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 #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 #115] The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Cover - Review Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass
Book one
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. 

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Review

Throne of Glass was not as good as I had expected it to be. I had pretty high hopes for this one and was thoroughly disappointed. Yet by the end of this book I am now dying to read book two. Let me explain.

The main thing I didn’t like about Throne of Glass was that it felt inconsistent with what I feel like should be fact in the era that this is taking place in. Even if this story is not fact. My suspense of belief could not stretch this far at the beginning of this story.

If you’re a lowly, deadly, well known, feared assassin -even named the best assassin in the country- that is given a chance at life for whatever reason, and you’re going to stay in the kings castle while proving yourself; you most certainly would not at first be trusted to be left alone in a room where you could- if you really, really wanted to, escape. Nor would you be doted on, given expensive dresses, and the use of the royals personal library at the princes request. The prince would not accept such a request, even though you were working for him. For all of that to be possible you would need to gain the royals trust. I did not see Celaena gain the royals trust before any of this happened for her. If she had gone through the process of gaining trust, for a sufficient reason, first then this would have made more sense and been more believable to me.

I really didn’t like that Celaena was treated like a royal guest when they all feared she would assassinate the prince or the king. She had every reason to kill the royal family. Yet she was brought into the castle, treated like a royal guest, flirted with the prince, and allowed entry to the royal library; the one place that only the king or the prince can give permission to enter. Celaena received all of this far too soon and for doing practically nothing.

The beginning of Throne of Glass started off interesting, then it made me sad because I couldn’t believe any of it. Celaena was not acting like the most feared assassin in Adarlan. She was not scary, never felt like a threat and even though she was constantly mentioning ways she could kill someone I did not believe she would kill a man in cold blood. I never once believed that she was the killer her reputation preceded her to be. She felt like she blew a lot of hot air.

As I read on this story grew more interesting and while I still did not like Celeana or her arrogant attitude; I did start to like Chaol. But my favourite character would have to be Nehemia, she was interesting and I found I would keep looking forward to moments where she was involved. She was fiery, fun, real and interesting. Such a nice contrast to the stuck up, arrogant, self-centred Celaena. I just really could not connect with nor like Celaena.

Celaena cared a lot about her looks and what she wore, she cared how beautiful she was and while this isn’t a bad thing it became annoying when she always noticed clothing and wondered how good she looked. Okay so maybe she never wondered how good she looked but that was because she knew she looked good. All the time. It felt like this was thrown in our faces too often.

The romance wasn’t a lot to swoon over either. I was rather annoyed with it as well because I didn’t feel like Celaena actually liked the prince. I never felt like they had a connection or were drawn to each other, there was never any tension between them. It felt more like he was a love sick puppy and she had him wrapped around her finger.

The ending saved this book for me. The ending came out of no where, it was interesting and I felt like everything got a whole lot better. The writing, the plot, the reason Celaena must stay on. It just got good all of a sudden and now I’m dying to read book two.

Overall, the main reason I didn’t like this book was the main character and the way my suspense of belief was not able to stretch. The main reason I am now dying to continue reading this story is because the plot is a good one. There is a lot of potential in where this story could go and I’m now very intrigued in finding out. I just hope Celaena becomes more likeable, grounded and less self centred.

In Summary:
Throne of Glass was not as good as I expected it to be.
– My sense of belief could not stretch to the lengths the author intended it to.
– I really did not like Celaena. She was arrogant, self centred, vain and felt weak as a character. I never once believed she was an assassin, let alone the best assassin in Adarlan. I could believe she was someone that had the skills to fight; but a killer? Not in the slightest. I just could not connect with nor like Celaena.
– I really liked Chaol though. And Nehemia was my favourite character; she was fun, real, fiery and passionate. She actually had a real reason to be where she was.
– The end of the book had me hooked. It suddenly got good. I liked where the plot was going and now I can’t wait to see what happens next.
– Therefore I am willing to continue on with this series.

Miss J

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[Review #114] Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers Cover - Review Title: Dark Triumph
Series: His Fair Assassin
Book two
Author: Robin LaFevers
Genre: Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

Review

Wow. Dark Triumph was very different to Grave Mercy, it was darker and more tortured. Sybella’s story was more personal than what Grave Mercy was. Grave Mercy focused more on the political doings of the country and what was happening at the time, while Dark Triumph focused more on Sybella and her secrets. I really liked this book.

