Kirsty Vizard

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  • Mobster's Girl on Oct. 12, 2012

    When I started reading this book I had just finished a particularly heavy story and needed the escapism that a young adult romance offers. I found that the story of 'Mobster's Girl' was based heavily on stereotypes, which I found humorous but it did not remove from my enjoyment of the book. Megan is an Irish girl who lives in an American-Italian neighbourhood, and is in a minority at school. However, she manages to attract the attention of the Italian boys mainly because of her red hair, pale skin and pretty face. Tonio is a mobster's son who has just turned 18 and so been initiated into his father's "business"; he is surrounded by a world of violence, undertaking "work" for his dad. He has been warned to stay away from Megan but for a long time he has watched her and wanted her . . . This book drew me in with its Romeo and Juliet plot line, which ran alongside the sometimes shocking story of Toni's life. Tonio is the stained character next to Megan's chaste one and the reader is left questioning if the relationship will work under the pressure, but at the same time wishing for a happy ending. The peripheral characters that Amy Rachiele writes add humour and drama to the story - I loved Vito and Alessandra, Toni's friends; I wanted to constantly punch Troy, Megan's "best friend" and Erin was the perfect little sister! 'Mobster's Girl' has romance, violence and an explosive, heart-wrenching conclusive twist which had me heading straight for Amazon to buy the sequel! I would recommend this to all fans of Young Adult Romance . . . Enjoy!!!
  • Mobster's Girl on Oct. 12, 2012

    When I started reading this book I had just finished a particularly heavy story and thank Amy Rachiele for my gifted copy as I needed the escapism that a young adult romance offers. I found that the story of 'Mobster's Girl' was based heavily on stereotypes, which I found humorous but it did not remove from my enjoyment of the book. Megan is an Irish girl who lives in an American-Italian neighbourhood, and is in a minority at school. However, she manages to attract the attention of the Italian boys mainly because of her red hair, pale skin and pretty face. Tonio is a mobster's son who has just turned 18 and so been initiated into his father's "business"; he is surrounded by a world of violence, undertaking "work" for his dad. He has been warned to stay away from Megan but for a long time he has watched her and wanted her . . . This book drew me in with its Romeo and Juliet plot line, which ran alongside the sometimes shocking story of Toni's life. Tonio is the stained character next to Megan's chaste one and the reader is left questioning if the relationship will work under the pressure, but at the same time wishing for a happy ending. The peripheral characters that Amy Rachiele writes add humour and drama to the story - I loved Vito and Alessandra, Toni's friends; I wanted to constantly punch Troy, Megan's "best friend" and Erin was the perfect little sister! 'Mobster's Girl' has romance, violence and an explosive, heart-wrenching conclusive twist which had me heading straight for Amazon to buy the sequel! I would recommend this to all fans of Young Adult Romance . . . Enjoy!!!
  • The Athena Effect on Dec. 06, 2012

    I was given this book from Derrolyn Anderson in exchange for an honest review but about a third of the way in I wondered how I was going to classify this in terms of genre. For a book that I thought that was paranormal/urban fantasy it was appearing to me to be more of a love story. The love story which Derrolyn Anderson writes between Calendonia and Cal is endearing and sweet, yet I had hoped that the meaning of 'the Athena effect' and the reason for keeping Calendonia secret would have been revealed earlier. I felt there was a lot of repetitive time spent with Calendonia wandering the streets or spent at Cal's - Derrolyn Anderson changed Cal from bad boy stud into knight in shining armour very quickly which I found a little far-fetched but then love makes us do crazy thinks right???!!! Calendonia started off in the woods as the all out hard girl - hunting, skinning animals and being independent, if naive. After the loss of her parents and subsequent move to the city she initially retains her innocence and continues to carry a knife (!) but she loses her edge and relies more on Cal. When the story finally becomes more focussed on the paranormal side of Caledonia's character and she is kidnapped I was waiting for this plot line to be extended, allowing us more insight into the world of the Professor and the 'experiments' and Caledonia's DNA. I did enjoy Derrolyn Anderson's writing and her characters. As a romance it was good story but to be placed in the paranormal genre for me it would need more substance.
  • Bait on June 22, 2013

    Hear Van Helsing's name in any context and I immediately assume vampires, but in Bait K C Blake has used elements from the traditional paranormal genre and added her own interpretation, creating a story which is imaginative and original. Bait is not a straightforward YA paranormal story; the characters have secrets and are flawed; the plot is sophisticated and difficult to predict and the world of Van Helsing's castle is mysterious but enchanting. I enjoyed the way in which the story has several threads running through, although at times I felt the main plot became overshadowed by secondary events and it is possible for a reader to lose focus. K C Blake has concentrated very hard in Bait on developing relationships between characters, which I think enables the reader to build a stronger emotional connection to the story. I am looking forward to seeing how she continues this in the sequel. I found Bait a really good paranormal story because of K C Blake's unique take on the genre; the interesting characters who have depth and the mystery of the plot. One I definitely recommend! This was received as a review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.