Shattered Souls By: Mary Lindsey

Lenzi hears voices and has visions – gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can’t help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she’s a reincarnated Speaker – someone who can talk to and help lost souls – and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn’t make a decision soon.

Before I start talking about the book I’d like to apologize for the blog being so dead the past few days! It’s that horrible time of the year again. With all the projects and exams coming up, Michelle and I might be slow to posting up some stuff the upcoming weeks! In other news, here’s the review! Enjoy!

The book Shattered souls is about a girl named Lenzi who suddenly starts to hear voices, thinking she is following the foot steps of her schizophrenic father, Lenzi ignores the voices. Her world changes when she meets a boy named Alden, a boy who keeps calling her Rose and claims that he can help her deal with the voices. He also claims that the voices are actually souls who desire help before passing on and that Lenzi is a speaker who can grant them their last wish.

Being a lover of the whole theme of reincarnation, I expected really good things from this book! I’ve always been fascinated with what happened to souls after we die. Do we simply cease to exist? Is there an after life? Will we be placed to heaven and or hell according to how we were in the life? Reincarnation gives me than we all get another chance in life. When I read this book, I found out only speakers (those who have the talent to speak to the dead) and their protectors (those who protect the speakers from the crazy souls) are reincarnated. I found this really fascinating. The world that Mary Lindsey created was very detailed. Mary talked very much about the rules, the jobs and the politics of the world of the speakers and protectors in great detail. I loved how she presented ghosts and the afterlife in the book Shattered Souls.

I have to be honest; I wasn’t much of a fan in the first couple of chapters of the book. The first 75 pages or so were pretty repetitive. Lenzi thought she was going crazy, she’d freak out, she’d calm down, she’d tell Alden to go away for being creepy. I found Lenzi a bit irritating the first handful of chapters, but as the story progresses, I found myself being fond of her. Lenzi grows up from a girl who refuses to believe in wondering souls to a girl who wants to help them and complains so much less than necessary. The pacing of the book also quickens. I remember taking a couple of days to get through the first 100 pages, but as I continued reading, I realize that I just couldn’t stop. I loved the last half of the book!

In this book, I was surprised not to see as much as I did from Lenzi’s boyfriend Zak. I originally thought this was a love triangle. But, the choice was very obvious from the first meeting! I loved how Mary depicted Lenzi. She was both that innocent girl who had no idea what’s going on and the one who kicked ass. The book showed Lenzi from the present and Rose from the past. This was just one of the perks of a book about reincarnation. I loved how Mary used the whole reincarnation theme and made two characters from one person, where as in other reincarnation books I’ve read, the lead was always the same in all lives and didn’t change significantly.

My favorite part of the book is most definitely just the way that Mary wrote. The world she created was amazing. She made a whole world with so much rules and such a strict system. I also loved how she twisted the whole reincarnation theme and make it stand out from all the rest!

Over all, this book was great! I shell rate it 3.5 because of the almost unbearably slow beginning.

-Caryl

Shut Out By: Kody Keplinger

Shut Out         Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it’s a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part,Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy’s car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend’s attention

     Then Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players’ girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won’t get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don’t count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. But what Lissa never sees coming is her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling…

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The book Shut Out is about a high school’s soccer and football team’s rivalry against eachother. Being the girlfriend of the quarterback of the football team Lissa’s experienced her fair share of the rivalry. It seems like she’s lost her boyfriend Randy to the war. Lissa and the other boy’s girlfriends stand together and go on a sex strike. The boys don’t get any until they stop the rivalry. But the boys aren’t too happy with their plan, and makes plans of their own.

I’ve had this book on my to-read pile for a while now, and the whole “battle of the sexes” really intrigues me and I find that Keplinger really presented that in a really cute and funny way. It all started as a desire for the boys to stop their stupid fight, but suddenly became a war between genders.

This book had so many characters. I’ll take too much time and words to explain all of these awesome characters. But one of my favorite characters in this book was Cash Sterling. I mean, who would not love that boy? Cash is basically one of Lissa’s love interest. He was just awesome in so many ways. I mean, he’s good looking, plays soccer, smart and READS. Yes, he reads. There’s not much guys out there like him, who’s both sporty and still has the time to read books. Every time he talked about greek plays and literature was just such a turn-on. Every time Cash came in the picture, I found myself wondering why he didn’t exist in real life. Darn fictional characters for being so dang fictional! Another character I absolutely loved was Lissa’s best friend Chloe. She was awesome. She was just purely honest about everything. Wether it came to her hatred for other people, her sex life or just her personal feelings she  just said everything and anything she wanted to, and she wasn’t going to do you the favour of sugar coating her opinions either. Chloe didn’t care if you’d hate her, she’d tell you what she thinks anyways. That’s what I loved about her, the honesty that’s so rare these days. Lissa was great. She was neither amazing or horrible for me. I liked that she’s the type of person to  stand her ground on her opinions and has a strong character. She was a noteable lead, but I found that she made horrible descisions along the way.  Sure she grew from those mistakes, but I still think that her mistakes were so…. for a lack of a better word, stupid. She had good intentions, but I would have done some things very differently.

The best part of this book has got to be Cash. I mean, wow, that boy was awesome. Other than that, I really love the way that Keplinger wasn’t afraid to write so honestly and bluntly. She wasn’t afraid to address society’s sexist issues and double standards. Keplinger’s writing style was just so straight forward and blunt. She didn’t sugarcoat anything.

