Book Review: Soundless

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Soundless takes place in a remote, closed off mountain village in ancient China, where all it’s members are deaf and receive food via a delivery in exchange for sending the metal that they’ve mined. Fei is a talented artist, who fears for her sister’s life as she slowly loses her sight. Until one day, Fei regains her hearing and joins her childhood friend on a mission down the mountain to find help.

I’m not going to lie, I was disappointed when I finished this book. I’ve only read two of Mead’s books, Vampire Academy and Frostbite, and I actually really liked them. A lot. If I can recall, it was brilliant albeit cheesy. But it had the action, drama and intensity and I was expecting all this to come in her new novel that is supposedly “steeped in Chinese folklore.” But nothing really jumps out as remotely Chinese about this story. Aside from the pixiu, you could change the names to Rose, Lissa and Dimitri and this could be set anywhere else.

I get this seems harsh, but I don’t have anything good to say about this book and that’s difficult for me, as someone tries to find redeeming qualities in even the worst books I’ve read.

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Book Review: My Girl by Jack Jordan

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Rating:★★★☆☆

*ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Ten years after her daughter was murdered and only two months after her husband’s suicide, Paige thinks she has nothing to live for. Until she uncovers her husband’s gun and she goes in a desperate search to find out her husband’s secrets.

I have to admit I was not expecting this book to go where it did. And I now feel like I need to read something happy next. My Girl was definitely a weird one. We follow Paige reeling in the aftermath of her husband’s suicide when peculiar things start to occur around her. I really enjoyed the suspense that book starts with but I felt like it ended way too soon and we’re thrown straight into the turning point without a clear introduction. She goes from looking into her husband’s suicide to something completely different which is a shame because a stronger build up and clear insight into the other characters would’ve improved the novel so that transition wouldn’t have felt so strange.

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: July 4th 2016 by JJP
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Book Review: Flawed (Flawed #1) by Cecelia Ahern

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Rating:★★★☆☆

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In a world where perfection is everything and a single mistake marks you Flawed for life, Celestine North’s life quickly becomes anything but perfect after she commits a terrible mistake.

I’m actually very much in the middle when it comes to Flawed. I can’t decide whether I really hated this book or thought it was just alright.

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Book Review: Desolation (Demon Road #2) by Derek Landy

26791238Note: This review includes major spoilers within the novel.

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Rating:★★☆☆☆

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In the sequel to Demon Road, Amber and Milo find themselves making their way to Desolation Hill  with the Hounds of Hell close on their tail. Desolation Hill is a small town with a secret to it. Once a year, all hell breaks loose and this year, Amber and Milo are right in the middle of it.

This is a difficult review to write. I’m not even sure how to begin? I really enjoyed Demon Road, but Desolation? Not so much. I know a lot of readers will love this book, and it’s not a terrible book. It’s a decent follow up, and I liked that it was more darker than Demon Road us, going further into the horror genre than I expected.

But I found it so tedious.

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Book Review: Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C.S. Pacat

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Rating:★★☆☆☆

With a battle looming over the people of Vere and Akielo, Damen must face Prince Laurent again, but not as his slave, but as Damianos of Akielos. His own hope of reclaiming his throne is working alongside Laurent.  But can their alliance stand long enough to achieve their goal?

Okay my original rating for this was 4 but now, looking back on it, I feel really bad for having to drop it down to a 2 but I’ll explain why later on.

For those who are reading this review, and have no idea what CP is, it’s important to note that this series contains many problematic and really triggering elements which many people will feel uncomfortable reading. Just to advise you in case you’re uncomfortable with aspects like that.

Kings Rising picks up exactly where it ends in Prince’s Gambit, and we’re pushed straight into the action. Damen continues to be our strong protagonist while Laurent is still our irritating but lovable anti-hero. Pacat actually does an amazing job with these two regarding their characterisation and development. It’s dramatic and complicated with its twists, adventure and painful heart break.

If you haven’t read the series yet, I advise you to stop reading because I’m going to talk about what I didn’t like which are major spoilers.
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Book Review: Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Once Upon a Dream is a retelling of  Sleeping Beauty with a twist. When the prince kisses Aurora, he falls asleep and joins Aurora, who is stuck in a dream state, and must navigate her dream landscape in order to escape the influence of Maleficent.

As you can tell with my review of the first book, A Whole New World, I had a rocky start to this series. It may not have been as messy as A Whole New World was, but it was still a huge bore.

Firstly, I’ll start with the good, the premise was alright, but not great. I liked the idea of her stuck in her dream state and she has to figure out her way out. And the ending was nice though a bit too nice, in my opinion.(But don’t get me started on how painfully obvious it was from the very start)

As I mentioned before, everything else was a bore. It was so boring. The plot moved way too slowly and was just one big mess. In the movie, I liked Aurora but here, she’s extremely childish. There were an essence of the author attempting to show her growth throughout the novel, but it didn’t work. The style of writing also made it harder to like her. It felt inconsistent and dragged the whole book down. It’s a shame because the writing in A Whole New World was what kept me going, but in this book, it was just so poor. I could rant about Prince Philip and the piss-poor excuse for a romance in this book for days. The story relies too heavily on insta-love that happened previously,unknowingly to Aurora. She has no recollection of it, and technically doesn’t know this man at all,but agrees to kiss him?

Overall, it had some good scenes but wasn’t executed properly. This novel needs a couple of revisions (and maybe a better plot) because I just felt like it wasn’t good enough.

Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Disney Press
ASIN: B015PTW43G

Book Review: Prince’s Gambit (Captive Prince #2) by C.S. Pacat

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my review:
Rating:3stars

“To get what you want, you have to know exactly how much you are willing to give up.”

