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Year in Review: Series

I have over 260 books in the year of 2013! I’m extremely proud of myself considering last year I only read 86. But I digress.  Today is the last day of 2013 and I wanted (like so many others) to take the time and reflect and break down my loves and love nots.


I loved the imagery, the  suspense and the realistic characters of these books.  Yes, there are two maybe three missing from this list but these are the ones that immediately came to mind when I sat down and began to write.

Each of these authors created stories from old stories or themes and created something new.  It showed passion, fire and love. These are series are highly recommended.

Love Not

I hate the fact that these series made the list because they had so much potential. But the biggest flaw to all of these books was characters. These characters were either selfish, bratty, and/or boring.

But this wasn’t the only issue with these books. The stories were undeveloped, lacked personality, and flare. They were a struggle to get through and showed no hope for the second book or third book.

BEWARE! the pretty titles and covers.

Love, Tanya

Book Review: Life Eternal by Yvonne Woon

*This may contain some spoilers because I have some questions*

DisneyHyperion                January  24 2012              392 Pages
                   Disney Hyperion                             Published: January 24 2012
392 Pages

I was skeptical of the second book to the Dead Beautiful series. Although the first book was a good read (you can look at my review here) I didn’t think the second book would be strong. But oh my goodness was I wrong; this is an amazing read.

17 year old Rene Winters is nothing like her former self. A year has past since her parents’ death, Dante is in hiding, and her Grandfather is still mean and hiding information.  But that’s not all when Dante and Rene kissed things changed for her. She’s having nightmares that she believes is the future, she looks older and worn out. Rene is not the same.

But things change when her Grandfather sends her to another school and she discovers some secrets about her mom, the infamous Nine Sisters and Dante.

The author did an amazing job with this book. There was minimum dragging and that was perfect; everything was exactly as it needed to be and at a consistent pace until the climax came. The questions that formed in the first few chapters weren’t easily solved either. It was a mystery up until the last two chapters. Woon, even threw in a little love triangle which wasn’t in bad taste. It wasn’t the whole theme of the story and I really appreciated that.

The story itself didn’t have any issues worth mentioning but I was disappointed in the Grandfather. You would think that after almost losing his grand-daughter after just losing his daughter, he would be a bit more opened to Rene. NOT. He was a stubborn and mean man and I couldn’t stand him. Rene also bothered me this book too because she didn’t stand up to him. She never stood her ground; he walked over her the entire book and I’m pretty sure he will do the same in the next book. But that was the most annoying thing ever.

As for Dante . . . I am still completely in love with him ;)

Okay . . . here is where the spoiler comes because I have a question to anyone that has read the book. If the ninth sister used the box of eternity . . . where the heck is she? No one even bothered to ask if she was alive or not, which I though was weird. Maybe it will come up in the next book?

Overall, I give this book a perfect score; 10 out of 10. I’m terribly upset the book won’t release until January 2014 -.-

Book Review: Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

Was I in for a surprise when I read this book!

Dead beautiful by Yvone Woon (goodreads)
Dead beautiful by Yvone Woon (goodreads)

For Renee Winters her life is perfect; dating the hottest guy in school, love her parents, and has the best friend in the world. She couldn’t have asked for a better life that is until her 16th birthday. On her way home from a beach date, Renee discovers her parents’ bodies in the middle of the woods.

After the funeral, here comes the rich Grandfather that has not been in contact with Renee since she was seven.  For his own reasons, he sends Renee to Gottfried Academy in the middle of no where Maine, where she meet Dante. The hottest boy at Gottfried, who doesn’t talk to anyone much but seems to be drawn to Renee as much as she is to him.

But of course as they get closer things get complicated.

This book when I initially picked it up sounded typical. Rich Grandfather, the main character doesn’t really know; sent to a boarding school; meets a hot guy; discovers everything isn’t what it seems; all of this is pretty typical. But Woon was able to surprise me and keep me going even though for about 20 chapters she was really repeating the same things over and over and over again.

It took too long for Renee to actually get answers. But once the answers started coming it was great. I loved the ending. It is perfect for a book two. I loved loved Dante. He didn’t come off too weird or too perfect. Renee wasn’t bad either. Woon did a pretty good job developing her and I am pretty sure she will grow up more in the next two books.

Overall, the book gets a 8 out of 10. It was long, dragged out but the connection between Dante and Renee kept the book going on strong.


My Summer Reading

Summer Summer Summer Time!!


It’s the time for the beach and for some people like me massive amounts of reading. I love to share; so here is my summer reading list. I may not hit them all and there will probably be extra ones that are not on this list. So check out my goodreads for further updates.

1. When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

2. Defy the Dark by Sandra Mitchell

3. GloomCookie by Serena Valentino

4. The Gates by John Connolly

5. Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon

6. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente

7. In One Person by John Irving

8. Flowers in the Attic by V.C.  Andrews

9. Rapture by Susan Minot

10. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

11. Finding Sky by Joss Stirling

12. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

13. Autumn Rose by Abigail Gibbs

14. Faerie After by Janni Lee Simner

15. Hector Finds Time by Francois Lelord

16. Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir

17. Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women by Nura Maznavi

18. Now is the Time to Open Your Heart by Alice Walker

19. Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

20. The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma