Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review: A Shade Of Vampire Boxed Set: Books 1 & 2

A Shade Of Vampire Boxed Set: Books 1 & 2 A Shade Of Vampire Boxed Set: Books 1 & 2 by Bella Forrest
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 4.5 stars

A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire #1) - 5 stars

When Sofia is kidnapped she finds herself trapped on an island of vampires with no hope of escape and her only hope of survival is putting her trust in one of her enemies.

I really enjoyed this book a lot. Derek was written in a way that the reader was able to sympathize with him and at the same time fear what he was capable of just like Sofia was. Sofia had a strong personality but came off quite rational in the situation she found herself in.

A Shade of Blood (A Shade of Vampire #2) - 4 stars
I liked this one but not as much as the first book. I found ben's parts to be really boring but as a reader of the story I also understand why they are needed.

This is a very interesting series and just as conflicting emotionally for the reader as it seems to be for Sofia.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Review: Uglies, The Collector's Set

Uglies, The Collector's Set Uglies, The Collector's Set by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~2.6 stars

Uglies (Uglies #1) - 3 stars
All Tally ever wanted was to be pretty. That is exactly what she gets when she turns sixteen, there is a catch though, Special Circumstances wants her to find her friend Shay who escaped before becoming pretty. As Tally embarks on the adventure of her life there is a deep secret rooted in the New Pretty town and Tally has to figure out a way to stop the corruption.

I thought this was a really interesting concept and I liked the characters. Tally did start to get annoying about half way through the book, especially with her insta-love reaction and swooning style when she was around David. I am interested to see what happens next and what other secrets New Pretty Town has to reveal.

Pretties (Uglies #2) - 3 stars
As Tally sacrificed herself to the city to become Pretty and see if the cure is going to work getting back on the outside is more than she has bargained for. With help of her new Pretty friend, Zane, she might just remember the mission Special Circumstances made her forget.

Ahh the development of the love triangle. I was actually waiting for this to happen in the first book. As much as we have seen of both David and Zane I still feel like I know nothing about them. Tally’s relationship with each is just on a surface level, nothing really deep goes into either of these in the first two books (In my opinion).

It was interesting to see how the story was going to progress. I guess it makes sense by the title that the whole entire second book was going to be in New Pretty Town. I wanted to hear more from the outside and David though. It is almost as if this series is written in steps.

I did get use to all of the Pretty language in the second book. Although it is still strange to read. I feel like I am thrown back into my teen years trying to make up new words for things.

Specials (Uglies #3) - 2.5 stars
Now Tally Youngblood has turned Special. It is a new phase in her brain washing and with Shay by her side it takes her a while to overcome what’s been implanted into her mind and realize she is still being controlled.

This was a disappointing ending to the series for me (I know there is a forth book but it follows a different heroine). I did not see the point of certain plot events and I did not view Tally as being that strong of a character in this book. Everything about this series seemed kind of disjointed to me and did not have any flow with regards to the story.

Extras (Uglies #4) - 2 stars
Three years after Specials takes place Aya is living in Japan. The world has drastically changed and now everything runs on popularity of a person. Aya is ranked pretty low on the totem pole and therefore is pretty much a nobody. That all changes when she meets the Sly Girls.

This book far exceeds the future craziness factor in my opinion. I did not find Aya to be that intriguing of a character and struggled to get through this book even though the concept was interesting. Tally has an attitude change in this one; she seemed more confident and sure of herself than she had previously.

Overall, not impressed.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Review: Harry Potter Boxset

Harry Potter Boxset Harry Potter Boxset by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~4.1 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) - 4 stars

I held off on reading these book until the third one came out and I got them all for Christmas. I was immediately hooked! The storyline was great and the characters were fun and easy to relate to (you know without the magic aspect).

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) - 4 stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) - 4 stars
This was an interesting continuation of the series. I really liked the friendship relationships of all the characters and I really feel like Hermione is coming into her own.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) - 5 stars
This was my favorite book in the series. I thought the interplay of the characters in the tournament was fun and entertaining. This is also my favorite interplay between Hermione and Ron and the jealousy that each displays giving off a humorous vibe to the book.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) - 4 stars
Not as fantastic as the fourth book, for me they kind of go downhill after this one. I did not like how Rowling changed up the story so much and deviated from the 'Hogwarts' path.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) - 4 stars
I liked all of the previous books a little better than this one. In this the story dragged on a little and I just wanted to get to the end.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) - 4 stars

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Review: Divergent Series Complete Box Set

Divergent Series Complete Box Set Divergent Series Complete Box Set by Veronica Roth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 4 stars

Divergent (Divergent #1) - 5 stars

Evil seeps into the best intentions as Tris finds out when she turns sixteen. She has to choose which faction she wants to be a part of but will that choice really matter that much in the end as war is on the horizon.

