It’s Sunny’s World, We’re Just Floating In It (Waiting a Lifetime – A Book Review)

Waiting a Lifetime
Author: Samantha Markham
Published: 2016

Waiting a Lifetime

My Rating: Full boltFull boltHalf bolt

Sunny Siebel leads a simple, teenage life. She goes to school, spends time with her family, loves to read…and she can see ghosts. That’s right. This girl sees dead people, and for her it’s more comforting to spend time with them than it is to hang around actual people.

One day she runs into Degory Alden, a Reaper, in a back alley. Suddenly she’s thrust into a world where she doesn’t have to hide her gift. However there are those that want to hurt her, but Degory isn’t about to let that happen. Together they fight whatever comes at them from Malighosts to other Reapers and even the heavens as their caught in the middle of something much worse than all of them.

Waiting a Lifetime

First off, I received this book from the author herself via Booktasters on Twitter in exchange for an honest review, so without further ado, here we go.

I tried very hard to get into this book. And I think that’s the problem. I tried. When it comes to reading, one shouldn’t have to try. The magic of the book should suck you in and make you hate it when it shoves back into the real world because you enjoyed it so much. That didn’t happen for me with this book.

I didn’t get a strong enough feel for the characters. Both Sunny and Degory were all over the place as were their emotions. Very choppy. I couldn’t latch onto them. I feel like if there had been more detail and I knew more about them I could’ve gotten a stronger attachment.

I was very curious about the world of Eden and wanted to see more because it sounded pretty cool, but again, I didn’t get very much. I’m not even sure how to describe it to you. All I got were the basics of the place. The story moved from moment to moment without any…meat to it. The bone and structure was all there, but there was no meat, no details that gave me the sense that I was there with Sunny, seeing, hearing or getting any of what she was on her journey.

When I’m seeking out what I don’t know more than following the story then it’s time for me to hop off. It really was beautiful, but I believe there was so much missing. My inner English major was about to jump out and I hated that. I’m a reader here!

And maybe, this book just isn’t my cup of tea. I prefer Zen or Passion from TAZO…which wasn’t where I was actually going with that. LOL. Anyway, this book just wasn’t for me. I didn’t get pulled in because I couldn’t. While I know some people fell in love with this story, I fell short and that’s probably why this review falls short as well.

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Into the Ocean by Blue October.

You can find me:

Twitter: @CheshireKat_92

Goodreads: Kat J.

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Midnight Tease

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Hello my loves! My amazing bookworms!

I hope everybody had a great Halloween. It is the best time of year. Even better than, dare I say it, Christmas. I KNOW!! You disagree probably, but I’m a Halloween baby. You keep your Christmas. I’ll dance around to the theme from Halloween. I know this year I dressed up as Void Stiles from Teen Wolf. It was a lot of fun. My boss at work was very worried and kept asking why I was angry though. I just smiled.

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Anyway! It’s that time. The midnight hour has struck and I have the Midnight Tease, because who needs sleep? Not me! Actually, I probably do need sleep, but I love you and so I’ve brought this monthly update to you.

For those of you who have just recently joined me here, on The Scarlet Reader, this is the time when I show you what I’m reading, what I’ll soon be reading and what’s up for review this month. I love to keep everyone updated with what is on my current queue (which is on the back of my couch).

So without further ado…

 

Coming Soon…

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Icons-Idols

Icons/Idols
Author: Margaret Stohl

This one kind of piqued my curiosity because the author also worked on Beautiful Creatures, which I enjoyed.

 

F-D-JH

Frankenstein/Dracula/Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Mary Shelley/Bram Stoker/Robert Louis Stevenson

Ahhhh, a collection of classic horror novels. It’s like opening a Dr. Pepper. Completely delightful and thirst quenching. I got this collection last year, needing to have all three and it also comes with an introduction by Stephen King (a bonus!).

 

Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew: Ghost Stories #2
Author: Carolyn Keene

I discovered this one on my college campus actually and was kind of excited. I enjoy Nancy Drew every once in a while and ghost stories are always fun.

 

Hidden Oracle-Dark Prophecy

The Hidden Oracle & The Dark Prophecy
Author: Rick Riordan

I read the Percy Jackson series and really loved the cameo Apollo had, so I’m really looking forward to reading these. Plus I got Dark Prophecy for free because the pages were damaged, which helped me decide to get it. (Score!) I’m glad I can get these read before the next one come out which is May 1, 2018.

