ARC Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Accident SeasonTitle: The Accident Season

Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle

Genre: YA, Paranormal

Series: None. Standalone

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Source: Egalley from the publisher through Netgalley

I received a free egalley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my review.

Alright, this one was a little iffy for me. Here’s your synopsis from Amazon:

Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season–when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17–is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.

Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There’s a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she’ll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she’ll uncover the dark origins of the accident season–whether she’s ready or not.

1. This book started out really strong for me, until the paranormal stuff kicked in.

I really enjoyed the first half of this book. I loved the characters and the friendships and Cara’s mom. It was all great, until you got to the point where they find the ghost house. There is a slight paranormal vibe through the whole book (the accident season in general, plus everyone thinking Cara’s best friend Bea is a witch) but it just got weird when that happened. A lot of it seemed out of place and that it was just thrown in to make it more…interesting? I don’t know. It just didn’t feel right for me.

2. I was really intrigued by the accident season.

So every October, Cara’s family – her, her sister Alice, her mom Melanie, and her ex-stepbrother Sam – suffer accidents. They range from cuts in the kitchen to near drownings. When accident seasons are really bad, someone in their family dies. The accident season has claimed Cara and Alice’s dad, their uncle, and their grandfather. It’s been a superstition in their family for as long as Cara can remember. I had to keep turning pages to see how this would all be explained to me. That is honestly the first thing that sucked me in and it was kind of weird when it was all explained. Actually, now that I’m thinking more about it, it wasn’t really explained. There are “dark origins” that the synopsis talks about, but those only happen for parts of their lives – not their entire lives. Is it paranormal? Is it psychosis? Is it repression? I honestly still don’t know.

3. I really liked the friendship aspect of this book.

Cara admits in the first part of the book that she has a group of close friends that consists of Bea and Sam. She likes it this way. She grew up with Sam and Bea has been her best friend for most of her life. Bea is a little quirky. She reads tarot cards and everyone thinks she is a witch. I mean, come on, that sounds like an awesomely interesting best friend. Anyway, the three of them share this unbreakable bond that really got to my feels. Granted, it didn’t get to me enough so that I felt much for them, but I liked seeing the way they changed through this story.

4. I feel like I’ve been extremely negative so far, so let’s go for a positive here.

I rated this book high. I know it doesn’t seem like it from reading my last two points, but I honestly enjoyed this. I finished it in less than 24 hours and I liked the story so much that it sucked me in. The characters – while under developed – are extremely interesting and likable. The story is interesting because who has a month of accidents to look forward to every year? I just had to get to the end to see what was going on. And don’t even get me started on Elsie (I don’t want to spoil this for you) which was probably the biggest secret in the story!

OVERALL: 3.5 stars! This was lacking in a lot of areas for me but for the most part, this was a quick and entertaining read! I didn’t need to think too much and I really enjoyed how fast paced this all was. If you feel like giving this a try (which I think you should) click the link below to pre-order! This comes out on August 18, 2015!

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Backlist Mini Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

ArmadaI have needed to stew over this book for a couple of days. So much happened! If you want more detailed information about the publisher, release date, etc go visit the book’s Amazon page here. This book was amazing and got FIVE STARS from me, so here are five short reasons why I adored this.

1. The nerdiness. I love it.

If you read Cline’s other masterpiece, Ready Player One, you already know that he writes with ton of pop culture references. This was absolutely no different. While I enjoyed RPO more than I did this book, it was still right up my alley!

2. Zack Lightman is awesome.

Our main character is Zack and he is a video game nerd. He is raised by his mother (his father died when he was very young) and he has anger issues. I love books with heroes who are not perfect and this was something I loved about Zack.

3. The romance is minimal and believable.

I usually don’t like romance, especially in books where there is already so much going on. However, the relationship between Zack and Lex is so cute. It kind of happens pretty quickly, but it’s not like love at first sight, which I can’t stand. They’re trying to save the world, so of course they’re looking for companionship!

4. The supporting cast of characters is vast, but the ones we see a lot of are fantastic.

There are a BIG amount of characters to keep track of, but every single one of them serves a purpose. Not once did I feel like a character was just thrown in randomly to stir stuff up. I love when every character you meet has a purpose. The people Zack plays with online are even featured in the book and you come to love them as much as he does.

5. The message is perfect.

I can’t tell you much about this point to avoid spoilers, but the ending was great! I loved the entire message of the book. When you everything is revealed and solved, you realize that the whole book had been preparing you for that message. This sounds so vague, I’m sorry, but I’m not spoiling this for you because you need to READ IT NOW.

Backlist Mini-Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

ZodiacI’ve decided to start doing mini reviews on backlisted books! Full reviews take a lot out of me, but I feel like I should give some backlisted books some love. Therefore, I won’t be giving you the slew of information I usually give you on reviews. If you want a synopsis, series, publishing information, etc go to the book’s Amazon listing here. I gave this book a whopping four stars, so I’m going to tell you three reasons I LOVED this book and one reason why I didn’t. Ready?

1. Let’s start with the negative, shall we? Two words: LOVE. TRIANGLE.

I hate love triangles so much that it physically hurts me sometimes. Just know, there is a love triangle and it made me mad because one of the dudes really could have just been a friend and close adviser, but instead, Rho ruined it. Poo on love triangles.

2. I usually don’t dig science fiction, but I loved this.

My biggest gripe about sci-fi is that it doesn’t stick to its own rules. This book does though and it was SO FANTASTIC. Space travel scares the crap out of me. Multiple universes, traveling through space, it all freaks me out, but this was so well done. Yay!

3. The technology in this book is fantastic.

Not only did I understand the technology (being someone who really has a hard time with advanced technology) but it seemed like something that we would potentially have in the future, which I found to be amaaaaazing.

4. I’m not really into astrology, but I have friends who are, and I loved that aspect of this book.

You may think that this whole book is based on astrology – and it’s not. It’s kind of like your basic faction book (i.e. The Hunger Games) but with astrological signs THAT HAVE THEIR OWN PLANETS. I’m not going to go into detail about how it’s all laid out, but just know, I really liked how this was done.

Go check out this book. I can’t believe a sci-fi book got me like this, but I’m definitely not complaining! There is a sequel on the way and you can guarantee I’ll be fangirling over that one, too!