MY THOUGHTS When I first read Thief of Lies, I was disappointed. Not enough library jumpingThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS When I first read Thief of Lies, I was disappointed. Not enough library jumping, too much insta-love. There is less inst-love in this book, but I still had difficulty getting into this book.
We jump right back into the world of the Library Jumpers (which I am still disappointed by the lack of books). My main issue with this is that I did not remember much about the first book. All I remember was that I hated the romance. The world that Brenda Drake has created is very impressive. I love the creative use of magic and the magical society she created. But after more than a year, I couldn't remember the world clearly and having magical words thrown around at me just confused me. Eventually, I was able to understand the plot, sort of, but even at the very end I had to be reminded of things.
Gia as a character, I feel, is growing. She's no longer the confused girl thrown into this world. She was still thrown off by things in this world, but she was stronger and had a better understanding. I really like her relationships with the characters within this book. Her friends are so supportive and she is so supportive of them. Within this book, I especially noticed how her friendship with Nick, because they share a prophecy together, but she is so close to many people within this book and these friendships are just so nice.
Okay, now for the romance. I hated the romance in the last book. I honestly believe that Gia "fell" for Arik because he is hot, and due to the situation. I don't see any love between them and I do not support the relationship. This book supported my feelings on the romance. Besides being Sentinels, Gia and Arik have nothing in common. In fact, Arik doesn't even like to read! ARIK DOESN'T LIKE TO READ! I cannot fully ship Gia with a character that doesn't like to read. So when issues arise (view spoiler)[Arik gets with Emily (hide spoiler)], I rejoiced. Now, Bastien... I am fully on Team Bastien. He's sweet and he's always there for Gia! Also, HE LIKES TO READ! TAKE THAT, ARIK! Bastien is more of a character in this book and I loved it! I do have one big problem, though... (view spoiler)[ I saw the whole "Emily cast a spell on Arik" thing from the beginning so I knew he would come out of it, but I hoped that by then Gia would realize that Arik is kind of a jerk. But no! Now she is "torn" because two men love her! Grrrrrrr! Just kick Arik to the curb and go kiss Bastien! (hide spoiler)]
IN CONCLUSION Overall, I know I'm complaining a lot, but I did like this book. The world is very interesting, I just couldn't remember the details from the last book. Gia is a great MC, but she honestly needs to get her crap together and FORGET ABOUT ARIK! I will be reading the next book! I need to make sure that Gia picks Bastien (and, you know, saves the magical world, but come on. Bastien). Though I will lose all respect for Gia if she picks Arik (HE DOESN'T EVEN LIKE TO READ BOOKS! I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!!!)....more
MY THOUGHTS After reading How to Love, I needed to read another book by KatieThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS After reading How to Love, I needed to read another book by Katie Cotugno! I didn't find this book quite as beautiful as How to Love, but I still found this book very engaging!
Molly Barlow has one big regret that no one will ever let her forget. When her and her boyfriend, Patrick, got into a fight, Molly ended up sleeping with Patrick's brother. Molly kept the secret for years, until her mom publishes a book that is "based on her daughter's complicated relationship with two boys". People connect the dots and Molly runs off to a boarding school. Now, Molly is back for the summer, 99 days, until she goes off to college. Everyone still remembers her as a slut and she's more than happy to hide away in her room watching documentaries.But the summer has bigger plans for Molly.
This book focused on a controversial issue: Cheating. This is something that I really despise when someone does, so yes, this book was out of my comfort zone. This book, though, shows the reality of slut-shaming. Yeah, Molly made a stupid mistake and might've made things worse by not telling, but while she did all of this, she didn't fully deserve what happened to her. She is called a slut, her house egged, her car keyed, for this one mistaken. Yet, Gabe, Patrick's brother, who is as much to blame as Molly, has nothing happen to him. Molly herself doesn't realize this truth and believes she deserves all this and it takes all 99 of these days for her to realize that.
Though, Molly does have many flaws. I was enjoying this book, loving it, until Molly made stupid decisions again. She saw what happened last time and I just couldn't understand why, when she's finally repairing things, would she make that mistake again. I thought she learned her lesson, but it takes another mistake for her to finally reach a point where she changes, hopefully for the better.
The romance in this book is obviously complicated. It takes love triangles to the realistic level. This complicated relationship is the main focus of the story, but this book is not about the romance. In fact, I wouldn't call this a romance at all. Calling it a love story would be laughable. Now, my thoughts on the two boys are different. I actually liked Gabe, which surprised me. Patrick, on the other hand, was a jerk. I understand his anger towards Molly in the beginning, but his actions later on in the book were ridiculous.
Lastly, this book has sort of an open-ended ending. At first, this upset me, but now I think it works the best for the book. I think it ended wonderfully.
