Jewell by Tina DeSalvo

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Jewell by Tina DeSalvo was a cute, romance-mystery mix!

This book has a very slow start, and at first seems rather boring. Tina DeSalvo introduces the book well, but it drags on quite a bit. Once you get about 1/4th into the novel, it suddenly speeds up and gets exciting – there’s mystery, there’s potential romance, there’s comedy! It’s such a great book! You just have to get through the first little bit of the book and suddenly it’s fantastic!

It’s not your typical romance book – the main characters have to build their relationship over the course of the book, and they do. They also have to deal with realistic situations – Jewell’s professional reputation is being threatened, her Grandmother has Alzheimer’s, and then there is family drama to deal with.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Despite the slow start, the book is beautifully written! There’s the perfect mix of mystery, drama, comedy and romance all wrapped into this book!

Four out of five stars – due to the slow start.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

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Book Review: The Trap by Melanie Raabe

Book Review:
Title: The Trap – English Edition
Author: Melanie Raabe
Date Read: August 11th-September 1st, 2016
Date Reviewed: September 4th, 2016

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Introduction: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. When I got the book, and read the back cover, I was more than impressed and pushed it to the front of my book review pile. While it took me a while to get to it, I wish I would have gotten to it sooner! This book is part of my top books, and I’m lending it out to my friends so they get introduced to this wonderful story by Melanie Raabe!

Quick Summary: Linda Conrads has been locked up in her house for 11 years. And not because she’s forced to, she wants to. She witnessed a horrible murder of her younger sister Anna many years ago, and she can’t bear to go out to the world anymore. Her small world suddenly turns upside down when she decides to write a novel about the murder and try to discover who the murderer is…

*SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT* You’ve been warned.

Evaluations: I LOVED this book. I was hooked at every word and it only took me so long to read it because I had exams and work. If I would have had it my way, I would have sat down one day and binge read it. I found myself doing that when I finally had the time! This book is totally worth it if you can get your hands on it. It’s a murder-mystery thriller that leaves you thinking the entire time. It’s not a fast moving novel, but if you look a good thriller, it’ll keep you hooked at every word.

Plot: Linda Conrads saw the murderer of her little sister Anna, and now she saw him again. After putting the pen to paper and writing another novel, since she is in fact an award winning novelist, she is determined to find him. When she gets an interview with this man, she learns that her view of the murder might be fiction…and she might be the murderer. This drives her mad, and she becomes even more determined to find out who murdered her sister, to finally put her theories to rest.

Characters: Linda Conrads is a bit of a shut in, and this makes her even more interesting. She’s been stuck in her house for 11 years, and might be a little bit crazy. She’s determined to find out what happened to her sister, and this seems to drive her mad. Her reliability is questioned many times during the novel, and it makes the reader really think about what could have happened. Is our narrator telling the truth? Or is she just to crazy to know the truth? She was well written, and I’m incredibly impressed with her.
The background characters are also fleshed out, even though they are present to a bare minimum. The story is focused on Linda, but these characters become important along the way. Paying attention to them is important! They all play a part.

Themes/Creativity: The theme of this story seemed to be fact vs fiction. Do we honestly remember everything perfectly? As a witness, are we reliable?
For Creativity – this book was on point! I thoroughly enjoyed this tale, since I have never read a book like this before. Even with all the mysteries and thrillers I have picked up, this story was in it’s own category. It has raised the stakes for other novels, and I loved every second of it!

Uniqueness: This book was in a club all on it’s own. While I’m sure there are other novels out there like this, I have yet to encounter something was wickedly thrilling as this novel. I would definitely pick this book up again to see if I missed anything along the way! It’s a unique view on the typical story – you don’t usually see the close relative trying to solve the murder, and they might be the possible suspect.

Strengths: The uniqueness of the novel and the situations, alongside the book inside the book, made this book terribly addicting on my end. I felt having Linda as an author, and explaining her view not only through her experiences but through her novel left me thinking and trying to pick apart the mystery even more. I enjoyed the unique take – Melanie Raabe has won me over with this book.

