The concept behind Lost Girls is ambitious, I’ll give the author that. The writing is all right. But the whole plot just isn’t very believable. I’ve read fantasy novels that are more believable than this one.
Rachel used to be a normal girl. She went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, worrying about geometry, and then she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised and missing a year of her life. And in that year, she’s somehow managed to become popular, she wears nothing but black, and she turned into the female version of Chuck Norris.
On top of that, she’s not the only girl who went missing last year, she’s just the only girl who came back… Desperate to unravel what happened to her, she goes on a quest to find out who she truly is, and the more she discovers, the more her memories return and her old life calls back to her.
So there are several things wrong with this book. Rachel starts out like a normal girl, then gets attack in a bathroom at school and goes all Chuck Norris meets The Karate Kid. Add to that the fact that unlike The Karate Kid she doesn’t really train all day, she magically seems to transform into a fighting machine. There’s some drug involved too, but a lot of folks are taking that drug and Rachel is just the baddest of them all.
The Rachel we meet at the start was a believable character, a typical teen, and I might even have liked her. But then she completely transforms into the queen bee, going out to raves, doing drugs, fighting, and it’s just… it’s meh. She’s not likeable. She’s not even believable. She keeps up her good grades while going out to raves every night? Yeah, right. She’s so mean everyone likes her? Hmm.
The secondary characters aren’t much better. None of them rise above their stereotypes, the sidekick girls, the angsty love interest. They’re all not really realistic, not believable, not likeable either.
Also, Rachel somehow turns out to be better than an FBI agent and an ex-marine (her Dad). Hmmmm. Right.
My number one thought while reading was “really? you really want me to believe this?” And that’s not good.
So, all in all, the writing was okay, but the characters were neither likeable nor realistic, and the plot was completely unrealistic....more
An interesting plot, definitely unique, and Emma makes an intriguing protagonist, the kind you can root for. However, sometimes the writing rambled on, and the book suffered from a few info-dumps, and repetitive scenes. ...more
The Whizbang Machine is an intriguing, mysterious YA novel about Jack Yale, a grandfather in the possession of a very special typewriter, and his granddaughter, Elizabeth. After years of running from the past, Jack heads home, bringing with him a typewriter intended to be a gift for his granddaughter, Elizabeth. But the typewriter is so much more than that – when she types, the machine spells out secrets from the past, and each secret must be revealed if Elizabeth wants to set history straight, and remove a curse that has been tormenting her family for centuries.
What I really liked about this book, was the focus on the relationship between Jack and Elizabeth – grandfather and granddaughter. This was one of the first YA books I read that focuses on this, and it’s an unique focus that made me like the book all that more. The mystery worked very well too, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
Blending mystery, fantasy, and history, this is one of those timeless stories a reader won’t forget any time soon....more
In The Travelers, protagonist Dagny lives a dangerous life. Dagny and her family are always on the run, using magic to stay safe and “travel” from one body to another, in an attempt to escape the enemy who is always just one step behind them. But then Dagny meets Marc, and dares to imagine a future: a future where she’s no longer running, where she’s living a normal life.
When her enemies start closing in, Dagny starts to wonder if she can ever have a normal life…and if she can really trust the boy she’s fallen in love with.
The writing was excellent, and Dagny and her family behaved very realistically, almost like real people. I particularly liked Dagny, but all the characters had something to offer, and brought an unique perspective to the table. The story unfolded nicely, one clue at a time, and kept me thoroughly entertained until the end....more
In Living in the Shallows, 22-year-old student Aileen Foster thinks she has landed her dream job, as an interpreter for actors making a film in Japan. Quite frankly, it does sound like a dream job – especially when it turns out the actors are actually UK Crush, the hottest boyband around. But having been orphaned for most of her life, Aileen is not used to being around other people, to sharing space, emotions and feelings, to become a family, to love.
I do like the boy band storyline, even if it’s been done many times before, I’m still fond of it. Besides, it might not be an original idea, but author Tani Hanes gives it an original twist, and with relatable characters and some fun surprises, it does make an intriguing story.
