How’s and Why’s

 

How does it feel?

To know that somewhere, someone thinks of you before they shut their eyes and go to dreamland.

How does it feel?

To be assured of being loved back.

How does it feel?

Being confident that true love is not a paracosm

How does it feel?

Knowing that after everything else, you are safe

How do you feel?

How did you feel?

How do I feel?

How is it?

That I have no idea

Why is it?

Too difficult for  me.

-Ms. P-

 

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On taking a HIATUS

Lovely people!

Sooooo, I HAVE been gone for a looooong time. And normally, I would have an alibi for not being able to post for a while. But honestly, I do not have one. So instead, I just would like to share what happened to me for the past few months that led to this moment of writing a sort-of-explanation-sort-of-not about why I suddenly went quiet.

GOT A NEW JOB

Let’s go 9 months back. I was offered a teaching job at a nursing school here at my province. It is in the city which i a 45-hour bus ride from where I actually live but I figured I should really give it a shot. After all, it has been my dream to become a professor. So I started with 3 courses every week, which is not a lot by the way, but I enjoyed it a lot. I saw myself looking back and seeing how things all worked out to bring me to the four-walls of a classroom full of college students waiting for me to say something interesting they could use to prevent people from dying. By the way, if you lovely people do not know, I am a registered nurse, and now, a clinical instructor thank you very much!

WHERE TO GO NEXT

After that first semester, I knew I wasn’t guaranteed anything for the next one. I worked on a part-time basis and if the college did not need me, they just don’t hire my services. Simple, but painful too. I enjoyed teaching, and sharing what little I know of the world to bright young  minds. I enjoyed seeing them progress from a bunch of scared students to confident trainees ready to become professionals. I’ve always believed in the nobility and competence of the nursing profession. I love sharing that pride with them. But then as the weeks rolled by, I knew I needed a contingency so I sent out a bunch of my CVs and prayed for the best. Opportunities knocked, but then something just kept telling me to wait it out and see what is on the other side. So I did.

HOPES UP

I was re-hired as a part-time faculty, though I was still keeping back-up options just in case. I was already teaching, at peace with the current situation I am in, when I got a text message at 9 o’clock in the morning telling me I have an interview for a permanent teaching position in our university. I could not believe my eyes! I debated whether I should just take my chances, or wait it out like the last time. But I knew that if I didn’t go, I would forever regret it. Turns out, I was right. I did go, and things turned out better than what I had hoped they would.

GOT IT

I got the job! I would not have imagined being a permanent, tenured employee at this age, considering I am in the academe. I was so happy-for my family, and for myself as well. All I could think of was how my life is starting to make sense, and gain direction because of this. And of course, all the books I can buy! But then again, all the books I cannot read too!

THE DOWNSIDE

I did not have enough time, ever, to read. I was so occupied with preparing lectures, and exams, and evaluations, and researches, and adulting stuff that I did not realize how long it has been since I sat down and reviewed a book, or read one for that matter. I had to weigh things really well to understand that this, THIS LIFE, is what I need to focus on right now. I know I said before that this place is my safe place. It is my haven, and it still is. I missed this place, that is why now I am here, bearing my feelings once more.

But life has overtaken all of those days of vigorous reading and passionate writing. It has replaced those days of intellectual conversations with book lovers like I am. Now I clash minds with brilliant professionals as to how researches in the health care field may be improved. I hope you don’t misunderstand. It is not that I haven’t read anything at all. During the past few months I have been inactive on this blog, I have been reading, though considerably slower that my usual pace, because of the other things I have to do. I love reading, and I would never ever stop doing it. I just didn’t know it would take so much out of me that I can’t read or write as freely as I could back then.

In all honesty, I miss the community I got to meet because of my love for books. I miss talking with them, and sharing thoughts and feelings with these people who truly understand what it is to fall in love with a villain, or hate the guts of an angel. I miss interacting with you. But I guess in life, you have to make choices in order to grow, and realize that you are an adult.

