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I once told myself I would never write a review of Taking Chances. Simply because sometimes a book comes along that is so incredible no words can do it justice. This is one of those books.
I read a lot of books, most of which are good but nothing particularly special. Eventually most books blur together so only the truly amazing ones stand out. Almost five months after reading Taking Chances I can still remember all the little details and every single emotion the book made me feel. Five months and I still can’t get this book out of my head.
Taking Chances is a book that I want to erase the memory of ever reading just so I can experience reading it for the first time all over again. I know some people who didn't like this book - I think the sheer amount of emotion just isn't for everyone - but I LOVED it.
If you like romance, drama and lots of emotion in books then this is perfect for you. A great New Adult book that focuses more on the romance and character development than just sex. Though if you like steamy sexy scenes don't worry as there is the occasional one. The book starts good then keeps getting better, even when you think it couldn't get any better it proves you wrong.
This book has a sexy tattooed bad boy. In fact it has two! Chase and Brandon are two of my favourite male characters in a New Adult book; they are both the perfect mix of bad boy and romantic, both willing to give up the girl they love if it will make her happy.
Harper doesn’t always make the best decisions and sometimes I just wanted to shake her but she comes across as realistic. We’re not all perfect, we sometimes do stupid things and occasionally we may mess up big time. Despite her slightly odd back story she comes across as a real person; the girl we could all be though i highly hope my life will never be quite that dramatic.
If you have ever heard about this book before you probably know that it has a huge unexpected twist. I was so stunned I found myself blankly staring at my kindle for so long that it turned itself off. I found myself wanting to yell at the author “HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO ME?!?!” whilst simultaneously giving her a massive hug and a round of applause.
The characters will work their way into your heart and you will find yourself experiencing their every emotion and really feeling for them. This book was such a roller coaster of emotions that after I finished reading I felt drained. I have hardly ever cried so much whilst reading a book, some were tears of sadness, devastation and despair whilst others were tears of joy and me marvelling over how beautiful a chapter was.
There was the odd little thing that wasn’t perfect but this book was too incredible for me to be bothered by them. For a book to get me that emotionally involved and to care that much about the characters I couldn’t possibly give it anything less than 5 stars. It took over a week before I could read again and no book I have read since has been quite as good. I wish I had an extra star to give.
I want to do something I have never done before which is thank the author for writing this book, Molly please never ever stop writing :) And now I am off to reread this book, because I simply have to.
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From the moment I first saw the cover and read the blurb to this book I just knew that I had to read it. The idea behind the book is brilliant and the synopsis compares it to two of my favourite dystopian books. Unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Whilst the storyline was as incredible as I thought it would be, one element was lacking for me and that was the characters.
Aria is the perfect example of the type of character I dislike; whiney, gullible and without the tiniest shred of intelligence. Without hardly any questioning she just believes anything she is told even when things don’t make sense, she needs people to fully explain every little detail to her to know what is going on. This wasn’t helped by the fact that the book is very predictable and it is clear to everyone (except Aria) what is going on from the very start of the book. Aria did grow slightly as a character towards the end so I hope that she is less innocent and naive in future books.
All other aspects of the book were excellent. I loved the dystopian world that is the setting to this star crossed love story; two wildly different social classes, a flooded future Manhattan and people with powers that despite being necessary to the city functioning are hated and feared by the rich. I also liked the political and rebellion aspects to this book.
One of the best things about this book was Hunter. He was mysterious, strong, romantic and everything else that makes a perfect love interest. I loved Hunter and Aria’s relationship, he definitely brought out the best aspects of her character.
Despite me having some dislikes I do think that overall this is a good book. If Aria had been more developed as a character this could have become one of my favourites so I have high hopes for the second book. I also want to find out more about the Mystics as they were one of the best parts of this book and I think there is so much more to discover about them.
After the brutal murder of her family 17 year old Maryah moves to Sedona to live with her god parents who hide a secret - they are perpetually reincarnated souls with supernatural gifts who have chosen to live all of their lives together. Maryah unaware of the fact that she has known them all for hundreds of years as in her previous life she did the unimaginable, she chose to forget everything.
For her soul mate Nathan there is nothing more painful than looking at the person you love and knowing that they cannot remember you as they willingly gave up their memories. Despite the pain Nathan must hold it together so he can protect Maryah and the rest of his kindrily and if he’s lucky Maryah might regain her memories. After all, love always perseveres, or does it?
Grasping at Eternity is a beautiful book about the power of love and family. Rather than sticking to pre-made supernatural creatures, Karen has made her own, the Kindrily, reincarnated souls who have the power to remember previous lives and to choose where they end up in their future lives. Hooper has a beautiful and flowing writing style that when mixed with her vivid characters and engaging plot draws you deep into the world of the Kindrily.
Grasping at Eternity is a refreshing change from the overdone storylines about vampires and werewolves that generally dominate this genre. Karen Amanda Hooper is definitely an author to look out for as her original plots and believable characters make all her books that of a five star standard.
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Lianne was one of three babies given by her defeated homeland to the land of Fithia as a peace offering after a great war. All her life she has been raised to believe that her homeland is magic less, defeated and weak, until her 16th birthday when a spell placed on Lianne as a baby ends and she discovers that much she has believed to be the truth is actually a lie.
With those supposed to guide her through her awakening dead, she must rely on fellow adoptees Kellan and Bryden for the truth. When everyone has a hidden agenda how will Lianne decide who to trust? Will she follow her heart or will she allow herself to be led astray?
I found this book to be a very enjoyable read. At first sleepers seems like a traditional, predictable fantasy book but there are many surprises that make it far from predictable. I loved the element of mystery in this book and the twists in the plot kept me guessing throughout.
I liked the characters, especially Lianne and Bryden and can’t wait to see them developed further in the rest of the series. This book just kept on getting better and better as I got further through it and the end was simply amazing, an action packed rollercoaster of surprises and excitement. I can’t wait for the second book in this fantastic new trilogy and I will be very eagerly awaiting its release.
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