Immortal Embrace by Charlotte Blackwell

 

TitleImmortal Embrace

Author: Charlotte Blackwell

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Date of Publication: June 1st 2011

Publisher:World Castle Publishing

Pages:Paperback, 252 pages

Description: Sophia Pierce has suffered since her brother left, and is unsure if she will ever get over it. That is until her family decided to move to Wenham, Massachusetts. She and her siblings have been ordered to protect their little sister, and must return to high school. This is where Sophia finds her soul mate, Nathanial, and life as she knows it is about to change.

As a vampire, Sophia has always kept to herself, but as a high school student, will she learn to step out of her comfort zone a little? Sophia has found a best friend in a powerful witch and a love to call her own. That is, until something tragic happens and blood is spilled. Will Sophia be able to resist the sweet scent of her beloved’s blood?

This is Sophia’s story, a story of a girl who finds herself, love, and everlasting friendship. The excitement of this story wraps mortals, vampires, witches, and shape shifters all into a romantic tale of young love, friendship, and the meaning of family. The story of a girl who tries to finds herself when she thought it was all lost.


 

disappointed.gifI had high hopes for this book. In fact, I was ecstatic to have the whole series thanks to Charlotte. The description made the book seem fantastic. Sadly, the book did not reach my expectations.

The book was a cross between Twilight and The Vampire Diaries. To me, it felt like a great fanfiction. In all honesty, I thought it could be a wonderful fanfiction. However, the book seemed too close to both franchises to be considered an original work or be published.

The story was okay. Because the plot was similar to Twilight, I felt like I already read it. The concept was great and again, the story was incredible for a spinoff of Twilight.

The romance in the story was not my favorite. I don’t like when a character falls in love at first sight. Also, the chemistry felt rushed. My advice to Charlotte is to make the characters’ relationships develop slower to build anticipation.

The characters were okay. There was a lack of development which made it harder to connect with them. In the next novel, I would like to see more backstories and development.

Overall, I wanted more. It wasn’t awful but I wished for better. I hope to see more originality in the upcoming books. I wish that Charlotte’s other books will take a new perspective on the series. I can see the potential in the story.


 

A.T.O.N. by Lindsay Anne Kendall

Title: A.T.O.N.

Author: Lindsay Anne Kendall

Genre: Action

Date of Publication: January 26th, 2016

Published by: Lindsay Anne Kendall

Number of Pages:Paperback, 330 pages

I am not a big fan of action books, therefore this review may be not as reliable. However, Lindsay’s other previous series was incredible!!

For me, A.T.O.N. was an okay read. I did not dislike it but I did not love it. I feel like I did not have a strong connection towards the characters. Also, the chemistry between the characters fell a little flat. Throughout the story, the book tended to be dialogue-heavy which, to me, makes the story quicker to read.

The characters were enjoyable. I didn’t really like Declan. I felt that he was too invested in revenge. I really liked how Lindsay added the flashbacks of K. I really wish we had more backstories for the characters so that I could connect with them more.

The action in this book was not great. I felt it was overshadowed by the dialogue. I always enjoy books that are dialogue-heavy but this had too much dialogue at times.

I did enjoy the overall premise of this series starter and cannot wait to see how it all plays out. You can see how much Lindsay grows as an author. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Run by Patti Larsen (Mini Review)

Synopsis: Kidnapped

Alone, Reid gasps in one deep breath, another. It hurts his ribs, his lungs. He manages to roll over on his right side and regrets it. His shoulder screams in protest. Still, he is finally able to wriggle his numb hands loose from what holds him and claws at the cloth around his eyes.

Darkness. But not complete. The moon is up. Trees loom over him, the smell of spruce and fresh air so sharp it almost hurts. He jerks at the plastic ties around his ankles while. his vision swims through a veil of pain-laden tears. He manages somehow to force his screaming hands to work the ties loose and he is free.

Sixteen-year-old Reid thinks life is back to normal. His sister Lucy pulls herself together and cuts him free from a year of foster care. She promises to take care of him, that her new boss and her new life are what they both needed to start again. Until Reid is taken in the middle of the night, dumped in a wild stretch of forest far from home with no idea why he is there. Lost and afraid, he learns to run from the hunters who prowl the darkness, their only pleasure chasing down kids like him. And killing them.

This book was my book club’s latest read. Run was similar to many books. The main book I would label this with is The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell.

