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  • Cape Ingénue on April 18, 2012

    To be very honest I felt the story lagged. Some books are too quick, but this was the opposite. I read about 5-8 pages where the author did almost nothing at all. I literally had to force myself to keep on reading. I saw the direction this plot was going to take from the other side of the world. I was very excited when I first started 'Cape Ingenue' because right away there was intrigue but as I read on it seemed the author sort of ran out of steam and just splashed on a few more chapters and called it quits. There are a few errors here and there and Sandbox (hehe I couldn't help myself, it's so catchy) and Colt were very shallow characters in my opinion. I guess, overall, I felt I ad read this book before. I felt two birds out of five is a good rating for 'Cape Ingenue'.
  • Cape Ingénue on April 18, 2012

    To be very honest I felt the story lagged. Some books are too quick, but this was the opposite. I read about 5-8 pages where the author did almost nothing at all. I literally had to force myself to keep on reading. I saw the direction this plot was going to take from the other side of the world. I was very excited when I first started 'Cape Ingenue' because right away there was intrigue but as I read on it seemed the author sort of ran out of steam and just splashed on a few more chapters and called it quits. There are a few errors here and there and Sandbox (hehe I couldn't help myself, it's so catchy) and Colt were very shallow characters in my opinion. I guess, overall, I felt I ad read this book before. I felt two birds out of five is a good rating for 'Cape Ingenue'.
  • Children of the Gods - A Chosen Novel on May 08, 2012

    Reka gets chosen to become the host of the Queen of the Gods and that is when all the drama commences. The Queen hates the King and for awhile so does Reka because of the Queen's influence but as time goes on she begins to see him in a new way. What I liked about Reka was that even though she was being heavily influenced she still made up her own mind. She didn't give in to the peer pressure that many of us succumb to. I respect her for that. On the other hand she seemed to be one track minded. It seemed as though as soon as she was chosen she promptly forgot about her old life, her family , everything and became focused entirely on Jaxson I believe that there was a whole lot of them "touching" each other and not enough story. Every couple pages they seemed to get steamy (I don't think a YA book should have this many such moments). Personally I would've thrown in a bit more then just them enjoying each other. The explanation behind how the gods came to be with Reka's people and how getting chosen worked seemed a bit rushed. A bit more info Duester or perhaps the reason behind the garden. I gave it three birdies because of Reka and her strength to make up her own mind as well as the love I did feel from Reka and Jaxson (even though they very touchy, if ya catch my drift). It was the passionate, romantic, and caring love that everyone hopes, dreams, and wishes for. That part of the story came across loud and clear. Reminded me A LOT of 'The Host' by Stephanie Meyer. Aliens coming to Earth, taking over, thinking that they know whats best for the humans, taking over the humans, etc. Overall I liked this book because of the reasons I stated above but would like to see a bit more story (action, adventure, anything) and a whole lot less romance.
  • A Demon Made Me Do It (Demonblood Series #1) on June 06, 2012

    You know how there are some readers who praise a book so much that you get curious to see what all the hype is about and find out that that was not your cup of tea? I've had those happen to me...but not with this book. Really took me by surprise how this book progressed because I had kind of an idea but this book took that idea and threw it out the window. This isn't a book of demon possession but a book about coming to terms with two sides that make up one. I enjoyed reading the two very different sides of the coin that make up Liora. One is a kind, sweet school girl who tries to stay under the radar as much as she can to prevent Lucky from making a guest appearance and kicking bum. Lucky on the other hand is that kick bum in your face kind of girl who isn't afraid anyone or anything. I think when the Amazea messed everything up their two different selves just intensified to how they are now. Very interesting to see the different selves. They hate each other but yet they respect each other enough to be done with everything by the time the other needs to take over. Kieron....well what can I say about Kieron that hasn't already been said? Why are these boys so swoon worthy? Probably because they're just so awesome inside and out right (now why can't we find guys like that in real life?). Bones. My goodness Bones made me laugh everytime he hit on Lucky that my stomach hurt from all the laughing. he is quite a character that Bones (but why was he called Bones? Did I miss where they explained?). I did pick up a bit of a love square though (I hope that makes sense) although now that I think about it it might be sort of a web (I think I might confusing people). This is the job well done you get an A++ from the English teacher (no it's not me). I saw no flaws in this story (none at all). The plot, character, climax everything was brilliant. I had absolutely no complaints whatsoever. Overall, this is a book to read. A stay up until you finish it book. A I'm going to recommend to everyone I know kind of book. A woah I have to read the next one kind of book.
  • Fire with Fire (Demonblood Series #2) on July 11, 2012

