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Book Review: All the Bright Places Author by Jennifer Niven

Published October 30, 2014 by adventuresinbooklandblog

All the Bright Places

Title- All the Bright Places

Author- Jennifer Niven

“The thing I realize is that it’s not what you take, it’s what you leave.”

After reading the synopsis I was instantly drawn in, first thing I saw was the book was compared to Fault in Our Stars and I absolutely loved that book. Then I read on and saw the phrase, beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die”. Instantly I wanted to know; why this girl needed to learn to live and why was the boy intended to die.”.

We meet both Violet and Finch when they are standing on top of a bell tower at school. Both claimed the other saved them from doing something they actually didn’t want to do. From then on Finch became smitten with Violet and decided he wanted to be paired up with her on a project to explore the wonders of Indiana.

I’m not too sure where I want to start with this novel, I have to admit after reading the story, I am an emotional wreck. Throughout the book the subject of suicide was brought up, this is a great topic for the YA genre, I know someone who has committed suicide and I thought this story shows that there are groups and people to talk to. We see Violet deal with the loss of her sister and how she herself became depressed, counting down the days until she could get away. Then there was Finch who was counted the days where he felt awake from the dark hole he goes to at times.

I felt that the only characters I liked in this story were Finch and Violet, a lot of the other characters annoyed me and I didn’t understand why they just watched these situations happen. I love the life and energy the Finch brought to the book. His point of view was always my favorite to read. I also liked what Finch brought out in Violet and growth they both had.

I cannot wait to see these characters to come to life in a film!

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Book Review: Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London

Published October 23, 2014 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Definitely, Maybe in Love (Definitely Maybe, #1)

Title- Definitely, Maybe in Love

Author- Ophelia London

Oh Knightly you are just as hot and cold as Mr. Darcy!!! I absolutely LOVE Pride and Prejudice and was very excited to read a story that was a modem take on the classic story. I was a little nervous because sometimes re-telling are not written very well, but I LOVED this story!!

Spring Honeycutt is a junior in college and studying Environmental Science and working on a thesis. When Spring’s professor tells her that he feels that she would be able to get published once her thesis was done, she was beyond excited. There was one catch, she needed to add the opposition within her paper. The only person around to help her understand the other side of her topic is Henry Knightley, her rich, arrogant neighbor.

Ophelia London was able to take all the situations which happened in Pride and Prejudice and place a modern take on it to make each situation more believable.

Book Review: Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh

Published October 23, 2014 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Catch Me When I Fall (Dreamcatcher #1)

Title- Catch Me as I Fall

Author- Vicki Leigh

Publisher- Curiosity Quills Press

Release Date – October 23, 2014

“As Protectors of the night- me a Dreamcatcher and she a Dreamweaver- we were both sworn to guard humans for the rest of eternity.”

Catch Me as I fall is narrated by Daniel, a 17 year old boy, but he is not a normal 17 year old boy, he died in 1827. For the past 200 years, Daniel has been spending his nights in battles, as a Dreamcatcher, and that means Daniel fights off nightmares from digging into human’s dreams. No, he is not a ghost, he has been given a second life and he can still die and he would just end up in a black void, cease to exist. Daniel has grown a bit tired of fighting these nightmares, he is too burnt out, but things change when he is given a new charge after his current charge passes away.

Kalya is a depressed 16 year old who resides in a mental ward, and this is Daniel’s new charge! There’s something about Kalya that drew Daniel to her and he has never felt this way about anyone before and the nightmares seem to love her too. Daniel will stop at nothing to figure out why the nightmares love her so much and will do anything to protect her, including reveling himself to her.

This was a great book about good vs evil, both Dreamcatchers and Dreamwears would work together to stop the nightmares. I loved how the nightmares were played like a movie as the dreams were, but instead they were creatures. An example of what a nightmare could look like is; a scaly humanoid body, red eyes, and point claws, but all nightmares looked differently.

The story line wasn’t predicable either; there were so many different twists that kept the read interesting! The story also painted a great picture and made me use my imagination, which I love to do!

Book Review: Rose of Thorne by Mia Michele

Published October 21, 2014 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Rose of Thorne (Rose of Thorne, #1)

Title- Rose of Throne

Author- Mia Michele

Publisher-

Wow is all I can say about this book, Mia Michele really has me stumped. I have no idea what I want to happen in the series after this novel.

Sebastian Throne first meets Skylar Rose when we crashes into her and her family while intoxicated, killing both Skylar’s mother and father. When Sebastian went to check on the passengers, he laid his eyes on the most beautiful girl. Instead of doing the right thing, Sebastian fleas the scene and turns to his father to help clean everything up, by doing this he makes a deal with the devil.

Seven years later Sebastian sees Skyler at her parent’s grave site, and now is consumed with knowing everything about her. Little did he know he would fall for her even more after getting know her.

