Lolita Verroen

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  • The Next Thing I Knew on Dec. 08, 2011
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    This review was originally posted on goodreads. This is a really original book. I also would like to say I find it a strange book. Due to the originality of the story I decided to give it 4 stars. I love reading original stories and someone recommended this book to me, I couldn't find the paperback version so whenn this book was part of R2R I decided to enter and read the e-book. This book is about Lucy and it starts with the moment she finds out she has died. And not only she has died, but the whole human race. Lucy and her friends start to find out what they can do as ghosts and what their limits are. And then whenn you finally start to get a sense of what is possible in this world something new happens and you have to get used to this. And this happens everytime whenn you get the feeling you know the world of this book. From urban fantasy it changes to some sort of science fiction. I found myself sometimes struggling to continue this book. I really like the originality of the story, but sometimes it is a bit confusion. Sometimes the story moves too fast and sometimes too slow. In the 200 pages of this book so many things happen. It is difficult to get used to the world, because what you think this world is and what the book is about changes everytime. I find it difficult to evaluate the book. It is really different from the books I normally read. a minpoint is the short size of this book, someitmes I felt there was not enough time to adapt to the new changes. And at the end of the book there are still so many questions and lose ends. And I would've liked some more elaboration on lucy's thoughts and feelings. So to conclude: this is a really orginal, but strange story with many twists and turns. Everytime I was surprised again by the unexpected new directions the story took. I enjoyed the book, but it still took me some time to finish it. Further I think the story could've profit from making the book larger, there is still so much open. Or maybe I just am not used to read stories that leave so much open at the end. This book is certainly a recommendation for those who like original stories and love being surprised by a book.
  • My Enchanted Life on Feb. 08, 2012
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    This review was originally posted on http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/ This is a fun and quick read. It is a short book and a light read, no very heavy topics or anything like that. I really enjoyed reading it. The book is about Emma who inherits a house in England and finds out about a fantasy world there. I really liked the fantasy world and all the different supernatural creatures we meet in this story. I think it is refreshing after reading so many books that only focus on one supernatural creature to read a book that uses so many supernatural creatures. The minpoint is that all the characters itself get less attention because there are so many characters. It is quite easy to distinguish between the characters because they all are a different supernatural type and have a habit or something they do everytime they show up. Like the dragon who is always grumpy and a Fea that always messes with people hair and makes jokes. I did like most of the characters and I also liked Emma, alotugh she was a bit naïve and everyone became her friend a bit too fast. This book is really short and fast paced. I think this is both a strenght and weakness. I finished this book quickly and kept reading because of the fast pace and wanting to know what happens. But some parts are a bit rushed and events where over before they even started. I also found it was a bit too short, but at the same time I liked it was so short. I found the story a bit too short because at the end there is still many things we don't know about the world and everyone's powers, but at the same this doens't matter that much because it is just such an enjoyable and quick read. The story is also a bit predicatble, at least the overal plot. There are enough small surprises in the story. I also think the story is quite original, especially the part about a gate that connects the worlds where supernatural creatures live. To conclude a very enjoyable book, the story is fast paced and a quick and light read. If you are looking for a quick and light read that also contains an original story I would certainly recommend this book. I really enjoyed reading this story and I am curious about what other books this author has written.
  • Half Black Soul (The Alexa Montgomery Saga) on Feb. 22, 2012
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    This review was originally posted on goodreads I really liked this book. It is the second book in this series and I have to admit it is better than book 2, but still I can't give it 5 stars. The story in this book is a bit more darker than in book 1. It still has that keep-reading-feel. I really liked that this book used multiple point of views. Not only do we get to see the point of view from Alexa as she tries to save her mom, we also get to see the point of view from Nelly, Alexa's sister and what she discovers in the city. I really enjoyed seeing both characters develop in this book. I also have to admit I liked Nelly's point of view better than Alexa's point of view. Altough both storylines are very interesting. The point of view switches are both a good and a bad thing. I liked to see both of their perspectives, but unfortunately the author has a habit of switching the point of view on minor cliffhangers. So just when you are totally in one of their stories and something is going to happen there is a point of view switch. Later on in the book the point of view switches are less frequent and on better times. I really enjoyed seeing Nelly's side of the story. I think her powers are very interesting and I liked learning more about her powers and how she used them. I felt like I really got to know more about Nelly in this book. But sadly I still felt like the other characters are still one big myserty. I still have no idea who they are and I don't understand why Daniel is Nelly's boyfriend. I think the side characters really could use a bit more depth, even Kayden, Daniel, Jackson and Tommy who are friends of the lead characters are a bit too shallow. A few minor things I just found a bit strange or irritating are: the fact that Alexa smokes, I absolutely disgust smoking and every time Alexa talks about sigarates I just wanted to put the book down. I think it adds absolutely nothing to the story and it just made me feel disgusted every time, so I just ended up trying to skip the smoke passages. Some other minor point are (view spoiler)[ the fact that Nelly's powers are described as a muscle in her mind. I think that if it just was described as her mind it would've been better, I don't know I think a muscle in her mind just sounded strange. Also Alexa begins to talk to herself and has a monster inside of her, again I just found this strange. Is there really something else inside her head or is she just talking to herself? And my last point is her relationship with Kayden, where she spends book 1 trying to push him away, now she suddenly accepts his help a bit too easily. (hide spoiler)] To conclude: I really liked this story, but it still isn't great enough to deserve 5 stars. I liked the point of view switches altough they where also a bit annoying in the beginning. I really liked seeing Nelly's point of view. We get to know Alexa and Nelly pretty good, but the other characters remain a mystery. The ending had a very interesting revelation and I can't wait to read the next book!
