Monday, 30 May 2016

Review: Look to the Stars by Catherine Wilson

I got out my slump, it was small. Other than reading I love taking book pics and that's why I'm more active on instagram than other social medias. Goodreads is second. I love browsing through bookstagram! Pictures of  Look to the Stars are below. The book has amazing cover!

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Synopsis

 

Tucked away in the remote territory of Ashen, Penelope Brave lives an ordinary, sheltered life until the day her papa goes missing. No one seems intent on finding him but her, so she breaks the rules… and ends up changing her world. When strangers from the northern kingdom of Orien arrive with news of her papa, but at a price, Brave learns that even the quiet city of Ashen has its secrets—the darkest of which just might be her.

Forced to trust the help of Aras Renn, the arrogant and regrettably handsome guard from Orien, Brave soon finds that if she wants to see her papa again, she's going to have to face a past she never knew she left behind. Together, they're thrust into a world of magic, lies, and hidden truths as Brave discovers there's a deadly war brewing in the north. What she doesn’t know is the answer to each side's victory can be found in her heart…

Determined not to follow the destiny the stars have laid out for her, Brave sets out to make her own, embarking on a harrowing journey where she must decide what matters most. Love or blood?

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My Review

 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

****3.5 stars****
Like it! Especially the characters. They are charming in their own ways, mostly Aras. Penelope Brave is sassy and funny! And banters between her and Aras just makes me adore them more.
The pace of the plot is slow. The journey through the forest dragged very much. I was waiting when they would get out of the forest. But the characters kept me going, as I said the banters are adorable.
But the end was cool and am intrigued to see what our Brave has to go through in Orien.
This is author Catherine Wilson's first book and I'm looking froward for more. I liked how the characters are written cuz I adore them. Ian, Darcy and Sarah along with our protagonists. Got the book in exchange of an honest review.

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About Author Catherine Wilson


Catherine Wilson has always had a passion for books, until one day, she got the crazy idea to write her own.  The youngest in her tightknit family, she grew up at the base of a mountain in rural North Georgia.  There she learned to climb trees, swing her way across creeks, and fight invisible foes.  All wonderful practice, she soon found, for creating an imaginary world of her own.    

Catherine currently lives in Georgia with her supportive husband and twin boys.  As a full time teacher and mother of two three-year-olds, she writes during nap time. When she's not writing, you can usually find her chasing her family around on their newest adventure.  Look to the Stars is her first novel.


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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Review: Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright

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Title: Bound by Prophecy 
Series: Descendants series #1
Author: Melissa Wright

Synopsis

Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.

What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother’s men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it’s the last thing Aern is willing to do.
Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn't care about the prophecy, or realize what’s at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn't the only one who’s in danger.

Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they’ll both have a sacrifice too big to make.

My Review


Bound by Prophecy (Descendants #1)Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

****3.75 stars****
Enjoyed the book! It is short and I read it in a day. I loved how it began with action. Main leads running away from bad people who are trying to capture them. I loved it cuz it had me holding my breath.
The action kept me flipping the pages and wanting to know what the prophecy is and what is happening.
I felt missing about why the bad guy was after them as what the prophecy is was not mentioned till the middle of the book and even then it was not clear. I was in between the characters going through the story line but I didn't knew what they knew. I was thrust into the world.
But I enjoyed it anyway. I think the questions will be answered in the next two books and more would be told about what is going on and also background about the characters. So am looking forward to read the next two. Got the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Melissa is the author of the Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She is currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be found collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Review: The Story of Awkward and The Introvert's Tale (The Embrace Yourself Series) by R. K. Ryals

The Embrace Yourself Series books are the first books I read by R. K. Ryals. I read The Story of Awkward last month and I picked it up just because of the title cuz Awkward=Me and I enjoyed it very much and I knew this would not be last book by the I'd read. The writing style is smooth and flowing and plot is realistic with a touch of magic which I love. I seem to love everything :p
And then The Introvert's Tale made me love this series even more. They are stand alones and could be read in any order. It felt like the author was writing about me.

the story of AWKWARD

 

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Title: The Story of Awkward
Series: The Embrace Yourself series #1
Author: R. K. Ryals

Synopsis

This story is ugly.
This story is complicated.
This story is emotional.
This story is tragic.

