Review Coming Soon

So I haven’t posted a review in a while just want to say that I’m currently reading a new book and its been great so far. The book is called My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni. I know how morbid that sounds but I promise its not as bad as it sounds haha. The book is about chemistry teacher turned detective Tracey Crosswhite and the uncovering of her younger sister’s grave who went missing twenty years prior. Although Sarah’s body was never found she was presumed dead. When her grave is finally uncovered it leads Tracey to believe that the person is prison for her death may actually be innocent.

I’m only about midway through but this is a definite page turner. Review will be coming soon so keep an eye out.

FYI

The previews that I’m posting for my novel are in chronological order however I’m not posting them in the exact way that the book is written. I’m only choosing a few paragraphs from each chapter. So far I’m only up to chapter 3.  Just thought I’d clarify that in case anyone was confused as to why they don’t exactly flow straight together.

Long Time No Posts

Well honestly I have no words for my long hiatus but I’m back now. Worry not I was indeed reading excessively so I didn’t return empty handed. I had some free time one day before class started and I was browsing through Kindle on my tablet. I stumbled upon a surprisingly good series although I must admit it was about vampires. I know. I know. Vampire novels are so overrated and over done but this was still an interesting story.

Shade of Vampire by Bella Forest took me by surprise as I was not expecting it to be such an engrossing story. Let me start of my saying this book series has at least thirty books to it and no I did not read all thirty. The first seven were my prime focus because it follows the love story of the two main characters: Sophia Claremont and Derek Novak. The following books are mainly spin offs focusing on characters’ stories.

On the night of Sophia’s seventeenth birthday she is vacationing with her “adoptive” family and it kidnapped by a mysterious man. She finds herself on a strange island where the sun never shines and it’s inhabitants are vampires. While she isn’t the only human, many others were captured and brought as well, her life is at stake. The same night as her arrival vampire Derek Novak awakens from a four hundred year sleep. Their fates immediately intertwine as Derek realizes Sophia just may be his salvation and Sophia realizes she is more than just a pawn in a game.

Now on to my personal views. I enjoyed the book simply because it was something different compared to what I’ve been reading lately. At times it could get a little cheesy and it seemed as though the characters were professing undying love to each other rather quickly. There are a few unanswered questions or things that don’t get a very lengthy explanation, those things are further explained however in the other books. The ending was a bit abrupt and quite the cliffhanger. That wasn’t a problem for me as I immediately looked up a free PDF version to continue reading. All seven books are available online by the way. I found them by simply typing in “Shade of Vampire book 2 PDF” in google. The first link should direct you to a website called www.ivampiresbook.com.

The author’s writing style at times was a bit too simplistic but overall I enjoyed it. The book is written in a dual POV from both Sophia and Derek, so if you’re not into dual POV then I wouldn’t suggest this for you. I have heard many compare this book to Twilight however there is no semblance to Twilight whatsoever besides the vampire/human love story thing. As much as I did enjoy the Twilight series Sophia has a much more fiery personality when compared to Bella and Derek is more of a strong tortured soul rather than a passive aggressive character like Edward. The two books are polar opposites in my mind.

This probably wouldn’t rank as one of my favorites but it was still a good read. It started out as a way to pass time in between classes and whatnot but I quickly became engrossed in the characters. I would suggest this book if you’re in between books or looking for something quick to read (I finished all seven books in about two weeks or so)

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New Month New Me?/ Book Review!! (Finally)

Ok I think I’ve finally mastered my new school and work schedule…maybe. I’m currently sitting at the car dealership with my laptop while they do an oil change on my car and I figured what a perfect time to blog. I’ve had a pretty even balance and more time to myself kind of. Little update on me personally: I’m making time to workout and study more and you guessed it, read! Let’s see how long the seas stay calm haha. So it has been about two months since I read Thirteen Reasons Why but I can still tell you my thoughts on it and the long awaited review is finally upon us.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a book I both love and hate. How can I love and hate it you ask? Well let me tell you. Asher’s writing is amazing. Right from the beginning he builds so much suspense. (I had an iron tight grip on my paperback copy of the book for the first fifty or sixty pages I kid you not.) So let me tell you what this book is all about in case you didn’t already know. Asher’s main character, Clay Jenson, receives a package containing thirteen cassette tapes from another character Hannah Baker. The twist is that Hannah is dead. She committed suicide and these tapes are the stories behind the reasons why. According to Hannah only the people who had something to do with her downfall are meant to receive the tapes. Each person is to listen up until they hear where they come into the story and pass the tapes on to the specified next person. Naturally, Clay is wondering why in the world he was sent these tapes.

