Book Review: Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

20130619-075202.jpgTitle: Killing Sarai

Author: J.A. Redmerski

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…

My Review: I guess I should start by saying that after reading The Edge of Never I’ve come to have really high expectations for Ms. Redmerski’s work. In hindsight it might appear that I was setting that bar impossibly high except for the fact that this book blew me away and surpassed all of my expectations.

Sarai has been Javier’s prisoner for years. She has survived while always dreaming of surviving. Now, after nine years she finally has the chance in the form of Victor. Victor comes off as cold and unfeeling. I was unsure as to whether he is either closed of to his emotions or is simply unfeeling. At least that’s what he wants us to think. Sarai, however, sees past his walls. As unwilling as he may be to helping her, he keeps finding himself in situations where that’s exactly what’s happening.

After Sarai’s escape, I could see that the story was headed in a certain direction. Kill or be killed. As in Javier is unwilling to allow her to live and it becomes clear that one of them has to die. The story becomes centered around this and is clearly leading to this resolution. Honestly I expected the story to end once it got to this point. Yet, I was very pleasantly surprised when the story continued.

Up until that point, Sarai and Victor had been getting to know each other and accepting each other for who they really are. Past this point in the story, everything changes. They start to bond, walls start coming down, the pace of the story changes and Killing Sarai becomes about them, their development, their relationship and their bond. All in an action packed, suspenseful package.

In conclusion, I loved reading Killing Sarai. It was unexpected but real and romantic and truly an adventure. Redmerski has this talent of drawing her readers in and wrapping them around her fingers and there are so many plot twists laying in wait to keep us readers on our toes that there are no dull moments. All in all, a great read and one I recommend.

*I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Book Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

20130604-102212.jpgTitle: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2)

Author: Katie McGarry

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. “Dance with me, Beth.”

“No.” I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again….

“I dare you…”

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….

My Review: OK… Well I guess it’s confession time. I never read Pushing The Limits… Yeah, this is my first Katie McGarry novel. So while I read reviews about how awesome it was to see Noah and Echo’s happy ending in this novel, I could only agree on how happy they are and say that they were great supporting characters. The point of this rant is that Dare You To does great as a stand alone novel.

    “Her boney fingers relax against my head and I wish she’d tell me she loves me, because I love her. She may be a drug addict and an alcoholic and she’s probably a whore, but she’s my mom. My mom.”

Beth, the protagonist, i just adored. I’m not even sure easy is part of her vocabulary. Since she was in the third grade her life took a turn for the worst. Now a senior in high school she’s still trying to pick up the pieces. Her mom is a mess and Beth tries her best to take care of her. It’s really heartbreaking to see them interact. To see her form of motherhood. But Beth, she deals with it all the only way she knows how. She builds these walls around her made of anger and bitterness. It keeps her from getting hurt. That seems to work most of the time… Until she meets Ryan.

Ryan is his town’s golden boy. All anyone ever sees when they look at him is how perfect his life is. Little do they know just how bad things are. How much his family is tearing at the seams and the facade of perfection is the only thing keeping them together. Losing is a fate he does not accept. Meeting Beth came from a dare and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Beth however, refuses to let him in. This is the start of a beautiful relationship and the beginning of true love.

    “Are you scared?” I ask him. Because I am. Terrified. Earlier I was anxious, but not frightened. This isn’t me giving him a memory. This is me giving him my heart.”

I have to say I absolutely love this novel. It has the felling of a fairytale in the most realistic way I’ve seen. You know the type that love really does conquer all. I love seeing Ryan tear Beth’s walls done and be completely unforgiving for it. The both help each other face their demons and become better people for it.

Dare You To is a novel that captures your attention and your heart and it is a book that is just painful to put down. It demands your attention and will hold your mind and your heart in a vice until you finish it. As my first McGarry novel, she’s already made a fan out of me. I look forward to reading the next Pushing The Limits which will feature Isiah and I know will be absolutely swoon worthy. 😉

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure Title: The Eternity Cure (The Blood of Eden #2)

Author: Julie Kagawa

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

My Review: Buzz, buzz, buzz… This book has been generating such a buzz. Well bees, I get it ok? This book was amazing. I get what all the hype is about and yes, I’ve joined the ‘everyone read The Eternity Cure because it’s pure awesomeness’ train.

The Eternity Cure is a novel that is very easy to fall in love with. The novel itself with its plot twists, action, suspense, badassedness and yes, it’s romance make for an all consuming read. So imagine everything you enjoyed in The Immortal Rules with a better story line and amazing character development. I loved how dark this novel is and the development and complexity of the relationships.

