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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review + Giveaway: Unlikely Allies

Title: Unlikely Allies

Author CC Koen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Reviewer: Aly

Book Blurb: 
What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?

Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?

Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one.

Two auburn beauties stumble into his life.

One will break his heart.

The other—heal it.

Will he love or leave them?


Oh my goodness, there are not enough words to describe this book and how it made me feel. I felt a whole range of emotions-sadness, laughter, happiness, excitement, etc. The sweet moments were so painfully sweet and the terrible moments brought you to the lowest of lows. The author really cemented these feelings for you and it was also thanks to the connection that you felt to the characters that they had created. You became interested in the characters lives and what would happen to them. They became real and like friends. That is what C.C. Koen has done with Unlikely Allies.

The plot seems to be moving quite slowly until finally it hits the moment where it kicks into high gear. But the slow moving pace never turned me off because it meant more time with Cece, Rick, Matt, etc.  You fell even more in love with them as you saw their everyday lives, and what they were dealing with or how they were as characters. The major plot point was one of those ones that was kind of expected but nonetheless it was an intriguing situation to witness especially when you weren’t sure of the outcome.

And that ending. It was beautiful and amazing and wow. I will certainly be adding C.C. Koen to the list of authors that I need to keep an eye on. She created a book that drew me in, made the characters seem real and the plot was one that while the major point was expected, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t any less interesting.


About the Author
C.C. Koen writes contemporary romance with a twist. An avid reader who enjoys mystery and suspense, her stories will never be what you expect. Determined to find adventure in her dreams and life, she enjoys skydiving, sailing and any activity that challenges her. Teacher by day, romance writer at night produce an active imagination that comes to life in her writing.

Website: www.cckoen.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/authorcckoen @authorcckoen
Blog: www.authorcckoen.com     
Author Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/authorcckoen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Time in a Taiwan Bookstore

So I'm currently on my month-and-a-half long trip in Asia, hence my rather spotty posting/blog updates. As of right now, I'm in Taiwan. So of course, like the good little book nerd I am, I decided to check out the bookstore located in the mall (called Eslite Book Store). Mind = Blown.

 Seeing many favorite and familiar books translated into their Chinese version was strangely surreal. Also, seeing the different covers for the Chinese version was pretty awesome. Trust me, I was tempted to buy all the books I could get me hands on. Alas,

 I must be able to stuff them all into my suitcase so I limited myself to three books: Game of Thrones (in English), Confessions of a Murder Suspect (also in English), and of course, Legend (in Chinese). I was most pleased with my find of Legend in Chinese, as I have searched high and low in the US for it . . . Amazon, ebay, Barnes and Noble--none of these shops carried the Chinese edition of Legend. It even took some digging and four store employees at Eslite Book Store to find the Chinese edition of Legend (it was buried way deep in the backroom). Alright, enough talking. Happy readings!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Book Review: Fallen

Title: Fallen

Author: Emily Clarke

Genre: YA Paranormal

Reviewer: Aly

Book Blurb: 

Julie Anderson never wanted to leave her life and friends behind in Connecticut, but when her father gets a new job in Texas she discovers her destiny. When she meets the devilishly fallen angel, Nick Landers, her life begins to unravel. Nick is different from the other boys and seems to have a crush on her. Julie soon learns that Nick has taken an oath never to fall in love with an earthly woman. Despite Nick's unhealthy obsession with her, Julie finds herself falling for him. When Julie's mother is killed in a car wreck, Julie realizes her own life is at risk and only fate will decide whether Nick kills or protects her. Fallen is a work of fiction but it contains relevant and controversial issues facing teenagers and young adults today.

Alright, I’m going to start off by saying the premise of this book was great but I just didn’t enjoy this book.

The writing style was very abrupt and dialogue based. Which was interesting but could also make figuring out who was speaking a bit difficult at times. It didn’t appeal to me as a reader but it might be your style. There were some grammar errors but what human is perfect?

Fallen did give a good look at all the different perspectives during a teenager’s years. The parents and Julie were each given some time to allow their differing opinions to shine through and the reasoning behind those as well. Not to mention there were some from Nick’s point of view and Tyler’s that allows for a more complete picture of what is going on.

This book did give me some shivers. Nick was a creepy character after some things came to life and it seems as if Tyler might follow the same road if things aren’t fixed somehow. There were some confusing moments but it does get explained at least a little.

If you’re not a fan of cliffhangers, I warn you that you might want to wait for more books to come out in this series. The ending was came up quite quickly and with little warning.

Emily Clarke does deal with some sensitive issues that affect teens and she handled them well. It wasn’t sensationalised and was handled very well.

Fallen was alright, but I found that it just wasn’t the type of book I can gush about or maybe I just read it at the wrong time. It was a good book and if it sounds like something you might enjoy then I think you should give it a chance.