Book Review – Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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2 1/2 Star Rating

2.5butt

There are many words to describe this book, non of them being ‘Exciting, Unique or Enthralling’ . I probably got to the last 6 pages before i felt any emotion at all toward any of the characters.

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Blurb: When a local boy is killed by wolves, Grace’s small town becomes a place of fear and suspicion. But Grace can’t help being fascinated by the pack, and by one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. There’s something about him – something almost human. Then she meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away…

A chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page.

So yes, this book was ‘Shiver’ the first in a three part series, ‘The Wolves of Mercy Falls’.

It follows Grace, a dull high-school student who’s only interest is watching the wolves in the forest behind her backyard. The same wolves infact which tried to maul her to death as a child, charming. Not bleak or weird at all *rolls eyes*. And if that wasn’t ‘Grade A’ messed up enough, our so called heroine is apparantly in love with one of the wolves. Not sure if its just me or not, but i find this a little, creepy? Considering at this point, she doesnt even know he can transform into a human.

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I think its quite obvious from the offset that the writer isn’t completely teen savvy. We’ve been loaded up again with steriotypical teenager ‘types’. The nerd, the fashionista & the bitch (oh and not to forget the brooding female lead with no sense of humour).

But the main award goes to Sam, for being the worlds wettest and most sappy male protagonist. Everytime a Sam chapter came up i couldnt help but roll my eyes. Grace chapters = emo angst to a new degree & Sams = the bore and vomit inducing emotional factor. This leads my moaning nicely into my hate of this ‘insta-love’ relationship which was incredibly unbelieveable.  They both need to just get a grip, they were fawning all over each other at every avaliable opportunity.

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There were some nice points in the book and it was well written hence the 2 1/2 star and not a 2, but if this level of sap spills over into book 2 i shall be burying it under my lawn. The romance was sweet… but not at the level it was served.  The wolves were also cool and i would have liked to of seen more of the back story.

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Anywho, if you would like a copy, please check the below linkages 😉

Amazon.co.uk- Shiver
Amazon.com- Shiver
Waterstones- Shiver

Authors Website: Here

Book Review – Water (Akasha Series 1) by Terra Harmony

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2 1/2 Stars

2.5butt

Let me start by saying, this is NOT what i expected. Also, YOU can expect minor spoilers in this review, hopefully nothing too ground breaking however.

To be honest i started reading this book as i was in the mood for some YA cheese. I spotted it whilst surfing on Amazon, Book 1 – Water was being sold as a freebie which i found appealing.

I soon found this wasn’t what i was expecting at all…. it went from mildly boring moaning female lead to – holy crap she’s being raped by an inanimate object-!! This certainly was not the book i thought i picked up. The cover is beautiful, there’s no skirting that issue but that’s where the pretty ends. Things get shocking to say the least!

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Ok, so lets start with the bluuuuurb:

Elemental powers in the palm of her hand…and it won’t be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth’s survival.

Its short snappy and to the point. When it mentions the ‘hell bent on saving the planet lark’, it’s not kidding… at some points during this story I felt like I was taking part in a lecture. I get the feeling that the author is a closet tree hugger aswell as an aspiring writer.  

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Gripe number one, this book promised romance – if you can call what Kaitlyn and Micah have romance, I’d worry about your personal life. I’d maybe suggest you call the witness protection programme. At first Micah is all exotic and ‘look at me and my amazing eyes & im gonna snog your face off’ & then this quickly turns to ‘i need to train you and your magic, try not to suffocate while I try and rape you’ …. ick!! Seriously, when Kaitlyn had the chance, she should have high-tailed it outa there asap. Micah is supposed to be her ‘protector’, I’ve yet to see any real protecting. Even when his so-called brother tried to knife a picture into her back, he just brushed it off like she was being unnecessarily whiney. *rolls eyes*

I think if i had to pick the two best words to describe this book, its ‘Stockholm syndrome’. All in all the book was quite well written but there were some serious lulls, some of the explanations were unnecessary and it took the story nowhere. I think it maybe could have done with a little dumbing down on these parts and spiced up a little on the main story.

I feel Kaitlyn could have done with a little more maturity, the way she acts at times is very childish and i forget shes meant to be an adult -so to speak-. For example, some of the dialect is extremely inappropriate for someone who has just been (or is being) sexually abused. Which brings be to Shawn, I genuinely felt real emotion toward this guy, none of it good. He’s the guy who I believe brought the story to life more then any of the other characters. Honestly, he was vile! I do think he needed more of a back story however. There was no real drive as to why he would do what he did. Fair enough his girlfriend was killed, but why direct this anger toward Kaitlyn when she had nothing to do with it. The only real explanation that was given was ‘he wanted her powers’, but why this meant he needed to capture her and rape her *shrugs* what a freak show!

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So concept GOOD… delivery BAD.

This book wasn’t really for me but I’m sure there’s an audience out there for it. I didn’t like the mix of YA and psychological torment… i think a more clear genre should have been established from the start.

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Want to get a copy:
As far as i can tell, this first book of the series is still free, so grab a copy if its your thing!

Amazon.co.uk: Water – Akasha
Amazon.com: Water – Akasha