Lucky Number Four by Amanda Jason ~ Book Review

Book: Lucky Number Four
Author: Amanda Jason *Website*
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance *Mild Adult Content*
Publisher: C.A. Kunz LLC
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Published Date: January 4, 2014 (The 4th… get it)
Number of Pages: 369
ISBN: 9781494783822
Synopsis: There is nothing normal about Pandora's life. Her family, her friends, oh- and definitely not her 3 new, male model roommates. They are gorgeous and sinfully sexy, so how is she going to manage living with them? This cute, dramatic, and hear-wrenching novel will definitely leave you wanting more!

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The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason ~ Mini Book Review

Book: The Vampire Dimitri
Author: Colleen Gleason *Website*
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance (Vampire) ~Adult Content~
Number of Books in Series: 3 Published
Series:A Book of the Regency Draculia (Book 2)
Published Date: July 19, 2014
Number of Pages: 306
ISBN-13: 9780778329824

My Rating - ★★★★☆ (more…)

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Zodiac by Romina Russell ~ Book Review

  • Book: Zodiac
  • Author: Romina Russel
  • Genre: YA Science Fiction w/ Romance
  • Number of Books in Series: 2 Published
  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Published Date: December 9, 2014
  • Number of Pages: 338
  • ISBN-10: 1595147403
  • ISBN-13: 9781595147400

So Zodiac by Romina Russell. Let me begin by stating this book did in fact, exceed my expectation. The problem is, upon the first few pages, I began to expect so little.

The first of a trilogy, Zodiac is set in a future universe in which each current Zodiac constellation is assigned a planet. Settled via wormhole from Earth refugees, everyone is assigned a characteristic based on one’s birth planet, (Libra is based on justice, Gemini hosts the most imaginative, Virgo is known for sustenance, etc.) The plot revolves around sixteen year old Rhoma (I wonder where the author got that name from) who is appointed Guardian of her home planet, Cancer, after its two moons mysteriously explode, setting off a chain reaction of planet wide death and tsunamis on the water based planet. Inexperienced, under educated but with a natural “gift,” she sees in the stars the moon disaster was caused by a single ancient entity, so lost in history, he is the equivalent of the boogeyman. Along with her guide, Mathias Thais and Libran diplomatic envoy Hasan Dax, she travels to four other plants, to warn of the impending danger to the whole Zodiac system.

While it sounds like this book has a lot going on and should be lauded as a herald of new YA science fiction, it falls ludicrously flat and into many of the traps YA nowadays, fall hilariously into. Love triangle with older, impossibly handsome men? Check. A young girl with no considerable talent plucked from obscurity and continually informed of how special she is? Check. Lack of development in the conclusion to ramp up the sequel? Checkeroo. If there is a YA cliché, it is in this book.

While I generally do not mind cliché’s, part of why I enjoy this genre so much, I felt as though I was hit with too many “borrowed ideas,” paired with average writing. For example, the 12 planet settlement idea could be attributed to television’s Battlestar Galactica where humans are similarly spread on 12 different, Zodiac- based planets with specific planets characterizing an individual’s character. The beginning was exceptionally slow without enough descriptions or explanations of this vastly different and exceptional world where star reading, telepathy and psychics are common place. Another example, Rho, often in the book, practices “Yarrot,” a practice tied to her long lost mother mentioned often. Aside from the emotional ties, this was literally never described or explained—you eventually understand it as some form of yoga.

Overall, this book disappointed. I am not sure I will be reading the second one but I long for some originality in YA. Something different than the Twilights and Red Queens. Unfortunately, I tend to see women writers make this mistake the most often these days and I look forward to the author who does it different.

 

~ Lima Bhuiyan

Fellow book reader and blogger – Check out her blog at Two Girls, Many Books


If your interested in purchasing a copy of Zodiac, here are some common retailers: AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE, BOOK DEPOSITORY  ($8.35 paperback at most retailers)


*The above post was written as a guest post by Lima Bhuiyan.*

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The Wrath & the Dawn ~ Book Review

 

  •  Book: The Wrath and the Dawn
  • Author: Renée Ahdieh
  • Number of Books in Series: 2 Published
  • Publisher: Speak
  • Published Date: April 5, 2016
  • Number of Pages: 432
  • ISBN-10: 0147513855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0147513854

Wow. Just wow. Shazi is such a powerful soul. She’s a kick-ass warrior queen who know what she wants. Until she meets Khalid. Khalid is the king. And a murderer. He murdered Shazi’s friend, so she should hate him, right? He marries over and over, and at the dawn of the next day, they always end up dead. But is it really his fault.

Shazi’s on a mission: Kill the king. Survive. But its harder than she thought. He has compassion, but he hides it. He has depth, but he barries it.

Behind all the prominent drama, Shazi’s childhood lover wants revenge. He wants Shazi for himself, and he wants the king dead, along with many other rivals.

This book is so beautiful and intricately woven. The emotions behind the acts are powerful and tearjerking. It’s that feeling when you don’t know if you want to hurt something or kiss it.

Definitely a 5 star book!

So good I read it in 2 days.


