Friday, August 31, 2012

Feature and Follow (9)


FF 2012 Feature & Follow #106
Time for a blog hop :-) Who's looking forward to Labor Day weekend? I am, because for once, I sort of get the holiday off (well I still have to carry a pager around).

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read

Here are the rules to the blog hop!
To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

    • (Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}
    • (Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers
  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
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  • Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers
  • If you’re new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

 

Q: Best Cover? What is the best cover of a book that you’ve read and didn’t like?

Well, oops! I answered this exact question last week. But I guess now it's legit. I was so excited to get this book from Early Reviewer Librarything giveaways because I mean LOOK at that beautiful cover. But the book didn't really live up to it.

Fated (Soul Seekers, #1)
Goodreads book description:


Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

There she crosses paths with Dace, a gorgeous guy with unearthly blue eyes who she’s encountered before...but only in her dreams. And she’ll get to know her grandmother—a woman who recognizes Daire’s bizarre episodes for what they are. A call to her true destiny as a Soul Seeker, one who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Her grandmother immediately begins teaching her to harness her powers—but it’s an art that must be mastered quickly. Because Dace’s brother is an evil shape-shifter who’s out to steal her powers. Now Daire must embrace her fate as a Soul Seeker and find out if Dace is one guy she’s meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

 

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

I had a love/hate relationship with this book. The first 100 or so pages dragged and I almost put it down for good. After reading some other recent reviews, I wasn't the only one and some people actually stopped reading it. Then, around halfway through the book, things start to get interesting. Daire's grandmother is teaching her some really neat things. I really enjoyed learning about Seekers, their powers, and their war with the Coyotes. But Daire throughout the book was a whiny, not very likeable protagonist. And the Cade/Dace split (not really into how their names rearranged are each other's) seems just too easy. Cade is just too evil and Dace is just too good. Put them together and HE would be a character worth reading about. I just can't stand two dimensional characters and then here we have two characters that are set up that way. However, I will say that there are some terrific supporting characters. Xotichl and Lita are both wonderful, well developed and unexpected. I would read a book about them.

While Fated has some beautiful prose especially about landscape and some great supporting characters, the main characters are not especially interesting and the plot drags for too much of the book. It's too bad because the backstory has a lot of potential.
 

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45 comments:

  1. aw! this cover is really nice..this is the first time I've seen it.. such a waste *sigh

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  2. Haha, I have that book, and it does happen to have something to do with the cover.

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  3. Gorgeous cover!!!
    Old follower-
    My FF
    -Theresa

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  4. I love that cover! I remember loving it when I first saw it, but like you my sister really didn't enjoy the story so I didn't try it out. I hate it when that happens! Great choice :)

    Here's my FF!

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  5. Love, love this cover. It's so pretty and I love the purple! Too bad about the story! I haven't read it yet, but I am looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll like. Fingers crossed.

    Thank you for following and visiting me! :)

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my Friday Hop! That is a super pretty cover, but I haven't read anything by the author yet =)

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  7. I really love that cover. The colors, the wind, the birds - ah, the perfect fit for that book!
    (plus I really like her earrings)
    New follower! (via GFC)

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  8. that is a lovely cover, but I've learned the hard way that Noel's writing isn't for me. :( thanks for stopping by!

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  9. The cover is really pretty, but after reading the Immortals series, I realized I'm just not crazy of Noel's writing.
    Here's my FF
    old follower :)

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  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Have a great weekend.

    New follower.

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  11. I thought about getting this book.. thanks for the honest review of it. The cover is beautiful though!
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Ashley
    #BookNerd

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  12. God, I love that cover. And I LOVE those earrings. It sucks that the book wasn't amazing.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by my FF post earlier :)

    I am an old linky and GFC follower, but now, I'm also following you via RSS.

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  14. I love that cover!
    Thanks for stopping by! I'm following you back via GFC.
    -Ariel

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my FF post earlier :)

    I am an old linky and GFC follower, but now, I'm also following you via RSS.

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  16. That is a great cover.
    Thanks for stopping by. I followed back.

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  17. I love that cover, too, but I couldn't even get into the book. I read just a few chapters and gave up.

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my FF! I haven't heard of this book but the cover is beautiful, sorry to see you didn't like it.
    I'm following back GFC :)

    Kaitlyn@Books and Bandanas

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  19. Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog. That cover is gorgeous, and I've seen the book around, but it hasn't has great reviews.

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  20. This cover is gorgeous but I hadn't heard many great things about it so I decided to skip it and your review convinced me it was a good decision.
    Old follower, thanks for stopping by :]

    Kaitlin @ Read. Write. Love.

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  21. I didn't totally like this cover. I thought it interesting, but not enough to pick it up. Guess I wasn't missing much!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Old Follower :)

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  22. Beautiful cover! Great pick. Thanks for visiting my FF post, new follower :)

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  23. For me there is nothing better than books or movies. So I would definitely choose Insignia. : )

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  24. I love that cover! Thanks for the follow. I followed you back. <3

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  25. Really pretty cover! I haven't read this book, but I'd definitely pick it up based on the cover alone.

    New Follower
    My FF
    Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

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  26. I love this cover but I am leary of the book since I wasn't super into Alyson Noels other series. That's too bad that you weren't super into it.

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  27. The cover is beautiful! I haven't read it yet though. I bet I'll like it... I enjoyed the Immortals series while most people didn't. Thanks for sharing. :)

    Old follower!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  28. Totally agree on this cover too bad the book wasn't that great!
    Old Follower!

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  29. I agree, that cover is stunning. I haven't read the book ,but I kind of gave up on Alyson ( I know. It's terrible ;__; ) But I've been to scared, her immortal series put me to sleep!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF , Old follower (:

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  30. Love that cover! Thanks for the follow. Followed you back!
    Michelle@Mom with a Kindle

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  31. awh thats a shame because this book looked so good! I really do like the cover a lot. Im a new GFC and email follower of yours.

    Thanks for stopping by my FF :)

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  32. The colors are really nice, I like the background and the birds. Too bad it's not good.

    My follow friday! Please visit!

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  33. I never bothered to add this book because I was never really thrilled with her Immortals series. Cover is pretty though.

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  34. Really pretty cover! :D Followed you back.

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  35. I haven't read this yet! But the cover is really gorgeous, it's a bummer it didn't live up to your expectations :(

    New follower!

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  36. Hi!! Nice cover. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you back.

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  37. Oooh a giveaway too! Thanks! Following you back!

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  38. I like this cover, but I could never get into Noel's writing. Thanks for visiting and I'm a new follower!

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  39. I have this book but with the yellow cover. I haven't read it yet. It is a pretty cover though.

    Old follower.
    Thanks for stopping by my FF =)

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  40. This cover is really beatiful. I am sorry you didn't like this book.

    Mariska Old follower

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  41. I loved this cover and liked the story. I agree with you that the cover is prettier than the content :). Thanks for stopping by and following. I'm now following back.

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  42. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Following you back! I haven't read Fated and don't plan on doing it any time soon. I didn't like the author's previous books :/

    ~Ariella

    My FF

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  43. Yeah, the cover is great. Sorry you didn't like it!!

    Thanx for stopping by!!
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    Old Follower :)

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  44. I'd choose the gift card.

    Thanks for stopping by! Following back via GFC! :D

    Amber @ Fall Into Books

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