SECRETS OF SKIN AND STONE ARC REVIEW

TITLE: Secrets Of Skin And Stone
AUTHOR: Wendy Laine
SERIES: Standalone
PUBLICATION DATE: June 5 2017
PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen
SOURCE: Publisher ARC



Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.
Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.
To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.


Ello folks! Things have been so hectic around here with getting ready to move to London in less than 2 weeks! Which is why i haven't really been able to keep up with all the blogging and reading :/  And the worst part is i have the joy to pick and choose which books i get to bring with me to Uni while the rest stay here...anyways on to the review :P

Piper is a haunted teenager. She's the town talk with her abnormal ways and weird occurrences follow her. It's for that reason that most people stay clear of her and kind of refer to her as the town creep. But one night, after her dog is brutally murdered, Piper's determination kicks in; she will find out who killed her beloved dog and why. Though as she makes her lists of possible suspects, she puts her own name on it. She cannot ignore all the supernatural things that seem to happen around her and she knows that deep down, there is a darkness inside of her. There is enough of it for her to consider herself a suspect.

Grisham or Gris, is a Watcher and his first job is to head to Hidden Creak and get rid of the fiends that plague the little town. He's desperate to prove to his father and to himself that he can do this job alone. But as he heads into town he realizes this isn't a small job and he starts to doubt his own capabilities as he finds himself in the middle of a bigger job than he or his father could ever have expected. And at the center of it all is Piper. I haven't read a lot of books with gargoyles- i think the only one i read was Jennifer L Armentrout's series-and this one had a pretty cool interpretation of these creatures.
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Piper isn't your usual YA protagonist. I think the author did a good job in writing Piper's POV so we could really get a sense of what goes on in her mind since she had an OCD. In the acknowledgements, the author mentioned she had also suffered through OCD so i think it was important to get to know a character like that because it was written by someone in the same situation. 

Gris was a pretty cool character because he wasn't this all powerful and untouchable guy but someone with quite a few insecurities who felt the need to prove himself worthy of his birthright. My only issue with Gris is his "charm". We're told repetitively during Piper's POV that he's charming and that she won't fall for his charm. But even though i did like Gris, i did not find him to fit the description of "charming". I mean if Piper and the synopsis hadn't used that word, i definitely wouldn't have used it to describe Gris. It's like we're being told he's charming instead of being shown if that makes sense.


Romance wise, there is like an instant attraction between the two. It wouldn't be Insta-Love in other circumstances but i think that when you have characters with a lot of mental turmoil and problems then it takes a while for them to open up to each other. Even though, Piper didn't really want to trust Gris at first, i personally think their relationship developed a little too quickly. But the romance was still kinda sweet!

There was a lot of mystery in the book and it definitely piqued my attention but at some point, things really started to drag on so i had to skip a few of the lengthy paragraphs. The thing is, i liked the characters and i liked the romance. But the supernatural plot itself with the murder and stuff kind of lost me at some point. The background and setting was really well written! Throughout the novel, there was a dark and suspenseful atmosphere the author did an amazing job at maintaining! 
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This book can be read as a standalone since it had a good ending and the loose ends were all tied up! However the author did mention that there are two other books in the series that have already been written but it all depends on the reception of book 1! So rest assured, this book is still considered a standalone!

In other news, the giveaway for The Best Kind Of Magic is still going but only for two more days so be sure to enter here :P


Have a lovely week guys :P




THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC TOUR+GIVEAWAY


                                                            

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
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Synopsis:

Amber Sand isnot a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone's soul mate.
Amber works ather mother's magic shop--Windy City Magic--in downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one--her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father's missing girlfriend, she's distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can't see her own match, she can see his--and it's not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn't her match?
The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and willappeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.



Amber's not the happiest person on the planet. Coming from a line of powerful witches she isn't thrilled with being a lowly matchmaker that witches look down on. She isn't allowed into the coven or into any of the witch traditions because she isn't considered to a be a witch...*Ouch*. But when the mayor's son comes to her for help to find his future step mom who's suddenly gone missing, she can't help but agree and prove to everyone that a lowly matchmaker managed to be a hero. But she already knows who Charlie's true love is and the more time she spends with him, the more she falls for him...and the more she gets visions of his true love and their future together.

The blurb of this book caught my attention instantly and i knew i just had to sign up for this tour! I mean come on a girl falling for a guy while she can see his soulmate the entire time? Consider me intrigued!

"Do you know how hard it is to make out with someone when all you can picture is his wedding to someone else? I'd have to be blackout drunk to keep those visions from coming, and what would be the point of that?"
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From the moment i started the book with Amber's narration, i knew this would be good. She's snarky and hilarious and quite bitter. I liked that balance in her character. Some characters in books are sarcastic and bitter just for the sake of it but Amber's backstory really explained why she was like that. Although she had full trust in her powers, she was completely excluded from her family heritage because she wasn't considered worthy enough to be a witch. She's happy with who she is but she just wants to be included but her mom and the rest of the coven still wished she was something other than a matchmaker. And all that kind of pushed her to be this character who masks her hurt with dry humor and sarcasm.


"'Maybe you're not a witch, but you're definitely a bitch.' Remind me to get that on my tombstone." 


The romance really had this "doomed from the start" thing going on but you just couldn't help but like it-it was just so adorable! Amber can't see her own true love but she does believe in love. It's hard for her to watch people come to her to confirm that they are indeed dating/marrying their true love while she feels like she'll never have that. Being rich Charlie has had his fair share of girls throwing themselves at him but he prefers to stay clear of it all. He was a very "no BS" guy who was perfectly content with his own company. Both of them come out of that solitude they confined themselves too and start to get to know each other better. 

Charlie was so cute! He wasn't your typical bad boy that we usually see in YA but a kind and kind of solitary guy that happens to be insanely rich and wears glasses! I had to point out that he wears glasses cause we don't see a lot of people with glasses in YA!
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I really really hope Amani, Amber's best friend, gets her own book at some point! She a super interesting character that has visions of the future but the visions aren't really a happy experience for her. She doesn't really like her magic and so she tries to avoid it. Add that to sexy, rich and flirty vampire bar owner as her true love with a little plot twist and this book would rock!

If you're looking for a heavy book filed with plot twists, wars and complications then this isn't it. But if you want a fresh, light, funny and sweet contemporary read with a dash of supernatural and adventure then i would highly recommend this one! It can be read as a standalone but the author left a little plot twist in there and i'm definitely keeping up with book 2 because i'm really invested with these characters and i can't wait to see what's gonna happen to them next!


Meet the Characters 

Amber Sand          

  Amber comes from a long line of witches, but she herself isnot a witch. She did getone highly specific magical talent: she can see true love.            
 Magical Talent: matchmaking           
 Likes: baking, unicorns, any and all forms of sugar           
 Dislikes: vegetables, tacky souvenirs, most people            
 Quote: “ Only crazy people and Satan don’t like frosting.” 

Amani Sharma            

Amani has the power to see the future, a talent she works to suppress. Together with Amber, the two best friends made a pact to never share the details of the other’s destiny.           
 Magical Talent: precognition             
 Likes: reality TV, spicy foods, planning her future wedding            
Dislikes: gym class, cheap lip gloss, jeans             
Quote: “ You don’t know for sure what the future will bring.” 

Charlie Blitzman            

Charlie is the son of Chicago’s mayor. This fame draws him a lot of attention atschool, buthehas a hard time finding people he truly connects with.            
Magical Talent: being charming            
Likes: dragons, tie clips, trying new things           
 Dislikes: paparazzi, pickles, fake people           
 Quote: “ Who knew the world had so much magic?” 

Ivy Chamberlain            

 Ivy is blonde, beautiful, and knows it: she’s a siren, andhas the entire school wrapped around her perfectly manicured finger.             
Magical Talent: manipulating the masses             
Likes: cheerleading, being adored, watching boys cry           
 Dislikes: matchmakers            
Quote: “ I know what it takes to survive.”