I was a little worried that I wouldn't like this book as much as I wanted to because I have been listening to all the hype about it for just about forever. Not to worry though I LOVED this book!!! Even though it tended to start out a little slow I was captured by the magic of it all right away. Tris and four worked beautifully together and I loved the chemistry they had, it wasn't a mushy insta love type of thing but something that was real and expected for the situation they were in. I was a little sad for the turn of events of some of the characters but I am excited to see what the next book has to offer.

Insurgent (Divergent #2) - 4.5 stars
Escape only goes so far when your are in the middle of an uprising and factions are being pitted against one another. As Tris and Four escape for one location the erudite and dauntless traitors are right on their tail. Factions are not always agreeing and the faction less seem to now have an opportunity of their own.

I ended up loving this book for what it was but not as much as I loved the first one. I think my main disappointment throughout this book was the relationship faults between Tris and Four, they were both too stubborn for their own good.

Allegiant (Divergent #3) - 2.5 stars
As war continues to rage on an even bigger truth lies outside the city. Tobias and tris need to follow their hearts and find the real truth about everything around them and the life that they have been leading. A venture to the outside world will be just the thing to change absolutely everything.

All I have to say is that I still love the series as a whole but the ending sure sucked.

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Review: Under the Never Sky: The Complete Series Collection: Under the Never Sky, Roar and Liv, Through the Ever Night, Brooke, Into the Still Blue

Under the Never Sky: The Complete Series Collection: Under the Never Sky, Roar and Liv, Through the Ever Night, Brooke, Into the Still Blue Under the Never Sky: The Complete Series Collection: Under the Never Sky, Roar and Liv, Through the Ever Night, Brooke, Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 3.9 stars

Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky 0.5) - 4 stars

This was a great insight into roar and Liv's feelings and relationship. This made me love roar's character even more and I love getting the fresh perspective on Liv.

I also really liked how we get to see a different side to Perry and the life he had to grow up with. I liked seeing the different family dynamics that is hinted at in the first book.

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) - 5 stars
Aria liked her world of make believe in the realms until they turned into a horrifying reality that she had to face caused of letting a savage into the building she is cast out on her own away from the only home she has ever known and into an unknown world she has spent her life fearing. Perry grew up in this world and learned how to survive but he now needs the help of one person who doesn't belong in the world he grew up to help him get his nephew back.

This was quite the story. The only thing that I didn't really like about it was the time span increments at some points. I up fully understand the rationale behind it but I just kept getting annoyed.

I loved how this wasn't a love at first sight story and that the characters had to learn and understand from one another. Rossi did a great job in showing the different worlds that both aria and Perry grew up in and plausibly making them fit together in something neither fully understood.

I was a little confused about Perry's abilities in the beginning but Rossi did a good job fully explaining everything by the end.

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) - 4.5 stars
As aria is forced back into the outside lands while being blackmailed by Hess, Perry is finding his life just as difficult trying to be the new leader of the tides especially when the storms are increasing and hunger is very real threat. But overcoming the odds is what both of them do best and when they are together they can fight through any hardship.

This had an interesting turn of events for me. I love how the story line is going together with the characters and how even though aria and Perry are so good together they are also able to stand on their own, as seen a lot in this book.

Brooke (Under the Never Sky #2.5) - 2 stars
I didn't like Brooke before and I don't like Brooke now after reading this. This little excerpt seemed kind of pointless in the skim of things. I could have done without reading it. We did get some good insight into Brooke’s character but nothing that I thought was noteworthy or redeeming. It seemed more of a boy crazed session than anything else.

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) - 4 stars
Everything has changed and betrayal is seen everywhere. With Cinder captured, Aria and Perry have to find a way to stop Hess and Sable from their plan. As their world is coming to an end due to the Aether and epic battle will ensue for who will be able to make it to the Still Blue.

This book was not exactly how I was thinking the story as going to go and that was a delightful surprise. I liked how Rossi put in the good and bad of things with Aria and Perry’s relationship in this one, a couple can’t always be happy about everything. I felt really bad for Roar but I am glad about how the ending turned out.

This was a great series and I am excited to see what the author has in store next.

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Review: The Across the Universe Trilogy

The Across the Universe Trilogy The Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~3.2 stars

Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) - 3.5 stars

I'm not sure what to make of this book. I still can't seem to determine if I liked it or not. The story was interesting and I liked the concept but the scenes change really quickly and some parts were pretty confusing.

A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) - 3 stars
The next step in the journey. This book was really anticlimactic. I thought the whole storyline dragged on, there was nothing especially entertaining to keep the readers attention. I was basically reading to see what happened.

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) - 3 stars
Eh. Nothing griping really happens, it's just pretty much a really long ending to the story. I don't really like when the frozen so wake up and the opposing sides and loss of control. It just seems a bit much.

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Review: The Birthmarked Trilogy

The Birthmarked Trilogy The Birthmarked Trilogy by Caragh M. O'Brien
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 3 stars

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1) - 4 stars

Gaia haloed her mother with the midwife duties in the outside of the enclave. But when he parents are taken into the enclave for questioning she starts to realize her life isn't what it appeared to be.

