Just like the other post that had three books, these are books I didn’t finish well, I finished the first one only because it was short. I lumped them together because my reviews of them are short.
Title: Nine Lives: Katran Legacy Book 1
Author: Karin DeHavin
Published: January 10, 2015 by 9 Yards Publishing
Purchased: June 15, 2015, free Enchanted box set on Kindle.
Blurb: Eighteen-year-old Taylor knows two things for sure: ONE: She’s dead. TWO: Heaven looks like a run-down version of the Las Vegas Strip. The more she discovers about a heaven full of teens like her, the more mysterious it becomes—especially when her afterlife coach turns out to be her tyrannical fifth grade teacher.
Plagued by questions her whole life, Taylor finds Heaven prompts even more. Why can’t she remember her death? Why isn’t Heaven the idyllic place she thought it would be? When she dares to ask, her teacher tells Taylor to keep her mouth shut. Everyone knows Heaven is perfect. That’s a lie. What are they trying to hide? Taylor desperately wants to flee this strange place and return to her old life. She’s shocked to find out there’s a possibility her dream can come true. But that chance depends on passing a series of tests in the Afterlife for Idiots Handbook and winning the Cloud Nine Contest. If she fails, will her teacher follow through on her threat and turn Taylor into pond scum?
Taylor tries to solve the mysteries of Heaven as it slowly crumbles around her. While competing in the contest, she learns there are dark forces at work behind the celestial show…and they are after her. This leads to the biggest question of all: Is she the only one who can stop them?
Review: I’m glad I got this free, in a box set, and short, otherwise I would’ve set it down. I basically just skimmed through the whole thing. I mean you would think going to heaven and having a chance to come back would stop the attitude and antics but, I guess not. And you come back to life by winning a reality/game show thing? Not my cup of tea.
Title: Awaken His Eyes: Awakened Book 1
Author: Jason Teasr
Published: October 24, 2010 by 4 Shadow, LLC
Purchased: June 29, 2012, free on Kindle.
Blurb: THE HISTORY: Over five thousand years ago, a renegade faction of angels abandoned the spiritual realm and began their inhabitation of earth. Worshiped as gods for their wisdom and power, they corrupted the realm of the physical and forever altered the course of history.
THE PROPHECY: Amidst the chaos of a dying world, a lone voice foretold the awakening of a warrior who would bring an end to this evil perpetrated against all of creation. But with the cataclysmic destruction of earth and rebirth of humanity, the prophecy went unfulfilled and eventually faded from the memory of our kind—until now!
THE AWAKENED: The physical dimension is fractured. What remain now are numerous fragmented worlds moving simultaneously through time, sharing a common history, connected only by a guarded portal. On a parallel earth, in the city of Bastul, Colonel Adair Lorus disappears while investigating the death of an informant, triggering a series of events which will tear his family apart and set in motion the resolution of an ancient struggle.
Kael, sentenced to death after rising up against the cruel leadership of his new step-father, is rescued from prison and trained in the arts of war by a mystical order of clerics. Excelling in every aspect of his training, Kael inwardly struggles to give himself fully to the methods of his new family, or the god they worship.
Maeryn, bitter over the disappearance of her husband and supposed execution of her son, fears for her life at the hands of her newly appointed husband. Finding comfort and purpose in her unborn child, she determines to undermine his authority by reaching out to an underground social movement known as the Resistance.
After being forced from his home, Kael’s former mentor, Saba, uncovers a clue to Adair’s disappearance. Sensing a connection to his own forgotten past, Saba begins an investigation which leads to the discovery of a secret military organization operating within the Orudan Empire.
Review: I got to chapter five, a little half-way through the chapter and I just had to put it down. The way it goes to different points of views is just so abrupt, I’m left trying to catch up with it. It also randomly went to a different time with no warning that I’m just confused about it. Maybe I’ll try reading it again in the future.
Title: Full Circle
Author: Ayana Ellis
Published: January 1, 2010 by Urban Books
Purchased: From the free bin at 2nd & Charles, $6.29 on Kindle.
Blurb: Told with comedic rawness and colorful sarcasm, Ellis’s second novel is an epic story of love, loss, pain, and forgiveness that shines a spotlight on the painful reality of domestic abuse.
Review: I only got to chapter 3 before I had to set the book down. If the writing had been more descriptive and detailed, it would’ve been better. The sentences were short and choppy and had a lot of POV changes by chapter 3 already so the story itself is choppy. Like some other books, it felt like it was written by a teenager, though maybe that’s how it was supposed to be taken, I just couldn’t get into it myself. I know this book is about a life that I could never understand and I know this book could have given me a little perspective but, the writing just made me lose focus.