Double Book Review: Cinder & Ella ( #1 & #2 ) – Kelly Oram

Book Review for Cinder & Ella ( book #1 ) by Kelly Oram

 

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It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 
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Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.

 


 

My Thoughts 2

I´m glad I didn´t rush a review for `Cinder & Ella`( Cinder & Ella #1 ) by Kelly Oram because this review would have turned out meaner than the characters portrayed in the book.

Cinder Ella ( Engl )

Thanks to giving myself time to think about Cinder and Ella´s story I can approach this review with a less vicious mind.

I finished this book weeks ago. And as more time passes the less I can remember the story. Which doesn´t speak for the story, to be honest. If you can´t remember shit then the book hasn´t made much of an impact. The only thing I do remember are the notes I made for the book.

 

 

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Let´s start off with the book description before explaining the asshole song / rhyme. It´s p.r.e.t.t.y. long for a novel with 250 + pages. And the title is also quite revealing. Cinder and Ella… Cinderella!

 

You´re welcome.

 

It´s sad that it took me a while to figure that one out * face palm *.

Where was I? Oh, that´s right. The review.

I´m going to say that this book was okay. A YA / Contemp. romantic Cinderella retelling with many shallow asshole characters that were more meeh than ooooh. The teenage drama in a plastic world where people hardly have backbones or gave two shits was interesting to read about but it didn´t flash me.

Judging by my notes, I think it´s safe to say I didn’t fancy the characters. From the main characters to the sub figures… all had that special type of quality that wasn´t lovable.

But ( !!! ) here´s the thing- Although I don´t categorize this story as a masterpiece I can still see why so many people are falling in love /  fell in love with the book. It´s not your everyday typical read. It´s different with a healthy dosage of sap and…. other stuff.

Romantic? Definitely. The best thing I´ve read? Most certainly not. I know, I know… this is a work of fiction and not meant to be taken seriously but I can´t help myself thinking that everything that has happened in `Cinder & Ella` was just exaggerated to the point where everything felt unrealistic.

The Heroine has been traumatized through certain events and what happens? The author doesn´t give the girl a break. The Hero is this hotshot heart-throb but… he´s oh so powerless. This calls for lots of frustrating moments, I can tell you that much.


Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. To everyone who doesn´t trust my opinion, actually. `Cinder & Ella is a light and quick read with so much drama to last the romance world a lifetime.

Would I re-read this book? Probably not.


 

The Cover – 5 Stars: I actually like the color theme going on. And the prominent title.

The Story – 4 Stars:  It´s a modern day Cinderella retelling with a twist. Meeh. Could have been better. Could have been worse.

The Characters – 2-3 Stars: Asshole-ville- The place for characters who are assholes.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Not impressed.

3 stars


 

This book is available on Amazon.com

Cinder Ella ( Engl )

 



 

Book Review for Happily Ever After ( Cinder & Ella #2 ) by Kelly Oram

 

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The end of one story is often the beginning of another. Hollywood heartthrob Brian Oliver and his Cinderella princess Ellamara Rodriguez have finally found love outside the digital world. But leaving their anonymity behind creates a whole new set of obstacles for the nation’s new favorite sweethearts. With the stress of Brian’s fame and the pressures of a new relationship weighing down on them, the It Couple quickly begins to wonder if they can hold on to their newfound joy, or if maybe happily ever after is only a fairy tale.


 

My Thoughts 2

 

Yeah, I wasn´t so sure why I read the second installment from `Cinder & Ella` but I did. And right now I´ve come to the painful conclusion that it wasn´t worth it. happily ever after

Not worth my time. Not worth the long night I spent reading. Not worth the money I paid.

That´s not to say that this is an awful read, though. `Happily Ever After`, the sequel to `Cinder & Ella` has definitely been published for a reason ( this is me making wild assumptions ). To give fans more insight on Cinder and Ella´s life after the first book.

 

My general feeling towards the book.

