Charming by Krystal Wade

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that’s great . . . as long as you don’t die.

Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.

Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.

Little do they know someone’s determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.

Source: Goodreads

My thoughts:

I discovered this book on Instagram and then watched a book review of it on Youtube and since I liked the sound of it, I requested it via Netgalley.

I didn’t have any expectations though, but Charming definitely surprised me in a positive way. It was a really good book that dealt with some serious issues, but it was more than just a contemporary read because it had mystery/thriller elements in it. And of course I liked it even more because of that.

At the beginning of the book Haley is a weak character who doesn’t fight back, who just tolerates her abusive and alcoholic father in order to protect her younger sister. Haley keeps her sister in the dark regarding their monster of a father and I really respected her for that, but I just couldn’t stand her sister because she was always so mean to Haley. Granted, her sister didn’t seem to know the truth, but I just wished Haley would tell her everything and maybe they could have asked for help together.

But in a way, I did understand that Haley couldn’t tell anyone the truth except for her best friend and that she didn’t want to go to the police. Still, I was glad that due to some awful circumstances, Haley finally had to come clean and tell her friends and family the truth.

The romance in Charming was sweet but wasn’t too prominent because the book dealt with much more important things. Still, Haley and Chris do fall in love with each other and I am glad that Haley finally found someone to treat her the way she deserved. Chris was perfect for Haley – he was kind, helpful and patient. And he stood by her side when things got ugly.

The mystery aspect of the novel was great because I kept suspecting everyone until I finally figured things out. There’s someone who starts to threaten and harm Haley’s friends and family and Haley needs to find out who it is because otherwise, her own life and the lives of her loved ones will be at stake.

Thus, Haley grows so much as a character and she finally begins to fight back because she understands that she can’t let others treat her the way they did anymore. In order to save herself and the ones she loves, she needs to be strong and to confide in Chris.

Charming was a great mystery/thriller that kept me turning the pages late into the night because I finally wanted to find out if everything would turn out alright for Haley and her friends. The novel was very suspenseful, serious and full of interesting characters and since it dealt with such important issues, I really liked it and recommend it to everyone who loves thrillers and great character development.

Rating:

4 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for sending me this great review copy!

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Books That I Still Want To Read This Year

Hello, everyone!

I can’t believe that this year is almost over. There are still so many books that I plan to read until we say goodbye to 2014 and hopefully I will manage to do so. I did manage to complete my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge. I wanted to read at least 120 books this year and I even read over 130 books so far.

Thus, I hope I will be able to find the time to read the following books too before the year is over (one book has been sitting on my bookshelves for more than a year…):

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Gone Girl (German edition) by Gillian Flynn

Through the Zombie Glass & Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

The Giver (German edition) by Lois Lowry

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Fall by Bethany Griffin

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Have you read any of these books?

Let me know if they were any good!

Andreea

Mortal Gods (Goddess War, #2) by Kendare Blake

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher Macmillan USA in exchange for an honest review. However, this fact does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she’ll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can’t have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can’t, fates far worse than death await.

Source: Goodreads

My review:

As you might remember, I am a total Kendare Blake fan because I really loved her books Anna Dressed in Bloodits sequel and Antigoddess as well. Thus, I was very excited for the sequel to Antigoddess, Mortal Gods, especially since the ending of Antigoddess was very dramatic and tragic.

And I am glad that I read the sequel, because it was a really great read. However, I did not love this book as much as I loved Antigoddess and the reason why I didn’t enjoy Mortal Gods so much is because it was slower than its predecessor. Antigoddess was full of action and I remember that I could hardly put it down, but Mortal Gods was unfortunately not as suspenseful.

But apart from that, I really enjoyed Kendare Blake’s writing style and the protagonists she created. They were all very complex, so different from each other and each of them had issues to deal with.

Cassandra was very angry in this sequel and she had troubles controlling her powers and her temper. And I must say that I didn’t like her as much as I liked her in the first book. I mean, I get it why she acted the way she did, but sometimes I was just tired of her whining and her mean behaviour (can’t say what was wrong with Cassandra or I would spoil book one for you). I really hope that she will change a little in the next book.

I had no problems with Athena, BUT I was hoping that her ‘relationship’ to Odysseus would be clarified in this sequel because I really wanted them to become a couple in the first book. And I was so looking forward to finding out if they would, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. There was some drama between Athena and Odysseus, but I just couldn’t understand why Athena wouldn’t want to be with Odysseues, to be honest.

Speaking of characters – we were introduced to new ones and I really liked that because the new characters stirred up more drama and things got more complicated than they already were. Especially between Athena and Odysseus.

The antagonists were interesting too and I wanted to learn more about them. The Fates were more present in this sequel, but I still didn’t fully understand their role in this war between the Gods. I guess we will find out more in the next book.

The plot was okay, but I wished it had been more engaging. The ending was great though and it made up for the slower parts of the book. Now I am really curious to see what will happen next.

All in all I really enjoyed this sequel to Antigoddess despite its little flaws and I am definitely looking forward to the next book in order to get all my questions answered.

Rating: 

3.5 – 4 out of 5 stars

Note: I would like to thank Macmillan USA for sending me this review copy!

Andreea

 

My Bookish Seven Deadly Sins

So a while ago I was tagged by Alise from Readers in Wonderland to do the Seven Deadly Sins Tag (Bookish Malyza). Okay, who am I kidding? I practically begged Alise to tag me, because I just love bookish tags and wanted to do this tag too since I had so much fun reading hers.

Here are my answers:

1. Greed. What’s your most inexpensive book? What’s your most expensive one?

My most inexpensive book would have to be an e-Book (hope this counts), namely Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, which I bought for only 1.99 Euros on Amazon.

My most expensive book is probably a text-book, but I don’t think that counts, so I’m choosing another one, namely the German hardcover edition of The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which was pretty expensive, but then most German hardcovers are. English / American hardcovers are much cheaper here in Germany and I think that’s great because I prefer reading in English anyway.

2. Wrath. What author do you have a love-hate relationship with?

Hmm, that’s a tough question. Probably Stephenie Meyer. She got me into reading YA and I will always be thankful for that. And I must admit that I loved and still love the first three books of the Twilight series, despite their many flaws, but let’s just face it – the last one was crap and I hated it. I mean, just the name Renesmee says it all. Seriously?

 

I love The Host though. Awesome book and one of my favorite sci-fi books ever.

3. Gluttony. What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

I don’t think I have ever reread any book before. I know, such a shame. It’s just that I need and want to read so so many books that I don’t want to ‘waste’ my time on books that I have already read. But I do want to reread one of my favorite books. Like The Hunger Games. Or We Were Liars.

Edit: I just remembered that I did in fact reread a book. It was Tahereh Mafi’s Unravel Me and I reread this book after I finished Ignite Me because I was Team Adam the first time I read Shatter Me and Unravel Me but when I read Ignite Me Warner won me over and I decided to reread Unravel Me just to focus more on Warner.

4. Sloth. What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

Easy one. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This huge book has been sitting on my shelves for so many years…

5. Pride. What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

I don’t do that, but if I would, it would probably be Jane Eyre, just because I love it so much and I know a few things about it (thanks to my ‘Intro to Lit’ course I took in college).

6. Lust. What attributes do you find attractive in male or female characters?

I love bad ass female characters like Katniss and Tris and I just like nice, supportive guys that don’t try to change the female protagonists.

7. Envy. What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

Such a tough question. I need to check out my Goodreads TBR shelf.

At the moment, it’s  In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken, but it changes everyday.

Thanks for reading!

Feel free to do this awesome tag too if you want!

Andreea