Review: My Double Life

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 272pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Her whole life, Alexia Garcia has been told that she looks just like pop star Kari Kingsley, and one day when Alexia’s photo filters through the Internet, she’s offered a job to be Kari’s double. This would seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, but Alexia’s mother has always warned her against celebrities.
Rebelliously, Alexia flies off to L.A. and gets immersed in a celebrity life. Not only does she have to get used to getting anything she wants, she romances the hottest lead singer on the charts, and finds out that her own father is a singing legend. Through it all, Alexia must stay true to herself, which is hard to do when you are pretending to be somebody else!

My Review:

This was a very simple read just a nice relaxing book.  While it was predictable in what was going to happen in the book it was still an enjoyable read. 

I enjoyed Alexia and her very normal life that many teens living here in the US are living everyday.  She is down to earth while being smart and like most smart girls the target of the popular girls in school.  She gets whisked away into the fantasy life of superstar Kari Kingsley to be her double since Kari does not perform well in public as she is a spoiled superstar who is going through issues of her own.  Alexia hears some hard lessons in this story but ends up in a very positive place, that I was not really expecting.  I was pleased that the book did not end there I thought it was going to.

There was good character development in the book.  Each person was well defined and there were not conflicts.  The plot was pretty predictable but good.  While I would not pick this book up and reread it, I would say that if you are looking for a relaxing book this is a good choice.

My rating 3.5 out of 5. 

Review: No Mercy

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • Sold By: ST MARTINS / MPS
  • Sales Rank: 705

Synopsis

In New Orleans, immortal Amazon warrior Samia is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.

My Review:

I have loved this series from the very beginning but this book seemed not to grab my attention.  It was very predictable and almost boring in sections.  I had tried to read this book when it first came out but just could not get through the first hundred pages without having to put it down.  I picked it put today and was able to get through the book in a few hours but still found it to be pretty boring. I don’t know if it was the lack of my favorite characters until late in the book or if the writing is just becoming to routine.  I hope that the next book will have some surprises or at least the ability to keep me guessing. 

I did feel like Kenyon defended Dev more in this book and we saw the pain that he was dealing with in more depth.  I enjoyed getting to know Sam and her secrets.  And how they both worked through this situation.  I am disappointed with the direction Nick is moving in but I guess I will wait and see on that one.

Overall,  I think that it is time that Kenyon take the time to evaluate where this series is going as it is becoming flat.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Review: Phantom Universe

Published February 15, 2011 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Approximately 280 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN 10: 0982903340
ISBN 13: 9780982903346
Summary: Sold into slavery to pirates at the young age of four, Summer learns to survive the rough seas of subterfuge and thieves through silence. When the boat she’s lived on most of her life is destroyed, Summer finds herself washed up on the shore of a new world, a phantom universe full of the bizarre and extraordinary. She meets Gage, the one boy who understands the girl with no speech. But when their lives are put on the line, will Summer finally call out? Or will all be lost in the fathomless depth of silence?
My Review:
Wow!  I have been sitting her trying to figure out what I was going to say about this book.  It is really hard to put into words how I felt while reading this book other than I could not put it down and didn’t want to see the end come.  Laura Krietzer did a wonderful job putting this story together.  There are parts that make you uncomfortable with the story line but then others that just touch on your emotions.  The book kept me guessing and I was never quite sure what the next page turn was going to bring.  I really don’t want to give any of this story away – so just go get this book when it launches in February!
I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to review this book by Obsidian Mountain Publishing as an advance “e-copy”. 
5/5 stars READ IT!
I was provided this “e-book” free of charge from Obsidian Mountain Publishing, but all reviews and comments are mine and mine alone.  I was not provided any further compensation for this review.