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Entertainment Weekly

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I have a completed post for all of ya’ll today, except for a project runway, because my dvr screwed up last night. More like someone untyped my shows again. *glares at little brother* Also! It looks like September might be the month I move out into my own apartment. There is one that looks very promising and not too expensive. Here’s the post!

T.V Shows I’m Obsessing Over:

Pretty Little Liars:

Pretty Little Liars Complete Cast
Pretty Little Liars Complete Cast

Omg! I cannot believe that they tried to make it look like Ezra is A! He most definitely is not! It just doesn’t make sense! So many things just don’t add up with him being A. I mean, he got his reputation temporarily ruined and he thought that he would have to move away for his career. I don’t think A would purposefully sabotage themselves that bad just to get at the liars or their sympathy. It would be perfect if Ezra was A, but he would never hurt Aria. They are trying to make it look like Ezra would be the older guy, but I don’t think he was. Maybe he is working for the A team to protect Aria just like Toby and Mona did for the liars that they loved. Or maybe, just maybe, he followed the liars and is trying to find A to get that person to stop messing with Aria. I’d rather picture Ezra as the knight on the white horse than the killer A.

Twisted:

Season 1 Poster
Season 1 Poster

This was an exciting season finale with fake fights and major romance. There were surprises at every turn and I cannot wait until 2014 for this show to come back on. The biggest surprise was who Jo’s mom had to call. I bet that Danny and Jo are probably half siblings. I mean, it really isn’t that farfetched.  Maybe, Danny’s dad or Jo’s mom killed Regina. Who knows? So much happened in this episode that my brain is still reeling from all of the information. Even though a lot of things happened, most of it was predictable, which is why I don’t have a lot to say about it. I do like this series and think it is very different from other series out there, but I’m not totally in love with it yet. I give it 4 stars.

Movies I Watched:

Saved:

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This was a cute movie that had a lot of mature elements going on that I was not expecting. I had watched Sleep Over previously and since this movie had the same style of movie poster, I thought it would be light, fluffy fun. It wasn’t all that light and fluffy. It had some heavy topics, but it did have its funny if not perverted moments. I thought that it was very mature and would only recommend it to mature teenagers or young adults. This is thought provoking, not an escape from reality. 3/5 I give this rating just because I was not expecting it to be so deep.

This Magic Moment:

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Since this was a Hallmark movie, I knew that I was in for a sweet story with a happy ending. The story was cute, but quite predictable. Sometimes though, I am in a mood for predictable with a happy ending and the happy ending to this story was a bit unexpected which I enjoyed very much. It added a fresh pop of unexpected to an otherwise predictable movie sequence, since Hallmark movies are very similar in story plot. If you want a happy movie with some comedic drama, than this movie will not disappoint you. 4/5 I give this rating, because it did have a twist to a predictable story line.

Books I’m Starting:

3 Days

3 Days

This is the new book that I am reading along with a few others I am enjoying. I always read several books at the same time, because I am not always in the mood for the same book. I like to read dystopian sometimes and a fluffy romance later in the day. This book is definitely an end of days book, really bordering on a dystopian novel. I am in the beginning few chapters and really like the supernatural element that is thrown in there to make the novel more interesting and less like other books I have read. I cannot wait to finish this book and review it for you guys!

That’s it for now! What are all you guys loving or hating when it comes to entertainment? Leave a comment or request below!

With Love,

Hannahxoxoxo

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Review: Spell Bound

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

I have decided to make the titles of my posts more findable, since a few of my readers suggested it. The creative titles are fun to make, but I will make it easier for you guys and write the titles more clearly of what is going to be discussed in my posts. That doesn’t mean that I cannot include what would have been the title. These will still be inclubecause I love coming up with them. Now, the final book in the Hex Hall series. I have reviewed all three books on my blog, I believe. Here are the links to the previous books: Book 2 and I actually never reviewed book 1, opps!

Just Kill Me Already

Spell Bound
By: Rachel Hawkins

Spell Bound

3 out of 5 stars

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

1. Heroine/Hero: I likedSophie more in this book than in the last one; however, I still believe that her character could have been stronger. I loved Cal in this book! He mad the ultimate sacrifice for Sophie. She should have at least gave him a fighting chance at winning her heart. I am team Cal all the way and I bet a lot of readers are, too. I feel a bit disappointed with the rest of the characters in the book. This does not entice me to read the spin off series at all. 3 out of 5 stars

2. Evil Antagonist: By the end of Demonglass, the reader knows who the evil people are. So, that is not a surprise there. There should have been an evil surprise, but there was not. It would have made the story more exciting. 3 out of 5 stars

3. Minor Characters: I did not really like the minor characters in this book or at least, the new ones. Her mom and dad, I totally loved. heir strained love shinned through in this one. I loved the way they were portrayed. Archer was still just as charming as ever and I liked him, but I was not attached to him muchafter the first book. There was more chemistry with Cal. Jenna with her pink streak was the best friend that anyone could ask for. I really liked her in this book. She was bravier and embraced her vampirism. 3 out of 5 stars

4. Plot: There was too much waiting around for something to happen. I wish there was more action than waiting and nticipating the action. There was just too much of that going on to really enjoy the story and it did not seem like much of a story at all, but just resolving the second book. 2 out of 5 stars

5. Setting: The scenery is beautiful in this book and so descriptive. I know some people detest too many details, but I thrive on them. I really thought that Hell would have looked different or would have had creatures protecting it or something! What it really was, was unexpected and not exactly in a good way. 4 out of 5 stars

6. Dialogue: I really think that the author does a beautiful job in this department. The dialogue is so close to the dialogue on the year it was written that it makes the story believable and modern, to the point where modern teenagerscan relate to it, even though it is a work of fiction. I loved the witty comebacks and the humor in the dialogue during the story. It provided much needed comedic relief to an otherwise uneventful or drama filled scene. This made the waiting parts more bareable. 5 out of 5 stars

7. Surprises: There weren’t many surprises in this book, besides one surprise near the end that was heart wrenching for me. Everything else was very predictable and I saw it coming every time. I like stories with more mystery to them. I think I am growing out of the young YA section and need to steer towards older, more mature YA novels. I find that the younger ones are more predictable, but it also might just be this book in preticular. 2 out of 5 stars

