Everyone has a past,
but for most it isn’t as long ago as Seth Sangre. His past is literally
thousands of years ago. Seth’s life led him to the present seeking
something that might help him save his country from destruction. He has
been in the present for over three years now and just found exactly what
he has been looking for.
Mari had dreams that college will be a
fresh start, one where she would start over and not fall for the good
looking player like high school. Unfortunately for her, that’s exactly
what ends up falling into her lap on the first day she moves into the
dorms. Now she has to hold to her promise to herself and not fall for
the handsome Seth. But he doesn’t plan to make it easy for her. Seth has
already marked her as his next conquest. As the semester progresses,
Mari learns that Seth might just have a life of his own that’s actually
from the past. Suddenly Mari finds her future along with her past put
into question. She’s connected to Seth far more than she ever wanted to
be and maybe the player isn’t who she thought he was. If Mari can trust
her heart enough to follow him, Seth will lead Mari on an adventure of a
lifetime and reveal family secrets she never knew existed. from goodreads.com
Beth says 1.5 Stars...
There are some moments where a pretty cover gets the better of me. This book is certainly an example of my weakness. The plot had me interested, but I just couldn't resist when I saw the stunning image. Unfortunately, nothing about the novel lived up to expectations. The only good part was that the plot was fast paced. There wasn't that much waiting around for the action. Besides that, everything else was rather bad. The plot itself wavered between predictable and totally absurd, with many questions left completely unanswered. At the end of the book it seemed as though no progress had been made towards reaching the main goal of the story. Either that or the author just forgot to enlighten the readers. The writing was also sub par. Information was repeated constantly. I now have an aversion to the number 23, which is evidently the number of girls dated by the totally amazing Seth Sangre.
Mari was a great big nothing as a character. Her motives, like her characterization, never gained significant depth. Her obsession with putting people in nice little boxes got wearying quite quickly, especially since the first bit of the book consisted primarily of talking about how Seth seemed like a player and she was done dating players. As the novel progresses her identity becomes increasingly wrapped up in that of another individual. Instead of being her own person, she's defined by her position as part of a pair, thus hitting straight on another one of my pet peeves. Seth ended up as too perfect; some flaws make for a much more interesting character. The only non-stock individual was Ty. More page time for him might have helped the book a bit.
Overall, this isn't worth your time. It's a shame to waste such a pretty cover, but sometimes looks are deceiving.
ebook from Netgalley
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Here is our rating system: One Star - Use as doorstop Two Stars - Bearable while on pain medication Three Stars - Read once, do not repeat Four Stars - Definitely keep it on your shelf Five Stars - Use as altar
So we've decided to join the challenge! This is just a preliminary list, and is definitely subject to change (we'll be doing a lot of adding as books begin to be released in order to get to the 12 we need!). Also, this is no order whatsoever. (if the book is in a color, it means one of us has read it!)
1. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
2. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
3. Like Madarin by Kirsten Hubbard
4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens
5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
6. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
8. Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
11. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
12. Possession by Elana Johnson
Fantasy Reading Challenge
1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 2. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 4. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher 5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black 7. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce 8. Entice by Carrie Jones 9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 11. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 12. Shadowspell by Jenna Black 13. Matched by Ally Condie 14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire 15. Entwined by Heather Dixon 16. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 17. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst 18. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 19. Possession by Elana Johnson 20. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 21. So Silver Bright by Lisa Manchev
Welcome to "in BetweeN the pages." This is a little project that we've started and we hope that it will allow us to engage in some lovely book talk. Here's a little about us-
Beth~ I have a feeling that I may have a problem. I adore books. I read whenever I can, and most of the time feel that reading a good book would be a much better use of my time than working on anything else. I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in chemistry and love science! I'm currently living in Finland while doing some research as a Fulbright before embarking on my PhD. Hopefully you will enjoy what I say... but I tend to ramble.
Nathan~ For me, reading is the ultimate escape. A good book is so much better than any therapist can ever be. I am, what many might call, a book addict. It may be wrong, but it feels so right to blow off my homework and sit curled up with a novel. It's the ultimate relaxation. Books have gotten me through school and all the drama that accompanies it. I hope that my humble opinions can help you as you continue your literary adventure.