 

 

Currently…

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There are some books I’ve been working on for a few months now and some that I’ve been waiting to get to. I look forward to telling you about them in future reviews.

 

Diary of a Sex Fiend

Diary of a Sex Fiend
Author: Abby Lee

 

Broken Glass - Shattered Memories

Broken Glass & Shattered Memories
Author: V.C. Andrews

 

Where It Began

Where It Began
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler

 

Up for Review…

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Love & Misadventure - SR

Love & Misadventure
Author: Lang Leav

 

Poison Princess

Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole

 

Mirror Sisters

The Mirror Sisters
Author: V.C. Andrews

 

Have some good books? Let me know in the comment section.

You can follow me at:
Twitter: CheshireKat_92
Goodreads: Kat J.

More to come soon..

-K.

Possession is Fundamental, Not. (Unmarked – A Book Review)

Unmarked (The Legion Book 2)
Author: Kami Garcia
Published: 2014

Unmarked

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

                                                He is here…And he could be anyone.                

 The demon, Andras is set free thanks to Kennedy and the Legion. (Confused? Read Unbreakable, the first book in this series or take a peek at my spoiler free review: The Family Business?)

Now, Kennedy is off at boarding school. Girls have been going missing left and right. With no idea about where her friends are, Kennedy keeps track of the strange occurrences happening across the country, not that she has a choice with her photographic memory. Then the gorgeous Jared Lockhart shows up, the one who promised to find her, and while she is unbelievably happy to see him, she is immediately reminded of what they did. But when his life is threatened, Kennedy is determined to find a way to save him, regardless of the world falling apart around her.

Kennedy and the Legion are forced to accept help from the most unlikely of people, the organization that has been enemies with the Legion for years, the Illuminati. Kennedy isn’t sure how much more she can take, but when secrets are revealed that change how she views her mother, they could break the Legion apart forever.

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The secrets & revelations just keep coming. I was rather surprised with the plot that kept twisting and twisting! My gut was in a couple knots by the end. Kami Garcia really knows how to stun you. I want to say it’s like running into an invisible brick wall. You don’t see it coming or at least I didn’t, which is an upgrade from the first book, Unbreakable. The unpredictability was definitely kicked up a notch.

The new characters were fantastic. Gave the story that good push forward. Sometimes sequels and other books within in a series lean too heavily on the book that started it all, but this was not the case here. While there were flashbacks (well placed by the way) there were massive pushes forward into the series with the introduction of new characters and obstacles. These characters weren’t just here for a few scenes and then gone and I loved it.

 

Revisiting subjects that were only briefly mentioned in the first book and realizing that they held so much more importance that before was made me salivate. It was literally a case of—I remember that! Followed by—wow, intense, because there’s so much I didn’t know and it wasn’t relevant then, but now…now it is and Kami really knows what she’s doing, mind-bending me. For example, the illuminati, briefly mentioned as a group of baddies in Unbreakable, has a much bigger role to and so does Kennedy’s mom.

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Still moving at like a high-speed semi-truck. The time jump from the first book to the second is only a few days. This series is non-stop action and drama, a force to be reckoned with. There certainly wasn’t a dull moment, though I can’t deny that I rolled my eyes a couple times during those super gushy moments. What can I say, I’m awkward around people with feelings.

 

I’ve read a couple comments on Goodreads about a third book and quite a few people feel like it’s never coming, but never fear! I actually sent a message to the author and her lovely people because I was curious about it myself. I got a reply the next day. There will be a third book. Kami just has a couple other books that she’s been working on such as X-Files: Origins. I hope it really keeps up the momentum of the series and with it leaving me hanging the way it did, I can’t wait for the third book to be released.

 

Quotables:

“Real life doesn’t work that way. There are some fights you can’t win.” (Kennedy to Maggie, p. 18)

“Sometimes when I look at you, I can hardly breathe.” (Jared to Kennedy, p. 172)

“Friends who don’t trust you…and a boy who doesn’t love you” (Kennedy, p. 279)

“This was a war we couldn’t win. Or one we’d already lost.” (Kennedy, p. 331)

“Sometimes moving forward changes what’s behind you.” (Kennedy to Priest, p. 371)

“But you still fight. You still hope. Because there’s a chance you might win. And even if you don’t—you fight for the people you love, especially when they can’t fight for themselves.” (Kennedy to Jared, p. 379)

Unmarked

 

More to come soon…

– K.