8. Climax: There was a very intense climax in this book, btit gets resolved fairly easily, whch is something that I did not particularly like. I expected an epic battle and what I got was a far cry from it. This book has let me down some what. I was expectingsomething specail ad for this series to really go out with a bang, but instead, it really just fizzled out. 2 out of 5 stars

9. Response: I had very negative, angry responses t this book that got me really upset. I also saw sweet moments that I didn’t want to end. The point is, yes, I did have a lot of emotional response to this book, which is what I loved most about it. That I was so involved with the characters that  felt angry when things didn’t turn out the way I wanted them to. Negative or not, this book gripped me in a very powerful way, not much books can do that to me. 5 out of 5 stars

10. Ending: I did not like the ending. It wasn’t what I wanted and I think that many people are with me on this one. I was upset with who Sophia ended up with, because I was hoping for her to fall into a sweet love with somone else. This someone else never hurt her, but made her feel special. Gosh! I really hate love triangles, because most times, they never end up withthe person you want them most with! 4 out of 5 stars

11. Writing: The writing is superb as always. The author really knows how to craft a book, but she let me down wit the climax of this one. She wrote such engaging fight scenes in books 1 and 2 that she should have came up wih something better. I guess, she felt rushed and didn’t want to miss her deadline. To me, this book felt like it was going to be longer and more drawn out, then halfway through all ofthese scenesget smooshed together and everything goes off at a rapid fire pace. I just wished that the author would have took her time to make the eding of the series super special, not super rushed. 3 out of 5 stars

12. Artwork: The covers are as pretty as always and this one is no exception. I just have no clue what a cat has got to do with this series. There isn’t a cat in it! 4 out of 5 stars

13. Genre: To me, this is a bit on the younger side of YA. It is for preteens or for young girls 16 and younger to really enjoy. If I was still in high school, this might have fared better than it has now. I think there should be more emphasis that this is for YOUNG readers. 4 out of 5 stars

14. Title: The title of this book, Spell Bound, totally makes sense and goes well with the whole trilogy. I find it very compelling. 5 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this novel 3 out of 5 stars. It is a solid ending o the series, saying I thought it was okay, but I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it or hated it either. As a series, I give this 4 stars, because the first and second books were definitely better and worth reading. Have you read this book or series? What did you think? Leave a comment or a request.

With Love,

Hannahxoxoxo

Entertainment, My Life, Reviews

Obsession Entertainment

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

Entertainment Weekly is here again. Once a week, I will talk about what show, movies, and books I am obsessing over and basically just have a lot of spoilers to try to start a discussion. I like to talk a lot about my favorite shows and what’s going to happen next and so on. So, be prepared for spoilers and if you haven’t watched these and plan to, I would say stop reading now! If you are like me and are obsessing over these shows, please comment with our ideas and opinions or even if you’re not, explain why. My list is always incomplete, because I watch so many shows, but I am trying to build up my resume as I go along!

TV Shows I’m Obsessing Over:

Pretty Little Liars:

Pretty Little Liars Complete Cast
Pretty Little Liars Complete Cast

This show just gets me every time. I cannot believe what happened on this week’s episode!  Wren is such a double crosser, but why? What did the girls ever do to him? Every person on the A team has a personal vendetta against the liars. The only thing I can think of is that Wren is in love with Hanna. I felt so bad for Ezra! His son isn’t even his son and the sad part is, the mother knew that to begin with. She took all that money from is mother and probably thought that she could get more from him. When Ezra needed Aria the most, she was out with her knew boy toy. I wonder if she would go back with Ezra now that he is childless? That is the reason why she left him in the first place. She didn’t want to be a mom, plus with A threatening her and all. Now, A is probably CeCe Drake, since Allie ruined her and thought that the other four were in on it as well. The season finale is next week and I am so excited! Are you?

Twisted:

Season 1 Poster
Season 1 Poster

Now that the video is out, will Lacey be publicly with Danny? Or will she turn on him? Probably turn on him, because she still wants to be miss popularity. I cannot believe the ending! It was super funny with that weird girl who remembers everything. LOL. I thought that the girls were overly harsh with Danny considering everything they went through with him and now they are just going to feed him to the dogs. It just doesn’t make much sense, just some added drama, which I find not totally realistic. Jo is still in love with Danny, though. So, maybe there is hope. I hope Danny doesn’t go to jail for the Regina murder. Why did he kill his aunt anyway?

Switched At Birth:

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So much drama! YAY! I am glad for all of the drama again. I cannot believe how wild the Bacholorette party got and how Toby’s party went. I feel bad for Toby and Emmett, but now, he has a best man? Are the parents going to ruin Toby’s wedding or will he do that himself? Will Bay find ou that Ty and her father went against her and did nothing to keep him from the war? Will she understand? I have a funny feeling that she will be devastated and very hurt. I cannot believe that Regina backed out at raising the daughter with her “husband”. I guess, babies can get on people’s nerves, plus there is no do-over button like she said. I am looking forward to th season finale. I wonder what will happen to Delphine?

Project Runway:

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New Season

I absolutely love the new season of Project Runway. It is all new drama and Tim Gun now has a save in the show. I cannot believe that he is now a cohost! I feel so proud of him that he was able to become not just a mentor, but a core part of the show. I am just happy that he is recognized as such now. I like the new cast and that there is more of a variety of people on it now. I love the new challenges. I don’t think this could ever get boring in my opinion. This is the only reality television show I watch, practically.

Movies I’m Obsessing Over:

Hairspray:

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I thought this movie was very hilarious and suggestive at times. I do not think it was a very good, quality movie, but I did enjoy it. There were some parts that left me confused, but those were far and few in between. I only watched it, because I heard so much about it and Zac Efron was in it. Let’s face it. I watch every movie that he stars in, because he’s a great actor and a looker. Hairspray didn’t impress me, but I enjoyed watching it with Danielle.

Sleepover:

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When Danielle mentioned this movie, I had to go watch it on Netflix. It was a very cute Teen movie that would be appropriate for young teens to watch. I found it more entertaining than Hairspray, but still, it was too young for me. I can definitely see enjoying this at a younger age though. This is a clean comedy for young teens. It will not disappoint. I loved Sara Paxton in this. I watch every movie she is in. I just love her as an actress!

