Verity and Regretting You by Colleen Hoover: Book Review // Co-Ho: The Intense Shock Edition

Title: Verity
Author: Colleen Hoover
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 324 pages, Ebook
Published: December 7th 2018 by Hoover Ink, Inc.
Source: Purchased
Trigger Alert: Death, Betrayal

Blurb (from Goodreads):

*I would recommend blindly going into this book*

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.


This book is a complete mindfuck. I don’t think I will ever forget the feeling when I read the last few pages and closed the book.

Utterly mindblowing!

The plot twist was completely off the curve. Colleen Hoover has a habit of randomly throwing a plot twist when you least expect her to and it’s one of her elements I love. It’s always a knee jerk reaction. And this book completely blew the roof. To this day, the last chapter haunts me.

Lowen is the main protagonist of this book who is a struggling writer. She finally gets a break when she is offered to write Verity Crawford’s, a successful author’s remaining books since the author is in a coma for years after an accident where her daughter died. Lowen’s discovery of an unfinished biography of Verity changes her perspective about a lot of things. CoHo managed to develop such an utterly disturbing and layered character with Verity. This book has an alternative chapter of Lowen and Verity’s journal and ohmygod, it was, very much troublesome.

The novel takes place in Crawford residence where she slowly begins to develop feelings for Jeremy, Verity’s husband. The feeling is quite mutual and I enjoyed the chemistry between them. The build-up between the characters to a slow-burn romance was is definitely one of my favourites part of the book. The suspense throughout the book kept me on my toes. There’s always this lurking feeling and the author managed to create a creepy environment that matched the tone of the book. And there are bread crumbs throughout the book which further adds to the mystery.

I believe I finished this book in one sitting, so if you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend you to!


Title: Regretting You
Author: Colleen Hoover
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 363 pages, Ebook
Published: December 10th 2019 by Montlake Romance
Source: Purchased
Trigger Alert: Accident, Death, Betrayal

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.


This book broke my heart. This is what Colleen Hoover does every time and I go back to her because of it. I was putting off this book since I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it like the rest of her books but boy, oh boy was I wrong.

The story introduces us to Morgan and her three friends. One is her boyfriend Chris who becomes her husband, the second is her sister and best friend, Jenny and her boyfriend, Jonah. The story takes a time leap of 17 years where we see Morgan as a stay-at-home mom and Jonah almost out of the story since he went (read: ran) away after Morgan’s pregnancy news.

From the initial first chapters, the chemistry between Morgan and Jonah was palpable, however, when it came to their significant others, not so much. The two meet again when Morgan’s sister Jenny announces her pregnancy.

When the two met again, my heart broke again! Their connection was something else, yet they stuck with someone, out of duty/comfort? Though, I kinda get it. Missed timings. 😦

The story takes a tragic turn with Chris and Jenny’s accident. It spins off Morgan and creates a further rift between her and her daughter. Clara is going through her own turmoil after losing her father and her aunt (who I was not a fan of from the very first introduction despite her being described as a loving sister) who she adored. Morgan was trying to prevent her daughter from making the same mistake and the chaos between the two spiralled out of control. Miller was her only comfort and I loved the slow-budding romance between the two.

I loved Clara and Miller, however, for me, it was Morgan and Jonah who stole the show. The plot twist broke my heart. The secrets broke my heart. I don’t know how Morgan handled the heartbreak, I was a blubbering mess while reading this. I could feel what was coming but I was not ready for the impact. However, the development arc of Morgan and Clara’s relationship was one of my favourite aspect of the book. I really loved how the ending connected everything, so yes please go read this book!


So, on my last review, I said that I would do a K-pop match vibe for my reviews. Do give this a listen! 

For this edition, I feel there are a lot of elements in both the books with resonated with Red Velvet’s song. Also, it’s one of my absolute favourites. 



Have you read any of these books? Do you usually pick up contemporary romance? Any recommendations?

K-Drama Reviews: Suspicious Partner & Healer || Ji Chang-Wook edition!

Show Name: Suspicious Partner
Episodes: 40 (half an hour episodes)
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Law&Order, [Adult]
Director: Park Sun-Ho
Cast:  Ji Chang-Wook, Nam Ji-Hyun, Choi Tae-Joon, Nara, Jang Hyuk-Jin etc.
My Rating: 

Blurb:

Noh Ji Wook is a unique prosecutor. He is handsome, hard-headed and intelligent who strives hard to be successful. He is the perfect example of what a prosecutor should be. Later, he becomes a lawyer.
Eun Bong Hee is a prosecutor trainee. Once a former taekwondo instructor, she trained to become a lawyer. She is confident and strong, but naive. She is assigned to work under Ji Wook.
They work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer. As they’re working as a team, they develop affection between them.

Seriousfreakingly, why are the blurbs like this? It makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. -_-

Soooo this review is looong dew. I don’t clearly remember every single detail since watched it months ago but I remember absolutely loving it!! I actually enjoyed it more than the Healer which was my first Ji Chang-Wook drama.

This boyo is absolutely worth watching. *insert winky face*

This drama was a treat to watch. Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji-Hyun) is a prosecutor trainee when she accidentally becomes a murder suspect because her ex-boyfriend was found murdered in her house when she was not in. Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang-Wook) is also a prosecutor but he later gives it up and becomes a lawyer to prove Eun Bong Hee’s innocence when he slowly gets to know her. Will he be able to save her or the actual killer will get away scot-free?

First of all, this drama was so freaking interesting and it kept me on the edge the entire time. The irony was the if the killer knew a particular truth about Eun Bong Hee, none of these would have happened but when he gets to know it’s already too late and he commits more crime in order to hide the other. This is how it happens kiddos. 😦

Eun Bong Hee and Noh Ji Wook’s fates clashed once before they were actually introduced to each other. They started off on the wrong foot but c’mon Eun Bong Hee was too adorable to resist. Like seriously, she was so effing cute. Despite her being framed and all the negativity thrown towards her, she tried to stay as positive as possible. The small things that she did slowly unintentionally won over Noh Ji Wook’s stubborn heart who had shut off her heart due to a previous betrayal.

Okay, but the most, like the most awesome thing about the drama was finding the truth about the killer. Seriously, it was so freaking intriguing!! There were bread crumbs everywhere leading to the real truth but the killer was just too damn smart in hiding his trails. I mean he was always there in front but due to no proof, their hands were tight. I loved the way the story panned out and the court trials were damn interesting to watch. I never thought I would say this but I am actually loving lawery drama stuff!! I love romance okay, like loooooove it but when the plot’s this interesting nothing else matters though I have to say the chemistry between them was swee-eet and the romance evolved slowly.

The only thing I didn’t like about this drama was the sudden twist just before the end which was not necessary at all. I mean it didn’t even connect with the main storyline but I think it’s a common trope in K-dramas to somehow link the past. I do not like it. Why is it even necessary? And Eun Bong Hee made the foolish decision ever but I was glaaaad when everything finally found its right place. Phew.

Overall, Suspicious Partner was an awesome, heart-pounding watch with adorable romance. The second lead a.k.a. Ji Eun-Hyuk (Choi Tae-Joon) and Cha Yoo-Jung (Nara) was surprisingly fun to watch because and see how things evolved as Choi Tae-Joon being the ex-girlfriend in the equation. But it was actually handled pretty well. But my most favourite character was Officer Bang (Jang Hyuk-Jin) who assisted Noh Ji Wook in his cases. He was pretty damn hilarious!! Actually, whenever the small group of 5 came together to have a meeting, it was so fun to watch! The pace was well maintained and I loved how it was executed except that small itsy-bitsy weird past stuff.

Recommend it?

Yes!!


Show Name: Healer
Episodes: 20
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Thriller, [Adult]
Director: Lee Jung-Sub, Kim Jin-Woo
Cast: Ji Chang-Wook, Park Min-Young, Yoo Ji-Tae, Kim Mi-Kyung, Oh Gwang-Rok
My Rating:

Blurb:

Seo Jung Hoo is so-called “errand boy”. For a relevant price, he may complete any task, only if it’s not connected with murder. Under Healer’s mask, he had run foul of some organizations that now strive to catch him, however, no one knows who he really is. He can count on older woman’s help, genius hacker responsible for the technical part of their job. One of his tasks is closely connected to one girl, Chae Yeong Shin, second-rate tabloid reporter. She starts to have an interest about Healer when he tries to get close to her, which results in the discovery of their common past.

Everybody loooooves this drama. Almost 99.9%, I also did but I don’t know I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would because of all the rave reviews.

Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang-Wook) works under the name of Healer, he takes the kind of job which an ordinary person would refuse to do, except when it comes to murder. When he gets a case to protect Chae Yeong Shin (Park Min-Young), he disguises himself as a reporter and becomes a fellow colleague. Chae Yeong Shin who has already heard about Healer becomes more interested to find out who he is after he saves her a couple of time. But things start to become messy when the Elder enters the scenario and the past comes to haunt them back.

