Thursday, May 31, 2012

Follow Friday: Matchmaker ;D


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Q: You are a matchmaker -- your goal, hook up two characters from two of your favorite books. Who would it be? How do you think it would go?
 I really need to think about this one. . .okay, okay, got it! What if the lovely Tris from Divergent meets Ash from The Iron fey series?
okay, okay. So I'm really bad at pairing characters and stuff like that as it results in people staring at me like this;

So, yeah.. what's your pairing? \(.__.)/

Book Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Links: Website | Blog | Twitter
Publisher: Harlequin
Release date: July 31st 2012
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Summary from Goodreads;
So wrong for each other...and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.  Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
"Pushing The Limits is a heart wrenching novel that will leave readers aching for the characters and flipping through the pages to find out more."
( 4 ) **** enjoyable read.
I am in love with this cover, seriously. It's so cute and the shadows make it even more mysterious. The title fits the story so well considering the characters are exploring unknown feelings and such.
Pushing The Limits was definitely a shocking, emotional roller coaster ride and I loved every second of it! I couldn't put this book down! This is a very deep and emotional read but it wasn't heavy. I was flipping through the pages trying to figure out more about what was going to happen and wondering ;
I really enjoyed reading about the characters in Pushing The Limits. They weren't perfect at all but that just made them more enjoyable to read about. They had their own flaws which is what made them their own person. Noah was a tad possessive at times and he messed up a couple of times, but his intentions were good. There was character development due to all the things and events the characters endured.
The romance was so cute! Katie had managed to achieve something not many writers have done, made the romance cute and realistic. They were brought together by their problems and differences and stayed together because of how similar they were. The writing makes you feel what the character feels through every page of the book. The changing of point of views on every chapter helps to understand what's going through the mind of the main characters which is really helpful.
The ending is somewhat an open ending which was both frustrating and lovely. Frustrating because .. I needed an ending that would help me gather my feelings and lovely because, well, I could insert my own ending which is always good :D
 Other Cover;
*Quoted from ARC, may change.
"They laughed but they never asked. My entire world collapsed around me as I answered.."

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ARC Book Review: Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Title: Lies Beneath
Author: Anne Greenwood Brown
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Author Links: Website | Twitter
Source: Arc/ Netgalley
Summary from Goodreads;
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him. 
4 stars, really enjoyed it.
The cover isn't that complex, just a simple mermaid swimming but the sunlight shines through the water so it balances out. Lies Beneath was a book I wasn't pining for, but ended up requesting. Then it so happens that it got approved, so cheers. :D
Lies Beneath had sounded quite interesting as I read the summary from Netgalley and I really hoped it would be the same throughout the whole book, and it delivered. The characters were totally original, and had their own personality, which I adored but I wish I'd gotten to know them more. The romance was so cute and adorable. The plot was not that original, but Greenwood managed to change some things up and spice others, making this story unique.
Basically, Greenwood grabbed elements that make a story unique, mixed them up in a bowl and voila, she made an intriguing book, which had me gasping in shock, and flipping though the pages until I finished it in a sitting.
Anne's Lies Beneath is a truly captivating read that will have you gasping in shock and awaiting the ending while sitting on the edge of your seat.
Book Trailer: The setting of this trailer is absolutely gorgeous!

Top Ten Tuesday 05/29

The folks at The Broke and The Bookish really like lists.. so this meme was born ^__^

May 29: Top Ten Books Written In The Past 10 Years That I Hope People Are Still Reading In 30 Years
This version of the list is mostly books I'd recommend to people.. not really in order..
 1. I want to share this book w/ anyone who hasn't read it because it's AMAZING! It's so darn adorable and cute and *sighs* it's in Paris! The city of love people! ^__^
 The writing and world structure was fantastic and .. it reminds me of harry potter because of the fractions..
 This series is probably going to be on a lot of lists. Care to guess?

The False Prince
This is one of the best books of the year so far for me so of course it's only logical that I would put it.

Great, great series. No other comment.

Ash, Puck, Meghan, why wouldn't I want people to read this?

If you haven't read this book.. well ... do it.. now...

This book makes you think and it's fresh! It's an intriguing read that I admit I wouldn't have read if my teacher hadn't assigned to us .. but that's not the point. Point is, it's a fantastic read.

The Hunger Games
I admit, the writing.. not a big fan of but the world building and idea, brilliant!

The Immortal Rules
 This is going to be a movie! *happy dance* Julie Kagawa is an amazing writer that makes you feel as if you're watching a movie as you read her books and watch the scenes unfold.

The Maze Runner

The world and idea is just extremely original and unique. \(.__.)/

Tiger's Curse
The characters were fantastic! I haven't even read the rest of the series but this is definitely a book I'd recommend.

