Sunday, November 29, 2015

Five Seven Five by C.E. Wilson

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
3.7

Synopsis:
   Take only what can be used. Take only what won't be missed. The Creators are watching all of us. White Frost lives in a world cloaked in darkness and ignorance. While most people in her society are content to live in fearful peace, White's cousin brings her words from the mysterious Unknown. Strange collections of written words that teaser her that there may be more to the world than candlelight and dank hallways. But when tragedy strikes, White can no longer rely on the words to give her solace. She must discover what lies beyond the only world she's ever known... no matter the cost. Eventually, White finds her way to the skies and there she discovers that the tantalizing clues of her words are only pale reflections of the massive and wondrous world above. Colors she never thought possible. Blinding light. And an impossible being who may or may not be the Creator of it all. But this information comes at a price White Frost is not sure she can pay. White's hunger for knowledge proves to be her greatest strength and weakness as she strives to learn more. But as she learns, she has to wonder- is there such a thing as too much information? And what will happen as it brings her closer to a being who could destroy everything she's ever known? Find out in Five Seven Five, the first book in a two part series entitled The Boy With Words.

Review:
   Good evening! It has been a long while since I've posted something! I deeply apologize for that and blame it entirely on school. I take my second SAT this upcoming Saturday and I have to study a lot for that. And just about every class gives me a boat load of homework :P Junior year is definitely something.
   Anyway, I'm really excited to be reviewing again! I have my Mockingjay Part2 review coming up, since I just say it today, so stay tuned for that :)
   I haven't reviewed a lot of books for authors and/or publishers in a while since I've been so busy and haven't requested to review any, but I was so happy to hear from C.E. Wilson about her book! It honestly couldn't have come at a better time since I've been on break for five days. Since it's been a while for me, bear with me on this review!
   Honestly, the book cover doesn't do it justice. I personally don't like it because it doesn't look like the  book holds a serious factor to it. When I opened the book, I was surprised to see that the writing was actually pretty good! Very few spelling and/or grammatical mistakes that I saw, which I was very pleased about.
   The only problem I had was the protagonist, White... which is actually isn't good at all, but nothing too serious. From the beginning, White rubbed me the wrong way. It wasn't until about halfway through the book where I actually started to like her.
   In the beginning of the book, she was very... demanding of everyone. She expected that if she asked a question or told someone to do something, it would be answered or done. Now, I understand that there was a huge tragedy in her life and she needed to be angry and grieve, but I just kept thinking to myself, who does she think she is? She isn't anyone special in her society, to be honest. She was just like the rest of everyone else, not a higher-ranking person. She stomped her foot to get what she wanted, and a pouty girl isn't something I enjoy reading. Yes, everyone has their own way of grieving, but damn girl if you aren't taxing.
   This next explanation is hard to write without giving anything away, but I'll try... Okay, so her cousin would bring her words from the big Unknown. When he gave her stuff, I felt that all she cared about were the words she didn't even understand more than her cousin. I felt she was ungrateful, saying 'thank you' only after he points it out. And after the tragedy that happened, I still felt like all she wanted was information. Maybe that was her way of dealing with everything, but I just found it odd. Later on in the book, I did read how hard it was for White to talk about her grief, so I understand now, but the beginning was rough.
   Once I reached the middle of the book, I slowly started to feel for White. I believe that it just took me a while to warm up to the character. She is definitely unique from other protagonists I've read. I've never read about anyone so bold, and I admire that about her :)
   THE ENDING THOUGH. Okay, I was so glad when I contacted C.E. Wilson and confirmed that there is, indeed, a sequel to this book. Because if that was it, I would've been so mad. BECAUSE THAT JUST COULDN'T BE THE END.

   Haha, seriously though, after I knew there was a second book, I loved the ending... even though it's a MAJOR cliff hanger! I NEED MORE KES. Haha.
   The plot was also very distinct. It was sooooo cool finding out exactly what she is, who the 'Creators' are, and everything in between. White discovers the grass, thunder, the stars, and everything in between. She is so fascinated with everything, and like Kes (another character in the book) implies, it really makes you appreciate life and everything around us. We take for granted everything we have, and this book made me realize just how much I have.
   That's my favorite thing about this book, the message that I saw behind it. It may not be what C.E. meant to put out there, but that's what I got from Five Seven Five, haha so oh well. But anyway, besides Winter's rough first impression on me, everything was to my liking and I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good, unique story :) I hope you like it as much as I do!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Updated Chapter!