Okaaaay, so I don’t exactly remember this one much as well, not more than the former. But I do remember the past flashback thingy very much confused me very much. Anyways, Seo Jung Hoo lives a secluded life and works with an unknown Hacker who gives him the job and she is the only one he could trust. Apart from another messenger nobody knows his identity. Chae Yeong Shin (who was soooo adorable) was actually quite similar to him in this aspect because she suffered from an incident which scarred her forever, so her only friend was her father (who was very very awesome I must say) and his assistant. Both their characters equally balanced each other and I loved that fact.

But as much as I loved the romance, the starting of that love didn’t feel quite real enough for me. As it slowly proceeded, their relationship developed but I felt the romance was suddenly thrown in my face, maybe I felt this because of Jung’s double identity, dunno. But that was only in the romantic aspect, other than that he executed his dual disguise personality very perfectly. (Don’t hit me, guys. Even virtually. I am smol being.) But everything after that was soooo cute!! I loved those two together!

I looooved the action sequences, there were definitely my favourite moments and the ajumma hacker was quite awesome as well. The plot slowly ties up all the clues together and also about Chae Yeong Shin’s past but I was getting confused about the group of 5 friends of the past and the present circumstances. After the villain a.k.a the Elder is revealed, things started becoming clear but I wish the antagonist was a little more dynamic. Yes, he did effing bad things but he didn’t give away the scary villain aura.

Overall, Healer was an interesting watch but I was didn’t feel connected to the plot. I didn’t have any major issues with this drama except the ones I mentioned, it’s just that I felt something was missing. On the other hand, the cast was phenomenal and did an outstanding job of executing their character. As I earlier said, I do not like the past syndrome thingy but I could have forgiven that if there was an emotional reunion. I mean, why didn’t that happen!! Anyway, the ending was quite fun and I enjoyed how everything was wrapped up.

(Again, do not hit this smol child.)

Recommend it?

Yes


Sooo guys, have you watched these yet? Which one is your favourite?? Is it on your to-watch list??

Review: Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Title: Lost Girls

Author: Merrie Destefano

Standalone

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 360 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: January 3rd 2017 by Entangled: Teen

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

My Rating: 3 stars

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.


My Thoughts

This book was definitely not what I was expecting but I did enjoy it a lot. At first, I thought it was going to be a mixture of paranormal but it was quite the opposite and I did like that about this book.

Rachel has been missing for two weeks but when she is finally rescued, she realizes she doesn’t remember anything from the past whole year. Her entire attire has changed and now she can even fight. But she doesn’t remember how. When bits and pieces of her memory finally start coming back to her, things get way more complicated. Will she finally uncover the reason behind her memory lapse or will danger swallow her whole?

The plot was really intriguing and the suspense was maintained really well, that’s why I had a pretty hard time keeping this book down. Rachel finds herself in a mess with no memory when she finally gets rescued. When she returns back to school she learns she is one of the most popular girls along with Dylan, her long time crush as her boyfriend. I loved the way things were threaded together.

The characters were well fleshed out. I definitely enjoyed the backstory about Rachel and how things started being different from her. I can’t say exactly what, because that’s obviously gonna spoil everything but the reason was interesting but despite that I felt something was lacking. Nonetheless, I thought Rachel’s new group of friends were going to be something like the mean girls but it definitely wasn’t that which was a refreshing change. I did like the bond between the girls.

The relationship between Dylan and Rachel was sooo cute. I loved them together and their chemistry was obvious. He was such a caring guy and I loved that he conveyed his emotions through poetry. The last part of this book felt a little rushed, I would have loved to know more about how everything was finally executed. Nonetheless, it was enjoyable.

Overall, Lost Girls was a good read. I enjoyed the plot and the mystery behind the characters added a definite layer over it. I loved the romance between Dylan and Rachel and the drama surrounding the overall book was definitely intriguing. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced, I easily finished this book in a setting.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry || Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: The Girl I Used to Be

Author: April Henry

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 240 pages, Ebook

Published: May 3rd 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for this book tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

When Olivia’s mother was killed, everyone suspected her father of murder. But his whereabouts remained a mystery. Fast forward fourteen years. New evidence now proves Olivia’s father was actually murdered on the same fateful day her mother died. That means there’s a killer still at large. It’s up to Olivia to uncover who that may be. But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?


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I definitely liked reading The Girl I Used to Be. I hadn’t read the mystery/thriller genre for some time now and I’m glad I read this book because I enjoyed the ride!

Olivia had lost her mother as a kid. According to the police, her father had killed her mother and ran away. But after fourteen years, new evidence point to the fact that her father was killed on the same day. Now, Olivia wants justice for her parents being taken away from her in such a young age. With a new identity, she returns to her old town. Will she be able to identity the killer before the killer identifies her?