Books I’m Into:

Fashionably Undead:

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This is an audio book that Danielle gave me to enjoy. I have been reading it as I exercise on the Treadmill and I just finished Chapter 3. I really like it so far. It is very interesting and I love the narration. Meg Calbot is one of my favorite authors, so I am happy to be listening to a book I have never heard before by her. I like all the funny accents the narrator puts on in the audio book. This is definitely something different that I recommend.

Web Of Life Shamon Pathways Guidance for Your Life Journey:

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I am rereading this book from scratch and having a go at the exercises as well. My computer crashed, deleting the review I had done on this. I promised the author a review by the end of this week, but I have been very busy. I will definitely have a review up by the end of the month. I am a quarter of the way through the book again. You need an open mind to be able to really read this. I do not recommend anyone Catholic or devotedly religious to read this, because you could be offended by the content. The book asks you to connect with a plant’s life force. If this is not your thang, don’t read it. I do really like the abstract concepts in this book, but even I don’t know if I really believe this stuff. This book mentions Wicca, which worried me a bit; however, it mentions nothing of witchcraft. 🙂

What shows are the rest of you loving? Anything I can add to my collection?

With Love,

Hannahxoxoxo

FTC Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I am not being paid to promote these tv shows, movies, or books. I did receive Life Shaman Pathways Guidance for Your Life Journey by the author Yvonne Ryues in exchange for an honest review. No money ever exchanged hands and I recieved no other compensation besides a free copy for reviewing purposes.

Entertainment, My Life, Reviews

Entertainment ~ Weekly Update

Heya Aspiring Gurus!

This is a new segment I like to call Entertainment Weekly! Lol. Once a week, I will talk about what show, movies, and books I am obsessing over and basically just have a lot of spoilers to try to start a discussion. I like to talk a lot about my favorite shows and what’s going to happen next and so on. So, be prepared for spoilers and if you haven’t watched these and plan to, I would say stop reading now! If you are like me and are obsessing over these shows, please comment with our ideas and opinions or even if you’re not, explain why. I am only going to be putting up a few tv shows today, because it’s getting really stormy here and I want to post this before it gets worst!

TV Shows I’m Obsessing Over:

Pretty Little Liars:

Pretty Little Liars Complete Cast
Pretty Little Liars Complete Cast

I am really loving this series! I am up to date on season 4 and I cannot believe how intense the show is getting! I wonder who really killed Wilden. For some reason, I think CeCe Drake probably killed him. I feel so bad for Hanna’s mom though. I cannot believe Pastor Ted had that much cash to get Ashley out of jail on bail. Talk about really lovig someone. Then, we have Emily’s drama, which is more true to life than A related. Aria’s problems are normal things as well like jealousy. Spencer wants to be on A’s tail and who could blame her? Toby is all messed up , because of her. Ands I know! We all think A is a girl, but wouldn’t it be surprising if it was Lucas?! Speaking of Lucas, where did he go? I miss him. A lot of people have disappeared from this show and many have been added. My little complete cast poster needs to be updated to reflect the new cast members, plus where are the parents and siblings?! Lol. I guess, it is the complete cast of important characters. At least Ezra is in there. Does anyone else think Ezra’s part is now boring and dragged out? Aria and Ezra were starting to get to be a boring couple. I’m glad they decided to spice up the show again.

Twisted:

Season 1 Poster
Season 1 Poster

I am really enjoying this new show. I thought that I wouldn’t like it r be as invested in it like I am with other shows, but I have to say that the plot is very interested and very twisted. There is a lot of mystery, but I wish there was a little more mystery than who is dating whom but I guess that is what a lot of teenagers like to watch. The show is kind of soapy, but not enough to get me to stop watching it.  There is still a good dose of mystery to this show, if it ever disappeared, I would stop watching this. I cannot believe all the twists and turns this show is getting into. I am up to date on the season and was surprised by the corporation having the same design as the necklace. Is this a secret society?!

Switched At Birth:

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I am up to date on the season of this show. I cannot believe all that has happened! John is so nice now to Regina. Is the wedding going to be called off between Toby and his girl? I kind of hope that the wedding will not take place, because I want Toby to be signal. He is my man in the show. I cannot believe that Ty would be that mean to Bay! Of course he apologized, but she had to go to the hospital, because of him. I would have been POED with that had been my man. It was nice to see Emmette developing as a character and seeing his mom finally involved with someone. Is it just me or is this show a little blah now that there isn’t a whole lot of drama going on? It seems to be a bit more boring and I tend to get a bit bored watching it. I want it to be exciting again!

The Fosters:

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End of Season 1 poster

I really liked Season 1 of The Fosters. I thought that it is a unique show and I have never seen anything like it before. I really like the concept of a family fostering children and really ironically, their last name is Foster. This show is filled with drama and it is the really sweet kind as well. There are intense moments, but I feel it is a good family show to watch. I cannot wait untilo next January to watch season 2, hopefully this show will not get cancelled like a lot of shows on ABC Family.

What shows are the rest of you loving? Anything I can add to my collection? I have more shows that I watch other than this, but that storm is brewing stronger!

With Love,

Hannahxoxoxo

FTC Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I am not being paid to promote these tv shows.

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Demons Anyone?

Demon Glass
by Rachel Hawkins

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4 out of 5 stars

FTC Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and I picked up this book from my local library.

1. Heroine/Hero: Sophie is a kickarse heroine that is also really down to earth and human. She makes mistakes and learns from them. She grows and matures. She is a very likeable character and even when you get frustrated with her, it’s more directed at the situation than her as a character. I also consider Archer a hero in this book. He was less of an arse and sweeter than I thought he could be. I still like Cal better than him though. 4 out of 5 stars

2. Evil Antagonist: You would think that it is The Eye, if you read this series, but surprise, surprise, they are not the only group to be afraid of. 5 out of 5 stars

3. Minor Characters: There are several minor characters in this book that I will only mention the most important ones. Cal is amazing and so sensitive to Sophie’s needs. I loved him in this book and I wish things would have gone differently for him. Jenna was a bit annoying in this book and I didn’t like her as much, but hopefully, things change in the third and final book. The other characters to mention would be telling. 4 out of 5 stars

4. Plot: This book is totally different from the first book and in my opinion, better than the first as a whole. There was more drama and suspense. You never knew what was really going on until the very end. I have a funny feeling that the ending of this series will be anything but a pretty happily ever after. 4 out of 5 stars

