Blog Tour: Love at the End of Days by Tera Shanley


Love at the end of days
Love at the End of Days by Tera Shanley

Series: Dead Rapture #2

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Format: Uncorrected arc

Reviewed by: Onnica

Genre: Fantasy

Score: 9/10

Exactly one year ago, I wrote about how much zombies scared me and for that reason, I never read anything about them. I think I also stated that because of Tera Shanley, I am now somewhat of a convert. She’s back with her follow-up to Love in the Time of the Dead and now we get to see where the survivors we met in book one have ended up.

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YA review: Forbidden by Lori Adams

ForbiddenForbidden: The Soulkeepers by Lori Adams

Publisher: Flirt

Format: Kindle ARC

Reviewed by: Onnica

Genre: YA

Final score: 5/10

It’s no secret that from time to time I just love, love, love to dive into a good paranormal YA book. Done well it can be so much fun – there’s the folklore, the romance and the coming of age of the heroine that makes her rise to her destiny and come into her own. So I was pretty excited about this book when I saw it on Netgalley and when the author made contact on Goodreads.

Plot: (taken from the book’s blurb) When Sophia St. James learns that she’ll be moving from Los Angeles to a podunk town somewhere in Connecticut for her senior year of high school, she isn’t expecting an otherworldly encounter. But there is more to Haven Hurst than meets the eye: it’s home to a family of Guardian Angels, and she is the only one who can see them in spirit form. Sophia soon realizes she wants to see much more of Michael, an irresistible yet volatile Guardian who seems drawn to her too.

As Michael battles his forbidden desire for the beautiful young newcomer, one of Hell’s most notorious Demon Knights arrives. Handsome and charismatic, Dante has come to claim the reincarnated soul of his lost lover trapped in Sophia. Cursed with the demon of Persuasion living inside him, Dante will use his seductive charms to lure Sophia into a dangerous game that ends with the kiss of death—unless Michael, who has captured Sophia’s heart, can now capture her soul.

Review: So although I love a bit of fantasy, usually that love doesn’t extend to angels/demons. It’s just a bridge too far and not even I can suspend my disbelief to that extent. Forbidden made me believe the realm of heavenly bodies and demons – that was not the problem. Ok, so what was the problem I hear you ask? First of all, it was the action – or rather, the inaction. A large portion of the book is Sophia and Michael engaging in terse conversations, sharing heated and hateful looks and then…nothing. One of the main ingredients in a fantasy book (in my humble opinion) should be action and the plot needs to move along at a steady pace. If there’s conflict between the hero and heroine then there need to be sparks and the heat should leap off the page at you. It started well, I was fully engaged then it flatlined until approximately 70% of the way through the book. Then suddenly I started getting answers and finally there was some action!

My second problem was that the plot chopped and changed, certain passages weren’t described well enough to evoke exactly what was going on – which led to me getting frustrated. The dialogue of Sophia’s friends (who I’m guessing were supposed to be latino?) was really over the top and made very little sense to me. Sophia was a typical teenage character and her tendency to whine and pick arguments at the wrong time did alienate me from her at times. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect with this book. Its stilted pace and dialogue wasn’t enough to draw me in, nor was the character development. Ironically however, there was enough action towards the end of the book to make me curious about book two, Awaken. So for these reasons I’m giving it 5/10.

Review based on the following:

How much I liked the heroine: 5 – I didn’t really. Sophia has settled with her father in a smalltown following the death of her mother. She’s worried about her dad who seems to have checked out of life completely and she’s nursing her own scars from an ex-boyfriend with anger management issues. I know she was a high school student who has been through stuff, but she was immature, judgemental and lacked grit. I need a fantasy heroine to grab life by the balls and get on with it rather than whine!

How much I liked the love interest: 6 – it was sweet once they started speaking to each other. A little Twilighty in places and unfortunately their ‘sparring’ did not work for me. But, I think their relationship will be better in Awaken.

How believable was the plot: 5 – Ok, not really relevant here, as we’re talking demons and angels, but in more experienced hands I doubt I’d have had such a hard time believing the story and caring about the characters.

How much I liked the writing style/editing etc: 5 – As mentioned above, I had real problems with the dialogue and the fact that some chapters made very little sense. I stuck with it, but it was really hard work. I’ve never written a book, so I don’t want to criticise too much, but it was a struggle to persevere.

