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review 2017-01-08 21:56
The Island (The Island #1) by Jen Minkman
The Island - Jen Minkman

The island


This was a strange read, and it had a lot of star wars references - I didn't realise it was a fan fic? I am not a lover of star wars to begin with, and think this could have been a much better story without the references to it, the fact they call their book that is kinda like the bible - the Star Wars Notebook was laughable!

Ok that aside, this has obviously underwent a lot of editing and changes from the reviews I have read compared to what I have actually read, which is for the better had I read what others had reviewed this would have probably gotten a 1 star.

Leia and her twin brother Colin upon reaching the age of 10 are forced to leave home and move into a mansion on the island where they are to stay and take care of themselves until they find someone to marry from the mansion - weird or what?
The island has a huge wall running across it that no one ever crosses, but when she encounters a boy named Walt who is from across the wall she begins to question everything.

I loved the premise of this book, but like I say lose the star war references and I think it would be even better. However, I probably wont continue with the story due to that fact, had there been anything in the book blurb relating or mentioning that this is some kind of Star War fic I would not have read it - I think the author should consider updating the blurb to reflect this

 

3 stars

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review 2016-11-24 00:00
Shadow of Time
Shadow of Time - Jen Minkman I have to say, this was not what I expected when I picked up the book, and even my first impression did not quite prepare me for the book.

Hannah is back at her parents' log cabin for her summer break from teaching, and her and her brother Ben have the place all to themselves. But her time off is anything but relaxing. Seeing her brother's childhood friend, Josh, all grown up puts her in a tizzy. He's handsome, sensitive, and has earned a special place among his Navajo people, but he's burdened and distant at times, which throws her off. On top of it, she's having nightmares that feel real about an ancient time, in which she's an integral player, and she's being harassed by different people. It's a summer full of so much promise -- if she can get past all the hurtles in her way.

So, for my expectations. I frequently get books but can't read them right away, so when I looked at the cover (which I did both when I purchased the book and before I read it), I was surprised by the Native American theme in a very fantasy type cover. But it's pretty, so in that respect I suppose it's working.

I started reading, and the writing was decent, but it smacked of a first book, which made me nervous. I almost gave up at that point, but I decided to give it a little more time. The Navajo setting had me hooked, and I'm so glad.

The romance is very hot and cold. Hannah doesn't quite seem like a 21 year old, so her falling for a "more mature" 17 year old doesn't seem too far off base. Hannah definitely looses sight of the age difference as the book progresses, but we get gentle reminders from the author, which was a nice touch. (I think at one point it said the age difference is 6 years, but it's only 4 years, and from the sounds of it, not quite that.) The author did a great job with pulling the emotional strings with the romance.

I was a bit bummed about the ending though. It ends on a pretty dramatic note - not necessarily a cliff-hanger, but definitely not a comfortable close. So I suppose I'll have to put the next book on my reading list to get my resolution, but overall, not a bad book.

I can't vouch for the Native American bits, since I'm admittedly ignorant, but they felt authentic. There was a lot of nice detailing, and quite a few Native American words and such. I hope to add more Native American stories to my library, so this was a fun start.
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review 2016-10-28 15:57
The Island
The Island - Jen Minkman

It used to be that when you turn 18 you are able to leave your house and home and are called adult.

Now the Great Book states that when you turn 10, you are considered as an adult and can fend for itself.

At least that's how Leia and Luc was raised to believe. And now living on an Island, learning to survive the hard way nothing else should matter in the world. Get smarter, survive, marry and have children. That's the basis and nothing will change that.

Except for that Wall.

And the Fools. Fools are ones that believe that someone in higher power will take care of them, and believe in dreams. What such fools they are!!!

But then something happened. Leia actually meets with a Fool. And now the real question is, are the Fools what Leia has heard all her life or is she the fool?

Another interesting Dystopia book with a little twist in the end. I thought I wasn't going to like this book for the start of the book took a little longer than I'm used to and there were a lot of Star Wars langauge with talk about "The Force" "the Force is from the inside not the outside" Leia and Luc (Luke) and the whole thing about somebody other than parents raised Leia and Luc to understand their "Force". But I think if you never have seen Star Wars you would think this was just another Dystopia book where the kids believe that a system that has been in the works for generations needs to change now! Once again I thank Netgalley.com for letting me read this book a head of time and I hope this review answers some people's thoughts on this book!

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/662161066
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review 2016-06-15 12:26
Exodus (English edition) - Jen Minkman

*sniffs*Dear Lord, I had my suspicions, but that ending just stabbed me in the heart and kicked me to the ground.*sniffs* *shakes fist at Jen Minkman for breaking my heart and making me cry over this MC, and for writing such an awesome, heartbreaking, beautiful, magnificent short story*

It started off a bit slow, but then I was sucked up into the story, and quite soon I had my suspicions about Sarah, about Rachel, of course I kept hoping it wouldn't be true, I kept hoping for something different, but as the story continued, as the stranger (I also recognized Him) came into the story, I knew enough. Though I didn't expect the ending, yes, I knew about one of the characters (and I faintly had my suspicions about the other one), but I didn't expect that to have happened. Wow. Wow, and WOW. So yes, tears just ran down, especially with what happens afterwards. It was just beautiful, sad, heartbreaking. I won't say much more, because I don't want to spoil anything.

I also loved that there were parts that told us about the past. About what happened to our planet, why Sarah went to Jerusalem. It give us a bigger insight in Sarah. And even though this story is only about ~30 pages long, it is super effective, and the worldbuilding is just perfection. I could just see the wars, I could see the world dying bit by bit thanks to humanity's stupidity.

I wouldn't mind a longer story about the wars, and maybe even about other characters. I wouldn't mind exploring this broken world some more. Sarah's story is done, I wouldn't want a longer story about her because that would do discredit to this story, but I wouldn't mind another character, maybe someone who can go aboard the ships but decides not to, or finds out another way. I would love that so much.

All in all, this book will break you, it will make you cry, it is effective, it is beautiful, and yes, Jen Minkman did it once again. I would highly recommend this short story.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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text 2015-12-30 20:13
My December 2015
The City Center - Peter Stier,Simone Pond
Firefly: (A Dystopian Story of Christmas) - Jen Minkman
Cold-Blooded - Lisa Regan
Not Okay Cupid - Heidi R. Kling
Sound of Sirens: (Tales of Skylge #1) - Jen Minkman
Zia, The Teenage Zombie & The Undead Diaries - Angela Scott
 The Girlfriend Request - Jodie Andrefski
Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind von Rowling. Joanne K. (2010) Taschenbuchie Märchen von Beedle dem Barden - J.K. Rowling
The City Center - 4 stars
Firefly: (A Dystopian Story of Christmas) - 5 stars
Cold-Blooded - 5 stars
Not Okay Cupid - 5 stars
Sound of Sirens: (Tales of Skylge #1) - 4 stars
Zia, The Teenage Zombie & The Undead Diaries - 3 1/2 stars
The Girlfriend Request - 3 stars
Phantastische Tierwesen und wo sie zu finden sind - 4 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month: The City Center, Firefly, Cold Blooded, Not Okay Cupid, Sound of Sirens

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Scintillate (one day I'm gonna finish it), All the Light We Cannot See

 

Eight books!!! I'm happy with that. I pretty much loved all the books I have read. Not all of them have been my favorites but I enjoyed them all. So it's been a good month. I have a tablet now and read most of my ebooks there and it's just so much easier than reading on my phone or my laptop.

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