Monthly Archives: February 2014

Book Review #52: Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 26/02/14
My 11th book this year.)

Fane, a Romanian foreign exchange student moves in across the street from Jacque. Fane is a werewolf and somehow he has just unintentionally found his mate. With Jacque being a human, Fane decides the best approach is to get to know her so that she willingly chooses him.

With their destinies entwined, the two teenagers can communicate through their thoughts. Jacque freaks out and thinks she has finally gone insane, so Fane must get her to understand, then join him with his people, his alpha’s pack.

Along comes Lucas Steele, werewolf alpha of their current town. He challenges Fane to bonding rights with his soulmate. Fane has no choice but to accept this fight to the death. Jacque has no say in the matter but she knows for sure who her destined mate is. She just hopes he can win the battle and finish the blood bond between wolf mates.

I absolutely loved this book even though there are a few unbelievably huge flaws. Firstly, I adore Fane, his possessiveness, his need for Jacque and his obedience and loyalty to his pack. Secondly, I absolutely love the idea of werewolves living amongst humans.

Being a vampire lover, I have never read a book based on werewolves until now. I’m extremely glad I picked up this book. I wish in real life, everybody had a soul mate who would be their only mate.

***SPOILER ALERT***
What I hated about this book, also being the reason why it is not possible for this to be a 5 star book: why does nobody question the existence of werewolves and so willingly accepts everything they are told?

I’m not entirely sure that the ending worked for me. I was hoping for something more dramatic and maybe a few rules being broken. But I guess that’s just me deep down, a rebel on a mission for excitement and adventure.

Written by Ling Lee (26/02/14).

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Book Review #51: Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn

I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 24/02/14
My 10th book this year.)

Mina Grime, accident prone, shy and has zero confidence in herself. Her best friend, Nan, is her only friend. That is until a school trip to a bakery leads to all kinds of drama.

Brody is the most popular boy in school. Obviously he is dating the cliche most popular girl at school. Something happens at the bakery, leaving Brody in a life or death situation and Mina, the most unexpected of all, comes to his rescue.

Brody happens to be the “out of her league” crush. But he finally notices her after she saves his life.

Spinning from a curse of the brothers Grimm fairy tales, Mina (Wilhelmina Grimm) has been chosen to complete every story and survive every bad situation to break the curse.

I wanted to love this book. I absolutely love Fairy Tales, almost as much as my love for Vampires. This book had so much potential. I was excited to start reading but very quickly changed my mind. I absolutely despised how Mina lived above a Chinese restaurant, with owner’s who supposedly speak bad English. Absolutely NOT necessary to make this book work.

I hated the ending, especially with what happens to Brody. Too abrupt, too harsh and it didn’t leave me wondering about book 2 or any of the future series of this book.

I was highly disappointed by Mina’s character. Her friendship with Nan feels like it could only work within the confines of this book. Such insecurity in a supposed heroine just makes this series feel over the top and most definitely unbelievable.

I’m sad to write this review because I love fairy tale retellings. I’ll stick with Alex Flinn for now.

Written by Ling Lee (24/02/14).

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Book Review #50: The Treatment by Suzanne Young

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 13/02/14
My 9th book this year.)

Sloane has lost all memories that ever made her feel pain, sadness or depression. Feeling hollowed out and knowing there’s something missing in her life but she cannot remember what. Until the one memory she she was allowed to keep, cracks her, then she realises she has to find out what happened in her past to know who she really is.

Sloane and James find one another again, even without their memories of one another. Somehow they piece together information about themselves until they choose to run from the program.

Realm… Mysteriously appears at the most crucial moments, filling James and Sloane with doubts about who to trust.

The oddly made team join up with other program rebels and fight for their pasts, their memories and their lives back.

I love the message of this story. What matters is now. If things were meant to be then they happen over and over again. Realm and James are really great characters. I really like feisty Dallas. Sloane was a better character in book one. But all in all, this book was just as good as the first of the series. Not as dramatic and suspense filled as I had hoped but a great story til the end. Well done once again Suzanne Young.

Written by Ling Lee (13/02/14).

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Book Review #49: The Program by Suzanne Young

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 11/02/14
My 8th book this year.)

Suicide is a massive epidemic affecting too many teenagers. After losing too many lives, society has decided to impose “The Program” to control this mass problem. Handlers watch the students on a regular basis, searching for signs of depression or suicidal individuals.

Every teen has a fear of being taken into the Program and losing all of their memories, their pasts’. After being flagged as a potential risk, handlers take people whether willingly or forcefully.

Sloane’s brother, Brady, committed suicide. That means people are already keeping tabs on her. Those who were close to someone who committed suicide are high risk. One handler has his eye on Sloane, waiting for her to breakdown and take her in.

James was Brady’s best friend. He made a promise to look after Sloane after watching Brady die. Now we see if Sloane and James beat the Program or get taken in…

What happens when you lose all of the things that ever made you feel pain? When they take away meaningful memories but leave you only with happy thoughts?

I loved this book. I love the idea of having everything painful removed. Having only happy memories must be such a relief. But surely confusion is a permanent feeling?

I fell for James. For his quirkiness. His bad boy reputation and his need to protect Sloane. I’m intrigued by the ending and am very much looking forward to reading book 2 of the series “The Treatment”.

It feels like the whole book is centred around defying rules and beating the program but it works. I highly recommend this book. A fresh idea and a delightful find. Congratulations Suzanne Young for this amazing story and for broadening my mind.

Written by Ling Lee (11/02/14).

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