Weaknesses: The book is a slow building novel. I usually hate slow moving novels, but this novel is quite short and it unique. I would have loved this book not to drone on and on before the action starts, but the book was still great regardless!

Score: 5/5
This book is unique, and while it was slow I don’t think that should ruin the score. It gave all the information you needed to try to solve the mystery yourself. Everything seemed to have a purpose.

Recommendations: I would love Melanie Raabe to work on a faster pace. This book left me wishing it moved faster, since it was so incredibly great! I can see some people putting the book down because of how slow it moves, and I really hope that doesn’t happen! This translation is incredible, and deserves it’s glory!

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Review – Court of Nightfall by Karpov Kinrade

The new,revised Court of Nightfall was superb!

To begin with, the cover is incredible. It is beautiful, stunning and spectacular! And once you’ve read the novel, the cover makes complete sense with the story.

Now for the review…
The story follows a color-blind teenage girl named Star as she copes with some interesting, supernatural aspects in her life. Her parents are hiding secrets from her, her best friend Jax might not be who he says he is and there’s something special about her that just seems off. And to tie it all up, Nephilim are a serious issue.

Karpov and Kinrade did an excellent job writing this novel. It is a fantasy-type novel with suspense and thrills at every turn. The novel does start off at a slow pace, but this is because the novel is explaining Star’s back story and preparing the reader with information needed further along in the novel.

This new, revised version also gave more information on the characters. There is more back story and drama which makes the characters more believable and made me feel more attached to Star, Jax and all of their fellow characters.

At the beginning, all of the terms thrown at the reader, such as Templar and Nephilim, can seem confusing to the reader, but Karpov and Kinrade explain them thoroughly throughout the novel, so by the end the reader understands almost everything going on in the nvoel.

Overall, this novel is spectacular. My opinion has not changed on Karpov and Kinrade – they can write a hit that is thrilling, suspenseful, and leaves you anticipating the next novel.

Five out of five stars!

 

~ Briar

Quick Review – Midnight Star by Karpov Kinrade

This book is addicting, thrilling and magically creative!

You will want to finish this book in one sitting, and you’ll want to reread it again and again! Karpov Kinrade does an excellent job at creating an epic sequel that leaves readers wanting more. You wouldn’t expect a sequel to be better than the original, but KK keeps building on their story and leaving me breathless!

Arianna is a wonderfully built character who has a personality and a mind of her own. She isn’t your cookie cutter YA or adult novel star, she’s an earth shattering, beautifully written character! She has many layers and will surprise you on her journey!

The twists and turns of the plot will make any reader not want to put it down. This story is anything but boring, and that made me love it! I hate a story that slows down and creates a sense of boredom, this story makes sure you don’t have that!

Reading this book is important for the series and I would suggest reading the first novel if you are going to pick this series up. This book contains important information regarding background history of our realms and main character, but it needs the background of the first novel to serve it justice.

Five out of five stars! Karpov Kinrade wows again! A must read for fantasy lovers!

 

~ Briar

Quick Review – Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade

Vampire Girl is another smash hit by Karpov and Kinrade that will not disappoint!

There are seven men and they are the seven sins of hell, and man does it get hot!

But what’s different from other books about hell and sins, you might ask? This isn’t your typical burning inferno, the residents are different fantastical/mythological creatures – vampires, fae, the likes.

Our main character Arianna is a determined, strong willed girl. But, (there’s always a but) she has to marry one of the demons from hell. Despite this novel being in a fantasy setting, Karpov and Kinrade wrote it in a way you could believe it would happen. Arianna seems so real, and you get attached to her pretty quickly – you feel for what’s going to happen to her.

Overall, Karpov Kinrade does a fantastic job. I can’t wait for the next book – I’m desperate to get my hands on it!

*****This isn’t a YA novel, so keep that in mind when reading fellow bookworms!*****

~Briar