** Review By Emily from The Nerd Girl Page**
Emily here, the YA reviewer from Nerd Girl. I give YA reviews from a real YA reader. Here is my review of the ARC of Creatura by Nely Cab (release date August 6th 2013) which I was given in exchange for an honest review.
Although I have read a lot of YA paranormal romance, this novel had a very unique topic with original characters and an imaginative overall theme.
When I started reading the book, I was a little skeptical because I didn’t like the type of style that was used in the very first paragraph. That opinion quickly changed after the first page had ended and I was completely hooked. I couldn’t put the book down and read it from start to finish in one day.
At many times the novel had me laughing out loud, gasping at certain events, and even reading parts out to my Mom (reviewer Melanie Newton). I enjoyed the writing style very much and loved the amount of author’s craft that was used; such as imagery which helped me see exactly what the main character… Continue reading
Melanie here aka VampireLovingDork back with my review of Insight (Book One In The Insight Series) by Jamie MaGee which I was given in exchange for an honest review.
Hmmmmm where to start with this one. Let me say the story idea is amazing. The author obviously lives and breathes her worlds and characters and the ideas are a great mix of well known mythology / astrology with a unique twist taking you somewhere new.
The main problem I had with this is that for me, as a YA, it was too long. Now for some people that will be a wonderful thing but I felt that sometimes the author got a little lost wandering in her world and some of the more pertinent information occasionally got a little lost in conversion.
The characters are strong and the worlds are believable but a few of the connections felt a little forced for me (although I am sure many others will disagree). As a debut novel I will say this author has a myriad of ideas that the world hasn’t had the opportunity to experience yet and this is a wonderful thing but I… Continue reading
**Review By Laura from The Nerd Girl Page**
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Falling For an Angel
Jasmine is in her final year of high school, she’s getting ready to graduate if she manages to stay out of trouble. Jasmine’s life has royally sucked, and to cope she’s turned to drink and drugs. When a stranger keeps popping up warning her to sort her life out she just shrugs him off as a stalker. Until he comes to her rescue and suddenly Jasmines life is about angels and demons. She goes from running from her personal demons to running from actual demons.
I really liked this book, I have been waiting for a good angel story for a while and Laura really delivered. Jasmine is believable, relatable and a survivor. At any point she could have just given up hope and given in to her abuse of drugs and alcohol but she didn’t, she powered on through and that’s before her world was turned upside down by Angels. Jasmine is vulnerable and insecure and the relationship with her Guardian develops naturally as they both fight to keep Jasmine alive at the same… Continue reading
**Review By Mark – The Other Guy from The Nerd Girl Page**
Picayune By: John DeJordy
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Although I am sure that this book was intended for younger readers, like 7+ I thoroughly enjoyed it. With its Narnia like characters, with a generous splash of Despereaux, and a dash of Nihm it captured my imagination much the way it did my children.
The main character, a dormouse who sees himself as completely insignificant in the grand scheme of things dreams of high adventure that he actually, to some extent manages to achieve. By uniting clans and vanquishing foes, in the end becomes the hero of his dreams!
I read this story to my children, and their reaction was awesome, sitting bright eyed dreaming of fairy tales and dragons! On the edge of their seat desperate to know what was going to happen next. This is what a children’s book SHOULD be like!
I fully believe this is a first rate book, for young and older alike. It helps to teach children to dream big, and always try to achieve goals over insurmountable odds! And… Continue reading
** Review By Leah from The Nerd Girl Page**
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
It’s been awhile since I have read a book about witches, and the was a unique twist on an age old concept! Instead of a select few having magical powers, an entire population is born with some kind of power! The main character Alyssa, is strong and courageous, she makes a great female protagonist that will make this a very compelling read for any woman who loves the fantasy genre.
This book is chock full of antagonists, that were once good witches that were driven mad with power. The odds seem to be overwhelming, but Alyssa faces them head on with help from the friends she makes along the way.
The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I found it slightly predictable. I figured out what Alyssa must do to regain her life almost immediately. Also the it ended so abruptly I felt like it needed more, another chapter or epilogue. the end just seemed really rushed to me. Other than that, this was a really good read! I found the concept… Continue reading
** Review By Mark – The Other Guy from The Nerd Girl Page**
By: Ryan Stead
The book Nation Man is a fairly unique book (at least in my experience). I have read a few “almost” like the style employed by Mr. Stead, however this book is a definitely a little different. It is essentially about love, loss, and triumph over seemingly supernatural odds!
Although the first the story starts out a little slow and lackadaisical suddenly unknown supernatural forces and presto your in it!!!! Unfortunately from there it is a little all over the place with no theme helping keep you on track. It seems to bounce from The lackadasical, almost whisical to love story, then brutal, lackadaisical…….. Get the picture?
At first the intro mini story is awesome, but quiclky your spirited away on a roller-coaster of disjointed tidbits (while written beautifully) that leave you with an all over feeling of “What is going on??”
Now giving Mr. Stead his due it isn’t easy to write, (especially in this style) and I think had he taken a few different turns like a chapter here put back a few, and a chapter… Continue reading
**Review By Laura From Nerd Girl …… This Book Was Provided In Exchange For An Honest Review**
Rachel is 24 and a recluse, she has heard voices for years now and her life has become about her little home and attempting to stay sane. One night she is approached by two strangers, does she want the ultimate gift? Not just that off mortality but the ability to understand and control the voices she hears? The answer is a no brainer for Rachel. Once she is a vampire and Gavin, her creator and her guardian informs her she was created for a purpose, to stop a banished vampire from their Sanctuary who is intent on destroying humans and anyone who gets in his way.
Rachel must learn to master her abilities, her urges for human blood, the feelings she has for Gavin whilst also watching her back from those in the group who do not agree with her conversion at such a vital time.
I wanted to love this book, it had some of my favourite things; Vampires, peril, swords and a relationship. But there was just something off about Rachel, her character development just felt unnatural for me.… Continue reading
Isn’t is absolutely stunning and also absolutely Lickable??? I agree. It is.
Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning?
For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.
And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.
But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.
But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again.
And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all.
He was wrong.
Life or Death?
Series: Death Escorts – Note: You DO NOT have to read Recalled (Death… Continue reading