Wednesday, October 19, 2011

REVIEWS: Unveiled, Spellbound, Meant to be, I loved you first

Morning!


The Blurb: Amongst the wasteland lies the gleaming city of Karm. A Camelot-esque utopia built from the ashes of a dying world.

Seventeen-year-old Fallon is no daughter of Karm.

She's its assassin.

Raised by a secret society of rebels, she's bent on bringing down the king's sham of an existence. But her first mark, one of the king's top knights of the Force, makes her question everything. Even her heart.


My Thoughts: This one is a short read but a good one. I was able to get right into the storyline and was pleasantly surprised by the choice of dystopian society. It's futuristic, but historical at the same time. Basically, the world has been destroyed and the current tyrannical King insists upon instilling Arthurian times. So think pleasant gowns, dances, knights, the whole deal, except also televisions, communicators, and modern technology. I thought it was quite ingenious. The writing flows quite beautifully as well. I can't say much about the plot without giving it all away but I did think there was some definite heat between the main characters, I only wish it was longer so that the heat had longer to develop. I felt like everything went by too quickly. Either way, Trisha is working on a full length novel in this world and I'm interested to see what Fallon does in it.


The Blurb: Stereotypes run amok in this college love story: Parties, alcohol, hookups, and breakups. Alexandria Carmichael may find it a bit much as she deals with the unreturned love from the boy who completes her. When all is revealed, not only does she risk losing her best friend forever, but also herself. Without her childhood companion for support, Alexandria takes a journey of self-discovery but fears what she’ll find at the end.

My Thoughts: The title got me. I cared about the premise but I kept thinking I need to read this book because of the title. It was heartbreaking to see the deeply ingrained themes in the book, for instance, the main character is very aware of her african american nationality and she does make references to the way some people treat her like furniture. She's got a best friend who's gay and she's in love with him. The plot follows the characters through sorority life, parties and college, and the choices they make in relationships and friendships. I felt like I wanted things to move a bit faster because there were a lot of moments that were just there to build the story up. More action and drama was needed to make it a home run for me. Either way though I thoroughly enjoyed the perspective and it had a satisfying ending, so that helped. Another great indie book if you're looking for something not of the norm.



The Blurb: Krista Miller feels like she has lived her entire life in a glass box with her every emotion on display. She can’t help feeling like a defect as her sensitivities have made her socially inept and without any real friends; the one exception being the boy that visits her each night in her dreams.

Krista’s emotions are put to the test when a move to California triggers a devastating change to her fantasy world. The nightly comfort that the boy provides has now become a recurring nightmare as he is taken from her by an unseen force.

Struggling to appear normal, Krista enrolls in a new school and finds it to be nothing like she thought. Her new life is sent spiraling out of control from a strange connection with a boy, Mark, who claims to know all her secrets.

As Krista begins to explore the emotions that Mark evokes in her, secrets about their mysterious past and their predestined purpose threatens to separate them just when they have found each other.
My Thoughts: About halfway through this book I tweeted Tiffany to tell her that I've basically lived this book. The plot, the characters, I've been there, done that. It was a freaky coincidence to say the least. I enjoyed the book. I was a little concerned about a few of the elements, it definitely doesn't stay away from the cheesy romance, but it's well done and sweet. I'm curious to find out what will happen to Krista and Mark because it was really the end of the book that got me. The first 75% of it is just build up, falling in love, learning about who they are, etc. etc. Then the end of it gets the book swinging into full gear. I can't wait to pick up Forgotten Souls because I know it's bound to knock it out of the park!


The Blurb: Logan Daniels has always led a sheltered life in sleepy, predictable Lancaster, New Hampshire. But when beautiful Serena suddenly appears at school one day, his comfortable existence becomes anything but as he finds himself falling in love with her. There's something special about Serena Starr. He realizes what it is when he sees her unleash her spells. Soon, a mysterious and foreboding presence settles over his placid home.

Logan and Serena find themselves battling darkness and evil with an ominous mission: it wants Serena and will stop at nothing to have her. Tearing apart Logan's town, threatening his friends, even causing harm to his family, the demon will spread its doom over every facet of Logan's once placid life. Logan matures in ways he could never have imagined as he struggles to protect those he loves, including Serena. But he can't do it alone.

Serena hails from a long line of able and powerful women who will aide in the battle and perhaps settle a score of their own. The strength of the coven and Serena's love will be behind him, but ultimately this is Logan's fight to win. But, will he?

My Thoughts: I tried it, and I got through it, but I wasn't a fan of it. I wanted other things to happen in this book that didn't happen. I wanted the characters to be less enigmatic and more jump off the page and attack you. I wanted it to be less stereotypical and less nice. It was nice, and it was a good book if you like witches and wars and mortal boys getting caught up in wars. But let's face it, we've been there before and I think I've just outgrown books like these. It takes courage to create something truly original and this book didn't deliver. In talking with the author herself she said that she likes to write books on the nicer side, so she censors the violence and the romance. That's fine, but it didn't work for me.

Are any of these books on your list? What did you think?

Namaste,
Rhi

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