Book Review: Angelfall – Susan Ee

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


My Thoughts 2

Well, this book was certainly a positive surprise. Sheesh. Who would have thought that a simple book could be so mentally exhausting.

I feel like I´ve run a week-long marathon and now need like a month to recover… just because of this book.

I´m so flustered I have no idea how to sort out my thoughts.  `Angelfall`by Susan Ee knocked the wind out of my sails. Angelfall

Maybe we should begin with my first thought: This is huge. Not the book itself because it´s only 288 pages thin, but you can tell by book #1 that this story is going places ( namely, in the trilogy direction ) Because there´s so much to tell. So much that has to continue.

It´s an adventure that needs to spread it´s wings ( see what I did there? *wink* )

Yes. This is an older book. And yes, I don´t care about that because the publication date has nothing to do with the story.

The story, yes ( I got sidetracked for a second there )

In a town infested with Angels we find a young girl fighting for survival and trying to find her sister, who´s been abducted by… ( Yeah, find that out yourself ) and turns to the only being who she thinks can help her-  Raffe… the angel. ( He´s not THE angel. He is for me, though )

And after that it´s all BOOM and BANG and more BOOM. Not a moment of boredom popped up.  There was so much going on and I had little time to catch my breath.

And the best part? The story was so well thought through and cleverly executed. I don´t want to know how long the author needed to set the plot and draw out the specifics. It feels like she needed years because nothing was left out.

The story was so great that I ditched my zombie apocalypse preparations and started mentally preparing myself for an angel apocalypse ( because you always have to be prepared ).

As for the characters:

We meet a young girl who was forced to mature fast due to her family situation. Penryn is tough, brave and bold and so… committed. She´s a great role model for readers of all ages. And the way our young protagonist goes about the world and her situation is fantabulous.

Raffe is… an angel ( no pun intended ). He´s literally an angel. A broken one at that. Aside from his stunning appearance his positive traits stink to high heaven ( I´m on a roll tonight, aren´t I? ) He´s kind, compassionate but also slightly mysterious. Shit… He´s just a great character. And from now on I´m going to compare Raffee´s character to every other book angel.

Now, with all the action and excitement going on in this book ( trust me, there´s plenty ) there´s still a romance. It´s faint but it´s there. And it´s just grand because for once (!!!) an author decided to focus on a story instead of turning a story into a sappy romance ( * giving stinky evil eye * yes, I´m looking at you, A Court Of Thorns And Roses ). Y´all know by now that I do love me some great romance but when there´s a lot at stake you don´t need to focus on love. You need to focus on not getting your ass grilled.

FYI: Brutal cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers, especially this one. It means I have to buy the next book or else I´ll be in a pissy mood.

I´m just happy. Be happy for me that I´ve finally found some happiness with a read. It´s been so long * insert dramatic cry*


Would I recommend this read? Yes. It´s a young adult that doesn´t feel like one. It´s a survival story with a hint of romance that has great characters. And angels. Well, it has Raffe. And I´m his new cheerleader. Just buy the damn book. And buy the others as well.

Would I reread this book? Yes!


 

The Cover – ? :  I´m not really sure what to think of the cover. At first glance it looks pretty. But if you take a closer look the wings look cheap and the wood wall confuses the flippin´ foo foo out of me. That tagline, though. OOOOOOOH, Imma loving that.

The Story – 5 Stars: Because it´s just one of those epic stories.

The Characters – 5 Stars: Yes. The angel got to me. Everyone else was great.

My emotional state after finishing this read: My heart… It´s all over the place.

5 stars

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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 ( Before & After ): Easy- Tammara Webber

Out of all the books I´ve read since book blogging, `Easy` (Contours Of The Heart #1) by Tammara Webber is the one I don´t have to reread in order to remember the story ( THE WHOLE STORY ).

`Easy`was published back in 2012 and I was one of the quick little chicas who got their greedy little hands on the new release. Not because the story sounded good. No. I saw the hottie on the cover and thought ” Where have you been all my life, emo kid?!”

( Some useless information: I love men with hair. I´m probably the only woman left in this hygienic, polished world who loves a man with all body hair ) The fact that the guy on the cover had hair, and rough hands, and a tattoo peaking out on his wrist ( More useless information: I´m a sucker for guys covered in ink. Ink and hair ) had me feeling all kinds of desperate.

Knowing `Easy` was a romance was a nice bonus. I just wanted to stare at hot stuff.

Needless to say- I read the book in 2012. 6 years later, I noticed I had 2 paperback copies of `Easy` on my bookshelf.

To this day I cannot remember how I ended up with 2 copies. Doesn´t matter anymore. We´re here to compare my thoughts from 2012 to my 2018 thoughts.

Are we ready for a Before & After Book Review?


 

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Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret.
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

 

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Back in 2012 I was high on New Adult romances. I was so into the college romance phase and wanted nothing else to read. I couldn´t get enough of the simple and charming novels authors published back then. `Easy`belonged to those reads I lived for.