Book Review: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer ( Nightshade #1 )

Title: Nightshade
Author: Andrea Cremer
Series: Nightshade #1
Links: Website | Blog | Tumblr | Twitter
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: October 19th 2010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 452
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Summary from Goodreads;
Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack's alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But then, Calla saves a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything - her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?
*Due to my range on emotions throughout this book and afterwards, this review "deserved" a couple of gifs, lol.
**** 4.5 stars; Enjoyable read, would recommend to some people.
Me throughout most of the book;
I decided to continue because even though the characters frustrated me to the point of almost putting it down, the writing was gorgeous. Such detail! I loved the details because everything felt as if it was displayed in front of you to watch.
Me, frustrated because of the characters and knowing I had to continue because of the writing.
The plot was centered around Calla, whom is the main character and two male characters named Shay and Ren resulting in a love triangle. Now, I don't mind love triangles if written well but if they're not -- well I don't generally enjoy them but for this book I made an exception. Andrea's gorgeous and detailed writing made a structure for the plot which had me riveted from the beginning to the end. Calla has been living in a world built around lies, everything she knows and believes in is a lie.
The characters were frustrating to read about but towards the middle of the book you get to know a much deeper side to them and you come to understand them. You also realize why they act how they act. There is a lot of character development but I do wish I'd seen more of Ren.
The ending was completely and utterly fantastic! It's a cliffhanger which made me feel like this;
I was completely taken back after reading the second half of this novel because of the way the writer and plot pulls you in and makes you flip through the pages even faster. Another element these pages held was action! I couldn't stop to breath between these pages because of the amount of action they held. I would've definitely picked up the second book if it wasn't for the fact that it's already on my shelves, score! Andrea's Nightshade is the first novel in the Nightshade trilogy which I will be continuing due to my curiosity and the beautiful writing.
I recommend this to anyone looking for an action packed novel with beautiful writing and is fast paced.
New cover: I'm a big fan of the first shiny cover but this looks more professional and logical, if that makes any sense. ^__^

“All I wanted was to take a hot bath, to go to sleep, and to not wake up. EVER.”
― Andrea Cremer, Nightshade

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Book Review: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Links: Website | Twitter
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: December 1st 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 281
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Summary from Goodreads;
What girl doesn't want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn't just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys, and that's just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university. But now there's a new guy in town who threatens her starting position... suddenly she's hoping he'll see her as more than just a teammate.
3.5 stars; enjoyable read, lacked a thing or two.
The cover is really cute and simple-ish but it makes the book look/ sound clique when it really deals with deeper things and just much more than it implies. This story is about a girl falling in love for the first time and dealing with all the obstacles that come with it. It's a cute contemporary but it was also a novel with a lesson many go through daily.
Jordan is a girl who's life revolves around football and making her family proud. Jordan's dad doesn't approve of Jordan's like of football and tries to stop her but that makes her even more determined to prove him wrong and make him proud of her. I really admired Jordan's ability to never give up and her determination. The guys in the team each felt like real team members and I enjoyed their roles in the book because they felt were like brothers to Jordan and were protective over her. They made me laugh at their retorts and I felt like you could really really see the relationship between the characters. Her best friend, Henry was probably my favorite character because he had charisma, he was hilarious, and was the perfect best friend anyone could really want. I wish I'd seen more of him.
The romance was well written but I didn't like the new guy! He was so darn possessive and I didn't like his attitude and behavior. I really liked how Jordan was accepted by all the guys in her team.
This book was a quick, fast paced read. It was humorous and had me laughing at lots of scenes in the book.
Bonus Story for those who have read it

“When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special.”
― Miranda Kenneally, Catching Jordan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Shadow and Bone and A Midsummer's Nightmare

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Title: A Midsummer's Nightmare
Author: Kody Keplinger
Summary from Goodreads;
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorced dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great. Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.
Why: It just sounds so good! And I love the title! Yes, I said the title.
Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Summary from Goodreads;

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. 
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. 
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.
Why: I have heard so many good reviews on this novel and I want to find out for myself what's so good about it that has everyone talking.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Book Review: The Glimpse by Claire Merle

