Bite Sized Reviews & Giveaway: Dark Hope, A Memory of Light and Those Who Remain

December 28, 2015 Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 18 ★★½

Here are some quick reviews for books I haven’t gotten around to reviewing or that I just don’t have a ton to say about. Once again, I figure a few bite sized reviews together will be enough to feed your fiction addiction!  🙂


Dark HopeDark Hope by Monica McGurk
Series: The Archangel Prophecies #1
Published by Greenleaf Book Group on 7/29/14
Genres: Young AdultParanormal
Pages: 400
Source: NetGalley
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some minor violence, Mention of child trafficking)
My rating:
2.5 Stars

A new young adult saga in the Twilight tradition about the love between a human and an archangel.

For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father. Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, high school.

Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in Hope. And soon, Hope’s life is filled with questions. What’s behind the angry looks Hope gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who’s responsible for sending Hope a strange valentine inscribed with Bible quotations? How does this relate to the sinister business of human trafficking that operates on the periphery of Hope’s suburban world? And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister—and just why does he seem so familiar?

In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Dark Hope introduces readers to The Archangel Prophecies, a new young adult saga that blends the feeling of Twilight with a vast mythological scope and moral urgency, as well as to Hope Carmichael—a young woman instantly memorable for her endurance, heart, and determination—and Michael, Hope’s dangerous companion who’s fated either to save Hope—or to kill her.

 

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My Take copy3
I was really on the fence about this book because I LOVED the fact that it brought awareness to the very real issue of human trafficking, but the story itself just didn’t capture and hold my attention. It all ended up feeling like something I’ve read before (except for the human trafficking part). And then, even more frustrating  was the fact that I just wasn’t all that enamored with these characters. Michael was all dark and ragy for seemingly no reason (except that I think the author wanted him to be a bad boy) and Hope was slightly insufferable. But I liked the concept and I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the story. Overall, I think I’d give this one 2.5/3 stars.

 

***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

A Memory of Light by Robert JordanMemory of Light
Series: Wheel of Time #13
Published by Tor Books on 1/8/13
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Pages: 909
Source: Purchased
My content rating: Mature YA or Adult (Some violence and sex, but nothing graphic – not specifically written for a YA audience)
My rating:
3 Stars

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.

When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight(Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Timeshardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.

Edited by Jordan’s widow, who edited all of Jordan’s books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan’s legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.
What was, what will be, and what is,
may yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

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Argh!! Okay, this is one of those cases where I WANT to love a book, but if I’m being honest, I didn’t. But it’s definitely all me – my LEAST favorite part of epic fantasies is the battle scenes and this whole book is the Last Battle. One. Battle. Scene. After. Another. I listened to this on audio, and it took me forever to get through (which also probably lessened my enjoyment), but I couldn’t give up on finding out what finally happened to these characters I’d been following since high school!

So, did we get satisfying resolutions? For the most part, yes. There were some amazing scenes with incredible sacrifices and I got to see some of the characters I love get their happy endings (and some just get endings). I kind of wish Rand’s resolution (along with the three loved of his life) hadn’t been so open-ended, but I like my definite HEA’s – that’s just me. This was sort of a hopeful possible HEA, which is good but doesn’t give me that same sense of satisfaction.

Am I glad I read this series? Definitely. Would I read it again. Eh … probably not. I give the final book 3/5 Stars simply because the battles didn’t appeal to me as much as the personal struggles of the characters do and I had to sit through A LOT of battles to get to the character resolutions.


Those Who RemainThose Who Remain by Priscila Santa Rosa
Series: A Zombie Novel #1
Published by Amazon Digital Services on 8/14
Genres: Zombies
Pages: 232
Source: The Author
My content rating: Mature YA? (Obviously some violence, but no sex)
My rating:
3 Stars

Hide your children, lock your doors, and load your guns because zombies are real and they are coming. Danny Terrence knows this better than anyone. He spent months preparing for the inevitable moment the disease would reach his small town. What he didn’t prepare for is the fact that nobody really believes him.

