To be fair, I read up until 50% of this book, skimmed for a while, and then skipped ahead to the 95% mark where I finished the book. So I wasn’t entirely sure whether to classify this book as a “DNF” read or as a full-fledged read. But in the end, because I knew what happened at the very end in terms of the resolution, I was overly indulgent and told myself I had completed this novel. The reason I was so hesitant to endure the other half was because of how much I really hated the characters. Only Everything is told in three different people’s perspectives: the exiled goddess Eros who goes by the name True on Earth, the dad-less student Katrina struggling with her identity, and the new kid Charlie who’s infatuated with Katrina. It’s an interesting cast by far, but what I really hated about them were that they weren’t compelling characters. In terms of the story itself, it was decent, although the attitudes of our main characters really pissed me off.
First of all, True, alias Cupid, was so stupid that I wanted to take her neck and squeeze. She would come to school wearing stuff like a dress layered over jeans, sneakers, and a baseball cap, it wasn’t just secondhand embarrassment, it was idiotic. If you made frequent visits to Earth, then you should be familiar with the fashion choices there. Even if you do meet up with your boyfriend or girlfriend secretly in a secluded forest, you should still have an idea of what you’re up against before you go to a foreign place. Not to mention, True was teaching Orion about Earth before they were separated and she got exiled to Earth. So the fact that she tries to make herself as conspicuous as possible at high school is ridiculous. High school’s ruthless—you’re going to get noticed for what fashion chooses you make, especially when they’re as out of date as hers were.
Furthermore, True needed to stop whining and being obnoxious. Every other chapter, she was saying something about how much she wanted her powers back. Like, no. You’re exiled for a reason, and if you can’t get along okay without your powers, then we have a problem here.
This could not be my reflection. The hair in tangles, the gray swipes of color under the eyes, the red nose with its skin peeling along its bridge. I leaned forward, horrified. Was that a pimple on my chin?
“No!” I cried, the tears flowing freely now. “This was not a part of our deal! No one said I was going to deteriorate!”
Then she goes on a tangent on how beautiful she was as a goddess, and how her being ugly would’ve made Orion run for the hills, because obviously true love is based off of how pretty you are. Nothing annoys me more in mythology than when characters are depicted as literally perfect just because they’re gods and goddesses. Obviously not, because Hera was a jealous bitch, and Hades was a psychotic bastard. True needed to stop with the “I’m so not pretty anymore my life is ooooovvvvveeeeerrrrrr” melodrama because nobody cares, girl. And then in another chapter, she gets drunk because she drinks two bottles of wine and then literally whines, “This has never happened to me before!!!” while ranting about how she needs to get back to Orion and reclaim her goddess-status. If you know that being a human’s different from being a goddess, you have to know that you’re weaker and more susceptible to illness and imperfection. But no, she continues to cry over how much of a lightweight she is.
In Katrina and Charlie’s point of view, True would constantly spout random shit that just made her seem really desperate and annoying. She would pretty much say out loud that she only needed x amount of match-ups left to be allowed back to Orion, and all it would do was make it harder for anyone to want to put their love life into their hands. She would push girls onto Charlie and even when he obviously wasn’t interested, True would whine at him and try and get him to give the girl in question a chance.
Both Katrina and Charlie were perfect for each other—because they were such pushovers. Katrina was in SUCH a toxic relationship, both with her old boyfriend and friends, and the fact that she didn’t even bother standing up for herself made me so mad. She didn’t even get angry at them for what they did to her. They treated her like utter shit and she wouldn’t even think, “That doesn’t sound right,” she’d be like, “I guess they’re not very close friends with me because they’re siding with her this time” instead. The same went with Charlie, because he couldn’t even stand up for himself and even though on the inside he would be screaming for help, on the outside he grinned and bore it.
I gave Only Everything that extra half star for the possibility of character development by the end, although with how much the supporting and main characters annoyed me, I wasn’t going to hold out. The ending did nothing to convince me to return to my reading spot and actually finish it, except for maybe the progression of Charlie and Katrina’s relationship, which was still nonexistent at 50% so I’m not sure how well that would’ve went over any other way.
Perhaps a book slump is calling my name, because this one unfortunately fell flat for me. Between the protagonists’ ignorance and the obvious inconsistencies within the book, it was obvious I wouldn’t love this one, however I didn’t expect to not even slightly enjoy this one, either.
First of all, addressing the plot and build-up of this novel: nothing even remotely interesting happened in between 25% and 80%. That’s more than half of the book, surely something interesting should be happening here. But no, nothing did. It was ridiculous and I was bored out of my skull, skipping over paragraphs I deemed insignificant. However, but in between all of that, I also felt horribly confused. What Justina Ireland neglected to spend time on was the description of the mythology terms. The world-building was fine and fairly decent, but all these foreign mythology terms kept getting tossed around, and I had to randomly guess what they meant. In the first third of Promise of Shadows, I found at least ten different terms that were thrusted towards me, expecting me to understand them like it was no big deal:
”…their metallic blue-steeled sheen denoting his AEthereal blood and causing the other prisoners to subtly shift away form him There’s too much shine to them for him to be anything but Exalted, and even the dumbest vaster knows better than to cross paths with one of the favored sons and daughters of the universe."
"I was ten and practicing for my casting final. I couldn’t seem to get this mage light to dance the way it was supposed to."
"My mother was a Harpy of the Enigma line, the most skilled fighters our Aerie had."
"The fields are right there to your left. Today is the bacchanalia.”
I have a separate bone to pick with Zephyr’s character herself. She took the weak, defenseless girl to a new extreme, requiring other people to protect her from either herself or others. When she came into her powers, she abruptly jumped into a new role as someone equivalent to a goddess, though she still acted like the child she was in the beginning. If things didn’t go her way, she took on an insane persona, complaining and whining about her life. Yet, everybody still worshipped her because they believed she would bring them salvation. Furthermore, Zephyr and Tallon’s relationship had no buildup because they were surrounded by each other during their childhood. When they reunited, Tallon spent weeks at a time ignoring Zephyr, making out or sharing an intimate moment, and then repeating the infuriating process.
