Loved the ending and Elara, but the pacing was off for me. Some things in the story might have been meant as twists, but they seemed blatantly obviousLoved the ending and Elara, but the pacing was off for me. Some things in the story might have been meant as twists, but they seemed blatantly obvious to me. This series has a ton of potential though!
Got through a third of the book when I finally gave up >__< The plot was just so boring, and the characters were super whiny. Short review to coGot through a third of the book when I finally gave up >__< The plot was just so boring, and the characters were super whiny. Short review to come....more
2 – 2.5 Stars The main thing about this book is that the first half is just so boring >__< The blurb tells you that Nerissa’s challenged to this2 – 2.5 Stars The main thing about this book is that the first half is just so boring >__< The blurb tells you that Nerissa’s challenged to this epic battle for her kingdom on the day that she comes of age. Well, that doesn’t happen until almost three quarters into the book. Instead, the story is basically Rissa making googly eyes at Lo (but, of course, not admitting that she likes him).
However, I admit that I liked the last fifty or so pages of the book. There’s much more action, and Rissa becomes a more dynamic character. We also get our first look of Waterfell, which was one of the main things I wanted to explore in this book. Though we don’t quite see it in the first book, there’s still potential in this series.
Nonetheless, for me, going through almost three hundred pages of virtually nothing happening wasn’t quite worth the last, more exciting fifty. I’m guessing that if you enjoyed most of the YA mermaid books that came out recently (Of Poseidon, Lies Beneath, etc.), you might enjoy this book. But for me, it didn’t quite deliver.
As fun as they are to read, there are a certain set of misconceptions I have with YA dystopias. Almost always, there's a headstrong heroine, a "good" rebel group and a "bad" controlling government and a sweet romance to top it off. Sometimes there's also a bit of action, which is always fun, and an awkward love triangle, which could be annoying. STARGLASS, however, completely goes against those perceptions, making it one of my favorite reads of the year!
Many times you have a strong, kick-butt heroine, who's brave, loyal and kind. And even though each "strong" heroine might not particularly stand out, I still enjoy and really admire their strength. Terra, though, isn't quite your typical YA heroine. In the beginning of the book, she's a much weaker character. However, it's what I think a normal person would do in her situation, whether it be to make someone else happier, or as an attempt for her to fit in better. So, despite the many differences between us (to just name a few, her religion and the fact that she lives on a spaceship), I still felt like I could connect and somewhat relate to her character. Moreover, Terra's character development was spectacular! By the end of the book, she's so much more independent, while still being a girl that you could still relate to. It was really encouraging to see her learn how to live for and discover herself!
I also really enjoyed the romance! With the setup of the characters, there could have easily been a cliche love triangle, but North smartly avoided it. Specifically, the romance is done more subtly, actually avoiding romantic development with both of the expected interests. Instead, there's a sort of star-crossed lovers set up, in which Terra, literally, searches for her fated lover in her dreams. But despite how cheesy I might have made it sound, I loved the hints of romance in the novel.
The world, however, was my favorite part of the novel. The scientific part was absolutely fascinating; just to name a few aspects, citizens have babies growing in tubes, clock towers and watchers control the seasons and diseases is virtually nonexistent. Though this aspect might not be for everybody, I also enjoyed how Judaism was incorporated into their society - it really distinguished the world and added another layer of sorts. However, the setup of the world also really made me think. As Phoebe North said in her review on Goodreads, STARGLASS isn't a fairytale, or Terra would be able to simply defeat the "evil queen". In the midst of finding herself, she also has to figure out who's "good" and who's "bad", and what's simply "better" for the world.
The only reason why this book isn't getting five stars is since I was, admittedly, a bit lost in the beginning. At that time, I wasn't completely sure what exactly was going on or what everything is. The plot also was a bit slow moving in the beginning. However, the story did get exponentially better by the end of the book, with plenty of twists and heartbreaking moments. (Not to mention that ending!)
STARGLASS wasn't just a debut that defied my expectations, but one that thrilled, captivated and fascinated me. Its complex world, characters and plot are sure to capture any dystopia fan! Even if you're not usually a dystopia fan, I'd still recommend this book - it's unlike any sci-fi novel I've read before.
* I received a copy of the book from the publisher for review purposes. This did not affect my opinion of the book. This review expresses my honest opinion. ...more
After reading THE LOST PRINCE, admittedly, I wasn’t too sure about THE IMMORTAL RULES. But after so many recommendations,Rating Clarification: 4.5 / 5
After reading THE LOST PRINCE, admittedly, I wasn’t too sure about THE IMMORTAL RULES. But after so many recommendations, the concept of a vampire dystopia (what sounds more action packed than that?), and a pretty kick-ass cover, I couldn’t resist reading it. Needless to say, I loved this novel!
The main reason why I originally had problems with THE LOST PRINCE was that I found Mackenzie to be really annoying. Allison Sekemoto, though, is a completely different story. She’s tough, persistent, brave, selfless and just a kick-ass heroine! From the beginning of the book, she doesn’t hesitate to put herself in dangerous situations and fight if it meant it was the right thing. No matter what Allie went through, she always bounced back up and proved to everyone that she was more than the savage, bloodthirsty vampire they had thought her to be. Sometimes Allie might also seem a bit rude or outspoken, but I also admired this part of her character – it really showed that she wasn’t an innocent girl, having been hardened by experiences as an Unregistered human, and wouldn’t hesitate to tell someone her opinion if it meant it increased his or her chance of survival. I couldn’t help but love Allie’s character!
The storyline of the novel was just as kick-ass! When I was reading, the plot had either completely engaged me with its fight scenes, or was in the process of tearing out my heart. Let’s just say bad things happen. And when bad things happen, first they aggravate me, making me, strangely, love the author even more. And while I’m swimming in anguish over something like a death, betrayal or just completely heartbreaking moment, Allie, of course, does something kick-ass. Which usually ends in a fight for their lives, or a pretty awesome escape scene. If you’re looking for action, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Speaking of which, there wasn’t as much romance, which I really liked. There still was a good bit of it in the novel, but I felt like it didn’t shift focus from the central plot line. I also feel like there might be a potential love triangle developing, but I also felt like it didn’t distract from the story. This is mainly because Kanin, one of the love interests, isn’t physically with Allie for the majority of the novel, while Zeke, the other love interest, is. Because of that (and that Zeke is super sweet!), I’m pretty much Team Zeke, though I’m not sure how that will go after The Eternity Cure. Nonetheless, I’m still a big fan of both – Zeke is really sweet, supportive and went through a lot with Allie, while Kanin was really helpful to Allie in the beginning and still has this dark, attracting factor. Hopefully we’ll learn more about both of them in the next book!
One more thing – the world! I wouldn’t say that living in a futuristic world with vampires is too plausible, so I don’t think we’ll be stuck in a similar situation in the near future. However, I loved how Julie Kagawa not only crafted a beautifully described and dark world, but also made me think a little. Everywhere you read about, there’s an obvious desolation, and it’s hard to know whether it’s worth it to go on and live. With how everyone initially reacted to vampires, it also made me question what it means to be “human” or “alive”, or how we’re defined. It’s truly a depressing but also a plausible issue.
THE IMMORTAL RULES was a novel that absolutely stunned and engrossed me. Even with the saturation of dystopian novels, this is one you definitely can’t miss – its amazing characters, sweet romance, addicting plot and fascinating world will pull you in and never let go. Highly recommended! ...more
I’m usually not a huge fan of novellas, because usually I feel like they’re much too short and need more development. Sunbolt, though, was clearly an exception. Not only was Sunbolt extremely exciting to read, but it felt as though there was a lot more depth in the story.
