Monthly Archives: August 2013

Unteachable by Leah Raeder

UnteachableUnteachable by Leah Raeder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leah Raeder has just made the list of my top 10 authors with a single book. Unteachable is a cleverly written, surprisingly intellectual and definitely not your typical student and teacher seduction romance novel. If I could I would give it more than just a meager 5 stars. The story is about Maize meeting a stranger at the fun fair before school starts. They meet and there is an instant attraction, between the two strangers. That night they act on it, the seduction begins, but Maize being who she is, runs away after. Next day school starts and guess who is teaching film class?.

The story plot develops interestingly with the rest of the “cast” – Maize’s best friend Wesley, also fondly known as Weslopedia, the other girls in her class vying for the attention of the new hot teacher, but there is also her home life, or lack thereof that makes Maize seem years older than her 18 years. As the story unfolds it keeps you at the edge of your seat right up to the last page.
Are they able to see each other while she finishes high school, or will he wait for her? if they can’t wait will they be able to keep it a secret? Will Maize get caught up with her mothers drug and drinking drama, or will she be an exception and get out of the deep trench her mother digs follow her… Continue reading

Empath by Becca j. Campbell

Empath (The Flawed Series, #1)Empath by Becca J. Campbell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

ARC REVIEW

I received an ARC for an honest review of this book, and it landed in my inbox yesterday afternoon. I was honestly conflicted on the stars I should give this book, but finally decided on a very good 3.5. I loved the originality of the story, never have I come across another with quite the same (para)normal characters. I loved how Becca switched between the POV’s of the main cast who includes Jade, our heroine blessed (or as she feels) cursed with an empathic ability that is so strong she does not know where her feelings begin and other’s feelings start. We have our classic quiet guy Logan, a professor at Jade’s college with some secrets of his own, and the of course the bad guy, Ethan, a sadistic killer with a target in mind..
Becca did a very good job of keeping all the different threads of her story together, not once did I have to go back – everything played out clear and without holes in the story.
On the down side I like my paranormal or fiction books to be – even though it is totally impossible, to make me feel it can happen, maybe. For me, the story had too many sub plots and side characters in the cast with coincidental abilities / disabilities, so towards the end I sort of wished for more character development between the main cast and less fokus… Continue reading

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