Category: Contemporary


Review: 5 Stars to Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher #YA #mystery #contemporary #fabread

Posted 12 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

five-stars

Secrets, romance, murder and lies: Zoe shares a terrible secret in a letter to a stranger on death row in this second novel from the author of the bestselling debut, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret—a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder.

Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can—in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

 

 

 

Review:

Wow. I had wondered about Ketchup Clouds for a long time. I’ll be honest, the cover put me off. I have a tendency to judge by a cover. I know, I know. *slaps wrist* But after spotting it in the library, I just had to try. A few people on twitter even said how good it was, so I went into it with an open mind and eagerness.

Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. I was first a bit put off by the whole writing-in-letters format, but actually that’s what turned out to be most fun, because it was a lot more personal, and basically, easier to read. She sends them to a man in prison somewhere in Texas, which I did wonder if he ever received them. Asides from that, there wasn’t the usual clogged up descriptions on things and I was hooked on the story. I wanted to find out what Zoe – which wasn’t her real name – had actually done. Because she had me intrigued. Also the fact she was in England and therefore used terms I understood, didn’t hurt either. 🙂

I really liked the boys, Aaron and Max, too. Okay, maybe not so much Max. To be honest, he got on my nerves. But the romance between either boy wasn’t heavy and I think if it had been it would have taken something away from the story. Aaron was definitely mysterious, and sweet. I really felt their connection and wanted to swipe Max out of the picture.

Zoe’s family were real. I mean, they weren’t just on the sidelines, looking into Zoe whenever the mood suited them. They were a fundamental part of her story and I found I quite grew used to them. Sure, her mum was a bit neurotic, but who isn’t these days? >_< Joking. No, but she did at least care. Which a lot of parents in YA these days don’t seem to do.

The narrator continues to keep us guessing on her so called murder, and when it’s revealed, I was like…o_o But it’s easily the best lead up because I was not in the least bit able to predict it. And that’s a success in my opinion.

The way the book ends is a little sad, however, but that’s mostly because of my ability to attach myself to a character(s) and forever want them to be together. Sigh. But alas, I really enjoyed this novel and for that I am rating this my first 5 star in a few months. *claps* Yay!

That’s all from me.

Kat

five-stars
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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Two Faced by Melissa Pearl #YA #NA #Paranormal

Posted 12 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Two Faced

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TWO FACED BY MELISSA PEARL

RELEASE DATE: October 12, 2014

TF

 Caitlyn Davis has an unusual gift. She knows exactly how people feel. Everyone wears a mask, but she sees the hidden truth. This ability has changed her life, both for the better and worse. She can choose to ignore what she sees…but what happens when it involves the guy she loves?

Eric Shore knew getting involved with a girl who could read people was risky, but he couldn’t help himself. Caitlyn is gorgeous and he loves being with her. Their relationship is going great…until she tells him that his step-brother and star basketball player, Connor, is doing drugs. Having looked up to the guy for years, Eric just can’t buy it. Things only get worse when Caitlyn questions the true nature of Eric’s favorite teacher.

The first year at college is supposed to be amazing, but theirs is off to a rocky start. As masks are peeled away, secrets will be exposed, dangers will be revealed, and both must decide out of the people closest to them, who is telling the truth…and who is being two-faced.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

Melissa

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book was released in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books releasing in 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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Review: 3.5 stars to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han #YA #Contemporary

Posted 10 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

three-half-stars

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved.

When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.

Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control…

 

 

 

 

 

May contain spoilers

Review:

So many people have read this and said how good it was. So I thought, why not give it a try. After all, I was on a contemporary reading streak so this fit right in.

The book started off well… We’re introduced to Lara’s family and we’re acclimatised to how they feel about each other and Josh, and his relationship with Margot, Lara’s older sister, who is going to college in Scotland.

However, we discover that Lara has always loved Josh… and she’s even written a letter she has intention of sending him, but this way she can get her feelings off her chest and try to get over him, knowing he’ll never be hers.

Then suddenly Peter and Josh come up to her, and questions her about the letters. It’s then that the trouble starts. She realises they were sent and she has to fix it. But it’s hilarious because she can’t, and I found myself laughing my head off at some of the nets she caught herself in. I mean, the most important person she didn’t want to know how she felt, finds out and it’s like OH MY GOD WHAT DO I DO? So what does she do?

