Posted in 3.5 stars, Book reviews

Always Me by Kelly Riad

Blurb: By the summer, Tatiana “Nicky” Roman must learn to trust Xander Day if she’s ever going to discover the origin of her violent hallucinations. But centuries of being repeatedly murdered by him on July 17th are a little hard to forgive.

Over four hundred years ago, Xander thought the holy man’s prophetic words were as crazy as his eyes—that Alexander and Tatiana were destined to be together forever. But Xander misunderstood the mystic. He knows now forever meant forever taking the other’s life. If they never break the bloody curse holding them prisoners of fate, there will be only one outcome: death.

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My View: This is one of those books that doesn’t grab you with the first sentence but as you keep on reading, it seems to grow on you. And then you can’t put it down.

After I was past the initial confusion, I realized that the idea behind the book was very unique and just WOW.

There are two main characters – Nicky and Xander. I found myself rooting for Nicky while feeling the same as Nicky felt towards Xander, a pull and yet a deep-rooted fear. Now when I start feeling for a book’s characters, I realize that the author has done good with the character building.

Once the story sets in, there’s no going back. It keeps you rooted in your seat, unable to do anything else because you want to know what will happen next. This is one of those books that starts slowly but later picks up pace and doesn’t let go.

I really liked the historical feel and charm to the story. It was mind-blowing.

Perhaps the only negative thing that I felt was that I, personally was unable to understand what happened towards the end and couldn’t really digest it. If you have read the book and got that part, just let me know.

In all, a lovely book that I would recommend to everyone. And it’s only $0.99 on Amazon right now, so you should go grab it.

3.5 Stars – Somewhere between ‘ I liked it’ and ‘I really liked it’. images (25)

Author Bio:

Kelly Riad is an American writer who graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a degree in journalism.  Because’s she’s always been a lucky little brat, her life has taken her all over the world from the hot, humid streets of Hong Kong and the crowded markets of Cairo, to the cobbles of Vienna and the ruins of Rome from where she has shamelessly stolen ideas and material for her stories.

She self-published her first young adult novel, Always Me, in September 2011.  Other Novels include Return to Arèthane andPrince of Arèthane.

For more information on Kelly’s young adult fiction, visit her blog.

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Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

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