Review: Must Remember by Colleen S. Myers

Must Remember (Solum, #1)

Must Remember
(Solumn #1)
Author: Colleen S. Myers
Publisher: Champagne Books
Published: November 3, 2015
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, New Adult
My Rating:

3 Stars

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Nineteen-year-old Elizabeth ‘Beta’ Camden is a survivor. When the E’mani-those pale alien freaks-destroy Earth with a plague of madness and scoop up the remains, Beta is one of the ‘lucky’ ones. For years, she endures their tortures, experiments and games. Then one day, she manages to escape their ship with her life, and no memory of her time with them. Stranded on their world, Beta wanders the mountains, looking for a way home. She stumbles onto the Fost-the E’mani’s ancient enemy. Their war with the Imani is old and rooted in magic that the Fost once had and the Imani crave. Magic Beta soon discovers she’s developing along with strange tattoos and disturbing glimpses of her past. The Fost take her in and train her in their ways. As she spends more time with them, she falls in love with their culture and with Marin-he of the hot hands and slit eyes. But the E’mani took her for a reason and they want her back-dead or alive. If Beta doesn’t remember that reason soon, they’re all going to die.

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A promising introduction to a New Adult sci-fi series!

This book is something new to me. Not because of its genre but because of how the author, Colleen S. Myers, was able to deliver a very original concept. I haven’t read a lot of alien books but usually in a book like this, aliens invade the earth, live in it, and rule over the humans. In this book, however, we see a different scenario. Aliens invade the earth, take random humans and bring them to their planet. Then their planet will be the main setting. Isn’t is refreshing in a way?

Must Remember follows a life of a 19 year-old girl named Elizabeth “Beta” Camden. One day she fell victim to a group of aliens called E’mani who took her away after creating a devastation in the earth. While in E’mani’s world, she undergone horrible experiences and then one day, she woke up in a place resided by a group of another aliens called Fostwho are otherwise known as the enemy of the E’mani. It would’ve ended Beta’s misery but then she has no memory of what happened to her while she was captured by the E’mani, only her memory when she was on earth. Difficult situations soon arrived when she met two Fost men that completely changed her life, Finn and Marin.

I loved how this book started off. It immediately captured my attention because of its interesting premise and the neat world description and its history. The writing of the author was also decent. But while there were some interesting things in the book, there were also some negative ones that didn’t sit well with me, such as the heroine. I found Beta somewhat annoying. I kind of don’t like her POV and her ramblings and I’m so sorry to say that I can’t stand her attitude, especially when it comes to interacting her men. Yes, ladies and gents. Love triangle. Ugh. Okay I’m not really against love triangles as I have a lot of favorite books and series where there are swoony love triangles but in this book, I didn’t want the heroine to delve into this complicated thing because I think it’s not necessary.

Also, it kind of lacked when it comes to action scenes. I wished there were lots and lots of it. The ending, however, was nicely done. I loved how the story was closed with an indication of what the sequel will offer. Hopefully the second installment will be better than this. All in all, this was a good start to a series. I can a sense a huge revelation in the upcoming books.

(Thank you to the author, Colleen S. Myers, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!)

Rating:

3 Stars

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Review: Oleah Chronicles: Justice by Michelle Johnson

Oleah Chronicles: Justice

Oleah Chronicles: Justice
Author: Michelle Johnson
Publisher: Michelle Johnson
Publication: May 15, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction
My Rating:

3 Stars

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After discovering the truth about her Oleah origins, Angel thought she could still have a normal life, consisting of normal things – like her seventeenth birthday party. But there is no such thing as normal for Angel anymore. She learned that the hard way after Sindrell – the most powerful sorceress in the universe – crashed her party, destroyed the city, and took her best friend, Julie, captive. Determined to defeat Sindrell for good, Angel must risk her life, along with the fate of the entire universe to get Julie back…alive. The only way she can do this successfully, is to embrace her Oleah instincts and learn what it takes to become a true warrior. Problem is, Sindrell has an insurance policy of her own that will put millions of lives in danger – including Zander’s – to ensure her quest for power is brought to fruition. One way or another. In order to protect Zander, and save Julie, Angel has to make a choice… but will it be the right one?

