Friday, March 7, 2014

Review: Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Book: Incarnate
Author: Jodi Meadows
Pub Date: 1/31/12
Edition: Ebook
Grade: B+


My Review

It took me a few tries to get my head into this book. The world building in the beginning felt like it was taking years. But I didn't give up, due to the high praise I heard about the series. I'm glad I didn't.
As soon as the little hump of getting the ball rolling was over, I was pleased with what I was reading. New soul Ana has lived a rough life, dealing with the guilt and burning questions of why she replaced an old soul. Her mother hated her and nobody accepted her. Until she finally left home and met an old soul in the woods that did everything he could to help her.
Sam tries his best to keep her there with him while they both figure out what is happening. He is kind and sweet and you easily fall in love with him. The connection between Ana and Sam make this story what it is. Because without each other, their lives would have taken a turn for the worst a lot sooner.

I enjoyed the realm of Range and Heart. It was a nice breath of fresh air in the YA genre. Reincarnation is not a big topic. It's also a tough one. If you can't keep everything straight, it will all turn to mush. Meadows take was lovely and beautiful with main characters you thoroughly enjoy.

The reason I gave a B+ instead of an A is because there were times that felt slow and boring. Eventually they picked up and I was right back in the action. Also, some of the characters fell flat and it might have been smoother without them. I have finished the 2nd novel and am awaiting the 3rd. I know Jodi Meadows can easily swing my grade up to an A as the journey continues.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Book: Under The Never Sky
Author: Veronica Rossi
Published: 2/7/12
Edition: Nook
Grade: D


My Review

I tried so hard. So very hard. I gave this series all I had. There were times where I had to force myself to continue reading, thinking it will get better... I got to the 3rd book and gave up. I'm terrible.

Let's start with Under The Never Sky.
You have alternating POV and both in the third person. I adore alternating POV so much. You get to see both sides of the main characters, giving you more to work with. But this gave you either too much or too little. I still can't decide.
The only thing I liked about this book, is that it took time for Aria and Perry to fall in love. They start off hating each other and grow to love one another. Though, I can't figure out when that started. One chapter they aren't speaking, the next they are kissing and suddenly in love. Then Perry went from dark manly man to Mr. Lovey Dovey.

I couldn't keep up with the scenery or the story line the whole time. Some chapters gave me hope and I felt like we were making progress, just to have something major happen again and jumble it all up.
Granted, I read this when coming down from a major book love high. I could be tainted by how much I enjoyed the series before this.
I will give it one more try... later in my life when I have extra time to waste.

I'm not going to say it will waste your time, because I would love for someone to read this review, then the book, and tell me I'm wrong. Please, I encourage it. Right now, though, this one did nothing for me.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Book: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Edition: Nook
Publish Date: May 8, 2012
Grade: A


My Review

Yes. I realize I'm a little late to this party; but now that I'm here, I don't want to leave. Honestly, this cover through me for a loop. All I thought was trashy romance novel. This is just another case of "Don't judge a book by it's cover". Because you may be missing out on something great. That's exactly what happened here. I wonder how many other people thought the same thing I did...
Anyway, I saw it while scrolling through BN.com and decided What The Heck, Why Not? Boy was I blown away.
You kind of already know how things are going to go down. New girl, crazy new bff, insanely hot mean boy, big plot twist. This plot twist isn't your typical one, though. ALIENS! We all went through our vampire, werewolf, witch phases, but now it's time for aliens. I'm not talking green with a funny shaped head, either. I mean ripped, tall, dark, handsome aliens.

Armentrout took a very unique spin on a classic storyline. And with the voice of Katy (or should  I say Kitten?) taking you through this world, you feel like you are experiencing this yourself.
There were a couple moments where I was thinking Katy was too... flat. But this is just you learning and growing with her. So don't give up on the first couple chapters. Her voice grows on you.
With just enough detail to give you what you need and not drag you along, you jump from one scene to the next, on the edge of your seat. There were a few times when I thought maybe a scene could have sped up or slowed down, but you start to catch the flow and ride the wave.

Give me a moment to gush about a boy. Daemon. Daemon. Daemon. Hot alien boy, you can light up around me any day. And I don't mean those nasty cigs, I'm talking about a hot GLOWING alien boy. You'll see what I mean... But he's so brooding. And dark. And mysterious. And mean. I love him. You pick up here and there his moments when you can tell that deep down there is more than just an outsider just trying to get by on Earth. He is definitely at the top of my Hot Boys of YA list. Because of his appearance, yes, but he is also fiercely loyal and protective of the ones he loves. Something about that makes me melt. Also, I have a special spot in my heart for SmartAsses.

Please look past this strangely inaccurate cover and dive into a world full of action and mystery. Armentrout paints the perfect picture of what life with outsiders could be like. And I'm most definitely okay with this. And if you already devoured this series, like myself, tell me what you thought. Have you found a series to fill the void until August when book 5 comes out?

Waiting on Wednesday: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 
Recently, I spent 3 days binge reading the Lux series. Between work, eating, sleeping; somehow I found the time to fall head over heels for Jennifer L. Armentrout's books about hot aliens. But then I realized... I have to wait 8 months for the finale.
 
