[Review #125] These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner Cover - Review Title: These Broken Stars
Series: Starbound
Book one
Author: Amie Kaufman, Megan Spooner
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance, Survival
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

Review

These Broken Stars was nothing I expected yet everything I wanted. I really enjoyed reading this book, it’s definitely one of my favourite reads of this year.

First off, that cover! I love the cover, I love the font and the way it takes up most of the picture and is displayed over the main picture. I also love the spacey look, I always love covers that look more like space art than book covers though.

These Broken Stars did start off a little slowly in my opinion, the first thing I thought of was the movie Titanic. The different status’ between Tarver and Lilac, the way the higher status treated the lower status, located on a ship even if it was travelling through space. However as the story progressed it was nothing like Titanic and became it’s own story. The first few chapters introduce the characters, their circumstances and how different they are from each other. I found myself wishing it would hurry up so something different would happen, luckily for me the book didn’t dwell too long on the beginning and life on board the Icarus.

These Broken Stars is a love story, when I had heard that about this book I thought I wouldn’t like it, but I was wrong. I loved this. This love story isn’t insta-love, the characters don’t pine after each other, they don’t think stupid things like how ‘intoxicating’ they smell to each other or how much they want to take each others clothes off. I mean I’m sure they do think that but we don’t read it as it’s not important pertaining to their survival. This love story is raw, heart warming and also heart wrenching.

Lilac and Tarver somehow manage to get escape the Icarus as it’s somehow pulled out of hyperspace too early. Their escape-pod crash lands on a planet that they realize has been terraformed by one of the large companies, yet they seem to be alone which is puzzling and perhaps worrying. Tarver takes immediate action and works to keep himself and Lilac alive, even if he can’t stand the woman and she criticizes everything he does.

I ended up really liking both Lilac and Tarver, I was glad we got to see each of their points of view in the story. The romance builds up and sneaks up on them without them even realizing which I loved. It felt believable despite their differences and status’. I mean I may have even cried at one point which never happens, I’m never moved or invested enough in a story to really feel it as much. But These Broken Stars ‘gave me all the feels’ as everyone puts it. I was very invested in this story and these characters, I was even invested in this world and the planet. These Broken Stars was just brilliant.

Overall These Broken Stars was a compelling read. It was intense getting to see how Tarver and Lilac had to work together to survive, it was addicting to read, the world was rich, the characters were rounded, and the universe that this series is set in is scary. I loved it. I completely adored this book and I cannot wait to read the next love story set in this series!

In Summary:
These Broken Stars was an amazing read. I loved every minute of it. It was addicting and I became highly invested in the story, the characters, the world and the planet.
- The beginning did start slowly but that didn’t last long, soon enough the story raced along and I couldn’t get enough of it.
These Broken Stars is a compelling love story, it was deep and raw and I enjoyed reading it.
- This is one of my favourite books that I’ve read so far this year! Which I think is a huge statement.

Jord

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[Quick Reviews] The Zombie Apocalypse

I was on a zombie apocalypse binge a while back and picked up a few zombie books. Some of them were young adult books that were scary but fun to read; then there were adult books that were dark, dangerous and downright terrifying. The following two are apart of the latter.

Rise Again by Ben Tripp

Rise Again - Cover - Review Title: Rise Again: A Zombie Novel
Series: Rise Again
Book one
Author: Ben Tripp
Genre: Zombie, Apocayptic, Survival, Paranormal
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

A MYSTERIOUS CONTAGION. MASS HYSTERIA. SUDDEN DEATH. 

And a warning that would come all too late . . . 

Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July. Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle in this all-American town after her kid sister runs away from home. But when a disease-stricken horde of panicked refugees fleeing the fall of Los Angeles swarms her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—starting with what might very well be the end of the world. Danny thought she had seen humanity at its worst in war-torn Iraq, but nothing could prepare her for the remorseless struggle to survive in a dying world being overrun by the reanimated dead and men turned monster. Obsessed with finding her missing sister against all odds, Danny’s epic and dangerous journey across the California desert will challenge her spirit . . . and bring her to the precipice of sanity itself. . . . 

