Review and blog tour stop: Saving Raine by Frederick Lee Brooke.

Friday, November 21, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

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 Title: Saving Raine.

 Author: Frederick Lee Brooke: website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

 Series: The Drone Wars #1.

 Publisher: Smashwords Edition.

 Publication date: December 15th 2013.

 Source: From publicist.

 Format: e-book.

 Date read: Today, November 21st, 2014.

 Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

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"Matt, Raine went to California because her parents thought it was safe. It’s not.

You’ve got to get her out as soon as possible. She could die, Matt."

When 19-year-old Matt Carney gets a cryptic message from his father telling him to

go to California and save his girlfriend, Raine, he doesn't hesitate—he grabs his AK-

47, revs up his blue pickup, and gets ready to make the 2,300-mile roadtrip.

But cross-country travel in 2021 isn't easy—or, sometimes, even possible. The U.S.

has become a near-military state: 17,000 checkpoints severely restrict interstate

movement, Predator drones target innocent civilians without cause, and explosions

rock cities daily. Matt and his stepbrother, Benjy, face deadly attacks from a corrupt

government, ruthless local law enforcement, and bloodthirsty terrorist groups as

they embark on their trek. They're about to find out that their trip is much more

than a private journey, and their success could change the face of the country—forever.

Can Matt and Benjy outrun the drone missiles raining down on their heads? Can

they avoid assassination by government officials hell-bent on taking over what little

is left of the country? Can they outsmart the deadly schemes set in motion against

them?

Break the rules.

Save the girl.

He only gets one chance before she's gone forever.

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

Simple, beautiful and eye-catching :). It gives you an idea about what the book is all about.

 

The story:

As a dystopian diehard fan, I’ve been looking forward to reading this book. The story is purely amazing. Great style of writing and interesting characters. The whole aspect of a dystopian world is well done. I’m a fan.

Summary:

The story begins in 2021, in the USA, with Matt 19 years old, living with his father, his stepmother and 2stepbrothers and step sister. After something happens to his father, he then receives a message from him saying that his girlfriend, Raine, is in danger, so he goes after her to save her.

Throughout the book he goes through ups and downs, we find some revelations and dangerous truths. However there are some good things too that happen, family things ;).

What I loved:

- The writing style is a definitive plus. It’s simple, fluid and you easily feel confortable with it.

- The story is rich with everything, especially the characters. There’s no way you’ll get bored reading this book.

- It’s full of intrigue, action, romance and drama. Even the family aspect in this book is very interesting.

- The technology mentioned in this book is just… wow! I was really taken from the moment the writer started describing the technology! I wish I lived there!

- The world the writer created is amazing: bulletproof restaurants, electronic vipers, expensive food…. etc.

- It’s just a great dystopian book!

- Can I add that the title is just well chosen?! :D.

What I disliked:

- I found the chapters to be a bit long to my liking.

- That’s all!

 

The characters:

Matt: wow! Just wow. What an amazing boy. The author created the perfect protagonist to this book, strong, loving, caring, determined, protective and brave. Nothing more to be said.

Other characters: In order to not spoil the book for you, I can’t describe the other characters, but trust me when I say, this book has the best characters I read about in a long time. They’re each interesting in their own wicked way (even the stepmother… whom I dislike by the way).

 

Favorite quotes:

Just yesterday, he’d taken Matt to the electronics store. They’d spent two hours looking at new Vipers, Chameleons and Tornados. The new Tornado could travel at eighty mph and stream video from twenty miles away. Chameleons had advanced noise cancellation and blended in with the background, impossible to see. Afterward, John had taken him out for a $100 pizza. --- Chapter 1.

Gripping the wheel with one knee as the truck skidded backwards, Matt aimed his slingshot out his open window. His eyes met the eyes of the driver in the split second before the ball bearing tore through their windshield. The steel ball impacted the man’s forehead, burrowing a three-inch crater.

Safety glass had its limits. --- Chapter 3.

Matt smiled. It was cool to think he and his stupid twin brother had at least one thing in common. Otherwise they seemed to share almost nothing. Luke had grown up with their mother, while he had grown up with their father. Luke wasn’t even on speaking terms with John Carney. It was cool that the one thing they did have in common was a matter of mutual ignorance. --- Chapter 49.

 

About the author:

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Frederick Lee Brooke launched the Annie Ogden Mystery Series in 2011 with DoingMax Vinyl and following with Zombie Candy in 2012, a book that is neither about zombies nor sweets. The third mystery in the series, Collateral Damage, appeared in 2013. Saving Raine, the first book in Fred’s entirely new series, The Drone Wars, appeared in December, 2013.

A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.

When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.

 

Conclusion:

If you want a different, interesting, intriguing and very well done dystopian story, read Saving Raine, you won’t be disappointed.

 

I shall say I’m really looking forward to the next book! And finally, thank you so much to Ally, the publicist, for contacting me about the book, the blog tour and for sending me an e-copy to review. Thank you so much!