Aileen’s journey of self discovery and learning to be brave and start living her life, rather than push aside her emotions, was the most interesting part about the book. The writing flowed well, and overall, this was an excellent read. While Aileen is technically a new adult, the book can be enjoyed by new adult and young adult readers alike....more
In Enlightenment, seventeen-year-old Thea wants nothing more than to be a normal teenager. She is anything but normal, though, as is revealed when she’s attacked by mysterious creatures she believed only existed in fairytales. Now she’s thrown into the realm of the Faey, where nothing is at it seems, darkness lurks around every corner, and she has no idea who to trust.
Oh my god, this book was amazing. Thea was awesome, just awesome. She had so much to learn, but instead of worrying, she just got right down to business. As usual in YA books, there’s a good deal of romance, and while the romance was a little fast for my tastes – I prefer the long, drawn-out build ups that can last for several books – I actually really liked the love interest and the chemistry he and Thea had in their scenes together. While all the characters were great, Thea and Isaac were my favorites. I particularly admired Thea’s courage and the great lengths she would go through to save her friends.
The world building was excellent. I want to know so much more about the world of the faey now, and I can’t wait to find out! The writing was wonderful, and I simply couldn’t put this book down. If you enjoy YA fantasy, I wholeheartedly recommend this book....more
The Fool’s Apprentice reminded me of Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy and The Fool Trilogy. The books are vastly different, but they both feature a fool as one of the primary characters. I loved Robin Hobb’s series, which I first read as a young child, so I was eager to read another book featuring a rather unconventional main character – the king’s fool.
So Denrikk has aspirations of becoming a knight. Unfortunately those dreams are ruined as he is chosen to be the king’s fool. He’s devastated, as he now believes he’ll never have a chance of winning princess Alendria’s heart. He reluctantly begins his training but soon learns that being the king’s fool means so much more than he thought it would be. When murder occurs within the castle walls and all evidence points toward Denrikk, he must utilize his new skills to prove his innocence.
I really liked Denrikk. His emotions were very realistic. I felt sorry for him at first, but loved seeing him grow and change as a character. The writing was very vivid, and the other managed to paint striking descriptions of the scenes in just a few sentences. I’ve grown fond of the world of Dragon’s Launch, and I hope Kelly Hess explores this world further in future books....more
I didn’t have very high expectations when I started Life as a Teenage Vampire. The plot sounded not that original, kind of like Twilight except the main character, Emery, was a male in love with another male – his best friend Connor. But, don’t be mistaken by the short synopsis. This book is very different, and it’s quite frankly, a whole lot better than your standard run-of-the-mill vampire story.
Emery never expected his senior year would go down like this. That he would become a vampire. That he’d fall in love with his best friend, Connor. That he’d get chased down by vampire hunters. The focus was more on the characters and their blossoming relationship than on the vampirism, but it did bring a nice touch. As Emery is transforming into another creature, he’s also transforming as a person – growing up, learning who he truly is. There’s a symbolism there, between the act of growing up, and the whole vampire angle, that I thought worked really well.
The characters were very realistic, especially Emery. Sometimes they’re a little immature, sometimes they’re surprisingly mature for their age, but they all sound very realistic, like typical teenagers. The story pulled me in, but the writing and characters made me fall in love....more
The Keys to the Sun remnids me of a fun mix of Scooby-Doo meets The Originals. The Originals because it features vampires, the supernatural, and New Orleans, and Scooby-Doo because the main characters are self-proclaimed sleuths who want to find a long lost pirate’s treasure. Three teens and aunt Ruby face off against the powers of good and evil, as the treasure turns out to be much more than they could’ve ever imagined.
So, I have to admit, I was kind of jealous. Lucas and Parker Chance get to stay in an awesome, ancient house, along with their new friend, Nicole Wells, and then they get to go treasure hunting. Isn’t that every kid’s dream? It sure was my dream when I grew up, to find a treasure, and then suddeny find myself on a quest to saving the world.
Either way, the story is imaginative and creative, and the author did a great job describing the characters and making them feel like realistic human beings. I also loved the explorations of the city, New Orleans, and the French Quarter in particular. I’ve always wanted to visit the city – and now I could, in my imagination, at least.
