3 1/2 stars....
This book had a very Gastby-esque feel to it. So if you like The Great Gastby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you'll love this book. I'm not a huge fan of Gatsby, which was why I am giving it 3 1/2 stars. The author did an exceptional job of portraying the way the main character's emotions towards Amber devolved from a pure idealistic love, down towards a physical obsession.
Though the author got pretty close to Fitzgerald's style of writing, he was never really able to get the depth of character that The Great Gatsby has. But, ultimately, this was a good, quick read.
I liked this book. I’ve seen other reviews that have compared it to Gone Girl (which I haven’t read yet, but it is on my Nook waiting to be read). There were some scenes that I couldn’t really understand why the author had put them in there, how was it relating to the relationship between the wife and the husband and the ending. Sometimes you felt sorry for the husband, other times you felt like he deserved it. The ending was rather sad, but the author wrapped things up nicely.
I can definitely see the potential for spin-offs from this particular book, more into other cases that the police characters that we meet in the book could go into in the future.
I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
After a shaky first two chapters, this book really took off and surpassed my expectations. The character development was wonderful, the plot was well-thought out. The entire story was well-writen and I fell in love with the characters.
The author makes the characters believable and I empathized with them. Teague was a young man with some major problems, but after meeting the spunky little Cailin, he was able to navigate those troubled waters with better resolve. The interaction between the humans and the pixis was well-written with some natural biases on the pixis part.
Overall, the author did a very good job with this book, and I hope to see a good continuation of this world.
**I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Strange. That's the only word I can give it. This was a very strange, but somehow believable fictional take on the afterlife. Whenever I read, I try to connect with the book on some level. In this case, I tried to put my deceased relatives in this fictional afterlife world. A few times it would work, other times it wouldn't. I even tried to explain the book to a co-worker and I just couldn't. It's just a wierd book.
Wierd and strange is not always bad, but in this case, it didn't let me really enjoy the book. There was one thread in it that kept pulling at me so that I did eventually finish the book, but it wasn't a really enjoyable read. I keep vascillating between 2 1/2 stars or 3. Just for the one part that kept me coming back, I'll give it three stars.
4 1/2 stars... I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I’ve learned throughout the months that receiving books from authros for reviews can be either hit or miss. They can be either really good, or really bad. Most fall in the middle range. But this book was amazing. If you’re looking for massive romance, you won’t find it here. Its more fantasy with a romance sprinkled here and there in it.
The storyline was unique. The overall book is really well-written. In fact, I’m surprised the author self-published, instead of a company jumping at the oppurtunity. She’s really that good of a writer. I felt for the characters, and when it ended, it seemed like this should be continued. Immediately I put my Nook down and looked for the suthor’s website to see if there would be a sequel. No news of it though.
This book was absolutely amazing, and I couldn’t put it down. In fact at work, while a group of us were leaving, one of my friends remarked, “I can’t believe you can walk and read at the same time!”
2 1/2 stars....
I did receive a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Let's start with the cover. It's awful. It reminds me of something I would expect to find as the cover of a manga comic book. And perhaps that's what the author wants. Just not my style. But I've seen worse covers over better books so I still held out hope.
From the very beginning this book was confusing. What parent, a cop nonetheless, is going to bring his son to Japan from the US, to confront a madman who just flipped over a car and killed his partner? Especially when a huge natural disaster had just hit Japan?! Anyone remember the tsunami? What person in their right mind would willingly bring their child into a situation such as that to go after a madman? All of this defies any human instinct.
But let's get beyond that, because then, logic goes way out the window when the son, Jason, meets up with another few kids, and finally confronts the madman (no adults present). The storyline goes from not quite logical to even worse as somehow they end up in a post-apocolyptic world where no one remembers the existence of basic geography such as the US, Japan, or any other county for that matter. And it deteriorates from there.
Now I'm not saying this is an absolutely awful book. It was an okay read. There were parts of it, specifically the middle where they were training, where it was pretty good. But the beginning and ending where just so out there as to make this book just a bad book.
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
If you like reading the historical fables of different locations of the United States, you’ll love reading this book.It’s a book filled with different stories from the area of South Caroline near to Myrtle Beach. The stories start in colonial times and extend through the American Revolution, to past the end of the Civil War. Each of the stories are extremely well-written and make you feel like you’re sitting there, in the shop, listening to the women speak their tales.
Each of the stories are long enough to bring in enough detail that I could see it in my mind, and yet, short enough to keep my attention. Each of them tie in well to each other and lead into the next.
I’ve completely fallen in love with Antonio and Megan. And yes, now I’m hoping for something to happen between Vito and Erin. I think he’d be good for her. It looks like that’s where the author is headed for those two.
Where the first book ended is exactly where the second book picks up, and even though they go to South Bend, it doesn’t stop the Mafia action. I guess once you’re in, you’re in for life, but its not like they’re trying to get away from the lifestyle.
Antonio is still doing things for his dad behind Megan’s back, and when she finds out, she’s accepting. I still want to know why Megan’s mom is the way she is, and I’m hoping that comes out in the third book.
Overall, the book was another quick, enjoyable read.
Something was just missing here, and I think it was background. There's more than enough background on Ken, but unless I read the blurb, I couldn't understand that he was really a Paladin. Just a knight with a really cool sword. Cyrus, there's no background on him. I'm hoping I get more background on him in the future books. He's just a weird magical guy who shrinks (which begs the question, when will he shrink to nothing?). Kitty and Ariel were the best characters. I felt most for Ariel, and while in the beginning I started to really like Kitty, I got no real feel for her afterwards.
I'm holding out hope there's more character development in the next books.
My review: I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I can honestly say this is the first series that gets better and better with each book! This time I really could connect with Alanna on an emotional level. I loved how the author let us see into the mind of the Guardswoman. With the whole dystopian part of it, it was so possible and that's what made it so scary. The author melds modern politics into a horrifying possibility so well that you can believe that it is right on the cusp of almost happening. It's absolutely terrifying. The ending was the ultimate cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the next book!
3 1/2 stars.... I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
At first I was a little leery of reading this book. The first book of the series, The Advance Guard, had not really impressed me all that much, and I was afraid this series would go the way most series go.....downhill, with the first being the best. My biggest complaint in the review of the first book was the lack of character development. And now I understand why.
The second book is all about Ariel, whom, as I read this book, truly became the soul of the group. One character referred to her as the heart of the group, but I disagree. She's the soul. She's the one who seems to feel the deepest, empathizes the most, and brings emotions (good and bad ones) deepest into her.
Now I wonder....will the next be about one of the other characters? Will we finally get to know more about the shrinking mage, Cyrus? My curiosity is piqued enough for me to really want to read the next book!
I would like to thank the author for providing this book to me for purposes of an honest review.
I've really enjoyed this series so far. At first, I'll admit, I didn't hold out much hope for the series. As it progressed however, it got better and better. Now, I love Alanna, and really feel for her. The things she has to go through as a sixteen year old, sometimes you forget that she's only 16.
The author's writing style is good, he tends to show, not tell and I love that. I can see the story as it progresses in my mind. He really makes you feel for the characters and put yourself in their place.
The only thing I would really change about this entire series is the cover art for the books. It's awful, just awful. But, again, that's my opinion. However, I am an admitted cover-lover, and I do judge a book by its cover. If I had seen this book, or the rest of the series, with its cover work now in a store, I wouldn't look twice at it.