Bayan Basri


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Smashwords book reviews by Bayan Basri

  • In Your Dreams on May 18, 2013

    *I received this through a Goodreads ARR in exchange for an honest review.* When I first read the summary I had the impression that this books was going to be two things: 1-A very unique and intriguing story. 2-A paranormal book. Turns out that's it was intriguing but not paranormal. The book not being paranormal was a good and a bad thing. On one hand, it's a relief that there's a book out there with really interesting content that has an explanation (or not quite). So it was more science fiction than anything. The bad thing was, some of it came out as unrealistic to be true. One of the things that bugged me is that I didn't get the answers to a lot of questions I had from the very beginning. Zara or Zip is nothing if not realistic. She acts like a normal teenager-and can act a bit stupid sometimes, but don't we all?-and helps Kieran get through his ordeal at the same time without turning into Miss-Super-Knowledgeable-Even-In-Matters-I've-Never-Heard-About. Kieran is one of the sweetest guys ever. He's never had a normal life and that shows on him. Plus, he never pretends to be normal when he knows he's not. Kayla is one of those supporting characters who you know has potential. I liked her a lot, sometimes more than Zip herself. I hope we get to see more of her in the second book. This is a light read believe it or not, and I hope I'll get my answers in the second book, which I'm definitely going to read.
  • The Sixth Power on Aug. 25, 2013

    book in exchange for an honest review. This is a great story with elements you've already heard of and completely new aspects that make this book unique and fresh. Tania is a great heroine. She isn't perfect. She needs help and training from other more experiences people like her, and she acknowledges that. She keeps her emotions in check and stays strong for the majority of the book but she does have moments of weakness which make her all the more human. What I liked most about her is that she doesn't rely on anyone to solve her problems, and that although she's affected by her mother's and brother's deaths, she doesn't let that get her down and she isn't scared of taking down the murderers even though they're after her. Dan is also a great male lead. He's sweet, thoughtful and protective. He helps Tania with her problems while trying to take care of his little sister Becky. He didn't put any pressure on Tania to heal his sister and he didn't resent her about not being able to on her first try. He did have his secrets though, things I didn't expect, but they didn't affect the main plot. Dan and Tania's relationship is light and sweet. They help each other through everything they're going through. But although their relationship progressed really fast, Tania didn't have Dan all through the story because they both had their commitments in different places, so they both had space from each other which made them appreciate each other even more, and Tania could learn about her powers and learn to develop them without the comfort of Dan. She had to have it hard before everything could get easier. Plus, he's be a delicious distraction. *wink**wink* I loved that most of the secondary characters had a part in the book. The author didn't introduce a character only so they can never be heard of again after that. The mystery and the suspense was great. Every now and then you'll get a reveal or an appearance from one of the baddies, so you definitely won't get bored reading this. The build up to the climax was so great, That I could actually feel the impending doom coming. The climax was worth the wait, but after all the action there's a bit of a time skip that irked me. I wanted to know what happened immediately after the big face off. I kept going back checking if I missed a chapter. The ending leaves place for a possible sequel, which I do hope happens but it's likely this is a standalone. Like I said, I hope this book gets a sequel because I really want to know more about the things that happened right at the end.