4.5

Mini reviews: Pretty Little Liars 13-15: Crushed, Deadly and Toxic.

Friday, October 31, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

Mini reviews

This is a new type of reviews where I don’t have time to write a full review or it has been a long time since I read the books that I can’t review them fully and each with its own review post.

These mini reviews will have the things I loved, the things I hated and the rating of the book. If you want a full review on any of the following books, just let me know and I’ll re-read them and review them for you :).

This post will have mini reviews of:

- Pretty Little Liars #13: Crushed.

- Pretty Little Liars #14: Deadly.

- Pretty Little Liars #15: Toxic.

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 Rating: 3/5 stars.

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In the thirteenth Pretty Little Liars novel, the secrets are more crushing than ever...

It's springtime in Rosewood, but while everyone else is searching for the perfect prom dress, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are on a different kind of hunt: They're looking for A...

Hanna puts her campaign for prom queen on the back burner to volunteer at a burn clinic, where one of A's victims is recovering.

Emily digs into Ali's past at the mental hospital with some very crazy consequences. Spencer contacts an amateur private eye to help her stalk her stalker. But when their sessions get a little too private, they may forget to keep their eyes on A. And Aria's worried that A is even closer than she thought. When her dark secret from Iceland comes to light, she discovers that maybe, just maybe, the one person she's been trying to hide the truth from has known all along.

The liars are finally taking the fight to A. But no matter what they do, A's always one step ahead, ready to crush the girls completely.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

- I got too accustomed to the writing style and the author’s style that by now her books are so natural to me.

- You might think I’m crazy, but the only other thing that I loved about this book is how smart is “A”, I was always anticipating reading a new message by him/her.

- There’s always mystery and a thrilling storyline.

What I hated:

- It seems that the Liars become more stupid as the books go on. I couldn’t stand them for one minute (especially Aria whose secrets are just too much). And I don’t blame the characters, I blame the author. Seriously?! I could guess everything wrong they were doing and expected the end way before it happened, it was just too obvious.

- The whole story feels dragged and nonsense. This book could’ve been smaller and yet much more interesting and fun to read. I was so close to leaving this book in the middle of reading it, “but it’s the 13th book, I came so far so I might just finish it as well”, that’s what I kept thinking, and at the end I’m glad I finished it.

3


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 Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

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Deadly, the fourteenth volume in Sara Shepard's YA Pretty Little Liars series, delivers more juicy scandals, dark secrets, and shocking plot twists. This #1 New York Times bestselling series is also a hit ABC Family original TV show.

High school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have all done horrible things—things that would put them behind bars if anyone ever found out. And their stalker "A" knows everything.

So far A has kept their secrets, using them to torture the girls. But now A's changed the game. Suddenly the girls are hauled in for questioning, and all their worlds begin to unravel. If A's plan succeeds, Rosewood's pretty little liars will be locked away for good. . . .

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

- This was a complete different style from the previous one, as if the author realized she was killing the story in the previous installment: this book is almost at the same place as Wanted is for me. Perfect story, suspense, thriller. I couldn’t even guess the ending which was crazily amazing!

- The start is perfect. Finally a really good preface! One of the most killing questions we had since Wanted, has finally been answered. The rest of the book is just as good, as it gets scarier by the page.

- The Liars are finally realizing that “A” plans everything! Phew, I thought I’d never see this day come.

- The friendships, the struggles, the romance. Everything in this book is good. That’s why I didn’t regret reading Crushed.

- Oh, and the chapters aren’t as long as they used to be! So we get exactly to the point! *_*

What I hated:

- Absolutely nothing!

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 Rating: 3/5 stars.

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One A has been captured…but the most dangerous A of all is still out there in the penultimate installment in Sara Shepard's #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series.

High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it's not over yet…. The police don't believe there's another, deadlier, A out there, but the girls know what-and who-they saw. If they don't track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever.

Sara Shepard's fan base continues to grow as ABC Family's hit Pretty Little Liars TV show draws in new readers to the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, the second-to-last novel ramps up the stakes for the jaw-dropping series conclusion in Pretty Little Liars #16.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I liked:

- The story itself is surprisingly still interesting enough for me to continue reading.

- I must say that the suspense level was good. If only they didn’t say everything in the book blurb..

- Hanna’s and Aria’s characters are way better than before in this book. They’re rational and honest and very clear about what they want.

- I’m glad Ali didn’t show up this time. It was easier to get through the book without her dramatically attitude and presence.

- The ending actually left me hanging even though I knew what was going to happen.

What I hated:

So many thing as a matter of fact:

- The story is obviously being dragged to fill the pages of the book. It could’ve been easily summarized in 12~13 chapters.

- The characters (meaning Spencer and especially Emily) are unbelievable. I just couldn’t like them anymore, Spencer acting emotional and easily becomes attached to the wrong person (as always) and Emily is just… Crazy.

- Why in the world make every new person (with an exception of exactly 3 people) a bad person? Aren’t there any good people in the world left?!