I will not completely abandon this blog. I may just be lie-lowing for a bit. I know for sure that I cannot be as active as I was before but I sure will try to visit more often than I did the past few months. I have read a few books I want to get reviews up for. So maybe I can start with that again? Or maybe something original? I guess we’ll see!

Before I go, I just want to thank you dear reader for making it through the end of this potentially boring post. Thank you for following, and spending time reading the thoughts of a book lover. That one view that you contributed to my stats is very much appreciated, and I could not thank you enough for.

See you in my next post!

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.

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!

BOOK REVIEW: Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans

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You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.

Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.

Seriously, I have no idea where time goes because it feels like yesterday when I received an ARC of The Island and here I am, reviewing another series from S. Usher Evans. Whew! I received an email from the lovely author/ her own publisher as well, about a new series she has written and if I might be interested in reading it. Of course, seeing how The Island and The Chasm and Double Life (hey Razia girl!) worked out super well for me, I was in.

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The magic system, though not astoundingly unique, is well thought of. Now we all know about witches and the variety of things they can do. However, the world that the author created made for a unique system where the witches are categorized according to their talents, essentially complementing each other. The societal and institutional aspects of the magic system is well developed and I like that about it.

The suspense and mystery regarding the plot twist (twists? gotta read it if you wanna know *wink*) was were not dragged on for too long yet not given too soon. Now if you have read some of my previous reviews you might know that I hate, HATE, frustrating books that keep too much for too long that by the end you just don’t care anymore.

Ms. Evans, as usual, is able to give natural reactions to her characters. I mean, you could just relate to them, because they seem natural. They could just be the usual person you walk past along the streets. They are flawed, they try, they cope up and they learn. The development of the characters was very discreet, but relevant.

Now, I want you to pay attention to what I am going to say. EVERYBODY loves a bad ass grandma. Do you? I do. Come on, when you are inches away from dying and you find out you kept your precious life because your granny “claimed you”, you gotta bow to the queen bee that is your Nana. And just like that, I described my favorite scene in the book.

I am usually good at having hunches regarding twists and stuff but honestly, I think I was too busy about the other stuff going on that I only realized it about 3 pages before the big reveal. Still caught it though *wink* Well played Whitney, well played.

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Something about it just doesn’t settle with me completely. And I know this is stupid, but it didn’t just hit it with me like The Chasm or Double Life did. I know I shouldn’t compare them because they are TOTALLY different books, but I hope you get what I am saying.I think maybe it is because this book is for a younger crowd?  Maybe.

The synopsis fell flat for me. The first 2 lines that is.

The pacing was slow at first. And I understand why it had to be that way, explaining a lot of stuff and showing how Lexie will react to her newfound powers but personally, I would have wanted it to have picked up speed early on. It did pick up, about 1/3 into the book and all was well 🙂 Well not all well because she almost died but you get what I mean.

Despite these, I am really curious what comes next, and will definitely read the next book in this series. I also want to read it to see if it will be a better fit for me. I like that this book is not like anything I have read before, with witches having concrete limits to their powers. And I think people will enjoy it too.

3.5star

**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for free in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

**Spells and Sorcery (Lexie Carrigan Chronicles #1) releases on October 4, 2016.

BOOK REVIEW: Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan

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Fairy tales are naturally non-mathematical. That is a fact, and fifteen-year-old Lily Sparrow loves factual, mathematical logic. So when her mother confesses that Lily’s deceased father is (a) not dead, (b) coming to dinner, and (c) the ruler of a fairy tale kingdom accessible through the upstairs bathtub, Lily clings to her math to help her make sense of this new double life (1 life in the real world + 1 secret life in the fairy tale world = a double life).

Even though it’s not mathematical, Lily finds herself being pulled into a mystery involving an unhappy Cinderella, a greasy sycophant called Levi, and a slew of vanishing fairy tale characters. Racing against the clock, with a sound mathematical plan, Lily attempts to save her fairy tale friends while proving that normality = happiness.

Hello guys! Today I have another review for you. This was a book I saw on YA Bound Book Tours that was open for review but at that time, I had a totally different idea of what it was about even after I read the synopsis of the book. So I requested it, and as soon as I was accepted and got the book, I read it and boy was I surprised.

