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review 2016-08-06 16:19
Connected by Kat Stiles
Connected - Kat Stiles
Connected by Kat Stiles is the first book in a series that deals with people having powers activated after a traumatic event. Now, in Em's case, she is run over by a car but her power is to heal, so she is 'lucky' in that respect. Roz has a close encounter of the dangerous kind, and her power as a psychic is activated. There is also Tommy, Em's love interest, who has super senses. Now these are the main three in this book, but by no means the only ones. 
 
This book has a bit of everything in it, which was absolutely fine by me. There is mystery, suspense, romance, paranormal - you name it. Tommy is a fantastic character, I loved his reactions to people and situations more the further in I read. However, Em and Roz are both fully functioning, multi dimensional characters that were a joy to read. 
 
The book does end on a cliffhanger, and I really can't wait to learn more about Em's father and her kidnapping. Connected was a joy to read, meaty enough to pull me in, but light enough to make me laugh out loud. Absolutely loved it and now desperately wanting book 2!!! 
 
* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/08/review-by-merissa-connected-by-kat.html?zx=99c8813824c2da4c
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review 2016-06-22 00:00
Connected
Connected - Kat Stiles This book was unexpectedly good. It has a good mix of suspense, mystery, thrill and romance all mixed in with the urban fantasy theme. It is suitable for teens and adults alike so if you or your kid is enjoy reading paranormal themed books, Connected is a great recommendation. I am quite curious to know what happens next.

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review
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review 2015-11-17 20:51
Connected by Kim Karr
Connected - Kim Karr

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Items ticked off: 15

His eyes aside, the words handsome and gorgeous weren't strong enough adjectives to describe him.


Clearly they weren't given that that 50% of this book was dedicated to describe how handsome the hero was. Am I harsh? Pfft. Don't think so. I'll break down the book's plot. Dahlia meets a hot stranger one night. They CONNECT. But she has a boyfriend. Oh, look at that, an accident that end badly, and now the boyfriend is out of the picture. Fast forward a year. Dahlia meets hot stranger again. He's got. He's in love with her already. They fuck. And then mundane life. Epilogue ends with a cheap cliffhanger. That sums up the entire book. There's some minor drama, but it's solved within a few pages so that doesn't count. But basically, all this is about is how insanely gorgeous our hero, River, is.

Let's break it down into numbers instead, shall we?

 

Here is the word count for:
attractive: 27
Powerful (green) eyes: 15
Connect: 67 (!)
Beautiful: 112 (!!!)

I am not amused.

Apart from River's hotness, the other 50% of the time, it's about how "connected" these two characters are. First off all, River didn't have a personality, so I don't see how he had any substance to be connected with in the first place, but whatever. And our Dahlia... well, she wasn't much better. She's your standard NA heroine who is only defined by how much her boyfriend luvs her. Gag. How am I supposed to take her serious when she says shit like:

He definitely was not a stalker. He was a guy that was adorably charming and utterly charismatic, a guy who had a simple ease about him that I really liked, and a guy I didn’t ever need to see again.


Yup, all stalkers are strange, ugly weirdos. (Not gonna argue there aren't stalkers like that, but please, give me a break.)

And back to River. I said he didn't have substance. I'm real. He barely sounds like a real person. Like, for example:

“I wasn’t just kissing you. I was also whispering in your mouth."


I rolled my eyes so hard they fell out of their sockets. Or I wished they had, because at least that way I hadn't needed to continue reading this.

Last but not least, other details. Like, the POV switch around the 80% mark? Did it serve a purpose? Nope. Did it add anything to the story that the reader couldn't already figure out? Nope. Did it add anything to River's character? Nope. So, completely unnecessary. I also mentioned a cliffhanger, right? Yeah... cheap, that's all I can say. If the author had cut out all the admiration of River's abs or whatnot, and their supposed incredible connection, she could've fit the second book - which I refuse to read - into this first. That way, this one might even had a plot. Oh well, what can you do?

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review 2015-10-29 16:12
This one had me all the way.
Ruins by Kuper, Peter(September 22, 2015) Hardcover - Peter Kuper

from the cover, (it's tactile)

 

to the dedication (Dedicated to pollinators everywhere),

 

to the flyleaf:

 

to the title page:

 

To the story and the artwork:

 

 

I loved it all.

 

 

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