Review: The Undying

The Undying (The Undying, #1)The Undying by Ethan Reid
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ugh. I really wanted to like this book. Ethan Reid’s description of the ‘moribund’– zombie-like creatures–and the unique plot make me wish this book was organized just a little bit better.

First off, we learn that only two characters survive–in the prologue! No. I want to feel the sadness for the characters that are lost-while it happens in the book, not before I’ve read the book.

Secondly, the flashbacks are a little misplaced, I felt that they disturbed the action too often.

Lastly, what the heck is with the baby!? I mean I get that the baby helps Jeanie get through the pain, and ultimately survive, but really? Lactation without a pregnancy or medicine is super rare and highly unlikely, and she kills the baby–but don’t worry she revives him.

I don’t know, this book shows real potential, but there are so many issues that I have with the characters, and the layout that I can’t really love it.

But, I loved the cover.

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Review: Dark Hope (Archangel Prophecies #1)

Dark Hope (Archangel Prophecies #1)Dark Hope by Monica McGurk
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book had some major ups, and some major downs for me. First of all the integration of angels into human society was not thought out very well, too many of the ‘perks’ felt like the easy way out. Secondly multiple plots usually enhance a novel, adding dimension, however in this case most of the time it felt a little overwhelming.

Something else felt off, but I didn’t quite realise until I read Danielle‘s review:

I don’t want to say it was like Twilight. But it was like Twilight.

Don’t get me wrong, this book wasn’t terrible. There are just more things that I didn’t like that cancelled out any chances of me enjoying the story a whole lot.

It’s a recycled plot and storyline. Girl moves to new town and is topic of the school because she’s new and meets a mysterious and dark teenage boy who is a supernatural/paranormal being? The originality lacks in this one.

Danielle, via GoodReads

With that said, I love the idea of the angels interacting with humans, and I have a soft spot for stories where the ‘hero’ from the past shows up in the story.

Despite some of the off putting hiccups, I did thoroughly enjoy the story and am most likely going to be reading the next installment the story.

Review: Witches Protection Program

Witches Protection Program
Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The concept of a police task force put in place to protect witches was what initially drew me into this story.

The love of a good mystery/romance kept me reading. I loved the almost-nonexistent romance that exists; sexual tension usually makes for good read.

I always enjoy reading each writer’s perspective on paranormal beings. For example; the witches in Witches Protection Program are quite different from those of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Each writer adds a bit of a unique spin.

I would pick up more of Michael Phillip Cash’s work in the future.

Review: Matilda

Matilda
Matilda by Roald Dahl

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It amazes me that I never got around to reading this book when I was younger. I watched the movie enough times, but somehow skipped the book.

It was hard to read the book with fresh eyes, even though it has been well over 15 years since I last watched the movie version, I can still picture the actors.

Roald Dahl has a unique writing style and I would recommend all young readers pick up Matilda.

The little girl in me will always remember (and still relate to) Matilda, the brilliant little girl who loves reading and learning. As a child I remember practising telekinesis (with no avail), and devouring every book I could get my hands on.

As a mother, I am horrified by the parents, I couldn’t imagine having a child you ‘just put up with’. Children are precious and innocent. Every child deserves the best possible life that their parents can afford/give them, but money aside, you can ALWAYS give your child your love and attention.

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Review: Death and Faxes

Death and Faxes
Death and Faxes by Julie S. Howlin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review through GoodReads FirstReads.

Tabitha Drake is in many ways the typical young-adult. Unsure with her love life, not LOVING her job, and just trying to make ends meet. She’s also a psychic. Throughout the book we see her struggle with multiple traumatic events and issues that unfortunately many young women go through. Most, thankfully, don’t have to deal with all of the ones Tabby did, but many, such as the other women portrayed in the book do fall victim and don’t get out. This book, while being a sweet romance and police mystery/murder, is also an eye opener for women who have been a victim of a controlling or abusive partner. Add in a psychic ability that she doesn’t believe in, which if she did she would have saved herself a lot of trouble, and the book is highly entertaining.

Despite the unlikelihood that all of these scenarios would all happen to the same person, this book, at least for me, represents the struggle that most, if not all, young women face; navigating the uncertainty that is the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Review: Marking Time

Marking Time
Marking Time by April White

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve always loved the idea of travelling to the past. It would be surreal to experience history first hand. Add in the idea that the main character was actually conceived in the past, throw in some real facts (Jack The Ripper, etc) and I am in LOVE. I absolutely LOVE the characters. The book could use a little tidying up, but otherwise it is amazing.

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Review: A Gift of Ghosts

A Gift of Ghosts
A Gift of Ghosts by Sarah Wynde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got this book for free on Amazon. The title is what drew me in and the cute connection between Akira and Dillon kept me around. I loved that she connected with him, and tries to help make his (after) life easier. The romance with Dillon’s uncle (and her boss) is pretty cute, but the beginnings are WAY to unbelievable. I’m also not a huge fan of the way Akira handles herself, she says she doesnt like/want something, yet she always does it anyways.

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