BOOK REVIEW: Rhodi’s Light by Megan Linski (Rhodi’s Saga Book 1)

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Flight. Hyperspeed. Clairvoyance.

These are some of the powers gifted to the Rhodi, an ancient sect of assassins who defend Crescentia, a dystopian world with a dying hope.

Dyliana Fairsson is one of them. After losing her parents to a suspicious accident, she and her twin brother, Devin, join the Rhodi to avoid starvation. Under the direction of her master, Dylan struggles to learn the strength of her magic …as well as hide the growing scars on her wrists. Can Dylan become the warrior, the hero, she’s destined to be? Or is she fated to fall from the light into the darkness?

The first installment in an epic fantasy series by young adult author Megan Linski, Rhodi’s Light is an action-packed thrill ride that will leave readers begging for more.

You guys! What I have for you today is really exciting, well at least for me. I haven’t thought that in my age right now, a book like this would have affected me like this. But this book is, as early in this review as I can say, really worth your time. But of course, like all the other reviews I have made in the past, I will lay it all down for you. The good and the bad. So let’s start!

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The world building is “okay”. I wasn’t able to fully make out how similar, or different the world is to what we have now. I guess what I am looking for is the distinct difference, or the stark similarity other novels offer, especially in their scenery description. The world building, to me, is not as tight as others would have it. HOWEVER, I think it helped in the over-all effect of the story. The book had a dark, heavy backstory and it should not be undermined by any of the other factors.

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The characters are well-developed. Their personalities are so well-thought out, I could think of their reactions to certain situations. Their personalities are also well woven into the whole plot that they are integral parts of the decisions and the direction the story takes.

 The “power/magic system” in this novel is unique, and well-thought out. I haven’t read anything like it yet, and I really enjoyed its evolution as the story progressed. All throughout, I cannot stop myself from thinking of the Power Rangers while reading. Does anybody remember the multitude of Power Rangers seasons. Oh! And there will be a movie adaptation of that coming out!

It was a delight to me that the author used quite a relaxed, casual writing style compared to some authors who write for the same genre. I could feel the natural intensity of the events without heavy and thick language. I also loved how the small details mattered to the overall appeal of the characters, and the story itself.

I find that the speed as to how the story was told is perfect to the amount of information and events the author wants the reader to experience without compressing them too much. It was a well planned storytelling and I liked it a lot. The story, the plot, and the characters are all relatable. The emotions were raw, despite that it is a heavily fantasy read.

The underlying theme of the novel, though slightly touched in the actual events, had lasting effects.As I was thinking of the events that led to the “big reveal”, I saw the clever build up. It was a scene full of emotions that as a person, I could understand. They were also emotions not alien to most of us.

I honestly loved this book. Besides the fact that it is a power ranger-y novel, I liked how deep it is. The different kinds of love. The struggles of rising from suffocating emotions and ideas. It is full of action, literally and metaphorically.

4star

Have you read this book?

Do you like Power Rangers?

*** Book was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

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BOOK REVIEW: Eerie by C.M. McCoy

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Hailey Hartley has just enrolled in the world’s premier supernatural university. It’s a school she’s never heard of, located in a town called The Middle of Nowhere, and run by a creature that’s not supposed to exist. But at least she got a scholarship…

Hailey’s dreams have always been, well…vivid. As in monsters from her nightmares follow her into her waking life vivid. When her big sister goes missing, eighteen-year-old Hailey finds only one place offers her answers–a paranormal university in Alaska. There, she studies the science of the supernatural and must learn to live with a roommate from Hell, survive her otherworldly classes, and hope the only creature who can save her from the evil immortal who took her sister doesn’t decide to kill her himself.

Before anything else, I would like to say that this world right here, is my jam.

Hey wonderful people! Welcome back to my blog! Today I have another review for you about a book I finished quite a while back (because reasons), and have not been able to write a comment on.

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Getting into this book, the first thing that came to my mind was how similar it was to how the book Creatura began. There was a world of dreams, a girl who can walk in and cross it, an ethereal being who watches from afar, and impossibly handsome immortals suddenly messing with an innocent girl’s life. I really thought I wasn’t going to like it. But what I liked about all this is how unique the story turned out to be. The whole concept was given it’s own personality, and by the end of it all, it was a completely different story.

Like I’ve said earlier, this world is my jam. It’s set in a suburb where the paranormal isn’t exactly alien, which in my opinion, is love. I could read stories set in these areas on and on and on. The author was able to humanize (that a word?) or personify some of the “characters” in the story which was both amusing and comforting at the same time. The world building was fantastic I would say. There are freakin’ yetis and a banshee for a roommate! From the people to the places to the not-so-human characters, I think the details were thought out. The interactions were natural in a weird way.

