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Black Jade : Book Review

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Prince Brat says I read too much

Black Jade is the last of them… I hope

Here is the cover of it, without Prince Brat photobombing my book.

Black Jade
Author: Kylie Chan
Series: Celestial Battle Trilogy (Book 3)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: fantasy, Chinese culture, myth
ISBN-13: 978-0062329103

Starting from her Dark Heavens series, Kylie Chan made her debut with White Tiger. Now the story I hope ends with Black Jade, because I can read the tiredness from this book. The characters are tired, the story needs to end, it has been dragging for ages! Emma has been through Dark Heavens trilogy, Journey to Wudang Trilogy and now the Celestial Battle trilogy. My patience with the series is wearing thin, and the characters seem to be lacking some shine that they had in the first few books.

I do have to admire the author’s skill to keep everything consistent, especially when there are so many growth and characters. However, all good set of characters and setting has to end somehow. The reluctance of this author to let her baby go can be worrying, it is like Sherlock Holmes keeps trying to solve more mysteries.

Like I said, this book felt tired. While the characters and settings are still consistent and the story fairly straight, you can feel the lethargy with the shortcuts and the lack of certain details. After reading all eight of her previous books, I will confess I like this book the least. Even in Black Jade, I could see that the story should end, but the author stubbornly tries to keep it alive.

Verdict

Disappointing, instead of a good closure and good bye, I got a premise for another series/ book. After nine books, three trilogies, I want to rest. I want to be rewarded for my loyalty, saying good bye and have a nice life, not see you next book! Well, the heroine wasn’t that super that I want to see her again.

The most disappointing thing? I actually waited all these years, and not get an ending.

Bah

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Double Interest : Book Review

Double Interest
Author: Odeda Yaari
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: drugs, sci-fi, thriller
ISBN-13: 978-1544739588

I have received Double Interest in exchange for a fair review

The synopsis and setting were interesting

It tells of three dreamers, focusing on their own scientific research to make the world a better place. To say dreamers, they are highly qualified scientist who are researching in their own field, trying to make their world a better place. With most innovations/ inventions, there would be a good side and a bad side. The cover, as you guessed, is poppy. The flower is how opium was derived from, and how opioids were made synthetically after the structure. Yup, it is a story about drugs.

Unbeknownst to them, someone is interested in their research, and will stop at nothing to get it. This sounds like a conflict that will draw you in. Hence why I chose this book to review. A lot is promised, it has high stakes and high payouts.

The trouble is, it did not deliver.

Not like the story is bad or boring, but the author somehow failed to invoke something in me. It is quite possible that because I know nobody fell victim to drugs, so I could not have emotionally linked myself to the story. Then again, the author uses more telling than showing, and it felt like a report. By half way I was bored and confused.

Then I got annoyed

It’s 2017, and this story still uses men as scientists, women has some by roles. I am not judging, but to say that a whole team of researchers are male, is telling something. In today’s world, highly unrealistic. Then I have no idea why another plot is set, which confused me even more.

Whatever high hopes I had for the book, it soon dissipated with the appearance of the first female character. In truth, although the story showed promise, everything else fell apart. I chugged along anyway, hoping for maybe a spark of something.

Till the end, I did not find it.

Verdict

I have no doubts that some people will like the story, but it is just not for me. I couldn’t relate to it, and most of all, cannot understand why the plot and characters behave so.

Really.

Implying scientist with high IQ and low EQ is one thing, but to insult that intelligence is another problem this book has. If you are a fan of thrillers and chase, this *might* be for you, but don’t hold your breath.

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A Million Worlds With You

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A Million Worlds with You (Firebird)
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #3 end
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: sci-fi, teen, multiverse
ISBN-13: 978-0062279026

Firebird ending

Marguerite faces a grim future, the Universe where she is evil has plans end other Universes. I cannot believe that this is the end, it seemed like yesterday that I have started reading A Thousand Pieces of You. Now I am saying good bye, time sure flies. Special thanks to my library for keeping all three books, I actually ordered this one in via them.

After finding out the ‘dastardly’ plans of Evil Mom and Dad, and realizing how far the Evil Marguerite is willing to go to please her parents, our heroine dashes off to prevent more disasters. It seemed hopeless, because Evil had a head start, and was determined to kill all of her, just out of spite.