She does stupid stuff. I’m not even kidding. Hence my lowish score. The over all premise was great, but it got irritating with how stupid she got. Not to mention her sister, Margot, was a complete bitch and in some ways, reminded me of my brothers. They only know what they’ve seen and can’t accept things have changed since they’ve left. Margot was the same, she expected Lara and Kitty (Lara’s younger sister) to struggle without her help, but the truth was, they were doing fine. Margot disapproved of nearly everything that happened while she was at college, and when she’s back for Christmas, she acts…well , bitchy. And it just made me want to smack her upside the head.

Lara’s trick to fake date Peter in order to put Josh off was a fail, and I knew it was going to end badly. As it happens, there were some bits that I saw coming. It was kinda cute, but I was still rooting for Josh.

My favourite character was definitely Josh, though. He was always there for her and though she pushed him away, he came back. He wanted to protect Lara, and it was SO DAMNED OBVIOUS he loved her back but she was being such an idiot and not letting anything happen.

And then the ending…we find out who sent the letters out and it’s like….WTF? That’s it? Because for some reason I heard that we don’t find out who did it, but then I read who did and I just face-palmed myself.

Over all, I did enjoy this book, but it wasn’t worth all the hype. But isn’t that usually the way? If this is part of a series, I may read the next. I don’t know. It was a run read anyway, and kept me entertained.

Kat

three-half-stars
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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Heat by Kailin Gow

Posted 6 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, New Adult, Romance / 0 Comments

 

Release Day Blitz

 

 

 

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Bobby Cummings went to Paris to study at the same international culinary institute as his sister Taryn Cummings. Instead of taking it seriously as she did, he wanted to sample all the goods in Paris, especially the pretty girls there. Why not? He was 19 and the world was his oyster. He wanted to be just like Errol King, a Master Chef, who taught at the Institute and was a notorious bad boy chef.

The only thing was someone was going to walk into his life and put a wrench into his plans…someone with eyes like violets and hair like chocolate silk, and a smoldering passion that consumes him whenever they’re together.

He didn’t think she would be his type at all. He didn’t think he would be hot for Lily, his teacher at the Culinary Institute. Now what would Taryn think? What would Errol think?

Whatever they thought…there’s one thing he knew for certain, things with Lily and at the Institute had just gotten heated.

This is a 4 book serial.

Heat is a spin off of Kailin’s Master Chef’s Series. Enter to win an ebook set all three, Devour Me, Savor Me and Consume Me!

 

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Kailin Gow’s life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com – The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated book series – had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon’s top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women’s shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women’s fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series – COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles – age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series – Next Book – Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers’ demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series – COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series – All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY – 2015.
Fire Wars Series – All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy – All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games – All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett – All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries – All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY – 2015.
Stoker Sisters – All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS – 2015.

Beyond Crystal River – 2015 NEW SERIES.

SHADES – 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer – All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers – All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard – 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) – Coming in 2015
Canvas – Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege – COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) – Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) – Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House – Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
– Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

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Review: True Colors by Melissa Pearl #DNF

Posted 5 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, DNF, Mature, New Adult, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

two-half-stars

Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama. That is, until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends suddenly appears terrified, but masks her fear with a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…

 

 

 

Review:

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review. I made it to 64% so I think I have enough to base a review on. (By the way, the spelling of ‘colors’ makes me want to claw a chalkboard. I wanted to put ‘colours’ on principle but thought better not confuse people)

Unfortunately, I really couldn’t finish this. At the start, it seemed like a good premise. Interesting characters and a decent over all story. But the further in I got, the more I realised Caitlyn behaved more like a 12 year old than a near 18yr old. Not that you have to act really mature at 18, but it just…her attitude and general behaviour was really childish.

She was so nosy, prying into people’s business and I know she wanted to help these people, because she could see their real intentions, it got to the point where I was wanting to scream at her to JUST. STOP! The whole “seeing past their masks” thing was cool at first, but then it became ridiculous. It was also cheesy the way she got the ‘powers’ but that’s …meh.

Sure, you can maybe get emotions shown in an expression, but not descriptive feelings. I mean, there are only so many expressions a person can make on their face. Y’know?

I had liked her best friend Stella, but then she also became irritating. Selfish and bratty, but then Caity did realise this and essentially dumped her. Or was it the other way around?

The bad guys were more pantomime bad guys, and I didn’t really believe it. It just seemed pathetic and stupid. Eric Shore was a character I thought would be good for Caity but actually it was weird. He was something like 20 years old and the way he spoke was more like a 30yr old. I got confused, wondering exactly who he was.

