Speedy Reviews ~ Boy Swap, Aelethia’s Hope, Obsidian, Warm Bodies & The Edge of Never

Here’s another batch of quicky reviews ~

Boy SwapBoy Swap by Kristina Springer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let me start with the positives. This is a quick read and has a nice smooth pace throughout. It never dragged for me. There are no confusing scenes or stilted dialogue. I also really liked the hero in the story, although I didn’t care for how he handled a particular situation.

Negatives for me~ I didn’t care for the main character of the story, and I didn’t like that she never learned a lesson herself. She was very vindictive and wanted to place blame on everyone else. What about all she was doing wrong?
The dialogue seemed very immature, too – more fitting to middle schoolers. While this book is advertised for 13 and up and doesn’t contain foul language, there are still a lot of references to sex. So, keep that in mind if you’re purchasing for your young daughter.

Overall, I think the author is talented, and I would read more of her books. However, I didn’t care for the story line in this one. I just didn’t feel like lessons were learned where they should have been. I didn’t see any redeeming qualities in the heroin.

*I picked up this book when it was free on kindle. As I’m writing this you can pick it up free on Kindleunlimited.*

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Aelethia's Hope (Tanith Prophecy, #2)Aelethia’s Hope by Leandra Martin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

So, the big finale didn’t do it for me like the first book. I think there was too much fighting for me and not enough good character interaction. There were some scenes that I really enjoyed, but overall I think just too many explanations on the growing battle and then the battle itself for me. I really enjoyed the sweet ending, though!

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Obsidian (Lux, #1)Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Stars!
I was so close to 5 stars with this book, but the ending didn’t steal me away. I was sucked in early and then devoured the whole book. But, while the ending was pleasing, it didn’t leave me dying to read the next book. I’ll say I definitely WANT to read it, but I didn’t feel like I had to jump on Amazon immediately to purchase the next book in the series. That’s really all that kept this from being 5 stars for me. Well, there were also a couple parts that really had me thinking, “Twilight.”

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Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars. This is an audio book review. The only thing that kept this from being 5 stars for me is that the scene changes were extremely hard to follow. If I was looking at the physical book then they might have stood out as scene changes, but I couldn’t say as I don’t currently have the book. I’m hoping to purchase it soon. I tutor a writing class and I’d LOVE to share Isaac’s exemplary examples of simile, metaphor, etc. His imagery wasn’t just good; it was astounding. I hated that I wasn’t reading the physical book. I constantly wanted to bathe in his sentences. They were so beautifully composed!

Aside from his style, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, too. It seemed a great warning to us “living” to make sure we are in deed doing just that! A zombie love story. What else is there to say?

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The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an audio book review. It took my a little bit to get into the speakers voice but – Absolutely Amazing! I cried like a baby. If you follow my reviews, then you know that’s a rare thing for me. I haven’t teared up like this since The Infernal Devices. This is a must read (or listen to) for all you NA romance lovers. Content warnings: language and very steamy sex

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Happy Reading,

Alison

Dark One Rising ~ Blog Tour & Review

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Dark One Rising

Blurb

The Kingdom of Aelethia has been quiet for five hundred years, but the Dark One is rising from out of the depths. All of Aelethia will perish unless the Chosen One comes forward to save them. Unfortunately, the Chosen One doesn’t know her destiny in the world; she only knows she is odd and confused about where her destiny lies.

She wants to find love, but the men in her life that actually love her, she cannot have, and the only one that wants her is as evil as they come. The elves know of her destiny and must tell her and train her in time, in order to fulfill the prophesy that has been laid out before her.
Can she become the person they have waited for? Can she, in time, destroy the evil that is threatening to overtake her kingdom? With friends to guide her and a man to whom she truly loves beside her, she may be able to save Aelethia.

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My ****4 Star Review****

I found myself surprisingly impressed by Dark One Rising. After reading the blurb, I expected to enjoy it, but I expected it to have more romance. Now don’t get me wrong. There’s romance! But, it’s not a book that I’d categorize as a romance. I’d stick this in the fantasy category. If you follow my reviews then you know that I’m a romance gal. But, I am open to most all genres. It just really has to be a good book to catch my attention if it’s not a romance. This book accomplished that!

I’d also add that this story isn’t strong on the emotions, and I didn’t find myself deeply connected with any of the characters. So, again, I was surprised that it still intrigued me as much as it did. Unfortunately I can’t exactly put my finger on what it is about the book that did pull me in. I can’t even say that it’s the writing style. It just might be the strong good vs. evil plot. Melenthia represents all that is good, and Fallon is so brilliantly depicted as pure evil. You can FEEL the conflict!

I do have to warn you that it has a cliffhangerish ending. The story starts to drag a bit towards the end, but I think it’s the authors way of bringing it to a close, but don’t fear, the second book is already available!

*I received a copy via Inkwater Press in exchange for an honest review.*

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Be watching for my review of Aelethia’s Hope (Tanith Prophecy, #2). I’m reading it now!!
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About the Author ~ Leandra Martin

Leandra Martin

Leandra Martin was born in Southbridge, Massachusetts. From early on she was a book worm, reading anything she could get her hands on, but her biggest love was fantasy/science fiction, like the works of David Eddings and Roger Zelazny. As a child she wrote a couple of children’s books, but knew that writing a novel was what she wanted to do. She received an AA degree in Broadcasting/Communications, spent a few years in radio, and participated for many years in community theater. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, two boys and their blue eyed canine named Jett.
http://www.leandramartin.com

Happy Reading,

Alison