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 #58] Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris Review Title: Unraveling
Series: Unraveling
Book one
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Published: 24th April, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed–as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing.

Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows–with every fiber of her being–that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something–but to what?

And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened–the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life–points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets–and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

Review

This was one of those books that I wasn’t interested in reading until I saw a lot of rave reviews about it, so I went ahead and decided to give it a go.

The idea:
The idea of this book could be an interesting idea. If you’ve never heard of it before. Or seen Roswell.

The idea of this book does not feel new. It felt predictable. I’ve seen this before. I felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen in the direction of events.

In saying that, the idea wasn’t a horrible one. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t boring. It just feels like it’s been done before. Probably because as soon as I started reading this book I kept thinking about Roswell, the T.V show that was a huge hit in the early 2000’s (If you didn’t know), I grew up watching shows just like that. So I was disappointed because I just couldn’t shake the feeling of having seen this same plot line before.

Then there was the fact that I wasn’t surprised or shocked by any of the events that happened. I felt like there wasn’t really anything new. I liked the whole idea that’s revealed half way through but at the same time I felt like we only got the beginning of that idea in this book. So I am actually very interested in seeing where the second book goes.

My love-hate relationship:
The way this book made me feel was interesting.

I wasn’t interested in this book at first because the summary held no excitement for me. What it also doesn’t hold is the way this book draws you in and keeps you interested.

I found myself powering through this book without realising how much I was reading or how long I had been reading. The first night I started this book I looked at the clock, it said 11:30pm. The next time I glanced up from the book I realised it was 3:30am. I had been reading non-stop without realising how much time was passing. And while I had been reading I found myself getting emotionally attached; to the events and to Janelle.

Yet I also found that while I couldn’t stop reading I also couldn’t like it as much as I wanted to. In fact I felt like I was powering through this book just so I would get to the end to see what finally happened, not because I was enjoying it a lot. I felt for Janelle, I felt like I was invested in her life, maybe not her so much, but I didn’t like the feeling the book was giving me. The plot didn’t wow me.

It was interesting. I couldn’t stop reading it. Yet I also did not like it and could not wait to finish it. But I couldn’t wait to finish it because I wanted-I needed to know what happened. By the end I wanted to know what happened next.

So I just don’t know how I feel!

Overall, I’m really not sure what I feel for this book. The writing had me powering through, I had to know what was going to happen next, I felt for Janelle. Yet I knew what was going to happen, nothing surprised me and I didn’t particularly like anything about this book. Besides the need to read more. 

By the end of the book I felt like there was more of an interesting, or I guess the word is; new story that I could see coming from this. A story that we haven’t seen before. A story that I am interested in reading about. So to me this book felt more like a large prequel to the real story.

Unraveling has you powering through it’s pages just wishing you could read even faster so you can get to the end.

I recommend reading this book if you enjoy paranormal science fiction!

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Miss J

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