During my latest binge on KU, I read three books, two of which were already on my TBR list but I just have not had the time to really sit and read them. Hmm real life getting in the way of my hobbies? Go figure. Well, if there is one thing I can tell you about binge reading, it is that if you don’t write down what you thought about the book, everything all starts to blur together and you forget if you even liked it ( or perhaps I am just a total weirdo and am only further proving my quirks by putting them in writing.)
I will stop rambling and get on with the results of my binge by posting some mini reviews, maybe one of these will satiate your inner book fiend.
First World by Jaymin Eve
This book is free actually, so not really part of KU but I found it while I was mid binge so ha! It still counts right?
A young adult paranormal romance series.
An epic journey.
If the Seventine are released, will anyone survive?
Abigail Swish might not love her life, living in gang-ridden New York in 2035 and training to fight and survive with Compound 23. But she is grateful for a few things, especially her no-filter-between-brain-and-mouth best friend Lucy and her escape each night into a dream world far different from her own.
In fact, sometimes she lives for the fleeting moments she spends at night with the man who fuels every romantic fantasy she’s ever had. But each morning reality returns. She could just cry. But she won’t. Tears don’t change a damn thing.
Then without any warning, a month before her eighteenth birthday, everything does change. A guardian finds her. He explains, in a strangely familiar accent, that she was stashed on Earth for safekeeping and has been lost to her family ever since. And it is time to return home. To First World; a land of unimagined beauty.
Abigail and Lucy find themselves thrust from New York and into another world. Day one: traversing through an unforgiving wilderness. Yeah, because that sort of thing just happens every day. Luckily an unexpected savior arrives; the man from her dream-world. Brace is six-and-a-half feet of perfectness, wrapped in an arrogance like no other. Unable to trust his assistance, and unsure which of her instincts to follow – kiss him or punch him in the mouth – Abigail eventually accepts his help to find her family.
And what a family. Enter Josian, her father, larger than life and apparently not even human. He is Walker, a planet-less race revered as gods, causing mischief and mayhem through-out this star-system. Unfortunately, there is no time for a cozy reunion, since her return to First World is the unknown catalyst, setting forth a chain of events which could spell disaster for all worlds.
I enjoyed reading this book but it didn’t make me fan girl or immediately start the next book in the series. I filed this one away in the “okay, I don’t have anything to read, ohh i’ll pick this one up again” pile. I will probably finish the series eventually, I just didn’t get excited enough to stay up and continue reading into the wee hours of the night. The plot is definitely interesting and the idea of Walkers is original. The love story is a bit dry but intriguing none the less. The writing is descriptive and easy to follow. The world building is well done and this story is stuck between two of them, so props to the Jaymin Eve.
Hidden Deep by Amy Patrick
He isn’t supposed to even talk to a human, much less fall in love with one…
Sixteen-year-old Ryann Carroll has just run into the guy who saved her life ten years ago. You might think she’d be happy to see him again. Not exactly. She’s a bit underdressed (as in skinny-dipping) and he’s not supposed to exist.
After her father’s affair, all Ryann wants is to escape the family implosion fallout and find a little peace. She also wouldn’t mind a first date that didn’t suck, but she’s determined not to end up like her mom: vulnerable, betrayed, destroyed. Ryann’s just moved into her grandma’s house in rural Mississippi, the same place where ten years earlier she became lost in the woods overnight and nearly died.
She’s still irresistibly drawn to those woods. There she encounters the boy who kept her from freezing to death that long ago winter night and was nowhere to be seen when rescuers arrived. He’s still mysterious, but now all grown-up and gorgeous, too. And the more she’s with him, the greater the threat he poses to Ryann’s strict policy– never want someone more than he wants you.
Seventeen-year-old Lad knows the law of his people all too well: Don’t get careless and Don’t get caught.
It’s allowed his race to live undetected in this world for thousands of years, mentioned only in flawed and fading folklore. Lad’s never been able to forget about Ryann since that night ten years ago. When he sees her again, his fascination re-ignites and becomes a growing desire that tempts him to break all the rules. He’s not even supposed to talk to a human, much less fall in love with one.
And the timing is atrocious. The Assemblage is coming, the rift between the Light and Dark is widening. Lad may have to trade his own chance at happiness to keep the humans, especially Ryann, blissfully ignorant and safe.
I really wanted to love this book but I just only mildly enjoyed it. The plot is interesting but Ryann and Lad don’t feel real, meaning they don’t feel three dimensional. The love that is supposed to be growing between them felt a little too young for my taste and it was almost certainly insta-love. I enjoyed the bit of a love triangle that develops and I really dug the reveal of what they are. The rest of the plot felt strange. The idea of the pods and the oblivious nature of our female lead only make it more uncomfortable. I don’t foresee myself reading the rest of the series but I never say never. (Yeah, I realize I said never, womp womp.)
What Lies Inside by J.L. Myers
Amelia Lamont never asked to unleash her inner vampire.
Amelia’s normal teen world is shattered when a terrifying nightmare awakens the monster inside her. A newfound, insatiable thirst for blood that leads her to drain the school quarterback is only the beginning; she’s horrified to discover that her family and best friend Kendrick have been harboring the secret all along. And is the strangely alluring boy who seems hell-bent on curbing her murderous, blood-filled desires a friend, or foe?
To escape detection, Amelia and her twin brother Dorian are forced to move to a new town, and the challenge of a new, exclusive high school where nearly every classmate smells like prey. Including the irresistible Ty, who seems hauntingly familiar, yet darkly menacing …
Amelia’s disturbing dreams and entanglement in a web of forbidden romance render her increasingly powerless against the chilling lies and secrets of her newfound supernatural world. And, as she soon discovers, vampire politics mixed with outlawed love can be a lethal cocktail.
Falling in love may just cost Amelia everything: her friends, her family…even her life.
Move over Twilight, True Blood and Underworld! J.L. Myers’ first book in the Blood Bound series will have you swooning for more!
I actually stopped reading this book about 9% in. I know what you are thinking, no I didn’t give it a good chance and I know that but it was just so awkwardly written and cliche-ish ( I swear that word is in a dictionary somewhere) I just had to stop. Perhaps, I will give it another go but definitely not today.