Dark Triumph was exciting and entertaining from page one, twists were revealed throughout the book with the first one that I personally did not know already within the first few chapters. I really liked this because I never guessed any of the twists or any of Sybella’s secrets until they were revealed. Sybella was tortured and dark, she was haunted by her past and her childhood. Yet she was still likeable, understandable, and interesting and I found myself really starting to care for her.

The romance between Sybella and the certain soldier was heart warming. To be honest I did find it happened a little too fast, sure they travelled together for a few days but then they didn’t see each other or have a proper conversation for a while afterwards. So when the romance was trying to subtly make its way known I was instead a little disbelieving of it. I guess the word love felt like it was being felt too soon. But I was able to forgive this because this story was so very interesting.

I was addicted to Dark Triumph, I found it hard to put down and stop reading, I had wanted to read it from cover to cover within one go. Which wasn’t possible unfortunately. So I picked this book up every spare moment I had. I am dying to read book three; Mortal Heart already, but I have to be honest that I have no idea what story Mortal Heart will tell. The end of this book left me with questions about the state of the country but it also left questions about what book three entails. I’m intrigued to find out!

Overall, I highly enjoyed Dark Triumph. It was addicting, fascinating, dark yet exciting and intriguing.

In Summary:
– I absolutely loved Dark Triumph.
Dark Triumph was a darker and more personal story than its predecessor Grave Mercy. Making this book different and even more interesting to read.
– I loved that there were twists and turns revealed throughout the book. I never guessed any of them.
– Sybella was tortured yet she was also relate-able and likeable.
– The romance did feel a little sudden with the amount of interactions her and the soldier had. But I was able to forgive this because the rest of the story was thrilling.

Miss J

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[Review #113] The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson Cover - Review Title: The Crown of Embers
Series: Fire and Thorns
Book two
Author: Rae Carson
Genre: Fantasy
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

Elisa is the hero of her country. She led her people to victory against a terrifying enemy, and now she is their queen. But she is only seventeen years old. Her rivals may have simply retreated, choosing stealth over battle. And no one within her court trusts her-except Hector, the commander of the royal guard, and her companions. As the country begins to crumble beneath her and her enemies emerge from the shadows, Elisa will take another journey. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That is not all she finds. A breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous second volume in the Fire and Thorns trilogy.

Review

The Crown of Embers surprised me, I liked The first book; The Girls of Fire and Thorns but I didn’t love it like I loved this. I knew this book was going to be good but I didn’t realise this book was going to be amazing. I loved it, I highly enjoyed it and now I’m dying to read The Bitter Kingdom.

The Crown of Embers follows Elisa as she tries to rule a country that is in ruins from the war that has just ended. I loved this book mainly because this book has a bigger picture. Elisa learns through choices and mistakes she makes, she learns by doing the wrong things but at least she’s decisive about it. I loved watching her grow throughout the book, discover herself and gain confidence. The character development that was weaved throughout the story was amazing.

The romance in this book had my own stomach flipping. Stolen glances, forbidden feelings, secret moments. The way Elisa falls in love is deep, she truly cares for the man she has fallen for yet for her country she knows it is not possible and never will be for her to be with him. The pain she suffered from the fact of this was heartbreaking, yet she would put her country first and always. I loved that about her. She was strong and even in times of fear she was still able to appear strong.

Elisa is a strong character, she steadily grows throughout the book as she learns how to be queen of a country she has only recently become a part of. She was a very well rounded, deep character and I felt for her. I was able to connect with and understand her which I always find is incredibly important. All of the characters in The Crown of Embers were well rounded, I loved that. I loved everything about this book.

Overall, there were many, many things I absolutely loved about this book and nothing that I didn’t. The Crown of Embers flew past the first book in the series and is a definite read. It’s exciting, thrilling, interesting, addicting and one of the best books I have read.

In Summary:
The Crown of Embers was amazing, I loved every minute of it.
– Elisa’s character development was astounding and the way it was weaved through the story was enthralling.
– I loved how Elisa grew and learned from her mistakes throughout the book. I loved that she made mistakes when thinking she was making the right decisions. It was realistic.
– The romance had my own stomach in flips, it was captivating and exciting seeing the romance grow.
– This is definitely one of the best books I read in 2013.

Miss J

[Review #112] Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand Cover - Review - Book two of the Unearthly Series Title: Hallowed
Series: Unearthly
Book two
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

For months Clara Gardner trained to face the fire from her visions, but she wasn’t prepared for the choice she had to make that day. And in the aftermath, she discovered that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought.