Luckily for him, an old classmate and bully just happens to be the first one bitten. The bad news is that the family with the biggest arsenal of guns just packed up and left town, leaving them defenseless from an oncoming zombie horde. Being a leader isn’t turning out the way Danny imagined.

Yet four other survivors easily have it worse than him. Between a thirteen-year-old girl on a road trip from hell, a family of paranoid hunters having to deal with their feelings for the first time ever, a stubborn doctor butting-heads with a cold-hearted sergeant and an amoral British professor carrying the fate of humanity in his hands, Danny has it easy. Unless, of course, they all end up in his town, messing with his already messed up life.

Follow these five people as their paths cross and their lives and hopes are challenged in this thrilling novel with brain-mushing humor and heart-breaking action. Those Who Remain: Book One is part of a trilogy.

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I was a bit on the fence about this book. On the one hand, I thought that it offered something a little different than some other zombie novels, so I liked that. The book is told from the perspective of five different characters – a girl whose father has been prepared for some sort of apocalypse for her whole life, a somewhat geeky guy who knows a lot about zombies because of TV shows, video games and online research, a thirteen year old girl who just wants to survive, a doctor who hopes to find a cure and a professor who may have a cure. I found that these different perspectives were interesting, but the book does sometimes get confusing because their stories aren’t always told in chronological order (you have to pay rapt attention to the date and time that’s given at the beginning of each chapter or you’ll get lost).

As far as the characters went, I thought I was going to like Danny a lot, but he started to grate on my nerves after a while. My favorite was definitely Lily, the girl who’d grown up preparing for catastrophe – and there were hints of romance in her storyline that drew me in as well. The doctor’s story also got much more interesting as the book went on, and I’m intrigued to see where that might go in the next book (her character wasn’t developed super well at first, though – I was actually shocked to realize she was a woman a few chapters in – information that would have been nice right away). Then there was the mysterious professor – it’s a bit hard to tell if he’s a good guy or not in this story – we shall see!

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, though I felt like there were some plot points and character issues that could have been cleaned up a bit. I give the book 3/5 Stars.

 

***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

 

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18 Responses to “Bite Sized Reviews & Giveaway: Dark Hope, A Memory of Light and Those Who Remain”

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      Yeah, I picked up both the first and second books on NetGalley. Don’t know why I did that, honestly. I haven’t started reading the second yet and I’m not all that excited about it even though there were aspects of the first book I did enjoy.

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I’m planning on starting The Wheel of Time Series in 2016. I’m really curious to see if it’ll work for me! I mean, I love epic fantasy and don’t mind super long series. I am sorry that the conclusion didn’t blow you away the way one would like when wrapping up a series! I can see how doing audio for these types of books might make them seem even longer. I’ll stick to physical books with these I think XD Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all of these Nicole and if we don’t chat again before then HAPPY 2016 ♥
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  2. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy those books very much! Lately I have been enjoying every single book I read, which is like a blessing from the gods, I swear. I absolutely hate reading books I don’t enjoy *shudders* All I need, is good books, forever.

  3. Greg

    Dark Hope probably wouldn’t be my kind of read but the cover caught my eye. Some books are just blessed with good covers and I think that one is. Too bad the characters are kinda disappointing.
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  4. Linda Romer

    Those who remain sounds great ♡ Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you
    I also have a copy of Dark Hope and will be reading it soon. Thank you

  5. jazmen

    I never heard of any of these and it doesn’t seem like anything I’d read but thanks for putting them on my radar. Maybe I’ll try one!

  6. Olivia Roach

    Such a shame about all of these books! They sound like they were mostly decent reads. It’s a shame about the first one because the theme of human trafficking isn’t brought up too often in YA at all. I would’ve wanted that one to be good!
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  7. Joycedale

    I thought Those Who Remain was already on my tbr but it wasn’t, weird. I know I’ve heard of it. my family and friends have started a trend where if they hear of anything zombie related they have to tell me about it lol.
    Dark Hope looked iike it would’ve been good. I’ll probably still read it if I ever come across it fre.

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