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Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Let me first start by saying, I wanted to be sort of vague with my review. As I thought about it, it would be very hard to. So I decided I would just write everything I thought and felt while reading.

***********HEADS UP, THERES SPOILERS AHEAD***************

 

Gwendolyn is pretty much stuck taking care of her crazy mother, and just moved into a new apartment with her. Her friend Olivia helps her best friend by offering to help her family move. The mother has a freak out in one of the rooms because of a mural on the wall, so the girls end up taking the room while the mom stays in the living room. They go for a run, and that’s when Gwen starts hearing and seeing weird things happening, and she rushes to get home. Theres a lantern in the room thats always remains on, but as Gwen goes to turn the light down, she ends up turning the light off and gets attacked by dark creatures. So begins our story, Peter Pan with a twist.

Rowan, the captain, is extremely transparent, with a dark past. He really does care for his lost boys. I think I may be a reaching a bit when I say that he reminded me of another devilishly handsome pirate from Once Upon A Time. So naturally I was drawn into the Captain’s charm. He does not in fact have a hook, which im glad, makes the story a bit different.

Olivia’s character made me angry, I didn’t like her at all. I understand Neverland does something to your memories, but still. She seemed into herself even before going to Neverland. We all know a girl like Olivia, and I bet she’s no ones favorite.

“Peter Pan” is such a great character, he’s such a trickster. I honestly thought that he was the bad character, almost (sorry to reference) like OUAT’s peter pan. He seems so interesting and caring at first. I favored the Captain though, so it made me a bit upset when Gwen was falling for Pan.

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The overall book was really good, I couldn”t put it down, I think I finished it in 3 hours. I fell for the Captain, and was really hoping throughout the book he was who he said he is. I didn’t like the way the book ended though, I was hoping for Gwen to stay in Neverland. Rowan was not happy coming back, although I don’t really understand why. I know he was upset about his past, his crew and his ship, but why be upset by coming to a world where you can get a fresh start. A fresh start with the girl you care about.

It felt like it ended too fast, like maybe there should have been another book so that the reader can understand more of the history of the fey and know who Gwen’s dad really was. Like I said, its a really good book, I highly recommend it, if you haven’t already, go buy it and read it!

 

Thank you so much for reading!

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The Sleeper Cells Review 

The Sleeper Cells by Wesley Bryant is action packed and never a dull moment. I wish I could say so much more in the review, but I don’t want spoilers because you really need to read this book! 

Vince is a pretty chill character, but his relationship with Lindsey was making me angry. Actually, she made me angry, for many reasons! 

Kennedy is my favorite character, she’s strong, beautiful and full of hope and that’s why I think she meshes well with the group! 

The book was well written, it really sucked you in once you started reading it. The idea of a terrorist group called The Sleeper Cells is scary in a way that makes you feel unsafe at every turn. The situation either made you stronger or lose all hope. 

I love this book, I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5! I can’t wait to read more from Wesley Bryant! 

Buy this book!!! 

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Ashabreek Review 

Ashabreek by Kathleen Farquhar is a story of betrayal, love and war. 

First off, I would like to thank Kathleen for allowing me to read her book and give my input on it. Ashabreek at the beginning sort of confused me. It starts out with Genova being the main character, but then switches to her sister, Babette. With the title being Ashabreek, I thought he would be the main character. As the story went on, I really enjoyed it. 

Without giving too much away, the story line is great, my favorite character is Ashabreek. There’s a certain charm about him. He’s the enemy, but I can’t help but be drawn to him. I wouldn’t mind switching to the dark side for him. 

Babette was really annoying, I actually don’t like her at all. She’s too much to handle for me. Ray is an interesting character, I would definitely love to read more about him! 

I was a little confused about how fast the characters seemed to move on in terms of relationships and love. I would’ve liked to read more about the kindling love. 

As a whole, the book was really good, the story was interesting and there was definitely twists and turns throughout the story. Definitely keeps you guessing! 

I rate this book a 4 out of 5! Buy this book!! Can’t wait for the next book!  

Ashabreek Author Interview

So i had the wonderful opportunity to interview Kathleen Farquhar, author of the book Ashabreek. I will be posting the review tomorrow, so stay tuned for that post!

Q: Can you tell me a short summary about your book? 
A: Sure…    
What would you do to save those you love?
   Would you lie, cheat, steal… even kill? 
What if the line between good and evil became so blurred in your pursuit to do what was right? 
What if in the process of following your heart, you became the monster? 
   How far would you be willing to go? 

Viron is under attack. The man on the other side of the sword is a man that King Promicees and his family had long presumed dead… a man who is as lethal as he is determined to take over Viron completely. His name? Ashabreek. Now the royal family of Cahya must run, taking with them a powerful medallion that is the key to Ashabreek’s success. Promicees and his sisters Genova and Babette have to find a way to kill Ashabreek before he can succeed in taking the throne and killing them all.

