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Review of Entanglement: A Novel (Entanglement Series, #1) by Katie Rose Guest Pryal

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About Entanglement

Awkward, 21-year-old Greta Donovan, the fiercely intelligent daughter of a philandering physics professor, doesn’t relate to people nearly as well as she relates to facts and figures. While Greta gets quarks and string theory, she hasn’t a clue where men are concerned.

Which is exactly why she doesn’t see it coming when someone tries to kill her.

Newly transplanted in L.A. after being kicked out of her father’s house, Greta moves in with her best friend Daphne Saito, a troubled girl with an abusive past. The charismatic Daphne teaches Greta how to wear stilettos, apply lip gloss, and navigate 1990s Hollywood nightlife. Daphne is determined to succeed, and she drags an unwilling Greta into the limelight with her.

When Greta walks out on her, Daphne tries to win her back. But Daphne’s desperate tactics just push Greta further away. Reeling, Daphne betrays her friend. Can Greta survive? Can she forgive?

My Review

WARNING! You will be sucked into this story from the very beginning, no matter how hard you try you won’t be able to put this book down. Super fast paced, with loads of intrigue, you will find yourself frantically turning the pages anxious to discover what happens next.

Daphne and Greta seem harmless at first, enigmatic, until layers are revealed and they become quite complex. Daphne takes a markable toll where Greta endears herself as the story progresses.

The narrative is full of intrigue, surprises truly keeping you in a constant state of suspended rollercoaster suspense.

The ending was great. My absolutely favorite bit – when just desserts was served in an intelligent and classy manner, so well done.

Exciting story, with challenging characters keeping you on your toes.

Looking to the next installment in the series and MORE from Pryal.

About Katie Rose Guest Pryal5768742

Katie enjoys her three professions—novelist, freelance journalist, and lawyer—for one reason: her love of the written word. Fiction or nonfiction, Katie thrives on putting thoughts to paper and sharing them with the world. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where the energy of the campus and cafes inspires her writing. She is the author of the Entanglement Series, which includes ENTANGLEMENT (Velvet Morning Press 2015), LOVE AND ENTROPY (VMP 2015), and the forthcoming CHASING CHAOS (VMP 2016). She is also a contributor to the anthology CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY (VMP 2015).

You can grab free copies of Katie’s novella, NICE WHEELS, and her writing guide, WRITING ISN’T SEXY, by subscribing to her monthly email letter.

As a journalist, Katie contributes to QUARTZ, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, THE TOAST, DAME MAGAZINE and other national venues, including THE HUFFINGTON POST, where she writes a monthly column on writing. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship.

Katie has published many books on writing, the most recent with Oxford University Press. A professor of writing for more than a decade, she now leads writing workshops and works as a writing coach and developmental editor when she’s not writing her next book.

Katie is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a community of writing professionals committed to connecting authors with each other and with readers.

Published October 15th 2015 by Velvet Morning Press (first published May 31st 2015)

Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Truth Spell (Werewolf High #1) by Anita Oh

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by Anita Oh
Release Date: 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

As soon as I stepped onto the grounds of Amaris High, I knew I’d made a big mistake. I could never fit in at such a snobbish school – I was more IT girl than “it girl”. But then I saw him.

Sam Spencer. My childhood best friend. But it couldn’t be. Sam Spencer had died three years ago, on the night that changed everything. I need to know what happened, why he’s suddenly not dead and is hanging out with a bunch of rich kids.

When the school is hit by a truth spell, it seems like the perfect chance to find out what Sam and his creepy new friends are hiding, but the weirder things get, the less I’m sure I want to know. Even for Sam, even for the free food, Amaris High might be more trouble than it’s worth.

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Excerpt 

The water danced in the fountain, and between beams of refracted light, they appeared.

There were four of them. Even in silhouette they were impressive – the girl with long, straight hair and just the right amount of curves; the boys tall and broad-shouldered. They emitted charisma like a beacon, confident and untouchable. One of the boys turned to another and his eyes flashed in the sunlight.

He had an ethereal type of beauty, but there was an edge to it, a wildness. Rather than moonlight, he seemed formed from a supernova, from the chaos of total destruction, and I could well believe that if you got too close to him, you’d be pulled in, you’d collapse on yourself.

As he turned, I caught a glimpse of the boy standing behind him.

But it couldn’t be.

It looked like him, with his floppy brown hair and puppy dog eyes, and smile so bright it could melt icecaps. But it couldn’t be. It couldn’t be Sam Spencer, because he had died three years ago, on the night that had changed everything.

But then, why was he standing right in front of me?

About Anita OhBoyRlM_bH1oNMuWX6Ln4YJye4VPrC190kG1PbWx0sBo

After several years in the warm, comforting cocoon of fandom, Anita has decided to see what’s up with this real world she’s heard about.  Judgment is reserved until more information can be gathered.

Anita likes dogs, naps, food, and Japanese idol group Arashi.  Everything else can be improved when combined with these four things.