There were obvious inconsistencies in the book, and while this may be nitpicking, it was one of the first things I noticed wrong with this books. Justina would repeat the same words twice on one page, where one sentence Zephyr would say something “hysterically” and then a paragraph down feeling “hysterical” again. But there were other issues, which I chose to quote:
"I don’t have wings anymore, and he hasn’t seen my talons since my hands are covered in muck and fruit. There’s no way he knows that I’m the only Harpy in the Pit”
”I shoot him a dirty look, even though I know he really means old women, not me and my blue Harpy hair.”
Okay, so your hair is freaking blue, but apparently that’s not going to get you noticed as a Harpy? Especially since it’s made clear that Harpy hair is a trademark blue, so how could someone even remotely aware of his or her surroundings slip past the fact that Zephyr’s hair was blue blue BLUE.
“I’m not the world’s best fighter, but I’m an excellent runner.
"I’m starting to fall back, Cass and Blue leaving me far behind.”
I feel like if you’re going to say you’re an excellent runner, two people at once aren’t going to leave you behind and you’re going to be panting and burning in your lungs.
“Zephyr Mourning, I am your father.”
*deep breathing* *dramatically waves around a light saber*...more
Where do I begin with Starcrossed? There is one phrase that could even begin to describe my feelings when it came to this book and that is: Miley Cyrus during the VMAs. You hated it, but there was something kind of fascinating about it in a morbid way.
There were so many things wrong, but I'll discuss the major issues I had with the book: the characters and the romance. There were a lot of characters, which not only made it hard to fully develop them, but I started to forget who each of them were. Lucas's family had like ten people in it, and I knew all of their names, but if you asked me to tell me what their relations were to Lucas, I would not be able to tell you. Aside from that, Helen was probably the most idiotic character I have ever come across in my life. She was so impulsive and stupid, making decisions without ever thinking of the consequences. She always thought of her own needs above anybody else's, which positively infuriated me. She acted totally surprised when she found out who she really was, because apparently she had displayed her supernatural talents before, and she'd just happened to forget them until someone brought them up to her. Wouldn't she know something was up? Because something like flying is pretty hard to miss.
Not to mention, Helen was portrayed as a perfect character with no flaws whatsoever, and so was Lucas. They literally said that all Scions were intelligent, athletic, beautiful, strong, agile, cleaver, and great healers. Then, if that wasn't enough, they both had additional character traits like being able to fly, and Helen was totally given the Chosen One treatment. I mean, she was the supposed last person left with her status, and that immediately made it okay for everyone to put her on a pedestal.
Please don't get me started on the romance. It was honestly so insta-lovey, and they developed this intense infatuation with each other and were acting completely ridiculous around each other. Lucas was obviously really...aroused by Helen from the way he acted. He'd be warning her off, telling her that he couldn't resist any longer, when really all Helen did was hug him. And then he would defend Helen her stupid mistakes, as if justifying them for her would make her want to bare her soul to him. Lucas got into a ton of ridiculous fights whenever he thought someone was provoking Helen or injuring her, and it didn't come off as endearing. It just came off as impulsive and really possessive.
The verdict? Don't read Starcrossed if you know what's best for you. While some people really enjoyed it, I couldn't get into it....more
Welcome to my loopy loop-fest review of Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown!
Deep Betrayal, the sequel to Lies Beneath, by Anne Greenwood Brown lives up to everything Lies Beneath laid out for us. Unfortunately, I wasn't the biggest fan of Lies Beneath, so Deep Betrayal proved to have the same quality that its predecessor had.
What I anticipated at the beginning took a turn for the worst later on, especially with Lily's point of view. Since Lies Beneath is told in Calder's point of view, Deep Betrayal brings the side of Lily Hancock, who's trying to cope after what happened mere weeks before. The first problem I found with Lily's voice was how reliant she was on Calder. She came off as petty and whiny because she constantly went on and on and on about how much she missed Calder and how much she needed to be with him. It got really annoying really fast, and soon I was absentmindedly skipping over the parts where Lily lamented continuously on about Calder.
Another problem I had with Deep Betrayal was how it differentiated from what I loved so much about Lies Beneath: the mermaids. Okay, so this concept had a few flaws in it to begin with, but it kind of sank a bit "deeper" this time. Off the record, I feel so witty for coming up with that pun. Not really. On the record, while I enjoyed how much was focused on the mystery of uncovering the culprit behind all of these murders, I also wished there was more that had to do with the actual mermaids. Since, you know, I bet there was literally a whole team of people who spent weeks coming up with that first tagline in the summary because it's pretty darn awesome. And after you spend that much time coming up with such a witty tagline (so much more witty than my own little pun I just did before), one that has to do with water and swimming and mermaids, you can't read the book and have only two scenes really have any mermaid-significance.
This is the part of the review that moves onto the positive sides. Because since I like to be very clean-cut with everything I do, we're putting a giant line between my positive and negatives. Only, it will be very inconspicuous.
I guess it's conspicuous now. I am full of smart moves today.
See? This gif is like the not-so-conspicuous line!
What I loved so much about Deep Betrayal was the growth in our supporting characters. After the aftermath (I did it again! You are all basking in my glory), you learn a lot of things about our supporting characters, and they were developed even further (farther? Further! Google.com, how I love thee). Calder's evil mermaid sisters were explored deeper, Lily's family was explored deeper, and all of the characters who played a role in Lies Beneath were explored deeper. (I can tell that you are overwhelmed by the amount of stupid amazing puns I'm making.)
If you loved Lies Beneath, you will love Deep Betrayal. However, if you didn't feel too hot about the first book, I would recommend that you pass on the second book. Anne Greenwood Brown does stay consistent to her story, any mystery-mermaid junkie will love this one!...more
Can I just say how epically awesome that cover is? I usually don't talk about covers, but this one give you a billion and a half reasons to buy Apollyon, just based on the cover. And the fact that the inside is just as beautiful as the outside doesn't hurt either. (I sound like a lovestruck boy. Just ignore me)
If you've read Elixir, the novella between the contents of Deity and Apollyon, then you basically understand a large amount of what happens between the events of the two novels. (Find the novella for free here) Elixir is told in Aiden's point of view, which sets you up for Apollyon. It's not necessary to read this novella first, but it definitely is a great filler in between! The main thing I was worried about with Apollyon was that Alex would be an unlikeable character. But, Jennifer managed to balance Alex's personality so that she was likable and didn't put me off.