    Kieron hasn't returned. Lucky & Liora are both worried and kind of mad thinking that he's abandoned them. In walks a new guy who just seems to be enchanting to Liora. Meanwhile, Bones is there for Lucky. I really enjoyed 'Fire with Fire' Lucky and Bones seem to still be my favorite characters. With their funny sarcastic tendencies. All the characters are still as sizzingly hot as they were in 'A Demon Made Me Do It'. Lucky I worried about because I felt like I was losing ho she was during the first book (that kick bum, in your face, kind of she-demon) but I think I understand why she was in a way fading away *cough cough* Bones. Now Bones I wouldn't mind one single bit if he was real. ;) The end had me making this face ---> :O and I almost cried a little bit too! If it's not one thing with Lucky it's another thing with Liora. They may be one person temporarily (or maybe not, we'll have to see) split into two personalities but we still see both causing/up to mischief whether it's consciously done or not. There were one part that confused me. When Liora is under Tristan's spell for one because it sort of seemed a bit rushed. One minute she is normal (or at least as normal as Liora/Lucky can be) and the next she's under his spell. Other then that, I had no problems whatsoever with the way the story played out. Handful of adventure, add in a weird web of romance, some demons, hellhounds, and angels and BAM! you have the awesome book that is 'Fire with Fire'. The end! No I mean the end of the book!! I love when authors give little subtle hints about what is to come and there certainly were a few hints thrown in and now I'm sooooooo anxious to see the other characters reactions to the news and everything!! Penelope please hurry!! Overall I am very happy with the sequel! Recommended for 18+!
  • The Gatekeeper's Sons on Jan. 04, 2013
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    Very curious to know which is Hyp and which is Than. The cover, I mean. There is one type of book that 99.9% of the time if asked to review I will review and that's just because it's so fascinating! Can you guess what type of book that would be? No? Ok I'll tell you. Any book that delves into Greek mythology. Yeah like this one. Always curious to see what each author will come up with. In Pohler's version Than and Hyp (funny nicknames!) are Hades' sons. Hyp is the trouble maker (picture a Damon Salvatore) and Than is the more thoughtful brother (picture Stefan Salvatore). Therese is the girl that unfortunately goes through a painful experience that some can relate to: her parent's murder. I couldn't empathize with Therese but I could sympathize and felt the need to help her except I can't obviously, good thing Than stepped in to help her. He's a great guy. Misjudged because of what he does but definitely a good guy. Now ladies if you happen to meet a guy names Hyp in your dreams STAY AWAY! Not because he's evil or anything but because...well you'll see why when you read it ;D. There one thing I didn't like: Therese knows she has to avenge her parents to be with Than, meaning she has to kill the man who killed her parent's. She just says yes to this craziness! maybe it's because I'm completely against murder and killing people in general but how does one just say yes "I'll kill him"? Even if my parents had been murdered I would let justice do it's part. From page one I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what Therese would do to get her parents big, if she was going to be able at all, or if Than would figure out a way to help her out. Pit a girl against a grown man and we'll see who exactly wins. One more thing you're in for! Not just romance with the god of death but action in front of...well I won't tell you against who or it'll ruin the AMAZING ending! Definite page turner, romance, adventure, Greek gods! if you like any or all of these things this is the book for you! Pick it up and read! NOW!
  • The Gatekeeper's Sons on Jan. 04, 2013

