Sunday, July 21, 2013

More by T.M. Franklin

More by T.M. Franklin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary:  Ava Michaels used to think she was special.
As a child, she fantasized about having magical powers . . . making things happen. But Ava grew up and eventually accepted the fact that her childish dreams were just that, and maybe a normal life wasn't so bad after all.
Now a young college student, Ava meets Caleb Foster, a brilliant and mysterious man who’s supposed to help her pass Physics, but in reality has another mission in mind. What he shows Ava challenges her view of the world, shaking it to its very core.
Because Caleb isn't quite what he seems. In fact, he's not entirely human, and he's not the only one.
Together, the duo faces a threat from an ancient race bound to protect humans, but only after protecting their own secrets—secrets they fear Ava may expose. Fighting to survive, Ava soon learns she's not actually normal . . . she's not even just special.
She's a little bit more.

Even though I wasn't blown away, It caught my attention enough I read it in almost one sitting.

It begins with Ava, a college student, having a recurring nightmare of being chased by someone with 2 different color eyes. She soon meets a physics tutor, Caleb, who seems to be a little nerdy, but not... at the same time. The story was written in 3rd person so I did get a glimpse at what was going on, and who (as in what kind of paranormal) this is about.

More was so creative, and out of the norm of what everyone else has been writing, it was nice to get caught up in a world that so closely resembled my own but with a lot MORE. I enjoyed getting to know the new world the author created, intense but not so complicated that I got a headache trying to keep up.

Ava. I enjoyed her character, being feisty, smart, but yet not afraid to ask for help. Caleb was my favorite. Perfection of a man trying to be clumsy, bland and terrible at it. Being a protector and a physics tutor was the perfect cover for him, but he seemed to struggle trying to be the nerd he was supposed to be. I cracked up a few times at his ways he tried to seem to be a klutz. He seemed to be hiding something, which just made him mysterious and therefore more attractive.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series!!

Thank you to NetGalley and The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House for giving me the opportunity to read this e-book.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ink by Amanda Sun

Ink by Amanda Sun
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bummer! I really tried to get into this book. The whole idea was intriguing and I so wanted to love this book. I looked forward to getting to know the Japanese culture, especially with kids and teens. I wanted to get into their heads and see how similar their pop culture measured to my childhood... But, I was just too confused.

I just couldn't catch the flow of the book, the names (not easily pronounced)were hard to keep track and follow. I think if I had been to Japan and experienced the names, places and customs this book would have been perfect. You know the saying.. "had to be there"? Thats how I felt. Lost and missing something important... like missing the punch line, or storyline in this case.

I'm sorry Amanda Sun, but I just couldn't keep up. I am sure you will have a great fan base of those who are into anime, or understand the language or culture. I wish I was one of them. (sad face)

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