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The world building was really unique and interesting. Now at first it might not be too obvious, but as you go along, you see that this is another spin to fairy tales. The stories and the characters in them are given personalities, more than what they are made to look like in the tales. Don’t get me wrong though, they retain their signature characteristics they are known for in the stories, but there is just more to them than what is told. This new spin to the usual re-telling is refreshing, kind of how Shrek has different fairy tales in one movie.

The “magic system”  is quite unique. I don’t know if I should call it a magic system even. Lily does not have magical powers, and what she does doesn’t exactly call for magic. However, there is looking deeper into the story of what “magic” really is in this story, I think that finding happiness, true happiness, is what it actually means. In essence, Lily has magic because she is able to see and understand what makes people happy, by looking into the root of their sadness. Yes she is a bit immature, but you see talent.

There were some parts of the storytelling that I was not comfortable about which I will discuss later. What I want to tell you now is that as I went farther into reading, I felt comfortable with the jargon (except the equations and math stuff), and the style of how the story was told. For me, the choice of telling it in a point-of-view style worked perfectly. It suit Lily’s personality well, which brings me to my next point.

I like how Lily is so rational, because I for one am. I like thinking about stuff, a lot. And seeing how this world confuses her, I could totally relate to Lily. I would have freaked out too if my dead father just appears in front of me standing in my tub. Oh and I just adore her nickname for her dad. “King Tub”. Gets me every time haha!

Although there were certain things that didn’t work out for me while I was reading, the last 50 pages or so were the ones that got me really interested. I was really intrigued and excited honestly. Honestly, I am looking forward to what is next, and I would definitely read the sequel if only to know what can take off evil Levi’s greasiness.

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Three things.

One. I am as irritated as I can get with Lily’s parents. I mean it people, IRRITATED. I cannot believe these people! You drop a truth bomb right in front of your teenage girls face and you expect her to be calm and okay about it with just a few words and ice cream with every flavor she wants? I mean, the ice cream sounds like a good idea but come on! Fairy tale parents are supposed to be loving and caring and overly explanatory!  Give her time people! Actually talk with her about it. That is what adults do. Or is that just me? Seriously, I am so glad Lily is rational because clearly, her parents have lost their minds.

Two. The math. MATH! Oh the bane of my existence. This part, I can only blame myself for. I hate math. I just do. And seeing how parts of the book is represented in letters corresponding to values and equations and whatnot seriously almost threw me off. I think I would have liked it better if it were told in paragraph form, explaining probabilities and limits and stuff.

Three. I am kind of not too sold on the Calo story. I get it, but I think I need more proof? I mean there is the circumstantial evidence but I needed something more. Although yes, it served the purpose of solving a mystery.

I kind of am sad about this rating. I know that if I hadn’t despised math I would have given it more. But oh well, it is still a good one right? It is a casual, easy to read type of book. If you want to read stress out, then I think this book can help you.

3star

Before I go, one more thing I have to say is that I do think this book will be enjoyed by those in the younger age bracket of YA. This book is cute and I think they will like it better. And I fully agree with how this book refers to Cinderella. Yes girl, Cinderella is not a fairy tale. Cinderella is THE fairy tale.

*** This Ebook was sent to me for free in excange of an honest review. My opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

*** Cinderella Theorem was released May 2016.

BOOK REVIEW: Tainted by Alexandra Moody

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The ARC: the world’s last chance for survival, but this underground fallout shelter is the last place you want to be.

At the tender age of two Elle Winters lost everything, when the day of impact transformed Earth’s surface into an icy, desolate wasteland. Fifteen years later, all she has ever known are the cold, artificial confines of underground fallout shelter, the ARC. Under the Council’s rule, ruthless officials roam the hallways and community comes first. Everyone lives in fear of failing their annual testing and those that do are deemed tainted—taken away without any warning or a word of goodbye.

No one has been taken in over six months and the remaining citizens of the ARC have slowly begun to forget the danger. Elle remains wary, but even she is beginning to wonder if it’s finally safe to succumb to her feelings towards her closest friend, Sebastian.