  • Children of the Gods - A Chosen Novel on March 09, 2012
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    This review was originally posted on goodreads Again I have mixed feelings about a book. Let me start positve: I absolutely loved the idea behind this book. A special race has control of a city an every year a human is choosen to be the host for one of those special people who are referred as Gods. Sounds great right? Well sadly the original plot is the only good thing in this book. My biggest problem with this story is that it lacked explanation. It lacked world building, inner dialogue, character depth, explanation about how everything worked. To give some examples I didn't knew they lived in a space ship until almost the end of the book, when I hear ship I think of a huge boat on the water. I know stupid. I also didn't realize most of the plans and ideas of the lead characters until late in the book. This book felt like I was wandering about in the dark trying to find the light and understand where I was. And I feel sorry to say this but I just couldn't enjoy the book. There was so much missing. The world that is introduced in this book sounds great, but except for the initial explanation we get from the lead character there is no more world building. Why is this race of gods in this planet? Where did they come from? What does the ship looks like (except from having purple walls)? What does the lead characters room looks like? what do the characters look like? What does the lead character think? why did she made some of the descisions she made? What about the other characters, why did she like some of them? How does she feel about her new life? I can go on with these kind of questions, but this is mainly to give an idea what was missing. The characters are another point which I found lacking. It is first person view, but even at the end of the book the main character is still a huge mystery to me. We don't get to read much inner dialogue and I found it very difficult to understand why she did certain things and what she thought about everything that happened. I just couldn't connect with her or any other characters for that matter. I also have to say something about the story line. Where the main plot was interesting most of the story felt like just filling up the book. It is a short book, only 117 pages but most of the book is spend seeing the main characters daily life. And well nothing really happens. I had no idea where the story was going, it seemed to go nowhere and then suddenly at the ending something drastic happens, without any explanation and then end of the book. This book left me confused and I believe it could have been so much better. The ideas are there, but it just isn't worked out enough. To conclude I didn't like this book. I foudn it lacked world building and character building. We almost got no idea of who the characters are and the lead character just stays one big mystery to me. I did like the idea behind the story and I think it has a lot of potential, but the story falls short.
  • Just One Drop, Book 3 The Grey Wolves Series on March 18, 2012
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    This review was originally posted on goodreads. This book wasn't as good as book 2 so back to 4 stars. This book focusses mainly on Jen, one of Jacque's friends. I really liked seeing Jen become more important, but also found it a bit disapointed we almost got nothing from Jacque's point of view anymore. So this is both a plus and a min. Again the good points of this series just keep going in this book, good characters who develop even more in this book, multiple perspectives, nice focus on the mates of a werewolf etc. One of the points that I felt where slightly good than the first two books was the story. The story and plot of this book was slightly less interesting than in the earlier books, less action and more fooling around. Also the story got a bit predictable and it felt like the story was only used as a stage to get two characters where they belonged. In this book we also get introduced to a lot more characters and the cast of characters was already huge. So somtimes I had problems remembering who was who. There are so many characters and then we also get to see a lot of their persepctives. But the less important characters where those who I just couldn't remember, I have had a few times in this book that I wondered did we know this character already or not? I like seeing the characters develop some more in this book. While the main character of this book is Jen, Sally and Jacque also stay important. There are some nice character developments in this book and we get to know them better again. The bad guy in this book was a bit boring, his plan wasn't that good and his motivation wasn't developed that good. But the ending gives me the feeling that the next book will have a better bad guy or girl. Another point that I have to mention is the ending. The last book already ended in a cliffhanger, but I didn't mention it then because I had the next book already and could just continue the series. This book ends again in a cliffhanger. And a really bad cliffhanger if I may say so. It feels like the author just forgot to write a few chapters, the issues of this book aren't resolves in a nice way and there is no ending. It just feels like the book suddenly stops. And the next book isn't out yet. Damn I hate cliffhangers. Well that being said I still really enjoyed this book. This series really grows on me and I love reading about Jacque and her friends and the werewolves. It is just a very enjoyable story and all the minpoints about the writing style have totally diapeared by this point. This books reads fluently and now I even like the writing style. To conclude: a very enjoyable read. The characters are great and I like seeing them develop. The only minpoints of this book are: the less interesting story, a bit too many new characters are introduced and it ends in a terrible cliffhanger. With each book that I read in this series I start to like it more and I can't wait to read the next book!
