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review 2015-11-12 01:35
Disappointing
The Chameleon Soul Mate: Worlds Apart Series - Soul mates with telepathic abilities who traveling to parallel universes - Evelyn Lederman

The Chameleon Soul mate by Evelyn Lederman 

 

This is by far the closest I’ve been to a DNF. Had it been a book of my choosing and not a book I was gifted for a review then I would have definitely not finished and that would have been a very first for me.

 

 

 

 

The overall idea of parallel worlds sounds great, as a matter of fact I love this trope and genre however I was a bit disappointed when I realized I’ve read other books with a very similar premise and found no originality when reading this one.  I was at about 10 percent of the book and I was already ready to give up on the story with more names and talk of politics that I cared to keep track of. Bummer.

 

Another thing I could not get past, and mind you this is just a peeve of mine, was that they kept calling the heroine and her friends “girls” when it was clearly stated they were all adults. To me it was not only a bit demeaning but it also encouraged that feeling of YA that the story pushed at times.

 

The story in itself was told with lots of descriptions of scenery and behavior but there were hardly any emotions shown that would pull me one way or another. Because of the lack of chemistry between the main couple, or any character for that matter, the relationship felt forced and wrong. There was no romance or sensuality in their encounters; it was just words, words, and more words. 

Soul mates although a bit trite can still work IF the story is well written and the characters have depth; sadly this book had neither.

 

** I received a copy of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review ** 

 

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review 2015-10-22 01:03
Let me tell how I really feel
Tested By The Night (The Academy Book 5) - Maxine Mansfield

Review for Tested by the Night (Academy #5) by Maxine Mansfield 

 

 

 

This story has everything any fantasy lover would dream of: dragons, castles, elves, knights, gnomes, monsters, wizards, and of course a gorgeous barbarian warrior and a determined princess. It all sounded too good to be true, and however sadly, it was.

 

 

 

The premise of the story sounded amazing. A princess on a quest to prove she can rightfully take her place as ruler of the land; a strong and honorable barbarian sent to protect her along the way, and a group of loyal friends always willing to protect her with their life. Alas, none of these elements were able to rescue the story.

 

As we know, this is the 5th book in The Academy series, so of course our heroine, Princess Mia had to be sent to school to finish some sort of training. Once her school days began, I wasn’t sure if I was reading a bad chapter of some kind of YA what with all the high school drama. Uhm, sorry, I thought this was an adult book since it was described to me as an erotic read, it contained graphic sexual scenes in every chapter, and made sexual innuendos on almost every other page. The relationship between the hero and heroine was fine but the fact that she kept using HIM for sex made me like her less and less as the story progressed. I mean, I get that their society embraced their sexual needs as part of their daily life but that just felt wrong. And the emotional connection…what emotional connection? Again, I get that this is an erotic read but the love story is not built, it’s just thrown in for you to believe they just happen to fall in love.

 

The dialogue didn’t help one bit. One minute they were using very here-and-now vocabulary, the next they were using a very romantic prose and Medieval references.

There was the “Wow,” “whoa,” “wait just a moment” and the use of panties, among many others. And then suddenly we had “it wasn’t to be borne,” “break my fast,” “turn of the hourglass,” “frightened lass,” and then they were using undergarments. It felt as if the author couldn’t make up her mind as to what language to use for her story, archaic or modern. I know, I know, I’m being nitpicky here but I feel the story didn’t have a smooth flow because of these issues. Also, some scenes sounded a bit repetitive, especially when the characters got to question their actions. If I got to see another “What was s/he thinking,” “what had possessed him/her?” “what was wrong with him/her?” or anything along those lines, it would have been the start of a serious relationship between my e-reader and the wall. Lucky for my e-reader, I just skimmed through a lot of pages to avoid any damaged done to it.

 

 

I wanted to like this story, I truly did but I just couldn’t do it. Now I will say that it has its funny moments and had it been the first book in the series I’d have probably liked it more since I would have thought the author was still trying to find her own voice and pace as the series progressed but being that it’s already the fifth installment, I don’t think it’s going to be any changes in the future. As it is, if you’re looking for a book with an endless supply of sex, silly characters with no depth, and you’re not as finicky as me with the way a book is written, this book may be right for you. 2 stars. 