As for characters: Alison is amazing. She continues to deal with the struggle of monster vs. humanity and I love how realistic it is. She is strong physically, morally and emotionally and it was awesome to see her prevail when these strengths were tested. Zeke, OMG Zeke! Yep, he’s back. He is such a heart throb and I cannot even describe how ecstatic I was to have him be a part of this novel and getting to know him better. Eden changed him for the better and we find him in full suitor mode. Jackal plays a big part in the storyline and boy was I holding a grudge against him from The Immortal Rules. But that couldn’t last forever I guess. He continues to be self motivated and clearly using Alison, but he’s funny and the suspense of never knowing how trustworthy he is helped keep me on the edge of my seat. Kanin continues to be awesome. In this novel we get to know him in weakness, kindness, anger and strength. And last but not least Stick. Boy did he piss me off. He’s a total tool. Well, he is. The thing though that pissed me off the most about him was Alison’s inability to truly see him for what he is and not who he was.

The Eternity Cure is a complete rollercoaster ride. From laughter and tears, to excitement and suspense. I never knew what to expect and loved every single word of it. This book is definitely one I recommend and 100% worth the buzz.

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster Title: Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)

Author: Jamie McGuire

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

My Review: Ok so when I heard that there would be a sequel to Beautiful Disaster I was very excited. It took me a while to find out that it was the same story but from Travis’ point of view. Well either way, I still wanted to read it. I had a love/hate relationship with Beautiful Disaster but did enjoy it. I was expecting a full on stand alone novel that followed the same story line of Beautiful Disaster. However, this was not the case, and this was the cause of some disappointed.

The best way I can think to describe it is that I felt McGuire had specific scenes that she wanted Travis to have a voice for. Those scenes where quite good but the rest of the book is mostly glossing over events to get to the next major scene. It was not bad. I came to know and like Travis in this novel- I didn’t so much before and I found myself enjoying it. However, Walking Disaster is not at all a stand alone novel. To me, it was meant to fill in some blanks while hearing the story from someone else’s point of view. If you have not read Beautiful Disaster and pick this book to read, I’m not sure you would be able to fully appreciate or enjoy this novel. Again, this is a fill in the blanks book. It perfectly compliments Beautiful Disaster.

This novel, continues the story past the point of where Beautiful Disaster ended and I have to say, it is one of the things I loved most about this book. The seeing beyond the airport, seeing America’s argument, and their happily ever after. The ending was absolutely beautiful and helped me fall in love with this book. So while I had some issues with this novel, that ending more than made up for it.

While the bulk of the story was in a gray area for me, the beginning left me crying like a baby and the ending had me giddy with joy. Not really a good thing but I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. I enjoyed getting to know Travis better, my quenched curiosity and their happily ever after.

I would definitely recommend to someone who read and enjoyed Beautiful Disaster.

Thank you Simon&Schuster for allowing me to read this ARC through Netgalley.

Book Review: The Lost Prince

Lost PrinceTitle: The Lost Prince

Author: Julie Kagawa

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My Review: I’ll start by saying that I am a fan of Kagawa’s work and an even bigger fan of her Iron Fey series. When I heard she would be continuing the story through Ethan I was completely thrilled. So keep in mind I started this novel with high expectations and to be honest was very much disappointed.

Let me be honest, this book had the potential to be amazing. A lot of the characters that we came to know and love in The Iron Fey series make a reappearance in this novel: Puck, Grimalkin, Glitch, Ash and a few others. This was something I quite enjoyed. Also taking into account some great action scenes, romance- which you know I love, and Meghan this novel really had the potential to be amazing but let me explain what I didn’t like about it:

This book turned out to be very frustrating for me. I didn’t understand Ethan and I didn’t like his character. He has redeeming qualities like good intentions and the want to help others… But overall, I found him to be weak and a martyr. It’s like his only strength is his outer appearance- which is fierce and pretty badass. But inside he’s weak and always being bullied and manipulated. I found myself at a loss and completely not understanding his rationale and reasoning. I also hated his lack of strength and resolve.

I found Part 1 to be lacking. It was very slow to start up and I found myself with the hope that once the story really started the action would be unparalleled. Well, that wasn’t the case. I found the overall pacing to be slow and the story dragged for me. As much as I might enjoy parts of the story I had trouble connecting to the characters. And Ethan’s mom… Well, she drove me nuts. Seriously.

While I was struggling to connect to some characters, I was completely disliking another. Kenzie plays Ethan’s love interest and through some bad circumstances gets dragged along for a ride to fairyland. She really is different and I struggled to figure out her intentions. I didn’t at all trust her. I didn’t see one heroine bone in her fictional body. She was more of a pest for me. At some point, her story is revealed and it’s touching and the only point where she was a likeable character for me.

