Review: Atheist Who Kneel & Pray by Tarryn Fisher

This book was almost a four star read for me. Almost. I whole heartily enjoyed reading it. I was immediately draw in with this captivating writing style and mysterious opening. I laughed. I felt something and a connection to the characters and their love story. I rooted for them, and wanted a happy ending.

My problem started within the second half of the book. In many forms of storytelling, there is always something to keep the main leads apart. You gotta keep it interesting. And this story was no different. Unfortunately, this story went in a direction that didn’t set well with me.

The jealousy aspect was completely overwhelming and the whole love triangle felt weak. It was annoying. It was unnecessary drama that felt eye roll worthy. Yara had a complicated life, I’m sure something else could have been used to keep her and David apart.

Characters

I liked Yara. She wasn’t a perfect human being and had questionable motives. She was a narcissist but all and all I liked her. She was well fleshed out, and it was interesting that she could never stay in a place long.

I liked David as well. He wasn’t your typical New Adult character. He was sweet, and not controlling at all. You could really tell he had a big heart. Like Yara, he made some questionable choices. But unlike her, when he made those choices he felt a little out of character.

David and Yara were great together, but at the same time they were not. I don’t think it was unintentional that the author sprinkled tiny moments where their relationship was unhealthy in the book. It definitely was not an abusive relationship but it felt obsessive at times. But it was great to see both of the characters overcome that and find this beautiful end.

Although there were many big moments between the two, the small moments were just as important. And the relationship between them is what makes this book so special. You want to read about how things turn out between them and how they end up.

It was a little unfortunate how the reunion between the two turned out. It was a weak transition, and readers deserved a little more after setting through endless amounts of drama and heartbreak for these two characters.

Final Analysis

Atheists Who Kneel & Pray started off captivating and strong but unnecessary drama and an unclear direction weakened it. It is still a good read with a great love story and strong characters.

Review: They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan

When you think of spy novels, you think they would have tons of action and secret missions. You expect to see a spy acting like a spy. Unfortunately, this book was lacking in those departments. There were tiny sprinkles of sky related things throughout, but not enough to consider this book a thriller.

The whole premise of the book is that years ago, Alexandra Gastone died. Milena was ordered to step in to take her place. Milena is an uncover sleeper, who will have to complete a mission for her home country.  

The concept of the book was captivating. However, the book was very slow. It took forever for something to actually happen. I found myself skimming because I wanted to get to something exciting.

The first half of the book was a lot of explaining, which in turn was not very helpful. I get that this is the first book in a series and there needs to be world building, but there is a limit. It was still very confusing. A second read through might clear up my confusion.

The book felt unrealistic at times. It also did a lot of showing, instead of telling. For example, Grant was a great guy, I liked him. However, I need to see the love connection between him and the main character to actually believe they love each other.

I didn’t hate this book, and I could see myself continuing the series. The ending was jaw dropping, and I do want to see what happens next.

Characters

Alexandra/Milena spent a lot of time in her head. She questioned everything, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It was interesting to see her inter struggles. She wasn’t sure if she was Alexandra or Milena. She was practically having an identity crisis, and I hope the next books explore that more. As I reader, I want to meet the real her and see her able to live her life without restraints.

I really enjoyed her and Albert’s relationship. It was my favorite thing about the book. That relationship stood out to me and something that I will remember when I think about this book. It felt real and you could sense the love between them. Also, the dynamic between the two. Albert is in the CIA and isn’t aware of Alexandra/Milena’s mission.

There are few YA novels that explore the relationship between a grandfather and a granddaughter.

Final Analysis

They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is great in theory but manages to start slow and throw in confusing explanations. Unfortunately, the real excitement happens at the end. Hopefully, the second book will be better.