As usual, our heroine was absolutely fun to follow and kicked butt! Hitomi was feisty, brave, sneaky and determined – everything you’d want in a heroine. Throughout the story, Hitomi was captured, stabbed, tortured and ridiculed. Yet despite it all, somehow she always kept her head focused and was able to find a solution to whatever problems the world threw her into. I also admired her ability to keep her emotions in control. There were so many times in the story when Hitomi could have threw a tantrum or have a mental breakdown. But, again, she was able to keep her main goals and the greater good in mind.
The side characters were well-written. First you have the Shadow League, with two of Hitomi’s loyal friends and companions. I really admired not only their bravery, but also the fact that the two of them weren’t involved in this awkward love triangle. Though a bit cliché and predictable, the princess and prince were also interesting characters and definitely have potential to grow in the next installment. My favorite, though, was by far a creepier character you meet near the end of the novel – he really has a fascinating history and a personality I’d love to know more about. Hopefully we see all of these characters in the next book!
My favorite part of the story, though, was the world. To put it simply, Sunbolt is set in this fantasy-dystopia type of world. The more dystopic side stems from the controlling government and lords and the opposing and defiant rebel group. Meanwhile, on the more fantastical side, there’s all sorts of spells, magic, creatures and vampires. There’s definitely a lot of potential in this world, and I can’t wait to see what the author does with it!
Thrilling and captivating, Sunbolt is by far one of the best novellas I’ve read. I highly recommend this for fantasy fans – you’ll be enchanted by the book’s mysterious world and strong characters!
* A review copy of this novella was provided by the author. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
If there's one thing about PARIS LOVE MATCH, it's that it's an extremely readable story. I definitely had mySee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
If there's one thing about PARIS LOVE MATCH, it's that it's an extremely readable story. I definitely had my separate issues with the book, but ultimately I enjoyed the novel because it was so easy for me to continue reading!
The main thing in the book I had a problem with was Sidney. Maybe I misunderstood her in some way, but to me, she just seemed really shallow! Exhibit A: many times in the novel, instead of, I don't know, maybe trying to find out what the dead man stole or what the hell was going on, she wanted to smell nice and shop for new clothes. Seriously? Her life was at stake, and she cared about new clothes? That just seemed utterly ridiculous to me. Then there was the way that she treated Piers. Up until about three fourths into the novel, though Piers practically did everything Sidney wanted, she still acted like Piers only cared about himself. She literally told him that he didn't care about her, even though he went with her to buy clothes and everything.
Because of that, I also didn't really connect with the romance. First of all, I didn't really like Sidney's character and only got to tolerating her at the end of the book, so I couldn't really imagine her as a love interest. Moreover, there's not much romance until very late in the novel, and the change seemed very abrupt. Like, Piers would go from "I should try to survive and take care of Sidney so we don't die" to "Sidney is the most beautiful woman I've ever met and we need to be together forever". So, I didn't really feel the chemistry >__<
However, as much as I disliked Sidney, I loved Piers! He was such an adorable, considerate and sweet character. I really admired his bravery and selflessness, especially when Sidney was a b- he was faced with danger and trouble. And of course, he's smart but still able to take action when its needed. Who wouldn't love an adorkable geek who comes to your rescue?
As for the plot, it was simply easy to read and fun! I can honestly say it's not the type of thing I could find myself entangled with, but it was definitely entertaining. It's a bit crazy, really - there's exiled dictators, stolen paintings, diamonds, trained killers, car chases and some pretty intense diving scenes. Surprisingly, Blackwell also kept me guessing - I couldn't figure out what exactly was happening until a decent amount into the novel. It's kind of like an action movie - totally easy to watch (or in this case, read), entertaining, a bit flashy, maybe not totally memorable, but enjoyable.
The bottom line? I was iffy on the romance and Sidney, loved Piers, and completely gobbled up the plot. I'd also say that it's different from a lot of the NA contemporaries you read, as there's not as much romance or emotion, but much more action. If you're looking for a quick and unique NA read definitely put this on your TBR!