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Oleah Chronicles: Justice picks up where we left Angel Seriki in Oleah Chronicles: Truth. This time our heroine is doing everything she can to rescue her best friend Julie and to become stronger by training under the guidance of her Oleah parents and of course, together with the love of her life Zander.

I loved that the sequel was a light read and it introduced a whole new premise. The introduction of new characters was also a great thing since it offered a refreshing feel to the readers. What I just didn’t quite enjoy was how some scenes became abrupt. I thought the world building here also lacked and fell flat. Also, I was expecting a lot of romantic scenes between Zander and Angel, but… 😦 Then there’s Julie who kept annoying me most of the time. 😦 However, there’s this Zander line that made me swoon. 🙂

“Sometimes, you don’t realize you’re broken until someone brings you the piece that’s been missing in your life. You are my missing piece, Princess. Going back to a world that you’re not in, is not an option. My life belongs to you.”

The book was still beautifully done and though it lacked on some levels, the plot was spot-on and Angel’s character development was evident. In addition, the book’s ending was a BANG and it certainly made a difference. It made me question what will happen to Julie and Angel’s friendship now that there’s a huge change between them. 🙂

(Thank you to the author Michelle Johnson for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!)

Rating:

3 Stars

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Review: Oleah Chronicles: Truth by Michelle Johnson

Oleah Chronicles: Truth

Oleah Chronicles: Truth
Author: Michelle Johnson
Publisher: Oleah Publishing
Publication: January 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction
My Rating:

five stars

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What would you do if everything you thought to be true in your life was a lie?

Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki must face overwhelming truths about her family when she meets Zander Black, a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about her family’s past changes everything, and as her relationship and feelings for Zander deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate and face the true reality of who and what she is. Even if that means giving up everything, including being human.

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(A free copy was given to me by the author Michelle Johnson in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating and opinion of the book.)

Surprisingly good! It’s a debut novel and it successfully made a great impression.

The story opens with the protagonist Angel Seriki living an ordinary life together with her parents in Ontario. Set in a Young Adult setting, she didn’t have any idea that she’s not a human but an Oleah— a creature with a combination of human and lion features. Oleahs originally live in a planet called Uforika. While growing up, her parents kept this huge secret about their true form from her in order to protect her against Sindrell (an evil witch known as the sister of Satan) who’s on a mission to abduct her and steal her unusual powers that could distract enemies.

What made me feel drawn to this book was the clever and incredibly dynamic theme the author was able to come up with. I haven’t met a mythical creature with lion features. There were witches, wolves, vampires, faeries, but Oleah? It’s something new and refreshing, it simply opens a lot of fascinating things to my imagination.

The writing style of the author was simplistic and very easy to digest. Though there were some parts that made me crave for more descriptions and elaborations, especially the action scenes, still, Michelle Johnson was able to nail important details about the story.

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The main characters and secondary ones were not difficult to love as well. Angel was a genuine character. I like how she was able to unfold herself over the course of the story. How she dealt with the truth about her identity and the way she accepted her fate and the dangers that surround her and her family.

Zander, on the hand, (MY OH MY, ZANDER), was one of the characters that intrigued me. He was so mysterious and well, a hotness incarnate and swoon-worthy fictional guy who can easily get into the hearts of the female readers. Why not? In this book he was described as someone with an air of mystery, danger, and oozing sexiness. Sign me up!

This book, all in all, took me by surprise. I did not expect to like it, but I did. This book simply offered a refreshing charm that kept me turning pages to see how the story would unfold. The pacing was fast and there were no boring parts. It was easy to read, and if only I’m not a very busy person, I would’ve been able to devour it in one or two sittings, because it’s simply addictive and a very interesting read.

This is the first book of the series. I don’t have an idea how many sequels are waiting, but surely I will keep myself posted because I want to follow this series. Thumbs up for a very well-done debut novel, Michelle!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: The Heir by Kiera Cass

 

The Heir (The Selection #4)

The Heir
(The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: May 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Dystopia, Science Fiction
My Rating:

fourstars

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.

MY THOUGHTS…

THE HEIR

“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.”