I really enjoyed the story as a whole and the characters. It took some unexpected turns and twists that kept the plot interesting and the reader alert.

Prized (Birthmarked #2) - 2 stars
This series went from being interesting to me practically despising the characters and their attitudes. I didn't like any of them at all.

Promised (Birthmarked #3) - 3 stars
This was more entertaining to the previous one. I liked how the story progressed and ended up but it still lacked the depth and intrigue of the first book.

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Review: The Rising Trilogy Complete Box Set

The Rising Trilogy Complete Box Set The Rising Trilogy Complete Box Set by Amy Miles
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~3.8 stars

Defiance Rising (Rising Trilogy #1) - 4.5 stars

I was torn by emotion with this one. I wanted it to go in such a different direction, I was just waiting for my wish to happen. This book is enthrall ink, action packed no exciting. I loved the characters and there is so much emotion in the book it really Captures the reader.

Relinquish (Rising Trilogy #2) - 4 stars
Miles sure knows how to write with emotion. The book is jam packed with it and it is heart breaking in every direction. I loved bastion, his character just grabbed me from the moment. Miles does a really good job describing the characters struggles and emotions they are feeling.

Vengeance (Rising Trilogy #3) - 3 stars
Eh. This one was definitely not as good as the first two. The story dragged on and I didn't like where the plot went. Overall it had a good ending but getting there was kind of weird

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Review: The Twilight Saga

The Twilight Saga The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~4.8 stars

Twilight (Twilight #1) - 5 stars

It took me until the fourth book in the series came out and my sister’s constant insistence that I read it to finally pick it up but I am VERY glad I did. Yes it is a sappy teen love story with vampires and werewolves mixed in but that is exactly why it is so good. The story is very heartfelt and interestingly developed with the characters experiencing and demonstrating a wide range of emotions.

Bella and Edward are fantastic together. Their level of depth and honesty towards one other rivals that of any adult novel I’ve read AND Meyers was able to exude sexual tension in abundance without having to resort to any sexually explicit scenes. With the absence of those the reader can actually feel the depth of emotional ties surrounding them. The secondary characters are fantastic as well. I have to admit to Alice being my all-time favorite just because of her quirky personality.

This book just puts me in a happy mood along with the accompanying movies. I will own them forever and keep reading/watching on a nice rainy day.

New Moon (Twilight #2) - 4 stars
I think this one was my least favorite out of the series but I see the reasoning for it. As you can probably tell I was 113% team Edward and I found his presence to be quite lacking in this.

Eclipse (Twilight #3) - 5 stars

Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) - 5 stars
I thought this was a great ending to the saga. There was a lot of action and I liked the character resolution. I’m hoping for more at least ‘short’ stories about the characters to see where they go from here.

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Review: Bloodlines / The Golden Lily / The Indigo Spell / The Fiery Heart / Silver Shadows

Bloodlines / The Golden Lily / The Indigo Spell / The Fiery Heart / Silver Shadows Bloodlines / The Golden Lily / The Indigo Spell / The Fiery Heart / Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 3.9 stars

Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) - 4 stars

After Sydney’s previous incident with the Moroi she is not as well received by her fellow alchemists, however, this does not stop her from getting another assignment. This time she has to venture to Palm Springs with none other than Jill Dragomir and Adrian. With Adrian in the mix you know there is going to be drama around every corner.

It was great to see a different side to both Sydney and Adrian and I loved the twist on the storyline that comes up. While I have to say that I am not as enthralled as I was by the first series, this one is starting to get really good. I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book!

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) - 5 stars
Sydney’s views are shaken with her ever growing relationship with Adrian, Jill, Eddie, and now Angeline even while she is being praised by her Alchemist colleagues. She wavers on where she actually belongs and the beliefs that have been knocked into her since she was a child. With age old ideas suddenly exposed more danger now comes to light for all of them.

This was an excellent second installment to the series. Sydney’s relationship with Adrian is pure magic in my eyes and her other relationship with Brayden is simply hilarious. I can’t wait to see how Adrian and Sydney do in the next book and if Sydney’s own sense of beliefs are going to be stronger than that of the ones she was taught.

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) - 4.5 stars
As magic is taking over more of her life Sydney’s notions of what she grew up believing aren’t all it’s cracked up to be. Coupled with her ever increasing feelings for Adrian her life is turning more dangerous for her by the minute.

I absolutely loved the relationship between Adrian and Sydney this time! The push and pull of their feelings was almost overwhelming to the reader. Meade did a very good job getting across Sydney’s anxieties and fears not just about the Alchemists and magic but also about her own preconceived notions of what was right and wrong. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Jill and Eddie but the story overall was great. Marcus had a mixed reaction in me, I didn’t truly trust him but I was grateful for how much he helped Sydney realize certain things about herself and what she really wanted. I can’t wait to get Adrian’s perspective in the next book!

