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Review: The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

My rating: blue4-copy

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hi, everyone! Hope you’re all having a great Tuesday! I just finished reading The Delphi Effect and it was so intense! At first, I thought that it might have been boring and went on to reading other books before coming back to it again. I don’t know if it was the time away from the book or if it was just reading it when it finally got good, but I got really engrossed in the story after that!

As I’ve said, the book was really intense. I think that mainly had to do with the amount of action in the plot. The story’s intensity was like a car chase, with one thing after the other. The book kept you on your toes and just when you think that things are finally going to mellow down, they don’t. After the slow beginning, I really liked that. And then there was also the world building involved, which I thought was really great. In terms of urban fantasy or paranormal books, it’s up to the author to fit the idea of our current reality and fantasy side by side in a believable manner so that we and the characters can actually believe what’s going on or are unable to see one form of life without the other. At least, that’s how I think the genres of urban fantasy and paranormal act in my opinion. I loved the detail given to the powers people had and the history behind them. But then again, I always loved effective worldbuliding; basically, world building that helps define the story but doesn’t become all there is as well! 🙂

The characters were pleasant enough to read about. There were times when I thought that the main character, Anna, was a bit too naive. However, at the same time, I understood her actions and thoughts, which helped me sympathize with her. Overall, I liked her as a character and cannot wait to read more of her story in the sequel. In terms of relationships between characters, I liked the more platonic ones more than the romantic affiliations. Maybe it’s because the romance didn’t have as much a chance to develop. Maybe it was because the relationship wasn’t as important as the overall plot. All I can say is that  I wouldn’t put too much stock into it. 😉

So that’s all I have to say about The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker. It’s coming out on October 11th, so if you’re interested in a thrilling paranormal read, this is the book for you! I guess it kind of falls in line with the Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. If you have any comments or questions about this book, feel free to leave in them in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius

My rating: pink3

Hello, everyone! It’s time for another review, and this one’s about Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius. Love Charms and Other Catastrophes is the sequel to Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, in which a group of teenagers stops a charms maker named Zita from controlling their town, Grimbaud. The sequel deals with the aftermath of defeating Zita and how Grimbaud  needs a new charms maker to fill the void that Zita had left. Now, when I first picked up this book, I couldn’t wait to start reading it. In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have, because I didn’t really like the first book of the series; it’s just that the covers are so attractive that they call to me, siren-style! I can’t help but pick them up! Plus, I was interested to read about Hijiri after her intro in Love Fortunes and Other Disasters.

I’ll start off by saying what I liked about this book. It provides a nice background of our protagonist, like where she is from, how she got into charm making, and her home life with her parents. It was really insightful to have these kinds of scenes in the book, because you can understand Hijiri and why she thinks in a certain way. Then there’s her relationship with Ken that I loved, in the end! No matter how they came to be, their chemistry was always of the sweetest kind! To be honest, I wasn’t totally on board with their relationship in the beginning. But as the story went on, they were just too cute to disregard! And by the end, I was actually rooting for them to stay together! 😀

What I didn’t like about this story was its dialogue. The lines that were said didn’t seem realistic with their perfect responses. It wasn’t just one person; everyone was prey to bad dialogue. I thought that the reasoning behind their words was too simplistic and diminished my view towards the story. The novel was also pretty predictable, and not in the way some novels are when you know how it should end. It was obvious what was going to happen and how Hijiri and her friends were going to save the day. Even the secret villain was obvious from the getgo. By the time I got to the end, I was speed reading and couldn’t wait to see the Acknowledgments pages. Maybe if the execution were a bit different, I might have liked the plot more since the concept given in the blurb was great. Overall, the story was okay, but it wouldn’t be in my favourite books list.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius today. If you liked her first book, you’d probably like her second, since they’re pretty similar in terms of plot development and voice of characters. Any questions or comments you might have are welcome as well! Have a nice day. 😉

-Sumaya

Review: Unspoken by C.C. Hunter

I received an ARC of Unspoken for an honest review.

My rating: purple4

(actually, 4.25 stars)

Hey everybody! I’m back with another review! This time, it’s about Unspoken by C.C. Hunter. Unspoken is the third and final book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. It features Della’s ongoings, her journey at Shadow Falls, a school for supernaturals, and her struggle to accept herself as a vampire . I’m so glad I got to read it after that cliffhanger at the end of the second book, Eternal.

This part of the story was told in dual POVs, by Della and Chase. I think it was a great tactic that left me wanting for more every time it switched to another person’s POV. And I thought it was interesting we see Della from Chase’s perspective, and what he thinks of her. It kind of makes me wish Lucas had his own POV in Chosen at Nightfall… Also, it provides the full story on what’s really going on with both characters and almost an outside perspective, allowing you to be a bit more objective know that you know more than both protagonists.

Della is a character that really grew in this series and it was nice that C.C. Hunter showed us her personality and types of thoughts going on in her head. I feel like I didn’t give Della enough credit in the previous series but now that it’s all about her, you see where she’s coming from and you can’t help but get sucked in. But not completely, I might add. Although Della is a great character to read about and I sympathized with her more than Kylie, at the same time I can see where she needs to grow and want that for her, to the point where I would think “Come on!” Funnily enough, I was in it more for the answers about Della and her soulmate, her relationship with her family and her steps to becoming a FRU agent, rather than the action that made the book fast-paced. The action was great, and without it, the story would have been boring, but I just really wanted to know a few things, that weren’t revealed until the very end…

While Della has established herself as a character outside of Kylie’s world, I found that both series shared similarities, especially with their last books. Both have predictable outcomes in terms of significant other; from the midpoint, I could tell who Della would end up with and it was only a matter of time before Della knew this, too. There’s also the relationship between family and protagonist, with mysteries concerning them to be solved. While Della could be tiring in the middle with her “Not now”s, by the end, her change in attitude is extraordinary.

The funny thing is that with a different protagonist comes a different view, even of our old protagonist. Kylie is referred to as a saint or mini Holiday, spouting out wisdom, compared to Della. From the last series, we know that Kylie is flawed and has insecurities of her own, but in Della’s POV, this is made unapparent. I find that really interesting, and probably a way to say that Kylie’s story is finished and now it’s Della’s turn. Miranda comes off as a bit childish at times in Della’s POV, and I’m also guessing this has to do with Della’s view more than Miranda. I remember reading Spellbinder and Miranda was a force to be reckoned with.

Was this book a great read? The answer is yes! I think the series ended on a great note for Della and cannot wait to see what C.C. Hunter writes next. Compared to the first and second books though, this book was not as great, which is why I’m giving it a 4.25 star rating. Also, some of the conflict resolutions were anti climatic, which is probably my fault for all the anticipation I had for Unspoken. For those of you waiting for the book, it’s coming in 20 days! 😀

That’s all I have to say about Unspoken for now. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Until next time…

-Sumaya

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