I would recommend this book to just about anyone who enjoys the supernatural, and everyone who’s ever wanted to go on a treasure hunt....more
When I was a child, I once read a fantasy book about airships. It was amazing, and for years afterward, I fantasized about a vast world where people could travel in airships, and cities existed in the clouds. The Sailweaver’s Son brought those memories back to me, and reminded me of that fantasy world I had once imagined – except this time around, it has some steampunk elements, and it’s called Etherium.
World building is one of the toughest aspects about writing fantasy novels. The sky is the limit, but if you provide no science as to why suddenly ships would be able to sail on the air, or why empires in the clouds exist, that will leave a void in your book. The author handles this well here – the reasons are explained without being too scientific. It’s kept simple and understandable, and gives the world, despite being a fantasy world, a certain sense of realism. The author also provided sufficient background on the history of Etherium without straying too far from the story.
Tak is an intriguing character. He’s accused of sabotage after an airship gets destroyed. If he wants to clear his name, Tak will need to visit the Gublins, ingenious creatures who dwell underground, find out how they’re involved in the air crash he got accused of, and what their ultimate plan is. Luckily, Tak isn’t alone on his journey, but it will force him to face who he truly is, and what choices he’s capable of making.
I liked Tak, but I also enjoyed the secondary characters, in particular Brieze. The writing was fluent, the story creative and imaginative, and I would definitely recommend this book to all middle graders, young adults, and even adults who enjoy fantasy fiction....more
I read the first book in the series, The Resistance: Leprechaun in April. I loved it, and gave it 4 stars, so I was looking forward to reading the sequel, The Resistance: Duchess. However, sometimes the second books in a series can be a huge let down, so I was also a bit worried.
I didn’t need to be. I enjoyed this book even more than the first.
Leprechauns are awesome. Seriously, ther are just not enough books about leprechauns. They have such a rich history in folklore and myth yet they’re hardly featured in nowadays YA lit, so I’m glad author Kristyn Stone is here to change that. In this book, Baylee, twin sister of Garritt, the protagonist from book one, takes center stage.
Baylee has to make some tough choices in this book which further explores the world of leprechauns, elves and humans. In typical YA fashion, there’s also some romance, a lot of difficult choices to make, and an intriguing cast of the characters. I can’t wait for the author’s next book....more
It’s tough to review Deliverance without giving anything away in regards to the plot. Let’s start by saying that I loved it! The story is told from the dual POV of Tiger and Kristina. Tiger is an intriguing main character, a clever mix of a naive, almost gullible young man, and yet he can also be strong and determined. At the beginning of the story, we learn he’s not human, and that he’s locked up – and he’s never set foot outside his jail. But if he wants to save his peers and his own life, he needs to escape and find the one person who can help him achieve his mission.
That person is Kristina, and soon enough, the two of them start falling for each other. The romance is interesting because Tiger, having grown up very sheltered, is very unlike other YA heroes (who tend to be over-confident and ‘cool’ rather than sweet). Tiger is just adorable, and very innocent, making him an unique character.
The storytelling is excellent, and the author does an excellent job with the world building and crafting the characters. The interactions between Kristina and Tiger were very engaging. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal romance....more
In Fractal, Anna has led a mostly quiet life – until now. She’s spend the last years taking care of her borther, raising him after her parents’ death, running a flower shop, and basically just being an ordinary person. That is, until the handsome alien Varick who shows up, who claims she’s the long-lost ruler of his planet, forced to flee from their world. Determined to find out more about who she truly is, Anna lets Varick take her with him, but the choice of finding out more about her home, her legacy, is not without consequences.
If Varick, the Protector, falls in love with the Vadana, in this case Anna, it could have disastrous consequences for both of them. As Anna learns that upon her return, the Council will force her to marry a man she’s never met, and a prophet tells Anna and Varick that they can heal their solar system, if they let nothing stand in their way, she begins to question if her feelings for Varick are real, and if so, if she can trust her own heart or needs to deny it.