In my opinion, totally unnecessary. Which is disappointing because I expected a little growth from the characters, or the story. I expected the important message that was in this book to come across and not drown in the sea of unnecessary info. Instead, I got some details I didn´t think were relevant. Do I really want to know if the Heroine wants to save her virginity until she´s married? No. This stuff doesn´t interest me at my age. I definitely feel utterly frustrated when authors include the ” I´m saving myself” theme in their books. Many might find this wonderful- I don´t. I have nothing against clean romances but this romance was sqeaky clean. Kind of like

“If you ever so much as think of my beaver then you´re out!”.

I don´t want characters who constantly complain. Bah. You know what I want? A drink right now. Reliving this story is giving me a dry mouth.

I mean, this is just one of quite a few things that rubbed me the wrong way so I´m just going to stop here and say this book wasn´t worth my time. With no character improvement or story development I can´t say I was moved or touched.


 

Would I recommend this book? To fans of the first book, yes. And since this is book #2 it would be wise to read book #1 just to understand what´s going on.

Would I re-read this book? Nope.


 

The Cover – 4 Stars:    Not bad. It matches the cover of book #1, which is a total win for me.

The Story – 2 stars:    * shaking head *

The Characters – 2 stars:    *insert loudest sigh ever *

My emotional state after finishing this read:   Bummed.

2 stars

 


 

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com

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Book Review: Emerge ( Evolve #1) – S. E. Hall

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“You never have to be without me, Laney, never.” 

He lied…my everything I ever knew, trusted, wanted…I am, in fact, without him. 

On my own and out of my shell, I learn new things about life, friendship and…myself. 

Like what you’ve always known may not be what you’ve always wanted. 

Dane Kendrick awakened things within me that I never knew existed, unraveling and uncovering the real Laney Jo Walker. 

I’m a NEW adult…so is my story.

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My Thoughts 2

This book…. I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy… was THE most unromantic romance I´ve ever read in my entire reading career.

Let´s start at the beginning, shall we? This book was a gift from a friend who said:

“OMG! You HAVE to read `Emerge`! It´s the perfect romance and it has a love triangle in it. You love those. You´ll adore this book!” 

Then my friend said the magic words. Something that always gets me to drop whatever I´m reading.

“This is exactly like Thoughtless! Kellan Kyle is NOTHING compared to Evan Allen!”

 

Dangerous because I hold `Thoughtless` by S. C. Stephens above all other romances. Ain´t no Hero has ever been worthy enough to reach Kellan Kyle´s level of perfection.

So I read `Emerge`by author S. E. Hall. I dove into this book with extremely high expectations and fell flat on my ass after I finished the story. And boy, did my fall hurt like a bitch. I´m still in agony. emerge

`Emerge` ( Evolve #1 ) is NOT like `Thoughtless`. In fact- It´s not even similar ( which, in my opinion, is a good thing. It means the author didn´t get “inspired” ).  `Emerge` is a YA / NA ( can´t really tell the difference with this one. It´s a blurred fluff ) romance that´s about a love that wants to last but doesn´t. The reason? College.

I guess it would be wise to mention the synopsis is also a little more dramatic than the story actually is. Which is also a bummer because I expect a synopsis to give a hint of what the story is about and not to be misleading.

The romance is, as I´ve mentioned above, almost non existent. Sure, a reader reads about a young couple who fall in love and have to find a way to maintain that love. It´s told. It´s hard to feel, though. I blame this on the writing.

There´s no doubt in my mind that the author wanted this to be an epic love story but the lack of emotional description didn´t allow me to get emotionally attached to these characters or the story. This was something that frustrated me beyond words. Don´t say you love her… SHOW HER! Don´t say you can´t live without him… SHOW HIM! SHOW US READERS!

Then there´s my all time least favorite thing about characters:

The over use of nicknames. Honey, beautiful, cutie, sunshine, baby,…. Don´t get me wrong. Nicknames are good. But it´s not acceptable to include nicknames in a dialogue… all the time. There are quite a few scenes where the Hero rolls out at east 4 different nicknames for the Heroine. One nickname per sentence in one scene / chapter.

Another thing I dislike is when characters address other characters by their full names.

“Evan Mitchel Allen.”

What am I supposed to do with this information? I mean- I have a middle name too, AND I´m from the “south” and no one has ever gone out of their way to call “Morgana Julia Peters!” no matter what situation I was in. It´s annoying when this happens. This is useless additional information that doesn´t enhance the romance in any way.