I can see that this is a great stand alone novel although it brings so much of the Iron King series into it. It’s great closure for those who read that series and enjoyed it. Seeing Meghan and Ash and where they are now… The novel for me was really hot and cold- I dislike it one minute then I feel it’s not so bad the next. I realized that the biggest negative were the characters- not only did I not connect to them but I disliked them. Furthermore, romance loving me was happy to see the sparks flying. The romance at first was very cheesy but it got better and that was definitely a plus. And also, the novel ended well.

As you can see in my rant, I didn’t particularly enjoy the book. However, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading it. That is unless you have high expectations for it, dislike weak characters and dislike badly paced books. This books is Kagawa’s and she brings some of her magic to The Lost Prince, it just wasn’t enough for me.

ARC was provided by Harlequin Teen via NetGalley.

Book Review: Covet

Title: Covet (The Clann #2)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart. Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she’s becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don’t expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

A reckoning is coming… and not everyone will survive.

My Review: In essence Covet is the same as Crave. It is about forbidden love, friendship, family and playing the cards you are dealt in life.

This novel begins with Savannah returning from Paris with Tristan. Tristan is still unaware of the promise she made to the vampire council. The Clann is going crazy trying to find him and kidnapped Savannah’s grandmother in the hopes of finding his whereabouts. When they reach the Circle where her Nanna is being held hostage, Savannah once again promises to stay away from Tristan- this time with him hearing it.

Although the story is once again told in switching POVs, the first half of the book it is mostly Savannah’s narrating. I gotta say this made the book so emotional for me. Boy did this book bring on the waterworks. Savannah experiences so much loss and her narrations are so real and honest that the reader is riding this emotional roller coaster along with her. I love how easy Darnell makes it for the reader to connect with her characters.

We also get to met some new characters and see a lot of character development. This also includes us leaning people’s motivations… Um, like Dylan- He’s always been such a douche. In Covet your opinion of him will not change, after everything, he is still a douche. But with the insight Darnell provides you begin to sympathize with him. We learn what his motivations are and why he is the way he is. Then there is Savannah. Man do I love how much stronger and independent she becomes in this book. She also learns to forgive herself and to live with her mistakes. After the death of one of her loved ones, I was hoping with all of my might that Savannah would rebel- in a kind of F*** everyone kind of way. But thankfully she is smarted than me and rebels in the awesomest way possible. So guys are you ready for this **SPOILER**? Savannah learns to wield magic. It leads to the most amazing showdown and I loved every word of it.

One thing I did not completely appreciate is Darnell use of foreshadowing. She does it in such a way that made a lot of potentially amazing plot twists become transparently obvious. I think it would have enjoyed it more if she used the element of surprise more.

With all that being said, I gotta say I have no clue what to expect in the sequel. Covet ended in a way I wasn’t expecting and it has the potential to make or break the romance between these star crossed lovers. Because although Savannah turned out to be a woman of her word, Darnell still finds a way for this novel to still be about them and in a way romantic. In the yearning and ‘I love you but can’t have you’ kind of way.

I believe Covet is a great sequel. It is emotional, romantic and nearly impossible to put down. I enjoyed the action and am left with nothing but curiosity for it’s sequel.

*I want to thank HarlequinTEEN for providing me this ARC.

Book Review: Legends Lost

Title: Legends Lost

Author: Janet McNulty

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Amborese thought she was a peasant’s daughter until one night dark creatures murdered her parents and pursued her into the forest. Saved by a talking cat and her friend Zolo, she fled for her life only to learn that she had a bigger destiny than she once believed. Pursued across the five lands of Tesnayr by an evil wizard’s army, Amborese must overcome her doubts and unite the dragons, elves, dwarves, and the five lands themselves. But will they follow a mere girl?

When I read the description for this book I was immediately interested. However, I was not at all prepared for the awesomeness McNulty presents to us in Legends Lost. Her storytelling rivals that of Christopher Paolini and J.K. Rowling.

The story is about a girl, Amborese, who discovers that there is more to her life than being a peasants daughter and has a destiny to fulfill. It is a very intriguing and action packed book. It is told in a way that you, as a reader, are always aware of the happenings in Tesnayr. McNulty does a great job of setting the scene from the language to the imagery.

The story is told in third person POV and has a wide array of interesting characters. Every character serves a purpose and even the most insignificant seeming characters turn up later in the book and play a part in the progression of the story line. I was seriously into this book. At the beginning of the book I kept thinking of how much Legends Lost reminded me of Eragon and Harry Potter but it took on a life of its own. It is a book I would recommend to anyone, especially those who enjoyed these books.