Hey everyone! It's been a long awaited event, but chapter 10 of Dream Catcher is finally up on Wattpad! Here's the link:

Dream Catcher: Chapter 10

It's a shorter chapter than before. I wish I could've written more, but I didn't have the time :/ Fortunately, Thanksgiving Break is just a couple weeks away and I'll be writing and reading nonstop!

I know that some people have forgotten about my story because I haven't updated it, but it's okay because I really just write for my amusement and hope I also get good feedback in the process so I can become a better writer.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to comment here, on Wattpad, email me, or anywhere else to let me know how you felt and if have good feedback for me to improve on my writing!

Thanks guys :) <3

Monday, November 2, 2015

The New Wild by Holly Brasher

*The publisher gave me an e-ARC of this book for an honest review*
Rating:
2

Synopsis:
Jackie is loving her last year of summer camp, despite new-guy Xander, jerk extraordinaire. That is, until disaster strikes on the senior backpacking trip. At first, it seems like a nightmare, but Jackie quickly realizes that the huge fire and resulting carnage around her are as real as real gets. 
Miraculously (and infuriatingly, in Jackie's opinion), Xander survives the burning, too, but that's the least of her worries. Mother Nature has wiped out millions and burned cities to the ground, plants are growing at a crazy-rapid rate, and fairytale creatures are very real- and very dangerous. 
Jackie and Xander must learn to survive sans food, shelter, and soap, and battle their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families- all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn't so terrible after all, but going months without toothpaste isn't exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp? 

Links to Buy:
Amazon
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble

Review:
   How is everyone? You may be surprised that I'm writing another book review, but you'll be even more surprised when you find out I'm writing three today! It's weird, I get these spurts of reviews, and then I go MIA for a month... well in this case, it's only been half a month, so I'm pretty proud of myself. Haha, school's been hectic, so I'm glad I get today and tomorrow off! Then I get time to write my book!
   Okay, I'm so upset to say that I was very disappointed in this book. The cover is so cool and awesome, the synopsis makes me want to read the book, but the actual book did not meet my expectations. It's like a beautifully wrapped present, but when you open it, all you find is nothing. I understand that what I say and what I will say may be a bit candid, so if you liked this book and don't want to read a bad review on it, you should probably skip this review.
   Jackie isn't so bad. I liked her and how logical and independent she is. She's strong and funny at times, but has a vulnerable side when it comes to her family back home... and eventually Xander.
   Xander is... not as handy as Jackie. Though he puts on a big show, he doesn't know without Jackie, he'd be dead. Then again, without that elder women to show her the way, Jackie would be dead too. He's witty and annoying to Jackie, but obviously that's his way of showing that he likes her. And okay, when they were just about to kiss OMG WHY JACKIE WHY? SERIOUSLY?! UGH.
   Haha anyway, yeah, with Jackie and Xander (besides that part when they were about to kiss), I didn't really feel nay chemistry between them. When they're making out or holding hands or saving each other's lives, I didn't feel a tug at my heart like I do when I feel chemistry between two characters. Don't get me wrong, it's hard to make that connection between two characters with just using words. I have a hard time too, and I know a lot of other people do too. But it would've been nice to have that.
   Holly had a good idea going with the whole "mother nature got rid of everything that harming the earth" theme, but everything else felt too... fake? Unicorns, bubbles that held trees and flowers, flowers that bloomed to be as tall as them. All of that felt too much. I feel like if it was written better, it would've been on the contrary very cool to have all of that. Everything was too over the top and didn't feel realistic at all. And you all know how I love the realistic feel of books.
   I think the cover and synopsis made me have high standards for this book that once I read it, it didn't meet my expectations. I didn't feel anything in the book, even in the suspense part. It just didn't capture my attention and make me want to keep on reading it.
   Judging by her unique idea for this book, I know Holly will come up with some other terrific ideas for other books. I just hope it's carried out better than this one.