5. Setting: The book descriptions were written beautifully in this book. I am guilty of skimming some of the boring details, but most of the descriptions were interesting. The more boring parts really dragged down the pace of the novel. I wish that the author either left those parts out or made them more engaging. 3 out of 5 stars

6. Dialogue: The characters’ words were more true to who they were than the last novel. I think that the author developed the language of her characters and really tried to find the right tone and words to fit each of her characters different personalities. 5 out of 5 stars

7. Surprises: There were many events and information that I never saw coming. There were a few of them, but not overwhelming where there was too much information. I do think that I would have liked a bit more information when certain surprises happened in order for it to be less confusing and more informing. 3 out of 5 stars

8. Climax: There is a major fight scene that is the climax of most action-packed books; however, the reader does not get to see much h of this fight, just that one is occurring. Everything leading up to this point has been intense, but I believe that the author could have built up the excitement a bit more before the book abruptly ends. The climax is still a worthy one though. 4 out of 5 stars

9. Response: This is a largely fantasy novel, so I didn’t get emotionally involved with tears or anything. I just felt the intensity of the moments as I read. Other novels even fantasy, usually has me in tears at times, but I was numb through this one. Not exactly sure why, but it could just be me and my moods. 1 out of 5 stars

10. Ending: The end of the novel is pretty erupt. There is not much of a solid ending. It just ends with a major cliff hanger that you are not expecting. You expect for there to be another page or chapter, but there isn’t. It is sort of disappointing, but all good things must come to an end, I guess. 2 out of 5 stars

11. Writing: The author is a terrific writer and I love her witty style. This book is just as great as the last. There was nothing really to improve in the writing, except adding some more meat here and there. Really, there is just small things that I pick at that not a lot of people have a problem with. 4 out of 5 stars 12. Artwork: The cover is pretty, but not the most gorgeous cover on earth. 3 out of 5 stars

13. Genre: This is fantasy, YA, and romance. It makes for a very fun read. 5 out of 5 stars

14. Title: The title truly does fit the book perfectly. 5 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this book 3.7 out of 5 stars. I am currently reading the last book in the series. Be on the lookout for a review on the third book next week or so.

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What a Jerk!

The Jerk Magnet
by: Melody Carlson

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4 out of 5 stars

FTC Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I purchased this book for free on amazon.

1. Heroine/Hero: Chelsea is the main character of the story and I find her humorous and charming. She was never annoying, but highly entertaining and clueless. I really loved her as a main character, which is a rare thing for me to say about any book. There was nothing about her that I did not like. She is the type of person that one would love to be friends with and have in your corner. I also feel that Chelsea’s stepmother Kate is a heroine of the story as well, because she sparked Chelsea’s transformation and really is the fairy godmother of the story, if this was a Cinderella Story (ah-mazing movie, btw.). 5 out of 5 stars

2. Evil Antagonist: I do not feel like there really is a “bad guy” to this story character wise, but theme wise the antagonist is the act of being a teenager and going through those years in high school. It creates rumors and hormones are running high and out of control. It’s those years of insecurity and low self-esteem. The years of discovering who you are and what morals or rules you are not willing to break. An invisible societal evil, but evil nonetheless. 3 out of 5 stars

3. Minor Characters: Of course, Chelsea’s dad is going to be a minor character, since he wa not a strong presence throughout the book. This is about teenagers, though. So, I do not mind her not having her dad around that much. Makes for more character freedom. Janelle becomes Chelsea’s first friend. I did not like her as much as I liked Chelsea, who seems to be the only real nice girl in the book. Chase was a foolish guy, who was a hopeless romantic. I liked him, but also thought he was a jerk for only looking at pretty girls. Dayton is a charmer, but I never figured him to be what he was and to have a temper. Nicholas was really the only guy that I liked in the book. He wasn’t attracted to looks, but who a person really is. Although he let beauty cloud his judgement, he made amends for it and realized that he was wrong to act the way he did/does. He was just a real of a character to me as Chelsea, not perfect but not annoyingly faulty either. 3 out of 5 stars

4. Plot: It is the ultimate high school beauty story where the unpopular, unattractive girl gets a makeover and becomes popular overnight, but realizes that being popular and pretty does not make your life any easier. I really enjoyed the story and didn’t really feel like it was clichéd. There were certain aspects that made the plot seem unique, rather than a rewrite of yet another transformation novel. 5 out of 5 stars

Setting: The novel definitely satisfied my need for descriptive scenery and massive amounts of detail. I am a sucker for details in a novel that really allows me to immerse myself into the novel and really experience the story. This book had the perfect balance of details. I didn’t skim any pages, because of too much information, which can make a novel drag on unnecessarily. 5 out of 5 stars

6. Dialogue: I believe that what characters say is just as important as what they do. I felt that the dialogue was stilted at times anda bit dry; however, I still enjoyed the conversations. They were just as awkward or romantic as in real life and I felt that they were real. The author knows how teenagers speak, not many authors do. 4 out of 5 stars

7. Surprises: This is a strong element in this novel. You never know what to expect and the secrets you learn about the people around Chelsea. In almost every chapter, I have experienced an “OMG” moment, where what happened was unexpected and not even hinted at before. I love the surprises that you never see coming. Move over foreshadowing, surprises are the new thing. 5 out of 5 stars

8. Climax: There definitely was a climatic moment in this novel, but I did not think that it was a really high moment in the novel. I kind of wish that there was more of a build up and dramatic cliff before everything gets resolved. I did not like how cookie cutter perfect this climax was. I still liked it. I just wish that there was more pop and flair to it. 2 out of 5 stars

9. Responses: The novel was a nice fun read. Aside from the surprises, I did not really have any emotional responses to the story. In this case, it is a good thing, because it made the story fluffy and light instead of overly dramatic and dark. I believe the author could have easily gone that way with this story. I just wish that I could have had some teary moments. It would have made me even more invested into the story and characters, 3 out of 5 stars

10. Ending: I didn’t believe that it was much of an ending. There really wasn’t any cliff hangers that made you impatient or excited for the next book in the series. I wish the ending wasn’t so tidy and wrapped up. Yes, there is still intrigue to see where the rest of Chelsea’s story goes, but it would have been better to surround it with a bit of a mystery and uncertainty. 3 out of 5 stars

