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review 2016-11-22 08:55
Short thought: The Girl with the Windup Heart
The Girl with the Windup Heart - Kady Cross

The only other book I've read from the Steampunk Chronicles series is The Girl with the Iron Touch..and frankly I didn't even took the time to check the order of the books. While I like this one, I would say I like the earlier one better. Both the books have a kind of serious tone to them I would say, but this is definitely a recommended read for those who like steampunk novels.

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review 2014-03-18 09:35
Review: Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals #1) by Andrea Heltsley
Dreamwalker (Persephone's League of Immortals) - Andrea Heltsley

I've read this book long ago, but writing my thoughts on this somehow slipped my mind. I would have liked it more if a proper back story was given in the beginning, the beginning seems to rush into the story without giving necessary details to go ahead with. I don't like when a story drags, but I also don't like jumping into the middle of one without being mentally prepared. And I feel the plot could have been made more attractive, with the Persephone theme and all, and a little more description on that part would have made the story REALLY attractive and interesting. The author chose a very interesting idea but could have executed it a lot more successfully.

 

As for the characters, I really felt the lack of finesse there. I'm not very much into boy-maniac girls, and though I have no issues with love triangles, this time it didn't click for me. I would have liked Noel more if she was a little more resolute. In comparison to her character, I liked Autumn, Boone and even Augustine! However, I felt the lack of connection to them I usually do while reading these kind of books.

 

The narrative was a little dull and at times, choppy. I have a hard time relating to a story if I keep stumbling on the words.

 

Overall, the plot was good, the theme was really  good. I just wish the author had made it a little more polished with well-built characters, a nice back-story and narration. This is a book in The Persephone's League of Immortals series, so I really hope the next book/s are successfully able to make up for these issues.

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review 2014-02-17 19:38
{Blog Tour} Review:This Much is True by Katherine Owen
This Much Is True - Katherine Owen

This book is one of the finest NA romance books I’ve read recently. I’d heard a lot of things about it from many of my friends previously. So when the opportunity to participate in its book tour came, I couldn’t help grabbing the chance.

Tally and Lincoln make such a wonderful pair! After reading it may sound like that it’s another mushy gushy fairytale-ish love story, but let me warn you that it’s not. It’s romantic, yes, and not only that; it’s charming, surprising, emotional, touching, heartbreaking and may leave you wanting for more. But it is a standalone and that’s why for those of you who don’t like to delve into NA romance series, it is a really good one to get along with.

Personally, I didn’t like Tally at first. I don’t really like characters with such attitudes and philosophies. But then again, She’d lost her twin sister, and at her age it takes time to heal such wounds. So gradually I got used to it and was okay. Now as I think of it, I believe the author has done a very good job because if Tally was a character acting otherwise, it would have appeared less convincing, at least to me. So yeah, Tally’ is really good, even if she isn’t ;)
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As for Lincoln, he is a great character, with his own qualities and flaws. I really, really liked him ( is that even a surprise:p?) Though in the book there are moments when I felt like throwing something at him still he makes it up to me pretty well :D And I like the chemistry of him with Tally. However, the thing that slightly bothered me is the lack of that ‘X factor’ within their relationship. I mean, at times they didn’t appear as a couple at all and I get sad when that happens to my leads :( They seem to be destined for each other but all other silly things keep coming in the way:

Being together is all we ever wanted.



And as for the ending, I liked it. Though it seems a tiny bit abrupt, I still like it. REALLY LIKE IT. So yeah, I strongly recommend the book for anyone who has a thing for an amazing NA read :D

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Source: bookeatereviews.blogspot.com/2014/02/this-much-is-true-by-katherine-owen.html
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review 2014-01-27 16:49
Review: A Boy From The Woods by Jen Minkman
The Boy From The Woods - Jen Minkman

The plot is good. It has potentials. If others things had gone well, I would have loved it, seriously, and I really wanted to love it.

 

I loved the cover. It is beautiful. Not the blurb, not the title, because of the cover alone I had requested it.It has a fairytale-kind of touch to it. And I read the blurb much later after I've got it.

 

Mostly I wasn't happy with the character development. I wanted to see more of Julie. More of Michael, together if not individually. But they seemed as if they are some supporting characters. Moments which could have been put to use to develop their characters were often occupied with minor characters. And even they were not crafted up to the mark! I dislike when I see the leads missing from the story.

 

Even though the plot was good,the story seemed dragging at times. I felt it contained filler scenes more than it was necessary. I mean, I understand if a book has filler moments, it is often needed for the story itself. But I'm not okay with too many of them!

 

The mystery element was not that bad. That is one of the few things I enjoyed about this book. But again, choppy character development affected that too. 

There are books that look promising at thier very first glances. This one was one such kind of book for me. Unfortunately, things did not click. I didn't hate the book, or I would have simply DNFd it, but I definitely had expected more and I feel sorry to have not enjoyed the book the way I wanted.

 

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review 2014-01-25 06:58
Review: Ruined (The Eternal Balance #1) by Jus Accardo
Ruined (The Eternal Balance, Book One) - Jus Accardo

As for the plot, the connection with Cain and Abel was really interesting. I can't remember the last time I had read a book going on that route. It's interesting and refreshing to read.

 

I like the narrating points of view in the book. The pov of Jax and Sam make it easier to understand and delve into the story all the more. It also helped me to understand their characters. As characters, both of them are really good. Jax has his own "inner demon" to fight with. Here, I must acknowledge Jus's accomplishment as an author in portraying Jax's character. It's like he is constantly walking on a thin thread balanced between his demonic and non-demonic side. And being cursed to live with that demon for the rest of his life is not easy at all. His demon ends up hurting people and to keep the ones he loves safe, he has no other choice except leaving them. All is not well for him, of course. His anger, violence and turmoils are very, very well portrayed in the book.

Personally I like Samantha more. I have already developed this huge crush for her (in a non platonic way of course). If I say she is a badass, that would be wrong because then it may seem like she doesn't have much of a romantic side to her. But she is a mix of both. She is basically a no-shit girl. Her personal and non-personal life are total mess but she is not the type of a girl to just whine about it and do nothing. She is headstrong and her unbenting attitude in facing adverse situations made me fascinate her even more. She also can't seem to forget the guy that had left her, heartbroken. But I like how she is able to see the real Jax behind that cursed persona of his, unlike anybody else. 

 

I like the connection both Jax and Samantha share. There is this theme of conventional dark and violent romance there and it is quite enjoyable to read. Some things seems a little cliche, like Jax not wanting Sam anywhere near him for her own good and all. Also, I feel there was room for more development between Jax and Samantha's relationship. Even then, the plot seems to carry out on its own pretty well and altogether  creates an interesting effect.

 

Apart, from these two, I think I would have liked Chase as well. I mean, he sounds pretty hot too :D But he seems a little selfish compared to Jax and that made him less favorite to me:p

 

I feel that there are few instances where some things seem to be presented without a proper logic, but I think I can overlook it because the story is impressive in itself.

 

The surprise element is pretty good. The twists and turns that is seen throughout the book, until the end made me keep going without getting bored. The ending is kind of a cliffhanger. It would have made me really sad and unforgiving(!) if I didn't know it to be a series. I hope the story is carried out well in those books.I'll surely be looking forward to reading the next installment.

 

Overall, Jus Accardo's efforts as an author is very much successful in this book. You can see her talent as an author turning a pretty conventional story into something more interesting, fascinating and worth-waiting for. If you are into NA fantasy and romance like me, this book is sure to satisfy you :)

 

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Source: bookeatereviews.blogspot.com/2014/01/ruined-eternal-balance-1-by-jus-accardo.html
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