Review | Silver Shard by Betsy Streeter

Silver Shard (Silverwood, #2)

Title: Silver Shard
Series: Silverwood (Book 2)
Author: Betsy Streeter
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:ย Light Messages Publishing

Publishing date: 26th July, 2016
Pages: 290

My Rating: 3/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Monder is a Tromindox so dangerous he was banished to a labyrinth that exists out of time. The portal that sent him there has been severed in two, never to be made whole or used again. But when Monder gains possession of one of the halves, the Silverwoods are faced with the prospect that he might escape. Henry Silverwood, whose Guild talents are growing exponentially, is taken when Helen is faced with an impossible choice: give him up, or watch him be eaten. Meanwhile, the Tromindox are evolving – and the Silverwoods do not have the advantages in hunting them that they once had. Now, the Silverwoods must make sense of Monder’s increasing power in the time world, find Henry, and avoid extinction themselves.


My Take:

I don’t remember why I picked this book up. The synopsis kinda doesn’t hold the charm to intrigue.

What the synopsis lacks, is made up by the book. The prologue is very gripping. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย Here’s something to hold your attention.

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I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like the book but I did enjoy it. ๐Ÿ˜€

The story held my attention from the start. It seemed to slip a bit in few places but it was good overall. I don’t really know if that was because this is the second book in the series and has some background knowledge required in the first book. Didn’t seem like it to me though, it felt like the start of a new story, so, I am not sure. If that’s the case and the first book holds the missing parts then the book did very well and if not, then, well, it still held up pretty good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I didn’t realize this was the second book in the series, I guess I wasn’t paying much attention. My bad. Should’ve read the first book first.

Anyways, as I was saying the prologue starts in a “Once upon a time…” manner, not in those words, but in those feels. Then the main story starts a bit slow and then it picks up the pace. Some places confused me and I had to reread a few bits trying to make sense and it kept me going because I wanted to know what happened next. Not for a moment did I feel like putting the book down despite being confused at times, which is a good sign. ๐Ÿ™‚

I feel that the world building was okay, could’ve been better. Saying that, I do remember this is the second book and the world building might have happened in the first one but usually the main pieces do make it’s way back in in the future books of the series.

Honestly, I think this book is a pretty interesting read but I do recommend reading the series in order always. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›


Why would I pick it up?

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To reread after reading the first book. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

 

Review | The Fourth Piece by E. Ardell

The Fourth Piece (Order's Last Play #1)

Title: The Fourth Piece
Series: Order’s last play (Book 1)
Author: E. Ardell
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:ย 48fourteen

Publishing date: 8th July, 2016
Pages: 338

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

*e-copy received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

Admitting what you are will end everything you know. Embracing who you are will start a war…

Life is great when youโ€™re good-looking and popularโ€ฆso long as no one knows youโ€™re a vulatto. Being half-alien gets you labeled โ€œloserโ€ quicker than being a full vader. So itโ€™s a good thing Devon, Lyle, and Lawrence can easily pass for humanโ€”until the night of the party. Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother whoโ€™s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brotherโ€™s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isnโ€™t an option.

In their attempt to save a brother they barely remember, Devon, Lyle and Lawrence expose themselves to mortal danger and inherit a destiny that killed the last four guys cursed with it. In 2022, there are humans and aliens, heroes and monsters, choices and propheciesโ€”and four brothers with the power to choose whatโ€™s left when the gods decide theyโ€™re through playing games.

Book I in the Order’s Last Play series


My Take:

How can you not want to read a book that states this in the summary…

Nothing kills a good time faster than three brothers sharing a psychic vision of a fourth brother whoโ€™s off-world and going to die unless they do something. But when your brotherโ€™s emergency happens off-planet, calling 9-1-1 really isnโ€™t an option.

This sentence made me excited to read this book. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›

The cover sure is eye-catching. โค โค

I loved the way this book is written and even the typeset was pleasing to me. I love it when the chapters begin with some symbol or design, it helps break the monotony of words a bit. โค

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Come to think of it, male point of views are rare when it comes to fantasy or maybe in general. This book makes me think why is that.

