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After sludging through the soap operas called The Selection and The Elite, I could not believe that I had the audaciCheck this out on our blog!
After sludging through the soap operas called The Selection and The Elite, I could not believe that I had the audacity to read the conclusion to the mess. Unfortunately, Kiera Cass has some magical powers that forced me to read this book. How awful, right?
In all honesty, this series taught me to never take anyone or anything seriously. If you do, you end up more miserable than otherwise. As long as you go with the flow and just take things with a grain of salt, anything remotely similar to The Selection series (ahem The Bachelor or dating shows) can be palatable.
So we are down to 4 girls squabbling over Maxon. Normally, this would be the moment where America and the other girls would start doing the most outlandish things to win. Actually, America does continue with her irrational antics as usual. Getting shot, sneaking rebels into the castle, and sleeping with men, America is truly a migraine-inducing protagonist. Yet somehow, the four finalists actually bond together and form some strong relationships. How this happens is beyond me.... The only possible answer is puberty.... probably. Anyway, it's really adorable to read about.
There are many of these incredible moments that seem so unbelievable. Not only do America, Celeste, Kriss, and Elise seem to interact somewhat amiably, but many characters seem to swap personalities. We see Celeste treating people nicely and Elise whining like a toddler. Celeste's personality switch seems to be very popular among the YA community, but honestly it was very inorganic because it was so sudden and instantaneous. Also, America manages to sneak a rebel into the castle as a guest and the king never bothered double checking the rebel's identity? I thought the king had brains, but apparently not. Oh well, remember to just accept it all as logical.
In spite of these bewilderingly confusing moments, The One does serve as a wonderful conclusion to The Selection series. Kiera Cass has succeeded where many authors have failed when it comes to properly ending a love triangle. I was so relieved to see the end of this miserable love triangle. America continues to hurt both Aspen and Maxon, who follow her like little puppies. Seeing these puppies kicked around is painful, but America has shown tremendous growth in that she actually admits that she made at least one mistake toward both of these men. That is such a grand accomplishment, especially for America, so let's give her a little slack.
Even now, I still do not understand how this series became so popular. There are so many flaws, including America as a protagonist and the randomly rushed details included in The One's last pages. I guess there is some magic in cat fights and finding a true love within a dystopian world.
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All wonderful things must sadly come to an end, including the fantastic Mythos Academy series. Despite my initial disappointments, Gwen and her gang have easily become part of my book-loving heart. Facing high expectations as the final book, Killer Frost defies these expectations and delivers an epic climatic finale.
After facing the Reapers in five books, it's wonderful to finally see the good guys fighting back at the Reapers, rather than just responding to their catcalls. This time, we see Gwen and the rest working to ultimately bring an end to Loki and his nefarious gang, instead of just holding off the next Reaper plan. Then again, we should feel pity for Loki. He's a poor god whose face is half burned off and just can't get the plastic surgery to fix his face. Loki just can never catch a break, can he?
Plot twists have become a staple in the book industry. Jennifer Estep is a master at surprising her readers. Continually, time and time again the Mythos Academy series has shocked me with its unpredictable, yet believable stories. Killer Frost has continued this legacy with its impressive intricacy of the plot. The realistic unexpected is always a plus in a world soaked with "been there, done that".
Although Killer Frost does have a reasonably decent conclusion for the major characters (Gwen, Logan, Vic, Daphne, etc.), there should have been more closure to some other minor characters. The happily ever afters are sweet, but I wish there was more time spent developing Rory and her aunt. Rory and her aunt were both pivotal figures in the previous book, Midnight Frost. If there are characters introduced later in the series, these characters should be given more important roles to justify their late introduction. Besides, Rory is a kickbutt heroine, who really should have a spin-off series based on her. *crossing my fingers*
Overall, the Mythos Academy series has blossomed into a magnificent series. Even though it is bitter to say goodbye to Gwen and the gang, concluding the fight against Loki is definitely helping my heart. If you haven't picked up this series yet, this series is totally recommended!
Across a Star Swept Sea is a beautiful gem among the masses of dystopians, which I fondly refer to as the “world sucks, so let’s blow it up” stories. However, this novel succeeds not only as a dystopian, but also as a compelling retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Honestly, I had never even heard of The Scarlet Pimpernel until I came upon the blurb of this book. In preparation for the amazingness of Across a Star Swept Sea, I read The Scarlet Pimpernel, which was a fantastic read (great recommendation if you’re into the classics). The funny thing was after I read The Scarlet Pimpernel, I was prepared to dismiss any retelling because of the complexity of the plot. Classics like Pride & Prejudice are easily translatable into the modern world, but The Scarlet Pimpernel seemed to be impossible to retell properly. Thankfully, Across a Star Swept Sea dismissed any of my initial skepticism easily after one chapter.
Persis Blake stars as the Superman of her world: pretending to be a ditz during the day, while rescuing Galatean nobles at night. Unlike most dystopian heroines who are portrayed as fierce but usually are whiny brats, Persis is ferocious and intimidating. There is no stopping this girl from doing as she pleases, as she runs around saving people at the cost of her own health.
Sometimes though, Persis is a flat character because she doesn’t seem to have any faults. Even her weaknesses aren’t really weaknesses because Persis’ suicidal nature is implied to be part of her unselfish nature. Admittedly, most people, including myself hate selfish characters but I wish Persis had some flaw to make her more human.
The writing style is spectacular with its vivid descriptions and witty dialogue. The alternating points of views between Persis and Justen were great because we could see the romance developing, which would have been impossible if there was only one POV. After all, when both people in a budding relationship are lying to each other, it’s impossible to witness the awkwardly hilarious inner turmoil.
For any For Darkness Shows the Stars fans, no fear for Elliot, Kai, and Ro make special appearances in this companion novel. They’re not the primary characters evidently, but they do play a major role. Their appearance was exciting to read, but I wish that there were more interactions between Elliot and Persis because they would make an awesome duo as two fierce ladies.
There have been very few books published in the past year that are as spellbinding and beautifully written as Across a Star Swept Sea. With a beautifully woven world (not to mention cover) along with romance fluttering off the pages, this book stands out as one of the best dystopians of the YA world.
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Contemporaries are always hits or misses. There are always those contemporaries that make us want to swear to never read another contemporary, but then there are the awesome romances that make us scream for more. The Avery Shaw Experiment is an adorably hilarious contemporary that totally belongs in the latter category.
Avery Shaw is the average nerd. Science club president, straight A student, she's a nerd through and through. When her best friend decides to push her away, Avery decides to use her anguish for her upcoming science fair experiment. Roping in her ex-bestfriend's playboy brother, Grayson, Avery is determined to deal with her inner pain scientifically. Too bad Grayson has far more daring ideas...
At first glance, The Avery Shaw Experiment is one of those nerd to popular books. We see Avery receiving a makeover and turning from a nerd into one in the popular crowd. However, Avery's transformation is more than physical; Avery gains confidence and develops stronger relationships with those around her. There isn't any of the cheesy scenes where the girl screams/attacks her bullies to show her strength. Avery does not need any of that crap to showcase her inner strength, making her transformation all the more compelling.
Grayson is so lovable! I'm so glad that Kelly Oram had the genius to write half of the book from his point of view, so the readers could fall deeper in love with him. He isn't perfect, in fact he has tons of flaws including his shame toward joining the science club. However, his reluctant acceptance makes his little gifts to Avery so much more romantic. His actions aren't really as heroic as fighting dragons or witches, but their total worth is so much more by helping Avery break out of her shell. If only there were more Graysons out in the world...
If there were a list of the must-read contemporaries, this book would have to top this list. With its hilarious adorkable side characters, such as Avery's best friend, Libby, to the wonderful parents who support their children all the way, The Avery Shaw Experiment is a witty coming-to-age story that leaves the rest behind by a long shot.
"Your loss. I happen to have the spirit of a wildcat. I could take you places sexually you never knew existed." This time even the nerds gasped. "Libby!" Avery cried."What? When a girl knows what she wants, she should go for it." Libby waved a hand at Owen. "Look at those abs! Libby definitely wants." She glanced up at Owen. "Can I feel them?"
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With an awesome premise of gender bending shape shifting, The Sentinel Mage stands out among other fantasies. However, its somewhat repetitive dialogue and predictable plot bog the novel, which should have been so much more.
Prince Harkeld of Osgaard has been raised with the notion that mages are vile creatures that eat humans and destroy everything good in this world. So when it’s revealed that he possesses mage blood himself, he is ready to say adios in fear of his “cannibalistic” inner nature. Too bad he has far more important things to do because his blood and hands are the only things that will save the world from a centuries old curse.
Since Harkeld is going bananas about his mage blood and mages in general, the mages protecting Harkeld have to find a guardsman to protect the prince because Harkeld’s evil daddy wants his son’s blood for far more nefarious plans. The only option is Innis, a powerful shapeshifter, to shapeshift into a man to protect him. As they journey together, both Harkeld and Innis will have to trust each other in order to survive.
