REVIEW: Fractured by Erin Hayes a.k.a this why i don’t like a twin + Giveaway!

21865341TITLE: Fractured

AUTHOR:Erin Hayes

PUBLICATION: Published 2014

GENRE: YA > Horror

PAGES: 206pages (Kindle Edition)

SOURCE: e-arc via tour host

RATING: 3★★★

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Blinded by a mysterious seizure when she was three years old, Bash Martin has managed to carve out a normal life for herself as an adult. Yet she still yearns for a deeper connection with her twin sister Lily, who has always been jealous of the attention their parents bestowed upon Bash due to her disability. 

A dream vacation seems like the perfect chance to heal their relationship, but Bash soon realizes there is something terribly wrong with Lily and that her sister is hiding a dark secret. And when a supernatural fire engulfs their hotel and corpses come back to life, the sisters are plunged into a nightmarish world that threatens not only their lives, but their very souls.

REVIEW:

Lily and Bash are sister. Twins, to be exact and one thing is for sure, thy’re no Anna and Elsa. Ever sinve they’re kinds, Lily has always been a little jealous of the attention that Batsheba is getting (i just love that name so much) And one simple afternoon, when little Lily and Bash are playing, an incident happen that lead to Bash being blind.

From the prologue, I was deeply engaged already. I was like, ‘no. i’m not getting any sleep unless i finish this’ but I ended up sleeping anyway because apparently reading this at night when you’re alone is not a good decision! Fractured’s premise sounds very intriguing and with a cover like that it’s really hard not to grab your attention. And I’m glad that the it’s that way because Fractured is perfect for readers who is looking for a break in YA contemporaries. Like I mentioned above, the prologue will make you be engaged on to the story. And what I loved about this is that from the start, it didn’t have a dull moment until you finish it. It’s like the first few chapters is just making you ready for a crazier than crazy ending.

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Yes, I just said that! -____-

The case between Lily and Bash is fascinating. I must say that I haven’t encountered it before. The author keeps dropping bomb after bomb of terrifying information till the end and I. Just. Love. It. And it is creepy you guys, I’m not even kidding. There’s a lot of this:

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The ending might not be the ending I was hoping for but it was satisfying nonetheless and this is on third person narrative which doesn’t really work on me most of the time but surprisingly, it pushed me to read the story more. Overall, Fractured is a chilling and frightening read for me. The expectation that I had from the intriguing blurb and captivating cover was met and it has a well-thought plot.

THE AUTHOR:

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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.

You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski a.k.a i’m the odd one again

16151255TITLE: The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1)

AUTHOR: J.A Redmerski

PUBLICATION: Published November 15th 2012 by Createspace 

GENRE: NA > Romance

PAGES: 423pages (Kindle Edition)

SOURCE: Own (Kindle)

RATING: 2 ★★

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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

REVIEW:

WHAT. IS. THIS.
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I’m the odd one again 🙁 After finishing The Edge of Never, I spent almost 2 hours trying to understand what I felt about it. My feelings was all over the place! I swooned, I laughed, I rolled my eyes (too many times I must say) and yeah at some point, I got teary eyed. But all of that  I started reading this thinking it was a book about a girl who was trying to discover herself.

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And at the first few chapters that was the vibe I was getting from the book.. Then I don’t know what happened but it completely lost the plot that I was expecting.

Let’s go through the characters first..

Everybody meet Camryn Benett. She’s 20 who acts 16, she giggles all the times, calls everybody (especially her bestfriend) a slut and ohmigosh you guys she’s very philosophical..

“I always kind of thought out-of-the-box. Instead of sitting around dreaming up new sex positions, as Natalie often does about Damon, (…..) I dream about things that really matter. (….) What the air in other countries feels like on my skin, how the ocean smells, why the sound of rain makes me gasp.”

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She is so smart I can’t handle it. Not only that, she’s a down right hypocrite..

“Why does everybody have to be with somebody? It’s a stupid delusion and a really pathetic way of thinking.”

“Natalie has always been an impatient, instant- gratification kind of girl.”

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WAIT WHAT?! Camryn was so hilarious you guys I want to stab her. She went from ‘I‘m-not-ready-for-a-relationship’ to ‘omg-I-hope-he-touch-me-everywhere’ and it annoyed me to death. She did a lot of slut shaming with every. single. chapter. But what I really hated about Camryn was that she’s trying so hard. She mentioned a lot in this book that a lot of people has called her ‘deep’. HAHAHAHAHAHA NO. You’re not deep Camryn, I wish you were though, that way no one would see you anymore because of your deepness.

Then there’s Andrew. A supposed to be 25 year old man who acts 17.

“I leap over the fence and land beside her and we take off running into the wide open; her like a graceful gazelle, me like the lion chasing after her.”