11. Writing: I found that the author writes the story very well and found an editor that did a really good job as well. I wasn’t distracted by errors, which allowed me to focus fully on the story and the writing. The author wrote in a style that agreed with the story and sounded like an authentic teenager and her thoughts and feelings. I really enjoyed te writing style. 5 out of 5 stars

12. Artwork: The cover is quirky and eye-catching. Do I think it is knockdown gorgeous? No, but it did intrigue me enough to get this book for a free download. I like how the model is dressed on the cover as well as the brightness of the cover. 3 out of 5 stars

13. Genre: The book is advertised as a young adult romance story, but it also has a Christian element as well. I enjoyed the story more because of the religious element to it. It made the story refreshing with the view that Christians are not perfect and that everyone makes mistakes. 5 out of 5 stars

14. Title: The title goes with the cover and the story. I like how the title is mentioned in the dialogue. So, it really ties the title into the story and how pretty things attract jerks of every variety. The title is perfect, but I would have liked the series name to have been different. 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this novel 3.9 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading the next book in the series. It is refreshing when you are in the mood for a light fun read. Have you read this book? Your thoughts?

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It’s Hard Being New

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The New Girl: A Webster Grove Novella
By: Tracie Puckett

3 out of 5 Stars

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I purchased this for free on Amazon.

This book is a novella series, so it is a short book. There are six of them, I believe and they are all under a 2 US dollars. I believe that the quality of this book would be worth that price.

1. Heroine/Hero: Steph or more specifically Abcdef, yeah I know. What a weird name to have. She is at times slightly annoying, but I could really relate to he character. Falling in love with an older man is always hard, never easy. You have all these doubts going through your head and it’s even harder in high school. You think that you are not mature enough for him. Steph does a fabulous job trying to juggle her teenage life and fight her attraction. I think that I have to add Alex into this category, the older man. He is not a minor character, since he is either present or talked about most of the time. He is sweet and charming. He is everything a good guy should be and I liked him a lot. He reminded me of my own boyfriend. I thought of Ezra from Pretty Little Liars when I read this. 5 out of 5 stars

2. Evil Antagonist: I found the math teacher to be an evil-ish role in this story. More importantly though, the situation is the real killer here. The problem is that Steph is still a minor and in high school, something Alex doesn’t seem to care about all that much. I remember feeling a bit out-of-place in high school, because my boyfriend was older. I know that situations like these are hard. 4 out of 5 stars

3. Minor Characters: There really is only three minor characters that I care to mention in my review. Steph’s mom is one of those characters. She is very annoying to me and not sensible to Steph at all. I do not even think her mom cares about anyone besides herself, plus she is slightly psychotic. Steph’s wo friends at school are also the comedic relief of the drama in the story. There is a bit more to the story about the two of them, but then, that would be telling. 3 out of 5 stars

4. Plot: Well, this story is about a girl who falls in love with an older man, but really the story is a lot sweeter than that. It is less drama filled and light. I liked that about the story, but really that is the plot besides a little side story about Steph liking to design clothes. I wish that part was bigger and less of a side. If the novella was longer, the plot would be better developed. 3 out of 5 stars

5. Setting: With a novella, there is not much room to have a lot of details about the scenery and I felt that the story was lacking a little sparkle. If she is a fabulous designer, shouldn’t the reader get an idea of her designs and descriptions about the dresses that she creates? I kept waiting for more details that never came. It was very disappointing for me, since I love the little details. 2 out of 5 stars

6. Dialogue: I felt that the dialogue ran smoothly and people sounded the way they should. I didn’t think that conversations were stiff or awkward. The author made the whole story flow together seamlessly. This novella was filled with conversations, so it is very important to note that the author got it right. 5 out of 5 stars

7. Surprises: There were really only two surprises, which isn’t that surprising since it is a novella. They were meant to be short. The surprises were epically huge that you never see coming and I loved that about this book. I won’t spoil it for the rest of you, but they were really great shocking moments that made my eyes go round. 5 out of 5 stars

8. Climax: There really wasn’t much of a high point, since the book was so short. I think that there might have been one, but the fact that I cannot remember is telling. I don’t think there was a climax and I think even a novella should have that. 1 ou of 5 stars

9. Response: The only parts I really responded to were the surprising ones and anytime the two lovebirds were together. The love was a sweet one, but I really wanted some passion. It would have made the story better. As is, it was just sweet and cute. 2 out of 5 stars

10. Ending: There was a surprise at the end of the book that made up for the lack of a climax or a very poor one at best. It was cliffhanger ending that made me want to read the next book. I thought it was a sweet ending to a sweet book. 4 out of 5 stars

11. Writing: The author writes the story marvelously with really great perspective. I wouldn’t be surprised if the author is writing about her own personal experiences that is how real the story is. I cannot base the author’s writing though on this little story. I would have to read more to judge it more accurately. 4 out of 5 stars

12. Artwork: The cover is soft and sweet. It totally reflects the feel of the book itself. It is a dreamy cover, but I would have liked to have seen something a bit different. Still, it reflects the nature of the novella. 4 out of 5 stars

13. Genre: The genre is definitely YA romance. There is really not much else going on to label this any different. It is chick-lit that is read just for fun. I just wish it was a little more substantial. 4 out of 5 stars

14. Title: The New Girl does not really capture what this book is really about. I wish the author would have chosen a different title to be sure. This book is so much more than being the new girl in town. 2 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this novella 3.4 stars out of 5. I will be reading the next installment, as soon as I have some Amazon credit to spend. I recommend reading this fluffy novella. Drop me a comment or a request anytime.

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A Beautiful Concept

The Stone Protector (Keepers of the Flame, #1)The Stone Protector by Melissa F. Hart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. My review may contain spoilers, but I really strive to be spoiler-free. I downloaded this book for free on Amazon.com. This book was not suggested nor “gifted” to me by the author. I have no affiliation with the author or his/her publisher. This book is more of a novella than a novel. It is very short; therefore, do not expect to be reading this more than a couple of hours. I finished this story in two hours. I am a fast reader, so a slower reader may have a longer read.