Although my beautiful recap of the novel is perfect, the actual book is a slightly more draggy and dull. Many fantasy novels are basically the protagonists traveling through the woods toward a goal while beating up the bad guys. The Sentinel Mage does not deviate from this common theme for the most part. Even though there were three interwoven storylines, the main story of Harkeld and Innis kept dragging down the far more intriguing storyline about Harkeld’s sister, Princess Brigitta, who is forced to marry a malicious nobleman and her guardsman.
Furthermore, the third storyline should not count as a plotline because all that happens is Jaumé walks to toward the action. He does not meet the action yet, so his chapters were basically restatements of “He walked more today” with different words. I wish there was more about Jaumé than just him walking because he most likely will play a major role in the future books of this trilogy.
Despite these few setbacks, The Sentinel Mage is a truly enjoyable fantasy. Emily Gee is a wonderful writer who knows how to create a horrifically beautiful settings and how to write characters with dimension. Brigitta’s dilemma between drugging herself or experiencing her husband raping her totally grabbed my heart. She probably is my favorite character in the series for her strength and perseverance. Hopefully the future books in the series focus more on her because she is such an awesome heroine.
All in all, The Sentinel Mage could and definitely should have been more than it was. Harkeld and Innis are really the more important plotline, but Brigitta’s conflict was far more intriguing than several people journeying to three rocks. However, if you enjoy the fantasy genre, you’re guaranteed that this will be an exciting, yet forgettable read.
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OK, so I read this about a month ago, and I've been meaning to get to a review of this... jeez, it has been a while, hasn't it? So therefore, my review isn't going to be so much of a review, but rather some kind of rant thing.... I'm just going off the bits and pieces I remember, so bear with me, folks.
Summary Rosie-style: From what I remember, a father makes a deal with a demon prince, and it all goes horribly wrong. With demons, you gotta remember to choose your words very carefully. At the time, his wife, pregnant, was very sick, and he wished that his twin girls would come out healthy and happy. However, he forgot to wish for his wife's health, and she ends up dying. There's a catch, though. The father sealed away the fate for one of his daughters, Nyx, who is fated to marry this demon prince, Ignifex. She's super bitter about this and tries not to hate her twin sister, who got the better part of the bargain. Her sister, on the other hand, receives all the love and attention from daddy, while Nix receives the "heroic" speech stuff. She gets the "Oh it's your duty to kill the demon prince and blah blah" and is reminded everyday of her terrible fate.
So she goes and marries the demon prince, right? Except he's not exactly what she expects. No matter how many times she [pathetically] tries to kill him, she never succeeds, and every time he brushes her off like a bug. He's very compliant and has quite a humorous approach to his situation. Apparently, being a supreme ruler with awesome powers becomes very boring, so much to the point of marrying a woman who YOU KNOW wants to kill you. The demon prince, master of all deals, makes Nyx a bargain. If she can guess his true identity, she will be set free, no questions asked. BUT, if she guesses wrong, he will turn her into stone, and she will forever reside in his haunted castle unable to do anything but be aware of her surroundings. So as a living result of a bargain gone wrong, she opts for the other route and explores his castle for ways to kill him and escape.
So the whole book is about her relationship with her sister (Nyx struggles especially with her feelings about her sister. Her feelings of love and hatred battle throughout the book) , her father (who she yearns to receive approval from), her aunt (who shacks up with Nyx's father), and Ignifex (to whom she can't resist her carnal attraction!!! ooOOOoo ♥♥♥) Oh, and did I mention his Shadow? She falls in love with his Shadow, a mirror image of Ignifiex, a seemingly more human side of him, but possibly another trapped man?
Characters: Alright, now that the summary stuff is done, lemme tell you MY impressions of the characters.
Nyx: So she lives there for a coupla years and cannot do jack****. She stinks as an assassin, and for a majority of the book (she narrates it, she's the POV) she just complains about her situation and ponders what she can do to possibly escape it. She worries over things she can't control, and she hates herself for being attracted to Ignifex. Also, she is so indecisive!!! Her feelings about her family change from chapter to chapter - I swear - and her love from Shadow to Ignifex changes every time one of them kisses her. Or maybe from page to page. At least it feels like that...you try to root for her, but she changes her mind way too much.
Ignifex: Ok, so he's super badass, and pretty funny when needs to be. He puts up with a failure of an assassin wife. He's a thumbs-up in my book.
Shadow: Um, is it just me, or is cheating on your demon husband with his shadow kinda WRONG??
Father: 5 Star jerk. Has sex with his dead wife's sister. Feels no remorse for what he's done, inadvertently killing his sick pregnant wife while selling the soul of his oldest daughter to the demon lord, all the while telling her its her duty to save the city, AND giving all his affection to his other clueless daughter.
Astraia: Nyx's twin sister who gets the better part of the deal. Nyx says some pretty crappy things to her before going off to marry the prince...It's not really Astraia's fault - in fact, it's her father's fault for it all happening, yet Nyx despises her sister for a good part of the novel. But then loves her sister. But then hates her. She actually is pretty badass though...
Plot: Sooo, the city they all live in is taken over by some sort of dark force/demons, and is plucked away from the normal world. Um. The demon prince controls the demons, which everybody fears because once you see a demon, you're pretty much down for the count, aka DEAD. They live in a world where it's similar to Earth, but no really. They have a fake sun and such... it's like they're all living inside the pages of a book. Or at least that's how I imagined it. It really gets quite confusing how everything is explained.
The author tries to make a mish-mash between Beauty and the Beast and Greek Mythology, but it's just kind of a warble between the two. I can see how some aspects of Beauty and the Beast play into it - the living house - and how Greek Mythology plays into it, since Nyx's family worships Greek Gods... but that's pretty much it. Hodge kind of just goes on her own path and creates a story that hits you from out of nowhere. This book will not be what you will expect....but in a semi-good way I guess?
BTW - the pace is kind of slow, but it really doesn't feel that way. Unless you hate reading about indecisive POVs - now that could go really slowly. Not to spoil it, but it does end kind of weirdly. It takes a turn that you really don't expect... deus ex machina?
Overall: OK..... uh. If you like mish-mashing of stories you already know and don't mind indecisive MCs, then this is the book for you! One thing I really liked was the emotional progression of the relationship between Ignifex and Nyx. It wasn't supahfast like some YA novels, but was instead very realistic. The way the background info explained was a little shakey and a bit confusing. SO DON'T SKIM.
Yulia Andreevna Chernina is not your average Russian girl; she can read the minds of those around her, andCheck this out on our blog!
Yulia Andreevna Chernina is not your average Russian girl; she can read the minds of those around her, and even pick up past memories with just a touch. Having lived luxuriously for most of her childhood, Yulia has now been in hiding with her mother and brother for several years. Set in 1963 Communist Russia, Yulia is recruited by the KGB and forced to participate in their espionage psychic program. If she doesn't cooperate, they threaten to harm her mother and young autistic brother. There, she meets several other teens who share similar psychic abilities but all specialize in something different. Together, they must work to fulfill their mission to protect the Soviet space program from the Americans. Yulia chooses not to succumb to the corrupt government's ways -- she works to find a way to escape her psychic prison and save her family.
When reading this book, I admit that I didn't really keep track of events as much as I should have. There's so many tiny events that go on, it just gets a little overwhelming. It's like - "Who's doing what now?", "Who is that?", "What does this have to do with the plot!?" and "I'm so confused..." [This happened to me several times. I had to flip back and reread some stuff] Basically, all that really matters is the relationships between characters...
It's been maybe a week since I finished reading it, and to be honest, I can't really remember much of what happened. I just know that there were a helluva lotta characters and events.... all I remember was that she had to work as a psychic spy to order set her family free and along the way she meets these 2 guys, Sergei and Valentin, both vying for her attention...
Yulia: Yulia quickly hardens in the few years she's lived as a street rat. She learns to not trust anyone and to use everything she's got to her advantage -- even her mysterious psychic powers. She's got her head on straight as well as her top priorities - first her safety, and then her family's. Yulia is no fluffy princess; she is quite the opposite (even if she gets swept up in a complicated love triangle...but let's face it: what YA heroine hasn't?). Even when presented the luxurious life she had once lived, Yulia yearns for something more -- freedom from the oppressed life she's been leading.
I really admired Yulia's strength, intelligence, and persistence to seek freedom. Despite all the horrible things she experiences, she always clings to the hope of a better life.
Sergei: Bad boy hockey player Sergei accepts his life as a KGB spy. He'll do anything to stay on the ice, even if that means turning against his friends. After all, who needs friends when you've got a rich life? It's much better to know work towards a goal than to live day by day. He doesn't understand why Yulia doesn't love her newly enriched life at the psychic school.
Valentin: At first a seemingly distant musician with very dangerous powers, Yulia has a hard time opening up to Valentin. With time, she comes to understand his true self, and not just by his abilities as a psychic.
