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The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1) ~ Skylar Dorset

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I read this book, and have spent plenty of time look at it. Sorting though it. Then I went back to my GoodReads account to get copy of cover … and I still have no idea as to where to begin.
So, I looked to see what my other GoodRead friends were reading this book or had read it. I cam across this:
”Where to start? I’ve been staring at a blinking cursor for a few minutes now, trying to figure out how to put THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS into some sort of coherent thought …” (From another blogger, All Things Urban Fantasy, who I enjoy checking out what they have read.)
I could have laughed when I read this … here I am having the damnest time trying to figure out what to say & they got part of how I felt right there! I would give them huge hugs … but I will simply go with a thank you on this. (To read the rest of their blog on this book simply click the quote above.) It’s worth the time to see how they felt as well. Before picking up that book … sometimes Bookaholics are worth listening to.

I won’t bother quoting any more of All Things Urban Fantasy, because while I agree with parts of it … for me there is something that has been holding me back from doing this review. I began it, but I could never find the words I needed to finish it until now, when I read another book given from the view point of a teen. Not even close to the same type of story, but it finally click what was  holding me back so much.

Ms. Dorset is definitely a talented writer BUT how she decided to put this one is writing pretty much killed the story. When you write 1st person you need to keep it in that area … to me it felt like she went back to edit it into a 1st person novel. Like parts of it were written to sound like they came from a teen but others were written to sound like they came from another individual. Then at the last minute, Ms. Dorset decided to make it 1st person … which if that is the case, it needs some drastic edits to fix it & make it sound like it is coming from ONE person of the same age. This is like it could be same person of different ages, with a LOT of missing parts too.

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You begin a tale about a girl being raised by “nutcase” Aunts, only to learn they may not be as crazy as thought. Let’s not forget the father who is in the insane asylum, but how he actually arrived leaves you searching for “prequels.” Then you bounce from a “friendship” to 1st love in the blink of a eye. Let’s not for the fact that one minute you are dealing with a confused teen to a powerful “whatever” she is. Plus there is the best friend who can manage to jump where humans are suppose to, but does & she doesn’t seem all too phased about it … just because that’s how “best friends” are suppose to act. (So much missing!!!!)
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When you add all this up, the novel should have been FAR thicker/longer. There is no question that so much was left out of this novel, and the missing parts is what (IMO) causes harm to the story. The idea & characters (for the most part) are well rounded. They keep you wanting to read, hoping to get those missing parts … but when you finish, you are STILL missing them. Those are needed to make this tale an amazing one. They need to be added back in, or found …which ever it is in this cause. (Please!)

When I read the other story, 1st person by a teen, that is where I learned what was bothering me. IF that main character skipped over something, you would find it later in the story. When you finished that book, you all ALL the parts (even if they were a bit out of order in some cases) and that MADE the tale.
That is what I feel has been my main problem with this … I could not place exactly what I was missing, part of the bloody story, is what. It makes you feel that you were NOT given what you thought you were reading.

Will I read book 2 … probably because I want to see if she learned & corrected her errors in the 1st novel. You can tell Ms. Dorset has the skills to do this … but I think she lost something & hope she finds it in the following book.

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Rising (Rising #1) ~ Holly Kelly

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Open book … read harshness that you want to leave, but bloody Hades if Ms. Kelly doesn’t keep you reading just so you know what happens to the main character. (Which completely drives me nuts at times, but then that is life … suck it up & move on!)

Dragonian Xanthus is walking on land to prevent a war between humans & the inhabitants of the oceans. Mankind is doing it’s best to destroy the oceans, this is something that we do in our world because so many don’t stop & think. (We have all done it, but sadly some just keep on doing it.) This Dragonian took a HUGE chance going Triton to prevent this war.
Triton is the father of mermaids/mermen, who were all wipe out due to Poseidon ordering the Dragonian to eliminate them all. Because of this, Triton despise all of the Dragonian (even if they were born after all the deaths of his children) … but can you blame him?

Xanthus comes across a 1/2 human & Dragonian, who by law he must kill. This woman has lived her entire live in a wheel chair because she has a skin colored tail fin. Not knowing that she was 1/2 anything, but simply disfigured, Sara Taylor is about to find out more is actually living in the world than she every believed.
Discovering that she can actually breath  underwater and learning swim, takes up so much of  her time with Xanthus. That she does not question a lot of the how’s until running in to Xanthus’ brother … let’s just creep with a tale-fin & creep is being NICE about it!!

This new world you will discover a little bit of fantasy followed by many reasons not to keep pollute this planet. Great way to bring it across, put many of the reasons in a fantasy tale that pulls you in (but not to the pollution aspect) to characters and how they came to be.
Both of these two will have to fight long & hard to complete the task set out before them, for themselves as well as for each other. Ms. Kelly has create characters that work well together (even the ones  you despise) in a world where fantasy can be found pretty much at your front door.

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Kill the Boy Band ~ Goldy Moldavsky

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What happens when you have a group of girls who love the same boy band as “best” friend? Danger in the making, not only for the boy band but for the friends.

This book covers one of the most interesting ways to “kill” off a famous band without killing every single one of them … oh, one dies but the question is who did it & why. That is one story that keeps you reading.

Ms. Moldavsky has written an interesting tale about the few years many of us go though during our teen years. She hits on emotions that many do not even realize they are going though & won’t for many years.

