Book Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

20130610-103032.jpgTitle: Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2)

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:
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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

My Review: Beware this “review” contains SPOILERS

Dear Tahereh Mafi,

Once upon a time, I read Shatter Me and fell in love. With its premise, poetic prose, its strong characters and Warner. I’ve been anticipating Unravel Me since then and it somehow managed to sit on my bookshelf collecting dust without my even being aware of it. Well I finally got down to reading it and yes, I have a lot to say about it.

Your beautiful and poetic style of writing that I loved so much in the first go round was a hindrance to me this time around. I mean, how many words, beautiful or not, do I have to read to find out if Juliette is going to end up with Warner? It was a kind of hurry-up-and-get-to-it kind of thing. But then all this action starts up, all this character development, a few plot twists and I was extremely entertained.

I was taken back to my adolescent years and experiencing those butterflies and pitter-patters of an overexcited heart. I got all the more excited as I saw tell tale signs of Juliette falling in love with Warner. To put it simply, I was ecstatic. When they have their moment, and things start to heat up and she’s in this bubble with him I was so happy. I was finally seeing them be together and was so happy for it. But then, I realized that Juliette is an idiot and I spent hours disappointed before I could pick up the book and finish reading it.

I mean, I seriously don’t get her and Adam. Ok, maybe I do. Childhood friends, rescuer, first touch and first kiss… There are a lot of reasons for her to love him. But it’s just never felt they were right for each other. Then with what was revealed I felt I was getting that confirmation. Yet, the depth of her feelings for him confuses me. You’d think they were soul mates or destined to be together with all the love they share. But then I see her with Warner and I just can’t believe that. So, what if he comes off as evil? Or that his rap sheet could rival that of a madman? He’s love for her is what redeems him. She makes him want to be a better person. And every time he looks at her or talks to her, I would just fall for him all over again.

I was so disappointed with Juliette and saddened for Warner when they were separated. Then they somehow end up reunited and the book ended in that terrible cliff hanger that has left me desperate and in withdrawal. I without a doubt know that book three is going to be amazing but I don’t think I could handle it if she doesn’t end up with Warner.

Signed -Warner’s biggest fan and a seriously obsessed fan and reader-

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 + 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: The Edge of Never

the edge of neverTitle: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)

Author: J.A. Redmerski

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: –The New York Times, USA Today, and Wallstreet Journal bestselling blockbuster–

Sometimes life takes you off course . . .

THE EDGE OF NEVER

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone-including herself-when she decides to leave the only life she’s ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

Sexy and exciting, Andrew lives life like there is no tomorrow. He persuades Camryn to do things she never thought she would and shows her how to give in to her deepest, most forbidden desires. Soon he becomes the center of her daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But there is more to Andrew than Camryn realizes. Will his secret push them inseparably together-or destroy them forever?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction (less)

My Review: As ridiculous as it sounds, I have half a mind to re-rate all of my previously read books in order to do this one justice. The Edge of Never is truly a remarkable book that deserves 5 stars like no other.

The first few chapters of The Edge of Never are perfectly summed up in the blurb. Not at all boring. I read the beginning excerpt on Amazon and it was truthfully what made me NEED to read the book in the first place. But call me lucky as hell because I ended up winning a copy of this novel in a giveaway. So me being me, I start the novel from the beginning (even though I had already read the first couple of chapters) and was once again completely caught up in the book. The Edge of Never is truly a rare gem in the fact that it only gets better as the novel progresses. There is never a dull moment, had an amazing pace and the more I read the better the story was and the more attached to the characters I became.

Seriously, I have never ever read a book that truly only gets better with every page I turned in the way that this novel does. It’s like the more I read the more it drew me in. I was truly living this story along with Camryn and Andrew. I smiled, I laughed, I cried and even got a little hot and bothered with some by descriptive and sexy sex scenes. So yeah, definitely for the mature (17+) YA audience.

The Edge of Never was truly a very emotional read for me. With lots of extremes. From exuberant laughter to the most extreme cry I’ve ever had with a novel. So when you go to go read this novel, be mentally prepared- and physically: Have your box of Kleenex nearby.

Reading literature as I do, I have to say that I have developed quite a few book crushes over the years. Edward from Twilight, Jace from The Mortal Instruments, Four from Divergent- just to name a few. However, Andrew has trumped them all. Nope, no book crush here. I practically fell in love. He is so freaking sexy. Although he is smokin in the looks department that’s not at all what I’m referring to. He is funny, caring, thoughtful, respectful… The list is kind of endless. In truth one of the things I loved most was just how good Camryn and Andrew are for each other. I love his playfulness and his way of drawing her out of her shell. I love their banter and its humor was amazing. The chemistry they share, their flirting and the build up was quite epic. With all of that being said, Redmerski does a great job with providing a plot twist that although she hints at, leaves the reader floored.

The Edge of Never is told from both Camryn and Andrew’s POV and Redmerski was amazing with it. Being the avid reader that I am, I’ve read plenty of novels from both male and female POV. With that being said I don’t think I have ever read one done quite so well from a male POV. I don’t know how to describe it except to say that it was real. Each character having their unique voice. Their is never confusion as to who is narrating because of this.

So, if all my gushing wasn’t clear enough, The Edge of Never is an amazing novel. It is an emotional read but that is easy to fall in love with. This is a read that I definitely recommend and one of the best books I’ve ever read. FUONLYKNEW thank you for the amazing giveaway that got me this book.

Book Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Title: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)

Author: E.L. James

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.

My Review: I recently reviewed Fifty Shades of Grey and described it as Literary Porn. To say the least, I really enjoyed it. So I embarked to read its sequel. So here is what I think of Fifty Shades Darker. As for the story line, this book is considerably better. Yes it still contains steamy sex scenes but this book is more romantic, allows for more character development and is not only defined by its sex scenes.

I truly and without a doubt loved the romance. A lot of people don’t understand the obsession with Twilight. But because I was within that crowd I will explain. Yes it is not well written, and there might be an issue with ideas the book may present. Like stalking a girl will be found to be romantic- listen guys: that’s never romantic. Seriously. You’ll be lucky to only walk away with a restraining order. Back to my point, Twilight was a big deal because it allowed for the reader to get completely caught up in its emotion. I quite literally fell in love with the book- and Edward for that matter. Fifty Shades has the same bit of magic Twilight possesses in allowing the reader to get swept up in the emotion of the book. And boy was it romantic. Yep, I totally fell in love.

I enjoyed how well we got to know Christian and Ana in this book. In Fifty Shades Darker, Christian reveals that there is more to his Dominant, jealous, overbearing, overprotective and stalker ways. The reader is exposed to his boyish charm. We are shown a side of him that is sweet and endearing and I think will make just about any girl swoon. He is playful, thoughtful, funny, charming… In this book, Ana is trying to find out why Christian is the way he is and by the end of it, all of his secrets are out in the open. Call me crazy but seeing how vulnerable he is made him realistic- as in nobody is perfect and I can’t think of anything that could of made him sexier.

This book was also suspenseful and action packed. I give credit to James for all of the conflicts and issues she provides us with. Truly I have never seen so many hurdles for characters to overcome in ONE book. I also, once again, loved the emails and the laughs that accompanied them.

On a negative note, something that seemed to annoy me to no end was Ana’s alter egos? I honestly don’t know what to call them. In the first book I found it odd but seeing as it actually didn’t take away from the novel, I didn’t mention it. But in this one, it was boring and tended to take away from the book itself and from Ana as a character. At times it truly makes her sound like she has a multiple personality disorder.

With Fifty Shades Darker, I actually took my time reading and can say that this book is amateurish at best. Just like the Twilight novels for which Stephanie Meyer has been criticized to no end for, this book was not well written. Because I tend to be so anal about grammar, this is usually a big pet peeve for me. With Miss James, the issue is not only with the grammar but with the writing itself. I really think that she could have invested in a better editor. By the way, I say this in the nicest way possible.

So all in all, I enjoyed the book and yes, I will also be reading the sequel. But as you know, my library and it’s ridiculously long waiting list for popular books has me at 200 in its queue and I’ve already been waiting two weeks. So don’t expect to see it anytime soon.