May Wrap-Up

So, this is my May Wrap-Up. I definitely read a lot less compared to last month, which I’m sad about but it’s still a fair number. Just click on the images if you want to see my review ^.^

        

If anyone reads this, and you want me to leave links to my reviews or to actually write out the titles and authors, just leave a comment and I’ll get right to it!:) Or just leave a comment about anything. d:

Have a lovely day/night!

~Sage<3

REVIEW: Broken Lies by Claire Vale

*I received the ebook version of this from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Broken Lies

Author: Claire Vale

Series: (Broken #1)

Publication Date: March 10th, 2015

Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Format: Ebook

4/5 stars


Synopsis:
Scientists predicted it would take seventy years for the Arctic Shelf to completely melt. In the end, it took less than five. We lost thirty percent of our land to the oceans and a big chunk of our structure to panic and anarchy.

The Melt crippled us.

But it was the Arctic Virus at the bottom of The Melt, trapped for millennia in the darkest depths of ice strata, that broke us. The real flood was the Living Corpses. A population of billions turned to soulless, rabid shells within months. That’s what washed away the human race as we know it.

Born into a post-apocalyptic world, Lake has grown up in the last city standing. Governed by what used to be the Queen’s Cold Stream  Guard, vaccinated against the threat, life in Windsor City is both harsh and fair. The rules are designed to strengthen the city and ensure survival.

Lake’s future is planned out with opportunities and unfair advantages and then there’s Ash—her best friend and hopefully more. Things could be worse, considering she’s living past the end of days. And, sometimes, she could definitely do with being a better person, which was what drafting into the Guard for two years of service was supposed to be about.

But she has no idea what she’s signed up for. The city is more vulnerable than she’d ever imagined, on its knees at the mercy of a megalomaniac organisation, and she’s just been chosen to pay the price.

Broken Lies is full of strength, bravery, survival, growth, deceit, friendship (there’s some seriously strong bonds), and even a dash of romance (perhaps a little too much for my taste, the way it was written, but even so it wasn’t so bad). We mainly follow a group of four friends, also considered as two couples: Lake and Ash, and Ava and Ralley. All four are very important characters, and then add Thomas to spice things up a little, and suddenly you have more humour, a love triangle, and growth in a certain character.

To be honest, the love triangle was a little… eh. It didn’t really work for me. I mean, Ash is a great guy and all, but he felt more like best friend material. The way he was always making Lake feel as if she should be better as a person, as if she didn’t deserve him, as if she should be stronger and take certain things more seriously because he wants her too, just didn’t make me want to root for him as a romantic interest. He was better playing her friend, always concerned and supportive and just being there. He hurt her, too. Which honestly, I think was pretty unnecessary in the way it panned out, as yeah okay sure, it broke them up, but it was never really explained. And from all we know of Ash up to that point, he would never do something like that, and so instead it felt like something thrown in just so there’d be a huge distance between them. Either way, I definitely prefer the other love interest. He’s by far a better choice. Lake herself says that being with him makes her feel as if maybe it’s okay to be herself. And that’s what she needs, what would make her happier in the long run.

But anyway, the overall plot and content was very enjoyable. I loved the action (during actual fights and even the training), the world-building, the survival training course, and the characters. I enjoyed the zombie-like aspect, the -as they call them- LCs, or Living Corpses if you like. They proved to be very dangerous and I believe they play a rather large part. That being said, though, I must admit that I feel like the book focused more on the relationships of the couples and the troubles between them, than on the surviving and the threats (the LCs and many more) and how they could possibly fix their problems. The romance part of the book seemed to take the lead, with everything else a lingering shadow of what should be more pronounced. That’s another reason why the love triangle really didn’t work for me. I still enjoyed the book, though, as the training and the survival and the attacks were all very intriguing and engaging.

At the end, however, a certain twist was revealed and all I could think was: Hunger Games. It’s different, yes, but it still is very similar and so I’m not entirely sure about the next book. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, as I really want to see who Lake ends up with (if it’s who I’m hoping then things are about to get a whole lot better), if Ava and Ralley get back together, and if the three boys (Ash, Ralley, and Thomas) will really go through with what they’re being forced to, or if they will find some way out. I’m already thinking it’ll be full of action, and loss, and romance that’ll actually work. I’m pretty excited, actually. Out of all the ways it can go, which path will the author take? But I’m still hesitant, because what if it resembles the Hunger Games too much?