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) - 4 stars
The journey continues for Sydney and Adrian. I really like both of the characters, they go really well together. Adrian showed just how much he loves her

I am excited to get to the next book, this one left on a cliffhanger.

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) - 3 stars
I didn't like this one as much as the others but I was pretty happy with the outcome even though I was berating a certain character for most of the story.

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Review: Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~4.3 stars

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) - 4 stars

Lissa, a vampire, and Rose, a Dhampir, are on the run. Now caught by the guardians and forced to go back to the academy they both have to face what they were running from. By sharing a bond rose is able to help Lissa and keep her safe but rose finds herself questioning if that would be enough.

I was caught up in the story from the moment I started reading. There was something about the suspense and danger of everything that pulled me in. I also loved Rose’s fiery character even though she did go overboard upon occasion. Lissa was a little too subdued and passive for me but I saw the reasons for her attitude. Dimitri was just wow; I would have liked to have him guarding me. Totally worth the read, it was a great story with excellent characters.

Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) - 4 stars
The Strigoi are on the attack and this time they are not acting alone, they have had the unexpected help of humans and now nothing is safe, not even in the light. Rose has to face the realization of growing up and the full force of responsibility that comes with being a guardian, not only that but she also has to face her mom. With Dimitri still lingering in the picture Rose’s feelings stay torn.

Nice second installment and continuation with the story. I loved the introduction of Rose’s mom and the implication that ultimately brings to rose. In this book rose grows up a lot and has many self-realizations that make her see her life more clearly. I would have wished for more of Lissa and Christian in this book but they are in their own little world for the time being so it was understandable.

The one thing that bugged me was the huge amount of repetition and overlap from the first book involving what happened and certain aspects of the story. I get with having a time span in between readings but it was kind of annoying right after finishing the first one.

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) - 5 stars
The Strigoi attacks aren't the only thing complicating roses life, she also has to deal with the impeding trial of victor. As her feeling for Dimitri simmer on the surface rose has to learn how to cope with taking care of a guardian she can't feel, none other than Christian himself.

I liked this book even more than the last two. The relationships of the characters come together more and I loved all of the arguments. I was sad about mason but was surprised about how that turned out. As for rose and Dimitri, I just love them together and this book certainly did a good job of showing how much tension they had between them resulting from their feelings. I have to say I was completely thrown by the ending though and I can't wait to get started on the fourth book!

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) - 5 stars
If Rose thought she had it bad in the past it was nothing like she had to face now. Now she is on a mission to kill the man she loves, a man that is no longer the same person but a cruel and soulless Strigoi. Having to leave Lissa behind is only one of the things that is breaking her heart.

I thought Rose changed a lot throughout this book. She knew what she had to do and how she had to keep her promise. Despite everything to grew into herself and even learned that she has to start trusting those around her. All of the plot developments in this book were purely delightful, some I was expecting or had previously anticipated but that didn't detract from the author’s delivery of them. I also wasn't surprised by the ending but can't wait to read how it turns out!

Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) - 4 stars
After coming back from her heartbreaking trip through Siberia Rose can’t wait to move on with her life and with Lissa. But she failed in her mission and not Dimitri is the one that is hunting her.

This want one of my favorite books of the series but the overall storyline and plot progression was still good. I think in the story as a whole I didn't like how the characters interacted with each other in this one there was so much tension going on. My favorite person in this book had to be Adrian just because he was so understanding despite everything and I felt his character really shines through the others. I was overwhelmed with what happened and can't wait to jump into the last book to find out how things are going to play out!

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) - 4 stars
With the queen dead and Rose the primary suspect things don't seem to be going their way. Before her trial comes up rose has to escape to be able to have the time to solve her own problem and to keep herself alive.

I feel that this was the perfect conclusion the the series. All of the struggles that Dimitri and Rose have between them come full force at them. Everyone bands together and people's true natures are able to surface. I am excited to read the next series and find out more about Sydney.

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Review: Shatter Me Complete Collection: Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me, Fracture Me, Ignite Me

Shatter Me Complete Collection: Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me, Fracture Me, Ignite Me Shatter Me Complete Collection: Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me, Fracture Me, Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 2.9 stars

Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) - 2.5 stars

Juliette cannot touch anyone because she might kill them; she has always been cursed with the affliction which makes her life more than complicated. In a world where power is everything her abilities might be useful to those who want to reign. When Juliette meets Adam she finds a reason to want to live and continue on and as their relationship develops a surprise beyond anything Juliette could imagine is unveiled.

I was considering giving this book a lower score actually but I really loved the story plot and want to see what happens next. The plot and whole premises is extremely intriguing and I think the thought behind the book is well done.

I have a major problem with all of the metaphorical writing and just the whole writing style in general. I will fully admit I skimmed a lot of it just because I was so annoyed by the writing but wanted to see what happened to the characters. I also found the insta-love connection between Adam and Juliette pretty obnoxious. The character actions don’t quite seem to fit in with their experiences. The author tried to explain the insta-love but it didn’t really come through to me.

