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Review: The Promise

Posted: August 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Promise
The Promise by Beth Wiseman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recieved this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for an honest review.

“Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to faraway place. But there she finds heartache and betrayal. Can the only man she’s ever loved rescue her before it’s too late?

Tate Webber has loved Mallory Hammond for years. He plans to marry her someday, but not until he has his career and life in order. Mallory is in love with Tate, but his unwillingness to commit has created a rift between them. So when Mallory’s new boss introduces her to his cousin, she’s surprised by his charming, exotic ways and delights in his attention. This exciting stranger begins to sway her thinking about her lifelong dreams and her religious beliefs.

As their online relationship develops, he invites her to visit his homeland in the Middle East, promising her a traditional life based on commitment to family-something she’s never had and always wanted. In a bold move-and with lots of resistance from Tate and those closest to her-Mallory decides to leave the only life she’s ever known to meet this man on the other side of the world.

Tate begs her not to go, but Mallory embarks on the dangerous journey anyway, only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. Her new friend is not who he says he is. Tate must risk his life to rescue the only woman he’s ever loved. Can he reach Mallory . . . before it’s too late?”

I really enjoyed this novel. It tells the story of a young woman who wants save a life. I really don’t want to give much away on the plot, because I feel like this story is something that you need to experience from start to finish without any type of spoiling. I can say, however, that the story itself is written very well, and that the author did an amazing job in developing her characters and making you really care for Mallory.

I didn’t really have very many problems with the novel – there were a few instances where the pacing faltered a bit, but overall it was really a gripping tale!

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Review: Black Moon

Posted: August 3, 2015 in Book Review
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Black Moon
Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had.”

As someone who suffers from insomnia, when I had a chance to read this book in exchange for a free copy from Blogging For Books, I couldn’t help myself. I first really want to comment on the design of the paperback of this novel – it was honestly beautiful. From the cover, to the fold out information tabs… everything about it was lovely to look at!

As for the story involved, I found it to be a very interesting read. It’s definitely not exactly what I expected just from the description above, but I do find it to be a wonderful depiction of a very mad world. I think that the pacing of this book was just right to keep me turning the pages and wanting to read more. The writing content was done very smoothly, and well enough that I found myself immersed within the pages! I honestly want to check out more work from Kenneth Calhoun now that I’ve met up with this book.

Something about this novel almost reminds me of a postapocalyptic world, and that in and of itself is something pretty cool, since I’m into that setting. I honestly don’t think that I need to give away too much of the plot, but I can tell you to pick this book up and check it out for yourself! You won’t regret it.

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Sorry for my absence, guys! I was recently out of the country in the Faroe Islands for my very first trip anywhere other than in the US. Between that, traveling, and jet lag, I’ve been a bit out of commission. I just wanted you to know that I am going to be coming back soon – I have a huge amount of book reviews that I have to post, as well as some writing things! I can’t wait to get back to you guys again!

Obsidian
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All right – so I got to the reading train a little late for this book… but I’m not regretting the fact that I finally picked it up and gave it a read.

“Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is..”

The book is everything that it promises to be in the little snippit that you get from the goodreads page. I wasn’t sure how I felt about things going in – I’ve not enjoyed an Alien Romance since the Freedom series by Anne McCaffrey. However, I can say that this was pleasantly surprising.

Though there were parts of it that had a slow pace, and though I was sitting and pulling my hair, screaming at the main characters to just go ahead and admit how they really felt to one another… I loved it. Sometimes, what you really want from a book is to be so frustrated that you can’t help but to flip to the next page. My husband was shocked – I finished this book on a 10 hour flight to the Faroe Islands, and every time he looked over, I was on the next chapter.

I couldn’t put it down.

Honestly, I don’t really have complaints about the novel. The story was interesting, and there was more than just a ‘sordid love’ plot to keep it going. I feel like some of the things that were introduced are going to play a big part in the book later on, and I really enjoy that.

I can’t wait to read the next installation in this series, because I know that it’s going to be just as interesting as this one.

The three main characters that the story focuses on are very fun, very engaging… and I can’t wait to see where their story goes next!

I give it 5/5 stars – I’m going to keep on with the series!

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