Review: The Flame and the Arrow by Emigh Cannaday

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Detailed Rating:

  •  Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings.

Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

Review:

Publisher: Createspace
Date of Publication:  22nd November 2010
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 438
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Warrior by Heather Todd

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Detailed Rating:

  •  Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Mary Houston didn’t expect to come home late at night to see her entire neighborhood in shambles; doors ripped off their hinges, windows smashed, trash on lawns. She’s sure her family has been captured by people who call themselves Warriors, who train humans to become a part of The Platform for World War III.  And she ends up captured herself as well. Now, in order to save herself from losing herself, she must make them believe that she is one of them.

She meets Xavier, who is set to train her one-on-one at The Shelter where she is staying with hundreds of other trainees. Can she survive while hiding her true self behind this mask, risking her entire life in the process? 

Review:

Sooooo, I’ve tried something different this time… Let me know how you feel about it in the comments’ section below! *monkey hiding his face with his hands emoji*

 

Publisher: Createspace
Date of Publication:  9th August 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Page Count: 227
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Hearing Thoughts by Anthony Diffley

 

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Book Rate: ★★☆☆☆ (2/5)

Review:

I don’t know if it was the official synopsis that got my expectations so high, but the truth is I am really disappointed with Hearing Thoughts.

The first few chapters were fine, the story sounded promising but then, all of a sudden, Danny (the protagonist) started sounding like a child when he interacted with other characters. I gave him the benefit of the doubt in the beginning because the first time it happened he was under the effects of an alien spaceship, but it continued once he got back to Earth and through the rest of the book.

But I think I could’ve dealt with that and still enjoy the book. Until Danny met Alisha… and one week later they were deeply in love and one or two weeks after that planning to move in together and get married and have kinds and grand kids and planning where they will live after they retire. And the fact that we barely get to know them as individuals and even less as a couple just adds to the awkwardness that their relationships transmits to the reader.

Hearing Thoughts could still have been a 3-stars book for me if the story line was gripping and interesting. But it failed greatly there too in my opinion. As we read from the perspective of different characters, the plot barely holds and surprises and twists. We already know who are the traitors and their plans from the start and it’s very clear how the story will develop.

The only thing I mildly appreciated in Anthony Diffley’s book was his writing style and the pacing of the story itself.

To be very honest, this is not a book I recommend.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★☆☆☆
  • Characters ★☆☆☆☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Daniel Burke is a prosecutor in New York City who decided to take a short getaway vacation with two friends to their cabins up in Lake George. All is going well for him and his friends until he is suddenly and discreetly abducted by an alien vessel from outer space.

While on board of the vessel, Danny is given the ability to communicate with the aliens via thought transmission or, in other words, through the ability of hearing their thoughts. Just as they are returning Danny back to earth trouble hits their ship and interrupts the process of removing the thought hearing capability. Danny is safely returned but unintentionally left with the talent to hear other people’s thoughts. When he finally realizes this, he starts to question himself as to how he can put it to good use. Until the CIA contacts him and his life is changed forever.

Publisher: Page Publishing
Date of Publication: March 16th 2015
Genre: Adult, Science Fiction, Policial
Page Count: 208
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: I Am Sleepless: Sim 299 by Johan Twiss

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Book Rate:
 ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

I would like to start by saying I read this book in 3 days. “And why is this important?” you ask me. Because I’ve been on a reading slump since January (I guess it was my post-“the year is almost ending and I gotta finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge” exhaustion period) and it’s currently the 6th of April and no book had gripped as hard as this one did. So there you go, relevance.

If I had to describe I Am Sleepless without reading the synopsis I would say it is a mix between Ready Player One and The Darkest Minds Trilogy. It’s not as well-explored, not as detailed, not as unforgettable, true. But that may also be because I read those two first so this one didn’t come as much as a surprise to me. Nevertheless, I Am Sleepless managed to grab my attention very efficiently!

Johan Twiss’s characters are quite wonderful, very different and real, but I which I had gotten to know them better. The reader gets to see them all interact as a group a lot but we rarely learn about them as individuals – except for the main character, Aidan.

The story line was very consistent and interesting and then again, I wouldn’t change its structure a single bit, I only add more depth to it. I feel like a lot of the situations presented could’ve been better explored (as in more explored). The fights on the Pit, the Sim 299,  I think they would’ve won a lot if they had been more intense for the reader.

But apart from what I pointed out, I have to say I enjoyed everything else in I Am Sleepless. The book’s structure was charming, full of drawings of this world’s creature and relevant excerpts of old books. I was captured!

So if you’re wondering if I recommend it? Yes I do, specially if you’ve read Ready Player One and The Darkest Minds and you’re craving more of the kind. Personally, I’m really looking forward to the sequel!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

The planet Ethos is at war with an enemy known as the Splicers. Their only successful defense is the Prime Initiative. All newborn babies with the compatible genetic code are taken from their families and injected with the Prime Stimulus. Each child that survives the stimulus develops an extraordinary ability and is conscripted into the military for training.