It is hard to sum this up because I don’t know if I would actually recommend this book. I am intrigued by it but also extremely annoyed.

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) - 3 stars
As Juliette is encased in the new world of Omega Point she is going to find new challenges not only with the people around her but also in her own relationship with Adam. New consequences come to light and people turn out to be different than originally seen.

I have to say I am surprised. I ended up liking this book a lot more than the first one. The writing style was still annoying but less so than previously. I liked how the author was able to transform Juliette into a stronger and more striking figure. She has more personality and self-confidence.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) - 4 stars
Juliette is conflicted, not only in her own feelings but also in her overall personality. War is on the horizon and the decisions she makes are the most important ones of her life. The character’s true personalities are revealed.

Overall I am more surprised finishing this series than I was when I finished reading the first book. I liked the overall concept of the story and the transformation of the characters. I ended up loving how everything turned out and how strong Juliette came to be at the end. I am also extremely happy with who she ended up with. The story action finished very fast but the overall outcome was beneficial to the series as a whole.

Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) - 3 stars
I like having more invited into Warner and what he has had to go through with his father. In this we get the real picture of who the monster truly is and just how deep Warner's feelings for Juliette actually go. While the writing was better in this the style was still just as annoying.

Fracture Me (Shatter Me #2.5) - 2 stars
Novella from the perspective of Adam.

Unlike the first novella from Warner’s perspective I didn’t think this one was needed. We didn't really get anything more out of Adam’s character or the storyline. I guess it was an interesting little side note but it really did not change my views of the characters or gain anything out of it. Overall, not really needed.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Review: Infamous

Infamous Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This time there is someone messing with a website trying to turn students against one another by the mean comments and supposed reveals of the sources of information. Once again Nick is right in the center of it where malicious comments are directed at him putting him on opposing sides of his classmates.

While the Chronicles of Nick series seems to verge on the slow side I do enjoy all of the witty banter and sarcastic comments coming from Nick. With his attitude he definitely should have had some more beating growing up just from the fact that he was SO annoying.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Review: The Mara Dyer Trilogy: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; The Evolution of Mara Dyer; The Retribution of Mara Dyer

The Mara Dyer Trilogy: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; The Evolution of Mara Dyer; The Retribution of Mara Dyer The Mara Dyer Trilogy: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer; The Evolution of Mara Dyer; The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~2.3 stars

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) - 3 stars

When Mara Dyer transferred to a new school she thought her past would leave her behind. She was wrong. First it came in the form of nightmares, slowly revealing what had happened the night her best friend died. Then everything became more real and Mara struggled to figure out what was really happening to her along with the help of play boy, Noah.

I don’t know what I was expecting to get out of this book. I first got interested in this book because of all of the hype about it. The story line was interesting and the characters (especially Mara) reminded me of how my sister talks. The reading was slow going, I even felt like skimming some of the parts. Also, I not really sure if I even liked the characters. I was kind of indifferent to both Mara and Noah, my favorite one out of all of them was Joseph and he wasn’t even in the book that much.

I would recommend this book to people that liked Anna Dressed in Blood.

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) - 3 stars
Mara is haunted by her past and now her past has come back to haunt her, literally. On top of that no one believes her with the exception of Noah because everyone thinks she is just acting crazy. As Mara learns more about her past and her family her life becomes more confusing in the process.

I just didn’t get it.

The writing for me was okay but the story line was so slow, nothing really even happened until the end. I don’t even like any of the characters, Mara keeps switching back and forth on everything and I have NEVER seen the appeal of Noah, I think he acts like an ass and his supposedly redeeming points don’t work for me. The author did a fantastic job of taking me through two entire books and having me still be confused about what was exactly going on in them.

Once gain I have to see what happens in the next one. Maybe some of my questions will be answered.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) - 2 stars
As the journey continues Mara tries to figure out exactly what or who she is.

This one was more slow paced than the previous two. The ending was okay but it still left a lot of unanswered questions for the reader and to me it did not feel completed.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Review: The All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set

The All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set The All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~2.7 stars

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) - 3.5 stars

Some points are a little boring and take a lot of time to explain. In this first book there could have been a little more editing done to make the pace less choppy and awkward for the main characters. The vampire/demon/witch relationship is confusing. After being cohabitation in the same world for so long how can there be so many misunderstandings over the most basic of things. I understand the total mistrust but you'd think there would be a little more give and take.

The relationship between Matthew and Diana was strained and extremely awkward in the beginning but it grew on me towards the end. Diana - I can't realistically conceive how she thought she was just flitting through life not using magic when it is abundantly pouring out of her.

This was an interesting take on creatures relationships and how people perceive the world around them.

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) - 2.5 stars
Once again the writing is pretty convoluted and does not flow with the story. I didn't like the fact that this one goes back into the past and the reader is overwhelmed with what is happening

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) - 2 stars
There are too many characters, plot points are getting confusing. Soooo many questions just never got answered and it seems like what the whole two other books were focused and plot driven on didn't even matter in this one.

