Thursday, May 29, 2014

Blog Tour: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki + Review

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Welcome to Book Buddies PH's blog tour stop for, Branded.


Branded (Sinners, #1)

Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki


Publisher: Self-Published

Category: Young Adult/New Adult


Genre: Dystopia, Romance

 
Pages: 314

Format: eBook

Rating: ★★★ and a half

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SYNOPSIS:
Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain. 
 
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me. 
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

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MY THOUGHTS:

Wow, this book is a masterpiece! Utterly amazing.
 
I love how the book started, it's full of action already. You can feel the adrenaline rush that Lexi felt when she was chased by the guards. When I read the first page, I instantly knew I had to read this book because it seemed awesome. If there's a word that would describe the whole book, it would be AMAZING.
 
 
1. CHARACTERS:
 
The characters are flawed and that's why they seemed realistic. Everyone keeps a secret that made the story even more fun and thrilling to read. 
 
Lexi, a girl who is accused of something she didn't do. She was branded Lust and that's why she was sent to a place called the "Hole". Lexi is a strong and smart girl and she fights for what's right all through-out the story. She didn't think of revenge towards the Commander when she had the power to take him down, but instead she just thought about saving the people inside the Hole who was suffering. 
 
While Cole, is one of the guards at the Hole and he was assigned to be Lexi's guard and that's where they met and that's also where the story between them started to brew. Cole on the outside seemed snob and a guy who doesn't care about other people's feelings but that's where I was wrong. Cole still keeps his heart that loves and cares for everyone else around him.
 
2. CONCEPT & WRITING STYLE:

The concept is pretty predictable when it comes to Lexi and Cole's love story and that's why I gave the book a 4.5 stars but trust me, I (really) love how the story went for everyone. Lexi and Cole really started out as acquaintances and I can consider it as no instant-love. For the revelations through-out the story, it blew my mind. All revelations made me want to read more and never stop unless there's something I need to do. The story is well written by awesome authors, Abi and Missy.

3. OVERALL:


I (SUPER) LOVE THIS BOOK! It's one of my favorite 2014 reads. From the beginning up to the ending, awesome. Two thumbs up to Abi and Missy for writing an awesome story. I CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK TWO! Give it to me now. Haha.
I would totally recommend this to Dystopian lovers out there. This book kind of reminds me of Divergent even though I haven't finished reading the book. (Don't judge me. I'll read it soon!)


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*I received a copy of this book for the blog tour and in exchange of a honest review.*
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Meet the beautiful authors of Branded:

Abi on the left side and Missy on the right side.
Abi and Missy met in the summer of 1999 at college orientation and have been best friends ever since. After college, they added jobs, husbands and kids to their lives, but they still found time for their friendship. Instead of hanging out on weekends, they went to dinner once a month and reviewed books. What started out as an enjoyable hobby has now become an incredible adventure.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Book Review: The Vilincia Coven: The Watcher by Jennifer Thompson

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The Watcher (The Vilincia Coven, #1) by Jennifer Thompson

Publisher: Createspace/Self-Published
Category: Young Adult
Genre:
Paranormal, Romance, Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 370
Format: Paperback, copy from Author
Rating: ★★★★ and a half

Goodreads Synopsis: 
A coven of witches hidden by a small town. The secrets buried deep in the past are finally breaking ground. The third generation of coven kids are now faced with the task of fixing the mistakes of their ancestors. With time running out can they save the world from their past? Or will they die trying to save us all?

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MY REVIEW:


Wow. This book is pretty awesome. It's like all in one. From mystery, romance, paranormal, action, to adventure. I didn't expect I'd like this book. If you didn't know, I'm not really a fan of books in third person point of view, so I didn't get my hopes up for this book.

Whenever I pick up this book, I can't stop reading unless I needed to eat or do something important. From the very beginning of this book, I love how everything was explained. From explaining the Vilincia town, the founding 8 families, the family who turned dark, and everything else I needed to know.

The characters were pretty good. All of them are flawed, they admitted themselves and that's one of the reasons why I loved this book. My favorite character would be Benson, Cole's best friend. I just find him hilarious and a trustworthy friend. My least favorite character would be Felicia, she's going to be a future god as mentioned in the book and all she cares about is being a god and pursuing Cole to love her back. She's like an attention whore. Oops, sorry.


I find this book hilarious in some ways. Like, demons would just appear out of nowhere and attack people. I'm like What just happened? and also, they party every damn night. I didn't know there was a school who parties every night but eventually I learned to love everything about this book.

If you'd ask me why I only gave 4 and a half stars when I loved it. That's because I found some misspelled words. Like the word borrowed, in the book it's barrowed. I forgot the other words but I'm pretty sure the word borrowed was one of them.

Without further explanation, I loved the book from the beginning until the end. I can't wait for book two! Big thanks to the author of this book Miss Thompson for sending me a copy and letting me read an awesome book. Thank you so much! Good luck.


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I know I've been on hiatus and I'm sorry for that! I've been busy and there's a rotating brown-out going on in our city so bear with me. Thank you and see you soon!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Stand By Thursday: Free To Fall by Lauren Miller

Thursday, May 1, 2014
It's time for...

Stand By Thursday! And today's book that I am so excited to be release is, Free To Fall by Lauren Miller. It's another book from Miss Miller. I have read a book from her which is entitled, Parallel but sadly, I did not like it. Enough of Parallel, let's move on to Free To Fall! The synopsis and the book trailer are both awesome. I hope this book won't disappoint me, please not again.

(Links at the end of the post.)



Free to Fall by Lauren Miller
 
Category:
Young Adult

Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopia, Fantasy

Format: Hardcover, 469 pages

Publisher: Harper Teen
 
Expected publication: May 13th 2014

Synopsis: 

What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?

What if you never had to fall?


Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.

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I AM SO FREAKING INTRIGUED BY THE SYNOPSIS, BOOK TRAILER, AND EVERYTHING. I can't wait for this book! Please don't let it disappoint me. *fingers crossed*
No further explanation needed. 

Leave a comment down below what book you are anticipating to be release this month or the future months of year 2014. See you soon!

Watch Free to Fall's Book Trailer On YouTube!

Follow Lauren Miller on Twitter!

Check out the book:
Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository