Review: The Missing by Necole Ryse

Publisher: Necole Ryse
Release Date: December 16th, 2014
Series: Birthright, #2
Pages: 290
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Genre(s): Mystery
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Reeling from her boyfriend’s disappearance, Raevyn Jones is shocked to learn that she is considered suspect number one. To make matters worse, rumors are swirling that golden boy, Jeffrey Donnelly, isn’t just missing…he may never be coming back.

And Raevyn is being framed.

Her second semester at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, the nation’s first Ivy League institution for African Americans, is full of twists and turns.

Soon Raevyn will learn not to trust anyone, not even the people she calls friend.

my rambles

Special thanks to Necole Ryse for providing me with a copy of the book for review!

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Missing, after reading the first book, The Legacy. I had mixed feelings about it which you can read more in depth in my review.

But back to The Missing, which I am happy to say I enjoyed much more than the first book. The story was taken to a different level, and the pace was much faster than book one. Also, there’s another surprise thrown in just when you think things are crazy as it is!

While I enjoyed the story much more, I still found myself disliking the main character Raevyn. Some events in the book make her actions and thoughts afterwards seem a bit out of place. But other than that, I found the other characters made for an interesting story. Necole Ryse really shocked me with the two reveals at the end — I don’t think you’ll see them coming!

All in all, The Missing was quite a step up from The Legacy. A much better story and much more fast paced, I found it to be entertaining and exciting. And that ending has me eager to see what new secrets Raevyn will uncover next!

xo

Week in Review: 11/23/14 | I’m finally more active!

Week in Review


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I’m finally on the mend from pertussis (whooping cough) which took so much out of me. Although I missed most of the week of school I’ve been resting a lot and thank goodness will (hopefully) be back in business very soon before the holidays!

Clary got home from being spayed on Monday, and is fully back to her crazy self, too! I missed her when she had to stay at the vet overnight. To the right is a picture of her the day she got home and was really sleepy!

In Books

I haven’t gotten many books during my sort-of-absence. I’ve actually just requested some recently so fingers crossed I’ll be accepted for those!

For Review

The Missing by Necole Ryse
This is the second book in The Birthright Trilogy. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, but I am really looking forward to seeing how the story progresses. I think the stakes will be a lot higher in this one!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading

Well, this week I had my first DNF book (The Beginning is the End by Cara Davis), which wasn’t a great way to start my week of reading, but I really couldn’t force myself to push through farther than I did.

Last night in almost one sitting I started and finished Suspicion by Alexandra Monir, which I really enjoyed, but had a small problem with. My review will be up on Black Friday of next week to hear my more developed thoughts!

As of right now I haven’t started anything for pleasure YET. I’m almost done with The Scarlet Letter for my English class, and when I finish that I shall start something new!

In Blogging

Around the Blogosphere

Here at Books & Cleverness

I hope you all had a wonderful week! I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!

xo

Review: The Legacy by Necole Ryse

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TheLegacyEbookPublisher: Necole Ryse
Release Date: July 17, 2014
Pages: 290
Format: eARC
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Series: The Legacy, #1
Genre(s): Mystery
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Nineteen-year-old Raevyn Jones has never worn a designer gown. She’s never had access to unlimited champagne or chauffeured limo rides.

But when she is dropped in the midst of the Black Ivy League–against her will–she has to pretend that everything is normal, as if she belongs.

When her new friends start to question her sketchy past and her shaky legacy at Benjamin Wallace Fitzgerald University, Raevyn realizes she will have to rely on her street smarts more than ever before.

Raevyn starts to receive cryptic text messages and emails from an anonymous sender and she soon discovers that not only does someone want her to leave B.W.Fitz–someone also wants to end her life.

Special thanks to YA Bound Book Tours for hosting this book tour and providing me with a copy of this book for review!

When I saw the cover and read the synopsis for The Legacy I knew it was going to be a light mystery that I was going to enjoy. That was definitely the case!

The beginning started out a little slow without anything major happening, but as the story progressed things sped up in pace and some crazy things went down. One of my favorite things about this book is that the main character Raevyn had a traumatic past experience that sent her boyfriend to jail, and her running. I really liked how the author chose to reveal the details regarding the accident, it’s cause, and it’s aftermath slowly throughout the story. It definitely kept me hooked wanting to know what happened to her back home! Another thing I enjoyed was the heir of mystery regarding Raevyn’s father’s history at B.W. Fitz. Why did he leave? Why only tell Raevyn about this part of his life now? The eerie college boarding-school-esque setting was also another high point! I can’t help but love books set at schools like these.

There were some things that I had problems with throughout the book, though. Some of the side characters were written to be more stuck-up, but came off as shallow and a little annoying. Some of Raevyn’s actions confused me, for example the dealings with her “ex” boyfriend. She often seemed paranoid and accusatory toward her friends, which I didn’t really get her suspicion. The relationships seemed really underdeveloped. I would have liked a little more of the “falling for each other” parts to see how the characters got to the “I love you” stage.

This is definitely a great read for fans of Pretty Little Liars, as there is an anonymous villain with a similar style. The end had a huge cliffhanger and was when everything started to really happen and get exciting. Definitely made me want to know what happened next, but then the book ended!

All in all, The Legacy was a fun and light mystery that fans of Pretty Little Liars will be sure to enjoy!


About the Author

Necole Ryse graduated from Towson University with Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications.

Bored with life as an adult, Necole decided to follow her dreams to write fiction and she hasn’t looked back. She joined the Winslet Press family to release her first novel, THE LEGACY.

She enjoys chocolate covered pretzels, Criminal Minds marathons, and all things Harry Potter.

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Update: I’m back from vacation!

Oh how I’ve missed typing blog posts, reading other blogs, and chatting with you guys! I had a lovely time on vacation, but taking that week off made me realize just how much blogging has become a part of my life and how much I love it. I’m so happy to be back and I’m ready to pick up with the blog right where I left off.


The Vacation

While away, I read less than I was hoping to (only about two and half books in total), but I did get to spend a lot of time with my friends from another country that I only see once a year, which was amazing. I started Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston but I just wasn’t feeling it so I put it down about halfway through. I visited the local indie store which I’ve come to know and love, and bought (after a HUGE recommendation from my friend), Stolen by Lucy Christopher and DEVOURED it. When I say I devoured it I mean I stayed up until 12 at night finishing it. I plan to post my review of it Monday and as soon as I write this post I plan to dive right in to writing my review. I have lots of love for that book, but you’ll find out why on Monday. 😉 Then, I still wasn’t in the mood for Frozen…I wanted something with a little more romance. SO, I read The One by Kiera Cass. EEEE! I really enjoyed the conclusion to the series and I cannot wait to review it for you guys! I had to hold in my giggles while reading. That’s all I’ll say at the moment.

I was trying to upload/embed pictures I took from Instagram while away, but WordPress is acting up… SO, you can visit my Instagram to see a few pics I took while away!


The Books

Although I only bought one book while away, I stumbled upon a few review copies that I just couldn’t resist…

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  • The Empress Chronicles by Suzy Vitello (Netgalley)
  • Zac & Mia by A. J. Betts (Netgalley)
  • The Legacy by Necole Ryse (blog tour)

In other news…

  1. WordPress – I was alerted by the wonderful Patty @ Imaginative Minds that WordPress is shutting down blogs that frequently post promotional posts such as guest posts, blog tours, book blasts, etc. I was really nervous although I’d only had 2 posts that fell into that category. I’ve since renamed them and/or put them on private, but I’m still nervous about what WordPress plans to do. As soon as I got home I exported all my blog’s content and looked a little more at what qualifies to be taken down. This link, if you scroll to the bottom, will show you the kinds of blogs that are subject to be taken down if WordPress is notified about your content. Here’s what is mentioned specifically about book blogs:

    Book tour blogs: Blogs that consist of scraped, pre-written content, as opposed to original book reviews, for the purpose of promoting books and driving traffic to other promotional and giveaway sites.

    I’m still not quite sure what my next move is. I’ve set up a Weebly account and snagged the domain of the same name here but .weebly.com instead. I’ve been trying things out there, and while I like it, I love WordPress, and I can’t see myself leaving anytime soon.

  2. Go “Behind the Blogger”! – The lovely Caroline is spotlighting Books & Cleverness and I on her blog, The Attic Reviews today! I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to her for giving me the opportunity to be featured on her blog! Go and check out her blog, too. You’ll love it! 😉
  3. Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek is “Sharing the Bloggy Love!” – She’s started writing these wonderful posts in which she features other blogs and bloggers she has come to love reading and telling her readers a little bit about them! I was featured, but I also discovered so many other awesome blogs thanks to her post! I love what you’re doing Rachel! ❤ Yvo @ It’s All About Books is doing something similar, too! Make sure to check out both of their posts and continue to spread the love!
  4. Blog Awards?! Oh my! – Yvo of It’s All About Books and Victoria of Coffee. Write. Repeat. both nominated me for the Liebster Award! I couldn’t be more grateful and I thank you both SOOOO much! ❤ Unfortunately, as I’ve been away I’m just trying to catch up on normal blog things, so I don’t think I’ll get to writing a post. But that doesn’t mean I’m at all ungrateful. I wish I could reach out and give you both a hug! 🙂
  5. “Renewing Excitement” – Alena @ AlenasLife wrote a wonderful post about how she was inspired by fellow bloggers to pick up some books that have been just sitting around, unread, for too long. I’m so happy that I’m one of those bloggers that inspired you to do so, Alena! I hope you find some gems in the forgotten depth of your bookshelf! 😉

How have YOU been?

I’ve felt so out of touch while I was away, and I want to know what’s been going on with you! I’d absolutely LOVE it if you linked me some of your favorite posts that either you wrote, or read from another blogger, that I’ve missed while  I took the week “off.”

I missed you all so much more than you could know and I am SO HAPPY to be back and blogging and reading my butt off! 😀

See you VERY soon!

xo, emily