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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mini Reviews: Cinderella Screwed Me Over, Switched and Searching For Someday

These books are not classified as young adult novels.All except Switched are classified as adult novels. Switched is classified as New Adult.

Cinderella Screwed Me Over

 Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She's sworn off love, Prince Charmings, and happy endings and she's happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbor and the manager of her favorite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she's culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.

Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?

Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.

Source:Netgalley (Thanks Entangled Publishing!)

My Thoughts:
Interesting and fun but the main character was a little too much sometimes and I didn't get why the guy didn't just dump her @$$ . 

The case studies of her previous relationships were interesting especially how she drew parallels between her ex and a fairy tale prince!

I'm was a huge fan of Cindi Madsen's book Falling for her Fiance but this book is not a patch on that one.

The female protagonist is too cynical.I understand that she's mature and has been jilted one time too many but I REALLY don't understand why a nice guy like our lovely male protagonist would deal with all her baggage. The only plausible explanation I can come up with is that she's really pretty.

My Rating:

by Cassie Mae 
 Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.

Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should. But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.

Source: Netgalley( Thanks Random House!)

My Thoughts:
This book had such an interesting premise and blurb! I immediately requested it as soon as I had a look at this one.It started off quite well actually but around midway through things got a little muddled. 

I think my main problem with this book was that I wasn't a huge fan of the female protagonist. I think I might have enjoyed this book more if there had been some chapters from the male's point of view as well. 

The friendship between Kayla and Reagan also didn't sit well with me and the fault for this doesn't lie with Kayla. 

The plot is interesting and managed to keep my interest but some parts of it are just plain weird .The end of the novel is just PLAIN WEIRD. I would have actually given it a 3 star if the end would have been different but the ending just didn't sit well with me. Thank god there wasn't a cliffhanger though.

My Rating:

Searching for Someday (Searching For #1)
 Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.

But when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love...only to find herself falling for him along the way.

Source: Edelweiss ( Thanks Gallery Books!)

My Thoughts:

I was looking forward to this book because the Marriage series by this author has been pretty entertaining and I was interested in reading something new from the same author. 

I'm not sure if it was deliberate but there is a plot point that is there in the marriage series which is there in this as well . Which disappointed me because I thought it was a new series . After doing some internet research I found out that it is actually a NEW series like I thought it was. I'm surprised that the author has basically used a concept she used in her other series as well , I think it wasn't really necessary in this book. Maybe it will be needed in the next one but I guess I'm just disappointed. 

This book was ok . I would suggest the marriage series to people more than this book it's more fun and a little more believable. The mother of the main character was an interesting character. I actually liked the scenes in which she was there a lot. Some parts of this book were quite hilarious and the there was chemistry between the main characters. The opposites attract thing was also nice.

If you want to read a nice time pass romance with some paranormal elements and a crazy wacky mom egging on her daughter to follow her daughter , Try this one. 

Overall, Interesting enough but not as good as marriage series . More intrigued by characters in this novel which will obviously be a part of the sequel.

My Thoughts:

Toss up between 2.5 and 3.

Leaning more towards 2.5 though.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Review: The Naturals

The Naturals

 Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Source: Netgalley (Thanks Disney Hyperion! )

My Thoughts:

I was very interested by the blurb of this book but I wasn't sure I wanted to read this because the author's  Raised by Wolves was a book that I hadn't managed to finish . After reading this book , I'm seriously considering giving that series another shot (I had read like four chapters I think) . The Naturals was such an interesting book that I'm dying to get my hands on the sequel!

The Naturals is a mix of  sci-fi, paranormal,mystery and crime fiction. If you love mysteries and crime I would suggest you just get this book already .It's been a long time since I read a young adult crime fiction novel and I wasn't even sure such a genre existed in YA (I usually just read Agatha Christie if I need some mystery and crime ) . Thank you , Jennifer Lynn Barnes for writing such a novel. 

Something that I really liked is that I'm not 100% sure if the 'abilities' are a genetic mutation or a paranormal thing. The fact that some people are naturally gifted at some things was very realistic.This made the story more believable and left things to explore in the sequel at the same time.The concept of naturals and all the secondary characters were very interesting as well.

Cassie is a character I really liked. It's easy to relate to her and she's the rare female protagonist that doesn't get on your nerves. She's courageous,smart and not ridiculously naive. 

The male protagonists in the novel are the weakest link. There wasn't enough character development for the same. There is a love triangle but I barely paid any attention to it because I was so engrossed in the criminal storyline  The romance was like white noise to me and  mostly I just ignored it.I'm not saying that the characters were annoying or that the love triangle-ish situation was bad but it just wasn't as interesting as the rest of the novel. 

Overall, this was a novel that I didn't want to put down and I for one am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

My Rating:

4 /5

Couldn't resist  :) 


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