Now, torn between her love for Tucker and her complicated feelings about the roles she and Christian seem destined to play in a world that is both dangerous and beautiful, Clara struggles with a shocking revelation: Someone she loves will die in a matter of months. With her future uncertain, the only thing Clara knows for sure is that the fire was just the beginning.

Review

When I read Unearthly I claimed it to be my favourite book of the year and the best read I had ever read, which was surprising since I don’t often like ‘angel’ themed stories. Now this was back in 2012 when I had just started this blog and I hadn’t been reading a lot but what I had been reading had been books that didn’t interest me. So when Unearthly came along it blew me out of the water. It took me quite a long time to start Hallowed and I’m not sure why.

When I picked up Hallowed I expected to love it and rave about it for months on end like I did with Unearthly. But for some reason, I just can’t rave about this. I just did not love this as much as I seem to have loved Unearthly, I was actually really disappointed about this. Hallowed just did not pull me in like Unearthly did, for me it suffered ‘second book syndrome’. I think a huge part of this is because of the love triangle and the lack of action I had expected.

In Unearthly I was team Tucker all the way. He was sexy and amazing and he accepted Clara for who and what she was. In Hallowed that all went to crap, I wanted Tucker to move out of the way and let Christian take over. I all of a sudden just wanted Clara to stop being stubborn, get over it and go with Christian. The way Hand wrote this book geared readers towards Christian and the way she wrote Unearthly geared readers towards Tucker. I didn’t like it because it was setting me and Clara up for heartbreak. So I didn’t like the love triangle because I loved both of the love interests but I didn’t like how it was all unfolding and I feel like it completely negated the entire first book. One of them has to lose, hell maybe in Boundless everyone will lose? I don’t know. All I know is I will be giving this series a little bit of a breather before I dive in to the last book.

After the end of Unearthly I had expected Hallowed to dive right in with action and black wings all over the place, except I got nothing of the sort. For me the beginning was slow and un-memorable and then the unfolding of events was slow and there wasn’t really a lot of action at all. It was just heartbreaking for me simply because of the love triangle. But then the reveal and the end was heart wrenching and quite frankly pissed me off. Seriously. Just pissed me off. It took me by complete surprise in the bad way, I just wasn’t happy.

Overall, this book was okay but it brought all sorts of anger and annoyance. It left me feeling sour rather than excited for the last book in the series. I have no idea where this story is going now, not even a hint. So I don’t know how I feel about this series as a whole. However, this book is a must read if you have already started this series.

In Summary:
– Hallowed was nothing that I expected in terms of story wise. I was completely surprised at the direction that this book took this series, now I have no idea what’s going to happen in Boundless.
– 
I wasn’t a fan of the love triangle at all, I felt like it completely negated the first book and destroyed all the good feelings I felt in Unearthly yet I was rooting for the other guy the whole time.
 I didn’t love Hallowed like I loved Unearthly and that made me sad. This book just wasn’t as good as its predecessor.

Miss J

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[Review #111] Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer Cover - Review Title: Scarlet
Series: Lunar Chronicles
Book two
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Science Fiction, Fairytale retelling
Young Adult
Rating: 
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Summary

The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Review

I’ve been highly anticipating Scarlet since I finished Cinder last year. The fact it took me so long to read this when I’ve had this book on my shelf for months is just ridiculous! I loved every minute of this book.

Scarlet was a different read to Cinder yet at the same time it still held the feeling that I felt when I read Cinder. The world was the same, I could crisply picture how the world had become in the future. The world building felt consistent which I was relieved with. This book followed along Scarlet’s path and story which happened to relate to Cinder in a way. I really liked that this book was mainly in Scarlet’s POV although at the same time we got chapters of other characters POV’s to see what they were up to; Cinder was still there and highly involved in the story. Even though she wasn’t the main, main character that this story focused on.

I liked Scarlet, she was fiery and passionate, she was fun to read. But as the book went on I did start to get annoyed at her naivety, her stubbornness and sometimes her childishness. Sometimes I thought she was so stupid for not having things figured out already. I really liked Wolf, he was interesting and alluring yet scary. Thorne was another new character that we got to meet and fall in love with, he became Cinder’s sidekick in a way although he likes to think of Cinder as his sidekick.

I loved how the story of Scarlet worked in with Cinder and how the characters Scarlet and Cinder related to each other. It was fascinating and interesting in how Meyer has worked this series. It only makes me more excited to read the rest of it and see where Meyer takes each story and how she works it in. This series is definitely my favourite retelling of fairy tales without it being a retelling.

Miss J

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