Filled with adventurous human drama—and shocking inhuman horror—Rise Again marks a vivid and powerful fiction debut. 

Review

I wasn’t exactly sure what I expected when I picked up Rise Again, all I knew was that it looked like a good zombie apocalypse book.

The beginning was very interesting, life is normal and Danny is at work handling things. She’s the sheriff in the small town that is packed with visitors due to the Fourth of July parade. Her sister Kelly has taken off with Danny’s mustang which means serious business since Kelly knows that Danny would hunt her down if the mustang was damaged in any way, so Danny realizes that maybe Kelly doesn’t intend to come back. Kelly left her sister a note but Danny hasn’t had time to look at it and is avoiding reading it. Funny things start happening, a dead body is found in the forest at the beginning of the town and no one can figure out how the person died. Suddenly another one is found. And then people are running around screaming and falling down dead for no reason, the whole town gets chaotic and that’s not the worst of it all. A bunch of people are seen to be running up the mountain towards the town while the road is packed with people in cars trying to get through. Soon, everyone realizes it’s thousands upon thousands of people that are running up the mountain, some of them are dying just like some people in town; Danny comes to the conclusion that it’s a wave and once that wave hits it will affect nearly everyone around and they too will start running around and dying. Danny can in no way control it, yet she’s going to try anyway.

Once the dead start to rise I found the book to lose some of its intensity and interest. For some reason I love to read about the fall of humanity more than the actual zombie part, I find it more interesting to see how people try and survive the beginning stages more so than hiding and surviving the middle stage. In Rise Again Danny takes control of the small group of people that weren’t affected, there’s a lot of action, blood and gore in this book except I found that sometimes the action slowed the pace of the story down rather than speeding it up. Plus my favourite character was killed off in the beginning and I found that disconcerting because it felt like he had been set up as a main character yet he had already died. From that point I realized that I wasn’t sure if I liked the tone of the book.

I couldn’t really connect with Danny, maybe it was because she was an older woman? Maybe it was because she had been in a war and from that she was changed and I could hardly relate to something of that size? Maybe it was because she was cold and couldn’t understand other people’s emotions? I just couldn’t connect to her nor like her as much as I wanted to. I felt detached from Danny because of this, I simply could not care what happened to her or if she found her sister.

The story was interesting though, the zombie’s and their evolution was different to what I’ve read before, which I liked. I just felt like Danny’s story wasn’t one that I wanted to read in this world.

Overall, I thought this was one of the better zombie apocalypse books. Even though I didn’t love it I still found it hard to put down, the story dragged me in and I wanted to see how humanity would survive it and if they could.

I recommend this book to people looking for a good gory zombie apocalypse book that aren’t too bothered by no character relationships or developments.

Autumn by David Moody

Autumn by David Moody - Cover - Review

Title: Autumn
Series: Autumn
Book one
Author: David Moody
Genre: Apocalyptic, Survival, Zombies
Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

A bastard hybrid of War of the Worlds and Night of the Living DeadAutumn chronicles the struggle of a small group of survivors forced to contend with a world torn apart by a deadly disease. After 99% of the population of the planet is killed in less than 24 hours, for the very few who have managed to stay alive, things are about to get much worse. Animated by “phase two” of some unknown contagion, the dead begin to rise. At first slow, blind, dumb and lumbering, quickly the bodies regain their most basic senses and abilities… sight, hearing, locomotion…  As well as the instinct toward aggression and violence.  Held back only by the restraints of their rapidly decomposing flesh, the dead seem to have only one single goal - to lumber forth and destroy the sole remaining attraction in the silent, lifeless world:  those who have survived the plague, who now find themselves outnumbered 1,000,000 to 1…

Without ever using the ‘Z’ word, Autumn offers a new perspective on the traditional zombie story. There’s no flesh eating, no fast-moving corpses, no gore for gore’s sake. Combining the atmosphere and tone of George Romero’s classic living dead films with the attitude and awareness of 28 Days (and Weeks) later, this horrifying and suspenseful novel is filled with relentless cold, dark fear.

