REVIEW: Misplaced by Lee Murray a.k.a yay for likeable male lead! + Giveaway!

MisplaceTITLE: Misplaced

AUTHOR: Lee Murray

PUBLICATION: Published December 1st 2013

GENRE: NA > Contemporay | Mystery

PAGES: 284pages (Kindle Edition)

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RATING: 3 ★★★

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Dream cars have no registration plate.. One evening, Adam’s mum pops out for the milk and doen’t come back, launching a frantic nationwide search. Yet after weeks with no leads, the television crews drift away, the police start asking hairy questions, and Adam’s dad starts seeing someone else. Adam’s life is falling apart. But then he meets Skye, who it seems has misplaced a part too, and things start to look up. That is, until a body is found…

 

REVIEW:

If my mother ever goes out to buy milk then didn’t come back? I’ll probably lose some part of me and  just break down and I honestly don’t know how to go on from there. But that’s just me. And it’s probably a good thing that we buy milk together… Like all of us. When it’s grocery day.

Anyway, that’s why I admire Adam. I love that he’s a teenage guy, and even though guy’s are all about looking as if nothing ever fazes them, Adam here is real. He shows and talks and expresses what he’s feeling about his situation vividly. Adam’s mother disappeared, without any clue or trails left behind. The last thing he knew was that her mother left to get milk in the store, a task that is supposed to be his, and she didn’t come back.

There are a lot of things that needs to be dealt here, like, Adam’s response, he’s Father’s reaction, and how people are going to act around them and so on. Because first of all, this things happen. People disappear. I’ve seen it on news and I’ve read some cases of them online. And you know what? It just breaks my heart all the time because I can’t imagine how and what is going through in the mind of the people they left.

Misplaced is a realistic and sensitive portrayal if you want to know the answer about that matter. Lee Murrays characters are authentic and the setting and dialogues in the book are well thought. When I started reading Misplaced, I thought that I’ll probably enjoy it because of the mystery behind Adams mothers disappearance. And yes, it really bothered and nagged me the whole time, but I was more focused on Adam. On how he deals with things throughout the book with the help of his friends and Skye. I love how the romance isn’t so rushed and pointless. It was delicately handled.

Giving it a 3 star rating doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Nuh-uh. In this case, I just had some problems with the ending. It is true that the ending is appropriate for the story but I just… didn’t like it. (it’s a personal reason, i guess) but other than that, I didn’t encounter any problem at all. Overall, Misplaced is a thought provoking and everything about this book is sincere. With a straightforward writing and genuine characters, Misplaced deserves all the praise that it’s getting.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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Lee Murray is a full-time writer and editor with masters degrees in science and management. Lee wrote Misplaced after a friend, Florence, went missing from her home in France in 2003. Sadly, Florence is still missing. Lee lives in Tauranga, New Zealand with her husband and their two teenaged children.

 

 

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18143290TITLE: The Tesla Gate

AUTHOR: John D. Mimms

PUBLICATION: Published February 4th 2014 by Premier Digital Publishing

GENRE: A/YA/NA > Fantasy | Paranormal | SciFi

PAGES: 300pages (Paperback)

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When a cosmic storm enters Earth’s atmosphere, scientists are baffled by its composition and origins, but not nearly as much as they are by the storm’s side effect – anyone who has died and chosen not to cross over is suddenly stranded here, visible, and can interact with the living.

With the world thrown into chaos, Thomas Pendleton is eager to make up for many broken promises to his six-year-old son, Seth. Soon after the storm, they set out on a road trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, completely unaware of the social and political maelstrom they’re heading into that will change their lives forever.

EXCERPT:

I passed two more rows of stones, all of which were so badly weathered that they could have been little more than smooth rocks protruding from the ground. As I approached the far wall of the little cemetery, I stopped in my tracks as a lump formed in my throat. A single headstone had caught my eye, one that was probably in the best condition of any I had seen so far. It was not the condition of the stone that got my attention; it was the name on the stone – Stan Pendleton. I walked up and ran my hand over the smooth surface, reading the rest of the inscription. Stan was born in July of 1842 and passed away on February 3, 1884. He was a loving father and husband. That was it, nothing more. I, at first, felt a flash of intense grief as I was reminded of a tombstone back home in Conway with the same last name, but it memorialized two names, not just one. It also displayed two epitaphs, not just one – Beloved wife, mother and friend and the other short and to the point Sweet angel. A tear streamed down my cheek as I absently knelt then sat in the grass. I pinched the bridge of my nose and wept for a few moments until the realization of where I was came back to me with a jolt. I looked around at the headstones with embarrassment, like I had just been caught weeping in a crowded room. Were any of these people around now, due to the storm? I didn’t know but I did know they definitely weren’t here, not in this sad and lonely place. It suddenly dawned on me just how woefully inadequate the living is when it comes to memorializing our fallen friends, family and fellow people. This little cemetery was a perfect example of this shortcoming. How can a life lived be reduced to a name, dates and a clichéd sentence or two carved into a rock? A life that will gradually be forgotten as those that remember move on to receive their own carved epitaphs until presently there are none that remain who remember … or care? We leave their memory to the mercy of time and the elements until nothing is left to remind us that they once lived, once laughed and once loved, nothing but a weathered stone.