Q: What is the insight on the main character? 
A: The title character Ashabreek has one goal to take down the royal families of Viron and take their place so that he can reform it to his own specifications. Ashabreek sees the current monarchy as unfit and knows that deep down words will do nothing. He must bring them a war. Ashabreek is one of those characters written and designed to get you thinking. He will make you question everything you thought you knew at the beginning of this book.

Q: Which character do you relate to the most? 
A: Zezic! Zezic is snarky, sassy, tough and oddly likeable. She’s got this vulnerability deep down that she tries to hide in order to keep herself safe from the ultimate hurt… a broken heart. She was definitely the most fun to write next to Ashabreek.

Q: What genre is your book? 
A: Young Adult (YA) Fiction/Fantasy. Leans more towards dark fantasy… Definitely not a children’s book.

Q: Where do you get your inspiration? 
A: Everywhere! The books I read, the movies I watch, art, long drives, Pinterest (Yes, even Pinterest)… To be more specific the biggest inspirations for Ashabreek were the Harry Potter books and the Lord of the Rings movies. In terms of finding inspiration for a Fantasy series, those are some of the greatest resources.

Q: Are there any authors that inspire you, or you look up to? 
A: JK Rowling. Reading Harry Potter was what inspired me to write in the first place. After reading Harry Potter I couldn’t help but put pen to paper and Ashabreek was the first thing that came pouring out of me. It’s like he was trying to escape all along.

Q: I know we talked about your favorite authors, but what do you like to read in your free time? 
A: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy and Science fiction are my typical favorites. Things like Inkheart, The Bartimaus Trilogy, Dorothy Must Die… Anything thought provoking and entertaining. Though my favorite book right now is Hamlet.

Q: Where did your love of writing and books come from? 
A: my mom used to work a lot of book fairs when I was in elementary school and she would bring books home hoping that it would help me with my reading (as I struggled with it as a kid). It worked. I began with the Dear America Diaries, which led to Lily’s Crossing which finally led to Harry Potter. Though Harry Potter definitely expanded my reading horizons.

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I wrote a few small poems in third grade but I really started writing in middle school (fan fiction), and high school where I began Ashabreek.

Q: What music helps you write?
A: if I had to choose I would say Hans Zimmer. Instrumentals are best because lyrics distract and throw me off. Ironically I can’t write in silence so I watch a lot of tv and movies when I write. Nothing new because that can distract too. I watch things that I’ve seen before and can use as background noise. Things like Sherlock, Clue, Coraline, Tim Burton movies and anything Disney. 

Q: What is or was the hardest part of writing? 
A: editing! It’s a long, tedious and repetitive process that just seems to suck the life right out of you. But it is so important and so it must be done over and over and over again.

Q: What do you do when you get the bad case of writers block? 
A: Oh man! I’m still figuring that one out. In general I simply change gears. I don’t force myself to keep writing because what comes out is typically ‘bad writing’ and that is something I strive to avoid. I work on multiple projects at a time so I will move on to the next or scribble out some Fan Fictions… however if the block is bad and across the board I will typically take a break from writing all together. That’s when I turn to reading a lot and run to Disneyland…

Q: What are your current projects? 
A: currently I am working on a few projects. Book Two of the Tales of Viron series (in which Ashabreek is the first installment) currently titled Renegade. The other is unrelated to the Viron series and it is called The Center.

Q: What can we, as readers, look forward to seeing as your writing career progresses? 
A: the Tales of Viron will continue beyond book two, and there are several more novels in the drafting and plotting stages unrelated to the Viron series. I also apply for the ABC writing program every year so I am hoping to make that a reality.

Q: Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers? 
A: thank you for your interest in Ashabreek. I spent a great deal of time and poured every scrap of love I possess into it. I hope you love Ashabreek every bit as much as I do.
Also, if you run a book club and decide to read Ashabreek, let me know when you finish and I would love to talk about making an appearance either in person, or for those who live further away via Skype or FaceTime for a Q and A.

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Ashabreek Excerpt. 

Here is an Excerpt from Ashabreek by Kathleen Farquhar! 
Excerpt:::The realization that she was not quite as numb as she had thought was forced into sharp perspective when six rows of razor-like teeth pierced into her legs and hips. They clamped down with the force of an enormous and powerful jaw. Babette screamed bubbles as the water beast dragged her deeper into the lake’s seemingly endless depths. She had no more breath; she was struggling to keep from inhaling as she tried to free herself from the jaws of the beast. She was too weak to pry its mouth open. The beast responded to her attempts by clamping its jaws down harder snapping her femur in two. Babette screamed the last of her air in a series of feeble bubbles…and took a breath.
Even at the bottom of the lake where the beast was beginning to slow its pace, air was coming to her freely. Confused and afraid, Babette started screaming bubbles again, though not sure how she was able to breathe so deep underwater. She had no doubt that once the thing was comfortable, it’d feast on her. The thing that had carried her away from the surface was long and scaled with a tail-shaped like an axe. It was a strange cross between a fish, a shark and a serpent; it had a single eye, glowing bright orange, and its teeth that were imbedded into her flesh were sharp as knives, two inches long at least.
Babette tried to scream again, but even while able to breathe, she could only scream infuriatingly silent bubbles. Babette struggled for freedom as someone dove into the water after her. Babette’s little body couldn’t handle the pain or the cold; she blacked out as the beast made ready to enjoy its meal.