IN CONCLUSION Overall, this book focuses on a very controversial subject from the viewpoint of a girl who still needs to learn from her mistakes. I actually enjoyed reading this book and despite Molly's unlikeable characteristic, I begin to root for her to find her way. I strongly suggest that everyone should read Katie Cotugno!...more
MY THOUGHTS I loved all of the Shadow Falls books and the first book in this spin-of series,This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I loved all of the Shadow Falls books and the first book in this spin-of series, Reborn, so I wasn't surprised that I loved this book just as much!
This book takes place not too long after the events in Reborn and I was a bit rusty on my memory of that book. Thankfully, it was very easy for me to get into this book. I jumped into this book very smoothly and my memory was quickly refreshed! Della is now bonded with Chase, which isn't very easy for her. Chase is still very mysterious and never answers any of Della's questions, though Della is still attracted to him (if asked she will deny it). We do still have a bit of a love triangle with Chase and Steve. Steve is Della's boyfriend and we see less of him in this book. Chase is in the book much more mostly due to the fact that Chase and Della are working together on a case. Frankly, I can't decide between the two...
This time Della sees yet another ghost and has another mystery to solve. This ghost is constantly telling Della to "find Natasha". She ends up getting sucked into visions of this girl, Natasha, and a boy, Liam, both vampires trapped and waiting to die. Not unusual except that Della isn't the only one sucked in the vision, Chase is too. The two also firmly believe that Natasha and Liam are still alive and need to be saved, despite the fact that everyone else (Holiday, Burnett, and Kylie) believes that they are dead. Della and Chase have to find out where the two are being held along with going along with what the FRU and Vampire Council are wanting them to do (though, they go against the rules quite a few times of course).
I just need to sit back and just talk about Della. Della is a completely different MC than most YA books. If you have read the Shadow Falls books and Eternal, than you should be very familiar with Della's unique personality. She's badass with a snarky sense of humor and an attitude. It's very interesting to see these books from her point of view.
It's also very interesting and unexpected how much Della's family was involved in this book and the series as a whole. Della looks deeper and finds out things that she has never known about her family and begins to learn more about her father's dark past.
IN CONCLUSION This was a great next installment in the series! I loved the mystery and it was far from predictable. The book ended in a little mini-cliffhanger, which makes want to read the next book even more!...more
MY THOUGHTS I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to finally dive into tThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was excited to finally dive into this sequel! This book does have middle book syndrome, so it's very slow-paced, but I still enjoyed it!
This book takes place shortly after the events of Half Bad. Gabriel is currently missing, or dead, and Nathan keeps checking to see if Gabriel has showed up. He also still has to evade the Hunters and to make things even more difficult, he's having trouble controlling his Gift. Oh, let's not forget that he still needs to save Annalise. To top it all off, people now what him to join some kind of Alliance. The leader of the White Witches in Britain have no started to kill all Black Witches in Europe, as well as White Witches that don't 'agree'. The Alliance want to put a stop with it and think Nathan would be a great fighter for the cause.
This book is really really slow-paced. Enough happened to keep me interested, but this book was mostly leading up to the next book. There's a whole lot of planning, deciding, flashbacks, and fighting. Some of it was important, but there weren't really huge action-packed events until the end.
The writing and the world-building in this book is great! I know some people don't really like the oddness of some of the writing, but I think it's very interesting and unique! As for the world, I love it! It's a very harsh magic system, but I think it's very different and, again, I think it's very interesting! We don't get to learn a whole lot more about it, though, in this book, but the system is still there. In fact, it's becoming even more darker.
As for romance, it's probably one of the oddest romance I've ever had in a book, and I've read hundreds. Gabriel likes Nathan and Nathan likes Annalise. Nathan thinks he only likes Gabriel as a friend. I say thinks because I really like Gabriel and I completely ship them. Annalise is okay, but she's kind of the typical girl character I see in YA.
IN CONCLUSION All in all, this book has middle book syndrome, so it is a bit slow, but it's still necessary. I love the imagination in this series and this book ended in such a climatic way, that I can't wait to read the next book!...more
MY THOUGHTS This book sounded so amazing! It has a fantastically intriguing cover and a verThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS This book sounded so amazing! It has a fantastically intriguing cover and a very interesting idea, but sadly, it failed to meet any of my expectations. I've seen negative reviews around, but ignored them, thinking that I would still like this book. This book had potential, but ended up being just another cliche YA paranormal.
**apologies, but there may be ranting ahead**
May as well start with the positives. I love the idea behind the book. A girl who has no memory of who she even is, with repeating visions of past lives? Sounds so mysterious! I also think that Nikki Kelly had a pretty good grasp on her world. The history of the Angels and Vampires was very well-done, even if it had some info-dump, and there was definitely a lot of creativity involved in it (instead of using the usual aspects of the paranormal beings).