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The Veil (The Fianna Trilogy #3) ~ Megan Chance

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I fell in love with this series from the 1st few pages of the 1st novel, The Shadows. But the tale of Grace, Denny & Patrick took more than one book to complete. After all, love is not an easy thing & it’s never simple …

Grace has been with Denny since her brother tricked her into meeting up with him. He’s trying to protect her & keep her safe from the Fomori … and the evils he fully believes they might do to her.
Denny is trying to run from a curse that states he will kill the Veleda during the ceremony that will release the power.
Patrick is hurting the area searching for Grace. But has come to an agreement with her brother to do everything in his power to keep her alive by looking for a way to break the curse stating the Veleda must die.

But there is so much more to this story. Grace finds her love, and Denny runs from his love. The Druid is not just a Druid … but that is something you will have to read to find out Winking smile.
Is there a way to break this curse? Why do both opposing groups seem to believe that the Veleda has the power of the Goddess? Why does Grace’s brother have storm powers? What is the extra curse on the Veleda caused by a past Veleda? What did that Veleda do to cause this extra curse?

Mrs. Chance is an amazing story teller. She combines so much detail, and keeps you turning page after page to learn what is going to happen. I do hope that she does tell us more beyond this trilogy about these characters.

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The Shadows (The Fianna Trilogy #1) ~ Megan Chance

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Ms. Chance had me hooked when I began chapter 1. She has created a world where the past heroes & Gods are needed in a future time from where they originally come from.

Patrick is a member of an Irish group & wants to free Ireland. Grace is the who dreams of her white knight rescuing her. Denny is a Fianna Warrior who feels he must prove he is worthy of being a Fianna. The way these characters interact with one another, they differences & similarities … they make an interesting set of main characters.
Each of these three must go through their own issues, as well as they ones they must go though together. There is trust issues, loyalty issues, and of course there is a love triangle.

I loved the Irish folklore that was in this book. How it was brought to life centuries after it happened. Bringing the early 19th century heroes from the past to save them in a dire time. This is a time where most are moving past believe in the folklore myths, but some who decide that these myths could be the save them.
Ms. Chance provides you with plenty of detail on the characters. She gives you back stories for each of the characters, even the minor ones. Creating an interesting goals using folklore to complete them.

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The Awakening (Hasea Chronicles #1) ~ Stuart Meczes

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When you begin this book, it takes a bit to get use to the idea that the writer is trying to express. It is almost like a jumble of ideas floating around but you have yet to figure out who they are all connected.
This is not your typical paranormal type of book. In this world, or worlds, you will find a new idea of where the different paranormal types come from. But to get to that point you have to go though the jumble of ideas in the beginning.
I almost stopped reading the book altogether. I did stop, and read a few others in between finishing the book. Mainly because it was starting to frustrate me. But after I got past the jumble of ideas, I discovered it to be a great read. You just have to find the patience to keep reading, because you will then discover the mystery behind what is going on in the book.

A boy, Alexander Eden,  who is bullied by kids at school & even his own stepfather (which you find out why later in the book) discovers that he is not exactly like the others he goes to school with. He shares part of this with this (half-)brother, Mikey, because he needs to be able to discuss it with someone he can truly trust.
Then enters the Gabriella De Luca, who has all the answers he needs but is there to watch him. To ensure that he makes it though the transition he is going though. But there is more to Ella than what appears in the beginning, and she must decide if she can trust Alex enough to tell him.

You will read about a large variety of types of individuals (Sage Faru, Midnight, Delagio, Sylvia, Scarlett, Dakin, Tyler, Rachel, Sophia, Selene, Lafelei, Mikey, Sage Etorre, Sage Asmund …). Each of them has a tale that improves upon the story. Each of them is just as valuable to the story as Alex & Ella, because without them … the story would crash and be nothing.

In the end, you find the jumble of ideas in the beginning to make more sense. The mystery becomes crystal clear, and you are glad you took the time to read the story.
I am looking forward to reading book two in this series. Mr. Meczes has an interesting way of putting a jumble of ideas together creating a world & story that pull you in. It is rare to find a writer that can frustrate you but keep you reading, slowly pulling you into a story.

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Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians #6) ~ Dianne Duvall

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When I 1st began this book, it was like I was picking up a book from similar series I had read a few years ago. Actually, it drove me to searching all the books I have read of the last few years to find out what series this reminded me of.
I pulled up my GoodReads, and dove into the books I had read in the past. Then I came across Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon (the Dark-Hunter series) & it all fit into place. There are some similarities but for the most part they are two completely different series. Since I rather enjoyed the Dark-Hunter series, I thought since there were SOME similarities, I would keep reading … I am so glad I did!!!

Ms. Duvall managed to create a unique world around these Immortal Guardians. One that provides you with a little mystery, battles that need to be fought to save their world, love that needs to be found by individuals who have been the saviors of that planet … plus there is the comedy that she adds in (even in the most unusual moments).
I found myself staying awake all night to finish this book. That is does not happen very often, I love to read rarely keep myself up all night just to find out how the story ends.

Heather Lane can read minds, but has been having the same dream for about a year. Where she must fight off vampires, which at 1st she does what most do … blows it off. UNTIL she find the actual field from her dreams, then she begins going there every day around the time it was in her dream.
When it finally comes true, Heather is believes that her alarm just did not wake her up. She babbles a lot to Ethan about this, but sadly he thinks she is upset or simple does not understand what she is talking about.
From there the story takes off. The connection is between Heather & Ethan is strong. But danger keeps popping it’s pretty demented head into their lives.

I won’t give away ANY spoilers. But I will tell that this book alone has me looking to get the prior books & the ones that follow. Simple because Ms. Duvall created some interesting characters in the one book I did read. I want to read their stories and the others she has written because she gave all the characters depth & personality, even the ones that were barely touched in this book. She leaves you want to read about them as well.

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