Highly entertaining, unpredictable, and royally fabulous. This book nailed what a highly enjoyable sequel should be. I like this book as a whole. The only downside I found was Eadlyn’s attitude. *smirks

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I have to admit I had a hard time liking Eadlyn at first because she’s bratty, spoiled, and quite obnoxious but as the story went by, I witnessed her remarkable character development and I was glad somehow. 🙂

The whole story revolves in the Selection process where Eadlyn chooses a husband out of 35 gentlemen. The best thing about the book is how you can never predict who among her suitors will win her heart, because you basically live in her POV. By the way, there are lots of guys you will be torn.

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This book, as a whole, lives up to my expectations. 🙂 But to be honest, I like The Selection series far better than this book. I like America’s conquest to win Maxon’s heart. 🙂 But still, The Heir is a great read. If you’ve been a fan of The Selection series, I recommend you to read this sequel. 🙂

Rating: 4 Stars

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Review: Vampire’s Bane by Suzannah Daniels

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(Vampire’s Bane #1)
Author: Suzannah Daniels
Publisher: Suzannah Daniels
Publication: April 14, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
My Rating:

five-stars

VAMPIRE’S BANE is a mature young adult paranormal fantasy/romance/action & adventure/post-apocalyptic story.

Now available for pre-order on Amazon…will be released on Amazon on April 14, 2015.

A lethal sword.

A dangerous mission.

A seventeen-year-old girl finding her way in a world that is nothing like she remembered.

When Maylin Kavanagh’s parents surrendered her to The Program, they swore it was for her protection. After being confined in a small underground cell for nearly two years, she is finally released.

But the world has changed.

Most of the populace has been wiped out by a deadly disease, and the rules of society have regressed. But that’s not the worst of it. When her group is kidnapped by a band of rogue vampires, Maylin realizes the decline of the human population has brought other races to the forefront—races she never knew existed. And now they’re all battling for survival and power.

In his father’s absence, Thane Warwick must lead his people. He has two priorities: find his father and find humans who can supply blood to his tribe. Immediately intrigued by his latest captive, he becomes interested in Maylin for more than just her blood, but he soon discovers that he must make a choice between his father and her.

Despite their attraction, Maylin and Thane each have an agenda, and only one can be the victor.

VAMPIRE’S BANE is the first book in the VAMPIRE’S BANE series. While it does end at a natural turning point in the heroine’s journey, it is an ongoing story, and not all questions will be answered. You will need to read this series in order.

MY THOUGHTS…

And in that moment, I claimed her as mine.

(ARC generously provided by the author Suzannah Daniels in exchange for an honest review. *This does not influence my rating and review*)

I have always fancied vampire-themed books, especially when they’re blended with deep, dark romance. It’s a genre that I’ve always been a sucker for. This book, to be honest, met my expectations. I absolutely loved it!

Vampire’s Bane is the first book of the Vampire’s Bane series. It talks about the main character Maylin Kavanagh, a girl who was surrendered by her parents to be moved to “The Program” by which she was able to endure two years of being imprisoned and watched by the scientist Dr. Canton to prepare her, along with other teenagers, to fulfill a purpose in the future. After being freed, she and her peers started to have their journey to discover their purpose. But things had gotten rough when they met a group of vampires on their way and was held captive by the vampire leader, Thane Warwick. All throughout the book, Maylin discovered lots of things about the dark, twisted world they were living, which made her decide to escape and fulfill her mission to lead her group.

There are lots of reasons why I loved this book. One of them is *sigh* Thane Warwick. Let’s all admit it. Hot fictional guys always tickle every readers’ fancy. When the author introduced this sexy vampire, that was my undoing.

Thane is perfectly described and molded. He’s the kind of vampire that has a dark side which is very well added to the mystery and his overall appeal. Maylin Kavanagh, on the other hand, is a character you will either love or hate– or both, at the same time. Although she’s a strong character, sometimes you want to strangle her because she’s annoying at times. Not a perfect character, but she’s admirable when it comes to her dedication to her peers– and that’s more important.

