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review 2018-06-11 14:46
Book Review: Bad Boy Rebels (#1-3) By Jessica Sorensen
Meeting The Bad Boy Rebels - Jessica Sorensen

 

A Note: I schedule all my reviews months in advance and at the time of reading this book and writing this review there was no mention that it was a reverse harem story in the title or in the description of this novel. This is a review for the first 3 original novella length books in the Bad Boy Rebels series.

 

I thought this book was going to go in a completely different direction with its characters and storyline. I'm disappointed with the way it all went. I also realized, a bit too late, that this was originally a serialized novel (meaning that for one complete novel there were a series of mini books). Due to that, everything seemed glossed over and rushed. I couldn't connect with the characters because there was barely any backstory provided.

 

Zhara seemed to have too much of, what I would consider, bad things. She was too meek, too innocent (for being 18 years old), too apologetic, and her story felt too wrong place wrong time. Everything fell into place too conveniently from the start and it ended up aggravating me more than helping me to like the story.

 

I didn't understand the reason to have a group of guys be "undercover agents". There was never a reasoning behind why this "task force" was created either. Why have 6(?) guys instead of having just one or two was a persistent question in my mind during this novel. Everything was moving so fast that I couldn't even connect with any of them. Everyone was just one huge blur.

 

Despite the cliffhanger, I won't be reading the continuation to this series. By this point, I simply don't care what happens to any of the characters. I've enjoyed various books by this author in the past, but this one isn't one of them.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"(...) as if ignoring what people think is as simple as breathing."

 

"Sometimes people have to overthink things. [...] It's part of life."

 

"(...) [I] felt trapped in a life I didn't believe I belonged in."

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review 2018-05-23 19:07
Book Review: Nameless (Broken City #1) By Jessica Sorensen
Nameless (Broken City Book 1) - Jessica Sorensen

 

A Note: I schedule all my reviews months in advance and at the time of reading this book and writing this review there was no mention that it was a reverse harem story in the title or in the description of this novel.

 

This was quite a short book and I don't know how to feel about it. It was overall entertaining, but it wasn't mind-blowing. It was exactly what I was looking for at the time though.

 

I liked Allura as a character. She tries to be strong but she's not there yet. She makes up for that with intelligence and a little spunk. I'm curious as to what she is and it's complications in future books.

 

I liked the three men that rescued her, though I couldn't tell them apart for the life of me. They were all helpful and sweet to her, but no one left a lasting impression on me. I hope that changes in the other books in this series.

 

I found out, a little too late, that apparently this is a reverse-harem series (I.E. one girl, multiple guys). There was nothing romantic in this novel, which made me happy because reverse-harem stories aren't my thing. I'm hesitant to continue on in this series after finding that out, though the author doesn't mention it anywhere. I'm just confused at this point. Overall though this was an interesting book and the story was set up well.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"You need to understand that some humans are equally as evil (...)."

 

"People wander out there, searching for something better, and never find it."

 

"That's the problem with legends. While sometimes they hold a hint of truth, it's hard to sort through all that nonsense."

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review 2018-03-27 18:21
Book Review: Alluring Raven (Curse of the Vampire Queen #3) by Jessica Sorensen
Alluring Raven - Jessica Sorensen

 

I've loved the past two books in this series, but this one felt more like a filler than anything else. The story only started to move along and get interesting by the last 5 or so chapters. This novel also ended, once again, in a cliffhanger. I felt cheated, to a degree, because there were only more problems presented for the main characters. When things finally started to maybe get resolved the novel ended.

 

Raven was the ultimate damsel in distress in this novel in particular. It was illness after bad luck after bad coincidence for her with no end in sight. I understand that she didn't have control of what was happening to her (which is also how this series started in the first place), but it got old very fast.

 

Rhyland and Kinsley were nice characters. They help Raven when things go wrong (because they always go wrong). They can't reveal any pertinent information because of the curse, which means they get to leave Raven guessing at what happened in the past and how she can right things once again.

 

Overall, this wasn't the best novel in this series. I would have been happier with this as a novella to move the story from points A to B faster. The characters were mostly in their heads for this entire novel with a tidbit or two of important information thrown in here and there with no explanation. Even after all this, I'm still looking forward to the next novel in this series because it left me with too many questions and no answers.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"Darkness lies where most believe there is light."

 

"Because you need to learn that with everything you see, there is a price [...]."

 

"Maybe it's time. Time to let go of the past, move on from the distrust, and focus on the future."

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review 2018-03-05 21:03
Book Review: Forever Stardust (Tangled Realms #1.5) By Jessica Sorensen
Forever Stardust - Jessica Sorensen

 

* This review contains a few minor spoilers for this story. 

 

My expectations weren't too high for this novella and that's probably what saved it from ending up a DNF. I liked how the story started out in the first book of this series, but this one was just a rushed and disjointed series of coincidences.

 

I liked Legend, but I can't overlook the fact that he "found" star by refusing a "trade" which had consequences an ancient vampire, as he calls himself multiple times in this novella, should have seen coming.

 

Star wasn't around enough for me to get to know her. We're informed, by her, of the trauma she's gone through,  how her mother is somewhat at fault for it and her current circumstances. Other than her miraculous survival at the end and her power there isn't much to say about her. She'll probably have a big role in the next few books because of the storyline she's so intricately a part of. I'd like to see more of her.

 

I don't like that the author relied on sheer luck to pull this story together. There should have been better planned twists and turns to get Legend to that castle. This story feels like a rushed cop-out, but for the purpose of moving the overall storyline along and giving the reader an "origin" story for Star, I can't say I hated it.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"The only thing to see in life is darkness and light. Nothing else exists or matters."


"I just wish I were completely free."

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review 2018-02-28 19:24
Book Review: Forever Violet (Tangled Realms #1) By Jessica Sorensen
Forever Violet - Jessica Sorensen

 

This was a surprisingly enjoyable novel. I can't put into words as to why I went into this book apprehensively. I've been in a book slump as of late so due to that circumstance I've been DNFing books left and right. I'm glad this was an exception.

 
 

 

 

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I like Lake overall, but towards the end she, all of a sudden, gets a death wish that gets repetitive and annoying in the long term. I'd also like to point out how easily she controls her flower-power. There's an event towards the end of the novel in which she manages to save herself and a few others by controlling vines and what not. My problem is that up to that point she had only mentioned "practicing control" with small flowers in fields.

 

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Jules was one of the brighter characters in this novel. He's smart, sweet and caring, but ruthless when push comes to shove. He was one of the more sane character's and I appreciated his presence overall.

 

I guessed/saw most of the "twists" coming from miles away, which was disappointing when I was finally proved right. I like stories that keep me guessing and unfortunately, this was not one of those stories. I liked it nonetheless, but I wasn't blown away by it. The next novel (based on the last few pages of this one) seems to be Legends story and I can't help but be excited about it.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"Emotional scars, they take time [to heal]. Sometimes more than physical wounds."


"(...) cruelty exists everywhere."


"[We're] running from the past and chasing a future I hope we can find."

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