Review

When I picked up Autumn I was looking for a good zombie apocalypse novel, I wanted something scary as well as interesting. That’s exactly what I got. In the beginning.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel, the way everyone died was intensely interesting and scary. I enjoyed reading how the characters that lived dealt with everything at first. Then the dead rose and it just got more intense and more exciting, except that the living characters just got weird and different. They panicked and picked sides, the lay blame and started going crazy, they tossed common sense out of the window and it was incredibly frustrating.

The main problem I had with this book was that the characters all sounded the same, they sounded like one person. When I would be reading any of them they would change drastically, they weren’t consistent and I suddenly found I was thinking of them as one person that had mood swings. I also found that each character became unlikable and annoying, I suddenly hated them all; I couldn’t relate and I couldn’t connect with any of them. They became very unlikable and it ruined the story.

I really enjoyed how the zombies evolved and changed, that was the most exciting part and I found myself thinking of the zombies as a character in their own right. They were way more interesting and I liked them a lot more than I liked the other characters. At least the zombies were consistent throughout the story!

Overall the beginning of this book was intense and exciting, however the end was crazy and weird, and the characters were just stupid, non-relateable, crazy and were just all over the place. I didn’t really like this book as a whole. I will not be reading the next in the series.

I recommend this book to people who are looking for a terrifying zombie read and can excuse character inconsistencies. The world is worth it, the characters and their story however are not.

Jord

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[Review #124] The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Cover - Review Title: The Maze Runner
Series: The Maze Runner
Book one
Author: James Dashner
Genre: Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, Survival
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.” 

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Review

I had heard a lot of good things about The Maze Runner, so I went into this book trying to not let the hype raise my expectations too high. I enjoyed this book a lot, the story was intriguing and the ending has me dying to read more. The Maze Runner was a fun and exciting read, I really enjoyed trying to figure out what was going to happen and why all of these boys were stuck in a place with no memory.

However the very beginning of The Maze Runner was excruciatingly frustrating. The boys pretty much had their own language and own swear words which they said every second word. I cringed every time I heard it because the words were weird and sounded silly to me, however that was probably because the words were used in overload in the first few chapters. I immediately picked up that this was to make the readers feel lost and confused just like Tom was, he had no idea what all these words meant either. For me it was too much and I nearly stopped reading right then and there because the words were too much for me to bear; I really don’t like it when books have their own swear words. The beginning of the book was frustrating also because the boys refused to explain anything to Tom, they just kept telling him to shut up and stop asking questions. It annoyed me a lot, so much that the whole beginning was the reason I didn’t rate this book four clubs.

I loved the location of this book, it was different and a mystery. A maze that surrounded their living field? Weird mechanical creatures called Grievers that would kill them, lived in the maze? Walls that closed every night to keep them safe from the Grievers? Brilliant. They had people called ‘maze runners’ that would run through a portion of the maze every day and take note of where they ran, they were trying to find an exit to get out of the hell hole they lived in, they had to continually run in fear of coming across a griever and being killed by it. As soon as Tom arrives he knows he’s meant to be a maze runner. However to be honest I felt like this story moved way too fast, Tom barely became a maze runner before anything started happening. The title of this series and this book felt misleading because of this.

I also found myself putting things together really fast yet Tom didn’t put anything together until the end, this was annoying simply because it was so obvious to me. When the only girl arrives in the maze and admits to changing something the boys turn on her and blame her, this annoyed me as well. The boys were very childish and stubborn, I hated that I didn’t like them, it just felt so stupid for them to lay the blame instead of trying to come up with a plan. Also the girl felt like she was barely in the story, I was confused by this.

So I did have a few things that I didn’t like about The Maze Runner, however I still enjoyed the book overall. The ending as well has me dying to read the next book, I’m just a little scared about coming across the same problems in the next book that I did in this book so I’m going to give it a bit of a break before I get to it.

In Summary:
- I highly enjoyed The Maze Runner. It was different and exciting.
- I hated that the boys had their own swear words, it drove me up the wall at the rate they all said them.
- I felt like the mystery was a little bit obvious and that Tom and the boys were incredibly stupid for not having put it together way sooner.
- I really enjoyed reading this book but I am fearful that the next book in the series will carry over all the things I didn’t like about this book. I’m hoping everyone will grow in the next book.

