Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Trouble with Flirting by Rachel Morgan (Review)

Amazon Description:
Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself. She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend. But Livi’s about to discover that the in-crowd isn’t what she’s always believed it to be, and that maybe what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.
My Review:
What I liked:
The main thing that I liked about this book is the message. It is of self-acceptance and figuring out who you are, regardless of anyone else’s opinion. It  speaks of bullying and it’s part in every individual.  There is not a lot of content about bullying per se in the book but enough to bring questions. I liked that the characters are your everyday teens. Kids that you can easily find in any school, in any part of the world. I really enjoyed the relationship that Livi and Adam have. It is something that most people aspire to have. A relationship like theirs is uncommon. Another important aspect is peer pressure. Livi was able to say No and be firm in her beliefs. A message I believe that is meant to empower more girls.
What I didn’t like:
The pace was a bit slow. There were characters that serve no point but were just temporarily there to fill gaps. Which is ok I guess but I just didn’t like it. Like Lucas, I thought he was going to be one of the main characters. Well, he wasn’t. He was kept on the sidelines, well not even there. He was constantly on the back of my mind while reading the book. Sarah was too. Actually, I am still wondering what ever happened to Lucas. -_-
The author did a good job portraying the most important issues that young people face and how to handle them maturely.  The content is supposed to be empowering if you actually read and apply it. It was a bit long I believe due to the author wanting to cover all of these issues. Mainly because it slowed the pace. Other than that, the book was good. I read it in one whole day. This book does not have bad language or sexual scenes, maybe mildly suggestive but nothing that will corrupt innocence.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Runes by Ednah Walters (Immortal Series)

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life

My Review

Raine is your typical girl next door, in love (or so she thinks) with her best friend. She’s known Eric all her life, they’re perfect for each other. Until Torin shows up on her doorstep. He gets under her skin, in every possible way and makes her doubt her feelings for Eric. Strange things start happening whenever Torin and his friends around. Strange as in deadly. Raine must now face a threat and figure out whether Torin is a friend or a foe. Does she really belong with Eric? And what about her father’s strange disappearance? Her mother’s abnormal behavior?

To say that I enjoyed reading Runes is an understatement. I loved it. I loved Torin’s character. The bad boy who wants to turn a new a leaf. He’s everything a girl wants and needs, well maybe a bit more. The novel had a good pace to it. It was funny and it had a couple of scenes that had my heart racing. The author does a good job at keeping you on your toes. It is something that I was starting to miss from the other books so I was grateful that this one had a good build up.

I recommend this book. It is an awesome read. Refreshing and of course, it has Torin.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Raven: The Chronicles of Steele by Pauline Creeden

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.  

My Review:

The Chronicles of Raven Steele. I enjoyed reading this book mainly because the main character is a (excuse my language) bad ass assassin. She is tough and smart. Unlike most female main characters that need constant saving (yawn). I like that she is not only tough but also womenly. She has a maternal instint and that shows well in the book.

What I didnt enjoy about the book is that the pace was a bit slow. I feel that there wasn't enough action to keep the story line interesting. Once I start a book I finish the book. Unless it is something that I really just cannot read. Which this wasn't the case.

I would recomend this book for young adult, specially under 17. There is no bad lamguage, no sexual scenes. Very little romance. Which to me was a bit disappointing. Although there is hope. Which is what will propel me to read the next book.