Now, although overall I really enjoyed this book, I do have some complaints. There is a part where Amborese meets dwarves on her travels and one night they have some sort of celebration. Here they start singing some drunk never-ending song and McNulty shares their lyrics- and that is my complaint. I kept reading the lyrics wondering what role the would play in the story line… Well they don’t play any role at all and I also found it terrible boring. So if my ranting has not sufficed to state the obvious, I did not like or enjoy the dwarves songs in any way. *Spoiler Alert* Then there is the matter of Sylena’s death. (I’m not sure if anyone will consider this a spoiler- but just in case.) My complaint here is her dying period. She is a faerie and is therefore supposed to be immortal. Right? I just wished that was explained. Was the lion somehow magical and her immortality ceased to exist before his magic? Or did her turning evil rid her of her immortality? Overall, I just wish the reader was provided with more information. Next, I found Amborese’s grief at the end of part one to be a little unrealistic. Well not so much the grief itself but the way she handled it. I wished McNulty would have given us more insight to her feelings at that moment instead of simply stating (something like) “she was sad but squared her shoulders and moved on with her life.” I feel so dramatic for stating it that way but I think my point was made.

So to summarize, although I had a few complaints it was overall an amazing read. It’s a book I would definitely recommend and a book that deserves to be read.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author to review

Book Review: Any Love But Mine

Title: Any Love But Mine

Author: Debbie Davies

Rating: 3 of 5 Star

Synopsis: Look but don’t touch has never been more true…
The gods forbade her to love, but love is a powerful force. Acacia has been created purely for Eros’ pleasure but discovers within moments of being summoned into his presence that he has no interest in her whatsoever. Rejected, she is banished to Earth to serve as Eros’ minion with the task of promoting the blissful state of love among all those around her, a state she must never indulge in with a human being herself on pain of immediate destruction. And then comes Josh, someone whose power of attraction over Acacia is so intense she will find it utterly impossible to resist him. But is he human? Is he a god? Or is he a trick of the gods? And what would happen should they kiss?

To perfectly sum up how I feel about this book let me state what a three star rating means to me: It was mostly a good read for me but I had some issues with it. It was just good enough that I enjoyed it and don’t regret reading it. I am not likely to re-read this book.

Anyone who knows me can contest to the fact that I am a romance lover. Good thing I am, were it not for that I would have never finished this book. And that’s saying something! I pride myself in finishing every book I start.

However, in order to not get ahead of myself I will start with the good. As you may have guessed with the synopsis, this book is based on Greek mythology. That in itself was a positive for me as I tend to enjoy that from time to time. I also enjoyed Davies rendition of the gods. Along with everything else, and as previously mentioned, I particularly enjoyed the romance. The second bout more than the first.

*Continue at your own risk as I will now provide SPOILERS

As it turns out I have a long list of dislikes and will apologize now for the ranting I am bound to do. So, my first and biggest dislike is Acacia. I found her to be weak and selfish. I was disgusted with the way she ALWAYS tended to act. Had she been a strong heroine this book would have been great all around for me. I think there is a difference between playing the hand you’re dealt and taking everything lying down. With that being said Acacia tends to the latter. Big emphasis on the word tends. As it turns out, she is not always that way. When she finally stands up for something she proves to the reader that not only is she weak, she is also selfish. If you are asking yourself what situation lead me to this conclusion I should first remind you that she is forbidden to love anyone who is not Eros. Well it turns out that not only does she find love, but she finds her soul mate. Upon Eros finding out he warns her that if she continues to see Josh (her first love interest and again emphasis on first) he would send them both to hell (literally). Upon which time he would make sure that her punishment be watching Josh get tortured forevermore. As the reader I was happy to see her finally get some backbone and stand up for something. However, she does not think things through and never reveals the truth to Josh. This leads to Josh’s “death” and her being sent to the underworld.

It’s important for me to now stress that finding a soul mate is a big deal, especially in this novel. So this leads to my next dislike: how quickly she moves on from Josh (her soul mate) to Lucas, his murderer. Now is the part where I grudgingly admit that Lucas was my favorite character- until it turns out that he was a backstabbing liar. Ok, ok. Sheesh! I know calling him a backstabber might be a stretch.

