Review: Nocturne by Heather McKenzie || Slightly Bland and Repetitive

Title: Nocturne
Author: Heather McKenzie
Series: The Nightmusic Trilogy, book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 415 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: March 20th, 2018 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

I am hunted.
A pawn in a vicious game.
The only way I can protect the ones I love…
…is to disappear.

Finally free of her father, Kaya has the one thing that keeps her heart beating—Luke.

Blissfully content in his arms, everything seems perfect…until their world is shattered by a deadly invasion. When an old ally comes to the rescue, Kaya wants none of it. She is devastated to learn the identity of her attacker, and that she must do something truly heartbreaking if she wants to save the ones she loves. Sacrificing everything and sinking into bottomless sorrow, Kaya finds solace in an unlikely friend—one who shows her a different kind of love and helps her discover an inner strength she never thought possible.


The first book in this trilogy, Serenade was a pretty awesome and engaging read. Compared to that, the 2nd book felt slightly bland and repetitive. But I have to say one thing, the covers of this trilogy are really unique and beautiful!

Kaya is still on the run from her father who is only after her fortune. After an incident, she truly understands that she poses a threat to anyone near her, so she decides to bail alone. But surrounded by enemies on all sides, will she be able to hide or will she be betrayed?

A lot of stuff happened in the first book, Kaya learned the truth about herself and why she was held captive by her father and why he is after her. She ends up getting kidnapped by Luke but along the way ends up falling for her captor. I felt this book was more of a kind of filler because other than the introduction of few new characters, this book only contained running and hiding and it was devoid of any interesting surprises. But seriously, Kaya definitely has the most shittest parents in the whole universe!

One of the things that surprised me was, I actually started liking Oliver. His actions disgusted me in book 1 but after knowing the real reason behind it, he slowly started warming up to me. But… but I felt Kaya’s character was a kind of irritating this book! And on top of that, Thomas. What even!! She miraculously gets rescued after bailing on Luke and ends on a farm where she manages to get a job there and ultimately one of the guys there fall for her. Why is that everybody end up falling in love with the main heroine? I would have rather enjoyed it more if it was a purely platonic relationship. It would definitely have been more meaningful.

On the other hand, one of the new characters Marlene was absolutely my favourite. Born with a hideous birthmark on her face, she mostly stays away from crowds but a beautiful bond develops between her and Kaya. I loved the fact that Kaya stood up for her on more than one occasion! But the most awesome thing about this book was the bromance between Luke and Oliver! I didn’t even guess that anything slightly normal was possible between these two because they were always at each other’s throats. This was definitely a delightful surprise.

Overall, Nocturn was an okay read. The plot felt a little repetitive and this book could have been a little less lengthy in my opinion. The action and stuff were there but I wanted more of it but nonetheless, I enjoyed those particular parts.But the way things ended, I am definitely interested to know what happens next to our characters!

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Is it on your tbr?

Dual Review: July Thunder & July Lightning by Shannon A. Thompson || A bitter-sweet yet strong read

Title: July Thunder
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Series: Bad Bloods, book 3
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 165 pages, Ebook
Published: April 10th, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name–citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.

Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.

That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery–and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.

Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.


This book was a quick read. I really loved getting back to the world of the Bad Bloods again and I really enjoyed the diverse characters.  You can read my review of November Rain (book 1), here and November Snow (book 2), here.

The last book ended with the Bad Bloods finally getting recognised as citizens of Vendona. But equal rights are yet to be totally implied. Violet survived the massacre of her flock a few months ago and she’s not ready to forgive the humans for it just yet but when a new rebellion sparks that might be a danger to the Bad Bloods as well, she figures Caleb is the only one who can help but will he?

