Monday, April 28, 2014

April '14 Book Reviews

Cybele's Secret by:  

Goodreads synopsis-Scholarly eighteen-year-old Paula and her merchant father journey from Transylvania to Istanbul to buy an ancient pagan artifact rumored to be charmed, but others, including a handsome Portuguese pirate and an envoy from the magical Wildwood, want to acquire the item as well.
My Review- {{{spoiler alert}}} I really love how this author writes. There is so much color, character, fun and personality in her books.  Although, I felt the story was good. I did have some issues with the character. This is just my option most likely but I don't think she should have ended up with Stoyan. I don't have anything wrong with him but there are too many differance between Stoyan and Paula. Personal experience tells me they won't last a year. Besides who won't want to date dashing and daring Duarte? I hope he gets to me Stela. There is also the fact that Tati was in some kinda of test but instead of giving us more of a hint the author forces on love at the end. I would much rather have a sister story. Besides all the character love stuff, I had a problem understand the city. I would normally say this is me but I wasn't the only one. Also the meeting that Paula was in confused me. I didn't really understand what was going on other then the I knew who the bad guy was when she was introduced. 
OVERALL: I still love the idea of the book and the story but there were alot of problems for me to really enjoy as much as I could have.
Stars: ** (2 out 5)

Come Away with Me by: Kristen Proby

Goodreads synopsis- Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.Luke Williams just wants the world to give him a break, so seeing yet another camera aimed at his face has him ready to pounce on the beauty behind the lens. When he finds out she has no idea who he is, he's intrigued and more than a little tempted by her. Natalie has a body made for sex, a sassy mouth and Luke can’t get enough of her, but he’s not ready to tell her who he really his.
My Review-  If you like mushy, sweet, hot romance books then this book is most likely for you.
However, I don't really. There were problems with this books. One, exchange with character in settings. Example: The characters are leaving a place while having a conversation. The author forgot to including us in their walk to the car so we go from one setting to another without warning or pause in conversation. I also felt that the ending was just WAY to much WAY to fast. The first 8 chapters are slow, sweet and fun and then it turns suddening into a SOAP OPERA with a mushy sweet ending where everyone wins. I did like the main characters but I probably won't be reading anymore of this series or related series.
Stars: ** (2 out 5)  

The Life of Glass by: Jillian Cantor 

Goodreads synopsis-Even though Melissa knows that beauty isn't only skin deep, the people around her don't seem to feel that way. There's her gorgeous sister, Ashley, who will barely acknowledge Melissa at school; there's her best friend, Ryan, who may be falling in love with the sophisticated Courtney; and there's Melissa's mother, who's dating someone new, someone Melissa knows will never be able to replace her father. To make sure she doesn't lose her father completely, Melissa spends her time trying to piece together the last of his secrets and finishing a journal he began—one about love and relationships and the remarkable ways people find one another. But when tragedy strikes, Melissa has to start living and loving in the present as she realizes that being beautiful on the outside doesn't mean you can't be beautiful on the inside.
My Review- This didn't move or touch me. There was no real major AHA moment or change brought about. It was a simple read and that was it. 
Stars: ** (2 out 5)  

Freak of Nature by: Julia Crane

Goodreads synopsis-Donate Body to Science. Check. When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body–stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.
My Review-I received this book in return for an honest review via Netgalley.- I was really exited to for this book. I was expecting so much, but it didn't hold. I don't mind the love parts but it the rest was a little weird. I felt the one of the character was bad turn out differently. I also felt the story was just starting by the end. I was expecting so much more action and nope nothing. Not even a fight. What? Blah. I wouldn't mind a series out of this, just to see where things go. For that read Maxium seems like that. More of a Scifi book to raise awareness of stuff. 
Stars: ** (2.5 out 5)  

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Anonymous said...

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Carolynn Markey said...

I luvvvv Cybel's Secret! I own almost every book by that author, she writes books like poems, so many vivid words.