Quick Book Reviews

You may have already seen that I’ve been posting quick book reviews over on my family blog (V Family Fun). Well, I’ve now decided that they would be a better fit here on Me, My Books and I so I’m moving them over and any future quick reviews will be posted here.

These quick reviews are always for books that I’ve purchased myself and they include a star rating and a line or two covering my overall thoughts of the book in question.

Here are all the quick reviews I’ve posted so far:

Wow, just wow! This left me desperate to know what happens next, it was full of danger, excitement, witches, magic and a dash of romance.
5 stars from me!
 
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This was a fun, funny and sexy read that had me flipping through the pages – I couldn’t get enough.
5 stars from me!
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This was a dark, dangerous read with an underlying hint of romance, another hit from Meg Cabot.
5 stars from me!
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 This was an enchanting read which had mystery and intrigue oozing from every word!
5 well-earned stars from me.
 
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Charade Nyrae Dawn

This book had a young feel to it and took me on an emotional roller coaster. Full of raw feelings and personal struggles.

 An easy 5 stars from me as I couldn’t put it down!
 
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Chronicles Of A Lincoln Park Fashionista
This was a feel-good read that was impossible to put down – likeable characters and a great storyline.
5 stars from me!
 
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This was an intriguing and original storyline but the pace was a little slow for my liking.
I give this book 3 stars.
 
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Another addictive, laugh out loud read with fantastic characters from this author who quickly became one of my favourites. What a ride!
An easy 5 stars from me.
 
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This was a fun and summery read, perfect for anyone who spent their teenage years dreaming of pop stars!
I give Bon Voyage 4 stars.
 
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Firewalker
Firewalker was a breathtaking mix of suspense, unexpected twists and romance. The cliffhanger ending left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read the next book.
There’s only one rating I could give this book – 5 stars!
 
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This quick review is a little bit different because it’s for a whole series (or the whole series as published so far).
I got the first book, Becoming Alpha, when it was available as a free download on Amazon and enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t resist moving onto the next book in the series. It didn’t stop there – as each book ended I found myself wanting more and, seeing as there were 5 books already published, I gradually made my way through every available eBook!
Book 6 isn’t due to be released until May 2016 so unfortunately I’m forced to wait to find out what happens next (waiting for book releases is pretty much the bane of a bookaholics life).
So in the meantime, here is my overall opinion of the series so far:
Alpha Girl Series
The Alpha Girl series is exciting, magical and dangerous with a thread of romance running through it. A supernatural roller-coaster!
An easy 5 stars from me.

Goddess – Josephine Angelini

Goddess

“She must rise or they will fall…

Helen’s powers are increasing – and so is the distance between her and her mortal friends.  To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a dangerous traitor is lurking among them, and all fingers point to Orion.  Still unsure whether she loves him or Lucas, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision or risk all-out war.”

This is the third and final book in this fantastic trilogy and I feel really sad that it has come to an end (my reviews of books one and two can be found here).  Obviously I couldn’t wait to read it because I wanted to know how it would all end and now it’s over I can safely say that it was just brilliant and left me with a huge smile on my face 🙂

At the beginning  there was a recap of the main points of the story so far, this drew me back in gently without too much drama.  Everyone was recovering from the traumas of the previous battle and Helen began to experience some interesting dreams/memories which continued throughout the book.  These dreams/memories were the answer to a lot of my questions from the first two books and I felt pleased to finally get a clear picture of the past.  Helen discovered a few new talents and these really seemed to unnerve her until she realised just how much power she actually had and what she could do with it. Unfortunately other people also noticed her extraordinary strength and I knew that it would cause many more problems for her!

The romantic side of the story was just as good as the previous books, it was complicated and enjoyable and although I was able to correctly predict the end result of the love triangle, I was still hooked on the journey to get to that point.  The romance from the supporting characters was also enjoyable and added an extra touch of gentleness to some of the more intense scenes.

