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BOOK TOUR: REVIEW! 
Wanted: Dead Or In Love by Kym Brunner
Release Date: June 30, 2014 
Author Info: Kym Brunner
Series: N/A
Age Group: Young Adult 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal
Format: Finished Copy
Publisher: Merit Press
Source: Publisher
ISBN-13:   9781440570575
Goodreads: Wanted: Dead Or In Love
Buy: Amazon | Chapters | Barnes & Noble 
Rating: 

You can read the description here (I don’t want to spoil it for you by accident!)
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Merit Press very kindly sent this my way and I’m so grateful! My best and immediate advice to you is to avoid reading the synopsis of Kym Brunner’s novel, Wanted: Dead Or In Love immediately before reading the book. Why? Because you’re going to want to go into this one blind, trust me, it makes it SO much better!
I absolutely adored Brunner’s novel because of how unassuming it is. When you look at the cover you might think, ugh, another teen-face cover. Or, if you’re like me, you might think that this is a collection of short stories if you look at the cover from far away (yes, I use glasses.) But trust me when I say this: Brunner’s young adult contemporary/paranormal novel has enough sass, dangerous and unconventional romance, and unusual paranormal circumstances to keep you craving more, plus it also has  a road trip from hell. I love me some road trip fun! 
Anyone familiar with the Bonnie and Clyde story may rejoice in seeing a young adult adaptation of the two lovers that doesn’t go as predicted. I love the fact that Brunner, while technically writing from the first narrative point of view of two of the characters, introduces us to four characters. Whereas some authors might find it difficult to create and develop one character, she successfully creates four very different personalities (a couple even have accents!) 
Honestly, when I went into this I thought I was also going to get a twenties-style historical fiction. I was so happy that it was contemporary because it made the story all the more appealing and approachable to me. I’ve always found historical fiction a bit intimidating, hence my initial wariness.
The pacing was great, since we are immediately brought into the main issue of the novel and then follow one of the protagonists, Monroe (which, by the way, plays so well into the theme of the novel), down what promises to be a destructive road. 
I’m not going to discuss the second narrator because I don’t want to give anything away, but I’m just going to say that I did NOT see it coming. Monroe, however, is actually perfect for her opposite narrator because they both beg to be redeemed by the end of the novel. Even though the redemption comes in a less than conventional manner, it does happen (just not in the ways that you might expect.) 
At the end of the day, this is a tale of love, adventure, and redemption. Pretty strong trio, in my opinion. 
One of the reasons why I think this novel is so popular is because it offers something different. The female and male protagonists are far from perfect, it takes two of the most romantic (and most vilified) couples in history and offers them a second chance, whether they receive it or not, and it is just the right amount of sass without any arrogance.
Overall, as you can obviously tell, I loved this book. Believe me when I tell you that I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this one. I think that what helped me was that I went in without any expectations (and without reading the synopsis), and enjoyed the heck out of it.
I recommend this to readers who like contemporary reads with a touch of the paranormal. If you like unlikely romances, imperfect characters, and creative scenarios, then you might like this. Also, just to throw a hint out there: if you enjoyed What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang, then give this one a go—not because of the dystopian quality, but because of the unique situation that certain characters are in.
Happy reading!

BOOK TOUR: REVIEW! 

Wanted: Dead Or In Love by Kym Brunner

Release Date: June 30, 2014 

Author Info: Kym Brunner

Series: N/A

Age Group: Young Adult 

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal

Format: Finished Copy

Publisher: Merit Press

Source: Publisher

ISBN-13:   9781440570575

Goodreads: Wanted: Dead Or In Love

Buy: Amazon | Chapters | Barnes & Noble 

Rating: 

You can read the description here (I don’t want to spoil it for you by accident!)

____

Merit Press very kindly sent this my way and I’m so grateful! My best and immediate advice to you is to avoid reading the synopsis of Kym Brunner’s novel, Wanted: Dead Or In Love immediately before reading the book. Why? Because you’re going to want to go into this one blind, trust me, it makes it SO much better!

I absolutely adored Brunner’s novel because of how unassuming it is. When you look at the cover you might think, ugh, another teen-face cover. Or, if you’re like me, you might think that this is a collection of short stories if you look at the cover from far away (yes, I use glasses.) But trust me when I say this: Brunner’s young adult contemporary/paranormal novel has enough sass, dangerous and unconventional romance, and unusual paranormal circumstances to keep you craving more, plus it also has  a road trip from hell. I love me some road trip fun! 

Anyone familiar with the Bonnie and Clyde story may rejoice in seeing a young adult adaptation of the two lovers that doesn’t go as predicted. I love the fact that Brunner, while technically writing from the first narrative point of view of two of the characters, introduces us to four characters. Whereas some authors might find it difficult to create and develop one character, she successfully creates four very different personalities (a couple even have accents!) 

Honestly, when I went into this I thought I was also going to get a twenties-style historical fiction. I was so happy that it was contemporary because it made the story all the more appealing and approachable to me. I’ve always found historical fiction a bit intimidating, hence my initial wariness.

