Golden Review

Golden (The Golden Trilogy Book 1) by [Robinson, K.M.]

These modern retellings of story-tales are really stepping up their game!
This story is a retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Instead of Goldilocks being a naive little girl who just happened to wander into a house full of bears, she is a grown woman who has been trained in order to infiltrate the hideout of the Baer family. She has been trained by her cousin Lowell and her “handler”/partner Shadoe to think that the Baers are evil. Her mission is to get close to the youngest Baer, Dov. However, when she is there, she realizes that she may be working for the wrong team, and starts to get closer to Dov than she had expected to.

I read this as part of the Golden Readalong back in June, and I just forgot to write a review for it. I loved this book. It was amazing. It had the perfect mixture of romance and action, and it was a very well written retelling! They had a lot of action near the end of the story, but that doesn’t mean that the pacing was off throughout. Everything seemed to be very well balanced, and I enjoyed every minute of reading this. Although I haven’t gotten a chance to continue the trilogy as there are no more books out yet, I just bought the prequel novella from Amazon for a buck, and it just came out this month! Excited to share more of it with you guys!

Overall Rating: 5/5

Cowboy’s Pride

Cowboy's Pride (Welcome to Covendale) by [Morgan Blaze]

This book is free on Amazon right now!

Sydney has been in love with Cam ever since they snuck off together to talk for hours when she was on a sixth grade field trip to his father’s farm. However, when she asked him out to Junior prom, he simply laughed at her, causing the whole cafeteria to laugh, embarrassing her. For the past 6 years after that, she has avoided him and ignored him. However, now, she is going to be married to a man named Tommy, and she wanted the carriage that Cam and her sat in during the field trip to the farm. When she confronts him, for some reason, he is upset when he hears who she is marrying, but he agrees to fix the carriage. Since she is now spending more time around the ranch, she is learning the truth about cam, and about her fiancee.

Y’all already know what’s about to happen. It’s a cliche story. But I actually enjoyed this cliche. It’s been awhile, but I found that I liked this a lot more than the normal INSTALOVE+AMAZING SEX=STORY plotline. I found both characters to be likeable, the story was sweet, and it was just simply written in a style I enjoyed. The only thing that’s keeping it from getting a 5/5 is the end, where I felt that there was an unnecessary “plot twist”, but it was still a standalone, and I didn’t feel as if at the end of the story that everything just fell apart.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Finder’s Keepers Review (DNF)

Finders Keepers by [Colchamiro, Russ]

 

I hate to DNF a book, but this is one of the most confusing and poorly written books that I have ever read. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review. 

Danielle and her husband Donald are newly married, Danielle is black and her husband is white (trust me this is surprisingly important), and when they were having sex at their job of instead watching the universe, they accidentally dropped an important jar over a railing and into Earth. This jar could destroy or create a universe. If the jar isn’t found, they could be punished by being dissolved and scattered throughout the universe. 

Emma is an example of one of those punished people, except she wasn’t punished as harshly. She and her lover (I guess?) have been turned ugly and into some sort of man-dog respectively because they lost a jar, and they have been exiled to earth because of that. She is trying to find out who has the jar in order to be turned pretty again.

Jason is one of those people that doesn’t know how to find themselves, and so he decides to go on a trip around the world in order to do so. He’s probably the only characters that I actually cared about.

And Theo is the one who has the jar. Apparently touching the jar sent him on some sort of acid trip, and made him have amazing sex with this random friends with benefits girl. His brother actually smokes weed and probably other drugs, but when he tries to touch this jar they go on some sort of hallucinatory trip where they think they get eaten by a whale. So Theo decides to be a backpacker too. Idk.

So let’s go back, one by one, and say what I have to say about each storyline. Danielle and Donald. From the beginning of the book, it is known that Danielle is black, and it is affirmed by her stereotypes. Donald is the typical “pacifist” husband, who just loves his wife. Danielle, on the other hand, is rude to her husband when it’s both of their faults that they got in the situation, curses CONSTANTLY, has speech that people would probably assume to be “ghetto”, and just is screaming all of the bad stereotypes about African American women. I don’t even know if it was supposed to be funny, or what, but it just seemed to be such boring and redundant humor.

Emma and her dog-man Lex are in some sort of weird bestiality relationship. Like I don’t think I remember reading them having full-on sex, but with how confusing this story was with the POV’s I don’t even know. But she definitely did sexual things with him, and it was just horribly weird and awkward to read. I didn’t even know what to think. Plus she was doing other things with other people, and it was just weird.

Jason’s story wasn’t bad, it was just kind of a backpacking gone wrong story. It wasn’t necessarily that funny, but it wasn’t as bad as the other arcs of the story. SO I accepted this one.

Theo…I don’t even know. I don’t even know what happened to him. I don’t mind drugs in moderation in a storyline, or a character battling it, but this story just seemed to throw it around, and in the end I just saw him pop up in the storyline somewhere random and I just gave up.

This story was just a multiple POV mess, and I would not recommend to anyone. Read 210/360 ebook pages.

Overall Rating: 0.5/5 

City of Lost Souls Review

This book took me forever to get through, and I kinda have mixed feelings about it.

Simon has been banned from his house, as his mother thinks he is some kind of devil pretending to be her son. He is worried for Clary, who is constantly looking for missing Jace.

When Clary finds Jace, her worst fears have come true. Jace is linked to her brother Sebastian, which means that if Sebastian is hurt, he is hurt as well. Clary must find a way to separate them in order for her to do any damage to Sebastian, but in order to do so she must live with the possessed Jace and the strange Sebastian.

Alec and Magnus are going through tough times in their newfound relationships, as Alec struggles to accept that because he is not immortal, he is not Magnus’ first love, and will most likely not be his last.

Maia is struggling to figure out her feelings for Jordan. He did hurt her when he was a new werewolf, but now he is calmer, and she thinks that she might want to go out with him again.

This book just was not that interesting to me. I love romance as much as the next person, but I felt as if this book overdid it a bit. I heard more about everyone’s relationship troubles more than I did the actual action of the story. I especially didn’t enjoy the relationship between Maia and Jordan. Even though they blamed Jordan’s past abusiveness on his changes into a werewolf, I don’t like the idea of a YA book promoting a girl getting back into a past relationship that was abusive in any way. Even if a boy or girl says that it was due to family issues or mental issues happening at the time that he or she was abusive, it is not healthy to return to the relationship.

Also, Clary’s gifts don’t seem to be very useful in this book. If she is supposed to have the blood of an angel, and angels are supposed to be stronger than devils, then why couldn’t she do something about the rune? It makes no sense to me that she just had to basically sit there for the entire book.

So yeah. I don’t really have much else to say about this one. It was pretty disappointing. But I have already started the last book, and it is already so much better than this one. So if you too disliked this book, don’t be afraid! There are better times coming 🙂

Overall Rating: 2.5/5

 

Kindred Review

Kindred Character Analysis: Kevin and Dana-Interracial Relationships

Dana is a normal 26 year old African American woman living in 1976 (the year the actual story was published). She had recently married Kevin, a white man whose books are successful, unlike hers. She thinks that they will live comfortably in their new house, and grow old together.

Then she is swept away. She lands in a different time, in the past, and a half drowned boy is being dragged from the river by his mother. Dana performs CPR, but after the boy is revived the father points his gun at her. Then she is swept back into 1976.

After she washes off the mud from the river and changes her clothes, she is swept away again. Now she gets to speak to the boy, named Rufus, who has set his curtains on fire as revenge on his father who had beaten him for stealing. When she hears him call her the N word, she is first offended, then she is astonished. She has time traveled back to 1815, and this Rufus is one of her ancestors. The other one of her ancestors is named Alice, a young slave girl, and Dana sees Alice’s father being beaten and her mother forced to watch while standing naked outside. Dana is almost raped by one of the overseers, but then she zaps back into the present.

The next time she zaps to the past, Kevin grabs her and goes with her, and then the story begins.

This book is brutal. It’s sad. But it is very well written. Most of the time, I wasn’t sure if what Dana was doing was right. But I was addicted to this realistic time traveling story and had to keep reading it.

I don’t want to read this book again. It was horrifying, the things that the owners did to the slaves, things that could very well have been done to my ancestors. But if you haven’t read it, you definitely should. Almost all of the historical fiction stories make me open my eyes, realizing how grateful I am for what I have. Sure, Rufus was rich and would inherit all of the property if his dad passed away. However, even me as a regular person in this time, am thousands of times richer than him. I have a computer, air conditioning, a refrigerator, television, things that weren’t even known about during those times. I recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read it, but if you are sensitive to violence both physical and sexual, then I advise that you pass this book.

