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 + Giveaway: Immortal Mine

Immortal MineTitle: Immortal Mine

Author: Cindy C. Bennett

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Niahm (pronounced Neeve) Parker is thoroughly content with her life in the small town of Goshen. Her parents, who travel frequently for their work, have raised a headstrong, independent teen. While her peers can hardly wait for the opportunity to leave, Niahm plans to stay forever.

When Shane Coleman and his nephew Sam move into town, it’s the biggest event to happen in as long as anyone can remember. It’s quite remarkable for anyone to move into Goshen rather than out, but when it’s discovered that Sam is 17, it requires some serious burning of the phone lines. All the teen girls are thrilled to have a new hottie in town—all except Niahm. Sam Coleman represents a threat to her perfect way of life.

Sam is drawn to Niahm against his will. He’d prefer to not be bound to this angry, stubborn, unlikeable girl. Unfortunately, he has no choice. However, Sam didn’t plan on falling for Niahm. For Immortals, love is not only forbidden, but dangerous for her. He finds himself in a fight not only for Niahm’s heart, but to protect her from being harmed by those who seek to destroy Sam and those like him.

Niahm finds herself attracted to the tall, copper-headed boy, who becomes her friend and then her support when tragedy strikes. Soon, she begins to realize that there may be more to Sam than she ever suspected… much more. But what he truly is, she can’t begin to imagine.

My Review: Niahm is a self-sufficient 17-year-old who has been taking care of herself and her farm while her parents travel the world. She loves her hometown of Goshen and pretty much has her life planned out. People moving into this small town is unheard of. But when it is found out that these two guys are hot and single- one a teenager and one an adult, the whole town goes out to meet them. Niahm and Sam get off on the wrong food. It’s all pretty silly but man do they seem to hate each other. They are so focused on the tension they hardly see the sparks flying.

The book is pretty good. I enjoyed it and it turned out to be more than I expected. It’s addictive and felt very real. I laughed, cried and fell in love. Also, I would get so caught up in the book (with the characters, emotions, storyline) I would forget myself. I would catch myself, look around and realize I was actually reading and not watching a film or something. This was the book for me. An amazing escape that keeps you guessing and is addictive.

Niamh is a relatable character. She is head strong and self-contained and a good mixture of strong and vulnerable. Sam is a total sweetheart. He lacks the ability to think things through but he is patient and loving and sweet. Sam and Niamh make a great couple. Honestly though, all the characters in this novel are great.

Reading a story about immortals, I expected it to be generic and along the lines of: boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall irrevocably in love. Boy reveals inhuman-ous to girl. She may or may not freak out. She gets over it.They live happily ever after. I expected this. I thought I knew where the story was headed. Honestly I found that it followed my blueprint to a point then I was left not knowing what to expect. I found the pacing slowed alot on a couple of parts but even that did little to deter me from this read.

I found this book to be great. I loved many things in this novel: the romance, the characters, the action… But above all, the ending was amazing. I found that it ended well but with a few questions in the air. Cindy, if you ever write a sequel for Immortal Mine you can count me in on the list of readers who will be anxious to get her hands on it.

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

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Book Review: Guardians of the Akasha

gaurdians of the akashaTitle: Guardians of the Akasha

Author: Celia Stander

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Eighteen-year old Keira Wilde has finished school and is determined to make her own plans for her future, thank you very much. She wants to be a photographer; not go to Oxford, like her parents want, or be a hero, like her aunt wants. But Keira’s plans go flying out of the window when she is attacked on the streets of London and she is forced to use her powers in self-defense.

Unfortunately, her actions attract the attention of a predator intent on using her…or destroying her. Preferring to be neither used nor destroyed, Keira takes charge of her destiny and enters the hidden world of the Guardians of the Akasha.

Fighting side by side with the battle-scarred Marco Santana, they race from London to Argentina and a castle in the forests of the Czech Republic to find the source of all knowledge and prevent the fabric of time from unraveling.

My Review: Keira Wilde has just graduated from high school and wishes to fulfill her dream of traveling the world with her camera in tow. This is all a possibility if she can manage to confront her parents and break out of the mold they have created for her. But fate intervenes and she is forced to face a destiny she never imagined possible.

