Book Review

Darkness Series By Stacey Marie Brown Review

I received this series for an honest review. I firstly, want to apologize that it has taken me so long to post this review.

On to the review:

Book 1: Darkness Of Light

Synopsis: (From GoDarkness of lightodreads)

Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.
Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.
DARKNESS OF LIGHT is a Mature YA(16+)/New Adult Paranormal Romance.

**Warning: The Darkness Series is not YA, but a NA Series.

 Fire In The Darkness, Book #2

Synopsis: From Goodreads

***This is NOT a YA Series but a New Adult(17+). Sexual Content and Language.***
It’s been four weeFire in the darknessks since Ember Brycin witnessed what her powers are capable of. The Electrical Current Storm has turned Seattle, Washington into a natural disaster zone. The death toll is in the thousands with countless others homeless and hungry.
And Ember is the one who caused it. Something she will have to live with every day.
Those people who were unable to escape either turned quickly into gangs or live in shelters. Ember, on the other hand, can’t do either. With a price on her head and a Dark Dweller on her ass, she is constantly on the move. Both Light and Dark are hunting her for their own purpose to use her as a weapon or a pawn in the war between the Unseelie King of the Dark and the Seelie Queen of the Light.
Em needs help but doesn’t know who to trust: Lars, the mystery man Torin told her to find? Torin, the Seelie Queen’s personal knight, who has sworn to keep Em safe? Or Eli, who wants to turn her over to the Unseelie King, but whom she has an undeniable, intense connection with?
No matter what she chooses she will probably lose—her life or everything and everyone she loves.

Dwellers Darkness 

Synopsis:  From  Goodreads

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin’s case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now—if she were human. She’s not. She is a Dae—part DDwellers of Darknessemon and part Fay—with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak.

Life has become further complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King’s list, after breaking her oath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences.

Adding to Ember’s problems is a certain Dark Dweller whose mood has become violent and cruel. As much as she’d like to deny it, there is an undeniable connection between them. Eli is sexy, gorgeous, and frustrating as hell. She also knows he is holding something back, something that could change their relationship forever.

But her problems go way past him. As the tension for war mounts between the Seelie and Unseelie (Light and Dark), the tension at the Dark Dweller’s compound escalates even more as they prepare to obtain the Sword of Light—the only weapon able to kill the Queen.

But is Ember the answer to the location of the sword? Is she the one to fulfill the prophecy? As usual nothing is ever what it seems.

Blood Beyond Darkness

Blood BeyondSynopsis: From Good reads

After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.

The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.

But this price may be too high—even for her.

Review:

I really enjoyed this series. It was quite fast paced and it kept me very intrigued. The relationship building was unique but at points I thought my heart was going to get ripped out. I also noticed that this is not a series that you will go into thinking you know what is going to happen. You are going to be flipped upside down and your emotions are going to be tested.

The character development gets better as the book progresses but be aware of instalove. That was one thing that really bothered me was how fast Ember was to trust Eli. Another thing that really bothered me was how all the male characters where considered sexy. It just became too repetitive for me. There is definitely a lot of action in this book as Ember is exploring her powers and trying to protect herself from the Queen who wants to use her for destruction.

There is also a lot at stake from all the characters, and I really enjoyed how they were all somehow interconnected. There are a lot of characters in this book. We have Ember and her immediate friends and family her stepfather, her best friend Kennedy and Ryan. It is a constant struggle for Ember to have to protect them and do what is best in order to keep them safe. Then we have the Dark Dwellers which are demons that can turn their bodies to look like giant panthers. They are very dangerous and are considered to be extremly deadly. Ember is forced to befriend them in order to survive. We also have the power hungry Queen, who wants to use Ember for destruction against the Unseelie King. Among, her party is a servant named Torain, who promises to protect Ember but, soon Ember realizes that its just too good to be true.  And the Unseelie King, who would be more then happy to have the Queen out of his hair, no matter what the price may be.

This series is worth reading I give it a 4/5 rating. I think that it is full of growth, from the characters to the writing style. The books will keep you on you toes and make you second guess every thing that you know. I highly recommend you to give it a go if you like paranormal, new adult and fantasy all in one.

