5 Definite Stars for K. R. Conway’s Undertow


Author: K. R. Conway

Series: Undertow #1

Date of Publication: October 11, 2013

Source: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★


Okay so, I went into this book as I do with most books I don’t know much about: with an open mind and expecting a decent read. Boy, oh boy, was I taken aback (in a good way…a really good way) I’ll start you guys off with the Goodreads summary:

Seventeen-year-old Eila Walker’s new home has defied the brutal Atlantic for over 160 years. Abandoned since her 4th great grandmother Elizabeth vanished, the town legend declares that she drowned . . . or was struck by lightning.

Unbeknownst to the town and Eila, however, is that someone does know what really happened to Elizabeth, and he has returned, determined to protect the last surviving Walker from a history of violence.

But what starts out as a quest for redemption, evolves into something more and soon young guardian, Raef, is forced to reveal the truth to Eila. As hidden secrets about their warring
families come to light, Eila begins to realize that she may be their best shot at survival, even if it means following in her grandmother’s fearless footsteps to save her killer bodyguard.

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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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‘Paper Towns’ by John Green ★★★★★

PaperTownsWell, that book was really something. John Green: you’re an amazing writer. I love contemporary-real-life-new-town-new-life kind of books and Paper Towns was definitely one of the best I have read thus far. It was an easy read in the sense that I wanted to know what would happen so I wouldn’t put it down, but on the other hand, I had to really read it. I needed to understand the message of the author which took time and patience. This novel had me laughing, had me confused, frustrated, angry, sad, remorseful and longing for things to happen all at the same time. The only thing I regret about this novel is not reading it sooner! It sure was an eye-opener.

Parts 1 & 2

First and foremost, Quentin Jacobsen = the best narrator of all time. Honestly, reading the book from his perspective made the my entire reading experience so interesting and worthwhile  He was funny, honest, smart and dedicated to everything he does. Also, one thing that allowed me to understand and appreciate this book even more, is that he was real. The issues and events that Green packs into this novel really show the silent struggles that some teenagers can come across and it was interesting to see how Q handled them.

He didn’t really know who the real Margo Roth Spiegelman was. The girl next door that shared that same traumatic life event with him, bonding them in some sort of strange way, was not the paper-girl version that she made herself out to be. But who was she? Nobody knew. I liked this idea of the book as it made for a really interesting storyline. It is true though. Do we ever really know one another? Margo just wanted to get away from the people around her and the life she was living – she was tired, really.

Aside from the main plot, I quite enjoyed the relationships made throughout the novel. Quentin’s closest friends are Ben and Radar and no one else really. As soon as Margo is out of the picture and everyone is missing her, the two groups of friends come together and realize that they aren’t that much different from one another. They’re all seniors, all graduating, some going to college, other not. I thought that was interesting – to see how, even when she wasn’t there anymore, how they were all affected by Margo in one way or another.

Part 3

The road-trip. Full of laughs, full of life lessons (one of them being, don’t forget to pee before you enter a vehicle for a day-long journey) and just so real. To say I loved this part the most would be a lie because I loved all three equally though I did like how John Green wrapped it up so nicely.

Although some may say this novel was all about this moment and it just kind of let you down, I don’t agree with this. Sure, some may want the fairytale ending, but that’s not always how real life is. Most importantly, in the end he found out who the real Margo was, what she has been writing in the notebook for so many years and what she though of Q himself. And don’t forget: they promised they would keep in touch!


This coming-of-age novel is a story of adventure, overcoming everyday struggles and most importantly finding yourself: something everyone, everywhere must do one time or another in their lives. John Green did a great job in portraying the life of an everyday teenager and impressed me thoroughly. 5 stars for Paper Towns. I recommend this to all of you! Hopefully you’ll love it as much as I did. Happy Reading!

– C

Daemon Black: A Not So Normal Teenage Boy

**may contain spoilers**

Daemon Black from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The mysterious Daemon Black…**on a side note: I don’t really think the model chosen for the covers of the books was a prefect representation of Daemon, but that might just be me**

So, I just finished the first three books in the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I knew I wanted to do a character discussion and decided on Daemon Black just because he evolved the most of all the characters. Although it may not be evident while reading the books, when you look back, it’s completely obvious that he is a whole new person.

To start off with some basic background info on Daemon:

  • He lives with his twin sister, Dee, in West Virginia
  • The siblings live next door to Katy Swartz
  • He comes from a different planet, past the furthest galaxy from Earth
  • He is a Luxen, creature of the light who can emit power from within, move objects, run really fast
  • He has another brother (also his twin aka. he’s a triplet) who disappeared
  • He is super hot with beautiful green eyes and a stellar bod
  • He ends up dating his human next door neighbour, Katy Swartz

Although it may seem normal enough for him to date a human girl, it’s completely out of the box for Daemon. He is convinced that humans are not good company for Luxen, even preventing his sister from befriending Katy at first. Eventually he gives in and lets Dee see Katy; the girls quickly become best friends.

Enough about Dee and Katy though. Let’s talk Daemon.

The thing with Daemon is that he comes off as extremely cocky. Everyone notices this imidiately after meeting Daemon, but that’s just who he is and I began to accept that. In the first novel, Obsidian, Daemon doesn’t change much. He’s still immature and kid of stand-offish in the sense that, in the case of his relationship with Katy, he doesn’t talk to her much, but he still stalks her almost. Evidently, he doesn’t like it when she sees other guys, but he won’t admit that he has any feelings for her.

Despite all of that, he still quickly became one of my favourite characters. You could tell by how much he loved his sister that he could feel that way about someone else. Daemon is a very interesting character because you’re never really sure how he’s going to react to certain situations, which makes the story that much better. Also, his jokes, which are actually funny, fill the book with some much needed humor amongst all the fighting and hostility between Luxen and Arum.

Other than the fact that he’s an alien from another planet, Daemon is a typical teenage boy who enjoys doing normal teenage boy stuff like going on dates with his girlfriend, watching movie marathons with his siblings and just hanging out. Something I admire about his character is that, once he wants something, he strives for that goal and won’t stop until he gets there. Although it can be something as small as convincing a girl that he really does likes her, it means a lot to Daemon because he wants to prove himself to be something other than an egotistical, annoying guy.

Anyway, I really hope you guys go out and read the Lux Series. It’s very riveting and captivating – trust me, you won’t be able to put it down. (at least I didn’t) Happy Reading!

– C