Book Reviews

Be Your Own # Goals-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Kristen Martain

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “We’ve all played the comparison game at one point or another. But instead of striving to be like everyone else, why not try to be your own #GOALS?

In this refreshing, yet straightforward, guide, bestselling author, writing coach, and personal development junkie, Kristen Martin, puts her personal and professional learning experiences on display for your benefit. Concise, witty, and relatable chapters and exercises make for an engaging and easy read, ultimately helping you to:

* Discover and defeat your fear-based thoughts, self-limiting beliefs, and self-sabotaging behaviors

* Overcome toxic energy, relationships, and situations that have been holding you back up until this point

* Evolve into the person you were destined to become and live the amazing life you’ve always dreamed of

If you’re ready to get out of your own head, stop playing the comparison game, reclaim your self-worth, and walk in your truth every single day from this moment forward . . . this book was written for you.” -From Goodreads

Review: When I had first started to read this book, I was hoping that it would kick my but into gear to continue writing as I worked at a job, which it did, but there were somethings that I didn’t agree with.

A lot of what Kristen wrote in this book was helpful and uplifting. I’ve been having a lot of self-doubts and just putting other people first, so reading this book helped me to positive about myself and to also put myself first. Hearing her life story, as well as seeing how she got to the point where she is now, was inspiring.

What I found slightly disappointing was that some of what is in this book is on her podcast, so some stuff isn’t new. Another thing that kind of rubbed me to wrong way was her basically saying how you could quit your job at any time to continue your dream, which I get is what most people would love to do, but not a lot of people have the luxury to just quit their job and do what they love for a living. I would love to just write for a living, but I know that won’t happen for some time.

This was a quick read with some nice exercises for people to do at the end of each chapter. The exercises are helpful to do in a journal, which helps to get more out of this book that isn’t just you reading it.

If you want a self-help book that will kick your butt into gear and/or want to help you be more positive with both yourself and your work, then read this self-help book.

Have fun reading!

Book Reviews

Shadow Crown-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Kristen Martin

Series: Shadow Crown #1

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary: “For most people, the act of killing is intangible. Unfathomable.

But not for seventeen-year-old Arden Eliri.

Having been involved in Cruex assassination attempts as a mere child, killing is a natural disposition for her. Growing up without parents, in a castle ruled by an iron-fisted king, is the furthest thing from a fairy tale, as is being forced into the Cruex, the king’s group of hand-selected assassins. But with each passing year, she comes to enjoy the act of killing more and more.

Kill or be killed—she chooses the former.

A decade ago, King Darius Tymond banished The Caldari—those who practice illusié, or old magick—from Trendalath Kingdom, ensuring that no Caldari will ever step foot in his kingdom again. But Arden discovers otherwise after a dual-assigned mission goes horribly awry. Even more startling, she discovers that she may have more in common with the Caldari than she’s been led to believe.

Arden wants to trust that King Tymond’s intentions are pure, but as their pasts collide in unexpected ways, the quicker she realizes the consequences and dangers of his reign. But Arden is also hiding something—something that threatens her very existence—and she’ll have to face her inner darkness and conquer it before it destroys her . . . and the kingdom she’s come to call her home.” -From Goodreads

Review: I’m mixed about this book. I liked it, but I also saw some problems with it.

The world Kristen Martin created was interesting, as well as the magic system. The magic system did in a way remind me of The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I just think a bit more world building would have helped.

I did enjoy the characters. Arden was a character I wanted to know more about. I also wanted to know what the Queen was planning throughout this book. I do like how the characters were usually in the gray area for most of the book.

There are a total of five points of view in this book with Arden being in first and the other four in third. At first, I was okay with the number of perspectives, until later in the book when I felt like it was too much. I wanted more chapters to focus on Arden since her chapters were in first person, so I wanted to feel more connected to her.

Kristen Martain’s writing in this book wasn’t as fast-paced as the Alpha Drive, but it did feel somewhat smooth when reading it. I could see how much her voice grew in this book compared to her debut.

I did enjoy reading this dark fantasy novel even though I did have some problems with it. I will be reading book two to see what happens in the story. I do think if you haven’t read a dark fantasy novel before, then I would recommend reading this one or The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

Have fun reading!

Book Reviews

The Alpha Drive-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Kristen Martin

Series: The Alpha Drive #1

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “It’s the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she’s approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.

But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family’s secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family’s past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality. ” -From Goodreads

Review: Kristen Martain wrote an interesting story using a mixture of dystopian and sci-fi together.

Kristen’s writing was great. She was able to write interesting characters, especially Emery, and scenes. She was able to put me into the world, as well as making me feel as though this world could be real in some way. With both the use of short chapters and fast-paced scenes I could not put this book down.

The characters, as I said before, were interesting. Kristen always had me questions the characters that were around Emery, seeing if they were actually her friend or her foe. She made her characters stand out and each felt different from each other. The only problem I had was the characters not talking about how they felt about their relationships to their significant other. It bugged me but it didn’t take me out of the story.

This dystopian does have the feeling of Divergent, but it feels like its own thing as well. Though this book is perfect for people who love dystopian and Divergent.

I will definitely be picking up other two books in this trilogy because I want to see where the story goes from here.

Have fun reading!