Final score: 5/10 – an interesting premise, if the subsequent books drive the plot forward and develop the characters, then it will be a good series. Sadly, I won’t be pursuing it.

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YA Review: Altered by Jennifer Rush

AlteredAltered by Jennifer Rush

Publisher: Hachette Book Group, January 1, 2013

Format: Kindle and Audio Book

Reviewed by: Ellen

Genre: Young Adult

Final Grade: 9/10

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YA Review: Unreap My Heart by Kate Evangelista

Unreap my HeartUnreap My Heart (The Reaper Series) by Kate Evangelista

Format: Uncorrected review ARC

Publisher: Omnific

Review by: Onnica

Genre: YA Paranormal

Score: 7/10

I shamelessly grovelled for a copy of this book – I just couldn’t wait to see what happened next for Niko, Ari and the bargain made with Death. I was sucked into this world from the get go and I just wanted to see whether Ari and Niko would be able to outwit death and finally be together. Let’s face it – Ari is due a break. *Spoiler* She’s lost her sister, her best friend has sacrificed himself for her and now she could potentially lose Niko – it’s been a rough few months for our heroine!

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YA Review: Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista

reaping me softly

Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Format: Kindle edition

Reviewed by: Onnica

Genre: YA Paranormal

Score: 9/10 fun-filled, action-packed stars

Every so often I love to dip into fantasy (some would argue that I spend most of my time there – but I digress). Combine the paranormal with the trials of High School and I’m hooked. So while browsing through Amazon I came across this book and thought I’d give it a chance. Knowing that Judith was a fan of Kate Evangelista’s book Taste sealed the deal too. An author who can make zombies sexy? Must be a genius.

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YA Review: Origin by Jennifer Armentrout

OriginOrigin (Lux Series #4) by Jennifer Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen, 2013

Format: Kindle

It’s finally here! I swear I’ve been waiting decades to find out what happened to Katy and Daemon after the cliffhanger ending of Opal. Before I start I just want to remind everyone that there will be SPOILERS from books 1-3, but I’ll try to keep them to a minimum for this one. Read More

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Romance Review: Captive Prince (Volume I and II) by S.U. Pacat

Captive Prince (Volume I and II) by S.U.Pacat

Publisher: Gatto; 1 edition (February 4, 2013)

Format: Paperback & Kindle

Genre: M/M Romance

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 10/10 (believe me, if I could give higher I would. Like a 1000000000 times higher) Read More

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

hush, hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Format: Hardcover, Library Binding

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 9/10

If you haven’t heard, I have a deep-seated aversion to ridiculous character names. I can’t help it! They drive me batty! AGH! Well, I am so late to the Hush, Hush game because of the fact that one of the main characters had such a wacky name. Patch. No joke, Patch. It was like a neon NO sign blinking through my mind whenever the book was recommended to me. As a fellow blogger said recently, “What?! Patch? That’s a dog’s name.” Exactly. And yesterday, I would have concurred but today, having just finished this book, all I gotta say is, “Yeah, but it’s also the name of an uber-sexy angelic hottie in high school who so needs to step off the page and come be my fictional boyfriend.”

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The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Publisher: Dial (March 21, 2013)

Format: Kindle Edition

Reviewed By: Judith

Score: 8/10

You know what paranormal entity we have not yet read about, folks? Yes! You are so right! Genies. Let’s all take a deep breath and admit the three basic truths about Genies that we know already: 1. They’re awesome. 2. They grant you three wishes but something stupid always happens where they take what you wish for way too literally or for example when you say to your little sister, “God, I wish you’d be quiet and let me think!” they use that as one of the three 3. There are not nearly enough (read: none at all) books written about the coolness that is Genies. Here’s one that was cute and well written. And we don’t ask for a whole lot more than that around here.

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Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta

Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)

Format: Hardcover (Library Edition)

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 9/10

You know how you sometimes get your hands on a book and for whatever reason you never read it and you ask your friend (whose name is Ellen BTW) if she’s ever read said book and she tells you that she too has the book just waiting to be read but has never gotten around to it. Well, if that were to happen to you and the book in question were called Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta you would be missing out on a whole gorgeous world of amazing that you could have read about earlier only you didn’t have me to tell you how amazing it truly is.

But now you do: read Finnikin of the Rock!!! LIKE NOW!!!

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