Review: Dark Angel by Eden Maguire

Dark Angel (Dark Angel, #1)

Title: Dark Angel
Author: Eden Maguire
Genre(s): contemporary romance; young-adult; fantasy, paranormal
Source: paperback – bought

My Rating: **** – 4 Stars

Synopsis (goodreads):

Tania’s heart belongs to Orlando. Nothing can rip them apart. Until the seduction begins in a flurry of glamour and magic, music and parties all orchestrated by the mysterious and mesmerising Zoran, an iconic rock star who has retired to a remote ranch in the nearby mountains. And there Tania meets the dark side. Can she resist temptation?

My Review:

This book took my breath away!

While reading the book there was something about Tania, the main character, that just drew you in. Eden created her in such a way that you immediately felt like you could relate to her, become her and then put yourself in her shoes. There were times when i wanted to stop reading because i felt really uncomfortable, which i now realise is how i hauntingly felt everything that Tania was going through. Good thing i didn’t stop reading because this book was amazing!

The story is based on how the Satan was banished from Heaven and vowed to lead every human astray. Only you have to read in between the lines you actually find this information out. In this story however, the devil is in the body of a human and instead of leading humans astray through sins, he separates them from their significant others and feeds on the weak who fall under his trap and ‘dare to believe’.

Tania was strong, confused, stood her ground (even though there were many moments where the temptations were strong) and never once did she give up on her friends who fell prey to the devil. Albeit her journey was a tough one and she could have easily given up, she was a force to be reckoned with!

This book was nothing like i’ve read before and it was truly a treat! Grab your copy! You won’t be disappointed.

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Review: Vala: Agendas by J.F. Jenkins

Vala: Agendas

Title: Vala: Agendas
Author: J.F. Jenkins
Publisher: Astraea Press
Genre(s): contemporary romance; young-adult; fantasy, paranormal
Source: e-book – provided by author for honest review

My Rating: **** – 4 Stars

Synopsis (goodreads):

Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.

All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world.

Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.

My Review:

Once again really good novel! The thing i like about the author is that she is willing to venture out of the comfort zone of the readers. I mean she doesn’t know if her book will sell or if readers will enjoy it, but she is ready to take that risk.

We, as readers, are so accustomed with vampires, werewolves, fallen angels etc  that when i came across this book it sounded different , yet i was apprehensive. I still gave it a shot and i was pleased. It really is a good book.

The characters are really real, apart from the supernatural element that they all possess, their attitudes and their behaviours, emotions everything is something that i could relate to.

I don’t want to reveal anything but the one thing that made me upset about the main character was that she was quick to hate her foster mother and quick to love the parents who had left her. She played the role of the victim in this sense but i really wanted to slap her at that point.

Review: Bloom by Elizabeth Scott

Bloom

Title: Bloom
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre(s): contemporary romance; young-adult
Source: paperback – borrowed

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

There’s a difference between falling and letting go.

Lauren has a good life: decent grades, great friends, and a boyfriend every girl lusts after. So why is she so unhappy?

It takes the arrival of Evan Kirkland for Lauren to figure out the answer: She’s been holding back. She’s been denying herself a bunch of things (like sex) because staying with her loyal and gorgeous boyfriend, Dave, is the “right” thing to do. After all, who would give up the perfect boyfriend?

But as Dave starts talking more and more about their life together, planning a future Lauren simply can’t see herself in — and as Lauren’s craving for Evan, and moreover, who she is with Evan becomes all the more fierce — Lauren realizes she needs to make a choice…before one is made for her.

Review:

My first Elizabeth Scott novel and it was beyond GREAT! She is a fantastic author that made sure that the book never left my hands till i actually finished. While i was reading the book, i was thinking, this the only book of hers that i have come across after scouring the shelves for the longest time, and now i feel that i have seriously been missing out.

Bloom is a simple enough story about reflecting on your life and the choices you have to make regarding your life. Its about analysing perfection and if its always the best thing for you.

I loved how she made comparisons in the book about how many other books talk about the cliched life and she differentiated it in hers.

Also i fell in love with Evan during the first few chapters only. He was just plain DREAMY! Dave actually started getting on my nerves and i hated how he unintentionally (fine, i know its not his fault) deciding Lauren’s life for her.

Review: The Mers by Ami Blackwelder

The Mers

Title: The Mers
Author: Ami Blackwelder
Publisher: eloquent enraptures publishing
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy, paranormal, dystopia)
Source: e-Book from author

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

A Mermaid Dystopian…out now!
The Mers:
What lies beneath the surface?
One hundred years from now, the world has
changed and brought with it, new forms of life.
Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

Mira always knew she was different. Growing up with Mers, she never quite fit in. When Mira breaks the rules and takes Niren with heracross the border dividing Ellis Island and New Jersey, the border dividing two vastly different worlds, she thought the journey to find out who she really is would be an easy one.

But, as the world in Jersey proves to be a convoluted mix of aristocrats who hate the Mers, pirates who want to sell them, and magi who want to use them…finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her best friend Niren is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

My review:

The second dystopian novel i have read and honestly i really liked it. It was different. There were mermaids involved and it was a dystopian.

I loved the way Ami incorporated a completely new world and made it so real at the same time. I am also so glad that her book didn’t turn me away from the dystopian genre, and in the near future or soonish i will definitely be reading more dystopian.