* I received a review copy of this book for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion....more
I’m sure we’ve all read about that one bitchy girl or character in the novel that’s just there to make the protagonist absolutely miserable. Usually I end up just feeling pretty indifferent about her, wanting to slap her silly or feel slightly annoyed at the author for using yet another cliché. Remember Nova, who always seemed to hate Andromeda no matter what she did? Well, in RECONNAISSANCE, instead of staying in Andromeda’s head, you’re in Nova’s. And as a result, I even ended up loving this book more than the first!
Nova’s definitely a much different character compared to Andromeda. I feel like she’s much less of a “Mary Sue”, which is probably the reason why I liked Nova a lot more than Annie. She’s still a pretty caring and brave person, but she knew her limits and that she couldn’t save everyone. I also thought she was a lot less frustrating. I remember in Colonization, I felt really frustrated with Andromeda in the beginning, because all she did was complain about who she was assigned to, and thought she was too good for what she received. Nova, on the other hand, worked her hardest towards her goal from the beginning, and tried her best to do with what she got stuck with. I admired her ability to do things instead of complaining, as well as her constant will to survive. She’s the type of heroine that I really see as kick-ass!
On that topic, I thought it was interesting to get into Nova’s head. You know how teachers or parents tell you that bullies are actually just people who feel insecure about themselves or have had hard pasts? Well, here you’re able to learn about what had happened to Nova, and how she tries to deal with it. However cliché it might sound, Nova really did have a hard past, which made me sympathize with her. And in my eyes, it also made her a much more believable character to me.
I also found that the plot was more exciting. For one, the novel immediately throws you into the action. Moreover, there’s still that sense of scientific discovery and new world, as you see Nova and her crew learn about the different technology and creatures in the ship. But there’s a more traditional sense of adventure, as Sirius and Nova blast creepy creatures, explore the ship and simply try to survive, which I ended up enjoying the most. Who doesn’t love a good number of action and fight scenes? The whole experience was much more exciting for me, even throwing a few twists here and there!
The only problem I had was with the romance. In the end, it was pretty sweet, but it felt a bit forced during the middle of the novel. Especially since Sirius and Nova were literally fighting for their lives, I couldn’t feel their chemistry. I also had a hard time believing that Sirius could get over Andromeda that quickly and easily. It also felt a bit cliché and predictable.
With a new perspective and adventure, RECONNAISSANCE not only delivered a satisfactory sequel to COLONIZATION, but also even surpassed it. There’s much, much more action, and I ended up liking Nova a lot more than I thought I would. Fans of the first novel definitely need to check this book out, since I found it much more enjoyable than the first. And if you’re a sci-fi romance fan and haven’t started this series yet, you definitely need to do so!
* I received a review copy of this book for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion....more
Unfortunately, I am one of those people that often judges a book by its cover. In particular, if the cover isSee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
Unfortunately, I am one of those people that often judges a book by its cover. In particular, if the cover is gorgeous, I somehow automatically have higher expectations. And, well, just by judging by the cover, THE GIRL IN THE WALL honestly doesn't seem like the type of book that would become one of my favorites, or completely engage me. Well, obviously it did and rose above my expectations!
Surprisingly, I found that the two different POVs in the novel was a very strong point in the novel, since you can really see both sides of their story in detail. Sera, on one hand, is a sweet, nice girl from the beginning, and, of course, is in social exile. From the beginning, she's the character that I found really likable and just sympathized with. Ariel, on the other hand, is more detached in the beginning, the stereotypical, cold popular girl. However, as the story goes on, you also see her broken inside, simmering with anger and full of pain, and can't help but sympathize for her, too. They're both such different characters, yet you can still see the memories of friendship between them. Through it all, they always sacrificed everything they could for each other, and were like sisters. You're really able to see them try to make sense of their past, while trying to rebuild that friendship!
The basic storyline is also well written. The plot wasn't just exciting or interesting - no, it makes your heart pound and keeps you flipping pages until you're finally done. As the characters try to survive and break out of the house, there's plenty of classic scheming, fighting and, of course, sneaking around. On top of that, there's still the underlying mystery of who exactly was responsible for this whole mess. But best of all, there's a real sense of suspense danger, as a good number of people start to die and the stakes go higher. The author truly put the "thrill" in thriller!
I also really enjoyed the romance. Luckily for me, the romance wasn't the focus of the novel, but was just enough that it felt like there was enough. Both romances were developed relatively slowly, but definitely sweetly and satisfying (: In fact, the only real issue I had with the book was how realistic it might be. For one, I didn't think in their situation that those trained killers would let the characters roam as freely as they did. Moreover, the ending, though very satisfying and entertaining, seemed to come too easily.
In conclusion, THE GIRL IN THE WALL was not only a novel that entertained me, but also one that tugged at my heart and captivated me. Though at times maybe not as believable, the characters and suspense were crafted expertly. If you're a fan of YA contemporaries or thrillers, you have to pick this up! Because, as cliche as this might sound, though the cover might not give the best impression, the story inside is definitely what counts.
* A copy of the novel was provided for review by Cuddlebuggery's LBBA program & Lelia @ Buried by Books. This did not affect my opinion of the novel....more
Note: Though LOVE RESOLUTION is the third book in the BLACK CATS RECORDS series, I read the book as a standalone. The book can be read as a standalone, though, as always, if you have time I’d also suggest reading the first two books for more background information and stories (:
Alongside with parallel worlds, dreams, and “issue” books, music is one of the sub-topics I absolutely love to explore in stories. Being a self-proclaimed music geek myself, I just love seeing characters’ love and connection with it fleshed out. So of course LOVE RESOLUTION came up, and I jumped at the opportunity! Needless to say, with lots of entertainment value and characters I came to really enjoy, this book did not disappoint!
The best part of the book is definitely the music! By no means do I consider myself a music industry expert, but I think Mankin did a great job in depicting it. After all, musicians definitely don’t have easy lives, and constantly have rumors and tabloids following them. It was also great to see Avery and Marcus’s dedication to their music, despite their worlds falling apart. I also really enjoyed seeing the concerts through the musicians’ eyes – even I know it’s a very stressful and tiring situation, though it’s also one that’s very rewarding when you let your soul out. If you’re looking for an exciting music read, definitely try out this series!
Avery was also a great heroine. Throughout the novel, Avery does make a lot of mistakes and sometimes completely breaks down. But through her journey, I never really felt annoyed at her decisions, even if they were a bit stupid or ended badly. Avery really seemed like a real person and was good at heart. Moreover, I liked that she wasn’t afraid to take control of her relationship with Marcus when she thought it was getting out of control, rather than letting it get out of hand. By the end of the book, she also seemed to have grown stronger and more independent, which I really admired!
However, I had mixed feelings about Marcus. Overall, he genuinely seems like a nice guy, but sometimes he seemed to controlling or reckless. There was also a time in the middle of the book in which he just seemed fickle about his relationship with Avery – one moment he’d want to declare his love to Avery, and the next he’d avoid her like the plague. At one point, Marcus even wants to decide what Avery should wear and who she should talk to. By the end, I think he does get better, but towards the middle of the book, I wasn’t sure about the romance towards the middle.
I really liked the side characters, though! The rest of Brutal Strength was always really supportive, as was Samantha and Justin. I also really enjoyed Avery and Justin’s interactions with their father – it was really encouraging for them to recover and forgive each other first and foremost as a family. Surprisingly, I also ended up really enjoying Bryan or “Bullet”. Though he really did seem like an ass at first, he also turned out to be a great friend, and, err, less of an ass then the rest of Tempest. Hopefully we’ll see more of these side characters in the rest of the series!
LOVE RESOLUTION is a great addition to the New Adult genre, providing an entertaining mix of rock-and-roll, romance, friendship, and down-to-earth characters. I’ll definitely be looking for the next book in the series – apparently it will be featuring Bullet and the rest of Tempest! If you’re a NA or romance fan, this is the perfect book for you – there’s plenty of sexy and exciting romance, as well as a fun look into the music world!
* A copy of the book was provided for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
Essentially, I think that Peregrine Harker and the Black Death is a book that’s like your typical middle grSee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
Essentially, I think that Peregrine Harker and the Black Death is a book that’s like your typical middle grade adventure. First, Peregrine – he’s all kinds of intelligent, adventurous, brave and selfless, and never hesitated to snoop especially even if it wasn’t the best idea. I couldn’t help but root him on in his adventures! Speaking of which, his story was exciting and so much fun to read. There was so much action and creativity around every corner, whether Peregrine was trapped in, escaping an exploding building or, literally, running for his life.
However, this novel also suffers in its lack of complexity. The novel’s classified as Young Adult on Goodreads and NetGalley, but as I’ve mentioned, it’s really like a middle grade novel. The plot, despite enjoyable and fun, was predictable. When compared to a lot of YA mysteries I’ve read, the underlying mystery of the book was extremely easy for me, and possibly many others, to solve. The characters, though likable, were also undeveloped. Even our main character Peregrine didn’t really show much complexity.
Though perhaps simple, Peregrine Harker and the Black Death was a novel that I ultimately enjoyed. I especially recommend this book for middle grade fans or readers looking for a simply fun story – this read is pure fun!
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
So after the first Lily Drake book, honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect from the second. Everything seemedSee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
So after the first Lily Drake book, honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect from the second. Everything seemed to be wrapped up nicely in LIFE AND DEATH OF LILY DRAKE – Lily was happily married to the love of her life, she had her adorable son Keaton safe, she had took down one of the most powerful austere, and she had a great job lined up. There didn’t seem to be enough loose ends that I thought could create a story as full of action as the first. Of course, Nelson proved me completely wrong, delivering a story even more suspenseful than the first!
The highlight of the story is definitely the plot! Like the first, there was plenty of action and snark, which I expected. However, I found that there were more… surprises, I suppose, in the plot than I expected. One of the (very small) problems I had with the first novel was that it was relatively easy to predict what would happen to Lily, and who she was probably going to choose. Here, though, I found that I didn’t quite know what was going to happen, which of course adds to the excitement! Overall I’d say Nelson was much more creative with the plot. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
On top of the plot, you also have the characters! I’d say you don’t see as much of some characters, like Rose, but of course our favorite two vampire cousins are still as lovable as ever. Even though there’s a plot event that keeps them apart, you can still see the rivalry and friendship between Mathias and Valentine. That’s not to say that their relationship is completely without bumps though – both Lily and Mathias are tested when Valentine disappears, and they don’t really know what do with themselves. The bottom line is, though, that the three are always there for each other, along with Rose, Buchard, and all their trusted companions.
Another unexpected thing I liked was the new part of the vampire world we get to explore. Throughout the novel, you get to see a different side of their dark world in New Orleans in the form of a club of sorts. It thoroughly creeped me out – but it fascinated me at the same time! And obviously New Orleans is in a different state than Mount Vernon, so you also explore a different state and land, with distinctly different laws and vampires. If you’re looking to explore more of Lily’s world, you won’t be disappointed!
I’d say my only complaint is with the ending of the novel. First of all, it ends with a cliffhanger *sad face* It’s both a good thing and a bad thing for me – it definitely left me wanting to know what happened, but also disappointed me, since I have to wait another year >__< I also felt like this was the one part in the novel where I knew what would happen, based on the many cliché wedding movies I watched.
Nonetheless, ’TIL DEATH DO US PART was a great continuation to the Lily Drake series. Fans of the series definitely won’t be disappointed, and will also be left wanting for more as I was. If you’re an adult paranormal or vampire fan and haven’t picked up this series, don’t miss out! There’s a great combo of romance and action (plus non-insta-love!), that appeals to both Twilight fans and not-as-much fans alike!
* A copy of this book was provided for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
In the Young Adult or New Adult realm, there’s definitely a good number of “issue” books out there – some beautifully written and totally memorable and some not as heart wrenching or riveting as I thought they’d be. THE TROUBLE WITH GOODBYE, however, falls more in the middle, as I didn’t completely hate the book, but still felt conflicted over how easily some of the plot events were solved.
I’d say the book’s best aspect is that it’s an extremely quick read. As you’d expect, THE TROUBLE WITH GOODBYE features a really cute and warm-fuzzy type of romance. I couldn’t help but stupidly grin and fall for Knox! The story also moves quickly, detailing Leigh’s transition back into her old life and new friends and lovers. I have to say it’s predictable, especially if you’re familiar with the typical New Adult contemporary romance, but I still ended up enjoying it (:
At the same time, though, that quickness is also one of my biggest issues with the book. This doesn’t solely apply to the novel, as it’s definitely an issue I’ve had with other NA contemporaries, but Leigh and Knox’s relationship did seem to progress pretty quickly. As a result, the ups and downs in their relationship also seemed to happen and pass swiftly, too. Leigh also seemed to change herself and deal with her issue relatively quickly and easily, considering the severity of the situation and her history with her parents.
Still, THE TROUBLE WITH GOODBYE did stand out to me because of how Leigh developed and dealt with her situation. I don’t want to spoil the novel, so I’ll refrain from mentioning the exact issue, but I liked how the author portrayed the situation. Despite the fact that I thought that the issue was resolved quickly, how the public, community, and Leigh’s family and friends reacted was realistic and broke my heart. I also liked how the author ended the novel, despite the fact that I, again, thought it came too quickly. By the end, you also see a good amount of character development from Leigh, as she finds her own voice and encourages others to do so.
THE TROUBLE WITH GOODBYE was, overall, a likable, quick and encouraging read. There aren’t many New Adult novels that I can say are more than just a “cute read”, and this novel is one of them. New Adult, contemporary or Sarra Cannon fans definitely need to check this book out!
* A copy of this book was provided for the blog tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book....more
ARMORED HEARTS is an imaginative and engrossing tale, following the unexpectedly magical journey of a boy whoSee more of my reviews @ Moosubi Reviews!
ARMORED HEARTS is an imaginative and engrossing tale, following the unexpectedly magical journey of a boy who can – literally – fly! Though it starts off with a slow beginning, ultimately I enjoyed the story’s creative inventions and fairy tale like magic!
The best part of the story is that it’s so imaginative! Garrett’s flying knight adventures, for example, reminded me a bit of a bedtime or children’s magic story. There was also an unexpected bit of Scottish and Fae lore, which I always love learning about. My favorite part of the world, though, was Tabitha and Jessamine’s “Bonnet” Club inventions. This is the more “realistic” or steampunk side to the story, with inventive automations that range from airships to factory machines to mechanical animals – all of which were invented by women, in a time where they definitely weren’t expected to even work!
Speaking of which, I also really enjoyed the female characters in the novel. They all had their own quirks, but when it came down to it, all strong and brave people. As expected, Jessamine was probably my favorite – she never cared about what others thought about her, was curious and innovative, and was always willing to go on an adventure! Despite Garrett’s attitude and the expectations of society, she was also never discouraged by anything. Tabitha, Garrett’s sister, was similar to Jessamine in her innovation and refusal to sit idle, but was also really sweet and understanding of Garrett.