Screenshot_2017-06-10-18-02-47-1Screenshot_2017-06-10-18-02-54-1Different point of views of the brothers make this book more enjoyable and relatable. You can actually understand the situation through different perspectives. Reading all of the brothers’ perspectives allows you to get into the head of all the main characters and understand them better. Even with so many POVs the story doesn’t get confusing. You might need some time to get into the understanding of whose POV it is but once you know the characters it gets easier.

They are unique in their own ways, not only because of the powers they possess but also as a person…well, alien, half-alien… whatever. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

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The supporting characters are sure to leave their mark. The characters are well written. The world building throughout the book is pretty consistent and quite relevant. Enough information is wrapped in enjoyable reading for the series to continue.

The end was abrupt which was a little weird for me considering how much I was enjoying reading this book and marvelling at the undertone similarities of this otherwise unique book.


Why would I pick it up?

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No cliche YA tropes = definite worthy read! โค

 

Book Review | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

 

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publishing date: 26th February, 2013
Pages: 328

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-oldsโ€”smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


My take:

I read this book because of the hype surrounding it. I don’t know what I feel. I kind of have mixed feelings for this book. It was a good read actually, it went smooth and I liked the switching narration of Eleanor and Park. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a while since I read this book so I had to search a lot and find out if people quoted something that even I liked and quoted in my copy because I lost all of my highlights. Reading those quotes made me connect to the book again on a personal level.

There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…

If you’ve ever been in love, true love, your first love, you will get what I am saying. It’s so nerve-wrecking and comforting at the same time. All those feelings leave you scared but that person drives all your fears away. First love is really a very pure experience and people who have experienced it are lucky. These quotes that I picked out are a mass acceptance because everyone seems to have loved these lines. I think it really connects with people. You go through these feelings when you are in love and it’s quite frightening until you know it is mutual, even then you need some time to digest the fact that you have such a wonderful person with you to hold and be held forever. โค ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

This book had all those feelings, the words had feelings and lots of them to be honest. Just read these lines if you haven’t and you will understand… ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œI don’t like you, Park,” she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. “I…” – her voice nearly disappeared – “think I live for you.”
He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow.
“I don’t think I even breathe when we’re not together,” she whispered. “Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it’s been like sixty hours since I’ve taken a breath. That’s probably why I’m so crabby, and why I snap at you. All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mine anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?”
He was quiet. He wanted everything she’d just said to be the last thing he heard. He wanted to fall asleep with ‘I want you’ in his ears.โ€

These words. โค Now that I read it again I know exactly what Eleanor meant. This fear of the person, that is giving you all these feels, not wanting you like you want them and leaving you is real. It’s only them that can drive that fear away and that’s what Park does. I love it how Eleanor opens up to Park and how Park tries to solve all her problems and wants her to experience the beauty of little things. May it be reading comics to her pace or making her a tape of the songs he thinks she might like or thinking about asking for batteries as Christmas present so that Eleanor could listen to songs… really, it’s the little things that matter in the long run. Park wins with flying colours in that aspect. Him kicking his friend’s ass for bullying Eleanor is an added bonus. I was impressed with that kick. โค

โ€œNothing was dirty. With Park.
Nothing could be shameful.
Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.โ€

These lines by Eleanor are something that every person in love feels. How you get comfortable with things you were uncomfortable with and how you start liking them. Love does get you to a new level of comfort with a person. ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œMy girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her.โ€

This reminds me of something. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œEleanor was right. She never looked nice.She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.โ€

Park really has a way with words. I don’t think he could have found better words as to describe the way Eleanor dresses. To be honest, her style is too loud for someone who doesn’t want to get noticed. The same goes for Park. The guy who was focused on not being noticed starts wearing eyeliner which will surely get him noticed, I felt like he did it to piss his dad off. I don’t know I just felt like the scene was forced.

The ending, when Eleanor realizes who the person was behind all those little mean notes she got and the night she goes to bed and finds it out had me on edge. The book made me nervous from that point. I was scared for everyone involved and the actual ending seemed bland in comparison to the climax. Eleanor spends considerable time with her dysfunctional family so at this point they were all an important aspect of the story, forgetting them completely once Eleanor is out of the mess wasn’t exactly a good idea. I wanted to know what became of her mother and siblings, how they were, and what about her stepdad? Through Park we do know that they left but that seemed like lazy writing. Instead of delving into their story, the characters just disappeared with a vague explanation.