As for the writing: I wasn´t a fan of the writing but I wasn´t totally against it, either. Very simple. Very curt and cut down to the basics.

The characters… * sigh * I did mention that a love triangle is included in this story. A love triangle that doesn´t feel like one because technically, there isn´t one. This is a story about a girl who can´t tell the difference between up or down. Laney, a no bullshit Heroine who´s has no redeeming qualities. And this can also be blamed on the lack of character description and development. And even if the Heroine were well developed, I doubt I my feelings for her would be different. Very unlikable.

The same applies for the Hero / Heroes. A reader meets Evan first ( Laney´s first love or first friend ) and he´s supposed to be this to – die – for – guy with a perfect chart. He wasn´t. Because actions speak louder than dialogues. Enter Dane ( Hero #2 ) and a reader gets the same problem.

I´m definitely a spoiled reader when it comes to romances. I want the whole package all the time because I´ve read books that actually have the whole package. `Emerge ` wasn´t what I would call a well-developed romance.

 

With that being said… I´m going to leave this on a good note and say that I would recommend this read to readers who want a light and less demanding romance.

Would I reread this book? No. And I will not continue the series, either.


 

The Cover – 3 Stars: Not bad. I like the color choice.

The Story – 2 Stars: To much of the unimportant stuff. Not enough of what was needed.

The Characters – 2 Stars: Absolutely not.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Disappointed.

2 stars


This book can be purchased on Amazon.com


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Book Review: All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover

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Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?


 

My Thoughts 2

Here´s my apocalyptic thought process when I first saw `All Your Perfects` by contemporary romance guru author Colleen Hoover.

At first I was skeptical. After seeing the book cover up close I was even more skeptical. Reading the synopsis didn´t do much for my wariness, either. It all looked and sounded too good to be true.

The problem is- I´m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover´s first published books. I mean, I´m still, after all these years, recommending Hopeless and Slammed every time I get a chance to, because those stories are simply great.

Since then Colleen Hoover has published a decent amount of stories ( quite a few I didn´t care much for ) and now the CoHo universe is gifted with another novel.

And here I was, hoping for the old CoHo flame to defrost the ice-cold CoHo fan in me.

I think, in my case, that´s not going to happen and that I should stop waiting for a CoHo miracle to happen.

`All Your Perfects`, a standalone novel with so much drama to last me 2 lifetimes. I´m for drama, but not the type delivered in this read. All your perfects

The topic choice wasn´t what I had expected ( which isn´t terrible. I like novel surprises ) but I welcomed it anyway. A married couple ruined beyond repair due to infertility. I want to applaud the author for being brave enough to touch on the delicate subject. But then the author added more drama to an already dramatic issue. Then added more. And more. By the time I finished reading I wanted to open a bottle of wine because I was overwhelmed from so much drama.

Give a reader and a book character a flippin´ break in between and all is good. Don´t give a reader time to breathe and they´ll end up opening a bottle of wine…. like me.

Sadly, the drama wasn´t what forced me to give this book 2 stars.

I truly believe this would have been a slightly better read if the story didn´t have those dreaded time leaps. Present – past. Past – present. Drove me nuts.

I fully understand the importance of adding background information to a story. I just don´t like it in form of time leaps. Why not just write a duet if there are so many mandatory details? Why not just leave out some drama and stick with one time frame? Why does everything always have to be exaggerated?

And then the end….. Not exactly what I would call a nice and smooth finale for such an exaggerated read. It was nicely rushed.

Before we end this review I´d like to touch on the pricing subject.

The Kindle version almost costs as much as the paperback. A little expensive and also a too big of a risk for my wallet.


 

Would I recommend this book? No. I really can´t think of anyone I know who´d enjoy this type of story.

Would I reread this book? No.


 

The Cover – 3 Stars :  It´s okay.

The Story – 2 Stars : I appreciated the main theme of the story. I didn´t appreciate how the story turned out.

The Characters – 2 Stars : Hands down- The most dramatic and broken couple existing.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Disappointed.. again. And because of that this book will be my last Colleen Hoover read.

2 stars


 

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Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

Someone! Please! ANYONE! Give me a medal because I have read and survived `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green.