Mist & Whispers Summary and excerpt 

The Weaver’s Riddle (Mist & Whispers)By: C.M. Lucas

Summary from Goodreads:

Imagine a world in eternal darkness. A world where skeletal beasts lurk in the forest. Where the
women are missing, and the men are in need of salvation…
In the West-English town of Little Wolf Green, Scott’s bookshop is about to close down. Convinced
the bookshop holds the key to her mother’s identity, sixteen year old Anya Piddling vows to save
Scott’s, whatever the cost.

When four books of magic and myth take the world by storm, Anya begins a journey to discover the
truth about the author, known only as the Weaver. Followed closely by her friends, and one surly,
bitter ex-boyfriend, Anya soon realises a whole new world awaits: a world gone very wrong, with
maddening whispers in the forest, magical winged Kings and a dragon-boy that understands her,
inside and out. But this world needs a saviour… and everyone is looking at her.

 
EXCERPT:

Erimus Hall
HIS HEART THRASHED against his chest, a prisoner desperate to be freed from this bur-
den. There was no way out. He had a job to do, and if it wasn’t done at that moment, his entire plan
would be over before it even began.

 The earth was but sludge, encasing his feet as he struggled up the bank. Bullets of rain
struck his face as the winds lashed around him, obscuring his view and leaving him helpless in the
dark.

 Then, as if a divine hand was guiding the way, a flash of lightning revealed his final destina-
tion; Erimus Hall. The Hall was only another hundred meters away, run down and deserted, his
sanctuary nonetheless.

 Resisting the temptation to rest against the stone wall at the top of the bank, he pushed on,
clambering across it with the rain-soaked trunk in his hands. Once over and sure of his feet, he took
a moment to look around. Any sign of someone following and he’d have to revert to his back up
location, as even with his goal in sight, he wouldn’t allow himself the risk of assuming he was
home safe.

 A clap of thunder quickened his pace and a minute later he’d reached the doorway, where a
century’s worth of ivy had claimed the oak as its own. He set on it straight away, teasing back the
creeper with a gentle hand, the whole time fighting against the instincts that were screaming inside
his head.

 Just tear it down – you’re going too slow – someone’s going to see you!
No. He couldn’t leave a sign that he’d been there. It had to look natural.
Two more bursts of lightning gave him a glimpse of what he needed to allow his unmarked
entry into the building. With the trunk safely inside he took one more look around, and with another
strike of lightning, he was gone.

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GIVEAWAY:

If you purchase a copy of Mist & Whispers you will be entered to win 1 of 10 Proof copies of the
sequel. These will be special edition.

Rules to Enter:

1. Send proof of purchase to: oftomes@oftomes.com

*Oftomes Publishing will be selecting the winners. 

Me and Earl and the dying girl Review

I first watched the movie, which inspired me to read the book. (I know, it should be the other way around.) I am so glad I decided to read the book! unfortunately, reading the book after the movie, made me feel a certain way because of the ending. Theyre very different, so be prepared for that.

I really tried not to compare the two, because rarely the movie follows the book word for word and scene for scene. So I decided to try to just focus on the book.

There is a ton of cussing, so if you don’t like cussing, it dont think this is the book for you. As for me, I thought it was hilarious, and i was laughing out loud on the bus. My favorite character is Earl, he’s so funny, and caring and they way he speaks truth is refreshing.

Greg is sort of relatable. He reminds me when I was in high school, i had people i talked to in different cliques but i normally stayed with one. Greg to me could’ve been more caring toward Rachel, although his inner monologue about he how he really felt made him more real. He didn’t care, but still in a way did.

I wish they would’ve put Rachel in a little more, maybe give readers more of a reason to be more sympathetic toward her illness. She was in the book, and I know it doesn’t revolve around her, but i think she could’ve still used some more time in the book.

So I said i wasnt going to compare the movie to the book, but i would just like to say, i liked the ending better in the movie, than the book. The book was so good, but that movie ending had my mom, my brother and i in tears.

I give this book a 4 out of 5, if you havent read it, read it! Watch the movie after you read the book, or just watch the movie and not read the book. Both were great and I recommend them!

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