All in all I loved the love they share and the bond they have but the story… I need more. I need to know what happened to Eleanor’s family and what became of Eleanor and Park. I felt it was kind of wrong on Eleanor’s part to not reply even once and then start the interaction after months. I know she had problems but you don’t leave the only person helping you miserable. I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I felt like there’s always hope for love and felt sorry for Park.


Why would I pick it up?

Because… Love! โค

Blog Tour | Blitz | Immurement by Norma Hinkens

Immurement
Norma Hinkens
(The Undergrounders Series, #1)
Publication date: December 16th 2015
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

The earthโ€™s core overheats. The sovereign leader vanishes. A young girl is the survivorsโ€™ only hope โ€ฆ

What little land is habitable is patrolled by cutthroat gangs of escaped subversives, but thatโ€™s not the greatest threat facing sixteen-year-old Derry Connelly, her brother Owen, and a ragged band of Preppers holed up in a bunker in the Sawtooth Mountains. Mysterious hoverships operated by clones are targeting adolescents for extraction.

Owen, is one of the first to disappear. To save him, Derry must strike a deal with the murderous subversives, and risk a daring raid to infiltrate the heart of the extraction operation.

But will the rookie leader falter when forced to choose between her brother and a clone who ignites something inside her she didnโ€™t know was possible?

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EXCERPT:

Someone gives a feeble clap. โ€œMagnificent! A most rousing speech to rally the heathens, Mason!โ€

My feet fuse to the floor at the raspy voice that wafts into the room. Tucker strains at his collar. I yank him back, my heart pounding.

A shrunken man with an unnatural stoop steps into view. My skin crawls with a new level of fear. My gunโ€™s in the Crematauto, along with the rest of the weapons. I fumble around in my pocket and latch onto my switchblade. A trickle of sweat runs down behind my ears. The man standing in the entry looks freakishly old and frail. Tucker could take him down in a heartbeat, but my brain sounds an inner caution. He probably didnโ€™t come alone.

Before I even finish my thought, the doorway darkens and four armed men in black fatigues troop through. Big-shouldered, faces set like flint on necks thick as tree stumps. Schutz Clones! I tighten my grip on Tucker and command him to stay. One false move and heโ€™ll end up another carcass waiting to be incinerated. He minds me, but tension radiates through his collar.

โ€œWelcome to the Craniopolis,โ€ the old man says. โ€œMy apologies for the modest welcoming committee, but your timing is most unfortunate. Everyone is at the unveiling of our new Hovermedes prototype.โ€ His body shakes out a shallow breath, as he shuffles toward me. โ€œAllow me to introduce myself. I am Dr. Lyong.โ€

I slide my gaze in Masonโ€™s direction. His face registers confusion. Then a flicker of recognition.

โ€œWhat โ€ฆ happened to you?โ€ he asks, in a half-whisper.

Dr. Lyong jerks to a stop in front of me and lets out a long, trembling sigh. Itโ€™s all I can do not to gag. His breath smells of decaying compost.

โ€œRestructuring DNA proved more complex than I had hoped.โ€ Dr. Lyong runs a finger under his beaked nose and waves it dismissively in Masonโ€™s direction. The skin is stretched so tight over his hand I can see the grape-colored veins forking out beneath it. He barely looks human.

I canโ€™t repress a shudder.


 

Author’s Bio:

Norma Hinkens grew up among vibrant storytelling traditions in her native Ireland. A Celtic bard at heart, she wields her wordsmithing sword with as much wit and eloquence as a bard can muster. She’s a legend-loving author who takes a fiendish delight in pushing reluctant characters over cliffs to find out what they’re made of. Epic odds, seemingly impossible missions, pasts that haunt, intrigue and misadventure. She’s happiest when wrangling provocative big picture ideas that are never black and white when you turn them inside out. It’s all about the tension in the journey. She lived and worked in Germany for several years, and currently resides in California with her husband, three children and Chihuahua extraordinaire. She is the author of The Undergrounders Series, Immurement, Embattlement and Adjudgement, a Young Adult post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure trilogy.

