Monday, October 16, 2017

Accidental Enchantments Series by Tia Nevitt

Accidental Enchantments Series by Tia Nevitt
Published between 2010-2013
Summary on Goodreads
Review:
I thought both of these books were highly entertaining as they discussed the other people in classic fairytales.  As much I enjoy the classics, there were times when I was definitely curious to know more about the other “secondary” characters.  That’s why I enjoy spinoffs or background books or shows like Once Upon A Time where other characters came come into light.  So I was quite excited to see what these books were about.

Both of these books are definitely more geared towards an older crowd as they deal with a more explicit situation and there were definitely scenes in the first book that was almost erotica in a way.  Not quite there but almost.  I actually felt more connected with the characters because of the similar age range – they weren’t your typical teenage protagonist but were more late 20s/early 30s which is pretty much my age range so it was easy for me to relate to them a bit more.

For both books, I think I enjoyed them equally.  They both had plot twists that made things comical and side characters that really brought some extra layer to the overall storyline.  Both books were also quite short which was nice because they were honestly meant to be more like a novella type, I suppose.

The first book was about Sleeping Beauty and the other side of it.  Not only was the book about a side character, it also brought surprising elements and factors into an otherwise known classic.  So I definitely enjoyed the twists to the story and thought it was quite fascinating.

The second book was about Snow White and while this book stuck more with the classic plot, it really went into the story of a side character and discussed her side of things.  I also like the element of the mirror as well since I thought it was a particularly interesting aspect especially since I was recently watching Once Upon a Time and they introduced the mirror guy as well.  So I thought that was just a nice coincidence.

Overall, I thought that these books were interesting and would recommend it to those who like to see a different side of fairytales.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi
Published between 2011-2014
Summary on Goodreads
Review:
This was definitely one of those trilogies where it started off really strong and then ended on a weak note so I was definitely disappointed at the end.  The author did a great job in the beginning with the world building, the plot and the character development.  However, by the end of the second book, I felt that the story was starting to drag a little and in the third book, I found myself a bit bored and was easily distracted.  With that said, I wouldn’t recommend this one.  Mainly because no one wants to take the time to read, or listen in my case since I got them as audiobooks, and then become disappointed with the last book.  It’s honestly such a waste of time and energy.  And commitment.

So that was basically my super short opinion on the book.  Going into a more in-depth review, I want to talk about the characters first.  The main character is Aria which I honestly had mixed feelings for.  I actually didn’t particularly like her in the beginning of the books just because she seemed a bit needy and way too dependent on the others around her.  It wasn’t until she got cast out that she really started to learn to survive and become independent.  But that definitely took some time.  Because of that, I’m a little confused as to what Perry saw in her.  Here was a character who clearly knew what he was doing (for the most part) and preferred females who have strong personalities yet somehow fell in love with someone who didn’t.  At least that’s how it was like in the beginning.  It wasn’t until the end that I thought they were actually nicely matched.  However, I did think that the romance was realistic.  So even though I didn’t really understand why he fell for her but I did appreciate the overall journey and its realistic-ness. 

For the most part, the plot was relatively decently paced until the last book when it really started to drag.  By that point, I found myself checking out a lot and then I had to re-figure what was going on so that was definitely distracting.  It’s definitely a downside to audiobooks since I can’t easily go back since I’m not sure where I checked out.  It’s a catch 22.  I did enjoy reading about the tension between the “moles” and the “outsiders” and finding out the history of the two “clans”.  It was actually quite easy for me to see this as a reality if an apocalypse did occur and the human species did happen to survive.  The one thing I would have liked to see more was the technology of Aria’s people.  They were so high tech and so scientifically driven that people were living up to hundreds of years.  I thought that was quite fascinating and would have enjoyed reading more on it.  Unfortunately the books mainly took place in the outside and that aspect was only a small part.

Overall, while I didn’t enjoy the last book too much, I did enjoy the first and most of the second. However, I still would not recommend it because of my reasoning above.  It reminded me of Veronica Roth and her Divergent series where the last book just fell apart and all that time spent engaging the readers was lost.  Such a pity.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Video Review: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

The Leavers by Lisa Ko
Published May 2, 2017
Summary on Goodreads

Review:
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Flawless by Lara Chapman

Flawless by Lara Chapman
Published May 10, 2011
Summary on Goodreads
Review:
This was definitely one of those cute books that you just really wanted to like but then there’s this character that appears that is possibly only there to irk you and then the book falls apart.  That was how it was like for me as I read this book.

The premise sounded promising and the main character, Sarah, seemed sweet and intelligent.  However, it was her best friend, Kristen that irritated me to no end.  I hated her character and how much she took advantage of her supposed best friend.  Like, I understand that your best friend is supposed to be there for you and whatnot but if she or he is clearly showing hesitation and you know that from all of your previous history that he or she isn’t great at saying no, then wouldn’t it be best to simply forget it rather than push so hard that the only response as a best friend is saying yes.  The entire time, I was honestly annoyed by both of them.  I was annoyed at Kristen for pushing so hard and for trying to fake her way into a relationship and annoyed at Sarah for being so sweet and didn’t know how to say no.  If it wasn’t for Kristen and her toxic relationship, I think Sarah would have been completely fine without her.

Also even though I found Sarah to be really nice and whatnot, I did find her overall kind of annoying mainly because I really don’t like weak female main leads.  I think female leads who are gung ho and have confidence and all that exuberance.  However, Sarah was pretty much the complete opposite.  She was incredibly self-conscious and lacked a lot of self-esteem that for most of the book, I found completely let down.  Here was a girl with so much potential especially with her writing skills and her own looks and somehow is just so self-conscious about that one aspect of her that she came off as incredibly weak.  I really do not like females like that. 

As for the relationship/romance aspect of the story, I found it somewhat cliché.  Of course the hot guy would go after the hot girl and of course he wouldn’t notice that it wasn’t her behind all that lovely writing via their online conversation.  Even though clearly every single time they actually hung out, Kristen made these “jokes” to show how ignorant she really was.  I don’t know – I thought the guy was incredibly dumb to fall for that or at least not wonder what was going on.  And then when he found out the truth, the ending that played out was also very expected that there weren’t any sort of plot twists whatsoever.

Overall, there was definitely some ups to the story but majority of it was relatively cliché.  I enjoyed the overall book but would have enjoyed it more if there was some cool plot twists rather than everything neatly falling into place.
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Friday, October 6, 2017

Video Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Published August 8, 2017
Summary on Goodreads

Review:
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