I´m serious. For years ( !! ) I´ve avoided this book like the plague. At first I avoided the book because of the hype. Dear sweet baby Jesus… I just dislike when someone ( or a million people ) try to shove books down my throat. The greater the hype, the less I´m interested.

Then I found out the book was a tool to make women sob uncontrollably. To put readers in a never-ending, bottomless pit of depression because the book is THAT sad.

Who wakes up in the morning and decides they want to have a good crying in the evening? Certainly not me.

But before I go ahead and tell you how I survived `The Fault In Our Stars` I think it would be wise to mention that I have seen the movie before I read the book. By accident. I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy…. It wasn´t my fault.

You see, I like to watch TV before I hit the sack. I flip through channels and end up watching whatever until the ass crack of dawn. Well, I somehow managed to land on a channel and noticed I was watching something that clearly started a few minutes earlier without me. Okay, all was good.

Then, for whatever reason, I heard some catch phrases I remembered reading online. Catch phrases that struck a chord…. Before I knew it I was a so angry and a sobbing mess. I remember my husband coming out of the bedroom at 4 a.m. asking if someone in the family died. I remember him standing in the livingroom wearing his medieval PJ´s ( they´re truly ugly ) with a helpless look on his face. He asked if there was anything he could do. He asked why I didn´t just change the channel.

To be honest? That was the last thing on my mind in that moment. All I could do was cry. It was awful. I felt awful. The next day the husbutt brought flowers and chocolate and told me I needed help.

Never in my life did I cry as much as I did while watching a movie. Bah. It wasn´t a beautiful sad type of story. It was just brutally sad. I don´t like sad. I don´t do sad. I´m a happy person. WHY was the universe such a bitch that night?

Okay, fast forward a few years….

A friend of mine came over and gushed her undivided love for a book she read. I listened, curiously ( of course ) and then it hit me. `The Fault In Our Stars`. So, the universe truly hated me.

“Did you read it?” She asked with excitement. The fault in our stars

“Nope. And I won´t read it. Not now, not ever.”

“But it´s a brilliant story.” She said.

“Brilliant? The fact that we have electricity… that´s brilliant. How water can turn to ice… That´s brilliant. That book…. It´s not entering this house.”

So…. to make a long story short…. We made a pact.  She promised to read `Thoughtless` a book I´ve been trying to get her to read for ages and in return I promised I´d read `The Fault In Our Stars`.  My friend had a point when she said the story couldn´t create more damage than it already had…. so….

For those who have no flipping clue about the book… Here´s the synopsis and after that I´ll willingly give my thoughts on the book.



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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 


 

My Thoughts 2

Remember that this is a case of  I – saw – the – movie – before – I – read – the – book. And my final thoughts on the story?  I should have stuck to my guns. I should have kept avoiding this story at all costs.

I expected a little more. More of what, I have no idea. But when you read a book and then watch the movie it´s always a case of  the – book – is – better.

The books always have more depth and transfers emotions on a deeper level. For some odd reason, I didn´t feel the book was better ( or worse ) than the movie.

The book felt a little flat. A little too mushy for my taste.

Of course, the book was sad but I wasn´t the emotional mess I was after watching the movie. I wasn´t touched, as I should have been. Maybe it´s because I went against the natural book – then – movie order. Maybe maybe maybe….

All this doesn´t really matter because I´m still not convinced. The movie was sad and I´m not a fan of sad. The book wasn´t that sad.

Do you wanna know why I think the book wasn´t as sad?

The characters ruined the book. I struggled. Maybe it´s because I´ve long lost the mindset of a 16-year-old or maybe it was because the protagonist wasn´t my cup of tea. Whatever the reason, I just couldn´t. There was no character background for me to build a somewhat relationship with her. It´s true that I had no character background from the movie, either, but there hardly ever is a background story in movies.  What a reader gets is also a truck load of über witty one liners that are supposed to show how Hazel deals with her life with thyroid cancer.  Uuhm… I´ll pass. How do you connect with a character if you don´t know anything about her?

Enter Augustus. The boy Hazel falls for ( because one tragedy isn´t enough ). This character didn´t sit well with me, either.

As far as characters who suffer a great deal go, these were probably the worst, most pretentious beings that ever existed on paper. Very shallow, very unlikable.

