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review 2015-12-02 18:43
Review: Darkest Dawn
Darkest Dawn (Willows Lake, Book 1) - Katlyn Duncan

I received a copy from Netgalley.

The mystery aspect of this book was what initially appealed to me. Though I did feel it got rather silly towards the end once the paranormal element came fully into play and was finally explained. For the most part it was a pretty good book, intruiging premise....on a mysterious note Sloane goes to the town of Willow Falls to seek answers about the car accident at killed her mother when she was a child. She eventually meets Bri, who looks indentical to her. Both girls are confused and there is also the hint of a strange and powerful connection between the two of them.

One thing I did particularly like was the style of the writing, which I noticed has been pointed out in several of the goodreads reviews I've read. Rather straightforward and almost blunt. Likeabke characters who when faced with a mystery dealt with the twisty turns without being idiotic about it. Along with the are the two identical girls actually twins plot there was a strange older guy, a rich guy with a dark past who was a friend of Bri's, and a mean girl Chloe who shows up every now and then saying bitchy things. Chloe turned out to be pretty awesome towards the end of the book and I would love to see her have her own novel.

Things get petty complex pretty fast made worse by secrets up on secrets, dead bodies, a disturbing animal death and the disappearance of Bri's mom. All pretty good stuff. Until it got to the answers and the paranormal part, which for me turned pretty silly. It was fairly creative it its world building, I will give it that, but the dialogue from the bad guy once it was revealed who the killer was was laughable and knocked it down a star for me.

Open ended, with a lot of possibilities for a conintuing series. Even though I found it a little silly, this is probably a series I will be looking to continue.

Thank you to Netgalley and Carina UK for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2015-10-05 23:32
Review: The Secret Fire
The Secret Fire - C.J. Daugherty,Carina Rozenfeld

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I put in a request for this title as soon as I saw it pop up on Netgalley. Stunning cover and a blurb that immediately got my attention. When I didn't hear back for what seemed like ages I pre ordered the book. And wouldn't you know...about two weeks later I got my approval email. By then i think my pre order had been shipped early. Oh well. So I wound up with a shiny paperback copy and a copy for my Kindle.

 

As it turned out, I would have probably got a kindle copy as well anyway, because I absolutely loved this book. I read in a few hours. Simply could not put it down. The basics of the plot were nothing particularly new. Studious boring girl discovers super power and may be "the chosen one" for...reasons. And a mysterious boy with his own issues and somehow they have to come together even though they don't seem to like each other at first to defeat the bad guys.

 

The plot was brilliant. Set in both a small English town and Paris, France, it weaves amazingly the two separate storylines of the heroes, English girl Taylor who dreams of studying history at Oxford University with her grandfather who is a professor there, and French boy Sacha who is a wiseass with an attitude problem. When Sacha is first introduced he's involved with some dodgy characters and seems to have some unusual abilities of his own. Taylor's life is fairly normal. She's told she has to tutor Sacha in English. He's less than thrilled about it.

 

The characters were densely layered, and there was so much more to each of them that meets the eye. Its impossible to recap without being totally spoilery. As Sacha and Taylor get to know each other via emails and on-line chats, each is having their own problems. Family issues, and things relating to their own unique abilities. The two intertwine and connect together as the plot thickens and more secrets and questions are woven into the story line.

 

The tension is gripping, there's a great mix of action. There's barely there hints of a romance which I'm hoping will be developed as the series goes on. There was a lot of information to take in, but the writing was so good, some of the concepts involving Taylor's unique power was a little hard to grasp, but it was well put together enough that it wasn't info dumping at all.

 

The last battle scenes where Taylor finally gets her head around what's happening reminded me very much of the end of the first 'Matrix' movie. (I was grinning a lot). By the end of the book there is definitely more questions and hardly any answers. A solid start to a brilliant series with a whole host of great potential. I loved it from start to finish and really can not wait to see what's going to happen next.

 

Thank you to net galley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2015-04-15 16:31
Review: The Awesome
The Awesome - Eva Darrows

Actual rating 2.5 stars.

I received a copy from Netgalley.

An amusing YA urban fantasy. Maggie is possibly one of the most crass foul mouthed teens I have come across in a long time. Its fun and so refreshing, and while most of this book did make me grin and smirk, the attitude did get a little irritating.