This book reminded me a lot of Pocahontas, but then set in outer space. Anna falls for Varick although they’re vastly different, and they can’t be together because others won’t allow it (so in that way, it reminded me of Pocahontas and John Smith’s relationship). Of course, it’s a very different story! The world author Rachel J. Mannino creates is very large, and I feel like we’ve only seen a fraction from it in this book, and much more is to come.
Varick was, no doubt, my favorite character. Handsome, headstrong men do tend to be my favorites in fiction, and he fits that bill.
Fractal is an intriguing, sizzling scifi romance about love, choices, consequences and destiny....more
I had no expectations coming in and reading Song of the Oceanides – the combination of Martians, Martian hummingbird moths, sea nymphs, and artists, seemed like it could either go extremely wrong or extremely right. It certainly didn’t sound like any books I had ever read before. Turns out, it all worked out rather well, and even if the combination of all those different characters sounds implausible, it’s actually a very intriguing story that interconnects these different characters.
What connects the characters primarily is the Song of the Oceanides. Completely explaining what it is would spoil some elements from the book, but it connects two stranded girls, one of them a Martian named Emmylou, with a comic book artist named Giacomo Venable, and with Rory Slocum, a young man relentlessly tormented by sea nymphs.
The characters had a lot of depth and personality, particularly Giacomo. The story surprised me quite a few times, and although it took a while to read the book (it’s a huge tome at 766 pages), I enjoyed it....more
In One Was Lost, author Natalie Richards does an admirable job of portraying four teens’ fear, increasing paranoia and mounting distress as they must survive in the wild, during a hike gone terribly wrong.
Sera didn’t want to sign up for the camping trip, nor did she want to be cut off from civilization for this long, but her teacher talked her into it. Now she’s here, along with two teachers and several other students, one of them being Lucas – a boy she could fall in love with, if only she’d left herself. After crossing a river during particularly heavy rain, the group gets split up – two girls and one teacher on one side, Sera, Lucas, Jude, Emily and another teacher on the other side.
But when they wake up the next day, the campsite across the river is empty. They slept half the day away – obviously drugged. Their teacher is still out cold. They all have tattoos on their arms: Deceptive, Dangerous, Damaged and Darling. Sera is Darling, which immediately rouses the others’ suspicions. Then they see a finger dangling from a tree at the other camp site.
Whatever is going on, someone wants to hurt them. Kill them, maybe. As the culprit continues leaving eerie clues, the paranoia rises, and Sera must decide who, if anyone, she can trust, how she’ll survive this ordeal, and who wants to hurt them.
The book definitely has a lot of good points. I enjoyed the descriptions, and the author did a good job painting realistic characters. The plot was very engaging, particularly in the first half. I couldn’t wait to find out who or what was targeting Sera and the others. Also, with Sera no longer sure who she could trust, the plot definitely kept me on the edge of my seat.
I did have issues with some things, though. For example, the ending. The culprit. I figured that one out from the start, and it was rather dissapointing. Not that realistic either, and it just didn’t seem developed enough – why them, why now, sure, some of it was explained but I wanted a better explanation. It just seemed far-fetched. Also, the plot dragged in the middle. The characters argued a lot – too much, if you ask me. If you know a madman’s out to get you, you won’t argue about what to do for half an hour first.
Anyway, it was an enjoyable, suspenseful read, and I would recommend it if you enjoy YA thrillers/mysteries, especially ones set in the forest. Although parts of it were predictable, I still enjoyed reading the book....more
Let me start by saying that something was up with the formatting of the review copy I got through Netgalley. Some pages appeared twice throughout the book, others simply vanished, making me jump from one paragraph to the other and missing vital info. Maybe because of that I couldn’t give it a five star rating – I did enjoy it, but the missing pages were frustrating, and they made me feel like I missed vital parts of the book.
Either way, back to the story. Ryann is fifteen years old, and she wants to commit a murder. More than wanting to, she actually goes ahead with it. This starts a game of cat and mouse between Ryann and her father, a police detective, and the rest of the police squad. But Ryann has spent most her life studying from the Greats, so she knows how to cover up her tracks, and how to make it difficult for the police to catch her.
