Review: Open Minds

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Name: Open Minds

Author: Susan Kaye Quinn

Series: Mindjack Trilogy, Book 1

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Blurb:

When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

My review:

***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review***

‘Open Minds’ follows the ‘story of Kira Moore. In a future world, where all the people can read minds, Kira is one of the few people called Zeros, who cannot read the minds of other people and their minds are also blocked from others. Because, the others can’t read their minds, the Zeros are deemed untrustworthy and are shunned from the society.

This is a very good story. I have never read anything from Susan Kaye Quinn before, so this book was a pleasant surprise to me. The story line is really great, but I think the writing could have been a little bit better.

Kira is a fairly nice protagonist. At times, she was excellent, abut at times she was a bit boring. Simon was a cool and great character, although sometimes annoying. Raf was, by any stretch of imagination, my most favorite character in this book.

The plot of this book was very nice, but I think it was the execution which cut off one star for this book. I thought the story really dragged in the middle half, so I put off reading this book for a while. But, the end totally satisfied me. (view spoiler)

Overall, I give this book 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it, but you may enjoy it more than me!

 

 

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Review: The Spell Master

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Name: The Spell Master

Author: Markelle Grabo

Series: Journey into the Realm, Book 2

My Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

Only one key can unlock the secret…

After discovering her true heritage and rescuing her sister, Ramsey Wilder is finally adjusting to life in the Elf Realm. She still has a lot to learn though, especially about her new power, which makes her start in ability school extremely convenient. But even as she immerses herself in school life, the secret she has yet to learn continues to linger in the back of her mind, as well as thoughts of Finn and his dangerous promise to return. And with Stellan away at war and Zora acting strange, Ramsey has no one to turn to but Nathan, an elf from school with much more to him than spells and a sarcastic sense of humor – one that Ramsey can’t help but gravitate toward. And as danger reenters Ramsey’s life, the terror and mystery only brings them closer together, threatening her future with Stellan and jeopardizing her relationship with her sister.

Ramsey can’t lie to herself forever about what – and who – she truly desires, but is she ready for more changes to be a part of her already uncertain future? In this thrilling second installment, the key to Ramsey’s secret may very well also unlock the secrets to her heart.

My Review:

SPOILER ALERT!

***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Totally loved this book. I flew through it! One of the best sequels I’ve ever read.

In the previous book, The Elf Girl, we were introduced to the wonderful Ramsey Wilder, who discovers that she is an elf and enters into the Elf Realm to find and save her sister, Zora, who has been kidnapped. After rescuing Zora, she hopes to learn her secret and wants life to go back to normal.

In this book, Ramsey is settling finally and is going to school when element fairies start chasing her. And she also finds out her secret. By finding out her secret, has she made herself more vulnerable?

I am absolutely thrilled after reading this book. I loved the first book and was very eager to start the second book. This book was as good as the first and did not disappoint at all. Grabo has done a wonderful job with the characters, the plot and the world-building.

There is a lot of character development in this book, and the plot takes a new turn. It is so very different from what I expected. Zora does act a bit weird in this book. However, my favorite character would have to Nathan. He was just so caring and loveable. Loved that we finally got to meet him!

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. 5 out of 5 stars!

About the Author:

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At an early age she took to reading, spending countless hours devouring book after book. In fifth grade, she decided that she wanted to be like the authors she favored. She wanted to tell her own stories. An avid lover of fantasy, she typed out idea after idea, however, nothing was substantial enough to call a novel. On Easter morning of her freshman year in high school, she looked back on an old idea for a story about a girl who didn’t know she was an elf and had to travel to a magical world in order to learn her destiny. She took those few pages of writing and reworked them, continuing thereafter until it became her first full-length manuscript. A year later, when she was satisfied with her work, she sent it to an editor. After rereading and editing it so many times she lost count, Journey into the Realm: The Elf Girl (the first in a six-book series) was ready for publication.

When Markelle isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys singing, musical theatre, acting, running, tennis, watching epic movies, drinking coffee, dancing for no apparent reason, shopping for more books, laughing at pretty much anything, spending time with friends and family, taking care of her pets, organizing stuff, listening to music that inspires her writing, talking to God, and most of all, thinking about ideas for her writing.

She lives in her hometown of New Berlin, Wisconsin with her amazing parents, Maryanne and Scott, her two cats (Sylvester and Pogo), and her four rabbits (Josie, Moose, Bailey, and Coraline). Her friends mean the world to her, and along with all of the adventures and support they’ve shared, they have also adorned her with a string of nicknames, the favorite being Marcel (It’s a long story…).

And yes, she definitely believes in fairies.