Since today is Halloween, she wanted me to post the review today and i feel that it is quite symbolic to the day. A completely new world, that is what happens at Halloween.

I personally feel that it must have been a bit hard to write this novel and so all praise goes to Ami! 🙂 Also this story was gripping and brilliant! Anyone who wants to read such a book, grab your copy now!

 

Follow Friday #14

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

Many would disagree with my choice because simply said, i have never touched a dystopian novel in my life. The reason is not my ignorance, just the fact i can’t seem to find them near or around me. I would love to be a part of a young adult dystopian novel, not because i like all the sorrow and pain, but because there is something real about those novels. They reflect the future and the real us. So, because i haven’t read any dystopian novels, i can’t exactly know which novel would be perfect for me. So help me out. Let me know which dystopian novel is your favourite, why and should i give it a shot?

Book Blogger Hop #10

Book Blogger Hop

“Let’s talk crazy book titles! Highlight one or two (or as many as you like!) titles in your personal collection that have the most interesting titles! If you can’t find any, feel free to find one on the internet!”

Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken

Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken

by Rosemary Graham
 Readers who love Sarah Dessen will enjoy this companion to My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie HotelJust when Kelsey is finally fitting into her new California life, C. J. Logan comes along. He’s hot, popular, and revered as the best skateboarder around. Girls want to be with him, and boys want to be him. And Kelsey is lucky enough to be his girlfriend. But when she decides that their relationship is over, she could not have imagined what would happen next. With rumors flying, she is forced to figure out who her true friends are and, more importantly, who her true self really is.

YA Saves Lives…

Many of you must have come across the recent article about YA novels. If not here is the article: Darkness Too Visible:  Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?

When i first read the article, i thought it was pretty biased. Okay, i get how its from the point of view of a parent and i respect that a lot. I do. But there was a flaw. As much as i believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion, i feel that one should explore all aspects before making up their mind.

But i’m kind of in the middle here too. At some point i feel that by reading books, different doors and options are opened to many people and certain facts are brought about that actually help many. But then i go back and think, are all YA books appropriate for everyone? I remember when i would see certain students younger me, borrow books that i had just started reading and i would talk about this with my friend, “Seriously, i just read this book and she’s reading it at such a young age. What the hell?” And she’d agree. But the thing is, you can’t compare yourself to others because a) as a year goes by, time changes very fast and you’ll see people doing all sorts of things, even if you’re a bit uncomfortable with them, b) being a sociology student i have to understand that what may be deviant of one society or generation can be very well the norm of another and c) everyone is different. (i might straying of the topic here, so lets get back)

There was a point where my mother would read the blurb of the book i had picked before she let me buy them. I remember picking out Gossip Girl and at the back it said, “Sex and the City of the young.” She just put it back on the shelf and said that it wasn’t appropriate. At that point i was a bit upset, but i didn’t show it. The thing is, parents don’t feel comfortable with some things and i get that now. This was when i was 14. Now, she is more relaxed. She trusts me and i am really grateful for that.

I had a friend who was reading the Twilight Saga and her mother had let her buy the whole series on the condition that she would read them first and then let her read it if she found it appropriate. I, on the other hand was reading it without parental supervision but when i heard about what my friend’s mother was doing, i told my mom that she should read it with me as well. She declined. Saying that she had no intention to read a book about vampires. And that was that. Today, after seeing the movies, i convinced her to hit the books as well and she has.

Books portray a lot! The whole reading experience is not just better vocabulary or writing power. Its a broader perspective and it gives you an idea of things, things that you might have not known before. Truthfully, i would not know half of the things that i do today if i had not read YA books. Many grown-ups will consider bad and i will disagree. See, i have this perception (i’m a sociology student, stick with me here) that the reason why adults want us to stay away from such things is because they want us to remain innocent, but the thing is this isn’t the Era of Innocence. The more you shelter your child, the more he/she doesn’t know how to cope with the world. And let me just point out, the desire to want to find out about things is so much more stronger when you hide things from us that it would be if you just let us accept reality.

What was pointed out in the article was that the writer didn’t want her daughter reading about werewolves, vampires, fallen angels etc. And i think i have a fair idea why. Its because, generally all these elements of supernatural are usually portrayed to be evil. And i also understand why they’re considered evil, its because of how they’re portrayed by the media. If you ever sit and watch the movies that date back to our parent’s youth, that is exactly how such creatures are portrayed…to be bad. But the thing is, there are good werewolves and there are bad werewolves, and there good vampires and bad vampires. But thats how its always going to be. The forces of good and evil are in our life, so obviously the forces of good and evil will be portrayed in our books as well.

As far as rape, prostitution, drugs, abuse and cutting yourself goes, i think its already a part of your child’s life at some point. God forbid, if its not your child, then its someone your child knows or some child you know. Either way we have to deal with it and at that point it becomes hard because we don’t know how to cope with it. What i’m saying is, that i had a friend who cut herself when she was upset and i knew, but i just didn’t know how to help her. And thats where YA books come in.

They save lives! We have an outlet, we get to speak about things that we were unsure or embarrassed to speak to our parents about. And thats that. So to say, that all YA produces is evil and corrupts your child is wrong. It actually makes us stronger!