  • Immortal Desires (a Well of Souls novel) on March 26, 2012
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    This review was originally posted on http://k-booksxo.blogspot.com/ This book is mostly just a nice and light read. I like Laura Eno's writing style it makes her books feel like a light read and I finished it pretty quickly. The minpoint is that except for being just a nice read the book does lack some world building, character development and explanation. The book is about Deanna, a women who get's dumped at the altar, then she get's a new job and suddenly is back in the highlands where she meets Ian. The story is pretty simple, it is a nice and sweet romance and I liked that it was a light read. Although the ending suddenly got a whole lot more serious and heavy than the first part of the book. Deanna and Ian immediately fall in love with each other (which I found a bit unbelieveable) but they keep their distance at first. The story is pretty fast paced, but at times slows down a bit and at other time suddenly jumps forward. Except for Deana going in back in time there is another storyline that focusses on two Immortals in the current time. This is sometimes a bit confusing and I wished there was a bit more world building about who and what these Immortals are, why they exist and what exactly is the well of souls and the council. There was just enough explanation to have a sense of what was going on, but it did lacked depth. Another thing I liked about this book was seeing a bit of medieval scotland, although a few times I wondered if certain behavior where really that common in that time. There where also some times some of the characters just reacted unbelieveable. Some pretty big things happen (like for expample Deanna eggting dumped at the altar), but the characters just react like it's no big deal. There are also times big things happen and the characters do react, so I found the events where they didn't a bit unbelievebale. I also had some problems really getting a feel of who the characters where, the focus is more on the story than on the characters or the world building. To conclude: this is just a nice and light romance book. I recommend it to everyone who's looking for a light read, although at the end it does get a bit heavier. The books lacks some depth and world building, but overal is just an enjoyable read.
  • Embrace - Kane Wolves, #2 on Sep. 20, 2012
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    Some time ago I read Howl and thought it was a standalone book, then i found out that there would be a sequel and immediately added it to my to-read list. It really is a great sequel, I thought that the first book could be read as a standalone, but after reading this book I think that the sequel was nessecary. The story is fast paced, involves lots of wolves and actions and even some drama and romance. The romance is an important part of the story I think, but not everything resolves around it, it mostly is about some issues the newly formed pack has to deal with. The story surprised me quite a few times, some twist I didn't see coming and then afterwards I thought what would happen and was surprised again. The story was really interesting, although there where some parts I didn't like. I really liked Sophie in the first book and I still do, she makes some dumb descisions, but she does realise this and tries to make up for it. She has to struggle, but also shows some real power. I still think that many of the side characters get too less attention, and while some have some interesting aspects I think that we learn too little about them. I really liked this story, it is just a bit different from most werewolf books. The story is intriguing and even a bit dark at times, but it does display the nature of wolves very good. To conclude: a great sequel and I would certainly recommend this series if you are looking for an original werewolf book. The side characters could use some more attention, but I really like the main character. Also please stop by my blog: k-booksxo.blogspot.com
  • Furthermore on Dec. 20, 2012
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    I don't often read Anthologies. I think the stories are often too short and prefer to read a book and really get into the story. So why did I buy this anthology? Well I heard David Estest has wroten two short stories for this anthology and thought "why not give it a try"? The first few short stories where written by Rebekah Campbell. The first was a nice short story that was easily read, but the short stories after that were just plain confusing. I haven't read any of her books and I had no idea what was going on. I just felt like I missed pieces and I think these stories are more enjoyable if you hav actually read her books. The two short stories after that were written by David Estes, I have read the 3 books in the Dwellers series so far and I love this series. I loved getting to know more about Tawni and Anna. These two short stories already made it worth picking up this anthology. I actually have to say I don't remember much of the short stories after that. They didn't make a lasting impression although I do plan on reading some of the books these authors have written because I am interested in reading more of them. The last three short stories by Leigh Micheal where short stories I really enjoyed. Even though I haven't read her series yet, I enjoyed the short stories and enough explanation was given to still understand what was going on. I really am looking forward to read this series and I loved getting introduced to this world and her writing style in this way. To conclude: while I normally an not a huge fan of anthologies I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Some short stories were really confusing, but I enjoyed getting a glimpse of different stories and writing styles and I added quite some books to my to-read list thanks to reading this.
