Slayer Review (Dragon Tamer Book 1) (Fire and Fury Box Set)

Shattered Worlds: a Limited Edition Collection of Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Dystopian Novels by [Weil, J.L., Culican, J.A., Armitage, J.A., Larry, N.R. , Rode, Rebecca, Tate, Kristy, Henley, A.G., Redd, Jane, Hardy, Miranda, Noel, Jay, Ali Winters, Audrey Grey, Elana Johnson, Elizabetta Holcomb, Cindy M. Hogan, Liz Long, Julie Hall, Cameo Renae, Jen Minkman, Cortney Pearson, Ainsley Shay, Katy Haye, Emily Martha Sorenson, Nichole Giles ]

I am trying to keep up with a read-along on Facebook for this box set, and although I am a little behind I am catching up slowly.

Julianna lives in a town full of slayers. It is a rite of passage that as each person turns 18, they get a special sword and are able to slay a dragon with it. If they succeed in slaying the dragon, the dragon’s soul is trapped in the sword and they gain special powers. Julianna was born ready for this, and practiced secretly with a practice sword for a year prior to her birthday. After she defeats her brother in her first sparring match, her father automatically gives her her sword in order to slay the dragon.

When Julianna makes it to the mountain, she sees the dragon. However, something seems strange to her and she stalls in killing it. Her brother, still angry about her defeating him the day prior, decides to kill the dragon himself to take away her moment of glory. In preparing to do so, he shoves her out of the way, and accidentally knocks her down the mountain. As she plummets to the ground, the dragon circles around and catches her on his back.

The dragon flies Julianna to a cave, where he shifts back into a man. Julianna is shocked to hear that the dragons that her village have been murdering have actually been people, dragon shifters. After seeing the fear and hostility that the shifters now have towards the villagers, Julianna is determined to take the shifter Ash back to her village and show them the error of their ways.

This story was a longer read than I had expected, but I did enjoy most of it nonetheless. Julianna was a character who I was kind of on the hedge about, as she seemed super strong at some points and then the regular “damsel in distress” at others. There is romance in this story, but it did not stand out like a sore thumb. The only person that I probably had any severe issue with was Julianna’s brother. Besides wanting to compete with his sister, he had no real reason to become so angry with her over the sparring duel. He seemed to have gone from the loving, joking older brother to being a hateful, murderous one. I don’t even know how he managed to “accidentally” knock his sister off of the cliff and try to kill her.

I did enjoy the world of this story as it seemed warm and unique, and the only problems I had were within the characters themselves and some loose ends. Just a warning, this story does not end, you will have to get the next book in the series to find out the end of the story. This is something I typically do not enjoy in stories, even if they are a part of these box sets, but I do look forward to reading the next book in this series. I recommend this series to anyone looking for a medieval fantasy romance story.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

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Struck By Lightning Review (Spoilers)

This whole review will be filled with spoilers.

Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal

Carson is a student who hates his circumstances. He lives in a small, close-minded town, with class mates who have no more motivation than his divorced parents. He lives with his mom who is always taking prescription pills and has lost the will to live after Carson’s father left. The only light in Carson’s life is his grandmother, but she has Alzheimer’s, lives in a nursing home, and doesn’t even remember who he is most days. Now, he can’t wait to get accepted into Northwestern so that he can get out of the town and start his career in journalism. His “guidance” counselor tells him that Northwestern wants a literary magazine, and since  his horrible excuse for a writer’s club won’t do, Carson has to go a step further and blackmail people to writer for him.

I’ll be frank. I hate d Carson. I get it, he had divorced parents, a crappy social life, and everyone in his town was trying to drag him down. But was it really that way? Or did the other people in the town have problems as well that he just overlooked while he had a pity party for half of the book. Vicky, the girl who he blackmailed for being a devil worshiper, accidentally flashed her wrist cuts to him one day. Nick and Scott, who he blackmailed for having sex in the bathroom, were trying to keep their relationship hidden so they wouldn’t be shunned out of the town. Claire, head cheerleader, is sleeping with the father of her boyfriend who is also a school coach. She might seem happy with this man, but it could also be a case of an old man manipulating a young girl into feeling like she is in love. These are only a few of the people whom he targeted. This doesn’t seem like a town where everyone but Carson is happy and dancing around in the daisies, but no, Carson wants us to feel bad for him only.