But yes, overall I really enjoyed reading Broken Lies. If you’re a fan of dystopia, action, romance, and maybe even zombies, then I suggest giving this book a try!

~Sage<3

REVIEW: The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen

**I received an ebook version of this from XpressoBookTours in exchange for an honest review.

Title: The Ark

Author: Laura Liddell Nolen

Series: I don’t know the name of it, but it’s a trilogy

Pub. Date: March 26, 2015

Format: Ebook

4/5 stars


Synopsis:

There’s a meteor headed for Earth, and there is only one way to survive.

With her criminal record, sixteen-year-old Char is never going to get a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect Earth’s survivors. The Arks are reserved for the real goody-goodies, like Char’s mom, dad, and brother, all of whom have long since turned their backs on her.

With Earth on the brink of destruction, Char must use all her tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they want to see her or not.

Once she arrives on the North American Ark, Char discovers that the remnants of humanity haven’t achieved the egalitarian utopia they’d planned for. For starters, the “Officers of the Peace” are anything but peaceful, especially since stealing a spot on an Ark is a crime punishable by death…

      The Ark is a new dystopian full of surprises, twists, and a while lot of action. We follow Char and her journey, which starts when she receives a starpass, and continues as she boards the Ark and finds out nothing is ever as it seems. She finds romance (sort of), kicks butt a lot, discovers multiple secrets, and she still has heart. Who wouldn’t want to read this?

  First, characters. Char was a character who I thought would be pretty badass and cold like and assassin when I first starting reading. But then I was reading and I realized that she is so much more! She is a great thinker, always having a plan or being able to come up with one fairly quickly, and that plays into the story a lot as she has to get out of certain situations (such as escaping jail in hopes of joining her family on the Arks, and also getting to the Arks with so little time left) and hide (because they want her dead, let’s be real here) and also be in plain sight multiple times. Along with her sharp mind, she’s a very strong character, as in she can fight and knock out a person if she needs to. The best part though, is that she doesn’t enjoy it. She does it because she has to, and she feels bad. She has great skills, and she despite all she’s gone through she still feels. She is also just a very likeable character. She does what she feels is right, so who can really blame her for her actions?

The rest play into her decisions and how she grows as a character. Her family got her to realize her previous choices were bad and since then she’s been working on being a better person, someone who makes the right choices. Eren got her to feel more; to love. Isaiah helped her get to the Arks and then, well… You’d have to read to find that one out.

The writing was pretty great. It flowed well, the action and the tense situations and the choice of right or wrong were all well written and felt. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

What I wasn’t so much a fan of though, was the slight love triangle, and the definite cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers. Seriously. I mean, just why? Why? But other then that, it was a good read. If you love action, sci-fi, or romance, you should check it out!

~Sage<3

COVER REVEAL: Alexa Crushed by T.R. Cupak

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Title: Alexa Crushed
Author: T.R. Cupak
Series: (Alexa Crushed #1)
Publication date: May 20th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Alexa Morgan lost her mother when she was two. At eighteen, her father and stepmother died when a devastating earthquake hit the Bay Area. Only one person has remained a constant in her life: Devin.

Devin has been Alexa’s best friend since childhood. The two are inseparable—or they were until Devin declared his love for her at sixteen. When Alexa can offer him only friendship in return, Devin retreats, brokenhearted.

Alexa, on the other hand, longs for Ethan, the boy next door. Four years older than her, and with an ever-changing roster of girlfriends, Ethan is everything Devin isn’t: wild, sensual, and unpredictable.

In the aftermath of the deadly earthquake, Ethan makes his move on Alexa, who reciprocates in a confused whirl of grief and desire. When Ethan leaves town shortly after, Devin comes back into Alexa’s life, offering support and expecting nothing in return.

Alexa begins to see the advantages of Devin’s quiet, stable love. But just as her feelings for her old friend begin to blossom, Ethan returns. Now Alexa must choose—the perfect boyfriend or the wild, thrilling bad boy. It’s a choice that changes her life forever.

NOW THE COVER! designed by Tugboat Design.
Alexa Crushed

Author PicAUTHOR BIO:

T.R. Cupak was born and raised in the suburbs of a Bay Area city in California. She was the closet nerd who hid her love of reading and writing short stories and poetry when she was younger. Back then it wasn’t considered cool to be into those types of activities for pleasure, whereas today you have TV shows, movies and books that glamourize that being a nerd is actually cool.