With rainbows inmy hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.

My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.






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This tour is a little different in the sense that every blog is running their own giveaway for one copy of the book. So there will be one winner per blog who wins only ONE copy of the book. It's totally okay to enter the giveaway in all the blogs on tour to maximize your chances of winning but if ever you find yourself winning on 2 blogs we ask that you please decline one of the wins and just claim your one copy and give the chance to someone else to win the book :) And be honest when entering the giveway-i'll be checking the entries. Please respect this so it's fair! 
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SPELLCASTER REVIEW

TITLE: Spellcaster
AUTHOR: George Bachman
SERIES: ?
PUBLICATION DATE: April 3 2017
PUBLISHER: Self Published
SOURCE: review copy from author


Christine Daniel suffers in ways no sixteen year-old should and that no doctor has been able to cure. That's because the excruciating pains and high fevers slowly debilitating her aren't triggered by a physical cause but by visions of a youth calling to her while fleeing a mysterious man who means him harm. This could hardly be happening at a worse time, when she and her beautiful older sister Allison are making their d├ębut in high society, like other wealthy socialites seeking matches with titled but impoverished gentlemen in Victorian England.
Because of his pleas, Christine is convinced that to stop the visions she must somehow save this youth. But first she has to find him, and since she's seen him only in visions, she needs someone who'd know how to locate someone through means outside the known senses, the paranormal. Unfortunately the authorities have driven underground all but one of the country's occultists, and the reason she isn't hiding is the only reason she might help Christine, something she wants in return. Christine must convince Allison to marry the occultist's lover, one of those impoverished gentlemen, so that the illicit pair can share her part of the family fortune while continuing their affair.
If Christine doesn't stop the visions by saving the youth, the pains and fevers will eventually kill her. But if she does what the occultist wants, she will betray Allison to a lifetime of misery. Can she lead her sister into a marriage with a very bad man if doing so is the only way to save her own skin - literally?



Christine is plagued by visions and nightmares. Being in the midst of a posh society that thrives on gossip, scandal and shunning, she has to be careful not to draw the wrong attention especially since it's nearly her time to debut. So she turns to witchcraft and magic to find out why she's plagued by those weird dreams but she can't do everything on her own and so she starts to seek out help from the renowned occultists in society all while trying to keep her outrageous behavior from tainting her reputation. But the occultist that hasn't been banned wants something in return-she wants Christine's sister to marry her lover so that they can share the family fortune.


The premise and plot of this story was exciting! Christine is having visions of her past life and she feels like she's not herself because of these visions. She was really strong headed and a bit stubborn in my opinion because she refuses to let her sisters and friend's now that she's suffering. I also really appreciated that in her past life the author didn't automatically make her a woman but rather a man.


"I knew things i could not possibly know and i have to fight the overwhelming feeling that...that i am not only me."


The two story lines and the differences in setting were pretty cool! A British society and the medieval knight setting. It was a book that mixed Austen feels and  maybe some kind of medieval-king Arthur knight feels, But the transition from one setting to another wasn't as smooth as it could have been. The shift was a bit too abrupt i think.


The beginning was a bit rough for me because i got easily confused with all the characters we were introduced to at the beginning. I had trouble keeping up with who was who and it felt a little like we had an onslaught of background in one go instead of a gradual explanation spread out within the first chapter.


The author did an amazing job with his writing, that is one thing i really have to mention. It was really good writing and his interpretation of each of these eras was excellent. There was a lot of time and effort put into those settings. There was also a great build of tension and mystery throughout the writing which i found pretty cool :P

"I laid in bed for a week hearing and seeing things only spirits can show, not hallucinations. Voices strong as memories. It was not with my eyes and ears alone, it was all the way inside me."


