Sunday, October 19, 2014

Troubled Times #2: Power's Out (2013)

Power's Out

after leaving the house her father left for her, Nairne went on a journey with Paul, in search for a safe haven. they moved constantly, sometimes meeting people, sometimes sleeping in the woods. one day, they came across a community led by Arthur. when Nairne offered to fix their turbine, she was offered a place within the community, which Paul was troubled over since everyone had to earn their place there and he had nothing to offer. while the duo struggled in their own ways to fit in, they were terrified to find out that Stevie didn’t die from the confrontation against his boss. now he is coming after the duo with an intent to kill.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the second book was far more interesting compared to the first installment. although the pace was equally slow, i flew through the pages and enjoying every moment of it. I was surprised to have fallen for some seemingly common supporting characters. Nairne’s growth was also visible, her ability to kill made her even more relatable and lovable, especially when compared to being all heroic like most book would choose to be. having compassion towards the enemy was so predictable, so when Nairne actually killed, I found myself rooting for a hundred percent since it was all about survival after all. The perfect ending had me looking forward to the next installment very much, wondering about the direction the next book would choose to take.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Troubled Times #1: Water's Edge (2012)

Water's Edge

Nairne was a smart young girl that under her father’s guidance was good with growing crops and raising some chickens and pigs. with the climate changing and flash flood happening in the city, Nairne and her father, Daniel, and brother, Zane, prepared their house to accommodate a family who needed a place to stay. Paul and her parents moved in with Nairne. they were unused to the country lives and struggled quite a bit before they got accustomed to it. however, Nairne suspected that Paul’s father, Garrick, was up to no good. especially when her father confronted Garrick, their lives were in danger.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. the book was very evenly pace, even during its climaxes. It was an intriguing read but slower than I would have really enjoyed. fortunately, due to many of the unsolved cases, I traversed through the pages out of curiosity, just to see the end of it, particularly the ones involving Daniel’s death and Zane’s disappearance. I was satisfied when I finally saw how these cases were settled. It was painful to see them destroying the power and water supply, but it did seem sensible to choose survival over being targeted all the time. the plot in general was rarely what I came across, which was very much the attraction the book held.

Monday, October 13, 2014

School of Deaths (2014)

School of Deaths

Suzie was just another typical girl until she started losing weight. her parents thought she was anorexic no matter how hard she tried to stuff herself. they brought her to doctors but to no avail. one day, she was swooped to an alternate dimension, where she was forced to attend the College of Deaths. she were to train to bring souls from the living to the hereafter. she can only return to the land of the living after passing her first year in the college, though many of the people she met here told her how impossible it was. to further complicate the terrifying situation she was thrown into, she was the only female Death in a million years, where the first female Death was so powerful she brought war upon her people.

I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for a review. I enjoyed the general idea of putting an average girl into the absurd environment, forcing her to be tough while pushing her to the limit. such heroin were often so lovable that it was difficult not to root for. however, there was not enough character development to make me fall for Suzie, only sufficient information on her background for us to comprehend her emotions as well as reactions. the pace of the story was also slightly slow, making it duller than it really was. but fortunately, curiosity got me through the book. I was pleased to have stuck with the book until the very end, where some of the mysteries and questions I had were finally answered.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Girl from the Well (2014)

The Girl from the Well

the story followed a young girl, murdered in a well many years ago. she wasn’t able to pass through, thus seeking the world, hunting for child killers, helping other dead children to pass through. one day, a young boy moved into town. Tarquin had strange tattoos all over his body, said to be put there by his mother since he was five. his mother was put into an asylum, for she screamed whenever she saw her son. what the normal people couldn’t see, was a masked woman hiding behind the boy, revealing herself only through mirrors. the girl killed in the well followed Tarquin, figuring out his secrets while trying to save his life.

the book was an absolutely delicious read. it was easy to read, fast pace, and very captivating. Tarquin was quite a character. particularly matured for his age, having the ability to see ghosts. it was easy to sympathize with his situation, where his mother kept the masked woman in him, doing all she can to make sure the woman couldn’t escape, but also putting her son in the spot. her determination had others labeled her insane, broke Tarquin’s heart. the girl killed in the well was another very interesting character. while we see the world through her eyes, it was also difficult to learn more about her, which pretty much stirred up more curiosity along the way! the book was definitely a fun read, something I don’t ever remember coming across. now that I’m in love with the style, i will start looking out for the author’s book in the future.