I have to admit, I was not such a huge fan of this series. I just didn’t feel much of a connection with the characters and I was confused with the preI have to admit, I was not such a huge fan of this series. I just didn’t feel much of a connection with the characters and I was confused with the prequel book because it literally had nothing to do with any of the characters in the actual series. It was just related to the Talents and the NIAC program but that was it. I actually liked the characters in the prequel much better than in the actual series and it was disappointing to find out that none of them made it to book 1 or 2. Maybe they’ll appear in book 3 but I somewhat doubt it.
While I did appreciate Joss and her badass self especially with those fighting skills she had developed sparring with her father, her aloofness in the first book made her hard to approach. So when Kat approached her and Joss suddenly had a group of friends, it just made things more unbelievable. When I was in high school, we didn’t just approach a loner and then suddenly all become friends with that loner. That’s just not typical high school behavior. Granted, they’re supposed to have Talents and therefore be “special” but teenage behavior is still teenage behavior. That doesn’t change things.
Also, can I just mention how dumb I found Joss to be at times? Especially when she knew there was trouble there and yet she would go head first into it and then things were going downhill, she would look back and be like “wait, why did I even come here in the first place?” How is that not pure dumbness? It literally made no sense to me. And Dylan, because of his feelings towards her, would run in after her as well and then they both get fucked. They never call for backup, they never plan ahead and then when they find themselves in a really bad situation, well. I just don’t understand. I really don’t.
The relationship between Dylan and Joss was just weird and awkward as well. But…I guess teenagers are awkward and weird so I suppose that’s just normal behavior. However, I still thought their relationship felt a little forced at times and the reason why it even developed was because of their friends - mainly Kat and Heather with her mind reading skills. Otherwise, neither of them would’ve grown a pair and then they wouldn’t have gotten together at all.
The side characters – Kat, Heather, Eric, Rob and the “bad” kids – Marco, Jeff, Tony, etc. definitely helped develop the story but I’m not sure if the author did a good job introducing them. This was especially true for the “bad” kids because the ones in the first book changed in the second. I’m not even sure where Marco got the kids from the second book from. They just randomly appeared with random Talents that would help Marco out with his criminal acts. I just really want to know where they came from. And how did Fairview, a seemingly small town, just suddenly have tons of teenagers with Talents. They’re just popping out of nowhere.
Overall, I felt that there were a lot of unanswered questions in both books and perhaps the third book will tie everything together but since I wasn’t impressed with either books, I think I’m going to drop this series. There are way too many better books out there for me to spend time on this one. I really wanted to like these books but alas.
For some reason, I didn’t get the memo that this is basically a retelling of a classic fairytale story – the Sleeping Beauty. I think I was just out oFor some reason, I didn’t get the memo that this is basically a retelling of a classic fairytale story – the Sleeping Beauty. I think I was just out of it or something because now that I reread the synopsis, it’s like a duh of course it’s about Sleeping Beauty… With that being said, I did enjoy this retelling mainly because it’s so unique from the others. There are so many modern retellings and whatnot but this is literally the first them where space travelling is part of the story. I think adding that sci-fi aspect made this book (and series) really different and interesting.
I especially like the Aurora in this book or should I say, Apolline, because she’s so much more of a badass than the original Disney character is. I mean, she can shoot, fight and hunt. The one thing that I didn’t really get was her ignorance of the fact that she was actually the princess of Tyrone. I mean, she lived with fairies all her life and they basically told her the “fairytale story” every day till it was ingrained in her. How many people live with fairies or even get the chance to meet with fairies on a regular basis? I feel like she was a bit slow in connecting the two dots together. Plus, how did she not know that the Allard she was meeting was Prince Allard? He was obviously wealthy and of good social status and was best friends with that guy (I forget his name…) and yet she didn’t put the two together. I suppose her only downside was that she was a bit slow at times.
Allard was an interesting character. However, there were times when I found him to be too perfect other than the fact that he felt that he was betraying his intended by falling in love with Apolline. It was sweet to see the effort he would make just to go see her despite knowing he was engaged and that she was also engaged.
I actually really liked the plot especially with the other fairytale story that were meshed in. It kind of reminded me of the TV show, Once Upon A Time, where somehow every single fairytale were linked to one another in one way or another rather than completely separate stories. I feel like that shows a lot of genuine thought in the story weaving and I find that incredibly difficult. I suppose this is why I’m a reader not a writer.
Overall, I was quite satisfied with this book and I’m excited to read the next book (whenever it comes out).
This was surprisingly a very, very good book for me. It was entertaining, light-hearted yet full of wisdom and tons of romance to boot. The wisdom parThis was surprisingly a very, very good book for me. It was entertaining, light-hearted yet full of wisdom and tons of romance to boot. The wisdom part is a little strange especially in the YA genre where most books are geared more towards lighter reads and just plain entertaining. However, I found this book to have a lot of tiny tidbits of wisdom scattered throughout the book which I enjoyed immensely. For example, the book referred to the fate, destiny and karma division which are three things that a lot of people believe. Is there a fate or a destiny that each person will ultimately face? Will people get what they deserve aka karma? I felt like this book gave a lot of insight – albeit, most of it is fiction but it doesn’t change the fact that fate, destiny and karma are intertwined and have been around for ages.
