5 Stars Review – Unraveling You (Unraveling You #1) by Jessica Sorensen

20876898So, let me start by saying that I have read a few books by Ms. Jessica Sorensen and I didn’t give them the best ratings, maybe two’s and three’s. I can be picky when it comes to the type of books I like to read, so why did I give this one a five?

I enjoyed the writing. It flowed really nicely. I wasn’t confused at any point in the book. The characters didn’t annoy me, not one bit. I really liked Lyric, who was just a wonderfully sweet person, even though she didn’t seem like the typical teen, I would love to know her and I am sure she must exist out there somewhere. Even Ayden was pretty awesome and it was easy to connect with him, even though he was someone who suffered greatly in his life.

I like the small element of mystery, where we don’t know quite what happened in Ayden’s past, but through lyrics, we are given a little hint of what he has suffered through. As the book progresses, we are given little pieces of information, which was done in a tasteful way.

The only thing I am tossed on is the age of the main characters in the book. From sixteen to seventeen. I completely understand why they needed to be this age and I know kids are having sexual contact at much younger ages, but it was awkward for me to read about it, I guess. I mean, I am no stranger to sexual situations in books, but I feel dirty reading about adolescents participating in anything involving sexuality. Although this book did not involve sex per say, there was clothes-on action and some talk of sexual things.

I am looking forward to reading more of this series…and I am definitely proof that you shouldn’t give up on an author just because you were unsatisfied with a few of their works. All stories are different no matter who their author is.

4 Stars Review – Magic Unbound (Fae Unbound #1) by Jill Nojack

18880684This story is a fairly quick and wholesome read, which is a really nice change from the books I typically spend my time reading.

I enjoyed the Fae aspect, which is something I really like to read about and it even had a smidgen of love mixed in, which is something I really, really like to read about.

The imagery was really beautiful and it was easy to get lost in the words, especially when the Fae realm and the landscapes were described. A clear picture was painted, which is very important because that is all readers can use to help their imagination flourish.

It was really nicely written and I really believe I would have given this book five stars if:

1) There was a little more of the love aspect involved (there was some, but it seemed somewhat rushed, which is fine because that wasn’t the entire point of the story).

2) It wasn’t so YA (obviously, this can’t be avoided because this book is YA, but because YA isn’t my absolute favorite genre, I found fault with that aspect of the book).

I would definitely recommend this book to YA’s 13 to 17, but if you’re young at heart, this book is likely just what you’re looking for.

*I will definitely be adding the next two books in the series to my TBR list.

5 Stars Review – Bright Side (Bright Side #1) by Kim Holden

22669832I sort of picked this book out not knowing what to expect. It starts out slow-ish but funny and slowly picks up speed, and the main character is really laid back and cool. Subtle hints are dropped about the direction of the story, so I started to deduce what the hints meant. let’s just say I cried a little…you would kind of have to have a black heart not to. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, you will probably like this more. It just seemed realistic to me somehow and the main character’s strength was just phenomenal. Some characters really upset me, but Kate just brushed them off for the most part, where I wouldn’t have been so forgiving. I just really want to have the strength and outlook Kate had, actually. Gus and Keller were pretty great too. Miss Holden really did a great job and the familiarity you establish with the characters is superb.

Awesome work, Kim. Realistic, heartbreaking work.

5 Stars Review – Sparrow Man (Sparrow Man #1) by M.R. Pritchard

22755378When I originally picked this book from a list of FREE books from some mailing list, I thought I was going to be reading another book about the “Zombie Apocalypse” and I was perfectly okay with that – because Zombies are kickass. I didn’t expect this book to blow me away, nor did I expect it to keep me up until 5:30 AM because I just had to finish it
But it did.

I can’t tell you much about what happens in the book, really, because that would be giving too much away, which would be a disservice to you because, trust me, you want to be in the dark about this book.

I loved the characters of Meg and Sparrow and was really surprised by who each of the characters really was. I loved the world and character-building just as much as the surprises that came with reading more of the book.

If you don’t like reading about rape, you may not like this book – but if you do read this book, you’ll realize that M.R.’s description of it isn’t really graphic at all; it’s just heartbreaking. The inclusion of rape just makes us feel more involved in Meg’s story, where we feel more connected to her because of her pain and loss.

If you don’t like swearing, just be aware that there is a fare share of that in this book; Meg has a very filthy mouth.

If you aren’t too thrilled about sex-scenes, this book doesn’t really delve into a lot of details where that is concerned. M.R. Pritchard kind of leaves that part up to the reader (for the most part).

I don’t really have anything negative to say about this book, especially because the main things I felt while reading this book were: loss, love, surprise, anger, happiness, sympathy, and this list just kind of goes on.

My thought is that: any book that can deliver such a wide range of emotions within such a short time is well worth the time spent on reading it. The whole point of living is to experience emotions and embrace them.

Well done M.R. Pritchard.

5 Stars Review – New World Order (Sunset Rising #3) by S.M. McEachern

23463467New World Order begins where World’s Collide leaves off:

(**If you haven’t read World’s Collide yet, don’t read this review**)

At the end of World’s Collide, Jack and Sunny have just been attacked by an unknown group of people, Jack is taken and Sunny has learned she is expecting a child. In the midst of this joyous news, she also must combat with her heartache over losing Jack – but we all know Sunny isn’t a quitter.

Throughout this book you’ll see the journey Sunny takes to find Jack; you’ll see the group Jack has found himself kidnapped by; you’ll also discover things about other supporting characters that may surprise you.

There were many times my heart beat faster because the action and description of events was phenomenal. I found myself engrossed in the story and the unraveling of events often surprised me (which is an excellent quality to have in a story).

Overall, Susan did a great job with this story and I could tell that she spend a lot of time developing and nurturing the storyline. If you’ve already read Sunset Rising 1 & 2, adding this to your reading list is absolutely recommended!