Not only Marguerite had to stop her evil-self from wrecking havoc, she had to find a way to stop the madness. I will admit that the story is well crafted from the beginning. But I had hoped for an ending that did not feel rushed, it did by the way. Jumping from one Universe to another, it was fun seeing how different one Universe differs to another, purely by decision.

That is what this story is based upon, the multiverse. The belief that each major decision (not what you had for lunch) branches out into a different verse. Such as your mom and dad decided to get married, or if cockroaches decided to rule the world. I digress, but Firebird series is wonderfully unique in that way, utilizing a scientific theory to craft this beautiful romance story.

Litte Gripe

While I love how it ends, it was the process that made me a little … annoyed. In the end of everything, all the pain that Evil inflicted on different universes’ Marguerite, her ending is a little anticlimactic. Yes, I know that it is not the worse possible scenario, and I do feel sorry for her. But Evil is the ultimate villain, you can’t get any worse than making all the other ‘yous’ commit suicide. If she could fall off a cliff, that is ideal…

As the pages move nearer toward the end, the story rushes more and more. The focus becomes to the relationship between Marguerite and Paul, which is fine except there is a love triangle somewhere?

Verdict

I cannot complain, nor that I will. A Million Worlds With You is a romantic book in a teenage kind of way, how love can trump a lot of things. In the end, I wish that it wasn’t such an easy way out. Some struggling depicts growth, and having your growth taken away from your back is cheating.

Have you read it, what d0 you think?

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts Hop : Reawakened

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is originally hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews, I have been meaning to do the hop, but I couldn’t find something that is fitting enough to have a grand entrance, until this:

Reawakened (The Reawakened Series)
Author: Colleen Houck
Genre: YA, adventure, fantasy

This is my mom’s favorite author, a fantasy YA author Colleen Houck likes to combine ancient mythology with modern characters. Such as this one, Reawakened is a series featuring an Egyptian Mummy Amon and modern girl Liliana Young.

From the Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts rule, it didn’t say I cannot do screenshots, so out of extreme laziness I took one. Mainly you can see the difference between the two characters: a hungry un- mummied guy versus a girl who’s looking out for her figure.

Of course, this is not the only place you would find food in the book, or the series. Egyptian dead people seem to love food a lot, and the book is peppered with danishes and fruits. As Amon and Liliana journeys to find his brothers and stop darkness from breaking into the world, a feast makes everything better.

If you are looking for a great book, this might be slightly disappointing. The story is solid, and the characters make you smile, but like most Young Adult genre, it is lacking. Somehow has big plot holes, while there are gaps in the story that should have been filled better. And then you have Liliana, who seem to be infatuated with Amon. Amon seems to be hot and cold, though being so much older I had assumed that he would be more responsible.

Problem with YA, the author tends to think like young adults (to appeal to the audience) and love trumps all is like a theme in these books. It does make the realist in me cringe, but hey, forgivable right?

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Lying To Children : It is actually fiction Review

Lying to Children
Author: Alex Shahla
Publisher: Fitzwilde LLC
Genre: Humor, General Fiction (Adult)
Publication Date: June 17

Lying To Children is actually fiction!

My heart shattered a little when I found out, it wasn’t easy realizing that the whole book has been a lie. Well played author, well played. There is nothing mature or traumatizing about this book if you are a kid, but it’s adult fiction because Lying to Children is for the parents (teenage or adult), and kids just won’t understand.

It is a book, or a letter from a father to his children. I think it is for both his children, as the youngest one just left for college. Lying to Children addressed to Annabelle and Peter, and the book is hilarious! Because I relate to it so much, well, except for some parts, I’m a mom after all.

Imagine Ted Mosby (from How I Met Your Mother) writing this to his kids, Lying to Children features a lot of off topic conversations, while trying to tell a story. He keeps getting side tracked, but still could come back to the main story. I will admit it got annoying sometimes, but hey… he’s a dad with a mission.

Parenting fails, honest admissions, and hopes. Lying to Children is a dad’s hopes and dreams to his children, and telling a story worth repeating. It may be fiction, it is an honest one. It made me feel like it was really a father’s letter to his children, a well written one.

Verdict

Do you have a loving father? This might be a great present for fathers day!

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Why do I like it? It resonates with me as a parent, it made me realize that there are worse parents out there. Best part is that Lying to Children made me realize that I am not alone, that people do feel lost and scared some times, we are just better at hiding it.

If you want a good laugh, or an eye roll… keep this one