The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

*The publisher gave me an e-ARC of this book for and honest review*
Rating:
5

Synopsis:
   Beyond the fence. I am alive. Barely. 
   My name is Ivy Westfall. I am sixteen years old and a traitor. Three months ago, I was forced to marry the president's son, Bishop Lattimer- as all daughters of the losing side of the war are sold off in marriage to the sons of the winners. But I was different. I had a mission- to kill Bishop. 
   Instead, I fell in love with him.
   Now I am an outcast, left to survive the brutal savagery of the lands outside of civilization. Yet even out here, there is hope. There is life beyond the fence. But I can't outrun my past. For my actions have set off a treasonous chain of events in Westfall that will change all of our fates- especially Bishop's.
   All this time, it is not enough to just survive. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble

Review:
   Wow, I can't even talk about my life like I normally do because I just need to talk about this book. Now.
   I love everything about this book: from the storyline, to the love, to the writing. I have been waiting for this book ever since I finished The Book of Ivy (which was also an amazing start to this series), so I had high expectations. I can happily say that this book didn't disappoint!
   Like the first book, The Revolution of Ivy, wasn't totally filled with action, though I believe that it did more so than The Book of Ivy. But the fighting and action parts of the book aren't why people read the book. It's the storyline. Man, it's totally the storyline. Amy Engel is so great at creating such a magnificent book with characters that are so dynamic that it's like you know them yourself.
   Ivy has left her life. Her family, friends, loved one. Even though she didn't like where she lived, with people telling her what to do, she misses it too. At least it had showers and food you didn't have to hunt kill yourself. It's rough out there, but once she finds that there is life outside of the fence, she realizes that it's not so bad- if you have the right people around you, of course. Ivy is one of my favorite female protagonists ever. Unlike others, she's smart, independent, strong, and can love truly. Not that other female characters can't, but Amy is so good at blending that all in without making her annoying and too narrow-minded. She was a bit confusing in the book, but then again, she was confused herself. She didn't understand herself and I liked that about her. She didn't know what she was feeling, and instead of pretending like she knew, she understood that she didn't.
   Ivy hangs out with two important people in this book. They're the ones that helped her survive outside of the fence. Without Ash and Caleb, Ivy would most likely be dead. Even though Ivy is a fighter, a surviver, she would never have learned to skin a deer or throw a knife if it weren't for them. Since they're new characters in this series, it's hard not to spoil them. But I love Ash's need to help people and Caleb's overprotective nature around her. They're a team, and though they can't stand each other at times, they couldn't deal with being apart. That's family. I'm sure when you guys read the book, you'll love them as much as I do ;)
   Bishop is my babe. Seriously, could you ask for a better guy?! It's so hard to talk about him without giving anything away. Let's just say, his love for Ivy is so... pure. It makes me jealous of Ivy, a fictional girl, that she has that love haha xD Like Ivy, everything about him is perfect. He's the shoulder you can cry on, someone you go to when you just need someone to listen, and the guy you go to when you need a badass guy to fight for you.
   As the story progresses, the four of them find trust and love between each other. Their loyalty is what leads them all to follow Ivy in her revolution at Westfall. Ivy only went back for one thing, or person. But it somehow ended up with her and Bishop and Bishop's mom standing in front of the people, telling them that everything is going to change... hopefully that wasn't a spoiler...
   The ending is so good! Everything is perfect as they stand together, away from all the bad things in life. I couldn't have asked for a more happier ending <3 My only question is... is this the last of the series? Will there be another? Because I can see how there can be another book, but at the same time, this ending was so perfect, it'd be amazing if it left off like this. Though, I gotta say, I'm gonna miss Bishop and Ivy and Ash and Caleb so much <3
   I hope you guys pick this book up! And if you haven't read book 1, pick that up first!!!! The Revolution of Ivy releases TOMORROW!!! So gogogo! It's WAY worth the read!