This was a clear book problem. The characters in the movie were a lot more dramatic.

The writing, I must say, wasn´t for me, either. This was my first John Green read and I can´t say that I was blown out of my socks.

Overall, I wasn´t impressed with the book and the movie was awfully emotional.

 


 

Would I recommend this book? No. I´m sure there are people dying to have a proper cry evening at home, and I would recommend this read to those people. Everyone else? Nope.

Would I reread this book? No. It´s a miracle I even read it in the first place.



 

The Cover – 4 stars ( The cover is actually the type I prefer to see. Very eye catchy )

The Story – 2 stars ( The core of the story isn´t too bad. It might not be what I would ever pick for an evening read but it´s okay. Add the characters and it´s not okay anymore )

The Characters – 1 star ( Not going there. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Nope.

I´m giving `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green 2 out of 5 stars

2 stars



 

This book is available in paperback and ebook format online and in bookstores near you.


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Book Review: Church. – Stylo Fantome

synopsis singleA broken girl.

An unusual boy.

A beautiful face that hides a dark secret and an ugly past.

Sealed lips which hide wicked words and dangerous thoughts.

She would kill for him to love her.

He just wants to kill.

Maybe, if Emma Hartley prays hard enough, Church Logan can make both their wishes come true.

Fuse, meet match.

 


Double Warning 

  1. This is a psychological thriller. If you have triggers – This story will touch on a lot of them.
  2. The language in my review will be very colorful.

My Thoughts 2I don´t remember when I first saw this book. I can´t even recall who recommended this read. All I know is that I was ready and prepared to read some weird, screwed up romance- Something I really REALLY wanted because I´ve been so fed up with the same ´ol, same ´ol, goody goody romance novels. It was time for me to read something with grip.

 

I did NOT expect `Church.`( Church. #1 ) by author Stylo Fantome ( and I´ve read some really crazy shit in my lifetime ). And I SO WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK! I SO SO SO SO….

Church.

Let me start out by saying the writing wasn´t my cup of tea. I appreciate all narrative point of views but I´m not necessarily a fan of narrative hopping. While the majority of the story is told in third person narrative the author slips a few chapters, first person main character POVs, into the mix.

This can be great for a story but I felt it didn´t work well for this type of read. A thriller needs to be thrilling. A thriller can hardly create a thrill when a reader is in on all the clues. Which brings me to my next issue-

The story was slightly predictable. That´s another thing I don´t appreciate and I fully blame this on the multiple narrative POVs.

As for the characters….

To be perfectly honest, I find it a shame that I disliked both characters so much because Emma is a great character on her own and Church is fantastic in his own right. But as a couple? Down right hideous. Young adults acting like little turds who don´t have a life.

The genius sociopath and the damaged for life, obsessive beauty. Their thoughts were disturbing. Their time spent together was disturbing. Their plans, how they treated other people and each other… It felt like a bomb exploded in the Church. universe and I was the one who tried to make sense of everything.

“Tell me why you´re the way you are.”

“Hmm, I´ve been abused beyond anyone´s wildest dreams.”

“Wow. That´s fascinating. Now my turn! I´ve been abused, too!”

“Jee wizz! Let´s go and make some random person miserable.. just for the heck of it!”

( Note: The above was not taken from the book. It is not the dialogue.)

To make this rant short: I didn´t like `Church.` Dear sweet baby Jesus… I almost hate the story because of the hatred it carried. Hell, there was so much hatred to pass around and make a reader´s life misrable. Then that ending…. I better not get into that because I´m afraid I might choke on my cornflakes

Bah. I´m going to let my inner 85 year old out and say: My life is too short to waste it on reading about characters who´re bored little shits.


 

Would I recommend this read? The 85 yr old in me says: “Not in this lifetime.”. 36 yr old me says… “Nope.”.

Would I reread this book? Definitely not. I´ve also decided I won´t be reading the second installment.


 

The Cover – 3 stars ( Not the style I prefer to see on a book cover )

The Story – 1 star ( I´m actually surprised I didn´t DNF this book.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( Lots and lots of potential for both MCs. But somehow they turne out horrible and… bla.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Utterly pissed off.

2 stars


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