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Review: Fort Gibson Officers Series Boxed Set

Fort Gibson Officers Series Boxed Set Fort Gibson Officers Series Boxed Set by Rose Gordon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 4 stars

The Officer and the Bostoner (Fort Gibson Officers #1) - 4.5 stars

Allison got off the coach at the wrong time but luckily Wes was there to help her ... And to marry her. Allison had ended up in an officers fort and needed the protection of being wed, unfortunately she also had an intended she was on the way to meet.

I loved the attitude between Allison and Wes right from the start, they had a good banter going on. I thought Gordon did a good job at developing the story and plot line.

The Officer and the Southerner (Fort Gibson Officers #2) - 4 stars
Ella has never had much luck with men and jack saw what Wes had and wanted happiness of his own. Under the circumstances of a rather unfortunate spider bite the two might actually find their perfect happy endings.

I didn't like this book as much as the first but it was still relatively good. I liked how Wes and Allison were still very much in it

The Officer and the Traveler (Fort Gibson Officers #3) - 3 stars
Both forced into a marriage of convenience, neither michaela nor gray were expecting much. But even though it wasn't love at first sight that doesn't have to meana bond can't form.

I didn't like this one as much as the first two in the series. Grays character never appealed to me and I did not find the plot to be overly interesting.

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Review: Angelfall Trilogy: Angelfall, World After, End of Days

Angelfall Trilogy: Angelfall, World After, End of Days Angelfall Trilogy: Angelfall, World After, End of Days by Susan Ee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 5 stars

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) - 5 stars

Six weeks ago angels came to earth. They were not like what anyone expected, they were mean and without a second thought they took over everything. Penryn is just a girl trying to survive in this new world the angels created and when she stumbled onto an epic angel battle she loses her younger sister in the process. Now with the help of Raffe, an angel that has lost his wings, she has to trust him because he is the only hope of getting her sister back.

The ending was a little funny but overall I thought the rest of the book was really enjoyable. I liked the story line and the characters kept themselves interesting at each turn, even when most of the book just revolving around Penryn and Raffe being together. I liked how strong willed Penryn was and how she was able to cope with the situation.

Being from the San Francisco Bay Area I felt that the author did a wonderful job with that part. The scene and story building were creepy as I could literally picture all of this happening in my own backyard.

I am really excited to read the next book, I would recommend this to fantasy lovers that are not afraid of a little gore and creep factor thrown into the mix.

World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) - 5 stars
As Penryn finds herself once again with the Resistance but this time with her family she still has a hard time coping with the loss of Raffe. Raffe on the other hand has only vengeance on his mind. Separated by forces beyond their control they are still able to take the fight of the angels to a whole new level.

I have to say I did not like this book as much as I did the first one, probably because of the separation of Penryn and Raffe for so much of it. I did like how the storyline progressed and how gruesome yet delightful the author is able to tell the story. When Penryn and Raffe were together their relationship popped out of the pages and was so tense and suspenseful, it was wonderful.

End of Days (Penryn & the End of Days #3) - 5 stars
Love, love, love, love. I can't get enough of Raffe, this was a great end to the trilogy. I don't think Ee could have ended it better. She has an amazing way about spinning a story. It was very captivating and exciting to read.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Review: Consequences: Opal & Origin

Consequences: Opal & Origin Consequences: Opal & Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 3.5 stars

Opal (Lux #3) - 4 stars

As an unexpected person returns into their lives things get worse when Katy and Daemon embark on a rescue mission. Katy and Daemon struggle with their new relationship and communication issues. It is revealed that the DOD knows more about everything than they had originally let on. Katy may just risk it all to save someone she doesn't even know.

I am less enchanted with this book than the previous ones. I was annoyed by some of the characters attitudes, mainly Dee. Also, Katy was still hovering more on the annoying side of things in her relationship with Daemon. I loved Dawson's character throughout the whole book, his attitude and character really strove to reflect the situations he had to face.

This one left off on a major cliff hanger so I am totally ready to move on to the next book.

Origin (Lux #4) - 3 stars
As Katy is trapped daemon has no other choice but to go in after her. While they are in there they learn more about the Luxen and what the DOD are up to than they could ever imagine.

I liked how the story is progressing but this one fell a little flat for me. I don't know even with all of the events and revelations the story felt boring. I did get really surprised by some of the revelations and I do want to continue on and see what happens next, I couldn't believe about the cliff hanger.

Daemon was really cute in this one! I liked how he was finally able to tell Katy his feelings.

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Review: Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx

Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 4.5 stars

Obsidian (Lux #1) - 5 stars

When Katy moved to a new town she knew things were going to be a little weird but she had no idea she was going to stumble across a bunch of aliens! With resistance from everyone except her new best friend Dee, Katy has to face her growing attraction for an alien she can’t have, Daemon.