There were a few parts of the story told from Lucas’ point of view and I loved this because he was the kind of male character who always left me wondering what was going through his mind.  A tense and exciting meeting was an important turning point and from then on the action didn’t stop – everything began to fall into place as the revelations and shocks continued to flow.  I was greedily reading the pages in my quest to reach the heart-pounding final showdown and discover what fate had in store for these characters who had taken a place in my heart over the past couple of years.

This was the perfect end to a gripping trilogy, it had everything I could possibly want in a concluding book.

Goddess can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Josephine Angelini click on the following links:

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Dreamless – Josephine Angelini

“Heartbroken and forbidden from being with Lucas, Helen has been tasked with breaking the curse that keeps them apart by killing the Furies.  She spends her nights wandering the Underworld in search of them and, tormented by her worst nightmares made real, she’s beginning to suffer from extreme exhaustion on top of her heartbreak.

One night, Helen meets another person down in the shadowy Underworld: Orion, descended from Adonis and with the power to control desire.  Still in love with Lucas but drawn to this seductive stranger, Helen must make a choice that could save her life but break her heart…”

I was really looking forward to reading this book, I loved Starcrossed (review here) and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next.  This eagerness, combined with the amazingly addictive way it has been written, meant that this book joins the rest of the one-day read pile!

Seeing as it was a year ago that I read the last book, I found that I struggled a bit at the beginning to remember who some of the characters were and what roles they played in the story.  It didn’t take long to come back to me though and I was soon completely caught up in this mythological tale once more.

The Underworld parts were very dark and uncomfortable, I felt incredibly sad that Helen had to go through all of that on top of the heartache she was already suffering.  The forbidden love between her and Lucas was fantastic to read, as the reader I knew the truth and I think this made the whole situation much harder.  I really got a sense of Helen’s emotions – it was almost like her loneliness was jumping out of the page at me.

The introduction of Orion made this trilogy even more exciting, he was a character that I instantly liked but I felt there was a lot more to him than meets the eye and I hope to see more of this in the next book.  I’m also hoping that the love triangle is going to get even more exciting in the future, I’m a huge fan of a good love triangle.

Every twist, turn and battle throughout the book made me want more, I devoured the pages greedily and I just couldn’t put the book down. There were so many new complications for the characters to face that sometimes I found it difficult to keep up with it all, but the writing made me feel like I was there with them so I overcame the confusion and just enjoyed the ride!

Another amazing and exciting book, I can’t wait for the next instalment.

Dreamless can be purchased here or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Josephine Angelini visit her website here.

 

Starcrossed – Josephine Angelini

 

The cover was the first attraction for me with this book and it was such an amazing read that I managed it in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down!

Think Greek Mythology turned into a modern tale and you’ll have the idea of this book.  The main character Helen is based on Helen of Troy and is a gorgeous but insecure girl living in Nantucket, Massachusetts.  She has always felt different to the rest of the people at her school and while everyone is excitedly talking about a new family that has moved to the area Helen has no interest in them.  That is until she sees one of the boys (Lucas) at her school and for some reason her instincts are telling her to kill him!  She thinks he is gorgeous but she also wants him dead and apparently the feeling is mutual.

A pretty major event occurs that somehow manages to stop Helen and Lucas from wanting to kill each other and they end up seriously attracted to one another, this causes many more unforeseen problems because them being together would literally start a war between their people.  The chemistry between these two is so electric that you can almost feel it flying off the page at you and the twists and turns in their romance is captivating.

For me forbidden love is always a great subject to read about, I found myself really wanting things to be different for Helen and Lucas so  that they could be together but I suppose given the title of the book things were never going to be easy for them.  I’ll just keep my fingers crossed that they can work something out before the series ends.

Aside from the romance I really love the action in this story, there seems to be a sense of lingering danger throughout the book and a hint that there are many more secrets to be revealed.  While I was reading I was unable to predict what would happen next in the story (even though I gave it a good try but always failed miserably), this is probably the reason why it was so impossible for me to put it down!

This phenomenal story still lingers in my head and I am holding my breath for the next book in the series.