Monthly Archives: October 2016

A review of Landlocked by Jessica Gunn

Oh wow! I was pleasantly surprised by landlocked. It’s nice to know that Jessica Gunn actually takes notes of reviews. In my review of book one Gyre, I did not like Trevor all that much, I felt he was a wuss, but boy oh boy, have Chelsea and Trevor grown. Not only has the characters grown, the author has too. I quite frankly expected this book to not be as good as it was, but Jessica Gunn has done a five star job on this one.

I loved this book. In my review of Gyre, I had said that the book was predictable, but I can’t say that for this book. It was hardly predictable, and that just showed me growth, and showed me as a reader that the author was willing to grow. I sincerely cannot wait for book three. How’s anything gonna go? I don’t know? Things are up in the air all around.

So, in this book, it’s been two years since SeaSat 5 was taken? Everything we thought we knew was a lie. Who are the players in this war? Do we really know? Personally, I can’t wait to find out. I’m really pleased with this book because it actually developed the story and didn’t just go round in a loop like some YA books do.

The characters are grown up (well just 2 years), but they’re different. Like I said, I did not like Trevor that much, but really, it was that I didn’t respect him. But his character has grown so much, and I definitely like and respect him now. Good job to Jessica Gunn! I loved Gyre, but I didn’t like Trevor, and now she has made me like and respect him. Chelsea, Chelsea, still love her. She’s definitely still in my female vanguard collection, but boy oh boy are things up in the air. And weird. Uhm. We’ll see in Book 3.

I would definitely recommend Landlocked to everyone, and if you haven’t read Gyre, do so first!

*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A review of Assena Blessed by Tracy M. Joyce

I was really excited to read the next chapter in Isaura’s life. The first book was a tapestry of lives moving together but never really intersecting. This book finally pits all the lives together and we see the waves come together. In this book, we really see Isaura coming into her own. It’s bloody, wicked and exciting. I’m sure just like me you were waiting for Karan’s people to meet Isaura’s people. And yes, I think we were all expecting the chemistry that ensued between Karan and Isaura. I don’t want to say too much, but this book reveals the origins of the Assena and The lady.

This book combines imagination, surprise, intrigue, chemistry, and history to create a magical, bloody, brutal and real story that still manages to capture the essence of life. There’s so much that happens, and if you’ve read Altaica, you know what I mean. It doesn’t disappoint, the story goes where you hope it goes, but at the same time, it changes, surprises, and sets up what’s to come in the third chapter (coming in 2017).

I most definitely can’t wait for the book to be released. This book deserves a five out of five stars.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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A review of “Spies like me” by Doug Solter

This story features a group of girls, code name “The Gems”. They totally remind me of this show I used to watch “Totally spies”. Doug wrote that he wanted to write the type of story that hasn’t really been a focus of young adult, and one of the reasons that I loved totally spies was because it focused on sisterhood and on girls empowering themselves. Doug has a history of writing empowering books and this does not disappoint. This would most definitely be empowering to young girls out there.

The focal point of this story is Emma . She is reeling from the loss of her father, and what she thinks was his murder, and then she gets a chance to do something about it. “Black Opal, meet Emerald, Sapphire and Ruby”. Emma has to find a way to navigate this new relationship and at the same time stop an evil super villain group form destroying the world. High school has never been so interesting, especially when you’re not there as often as you ought to be, and when you’re halfway across the globe. Oh, and throw in a dreamy boy.

I’ll give this story a four out of five stars, and would recommend this for young girls, although everyone will have something to learn from it.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.