The plot was quite suspenseful. Olivia was waiting for the police to catch her dad but what she learned was quite shocking- her father had been dead all along. Both her parents had been killed on the same fateful day. Olivia decides that she wants to find the killer, so she returns to her old town where she lived with her grandmother for a few years after her parents died. The plot managed to hold my attention from the very first page. I liked how everything flowed out.

Olivia was a nice character. She was strong yet caring and determined to find her parent’s killer. I liked the other characters as well, they all played an important role in the book. But I could never guess who the actual killer was, I definitely liked how it was all revealed, though I was expecting some major ploy behind the murders, nonetheless I was satisfied.

Overall, The Girl I Used to Be was a nice read. The plot was engaging and it managed to hold my attention throughout the book. The writing was simple and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

AprilI write mysteries and thrillers. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family.

If you’ve read one of my books, I would love to hear from you. Hearing from readers makes me eager to keep writing.

When I was 12, I sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He liked it so much he arranged to have it published in an international children’s magazine.

My dream of writing went dormant until I was in my 30s, working at a corporate job, and started writing books on the side. Those first few years are now thankfully a blur. Now I’m very lucky to make a living doing what I love. I have written 13 novels for adults and teens, with more on the way. My books have gotten starred reviews, been picked for Booksense, translated into six languages, been named to state reading lists, and short-listed for the Oregon Book Award.

I also review YA literature and mysteries and thrillers for the Oregonian, and have written articles for both The Writer and Writers Digest.

Author Links:

Website || Goodreads || Twitter || Facebook

Purchase Links:

Amazon paperback || B&N || Bookdepository || iTunes || Kobo


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Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Author: Rick Yancey

Tittle: The 5th Wave

Series: The 5th Wave trilogy, book 1

Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-fi, Thriller, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 460 pages, Paperback

Published: May 7th 2013 by Penguin Books

Source: Purchased

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. Cassie Sullivan gets up.


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I wanted to read The 5th Wave for a long time but I couldn’t because I was kinda busy buying other books. Then I saw that the movie was coming out and it was the perfect opportunity for me to read the book before going to see the movie. So, I finally picked it up in December and I’m so glad I did because I absolutely loved the book.

Cassie had been living a pretty normal life just like any other high school student until the mothership arrives. After that nothing remains the same. Cassie along with her father and brother moves to a refugee camp but due to certain circumstances her brother gets seperated from her and she promised that would never happen. The 4th wave have already started, will Cassie even make it alive to rescue her brother in time or will all hell break loose?

We are pretty much familiar with alien invasion in books and movies but the concept of the waves was freaking awsome and brilliant. I was glued to the book from the very first page. The plot was executed really well and I enjoyed the suspense and the engaging action throughout the book. This book had multiple POVs which was definitely a plus because we got to know what all the characters were thinking. It was a bit confusing at first but I quickly got the heck of it. The training part in the military camp was a bit gruesome and I was suspicious of Vosch from the very beginning. But that plot twist, holy hell, I didn’t see it coming! It took me a few moments to process everything before I moved forward with the book.

The characters were one of the most important aspect of this book and I ended up liking them, very much. I really liked Cassie, she was a strong character and loyal to her promises. I loved her relationship with her little brother Sammy. No matter what the situation was, she never gave up on finding her brother. Evan’s character was a bit complex and he was definitely different but yeah I ended up liking him as well. I liked their romance but it was a bit too insta-lovey. I mean when he dropped the “L” bomb I was like when did this happen, where was I? Other than this aspect I pretty much enjoyed their relationship.

I was a bit confused obout what to feel about Ben Parish but as we proceeded, he quite grew on me. So yeah, I definitely liked him as well and I loved that he treated Sam like his own brother. Among his other squad members, I really liked Ringer, she was sassy and smart and took no bullshit. I pretty much hated Renzik because of how badly he treated everybody. Everything about the camp smelled fishy to me. Nonetheless, all the characters played an equally important role in this book. I absolutely loved how everything ended, well not everything because there was a bit of a cliffhanger but nonetheless I was satisfied.

Overall, The 5th Wave was an awsome book, it was fast paced and I couldn’t wait to finish this book as I pretty much raced through it. The concept and the plot was neatly executed and the characters were pretty great. The narrative style was a bit different but nonetheless I enjoyed it. I can’t wait to start the next book but unfortunately it will have to wait until my final exams are finished and until then the 3rd and the last book will come out as well. So I plan to read book 2 and 3 together. I reeeally hope April comes soon!