But, no one is ever truly safe in the ARC. Elle is about to experience her own personal apocalypse and with nothing left to lose, she will finally attempt to uncover the truth about the tainted.

Will she find what she’s looking for or are some secrets better left buried deep underground?

I am feeling super productive and I didn’t want to waste my creative juices so I just typed this as a word document and will be posting this as soon as I get home. I read this book even before I read the ones in my 3 previous posts so this is a long overdue review in all honesty. I really wanted to review this book as well, because I think it had an interesting premise. Initially, I thought that it wasn’t compelling enough of a story. However, with some time in, I realized that it was an interesting story, though if I may say so, the idea of having the entire population contained into a dome/space/refuge/whatever you might want to call it because the world has been destroyed is not new in the world of science fiction. Also, I swear I read a synopsis of another book which sounds eerily similar to this, but I can’t remember the title of the book to save myself.

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Her struggles seem to be real. At some point, her emotions feels like they come from a genuine place. I guess, in technical terms, you can say that the emotions that the characters were assigned to represent were cleverly melded into the story, and you tend to feel for the characters as well.

What struck me the most were Elle’s relationships with the people around her. Although she may not notice it, or may not want it, it is evident that she has formed lasting bonds. They were relationships that felt natural to her, so avoiding forming relationships only applied to other people outside her circle. She had a special relationship with the boy’s father, which was platonic of course, but nevertheless true.

The writing was fine. It didn’t make me swoon, but it didn’t turn me off as well. It did a good job of carrying the story and that is what’s important right? Also, the character development was slow but sure. I think the author ensured first that the characters were introduced as to who they are now, and then they are introduced to a new light every so often, developing the characters as they go. The pacing, was a little slow for me. I would have wanted more action but hey, I didn’t fall asleep.

I think out of the entire book, the part where I was most excited was during the last few pages.  It was one of those I-thought-I-knew moments for the characters but then nothing was what it seems.

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The ending was not a giveaway, but I kind of guessed it 2/3 into the book. It was not an ending where I was just waiting for the book to blurt it out. BUT, I wasn’t surprised, AT ALL, about how it ended. You get what I’m saying?

I am not sure if I connected to the Elle that much. Look, I get that she has issues, and that she has lived a terrible fate but managed to survive it all but I just can’t get myself to love her as much I want to. For what it’s worth though, I like her bad ass roommate. And although I feel detached, I know that if I were somebody else reading, it would have been heartbreaking to me.

Overall, I guess what I was looking for was intensity, and richness, especially with a book playing on post-apocalyptic world and betrayal. I wanted it to keep me on my toes. Especially since this was a first book to a series/trilogy, I would have preferred that it pack a solid punch.

2.5star

I don’t think this is a horrible book. It just isn’t for me. I think people who are really into this genre will find this a delight to read. Unfortunately, I will not be reading further into this trilogy.

Have you read this book?

What did you think about it?

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

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This is happening. This is really happening. It seems like a short time since I reviewed The Island in my blog and here I am, reviewing it’s sequel for you people of the bookland! Listen, when I read The Island, I have told you that I loved it. Loved it. But this book. THIS BOOK! Dare I say it? I love it even more! Honestly didn’t think it was possible, and after reading the first one, I wasn’t sure how the story would progress. But lo and behold, progress it did and beautifully at that! But because I always say that I will try to be a better blogger which spares you wonderful people of endless flailing and fangirling, I will try my best to point stuff out as clearly as I can haha!

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ALL OF IT! 

Well there is one teeny tiny detail I could do without but we could talk about that later and for now let us just bathe in this glory of a book. The premise of this book, in my opinion, was better than the first one. But then of course, I would admit that the first book and its premise is absolutely essential in building up what came about in this sequel. I think it also helped that I was really waiting for this book, so much that when I received the email asking if I will review this book I jumped with joy! And people, it DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

I think the dynamics in this book was better. Whether between the characters or the circumstances surrounding them, the movement in the story in relation to the general plot was better, smoother I would say. And the twists and turns in this book! I was on my toes! The book was so fast-paced I didn’t know I was near the end.Things were constantly happening and I wasn’t prepared to leave the world just yet when it ended!