Writing style wise, I thought it was well put together, and I didn’t see anything wrong (asides from a few minor errors but nothing worth pointing out). I suppose it was just believability and although this was more a paranormal-ish story, or something like that – it wasn’t plain contemporary – I’d still like some characters I can feel a connection with.

I always feel bad about writing these kind of reviews, but there you go.

Kat

two-half-stars
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#CoverReveal: The Trouble With Faking by Rachel Morgan

Posted 25 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Cover Reveals, New Adult / 0 Comments

 

Cover Reveal

 

The Trouble With Faking by Rachel Morgan is released November 27th 2014.

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☺☺☺

 

After a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumor’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damien decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they/really/want to be with. What could possibly go wrong?

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Review: 4.5 stars to Model Misfit (Geek Girl 2) by Holly Smale #YA

Posted 22 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Funny, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

 

 

Review:

I really liked this book. Although it wasn’t as funny as the first, it definitely had its moments. The trip to Tokyo was inspiring and I found I could really picture it as Harriet described it.

The situation with Nick got on my nerves a bit because I seriously thought he was screwing her around, and she really had no clue.

There was less of Harriet’s parents this time, which was both a shame and kind of nice because it meant more time for other experiences. Like meeting two new models in Japan only to find one of them isn’t quite so friendly as she seemed. I had thought Harriet was getting off lightly this time, but I guess not.

Some of the model shooting Harriet had to do though…genius! I mean, they really made me LOL and shake my head with the horror. I honestly thought she’d get fired every time something went wrong. It almost became a game of how far can she push Yuka.

Oh, and then there’s Harriet’s grandmother who cracked me up. You’d think she was her father’s mother. Not Annabel’s! Wilbur is back, and I absolutely adored him in book one. He’s eccentric without being annoying, which is so fresh because so many characters that come across as out there and…let’s just say….OTT just get on my nerves. By the way that’s Will with a bur not iam.  ッ

I was kinda glad about how everything got resolved in the end. I had serious doubts  but, yeah, it all came through good. I can’t wait to read book 3. I just hope it’s as witty and scandalous as usual. 🙂

Kat

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Review: 3.5 stars to The Trouble With Flirting by Rachel Morgan #Contemporary #YA

Posted 20 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Labelled a nerd for most of high school, Livi sees her first year of university as a chance to redefine herself.

She can finally enter the popular crowd and maybe even land herself a super hot boyfriend.

But Livi’s about to discover that the price of popularity may be more than she’s willing to pay, and that what—and who—she wants most has always been right in front of her.

 

 

Review:

Okay so it’s probably somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars but putting that in the title is weird.

I was given a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review, and honest is what you’ll get.

I didn’t NOT like this. That’s something, at least. I didn’t love it, either. I wanted to. But there were far too many cheesy cliche’s (man, i hate that word!) and just some of the stuff that Livi thought and did were annoying. So that’s why the score isn’t higher.

What I DID like?

There were funny moments that just made me LOL like when Livi tries to be all sexy and cool but then it all turns out wrong. She tried far too hard, and I think she realises that by the end. Her attempts at being popular are pathetic, though, and just made me roll my eyes. And when she went into Uni with her slippers on….OMG.

I liked the bond between her and her best friend Adam. Also, Sarah. The emails between them were sweet and natural. I wanted to slap Livi whenever she messed up with Adam. It was clear how he felt. It was also clear she was an idiot. lol I wish we had seen or heard more of Sarah, but I haven’t read the first in this series. Realising I could this on its own was why I did, but now I’m wondering if Sarah was in the first book or maybe she’s in the 3rd? I don’t know.

The problems with her parents and the incident Livi gets told…well that can happen in any family, and I thought it was portrayed fairly well.

I realise that the over all story is about a girl finding out she doesn’t need to be someone else to get the guy, but it also just makes me incredibly sad that there are girls out there who care so much about image that it destroys who they really are. They take for granted the things that matter.

Okay rant over. The over all feel of this book was good and I found myself getting into it and awwing quite a lot, even if it was mind-blowingly cheesy, which I guess was the point. I also thought it was going to be predictable, but every time I thought I knew what would happen next, I was surprised.

Allegra turned out to be somewhat of a dark horse. I thought she had been lost for good but it was nice how things turned around. There were a couple of fairly real-life serious issues covered in the story and it really brought to light what can happen if you’re not careful. Pick your friends carefully, that’s all I can say. And then you have Carl…

The ending came at me with no warning and I found myself going “that’s it? noo!” but hey that’s a good thing, right?

As contemporary’s go, this was a pleasant surprise.