Now if you have been reading this blog before, then you would know that this really sealed the deal for me. IT. WAS. GORY. Someone’s foot is cut not even halfway through! Souls get grabbed while the person writhes in pain and paranormal worms drink too much coffee and explode. Oh and the ending! The ending was quite a surprise. I welcome one I must say, but I should have known! And now this whole story takes a whole new spin.

The general vibe of this entire novel was, well, eerie. There was this constant strange feeling of the paranormal looming around. It was consistent all through out. Even in the lovey-dovey scenes, you would still feel that cold air swirling around.

Reading on, the writing style was good, okay even. It wasn’t something explosive, but it was clean, and I appreciate that.

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These are more of the “meh” things for me. I don’t think I completely disliked anything about the novel, but, there were some parts that were a bit lackluster.

The story’s pacing was okay. It was neither fast nor slow. However, there were pockets of time during the course of the story telling that weren’t as interesting as the others. Those were the times I think the story slowed down. Intentional? Maybe. But personally, I could have done without them and loved the book the same. There even wasn’t an explosive climax to the story. I was waiting for something more.

Sad to say, none of the male leads made me swoon. Not that it is a major factor for me as a reader. None of the characters really spoke to me strongly in fact. They weren’t bad. The interactions were good, the the characters were okay. Although, I would love to have her uncles as mine.

Now some of you might wonder if there is a romance side to this book. And the answer to that is a resounding yes. In fact, probably half of decisions in the book were solely based on the romantic aspect of the plot. However, and you can aim your spears all you want, a lot of you might know that it takes a lot for me to really, really appreciate love angles. Ooor maybe it is also because I got soooo caught up in this fantastic university of the paranormal that I forgot people (?) flirted in its halls.

SO, I guess the real question is: Will I read the next ones? Yes! Interestingly, I am really curious as to what happens next and I would love to see where this story goes.

3.5star

*** This book was sent to me through YABoundBookTours in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anything or anyone.

*** Eerie has been released last December 2015. Oh! And there is a giveaway running on it’s Goodreads page! Click here if you want the chance to get this book plus some swag!

Till next time! Toodles!

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Fray Theory by Nelou Keramati

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Neve Knightly lives in an ordinary world. Where déjà vu is nothing more than a mind-trick. Where premonitions are dismissed as mere coincidence. Where no one thinks twice about the glitches in their reality.

Neve Knightly is living a lie.

But when her nightmare of a tragedy comes true the very next day, she can no longer seek solace in self-deception. The glossy enamel has been shattered, and she has caught a glimpse of what slithers just beneath the surface.

She now has the opportunity to decipher the enigma that’s been haunting her since childhood. But her quest soon becomes deeply entangled with the last two people she could have ever imagined: the love of her life, Dylan, who mysteriously vanished three years ago, and his estranged best friend, Romer, who seems to be guarding a secret of his own.

Romance, rancor, and redemption plummet as priorities, as their lives become riddled with peculiar happenings lying just outside the realm of science. And in search for salvation, they emerge at the brink of unveiling the best-kept secret in human history.

Hello everyone! We are back! Today I have a loooong overdue review I have been wanting to do. But because I felt like poop for quite some time, I haven’t been able to post it. But today is the day and I hope I do a good job haha!

So, a little background on how I got my hands on this book. I saw a post on Instagram regarding this book that is about to be released and the author is looking for some people who are willing to give it a read and maybe talk about it too at some point. Of course, being the book fanatic that I was, my hand went straight up and volunteered. Fast forward to today and it has been months since the promised review was due to be posted and I cannot but be thankful for the author being so nice about it. Also, this book has already released and is available for purchase on both print and digital copy.

Okay, so after I have rambled a bit, let us jump to the actual review.

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First of all, that cover just speaks to me. The more you look at it, the more mesmerizing it gets. Those eyes are haunting, like really.

Now, because I have decided that this will be a spoiler free review, I will not be spilling details. BUT, what I can tell you is that this book is bloody brilliant! The logic behind everything is just so good you kind of read through everything in awe. What struck me more is that, however impossible (or is it really?) the entire plot is, the author was able to tell so convincingly that as I read, it miraculously made sense!

The writing style was very mysterious, almost dark. From that first page, and throughout the book, I felt this sort of tension building up, and by Chapter 14, it just started to explode. Yep. You read it right. Started. The vibe can be likened to that of psychological-crime thrillers but with a supernatural flair to it. That make sense? The stark similarity of the characters and situation to reality is actually eerie. Made me rethink about my everyday conquests haha!

There was this precision to how the author tells her story that I like. Her command of the language and style of story-telling is very evident in her piece. This translates to how she built her world in the novel. The world is being described in the eyes of the characters, and not through an indirect third person reference. The world is experienced, in a crisp way, which an be scary.

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This isn’t necessarily something I DISLIKED about the book. But it is a fact that the idea of the existence of parallel worlds or a parallel universe is not something new. Think DC and Marvel. Ironically, though this isn’t an all-original idea, the way she put her own spin to it is one of the things I loved about it.