I think that the character development on all the characters was significant. Especially on Galian. Oh that man! In this book, we see more of what kind of a man Galian really is. He finds his niche and his voice in the political battlefield and is becoming his own man so to speak. Theo has always been this strong, kick-ass girl but here her fears and insecurities were shown. She was shown as a regular girl like everybody else, afraid and in-love. But then you also see this sense of responsibility on both of them which endeared me to them even more. Frankly, they’ve got good heads on top of their necks.

And can we just talk about Kader? I always knew something was up with him! In a good way anyway. I knew from the start there was more to him than meets the eye and man was I right! Like Kader, other characters in the book were also brought to light fairly well. They were relevant, and I appreciate that. I mean, even the king was shown in a different light even just for a few lines.

In my previous review of The Island, I said that by the end of the first book, you tend to doubt the side you choose. Well, in this book, my point is explored and elaborated, and you wouldn’t know where your loyalties will lie. If I may say though, I am all for Queen Korina and all her glorious beauty. Just saying.

The political game, the conspiracies, the pressure, and just the intensity of the scenes was so good I could not stop flipping the pages. The political battlefield was very well laid out and executed perfectly. What I also like about the storyline is that it displays the complex of choices and their consequences.Often, books may tend to let the main characters go on a lot of things regarding their decisions whether they are genius or not because they are the hero/heroine of the story. I like how Galian and Theo are treated as who they are. Young and needing mentors.

Oh the feels and the action. THE ACTION. When a book reminds you of the movie “Executive Decision” by Steven Segal, you know it’s action-packed! Being filled with so much action, this might be weird to say but this book made me weep. Yes. Weep. How? By a death that is so unexpected and so unfair that it just devastated me that’s how!

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This is, like I said, a teeny tiny detail but that girl. That girl I could do without to be completely honest. I just think that the girl was useless, and the effect she had in the end was too insignificant for me to care.

Before I end this review, I think that one of the reasons this book just gripped me was it’s attachment to some form of reality. It was closer to how things are, and that adds to the charm of the whole story. By this second book, I just ship Galian and Theo really, really hard I can be in a fans club.

4.5star

Told you I loved it!

***The Chasm (Madion War Trilogy #2) releases today July 12th!!! If you want to know more, below is the synopsis of the book as well as buy links if you are interested in purchasing this book.

***I was provided an ARC by the Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing for review purposes. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

***There may or may not be a giveaway below from the lovely author. Plus a snippet from the book!

Would you date a doctor or a pilot?

 

thechasmebook_600x900They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?

Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he’s adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media’s glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it’s possible to make a difference.

Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave’s presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she’s not sure she can stomach the lies.

The Chasm is S. Usher Evans’ breathtaking, fast-paced follow-up to The Island, which readers say is “not to be missed.”

 

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Sneak Peek

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Theo

“Bayard won’t be back for at least two hours,” Emilie said, glancing at her watch. “We will probably need to tweak his talking points based on his discussions with the Jervan president. Wesson, take the lead on that.”

He nodded and scribbled in his book.

“Aruna,” Emilie said, nodding at a younger girl I’d seen in a few meetings. She paled at being called on, but held her pen ready. “Find Cannon and tail him. Make sure he stays on message and doesn’t dally in anything…embarrassing.” She paused, a disgusted look crossing her face. “And if he does, make sure nobody knows. Talk to Wesson for crowns if you need it.”

She nodded with a small smile. She might take that mission a little too seriously.

“And ‘neechai,” Emilie said, grabbing my attention. “You and I will spend the afternoon working on your speech. I trust that you’ve resolved whatever…issues you were having.”

I dipped my head, even as dread coiled in my stomach. Emilie moved on to someone else, so I pulled the speech out from the calf-pocket of my jumpsuit. I’d practiced it once or twice while sitting in the pool, reading quietly to myself and envisioning what it would be like to speak in front of the Madion nation leadership.

