The Violet Hour: September 8, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Review – A Beautiful Fate by Cat Mann

A Beautiful Fate by Cat Mann
ebook
Published June 11th 2013
by Smashwords
ISBN 139781301574742
Series: The Beautiful Fate #1
Source: Copy provided by author for my honest review

"Obsessive and driven by nightmares, Ava Baio is uprooted from her Chicago home after the untimely and tragic death of her loving mother. Taken across country by her antagonistic grandmother and placed as a boarding student at a school in Dana Point, California, Ava struggles with isolation and the loss of her mother and her grandfather. Faced with having left her beloved brownstone behind and attending a new school, surrounded by new faces and unfamiliar scenery, she finds herself sorting through unfamiliar and uncharted feelings with a strange and beautiful boy, Ari – a modern day Adonis. After an unconventional start to their relationship, Ava becomes intensely absorbed by her love for Ari, and with his help and the help of his family, she discovers who she really is – a Fate descended from Atropos. She learns that the Greek mythology she grew up reading is not comprised of myth after all.

Ava faces constant challenges both in her relationship with Ari and with the fact that she is being hunted by six threatening and ruthless men who want nothing more than for her to die so that they can live forever. She has no choice but to stand up for those she has come to love. In doing so, she becomes something she hates, a killer. 

A true page-turner, A Beautiful Fate is Part One of The Beautiful Fate Series. The novel is full of suspense, romance and the allure of ancient Greece. Ava and Ari will leave the reader hoping the story will never end."

A Beautiful Fate was a very addicting story. I was intrigued by the simple, yet dark looking cover. I was really drawn in from the first paragraph.

"They were screaming for me again. My knuckles were bone white as I gripped a pair of cold steel scissors in my hand. People, all strangers, screamed at me from beyond their closed doors, demanding death; begging for the coup de graće."

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review – Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Paperback, 418 pages
Published August 14th 2012
by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2011)
ISBN 1476712042 (ISBN13: 9781476712048)
Series: Beautiful #1
Genre: NEW ADULT

"INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match."


I never thought I'd read this book. Several trusted bookish friends have read it and from their reviews, I put this title on my 'Will Never Read' shelf. I'd see it in a store or read a positive review of it and toy with the idea of reading it, but kept it on that shelf. My very good friend Angeline convinced me that it really wasn't what I thought, so I got it from the library. She was totally right. I was lead to believe that this story was supposed to be your normal, pretty YA/NA, but the male MC was outright physically abusive to the female MC and everyone in the book was okay with that, there was no change or acknowledgement that such behavior was wrong. That presumption was not true.

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