Aliaa El-Nashar

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  • Caged (Talented Saga #2) on July 20, 2012

    The second I finished reading ‘Talented’ I was so excited to know what happened next that I rushed off to the author and asked for a copy of ‘Caged’ – much like with ‘Silver Knight’. The thing with ‘Talented’ was, I got a copy by joining the ARR program on Goodreads, but since this one wasn’t a part of it, I wasn’t sure about the author’s reaction. However, Sophie was so sweet and agreed to send me a copy of ‘Caged’ which I then proceeded to read right away. The new world Sophie had created in the first book ‘Talented’ had been brilliant and well formed. The identities and different talents – as I had said before – were very creative and well thought out. This book just carries on in the same level of greatness I’d found in Talented. Sadly, there wasn’t much on combat as before, but it still existed, which for some unknown reason was my favourite part of book one. This book starts off with Natalia recovering from her botched up mission from book one. She’s been cut of everyone else to recuperate as she wallows trying to understand what’s going on around her, and how badly her mission had ended up. She also has to deal with her ex-boyfriend Donovan – who turns out to have saved her life – and spend a lot of time in his company as Mac gives her the new mission. If this wasn’t bad enough, she also has to deal with the hostility of many trainers in school where she was relocated, and a lot of seizures every now and then. The good side in all of this was her being able to spend more time in the company of her new best friend Penny, though guy-wise, she’s as confused as ever. Donovan had cheated on her, but he also saved her life and donated some of his blood when he thought she’d die, not to mention he’d stayed by her side for long periods after she’d suffered from a seizure. With Erik, he hadn’t contacted her in months on end, and they’d ended things badly between them as he didn’t even see her off and sent her a letter via Henri before she’d gone to her mission. Yet, the sight of him, and just one touch and she’s basically melting. As she is in conflict between the comfort of her childhood friend with whom she can be herself, and the guy she cares deeply about that makes her heart race, she discovers a lot more about the people surrounding her. And not all of it necessarily good. Deep in her mind, whenever she thinks of what had happened in her mission, she thinks of Ian Crane’s words. She hates him for killing her parents, she knows she seeks revenge, and yet, his words keep playing through her head: You have no idea what your Agency does to innocent people. Deep down, she’s starting to doubt what he agency stands for, not believing Mac would be capable of that or what had happened to Erik, and yet, what if it was all true? I really really loved reading this book, and cannot wait to read hunted! Definitely would recommend it. Rating: 5/5
  • Delusions (Book Two In The Affinity Series) on Sep. 08, 2012
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    I just recently reviewed the first book in this series Fated Dreams, as I mentioned before it had been a part of the ARR program on Goodreads. I'd really liked the story, and once I heard there was a book two for Logan, I rushed up to the author wondering about it. Christina was nice enough to send me a copy of the book as it was just my luck she'd been giving away 5 free copies of the book! Within the next few hours of receiving it, I'd had the book read. No seriously, even ask her, she was surprised too. Now, since that day I've reread the book a second time just for good measure. That and I really liked the character of Logan, much more than that of Lucas, not sure why. That and, did you guys see this amazing cover? I honestly fell in love with it, just as much as I'd done with book one! Now onto the review! *Potential Spoilers if you haven't read book one* In Fated Dreams, every bad thing Logan had ever done - at school or otherwise - was promptly reported to his mother. Logan didn't have a clue how that happened and was very upset. The only three people who knew who it was reporting that were Logan's mother, his twin brother Lucas and his brother's girlfriend Sarah. It happened to be Lisa, an employee at his family's restaurant. You see, Lisa had actually met Logan at a party a couple of years back, he told her he'd dreamed about her, and she'd almost fallen in love with him. They made out, but as she goes to answer her phone and comes back, she discovers him kissing someone else and from thereon onwards she's been out for revenge. With him graduating she thought her methods might not be as effective anymore, so she decides to crank it up a notch. Everyone in school knows Logan is a jerk. It wasn't until he had a heartfelt conversation with his brother's girlfriend, Sarah, that he decides to turn himself into a decent guy. And after being grounded and forced to do chores at the restaurant, he realizes how important it was for him to be a good guy as he sees Lisa. Ever since he was a kid, Logan's been dreaming about this girl, so seeing her working at his parent's restaurant surprises him, but also has him determined to show her how he's such a nice guy. For Lisa, that caused a problem because she really didn't want to like him, and for Logan, he had no idea why she seemed to dislike him so much. They both embark on a journey and discover more about one another and their friends. They are also a bit thrown back by the strange messages Lisa's been receiving which seemed to threaten their relationship. That and Lisa's friends who don't seem to want her to let her grudge go. But even if she didn't could she face Logan with what she's done? Did he even deserve it anymore? This was such a fun read! I honestly enjoyed it. That and, the style was very simple and the pace was quick. I finished it in a few hours and was very excited about it that I picked it up again in a few more days. I am a hopeless romantic so this book appealed to that side of me! The characters were greatly developed, though I wasn't so fond of Adam's friend who seemed to drop in a lot. I really enjoyed the different aspects of their characters and the easy relationship between them. All in all, a cool summer read! Rating: 4/5