In short, this story is about being awkward.

Peregrine Storke is an artist with an odd sketchbook full of pictures she’s drawn since she was a child. It is a book full of strange sketches and awkward characters, for there is no better way to hide from bullying and life than to create a world of your own. With a stroke of her pencil, she has given life to a spectacled princess, a freckle-nosed king, a candy loving troll, a two-horned unicorn, and a graceless fairy.

At nineteen, Peregrine leaves her home, her sketchbook, and awkwardness behind. But what happens when something goes wrong in the world of Awkward? Trapped inside of her complex realm with the bully she thought to leave behind, Peregrine discovers there is nothing worse than falling for your own villain.



My Review 

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read The Story of Awkward because of the title as awkward=me. I went blind into the book and it surprised me cuz it wasn't how I thought it to be. It was more amazing than I thought which I made me fly through the book.
The tone and setting made me remember the movie Enchanted, which I adore. The adventure and the lessons and the growth of all the characters is cool and I connected with them.
The writing is smooth and kept me hooked from the beginnig which means from the acknowledgement and why R. K. Rylas wrote it. This is the first book by the author I read but am excited to like all of the other works.
Cool read! And I'm going to reccomend it to my cousin cuz she is the only other person who reads! And definitely to my friends!

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AN INTROVERT’S TALE

 

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Title: An Introvert's Tale
Series: The Embrace Yourself series #2
Author: R. K. Ryals

Synopsis 

 

What happens when you lose your self-control, when saying no suddenly becomes easier than saying yes?

Maia Parker is everyone's go-to girl. She's smart, kindhearted, and involved in every charity a graduating high school senior can be involved in. She's never been good at saying "no". Until now ...

Maia has always been better at observing life. Instead of confronting people, she avoids confrontation. She keeps a notebook with things she "should have said" scribbled between the things she must do.

Jackson Taylor is a quintessential free spirit and an adrenaline junkie. His philosophy: Let life take you where it leads. Take risks. Be daring. A skydiving instructor by day and a drag racer by night, he doesn't hold back, doesn't try, and he doesn't follow rules.

One summer. One disaster. An unbelievable romance. And suddenly Maia Parker isn't who everyone remembers. Suddenly, she's unable to stay silent ...



My Review 

 

 

An Introvert's Tale (The Embrace Yourself Series Book 2)An Introvert's Tale by R.K. Ryals
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I finished it in a day! I loved it! Even more than Awkward cuz I connected with Maia as we have kind of similar personalities. I liked the first book but this was more amazing.
The story is divided in three parts; the words that made into margins of her notebook, found by Jackson between the pages of her recovered notebook and the words that never made it into her notebook.
I liked how all the chapters started with these captions even in the previous book.
Maia's character growth and her coming of age journey was humorous, sad and with her discovering herself was amazing. The situations and plot felt realistic and I connected with the characters, which is very important for me to enjoy a book. And the writing is just amazing you just flow through the story.
In the beginning I thought this wouldn't have the magical that was in the first book but the R.K Ryals totally surprised me which is awesome!
Really cool and awesome and I just can't express it but this one is going to be close to my heart. Got a review copy in exchange of an honest review.

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I observe things and enjoy helping others, but I also love being alone. I love those peaceful moments when it's simply me, a bed, and a wall.
I think author is talking about me. (:P Okay that wasn't funny)


“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your golden hair,” he deadpans. I fluff my blonde bob. “Sorry, I got a haircut.”
Lol! This was awesome!


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Author R.K. Ryals 

R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home in the Southern U.S. with her husband, her three daughters, a rescue dog named Oscar the Grouch, A Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, an OCD cat, and a coffee pot she honestly couldn't live without. Should she ever become the owner of a fire-breathing dragon (tame of course), her life would be complete.


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