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  • Faelorehn - Book One of the Otherworld Trilogy on June 19, 2012

    We All Make Mistakes In Books Thank you to the Author, Jenna Johnson and the ARR program on GoodReads for the opportunity to read and review this book. I really liked this book. Jenna Johnson brings the Celtic world in a very easy way to understand if you’re not familiar with it and with a very intriguing and captivating story. The beginning is a little slow, but I enjoyed the fact that Meghan is not running from this unexplainable things that happen to her because they’re unknown, she’s running from them to keep herself sane. She’s seen these weird creatures and heard the trees cry all her life, she knows that and she needs to remember it’s only a figment of her imagination. Dunring the first half of the book we see her struggling against herself, trying to fit in, to be accepted. I loved how she stays strong though all that, putting others before herself to make sure they’re ok even though she’s hurting and scare about everything that happens to her. Meghan is a lovely character: she has a little group of friends she loves and protects when she can; she has a very big and tight family that mean the world to her and over all she’s brave, Cade’s sudden arrival puts her world upside down, even more than what it is. He tells her that she might not be a weird 17-year-old human girl but a Faelorehn, an immortal from the Otherworld, but with this revelation comes the danger of knowing that the things she’s seen all her life are real and dangerous. Cade… he’s mysterious, he’s sexy, he’s an awesome fighter and he’s caring. All you’d want in a boy. Faelorehn is a great book to start off a series. I’d love it if Jenna had included more background stories for Meghan and Cade or Meghan’s family and friends but I see how they’ll probably be more important in future books. Cade comes and goes in the book making you desperate to know what’s happening, is he good, is he bad, can she trust him, is all of it real? Without putting any spoilers here, I can assure the end is going to leave you hanging and begging for more. I can’t wait to see how Meghan’s story will continue.
  • A Bed of Knives on July 28, 2012

    Thanks to the author for this book! For more reviews visit: I really enjoyed this book once I got over the initials chapters were everyone was introduced and the first jump in time. It switches between the POVs of the four main characters and jumps from present to five years ago to the last days they were all together. It’s a very captivating book, I really wanted to see how things would turn out for them and at some points I felt like yelling “why do you do that?” or “How could you” either to a character or the author for making them go through it… Gina, Spider, Rose and Eddie were college friends and all had big plans after graduation starting off with a night out that changed their lives. You see, “A” loves “B”, but “B” is pinning after “C”, who loves “D”, and “D” actually loves “C” but there’s “B” to think about…. Five years later, the four of them still carry scars from that night and following events. None of them could let go of the feelings they had and one forced them back together… The story is well written and planned. Is easy to follow through even with all the jumps in POVs and time. The emotions are raw and true, the characters believable and easy to like. The story is one about love and friendship. Of how we can make it through the hardest times if we’re strong and determined enough. Of how we always must follow our dreams but not get so lost in them we lose ourselves. And also of how our dreams sometimes aren’t what we really want or what’s best for of. Each of the characters has a unique story that leaves you with something, each goes for a different road and troubles in their path. I’d have loved if there were more to Rose and Eddie’s stories and POVs or more to the ending, it felt a little bit rushed but as it is, the book is a great standalone about friendship and life, it’s twist and turns and how love can fix our biggest mistakes.