Blog Tour: Marked Beauty by S.A. Larsen

I received a free eARC from the lovely author, S.A. Larsen and with special thanks to Chapter by chapter blog tour, in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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Hello Bookish friends! Today it’s my stop for the blog tour of Marked Beauty by S.A. Larsen! I’m so excited since it’s my first blog tour with Chapter by chapter blog tours! So for my stop today, it’s a review of the book! Stay tuned for giveaways at the end!

Marked Beauty by S. A. Larsen

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Author Bio:

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S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com.

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My review:

“Respect for the abomination he was? How would anyone ever respect him when he could’t respect himself?”

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Title: Marked Beauty

Author: S. A. Larsen

Recommended to fans of: The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegan, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Demon Princess series by Michelle Rowen

Series: –

Publisher: Ellysian Press

Format: Kindle (eARC)

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense

Rating: 3/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her. 

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger. As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, contains spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • Ana has the ability to feel the energy around her and she hates attention
  • But when she tries to save her crush Josh, from a weird dark shadow, she attracts all the attention to herself
  • The cover is so pretty OMG
  • Viktor saves Ana while her car crashed
  • Ana’s mum ran away when she found out Ana could see Auras (That must have been really traumatising for Ana)
  • This book was beautifully written, the descriptions were really vivid
  • Ana transfers to a different school and meets the mysterious boy who saved her
  • In the process of saving her, now Ana and Viktor are bloodprint
  • The world building at the start was a little confusing at first, but was slowly unveiled throughout the story
  • Their connection slowly starts to show Ana some of Viktor’s dark secrets
  • The suspense in the book was really good
  • Ana goes to the club, determined to find answers but Viktor refuses to tell her anything
  • The pacing of the book was a little slow, but I guess that helped with the suspense and mysterious element
  • Sebastian seems nice, but is really suspicious
  • Callista has cursed Viktor, and he has to find victims so that Callista can feed off their energy to remain sane 
  • Oh God, the scene where Viktor waited for Ana to get into the car while it was raining, OMG
  • At the climax, the truth is revealed about Ana’s mum
  • I totally didn’t see that plot twist coming!
  • Ana and Viktor’s romance was so sultry
  • The ending was cute
  • A definite recommend to fans who strongly love fantasy and paranormal elements in stories and of course, romance.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

 

Giveaway Details:

Blog Tour Giveaway:

  • One (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

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Book review: Diving Eden (Dividing Eden #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

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Title: Dividing Eden (Book #1)

Author: Joelle Charbonneau

Recommended to fans of: Roar by Cora Carmack

Series: Dividing Eden series

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

As sister and brother, Carys and Andreus have always kept each other safe—from their secrets, from the court, and from the monsters lurking in the mountains beyond the kingdom’s wall. But the Trial of Succession will test the bonds of trust and family.

With their country and their hearts divided, Carys and Andreus will discover exactly what each will do to win the crown. How long before suspicion takes hold and the thirst for power leads to the ultimate betrayal?

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The first chapter talks about the setting and that Cary’s friend, Larkin is leaving
  • I feel that we still do not know much about the country/land of Eden
  • I stopped at page 26 and was sorely disappointed by this book
  • It promised a lot and I had really high expectations for it, but the first few chapters were boring and never really explained EVERYTHING that was going on (But maybe because I couldn’t get past the first few chapters till the real action begun)

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Demonosity by Amanda Ashby

“Just remember. Not all demons are bad”

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Title: Demonosity

Author: Amanda Ashby

Recommended to fans of: Demon Princess Series by Michelle Rowen, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Every other day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Series: –

Publisher: Puffin

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 2/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

An ancient myth + a mean girl + a reluctant warrior = a lively take on good vs. evil

The Black Rose–a powerful ancient force–has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis’ high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That’s where Cassidy comes in. She’s a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She’s the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked her. Now, like it or not, she finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy. . .

