Book Review: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Parker Grant lives by her own set of die-hard rules which she developed over the years, after losing her mother and sight at age 7, and refuses to let anyone treat her differently because of that. But when Scott, otherwise known as Parker Enemy Number One for breaking the most important rule, reappears into her life, Parker is forced to wonder if she was too quick to judge Scott while attempting to handle her new way of life after the death of her father three months prior.

I’m not going to lie, I was going into this book expecting it to be bad but, honestly, I thought it was pretty good.

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Book Review: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

In an attempt to escape her music royalty family, Grace Wilde transfers into a Korean boarding school and finds herself falling for a K-Pop star.

If you want a novel with proper representation of Korean culture mixed with likeable characters, I suggest you don’t even bother putting this book on your TBR list. Why? Because this has none of that.
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The Awakened Blog Tour – Author Spotlight + Guest Post + Review + Giveaway

Official Awakened CoverOkay. I am SO EXCITED to be part of the The Awakened Blog Tour. I love apocalyptic novels, especially zombie ones, and the author, Sara E. Santana, better known as WhatANerdGirlSays, has been on such a journey to get this one published. I’ve been following her blog for a while, and it’s so great to see her finally a published author.

Today I’m featuring Sara here on the blog. She going to tell us about her writing space and method and the struggles of writing a book, offering some do’s and don’ts when it comes to writing a novel. I loooove getting a peek into author’s lives and writing processes so I’m thrilled to share this with you today. I’ll also include my review of her soon to be released debut novel, The Awakened at the end of her guest post, including a link to the giveaway she’s hosting! You can preorder The Awakened now for Amazon Kindle. Paperbacks will be available for purchase on the day of release, which is the 1st December.

I would also like to note that if you preorder the Kindle version, you can get a free signed bookmark. In order to claim your bookmark, you must message your proof of purchase/preorder and your name and address to sesantanawrites@gmail.com

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Book Review: The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig

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Rating:  ★★★★☆

In a post-apocalyptic world, the human race was on the brink of extinction and those who survived promised not to make the mistakes of the past. But the effects of such changes lingers on, thousands of years after the Blast.

In the After, post-blast time, there are no single children, only twins. One Alpha and one Omega. One boy and one girl. One perfect while the other is flawed. Usually, the Omegas are easily identifiable, missing limbs, sights etc etc, and when spotted they are thrown out of their society while their Alpha counterpart takes his or hers place in society.  Despite the difference, the twins are linked – one can’t be alive without the other also breathing. Certain Alphas, worried for their own well being, have their Omegas taken from their own societies and trapped for their own protection.

However, with Cass and Zach, the difference between them is much less distinct. Neither have any sort of impairment. Technically, they’re flawless. But Cass has a secret, and Zach knows the secret. A secret that could destroy them.

This had such a great start and I was so excited to read this! I was immediately drawn into the fascinating story. The way Zach and Cass’s relationship developed in the early pages made this novel so exciting. It begins with Cass narrating the story of how she ended up in a prison cell as she recounts her childhood and then the novel goes into present time as the narrative catches up to Cass’s present state. She dreams of escaping to an island she has only seen in her dreams; it is the only refuge for the Omegas.

The world building is quite unique, you really get a feel for the post-apocalyptical world Cass lives in. There’s a lot going on in this book, and time passes quickly in the first bit of the book, and it allows for some great world building. The entire world is scared of machinery and electricity because it was seen as the downfall of the “Before” civilization. Life has been reduced to pre-industrial civilizations are once again based on agriculture and trade instead of technology.

Cass was an interesting character to read. She loves her brother and in many ways, cannot accept what he is doing to her. She struggles with reconciling her childhood sibling with the man that he has become and it holds her back throughout the whole novel.

Kip fills the role of the sidekick, and he could’ve been really interesting read. Cass saves him when she’s escaping, and he has no recollection of who he was before. And throughout the novel, it’s supposed to be a complete mystery. But it was easily guessable. From the beginning, it was obvious that he was going to play the love interest but that part of the book was remarkably muted. There are very little moments which gave development to their romance and it was a little disappointing to read.

I should note that this book heavily relies on ableism, the entirety of this novel is based on ableism. And there were some noticeable flaws. One. If I had a twin and had to rely on them, I would be a little bit nicer to them. I would not send them into a terrible place to scrape a living where they could get sick or hurt much for easily. I’m a twin and if this was us, I would keep her somewhere safer. Because I know there would be some sort of resentment and that’s what causes the rebellion of the Omegas. Like, this whole novel wouldn’t have happened if Alpha’s were just nicer. It’s a big plot hole.

Overall, The Fire Sermon was promising and the author definitely has some good ideas and has the potential to become a great trilogy.

Format: Kindle, 432 pages
Published February 26th 2015 by Harper Voyager (first published August 14th 2014)
ASIN: B00N73488W

Book Review: Demon Road by Derek Landy

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sixteen-year-old Amber’s life consisted of her lacking friends and her reliance on her online presence to socialise with her peers. Her parents barely acknowledge her existence, but rather are too consumed by their group of friends. When Amber learns that her parents are demons, and the nature of her family and her own life is revealed she is forced to go on the run as she seeks to save herself from the danger chasing her. She aligns herself with Milo, a man whose is paid for his services – to help Amber as she escapes her parents and their sacrificial contract on her life. Along the journey, the duo is joined by Glen, an Irish boy who also has a mark on his life.

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Book Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

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Rating: ★★★★

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You Were Here is a surprisingly enjoyable novel and authentic. Told in alternating chapters from each of the five main character in a variety of ways. The main protagonist Jaycee’s are told in the first person, while Zach and Natalie’s are in third. Bishop’s chapters are graffiti art, while Mik’s are graphic novel panels. The result is five clear and differentiated voices and a really refreshing way of reading a book.

Jaycee’s brother died five years ago when he snapped his neck doing a backflip off the top of a playground swing in front of Jaycee and others. Five years later, the time hasn’t changed the Jake-sized hole she has in her life. Every year, on the anniversary of Jake’s death, Jaycee breaks into the ruins of an insane asylum and meets up with Mik, Jake’s friend. But this year, Jaycee is joined by her ex-best friend Natalie, Natalie’s boyfriend Zach, and their friend Bishop. This was the beginning of a series of adventures when Jaycee finds Jake’s map of old buildings and hidden dares.

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