Guardians of the Akasha is a great action adventure novel. The story, although frequently being told from multiple points of view, revolves around Keira. Which by the way, I really enjoyed her character. She was a pretty strong character that even through betrayal, attacks, loss and isolation never loss her sense of self. She was a joy to read about and she constantly impressed me.

As I said, there were multiple POVs. The story is mostly narrated by Keira but there are constant shifts so that the reader has a kind of birds eye view of what’s going on in the story. Truth be told, it was something I really liked- most of the time. Overall, the effect of shifting POVs was a definite bonus for me as a reader. I loved knowing what was happening on such a wide scale. However, there were plenty of times that I was really into the story- the romance, the action, and then the narrator would change and so would the pace of the story. It created a lull in the story that I came to dislike. So if you haven’t picked up on it yet, I definitely had a love- hate relationship going on there. Yet to be fair the closer the story gets to the climax, this ceases to be an issue. Plus, although all of the above is a fact for me the biggest truth here is that I hated the spotlight being taken from Keira and Marco. I loved their story so much and I hated being diverted from it- at first.

So… Yeah. Marco. Pretty hot stuff. If I assigned grades to authors, Stander would have scored an A on HOT love interests. I loved Keira’s attraction to him and their chemistry. The tension between the two was entertaining to say the least and their developed trust in each other was sweet. At the end of it all, I wish the book had been longer. I believe Keira’s character was very well developed but her relationship with Marco was not. The chemistry was there and I loved that. Yet they had a romance that could of rivaled that of classics and I feel that Stander just barely scratched the surface.

Ok, as my last complaint for this novel, there were ALOT of characters and I had difficulty keeping up with all of them. Seriously, it was like a game of Where’s Waldo for me. I would have to sit there blankly staring at the page trying to jog my memory to remember a name. It was mostly a successful venture. Yet here I am having finished the novel and am still asking myself ‘who is Chetan?’ I don’t blame Stander as I could be to blame for rushing through the beginning. I truthfully think that if I were to read this novel a second time I would probably fall on love with it and be raving about it with 5 Stars.

I believe Stander has done a great job with this novel. With an array of great characters, an epic battle of good vs evil, a spark of romance and a unique premise Stander leaves you satisfied yet yearning for more. Stander is a great storyteller. I am looking forward to the sequel and reading more of her work.

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

Book Review: Sweet Evil

sweet evilTitle: Sweet Evil

Author: Wendy Higgins

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

My Review: Sweet Evil is one of those books where a lot happens. With today’s YA I’ve gotten used to novels like from the Marked series where you are given enough of a story line for it to be called a novel. You know the kind, protagonist has a problem and resolves a fraction of it then the book ends. The ridiculous example I’ve come up with for those of you who have not read Marked is: a girl who is in desperate need of a tampon and is going mad trying to find a store selling them in the middle of the night. After countlessly following false leads and getting lost a few times she finally finds a 24hr pharmacy. End of book one. Read the sequel to see if the pharmacy had any in stock. 😉 Lol… YA novels have truly turned into this. I’ve gotten so used to this that when I’m reading a novel and the character gets over a major hurdle I keep expecting the novel to come to an end. Ok, enough of my rant- Sweet Evil is nothing like this. A lot happened and the story just keeps going. I loved that about it!

Things I really enjoyed about this novel are Anna’s strength, her honesty about her feelings, her father, Kopano and her mom. Since I’ve mentioned her parents, they are amazing. The overprotective mom who tries her hardest to protect her and backs down to no one when it comes to her child. Her father is amazing. His love for her is heartwarming and he truly kept me looking for him and when I was reading about him, I enjoyed the book so much more!

Higgins does a great job of easing us into this novel. Admittedly, the way the story starts I got a flashback of reading City of Bones. I’m not sure if the both start the exact same way, it has been a few years since I read it. But here I am reading a scene about a girl standing in line with her best friend, which is a guy, waiting to get into a club…. It took me a minute to remember the novel I was reading and a few pages in there was no need for a reminder. It was interesting and different. With Higgins’ explanations of niphilim it’s clear that a lot of thought went into this novel. So yeah, back to the easing: Higgins easily hooks us into the story yet she gradually reveals the truth about Anna and its done in a great way.