I dedicate this WoW to Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
 
Unfortunately, the cover has yet to be revealed... So, here's a baby fox doing something cute.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Review: The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts


Book: The Year of the Great Seventh
Author: Teresa Orts
Edition: Nook
Grade: A

Synopsis
"Sophie has always felt out of step—an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail."



Review
Lately, I have been looking for the perfect book with the right mixture of love and mystery. It's been a kick and have tossed aside many books because they didn't fit this bill. Thankfully, though, I was approached in an email to take a look at The Year of the Great Seventh.
Ever since I did an amazing history report in the 5th grade (it was multi media and I was very proud of every minute I spent on it. I got an A+, btw...) I've had a special place in my heart for Egypt and the beautiful (and not so beautiful) stories that comes with it. It's mysterious and magical. TYotGS had both of those qualities and I was easily mesmerized. The glamour, action, and love that mingles on the pages kept me going all through the night until I finished.
Sophie's voice was strong and independent. A nice change from a lot of the thin, whiny characters we get nowadays. She had you running from one place to another along with her; bouncing on the balls of your feet waiting to find out the answers.
From the very beginning you are sent on an adventure and don't stop until you get to the last page. Even then you are sitting there saying "What?! Don't end!!! I'm not done!!!" Thank goodness there will be a sequel! And I will be first in line. I need to know what happens to Sophie and Nate...
By the way, Nate? Yeah, he is definitely going to be on some "Hot boys of YA" lists! He was dark, loving, sweet, and dangerous all at the same time. My only negative comment is that it went a bit fast, but that's also not a negative thing... You always had something happening.
All the secrets and turns and adventure in TYotGS will have you clearing your schedule just to sit in bed and read all day. Teresa Orts did a fine job with this one and I can't wait to read all the witty words in book number 2!



Stay tuned this week for a special scene from The Year of the Great Seventh!



Blurb about the author
Teresa Orts studied economics and went on to work in the financial industry. She lives in London with her husband and son and this is her first novel. If you want to know more about her, please visit her website www.teresaorts.com

Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater



Book: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Edition: Nook
Grade: C


Goodreads
"Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore."


My Review
I have been waiting for my chance to read this for a very long time. So, one slow night at work while sitting in triage, I downloaded it. And then I tried really hard to love it. But...
Alternating POVs are fun. You get to see the story from both sides. The Raven Boys, though, had 3 POVs coming in at different times. It was slightly confusing. And to top that off, the first three chapters you meet 15 different characters, give or take a couple. Every page I had to stop and sort out to make sure I wasn't mixing people up. And I was for the first few chapters.

I refused to give up, though! The synopsis sounded so interesting. And the storyline was, if only it didn't jump around so much. By the end, everything had been dragging so much, it felt as if Maggie wanted to end it and just quickly ended it, leaving some questions unanswered. Of course that makes me want to read the next one, though. Because a lot of things I thought was going to happen in book 1, did not. And I have an idea about that, but I won't ruin it for you...

The characters had some depth, which normally would make for a great book.. But here, it just made everything even more jumbled up. I would start concentrating on one character's story then jump into another's and I didn't even notice it.

The story has hope and there were some parts that I was beginning to fall into, before being slapped right back out. So I'm giving the series and Maggie Stiefvater the BOTD. It'll get better. Because Maggie has never let me down... I hope that never happens, either.

And anyone can come back from a C! Please let The Dream Thieves be and A!


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Book: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: February 28, 2012
Edition: Nook
Grade: A+

Goodreads synopsis
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.



My Review
Give me a moment while I fangirl... TOBIASTOBIASTOBIASYESYESYES.
Okay, thanks.
I want to start by saying that I was terrified to read this series. The cover just ruined it for me. But what is rule number 1? Never judge a book by it's cover! Well, I hardly ever follow the rules. I wish I did this time, though. From page one, I was sucked into the life of Beatrice Prior and I never wanted to come out. She was strong and powerful even when she doubted everything in her life.
From the get go, you were thrusted into the action packed life of a Dauntless initiate. Honestly one of the most beautifully written scifi/fantasy novels I have read. The reader can easily put themselves into the world and believe it's real life.

Tris deals with the issues anyone would deal with: family, self image, love, and finding themselves. She just does it in a badass way with guns and knives. I always dreamt of being exactly like Tris, before I even knew her. Her voice speaks to you, becomes you.
But I have to say my favorite throughout this is Tobias (aka Four). Easily I found myself wanting to know him and have him train me for whatever might be happening. The connection between Tris and Tobias reminds me of a certain guy I know and love... Maybe that's why I felt such a strong connection, maybe it's because Veronica Roth is a genius.

You go through obstacles with each person you meet; you follow their dreams and their fears (literally). Every character held their own and made each of their lines stand out. With some books, I can find myself staring off into space after awhile because everything was just so flat. But with Divergent, I could almost feel the knives flying past my head. Everything became in the moment and held me captive.
I will say this: it isn't for the light stomachs. Let's just say, we had a couple death scenes. May not be for all.

And though I hate comparing books, if you loved The Hunger Games, you will LOVE Divergent.

Next time you are looking for a good read with some action and some lovin', pick up Divergent. Just be sure to clear your schedule for the next 2 days. And then go pick up Insurgent (book number 2), and clear your schedule, again.