Book Review

Review: Breakable By Tammara Webber

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Title: Breakable

Author: Tammara Webber

Pages:  368

E-Book

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Berkley

Synopsis:  He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.(Goodreads)

Review:

I adored Easy, which was the first installment of Contours of the Heart, where we are first introduced to Lucas a spunky college student, who Jacqueline Wallace falls in love with.  In this sequel, we see the relationship that unfolds between Lucas and Jacqueline, through Lucas’s eyes.

What made this book interesting is that it is told from Lucas’s teenage perspective as Landon, exploring the difficulties and challenges that he had to face as a teen in order to shape his character as Lucas. The book trades of point of views, between Landon and Lucas. You are not just getting the fairy tale love story retold from Lucas’s point of view, but the reader gets the chance to dig deeper inside his brain.

I loved Breakable, I think that it was a perfect continuation to “Easy”. In Easy Jacqueline questioned some of  Lucas’s motives and held her guard up until she got to know him better.  But, seeing the story from Lucas’s pov. the reader gets a glimpse at how protective, he was over her. He was the perfect gentleman that any girl would be lucky to find and every mother wants a boyfriend like this for their daughter. Not, once in the novel did Lucas, push Jacqueline to do anything, instead he would make sure that she was comfortable and okay before progressing their relationship any further. It was refreshing to see that even in a novel chivalry lives. No matter how badly, he wanted Jacqueline he made sure that she was comfortable with her surroundings, him and the intense chemistry/intimacy between them.

You also, get to see a side of Lucas known as Landon. Landon, is his teen self, Landon’s voice creates the background of Lucas. It tells the story of where he comes from, the challenges he has faced in life and the relationships he has built.  I personally adored Landon, he was a frustrated, and terrified teen who had to see too much as a young child. Landon’s story shows how he deals with guilt, isolation and pain. It explores his first love, while trying to make it through high school, barely keeping his head above water. We watch Landon  lose everything that he ever loved and tumble to the bottom, and then you see him make the decision to pick himself up and make a choice to continue and better himself. You explore the relationship’s that he has with his father, who is swallowed by immense anger and pain. You see Landon’s relationship with his grandfather who is accepting and is the rock, that shelters Landon and his father. Landon’s grandfather, easily becomes Landon’s best friend, guide, mom and dad all in one character.

Breakable, was a beautiful story. It made me fall in love with Landon and Lucas all over again. Tammara Webber has a way of making her characters come to life and make you feel for them and want to help them over come their struggles.  I gave this book 5 stars, it was perfect from the beginning until the end. I wouldn’t recommend reading “Breakable,” right after “Easy,”. I would give yourself a little break and go back. I felt that when I read the two quite some time apart from each other, I fell in love with the story and the character’s more. There was just the right balance between the two novels and I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect.

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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

17383918 Title:   Allegiant

Author: Veronica Roth

Pages: 526

Published: Katherine Tegen Books

Synopsis:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent

Review:

Let me begin by saying that I have waited such a long time to read this book, a while back I read the first two books in the series and I was completely sucked into the world of Tris and Four. As soon as I was finished I pre-ordered Allegiant on my kindle but didn’t get into it for a while. This past week I have been battling a sinus infection and what better way to be sick in bed but, finish a series that you have loved for such a long time. With that said, you can assume that I had super high expectations for this book, and I am very sad to say that they were not quiet met.

Firstly, I felt like I was thrown into a completely different story from what I had fallen in love with. I loved the faction atmosphere and seeing the conflict that arose between them, as well as how it was dealt with. This time around when our main characters go outside of  the faction limit and get exposed to the world beyond the fence, the world that Veronica Roth built for me in the first two books went out the window. This final installment felt more like a first novel of a series.  I was defiantly not expecting to come face to face with the world beyond the fence. Although, seeing the factions and there life from the outside was very interesting, it made the book drag for me a little. For the first time the characters were not as powerful as they have been throughout the first two books because suddenly they are under leadership of people that had the ultimate power to control them. Lastly, the ending of this trilogy was extremely unexpected and its been days since I have finished reading the book and I still don’t know how to wrap my head around how the story ended.

