The Watcher By Lisa Voisin A Review

The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Title: The Watcher

Author: Lisa Voisin

Publication Date: March 4, 2013

Publisher: InkSpell Publishing

Source: ARC from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour

Challenge: 2013 Debut Author Challenge

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Summary

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

Review

The Watcher by Lisa Voisin is not a book for me. I did not connect with the characters and the love story left me feeling nothing. I know a book is not happening for me when I keep checking to see how many more pages I have to read before I am done. It may be the case of a book in the hands of the wrong reader but I found The Watcher to be overly long and lacking in action.

Mia and Michael were in love 9,000 years-ago. There are countless scenes in which Mia wants to take their relationship to a more physical place but Michael pulls back. The story behind why is explained in exhaustive detail over hundreds of pages. There is a lot of high school drama about the new guy in school who turns out to be a real bad boy. Then, there is a demon rape. A demon rape in which the victim blames themselves for the rape. It kind of made me uncomfortable reading about it.

Overall, The Watcher by Lisa Voisin is a paranormal-romance that is heavy on the romance. It is not a book that particularly resonated with me but if you are interested in Angels/Demons and lots of descriptions of making-out, you may enjoy The Watcher more than I did.

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Everbound by Brodi Ashton A Review

Everbound by Brodi Ashton

 

Everbound by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everbound (Everneath #2)

Author: Brodi Ashton

Publication Date: January 22, 2013

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Source: Printed ARC sent by publisher

Previous Reviews: Everneath 

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Summary

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

Review

At the end of Everneath, Jack makes the ultimate sacrifice for Nikki by taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath. He literally gives up everything to save her. Not content to let Jack accept her punishment, Nikki knows she has to save him.

Everbound by Brodi Ashton details the journey Nikki takes to rescue Jack from the Everneath. We get to learn about the make-up of the Everneath and meet a few new Everlings along the way. The adventure is dangerous and full of excitement, as Nikki fights her way through the mystical Everneath to save her true love.

In Everbound by Brodi Ashton, there is an ending that comes out of nowhere. Nothing is ever as it seems when it comes to dealing with the Everneath and the reader is left wanting to dig deeper into the mysteries of this mystical place. The character of Nikki is fleshed out more in Everbound in comparison to Everneath and the strength she shows in the face of frightening situations is admirable. I am glad that Brodi Ashton decided to toughen Nikki up in this installment, she was a lot more likeable in book two.

Everbound by Brodi Ashton is a strong second book in the Everneath Trilogy. The story is exciting and moves forward quickly. It was difficult to put down and answered a lot of questions I had about the Everneath. I highly recommend Everbound by Brodi Ashton.

What You Will Find

  • World Building
  • Great Love Story
  • Mystery
  • Twists and Turns
  • The Need To Get Book Three Right Now

Disclosure: I was given a copy of Everneath by Brodi Ashton by the publisher but was not compensated in anyway for my review. All thoughts are my own.

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Everneath By Brodi Ashton A Review

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

 

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Title: Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton

Author: Brodi Ashton

Publication Date: January 24, 2012

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Source: Purchased

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Summary

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned–to her old life, her family, her boyfriend–before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance–and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.

Review

I have to start this off by saying Everneath is amazing. The love story between Jack and Nikki is beautiful and sweet. It is impossible not to root for them. Jack never gives up hope for Nikki even when she literally disappears off the face of the earth and they have loved each other since childhood.

Everneath is an unusual take on the Persephone myth with creatures that live forever but are forced to suck the life out of people to do so. We get glimpses of the origin story but there is so much more to learn. I love the idea of a spin on a mythological story (hence my slight obsession with Percy Jackson books but that is for another time and place.) The way the story unfolds with Nikki and Jack learning more about the Everneath is exciting. Cole, the pseudo big bad, being almost likeable at times is fun. He is the ultimate bad boy who is always tempting Nikki to choose the easy way out.

Everneath is told in a slow burn. Jumping back and forth between the present, with a countdown of how much time is left, and the past lets both stories be told in a way that is constantly moving forward. It put me on the edge of my seat wanting to know everything that happened that lead to Nikki going with Cole to the Everneath. Needing to know what happened between Jack and Nikki that could be so awful to maker her choose the unthinkable. Using the present and past device, lets the reader get to know Nikki and her story in glimpses. 

Everneath really has it all great romance, interesting story, and characters that are complex and surprising. It is impossible to put down. I highly recommend Everneath by Brodi Ashton and cannot wait to read book two, Everbound.

 

What you will find here

  • Romance
  • Unique and interesting story
  • Great pacing
  • Excitement
  • Dealing with dark emotions
  • A big bad that is kind of sexy

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Read It Before You See It: Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Title: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

Publisher: Vintage

Published Date: October 28, 2010

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Summary

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

How had I not heard about this book before seeing the movie trailer? It sounds really interesting and I love zombies.

 

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The movie looks really good plus it stars Nicholas Hoult who I loved in About A Boy (another great book) and Skins.

So here is the million dollar question, book before movie or movie before book?

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Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights new releases that you are eagerly anticipating.

 

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Expected Publishing Date: August 15, 2013

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Summary

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand… Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it. Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

I love this cover with the loopy font and dark, shadowy picture. I love a romance where there is a bad boy and who is the ultimate bad boy other than the devil himself?

This is another one I plan to read for the Debut Author Challenge.

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