 

 

** I received this book from the author in exchange from an honest review ** 

 

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review 2015-01-17 03:42
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Slide - Jill Hathaway

Date Published: March 1, 2012

Dates Read: 1/14/15 to 1/16/15

Rating: 3 stars

 

 

SynopsisVee Bell is certain of one irrefutable truth–her sister’s friend Sophie didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

Vee knows this because she was there. Everyone believes Vee is narcoleptic, but she doesn’t actually fall asleep during these episodes: When she passes out, she slides into somebody else’s mind and experiences the world through that person’s eyes. She’s slid into her sister as she cheated on a math test, into a teacher sneaking a drink before class. She learned the worst about a supposed “friend” when she slid into her during a school dance. But nothing could have prepared Vee for what happens one October night when she slides into the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over Sophie’s slashed body.

Vee desperately wishes she could share her secret, but who would believe her? It sounds so crazy that she can’t bring herself to tell her best friend, Rollins, let alone the police. Even if she could confide in Rollins, he has been acting distant lately, especially now that she’s been spending more time with Zane.

Enmeshed in a terrifying web of secrets, lies, and danger and with no one to turn to, Vee must find a way to unmask the killer before he or she strikes again.

 

 

My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure how I was going to end up feeling about this book. It has a cool premise and the tag line drew me in, but at the same time I don’t really here much about it. I ended up liking it quite a bit. The whole time I am trying to figure out the truth about what is going on and who is doing all the killing or if it really is just suicide. I was pretty surprised when the truth was revealed because my guess ended up being wrong when I was convinced it was correct. The mystery about the whole situation made for a really good read. I loved the main character Vee. Personally I would not want to be able to “slide” into other peoples heads. That does not sound like a fun thing to do. There weren’t any characters in the story that I didn’t like which is always nice. Everyone was a good character whether they had a bigger role or a smaller role in the story. I would definitely recommend this book if you want something with a little mystery to it.

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review 2015-01-14 18:23
Soulprint by Megan Miranda
Soulprint - Megan Miranda

Expected Publication Date: February 3, 2015

Dates Read: 1/11/14 to 1/14/15

Rating: 5 stars

 

 

SynopsisAlina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.

 

 

My Thoughts:  I received this book early through NetGalley.

 

I loved this book. It was so good and it flowed so well. There were no parts in the story where things were moving slow. Something was always happening. I liked the idea that someones soul just keeps getting reborn and you can somehow have a part of that persons thoughts in your mind like Alina and June. I loved Casey and Cameron’s characters, however, I was not a fan of Dominic. I thought he was a psychopathic jerk and half the time I wanted to slap him. I liked the way that the clues just kind of showed themselves to Alina and they were able to get to exactly what it was they needed at that time. I was happy with the way that this story ended and that things kind of wrapped up but I feel like it was left open enough so that there could be a second book in the future. I am really happy that I was able to read this early and I can’t wait for everyone else to get to read it and love it like I do! I also can’t wait to buy the actual copy and add it to my book collection!

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review 2015-01-12 02:32
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
The Book of Ivy - Amy Engel

Date Published: November 11, 2014

Dates Read: 1/9/15 to 1/11/15

Rating: 5 stars!

 

SynopsisAfter a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

 

My Thoughts: I heard nothing but good things about this book before I read it and I was not disappointed at all. This book was so good. Ivy is an amazing main character and I loved Bishop just as much as I loved Ivy. I didn’t like Ivy’s father or sister or Bishops mother one bit. They were horrible people! I liked that as the book went on Ivy grew into her own person. The story itself was great and I like the way that things happened. I however did not like the way it ended simply because I wanted the book to keep going. Once I started reading earlier today I just couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know what happened. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel when it comes out later this year. This is another one of the books that I just can’t recommend enough!

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