[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 #120] Horde by Ann Aguirre

Horde by Ann Aguirre Cover - Review Title: Horde
Series: Razorland
Book three
Author: Ann Aguirre
Genre: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

The horde is coming.

Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they’re not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn’t run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade’s love.

Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn’t been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.

Review

Razorland is hands down one of my most favourite post apocalyptic series.

Horde was a very awesome conclusion to the series, I definitely did not see this outcome coming which made me love this book even more. Enclave and Outpost were pretty awesome and I thought it would be hard to top them, especially because of how Outpost ended. Horde did pretty well though, I loved this final book almost as much.

One thing that I loved about this book, besides the action, characters and story, was the rate at which time flowed. The time span in this book was long which was exciting. I don’t really like it when books are set over a week because I never feel like we really get to completely immerse ourselves into the world. Horde was great with immersion into the world, Aguirre’s world in Razorland was just action packed, different and exciting.

Duece gets stronger in this book, she finally gets to become apart of a resistance without being looked down upon. People respect her and want to follow her, she’s finally listened to by more than her friends. Fade is more of a follower in this book which was understandable, he was more Deuce’s rock and reason to keep trying when things seemed impossible. Striker didn’t have as much page time in this book, I can understand why after everyone’s reaction to him and his crush on Deuce.

The only thing that I didn’t love about this book was that everything was just resolved so easily or the answer was so clear, characters were easily forgiven, circumstances were easily resolved; the fear and the surviving didn’t feel final anymore. The threat and the danger didn’t feel so real in this book, I wasn’t afraid for anyone’s life. However I still thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the way it turned out. I am very sad that it’s over!

In Summary:
– Horde was a great conclusion to a thrilling trilogy.
– I loved that the book was set over a longer period of time, I’m not a fan of books set over a very short time span.
– Deuce is a very strong character and it was nice getting to see her finally be accepted as that.
– The only thing that brought this book down a peg was the fact that everything seemed to be resolved so easily, the threat and fear was no longer there for me anymore, I didn’t feel the need to be worried about anyone’s fates.

Miss J

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[Review #118] Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress Cover - Review - Lunar Chronicles Book 3 - Marissa Meyer Title: Cress
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Book three
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Science fiction, fairy tale retelling
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has

Review

Oh how I love this series! I absolutely loved Cinder and ScarletCress didn’t disappoint me.

Ever since we first saw Cress in book one I’ve been dying to hear her story, I wanted to know what Meyer had in store for the retelling (Alternate retelling? Based off of? Whatever you would like to call it.) of ‘Rapunzel’. Meyer definitely had everything planned out well and I loved it.

Cress has been locked in her little satellite for years as Queen Levana’s pawn. We learn that Cress rebels in her own secret way, she happens to be very talented at computer hacking. I loved this aspect about Cress, I thought it made her really interesting and intelligent. It stopped her from being ‘that crazy girl that’s lived in a cell for most of her life’. As a character I liked Cress although I did think her whole damsel and distress thing that she had going on was a little annoying, but it wasn’t pushed in our faces and I loved to see how that changed throughout the story.

Cress continues on not long after where Scarlet finished. The story progresses through multiples characters eyes, we even get to see a few chapters through the doctors eyes which I thought was interesting and needed for the storyline. The way the story intertwines with each character and their background is just amazing, maybe a little cliché for some parts but I still enjoyed it.

I loved this book! It was fun and exciting to read and I’m once again dying to read the next book in the series. Winter will be a very interesting conclusion. I just wish it wasn’t so long before it was released!

In Summary:
– I loved that Cress was a realistic character for the things she’s been through, as being locked in a tower for half of your life you can’t quite expect her to be completely normal. Although I was glad she wasn’t certifiably crazy. You could still relate to her.
– I love the way the story intertwines with each character and how they all relate to something or someone in one way or another. It’s cleverly done.
– Cress is just another book that I love in this series and I’m dying for Winter to be released! As always.

 

Miss J

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[Review #117] Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue Cover - Review Title: Into the Still Blue
Series: Under the Never Sky
Book three
Author: Veronica Rossi
Genre: Dystopian, Adventure, Post Apocalyptic, Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do–and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival–he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

Review

Under the Never Sky is one of my favourite book series. I loved Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night, I thought they were amazing and I couldn’t put them down. So imagine my surprise when I read Into the Still Blue and found it less than amazing.

