Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: Bitter Angel by Megan Hand

  • Publisher: M Hand Publications
  • Publication date: 3/30/2013
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: eBook provided by the author for review
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Torn between two realities.
A choice that will mean life or death.
But she won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends' deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.
 


My Thoughts

I feel like there have been a lot of parallel universe, or alternate reality books lately, but they still intrigue me. This one actually didn't have a whole lot of it, but it was enough to make an insane storyline that kept me wanting to know what would happen. This was quite an intense read too. There are a lot of crazy things that go on and situations that might be hard for some people to read. It has a lot of violence so if you aren't big on that you might not like this as much. To me it was like a fantastic thriller.

Lila seems like a normal college girl. She's lucky enough that her two BFF's are her roomies, and she has a boyfriend who loves her more than anything. She is a super loyal friend, but I have to say that she makes some really, really dumb decisions. I know that it comes from a good place, but sometimes I really just wanted to smack her and tell her she was being stupid. She really cares about her friends more than life though, literally. She is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they are safe, even if it means risking her own life to do it. But beyond that, she really just has this need to do what she thinks is right. She is stubborn, and brave. I really liked her despite her bad judgement at times.

Jay her boyfriend is kind of a pushover, but he doesn't want to be. He just loves her so much that he will pretty much just give in to anything she says. That is until she is at risk of being harmed. OMG one of the things he does, which he does because he cares, pisses me off like you wouldn't believe. I get it. I totally do, but I can't blame Lila for how livid she is about it! He really, genuinely is just a great guy though. I can't say that he had me swooning, but I liked him because I could almost feel the love he has for Lila.

The rest of the characters were interesting too. Quite a dynamic group really. Then the bad guys, seriously creeped me out. I mean they are crazy, for real!! Face me with a psychotic person and I will be more terrified than some paranormal or mythical being. It is just more real and you know that there are people like that out there!

So the story I thought was good, but some of it a bit far fetched. I get that it's fictional so I tend to let things slide, but it's also realistic fiction besides the odd living the same night twice thing. That's the only thing in it that seems to hint at paranormal at all. I liked how it kind of switched back and forth between both times she lived Friday night, then the story continues with her trying to figure out what happened. So technically she lives Friday three times, but the third day she tries to fix what went wrong. Then that's it. After all the crazy ventures she doesn't keep repeating the night. I think that maybe she was meant to change things and then she did and everything is all good now sort of.

In general I thought this was a great book. Yes, there were little things here and there that bothered me, but it was full of action and suspense. I loved the thrill of reading it and hoping that Lila and Jay could basically save the day! It was fast paced since it all really occurs in one day (or three really I guess). I thought that the concept was great and I liked the characters. If you are looking for a great thriller with a slight paranormal aspect to it, this is a book you should pick up.



*A copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

19 comments:

  1. Ah! After Parallel I've been DYING to read some more alternate universe books! :D Eileen liked this one decently enough so I feel like I should def read it!!!

    Also. The cover. <3

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    1. There's very little, and it's more of an alternate reality than a parallel universe I guess since she lives the night a few times. I thought it was really cool though and she really wanted to change the horrible things from happening.

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  2. I really detest it when the MC is dumb. Really ruins it for me at times. However Jay sounds like a cutie!

    Sounds like a promising book. Lovely review, chick! <33

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    1. She wasn't super dumb or anything, but her decision making skills really needed work. I understand she was trying to do the right thing, but some of the things that she did made me roll my eyes.

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  3. Not a huge fan of parallel universes to be honest. I'm glad that you liked this enough despite the MC being dumb. I feel like that's not going to sit well with me, so I don't think this book is for me.
    I'm curious as to what the love interest does that made you and the MC really mad!
    Lovely honest review, Amy!

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    1. This was interesting how she lived the same night twice. She woke up and remembered both versions of Friday night, but it's Friday when she wakes up. In both versions something bad happens so she needs to stop it. I really loved the first half, but then with her bad decisions the second half wasn't as great for me.

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  4. I agree with you about pretty much everything on this one. I think it would have been better had I not had to stretch my imagination so much. The dumpster diving was just utterly ridiculous!

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    1. OMG right?!! I mean, she ate a little for lunch, it's not like she was starving for days!! And as she's doing it she thinks it's the grossest thing ever... ummm then don't do it!!! I thought that the story was really good though with the exception of the odd stuff like that.

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  5. It sounds like the characters in this one would have me throwing the book across the room in frustration. I have no patience with ridiculous decision making! I think I'll be skipping this one for now.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting one! I'm certainly curious about the summary. I think I'd get frustrated with the characters too (like Candace says above) but I'm glad you at least enjoyed them and could understand where they were coming from, despite the bad decisions. haha

    -Lauren

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  7. I really like parallel stories, too. I have y heard too much about this book, but it seems cool. Thanks for sharing !

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  8. I loved the first half of this book so much I'm sad the second half wasn't as exciting. It was still a good book overall though and the emotional depth and the fear in it was fantastically written. I agree some of it was far fetched (the dumpster thing O_o) but whatev. >.< Great review, muffin!

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  9. Oh yeah I didn't remember a lot of the stuff that you just mentioned but I definitely agree a lot of the stuff was a little out there, but since it had the parallel universe thing I just was like, "Okay I'm classifying this is a paranormal I don't really care what anyone says let's go with it." I don't even remember the rating I gave it but I'm happy you enjoyed this one! Fantastic review!

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  10. This book sounds interesting! This is the first I've heard of it, so thanks for sharing! Great review friend! It has an interesting premise, and it looks like while there were things you didn't care for, overall, you enjoyed it! I need to check this one out :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  11. This one intrigues me. I like it to feel real even if it is fiction or paranormal like. I'm concerned you had that far-fetched problem with it. Glad you liked it overall, though.

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  12. Glad you liked this one overall. I've heard good things about it.

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  13. YES! I agree. It's like parallel or alternate universe is the new ya genre. Glad you enjoyed the book.

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  14. Love parallel universe or alternate realities. Makes you really over think every little choice! LOL

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  15. Thanks again for reviewing, Amy!! :)

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