After turning 12, Aidan is moved to the upper-class at the Mount Fegorio training complex. His special gifts allow him unprecedented success in the virtual training simulations, advancing him further than any prime cadet in history. No one knows what lies after sim 299, not even Director Tuskin, the reclusive ruler of their planet. But something, or someone, has been guiding Aidan there. If he can pass the final tests, he may discover the key to ending the Splicer War.

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Publication:  October 28th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Page Count: 286
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever by Jeff Strand

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

I’m not even sure this still counts as an ARC review since the books was published 2 days ago… But since I received an ARC copy 3 months ago and simply wasn’t able to finish it due to my reading slump: I’ll consider it an ARC review.

Firstly I would like to express my appreciation for this book because it took me out of my reading slump. I’m forever grateful Jeff Strand!

Now on to the review itself: If I had to sum up Jeff Strand’s The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever in one sentence it would be “I wish I had picked it up earlier”! Jeff’s writing is very light and accessible, the plot and characters are wonderfully funny and it’s never “too much”. I know we all have read some comedies with jokes that sounded forced, but not The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. If this book was a sound it would be a laugh with a smile in the end. Because underneath all the fun and zombies there were very important messages like when to know to give up, and when to know to not. That friends are important, and everything has measure. That we don’t have to live everything in High School, there’s still a world of things to live after that.

A light read full of meaning. I recommend 100%!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

After producing 3 horror films that went mostly ignored on YouTube, Justin and his filmmaking buddies decide it’s time to make something epic. In fact, they’re going to make The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever. They may not have money or a script, but they have passion. 

Hemmed in by a one-month timeline and a cast of uncooperative extras, but aching to fulfill Alicia’s (the female lead and Justin’s crush) dreams, Justin must face the sad, sad truth: he may, in actuality, be producing The Worst Zombie Movie Ever.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: March 1st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Comedy
Page Count: 272
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Mean Girls Club by Ryan Heshka

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Book Rate: ★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)

Review:

Reading this book was a very weird experience, I must admit…

The moment I saw the cover and the title I got so excited to read it! I finished it in 10 minutes and my first thoughts were:

  • “Oh.”
  • “Ok…”
  • “There’s barely any plot, like at all…”
  • “And I didn’t even get to really know the characters. Not a single one of them!”
  • “I’m the exact same person I was before I started reading this book. I only lost 10 minutes of my life.”
  • “…”
  • “Or maybe not…”
  • “Let me google the name on the last page…”

And that was when I understood that Mean Girls Club is not one of those books with kickass assassins like Throne of Glass‘s Celaena or an important feminist plot like I was imagining. It is simply a book that like all books is supposed to make you feel something. In this case it is discomfort: these women are unbelievable! They torture, kill, steal, do drugs, DRINK TEARS! It just reminded me of a group of guys from the Mafia or something… And then it hit me. This is the feminine correspondent, something I had never seen portrayed before!

And as good as it felt to understand this book, it still didn’t compensate for the disappointment it was. I think it would have really gained a lot if it had a little more plot and depth… I mean the drawings are great with their vintage side and all. But I really would’ve liked to know this group of girls better…

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★☆☆☆☆
  • Characters ★☆☆☆☆
  • Graphics ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★☆☆☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

This bold comic is full of sassy club-singing sisters who you don’t wanna mess with! Introducing: Pinky, Sweets, Blackie, McQualude, and Wanda. Together they form the Mean Girls Club, a menacing powerhouse of ruthless rebels.

Publisher: Nobrow Press
Date of Publication: February 2nd 2016
Genre: Comics
Page Count: 24
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Edelweiss to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Cookie Classics Made Easy by Brandi Scalise

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Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

As soon as I saw Cookie Classic Made Easy was available as an ARC I had this idea for a different kind of review. Since I didn’t feel good review this book only based on the format and writing style of the book, I decided to cook (yes, cook, like in the kitchen, like risking my life if I made a big mess and my mum found out!!) in order to be able to review its content as well.

(This is the time when you face slap yourself and whisper “Why Rebeca? Whyyy?”.) But it actually went quite well!

So if you want to see a bit of my cooking experience just click play on the following video:

Overall, I thought Cookie Classics Made Easy has an amazing presentation, very clean and appealing, the receipts are very well structured, easy to read and organized. The cooking itself didn’t require a lot of equipment or kitchen experience, but the result wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. The cookies were eatable but not even near delicious. I do believe this could be not the book’s fault but my own, I’m not that good of a cook… But really I’ll just leave it to you to decide and try if you think you can do better than I did anyway! Let me know if you did 😉

Detailed Rating:

  • Content ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★★
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

The 40 recipes in this delicious collection use a foolproof formula that requires just one bowl, minimal baking equipment, and no previous experience! You’ll find your tried-and-true favorites here — from Chewy Chocolate Chip to Oatmeal Raisin, Shortbread, Ginger Molasses, and Snickerdoodles — plus many more that are sure to become new must-haves, such as Lemon Ginger, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Rum Raisin, Pecan Delight, and Vanilla Walnut Pear. Warm, crave-worthy cookies are just minutes away!

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Cooking, Non-fiction
Page Count: 96
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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