Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

I am honestly just at a loss for the epic failure of this book. The sad thing about it was how well it started. I was immediately sucked in and excited and then after I had gotten my feet wet I just kept reading and going ‘what?’ ‘huh?’ and ‘I think I might have read this before?’ And I had read it before in a book that you might be familiar with, called ‘Twilight’. I really hate comparing books to ‘Twilight’ because basically you can probably do this to a lot of young adults books from love triangles to the paranormal elements, but the more you look into ‘Carrier of the Mark’ the resemblances between the books are so very similar that you really wonder how the author got this one past the publisher.

REVIEW:

A girl named Megan moves to a new, small town, well really a new country. She doesn’t know anyone and it is like a whole other world. Being an American and living in a variety of places makes her a novelty so she is quickly sucked in by a popular group. Megan lost her mother at an early age, so her father is her sole guardian. Sometimes in the relationship you have a hard time figuring out who is in charge and making the rules.

At school Megan is instantly drawn to the absolutely mind-blowing gorgeous, yet withdrawn Adam DeRis, but everyone says don’t even try because he is a jerk and not interested in anyone at the school. Adam though is also drawn to Megan and his obvious interest surprises everyone at the school. Yet, even though he seems interested, he stays away and makes cryptic statements. Adam also has a carefree and pixie like sister named Aine who seems like she wants to befriend Bella, I mean Megan, but something is keeping Alice, I mean Aine, back. Then there is another sibling, Rian, who if looks could kill, Megan would be cold in the ground…Rosalie, I mean Rian is standoffish and makes rude statements to Megan at first, but then warms to her.

Through a freak accident because of her friends carelessness Megan almost dies, but Adam flies to the rescue and saves her through seemingly supernatural means and gets Megan thinking that something might not be human about the über-hot Adam DeRis but she’s still insta-attracted to him no matter what. Are you starting to get the picture here?

The comparisons go on and on and on (spoilers beware).

  • Adam comes to the rescue of Megan when she is accosted by horny, drunk men as she is walking alone
  • The siblings are raised by a non-related hot guardian named Fionn that could have been Carlise
  • The insta-attraction that Adam and Megan share is looked at with trepidation by his family but after only 2 weeks they can see the super-love they share and know there is no separating these two
  • There is an all-powerful ruling Order that monitors people like them and might have the power to pull them apart
  • There are evil versions of people like them and they could potentially hurt Megan
  • An evil version, who considers himself someone that tracks people, kidnaps Megan
  • Adam and the rest of the family come to the rescue at the last minute and they destroy the evil guy

The book was a rewritten Twilight, just substitute Ireland for Forks and elemental powers for vampire powers. The good thing though was Megan had some kick-ass powers herself instead of being a bumbling, self-sacrificing weakling. I also know that a lot of people think that Twilight was badly written, even though I’m not of that opinion and I didn’t think ‘Carrier of the Mark’ was even better written. Don’t waste your time with this one. There is so many more, well-written and original stories out there that you shouldn’t sully your reading-time with blatant rip-offs and novels that are just written because paranormal young adult is a hot seller.

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‘Carrier of the Mark’ by Leigh Fallon ARC was provided by the publisher {HarperTeen} in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Devilishly Hot by Kathy Love

Review: Devilishly Hot by Kathy Love

Comedic Paranormal Romance Review, Devilishly Hot by Kathy Love

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

I’m all for light hearted chick lit, but somewhere ‘Devilishly Hot’ just lost it for me. It was as if the author read ‘Devil Wears Prada’ and decided to make a real paranormal romance out of it, with an added bonus of quirky chick-lit flavoring. The first few chapters actually drew me in, but the moment the romantic interplay started I lost all interest. The romance just wasn’t there.

REVIEW:

‘Devilishly Hot’ is the story of back-water, country girl, Annie Lou Riddle who had a dream to break into the fashion industry. What she ended up doing was selling her soul to a demon and basically becoming a slave at the fashion magazine HOT!. Her demon/boss/slave owner is Finola White and her mistreatment of employees (murder) has drawn the attention of super hot NYPD detective Nick Rossi, who has an instant hard, *cough* I mean attraction for Annie Lou. But, with Annie’s soul caught up with Finola and Nick’s determination to find out the truth – this relationship seems doomed from the start.

I enjoyed the first half of this book – but it seemed as I got into the romantic interplay I lost all interest. It was funny and entertaining but romantic was just not what crossed my mind and this was supposed to be a paranormal romance. I guess what struck me the wrong way was the “hook up” scene.

*SPOILER*

— Annie is attracted to Nick, but she invites him to go see her current boyfriends WAAAY off Broadway production. Yes, she is dating a guy for the past few years and invites her crush to go see his bad acting in a play — make sense? After their odd, not really a date, but I’m still hot for you play watching, they go back stage and she finds him {her current boyfriend – aforementioned bad actor} screwing his cast mate for everyone to see against a wall or something. Well, this pushes Annie towards Nick and they quickly fall into bed. That just wasn’t romantic for me! That is call rebound or revenge sex.