T. lives in a quiet, little, country town south of where she grew up. She is happily married to an amazing man who supports her in everything she does and spoils her rotten. They have a crazy little Shih Tzu named Harley. He’s their fur-baby and even though he’s a pain in the arse most days, they love the little guy. She has an obsession with cars, especially fast ones. She enjoys her music louder than anyone should. Admittedly it’s to drown out hearing her own singing voice, or lack thereof. When she’s not at work or busy writing you can find her curled up reading a book on her Kindle with a glass of wine or Dirty Shirley.

T. lost touch with her creative side and stepped off the path of all things written in her early twenties. Six years ago, her passion for reading was rekindled. She began to utilize reading as a way to escape everyday chaos. Late 2013 she began journal writing. After a couple of months of journaling T. realized that this form of writing wasn’t keeping her interest nor was it helping her to relax. After that realization settled in she changed the direction of her writing. Her creative aspirations were flowing once again and she happily embraced it. As her fingers started to dance across her keyboard she began to see her fictional characters begin to breathe life. Writing was only supposed to be a way for the new author to relax, but a story was born and T.R. Cupak is excited to be releasing her self-published debut novel, Alexa Crushed.

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REVIEW: Fire of the Sea by Lyndsay Johnson

 *I received an ebook version of this from XpressoReads in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Title: Fire of the Sea                                                                                 Author: Lyndsay Johnson
 Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Sharp, sleek, and golden. Like the dagger she has worn since childhood, eighteen-year-old Aeva is all three of these things. But there is something else that this mermaid and her prized weapon share – they are both hunted.

Hidden within the caves off Iceland’s dark shore, Aeva waits to take her place as the next ruler of the Mermaids. But when Aeva uses her potent and alluring song to save a drowning human, she disrupts a delicate balance. Realizing she has unexpectedly bound herself to Gunnar, Aeva is torn between duty and love.

Aeva severs one life to begin another, and soon finds herself not only rejected by the sea, but also stalked by an old enemy. As the worlds of myth and man intertwine, Aeva will challenge fate to protect her own sacred relic and the man she loves.

But legend and lies cast an intricate net. With time and safety quickly unraveling for Aeva and Gunnar, there is only one clear course: Find and defeat Delphine before she can shift again.

I don’t read books about mermaids often, mainly because whenever I indulge in one I’m usually left feeling unsatisfied, but also because they tend to follow the line of The Little Mermaid. I’m not saying all do, but from what I’ve read that’s the truth. Fire of the Sea really surprised me though.

I requested this one because I was craving some fantasy (which for the longest time was my favourite genre) and it sounded different enough, right? I hadn’t read about mermaids -since what, 3 years ago?- and so I though I’d give it a try. I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but I’m glad it turned out better then I thought. It is a great mix of mythology, fantasy, romance, and action. There’s mysteries and secrets and deceit, and I loved piecing everything together. Most of the time, my predictions came moments before the events, and not chapters before. It was nice.

The way mythology was entwined to fit the story, to help explain about the existence of mermaids and other sea creatures, was just wonderful. It feels like it could be a real world, a real life! Well, obviously it isn’t, but if it could, if mermaids were to truly exists, this book would be the perfect example. The different species such as the Mermaids and the Selurs and the Nixies and the Selkkie, are all so well written and explained. I enjoyed the information about different Gods, about Gunnar’s lineage, about Aeva’s lineage, and just the story itself. The world building is great and the characters are easy to fall in love with.

Aeva started off scared of any danger, freezing in place in fear, all because her mind was stuck replaying the time when she was eight and Delphine killed her entire family. Aeva was lucky to get away. By then end of the book, she is strong, confident, more knowledgeable and mature, and she can fight if she needs to. I enjoyed watching her grow and shape into a stronger character. Gunnar was trying hard not to accept his true place, trying hard to think all mythical creatures are just that: myths. By then end of the book? He has embraced his lineage and true place, has become more confident and strong, and he also came out more knowledgeable. I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom. It was rather quick, but I understand how the bond works and so I had very little problems with it. Plus, they make an adorable couple. Just saying.

All in all, my thoughts on mermaid books have changed, the writing is great, the characters are great, the plot is great, and I really enjoyed reading Fire of the Sea. I recommend this to lovers of fantasy, romance, mermaids, mythology and maybe even action.

How do you all feel about mermaids?

~Sage d: