The House on Hundred Hill by Jemima Valentino – Bout-of-Books October Review

Jessica Rylan has spent her entire life trying to fit in, despite feeling deep down that she doesn’t quite belong. A slave to passions that she doesn’t quite understand, she does her best to simply ignore her burgeoning sensuality. Little does Jessica realise that a seemingly chance encounter with the handsome Nate Black will turn her world upside down.
All it takes is one garden party invitation to pull her into an ancient struggle, one where she must place her trust in Nate and his mysterious brother Draven to survive. As Jessica becomes seduced by the ancient and mystical world of the Nephilim, she finally begins to understand her own dark desires. Because Draven Black is searching for something… Something only Jessica can provide.

From the description, I wasn’t really sure about this book. I’m a sucker for PA romance, you can tell that from the books on my review list. I’m not, however, a big fan of sex being the central and driving theme in a book. I want emotion, mystery, action or characters to drive the story. I’m glad that I gave The House on Hundred Hill a chance, because it delivered.

This was a short read. I received it in PDF form from the author and it was only 118 pages. Yet those 118 pages delivered an action packed and emotional story. Since the story was so short, I don’t want to take a chance on giving a whole lot away. I will say that there’s much more to Jessica and her draw to Draven and Nate than meets the eye. There is a lot of mythology and ancient history covered in this short read that drew me in. It is a great fallen angel story that is sure to keep you turning pages until the end that will catch you totally off guard.

This book probably isn’t for everyone though and it is definitely an adult read. Just need to throw that warning out there because I don’t want to offend anyone.

There is currently a blog tour featuring The House on Hundred Hill. You can find the link on my sidebar if you want to check it out.

Suspense by Jason Letts – Bout-of-Books October Review

Spencer Nye can’t control the rage bubbling under her skin over the world around her. The trouble is, by the year 2102, the world has solved most of its great problems. Without hunger, war, greed, or even money, people obsess over the glamour of the Culture Industry and its mega-celebrity Idols, who vie for followers over the social networks of Connect.
But Spencer discovers there is plenty to fix within the Idols’ competition for more popularity. She becomes a diehard and promises to do anything to help her Idol, a dreamy movie star named Cleary Mintz, bring his vision of hope and purpose to the world. When she stumbles onto a threat against his life, she’ll have to fight harder than she ever thought possible or lose the man who means more to her than any other.

I made a discovery about myself while reading Suspense. I takes me a while to get into dystopian novels. It has nothing to do with the writing or the characters. It just takes me a while to wrap my mind around these unique, futuristic worlds. That being said, once I got into Suspense, I really liked it.

The book centers around Spencer Nye and her friends. The world Letts created for Suspense is perfect at first glance. It doesn’t take long to discover though that nothing is perfect. Spencer lives in a world where everyone is equal and no one wants for anything. As great as it sounds, she seems to be the only one who realizes that there is no reward in having everything handed to you. Hmm… seems that there is a lesson to be learned there somewhere. I’m not saying that Spencer is above reproach and is the perfect hero. She has faults just like everyone else. One of her biggest at times seems to be how little she thinks of herself. Hopefully as the series continues she’ll get over some of that. She wasn’t in a really happy place during most of the book, even when she should have been.

Suspense is a YA novel, but it is definitely geared toward older teens. There is a fair amount of violence along with sexual themes. One scene, well, you’ll know what I’m referring to when you get to it. 🙂

There were times in Suspense that I had a hard time adjusting to the reality that the characters lived in. I think it was because everything was so centered around technology that it was almost scary. I’ve often heard people now talk about how they couldn’t survive without their computers, cell phones and other gadgets. Think about how hard it would be if you entire existence depended on the technology you were surrounded by. That’s exactly what Letts gives you a taste of and it’s a scary proposition.

The nice thing about starting Suspense now is that Jason Letts’ next installment in the Spencer Nye trilogy is coming out in the next few days. Since Suspense left us in, well, suspense…. it will be nice to be able to grab Expense without much delay. If you haven’t read any of Jason Letts’ other books, you can check out my reviews of Impossible, Incredible and the first three books in his Powerless Series. You can also visit Letts’ Amazon and Amazon UK pages to check out all his books. Enjoy!