Into the Still Blue was a fine conclusion, don’t get me wrong. Yet it was still pretty disappointing and didn’t reach my expectations. Where was all the passion and excitement from the first two books? I feel like it all fizzled out in this book and that made me sad.

I did love how the story finished, I just thought it was pretty anti-climatic considering what it took to get to this point. It felt like everything was made too easy, that the high stakes didn’t matter as much because everyone knew how it would end. Aria’s, Perry’s and Roar’s talents also weren’t used much in this book which was disappointing because their talents were one of the interesting things that I loved about it.

You know what I would be interested in now? Is how the Still Blue works, I would love to see a spin off series set in the ‘Still Blue’, I feel that would be more interesting than how the final conclusion ended.

In Summary:
– I loved the first two books in this series but found Into the Still Blue quite disappointing in comparison.
– I still liked to see how it all came together and ended but I had wanted more, I felt like the passion had fizzled out.
– I will miss this series, I would love to read a spin off series set in the ‘Still Blue’.

Miss J

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[Review #100] The Ghost and the Goth Series by Stacey Kade

Series: The Ghost and the Goth
Book 1 – 3
Author:
Stacey Kade

Genre: YA Chick Lit/Paranormal Romance, Contemporary
Young Adult

Series Rating: 2.67 / 5


I decided to post one review for this series because every time I tried to write a longer review per book it just never happened. I just don’t have much to say about each book.

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade Cover - Review

The Ghost and the Goth

Alona Dare–Senior in high school, co-captain of the cheerleading squad, Homecoming Queen three years in a row, voted most likely to marry a movie star… and newly dead.

I’m the girl you hated in high school. Is it my fault I was born with it all-good looks, silky blond hair, a hot bod, and a keen sense of what everyone else should not be wearing? But my life isn’t perfect, especially since I died. Run over by a bus of band geeks—is there anything more humiliating? As it turns out, yes—watching your boyfriend and friends move on with life, only days after your funeral. And you wouldn’t believe what they’re saying about me now that they think I can’t hear them. To top it off, I’m starting to disappear, flickering in and out of existence. I don’t know where I go when I’m gone, but it’s not good. Where is that freaking white light already?

Will Killian–Senior in high school, outcast, dubbed “Will Kill” by the popular crowd for the unearthly aura around him, voted most likely to rob a bank…and a ghost-talker.

I can see, hear, and touch the dead. Unfortunately, they can also see, hear and touch me. Yeah, because surviving high school isn’t hard enough already. I’ve done my best to hide my “gift.” After all, my dad, who shared my ability, killed himself because of it when I was fifteen. But lately, pretending to be normal has gotten a lot harder. A new ghost—an anonymous, seething cloud of negative energy with the capacity to throw me around—is pursuing me with a vengeance. My mom, who knows nothing about what I can do, is worrying about the increase in odd incidents, my shrink is tossing around terms like “temporary confinement for psychiatric evaluation,” and my principal, who thinks I’m a disruption and a faker, is searching for every way possible to get rid of me. How many weeks until graduation?

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3.5 Clubs

Review

Hmm what can I say about The Ghost and the Goth? It’s fun, light hearted with a paranormal twist.

I had fun reading this, it was a short, fun read that kept me entertained. It wasn’t a fast paced page turner but rather more mellow and interesting read that had me interested from page one. I enjoyed this book and although I found the beginning to be cheesy I quite liked the way everything turned out.

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Queen of the Dead

After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh – “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

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2 Clubs

Review

Queen of the Dead wasn’t anything that I expected. In fact it felt different to book one, the flow of the story felt wrong and to me it just felt forced. I was able to enjoy as much of it as I could but it just wasn’t as good as the first book. I kept asking questions like: Why did this character feel so important at the beginning but now she doesn’t matter to the story at all? The Council kind of just disappeared from the story after Will tried so hard to discover them, and then this book just wasn’t as light or as funny as the first. It lost a lot of the charming, light humour book one had.

Queen of the Dead felt like it was lacking when compared to book one in this series. It was underwhelming for me.

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Body & Soul

The Ghost
I’ve been trapped in the body of Lily “Ally” Turner for a month now. Talk about a fashion crisis on an epic scale. What worries me more, though, is sometimes I catch Will looking at me like he thinks I’m Lily…or that he wishes I were. Without the good looks of my former self, I don’t know who I am, or if who that is is good enough. I need out of this mess. Now.