Garrett, though, was one of the things in the book I had trouble with. On the bright side, his character does end up growing by the end of the novel and becomes a much kinder person. I also found myself quietly chuckling to myself with his occasional snark. But what really bothered me was his sexism, which doesn’t really change all through the novel. Here, you see all these strong heroines that constantly support Garrett. Yet, he doesn’t seem to acknowledge that they are his equals. Throughout the novel, he literally says that thinking too much is unhealthy for women, and that they should run away in the face of danger. I mean, I get that he cares for Tabitha and Jessamine, and that the world he lives in underestimates women. But I’d like to think by the end of his adventures, he would at least acknowledge them as equals.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed ARMORED HEARTS. It’s a novel that’s full of imagination and strong female characters, as well as a pretty exciting ending! Middle grade fantasy fans or readers looking for a short, steampunk-fantasy would probably enjoy this novel – its magic will enrapture them!
* A copy of the novel was provided for the tour. This did not influence my opinion of the book....more
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Even though there have been so many second books that have proved me wrong, I still can't help but go into a second book apprehensively. And just having read INBETWEEN about a month ago and finding that it's one of the only paranormal books I really enjoyed, I initially was really apprehensive of BLURRED. And of course, Tara Fuller has proven me wrong again, creating an even greater story!
Anaya was such a sweet and loyal character, and I absolutely loved her! Despite the fact that Anaya is viewed as this sassy, beautiful and strong reaper, throughout the book you see her struggle between following the rules to get what she has wanted for years, or following what she thinks is right. Well, we all know that usually the righteous heroine has to follow her heart, because that's just what's the "right thing" and how YA paranormal books work, right? Here, though, I think Anaya's struggle made her an even more endearing and believable character. After all, realistically Anaya's conflict made sense, and she was still an extremely kind person at heart. And eventually, through it all, her struggle seemed to make her a wiser and stronger person.
I also loved Cash! If you've read INBETWEEN, you probably remember that unfortunate body jacking incident. At that time, as much as I'd liked Finn, I felt horrible for Cash. Hopefully this isn't too much of a spoiler, but it became obvious then that Cash had ended up being on the unlucky end of a sort-of love triangle. So now, you see him try to deal with being stuck there, on top of being, well, almost dead. However, though Cash becomes a much more standoffish character, I couldn't help sympathizing with him and rooting for him, too. Through the book, he goes through so much, and you see him struggle with trying to stay on the "good" side and try to figure out what's going on. At the same time, he sees Emma with Finn, but still tries to save her. Yes, he's broken and sometimes a bit rude. But he's also unbelievably sweet and definitely a swoonworthy hero <3
Did I mention how good Anaya and Cash were together? In BLURRED, the romance is definitely one of the central themes of the story, but like in the first book, I found that I didn't mind as much. I wouldn't say the romance is exactly like insta-love, though there is an unexplained gravity between them (it is explained later, though). There is an obvious chemistry between them, and I loved seeing them together. Just like how Emma and Finn supported each other, Anaya and Cash supported each other too, and I loved that!
I was also happy to see Finn again! At first things are pretty awkward with Cash, and they're cold to each other. But eventually, you see them work together not only for Emma, but also for each other, as friends. It was really encouraging to see them support each other! However, for some reason I found Emma a bit more annoying than when I read INBETWEEN. Especially when we were in Cash's POV, sometimes I found her character to be unrealistically "good". I also felt like she never really acknowledged that Cash was previously in love with her.
BLURRED was overall a novel that was sweet, intensely romantic and definitely enjoyable. If you're a fan of INBETWEEN, fear not - "Sequel Syndrome" has definitely not struck this one! In fact, I'd even say that BLURRED was even better than INBETWEEN! If you didn't enjoy the first book as much because of Emma, I'd also still say to check this out at a library or something, since I enjoyed Anaya even more than Emma, and found that there's a lot more danger, twists and excitement than I had expected. And if you haven't started this years and are a fan of paranormal romance, you need to pick this up - you definitely won't regret it!
* A copy of the novel was provided from the publisher. This did not affect my opinion of the book – this review expresses my honest opinions....more