Book Review: Darkness Falls

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Book Review:Princess Adele’s Dragon

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Princess Adele’s Dragon by Shirley McLain. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 31 May till 13 June, you can view the tour schedule here.

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By Shirley McLain
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 22 March, 2016

Blurb:
Princess Adele lives with her brother, Robert, the King of Valdoria in the castle. There has been a monster terrorizing the Kingdom for months. The King has finally come to a decision on how to deal with the monster but the Princess can’t agree with him. For the sake of the Kingdom Princess Adele decides she must be the one to kill the dragon. She couldn’t live with herself if her brother went ahead with his plans.

What Adele found on her quest changed her life and the lives of those around her. She was a strong young woman who knew what she wanted and would do whatever it took to get it. Follow Princess Adele as she battles to save her home and her life.

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My  Review:

I was quite enthusiastic to read this book, since the blurb really caught my attention (I am also a secret fan of princesses, but that’s a secret!).  Still, ever since the first pages the action was very predictable and it left kind of nothing to expect for the end. I finished it, hoping to find a significant twist, something that will completely blow my mind and would make me forget the predictability from the beginning.

Unfortunately it did not happen. I liked the book, don’t get me wrong. Just that I seemed to guess what would happen next. The characters were nicely built; the action was not absurd – just easy at times. I liked also that the author kept the medieval language and customs for the entire book. I would also say that the plot is classic and that some of the evil characters are dumb – not sure if that was the intention, but that’s how I see them.

Taking into account that it is a rather short book, I think the action happens pretty fast. On the other hand, I see potential to improve it, either by adding a little bit of suspense or some twists, or by making it a children’s book, with princesses and dragons. For this version though, I stick with my three stars.

 

About the Author:
Shirley McLain makes her home in Sapulpa Oklahoma with her husband and their fur family of four dogs and three cats. She also has two grown children, six grandchildren and twin great-grand sons. She has/is living a Shirley McLainvery full life. She retired after working thirty-two years as a RN and then began a full time writing carrier. She and her husband enjoy their five-acre country home. It is a perfect setting to let Shirley’s Muse work it’s magic. Shirley is an eclectic writer and has always enjoyed the writing process. Shortly after her retirement she woke up one morning with the thought that she was going to write a book. She didn’t stop writing until she’d finished her first book. So far she has published four books which are now on Amazon. Her goal is to bring as much enjoyment to her readers as they deserve and want.

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Book Review: Surviving High School

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Surviving High School
by Lele Pons & Melissa de la Cruz
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Vine superstar Lele Pons—“one of the coolest girls on the web” (Teen Vogue)—teams up with #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost) in this lovable debut novel about the wilds and wonders of high school that’s as laugh-out-loud addictive as Lele’s popular videos.

Ten million followers and I still sit alone at lunch. Lele is a bulls-eye target at her new school in Miami until, overnight, her digital fame catapults the girl with cheerleader looks, a seriously silly personality, and a self-deprecating funny bone into the popular crowd. Now she’s facing a whole new set of challenges—the relentless drama, the ruthless cliques, the unexpected internet celebrity—all while trying to keep her grades up and make her parents proud.

Filled with the zany enthusiasm that has made Lele into Vine’s most viewed star, this charming novel is proof that high school is a trip. From crushing your crushes (what’s up with that hot transfer student Alexei??) to throwing Insta-fake parties with your BFFs and moaning over homework (GAH) with your frenemies, high school is a rollercoaster of exhilarating highs and totally embarrassing lows. Leave it to Lele to reassure us that falling flat on your face is definitely not the end of the world. Fans of Mean Girls will love this fun and heartwarming fish-out-of-water story.

 
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My Review:

The book’s main focus is about how Lele, a Venezuelan teenager, tries to fit in at her new school in Miami. Even though the story is based on Lele Pons’s real life, I’m trying to judge this from a YA fiction book, not an autobiography or something of the sorts. Our character is very known on the Internet, having a very successful Vine account where she uploads videos inspired by real life moments.

The book was interesting to a point. I expected more from it. I understood that someone may be famous online, while being not so popular in school (is this really such a bad thing?). She does have some friends and people to hang out with and somehow she craves more. I did appreciate her maturity when it comes to her relationship with her best friend Alexei. From a writing point of view, I loved the funny parts and I loved that the drama was set to a minimum, even though the main character was focused on her looks as any teenager would be.

It is a good start, but I wanted more and I felt like something was missing from the story. I would have expected more action, I would have expected to know more on how she started posting her videos or why Alexei wanted to help her. I don’t know…. Something to light that spark of “book addiction”. If this is inspired from the real Lele Pons’s life, I can say she had some interesting moments and I am happy all went well in the end.

 

AUTHOR BIOS:
Lele Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved with her family to Miami when she was five years old. She got her start when she created a page on the video-sharing app Vine in December 2013. Originally intended as a fun outlet to showcase her creativity, her vines evolved into comedic sketches and pulling practical jokes on family and friends. Her following grew from five thousand local followers to more than ten million by November 2015.