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You know, I get why some readers swoon over Andrew. He’s good looking, he has abs, he plays the guitar and he has tats. But just like Camryn, this guy, this male character, was also immature. He’s worse than Camryn. He has this thing where he beats the crap out of something or people when he’s really angry. I mean is that supposed to make him hot? I think not. This guy has some mental issues.

Now to the plot, to be honest I liked this at first. Though I hated Camryn right away, I understood her. I think everybody has thought of just running away. Going somewhere without a destination. But the Author did not executed it very well. The story started slowly to become crap when Camryn and Andrew became obsessed with each other. Camryn became more and more hypocrite and annoying to the point that I think she’s asking for a death wish.

“Oh my God, he hasn’t even touched me yet and I already feel this way? Am I dreaming?”

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“..raising my voice just a little, still too embarrassed to say that forbidden word, the one I’ve always found dirty and wrong and belonging only in a porno movie”

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Simply put, the plot started great then became terrible, horrible and then it just ended up frustrating. And that ending? It’s incredibly stupid. I cannot… UGH. It’s like the author didn’t even bother to think things through. To be honest, I just decided to finish this because someone told me that it’s going to break my heart in the end. But no. I just yawned, really. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. To think that this is a USA Times Bestseller and all that. Oh and check this very idiotic scene between Camryn and Andrew (it’s on Andrew’s POV)

“And you loved her?” Camryn looks over at me, letting her head fall to the side. I keep looking at the stars.

“Yeah, I loved her, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

I’m wondering why she wants to know this; most girls I know snap into that jealousy-fueled mood-swing stuff that makes me want to cover my nuts when it comes to talking about exes. “Two years,” I answer. “The break-up was mutual; we started checking out other people and I guess realized we didn’t love each other as much as we thought we did.”

“Or, you just fell out of love.”

“No, we were never in love to begin with.”

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I.. I just.. my poor brain cells 🙁

[note: my original review is on my Tumblr blog and it was posted on March 18, 2014]

Cover Reveal and Review: The Breathe Series by Elena Dillon

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TITLE: Breathe 

AUTHOR: Elena Dillon

PUBLICATION: Published December 14th 2012

GENRE: YA > Thriller | Suspense

PAGES: 166pages (Kindle Edition)

SOURCE: e-arc via Mark My Words PR

RATING: 3★★★

 

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Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

 In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.

REVIEW:

“Most days I can almost forget someone murdered my sister. I try to go through every day like a normal sixteen-year-old.”

I remember sitting and saying to myself that I’ll just read the first few chapters. Then… then the next thing I know I already devoured all of it.

Breathe has one of those openings that will completely suck you in and will never let you go until you finish it. The story is about Jasmine. Breathe shows the aftermath of her sister’s disappearance. They’re all paranoid all the time and they have to leave town because of cruel people trying to get a laugh at their situation. But that’s not the only reason they have to leave. You see, Daisy didn’t just disappear, she was kidnapped. And her kidnapper wasn’t caught.

Dillon had this way of writing, it’s simple, really, but it’s absolutely gripping. Like it’s compelling you to just continue reading. I love how realistic everything is. I didn’t experience what Jasmine has been going through but for me, everything looks legit. From the protagonist’s thoughts to the kidnappers motives. You can really see it happening in real life.

What I love the most here is Easton. Period. Does this kind of guy even exist?! Let me ask you, do you know a guy who brings an information packet to meet someone’s parent? Like, you know, he’s bringing resume, official transcripts, SAT scores, driving record, and a couple of recommendation letters. RECOMMENDATION LETTER FROM HIS PASTOR!

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Anyway, I guess that’s also one of the reasons why it cost me to pull down another star. It was just more focused on the romance department. I want more thrilling moments. More scary and creepy shenanigans. But other than that, Breathe is attention grabbing read. I was transfixed and I can’t help but ask for more.


 

And now, I’m really excited for this one because it’ll be centered around Caedan (Jasmine’s brother, which I adored) You can find out more about Elena’s new book here in her Blog Post about it.

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take. When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?

THE AUTHOR:

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I have had a love of books for as long as I can remember. I got in trouble as a kid for staying up too late on school nights, reading. I’m a nerdgirl and proud of it. I’ve been writing my whole life but only recently decided to come out in public with it.

I write Young Adult love stories because as my husband would tell you, I never matured much past fifteen. There is nothing better to me than a good romance with an amazing hero, throw in some creepy suspense and I’m in.

I write from my home office in Southern California with our English Bulldog, Brutus to keep me company. To hear about him, my writing experience and read some outtakes of my stories check out my blog at elenadillon.com.

I love to chat with other readers and writers.

*Thank you MARK MY WORDS PUBLICITY for organizing the cover reveal*

The Bookish Bucketlist!