This one, is not at all the book’s fault. I own up to this one. I just kept on putting this book down for soooo many times I did not do this book justice. It is an amazing book. It’s one that I know I would have enjoyed more if I didn’t read it when I was in a rut. If I read it in a more positive time in my life, I would have flailed about this constantly, I know it. I guess, this points to the fact that this is a heavy book. It’s quite intense. It’s not for everybody, and definitely not for someone looking for a light read on a Tuesday night after a stressful workday.

Having said that, the pacing on this book is quite, uhm, erratic? The first part of this book confused the hell out of me. BUT, to be fair to the plot itself, I would not change the way the story was introduced, however confusing it was. But still, confused A LOT.

So… how should I rate it. Again, I blame myself for having read this at such an inopportune time. But I can tell you this early, I would DEFINITELY re-read this book.  And I can’t wait for the next installment! That’s how good it is.

4star

Would you read a book of this genre?

How excited are you for Christmas?

Why I’ve Been M.I.A.

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Hello everyone!

I missed doing this sooooo much! Today I have a rather chill post for y’all.

Let’s chat.

                If you have been reading my blog prior to my major hiatus, then you would know that my posting schedule became rather erratic before completely stopping. Previously, I have tried to schedule my posts every Tuesday and Saturday, and for quite some time, it really worked for me. I’m not gonna lie, I started this blog before I had a regular, everyday kind of job. In a way, reading and blogging about it became an escape route from my boredom and sadness (this is a whole different issue *wink*). Of course, it was also a way for me to reach out to others who, like me, are obsessed with books and talking about them. Months after my posts became regular, I received a call from a friend saying that I am being hired to become an instructor at a nursing school. Of course I became ecstatic. It was something I have been waiting for. It was something I really wanted to do and I know I would enjoy doing.

                For a while I thought that I could handle reading, blogging, and teaching like a boss. Well, I realized I cannot do it rather quickly haha! At first, I thought that I wasn’t writing or reading for that matter because I was busy with work and other stuff. BUT, thinking about it now, I had time. I knew I had time in my hands, and I could have managed my time more efficiently so I could squeeze everything I wanted to do in my 24 hours. I didn’t. That was when I realized I hit a major slump. I didn’t really want to read anything or write about anything for a long time, hence the hiatus from the blog. I felt like my reviews weren’t relevant enough, and there was a time it felt pointless doing it. I’ve always said that me reviewing books I have read was never about gaining a gazillion views or a hoard of followers. And it never really is. However, let’s be honest for a second and admit that seeing the views counter go up really does make us smile and giddy. It is some form of validation. Something every human being will want at some point in their life.

                And it’s not like no one ever reads my posts. No. I had readers and followers as well. Comments were few, but consistent. Do I seem too ungrateful? I was thankful, but not content. I always am I guess. At that point, I had no interest in reading, and I had the hardest time, finishing this one book that was ah-mazing. If I wasn’t in that stupid slump, I would have devoured that. Until a few weeks ago, all my books remained unloved. Shame on me, I know.  I just was disinterested and uninspired.

What changed?

                I suddenly missed reading one day. I missed being transported to different worlds. I longed to be in the shoes of different people, meeting characters, experiencing new emotions and embarking on journeys I would have never imagined. I missed the magic books had.  So I picked up my phone and chose one book in my Kindle app that intrigued me the most and started reading. The first few pages felt weird. It was like doing something for the first time. I hated the feeling honestly. I hated having lost that familiar feeling reading gave me every time. As I read on, as all of you might know, magic happened and the next thing I know I am in the forest with a dragon-boy-hybrid with blood dripping from his chest. How is that for a welcome right? This is what I missed. This is home to me.

What’s next then?

                As I am typing this, I have plans on the next few posts coming up on this wee little blog of mine. I have reviews loooong overdue that I want to do. And I have a multitude of books I want to read. I haven’t typed the first one though. Haha! Because I haven’t done it in months, I feel like a beginner and I am off to a rough re-start. I want to collect my thoughts first and wrap my head around how I want to be doing my reviews. Do I want to continue with my previous ways or should I try something new? Stuff like that. One thing is for sure though, and this is a promise I am making myself and my readers (if I have any). I will be posting a review on Tuesday, and will start with my regular posting schedule again this week.

A favour I want to ask

                This is where I need your help guys. I really want to succeed and push myself to managing my time better and overcome this dark shadow of procrastination surrounding me.  If for some reason, I wasn’t able to post twice in a week, call me out on it. I promise I don’t mind. We are all bookish friends here right?

That’s it. I really, really missed all of you and I hope we can talk about fun stuff like we used to. Also, can I just say I am sooooooo excited for Christmas? Because I am soooooo excited and I am not ashamed busting out my phone and playing Michael Buble’s Christmas album every single day.

Talk to you soon.. Love yah!