Overall, I thought the book was great. It wasn’t one of my favourites, maybe because I don’t usually favour contemporary books, but apart from that, the book was awesome. It was a cute and a very light read. I just ate this book up. I’ve heard good things about Keplinger’s books, especially her book DUFF. I can’t wait to read her other novels. If you guys recommend any of her books, tell me! Just comment below!

 – Caryl

Defiance By: C.J. Redwine

https://i1.wp.com/d.gr-assets.com/books/1341967711l/11410430.jpg     Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses and obey their male Protectors,

     Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan–the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same one who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but a fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making
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Defiance by CJ Redwine. How do I even start? I mean, there’s just so much to say.

First off, Defiance is about a girl named Rachel Adams who wants to escape Baalboden to the Wasteland where she believes her father is. With her father, Jared Adams, declared dead she was pronounced to be under Logan McEntire’s protection until she’s claimed. The same Logan who rejected her feeling two years ago and the same Logan who also wants to find Jared Adams in the Wasteland. Things get so much more complicated when the Commander (basically the king of Baalboden) believes she can lead him to what he desperately wants and needs.

Okay, my first impression of this book was “yay, an action novel. I haven’t read one in a while.” Then, after the two chapters I was completely into it. I got mad that people just wouldn’t leave me alone with my book! That’s how fast I got hooked to this book. And if you read it, you’ll see why.

There are just so many strong characters in this book, and I know that strong female leads have really been popular these days, but Rachel isn’t only strong, she’s just so much more. Rachel wasn’t afraid to admit to herself she would lose a fight, she also felt so much pain throughout the story. She was strong to begin with, but she grew so much through out the story. And it was amazing to watch her grow. Logan on the other hand was just frickin sexy… I’m sorry…. He just had it all. He kicked ass, he was crazy smart and he cared about Rachel so much. I honestly have no idea how smart he could be to not know that he loves her. I mean, he rejected her 2 years ago, but now he thinks she’s crazy hot and doesn’t think any other guy is good enough for her.

Other characters in the book are of course the Commander. Who can forget that A-hole. He’s the one who ruined Rachel and Adam’s life in every way possible. Let’s just say that he’s not afraid to be the bad guy and makes a perfect one. Two characters were introduced later on the book, siblings named Willow and Quill. They are exiled Tree People who claim to have known Jared and help Rachel. And of course, who can forget Oliver! Rachel’s grandfather … and personally my favorite character in the book…

The book was written in both Rachel’s and Logan’s perspective. Personally, I’m not a fan of changing perspective in books, but I actually really liked how CJ Redwine made it flow. I mean, you find out what they’re both thinking and sometimes they’re thinking the exact same thing, but neither want to admit it. It was so frustrating having to sit on my couch and just repeatedly yelling at the book telling the characters to just be honest with each other. I found out how both of them thought and cared for each other.

This book kept me so entertained. Every chapter was either about making a devious plan, kicking butt, or Rachel’s and Logan’s continuously growing love for each other. I have to admit, I don’t think there were enough Rachel-Logan romantic moments there, but when there was it was definitely really cute.

Over all, I thought this book was great. It was really fast paced and it just kept me guessing. I would literally try and guess what would happen next, but then, as soon as I think I’m right. A twist comes up. I loved it and I can’t wait to read the next book.

Sorry for the long review. I know that it was pretty long, but that was only because I loved the book that much. 😀

-Caryl

Desires of the Dead By: Kimberly Derting

     Violet can sense the echoes of those who’ve been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she’d turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike’s tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

Violet is not completely normal girl, and she knows that herself. She can see ‘echoes’ on the murdered and the same echo on the murderer. Violet just can’t help and be attracted to the murdered. One day she makes the mistake of finding an echo and reporting it. Next thing she knows the FBI is calling her house and a girl named Sara Priest along with a boy… a totally hot boy…. named Rafe is asking her all kinds of questions.   This book is just great in so many ways. Sure, it wasn’t as creepy and exciting as its previous book, The Body Finder, but I think it still has its own merits. First off, I thought the plot was great. It kept me in an emotional roller coaster. I remember accusing everybody to be the the killer, because let’s admit it; who saw the ending for The Body Finder coming? The beginning of the book kept me guessing, but as soon as I passed the mid-point of the book, everything just became so predictable. I find that there could have been more mystery ans suspense in the book instead of teenage drama. Finally, lets talk about the romance aspect of the book! Jay and Violet are finally a couple! That was one thing that I anticipated the most. Jay is just…. to put it in one word sweet, and I loved everything about him from the previous book onto this one. But Violet in the other hand, well, let’s just say that it’s bad news. I found that Violet was very moody and unnecessarily insecure and jealous . She did so many things that I would have done differently or not at all.

Other characters were introduced into the book. The new kids in school Mike an Megan and the FBI Sara Priest and Rafe. If I would have to chose which one my favorite character is, it would be hands down Rafe. I am not going to lie, he’s kind of awkward at times, but he’s just so full of mystery and the way he acts is so intriguing. I want to say so much more, but I know I’ll just end up spoiling the whole thing. So I’ll just say that I would not be that disappointed it a tiny tiny love triangle forms in the next book. I’ll leave it at that! Overall, I really liked the new character. Specially Mike.

This book had a good beginning, a predictable body but did not fail to give me the ending I wanted. I loved the first book of the series and this one was great as well. I hope to see more Rafe and Violet…  mostly Rafe…in the future!

-Caryl