The whole idea of a psychic program within the government itself is just really cool. Yulia is a strong female lead -- that's also cool! A complicated love triangle is ehhh, but understandable -- it's one of the requirements of a YA novel, I suppose. However, the delivery and just number of events and people and places these spy kids needed to accomplish/meet/be at were just very overwhelming and rather... forgettable? I'm not saying this book wasn't an enjoyable read - it certainly was - but was it really worth remembering for the long run? Probably not.
BTW - a pretty generic background knowledge of the relationship between Russia and the USA after WW2 would be really helpful.
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Shatter Me is a dramatic, beautifully written story of a girl who is given the chance to hope, smile, and laugh once more. It's emotional, heartening, and many times, very DEPRESSING. And a bit very really uber repetitive. To those of you who have read the book, you will understand my stylistic joke.
Okay, so I know a lot of people out in the YA novel world think that this novel was "ahbsolutelygoodohmygawditwassodramaticandallthat." I can't say that it was perfection, but I would like to point out a few things. For those new and have yet to read it, I would suggest "Go for it!," but I shall warn you. It is quite, no, VERY druh-mah-tic. With an extra "-uh-"
That's my representation of the story in about three pictures. Oh, I kid, I kid. But really.
Soooo, for the new people around town that just skipped to the review. The story's about a girl, Juliette, who's lived a life without love - even from her parents! Yippee, that sounds like just a SWELL childhood. She's completely good, and takes crap from people around her just because of one thing. When she touches people, she kills them. Sorta like Rogue from X-Men. Except that she's blond, 5'3, can't fly, and just kills them (you know, instead of making them pass out.)
But, oh, hey! They both end up wearing dorky jumpsuits!! Oh, and every man she encounters, which is a lot, by the way, thinks she's "stunning, gorgeous, beautiful." Yeeeeet, she can't see for herself that she's attractive. I don't understand YA heroines. JUST LOOK IN THE MIRROR. If you're gorgeous, you KNOW you're gorgeous. Don't beat around the bush. Just admit it. No body likes an indecisive girl.
But anyway. Juliette is really an unstable (sort of annoying) girl. It's narrated in her POV, so we get to hear her innermost thoughts! My joke from before was that Tahereh's writing style was to depict the story such a way that looks like the notebook she writes in all the time. There are fragments that make no sense, yet still work with the story. Those things are fine.
My only real pet-peeve is that she crosses out thoughts she thinks she shouldn't be thinking ALL THE TIME!!!!! It happens at least 4-5 times per chapter. It's really annoying. No it's super annoying. Terribly horrible. And then you can barely read the letters because the darn line is right in front of eeverything so how are you really supposed to tell an "E" from a "C" in lowercase????
One more thing. This book is really emotional and deep so if you flip to a random page in the middle and start reading aloud to your friends, you'll probably burst out laughing because you won't know what's going on. I feel like you have to have understood the plot line and be really into it in order to feel the emotions that Juliette is trying to convey. Otherwise, it's just silly.
NOT TO MENTION, Adam (the love interest) and Juliette enjoy each other's presence. A LOT. Probably way too much. Every other chapter they're going at it like rabbits.
Frankly, I'm surprised it's still a YA novel. Shut yer eyes, you little kids that shouldn't be reading YA lit!!
However, I cannot deny this book's addictive quality. Although the drama may be a little over the top, I can't ignore the fact that I couldn't put it down! Setting the cliché factor aside and an author who may have went a little too happy with the "strike-through" option, this book was over all pretty good. I would suggest this to anyone willing to give an emotional/feels book a try and/or loves Rogue from X-Men.
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When I first started Daynight, I had no idea where it was leading to. The plot and writing was going all over the place, with the confusing alternating points of views, the tension between the characters that didn't seem to have a reason, my inability to comprehend the actions of any character, basically nearly everything. I wasn't even sure that this was the right book that I picked up. For a second, I thought that I was confusing this book with another. Daynight seemed to be going in the horrid direction of a book who has no idea where it planned to go.
Luckily for the readers, but maybe not for 75% of the characters, they all die! The giant bomb that kills off Kira's friends sort of leads us to a point where we can all nod and have somewhat lukewarm understanding of what's going on. Then again, nothing really happens for the remainder of the book. It's a giant mess with Kira and Blake having a 'I am not interested in you, but then again....' kind of relationship. This book had the deepest love triangle I have ever been through. By deepest, I mean the most likely to have all of the characters commit suicide through sheer stupidity. Kira and Ethan have some telepathic love relationship where they love each other, despite only communicating for like 5 minutes before the bomb goes off (the bomb is very important). Basically, Kira and Ethan moon over each other throughout the entire book, making it hilariously awkward when it turns out that a love triangle comes around between Kira, Ethan, and Blake. Meanwhile, poor Blake has some secret mission to succeed in, but his "feelings" or nagging thought to touch Kira keeps bothering him.
If I could give these characters a word to follow by, it would be HORMONES. In other words, if you are not willing to follow your heart nor your brain, follow your hormones. Then again, the pathetic-ness of the love triangle makes this book even funnier than it already it. Kira has a cute narration that pokes fun of the seriousness of the new world she is staying in that has these confusing customs like "cleaving"", aka sex, and being stuck with your cleaver (?) for life. The humor of this book is truly the most memorable aspect that left the most positive impression for me.
Writing wise, Megan Thomason is already wonderful at it. Her descriptions and dialogue are sweet and snappy, in other words, not choppy, but not too dragged out. At many points, I was able to feel the pain, anger, and happiness of all the characters. That is not to say that I thought they were realistic, but there were these heart-wrenching moments that could divert my attention from some of the nonsensical moments of the book.
Overall, daynight is the beginning of a exciting dystopian trilogy. There could definitely be some major improvements in the plot and pacing, but otherwise I enjoyed the guilty pleasure sort of feel it had. The ending of the book was a somewhat cliff-hanger, so I shall eagerly anticipate for the next book in this trilogy, while praying for a love triangle focused on either the heart, brain, or hormones.
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Throughout the whole book, I had a smile on my face! This book was hilarious and everyone was having so much fun that you can't help, but smile!
I really liked April. She was a very relatable character with insecurities just like everyone else. Although I believe the choices she made were not the best choices (I mean who just ups and buys and pink hot tub?) but hey this is suppose to be a funny book. I really like the style and the voice in this novel. There were so many hilarious lines and scenes. The mind of April is a gold pot of comedy!
Hudson was super nice, but he was a bit shady. I honestly really really really wanted to know what he does to make all of that money he has. Hudson was much better to April than Noah was. Plus Noah was just annoying and judgmental and jealous most of the time. I did not like Noah at all.
The novel has a lot of flashbacks. The flashbacks were really good in getting the reader to see why April feels the way she does about things, especially the resentment she feels towards her mom.
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I. Have. Been. Waiting. For. This. Book. For. Forever!!! (aka since I finished Onyx, which might as well have been forever ago) And now I have to wait another forever for the next novel???!
Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again! Opal is (so far) my favorite of the Lux series. Opal is one of those novels that makes you go ughhh, I just NEED to know what happens next! Word of advice: This novel ends on a cliff-hanger, so if you don't like cliff-hangers or if you don't like/want to wait forever for the next book, you might want to wait a few months to read Opal, since the next Lux book doesn't come out for another 6 months (July 2013; mark that on your calendars! I know I did, LOL).
Daemon and Kat, two characters I can not get enough of! Can I just say for the 50th time of how much I love the Lux series? I LOVE the Lux series sooooo much! I may even like the Lux better than I like the Covenant series, which is saying a lot because I love the Covenant series!
Ok so about the book... Daemon and Kat's adventures against the DOD continues! Dawson came back!!!!!! He's a little bit messed up since the DOD caught and jailed him, but he's back! All Dawson wants to do is get Beth back, so our Luxens go to get Beth back. The action(battling the bad guys) in this novel was not as intense as the action in Onyx, but there was a good amount of action. There is definitely a lot more deaths in this novel then in the others, some (most) of them were deaths of people you would not have expected to die.
You need this book! It's hard to tell you about the awesomeness of this novel, so you need to read this book!
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Ok so the synopsis is extremely cheesy, but this novel really surprised me because it was a really good novel. It was one of those novels that you finish reading and think that's it? Where's the rest of the book? I need to read the second novel! I'm the least patient person that I know, so waiting 6 months for the second novel is basically torture.
The beginning for me was so slow. It took me a few days to get through the first 40 pages! But after that the story really picks up and it got really interesting.
Travis was kind of creepy in the beginning, but as his story unfolds (BTW: his story was were the problem stems off from) it explained the creepiness of Travis.
Random Thought: I would love to read a story from Randy's (Travis' older brother who witness and remembered his father's death) POV.
To me this plot was really unique. The elements that went into this story was extremely interesting. I like the idea of a Kindred and how ghosts can be a solid person.