*END SPOILER*

I had to put it down a few chapters after that scene. Especially when the interplay between Nick and Annie started to sound like every other romance novel and the Satan scenes, while comical became almost achingly silly.  If you are looking for a comical and not too original paranormal romance chick lit, go for it. If not, there is much better out there.

Recommended:
I do not recommend this book

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Devilishly Hot by Kathy Love ARC was provided by the publisher {Kensington/Brava} in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Wildfire by Karsten Knight

Review: Wildfire by Karsten Knight

PJ’s QUICKIE REVIEW:

I was disheartened by not enjoying this book. It had great potential. An original plot, interesting characters, a spitfire of a protagonist and a very entertaining and easy on the eyes author, not to mention a male young adult author, which are a minority. Yet, I literally had to force myself to return to this book to finish it. While the plot was original it was disjointed and jumped from plot point to plot point, which had me completely confused half the time. While the main character was a spitfire and started out strong she quickly deflated and became almost two-dimensional by the middle of the book. Then with the whole paranormal reveal – the group was suddenly thrust into a very odd circumstance which revealed them to be paranormal beings and they were all just like, “Oh okay, cool.” It was so flat by that point that I felt I was reading an outline and not a flushed out book.

My overall view is that there was a good start to this book, yet by the middle it was as if the author hurried to finish and didn’t give it the attention that that beginning had. I believe it had great potential and the author has a great talent for dialogue writing and imagery – but his characters and plot just fizzled.

This is a DNF – I held on until I made it 3/4ths through, yet just couldn’t manage to finish it.

Did Not Finish


 

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Review: The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

Review: The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter

PJ’s QUICKIE POV:

What can I say about THE GODDESS TEST? One of the hardest books to review is the one that gets a medium rating. You like the book, but nothing stands out and says, “Yeah this was great.” And to top it off it has problems, but you feel like you are picking on the book if you go into details of why this book just didn’t add up to be a Good or Great novel. It was okay. Would I run around and suggest to people to buy it, read it or pass on as a gift? No. There are so many great books out there, it’s hard to waste time on so-so literature. Which sounds terrible, but sometimes I would rather read a really bad book than a book that just makes me go “meh.” At least with a bad book I would have something to rant about.

REVIEW:

A retelling or really a revamping of the Hades and Persephone myth, THE GODDESS TEST is the story of Kate, whose mother is dying and has to move back to her mother’s home town, Eden. When arriving in the town she finds herself the target of some mean girl behavior which has consequences that might resonate into eternity as she attracts the attention of a reclusive but attractive young man named Henry. Henry finds Kate on the banks of a river that runs through his land with a dead popular girl named Ava on the shore from a prank gone wrong. Henry can fix the situation all Kate has to do — agree to live with him. Even though Kate watches him bring the girl back to life, she doesn’t quite believe that Henry is who he says he is, so she doesn’t show up at the appointed time. She finds out later that Ava is dead, passed away in her sleep as Kate avoided “moving in” with Henry. That being said, she quickly makes a deal, not to save Ava – but to be able to extend her mother’s life in exchange for living with Henry.

The plot, while original needed to be flushed out better, things were a bit convoluted. Puzzle pieces while close, just wouldn’t fit together. And above all else, we have Henry, which is supposed to be Hades — Hades, god of the Underworld, brother of Zeus, oldest male child of Cronus and subsequent master of death, portrayed like a melancholy underling, doing as he’s told with no real power, still pining over a woman that died a long time ago and later obsessing over an eighteen year old high school student. I guess it just didn’t mesh well with my imagery of the god of the underworld. But, this book did a lot of god bending, portraying them in odd circumstances and acting oddly and out of character from what we know. Personally, I guess I wanted them to be somewhat close to their myths but I understood that the author took license in this regards, picking and choosing what traits to keep and what to change. Original, yes, but it didn’t do it justice in my mind.

Then there was the ending and I won’t give any spoilers, but if I was Kate, I WOULD BE SEETHING!! Seething. I would be in severe hate of everyone. Just saying.

Overall opinion is in the so-so range, I think the book was entertaining, but lacked a romantic flavor because of the forced nature. I feel like Kate settled and in my mind that is not romantic at all. Breaking it down, this novel was supposed to be a semi-paranormal romance, so in my mind it failed miserably in that regard. Approached as an original story-line, I’ll give the author credit there. It was an original retelling, just sometimes original isn’t what people are looking for, which is probably why there are a lot of 3 star ratings for this one.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

for young adult paranormal fans. If you don’t mind a little non-sensical fluff, this one is for you. Fans of novels like GODDESS BOOT-CAMP and those sort might enjoy.


 

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