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Paper Dolls by Anya Allyn

Publisher: Anya Allyn

Release date: December 13 2012

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

What an amazing sequel! I absolutely loved Paper Dolls, and enjoyed it way more than Dollhouse (and I absolutely loved Dollhouse!). Almost verything about this book is perfect!

I really can't give away too much about this book, because it has so many twists and surprises that revealing even a little bit too much would ruin the entire book. Anyway, Paper Dolls continues the story of Cassie as she unravels the mystery of the dollhouse.

The plot here is amazing, far better than the plot in Dollhouse. One of my problems with Dollhouse is that the action and the plot slowed down a lot in the middle, filled with mundane days of Cassie in the Dollhouse. In Paper Dolls, we hardly get a break! The entire story was filled with action, unexpected twists and turns, and even a bit of romance!

The characters were great, and I feel that we got to know Cassie more in this book. Ethan was away for almost the entire book, which…

Fire Country by David Estes (Cover Reveal)

Hi! It's been a busy week for me, and please bear with me as I try to wade my way through my homework.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share this cover reveal for Fire Country, by David Estes! I'm totally psyched to read this.

Look at that beautiful cover!

Here is the synopsis:

Fire Country

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

As the dese…

Entangled by Nikki Jefford (ARC Review)

Release date: 20 February 2012

Publisher: Nikki Jefford

Number of pages: 303

My rating: 1/5

Warning: This is a DNF review. My review and rating are based on the first 25% ONLY.
Entangled was a mess. It had an intersting premise, and the cover is very nice, but I think that the author needed to work on it a bit more before publishing.

Entangled is about a witch, Graylee in a coven of witches and warlocks. When Graylee has an accident and dies, her mother does a ressurection spell, and brings her back from the dead, but Graylee is trapped in her twin, Charlene's body. Graylee and Charlene alternate every two hours. Warlock Raj is the only person who notices that Graylee is trapped, and they try to get her untangled from her sister's body.

I had many problems with this book. Bad writing, lack of details, lack of worldbuilding, lack of reaction to murder/suicide tendencies, crappy characters, etc.

Right off the bat, on the first/second page, this jumped out at me:

"A suicide threat, s…

A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M Basso (ARC Review)

Release date: 29 January 2013

Publisher: Month9Books

Number of pages: 321

My rating: 2/5 stars

A Shimmer of Angels was probably the most unoriginal book I've read in ages. There are many paranormal books out there. So many that the genre is looking pretty burnt out. ASoA did nothing but burn out the genre even more. It was generally uninteresting, and every character fell flat. Add that to an unoriginal storyline, a lack of common sense, and you have a bland, mess of a book.

A Shimmer of Angels is about angels. Rayna, or main character can see their wings, which are usually invisible to humans. Everyone thinks that she's crazy, and she gets shipped off to a mental facility. She meets Cam, a good angel, and Kade, a bad angel, and discovers that she's the only person in the world who can see both good and bad angel wings (Bad wings are invisible to good angels, and vice versa.)

Blah blah blah, good angel, fallen angel, special main character. Sounds like a million other angel book…

Venom by Fiona Paul (ARC Review)

Release date: 1 December 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Australia

Number of pages: 448

My rating: 2/5

Venom was a read that I was highly anticipating. I constantly read and re-read the synopsis, praying for the release date to come faster. However, when I finally did read this book, it disappointed me on so many levels. It wasn’t the worst, but it was far from the best.

Venom is about one of Venice’s elite, Cassandra. The story is set perhaps a few centuries ago, but the actual time frame is never mentioned. After stumbling on a murdered, mutated girl in her friend’s tomb, she discovers a dark side of Venice. She is joined by a stranger and artist, Falco, who tries to help her get to the bottom of these murders.
As you can probably guess, Falco and Cassandra quickly fall in love. This romance was far from enjoyable, and formed very quickly. It definitely wasn’t a very fleshed out romance. At the time of falling in love, Cassandra knows nothing about Falco. Gosh, she doesn’t even find out abo…

Saving June by Hannah Harrington (Review)

Release date: 1 June 2012

Publisher: Mira Ink

Number of pages: 336

My rating: 4/5

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

Saving June is about a girl called Harper. Her sister, June has just commited suicide, and her family is falling apart. When her parents decide to split her ashes, Harper steals the ashes and drives across the country with her best friend, Laney, and June's friend, Jake, to scatter her ashes in California, where June has always dreamed of going.

Saving June was amazing. It handled all the issues very well, and the characters were likable enough. It was a very emotional book, and it dealt with the suicide component very well. THe characters were probably the lowest point of the story.

Harper was pretty cool. She had her own problems, being the "bad kid" and the "disappointment to the family." She was a very realistic character, and she was very mature.

Laney was also pretty cool. She was the slutty character, but she wasn't depicted as a bad one. An annoyi…