Review: Tortured Souls by Keigh Leigh Wheaton


Title: Tortured Souls

Author: Keigh Leigh Wheaton

Series: The Orion Circle #1

Publisher: Sea Dragon Press

Date of Publication: July 29, 2014

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★

Before reading Tortured SoulsI hadn’t read many paranormal books, though I’d like to say that one of my debuts into the genre was a pleasant surprise! To start, I have a short summary:

This book follows a 15 year old girl named Kassandra (although she goes by Kacie and CiCi) who leads a relatively normal life, living with her father, Adam, her brother, Gavin and her super-loving dog, Kodiak. Oh, fairly normal except for the fact that she is clairvoyant meaning she can see and communicate with spirits, both good and, unfortunately, very very evil. Since early childhood, she has recognized her “gift” (as not so much a gift, but a curse really) and shared this information with her parents. That very day, her mother fled the house and never returned – something Adam, her father, will always blame her for. When she starts going on early-morning runs with her longtime crush, the very dreamy and brave Logan, she is introduced into a whole new paranormal world which she had no idea she was living in – The Orion Circle only accepts select and elite individuals. Soon Kacie is thrown headfirst into this world, not really knowing what she’s doing….

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi ★★★★


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4 STARS

Wow, this book definitely impressed me a lot towards the end. There was a time there that I got a little bored or uninterested because of all the romance, but the ending was great. I thought we weren’t going to get any more information about the Reestablishment and it was going to turn out as a lovey-dovey, not really dystopian novel, but the end fixed that.

I don’t think you can classify this book as only a dystopian/fantasy book, as there is that big aspect of romance in there, but that was okay for me. I do love romance novels and I didn’t really feel like the relationship between Adam and Juliette was forced, so that’s something. I enjoyed the parts where they talked about the Reestablishment because it’s quite an interesting land to live in. The end where you discover an entirely new part of the world, completely surprised me. I didn’t read any reviews on purpose because I wanted to feel that way.

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‘Enclave’ by Ann Aguirre ★★★★


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I have to admit – I was a bit skeptical about this book. There are so many young-adult novels out there today based in a dystopian land so sometimes it’s hard to find a good one. Fortunately, this was a great read for me. I thought the apocalyptic world was so interesting. The idea that there was a world above and underground that to each other, seemed almost impossible to even exist was very intriguing.

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‘Our Souls to Keep’ by Gary Caruso ★★★★


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Title: Our Souls to Keep

Author: Gary Caruso

Published: April 25, 2013 (originally April 1, 2013)

Publisher: Inertia Publishing

Editions: ebook, paperback

Length: 285 pages

To start off, I want to say thank-you to Gary Caruso and the Lovers of Paranormal group on goodreads for allowing me to read this amazing book for an honest review. To put it simply: i loved it. Now, I have never read anything quite like this book before, but I was instantly hooked after reading the synopsis, even before I began to read the actual book.

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The *Unearthly* Life of Clara Gardner ★★★★


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I just finished reading Unearthly by Cynthia Hand (as you probably noticed from the title) and loved it. Okay, to say that the whole angel idea is different would be lying considering there are tons of YA novels about angels, although not any quite like this one that Iv’e read before. I thought it was clever, instantly captivating, romantic, highly descriptive and just downright addictive. I could not put it down from the second I started reading it. (I even brought the book to the nail salon because I couldn’t stop reading) This is a basic summary (stolen from goodreads):

Now, there are certain aspects of the book that I personally admired:

*** may contain spoilers ***

The Overall Storyline

I honestly thought this plot-line was spectacular. It was so different and enjoyable to read. Clara, since she is part angel, was put on this Earth with a purpose, something she must do. Her visions lead her to a new town with new people and the boy of her dreams literally the guy in her visions. He seems like the perfect guy for her, charming, sweet, incredibly good-looking though, there’s another guy. Tucker Avery: the complete opposite to Christian in the sense that he is popular, not because he is a ‘God’ in his school, but because his personality just attracts other people. Of course, on her journey, she encounters dangers, obstacles and learns new information that will explain a lot.

I liked how it was set in the present-day as opposed to a dystopian land because it put it into perspective. One thing I admired was the plot-twist at the very end of the novel. Now, I’m not going to spoil the ending for you, but if you’ve read it you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. And I was happy to know that Clara had two friends, Wendy and Angela, who she could count on. I especially like Wendy because she gave that little push for Tucker and Clara with that unique birthday present. I loved it!!

Clara’s Relationship With Her Mother

If you’ve read this book, you might be saying to yourself right about now, “what is this girl talking about?!” Okay, so they don’t have the most stable relationship seeing as her mother kept one of the biggest secrets ever from her (about being an angel-blood) until she was 12. However, when you really look at the big picture, her mother truly loves her and supports Clara in what is important in her life. (aka her purpose) One of the best scenes in the novel, I thought, was when Clara and her mother were being attacked by Sam, a Black Wing (a full-blooded fallen angel) they came together and persevered. Also, I like the fact that tehy can fool around with each other and understand one another’s humor. Clara’s mom just seems like a pretty cool mom. On the other hand, one thing I didn’t like was the fact that she disapproved of Tucker.

Clara’s Relationship With Tucker

So, I don’t know about all of you, but I was all about Tucker. Sorry, who is Christian again? At the beginning of the novel I completely thought to myself, “I just know I’m going to love Christian.” He just fits that ideal boyfriend character, but as soon as Tucker came into the picture, I knew he was the one. All his outings with Clara to the river, fishing, hiking, to the sunset! It was just so adorable. I really think he changed her, for the better, and made her into a more open-minded person who looks at the world differently.

Anyway, overall, I rate this book 4 stars and definitely recommend it to any of you who like fantasy, action-packed novels. Happy Reading everyone.

– C

Book Review: Freewill Trilogy ★★★★


Hey! So I originally reviewed this series some time ago when the author of the novels sent me them to review. I decided to post them on here to spread the word because they were pretty interesting and different!

 

– C

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Book Review: The Lux Series ★★★★


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So, I just finished reading the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, over the span of a week, might I add. The series is about a teenage girl named Katy Swartz who just moved to West Virginia with her mother to a very small town. At first, like any other kid, she’s pretty upset about leaving her entire world behind. She’s an only child living with her mom (her dad passed away from cancer). She sucks it up because she knows her mother needs to move on. Now Katy doesn’t know anyone here but her neighbourhood (of literally 10 people) seems just fine, normal..though what she doesn’t know is she lives beside some weird, supernatural teenagers….

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