Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review: Timeless

Timeless Timeless by Michelle Madow
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

As Chelsea finally realizes the magnitude of her actions she does everything in her power to help Lizzie survive. When the only option leads them back into the past, they discover there was more to the story than they originally thought.

This book in the series was quite slow. It had all of the elements for a good mystery but none of the suspense that put me at the edge of my seat. The addition of story plot elements seemed forced by the author to get the story out.

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Review: Vengeance

Vengeance Vengeance by Michelle Madow
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

As Chelsea is feeling the cold sting of betrayal and loss she seeks solace in a witch that helps her to remember her past life. What she sees gives her hope and she makes a choice that she might soon regret.

Interesting to get a further glimpse of the story from Chelsea's point of view. This was written in a short, to the point manner. I liked seeing the story from a different view point and it makes the reader understand Chelsea's overall motives more and the reason everything after happened.

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Review: Remembrance

Remembrance Remembrance by Michelle Madow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Drew walks into Lizzie Davenports life she cannot shake the feeling that she knows him. She is drawn to him in a way she cannot explain. When she starts having flashbacks of Regency England her connection starts to be explained but this time they can't repeat the past.

The developing relationship between Lizzie and drew changes too quickly. There was some build up but the tension gets overshadowed. It went from I don't remember anything to an overwhelming insta-love scenario.

I thought it was interesting that this story was inspired by Taylor Swift's Love Story.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: Hysteria

Hysteria Hysteria by Megan Miranda
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Mallory killed her boyfriend in self-defense but now his presence is haunting her. When she goes away to a prep school his presence follows her there.

I was confused for most of it, which I guess the reader is supposed to be. It was slow and boring, latching in character depth. I was not particularly interested in any of the characters or their lives, especially Mallory.

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Review: How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript by James Scott Bell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some parts of this book I found to be boring but overall I liked some of the writing exercises on dialogue. Bell's ability to concisely divulge how he had been able to develop his skill in creating dialogue was appreciated. I particularly liked the exercise of writing in novel format from a screen play, it shows how to develop a story.

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Review: Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes

Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Master Villain Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to get this book because I liked Cowden's The Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes & Heroines so much. While I appreciate the book as a whole, I did not find it to be as comprehensive as her first one. The examples were okay but she did not delve as in-depth into the archetypes as she did for the heroes and heroines.

I still found the book to be helpful for my writing though.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Review: Rise

Rise Rise by Anna Carey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With rebellion on the rise Eve picks a side. Her loyalties are tested and questioned on all fronts. With heartbreak in the forefront of her mind she has to decide what she is really fighting for.

Um what?!? There wasn't much of a wrap up to this. Yes, there was a definite ending but at least to me it seems like there should have been more to the story. I thought this was the slowest book out of all of them. There are action in it but the writing did not move me to excitement.

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