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Review: The Forever Gate 4 by Isaac Hooke

Thursday, June 27, 2013
"Why do you think they're not hopping to let us through, then? Mentioning the word User used to open so many doors in the past."

At the end of The Forever Gate 3, Isaac Hooke surprised readers with an agonizing cliffhanger: Ari has fallen to her death on the Inside, while three iron golems bear down on Tanner's position on the Outside. Readers were left clamoring for more.

Can Tanner escape in time to complete the mission, or will he join Ari in death?

The Forever Gate 4 is Isaac Hooke's most gripping tale in the Science Fiction and Fantasy saga yet--filled with twists and turns that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Strap on in and get ready for the reality-bending ride of your life
Where to buy:  The Forever Gate 4 by Isaac Hooke

My Review:

          Is it me or the cliffhangers in this series are becoming more and more painful with each book? I will need to let you know right from the start: there is going to be a spoiler, just a little info you will find out about anyway in the first chapter. 

          Are you ready? Here it is: Hoodwink is back. I was both ecstatic and sad that he returned, because I knew what he would find. And because I got used to some reactions from characters from other books I expected him to be depressed and take his time mourning, but it was exactly the opposite: he was more determined to fight even if he was hurt. Hoodwink, just like Ari makes some harsh decisions, but somehow his are more calculated and he always succeeds in a fight. I guess that’s why really like him. He is smart and strong and it’s obvious that he is special, meant for a greater plan.

          Meanwhile on the Inside things have gotten darker like it’s preparing us for an epic ending and Hoodwink’s plan seems to go in that direction. New characters, but also old ones are introduced and more unfortunate events descend upon them and what I did appreciate was that in the middle of a fight none of the characters stopped to explain this and that. Every time Tanner had a question about anything, Hoodwink not once stopped to fully answer. In some of the cases, the mystery is still there, probably awaiting for the Forever Gate 5. Why I mentioned this? Because I’ve seen cases in which in the middle of a fight a character would start a very long monologue or discussion with someone else. Like you can take all the time in the world to chat when someone swings a sword at you.

"You bring her back, Hoodwink, you hear? I don't care if you have to break apart this world or the next, the nine hells or the afterlife. Destroy it all. But you bring— her— back."

          Overall The Forever Gate 4 was a book filled with regret, sadness, madness, death, but also bravery, sacrifice and for some characters like Cora, rediscovering. In this book I felt like for a brief moment we got to see the real Cora, the mother and the wife.

          Of course Mr. Isaac Hooke left us with yet another cliffhanger. I guess it’s better if you directly buy the Compendium Edition, because if you are a fan of SF, you will most definitely love the world created in The Forever Gate series.

Review: Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
"And now I was supposed to pose as someone else’s daughter, become a part of a normal family, which was the last thing I knew how to pretend." 

Can Tessa pose as Madison . . . and stop a killer before it’s too late? 

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.
Where to buy: Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

My Review:

          I knew I will like Impostor, but I didn’t expect to love it. At first glance this book doesn’t bring anything new and I expected something along the X-Men lines (this being the main reason I needed to read it). Variants are people with extraordinary abilities, working for FEA, a secret branch of the FBI. When normal officers can’t do the job, FEA is required, which is the case when a serial killer appears in Oregon.

          What was different about Impostor is that it was not a love story with a couple of supernatural things in it. The main story is constructed around the mission Tessa has and yes, there is also a love interest after she occasionally sobs, but most of the time she is busy with discovering herself and Madison, the dead girl she must replace.

          Tessa is considered to be the ultimate weapon, but she doesn’t feel like that. She can absorb someone else’s DNA and then change in that person. I do think she is a valuable Variant, but I can’t go that far saying that she is the ultimate weapon, not from the first book anyway. She is strong and smart and she makes a great detective for someone her age. Aside from her abilities, she is pretty much a normal teenager, confused about her identity, while getting closer to the family of Madison. She is numerous times conflicted about her mission, but has her moments in which she embraces the fact that she may be Madison.

          Alec is mysterious, posing as unavailable, almost cold at times. He is that kind of character that tries to keep his calm being all serious, but has those moments when he slightly shows on the outside what he feels. He is certainly in love with Tessa, but tries not to do so (failing). I kind of hate him for how he toys with her. Kissing a girl while being with another? Not cool.

The love story
          Here is what I liked about this part: they have a history. There was not a matter of love at first sight, because Tessa and Alec had a normal relationship, evolving like it should from being friends to being more. Here is the weird thing: at this point I don’t want them together and that is maybe because of Alec. And I like them when they are just friends.

“You always do that, you know,” Alec said.
I swallowed a gummy bear. “Do what?”
“Bite their heads off first.”
I shrugged. “It’s the nice thing to do. If you could choose, would you rather be eaten alive starting at your feet or would you want it to be over quickly?”

          Holly is the crazy best friend and the one tom come with most of the “great” ideas that are more probable to go wrong. Because the mission took place far away from the FEA quarters, we get to see very little of Holly, but she is the one I hope we will get to see more in the second book.

          And now about my favorite character. Don’t ask me why, but I like Kate. I may have a soft spot for bitchy characters. She is mean and possessive when it comes to Alec, but I feel like there is more behind her behavior. She is definitely strong and brave even though her ability is not that useful. 

The Villain
          Oh that was fun. I tried to guess the killer the entire book. FEA had a list of suspects and every one of them seemed to be it. Nope, I am not good as a detective, but hey Tessa find out right before she was hit by the killer so I don’t feel that bad. Great mystery story, very well constructed with secrets here and there. It reminded me of a tv show with cops. I simply loved it.   