Not only this, but Carson seems to be the time to just not even want to work with people that aren’t like him. Sure, he had a tough time in his high school where “no one” shared his interests. However, in the real world, there will always be people that you have to work for that you don’t like or don’t have anything in common with. That doesn’t mean that he could simply shut down, say that everyone else is stupid, and not work with them. Honestly, by the middle of the group, even I started to agree with the other kids about how annoying Carson was, constantly acting as if he was better than everyone else. I was glad when his mom threw his acceptance letter into the trash, because I thought that would finally show him that just because things don’t go the way that you wan’t doesn’t mean that they don’t have to go at all. Even if he had gotten in, with his attitude he wouldn’t have been a good journalist if he was stuck learning under a teacher or working under a boss that he didn’t like and decided to just give up.

Of course then, he died. That was so boo-hoo sad, he was struck by lightning and died at the end, of course it was because he was so happy and finally satisfied with his life. That should have been the ending I wanted, but at that point I was too annoyed with Carson to care.

Personally, I loved the first book of the Land of Stories series. Therefore, when I saw another book by Colfer, I immediately snatched it up. Now I understand why he focused more on the Land of Stories series, and I appreciate how much he’s grown as an author over the years. But for this book, I don’t recommend it.

Overall Rating: 1/5

A Hero to Keep Review

A Hero to Keep (Hawkins Family Book 1)

Greg is an art therapist, and his passion is helping kids to center and find themselves through art. He usually spends his time counseling kids suffering from cancer, and drawing his own personal comics. However, when a woman named Shannon needs help with her troubled nephew, he decides to give his assistance at a discounted rate. This 6 year old boy isn’t just troubled however, he has seen his mother murdered by his father in front of him, and has gone mute since then. Shannon also has her own inner demons that have been resurfacing since the murder of her sister and her temporary adoption of her nephew. It is Greg’s job to help put this broken family back together through his art.

Lately, I have become tired of romance novels. I didn’t stop reading them, but the stories had started to blend together and become completely forgettable. This story stood out to me.

No character in this book is perfect, which is something that I found to be refreshing. All of the situations were realistic and the story showed how murder can affect everyone in families both on the side of the murderer and the victim. My favorite character int he story was the little boy Ryan, as he grew with Greg’s help and overcame his fears. He was stronger than most of the adults in the story, and brought positivity to the group even at such a young age.

I recommend this to someone looking for an adult romance with tear-jerking storyline.

Overall Rating: 6/5

Give Up the Ghost Review

Give Up the Ghost

Cass has a special gift. She is able to talk to ghosts. She discovered this gift on the night when her sister died, when she saw her sister crying on her bed before her parents announced the news to her. Throughout the 4 years since then, she has spent her life trying to keep it a secret. She has met people who have died in the past and who’s resting place is the school, and so most of her friendships are with ghosts and not people. She isn’t necessarily an outcast in her school, but she definitely is not the most popular girl. Her favorite thing about ghosts is that they can be everywhere and have no one see them. She gets her best gossip from them, and can also learn which people to avoid.

One person to avoid in particular is Danielle, a girl who used to be her friend but now is her worst enemy. Her and her popular friends always have an ulterior motive if they ever want to speak to Cass. Cass doesn’t need them anyways, so avoiding them is fairly easy. Well, it was easy until Tim came into her life, asking for her help in speaking to his dead mother.  She doesn’t believe him at first, and is worried that he will just blab her secret to his friends, but eventually she gives in to help him. While spending time with him, she begins to realize that not everyone is as simple as they seem.

I really, really, really enjoyed this story. Usually I hate the typical “Teen girl with powers meets boy” story, but it turned out to not be as much of a romance as I thought it would be. She was a character who had found it so hard to care for anyone who wasn’t a ghost after her sister’s death, and this attitude follows her throughout the novel. I loved Tim as well, as it shows the truth about losing a parent and how it feels. Most books simply use parental death as a reason to pity a character, wheras this story shows the truth of how shallow that pity can feel.

I would recommend this book to someone looking for a meaningful YA story with unique main characters and a full plot line. I hope to read more by Megan Crewe.

Overall Rating: 6/5

The Killing (CHERUB Book 4)

The Killing (Cherub, #4)

James is in trouble. When his girlfriend Kerry broke up with him, he took his anger out on a little 11 year old kid. He didn’t know that this kid had been going through a hard time in his life, but all the others in the complex knew and shunned him for his actions. For a few weeks he is forced to do menial chores around the complex and stay home from vacation. Now, he is finally able to take on a mission.

A man named Leon used to be a small time crook, but now he is making more money than he had before and the cops want to know where it is coming from. James’ job is to make friends with Leon’s children, and find out what is really going on behind the scenes. This means that he is going in with another 17 year old spy named Dave, and they are going to be able to blend in and mingle with regular kids their own age.