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Being a Book Blogger is fun, right? Who agrees with me? And as a newbie blogger, I want some goals that can help me get through every post. I think it’s great that while you’re having fun, you’re also accomplishing some things.  So, I decided to have a Bucket List. A Bookish Bucketlist to be exact. I already have one actually, way before I moved here in WordPress. But I only have it on paper and I decided to share it also here, on my blog. And to you guys as well! 🙂 So here it is.. MY BOOKISH BUCKET LIST.

(As I accomplish a goal, I will of course cross it out here and maybe write a note or a post about it. So in other words: This will always be updated)

 

  1. Reach a follower milestone. (500, 1000, 1500, 2000…)
  2. Be someones Co-Blogger. (I blog at Cristina’s Book Reviews as well!! And it’s funnnnn)
  3. Reach 1000 followers over on Twitter. Tweet tweet! (500, 1000, 1500, 2000..)
  4. Attend a Book Signing event. (Can you believe this?! It’s just sad. So sad. I’m actually ashamed right now.)
  5. Do at least 3 Guest Posts! (If possible, in 3 different Blogs)
  6. Meet a fellow BookBlogger. (Hello there my kababayan! When’s our meet-up? :D)
  7. Host a Read-Along. (I will. Mark my words, I WILL.)
  8. For a whole month: ONLY READ A SERIES. NO STANDALONE. (HA. Probably when I’m 45 or 60)
  9. Finish the Harry Potter series and The Chronicles of Narnia. (Now this is just pathetic, I think. I’m probably the only one.)
  10. Start a BookClub (I’m still thinking a name for it. I suck at names)
  11. Lead a street team for an Author. (I love A LOT of authors to the point that it’s creepy. So I’ll probably choose an author who won’t be creeped out by me)
  12. Own at least 100 signed books (I currently have 3! OMG guys, it’s so close)
  13. Reach my 500th post!!
  14. Have a blog banner (hahahahaha huhuhu)
  15. Finish a reading challenge (any kind, without cheating!)
  16. Have a literary tattoo. (A quote maybe or a whole book passage. :P)
  17. Be quoted in a Book Blurb (I’d buy all the copies of the book when this happens!)
  18. Have my own library (if only I could meet a cursed prince and give him a kiss!!!)
  19. Reach 1000 friends on goodreads!
  20. Attend BEA (I want all those ARCs! MWAHAHAHA)
  21. Meet authors! (Anyone that I stalk.)

This ain’t done, I know that for sure. But this are the  things that is on top of my head. Anyway, as I said above, this will always be updated so I hope you’ll come back again and celebrate with me.

I’m curious about yours, anything from your Bucket List that you want to share?

ARC REVIEW: John Dreamer by Elise Celine a.k.a everyone need a trip to the Great White Room

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TITLE: John Dreamer (John Dreamer #1)

AUTHOR: Elise Celine

PUBLICATION: Published February 12th 2014 by AuthorBuzz

GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Contemporary | Paranormal

PAGES: 203pages (Kindle Edition)

SOURCE: e-Arc from Publisher (Netgalley)

RATING: 4 ★★★★

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her. 

When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.

“John Dreamer” is the first in a series of books set in the confines of the Great White Room.

 

REVIEW:

“Suddenly everything went dark and we couldn’t see anymore”


Hands down, one of the most unique book I’ve read this year! It’s original, inspiring and it will make you think. About your life, dreams and fears.

The story started a little confusing but I found it very easy to read after the first chapter. Andy found herself in a great white room with no recollection on how and why she’s there. The great white room consists of 7 chairs with names of Andy, John, Olivia, Matthew, Marcus, Roy and Linda and one by one, those chairs got filled. Each one of them has their different stories, each one of them has their own fear to conquer and a dream that they want to happen. 

Now you think I’ll get confused by their different POV’s but we’re only in Andy’s head. There’ll be some chapters that it’ll change but I still figured out whose head it is since they’re all original. This is why I love the book so much, I feel connected to them all. And I do feel that everyone can relate to at least one of the characters in the book. Yes, there’s an Insta-Love. It’s even the kind that doesn’t make sense.. at first (nothing really makes sense in GreatWhiteRoom) but as the story progresses, I was rooting for them. And I know, I JUST KNOW that they belong to each other. I love how the readers are aware the there’s something between them but they’re not acting on it annoyingly. 

The plot and the writing is just plain beautiful. I love how simple the writing is, it’s perfect for the compelling and unique plot of the story. No exaggerations or overwhelming metaphors, just simple and easy. 

I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel. I love that all of them made their dreams come true and some of them conqured their fears (with the help of the jolly Guardian) but really, the ending kind of broke my heart. I understand that it has to end that way, buy my heart can’t help but cry OKAY!

John Dreamer is, as I said above, inspirational, thought provoking and beautiful. The story is woven wonderfully and I adore the author for writing a book like this. It’s perfect for every reader!