Recommend it?

Definitely yes!


The 5th Wave-  Movie Review

 

Director: J Blakeson

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber

Release Date (US): January 22, 2016

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


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  • I really, really liked the movie. All the effects of the waves were vividly described and it was pretty fantastic. I specially liked the tsunami, yes it was a bit depressing but nonetheless it was a great scene as well.
  • Most of the significant episodes were executed differently but it stayed true to the plot. I mean, I can’t complain, it’s an adaptation after all but thankfully they didn’t change anything major.
  • The camp scene was cut short. In the book I think it consists of 30-40% but here it was just a few scenes and I think that was pretty okay because they had to fit everything within just a few hours in the movie.
  • Also the training of Ben and his team members were shown very less as well, there was barely one scene, I would have loved if they included a few more scenes.
  • I would have liked if they stuck to the original for only these two scenes- The big revelation occurred to Ringer in the book but here Ben figures that out and when Cassie comes to the military camp she recognises Ben and not the vice versa.
  • I loved that the the L word didn’t occur in the movie. Yet. So I am absolutely okay with it.
  • That peeping scene was absolutely not necessary but it was damn funny!
  • Oh and I pretty much ogled the screen because you know…
  • Other than that, I loved the acting and how everything was executed. I can’t wait to watch the next one!

Recommend it?

Yes. Even if you didn’t like the book, you should definitely give the movie a try.


Sooo guys, how many of you have read the book and watched the movie as well? What did you loved and hated the most about it? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Resist by Tracey Martin – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of Resist by Tracey Martin hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Author: Tracey Martin

Tittle: Resist

Series: RedZone duology, book 2

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 198 pages, Ebook

Published: November 17th 2015 by Samhain Publishing

Source: I received an eARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Truth is a powerful weapon…but explosives never hurt.

Sophia can run but she can’t hide. RedZone is on her tail and those of the six tech-augmented soldiers who escaped its clutches with her. If she could only focus on fighting her way to safety, she might live long enough to disappear. But it’s not just her own backside she needs to watch out for.

At her side is her boyfriend, Kyle. He’s the reason she found the courage to escape, and she’ll do anything to keep him and his secrets out of RedZone’s hands. Only problem is, since she was once sent to capture him, he has good reason not to trust her.

In fact, there’s not much trust to go around. RedZone keeps finding them, suggesting someone is a traitor. And if that’s not enough to recapture the group, the organization has a backup plan. One that will force Sophia and Kyle to choose between safety and risking everything one more time.

Warning: Contains killer robots, mutant college students, and dangerous super soldiers. And those are the good guys. It’s enough to make a rogue assassin wish she were taking her philosophy final instead.


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I enjoyed reading the RedZone duology. It’s was full of action and adventure, it was definitely a great ride. You can read my review of Revive (book 1) here.

Resist picks up where book 1 was left off. Sophia and the whole gang are on the run from RedZone but they keep finding them somehow despite their best efforts to stay hidden. It’s not long before Sophia finds herself in the starting point once again when she is kidnapped and brought back to RedZone and they try to wipe her memories again. She is kept as a prisoner in the place where she once called home. But stakes are even higher this time, if her memories don’t come back soon, then they may not be able to stay alive to see the next sunset.

What I liked the most about this book was that it was filled with suspense and action from the very first page. We are kept in suspense about what is going on which kept me fairly interested. The beginning of this book was a bit confusing but when I realized what was happening I was startled. Sophia was back to square one which was a bit dissapointing, it was a lot like reading the first book once again. I wanted to see something new, more risky tasks but thay didn’t’t happen but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book. Although I felt the ending was a bit rushed, I would have loved if there was a much more detailed scene but nonetheless it was satisfying.

The characters were pretty good and enjoyable. I liked Sophia and this time, although when her memory was gone she was confident and trusted her instinct and that probably the things that saved her. We don’t get to see more of Kyle, but he is present in the flashbacks of Sophia when she starts getting her memory back in glimpses. I’m so glad there was no insta-love or that sort of thing between Sophia and Kyle because seriously, they don’t get to spend much time together in all the chaos. Although I was not a big fan of Cole in the first book, I warmed upto his character towards the end.

Overall, Resist was a good ending to the RedZone duology. It was action packed and laced with suspense. The characters enlived the story and they were pretty enjoyable. The writing style was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes if you enjoyed the first book.


Author Bio:

MPP-author-photo-shrunkTracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets. You can find her online at here.

Author Links:

Twitter || Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Amazon || B&N

Purchase Links for book 1:

Amazon || B&N


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