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Read-a-Thon's

Bout of Books 12.0 Read-a-thon

Hello Bibliomanics,

A few days ago while browsing to see when the next Read-a-thon is going to occur, I stumbled upon “Bout of Books 12.0″ and I decided why not an participate since this may be the last chance that I can get a good chunk of reading done before hitting those text books. The read-a-thon runs from the 12/5 to the 12/11. There is still time to sign up for the read-a-thon on the “Bout of Books” blog. There aren’t any challenges that are associated with this read-a-thon, but readers are encouraged to read as much as they can and want too. The point of reading is to have fun, and enjoy the worlds you are transformed too. If you want more information on “Bout of Books 12.0″ please visit their blog at:http://boutofbooks.blogspot.com

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Fall into Reading TBR

Its fall upon us again, and the wonderful bibliophile sister’s are at it again. They are hosting the “Fall into Reading” Read -a- Thon. This is a week long read-a-thon, full of fun challenges, reading and just interaction with other book tubers and bloggers alike. It will be a busy week for me but, I am excited to read all the books I choice for the read-a-thon, while managing to do all this pesky every day chores we all got to do. Without further or do, here is my Tbr. Let me know what you are reading for the read-a-thon.

Happy Reading,

Marina Roxanne

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Book Review

Review: Prey by Micheal Chrichton

83763Title: Prey

Author: Michael Chrichton

Pages: 504

Paperback

Published: November 11,2003

Publisher: Avon Publishing

Synopsis: In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles — micro-robots — has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey. (Goodreads)

Review: I adored this book. I gave it a 5/5 stars. This book was suspenseful  and such a page turner. The man character Jack, a jobless computer programmer turned into a stay at home dad, suspects that there is something off with his wife, she has become hot tempered, absent from her family life and spending lots of time at work. He comes up with theories of what is going on, is she on drugs, having an affair or the long hours at work really wearing her out?

When he gets offered to go out to his wife’s lab to work on a computer code that his old company has been helping her with, he decides that maybe he could find some answers there. But, he is not prepared for what is about to be uncovered. His wife,Julia and her team of scientist have been working on a micro nano camera for the military using nano particles. All was well, until the nano particles began to evolve and think for themselves. Now, the scientist were no longer in control and the nano particles want to reproduce, going on a killing spree. Its up to Jack to figure out how to destroy them before its too late, but it won’t be as easy as he thinks. Because there are those who want to see them live.

This story was so fast- paced and intriguing that I could not put the book down. Micheal Chrichton, has a way of wrapping the reader up in the story even when he is giving background information and nothing is happening. This was a great read, the plot was something that I have never read before, and I was very involved with the characters. I was trying to figure them out and predict what will happen next. I think that was what made the book so much fun,  it had a lot of hints to base predictions on but, it always took a wild turn. Just when you think, you have an idea how things are going to turn out, the novel takes you in a complete different direction. This is a must- read for fans of adult fiction/ science fiction. I defiantly think that this is a great read, for readers trying to get into adult literature as well. The book reads at a fast pace that you are never bored wondering when the action is going to start. It sucks you in, within the first few pages. After I finished reading this novel, I felt myself connecting little movie references or events that happen in my everyday life to the book. I throughly enjoyed it, it had an interesting plot that was very well developed and delivered.

The characters were hard not to either fall in love with or want to smack upside the head. Jack, was a lovable stay at home dad, which I just wanted to help out throughout the book, on the other hand his wife Julia, I couldn’t stand from the very beginning. I felt, that she was very underdeveloped as a character and could have played a bigger part in the novel if her background and what her involvement with nano particles was displayed right of the back. I felt that she was taken out of the main portion of the book way too soon, and didn’t return until the very end and I would have liked to have seen more of her.

The main antagonists were the nano particles themselves, and they were hard not to love. They were just so interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat learning new information about them. I felt that they were tough, and the more information that was given to the reader about them, the more dangerous the entire plot turned to be and that kept me on the edge of my seat.

The plot was something that I was never exposed to and it was extremely new and exciting. I loved it. Overall, this was a fast paced novel, which kept me gripping to the edge of my seat. I would defiantly have to leave you with saying, if you have not been exposed to the masterpiece that is “Prey”, what are you doing, get up, go to the bookstore or the library and get your hands on it, you will not be disappointed.

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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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Book Review

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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