P.S. Song Today? Cry Little Sister by Aiden.

The Family Business? (Unbreakable – A Book Review)

Hey everybody! I love you, my dear bookworms! I hope you are doing well. While I do have a new book review for you here, I am also messing around with a new way to format it. Not any major changes. Just ways to highlight new paragraphs and separate subjects to help with transitioning.

Also, enjoy the solar eclipse today! Just be safe and don’t go blind. Please.

 

Unbreakable (The Legion Book 1)
Author: Kami Garcia
Published: 2013

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltHalf bolt

 

Protect yourself. What you can’t see can hurt you.

From the co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series comes a book about the forces of darkness.

Kennedy Waters is your average teenager with the exception of having a photographic memory. After discovering her mother dead, she’s nearly killed by the same force, a deadly spirit when twins, Jared and Lukas Lockhart, break in and save her. Kennedy’s quickly swept into a world of fighting and protecting the world from vengeance spirits and demons.  Jared, Lukas and the rest of the misfit group known as The Legion believe that Kennedy is the missing member of their group. She isn’t so sure.

Only after receiving a special mark will she be one of them and the more she tries the more it seems unlikely. Everyone is sure she’s the missing member, especially Jared. Unlike the others, there’s nothing special about her, and this fight is turning into more and more of a nightmare.

Unbreakable

She joins them on the hunt for a special artifact that could help avenge her mother’s death as well as the death of others. It may also confirm her position in The Legion.

 

Where to start…

My heart raced like Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” as I became quickly enthralled with this book. All of the dark and twisty surprises were enticing and. I haven’t had a book do this to me in a good little while. Couldn’t put it down. I live for the supernatural world. I found myself holding breath a couple times.

 

I really enjoyed this book. That’s a good place to start as any. I think one of the big reasons behind why I enjoyed it so much was because of how close it was to Supernatural. Yep, the TV show. Now, it wasn’t a replica. Not what I’m saying, though there are similarities since mom dies in the show and the book. But the usage of lore is what connects the two. The use of devil’s traps and what affects a spirit is impressive. I will say that this book goes into great detail about this. More so than Supernatural, I believe. You get the basic gist from the show, but in this book you get a really feel as for why these traps work and how.

Unbreakable trap

I do feel like the Winchesters of Supernatural and The Legion live in the same universe.

 

The pacing of the book is fast. Don’t trip or you’ll miss something. You basically his the ground running after the prologue-ish beginning. Just like Kennedy, you’re swept away and while I feel like there were moments that we should’ve slowed down, it still worked. Kennedy did well in contemplating why they moved so quickly. She took the opportunity to question everything and not all main characters do that. It made up for the pacing.

The images that emphasized certain symbols that Kennedy saw were a beautiful addition. Not a lot of books add imagery to their story, but this book did just that for the readers and I loved it! Not because I wouldn’t have been able to picture it for myself, but because it pulled me into the story even more as if I was there standing in from of them and seeing them with my own eyeballs. I find that adding certain artwork or images to a story can really amplify it.

There was a peeve. Oh man, I wish there wasn’t. But there is. The Jared and Kennedy love connection. I’m not against love forming in the face of danger. In fact it gives me a thrill because who has time for that!? You may die any minute, any second, and you’ve discovered you might be having feelings? Alright! But—a nasty word, I know—it happened to fast for me. It was like getting smacked with a fish. Completely random. I couldn’t find the connection that would’ve sparked this. Maybe it was just plain, old attraction. I’m not sure. I just wish it would’ve been more solid.

Unbreakable huh

 

Do I recommend this book? I do. It’s fun with twists and turns and while they seem predictable at times, they’re still a hell of a lot of fun.

Unbreakable yes

 

Did I overload this post with too many Supernatural gifs? Hell no. No such thing.

 

Quotabes:

“The full moon glowed above the rooftops. It reminded me of my mom. She used to say that a moon like this was full of wishes and that if one of those wishes belonged to you it might come true…” (Kennedy, p. 129)

“How much pain could I withstand before I finally broke?” (Kennedy, p. 181)

“I was never destined to save the world. I was the one who destroyed it.” (Kennedy, p. 305)

 

P.S. Song today? Come As You Are by Nirvana.