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review 2015-01-18 21:46
Illusive by Emily Lloyd Jones
Illusive - Emily Lloyd-Jones

Initial Thoughts:


This started out slow and did not pick up until the last quarterish of the book.  It is an Interesting take on a semi dystopian world, though.




When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.

After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?

The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against he government that could cost them their lives.


My Thoughts:


This is billed as: 

The X-Men meets Ocean's Eleven in this edge-of-your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.

I think that is an adequate billing, I would just change it a little:

The X-men meets Oceans Eleven meets Steelheart in this sometimes-edge-of your-seat sci-fi adventure about a band of "super" criminals.


I like books about superhero's or superpower's, might be a better title for them.  This book, for some reason reminded me of Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson.  I didn't think this was as good as Steelheart, though. 


I listened to this on Audio with narration done by Caitlin Davies and Kirby Heyborne, with Caitlin performing the part of Ciere and Kirby performing the part of Daniel.  They did a good job; not one of my favorites, but there is potential.  I would give them 4 Stars, also.  To be fair we didn't hear from Daniel as much, but that could change in the second book.


There is a lot going on this book with little sub-plots throughout.  And, I think this has the potential to be a good series.  In future books I would like to see more from Daniel, and since he is one of the "voices" in this book; I'm sure I will.






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review 2015-01-01 20:51
Rumors by Anna Godberson
Rumors: A Luxe Novel - Anna Godbersen,Nina Siemaszko

This is second book in the Luxe Series by Anna Godberson.




After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.

All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.



My Thoughts:


This series is like a soap opera, and I could see it as a TV show on the CW network, and I would probably watch it.  It might be worth it alone just for the pretty dresses.


The year is 1899 and Elizabeth Holland has just offed herself, or did she?  Now they are on the cusp of the new year and rumors are flying rampantly around about her demise and what her naughty sister Diana is up too.  There's more from Lena and her crew, always stirring up trouble for the Holland sisters.  Penelope is ever present as the queen bitch, deviously conniving her way to the top.  Sounds just like an overly dramatic soap, huh.  That's why I have to say this series is like a guilty pleasure for me.


I listened to this on Audio with Nina Siemaszko doing the narration.  This narration is better than the first book, because I could actually hear it.  Their were some mispronounced words and misnaming of people in one particular scene, although I don't know if the latter is the fault of the narrator, but anyway they did lessen my enjoyment of the book.  The narrator gets a 3.5 Star rating.



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review 2014-12-09 21:50
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
A Thousand Pieces of You: Firebird, Book 1 - Claudia Gray,Tavia Gilbert

The cover for this book is amazing.  Love the color palette.




A thousand lives.
A thousand possibilities.
One fate.

Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention—a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.

When Marguerite's father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person—Paul, her parents' enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul escapes into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn't count on Marguerite. She doesn't know if she can kill a man, but she's going to find out.

With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps to, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Is she doomed to repeat the same betrayal?

As Marguerite races through these wildly different lives—a grand duchess in a Tsarist Russia, a club-hopping orphan in a futuristic London, a refugee from worldwide flooding on a station in the heart of the ocean—she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible.



My Thoughts:


I listened to this book on Audio, with narration by Tavia Gilbert.  Of which, she did an exceptional job of.  She did different accents for the same characters and well, she was awesome.


One of the best quotes about "Love at first sight" from this book:


“I meant it when I said I didn’t believe in love at first sight. It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely. Part of you belongs to him; part of him belongs to you. After that, you can’t take it back, no matter how much you want to, no matter how hard you try.”

--Claudia Gray


The thought of alternate realities is somewhat hard to comprehend, kind of like a mind-fuck.  I was worried that it wouldn't make sense, but it's written in a way that totally makes it believable, and easy to understand. I really enjoyed the different realities the characters jumped into.  Some really interesting locations, which I won't give away.  


All in all, this was an excellent adventure with an actual ending, and with clear indication that there is still more story to be told.  I'm am looking forward to the next installment.



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review 2014-11-30 18:10
Die For You by Lisa Unger
Die for You - Lisa Unger

I listened to this on Audio with narration done by Ann Marie Lee.  She was not the best nor the worse I've heard. Just kind of meh...




Isabel Raine thought she had everything–a successful career, a supportive family, and a happy marriage to the man she loved. Then one ordinary morning, her husband, Marcus, picks up his briefcase, kisses her good-bye, and simply vanishes.

That day, all her calls to him go straight to voice mail; the messages she leaves at his office go unreturned, too. Panicking after finally receiving a call from his cell phone in which all she can hear is a man’s terrified cry, Isabel calls the police. But they aren’t interested. Men leave, they tell her. They leave all the time. Desperate to find her husband, Isabel races to his office. But instead of finding him, she finds herself in the middle of an FBI raid. Hours later, she awakens in the hospital with a severe concussion and a homicide detective by her bedside waiting to question her about Marcus Raine–the real Marcus Raine.  

Now the only thing Isabel knows for sure is that her husband of five years is gone. Where is he and who is he are questions no one seems able to answer. But Isabel will not rest until she discovers the truth about the man she loves, even if it means risking everything–including her own life. 

Bestselling author Lisa Unger takes us on a nightmarish journey from bustling, glamorous New York City to the murky, twisted streets of Prague, seeking the answer to one bone-chilling question: What if the man you love, the one sleeping beside you, is a stranger?



My Thoughts:


I listened to this for a U author in a A to Z Author challenge.  This is not a genre that I usually read, that being said I might not be the best judge of this book.  Which is why I just went middle of the road and gave it 3 stars.  


This book was too long and went on about things I don't think were necessary to the plot, unless this was suppose to be a story about family drama.  Because, there was a ton of that going on.  Even the synopsis is too long.  


For the most part I believe it was fairly well written with one exception, at the start of each chapter it took a while to figure out whose head I was in.  A little clarification at the start of the chapter would have helped.    


In the end I was left feeling like I really didn't care about these people or how things ended up for them.  




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review 2014-11-16 20:31
Ruins by Dan Wells (Partials Sequence, #3)
Ruins - Dan Wells,Julia Whelan

My Initial Thoughts:  


Awesome ending to an absorbing and captivating series.




Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.


My Thoughts:


I listened to this whole series on audio, and it was awesomely done.  Especially the narration by Julia Whelan.   Maybe I would feel differently about this series if I had read it instead.  I'm not sure.  


I love all the characters in this series.  While Marcus is probably my favorite, because no one does comic relief quite like him.  I also love Samm too, he is just so damn sweet and lovable.  I feel the best man won Kira's love in the end.


There are lots of great quotes in this book...


Love is when you find something so great, so… necessary, that it becomes more important to you than your own goals, than your own life - not because your life has no meaning without it, but because it gives your life a meaning it never had before.




Embrace your complexity, stretch your creativity, and live up to your potential, you are what makes the world great.




...but this one is my favorite...


“You don't apologize for this Samm, it's love, and love doesn't weigh it's options and pick the best one. Love just wants things and it doesn't know why, and it doesn't matter why, because love is the only explanation love needs.”


--Dan Wells, Ruins





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