My Name is Rapunzel

My Name is Rapunzel ~ K.C. Hilton

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Rating 3.5 Stars

Blurb

My tale has been told again and again, and I’ve heard each one. Except for my hair, I barely recognize the pitiful renditions. Muddled versions, crafted to entertain laughing children…but the children wouldn’t have laughed if they’d known the real story. It wasn’t their fault. They didn’t know the truth. Nobody did.

My name is Rapunzel. I will tell you my story. I will tell you the truth.

Review

so i have been waiting to get my hands on this book for AGES so i was really excited when i got asked to review a copy. while i did enjoy this book it was not quite what i was expecting going into it and was up against some pretty stiff competition as a Rapunzel retelling as this story has been retold quite a few times in the past year or so. this story is a retelling in only the loosest of terms which if unlike me you had read the blurb may not surprise you all that much for the most part the tale is almost unrecognisable with the story more based around the origin of the tale and what Rapunzel’s life had really been like. the inclusion of the dragon which was missing from the original tale (or at least the versions I have read) did add an element of interest and i did enjoy all the unknown parts of Rapunzel’s life and how the story all came together.
however i found that the story did sometimes get repetitive with scenes being repeated without any extra information actually being added and personally i did find the “big twist” oddly predictable. this however did not overly detract from what was in truth an enjoyable version of Rapunzel. it may not be my favorite version of the tale but still one that i am sure i will come back too.

Teaser

Just go, Henry. Save yourself. I tried to shout, but my mouth wouldn’t give way to sound. I was paralyzed. Was it with fear, or something else? The cackling witch at the tree line convinced me it was her doing.

I heard Henry continue to shout for me to flee, but I didn’t respond. I didn’t move. I didn’t run. I was frozen like a lifeless statue in a cold museum. With only the movement of my eyes, I pleaded with him to help me. A tear escaped one of my eyes then rolled down my cheek. That single tear managed to do what my heart and body could not. Escape.

Fear, like unseen hands, gripped my lungs and tried to crush them slowly. My stomach churned and threatened to empty. Would we die here?

The gentle chill of night had turned into a mid-winter’s frost. Tiny bumps rose on my arms and the small hairs prickled to attention. I opened my mouth to speak, but the words remained trapped in my throat.

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Starcrossed

These Reviews May Contain Spoilers

the covers for this series are beautiful.

Series Rating 2.5 Stars

Starcrossed ~ Josephine Angelini

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Rating 3 Stars

Blurb

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

The love story where hate turns to love has become quite a cliché but this story turns it on its head. It is not simply personality traits or love disguised as hate that keeps this couple apart but an ancient legacy. In many ways this book reminds me of many other paranormal romances available to young adults (eg. twilight, hush hush, fallen, mortal instruments) however playing with Greek gods was a nice change from the normal vampires or angels that seem to fill the shelves these days.
the ending i must admit kind of annoyed me a little but i am hoping that maybe that might be remedied in Dreamless

Quotes

“I don’t care how hard being together is, nothing is worse than being apart.”

“You’ve got the killer instincts of a houseplant”

“And I don’t just WANT you, Helen. I LOVE you. Big difference.”

“The Gods know what it is to be eternal, and they love to toy with mortals who use absolutes.”

Dreamless ~ Josephine Angelini

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Rating 2.5 stars

Blurb

Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.

Review

this one while interesting i must admit annoyed me just a little. while i understand the need for the love triangle in this story Orion really did very little for me in the way of a love interest and it felt like for the most part Helen felt the same. the “cousins” storyline i must say i am over entirely and i was hoping the truth would come out (to the main characters as us the readers already know) the ending i was quite impressed with as was i with the authors portrayal of the underworld but there were a few moments of confusion that did not quite add up (i.e. at various points Hector was called Lucas’ brother instead of his cousin)

Quotes

“…try to remember that dreams do come true, but they don’t come easily.”

“It’s not our talents that make us safe or dangerous, it’s our choices.”

“Even if it kills me, staying awake and seeing you… is better than any dream.”

Goddess ~ Josephine Angelini

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Rating 2 stars

Blurb

After accidentally unleashing the gods from their captivity on Olympus, Helen must find a way to re-imprison them without starting a devastating war. But the gods are angry, and their thirst for blood already has a body count.

To make matters worse, the Oracle reveals that a diabolical Tyrant is lurking among them, which drives a wedge between the once-solid group of friends. As the gods use the Scions against one another, Lucas’s life hangs in the balance. Still unsure whether she loves him or Orion, Helen is forced to make a terrifying decision, for war is coming to her shores.

In Josephine Angelini’s compelling conclusion to the masterfully woven Starcrossed trilogy, a goddess must rise above it all to change a destiny that’s been written in the stars. With worlds built just as fast as they crumble, love and war collide in an all-out battle that will leave no question unanswered and no heart untouched.

Review

as i was starting to suspect from the end of Dreamless this story became just a little off. the main reason for this is that the author pitted Helen against all powerful gods and so therefore had to make her all powerful this meant that Helen became immortal and able to make anything happen changing the rules of the story completely. creating this unbeatable entity as the main character made the story a little dull for me even if we always know the main character has to survive. the big twist about who the tyrant is was predictable… i had it basically worked out since we were first told of the tyrant and i must admit i was expecting a little more as to the reasoning behind Daphne being the worst mother of all time. the “memories” of past Helens were interesting but often a little unnecessary.all these factors ultimately led to what was for me a bad ending to the series, although admittedly i can not come up with a better alternative given that the author chose such a formidable antagonist

Quotes

“some things stay a little bit broken forever—even after they’ve been fixed.”

“I chose love—I chose you over everything that was offered to me.”

“My whole life I’ve wondered what it feels like to be loved like that. To be loved more.”

The Elite

The Elite ~ Kiera Cass

(the selection #2)

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Rating 3.5 Stars

Blurb

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Iléa.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Review

while i did not enjoy this quite as much as the first this is where i feel the Real story is beginning. taking the light frivolous beginning that was the Selection, the elite twists it into something dark. while i must admit i was surprised by some of Maxon’s actions he did always come through in the end and at no point in this book did my loyalty to him change (which is more than i can say for America). She was all over the place and i am getting sick of her to-ing and fro-ing (JUST PICK MAXON HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR YOU). The ending was a shock and i just could not imagine it happening … that being said there were quite a few things that shocked me (even if i may have guessed they would happen). unfortunately some of the magic of the selection was lost, (despite the fact i am still firmly team Maxon) the prince has lost some of his shine, and America’s insecurities and indecisiveness was making me want to slap her (although not as much as i want to slap Celeste) America defiantly has it in her to be a princess but she needs to let go of Aspen (as it does not seem she actually wants him anymore anyway plus he hardly believes in her) and learn to trust Maxon… although admittedly with him still dating 3 other girls i can understand why she doesn’t.

Quotes

“Love is beautiful fear”

“It turns out I’m absolutely terrible at staying away from you. It’s a very serious problem.”

“Sometimes I feel like we’re a knot, too tangled to be taken apart.”

“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”

Next Book

The Next and Last book in this Series The One (book #3) is expected to be released on the 6th of May next year

personally i am hoping for a white dress on the cover (you know bridal and all that)

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The Selection

The Selection ~ Kiera Cass

(the selection #1)

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Rating 4.5 Stars

Blurb

In a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: to compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon’s heart. But for America Singer it means turning her back on her secret love, and leaving home for a prize she doesn’t want.

Then America meets Maxon and all her plans start to crumble. Can he life she’s always dreamed of compare to a future she never imagined?

Review

i have to say this is a great beginning to what i hope will be a great series. and i enjoyed this book just as much on the second reading as i did on the first. the idea is wonderful with a dystopia based both on reality TV shows such as the bachelor and on older issues such as caste systems. this leads to the book balancing perfectly between past and future strengthening the feel of a fairytale throughout the book.
defiantly Team Maxon and i think Aspen needs to get over it, HE let
HER go not the other way around plus (despite the name, which admittedly did not annoy me quite as much on the second read through) America would make the perfect princess. that being said i do hope we see Aspen getting a happy ending because he, and his family deserve it.

Quotes

“. . .true love is usually the most inconvenient kind.”

“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”

“You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes”

“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”

Next Book

 The Elite (book #2) was released in April

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From Ashes

From Ashes ~ Molly McAdams

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Rating 4 Stars

Blurb

When Cassidy Jameson’s best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she’s only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there’s something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can’t explain, only problem? He’s always telling Tyler that he doesn’t want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he’d called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn’t care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty’s Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

Review

As soon as I read the Blurb for this I knew I was going to love it. Yet I was still surprised by the complexity of the story. This was not the trashy Romance I was expecting. It was beautiful in its own way and ugly in others but when the beauty and the ugliness came together the end result was breathtaking. That being said some parts were still less than perfect. The main thing that annoyed me was the characters. Ty was meant to care about Cassidy and claims to love her and yet does not even blink an eye at intentionally hurting her again and again **SPOILER** that being said I am glad that she forgives him and they end up friends again **SPOILER** meanwhile although Cassidy has “never thought of the future” due to her past you would think she would make SOME kind of plans once she gets freedom from it. Instead she seems perfectly happy being the perfect little housewife for her best friend and a guy she believes doesn’t even like her (and eventually their friends as well). Gage well actually he was one of the characters I have little to no complaints about any of his issues do bring the story forward and are actually believable in the situation. The more minor characters have very little information given about them. While they were numerous most of the “friends” blurred into one blob. What I really loved about this book though is I kept expecting it to end even if I had over 100 pages. This tells the story of a whole relationship and doesn’t just peter out when they finally kiss. it shows a not perfect relationship but REAL they have their problems but they work them out… and although reading that it sounds like that should be the boring part it isn’t it kept you on your toes and drew you in. I became really invested in their relationship as I got to know them both more and in reality that is what a true romance does. All the best romances have a little heartbreak.

Quotes

“Whoa, got it bad for your cousin’s girl already, huh? You gonna try to get with that?”I eyed Cassi in Ty’s arms and shook my head as I brought my beer up to take another long drink. “Nope.” Yes, yes, I am.”

“But there are only so many times you can handle heartbreak with someone before you have to start protecting yourself.”

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Series Review: The Vincent Boys

These Reviews May Contain Spoilers

the reason I picked up these books was the cute bright covers unfortunately, for me at least, this was a case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Series Rating 1.5 Stars

The Vincent Boys ~ Abbi Glines

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Rating 1.5 Stars

This book was an interesting enough read. But as far as stories about love triangles go this one was very lopsided. For most of the book I hated Ashton because she loved Beau, He loved her and she was willing to cheat on Sawyer but not break up with him because it would be bad for her reputation… yes you heard her right apparently cheating is better than a break up. This ended up hurting everyone involved and just made a huge mess in general. That being said I loved when Beau took over the story he is charming and bad ass but still a genuinely sweet guy, Sawyer however was shown as mostly one dimensional stereotypical boring “prince charming” character. I am hoping the next story sees him grow as he and Lena are obviously meant to be together… in this world where opposites clearly don’t attract

The Vincent Brothers ~ Abbi Glines

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GAHH what is it with this series? after reading the first book i hoped for something more from sawyer. for him to be given more depth, to be more than just prince charming. and he was… he became a Royal pain in the ass. for most of this book he is a JERK. not only does he knowingly play with Lana’s feelings but he willingly admits that before she changed herself for him she was ugly… hmm wait hold up… isn’t that exactly why it didn’t work out with Ashton? because she CHANGED HERSELF FOR HIM… I thought they were cute together in the last book … now that I have heard Sawyers thoughts not so much Lana on the other hand I liked, she was sweet kind and just a little bit broken. not only that, she went after what she wanted and was strong enough to walk away when something was not good for her. as the only 2 redeeming characters I am firm in the belief that Lana and Beau should just run off and be happy together (if it wasn’t for the fact that they would both be miserable because they like their jerky partners)… that being said the end of the book brought some sweet moments even if things wrapped up just that bit too nicely.

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