Overall Rating: 6/5

Outlander Review

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Claire married her husband Frank at the age of 20, but then she left to be an army nurse for 7 years during WWII. She and him are now, finally, reunited for their eighth year of marriage, and are attempting to have children. However, as her husband mentions in passing conversation, 7 years is a long time. Claire was loyal to their marriage, resisting the urge to have meaningless flings as the other nurses and doctors did. however, with that comment, she begins to wonder how faithful her husband was.

Frank and Claire go to see the town’s “witches” do a secret ritual in a stone circle. Claire does not believe in witchcraft, but when she brushes the stones a few days later, she time travels back to the year 1743. The Scots are at war with the English, and she lands right in the middle of the Scottish Army. Because of her British accent, they believe that she is a British spy. In order to protect herself, she marries a soldier named Jamie, and traverses the savage lands of colonial Scotland.

This book is amazing. If you haven’t read if, and are 16 ish and above, read this book. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend this book to young high schoolers is due to the violence, goriness, and detailed sexual scenes that lie within these pages. If you aren’t fainthearted, read on!

Claire and Jamie seem to come to life through these pages. I love historical fiction because it puts a face to the meaningless reports of wars. If 9/11 was described as simply a building falling down, no one would care about it. This is how, in my opinion, history books describe much of history. The Civil War, where over 1 million people died, is not even learned about for 3 weeks in history class. But even though this book is not based factually, it is a very interesting story about what it could have been like to live in early Scotland.

I cannot possibly put everything about this book into one review, as I felt as if I had spend the time that I would usually take reading 3 different stories reading this 1, but I can only urge you to experience this for yourself.

Overall Rating: 6/5

Starbound Review (Shattered Worlds)

Starbound by [Weil, J.L.]

So I read the first book in my Shattered Worlds 99 cent boxset. I was disappointed, but the story overall was actually pretty good.

Katia has a huge crush on Seth, and has had one since Junior High. However, for some reason Seth has been cold to her ever since they stopped being friends in junior high. Now, as a senior in high school, Katia hopes that she can find some way to reach the happy ending that she knows she can have with Seth, and dump her horrible boyfriend Matt.

Seth knows that he wants Katia. That is why he has to stay away from her. Both of them know that they have magick, but Katia doesn’t know the whole truth. The truth is, Katia and Seth are starbound, meaning that they are destined lovers. However, there is a curse on their families, and the curse is that once every century there will be two people that are starbound, but if they complete the starbound ritual/chant, they will die. So Seth does his best to try to stay away from her, even if it means betraying his own heart.

Y’all already know what’s going to happen. Most of the story is of them half chasing after each other, wanting each other, and half trying to stay away from each other. On one hand, I felt as if I had read the storyline before, but on the other hand, it was still really unique and compelling. There were two things that ruined the story for me, and one thing that could have ruined the story but that I let slide.

One, Elena ruined the story. She used to be friends with both Seth and Katia, but then according to Katia she “turned into a bitch” and now she is trying to get Seth for herself(?). My question is why? Why did she go against her friends, and if she did, why is she still in the friend group? Why does she want Seth? It seemed as if she was just thrown in there for extra conflict, although she really didn’t need to be. She was just an unlikable character with no good qualities, and that means that she was a rather empty shell, which is never good for a story.

Another thing that ruined the story for me was the ending. I won’t spoil it, but it seemed rushed, and then ended on a cliffhanger. This made no sense, as there is no sequel to the story. It’s like the author tried to write the ending like one of those horror movies where you don’t know what truly happens at the end, but in all honesty I was confused like “what actually just happened?” It was probably one of the most disappointing endings I have ever read.

The last thing that could have ruined the story for me was the thought that if her parents had a son instead of a daughter, or if  his parents had had a daughter instead of a son, that the curse wouldn’t have been put on them. I believe that the curse still could have been put on them, and the two boys or two girls would have fallen in love with each other, but the author made it seem as if that was “impossible”.