Review: The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block

Monday, June 03, 2013

     Love is a werewolf, influenced by the moon and terror, and always about to change.
Liv has a secret.
     Something happened to her when she was thirteen. Something that changed everything. Liv knows she doesn't belong anymore--not in her own skin, not in her family . . . not anywhere. The only time she truly feels like herself is when she's with her boyfriend, Corey, and in the woods that surround her town.
     But in the woods, a mysterious woman watches Liv. In the woods, a pack of wild boys lurks. In the woods, Liv learns about the curse that will haunt her forever. The curse that caused the frenzy four years ago. And that may cause it again, all too soon.
     While Corey and Liv's love binds them together, Liv's dark secret threatens to tear them apart as she struggles to understand who--or what--she really is. And by the light of the full moon, the most dangerous secrets bare their claws.
Where to buy:  The Frenzy by Francesca Lia Block

My Review:

          It was hard for me to start this book. Some loved it, but more hated it and I think that those were doing so for the wrong reasons. Ignoring the supernatural part of this book this still remains a tragic story set in a small city, which seems to have the mentality set in the darkest times. It is full of judgmental people which seem to have as a full time job tormenting those that are different. 

“I didn't tell him that what I was most scared of, most haunted by, was something I didn't understand and could never run away from. It was myself.”

          The Frenzy  is a gathering of three outcasts, all of them friends. They understand and love each other and they don’t feel the need to change one another, but the outside world does. 

          Liv is a young redheaded girl with beautiful green eyes. But what makes her different is the fact that from the thirteenth birthday she changed. Physically she was not like other girls of her age and the others laughed at her, but the worst is that not even her mother accepted her the way she was. She also changed mentally becoming more violent, more aggressive and confused because she couldn’t understand why and what changed her like that.

“Love is the only thing we have to save us.”

          Corey is Liv’s boyfriend, well her secret boyfriend because her mother would never approve their relationship just because he has different skin color.  Still she is very happy thinking that her daughter’s boyfriend is her best friend, Pace. Pace has his own secret, he is gay, and that is why he is happy with pretending that he is Liv’s boyfriend. He pretends to be normal in front of everyone, but he truly is himself only when he is with Corey and Liv.

          This is a story about acceptance, unconditional love and true friendship. Maybe this is what made it different: in a world where not even your parents accept you for what and who you are, there is always a chance to meet someone that are happy to be freaks with you.

          My only problem with this book is Pace’s abruptly cut story. I wish we got to see more about him, but at one point he simply disappeared. Liv mentioned about him a little, about how she practically abandoned him when she knew that he was not ok. Michael was a mystery from the begging until the end and we are left with a huge cliffhanger. We will never know the end of it. Too bad.

Review: Die for me by Amy Plum

Sunday, May 26, 2013

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.
Where to buy: Die for Me by Amy Plum

My Review:

          I initially wanted to post this review in the zombie challenge because I started it with the thought that this book is about zombies. I still don’t know what to think about this since the revenants consider themselves zombies, but honestly I thought that they are a new kind of creatures: undead, fated to sacrifice themselves in order to save lives of the others. I guess you can throw them under the zombie category, but I like more the idea of a new creature.

"Well, I'm glad we're starting with the easy questions," he said, stretching his powerful arms and then leaning toward me. "The answer would be ... because we're zombies!" and he let out a horrible groan, stretching his mouth open and baring his teeth as he curled his hands into claws.

Seeing my terrified expression, Ambrose began cracking up and slapping his knee with his hand. "Just kidding," he cackled, and then, calming down, looked at me sedately. "But no, seriously. We're zombies."

"We are not zombies!" said Charlotte, her voice rising with annoyance.”

          They are immortal and become that way after their death. They are alive and they grow old until they die again due to sacrifice. Then they reset and go back to the age they had when they first died. PS: they don’t decompose and they don’t feel the urge to eat human flash.

          Revenants must stay hidden, but one day Kate enters in their life as a romantic interest for one of them. I can’t say that she was my favorite character from the book, at least not at first, but she changed visibly towards the end. From the insecure and depressed girl, she ended up all confident, brave and motivated to help the revenants and I like this kind of evolution in a character. Also I loved her relationship with her sister, Georgia. They talked about anything (except the supernatural part) and they seemed really close. I am eager to see how things evolve between the two now that the secrets are out (this is one reason for which I need to read the second book).

The relationship
          The relationship between Kate and Vincent seemed to move a little fast or I wasn’t paying attention to the time line (this happens to me sometimes), but it was sweet and romantic and I am not usually a sucker for love stories. Die for Me had combined the love story with the revenant’s history and you may watch this volume as an introduction into a new paranormal world.

“He leaned forward and opened his door, politely standing aside to let me by before following me in. There are some advantages to dating a guy from another era, I thought. Though I am a big believer in gender equality, chivalry scores high in my book.”

          Well, even though I liked Kate and Vincent, I loved Charlotte and Jules. Vincent is serious and romantic, but Jules is funny and flirty and much more active. I don’t really know how to explain, but if they were movies then Vincent would be a romantic one with a spice of drama and Jules would be an action packed movie with a lot of comedy. Well, I like comedies and action movies more.

I'm a revenant, not a vampire, chérie. ~ Vincent Delacroix

          And Charlotte, I think she was sweet and caring. She looked, but also acted like a teenager even though she is pretty old.

The Villain
          Die for Me didn’t have that much action and the villain didn’t seem THE VILLAIN for a long time. Still I have to give him credits for the way he planned to attack the revenants, but besides that he didn’t stood out that much.

          Overall, I wished we could have seen more of the other revenants, but I am sure that Die for Me was built more as an introductory novel and the others will bring more. More Jules, more action and more Georgia and I honestly can’t wait to read it.

PS: I loved loved loved all the descriptions of Paris and I actually tried to follow up some  locations on Google Maps.


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