Kat

 

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#ReleaseDay: The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello #YA

Posted 4 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Release Day Blitz, YA / 0 Comments

Are…you…ready?

. . .

For something EPIC?

Published by Diversion Books

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In this dazzling first book in the EMPRESS CHRONICLES series by the author of THE MOMENT BEFORE, one courageous girl seeks keys to the past to unlock the future…

When city girl Liz is banished to a
rural goat farm on the outskirts of Portland, the 15-year-old feels her life spiraling out of control.  She can’t connect to her father or his young girlfriend, and past trauma adds to her sense of upheaval.  The only person who seems to keep her sane is a troubled boy who is fighting his own demons.  But all of this changes in one historical instant.

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One-hundred fifty years earlier, Elisabeth of Bavaria has troubles of her own.  Her childhood is coming to a crashing end, and her destiny is written in the form of a soothsaying locket that has the ability to predict true love.  But evil is afoot in the form of a wicked enchantress who connives to wield the power of the locket for her own destructive ends.

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When Liz finds a timeworn diary, and within it a locket, she discovers the secrets and desires of the young Bavarian princess who will one day grow up to be the legendary Empress of Austria. It is in the pages of the diary that these two heroines will meet, and it is through their interwoven story that Liz will discover she has the power to rewrite history—including her own…

Readers of books like Rachel Harris’s MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY will love THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES

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About The Author

Suzy Vitello is a proud founding member of a critique group recently dubbed The Hottest Writing Group in Portland, and her short stories have won fellowships and prizes (including the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Award, and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship).

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Review: 4 stars to Vivian versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle #YA #Contemporary #RoadTrips

Posted 30 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Mature, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

four-stars

A chilling vision of a contemporary USA where the sinister Church of America is destroying lives. Our cynical protagonist, seventeen-­year-­old Vivian Apple, is awaiting the fated ‘Rapture’ -­ or rather the lack of it. Her evangelical parents have been in the Church’s thrall for too long, and she’s looking forward to getting them back. Except that when Vivian arrives home the day after the supposed ‘Rapture’, her parents are gone. All that is left are two holes in the ceiling…

Viv is determined to carry on as normal, but when she starts to suspect that her parents might still be alive, she realises she must uncover the truth. Joined by Peter, a boy claiming to know the real whereabouts of the Church, and Edie, a heavily pregnant Believer who has been ‘left behind’, they embark on a road trip across America. Encountering freak weather, roving ‘Believer’ gangs and a strange teenage group calling themselves the ‘New Orphans’, Viv soon begins to realise that the Rapture was just the beginning.

 

 

Review:

 Well. I didn’t expect to actually like this book, if I’m honest. I’d seen some mixed reviews and I guess I have mixed feelings, but certainly this was worth a read.

I’m going to have to be very careful about what I say now because I’m not religious, much like the non believers in this book. I am cynical. So I don’t want to offend anyone who maybe is religious. I know how over sensitive some people can be. 

I found myself liking Vivian and Harp  almost instantly. I liked their bond, their personalities that made them each so different from the other. Harp especially. She’s wild, funky, she takes no crap. Whereas Viv starts out prim and proper, with only a little rebellion. Then throughout the book she gradually becomes more open and as she calls herself – Vivian 2.0. She’s less sure of anything, and does things that would shock her previous self. 

Viv and Harp find a guy named Peter who has connections to the Church of America, and they go on a road trip to find the original owner of The New Orphans across the country. Along the way they pick up someone they knew at school, Edie, who is heavily pregnant, and every where they go they have to avoid Believers. Because these people are not nice. They will kill you if they feel it will help them get taken in the Rapture. The first Rapture left behind several Believers and they did not take kindly to that. 

The story behind this Rapture and the Apocalypse is interesting and it definitely made me want to know more. This book is a journey in itself. The people they meet, the problems they encounter, it brought me closer to them. Vivian and Peter’s gradual relationship (well, it was quick but in the time frame it was also slow) was sweet and heartbreaking. I grew attached them. 

The reasons behind Frick, the man who prophesied the Rapture, and the Church of America, was certainly rather…I guess what I’m trying to say is…it holds certain parallel to this world with what religion can do to people. But I won’t go into that.

Anyway, the ending was a big bowl of “what the f***?” and not in a bad way. More like I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! kind of way. 

I would recommend this to anyone that likes  a contemporary with romance and a killer premise that will open your eyes to what happens in real life. There is quite a lot of swearing involved so maybe not suitable for young teens. I don’t know. Go for it! 🙂

Kat

four-stars
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