Will and I have been looking for a solution, one that would separate me from Lily without killing her. But it’s not going well. Then, when it seems like things couldn’t get any worse, we run into Misty, my former best friend and boyfriend-stealer extraordinaire, who claims she’s being haunted…by me. Seriously?

I’m determined to get to the bottom of who’s pretending to be the spirit of Alona Dare (while I’m pretending to be someone else) and then get the heck out of this body. Or die trying…

The Goth
I’ll admit it. It’s really weird to look at Alona but see Lily. I do know the difference, though, contrary to what Alona might be saying. And Alona is more than a pretty face to me, not that she would believe that.

Our one lead for some help in this messed up situation might be a page torn from the yellow pages-—the “Psychics” section-—I found in my dad’s stuff. One of the “fakes” seems a bit more real-—and odd-—than the others. Before I can investigate further, though, Alona is off and chasing a ghost that’s probably nothing more than a figment of Misty’s guilty imagination. Now Lily’s family is freaking out because she didn’t come home, my mom is ordering me to stay out of it, and something is definitely wrong with the person formerly known as Lily “Ally” Turner…

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2.5

Review

Body & Soul was better that book two for me. It had a stronger and clearer storyline, it felt like it was overall written better and it was interesting. But it still felt out of place from book two, it didn’t feel like it flowed too well. I mean the council completely disappeared in this book when you would think it would have had more of a role considering, and then the one new character introduced in book two was no where to be seen and felt completely obsolete to the story.

I liked this but I also had weird feelings about it.

In Summary

– This series as a whole just felt like it was all over the place. It didn’t feel like it flowed well together. To me it felt like book one was meant to be a stand alone but then book two and three were decided to be written and in doing so the story lines just didn’t quite feel like they bleonged together. I felt like I was reading three completely different stories instead of a series that melded together smoothly.
– I still had fun reading all of these books but book one was by far the best and I could have read that by its self and been happy.
– The characters slowly developed from book one to three, most namely Alona, which was nice
– This series was light and fun but did not leave a lasting impression on me. Hence the short reviews.

Miss J
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[Review #89] Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis Cover - Review Title: Shades of Earth
Series: Across the Universe
Book three
Author: Beth Revis
Genre: Science Fiction
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh–to build a home–on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed‘s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed–friends, family, life on Earth–will have been for nothing.

FUELED BY LIES.
RULED BY CHAOS.
ALMOST HOME.

Review

When I picked up the first book Across the Universe, I fell in love with the idea. A Million Suns made me fall in love with the series. And Shades of Earth has made this my favourite YA science fiction series. I am sad that it is over, but what an awesome ending for a great series!

In Shades of Earth Amy and Elder land the shuttle on Centauri-Earth with almost fifteen hundred people from Godspeed. Amy finally gets to unfreeze her parents and she can’t wait. Her parents are less than thrilled about the situation they find; mono-ethic people, the leader is their daughters age and they’ve gone backwards rather than forwards in technology. What everyone doesn’t expect when they step off of the shuttle are not the monsters that inhabit it but what may have inhabited the world before the monsters.

Shades of Earth was an epic ending, I can’t even explain how much I loved this book. The world was rich and expansive, the new characters weren’t a problem to get used to, and the constant questions I had running through my mind kept me plowing through this book. The world that Beth Revis created in this book obviously had a lot of back story. I thought it was amazing considering Revis practically had to create a whole new world and setting in the last book of the series while keeping the essence of the series as a whole. I definitely feel like she did this very well.

I really enjoyed reading this book, there were so many things going on and so many things being hinted at that at the beginning you really have no idea what way it was going to go. Half way through the book I started to feel like clues were being pointed out to us as if they were neon signs but as I read on I came to the realisation that those clues had been intended as neon signs. Because really they were distractions that deterred from the real twists and turns, the real story. They made me feel like I had everything all sorted out, but I realised I really hadn’t had anything sorted out.

Overall, Shades of Earth was definitely an Epic ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I definitely feel pleased that the last book met my expectations.

Similar: Paradise 21, Tundra 37, Colonization

In Summary:
– I thought this book was a great and exciting ending to the series.
– I really admired how Revis had created a whole new world from scratch.
– I liked how I was clueless to what was going on but so intrigued that I had to keep reading. And then once it was revealed I was surprised.

