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Book Review: Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen

Awakening Foster KellyAwakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen

Blurb:

If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness is just the tip of it. It was only a mistake, but when at the age of five Foster is told “You don’t belong here” the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High School—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what Foster believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere – or with anyone. This reality would continue to suit her just fine, however . . .

Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.

Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying; a secret capable of certain ruin. There are two probable outcomes: either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.

In the end, though, it is Foster who must decide if she is worth mending.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.75 to a solid 4 stars

Before diving into this, I was warned by the author that this was going to be a lengthy book—672 pages to be exact—and I knew from reading the reviews that this had an interesting ending. So halfway through, I was almost sure I knew what I was going to say about this in my review, but the last 10% completely threw me off guard that I had to rethink everything, as well as forget most of my preconceived notions. I just did not see THAT coming. AT ALL!

Now, to be honest, I don’t think I can give justice to the story with my own recount, but I believe Cara Rosalie Olsen sums it up perfectly when she ends Awakening Foster Kelly by saying that this is “not for the logical, certainly not for the unimaginative; it belongs to the dreamers.”

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Book Review: Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy #1) by Shannon A. Thompson

Minutes Before Sunset (The Timely Death Trilogy, #1)Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

Blurb: 

She was undoubtedly a shade, but I didn’t know her.

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

He had gotten so close to me—and I couldn’t move—I couldn’t get away.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was falling in love with her, and she was falling in love with me. It was fated, decided before any of us were born, and I hated it as much as I loved it. I could barely stand it.

Well, I’m not really sure what surprised me more – the fact that I loved this more than I honestly thought I would or that none of my book friends have read this or even added this to their TBR lists. Especially since I felt like this gave off a little bit of a Daemon Black and Katy Swartz vibe (you know, from the Lux series, which is totally one of my all-time favorite).

Minutes Before Sunset is the first installment of what I’m pretty sure is going to be an awesome trilogy. It’s about a “Prophecy” which talks about the Ultimate Battle between the Light and Dark, only this time, the Dark is actually the good side and the Light is the one that’s evil. Eric Welborn, the 17-year-old brooding Prince of Shades – the First Descendant – from the Dark community is destined to battle the Second Descendant, who comes from the Light camp, on his 18th birthday. Think Harry Potter and it’s basically the same scenario: “neither can live while the other survives”.

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