his leads. However, things get complicated when Max begins to fall for the subject of his research.

What I Think About It: It ended so quickly that I didn't notice when I reached the last page.
  "'s ended......." I thought like this, at that time. "Why? Why did it end? Where's the rest of it?"
 I was expecting it to be longer, as you can tell.
 After a certain point, I felt as if things were just speeding up. I mean, we were being told things instead of shown. I didn't really like that. I also could not decide if I loved the main characters or hated them. They were so annoying at time!
 Nevertheless, it was a cute fairytale like read and I quite liked it.

In Conclusion: 3.5 / 5 STARS!! It vexed me at times but it was still a good story.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Antebellum Awakening (The Network Series #2) - Katie Cross Review and Giveaway!!

Genre: Fantasy / YA / Paranormal (Witches)

Edition: ebook

No. of Pages: 304

Published on: October 15th 2014

Published by: Antebellum Publishing

Source: CBB Book Promotions

Series: The Network Series #2

Get this book: Amazon

Description: Never underestimate the power of a volatile witch. 

Still reeling in the wake of her mother’s death, sixteen-year-old Bianca Monroe is forced to move to Chatham Castle. Not even the sudden appearance of ancient dragons in haunted Letum Wood nor her two best friends can distract her from the strength of her deep, dark rage. 

Her grief puts her magical powers into chaos, endangering any witch around her. She has six months left to destroy the curse that will kill her and fulfill her contract with the most cunning enemy of all: her former teacher Miss Mabel. 

Bianca must make a choice: learn to control her restless powers, or let the powers control her. 

Antebellum Awakening is the second book in the thrilling new fantasy collection The Network Series. It’s a haunting tale about tragedy, loss, and the power of moving on.

What I Think About It: 
  This is a sequel that was just as stunning as the first book in the series. I was totally bewitched by the magic of the words, however, there were some instances where the main character annoyed the life out of me. Bianca was in such a state of denial that at times I had to step away from the screen, so that I wouldn't start screaming at the computer like a madwoman. This is the only complaint I have. Otherwise, it was possibly the best sequel I've ever read. It certainly did not suffer from second book syndrome.
 I also liked that most of the characters from the first book were present in this one. It succeeded in keeping the connection the readers built with them from the very beginning. It was a joy to see them again.

In Conclusion: 4.5/5 STARS!! It was an amazing sequel! I look forward to reading the rest of the series as soon as it's published :)

P.S. I did a review of Miss Mabel's School for Girls (the 1st book in the series), you can check that out here. I also reviewed the Novella; The Isadora Interviews, you can check that out here.

About the Author: 


Katie Cross grew up in the mountains of Idaho, where she still loves to play when she gets the chance.If she’s not writing, you can find her traveling, working as a pediatric nurse, trail running with her husband and two dogs, or curled up with a book and a cup of chai.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review No. 25: The Isadora Interviews - Katie Cross

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Edition: ebook

No. of Pages: 55

Published on: June 23rd 2014

Source: CBB Book Promotions

Series: The Network Series #1.5

Get this book: Amazon

Description: Isadora is the famous Watcher who interviews the girls who want to attend Miss Mabel's School for Girls. As a Watcher, she sees into the hearts of everyone she meets. Nothing is a secret from her. This novella is the interviews she had with four characters before they were accepted at Miss Mabel's.

What I Think About It: As far as novellas go, I haven't read many of them, I think this was a wonderful companion to the first novel. I feel as if I know the characters a bit more now. That was the purpose of the novella, right?
                                       It was short and to the point. Such a quick read! I really enjoyed it.

In Conclusion: 5/5 STARS! It was a well placed addition to the story.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Review No. 24: Miss Mabel's School for Girls - Katie Cross

Genre: Fantasy / YA / Paranormal (witches)

Edition: ebook

No. of Pages: 316

Published on: April 2015

Published by: Amazon Digital Services

Sources: CBB Book Promotions

Series?: The Network Series #1

Get this book: Amazon

Description: Bianca Monroe is a sixteen-year-old witch who has inherited a dangerous curse. Bianca risks everything to enroll in Miss Mabel's School for Girls. She's determined to rid herself of the curse by confronting the witch who cast it in the first place: Miss Mabel. Will her plans work in her favor? Or will she die by the curse?

What I Think About It: I adored this book from beginning to end. The Plot was unpredictable and simple at the same time.I really like reading things that surprise me. There was never a dull moment in this novel, I loved that about it!
                                        I've not read many books with witches but this book makes me crave more. The world was well developed but at times it felt a bit shallow. As if we were only skimming the surface of it.
                                        This novel left me with a hollow feeling inside, as if it ripped out a piece of my soul when it came to an end. Will I be able to recover?

Character Analysis:
Bianca - Unlike any other 16-year-old. Courageous or stupid? Maybe she's both but she's also brilliant and thinks quickly in tough situations. She's a really strong character. I loved her!

Miss Mabel - Evil to the core. I hated her! (Which is, I suspect, how it's supposed to be?)

In Conclusion: 4.5 / 5 STARS  It was a great story with awesome characters, but my heart could not handle all the feels that came along with it.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Review No. 23: The Fifth Vertex by Kevin Hoffman

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Adventure

Edition: ebook

No. of Pages: 299

Published on: August 2nd 2014

Source: Netgalley

Series: The Sigilord Chronicles #1

Get this book: Amazon

Description: Urus is a boy who was born deaf. He is about to be culled - branded as someone unworthy of being a warrior. He attempts to take his own life but in the process he uncovered a power hidden deep within himself. This power could be the only thing that can keep the world safe from an ancient evil that threatens to destroy it.

What I Think About It: 
 I loved it! The story was so engaging that I could only concentrate on this one book. I couldn't pick up anything else while I was reading it.
 The worldbuilding was presented in such a way that it wasn't forced down the reader's throats. I really liked that it was introduced so gradually.

Character Analysis: 
Urus - Although he had a handicap, Urus was such a strong character that at times I totally forgot that he was deaf. I love the hidden gifts this boy possesses.

In Conclusion: 5/5 stars. I can't wait to read the sequel!