Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fury Frayed (Of Fates and Furies #1) Review

Fury Frayed (Of Fates and Furies #1)
By: Melissa Haag

Megan’s temper lands her in Girderon Academy, an exclusive school founded in a town of misfit supernatural creatures. It’s the one place she should be able to fit in, but she can’t. Instead, she itches to punch the smug sheriff in his face, pull the hair from a pack of territorial blondes, and kiss the smile off the shy boy’s face. Unfortunately, she can’t do any of that, either, because humans are dying and all clues point to her.

With Megan’s temper flaring, time to find the real killer and clear her name is running out. As much as she wants to return to her own life, she needs to embrace who and what she is. It’s the only way to find and punish the creature responsible.

Have I told you how much I love a good book recommendation? I'm pretty sure I have, but let me just reiterate - I LOVE a good book recommendation!! I happened across this one on a FB group I am in dedicated to a specific indie author I adore. She actually promoted this book to her followers as she herself read and loved it. It stands to reason that if I love an author enough to be in a group dedicated to her awesomeness I'm probably going to love everything she recommends. Ergo, I immediately downloaded the book. 

I read the whole book in the span of a few hours, which oddly enough has not been the norm for me as of late. I could not put this down, and I really didn't want to! I was immediately hooked on the bizarre and seemingly unfit mother abandoning her teenage 'problem' child in a house, on the edge of a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. Throw in mass amounts of different creatures/species (hello, griffin's!!) and I could have happily lived in that book world forever. 

The main character, Megan, comes off as a spoiled brat with serious anger issues in the beginning, but as the book goes on we get to see her personality emerge as she works to help people, make friends and ultimately protect those friends from both danger and her own erratic mood swings. Megan becomes a beloved character not only to the reader, but to some of the townspeople as well as she struggles to find her place amongst them, make friends and figure out what she is. I was in my glory when she met two potential love interests, and it was gratifying to see her not jump into a relationship with the first interested guy. It gave the book a more authentic (I know, I know, fantasy clearly isn't authentic to begin with) feel and it gave Megan more depth.

I think my favorite aspect of this book is the town and the people. I love the idea of a small town full of magical beings, most of which are kids who are learning who they are, what they are and what they can do. There is such a collection of different beings in this book I was excited to read the school scenes to find out more about them. We get to see Werewolves, Siren's, Griffin's, Mermaid's, Giant's and Furies among many more. It was brilliant. 

The second book in this series comes out next week and you can be sure that I will be reading it ASAP. Well, at least as soon as I've finished Sarah J Maas' newest, which comes out the same day.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Saturday, April 14, 2018

22 Scars Review

22 Scars
By: C.M. North

Raised with apathy and spite, Amy’s life is a monotonous drone of deep despair, broken only by coffee and nights out with her best—and only—friend. She battles depression daily, fighting to keep her sanity in a world that, to her, is set on destroying her soul.

Her future is bleak, overcast with shadow and doubt; her past harbors terrible secrets that even those closest to her couldn’t begin to guess. When tragedy strikes someone she holds dear, will she succumb to the crushing weight of despair, or will she find the strength to fight—to live?

22 Scars is a story of what it takes to live daily with depression - and how the scars of a lifetime can pass through generations and beyond.

Can the past ever truly be forgotten?

Can depression ever be beat?


I received a copy of this book from Voraciousreaders in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to read this book. I've been so entrenched in the fantasy genre lately that I was looking for a fresh new read to give me a little dose of reality. The synopsis for this book was very well written and is one of the very few synopsis that I have actually enjoyed. 22 Scars sounded like the most raw and emotionally genuine read book that I have read in awhile. 

The book began slowly, by that I mean the author spent so much time describing, in minute detail, absolutely everything from the character's clothing to the weather to the number of people surrounding the character at that moment (none of which had any bearing on the story) that I very quickly lost interest in the book. Eventually you begin to see into the life of Amy, a depressed teenager who has an unstable home life and cuts herself to gain the attention of those around her. 

Then the story jumps to an unhappy guy, who in the span of three chapters sees a girl at a party, meets her in a coffee shop and marries her. No names were given for either of these characters, and little was told about their personalities. The book basically narrates their day to day activity jumping forward quite a bit to only give insight into the most important details of their relationship such as the details of their meeting, their marriage, and the mental instability of both people. The author crammed too many life changing events in such a short time span that they felt glossed over and insignificant.

The whole book is laid out the same way jumping back and forth from Amy's unhappy existence and the anonymous couple's unhappy relationship. Neither story really displays any personality traits of the characters that allows the reader to empathize with any of the them, thus making the reader unable to feel anything for the character beyond a basic human sympathy. Even when the most harrowing events happen, such as the death of a secondary character or even the suicide attempt of the main character I didn't feel anything as deeply as I would have had the author had put more effort into developing his characters than describing their clothing or movements. 

I felt the author had a good plot line in mind when he began writing this book. I love the idea of reading about the early days of Amy's parents relationship to see how the dysfunction began and not finding out who they really are until halfway through the book. I understood Amy's actions more when I learned of the trauma she had endured in her past, and felt that the audience could have been given more insight into her past earlier on so she didn't lack depth the whole way through the book. She came across much the way her dad viewed her; as a whiny teenager who felt sorry for herself when she had every opportunity to turn her life around. I would have felt more for the characters and the book itself had the author written more about the characters personalities themselves and less about their actions. Writing this book in first person from Amy's perspective would have lent the book a more personable quality, giving the reader access to her thoughts and feelings and made me care more about her.By the end of the story when she killed herself, I still felt nothing. Which is bizarre for me because I am a crier when it comes to books and movies. It disappointed me that I couldn't really get into this book more because I truly loved everything about the story and how the book was laid out. 

All in all I feel more like this is a work in progress rather than a completed book. It has a lot of potential, it's just not there yet.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

Don't Bait Me Review

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