Sunday, 26 May 2013

Mini Review's for The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise & Hidden by Marianna Curley

The Boyfriend AppPosted by Donna
Release Date: April 30th 2013
Finished Date: May 15th, 2013
Publishers: Balzer + Bray
Source: For Review 
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320
In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.

But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?

Fans of Lisi Harrison’s Alphas series will adore the romantic, funny YA novel The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise.

The Review: "Aiden looked at me with more heat than anyone ever had before. My heart thrummed in my chest. His arms tightened around my waist and my legs went weak. And then he titled his chin and I couldn't think any more."

As soon as I heard of The Boyfriend App I knew I wanted to read it. As must as I know what app's are and how they're used, I'm not a techie person, so of course, this story intrigued me because I wanted to see how Katie Sise could create a story around app's. And now after reading, I'm pleased to say The Boyfriend App is a fun, geeky and enjoyable read. 

The main character, Audrey was very easy to like, she was spunky and fun and she was easy to connect to. What I liked about Audrey so much was that her app idea's where so fun - even though it was a bit unrealistic, I could still look past that and imagine a world where the Boyfriend App was real. 

While reading this story I actually found it quiet hard to choose a love interest I preferred and I found myself actually rooting for both of the boys - which is unusual for me because I'm usually on one team. So either way, I would have been pleased if she'd ended up with either. 

In all, while I thought The Boyfriend App was a little unrealistic, it was still a pleasant read and it's one I know a lot of readers will enjoy. 
Hidden (Avena, #1)Posted by Donna
Release Date: March 14th, 2013
Finished Date: May 11th, 2013
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Source: For Review 
Format: Paperback
Pages: 325
Ebony has always known that she is different. Her violet eyes mark her out, and her protective parents have kept her in a gorgeous valley, home-schooled, safe from everything—almost as if she’s being hidden. But she’s changing: glowing, getting more and more beautiful, and stronger than anyone knows. Ebony can’t stay hidden for ever, and when she meets complicated, intense Jordan, something explodes inside her—something that can be seen from the heavens; something that changes everything. Ebony is a stolen angel, concealed on Earth. Now the heavens have found her, they want her back.

Fans of Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush Saga and L.A. Weatherly’s Angel series will adore Hidden. Full of irresistible romance and breath-taking suspense, this is a sensational start to a brilliant new series. Get ready to be swept away by this spellbinding story of eternal love.

The Review: After having Hidden sitting on my shelf for a good 6 months, I was unsure whether to read it or not. However when Suzanne from Paranormal Pages told me how much she loved this book, I decided to give it ago (despite the negative reviews I've seen). And honestly, I did enjoy it. 

Angel books tend to be either epic wins or epic fails and I have to say, this is the first time where I'm in the middle. While Hidden was a good read, I did have some problems with it, but not to stop me enjoying it completely...and here they are;

- I loved that the story was told from Ebony and Jordan's point of view BUT, I don't honestly see why Jordan's was necessary to the story. 

- I was hoping the relationship between Ebony and Jordan would be explored more BUT when Thane came, it was none existent.

- Ebony was a fiery and likeable character BUT sometimes here stubbornness annoyed me. She didn't take anything on-board and wouldn't listen to anyone.

- While I enjoyed and was intrigued by the story, I sometimes felt that the dia­logue was at times, jumpy and I felt that the middle of the story was pumped with too much with information. 

- The ending was action packed and exciting BUT it ended so abruptly and wasn't all that shocking. 

So in all, while I did have some problems with Hidden, I still enjoyed it and would probably read the sequel if the opportunity came along. 

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