Blast from Two Pasts
Fate’s been playing tricks on Cara Nicolas lately. She agrees to go on a blind date with her best friend’s fiancé’s cousin, only to discover that the guy is her first love from high school, Lucas Lobregat. Now that would have been a charming story, except that the date turns out to be one of the worst ever. And they can’t even pretend it never happened, because they’re both suddenly part of the wedding preparations.
Just as she is starting to get to know more about the boy she used to love, Oliver Sta. Maria, an old flame who owes her some closure, surprisingly shows up. With two pasts resurfacing, which will Cara choose to rekindle? Or can she have the chance to choose at all?
This is a cute story that many will relate to. Villar does a great job of capturing the humor, joy, and frustration of relationships. This book is a quick easy read and lots of fun – very much your typical romantic comedy.
I think the writing could use some improvement, and I didn’t like it when the narrator switched from inner dialogue to talking to the reader- it threw me a little. I also did not like the best friend, I felt her character was flat and just bitter.
Overall this was a good book and I enjoyed reading the story.
Read the first six chapters here.
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Mother of Eden
Dark Eden (Book 2)
Fiction, Young Adult
June 4, 2015
Just a few generations ago, the planet’s five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them.
Now, humanity has spread across Eden, and two kingdoms have emerged. Both are sustained by violence and dominated by men – and both claim to be the favored children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars, and became the mother of them all.
When young Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no inkling that she will become a stand-in for Gela herself, and wear Gela’s fabled ring on her own finger—or that in this role, powerful and powerless all at once, she will try to change the course of Eden’s history.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.
Mother of Eden is the second book in the Dark Eden series by Chris Beckett. I have not read the first novel, Dark Eden, but felt that there was enough back story provided to understand the present situation.
Eden is a dark planet comprised of multiple civilizations whose ancestors traveled from Earth. Each of these civilizations has developed its own culture and ethics based upon the ideas of its original founder. War is brewing as citizens of Eden differ on notions of power, religion, philosophies, and natural resources.
Readers follow Starlight Brooking, a female from a small island community, as her curiosity has her traveling across the sea to communities she didn’t know existed. Starlight quickly learns about politics and realizes that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Every chapter in Mother of Eden is told from different characters’ points of view. I always love it when an author writes this way because it offers a perspective we aren’t privy to in real life. Beckett has created dynamic characters that illustrate the true weaknesses and strengths of men.
I found it difficult to push through this novel at times; it was not a book I could binge read. The pace of action was slow-going and I had a hard time visualizing certain aspects of the story. That being said, the social dilemmas and undertones of criticism towards societal notions are captured beautifully.
I will probably go back and read Dark Eden and look forward to reading other installments of this series in the future.
Life in Outer Sapce
Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
August 1, 2013
A sharp, hilarious, and perfectly observed story of high school geeks falling in true love.
Sam Kinnison is a geek, and he’s totally fine with that. He has his horror movies, his nerdy friends, World of Warcraft―and until Princess Leia turns up in his bedroom, worry about girls he won’t.
Then Camilla Carter arrives on the scene. She’s beautiful, friendly and completely irrelevant to his plan. Sam is determined to ignore her, except that Camilla has a plan of her own―and he seems to be a part of it! Sam believes that everything he needs to know he can learn from the movies. But perhaps he’s been watching the wrong ones.
Author Melissa Keil will have readers falling in love with these relatable characters. Sam’s exceptional voice gives a hilarious and painfully accurate take on high school life.
Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil has rejuvenated my appreciation for Young Adult novels. If you are looking for a book that is humorous and sweet and reminds you of life as a teenager, then look no further.
Keil has captured the awkwardness and ignorance that comes with new relationships (romantic and platonic) as well as the absurd dynamic of high school social classes. The main characters Sam and Camilla are easy to fall in love with and their band of friends is just as well-round.
This book will have you smiling ear to ear and chuckling out loud.