The pacing was great, since we are immediately brought into the main issue of the novel and then follow one of the protagonists, Monroe (which, by the way, plays so well into the theme of the novel), down what promises to be a destructive road. 

I’m not going to discuss the second narrator because I don’t want to give anything away, but I’m just going to say that I did NOT see it coming. Monroe, however, is actually perfect for her opposite narrator because they both beg to be redeemed by the end of the novel. Even though the redemption comes in a less than conventional manner, it does happen (just not in the ways that you might expect.) 

At the end of the day, this is a tale of love, adventure, and redemption. Pretty strong trio, in my opinion. 

One of the reasons why I think this novel is so popular is because it offers something different. The female and male protagonists are far from perfect, it takes two of the most romantic (and most vilified) couples in history and offers them a second chance, whether they receive it or not, and it is just the right amount of sass without any arrogance.

Overall, as you can obviously tell, I loved this book. Believe me when I tell you that I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this one. I think that what helped me was that I went in without any expectations (and without reading the synopsis), and enjoyed the heck out of it.

I recommend this to readers who like contemporary reads with a touch of the paranormal. If you like unlikely romances, imperfect characters, and creative scenarios, then you might like this. Also, just to throw a hint out there: if you enjoyed What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang, then give this one a go—not because of the dystopian quality, but because of the unique situation that certain characters are in.

Happy reading!

REVIEW! 
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
4/5 Stars
What can I say about The Merciless? Well, for starters, it is indeed very VERY creepy. The characters are almost all anti-heroes with a false sense of purpose. While there may or may not be paranormal forces in this novel (must…not…spoil…this…book), the fact that HUMANS are capable of such horrendous things, is terrifying in itself. We’re constantly asking which character is the bad guy and if they’re all bad guys in their own twisted way. The pacing is very quick once it gets into the heart of the novel (young girl, tied up, and covered in blood—it’s in the synopsis!), and it’s very hard to put it down. The concept is terrifying because it plays on such a huge societal (and controversial) theme: religion. I’m not much of a religious person, but even I can see how terrifying the quote on the back of the novel is: “Forgive us, Father, for WE have sinned.” It forces the reader to question if humans are as bad as demons, or if demons are a creation of negative human mentality. When all else fails in our world, why not say that the person we see as slighting us is possessed? Atheists may have a field day with this one, while other religious readers might feel terrified because of the idea that the very thing they fear may be coming to life within these pages. The ending is definitely one of those endings that doesn’t sugarcoat everything, which is perfect. If the rest of the novel is a dark and chaotic tale of sins and damnation, why does the ending have to be happy and peaceful? While I wouldn’t exactly call this a horror novel, I would definitely label it as a psychological thriller, or suspense. This is only horror to those who allow it to be terrifying, and this is suspenseful for those who see that humanity might just be as dark as demons. The minor issues I had with this were editing, some small issues with continuity, and missed opportunities with some of the characters. At the beginning of the novel, it felt like things were being rushed, just so we could get through the whole introductory part of the novel. If the characters were drawn out a bit more, then this story could have been truly horrifying. 
I recommend this to anyone who’s into young adult novels with a darker theme. If you’re looking for that next gory, heart-pounding, stomach turning story you’ve been craving, then check this one out. 
Check it out on Goodreads here.Happy reading!

REVIEW! 

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

4/5 Stars

What can I say about The Merciless

Well, for starters, it is indeed very VERY creepy. The characters are almost all anti-heroes with a false sense of purpose. While there may or may not be paranormal forces in this novel (must…not…spoil…this…book), the fact that HUMANS are capable of such horrendous things, is terrifying in itself. We’re constantly asking which character is the bad guy and if they’re all bad guys in their own twisted way. 

The pacing is very quick once it gets into the heart of the novel (young girl, tied up, and covered in blood—it’s in the synopsis!), and it’s very hard to put it down. 

The concept is terrifying because it plays on such a huge societal (and controversial) theme: religion. I’m not much of a religious person, but even I can see how terrifying the quote on the back of the novel is: “Forgive us, Father, for WE have sinned.” It forces the reader to question if humans are as bad as demons, or if demons are a creation of negative human mentality. When all else fails in our world, why not say that the person we see as slighting us is possessed? Atheists may have a field day with this one, while other religious readers might feel terrified because of the idea that the very thing they fear may be coming to life within these pages. 

The ending is definitely one of those endings that doesn’t sugarcoat everything, which is perfect. If the rest of the novel is a dark and chaotic tale of sins and damnation, why does the ending have to be happy and peaceful? 

While I wouldn’t exactly call this a horror novel, I would definitely label it as a psychological thriller, or suspense. This is only horror to those who allow it to be terrifying, and this is suspenseful for those who see that humanity might just be as dark as demons. 

The minor issues I had with this were editing, some small issues with continuity, and missed opportunities with some of the characters. At the beginning of the novel, it felt like things were being rushed, just so we could get through the whole introductory part of the novel. If the characters were drawn out a bit more, then this story could have been truly horrifying. 