This is an unique plot, and the story worked well. Ryann is a believable character, despite her many, many flaws, and I could even understand why she acted the way she did – I would never condone murder, of course, but Ryann didn’t do it out of the blue. She’s an incredibly intriguing protagonist, the kind that haunts you longer after you finished reading. For someone so far removed from what society considers “normal”, it’s creepy how relatable Ryann is.
She did make some fatal flaws, and errors that made her look amateurish – but what can you expect from a fifteen-year-old? I also liked her diverse cast of friends. Interesting to read a slasher book from the POV of the killer.
If you enjoyed a thrilling, creepy YA thriller, I recommend Pretty Wicked....more
What a fast-paced, thrilling adventure set in space. Jane Benedict’s father wakes her up and orders her to memorize a mysterious code. Hours later, he’s dead and Jane and her brother Will are wards of the United Earth Corporation. They manage to escape and flee across the galaxy across the Solar Vortex, a Freetrader smuggler ship. With the crew fighting against the United Earth Corporation, Jane learns more about her father’s mysterious cargo, and how it connects to the fate of an entire race.
I really liked Jane. She’s clever, brave, and she grows a lot throughout the book. The other characters were intriguing too, but Jane was my favorite. The author did a phenomenal job with the world building and setting in this scifi novel – the setting isn’t overly complicated, and as a reader, you can easily connect with the characters and follow the story.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series....more
The Cabin was… Well, a dissapointment doesn’t even begin to cover it. This book is filled with nopes, no, not in a thousand years. We get situations like teenage drinking (which I’m okay with – here in Europe drinking beer is legal from age sixteen and up – but these teens drink randomly and for no reason. We also get random drugs, random just about everything.
And then we get murder. Random murder too, if you ask me, even when it’s all said and done. Long story short, a couple of friends head to a cabin, and drink so much they pass out, and next morning, two of them are dead. Turns out the others were drugged, and one of them is the killer. Then starts the MC’s quest to find out who killed her friends.
Mackenzie, our main character, is an impossible character to like. She has no personality. She’s stupid, clueless, and very whiny. The other characters don’t have real personalities either, except maybe Blake. The others might as well be talking cardboard figures.
The murder mystery is predictable and dull. The dialogue is cringe-worthy, and the writing is bland. It doesn’t sketch scenes, it doesn’t put the reader into the narrative. I almost stopped reading after chapter one because of how annoyed I was with the sloppy writing. I kept reading because it was an ARC, but if it had been a library book, I’m pretty sure I would’ve given up and just returned it.
The whole story is ridiculous. Dialogue, plot, not to mnetion the ending which is just plain hilarious because it’s too weird. Way too weird to be plausible.
An original, fast-paced novel about the past, the secrets of the past, and how they can come back to destroy everything else. Olivia is searching for answers, but those answers might put her life in danger. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you’re looking for a spine-chilling thriller, then I recommend this book....more
A traumatized girl with a dark past. A traumatized guy with a dark past, which made him cold and distant (yet he’s also incredibly hot). Roamnce happens, but there’s also a love triangle of sorts, and while the plot is okay but not that original, the writing was annoying. The story was filled with so many awkward situations, immature humour, and things that were so over the top they were impossible. Most of the characters were idiots....more
Gossip Girl, if slightly darker. Private school girls, designer clothing, but also cringe-worthy dialogue and whiny monologues. Most of the characters are stereotypes come to life, and the “twist” and the end was actually very predictable....more
After reviewing the first book in this series, I wanted to read the second book. I wasn’t dissapointed. This was a creepy ghost mystery, along with time travel, excellent settings (like Versailles!) and great characters. The author did a good job on the French history....more
An amazing, lush read with excellent characters and slow-burning romance. Think X-Men meets the Victorian era, and you’re somewhat on track, although the book is much more than that. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to just about anyone. Go read it. NOW....more
Loveable characters, lavish parties, excellent writing, and an amazing plot line. The characters are damaged, flawed, certainly far from perfect, and that made them very interesting. While fake boyfriend/girlfriend turned into love affair is a plot often played out, I still enjoy it. Excellent summer read....more
An excellent YA read, in which the author manages to transport us to New Orleans, setting the atmosphere sublimely. The story is refreshing, original, and boiling with suspense. Some unpredictable twists, and the diary entries from Adele’s ancestor added an extra layer of depth to the book....more
A slow start, but gradually grows into a thrilling, suspenseful read. The character dynamics were very intriguing, and the character themselves were complex and engaging. The story had some amazing twists. Also loved the focus on the girl’s friendship rather than romance for once. However, the ending was a bit of a let down....more
All right, before I begin reviewing Glass Sword, let me start by saying that I loved Red Queen. I even gave it 5 stars in my review. I was entranced by the world building, a smart mix of scifi/dystopian and epic fantasy, I loved Mare, I adored Maven, even if he turned out to be of the not-so-good-guy variety, and I liked Cal. Needless to say, I was thrilled when the sequel was released, and I purchased a copy almost right away.