    Very curious to know which is Hyp and which is Than. The cover, I mean. There is one type of book that 99.9% of the time if asked to review I will review and that's just because it's so fascinating! Can you guess what type of book that would be? No? Ok I'll tell you. Any book that delves into Greek mythology. Yeah like this one. Always curious to see what each author will come up with. In Pohler's version Than and Hyp (funny nicknames!) are Hades' sons. Hyp is the trouble maker (picture a Damon Salvatore) and Than is the more thoughtful brother (picture Stefan Salvatore). Therese is the girl that unfortunately goes through a painful experience that some can relate to: her parent's murder. I couldn't empathize with Therese but I could sympathize and felt the need to help her except I can't obviously, good thing Than stepped in to help her. He's a great guy. Misjudged because of what he does but definitely a good guy. Now ladies if you happen to meet a guy names Hyp in your dreams STAY AWAY! Not because he's evil or anything but because...well you'll see why when you read it ;D. There one thing I didn't like: Therese knows she has to avenge her parents to be with Than, meaning she has to kill the man who killed her parent's. She just says yes to this craziness! maybe it's because I'm completely against murder and killing people in general but how does one just say yes "I'll kill him"? Even if my parents had been murdered I would let justice do it's part. From page one I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know what Therese would do to get her parents big, if she was going to be able at all, or if Than would figure out a way to help her out. Pit a girl against a grown man and we'll see who exactly wins. One more thing you're in for! Not just romance with the god of death but action in front of...well I won't tell you against who or it'll ruin the AMAZING ending! Definite page turner, romance, adventure, Greek gods! if you like any or all of these things this is the book for you! Pick it up and read! NOW!
  • Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series) on Jan. 17, 2013

    Having the ability to change someone's life is what first attracted me to Aversion. I want to feel sorry for Gemma but I can't. She is strong and stubborn and eventually she'll get her way (because that's how stubborn she is). Her first Aversion is gone a bit wonky and now she has no idea if Russ likes her for her or if he likes her because she averted him. Either way things get verrrrrry interesting for the both of these characters. When I was reading I myself would have felt the same way Gemma did. I mean Russ has been averted and he should have never noticed her but then he does and becomes mighty persistent. I like this kid. Persistence pays off just ask this dog! I guess they're kind of great that way (Gemma and Russ, I mean), they're both very persistent in what they want. I was captivated from start to finish. "What happens? No that did not just happen! Another jolt? No way!" Is pretty much what I was thinking whilst reading. The plot was engrossing and unique enough to make me want to keep reading and keep finding out what happens. I mentioned this to Kenechi herself, I loved how Gemma starts and ends the books with her narration. Makes me feel as though I'm reading her journal and get to find out everything that happened to her since her first Aversion. Although I felt their love to be a bit insta-love (which I dislike) it wasn't so instant that it bugged me to no end. Because of Russ' persistence in hanging out they do have a bit of a middle in the romance department. Overall, I would definitely recommend you to read Aversion!
  • Broken City on Jan. 23, 2013

    New societies, new governments, and lies. Deeta got on my nerves at the beginning of the book because she was just damsel in distress, can't seem to do anything other then housework and taking care of kids but towards then end I really liked her. She changed so much from the frail woman to a string woman who could get things done. Tom, yes he lied, but I think he did it for a good reason. Doesn't excuse his lying but I can understand why he did it.*shakes finger* No more lying Tom! if you've read any other post you'll probably know that I can't stand insta-love/love at first sight thing just because I don't think it's actually possible. With Tom and Deeta this does not happen. They've known each other fo such a looooooong time I wondered how they hadn't known about the others feelings. I mean she is practically his kids mum. He takes care of him and everyone in his family. It was natural and I loved that it was. I thought it was amazing that they lived in old buildings. They weren't living out in the country as some Dystopian novels I've read. They stayed in the city and worked with what was left. The settings were great! I could picture everything. The plot was amazing! Had me wondering what was going to happen. The lies created mystery which had me coming back for more and more. The beginning was a bit too slow for mt tastes but it quickly picked up. The end was not something I was expecting! I had amy list of suspects as I usually do but nope, this one I did not suspect even a bit! Overall, I would pick up a copy and read it if I were you. Great read especially if you like like Dystopian novels.