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John D. Mimms is a business owner, paranormal researcher, and author. John served as the Technical Director for the Arkansas Paranormal and Anomalous Studies Team (ARPAST). During his four-year tenure with the organization, he helped supervise over 100 investigations and wrote more than sixteen technical articles. One of John’s articles, titled “A Christmas Carol Debunked,” was read live on Parazona Radio by Paul Bradford of Ghost Hunters International fame. John also wrote the ARPAST technical/training manual which is a comprehensive guide on equipment usage, investigation protocol, and scientific theory for paranormal research.

In 2009 John decided to couple his knowledge of paranormal phenomena with his lifelong love of literary fiction. Among his titles are The Great Keep, Death Theory, and The Lemonade Girl. John is currently working on book two of The Tesla Gate trilogy.

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ARC Review: Extraction by Stephanie Diaz a.k.a there’s no love triangle, is this real life + Playlist & Giveaway!

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TITLE: Extraction (Extraction #1)

AUTHOR: Stephanie Diaz

PUBLICATION: July 22nd 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

GENRE: YA > Dystopia | SciFi

PAGES: 416pages (Hardcover)

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RATING: 3 ★★★

 

 

 

 

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“Welcome to Extraction testing.”

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.

REVIEW:

 

I don’t like book comparing. Loathed it, actually. It brings false expectations and angry readers with raging  disappointments. I must admit, I did compare Extraction from Divergent, from a lot of dystopia books that I’ve ever read even. How can I not? The blurb already did it for us. And as I finished it, I was completely torn. It’s not what I’m hoping for, but I wasn’t disappointed either. Am I the only one who ever had this feeling?

Extracted started pretty slow for me but I just realized that this is a first book in a series therefore all information might be necessary. To be completely honest, Extraction is pretty hard for me to review. There’s just a lot of conflicting issues for me. It’s a case of “ugh-i hate-this but i-also-love-that.” I know, it doesn’t make sense. But to be fair, Dystopia isn’t really my cup of tea. I tend to DNF them a lot. So because I’m still a little confuse, I’ll just break it down to my Cons and Pros.

CONS:

1. Similarities  – I can’t help it. It’s there. I am not saying that the story is carbon copy, NO. But where the book got it’s influence is soooo obvious. Like you can really know who and what did the author used for inspiration.

2. Love Triangle threatening – (lol, yes this is a thing) There are some scenes like I feel like it’s going there.. That somehow even though the romance is wonderdul already, there will be a love triangle in the sequel. So I’m really pleading that it doesn’t happen. The romance isn’t perfect and I think it needs a lot of emotional development, but as I said above, it’s already wonderful.

Pros:

1. Original and fascinating setting. I don’t even know what my face looks like when Clementine is describing her world.

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It’s so cool. I’ve never encountered this kind of world before. It’s mesmerizing and terrifying and I LOVE IT.

2. Likeable heroine. I’ve seen reviews and there’s a lot of Clementine hate going on. And I honestly understand their points but we have to consider that Clem is just 16. And personally, her response to the things that she’s been going through is pretty normal and convincing.

3. Slow building romance. Okay, it needs a lot of emotional development. A lot. And Logan is pretty much not in the picture most of the time so I am really hoping that we see so much of him in the next bookssss. He’s an interesting and swoon worthy love interest.

I dont want to spoil anyone so I’ll wrap up this review. I’m keeping it short because I think this book needs to be read without anyone affecting their opinion of the book. Do I recommend this? YES. And I want to know what you think. Will I read the sequel? YES. The last few chapters are intense and Logan is on the picture again… so…. All in all, Extraction is a pleasant read for me. It’s not like that book, it can definitely stand on its own. Stephanie Diaz gained a new fan right here. *waves*

 

 

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The Middle East – Blood
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Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should’ve been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows

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