Sunday, July 3, 2016

July Book Reviews

What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don't miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

"As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name--a ticking clock hidden behind a fa├žade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall."

Omorose Bouchene has a secret--magic. There's only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn't supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she's desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time--every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn't what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

Review: This book was fine if it had been a stand alone but I actually enjoyed the  predecessor story more. I did applaud the author for having the stories be in the same time line but not entirely intertwined, so, Omorose was able to have her own story with the beast without to much interference from the main characters in the previous story. However, I just did not feel the same spark as the previous story. I felt that Omorose grew as a character and it was great that we learned through this story more about the magic and where it originated. I enjoyed Omorose and the Beast relationship, but there was some plot twists that I thought were, weird, and kind of hindered my ability to really get immersed in the story. I believe this is a good follow up story, and expect the next book to be even better then this one.

Her late night radio show was just supposed to keep her sane in small-town Nebraska. But it could be her ticket to romance, and her last chance to escape.
“Welcome to midnight, my fellow Niteowls…”

No one would ever suspect that responsible, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North is the incognito radio deejay known only as Niteowl. Finally a high school grad, she can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams. Thankfully, her three best friends—Billie, LD, and Micah (who she is definitely, absolutely, not in love with)—are more concerned with spending one last epic summer together than finding out where Ingrid slinks off to every weekend.

But for that one glorious hour every Saturday night, Iggy shucks her own skin to become Niteowl—a infamous and daring deejay with the answers to everyone’s love life but her own. There is one caller in particular—Dark and Brooding—whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off the fact that Micah is rapidly falling for a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare. But when Ingrid lands an interview in New York City for the internship of a lifetime, her secret life begins to unravel. It’s her chance to follow her heart, but she'll have to leave everything behind—her ailing grandmother, her friends, her radio show...and a chance at her very own happy ending.

Torn between her dreams and her home, Iggy begins to realize that to get what she wants, she has to give up the things that mean the most to her. But letting go could lead to a summer of sunflowers, rockstars, and the show of a lifetime.

And Iggy might just find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.

Review: This was a great YA story. Nothing was prefect and it very much resembled how a teenager would actually handle situations. I thought the premise was intriguing and enjoyed that the character was self conscious but learns to deal with it, without some ugly duckling makeover. Iggy never really gets over being a little self conscious  but she did become more confident in herself and did not let it get in her way. I love that about this story. I highly recommend this as a read, especially early teens.

My name is Bianka, and I live in a world a lot like yours. Or at least, I used to.
Then I got harvested.
Taken into eerie darkness underneath the surface of my world, I’ve learned that cities like mine—Hidden Oaks—are just places that the vampires keep humans until it’s time to drink their blood.
Now it’s my turn. They’re harvesting me.
But I’m fighting hard, and the vampires have noticed. A sponsor is buying me. A handsome, mysterious vampire with piercing eyes, who wants me to fight other humans in The Vampire Games. If I lose, I’ll be harvested. If I win, I’ll join my sponsor, Phillip, as one of them.
I’ll be turned into a vampire.
All I must do to spend an eternity with Phillip is sell my soul.
The scary part? I’d do a lot worse for him than that...

Review: I really got into this book, so much so, that I read it twice. I want to describe it as a not so corny vampire diaries meets hunger games meets HG Wells the time machine. There were twists, there was a developing relationship, and there was fighting. Sounds like a good plot right. Bianka is a badass female character even though sometimes I want to say fail when she holds a grudge to long. I love that she was super resilient. Then you have McBroody (aka Phillip) watching/protecting her and asking her to make decisions. You can tell he cares and is trying to let her make her own choices even if he doesn't like the choice.