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1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Luanne is a really sarcastic little girl, who has not grown up much. The reader learns why she is the way she is, but it is still not satisfying that she falls in love in the end. It seems too clichéd for her and I expected more for her, especially in light of what happened to her in the past. I like the person that she becomes in the end, but she is so confused that I do not think that she sees that she is stronger than Dylan and does not need him to save her. 3 out of 5 stars

2. Strong Main Character / Male Hero: Dylan is the male hero of our story, but I quite like the fact that he does not save our heroine in the end. It made his character a lot more bearable, because I feel like he is a bit of a narcissist that can be very vulnerable at times. His softness seems a bit out of character. 4 out of 5 stars

3. Strong Main Character / Evil Antagonist: The evil mastermind would have to be Lord Morrison, but the reader does not know about him until the end and then, he does not really matter anyways. I felt like this character could have been anyone. 2 out of 5 stars

4. Strong Minor Characters: The grandmother, Katrina, is really the only minor character in this story and she is a very important one. I felt like I liked her the best in this book out of all of the characters. She took things seriously and was not afraid to die to do what she believed was right. I did not feel that the other characters had these qualities or were as enduring to the reader. 5 out of 5 stars

5. The Plot: The concept of the plot was very interesting and I become very excited about it. The author horribly executed the writing, but I still thought that the plot was worth it. I have never read anything quite like this book and not because of the writing. I feel like the concept has never been done quite like in this way. 4 out of 5 stars

6. The Setting: Not much of a setting, but yet again, there was not much to this story. Still, I would have liked to see more descriptions of the house and the rooms that the characters went through. I feel like there could have been more. I am not one to gloss over descriptions. I drink them up. 2 out of 5 stars

7. The Dialogue: The most natural part of this book has to be the dialogue. It really was about the only part of the writing that was done right, without adding confusion into the plot. I feel like everyone was talking the way they should due to their background. No one’s voice sounded out of place with their character. 5 out of 5 stars

8. Engaging Surprises: There were a couple of surprises for such a short book, but I did not really feel like they were surprises more like what the hell just happened and then confusion. Surprises are supposed to shock you and make you more invested into the story. These surprises were more confusing than shocking, because there was never any background on the surprises that made you understand what exactly was going on. 2 out of 5 stars

9. Climax: At least in this novella that I read, there was a massive fight scene that was very satisfying, despite the writing issues. I do think that it was resolved too neatly though and the reader never fully grasped what really happened with Luanne, since it is really glossed over. I wish there was more of an effort put into this scene to make it last longer, but also give some clarity to the reader to get them to invest more of their time into the story. 3 out of 5 stars

10. Emotional Response: I literally had no melty response to this novella. I was frustrated, confused, and angry or indifferent to how the characters would end up. I enjoyed the plot, but was not invested in the story due to a writing style that left more to be desired. 2 out of 5 stars

11. Ending: The ending of the novella was very satisfying and tied up neatly into a pretty little bow. Although, personally I would prefer a less tidy ending, it made the book worth the read in my opinion. Did I cry? No, but I was glad that it ended the way it did…although very predictable. 3 out of 5 stars

12. The Writing: I have to say that although I love the unique plot, I am not a fan of this author’s writing. The writing is all over the place. This author switches from third person narration to first person from Luanne’s perspective, then to Dylan’s perspective in the first person, and back and forth through all of these styles of narration and without any warning do we go. I would have liked to see some type of break like Dylan’s POV or something similar to that. All the switching of writing styles left me confused and irritable. I did get it after a while, but it lessened my enjoyment of the book and I really do not want to read the seconds book. I am afraid that it will be just like this one and that would ruin the story for me….although, I do want to continue…I don’t want to risk my money on it. I am not saying that writing like this is necessarily bad. I did enjoy a book called Turned that switched up POVs, but not in the middle of a chapter and it was very limited with how many chapters were a different POV from the main character and they were relatively short. I just think that the author could have done a much better job at writing this story. 1 out of 5 stars

13. The Artwork: I love, love, love the cover to this novella!!! Although looking through the series as a whole it is the same model with slightly different facial expressions and looks like one photo shoot where the author chose the first three pictures, the model is very beautiful and flawless. I love attractive covers, so I am a bit biased. The only criticism of this cove is that the model looks stiff in her shot, but it sort of fits the character, especially in this book. 5 out of 5 stars

14. Genre: The genre of this book is definitely a paranormal romance. There is a strong supernatural element and the romance comes later in this short book. It is a very fitting YA genre, but I question if it would not turn into more romance and less paranormal elements present. I really hope the author keeps the novel strongly paranormal with the romance to just sweeten the deal. 5 out of 5 stars

15. Title: I have to say that the title says it all. I really enjoy the title. The only title that would be a better fit than this one would be if it said “The Stone Keeper”. Keeping the title the way it is adds more mystery to the plot, but I still think that it would be a small sacrifice. This new title does not give the story away, until the reader figures it out. I really enjoy titles that describe the book perfectly and although this title is not perfect, it is very close. 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give the novella 3.3 out of 5 stars. So, I would have to give it three stars. I feel like this book is average and that some people might enjoy it, but the writing really deters me. If you agree with me in the writing section, then I would advise you not to read this book, because you will be disappointed. If my review does not faze you, then go ahead and read it. I hope you enjoy it.

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One Major Confession

10 Confessions & a Kiss - Chapter 110 Confessions & a Kiss – Chapter 1 by Katrina Joyner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. My review may contain spoilers, but I really strive to be spoiler-free. This book was sent to my email address by the author with no strings attached. She noticed that I had read the first draft of her other graphic novel Heavenly Bride and sent it to me, thinking that I would enjoy this one as well. I do know this author by her work, but not personally. Therefore, I am not affiliated with this author or her publisher. I have no stake in the author’s endeavors and stand to gain nothing from giving a glowing review. So, without further ado, my review of the first chapter of 10 Confessions & A Kiss: Chapter One: The Bracelet.

