Review: Red Days by M.L. Sparrow

Title: Red Days
Author: M.L. Sparrow
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 118 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 23rd, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

2017: 235 taken into captivity, 570 slaughtered.

Keiko never set out to be an activist, but when she’s sent on an assignment to Taiji, Japan, the ball is set in motion. Reporting on the brutal yearly slaughter of hundreds of dolphins alters her life.

Over the course of ten years, Keiko follows the highs and lows of the campaign to stop the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and attempts to bring change through her articles. Will her efforts and that of many others be enough?

*Though fictional, Red Days is based on a series of true events up until January 2017*


This book was realistic and eye-opening. I was horrified to learn about the barbaric way the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter is done on an annual basis.

When Keiko gets a new assignment, she discovers the horrific incident about annual Taiji Dolphin Slaughter. It becomes more than an assignment for her as she tries every possible way to help stop this barbaric tradition. In the end, will she be able to make any difference?

Although twenty-five-year-old Keiko or Kiki lives a charmed life, she is still striving for a deserving position in the industry she works for. When she finally gets an opportunity to cover the story about the annual Taiji Dolphin Slaughter, she takes it. Watching the documentary about the slaughter on a DVD is one thing but seeing everything with her own eyes changes her whole perspective. With the help of Ric O’Barry, an activist and writer who’s fighting for this cause for a long time and Jed Kenrick, she tries to spread the news so that this injustice against the dolphins stops.

Everything in this book was portrayed so realistically. Like so many others, I was unaware of the slaughter and I was really shocked to learn about it as was Kiki. It became more than just a project for work, she became passionately involved with the cause. It was frustrating to see it took so many years for the Government to actually do something to stop the injustice but that’s what exactly happens in real life, doesn’t it? I can’t even imagine how can people stomach this injustice done to the dolphin ages after ages. It’s not only cruel but inhuman too.

After finishing this book, I started searching about this and I can’t even say how much horrified I am. THIS STILL HAPPENS?? I mean, what is wrong with the people!! What we are doing to nature, no wonder karma has already started hitting back. I really, really hope this stops. This barbaric act of killing dolphins needs to stop.

Overall, Red Days was an eye-opener. The plot was a little repetitive but I was able to learn a lot about the Taiji Dolphin slaughter. This was a quick read and I was able to finish it in one sitting. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: A Tangled Web by M.L. Sparrow

A Tangled WebTitle: A Tangled Web

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 94 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: February 1st, 2017 by Kindle

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

My Rating: 4 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Japan, 2011

Taiyo is a normal high-school girl living with her Grandmother in Sendai. She goes to school, partakes in club activities and hangs out with her two best friends, twin brothers Ryuu and Kairi. However, her perfect world is shattered when she begins dating Kairi but quickly discovers she’s already in love with Ryuu.

A tangled web of lies surrounds the pair, but everything is suddenly knocked into perspective on March 11th when they are caught up in a natural disaster that devastates the country and robs thousands of their homes, their possessions, and their lives…


My Thoughts

Taiyo lives in Japan with her grandmother. She is torn between the two brothers Ryuu and Kairi who has been her best friends since childhood. She realizes she has been in love with Ryuu since forever after she starts dating Kairi. Taiyo finds herself in a tangle of lies created by herself but when disaster strikes her whole world shatters.

I really loved reading A Tangled Web. The characters were diverse and unique. Kairi and Ryuu are twin brothers but they couldn’t be more different from each other. Whereas Kairi is obedient and focused on his career, Ryuu is the mischief-maker and fun loving one. I immediately fell in love with Ryuu, he was just so lively and humane.

The story focuses on the life of Taiyo who is our protagonist. When Kairi asks her on a date, she is unable to say anything which the others take it as a yes which was so wrong btw. She decides to go on with it after she sees Ryuu dating but finally realizes she has always loved him. After the confession, Taiyo should have immediately come clean to Kairi and the others, especially her friend Aya who was dating Ryuu. However, in order to protect the feelings of other, she begins to tell lies after lies which ultimately creates more problem for her. I understood she was afraid to lose her friends but lying wasn’t simply the right thing to do.

Nonetheless, the earthquake along with the tsunami happens when Taiyo and Ryuu are on the beach. It gave me goosebumps to read those scenes and thinking that the disaster actually took place only a few years ago. The chaos that followed really broke my heart.

There was various Japenese terminology used in this book but the writing flowed smoothly and it was pretty easy to understand the terms plus there was a glossary in the end.

