Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review: The Mystic Wolves

The Mystic Wolves
by Belinda Boring

Print Lenght: 282 pages
Publisher: Moonstruck Media (January 19,2012)
ISBN: 1469926903

Book Description:
What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator? 
Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.

My Review: 4.0 out of 5 starsGood Pass-time
Darcy is a young werewolf, future mate of the pack's Alpha Mason. She is new to the pack and already feels at home with all of them. Her best friend is Mason's sister Jasmine and the two girls are the masters of mischievous. They are inseparable. Till the worse happens. Jasmine is murdered and Darcy blames herself for this. Mason even going through his own pain, remains by her side and helps her to cope with her grief. But the violent act against the girls was not an isolated one, there is more to this murder than they have thought, and there is an enemy hunting them.

What I liked: Jasmine was my favorite character and I lamented her short participation on the book. Daniel and the vampire Devlin were strong characters too, and Mason, of course. He is perfect.

What I didn't like: The story is a little slow. It all occurs in two days and leaves too much out. For example, it seems that Darcy is over twenty, but she sure acts like a teenager, while the Alpha seems to be much more mature. But their ages are not revealed. Darcy said more than once that she is used to the violence of the supernatural word, but she sure doesn't act accordingly.

All in all, it is a good book and worth as a pass-time.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Review: Sacred Bloodlines

Sacred Blooslines (The Guardians 1)
by Wendy Owens

Print Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Four Bean Publishing; 5 edition (August 23, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

For as long as Gabe can remember, his life had been plagued by haunting images and tragic events. It seemed like everyone he knew or loved was doomed for a life of misery or death. He was starting to come to the same conclusion everyone else had--he must be cursed. Until one day, in a subway tunnel, everything suddenly changed. A horrific disaster led him to a strange new person named Uri.
Uri introduced Gabe to an exciting new world filled with angels, demons, magic, and best of all, a beautiful girl named Sophie. This chance at a new life had everything Gabe always longed for: a family, friends, and possibly even love. He soon discovered, though, that this life came at a steep price. One he feared might cost him his life.

My review: Readable.

Gabe is a sixteen years boy, who thinks his life is cursed, since everyone who cares about him dies. Been an orphan, he is used to move from home to home and as a self-defense mechanism, Gabe tries to isolate himself from other people. Mysteriously, awful accidents always occurs near this boy, and worse, he knows when they will happen. After one of those accidents, Uri appears and vows to have the answer for this strange phenom, and he says that if Gabe want to know the truth, he have to go with him. During their travel, Gabe meets Sophie, who claims to be the same as he and Uri. She is beautiful and gain Gabe's attention right away. After this Gabe dives in a world full of demons and people with angel bloodlines, good and evil and one prophecy.

What I liked: The plot. It is good and have all things needed on a promising series: Action, romance, treachery, and friendship. Uri - The character is funny, brave and yet, sometimes vulnerable.

What I didn't like: The main character Gabe. For someone who is used to survive the foster system, he is quite fragile. All his life he had seen horrible things, yet, he acts as if he had lived a secluded life where bad and strange things never happened. He discovers incredible powers that he never remembers to use (except for the last part of the story, but even then, he doesn't remember, so how good is having them?) I know, the main characters usually grows during the plot, but Gabe seems to be an exception to this rule and sincerely, it made this book a little tiresome. Other thing, the author seems to have forgotten that teenagers have hormones, and the passion Gabe feels for Sophie is more like a girly crush. I'm not sexist, but there is a difference between the way boys and girls think.
Well, considering everything, this is a good read. I hope the main character will evolve during the next book, and I will keep an eye on it.

Start Point - Review: The Mind Readers

Since the blog was just born, I will start by posting some of my old reviews, I hope you enjoy it.

The Mind Readers
by Lori Brighton

Print Length: 226 pages
Publisher: Lori Brighton (December 7, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers. 

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life. 
Best for ages 14 and over.

  • My review: I Recommend.

    The main character is Cameron, a seventeen mind-reader. She lives with her grandmother and struggles to fit on the world around her without been labeled as a freak. To do so, she follows her grandma rules (even if it makes her feel guilty like hell), and doesn't hesitate to use her powers to be the person others would like her to be (even if it means bear Emily's abuses). Everything changes when a girl from her school is killed. There's a serial-killer on the loose, and Cam is the only one who can stop him. At least, that's what she thinks. Then the gorgeous Lewis makes his entrance and she is not alone anymore. Like a hero he takes care of everything, but in the main time, she blows up her cover and turns out the freak of the school. Her relationship with grandma is awful, her days with the popular kids are over and she discovered that there are others like her and her grandma. Lewis offers the chance to learn more about herself, her powers and even her father. She can't let this chance escape. Cameron leave all her previous life behind and follows the guy of her dreams to an entire new world, full of dangers and lies.

What I liked: The plot is intriguing, the characters are solid, making you love and hate at the same time, which is a good thing. It shows the author talent to connect the reader with the story. The mystery around who is good and who is bad kept me glued to the book till the end.

What I didn't like: Cameron and Lewis relationship was way too superficial. They lived at the same house, trained together and even so, their love-story consisted only in a couple of happy moments and a lot of deception. How can she love him this way?

All in all, I liked the book and the next one is on my wish list. I'm an addict reader and there isn't a book I don't read till the end, even if it's awful. But evaluating them never comes easy, there are too many things to consider. So I formulated a strategy. The numbers of stars I give to a book are related to the number of days I spent reading it. I read this one in one day; thus it received 5 stars, and therefore, I recommend it.