Requested Review: Relatively Honest by Molly Ringle

Synopsis: Eighteen year-old womanizer Daniel Revelstoke leaves his native London to study at the University of Oregon, dreaming of seducing one American girl after another. But he soon meets a new kind of woman in classmate Julie French. Her cleverness and resistance land Daniel in love for the first time in his life, to his deep confusion.
However, Julie's long-distance boyfriend and a bizarre family secret stand in Daniel's way to winning her. Since he can't quit obsessing over her, he decides to hide a few truths in order to draw closer to her, hoping that maybe she'll return his love and, when she finds out his devious path, forgive him. It's a gamble, but all's fair in love and college.
 
Review
Plot: I was instantly intrigued by this book because it's rare to read a good male POV that a girl could get into and the plot is about him actually being a womanizer. It was hard not to resist Daniel's charm though even just reading his perspective, and you know everything he's done. Just like every other womanizer, he has been with countless women and had not cared an ounce whether or not he worked out with them. But, once he meets Julie, that's all over. He stops at nothing to try and get her to leave Patrick, her boyfriend, and be with him instead. At first, it starts out with him just wanting her in bed, but he slowly starts wanting more than just a physical thing. Once he starts realizing his feelings for Julie, it's too late to go back after he learns of a deep family secret. He has no idea how to take it and how to tell Julie, but until then, it's his own little dark secret.
 
Characters: Daniel - Daniel is very charming and smooth. He knows how to use his features (ex. his accent) and when to use them. He is overconfident with himself and will calculate how good of a chance he has with the ladies. After finding out this family secret, he isn't sure what to do with himself and this sends him on an insane spiral.
Julie - Julie is a nice girl that shows signs of longing for Daniel, but doesn't voice them. Daniel is constantly trying to figure her out and never knows exactly how she'll react. She is different from every other girl because she doesn't fall for his tricks.
 
Cover: The cover doesn't give the book justice. It doesn't truly describe what the book is about other than that it deals with romance. I wish there was more to the cover.
 
Overall Rating: I give this book a three out four. It has a very complex and dynamic plot that is different from anything I've read. It does test you in what you want and don't want to happen. There are some scenes that were too convenient for the characters but there are other scenes where one character gets screwed over. The last thing I will say about this book is that there is a very controversial topic in this book. It does take some openmindedness to read this book, but I do urge to give it a chance, whether or not you completely agree with it.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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ARC Review: Jessica Rules the Dark Side (Jessica #2) by Beth Fantaskey

Synopsis: It’s one thing to find out you’re a vampire princess. It’s a whole other thing to actually rule. Newly married Jessica Packwood is having a hard enough time feeling regal with her husband, Lucius, at her side. But when evidence in the murder of a powerful elder points to Lucius, sending him into solitary confinement, Jessica is suddenly on her own. Determined to clear her husband’s name, Jessica launches into a full-scale investigation, but hallucinations and nightmares of betrayal keep getting in her way. Jessica knows that with no blood to drink, Lucius’s time is running out. Can she figure out who the real killer is—and whom she can trust—before it’s too late?

Review
Plot: I'm glad I had the pleasure of getting the chance to read this before it comes out. I fell in love with the previous installment and couldn't wait to read this one. The second installment follows Jessica after she has just married Lucius and getting into the swing of becoming a ruler. Jessica is still not used to being a ruler and relies on Lucius to make commands since he's used to it. But, after an elder is murdered and Lucius is blamed, it is left to Jessica to uncover the real murderer and why they would frame Lucius. Along with Jessica's troubles, we get to follow her best friend, Mindy, and her love affair with Raniero and her suspicions of Jessica's cousin. The different POVs did worry me but after reading them, I love each one. There was never one that I got bored with, plus the male POVs (Lucius and Raniero) were very funny to read.

Characters: Jessica - Jessica is one of my favorite characters. She's very strong and brave, but she isn't used to being in the position she's in now. She wants to be the wife Lucius deserves and slowly molds herself into that role, not only because she needs to but because that's what she's destined to.
Mindy - Mindy is a breath of fresh air since her biggest troubles are trying to win back the vampire she lost. She goes to see Jessica in her time of need and tries to support her while Lucius is in confinement. Mindy is a very strong character in herself and I feel like there is more to her story.

Cover: I love how the covers of the series are cohesive to one another. One depicting Jessica's innocence and the other showing Jessica fall into her position as a royal. The cover is very beautiful and sums up a few key points in the story.