The plot was refreshing and easy to read. The Bad Bloods were considered a threat to the society because of their powers but after Serena and Daniel fought for their rights, they were finally granted some freedom but the consequences remained. We got a glimpse of Violet in the previous books but we get to know more about her in this book. I really liked the interesting fact about her age and how everything actually worked for her. I really liked her, from the very start. She was rebellious and brave, she just wanted to be treated like a normal person and not someone to be feared but I liked the fact that she didn’t take shit from others and always stood up for herself.

“Some rumors said she was a demon from another world. Other rumors said she was death incarnate, someone to remind us of our misdeeds. But no one had said how beautiful she was. No one had mentioned her eyes. The ones that showed color only for a second. A hint of beauty in absolute blackness.”

We are also introduced to Caleb’s herd where we get to see so many new characters and each one possessed a unique ability. I especially liked Nuo’s powers, Kuthun was quite a unique character as well. This book dragged a little in the middle but it picked up towards the end. Caleb’s true identity is also revealed and it ended on a pretty interesting note which made me pick up the next book in this series immediately after finishing this one.


Title: July Lightning
Author: Shannon A. Thompson
Series: Bad Bloods, book 4
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 267 pages, Ebook
Published: May 1st, 2017 by Clean Teen Publishing
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name- son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves. Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.


This book was pretty awesome. I was on the edge from the very start and couldn’t put this book down.

The threat that looms over their shoulder is becoming bigger and bigger and when Violet finally learns the truth, she knows she has to do something to save them all. With the help of Caleb, will she be able to stop the impending disaster?

This book was not devoid of politics and it was quite and interesting aspect. So many things happened in this book which kept me interested till the very end. I really enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous Bad Bloods duology as well. The character development in this book was one of my most favourite things about this book. I really loved how Violet handled every situation maturely and protected the ones she dearly loved.

The storm added a violent twist to the story. And along with that, the rebellion played a huge role and when we finally get to know who was behind everything, I was a little shocked. Violet knew she couldn’t stop that person and she along with her friends did everything in their power to save everyone but there were tear-jerker moments as well.

“A heroic act is not always followed by glory and parades and forever freedom,” she said. “It’s often small, disregarded, or forgotten. But it matters.”

Another fact that I loved was that Caleb finally forgiving his family and accepting them. He was a real strong character and it took strength what he had to do in the last moments though it was Violet who stole the show for me. This book was unpredictable and although it ended on a bittersweet note, I was left satisfied with the ending.

Overall, July Thunder & July Lightning were a great read. I enjoyed how the plot was executed and the character development throughout the books. The writing was beautiful and smooth and it was fast-paced, I can’t wait to read more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, what do you think of this series? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: Death Before Daylight by Shannon A. Thompson

Title: Death Before Daylight

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Series: Timely Death trilogy, book 3

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 374 pages, Ebook

Published: September 15th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Two eternities. One ending.

“Harmony would only come with destruction.”
The moment Eric and Jessica are reunited, they are torn apart. After the appearance of a new breed of shades and lights, the powers shift for the worse, and all three descendants find themselves face-to-face in the Light realm. When Darthon is in control, the last thing everyone expects is to finally hear the truth.
While Jessica learns the reason of her creation, Darthon’s identity is exposed to Eric—and only Eric—and Eric can no longer defend himself. With the eternities of the Light and the Dark resting on Jessica’s shoulders, she must choose who she will be—a light or a shade.
In the end, someone must die, and the end is near.


USEEEEEEEEE

This book was everything that I wanted it to be! It was intense, sooo many things happened, so many revelations, I loved every single bit of it!

*A bit spoilery for those who haven’t read the previous books in this series.*

In the third and last installment of the Timely Death trilogy, Jessica has gotten back her memory but it has triggered something else as well. A new problem arises as Jessica is forced to choose between the Light and the Dark. With new revelations, chaos is ensured but someone has to die to ensure the balance between the Light and the Dark is restored once again. Will Jessica and Eric be successful or will it ultimately lead them to their downfall?

