Mini Reviews: How to Love by Katie Cotugno and The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Tuesday, 29 October 2013










I recently read two contemporary romance novels and I was disappointed in both of them, but for different reasons. I thought that I should combine their reviews into one post. So here they are:





Book: How to Love

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publisher: Baltzer and Bray

Pages: 389 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from Chapters
Goodreads Summary
Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind. 

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again? 

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.


I had heard a lot about this book and how amazing it was. I actually pre-ordered this one and put it on my most anticipated fall TBR book. (see that post here) I was severely disappointed in this book. I was expecting something so much different, so much more in all senses of the word and I was let down.

In contemporary, I find that if the characters are lacking, then the story takes a huge hit. This is because there is no magic or crazy world to hide behind. I found both the characters of Reena and Sawyer to be lacking and annoying. First off, Reena really bugged me. I understand that she has had a lot of hard things happen to her, and I feel for her. But I couldn't help but think that she needs to grow up just a little. I mean, she's a parent! Be a role model for your daughter, and stop whining. I just got so frustrated with her. And then Sawyer. Ugh, Sawyer. I can totally see why Reena would want to fall for him once, but again?? I was so done with him.


I was not a fan of the characters, and I didn't enjoy this book. 2 stars.






Book: The Infinite Moment of Us

Author: Lauren Myracle

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 316 Pages

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased from Chapters





Goodreads Summary 
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now... not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?
Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.
And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them... 
Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.


First off, I really don't think this book should be considered YA, but instead New Adult. I just believe that the sexual aspect should be taken into consideration and for older YA readers.

But in this book, I found myself really disliking the pacing. The beginning was much too slow for me, the middle (including the start of Wren and Charlies relationship) went way too fast and the ending wasn't satisfying! This book was all over the place and I felt as though it wasn't ready to be published. Yes, the story was a good idea, but it wasn't executed properly. I didn't like the way it jumped around and the start of the relationship was rushed through.

I did not like this one at all. 1/5 stars. Do not recommend.

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Review: Deception by C.J. Redwine

Tuesday, 22 October 2013





Book: Deception (Definance #2)


Author: C.J. Redwine

Publisher: Baltzer and Bray

Pages: 480 Pages

Format: International Paperback Edition

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars


Goodreads Sumary
Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander's whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father's death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it's up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington's army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.


But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn't long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.


I don't know what went wrong in this one. I was so excited for this one, because Defiance was so amazing! It had set the story up for an amazing sequel, and .....it was just lacking in every aspect.

What I love about this book is the humanity. The fact that all of these characters are so scared of being deemed 'unhuman', that they force themselves to do whats right, trying to keep as many people alive as possible. But because of this, it got really repetitive. Rachel, more than anyone else. Her entire inner monologue got really annoying and repetitive. she just kept going on about silence and morality and silence and sacrifice. I was so done with her and I wasn't even 100 pages in.

But Logan.... ah, Logan. I loved his point of view. I loved how he would do anything to keep everyone safe, but unlike Rachel, he did it not for vengeance, but because he wanted to prove that he was able to be a leader. He was dedicated to his cause and because of that he was able to make choices that maybe the reader didn't want him to make, but were the ones that he had to make.

I don't really have much to say about this. I was expecting more action, more suspense, and more of everything. Sequels are supposed to have heightened stakes. More drama, more suspense, more everything, and in this one? Everything was weaker than the first one. This might be because I had hyped this one up, but oh well. 

2.5 stars, because of disappointment, but also Logan.

-Indigo
@indigowayworth

Review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Thursday, 10 October 2013

 

Book: The Bone Season ( The Bone Season #1)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Format: Audio book via Audible

Length: 14 hours, 57 minutes

Narrator: Alana Kerr



Goodreads Summary

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.

Top Ten Best and Worst Series Enders

Tuesday, 8 October 2013




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Series are either a hit or miss. The stakes get higher, or they flop and you have to watch your favourite characters and worlds crash and burn. it's not a fun thing. but some times (once in a blue moon) series end well. Your characters end up where they were meant to, and all is well in the world. And there is, in my mind, no in between. So here are my top five best endings and top five worst. And because these are all final books, I won't go into detail so I don't spoil anyone. if you wanna discuss these with me, tweet at me; @indigowayworth!

In no particular order.....
                           
BEST:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling


WORST:
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins



BEST:
Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


WORST:
The Death Cure by James Dashner


BEST:
Requiem by Lauren Oliver


WORST:
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer



BEST:
All You Desire by Kirsten Miller


WORST:
Runaway by Meg Cabot



BEST:
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (I am reading this now and omg amazeballs!)

WORST:
Boundless by Cynthia Hand



What are your favourite series enders? What about your least? Let me know! Leave your TTT posts in the comments below!

-Indigo
@IndigoWayworth

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Friday, 4 October 2013



Book: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Knopf

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 429 Pages

Rating: 6/5 stars 


Goodreads Summary

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
 

Cover and Title Reveal: Defector (Variants #2) by Susanne Winnacker

Tuesday, 1 October 2013



Hey Guys! I'm here today to reveal the cover and title for the sequel to Imposter by Susanne Winnacker! The sequel will be called DEFECTOR and will be out June 2014!


BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Defector by Susanne Winnacker
(Variants #2)
Published by: Razorbill
Publication date: June 26, 2014
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

Synopsis not currently available.

Have you guys read Imposter? Here's the info on book one:


Synopsis for book 1 – Impostor:
 
Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late? 

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself






ABOUT SUSANNE

Susanne Winnacker studied law before she became a full-time writer. She lives with her husband, a dog and three bunnies in Germany. She loves coffee (in every shape and form), traveling and animals.
When she isn't writing, you can usually find her in the kitchen, experimenting with new vegan dishes.
Her YA thriller IMPOSTOR will be published on May 28, 2013. It has been optioned for TV by Warner Brothers!

Website: http://www.susannewinnacker.com/




Have you guys read Imposter? let me know what you thought about it in the comments down below, and i'll see you guys soon! And thanks to Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours for putting this all togther!

-Indigo
@IndigoWayworth