Another thing I liked about Apollyon was how the plot didn't just focus on Alex. There's a lot of stuff that goes down in this new installment to the Covenant series, and while Alex played a large part, a lot of new events happened to keep the readers guessing. Furthermore, Jen is not afraid to make us wail with despair, and cause the main characters distress and grief. When you raise the stakes, you get one heck of a really kick-butt book. And Apollyon did just that; it blends action and really hot romance into one amazing book!
Jennifer L. Armentrout is known for her extremely hot romances, and Apollyon is no exception! In Half-Blood, Pure, and Deity, we get to know Aiden and Seth, get to choose who we want to end up with Alex, and reap the benefits of reading through these make-out sessions. (Okay that sounded totally pervy, but you get what I mean. Kind of.) Apollyon, like Deity, is all about Aiden St. Delphi, who is the perfect fit for Alex! And he is the kind of love interest that everybody wants in real life, with the good looks and the glowing personality. He's charismatic, which makes it easy for us to fall for him, and the way he unconditionally loves Alex melts the heart.
The only disappointing aspect of Apollyon was the writing. It has a lot of that "tell, don't show" kind of aspect, which leaves very little to the imagination. As a result, some of the chapters ended up a little bland and boring, despite how intense some of them were.
A wonderful addition to the coveted and treasured Covenant series, Apollyon lays everything on the table, bringing sacrifice, new and high stakes, and a love story that will transcend time....more
Tidal by Amanda Hocking was, surprisingly, an underwhelming read for me. I really liked the first two books, but I found that the third book didn't live up to my expectations.
The first thing that went wrong was definitely the prose. It was so boring and unappealing, losing my interest really fast. There were such stupid lines in there, and it was kind of like where Amanda spelled everything out for us, instead of leaving something to think about. And then, the dialogue was so formal and unlike how someone would really talk. After enough of this, I got so bored that I just had to put it down for a while to read something else that would succeed in catching my attention and keeping it.
Another thing I found questionable about Tidal was how unrelatable the characters were. Third person is a point of view that I usually find annoying because it gives me the sense that I can't relate as well to the characters as I want to. That was the exact case here. I found Gemma and Harper and Daniel to be flat as boards. I couldn't find the will to attempt to make connections with them, because they always did the same exact things, and they became really predictable. I kept looking at them and thinking, "You're going to do this. Oh, look, I was right!" I wanted them to do something unexpected and risky, and I kept wishing they would, but it never happened, which was disappointing, because with everything else going, a gutsy move was the least they could've done.
However, Tidal's strongest point was most definitely the siren concept. Following the events of Lullaby, Gemma and her little gang are still trying to break the curse of the sirens so Gemma could live her own life, as a human being. Randomly, hard G or soft G when saying Gemma? I use a hard G, as awkward as that sounds. The language gurus couldn't have used a different phrase to describe pronunciation of consonants? Anyway, I loved the fact that Gemma was trying to fit in as a siren, but at the same time, she hated being one and would do anything to change her fate. I found this fascinating, because it was normal for her to hate being a siren, since it took away everything she'd ever known from her old life, but it let her be a different person, as well.
Overall, Tidal was a satisfying read that quelled my curiosity until the fourth book, but I felt that Amanda Hocking didn't deliver as well as she was capable of....more
I'm going to start by poking a little fun at myself and also trying to get my feelings about Touch of Death down accurately.
Me: Okay let's do this! I bet this will be really good! Little Voice in My Head (I've named her Zoey. Don't ask): Your enthusiasm irks me. Me: Oh shut up. Zoey: Have it your way.
Me: I'm feeling slightly disappointed. Zoey: Your fault.
As you can see, Zoey is my conscience and I talk to her a lot. It's not weird or anything. She's got a small chip on her shoulder, unfortunately. Good thing that when it comes to advice-giving, she's champ!
But that isn't the point. The first thing that crossed my mind about Touch of Death was, "Alex. Is. CREEPY!" Since Touch of Death is so short, it has to pack a punch and make a mark in my brain like that. *snaps fingers* However, since the romance had to be squeezed into 250 pages with other things going on as well, so it gave it an air of insta-love at times. Plus, Alex totally creeped me out. He was extremely stalker-ish in the beginning, and I'm glad Jodi noticed that, although in the end I didn't think Alex ever deviated from that phase.
Something I really loved about Touch of Death was the mythology aspect behind it. Turns out, there's actually a 13th Zodiac sign that was recently discovered called Ophiucus. The research done behind it was simply fascinating to read and learn about. Although I doubt anyone born between November 29 and December 17 is secretly a descendant of the Gorgon Medusa, it was a really interesting twist on the new astrological sign and the legend of the Gorgons.
Something I also didn't find realistic was how Jodi was so oblivious in the beginning about her power. Although I did love how chaotic the beginning was when Jodi was discovering what she was capable of, it annoyed me after a while. Jodi had no idea what was going on at first, which I really liked, but then she never thought anything was wrong with what was going on. No matter how many creepy things happened, Jodi never realized anything until somebody had to come out and spell it out for her.
Perfect for any fan of mythology and action, Touch of Death will enrapture you. Although I did have a few bones to pick about it, it was still an extremely worthwhile read that had me intrigued all the way through....more
Sweet Venom was one of those books where you kind of hated it, but at the same time you just couldn't get enough of it. While I kept turning the pages in a frenzy to find out what happened to Gretchen, Grace, and Greer, I felt at the same time this insistent need to strangle these girls.
Gretchen was my favorite of the three girls. She had a certain fire about her and her demeanor was just awesome. She didn't let anything get in the way of what she had to do and she knew not to mix certain things together. Grace, while with good intentions, got extremely annoying after I while. Her optimism irked me, especially the way that she refused to go along with anything until the very last minute and she had to let go or was physically forced. Greer was just a stuck-up baby, in my opinion. It seemed like Tera wanted these sisters to be as polar as she could make them, and that gave us three totally different protagonists, each one more annoying than the worst.
However, besides that, I did love the pacing of the plot and how it moved. I was always wondering what would happen next, and I was excited beyond measure about where the story was going, and despite Sweet Venom's few fatal flaws, I was still reading this in the pure dark without any lights just because I was that desperate to keep reading and find out what would happen to these three girls, even though my grievances against them seem inconsolable.
Nick. Can I start with Nick? He's Gretchen's love interest, and I just adored him! He was new to Gretchen's high school, and he was obviously interested in Gretchen, following her around and trying to convince her that he would be boyfriend material. Let me just say, it's hilariously funny to watch Gretchen battle her feelings for Nick and Nick just never giving up. He was like a determined puppy with a cause; I loved it! I want to read Sweet Shadows just because I didn't get enough of Gretchen and Nick in the first book, and now I want to see how they work out their differences, especially with how much Nick helped her throughout Sweet Venom.
A mix of mythology and romance, Sweet Venom serves you a helping of the Gorgon Medusa, along with three sisters' tie to each other and the old folktale. Any fan of Tera Lynn Childs' previous works and a mild fan of mythology will definitely love this one....more
Lullaby wasn't what I expected it to be. The plot that I expected was there, but I didn't expect to be that blown away by the story. I'm not that big a fan of mermaid books, I've found, but I really loved this one. Like, "reread all my favorite parts" loved this.
Lullaby begins right where Wake left off, and Harper is stopping at nothing to find her sister, Gemma. From missing posters to blogs to calls to anything you could think of, Harper's got her hands full. She preoccupies herself so completely with finding Gemma that she has to sacrifice things that she really wants to do. The loyalty I found from Harper was so admirable and it really enforced that family dynamic that was present in Wake. Harper would do literally anything to keep Gemma safe and sound, even if it meant risking her own life in order to do so, which I thought was not only extremely noble but it reminds you of how much siblings can love each other.
Once again, Daniel didn't fail to make me laugh. He was obviously extremely devoted to Harper and trying everyday to help and take care of her, while convincing her that he wasn't the "loser" he was when Harper first ran into Daniel, which, let me say, was an equally hilarious and mortifying situation. Lullaby's secondary characters were probably my favorite part out of the entire novel. Harper's best friend Marcy was snarky but caring underneath her constant remarks, and one of the sirens Thea was supportive and helped Gemma through her phase as she was transitioning into a blood-thirsty siren.
Gemma herself also had a heart of gold. She always tried to do the right thing and she rarely ever let her hunger win and get the best of her. She was imperfectly perfect, in a way that made my heart ache for her but at the same time I was cheering her on, because Gemma had some fight in her. She was persistent, aggressive, and loved Harper just as much as Harper loved Gemma. Everything Gemma did was for Harper and to make sure she stayed safe, as well as the rest of her family and other people she loved.
While I wouldn't recommend this to people who don't like mermaid books, to people who have had a fairly good track record with them, check this one out. The unique spin on the classic siren tale, making it more gruesome than most people remember, will hook you, and then the characters and the hilarious dialogue will take over after. Not only will you fall in love with Gemma and Harper, you will leave Lullaby feeling equal love for every secondary character: Alex, Daniel, Thea, etc.
From heartwarming characters to a unique plot, Lullaby will touch you in its "tail" (Get it? No?) about family, love, and loyalty. Any mermaid fan or Amanda Hocking fan will love this story. ...more
While extremely satisfying yet wholly infuriating, Aimee Carter wraps up The Goddess Inheritance, the finale to The Goddess Test trilogy, in one big dramatic lump of words, which isn't a bad or a good thing, despite the context of the words.
For those that read the ending of Goddess Interrupted can easily feel my pain. Personally, I was so completely devastated to turn that last page, and the beginning of The Goddess Inheritance is nine months into the future. For spoiler purposes, I can't exactly reveal to you what precisely happened, but let's just say the evil-doing that is Cronus and Calliope have struck again. From plotting to take down the world to blackmailing gods, this duo pretty much covers all of the "Evil" bases. As much as I wanted to punch Calliope, major props to Aimee for creating such a hate-worthy character!
Speaking of other hate-worthy characters, I had a really big problem with Kate, our protagonist. She was a huge hypocrite. Everybody made her out to be this innocent girl who was plunged into the scene at the wrong time, and deserved to be in the midst of none of the real grit. Every last character made her out to be good, kind, and compassionate. No, she wasn't. Kate was so hypocritical at times that I wanted to kick someone, ideally her. She said she was nice, right after snarling to somebody and calling them a "bitch." That's not so nice.
One example more prominently than any other is right after Kate finishes snarling to Cronus when he protests to something that she wants to do for him, because she thinks that it's good for him. The following excerpt:
"I love you," he murmured. [...] "Even if you are frustratingly good sometimes."
[...] "Someone on the council needs to be," I said, and Henry chuckled.
Whoa, rewind for a second. She just finished snapping at Cronus, and Henry calls her "good". That part really annoyed me to bits.
The last issue I had with The Goddess Inheritance was the pacing. It dragged to the point I felt that the book came with several ton weights, and then sometimes it was so thrilling and action-packed that all my doubts were forgotten regarding the plot. Soon after, the plot dipped again to its usual laggy pace, and I got tired of it after a while.
Overall, The Goddess Inheritance was a satisfying endding to the Goddess Test trilogy, with just a peek of something more waiting to happen because of the somewhat opened ending. Personally, I love the series where it is now and it can stay that way, but a spin-off is very probable with the future....more
Okay, I'm not a big fan of Maggie's stuff in the first place. This is me during the entire book (roughly):
Chapters 1-10: WHAT'S GOING ON?
Somewhere inOkay, I'm not a big fan of Maggie's stuff in the first place. This is me during the entire book (roughly):
Chapters 1-10: WHAT'S GOING ON?
Somewhere in between those chapters: RONAN! *sings* Come on baby with me we're going to fly away, from here. Out of this curtained room with this hospital gray, will just disappear...
Chapters 11-20: Wait. Who's Noah and Neeve? And what exactly is the relationship between Calla, Persephone, and Blue? CONFUZZLED
Chapters 21-30: Okay this is making sense. Sort of. Is there supposed to be romance between Blue and Gansey? I'm not feeling it. And what do all these characters look like? In my mind they're big blobs. Am I the only one?
Chapters 31-40: Brother comes up to me: *reads page I'm on* Brother: Ag-LION-bye? Me: AG-lee-ON-bee Brother: Gansey? What kind of names are these? The only normal one is Helen! Me: ......*no comment*
Chapters 41-50: Maggie needs to write a middle grade book. Apparently there's romance. But I have no idea where it is. And I'm not really feeling anything from this book. I'm not a fan of her writing style it's so...dry.
Chapters 51-end: .......Okay, so paired with a writing style I'm not over the moon with, characters that were flat which I didn't get any emotion from, and the plot was honestly really boring. Nothing happened at all, unless you count Blue and all her friends going weird places and trying to find this person-god thingy (I have no idea) named Gendower, and nothing happened until maybe the last few chapters. And I didn't really care at that point.
Being a mythology “newbie,” I had no idea what to expect when I started Silver. In fact, I totally jumped in blind, since I have this really unfortunate habit of forgetting synopses as soon as I read them. It just comes in one side of my head and goes out the other. Very true story. However, I was fairly pleased with the results of Silver. It wasn’t my favorite mythology novel, but it was nonetheless a good read.
Brianna has always been invisible. Until one day, a gorgeous boy notices her and a romance kindles between them. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. Obviously, this romance has to bring many complications. And with those complications comes insta-love. Of course, you can’t fit a whole plot of romantic tension between two characters in…384 pages of book without something having to give. Obviously the mythology can’t give, although by that point the mythology aspect was very, very low. So the development of the relationship had to go.
Between the romance, the problem was that when Blake sees Brianna when she’s not being hidden away from him, he immediately feels this connection towards her and she he. (I don’t know if I just used that right…) And then on their “second date” they form this unbreakable bond with each other and suddenly BAM their souls are wound together. What? What? I don’t know about you, but I thought you had to get to know a person more than just “I think you’re pretty” before you intertwine your souls for all eternity. But that’s just me.
Also, since the romance dominated the novel, I felt there was no mythological aspect. I was intrigued by this idea of being these all-mighty goddesses that I was drawn in from the beginning. Brianna was a Seventh Daughter, or, from my understanding, a bandia. (Please tell me I’m right. It’ll be awkward if I’m wrong. I shall assume I’m right for this review though.) However, I was never satisfied. All I understood about being a bandia was “You get to be pretty and seduce boys!” Yeah, that’s not the most appealing way to introduce me to this. I did get a back-story but there was no development from there, which I really would have liked to see. I am hoping the next few books will elaborate on the mythology.
A good thing about Silver was the plot. When there wasn’t romantic tension, which left very little of the story left, there was action. Brianna was a strong character when she needed to be and I liked how she held her own. She jumped off the pages and was a dynamic character that, sure, made mistakes, but learned from them and she was flawed. Since it was her voice narrating the story, it’s crucial to have her voice be compelling and likable, and she certainly fit the bill.
Overall, if you don’t mind a romance that doesn’t have much substance, and a mythological plot line that may not have sung to you in the first book but will hopefully improve for the second, I would recommend Silver. It would be a good read for any romance junkie out there. ...more
After reading multiple positive reviews of Shade, I was more than excited to start it for myself. After turning that very last page of Shade, I could understand what everybody loved so much about it, but it fell a little short for me. The craziest thing that prevented me from loving this book was...believe it or not...the cover model. In Shade, there was an intimate scene between Logan and Aura and I could envision it happening, and Aura was the cover model, and...just...ugh. No. No, no, no, no, no. I've had this complaint before with separate books, but I can't shake that scene from my head and it was completely distracting for the rest of the book. Don't ask me why, it just was.
In addition, the initial world-building fazed me. Like, a lot. For example, I had no idea what the "Shift" was. Obviously Aura was struggling to find out why the Shift had started, but I jumped in blind when I started Shade and had no real conception of what was going on. I wanted some type of explanation of what the Shift was instead of running back and forth aimlessly trying to understand what it was and why Aura was so set on researching it.
And, my last complaint was I didn't believe the romance. Like, at all. It wasn't the most convincing romance relationship out there, despite how most of Shade was built based on the romance. I personally thought Aura and Zachary was a much better couple, and it may just be me, but I am totally #TeamKilt. But Shade was dedicated to Aura and Logan's relationship, although I didn't feel they had any strong connection. It felt like Logan was all wrong for Aura also, because Aura kept saying how she'd never be Logan's first and foremost love, that his love of being in front of a crowd would.
However, those were very minor, even though I managed to squeeze a paragraph out of each of those issues. The writing was extremely amazing and I will definitely be on the look-out for more of Jeri Smith-Ready's books, depending on how the whole Logan-Aura thing is solved. The writing kept me from putting down the book and although I struggled with a few things, it was still totally worth the read and a gripping novel with an original premise. And besides, who doesn't love a foreign maybe-love interest?
Overall, Shade was a gripping novel, although some aspects of it didn't draw me in as well as I would have wanted at first.
If you're a fan of siren stories, you will love Valkyrie Rising. I was kept up into the wee hours of the morning on a school night frantically turningIf you're a fan of siren stories, you will love Valkyrie Rising. I was kept up into the wee hours of the morning on a school night frantically turning the pages of this gripping story. The humor, strength, and mystery of these characters completely drew me in and left me wanting more and more every time.
The highlight of Valkyrie Rising was the characters and how involved every one of them was in the plot. One of my favorite characters, hands down, was Tuck. He was so snarky and funny that his character lightened up the entire plot of this book. Every time he cracked a joke, I was laughing and wanting more of him. He could make the direst of situations into something so hilarious it was hard not to crack a smile while reading. However, Tuck also had his secrets and had his moments where he was serious. Tuck wasn't a court jester but he wasn't so severe his face was forever frozen in an unforgivable scowl. I really liked how his mood shifted from time to time, giving us multiple sides of him and surprising us with how complex his character really was beneath the humor.
Focusing on the supporting characters, they also proved to be vital to the plot of Valkyrie Rising. Ellie, our main character, was driven by all of the supporting characters, ranging from her brother to the girl next door who has it out for her. Without their precision and flawless execution, the story would not have been as entertaining.
Also, Valkyrie Rising brought the setting to a foreign place, putting us into the country of Norway. If you appreciate novels being set in exotic countries, then Valkyrie Rising is the book for you. Of course, the setting wasn't elaborated on extensively like you might find in a dystopian novel, but I did get the vibe that I wasn't in Kansas anymore, which was a definite plus.
The only thing I have to pick with Valkyrie Rising was the fact that it dragged at parts. Most of the plot included the characters talking amongst themselves and planning what their next move would be, rather than actually acting. I would have liked Ellie to be a little more spontaneous, rather than all her moves charted out for her, where all she had to do was follow through with the extremely detailed step-by-step process we got to read through earlier. I do appreciate the fact that most of the characters weren't reckless, but I would have liked more spontaneity.
Fun, teeming with romantic tension, and full of suspense and intrigue, Valkyrie Rising will inevitably leave you with a desire to continue this series. Fans of Amanda Hocking's Watersong series will love this new series, as will anybody who enjoys reading mythology books.
Wake isn't your normal mermaid book. It isn't a normal mermaid book where the protagonist embraces his/her nature as a mermaid. It's much more creative than that. Wake is an internal battle against what Gemma has become, and she's trying to fight the fact that she's become a siren. I don't know why I haven't read Amanda Hocking's Trylle trilogy because after what I've seen here, I know I want to see more from Amanda Hocking in the very near future. I'm practically itching to get a hold of the next book in the Watersong series, Lullaby.
Another thing I loved about this siren idea was the fact that it was backed up with a myth. The siren concept in Wake was explained exceptionally well and you were never lost. Harper and Gemma are the main characters in Wake, and they each had their own problems. They were flawed, but strong. Harper was only trying to protect Gemma, and Gemma was just trying to do what was right. The supporting characters, mainly the love interests, were so well-developed they were just like main characters.
My favorite character was definitely Daniel. He was Gemma's sister Harper's love interest, and he was just full of snark and sarcasm that I couldn't help but love him. I relished every scene that Daniel was in, and when he wasn't in a scene, I was craving to see him again. It's almost never that I have a favorite character that I haven't gotten to know, but Daniel was so funny I was laughing every time he cracked a joke and I have heard that Amanda Hocking is hilarious, and I kind of have no choice to jump on that bus as well.
I felt the romance between Gemma and Alex was a little forced and happened too quickly, and that resulted in a very subtle form of insta-love. The romance I was really focusing on was Harper and Daniel's. Not only do I love Daniel's hilarious character, they never actually did anything other than talk to each other, but Harper liked Daniel and he was achingly sweet and a great listener. He was a fantastic match to Harper's serious attitude.
What I loved the most about Wake was the way it was written. Amanda featured the main characters' emotions and thoughts, as well as the supporting characters. You were able to really get to know the characters and you knew how they felt. It's written in that type of third person that features many points of views, not that third person that is basically like first person, only instead of "I" words, it uses "he/she" words. I'm usually really reluctant to read books told in third person because it's so hard for me to bond with the characters, but I felt like I was able to bond with the characters.
Wake is full of tension and tough decisions. Gemma has to battle with herself and make the ultimate decision: kill or be killed. Gemma wants to do what's right, especially after she's turned into a siren by Penn, Lexi, and Thea, but it's hard when the other option would be dying herself. In the end, she did the right thing, although I could tell it killed her and she always knew she needed to face it. Wake was wrapped up extremely well, leaving you more than a little anxious for the sequel.
Wake is the perfect novel for anybody who enjoys Greek mythology or mermaids. Fans of Aimée Carter's Goddess Test trilogy or Anna Banks's Of Poseidon will most likely fall in love with the premise and writing of Wake.
Everbound, the sequel to Everneath by Brodi Ashton, just completely blew my mind. Utterly and completely. In fact, multiple times throughout reading it, I had to stop and just flail for a few seconds. Just flat-out flail.
Can we start with the brutality of the cliffhanger that was Everneath? Brodi took my heart, crushed it under her feet, and then walked away as if nothing had happened. And then, I was in the corner, crying my eyes out, silently begging for February to loom into existence. Why did I share that with you? Because, Everbound? So much worse. After reading that ending, I had sufficiently developed a severe love for every last one of the characters, even the evil ones, so imagine me when I read the ending. For spoiler purposes, I can't reveal what exactly happened, but I was crushed. Brodi knows how to sufficiently build someone up to the point where the characters are within your reach so you can hug them or jump them or anything, and then she goes, "No. I've decided you can't have them." Worst. Feeling. Ever. (In the best possible way)
Nikki Beckett, our protagonist, was a force to be reckoned with. She was determined, loyal, and compelling. The way she handled herself was just so admirable, and my heart filled for her. No matter what Nikki went through, no matter what life (or the Everneath) threw at her, she could handle it all. Nobody could stop her from getting what she wanted, and I went from a strange urge to give her a hug to a need to back up so I could let her do her thing.
In Everneath, there's a smattering of a love triangle, where Nikki is torn briefly between Jack and Cole, and I am totally and utterly Team Jack. For those of you who are Team Cole, you may want to rethink your positions on that matter. In Everbound, you learn the history behind Jack and Nikki's relationship, from their first kiss to their first heartbreak. Almost every single sentimental moment between Jack and Nikki was exploited and revealed, and it was everything you could do not to either burst into tears at how utterly sweet they were or smile like a total idiot.
Finally, we have to go over the plot and the Everneath, because Everbound deepens our knowledge of "down below." From the information provided to us in Everneath, we understand that the Everneath isn't all sprinkles and cupcakes; in fact, it's the exact opposite. I couldn't get enough of the Everneath! I loved the dark, mysterious aspect of it all, and the plot was equally intriguing, which made me feel this extreme desperation to keep turning the pages, to find out more, somehow. The Everneath purposely is out to confuse you and run you around in circles, and the creatures residing within the world aren't too helpful either. They either want to eat you, suck out your soul, or give you internal pain.
Gripping, heart-achingly beautiful, and haunting, Everbound will sweep you away, especially if you loved the first novel in the series. Any fan of dark, twisted mythology books will love this one to death! From a love that can transcend time to a plot and characters that can be sinister and chilling all at the same time, I cannot express how much you need to read Everbound....more
When you start reading a mermaid book and immediately think: "How do mermaids reproduce? They must reproduce the same way that fish do! How do fish reproduce?" And then launch into a conversation on Twitter about fish sperm and how any wet area inhabiting fish must be full of this fish sperm, you know you're in for a good ride!
Lies Beneath is not your average mermaid book. It's not where the main character happily jumps into the ocean with all of his or her mermaid friends and swim off into the ocean, flipping their tails and frolicking about. Lies Beneath is dark and filled with revenge. Calder White is a murderous monster, according to his standards, who will stop at nothing to kill the son of the man who supposedly murdered his mom. That idea alone got me intrigued, and then when I began reading, I was even more intrigued! I've never read a book before where the supposed villain is narrating, which created a much more refreshing read which was substantially entertaining and very gripping.
Speaking of, Calder's personality was definitely one to ponder over. From the very beginning, I was looking for a lethal drive to avenge his mother's death. If my mother was murdered by the hands of someone I knew, I probably would risk going to jail for the rest of my life to avenge her death, if she was unjustly murdered. Okay, maybe I wouldn't go that far, but I would certainly have a burning rage for that said person, and I didn't quite feel it from Calder. There was a flash of anger at first, and then it promptly was washed away, leaving me extremely perplexed over his attitude. Since Calder was more aloof than most main characters, that could attribute to some of the doubts I felt toward him, although I knew he wasn't truly a villain as soon as I got to know him.
Since Lies Beneath revolved around Calder's point of view, I was very interested in Lily, as a result. You didn't quite understand her feelings, and I was filled with an undeniable curiosity toward her and I'm really excited for the next book so I can discover more about Lily Hancock. Her relationship with Calder did seem very genuine, although with Calder's elusiveness, I have no idea what his true feelings were, and I could only take a guess at Lily's. I really hope the next book will develop their romance further and leave me more satisfied.
Although there may be many things wrong with Lies Beneath that I brought up, it still is a very worthwhile read. Extremely different and ruthless, Lies Beneath will show you that sometimes, all isn't what it really seems to be. People scavenging for a new twist on the mermaid tale will completely gobble this one up!...more
In the end, everything was fantastic, but I think the pacing regarding the romance was a little too fast and the beginning was, too, but I loved everyIn the end, everything was fantastic, but I think the pacing regarding the romance was a little too fast and the beginning was, too, but I loved everything else....more
Goddess Interrupted was a perfect sequel to The Goddess Test. In the Goddess Test, Kate earned her immortality and became a goddess. Kate fell in loveGoddess Interrupted was a perfect sequel to The Goddess Test. In the Goddess Test, Kate earned her immortality and became a goddess. Kate fell in love with Henry, who can also be known as Hades. She thought everything was going to go really well when she returned after her six allotted six months away from Henry to do whatever. She thought that going on a trip to Rome with her best friend James was totally innocent. But she was wrong. When I first read the first few pages, when Kate returned to the Underworld as Henry's wife, I thought I was in for romance.
However, when Henry returned, he was cold and distant towards Kate, and never so much as gave her a kiss. Then you dived into a mind-jolting event that will cause a speed bump for the beginning, before it flattens out again. Henry and Kate are separated, and it's up to Kate, James, and Ava to save Henry and the other gods and goddesses that were taken to Tartarus. That's where Calliope (she turned evil, remember?) was hiding them. She was also planning on using them to unleash the King of the Titans, the gods' original creators which is the only thing that can destroy the gods.
Goddess Interrupted's first part was incredibly slow to me for this reason, because there wasn't anything to whet my appetite, no romance to make me swoon, no action to get my blood pumping. It was just a story, but as soon as Kate, James, and Ava set off to find Henry and the other gods and goddesses, that was when the plot really picked up and I was hooked. I devoured the rest of the book like a animal after two weeks food deprivation. Quite literally. I think I was screamed at five times before I finally went to eat dinner.
Unlike The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted was chock-full of action and adventure for all those faced-paced plot-seekers. The Goddess Test was all about Kate attempting to earn her mortality, and Goddess Interrupted was Kate fighting to keep everything she had known to grow and love over the year. Even though there wasn't much romance until later, it was made up with action, drama, and fantastic writing that kept you flipping the pages until you were surprised there weren't any more left to flip.
Kate has certainly grown a great deal throughout the novel. In The Goddess Test, she was struggling with her mother's cancer, and dealing with the whole idea that she would be tested, and could most likely die. In Goddess Interrupted, she's starting to assume her position as the queen of the Underworld, and the fact that she's a goddess. You can feel the wisdom coursing through Kate as she goes on this great adventure, and you will love her, just like all the other characters. Henry was also a really great character because he was dealing with his own troubles and turmoil, as well. During the summer, Kate and James went to Rome, which I mentioned, but as you read Goddess Interrupted, you learn that plays a big role in Henry's distance and coldness towards Kate.
The ending of Goddess Interrupted was sweet and bone-chilling. You got the romance between Henry and Kate that you were looking for that made me swoon and go back to the story a few days after reading it just so I could read the sections again, and right after, the story ends with a massive cliffhanger that will leave you hanging by two fingers. And, if you're me, you'll start making your rounds around the house. Yes, I have officially established rounds when I shake every one of my family members for situations like this.
In the second installment of Stork, Frost will...definitely surprise you. In Stork, I was left confused at what was happening in the beginning, what KIn the second installment of Stork, Frost will...definitely surprise you. In Stork, I was left confused at what was happening in the beginning, what Katla really had to do with her Stork-ish duties. In here I was hoping for maybe a little more of a explanation but I never got that because you're immediately plunged into a new adventure. Wait, scratch that. You aren't plunged, you're dragged into a new adventure between Katla, Jack, and a mysterious impromptu appearance from a stranger. The beginning, just like the last one, was extremely sluggish and boring to me.
Frost's first half is basically Jack pulling away and Katla attending Stork meetings. The Stork meetings are so sluggishly slow and half the time I was telling Katla to keep moving, and I was telling Jack to realize what he was doing and how jerky he seemed. Well, in the end, I realized why Jack was pulling away, but it was still really heartbreaking to watch Jack grow more distant and I also wished that Katla would tell him off or do something because it was so annoying how slow that beginning was and how long it took me to get past that. I wanted Katla to do something just to get something to happen and for there to be a point where I was hooked and then the rest was history, but that didn't necessarily happen.
I really want to talk about Frost's cover here because it's actually really pretty. Stork's cover was lighter than this, and Flock's cover was brighter than this. Each cover is related but they're also really different. I like it when covers are related so you can just put them next to each other and tell they're part of the same series. In the Stork covers, you can distinctly tell, which is good, but it's also good that there's a variety. Take the Iron Fey covers for example. Each are super pretty and also really closely related because of the font and the vines. And in the Stork covers, each are also eye-catching, and each cover is based off of the same beginning template, which relates them together.