While James thinks that this is going to be a simple mission, it turns out that the main lead has committed suicide by jumping off a building 13 months earlier. Now James must interrogate the eyewitnesses even more in order to find out any information on this complicated mission.

I didn’t like this book much compared to the other books of the CHERUB series. They have always acted a bit older than they should with dating and having girlfriends at the middle school ages that they have been so far in the book. However, in this one they seemed to just push the envelope even more. Almost on every page it seemed to be another comment about how hot one girl was, or how much James wanted to be able to date another. Dave simply made it worse. Since he was seventeen, he basically had sex with whomever he wanted, and it wasn’t even hidden in the story. His girlfriend for the mission was named Sonya, and she was the 16 year old daughter of Leon. One day, as they worked with Leon for the mission, Leon visited them at their house randomly. When he leaves, Sonya comes out from hiding and James sees her completely naked. When she became flustered and tells him to stop staring, James says “I’ve seen better.” After Dave tosses a bathrobe at her to put  on, she also makes a comment about having to hide in the kitchen when they were in there naked the day before. James is 13, Dave is 17, and Sonya is 16.

This was pretty much the last straw for me. I finished the story because I loved the murder mystery portion of it. I have to say, that through everything the murder mystery is the thing that is going to make me continue to read the series. However, I cannot give this book a high rating, because the constant innuendos throughout with all these characters younger than or the same age as me just made me extremely uncomfortable. I am not uncomfortable reading sexual content, whether it is in a book about adults or about teens. But when it is a main staple of a book in a series where the main character is barely 13, I am uncomfortable. If I was 13, I would have picked up this book thinking that it was a fun spy story about characters my age, and been shocked/scarred by all of this unnecessary banter throughout the novel. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone, but if you are willing to overlook all of this, then you will probably enjoy the actual murder mystery portion of the story.

Overall Rating: 1.5/5

Dark Communion Review

Dark Communion (Godswar Chronicles Book 1)

I’m going to be honest here. I forgot that I downloaded this, and I don’t even know where I got it from. All I know was that one day I was looking down the list of books on my EPUB reader app on my phone, and there it was. Looking at the cover and the name, I couldn’t even remember what had possessed me to download it. I usually don’t enjoy horror novels, and this seemed like a recipe for one.

Minotaurs have enslaved the human race. They are stronger than humans, which allowed for them to easily overtake them. Now, they keep them living on large farms for their own personal gain, and control every aspect of their lives. The most despicable thing is that they cannot reproduce on their own because they are all males, so they must impregnate a human woman in order to continue their line. The women are too weak to survive birthing a minotaur, so the women do everything they can to not become pregnant with one. The minotaurs are allowed to do whatever they want to their slaves, so they often simply take women and rape them to have children. This has been the last straw for the human race as they constantly see their mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters being killed while giving birth to a minotaur, or dying from the abuse of the minotaur masters.

Ayla has already seen her mother killed by giving birth to a minotaur, and now that she knows that she faces the same fate, she has nothing left to live for. One time in her sleep, a woman speaks to her and says that she is her mother, and she is a goddess. Ayla trades her soul to this goddess in order to start her journey of breaking the curse of the Minotaur. She an a mixmatched group of humans, including her closest ally and fellow slave girl Deetra, must find a way to defeat the minotaurs themselves, with the help of the Goddess. Along the way, they must battle the unfaithful, the minotaurs, and the Furless or humans who are secretly working with Minotaurs.

This book was dark, this book was not a fairytale, and if this book was made into a movie it would be considered horror. But as a story itself, I read an amazing dark adventure story. I loved all the characters, especially Ayla. She was a strong survivor of unspeakable horrors, and she never faltered in her faith towards her Mother. This book has LGBT representation as well, something that is often forgotten in the medieval-esque adventure/dystopian stories.

The story’s plot was fast paced, but not to the point where I felt as if I was missing something. Several plot twists occur but it felt quite linear, which I enjoy in a story. Even though it is the first book in a series, I felt satisfied after reading this story, not feeling as if I had to go and run to read the next book because so much had been left unfinished.

Overall, I loved this book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an in depth fantasy story, but who isn’t squeamish about a bit of extra goriness or violence.