Run by Patti Larsen was satisfactory. Run is an ideal book to read if you are seeking a gripping and fast paced story. However, the writing felt lacking and awkward.

Overall, the book was an okay read that obtained many unanswered questions. Do not read this book if you do not want to commit to a whole series. However, this book is perfect for advocates of action in books.

Torment (Bloodlines #2) by Lindsay Anne Kendal

Synopsis: Keira has been through Hell, literally….. But now she’s back, and stronger than ever!

In this second gripping installment of the Bloodlines trilogy Keira and her friends – Lily, Lucian, Tyler, Jake and Danny – continue to try and understand their elemental powers, and protect themselves from their enemies, whose ultimate goal is to destroy them.

This time, the stakes are higher – what seems to be a demon rebellion has broken out in hell and the Earth is plunged into chaos. Their problem is, no one – not even Lucifer himself – knows who the rebel leader is. It seems only Keira, her frightened but determined friends, and a new ally – a demon named Eligos – can find out who this person or thing is, why they are suddenly causing so much bloodshed, pain and upset for everyone, and destroy them.

Bloody awesome battles, amazing feats of magic, and a stronger-than-death passion, make for an intoxicating, unforgettable read in this powerfully imagined fantasy

For my book club’s recent read, we read and discussed Torment by Linsay Anne Kendall. Torment is the second book in her Bloodlines series. I loved this series and thought Torment was an incredible sequel.

My favorite aspect of this book was that it was not like many sequels that fall flat compared to the first book. I didn’t feel that it was irrelevant. In fact, this book complimented the series beautifully! I felt that Torment gave the characters more depth and had developed the characters well. Some of the characters changes surprised me!

One of my favorite parts of Torment was Lindsay’s depiction of hell. Though I do not believe in Lindsay’s version of hell, I liked the concept and creativity of it. Her version of hell was unique and was interesting.

The plot was captivating as well! Full of intense battles and magical elements, you will not be disappointed. However, there were a few slow parts between fights.

Finally, I must talk about the ending. Lindsay left us on a cliffhanger that has me dying to read the next book! The last part of the book went extremely fast and then just ended. I NEED ANSWERS!

Overall, I love this book and highly recommend it!

The Martian: Book and Movie Review

THIS BOOK IS NOT A CHILDREN NOR YOUNG ADULT BOOK!

Spoiler Alert: you may never get to experience me writing a similar piece like this again so treasure it!. Readers may ask why this is a special post. The piece I am about to write is unique because I have never written a positive review on a book-to-movie adaptation before!

Since book-to-movie adaptations began, the movie’s have been infamously bad at portraying the books. Some adaptations have been bad to the extent of authors openly dissing their book’s coinciding movie. Fun fact: Ronald Dahl hated the adaptation of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Ronald thought the director had no flair and that the musical numbers were trashy. Here are a few infamously hated children and young adult adaptations:

  • The Percy Jackson movies *shudders*
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events movie
  • The Mortal Instruments movie *prays for it to be better on the little screen*

Anyway, for my bookclub’s most recent read, we read and watched The Martian. As a group, we decided it would be fun to compare the similarities and differences we noticed. Initially, I have little expectations for both. I dislike science fiction and hate book-to-movie adaptations. Why would I read a genre that I had no interest in? I began to read expecting the worse and finished the book receiving the best. To be honest, I liked The Martian more than some books I read in the genres I love.

The Martian is what every book of it’s genre should be. The Martian is suspenseful, exciting, and a bit funny. The book makes us feel an overwhelming sense of compassion for a character that we just meet as he gets stuck on mars. The Martian makes you feel nonfictional emotions for a fictional event. The book shows how much humanity the world still obtains despite our beliefs. Another great thing about the book is the level of diversity shown in the book. You have a variety of different races, but racial factors are not the main theme of the story.

Now onto the movie. Was the movie identical to the book? Not really? Was every single line the same as the phrase recited in the book? Nope.
Did it matter? Not really. I believe that a book-to-movie adaptation should compliment the book not be exactly like the book. Unless you want to watch a five-hour movie on everything you read, then it is impossible to have a movie be the same as a book. The book to The Martian compliments the book is an astounding way. It makes you feel all the emotions you felt in the book. With only minor details about characters and plot missing (the only major one was the changing of one character’s name to fit the actor portraying the novel. The character’s initial named Venkat but was changed to Vincent), the similarities overshadowed the differences.

Overall, the book and movie are incredible. I highly recommend!