I absolutely adored the love/hate relationship going on between Katy and Daemon through the whole entire book! The author made it really easy for the reader to see both points of view and made the situation intense enough to make everyone’s concerns quite valid. The sexual tension was out of this world (haha!). The characterization was well done and fully developed.

Onyx (Lux #2) - 4 stars
Ever since that night things for Katy have begun to change. Not only in her relationship with daemon but also in herself. She is suddenly able to do things no normal human could ever fathom; it could mean something bigger than even Katy could comprehend.

I have to say I didn't like this book as much as I did the first one. Katy was very annoying throughout the first part with her daemon couldn't possibly like me even though he keeps saying it again and again attitude. Katy seemed kind of whiny throughout the whole thing. I also didn't like the fact that she kept hiding everything from daemon when it made his life and the other aliens’ lives in even more jeopardy.

Overall I liked the progression of the storyline. The author certainly has an interesting and unique take on things. Can't wait for more revelations in the third book.

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Review: The Complete 1st Freak House Trilogy: Box set

The Complete 1st Freak House Trilogy: Box set The Complete 1st Freak House Trilogy: Box set by C.J. Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 4 stars

The Wrong Girl (The 1st Freak House Trilogy #1) - 4 stars

She Hannah smith is kidnapped to the freak house she thinks she is protecting her friend violet. She is thrown into one mystery after another.

I really liked Hannah and her attitude about the whole situation. Jack was such a fun and exciting character. I can't wait to see how the story turns out.

Playing With Fire (The 1st Freak House Trilogy #2) - 4 stars
As the story continues Hannah and jack find out more about their past.

I enjoyed the continuation of the story and sorting out a little bit more of the mystery. August Langley is SO frustrating I just want to throttle him, God can't that man ever answer a straight question. I hope all is resolved in the last book.

Heart Burn (The 1st Freak House Trilogy #3) - 4 stars
Hannah doesn't have a great deal of time left and August might not be able to help her in time.

I greatly enjoyed the ending and how everything turned out. I was so happy for the characters and the secrets revealed were pretty interesting.

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Review: The Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy Boxed Set

The Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy Boxed Set The Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy Boxed Set by C.J. Archer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~4.2 stars

The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1) - 4.5 stars

Emily Chambers has always been viewed as different and on the fringes of society because she can see ghosts. Not only has she been contending with that problem all her life now she has a killer demon on the loose and a devastatingly handsome ghost at her disposal.

As much as I loved the plot of this story the romantic relationship between Jacob and Emily did get a little cheesy at times however I was so engrossed in the overall story that it was easy to ignore. Emily is a captivating character and her interactions with her sister Celia are endearing and comical at the same time. Jacob is perfect, almost too perfect but I cannot imagine another ghost I would want to haunt me as much. I would totally recommend this book to anyone as a fun quick read and I am highly anticipating the second installment.

Possession (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #2) - 4 stars
In this second installment there is a demon on the loose able to possess people that Emily and Jacob have to stop. In this second book we are able to find out more about Jacob’s death and Emily’s past.

This book was hilarious, especially how George reacted through the whole thing. I was a little less enchanted with Jacob in this one but overall I am still rooting for him, even though he is dead. I really want to find out who is after Jacob! I can’t wait to start the third book!

Evermore (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #3) - 4 stars
When the spirits of the underworld are threatened by an unknown assailant Emily chambers once again has to come to the rescue but this time she has a lot more at stake, this time she might lose Jacob all together

A perfect end to the trilogy. I thought the relationship between Jacob and Emily thrived I this book and I was caught up in the story as much as the others. I am sad to see it end but I am excited to read more of what the author has to offer.

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Review: Starcrossed / Dreamless

Starcrossed / Dreamless Starcrossed / Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 4 stars

Starcrossed (Starcrossed #1) - 4 stars

Helen isn't a normal high school girl, she is a demigod. She doesn't realize this until the Delos family arrives in Nantucket and changes her life for ever. Now there is a centuries old family feud and a star crossed relationship with Lucas to deal with. Making it through that year of high school isn't going to be as easy as she was hoping.

This book was a fantastic take of Greek mythology! The characters were amazing Nd well rounded. Helen did get a little whiny at times but I have found that the main heroine sometimes has a right to whine every now And then. Lucas was a teenage heartthrob and up for the tantalizing hero challenge. Overall I would recommend this book to people that have a fascination with Greek mythology and would like a different take on the tales.

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) - 4 stars
As the battle continues Helen has to face the underworld over and over again to find a cure to the furies. With hector out of the family and everything trying to separate Helen and Lucas from being together Helen finds support when Orion meets her in the underworld to help her.