Review: The Elf Girl by Markelle Grabo

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Name: The Elf Girl

Author: Markelle Grabo

Series: Journey into the Realm, Book 1

My Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

The beginning of an incredible journey…

At fifteen, Ramsey Wilder spends every day receiving numerous taunts and insults from those around her because of her strange, exotic looks. With her pale skin and striking features – not to mention the pointy ears – she struggles with self-confidence, often feeling out of place in her small home town of Wisconsin.

One night, Ramsey nearly drowns from what she can only describe as a magical encounter, and when she meets a beautiful pair of siblings who happen to have the same physical features as she, Ramsey learns that she is far more different than she once realized. She is an elf.

Whisked away to a magical Realm with unique beings like her, Ramsey finds herself placed with the duty of finding her long lost sister. Kidnapped by fairies in the middle of a dangerous war between fae and the elf kind, her sister is the key to a secret surrounding Ramsey’s past that could potentially affect the outcome of the war. Without her, Ramsey will never know why her parents sent her to live with the humans in the first place, or why threats far deadlier than the war itself seem to be waiting in the wings.

Dangers lie waiting for Ramsey wherever she goes, and as she delves deeper into the world of fantasy, she learns that magic isn’t always wondrous and beautiful; it can be cruel and wicked.

Surrounded by mystery, magic…and even a little romance, Ramsey sets out to save her sister, unveil her past, and discover herself.

My Review:

***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.***

The Elf Girl follows the story of Ramsey Wilder. She is a teenager who has always felt out of place because of her pointy ears, which everyone made fun of. So, when she finds out that she is an elf, she is very happy that she finally found a place where she will blend in with others. But why is she taken to the Realm now, and not before? That’s because she has a task to do.

I really, really enjoyed this book. I actually didn’t expect it to be this good. I have to say, this was one big book. Yet I breezed through it. I honestly loved this book. This is my first book about Elves, and I was very excited to read it. It crossed my expectations. I can’t wait to start the next book!

The plot is very intriguing and the execution also didn’t disappoint. Though I felt that the chemistry between Ramsey and Stellan was kind of forced at first. There is also a lot of character development. I liked the side-characters a lot, which rarely happens. My favorite character has to be Brielle. I absolutely loved her. I really really want to know what is the deal with the Stranger.

Overall, awesome book. Like I said before, can’t wait to start the next one!

About the author:

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At an early age she took to reading, spending countless hours devouring book after book. In fifth grade, she decided that she wanted to be like the authors she favored. She wanted to tell her own stories. An avid lover of fantasy, she typed out idea after idea, however, nothing was substantial enough to call a novel. On Easter morning of her freshman year in high school, she looked back on an old idea for a story about a girl who didn’t know she was an elf and had to travel to a magical world in order to learn her destiny. She took those few pages of writing and reworked them, continuing thereafter until it became her first full-length manuscript. A year later, when she was satisfied with her work, she sent it to an editor. After rereading and editing it so many times she lost count, Journey into the Realm: The Elf Girl (the first in a six-book series) was ready for publication.

When Markelle isn’t writing or reading, she enjoys singing, musical theatre, acting, running, tennis, watching epic movies, drinking coffee, dancing for no apparent reason, shopping for more books, laughing at pretty much anything, spending time with friends and family, taking care of her pets, organizing stuff, listening to music that inspires her writing, talking to God, and most of all, thinking about ideas for her writing.

She lives in her hometown of New Berlin, Wisconsin with her amazing parents, Maryanne and Scott, her two cats (Sylvester and Pogo), and her four rabbits (Josie, Moose, Bailey, and Coraline). Her friends mean the world to her, and along with all of the adventures and support they’ve shared, they have also adorned her with a string of nicknames, the favorite being Marcel (It’s a long story…).

And yes, she definitely believes in fairies.

Review: Essence by A L Waddington

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Name: Essence

Author: A L Waddington

Series: The EVE Series, Book 1

Date Released: January 15th, 2014

My Rating: 4 really good stars

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Blurb:

Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.

Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.

Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?

My thoughts:

Wow. I extremely enjoyed this book. Once I started it, I got sucked in.

‘Essence’ follows the story of Jocelyn Timmons. She is an ordinary teenager, whose life suddenly changes when a boy named Jackson Chandler moves into the house opposite hers. Whenever she is near Jackson, Jocelyn feels dizzy, nauseated and if he touches her, she blacks out. To find out why, go and read this book!

I loved it. In the beginning, I thought old-time Jocelyn is a little whiny and I still am not a big fan of her. However, present-time Jocelyn is awesome. Jackson is also great. But my favorite character is Emily, Jackson’s mother. I loved her!!!

The plot is frigging awesome and so is the execution. I really liked the character development. Okay, I was annoyed by Jocelyn’s reaction when she found out about William and Olivia, but the ending made me happy.

This book is highly recommended. I loved it!