Overall Rating: I have to give this book a three out of four. I thought the book was a great conclusion on Jessica's story and maybe a spin-off for Mindy. The book gave a nice journey for Jessica to see that she does deserve to be a royal and she can be one. I loved the POVs between the four characters and the surprise twist of who the actual murderer was. I would recommend any vampire or romance fans to read this series; it has a great balance of romance and action/drama.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Requested Review: The Apocalypse Gene by Suki Michelle and Carlyle Clark

Synopsis: Global pandemic is raging.
Olivya Wright-Ono's once loving home has been converted to a hospice for the dying. Her ability to see auras forces her to witness, with agonizing detail, the vibrant colors of life consumed by malignancy.
The beautiful and troubled, Mikah, is an elite Empath in the ancient Kindred clan, led by the brooding, ever-morphing, monster named Prime. Mikah has learned a terrible truth . . . the plague is linked to Kindred origins. When Olivya sees evidence of disease creeping into her mother's aura, she has no one to turn to but Mikah. Can he unearth the Kindred secrets and find a cure?
Can she trust this boy whose power allows him to manipulate her very emotions? With her mother's life, and that of the world, in the balance, Olivya and Mikah embark on a quest to stop the Pandemic, only to discover it is far, far more than a mere disease . . .
 
Review
Plot: I haven't read a lot of dystopia/post-apocalyptic, but this book has changed my sights on the genre. The book follows Olivya and Mikah who both have special abilities during a time of a great pandemic. As they try and find a cure after Olivya sees her mother is sick, they have to fight new creatures and handle their abilities to find the cure they've been looking for. There is action around every corner and is descriptive enough to let the reader imagine what the fight would look like. The imagery in the book is so vivid I could see when Olivya was walking through the streets or when she first sees Mikah. It is a story that consists of a lot of technology and characters that are different creatures. There are very unique names and descriptions for each one that you will get confused. However, as the story progresses, you will be able to know whose who and what's what. The plot is very complex and suspenseful that I couldn't stop reading once I started. Olivya and Mikah bring a certain zest to the book that adds to the unfolding of the plot.
 
Characters: Olivya - Olivya is a African-American and Japanese girl, which I was glad to see. It is rare to find minority main characters and Michelle and Clark did such a good job on it. They gave her enough dignity to make her embrace her uniqueness but also not let it rule the plot line. I loved her courageousness and bravery that she had from the beginning. She doesn't let anyone tell her what to do and she protects those she cares for.
Mikah - Mikah is different from many other love interests I've read. He's coped up and barely has many people to talk to and even then they're not the best people to confide in. He knows only the life he was born into and even though he's different from the rest, he still doesn't know if he is good or bad. This comes as a constant reminder of him whenever he sees Olivya. He's choosing between what life he wants to live and what's best for them.
 
Cover: The cover does not do the book the justice it deserves. I love the integration of the lightning and DNA strand to serve the purpose of what the pandemic is.
 
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four. It is a fantastic dystopia book and gives a look at what a pandemic can create and what the healthy would have to do for the sick. It also does a nice job of creating a new world for us and new creatures to think about. There are many characters in the book, but it is only a small flaw in a wonderful plot.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) by Josephine Angelini

Synopsis: How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Review
Plot: I'm a huge mythology buff, so once I saw this book...I had to get it! The plot consists of a girl named Helen who lives on an island, Nantucket, and hears the gossip of a new family that moved there. She isn't interested in seeing them and even has anger towards her best friend when she talks about them. It isn't until she sees Lucas that she knows her life won't be normal again. Her feelings for him are manipulated by the three weeping women and there's only one way to get rid of those feelings. As the two see more of each other, they just want to part because of their feelings and their ancestors' history. With Helen learning more about herself and her powers, she grows closer to Lucas. It seems everyone and everything is tearing them apart, and the gods are not the only ones trying to break them apart. This romance is definitely a rollercoaster for the readers and will cause you to be torn yourself.

Characters: Helen - Helen doesn't want to be seen and will do anything to make sure she's just another shadow. Once she meets Lucas, this all goes down the hole and sees in everyone's sights. She is a character that develops throughout the book and decides what's best for others rather than just herself.
Lucas - Lucas is a character I could swoon over for days. He doesn't hide his feelings for Helen and has a strong protection over her. He cannot see her hurt nor does he want to be the one to hurt her. Since he has been exposed to his family's past, he tries to help Helen along the way and show her how demigods behave. He has his own secrets and slowly opens himself up to Helen.