Unfortunately the story didn't grip me, and though the author did a spectacular job with his world building, at times it felt like a little too much descriptions were included. When you spend so much time describing and describing, the reader kind of loses focus on the story and i found myself skipping a couple of heavy description filled paragraphs but once i got back to the story, i had kind of already lost the gist of it. The story grips your attention but then you're distracted by the descriptions and once you get back to the story, your attention isn't really won over again.


Overall it was an interesting read that i'm sure loads of people would love but this one just wasn't for me unfortunately :/ Have a great week guys!


ACOWAR SPOILER DISCUSSIONS



ACOWAR has literally been the most awaited book of 2017! I stayed up all night until it was delivered on my kindle at 4.00 a.m. I started readign straight away and finished at around 20.30!!! I'm so proud of myself because it is the largest book i've ever read in one day!




WHAT I LIKED


So first thing's first, Feyre in the Spring Court be like
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No but seriously, Feyre was absolutely phenomenal in this book! Badass and kickass don't even begin to describe her! You could really see how happy and at ease she was at the Night Court compared to the Spring Court mostly because we could compare her to another outsider-Lucian.

I've always loved Lucian! Even though in ACOMAF i get that he was too busy worshiping Tamlin to help Feyre but i always liked this dude! And omigosh Calanmai!!!!!! I actually did not hate Tamlin after ACOMAF-i didn't like him at all but i didn't hate him. But after i found out that because of him Lucian had to perform the ritual with that conniving Bitch-excuse the language-Ianthe, i totally hated him! My poor Lucian!!!! But for the rest of the book i absolutely loved him! Ugh there's so much heartache surrounding him and the fact that Elain was in love with another man!!!! And now i think Azriel is gonna swirl up trouble between them.

Am i the only one that doesn't like Elain? I get her character and she's super well written but i just don't like her at all. Nesta however i'm really starting to like. I really didn't know if i hated or liked her in the previous books but towards the end of ACOWAR she started to grow on me! She was really the pillar of strength and the idea that She took something back from the Cauldron? YES. YES JUST YES. Nesta's portrayal was so feral, sharp, wild, untamable (I don't that that's a word) and AMAZING!!!! Taking something from the Cauldron is just somethign she would do!

AZRIEL OMIGAWD I THINK I LIKE HIM MORE THAN RHYS <3

“Chain me to a tree, Rhys,” Azriel said softly. “Go ahead.” He began checking the buckles on his weapons. “I’ll rip it out of the ground and fly with it on my damned back.”

Did anyone else see sparks between him and Elain?

Cassian my beautiful Cassian.I cried, i full on cried when we learned his wings were cured!!!

"A shadow slammed into the earth before us, cracking the ice toward every horizon. Not a shadow. An Illyrian warrior. Seven red Siphons glinted over his scaled black armor as Cassian tucked in his wings and snarled at Eris with five centuries’ worth of rage. Not dead. Not hurt. Whole. His wings repaired and strong."
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I'm shipping Nessian so much!!!!! 

Ianthe-I AM THRILLED ABOUT HOW SHE DIED. YES. YES. YES. But the Suriel? I really couldn't believe our favorite Gossip Girl died and SJM did confirm our suspicion that in ACOTAR when the Suriel had said "Stay with the High Lord," he'd meant Rhys not Tamlin.


Now on to Mor's confession! So Yes i'm so happy for Mor but at the same time i did feel a lot of chemistry between Azriel and herself so i'm just wondering if SJM came up with this twist in ACOWAR because of all the hate she was getting due to the lack of diversity or if that was legitimately always the plan for Mor? Either way, no complaints for me here but PLEASE SOMEONE GET ME A BOOK ABOUT AZRIEL!!! I volunteer myself as his mate.
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It was also super interesting to meet all the other high lords and explore their territories. One thing SJM does FLAWLESSLY is her world building. 


One of the reasons i was so excited for ACOWAR is that this is the first time SJM ever finished a series so what does that say about how she'll end ToG? Will she play it safe again? No idea! I was in need of a hug after the end though!

Kudos to SJM for including diversity! Basically SJM has been attacked for the lack of diversity in her books but we have to remember that she's a white female and doesn't have the same background as a POC! She's writing what she knows and though i know it bothers a lot of people that the POC in her books were either non-existent or killed off, we cannot make her write what we want. In ACOWAR she really made an effort! 

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!! But i still prefer ACOMAF...Even though this book had loads of Azriel... Did i love it-YES YES YES YES! But it still falls short of ACOMAF for me :/ But it's still a 5 star read!

So please don't hate me and please understand and believe me when i say i love every single one of those characters! But does anyone else feel that Sarah was a little too convenient in her ending? I was waiting for at least one death to break my heart and tear me apart because this series was so epic i felt like it needed that ground breaking and heart aching finale. The Archeron father doesn't count and although i BAWLED MY EYES OUT when i thought Rhys died, the end was too cheesy for a battle that could supposedly turn the world upside down.

I kind of wished Sarah had taken a risk instead of playing it safe *hides from glares*. Like Amren coming back? That was just way too happy for me...ugh this is hard to explain. As a fan i am thrilled that everyone survived but as a reader who thrives on books that bring out emotions, i really didn't feel that rush of emotions at the very end that followed ACOMAF, and the rest of the ToG books.  When i finished the book i just put it down-sure my mind was reeling a little and it hit me that OMIGOSH RHYS AND FEYRE'S STORY IS OVER but i wasn't completely shaken and rattling from the end-which i thought we would have had with ACOWAR. For such an epic story with epic stakes i felt like someone just needed to die. We needed a heart wrenching impact ending. It did not have that EPIC ending that i've been waiting for for a whole year...of course that's just my personal opinion and everyone is welcome to their own :) Please don't attack me!

Let's just go back to Amren for a second because i remember that was the part that ACOWAR kind of lost its glossy sheen to me. That beautiful poetic unleashing of Amren as she soared the skies and defeated the enemies? YES. YES. This is what SJM is epic for, these groundbreaking, heart stopping moments that leave you in complete awe of her characters. And then, Amren comes out of the cauldron to live her happily ever after. wait. what? I love Amren but seriously? After we spent two books about how dangerous she was and that when she was unleashed everyone should cower in fear she' just gonna reappear in the cauldron as a high fae? From that point on ACOWAR just kind of breezed by, i lost the rush of emotions that i'd hoped would carry on till the very end.

And the amount of time and foreshadowing spent on hinting that Cassian wouldn't survive, that Amren wouldn't survive, that Azriel wouldn't survive, all this built up of tension just kept increasing and increasing and increasing but instead of a big sigh of relief at the end, it just hit a wall and dropped flat.
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And is anyone else seeing a trend in SJM's books? This paragraph has EoS spoilers so if you haven't read this book please skip this paragraph! In both ACOMAF and CoM Chaol/Rhys get captured and Celeana/Feyre save their asses in deadly fights and then that epic battle at the end of ACOWAR with all the allies coming in was a little too similar to the end of EoS where Aelin's allies arrived...I get that the end of EoS wasn't a battle but still..then the part where Feyre had to reforge the Cauldron-just like Aelin has to reforge the lock? And the similarities between Aelin and Rhysand? Both are always calculating one step ahead and keeping all their decisions secret from their friends. It did bother me a little.
*UPDATE* Thanks to Soudha in the comments i found another similarity-both the king of Hybern and the King of Adarlan have no names :3

Also one thing that made me gag a little. I am a Feysand shipper till the end! I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! But this quote went a little too far in my opinion.

"As much as i'd like to see you attempt to lick off a week's worth of dirt, sweat, and blood..."His eyes gleamed with the challenge, and i laughed again.
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No. Just no. This attempt at sexy feysand time just fell completely short. For some reason, i wasn't fangirling about Feysand moments except for the part where they reunited. And this i only realized after i finished the book-and i still don't understand why i wasn't fangirling as much as i was in ACOMAF.