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A contemporary like no other! If you are a person who usually hates contemporaries, this contemporary will probably be the contemporary that restores your faith in contemporary novels! Best. Novel. Ever. Read it now!
Within a few pages I was sucked into the world of Brittany and Alex. I felt like I was living two lives. Brittany strives to be perfect for her family and Alex needs to keep up his tough guy exterior to protect his family.
Brittany of course hates that she has to be perfect, but her sister can never be perfect, so Brittany has to be perfect. Brittany's mom is the worst! She's always yelling at Brittany for the tiniest things and the way she treats Shelly, Brittany's older handicapped sister, is horrible! Brittany's mom is constantly worried about what other people would think and since her eldest daughter is handicap, people gossip about Shelly when she has her episodes. Brittany's mom's constant worry over the opinions of others carried over to Brittany because all Brittany wants is to appear to be perfect. The thing about perfection is that no one can be perfect, no matter how much you try to be. So when Brittany starts to like hanging out with Alex she has to keep that to herself because Alex is from the poor side of Fairfield and Brittany is from the rich side. The South and North sides aren't suppose to mix...
Mrs. Peterson was awesome! You always hear about English teachers being the best teachers, but in this case the chemistry teacher was the best! Mrs. P doesn't take nonsense from her students and it was Mrs. P who bailed out Alex when everyone else didn't believe him when he said that he did not vandalize the school gym.
Alex is extremely smart, but believes that he can never do anything other than being in a gang. Because of the environment that he grew up in, I think a lot of people have the view that they can't do anything more because it's not expected of them. Extremely sad, but true. :( Anyway when Alex met Brittany, he starts to mess with her, but later actually likes her. In the end they both help each other.
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I absolutely loved this book. It is a mysterious and suspenseful book that will engross you. Also, you don't have to know the Phantom of the Opera story to read this book (although knowing the Phantom of the Opera would certainly increase your understanding and enjoyment). Also, if you are a Shakespearean fan then I would definitely give this book a try. With that said, you also don't have to know Shakespeare well to enjoy this book.
Esti was great. She had always grown up in the shadow of her famous father, an was always compared to him, which is frankly terrible and totally relate-able to. I pity her in that, but I love how she gains confidence in her acting ability (with Alan's help) and becomes an amazing Juliette. She really blossoms as an actress. Speaking of Alan, I found their relationship slightly annoying. She would forgive him for anything, and totally trusted him when the only time she talked to him was in the dark. I found that slightly creepy and not believable, I doubt that anyone would fall in love with a voice in the dark that only they hear.
In the end I quite pitied Alan. I understood why he would go to such means to conceal himself and try to win / keep Esti's love. He is such a lonely person who did't dare dream of love until Esti came along. At times he was scary, but I knew that underneath he was a good person who would never hurt Esti, and only tried to do the best by her.
Personally, Rafe was my favorite character. Although he was a total bad boy when Esti met him again after ten years, he's really a committed, loyal, and sweet guy that just needs to find the right girl to be with. He would defend Esti against anyone, and would do almost anything for her. His machoism is also quite adorable. Not only is he a great guy and boyfriend, but he is (obviously) very hot. The flirting between Esti and Rafe were some of my favorite parts (I loved their easy banter).
The Caribbean setting was wonderful, it really made this book come alive in a new way and made it very romantic. Many of the beliefs in the Caribbean are incorporated. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a mystery, you are kept guessing 'till the very end (it keeps you on your toes and constantly flipping pages for more), and anyone who likes the Phantom of the Opera or Shakespeare. If you unfamiliar with either of them, don't let that dissuade you from reading this amazingly suspenseful and magical book.
Wow... This was a seriously epic roller coaster...
Let's just say a ton of stuff happens in this book. It's massive! Everything is ginormous and ridiculously insane, but this book rocks. So many secrets are revealed and so many more clues are given for future secrets. Clearly, Diantha knows what to give her readers, but unfortunately rations her servings. There was so much that I wanted and received, but just felt needed more by the end. It has been some time since a book has consumed my soul like this. I NEED MORE!!!
We begin with Chloe attending the Solstice's Olympic Games with many of the gods and demigods in attendance. With parades, parties, chariot races, and bonanzas, the Solstice's Olympic Games is an event that is rivaled by no other. However, underneath all of the fanfare that comes with this event, there are secrets lurking awaiting discovery. Each god has a hidden agenda just ready to send the world into oblivion. Cheery, isn't it?
Plot-wise and action-wise, this book rocks the world. There are so many conflicts and plot twists that occur that make Prophecy of the Solstice's End like no other. Chloe is constantly tested by the gods, who are the most irritating and beautiful people to ever exist. Constantly, the gods come in as the pretty and the soap opera characters. It's quite humorous, but also quite irritating. We get it, they have sex appeal. No need to keep repeating how magnificent they are. My new goal is to find one ugly thing in Olympus.
But really, the best aspect of this book would have to be the character relationships. Constantly, so many characters, whom we have deemed as the best buds that could never be torn apart, are forced to question their bonds with one another. Ace, who is extremely close to Strafford and Swindle, starts to question them when they start hiding secrets from him. Additionally, Chloe finds herself becoming best buds with Strafford's sworn enemy, further testing the bonds between Strafford and her. It's crazy, but so emotionally investing as a reader.
This book would probably have to be my favorite book yet of the Oracle of the Delphi series. Although this book received a lower rating than Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise, Prophecy of the Solstice's End was a fantastic book that is so unbelievably exciting and enjoyable to read. There definitely could have been less pretty descriptions, but thankfully they did not take away from the primary focus of the book: the impending doom of the world.... Dun dun dun...
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The cover of this book is cute, just like the novel was. The Boyfriend Thief was a lot more Middle-Grade than YA, but it was still a good read. I was torn between giving it a 3 stars or a 3.5 stars, so decided it is a 3.25 star book! :)
Avery, the main character, really disappointed me. I guess I wanted to like her, but I couldn't. I didn't dislike her, but at the same time I can't really say that I liked her. I know this is kind of confusing and extremely oxymoronic, but this is how I feel; deal with it! :P Avery was just kind of forgettable? I read a lot of contemporary novels and you really can't switch it up with contemporary, so most novels basically have a similar plot, but different-ish characters. With Avery I was really angry at her for being angry at others. I know something bad happened between her, Hannah, and Eillot, but we don't know quite why until much later. I am all for building suspense, but that suspense was stretched out a bit too long...
I liked Zac although he was very much like other contemporary male characters. I was rooting for Zac and Avery though! LOL:)
The character I liked the best was Elliot. I thought he was just a random character, but the novel had an unexpected twist to the book with Elliot.
The plot as I said before, it's not quite original, but it was an easy, cute read. If you are aiming for a light and fast read this is the novel for you!
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Before I read this book I wrote a paper on the word silence for my English class. I like to say I learn all there is about silence, but I really haven't. My definition on that word (and on any word for that matter) is going to continue to grow as I grow. I actually meant to read this book for more research for my silence paper, but I didn't have time to finish the book for the paper's due date. :( But I still finish the novel and really enjoyed it.
Speechless tackles many problems such as homophobia and bullying. At first I thought Chelsea was a coward for taking the easy way out by not talking. In a small way she was being a coward, but in a bigger way she wasn't. I felt she could've accomplish the same things that she accomplished in the novel without her vow of silence, but the vow of silence symbolized something. The vow of silence stood for the self-loathing Chelsea had towards herself, the anger she has towards Warren and Joey (the people who beat up/ almost killed Noah), and the sadness Chelsea has about her lost friendships. Although Chelsea does realize that she didn't actually want to be friends with Kristen at all; she just wanted to be seen in high school and by being Kristen's BFF, Chelsea was seen. I thought this was selfish, but really doesn't everyone want to be notice? Especially in high school? Maybe not noticed all the time, but at least seen most of the time and not feel invisible like you don't matter?
Asha who became a good friend of Chelsea's was so so kind. Chelsea and Asha met in detention where Asha struck up a convo with Chelsea and invited her to Rosie's (a restaurant Asha, Sam, Noah, Andy, and eventually Chelsea work at).
I simply do not understand why anyone would beat up another person for something they can't change! Warren and Joey, shortly after finding out that Noah was gay, hunted him down and beat him so hard that Noah went to the hospital unconscious. Even if you don't believe in being gay, why would you beat up someone because you don't believe in what they stand for? Violence is never the answer. Chelsea was the only who found out that Noah was gay and told everyone at the party that Noah was gay and that cause Warren and Joey to go after Noah. If Chelsea never told anyone that bit of gossip Noah would never have gotten hurt. Chelsea blames herself for that, but she didn't know that Noah was going to get beaten, so it's not all her fault. Since we are only human, we're going to blame ourselves for things we can't completely control.
Through Chelsea's vow of silence, she learn a lot about herself. By the end of the novel I was really proud of her. Chelsea was never a bad person, but by the end of the book she became a much better person than she was in the beginning. Many lessons can be learn from this novel and if you guys are looking for a good book to read or just have some free time, read Speechless. You'll read enjoy it and who knows maybe it'll give you something to think about!