Miss J

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[Review #87] Taken at Dusk by C. C. Hunter

Taken at Dusk by C. C. Hunter Cover - Review - Book three of Shadow Falls series Title: Taken at Dusk
Series: Shadow Falls
Book three
Author: C. C. Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean.  But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together.  Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.

Review

Taken at Dusk was just as addicting as Born at Midnight. I loved it. I loved the cover, I loved the plot, I loved mostly everything about it.

In Taken at Dusk a ghost who has amnesia keeps hanging around Kylie and brings an ominous message from ‘them’. Kylie can never get too much information from the ghost because the ghost herself just has no idea about anything. Meanwhile Kylie finally gets to meet her fathers adoptive parents. Kylie hopes that meeting them will lead her to finding her real grandparents thus leading her to figuring out what she is.

Kylie wasn’t as annoying in Taken at Dusk as she was in Awake at Dawn. In this book she actually dealt with things, problems and fears that happened as soon as she could, she made Holliday and Burnett aware of them straight away. This lead to me not rolling my eyes and not getting angry and throwing the book across the room – Which is always a plus.

Although I am still annoyed by the love triangle and how fickle Kylie is between Derek and Lucas. I just want her to choose someone and stick with them! In this book Lucas and her are finally getting close, something she kept denying last book, but now that she has Lucas she now can not stop thinking about Derek or getting jealous over Derek. It’s crazy! And stupid! And so annoying I wish both guys would just leave her.

C. C. Hunter must have had a lot of fun writing this book, because I definitely had a lot of fun reading this book. There were a lot of intense scenes and moments, there was action, excitement, romance, loss and fun. Overall I highly enjoyed this book!

In Summary:
– Taken at Dusk was just as addictive, and exciting as the first two books in the series.
– I really liked that Kylie was now dealing with everything straight away that would be thrown at her.
– The love triangle is still as frustrating as ever in this book but I’m still super excited to read the next books in the series!

Miss J

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[Review #73] Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore Cover - Review Title: Bitterblue
Series: Graceling Realm
Book three
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: High Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle–disguised and alone–to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Review

Bitterblue. Bitterblue. Bitterblue.

Wow. After having read Graceling and Fire I thought I was all set for Bitterblue, I thought I would know the structure of this story, I thought this one would be a little tougher for me love. Well. Goes to show Kristin Cashore expected this of her readers. Because this book was practically hardly anything like the books before it yet it was subtly the same in a way and still, I absolutely loved it! It was very different to Graceling and Fire yet it completely held its own. 

The book Bitterblue is set in the ‘City of Bitterblue’ in Monsea. Bitterblue is Monsea’s Queen and has been since her father was killed eight years before. This meaning she is young, still learning and trying to pull her country together after the reign of her psychotic father.

This story is a lot more political than Graceling and Fire yet at the same time it is still very exciting, wonderful and I couldn’t put this book down. Seriously. I spent a good eight hours in one night reading a large part of this book. And this book is huge. I love how we’re taken along on Bitterblue’s journey to becoming a better queen and to figuring out how she can help the citizens of the City of Bitterblue get over the traumatic years that her father reigned.

I loved the rebelliousness of Bitterblue, how she refused to completely believe that everything she was told was correct. This led to her going out into the city disguised to truly find out how her city was coping. Here she meets Teddy and his friend Saf, a couple of thieves. I loved the relationship between Bitterblue and Saf, it developed over time. The relationship with Teddy was sweet, Teddy was a very fun character and I found I liked him just because he was so likeable and caring.

I do have to say that I was very confused for the most of this book but only because everything that was going on was confusing and no one had any inkling of what exactly was going on. The plot line for this story felt very complex because once Bitterblue stumbled over one clue this led her to even more clues which led to more questions and still no definitive answers. It was fun trying to figure out what on earth was going on. And still I had no idea right up until Bitterblue finds out herself.

I was hooked from page one of this book. I never once got bored, I found it very difficult to put this down and even though it isn’t packed with action or adventure this book was still very exciting and a definite page turner.

Bitterblue was definitely a very good ending to the Graceling Realm. I am very sad that this series has ended and I will not get to read more stories about the fascinating gracelings! 

Miss J