The plot was spot on! The story picks up from where book 2, Seconds Before Sunrise left off. Jessica has gotten back her memory but Darthon kidnaps Eric and Jessica and takes them to the Light realm. Something or the other continued happening and it was hard to put down this book! So many truths came out in this book and I was glad that all of my questions were answered. Eric and Jessica had to face more difficulties than the other, I hated Darthon even more when he controlled Eric’s voice but I loved how much they trusted each other. I simply loved them together!

“We were together even when we were apart.”

-Jessica

I was mostly right about Zac and Robb and like Jessica I did the same mistake as well, the plot twist was pretty awesome, I really wasn’t expecting it but I liked how everything turned out. The appearance of a new breed increased my curiosity, Jada was a great character and although I was a little unsure about her in the first but then I loved her and I was surprised the hell out when I learned about her human identity, I didn’t even think that for a second! But it was an awesome surprise!

The impending fight finally happened and I liked the way it was executed. I loved Jonathan and Jessica’s friendship and I loved how he trusted and supported her as a guard and a friend. Jessica handled everything maturely in this book. The final fight was intense and I was freaking afraid for a second but everything flowed out just the way I liked. The ending was not what I was expecting but I was left satisfied.

Overall, Death Before Daylight was a fantastic last installment in the Timely Death trilogy! The plot was great and the characters were interesting and I was intrigued throughout the book. Although there isn’t much romance but I loved every bit of Eric and Jessica together. The writing was smooth and it was fast paced throughout the book. I seriously can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!!


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Review: Seconds Before Sunrise by Shannon A. Thompson

Title: Seconds Before Sunrise

Author: Shannon A. Thompson

Series: Timely Death trilogy, book 2

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 277 pages, Ebook

Published: August 25th 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Two nightmares. One memory.

“Chaos within destiny. It was the definition of our love.”
Eric has weeks before his final battle when he’s in an accident. Forced to face his human side, he knows he can’t survive if he fights alone. But he doesn’t want to surrender, even if he becomes the sacrifice for war.
Jessica’s memory isn’t the only thing she’s lost. Her desire to find her parents is gone and so is her confidence. But when fate leaves nightmares behind, she decides to find the boy she sees in them, even if it risks her sanity.


USEEEEEEEEE

This book was such a great ride! I enjoyed reading every bit of it and it managed to keep me interested throughout the book!

*A little spoilery for those who haven’t read book 1 yet.*

Seconds Before Sunrise picks up from where book 1 was left off. Jessica doesn’t remember about what happened within the past few months after her memory wipe off. Eric has a hard time dealing with this fact. But even with no memory Jess is attracted to Eric as she always was. When a shocking truth is revealed, it becomes necessary to give back her memory but will they they be able to save Jess or will it be too late this time?

The plot was pretty great and it was neatly executed! I enjoyed the storyline. Jess doesn’t remember the past few months after she recommended the memory wipe off to keep everybody safe but she’s having nightmares which are actually some flashbacks from her past. Even without no memory of Eric, Jess cared for him the same way as she did in Minutes Before Sunset. I liked this factor a lot! It was actually great to see how Jess reacted to Eric this time without remembering anything but for Eric it was pretty painful.

The big revelation was pretty shocking! I didn’t even think about the plot twist, I knew something big was coming but I couldn’t comprehend that could happen. Nonetheless I loved how the author included the twist. I was excited for the prophetic fight, it didn’t go the way I was expecting but after the shocking reveal I could understand. I can’t wait to see how everything goes.

I enjoyed the characters as well. I liked Jess, although without the memory she was a little bit different, she didn’t have the confidence like her old self but I liked that she was curious enough to find out. I loved Eric as usual and I loved the chemistry between them! I was okay with Robb but after what he did in this book, I seriously hate him! Also, I don’t like Zac at all, I’m not sure but I think something’s just off about him.

Overall, Seconds Before Sunrise was a great second installment! I loved the plot and the characters kept me interested. I like how the things flowed out in this book. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to finish the third and last book in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!


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