But it was so much fun to see a world where monsters are real and its the women who hunt them. Maggie has been brought up in this world, is totally secure with who she is in her speak first don't think don't take no shit from anyone attitude. The world building is great. The characters are fun, Maggie has a really unique bond with her monster hunter mum. Both of whom pretty much have the same attitude, though mum's is maybe toned down slightly (at least in the language department).

The plot isn't particularly complexed, a lot of it involves Maggie wanting to loose her virginity due to a reason involving hunting vampires and how they're more attracted to virgins and if she gets the pesky virginity thing out the way she can kill them more easily. (It's better than in sounds) Awkward but kind of amusing at the same time hints of a romance to come but so nice to see no insta love and no romance being the sole focus. There's trouble involving ghouls, a zombie girl and a big bad master vampire too.

A fast paced read, certainly enjoyable.

Thank you to Netgalley and Rebellion for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2015-02-27 19:34
Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest
The Darkest Part of the Forest - Holly Black

I recieved a copy from Netgalley.

 

And I loved it so much I also purchased a hard back as well. It took a while for me to get into this book, it's one of those wonderful books that gets better and better as it goes on and is completely and utterly unpredictable.

 

I loved the setting and the mythology, the way that faerie lore and magic worked within a modern every day town. How it was part of every day life. And at the same time it could go from being awesome, fantastical and fun to being thrown completely into a mess of very dark and deadly danger.

 

I loved the characters, and how there was no one particularly perfect, almost every character was flawed in some way, even the main characters made stupid decisions and did things they knew were going to have consequences. They way they dealt with it and how things spiralled together made them compelling and addictive.

 

I loved the storytelling and the writing, I loved the romance. I pretty much am having a gush fest for how much I just completely loved this book.

 

A fantastic stand alone with a memorable take on fairies, and fantastic characters.

 

So a huge thanks to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for approving my request to view this title. It was awesome.

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review 2015-01-20 11:20
Solid sequel but romance was annoying sometimes
Bridges Burned (Entangled Teen) (Going Down in Flames) - Chris Cannon

Bryn’s life has literally gone down in flames:
“A few months ago, I was a normal girl living a normal life in a public high school. My biggest worry was who I’d sit next to at lunch. Now it seems like I’m living in a foreign country on the brink of a war. A lot of people hate me. Some of them are trying to kill me.”

From Going Down in Flames I mostly remember Bryn’s love for weird lingerie patterns and how much I liked the world of dragon shifters Chris Cannon invented. There were some cliches, but I don’t know why I didn’t rate Going Down in Flames higher. I must have been very annoyed by that cliffhanger ending.

Bridges Burned continues where Going Down in Flames ended. A lot of things happen in the sequel: school dance, terrorist attacks, Christmas family events. But the thing I was looking forward most is missing – more interesting facts about dragon’s special powers. Sadly, world-building was neglected.

There was much less humor in Bridges Burned. Almost no jokes between friends, just two funny lingerie patterns… Everyone are a bit scared of what is going to happen next and the atmosphere is much darker. Good thing at least the banter between Bryn and Jaxon, her arch-nemesis, was still there.
Jaxon sighed as if the situation caused him great pain. “Haven’t we spent enough time together?”
“You’re such a joy to be around I couldn’t stay away,” Bryn mocked.


The one thing that was not neglected was romance. It’s not even a love triangle, it’s a quadrangle. He loves me, he loves me not switches really started to annoy me after some time. Luckily, second part of Bridges Burned was more focused on action. And there are a lot of surprising plot twists!

Bridges Burned was exciting until the very end. Which was (again) a clifhanger. I expected it, but I was still surprised how everything was abruptly interrupted. Now I am waiting for a sequel that will hopefully finnaly have some more information about dragon hybrids.

IN THE END…
Bridges Burned is a solid sequel with a lot of action and maybe a bit much of romance drama. Although I wished to learn more facts about the world of dragon shifters, I still think that Going Down in Flames is a nice urban fantasy series for young adults. If you like boarding school setting, dragon shifters and can ignore a couple of cliches, it’s quick and fun read.

Disclaimer: I received this ebook from Ya Bound Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Source: www.bookwormdreams.com/book-review-bridges-burned-chris-cannon
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