Summer

Summer has officially begun; I’m finally out of school, meaning I will have more free time to read, but I promise I’ll have less reviews as soon as I finish these last ones. I’ll have more book hauls, and challenges. Everyone it’s time to start your summer Reading!

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Review- Siren’s fury by: Mary Weber

“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”

Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.

When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.

They may require who she is.

Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.

Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?

Fist of all read the first book in the storm siren trilogy in order to understand this one. Below is the first book’s sypnosis; Storm siren.

“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Siren’s fury review:

4 stars. The first book ended in a cliffhanger and I couldn’t wait to read the second book in the trilogy, and now I have. This book was bit depressing at some points, but I enojoyed it very much, it’s one of my favorite books so far this year. The characters made some really annoying decisions, but that’s what built up the to book to it’s best. It’s a book filled with adventure, and an incredible plot, I can not wait to finish the series. The writing was a bit slower but at the end it picked up and had an amazing climax. I will definetly be doing a review for the book.

Review- Weightless by: Sarah Bannan

When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School. A good student and natural athlete, she’s immediately welcomed by the school’s cliques. She’s even nominated to the homecoming court and begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn’s bitter romantic rival. When a video of Carolyn and Shane making out is sent to everyone, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut, as Brooke and her best friend Gemma try to restore their popularity. Gossip and bullying hound Carolyn, who becomes increasingly private and isolated. When Shane and Brooke—now back together—confront Carolyn in the student parking lot, injuring her, it’s the last attack she can take.

Sarah Bannan’s deft use of the first person plural gives Weightless an emotional intensity and remarkable power that will send you flying through the pages and leave you reeling.

4.5 star rating; At first I kept telling my self that it would get better and it really did. This book made me feel so many different emotions all at once, most of them were not good, but they were strongly present as i went through the story. The writing was probaly one of the greatest parts, I’ve read in the first and third person, but never had I ever read in plural, like ‘we’. That made the book amazing. I honestly recommend everyone to read this book, it has a great lesson to all; Teens ad Adults. Bullying is not a joke, it doesnt matter if its throught a computer, anonymously, or with agression and words. Eveyone has feelings and you shouldnt judge anyone until you have walked in their shoes. This book will teach those people who think it’s okay to do this, and to those who dont even realise they’re doing it, and that it’s not only a game. This book might make you fell a bit uncomfortable, but at the end it will also make you a better person.

Review- Two of a mind By: S.M Stuart

What’s the response when diplomacy fails? How will it affect our future? Do we really want to know?

24th July 2110: When the midnight chimes end at Dez’s 16th-Eve Party she realises she’s destined to be an ‘Empty’. Her subsequent attempts to connect with her Psyche-Twin have startling consequences and she soon finds herself facing the worst of nightmares.

Seth has his own demons. He needs to unearth the truth about his mother’s death and enlists Dez to help in deciphering the clues hidden in her diary.

Little do they realise that they will soon be searching for a merciless killer – one who is connected to them by a cruel twist of fate. Unwittingly their enquiries bring them to his attention.

I enjoyed the way this book was written very much. first and third person, brilliant! The past, present, and family ties were a bit confusing, but at the end it added up perfectly. I think if the romance would have been kept out of this it would have been much better. The plot however was clever, and it has much potential, hopefully the story grows into itself. It was published March 28, 2015

Review- Aflame By: N.M Bello

Zara is the princess of Garimu, a kingdom where the people can absorb the elements and wield them as they please. Strong-willed yet naive, she is the strongest wielder to be born in generations.

Johar is the solemn and responsible prince of Birin. He is engaged to be married and is preparing to ascend to the throne of his kingdom.

Through a twist of fate, these two very different people are brought together as the survival of both of their kingdoms hangs in the balance. Can Zara and Johar put their differences aside in order to save their homes from the catastrophe that is about to befall them?

Aflame is a thrilling story of love, sacrifice and growing up. The book is the perfect read for young adults, who will enjoy watching the characters change and grow with their experiences.

The plot was unique, the characters special, the storyline was intriguing, and the drama and romance were just were they should be. What went wrong? The writing. I didn’t enjoy the description, it took me so long to get into the story, and every flip of each page made the book seem longer, heavier. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars because it had much potential.

Review- Joyful By: Robert Hillman

She was waiting in the centre of the room when Leon entered. Hands on her hips, left leg forward, right hip raised. Her lips were bare.

Leon closed his eyes for two or three seconds. When he opened them and saw Tess again, the world was gone. The dress she wore – and it was obvious that she understood this – was one of the two or three that she would wear flawlessly in her lifetime. Leon sat on the chair by the shoe cupboards and let the tears fall down his cheeks. Tess knew not to move, but she smiled.