Today she is one of the most recognizable names on social media, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Time, and more. Lele has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and a Streamy Award. In 2015, she was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama to help launch her campaign for disadvantaged kids to go to college. Lele graduated from high school in 2015 and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for readers of all ages, including the Witches of East End, Blue Bloods, and Descendants series.

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Book review: The Horse List Challenge

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Title: The Horse List Challenge

Author: Anna Lores

Genre: Erotica, Romantic Suspense

With a violent ex-husband hot on her trail, Ava Black seeks comfort in the arms of Jameson “Brady” Ross, The unrequited love who protects her.

Having healed from the physical abuse at the hands of her ex, she devises a naughty wish list – she calls her Horse List – to help empower her.

Will Brady finally fulfill her sweetest fantasies and become her partner? Or will the man who dominates her dreams and desires, the wealthy Eric North, come for her?

Does she have the strength to fight for her life and love, or will she succumb to demands of her powerful ex-husband?

 Author BioAnnaLores

Anna started writing romance as a by-product of insomnia. After a year of late night reading, she borrowed her son’s laptop after he went to bed each night, and set about breathing life to her very own characters. After a month of writing in the middle of the night, she was surprised with a new laptop of her own to pursue her dreams. With a B.A. in English Literature and a desire to fill her world with wonderful stories she and her close friends could not just talk about, but gush over, she shed her job as mom of three in the late night hours and assumed her alter ego of dirty girl.

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My review:

First of all, I did not read the first book, so it was a little hard for me to understand the full depth of Ava’s trauma.  After being abused by her husband and abandoned (or so she believes) by her son’s father, she finds shelter next to her best friend Brady. He tries to get her help she needs to recover physically and emotionally from the pain he inflicted on her in their Dom-Sub relationship. They soon discover they have long wished for one another as more than friends and let the passion take control.

In my honest opinion, the character was too fragile and overreacted in some moments. I also believe her attraction to other men except her boyfriend was again exaggerated. I had difficulties understanding her issues. She was constantly surrounded by men – either bodyguards, potential Doms, husband, boyfriend, father of the son. Too many men were there to tend to her needs and she still felt insecure. This was a little weird.

There were too many issues that were not to my liking, but I still managed to finish the book. So taking this into account and also the fact I skipped most of the story, I’ll go with three stars. Overall, the story was not that bad and Ava’s trauma was very well presented by the author. I do recommend you however to read the first book.

Book Review: Provenance of Bondage

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by Kyrian Lyndon
Genre: YA Dark Suspense
Release Date: January 6th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Danielle DeCorso watches in fear for two men in a dusty black sedan who keep circling the house and harassing her with phone calls.

The old house in Glastonbury was an eerie place to grow up. Danielle would lie in her bed at night, listening to the sounds of darkness. But those predators in the black sedan—they had drugged her, along with her cousin, Angie, and held them captive in their home for hours.

Angie will not share her truth of that horrendous day, and Danielle’s credibility is in question. Danielle remains guarded, obsessed, and withdrawn in her now tumultuous world. She finds herself in a position of needing to sort out her confusion while dealing with her troubled family. She craves normalcy in an ongoing fight for her sanity. Grief and guilt spiral her to an even darker place until startling revelations awaken her newfound spirit, inspiring a once naive girl to grow into a woman of defiance and courage.

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Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Provenance of Bondage, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, andRemnants of Severed Chains. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants —her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies. She resides on Long Island in New York.

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My review:

This book has some interesting subjects and themes. It’s very strong and emotional at times, still for me it is not enough. It has several issues that I cannot ignore and even if I would have liked to give it at least 4 stars, I lowered my rating to three.

Starting with the good items: I loved the multitude of themes present in the book and even the lessons learned. Danielle has a complicated family. Having a father who I think has some kind of PTSD after his days in the Army, a mother who was devoted to her children and husband and brothers who both had alcohol and drug problems, she has had to make good for herself. She has decided to pursue a career in writing, even though she did not have their support. She also had to face many burdens at a very young age, like helping her brother overcoming an overdose or resisting her father’s temper. So I fell for her and I admire the way she still stays strong

Danielle and her friend Angie have been drugged by two men and as a result they both have a trauma.  This is a common problem for teenage girls, so I do appreciate the author has included this aspect. Danielle gave me the impression she was a matured girl, but she proves to be very naïve when it comes to the incidents with those men. More so since they keep calling her.

While I appreciated the inside to her childhood, the constant recap of past events made me tired at times. There may be a chapter staring from present day, but will soon contain a memory from their childhood. I think by including so many scenes like that we are getting far from the subject.

One other aspect that was not to my taste was how Danielle, Angie and their other friends seemed to be attracted to older guys. I can understand Danielle, as she lacks a father figure. But regardless, all those guys were taken, one even married.

As a summary, I did like the idea of the book, I liked how the author presented Danielle and Angie’s reactions after realizing what had really happened on their date. However, there were other items that constantly put distance from the actual story.

 

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