The way everyone is always raving about Kaiden on Goodreads, it’s clear that he is the star of this novel. Yet I have mixed feelings about him. It was pretty clear to me that he had feelings for Anna despite how he acted. My problem is that I don’t think he would be good for her. In the sense that I believe that not only can she do better but she deserves better. Not that he’s that terrible, it’s just that I prefer someone else for her. The ideal guy? Kopano. He’s also a niphilim and because of his story they understand each other and he’s honest about his feelings. They are similar in so many ways and I truly think that they would be great together. Now I just have to wait around for Sweet Peril to see if Higgins is going to try my dream couple out for size. Also, with everything I’ve said, I just want to point out that I don’t get why Kaiden is one of Goodreads favorite love interests. Is there something about him that I’m simply not getting?

Update: According to this there will be no love triangle for Anna…

You guys are aware of my stalking tendencies right? After reading this novel I was checking Higgins out and found that on her website she has a tab just for extras. In particular she offers two chapters from Sweet Evil in Kaiden’s point of view. I would definitely say to check them out. While reading Sweet Evil I wasn’t exactly a Kaiden fan, in fact I’m still not but these chapters lessened my dislike of him. They are an enjoyable read. Here is a direct link to them: Chapter 1 from Kai’s POV and Chapter 26 from Kai’s POV.

Book Review: Walking in the Shadows

walking in the shadowsTitle: Walking in the Shadows

Author: Cassandra Giovanni

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.

This is Abigail Martin’s nightmare. After her parents become the first victims of a serial killer obsessed with the vampire saga, “Crimson Reign,” Abigail does the only thing that she thinks will save her from her parent’s fate–she becomes some one else. As Vera MacIntrye, she falls in love with the very handsome Tad Knightley, and then walks into her first day at her new school to see him standing at the front of the classroom. He’s every teenage girls fantasy, but as he writes “Mr. Knightley: AP British Literature” across the white board Vera realizes the one person who filled the gaping hole in her heart will soon rip it wide open again.

Vera struggles to adjust to being a ‘normal’ teenager with very adult responsibilities like paying the rent, buying groceries and making sure that lights stay on, while being drawn time and time again back to her off-limits teacher. What’s worse is he is drawn to her too, and their worlds refuse to stay apart when Tad finds Vera screaming in terror in the parking lot after the winter formal. The murderer has struck again and is getting closer to the next target–Vera. Tad will do whatever he can to save her, even if it means losing his dream job, but will it be enough when the murderer is closer than anyone ever thought?

My Review: Imagine walking in to your Lit class the first day of your senior year and seeing your boyfriend teaching the class… So that’s exactly how Walking in the Shadows starts. Yep, Giovanni definitely caught my attention with that intro.

Vera, the main character, is someone with a very traumatic past. She is independent and strong. She is also closed off and hardly let’s anyone in. She is drowning in secrets and protects herself and those she cares about by not revealing them. Yet when her past starts to catch up to her she is forced to confide in someone and it is at this point that the story gets even better.

Tad is living out his dream as a British Lit high school teacher. He is smart, protective and very much in love with Vera. He is put in a position where he has to decide what matters more to him: Vera or the job of his dreams.

I love the theme of forbidden love and Giovanni does it very well. Tad and Vera are head over heels for each other but with her being a high school student and he her teacher, the risk of being together is always hanging over their heads. Yet their romance was very sweet and I enjoyed it.

Now for the negative: Have you guys read the blurb? The last line if the blurb states will it be enough when the murderer is closer than anyone ever thought? This line left me in suspicion. That’s right, it made me suspicious of every character and it took away from the novel for me.

Also Vera, I found, was a strong character. She was dealing with a lot of problems and a lot of emotions but she found a way to hold it all together. I found her to be brave and smart and headstrong. However, at some point in the book she starts to unravel. Honestly, I found her weakness at the time to be reasonable. Yet it took away from the novel for me. After all, what I enjoyed most about her character was her strength. I dislike weak characters and once her strength started to shatter, I tended to get really frustrated with the book. I have a whole shelf on Goodreads dedicated to books like this- “cringe inducing”. It is mostly reserved for novels with weak and needy protagonists. And although this faze did not last long for her, it took the book out of the 5 star range.

Even with that, there is something about this novel that really got to me. It may have been the beautiful romance or Giovanni’s take on modern vampires. It was a good read with its action, suspense and drama. Walking in the Shadows is unique and a book I enjoyed reading.

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

Book Review: In Between Seasons

in between seasonsTitle: In Between Seasons (The Fall #1)

Author: Cassandra Giovanni

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: At eighteen there is one thing Kate Ericson is certain of—the world is at war and has been since she was two years old. That was when her father pulled her family and a group of close friends to a God forsaken place in the middle of nowhere. For Kate there is no escape from the sea of lies she is drowning in until her world collides with Hunter Marks—the son of her father’s biggest opponent. An opponent that Kate didn’t even know existed. What Hunter kidnaps Kate for, and what her family will try to kill her to keep secret, is a knowledge that she doesn’t have. Now Kate’s innocence seems to becoming undone at the seams of reality. Hunter then finds himself fighting the hopelessness that is creeping into the edges of her heart as she learns more about the corruption that has devoured their lives. As Hunter and Kate forge a strong and unique relationship it becomes clear that their love is something that the bureaucracy never expected, and that Hunter’s father will do whatever he can to destroy it. Hunter believes he must sacrifice love in order to teach Kate that the world’s deadliest weapon is her. Hunter and Kate will have to find the strength to rise above a deception that is so great, even the ones who created it don’t realize its depth.

In Between Seasons is a new kind of post-apocalyptic novel, one that focuses on the characters and uses the lack of understanding of a corrupt world as the backdrop to shape them into who they are as people.

My Review: In Between Seasons is definitely an interesting novel. It is a dystopian novel that I found to be different. Giovanni weaves history and truth and paints a post-apocalyptic world that is believable and realistic.

The novel does not necessarily start off slow but it takes me a little while to feel as if I am connecting to its characters. It starts off with action and it surely piqued my interest. However, I felt myself not really into the novel. It took me two or three chapters to get into the story and feel a connection to the characters. With that being said, I enjoyed the main characters. The story is told in first person POV from Kate’s perspective. I like her determination, strength, guile, intuition and perseverance. Hunter on the other hand, is her love interest. They share a lot of the same characteristics but man is he swoon worthy. 🙂 He does so much to protect Kate and he kind of becomes her knight in shining armor, her beacon in the darkest of nights. I enjoyed the way Giovanni portrays them- cold and indifferent. Yet, that’s simply how they look to the world. With each other, they let their guards down and we get to see the real them. I enjoyed seeing the two sides to these characters. Also, the connection they both share lead them to go against the molds their families have for them and there is just something about their forbidden love that makes it all the more beautiful.

The truth is that the biggest attraction to this novel is the romance. Any romance lover or romantic at heart can read this novel and totally swoon over it. It’s nice in the get to know each other way. Kate and Hunter have crazy chemistry and they endlessly tease each other. They’re romance reminded me a bit of the Montague’s and Capulet’s- Two rival families who are at war but amidst all of that an unexpected love forms between two of its members.

Overall, In Between Seasons is a great read. The emotions are very real and I enjoyed the themes presented in this book: Love, betrayal, loss, revenge, hatred, humor, friendship… I also loved what I found to be the moral of the story- that love has the power to heal, give strength and bring out the best in people. That love is a force and with determination it conquers all.

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

Book Review: Crave

Title: Crave (The Clann #1)

Author: Melissa Darnell

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Savannah Colbert has never known why she’s so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It’s as if he’s a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she’s destined to fail.

For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can’t stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….

My Review: Crave is a modern day Romeo and Juliet but with a twist. Savannah and Tristan were best friends when they were younger and although banned from seeing one another they haven’t been able to forget each other. Fast forward to their high school freshman year. As the blurb says, Savannah gets sick and comes back basically being irresistible. Every guy is looking at her with new eyes and Tristan finds himself wanting her even more. And this is the book for a while. They each want each other but are both trying to stick to the rules their families have set for them.