1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Zoe is a strong and defiant character, but she is also self-centered. She is the “why me?” character that can get a bit annoying, so the reader is sort of happy, when she is cursed. Hopefully, it will knock some sense in her and make her look for love that is real, not superficial. 4 out of 5 stars

2. Strong Main Character / Male Hero: Zoe’s best friend….I do not remember, if the story ever mentions his name….I cannot see it anywhere. Anyways, I found him quite entertaining and gave the story a down-to-earth feel. 4 out of 5 stars

3. Strong Main Character / Evil Antagonist: The Bracelet, which does not make it much of a character. N/A

4. Strong Minor Characters: The only real minor characters is the gypsy lady and her son that works in a fortune tellers shop. There is not too much depth that goes into them, but this is only chapter one. 3 out of 5 stars

5. The Plot: The plot was interesting, but a bit predictable due to the title; however, the details that went into the plot were fresh and new to me. However, a girl gets cursed and must find true love and cannot see that her best friend loves her has been done before. 3 out of 5 stars

6. The Setting: Not much of a setting. It could be anywhere. I wish there were more scenery like in other graphic novels that I have read or at least a brief description of where this novel occurs. 3 out of 5 stars

7. The Dialogue: The character dialect is so much better in this story than in the Heavenly Bride, which is a very good thing. It is one of the story’s redeeming qualities. The witty, humorous banter between the two best friends kept me reading this short chapter. I want to read the next just to see what they will say next. 5 out of 5 stars

8. Engaging Surprises: No real surprises here, just funny details. I wish there were some surprising elements to this story. If the title were less telling, than it would have held a few surprises. 1 out of 5 stars

9. Climax: Really not much of a climax. By the title, one can pretty much tell that Zoe will be cursed, probably by a bracelet. Not a real surprise. I really wish that it was more of a surprise, because there would have been that climatic moment. It fell flat here. 1 out of 5 stars

10. Emotional Response: This story is not much of an emotional thing. It made me laugh, but that was about it. And smiles, never forget the smiles. The story is too short to really make you invested in the story and the characters, but it provided comical relief. 3 out of 5 stars

11. Ending: I feel like I want to read the second chapter to see how the story progresses. The ending leaves me wanting more, but not completely off my rocker need to read it. It is not overly compelling, but definitely something I would like to read in the future. I want to know, if the main character ever figures everything out. The ending is kind of funny and made for a pleasurable read that was relaxing instead of thought provoking. It was exactly what I needed at the time. 3 out of 5 stars

12. The Writing: The grammar in this story is so much better than in Heavenly Bride, which makes me think that she might have taken more time with this story than with the other one? I am not sure, but the writing is so much better. I actually think that she might be developing her own unique voice. She is definitely getting herself to stand out with her artwork. I get that writing may not be her thing, but I see a big improvement. If she paired herself with a different author to tell a story, we could see the new “Gossip Girl” artist. As is, the writing style needs work. Maybe, it needs more of a story with graphics rather than a comic book like story or more square boxes of plot progression? I do not know, but vastly improved. 3 out of 5 stars

13. The Artwork: The creative artwork in this story is breathtaking, but I would have liked to see more backdrops rather than plain backgrounds. I cannot draw to save my life, so I am really impressed with how the characters are created in this one. Plus, this is freehand with no digital manipulations, so it is original artwork, not the stuff you see in stores that are digitally redone. 4 out of 5 stars

14. Genre: This book is easily a graphic novel mixed with some fantasy and romance. It is a nice story to sit down with and only took me ten minutes to read through. This story id definitely for people who do not have much time on their hands to read, but still want to enjoy something and feel like they complete something as well. This is quick and allows one to feel accomplished that they have finished it. It is part of a series, so you can cram a chapter waiting at the doctor’s office or wherever one goes. I believe it deserves stars, because it is so broken up that a busy person can always finish and start the next chapter whenever, rather than only finishing part of a book. I get the satisfaction to have one book “read” on www.goodreads.com rather than only a percentage of it completed. 5 out of 5 stars

15. Title: I have a very legit question about the title. I noticed that it mentions that chapter one is entitled “The Bracelet” many times, but on the actual entrance into the book with graphics, it names that same chapter “The Curse”. So, I am confused. Is it “The Bracelet” or “The Curse”? This is a prime reason why Indie authors need an editor. An editor would easily catch this type of flaws, before they go into print or digital download. Otherwise than that, I believe that the title is suiting, although I am not into the series far enough to know what the “Ten Confessions” part of the title means. 2 out of 5 stars

Overall, I give this chapter 3 stars. It is very average, but it is only a chapter into the work itself. It has the potential to do better and add some much needed enrichment into the story. I kind of wish that there was an option to buy the story as a whole to give it a much more honest review rather than reading it in sections like this and reviewing each section. I think I am blowing it up a little, just because there is not much to go on. So, do not expect this to be long, but short and sweet. Any review after this one, will combine both chapters to give readers a more honest read on this series.

NOTE: THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES HAVE BEEN CHANGED AS OF MARCH 28, 2013

15. Title: This issue has been resolved with the author. The titles are consistently Chapter One: The Bracelet. Due to this change, the stars have been changed. The title know holds a hint of mystery that is enough to entice the reader to wonder what is so special about a simple bracelet. 5 out of 5 stars

5. The Plot: The story is now not very predictable. The only predictable element is that the main character cannot see that her best friend loves her, which occurs in many stories. 4 out of 5 stars

8. Engaging Surprises: Since the title no longer reveals all, I believe that there are a couple of mystery surprises to add. 3 out of 5 stars

9. Climax: Now that the story is not revealed as much with the title, there is a bit of a climax, but not much since there still is not really enough story to really get invested into it. I think that as the chapters progress, this area will improve, because each chapter builds up onto itself. 2 out of 5 stars

I know all of these categories are out of order, but it makes sense to put number fifteen first due to the importance of the correction to this graphic novel. Now, with the new edits, I give this book 3.43 out of 5 stars. I would round it to 3.5 stars. It is an enjoyable read.

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Zero Gravity

Gravity (Gravity, #1)Gravity by Abigail Boyd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. My review may contain spoilers, but I really strive to be spoiler-free.