Miss J

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[Review #123] Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cover - Review Title: Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover
Series: Gallagher Girls
Book three
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Espionage, Mystery
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

When Cammie “The Chameleon” Morgan visits her roommate Macey in Boston, she thinks she’s in for an exciting end to her summer break. After all, she’s there to watch Macey’s father accept the nomination for vice president of the United States. But when you go to the world’s best school (for spies), “exciting” and “deadly” are never far apart. Cammie and Macey soon find themselves trapped in a kidnappers’ plot, with only their espionage skills to save them.

As her junior year begins, Cammie can’t shake the memory of what happened in Boston, and even the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women doesn’t feel like the safe haven it once did. Shocking secrets and old flames seem to lurk around every one of the mansion’s corners as Cammie and her friends struggle to answer the questions, Who is after Macey? And how can the Gallagher Girls keep her safe?

Soon Cammie is joining Bex and Liz as Macey’s private security team on the campaign trail. The girls must use their spy training at every turn as the stakes are raised, and Cammie gets closer and closer to the shocking truth.

Review

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover surprised me. I highly enjoyed it and was not expecting the story to take this kind of turn. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy wasn’t as good as I thought it would be despite loving I’d Tell You I Loved You but Then I’d Have to Kill You. Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover was a game changer I think, I was told this series got darker with each book and they were right; this isn’t just a chick lit series anymore, it’s getting deep, dark, scary and way more serious.

In Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cammie visits Macey in  the middle of her father’s campaign for running for vice president. While Cammie is attending Macey’s appointments with her, Cammie and Macey find themselves alone and locked on top of a roof, suddenly helicopters are racing towards where there are and people dressed in black from head to toe are sailing down and fighting them. Of course their first thought is its a surprise assignment from Gallagher Girls, but as things get serious very fast they realize this isn’t a test and it’s real; someone is trying to kidnap Macey.

In Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover Cammie starts to find out she and everyone else really have no idea what’s going on. I was confused by the end of this book just like everyone else was, I didn’t see the twist coming and now I just want to know why. This book has me asking questions and I have no idea where this story is going, although I’m gearing up for heart-break.

This book was more about friendship and mystery than it was about Cammie’s love life. The first book in this series makes you think it will be a light series about Cammie navigating her way through spy school while trying to keep a normal love life. That is so wrong. Zach is kind of in the picture in this book but Cammie realizes she knows nothing about him except that she keeps bumping into him, she keeps discovering him in one form of disguise or another and she doesn’t know why he’s there. Zach is illusive and makes me feel suspicious about him and who he really is. For some reason Josh makes a brief appearance in this book, it was so brief that I have no idea why he was even there. Which makes me wonder if something is going to happen with him later in this series and all of these ‘appearances’ are to remind the readers who he is and what he means to Cammie. After realizing how dark this series is going to get my mind is coming up with all sorts of things.

I loved that this book felt more like a real spy story where real things were happening, not child’s play like Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy felt like to me. Don’t Jude a Girl by Her Cover definitely felt like the beginning of something dark and serious. It only took three books to get there!

Overall, I really enjoyed Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover. It was surprising, serious, dark and confusing. I’m dying to know what happens next and where this story goes. It was an easy read and had me sailing through the book within one night.

In Summary:
- Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover felt like a game changer. It changed the direction of this series and turned it down a dark path. I’m rather excited to see where this story leads.
- I loved that this story was scary and serious, it felt like people were actually in danger, not like the child’s play I thought book one and two felt like. This book set up the rest of the series.
- The romance wasn’t a big factor in this story which was fine because there was so much else going on that it just didn’t need it, the mystery was way more exciting. There were bits here and there that kept the romance portion alive though.
- I highly enjoyed reading this!

Miss J

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[Review #122] Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon

Zenn Scarlett Cover - Review Title: Zenn Scarlett
Series: Zenn Scarlett
Book one
Author: Christian Schoon
Genre: Science Fiction
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

When you’re studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school… is a different kind of animal.

Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she’s learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she’s feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn’t enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she’s started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can’t deny what she’s feeling.

Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what’s happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she’s actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients… or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year….

Review

Zenn Scarlett was a very unique book. I didn’t expect it to be so different when I picked it up but this wasn’t a bad thing. It was actually very refreshing to read something so different that held my attention so well.

Zenn Scarlett is a science fiction mystery based on Mars, humankind has populated several new worlds and has discovered many alien species, including the Indra that are the creatures that can travel through space faster than the speed of light. This alien creature is the ‘animal’ that powers all of the space ships, but recently Indra ships have been completely disappearing without a trace. No one knows what happens or who is hijacking them. Zenn Scarlett is a novice training to be a full fledged exovet; an exovet is pretty much a veterinarian that specializes in alien ‘animals’ rather than just normal animals as humankind knows them. Recently she’s been making a lot of mistakes that could cost her and her uncle Otha everything, on top of that she hasn’t heard from her father who is working on another world in months, Liam Tucker is acting unusual around her and she doesn’t know what to make of it, and she keeps having these weird experiences with the animals where she feels everything they are feeling; if just for a moment.

I really enjoyed reading this book because it was so very different, I couldn’t put this book down, it dragged me in and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I enjoyed reading about all of the different alien animals that Zenn helped get better, I loved her interactions with Hamish; a coeplet from another world, and enjoyed trying to put together the mystery. There was a lot going on in this book which I loved, there was never a dull moment because something was always happening.

However, I did feel slightly disconnected from this book at times. Most of these times were in the very long conversations that Zenn kept having with characters, I would be pushed out of the story and would start wondering why the conversation was still happening and how could it possibly be moving the story forward. At these times I did get a little frustrated because I became aware that I was reading a book instead of being immersed in a story, most of the conversations were obviously placed to give the reader more information about the world or Earth’s standing and why.

Overall, I mostly enjoyed Zenn Scarlett and cannot wait to read the second book!

In Summary:
Zenn Scarlett is a very different and unique story. I really enjoyed reading it.
- There’s a lot that is going on in the story which I loved.
- Sometimes I did feel disconnected in the book, conversations would get so long that it would push me out of the story and I would start wondering why the conversation needed to be so long.
- Overall I really enjoyed this book!

Miss J

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F&F: I do not recommend reading this book. Ever.

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A: I had to think really hard to answer this question, I don’t usually finish books that I don’t like so there are very few books that I’ve read and can honestly say to you to never pick it up. I finally thought of one that I read a long time ago.

Fallen by Lauren Kate

I really disliked this book for a lot of reasons.
I think you should never read this book because:

+ It is long winded which makes it boring.
+ The reader figures out the reveal from the blurb on the back of the book yet the main character, Luce, doesn’t figure it out till 400 pages in.
+ There is insta-love. Luce falls for Daniel the first time she sees him – by which he gives her the finger. And she’s in love. What the hell? Seriously, what the hell?!
+ Daniel constantly treats Luce horribly yet she still ‘loves’ him.

+ Most of the book is about Luce fixating and obsessing over Daniel and where he is at every moment of the day. She even stalks him most of the time because he won’t have anything to do with her.
+ Luce is kept blind and ignorant the whole time.
+ Everything happens in the end of the book.
+ No character is likable. Luce is portrayed as a weak, crazy damsel in distress that can’t live without a boy loving her, and Daniel is portrayed as a douche bag that gets away with being a douche bag.

What book do you recommend never reading?

Jord

Quick Reviews: Second Book Syndrome?

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

- Cover - Review Title: Unbreakable
Series: Unraveling
Book two
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

Review

After reading Unraveling and not enjoying it like I thought I would, I went in with low expectations with Unbreakable. I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I quite enjoyed Unbreakable, it had more of an original storyline which was a huge disappointment for me in the first book and I had a lot of fun reading it.

Unbreakable was entertaining, different to the first book and ended up being really intense. My favourite character was Barclay which was surprising. I found myself enjoying this story including the end which broke my heart just a bit.

Second book syndrome? Definitely not! I loved this book a lot better than the first book!