Title: The Glimpse
Author: Claire Merle
Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter
Publisher: Faber & Faber (UK)
Publication Date: June 7th 2012
Source: Publisher
Format: Arc
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Buy it: Amazon
Summary from Goodreads;
Once you've seen into the future, can you change your destiny?
In a near future, society is segregated according to whether people are genetically disposed to mental illness. 17-year-old Ana has been living the privileged life of a Pure due to an error in her DNA test. When the authorities find out, she faces banishment from her safe Community, a fate only thwarted by the fact that she has already been promised to Pure-boy Jasper Taurell. 
Jasper is from a rich and influential family and despite Ana’s condition, wants to be with her. The authorities grant Ana a tentative reprieve. If she is joined to Jasper before her 18th birthday, she may stay in the Community until her illness manifests. But if Jasper changes his mind, she will be cast out among the Crazies. As Ana’s joining ceremony and her birthday loom closer, she dares to hope she will be saved from the horror of the City and live a ‘normal’ life. But then Jasper disappears.
Led to believe Jasper has been taken by a strange sect the authorities will not interfere with, Ana sneaks out of her well-guarded Community to find him herself. Her search takes her through the underbelly of society and into the pits of the human soul. And as she delves deeper into the mystery of Jasper's abduction she uncovers some devastating truths that destroy everything she has grown up to believe, but she also learns to love as she has never loved before.
4 stars, really enjoyed it
Look at the cover, it's so pretty! I love simple covers. :) I was hesitant to read this book because of the separation between Pures & the Crazies but gave in, and greatly enjoyed this novel.
The characters in The Glimpse each had their own personalities which I really enjoyed. No one had the same feel to them. They all felt like real people; someone you could meet somewhere. I wish I'd gotten to know more about the boy Ana was to be bound to, Jasper. I felt that he popped in and out of the story and I just wish I'd gotten to see more of him. Ana was a strong character but she got whiny at times which I could tolerate considering the situations she found herself in.
The romance in this book was really adorable but a teeny bit too fast and unbelievable in a way. One of the characters introduced towards the middle of the book has visions of the future, yes. I know. He manages to see himself and Ana together so technically that's all their romance is started and based on. They do however, get to know each other a bit more and spend time with each other.
This world Merle built is so, well, realistic. It's something I can visualize and see existing. The detailing was enough to visualize some things but not enough to get a perfect image. The pacing was great, not too fast yet not to slow. After getting through the first few pages, the book flowed smoothly. I admit some parts felt slightly repeated but it seemed to me it was more for emphasizes rather than just being repeated. The plot was not what I originally thought it'd be but instead came to result in a bigger picture. I can't wait to read on about Claire's world in the sequel to The Glimpse.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a riveting novel with a strong female character. Also, for fans of great world building, this is for you.

Teaser Tuesday : Clarity by Kim Harrington


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"

Title: Clarity
Author: Kim Harrington
Summary from Goodreads;

Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case—but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother—who has supernatural gifts of his own—becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

"Don't. Move."
I slowly turned around and found a gun pointed at my head. My breath caught in my throat. I managed to squeeze out one word.
"You?" - Page 228 
Clarity is a quick paced book so far and it's really thin. ^.^

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Book Review: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen ( The Ascendance Trilogy #1 )

Title: The False Prince
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Series: The Ascendance Trilogy #1
Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter
Publisher: Scholastic 
Publication Date: April 1st 2012
Format: Paperback
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Summary from Goodreads;
In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.
As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.
5+ stars, new favorite
I had such a hard time thinking of what to write for this review because I felt that it's too awesome to put into words. Same thing happened when I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. The cover is quite simple but it portrays the book rather well.
The writing was gorgeous! I could visualize and even feel like I was in the book not just sitting down and reading it. The details were wonderful, I could see everything the author described.  You could get to feel for the characters and want to learn more about them but you couldn't feel the author in them. It was as if as soon as I opened the book, they took a life of their own. I really liked reading about Sage's character and journey. He developed quite a lot in the book for the best and I couldn't help but root for him while reading. He was sarcastic too, adding humor to the novel. Every character in Nielsen's The False Prince has a role and is significant. No one just appears for show, they all have a well, role they play which adds up to the big picture and ending.
I guess you could say there was a smidge of romance but it doesn't take over the plot of the book, which I actually quite enjoyed considering the focus was on the training to be the false prince.
Towards the end, there was some rather big twists which left me shocked and flipping through the book even faster to find out what had happened. This book felt like a puzzle and you slowly got piece by piece of it throughout the book until the end where you get a magnificent ending that clears up so many questions.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a fast paced novel with gorgeous writing and a riveting plot.

“Hail His Majesty, the scourge of my life," Conner said to Roden and Tobias as he stomped up the stairs. "I fear the devils no longer, because I have the worst of them right here in my home!”
― Jennifer A. Nielsen, The False Prince

Friday, May 18, 2012

Book Review: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson ( Little Blue Envelope #2 )

