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.

Underworld – Meg Cabot

“Pierce isn’t dead, not yet.

But John Hayden, lord of the Underworld, has taken her to the place where the spirits of the deceased gather.  He says it’s for her safety, to protect her from the vengeful Furies.  But could he have other reasons for keeping her close?

Pierce might be safe in the Underworld, but she soon learns that the people she loves back on earth are not.  Can she convince John to release her in order to save her family – or will the price he asks her to pay be too high?

How can she persuade him to let her go?”

This is the sequel to Abandon which I read and reviewed here.  I loved the stunning cover and couldn’t wait to start reading after the previous book had ended on a teasing cliffhanger.

The story picked up where Abandon had left off with Pierce safely locked away in the Underworld, she was dreaming a strange and upsetting dream which I didn’t really understand at that point, but as I read through the book it all became clear.

John was keeping more secrets from Pierce and I couldn’t figure out why seeing as he said he loved her so much.  I had mixed feelings about him, he was a very intense character (I suppose this makes sense considering he’s the lord of the Underworld) and part of me felt annoyed by his controlling nature. The other part of me loved how protective he was towards Pierce and I really enjoyed some of their romantic moments together.

I liked the addition of Hope and the other characters from the Underworld, this side of the story really fascinated me and I wished that they could have spent more time in Johns home because I wanted to know more about it.

They faced more danger from the Furies which managed to get my heart pounding every time, and whilst on a rescue mission Pierce learned more about John’s history – something which I hadn’t expected!

An awful twist near the end changed everything and resulted in another cliffhanger ending.  I have a feeling that this twist will cause many problems for John and Pierce in the next book Awaken which is due to be released in 2013.

This was a dark and fascinating one day read, I just couldn’t put it down!

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

To find out more about Meg Cabot visit her website here.

Insatiable – Meg Cabot

“Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper.

Meena Harper is familiar with the supernatural.  After all, she knows how you’re going to die. (Not that you’ll believe her.  No one ever does.)

But while she’s always been able to see everyone else’s destiny, she’s never been able to look into her own.  Maybe that’s why when she meets Lucien Antonescu – a modern-day prince who also has no destiny that she can foresee – she’s instantly attracted.

The trouble is, when an ancient society of vampire hunters shows up at Meena’s door looking for Lucien, she’s forced to face the truth: that her dream boyfriend might turn out to be more of a nightmare.

So now would be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future … if she has one.”

I really enjoyed reading Meg Cabot’s Abandon (review here) so I was looking forward to this book, especially after reading its intriguing synopsis.  It certainly didn’t disappoint because it was a fantastic read!

I know there are many people who are fed up with the whole vampire scene but I still love it, every new vampire story I get stuck into just completely captures my imagination and I struggle to stop reading.  This book was no different, it was addictive and nail-biting with so many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I’m pretty sure you can guess that I read this in just one day so it will be joining the ever-growing one-day read list.

Meena was a very interesting character, she had a fascinating yet cruel ability where she could see how people were going to die.  From the very first chapter it’s clear that she sees this ability as a curse and it’s very obvious why – my heart sank as I read the last sentence of the first chapter.  She soon found herself in the middle of something that was both exciting and scary at the same time, I don’t think she realised what she had gotten herself into until it was too late!

I really liked Alaric the vampire hunter, he was a lonely but short-tempered character and I just enjoyed the part he played in the book.  I particularly enjoyed his first meeting with Meena and her brother Jon, it was funny to me because I could picture the craziness of that moment so vividly in my mind.

I had very mixed feelings towards the vampires in this book, I just couldn’t decide if I liked them or not.  Lucien in particular was difficult to figure out, even after I had finished reading I didn’t feel sure about his intentions.

Each chapter started with the time, date and location – I really liked this because it made it easier for me to keep up with the story.

The ending was unexpected in a good way, I thought certain things were going to happen and they didn’t so I am looking forward to reading the next book Overbite to find out what happens next.

This is a dark and alluring vampire tale that had me hooked from the start.

Insatiable can be purchased from The Book Depository, Amazon
or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Meg Cabot visit her blog here.

Abandon – Meg Cabot

“Last year Pierce flatlined following an accident.

During that time she saw a dark world and met a mysterious, irresistible boy.

Now that boy, John Hayden, has turned up at school.  Every time she sees him Pierce finds herself in terrible danger.  Yet she’s still drawn to him.

John wants to take her back to the place she fears the most: the Underworld.

The question is, why?”

This was a book that I had wanted to read for a while so I was excited to see that gorgeous cover when I was out on a shopping trip, obviously I couldn’t resist buying it!

I was intrigued right from the first page, this modern version of Persephone and Hades has a dark, dangerous feel to it that completely captured my interest and made it another one day read for me.

Reading about what happened to Pierce after her accident was fascinating, it was almost like I could feel her confusion and when she finally realised where she was, that confusion turned to fear.

There were hints of something that happened at Pierce’s previous school and I was relieved when I found out what it was, although I had kind of guessed what was involved I hadn’t predicted the details.

This book had so many intriguing factors, I think that is probably why I read it so quickly, coffin night was one of those factors – the whole idea made no sense to me when I first heard about it but once it was explained I could see it’s significance.

Just as the truth was being revealed and everything was making more sense the book ended, I wasn’t ready for it to finish but I suppose that’s the idea because now I’m really looking forward to the next instalment Underworld and I’m also looking forward to reading more from Mag Cabot.

A dark and intriguing story that I just couldn’t put down.

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

To find out more about Meg Cabot visit her website here.