Sixty Minute Reads Series by Dave Johnston

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Atomic Number Sixty

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*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

You could do a lot of things in one hour. You could regret your wrong decisions in sixty minutes or else. You could reminisce the simple, mundane things in your life. You could imagine all the could’ves and should’ves. You could read Holly Holloway last sixty minutes on Earth.

What would come to pass … if you knew you only had one hour of life left to live?

I was truly intrigue by the sixty chapters in sixty minutes, and I loved it! It was so different from what I usually read. I love the story line. It was fast paced but clear and concise. The whole idea behind it all was just brilliant. I found Holly’s character interesting. There were different sides of her that we saw depending on who she’s with. She could be loving daughter, fun and supportive cousin, smart-ass bitch and cynical in her darkest hour.

I would’ve given it a perfect star rating but the ending is a bit predictable to me. There were clues that I easily picked up, so I was able to guess correctly. I was expecting an unexpected ending that would bring more impact, more feels to the story. Nonetheless, this series is too good to pass. I can’t wait for the next one!

Read: August 17, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Massacre of the Sixty

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*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Holly Holloway survived what we thought was her last sixty minutes like a ticking bomb. Her next assignment is to stop “The Hollow Falx”, a fight to death match between sixty people in sixty minutes. Could Holly save the lives of these sixty people? Or would this be a massacre that would mark the history?

This sequel in Holly’s journey took an interesting turn. I was shocked when I first read this line in the synopsis, “Massacre of the Sixty attracts only the depraved and psychotic..”. But that didn’t stop me. I was absolutely curious on the massive change in the story line. You have to watch out for every detail because it would give you a clue that isn’t really spoilery (for me) but in a fun way. Dave Johnston was really smart to warn readers that this is not for the faint of heart. Or you could just read this when the sun is shining bright to get some sleep at night.

I actually enjoyed this book even if I’m not much fan of all gorey stuffs. It was new and I think it was such a step-up from Holly’s adventure in the previous book. I had my doubts at first because I don’t think Dave Johnston’s writing style could fit the story portrayed by the synopsis. But I loved it!  There was more action and mysteries and I couldn’t wait for the next one. I think the next book would reveal some of the questions left unanswered. *crossed fingers*

Read: December 1, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Samantha Franco remembers nothing of the night she and her best friend, Cassie, disappeared. She seemed to have a perfect life: wealthy, dream boyfriend and popularity. But she’s having a hard time assimilating to her previous life of being the school’s mean girl. As Samantha tries to solve the mystery behind the night that changed everything, she discovers that picking up where she left off might very well kill her.

“Don’t look back. You won’t like what you find.”

I admit that I was a little wary with reading this book because I’m not really fun of slightly scary, mystery stuffs. The fact that this is JLA’s work and a great friend of mine vouched for this book, well I was sold. And JLA never does disappoint. This book is everything they said it would be. There are books with interesting and captivating synopsis that made expectations high but unable to deliver. But Don’t Look Back is the real deal. I love every twist. I love how it made my heart jump at every turn. I didn’t even guess who’s behind all this! I was so blinded that I didn’t pick up the clues laid out. And I loved it because it made things more intense.

I also like Samantha and Carson together. Having love stories in the midst of tragedy often leaves a bad taste on my mouth, but this one is different. It makes the story more interesting. It’s like having more twist that could results to different outcomes in the end. I love deserved second chance and happy endings.

Read: June 11, 2014

Rating: 5 Stars

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

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FIVE MADDENING STARS!!!

On her thirty-third birthday, author Senna Richard found herself a prisoner in a house in the middle of nowhere with no means of escape. As Senna uncovers clues after clues, it is clear that whoever took her knew her inside and out. This is Senna’s journey to dig into her dark past in order to save, not only herself, but also the man she once loved.

Hands down one the best books ever written.

It was not the heartbreaking love affair that compelled me to say that. It was the whole package. It was every mystery, every metaphor, every plot twist that makes this book so damn beautiful. This is not your traditional romance/suspense story. This is not a damsel in distress waiting for her prince to save her. It was so much more with all the mind games. Truly, Tarryn Fisher has such ways with words.

“The truth is for the mind,” he says. “Lies are for the heart. So let’s just keep lying.”

I know I said that the love story didn’t make a big impression on me but I can’t help fall in love with him. Seriously, it hurts so bad. I don’t know how many tears I shed from all Senna endured from her past, present and her future. When you think it was the end, and it was supposed to be sunshine and rainbows, remember this Tarryn Fisher. You really think she’ll do something that predictable? I assure you this book will hurt you, one way or another.

Read: February 8, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars