Review: Hourglass Squared (Hourglass #2) by K.S. Smith & Megan C. Smith

hourglass-squaredTitle: Hourglass Squared
Series: Hourglass, book 2
Author: K.S. Smith & Megan C. Smith
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: October 13, 2014
Source: Author
Synopsis
After recovering from being scorned by the same man, best friends Brooke and Savannah have not only mended their friendship, but also their hearts. With both girls finally married to the Worthington twins, these women have found it all and are living in pure marital bliss.

But not all honeymoons last forever. When Brooke and Josh announce they have a baby on the way, Savannah realizes this is all a bit more than she signed up for. With pressure coming from Jake to start a family, tempers flare and relationships are pushed to the breaking point; driving her to the brink of insanity as she is propelled toward the house in suburbia with the white picket fence.

Brooke tries to stand by Savannah, and be the best friend she has always been, but soon the tables turn and Brooke will need everyone’s support as her world comes crumbling down atop of her.

Join Brooke and Savannah in Hourglass Squared as they fight any obstacle that comes their way, together. Relationships will be tested, friendships strained, causing the course of their lives to be changed, forever.

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Review
WOW, I feel like a broken jigsaw puzzle. My emotions are all over the place and don’t seem to be settling down anytime soon. I’m just blown away, I had high expectations for Squared as Hourglass was awesome and it exceeded my expectations, it was simply brilliant.

What I wouldn’t give right now to see Megan and Kym, after what they put me through they both deserve a smacked arse and a MASSIVE hug! The way they weave their tales is just magical, they suck you in and spit you out, rinse and repeat. One minute you’ll be crying with happiness, the next sobbing with heartbreak.

Brooke and Savannah have the sort of relationship every girl wants, best friends, sisters and always there for each other. I liked them in Hourglass but I completely LOVED them in Squared, they are so sassy, emotional, protective, sweet and strong. Is it wrong to say they complete each other? I know that’s their partners job but they so do, one without the other just wouldn’t be as fun.

Hourglass Squared is full of twists and turns that you’ll never see coming, not all good surprises but everything fits perfectly into the story. I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it, AMAZING! I’m just gobsmacked and there isn’t enough stars to rate this book adequately.

5 rating

Ashton

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Review: Orenda (Orenda #1) by Ruth Silver

OrendaTitle: Orenda
Series: Orenda, book 1
Author: Ruth Silver
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: April 13, 2014 by Patchwork Press
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis
Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.

A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action- packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.

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Review
Lil has a dream, she’s transported to another world, meeting her doppelgänger. When she wakes up she’s left with questions. When a boy kidnaps her from school needing her help to save Willow, her double she jumps right in.

I love books with parallel universes, they’re fun to read and different. It’s amazing the imagination that goes into it. Ruth creates a world filled with magic, love, hope, fear and power. Fae are also a favourite creature of mine so I was really happy to see them included.

Lil and Willow look alike but they are very different. It’s only little things but it’s noticeable. I loved Lil, she will do everything she can to save her friends, even if it means making sacrifices. Willow seemed a little stuck up to me, but I loved how she was with Jamie and I warmed up to her towards the end. Hudson, Rawlie & Arianna were cool characters but I think they could have been a little more detailed.

The world building was good, I loved the portals and how everything came together. The individual powers from the Mystics was funky too. I had quite a few surprises thrown at me, one or two I definitely wasn’t expecting.

I had to put Orenda down a few times as I got bored but then at other times I was on the edge of my seat excited, It was a little up and down for me. Good but not my favourite from Ruth Silver. I’m curious to know what happens next even if I am a little undecided if I’ll read book 2.

3 rating

Ashton