Sadly, the entire plot seemed to revolve more on the romance. Lailah has two guys liking her in this book,and she kisses both of them. The romance between her a Gabriel was so cheesy, it made me gag. Gabriel himself is just like every other YA paranormal love interest. He seems like a good guy at first, but he keeps lying to Lailah. Let's not forget to mention that a hot girl that keeps trying to get together with Gabriel. Why does every YA love interest have to have some hot girl to make the MC jealous, seriously? As for the other guy, I really couldn't understand that one. He kind of creeped me out, but Lailah kissed him and lead him on even though its obvious who she really likes.
As for Lailah, I expected a badass, independent girl, but no. She seemed that way in the beginning, but she began the usual YA girl. Blah.
Lastly, I want to touch on the flashbacks. Most of this book was made up of flashbacks. I liked the flashbacks, but the formatting bothered me. There was no way to tell what was flashback and what was not. and it was very confusing.
IN CONCLUSION I didn't hate this book, but I was not a fan. I am personally getting sick of all the same YA paranormals and this one just followed the same trend. The plot has promise, but the romance took over and the MC annoyed me. I will not be picking up the sequel....more
MY THOUGHTS For some reason, I was under the impression that this was the last book. I guessThis and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd
MY THOUGHTS For some reason, I was under the impression that this was the last book. I guess I'm so darn used to trilogies that whenever I read the third book in a series, I automatically think it's the conclusion. So, some of my feelings are clouded by the fact that I thought this was the conclusion.
This book takes place where Endless Knight left off. Jackson has been taken by the (sadistic) twins and Evie is determined to rescue them. Of course, the other Arcana are having trouble accepting her back, since she didn't kill Death. But there are able to become allies and to go against the twins, even teaming up with Death...
When I first starting this series, I had a really hard time keeping everything straight! I loved the ideas, but I had no clue what was going on half the time! When I picked up this book, The Endless Knight was a distant memory, so I was worried that I would be unable to get into this book. This book was actually very easy to get into! I was able to understand fully what was going on, something I would have never expected from my confusion with the first book, and was able to appreciate just how amazing and unique the whole series is!
The entirety of this book focuses on the Lovers (the twins). Evie and the other Arcana trying to save Jackson, along with trying to kill off the twins. That is much harder than it sounds. This book is not slow-going! There is a bit of slow areas in terms of romance (I'll get to that later), but everything else of action-packed and there were quite a few unexpected moments!
The romance was very confusing for me. In more of a "I don't know who to choose!" kind of way. This was what both Evie and I were like. Evie really does make up her mind at all in this book, which originally annoyed me since I thought this was the last book. She was constantly ping-ponging between Jack and Death. I kind of want her to end up with Death, but Death did some things to Evie in the last few books that are unforgivable, so I feel guilty about that. Then, Jack is just such a great guy! Evie, how do you choose????!
Fair warning, this book ends in a major cliffhanger! I actually had no clue that there would be a next book until that...
IN CONCLUSION Anyway, this was a nice continuation to the series. It continues the ideas from the other books and it was action-packed! Though, there is a love triangle and a woozy of a cliffhanger! After that ending, you better believe that I'm reading the next book!...more
THE RUN-DOWN A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.
Alexa Hollen isActual Rating: 3.5 Stars
THE RUN-DOWN A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.
The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?
MY OPINION This book seems like a hit or miss book. Meaning that everyone seems to either love it or hate it. I'm more of the former on this. I found the story to be interesting and I was really into what was going on (I read it in one sitting!). The world-building was also very good in the way that I understood what was happening. To be honest, though, I'm not sure what caused me to not give this book a higher rating. Was it the romance? No. I thought that I didn't give a higher rating due to the romance, but looking back, the romance didn't really bug me. It did bug me that there was a tiny love triangle, but other than that, I was okay with the romance. (view spoiler)[Although, I am disappointed that both love interests already knew that Alex was a girl! Where's the fun in that! (hide spoiler)] Maybe because it didn't have a fantasy feel? This sounds more likely. For some reason, his felt more like a dystopian than a fantasy. Sure, there was magic, but not much. And the whole tyrant king thing made it seem more dystopian for some reason. (Maybe I'm just weird) But, to be honest, I probably didn't give a higher rating because it didn't wow me as much as other fantasy books.
IN CONCLUSION I did like this book and it was a good read. I just can't give a higher rating because of all of the amazing fantasy books that I've read lately and, sorry, this fantasy book couldn't beat the others. As far as recommendations go, I think you should give it a try. As I said, you either love it or hate it, it could go either way. So, just give it a try! Just in case you find a new favorite!...more