And then, Glass Sword turned out to be the biggest dissapointment of the year. Maybe of several years, if I’m being honest.
The book lacks just about everything. All the elements that made Red Queen an engaging, spellbinding book, are now gone. It’s like the author stopped pouring effort into it, and just wrote down word after word without meaning.
Glass Sword has tons of action scenes, but they’re so dull, I skimmed through several pages just to get through them. Maybe they’d look good on the big screen, but ten pages of action scenes in this book just didn’t work for me. This was partly because I couldn’t relate to the characters anymore.
Mare was amazing in book one. I loved her. Now? She’s cold, arrogant, very repetitive, and pretty much thinks she’s the most special cookie in the bunch. She mentions she’s this dangerous weapon and people should be afraid of her….oh, just about once every page. She’s growing very dark in this book, but it doesn’t make much sense the way she does it. She doesn’t question the things she should be questioning, she doesn’t trust anyone anymore, and she barely feels a connection to her family, although they should be most important to her.
The whole recruitment process of Silver/Reds (people with Red blood, Silver abilities, like Mare) is dull and boring, and for a large part it’s because none of the characters are even remotely interesting. No one is interesting. They’re all bland, boring, and I skipped more paragraphs than I read, by the time I got to the end of the book. It was all so predictable too. I could pretty much guess what would happen about one hundred pages before it actually happened.
The book’s major problems are: lack of connection to the characters, lack of likeable characters, and repetition. I’ve never seen a book that repeats itself this often. Mare’s narrative has gone from interesting to so dull you could fall asleep. The story also never moves forward. Sure, they recruit some Newbloods, as they dub the Reds with Silver abilities, but that doesn’t really bring the story forward. It’s only until the end when the story moves forward a little – a little, I say.
Mare acts like a Mary Sue. She’s a super special cookie and deserves special treatment. It’s not troublesome that she is – she is the Lightning Girl, after all, and like Katniss in the Hunger Games series that makes her a symbol of a revolution -but it’s troublesome that she’s so convinced of this, and keeps repeating it! It makes her come across as extremely arrogant. I wanted Maven to come and just kill her more than once throughout the book.
The only somewhat redeemable character left by the end of the book is Kilorn. I still sort of like him. The others are so bland and boring they could’ve been replaced by stick figures.
Oh, and Maven. At least he stands out from the crowd by being wicked.
I’m utterly dissapointed in this book, and how it differed from Red Queen, both in writing style, character’s narrative and strengths, and lack of romance. I’m not sure if I’ll ever pick up the third book. Maybe, since it features Maven....more
In Children of Swan, three siblings wake up one morning to find their parents gone. Jack and Brianna are two teenagers, but their brother Bo is much younger, and needs their care. Especially when they find out their parents returned to their home planet, leaving them alone.
Matters grow even worse when Bo is kidnapped. Jack and Brianna usually don’t get along – typical sibling rivalry – but they’ll have to learn to work together to save their little brother. A wormhole takes them to Taron, in pursuit of their brother’s kidnappers, but going to Taron endangers the lives of their parents – and themselves.
Jack and Brianna are placed in an arena where they have to fight for their lives.
