Category: Reviews

Amazing Android Apps: SimpleMind

SimpleMind is an app that allows you to create mind maps easily.
This app provides you with a central idea box and then subtopics which you can add more information to.
If you’re a student who learns from mind maps this is a great app to try.
For me, I personally like to use SimpleMind as a sort of brain dump. I gather all my to-do lists, ideas for blog posts and story plot lines on various mind maps. The app has never steered me wrong.
SimpleMind is available for free on the Play store.

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #2)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While Cinder is trying to escape prison, the story shifts to Scarlet. It isn’t clear precisely what ties them together (until later in the book). Scarlet is looking for her grandmother who she is certain is in danger. Scarlet meets a fighter who offers to help her find her grandmother. But is he friend or foe?
I liked this book but preferred Cinder. I was desperate to learn more about her and her plans for the future. This book sets the scene excellently for the next few books.

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Amazing Android Apps: Book Catalogue

Recently it has come to my attention that I have no idea which books in a series I own or have simply borrowed from somewhere and read. I knew I needed some way to keep track of my books but how?
So I went the one place I believe you can find anything and everything- the Google Play store. I found the Book Catalogue app which allows you to sort out which books you’ve read, owned and want to buy. The app itself looks like a bookshelf.

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It also syncs with your Goodreads account so you can keep track of your Goodreads books too. You can also record what format the book is in (paperback, hardback or ebook) as well as whether or not it’s signed. This book is a must for all book-worms.

Fiction Friday- Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #1)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was hooked from the very beginning. I love the world building here. This book is well-written and impossible to put down. This is a futuristic retelling of the fairytale Cinderella…where Cinderella is a cyborg.
Cinder lives with her evil stepmother, one horrid stepsister and one nice stepsister. She works as a mechanic to help support them. When Cinder’s skills bring Kai to her, trouble begins. Cinder is about to discover more about her mysterious past and her real family. This book was impossible to put down. This entire series needs to be read all at once!

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Book Review: Dolmarehn (The Otherworld Series #2) by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Dolmarehn (The Otherworld Series, #2)Dolmarehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m absolutely loving this series! Meghan has just discovered that she’s immortal and has a Goddess after her. What Meghan doesn’t know is who are her parents and precisely why a powerful Goddess wants her killed. Those questions are answered in this book. I love that this book shows a stronger, more confident side to Meghan. There is clearly character growth which I enjoyed seeing. I felt like I could relate more to Meghan in this book. I also liked how realistic the emotions between Cade and Meghan were.I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more. This book has cemented my love for this series. I’m hooked for life!

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Book Review: The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow #3) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie War (Creepy Hollow, #3)The Faerie War by Rachel  Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I felt lost at the beginning of this novel. I don’t know if it was just me but that feeling did a great job if conveying the emotions that Ryn and Violet were feeling. Ryn has no idea what has happened to Violet after Lord Draven attacks Creepy Hollow while Violet has no idea about anything at all.The remaining fae plan to band together for one final showdown with Lord Draven. This book is full of surprises and I loved it.After an attack on her home that she holds herself responsible for, Violet takes a potion to help her forget everything. Her boyfriend, family and friends all think she’s dead. Violet doesn’t even know who or what she is. This book did a great job of completing the first part of this series. I can’t wait to read more.

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Book Review: The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow #2) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Prince (Creepy Hollow, #2)The Faerie Prince by Rachel  Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh. My. GodI can’t even get over how the first book tore my heart into shreds. I was hoping that this book would make it all better. And it kinda did. Violet is ready to graduate and she’s becoming friends with Ryn again. Everything seems great. Except there’s still secrets that Violet knows nothing about. This book has a cliffhanger ending so you have to have the next book ready and waiting. I love the unique plot and world-building in these novels. Fans of fantasy will love this book.

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Fiction Friday- Book Review: The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow #1) by Rachel Morgan

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow, #1)The Faerie Guardian by Rachel  Morgan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found a copy of this book online on Smashwords. I’m not going to lie- I had incredibly low expectations simply because the book was free. Except it is absolutely amazing.I love the world-building. This is such a different book. It’s intriguing, it’s mysterious and it is impossible to put this book down! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I thought the romance between Nate and Violet was a bit forced but Nate was a sweet character.This may not deal with the same supernatural creatures but this is my new Harry Potter.

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Book Review: Faelorehn (The Otherworld Series #1) by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Faelorehn (The Otherworld Series, #1)
Faelorehn by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a great read but it ends just when the plot is at a peak (for me anyway). I also wish that the high school students weren’t such pains in the ass but that is how high school students are. (God I really hated them in this novel).
Meghan has eyes that change colour, hears voices and has the ability to predict the future. She’s accepted the fact that’s she’s weird but doesn’t know why. Until she meets Cade
Cade introduces her to a world of Gods and Goddesses, magical creatures and mythology. But Cade has mysteries and secrets of his own.
This book was slow at first but it was amazing when it picked up. My biggest issue is that this is a series that needs to be read all at once.

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Book Review: The Wild Hunt by Ron C. Nieto

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt by Ron C. Nieto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found a free copy of this book on Amazon. Honestly I only read this because of the guy on the cover. Yes, I was interested in the plot but I was supposed to be reading for college until the cover distracted me. Oh well.Lily goes to visit her (strange but lovable) grandmother. However her grandmother’s usual eccentric ways have now become downright crazy. Or is Lily the one losing her mind? Items in the house keep disappearing and reappearing and Lily sees things that aren’t there. However it isn’t long before Lily discovers she isn’t crazy. No, she’s simply meant to be a faerie doctor like her gran. Her now missing gran. Lily struggles to fit in this new world she’s thrust into but she has no way out. Her grandmother’s safety depends on her. Lily joins the mysterious Troy as they search for answers as to what really happened to her grandmother. I thought this book was so intriguing with the different kinds of fae and the two different fae courts. I don’t know much about fae so this was such an adventure to read. Of course the chemistry between Troy and Lily certainly didn’t hurt matters either. This book will entertain any lover of fae and fantasy.

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