I recommend this to anyone who’s into young adult novels with a darker theme. If you’re looking for that next gory, heart-pounding, stomach turning story you’ve been craving, then check this one out. 

Check it out on Goodreads here.

Happy reading!

REVIEW! 
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
2/5 Stars
For a long time I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about The Darkest Minds and while I admit that it had its entertaining moments, this wasn’t a hit with me. Bracken’s novel had a very intriguing premise and I will admit that I’m a huge fan of super powers, so this looked extra promising. I would probably still recommend this book to other readers because everyone is different and might enjoy it loads more than me. I had several issues with this novel and while some are minor issues, others are a bit more complex. For starters, the size of the book. I know that it’s normal for dystopians or paranormal books to be lengthy, but this one was ridiculous. It was like reading a monster that never ended. Another issue I had was the main character, Ruby. She was so whiny and there were moments where I actually yelled aloud, “You’re so freaking stupid!” because, honestly? A lot of the problems she got into would have been so easily avoidable. She got herself into trouble and her wimpy self always cried woe is me, what have I done? For someone who is supposedly powerful and dangerous, she sure didn’t show it most of the time. The amount of times that she is “strong” and “dangerous” can be counted on one hand, and even THAT’s too many times. In an almost 500 page novel, that’s kind of ridiculous.A huge issue, in my opinion, is the unnecessary way that the novel concludes. RUBY got herself into that situation and what she did at the end is probably the smartest thing she’s done throughout the whole book. Also, a certain someone getting hurt could have also been avoided many MANY times. Now I turn to the love interest: Liam. Seriously, this guy is just…meh. I don’t really have to say much about him because he was just so…cliche and sappy. Liam’s been hardened by his past, yet he somehow finds a way to wax poetic in the direction of a girl who has knowingly put all of them in danger AND he’s only known for a blink of the eye? It’s just so hard to believe. I know that falling in love with characters like him is great and all, but I don’t know if it’s realistic. I don’t know. Maybe the sequel will be better and this one will be redeemed, but I don’t really get the hype. It’s got a cool concept, I’ll give you that, but the rest was just, meh. Happy reading!

REVIEW! 

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

2/5 Stars

For a long time I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about The Darkest Minds and while I admit that it had its entertaining moments, this wasn’t a hit with me. 

Bracken’s novel had a very intriguing premise and I will admit that I’m a huge fan of super powers, so this looked extra promising. I would probably still recommend this book to other readers because everyone is different and might enjoy it loads more than me. 

I had several issues with this novel and while some are minor issues, others are a bit more complex. For starters, the size of the book. I know that it’s normal for dystopians or paranormal books to be lengthy, but this one was ridiculous. It was like reading a monster that never ended. 

Another issue I had was the main character, Ruby. She was so whiny and there were moments where I actually yelled aloud, “You’re so freaking stupid!” because, honestly? A lot of the problems she got into would have been so easily avoidable. She got herself into trouble and her wimpy self always cried woe is me, what have I done? For someone who is supposedly powerful and dangerous, she sure didn’t show it most of the time. The amount of times that she is “strong” and “dangerous” can be counted on one hand, and even THAT’s too many times. In an almost 500 page novel, that’s kind of ridiculous.

A huge issue, in my opinion, is the unnecessary way that the novel concludes. RUBY got herself into that situation and what she did at the end is probably the smartest thing she’s done throughout the whole book. Also, a certain someone getting hurt could have also been avoided many MANY times. 

Now I turn to the love interest: Liam. Seriously, this guy is just…meh. I don’t really have to say much about him because he was just so…cliche and sappy. Liam’s been hardened by his past, yet he somehow finds a way to wax poetic in the direction of a girl who has knowingly put all of them in danger AND he’s only known for a blink of the eye? It’s just so hard to believe. I know that falling in love with characters like him is great and all, but I don’t know if it’s realistic. 

I don’t know. Maybe the sequel will be better and this one will be redeemed, but I don’t really get the hype. It’s got a cool concept, I’ll give you that, but the rest was just, meh. 

Happy reading!

Why Rainy Days = Awesome Reading Days!

It's raining right now and all I want to do is grab my book and read with my windows open, so I thought:
why not share my love of rainy day reading?

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The sound of rain falling is surprisingly soothing!

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It's so peaceful that it helps you settle into the story more.

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It has a romantic quality that goes perfectly with a book.

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It also sets the mood for sad books.

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Am I the only one who thinks of The Notebook? What better than the reminder of one of the most romantic stories ever to get you into mood for a good romance.

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When it's sunny, you might feel slightly guilty for not going out. But with rain, it's normal to stay in. See the logic? ;-)

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Who else has dreamt of lounging by a large window, watching and hearing the rain fall, while reading?

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The dark sky makes it feel cozy!

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If it's a lightning storm, then it's perfect for your horror novel!

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Imagine reading under an umbrella. You're dry, while the rest of the world shimmers with rain. Sigh!


Why do YOU like to read on rainy days?

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