This is a wonderful continuation to the first book. Helen is still a little whiny but I got over in while I was wrapped up in the story. I like how this one involved Claire and Matt a lot more and I love all of the developing relationships. Can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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Review: Brides of the Kindred Volume One

Brides of the Kindred Volume One Brides of the Kindred Volume One by Evangeline Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 4 stars

Claimed (Brides of the Kindred #1) - 4 stars

Earth has been attacked by the Scourge and the Kindred have been able to step in and help earth on the condition that since 95% of their population is male they can take earth brides. Olivia is to become Baird's bride but she is taken against her will. Baird has to overcome her animosity towards his race and show her that they are truly meant to be together.

The plot overall was interesting and complete. There was a great deal of depth to the characters and the story as a whole. While the main erotic focus was done quite well thee were still plenty of 'laughable' parts.

Overall the story made me want to continue with the series, it was interesting.

Hunted (Brides of the Kindred #2) - 4.5 stars
The scourge is after Sophia now because they think she is the answer to their problems. Caught on a shuttle with sylvan they have to fight to stay ahead of the enemy.

I was really glad this one revolved around Sophia and Sylvan. They had such great chemistry in this first book. I loved the whole tharp episode and their interactions together. So far these two are my favorite couple/characters.

On to the third, I'm excited for kat!

Sought (Brides of the Kindred #3) - 4 stars
Kat never wanted anything less than to be bonded to twin kindred but since she used Lock and Deep to find Sophia they have been 'bonded' in a sense making Kat sick.

I love how the author incorporates past and future characters into the story mix. It creates a whole complete world and changes up the perspectives in an interesting way. I didn't find and 'sex' as entertaining as I did in the other two books but I did still really enjoy the story as a whole.

Found (Brides of the Kindred #4) - 3.5 stars
Lauren and Xairn are off trying to escape the Alfather when they run into some trouble in Oah while trying to change their DNA, it is one mishap after another. All the while Lauren is trying to convince Xairn that he would never hurt her and Xairn is fearfully trying to resist his growing attraction to Lauren.

I really liked the first part of this book but not so much towards the middle. It lost its adventurous fascination.

I really like Lauren. She is strong willed and even in great danger she tries to put up a fight. She has a kind and understanding heart which makes her the perfect match for Xairn. I really liked Xairn in the beginning, towards the middle I found him to be extremely frustrating and I was wondering how Lauren could put up with him. I guess with his upbringing it was understandable and my heart broke over Sanja!

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Review: Ambrosia Shore

Ambrosia Shore Ambrosia Shore by Christie Anderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sadie is back at it and on the run. Voss is still out there trying to get her and this time she doesn't have Rayne to help her get through it.

I did not like this one as much as the others. Probably due to all of the separation between Sadie and Rayne. I was just anticipating their moments together. The story was quite long for what the reader actually got out of it. I am curious to find out what is going to happen to the characters in the forth book. This one had a very interesting outcome.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Review: Stolen

Stolen Stolen by Willow Danes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summer is kidnapped and she is desperate to get back to earth. She does everything she can to escape her captors but she has to rely on one of the enemy if she is to survive.

I really liked the character relationships. Summer was an interesting woman. I love how she fought for what she believed in and did everything she could to be able to make a choice. She was definitely the most strong willed female character in this series and I loved her spirit. Ke'lar had a great attitude when it came to dealing with summer. His attitude was fair and he wasn't the scary warrior summer had had to face. I liked how he was reasonable and very caring.

This has been my favorite book in the series.

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Review: Realm Of Shadows

Realm Of Shadows Realm Of Shadows by Shannon Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Traveling back to a little town outside of Paris to visit her grandfather, Tara just did not know what she was getting in to. She did not believe her grandfathers fantastic stories of vampires but when a murder takes places and strange things start happening she has to quickly figure out just who she can trust. She might just have to rely on one of the creatures of the night.

The detective was quick to give up information about the five other missing people.

Tara is extremely stubborn when she gets an idea into her head. It seems to be a common theme with the heroines in drakes novels. Tara seems quite calm for someone that was just in the vicinity or a murderer.

The heroes of Drake's novels seem quite sure of themselves. I'm not sure if it is just with this series or that they are vastly older and therefore more assured of themselves.

In this book I was having problems with all of the different view points and shifts in character. It happened in the other books but I was not as distracted by it as much.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Review: Deep Midnight

Deep Midnight Deep Midnight by Shannon Drake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While at carnevale Jordan witnesses a massacre at a party and no one believes it really happened. Throughout her trip she strives to uncover the truth while meeting an interesting group of people along the way.

I wanted a more detailed description of the costumes nut overall I think the magic of Venice was portrayed. I could guess the outcome but drake still did a great job in the storytelling and characterization.

I would absolutely LOVE to go to carnevale in Venice one day and OF COURSE dress up in one of the elaborate costumes from the past!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Review: A New Beginning

A New Beginning A New Beginning by Amelia C. Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A new beginning

This book was interesting and kept my attention all the way through, pretty fast read actually. Slow and steady writing though, I did not find myself overly invested in the characters or what would happen to them. Nothing to exciting really happened.

Note: I received this free on the kindle app.

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