So I would recommend this box set simply because it was so cheap for 22 books, but not this individual book, which actually costs 2.99 on the Amazon Kindle, unless you read to the end and then make up your own ending.

Overall Rating: 1.5/5

The Selection Review

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In America’s world, there is a strict class system. At the top of the classes are the Ones, royalty. At the bottom of the classes are the servants. America is in the 5th class with the artists and musicians, but she is in love with Aspen, a 6. She knows that in order to marry him she will also have to become a 6, but she doesn’t care because she loves him. In her kingdom, the prince Maxon is going to have a “Selection” in order to choose his bride. Just by being chosen as one of the 35 girls, America would become a 3. Then she would have the chance of becoming a 1 if she won the contest. She doesn’t want to enter, but both her family and Aspen encourage her to, just to have the chance of a better life. Surprisingly, she is chosen, and she has to go to the castle and compete with girls from all other classes in order to win Maxon’s heart. But in her heart, she only wants Aspen, even if he showed that he wasn’t interested in her anymore after she was chosen.

Okay, so I heard a lot about this book. I heard that this book was awful, that I shouldn’t even give it a second thought, and so I almost didn’t read it. Thank goodness that I read it. I actually read it in about 1 day sometime last month, and then I quickly moved onto the next book. I enjoyed the world, I enjoyed the characters, and I enjoyed the romance. Although it seemed to be a bit cliche, and it was an obvious setup for a love triangle, I did think that it was creative and that the characters had their own individual worth. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a dystopian novel, but who doesn’t mind a slight bit of cliche-ness to it.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Reign the Earth Arc Review

Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)

Finally out of my book slump. This book saved me.

Shalia is a 17 year old girl of the desert. She has a friend named Kata, who is an Elementae. She can manipulate water, but the Elementae are being hunted by the current king so she must stay in hiding. Shalia is leaving her home to be married to the king who is persecuting the elementae, but she does not worry for herself as she has no powers. All she hopes to do by marrying him is to be able to stop the war between their peoples and save her family, Kata included. When she finally meets King Calix, she sees that he is handsome, and believes everything that her family has told her about her wedding night being the most magical night, and having it be entrance into a wonderful marriage. However, the night was horrible for her, and she is beginning to think that her life with him will not be as magical as she thought it would be.

As she is starting to feel how guarded and limited her life with him will be, the Resistance begins to attack the royal family. Also, Shalia begins to feel the beginnings of her powers, and she worries how she is going to keep them from her husband.

This book was amazing. There’s no other way to describe it. Shalia is such a strong character, and although she goes through a lot throughout this book, she always keeps her head on straight and her eyes on the prize of peace and freedom for all. Family is a strong theme throughout this book, as her brother Kairos who goes to the castle with her plays a main role in the story, and Galen and Danae, Calix’s brother and sister, are also very important. No part of this book felt dull in the slightest, and all the scenes felt real. I often struggle to visualize things when they are written on paper, and I just overlook that so I can enjoy the book itself. However for this book, visualizing the scenes came easily to me, and that was important as everything was so detailed and beautiful. There is even LGBT representation in this book, which is often overlooked in stories that are supposed to be historically based. I recommend everyone who finds my review interesting to pick up this book when it comes out on January 30, 2018. But if you can’t wait, Goodreads has a giveaway for an arc copy on the page for this book.

Overall Rating: 5/5

The Orchid Caper Review

The Orchid Caper

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Eighteen year old Darlene works for her sister in a thieving business. She has to go on a heist that is supposed to be pretty easy, but then the person who’s house she is stealing from comes home early. She would have been able to hide until the person left the room, but right then the bean burritos she had eaten earlier that morning came back to bite her.

Ian needs someone in order to help him with his own personal heist to get a rare orchid. He doesn’t think he could be able to do it, but then when he caught Darlene in his house, he changes his mind. Instead of turning Darlene in, he decides to hire her to help him on his heist. This kickstarts the story into an amazing adventure full of humor, amazing friendships, and mystery.

I enjoyed this story because it was a very unique and well thought out story about the relationships between strangers who have to work together, and even between siblings. I I love mysteries, but usually they can get boring with just a few chapters in as the story slowly builds up to the climax. However, the fun atmosphere and interesting characters in this story kept me entertained all the way through. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a fresh mystery story for YA readers.

Overall Rating: 5/5