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • The first chapter explained roughly what was going on
  • Cassidy is really close to her dad, but not her mom
  • Hmm, Thomas keeps saying she’s the guardian of the Black Rose, but I think I would be more interesting if she was the vessel
  • OMG, Celest is the Black Rose? WTH? (I didn’t read the synopsis before reading the book 😦 )
  • Travis and Cass are so cute, but who is Travis? I feel like he knows about the Black Rose as well
  • Travis is a demon knight!
  • So Travis and Thomas are brothers (Not this again, hasn’t this been done to death?)
  • Even though the author is trying to give Celest a redemption arc, it’s not working for me
  • Oooo, so the reason that Travis needed the Black Rose is because he was dying like Cass’s dad
  • In the end, she set the Black Rose free
  • I was extremely disappointed because she ended up with Thomas (Nobody even knew that they liked each other. Where in the book did it mention that they liked each other?)

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Book review: Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern

“A weed is just a flower growing in the wrong place.”

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Title: Perfect (Book #2)

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Recommended to fans of: Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Crewel by Gennifer Albin, The 100 by Kass Morgan

Series: Flawed series

Publisher: HaperCollins Children’s Books

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured–all her freedoms gone. 

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust. 

But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing. 

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people. 

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed? 

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

I felt that this song really suited to this series

  • I read the first book last year, so I really can’t remember what happened in the book, nonetheless, I will try to give my review
  • Thankfully, the first few chapters recapped the first book
  • I think it’s really nice that Celestine’s Grandpa employees flawed
  • So Carrick found his parents (meaning that his mission in book 1 was complete)
  • So everyone thinks that Celestine has her branding footage, but she doesn’t
  • Carrick helping Celestine with her agues was cute
  • Finding out that Art was a whistleblower sent goosebumps down my spine
  • When Carrick exploded, my heart did too
  • Oooo, Celestine pulled some strings to get Evelyn back
  • I like how this book uses maths to teach us that all problems can be solved
  • She gets caught by Crevan but someone helps her escape
  • The interview with Crevan was so amusing
  • The bus scene brought tears to my eyes
  • I think this is the first time I felt that a 2nd book was better than the first. This book reminded me why I liked the first book in the first place
  • The parade was heartbreaking
  • But when they started telling Celestine about how they got their branding, it was really heartwarming
  • Celestine’s speech was awesome and kick-ass
  • AH! She had another back up plan in place already!
  • YAS! This was a great conclusion to the series, a REAL happy ending
  • I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book
  • It was a crazy roller coaster ride

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

The essence & The offering (The pledge #2 & #3) by Kimberly Derting

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Title: The Essence (Book #2), The offering (Book #3)

Author: Kimberly Derting

Recommended to fans of: Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Series: The Pledge trilogy

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: DNF

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) (Book 2)

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

(Thoughts)

(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • I like that now we have more knowledge on Brook, but to be honest, I’m not really interested
  • Sabara is inside Charlie and everyone is scared of how she’s reacting
  • The start of the 2nd book was pretty slow, showing how charlie is adapting to reality
  • Queen Charlaina visits the school and a new batch of rebels attack the school
  • This 2nd book is definitely not as good as the first
  • Stopped at page 148, this 2nd book was such a disappointment, it didn’t live up to the 1st book’s name

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

 

The worlds we make (Fallen world #3) by Megan Crewe

“If you are going to believe things can get better, believe it because you do, not because of me.”

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Title: The worlds we make (Book #3)

Author: Megan Crewe

Recommended to fans of: The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole, Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia, The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Series: Fallen World Series

Publisher: Hyperion

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 3/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

The virus has taken away Kaelyn’s friends, her family, her home.

And now a deadly enemy threatens to take the one hope she has left:THE CURE.

When Kaelyn and her friends reached Toronto with a vaccine for the virus that has ravaged the population, they thought their journey was over. But now they’re being tracked by the Wardens, a band of survivors as lethal as the virus who are intent on stealing the vaccine no matter what the cost.