In Prince’s Gambit, we follow Damen and Prince Laurent travelling to the border of Vere. As they learn to trust each other, secrets from both of their pasts threaten to spill in this sequel.

It still includes topics like slavery, rape and physical abuse with mentions of paedophilia. Just a warning to those who do finds that topic uncomfortable to read.

I usually never like the sequel than the original book but Prince’s Gambit was an improvement to the first book. I have to admit that there were scenes where everything was moving so slow and I was extremely confused on what was happening. Especially when it came to revealing who betrayed who but once I got it, it was thrilling to read.

The story picks up where Book 1 finished, and C.S. Pacat doesn’t stop. The story is clever and intricate, and the way she writes really works well. It’s simple but complex with no extremely flowery words. And that’s what makes the story work, if the writing was any different, I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the series as much. I think what appeals to me is the world it’s set in, and sometimes I wish C.S. Pacat wrote something else but in the same universe. Maybe if she steered away from the rape and abuse, and more on the world of Vere and Akielo, delving more into the culture and history of the two countries and the surrounding places.

I’m still not sure about Laurent. He still broody, and I was hoping it would go somewhere with that but it doesn’t, and I was quite disappointed with that. Overall, this one was decent – still not comfortable with some of the stuff, but I feel compelled to finish this series now that I’ve started it.

Book Review: Venomous Kiss (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #1) by Fiona Paul

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Set in Renaissance Venice, Venomous Kiss is a world of secret meetups in graveyards, courtesans, and hidden societies. When Cass finds out that her friend’s dead body was stolen, she’s pushed into this whole new world, alongside a young painter, in search of the truth.

I was really excited read this book. I mean, a murder mystery set in Venice with masquerade balls and hidden secrets. Everything about this books screamed amazing at the first look. But the premise is much better than its execution. The dialogue and pacing was enough to not drop this book. The depiction of Venice was what I liked the most. A city that appears gorgeous but underneath it all, there is plenty of squalor buried deep within. But everything else was simply boring, in my opinion.

So what went wrong?

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Book Review: Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1) by C.S. Pacat

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Damen is the rightful heir to Akielos but when his half brother seizes power, he’s stripped of his identity and sent to the enemy nation as a gift to the prince of Vere, Laurent. He fully intends to run away and reclaim his throne but finds himself mixed in the politics of the Veretian court and must work with Laurent to survive.

Let’s make this clear, this book contains torture, rape, physical abuse and pedophilia I made the mistake of not checking so when I went into this book, I’m not going to lie, I was uncomfortable reading it. This is a just a warning to those who may feel similar. The hype around this book is huge, and I was generally expecting this to be a typical NA BDSM story. But in just a few chapters, it literally takes off into a different, better than expected direction and becomes a story of political struggle.

Book 1 was disturbing and,in the first 20%, I felt so uncomfortable. But the plot and the characters kept my eyes locked to my Kindle screen. Pacat’s writing is intriguing. The world building is quite simple mainly because its more character driven but this book was weirdly unique for me, maybe because I haven’t read much novels like this. I’m not going to lie, I almost stopped 20% in and I’m not sure what kept me going. (maybe because every single person I follow on Tumblr as read this and I don’t like feeling left out lmao)

I liked Damen. At first he appears too naive, with him quite shocked that his half-brother would do something like this, and holds on too tightly to his own positive image of his brother. But he grows out of that and becomes a great character. Laurent was one I never liked. He’s a spoilt brat and extremely unlikeable at first, but Pact manages to grow and develop him into a likeable character in the end, a smart manipulator that is more than the image of an indulged royal brat. Even though he does develop as a character, I still didn’t like him. I appreciate the development but, overall, I can’t get over what he’s done to Damen.

However, the topic of rape/ slavery was the biggest issue I had with this book. I usually steer away from books like this. The first half of this book is basically a mix of explicit rape scenes and abuse, which is why I didn’t want to continue but once you push through, towards the end, it’s more interesting. But it is hard to read the series, knowing all that had happened in the beginning. I find the partnership between Damen and Laurent interesting, but I don’t ship them together.

Overall, Captive Prince is a captivating read in this first book of three, with an interesting albeit uncomfortable plot.

Kindle Edition, 3rd edition, 241 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Berkley (first published February 4th 2012
ASIN: B00I3REIHI

Book Review: Kindred Spirit by Rainbow Rowell

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my review:
Rating: ★★★★☆

Elena holds Star Wars dear to her heart ever since her father introduced her to the films years ago. With the release of The Force Awakens just days away, Elena decides to queue outside her local cinema. She arrives expecting a ton of people, but it turns out she’s the last in line of only three people.

I’m just gonna say it, I preferred this to Fangirl. Even though this is a short story, released especially for World Book Day 2016,the portrayal of Fandom was just much better in this than it was in Fangirl. I love Star Wars, and I really enjoyed reading Kindred Spirits. It’s a cute short that celebrates fandom and even if you’re not into Star Wars, it’s still interesting enough to read.

I think better part of the book was tackling the idea of a fake fan. Elena has only seen the original trilogy and she gets worried that the others will judge her because she hasn’t seen the prequels. I was so worried for her because,in real life- actually online, people are rude as hell when they learn that you haven’t fully seen everything about something like movie series, read all the books or listen to a certain artists whole discography. I really appreciated the fact that they didn’t judge her. Kindred Spirit depicts Elena’s hilarious struggle with fandom, judging people before really getting to know them and that anyone can be a fan, doesn’t matter how much they haven’t or have experienced.

Paperback, World Book Day Edition 2016, 62 pages
Published March 3rd 2016 by Macmillan Children’s Books
ISBN: 1509820833