3

After exactly 2years, most of everything changed.

Friday, August 22, 2014 6 Comments A+ a-

So, how am I supposed to start this blog post?! I have no idea!

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Hello everyone, old and new readers, those who’ve been following my blog for so long, waiting for me to write again, those who followed me on twitter and kept asking when I’d go back to blogging, all of you, I say thank you Smile.

Finally, after 2 years exactly from this disastrous situation, I’m here right now writing you this blog post. You’ll know what happened during those two years and what’ll happen to this blog after this long time.

As usual, if you want to keep reading, please click on more (I warn you, it’s too long and it will waste a long time of yours), if not, I thank you for even checking this blog post and for reading this far Smile.

Review: Burned by Sara Shepard.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

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 Title: Ruthless.

 Author: Sara Shepard: website, Facebook, Twitter and  Goodreads.

 Series: Pretty Little Liars #12.

 Publisher: HarperTeen.

 Publication date: December 4th 2012.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: e-book.

 Date read: June 21st, 2014.

 Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

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It's spring break, and the pretty little liars are trading in Rosewood for a cruise vacation. They want nothing more than to sail into the tropical sunset and leave their troubles behind for one blissful week. But where Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hanna go, A goes, too. From scuba diving to tanning on the upper deck, A is there, soaking up all their new secrets.
Emily is smooching a stowaway. Aria's treasure-hunting partner is a little too interested in her booty. Spencer's going overboard trying to land a new boy. And a blast--or rather, a crash--from Hanna's past could mean rough waters ahead for everyone.
The liars better tighten their life jackets. A perfect storm is brewing, and if they aren't careful, A will bury them at sea. . . .

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

Just like the previous books in the series, this cover features a liar (in this case that’s Aria) along with the title of the book in a unique font. I’m just starting to wonder if all the books which have Aria on the cover have something in common…

 

The storyline:

I started this book back in March, and stopped at 40% because of my dear finals, so I read 60% this afternoon, and I loved it! I’m so glad I left it for now, this book has a summer and vacation feeling to it.

The summary:

The girls are finally on vacation and going on a cruise. They’re trying to get passed what they did back in Jamaica and all the A-drama, but good luck with that with A right on board.

Aria is enjoying the vacation with Noel, becomes a friend with someone who she may need to stay away from.

Emily is still burdened by the secret she hasn’t told her friends about yet and her family is not talking to her and they don’t even look her in the eye. A new and unwelcomed guest on the cruise takes her thoughts and heart. She’s so happy and can’t believe she’s lucky to be happy after all what they’ve done. But maybe she’s right, it’s too good to be true.

After getting over all this boy drama we’ve been through in the previous book, Hanna is finally relaxing with Mike and hoping to get her tanning right this time. She also makes a new awkward friend, whom she thinks can’t be trusted, probably because they know about an accident she was involved in sometime ago.

Will A be able to get them after all?! That’s what we all want to know!

What I loved:

- Okay, so this book is full of suspense and thriller. I’ve been holding my breath every time I sense something is going wrong. I just couldn’t help but suspect everyone on the cruise. Everyone was acting weird and off balance.

- The story is well built and way better than the previous book. It’s so intense and you expect A to jump at the liars every 5sec!

- The writing as usual is just smooth and really good.

- For some reason, the liars have matured a lot and they’re better at dealing with stuff, especially Aria, I liked her a lot in this book.

- Oh God the last few chapters! They were so tense. I had all types of emotions trying to finish them. They were great.

What I disliked:

- Mainly one thing: why does the author keep making the liars so stupid? It’s way obvious from the beginning that A is setting them up just like the previous book. It was so tiring reading many chapters just wishing they could have avoided all this trouble just if “they’d learned anything” from what happened before.

 

The characters:

I can’t talk about most of the characters because I’ll spoil the story.

Aria is my favorite in this book. She’s so mature, calm, friendly and just the best in the group.

Emily  is the emotional one, she’s always comforting and taking care of others ignoring her own problems.

Spencer is over thinking stuff which only helps A in his/her plan. But she’s way better than before, she’s mostly scared A will sabotage her new relationship to get to her.

Hanna is enjoying the cruise and throughout the story she stays out of trouble and tries to enjoy a vacation without A coming across her mind every second.

 

Favorite quotes:

Ever told a lie to save yourself? Maybe you blamed the dent in your parents’ Mercedes on your brother so you could still go to the spring formal. Maybe you told your Algebra teacher you weren’t part o… --- Hit and Run.

Clownfish are pretty,
Starfish are pale.
Will Aria’s boyfriend
Visit her in jail?
—A  --- Chapter 19: Dead Man’s Float.

Emily: I’m okay. Not going to where we planned, but somewhere even better. We’ll find each other someday—that’s a promise. --- Chapter 33: Emily Gets Her Wishes.

Conclusion:

This is, yet again, one of my favorite reads this year. I’m so excited to be coming closer to the end of this series and yet I’m so sad it’s going to end (in next December! *_*).

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