Frost really sticks to the whole fairytale idea with Jack Frost and all those winter fairytales you were told as a kid. The series so far has stuck to that fairytale, and it's built on it. I don't know if there's a bigger motive that will be revealed in the last Stork book, but I really hope there is because I just hate it when there's a trilogy on meaningless things, like three separate, un-related adventures, not three adventures that are related to one bigger meaning in the end. The Dream Catcher series by Lisa McMann was an example of the three separate adventures and the third and second book suffered considerably because of that.
In the last half of the book, I had absolutely no clue what was going on. Maybe it's my reading slump that was talking and reading during that last half, but one minute Kat was swimming, and then the next she was at a queen's house, and then she was rescuing Jack? I really don't know what was going on there when the whole "rescue" happened and at the end, when Jack was saved, there wasn't a big reunion. Jack wasn't like "I'm so sorry about what I did, I missed you so much, thank you so much for saving me!" Maybe there was, but I certainly did not remember it.
The plot was slow and I didn't now what was going on during the last half of the book. The idea was good, but in the end it didn't help a lot with the fact that it was poorly executed and I wanted to put away the book half the time. I really wish that I could've had better things to say, since I was so happy with the first book, but it just wasn't possible with this book. It was way too political and there wasn't really a backstory or any more explanation as to what was happening with Katla's duties and I still don't know what Katla's really supposed to do with her Stork powers.
Holy fudge! What was that? I think I just died. Too bad Apollo's not here. (Inside joke concerning Deity) You know a book has exceeded your expectations when you turn the last page, think it's not the last page, and keep flipping until you realize your mistake and nearly bring down the house at one in the morning.
Deity starts off a few weeks or so after the epic conclusion of Pure, which I will not reveal for spoiler purposes, but it jumped straight into the action. Something Jennifer excels at every time is getting right to the point and not wasting words on useless fluff. Every aspect of the story was a part of something bigger in the future. A lot of tension was created, and right off the bat I was sucked into the story and couldn't get away from it until I'd turned the last page and promptly flipped out. Every moment was so intense and more tragic than the books before it and I couldn't stop being surprised.
In Deity, Alex was a much more admirable character. She really cared about the people around her at the same time knew how to keep her head straight after going through the shocking revelations of Half-Blood, Pure, and now Deity. Although her decisions sometimes got her in a tough pickle, her decisions were still realistic and compassionate. It was honestly a stroke of bad luck that the situations went awry really quickly. Also, in Deity, Alex discovered so much more about herself and her destiny, learning how people could push her limits, and that anger wasn't always the way out.
Insane is not a suitable term to describe this book. Some of the ideas covered in Deity really shocked me and got me out of my chair screaming. One of the moments halfway through got me so surprised that I had to put down my book and then rant to anybody who would listen. And then it was repeated every other chapter. It brings unexpected to a whole new level.
And, Aiden! You all know that I'm Team Aiden, and while Pure focused on Seth and Alex's relationship, Deity is all about Aiden and Alex's relationship. This really made me happy, because the romance was swoon-worthy and so sweet this time around. They really grew closer, and their relationship extended farther. Aiden, as usual, was the same hot badboy who had a heart of gold underneath, and Seth was, well, he was Seth.
Thrilling, captivating, and my favorite out of all the Covenant books, Deity will blow you away if you liked the first few books. Fans of mythology and steamy romance will love this one!
Abandon was probably the fifth book on my TBR list, but I never manage to clean that thing out, so it's been there for a year. Lucky for me, my library stocked it and I finally got it after a year of wanting it in the recesses of my mind.
I hated it.
The first and foremost issue was the prominent issue of plot holes. There were so many that I stopped counting, and if they were filled in, I don't know. Abandon is interesting in the sense that it begins after a chunk of our story has already taken place. The synopsis hints at about ten different things that happened "then" which made no sense. Three-fourths was basically Pierce reflecting back on these moments, which prompted me to think that Meg should've just wrote that part as a giant first half or something. Otherwise, there were meaningless time jumps without warning that completely interrupted the flow. Additionally, when Pierce brought up an event that hadn't been relayed back to us yet, it seemed like there was a plot hole, and soon you couldn't distinguish between an actual plot hole or a memory gap.
"Plot holes" is an inaccurate term to describe what we had. There wasn't a plot to begin with to have "holes." I ripped through Abandon at lightning speed, mainly in my desperation to have something happen. Once you remove all of the memories that we had to slowly wallow back through, we only had 150 pages or so left for the actual story to take place. And not much actually happened past the constant dwelling of the past, some world-building here and there, and a little bit of dialogue. Other than that, the plot didn't move very far.
My rule of thumb is if you can't make a heart-pounding plot, then the characters have to be out of this world. Unfortunately, our two main characters far below par. We have John, a death deity, and Pierce, our reincarnation of Persephone. First of all, what kind of Hades-reincarnated would be named JOHN? No offense to the name, but with black hair and silver eyes, John reminds me of brown or blond hair and softer features. I had the wrong image the entire time, and eventually called him by his last name, Hayden. At least that one is a bit more realistic.
He almost caught me, that sucker: I thought I was going to like him for a solid 100 pages in the middle, and then I realized that John was no Prince Charming. He was bossy and impulsive and he fell in love with Pierce within moments of meeting her. And because she asked him if he was okay after she jumped in front of his horse. He must know some pretty sucky people because most do ask if someone they almost maimed indirectly are okay after said indirect maim. John also thought it was completely fine to tell Pierce to do something for no reason AT ALL and expect her to just obey.
Pierce: selfish brat or caring angel? PICK A SIDE. One second, she was being praised for putting others in front of herself, but then she was internally ranting about whatever was going on. "I didn't deserve this. I needed to get out. I wanted to go home." I mean, it's human nature to want a few things for yourself, but after a while she became so petty, childish, and just flat-out annoying. I wanted to seriously punch her in the face.
And next time you can STAY in the Underworld.
While I may be reading the next book out of sheer curiosity, I would recommend people to pass on Abandon if you don't like subtle plot lines....more