I remember I had a vague idea of what the story was about. Two college kids fall in love. That was it. The book cover interested me more back then. `Easy`was so much more, though.Easy

A slow burn romance that has a touch of innocence to it. That is- until a life changing event happens to Jacqueline ( Heroine ). Then there´s hardly anything innocent about this read. It´s about struggle and moving on. It´s about making the right choices and taking action.

And the romance. * sigh * Boy, I wanted myself a Landon / Lucas so bad for myself. He was the perfect mysterious Hero.

I remember finding this a fantastic short read with fab characters and a wonderful ending. I was in love.

Fast forward 6 years….

My feelings have changed. Not for the book cover, though. * cough * In those 6 years I found out the book cover model´s name and age ( the only book cover model I´ve ever looked up in my entire life ). My feelings towards the story changed. I´m not in my college romance phase anymore and I also have a different perspective of New Adult romances.

36 year old me thinks this is a good read. A cute romance with cute characters who deal with a realistic issue. Even the slow burn love between the characters feels different. Compared to other more modern New Adult romances, this book feels more like it belongs in the Young Adult genre than anywhere else. Because it´s way more innocent now. It´s tame. Don´t get me wrong- I´d still buy this book and I´d still love it but I wouldn´t go nuts over the whole package anymore.

With that being said…

Would I still, after all these years, recommend this book? I would. Because it belongs to one of those mandatory romance reads.

Would I reread this book? I don´t think I can. I spent a great amount of time discussing this book to death back in the day. I know this book inside and out.



The Cover –  5 Stars: The 5 stars go out to the emo kid. * sigh *

The Story – 4 Stars: It´s good. It´s romantic. It´s the whole package but less exciting.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Happy.

I remember giving this book 5 out of 5 stars in 2012. Right now, I´d give this book a 3 -4 stars, with leaning more towards 4 stars.

4 stars

This book can be purchased on Amazon.com


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Book Review: Optimists Die First – Susin Nielsen

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Life ahead: Proceed with caution.

Sixteen-year-old Petula De Wilde is anything but wild. A family tragedy has made her shut herself off from the world. Once a crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula now sees danger in everything, from airplanes to ground beef.

The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class. She has nothing in common with this small band of teenage misfits, except that they all carry their own burden of guilt.

When Jacob joins their ranks, he seems so normal and confident. Petula wants nothing to do with him, or his prosthetic arm. But when they’re forced to collaborate on a unique school project, she slowly opens up, and he inspires her to face her fears.

Until a hidden truth threatens to derail everything.


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A love story for cynics!

This book was a frustration purchase. I was bummed because I couldn´t find a book in the book store so, on my way out I grabbed the first thing that caught my eye.

`Optimists Die First` by Susin Nielsen. To be honest- I had no flipping clue what this book was about. I´ve also never heard of the author before. I just gave the cover a once over and bought it. A risk purchase and it was SO worth it. optimists

I totally enjoyed `Optimists Die First`. It was witty, sweet, quirky and just overall a great read that left me with a good feeling.

I won´t bother giving you a rundown on what the story is about. The synopsis above is all a reader needs to know. Because I´d really hate to ruin this story by adding spoilers.

What´s good to know is that this story is predictable but not in a negative, annoying way. A reader can either see the outcome or feel it. Either way- That outcome happens and it leaves on a sweet note.  We´ve all read this type of book before.

I´m pretty sure some might find this trope filled story a tad washed out and some might find this read to be refreshing because it deals with issues that are relatable in a humorous yet serious way. `Optimists Die First` is just one of those reads where you either find it really cool or super annoying.

I, myself, am a super picky reader. I have high standards regarding certain stories / books. I think going completely blind into this read was the best thing that could have ever happened to me because I literally had no expectations what so ever. I didn´t have a chance to get my hopes up or to be spoiled by other reviews.

What I appreciated:

  • The fact that this was a short read.
  • The writing. I just love it when books are written well.
  • The mental illness rep.
  • The characters! I lived for Petula and Jacob!
  • The ending.

Let´s focus on the mental illness rep for a second. I´m truly not a fan of reading about characters who suffer from any type of mental illness because that´s something that has been used OVER and OVER again. I feel that these days, characters aren´t able to exist without some sort of mental illness.

In `Optimists Die First` the mental health issues Petula ( Heroine ) dealt with felt realistic. Even how she managed her life, her thought process… everything about her felt real. I liked that a lot and cannot stress out enough how great it felt to read about a character / characters who was/were genuine and flawed but in a beautiful way.

Also, I believe this book could be helpful to others dealing with mental health issues. `Optimists Die First`shows that life is what it is. Life is unclear. It´s unpredictable. And the only thing anyone can do is just hope for the best.
All in all a sweet read I fully enjoyed.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I would. A nice YA read with light parts and parts for a reader to think about. There´s also a romance, but not the type you´d expect.

Would I reread this book? I probably will.

 

The Cover – 4 stars: Saw it. Grabbed it. Bought it. I blame it on the colors and the title. I love the title. And the tagline, of course.

The Story – 4 stars: Delightful and charming in it´s own special way.

The Characters – 5 stars: I have so much love for Petula and Jacob. Even for the sub characters!

My emotional state after finishing this read: I had an overall good feeling.

4 stars

 


This book can be purchased at Amazon.com

 

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



 

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