While I don’t believe much in soulmates, after reading about Jade and Luke and understanding them a little more, it becomes obvious that they really are perfect for each other and that they very well can be soulmates. I felt that the dynamic between the two was genuine and while I’m still skeptical on the concept of soulmates and the fact that they fell in love way too quickly (especially Jade’s part – I mean, she basically was in love with her soulmate before even knowing who he was…how is that even possible?), I still think the relationship seemed like it was true and heartfelt.
The secondary characters were also relatively well developed (though, to be honest, they could have used a little more developing but since this a series and only has about 250 pages, I can’t be too picky about it). I especially liked Luke’s partner, Aaron, mainly because I found his little digs at Luke to be hilarious. I also liked Jade’s best friend a lot and was shocked to find out what happened to her. Definitely did not see that one coming at all.
Honestly I really enjoyed the plot of the story – it was full of suspense and twists. I found the whole karma, fate and destiny division to be super unique and different from the typical YA books out there. So this was refreshing. I was a little surprised about the villain mainly because it was so unexpected and the little teaser at the really end of the book is a huge cliff-hanger so I’m quite excited for book two.
Overall, I really enjoyed this first book in a series. I’m really hoping that the series will continue to be good and that I won’t have to wait too long for it to be released.
I actually really liked this book partially because I’m a sucker for these vampire romance novels, partially because I found Devon to be attractive anI actually really liked this book partially because I’m a sucker for these vampire romance novels, partially because I found Devon to be attractive and partially because I found the whole scion thing to be an interesting take on an otherwise overdone genre. Plus, the fact that this is a dystopian novel with the vampires as a ruling government is also very unique and I thought that the author did a good job in world building and character growing.
While I found Rowan to be a tad rude and somewhat intense, I did like her as an overall character. I respected her decision to be a scion for her brother but there were times when I found her to be incredibly overprotective that almost border-lined to obsession. I also respected her reasoning as to why she would not move in with Devon to be like what others typically think about scions – she had her pride and she held on to that with a firm hand. Despite the fact that she’s so independent and confident about herself, I did find her at times to be vulnerable which made her more relatable. This was especially true with her relationship with Devon – because they had that scion bond, they were able to understand each other on a deeper level (i.e. mind-reading and telepathy) so when she overhears Devon talking about her, she would become so insecure and vulnerable. I actually found her insecurity with Devon to be unreasonable and illogical – if Devon truly thought of her a certain way and since he obviously knew she can overhear him at times, wouldn’t he do a better job at hiding it?
Anyways, moving on to Devon – I really liked him. He was clearly protective of Rowan and also clearly cared for her brother even though, as a vampire in that vampire-dominated dystopian world, he didn’t need to. He also never forced Rowan to do anything she didn’t want to do specifically moving in with him because he didn’t want to pressure her. I thought Rowan was super lucky to be paired with him because he seemed like a decent vampire compared to some of the other vampires in the book.
I also found the plot to be suspenseful and action-packed which is exactly how I like it. There was never really a dull moment since there were a ton of things going on. I was a little surprised towards the end about who the villain really was since he/she was just so unsuspecting in the beginning. It’s always good to be surprised in a book – if it’s too ordinary and too straightforward, it’ll be too boring otherwise.
Overall, great first book in a series. I’m looking forward to the second book. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long…
Steampunk is a genre that I’m not too familiar with – there are a few steampunk novels that I really enjoy but since it’s not a genre that is super coSteampunk is a genre that I’m not too familiar with – there are a few steampunk novels that I really enjoy but since it’s not a genre that is super common, I end up only knowing/reading a handful of them. So I was quite excited to see a new steampunk book. With that being said, I enjoyed this book. It was certainly different from other steampunk novels because this one has magic as a major influence. Most of the other steampunk books just have really high-end technology and gadgets set in the Victorian age.
I found this book to be very different from typical steampunk novels especially with the whole hag and ogre concept. I guess females are hags and males are ogres and somehow they were humans who were magically changed to have magical abilities. And somehow humans were prejudiced against them so instead of living peacefully with each other, they forced the hags and ogres into a second class citizenship even though they were technically superior with their many magical potions and abilities.
I actually found Edna to be a very strong and courageous young lady. Even though she grew up in a very sheltered lifestyle but because she wanted to save her little brother, she went out and accepted help from various people – people she would have never aligned herself with if her brother hadn’t been kidnapped. Even though she grew up in a society where humans looked down from hags and she grew up with that stigma as well, she was willing to put that aside and work together with hags and other magical creatures to save her brother and the other children that were kidnapped.
Ike, the male main character in this book, had a lot of secrets in the past. That one scene where his lineage became known came as a surprise to me. However, upon realizing it, I realized that I shouldn’t even be surprised because it should’ve been obvious. Obviously I was just being slow and didn’t notice anything. But I did like his resourcefulness and his magic also came handy as well.