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarach J. Maas - Cover - Review

Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass
Book two
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review

When I read Crown of Midnight I wasn’t sure what I was going to expect. I didn’t like Throne of Glass as much as I had wanted to so I was hesitant about this book. I ended up enjoying this book a whole lot more than I had expected to which was nice.

Celaena wasn’t as infuriating in this book, she wasn’t as arrogant or selfish. There were a few things that still annoyed me, like the romance that was obvious from the beginning of Throne of Glass, but overall I enjoyed this a whole lot more. The plot had potential and it ran with it. I even had a moment of “Oh my god, no!” and was instantly heartbroken.

The only thing is that for me, the huge reveal that had everyone gasping when they found out; wasn’t a reveal for me at all. In fact I had thought it was quite obvious from the beginning. I had figured out the reveal from the beginning of Throne of Glass which was disappointing for me.

I’m not really sure where book three will lead but I’m excited to find out!

Second book syndrome? No, I thought this book was way better than its predecessor.

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter - Cover - Review Title: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Series: Gallagher Girls
Book two
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Chick Lit
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Cammie Morgan is back, and it’s clear that her life hasn’t calmed down since the events of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie’s elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys’ arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school’s top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school

Review

I really enjoyed the first book I’d Tell You I Love You but Then I’d Have to Kill You so I thought I would love Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy too. Unfortunately this was not the case.

For some reason Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy was only an average read for me. The whole first half of the book was very slow and not a lot happened, I was bored. Then the second half picked up but I was starting to get afraid that there will be a love triangle in this book. Josh was back in the picture but I really wanted him to be gone for good, he annoyed me more than anything else. I found that Cammie was making a lot of mistakes that a spy just wouldn’t do, especially compared to how she was in book one.

Overall this was a light, quick read and wasn’t as good of a read as its predecessor for me but I will still definitely be carrying on with this series!

Second Book Syndrome? Yes, I don’t think the book knew where to go with this one. I can see it was setting up a love triangle, I think this book has pretty much set up the rest of the series after the first book which introduced the series.

Miss J

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[Review #121] The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Series: The Selection
Book Two
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystopia (?), Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Review

I quite enjoyed The Selection, I thought that it had potential and that The Elite would take that potential and make this series huge. However I was incredibly surprised to find that this book is probably the worst second book in a series that I have ever read. By that I mean: I was able to finish this book because it wasn’t boring per se but I dis-liked this book and the main character so much that I actually think I won’t even bother with the last one.

The Elite was very frustrating. The first things I thought when I finished this book and closed the back cover was “What the hell did I just read? What the hell just happened? What the hell is going on? And why the hell does Maxon like America?!”, seriously. This book confused me. The main perpetrator? The romance.

The romance and the love triangle was so forced it felt like America was two completely different people when she was around Maxon and then around Aspen. Whenever Maxon was in her line of sight she was in love with him but whenever Aspen was in her line of sight she was head over heels for him instead. She kept flicking backwards and forwards between to the two like a boomerang. It was ridiculous! She was ridiculous! They were ridiculous! I’m not sure why either of them are even interested in her, she clearly doesn’t know what she wants or who she wants. It just felt like Cass was trying to make the book interesting by forcing the love triangle. It failed, miserably.

In The Selection I wanted to hear and see more of the rebels. In The Elite we got a bit more but the scenes felt placed, it didn’t seem to flow very well. Although the rebels never felt dangerous, they never felt like they were a real threat. Maxon’s father felt more like a threat.

The Elite lost all of the humour that I loved in The Selection. I found America to be whiny, indecisive, pretty horrible. I simply couldn’t find her funny because I disliked her way too much for how indecisive and selfish she was.

In Summary:
The Elite was probably the worst second book in a series that I have ever read.
- The love triangle was incredibly forced, dry, boring and just plain horrible. There was no chemistry, America loved whoever was in her line of sight. It was ridiculous.
- The rebel scenes felt like they were placed in the story, the story was very choppy and didn’t flow very well. I didn’t seriously think anyone was in any real danger.
- America was just plain selfish.
- I personally did not like this book. This makes me very sad.

Miss J

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