Clearly this book is about Tristan and Savannah and the reader is just waiting for them to get together- which eventually they do. Although this is a great read it does get a little tiresome at some points. The book spans over a year and at times I wished it had a bit of a faster pace. However, I can’t deny that Darnell does a great job setting up the story and allowing the reader to get to really know the characters.

I love the romance in Crave. It is beautiful and heart warming. Tristan is the perfect gentleman. He’s also handsome, thoughtful, caring, protective and so swoon worthy. He’s a character that is easy to fall for and believe me, fall for him you will. Darnell tells the story from both Tristan and Savannah’s POV and it made me enjoy the book a lot more; To have that full understanding of them and their intentions.

Crave also tends to be suspenseful. Apparently these two are in more danger than they ever realized. With Savannah being a vampire and Tristan a witch they are forbidden from loving each other. They soon realize that in being together they risk ending the tentative peace these two species have and risk starting a war. I don’t think Romeo and Juliet had anything on these star crossed lovers. Especially when Savannah can drain him with a kiss.

I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to it’s sequel. This is one I recommend.

Book Review: Darkness and Light

Title: Darkness and Light (War of the Fae #3)

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: The animosity between Darkness & Light continues to grow, as do Jayne’s supernatural, elemental abilities in the Green Forest. Long-lost friends arrive, new friends leave, passion burns, and mysteries abound. What is Light and what is Dark? Who can the Light Fae trust? Who will be left standing in the end and whose side will they be on? Nothing is ever as it seems, and all is fair in love and War of the Fae.

My Review: I plan on keeping this review short… Lets see if this works out.

Elle Casey does not disappoint with Darkness and Light. I really enjoyed this novel and laughed more in this one than I have in any of Casey’s other novels. Which considering everything, is no easy feat. This book took me through many highs and lows- I cried from laughter and I cried from sadness. It was well written and I loved the action and the great plot twists. The only reason I am not giving it five stars is due to a lull a few chapters into the book. The pace of the book considerable slowed and I was a bit bored by it. After all, I have gotten used to Casey’s fast pace and am considering the idea that she has spoiled her readers with it.

Darkness and Light is a great continuation to the series. It was impossible to put down and I loved the stage that has been set and cannot wait for the last installment, which I’m sure will show the final battle of the War of the Fae.

Book Review + Giveaway: The Changelings

Title: The Changelings (War of the Fae #1)

Author: Elle Casey

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Jayne Sparks, a potty-mouthed, rebellious seventeen-year-old and her best friend, shy and bookish Tony Green, have a pretty typical high school existence, until several seemingly unrelated incidents converge, causing a cascade of events that change their lives forever. Jayne and Tony, together with a group of runaway teens, are hijacked and sent into a forest, where nothing and no one are as they seem. Who will emerge triumphant? And what will they be when they do?

My Review: The main character Jayne and her best friend Tony end up as runaways in Miami after a series of crazy events. They find shelter among a group of homeless teens and are trying to figure things out while being penniless. They soon find an opportunity to make $500 in a medical study and they all jump on it. After an unorthodox test and an interesting interview, they are invited to what they are told will be a physical portion of the test. Up to this point to story is pretty good. Jayne is a strong character who is wittingly funny and the first to say what’s on her mind so you are never bored. However, it is after this point that the story really starts.

They are dumped in a forest in an undisclosed location and are told to find their way to four waypoints. To complete the task they have to tie one of their four flags to each waypoint. They are told that upon completing the physical portion of the test not only will they receive the promised $500 but they would also have an opportunity to earn a bonus. Sounds easy enough right? Well except for the fact that they are told that whatever rules or laws they were taught to follow don’t apply and they are each given a weapon. They soon find that there is more at risk than the money they were hoping to earn. After all, at every turn they are fighting for their lives.

The characters are all great and I have no complaints about them. With so many dynamic characters, there is never a dull moment.

