Book review: Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1) by Caragh M. O’Brien (4 stars)

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Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1) by Caragh M. O’Brien

Genre: YA, Romance, Science-fiction-dystopian

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Gaia and her mum faithfully fulfil their monthly quota of delivering the first 3 babies of every month to the Enclave. But when Gaia’s parents are taken away by the people she faithfully serves, she starts to question her loyalty.

I did feel that the pacing was a little slow, but I really enjoyed and liked the concept of the story. I like the build up and the action and the way the dystopian world was set up and it made a really interesting premise.

I actually was interested in continuing the series, but the synopsis of the 2nd book did deter me a little before I gave it a go and ended up DNF-ing it. Because When Leon was introduced again, it angered me so much and by 1/2 of the second book, I felt that the potential that was built in the first book was lost. I was really bored and annoyed by all the guys in the 2nd book.

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Book review: Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead (3 stars)

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Storm Born (Dark Swan #1) by Richelle Mead

Genre: Adult, Urban fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Rating: 3/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Eugenie is a strong shamman that trades her expertise to banish spirits to put food on her table. When she gets hired to find a teenager that was kidnapped, she finds out an age-old prophecy that her first-born child would threaten the world as they know it. Eugenie becomes a target for demons wanting to knock her up, or kill her. But she meets formidable allies such as Dorian, a fae king with a taste for bondage and Kiyo, a shapeshifter.

I like that Eugenie is a strong female heroine who is realistic, a planner and kicks major ass. Dorian kinda reminded me of The Darkling.

I think this book is great for fans of ACOTAR.

But honestly I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle since it was kinda obvious who Eugenie liked from the start. I did like the good progression and twists in the story, although it was nice in terms of the fantasy aspect, the story and characters weren’t really memorable for me.

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Book review: Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi (3.5 stars)

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Tomorrow Land by Mari Mancusi

Genre: YA, Science fiction-dystopian, Romance, Horror, Post apocalyptic

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Peyton never forgotten the day when she was forced to choose between her family and Chris, the boy she loves. Four years later, she steps out of the shelter into the zombie-infested world equipped with the things that would keep her safe, but nothing deters her from remembering Chris. But her heart isn’t prepared to run into him again, but both of them have changed and they both find themselves fighting to reach the last human outpost in the world: Walt Disney World.

I like that it was told in alternating POVs between past and present, it really shows us Peyton and Chris’s initial relationship before the choice tore them apart.

Imagine a female wolverine set in a zombie apocalypse.

I really like the concept, gradual world building and the conflict in the story. The two of them keep disappointing each other very frequently and I think that actually really helps to build the story. The book was thrilling and well-written, great for both beginners and fans of post-apocalyptic stories alike.

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Book review: Demon Envy (Kenzie Sutcliffe #1) by Erin Lynn (2 stars)

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Demon Envy (Kenzie Sutcliffe #1) by Erin Lynn

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Pararnormal

Rating: 2/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Kenzie’s life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a demon in her shower after dropping her acne lotion in the tub. Levi feeds off the envy and jealousy of humans, if not he starves.

Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t a fan of this book. I felt that the story was too short and fell flat as did the characters. The premise was interesting but by 1/2 of the book I was bored and ended up speed reading through the book.

The book did feel a little more suitable for middle grade than young adult.

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Book review: Between the Water and the Woods by Simone Snaith, Sara Kipin (Illustrator) (2 stars)

(I received a free eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

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Between the Water and the Woods by Simone Snaith, Sara Kipin (Illustrator)

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 2/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

When Emeline’s brother breaks all three of the village’s rules, don’t look at the shadows, don’t cross the river and don’t enter the forest, she is forced to use her family’s forbidden powers to save him from the Ithin. She now has to travel to inform the King of what has happened and a handsome Lash Knight and a sour magister accompany them.

I did feel that the pacing of this book was really slow. But the illustrations were really beautiful and I think this book would have been better if it was done as a graphic novel instead.

I didn’t feel that the world building was done well and I couldn’t see where the story was going. The romance was okay, but a little rushed.

Overall, I didn’t emotionally connect to the story or characters and the pacing felt messy to me. I honestly did feel that this book had a lot of potential though.

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