So in order to cut my ranting short I will move on to my next big dislike: I was truly frustrated and annoyed by all the secret keeping. Call it a life lesson but I don’t trust people who keep too many secrets. Acacia was surrounded by people who did only that. And I cannot count the times I was tempted to throw this book down in frustration at her easy acceptance of this. (Although she tossed around the idea of confronting these secret keepers she never acted on it.) I refuse to believe that if any person knew that another held a secret that has to do with them and can help them not only take control of their life and understand it better but also alter it would simply let sleeping dogs lie. But to be fair, secret keeping tends to be a BIG book pet peeve of mine.

Since I am sick of ranting I  hope that I have expressed myself enough. If not, here is a quick recap: I had mixed feelings about this book. It mostly annoyed and frustrated me; Had it not been for the romance I would have never enjoyed or finished this book.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author to review 

The Moon Dwellers

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers #1) by David Estes


In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents’ crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.

4 of 5 Stars

I’m having a hard time finding the right words to express myself… Let me start by saying to Mr.Estes: I am truly impressed. I loved reading this book and you are making a fan out of me. I was completely captivated by The Moon Dwellers.

This is an impossible to put down, roller coaster of a book. It is romantic, action packed, funny, romantic, heart warming, did I mention romantic? This book was amazing. I felt like an adrenaline fiend reading this book- always looking forward to the next exciting action scene. Then there’s the romance, it is one of the predominant themes in this book but it is done in such a realistic classy way. I enjoyed how their connection was presented and where that one look leads them both.

So this story revolves around Adele and Tristan. Adele a girl who, like many others, has been unjustly incarcerated by a corrupt government. Tristan is a the son of the president (or should I say King?) who is nothing like his father and the next in line to rule. They both have two things in common: 1) They are trying to recover from loses in life that left them hollow. 2) They have this crazy connection they don’t even understand. This story is told in first person POV and the narration alternates between Adele and Tristan. They are both strong relatable characters; It was easy to understand them and connect to them.

I think this was a nice addition to the dystopian category. Estes did a great job of setting a believable scenario. It was clearly well thought out and even his simile’s reflected it. One of my favorites being, “Waiting for the man is as boring as watching rocks being eroded by the flow of an underground stream.”

So if I haven’t stressed this enough, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the sequel. It’s one I would definitely recommend.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author to review


101 by Margaret Chatwin



How do you get desperately needed answers when no one is talking? Who do you trust in a place full of criminals, a place where it’s easy to mistake friends for enemies and enemies for friends? And how is it possible for one girl to seemingly vanish into thin air, especially when the place is surrounded by sixteen foot high electric fences?
When Trigg and his sister Ren are sentenced to township 101 for the crime of defending themselves, and Ren suddenly comes up missing, Trigg must ask himself these same questions.
Something else he’d like to know is, how do you survive when the flaws of the NAO’s justice system has turned a simple punishment into a game of life or death?

5 of 5 Stars

Ok, to put it simply, 101 was amazing. It is completely captivating from the start. The protagonist Trigg is so relatable and I found myself emotionally invested in the book.

I don’t usually like to give away the storyline but feel it’s necessary for reviewing this particular book. So here goes: Trigg and his sister Ren are sentenced unfairly to an NAO township (which reminded me of the holocaust style ghettos). Soon after arriving Ren vanishes and Trigg searches for her. Well this search takes up most of the book and it is compelling. Eventually he finds her. (In case you haven’t read the book and are wondering why this is a spoiler, well, it seemed pretty unlikely that Trigg would find Ren.) The story is so fast paced and at this point it seemed that there was nothing left to happen. I was expecting a clacker to appear and hear someone scream “cut!” End of book one and here’s the start of a series. Well it doesn’t happen that way. It turns out that there’s is still plenty to happen. Trigg looked for Ren with such single minded focus that I was left guessing after the jump, not sure what was next. The book is mostly that: a guessing game. I never knew what would happen next. The book ended very well. (Although I say that if Chatwin had chosen to start a series she could have easily gotten 3 books out of everything that happened in this one.)

The characters were pretty cool. Trigg is a weak person who finds strength in the need to act. I enjoyed seeing his character grow. He was relatable and endearing. I came to respect him and his strength. As much as I may like Trigg I have to admit that my favorite character was Pintar. He comes off as selfish and an asshole and although he’s blunt he’s still relatable. And at the end of the day has a pretty big heart. He provided me with a few good chuckles and it warmed my heart to see him thawing and become such a support system for Trigg.

The setting and storyline were completely believable, it was presented well and there was nothing that made me question the validity of it. I also wanted to say that I love the lack of curse words. The book is set in a tough environment and I expected to be bombarded with profanity. I was impressed with Chatwin setting such scenes and even with the dialogue without one bad word.

The book is amazing. It is impossible to put down with its action scenes and Trigg’s incredible story.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author to review