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Blog Tour | Book Spotlight | Shade Me by Jennifer Brown

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book โ€œShade Meโ€ by Jennifer Brown , hosted by IFB Tours. ๐Ÿ™‚


Shade Me
By Jennifer Brown
Series: Nikki Kill #1
Genre: Young Adult, Suspense

Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikkiโ€™s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.
Always an outsider, just one โ€˜Dโ€™ shy of flunking out, Nikkiโ€™s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orangeโ€”the color of emergencies. Itโ€™s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.
The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikkiโ€™s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikkiโ€™s cell the only number in Peytonโ€™s phone?
As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peytonโ€™s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikkiโ€™s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she canโ€™t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.


Author’s Bio:

AuthPhotoJennifer Brown is the author of acclaimed young adult novels, Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, and Torn Away. Her debut novel, Hate List, received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Bitter End received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list.ย Her debut middle grade novel, Life on Mars, was released in 2014, and her second middle grade novel, How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel will be released in summer 2015. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Jennifer Scott.
Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

Blog Tour | Review | The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book โ€œThe Ghost Chroniclesโ€ by Marlo Berliner, hosted by Prism Book Tours.

Letโ€™s get on with the review, shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚ย 


The Ghost Chronicles (Book #1)

 

Title: The Ghost Chronicles
Author: Marlo Berliner
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Publishing date: November 2015
Published by: Teddy Blue Books
Pages: 332

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

Michael Andrews had everything โ€“ a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, heโ€™s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why heโ€™s stuck. All he wants is to move on.

That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.

To make matters worse, thereโ€™s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the โ€œjoiningโ€ of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they donโ€™t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.

Things get even more complicated as Michael learns heโ€™s being pursued. Demons are after him because heโ€™s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.

So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isnโ€™t such a good idea.


My Take:

Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?

This is the premise of the book. Everything in this book seems to be written with great thought and care. Nothing seemed to be rushed or ignored. The summary of the book is a good example in itself. ๐Ÿ˜‰ How well it explains the book in few words. This summary actually summarizes the book. Kudos to the author for that! ๐Ÿ˜€

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with the death of Michael. It is so well written that you can feel yourself at his place. The confusion that Michael goes through in the start makes you reach out for him. He slowly figures out that he will never be able to walk on earth alive again.

Seeing his family mourn for him and not being able to do anything is such an emotional scene.

 

Michael is a good kid who died at eighteen. A kid with so much potential, a caring brother, a loving son, a responsible and understanding boyfriend, a good basketball player; with no fault of his, everything comes to an end for him.
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That is when he meets Tom. Tom is also a phantom, a protector. He guides Michael throughout the book. Although giving Michael all the answers at once would have been much easier but, well, that’s not how it works, right? ๐Ÿ˜›

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I loved this explanation Tom gives about the souls or energies, as he explains, being stuck on earth, among the living.

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The way Tom explained being dead, our use of mind, being ghosts, I found it all very reasonable. Paranormal that makes sense? Too good. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then comes the devil. Now’s the time to get you some action. The Devil logic was also borderline smart. I think there was not a single part in the book that would challenge intelligence or stoop for stupidity.

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Screenshot_2016-01-09-08-22-06-1Michael was sure whining for almost the whole book as if he was the only one who had problems. When Tom tells him this, I was like, “It’s high time someone told him that. Thank you, Tom.” ๐Ÿ˜›

 

All in all this is an entertaining book but not much happens in the book. The summary is the actual length of the story. The rest is all Michael whining, trying to figure out things, Tom disappearing and giving next to no information. At the end guess what happens, you are left hanging, yes, there’s going to be another book.

Why does this happen? Hello, I am hanging here, can we get the new book already? ๐Ÿ˜›

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Why would I pick it up?

Learning how to be dead? Yes, please! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜›


 

Author’s Bio:

marlo berliner

Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, Marlo is currently an intern with a literary agency based in New York City, as well as, an editor at Chimera Editing. Marlo writes young adult, womenโ€™s fiction, and short stories. She is currently working on her third novel.
When she’s not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, sheโ€™s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband and two sons. This is her first novel.
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