But even in my head, I still stumbled through the parts about Mael. Stumbling wouldn’t cut it for Emilie, so I prayed for a miracle.

“What’s going on out there?” Emilie said, squinting to her left. I followed her gaze and saw a crowd of people standing at the hotel’s entrance, craning over each other to get a look at whatever was outside.

I stood with the rest of the Ravens and walked into the lobby. The crowd grew more frenzied and then the front doors of the hotel opened.

The crowd pushed in then parted, and in strolled the last person I’d ever expected to see again.

“Amichai.”

He was beautiful, a wide smile on his face and his gait confident. His brown hair was clipped shorter and he no longer wore the beard I’d grown accustomed to seeing on our island. He paused in the middle of the lobby to talk to two journalists who’d approached him, then threw his head back and laughed.

Then his eyes locked with mine.

It was as if everything and everyone disappeared. The corners of his mouth turned up and I suddenly forgot how to breathe. Electricity crackled in the hundred steps that lay between us, and I could’ve sworn I knew exactly what he was thinking. If I’d had any doubt about his reason for arriving in this city, in this hotel, on this day, it vanished in that moment.

As desperately as I wanted to run to him, for some reason, my legs wouldn’t move. Something was keeping me from going to him, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember what it was…

“What in the world is the princeling doing here?” Cannon’s voice pierced my bubble, and I wrenched my eyes away from Galian’s. Where I was, who I was with, and my purpose rushed back to me like waking from the best dream into a nightmare.

I found my voice. “I have no idea.”

“I doubt he’s meddling in the summit. He’d be stupid to disobey his father.” Cannon shrugged mightily. “Then again, the princeling’s never been too smart.”

“Right, he’s an idiot,” I said.

Stupid, stupid princeling. How could he be so irresponsible as to come to Jervan? Especially after his father had forbidden anyone from Kylae to attend, or so Emilie had told us in a meeting earlier that week. And he just walked through the front door, announcing to the entire world that he was there.

I realized I was still watching him when Cannon’s voice again interrupted my thoughts. “Come now, kallistrate, don’t be star struck. He’s just a prince.”

I nodded hastily and turned away from him so I wouldn’t be tempted to stare. “Just a prince, right.”

And my amichai.

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Galian

She was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.

I drank in the sight of her: the way her velvet lips parted, how her big brown eyes widened slightly. Her hair pulled back into a bun, her Raven uniform immaculate. The shape of her body. How her dark skin had grown pale. 

“If you’re trying to pretend you don’t know her, perhaps you shouldn’t stare,” Martin snickered beside me. “I’ll stare at her for you. She’s a lot cuter than I remembered.”

“Right,” I said, turning away. “So do you think it worked?”

I had just finished talking to a reporter, feigning ignorance about any sort of summit or why the leaders from three of the four Madion nations were in this city. I’d made sure to talk about my plans to drink heavily and meet some hot Jervanian girls, just to play the part.

I attempted to keep the giddy smile off of my face as I checked into the hotel. When I snuck another glance at her, she’d turned away from me, but the rest of the Ravens kept staring at me, pointing and discussing amongst themselves. I wondered what they were saying.

“I apologize, Your Highness,” the clerk said with all the sincerity of a wet mop. “All of our suites have been reserved by delegations to the summit. The only rooms I have are the basic rooms.”

“I doubt I’ll be sleeping in my own room anyway,” I said with an overly confident grin.

The clerk, predictably, rolled his eyes in disgust.

I caught Martin’s eye, and he snorted.

“Your keys, Your Highness,” he said, sliding over two access cards. “Please be advised that there is a two hundred crown cleaning fee for any…destruction.”

I winked at him then motioned for Martin to grab our bags. I would’ve carried my own, but it would’ve been contrary to the part I was playing.

“You sure faked that well,” Martin said, tossing my bag to me once we were safely in the elevator.

“I wish I could say I’ve never been that much of an asshole before,” I said with a small grimace.


About the Author

View More: http://ashleyvictoriaphotography.pass.us/whitneyevansS. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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