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Book Review: The Ivy by Lauren Kunze with Rina Onur

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Title: The Ivy by Lauren Kunze with Rina Onur

Goodreads Summary:

Congratulations! You have been admitted to the most prestigious university in the world. Now what are you going to do?

Callie Andrews may not have money or connections or the right clothes, and she may have way too many complications in her love life, what with

Gregory

the guy she loves to hate …

Evan

the guy she’d love to forget …

Clint

the guy she’d love to love …

and Matt

the guy she really should love …

all vying for her attention.

But she has three fantastic roommates (best friends or her worst nightmare?) and a wholesome California-girl reputation (oops) and brains and beauty and big, big dreams.

Will it be enough to help her survive freshman year at Harvard?

 

Review: I give this book a four out of five. This book is a fun easy read that is full of drama, romance and a bit of back stabbing. The characters are interesting and straight forward but I feel like they could be developed a bit more. The reader doesn’t really learn much about the characters except for the brief bios that the authors put in the back of the book. The third person writing can get a just a little bit confusing while reading which was the main reason I didn’t give the book a five out of five. I would Recommend this book however if someone wanted a quick read that has a bit of drama around every corner.

Book Review: Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow

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Title: Elementals: The Blood of the Hydra by Michelle Madow

Goodreads Summary:

A demigod who can kill with a touch. It’s an ability that must be kept secret, even from those trusted most.

Finding out that she was a witch was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. No one can know her secret — not even Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with since first moving to town.

Now Nicole, Blake, and the three others with elemental powers must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. The creatures they face on this journey will be more dangerous than anything they’ve encountered yet. Will they all survive the quest? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in.

Review: Some times when you read the second in a series it might not live up to the first, but this book definitely did not do that. It was just as good as the first. It was a great continuation of the story and left me wanting to know what happens next the five main characters on their journey to save the world. I give this book a five out of five. If you would like your own copy so that you can dive into the world of the Elementals click here.

Book Reviews: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Michelle Madow

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Title: Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows Michelle Madow

Goodreads Summary:

Nicole Cassidy is a witch descended from the Greek gods… but she doesn’t know it until she moves to a new town and discovers a dangerous world of magic and monsters that she never knew existed.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole and four others — including mysterious bad-boy Blake — are gifted with elemental powers. But the comet has another effect — it opens the portal to another dimension that has imprisoned the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes, it’s up to Nicole and the others to follow a cryptic prophecy in time to save the town… and possibly the world.

Review: I give this book a five out of five. It was a fun and easy read that has you wanting more at every turn. I liked how the author has you guessing things well before they happen but she keeps you wondering instead of fully knowing. I also liked the characters and the dynamic between the main five. They are all so different in their own way that when they come together it just works. I love it when authors put their own spin on the Greek gods and goddess and how they tie into the worlds that they create. This book is a definite recommend.

Book Review: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

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Title: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

Goodreads Summary:

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

Review: I am going to give this book a five out of five. This book had me hooked from the start. I loved the characters and their personalities. The relationships between them where beautifully written and developed. I couldn’t get enough of Evan and Nat going back and forth trying to figure out what was the truth about what was going on around them and their feelings for one another. Also seeing how loving Nat’s grandfather was towards her and how horrible her grandmother was. Melanie you did a great job with this book. The world and characters you created are great. I’m not sure if this is going to be part of a series but I do hope so. I would love to know what happens to them next.

Book Review: The Transcend Time Saga (Complete Box Set) by Michelle Madow

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Title: The Transcend Time Saga (Complete Box Set) by Michelle Madow

Goodreads Summary:

Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from 1815, England… but she doesn’t realize it until she meets her soulmate from the past and he triggers her memories to gradually return.

 

Review:

I give this series a four out of five. Overall I liked this series very much. I liked the plot and the characters. The reason that I did not give it a five out of five is because as I read further and further there were times where the plot was a bit slow and made it a bit difficult to keep my interest and continuing in reading. It was something different than anything that I have read before and it was a nice change. I would recommend this series to anyone.

Book Review: Amaranthine by Lanie Jacobs

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Title: Amaranthine by Lanie Jacobs

Goodreads Summary:

With Graduation only weeks away, Khalida’s normal everyday boring life is turned upside down in one day. One day is all it took to change everything she ever knew. Never knowing her past, Khalida, is thrown into a world of vampires and just not any vampires, ones who will hunt to the end to kill her. Everyone around her is in danger and she must fight to protect those she loves. Thrust into the chaos, Luke, a boy whom she could never walk completely away from, one who would give his life to protect hers. And Carey, the ex-boyfriend who will stop at nothing to make sure that the darkness that surrounds Khalida succeeds in taking everything away from her. Though, Luke, would take on the world to save her, can he help Khalida save her from herself?

 

Review: I am giving this book a three out of five. I did really like the book. I loved the main core group of characters and their relationships to each other. Khalida is really interesting. She finds out that she is not at all who she thought she was for her whole life and even though you can see she is overwhelmed by it all she still thinks of the people she loves that are around her and their well being above her own. The reason I gave this book a lower rating than I would like to is because of two things. The first being that the book started out with a prologue the left me confused as to why it was there at all until almost the very end of the book. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking back to it and wondering where it fit in. The second being that I disliked the ending very much, and not just because the book was over because it was a great story. It was a total cliff hanger, more so than just continuing to a second book. It was like it just ended. Other than those two things I did like the story.

Book Review: Becoming the Legend by B. Kristin McMichael

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Title: Becoming a Legend by B. Kristin McMichael

Goodreads summary:

Arianna Grace is about to turn seventeen and her life has been very complicated lately. She is the leader of four clans of night humans: dearg-dul, baku, tengu, and lycan. While the four clans seem to get along better with each other, there is internal conflict on both sides of her family, not to mention the three boys vying for her attention.

Edward Lucan is making a chase for the power to lead the baku clans and is playing his cards by using his nephew Andrew to lure Arianna into a trap. Unfortunately for Lucan, Andrew has his own plans. He has spent the last year waiting for Arianna to see him as more than a friend, and he now finds it necessary to make a move for her affection, despite his uncle.

In the dearg-dul estate, Arianna discovers that the ambitious Lord Seeger has been laying his own strategies for power and is slowly poisoning her. After getting away with her grandfather’s murder, he is setting his sights on her. Luckily for Arianna, her team is on to all of the plans and is making some plans of their own. Will it be enough to keep Arianna safe? Several people close to Arianna have been keeping secrets. If Arianna is to take power and control of the night, she will need to know the truth. Will someone finally tell her what it truly means to become the legend everyone is waiting for, before it is too late to turn back?

Review: I gave this book at five out of five. It is a great follow up to the first one and is a great continuation to the story. The main character really starts to figure her new life and what goes along with all the power that she has and will have once she is fully grown. I really enjoyed seeing Arianna learn more about herself and her new world as well as the people in it. There is more of a love triangle in this book than the first but its not really you traditional love triangle where she has to chose which is refreshing. Even though she has love for to guys she they make it easy for her to decide between them by not fighting over her and making a lot of drama out of it. I am looking forward to the last book in the trilogy to see what happens to Arianna and the rest of the characters and her world. I have a feeling there is going to be a lot of events that are going to take place.