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Another cute novel! This one was a bit different though. I never read a contemporary novel where the characters meet on an airplane.
This novel isn't just about finding love; it also talks about divorce and how people deal with divorce, death and how that affects people, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight also mentions books and meaningful quotes.
Hadley is still really mad at her dad for leaving her and her mom and marrying someone else, who Hadley has avoided at all costs, except for now where she has to meet the future-step-mom because Hadley is forced to go to the wedding. Although I never experienced what Hadley experienced, I could still really relate to her. Hadley is the average down to earth girl.
Oliver was really mysterious. He wasn't mysterious when I read the airplane portion of the novel, but afterwards he sort of was.
I was definitely rooting for Hadley to find Oliver!
Sorry my review was so short, but I really did love this novel!
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What? 2 Stars? Why, yes, fellow reader. TWO stars. Why, you may ask? Why only TWO stars when the Paranormalcy is obviously a super amazingly awesome series that I've been hearing about from other people? Well, it's because I was quite disappointed. Seriously. All my hopes and dreams from White's stunning first peek of Evie's life in the Paranormalcy trilogy were crushed as I advanced through this book. Actually, I had been quite hesitant to continue with this trilogy because I have this thing that whenever I find a really GREAT series, I don't want to continue reading the sequels in fear that my perspective/view of the book/author would change. Has that ever happened to you? I feel like that's partially why I refuse to read Iron Knight, the 4th (FULL) book in Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series.
Don't get me wrong; I love Kiersten White's writing style. In fact, I WORSHIP her writing. It's easy to get through and I definitely don't have ANY trouble NOT putting down any book of hers. I'm not kidding. I was hooked onto White's hilarious, modern teenager Evie's point of view, even though it lacked:
A) a honest to goodness plot B) decent characters C) a "so-what?" factor.
Now, I shall start with point A. There's really not much to give away in the book; it basically followed Evie's life as she obsessed over her water spirit of a boyfriend Lend and talked about how she LOVED him so much that she was JEALOUS that he could would LIVE FOREVER and that she wasn't doing anything wrong when she decided NOT TO TELL HIM THE TRUTH after promising to share everything and tell no lies right to his face. Wow, Evie, WOW. Evie yearns for a normal life after being cooped up in a paranormal agency all 17-18 years of her life and gains this little pleasure. After about 1-2 months of this, Evie beings to complain about the BORINGNESS (for once, Evie is correct) of school, and displays real attitude to her snarky gym teacher. She has no friends and dedicates her entire being, or really, lack of being (she is an Empty One, remember now, kiddies) to her BF Lend-y (the water) boy *cue hearts and flowers and fields of daisies.* That's really not quite a healthy lifestyle. Not only that, but Evie is quite irresponsible and is blinded to the fact that there will be only ONE FUTURE for her and that is attending Georgetown, making Lend's babies, living the rest of (her) life with him (he's immortal, dur) and making more kissy face. She doesn't even consider ONCE that she might not get in. Well, for being such a "mature" teenager that is much more "educated" about life (namely paranormals) than other normal kids, why didn't you effin plan your life out or apply to back-up colleges JUST IN CASE?
Not only that, but the real plot actually continues in a rush. It's almost as if White finally, finally woke up from her sleep writing and finished the book in the last 30 pages! Heck, there's little to no plot and she even accepts a request from IPCA, a paranormalcy agency that Evie worked for and fought to ESCAPE from in the first book, to RETURN back to the place she STARTED. What? WHAT THE HECK WAS THE POINT OF THE FIRST BOOK THEN?!?
Oh, Evie. You're not just an Empty One in the Soul. You are also an Empty One in the Head. *SIGH*.
The first 300 pages doesn't even really lead up to much of a climax in the last 30 pages. I could correctly predict what was to happen next and wasn't at all shocked. Well, I suppose being an avid NCIS watcher may help in these situations, but seriously. What a disappointment.
B) LACK OF DECENT CHARACTERS- SEE ABOVE AT EVIE RANT.
C) "So what?" factor - So Evie does this. So Evie does that. She learns about 2-3 pieces of important information. MAXIMUM. So what? Where is this leading? Where could you possibly be leading me now, White? Your stories are like your Faerie Paths. I can't get out of them without you to guide me. Please tell me reading Supernaturally led up to SOMETHING important for your third book, Endlessly. And please let it be kind of decent! I really don't know what to expect anymore....
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Okay, okay. So maybe I'm being a little bit harsh. Well, who wouldn't be? I had expected so much, and White's lack of a plot really brought down the quality of her writing. I started to hate Evie, a character I so much admired during Paranormalcy! Evie's constant whining about life, and blindness to what was going around her really pissed me off. I certainly hope White's writing improves in her third book Endlessly if I ever read it.
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This book could of had a better rating , but the reason why this book has 4 stars is because of its complexity of paranormal beings. There are just too many that are mentioned, so I don't know which is which, and if I want to understand it better (which I do) then I have to flip through the book to find the spot (or spots) where the different paranormal beings are mentioned, and that can get quite annoying. The other reason why I rated this a 4 star was because of the romance, not that I didn't love Charles, but the romance in general. It was just so typical, and their kind of relationship has definitely been done before. I give credit to Hamilton that it is hard to come up with new love scenarios, but it is pretty much the same old thing.
Saying that, I did love the moments between Charles and Sophia. There was just so much romantic tension, and if you like that kind of stuff (the passion builds from moment to moment), then this book is for you. I also love Charles, who is extremely good looking and funny, making me laugh out loud with some of the comments he makes. Sophia is likable, being her small town's outcast and source of most of the gossip. Not only that, but she has to deal with this crazy woman trying to make her leave town and the voices inside her head. You just have to feel bad for her. The insecurities she feels, and the inability to completely trust someone (from past experiences) is very real.
The book's pacing is alright the first two thirds of the book, but after that it really picks up. That is when Sophia discovers many new revelations about herself and her ancestor's history. The last third of the book was, in my opinion, the most enjoyable. This was where The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey, really differs itself from other paranormal books and makes itself unique. The writing was quite spectacular. It flows smoothly, and the best part of it is her descriptions of things. You will understand this once you finish the book, but The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey is a suitable name for the book. I recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal romance, but make sure to keep track of which creature is what.
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Let me describe to you in a few words that I thought magically sum this book up to a T. 1. Zombies/monsters 2. (Peck/Rip/Rip Open/Scratch/Score/Cut/Gouge/Sliced) Flesh 3. Bloody Bloody Blood with a slice of knife
Let's just say that Ashes wasn't my cup of tea. It was more like, oh, I don't know, the super hard biscuit that you get on the side for no apparent reason. Just because. It's bleh-meh-fweh, but you'll still eat it anyway because everyone says it's really good. You go in to bite, and yyyy-ouch.
yeeeuck You know that feeling? Well, that's how I felt when I read this book. Not to mention this:
No, no, go on. I'm tooooootally listening. Aww. I don't mean to come of as such a meany-jerky face, but seriously...any more of it, and I'd be this:
Not playing possum this time... Okay, okay. I'll get on with the review. Now, I might not be justified in reviewing this, because, well... I have a confession to make. If you can't stand people reviewing a half-finished book, then get outta here. I didn't have the patience to continue past page 200-ish, so........ you get the picture.
If I ever finish the book and I have something to add, I'll probably write another review. So let's call this Ashes, Review, PART 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK. The ACTUAL review shall commence!!!!!!!!! Plot: Electromagnetic zap around the world... girl named Alex with tumor goes around hiking.... encounters a cheeky little girl Ellie..... tumor goes away after Zap...bunch of stuff.... they meet Tom..... other stuff..... Alex and Ellie realize what happend..... people could have died.... yaddayaddayadda....then this is where I stopped reading. Yup.
Now, I'm completely fine with all these gory/survival/bloody/animals pecking out any part of your body stuff, but this was quite graphic. I mean, I was okay, just some people might not have been. I'm not saying everyone in general, just the weak-stomached. You might want to take note of that when deciding to give it a try. And I quote...
"In another life, they might have been a couple, having a picnic. Except these kids weren't munching sandwiches. There was also a woman, a grandmotherly sort who lay flat on the ground, head thrown back, mouth unhinged...Judging from the dried rills of blood on her right cheek, that eye was gone. So was her throat...the knobby tube of her windpipe slopping out like a fleshy tapeworm. The blood--and there had ben a lot of it--had dried to rust in a wide bib over the woman's chest" (Bick 73).
"Like, ohmygod! What should I do??? BLOOD"
My sediments, exactly, random lady
It goes on for about another 3-4 pages describing this nasty gory scene of these 2 teens, normal people, just like you and me, who decide to join the Cannibalistic Movement of America. They were turning this poor (dead) woman's insides into outsides. It was disgusting, blood, yet I couldn't tear my eyes away from the book's very detailed, explicit descriptions of this gory nastiness. Props to Bick for creating (alarmingly) realistic scenes that come alive into your mind. It's like they become permanently etched/tattooed into your brain...it makes me wonder how she even came up with that stuff! So, I give Bick 5/5 when it comes to settings/scene descriptions. I could easily visualize what was going on where, when, and how.