Overall Rating: 5/5

The Elite Review (Selection Series Book 2)

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

The Selection has been narrowed down to six Elite girls, and now the competition for Prince Maxon’s heart heats up. 5 of the girls want to win, but one girl still cannot decide who she wants to be. America’s heart is battling between Maxon, the king who has won her heart through the competition, and Aspen, the boy who had it from the start.  While all of this is happening, tensions within the kingdom are rising, and America is at the center of it all.

Usually I hate love triangles that continue to switch between one guy or girl and the other. However, this book was such a quick read, I didn’t feel overburdened by the love triangle. The conflict in the story was more interesting than I thought it would be, but I won’t go into it because it contains major spoilers. I would recommend this to those who aren’t bothered by a seemingly mainstream story, and who would enjoy a fast paced read.

Overall Rating: 5/5

BTS Book Tag!

 

Ohmygosh the colors are so pretty. Thank you @Bigcitybookworm for doing this tag, and subsequently leading me to it. And thank you Yvette Eclectic for starting this tag.

BTS is a Kpop group that has been out since 2013, but they have started gaining popularity really quickly within the past 1-2 years. Their names in the order that they are sitting in the picture from left to right: Jimin, V, Rapmonster, Suga, Jungkook, J-Hope , and Jin. Their songs are amazing, but their relationship with each other is even more fun to watch. Their behind the scenes videos are probably what I fell in love with, as they are all so close and act like a real family. This isn’t unheard of in Kpop groups, but they are still closer than some of the current ones. Here’s an example of one of my favorite songs by them

Anyways, lets get into the tag!

Kim Nam-Joon (Rapmonster)

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A leader-like character who loves his friends and family.

Carlisle from Twilight. Without Carlisle, the rest of the vampires would be lost most of the time. He’s been around for the longest, and is the wisest of the group. Without Rapmonster/Namjoon, BTS would not be a group. He writes many of the lyrics to the songs, he is VERY smart with a 148 IQ, and he is the ONLY member of the group who is fluent in English. Plus he is the one who can bring everyone together (not that they are ever apart tbh). The only difference I see is that Carlisle is more of a reserved character, but Rapmon loves to have fun.

Here’s my Twilight review: https://brisblog2017.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/twilight-book-reviewmovie-review/

Kim Seok-Jin (Jin)

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A young person who is basically a 40 year old dad

Carter Kane from the Kane Chronicles. The answer literally just smacked me in the face randomly XD but think about it. Jin makes bad jokes, so does Carter. Jin is self-sufficient (he can cook like nobody’s business), and Carter can also take care of himself. And in certain lighting, both all of a sudden look extra hot. Hence, the third guy from the left incident at the Billboard Music Awards.

Kane Chronicles Red Pyramid Review: https://brisblog2017.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/the-red-pyramid-review/

Kim Tae-hyung (V)

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A multitalented character

I am going to kind of go away from the question a bit, and say the character who does have quite a few talents but who also is basically V as a whole. Ron Weasley. V is just as goofy and crazy as him, but they both have good traits that make them invaluable to their teams. I dunno if Ron can sing and dance, but I know he can play a mean game of wizard chess when he isn’t running away screaming from spiders. V can sing and dance, but so silly sometimes.

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Park Ji-Min (Jimin)

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A character who can go from super funny and adorable to incredibly charming in 1.2 seconds.

Damon from the Freya Snow series. Although most of the time he is simply being funny or relaxing with Freya, whenever Freya needs help he is always there cheering her up or helping her in some other way to the best of his abilities. Although so far (I think I am halfway through book 2) they aren’t together, he is definitely a very romantic and charming character. That’s why he reminds me of Jimin. Although, I don’t think he would go so far as to RIP OFF HIS SHIRT.

Freya Snow Book 1 Review: https://brisblog2017.wordpress.com/2017/08/21/freya-snow-hunt-review/

Jeon Jeong-guk (Jungkook)

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A “baby” character who is underestimated.

WYLAN VAN ECK from Six of Crows. He is so underestimated in the first book because at 16 he is the youngest of the group. But even though I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom, I know that he is going to play an even bigger role because of his growth in Six of Crows.

Six of Crows Review: https://brisblog2017.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/six-of-crows-review/

Jung Ho Seok (J-Hope)

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A character that is bursting with energy and is always in a good mood. Literal sunshine.

Levi from Fangirl. J-Hope seems like the type of person to just be friends with everyone, including an ex. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember a part of the story where Levi was depressed or in a bad mood.

Fangirl Review: https://brisblog2017.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/fangirl-review/

Min Yoon Gi (Suga)

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A character that seems hard on the outside, but, in reality, is super sensitive.

Suga reminds me of Rhysand from the A Court of Series. Both come off as being very harsh and offputting, but later open up a LOT and have way more emotions than they would like to show. Plus, I feel that Suga would be the one to put aside his own feelings for the good of his family and friends, as he has done that before when he was working many part time jobs at a young age to provide for his family. Plus LOOK AT HIM! If he played Rhysand in the A Court of series movies, would you really be mad? Heck, this jacket looks like something Rhysand would wear.

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A Court of Mist and Fury review: https://brisblog2017.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/a-court-of-mist-and-fury-review/

Wings Album

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A book that you connected with on a spiritual level and you don’t think you’ll ever forget.

The Addy series that is a part of the American Girl line of books has stuck with me since I was about 6 or 7, basically ever since I started reading. It is about a 9-10 year old girl who is a slave, who escapes with her mother to freedom, and her life in 1864. I will never forget this series.

Young Forever Album

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A book that reminds you of your childhood

The Cam Jansen series! This book series is about a girl with a photographic memory who solved mysteries with it. I also read this series ever since I could read, and I don’t remember a time during the age of 5-8 where I didn’t have this book near me or with me.

Big Hit Entertainment

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A book that isn’t popular but that you love and want other people to know about.

I would love for more people to read the Freya Snow series, because it represents so many different groups of people in one amazing fantasy series. The link to my review is above!

10 BTS Related Questions

1) Who is your bias/favorite? 

I’d rather not have one as I love all of them equally. My favorite ship is Vkook though!

2) Who is your bias wrecker?

I will answer this as if the question is “Who is the one who sometimes makes you question your stance on not having a bias?” Well, from time to time it wavers between Suga and Rapmonster. But then the others attract my attention and I can’t choose again XD.

3) What is your favorite BTS song?

Either 21st century girls, or blood sweat and tears, or Baepsae, or Fire….I am awful at making decisions.

4) What is your favorite BTS MV? / What is your favorite choreography?

My favorite BTS MV is definitely 100% Blood Sweat and Tears. My favorite choreography is either Blood Sweat and Tears, or I Need U.

5) How did you discover BTS?

One of my best friends was obsessed with them, and went to a concert, so I decided to check them out.

6) What is your favorite moment in a TV show or Reality Show (ex: Weekly Idol) or just your favorite video in general (like behind-the-scenes or live or something like that!)?

Okay, so this is hard. I spend every day watching the behind the scenes. But if I had to pick a favorite, it would definitely be this one.

This just embodies everyone perfectly.

7) Why do you love them?

Because of their amazing talent, and because they are so close to each other. They don’t have any crazy celeb drama, and are just happy making music. That’s something that you don’t see often in the music industry, so it is refreshing. Plus they are hilarious.

8) Which BTS album is your favorite?

I’m pretty new, so I don’t know if I have actually ever listened to every song on a single album yet. But for now, I am hyped AF for the Love Yourself: Her album that comes out in 9 days, and I have a feeling that it will be my favorite.

9) Do You have any BTS merchandise? / Have you been to a BTS concert? (kpop concert in general?)

Well I preordered the album! So when it comes that will be my merchandise XD. And although I haven’t gone, I plan to go the next time they come to the states.

10) What is your favourite live performance by BTS?

This is so beautiful, and proves that they should be able to perform at the next Billboard Music Awards.

Also this….

That’s all for now! I tag everyone who hasn’t done it yet, especially those book bloggers that are a part of the ARMY! Here are some more gifs for your BTS souls.

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August Wrap-up!

BTS fans apologize for the irrational behavior of a ...Well, August was slightly more productive than July. I read a total of about 7 books, and kept up with all of my favorite webtoons. I hope to increase than number this month to about 20 books, as I am back in school and therefore am motivated to read more. That might seem strange, but somehow when I already have work to do I want to read more. And then when I don’t have anything to do, I waste all my time watching YouTube videos.

The biggest thing that happened in August was that I became a huge fan of Kpop music. I didn’t dislike it before, but mostly just listened to it from time to time. Now, I can say that I am completely obsessed. Heck, I have a livestream with random Kpop songs playing in the background as I am writing this. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9IBvZO74O8 )

So, my favorite group is BTS. Apparently there is a BTS book tag. I will be posting later today doing that. And above, there is a picture of them! I preordered their album that is coming out in 9 days, so expect a post about that hopefully the day after I get it if not sooner.

Anyways, I spent most of my days either watching BTS videos, or playing a rhythm game called Touch Online. Will be reviewing that later on as well.

So that’s the August Wrap-Up! Hopefully, there will be more news in September!