Cover: I love the cover to this book. To me, it fits the mythology theme and shows some of the powers of the demigods: water and wind.
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four because it was an amazing book and held it's own version of Greek mythology. It leaves you wanting more and definitely asking questions about the characters. There are surprises and twists around every corner, so the book never dies down. My only thing to say about this book is that it does have a slow start, but it does give a nice backdrop about the characters and the life they live before everythign changes.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis: Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
 
Review
Plot: After much research, I was finally to obtain this book at the library. I was excited to finally another series with Shadowhunters. Clockwork Angel is the first installment in the Infernal Devices series and it follows Tessa who just arrived to England. Right when she gets there, she's kidnapped by the Dark Sisters and told that she has the power to shift into other people. She only complies because she hears that they have her brother and they'll let her see him if she goes along with their plan. Before long, she is rescued by Shadowhunters and taken to the Institute where she meets Will and Jem. They have a bond between one another, Jem tries to keep Will out of trouble and Will tries to care for Jem when he's sick. The book follows their search for Tessa's brother, a plan that one Downworlder is developing, and a budding romance. This gives a whole knew take on Shadowhunters and how they lived in a different location and time period, but still let's the characters have the same snark and spunkiness we expect from Clare's books.
 
Characters: Tessa - Tessa is a character I easily related to. She was used to her life before that the discoveries she makes about herself and her family are hard for her to accept. She isn't used to how the Shadowhunters live and the attitudes of some of them...*cough* Will. I definitely started to love reading about her and her emotions throughout each experience.
Will and Jem - Will is definitely irritating but lovable. I did get tired of him pushing away Tessa and his actions towards her, however, there was his sense of charm that seemed to keep me hooked. Jem is too cute and compassionate in this book. I loved when he would stick up for himself as well as stick up for Will and Tessa. Even though he is not fully healthy, he still can stand on his own and help those he cares for.
 
Cover: I always love Cassandra's covers for her books. This one reminds me somewhat of Clockwork Orange with London in the background and the boy wearing a top hat. To me, I see that the boy is Will and his tipping of the top hat shows his charm even though he is a Shadowhunter.
 
Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a four out of four. I absolutely loved the book and couldn't think of a better plot line to start off a new series. It does have Clare's signatures like a possible love triangle and elaborate characters we will fall in love with. If you're thinking of reading this series and have read MI, I would happily say to hurry and get this series. If you haven't read MI, this series isn't twisted into the plot line of MI, you can read either one first and not be lost in the other.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Synopsis: BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.
PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.
 
Review
Plot: Revolution looks at the life of Andi Alpers who is still grieving over the death of her brother, taking care of her distant mother, and trying to figure out where she belongs. When her father finds out she is about to be expelled, he tells her that she will come with him to Paris. It was hard for me to get through this book in the first section. Not because it was bad, it was just too hard to hear her story and thoughts. Andi's gone through a lot and we're reading the point in her life where she is at the end of her rope. She's depressed and suicidal. I've never read a book that had aspects of suicidal tendencies unless it was the focus of the book. It was definitely an interesting aspect to see how Andi's life consists of so much pain and heartbreak, but yet that isn't the theme of the book. It was hard for me to focus on the historical aspect of it because I wanted to know more about Andi's life and, especially, her budding romance. But, I did love when we got to see the French Revolution era, and how vividly Donnelly made these characters and how much depth she put to them.

Characters: Andi - She was definitely a whirlwind. I felt that she had such conflicting personality traits because of the experiences she went through. She didn't want to get over her brother's death because she felt it was her own fault, however, she started seeing herself come into her own and couldn't help but smile at that. I felt for her because she felt she was cheating her brother and mother for being happy without them.

Cover: I love the cover of this book; it was one of the main reasons I first picked it up. I was a little studious with the cover. After awhile, I could see the similarities of the Andi and Alexandrine, but also there lives shaped into it. They both have brown eyes, brown hair, milky skin, but you can see Andi's despair and Alexandrine's slight happiness.

Overall Rating: I'm giving this book a three out of four nail polishes. I loved the depth to the book and how Donnelly made the book more than historical fiction. She had many other themes in here that readers could relate with like family, love, heartbreak, loss, grief, bravery, and so on. I would recommend this to anyone who is a history buff or loves a refreshing read. This book has given me a new outlook on historical fiction.
Peace and Fangs,
Alisha
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