What really was my favorite part about this book would probably be how Bick portrays all of Alex's emotions and thoughts. She isn't stupid, and she's quite logical about survival situations. I learned quite a lot from reading just a few chapters. Character development (which can be interpreted any way you want (*wink* *wink* you'll get this if you knew it was a ZOMBIE book)) was a big thumbs up for me in this book. Alex and especially Ellie definitely change and mature over the course of a few weeks. If you ever want to learn about how fragile the human mind/emotions are, read the book! It's full of Alex talking about how she feels in *blankety-blank* situations.
Also, it's really hard not to like Alex (in the first 200 pages; again, I haven't completely finished the book). Ellie was plain annoying, but I have to admit: I think she grew on me a little bit! She's kinda...nice? Tom is definitely a handy-man. Wouldn't mind a guy like that around (as my servant (you know, to fix the sink and stuff)).
Hmmm. Well, my main issue of this book was that it just didn't interest me once it hit a certain spot. I think it was aroundpage 170, or so, when I just became disinterested. That's a problem for me. If I like a book, I shouldn't have to "wait! It gets good when you reach page (BLANKETY BLANK)." If it's a truly amazing book that I will enjoy, I don't think I should have to suffer through tons and tons of boredom to get there. Call me impatient, but that's how I truly felt about this book.
I've looked through a few different reviews, and some people agreed with me on the fact that it just loses the "AMAZING" factor about halfway through. What happened? Whatever did happen obviously did not help Bick's cause. Overall, I thought it was okay. I loved the visual descriptions and the goryness of the book, but something just didn't click for me. I was getting bored constantly, and I wasn't able to pay attention, or let alone care enough to try to remember what was going on. I would recommend this book for die-hard zombie apocolyptic horror gory fans, and survival junkie readers. I know I'm being really picky here, so, please keep that in mind. I know a lot of people who really enjoyed this book, and hopefully, you can be one of those people, too!
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Blood, She Read was a fantastic paranormal full of humor, bittersweet nibblets, and a romance that stands out among all of the other YA paranormal's love stories. Although it was a read that took me a while to finish, the reading experience I had while reading this book was the best so far this year. I know only been a month and a half of this year will have passed by the time this review is posted, but out of the dozen of books I've read so far, this is the one that stands out the most.
When Petra helps the police with an investigation by using her powers to give clues toward the murderer of a girl in town, she knows that she's going to have to face consequences. Sadly, this turns out to be a threat from the suspect and his family, not to mention even more ostracization from the people in her town. With a mystery she has reluctantly begun to piece together and deciding between her new friend and the boy she's attracted to (Finnigan), Petra has to face a conflict that trumps the hazards that are plaguing her life.
As we are introduced to Petra and her realm, everything is revealed slowly, methodically, and unconventionally. Instead of becoming a flaw, this unconventional pattern of slowly revealing the layers of the characters is captivating and mesmerizing. The characters that we're introduced to first appear to be skewed on the good or bad meter, but as time goes on, the complexities of each character are exposed, causing them to be seen a completely new light . For example, we meet characters that seem deranged like Gina, Petra's sociopathic mother, and Tommy, the anger-prone brother of Petra's crush, that are both hateful toward Petra, but are exposed as normal people who received the bad end of the stick. The incidents behind their anger and malice may seem like excuses; however, they're not when the revelations are revealed without any exaggerated confrontation. Somehow through the course of the book, many characters are able to hide secrets that slip out so easily without any awkward disruptions to the story. There wasn't a troublesome scene where the antagonist just spill the humongous pile of secrets that the author couldn't manage to explain quickly enough.
Well part of the reason why there wasn't an idiotic revelation scene was because there wasn't much to the actual climatic mystery itself; the whole mystery of the murder was a bit obvious. The problem lied with the fact that there were only so many suspects that were offered up as an option. There will be no spoiling who was the murderer because thankfully, the focus of the story seemed to be the fiery relationship between Petra and Finnigan. This messy relationship is one that is surprisingly very convincing because there isn't any fluff between the two. Although there are lies that cause conflict, the key factor, empathy for each, exists between the two of them, which is enough. Unlike most paranormals that have a somewhat refined, a little too polished romantic connection between the main couple, Petra and Finnigan give everything to each other in a realistic manner. Rather than trying mold into the other's model of a perfect boyfriend or girlfriend, the two cuties learn to accept each other for what they are. This is what I hope is in the waiting for future romances.
With basically everything a book can have going for it, it's really surprising that Blood, She Read doesn't receive more attention. This is what a paranormal should be! No noble idiocy or any of that bull crap that forces the reader to need to strangle someone, nothing of that sort. Just pure heartfelt moments with the bits and pieces of twisting plot that slowly entrap the reader, never letting them go. Although hastily concluded with a somewhat generic ending, Blood, She Read is a read that will give you the good kind of tingles while you read it (I don't mean those kind of tingles).
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Paranormal has almost become a washed out genre within the YA world due to the inundation of them post-Twilight years. Now, it is probably impossible to find one in the midst of the new dystopian-fantasy rage. However, in spite of all of these drawbacks, Indelible has reminded us of the fun in paranormals: the budding cross-species love (this sounds so inappropriate >_<), the ever adorable family of paranormal creatures, and the adorkable mishaps.
Indelible follows the adventures of Joy and Ink, who are brought together by the most unfortunate of circumstances. When Ink discovers Joy has the power to see him and his sister, he idiotically decides the "best" method of dealing with Joy: blinding her with his knife. In a somewhat cynical happening of events, Joy and Ink end up faking boyfriend and girlfriend to prevent Ink from being punished for inadvertently marking Joy with his little signature when he assaulted her.
Honestly, these events are hard to decipher. On one hand, I found this book hilarious because of the ridiculousness of it all. Faking girlfriend and boyfriend? Almost killing someone, but ending up having her follow you everywhere? Ha. Too bad, this book seemed to take itself incredibly seriously, to the point where it was difficult to be sure whether this was a comedy or a grand scale adventure. In reality, Indelible is most likely one of those more serious novels out there.
The only major problem that was aggravating was the flow of the novel. For some reason, Indelible never followed an explicit plot. Rather than a cumulation of events, Indelible was more of a series of events that felt disjointed when put together. There are villains and battles throughout the story, but the book does not truly follow the blurb given to us. The book claims that the main focus is Joy helping Ink out while faking being in love with him, but the book mainly consisted of Ink teleporting Joy around the world. Only until the last fifty pages does the book begin seriously focusing on the main villain, causing the climax and ending to feel rushed and rather incomplete.
The characters of Indelible are undeniably the most entertaining of all paranormals. From the snarky protector Ink to the flamboyant party-goer Inq, there is always a character that will please the crowd. Joy was a strong female heroine, but did not have any extraordinary characteristics. Yet this fact let her stand out among the crazy magical creatures of Indelible. If only more paranormals had this many fun characters to hang out with...
Indelible was probably one of only a handful paranormals released for good reason. With a unique concept of tattoos marking you, the world was intriguing and fascinating to visit. There could have been some more world-developing because some details are still a little fuzzy. Regardless, Indelible is a cute read if you want to revisit the old paranormal days.
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After taking an unofficial YA book hiatus, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by The Falconer, my first step back into the YA world. Daring, fierce, and ridiculously hardcore, Elizabeth May's debut sends its readers on a delightful whirlwind.
From the getgo, we are introduced to Aileana, a grieving daughter who lashes out against psycho faeries. One of these faeries murdered Aileana's mother, so Aileana makes sure nearly each faery pays the price for her mother's death. Risking her life every night, Aileana lives by day as the prim and proper daughter of a marquess and by night the vicious faery-killer.
However, Aileana's moral code is befuddling. She literally kills every single faery that she sees on sight. If Aileana has two faery friends that she refuses to kill, then what gives her the reason to murder each faery that she meets for the first time. Understandably, most of the faeries she meets are evil, but that just leads to more questions.
For example, what makes these faeries so antagonistic toward humans? If there are at least two decent faeries out there, then why are the rest so evil? Are they are brainwashed by the main antagonists, the really really evil faeries? If these faeries just hate humans for hogging up all of the space, then why aren't they joining together seriously to exterminate the filthy humans? Also, when are the falcons coming back? Those were a few of the many questions that have still yet to be answered by The Falconer.
Despite my many questions, I truly did enjoy The Falconer. Aileana and her gang are so much fun, even the two "good" faeries. Derrick, the pixie obsessed with honey, and Kiaran, Aileana's bada** faery teacher, are so lovable, especially because of their mutual hatred of one another. It wouldn't be too much of a wish to hope for friends like them, right?