  • Furthermore on Dec. 20, 2012
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    I don't often read Anthologies. I think the stories are often too short and prefer to read a book and really get into the story. So why did I buy this anthology? Well I heard David Estest has wroten two short stories for this anthology and thought "why not give it a try"? The first few short stories where written by Rebekah Campbell. The first was a nice short story that was easily read, but the short stories after that were just plain confusing. I haven't read any of her books and I had no idea what was going on. I just felt like I missed pieces and I think these stories are more enjoyable if you hav actually read her books. The two short stories after that were written by David Estes, I have read the 3 books in the Dwellers series so far and I love this series. I loved getting to know more about Tawni and Anna. These two short stories already made it worth picking up this anthology. I actually have to say I don't remember much of the short stories after that. They didn't make a lasting impression although I do plan on reading some of the books these authors have written because I am interested in reading more of them. The last three short stories by Leigh Micheal where short stories I really enjoyed. Even though I haven't read her series yet, I enjoyed the short stories and enough explanation was given to still understand what was going on. I really am looking forward to read this series and I loved getting introduced to this world and her writing style in this way. To conclude: while I normally an not a huge fan of anthologies I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Some short stories were really confusing, but I enjoyed getting a glimpse of different stories and writing styles and I added quite some books to my to-read list thanks to reading this.
  • HOPELESS on Jan. 10, 2013
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    I kept seeing this book around and then suddenly decided to go buy and read it. It is an amazing story, emotional and even heartbreaking at times. I also had some small issues with it. The story starts of pretty normal and okay, the whole home situation of Sky was a bit strange and soon we are introduced to Holder and he really is a mystery at first. I liked the tension between them at first and how hot some scenes were while they weren't even doing anything. The later half of the book their relationship did change. I do think I prefer the first half, because the second half was a bit too much drama, emotions and darkness for me. Also this book deals with two problem about which I rather not read and I think that unconsciously affected my rating. I really loved this book, the story and the characters, but I just have a hard time reading about some things. I did enjoy the authors writing style and even though there were some emotional points, I just wanted to keep reading. One thing that really annoyed me was the beginning and the chapter names. The book begins with an emotional scene which you don't understand only to flip back to two months earlier and we get the rest of the story. This beginning juts didn't work for me, the beginning chapter didn't make sense and only served to illustrate something bad was going to happen. The chapter names are another thing that annoyed me. The chapter names contain the date and time of the day, but this only confused me as I already had forgotten which day the last chapter was. So instead of this being helpful I just found it confusing and ended up just ignoring the chapter names. The characters are really awesome, especially Sky and Holder. There is also some attention for some side characters, but a little too less in my opinion. The author did try to give some attention to two of Sky's best friends, but in the end the focus was more on Sky and Holder. And in the end we never hear what happened with her friends. I did like the characters and how well there was attention for Sky and Holders emotions and feelings. Sometimes the characters did seem wiser and older then they were and less like teenagers sometimes, especially in the second half of the story. To conclude: I really enjoyed this book, it is an enjoyable story and I liked seeing Sky and Holders relationship develop, they were perfect together. I did had some issues with the problems that were discussed, the chapter names and the beginning scene. I liked the authors writing style and am looking forward to reading more from this author. You can read more of my reviews here: http://lolabookreviews.blogspot.com
  • Nikki Powergloves and the Power Council on Jan. 26, 2013
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    I got a copy of this book for review, read more of my reviews at http://lolabookreviews.blogspot.com I really enjoyed this second book in the Nikki Powergloves series. The story continues and there is a new adventure waiting for Nikki. It really is a fun book to read and so different from the books I normally read. It is nice to read about kids and superheroes for a change and it makes me wonder why there are no books for older audiences about superheroes. Nikki powergloves has a great story, although the one thing that keep surprising me is that Nikki and Spencer their parents never find out about anything. The story keeps moving forward and never get's boring as Nikki has to deal with problems, but also has some fun in between. The story is full of action. The story is a bit predictable, but it is really fun an enjoyable so I don't really mind. I really liked getting to know more characters in this book. Although we don't get to know much about most characters, I still got a sense of who they are. I think Nikki is a great character that really cares about her city and tries her best to use her powers for good. And Spencer is a really awesome side kick. There even is some world building in this book. There is more about the different powers of the kids and other things, but I am not going spoil that. And at the end there is hinted at more that will be revealed in the next book. To conclude: Nikki Powergloves is a great book, that reminds me of superheroes series I watched when I was a kid. The story is full of action and it is a fun and enjoyable book.