  • Jayne is a very strong character. She has a big heart and a terribly funny sense of humor. She is big on tough love and very perceptive.
  • Tony is Jayne’s nerdy best friend. He is her support system and I love how easily he reads Jayne and seems to be the only one capable of reining her in.
  • Spike is the character Jayne is immediately drawn to. He is handsome, musical and very charming.
  • Chase is the strong and silent type. He rarely speaks and Jayne keeps hoping that he will be one of those silent but deep characters and I’m still kinda waiting for the deep part of it. 😉
  • Ok. There are actually a few more that make up their band of runaways but I’ll be stopping here. What can you expect from them? They all bring something to the table. They are honest and fun and I enjoyed getting to know them.

    This book is incredibly addictive and I found it impossible to put down. It is funny, action packed and you are left guessing after well placed plot twists and plenty of betrayal. This is an amazing book that will leave you desperate for the sequel. Elle Casey is known for ending her novels with cliff hangers… Well in The Changelings she leaves you with a WTF moment and desperate to know what happens next. With this being said, my review for Call to Arms will be up very soon.

    Giveaway: Elle Casey is once again, generously, giving away two copies of her novel to two lucky guys/gals. This is the first installment of a series of four. For your chance to enjoy the first book in this great series just fill out the form below. The giveaway ends Monday October 29th 2012. The winner will therefore be announced on Oct 30th. Good luck!

    Book Review: Eve

    Title: Eve (Eve #1)

    Author: Anna Carey

    My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

    Blurb: The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

    Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

    Favorite Quote: “…love was death’s only adversary, the only thing powerful enough to combat its clawing, desperate grasp.”

    My Review: So why did I pick up Eve? Well first off, the cover caught my attention. I’m not one to judge a book by its cover but I would be lying if I said that oftentimes the thing that makes me curious enough to read a book’s blurb is its cover (if not it is the title). So I saw this awesome cover and when I read the blurb I was like, “Sure… It sounds interesting…” Especially since I tend to favor dystopians. So I started reading and Carey was quick to capture this readers attention.

    A world where for nefarious reasons, girls are taught to fear men. It honestly reminded me a bit of Delirium with the fact that it’s a book of discovery. Where the protagonist is sorting through what she’s been taught all her life and what her heart tells her is true. It is beautiful and her feelings are so pure that even the scenes where they slightly hold hands are swoon worthy. With this being said, I loved Eve’s innocence. For example there is this hilarious scene where Caleb, her knight in shining armor, is singing a song: “‘My balls are sweating, my balls are sweating, noooo, noooo, noooo!'” To which the ever innocent Eve responds, “Why is that funny? What are ‘balls’? Like the ball of your foot?” So throughout the book you get a few good laughs and they are mostly at Eve’s expense.

    I also really enjoyed the pace of the book as well as the character development.

    • Eve starts off as the poster child for obedience. She was someone that trusted and blindly did what she was told. And although she she doesn’t become the epitome of rebellion she starts to question what she’s been taught. She cautiously begins to test these things and see for herself what is true. She is strong and truly a great all around person.
    • Arden, I believe is the character that undergoes the most change. She starts off as Eve’s biggest enemy. Yet after some unexpected events the reader sees that there is more to her character. She turns out to be a great person who was just very rough around the edges.
    • Caleb, his character doesn’t necessarily see any development. In his case he was a mystery that was slowly revealed to the reader.

    One thing that took away from this book, for me, was Eve. She was a great character and I definitely enjoyed her development. Yet there were many scenes where I found her to be just plain stupid. If there is one thing that gets under my skin and I just can’t stand is weak characters. Eve is ultimately a strong character yet she had her moments in which she was weak and impulsive and I absolutely loathed that.

    Eve’s blurb is a great one that provides a very apt summary for the novel. With that being said, as the novel progresses it follows the lines of what has already been outlined. It is great but expected. Well at least that was the case, until a nicely unexpected plot twist and betrayal play their role and leave the reader in virtual suspense as we have no clue what will happen next. I loved the laughs this book gave me, the subtle action and the mounting romance. Eve is a beautiful tale about innocence, friendship and love.