The Falconer is a gritty novel full of epic battles, witty dialogue, and spellbinding interactions between characters. The world-building is pretty spectacular, even though there are many questions. Since this is the beginning of a trilogy, I'm crossing my fingers in hopes that these mysteries will be answered in the following installments!
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What would you usually get when you move into a crummy old house? The Assembly Room of course, which comes with a package of dark, gory mystery neatly wrapped in a beautifully written story.
We start off with Merryn's family moving into the disgustingly rotting house that Merryn's father inherited from an insane late uncle. Right off the bat, we know that we're in for a disturbing past because really, all horror stories begin with someone doing something stupid in the past like 300 years ago. In this case, Merryn is reliving all of these moments in the past that are haunting the future, her present.
Watching the present and the past intertwine to create a spellbinding tale just caused me to love this book. Although I am usually not a big fan of horror, The Assembly Room possesses something that lurks beneath the pages that drew me. Bryony Allen excels in seamlessly splitting the story between the present and the past. The witch trials provide a vindictive history behind the haunting events in the book. Let's just say that Bryony Allen has an extraordinary gift with storytelling.
My only concern with The Assembly Room was the point of view. Most books have a consistent narration from first-person and third-person. However, this book had an interesting characteristic of incorporating the thoughts of all of the characters present in scene in the same chapter. Like, Merynne would be talking about how embarrassed she felt about her feelings for Jamie, while in the next paragraph, Jamie would be thinking the same thing. I didn't really dislike it, but it just felt a little out of place.
The Assembly Room is a amazingly written story of the past and present intermingling. The depth of many of the characters that face terrible luck due to the past is realistic and perfectly portrayed. This book is definitely one of my favorite surprises of this year. I totally did not expect to enjoy The Assembly Room as much as I did. The Assembly Room is a must read for all horror readers because honestly, it's an story that packs a punch and tantalizes one's reading palette.
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If there is something about this book that struck out at me the most, it would probably be its similarity to Croak by Gina Damico. Many of the details of the world build in Awaken are either identical or very similar to the hilariously snarky Croak. Although I love Croak with a burning passion and can't dream of a single book about reapers comparing to its gory grim reaper glory, Awaken has its own quirks and charm that made it a fun read.
Awaken begins right off the bat with Lucy dead. Yup, no lag time between car accident and resurrection as angel, it's a smooth entrance to allow the story instantly grab attention, and it works. As I was reading Awaken, the fast-paced, exciting pace of this book instantly hooked me and left me dangling while I was away. It's just one of those reads that keeps a person pacing back and forth for what decisions and revelations will come out to add to the already daring plot.
Unfortunately, what also struck at me was the ridiculous love story between Lucy and Max. By now, as a YA reader, I'm used to insta-love. But this was too much! The lovebirds go on a "should we admit that we like each other" by page 40. My feeling was like, "what in the world did I miss in the past 10 minutes?" The extreme insta-love was too much for me, causing me to kind of roll my eyes over all of the so-called romantic moments and Lucy's mooning over Max.
When compared to Croak, this book isn't as satisfactory of a read. The romance is rushed at such a fast pace, the characters felt a bit unreal and unrelatable, and the book, overall, felt a tad bit immature for a book with a college student protagonist and many characters well above the 500 year old line. Perhaps if the book was longer than 206 pages, then it would be able to gradually build up intensity and emotions better. Despite my complaints, I cannot deny that I really enjoyed reading Awaken to my surprise.
Wow! I am at number ten in the Bloody Jack series, but it doesn't seem like it at all. I can hardly believe that this book is number ten in the series, because it always stays new and fresh, even though it is the same formula as the other books. Jacky first gets herself into a ton of trouble, but gets out of it with her brains and luck, flirting with many handsome men but always staying true to Jaimy, all the while going through many different historical events with her easy charm and wit. It always works though because Jacky also charms you, making you laugh out loud quite a lot.
I love Jacky Faber. She is the perfect combination of heroines, easy going, clever, brave, quick fingered, charismatic, funny, and has a mastery of feminine wiles and a penchant for trouble. You can't help but love her and all of the adventures she has. I also love how she always flirts with other men (that's what makes it interesting after all), but still stays true to Jaimy, her one love. It is crazy how ten books have gone by and she's still not married to Jaimy. It is understandable though, after all she's only seventeen, which I can't believe. I don't know how Jacky is only seventeen, she should be like at least twenty by now, and it's weird when you think about it because when she was in her early teens she was having quite mature escapades for her age.
Most of the other main characters that are always in every book, like Higgins and Jaimy, didn't play such a big role in this book. I felt like this book was almost a back to the basics with Jacky, letting her roam free without being tied down. Saying that, I also sort of miss Higgin's steady presence.One figure who did come back however, is the rascal Richard Allen whom I also love. You just can't take him seriously with all of his advances toward Jacky, and he's definitely a great part of the book. Jacky and him have known each other for quite a while and know how to play off of each other in their constant parrying and rebuttal of witty remarks.
Viva Jacquelina! is a fun filled fast paced adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat. It has everything, the romance, the action, and even some historical fiction. It is a book that everyone, especially people who like strong heroines. I highly recommend this book, but before reading this you should also read the other books in the series, though you don't have to. I am anticipating the next in the series, and hope that there are many more to come.
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Thanks to author Diantha Jones for providing us an e-copy of her book, Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise and allowing us to participate in her amazing (international) giveaway, which you can enter here. Good luck to all of those who are entering!
Review This is one of the few books that I've really enjoyed in such a long time. I mean, there are some that I've been extremely excited about, but kind of fell flat, but this is one of the few books that I've been dying to read and has met my expectations. Bravo Diantha! Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise has wowed me beyond belief. There's just so much packed into the pages that allows one to devour this book with such a satisfying feeling.
We begin with Chloe and the gang instantly stuck in between a rock and a hard place. Basically, the human police are kind of holding them up when I'm dying to get to the juicy stuff. Definite problem there! Darn you police!! Despite the odd beginning, which is begins rather awkwardly, the book soon rushes and flies at an ever-increasing rate, keeping the readers on the edges of their seats. So many mysteries are solved and revealed in this book; there's simply so much packed into this book, as if it's bursting at the seams with everything a reader can appreciate.
As the truths are unveiled one after another, we begin to see that this series, Oracle of the Delphi series, takes place in such a large, complex world ready to double-cross the readers and disappoint. New characters are introduced, some good, some screwed up and some with other motives in mind. I wish that these characters had more screen time than they were given, but I can't deny that I love the main characters too much to allow them to be overshadowed by some powerful enemies. My only complaint would be that I wish that there were more chapters with alternating point of views from different characters, instead of seeing events pass by from Chloe's viewpoint for 90% of the book.
Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise is one of those reads that can be read without a dull moment. The action, fast-pace, wittiness and OMG! moments are what make this book stand out among other YA novels. While others usually fall flat when it comes to pacing and plot, Diantha knows how to keep a book on the right path, and not go off on tangents. Although at times I found the romance between Chloe and Stafford a little awkward at certain pivotal moments in the plot , seeing their relationship reach new heights and being tested throughout the plot, made this book stand out above all others, in my opinion. Usually, the main couple in the second book are faced with the largest dilemma that prevent them from hooking up, but it is obvious that this is just the beginning to the long, treacherous road that our heroes will have to face.
I can't stop singing praises on how much this book amazed me. My expectations were exceeded in this book in terms of pacing, writing and execution. There were some points that I wished that certain events or people would have had a larger role in the Prophecy of the Setting Sunrise, but I can understand why their parts were minimal. The second book of the Oracle of Delphi series is the start of a ridiculously dark road that our heroes are just starting to face. Not to mention, the ending was perfect, causing me to need to hyperventilate, waiting for the next installment of these amazing Greek mythology retellings.
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The first time I read this (yes, I read this), I found Scarlet to be an underwhelming disappointment to desperation I felt to read this book as quickly as possible. Because I finished this book in an hour (I was busy!) I lost everything that made this book as amazing as it was. Luckily, after a re-read, I can say that Scarlet is a fantastic sequel to the one-of-a-kind Cinder.
Scarlet picks up immediately after the ridiculous cliffhanger of Cinder and transport us to France, where Scarlet, the granddaughter of the missing Michelle Benoit, is panicking and going off her rocker, desperate to find her grandmother. Not to say that a relative of a missing person will literally go off her rocker like Scarlet was throughout the entire book, but man! Scarlet was one fierce, and extremely impetuous heroine to root for. At many points, her desperation to find her grandmother fell a bit flat, considering the danger she keeps causing Wolf and herself to run into. If there was one person I wanted to knock a few marbles into, Scarlet would be my pick number one.
Despite my initial irritation with Scarlet, the dangerous world of the Lunar Chronicles has just become a whole ton better with the introduction of Wolf and Thorne. Two completely contrasting characters both bring smiles to my face with their idiosyncrasies: Wolf is literally a newborn babe in the new world, while Thorne is a comic relief character who keeps Cinder from going insane. Oh yeah! *spoiler* If you didn't know, Cinder runs away with Thorne, who has a stolen spaceship, to discover the whole truth of her past from Michelle Benoit (remember, Scarlet's grandma). *spoiler* The humorous retorts going on between Cinder and Thorne almost made up for the lack of Cinder and Kai romance that crackled in the first book. Although it was sad to see some of my favorite characters not featured as prominently as in the first book, these new guys totally made their absence worth it!
Your heart really breaks for Kai in this book. While everyone else is running toward a goal in mind, Kai is left to face the frightening Queen Levana without the support that he needs. Although I was cold as rock toward Scarlet's predicament, I admit to shedding a few tears to poor Kai. Not only has his heart been broken, he is forced to be diplomatic to the enemy who constantly stalks him like prey. What Scarlet does best is have incredibly lovable characters, like Kai, that allow the reader to be empathetic and feel way more passionate about the plot than they should. Basically, I'm generalizing the readers of Scarlet to be exactly how I felt as I read this. Sorry if this wasn't true for you, but deal with it.
This book doesn't have too much going on throughout the plot, but still faithfully follows the Little Red Riding Hood story, which in turn didn't have much going for it either. Cross dressing wolves, anyone? However, there hasn't been a book in a ridiculously long time who has hit me this hard in terms of character development like Scarlet did. The disappointments I had with Scarlet, herself, and a sort of lack of plot were almost completely made up with the new characters, Wolf and Thorne, as well as the maturation all of the characters are forced to face the climatic buildup for what is to come.
***MAY BE SOME SPOILERS. IT DEPENDS. I THINK YOU'RE OKAY THOUGH.
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***MAY BE SOME SPOILERS. IT DEPENDS. I THINK YOU'RE OKAY THOUGH.
First things first, kudos and hats off to author Kresley Cole! Not only is she an amazing writer, this is her first YA novel!! Cole writes an intricate novel woven with secrets, prophesies, romance,and, oh yeah, the apocolypse. Okay. Second point, IF YOU ARE READING THIS BOOK, DO NOT GIVE UP HALF WAY. FINISH IT AND ALL WILL BE EXPLAINED. Also, don't judge the book this time by the cover; trust me, it's waaaay better than some cheesy romance. There are so many things I want to say in this review, so to make it easier, I'm going to split it up into a few different sections: Characters, Plot, Style, Complaints, and Overall.
Evie: Evie just wants to be a normal teen, but these visions she's been having for about 2 years is definitely going to ruin her reputation in her little town in Louisiana. I have to say, Evie is the most un-annoying "popular-blonde-got-self-conscious-issues-and-is-dating-jock-and-is-cheerleader" protagonist I've ever read about. Most cheerleader-blondies that pop up in YA novelties seem to be (stupid) bubble heads. It was quite an interesting choice, I have to say, for Cole to pick this sort of character. I think the main reason Evie was created as a "spoiled" princess character in this book was to contrast to how Evie develops, or "hardens" into in the end.
I was a bit frustrated with Evie; for a girl who's been getting psychic visions sent to her of the "baloney" apocolypse, I suppose she took it a lot better than I ever would, but still....she was sort of useless for about 80% of the book. If you know me, and about how I HATE "rag-doll" (so useless they might as well be rag dolls) female protagonists, you would know that I was just a BIT annoyed. After the "flash," Evie must survive out in the world with Jack, a french exchange student in which she shares a hate-love relationship (dear god, is it ever annoying. Like, REALLY annoying.) Evie can't cook, she's mean to Jack while expecting him to take care of her, she can't do any physical labor (she's a cheerleader twig, remember?), and she really is just a dead weight. Oh, by the way, (is this a spoiler? I don't know; you learn it quite quickly in the book) she can't use her "special plant powers" because she doesn't want to be seen as "weird" by Jack. How annoying, right?
However, I did enjoy reading how Evie develops in this story. She goes from powerLESS to powerFULL by the end of the book. I really liked how Evie knows that she does have a brain in her head and manages, quite a few times, might I add, to tap into that brain power from time to time. As most superheroines, they seem to always REJECT the idea that they've gotta save the world from everything evil. Unfortunately, Evie takes about until page, hmmm.... 340 out of 384 to accept her fate? Yeah, sounds about right.
I gotta say, I really like the way Evie turns out! Also, I love that Evie can "control," or rather give life to plants, and therefore "control their wills." I don't think I've ever read a post-apocolyptic book with a girl who can control plants in it!
Jack (or J.D, if you so prefer): JD is a ladies man. It also doesn't hurt that he has a "killer" (I quote from Selena) french accent. This dude's got a lotta problems. When you learn about his backstory, you really can't help but feel a little sorry for this guy. But then your sympathy (*cough* pity) quickly evaporates when you learn how (man-piggedly [haha, is that a word?]) he treats anyone with a bit of extra estrogen and curves.
What pissed me off about Jack was his attitude towards girls. Surprise! No, but really, I'm pretty sure in this book, he tells Evie that his "belles" are always in HIS possession. What are we, toys? Ugh. Don't mean to be a total feminist, but still. Calling a person someone's possession, a thing? Don't get me started.
And that's a wrap on how I feel about Jack. :)
Arthur: Okay, so when you read the prologue, you're going to get creeped out by this guy. Seriously, though, you can't really judge the book based on the prologue or its cover. A) I'm sorry Kresley Cole, but your cover artist was NOT that great. B) The prologue is as creepy as shit, but it's supposed to be like that. It does not, even for a second, compare to how great the rest of the book is. But don't skip it. It's important. I know some of you all out there skip prologues. Why would you ever do that? It's part of the story!!! You won't get the full experience unless you read the prologue, darn it!! Don't skip the prologue or drop the book cause of this freaky prologue. IT GETS GOOD, I'm telling you!
SOOOOO, anyway. To get back to Arthur. Yeah, he's as freaky as hell, but have no fear, all will be explained in the end. He's not really that important....so don't focus on his creepiness too much, okay? I think he was added in to make the story line/style/narration more interesting. I'll tell you more in the Style section, okay?
Selena: Yaaaaah. Did. Not. Like. This. Chick. Period. If Cole's purpose was to create instant dislike towards this character, Cole seriously succeeded. I feel like if I were to talk about her anymore, I'd say some pretty potty-mouthed words, and I'd rather not do that here. Let's just say she's a womanly "interference" to the "Jevie" (a.k.a. Jack + Evie relationship) going on, and causes all the hub-bub/rift/hatred between Jack and Evie. WHICH I did not appreciate, by the way.
To be honest, this plot wasn't really the most original I've seen, but it was certainly entertaining. A deck of tarot cards with each card representing a kid with insane super powers? Each kid is destined to try to kill the rest in the post apocolyptic world? Sign me up! I'll read it!
For only the first book, a lot of stuff sure took place in the story. I'm pretty happy with how things are progressing, if not a little annoyed that most of the action took place in the last 50 or so pages in the book.
Okay, the way Poison Princess is narrated is definitely not the norm. It's written similarly to The Oddyssey, obviously not in a poem format; it's written in media res, or in the middle. Yup. When the story starts, it is in Arthur's POV as he explains what he feels/sees/thinks as Evie walks into his house for shelter. He asks Evie to tell her story, as a way to pass time in order for his drug to take effect. As Evie tells her story, it switches into her POV as if she is actually telling the story. Throughout the book, it switches back into Arthur's perspective as it fast-forwards to the "present time" to state what Arthur thinks of Evie's story.
COMPLAINTS (...er, well, more so than already)
My only real complaints for Poison Princess was that it was a bit sluggish in the middle, as well as very action-packed in the last 50 pages. Although action is a great way to induce a cliff-hanger feeling for readers, sometimes it's better to spread the action through out the middle and beginning of the story.
My other final complaint would be some of the characters of this story. Evie and Jack's on-and-off-again relationship was a bit tiring. One second Evie would be dying to taste his rugged, rough, schmexy, alluring, wicked lips, and the next, she'd hate his guts. No comprendo. This is why, to this day, I still do not understand girls or boys. Heck, I don't even get myself!
Overall, I was quite satisfied with this story. I loved how the little hints were dropped where I didn't expect and didn't realize until the end where everything was revealed. I, at least, was pleasantly surprised with the ending. I don't know about others, but I seriously hadn't guessed what was going to happen with Evie and Arthur! Maybe I was tired, but my overall impression of this book was great!
My only real warning for readers of Poison Princess is that Kresley Cole, an amazing writer, had written mainly erotica and romance novels before writing her first YA novel, Poison Princess. If you hadn't guessed already, there is a spot in this novel that includes some pretty descriptive romantic scenes, but isn't too graphic. For the weak-stomached I would suggest you skip that part.
Poison Princess is definitely an unforgettable novel that I enjoyed immensely. All I have to say is: DON'T GIVE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORY. It's worth reading until the end, and you won't be satisfied without it. Good luck and have some great reads, everybody!