Title: The Last Little Blue Envelope
Author: Maureen Johnson
Author Links: Website | Twitter | Blog
Series: Little Blue Envelope #2
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 26th 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 282
Summary from Goodreads;
Seventeen-year-old Ginny Blackstone is off on another fun, romantic, and hilarious European adventure in this irresistible sequel to Johnson's breakout hit "13 Little Blue Envelopes."
I was hesitant to read this book because my friend told me she'd read it and wait for it, there was a love triangle. Sigh, I don't hate triangles but I also don't read them if I can avoid it. Main reason is because they annoy me when the girl can't choose and the answer is pretty obvious on who she should be with. Anywho, I gave it a chance because I really enjoyed the first book and man, am I glad I read it. This book totally delivered. I felt that I enjoyed The Last Little Blue Envelope more than I enjoyed Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. 
There was action and of course they were on a road trip! I love books about road trips, especially after reading Amy and Roger's Detour. They always seem to portray characters more than a regular novel would. I enjoyed continuing reading about Ginny's road trips and her journey through life. I felt that this book was much more enjoyable because the characters developed even more. There was a new character introduced in this book, which I came to adore and there was an old character that I came to want to slap along with Ginny. The romance was realistic and adorable! I loved the new character and the twist he comes along with. I really like Johnson's writing because just when you think you know what's going to happen, she drops a bombshell and you're caught up in the story over again. I couldn't stop reading The Last Little Blue Envelope or put it down at all. The only thing that bothered me was the ending, it just wasn't as .. satisfying as I'd hope it'd be. Overall though, the book didn't let me down. :)
I recommend picking up The Last Little Blue Envelope or picking up Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes if you haven't read it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Follow Friday ( 8 )

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Q: Summer Break is upon us! What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?
Credit: Tumblr
I think anywhere with a shaded place I can sit and read under. Like, under a tree. I'm not picky about these things, really.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday ( 8 )

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Top Ten books I want/ need to read.
 1. Divergent by Veronica Roth ( Divergent #2 )
I'm probably the only person who hasn't read this yet.. or owns a copy.. BUT I loved Divergent so I'll be getting a copy soon.
 2. Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry
I got a copy recently and I CAN'T wait to read it. I mean, look at the cover and read the summary and you'll understand.
 3. Revived by Cat Patrick
I recently picked up this book and it's gorgeous! It also sounds so good!
 4. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I have a ARC of this and I can't wait to start it! Everyone has been rating it high and raving about it already.
 5. Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
I picked up a copy of this at my school's book fair but haven't read it so I expect to read this in the near future.
 6. The Death Cure ( The Maze Runner #3 )
I hate endings to series which is why I haven't gotten to reading this yet, but I really want to find out what happens!
 7. The Selection by Kiera Cass
Gorgeous cover, check. Curiosity takes over, check. I've heard mixed reviews on this book and quite honestly, I want to find out my own opinion of this book so.. TBR :D
 8. Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck
*swoon swoon* I adored Ren in Tiger's Curse and I can't wait to find out more about him and his brother in this sequel. The only thing I'm really hoping doesn't happen is a love triangle. *Shakes head*
9. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
*shrugs* I just really want to read it..
10. Until I Die by Amy Plum ( Revenants #2 )
I preordered this book on my nook but haven't gotten around to reading it. >.<

Book Review: Dead is A Battlefield by Marlene Perez ( Dead is #6 )

Title: Dead is a Battlefield
Author: Marlene Perez
Author Links: Website | Blog | Twitter
Series: Dead is #6
Publisher: Graphia
Publication Date: March 2012
Summary from Goodreads;
Jessica Walsh is starting her freshman year at Nightshade High and trying to forget about the tragic events surrounding her brother’s graduation. She wants to have a normal high school experience. But that’s easier said than done in Nightshade.
When a new boy shows up at school, the girls are infected with a case of seriously creepy crushes. But when their obsession turns to violence, Jessica and her friends start to wonder if there’s more going on than just a little friendly rivalry. Are the smitten girls turning into love zombies?
And Jessica has other worries—like her crush on Dominic Gray, the cute but moody new singer for Side Effects May Vary, and the mysterious tattoo that appeared on her arm one day and lets her know whenever there is trouble brewing. Jessica learns she's a Virago, a woman warrior chosen to fight evil whenever it threatens her hometown. But does a lowly freshman really have what it takes to keep Nightshade safe?
I adore this series, really. One of my favorite things about this series is that you can pick any book of the series and read it. It doesn't have to be in any particular order and I really enjoy that. I also adore these covers, they're so colorful and simple. The book is also smaller than the usual printings.
I was worried at first because Marlene switches up some things and main characters but my worries disappeared as I got to know Jessica and read on. Jessica is not someone I can completely relate to but I did enjoy seeing her character face the challenges that came up and how she developed throughout the book. Her character was kind of oblivious at times but she caught onto things eventually. I was not disappointed with the romance and action in this book because it was simply filled with it. The romance was also not straight up falling in love, there's some background on that too. The romance was a tad too fast for my liking but it worked out towards the end. The pacing was consistent and never slowed down or went too fast except for an occasional moment in the story. The ending was great! I love how Marlene manages to give you a satisfying ending but leaves you wanting the next books in the series.
I'd recommend Dead is a Battlefield to anyone wanting a quick, light read that manages to include action and romance within it's pages too. I would also recommend it to fans of zombies. ;D