I found myself eagerly flipping each page because I wanted to know why Clay was on these tapes, he seems like a nice guy. What could he possibly have had to do with Hannah’s decision to take her own life? The novel is split between both Clay and Hannah’s points of view. This can get confusing because Hannah is speaking is present tense for the most part but you have to remind yourself that her version of the “present” is actually the past. It gets even more confusing when she speaks in the past tense. So does that make it past past tense? I’m joking haha. You’re jolted back into the actual present tense with Clay who is reacting to the tapes in real time. It’s interesting because its almost as if you’re reacting with him…at least I was. Some of Hannah’s stories were surprising to me because eventually you’ll see that everything intertwines.

Now I’ll tell you what I hated. A lot of Hannah’s reasons to me seemed superficial. I didn’t like that a lot of her hardships were typical everyday teen problems. At times it made her seem like a pushover. I felt as though many of her situations were completely avoidable or within her control and she just rolled over and took whatever was dished out at her. Of course I understand that my point of view may be different from the characters or another person reading the book. I became emotionally invested in Hannah’s character and I wanted her to fight.

One thing that I took away from this book was that you never know someone’s situation. What seems like no big deal to you could be the end of the world for someone else so being sensitive to another person’s situation is always important. I think that throughout the book this is what the main character Clay learned as well. He saw the signs in Hannah but didn’t understand them nor did he know how to help. I feel like reading this book has brought me more insight and because of how much I enjoyed this book I will probably read more like it. I typically tend to read more fantasy or dystopian novels so to read something so real about things people actually deal with was both refreshing and eye opening.

If you’re looking for your next good read I would definitely suggest this book.

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Mini Update 7

Ok so as I said I did get to read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher on Sunday but I did way more than just start reading I finished it. All. In. One. Day. That pretty much sums up how much I enjoyed it. Unfortunately I did not hop on to the review immediately due to work but I hope to get that posted very soon. It’s gonna be a good one so stay tuned. And as always Happy Reading!

Mini update 6:

I’m needing some new books to add to my book list so I’m currently on the hunt. A new list will hopefully be coming soon. In the mean time I have my next book ready to read but I’m taking a brief reading break as I have family from out of town visiting. I will probably start reading Thirteen Reasons Why by this Sunday. As for my new book list if you have any recommendations let a girl know, I could really use the help. As usual Happy Reading!

Mini Update 5:

I haven’t started a new book yet but I’m definitely thinking that when I do its gonna be Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It’s on my book list and has also been sitting on my shelf for a while now. I think it’s about time to crack it open. This was also recommended by a friend so hopefully it won’t disappoint. Happy Reading!

The truth is…

Ok guys as promised I was to do a review on Double Take. Normally finishing a book takes me no time at all. A few days tops, even less depending on how much free time I have. As excited as I was to read this mystery drama it left me flat out unimpressed. But as a disclaimer I must admit that I have not finished the book in its entirety. It is very rare for me to judge a book without finishing it but this book started off exciting and appealing then quickly slipped into a slow sludge. The story line moved around too much too quickly and too many new characters introduced before I really knew the main characters. I still however plan on finishing the book but it has now been placed on the back burner while I explore other options on my book list. Last month my boyfriend took me Barnes and Noble and very sweetly bought me a new book (little does he know it’s the first in a series and I will be expecting the rest haha). This book puts me back on track with what’s on my list and was highly recommended by a buddy and fellow reader. I’ll be starting The Selection by Kiera Cass. Sorry for the disappointment in my last review but do stick around for better and as always Happy Reading!

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Mini Update 4:

I have been sooo MIA lately. Last week of school then tests next week. So ready to be free lol. I haven’t had any time to read which has made me quite sad. After Wednesday it’s back to the books though and I’m so excited. Reviews are coming! In the meantime wish me luck on my finals and good luck to any of you who are also experiencing my pain haha. Happy Reading!

Mini update 3:

Don’t worry the review of  Of All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is still coming soon and I can honestly say it’s been super enjoyable. Also finals week is only days away so I’m majorly stressing. The review will  be here by the end of the week as promised however. I have so many words about this book and I just found out that there’s a sequel to it. (Happy dances) Naturally I have to get my hands on that one as well. Stay tuned and happy reading.