Forced onto the road again, Kaelyn and her companions discover the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is their best hope for finding scientists who can reproduce the vaccine. But with the virus already spreading among them, the Wardens hot on their trail, and hundreds of miles to cross, Kaelyn finds herself compromising her morals to keep her group alive. Her conscience seems a small price to pay if protects them and their precious cargo. Unless even that is not enough…

In the final installment in Megan Crewe’s captivating the Fallen World trilogy, Kaelyn is on the run from her biggest adversaries yet. While she continues to face horrific loss, her resolve is still strong. But to survive this shattered world, will she have to sacrifice all that’s left of the girl she was?

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • (SPOILER ALERT) OMG Gav dies? How could the author? (Let me go and cry in the corner)
  • The rest of them head to the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, in hopes of finding doctors who could duplicate the vaccine
  • I think Tobias had the best character arc, he was a coward and selfish at first, but he comes better and selfless
  • The remaining 4, after successfully establishing contact with CDC, continue on, facing other obstacles along the way
  • Throughout the entire book, I kept hoping that Gav was still alive
  • The wardens catch up to them, but they put up a fight
  • Kaelyn is reunited with her brother, Drew, while being taken as a prisoner to Michael
  • Drew helped them escape, but Anika didn’t make it
  • Kaelyn ended up with Leo (OKAY, WTF? I WAS SO ANNOYED, SERIOUSLY)
  • And she got Michael and the CDC to a compromise (Wasn’t this a too easy ending?)
  • When Kaelyn wrote her father, Gav, Anika and Tobias’s names on the memorial list, it brought tears to my eyes
  • I’m glad that they managed to create the vaccine
  • I was annoyed and REALLY DISAPPOINTED in this series, why did Gav have to die? Why was Michael NOT as menacing as he was described?
  • This book was definitely too rushed and the author just wanted to finish the series (That was what it felt like)
  • I would rather Kaelyn ended up alone. How could she get over Gav so easily despite the amount of guilt that was eating her up?
  • Add this series to the books that I would throw across the room list

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

The lives we lost (Fallen World #2) by Megan Crewe

“Maybe when life gets tough enough, we all turn into bad people.”

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Title: The lives we lost (Book #2)

Author: Megan Crewe

Recommended to fans of: The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole, Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia, The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Series: Fallen World Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

First, the virus took Kaelyn’s friends. Then, her family. Now it’s taken away her home.

But she can’t look back—the life she once had is gone forever.

A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn’s small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father’s abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It’s not only the “friendly flu” that’s a killer—there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Megan Crewe’s second volume in the Fallen World trilogy is an action-packed journey that explores the resilience of friendship, the ache of lost love, and Kaelyn’s enduring hope in the face of the sacrifices she must make to stay alive.

(Thoughts) (DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, may contain coarse language)

  • So Leo returns to the island and apparently this strange virus has affected the world
  • Kalyn stumbles upon her father’s lab and finds out he had been working on a vaccine, but there are only 5 doses
  • The good thing is that I could still remember the events in book 1
  • The 5 of them are forced to flee as the Military begun bombing the island
  • We meet Tobias, a soldier who escaped and tried to warn them about the booming, he joins the team
  • So they find a camp and Tessa and Meredith stay, the rest of them, along with Justin, head out to find someone who can replicate the vaccine
  • Why do I have a bad feeling about Leo? That Kaelyn ended up with him? (SPOILER ALERT: SHE DOES)
  • OMG, they used the radio and someone replied, yet another person warned them about the people coming over, that they wanted the vaccine. The voice of help? Drew
  • OMG, Gav got the virus, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • And Anika betrayed them and left, telling them about Michael and his Wardens
  • The story ends with a cliff hanger, Gav has anti-bodies that may or may not work, Tobias might be getting sick
  • I read this book in 1 sitting and it had me on the edge of my seat

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