Anita lives with a grumpy beagle who bosses her around terribly, and won’t even snuggle.

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The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

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* Happy Sigh*, What a nice read that was. I haven’t read a book that fast in ages. I am a fan of books that cover a protagonists entire lifetime, however I feel that they can be hard to do right. They either end up being too long and forcing you to skim, or too short and leave you feeling like there are holes in the story. This book was a good middle ground between the two. I thought that the way the story was told (with Addie telling the story of her life to her granddaughter), was a clever way of jumping around a large time-line without the story feeling disjointed.

The Boston Girl has a little something for everyone in it, and I loved how there were lots of funny and lighthearted chapters, but also darker realities weaved throughout the story. Addie is a very lovable main character who happens to be a great storyteller to boot.

By, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy


Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2014)
ISBN13: 9781439199350

Reviewer: Dana
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Recommendation: 4/5

IA: Initiate (Book 1) by John Darryl Winston

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A supernatural thriller set in the mean streets of America. A seemingly random act of gang violence sends “Naz” Andersen on a quest to find answers surrounding his dead parents that lead to a series of discoveries about his supernatural abilities.

Admittedly I enjoyed this book more than I expected, talk about taken by surprise in an exceptional way.

I love the mix Winston provides – science fiction, supernatural, LOADS of intrigue and mystery, last but not least the dark horse prevails. Plus, brain over braun, Winston emphasizes engaging your mind, very appealing to this reader.

The premise of the narrative won my heart, love the message. A book ALL ages will enjoy, Naz a brilliant young man faced with great adversity refuses to succumb to his harsh environs. He possesses ‘powers’ he’s just now beginning to understand. Coming of age, Naz must make heavy choices/decisions. He is a compelling character as well as his younger sister Meri. Together their strength, resilience and unbreakable bond see them through their challenges, no doubt brother and sister are united in both affection and support.

Intriguing backstory, the reader alternates between past and present, as we learn of Naz’s deceased parents. His father excelled in science, his research might be connected to Naz’s superpowers in some form. Enough crumbs are given to engaged the readers curiosity as to the mystery of Naz’s parents.

Looking forward to the next book, Winston leaves the reader demanding more stat!! Great character and theme offering all readers an adventure filled with intrigue.


Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published April 19th 2014 by Purple Ash Press (first published March 17th 2014)
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Reviewer: Melinda

 

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

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This story is absolutely horrendous and I will now caution myself to be much more careful when picking out YA novels on Netgalley. This is quite possibly the worst historical novel that I have ever read. I don’t know what time period this book is supposed to be set in, but the way everyone acted was very modern.

There was such a huge strain of believability with the main character, I mean in the first 20% of the book she has a crush on three different guys. She is also tutored privately by a soldier with no proper chaperone,and has countless physical intimacies with men.She also greats men in her rooms wearing a robe…..so unrealistic. The only good thing that I can say about this book is, thank god it’s short.


Paperback, 262 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
ISBN13: 9781940534909

Reviewer: Dana
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Recommendation: 1/5

Fire Country (Country Saga #1) by David Estes

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I’m so relieved that I liked this book, the only other book that I have read from this author was The Moon Dwellers, which is a good book don’t get me wrong but I’m not sure that it was for me. When I found out about the country series I was drawn in, although hesitant as it was a sister series to the Dwellers. But the good news is I liked this book!

It took me quite a while to get into however, the first 50% of the book felt pretty slow and the dialect writing took a bit of getting used to, I also felt that there was an overwhelming abundance of similes in this book and I was not a fan of that.

Now onto what I liked:

– I enjoyed the setting of Fire Country, I’ve read a lot of Dystopians but this world was different than many others that I have visited. The imagery was so strong in this book that I needed a glass of water nearby when I read it.

– I felt that the characters were realistic and the plot kept me interested.

– Also the cover is gorgeous.

I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a fresh read.


ebook, 398 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Smashwords Edition (first published January 23rd 2013)
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Reviewer: Dana
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Recommendation: 4/5

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

 

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Warning: Rant Incoming.

I had so many issues with this novel…where do I start? How about with the gross overuse of the terms ” I’ve got a boner” ,”ridiculous” and “knackery”(we get it everything is a damn knackery!).

The characters are 17 but act more like 13, which may or may not be a realistic portrayal of teenage boys. Finn was kind of an asshole, and although his outbursts were always blamed on his ” blank outs”, an asshole is an asshole is an asshole. What really grinded my gears to the point of no redemption was his assumption that his crush would want to have sex with him after recently getting RAPED !!

The first half of the book reminded me a bit of John Green, with the quirky and somewhat random personalities of all involved characters but after 50% the novel just became more and more boring.

The one good thing that I can say about this book is that I did enjoy Finns’ relationship with his father, and the writing did make me chuckle a few times. I do think that this author has talent and I would probably check out another book by him. I’m going to give this a 3/5, even though it wasn’t my cup of tea I do think it has an audience.


Hardcover, 277 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Simon &​ Schuster
ISBN13: 9781442444959

Reviewer: Dana
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