Review: Sound of Heartache by Chelsea Roy

25875499Author: Chelsea Roy

Tittle: Sound of Heartache

Series: Sound of, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat rating: Warm

Page count and format: 187 pages, Ebook

Published: July 21st 2015

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Aimee was cruelly yanked away from her first and only love. She has never gotten over him and watched from afar as he rose to superstardom. She’s let fear control her and never reached out to him no matter how much she wanted to. This time is different. This time, she’s determined to see things through to the end. But will he still want her?

Brent tried to get over the woman who shattered his heart. Moving on has been impossible, and God knows he’s tried. He knows if she wanted to find him, she could. He has never given up hope even though he knows it’s highly doubtful he’ll ever see her again. And if she did show up, what would he say to her anyway?


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I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a short and sweet read. I didn’t totally love it but I didn’t totally hate it either. Thank God for that! Well it was a good book but it could have been a lot better cause I felt there was something very important missing throughout the book.

The story starts with the present time and then goes into the flashback showing everything that happened in the college life of Brent and Aimee before coming to the present once again. It revolves around Aimee who volunteered to tutor biology to Brent in college which he was failing miserably. Slowly their relationship escalated to something more and Aimee ends up getting pregnant at the age of 17. When her parents threaten him they are forced to seperate from each other, only Aimee didn’t come back to him as promised but returns after ten years later. Now it’s upto them to decide if they can forgive each other and move on or forever live with their heartache.

The plot was clichéd. It was the same old rockstar romance where I didn’t find any new element added into the mix. The plot line in New-Adult books are becoming old rather fast but yet some books stand out amongst them but unfortunately this book was not one of them. One thing I felt that there was more telling than showing in the first portion of the book, during the whole flashback period where we get to know how they first met and fell for each other. I wanted to see more of their interactions but we were just told that these things happened. Another thing was that the moment I was thinking okay it’s going slow and good, the characters did something stupid which made me so mad. The romance was good but I wanted more depth to it. Although there were a lot of flaws, there were some funny moments and I did enjoy this book.

The characters were somewhat okay, I didn’t feel emotionally invested with them and that’s why I didn’t exactly fall in love with them either. Aimee was a good character but she was a bit too mature for her age but nonetheless she raised her daughter well and was a good mother. I did understand her reason for staying away but she could have come back much earlier after escaping from her parents. Brent was okay, he did a looot of stupid mistakes and for that I couldn’t love him, he made me so angry sometimes. But Brenna, their daughter was an angel. She was really sweet and accepted her father whole heartedly. Eric, Brent’s best friend was the character that I loved the most. He was the most caring and sensitive person, he fell in love with Aimee but never did he once mentioned his feelings and did everything to make sure the two people he loved the most stayed together. It was really, really sweet and it broke my heart. I really look forward to reading Eric’s story and see his happily ever after.

The book was written in a simple style and it was easy to read. I easily breezed through the book in two sittings. The pace was also fast which was a plus.

Overall,, Sound of Heartache was an okay read for me. The plot was clichéd, it failed to stand out and the characters were somewhat okay. The romance was good but I felt it lacked more depth. The writing style was smooth and it was fast paced. So I did enjoy this book but also felt that it could have been a lot better.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, read this book yet? Loved it? Hated it? Or are you planning to read it? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle

17790646Author: Molly Ringle

Tittle: Persephone’s Orchard

Series: The Chrysomelia Stories, book 1

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat rating: Cool

Page count and format: 269 pages, Ebook

Published: June 25th 2013 by Central Avenue Publishing

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she’s pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate.

Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she’s tainted with the Underworld’s magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.


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There are some books that you really want to love but end up with being dissapointed. Unfortunately this book was one of them. I really hoped to fall in love with it but I didn’t, I liked the whole concept but the characters were just only okay for me and I think it dragged on and on when it was completely unnecessary, this was the bit that bothered me the most but I overall I did enjoy this book.

The story revolves around Sophie who comes to a new college and on the first day she is sort of kidnapped and brought into a whole other realm. The guy named Adrian explains to her this the realm where the spirits of the dead enter when they die. He desperately wants her to eat a pomegranate because that will unleash all the memories of her past lives. But Sophie is reluctant so he tricks her into having some with some juice. After that all her memories come flooding by and she realises they were in love, he was Hades and she was Persephone a thousand years ago. When she finally comes to accept these terms, she is thrown in between a war among the immortals and the community named Thantos who wants to wipe out all the immortals.

First of all, I love when Greek mythology is fused into YA to create something totally new and unique. And I specially love the story of Hades and Persephone, so naturally I wanted to see how everything was potrayed here. I enjoyed the concept but I can’t pinpoint what it was but I felt something was missing. I liked it but it was not BAM ON! I liked reading about the fact that in all their past lives Sophie and Adrian had been together in some way or another and that’s why after Adrian remembered everything about their past lives, in this life he was desperate for Sophie to remember because he has never lived without her. Still I would have loved if there was more depth in their romance. I liked the action towards the end so I totally can’t say that I didn’t enjoy the book but yes this book felt awfully long, it dragged on and on and I was loosing interest in many portions.

Which brings me to my next point, the characters. I liked all the characters but I couldn’t connect with them on an emotional level. How much I tried I couldn’t care enough about them. Sophie was an okay character, she was quite simple and silly at times but I liked that she fought back when necessary. I liked Adrian, he was sweet, loved Sophie and wanted her safe at all costs. I liked Niko, he was sly, clever but a good person. And I have serious doubts about Quintin, the leader of the Thantos, that weather she is an immortal or not yet she wants to kill them all.

The writing style was simple and easy to read. It took me some time to finish the book because I constantly loosing interest at times but the pace remained even throughout the book. There was some humor in the book and it was funny at times.

Overall, Persephone’s Orchard was an okay read for me. The plot had potential but it somewhat felt flat for me anf it felt dragged on some portions. I couldn’t connect with the characters much but I did enjoy the action and the banters between the characters. The writing style was simple and the pace was even throughout the book. Frankly I’m not sure whether I want to continue with this series or not, perhaps I might give it a try later.

Recommend it?

Maybe you should give this book a try and decide for yourself?


So guys have you read Persephone’s Orchard yet? Did you love it or hate it? Or are you planning to read it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

P.S. I just finished reading Bravely Fought the Queen by Mahesh Dattani and I feel sick and disturbed. I don’t know why this is in my syllabus! I know it’s a famous work and I have to no right to say this but I don’t think I have read anything horrible like this, ever in my life! I’m seriously depressed. Any remedies guys, please?