Review: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke
Series: Dissonance #1
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on July 22, 2014
Pages: 496
Genres: Alternate Universe, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
four-stars

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Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’ve been really picky with books lately. I’ve been picking things up and abandoning them when they don’t keep my interest. Despite the fact that Dissonance is almost five hundred pages, Dissonance kept my attention consistently. Considering that I’ve not been able to make it through some much shorter books, this means something. This book is parallel universe awesomeness. I liked it from the start, but the ending was just as solid. Dissonance is a fabulously unique debut and a wonderful start to a new series.

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Cover Snark (116): The One with Jinn and Juice

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Shiny and New:

1. Killer Within (Killer Instinct #2) – S.E. Green
Killer Within (Killer Instinct #2) - S.E. Green
Thoughts: I’ve got a heart in a bag. I’m sitting on a sofa. Got the bag on this book cover. What a world, what a life, I’m not awed.

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Manga Review: Maid Sama! by Hiro Fujiwara

Manga Review: Maid Sama! by Hiro Fujiwara

Maid Sama! by Hiro Fujiwara
Series: Maid Sama! #1-18
Published by TOKYOPOP on September 5, 2006
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
three-half-stars

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Brilliant and overachieving, Misaki Ayuzawa is the President of the Student Council at Seika High School, formerly a boys' school. Unfortunately, most of the students are still male and stuck in their slovenly habits, so man-hating Misaki really socks it to 'em in an attempt to make the school presentable to attract more female students. But what will she do when the sexiest boy in school finds out that after school, Misaki works in a maid cafe!

Oh Maid Sama!, I’ve been waiting for this day. I started up a manga-reading project with Debby (Snuggly Oranges), Gillian (Writer of Wrongs) and Steph (Cuddlebuggery), and I’m so glad that we did this, because I have got my manga back and you have NO idea how much I missed it. For a couple of years, I read a whole lot of manga (thousands of volumes is likely not an exaggeration) and I think I sort of burned myself out with that pace. Then I just got out of the habit of reading it. Now my mojo is back and I can finish some of the series that weren’t complete back then, start new ones and reread my favorites. This, my friends, is a beautiful thing. Anyway, Maid Sama! is one I started reading from my library back in the day, but never finished because I was waiting for the next volume to be purchased by the library…only apparently they never printed any volumes past that one so it’s a good thing that I stopped waiting. Maid Sama! is a seriously fun series with delightful shippiness, and I am not just saying that because Debby might kill me otherwise. Oranges can be vengeful fruits.

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I am not as nice as Ryan Gosling, but you get the idea.

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Review: Magnolia by Kristi Cook

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Magnolia by Kristi Cook
Published by Simon Pulse on August 5, 2014
Pages: 336
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
four-half-stars

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In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

There is nothing like the right book at the right time. I mean, obviously, a good book is good whenever, but a good book just when you needed it? Bookish heaven. Magnolia is what I needed in this slumpish mood I’ve been in. I’ve been craving fluffy romance with a great ship and Magnolia is that. Technically, Magnolia is a review book, but egalleys are supposed to be lowest priority, so it also felt like a free read, like I was cheating my schedule. Ah, beautiful liberation. Even more odd, just as the storm in Magnolia Branch hit in my reading, the thunder started going outside. How about that for timing? Magnolia is everything I hoped it would be: a southern Swan Princess with a glorious ship and all the feels.

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