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 Goddess Test

Title: The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1)

Author: Aimee Carter

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Synopsis: EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN.

It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld–and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy–until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.

IF SHE FAILS…

My Review: The book was pretty good. I enjoyed it and was hooked from the beginning. The romance was beautiful and a little different but I loved every minute if it. I also enjoyed Carter’s interpretation of Greek mythology. It was unique and very well told. I enjoyed Henry’s character. He is dark and mysterious but he’s surprisingly vulnerable and endearing. He was by far my favorite character.

Now, I can’t say the same for the other characters. With the exception of Kate who was a pretty likable character. She was very human. Does that make sense? She is realistic, someone I would expect to see on the street, someone I felt I could relate to. She had strengths and weaknesses that made her very believable. However, there was one thing I disliked about her. She seems to have the weight on the world on her shoulders and she constantly blames herself for everything. No matter how small a fault or insignificant a detail may be, she uses it to bring herself down. But back to what I was saying, I wasn’t a big fan of any of the other characters. In truth, I was often turned off to the book because of them.

For those of you who read the synopsis know that the book leads up to a test or moment that defines her status. Did she pass or fail the test and what will happen next? Immortality or death? I thought that when that when I finally came to that scene, it would be amazing. But there I was feeling disgusted. I can’t at all say I enjoyed this ending. There is a crazy, last plot twist that kind of ruined the entire book for me. The plot twist itself and Kate’s way of handling it- I found it unrealistic.

Would I recommend this book? I’ll leave it up to you. Do you like endings with crazy plot twist that leave you confused? Do you enjoying seeing characters uncharacteristically get over betrayal, lies and deceit? Are you not a sucker for happy endings? If yes to all of the above this is the book for you. For those of you who said no to these questions beware: You will read this book and enjoy it, it really is quite good, but the end will leave you unhappy and dissatisfied.