Review Mash Up
I was randomly browsing my phone and realized that I don’t take advantage of iBooks the way I should. There’s a lot of free books on there that I’m sure are entertaining. So I decided to give some a try and I was a little disappointed at what I read so far. There’s a lot of potential though. Here’s some short reviews for 5 books I recently found for free on iBooks.
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy
Rating: 1 out of 5
About: This isn’t a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I’d be happy to recommend one, but I don’t have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It’s the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it’s also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
Review: This was probably the most boring love story I’ve ever read. First of all, the book starts off wih the main character skinny dipping in her own backyard when all of a sudden her make neighbour is naked and swimming with her. Creepy. It gets worse though. Next thing you know they’re having terrible sex. Except this guy thinks it’s amazing and decides she can be his girlfriend. That’s not even the bad part.
The main character is a big, stupid baby. She lets this guy get all possessive with her and she just sits around and takes it. And what’s with every single guy she meets wanting to sleep with her? No. That doesn’t happen in real life. This was a horrible and predictable book with no redeeming qualities at all. The only thing that kept me entertained was the cute preppy guy who actually cared about things. He was pretty typical though.
The Summer I Gave Up Boys by Kassandra Kush
Rating: 3 out of 5
About: Kaliyah Simon just broke up with her cheating boyfriend, and now that summer break is here, all she wants is a quiet, boy-free summer. To focus on work, reading, and her tan. But then she meets up with her old high school nemesis, Isaiah Winters, on the way home, and he seems more interested in being friends than enemies. Can Kaliyah lower her walls and get over seven years of pushing Isaiah away and find out what it would be like to actually be with him?
With her best friend going boy-crazy, a twenty-first birthday looming on the horizon, Isaiah continually showing up on her doorstep, and an ex that seems to want her back, Kaliyah’s summer promises to be anything but quiet.
Review: This book could have been so much better than it was. It entertained me for a little while which is why it gets some points. The main character was kind of negative and just wasn’t good with people. That really annoyed me because she was constantly around people. When she started interesting with the main male character she got a little better. Their relationship was hilarious and entertaining. They were always fighting over silly things and it made the story entertaining.
Something else I noticed was a lot if name dropping. You knew exactly what song she was listening to and what book she was reading. I find those to be irrelevant details and they’re going to date this book. This wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t good either. It had potential and the author seemed to just throw it out the window. Maybe next time.
Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce
Age: Young adult
Rating: 4 out of 5
About: Seventeen-year-old Kat Walsh is a Gifted – a human with paranormal abilities. With her mom a former Angel and her dad a dream prophet, it’s always been in her genetic make-up to be extraordinary. Unfortunately for her, the world can’t handle the strange or unusual. So when she slips up and uses her powers at her high school in Ireland, the entire student body treats her like a freak – even the ones she thought were her closest friends.
Broken, but hopeful for a fresh start, she allows her parents to enroll her in a boarding school buried deep within the forests of a small Colorado town. At Midland Pines, School for the Gifted, she feels as though she can finally be herself; she makes new friends and even has the attention of the most popular guy in school – Levi. Everything feels normal again… or does it?
Not long after her arrival, weird dreams of an alluring boy whom she’s never met surface during the night, and the eerie, shadowy trees encircling their school seem to call to her. As these disturbing, yet enticing developments intensify, other bizarre occurrences happen – students and staff turn up missing, and mystery visitors leave gifts while she sleeps. With all of these other things vying for her attention, a desperate Levi has to fight even harder to keep her interest. But with the dreams of the attractive boy slowly captivating her heart, Kat has to make a choice – will she settle for ‘great’ Levi, or will she search for her elusive dream visitor, possibly stumbling across ‘amazing?’
Review: The beginning of this story was very typical so I wasn’t even sure I was going to finish it. Luckily, it started getting way better. While the writing style could be improved by a bit, the story was really unique and entertaining. I was pleasantly surprised with the ending because I didn’t see it coming at all. It sort of jumped out at me. It’s a quick read though, only taking me a few hours to finish.
The characters were half and half for me. I loved a few of them, hated the rest. There was no in between. I really enjoyed the love interest and his friends. They were my favourite part of the book. I found them very entertaining even though their set up sort of reminded me of the Cullen’s in Twilight. I can forgive them for that. The main character herself wasn’t too bad either. She made some bad decisions and could get annoying but she was far from terrible.
The only bad things about this book were the beginning of the story and the writing. Some of the dialogue got a bit awkward but the rest wasn’t too bad. I think with a little more editing it could be a really great series.
Ice by M.S. Watson
Age: Young adult
Rating: 3 out of 5
About: She won’t melt.
Everything was perfect.
With a future career in surfing and an ocean-front home, Iris Glass is one teenager who thinks she is in paradise. Her dad is the head of the police department, her mother a successful business woman. Her twin sister is a spoilt brat, but what family doesn’t have one?
Then their 18th birthday comes around.
Nothing will be the same again.
Review: I wanted to love this book so much but I just couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. I liked the plot, it was quick most of the time. The beginning lacked something to keep me entertained. I think it lacked a little something.
I enjoyed thesis character. She was fun and pretty smart. I hated her twin sister though. I wish their relationship was better and she acted her age. They never seemed like sisters, they were too distant from each other. The author only wrote about her sometimes so I felt like she was excluded from the story a little bit when she could have been a great addition.
The plot was decent. I liked some of the little twists the author added in but a lot of it was predictable. I thought the use of the Greek Gods could have been done way better and more elegantly. They’re Gods after all.
The writing was a little inconsistent and choppy for this to be a really good book. Some dialogue was missing and some pieces were too detailed. At the end of reading it I wasn’t sure if I wanted more or not and that makes it a little disappointing. Another story with so much potential, wasted.
Artemis Rising By Cheri Lasota
Age: Young adult
Rating: 3 out of 5
About: On the voyage home to the Azores Islands, Eva accepts the pagan name of Arethusa but learns too late that her life will mirror the Greek nymph’s tragic end. Her mother reveals that her destiny lies with Diogo, the shipowner’s volatile son. But Eva has a vision of another…
When the ship founders in a storm off the coast, Tristan, a local boy, saves her life and steals her heart. Destined to be with Diogo yet aching for Tristan’s forbidden love, Eva must somehow choose between them, or fate will choose for her.
Review: I’m not sure what I just read. I liked it though. I think.
The characters in this story are destined to follow certain myths and they do, which I thought was really cool. It was fun to learn these myths and see the characters end up in the same place. I liked all the characters too. Some were horribly mean and some were really nice. I loved them all because they were so different and very entertaining to read.
What I didn’t like was how lost I got while reading this book. You better read it in one sitting or else it will get even more complicated. I found I couldn’t understand what was being said sometimes and I couldn’t follow the characters as much as I wanted. This wasn’t really an issue in the middle, more so at the start and end. The beginning didn’t give me enough information and the ending gave me too much. I think I got a little overwhelmed sometimes and couldn’t process what was happening any more. I did understand the main plot and it was entertaining so it gets 3 stars.