The budding romance between Edna and Ike were really cute too. They were a little awkward with each other in the beginning and it was funny because Ike approached Edna in the beginning to rob her from the pocket watch and somehow they ended up partnering with each other and falling for each other. Their relationship was definitely more on the believable side since it wasn’t sudden or anything.
Overall, I did like the plot and the overall book. However, I felt that the ending was a little rushed – in fact, I feel like there should be a second book or something. I didn’t feel like the book was too concluded but I looked on Goodreads and this seems to be a standalone novel. Oh well, it would’ve been interesting to read more about Ike and Edna.
I actually liked this book mainly because there were aspects of the story that tugged at my heartstrings. At the same time though, there were a few scI actually liked this book mainly because there were aspects of the story that tugged at my heartstrings. At the same time though, there were a few scenes where I wanted to smack myself in the head because of Maddie’s innocence and Kyle’s ignorance. So many misunderstandings and lost time could have been avoided if they only talked about it. Especially from Maddie’s part – she basically avoided Kyle for the past 7 years or so because of something his father did and essentially just left him to ponder over why she stopped talking to him. They lost so much time together because she simply didn’t confront him about it. Understandably, her parents were killed; however, for someone who was her supposed best friend, she condemned him for something he didn’t do.
While this book was mostly written from Maddie’s perspective, there were a few random chapters that were from Kyle’s perspective. I’m not sure why there was no pattern to the random Kyle chapters but I think I would have preferred the book more if the chapters had alternating POVs. Also, I realized that I was not such a huge fan of Maddie. I found her a little selfish at times especially with her roommate. It was obvious that her roommate was basically getting raped while being drunk yet it took Maddie forever to realize it and when she did, she really didn’t do much. It was also obvious that her roommate was having drug issues yet Maddie was too focused on her own “problems” with Kyle that she essentially ignored her. So much for being good friends with your roommate…
Out of the two characters, I liked Kyle the best. He had a lot of misunderstandings going on for him which made me very sympathetic to him. He had this weird rumor about him being kinky in bed and for being a major player but in reality, he wasn’t. I found him to be an actual gentleman especially when Maddie was drunk and he didn’t take advantage of her at all despite rumors. He cared a lot for her and forgave her for ditching him the past 7 years. I think that showed a lot of character for him. The one thing I am on the fence about is the fact that he chose to ignore some of his family’s shadier side. He knew they were involved with drug dealing and whatnot yet chose to ignore all of that until it became too late. Once he became more aware of it, he was angry at himself for choosing to stay ignorant all this time. At some level, I can understand his reasoning to ignore all of that especially since they are his family; however, it doesn’t change the fact that they were hurting innocent people.
I did enjoy the plot a lot especially the romance between Kyle and Maddie. I found it sweet that despite everything that happened between them, they still found love with each other. The most ironic part, I think, was the fact that Maddie saved herself for him yet was the one who chose to ignore and avoid him for all those years. And Kyle didn’t save himself but still reached out to her for all those years hoping that she will finally respond to him again.
Overall, I found the book endearing and it was a nice quick read. Not sure if I would recommend it per say; however, I think if you have time and you’re interested in a heart tugging romance book then go for it.
Surprisingly I really enjoyed this book mainly because it included mythical places aka Atlantis and Lemuria. Actually I didn’t even know about LemuriaSurprisingly I really enjoyed this book mainly because it included mythical places aka Atlantis and Lemuria. Actually I didn’t even know about Lemuria and its mythical origins until reading this book. It was definitely something interesting.
I found the overall plot to be enjoyable – I liked the mythical lands, the super powers that these ancient races acquired, the sci-fi aspect of time traveling and the forbidden romance between the two hidden races. It was like Romeo and Juliet all over again but hopefully, without the dual suicides at the end. The one thing I didn’t really understand was what was the reason for the animosity between the Atlantean and the Lemurians. There didn’t seem to be any real reason behind the hatred between the two races yet they both went so far to destroy the other race completely. I mean, the Lemurians even went ahead to develop time traveling just so they can do so and the Atlanteans developed super soldiers to counter it. I just really want to know why though.
Trevor and Chelsea were interesting characters – their own POVs gave certain insight to the book. I’m not sure which POV I liked better since they were both very critical to the plot. Trevor’s side showed a lot of confusion because he wanted to tell Chelsea about his and her heritage but at the same time, didn’t know where to begin. Chelsea was also very confused mainly because she suddenly had all of these powers and was thrust into an ancient war between two warring sides. I guess both main characters were just mostly confused throughout the book – neither of them really knew who they could trust.
My favorite part actually, besides the whole Atlantis aspect, was the super powers. It was cool what Chelsea could do and how many different kinds of powers she really had. It was a little confusing towards the end when the other super soldier from Atlantean showed up but was somehow not as special as Chelsea. I wish there was a little more information on that. Also, how come all the Lemurians had super powers but not Trevor? And did they only have one super power each while the Atlanteans had to resort to genetic modifications to get super powers? There were definitely a lot of answered questions and many vague answers. I’m really hoping that the second book would explain more.
Overall, I enjoyed the first book and am excited to see where Trevor and Chelsea would end up especially with that little time warp at the end. Definitely a huge cliff hanger.