While reading Sebastian was a real jerk to Skylar whenever he pushed her away and all she wanted to do was be with the man she loved. Sebastian finally allowed her to love him and to love her, but will not tell her the truth of what happened that night 7 years ago, knowing that she would not stay with him. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t root for their relationship, instead I rooted for Lucas and was heartbroken when he stooped appearing in the book, he gave up on Skylar and the way he felt.

I cannot wait to read Book Two and I hope to hear about Lucas and hear why he gave up the way he did.

Book Review: Fixed Up by Stephanie Witter

Published October 14, 2014 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Fix Up (Patch Up, #2)r

“Even now that you both confessed your love to each other, you find ways to fight and hurt each other”

Fix Up picks up a couple weeks after Sean’s brutal attack on Skye; we see how not only she is dealing with the aftermath, but also her friends and family. I love that in book two we get to have Duke’s perspective along with Skye’s, it made me understand him more.

This story again took me through all the emotions that the first one took me through. I was very intrigued by Skye’s new relationship with her psychologist. I have never seen one myself, but it was interesting to see that aspect in a book and I have to say that Dr. Marshall intrigued me a little.

Both Syke and Duke had a lot to work through during this book. Skye needed to overcome what had happened to her and work on her relationships with the people around her. Duke on the other hand had to work on his demons and his feeling for Skye and Juliet.

I took me some time to read this story, I felt all these emotions involving Duke and all his heartbreak. The last 40 percent of the novel I was heartbroken and unsure if I could read on, but of course I did!

Book Review: The Twelve Author by T.M Franklin

Published October 4, 2014 by adventuresinbooklandblog

Twelve (More, #3)

Title- The Twelve

Author- T.M Franklin

Publisher- The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

I think by now everyone knows my love for this trilogy, and I am very sad to see it come to an end!

In Twelve, we meet Ava Michaels and she is right where we left her at the Guardian colony. With the threat of Ava’s father, Elias Borré , looming, the guardians need help and resort to working with the council. Together they will need to find the twelve and fight Elias Borré.

The theme throughout the whole book is family, Ava has her biological family, Elias Borre and the Twelve, but she also has the human family who raised her and Caleb. She has all this family and is conflicted throughout the whole story. Ava has a big heart and getting to know some of her brothers and sisters, she wanted to be there for them, but at the same time she couldn’t be there for some. We even see family struggle with Caleb, does he side with his mother or with his father? Can they ever all get along?

The villain in this book, stayed a true villain and I really despised Borre and what he was doing not only to the Race, but also to his, “children”. I truly did not like how he was able to manipulate Emma and treat her the way he did, when she only loved him.

In this last installment, the plot and writing was great, yet again! It was action packed and I never grew bored while reading the story. There were some twists that I did NOT see coming, but like any book there were one or two that as I read, I began to figure. The last one was a bit of a shocker, even though I had a feeling, but it made me wish there was another book!!!!

I’m very sad to say good-bye to this trilogy, but I cannot wait to read for from T.M. Franklin and maybe one day, I will be able to see these characters come to like!!!

Book Review: The Guardians by T.M Franklin

Published October 2, 2014 by adventuresinbooklandblog

The Guardians (MORE, #2)

Title- The Guardians

Author- T.M Franklin

Publisher- The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

The Guardians picks up a couple months after MORE left off! Ava and Caleb are back at college, but Caleb is still helping Ava learn her craft, who is getting stronger the more they practice. Even though they are back at college doesn’t mean that they are alone, Tiernan and Katherine are watching Ava’s every move to make sure she isn’t a threat to the council, but that is not their only problem, it seems that someone else is watching them as well. Caleb isn’t only helping Ava with her powers, but he has been helping half breeds get to safe houses. The council seems to suspect there is something going on with Caleb and has Tiernan keep his eye on him. One of the times Caleb comes back, Ava senses that he’s not the same and it seems as though he’s wearing an extra veil and that is when Caleb disappears. This leaves Ava and Tiernan a mission, find out what is going on with Caleb! When they are on their adventure they rescue a girl named Emma from Rogues and all three of them end up at the Guardian Colony, where everything thing involving Ava is revealed.

While reading this book, I grew more attached to all of the characters, I of course still loved Caleb and Ava’s story and how they are bonded. The bond in the story is something special between two people. Once a couple is bonded, it hurts for them to be apart for a long time and the only way to end a bond is for one of the bonded to die, of course for these two, I want them to stay bonded!! In the first book I didn’t really like Tiernan as a character, but he REALLY grew on me in this story! I enjoyed reading more about Caleb and Ava’s families and what a big part Ava’s family plays within this series, it was something I was not excepting!!!

The Plot of this story as a whole was full of suspense and mystery, I kept reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Part of me wishes I had enough time to read the story all at once, and if I had the time, I probably would have, I enjoyed it that much!!!!

I cannot say enough about this series and cannot wait to finish reading the third installment!