Leon Joyce’s great love for his wife Tess had nothing to do with ‘vulgar sex’ and everything to do with beauty. Tess, who very much enjoyed vulgar sex, looked elsewhere for her pleasure.

Now she is dead and Leon has stumbled on the details of her last infatuation. He retreats to his country property, Joyful, demented with grief and jealousy, and forms a bizarre plan to retrieve (posthumously) his wife’s devotion.

The start was quire slow, it was a bit foggy. The writing is beautiful, but the story is peculiar. I love the way that passion is showed in this novel, it isn’t just about sex, but about everything else. I enjoy that he feels passion for other objects such as clothes, it gave me a sense of a new horizon in literature, and I’m glad I picked up this book. It was not the right book for me, but I learned from it, and that’s what matters. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars. It will be published July 14, 2015.

Review- Don’t turn around By: Caroline Mitchell

You don’t know him. But he knows you.

Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.

As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.
When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …

With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves.

Page after page, I went. I loved to catch those past glimpses that gave you dark, small clues. I read this one in a day, loved it. It was brilliant how it had a bit paranormal. Jennifer is a strong independent woman and I love that in this standalone. this mystery grew by the second, it never slowed down, and I never put it down. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It came out April 24, 2015. No need to keep waiting.

Review- Liar’s bench By: Kim Michele Richardson

In 1972, on Mudas Summers’ seventeenth birthday, her beloved Mama, Ella, is found hanging from the rafters of their home. Most people in Peckinpaw, Kentucky, assume that Ella’s no-good husband did the deed. Others think Ella grew tired of his abuse and did it herself. Muddy is determined to find out for sure either way, especially once she finds strange papers hidden amongst her mama’s possessions.

But Peckinpaw keeps its secrets buried deep. Muddy’s almost-more-than-friend, Bobby Marshall, knows that better than most. Though he passes for white, one of his ancestors was Frannie Crow, a slave hanged a century ago on nearby Hark Hill Plantation. Adorning the town square is a seat built from Frannie’s gallows. A tribute, a relic–and a caution–it’s known as Liar’s Bench. Now, the answers Muddy seeks soon lead back to Hark Hill, to hatred and corruption that have echoed through the years–and lies she must be brave enough to confront at last.

Kim Michele Richardson’s lush, beautifully written debut is set against a Southern backdrop passing uneasily from bigotry and brutality to hope. With its compelling mystery and complex yet relatable heroine, Liar’s Bench is a story of first love, raw courage, and truths that won’t be denied.

This book dragged me into another dimension, a place where I couldn’t stop thinking about it unless I finished it. It was incredible, it was a fast read, four hours it took me, if not less. And that’s saying something. I enjoyed this book so much, it was filled with lies, small town feuds, and the power of words. Racism is unacceptable, and these heroines took it upon themselves to find out the truth buried under all those dirty secrets. I recommend this book to all who enjoy Historical fiction, and mystery. It was published April 28, 2015

Review – The merit birds By: Kelley Powell

Eighteen-year-old Cam Scott is angry. He’s angry about his absent dad, he’s angry about being angry, and he’s angry that he has had to give up his Ottawa basketball team to follow his mom to her new job in Vientiane, Laos. However, Cam’s anger begins to melt under the Southeast Asian sun as he finds friendship with his neighbour, Somchai, and gradually falls in love with Nok, who teaches him about building merit, or karma, by doing good deeds, such as purchasing caged “merit birds.” Tragedy strikes and Cam finds himself falsely accused of a crime. His freedom depends on a person he’s never met. A person who knows that the only way to restore his merit is to confess. “The Merit Birds” blends action and suspense and humour in a far-off land where things seem so different, yet deep down are so much the same.

Instant love, or best known as love at first sight, was the one thing I did not like in this book. I believe that there is a lot more, to love, than just looks. It should be called attraction at first sight, not love. I, however, understand this in Cam, because with all his life troubles, he wants to ensure himself that he’ll be happy, and with what better than love? This book taught me a lot about knowing yourself before judging others. This book made my love for contemporary reads grow. And I strongly recommend it. It come out May 2, 2015

Review- A school for unusual girls By: Kathleen Baldwin

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

The characters and their humor is what started my love for this book. The girls were so clever, smart, and cunning. It was full of romance, and drama, all I could hope for in this book. I loved that this was a quick read, it was captivating. I loved the plot, and every other small detail written for this book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars Pick it up, now, its amazing. 

Publication date: May 19, 2015