I quite enjoyed the story, especially from the moment Jack and Brianna arrive in Taron. It’s a violent world, with slaves, death, arenas, torture, and reminded me of the Roman Empire back in the day. The siblings have to fight some fantastical creatures, and the book is an excellent blend of fantasy and scifi. I was impressed by the world building.
One tiny thing is that I had trouble connecting to the characters. For me, they didn’t really grow or change throughout the book. However, this is only book one in the series, and I’m sure they’ll do lots more growing up in the next books. I look forward to the sequel....more
I don’t get the hype about The Winner’s Curse. Seriously, I don’t. I wish I could find one thing, just one thing, that intrigued me about this book, or that I thought was even remotely interesting, but I couldn’t. The writing is bland, the world building is bland, the characters are bland, and I kept on hoping for something, anything, to happen that would make me care about Kestrel, about Arin, and about all the secondary characters. It didn’t.
Let me start with the plot. Kestrel, daughter of a general, sucks at fighting but is apparently a strategic genius. I say “apparently” because although it’s mentioned a few times, she portrays no such skills for the duration of the book. Instead, as soon as Arin pops into the picture, she turns into a mumbling teen who can’t make one comprehensive thought. So Kestrel goes to the market and buys a slave, Arin. Buying a slave is a big deal for her, since she’s never done it before and she paid way more for Arin than she should have, and now there’s gossip and what not, bla bla, boring. Anyway, she takes Arin home, makes him the blacksmith for her father’s household, and then hides in her room for a number of weeks because reasons.
The rest of the book focuses on the blossoming relationship between Kestrel and Arin which is laughable at best and I-want-to-pull-my-hair-out at worst. There is no relationship. They barely talk, and if they do, Arin is rude, bosses her around (yeah, Arin the slave, bosses his mistress around, and it’s allowed because…reasons), and is an all-around jerk. He’s also, spoiler alert, plotting the demise of the Valorian Empire (which is basically Rome, and Aarin and his fellow slaves could be considered the Greeks).
Anyway, Kestrel’s whole personality shrinks and eventually vanishes the more time she spends around Arin. I liked her for the first chapter, and then hated her for the rest of the book. Arin…well, him I hated from the start.
So Arin doesn’t like to be a slave. Of course not! Who would? But despite him not liking it, I do expect him to behave like a slave most of the time – after all, what would the punishment be for disobedience? Death, maybe? Or at least a whipping? Here, the punishment is nothing. Arin says what he wants when he wants it, he’s downright rude, arrogant, and probably the worst spy in history. Based on his behavior, I’d know he was a spy in all but two seconds. There’s also no reason why he falls for Kestrel because he treats her like crap 100% of the time.
It’s all so unrealistic. If you want to feature slavery, at least make it realistic. If you want a romance between a slave and his mistress, at least make the characters behave in these roles! Here, it seems like Kestrel is the slave and Arin the master. It’s so weird and annoying.
Also, the world building. There isn’t really any world building – it’s basically just Rome vs. Greece, now put into a dystopian future (or past? you can’t really say). There’s barley any mention of the world itself. Not much originality there.
The writing was bland, the relationship unbelievable, the characters annoying, childish and acted out of character most of the time, and really, I don’t understand the hype at all. Obviously the book appealed to most people, so I guess I’m the exception, but I can’t recommend this book to anyone....more
Micah Spearman recently moved to the quiet town of Seven Springs, where he joins the lacrosse team, makes new friends and leanrs he’s part of an ancient prophecy. He has to lead an army of guaridans to battle against demons…while trying to stay on top of homework, of course.
I really liked Micah. He’s down to earth mùost of the time, but can be a little bit of a dreamer too. He’s strong and intelligent, brave and willing ot put others first. He has his flaws too, and actq like a typical teenager sometimes, but still I found him likeable and relatable.
The plot had many twists and turns that kept me entertained throughout. The start was a little slow, but once we got past that, I really enjoyed the flow of the story, and the pacing. I also liked the romance subplot, and how it wasn’t the focus of the book but still added an extra layer to the characters.
If you like fantasy for young adults, I would recommend Micah....more