1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Ariel was a dedicated best friend that did not understand what was going on with her best friend. She did not understand why she was being pushed away. She is very loyal and a caring person. She is a bit of a recluse; however, and has a hard time making friends. She is sort of antisocial, but she is not afraid to defend the ones that she loves. She loves a good mystery and when weird things start happening to her, she looks for answers. She is a self-empowered girl detective that will stop at nothing, until she finds the answers to all of her questions. She is really relatable and down-to-earth. She has a sense of humor and a bit of a morbid obsession with horror films, stories, and the works. She is a perfect specimen for paranormal manipulation. 5 out of 5 stars

2. Strong Main Character / Male Hero: This book is not split into two perspectives, but I believe that there really is a hero to this story that the readers find in Henry Rhodes. He is a mysterious guy with a mysterious origin. I cannot help, but think that his family is into some really dark stuff. Maybe, they are witches, demons, or fallen angels. Whatever they are, Henry really intrigues me as the reader and fascinates me as a fellow writer. I enjoy how the romance with Henry is hot then cold, yes, then no like the Katy Perry song. It makes the relationship a lot more interesting and dynamic. I hope in the second book that the reader learns more about Henry and his family and how they fit into this realistic paranormal world. 5 out of 5 stars

3. Strong Main Character / Evil Antagonist: I do not want to say who the evil antagonist is but let me tell you that you will never see this one coming. It is that unexpected. I loved the aspects of this character. The person is so nice and caring, but there are little hints throughout the entire novel that leads to the reveal. As a fellow reader, I brushed it aside as much as the character did and forgot about it. After the big reveal, as a writer, I remembered all the little breadcrumbs of hints that lead up to it and smacked my own forehead. The reader will, too once they realize it. The character is so unassuming that I do not want to ruin it with saying more. 5 out of 5 stars

4. Strong Minor Characters: Theo is the greatest best friend that Ariel could have, although she knows that Theo is keeping something secret from her and I desperately want to know what it is. She is such a compelling, artistic, quirky character that it grounds the novel and adds a nice dose of reality to the sometimes unbelievable story. She is nerdy, but a very fierce friend. She is at Ariel’s side most of the time being Robin to Ariel’s Batman. I just wish that the author would let Theo out of Ariel’s shadow and make her really shine. Hopefully, this will occur in the next book. Then, my perfect image of Theo would be complete. There are other background characters, but nobody that is as major minor as Theo. I do not want to say anything else that could lead to the identity of the evil antagonist; the snobby, bitchy popular girls do not count as well as the boys that hang out with them. 4 out of 5 stars

5. The Plot: An excellent storyline with beautifully crafted characters. When I truly love a book, I tend to write so much about it and this book is no exception to the rule. It is an unassuming plot that the reader believes that it will be all about finding out what happened to the missing friend, but the reader gets so much more than that. They get this whole different plot that they never saw coming weaved into the original plot and it is done so smoothly, naturally, and flawlessly that the reader thinks nothing of it. This is pure magic and I hope the rest of the series are as riveting as the first book. I hope the sequel can keep up the expectations that readers who have read this book now have. I know my opinions are high up there. The only drawback I have for the plot is that I wish the reader would know a little bit more about what happened to Ariel’s friend, not a lot more but a little. It would make for a more epic ending. 4 out of 5 stars

6. The Setting: There is one word that I could use to describe the setting of Hell: haunting. I can also list a whole bunch more, but that is the key adjective. Everything is beautiful in a hauntingly crude and ugly way. Yes, there is a way where ugly can be beautiful like the girls in horror movies. There is so much description that I believe like I am actually in the town of Hell, such a suiting name for this town once you add the paranormal aspect to it. I have a funny feeling that it will have an angels and demons theme, but if it does not, then this author really does know how to keep an audience entranced. The only thing that could improve the setting is maybe a cemetery visit. It would have added a little something to it, I think. 4 out of 5 stars

7. The Dialogue: Classic teenager language. I loved every second of it. The dialogue had the perfect amount of excitement, humor, sarcasm, and boredom. The four main ingredients that most teenagers are made out of. The perfect blend of normal into the paranormal. It made the whole novel more realistic or plausible that something like this could happen, if the reader can relate to this book personally or point out a few characteristics of their friends in the characters. The characters are not generic, but they are relatable. 5 out of 5 stars

8. Engaging Surprises: There seemed to be a surprise in every chapter whether big or small. I love it when a new bend comes in the story and something jumps out that you never expected. This book is filled with those high thrilling moments. The surprises were very enjoyable and urged me to keep reading to see what else was going to happen. It spurred me to the read the book more than I usually would. I read this book in one day, because it was so good. I sacrificed a Revenge marathon to read this book. Yes, it was that good. 5 out of 5 stars

9. Climax: Let’s just say that I was biting my knuckles in an anticipation as the climax rises and tittered on the edge. I was so engrossed in the book, talking out loud to myself to NOT GET OUT OF YOUR HIDING SPACE! Oh, it was very intense and I gasped on a big breath of air when the boogie monster jumped out. This was a very thrilling read and the climax was the best part of the book in my opinion. It was even better than the ending of the book and that really creeped me out, the ending that is. 5 out of 5 stars

10. Emotional Response: I was with the main character Ariel all the way. I was laughing when she was and crying when she was. When she was scared (and she is hardly ever scared at all), I was definitely frightened. I read this book into the night and let me just tell you that I had to sleep with a lamp on in my room. If you read Goosebumps at night, this would be a book for you. Maybe, a little less scary all of the time, but still just as good. I enjoy being scared, but not horror scared. I love thrillers and that is exactly what this series is. 4 out of 5 stars

11. Ending: The ending is really unexpected and as a reader, you almost forget the core point of the book, but the ending shocks you back into reality, while making chills creep down your spine at the same time. It was indeed bone chillingly good. I would have liked a little more closure at the end, but this is a great lead in to the second installment. 4 out of 5 stars

12. The Writing: Hauntingly beautiful prose that will keep you guessing until the very end. That is how I felt about the writing in this novel. It was so well edited and cared for. You could tell that the author cared enough to put the proper amount of time into editing the entire book and this is reflected in all the positive reviews and ratings that this book is getting from readers everywhere. This is an author to keep an eye on and not a lazy eye on but a good one preferably with 20/20 vision. 5 out of 5 stars

13. The Artwork: The cover is pretty, but I would have liked to see something a bit darker and edgier, since that is the feeling and impression I get from the story. The girl in the white dress is a little too delicate for a book like this. 3 out of 5 stars

14. Genre: Labeling this book as paranormal is the right choice, but I would also add the tag of thriller onto it, too. It really has that aspect to it. It is a dark paranormal and people should know that before they buy it and you do not really get that feeling from the cover. It is a new type of genre that I have not really seen before, because not many paranormal novels are also thrillers. They are usually romance, so this is interesting to me. 4 out of 5 stars

The overall rating I give this book is a 4 ½ stars. This is as close to perfect as most books get from me. Occasionally, I do give out fives to the best series known to man, but this one might very well earn a five in the next book, if minor improvements are made. To be honest, there are not a lot of improvements to do to make the next book a perfect 5.

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