Another reason why I loved this book is the author’s writing style. Very impressive! The plot was also well-done and there were surprising twists all throughout the book. And the romance? Perfect! I’ve already said this in my status but hell yeah, Thane and Maylin are the new OTP!

As a whole, this book is a very promising start to a great series. I totally enjoyed it. The ending left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read its next. 🙂

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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(Red Queen Trilogy #1)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: January 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopia
My Rating:

five-stars

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

MY THOUGHTS…

“I hope you become queen one day. Imagine what you could do then? The Red Queen.”

How can I convey the awesomeness of Red Queen? This book deserves more than 5 Stars! I’m utterly in awe of it! It’s very well written and it surprisingly captured my attention the whole way through.

The tale is centered on a Red-blooded, 17 year-old Mare Barrow who grew up in a deprived village and was raised being aware of the harsh reality that Red Bloods are inferior and are ruled by an elite known as Silver bloods. In a twist of fate, she was pulled out of one world and put into another– the Palace– a place she can’t seem to fit into, due to her unusual and unwanted power which is basically not valid for a Red like her. Since becoming the betrothed of one of the King’s sons, Mare’s life was fed with so much intrigue, deception, and even cruelty which opened her eyes and forced her into joining a rebellion.

The great thing about Red Queen is that it conveys a perfect dystopian theme. The story got off to a good start and it became more and more interesting which made it an absolute page-turner. With its fascinating storyline and the way Victoria Aveyard brilliantly molded her characters from the beginning to the end, I was absolutely spell-bound and I found myself longing for the next book.

This book somewhat reminded me of the Grisha series and The Selection. But Red Queen is rather unique and wonderful in its own way. I love everything, especially the heroine who is such a great character. I love her strength and the way she handled difficult situations. Her character development all throughout the book is so amazing!

I also like the love triangle romance here. Somehow it put me into so many feels! Other than that, the book also teaches life lessons in many ways than one.

Words can lie.

Anyone can betray anyone.

All in all, this book was a fantastic read. I enjoyed Mare’s journey and everything in it. It’s fast-paced, totally unpredictable, and one with a twist that will basically blow your mind. I highly recommend this to all YA Dystopian fans!

Rating: 5 Stars

REVIEW: Doctor Mars by T.A. Uner

Doctor Mars (Mindcop Dossiers, #1)

Doctor Mars
(Mindcop Dossiers #1)
Author: T.A. Uner
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc
Published: June 23, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
My Rating:

five-stars

In the early 22nd century, Mars has been fully colonized and terraformed by humans. On this new Earth colony the members of the MCPF (Mars Colonial Police Force) keep the peace. Liberty Rise is a gifted mutant with the power to manipulate time using her “mind-shifting” technique. As a member of the Mindcop division, she must use her skill to solve paranormal crimes.

When a recluse scientist named Dr. Andreas Hitzig threatens the safety of Mars, Liberty and the MCPF must intervene.

MY THOUGHTS…

I was given a digital copy of this book free from the author, T.A. Uner in exchange for an honest review.

Well, well, well, that was awesome! Doctor Mars is the introductory novella of the science-fiction series Mindcop Dossiers. To be honest, I really don’t know what to expect from this book, but I already had an idea that it’s going to be really awesome because of its promising blurb, so yeah, it didn’t disappoint me.

First, I love the concept of this book. It’s straight to the point and very unique. The thought about Mutants, messing up with a human’s genes to create something dangerously out of the ordinary for destruction, and living in the most intriguing planet in the Universe– Mars, is quite an impressive attempt of the author to make up such a great series.

The characters are also likeable especially Liberty who appears to be really tough, intelligent, and a gifted mind-shifter who can travel back to the earlier time with just one touch to any organic objects she’s investigating. Well, that is such a unique trait for a character.

Slow Fly is a bit of a mystery. I don’t know if he’s an antagonist or protagonist, I still have to decide. But I think his character is interesting enough.

The ending is also quite spectacular. It left me hanging in the open! What really happened to Calvin??? So many questions kept bugging me. Anyway, I guess I just have to find out soon. 🙂 As a whole, Doctor Mars is one promising and great installment of the series!

My Rating for this Book: Awesome 5 Stars!

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