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Allegiant by Veronica Roth Review

Release date: 22 October 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Number of pages: 531 My rating: 1.5/5 NOTE: I have divided this review into two parts. Part one contains no spoilers. Part two contains major spoilers as I will be discussing my feelings on very specific events.
Part 1:
After a year and a half of excitement, heaps of squealing, many discussions, and anticipation, I can truly say that I am incredibly disappointed by the conclusion to this series.
I am a huge fan of the Divergent series. I have read Divergent and Insurgent around 7 times. I spent hours talking excitedly to friends about Allegiant, and now that I’ve read it, the series has been completely ruined for me.
Allegiant begins sometime after Insurgent. It follows Tris and Four as they find out what lies beyond the fence and try to mend their broken world. However, nothing is as it seems, and the truth changes everything.
There are so many things wrong with this book. Everything that made the previous two books enjoyable is …

One Hundred and Four Horses by Mandy Retzlaff (ARC Review)

Release date: July 1 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Australia Number of pages: 382 My rating: 2.5/5 A fascinating memoir about a horse-loving family, One Hundred and Four Horses seems to be a fascinating story of love, loss, and family. However, my interest quickly waned around halfway through.
This memoir follows the story of Mandy Retzlaff, her husband Pat Retzlaff, their three kids, and their horses (eventually 104 of them). The story is set in Zimbabwe during tough times. A person called Mugabe and a bunch of war vets are evicting white farmers from their farms, often turning into violence. When farmers start leaving Zimbabwe and abandoning their horses, the Retzlaffs start saving horses. They have to find a way to survive and save their horses in a country full of conflict.
The weakest point in this book was the lack of explanation. I honestly don’t have any knowledge of what happened in Zimbabwe, and I sure didn’t get any explanation here. It is established that Mugabe is brutal, but I…

Picture Me by Lori Weber (ARC Review)

Release date: 20 September 2013 Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Number of pages: 168 My rating: 2/5 This book does have some good aspects to it, but those good aspects are soon overwhelmed by poor writing, narrative voices, and a terrible ending.
Picture Me is a book focused on teen bullying and other issues often faced, including teen obesity, self-image issues, eating disorders, drugs, and the loss of a parent. It is told from three perspectives. Krista is the obese person being bullied, Tessa is Krista’s friend who has lost her father from an IED in Afghanistan, and Chelsea is the bully who is dealing with a sleazy boyfriend and an ignorant mum.
Even though there isn’t really meant to be a single main character, I felt like Tessa was the main character. She seemed to get more space than the others in the book. She is the best developed and probably the most relatable. She lost her father in Afghanistan a while ago, and her family struggles with financial issues. She is a witness t…

External Forces by Deborah Rix (Review)

Release date: September 15 2013

Publisher: Dime Store Books

Number of pages: 264

My rating: 2/5

Well… this is very… strange.

I’m 99% sure that this is a rip off of Divergent.
But, the usual stuff first.
External Forces is about a girl called Jess. She lives in a dystopian society which is united against a special group of people known as the Deviant. She joins the army to fight against these Deviant people. She makes friends, and then becomes freakishly popular. She develops a crush on her instructor, Matt and they plot to escape the army.
The characters were pretty poor. I didn’t give a shit about any of them except Sheree. They were all pretty unremarkable. Matt was the typical mysterious person, Jess was average, and Jay was a bore. Sheree pretty much saved this book for me. She was badass and awesome, and I freaking loved her.
Honestly, the plot is pretty confusing. There’s some twisted religion stuff about God’s Fury and angel messages that aren’t well explained. There’s all this data a…

The Children of the Mist by Jenny Brigalow (ARC Review)

Release date: October 2013

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Number of pages: Unknown

My rating: 1/5

Please note that I did not finish this book. My review and rating are for the first 26% of this ONLY.

Note: this review contains a lot of swearing and anger. If you are the author, a friend of the author, or are sensitive to swearing, please proceed with caution.

This is the second worst book I have ever read in my entire life (after Save the Pearls). Not only do the characterisation, plot, and writing fail, this book also went on to make me upset. Really upset.

It has the most offensive line I have ever read.
But let’s start with the usual stuff, anyway.
The Children of the Mist is a bullshit book about a girl called Morven (no, that is not a typo) who is a vampire. She has a werewolf friend called Zest (again, not a typo), who is a werewolf.
Yeah, vampires and werewolves. We have we heard of that before?
I didn’t get far enough into the book to get to the real plot, but at 26% into it, one expect…

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Geneveive Tucholke (Review)

Release date: 15th August 2013

Publisher: Dial

Number of pages: 360

My rating: 2/5

What promises to be an engaging, compelling, and original read soon turns into a nonsensical book full of insta-love, dickhead characters, and a severe lack of common sense.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is about two kids who decide to make a little extra cash by renting out their mansion’s guesthouse. It is soon rented out by River, a mysterious stranger with a special ability. Violet falls head over heels in love with River (*puke*) and strange things begin happening around their little town.

Violet is truly a bland character, who seems to lose half of her brain cells when she meets River. River lies to her, uses special abilities on her loved ones, and harms many people. Yet, she still falls hopelessly in love with him. Violet, in the future, please refrain from falling in love with a lying dickhead and likely psychopath. Even if he is really hot and is good at everything he does. Seriously. Just…

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski (Review)

Release date: November 15 2012 Publisher: Createspace Number of pages: 426 My rating: 2/5 After I finished this, I thought it was good. However, the more I think about it, there are a lot of low points in this book too, and it definitely could have been improved in many aspects.
The Edge of Never is told from two perspectives. We have Camryn, the sweet girl with depression who hopped on a bus to find herself. We also have Andrew, the bad boy who is traveling by bus to see his father. So, they meet, and they soon end up traveling together. They fall in love, find themselves, have some sex, and so on.
I’m sick of formulaic books about the good girl that makes the bad boy good (or vice versa). Sure, this book isn’t that bad, but it was nothing new. The commonly found plot may annoy readers who aren’t big fans of romance.
Camryn bored me. She was nothing new or interesting; just the typical good girl that you can find in most books. She did have her moments of dumbassery. This is pretty much how…

Blog Tour: Storm Dancer by Rayne Hall

Hi guys! I'm super excited to share my review for the Storm Dancer blog tour. This is my first ever blog tour, so I hope you guys like it!


Demon-possessed siege commander, Dahoud, atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war's violence - but can he shield the woman he loves from the evil inside him?

Principled weather magician, Merida, brings rain to a parched desert land. When her magical dance rouses more than storms, she needs to overcome her scruples to escape from danger.

Thrust together, Dahoud and Merida must fight for freedom and survival. But with hatred and betrayal burning in their hearts, how can they rebuild their fragile trust?
My review:

Date published: September 9 2011

My rating: 1.5/5

Storm Dancer was definitely not for me. While it definitely had some good points to it, I didn’t enjoy it at all.
Firstly, I’m going to start off by saying that this book definitely isn’t for sensitive people. The age recommendation is for ages…