Overall, A Tangled Web was an interesting read. I liked how the story was told, everything felt so real, like I was transported to that very place. The characters were refreshing to read about. I loved the message that was conveyed throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Player by M.L. Sparrow

Title: Player

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Series: What Happens on Campus, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Published: 235 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: September 1st 2016 by M L Sparrow

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Let the game begin…

After a tragic accident which leaves her tormented by guilt, Chloe Newman accepts a scholarship to study a St. Joseph’s University. Traveling from England to Texas, the last thing she expects is to meet the schools charming quarterback on her first night. However, Parker Mitchell is a player both on and off the field.

Parker is immediately fascinated by Chloe and, after a rocky start, they manage to find a way to make their relationship work despite interference from others on campus, including Parkers jealous ex, and the ghosts that haunt Chloe’s conscience. But, the real test comes when they visit Parker’s family over Christmas break and he finds himself being pulled back into their lifestyle…


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Player was such an enjoyable read! I enjoyed it from the beginning till the very end.

Chloe believes she isn’t entitled to any fun after an incident turns her life upside down. With the push from her parents, she finally decides to pursue college where she meets the ultimate player of St. Joseph’s University. Parker doesn’t do relationships but something about Chloe makes him want to want more. What happens when these two people with opposite ends begins to fall for each other?

The plot was thoroughly enjoyable! This was a typical NA read but I loved how it was all executed. Chloe isn’t an introvert but she isn’t an outgoing person as well. She still has nightmares about the incident which happened with her. I absolutely loved how she slowly came out of her shell and learned to forgive herself. I liked the chemistry between Chloe and Parker. Their relationship slowly developed but I would have loved some more angst between them but nonetheless I enjoyed it.

Parker is a great character. I loved how he treated Chloe and the fact that they both made each other a better person. In fact, all the other characters were pretty great as well and I loved every one of them and I also loved how flawed they were. I enjoyed reading about the drama surrounding their lives. I am very excited to read the next book in the series which is about Riley, Chloe’s best friend and roommate and Cameron. But more than that I am intrigued to read Dawson and Payton’s story, I sooo hope we get their story soon!

Overall, Player was a fun and light-hearted read! I enjoyed the plot and the characters were pretty awesome. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Ghetto by M.L. Sparrow || Plus Interview!

Title: Ghetto

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Standalone

Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Slightly warm

Page Count and Format: 382 pages, Ebook

Published: September 15th 2015

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

My name’s Sunny Grace Beaumont. Branded SGB/2/6895/03.12.93. Only child, self-taught computer geek and cancer survivor. Oh, and did I mention my dad’s the President? As you can imagine that’s sometimes a little problematic, especially when I want to sneak out. But it never got me into quite as much trouble as the night I ventured into the Ghetto – don’t ask me why I was there in the first place… it was stupid. Everyone knows that the Ghetto is where hardened criminals are sent to live out the remainder of their lives. At first the men that kidnap me are just as I’d imagine, mean and thoughtless, but slowly I begin to have doubts.

I meet a guy. His name’s Sin, he has no Brand – a crime punishable by death – and he’s the rebel leader. I should hate him… but I don’t. Instead he opens my eyes to a whole other side of the Ghetto, where people are innocent of the crimes they’re accused of and helpless children suffer dreadful poverty. Is it possible that I’ve been lied to my entire life… that the governments been deceiving everyone? And how can I challenge the law my own dad is adamant to uphold?


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Ghetto was seriously so good! The plot, the concept and the characters were pretty amazing. I couldn’t get enough of this world. I loved this book to bits! And one of my favourite blogger- Raven, loved this as well, so I knew I had to read it when I was offered a review copy! 🙂

Sunny Grace Beaumont is the president’s daughter who was brought up in luxury, she doesn’t know much about real hardship in life. She accompanies her father to meetings and speeches and stands by his side with a smiling face though she doesn’t love it all the time. To complete one of her self made projects, she sneaks inside the Ghetto, a place where the criminals of the city are sent to. But it’s the only place that has what she wants. But in this process, she gets kidnapped by the rebel group where she meets Sin, the leader of the rebels. Although at first she is kept there against her will, as she slowly gets to know everybody she understands the conditions of the Ghetto which is far worse than she had imagined and not everybody is guilty of a crime which kind of defeats the whole purpose of the Ghetto. Now, she’s determined to do something about this fact but will she be able to actually produce results or will she end up in more trouble for her and the people that she has actually started caring for?

