Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #233: Ivory and Bone

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Ivory and Bone
By: Julie Eshbaugh
Release Date: June 14, 2016

The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future. Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival. Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts. When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along. (Goodreads)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Light of Day by Allison van Diepen

Light of Day
By: Allison van Diepen
Released: November 24, 2015
Source: Publisher
Purchase the Book: Amazon

Like any other Saturday night, Gabby Perez and her best friend, Maria, are out dancing. But this isn’t just another night. When a mysterious stranger warns Gabby their drinks have been drugged, she hurries Maria home. Sure enough, the next day, Maria can’t remember a thing. Gabby’s shaken by their close call. And she’s not going to stay quiet about it. She opens up the airwaves on her radio show and discovers an even worse truth: the guy who drugged them was going to force them into prostitution. Then Gabby’s friend Bree never makes it home from a party, and Gabby fears the worst. Gabby reaches out to the guy who saved her, the gorgeous stranger she knows only as X. As they dive into the seedy underworld of Miami, searching for Bree, they can’t ignore their undeniable attraction. Until Gabby discovers the truth about who X really is and the danger that surrounds him. Can their love survive the light of day? (Goodreads)

I liked Light of Day. I read On the Edge last year and liked it as well, so I was curious about this one.

Light of Day is the story of Gabby who is saved by a mysterious guy who goes by the name of X. She is out with her best friend when X catches a guy slipping something into their drinks and warns her. When one of Gabby's friends goes missing soon after, she reaches out to X for help in finding her. As she grows closer to X, she learns the truth about who he really is. 

Gabby was an interesting character to get to know. She is fierce and isn't afraid to speak up. I especially liked the story line about Gabby's relationship with her family. She doesn't really get along with her parents or brother because she is so different from them. She's always gotten along better with her aunt, who is also the outsider in the family. I also liked how driven Gabby was about being a radio DJ. Her passion and love for her internship at the radio station really came across on the pages. Then there was X who was also a really interesting character to get to know. He is trying to do good, but he has a complicated past. The chemistry between X and Gabby was there from the beginning, but it felt a bit like insta-love. Their relationship just felt rushed. 

There were also so many great side characters too. Gabby becomes an outsider at school after breaking up with the popular golden boy so she becomes friends with a new group. I loved the scenes when they all hung out together, especially for their zombie survival meetings. It was great to see Maddie and Lobo from On the Edge again too.

The characters were definitely what kept me reading this one. The plot started off great, but then really slowed down. I found myself getting bored a lot during the majority of the middle. I kept waiting for something more to happen and the whole ending became predictable fast. In terms of the plot, I honestly liked On the Edge a lot more. 

Overall I liked Light of Day and getting to know these characters. 

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