OH OH WAIT I HAVE A THEORY!!!! So Feyre threw the book into the void right? WHAT IF THAT WAS THE WALKING DEAD FROM THE TOG SERIES!? AND IT'S WRITTEN IN WYRDMARKS

"But the gold was engraved with symbols only one being on this earth knew how to read, and she was gone. I hurled the damn thing into the void inside the Cauldron."

Also this reminded of the Eye Of Elena from ToG. 

"The Carver traced three overlapping, interlocked circles in the dirt." 

Was this a coincidence? Was SJM trying to make a connection to ToG? Or is it just a similarity like the others that she might not have known she was making.

I know a lot of people felt quite unfulfilled by the ending because there were so many unanswered questions but it didn't bother me at all because there is ACOTAR 4-just not with Feyre and Rhys as MCs.


TO CONCLUDE

So Queen Mass has left A LOT of open ended strings that could potentially turn into a new story! There are just so many unresolved things at the end i don't know in what direction the rest of the books will go. Maybe Lucian, Elain and Azriel? Maybe to the dark Master that turned the mortal queen into a firebird? Maybe Drakon and Myriam's story?

There's absolutely no question that SJM is a talented author with an amazing ability to create the most beautiful, complex and rich fantasy worlds. Her writing just keeps getting better with every book! This book had me on the edge of my sea, i was never ever bored and i love all these characters and the story so much! That's why this book is still a 5 star read!

Do i like it better than ACOMAF? Nope ACOMAF was much much better to me.
Was it still entertaining as hell? YAS WITHOUT A DOUBT.
Was it worth the year long wait spent agonising fangirling? *screeching halt* No i'm sorry as much as i loved this book, it didn't send me into a whirlwind of emotion that i'd expected and hoped for once i was done. Not like EoS which left me in a book slump. After ACOWAR i was like "omg it's really over someone hold me i'm gonna miss them" and a few hours later i stared reading something else. No book slump, no staring at the wall trying to process everything that happened.

Anyways these are just a few of my thoughts i thought i'd share :) Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

ALL THE STARS LEFT BEHIND ARC REVIEW

TITLE: All The Stars Left Behind
AUTHOR: Ashley Graham
SERIES: Maybe a sequel?
PUBLICATION DATE: June 6 2017
PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen
SOURCE: ARC from publisher



Relocating to Arctic Norway would put a freeze on anyone’s social life. For Leda Lindgren, with her crutches and a chip on her shoulder the size of her former Manhattan home, the frozen tundra is just as boring as it sounds. Until she meets her uncle’s gorgeous employee. 
Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.
Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.
She just doesn’t know it yet.



Hi guys!!! First of all apologies for not posting in a while, things have been pretty hectic since this is my last month in Mauritius before i move to London! Can't wait to catch up with everyone's posts in the blogosphere ;)

Okay so basically things started to go a little downhill for me when we get hit with a bad, bad case of Insta-Love. Going through the book you start to question if it was really Insta-Love or a connection because she's the so-called weapon. But still it kind of threw me off...
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But i kept reading because the plot was intriguing!

 Roar was sent to Earth with three of his friends after his planet was being destroyed by an enemy alien race-the Woede-with the task of locating the weapon that could save their planet. But as time passes, desperation has taken its tole on the four aliens and with the humans breathing down their neck to "blend in", it's not long before they start to loose hope that they'll ever find the weapon. 

Leda on the other hand, has just lost her loving father and moved to live with her uncle, away from her mother who doesn't care for her at all. Being crippled. she gets quite defensive when someone tries to coddle her too much because she doesn't want to be seen as weak. 

I have to say, that i liked the side characters much more than Leda and Roar! I actually kind of liked Roar but Leda was a pretty "meh" character to me. I loved the individual personalities of the four aliens, you could tell the author really put in an effort to make all of her characters stand out! 

Kudos for making these book diverse with it's characters! The story itself was pretty action packed and though it could be predicable at times, we did have some pretty interesting twists! 
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If you can get past the Insta Love (ish) feels and really get into the story then it's a pretty cool read :)!