If you liked this review and want to read this book, or and/or it’s sequel:

The Wrath & the Dawn ~ Renée Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Buy these books on most major online retailers and bookstores such as AMAZON, BOOKS A MILLION, BARNES AND NOBLE, and the BOOK DEPOSITORY.


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Everealm by J.D. Wright ~ Review

My Synopsis / Review ~

Everealm is a very charming book. I love romantic conflict. The main story follows Breestlin (Bree) the new queen of Junacave, a prosperous and peaceful kingdom in Everealm. Her father, the preceding king has just passed away, she is just crowned Queen, then all of the sudden she sees her long lost summer love, Rowan, the boy who gave her, her first kiss, also the one who took her innocence. And then he disappears. For 7 years. And now he shows up again – at her coronation of all places!

What she doesn’t know, is that Rowan still misses her. But he was just a lowly knights son, and she was the queen. When her parents found out about their trysts, they sent him away. They trained him to be an assassin, hardened him to be a cold stone mercenary.

All was going smoothly in Junacave for about two minutes, then, out of the blue, a severed head basically shows up one her doorstep and an uncle she barely knows, threatens to conquer the kingdom. And now her kingdoms last form of protection, a graying old Wizard, is on his deathbed and they must rush to convince his long lost grandson to help in their defense. An entertaining journey ensues, with Rowan now partnered at Bree’s side, and long awkward silences followed by incessant compulsive insults. It only gets better as the story continues, but you’ll just have to read the book.

Note ~ This book does contain mature context and language. Recommended for ages 16+. 

 

**I received a free copy via Net Galley for an honest review.**

 


If You’ve Read the Book ~

My Favorite part is honestly the prologue. It’s tugs on the sinews of my heart and I catch ‘the feels’. I love it. It just really sets the tone of the book and there is nothing better than a great beginning. Can anybody else relate?

I also love the scene with Dagan and Sidonie in the woods!

Book: Everealm
Author: J.D. Wright
Number of Books in Series: 4 Published
Published Date: October 31, 2014
Number of Pages: 285
ISBN: 9781517093266

 

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Indie Bookstore


Other Books in the Series ~

 

WildFire by J.D. Wright
WildFire by J.D. Wright
Blood Moon by J.D. Wright
Blood Moon by J.D. Wright
Aurora by J.D. Wright
Aurora by J.D. Wright

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Ash (Hive Trilogy Book #1) Review

I read this book on January 25th – 27th. My initial review on Goodreads was a little more negative, but as I’ve thought it over, maybe I was a little too harsh. See Full Goodreads Review Here, or visit my Goodread Profile Here.

Book: Ash (Hive Trilogy Book #1)
Author: Jaymin Eve, Leia Stone
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Publisher: Amazon Kindle, Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
Published Date: December 15th, 2015
Number of Pages: 214

The novel starts with Charlie Bennet, a Vampire / Ash hating human female, who turns out to be not-so-human after all. So if she’s not human, what is she? She’s an Ash. A half vampire, half human offspring. They have super stamina, less appetite (For food anyways), trigger-happy anger outbursts, unquenchable thirst (and I’m not talking about water…), and unparalleled beauty. The only problem? They are ALL male. So what’s up with Charlie, the Independent, Confident, and DEFINITELY female, protagonist.
That’s the confusing part.

This self-proclaimed “Unicorn” is the first ever female Ash – and everyone wants to know why.

Other than trying to find out who she is and where she comes from, drama unfolds with the entrance of the dark and intriguing Rhyder, Head-Enforcer of the Ash Community. Typical romance conflicts arise, and blah, blah blah, she crushes on someone she can’t have.

So to be accepted into the Ash community, a fortified structure known as the Hive, she must go through a culling, which is supposed to limit the number of people with the community. This culling is similar to that of the Hunger Games, in which all but a few die. As you can see, its a very happy story. *Heavy sarcasm*

Things I LIKE about this Book:
~ May Contain Spoilers ~

  1. Charlie’s Independence
  2. Rhyder’s Sex appeal
  3. Charlie’s GBF (Spoiler???)
  4. The Culling!!! ~ It quenched my bloodlust in books (yes, that’s a real thing. For me anyways). I honestly needed some good blood & gore scenes.

>Things I DIDN’T LIKE about this Book:
~ May Contain Spoilers ~

  1. I Don’t understand Charlie’s strong dislike of Ash in the beginning of the book. There’s no foundation for hating them from her POV. She just does.
  2. Charlie’s friend is so… obsessed. She’s too “vampire Clingy”.
  3. Lucas. I don’t understand his role yet in the series. More information to come…
  4. The attack @ the Hive. (DEFINITELY A SPOILER) I felt it had a large build up of emotions and then it ended so quickly.

All in all, the writing was good. I felt as though the romance was lacking. Emotions tended to be more stated and less felt. The ending seemed rushed.
My Rating: 3.5 / 5 Stars…

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Hmm Honestly probably 3.5/5 Stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Loved the action. Felt as though the romance was a little weak. Overall a pretty good book. Would definitely recommend just for the action scenes. But I also felt as if the pain wasn’t very …




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