I really loved the plot. It was pretty unique and refreshing. Sunny is a computer geek and she’s always busy creating new things. But to complete one of her projects she needed a part and her computer showed it was only available in the Ghetto, so she decided to sneak in there with her bot, Ludo. But she ended up getting kidnapped by the rebels. The condition of the people in the Ghetto was really miserable, not all of them were guilty of a crime. And also people accused of crimes such as petty stealing to murders, were given the same punishment, i.e. to live in the Ghetto which was pretty unfair. Sunny started understanding the reality of the situation as she started living with these people.

I loved Sunny’s character. Although she grew up in luxury, she was a down to earth person. Though I definitely liked her character development throughout the book. I loved her determination to help the people of the Ghetto at any cost. Sin was a great character as well, he was the rebel leader in the Ghetto, everybody respected him. But he usually was a closed off person, but that slowly changed in the company of Sunny. I really liked them together, their chemistry was amazing. It was pretty great to see their relationship evolve with the time span.

The other characters were pretty great. And I loved how Sunny formed a great bond with them as well. They all kind of formed a family together. I also loved the concept of All-Cure, a medicine that has the power to cure every disease. And Sunny had cancer, so she she had to take All-Cure with in regular intervals because it kept coming back. I loved how this concept was utilized at the end. The last part of the book was pretty intense, I was practically running to know what happened next and I was satisfied how everything was executed.

Overall, Ghetto was a great read. The plot kept me interested from the beginning and the characters were pretty amazing. I absolutely loved the romance between Sin and Sunny! Everything was executed neatly and perfectly. The writing was smooth and beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I look forward to read more works by this author.

Recommend it?

Absolutely!


Author Interview!

I had the opportunity to interview the author of Ghetto. I was pretty excited, so I finally present to you the interview Q&A, hopefully you guys will enjoy! So here goes:

How did the idea of Ghetto come to your mind?

I volunteer for the MS Society, a cause that’s very close to my heart, and I was doing a stall at a summer fair several years ago when someone said to me ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if all the illnesses in the world could be cured with one pill?’ That idea took hold and transformed into the idea for All-Cure. I then thought, if medicine had progressed to such a level surely science and politics would also have progressed, which led to the world in which Ghetto is set.

I really loved Sunny’s character, she’s so strong yet caring. How much do you relate to Sunny?

I actually found Sunny quite a hard character to write at first, simply because she is nothing like me! It took me a while to get into her mindset and figure out how she’d handle situates and respond to certain things. So to answer your question, I actually relate to Sunny very little, especially in the computer genius aspect, as I’m a complete technophobe!

What was the hardest thing about writing this book?

Sunny relationship with her dad was really hard for me to write. I have a really great relationship with my own dad, so I’ve never really understood fathers who don’t put their children first, since my dad always has. Therefore, I really struggled to write the scenes featuring Sunny and her dad, because I had to figure out how they would interact and how this lack of parental guidance would affect Sunny as a character.

How do you develop your plots and characters?

People always ask me this and I can never answer adequately! Unlike many authors, I never plan out my plot because I know that when I start writing I won’t be able to stick to it. I always have a general idea about where the book is going, but nothing’s set in stone until it’s actually published!

Characters are a lot easier than the plot, but again, I normally just let it flow. I knew from the off that I wanted Sunny to start out as almost stuck-up and then develop into a more endearing character as she got to know the truth. The same with Sin – I wanted him to start as tough and unreachable, yet slowly soften as Sunny humanized him. I attempted to do this slowly, through little changes and thoughts, instead of all at once, which wouldn’t seem natural.

What is the thing that you enjoy most about writing?

I love the freedom of it. When you’re writing you can be anyone, do anything, you can say the things you’d never have the confidence to say in real life. I also love that feeling when you’ve finished a book and you type the never last full-stop… Pure satisfaction!

Hearing from readers is also way up on my list of things I love about writing and being an author; to hear that a reader has enjoyed your story and taken something from it has to be one of the best feelings in the world.

Do you ever get Writer’s Block? If yes, then how do you overcome it?

Writer’s Block has never been a big problem for me, if I do get it it’s usually at the start of a new project when I’m trying to figure out where to begin! Or at those really important scenes which you know have to be just right, but no matter how many times you re-write them they’re never just as you imagined! To combat it, I usually just take a break and try to clear my mind – I find taking the dogs for a walk helps.

Any message for aspiring writers?

All I can say is just keep writing and reading – the more you do both of these the more you learn and develop, not only as an author, but also as a person. Also, don’t be put off by a few bad reviews; not everyone is going to like your work, but do take constructive criticism and learn from it.


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