As always Four, was amazing and his vulnerability and compassion just shone through in this segment of the series. Tris, continued to possess the strength that she has shown within the first two books, as well as selfless that she has battled so hard against when she chose to join dauntless.

Overall, I extremely enjoy the series as a whole. The first two books were simply amazing and I feel like “Allegiant” didn’t do the series justice. I gave this book a 2 out 5 stars, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t what I wanted for the conclusion of  a series that I adore and love. It didn’t tie the lose ends, I felt it created new ones for me.  This last book just really messed with my head, I think that the first two books alone complete the series perfectly.

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Review: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Series: Sinners

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Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Type: Ebook

Pages: 314

Published: February 18, 2014

Synopsis: Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home. Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

Review:  Going into this book I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into.  The plot of the novel, really reminded me of Dante’s Inferno, the sinners were separated by the crime that they committed and then branded with the sin upon there neck. For some reason I kept thinking of the 9 circles of hell, in regard to the 7 deadly sins. The sins were divided into pride (purple), wrath (red), greed (yellow), gluttony (orange), envy (green), sloth (black) and lust (blue). Our main character was accused of being lustful and therefore was branded with the blue color. Once inside the “Hole” which I like to connect with hell, Lexi our main protagonist was given a guard to protect her named Cole. From the very beginning of Cole’s and Lexi’s relationship, Cole is always protective and kind towards her. Cole’s job is to keep her in line, make sure she attends her daily duties and protects her from the other prisoners in the Hole. As they spend more and more time together the energy that is brewing between them becomes stronger and stronger, which is very dangerous not only for Lexi but Cole as well. The Commander, the leader of the Hole doesn’t take lightly to any romantic relationships established between sinner and gaurd. While Lexi is trying to survive, the “Hole” there is a war brewing and someone close to her may just be in the middle of it. Will Lexi and Cole be able to fight against the commander and free the sinners once and for all or will they be punished in the most horrible way for allowing themselves to feel?

I gave this book a 3 out 5 stars. I really enjoyed the plot but I felt that there were bits and pieces that weren’t quite fully developed. At times when I was reading I would stop and have to back track to try to make sense of what just happened. Besides from that I thought that the main characters where simply amazing. I loved Cole, he quickly got added onto my book crush list. I felt that the development of Cole’s and Lexi’s relationship was very relatable and was not rushed at all. I really enjoyed this because it really showed them really trying to fight against there emotions while letting parts of them win. Cole, through out the book just always had the right thing to say and was just a huge heartthrob for me. As for Lexi, I always tend to have a problem with main female characters because they are always are portrayed as weak and this defaintly not the case with Lexi. From the very beginning she was strong and powerful, which left the reader feeling prepared for whatever may come next in the book.

If you like suspense, and romance this is a must read holding onto your seat dystopian novel.  Thank you to the lovely authors and net galley for sending me a ARC.

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Read-a-thon Extravaganza

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 The_Fault_in_Our_StarsIsis and Scatty had a read- a-thon going on from May 1st to May 7th. I found out about it on April 30th, and I was excited to read my life away. However, my life said “No, Marina you can not just spend your days reading books.” I was completely unprepared for the busy week that I have found myself in. I didn’t make any goals for the read-a- thon because I knew that I would not have a lot of time to read. Through out the week, I actually forgot that I challenged myself to participate in a read-a-thon. So, without any goals and without any page counts, my progress stands at that I finished “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins, which left off on a book hang over. I wanted and needed the next book in the series, as I mentioned in a previous posted I hit up my friendly kindle store searching for the last book in the trilogy and was completely disappointed to find out that it doesn’t come out until August 2014. But, do not fear, as most book lovers and bloggers I found myself staring at an enormous to be read pile sitting on my shelf and an equal pile that has accumulated on my kindle. I ended up picking up “The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green, which I have heard a lot about and wanted to read for quiet some time. Currently, I am bout 48 pages into “The Fault in Our Stars,” and I am absolutely in love with the characters and the world building that John Green provides for the reader. I can not wait for the movie to come out and be able to relive the story again.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

For those who don’t know what “Waiting on Wednesday,” is, it is a weekly event where book bloggers display there most awaited reads. It is hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine

So, for those who follow my Goodreads, you may be aware that I have been sucked into the whole world of “Stephanie Perkins,” she is the writer of “Anna and the French Kiss,” and “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” the second installment in the addicting series. I found myself reading “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” and was positive that the third and last book in the series was out. So, the plan was finish “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” download “Isla and the Happily Ever After,” and continue to fall in love with the plot and the characters of these books. But, here is were we get to the moment of disappointment. Last night I go on amazon, and I’m looking through the e-books and there were the download button of “Isla and The Happily Ever After” should be there is a large yellow button that says PRE-ORDER!!! I felt like my heart dropped into my stomach and my entire reality had just shattered into a million pieces. Ok, well now I’m being a little dramatic, but it was quite a sad moment.

So, without further or due todays “Waiting on Wednesday,” is “lsla and The Happily Ever After,” by Stephanie Perkins.

ImageFrom te glittering streets of Manhattan to he moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new

Mark your Calendars : August 14, 2014

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Book Review

Review: Mile 81 by Stephen King

Title: Mile 81

Author: Stephen KingImage

Pages: 80

Published: September 1, 2011

Publisher: Simon ad Schuster

Author’s Website: www.stephenking.com

Synopsis:With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs…

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It’s a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.” Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out. 

Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services.” The driver’s door opens but nobody gets out. 

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual,” but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates. 

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door — and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids — Rachel and Blake Lussier — and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.

Synopsis: With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, Mile 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs… 

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine. It’s a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.” Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.
Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services.” The driver’s door opens but nobody gets out.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual,” but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door — and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids — Rachel and Blake Lussier — and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon. (Amazon)

Review:

I have always found Stephen King to be one of those authors that I was afraid to read. I am not a huge fan of horror and it took me a while to fight my fear to pick up on of his novels. Mile 81 is a short novella, perfect for a reader that wants to experience King’s style of writing and get a slight idea what his books are all about. This book was less on the horror side and more about solving a mystery. It follows the lives of two children that watch their parents disappear into a station wagon. This story was very short and I felt that there were pieces of it that were not completely thought out. But, taking into consideration that this was a “novella”, I can’t complain to much. The storyline was very fun, and addicting as you watch a muddy station wagon, munch on characters left and right. I really enjoyed that their was a variety of people that you were introduced too, even for a short period of time. King, did a great job with developing characters and introducing them, in such a short time. Overall, whether you are trying Stephen King for the first time, or a longtime fan this novella will keep you pondering till the last page.

First Line:

“You can’t come,” his  older brother said.

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Book Review

City of Ashes By Cassandra Clare

                             

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 Book: City of Ashes 
 By: Cassandra Clare
 Pages: 453
 Synopsis: All Clary, wants is for her life to go back to normal, before  the demons, before the vampires, werewolves and fairies. But, when her  father Valentine, steals the mortal instruments and downworlders are being  drained of blood, Clary is determined to figure out what her father is up too  and stop her brother Jace from betraying the shadowhunters to him. She is  just one girl with hefty problems.
 Review: I gave this book a 3/5 stars. I enjoyed the action that filled the  ending apart of the book. But, the first one-third of the book was  very confusing. Firstly, they kept going back and forth if Jace and Clary are  brother and sister, and once they “established” that they were siblings they  had to add that they have feelings for each other. That part gets confusing  for both the characters and the reader.

 The characters in the story I feel have grown a lot. Clary isn’t as annoying as she was in the first book. I feel that she actually starting to connect with her feelings, where as in the first book she just expressed them but, I didn’t feel that she felt what she was saying. 

As always I loved Simon, I thought that he was a great vampire and I loved the connection that he and Clary have. He is the best friend every girl wishes to have. I think that I prefer Simon rather than Jace because he isn’t as cocky and he knows he has his own flaws.

Jace ones again was the pretty boy and at times I just wanted to whack him on the head because he always acts as if he is invincible and better than everyone else. It made him seem a little cocky.

My favorite character was Luke, I think that he was a very strong parental guide. I felt that he really cared for Clary and he allowed his emotions play out according to the situation. He didn’t hold anything back. 

Overall: I loved the characters, I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot and that it took a long time to get to the juicy parts of book. Therefore, I only gave it a 3/5 stars.

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